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By Chris Schultz Now it’s the dog park’s turn. The skateboard park was completed more than a year ago, and the disc golf course will be ready to go in spring. The Lake Geneva Board of Park Commissioners at its Feb. 5 meeting committed this coming year to completing the proposed dog park on city-owned land that was once part of the former Hillmoor Golf Course. The board is looking at buying 1,400 feet of fencing, four dog clean-up stations, a dog drinking fountain and some picnic tables and benches. But the city is going to need some help to pay for the project. Fencing alone will cost about $26,000, said Public Works Director Dan Winkler. The city has about $20,000 left in the park impact fee fund, said City Administrator Dennis Jordan. And not everything in that fund can be devoted to the dog park. The city’s tax increment finance (TIF) district fund may not be able to contribute to this project, he said.


By Chris Schultz Leases for the Riviera shops for the next two years were approved by the Lake Geneva City Council on Monday. Overall, shopowners in the city-owned lake house will have their square footage rents increased by 3 percent per year over the next two years.

Hillmoor going to the dogs? City works on plans for dog park at former golf course

The Walworth County Drug Unit arrested three people that are suspected to be part of a heroin-dealing ring in the Lake Geneva and Delavan area. The investigation lasted about a month and the arrests were made on Friday and announced Monday in a press release. Jamaal Shellie, 33, of Waukegan, Ill., is accused of heading the group and having others drive him around to sell heroin.

Riviera leases approved



S’MORES WERE A FAVORITE snack for the young people who went to the Fire Ring on the Beach event last Tuesday. There was a full week worth of events for this year’s Winterfest. A video from the event is coming soon to a screen near you. Keep an eye on www.lakegenevanews. net for updates. See page 4B for more pictures from Winterfest.



Badger graduate travels world in ‘gap year’ By John Halverson “It was a spur of the moment thing. I had to make a decision in a couple of days.” He’d just graduated from Badger High

School. His college plans fell through. What was Jordan Dunn to do? What Jordan did was to join a “gap year” program which sent him to South Africa and will soon take him to South America. It’s a decision he’ll never regret — an apparent negative turned into a real positive. After graduating from Badger last spring, Jordan was all set to go


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to George Washington University in Washington D.C. He’d been an intern for Rep. Paul Ryan and the Washington scene appealed to him. But, at the last minute, he learned the financial aid he expected would not be forthcoming. He started scouring the web for options. He’d had a “traveler’s mindset” since he was young, he said, and he’d heard about something called a “gap year” as a freshman. “If you had asked me what a ‘gap year’ program was six months ago, I would have said that it was a temporary break between secondary and tertiary education.” he said in an email. “However, as I’ve reached the half-way point of my journey, I have come to a conclusion that a ‘gap year’ is three things: a year of unconventional learning, a year of opportunity and a year of discovery.” At first, his parents were

skeptical. It was controversial with his friends. He wasn’t following the usual pattern. Even Jordan admits there was trepidation. “But once I sold my parents on it, I sold myself,” he said. His search for an alternative to ordinary brought him Projects Abroad. That program took him to South Africa, where he worked for an organization called Where Rainbows Meet in a township near Cape Town. Where Rainbows Meet offered a variety of programs like a community garden, a sewing center, a day care and skills training among typical office duties. Jordan focused primarily on small business development. He was in charge of developing a micro-finance lending program through an American organization called Kiva. About 40,000-60,000 people lived in the community; their


JORDAN DUNN took in a South African slum during his ‘gap year.’ average income was less than $1,200 year. About 70 percent were unemployed. Nearly half of the adults had drug and alcohol problems.

COMING ATTRACTIONS Lego show at Fontana’s Abbey The Abbey Resort will host an AllStar Lego show on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16. The event will include displays and activities for resort guests and the public.

Night of Jazz at Badger On Saturday, Feb. 22, Denis Diblasio, baritone sax and flute, will be the featured performer. Tickets can be purchased online at

Check out the Resorter (inside) for details on Delavan’s Sky Circus on Ice.


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February 13, 2014


Disc golf course details need to be addressed By Chris Schultz Lake Geneva’s 18-hole disc golf course will be ready for this spring. But there are some things that still have to be decided and cleaned up, Public Works Director Dan Winkler told the Lake Geneva Board of Park Commissioners on Feb. 5. The park board still has to make recommendations on: n A name for the course n Signage for the course n A list of donors to appear on the entrance sign n A minimum donation for a sponsorship sign at one of the course’s tee boxes

All of those must be recommended to the Lake Geneva City Council for final approval, Winkler said. The board also has to decide on a plan for repairing or replacing the bridges on the course, which winds its way along the banks of the White River. Commissioners must also make a decision on who will do the seeding and topsoil on the course and close out the designer’s contract. In late fall, 30 volunteers from the Jaycees put in 120 manhours to remove nearly 17 truckloads of chipped brush, tree limbs and junk limbs from the 18-hole disc golf course. The wood waste was chipped

right away to make removal easier. And five local companies also donated man-hours and materials to the disc golf course: n Humphreys Contracting, Lake Geneva n Gilbank Construction Inc., Clinton n Otto Jacobs, Lake Geneva n Down to Earth Contractors, Lake Geneva n Scherrer Construction Co., Burlington Of the four bridges, only the northernmost bridge needs to be completely replaced. Winkler said he’s talking with local Boy Scout troops to see if they might be interested in the bridges as a project.

The bridges are left over from the former Hillmoor Golf Course. Public works has also drafted the welcome sign with donor names for the commission’s consideration, Winkler wrote. The recommended name of the course is the White River Disc Golf Course. In January 2013, the city council’s committee of the whole directed the park board to pursue plans to create the course. In April, the Lake Geneva City Council approved a $3,600 design contract with Watch It Bend, Marquette, Mich., to design the course. The council also set aside $22,133 in park impact fees for

equipment and amenities for the course. Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, except that players use plastic flying discs rather than clubs and balls. The courses are about onethird the size of traditional golf courses. The sport owes much to traditional golf, with discs even being identified as drivers, irons and putters, depending on their weight and flight dynamics, The disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, usually the target is a pole-mounted metal basket. The object is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws, or strokes.

LOCAL NOTES Local Girl Scouts selling cookies The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale got underway on Sunday, Feb. 8 and continues through Sunday, March 23. Girls in the Lake Geneva, Genoa City, Pell Lake and Elkhorn areas will be calling on neighbors, with some cookies on hand and order blanks for additional boxes

or other varieties. Several times during the sale, troops will conduct booth sales at major shopping spots throughout the area. Girl Scouts have been selling cookies since 1917 and, for the first time, the sale is nationwide during the same six-week period. The program is the largest girl-run business in

the world and teaches girls essential skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. A portion of each sale remains in the local troop and the remainder goes to the council to provide support services for all of its troops, such as training leaders, maintaining camps and other properties, con-

ducting council-wide events and providing staff. Two new cookies will be available, Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies. They join the popular Thin Mints, Caramel de Lites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots and Lemonades. All cookies are $3.75 per box, except the gluten

free variety. They will cost $5 and are limited in quantity. The local contact for obtaining cookies is Linda Van Buskirk, Lake Geneva. She coordinates the troop orders and contacts them about possible sale opportunities. Her contact number is (262) 249-0738. Troops in this area are part of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council.

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Library event features Black Point director The Lake Geneva Public Library program on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m., will feature Dave Desimone, the director of Black Point Estate, who will present his program “How I Spent My Summer.” He will share his vision for Black Point Estate, now run by the Wisconsin Historical Society. During his presentation, Desimone will present his insights and perspective of Black Point from the vantage point of a man who has worked in the museum field for more than 20 years. The public is welcome to attend this program at no charge. For more information, call the library at (262) 249-5299.

Church hosts womens’ prayer group Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan, hosts Women of Joy Bible sharing every Thursday morning from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. All women are invited to meet together to pray, learn, share and grow in Christ.

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The volunteers at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center are looking for members to join their team to serve the Aurora Elkhorn Clinic located on Highway 67, on the north edge of town. Duties include providing patients with information and escorting them to appointments. Men and women who are willing to share their time, talent and skills to create a comforting environment for patients and their families can call the Volunteer Office at (262) 741-2924 or (262) 741-2077 for more information and to request an application. There are also various positions as a volunteer at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, W3985 County Highway NN, Elkhorn.

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February 13, 2014

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By Robert Ireland There are many homeowners who simply don’t own smoke alarms. The Lake Geneva Fire Department wants that to change, especially in the homes that are in its coverage area. “It is a big goal of ours to How to receive a have every resifree smoke alarm dence in our service area to Call the Lake Geneva have working Fire Department smoke detecat (262) 248-7228. tors,” Fire Chief Or stop by the Brent Connelly fire station at 730 said. Marshall Street. That’s why, Fire Chief Brent free of charge, Connelly said the firefighters will come into any department has an home in Lake problem with visitors, Geneva, and the and welcomes rest of its covresidents to stop by erage area, to the fire station. install a smoke alarm. The alarms were donated to the department by the Focus on Fire Prevention group, which is based out of Orlando, Fla. So far, the department has installed a few more than 260 smoke alarms. About another 100 alarms are on hand at the fire department, waiting to be installed. After the department runs out of the alarms, it plans on obtaining more from Focus on Fire Prevention.

n According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost twothirds of home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. n In new homes a smoke alarm should be in each bedroom, and outside of bedroom areas.


FIRE CHIEF BRENT CONNELLY holds up a smoke detector while at the Fire Department on Marshall Street. The Fire Department has a program where they install, free of charge, smoke detectors into homes that don’t have them. It is not as if some people are opposed to owning fire alarms, Lake Geneva Fire Capt. Mark Moeller-Gunderson said. Nearly everyone agrees that they should have them in their homes, he said. However, the problem arises because people often don’t take the step of purchasing and installing them. Or someone buys a smoke detector but then removes the battery to stop it from beeping at false alarms. Smoke detectors can be sensitive and


• CORRECTIONS • Incorrect prices in historical market story

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A couple of extra zeroes sneaked into the price range of historical markers, as reported in the Feb. 6 story on page 7A, “New historical Markers waiting to be installed,” The signs range in cost between $1,200 to $1,400. Ken Etten, president of the Lake Geneva Historical Preservation Commission added that the full range of sign costs runs from $900 to $1,800, depending on size.

The name of Ava Lisette Pezza was omitted from the high honors roll at Easveiw School, published last week.

Attribution error in Drettwan story A quote was incorrectly attributed to Judge Kristen Drettwan in a story about her swearing in ceremony. Judge Phillip Koss said “we thought she was going to be perfect for Walworth County and she has been.”

Wrong meeting time An article in last week’s paper listed the wrong time for the Joint 1 School Board. The board met on Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. At that meeting, the board is expected to discuss eliminating the overnight portion of the outdoor education program. Visit us online at

Error in headline A headline in last week’s issue should have been in the past tense. Local football players were honored at the

6th annual David Trophy Breakfast, co-sponsored by Walworth State Bank and Calvary Community Church, on Jan. 25. We make every effort to be accurate. If you feel we’ve made an error, please contact us at jhalverson@ Include your name and phone number in case we need to get back to you.

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n Smoke detectors beep because of burned dinners. Even should not be steam from the shower can set one off. painted. The temptation to temporarily remove the battery is something people give in to. However, many people then forget to put a battery back in place. The American n Children should Red Cross recommends never removing know what the the battery or disabling a smoke alarm. smoke alarm sounds Connelly said the free smoke alarms like and what to do include a battery that can’t be removed. when they hear it. The battery also has a 10-year life. During October, fire prevention n Batteries shouldn’t month, the Lake Geneva Fire Departbe removed from a ment provides educational opportunities smoke alarm. If an for students in local schools. Part of this alarm becomes a effort is teaching every student in the nuisance, move it Lake Geneva school district how to exit a farther from kitchens smoke-filled room. The children are then GRAPHIC BY encouraged to go home and develop an or bathrooms. SARAH SCHAUF/ REGIONAL NEWS escape plan in case of a fire. PLEASE SEE DETECTOR PAGE 6A

FIREFIGHTER PAT CARROLL accepts drill motors from Lake Geneva’s Home Depot and Dunn Lumber. The stores donated the tools to the Lake Geneva Fire Department, which allows firefighters to install free smoke detectors into homes.

n A minimum of one alarm should be on each floor.

SOURCES: FEMA, www.merrimacfire and American Red Cross


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February 13, 2014


Village Trustee

What qualifications do you have for the position? (Word limit: 100)

Why are you running for this position? (Word limit: 200)

In your opinion, what is the biggest issue facing the village of Bloomfield? (Word limit: 200)

Gary L. Grolle

Attorney (semi-retired), with decades of experience advising companies in the manufacturing and financial services industries, including serving as liaison to regulatory agencies. Third party neutral arbitrator, hearing and deciding commercial, securities, personal injury and employment cases. Real estate broker, selling commercial and residential properties and business entities. Village trustee, 2012-13. Chair, village finance committee, 2012-13. Former chair, BGC Fire Commission.

To see that the positive organizational and financial steps initiated for the new village during the 2012-13 start-up term are the subject of ongoing monitoring and review, then, where appropriate, improved.

Arriving at a vision for the future of the new village of Bloomfield which calls for ongoing sound management and financial policies and practices, quality core services for the public, an improved business climate and an improved quality of life for young and old alike.

I have been in public service for most of my adult life. I spent 28 1/2 years on the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department and over half of that time was as an administrator. I have served on the town of Bloomfield Board and the village of Bloomfield Board.

I ran my final term on the town board championing the incorporation of our village and would like to make this my last term on the village board making sure that the newly created village is on a sound physical and fiscal base.

The biggest issue I see the village facing is the fiscal issues arising from the aftermath of Act 10 and the constant erosion of local government rights that the current state of Wisconsin government is forcing upon us.

I’ve been going to almost all the meetings, since the 90s, when the water and sewer project started, so I think that I’m well-informed about the local government. I’m also in contact with the local people by holding part-time positions at the local businesses.

This will be my first time, so I’m throwing “my hat into the ring.” As I approach my retirement, I realize that I have a lot of free time, so I feel that I should volunteer and start to give back to the community. My knowledge of the history of this area could be used to better the future.

Bringing back the trust that has disappeared between the people and the community. Encouraging new growth in the recreational activities for all seasons. Also encouraging the growth of more small businesses in the area. And having the local organizations provide more activities within the area.

I have been a town supervisor for two years during 2006/2007. I am currently a village trustee serving a twoyear term. I have served as a plan commission member for over 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have over 40 years of experience in providing professional engineering services. I served as engineer to Bloomfield in the past. Being a business owner, I have experience in management, finances and personnel matters. I was involved in the incorporation effort and the preparation of the smart growth plan.

I am running to continue the process of establishing our village that we started with the incorporation process. We have started reviewing and revising our policies, procedures, and ordinances. We need to address our smart growth plan, subdivision ordinance, and permit applications. We need to establish a capital improvement plan to address our equipment, building, highway and drainage needs. We also have to increase dialogue with both Lake Geneva and Genoa City on boundary agreements. I believe with my background I can be an asset and resource to the village. Because I look at the village as a business, I know that we must invest in our growth, but that the investment must be affordable and, in the long run, be in the best interests of the residents of the village. Knowledge in engineering and planning is beneficial in the establishment of capital improvement projects. I bring in-house expertise to assist in the establishment of these projects and in the review and implementation of these programs. I look forward to moving the village forward and creating a village we can all be proud of and call home.

The biggest issue facing the village is the ability to continue in providing quality services at a reasonable and affordable cost. The village has strived to keep taxes low and we have one of the best tax rates in the area. However, we are losing ground in the maintenance of our infrastructure. Due to the decreasing value of our tax base, we have less capital for our needs. We need to be able to provide our employees with a reasonable wage and benefit package, improve our roadways, and replace equipment on a regular schedule. Right now we are just holding our own. We need to create a plan for our deficiencies and make sure that the plan is affordable. A capital improvements plan needs to be developed that will identify our needs and a financial plan instituted that can pay for the improvements. This financial plan needs to be affordable. The plan has to address replacement of trucks, improvements to buildings, repair and replacement of roads and correction of drainage problems. With no action, we will see a decrease in snow plowing services when trucks break down, more rough roads, and drainage problems that remain ignored. I need your support!

Over the years I have been involved with many activities in the area and on various projects in the community and have worked with past and present members of the board. Including founding the Pell Lake Sportsman’s Club, the kids fishing day, volunteered with the lake clean up, reach out and helping with the needs of the disabled by the lake.

I feel there is a real need and I would like to help serve the people of this community. This is where my family and I reside and I would like to help improve the community wherever I can. Through the encouragement of others to run in this election has inspired me, for which I am thankful for.

I am concerned about our current financial state of the village since the incorporation. I feel that this is vital to the future of this community. I know that there are many issues that need to be addressed and I would like the opportunity to serve the community and help to build better communication between the board and the residents to help solve the issues. As your trustee, I feel that we can work together to make Bloomfield a better place to raise our families. I hope to see you at the polls and I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

W564 Pell Lake Drive Age: 69 Years in the area: 18 Family: Wife, Cheryl

William W. Holder Village of Bloomfield Age: 64 Years in the area: 30 + Family: Married with two grown sons and five grandchildren

Rita Marcinkus N1420 Lake Shore Drive. Age: 61 Years in area: Since 1976, 38 years Family: None

Doug J. Mushel N2262 Wilderland Dr.

Age: 65 Years in the Area: 38 Family: Wife: Mary; children: Tim, Greg, Sara and Jamie

Dave Nusberger W873 Juneau Rd Age: 54 Years in the area: 22 Family: wife, Kathleen; 5 kids and 7 grandchildren

See next week’s issue for primary election results

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Town board questions draft agreement Would future annexations affect how costs are shared? By Steve Targo BLOOMFIELD — A recently proposed intergovernmental agreement gave town board members some food for thought Feb. 3. That night, both town and village boards tabled the draft agreement at their respective meetings. “I don’t know what issues the town had with the agreement, (but) I think both boards will have to meet on it,” said Village President Ken Monroe over the phone last week. On Tuesday, Monroe said that meeting will be Friday, Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. At the Feb. 3 town board meeting, an issue came up with one section of the agreement, which establishes how both communities will share police, highway, court and other services. This section references the cost-sharing split used by the town and village. In most cases, the town pays 23 percent of costs, the village 77 percent. In emails last week, Cindy Howard — clerk for both the town and village of Bloomfield — said at the Feb. 3 town board meeting, supervisor Sue Leedle expressed concern that the split is referenced. The split “represents the proportionate share of expense based on the municipality’s equalized value,” said Howard, but “as properties are annexed into the village and/or out of the town, these figures will fluctuate.” On the phone last week, Town Chairman Dan Schoonover said with what the board discussed Feb. 3, “I don’t see a major problem at all. We’re just looking at other options that were brought up.” There is a proposed amendment to the draft agreement, which would remove the split percentage amounts and replace them with the language on how to set the values. Howard said she asked the board if it should be based on road miles instead, “since this is the method the state uses in determining transportation aids.” She also said another issue that came up in the town board discussion was that the village sets the amount for town services in the budget. “The town can negotiate on the flat fee for services. So, in essence, the language

The agreement The draft intergovernmental agreement states “the village shall pay 77 percent of the costs and expenses of construction and maintenance of the roads within the town and village. The town shall pay 23 percent of the costs and expenses of the roads within the town and village.” on the split may not be necessary.” In a Feb. 4 email, Leedle said she did not suggest that the board consider other cost-sharing options at the Feb. 3 town board meeting. When asked if she felt the current 77/23 split is fair, she replied, “The percentage needs to be visited annually.” On Feb. 5, she was asked to explain her concerns about the draft agreement. “The existing wording in the draft contract did not reflect existing conditions,” said Leedle. “I just wanted to clean it up.” The Regional News asked her what these existing conditions are, but she did not reply by press time. In a separate Feb. 5 email, supervisor Tom Sullivan said he feels the split is fair at this time, “but it would need to be reviewed every six months to a year. If the town would lose land to the village of Bloomfield, Genoa City or Lake Geneva, the 23 percent would have to be adjusted.” Schoonover also said he felt the split was fair, but questions were raised that should be explored. “Unless we talk about it, we don’t know. We just want to make sure we’re covering all the bases.” Sullivan said there aren’t “too many options that I can see” for cost sharing with the village.

