Sophia Floss, Kara Winch, Cade Nichols named UW-Whitewater resident assistants

The following local students have been named resident assistants at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • Sophia Floss, of Bristol, who is studying Finance.
  • Kara Winch, of Twin Lakes, who is studying Business.
  • Cade Nichols, of Bristol who is studying Elementary Education.

RAs are student staff members who live in the residence halls with students, serve as resources and positive role models and help build a sense of community by hosting floor events.

“RAs are some of the first faces students see when they arrive or return to camps. They have a special perspective on life as a student,” said Maria Glorioso, assistant director for student engagement. “They provide social connections for students, resource connections, a supportive place for challenging conversations, and academic support, which allows residents to become better students.”

Prospective RAs must have experience living on campus for two semesters and have a minimum GPA of 2.25. They go through group interviews with peers and housing staff members and an individual interview before being offered the position.

“Integrity, willingness to learn, giving back to the institution and peers, open mindedness and the ability to be positive role models are all important qualities that RAs possess,” said Glorioso.

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Paddock Lake passes 2023 tax levy with 3.6% increase

Paddock Lake has passed a 2023 tax levy that is 3.6 percent higher than 2022.

The total 2023 levy of $1,460,183 was passed unanimously (with Trustee Robert Spencer absent) at a Village Board meeting Wednesday. That amount includes levy for the Community Library, the amount of which is not controlled by the village.

No member of the public spoke at the public hearing on the levy and budgets before the vote.

The tax rate for the village portion of a property bill will be $4/$1,000 of assessed value, down from $4.59/$1,000 last year. However, what the effect will be on your tax bill depends on what changes may have taken place to your property’s assessed value. Total village equalized assessed valuation increased about 14 percent or about $58 million to $364,438,100, according to a worksheet supplied by the village. About $13 million of the increase came from new development and the rest from revaluations, which are now done village-wide every other year, said village administrator Tim Popanda.

This is the second year in a row the village tax rate has decreased.

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Deputies respond to numerous weather related crashes Thursday

From the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:

On November 17th, 2022 Kenosha County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the following weather and traffic-related calls from 5:00 PM through Midnight:

— 1 crash with injury

— 11 property-damage crashes

— 5 assist motorists

At this time there are no road closures in Kenosha County due to the storm.  Our deputies were able to keep up with the calls for service and did an excellent job serving the people of Kenosha County.  The roadways were dangerous, and we are thankful that none of the accidents involved life-threatening injuries

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Emergency repair to close Highway W Friday

From the Kenosha County Division of Highways:

The Canadian National Railway crossing on Highway W (328th Avenue) just south of 45th Street in the Town of Wheatland will be closed Friday morning, Nov. 18, for an emergency track repair.

Drivers are encouraged to use Highway B (288th Avenue) as a north-south alternate.

This work is expected to take less than a day to complete.

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Deaths Nov. 17, 2022: Linda Sue Smith

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 crash in Paris

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At about 5:35 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 400 block of Highway 45 in Paris.

UPDATE about 5:40 p.m. — Unit arriving on scene reports three vehicles appear to be involved.

UPDATE about 5:50 p.m. — Highway 45 and Highway KR are being blocked by a deputy.

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Units responding for crash in Wheatland

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At about 5:33 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways W and 50 in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Four to five vehicles may be involved.

UPDATE about 5:41 p.m. — Unit on scene reports all occupants out of five involved vehicles.

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Salem Lakes passes 2023 total tax levy with 2.81 percent increase

The Salem Lakes Village Board has passed a total 2023 tax levy of $5,964,854.

That figure is an increase of $163,283 or 2.81 percent over 2022.

The levy was passed unanimously (with Trustee Ted Kmiec absent) at a meeting on Nov. 14. No member of the public spoke at a public hearing on the budget earlier in the meeting.

The $5,964,854 levy for 2023 includes the Community Library levy. The village does not control the library levy, which increased $35,819 or 7.14 percent. The village set portion of the levy for 2023 is $5,427,136, which increased $127,464 or 2.41 percent over 2022.

The village’s overall assessed value increased $15,563,200 or about 1 percent.

