Program to educate parents on vaping dangers set for Central HS on Nov. 13

Your Choice to Live, Inc. will present Vape: What Parents Should Know
a vaping educational program, at Westosha Central High School from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

This educational opportunity is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Westosha Central High School, Rosecrance and Your Choice to Live, Inc. The goal is to educate parents, teachers, community members and other adults who are influential in the lives of youth so they know what seemingly innocent items can be an indication of substance abuse.

Two student assemblies are also scheduled for Nov. 7 and 14.

For questions about this event, please contact a Your Choice team member at For more information or to register for this free event, please visit:

Presenter Ashleigh Nowakowski, Executive Director, Your Choice to Live, Inc., has been working in the substance abuse prevention field since 2009. Her work includes speaking in middle and high schools, teaching in
health classes, and working with high risk youth in the Detour program. Ashleigh also has experience working with youth who are concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Nowakowski has her master’s degree in public

Your Choice to Live, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that provides alcohol and drug prevention, education, intervention and support. Choice recently was designated a State of Wisconsin certified community substance abuse prevention program.


A word from our sponsors: Nov. 9, 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):

6231 373rd Ave, Burlington

9113 256th Ave, Salem


Paddock Lake road projects expected to be completed next week

Payne and Dolan personnel were on the scene for a bit Friday morning at the site of the 248th Avenue repaving project.

Motorists that travel along 248th Avenue and 244th Avenue in Paddock Lake are going to have to bump along for at least another week until repaving there is complete.

The two pavement repair projects on 248th Avenue and 244th Avenue are behind schedule, village administrator Tim Popanda said Friday. The paving contractor (Payne and Dolan) has experienced water issues with water coming out of the farm field west of 248th Avebue.

As a result, stretches of those two roads are still lacking a final layer of asphalt, resulting in bump where the old meets the new. Signage at the project say the roads are closed to through traffic.

“The contractor has informed us that the top coat of asphalt will be placed next week,” Popanda said.

Payne and Dolan worker was observed looking over the 248th work Friday morning.

How are Paddock Lake’s other infrastructure projects going? Here’s a rundown on those from Popanda:

Water Main — The Highway 50 water main is nearing completion. The contractor (Globe Construction) will complete the 12 inch water main next week and complete the water lateral construction by the end of November. Restoration of sidewalks and grass parkways are being worked on as the project progresses.

Water Plant — The water plant and at grade water reservoir are advancing as anticipated. Completion of the water plant improvements are on schedule for early spring of 2020.


Deaths Nov. 8, 2019: Loren R. Muhlenbeck, Janice M. Anderson

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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Local fire departments responding for mutual aid to Kenosha

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Western Kenosha County fire departments are among those responding to requests for mutual aid from the Kenosha Fire Department, which is fighting a structure fire in the 1500 block of 54th Street.

Bristol Fire and Rescue is requested to respond with a squad and a chief to cover a Kenosha station and Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue is requested to respond with an ambulance to cover a Kenosha station.


A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

Note: Wilmot Auto Service is a sponsor. — DH

Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

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

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.

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 68 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.


Salem School to host Veterans Day program Nov. 11

Salem School will conduct a Veterans Day program on Nov. 11, at 2:15 p.m. at the school, 8828 Antioch Road, Salem.

The school would like to extend the invitation to all veterans. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Anna Nacker at 262-843-2356, ext. 125, or Judy Richter at 262-843-2356, ext. 645.


Units responding to crash in Wheatland

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At about 10:16 a.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of crash in the 7600 block of Fox River Road (Highway W) in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle involved. Vehicle is in the Fox River. This is in the area where the highway has been closed due to erosion.

UPDATE about 10:17 a.m. — Dispatch says person is out of the vehicle, but holding on to a mirror of the vehicle. Wheatland constable also on the scene.

UPDATE 10:22 a.m. — Twin Lakes Fire Department requested to respond with a boat.

UPDATE 10:23 a.m. — County Dive Team also requested to respond.

UPDATE 10:26 a.m. — Deputy on scene reports that person in river has been connected to a buoy and is being pulled out.

UPDATE 10:27 a.m. — Personnel at the scene reports to dispatch that person being rescued is out of the river and walking up the river bank.

UPDATE 10:31 a.m. — Dive team response canceled.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m. — Tow truck responding to retrieve vehicle from the river.


A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Assoc. 50/50 raffle tickets available

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Note: This is a paid announcement from the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association. — DH

Tickets for the Twin Lakes Are Chamber & Business Association Six Month 50/50 Raffle are still available but time is running out.