The agreement The intergovernmental agreement is to provide municipal services to the town and village of Bloomfield. Initially, the town and village entered into an intergovernmental shared services agreement Dec. 20, 2011, and amended it twice — in April and November 2012. If approved as it stands now, the draft agreement would last three years. It addresses court, police and highway services, joint committees, assets, funds and other items.

Town waits to rule on garbage fee issue Businesses paying for Dumpsters were charged for municipal trash collection By Steve Targo BLOOMFIELD — Two businesses that normally aren’t charged for municipal garbage collection saw an extra $172.80 on their tax bills last year. Casa Mia Properties, in the village of Bloomfield, and PFI Inc., of the town of Bloomfield, pay to have vendors take garbage from their Dumpsters. In Bloomfield, standard practice has been to not add a garbage collection assessment to the tax bills for these businesses. In a Feb. 4 phone interview, village president Ken Monroe said there may have been a mistake. “We had looked at each tax parcel to bring them up to date, to make sure everybody was paying the garbage assessments. Some people weren’t, but we usually don’t charge the businesses for garbage collection because they have Dumpsters.” On Feb. 3, the village board waived the charge to Casa Mia, contingent upon the business providing the village with a written

request to have it removed from the tax bill. Businesses that provide Dumpsters typically collect garbage from customers and charge for the service. “I think it’s fair,” said Monroe, about waiving the assessment. “They’re paying a lot of money every year. They’re paying as much in one month for Dumpsters as the average people are paying for a whole year of garbage pickup.” But on Feb. 3, the town board tabled the request by PFI to waive the fee. On the phone Feb. 4, town chairman Dan Schoonover said board members had several questions. In emails last week, Cindy Howard — clerk for the town and the village — said the town board wanted to review “contract specifics.” Another request in the town came from James L. Holian. Howard said he asked to have the fee waived because “he takes his garbage offsite.” Schoonover said the board wanted to look into that further.

Both municipalities have a contract with Advanced Disposal, and all households are charged for garbage collection. The village and the town pay Advanced Disposal directly for its services, and that fee is based on the number of households in each municipality. “Garbage assessments are put on the tax bills for all improved residential properties,” Howard said. “A few of the businesses that exceed the garbage perimeters have Dumpsters and are charged by their respective vendors. In this circumstance, (Bloomfield) has, in the past, waived the standard garbage charge.” The garbage collection assessment is $172.80 for everyone who hasn’t had the fee waived. The town board is having a special meeting in the next few weeks, and the PFI request may be on that agenda, said Howard.

Below are other items from the draft agreement. n Proportional sharing “shall be determined by creating a ratio between the village and the town based upon its equalized valuation as determined by its respective assessors,” states the draft. If the town receives a grant, that money goes to the town, and vice versa, “except for the recycling grant, Monroe which shall be shared proportionally.” n If the town no longer exists — something which Schoonover has expressed concerns about in previous interviews — “the town shall pay all of their remaining town fund balances to the village.” n Assets acquired after the village was incorporated “shall be owned solely by the village.” The town and the village share joint ownership of municipal buildings and land. Schoonover n “Payments for services will be based upon the anticipated costs of the departments as derived from their approved budget year.” n All forfeitures generated by the Bloomfield Police Department and collected by the Bloomfield Joint Municipal Court shall be shared as revenue by both municipalities “according to their proportional shares.” n The town and village electors Howard vote on a judge, but in the event of a vacancy in that office, town and village boards shall appoint someone to complete the remainder of that term. n There are two joint committees — public works and park — and they “shall exist so long as agreed between the town and village.” Either the town or the village can dissolve any joint committee by providing a year’s written notice to the other municipality and adopting an ordinance. Leedle n “The town and village agree to discuss a common border agreement upon adoption of this agreement.”

BLOOMFIELD POLICE REPORTS Feb. 4 11:26 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a hit and run accident on Pell Lake Drive in the area of Highway U for a vehicle versus tree crash. Jennifer Nathan, 25, Twin Lakes, who had been driving a blue Ford Focus, was cited for driving too fast for conditions, hit and run property adjacent a highway, failure to notify police of an accident and operating without insurance.

Feb. 5 7:51 p.m.: Officers responded to N1186 Hemlock Road for an assist to EMS complaint. While at the residence officers arrested Paul Ponzio, 30, of Pell Lake for possession of marijuana. Ponzio was confined in the Walworth

County jail and charges of possession of marijuana have been forwarded to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office. Lisa Riesterer, 39, Lake Geneva, who was also at the residence, was issued municipal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. Riesterer was released with a court date.

Feb. 7 4:02 p.m.: Officers responded to a single vehicle property-damage-only crash on Thunderbird Road in the area of Deignan Road. At the conclusion of the investigation Kyle Helgeland, 32, Lake Geneva, who had been driving a red Chevrolet C2500 pick up truck was arrested and confined in the Walworth County Jail for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, as a fourth offense.

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August optimistic drone bill will become law By John Halverson Drafting a bill to limit the use of drones by law enforcement agencies seems like legislation ahead of its time. And that’s just the point, says one of the bill’s authors, State Rep. Tyler August, RLake Geneva. “There was a time in the state when there weren’t laws about phone taps,” August said. “Because there were no phones.” Now is the time to draft legislation on drones, August reasons, before they become an issue.

August, along with Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) co-authored the legislation last summer. The bill is designed to protect personal privacy, August said, when a person has “a reasonable expectation of privacy.” August “If you’re at the Badger game, you don’t have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” August said. “But if you’re in your backyard with friends having a barbecue, I think the last thing that you want to see is a drone.”

Elkhorn woman killed in Minnesota Pfister shot during highway chase EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN. (AP) — Family members say the Elkhorn woman killed in an officer-involved shooting on a major highway in Eden Prairie was a mother of two, while court records show the man she was with had a lengthy police record. Dawn Marie Pfister, 34, Elkhorn, and Matthew Vincent Serbus, 36, were killed Friday on Highway 212. Both died of multiple gunshot wounds after leading police on a chase that reached speeds of up to 90 mph during the morning rush hour. Few details have been released about the shooting or what prompted authorities to fire their weapons. The case is being investigated and four officers — a State Patrol trooper, two Chaska police officers and one Carver County sheriff’s deputy — have been placed on standard administrative leave. Family members told the Star Tribune they are still seeking answers. Neither Pfister nor Serbus have a permanent address. Bridget Johnson, Pfister’s stepmother, said Pfister has two children, ages 12 and 9. Johnson described Pfister as a “free spirit and an old soul,” who loved music, dancing and her family. Police records show Pfister was arrested in 2013 on drug-related charges, and arrest warrants in Olmsted County were pending for both Pfister and Serbus. Officials would not say when or why the warrants were issued. Serbus, who once lived in St. Paul, had a lengthy criminal record including theft, burglary and drug-related cases. In 2006, a third-degree murder charge against Serbus was dropped in connection with the death of a 29-yearold woman who died of an overdose after Serbus and the woman had bought and used heroin and crack cocaine.

Riviera/O’Neill critical of city administrator The city rents 10 shop areas and four storage areas within the lakeside building. From the end of April to the beginning of November, vendors sell a wide variety of foods, clothing and knickknacks in the lower level of the Riviera, drawing in visitors to the city pier and beach. At the Jan. 27 city council meeting, City Administrator Dennis Jordan had said that the shop rents were based on an original rent figure of $29 per square foot, which had been increased by 3 percent per year since at least 2004. But former alderman Terry O’Neill, during public comment, claimed that the rents did not line up on a per-square-foot basis, with some shops paying more for their floor space than others. City council members also began to question whether the rents were really based solely on square footage. The rents were sent back to the city staff for review. Jordan came back Monday with a revised rent schedule, an explanation and an apology. “I was in error and I take full responsibility for it,” Jordan told the council.

OFFICE OF THE Village of Bloomfield CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF Village of Bloomfield: Notice is hereby given of a spring primary election to be held in the Village of Bloomfield on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at which the officers named below shall be nominated. The names of the candidates for each office, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column, together with the questions submitted to a vote, for a referendum, if any, in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall state his or her name and address and sign the poll book before being permitted to vote. If an elector is not registered to vote, an elector may register to vote at the polling place serving his or her residence, if the elector presents proof of residence in a form specified by law. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth and cast his or her ballot except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector's minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. Where Optical Scan Voting is Used The elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided, and fill in the oval or connect the arrow on the write-in line. On referendum questions, the elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to "yes" if in favor of the question, or the elector shall fill in the oval or connect the arrow next to "no" if opposed to the question. When using an electronic ballot marking device ("Automark") to mark an optical scan ballot, the elector shall touch the screen at the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall touch the screen at "yes" if in favor of the question, or the elector shall touch the screen at "no" if opposed to the question. Where Touch Screen Voting is Used, The elector shall touch the screen next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall type in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided for a write-in vote. On referendum questions, the elector shall touch the screen next to "yes" if in favor of the question, or the elector shall touch the screen next to "no" if opposed to the question. The vote should not be cast in any other manner. Not more than five minutes' time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in casting his or her vote may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. If the elector spoils a paper or optical scan ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official, who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the voting booth, properly deposit the ballot and promptly leave the polling place. The elector may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station before the ballot is cast. After Marking the Ballot After an official paper ballot is marked, it shall be folded so the inside marks do not show, but so the printed endorsements and inspectors' initials on the outside do show. The elector shall deposit the voted ballot in the ballot box, or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit, and shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official optical scan ballot is marked, it shall be inserted in the security sleeve so the marks do not show. The elector shall insert the ballot in the voting device and discard the sleeve, or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit. If a central count system is used, the elector shall insert the ballot in the ballot box and discard the sleeve, or deliver the ballot to an inspector for deposit. The elector shall leave the polling place promptly. After an official touch screen ballot is cast, the elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector's employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector. 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During a hearing on the bill in January, the state Department of Justice expressed concern that the bill might outlaw evidence discovered by a warrantless drone in “purely public places.” As an example, what if a marijuana operation was discovered by a drone during a flyover of a state forest? August said an amendment was added that would eliminate that concern. Still, the department has not given the bill its stamp of approval. In an interview in the Regional News, August said he isn’t sure what could be done to get that endorsement. He said he’s “cautiously optimistic” of the bill’s passage citing support from the extremes of both parties.



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The legislation does allow for warrantless use of drones when there is an emergency or potential for imminent harm to a person or evidence. “This bill is a first step in taking back our privacy rights from ever-growing government,” Craig said when the bill was initiated. There are similar drone bills in both state Senate and Assembly committees. Ironically, August finds himself somewhat at odds with a group Republicans usually back, the state Department of Justice, and supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, a group the GOP is rarely associated with.

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rents because of The major difthe recession, and ference in the rents then bumped rents is due to utility up by 5 percent in costs. 2011, he said. According to a Jordan said spread sheet and that from now on, memo prepared for Riviera rents will the council’s review, be monitored by the utility fees are his office and the averaged over three O’Neill city clerk’s office. years and then The new rents added to the lessees’ were approved on rents. a 7-0 vote, with Shops that use Alderwoman Ellyn more electricity, for Kehoe absent and preparing, heating excused. or cooling food pay Added to more than those this year’s Rivshops that sell clothiera leases was a ing and souvenirs “behave” clause. and use less electricAlderman Jeff ity. Jordan Wall, chairman of Annual rents for the city council’s 2014 will range from piers, harbors and lakefront $5,119 for 140 square feet of committee, said his commitretail space to $17,838 for tee decided that the council 483 square feet. During public comment, should have the power to cancel the leases of business O’Neill, a strident critic of owners who misbehaved or Jordan, said the rents in the harassed their neighbors. spread sheet did not match Alderman Jeff Wall, who up with the rents that were chairs the piers, harbors and reported to the council at lakefront committee, said the last council meeting. some tenants complained O’Neill said the city about the behavior of other would have lost money if it tenants. had approved the rents two Any lessee found to be weeks earlier. He accused harassing neighboring busiJordan of misleading the council’s piers, harbors and nesses can have his or her lease cancelled by the city. lakefront committee and the council over the rents. Jordan said the Riviera In other business: rents had been calculated Lake Geneva will begin through several different an experiment that could departments since 2004, lead to a “paperless” city including the clerk’s office, council. the comptrollers office, even The Lake Geneva City the city attorney’s office. Council approved buying And, there were several three Microsoft Surface 2 years in which the countablets for about $450 each. cil did not increase Riviera

“If it’s useful and helpful for our council work, then there will be a complete roll out,” said Alderwoman Sarah Hill, who chairs the finance committee and serves on the city’s communications commission. Alderman Bill Mott said he’s in favor as well. “I think this is a move in the right direction to … save a lot of trees,” he said. Alderman Dennis Lyon proposed that the city buy three Windows-based tablets, during the Feb. 3 committee of the whole meeting. Lyon said said the city should test the tablets to see whether they are the electronic devices best suited to handle city business. Windows is a Microsoft product. Going to an electronic city council was discussed last year. Former City Clerk Mike Hawes favored the Apple iPads and calculated that 12 of them would cost about $9,000 and last for four years. However, most of the city computers are Windows based. Lyon will get one of the tablets and City Clerk Tim Neubeck will get another. Who will get the third tablet has yet to be decided, Jordan said. Lyon has said the city won’t go completely paperless, and one type of tablet or device won’t necessarily fit all of city staff needs. The devices will receive electronic copies of meeting agendas and packets for the city council members.


Detector/‘We feel so much safer’ On Halloween, firefighters handed out candy to trick-or-treaters, and also used it as an opportunity to talk to parents about smoke alarms. Mo el ler - Gu nder son said the fire department signed up parents during

that event to receive the free smoke alarms. If fire prevention month is October, why is the fire department working on publicizing this effort in February? “Public education and fire prevention is a

LOCATION AND HOURS OF POLLING PLACE At the primary to be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, in the Village of Bloomfield, the following polling place locations will be used for the wards indicated: Location Bloomfield Town Hall N1100 Town Hall Road

Wards 1-5

ALL POLLING PLACES WILL OPEN AT 7:00 A.M. AND WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M. If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk. Cindy Howard N1100 Town Hall Road PO Box 609 Pell Lake, WI 53157 (262) 279-6039 Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters.

year-round effort for us,” Moeller-Gunderson said. “Fires don’t take a vacation. We want to take every opportunity we can to save lives.” There is no income requirement for receiving a smoke alarm. Any oneor two-family dwelling is eligible. The department even has special alarms for the hearing and visually impaired. Landlords are legally required to install smoke alarms in any housing complex with more than two dwellings. Connelly said smoke detectors should be installed on every floor in a home, including the basement. Families that have received smoke alarms have also been grateful to the fire department. Lake Geneva’s Denise Ocker sent a letter to the department thanking them for installing them into her home. “We feel so much safer,” Ocker wrote to the department.

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Dog/City coming up with budget

Heroin/Three arrested in bust

The next step will be to price out what the city will need for the dog park. Doug Skates, president of the park commission, said he’s talking to several businesses interested in donating toward the dog park. He said a solid cost figure for the dog park will help in nailing down the donations. Tentatively named the White River Dog Park, Jordan said naming rights on the park can be negotiated. The proposed dog park area is a lozengeshaped plat of land about 360 feet long and about 140 feet wide, located between the disc golf course and the skate park. The park would be divided by fence between a larger run for large dogs and a smaller run for small dogs. Tentative plans show an entry for dogs and dog owners on the south side of the park, where owners can access either the large dog run or the smaller one. Both the large and small dog parks have entryways, which would be paved with concrete. The access points allow owners and dogs to enter, and keep dogs already inside the park from getting out. A sidewalk will parallel the fence. The sidewalk will cost between $2,000 and $3,000. At the direction of the park board, Winkler is looking at shade structures and pricing out picnic tables and benches. Galvanized aluminum picnic tables cost about $550 each. Winkler said the board has to decide how many benches and picnic tables it wants to put in the park. Four dog clean up stations will cost about $268 each, for a disposal unit and bag dispenser. Benches with concrete pads are $1,200 each, while benches without the pads are

about half that, Winkler said. The park board could also charge a fee for entering the park. Some cities collect fees on the honor system, Skates said. The commissioners have yet to put together a comprehensive list of doggie dos and don’ts for the park, but they all agree that dogs in the park must be licensed. Creation of a city dog park has been in the serious discussion phase for at least the past two years. While a variety of sites have been considered, the focus has always been on the former Hillmoor Golf Course site. One reason is that residents already use that area to walk their dogs. Over the past two years, park commissioners have studied dog parks in other cities. Some rules used at other dog parks included: n Dogs must be spayed or neutered. n Dogs must be vaccinated and properly registered. n Only “one gulp” treats are permited. n No more than three dogs per owner. n Dogs must remain under the owner’s control at all times. n Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the fenced park. n Only healthy, well-behaved dogs over three months of age are allowed in the park. Dogs are prohibited from other city parks, such as Veterans Park, although it’s acknowledged that some residents do walk their dogs there. Commissioner Brian Olsen has said that people walking their dogs in dog-prohibited parks is the perfect reason to create a dog park. “Then you can say, ‘take your dog to the dog park,’” he said.


Dunn/‘Many lived in shacks’ “The living conditions of this township were the harshest that I’ve ever seen,” Jordan said. “Many lived in shacks sometimes no larger than 50 square feet.” Cape Town, he said, was highly westernized and safe. South Africa is an English-speaking country, so there was no language barrier, except when they talked in their native dialect — which they did when they were talking about nearby Westerners. It wasn’t all work and no play. Jordan’s father, Mike, joined him the last two weeks. They were at the home of Nelson Mandela a day before he died. While South Africans are suspicious of their government, they idolized Mandela, who died Dec. 5. Jordan was able to bungee jump off the largest bungee bridge in the world, sky dive, hike Table Mountain, surf, shark cage dive, go on safaris, pet lions, ride elephants and play with baby cheetah cubs. The experience left lasting impressions. “It opened my eyes to things you hear about and don’t really believe. Shacks with dirt floors and no heating. It makes me feel guilty just about every day,” Jordan said. “We’ll go out to dinner and spend $20. Some people don’t make that in a week.” Jordan said the program costs about

It’s not only students with gap years that take part in the program. Jordan Dunn said it also involves adults some as old as 80 — who take part for their own reasons, a career break perhaps, or a time of reflection. The program he found was www. $10,000. He’s using his own money plus money his parents lent him; he’s paying some of that back by working at his parents’ business, Dunn Lumber, which has been a fi xture in Lake Geneva since 1894. Last Monday, Jordan left on a more personal trip to Brazil where he’ll be visiting a Badger foreign exchange student his family hosted last year. After that he’ll go to Cusco, Peru, for the second leg of his gap year program. After a brush-up in Spanish, he’ll be teaching English and coaching volleyball and spending time in rain forest conservation. He’ll finish up in April. Then it’s back on a more traditional path. Next fall he’ll be going to business school at the University of Maryland, but his “gap year” will be with him forever. “It was by far the best thing I’ve ever done in my life,” he said. And all this from a spur of the moment decision.

