Posts from ‘November, 2012’

Strong winds tonight; low temps Friday

The National Weather Service is calling for strong winds tonight — up to 30 mph. That will be followed by plunging temps Friday. Early morning temps could be in the 20s with wind chills in the teens. Perhaps you’ll need a coat for that Black Friday shopping. Share Tweet Share Pin +1 StumbleShares 0

Deters family thanks community for help after Oct. 26 fire

On Oct. 26 we reported on a fire that destroyed a Randall home. Below is a message from the Deters family thanking the community for all of the help they have received in the aftermath of the fire: Dear Friends: No words can express our gratitude for all of the kindness you have shown our family […]

Happy Thanksgiving from!

Whether you spend it West of the I or somewhere else, all of us at wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Share Tweet Share Pin +1 StumbleShares 0

Silver Lake garage extensively damaged in fire

Here’s an update on the garage fire in Silver Lake from Tuesday evening. From Silver Lake Fire Chief Andrew McFarlane: “Silver Lake Fire responded to the report of a garage fire in the 100 block of West Park St in the village. First unit on scene was 6101 Assistant Chief Burns who advised that the […]

Twin Lakes passes 0% increase tax levy

The Twin Lakes Village Board passed a 2013 budget that included a property tax levy of $3,296,634 — the same levy as the current year. The unanimous vote took place at Monday’s regular Village Board meeting. Also at the meeting, the board unanimously approved a pair of bond resolutions related to the refinancing of eligible General Obligation and TIF debt. The board authorized […]

Units responding to garage fire in Silver Lake

At about 8:45 p.m., units from Silver Lake Fire Department, Randall Fire Department, Town of Wheatland Fire Department, Salem Fire/Rescue, Twin Lakes Rescue and Silver Lake Police officers are responding to a report of a garage on fire in Fourth and Lake Streets the 100 block of W. Park Street in Silver Lake. UPDATE 8:48 […]

Community Library to be closed for Thanksgiving

All Community Library branches — Salem, Silver Lake and Twin Lakes — will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, in observance of Thanksgiving. Normal hours at Salem and Twin Lakes will resume on Friday, Nov. 23. The Silver Lake location is closed on Fridays but will resume hours on Saturday, Nov. 24. Share Tweet Share […]

Forecast calls for temps to plunge after Thanksgiving

The National Weather Service says the nice temperatures we have been enjoying since the weekend (Glad I got those Christmas lights up! Thanks Karen!) will be ending soon, but not before Thanksgiving. The forecast calls for a high of 67 Thursday. The Friday, the high temperature may not get out of the 30s and then stay there […]

Pumpkindaze to move to Fairgrounds next year

The consensus of Salem officials seems to be positive about Pumpkindaze, the community event that Salem held for the first time last month. Town Chairman Diann Tesar said she received positive feedback on the event, which featured a Craft/Vendor Fair, Children’s Activities, Baggo Tournament, 50/50 Raffle, Pumpkin Beer/Other Beer available, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Salem Idol Contest, Bake […]

A word from our sponsors: Fortier Jewelers to host Christmas Sale Event Nov. 23-Dec. 1

Fortier Jewelers, 1129 Main St., Union Grove is hosting  Christmas Sale Event from Nov. 23 to Dec. 1 The entire store of in-stock merchandise will be 50 percent off during the sale event. There also will be a gold buying event going on. The sale excludes special orders, repairs, loosed stones, Citizen watches and sale table events. […]

Salem passes tax levy with 0% increase for fourth straight year

The Salem Town Board approved a property tax levy with a 0 percent increase for the fourth straight year at a special board meeting Monday night. The 2013 levy will be $3,419,470, as it has been since 2010. The levy was part of a budget approved unanimously by the board at the special Town Board […]

Rep. Kerkman named GOP caucus Sergeant-at-Arms

From the office of state Rep. Samantha Kerkman: Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Randall) was unanimously elected by the Assembly Republican Caucus to serve a second term as Caucus Sergeant-at-Arms for the 2013-2014 Legislative Session (on Nov. 13). The nomination was made by The Assembly Republican caucus 60 members, 11 of which will be serving their first […]

Wilmot Associate Principal Padlock on leave

Wilmot Union High School students found one familiar face from administration missing when they returned to school today. Associate Principal Jim Padlock is on a leave of absence, WGTD reported on its Facebook page today. No reason was given for the leave. has requested comment from Dan Kopp, district administrator, but so far has […]

Flight for Life helicopter responding for crash in Bristol

At 7:53 p.m., Flight for Life medical transport helicopter is responding to a landing zone in Bristol for a patient related to a crash. I am not sure yet of the location of the crash but Bristol Fire Department units seem to be responding to Highway WG west of Highway 45. UPDATE 8:10 p.m. — […]

Western Kenosha County Historical Society Holiday Potluck is Dec. 2

Western Kenosha County Historical Society, 25905 114th St. Trevor will host a Holiday Potluck on Dec. 2. Arrive 12:15 to 12:30 to visit and catch up with everyone. Seating at the tables about 1:30 p.m.Come business casual. Bring your favorite dish to share. The main course will be provided. And, bring a small ‘something old’ […]

