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 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.

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Units responding for crash in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:01 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 1200 block of Highway MB in Paris.

Per dispatch: Vehicle may be rolled over.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County, says the Kenosha County Emergency Services Warning Center.

The warning is in effect until 10 p.m.

UPDATE 9:53 p.m. — Starting to hear reports of high water. Here is video of a front yard ditch in Paddock Lake:

UPDATE 10:24 p.m. — Intensity of rain seems to have lessened, but reports of washed over roads coming in to county fire/police dispatch. Highway C reportedly has high water from Highway 45 west to 21600 block.

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Two Paddock Lake men arrested in THC vaping manufacturing case

Two Paddock Lake men have been arrested by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department in connection with a local operation that appears to have been set up to inject thousands of vaping cartridges with THC.

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the component of marijuana that makes people feel psychological effects.

In custody in the Kenosha County Jail are Tyler Huffines, 20, and his brother Jacob Huffhines, 23. According to online ourt records, neither has been formally charged in connection with this case, but the Sheriff’s Department says it intends to seek felony charges against both. (Note: westoftheicom does not associate suspects with specific charges until they are formally charged in court– DH)

On Sept. 5, Kenosha Drug Operations Group and the Racine County Metro Drug Unit assisted the City of Waukesha Police Department in serving two “knock and announce” search warrants at two locations within Kenosha County, said a Sheriff’s Department news release. These two search warrants discovered a marijuana/THC operation used to produce THC vape cartridges. The total street value of the seized THC product is estimated to exceed $1.5 million. These simultaneous search warrants were at a residence in the 24600 block of 74th Street in Paddock Lake and at a residence on the 7900 block of Williamsburg Court in Bristol.

At a press conference in Kenosha Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement officials said the case began with a set of parents in Waukesha who came to police seeking to have their children held accountable for using THC vaping products. Subsequent investigation led to the local operation.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said the scope of the operation may have national implications and federal law enforcement has been brought it.

“This could go national,” Beth said.

He also declined to answer some reporters questions about how the operation distributed its products and who else may have been involved due to the investigation being ongoing.

“This is an ongoing investigation,” Beth said. “As much as I would like to reveal exactly how this worked I can’t.”

Items seized from the Bristol residence include:

  • Approximately 31,200 vape cartridges filled with 1 gram THC each
  • Approximately 98,000 vape cartridges unfilled
  • 57 Mason jars filled with approximately 1616 ounces of refined liquid THC
  • Approximately eighteen pounds of Marijuana
  • $351 in US Currency
  • Three money counting machines
  • Thousands of empty vape cartridge boxes/packaging
  • Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia used to produce the filled cartridges

Items seized from the Paddock Lake address include:

  • Approximately $59,000 in US Currency
  • Eight Firearms and ammunition
  • 0.6 Grams of Cocaine
  • 10.6 Grams of Marijuana
  • Nine pills identified as Xanax
  • Nine cellular telephones
  • Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia including scales and packaging materials

Beth admitted his department was not aware of the operation and it was only brought to light now because of the Waukesha parents insisting on their children being held accountable.

“I’m glad we caught it,” Beth said.

Here is video of the press conference:

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth and other law enforcement officials briefed the media this afternoon on the illegal THC vaping cartridge manufacturing investigation and arrest in western Kenosha County.

Posted by Kenosha County Government on Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Units responding for crash in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 28400 block of Highway C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: A single motorcyclist is involved. Motorcycle is off the road in the ditch.

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Deaths Sept. 11, 2019: Naomie Molina

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 to fire in out building

5:47 p.m. – Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue, Randall Fire, Wheatland Fire are responding to smoke coming from an out building in the 40500 block of 102nd Avenue.

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Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for areas of Wisconsin and Michigan that includes Kenosha County.

The watch is set to be in effect until 10 p.m.

Chief concerns for this storm are wind gusts to 70 mph, hail and frequent lightning.

UPDATE about 9:30 p.m. — NWS has now issued a sever thunderstorm warning for Kenosha County.

