Slow no wake signs down for Powers Lake

Randall Town Supervisor Mark Halvey reports that the slow no wake signs are down for Powers Lakes as of Sunday afternoon.


Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At about 1:27 p m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and Kenosha Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 7500 block of 12300 Avenue along the Bristol/Kenosha border for a crash.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a down motorcycle.


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


Note: 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):

1787 Knob Rd, Burlington

20600 83rd Pl, Bristol

20101 60th ST, Bristol

9138 388th Ave, Burlington


Grace Merrill’s contribution to area EMS celebrated

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Everybody in emergency medical services in this area knows who Grace Merrill is. A lot of them could have been her student at some point. She has been taking care of the residents of Salem Lakes and Wheatland for decades and has taught a couple of generations of emergency medical responders.

Merrill was recognized for her commitment to EMS last weekend at the Town of Wheatland Fire Department’s annual Firemen’s Festival. TWFD Chief Lou Denko surprised her with the recognition for her service to EMS.

Among Merrill’s contributions are:

  • EMS instructor since 1984
  • WEMSA (Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services Association)  since 1989
  • Took CPR in 1978
  • EMT class in 1979
  • (Emergency Medical Services).

There was standing room only in the apparatus bay of the Wheatland Fire Station last Saturday when the presentation was made.

Speakers included: her daughter Kim Daniels; Pam Oldenburg, Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and EMS instructor; state Rep. Samantha Kerkman; Ross Marshall, retired Chief at Town of Burlington Fire Department; and Bill Beetschen, , currently Winthrop Harbor Fire Department Deputy Chief.

Kim spoke about both of her parents. How they started in EMS, together, by taking a CPR course in 1978. A highlight in her call history, Grace delivered a baby, who became her godchild. She started what has become a family legacy. A number of her family have followed in her footsteps. 

EMT class followed in 1979 taught by Bill Beetschen. Bill says Grace remembers all students, can tell you about all her students, and tell you a personal anecdote about each student. “Grace didn’t want to do this (EMS), she had to.”

Grace spent 25 years responding to calls for Salem Rescue. Since 1998 she has been a first responder for Wheatland Fire Department.

Following are videos from the night (video by Earlene Frederick):

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A word from our sponsors: Bristol Progress Days 2019 will be July 12, 13, 14

Note: Bristol Progress Days is a sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Bristol Progress Days, the annual community festival after the Fourth of July, in Bristol, will take place over three days on July 12, 13, 14.

The theme for this year is “Golden 50th Anniversary.”

The festivities include the Miss Bristol crowning and the Outstanding Citizens Awards, which are announced on Friday at the coronation banquet. The sports tournaments are always a big hit and the fireworks show and parade draw people from all over the southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois area.

Here’s some of the fun at Bristol Progress Days:

CORONATION BANQUET — This year’s Miss Bristol and the Outstanding Citizen announcements are made at the annual banquet held at the Parkway Chateau on Friday evening.

RUN/WALKThis year’s events will again include a 5K run/1.5 mile walk on Saturday morning.

PARADE — The parade known for its large number of varied entries and its abundance of candy treats takes place starting at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The parade route works is way through downtown Bristol and ends at Hansen Park, where the other Progress Days activities are held. Make sure to bring a container for all that candy!

FIREWORKS — The annual fireworks display takes place at dusk on Sunday.

AUCTION — An auction with a live auctioneer will take place Sunday following the parade.

LIVE MUSIC — There will be musical entertainment all nights of Bristol Progress Days. On Friday evening, it’s DJ Kody. Saturday evening In the Stix will be playing. Sunday evening will feature Trip.

SOFTBALL — Softball tournaments will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

KIDS FUN — Saturday is a special one for kids at Progress Days with a kids game area and pedal pull starting at 10 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL — A volleyball tournament will take place at Hansen Park on Saturday.

KICKBALL — New this year will be a kick ball tournament on Saturday. Details here.

BAGGO TOURNAMENT — At the beer garden. More info here.

BALLOON SCULPTURE — Big Balloon Tycoon will be doing their thing from 5 to 7 p.m., Sunday.

PIE CONTEST— There will be a pie baking contest on Saturday. Check in time is 1:30 p.m. with judging at 3 p.m. in the West Pavilion. Have you been told your the best baker in town? Well let’s test that theory! Here’s the rules and entry form. Contact Michelle Wade at for more information.

Need more information? Call 857-2447 or visit

Join Bristol Progress Days on Facebook.


Power outage reported

Photo by Jon Fletcher via stock.xchng

At about 11:38 a.m., We Energies is reporting 142 households without power in Salem and Paddock Lake.

Most of those appear to be in Salem, with just a handful of households in Paddock Lake affected.

