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Countylines: The latest news from the west end of Kenosha County

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Silver Lake residents help with hurricane cleanup in Forida

What do the “Flood Rats” from Silver Lake who are known for helping their neighbors following flood events and planning community cleanup efforts do while on vacation in the Florida Keys?

Clean things up, of course.

When Allen Dunski and friends saw there were still areas in need of hurricane cleanup, they got right to work. Dunski said they planned to do a little each day while on vacation there.

Dunski, who started an annual spring cleanup effort seven years ago in Silver Lake, expanded the effort to include all of Salem Lakes following the merger with the town of Salem.

The seventh annual Spring Cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Dunski is hoping to top the record turnout of 74 people set at last year’s event. The event headquarters will be at Fox River Park, 9369 Fox River Road.


Easter Egg Hunt today

An Easter egg hunt hosted by Job’s Daughters Bethel #79 will take place today at 1 p.m. at Washburn Masonic Lodge, 8102 199th Ave., in Bristol.

The free event is open to children 12 and younger. The event will be held indoors if there is inclement weather.

Artist to paint mural at Westosha Senior Community Center

The public is invited to watch as local artist Mary Esposito paints a mural on the west wall of the Great Room of the Westosha Senior Community Center, 19200 93rd St., in Bristol.

Esposito is encouraging visitors to watch and ask questions as she paints the Wisconsin farm scene mural. Her first day will be Monday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. She will also be painting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23, 26, 29 and 30, and May 3, 6, 7, 10 and 14.


Annual town meetings

Electors in towns across the state will get the chance to make motions from the floor and vote on topics they feel strongly about at annual town meetings, the majority of which take place Tuesday.

Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Somers; at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Brighton, Randall and Paris; and at 7 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Wheatland.

The opportunity to exercise this direct power is unique to towns. A qualified town elector is a town resident 18 years or older. The elector does not need to own property in the town or be a registered voter in order to vote. Non-resident property owners may not vote, but may be allowed to speak.

Binding, direct powers of residents at the meeting include the ability to: make the clerk and treasurer positions an appointed rather than an elected position; create or abolish the office of town constable; and direct the board to increase in size.

Electors at the annual meeting can also authorize the board to: purchase or dispose of town real property; lease or construct buildings for town use; and appropriate funds for specific purposes, such as conservation of natural resources, insect, plant or animal disease control, and civic functions. These authorizations are non-binding.


Flea Market opening delayed

The Wilmot Flea Market, originally set to open for the season today at the Kenosha County fairgrounds, will now open Sunday, April 21, due to weather.

The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, with the exception of fair week in August. For more information call 262-716-5716, or visit the flea market Facebook page.


Volunteers needed to plant seedlings

The Seno K/RLT Conservancy, 3606 Dyer Lake Road, in Wheatland, is looking for people to help with seedling tree planting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20.

Volunteers, who will help plant bare root seedlings on two acres, are asked to report to the education barn on the property for a brief training session.

This activity is weather dependent. Please visit or the conservancy’s Facebook page for updates. If the event is rescheduled, the alternate date is April 27.

For more information, contact Mark Lesko at 262-210-1424.


Earth Day cleanup planned

The village of Paddock Lake will hold an Earth Day litter and trash pickup event from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 22.

Volunteers will clean trash from managed right-of-ways and public lands within the village.

For more information, call the village hall at 843-2713.

Music department recognized

The Central High School Music Department recently announced it received a 2019 NAMM Foundation Support Music Merit Award.

This year 98 schools were selected for an award. Central High School’s music department has also been awarded the Best Communities for Music Education Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


Garlic mustard pull-a-thon

Want to help eradicate an invasive weed and raise funds for Richard Bong State Recreation Area? Join the effort by forming a pull-a-thon team, recruit sponsors and pull garlic mustard during one or both of the planned work days at the recreation area, 26313 Burlington Road.

The work days will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and Saturday, May 4. The goal is to raise $1,000 and pull the most pounds of garlic mustard.

For more information, contact Melissa Pitner at 262-620-1024, or at


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