County snowmobile trail system open

The Kenosha County snowmobile trail system is open as a result of the sizable snow we have received since Fridy afternoon.

The recorded message at the county trail system hotline number said the trail system’s status was last updated Saturday morning.

You can check the status of the trail system by calling the hotline at  671-4944. The trail system status is also displayed at

Snow update: 5 more inches overnight

Photo by ladyheart via

We measured 5 additional inches of snow from 9:40 p.m., Friday to about 8:30 a.m., Saturday at headquarters in Paddock Lake. That adds up to a total of 7.5 inches since this storm started Friday afternoon. That amount is already over the Friday morning National Weather Service forecast for our area for this storm, with snow still coming down steady Saturday morning.

The latest, local NWS forecast for our area calls for an additional 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation Saturday during the day. The chance of snow will fall off after about 1 p.m.

If you are out traveling — or while you’re removing snow — keep in mind the wind. The NWS is forecasting “northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.” Snow will be blowing, reducing visibility, and you will feel wind chill.

A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight, Sunday.

After the snow comes the cold. Saturday night, Sunday and Monday are expected to be considerably colder than we have seen this winter. Saturday night’s low temperature will be 6, Sunday’s high 14, Sunday night’s low 5, Monday’s high 19 and Monday night’s low 15. Winds of about 10 mph will bring wind chills down.

Mixed up precipitation of snow, freezing rain and rain is expected Tuesday, with temperatures warming up some.

Related posts

Snow update: 2.5 inches

Wilmot UHS students compete at 2019 DECA District 6 Career Development Conference

/Submitted photo

Thirty-four students from Wilmot Union High School competed at the DECA District 6 Career Development Conference on Saturday, Jan.12.

DECA members traveled to Racine Case High School to compete in 28 occupational series events. Over 600 students from southeast Wisconsin participated in this conference by taking a 100 question exam and presenting their ideas to judges in two separate role plays. Students participated in a variety of occupational series events tied to career clusters. Fifteen Wilmot students were recognized on stage with seven students earning spots in the top four places overall in their event category.

Senior Olivia Pachol earned First Place for her performance on the Economics Excellence exam.

In Food Marketing, seniors Katie Strother and Ian Torstenson both earned a medal for Role Play #1. Ian earned 3rd place overall in this event.

12th graders Cassie Loeffler and Madelyn Lindeman earned 3rd place overall in the Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making category.

These seniors each earned a medal for a Role Play or Test: Lauren Christensen in Human Resources Management, Kevin Brenner for Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Madison Zerr in Marketing Communications, Olivia Pachol for Business Finance, Leif Triller in Apparel and Accessories Marketing.

Junior Angelina Burzawa took home a medal for Role Play # 1 in Hotel and Lodging Management.

Cade Girardi and Jake Maki were recognized for their performance in Quick Service Restaurant Management with Maki earning 3rd and Girardi winning 4th place overall.

In Restaurant and Food Service Management, junior Maisy Morgan and seniors Olivia Rzonca and Caryn Daniels each medaled in Role Play #2. Caryn Daniels also earned a medal for her cluster exam and won 3rd place overall for this event.

Wisconsin DECA’s state conference will be held on March 4-6 in Lake Geneva. Wilmot is seeking volunteers to judge at our State Conference
at the Grand Geneva on March 4 or 5; parents, staff, and community members should contact Marissa Huff, Wilmot DECA advisor, at

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Contact MarissaHuff, Wilmot DECA Advisor at for more information about Wilmot DECA.

Snow update: 2.5 inches

At about 9:40 p.m., Friday, we measured 2.5 inches of snow on the ground at headquarters in Paddock Lake.

That’s accumulation since the snow started at about 3:40 p.m., Friday.

Seems like we are well on our way to meeting the forecast of 5 to 7 inches of snow total from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening. Most of the snow should fall overnight.

Deaths Jan. 18, 2019: Larry C. Burns, Janina Wyka

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:

Continue reading →

Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via

At about 3:26 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units are responding for an alarm in the 2800 block of East Lakeshore Drive in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

UPDATE 3:50 p.m. — Per dispatch: All units clearing the scene and returning to quarters.

Winter storm warning issued

A winter storm warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The warning is set to take effect at 6 p.m. and continue through midnight Sunday.

