Agenda: Twin Lakes Village Board regular meeting June 21, 2021

The Twin Lakes Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular board meeting on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. at VIllage Hall.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Consideration of a motion to approve a quote from Northern Pipe for sewer main repairs in an amount not to exceed $52,240.00.
  • Discussion and possible action as to sewer rate increases relating to anticipated Clean Water Fund Loan.

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Twin Lakes #4 School District (Lakewood School) regular meeting June 21, 2021

The win Lakes #4 School District board (Lakewood School) is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Monday at 6 p.m. in the school library.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Summer Projects.
  • 2021-2022 School Year Plan Update.

A closed session is also scheduled to consider compensation.

The full agenda is available here.

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Deaths June 20, 2021: Carol A. Paus

Note: This post sponsored by Westosha Floral. — DH

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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At about 12:06 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding for an alarm in the 400 block of South Lake Avenue in Twin Lakes.

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. — Police officer on the scene reports no visible signs of fire and that residents are reporting no fire seen.

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2021 Rock the Lake coverage

A new event was held on the shore of Lake Mary, at Lance Park. Rock the Lake was put together through the combined efforts of the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association, the Aquanuts and Twin Runners Snowmobile Club. The event had two bands and the Aquanuts for entertainment and food and beverages for sale. There were several raffles to raise money for the community organizations, fireworks, and events. The event also raised money for the Twin Lakes Police Department.

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A word from our sponsors: June 20, 2021 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

24410 69th St, Salem

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2021 Grilled Cheese on Dairy Lane coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Weis-Way Dairy in Paris hosted Grilled Cheese on Dairy Lane Saturday morning, a twist on the traditional June Dairy Breakfast.

Visitors this year were able to drive through Dan and Marie Weis’s dairy farm and see the farm’s buildings, displays of farm equipment, signs with dairy info and trivia, get a bag of goodies, drive through the cow barn for a close-up look and conclude the tour with a grilled cheese, string cheese and milk.

The event was re-formatted early this year when the COVID situation was unknown for June. Members of Kenosha County Dairy Promotion had heard of this type of format being held elsewhere and decided to give it a try.

Here’s a video of the whole tour:

Here are some photos from the event:

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Silver Lake Post office’s Sue Gerber and Pam Michajlak retire

Sue Gerber retires from the Postal Service after 31 years.
She’s holding some of the flowers that people brought in as they wished her well.

In the last week, Silver Lake lost two long-times postal employees. Sue Gerber and Pam Michajlak retired from the Postal Service this month. Pam’s last day was the 12th. Sue’s last day was the 18th.

Pam was the original carrier for Silver Lake when they began home delivery, June 29th, 1996.

A counter of packaged treats, with a note from Sue and Pam, greeted people who came into the Silver Lake post office on Friday.

She followed in the steps of her sister, who also went to work for the Postal Service. Sue had been Postmaster at Silver Lake. She had also worked at the post offices in Wilmot, Salem, Genoa City, and was Postmaster at Camp Lake. Sue says she’ll miss the customers the most.

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A word from our sponsors: June 19, 2021 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement — DH

Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

24410 69th St, Salem

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update June 18, 2021: 15,911 positives

Kenosha County COVID-19 vaccination status /Kenosha County Division of Health


Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 15,911 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Friday. That’s 2 more than Thursday. There have been 313 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. Kenosha County Public Health is reporting 81,433 negative test results.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a positive rate of 9,472/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Friday.

In Kenosha County, 44.14 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 39.77 percent are fully vaccinated as of Friday, reports Kenosha County Public Health.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 433 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 279 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 1,075 cases
  • Randall — 237 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 416 cases
  • Wheatland — 255 cases
  • Paris — 101 cases
  • Brighton — 117 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average (Note: Moving average has been paused due to adjustment of positives for March 5, 6 and 17– DH):

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 612,048 positive tests and 2,970,744 negative tests with 7,235 deaths statewide as of Friday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 61,849 positives as of Friday.

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A word from our sponsors: St. Alphonsus Parish to host Summer BBQ Picnic July 11

Note: The following is a paid announcement from St, Alphonsus Parish. — DH

St. Alphonsus Parish is hosting its Inaugural Summer BBQ Picnic: BBQ, Bands, and Beer. The BBQ Picnic will take place on Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the New Munster Park Pavilion, 6331 341 st Avenue, New Munster, WI.

The event features live bands including “Relativity”, “Charley Thornton”, and others. Food will be served from 1-4pm or until sold out. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, as there is no seating available at the venue.