He was also recruiting others to sell heroin for him, according to the press release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. Shellie was arrested in a Lake Geneva hotel on seven heroin delivery counts. As of Tuesday morning, online court records indicate Shellie is in custody in the Walworth County jail. Two others were also arrested. n Christina M. Lavender, 28, 4119 Spruce St., Delavan, was arrested in her vehicle in Lake Geneva on three counts of heroin delivery. As of Tuesday morning she

was in custody, according to online court records. n Jacob LA Crews, 24, 919 George St., Lake Geneva, was arrested in his vehicle in Lake Geneva on a heroin delivery charge and charges of possessing heroin and drug paraphernalia. As of Tuesday morning he was in custody, according to online court records. The arrests were made by deputies from the Walworth County Drug Enforcement Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and police from the cities of Lake Geneva and Delavan police departments.

COUNTY NOTES Free screening of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ ELKHORN — NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer a free viewing of the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m., in the auditorium at the Health and Human Services Building in Elkhorn, using the east side entrance. The award-winning movie stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

It is about two people with different issues, including bipolar, who find a common bond in training for a dance competition. The movie is one-and-a-half-hours long and is rated R. There will be popcorn and refreshments. Due to the length of the movie, support groups will not meet that night. For more information about NAMI or the movie, call (262) 492-7394.

We would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped make Winterfest 2014 a success… PLATINUM SPONSORS Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Lake Geneva Canopy Tours & Outdoor Adventure Center Grand Geneva Resort & Spa GOLD SPONSORS Bella Vista Suites City of Lake Geneva Lake Geneva Business Improvement District Lake Lawn Resort Lands’ End Mercy Health System Nei–Turner Media Group Popeye’s Galley & Grog Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub Timber-lee Camps Lake 961 FM Yunker Industries, Inc. Laser Tag BattlefieldLive Wisconsin Geneva Lakes Family YMCA Fire Rings on the Beach Harbor Shores on Lake Geneva Lake Geneva Fire Department Cool Magic & Hot Soup Talmer Bank and Trust Horticultural Hall Bistro 220 Gino’s East of Chicago Next Door Pub & Pizzeria Popeye’s Galley & Grog Simple Café Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub Tuscan Tavern & Grill BINGO Night Martin Group Genoa City Lions Club Showboat Theater of Lyons The Cove of Lake Geneva Human Dog Sled Competition Lake Geneva Country Meats Lakeland Animal Shelter

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO Mayor Jim Connors — City of Lake Geneva Dennis Jordan — City Administrator Chief Rasmussen, Lieutenant Gritzner & the Lake Geneva Police Department Dan Winkler — Director of Public Works Brent Connelly & The Lake Geneva Fire Department Don Hoeft — Lake Geneva Street Department All participating Chamber members and volunteers And, of course …. MOTHER NATURE!

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MUNICIPAL COURT COVERAGE Walworth Municipal Court Timeline

Dec. 2013 Peterson orders attorney to be present at pre-trials, clerk separate from police department.

Walworth municipal court created, Peterson appointed as judge. 2007

April 2007 Peterson elected as municipal judge.



April 2009 Peterson re-elected, 2nd term.



April 2011 Peterson re-elected, 3rd term.




Oct. 13, 2013 Village President David Rasmussen faults Judge Peterson for not collecting on fines.

Jan. 13, 2014 Board considers creating second branch of municipal court. 2014

Dec. 9, 2013 Village Board asks Peterson to resign.

Feb. 3, 2014 Feb. 10, 2014 Board awaits final ordinance Board creates language to create second branch. second branch.


BOBBI SORRENTINO, Walworth library director, said she hopes the library can move to its new location, pictured above, on 525 Kenosha St. sometime this year.

Walworth creates second Director plans branch of municipal court for new library Move severely limits case load of village’s elected judge By Jade Bolack WALWORTH — It didn’t take the Walworth Village Board long to create a second branch of its municipal court. During the Feb. 10 village board meeting, the board unanimously approved the second branch and appointed Charles P. Hubertz as the judge. Hubertz, a former village trustee and school board member, decided not to run again for those two positions in the spring of 2013. After months of discussion at prior board meetings about Judge John “Jay” Peterson’s courtroom procedures, the board spent only a few minutes approving an ordinance creating the second branch. “It is the intention of the village board ... that its municipal ordinances be enforced, that such enforcement be fairly administered in order to do substantial justice (and) that such justice be swift and economical to the taxpayers of the village,” the ordinance states. “The village board having determined, based on evidence presented and its own independent investigation, creation of the (second branch of the) municipal court would be in the best interests of the village.” Branch one, the existing branch under Peterson, will have jurisdiction over zoning ordinances and parking tickets. Branch two, created on Feb. 10 under Hubertz, will have jurisdiction over all other past, existing, pending and future cases, according to the ordinance. “Is there any desire to hear any more on this issue?” Village President David Rasmussen asked the trustees. No one responded. Rasmussen said Hubertz would appoint his own clerk, and salaries of the two court clerks would be discussed in closed session. Peterson said Feb. 11 the decision wasn’t unexpected. He had no other comment, he said, because he hasn’t seen the full ordinance yet.

Court changes It’s only been a few months since board members started questioning Peterson’s court procedures. Board members have said that Peterson is too lax in his approach on collecting fines. Defendants come into his courtroom saying they are indigent and unable to pay. Peterson does not make them sign affidavits proving their Rasmussen claims. Peterson has said he’s not doing anything wrong. On Feb. 4, Peterson told the Regional News “the money is all accounted for.” “Tickets are being processed as required,” he said. “The court is running within the statutory guidelines.” The problem, Peterson said, is that he cannot force someone who is on government aid to pay the fines. Peterson “I follow the statutory definition of indigency,” he said. “If they’re receiving government assistance or their income is below the poverty level, I can’t make them pay.” Rasmussen has said that Peterson has more discretion in the courtroom. “There’s no bright line that says you have to classify them as indigent,” Rasmussen said Feb. 3, when looking up state statutes regarding municipal courts. Hubertz Since December, the village has not held court because Court Clerk Ellen Reddy resigned. Hubertz will face election in the spring of 2015. Peterson’s four-year term also ends in 2015. Peterson has said that he will run again when his term ends.

By Jade Bolack WALWORTH — Walworth Library Director Bobbi Sorrentino can’t contain her excitement about the proposed plans for the new library site. The village bought the building, on 525 Kenosha St. in the West Lake Centre in January, and Sorrentino has been working with developers to construct the interior of the building. The space, about 10,000 square feet, quadruples the library’s current facility. Currently, the library sits on the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue. “These plans are really close to what we want,” Sorrentino said. “These are the plans I’ve liked the most so far. We’re almost there.” Sorrentino said she is trying to keep Sorrentino costs down for taxpayers. “We’re trying to keep up as many of the existing walls as we can,” she said. “There are a few we need to take down and a few we need to add.” The proposed plan includes a children’s area separated from the adult book collections and fully-handicappedaccessible floor plans. Sorrentino said she would be in trouble if a handicapped child wanted to join one of the library’s summer reading programs at the current library. “We have those reading programs in the basement,” she said. “A person in a wheelchair can’t get down there. They couldn’t even get in to (our current library).” The current library has steps and heavy doors at the entrance that limits handicapped and elderly residents from visiting the library. Sorrentino said the amount of books in the current space prohibits wheelchairs inside, as well. It’s only 2,400 square feet. “There just isn’t any more room,” she said. PLEASE SEE LIBRARY PAGE 4B

Village signs long-term lease with Marine Trustee George Spadoni said the village should consider selling the property to Kirkland. Selling it to a private owner would add the property to the tax roll, increasing tax revenue for the TIF district. Trustee Cindy Wilson said she wasn’t sure if the building could be sold because it’s surrounded by parkland. According to the meeting minutes, Kirkland said he hadn’t considered purchasing the property. Village Attorney Dale Thorpe will write the proposed agreement with Kirkland, with a 3 percent increase each year of the lease. The village is able to cancel the lease after five years but would have to pay Kirkland back for half of the improvement costs.

By Jade Bolack FONTANA — The Lake Geneva Marine and Fontana Paddle Boat Co. won’t have to move from their home at 454 Lake St. On Feb. 3, the Fontana Village Board approved a 10year lease with Kevin Kirkland, who has rented the building for the past 20 years. In the past, the village has leased the building to Kirkland on five-year agreements. Kirkland asked if the village board would extend the lease to 10 years if he paid for improvements to the building. Plans are to improve the sides of the building facing Reid Park and Lake Street. According to board meeting minutes, the building will see new entrance awnings, new doors, larger windows with blue-tinted glass and new siding to match nearby lakefront buildings. Kirkland said in a phone interview Feb. 10 that it will be a big change for the building. “The board liked the plans,” he said. “I’m kind of excited about it, too. It’ll be more consistent with other buildings in the village.” Kirkland said the windows installed in the front of the building will allow customers to see into the store. “These are just a few exterior changes, there might be


KEVIN KIRKLAND, owner of Lake Geneva Marine and Fontana Paddle Boat Co., said he’s excited to see the changes coming to the building he leases from the village on Lake Street in Fontana. little (changes) added,” he said. “The plans were drawn up pretty quick, in three weeks or so to get it to the village board.”

According to the meeting minutes, Trustee Rick Pappas questioned when two village-owned lots on Potawatomi at Shabboni drives will be sold. The village had the properties assessed for possible sale in late 2013, and President Arvid “Pete” Petersen said they’re waiting for the lots to “settle” after storm water reconstruction. “I’m not suggesting we sell the (Lake Street) building,” Spadoni said at the Nov. 11 village board meeting. PLEASE SEE LEASE PAGE 3B

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Reporter hears readers at resident roundtable I wasn’t hoping for much when I set up a meet-and-greet at the Walworth Public Library on Feb. 5. Maybe the librarian would join me for coffee and we would talk about how people were too busy these days. Instead, I was surprised by nine guests, all with opinions on Geneva Lake West and all readers of the Regional News. Mention of another paper did come up at one point, but it wasn’t very complimentary. Not to brag, but no one had any serious complaints about how the west end of the lake is covered. Big Foot High School’s return to referendum was a touchy subject for some, as most of the group no longer had children in school. School budgets and tax levies are tough subjects to cover. These are important stories to write about because people in the

district need to know, but concrete answers are hard to find. In the most recent article about the referendum and school finances, Big Foot District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann said the district faces so many unknowns in preparing a budget. “I think they’ve done a good job teaching the kids,” Ann Catlow said. “But I don’t think they’ve done enough to reach out to nonparents in the district. I don’t think the newspaper has explained the impact to nonparents. We all have to pay the property taxes. I think most people will vote against it, honestly.” Art Anderson said he is always curious about property tax rates.

“We have to keep paying them,” he said. “Even with state taxes going down, it seems like local taxes continue to increase.” From Big Foot, the group’s discussion turned to the elementary school and the school board’s fight against planned Highway 14 changes. Village Trustee Kent Johnson was at the informal meeting, and he said he doesn’t understand the school’s position. “The fact that the highway will be moved closer to the school seems to be the school’s key issue,” Johnson said. “Well, it’s that close to the library here, and there isn’t a problem. Darien and Sharon schools both have highways very close.

There aren’t these problems there that the (school) board says will happen here.” Johnson said the state DOT has voted down a bypass of the village several times. “The Antique Mall will be torn down regardless of which reroute of the highway (is made),” he said. “It’s supposed to move by December of this year.” Trudy Schubert, local author and volunteer baker for the meeting, said she’d miss the store on the corner of Main and Beloit streets. “The park, too, I love the park,” she said. “It’s small enough as it is without taking more away from it.” Johnson said the Rotary Club’s Corn and Brat Festival may move from Heyer Park in Walworth to Fontana’s Reid Park. PLEASE SEE READERS PAGE 3B

Broken pipe causes some water damage to library “The water that came out was from a heating pipe,” Krei said. “It wasn’t a plumbing pipe or anything like that. It was just a pipe that carried water. It was from part of the old heating system.” Krei said the library is still working with insurance to get the bills resolved and replace the ruined books and possibly some of the book shelves. “Really I’d like to thank the public works department and (Streets Director) Ron Adams,” Krei said. “The crew was right here, right away helping to avert a major catastrophe. They helped dry out the carpet.” The library is back open, with just a small portion taped off from public access. “It was good we had the public works crew in here right away,” she said. “They had fans and dehumidifiers, and it doesn’t even smell damp or musty in here. They did a great job.” Krei also publicly thanked the public works department, Village Administrator Dennis Martin, Village President Arvid “Pete” Petersen and Librarian Jodie Porep at the Feb. 3 village board meeting.

By Jade Bolack FONTANA — “We lost some of the children’s book collection (and) some of our larger books,” Fontana Library Director Nancy Krei said. A pipe in the ceiling near the front, eastfacing windows at the library burst on Jan. 30, and the library remained closed for a few days to dry out the carpet. The pipe broke sometime after closing on that Wednesday evening, and when library workers arrived around 8 a.m. on Thursday, they found the area wet. The ceiling tiles were broken through, and the carpet was soaked. Krei said the children’s area wasn’t flooded, though. “There wasn’t a ton of water there, there wasn’t that much,” she said. “It was just enough water to get everything wet enough that we had to keep the library closed.” The water only saturated the carpet directly underneath the broken pipe and ceiling tiles. NOTICE OF SPRING PRIMARY AND SAMPLE BALLOTS FEBRUARY 18, 2014 OFFICE OF THE WALWORTH COUNTY CLERK TO THE ELECTORS OF WALWORTH COUNTY: Notice is hereby given of a spring primary election to be held in Walworth County on the 18th day of February, 2014, at which the officers named below shall be nominated. The names of the candidates for each office, whose nominations have been certified to or filed in this office, are given under the title of the office, each in its proper column in the sample ballot below. INFORMATION TO ELECTORS Upon entering the polling place, an elector shall state his or her name and address and sign the poll book before being permitted to vote. If an elector is not registered to vote, an elector may register to vote at the polling place serving his or her residence, if the elector presents proof of residence in a form specified by law. Where ballots are distributed to electors, the initials of two inspectors must appear on the ballot. Upon being permitted to vote, the elector shall retire alone to a voting booth and cast his or her ballot except that an elector who is a parent or guardian may be accompanied by the elector's minor child or minor ward. An election official may inform the elector of the proper manner for casting a vote, but the official may not in any manner advise or indicate a particular voting choice. Where Optical Scan Voting is Used The elector shall fill in the oval next to the name of the candidate of his or her choice for each office for which he or she intends to vote. To vote for a person whose name does not appear on the ballot, the elector shall write in the name of the person of his or her choice in the space provided, and fill in the oval on the write-in line.

elector shall leave the polling place promptly. An elector may select an individual to assist in casting his or her vote if the elector declares to the presiding official that he or she is unable to read, has difficulty reading, writing or understanding English or that due to disability is unable to cast his or her ballot. The selected individual rendering assistance may not be the elector's employer or an agent of that employer or an officer or agent of a labor organization which represents the elector.

Walworth County Supervisor District #5 is located in the following Municipalities: A portion of the Town of Darien which includes Wards 1,2 A portion of the Town of Delavan which includes Wards 1-4,7-10 Town of Richmond Village of Darien Offices to be Voted on in Walworth County February 18, 2014 Spring Primary Election

Kimberly S. Bushey Walworth County Clerk Government Center 100 West Walworth Street P.O. Box 1001 Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 741-4241

City of Whitewater Councilmember, Aldermanic District 4 Vote for 1 Paul Yvarra Gregory Meyer Lynn Binnie

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COUNTY County Supervisor, District 5 Vote for 1 Carl Redenius Daniel M. Boss Charlene Fell Staples


MUNICIPAL Town of Richmond Town Board Supervisor 4 Vote for 1 Martin J. Brunner Greg Scott Tom Kraus

At the Spring Primary Election to be held on February 18, 2014 in the County of Walworth, the following polling place locations will be used for the wards indicated:

Village of Bloomfield Village Trustee Vote for not more than 2 Gary Grolle William W. Holder Rita Marcinkus Dave Nusberger Douglas J. Mushel Village of Sharon

The vote should not be cast in any other manner. Not more than five minutes' time shall be allowed inside a voting booth. Sample ballots or other materials to assist the elector in casting his or her vote may be taken into the booth and copied. The sample ballot shall not be shown to anyone so as to reveal how the ballot is marked. If the elector spoils an optical scan ballot, he or she shall return it to an election official who shall issue another ballot in its place, but not more than three ballots shall be issued to any one elector. If the ballot has not been initialed by two inspectors or is defective in any other way, the elector shall return it to the election official, who shall issue a proper ballot in its place. After casting his or her vote, the elector shall leave the voting booth, properly deposit the ballot and promptly leave the polling place. The elector may spoil a touch screen ballot at the voting station before the ballot is cast.

After an official touch screen ballot is cast, the

Village President Vote for 1 Michael Brooke Michael H. Hornby Mark A. Ruosch


THE FONTANA LIBRARY has reopened since a pipe broke and water spilled onto books.

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In an interview Feb. 10, Krei said crews are already working on repairing the ceiling. “We’re trying to coordinate between the different crews,” she said. “We haven’t had the lighting and electrical done yet. I’ve been trying to coordinate the schedules for them.” Krei expects the lighting to be put in the ceiling by the end of this week. “There will be an after photo to all of this, too,” she said. “It’s being repaired right now, and it should be ready soon. It’s a good thing that they’re here and working on it already. We would like to get back to using that space as soon as we can, of course.” Krei said the library isn’t fighting with their insurance agency about the claim, they’re just waiting. “We just have to wait for the processes to work and go through,” she said. “It’s something that takes time, making sure all the claims are in and working with them on it.” Krei didn’t have a cost estimate for the books and shelving lost due to water damage.




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Big Foot FBLA students head to state By Jade Bolack WALWORTH — Six students from Big Foot High School are preparing for the state Future Business Leaders of America competition. On Feb. 1, the Big Foot chapter of the business-orientated organization faced students from 27 other schools in the region. Only the top three competitors in each event qualify for the state competition. Of the 33 Big Foot students competing, six students will compete against the winners in other regional competitions at the state competition in April. A three-student team took second place in the business ethics competition. Seniors Nicolina Falcone, Megan Hartwig and Isaac Testa wrote about how Google handles copyright infringement issues. “We found they were a very ethical company,” Falcone said. The team researched Google prior to the regional competition, and then they created a seven-minute presentation in front of a panel of judges. Morgan Grunow, a sophomore, placed third in the computer applications category. Colin Frederick, a senior, took second


BIG FOOT HIGH SCHOOL will send six students to the state Future Business Leaders of America competition in Appleton. Tyler Jones, left, will compete in word processing; Nicolina Falcone, Megan Hartwig and Isaac Testa will compete in business ethics; Morgan Grunow will compete in computer applications; and Collin Frrederick will compete in personal finance. place in personal finance, and Tyler Jones, a sophomore, took third place in word processing. The three individuals had to take timed skills tests in their different categories. Besides the competition, during the rest of the school year, students in the group work at the school store where they “barely sell anything,” Grunow said. “We don’t have a lot of stuff right now,

so a lot of shifts we aren’t selling anything,” she said. Frederick said they are working on expanding the product line. In November and December, the group volunteered to help local businesses deliver baskets through Rotary Club, rang bells at Sentry with the Salvation Army and worked at the food pantry. Co-adviser Chad Roehl said the group


toured the Mercantile Exchange and the Federal Reserve in Chicago in December, and they toured the BMO Harris Bradley Center during a visit with the sales department. Most of the six competitors said they had joined the group because they had friends already in the group. Frederick said it was his first year in FBLA, but he was glad to get involved in his last year in school. “I just find the business world really interesting,” he said. “I’m really interested in finance.” Frederick plans to attend the University of Minnesota. Jones said he plans to work at his parents’ business after college, and he wants to get some experience in business while still in high school. Falcone and Hartwig have been in FBLA for three years, and they both made it to the state competition last year as well. Falcone wants to go to the University of Wisconsin and study business administration, and Hartwig wants to go to Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill. Roehl and co-adviser Mike Sroda, both teachers at Big Foot, will bring the group to the state competition in Appleton April 7 and 8. Until then, the students will be preparing for the next set of tests and another presentation in front of judges.


