Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A dog with a good nose helped sniff out the potential hazard of a gas leak in a Wind Point neighborhood.
Becky might be deaf, but there is nothing wrong with her nose. The dog was out with her owner for her evening walk Monday around 9 p.m. when she smelled gas coming from a spot under a road in her Wind Point neighborhood. Len Lamberg, Becky's owner, said she pulled him to a spot near the corner of Meriburr and Tera Lee, where he could also smell gas. "The smell wasn't strong and if she hadn't pulled me over there and kind of worried at it, I wouldn't have noticed it," he said. Lamberg said he went home and called WE Energies to let them know about the leak. The representative who answered the phone led him through a series of questions to determine where crews should be dispatched. "I could tell it wasn't from a house, but from right under…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The headache is scheduled to end this summer for drivers who need full use of 4-Mile Road.
Construction continues on the 4-Mile Road project, and so far, everything points to a July 2013 completion date. Village Engineer Michael Hayek sent us these photos of him checking the steel reinforcements for the north abutment as concrete continues to get poured, moving the bridge closer to completion.
Friday, January 25, 2013
DNR officials urge private well owners in Caledonia, Oak Creek, Franklin, Muskego, Raymond and Norway to test their wells after finding high levels of molybdenum during a recent study of area groundwater.
High levels of molybdenum were found in homes in Caledonia and Oak Creek near the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant several years ago, but now more wells have been identified, a DNR official said. The DNR recently tested for molybdenum in 153 private wells in Franklin, Muskego, Norway and Raymond and found high levels of the element in 44 of the wells in those areas too. A well at Raymond School tested at 101 micrograms per liter while the state groundwater standard is 40, according to a story in the Journal Sentinel and the DNR report. Eric Nitschke, director of the southeast region of the DNR in Milwaukee, said the big takeaway from the DNR’s report is that more private well owners need to test their water and the DNR needs more data to …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Chunks of a coal and black powdery material have washed up along the shoreline in Caledonia. The DNR says the coal likely fell off a barge years ago and the black powdery stuff isn't coal ash at all, but rather magnetite.
A resident living just south of the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant says she has been seeing quite a bit of what she believes is coal ash as well as chunks of coal washing up along the shores of Lake Michigan. The chunks of coal were wedged between the rocks on the beach, but there was also a powdery metallic substance in the sand. But an official with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says the powdery stuff on the shore probably is not coal ash, which contains arsenic, lead, mercury and other chemicals and has been linked to cancer. The coal on the beach, however, is indeed coal. After the We Energies bluff collapse in 2011, the company dredged the water to remove as much of the coal ash as they could and then they dumped it…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
For years, a number of Caledonia and Oak Creek residents living near the We Energies Oak Creek plant have received water from the energy company because the area has high levels of chemicals. They plan to petition the Village to bring municipal water to t
About 50 residents attended an informal neighborhood meeting about their wells being contaminated with chemicals like boron, benzene and molybdenum at the East Side Community Cente Wednesday night. Mostly the meeting focused on how residents could use reverse osmosis to treat their drinking water. But the group also discussed the status of several isotope testing studies currently being done by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and what steps they planned to take to remedy the situation. Caledonia and Oak Creek residents living near the We Energies coal plant have been receiving water from the energy company since 2009 because the area has had high levels of chemicals for years and a ground water study was due from the …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Power has been restored, and we've asked the power company for more information on what happened.
Thousands of Caledonia residents were without power for about a half hour at 10:30 a.m. However, the power was restored at 11 a.m. Here's the statement from We Energies: We had approximately 1,650 customers who lost power at about 10:35 a.m. in Caledonia area. All customers’ service was restored as of 11:00 a.m. At this point, the cause remains under investigation with crews patrolling the line affected to determine what may have been the cause.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Caledonia Police Chief Toby Schey said some downed trees have caused a power outage and well over 3,500 customers were without for two hours.
5:30 p.m.: We Energies Spokesperson Barry McNulty confirmed that all 3,500 customers have their power restored. Fantasy Football fans are rejoicing throughout the village. 4:45 p.m.: McNulty, a spokesman for We Energies, said a tree has fallen on two circuits at the St. Rita substation near Four Mile and North Green Bay Road. “We’re trying to bridge, or find different sources, for customers,” McNulty said. At this time, there’s no estimated time for the restoration to be complete. However, at 4:40 p.m. power was restored for about 2,100 We Energies customers. At about 3:30 p.m. over 3,500 customers near Four Mile Road west of Highway 31, and near Franksville had lost power. Keep checking back, we'll keep you posted on the power outage in …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Come out and have some fun with your kids and learn about how to keep your family safe at the Caledonia Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 25 at Kmart 5141 Douglas.
The Caledonia's Safety Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 25 at Kmart, 5141 Douglas Ave. The food and drink will be provided by Roost 59 Chicago Style Grill. They'll have a dunk tank, bouncy houses and face painting. It'll follow the Caledonia Police Association's 5K Run for a Reason. For more information on the run, click here. Here's what they have planned for Safety Day: K-9 Units Racine PD from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mount Pleasant Police Department from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Jaws for Life demo (Caledonia Fire Department) AAA Road Safet Caledonia Police Forensic Investigation Vehicle Caledonia Police emergency vehicles on display Winthrop Harbor Police Tactical Vehicle United States Coast Guard Safety Trailer Identity Theft…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Customers get alert when paying their bill on the utility company's website.
We Energies continues to alert customers of a scam that promises to pay utility bills through federal stimulus money offered by the Obama administration. The utility company has placed an alert on its Web site telling customers who pay their bill online of the threat. The notice reads: "Alert: A scam promising federal money to pay utility bills has been discovered. No such program exists, and payments made using bank routing numbers in the scam will be rejected. Please use your current banking information to make online payments." We Energies' spokesperson Cathy Schulze said Tuesday the alert was placed on the site in response to a nationwide scam that arose a few weeks ago. "Fortunately we did not see a huge impact here with our …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
You've had a busy week and now you've got a little time to catch up, here are our top five most read stories this week.
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