Posts from ‘June, 2009’

Had flooding damage? County wants to hear from you

The county’s emergency management department is compiling instances of flooding in hopes of attracting federal disaster relief aid: All residents with storm or flood damages are asked to E-mail Kenosha County Emergency Management at or call the Kenosha County Emergency Management Damagea e Hotline at 262-605-7926 or 262-605-7928 to report their flood/storm damages. Information […]

Bristol extends land sale contract

The contract to sell 60 acres of town-owned land to a shopping center developer was extended another year by the Bristol Town Board and Community Development Authority Monday night. The land is at the southeast corner of  Highway K and the frontage road for Interstate 94. View Larger Map Gary Stetson, representing Gateway Center , […]

Temps in high 80s and low 90s this week

Apparently Mother Nature looked at the calendar, gave herself a biff on the forehead and said something like “oh yeah, it’s summer” and turned up the heat on Western Kenosha County. The forecast calls for high 80s today and temps in the 90s Tuesday and Wednesday and down to the high 80s again for the […]

Twin Lakes’ Libertyfest adds new attractions

Libertyfest may be a fixture of summer in Twin Lakes, but there’s a few new wrinkles this year. Lakewood Grade School-Ray’s Posse, sponsored by Peoples Bank, will be performing a concert on Friday evening. Braided Funk and Betsy and the Bone Shakers are lined up along with karaoke by Genesis Productions. There will be two […]

Salem and Paddock Lake officials remember Dad

Today we celebrate and remember our father or father figure. Not everyone was blessed to have his or her biological father to guide and be an influence in their life. Possibly an uncle, teacher or another man may have taken on that role. Whatever the circumstance, take time to reflect. Two officials in Kenosha County […]

First Father’s Day was in 1910

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes a special person to be called, Dad.”  – Author Unknown  I found this history of Father’s Day on This is very interesting, and the appropriate day to share with our readers. The creation of a national day for Dads began back in the 1900s when a grateful daughter wanted […]

Silver Lake park concert series to begin Sunday

Silver Lake will open the 13th season of the Concert in the  Park season, Sunday, June 28. The first concert of the season will begin at 5 p.m. in Schmalfeldt Park and will feature the Pat Crawford Big Band. The Crawford band has played in Silver Lake twice before, and is a fan favorite, said […]

Local state of emergency declared for county

A local state of emergency has been declared for Kenosha County, in the wake of rain that has caused sporadic flooding, said County Board Chairman Joseph Clark. “Starting late Thursday June 18th through Friday evening June 19th, over 5 inches of rain fell over parts of Kenosha County, with the heaviest rains occurring the evening […]

Salem lakes on slow no wake

The following lakes in Salem are now slow no wake until further notice. Shangri-la Voltz Lake Cross Lake Camp Lake Center Lake Hooker Lake Relaxation of the slow no wake will be on their own individual lake level merit as the week continues, said town Chairman Linda Valentine. There’s more information, including a statement from Valentine, at […]

Sun shines on Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast

After the alarming thunderstorms Friday night, it was a welcome sight to see the sunshine Saturday morning and a large, hungry crowd at the Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast. This annual event was held at the Dale and Richard Spoerlein Farm, Brighton. Due to the saturated grounds, attendees were bused to the grounds from either Brighton […]

Book about wrongly convicted Richmond man up for award

A Richmond, Ill., man’s memoir of wrongful conviction for the murder of his parents has been named a finalist in two categories in the 2009 Indie Book Awards. “In Spite of the System, a Personal Story of Wrongful Conviction & Exoneration” by Gary Gauger and Julie Von Bergen (Fourcatfarm Press, 2008), received the awards in […]

Severe weather observations

  The severe storm that passed through the area this evening has caused some road closures, including Highway C and the southbound lanes of I-94 at 142. There’s a report that Highway 50 at the I is closed, too. What are you seeing? Share in comments. The National Weather Service’s says the main danger is […]

Wheatland Firemen’s Festival next weekend

The Town of Wheatland’s Firemen’s Festival turns 40 years old this year. This year’s dates are June 26 through 28. This year’s festival will include musical entertainment, a poker run and a parade in addition to the usual softball tournament, volleyball tournament, children’s games, water fights, beer pavilion, live entertainment and food. On Friday evening, […]

County to host movies in Silver Lake County Park

Silver Lake County Park will be the site of a new family-oriented activity this year that wuill have you seeing stars — up in the sky and on the screen. County Executive Jim Kreuser and Kenosha County Parks invite you out for a nonstop family orientated movie marathon. Admission is $5 per person and includes […]

Paddock Lake will fill the trustee vacancy – soon

Paddock Lake residents will see a trustee sitting in the vacant seat, but not yet. President Marlene Goodson made a motion Wednesday night, at the monthly village board meeting, to appoint Glenda Morey to the position created by Goodson when she was voted in as president last April. That motion received a second from Trustee Chris […]

