Monthly Archives: June 2012

A word from our sponsors: Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall sponsoring flea market Sunday

Note: Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall is a KenoWi.com sponsor. — DH

It’s outdoor flea market season again at Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall.

The next flea market will be Sunday, July 1. Hours will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall is located at 12009 53rd Place (Interstate 94 and Highway 158), in Paris.

Rustic Dairyland Antique Mall also is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring antiques, collectibles and gifts. Stop by!

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Deal of the Day: Half off 18 holes at Petrifying Springs or Brighton Dale golf course

Have you heard about our feature at KenoWi.com called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Our offer today is from Kenosha County Golf courses — Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course. Three scorecards provide information for three separate tracts comprising the 45-hole Brighton Dale complex. White Birch and Blue Spruce are 18-hole, par 72 layouts that measure over 6,900 and 6,600 yards, respectively. Red Pine is a 9-hole, par 36 layout of over 3,500 yards. Brighton Dale is a 4-Star Award Winner, Best Places To Play, Golf Digest. The 18-hole course at the Petrifying Springs Golf Course features 5,979 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 67.8 and it has a slope rating of 119. Designed by Joseph A. Roseman, the Petrifying Springs golf course opened in 1936. Our offer today is for a pair of passes for weekday 18 holes, no motorized cart at Brighton Dale Links or Petrifying Springs. That’s a $52 value, which we will offer for $27 ($1 processing fee included). Passes expire 11-16-2012. Full description of conditions is available here. Click the button below to buy the Deal of the Day.



Museums and libraries are cooling centers, too

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Because of the work of Alderperson Rocco LaMacchia, who works at St. Catherine’s Hospital, affiliated with the United Hospital System, local museums and libraries have also been designated as cooling centers, in addition to area hospitals.  According to LaMacchia, there was a patient who was very close to dying because they couldn’t get her to a cooling center near enough to her home.  (She lived very close to the museum.)  His work with the Wisconsin Health Department designated these public facilities as cooling centers, also.  The museums and libraries had already been designated as cooling centers in other states, but not in Wisconsin.

Units responding to crash at 60th St. and 22nd Ave., Kenosha

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At about 10:35 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police are responding to a report of a crash at 60th Street and 22nd Avenue in Kenosha.

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A word from our sponsors: Wilmot Raceway will host Family Night June 30

Note: Wilmot Raceway is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Wilmot Raceway will host Family Night this Saturday night, June 30. Adult tickets are just $10, with all kids 11 & under free.

This Saturday will feature the Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Shop / Hoosier Tire Modifieds, the Fec’s Place / Outlaw Race Parts Mini Sprints, the R.A. Adams Enterprises / Advance Auto Parts Street Stocks, the Massive Speed Pro 4’s, and the Hawg Heaven Bandit 4’s.

The Kenosha County Fairgrounds where the track resides is located just north of the intersection of county roads C and W in Wilmot, WI. Wilmot is located just 8 miles west of I-43 taking county highway C, which is exit 345. For those seeking additional information, please check out the track website at www.wilmotraceway.com, or call the track on race day at (262) 862-2090.

Here are some video highlights from last week’s wingless USAC sprints at Wilmot Raceway:

Kenosha County fire chiefs discourage use of fireworks

The Kenosha County Chiefs and Captains Association has issued the following statement regarding fireworks use during this unusually dry Fourth of July season:

Unusually dry weather across southeastern Wisconsin this spring has led to increased risk for wildfire, and several significant brush and grass fires have occurred in our area over the past week. Many people enjoy celebrating Independence Day by observing fireworks displays, but fireworks also produce sparks that can start brush and grass fires. Professional fireworks displays are closely monitored for safety, but the illegal personal use of fireworks could easily trigger a hazardous wildfire. When conditions are very dry, outdoor sparks or fires of any kind are dangerous, including campfires, bonfires, and even cooking grills when not used safely. Any fire that starts is likely to grow and spread quickly. Agencies across the area will be enforcing State, County and local municipal laws regarding fireworks, open burning, and hazardous conditions. Because of the dry conditions and the risk of rapid fire growth, local agencies remind our residents to “Celebrate SAFELY” this week by refraining from the use of sparklers or illegal personal fireworks.

Units responding to large grass fire in Pleasant Prairie

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At about 6:55 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire Department units are responding to a report of a large grass fire in the 8300 block of 82nd Street, in Pleasant Prairie.

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Elk’s Club gets another 60 days

At tonight’s Kenosha Historic Preservation Commission meeting, which was held at the Kenosha Public Museum, the commission voted 4 to 1 to again defer the decision on the raze order (the certificate of appropriateness for demolition) for another 60 days in order to give the community and/or developers more time to come up with a workable plan for re-use of the building.

The sole dissenting vote came from the chairman of the commission, Don Jensen.  After patiently listening to a dozen citizens’ comments, he commented that “he wishes that there was a viable way to save the building, but that it comes down to money.  I’m not seeing any money to save/restore the building.  The $400,000 that the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) has pledged to raze the building, even it is used to instead restore the building, is a drop in the bucket to what is needed (about $3 or $4 million) to get the building in a habitable shape.”

