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Dolores A. Pilarski, 79, Hot Springs Village, Ark., died Oct. 5, 2011, at her home. She was born Dec. 26, 1931, in Milwaukee, to the late Walter and Anastasia Woyak Kitkowski. She was a graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic High School and soon began her career with Wisconsin Bell. She […]


Four dogs can stay, three dogs must go

By Patricia Bogumil Interim editor Two Rochester residents who have harbored as many as seven dogs on their property have until the end of October to pare down that number to four. Janet and Tony Helland, 1521 Heritage Road, were denied a kennel license last month after complaints were raised […]


Text of county executive’s budget address

Text of county executive’s budget address

Here is the text of Racine County Executive Jame Ladwig’s address to the County Board regarding his proposed 2012 budget:   County Executive James A. Ladwig October 11, 2011   Mr. Chairman and members of the County Board: It is traditional to end these speeches by thanking the County Board—and […]


County UW-Extension office moves to Burlington

The University of Wisconsin-Extension office for Racine County has been moved to Burlington. The office, which provides a variety of agricultural, consumer and social services, is now in the Western Racine County Service Center at 209 N. Main Street. The telephone number is (262) 767-2929. The office had previously been […]


Area trick or treat times listed

Here is a list of trick or treat times for communities in Western Racine County and the surrounding area. • October 29: Town of Lyons, 3-5 p.m. A bonfire is at 6:30 p.m. in Riverview Park on Mill Street, sponsored by the Town Fire Dept. A Halloween party is at […]


Firefighters corral barn blaze

Firefighters corral barn blaze

Firefighters from Rochester and Waterford survey the remains of an old barn destroyed Monday afternoon in a fire at 736 N. Browns Lake Drive, Rochester. Rochester Fire Chief Jack Biermann said the blaze started after sparks from a pile of debris burning about 20 to 25 feet away were carried […]


Two area teachers killed in motorcycle crash

Two area teachers killed in motorcycle crash

By Annette Newcomb Staff writer Two area high schools are reeling from the tragic deaths of teachers David and Kristin Novaez, who were killed Sunday afternoon when their motorcycle struck a sport utility vehicle that reportedly pulled out in front of them. David Novaez, 48, had been the German teacher […]


As temperature drops, local need rises

Love Inc.’s Dena Corey looks through the meager supply of children’s coats available through the organization’s “Winter Wraps” program so far. The agency anticipates distributing more than 600 coats this fall. (Photo by Jennifer Eisenbart)

Love Inc. again anticipates growing demand for assistance By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Upon learning a reporter was in the building Tuesday, a volunteer for Love Inc., a local independent social service agency, had a message she wanted to pass on: “Tell them we need coats!” she said. The volunteer […]


Visionaries needed to strategize the future

A group of 40-plus volunteer community activists has come together to chart a course for an even better Waterford, as the community moves forward into its next hundred years. Called “Absolutely Waterford,” the group hopes to attract an even greater number of interested residents and volunteers as Waterford moves forward […]


Grassroots gathering

Local conservatives hope lobby night gives them a voice in Madison By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer After standing up for conservative politics during the recent Burlington Area School District budget approval process, a local group will hold its first lobbying event Saturday at the Burlington High School auditorium. The group […]