Happy Birthday to us!

Today marks an important milestone for westofthei.com.

We’re one year old.

A year ago Karen and I said we “are striving to make this site the ultimate source of news and information about Western Kenosha County.” That is still our goal. You are a big part of that. You contribute content or ideas for stories and that helps westofthei.com keep on top of all that is happening in our busy corner of the world. Thank you as always for your help. Our philosophy about what is worthy of placing on westofthei.com remains pretty broad — as long as it has to do with WKC. Our approach to community journalism has not changed: There’s no story too small for the big treatment.

Our traffic stats clearly show we have gained a lot of occasional and regular visitors over the last year. Thank you for counting on us to keep you informed.

We also need to thank our advertisers. Their support makes continuing westofthei.com possible. If you’d like to give us a birthday present, patronize our advertisers and tell them you learned about their services on westofthei.com.

Thank you, readers and advertisers alike, for all of your support over the last year. Looking back on all the progress we have made it is exciting to think what the next year will bring.



  1. chris skrzynecki says:

    Congratulations Darren & Karen. West of the I is a great place to visit each day, or for that matter, any time of the day or night. You never know when a new story will break or post, as your ” News Paper ” is truely “our” Twenty Four Hour News Source.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Chris. You’ve helped us a lot. — Darren

  2. natalie says:

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for bringing local news on an easy to read daily basis.

    1. admin says:

      Thank you Natalie for being there right from the beginning.

  3. Nathan Eide says:

    I cannot believe it is only a year. Checking out the site is one thing that I do every morning, it seems you have been part of my everyday life a lot longer. I hope there are many more years to come.


    1. admin says:

      Thanks Nathan. “… many more years to come.” We like the sound of that! — Darren

  4. Glenda Morey says:

    Congratulations and THANK YOU! You have become a wonderful resource for our community.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Glenda. That’s been our goal all along.

  5. Beth LaBell says:

    Celebrate!! Thank you for your professionalism and excellent coverage of our corner of the world!

    1. admin says:

      Beth — Thanks! We have celebrated some — and then it’s back to work! There’s Paris School video to edit and post, for example!

  6. EP says:


    1. admin says:

      Much appreciated EP.

  7. Thanks for a great first year of local news !

    1. admin says:

      You’re welcome Colleen. It’s been — and still is — a lot of fun too.

  8. Jan Ours says:

    Congratulations to you all. It has been a pleasure having something like your site as a useful resource. Keep up the great work! May your next year be as successful for you.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Jan. We will do our best to remain useful.

  9. Linda J Smith says:

    Happy Birthday. You have done a very good job. We enjoy your site and I have told many people to check you out. Then they thank me. Linda Smith

    1. admin says:

      And now I get to thank you Linda. Thanks!

  10. John Capra says:

    You guys are on my stop every morning for whats going on in the county. Great job and happy birthday!

    1. admin says:

      Thanks John. Keep visiting!

  11. Chris Gustafson says:

    Happy Birthday Westofthei and may there many,many years more.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks, Chris!

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