Tickets are $1 each. The drawing will be held at Twin Lakes Country Club at 7 p.m., on Wed. Nov. 20. Grand prize is based on the number of tickets sold.

If you are the winner you don’t need to be present to win.

Contact the chamber to purchase at


Central HS to host veterans reception and celebration on Nov. 11

Central High School will host a Veterans Day Celebration and Reception on Nov. 11 at the school, 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake.

All veterans are invited to attend. Please contact Nancy Switalla at 262-843-2321, ext. 382 for more information.


Single digit wind chill Friday morning

I am writing this mostly in case you — like me — may not be considering certain weather conditions as likely in early November.

But ready or not, there will be single digit wind chill out there Friday morning for those walking, spending some time outside or perhaps standing on a bus stop, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

As of 5:53 a.m., the temperature was 15 and the wind chill 5. Wind chill could still be below 10 at 8 a.m.

Eventually, the thermometer is expected to reach a high of 28 Friday. Saturday may feel like a heat wave with a high of 42.


Units responding for fire on I-94

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At about 8:06 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 12700 block of the southbound lanes of I-94 for a report of a vehicle fire.

Per dispatch: Scene may be in Lake County, Illinois. Occupants of vehicle reportedly are out of vehicle.

UPDATE 8:12 p.m. — Dispatch reports front of vehicle is engulfed in flames on the shoulder.

UPDATE about 8:34 p.m. — Fire out, incident command reports to dispatch.


K9 search conducted at Wilmot UHS

A K9 assisted search of Wilmot Union High School was conducted Thursday.

Here is a statement issued by the school via social media:


Trevor-Wilmot School to host Veterans Day event on Nov. 11

Trevor-Wilmot School will host a Veterans Day event on Nov. 11.

The school program, featuring musical performances, will take place at 1:30 p.m. It will be followed by a reception for veterans and their families.

The program will take place in the gym and is open to the public.


Deaths Nov. 7, 2019: Patrick Shea, Maria Theresa Janine Lukas, Paul G. Bendix, Joseph D. Donile, June J. Volbrecht

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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Brrrrrr! A cold early November night forecast

There’s a startling low temperature in the latest, local National Weather Service forecast for tonight — which is just Nov.7/8.

10. The temperature is expected to drop to 10.

That overnight low actually should be reached about 6 a.m., Friday morning.

With a start like that, it’s almost hard to believe the NWS expects the high Friday to reach 29.

Saturday will bring what passes for relief these days, with a high temperature of 40. The excitement you might feel about that news might be tempered some by the 20 percent chance of rain Saturday as well.


A word from our sponsors: Westosha Sports Complex hosting Batting Camp with Joe Ferro

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

Westosha Sports Complex will be hosting Batting Camp with Joe Ferro for ages 12-15.

Cost is $125 for a four-week camp (Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3, and 10) from 6:30t to 8 p.m.

Camp is designed so each player will get a good understanding of how their swing works. Teaching each player of how to properly load and unload the swing. Every player will receive a video breakdown of their swing at the end of camp to help prepare them for the season.

Book online or call Westosha Sports Complex at 262-885-6110


Units responding for crash in Brighton

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At about 8:14 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a crash in the 3300 block of Highway 75 in Brighton.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting one rolled over vehicle on east side of Highway 75.


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 Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.


Snow report Nov. 7, 2019: 1.25 inches overnight

We measured about 1.25 inches of snow from when snow started falling Wednesday night to when we measured at about 5:30 a.m, Thursday.

There had been some drifting and snow on paved services and vehicles was somewhat icy.

That should be it for snow for at least a few days with Thursday and Friday forecast for sunny skies, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.. A small chance of snow returns Sunday.


2019 Bowls ‘n’ Bakers fundraiser for KAFASI is Nov. 13

The 16th annual Bowls ‘n’ Bakers soup tasting fundraiser for Kenosha Area Family and Aging Services Inc. will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brat Stop’s Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th St., Kenosha.

Those attending will be able to taste a variety of soups from local restaurants and then vote for their favorite. There also will be raffles, including a chance to win tickets to a Packers/Bears game.

Ticket price is $25 for the general public and $20 for people 60 and over.

Buy tickets online here or purchase in the KAFASI office at 7730 Sheridan Road, Kenosha.

KAFASI provides residents of Kenosha County with programs that meet needs within the community. Aging Services programs provide nutritious meals, affordable transportation, respite for caregivers, memory care programming, and solutions to loneliness for home bound people.  Family Services programs support parents of all ages while addressing the needs of families with children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. Essential skills are taught through casework, as well as the Teen Parent, Parenting Class and Anger Management programs.