The mil rate for village property taxpayers including the library levy will increase 2 percent to $3.54/$1,000 of assessed value. What that means for individual village property owners village tax bill will depend on how much their valuation changed — if any — over the last year. If a property was valued at $250,000 for the 2022 tax year and that value did not change for 2023, the increase in the village portion of the tax bill would be about $17.

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Central HS jazz band to perform at Bristol School for Nov. 21 concert

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The Swingin’ Into Fall ’22 concert featuring Jazz Central will take place Monday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Bristol School in the large gym.

The change from the typical venue is due to ongoing construction and schedule conflicts at Central High School, said Adam Scheele, Central band director.

The Central High School group will be performing the music of: Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Benny Carter, Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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A word from our sponsors: Westosha Head Start seeking preschool teacher & assistant teacher

Note: This is a paid announcement from Westosha Head Start — DH

Westosha Head Start has immediate opening for two postions:

Long term substitute preschool teacher — Head Start is looking for a long-term substitute teacher until the end of the school year with potential for continued employment The qualified applicant should have a BA in Early Childhood Education or a related field. Rate of pay is $200 per day.

Long term substitute assistant teacher — Head Start has immediate openings for assistant teachers. The qualified candidate would have a CDA, Introduction to Child Care, an AA in Early Childhood or experience working with young children. Pay range is $95-$125 per day based on qualifications.

Interested applicants should call Ann at 262-862-6168 or email ANN.BEAM@CESA2.ORG.

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A word from our sponsors: Register now for Westosha Sports Complex Holiday Baseball Camp Dec. 27, 28, 29

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

Westosha Sports Complex is happy to announce that we are partnering with @justinlavey7 and @santanabaseball for our HOLIDAY BASEBALL CAMP!!

DATES: December 27th, 28th, and 29th. This camp will focus on hitting, pitching, fielding, base running and so much more with a little competitive game the last day!!

Hit the link and sign up today!! Make sure you sign up for the appropriate time depending on age!!

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Highway Q to close Thursday for paving

From the Kenosha County Division of Highways:

Kenosha County Highway Q (104th Street) is scheduled to be closed in both directions between 122nd Avenue and Highway MB (152nd Avenue) for approximately two days beginning this Thursday, Nov. 17.

This is to allow for crews to perform asphalt paving and pavement marking work in the area near the newly rebuilt intersection of highways Q and U (136th Avenue). Highway U will remain open to through traffic while the Highway Q work occurs.

Drivers are encouraged to detour around the closure via 122nd Avenue (the I-94 West Frontage Road), Highway C (Wilmot Road) and Highway MB.

This work is weather-dependent and is subject to change.

A project brief including a map of the closure area and detour route is available here.

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A word from our sponsors: KCHC’s Silver Lake Clinic has expanded hours for medical, dental and behavioral services

Note: This is a paid announcement from Kenosha Community Health Center. — DH

In 2019, the Kenosha Community Health Center opened a location behind Dairy Queen at 903 S. 2nd Street in Silver Lake, Wisconsin. Since then the clinic has been expanding hours and providers to meet the growing needs of patients that are located in western Kenosha County.      

The dental team has grown to include Amalou Lim, Dentist, Connie Bevry, Registered Dental Hygienist, and Donna Zagame, Registered Dental Hygienist offers appointments on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

Suzanne Girard, Family Nurse Practitioner offers medical appointments from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday, she is also looking to expand her availability to meet the needs of patients. 

Reed Stanek, Advanced Practice Social Worker offers behavioral health appointments Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Contact (262) 656-0044 to schedule an appointment today!

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Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

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At about 8:56 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue units and a Twin Lakes Police officer are responding for a crash in the 500 block of Sunset Road in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: This is being reported as a single vehicle that has struck a tree.

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Agenda: Paddock Lake Village Board meeting Nov. 16, 2022

The Paddock Lake Village Board is scheduled to hold a meeting Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall (Municipal Building) .

Among the agenda items are:

  • Public Hearing for the 2023 General Fund Budget & 2023 Capital Improvement Fund.Comments
  • Motion – 2023 General Fund Budget/tax levy
  • Motion – 2023 Capital Improvement Fund Budget.
  • Motion – 2023 Sewer Operations Budget
  • Motion – 2023 Water Operations budget
  • Motion – to authorize staff to pay Wanasek Corporation in the amount of $71,428.68 as partial pay request for the 2022 Village Plaza water main extension project.
  • Authorize village staff to pay Wanasek Corp for R/W ditch line improvements. With a cost not to exceed $8,952.63

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Bristol School District #1 regular board meeting Nov. 16, 2022

The Bristol School District #1 board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting starting at 6 p.m. in Room 201.