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Retired Kenosha FD battalion chief displays 9-11 memorial in Bristol

/Submitted photo

This is a photo of a 9-11 Memorial display in the Bristol front yard of retired Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard “BO” Bosanko.

About 9-11 Bosanko said:

I was on duty at the fire station on 9-11-2001 when the planes hit the towers.  We watched the horror unfolding on television like the rest of the country did.  It was the saddest day of my career in the Fire Service.  It is vital that our country “NEVER FORGET”.

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A word from our sponsors: Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club seeking vendors for 8th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 10

Note: This is a paid announcement from Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club . — DH

The Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club is hosting its 8th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The craft fair will be held at the Trevor-Wilmot School along with the pancake breakfast.  The club is currently looking for vendors to participate.  For $25, each vendor will get a 10’ x 10’ area and 2 chairs.  Anyone interested should contact Rachel Redding at carp0208@earthlink.net before Nov. 1 for more details.

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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 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.

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Work for Highway MB scheduled

From the Kenosha County Division of Highways:

The Kenosha County Division of Highways is set to begin work Tuesday, Sept. 10, on a resurfacing of Highway MB (152nd Avenue) between Highway Q (104th Street) and Highway WG (128th Street) in the Village of Bristol. The road will remain open to traffic during the project, with flagging operations in place. Drivers are urged to expect delays. Project completion is expected by Friday, Sept. 20. The work will be conducted weather permitting and is subject to change.

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Thunderstorms in forecast through Thursday night

More thunderstorms are in the latest, local National Weather Service forecast for the next few days.

There’s a 50 percent chance of storms Tuesday night, a 70-30 percent chance of storms Wednesday, a 50 percent chance of storms Thursday and an 80 percent chance of storms Thursday night.

High temperatures are expected to stay in the 80s on Wednesday and Thursday, before dipping back into the 70s for the weekend.

Meanwhile, how much rain did we get last night? West Jacobs measured about 3 inches in Trevor (see below).

/West Jacobs photo, used with permission
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Salem Lakes adopts chicken keeping ordinance

Salem Lakes has adopted a chicken keeping ordinance that reduces the size of residential lots where chickens can be kept, but still deems a little over half of the village’s lots too small.

The ordinance passed by a 5 to 2 vote, with Trustees Ron Gandt and Ted Kmiec — both advocates of a smaller minimum lot size — voting against.

The new ordinance allows people with a lot as small as 15,000 square feet to keep six chickens. Lots over 1 acre to 2 acres can keep eight chickens and lots over 2 acres 20 chickens.

Under the village’s old ordinance, lots had to be two acres to have any chickens.

The passage of the ordinance ends a lengthy period of discussion and stops and starts on the topic of chicken keeping stretching back into September 2017.

There was no discussion of the ordinance by board members on Monday before its passage. During citizens comments, Peter Poli, a community members who helped drive the effort to formulate a new ordinance, said to the board “thank you for all your hard work.”

Asked for comment via email, Gandt said his no vote was based on the minimum lot size being too large.

“I would have liked to have seen the lot size smaller  (10,000 sq. ft.) in size as most of the lots in the village are under the required 15,000 sq. ft. minimum,” Gandt said in an email.

About 51 percent of lots in the village are smaller than 15,000 square feet, according to info provided by village staff.

Kmiec, in a Facebook message to westofthei.com, said he also wanted a smaller minimum lot size and he also objected to a requirement for chicken owners to take a onetime chicken care class at a local business.

“I was in favor of 6 chickens regardless of lot size,” Kmiec wrote. “The setbacks in the ordinance protect neighbors. I feel that the ordinance passed tonight was too restrictive as to lot size. I also am against making a class a requirement for a permit. It’s overreaching on our part. Do we require classes for dogs, cats, birds or other pets? Some will want to keep a couple of chickens as pets. I don’t agree with imposing that requirement on our citizens.”

The ordinance is available here.

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Salem Lakes to explore backyard chicken ordinance

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Units responding for crash in Paddock Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:04 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash at Central High School in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch — Vehicle has hit the brick wall to the north of the front parking lot.

UPDATE 3:06 p.m. — Dispatch reports to responding fire units that a deputy reports there is one occupant of the vehicle, conscious and breathing with hand injury. Air bags deployed.