No information on cause or restoration time is available at this point.

At about 11:05 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue responded to a report of an arcing wire at 237th Avenue and 84th Street in Salem.


Units responding to wires smoking

11:05 a.m. – Salem Fire is responding to 237th Ave and 84th St. for wires arcing and smoking.

Update 11:16 a.m. – WE Energies has been notified.


A word from our sponsors: July 6, 2019 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons


Note: 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):

8520 184th Ave, Bristol


Deaths July 5, 2019: Donald A. Strzalko

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 fire in Salem

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At about 11:45 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in a grill at a home in the 24300 block of 84th Street in Salem.

Per dispatch: Grill top is closed but flames are visible. Grill is about two feet from home.

UPDATE 11:46 a.m. — Per dispatch: Caller reports flames are dying down.

UPDATE 11:52 a.m. — Fire out.


Man dies in Wheatland fire

/Earlene Frederick photo

A man died in a fire in Wheatland Friday morning.

From a news release from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:

On July 5, 2019, at approximately 5:02 AM the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department along with multiple county fire departments responded to the Wheatland Mobile Home Park 32200 45th Street for a report of a mobile home on fire.   Deputies arrived on scene to find an active fire.  A deceased male was located by fire department personnel in the mobile home as the fire was being extinguished.  The fire has been extinguished and the scene is currently being investigated. Initial reports to 911 indicated a mobile home was on fire with smoke and flames showing.  Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Deputies arrived at the scene and confirmed that smoke and flames were coming from mobile home #117.  Deputies were unable to contact anyone inside of the mobile home.  Upon fire department personnel arriving and completing a search of the mobile home, a single deceased male subject was found in the mobile home.  No other victims were in the mobile home.  The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is being investigated. Multiple Kenosha County fire departments including the Town of Wheatland Fire Department, Town of Randall Fire Department, Village of Twin Lakes Fire Department, Village of Salem Lakes Fire Department, Village of Bristol Fire Department, and the Village of Pleasant Prairie Fire department assisted in extinguishing this fire.           

/Earlene Frederick photo
/Earlene Frederick photo

2019 Paddock Lake Fourth of July Bike Parade coverage

Bikes, golf carts and more came out for Thursday’s 2019 Paddock Lake Fourth of July Bike Parade.

The parade starts at McAlonan Park on the west side of the lake and makes its way to its destination of Village Hall on the east side of the lake.

Prizes were awarded for the best decorated bikes by children. There were hot dogs and lemonade served for those who participated.

Here is video of the whole parade from near the starting point:

Here are many more photos from the parade:

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Slow no wake ordered for Powers Lake, Lake Benedict

The Randall Town Board has issued a slow no wake order for Powers Lake and Lake Benedict, said town Chairman Bob Stoll.

The order is in effect until further notice.


Deaths July 3, 2019: Dennis J. McCarthy, Linda I. Barnstable

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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2019 Silver Lake Boat Parade moved to July 7

The 2019 Fourth of July Silver Lake Boat Parade has been moved this year to July 7 starting at 1 p.m. on the water of Silver Lake.

The parade was moved over concerns about the weather on July 4, the traditional day for the event, said event organizer Pauline Chaput.

Get all the details about how to participate here (except remember the changed date).


Power outage update

At about 23 hours after the outage began there are still about 1,500 households out of power in Western Kenosha County..

Most of those households are in Paddock Lake, where We Energies says there at 880 households out of power, roughly half of the utilities customers there. In Salem, there are 76 households out of service, with under 15 households each in Brighton, Bristol and Paris.

At about 4:30 p.m., Paddock Lake village President Terry Burns said he was told by We Energies that power is expected to be restored in the village by 6 p.m.

We Energies is currently attributing the outage to an equipment problem.

UPDATE about 5:17 p.m. — Power back on less than 30 minutes from 24 hours.


Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue Station No. 2 open as comfort station during power outage

Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue Station is open as a comfort station for people who may still be experiencing a power outage from Tuesday evenings storms, village Trustee Ted Kmiec is reporting via his personal Facebook page.

The station on Antioch Road in Salem has power and can be used by people who need to cool off, use the bathroom or charge phones, Kmiec said.


July 3, 2019 lake test results: Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach closed, Lake George and Camp Lake at caution

The Paddock Hooker Lake Association beach on Paddock Lake is closed to swimming and Lake George at 101st Street and Camp Lake are under swim cautions after testing this week showed elevated levels of E.coli at those locations.

Test results from Tuesday that triggered these actions were:

  • PHLA: 1,112 E.coli/100 mL. This location is due to be tested again Wednesday.
  • Lake George: 579 E.coli/100 mL.
  • Camp Lake: 260 E.coli/100 mL.

