Monthly Archives: July 2012

Units responding to porch fire

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At 9:26 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a porch on fire in the 3500 block of 14th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash on I-94 south of Highway 50

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At 9:14 p.m., sheriff’s deputies and units from Kenosha Fire Department, Bristol Fire and Rescue, Somers Fire and Rescue, Paris Fire Department, and Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue are responding to a report of a crash involving a car and a semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lanes of I-94, just south of Highway 50.

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Status updates on parks projects

Yesterday afternoon, the Kenosha Board of Park commissioners met.  Status updates on several city parks projects were given at the meeting.

Shelley Billingsley, engineering director, gave a status update on the lakefront water feature.  Camosy Construction experienced a delay in a manufacturing shipment; the shipments were broken into two.  The underground material will be coming first, then the features.  The last manifold for the underground work will be arriving this week.  Then, they will be pouring the foundation of the seawall between the walking path and the splash pad.  They had to move a conduit line.  The remainder of the concrete should be finished in the next couple of weeks.  The projected ending date is late August/early September.

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Special licensing meeting reviews demerit point system

A special meeting was held after the regular Licensing/Permit Committee meeting last night to discuss Chapter 10 of the Code of General Ordinances for the city of Kenosha.  This chapter has to do with alcoholic beverages.  If you’d like to review this chapter for yourself, click here:  Chapter 10 – Alcoholic Beverages.

Chairman Jesse Downing stated that the purpose of this meeting was to seek the input of both the public and the commissioners on the topic of revamping the city’s demerit point system.  Public comments were then solicited.  Shirley Wylie, owner of Clay’s Tavern, made comments having to do with minors. She didn’t believe that minors should be ticketed for both loitering and underage drinking.  Kerry Raymond, owner of Sir Arthur’s Beer Gardens, stated, “I believe the whole point system should be scrapped.  It’s a penalty, but we’ve been told that it merely tracks a business’ progress.  That’s the biggest problem.  Even if my ticket drops, the points are still there.”

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Two public safety issues

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Two discussion items were on tonight’s Public Safety & Welfare Committee meeting agenda.  The first had to do with the crosswalks at Bullen Middle School, 2804 – 39th Avenue.  Kim Fischer, principal of the school, was present and spoke on behalf of the school’s concern over speeding traffic north of the school now that 39th Avenue has been opened.

There was an accident there about six weeks ago, according to Kenosha police deputy captain Daniel Miskinis.  Alderperson Anthony Kennedy brought this issue to the agenda based on the good work this committee did last year with Lance Middle School.  Chairman Rocco LaMacchia recalled the pedestrian warning signs that were placed in the middle of 80th Street, which helped slow down the traffic going through that area.

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Units responding to alarm at courthouse

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At 8:59 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a fire alarm at the Kenosha County Courthouse, 912 56th Street, in Kenosha.

First fire units on scene report no signs of fire showing.

All remaining municipal burning bans lifted

Municipalities throughout Kenosha County have lifted their ban on open burning, Pleasant Prairie Fire Chief Doug J. McElmury announced today on behalf of the Kenosha County Chiefs and Captains Association.

Conditions still call for extreme caution while burning, McElmury said in his statement.

People burning must comply with local municipal ordinances regarding open burning, McElmury said. Requirements for open burning vary by community, so contact your local fire department for details.

The City of Kenosha does not allow open burning; charcoal and gas grills are permitted.

Units responding to crash on 52nd St. in Kenosha

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At 5:27 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and city police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 2300 block of 52nd Street, in Kenosha.

Dispatch reports that vehicles are now pulled over onto 24th Avenue.

