A word from our sponsors: 2022 season Westosha Falcons Football kick-off event is Aug. 6

Note: This is a paid announcement from Westosha Falcons Football — DH

The 2022 season Westosha Falcons Football kick-off event is Aug. 6.

The event will include:

  • Punt pass and kick contest.
  • Food.
  • 50/50 raffle.
  • Silent auction.
  • Home run derby.
  • Bingo.

The event will be held at The Sandlots of Salem from 4 to 8 p.m. All fundraising will benefit the CHS and youth teams.

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Take Western Kenosha County Transit to the fair

Western Kenosha County Transit will be providing door-to-door service to the Kenosha County Fair August 17 – 21.

Please make a reservation in advance. Call 1-888-203-3498 to schedule your trip to the fair today!

Enjoy the Kenosha County Fair minus the hassle of parking. Relax and take Western Transit.

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TLPD seeks info on stolen motorcycle

From the Twin Lakes Police Department Facebook page:

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Fall election 2022: State Assembly Dist. 61 Republican primary candidate Q&A

There will be a contested Republican primary for state Assembly Dist. 61 on the Aug. 9 partisan primary ballot.

Appearing on the ballot will be:

  • Mike Honold
  • Amanda Nedweski

Incumbent Samantha Kerkman did not run for re-election. She was elected Kenosha County executive in April. The district includes most of Western Kenosha County except Wheatland.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate by email. Here are the candidates’ biographical information followed by their question responses, presented in alphabetical order:

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Aug. 3, 2022 lake test results: Camp Lake remains under swim caution

Camp Lake remains under a swim caution after re-sampling on Tuesday by Kenosha Public Health continued to show elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The result from Tuesday that triggered the swim caution was 770 E.coli/100 mL. The lake was scheduled to be resampled Wednesday.

Camp Lake has been under a swim caution or closed to swimming since July 25.

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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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Western Kenosha County Transit announces service changes

Effective August 15, 2022, Western Kenosha County Transit (WKCT) will be implementing
service changes.

WKTC is a public bus service that operates in Western Kenosha County. Hours of operation for the door-to door service will be Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. No Sunday hours will be available.

Limited service is also available to the Lake Geneva, Antioch (Metra only) and Aurora clinic in Burlington:

  • Lake Geneva: Arrival 11 a.m., departure 1:30 p.m.
  • Antioch: Arrival 6:30 a.m., departure 6 p.m.
  • Burlington: Arrival 9 a.m., departure 11:30 a.m.

All rides must be scheduled at least a day in advance. It is recommended to give as much notice as possible, up to 30 days. Reservations may be made by calling WKCT at 1-888-203-3498.

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Powerful pedaling at pedal tractor pulls

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH.

Youngsters will be pushing the pedals for all they are worth on Thursday and Friday at the Kenosha County Fair as part of the annual Pedal Tractor Pulls. The competition is open to youngsters from 5 to 12 years old.

In pedal tractor pull, the kids pedal a special pedal-powered tractor pulling a sled that is a mini version of the type used in engine powered pulling competitions. The farther the competitor pedals, the heavier and harder to pull the sled becomes. The person that pulls the farthest with the most weight wins.

The competition is divided up into classes by age. Prizes are awarded for the top finishers. Competitors can register between 10 and 11 a.m. Thursday and Friday of fair week at the 4-H exhibit buildings. The pull takes place nearby starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday and 10:30 a.m. Friday.

There also will be a special pedal pull for 13 to 16 year olds on Friday only at 11 a.m.

This year’s fair runs from Aug. 17-21.

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Deaths Aug. 2, 2022: Timothy S. Genengel

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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Aug. 2, 2022 lake test results: Camp Lake under swim caution

Camp Lake is under a swim caution after sampling on Monday by Kenosha County Public Health showed elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

Camp Lake has been under a swim caution or closed to swimming since July 25. The test result that triggered the latest caution was 980 E.coli/100 mL. Resampling there was scheduled for Tuesday.

