Brighton Dale Links to mark 50th birthday with Oct. 5 outing

Brighton Dale Links to mark 50th birthday with Oct. 5 outing

Kenosha County’s Brighton Dale Links golf course is celebrating its 50th year in 2022 with a special outing next month, County Executive Samantha Kerkman announced today.

The outing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, beginning with a noon shotgun start.

Players may create their own foursome $200 ($50 per player). The cost includes 18 holes with cart, prizes, and a light lunch.

The deadline to register is Sept. 29. Entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, limited to the first 36 teams. Signups are available at www.golfbrightondale.com or by calling 262-925-8004.

“We encourage people to come out for an afternoon of golf to help Kenosha mark a half-century of excellence at this great facility,” Kerkman said.

One of Kenosha County’s two golf course facilities, Brighton Dale opened with 27 holes in 1972, and was added onto to make it a 45-hole complex in 1992.

While it has long had a strong reputation regionally, great strides to make the course even better have been made in recent years with the hiring of Lohmann Quitno Golf Course Architects to revamp the landscape and update various features, said Daniel Drier, Kenosha County’s general manager of golf operations.

Drier noted that Brighton Dale was recognized in 2021 as the fourth best municipal golf course out of 60 such facilities in Wisconsin. Earlier, it was rated 4.5 stars out of 5 and eighth best golf course out of 609 in Wisconsin by Golf Advisor.

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“It is through the support of staff, county administration and the County Board that Brighton Dale has become the success that it is today,” Drier said. “There have been many people who have contributed to making it such a fantastic facility.”

About Kenosha County Golf:

Brighton Dale Links is comprised of 45 championship golf holes. The White Birch and Blue Spruce are 18-hole, par 72 layouts that measure 7,012 and 6,687 yards, respectively. The Red Pines is a 9-hole, par 36 layout of over 3,500 yards. All 45 holes at Brighton Dale links offer distinctive variances featuring water, mature trees and hilly terrain along with well-manicured playing conditions.

Brighton Dale is located in northwestern Kenosha County, adjacent to the Bong Recreation Area, just north of the intersection of highways 75 and 142 (enter off of Highway 75) in the Town of Brighton.

Petrifying Springs Golf Course is located within Petrifying Springs Park, the flagship of the Kenosha County Parks system. Known as “Pets,” it was voted by Kenosha News readers as Best Golf Course for the ninth straight year. Abundant trees and a rolling landscape add beauty and challenge to this delightful 18-hole, 6,000-yard golf course.

Petrifying Springs is located in northeastern Kenosha County, in the Village of Somers. The clubhouse is located on Highway A (Seventh Street), a half mile east of Highway 31 (Green Bay Road).

To reserve tee times for both facilities, visit www.kenoshacountygolf.com or call 262-697-4653 for more information.

Kenosha Community Foundation announces plans for future growth

Today, Kenneth L. Fellman, President of the Board of Directors, Kenosha Community Foundation made several announcements regarding the Kenosha Community Foundation.

Due to the exponential growth of the assets of the Kenosha Community Foundation, we see that there is continued resonance and relevance of our mission by supporters. As the Foundation’s mission is to enhance the present and ensure the future of the Kenosha area, we are pleased to announce that in 2021, the Foundation distributed $836,329 in grants, scholarships, and sponsorships; reflecting an increase of 287% from 2011 when distributions totaled $291,524. For the comparable time period, assets under management grew from $5.2 million to $15.9 million, up 306%. Since being established in 1926, numerous families and individuals have entrusted the Kenosha Community Foundation as a primary conduit for their long-term charitable and legacy gifting. As a Board, we are humbled by the generosity of our donors and remain committed to diligently pursuing our mission. Thank you to all who have helped us along the way.

With gratitude, we announce the retirement of Jane Harrington-Heide from her role as Executive Director on October 10, 2022, after leading the Foundation in this capacity since June 2020. Jane has served the Foundation in a variety of roles since the mid-1990s, though more recently by becoming the interim Executive Director and then part-time Executive Director beginning in March 2021. I am pleased she will continue to make contributions by rejoining the Board of Directors in her retirement.