Above test results reported Tuesday and Wednesday by the Kenosha County Division of Health. All other lakes tested this week were below caution level. We will post all of the results when we get power back at HQ in Paddock Lake (power still out at 11:52 a.m. Wednesday since 5:30 p.m., Tuesday).


Strong storm headed here

At 7:40 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement saying that a strong storm is headed toward Western Kenosha County from the Elkhorn area. Among the listed areas of impact are: Twin Lakes, Paddock Lake, Silver Lake, Camp Lake and Powers Lake.

Winds of 40 mph and lightning are possible from this storm, NWS says.

UPDATE 8:05 p.m. — Raining pretty good in Paddock Lake again.

UPDATE 8:16 p.m. — Rain has lightened up and so is the sky, a little bit anyway.


Power outages reported

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At about 5:45 p.m., We Energies is reporting a large number of people in Western Kenosha County without power.

The outage, show as being centered in the Silver Lake area, is reported as affecting over 4,000 households. We are out of power at HQ in northwest Paddock Lake. As of 5:48 p.m., a crew has not been assigned and a cause not determined — though likely it was weather-related. An estimated time for restoration not determined yet.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m. — We Energies listing outages in Brighton, Paris, Paddock Lake, Bristol, Silver Lake and Salem.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m. — A crew has been assigned. Estimated restoration time is 8:30 p.m.

UPDATE 7:29 p.m. — Which local municipality has the most complete power outage right now? Paddock Lake. Per We Energies numbers, the utility serves 1,539 households there with 1,539 out of power.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. — Salem Lakes Trustee Ted Kmiec reporting on Facebook trees and power lines down in Salem Oaks.

UPDATE 9 p.m. — We Energies reassessing restoration time for this outage.

UPDATE 9:46 p.m. — We Energies still reassessing restoration time.

UPDATE 2:42 a.m. — We Energies estimating restoration time of 6 a.m. Showing 3,100 local households still without power, mostly in Paddock Lake and Salem. Some progress has been made in Paris, Brighton and Bristol where only a few households remain without power.

UPDATE 6:47 a.m. — We Energies re-assessing restoration time for 2,650 local households without power this morning. Some progress being made in Paddock Lake with 961 of 1,539 households still out of power. Less so in Salem, with 911 of 911 households out of power this morning.

UPDATE 7:49 a.m. — Latest by municipality information from We Energies shows 202 households out of 202 served with no power in Silver Lake.


Thunderstorm might affect part of the area

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At 4:48 p.m., the National Weather Service is saying a strong thunderstorm may hit the eastern part of Western Kenosha County, including Paddock Lake and Bristol.

At 4:44 p.m., the storm was centered over Union Grove. Wind gusts of 50 to 55 mph are possible with this storm, says a NWS special weather statement.

Allen Dunski of Kenosha County Scanner (on Facebook) shared the following photo of the approaching storm:

/Photo courtesy of Allen Dunski, Kenosha County Scanner (on Facebook)

UPDATE 4:58 p.m. — Rain falling in Paddock Lake.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m. — Heavy rain and strong wind now in Paddock Lake.

UPDATE 5:24 p.m. — Rain has nearly stopped now in Paddock Lake.

UPDATE 6 p.m. — Sun starting to shine through the clouds in Paddock Lake while thunder rumbles in the distance.

UPDATE 6:16 p.m. — The sky to the northwest of Paddock Lake is a study in contrasts:

UPDATE 7:17 p.m. — Pouring again in Paddock Lake.


Kenosha County Tavern League donates to Riverview School playground project

Riverview School in Silver Lake, has been fundraising for a new playground structure this spring and summer. The Kenosha County Tavern League has donated $500 towards the project. This donation will be matched by the Wisconsin Tavern League Foundation. The new playground equipment will be installed later this summer.


Highway F to be closed from Tuesday through Oct. 8

A section of Highway F south of Highway 50 in Paddock Lake is set to be closed for a while starting Tuesday.

The work is expected to continue through Oct. 8.

Impacts include causing me to reroute one of my favorite ways to go east and west in Western Kenosha County when I am going to or from Paddock Lake.