Readers/A GLW calendar suggestion “I heard last year’s was supposed to be the last here in Walworth,” he said. “I’m not sure if they’re moving or not.” It’s clear that the park and the village square are integral parts of this community. The square holds a charm for residents who are attached to Walworth. To improve the paper, Catlow suggested more event listings, before they happen. “So often, I see a photo of something that has already happened,” she said. “Well, I would have gone, if I had known about it.” Catlow said she would like to see a calendar in the Geneva Lake West section, something she can tear out of the paper when she gets it on Wednesday and stick on her fridge for the week. I used to cringe when I heard about people tearing pieces from the newspapers I worked on. But it’s really a way to save a bit of the work I did. Not everyone can save the whole newspaper like I do every week. At least one little clip gets weeklong fame. There’s a calendar of events is this week’s issue for the west end of the lake. I hope it makes it to at least a couple refrigerator doors. Along with the calendar, the group asked me to reach out to more local civic group leaders for information. If you’re a leader of a group, like the 4-H or the Rotary or the American Legion, and you have a report to give, send it our way. We’ll do our best to ensure information makes it to the readers. I don’t know if the Regional News will host similar events in

GLW Community Calendar Feb. 14 through Feb. 17, Legos will take over The Abbey Resort. The Northern Illinois Lego Train Club, the Chicago Lego User Group, the Kenosha Lego User Group and the Abbey’s activity department will offer hands-on activities and workshops throughout the weekend. Four interactive workshops will be held focusing on the building process including inspiration, design and building techniques. Kids will also get a chance to play with various brick pieces and experiment with different techniques for combining elements. The Lego exhibits will be open Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the future, though I had a good time. Before the meeting officially started, I heard some gossip that I can’t share here. Everyone at the table had the same goal: to keep the community alive and active. I hope the Regional News keeps the community informed. Special thanks to the Walworth Public Library for their gracious hosting of the event. We overwhelmed their small space. Jade Bolack is a reporter for the Lake Geneva Regional News.


Lease/Some talk of selling building “I’m suggesting we find the value of the building and what the maximum prices we can get for it, if we decide to put that on the market.” Spadoni said selling village-owned properties could lessen the tax burden created by the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. Created in 2001, the TIF district was originally valued at $30 million. In 2009, the TIF district was valued at $92.8 million, and that same year, the state Department of Revenue changed the way the value was determined. The next year, the district was assessed at $66 million, and the DOR valued it at

the same amount. Because the village borrowed money on the expected growth of the district, the village now owes that amount it borrowed. For 2013, former Village Administrator Kelly Hayden said in November 2013, the 2013 tax burden to the general fund was $375,000 for the TIF district, and in 2014, that amount will increase to $500,000. Thorpe said the village board should wait until the spring thaw to see if the storm water projects were effective and then consider selling the properties. The sale of these lots are included as revenue in the 2014 budget.


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A look back at Winterfest week


WINTERFEST WEEK WRAPPED UP on Friday with the Human Dog Sled Races. Walsh’s In the Drink team, above, ran in the competition. Events throughout the week in Lake Geneva included laser tag, bottom right, at Geneva Lakes Family YMCA on Monday, Feb. 3. A fire ring was lit and S’mores were toasted, top right and immediate right, at Riviera Beach on Tuesday Feb. 4. And Cool Magic & Hot Soup were served up, middle right, Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Horticultural Hall. At top left, Lion Pete May checks a card during BINGO Night, Thursday, Feb. 6 at the Cove of Lake Geneva. The Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce raised more than $3,000 during Winterfest, which will be donated to local organizations, which includes the Y, the Lake Geneva Fire Department, Horticultural Hall, the Lions Club, Lakeland Animal Shleter and local food pantries.


Library/A large meeting room could act as a community center A long way to get here The village has been contemplating a new library since at least 2007. In January that year, the Regional News said the library board expected to break ground that spring. That didn’t happen. The village had purchased land at Ridge Road and Devils Lane with plans to build a 15,000 square foot facility. Village President David Rasmussen said the village never fundraised for the project or finalized plans.

“Some of those plans “There’s this open concept the lots facing the existwere just really expen- that we like, a lot of space. ing buildings. sive,” he said. Now, instead of I hope it becomes a place having to build from the “There are so many details to decide. With an people want to be and meet ground up, the village is existing property (like the at.,” Library Director Bobbi starting with a building village just purchased), and filling it with books Sorrentino said. we don’t have to worry and computers. about all of that.” “We tried to keep as In 2013, the village sold that land, library much of the space as possible in full view of square, in a trade agreement with Golden the circulation desk,” Sorrentino said of the Years of Walworth. Golden Years plans to interior plans for the library. “There’s this expand its independent living facilities on open concept that we like, a lot of space. I

hope it becomes a place people want to be and meet at.” In the back of the building, the library board plans to build a meeting room. The proposed plans show about 1,800 square feet and a capacity of 121 people. Sorrentino said the meeting room will have private access and can be used after the library is closed. “It could become a community center of sorts,” Rasmussen said. “A place for meetings or for kids when it’s a snow day, that would be great. Just a big open space.”

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Theft from mother lands man in prison ELKHORN — A Montana man, who was convicted of stealing more than $30,000 from his elderly mother, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Feb. 6 by Judge David Reddy. On Dec. 4, Michael Bryzek, 44, was found guilty of theft from a business setting in an amount that is more than $10,000. Reddy also sentenced Bryzek to 18 months of extended supervision and ordered him to repay all of the stolen money. Bryzek’s attorney, Leslie Johnson, maintains that his client acted within the legal boundaries of being his mother’s power of attorney. Johnson told Reddy that he will appeal Bryzek’s conviction. In 1996, Bryzek’s mother appointed him to become her power of attorney. In the legal document, Bryzek’s mother included a clause that gave him the right to provide himself with gifts. “Every attorney who drafts a power of attorney is putting their client at risk,” Johnson said during the sentencing hearing. Assistant District Attorney Diane Donohoo argued that Bryzek abused his rights as a power of attorney. “This is a vicious crime in that the victim is elderly and vulnerable,” Donohoo argued. “His mother trusted him and that was abused and exploited.” According to bank documents that were entered into evidence during the jury trial, between May 2007 and November 2010 Bryzek made more than 200 transactions that weren’t used for his mother’s benefit.

Those transactions included purchases at hardware stores, pharmacies, grocery stores and checks made out to cash. A number of checks were made out to a pharmacy, and Bryzek’s mother had one prescription filled at that pharmacy during the time of the Bryzek thefts. “He didn’t go out and take a vacation in the Caribbean or buy a fancy new car,” Johnson said. “He bought insulin, he bought food and he got his truck fixed.” Johnson argued that prosecutors and police twisted the law to convict his client. “I don’t think that’s the way the law is suppose to work,” Johnson said. “I don’t think the law is a game.” Johnson said the situation reminded him of the Bob Dylan song “Hurricane.” “(I) Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game,” Johnson said while quoting Dylan. Donohoo said the case went to a jury trial and that the jury deliberated for 90 minutes before finding Bryzek guilty. “He was not wrongly convicted,” she said. Donohoo also argued that with the population aging it is important to send a message that abuse on the elderly won’t be tolerated. “All of us in this room will be in this victim’s position someday, where we need someone to take care of us,” Donohoo said. Before sentencing Bryzek, Reddy said he understood Johnson’s position.

However, he said the jury instructions were carefully crafted to ensure that the jurors had to find that Bryzek acted outside of the “good faith scope” of his authority. When delivering his sentence, Reddy said Bryzek “violated the trust given to him by his mother”

Family and friends During the hearing, Bryzek’s bother, Steve, said his brother did nothing wrong. Steve said that Michael took care of his mother and waited on her hand and foot. Bryzek’s mother didn’t attend the hearing. Steve Bryzek said he believes that his mother included the clause in the power of attorney document that allowed for gifts because she knew how much work it was to take care of an elderly person. “He always put her needs first,” Steve Bryzek said. “He always has done what is best for her.” Steve testified during his brother’s jury trial. Donohoo said it is the state’s position that Steve gave “false testimony” during the trial. Not all of Michael’s brothers are standing by their sibling. Another brother, Frank, asked Reddy to give his brother the maximum sentence. Attorney Howard Schoenfeld said he is a fishing buddy of Michael Bryzek. Schoenfeld said that Michael Bryzek took good care of his mother. “Putting this man in prison or incarcerating him would not be justice,” Schoenfeld said. When Michael Bryzek made his statement, he said he regretted not better explaining his mother’s finances to other family members.

Delavan man gets probation for burglary charges ELKHORN — A man who was linked to three area burglaries through DNA evidence was sentenced on Feb. 7 to probation. Anthony J. Chiapusio, 26, 5113 Highway 50, Delavan, pleaded guilty to one count of burglary. Two additional felony burglary charges were dismissed and read into the record. The DNA evidence linked Chiapusio to burglaries that occurred in 2010 and 2011. When he was arrested for those burglaries, Chiapusio was on probation for other burglaries. In 2012, Chiapusio was convicted of three counts of felony burglary, one count of burglary while arming himself with a dangerous weapon and one count of fleeing. Chiapusio was sentenced to five years of pro-

bation and ordered to serve one year in the county jail with work-release privileges. His sentence on Feb. 7, included four years of probation. A six month jail sentence was stayed, which means he will only serve the sentence if he violates the terms of his probation. Chiapusio According to the criminal complaint: On Jan. 23, 2010, police investigated a burglary in the town of Darien. On the scene, police found a cigarette butt that didn’t belong to the owners.

On Oct. 26, 2011, a town of Whitewater home was burglarized. A television and a blue ray player had been reported stolen. An alcohol bottle was found on the scene, which police collected as evidence. On Aug. 26, 2011, police investigated a burglary in the town of Linn. The homeowner reported that three televisions, a bow, arrows and other items had been stolen. It was apparent in the home that someone had used the rest room, and police collected a DNA sample from the bathroom. The state crime lab reviewed the three DNA samples, and the samples matched Chiapusio’s DNA.

COURT REPORTS Man guilty of fifth driving offense A Walworth County jury found a 41-year-old Lake Como man guilty Feb. 4 of operating with a prohibited alcohol content, as a fifth-offense. During the same trial, the jury found James L. Williams, N3277 Tulip Road, not guilty of drunken driving, which stems from the same arrest. Williams was arrested March 1, 2013, for driving drunk in the city of Lake Geneva. After the jury reached its verdict, Williams’ bond was revoked and he was

taken into custody. When Williams is sentenced April 3, he will also be sentenced on a felony charge of bail jumping and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He pleaded guilty to those charges on Dec. 11. Williams was arrested on April 10, 2013, after he sent suggestive text messages to a 17-year-old Badger High School student. The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint on the bail jumping charge: On April

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10, 2013, a police officer talked to a 17-year-old Badger High School student who said she started receiving text messages from a friend’s father. On April 10, 2013, the girl said while in school she received a text message from an unidentified number. The girl said the messages made her feel uncomfortable. Police called the number and asked to speak to “Jay.” The person who answered the phone said he did send the messages, but claimed they were a mistake. According to a transcript of the text messages, Williams sent a message asking the girl if she was in class, and she responded she was. “Ok sorry. Hit me win u free shawty,” Williams responded. Later in the conversation Williams wrote “U got sumbody on ur team rite now? Boyfriend?” The girl responded she did have a boyfriend. “That’s cool. Is he takin care of the business,” Williams reportedly responded. According to the criminal complaint on the drunken driving charge: On March 1, 2013, at 2:30 a.m., a Walworth County sheriff’s deputy stopped Williams’ vehicle on Main Street west of Curtis Street. The vehicle was stopped after the vehicle passed the officers bearing a dealer plate and a plate lamp out. The officer could smell

alcohol on Williams. Williams’ eyes were also red, his speech was coarse and he told the officer he had been drinking. Williams has four prior drunken driving convictions for offenses that occurred on Jan. 3, 2003, June 25, 2004, Feb. 10, 2009; and Nov. 21, 2011.

Man guilty of battery charge In a parking lot outside of a wedding reception, a man punched a member of the wedding party in the back of the head and pushed him to the ground, causing the victim’s brain to bleed. On Feb. 5 Damon K. Honea, 21, Decatur, Ill., pleaded guilty to a felony battery charge. He was sentenced to three years of probation, which includes six months in jail with work-release privileges. He also must complete 45 hours of community service, pay a $200 fine and $87,383 in restitution. According to the criminal complaint: On Oct. 21, 2012, police responded to the emergency room for a report of a patient whose brain was bleeding. Police spoke to the victim’s brother who said he and his brother were in the parking lot at the Nippersink Resort when they heard a man and woman screaming at each other. The two brothers also heard the woman scream for help and that she had been head butted.




By Robert Ireland

The Regional News

The brothers approached the couple, and the woman fled. One of the brothers recognized the man as Honea, and the pair decided to leave because they didn’t want to get involved. The victim was punched in the back of the head as he was leaving, and was pushed to the ground and hit his head. When the man was on the ground, Honea straddled over him with his fist raised. The victim’s brother put his arm around Honea’s neck to stop him. Police spoke to Honea by phone, and Honea said he was in the parking lot during the wedding reception when two guys “got into his business.” Honea told police the men chest bumped him, pushed him and one man held him down while the other kneed him. Honea said he didn’t know the men and that he was “really wasted.” Police spoke to the woman who said Honea head butted her the night of the wedding. Medical records show that the victim was admitted into intensive care for an intracerebral hemorrhage. A CT scan showed contusions in both frontal lobes, the basal frontal area and the right temporal lobe. The victim was diagnosed with Bradycardia, which is known to cause cardiac arrest in some patients.

PUBLIC NOTICES LAKE COMO BEACH PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION Special meeting of the membership. Regular Board meeting to follow Feb. 20, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. Feb. 13, 2014


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COUNTY WALWORTH COUNTY Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 2014PR22 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF KATHLEEN RAE SANDBERG PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth 827-1928 and date of death 12-7-2013, was domiciled in Walworth County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 9 South Walworth Avenue, Unit 301, Williams Bay, WI 53191. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is May 13, 2014. 5. A claim may be filed at the Walworth County Judicial Center, 1800 County Rd. NN, P.O. Box 1001, Elkhorn, Wisconsin 53121 Room 2085. Wendy A. Esch Deputy Probate Registrar February 6, 2014 Attorney David A. Rasmussen P.O. Box 250 Walworth, WI 53184 262-275-5669 Bar Number 1012810 Feb. 13, 20, 27, 2014


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 2014PR5 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF MERILYN L. FAST Date of Death: December 8, 2013 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth April 9, 1929 and date of death December 8, 2013, was domiciled in Walworth County, State of Wisconsin with a mailing address of 6722 Hwy. 50 E. Lake Geneva, WI 53147. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 14, 2014. 5. A claim may be filed at the Walworth County Probate, P.O. Box 1001, 1800 County Hwy. NN, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Room 2085. Wendy A Esch Deputy Probate Registrar January 7, 2014 Christine Tomas P.O. Box 1238 Lake Geneva, WI 53147 262-348-1400 Bar Number: 1022933 Jan. 30, Feb. 6,. 13, 2014


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY Notice to Creditors (Informal Administration) Case No. 2014PR14 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES H. EHLEN PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for informal administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth 1110-1932 and date of death 12-28-2013, was domiciled in Walworth County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1456 N. Church St., Lyons, WI 53158. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is April 29, 2014. 5. A claim may be filed at the Walworth County Probate, P.O. Box 1001, 1800 Hwy. NN, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Room 2085. Wendy A. Esch Deputy Probate Registrar January 22, 2014 Peter J. Ludwig Wanasek, Scholze, Ludwig, Ekes & Iselin, S.C. PO Box 717 Burlington, WI 53105 262-763-1888 Bar Number: 1021381 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 2014





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STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY Notice and Order for Name Change Hearing Case No. 14CV00067 In the matter of the name change of: Kelly Larkin Geldermann NOTICE IS GIVEN: A petition was filed asking to change the name of the person listed above from Kelly Larkin Geldermann to Cricket Larkin Geldermann. Birth Certificate: Kelly Larkin Geldermann. IT IS ORDERED: This petition will be heard in the Circuit Court of Walworth County, State of Wisconsin before the Hon. Judge Phillip A. Koss, at the Walworth Co,. Judicial Center, 1800 County Road NN, Elkhorn, WI 53121 on March 7, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 262-741-7012 at least ten (10) working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED: Notice of this hearing shall be given by publication as a class 3 notice for three (3) weeks in a row prior to the date of the hearing in the Lake Geneva Regional News, a newspaper published in Walworth County, State of Wisconsin. BY THE COURT: Phillip A. Koss Circuit Court Judge 1-24-2014 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 2014


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY Notice and Order of Hearing (For Publication) Case No. 14-TP-3 IN THE INTEREST OF E.K.S. Born to: K.S.N. TO: the unknown father of E.K.S. Physical Description of alleged parent: African American man appearing to be in his mid-30’s, approximately 5’8” to 5’9” tall, average build, short black hair, no facial hair, no tattoos, no piercings and any unknown parent at unknown address. Additional identifying information: Date of conception: 04/08/2013 through 06/07/2013 Place of conception: Geneva Township County of Walworth Date of birth: 02/03/2014 Place of birth: Lake Geneva, WI IT IS ORDERED: This notice be published advising you that a petition for termination of your parental rights to the above named child be heard at the Walworth County Courthouse, Judicial Center, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, 1800 Hwy. NN. Branch III, Room 3045, Elkhorn, WI 53121, on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. You have the right to have an attorney present. If you desire to contest the matter and cannot afford an attorney, the state public defender may appoint an attorney to represent you. If you fail to appear and the court terminates your parental rights, either a motion to seek relief from the judgment or a notice of intent to pursue relief from the judgment must be filed in the trial court within 30 days after the judgment is entered, in order to preserve the right to pursue such relief. If you need help in this matter because of a disability, please call 262-7417012. BY THE COURT: /s/ Kristine Drettwan Circuit Court Judge Feb. 5, 2014 Victoria J. Schroeder 385 Williamstowne, Suite 103 Delafield WI 53018 262-646-2054 Bar Number: 1006135 Feb. 13, 2014


STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY Case No. 13CV001101 MIDLAND FUNDING LLC BY ITS SERVICING AGENT MIDLAND CREDIT MANAGEMENT INC Plaintiff, vs. SARA KRAUSE Defendant. AMENDED SUMMONS THE STATE OF WISCONSIN TO: SARA KRAUSE 534 SPRING ST LAKE GENEVA WI 53147 You are hereby notified that the Plaintiff named above has filed a lawsuit or other legal action against you. The Complaint, which is also served on you, states the nature and basis of the legal action. Within Forty (40) days after February 6, 2014, you must respond with a written answer, as that term is used in Chapter 802 of the Wisconsin Statutes, to the Complaint. The court may reject or disregard an answer that does not follow the requirements of the statutes. The answer must be sent or delivered to the court, whose address is: CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT, WALWORTH COUNTY, 1800 COUNTY RD NN, ELKHORN WI 53121 and the Kohn Law Firm, Plaintiff’s attorneys, whose address is 735 N. Water St., Suite 1300, Milwaukee, WI 53202. You may have an attorney help or represent you. If no Complaint accompanies this Summons you must respond within the said 40 day period with a written demand for a copy of the Complaint by mailing or delivering said written demand to the court and to the Plaintiff’s attorneys at their respective addresses listed above. If you do not provide a proper answer to the Complaint or provide a written demand for said complaint within the 40 day period, the court may grant judgment against you for the award of money or other legal action requested in the Complaint, and you may lose your right to object to anything that is or may be incorrect in the Complaint. A judgment may be enforced as provided by law. A judgment awarding money may become a lien against any real estate you own now or in the future, and may be enforced by garnishment or seizure of property. Dated at Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jan 14 2014. KOHN LAW FIRM S.C. BY: /s/ Joseph R. Johnson State Bar No. 1053052 Attorney for Plaintiff Our File #778165 Feb. 6, 13, 20, 2014










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TIME: March 13, 2014 at 10:00 am TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of deposit to plaintiff. 2. Sold “as is” and subject to all legal liens and encumbrances. 3. Buyer to pay applicable Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Tax from the proceeds of the sale upon confirmation of the court. PLACE: WALWORTH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER 1770 COUNTY ROAD NN, ELKHORN, WI 53121 Property description: LOT 2 OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAP NO. 2833, AND LOCATED IN THE SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 29, IN TOWNSHIP 1 NORTH, RANGE 18 EAST, IN THE TOWN OF BLOOMFIELD, WALWORTH COUNTY, WISCONSIN, RECORDED IN THE OFFICE OF THE REGISTER OF DEEDS FOR WALWORTH COUNTY, WISCONSIN ON APRIL 11, 1997 IN VOLUME 14 OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAPS AT PAGE 299, AS DOCUMENT NO. 352616. Tax Key No.: MA 283300002 Property Address: W 1845 COUNTY RD. B GENOA CITY, WISCONSIN 53128 Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St., Suite 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Feb. 13, 20, 27, 2014



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Adam C. Lueck State Bar No. 1081386 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe, Ste. 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710

TAX KEY No. ZOP 00262 269 BROAD STREET All interested in the above matter are invited to attend. The City Plan Commission will be in session on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to consider any objections that may have been filed and to hear all persons desiring to be heard. Dated this 27rd day of January 2014. Mayor James R. Connors City Plan Commission City of Lake Geneva, WI A QUORUM OF ALDERMEN MAY BE IN ATTENDANCE Feb. 6 & 12, 2014


NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the City Plan Commission on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on a Conditional Use Application filed by Immanuel Lutheran Church, 700 Bloomfield Road, Lake

TAX KEY NUMBER: ZA4330 00001 – 700 Bloomfield Road All interested in the above matter are invited to attend. The City Plan Commission will be in session on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to consider any objections that may have been filed and to hear all persons desiring to be heard. Dated this 27th day of January 2014. Mayor James R. Connors City Plan Commission City of Lake Geneva, WI A QUORUM OF ALDERMEN MAY BE IN ATTENDANCE Feb. 6 & 12, 2014


NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the City Plan Commission on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on a Conditional Use Application filed by Alex Paredes & Yolanda Frontany, 4843 W. Dakin Street, Chicago, IL 60641, to operate a Commercial Indoor Lodging facility in a Planed Development (PD) Zoning District at the following location: TAX KEY No. ZOP 00149 – 328 Center Street All interested in the above matter are invited to attend. The City Plan Commission will be in session on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to consider any objections that may have been filed and to hear all persons desiring to be heard. Dated this 27th day of January 2014. Mayor James R. Connors City Plan Commission City of Lake Geneva, WI A QUORUM OF ALDERMEN MAY BE IN ATTENDANCE Feb. 5 & 12, 2014


Kimberly W. Hibbard State Bar No. 1090800 Attorney for Plaintiff 230 W. Monroe St, Suite 1125 Chicago, IL 60606 Phone: 312-541-9710 Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Feb. 6, 13, 20, 2014


Tax Key No.: GSPA 00023 Property Address: W5159 STRAWBERRY HILL RD., ELKHORN, WISCONSIN 53121



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Johnson, Blumberg & Associates, LLC is the creditor’s attorney and is attempting to collect a debt on its behalf. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Feb. 13, 2014


PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on July 29, 2013, in the amount of $633,048.76, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY Order and Notice of Hearing Petition of Summary Assignment (Formal Administration) Case No. 2014PR11 IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF ALFRED BLASZCZAK A petition for summary assignment was filed. THE COURT FINDS: 1. The decedent, with date of birth 06/06/1930, and date of death 08/14/2013 was domiciled in Sarasota County, State of Florida with an address of 321 Harbor Drive South, Venice FL. 2. Creditors may bring an action by A. filing a claim in the Walworth county Probate before the property is assigned. B. bringing a suit against the assignees(s) after the property is assigned. The right of a creditor to bring an action terminates three months after the date of publication of this order. 3. The property may be assigned to the creditors and interested persons after 30 days have elapsed following the first publication of this notice. THE COURT ORDERS: 1. The petition be heard and heirship be determined at the Walworth County Probate, 1800 County Rd. NN, Elkhorn, Wisconsin, Room 2085, before Sheila T. Reiff, Court Official, on 4/1/2014, at 10:30 a.m. 2. Publication of this notice is notice to any persons whose names or addresses are unknown. If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate in the court process, please call 262-741-7014 at least 10 working days prior to the scheduled court date. Please note that the court does not provide transportation. BY THE COURT: Dela Race Circuit Court commissioner January 21, 2014 Attorney John L. Maier, Jr PO Box 318 Elkhorn WI 53121 262-723-5480 Bar Number: 1016034 Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 2014


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the City Plan Commission on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, on a Conditional Use Application filed by Kocourek Property Holdings LLC, 880 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, WI 53147, for a Group Development in the Central Business zoning district at the following location:

STATE OF WISCONSIN CIRCUIT COURT WALWORTH COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE Case No. 13 CV 616 Case Code No. 30404 DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF THE FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-FF3, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-FF3 Plaintiff Vs. MARK E. STONE; ALYSE STONE; JEFFREY W. DEER; KATIE DEER; CURRENT OCCUPANTS OF 1521 HIGHLAND DR., LAKE GENEVA, WI 53147; BANKFINANCIAL, F.S.B.; GENEVA NATIONAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC.; GENEVA NATIONAL CONDOMINIUM MASTER ASSOCIATION, INC.; Defendants PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that by virtue of a judgment of foreclosure entered on November 26, 2013, in the amount of $295,954.24, the Sheriff will sell the described premises at public auction as follows: TIME: March 6, 2014 at 10:00 am TERMS: 1. 10% down in cash or money order at the time of sale; balance due within 10 days of confirmation of sale; failure to pay balance due will result in forfeit of

NOTICER OF MEETING OF TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF LINN A meeting of the Town Board of the Town of Linn shall be held on April 14, 2014, at 6:30 P.M., Town of Linn Hall, for the purpose of considering a Resolution to vacate a portion of a platted alley being sixteen (16) feet wide and directly adjacent to Lots 17 and 18, Block 8 of Genevista Subdivision and Lots 3 and 4, Block 8, of Genevista Subdivision, Town of Linn, Walworth County, Wisconsin. Dated the 4th day of February, 2014. Town of Linn Sue Polyock Clerk/Treasurer Feb. 13, 20, 27, 2014

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VILLAGE OF BLOOMFIELD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Village of Bloomfield Plan Commission Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 7:00 pm Bloomfield Town Hall N1100 Town Hall Road, Pell Lake, WI Notice is hereby given that the Village of Bloomfield Plan Commission will conduct a Public Hearing at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 regarding a proposed change to the Village Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 27, Section 27-110 thru 123) in regards to a text amendment relating to the Sign Ordinance in Business Districts. Copies of the proposed Zoning Ordinance text changes are available for inspection at the Town Clerk’s office at Bloomfield Town Hall, N1100 Town Hall Road, Pell Lake, WI. All interested parties are invited to attend and provide comment. Jill Murphy, Zoning Administrator Feb. 6, 13, 2014


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IS LOOKING FOR A PART TIME MASSAGE THERAPIST We are looking for a friendly, outgoing, and enthusiastic professional, who enjoys giving superior customer service. Must be available 20-30 hours a week. Aveda training preferred, but not required. Submit your resume to or fax 262.249.9801


JOB OPENING The City of Lake Geneva is hiring for the position of

Assistant Public Works Director Under the direct supervision of the Public Works Director, the Asst. Public Works Director will direct and oversee work in the operation and maintenance of certain City buildings, street lights, traffic signals, parkway trees, streets and storm sewers, and the maintenance of City facilities and parks. The Assistant Public Works Director is responsible for a Department of approximately 13 full time and 3 seasonal employees. The special requirements and skills along with the essential and nonessential functions of the position may be obtained at the City Clerk's office in City Hall or off of the City's web site. Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: BS degree in Civil Engineering or related field and a minimum of two years of public works experience; possession of a valid Wisconsin driver's license and a CDL or ability to obtain in one year. Salary will be dependent on qualifications of the applicant and includes an excellent benefits package. Applications can be picked up at the City Clerk's Office, 626 Geneva Street or off of the City's web site Send your completed applications via e-mail to or mail it to 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. The City of Lake Geneva is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Kenosha News is looking for a part-time journalist with an emphasis on copy editing and who has page design skills to work with our teamoriented staff. This person needs to be well organized and function well under deadline.

Classified SPECIALS Birchwood Transport, a successful refrigerated truck load carrier aligned with Kenosha Beef International/Birchwood Foods, an industry leading beef manufacturer, has an immediate need for an experienced Dispatcher. The ideal candidate will have experience in dispatch and a good working knowledge of the transportation industry. Primary duties include dispatching and managing drivers, driver’s payroll, arranging front and back hauls, and brokering loads. Familiarity with sales, rating and customer service a plus. Our Company offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. If interested in this opportunity, please forward resume with salary history to:

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Billing Clerk (F / T) Landscape Co. seeks hardworking detailoriented ‘team player’ to assist in billing, accounting & contract areas. Must possess experience in data entry, billing & filing functions. Requires excellent math skills, knowledge in Microsoft & billing computer applications. Some OT required during peak season. Excellent compensation & benefits package. Email ( or fax resume to 847-680-6084. Job Site ID#1037739

DOCK EMPLOYEE NIGHT SHIFT Growing LTL carrier looking to add a Dock position to our night shift at our Kenosha, WI. facility. Must have 2 years of certifiable forklift experience. Ideal candidate will also have freight dock experience! Requirements are as follows: • Must be at least 18 years of age. • Ability to match required paperwork with the appropriate freight. • Ability to lift 50 pounds. • Have a working knowledge of or the ability to acquire knowledge of the procedures necessary to perform all aspects of freight handling safely and efficiently. • Prior forklift operational experience and certification required with a minimum of two years’ experience. • Must pass a company pre-employment drug screen • Must follow all Safety Rules & work in a safe manner at all times. • Basic computer skills required. • Previous Hazardous Materials experience. • Ability to work in a fast paced environment. • Strong ability to stay organized. • Ability to maintain a neat work area. Please email your resume to: Job Site ID#1037713


DRIVERS — LOCAL TRUCK DRIVERS Class A CDL. Routes between Milwaukee & Chicago. 40 to 50 hours per week. Paid hourly. Apply at Lighthouse Trucking, 6523 46th St., Kenosha, WI Job Site ID#1038058

The Kenosha News Information Technology department has an immediate opening for a part-time Computer Technician Candidates must have proficiency in the following areas: - TCP/IP, LAN/WAN, and 802.11n technologies. - Rack server hardware maintenance - 2003 Active Directory support and maintenance - Microsoft Windows DNS, DHCP services - Microsoft Windows XP, 7, 8 troubleshooting - Microsoft Office 2003-2010 support

DRIVERS Are you self-motivated? Do you en joy making good money each week? Do you love to drive excellent equipment? Our local trucking company is seeking drivers for regional gravel hauling work. We offer: • Dedicated Lanes • Driver Assigned Equipment • Late model Kenworth Trucks • Single Source Dispatch • Weekly Pay (Top Wages + Insurance) • Average Pay is $1040/Week Plus Paid Bonuses

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Landscape Construction Project Manager Landscape Co. in Libertyville seeks F/T candidates with proven leadership & communication skills; knowledge of plant species/construction materials and valid driver’slicense a must; minimum 2-3 years experience in managing residential & commercial projects from start to finish; bilingual a plus; Excellent compensation & Benefits package. Email: ( or fax resume to 847-6806084. Job Site ID#1037760

Landscape Maintenance Manager & Client Rep (F / T) Landscape Co. in Libertyville, seeks individuals possessing strong background in project & client management, customer service, estimates & sales, as well as in all phases of horticulture, turf management, proper maintenance techniques, leadership & communication skills. Minimum 3-5 years experience; Spanish speaking a plus. Excellent Compensation & Benefits package. Email resume: ( or fax to 847-680-6084 Job Site ID#1037755

LPN and CNA’s — Full time. Looking for a professional and dedicated LPN and CNA’s to work in an assisted living environment. Please call Brenda at 262-914-5538 or fax resume to: 262-697-7289. Job Site ID#1037554 MECHANIC Knowledgeable in suspension work for one time project. Will have use of heated garage and lifts. Ph. 262-909-9297. Job Site ID# 1037388 PARTS POSITION AVAILABLE NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED WILLING TO LEARN A MUST PART & FULL TIME AVAILABLE BRING A GREAT ATTITUDE & STRONG WORK ETHIC!!! WE’LL TEACH YOU THE REST!!! Send resume to Job Site ID#1037579 Payroll/Human Resource Associate (F / T) Landscape Co. seeks professional to run Payroll/Human Resource area. Requires experience in payroll, I-9, benefit coordination, 401k and W/C. Must be able to multitask, some OT/occasional Sat.’s. required in peak season; Hours: 8-5 Mon. - Thurs., 97 Fri. Knowledge in Microsoft applications & confidentiality laws a must. 2-4 year degree preferred with 3-5 years minimum experience in field. Bilingual preferred. Excellent Compensation & Benefits package Email: ( or fax resume to 847-680-6084 Job Site ID#1037733

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GUN SHOW — Jackson County Fairgrounds 1212 E Quarry St Maquoketa, Iowa February 14-15-16 Fri. Night 5-9 Sat. 9-5 Sun 9-3 WANTED TO BUY — BUYING Gold & Silver coins - paper money - pocket & wrist watches - knifes - swords & military items & more! 262-497-6688 Joe

Auctions, Antiques, 55 Collectibles ESTATE AUCTION Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 10:30 am 9:30 am Preview, Estates of: Mrs Bernice DeGrave, Richard & Nancy Fish, Joyce Nowak, Held at Hawks View Golf Club 7377 Krueger Rd, Lake Geneva, WI. 53147 Just off Hwy. 120 to Krueger Rd. west, Watch for Auction Signs! Vict. Rocking Horses, Balloon tire bikes, Lots of glassware & china, glass Cigar store jars, tobacco adv. tins, chewing tobacco tins, Furniture, farm & horse items, Sterling flatware, Jewelry, Reverse painted glass shade lamp, mini oil lamps, stoneware. Terms** Cash, check if Known to us. Credit cards with 5% Buyers Fee. $3 bidders fee, Email & Phone proxy bids accepted with terms - CALL. More Info & pictures ** or 262-539-3198 or 262-492-7150 Robert J. Sevick, CAI, GPPA, Reg. Wisconsin Auctioneer #243 Serving Banks, Trust Depts., Business, & Private Individuals Since 1981 with Auctions, Personal Property Appraisals, and Real Estate Auctions Book Your Spring Auction NOW! EVERYTHING WE TOUCH TURNS TO SOLD!


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Badger swim team wins conference


THE BADGER SWIM TEAM jumps into the Delavan-Darien High School pool to celebrate winning the Southern Lakes conference championship on Saturday. By Ben Stanley DELAVAN — No one was smiling during warm-ups at the Delavan-Darien High School pool on Saturday morning, Badger head swim coach Glenn Biller said. The boys swim team was serious. The conference championship was on the line. No one expected them to go undefeated this season, Biller said, himself included.

“I did not expect the boys would have a shot at conference,” Biller said. But the boys had a way of surprising Biller all season. Every meet, it seemed like one or two swimmers would break out with a performance Biller didn’t know they were capable of, he said. The Delavan pool was packed. Energy was high. Biller saw that his team was tightly wound.

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“I had to pull one of the captains out and tell him, ‘You need to lighten the mood and get these guys laughing a little bit,’” Biller said. “Because sometimes you can get over-amped and just shoot yourself in the foot.” The swim team hadn’t lost a conference dual all season. After taking second place in the conference relays on Dec. 5 — just 1 point behind Elkhorn — Biller said the team was sur-

prised to learn they had the potential to defeat every team in their conference. “After the relay meet … we said, ‘Hey, we have a shot at this,’” Biller said. “We really didn’t think we would coming into the year. We had no expectations, but we saw that was possible.” The team hasn’t taken its eyes off the conference championship since, Biller said. PLEASE SEE SWIM PAGE 2C

Badger crushes Delavan-Darien Girls put together complete game By Ben Stanley


DALLAS COWBOYS CENTER TRAVIS FREDERICK speaks before the Big Foot vs. Beloit Turner basketball game at Big Foot High School on Saturday. Frederick graduated from Big Foot High School in 2009 and went on to play football for the University of Wisconsin before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.

The Badger girls defeated Muskego 4433 on Feb. 4, and went on to crush Delavan-Darien on Feb. 6. Against Delavan-Darien, two Badger girls scored double-digit points off the bench. Brianna Flower scored 15 points and Jennifer Freeman had 13. The two girls had career best games, according to Badger head coach David Jooss. It was that kind of game, Jooss said. Badger dominated on both sides of the ball even off the bench. “I think, maybe (it was) the most complete game offensively and defensively,” Jooss said. “The defense has been pretty consistent all year. It’s been our offense that’s been more up and down. This was a game where we made seven 3s, we knocked down our free throws and played well defensively, and we also rebounded well … so I think we put it all together in that one, and that’s why the margin of victory was the way it was.” Badger won 65-25. It was the largest margin of victory the girls have had this season. The Badgers are 13-3 overall and 71 in the Southern Lakes conference. DelavaDarien fell to 3-10 overall (1-7 SLC).