The latest, local forecast calls for 5 to 7 inches of snow during the warning period. The storm warning says accumulations may be higher close to Lake Michigan due to lake effect.

Snow should start falling about 5 p.m. and continue for about 24 hours. The heaviest accumulation is expected between midnight and 6 a.m., Saturday.

Much lower temperatures are expected right behind the snow. Saturday night’s low temperature is expected to dip to 5, with wind chill between -10 and zero. Sunday will have a high of 15 and a low of 5 and Monday will see a high of 18 and a low of 15. Tuesday should see a return to the 30s for a high, but likely more snow.


Units responding to alarm in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via

At about 9:35 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to the 100 block of Pauley Avenue in Twin Lakes for an alarm.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm

Deaths Jan. 17, 2019: Harry W. Ledene

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:

Continue reading →

Deal of the Day: The Sandlots of Salem $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 The Sandlots of Salem, 9251 Antioch Road, Salem. The Sandlots of Salem is a Grille & Pub with award winning pizza, wings, and burgers featuring 24 craft beers. It also includes a facilities for baseball/softball tournaments and adults sports like kickball and sand volleyball. The Sandlots of Salem is also a great place to watch sporting events and catch live music. You can rent the facility for parties or fundraisers. 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!


Winter storm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The watch is set to be in effect from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon.

From 5 to 7 inches of snow are expected during the watch period.

Sizable snow, then cold says forecast

We should see some sizable snowfall Friday night into Saturday, followed by some of the coldest temperatures so far this season, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast for our area.

The forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of snow Friday night with 3 to 5 inches of accumulation. Saturday, there’s an 80 percent chance of more snow, with 1 to 2 inches of accumulation possible.

Then there’s the cold. Saturday night’s low is forecast for 10, Sunday’s high at 15, Sunday night’s low at 6, Monday’s high at 19 and Monday night’s low at 15.

Temperatures should recover somewhat on Tuesday with a high of 26, but there also is a 30-50 percent chance of snow Monday through Tuesday night.

UPDATE 8 a.m. — There wasn’t really snow in our forecast earlier for Thursday, but now, as it is falling in Paddock Lake, there is. Forecast says until 10 a.m.

Benefit to send veterans to Washington DC memorials is Jan. 20

The Kenosha County Council, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are sponsoring a benefit for at the Brat Stop, Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Brat Stop, 12304 75th St. (Hwy 50 & I 94) Kenosha.

The benefit is located in the Wisconsin Room. It will take place from  1 to 4 p.m.

Kenosha County American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Inc. are teaming up to sponsor a benefit for, transporting 220 of America’s Senior Veterans on a 4-Day Trip to Washington, DC May 19-22, at no cost to the Veteran or “Rosie-the-Riveter.”

These groups believe it is vitally important for every WWII Veteran, “Rosie-the-Riveter” and Veterans (currently) through 1966 to have the chance to visit and experience their memorials. VetsRoll provides the long overdue gift of closure, gratitude and respect that will fill their hearts, for the incredible sacrifices they made in the name of Freedom so many years ago.

The benefit will include entertainment by The Band Trip. The event also will include raffle baskets and a cash raffle. Cash raffle drawing at 4 p.m. attendance not required. Raffle Basket drawings throughout the event; attendance required.

VetsRoll is a WI Non-Profit Corporation and is an IRS SOl(c)(3) non-profit organization. American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Inc. are IRS SOl( c) (19) organizations. The trip is not limited to Veterans residing in Wisconsin.

Silver Lake Rescue Squad ambulances leased for use by Twin Lakes Rescue for six months

One of the Silver Lake Rescue Squad ambulances in the 2018 Twin Lakes Memorial Day Parade. / file photo

Silver Lake Rescue Squad may be in the process of dissolving, but its two ambulances are still serving Wheatland and Randall residents.

On Monday, the Wheatland Town Board approved a six-month lease of one of the ambulances. Wheatland will pay Silver Lake Rescue $500 per month. Wheatland will then lease the ambulance to Twin Lakes Rescue, which as of Jan. 1 took over the area of Wheatland and Randall formerly served by Silver Lake Rescue. Wheatland will charge Twin Lakes Rescue the nominal amount of $1.

Randall is expected to take similar action.