Here are the details from Kenosha County:

A short stretch of Kenosha County Highway F in the Village of Paddock Lake is scheduled to be closed to through traffic beginning Tuesday, July 2, and continuing until Oct. 8. This closure affects the portion of Highway F (256th Avenue) starting at Highway 50 (75th Street) and continuing southward approximately 1,450 feet. The road is being closed to facilitate a widening and the installation of Village of Paddock Lake-managed water main and storm sewer lines to serve the Whitetail Ridge apartment development near the southwest corner of highways F and 50. Union Grove-based Willkomm Excavating & Grading Inc. is the contractor for the project, which will be supervised by the Kenosha County Division of Highways. Drivers are urged to detour around the closure via Highway 50 (east of the intersection), Highway 83 (Antioch Road), Highway AH (89th Street) and Highway SA (Camp Lake Road). View a map of the detour route here. Those who live in the affected area are reminded to remain alert and drive with caution if they must drive through the work zone. While project completion is scheduled for Oct. 8, the construction schedule is subject to change due to weather and other factors.


Deaths July 1, 2019: Owen Richard Crifasi

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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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Word from our sponsors: Single story office/clinic building for lease in Paddock Lake

Note: The village of Paddock Lake is advertising this leasing opportunity at This is a paid announcement. — DH

For lease, single story office/clinic building containing 2,989 sq. ft., fully ADA accessible, modern, energy efficient masonry building with plenty of windows for natural light.

Layout is conducive for conversion to two separate office suites. Ample accessible parking lot surrounded by professionally maintained landscaping makes this building and site very attractive to customers and clients. In addition, the building is equipped with a dry 1,300 sq. ft. basement capable of storing records and or files.

Property is adjacent to STH 50 with an average daily traffic count of 34,000 vehicles. This building is perfect for a law office, CPA firm, Insurance office, health care clinic, day care, fitness center or business incubator.

Address: 7001-236 th Ave. Paddock Lake, WI.

Contact Tim Popanda, Village Administrator at 262-843-3617 or

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2019 Silver Lake Boat Parade set for July 4

From the 2014 parade. /Contributed photo
From the 2014 parade. /Contributed photo


The 2019 Fourth of July Silver Lake Boat Parade will take place July 4 starting at 1 p.m. on the water of Silver Lake.

Participants can dress up their body and boat, personal water craft or kayak and join the fun. Boats meet on the lake in front of Silver Lake Marina. There will be a lead boat. The parade is once around the lake. Prizes are handed out afterwards.

This year, prizes will awarded for best boat honoring the Navy and best boat display of super heroes.

Jason & Kristy Wallner are the lead boat. They will start you out in front of the Judges and then once around the lake. Judges will then enter the parade and will cut off to get to the end of the parade so they can once again view the boats. Prize winners will be notified by email or text. Prizes must be picked up at the Marina before they close. Rain or shine the Parade goes on…(thunder & lightening, not so much. Please make sure your decoration are tied on tight. We do not want to pollute the lake. Also, some decorations will stain your seats, so be aware.

If you would like your craft considered for judging or have questions, please email Pauline at You will be assigned a number and sent instructions.

All are invited to participate. So grab your boat, your kayak, your PWC, your dingy, strap on a flag on join in the fun. The parade goes on rain or shine (thunder and lightning no so much). Please secure your decorations so they do not end up in the lake.

More information here.


June 30, 2019 storm damage photos

South Third and East Lake Street, Silver Lake. /Earlene Frederick photo

The storm that came through the area in the early afternoon Sunday included winds strong enough to down some tree limbs.

Here are a selection of photos from the damage (Photos by Earlene Frederick and Pam J. Maddox as credited):

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Bristol Historical Society holds grand opening for Davidson Hall

The Bristol Wisconsin Historical Society held a grand opening at Davidson Hall Sunday.

The event was the first public showing of the nearly finished hall and the many historical relics inside.

The hall, which once was the Bristol Town Hall, was moved last year from its original location along Highway C in Bristol Woods County Park to Firemen’s Park across from the Bristol Municipal Building and Fire Station.

After the move, volunteers have worked many hours over the last 14 months restoring the building inside and out, said John McCabe, one of the founders of the historical society and a village trustee.

The building in its new home was named for John and Shirley Davidson, in recognition of their support for the project from early on. Items from John Davidson’s extensive collection of historical artifacts are among those on display in the hall.

Some repairs and renovation still remain to be done, McCabe said. The hall will someday have a regular set of hours when it will be open to the public. It also can be rented for events.

Here is a video of McCabe’s remarks at the start of the event (Video by Earlene Frederick):

Here are some more photos from Sunday’s grand opening:

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2019 Twin Lakes Libertyfest fireworks (VIDEO)

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Twin Lakes Libertyfest hosted its annual fireworks show Saturday evening.

Libertyfest is put on by the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association.

Here is a sample of the fireworks from Lance Park (all video by Earlene Frederick):

Here is another sample of the fireworks:

Here is the finale of the show:


Units responding to crash in Wilmot

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At about 3:36 p.m., Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash in the 11300 block of Fox River Road in Wilmot.

Per dispatch: This involves a motorcyclist that lost control.

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