Other testing results from this week as reported by Kenosha County Public Health (except where noted) are:

Salem Lakes – Silver Lake County Park beach 49 E.coli/100 mL; Silver Lake DeWitt Park 155 E.coli/100mL; Lake Shangri-la 220th Ct. 194 E.coli/100 mL; Center Lake 17 E.coli/100 mL; Camp Lake 980 E.coli/100 mL; Hooker Lake Boat Launch 17 E.coli/100 mL; Rock Lake 1 E.coli/100mL.

Paddock Lake — Old Settlers County Park beach 5 E.coli/100 mL; Hoag Park 3 E.coli/100 mL; North Shore Association 34 E.coli/100 mL; PHLA beach 55 E.coli/100mL; PHLA Diving Board 23 E.coli/100 mL.

Wheatland — Lilly Lake less than 1 E.coli/100 mL.

Twin Lakes — Lance Park on Lake Mary 23 E.coli/100 mL; Sunset on Lake Elizabeth 3E.coli/100 mL; Lucille on Lake Elizabeth 20 E.coli/100 mL; Musial on Lake Elizabeth 9E.coli/100 mL.

Bristol — Lake George-101st St. 41 E.coli/100 mL; Lake George-187th Ave. 135 E.coli/100 mL.

Randall (as reported by the town government) — Powers Lake 6.3 E.coli/100 mL; Fox Park Beach on Lake Benedict 122.3 E.coli/100 mL

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Combine crunching at the fair

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Chances are sometime on TV or in person you’ve seen the spectacle of organized cars smashing together known as demolition derby.

But put a fair in an area where there’s still some agriculture going on, like Kenosha County, and unique events like combine demolition derby spring up.

Combine demolition derby takes the huge machines that farmers use to harvest corn, grains and soybeans and pits them against each other in the metal bending world of demolition derby. The results are one of a kind. Last combine in running order wins.

The Kenosha County Fair, which runs Aug. 17-21 this year, has one night of combine demolition derby on Thursday evenings as part of the truck and tractor pull program starting at 6:30 p.m. There’s no extra admission for the combine demo derby, which takes place after the pull in the grandstand area of the Wilmot Raceway right on the fairgrounds.

Info on entering the combine demolition derby is available here.

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Man dies in crash at Paris drag strip

An Illinois man died in a crash at a local drag strip Saturday.

From a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department news release:

On Saturday, July 30th, 2022, at 4:28 PM, Kenosha County deputies, and Fire/Rescue personnel from the Town of Paris and the Village of Somers responded to the “Great Lakes Dragaway” (18411-1st Street) for a serious vehicle crash.  Initial reports indicated that a custom late model Corvette drag car had lost control on the track while racing and struck a concrete wall at a speed of 200 mph.  The driver was wearing a helmet and full safety restraints while operating the race car. According to deputies on scene, the operator and sole occupant was removed from the racecar and transported to a local hospital by Paris rescue.  The driver was later pronounced deceased.  He was identified as Charles Weck, a 66-year-old man from Marengo, IL.  The vehicle sustained extensive damage.

The public is encouraged to contact the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department with any information regarding the crash at 262-605-5100.

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A word from our sponsors: Wheatland J1 School District Employment Opportunities

The following is a paid announcement from Wheatland J1 School District. — DH

Be a part of a dynamic team that shares a commitment to excellence in helping our students succeed daily! Wheatland J1 School District is currently looking to fill the following positions:

  • School Bus Driver
  • Special Education Program Aide
  • 4K Paraprofessional
  • Lunch/Recess Supervisor

Competitive salary, paid training, and potential for sign-on bonus offered. Please visit wheatland.k12.wi.us for more information and details on these and other positions available.

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Agenda: Twin Lakes Village Board committee of the whole meeting Aug. 1, 2022

The Twin Lakes Village Board is scheduled to hold a committee of the whole meeting Monday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

No action is taken at committee of the whole meetings, only discussion of items.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Presentation by CLiftonLarsonAllen LLP regarding 2021 audit findings.
  • Discussion regarding a resolution to vacate a portion of the public right of way for Lake Drive.

