Agenda: Salem Lakes Village Board meeting Jan. 13, 2020

The Salem Lakes Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular monthly board meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 starting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall in Salem.

Agenda items include:

  • Consideration of an agreement between the village and Brighton for Salem Fire/Rescue to provide fire and rescue services to Brighton. Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue has been providing fire and rescue services to Brighton for many years.
  • Payments to contractors for work on public works and utility district projects including Sunset Oaks Manor Drainage and Street Improvement Project, Timber Lane Drainage and Street Improvement Project, Wastewater Treatment Plant Regionalization Improvements and WWTP Phase 2 Lift Station Rehabilitation.

Here is the full agenda.

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UW-Extension to host farm succession and estate planning workshop on Jan. 21

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will host a workshop at the Walworth County Government Center, 100 W Walworth St., Elkhorn, providing information and resources on farm succession and estate planning. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020, and will run from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to meet individually with speakers, including an attorney and a tax specialist to ask specific questions about their farms. The program is open to farm families throughout the Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth County area.

As the average age of U.S. farmers continues to inch upward, the need to plan for the transition of land, livestock, machinery, and management decisions have become a top priority in the U.S. agriculture industry. While the ongoing economic downturn in almost all sectors of agriculture may have dampened the short term outlook for some farms, long term business and estate planning decisions should still be on farm businesses to-do lists.

Having intentional conversations around farm succession and developing future plans for the farm provides a better chance of transition success. Even if the owner generation is planning to be a part of the management for 10+ years from now, starting early can help the process go more smoothly. It provides the succession generation time to develop their management skills and provides the farm time to build or increase its financial stability to include another generation.

Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch, refreshments, speakers and workshop materials.  For more information on these workshops go to https://farms.extension.wisc.edu/programs/cultivating/.  To register for this program contact Extension Walworth County at 262-741-4963 or Jim.Versweyveld@wisc.edu

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Agenda: Bristol Village Board meeting Jan. 13, 2020

The Bristol Village Board is scheduled to hold a regular board meeting on Monday, Jan. 13 starting at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

The only agenda item outside of routine business and reports is “discuss and give direction to the Public Works director in regard to the 82nd Street Sewer Capacity Analysis Report dated November 2019 and smoke testing by Strand Associates.”

A full agenda and a slide presentation from Strand regarding the above is available here.

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A word from our sponsors: Jan. 12, 2020 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):

6618 244th Ave, Salem

9113 256th Ave, Salem

15620 12th St, Kenosha

23702 80th Pl, Salem

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

6231 373rd Ave, Burlington

35025 Geneva Rd, Burlington

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Wilmot UHS captures 2020 Academic Decathlon regional title

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The Wilmot Union High School 2020 Academic Decathlon team are regional champions.

Wilmot advances to the state competition in March with the regional win.

Wilmot’s winning score was the highest among all of the teams competing in regionals in five sites around the state on Friday. Wilmot competed in the regional at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Team members are: Lulu Cooper, Ana Bishop, Lydia Fielder, Sean O’Dowd
Back row: Maija Pearson, Anna Carroll, Kort Visocnik, Iain McCutchan and Marcus Wolff. Coach is Don Serkowski.

The Wilmot decathletes were the highest scorer all three different divisions, indicated by the star-shaped trophy in the above photo.

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Six Central HS students perform at 2020 UW-Parkside Honors Band

The 2020 University of Wisconsin-Parkside Honors Band performance was held on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Six Central High School band students participated: Angel Flores, Anna Thompson, Laura Beinecke, Daniel Masnik, Josh Greenwood and Matt Moreno.

The Honors Band was comprised of high school students from the southeast Wisconsin and parts of Illinois. The students were nominated and selected by Laura Rexroth, director of bands at UW-Parkside. 

The students rehearsed the music throughout the day and the event culminated in a performance held at the Rita Tallent Pickens Center for the Arts.

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Kenosha County holding Narcan training sessions in Twin Lakes and Trevor

The Kenosha County Division of Health is holding Narcan training in Twin Lakes and Trevor.

The session in Twin Lakes will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, starting at 7 p.m., at the Twin Lakes Fire Department, 236 E Main St, Twin Lakes.

Sessions in Trevor will be held on the following dates: Jan. 20, April 20, July 20 and Oct. 19. These sessions will start at 7 p.m. at Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue Station No. 1, 11252 254th Ct., Trevor.

The rate of opioid overdose deaths in Kenosha County has nearly doubled over the last decade. Narcan reverses the effects of an opioid overdose to allow the person to receive treatment and move into recovery. Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease that can affect any socioeconomic status, race, gender, etc. Any adult can be trained.

Call or email to sign up at 262-605-6741 or narcan@kenoshacounty.org

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Agenda: Wheatland Town Board meeting Jan. 13, 2020

The Wheatland Town Board is scheduled to have a meeting on Monday, Jan. 13, starting at 6 p.m. at Town Hall in New Munster.

Included on the agenda is consideration of an 84th St. “no parking” designation in Powers Lake.