UPDATE 3:10 p.m. — Second ambulance dispatched to the scene. Another vehicle in the Highway 50 median involved in crash.

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Units responding for investigation in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:06 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue responding to the 24800 blovk of 118th Street in Trevor for an investigation.

Per dispatch: Caller reports a carbon monoxide alarm sounding.

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A word from our sponsors: 9th annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest is Sept. 14

From 2013 Old Settlers Oktoberfest. /westofthei.com file photo

Note: Old Settlers Oktoberfest is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcment. — DH

The ninth annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will take place Sept. 14 at Old Settlers County Park in Paddock Lake from noon to 8 p.m.

The event includes German music and dancing, food, beer, wine and games and activities for all ages.

Here is a schedule of activities:

  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Classic car show
  • Noon-8 p.m.: Beer, wine, food and merchandise tents open; live music by the Ed Wagner Brass Band
  • Noon-7 p.m.: Silent auction
  • Noon-5 p.m.: Kids’ games
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Kids’ tractor train rides
  • 1 p.m.: Dachshund Dash and All-Breed Dog Dash (registration begins at noon)
  • 2, 3, 5 and 6 p.m.: Performances by the D’Oberlanders Dance Crew
  • 2:30 p.m.: Performance by magician “Magic Dave”
  • 5:30 p.m.: Stein-hoisting competition
  • 7 p.m.: Raffle drawing

Other attractions and activities throughout the day will include German street organs, hammerschlagen, chainsaw carving and more.

“Old Settlers Oktoberfest has become a wonderful tradition in our community,” said Rebecca Lancour, president of the Old Settlers Oktoberfest organization. “It’s a great day to simply take a
break and spend quality time with your family, friends and neighbors.”

Old Settlers Oktoberfest is sponsored by Old Settlers Oktoberfest Inc., County Executive Jim Kreuser and the Kenosha County Division of Parks. Proceeds from this event support the construction of a band shelter within Old Settlers Park.

From the 2015 Oktoberfest /westofthei.com file photo
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Units responding for crash in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:03 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a report of a crash at Highways 45 and C in Bristol.

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Units on scene of fire in Trevor

/Contributed photo by Audrey Thieda, used with permission

At about 8:35 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and units from other departments and sheriff’s deputies are on the scene of a structure fire in the 9600 block of 270th Avenue in Trevor.

Kenosha County Scanner Facebook page reports the call was dispatched about 8 a.m. and a working still alarm activated:

UPDATE 8:57 a.m. — Salem Lakes command upgrades alarm to box alarm. Due to respond to the scene are: Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Antioch Fire Department with an engine, Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Randall Fire Department with tenders (water tankers), Bristol Fire and Rescue with a truck, Union Grove Fire Department with a squad, Burlington Rescue with an ambulance and Bristol and Pleasant Prairie with chiefs. Responding for change of quarters to man Salem Lakes stations are Newport Fire Department, Somers Fire and Rescue, Antioch Fire Department and Kansasville Fire Department.

UPDATE about 9:35 a.m. — Salem Lakes command upgrades box alarm. Due to respond are: Somers and Twin Lakes Fire Department with engines, Somers and Newport with tenders, Paris Fire and Rescue and Somers with chiefs. Fox Lake Fire Department is responding for a change of quarters.

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Deaths Sept. 9, 2019: Donald G. Riddle, Judy Lucy Blaylock

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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Twin Lakes considering ordinance on golf cart use

Twin Lakes Village Board members discussed the possibility of enacting an ordinance that would allow golf cart use on village streets.

The discussion took place at the board’s committee of the whole meeting last week. It was in response to a group of residents who had asked to be allowed to use golf carts on the roads at an earlier meeting.

Golf cart use on village streets is not allowed currently, Twin Lakes Police Chief Adam Grosz said at the meeting.

In 2015, Paddock Lake enacted an ordinance allowing golf carts to be used on the streets of that village. That ordinance requires registration of the vehicles as well a number of other conditions. The village held a non-binding referendum on the issue in which residents voted Yes 665 to No 409 to a question of whether golf cars should be allowed on village streets.