The full agenda is available here.

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Specials for all the Midway ride fun you want

Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

If you can’t get enough of the up and down and round and round of the midway rides at the Kenosha County Fair, you are in luck. Check out the Mega Wristband, which gives you unlimited rides every day for $50. The wristbands can be purchased through Aug. 16 at Lakeside Foods in Paddock Lake and the Festival Foods stores in Somers (Green Bay Road) and Kenosha (80th Street). The passes also will be available to purchase at the Fair Office on the fairgrounds in Wilmot through Aug. 15.

Plan ahead and save!

There also are daily wristband ride specials. More info below:

The fair takes place this year from Aug. 17-21 at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

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A word from our sponsors: July 31, 2022 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):

8420 184th Ave, Bristol

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Barrel Room Home Brew Competition

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Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

This year’s Kenosha County Fair will include The Barrel Room Home Brew Competition

Amateur brewers can enter in the following categories:

  • Pale Ale
  • Dark Ale
  • Fruit Beer
  • Lager
  • Any other Beer

Amateur vintners can enter in the following categories:

  • Red Wine
  • White Wine
  • Blush Wine
  • Fruit Wine
  • Any other wine

Participants must be 21 years of age. Fair admission required for results and tasting event.

More details on the contest are available here.

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Tyler Andrews named to Miami University 2021-22 spring Dean’s List

Tyler Andrews was named to the Dean’s list at Miami University for the 2021-22 spring semester.

Miami University students who are ranked in the top twenty percent of undergraduate students within their division for the spring semester 2021-22 have been named to the Dean’s list recognizing academic performance.

Andrews, from Salem, is earning a B.S. in Business in Marketing.

Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio, with a student body of nearly 19,000.

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July 30, 2022 lake test results: Camp Lake under swim caution

Camp Lake is now under a swim caution after resampling Friday continued to show elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

Friday’s test results for Camp Lake was 298 E.coli /100 mL. The swim caution will remain in effect all weekend. More testing will not take place until next week.

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A word from our sponsors: July 30, 2022 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):

8420 184th Ave, Bristol

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: See the antique farm machinery exhibit at the fair

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Note: The Kenosha County Fair is a westofthei.com sponsor. – DH

For 49 years there has been an antique farm machinery exhibit at the Kenosha County Fair.

That’s a long time. But much of the equipment in this display will be considerably older.

Some of the machinery you might see includes:

  • Old-fashioned pitcher pump to draw water.
  • Rope maker, which makes rope from baling twine.
  • How corn was ground into feed.
  • Old tractors, including John Deere, Allis Chalmers and Farmall models.

The antique farm machinery exhibit is located just inside the Kenosha County fair main gate on the north end of the fairgrounds.

The Antique Tractor Parade will start at the Antique Farm Machinery Exhibit and head to the Grandstand area at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

If you have any old engines, tractors, horse drawn equipment, garden or farm equipment, tools or any farm related paraphernalia you would like to display, your are invited to join the Antique Machinery Exhibit and have some fun displaying your toys. Here’s a registration form. For more information contact the fair office at 262-862-6121.

The Kenosha County Fair runs Aug. 17-21 this year at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

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Fall election 2022: Kenosha County sheriff Republican primary candidate Q&A

There will be a contested Republican primary for Kenosha County sheriff on the April 9 partisan primary ballot.

Appearing on the ballot will be:

  • Tyler Cochran
  • Albert Brian Gonzales
  • Ray Rowe
  • David W. Zoerner

Incumbent David Beth, a Republican, is not running for re-election.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate by email. Here are the candidates’ biographical information followed by their question responses, presented in alphabetical order:

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Units responding for smoke in Paddock Lake

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At about 8:27 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of heavy smoke scene in the area of 238th Avenue and 63rd Street in Paddock Lake.

Per dispatch: No flames observed.

UPDATE 8:38 p.m. — Unit on scene reports no fire found yet, however a village truck spraying for mosquitos is working in the area.