Here is the full agenda.

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Units responding for fire in Bristol

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At about 11:54 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue, Antioch Fire Department and Newport Fire Department and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a fire in the 15900 block of Horton Road (Highway CJ) in Bristol.

Per dispatch: This started as a refrigerator fire and has spread. Building has been evacuated.

UPDATE 12:04 p.m. — Bristol command activates box alarm. Units due to respond are: Paris Fire and Rescue, Kenosha Fire Department and Twin Lakes Fire Department with engines; Somers Fire and Rescue, Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Randall Fire Department with tenders (water tankers); Fox Lake Fire Department with a squad; Newport, Kenosha, Somers and Paris with chiefs; Racine Fire Belles with special equipment; and Kansaville Fire Department with a engine and chief and Union Grove Fire Department with a chief for change of quarters.

UPDATE 12:18 p.m. — Fire Investigative Task Force to respond to scene.

UPDATE 12:45 p.m. — Bristol command strikes box alarm.

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Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At about 8:54 a.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash int eh 10900 block of Highway 45 in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Unit on the scene reports one vehicle involved.

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A word from our sponsors: Jan. 11, 2020 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):

12303 233rd Ave, Trevor

23576 122nd Pl, Trevor

2801 168th Ave, Kenosha

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Twin Lakes considering addressing nuisance short term rental properties

The Twin Lakes Village Board is looking for a way to address chronically troublesome short term rentals in the village without hurting homeowners who are being responsible about how they lease out their properties.

Short-term rentals refers to the recent trend of homeowners renting out their homes for stays of typically a week or less. Websites and apps that facilitate this include vrbo.com and airbnb.com.

Board members accepted that most properties in Twin Lakes that are rented out have been not been a problem.

“We all know the vast majority of people doing this in Twin Lakes are good at what they are doing,” said Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald.

When problems do arise, they typically revolve around noise and garbage.

Ideally, board members said, they can find a solution that engages property owners to monitor what is going on at their property and rent to the right clients. One possible solution kicked around was giving a ticket to the renter creating the nuisance as well as the property owner, perhaps after an initial warning ticket for the property owners.

“Let’s not just slap everybody that’s renting out their place like this,” said Kim Lewis, who was in the audience and owns a lakeside home that is rented to short-term renters. “I think putting the property owners on notice and making them responsible is the way to go.”

While board direction was not precise as to how to solve the problem, it is expected that village staff will come back with a proposed ordinance in the future.

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Weather forecast cancels saturday games for 2020 Bristol School Shoot Out hoops tournament

All basketball games for the annual Bristol School Shoot Out on Saturday have been canceled due to the National Weather Service winter storm warning.

The NWS is calling for rain, snow and freezing precipitation along with gusty winds for Saturday.
 

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Deaths Jan. 10, 2020: Denise Marie Elwood

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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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Kenosha County HCE seeks help to make blankets for needy children

Kenosha County Association for Home & Community Education is conducting a Community Service Initiative making blankets for Sleep In Heavenly Peace. Volunteers from the community are needed at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Bristol Town Hall, (19801 83rd Street), to sew and perform non-sewing tasks.

Racine/Kenosha Sleep In Heavenly Peace is a non-profit organization whose mission is to make certain that No Kids Sleep on the Floor in Our Town; and is part of the national organization that makes and provides beds for needy children. Yes, real beds!

Needed are:

  • Individuals to sew blankets – bring your sewing machine to the sewing day.
  • Individuals to help with non-sewing tasks.
  • Donations of fleece (2 yards or more) or cotton or flannel prints for children to make pillowcases.

Following the sewing event, HCE will hold a potluck luncheon and Annual Association Meeting. For those staying for lunch, please bring a dish to pass.

HCE is a community service organization founded in Kenosha in 1951 that provides educational and community service opportunities and always welcomes new membership. For questions or more information, call Heidi at (262)325-3250.

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Units responding for alarm in Wilmot

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At about 2:09 p.m., Randall Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to an alarm in the 11800 block of Fox River Road in Wilmot.

Per dispatch: This is a carbon monoxide alarm.

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Winter storm warning issued

The National Weather Service has now issued a winter storm warning for our area.

The warning is set to be in effect from 7 p.m., Friday until 6 a.m., Sunday.

This supersedes a previous winter storm watch for about the same timeframe.

The forecast continues to include a variety of precipitation and high winds starting Friday evening and continuing through the warning period. In all, we may see 2 to 6 inches of snow and sleet accumulation through the storm period says NWS. Wind of up to 25 mph is expected starting Friday evening and continuing through Saturday with gusts as high as 45 mph.

Friday’s low temperature should be 30, Saturday’s high about 32 and Saturday night’s low 15.

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Spring election 2020: Four of six county supervisor districts with contests

Four of the six County Board supervisory district seats that include parts of Western Kenosha County will have contested races in the spring election ballot.

Candidates filing by the Tuesday deadline were (by district):

District 18 — Incumbent Monica Yuhas of Pleasant Prairie and challenger former supervisor Jill Gillmore of Bristol.