Units responding to fire in Silver Lake

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At about 1:47 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and Randall Fire Department units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a fire in the 400 block of South Cogswell Drive in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting what appears to be a grass fire. Deputy reports to dispatch that welding was taking place on the nearby railroad tracks earlier today.

UPDATE 1:52 p.m. — Deputy on scene reports to dispatch that he has located someone using a burn barrel in the area.

UPDATE 1:53 p.m. — Fire command returns all still responding units to quarters.


HCE to host basket making class Nov. 11 & 18

Home and Community Education’s Crosstown Neighbors Club is sponsoring a Basket Making Class, Nov. 11 and 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day.

Cost: $10 Registration. A $25 Materials Fee will be payable to instructor on night of class.

The class will focus on a Tall Christmas Tree Basket. This basket is woven on a tall “D” handle and is woven with accent dyed reed at the bottom and top, the center of the basket is woven with natural reed. After the basket is finished students will create a reed tree topped with wooden star and wood hearts and buttons as ornaments. This basket will become a favorite for the holiday season. Basket measures 8” square by 13 1/2” tall, not including the handle.

Instructor is Sandy Bulgrin. Location is Kenosha County Center, Room A, 19600 75th St., Bristol.


A word from our sponsors: Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club Vendor & Craft Fair is Nov. 10

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

The Trevor-Wilmot Booster Club is hosting its 8th Annual Vendor & Craft Fair on Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Parking and admission to the craft fair is free.

The craft fair will take place in conjunction with the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Music Department Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost for the breakfast is $5 for adults presale and $6 at the door and $3 for children presale and at the door, with 4 and under free. There will also be raffle and musical performances by band and choir students. Breakfast proceeds benefit the TWC Music Department.

Trevor-Wilmot School is located at 26325 Wilmot Road, Trevor.


2019 Special Needs Halloween event coverage (PHOTOS)

Nadia Rodriguez presented the annual  special needs Halloween event Oct. 29 at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel in Pleasant Prairie, a new location this year.

The event included Halloween trick or treating and games at tables run by area businesses and organizations (including

Here are some more photos from the event:

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Deaths Nov. 5, 2019: Annie Mae Dimzoff

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 alarm at Wilmot UHS

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At about 5:09 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire Rescue units are responding to a report of a fire alarm at Wilmot Union High School.

Per dispatch: This is a fire alarm.

UPDATE about 5:18 p.m. — Unit on scene reports no signs of fire showing from exterior, all sides.

UPDATE about 5:35 p.m. — Salem Lakes units clearing the scene.


Wilmot UHS to present “It’s a Wonderful Life” Nov. 7, 8, 9

The Wilmot Union High School Theater Department will present “It’s Wonderful Life.”

The play will be presented in the auditorium at the school on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m, on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., and on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5. Students are free with student activity pass.


A word from our sponsors: Now is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard

Note: Hafs Road Orchard is a sponsor. — DH

Fall is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard.

2019 marks Hafs Road Orchard’s 26th year of growing the Honeycrisp variety of apples. Their first Honeycrisp were planted in 1992, 60 trees as a trial. In the next several years customer enthusiasm and a buzz in the apple grower community convinced Hafs Road Orchard owners Richard and Deborah Polansky to dive in. They went on Honeycrisp tours, talked with fellow growers and now grow over 1,000 Honeycrisp trees. In spring 2015, Hafs Road Orchard planted 400 new Honeycrisp trees.

The orchard store is bursting with fresh apples for eating, cakes, pies, apple sauce, salads and crisps. Please feel free to call (262) 279-3638 to check on quantities of your favorite varieties. Be sure to pick up some fresh apple cider and don’t forget the orchard’s handmade Honeycrisp caramel apples.

The orchard also has a fantastic selection of gourds and pumpkins.

Hafs Road Orchard is open through Thanksgiving. Check here for hours.

Honeycrisp are a delicious healthy holiday gift.

Hafs Road Orchard is conveniently located just 7 miles east of Lake Geneva at W632 Hafs Road Genoa City.


Little bit of snow on the way

Our area should be getting a little bit of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

Tuesday night we could see less than a half inch of snow, probably starting after 2 a.m. That could continue through Wednesday morning with perhaps a bit more than a half inch, but less than one inch. The snow total shouldn’t be more than one inch.

After that snow, temperatures are going to take a dip, with highs on Thursday and Friday reaching just 30. Thursday night’s low could dip to 15. Saturday’s high shoould be a little warmer at 38 but Sunday’s high is expected to reach just 32 and Monday’s high just 25.

Typical temperatures at this time of year are still in the 50s.

The NWS says you could encounter more snow if you traveling north into the Milwaukee area Wednesday.

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