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Happy Thanksgiving!

Whether you spend it West of the I or somewhere else, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving. ShareTweet0 Shares

Come visit at Lakes Area Expo

Come visit the crew — and a whole lot of other area business and organizations — at The 2011 Lakes Area Business Expo will be held on today, at Wilmot Union High School. The Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $2 or $1 with a non-perishable food item. All […]

Thanks for your patience

We want to apologize to anyone that was inconvenienced by our web hosting company’s technical struggles yesterday that kept offline for much of the day. We heard from many people that were concerned about the situation. Thank you for your support. Such prolonged down periods have been very rare — this was the first one — […]

Happy New Year from West of the I!

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We would like to thank all of our loyal readers and advertisers who continue to make possible. We will continue to strive to become more useful to you every day. Sincerely, Darren and Karen Hillock ShareTweet0 Shares

Happy Thanksgiving …

Whether you spend it West of the I or somewhere else, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving. ShareTweet0 Shares

West of the I Facebook fan page launched

West of the I has launched a facebook fan page. You can visit it here. Go ahead, “like” it too while you’re there. We will work to keep it updated frequently with news for you from Western Kenosha County. ShareTweet0 Shares

Winners of guessing contest announced

We’ve been doing some bean counting here at HQ. No we’re not talking about accounting. We mean counting the jelly beans we displayed in our guessing contest at our Commercial Building booth at the Kenosha County Fair. I guess this one was too easy. We had two winners: Diane Kreuscher of Paddock Lake. Stephen Squires […]

West of the I’s Darren Hillock on WGTD’s Community Matters

I was one of the panelists on WGTD’s (91.1 FM) Community Matters program that will air today at 11:15 a.m. The topic: “The Right of the Public to Know.” The host is Len Iaquinta. Also on the program was Bill Lueders, Isthmus (Madison) news editor, named “2009 Person of the Year” by the Professional Association […]

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 to be added to the list, please drop us a line at Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info. Share2Tweet2 Shares

Get your election results here

We will be posting results of today’s elections as soon as we get them. Keep checking back! ShareTweet0 Shares

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Happy Birthday to us!

Today marks an important milestone for 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 […]

Meet and Greet set with Randall supervisor candidates

Randall voters will be able to talk to the candidates for town supervisor at a Meet and Greet event scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Randall Town Hall on Highway F. in Bassett. There will be no formal program for the event. Instead voters can come in and talk to […]

Got a weather photo?

People love to shoot photos of weather in general, but snow has got to be the favorite. It just looks so dramatic. If you shoot some photos during this storm that you would like to share with West of the I readers, email them to: We’ll post them here. ShareTweet0 Shares

West of the I Poll results: Cold gets cold shoulder

The results of our poll about what is the worst part of West of the I winter are in. Seems most of our respondents are most bitter about bitter cold. I can understand that! Here are the results: What’s the biggest burden of West of the I winter?(polls) ShareTweet0 Shares

West of the I poll: What’s worse, cold or snow?

The defining characteristics of a West of the I winter come down to cold and snow. We’ve had a little of each so far this season. So, which is worse, bitter cold or lots of snow? What’s the biggest burden of West of the I winter?(polls) ShareTweet0 Shares

Happy New Year from West of the I!

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Merry Christmas from West of the I

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West of the I businesses wish you happy holidays

Need a dose of holiday spirit? Check out West of the I’s video holiday greetings. Over 20 area business recorded greetings this year.  A new group is featured on our front page this week and all are available for viewing on the Video Holiday Greetings page. ShareTweet0 Shares

Happy Thanksgiving …

Whether you spend it West of the I or somewhere else, may you have a Happy Thanksgiving. ShareTweet0 Shares

West of the I part of WGTD year in review show

Yours truly of  West of the I participated in a year in review on WGTD’s Community Matters radio show, hosted by Len Iaquinta. Others participating in the look at what was news locally in 2009 were Peter Selkowe of The Racine Post and Steve Lund of the Kenosha News. WGTD can be heard at 91.1 […]

Brewed Beginnings giving one-of-a-kind coffee sleeve donations to Salem Booster Club

Jim and Debi Rigney, owners of Brewed Beginnings in Paddock Lake, were impressed by the efforts of the Salem Booster Club in preserving sports and extracurriculars activities at the school in the wake of budget cuts earlier this year. The shop also had several Salem School teachers as regular customers. The couple wanted to come up with some way […]

Grand opening for Mattel Toy Store is Tuesday

The New Mattel Toy Store in Wilmot will hold its grand opening on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The store will have the world’s most popular brands under one roof and is located at the American Girl complex at 12400 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, Wisconsin. Regional director Jeff Toboyek said the store will carry a wide variety of […]

West of the I poll: School holiday parties

Riverview School recently enacted a no holiday party policy. Other schools have moved away from parties during school time as well. What do you think?(opinion) ShareTweet0 Shares

A word from our sponsors: Farmer Brown’s Totally Haunted Barn and Haunted Hayride

At, we are proud of our sponsors. Periodically, we will be telling you a little more about them. The Farmer Brown’s Totally Haunted Barn and Haunted Hayride, on 200 scenic acres in Bristol, is open for the season. Just stop in or make plans now for you and your friends for a“Night of Terror.” […] is on Twitter

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Coverage of buyers dinner, TLFD anniversary coming

Saturday was a busy one for events. Besides the Silver Lake business expo, also was at the Buyers Appreciation Dinner at the fairgrounds and the Twin Lakes Fire Department 80th anniversary celebration. We will have video and photos posted Sunday morning from both . Check back! UPDATE: Buyers dinner coverage here and TLFD anniversary […]

West of the I poll result: Packers backers stronger for team than Bears fans

More West of the I Packers fans feel their team will do better than the Bears than vice versa our poll showed. The question was who between the Packers and the Bears will end up with the better season record? 56 percent of respondents said they were Packers fans and they feel the Packers will […]

Salem college student wins West of the I fair contest

Hundreds tried, but none were as close to guessing the number of candy pieses in a bottle at the West of the I booth in the commercial building at the Kenosha County Fair as Becky Semke of Salem. The official tally was 671 pieces of candy. Semke was closest with her guess of 680. As […]

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