A word from our sponsors: “Crafts in the Woods” arts and crafts show at YMCA Camp MacLean is Nov. 24

Note: YMCA Camp MacLean is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

YMCA Camp MacLean will host the 25th annual “Crafts in the Woods” arts and crafts show on Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Over 50 crafters will be exhibiting in William L. Rust Lodge and 21 cabins.

Admission is $4 ages 12 and Up and $1 ages 6-11 with 5 and under are free. Admission includes parking and shuttle. No dogs will be allowed at camp.

Don’t miss Mrs. Claus’ Coffeehouse with cakes, candy and treats. There also will be a craft raffle and lunch and bake sale.

Proceeds from the sale help fund the summer camp scholarship program.

YMCA Camp MacLean is located at 31401 Durand Ave (County Highway E), one mile wast of Burlington.

Come spend the day “In the Woods.”

2018 Central HS Veterans Day Program coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Federal Health Care Center Color Guard, Great Lakes Naval Base

Students and staff at Central High School honored US military veterans with a program Monday afternoon at the school.

The program included guest speakers and performances by school band and choir students.

Before the program, there was a reception for veterans in attendance.

Here are some photos and video from the program.

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A word from our sponsors: Polish your golf game year round at Westosha Sports Complex

Note: Westosha Sports Complex is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement.  — DH

Weather or season never gets in the way of your golf game at Westosha Sports Complex in Silver Lake.

Westosha Sports Complex is a professional training facility where players up their game, practice their swings, and just have fun.

Westosha Sports Complex features Full Swing, the worldwide leader in cutting edge indoor golf simulation technology. Full Swing simulators are in the homes of top Tour Pros including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Jim Furyk, Padraig Harrington, and many more. Its patented dual tracking technology delivers superior ball tracking data and makes Full Swing the only simulator that actually measures ball flight indoors. With over 30 years of experience, Full Swing provides the most accurate and realistic golf experience you can find. There are 15 different courses you can play.

Hours are: Monday through Tuesday 3-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. If you are looking for an earlier tee time call us at least 48 hours in advance and we will try and accommodate you. Refreshments, including beer, are avilable for purchase.

If your game is baseball or softball, stop in for Westosha Sports Complex’s HitTrax baseball/softball hitting simulator.

HitTrax is not your average batting cage. Its patented technology measures real-time data and displays live results for immediate feedback. Analyze key performance metrics to identify tendencies before stepping onto the field.

With HitTrax, players are further engaged, in-depth performance reports are generated. Whether it’s hitting leagues, tournaments or home run derby’s, HitTrax brings the excitement of the outdoor game into this facility.

Click here for full pricing details.

Westosha Sports Complex is located at 1215 N. Pryor St, Silver Lake.

Salem Lakes sticks with bulk garbage collection on first week of month

The Salem Lakes Village Board opted to keep bulk garbage item pickup once a month and accept an increase from its garbage collection firm.

Johns Disposal garbage and recycling pick-up service fee will increase 6.1 percent increase to $14.86 per unit per month for 2019, an 89 cent per month increase over the 2018 monthly rate of $13.96 per month per unit.

Johns had proposed having pickup of bulk items — things too big for the garbage tote — to go to a phone-in basis. Instead of having a regular monthly bulk pickup day, residents would have to call Johns and arrange a pickup. In exchange for the new bulk pick-up arrangement, Johns proposed foregoing the increase for the garbage collection part of their fee; recycling pickup was still to increase.

But at Monday’s regular meeting, Village Board members said they felt keeping the current arrangement for bulk pickup on a designated week was worth foregoing the savings of 89 cents per month.

“I didn’t know if it (the savings) was worth it and the people I talked to didn’t think it was worth it,” said village President Diann Tesar.

Accepting the rate increase with the current bulk item pickup passed the board unanimously.

Earlier in the meeting, resident Chris Skrzynecki complained about Johns truck leaking fluids on village roads. A company representative at the meeting said he would personally look into the problem and met with Skrzynecki  in the hall outside the meeting room.