Deal of the Day: Heidi’s Bakery $10 gift card half off

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 offering today is from Heidi’s Bakery, on Highway 50 (75th Street), Paddock Lake. At Heidi’s Bakery, their European trained bakers can prepare any ethnic specialty you might desire. Besides their famous Apple Cinnamon Loaf, customers enjoy King’s Crown which is German Pound Cake with a pastry dough wrapped around it. Other specialties include Pecan Stars, Pretzels, Rye Bread, Double Torte, Butter Cookies, German Apple Cheesecake and Raspberry Almond Slices. Stop by and enjoy the friendly, hometown atmosphere; you will be happy you did. Have an issue with a wheat allergy or celiac disease? Heidi’s offers scrumptious coconut macaroons and chocolate walnut cookies, and plans to increase their repertoire. The offered gift certificate is for $10 towards baked goods at the Paddock Lake location which we are selling for $5.75 (includes 75 cent processing). Full description of conditions is available here.It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!




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

Have you heard about our feature at West of the I 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.




Horicon Marsh topic of Audubon meeting Aug. 2

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The history and ecology of Horicon Marsh — a Globally Important Bird Area and Wetland of International Importance in east central Wisconsin — is the topic for the next Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha/Racine monthly meeting.

The session, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive, Mount Pleasant. Speaker Bill Volkert will discuss the geology, history, wildlife and challenges of the restored wetland, which is host to more than 300 bird species. Volkert was a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources naturalist and wildlife educator at the Marsh for 27 years. He conducted some 3,600 education programs for more than 220,000 people during that time. His international travels and 40 years of studying birds have allowed him to see more than 2,500 species, or one fourth of the world’s bird species.

$5,000 for 3 Minutes: Deadline to Enter FastPitch Business Contest is Aug. 9

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Entrepreneurs, business owners and students are all invited to deliver a three-minute “pitch” about their business or business concept to a group of judges from the business and investment community. On the line: $5,000 for the individual who knocks his or her pitch out of the park in the 1st Annual Racine/Kenosha FastPitch Competition.

Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) and the Racine County Economic Development Corporation (RCEDC) are coordinating and promoting the event.

Individuals must strive to make every second count: on Wednesday, Aug. 29, they have 180 of them to describe their business, or their idea for one. Even for those who do not walk away with the cash prize, there are many benefits: the setting offers competitors the chance to refine their business focus, enhance their presentation skills, network with fellow entrepreneurs and connect with potential investors or individuals who can accelerate the realization of their idea.

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Crash on East Frontage Road

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A crash that appeared to involve a car and a semi tractor-trailer took place on East Frontage Road between Highway N and 142 in Somers this morning.

A report or details on the crash were not available as of about 3:30 p.m., a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

Somers Fire and Rescue were at the scene as well as sheriff’s deputies. Flight for Life medical transport helicopter also responded.

Units investigating water main break

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At about 12:05 p.m., a Kenosha Police officer is investigating a report of a water main break at 82nd Street and 63rd Avenue in Kenosha.

Shirl’s vigil for Robbie Wilde

About seventy-five people gathered at Shirl’s Custard tonight to mark the third anniversary of the fatal robbery that took the life of the cook, 18-year-old Robbie Wilde.  Family and friends held candles in memory of the young man’s life that was so tragically cut short.

Mellencougar rocks Kenosha!

Tonight’s Peanut Butter & Jam concert hosted Mellencougar.  This band rocked the lakefront this evening with their renditions of “Jack and Diane,” “Small Town,” “Rockin’ in the USA,” and other hits by John Cougar Mellencamp, the Rolling Stones, and Tom Petty.

Click below to hear and see a couple of their song excerpts:

John Cougar Mellencamp’s ability to capture the feeling of growing up in “Heartland U.S.A” is what inspired longtime Illinois and Wisconsin musicians to form Mellencougar, the Midwest’s premiere Mellencamp tribute band.

The members of Mellencougar strive to recreate the way Mellencamp’s classics come alive in the mind of his fans.

Mellencougar has performed as both a headliner, as well as an opening act and has shared the stage with such well-known acts as Eddie Money, Blake Shelton, The Spin Doctors, Styx, and Night Ranger.

