Deaths April 2, 2020: Frank H. Pomeroy Sr.

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: Wilmot Union High School District Board candidates Q&A

Voters in the Wilmot Union High School District will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are three at-large seats and five candidates.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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Units responding for crash in Trevor

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At about 4:55 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in about the 25000 block of Highway JF.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle rolled over. Caller at the scene reports a tree on fire.

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Spring Election 2020: Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District Board candidates Q&A

Voters in the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated School District will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are two at-large seats and four candidates.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email or by mail.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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A word from our sponsors: Losing health insurance? HealthMarkets Insurance Agent Tim Hodgman can help

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Note: The following is a paid announcement from HealthMarkets Insurance Agent Tim Hodgman. — DH

If you lose your job, and with it your job-based health insurance coverage, you have a number of options. You may buy an individual plan through the Marketplace or off the Marketplace through an independent insurance company. You may also have the option of keeping your health insurance for a limited time through a program called COBRA continuation coverage.

Option 1: Get an individual Marketplace plan. If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based coverage, you can choose to buy coverage from the Marketplace during a Special Enrollment Period. As a licensed insurance agent with HealthMarkets Insurance Agency, I can help you find out if you qualify for a subsidy to help lower costs. I can also help you navigate the Marketplace to find the right plan for you and enroll for coverage.

Option 2: Get an individual plan outside of the Marketplace. You also have the option during your Special Enrollment Period to purchase health insurance outside of the Marketplace. HealthMarkets Insurance Agency works with more than 140 national and regional insurance companies who offer thousands of policies across the country to help you find the coverage that best meets your needs and budget – on or off the Marketplace.

Option 3: Get COBRA coverage. You may also be able to keep your job-based plan through COBRA continuation coverage. COBRA is a federal law that may let you pay to keep you and your family on your employee health insurance for a limited time (usually 18 months) after your employment ends or you otherwise lose coverage. If you buy COBRA continuation coverage, you won’t be able to get any of the lower costs on premiums and
out-of-pocket costs that people may get using the Marketplace. You’d also have to pay the full monthly premium, including any part of the premium that your employer had contributed.

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Spring Election 2020: Salem School District candidates Q&A

Voters in the Salem School District will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are two seats to be filled, a one-year term and a three-year term. There are three candidates. The candidate with the most votes will fill the three-year term and the candidate with the second most votes will fill the one-year term.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate by email.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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Flood warning cancelled for Fox River

The National Weather Service has cancelled a flood warning for the Fox River as the river continues to recede.

The river was measuring at 10.77 feet at the New Munster gauge as of 7 p.m., Wednesday.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update April 1, 2020: 57 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 57 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Wednesday afternoon. That’s 1 positive more than Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 1,550 positive tests statewide with 24 deaths as of Wednesday. That’s 8 additional deaths since Tuesday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 465 cases as of Wednesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Deaths April 1, 2020: Roger Wallace Noethling, Doris Metcalf

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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Agenda: Randall Town Board meeting via conference April 2, 2020

The Randall Town Board is scheduled to meet Thursday via conference call starting at 7 p.m.

Due to Covid 19 precautions, this meeting will take place through remote auto conferencing. The public is invited to participate by providing their email address to the Town Clerk (clerk@townofrandall.com) no later than 6:30 p.m. prior to the start for including in the conference. Special accommodations will be made for those without email addresses on a case by case bases.

There is one item on the business agenda: Fire engine refurbishing bids. Discussion, consideration and action if any.

The full agenda is available here.

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Units responding for investigation in Trevor

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At about 9:04 a.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for an investigation in the area of Highway 83 and Highway C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting burning in the area.

UPDATE 9:08 a.m. — Dispatch reports that deputies on scene report location of burning coincides with an issued burn permit.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update March 31, 2020: 56 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 56 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Tuesday afternoon. That’s 20 positives more than Monday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 1,351 positive tests statewide with 16 deaths as of Monday. That’s two additional deaths since Monday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 389 cases as of Tuesday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Fox River slips under flood stage; flood warning remains in effect

The Fox River is back under flood stage Tuesday evening.

The river was measuring at 10.99 feet as of 7 p.m. as measured at the New Munster gauge.

The National Weather Service flood warning remains in effect.

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Sheriff’s Dept. warns of stimulus check related scams

The following is a news release from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is warning people to beware of scams related to the coronavirus pandemic. Recently the FBI issued an alert that phone calls, texts or emails asking for personal or financial information to get the $1,200 federal payment check that was included in last week’s stimulus bill are not legitimate.  People can report this fraud by filing a report with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The FBI has set up a website dedicated to information about COVID-19 fraud that includes instructions on what to look for and where to report it. www.fbi.gov › coronavirus The Sheriff’s Department wants the community to be aware that there are people out there looking to take advantage of others.  Please stay vigilant Kenosha.