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Burning banned in Kenosha parks

The Kenosha Fire Department has made the following announcement regarding burning in city parks:
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Units responding to burning violation

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At about noon, Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a possible burning violation in the 7300 block of 60th Street.

Dispatch later reported that the location was actually in Somers, but the Kenosha units were already on the scene and proceeded to put out the fire. The Somers fire chief was also called to the scene.

Personnel at the scene reported that a person appeared to be burning pallet wood.

Somers is under a burning ban due to the dry weather conditions.

Burning banned in all county parks due to dry weather

The Kenosha County Parks Dvision issued the following statement today regarding burning in county parks:
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Heat advisory still in effect for this afternoon

The National Weather Service still has a heat advisory in effect for our area from noon to 8 p.m. During that period temps could be as high as the upper 90’s and heat index values as high as 105. Areas closer to Lake Michigan may see some cooling.

The longer range forecast shows little relief for the lack of rain. The greatest chance of rain comes Sunday with a 40 percent chance of a thunderstorm during the day.

Here’s a link to a story with information from the county health department about dealing with today’s extremely high temps, including the location of cooling centers.

CDBG allocation meeting held today

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Earlier this afternoon, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee held their 2013 allocation meeting.  Chairman Anthony Kennedy opened the meeting with a few introductory comments.   With the new year’s plan, 70% of the funds must benefit low- to moderate-income programs.  “There will be no pitches tonight.  The allocation of funds will be voted upon.  For the 2011/2012 benefit year, 15% of the funds went to public service programs, 20% went to planning and management, and 65% went to housing, urban, economic and development.  Each of the proposals must fall into one of the three categories.  Also, there is the elimination of slums and blight and urgent needs (emergency projects).”

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Kenosha pops concert band joined by Navy band

At tonight’s third week of the 90th season of the Kenosha Pops Concert Band, the theme was “Themes Like Old Time:  An Evening of Standards and Big Band Favorites from Yesteryear.”  The guest vocalist was Lou Rugani.

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Units responding for report of semi on fire on I-94

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At 9:11 p.m., units from several local fire departments are responding to a report of a semi on fire in the southbound lanes of I-94 in about the 7500 block (Highway 50) in Kenosha.

Responding are Bristol, Salem, Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha and Paris fire departments.

Dispatch says semi was hauling gas canisters with gas inside. Some flames still visible. Driver tried to extinguish, but was unsuccessful.

UPDATE 9:23 p.m. — Driver reportedly has put out fire on tires. Exit ramp for Highway 50 from southbound I-94 now being shut down. Salem units holding in quarters.

Units responding to crash at 39th Ave and 80th St., Kenosha

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At about 4:10 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police are responding to a report of a crash at 39th Avenue and 80th Street, in Kenosha.

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Heat advisory opens cooling centers; Health Dept. issues advice

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday.

High temps from 94 to 100 over the region are expected to combine with high humidity to produce heat indexes of 100 to 105 degrees during that period.

In connection with the National Weather Service Heat advisory for Thursday afternoon, the Kenosha County Division of Health is advising everyone to check on relatives and neighbors who may be at risk of heat exhaustion and to take the following precautions:

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Power outage on Kenosha north side and Somers

Kenosha Joint Services Dispatch is reporting a wide spread power outage on Kenosha’s north side and in Somers as of about 1:20 p.m.

Some Kenosha Fire Department units were dispatched to a downed wire that was catching grass on fire, which may be related. Wire was near the Gateway Technical College Campus. No info on We Energies outage map yet.

UPDATE 1:32 p.m. — We Energies outage map now says over 3,700 customers affected. Cause under investigation.

UPDATE 1:54 p.m. — Cause now listed as We Energies equipment problem.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m. — We Energies now reporting large outage ended. Three small less than 5 customers a piece outages remain.

Units responding to report of possible grass or mulch fire

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At about 11:55 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a grass or mulch fire in the 5600 block of 99th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Michele Hancock’s contract renewal deferred

Michele Hancock

One of the agenda items of new business on last night’s Kenosha Unified School District Board meeting was the approval of the renewal of the employment contract for the superintendent of schools, Michele Hancock.  Mary Snyder, board president, said that the item was being deferred due to one of the board members (Tamarra Coleman) being out of town in Nebraska with the Tarzan group.  Also, Snyder stated that they are in the middle of the discussions of the evaluation procedure, and cannot proceed until that discussion is completed.

“The item will be deferred to a special meeting to be held within the next two weeks,” Snyder said.  She wanted to make sure all board members were present for the discussion.

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Units responding to car fire in Kenosha

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At 11:02 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a car fire in the 1000 block of 59th Street, in Kenosha.

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KUSD “transition” employee handbook adopted with 1 amendment

The “transition” employee handbook for the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) service employees was adopted by the board tonight with one amendment.  The vote was 4 to 2 in favor of adopting the handbook (Bob Nuzzo and David Gallo were the two dissenting voters).