I am excited to announce that Amy M. Greil will be joining the Foundation as our new Executive Director as of October 10, 2022. Amy graduated in 2004 from University Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications, then worked in Europe and Asia as a language instructor from 2005 – 2010, while pursuing a Master of Arts – Government & Politics, which she completed in 2010 from St. John’s University, Queens, New York, at its Rome, Italy campus.

Working professionally in English, Italian, and Spanish, Amy has leveraged her communication skills in a variety of nonprofit roles such as employment counseling, grant management, and community and neighborhood coalition-building.

Since 2013, Amy has been employed as an Associate Professor of Community Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Division of Extension in Kenosha County. In this capacity she has been successful in launching the Kenosha County Food Bank in 2020; chairing the City of Kenosha Commission on the Arts; and serving as a founding board member of the Kenosha Creative Space. Collectively her fund development efforts have raised over $200k for local community organizations.

As a Board, we realize the needs are many and there is much to do. We feel strongly that we are at a critical point where a full-time Executive Director will help us accelerate our growth and multiply the positive impact we can make upon our community. We also strongly believe that Amy’s education, career history, and passion for helping others are fully aligned with our mission. It will be exciting to work with her to advance the Foundation’s goals.

Amy responded that “it is a special honor and treasured opportunity to serve in a leadership role to extend the legacy of the Kenosha Community Foundation. I look forward to bringing together the work of its skilled Board of Directors and a growing base of donors and supporters. Together we will deepen ties to diverse communities and organizations, resulting in even more positive impacts locally.”

In closing, please join me in thanking Jane for her contributions as part-time Executive Director over the past two years and welcoming Amy to the role of full-time Executive Director. The Board and I look forward to working closely with Amy to make a positive difference in our community and in the lives of others.

12th Annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to Old Settlers Park on Sept. 10

The 12th Annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest will be held noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 10, at Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St.

The festivities will include authentic German food and beverages, live music and dancing, a classic car show, kids’ games and activities including the Dachshund Dash, a stein-hoisting competition and silent auction. Admission and parking are free.

“Old Settlers Oktoberfest is a fun tradition, and it’s great to see it back at Old Settlers Park this Saturday,” said Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman. “I look forward to seeing you all out at this authentic, German-style celebration.”

The event is sponsored by Kerkman, Kenosha County Parks and the nonprofit Old Settlers Oktoberfest Inc. Proceeds will support the eventual construction of a permanent band shelter in Old Settlers Park and events in the park.

“It is an honor to continue the tradition our dear friend Heidi Schuerstedt started with the first Old Settlers Oktoberfest in 2011,” said Mindy Cooling, Old Settlers Oktoberfest Inc. board member. “It is always amazing to look around at the peak of our event and see our friends, neighbors, and family together, celebrating and enjoying a day in our beautiful park.”

Among the most popular attractions since the event began is the Dachshund Dash, in which dachshunds and dachshund mixes vie for the honors of Top Dog and Hot Dog. Immediately following the Dachshund Dash, there will be an Open Class/All Breed Dog Dash. All dogs are welcome to participate in the open-class event.

The daylong festivities will kick off officially at noon, with a 9-11 Memorial, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Avery Meachum and the ceremonial opening with Kerkman.

Event Schedule:

  • §  10 a.m.: Paddock Lake Lions Club fun run/walk (registration at 9:30)

  • §  Noon: 9-11 Memorial

  • §  Noon to 8 p.m.: Beer, wine, food, and merchandise tents open; live music by the Ed

    Wagner Brass Band

  • §  Noon to 4 p.m.: Alphorn Players

  • §  Noon to 5 p.m.: Kids’ games presented by A Place to Grow, Play & Education Center

    and Lakeside Foods, face painting by Pinot’s Pallet of Pleasant Prairie, hair braiding by Salon Salon, and the New Beginnings Ranch petting zoo and pony rides sponsored by Mindy Cooling State Farm.

  • §  1 p.m.: Dachshund Dash and All-Breed Dog Dash (registration begins at noon).

  • §  1 to 4 p.m.: Classic car show

  • §  2, 4 and 6 p.m.: Performances by the D’Oberlanders Dance Crew sponsored by Westosha

    Floral and Hartnell Chevrolet

  • §  5:30 p.m.: The 75th Street Inn stein-hoisting competition

  • §  4:30, 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Silent Auction Tables; 50/50 drawing at 7 p.m.