The meeting also will be live streamed here.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Referendum Update
  • Strategic Plan Update
  • State Testing Results
  • 2022-23 Budget Update
  • 2022-23 Open Enrollment Update

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Wilmot Union High School District regular board meeting Nov. 16, 2022

The Wilmot Union High School District board is scheduled to hold a regular meeting Wednesday, starting at 6 p.m. in the school library.

Agenda items include:

  • Special Education Presentation
  • Budget Presentation
  • Baseball and Softball Scoreboards Proposal
  • CESA 2 Physical Therapy Contract

The full agenda is available here.

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Deaths Nov. 15, 2022: Julie Ann Domek, Sandra June Burritt, Lawrence Uhlenhake, Bethann Cardoni-Kampert (Solinski)

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:

Continue reading →
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Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At about 5:48 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways C and U in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved. One may be in the roadside ditch.

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Units responding for crash in Bristol

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At about 2:55 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 12500 block of Highway U in Bristol for a crash.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle off the road and has struck a tree.

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Agenda: Brighton School District #1 board meeting Nov. 16, 2022

The Brighton School District #1 board is scheduled to hold a meeting Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

Among the agenda items are:

  •  Boys B Team Basketball Coach approval.
  • Adjourn into Executive Session per Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 (1) (c) to discuss the employment status, compensation, and benefits for specific employees.  The Board may possibly act on discussion items and reconvene into Open Session. 

The full agenda is available here.

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A word from our sponsors: H&R Block seeks Seasonal Receptionist

Note: This is a paid announcement from H&R Block-Twin Lakes-Paddock Lake-Genoa City — DH

Looking to make some extra money? If the typical year-round 9–5 isn’t for you, this seasonal position provides the freedom, flexibility, and extra earnings after the holidays you’ll need to embrace what makes your life uniquely yours. Joining us as a Seasonal Receptionist means you’ll relentlessly focus on how to wow clients now, and in the future. You’ll need the ability to work a flexible schedule in a fast-paced location during the tax season from January to April.
Hiring now, because training starts soon! After successfully working this tax season, you may find that you want to apply to return for subsequent seasons!

Day to day, you’ll…
• Greet clients in a personalized, friendly, and inviting manner
• Match clients with the best-suited tax professional for their needs
• Schedule clients how they would like to be scheduled
• Handle client exits by ensuring all current and future needs are met
• Maintain office cleanliness and organization of resources with team members
• Other duties as assigned
• What you will bring to the team…
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Experience working in a fast-paced environment
• Previous experience in a customer service environment
• Ability to multi-task
• Strong organizational and time-management skills
• Knowledge of cash register operations
• Knowledge and experience with a Windows based computer system

Bilingual candidates are strongly encouraged to apply! *This office is an independently owned and operated franchise office operating under an agreement with H&R Block. Franchisees make their own hiring decisions and any questions regarding employment at this office should be made directly to the franchisee.

Location: 124 East Main Street, Twin Lakes, WI 53181
Location: 112 Elizabeth Lane, Genoa City, WI 53128

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Snow outlook update; even colder later in week

Snow started falling at about 6 a.m. — right on schedule — in Western Kenosha County Tuesday.

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast calls for 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation Tuesday and another inch possible Tuesday night. Wednesday could add another half inch.

As of about 7 a.m., roads seem mostly wet with little snow accumulation.

After the snow it’s going to get cold with single digit wind chill values over the weekend.

Brrrrrrrrrr.

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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. This is a paid announcement. — 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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Garland to not seek re-election for Paddock Lake trustee

Scott Garland is not running for re-election as Paddock Lake village trustee in the April election.

Garland made the announcement at last week’s committee of the whole meeting.

Garland explained that ongoing family commitments lead to his decision. The same commitments have caused to him to miss some recent meetings.

Garland has served as a village trustee since 2019.