This is a free event open to the public. Ticket prices for BBQ lunch including a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, mac n cheese, coleslaw, chips, and dessert are $15 for adults, $7 for children under 15, and free for children under 5. Beer, soda, and water are also available for purchase. Carry outs are available.

“After a long year of cancelled events, we decided to have a picnic where we can enjoy live music while getting together with our neighbors and friends,” Fr. Arthur Mattox stated. “What’s better than BBQ, bands, and a cold beverage on a beautiful summer day?” (with the exception of the Mass of course!)

For more information call St. Alphonsus Parish at 262.537.4370.

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Deaths June 18, 2021: Glenn R. Wishnew Sr.

Note: This post sponsored by Westosha Floral. — DH

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Units responding for crash along Bristol-Paris border

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At about 2:19 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways 45 and K along the Bristol-Paris border.

2:23 p.m. — Bristol fire unit arriving on scene reports two vehicles involved with heavy to moderate damage.

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Rain ending this morning; then hot

Hey it finally rained and rained good.

Of course now the natural question is when will it stop?

The rain should end sometime between about 6:30 and 8 a.m., says the National Weather Service.

After that it is still expected to get hot again, with a high of 89 in the latest, local NWS forecast.

There’s a slight chance of some more rain Friday night or early Saturday. There’s a stronger chance of rain late Sunday and Sunday night. High temperatures over the weekend will remain in the mid 80s.

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Garage sales page updated

West of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update June 17, 2021: 15,909 positives

Kenosha County COVID-19 vaccination status /Kenosha County Division of Health


Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 15,909 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Thursday. That’s 3 more than Wednesday. There have been 313 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County (1 more than Wednesday). Kenosha County Public Health is reporting 81,375 negative test results.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a positive rate of 9,470/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Thursday.

In Kenosha County, 44.02 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 39.58 percent are fully vaccinated as of Thursday, reports Kenosha County Public Health.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Wednesday:

  • Bristol — 433 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 279 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 1,075 cases
  • Randall — 237 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 416 cases
  • Wheatland — 255 cases
  • Paris — 101 cases
  • Brighton — 117 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average (Note: Moving average has been paused due to adjustment of positives for March 5, 6 and 17– DH):

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 611,943 positive tests and 2,965,981 negative tests with 7,235 deaths statewide as of Thursday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 61,838 positives as of Thursday.

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Wilmot UHS presents “Nunsense” June 18 and 19

Wilmot Union High School will present its spring musical “Nunsense” this weekend.

Show times are: Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 19 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Get your tickets at the door: $5 adults, $3 students, Wilmot students- free.

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Deaths June 17, 2021: Lori A. Pizur

Note: This post sponsored by Westosha Floral. — DH

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Wheatland to add crosswalk in Slades Corners

This graphic showing a crosswalk mock up was pat of Chris Brown’s submission to the town.

The Wheatland Town Board approved creating a pedestrian crosswalk on 60th Street (Old Highway 50) in Slades Corners in answer to a citizen request.

The board, at Monday’s meeting, authorized spending up to $1,500 for striping and signage.

Slades Corner resident and business owner Chris Brown proposed the crosswalk to be located in about the 39600 block of 60th Street.

“Our little town has grown with a younger generation and by that, in the past 3 years, we have seen a sharp increase of children under 15 in the area,” Brown wrote in a proposal to the Town Board. “As of right now, there are about 13 of these children in the area with of course non-residents also visiting and using the streets and sidewalks the speeding has become an issue. Five of the houses have added “Slow Children” signs of different sorts in their yards to help curtail the speeding.”

Supervisor Andrew Lois said  “I think it’s a decent idea.”

Besides striping on the road, the board discussed including a removable sign in the center of the road to draw attention to the crosswalk.

The town has a similar sign in Lilly Lake. Supervisor Kelly Wilson said the sign is eye-catching, but has taken a beating.

The vote to approve the crosswalk was unanimous.

A locator map for the proposed crosswalk that was part of Chris Brown’s submission to the town.
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A word from our sponsors: Rock the Lake coming to Twin Lakes June 19

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Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association, The Aquanuts and Twin Runners Snowmobile Club — DH

Got the Covid Blues? Time to break out and start the summertime fun! Rock the Lake June 19th at Lance Park is just what you are looking for.

Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association, the Aquanuts and Twin Runners Snowmobile Club have joined together to bring you this new event.

Doin’ Sixty, a home town band, will perform Classic Rock from 5:00-7:00pm. Then be prepared to be amazed. See a 28 girl ballet line, pyramids, barefooting, trick skiing, jumps & swivels at the Aquanuts award winning water
ski show at 7:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Ski Jam” a lighthearted parody of “Space Jam.”