    Other attractions and activities throughout the day will include pumpkin and chainsaw carving and more.

Kenosha County Public Health providing MPV vaccinations to eligible populations

Kenosha County Public Health providing MPV vaccinations to eligible populations

Kenosha County Public Health is one of 17 approved MPV (monkeypox) vaccination providers in Wisconsin that are currently accepting appointments from the public, Health Officer Dr. Jen Freiheit announced today.

KCPH has received a limited supply of vaccine from the state and now only has the ability to vaccinate the most at-risk individuals, Freiheit said. Therefore, KCPH is partnering with key community stakeholders to target the current vaccine to these high-risk populations.

These partners include the LGBT Center of Southeast Wisconsin, Vivent Health and Kenosha Pride.

“With a limited supply of vaccine at this time, we are following federal and state guidance and working to direct doses to populations believed to be at the highest risk for infection, and to close contacts of confirmed cases,” Freiheit said. “As vaccine availability increases and we learn more about this evolving situation, we look forward to sharing more information with the public.”

A vaccination clinic, open to eligible individuals, will operate from 3 to 7 p.m. today — Thursday, Sept. 8 — at the Kenosha County Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road, Entrance B on the north side of the building.

A list of current vaccine eligibility criteria, as defined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is at the conclusion of this release.

Commonly known as monkeypox, MPV is a rare disease caused by infection with MPV (the monkeypox virus). Amid a growing outbreak in the United States and globally, the White House declared MPV a national public health emergency on Aug. 4.

As of Wednesday, Sept. 7, there were 21,274 confirmed MPV cases nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Wisconsin, there were 63 confirmed cases, including two in Kenosha County.

The virus is spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected individual, contact with contaminated clothes or linen, and through saliva droplets if lesions are in the mouth.

The highest rate of current cases has been in men and trans women who have sex with men, however, any person, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, can acquire and spread MPV. Prolonged close contact, face-to-face contact, or intimate physical contact with an infected person puts people at greater risk of infection.

Freiheit said it is important to receive and understand accurate information as it pertains to MPV. Communicable diseases can show up in all communities, and anyone is at risk of contracting MPV if they are in close contact with an individual who is infected.

While MPV is not a sexually transmitted disease, it appears to be transmitted at a higher rate through sex, which has a high rate of skin-to-skin contact. Any skin-to-skin contact with someone with MPV can lead to possible new cases of MPV.

Common symptoms of MPV can include fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that can look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy. The rash may be on the face, the inside of the mouth, hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Symptoms are usually mild or moderate and a person is no longer infectious when their lesions have fallen off. MPV is rarely fatal.

Most people recover in two to four weeks without need for treatment, although vaccinations and antiviral medications can be used to prevent and treat MPV. Because of the current short supply of vaccine, the CDC requires a HIPPA-compliant screening tool when people inquire about vaccination eligibility.

More information about MPV is available from the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html and from the Wisconsin Department of Health at https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/outbreaks/index.htm.

Current MPV vaccination eligibility guidelines

Wisconsinites who meet any of the following criteria can get vaccinated:

  • Known contacts who are identified by public health through case investigation, contact

    tracing, and risk exposure assessments.

  • Presumed contacts who may meet the following criteria:

o People who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox.

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o People who attended an event or venue where there was known monkeypox exposure.

o Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary people who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days.
considered to have an elevated risk of exposure to monkeypox in the future:

• People
o Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with

men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary people who expect to have multiple or anonymous sex partners. This may include people living with HIV and people who take HIV pre-exposure because of increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.

o Clinical laboratory personnel who perform testing to diagnose orthopoxviruses, including those who use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for diagnosis of orthopoxviruses, including monkeypox virus.

o Research laboratory workers who directly handle cultures or animals contaminated or infected with orthopoxviruses that infect humans, including monkeypox virus, replication-competent vaccinia virus, or recombinant vaccinia viruses derived from replication-competent vaccinia virus strains.

o Certain health care providers working in sexual health clinics or other specialty settings directly caring for patients with sexually transmitted infections.

In addition to eligible people getting vaccinated, the Wisconsin Department of Health advises everyone should avoid having close skin-to-skin contact with others who have new or unexplained rash. For those without a provider, help is available by dialing 211 or 877-947- 2211, or texting your ZIP code to 898-211.