The Wheatland leased ambulance is being housed at the Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue station, said Town of Wheatland Fire Department Chief Lou Denko. It is ready to be used as a third ambulance by Twin Lakes Rescue whenever needed. The other SLRS ambulance is housed at Randall Fire Department Station No. 2 in Bassett. That rig is on a back-up status, but could be outfitted for service in a matter of minutes if necessary, Denko said.

The SLRS ambulances “are intact and operational,” Denko said.

The arrangement means though SLRS is no longer answering calls, the area of Kenosha County west of Bristol still has seven ambulances in service, Denko said.

Whether Wheatland, Randall or Twin Lakes will be able to permanently acquire the SLRS ambulances is still undecided, Denko said

Denko told the board the transition to Twin Lakes Rescue covering all of Wheatland has been good.

“Things are going well with the transition of rescue squad services,” Denko said. “It’s going pretty smooth so far.”

Silver Lake Rescue Squad discontinued operations as of Dec. 31 due to new financial realities brought on by changes in how it was being contracted to cover EMS in Silver Lake. The municipal governments of Randall and Wheatland contracted with Twin Lakes Rescue to cover the portions of their towns that were covered by Silver Lake Rescue in the past. In Silver Lake, EMS will now be provided solely by Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue, which had been sending paramedics to medical calls there since the former village of Silver Lake contracted with the then town of Salem for fire protection and EMS services in 2015.

Winter weather advisory issued

/Photo by Laslovarga via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The main concern is freezing drizzle causing hazardous road conditions.

The advisory is set to be in effect until 11 p.m., Tuesday

Deaths Jan. 15, 2019: Michael John Galley

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:

Continue reading →

Bristol School honor roll first trimester 2018-19 school year

Note: This post sponsored by Bumper to Bumper Paddock Lake Auto Parts. — DH

The following students were named to the Bristol School first trimester honor roll for the 2018-19 school year:

*Denotes straight A’s

6th Grade — *Afia Akowuah, Teagan Alexander, Kristin Antos, Isaac Beltran, *Ellie Boncher, *Noah Burnett, Gabriel Catuara, *Trinity Chevrette, Lily Christensen, Leo Covelli, Nathan Danner, Zachary DeLong, *Charles Dietz, *Jillian Duke, Jonathan Ekkela, *Rachel Erich, *Kelan Fenters, Graham Foerster, Mikayla Franco, *Aubrey Fritz, Nicole Garcia Herrera, Taleia Gomez, Gabrielle Gonwa, Izabella Hannaman, Reid Hansche, *Makenna Heseman, Madaline Holewinski, Amelia Jacobi, *Hailey Kaur, Justin Keeker, *Rosse Klunchoo, *Caden Kramer, Evan Leafblad, Erick Lopez, *Liam Lubkeman, *Emily Mallace, Addison Martinez, *Ella Mattson, Owen Mattson, Mackenzie Miles, *Evelyn Neideffer, Morgan Nelson, Jakob Newell, Max Nottingham, *Dallas Padgett, Reid Pumala, Skylee Rucinski, *Austin Rynberg, Heaven Salts, Brody Schulte, Kostandino Sdralis, John Sedlacek, Jack Spiegel, *Zhanna St. Germain, Vaughn, Stalker, Kelsey Stowell, Kaitlin Sturycz, Landon Taylor, Takis Therman, Nicholas Tortorici, *Amelia Uchacz, Brandon Weddel, Dylan Weeks, Riley Williams, *Anna-Lena Winkler and *Jack Zirkelbach.