District 19 — Incumbent Michael Skalitzky of Somers and challenger Sandra Beth of Paris.

District 20 — Incumbent John Poole of Paddock Lake and challenger Sharon Pomaville of Salem.

District 21 — Incumbent Mark Nordigan of Randall is the only candidate who filed.

District 22 — Incumbent Erin Decker of Silver Lake and challenger Bruce Nopenz of Silver Lake.

District 23 — Newcomer Lon Wienke of Twin Lakes was the only candidate who filed. Incumbent Dennis Elverman filed non-candidacy and is not running for re-election.

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Deaths Jan. 9, 2019: Lois Stohr Richards

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 Trevor

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At about 5:07 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 12000 block of Highway 83 (Antioch Road) in Trevor.

Per dispatch: One vehicle involved. One person injured.

UPDATE 5:11 p.m. — Dispatch updates location to a shopping center parking lot.

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Winter storm watch issued

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

The watch is set to be in effect from 9 p.m., Friday to 6 a.m., Sunday.

The NWS says we should expect a little bit of everything in terms of precipitation this weekend — rain, snow and something in between.

Here’s what the latest, local NWS forecast says: It all begins Friday evening with rain. Then there will be rain and snow. Then around 1 a.m., Saturday, snow until at least about 5 a.m. It might snow some after that, perhaps mixed with sleet and rain. Saturday evening, it is expected to return to snow.

In all, there could be 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulation and an additional .2 to .4 of an inch of ice accumulation.

If you are traveling, large areas to the north and the south of Kenosha County also are under winter storm watches.

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A word from our sponsors: Lake Shangri-la’s Annual Ice Fishing Derby is Jan. 25 & 26

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Note: The organizers of this event have advertised it at westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH.

Lake Shangri-la’s Annual Ice Fishing Derby — “the biggest little fishing derby in the world” –will take place this year on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26.

This is the 51st year for this event.

There will be hourly door prizes and fishing prizes. Derby raffle prizes include $1,000 cash first prize, $500 cash second prize and $100 cash third prize. Raffle tickets are drawn at The Community Center, 22112 121st St., on Sunday at 5 p.m.

Entry fee is ten $1 tickets. Pre-registration is Friday, Jan. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. You can also register on Saturday and Sunday of the event starting at 6 a.m.

Breakfast is available from 6  to 10 a.m. Lunch/dinner is available from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments are served at The Community Center, 22112 121st St.

If there’s no ice, there’s still a party.

See lakeshangrila.com or the Lake Shangri-la Facebook page for more information.

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Deaths Jan. 8, 2020: Robert J. “Rob” Fox

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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 on I-94

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At about 8:12 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 10800 block of the northbound lanes of I-94.

Per dispatch: A disabled vehicle was struck by another vehicle. Disabled vehicle rolled over now. Two people reporting injuries.

UPDATE 8:22 p.m. — Flight for Life medical transport helicopter responding.

UPDATE 8:27 p.m. — All northbound lanes being shut down at Russell Road.

UPDATE 8:35 p.m. — Two tow trucks requested.

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Agenda: Randall Town Board meeting Jan. 9, 2020

The Randall Town Board is scheduled to hold a meeting on Jan. 9 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall in Bassett.

Among the items on the meeting agenda is discussion on the draft of Randall Handbook.

The agenda also includes a notice of a planned closed session to discussion of “employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.” After the closed session the board will reconvene in open session and may act on any recommendations from the closed session.

The full agenda is available here.

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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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At about 3:43 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to a report of an alarm in the 100 block of Lance Drive in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is a general fire alarm.

UPDATE 3:44 a.m. — Twin Lakes Police officer on the scene reports no signs of smoke or fire visible from the exterior.

UPDATE 3:45 a.m. — TLPD officer reports alarm triggered by cooking.

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Units responding for alarm in Twin Lakes

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At about 9:57 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to the 1500 block of East Lakeshore Drive on Twin Lakes for an alarm.

Per dispatch: This is for a fire alarm.

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Agenda: Paddock Lake Village Board Committee of the Whole meeting Jan. 8, 2020

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to hold a committee of the whole meeting Wednesday at Village Hall.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Among the items on the agenda for this discussion only meeting is on-street and right-of-way parking, a reoccurring topic of discussion for the Village Board.

The full agenda is available here.

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Deaths Jan. 7, 2020: John A. Szwedo

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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Spring election 2020: Village races uncontested in Salem Lakes, Paddock Lake

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The spring election ballots in Salem Lakes and Paddock Lake will show uncontested races for village trustee in both municipalities. Salem Lakes also will have an uncontested race for municipal judge.

In Salem Lakes, incumbents Dennis Faber, Ron Gandt and Bill Hopkins were the only people who filed to run for three seats. For municipal judge, only incumbent Mike Langel filed.

In Paddock Lake, incumbents Barb Brenner, Gloria Walter and Robert Spencer were the only people who filed to run for three seats.

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