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Deaths July 29, 2022: Nancy LaRue Pelican

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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July 29, 2022 lake test rsults: Camp Lake remains closed to swimming

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Camp Lake remains closed to swimming after resampling Thursday by Kenosha County Health showed elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

The test result that kept the closure to swimming in place was 1120  E.coli/100 mL.

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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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A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Auto Service offers exceptional service, quality products and unparalleled customer satisfaction

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Note: Wilmot Auto Service is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 71 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

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2022 Daily Kenosha County Fair Preview: Ag Olympics to highlight farm skills

Skills that you might have learned around the farmstead will come in handy at the Ag Olympics to be held on Wednesday evening at the Kenosha County Fair.

The competition with be for Junior (Ages 8-11), Intermediate, (Ages 12-14 – two person teams) Seniors (Ages 15-18 – two person teams 1 guy and 1 girl) and Adults (At least 19 years of age – two person teams 1 guy & 1 girl).

Contests will vary by age group and include things such as milking contest, Tire Flip Competition, and Apples to Oranges.

Registration will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in the Show & Sale Arena, with competition starting at 6:30 p.m. There’s no entry fee and the competition is open to every one. Intermediate, seniors and adults limited to 10 teams.

More information here.

The Kenosha County Fair runs Aug. 17-21 this year at the fairgrounds in Wilmot.

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Aquanuts take first at 2022 Wisconsin State Waterski Tournament

The Aquanuts show ski team from Twin Lakes again took first place Sunday in the Wisconsin State Waterski Tournament.

This was the Aquanuts’ second consecutive state title after their 35-year drought ended in 2021.  The four-day Tournament, held in Wisconsin Rapids, is the largest waterski tournament in the world.

With the win, the Aquanuts next compete for the National Waterski Championship title Aug. 11-13 in Rockford, Ill.   The World Championship, last held in Canada in 2018 and won by the USA, will be held in Winter Haven, Florida in October and features several Team USA past and present Aquanut team members. 

The Aquanuts edged out Janesville’s Rock Aqua Jays to win the 2022 State Title.  This is the 50-year anniversary for the Aquanuts and the 100th Anniversary of Waterskiing as a sport.

President of the Aquanuts and Team USA boat driver Bob Koehler said that he was so proud of the team to win in this historic year for the Aquanuts and show skiing. 

Show Directors Justin and Lisa Mushel choreographed the winning Mary Poppins theme for this year’s show.  This was a team victory, said Justin Mushel, who along with Mark Gurda are co-announcers for the show. 

“The team won by skiing a very exciting, and fast-paced show, excelling in multiple acts” said Mushel.

The show featured 4-high pyramids, a 32-girl ballet line, jumps, trick ski, sky-ski, swivel, comedy, song and dance.  The team scored first in Team Jump, first in Swivel Ski, first in Barefoot.  Kailey Koehler won her 7th Most Valuable Female Skier award, and Ethan Shulda, secured his 2nd Most Valuable Male Skier award, as well as Best Trick Skier. 

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association and the Aquanuts have a free 50th anniversary party scheduled for this Saturday July 30th as Aquanuts from 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s will perform a special show and event beginning at 5pm followed by Music with the band Orchestra 33 beginning around 7pm.  Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman had already planned to be at the event to present the Aquanuts with a special honor for their skiing successes and charitable work, but with back-to-back State Championships, the celebration and festivities take on additional significance as Championship Trophies will be on display. 

Information about the Aquanut shows can be found on Facebook, their website www.AquanutWaterShows.com or by calling 866-Ski-Show (866- 754-7469)

Here are some more photos from the tournament:

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July 28, 2022 lake test results: Camp Lake closed to swimming

Camp Lake is closed to swimming after resampling Wednesday by Kenosha Public Health showed elevated E.coli levels there.

The State Department of Health recommends posting warnings at beaches when test results indicate a E.coli level of 235/100mL or more and closing a beach when test results exceed E.coli 1000/100mL.

Wednesday’s test result that triggered the closure was greater than 2419 E.coli/100 mL.

Camp Lake was scheduled to be re-sampled Thursday.

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