7th Grade — Nathan Anderson, *Ryan Anderson, Christian Andonoski, Morgan Baber,*Grace Bertz, Jackson Blasi, *Alyssa Bollwark, *Darla Bonnes, *Jayda Briggs, Joshua Brown, Izabella Buell, *Lauryn Buesing, *Kaylee Buntrock, *Avery Burns, *Ayden Burns, Quentin Burns, *Logan Bush, Maegan Carver, Lauren Caya, Thomas Corbeil, *Grace Cox, *Ava Craig, Ayden Crowe, Travis Daletski, Hayden Danielowicz, *Caroline DeGoey, *Katherine
Denman, *France Ditalo, Elena Espada, Ethan Fisher, *Morgan Frederking, Kate Girard, Kennedy Gordon,*Shaine Grinde, Emma Hall, *Abbey Hart, Molly Harvell, *Madelyn Haubrich, Leeanna Hauch, Aidan Hawkins, Shyanne Hernandez, Hannah Hoeft, *Jordan Jozefiak, *Brock Koeppel, Vivian Kveck, McKenna Langhof, *Marcos Lowe, Andrew Magdovitz, Shaylee McCann, *Imagin Melrose, Ava Miller, *William Monday, Ellianna Olson Exferd, *Jordan Oppenneer, Alexis Palmer, *Emmy Parks, *Adit Patel, *Evan Pelli, Luke Pelli, *Grace Persino, *Christian Peter, Lindsay Piktel, *Katherine Polick, *Crystal Rangel, *Sienna Reid, Seth Scheele, *Joseph Shaffer, *Madelyn Smith, Ethan Sorensen, Ruslan St. Germain, *Brandon Stewart, Ethan Strenger, Rachelle Talbert, Samantha Territo, *Anna Topercer, *Joshua Topercer, *Damian Uchacz, *Katelyn Walker, *Kylie
Walker, Jordyn Watts, Michael Webers, Ryan Weitzel, Hezekiah Whipple, Shannon Wiebers, Emma Williams, *Hannah Wynhoff, Julia Wynhoff, Garett Zagame, *Audrey Zeller, *Katherine Zeller and Cody Zwiebel.

8th Grade — Ashlyn Anderson, Lindsay Anderson, *Nicholas Argersinger, *Katelynn Bergmann, Seth Brankey, *Jacob Briggs, Sara Brown, *Grace Cetera, Tristan Chevrette, *Morgan Chyla, Emma Crocher, Natali Cruz, Kiley Cummings, Riley Dahms, John Delavan, *Elizabeth Dietz, Dylan Dumelle, *Andrew Eckhart, Samuel Ellefson, Sydney Farm, *Joshua Felske, Lillian Floss, *Max Galton, Brooke Giannotti, *Brynlee Gifford, Reid Glassen, Caleb Gliesmann, Aidan Gomez, Eli Gomez, Brandon Gorsuch, Anthony Hall, Jenna Harris, Lillian Hauch, William Herda, Onorato Hernandez, Leslie Herrera, *Liam Horrom, Ava Jacobi, Collin Kadel, Joseph Kavalauskas, McKenzie Keefer, *Grace Kitterman, *Anthony Krause, Jordan Langhof, Hunter Lordier, Mason McNeill, Cody Miller, *Brooke Mueller, *Gabriella Neideffer, Jack Nottingham, *Elle O’Reilly, *Arlen Palmen, Lucas Perri, Ella Peschman, Emma Ramis, *Reese Rynberg, Annastasia Scheele, *Kade Scott, Brooke Shumaker, *Avery Sipiora, Marlee Sipiora, Katherine Slutsky, *Brooke Smith, Melaney Smith, Connor Speirs, Cheyenne Stemple, *Grace Verzal, *Lindsey Wiedmeyer, *Ian Witt
and *Taya Witt.

Note: This post sponsored by Bumper to Bumper Paddock Lake Auto Parts. — DH

Megan Marie Sippy graduates from UW-Madison

Megan Marie Sippy of Paddock’s Lake participated in the 2018 Winter Commencement ceremony at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sippy received her B.S. Degree from the College of Letters and Science. Her double major was Neurobiology and Education. She also “Graduated with Distinction.”

Sippy is a 2015 graduate of Westosha Central High School. Her parents are Anthony and Lori Sippy Of Paddock’s Lake.

Winter weather advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for an areas of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

Slick travel conditions are the main concern for the advisory period, which begins at 6 p.m. Monday and extends to 9 a.m., Tuesday.

Freezing drizzle is expected after 7 p.m, Monday and could continue through Tuesday morning, impacting commuting times for both Monday evening and Tuesday morning. Enough accumulation to form a light glaze could be seen, says the advisory.

According to the NWS:

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.

UPDATE 5:40 a.m., Tuesday — Winter weather advisory for our area has been cancelled.

Twin Lakes Police investigating stabbing

Twin Lakes Police are investigating a stabbing in Twin Lakes Sunday night.