Come hungry, as food and beer tent and the concession stand will be serving from 5:00pm until 11:00pm
for your enjoyment.

At 9:00pm the Back Then Band will take the stage with more Classic Rock music until 11:00pm.

During the evening, there will be 50/50 raffles and each organization will have raffles. Please support your local organizations by purchasing tickets for the Chamber fireworks, the Aquanuts and the Twin Runners Snowmobile Club’s causes.

Donations also will be collected to raise funds for equipment for the Twin Lakes Police Department

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Hot weather returns … and rain

After a brief reprieve, hot weather is expected to return to Western Kenosha County Thursday and Friday, along with a strong chance of thunderstorms and accompanying rain Thursday night, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

Thursday and Friday should see a return to hot weather with highs in the low 90s.

In between Thursday and Friday, there’s an 80 percent chance of a thunderstorm Thursday night. The forecast calls for nearly an inch of rain.

Saturday, temperatures are expected to drop a but into the low 80s. Rain may be back on Sunday.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update June 16, 2021: 15,906 positives

Kenosha County COVID-19 vaccination status /Kenosha County Division of Health


Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 15,906 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Wednesday. That’s 1 more than Tuesday. There have been 312 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. Kenosha County Public Health is reporting 81,195 negative test results (adjusted down from Tuesday).

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a positive rate of 9,469/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Wednesday.

In Kenosha County, 43.90 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 39.41 percent are fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, reports Kenosha County Public Health.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Wednesday:

  • Bristol — 433 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 279 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 1,075 cases
  • Randall — 237 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 416 cases
  • Wheatland — 255 cases
  • Paris — 101 cases
  • Brighton — 117 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average (Note: Moving average has been paused due to adjustment of positives for March 5, 6 and 17– DH):

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 611,844 positive tests and 2,965,906 negative tests with 7,230 deaths statewide as of Wednesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 61,832 positives as of Wednesday.

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June 16, 2021 lake test results: All beaches test within normal range

All Western Kenosha County lake locations tested this week by the Kenosha County Division of Health on Tuesday showed normal E.coli levels.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

Testing results from Tuesday as reported by the Kenosha County Division of Health (except where noted) are:

Salem Lakes – Silver Lake County Park beach 7 E.coli/100 mL; Silver Lake DeWitt Park 138 E.coli/100mL; Lake Shangri-la 220th Ct. 11 E.coli/100 mL; Center Lake 27 E.coli/100 mL; Camp Lake 210 E.coli/100 mL; Hooker Lake Boat Launch 12 E.coli/100 mL; Rock Lake <1 E.coli/100mL.

Paddock Lake — Old Settlers County Park beach 35 E.coli/100 mL; Hoag Park 2 E.coli/100 mL; North Shore Association 2 E.coli/100 mL; PHLA beach 1 E.coli/100mL; PHLA Diving Board 21 E.coli/100 mL.

Wheatland — Lilly Lake 2 E.coli/100 mL.

Twin Lakes — Lance Park on Lake Mary 1 E.coli/100 mL

Randall — (as reported by town of Randall) Powers Lake beach 8 E.coli/100 mL.

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A word from our sponsors: Wheatland J1 School District seeking bus driver

Note: The following is a paid announcement from Wheatland J1 School District. — DH

School Bus Driver

Wheatland J1 School District is currently looking to fill a part-time Bus Driver position. The qualified candidate will be
responsible for transporting students over scheduled routes and/or to/from special excursions; ensuring vehicle is in safe operating condition; and ensuring safety of students during transport, loading and unloading from buses.

  • Starting rate $20.14 per hour
  • Approx. 15 hours per week
  • Signing bonus and paid training

Click here for more information and how to apply.

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Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

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At about 12:46 p.m., Kenosha County fire departments are responding to a request for mutual aid from the Winthrop Harbor Fire Department for a structure fire in the 42600 block of Lewis Avenue in Winthrop Harbor, Ill.

Requested to respond are:

  • Bristol Fire and Rescue with a squad.
  • Kenosha Fire Department with a chief.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 update June 15, 2021: 15,905 positives

Kenosha County COVID-19 vaccination status /Kenosha County Division of Health


Note: All numbers are cumulative since data started being reported in early 2020, unless otherwise noted. — DH

Kenosha County Public Heath is reporting 15,905 total positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday. That’s 1 more than Monday. There have been 312 COVID-19 deaths in Kenosha County. Kenosha County Public Health is reporting 81,219 negative test results.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting a positive rate of 9,468/100,000 people and a 2 percent case fatality rate in Kenosha County as of Tuesday.