Youth Muskie Hunt on Silver Lake

On June 26, 2009, from 5 a.m.-6 p.m. the Fox River Valley Muskies fishing club of Illinois in conjunction with the Village of Silver Lake will host a “Youth Muskie Hunt.” Participants range in age from 9-15, with several belonging to the Silver Lake Middle School Fishing Club. This event will focus fishing as a […]

Reports of Pit Bull Maulings in Silver Lake

While many Silver Lake residents are dog lovers, several appeared at the Village Board Meeting because they are tired of seeing a dangerous pit bull roaming their neighborhood. According to Police Chief Dan Kingsley, a citizen complained of a pit bull living at 318 East North Street who had attacked a couple of dogs over […]

Grass continues to grow on Cogswell Drive

Little has changed at 613 Cogswell Drive, except that the grass has gotten a bit longer than it was last month when Nathan Eide attended the Silver Lake Village Board meeting to see what could be done about the overgrowth. According to village President Roger Johnson, a certified letter was mailed to the owner of […]

Central gets Salem’s support for traffic signal

Central High School’s quest for a traffic signal to be placed at a new entrance and exit it is building that connects school property with Highway 83 south of Highway 50 has won the support of the Salem Town Board. Town Chairman Linda Valentine said last week that she would write a letter supporting the […]

Road improvements needed for athletic facility

Part of the plans included in the new athletic facility project is improving and expanding highways 50 and 83. Administrator Dr. Scott Pierce reported on the draft designed by the Department of Transportation at the Tuesday night Central High School Board meeting. Improvement plans in part include four northbound lanes (an exclusive left-turn lane, two […]

Salem Booster Club Ready to Roll

Wendy Schoenke, Secretary of the newly formed Salem Booster Club outlined the club’s mission statement, goals and programs at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting. She also unveiled the club logo. The falcon with five tail feathers, and the letters SBC interlocked in the center has special meaning to Schoenke, who created the design with her […]

Concert set for library Thursday

Musician Kraig Kenning will be in concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. Thursday, June 18, at the Community Library, 24615 89th St., Salem. Call him contemporary folk, blues, roots rock, American fingerstyle or Americana. Regardless of the genres crossed, Kenning will leave you feeling like you’ve just spent time with an old friend. This program is for adults. No […]

Mock Disaster Exercise at St. Catherine’s Hospital

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Taste of Kenosha County Begins Friday

The first annual Taste of Kenosha County State Line Food Family and Music Festival will take place this weekwend at the Wilmot Mountain Ski and Snowboard Area, 11931 Fox River Rd., Wilmot. As the economy continues to stay questionable, more and more individuals are vacationing locally to enjoy time with the family. As Americans are looking for cost […]

Randall says culvert cost is county’s

Kenosha County will be hearing from Randall about some culverts. The town recently received notice from the county that culverts need to be replaced due to a widening project on county Highway F, near Randall School. Inspection of the area by town personnel showed three culverts will have to be replaced. But the Town Board […]

Paddock Lake trustee seat remains vacant

It appears the vacant Paddock Lake trustee seat created when Marlene Goodson was elected president will remain empty until the April 2010 election. The Committee of the Whole met Monday night with Glenda Morey, who has voiced interest in the position. Goodson recommended to either appoint Morey to the seat or wait until the April election […]

Twin Lakes Approves Street Improvements

On Monday, the Twin Lakes Village Board approved $107,500 for Payne and Dolan to improve roads on Oak Street, Maryknoll Court, and Catherine Avenue. This amount reflected only the base bid plus a 5 percent contingency for the original plan. With only $118,000 earmarked for improvements, the bid precluded two additional plans incorporating repairs to […]

Paddock Lake Picnic in the Park series begins

The weather was perfect for the first summer Picnic at McAlonan Park today. Village Trustee Karen Harris prepared for 150 hungry visitors with hot dogs, popcorn, fruit, salads, lemonade and cookies. “It’s all about bringing the community together,” said Harris, who relies solely on donations for the monthly picnics. ShareTweet0 Shares

Morning Show with Berg and West of the I today

Just a reminder that we will appear on The Morning Show with Greg Berg on WGTD 91.1 FM starting at 8:10 a.m., today. You will hear us talk about changes in media, how we got this site started and about our philosophy of local online news. ShareTweet0 Shares

Randall schedules another clean-up day

Randall’s recent clean-up day was such a success that the town will host another this Saturday. The town had its regular clean-up day, when residents may bring larger items that they can’t dispose of in their regular household trash collection, on June 6. Response was much greater than expected. Residents filled two dumpsters in one […]

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