The girls started the game quickly and spread the ball well. Delavan-Darien couldn’t answer. “I thought the pace of the game was more our style,” Jooss said. “We got the game to go a little faster, which is what we like. We like a little faster tempo. We had a lot of people score in that game and step up and hit shots, which I think made a big difference for us.” Jooss said that Thursday night’s bench production wasn’t a surprise — his team has great depth, which has been one of their greatest strengths all season. Different players have stepped up each game, he said, especially off the bench. The team’s depth of experience has been an asset in the second half of the season, Jooss said. “I think one thing we’ve done really well is just take it one game at a time, and right now, it’s just Burlington,” Jooss said of the Feb. 11 game against Burlington. Please check next week’s issue for coverage of the game. “I think that’s something that we really put our focus on; the next game,” Jooss said. “We don’t look past anybody and that helps us in our preparation.” Badger also defeated Muskego High School 44-33 in Muskego on Feb. 4. PLEASE SEE LADY BADGERS PAGE 3C

Chiefs fighting for conference title By Ben Stanley On Thursday night at Parkview High School, the Big Foot Chiefs held their breath while a Parkview player’s 3-point shot hung in the air. There were 5 seconds on the clock and counting. Big Foot was up by 2 points, and Parkview, who is in first place in the Rock Valley - South (RVS) conference, was struggling against the Chiefs’ defense. The shot was good. The clock wound down. Big Foot lost 36-35.

But it was a close loss against a team that beat Big Foot 56-49 on Dec. 3. The Chiefs improved. Big Foot has quietly compiled a 5-7 RVS conference record and is currently only a half game out of first place. The Chiefs defeated Beloit Turner 58-48 on Saturday. Austin Hoey led the team with 15 points. Nate Freytag scored 14, and Gus Wedig had 11. “We’re finding the guy that’s got a hot hand,” Big Foot head coach Mike Dowden said. “Hoey had a great third quarter there, so we found him for a couple extra shots …

I think Gus played really well. He’s starting to figure out when he should score and when he should pass. And then Nate, I think Nate’s been doing a great job for us, handling pressure, it’s kind of nice to give him the ball when other teams are pressing and you can always trust that he’s going to make good decisions.” As the season developed, so did team chemistry, Dowden said. The boys have found a groove. “I think we’re starting to play together,” Dowden said. “I think we’ve kind of found out what can do … and the biggest thing is

that the guys have bought into the fact that if we continue to play defense every night, every possession, we’ll hold teams to what we need to (in order to win).” Dowden said that his team has been keeping high-scoring opponents to scores in the low 50s and other teams in the low 40s and high 30s. The Chiefs are no longer losing games by 20 points, like they had in the first eight games of the season in which they were 1-7. Between Dec. 2 and Dec. 28, Big Foot went 0-6. PLEASE SEE CHIEFS PAGE 2C


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Bay eyes conference title By Ben Stanley WILLIAMS BAY — With five minutes to go in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Williams Bay junior John Higgins slapped away a steal and sustained a foul while attempting a layup. Both of his free throws swished straight through the net. It was the start of Higgins’ fourth quarter run — he scored 6 consecutive unanswered points off three steals, which propelled the Bay Bulldogs ahead of the Hustisford Falcons. Higgins scored 10 of his 24 total points in the fourth quarter. Bay and Hustisford traded leads and possessions all night, but the Bulldogs showed their conditioning and pulled away in the fourth quarter to win it 60-50 at Williams Bay High School. Williams Bay is 14-3 overall and 11-2 in the Trailways conference. Hustisford fell to 12-6 (9-3 Trailways). “I think in the fourth quarter, John (Higgins) was the one that said, ‘Hey give me the ball,’” Bay head coach Troy Nottestad said. “And to his teammates’ credit, they got him the ball, and he took care of business. He was the one in the fourth quarter who let us stretch our lead out a little bit.” It was a physical game, with few fouls called despite heavy contact between players. Something that Nottestad said his team has been forced to adjust to during the conference season. “From what I’ve seen this year, the officiating is changing,” Nottestad said. “It looks more like the Big 10 out there. There’s less fouls called and stuff, but to our credit I think we’ve adjusted to that a little bit and learned to play a little more physical. What we have to get better at is, when the refs are letting them play, we have to find a way of taking care of the ball better.” For the first three quarters of the game, the Bulldogs gave up about as many steals as they forced from Hustisford. But by the end of the game, the turnover differential was in the Bay’s favor. According to statistics obtained from, the Bulldogs had 15 steals against Hustisford and gave up 7. Williams Bay had 13 total turnovers, and Hustisford had 19. “They have decent size, not a ton of ball handlers,” Nottestad said of Hustisford. “So (getting steals) was something

we wanted to do. We did cause quite a few turnovers, and there were times where we let them cause turnovers on us. We started playing too fast at times.” Nottestad said his team loves playing fast-paced basketball, but the players need to learn when to take the foot off the gas. In the third quarter, the Bulldogs led by 11 points, but turned the ball over in four of their next five possessions and let the Falcons back in the game. “At times we looked very good, and we built up a couple leads,” Nottestad said. “Then we started throwing it all over.” But, due in part to an electric fourth quarter performance by Higgins and excellent defensive performances from Jonah Vanvleet and Braden Pape, Williams Bay was able to secure a double-digit win against a nine-win team that is currently 1.5 games behind the Bulldogs in the Trailways conference. As the Trailways conference stands, there are three teams within 1.5 games of Williams Bay - Fall River (0.5 games), Hustisford (1.5 games) and Deerfield (1.5 games). It’s a tight conference race, and with four games remaining, including two against conference opponents and one against the state ranked Milwaukee Academy of Science (163 overall). The Academy of Science is ranked No. 7 in the state for Division 5 according to the week 11 Coaches Poll. Williams Bay is ranked No. 9. “Any time you’re at the top of the conference, teams are gunning for you,” Nottestad said of the remaining games. “(Thursday against Rio) is at home, so we’re more in our comfort zone. So, we can’t take anything for granted this late in the year, but I think if we play the way we’re capable of, we should be OK.” Please check next week’s issue for coverage of the Feb. 11 game against Hustisford — the second time Bay faced the Falcons in a seven-day stretch. The state sectional tournament seeding meeting will be this Saturday, Nottestad said. “We don’t talk too much about that because we’re still focusing on conference,” Nottestad said. “But in the back of your mind, you still know you need to get these wins to get a better seed.” But if his team can hold onto the ball and continue to wear teams down physically in the fourth quarter, Nottestad


WILLIAMS BAY’S JONAH VANVLEET jumps for a layup during Friday night’s win against Hustisford. thinks his team will do well. “We have to go on the road and one hold onto the ball, and block everything out,” Nottestad said. “Block out the officials, block out the home crowd and we just have to get it done. You know, there are no excuses. If we win this one, we are well on our way to at least a tie for a conference title.” Nottestad paused. “But we haven’t really showed that yet against the top teams in the Trailways,” he said.


Chiefs/‘I like our trend’ Since Jan. 23, the Chiefs are 4-2. “Obviously it feels better than it did at the beginning of the year,” Dowden said. “I think by Christmas we were kind of down … it was a rough stretch there losing six games in a row. But now, it’s nice to have something to play for with four games to go and … we feel like we have a really good chance.” Dowden said the biggest difference he has noticed in his team since early January is their improvement in ball control. “And our ability to play together,” Dowden said. “We’re not forcing up shots. Guys that are good passers making passes, guys who are good shooters are taking shots. We’re finally getting to the point where we’re starting to gel as a team, and we weren’t there a month ago, but I like our trend here as we move forward in the season.” Please check next week’s issue for coverage of the Feb. 11 game against Clinton. The Chiefs will play Turner again on Friday, but this time in Beloit. “I think we’re going to see a little more pressure from Turner on Friday,” Dowden said. “They try to do that down the stretch, so I won’t be surprised to see a little bit more.” Turner is 7-12 overall (4-9 RVS).


BADGER’S JIM CORPUS (middle) approaches the finish line during the butterfly at Delavan-Darien High School on Saturday. Badger won the Southern Lakes conference title. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1C

Swim/Coach: ‘Where do you go from here?’


BIG FOOT’S DANIEL PEARCE jumps to the basket.

“It was very intense,” Biller said of Saturday’s meet. “The stands were just packed ... Delavan, it’s kind of an enclosed pool and the crowd is right on top of the pool … it got really loud.” Swimmers had taken turns busting out unexpected and impressive performances all season Biller said, and at the conference meet, it was Andrew Shane that surprised Biller the most. “He took first place in the 50- and 100-(meter freestyle) and just blew their socks off,” Biller said. “Which was amazing.” Badger won the meet with 461 points. Platteville took second and scored 380. Elkhorn was third with 330. Points are awarded differently at conference meets for each event, Biller said. Some events are worth more than they are in dual meets, which creates opportunities for teams with strong swimmers in those events to pad their overall score. “So we weren’t sure how that would play out,” Biller said. “But (the boys) got in there right away and just started to execute … everything worked out really sweet.” Biller has been coaching boys and girls high school swim teams for 17 years, he said, and this is the first season in his career where both the boys and girls teams he coached won conference championships. The Badger girls team won on Nov. 2. “I’ve never won and gone undefeated in the same year with girls and boys,” Biller said. “So, the program’s going

great. But where do you go from here?” Since Badger has established itself as a top program in the Southern Lakes conference, Biller said he is now working on figuring out a way to consistently compete at the state level. But for now, with the boys approaching state sectionals on Saturday, Feb. 15, Biller said he’s trying to keep the team relaxed. “From here on out, we’re just looking for that icing on the cake, and put the cherry on top,” Biller said. “The mood this week is, they’re going to keep it light, let’s have fun. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Let’s just get it out there and let it rip.” Biller said staying loose before a big meet is essential. “It’s really important,” Biller said. “You can definitely get over-amped at these meets and all the sudden you have no idea why you swam 10-seconds slower than you usually do; it’s because you’re just too juiced-up.” At press time the time and location of the sectional meet were unavailable. Please check for updates through or follow @ LGRN_Sports on Twitter. “Early in the year our focus was trying to win this conference and make a memory and hang a banner,” Biller said. “So we’ll see who surprises me this week, and maybe they all will. But we’re going to have fun. We already finished on a good note, we’re just going to finish on a great note now.”

February 13, 2014

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Mental mistakes Faith can’t hang on against Central By Ben Stanley WILLIAMS BAY — In the third quarter, the Faith Christian Eagles cut the Catholic Central Hilltopper’s 8-point lead to 2. Then Catholic Central went on an 8-0 run. Faith clawed within 6-points, and Central responded with a 6-0 run. For every step forward, Faith was pushed two steps back. The Eagles lost 51-42 to the Hilltoppers on Monday night. “Catholic Central, they don’t make any mistakes,” Faith Christian head coach Brian Pollard said after the game. “They’re very patient on offense, they play very good man-to-man defense … I knew it was going to be kind of a grinder game.” Catholic Central (13-2) is ranked No. 3 in the state for Division 5 according to the week 11 Coaches Poll. Pollard said he thought the game was in reach, but the boys made too many mental mistakes. “(Central) didn’t make hardly any mental mistakes tonight, and that was the difference in the game,” Pollard said. Against Central, Jared Mulder led the team with 14 points. Wayne York stepped up with 10 points, but Faith’s top scorer, Joe Ingersoll, was relatively silenced with

only 6. “When you’re down by 8 with three minutes to go and you’ve been down by 8 the whole game, you don’t have much time so you start jacking up some shots and taking some chances on defense,” Pollard said, which contributed to the loss. But Pollard was proud of the way his players fought. Down by as many as 14 points, Faith came back at the end of the fourth quarter to cut Central’s lead to 7. Catholic Central will be in Faith Christian’s regional playoff bracket along with Williams Bay. The playoff seeding meeting will take place on Saturday. Pollard anticipates that Williams Bay (No. 9 in Division 5) and Catholic Central (No. 3) will be the top two seeds in the regional. “But I think it bodes well that we lost by maybe 8 or 9 points to one of the best teams in our region and probably one of the best teams in the state,” Pollard said referring to Central. “Unfortunately, we lost to another best team in the state in overtime (Milwaukee Academy of Science).” Faith lost 53-52 to the Milwaukee Academy of Science on Feb. 1. the Academy of Science is ranked No. 7 in Division 5. “We need to learn how to win these games,” Pollard said. “But I think the positive is that we’re right there, and if we can play a little cleaner basketball and make

SPORTS SHORTS Big Foot girls Basketball The Lady Chiefs defeated Palmyra-Eagle 53-29 on Feb. 4 and lost to Whitewater 67-26 on Friday. Big Foot will play Jefferson 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Big Foot High School.

Bay girls basketball The Williams Bay girls played three games in three days last week. On Feb. 4, the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Milwaukee Academy of Science 51-34. On Feb. 5, the girls lost 41-29 against Dodgeland. On Feb. 6, Bay lost 42-22 to Rio. The Williams Bay girls will play Fall River High School 7:30 p.m. Friday in Fall River.

Lake Geneva Youth Football 5K & 10K Touchdown Run/Walk The second annual Youth Football 5K & 10K Touchdown Run/Walk will be Saturday, May 17, at Big Foot Beach State Park. Before April 8, registration for the 5k run/walk is $25 per person and the 10k run/walk is $30. A free Tshirt is included with registration. After April 8, registration prices will increase and a T-shirt will not be included with sign-up. Register at http:// w w w. a c t i v e .c om/ l a k e geneva-w i/running/dist a n c e - r u n n i n g - r a c e s/ lake-geneva-youth-football2nd-annual-5k-and-10ktouchdown-run-2014.

Lake Geneva Swim Club Between Jan. 31-Feb.2, the Lake Geneva Swim Club competed in the A+ Swim Meet in Brown Deer. Nine LG swim club members qualified for the meet, and competed against swimmers from all around the midwest. Swimmers who attended the meet were Carly O’Brien, 17 (earned a berth in two finals — 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter Individual Medley); Katelyn O’Brien, 14 (earned a spot in 100meter breaststroke); Kady Ruemmele, 17; Molly Dover, 14; Jenna Hotvedt, 13; Paige Murphy, 12 (who swam personal best times in all five of her events); Hunter Johnson, 12; and Willy Pinnow, 11.

LG takes second By Ben Stanley The Badger boys wrestling team took second place at the Southern Lakes conference meet on Saturday at Union Grove High School. “We just didn’t have quite enough to catch Burlington,” Badger head coach Shane Koehl said. Badger finished the meet with 213 points. The Burlington Demons took first place with 251.5 points. “We knew Burlington was probably the top team in the conference going in,” Koehl said, but he thought his team had a good chance to take the conference before the meet this week. Badger lost to Burlington on Jan. 9, but had returned some injured grapplers before the conference meet. Koehl said many of his younger wrestlers had matured throughout the season as well. Koehl said that it would have helped to have Tristan Steiner healthy, but injuries were no excuse for a loss at this point in the season. “Obviously we wanted more,” Koehl said. “But I don’t want to take away from what they accomplished on Saturday.” Three Badgers took first in their weight class, two took second and five took third. Of the 14 Badger wrestlers who competed, 11 placed in the top four of their weight classes. First place finishers were Andrew Cychner (10-0, 182-pounds), Michael Peter (8-2, 120-pounds) and Alex Martinez (10-0, 113pounds) The two second place wrestlers were George Sommerville (8-2, 106-pounds) and Zac Leonard (5-3, 138-pounds). Bryan Nugent (7-2, 145-pounds), Tony Howard (9-2, 152-pounds), Andrew Allen


A BADGER WRESTLER faces off against a Burlington opponent on Jan. 9. (4-2, 160-pounds), Ruben Garcia (5-5, 220pounds) and Andrew Nugent (7-4, 285pounds) each took third in their weight classes. Steiner’s younger brother, Trevor, filled in while Steiner sat out with an injury. Trevor took fifth place in the 170-pound class. “We just need to keep on the path we’ve been going on,” Koehl said. “We have the ability (to win regional) we just need to get over that hurdle.” Koehl said Saturday’s second place finish helped build the confidence of many of the younger wrestlers, something he hopes will carry over into state competition. The Badgers will compete in their regional meet on Saturday. Koehl said that Milton High School is the clear favorite in their region, but he is confident that his team has the ability to pull off an upset. The top four finishers at regionals move on to the state sectionals.


FAITH’S JOE INGERSOLL is fouled on his way to the basket during Monday night’s loss to Burlington Catholic Central. less mistakes, that’s going to bode well for us in the tournament.” Faith (11-5 overall, 7-2 Indian Trails Blue) has two games remaining this season. The Eagles will play St. Anthony on Feb. 14 and University Lake School on Feb. 18. Faith lost 42-40 to St. Anthony on Jan. 10 and defeated University Lake 47-31 on Jan. 17. Please check next week’s issue for

coverage of the Feb. 11 game against CEO Leadership Academy. Both remaining games are against Indian Trails—Blue conference opponents. “So we’ll still have two more games left,” Pollard said. “I think we’ll have a good argument (for a top seed) because we’ve been in every game.”

Badger drops two, wins one “Defense has been an issue for a while, and then Burlington had one of their best offensive halves of the season,” The Badger boys basketball team Lottig said. “That’s a pretty lethal played three games in six days. They combination.” came away with one win. The BadLottig said the Badgers started gers are 9-9 (4-6 Southern Lakes). to pick things up in the middle of the The Badgers defeated the Delathird quarter. van-Darien Comets 77-59 on Feb. 4. “We defended and rebounded “I thought our kids played pretty a little better,” Lottig said. “(We) well on Tuesday against the Comets,” definitely need four quarters of that Badger head coach Darin Lottig kind of play to beat a team like the said. “Especially in the second half. Demons.” Tenney They had trouble matching up with Jake Kozlowski led the Badgers us inside, and to our kids’ credit, against Burlington with 14 points. there was a lot of offensive balance.” Wieseman and Tenney both scored Against Delavan, Logan Tenney 13 and Tony Ashley contributed 9. emerged as a new offensive weapon On Monday night, Badger travfor the Badgers. He led the team with eled to Sussex and lost 89-50 to 18 points — his highest point total of Sussex Hamilton High School. the season. It was the first time he Lottig declined to comment on led the Badgers in scoring. Monday’s game. “Logan provided the second half The Badgers allowed 20 or more highlights,” Lottig said. “They had points in each of the first three quarWieseman no answer for him. It was fun watchters of the game. Hamilton scored 30 ing him dominate like that.” points in the second quarter alone. Lincoln Wieseman contributed By the end of the first, Badger 17 points against Delavan, and Derwas down 22-2, and Badger was rick Buntrock had 16, 10 of which unable to overcome the deficit. came in the first half. Wieseman was the only Badger “Lincoln attacked the rim really player to score double-digit points well,” Lottig said. “He can be very against Hamilton. He finished the versatile … Derrick shot it really well game with 17. in the first half. (He) even had a 4Badger has three games remainpoint play.” ing this season, and each of them Kozlowski But Friday night’s game against are against Southern Lakes conferBurlington was a different story. ence opponents. Badger lost 72-63, despite an impressive Please check next week’s issue for covsecond-half performance. erage of the Feb. 11 game against Union “We didn’t start well at all, and that was Grove. a little disappointing,” Lottig said. “OffenBadger will play Union Grove again 7:45 sively, I thought we had opportunities p.m. Friday at Badger High School, Elkhorn very early in the game to establish Logan on Feb. 18 and Wilmot on Feb. 20. (Tenney) inside, and we didn’t get him the Union Grove is 15-3 overall (9-1 SLC) ball.” and currently alone in first place. Union Badger went down 39-21 at halftime, but Grove averages 57.2 points per game and came back with 42 second-half points while allows 47.9. holding Burlington to 33. But the 18-point Badger averages exactly 57.2 points per first-half deficit was too large to overcome. game as well, but allows 57.8. By Ben Stanley


Lady Badgers/Six games to play In that game, Maria Mieres-Rey led the girls in scoring with 18 points. Lily Quinn contributed 15. The girls pulled away in the second quarter against Muskego and went up 199 at halftime. Muskego mounted a fourthquarter comeback in which they scored 19 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Badger’s 20-point third-quarter lead. The girls will host Union Grove on

Friday at 7 p.m. Union Grove is 7-9 overall (5-4 SLC). “We have six games left,” Jooss said on Monday night. “Again, there’s a lot of basketball left. Six games is a lot and they’re all conference games. Almost half the conference schedule has yet to be played. So it’s still just one game at a time, just trying to get better. So today at practice we’re just going to try to get better.”