In Kenosha County, 43.82 percent of the population has had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 39.22 percent are fully vaccinated as of Monday, reports Kenosha County Public Health.

Kenosha County Public Health is reporting the following total positive COVID-19 test results for Western Kenosha County as of Friday:

  • Bristol — 433 cases
  • Paddock Lake — 279 cases
  • Salem Lakes — 1,075 cases
  • Randall — 237 cases
  • Twin Lakes — 416 cases (adjusted down 1)
  • Wheatland — 255 cases
  • Paris — 101 cases
  • Brighton — 117 cases

All other county cases reported above are from Kenosha, Somers and Pleasant Prairie.

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 daily positives and negatives over time:

Here are Kenosha County COVID-19 positives as a percentage of daily tests over time along with a 14-day moving average (Note: Moving average has been paused due to adjustment of positives for March 5, 6 and 17– DH):

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16, 2020.

Wisconsin DHS is reporting 611,819 positive tests and 2,966,605 negative tests with 7,212 deaths statewide as of Tuesday.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there have been 61,822 positives as of Tuesday.

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Left turn lane to 243rd Ave. added to Highway 50 traffic plan in Paddock Lake

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The fluid traffic plan during utility construction in Paddock Lake has now officially closed the left turn lane from Highway 50 to 248th Avenue and added a left turn lane at 243rd Avenue.

The 243rd Avenue left turn lane was a recent addition after the village requested it. An earlier plan had closed off all northbound roads in the village.

“The Village must insist that the proposed traffic pattern be re-looked at to allow at least one of the three (3) north bound village roads to be accessible to fire and rescue apparatus as well as the public,” village administrator Tim Popanda wrote in an email to We Energies and Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the 248th Avenue left turn lane was closed and the 243rd Avenue left turn lane (for eastbound traffic) was open.

We Energies is replacing 8,100 linear feet of gas main between 236th Avenue and 256th Avenue along Highway 50. That work is being done ahead of a Wisconsin Department of Transportation road construction project for Highway 50 in Paddock Lake in 2022.

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Deaths June 15, 2021: Paul Dugenske, Liola I. Ketterhagen

Note: This post sponsored by Westosha Floral. — DH

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information:

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Weis-Way Dairy to host Grilled Cheese on Dairy Lane June 19

Weis-Way Dairy will host Grilled Cheese on Dairy Lane on Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This event is being held this year by Kenosha County Dairy Promotions in lieu of the annual dairy breakfast. It will have a drive-through format. Visitors will be able to see the grounds, farm equipment and drive through the cow barn.

Weis-Way is located at 21000 Highway 142. Those attending are asked to come from the east to enter. (There is a driveway east of the buildings you will use) Vehicles will drive around the perimeter of where the house and the farm buildings are. There will be machinery parked along the route with signs to identify what it is.

Once you get to the barn, you will be able to drive through and see the cows. There will be people in the barn that can answer questions. No revving engines or honking horns, please.

As you exit the barn you will be directed where to go to pick up your grilled cheese sandwiches, milk, string cheese, and Culver’s custard coupons from the Highway 142 location. Along the route you will be given a bag of dairy promotion items and a volunteer will put a post-it note on your windshield indicating the number of people in the vehicle.

Once you have your food, you will be directed down the driveway to exit. Vehicles must exit to the west. Highway 142 is a busy highway and that will make it safer for all.

The food will be available while supplies last.  There is no charge. If food runs out before noon, people are still welcome to drive thru.

The new format has created some differences in preparation by the hosts, Dan and Marie Weis and family. They have done a trial run a couple of weeks ago, but ask for your patience if there are glitches.

Dan and Marie Weis purchased the farm from Dan’s parents — Barney and Ema Weis — in 1994. The Weis’s are milking 50 cows and have about 120 total on the farm — cows and breeding stock. The farm also has 73 acres for crop production. The Weis’s son Brett is the fourth generation to work the farm.

The Weis-Way herd has been named among the top 200 in the nation by Holstein World Magazine.

Some of the Weis’s favorite and top cows (from left): Mistletoe and three of her daughters, Mojo, Midori, and Mojito. /Photo by Lea Jordan, Cybil Fisher Photography used under license
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Bristol issues burn ban

Bristol has issued a ban on open burning by permit effective until further notice, Bristol Fire and Rescue Chief John Niederer has announced

All open burning through the village permit is suspended.

“Current dry conditions in the area present a high risk of fires to spread out of control,” the announcement of the ban said. “Over the next two weeks, if a substantial rain does not occur a more restrictive burning ban will be considered. In the event substantial rain occurs, the suspension of open burning by permit will be lifted.”

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