From a news release issued Monday morning:

On Sunday, 1113/2019 at 9 p.m., Twin Lakes Police Officers and Twin Lakes Rescue were called to an apartment in the 300 block of Holy Hill Road in the Village of Twin Lakes for a male subject that had a stab wound to the face. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 38-year old male with a stab wound to his face, later determined to have been caused by a large butcher knife. A witness at the scene along with the male victim advised officers that the victim’s 14-year old daughter had stabbed him in the face. Initial investigation revealed that the victim and his daughter had apparently been verbally arguing earlier in the evening about an online relationship the daughter was apparently involved in. The victim was later lying down on a cot in the living room of their apartment. The 14 old female suspect came from the kitchen into the living room and apparently attacked the victim with a large butcher knife. According to the mother of the 14 year old, she was also in the apartment and heard the victim yell. She then saw the 14 year old standing near her father holding two large knives. The mother said the 14 year old began walking toward her and threw the knives down. The victim was able to get up and held the 14 year old down on the floor, while the mother called police. The victim was transported via ambulance to Aurora Hospital in Burlington and later transferred to Froedtert Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The 14 year old was taken into custody and is currently being held at the Racine County Juvenile Detention Facility. The Twin Lakes Police Department is still investigating this incident. Criminal charges are expected to be referred to the Kenosha County District Attorney. No names are being released at this time.

A word from our sponsors: Sign up for Westosha Sports Complex 9 Hole Tuesday/Wednesday Golf League

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

The Westosha Sports Complex Winter Tuesday/Wednesday Golf League starts Feb. 5! Call to reserve your spot 262-885-6110.

This is a 12-week, 9-Hole Tuesday Golf League. Starts 2/5/19. See schedule located at the bottom. $20 per player per week, 3 installment payments of $80. First is required date of signing up, second due 2/5/19, third is due 3/5/19. First 8 players to sign up get choice of 5 or 7 p.m. tee time.
Handicap is established after playing 45 holes. Once established we will apply handicap to the previous weeks. If a player already has an E6 handicap net scores will be tallied effective week one. A different 9 will be played each week. Tee boxes set at “blue” tees. Putting will be set up as a gimmie within 8 feet. Putting can be done from any spot within the simulator. If you are not on the green you must putt from a point even with the tee.
When in the sand you must use the #5 blue tee. Total Net score for entire league will decide winner of the league. Any missed weeks must be made up no later than 7 days before the final day of league play, and can only be made up during the week, NO WEEKENDS. If missing weeks are not made up you forfeit and can not win any prize money. $5 per week per player will go towards prize pool. 1st (40%), 2nd (30%), 3rd (20%), and last place (10%) will be awarded prize money.

Dates of play: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23

Silver Lake Rescue Squad leaves legacy of emergency medical care

After 59 years of service to Silver Lake and nearby areas, Silver Lake Rescue Squad is no longer answering calls, but has left a legacy of service and training in emergency medical service.

Changing financial factors lead the department to cease operations as of Dec. 31, 2018.

“It’s hard to think of it coming to an end,” said Silver Lake Rescue Squad’s last Chief Dean Fryda in a late December interview with

The department was formed in 1959. Prior to the creation of the squad,  “a patient was transported either by a family member or by a sheriff’s deputy in a station wagon with a cot in it,” says the history section of the squad’s website. The group of men that founded the department were looking to improve that situation. At first they provided basic first aid, with greater levels of care and advanced equipment coming with the passing of years.

While the idea was talked about for awhile, the person seen as the one who finally got the formation of the squad going was Orville Yeager, who had experience with a rescue squad elsewhere in Wisconsin, according to an article in a 10 year anniversary comprehensive special section from the Bi-State Reporter newspaper. Yeager agreed to match the money raised by the first fundraising effort, getting the department going.

There were 14 members on the original roster: Orville Yeager, John Koch, Bob Rudolph, Bob Rudolph, Dominic Rago, William Carr, Art Schultz, Ed Reddon, Willis Carle, Charles Walker, Lyle Kerkhoff, Ray Clark, Harley Jerde and Richard Harrison.

“A lot of people didn’t think we needed a rescue squad in Silver Lake,” John Koch, is quoted as saying in the Reporter section. “After all, there was one in Twin Lakes, only about six miles away. They didn’t realize there are times when six or eight minutes is the difference between life and death.”

Several of the stories in the special section talk about efforts to obtain equipment  in the early days by fundraising or begging, borrowing or scrounging the necessary funds. Later on, the squad became adept at obtaining grants, Fryda said.

