Cuddly plushes help Twin Lakes K-9 unit

A plush version of Rex, the Twin Lakes Police Department’s police dog, is now available for purchase as part of a fundraising campaign for the canine program.

The souvenirs, which have Rex in a law enforcement vest and patch, also have a tag with a photo of Rex.

The cost is $20. The price is reduced to $15 for each additional plush dog.

They are available at the front counter of the Twin Lakes Police Department, 920 Lance Drive.

Cash and checks are accepted. Checks should be made out payable to “Village of Twin Lakes K9 Fund.”

Proceeds raised will go directly to the K9 fund, which will help fund dog food, toys, training aids and pet cleaning supplies for the inside of the K9 squad car.

Lend at hand at Bong State Recreation Area

As spring approaches, the ways to volunteer at Richard Bong State Recreation Area are increasing.

A work day is planned from 10 a.m. to noon March 30 at the nature area, 26313 Burlington Road (Highway 142).

Volunteers are needed to help with planting, cutting brush, building, weeding and other outdoor work.

Volunteers also can raise funds by competing against other southeastern Wisconsin teams to see who can pull the most garlic mustard, an invasive plant.

Garlic-pulling events are set for 1 to 3 p.m. April 27 and May 4.

Participants, who are asked to secure sponsors, can call 262-878-5607 for more information or to register.

Fair to feature special Open Class contest

The “Country Nights and Carnival Lights” theme of the Kenosha County Fair, set for Aug. 14-18, is the inspiration behind many of the special Open Class contest categories.

The following open class entry classes have been added for 2019:

Gather a basket containing green and yellow vegetables, fruits or herbs grown by the exhibitor to honor the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers.

Create a composition using fresh plant material centered around a carnival theme.

Create a Ferris wheel using any kind of materials except perishable foods.

Submit a photo of a carnival at night.

Bake a lattice top apple pie with homemade crust.

Take part in the “Ugly Fat Quarter Challenge” to create a wall hanging with material purchased from the fair.

Make a shawl for a cool country night.

Specific rules for each of the special categories can be found in the 2019 Premium Book on the Kenosha County Fair website,

Seno center to host bluebird talk

A free bluebird talk is being hosted 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 30, at Seno K/RLT Conservancy, 3606 Dyer Lake Road.

Rick Fare will share information about the annual cycle of the Eastern bluebird, ways to attract bluebirds during breeding season, proper placement of bird boxes and good habitats.

Participants are also invited to adopt bluebird boxes at the conservancy to monitor throughout the year.

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