Monthly Archives: September 2012

Units responding to rollover crash in Pleasant Prairie

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At 1:44 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is responding to a report of a rollover crash on the property of a game farm in the 9600 block of 113th St. in Pleasant Prairie.

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Sheriff’s Department conducts Tactical Response Team training

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department held Tactical Response Team training  Thursday in Somers.

From a statement issued by the department:
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Iaquinta interviews Kerkman and Steinbrink

State Representatives Samantha Kerkman and John Steinbrink      (61st District)

This morning, Len Iaquinta, from WGTD’s weekend show, “Community Matters,” interviewed state representatives Samantha Kerkman and John Steinbrink, who are both vying for the 61st assembly district seat.  Kerkman, R-Randall, and Steinbrink, D-Pleasant Prairie, are the two incumbents who have been redistricted into the same district.

The district includes the towns of Brighton, Paris, Randall, Salem, Somers (wards 1, 2, 3, 4, and 11) and the Villages of Bristol, Paddock Lake, Pleasant Prairie, Silver Lake, and Twin Lakes, and ward 88 in the city of Kenosha.  This interview/debate was produced at WGTD and took place at the Gateway Bioscience Building, and will air on Saturday, October 6th.

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Units responding to crash on Cooper Road, Pleasant Prairie

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At about 7:55 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Rescue and village police officers are responding to a report of a crash on Cooper Road, in Pleasant Prairie.

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Units responding to structure fire in Kenosha

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At about 4:05 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to the 4700 block of Sheridan Road in Kenosha for a a report of structure fire.

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Units responding to crash on Sheridan Road, Kenosha

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At 3:14 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of crash in the 1600 block of Sheridan Road.

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Units responding to crash in Kenosha

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At about 11:40 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a crash at 85th Street and 30th Avenue in Kenosha.

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Units responding to car fire on I-94

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At about 7:32 a.m., units from Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department are responding to a report of a car fire on I-94.

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Units responding to report of smoke from porch

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At 7:18 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of smoke coming from under a porch of a house in the 5100 block of 33rd Avenue, in Kenosha.

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Units responding to crash on Sheridan Road, Kenosha

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At 7:14 a.m., Kenosha Fire Department units and police are responding to a report of a crash in the 2900 block of Sheridan Road, in Kenosha.

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Remove opportunity, reduce crime

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:

Yogi Bear is an opportunist.  Boo Boo is an accomplice.

That’s right; these lovable cartoon characters playfully steal picnic baskets left unattended by oblivious Jellystone Park campers.  We think it is funny when they avoid detection and trick Park Ranger Smith.

However, change the scenario for a moment.  Imagine Yogi and Boo Boo are people walking past your home, the picnic basket is your lawn mower or bicycle, and Jellystone Park is your garage.  Not so funny, now is it?

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Pilot not injured in plane crash in Kenosha

/Earlene Frederick photo

A plane crashed into a field across from the Kenosha Airport and next to the Kenosha County Detention Center this afternoon.

No one was injured

From a Sheriff’s Department statement:
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ID required to enter Bradford-Horlick game in Racine Friday night

All fans are required to bring and present photo ID to enter the contest at  Kenosha Bradford vs. Racine Horlick football game at Horlick Athletic Field in Racine, on Friday. Sept. 28, the Kenosha Unified School District has announced.

Horlick Athletic Field is located at 1648 Memorial Drive (Memorial & High Street) Racine. Game time is 7 p.m.

“Shelter Them From The Storm”

Women and Children’s Horizons is hosting a fundraising walk on Saturday, October 6th.  Please consider joining them for their “Shelter Them From The Storm” Awareness Walk and Vendor Fair at the Women’s Club in Kenosha, 6028 Eighth Avenue.

Free bagels and coffee from Exceptional Events will be served during the walk registration from 9 am to 10 am.  Then, walk a route in downtown Kenosha with your umbrella open to show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault from 10 am to 11 am.  Then, shop at their Vendor Fair from 9 am to 3 pm.  Also, the Nifty Thrifty Fashion Show will take place at 1 pm.  Classic cars from the Kenosha Car Club will be on display in the west parking lot.  Optional pledge envelopes will be available.

If you have any questions, visit their website at www.wchkenosha.org, or contact Lori Bastian at (262) 656-3500.  Her e-mail address is lbastian@wchkenosha.org.

Units responding to crash in Somers

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At 8:30 a.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways S and H, in Somers.

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Lincoln Middle School Jazz Ensemble to perform in Madison Oct. 2

The Kenosha Unified School District has made the following announcement:

The Lincoln Middle School Jazz Ensemble will perform at the 2012-13 Wisconsin Schools of Recognition Ceremony in Madison on October 2nd.

The invitation to perform at this event is a great honor extended to groups that demonstrate exceptional student performance in the area of music. The ensemble is comprised of a dedicated group of student musicians in grades 6-8, and led by Lincoln Middle School Band Director Jeremy Kriedeman.

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Citizens speak out about Southport Park

The SAA Design Group and Engberg Anderson hosted the first of two public information meetings earlier tonight at the Southport Beach House.  About sixty people were in attendance to give their input on Southport Park, including city staff, several alderpersons, and the former mayor, John Antaramian.  The SAA Design Group is a landscape architectural firm based in Madison.  They have been commissioned to conduct a study on the park and develop a master plan for the park.  According to Mike Lemens, the city of Kenosha’s director of public works, “this is the first step in the process in order to be able to apply for grants.”