When Mellencougar took the stage at Peanut Butter and Jam, the audience felt a strong sense of Midwest pride.  When the lead vocalist, Don Wilson, called up Caleb Olson to the stage and introduced him as one of Kenosha’s returning vets from Afghanistan, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.  What a fun, rockin’ night!

Storm headed our way

At 4:45 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for our area for a storm that is coming into the area.

The storm is expected to reach downtown Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie by about 5 p.m.

In this storm, winds may be as high as 40 mph, and there may be hail.

Units responding to soccer injury at Ameche Field

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At about 4:49 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to Ameche Field on 26th Avenue in Kenosha for an athletic injury.

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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 West of the I 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 in Somers: serious injuries reported

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At 2:59 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 8400 block of Highway S, in Somers.

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Units responding to crash in Pleasant Prairie

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At 2:39 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and village police officers are responding to a report of a crash in the 7700 block of Highway 50 (75th Street), in Pleasant Prairie.

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Units responding to grass fire in Kenosha

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At about 2 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a grass fire in the 1000 block of 75th Street, in Kenosha.

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A circus day in Baraboo

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Join the Kenosha Public Museum for a bus trip to Baraboo, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, August 8th.  Begin with a tour of the Al. Ringling Theatre on the Square.  Built by Ringling as a contribution to the community, the theater is a masterpiece of European architecture, and has been in continuous operation since 1915.

The tour includes the history of the theater and an organ demonstration.  Next stop is Baraboo’s famous Circus World Museum.  Take in three different shows, see the collection of circus wagons, and visit the museum.  Lunch is on your own.  The bus departs the Kenosha Public Museum at 7:30 a.m., and returns at 7 p.m.

Cost is $64, or $54 for Friends of the Museums.  Call now to register:  (262) 653-4140.

UPDATE:  7/28/12 – Trip has been cancelled.  Sorry.

 

Burning ban lifted in county parks

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The burning ban in Kenosha County parks has been lifted.

From a press release issued late Wednesday afternoon:
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Severe thunderstorm watch issued


The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 11 Wisconsin counties, including Kenosha County.

The watch will be in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday.

The current forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of severe thunderstorms tonight.

KUSD Board approves preliminary budget

At last night’s not quite two-hour-long meeting of the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) board, the board finally unanimously approved the 2012/2013 preliminary budget.

At the February 14, 2012, joint standing committee meeting, the 2012/2013 initial budget assumptions and process was presented.  That report outlined the rationale for administration’s initial revenue and expenditure additions or subtractions to the budget.  The budget assumptions, including the proposed reductions, were approved by the board on February 28, 2012.

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Units responding to possible airport emergency

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At noon, Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a possible emergency at Kenosha Regional Airport.

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Healthy People Kenosha County 2020 receives $460,000 grant

Healthy People Kenosha County 2020 has announced that it was awarded a Transform Wisconsin grant to spearhead a program that helps Kenosha County residents lead a healthier, more active lifestyle. The grant will invest in promoting physical activity, healthy food systems, and smoke-free living over the next two-and-a-half years.

“This is exciting news for Kenosha County residents,” said Jim Kreuser, Kenosha County executive. “We have been working hard to improve people’s health and with this unprecedented opportunity, we can elevate our work to reach even more citizens.”

Healthy People Kenosha County 2020 received $460,000 to work on three specific areas in the Kenosha County area: expanding smoke-free environments to include apartment buildings, strengthening farm-to-school programs so Wisconsin students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and increasing physical activity for kids by promoting and implementing open gyms between schools and community agencies.

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Units responding to report of crash at 75th St and 39th Ave, Kenosha

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At 10:54 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a crash at 75th Street and 39th Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Heat advisory in effect until 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.

The high temperature is forecast for 97 degrees today. Heat indexes could reach 102.

Then temps should moderate some. Thursday’s high is forecast for 87, and the highs through the weekend are forecast for the low to mid 80’s.

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