Salem School students and staff honor veterans

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Salem School students and staff were honored to host military veterans and service members on Monday afternoon. Several student groups and staff contributed to the day’s program.

Principal Eileen Hanson welcomed our guests. District administrator David Milz acknowledged veterans in attendance for their honorable service. Students Isabella Frederick and Austin Pohjola presented thank you cards that were created by Salem students.

Jamie Edwards, Salem’s choir director, introduced some 5th grade students who told of the history of The Star Spangled Banner. This was followed by Heidi Anderson leading the Salem 7th and 8th grade band in the playing of the national anthem.

Fourth grade students sang America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and the 7th and 8th grade choir sang We Honor You. The 5th grade students used American Sign Language to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

Scouts retired the colors and the program concluded with a rendition of Taps. After the program, veterans and their families were invited to stay for coffee, punch, and snacks.

Here are some more photos from the program:
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2018 Wheatland Center School Veterans Day Assembly coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Wheatland Center School students and staff recognized US military veterans at a Veterans Day Assembly Monday morning at the school.

The assembly was preceded by a reception for veterans in attendance.

The assembly included the presentation of the colors by Boy Scouts, readings on the history and significance of Veterans Day, a flag folding ceremony, recognition of veterans in attendance and musical performances. Here is video of parts of the musical performances:

Here are some more photos from the assembly:

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Units responding for alarm in Paddock Lake

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At about 1:09 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to an alarm at a clinic in the 25300 block of 75th Street in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: This is a general fire alarm.

UPDATE 1:10 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports this appears to be a false alarm.

Units responding to accident

6:20 p.m. – Silver Lake Rescue and Randall Fire are responding to a single vehicle rollover accident in the 31300 block of Hwy F. No injuries are being reported.

Central HS to publish electronic Community Report

Central High School is publishing their first edition of the electronic Community Report.

In previous years the Community Report has always been delivered to each household within the District via the United State Postal Service. However, due to current fiscal restraints the district will be using an electronic version for the foreseeable future.

If you would like to receive electronic versions of the Community Report, please complete this form.

If you have any additional questions please contact either Kim Hole or Jon Lindh at (262) 843-2321.

A word from our sponsors: Nov. 11, 2018 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: 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):

23634 124th St, Trevor

7844 7th Ave, Kenosha

23410 112th St, Trevor

Units responding for person struck by vehicle in Trevor

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At about 4:25 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 25800 block of Highway C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Report received that a person has been struck by a vehicle. Per dispatch, this person was walking a bicycle along the road.

UPDATE 4:43 p.m. — Emergency personnel unable to locate patient.

2018 Wilmot UHS Veterans Day Ceremony coverage (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Those who have served the United States in the military were honored and remembered in a ceremony Friday morning at Wilmot Union High School.

The ceremony is an annual observance at the school, organized by Marlene A. Tilsner, a Wilmot social studies teacher.

The day started out with a breakfast for veterans. That was followed by the ceremony in the aptly named Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse.

The program started with the veterans in attendance walking in to music provided by the school’s Wilmot Symphonic Band. Here is video:

Other portions of the program included the significance of Veterans Day, a speech by Nick Bennett, US Marines (retired), from Wounded Warriors Project, an acknowledgment of all veterans present, a moment silence and Taps. Appropriate music was provided throughout by the band and WIlmot Choir students. Here is video of a medley of the songs of each branch of the military, during which veterans in attendance were asked to stand or wave during the playing of their song:

A different aspect of this year’s program was a Naval Re-Enlistment Ceremony. Three individuals, including Wilmot’s band director John Sorensen, were re-enlisted. Here is video of the ceremony:

Here is some video of musical highlights from the whole ceremony:

Here are some more photos:

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Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest 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.

A word from our sponsors: Nov. 10, 2018 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: 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):

10511 292nd Ave, Trevor

Units responding to Wilmot UHS for medical call

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At about 2:10 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to Wilmot Union High School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient is confused.