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A FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP and certification for Registered Instructors at the SMILES facility in Darien brought candidates from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Washington to an event where they completed the workshop, riding test and teaching test components of the certification process. Four of the participants were candidates from the SMILES program, which holds Premier Center Accreditation with PATH International. They are (from left), April Southwick, Darien; Liz Hinners, Franklin; Katie Luessenhop, Delavan; and Katey McClymont, Janesville. SMILES, Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills, has added more than 50 new clients in 2013, as stated by Gay Stran, director of the organization.

MARY AND MARK STINEBRINK, center and right, owners of Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly in Lake Geneva, met with Sen. Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) during the Wisconsin Grocer’s Association’s annual Legislative Day at the state capitol.



FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH in Walworth hosted their annual Chili Supper and Silent Auction on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event raised more than $4,000 for the Open Arms Free Clinic Inc. with a free will offering for the supper. The event also featured entertainment from the local Four Seasons choral group.

BADGER HIGH SCHOOL sent 49 marketing students to the Southeastern Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference held at Kettle Moraine High School on Saturday, Jan. 11. Students also completed an economics exam online before the conference. Badger has a history of performing well at this level and this year Badger DECA members had the second highest scoring average of the 28 schools who attended the conference where more than 800 DECA members participated. Those who earned medals in events and qualified for the state career development conference were Aleah Haworth, Evan Gibson, Jose Garcia, Jacob Besenhofer, Trevor Steiner, Victoria Bouras, Bridget Keefe, Caroline Carbonara, Alexis Wisdom, Cooper Bohn, Brittany Campbell, Madison Gagliardi, Alexandra Ritzman, Grant Pierce, Tanner Hagen, Jimmy Ring and Alex Johnson, Josh Bakken, Lincoln Wieseman, Bridget Bartal and Sarah Hamilton, Carole Homan, Thomas Guske and Nathan Gibson, Alex Swarthout, Zander Zilly, Tom R itzman, Yesenia Onofre and Gigi Lueng, Derrick Buntrock and Christian Sontag.


THE WILLIAMS BAY WOMEN’S CIVIC LEAGUE held the Sixth Annual Chili Cook-Off to help raise funds in support of the youth of local communities on Feb 1. This year’s first place People’s Choice Award went to the Hunt Club Steakhouse. League president Sue Vandenbroucke presented restaurant manager Martha Militello with a certificate honoring the first place win. Second place was awarded to Frosty Moose in Williams Bay, with third place honors going to the Abbey in Fontana.


PICTURED ARE (from left) Pauline Malsch, Lioness member; Gene Hasley, Lions member and Sheree Carlson, Lioness member.

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THE GENEVA LAKE MUSEUM hosted a special session on ice harvesting history of Geneva Lake. This ice sled is 100 years old, and the saw (to the left) was used to cut into the lake. After the saw was used, the blocks had to be cut from the ice by hand.

BADGER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (back, from left), Mariah Keller, Katie Gerlitz, and Madison Micus, with students in Dakota Mandli’s Central-Denison Elementary School 4K class where the students learned about dental health. The Badger students created the age-appropriate lesson plan, organized and presented the activities to show the importance of dental hygiene and how to properly brush teeth. Students with an interest in making childcare a part of their future careers get first hand experience through competing in FCCLA as a part of Badger’s family and consumer science classes.

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Featuring Letters to the Editor, Obituaries and Community Matters


Inside the issue: Healthy restaurant inspections Sara Burton-Zick is a retired restaurant inspector from DuPage County, Ill. She lives part-time in the town of Linn and in Illinois. She now runs a consulting business, “Food Service Consultants by Sara.” Recently, the Walworth County Burton-Zick Health and Human Services Department began discussing doing restaurant and other health inspections at the local level, not at the state level. A public hearing on the issue is set for March 19 at 1:15 p.m. After she learned of Walworth County considering local control

for restaurant inspections, she contacted the Regional News. The Regional News asked her a few questions about her experiences in the business and her thoughts on local control. Regional News: In DuPage County, what were the benefits of local versus state control for restaurant inspections? Sara Burton-Zick: You have hit the nail on the head, the local benefit is that of control and accountability. My experience has been when a name is matched with a face vs. an establishment number and an employee ID number, it all becomes real. I actually believe

that there are huge benefits of a local presence, if nothing else. The inspectional process can be so much more than a check mark off the posting list. When people and purpose are invested into process, it becomes win-win. Just the fact that the work isn’t getting done, it becomes lose-lose. The biggest loser in this case is the public. RN: The restaurants that haven’t been inspected are not necessarily in violation of any safety standards. Those establishments simply haven’t been inspected. Why are you concerned that they haven’t been inspected?

SBZ: A loaded up question, so to directly answer your question as to why my concern; first and foremost as a consumer, there is a reasonable presumption that food service facilities have the appropriate license(s) to operate, are being regularly inspected by someone or some entity and that if the doors are open the establishment is safe and sanitary. As a taxpayer, it is reasonable that some portion of my tax dollar goes to support public health and safety initiatives that oversees sewer/septic, water(public/private/ potable/recreational), and food. The notion of paying for services not performed is money to the wind. PLEASE SEE INSPECTIONS PAGE 4D

Where grant money went Driehaus $30,000 Matching Grant = $60,000 in Assistance On Jan. 22, we received the $30,000 in matching funds from the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust. Thanks to the generosity of the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, and all of your matching donations, we are able to share with you how $60,000 was distributed to help the poverty stricken. We are so grateful for the continued support of Richard Driehaus and all the positive changes Richard has made for our fellow creations. A big thank you to Richard, the Driehaus Family, the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust and everyone that helped to make this matching grant a wonderful success.

This is how all of us helped: JOHN HALVERSON/REGIONAL NEWS

105-YEAR-OLD IDA LAVIN was surrounded by relatives at a birthday party Sunday. From left, Laci Schmidt, Lisa Schmidt, Ron Lavin, Ian Corkhill, Vicki Corkhill, R.C. Lavin, Brenda Gamache, Katelyn Gamache and Jessica Clapper.

105 years old By John Halverson jhalverson@lakegenevanews. net Here’s Ida Lavin by the numbers: 105 — her age. 600 — the number of people in the world who’ve lived that long. 99 — the year she quit volunteering and driving. She left the road with a perfect driving record.

You can concentrate on the numbers, but in truth her birthday get-together last Sunday at Geneva Lake Manor had more to do with family. Her 76-year-old son was there, as were an assortment of grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-great-grandchild. JOHN HALVERSON/REGIONAL NEWS “I don’t know how I got to THREE-YEAR-OLD LACY SCHMIDT hands a present to be 105,” she said. her great-great-great-grandmother, 105-year-old Ida Lavin at a birthday party at Geneva Lake Manor Sunday. PLEASE SEE IDA PAGE 2D

Rent/Shelter = $21,203.53 Three families that became homeless were provided emergency shelter in motels last month. These are families you see at the grocery store, at school, at church. You will not know they are suffering the stress and humiliation of homelessness by looking at them. We have lifted their burden of shame and gave them back their dignity. Your donations, matched by Richard’s, have paid many, many overdue rents. Single parents and children, senior couples and those suffering from devastating illness have been kept in their homes and apartments.

Utilities = $11,678.07 Electricity = $6,007.82 • Gas = $5,670.25 This time we filled propane tanks for two senior citizens that could not afford the recent drastic price increase. These forgotten elderly were on the verge of living without heat and fuel for cooking. Our extreme winter weather has caused some the highest utility bills in years, and if they are not paid by April, they will be disconnected. PLEASE SEE TIME IS NOW PAGE 6D

Riches can be the road to an over-abundance of ego It was recently reported widely that there is a growing disparity in income between the well-to-do and those who are not. One percent, it is said, own nearly half of the world’s wealth. The rate at which this inequality is increasing seems to be the greatest in the U.S. There were many dire predictions accompanying these facts. None, however, were as bothersome as this: history has clearly demonstrated that material largesse is commonly attended by an equally sizeable poverty of intellect. This is, of course, unless you allow for the inflated

estimate of themselves that the well-off are all willing to provide. after all, if you make a lot of money, then you must be “unique,” or somehow possessed of special “powers” and abilities. This nonsense was long ago discredited with the

dismissal of so-called “Social Darwinism.” People who are good at making a buck are most often little use at anything else. Two examples should suffice. In Periclean Greece there was a scruffy-looking gad-about, with unwashed and unkempt appearance, who roamed the streets of the ancient city state in a tattered robe and worn sandals, constantly browbeating his fellow citizens on matters of “right conduct,” justice,” “truth” and other such debates. He was universally castigated as a nuisance. Finally, he was tried and condemned

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to death; forced to drink a cup of the poison hemlock. At the same time, there were powerful merchants in the city. Those of renown who were viewed with the greatest esteem for their fortunes and public notoriety. They held sway in matters that affected the Greek economy, and those who looked to their livelihoods hung on their every word. The dirty, bothersome and hirsute vagabond was a man named Socrates. He, along with his intellectual progeny, Plato and Aristotle, are largely responsible for founding what we have come to describe as Western Civili-

zation. Not even one name of those who held great power in their wealth is remembered. Not one. Their legacy is naught but dust. Henry Ford was one of the first billionaires in America and, needless to point out, would have had to be called a “trillionaire” if measured in today’s dollars. Henry was an ignorant tinkerer. Described by Nation magazine this way: “ ... a Yankee mechanic, pure and simple, quite uneducated, with a mind unable to “bite” into any proposition outside of his automobile and tractor business. He has achieved wealth, but not greatness.”


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Harry Bennett was kept on Henry’s payroll for one purpose. To employ whatever number of thugs or mobsters might be needed to “punish” those who had the audacity to dispute the “great man’s” will. this included beating or even killing any of his workmen who might try to organize a union. It is interesting that at the Battle of the Overpass, the carnage was largely complete before any members of law enforcement arrived to restore order.

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Williams Bay’s mystery man revealed We thought we knew all about the founder of Williams Bay. Come to find out, we don’t know him at all. The sea captain from Connecticut, Capt. Israel Williams, has long been thought to be the founder of the village of Williams Bay. But village historians only have part of the story correct. Even today, misinformation about the captain continues to be found in literature about the village throughout the area. Capt. Williams was not a sea captain, nor was he from Connecticut. The village of Williams Bay would have been called “Cole’s Bay” had not Capt. Williams “jumped” a claim owned by a Mr. Cole (no first name known). This whole incident lead to the infamous “Battle of Geneva Lake” (more on that later). Williams was born on Sept. 24, 1789, in Ashfield, Hampshire, Mass. He was the eighth child of “Rich” Ephraim Williams, one of the original settlers of Ashfield, Mass., and his wife, Mercy Daniels. Both were from families of position and wealth. College-educated, deeply religious and civic-minded, Ephraim was wealthy enough to give each of his eight sons a large farm upon their marriage and his two daughters a generous dowry upon their marriages as well. Williams was commissioned into the Massachusetts militia in the War of 1812. The mistaken notion that he was a sea captain can be attributed to another Israel Williams from Connecticut, some 50 years older and no relation to the Williams from Massachusetts, who was a famous sea captain. Our Williams was elected to the post of captain of the militia in 1825, long after the War of 1812 was over. A clear case of mistaken identity that has lasted until today. Williams married Lavina Joy born in May of 1808, daughter of Capt. Nehemiah Joy, a teacher, of Cummington, Massachusetts. As a child, Lavina was taught by her father, along with another student, William Cullen Bryant, the soon–to–be famous romantic poet. To Williams and Lavina were born 11 children, nine sons (two died shortly after birth and are buried in Massachusetts) and two daughters. Williams worked for many years on his

farm of some 300–400 sheep, when in the early 1830s it became apparent that many of the men from the local area were looking westward for new opportunities. Williams was one of them. In the spring of 1835, he, his wife, her mother and five of his children headed westward, sailing through the Great Lakes to Michigan, where they wintered. Williams sent his oldest son, Moses, that summer to scope out the Wisconsin Territory, where he had heard there was farm land rich, plentiful and already tilled by the local Native Americans. Moses returned several months later reporting he had found a likely location on the south shore of Wind Lake (Geneva Lake). The land was rich, the game plentiful and the local tribe, Chief Big Foot’s Potawatomi, were due for removal the next fall. Moses had filed a claim for land on the south shore of the lake and built a small log cabin (just east of where the old Northwestern Military Academy once stood). Very early in the spring of 1836, Williams and his older sons (the youngest, Festus, was four years old) headed to Wisconsin to prepare a home for the women who would be coming later in early summer, once Williams had found permanent location for their home. Find it he did — across the lake from where Moses’s cabin stood was the second village of Chief Big Foot. On the western slope, some 80 feet above the summer wigwams of the tribe, was what looked like an abandoned claim — some blazed trees and the remains of a campfire. Partially cleared, it was the ideal location for Williams’ new home, next to the gardens of the Potawatomi. Word of their arrival had been spreading through the few neighbors that were around the lake. One, a Mr. Cole, newly arrived from the East, where he had wintered, who upon hearing where Williams had made his claim, jumped to his feet and shouted “That’s my claim!” After fortifying himself with some liquid courage, he and a few friends headed over to the Bay to “drive them damned Yankee claim-jumpers out!” Arriving at the claim site, Cole and his friends found Williams and his boys busily


CAPTIAN ISRAEL WILLIAMS is buried in the family plot at the East Delavan Pioneer Old Settlers Cemetery on Theater Road. In this file photo, Sarah Hennig poses at the grave with an arrangement she made. She was taking part in an event with Williams Bay History Club members. clearing trees and splitting logs for the cabin. Cole demanded that Williams “Git out or else!” to which Williams told him that while Cole may have filed on the claim, he had not completed the process, nor paid the filing fee, thus opening the way for Williams to file for the claim legally. Obviously too drunk to be responsible, Williams told Cole to clear off and come back to discuss the matter when he (Cole) was sober. Cole replied he’d be back, armed and ready to take his land back by force if necessary! Cole returned the next day with two friends, armed. Williams and his four boys met them, armed as well. The oldest Williams son, Moses, was 27. The youngest facing Cole and his comrades was Austin, 14. Williams knew that one or more of his boys were going to be injured or killed if this situation spiraled out of control. Cole, on the other hand could count, and five against three was not good odds. Seeing Cole nervously begin to rock from one foot to the other, Williams tried to resolve the situation before

Bay historical society hosts luncheon WILLIAMS BAY — The Williams Bay Historical Society is sponsoring a Valentine’s Luncheon fundraiser at 1 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Sherwood Lodge, 116 Cherry St., Williams Bay. Luncheon will include salad, soup, a sandwich and chef’s choice dessert and coffee

or tea all for $15 for individual guests or $25 per couple. During the meal, the Country Gentlemen will sing the love songs of yesteryear. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets can be purchased by calling Phyllis Janda at (262) 215-8195 or at the door


the day of the event. Proceeds from the luncheon will go towards the Williams Bay Historical Society’s Historical Marker Project. The plan is to put up historical markers around Williams Bay at historical locations, such as the site of the first building

in Williams Bay, the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad station and the Potawatomi village site. The plaques cost between $1,200 and $1,600 each. The Williams Bay Historical Society was established October 2013 and meets quarterly.


Candidate backed for county board To the Editor: The voters of District 5 in Walworth County have a unique opportunity to elect an extremely qualified candidate for the Walworth County Board. This candidate demonstrates personally and professionally that she is honest, reliable, fair, thoughtful and willing to work the long hours needed for the position. This candidate is Charlene Staples. Charlene is a lifelong resident of Walworth County. As a former Walworth County employee, I have had the privilege of knowing Charlene for the 22 years she has been employed at Lakeland Health Care Center. I admire Charlene for her selfless compassion and dedication in serving the residents of LHCC. In my opinion she exemplifies the “heart” of a public service employee. Charlene will use her individual qualities to help foster a balance between Walworth County policymakers and taxpayers. Her well-known commitment to accountability in government will promote an atmosphere of openness in county government. If you want to see honest people in government, I encourage you to support Charlene Staples. Judy Strunk Burlington

Ida/I don’t know how I got to be 105 Her best guess? “I’ve lived a quiet life,” she said. No smoking. No drinking. Lots of dancing and horse back riding. She remembers when dances cost 10 cents each. Traveling all over the place in a camper with her family. She grew up on local farms with no electricity. According to a story in the Regional News last year, one of her first memories is riding in a horse-drawn carriage. Every Sunday the family would go to Lake Geneva

with a sleigh and a horse to cut ice, an exercise that took all day. She worked for Chaney Instruments for decades. Ida loved horses, one named Queenie was her favorite. She’s lived long enough to remember Amelia Earhart (who disappeared in 1939) and the kidnapping of Charles Linbergh’s baby (1932). What’s she doing now? She’s doing what everyone is doing. Watching the Olympics. She loves skating the best.

gunfire erupted. “I understand you feel you’ve been cheated, Cole,” Williams began. “I’ll make it up to you. I don’t have any hard cash, but I’ve got these rifles, an axe or two or the cow,” pointing towards a Holstein tied nearby. “What’ll you take for your claim?” Cole looked at the unflinching posture of the Williams clan with their rifles pointed at him and his friends, who were by now wishing they were anywhere but there, swallowed and said, “I’ll take the cow!” Bloodshed was avoided, the Williams built a fine log cabin, Cole probably got quite a good price for the fine Holstein cow and the legend of the “Battle of Geneva Lake” was created. On July 4, 1836, the rest of the Williams family arrived from Michigan. Williams went on to be the first justice of the peace in the area. The first wedding he performed was that of his daughter, Hannah, to Robert Russell in 1838. School for local children began in 1839 at the Williams home which eventually would become known as the “Buckhorn Tavern,” a popular stop on the stagecoach run from Beloit to Racine that passed through Williams Bay for a number of years. In 1844, Williams became the first postmaster. He was known to be a just and upright man. In 1845, there was a malaria and cholera outbreak that caused the deaths of Moses and Austin Williams. The following year on Oct. 14, 1846, Williams succumbed to the same maladies at the age of 57. At the time it was believed these diseases were caused by disturbing the leaf mold by too much tilling of the soil. Today, we know it is due to the transmission of malaria through mosquito bites and unsanitary drinking water due to poor sanitary conditions (think outhouses next to the well) brought on cholera. So the legend of Williams continues. You can visit the graves of the Williams Family at the East Delavan Pioneer Old Settlers Cemetery on Theater Road. The Williams family plot is immediately behind the cemetery sign. Learn more about the history of Williams Bay, join the Williams Bay Historical Society. Email Soplanda, society president, at


Time flies Feb. 10, 1994 Don Adams, N. Bloomfield Road, came home only 10 days after successful heart transplant surgery, done at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Keith Swanson, a 1991 graduate of Badger High School, was named to the dean’s list for the first semester at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Ill. Air Force Capt. Debra J. Sivley, Fontana, was the director of personnel and information management at the San Vito Air Station, Italy. The First United Methodist Church, Genoa City, completed plans for the second annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, set for Feb 15. Badger High school students on the first semester honors list included Tim Adams, Alexandra Hinske, Eric Thornburgh and Heather Kundert.