The first official vehicle was a Pontiac car, that had a reputation as being difficult to get started at times, a Reporter section article says. In a couple of years, the squad stepped up to a Ford Econoline truck, adapted to ambulance use by members, who built cabinets for supplies and replaced the metal floor. In 1967, the squad obtained its first dedicated ambulance.

The last two ambulances that were in service were a long way from those early vehicles, equipped with all the latest life saving equipment, Fryda said. Included was a LUCAS device, which can administer CPR to a patient, allowing crew members to monitor and tend to other important tasks during a transport, Fryda said.

While the department’s service area was once larger, call volume has increased. For example, in 1968, the squad answered 151 calls total in Salem, Silver Lake, Paddock Lake, Randall, Wheatland, Brighton and Bristol.

By comparison, with a service area of Silver Lake and the eastern portions of Randall and Wheatland, the modern Silver Lake Rescue Squad had about 400 calls last year. Fryda said he had years of answering 200 calls.

Along the way, Silver Lake Rescue Squad was a leader in the area and even the state in several aspects. The department fielded some of the first IV Tech squads. More recently the department was a leader in the use of nitrous oxide for pain management, Fryda said.

Florence Olson, Lynn McFarlane and Dean Fryda.

Silver Lake Rescue EMTs Lynn McFarlane, Florence Olson and Fryda had one of the department’s more memorable calls of recent years when they delivered a baby in their ambulance in the midst of a blizzard in February 2011. The weather was so bad the 12-mile trip to Kenosha Medical Center in Kenosha took 45 minutes, with the healthy baby born just minutes before the ambulance turned into the hospital parking lot. Along the way the ambulance drove behind a county snow plow for part of the way. The plow truck ended up in the ditch, but the ambulance crew — after checking to make sure the plow driver was OK — drove on.

Fryda has spent some time looking through the many scrapbooks of history at the squad station. Some of the procedures described, he said chuckling, clearly were products of their time.

“Reading some of that stuff, wow, that would not fly today,” Fryda said.

Seeing Silver Lake Rescue Squad come to an end has been been rough for members, Fryda said.

“You see these people for years and years,” Fryda said of the families served by the rescue squad, especially in the core area of Silver Lake. “You know their family histories. It’s going to be tough.”

However, Fryda said he personally feels some satisfaction when he thinks about the impact the organization had on the community over its 59-year history. Many who got their start with Silver Lake Rescue are now working with other departments.

“Even though we’re gone, the people I trained are in (EMS) and will be in it for decades,” Fryda said.

A sample of the many scrapbooks of Silver Lake Rescue history.

Related posts

2019 brings changes to emergency medical services in Silver Lake, Randall and Wheatland

Silver Lake Rescue Squad delivers baby in ambulance during blizzard

2019 brings changes to emergency medical services in Silver Lake, Randall and Wheatland

The turn of the new year has brought changes to how residents of Silver Lake and some residents of Randall and Wheatland receive emergency medical services.

Silver Lake Rescue Squad discontinued operations as of Dec. 31. The municipal governments of Randall and Wheatland contracted with Twin Lakes Rescue to cover the portions of their towns that were covered by Silver Lake Rescue in the past. In Silver Lake, EMS will now be provided solely by Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue, which had been sending paramedics to medical calls there since the former village of Silver Lake contracted with the then town of Salem for fire protection and EMS services in 2015. Silver Lake and Salem eventually merged into the village of Salem Lakes in 2017.

Salem Fire/Rescue and the renamed Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue had been contracting with Silver Lake Rescue Squad to respond to medical calls in Silver Lakes and sending a Salem Lakes paramedic as well to Silver Lake calls, said Salem Lakes Chief Mike Slover. This summer, Salem Lakes gave notice that it was going to cancel that contract and handle transportation of all patients in the Silver Lake area when needed. Salem Lakes was interested in still contracting with Silver Lake Rescue to act as first responders in Silver Lake, Slover said.

That change in role in Silver Lake, however, made it not feasible for Silver Lake Rescue to continue in service, said Dean Fryda, Silver Lake Rescue’s last chief. Almost 70 percent of Silver Lake Rescue’s calls were in Silver Lake.

Transportation of patients to hospitals is a key because that is what can be billed and produce revenue.

“Without Silver Lake, there was no way we could continue,” Fryda said.