Blake Theisen, one of SAA Design Group associates/landscape architects/park planners, opened the meeting and made the introductions.  “We are here with open minds, no pre-conceived notions.  We’re here to listen.  This is the first in a series of two meetings.  The same type of meeting will be conducted next Wednesday night, at the Northside Library.  It will be interesting to see whether we get the same kind of responses from that group as we get here tonight.  We have been conducting stakeholder interviews with alderpersons and other user groups.  We have to remember, though, that we are looking beyond the walls of this building, to the Southport Beach Park.  I’m already receiving e-mails with a lot of positive energy.  When these two meetings are completed, we will return the early part of November with a site analysis.”

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

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 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!





KUSD school board meeting report

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) school board met this evening for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  Recognition awards were presented.  The Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Third Grade Essay Contest Grand Champions were presented to two Southport Elementary School students.  Also, four Kenosha schools were presented with the Wisconsin Schools of Recognition awards.  The four schools were:  Grewenow Elementary, Vernon Elementary, Lincoln Middle, and McKinley Middle Schools.  Eric Barta received the highest award for the 3D Visualization and Animation category in the State Skills USA Competition, and the 22nd award nationally.

Public comments were made by Gib Ostman, Scott Farnsworth, and Ray Misner.  Ostman was amazed at how the indifferent the board was at the September 12th annual meeting when a citizen asked how to get a resolution on the agenda.  He also urged the board to start bargaining fairly, honestly, and openly now that the judge has set aside the Act 10 legislation.

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Charity clothing exchange

Here is your opportunity to clean out your closets and basements while helping yourself and others throughout our community. You are invited to bring all clothing or accessories you have outgrown or are ready to get rid of.  The sizes include infant through adult.

The event will be held on Monday, October 15, 2012, at the Kenosha County Center, 19600 – 75th Street, in Bristol.  You may bring clothing starting at 5:30 pm.  Shopping begins at 7 pm.

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Units responding to medical call at Bradford HS

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At 12:09 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to Bradford High School for a medical call.

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Kids can ‘Cartoon with the Cartoonists’

“Pears Before Swine,” by Stephan Pastis

Children are invited to “Cartoon with the Cartoonists” from 10:30 am to noon on Saturday, September 29th, at the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Avenue. During these workshops, artists who draw newspaper comic strips will work with students on their drawings.  Artists who will be on hand include John Hambrock, Greg Cravens, Hilary Price, and Dave Coverly.  There are separate workshops for ages 9 through 12 and 13 through 18.

Each participant receives a sketchpad and pen.  Cost is $20.  Advance registration is required.  Interested parties can call the museum at (262) 653-4140.

The workshops are being held in conjunction with the annual Kenosha Festival of Cartooning.

Resolution passes committee with changes

At tonight’s Board of Park Commissioners meeting, the resolution proposed by Alderperson Steve Bostrom regarding the allocation of funds for the purpose of saving and renovating the Southport Beach House was approved unanimously with several amendments.  The resolution did not appear on the last meeting’s agenda.

Chairman Michael Orth said that he was surprised that it was on tonight’s agenda, because it was a different version than the one provided by the city attorney.  Nevertheless, the commissioners worked through the resolution, made changes to it, and unanimously approved it for forwarding on to the next Common Council meeting, which will be next Monday, October 1st.  Alderperson Chris Schwartz was not present at the meeting.

Alderperson Anthony Kennedy reiterated what he said on the Common Council floor at the last meeting.  “I wanted to stop the issue of who supports it and who doesn’t support it, and start talking about how we can work together to get this done.”

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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.





Community meeting at McKinley

McKinley Elementary School

Scott Gordon, alderperson of the 11th district, will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, October 4th, starting at 6 pm.  It will be held in the gymnasium at the McKinley Elementary School, 5520 – 32nd Avenue, in Kenosha.  Participants are asked to enter in the rear, through Door 5.

Deputy city attorney Matthew Knight will be on hand, as well as other city, state and county officials.  They will address residents’ concerns and answer questions regarding any issues in the district.

Contact Gordon at (262) 909-3989 with any questions or comments.

CDBG committee approves 21 grant requests

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The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Committee considered twenty-five applications for funding, and twenty-one local agencies were recommended for funding in a meeting held last week. The twenty-one recommended proposals will split up a projected $844,227.  This figure is based on the amount the city received for 2012.  There are three categories of funding.  The agencies, their programs, and the amounts are listed below:

Public Service

  • Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Reducing employment barriers:  $1,600.
  • Urban League of Racine and Kenosha, Inc. – Sickle cell awareness, education and testing:  $1,000.

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Kenosha County Safety Fair coverage

Salem Fire/Rescue firefighters Lucas Buzzell and Erin Dolan wait to put out the flames of a fire that’s only been growing about three minutes in a demo room, showing how quickly fire grows. /Earlene Frederick photo

Fire and police departments from throughout Kenosha County participated in the annual Kenosha County Safety Fair Saturday.

The free event was held at the Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club stores in Somers.

Those attending were able to see all kinds of equipment and see several different demonstrations.

Here are some more photos by freelance photographer Earlene Frederick from the event:
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Southport park public information meetings

The City of Kenosha Department of Public Works Park Division will host public information meetings on Wednesday, September 26th, and Wednesday, October 3rd, as part of the process to develop a master plan for Southport Park, including the Southport Beach House.  The first round of meetings will take place at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday, September 26th (Public Meeting #1A), to be held at the Southport Beachhouse, located at 7825 Third Avenue, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm; and
  • Wednesday, October 3rd (Public Meeting #1B), to be held at the Northside Library, 1500 – 27th Avenue, also from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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Units responding to power plant for fire

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At 8:51 p.m., Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue units are responding to the We Energies Power Plant in Pleasant Prairie for a report of a fire.

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Units responding to alarm at Mahone Middle School

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At about 2:25 p.m., Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a report of a general fire alarm at Mahone Middle School.

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