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Highway Q to be closed Tuesday

From the Kenosha County Division of Highways:

A portion of Kenosha County Highway Q (104th Street) is scheduled to be closed in both directions for approximately four hours on Tuesday, Nov. 15, for paving operations.

The closure includes the section between Highway U (136th Avenue) and Highway MB (152nd Avenue). Highway U will remain open to north-south traffic at the Highway Q intersection.

Drivers are encouraged to use Highway U, Highway C (Wilmot Road) and Highway MB to detour around the closure.

The exact hours of the closure are not yet known. This work is weather-dependent and is subject to change.

A project brief including a map of the work area and detour route is available here

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Unuts responding for struck gas line in Twin Lakes

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At about 3:31 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding for a report of a struck gasinr in the 400 block of Waldeck Drive in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: Line was reportedly struck by the home owner.

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First accumulating snow of season on Tuesday

The National Weather Service is certain we will see some accumulated snow Tuesday hereabouts.

The latest, local NWS forecast has a 100 percent chance of snow starting about 6 a.m. (possibly a little earlier) and falling through about 10 p.m. In that time we could see 1 to 2 inches of accumulation.

But there’s more. A chance of rain/snow and snow showers will will persist through Thursday night.

Besides the snow making the scenery look like winter. it also will feel like winter with significantly lower temperatures this week as well. Highs and lows Monday through Thursday will be in the 30s. Starting Wednesday, low temps will start to dip down into the 20. Friday’s high will be just 25 and the low that night 13. That trend will continue with highs of 26 on Saturday and 30 and Sunday. Saturday’s low will be 13.

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Agenda: Salem Lakes 2023 FY budget hearing and regular board meeting Nov. 14, 2022

Salem Lakes is scheduled to host a 2023 fiscal year budget hearing and regular board meeting starting at 6 p.m. at Village Hall in Salem.

Agenda items include:

  • Review and approval of the 2023 proposed Village of Salem Lakes Budget
  • Silver Lake Happenings request, by Laura Francart, to host a winter parade on Friday, December 9, 2022, at 7 p.m.
  • Approval of payment request by Foat Construction, LLC, in the amount of $54,985.00, for the demolition of the
    single-family home and disposal of hazardous materials located at 8548 Antioch Road.
  • Final Payment Request No. 2 by RLP Diversified, Inc., in the amount of $24,094.27, for the 317 Lake Street Demolition Project
  • Payment Request No. 7 by Payne & Dolan, Inc., in the amount of $139,771.36, and Change Order No. 4 in the
    amount of $34,086.55, for the 2022 Street Rehabilitation Program.
  • Approval of a proposal from Accurate Contracting Services, in the amount of $7,029.00, to replace the roof at lift
    station #8
  • Payment Request No. 1 by Mid City Corporation, in the amount of $97,219.20, for the Well #2 and Water System
    Improvements Project.
  • Mayer Repair Invoice #18577s, in the amount of $5,944.37, for repairs on fire/rescue vehicle 5811,
  • Mayer Repair Invoice #18432s, in the amount of $6,167.67, for repairs on fire/rescue vehicle 5813
  • Image Trend Invoice #138201, in the amount of $9,501.75, for CAD Distribution, Elite Mobile Fire Inspection
    Support, and Elite Rescue annual fees.

The full agenda is available here.

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Agenda: Wheatland Town Board meeting, budget hearing, special town board meeting of electors and special Town Board meeting Nov. 14, 2022

Wheatland is scheduled to hold a regular Town Board meeting, a budget hearing, a special town board meeting of electors and special Town Board meeting on Monday.

The regular board meeting starts first at 6 p.m.

Among the agenda items are:

  • Resolution 2022 – 007 – Set special charges for 2022 tax roll – garbage/recycling
  • Resolution 2022 – 008 – Set special charge for 2022 tax roll — weed/grass cutting

The full regular board meeting agenda is available here.

At 7 p.m., the town board public hearing for the 2023 budget will be held.

Following the hearing, will be the special town meeting of electors for adoption of the town general tax levy and streetlight district levies to be paid in 2023.

Following that meeting will be the Special Town Board Meeting for Adoption of 2023 Town Budget.

The notice of meetings and order of business for those meetings is available here.

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