Village administrator Jennifer Frederick and Grosz said feedback from other communities that allow golf carts was not positive.

Among complaints from other communities are golf cart operators ignoring registration requirements, not following rules of the road and riding down the middle of roadways.

Frederick said her priority would be to have an ordinance that was enforceable by the local police force.

Village President Howard Skinner acknowledged that some people use golf carts in the village in technical violation of the current ordinance, but he questioned the need to adopt an ordinance regulating their use, which he called “opening a big can of worms.”

“On golf carts, I don’t have any problem with them,” Skinner said. “Who cares if they have a golf cart. You’re not causing trouble, you probably won’t have a problem. … Until we have a problem, we don’t have a problem.”

Grosz said complaints about golf carts have not been a problem. Whether to enforce the current ban is up to an officer’s discretion, he added.

“If you don’t have an ordinance, it won’t be legal to have a golf cart on the roads,” Grosz said.

Some trustees disagreed with the idea of essentially looking the other way on golf cart use and preferred carts either be banned or allowed via ordinance.

“You’re going to make it legal or you’re not going to make it legal,” said Trustee Tom Connolly.

A handful of people interested in the issue attended the meeting with two addressing the board. The second speaker advocated for having an ordinance because he knew of people that had been stopped by police for innocuous golf cart use.

It was unclear by the end of the discussion what the next step might be.

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Units responding to crash in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:44 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash in the 24000 block of Highway C in Trevor.

UPDATE 7:52 a.m. — Deputy requests tows for one vehicle with heavy front end damage and one with heavy rear end damage. One vehicle is about 10 feet off the road.

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Wilmot UHS to host Community College and Career Fair Sept. 18

Wilmot Union High School is hosting a Community College and Career Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 5-6:30 p.m. in the School Commons. 

In addition to public and private college admissions staff, there will be representatives from the military branches as well as area businesses and labor unions.  Representatives from over 20 colleges and 15+ businesses and labor unions will be present to meet with you

There will also be a College Financial Aid Presentation starting at 6 p.m. in the Auditorium. 

This event is not just for Wilmot students. If you, family members or friends are looking for employment opportunities or considering a career change, this event is for you.

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A word from our sponsors: Sept. 8, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: 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):

15620 12th St, Kenosha

35025 Geneva Rd, Burlington

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

9138 388th Ave, Burlington

1912 Swallow Rd, Twin Lakes

4101 5th Pl, Kenosha

21515 81st St, Bristol

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A word from our sponsors: Vendors sought for Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club craft fair on Nov. 10

Note: This is a paid announcement from Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club . — DH

The Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club is hosting its 8th Annual Craft Fair on Nov. 10 from 8:00am – 12:30pm.  The craft fair will be held at the Trevor-Wilmot School along with the pancake breakfast.  The club is currently looking for vendors to participate.  For $25.00, each vendor will get a 10’ x 10’ area and 2 chairs.  Anyone interested should contact Rachel Redding at carp0208@earthlink.net before Nov. 1st for more details. m 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

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Environmental impact of Foxconn project to be explored at meeting

The environmental impact of the Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant on all of southeast Wisconsin will be the topic of a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Veterans Terrace, 589 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington.

The presentation will be led by Kevin Muhs, executive director of the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission. The event is being presented by Geneva Lake Conservancy and Seno K/RLT Conservancy.

The event will include a Q&A session.

Those attending are requested to register online at www.GenevaLakeConservancy.org. A $5 donation is suggested.

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A word from our sponsors: Sept. 7, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Note: 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):

1787 Knob Rd, Burlington,

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Meetings on Sept. 10 and 14 to explain need for new Town of Wheatland Fire Department station

Exterior views of the proposed new station. /courtesy of new fire station committee

Town of Wheatland Fire Department officials will present their case for the town building a new multi-million fire station in New Munster at two public informational meetings next week.

The meetings will be held at the current TWFD station, 34011 Geneva Road, New Munster on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 14 at 9 a.m.