Another hit to Silver Lake Rescue’s revenue — though certainly a benefit for people — has been safety improvements at the Wilmot Mountain ski facility, Fryda said. The facility was located in a part of Randall covered by Silver Lake Rescue. Due to safety improvements made by new owner Vail Resorts, medical calls at the ski hill have decreased considerably, Fryda said

This fall, Randall and Wheatland town officials, learning of the situation, also served notice that they would not be renewing their contracts with Silver Lake Rescue. Randall and Wheatland both had been covered for EMS partly by Silver Lake Rescue and partly by Twin Lakes Rescue. Both Randall and Wheatland ended up contacting with Twin Lakes Rescue to cover their entire municipalities.

Randall and Wheatland were each paying Silver Lake Rescue $7,500 and Twin Lakes Rescue $15,000 per year. The new contracts with Twin Lakes Rescue will have each municipality paying Twin Lakes Rescue $25,000 in the first year, $27,500 in the second year and $30,000 in the third year, an increase of $7,500 from 2018 EMS costs by the third year.

In Silver Lake, which lies in the village of Salem Lakes, residents will now be served by Salem Lakes paramedic crews without assistance from Silver Lake Rescue. Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue leadership is considering whether that means a crew should be staffed in Silver Lake at perhaps the former fire department building or perhaps at the Wilmot fire station, Slover said. Another possibility would be utilizing the Silver Lake Rescue station in Silver Lake. That property is owned by Salem Lakes and is leased to Silver Lake Rescue. The Salem Lakes Village Board has an item on its Monday meeting agenda to consider an extension of the the lease to allow Silver Lake Rescue more time to figure what it will do with its equipment in the building.

The Salem Lakes Village Board did approve in the fall the hiring of four additional firefighter/paramedics in part due to the increased workload from the Silver Lake change, Slover said.

Fryda said in late December that no decision had been made on what to do with Silver Lake’s two ambulances. The agenda for the Monday Wheatland Town Board meeting includes an item about Twin Lakes Rescue leasing a SLRS ambulance.

Though Silver Lake Rescue had established a deep relationship with Silver Lakes residents through its 59-year history, Fryda said he wanted residents to know he feels they will still be well taken care of by Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue.

“I don’t want people to worry in the village,” Fryda said. “Absolutely don’t worry about it. Salem is going to take great care of people here. I don’t want them to worry.”

Slover said his department will strive to keep the level of service top notch.

“We are going to continue to provide the highest level of service we can in Western Kenosha County,” Slover said.

A word from our sponsors: Jan. 13, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are 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):

602 East St, Silver Lake

23634 124th St, Trevor

10511 292nd Ave, Trevor

7610 242nd Ave, Salem

24921 52nd St, Salem

42590 N Forest Ln, , IL


Units responding to crash in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via

At about 5:45 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 10300 block of 268th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle has rolled over.

UPDATE 5:50 p.m. —  Driver out of vehicle, conscious and walking around.


Units responding for crash in Salem Lakes

Photo by kconnors via

At about 2:57 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at 216th Avenue and Highway AH in Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Injuries being reported. Two vehicles involved. Airbags deployed. Vehicles are not blocking traffic.

Wilmot UHS Academic Decathlon team places second at the 2019 UW-Whitewater Regional

The Wilmot Union High School Academic Decathlon team placed second Friday at the UW-Whitewater Regional to advance to the state finals for the 15th consecutive year.  The Panthers squared off against nine other opponents and were edged by the team from Watertown by fewer than 80 points (a .2% margin). Wilmot will have to reverse that outcome if it wants to win its sixth consecutive state title in March. At state Wilmot will be up against a total of 19 other teams from across Wisconsin.

This year’s theme is the Decade of 1960’s with the the competition beginning back in May of 2018.

Wilmot was led by junior Marcus Wolff in the honors division who not only posted the highest score across the state but the highest Regional score in state history eclipsing the 9,000 point threshold.  It is the first time a Wilmot decathlete has ever breeched 9,000 points at any decathlon event. Marcus took home seven individual ribbons; six first place blue ribbons (Science, Language and Literature, Art, Music, Economics, Social Science) and a third place white ribbon (Math). His highest score was an incredible 980 points out of a possible 1,000 on the Social Science test.

Junior honors teammate Sean O’Dowd nearly broke the 8,000 point mark and is the team’s overall second highest scorer. Sean brought home all three colors of individual ribbons; blue (Interview), red (Economics), and white (Music).