At its June 12, 2012, meeting, the Personnel/Policy Committee voted to forward the “transition” employee handbook to the school board for consideration.

The amendment made by Jo Ann Taube was to keep the “just cause” clause for one more year.  This is a common provision in collective bargaining agreements that establishes specific guidelines for the employers to follow when disciplining or terminating employees.  Bob Nuzzo spoke against the “just cause” clause.  He said that he “ran for the board with accountability.  Just cause doesn’t speak to accountability; at will does.”

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Police seeking info on thefts from vehicles in Pleasant Prairie

Pleasant Prairie Police have issued the following press release:

On Monday, June 25, thirteen (13) reports of thefts from vehicles were received. Callers reported that vehicles parked in residential driveways had been entered and items had been removed without the owners’ consent. The thefts occurred sometime between Sunday evening, June 24, and Monday morning, June 25, in the area surrounding Cooper Road south of 75th Street. Items taken included various electronic items, cash, and change. Pleasant Prairie Police are now investigating the incidents. Anyone with information related to this matter is asked to contact the Pleasant Prairie Police Department at (262) 694-7353, or the Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at (262) 656-7333.  Pleasant Prairie Police strongly encourage residents to remove valuables from their vehicles when leaving them unattended for any period of time.

Units responding to alarm at museum

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At about 1:15 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of an activated alarm at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum, in downtown Kenosha.

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Washington Pool will stay open longer

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It was announced at the Parks Commission meeting yesterday that the Washington Pool will stay open for extended hours to help address the hot weather that is predicted for later this week.

Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 27, the pool will be open from noon to 7:45 pm on weekdays.  Weekend hours are noon to 5:45 pm.

The cost to swim is $4 for adults, $3 for ages 3 through 17, and $2 for adults 60 and over, and non-swimming adults.  Children younger than 3 swim for free.

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Two-car crash in Kenosha Sunday evening

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A crash in Kenosha on Sunday evening saw one vehicle roll over and some people being injured.

The crash occurred in the 4100 block of 22nd Avenue, in Kenosha, a little after 9 p.m. A car and an SUV were involved. The rolled over SUV ended up on its roof and in a yard.

Celebrate America on Kenosha’s lakefront on July 4th

Frank Carmichael of the Happenings Magazine gave a presentation at the Board of Park Commissioners meeting tonight regarding the 4th of July celebration which will again be held on Kenosha’s lakefront.  All-day free entertainment starts at 11 am. on five different stages.  Listed below are some of the musical acts:

  • 11 am – 12:30 pm – The Jill Plaisted Band
  • 1 pm – 2:30 pm – Acoustic Soul
  • 3 pm – 4:30 pm – Folkswagon
  • 5 pm – 6:30 pm – Tim Allen Band

U2 Zoo is the headline act on the main stage, performing from 7 pm – 9 pm. The Kenosha Pops Band performs from 7 pm – 9 pm in Wolfenbuttel Park.

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Deal of the Day: Half off 18 holes at Petrifying Springs or Brighton Dale golf course

Have you heard about our feature at KenoWi.com called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Our offer today is from Kenosha County Golf courses — Brighton Dale Links and Petrifying Springs Golf Course. Three scorecards provide information for three separate tracts comprising the 45-hole Brighton Dale complex. White Birch and Blue Spruce are 18-hole, par 72 layouts that measure over 6,900 and 6,600 yards, respectively. Red Pine is a 9-hole, par 36 layout of over 3,500 yards. Brighton Dale is a 4-Star Award Winner, Best Places To Play, Golf Digest. The 18-hole course at the Petrifying Springs Golf Course features 5,979 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 67.8 and it has a slope rating of 119. Designed by Joseph A. Roseman, the Petrifying Springs golf course opened in 1936. Our offer today is for a pair of passes for weekday 18 holes, no motorized cart at Brighton Dale Links or Petrifying Springs. That’s a $52 value, which we will offer for $27 ($1 processing fee included). Passes expire 11-16-2012. Full description of conditions is available here. Click the button below to buy the Deal of the Day.




Units responding to crash on Highway 50 in Pleasant Prairie

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At about 5:30 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the 4400 block of Highway 50 (75th Street), in Pleasant Prairie.

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Social media becoming an increasingly important law enforcement tool

This is the latest in a series of articles that will regularly appear on KenoWi.com from Kenosha Police Department Crime Prevention Unit Officers Jeff Wamboldt and Ron Francis:

Facebook, love it or hate it, is a modern age law enforcement tool. It has become a large part of our everyday lives. We use it to connect with friends, meet people, network, and gather information about anything and everything. More than ever, police are “logging in” to catch criminals and solve crimes.

Facebook, and even Twitter, is about more than reconnecting with old friends. Detectives across the country are turning to social networking sites to piece together crimes and are asking citizens for help in locating suspects. Help make Kenosha a safer place by “liking” the Kenosha Police Department Facebook page.

“It’s a very useful tool,” says Kenosha Police Detective Matthew Hagen.
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