Twin Lakes to have downtown businesses shovel own walks

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Downtown Twin Lakes businesses will be told they are expected to clear snow from the sidewalks in front of their businesses this winter.

The village has been clearing walks in the downtown business district, but Village Board members decided Tuesday that business owners should shoulder that responsibility, just as residents have to clear sidewalks of snow in other neighborhoods.

“I don’t think we should be doing all of the businesses sidewalks,” said Trustee Tom Connolly, who chaired Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting in the absence of President Howard Skinner.

The issue of the village clearing downtown sidewalks was discussed by the board late last winter before being tabled for discussion again in the fall.

Village administrator Jennifer Frederick said having public works not shoveling walks downtown would free personnel to work on clearing streets.

However, there are some areas of downtown that would still be the village’s responsibility. How to clear those areas was discussed, with hiring a part-time, as needed employee or contracting the work out as two options.

The village will figure out what snow removal responsibilities it has left int eh business district first and then come up with options to handle it.

A word from our sponsors: Breezy Hill Garden Center and Hill Country Market Sparkle Event is Nov. 16

Note: Breezy Hill Garden Center and Hill Country Market are westofthei.com sponsors. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Enjoy holiday decor and a designer mantle decor demo at Breezy Hill Garden Center from 6:30pm – 7:15pm and then head across the parking lot to Hill Country Market for a wine tasting with appetizers and a silent auction to benefit the Sharing Center of SE Wisconsin. Find everything you need for entertaining this holiday season! $15/person.

Also, Kids Yoga at Wild Roost Salon and Turning Leaf Acupuncture from 6:00 – 7:30 $10/per child. Please, call and pre-register for this event. Call 262-537-4867 and sign up before 11/16/2018.

Must be 21 or older to sign up/attend.

Updated snow forecast: Maybe close to 2 inches

At 1 a.m., snow is falling in Western Kenohsa County for the start of what is expected to be the first accumating snow of the season.

The National Weather Service forecast has settled on this area seeing about 1.7 inches of accumulation before this snowfall ends early Friday evening.

Snow fall should be strongest between 4 and 9 a.m., Friday. Eventually, snow may be mixed with rain during the day on Friday. By 1 p.m., it is likely to be over.

UPDATE 5:38 a.m. — Snow appears to be sticking more to grass than paved surfaces.

Local Sustainable Small Business Fair at Seno K/RLT Conservancy Nov. 10

A Local Sustainable Small Business Fair will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seno K/RLT Conservancy, 3606 Dyer Lake Road.

Meet and shop local businesses. There will be a basket raffle. Attendance is free.

More information at senokrlt.org

Units responding to fire in Trevor

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At about 3:15 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Bristol Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of smoke and fire at a residence in the 11300 block of 269th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Caller reports hearing explosions.

UPDATE 3:17 p.m. — Fire unit on scene reports flames showing from structure.

UPDATE 3:21 p.m. — Fire command requesting response from gas and electric utility crews.

UPDATE 3:35 p.m. — MABAS box alarm activated for change of quarters only to staff Salem Lakes Station No. 1. Due to respond are Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue with an engine, Newport Fire Department with a tender and Bristol Fire and Rescue with a chief.

UPDATE 3:48 p.m. — Twin Lakes Rescue dispatched to respond to staff Station No. 1 with an ambulance.

UPDATE about 4:18 p.m. — Fire command releases change of quarters units at Station No. 1.

Love for Leah benefit for girl injured in car crash is Nov. 10

Leah Dinchak

Love for Leah, a benefit for a young girl from Trevor struck in a car accident in Illinois this summer, will be held Saturday, Nov. 10 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th St, Kenosha.

On Aug. 10, 5-year-old Leah Dinchak was tragically struck by a car while walking to Lindenfest with her mom. Leah was flown Flight for Life to Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge.

Leah was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, pulmonary contusions, and a very serious spine injury. She is fighting her best fight, with mommy and daddy by her side every moment of every day.