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Spring Election 2020: Central High School District of Westosha Board-Salem Seat candidates Q&A

Voters in the Central High School District of Westosha will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There is one contested seat representing Salem.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email or by mail.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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Randall School faculty spread some positive wishes with social distance parade

Randall School faculty and staff took to the streets to say hi to their students from a safe distance within their own cars during a parade through the district Tuesday morning.

The social distance appropriate activity was the idea of Ashley Morris and Kari Radzik, of the Randall staff. They mapped out the entire route and worked with the Twin Lakes Police and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department to ensure the parade went smooth.

Hundreds of kids, families, and even former students were outside or waving through windows as the parade went by, said Karen Reddin, the school’s gifted and talented coordinator. Families made signs, had hearts on their front windows, and many open enrolled students drove to the route to see teachers.

“I think I can speak for our staff when I say, this three-hour parade truly was worth every minute,” Reddin said. “A win-win for students, staff, and the Randall community.”

Here’s a video as the vehicles (a lot of vehicles!) pulled out from the school parking lot:

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Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At about 3:22 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for a report of a crash in the 21500 block of Highway 50 in Bristol, near the municipal boundary with Salem Lakes.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle has gone off the road.

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Brighton School named School of Recognition for 2020 by state DPI

Brighton School has been named a 2020 Title 1 School of Recognition by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Schools on the list are recognized under categories such as “high progress” or “beating the odds” schools.

Brighton was recognized as a high-achieving school. It was the only Western Kenosha County school recognized.

Here is a news release from the school:

State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor recognizes Brighton Elementary School as being among 107 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors in the 2019-20 school year.  The Schools of Recognition award is presented to schools leveraging federal Title I funding to provide additional resources and services to economically disadvantaged students. The staff and students of Brighton Elementary School earned an award for HIGH ACHIEVEMENT.  The Criteria for receiving a Schools of Recognition award includes having achievement gaps that are less than three (3) percentage points between student groups or showing evidence of reducing gaps greater than three (3) percentage points and demonstrating high achievement at the school level across content areas. “Brighton’s student success is due to our teachers’ drive to ensure all students are successful in addition to the tremendous support from our parents and community,” said Matt Eggert, District Administrator. ” The Brighton community’s support of the school (PTO, community playground build, facility advisory committee, and Mr. Gunderson’s dances) ensure all students feel supported so they can thrive academically and socially.  Teachers come in early and stay late while working with parents’ schedules to tutor students that need academic help. Teachers’ connections with each individual student and their use of data to drive instruction helps all students reach their potential.”

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A word from our sponsors: Village of Twin Lakes seeking recycling center attendant

Note: This is a paid announcement from the village of Twin Lakes. — DH

The Village of Twin Lakes is hiring a seasonal position to work at the Twin Lakes Yard Waste Recycling Center to ensure compliance in yard waste collection efforts.

The Recycling Center Attendant is responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing yard waste collection activities to ensure compliance with Village code.
  • Opening and closing Recycling Center.
  • Collecting data regarding yard waste collection activities.
  • Other duties at Recycling Center as assigned.

The Recycling Center Attendant will have extensive contact with the public and must have excellent customer service skills. Employees must be punctual and work well independently.

The Recycling Center will be open and monitored 15 hours per week starting April 1 and ending November 1. The Recycling Center is open Wednesday 10am to 2pm, Saturday 7am to noon, and Sunday 7am to noon. Schedules will be coordinated with selected employees; however employees must be able to work most weekends.

Applicants must be at least 17 years of age. Seniors are welcome to apply. Recycling Center Attendant will earn $10/hour.

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, April 10, 2020.

Applications are available online at www.villageoftwinlakes.net/employment-opportunities or at Village Hall, 108 E Main Street, Twin Lakes.

The Village of Twin Lakes is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update March 30, 2020: 36 positive

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 36 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Monday afternoon.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 1,221 positive tests statewide with 14 deaths as of Monday. That’s one additional death since Sunday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 325 cases as of Sunday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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Units responding for burning in Wheatland

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At about 5:34 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 33200 block of 75th Street in Wheatland.

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Randall School staff to parade through district for social distancing parade Tuesday

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Randall School teachers and staff, along with mascot Randy the Wildcat, will be sending out some positive wishes to their students on Tuesday, March 31.

All will be meeting at Randall to parade through the Randall School neighborhoods to say hi to students — at a safe distance — through the windows of their cars. 

Above is the parade route (with tentative times it will be in each of the neighborhoods).

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Fox River crests at 11.27 feet; flood warning remains in effect

The Fox River as measured at the New Munster gauge crested at 11.27 feet early Monday morning and is now receding.

The river was measuring at 11.19 feet as of 1 p.m. The current National Weather Service forecast calls for the river to be back under flood stage of 11 feet by Wednesday morning.

A NWS flood warning remains in effect.

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Kenosha County Administration Building and clerk, treasurer and register of deeds satellite office in County Center closed to public due to COVID-19 safety

The following announcement is from the Kenosha County Office of the County Executive:

In a further effort to protect the public and county staff from the COVID-19 virus, the Kenosha County Administration Building is now closed to the public 24/7, the building’s elected officials announced today (Monday). Some services from the county clerk’s, treasurer’s and register of deeds’ offices remain available by phone or online.