Bristol School eighth grade class studies — and works to help — hunger

The Bristol School eighth grade class raised money and awareness to address the issue of hunger in the community. This was the culminating project of a cross-curricular unit in literature and science. In literature, students completed reading The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen in which they learned about the Malthusian Principle of Population , a principle […]

Judge Kerkman named champion of adoption

Judge Chad Kerkman, Kenosha County Circuit Court, received the 2012 Champion of Adoption Award at the annual presentation ceremony of the Governor’s Outstanding Adoptive Parent Awards at the State Capitol last week. The ceremony was held in the Assembly Chamber and hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF). DCF Secretary Eloise Anderson presented […]

Units responding to crash on I-94

At 7:15 p.m., units from Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue, Bristol Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department along with sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 10400 block of I-94, southbound lanes. A car has struck the wall. A child and adult in the car are reporting injuries. UPDATE […]

Reader photos: Eagles in Silver Lake

Juddie Brandes of Silver Lake captured these photos of eagles along the shore and flying over Silver Lake on Thursday. Thanks for sharing them, Juddie! Share Tweet Share Pin +1 StumbleShares 0

Salem to negotiate with new garbage hauler

The Salem Town Board on Monday approved town staff negotiating a 5-year garbage and recycling collection contract with John’s Disposal of Whitewater. The town had solicited and received three bids, said Patrick Casey, town administrator. A bid from Waste Management did not receive further consideration because it was much higher than the others. The board […]

Units responding for possible CO problem in Twin Lakes

At 11:08 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a possible carbon monoxide problem in the 400 block of Upper Horseshoe Drive in Twin Lakes. Residents are out of the home but were experiencing symptoms. Gas company also is responding. UPDATE 11:48 p.m. — Gas company on the scene. […]

Twin Lakes FD units responding for aid to Wonder Lake

At about 10:10 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department is responding to Wonder Lake as mutual aid to the fire department there. Twin Lakes is sending a tender, as requested, to a structure on Wonder Lake Drive. Share Tweet Share Pin +1 StumbleShares 0

Units responding for investigation in Twin Lakes

At 9:35 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units along with village police officers are responding to a home in the 230 block of Christie Lane in Twin Lakes for an investigation. A neighbor reported seeing embers coming from a chimney. Share Tweet Share Pin +1 StumbleShares 0

Units responding to gas main break at I-94 and Highway 50

At about 3 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a gas main break at I-94 and Highway 50 in Kenosha. A crew working on drainage may have struck a gas line. The crew may be directly under the I-94 overpass. UPDATE 3:08 p.m. — We Energies also responding. Fire units and scene […]

Providence Catholic School Fall Fest is Nov. 17

Providence Catholic School will be hosting a Fall Fest which will consist of a craft and vendor fair on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This event will take place at St. Francis Xavier Parish, 1714 240th Ave., Brighton. Following is a list of some of the vendors that have signed up […]

Loss of routes criticized at transit hearing

Western Kenosha County Transit’s plans to eliminate two of its fixed bus routes in 2013 drew criticism from several audience members at a public hearing today in Salem. Transit officials assured those at the hearing that they will work to create group on-demand rides or other strategies to try to replace as much of the reduced service at as low as possible cost. For the […]

A word from our sponsors: Crossing Borders Artist Market & Studio Tours Nov. 17 & 18 and Dec. 1 & 2

The 2012 Crossing Borders Artist Market & Studio Tours with unique holiday items made by local artists will take place Nov. 17 and 18 and Dec. 1 and 2. Included will be northeast Illinois and Southeast Wisconsin galleries and studios: Wilmot Artisan Market, 30723 113th St., Wilmot. Fox River Glass, 11218, Fox River Road, Wilmot. […]

Units responding to crash in Bristol

At 1:18 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at 182nd Avenue and 121st Street in Bristol. Crash involves a pickup truck and a bicyclist. Truck reportedly has left the scene, dispatch says. UPDATE 1:20 p.m. — Dispatch reports that bicyclist is reporting that he is not injured. […]

Bulldogs win Division AA Middleweight Super Bowl Championship

On Sunday, November 10, 2012, the Western Kenosha County Youth Football (W.K.C.Y.F.) Bulldogs won The Chicagoland Youth Football League (T.C.Y.F.L.) Big-10 Division AA Middleweight Super Bowl Championship. The Bulldogs defeated the previously unbeaten and number one seeded Mundelein Stallions by a score of 36-24. The championship game was played at Carmel High School in Mundelein, […]

Paris Town Board approves 2013 budget

The Paris Town Board approved its 2013 budget Wednesday night at a special meeting. The 2013 budgeted expenditures are about $213,000 less than the 2012 budget. Most of that reduction (about $194,000) comes from the town paying less toward town property owners’  county taxes. In past years, the town has paid 100 percent of property […]

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