The Town Board agreed to let the fire department make its case for implementing a plan developed by a committee made up of fire department representatives, town Supervisor Kelly Wilson and Scherrer Construction, but a majority of board has asked to see a less expensive proposal.

Fire Chief Lou Denko has said the current proposal was designed to meet the department’s needs for 50 years. Plans show a 16,757 square feet building with n estimated cost of $3.76 million.

“We want to do this right,” said Denko. “There’s nothing fancy about this project. It’s practical.”

Some of the components of the new station that are not present in the current station include:

  • An all weather area for washing trucks indoors. Frequent washing should help truck life.
  • Storage of turnout gear where it is not exposed to truck exhaust.
  • Dedicate places to wash turnout gear and showers for personnel. Cleaning of gear and people is more important than ever with exposure to modern building materials and furnishings, Denko said.
  • A mechanics bay that will facilitate department members making appropriate repairs themselves.
  • Sleeping quarters. While there are no plans to staff personnel at the station overnight, it may become a necessity in the future. In the meantime, those facilities might be used to keep personnel in station during adverse weather conditions, such as have been experienced this winter.
  • One extra bay that could be used for an ambulance, hazardous waste response equipment and/or a rescue boat.
  • A shared office for the chief and assistant chief and another computer equipped work room for other department members that have clerical duties.
  • A day room, where members can decompress after calls as needed.
  • A training room that could allow the department to house training without having to pull equipment out of the bays.

However, there has been little support on the Town Board for the full proposal. Town Chairman Bill Glembocki and Supervisor Andrew Lois have said they would like to see the project cost pared by at least $1 million or more if possible. The other supervisor, Wilson, is a member of the committee that developed that plan and has voiced support for the project.

Denko said at an August meeting that he hopes through these informational meetings to make the case to the public for new station as proposed.

“We take pride in what we do,” Denko said. “We’re part of the community too … There’s a lot of thought that went into this. We have reasons for the things we’ve asked for.”

The current station is 42 years old. The new station is proposed to be built on town-owned land just south of the current station.

Glembocki said he would like Denko to report back to the board after the meetings and the board can consider next steps. Glembocki also has endorsed holding a referendum on the project.

Floor plan of the new station /graphic courtesy of new fire station committee

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A word from our sponsors: 9th annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest is Sept. 14

From 2013 Old Settlers Oktoberfest. /westofthei.com file photo

Note: Old Settlers Oktoberfest is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcment. — DH

The ninth annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will take place Sept. 14 at Old Settlers County Park in Paddock Lake from noon to 8 p.m.

The event includes German music and dancing, food, beer, wine and games and activities for all ages.

Here is a schedule of activities:

  • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Classic car show
  • Noon-8 p.m.: Beer, wine, food and merchandise tents open; live music by the Ed Wagner Brass Band
  • Noon-7 p.m.: Silent auction
  • Noon-5 p.m.: Kids’ games
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Kids’ tractor train rides
  • 1 p.m.: Dachshund Dash and All-Breed Dog Dash (registration begins at noon)
  • 2, 3, 5 and 6 p.m.: Performances by the D’Oberlanders Dance Crew
  • 2:30 p.m.: Performance by magician “Magic Dave”
  • 5:30 p.m.: Stein-hoisting competition
  • 7 p.m.: Raffle drawing

Other attractions and activities throughout the day will include German street organs, hammerschlagen, chainsaw carving and more.

“Old Settlers Oktoberfest has become a wonderful tradition in our community,” said Rebecca Lancour, president of the Old Settlers Oktoberfest organization. “It’s a great day to simply take a
break and spend quality time with your family, friends and neighbors.”

Old Settlers Oktoberfest is sponsored by Old Settlers Oktoberfest Inc., County Executive Jim Kreuser and the Kenosha County Division of Parks. Proceeds from this event support the construction of a band shelter within Old Settlers Park.

From the 2015 Oktoberfest /westofthei.com file photo
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Units responding for low wire in Cross Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:10 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding for a report of a wire hanging low in the 23700 block of 127th Place in the Cross Lake neighborhood.

UPDATE 4:14 p.m. — A utility company crew also responding to the scene.

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