Junior honors Levi Keen earned a white ribbon in Art and was the overall fourth highest scoring member on the team.

The Wilmot scholastics were led by senior Grady Duffy, who personally collected five ribbons; four red (Art, Music, Social Science, Math) and one white (Language and Literature).

Sophomore scholastic Iain McCutchan followed up with another five ribbons, all blue (Science, Language and Literature-a tie with Cooper, Art, Music, Social Science).

Junior scholastic Barbara Cooper grabbed two ribbons, a blue (Language and Literature-a tie with McCutchan), and a white (Art).

Senior Austin Adam led the way for the Panthers in the varsity division and was Wilmot’s third leading scorer at the event. Austin collected a team high eight ribbons; six blue (Language and Literature, Art, Music, Economics, Social Science, Speech), one red (Science), and one white (Math).

Senior varsity Ambriel Siggeman earned seven ribbons; three blue (Science, Language and Literature, Interview), three red (Art, Music, Social Science), and one white (Economics). Ambriel scored a perfect 1,000 on her Interview.

Senior varsity April Hedberg rounded out the roster for the second place Panthers.

Three Wilmot Decathletes made the all-regional team, for which each decathlete received an overall ribbon.  Additionally those who finished first in their respective grade point category received an individual star-shaped trophy. Wilmot decathletes took home two of the three trophies, Wolff in the honors division and Adam in the varsity division.  Siggeman took second overall amongst varsities.

All team members also received overall second place ribbons and for the school a second place team trophy.

Deaths Jan. 11, 2019: Patricia Ellen “Pat” Schroeder, Betty G. Canning

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:

Continue reading →

Eight Central HS students participate in 2019 UW-Parkside Honors Band Festival

/Submitted photo

Eight Central High School band students participated in the UW-Parkside Honors Band Festival on Saturday, Jan. 5.

The honors band was comprised of approximately 70 high school band students from the southeastern Wisconsin area. Students were nominated by their badn directors and selected by the UW-Parkside Director of Bands Laura Rexroth.  The event culminated with a performance by the honors band in the Rita Tallent Center for the Arts.

Central students selected were: Hope Caya, Riley Noonan, Kyle Vivian, Ben Mickelson, Alex Vivian, Cam Lord, Adam Kordecki and Eric Lehmann. Noonan, Kyle Vivian, Lord and Adam Kordecki were named principal chair  in their respective sections.

Spring election 2019: Salem School Board authorizes operational referendum for April 2

Salem School District voters will be able to weigh in on a non-recurring operational referendum on April 2.

The referendum was approved in a series of resolutions voted on by the Salem School Board Thursday. All were approved unanimously with board member Nick Pauloni absent.

The board will be seeking to exceed the levy limit by $1.5 million to help support the 2019-2020 budget (in addition to the $1,070,000 already authorized in a 2017 referendum), by $3 million for 2020-2021, and by $3.6 million for 2021-2022.

Exact expected ballot language will be:

Shall the Salem School District , Kenosha County, Wisconsin be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $1,500,000 for the 2019-2020 school year, by $3,000,000 for the 2020-2021 school year and by $3,600,000 for the 2021-2022 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of general operational costs associated with repairing roofs and the facilities, upgrading safety, security and technology, and maintaining educational programming?

School officials were quick to point out the additional spending authority would not increase taxes because of the district’s efforts to pay off debt in recent years.

“This will not increase taxes,” said board member Lisa Hinze.

The district asked voters for a similar operational referendum in 2017, which passed. The last year of spending approved by that referendum overlaps with the new referendum.

District administrator David Milz said referendums to exceed revenue limits have become common in Wisconsin in order for districts to make ends meet.

“The funding system for Wisconsin public schools is broken,” Milz said. “They’re trying to fix it, but we can’t bank on that.”

Among the issues cited by Milz as needing to be addressed at the school with the additional spending authority are repairs to the roof on the 1996 addition and funding a new language arts curriculum to replace the current curriculum that is over 20 years old. Building fund balance is also a priority. Having more fund balance would also allow the district to avoid having to do short-term borrowing to cover expenses between receiving tax payments.

At the meeting, the board also approved working with law firm Quarles & Brady regarding the referendum. Milz said the company will be consulted regarding legal requirements.

Milz said Quarles & Brady will bill by the hour and typical billings for schools range from $1,950 to $2,750.

  • Follow us on

  • Archives