This includes issuance of marriage licenses, which County Clerk Regi Bachochin’s office is continuing to offer by appointment only, for Kenosha County residents only. For more information, please call 262-653-2552 or send an email to countyclerk@kenoshacounty.org.

County Treasurer Teri Jacobson’s office is continuing to accept tax payments by mail or online at https://kenoshacounty.org/589/Treasurer. For more information, please contact the office at 262-653-2542 or at TRBank@kenoshacounty.org.

Register of Deeds JoEllyn Storz’s office is continuing to record documents and handle applications submitted through the mail and online through VitalCheck. For more information about accessing records by mail or online, please call 262-653-2444 or visit
https://www.kenoshacounty.org/522/Register-of-Deeds.

The elected officials’ satellite office at the Kenosha County Center in Bristol also remains closed.

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Spring Election 2020: Wheatland J1 School District Board candidates Q&A

Voters in Wheatland J1 School District will be able to cast a ballot in a contested school board race on April 7 (or earlier with absentee voting).

There are two at-large seats open. The candidates with the two highest vote totals will win the seats.

The same questionnaire was submitted by westofthei.com to each candidate, by email or by mail.

Here in alphabetical order is their biographical information, followed by their question responses:

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Westosha Lakes Church fundraiser benefits local restaurant and medical personnel

Leaders of Westosha Lakes Church in Paddock Lake recently decided to try a fundraiser that could help a local business and honor medical personnel working on the front line during the COVID-19 crisis.

The “love our neighbors” fundraiser sought to raise $500. That money was to be used to purchase sandwiches and cookies from Subway of Paddock Lake to be donated to the medical personnel at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha.

Pastor Jason Croatt explains in this video:

The effort must have struck a chord with the church family. In 24 hours $1,075 was raised. Enough for the original goal and to buy $500 more in food from Subway and include medical personnel from Froedtert Pleasant Prairie Hospital.

“Thanks to all who donated!” a Facebook post on the effort said. “Subway greatly appreciates our support during this difficult time.”

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update March 29, 2020: 30 positive

Graphic sources: Kenosha County Division of Health, Wisconsin Division of Health Services and Lake County, Ill. Health Department

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 30 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of noon Sunday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reporting 1,112 positive tests statewide with 13 deaths as of Sunday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 294 cases as of Sunday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

A study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation says Wisconsin’s COVID-19 crisis should peak around May 22 and continue into July. This story from madison365.com explains.

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Flood warning issued for Fox River

A Fox River that is now above flood stage has prompted a National Weather Service flood warning.

The Fox, as measured at the New Munster gauge, exceeded flood stage of 11 feet at 8 a.m., Sunday. The latest forecast calls for a crest of 11.25 feet on Monday afternoon.

After a 50 percent chance of rain Sunday night, the forecast is clear of precipitation until at least Wednesday night.

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Kenosha County Joint Information Center starts Q&A on COVID-19

From the Kenosha County Joint Information Center:

In the interest of providing answers to the community’s most frequently asked questions about COVID-19, the Kenosha County Joint Information Center has implemented a question-and- answer program.

The Kenosha County Division of Health is accepting questions by email at
COVID19@kenoshacounty.org. The most frequently asked questions will be answered each week, in a news release from the Joint Information Center and in a video featuring relevant public information officers, produced by the Kenosha Police Department.

The Joint Information Center will not provide medical diagnoses or legal advice. If you have a question regarding the welfare of a person you are unable to check on yourself, please contact your local law enforcement agency. The COVID19@kenoshacounty.org email address is not monitored 24/7, and is not intended to replace the traditional request for law
enforcement or emergency service.

Those seeking immediate answers to questions regarding COVID-19 are encouraged to dial 2-1-1 or visit the 2-1-1 website, https://211wisconsin.communityos.org.

This week’s video features Liane Blanck, population health program manager and public information officer for the Kenosha County Division of Health, and Kenosha Police Lt. Joseph Nosalik, assistant public information officer for the Joint Information Center. The video is available on YouTube at bit.ly/KCCOVIDFAQ1 and on the Kenosha County Government Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/kenoshacountygovt.

A written synopsis of the questions and answers follows, beginning with those answered by Nosalik on behalf of law enforcement:

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Kenosha County COVID-19 cases update March 28, 2020: 28 positive

Note: The numbers in this report were updated with new info for Kenosha County at about 6:30 p.m. Graph also was updated — DH

The Kenosha County Division of Health is reporting 28 positive COVID-19 test results in Kenosha County as of Saturday afternoon.

DHS is reporting 989 positive tests statewide with 13 deaths as of Friday.

The Kenosha County Division of Health announced Kenosha County’s first case of COVID-19 coronavirus on March 16.

In Lake County, Ill., where many people from Kenosha County work, there are 264 cases as of Thursday, the Lake County Health Department reports.

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