Saturday’s benefit will include 50/50 Raffles, Bucket Raffles, Vacation raffle. $10 entry donation includes food and live music.

More information including how to make a donation is available here.

Units responding to Salem School for medical call

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At about 11:55 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to Salem School for a medical call.

Per dispatch: Patient fell on the playground.

Paddock Lake names new clerk/treasurer

The Paddock Lake Village Board has named Michelle Shramek its new clerk/treasurer.

Shramek succeeds Emily Uhlenhake, who is retiring. The change will be effective Dec. 1.

Shramek, a Paddock Lake resident, has worked for the village in various office capacities since July 2007. She has served as deputy clerk/treasurer since March 2012.

Uhlnehake started with the village as office assistant in 2002 and moved into the newly formed appointed clerk/treasurer post in 2005.

“I will miss my co-workers and the village board, they are great people,” Uhlnehake said. “It is retirement from municipal work and I have no plans to start another job at this time.  Never say never though.  I am really looking forward to spending more time with my family.”

Village administrator Tim Popanda said the transition is the culmination of a succession plan that has been in place for eight years.


Units responding for investigation in Twin Lakes

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At about 8:14 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding for an investigation in the 900 block of Rhyner’s Lane in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is for investigation of an unknown odor.

UPDATE 8:18 p.m. — Police officer on the scene reports no signs of smoke or fire and that odor may be from a skunk.

UPDATE 8:32 p.m. — Fire department units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

Deaths Nov. 7, 2018: Sandra M. Summers

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

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 in Silver Lake

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At about 1:50 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 500 block of S. Cogswell Drive in Silver Lake.

UPDATE 1:56 p.m. — Deputy on scene requests a tow truck.

A word from our sponsors: Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club Vendor & Craft Fair is Nov. 11

The Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club is hosting its 7th Annual Vendor & Craft Fair on Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Parking and admission to the craft fair is free.

The craft fair will take place in conjunction with the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Music Department Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children 4 and under. There will also be raffle and musical performances by band and choir students. Breakfast proceeds benefit the TWC Music Department.

Central HS students participate in 2018 Winona State University Honors Band Festival

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Central High School band members participated in the 41st annual Winona State University Honors Band Festival on Nov. 2 and 3.

The honors band is comprised of approx. 100 high school students from Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Students are nominated and selected by the WSU faculty.

Seven CHS students were selected, but only five were able to attend. Selected were: Hope Caya (flute), Riley Noonan (flute), Kyle Vivian (baritone saxophone), Eric Lehmann (trumpet), Alex Vivian (trumpet), Cameron Lord (trombone), Adam Kordecki (tenor saxophone). Students who attended were: Caya, Noonan, Kyle Vivian, Kordecki and Lehmann.

The Honors Band performed a concert along with the WSU Wind Ensemble on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Deal of the Day: Luisa’s $25 gift card half off

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Our offering today is from Luisa’s Restaurant, 317th Avenue and Highway 50 in Wheatland. Luisa’s is the place for a taste of Italian & American cuisine. Known for their pizzas, their classic thin crust is legendary! For the hearty appetite they can prepare pan or stuffed pizza and they dare you to try to eat more than one piece! Luisa’s menu doesn’t stop at pizza. They also feature pasta dishes, sandwiches, burgers and more. Their Friday Fish Fry is a hit with the locals and be sure to check out the daily specials. Today’s offer is a $25 gift card which we are selling for $13.50 (includes $1 processing charge). Gift card must be used for eat in only.Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!


Colder, windy Wednesday; snow Thursday night-Friday

It will be cold and feel even colder Wednesday as lower air temps combine with wind chill to make it actually feel a little like winter.

And then it looks like snow.

Wednesday’s high temperature should reach 41, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast. But wind of 15 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph will make for a wind chill that will keep the “feels like” temp below 30.

Thursday should be 39 and sunny.

Thursday night we should see snow, perhaps as much as an inch of accumulation, says the NWS forecast. Snow should continue Friday, with less than an inch of accumulation expected.

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