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A TRAIN EVENT “Track the Past,” will be held at the Geneva Lake Museum Saturday from 10 to 4, this Saturday, Feb. 15. Betty Less, who is celebrating her 31st year as a museum volunteer, is holdiing a recent addition to the museum’s vintage railroad collection. It’s the blueprints from 1912 of the Lake Geneva train station. They had been at city hall.

Thousands of visitors to the annual Winterfest and U.S. Snow Sculpting Contest last weekend crowded the city and created parking problems. Local resident Rick Herwald was the winner of a General Electric freezer at the annual Stinebrink Pick ’n Save Holiday Open House. The third annual Penny Drive at Mt. Zion Christian School raised $1,541.50. The money was used to purchase athletic equipment. Walworth school Administrator Pam Knorr was honored as the Wisconsin State Reading Association District Administrator of the Year. Brookwood School offered an ice skating unit to physical education students on a rink donated by Sto-Cote, Genoa City.

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COMMUNITY & COMMENTARY DEATH NOTICES Robert Furman, 75, Williams Bay, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center at Elkhorn. A celebration of life was at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Toynton Funeral Home in Walworth. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol, the Aurora VNA Hospice of Wisconsin or to a charity of one’s choice. Olga “Sis/Gigi” Marilyn Gouvie died Jan. 13, 2014, surrounded by members of her family. Funeral services will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Michael J. Hinzpeter, 63, Lake Geneva, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at his residence. Memorial services will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. James Schuerman, from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Anne B. Knight, 99, died peacefully on Friday morning, Feb. 7, 2014, at her home in Frankfort, Ill., where she lived for the past eight years. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire, Conn. Burial in St. Bridget Cemetery. The Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, Ill., assisted the family with local arrangements. Michael Mosby, 60, Williams Bay, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Services were at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb.10, at the Toynton Funeral Home in Walworth. Visitation was from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Louis George Sievert, 84, of Burlington (Powers Lake) died Feb. 6, 2014. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Slades Corners 39506 60th St. Burlington. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Memorials to Randall Fire Dept. P.O.Box 8 Bassett. The Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home of Twin Lakes, is assisting the family. Steve L. Weaver, 68, Delavan, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Madison. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. Bob Kamps, from Como Community Church, officiating. Burial at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. OBITUARY

Michael J. Hinzpeter May 3, 1950 - Feb. 4, 2014 Michael J. Hinzpeter, 63, Lake Geneva, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at his residence. He was born May 3, 1950, in Elkhorn, the son of Calvin “Spud” and C. Ruth Ferguson Hinzpeter. He married Diane Adams Aug. 26, 1978, in Lyons. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was self-employed as an auto mechanic at Vista Automotive, with many loyal customers. One of his passions was working on race cars during his early automotive career. Mike loved the outdoors and time spent camping, hunting and fishing. This last hunting season was one of Mike’s best. In October, he hunted near Buffalo, Wyo., with is son, brother and friends and harvested a trophy antelope. This winter, Mike was also fortunate enough to shoot a buck during muzzleloader season. Mike enjoyed sharing his homemade pickles and dilly beans with friends and strangers alike. Surviving are his mother, Ruth; his wife, Diane; daughter, Marin (James) Darsie, Durham, N.C.; son, Sean, Walworth; and brother, David (Sara) Hinzpeter, Cody, Wyo. He was preceded in death by his father. Memorial services will be held at noon, Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. James Schuerman, from St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. For online guest registry, go to

COMMUNITY NOTE White River Trail maintenance appreciation The Walworth County Board passed Resolution 6501/14 on Jan. 14, to express appreciation for the efforts of vendors whose state trail pass sales have contributed toward the ongoing maintenance and support of the White River Trail and Resolution 66-01/14, recognizing Robert Biersack for contribution to Price Park. Vendors who sold passes in 2013 and plan to sell in 2014 include Bob’s Pedal Pusher, Boots and Saddle Club, Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, Lyons Grocery, Walworth County Visitors Bureau and Pedal and Cup. The board also recog-

nized PATS Services for providing portable toilets and keeping them clean with no charge to the county. Members of the White River Cycle Club, which also sell passes, were recognized for improvements to the trail, including benches, a kiosk, natural planting and signs and help keep the trail clean. Biersack, of Biersack Well Service, performed repairs at Price Park, assuring clean and safe drinking water, at no charge to the county. A percentage of each trail pass sold in Walworth County contributes to the maintenance of the White River Trail.


Robert Furman May 29, 1938 - Feb. 7, 2014 Robert Furman, 75, Williams Bay, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center at Elkhorn. He was born May 29, 1938, in Chicago to parents Joseph A. and Helen M. Asselborn Furman. He married Donna Serp on Jan. 30, 1960, at Cicero, Ill. Robert earned a master’s degree in engineering. He was employed by Goss Press Company who designed and built printing presses. Later, he was self-employed as a consultant for small businesses. For years, he was a caregiver, caretaker and guardian for his disabled sister, Marilyn. He is survived by his wife, Donna; a son Michael (Julia), Cary, Ill.; his daughter, Valerie (Robert) Crawford, Bloomington, Ill.; and two grandchildren, Lindsey and Jacob Crawford. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marilyn; and one brother, Donald. A celebration of life was at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Toynton Funeral Home in Walworth. Visitation was from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Lake Geneva Water Safety Patrol, the Aurora VNA Hospice of Wisconsin or to a charity of one’s choice.

Anne B. Knight Feb. 7, 2014 Anne B. Knight, nee Bardauskas, 99, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Feb. 7, 2014, at her home in Frankfort, Ill., where lived for the past eight years. A Connecticut native, Anne was a longtime Cheshire resident. She was the wife of the late William Knight. She is survived by her children, Judith Knight, Hampden, Mass., William (Leda) Knight, Holliston, Mass., Elizabeth (Michael, DDS) Fagan, Frankfort, and Anne Leslie (Peter) Miller, Delavan; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and was the beloved aunt and dear friend of many. A Mass of the Resurrection will will be celebrated on Saturday, Feb. 15, at St. Bridget Church in Cheshire, Conn. Burial in St. Bridget Cemetery. The Panozzo Bros. Funeral Home, Chicago Heights, Ill., assisted the family with local arrangements. For more information, go

Michael Mosby April 17, 1953 - Feb. 7, 2014 Michael Mosby, 60, Williams Bay, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. He was born April 17, 1953, at Lutheran General Hospital at Chicago, to parents George and Joan Melgard Mosby. He was employed as a builder in the construction business. He is survived by his mother, Joan; his sister, Susan Holder, Lake Geneva; his brother, Gregg, Williams Bay; three nieces; two nephews; and two great-nieces. Michael was preceded in death by his father, George; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Linda Hayes. Services were at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb.10, at the Toynton Funeral Home in Walworth. Visitation was from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Olga ‘Sis/Gigi’ Marilyn Gouvie Feb. 25, 1925 - Jan. 13, 2014 Olga “Sis/Gigi” Marilyn Gouvie, 88, on Jan. 13, 2014, peacefully went to eternal rest with her sons, several grandchildren and several greatgrandchildren by her side. She was born Feb. 2, 1925, in Chicago, where she grew up in the Englewood community. Olga married the love of her life, Melvin Philllips, and to that union a son, Melvin Rodney Phillips, was born. The family moved to Newark, N.J., where a second son, Gregory Walter Dave Phillips, was born. Olga, along with a close friend/adopted sister, Estelle Weaver, owned and operated a beauty salon. Melvin preceded Olga in death. She, along with her sons, moved back to Chicago where she co-owned and operated the Glamour Nook beauty salon. After retiring from cosmetology, Olga relocated to rural Lake Geneva. She spent several years as a highly in-demand professional nanny and later enjoyed a successful career as a Walworth County Correctional Officer, from which she ultimately retired. Olga is survived by her brother, Philip (Helen) Jackson; her sons, Melvin (Carolyn) Phillips and Gregory (Carita) Phillips; an “instant” daughter, Barbara Black; her grandchildren, Randall (Sherri) Phillips, Cassandra (Bradley) Punsel, Timothy (Nicole) Phillips, Gina (Cliff) Jensen and Gabrielle Phillips; her great-grandchildren, Isaiah Phillips, Madysen Punsel, Aaron Phillips, Destiny Phillips, Luke Phillips and Amelia Jensen; as well as many extended and “adopted” family members and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Olga Jackson; and her brothers, Rodney and Grant Jackson. Funeral services will be at noon, Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Steve L. Weaver May 29, 1945 - Jan. 31, 2014 Steve L. Weaver, 68, Delavan, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at the Select Specialty Hospital, Madison. He was born May 29, 1945, in Shullsburg, the son of Roy and Marion Winn Weaver. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1964 to 1967. He was employed as a mason. Steve is survived by his son, Matthew Weaver, Whitewater; sisters, June Brosi, River Falls, Martha Burgess, Delavan, and Ava Duesterbeck, Janesville; and a brother, Mark Weaver, Fairfax, Va. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bruce and a sister, Shelby Weaver. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. Bob Kamps, from Como Community Church, officiating. Burial at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. For online guest registry, go to

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April 5, 1929-Feb. 6, 2014 Louis George Sievert, 84, of Burlington (Powers Lake) was received in his father’s arms Feb. 6, 2014, and returned home to be with his eternal family. Born on April 5, 1929, in Milwaukee to Louis and Anna (nee Frahm) Sievert, he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran High School. He married Lydia (nee Martin) and started his career by joining the United States Air Force. After serving his country he mastered the art of well drilling. Louie joked about having the best job in the world — he started at the top and then worked his way to the bottom. Louie served his community by being a Lion’s Club member and a member of the Big Bend volunteer Fire Department. After moving to Powers Lake he became active with the Randall Fire Department and became battalion chief of station no. 1. Louie enjoyed the outdoors while being a hunter and fisherman as well as being the state director for the Good Sam’s Club while enjoying camping across the great United States. Louie’s greatest source of pride came from being a family man — he is the beloved father of Luann (John) Sacharski, East Troy, and Paul V. Sievert, Holman. He was grandfather to Steven Sacharski, Matthew (Christina) Sievert, Samantha Sievert, Lindsey (Tony) Hilton and great-grandfather to Josiah, Caleb, Elijah, Madison, Abbey, Cooper and Brin Lee. He will be missed by many other relatives and dear friends. He was proceeded in death by his parents and sister Florence Naker and other family members and friends. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Slades Corners 39506 60th St. Burlington. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of services. Memorials to Randall Fire Dept. P.O. Box 8, Bassett, WI. Online condolences The Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home of Twin Lakes, is assisting the family.

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“Sweet Charity” will be performed by Lakeland Players at The Walworth County PAC, 15. W. Walworth St. Elkhorn. It runs Friday and Saturdays. Feb.21, 22, 28 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, Feb.23. & March 2 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, or order on line at or by calling (262) 728-5578. In conjunction with the show’s theme of sweet charity, we invite our audience to bring a nonperishable food donation for the local food bank or pet shelter.

The national AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series season’s ender will be held at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva. The Mountain Top Ski Hill will host Neilsen’s Grand Finale, where the biggest names in professional SnoCross racing and leading freestyle athletes will go bar to bar on a national stage.

The second Annual Lake Geneva Youth Football 5K & 10K Touchdown Run/Walk will take place at Big Foot Beach State Park. The event will include a one-mile fun run and a 100-yard dash for kids. Early bird registration is available at http://w w lake-geneva-wi/running/ distance-running-races/ lake-geneva-2nd-annual5k-and-10k-touchdownrun-2014.


Inspections/State food program can’t keep up with growth As a regulator of more than 30 years, I find it unsettling. It’s not like sports that you can say, “well, there is always next season.” In fact, that the state food program has not been able to keep up with the growth or in the number of facilities to the ratio and number of sanitarians to get the job done, it is pretty doubtful that 2014 will be self-correcting and ultimately could be a lot of the status quo, unless others, like myself, care. Finally, as registered sanitarian and former regulator, it does matter to have a physical presence. I think in any business, we all do better if we know “the boss might be checking.” What makes the retail food industry unique is that it employs a lot of people with

various levels of training and experience and there are a lot of rules and regulations. I’ve been in the biz long enough to know it is near impossible to know them all. That is why a yearly visit from a registered sanitarian is such an important educational opportunity. I don’t believe that violations are done maliciously or with intention to violate food safety standards, but I also don’t believe that being a good food service operator equates into being an expert in food safety either. RN: You said you can see violations as a consumer. Can you describe those? SBZ: I believe I said as a consumer with more than 30 years in public health

and food safety experience, a dining experience with me, as my friends and family would concur, always, comes with at least one food safety lesson. I am never at a loss for material. Whether dining or inspecting, I ‘m not looking for issues, they just reveal themselves. Usually I don’t have to say anything, “I just give the look.” So the next time, you are at a restaurant and you are served very warm bottle beer and ice cold mashed potatoes, ask yourself what’s going on in the kitchen or what’s not really going on in the walk-in cooler? Training on emergency refrigeration strategies is valuable information that can be obtained during a regular visit from your local

licensed professional. I don’t even have to have my eyes open, just listen, when a glass is being used for ice instead of an ice scoop. My nose is another great inspection tool: Used to detect anything from too much sanitizer being used, to beer lines in need of cleaning, to the pest control service having just been in. Simple things like monitoring the restrooms, invariably no hot water at the bathroom sink could mean a more serious hot water problem in the kitchen or it could be just a leaky valve. Regardless, I don’t like washing my hands in cold water. Just recently, I was waiting for my sandwich to be assembled, the preparer was wearing gloves, was using a cell phone, and now was ready to prepare my sandwich. Problem? As managers you can’t be everywhere and see everything. Customers are more educated in food safety now and may not know the exact terms or violation number but the day has come when if something doesn’t seem right, questions are being asked. (Good to know someone is checking.) RN: Do restaurant inspectors typically attempt to work with business owners to solve problems? Or do restaurant inspectors typically

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just play an adversarial role? SBZ: “Attempt” or “try” are words that require explanation, in this case. Inspections, in general, are typically unannounced. It is not unusual for an inspector to hear, “This really is not a good time” by the food service operator. I would be a wealthy woman, for as many times as I heard that. An inspection program carried out locally brings to the table that ability to say, “Is there a better time?” For a few I am convinced that no time is a good time, but for the majority, I see the value of setting a time, that is workable, that inspires that atmosphere for learning and positive dialogue. Unfortunately, when time is of the essence, the inspector needs to get you off the list, the food service operator is irritated because “it’s just another new guy” and why bother investing in time because in another year, it will be someone else with another set of rules. No forward progress plus no positive atmosphere equals a recipe for frustration. The situation becomes adversarial because both sides are doing a lot of telling, not much listening, certainly not any learning and nothing other than getting off the list for another year gets accomplished. Interesting, I understand this more and others have told me my experience tells me “that attitude” is still out there but

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really? After all, aren’t we are after the same goal; clean and maintained, safe quality food service facilities for the public? When we are ready to sit down, words like commitment, relationship, opportunity, good fit, control, being better, technical, certified, credentialed, respectful, mindful and caring become so much more. When everybody is on the same page it is hard to be adversarial. RN: County board supervisors are concerned that any increase in fees for restaurant owners may put them out of business. How would you respond to those concerns? SBZ: Specifically, it is not going to be the food permit fee that “may put restaurant owners out of business.” The food industry, has taken a lot of hits, as a whole. Small businesses, independent, nonchain facilities have had to contend with everything from a poor economy and less extra income for patrons, rising food costs, rising energy, employee costs and every time you turn around there seems to be someone or something cutting into an already shrinking piece of the profit pie. Don’t be misled by thinking that computerization will save time and money. The cost of not taking on or at least starting with a pilot program to see that there may be viability in taking on a much needed food safety initiative would be a disservice to the residents of Walworth County. Further evaluation of the initiative after will either reveal its success and need to take on more or it will reveal an effort was made and much was learned. Walworth County has already stuck the toe in the water with the purchase of the water lab equipment. That tells me someone saw the value and cared. The cost of not pursuing a food safety initiative at the county level is great. As more and more of food related illnesses are being reported in the news, every day, and not doing anything about it or sticking with the status quo, does not sound like forward progress. In fact, I am convinced the price of a public health food safety initiative can be accomplished through reasonable cost for reasonable service by dipping the toe again a little further in the water.

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Shining light on learning Beacons of morning light flood the floor. Kids flit around like lightning bugs. Some find a shelf to explore. Others lounge on the carpets or sit on comfy chairs, books in hand. A bank of blue-screened computers line two walls. Other students line up at the checkout counter, clutching bits of knowledge they’ve already discovered ready to share with anyone nearby who will listen. That was the scene at the new Eastview School Library recently. A mix of old-school knowledge and cutting-edge technology — all gleaming with natural light from the four huge windows carved out of the second-story wall and the spit and polish that only comes with something brand spanking new. Librarian Mary Jo Fesenmaier excitedly gave a tour of the space which was built in the area previously occupied by the Eastview gym. She noted that the new library is more than twice the size of the old one. It offers her the opportunity to make books more accessible — for instance, she’s placed a few nonfiction book series in bins, so little knowledge seekers can more readily see them. The limited space in the previous library had also forced some books in corners or out of reach; now they’re better displayed and far more read. The library was part of Eastview’s $3 million remodeling project, which also included a new gym and the decision to consolidate all fourth- and fifth-grade classes in the same building while the primary grades were consolidated at Central-Denison.


BRIGHT LIGHT STREAMS through the southern exposure windows at the new Central Denison library, above.


COMFORTABLY READING are, from left, Nicholas Brennan, Brody Kluge, Joshua Ordonez-Vazquez and Grace Bernal. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1D

We are left with more and more people with ever larger and larger checkbooks, who can not only wander down they are above the law; that the corridors of their own they are somehow exempt from the restraints and conventions that guide more “common” men and women. It permits them the illusion that they move in circle and behave in ways that are not bound by the normative rules of everyday life. All of this combines to remind us of the follies of those like Henry Ford, who could not only conjure his silliness but act on it. Therein lies the real danger.

Ammon/Fools and money Mr. Ford was not only a billionaire and shrewd moneymaker; he was also one of our nation’s most virulent anti-Semites. Since he was virtually illiterate, he bought the Dearborn Independent and hired a shill to sit with him for hours on end to copy down his vitriol, and then publish it in his “newspaper.” One of his most ardent followers wrote this: “Every year makes them (the Jews) more and more the controlling masters of the producers in a nation of 120 million; only a single Great Man, Ford, to their fury, still maintains full independence.” The author? Adolph Hitler, writing in Mein Kampf. When Henry Ford set out to end World War I aboard his “peace ship,” he gathered about him a manifest of self-styled “activists.”The enterprise was a massive failure. He was summarily ignored by European diplomats and heads-of-state. The Rev. Samuel Marquis, who had accompanied Ford on his Quixotic quest, said that Ford “ ... would stand a better chance of achieving his ambitions if he avoided areas where he had no experience.” The real problem with the extraordinary shift in the distribution of wealth is that the wealthy spend too much time telling each other how valuable and important they are. And actually believing it. The only thing to fear is their willingness to use their sizable checkbooks to compensate for their egregious lack of credentials for anything but making more dollars. And their “lawlessness.” This is the capacity to pay for a living style that allows the “rich and famous’ to think


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Time Is Now/Where Driehaus grant money went Our helping hand has removed the burden of huge utility bills and stress of impending disconnections. We have allowed warmth for those that were trying to be very conservative by leaving their heat at the bare minimum to keep their pipes from freezing, just because they knew they would never be able to pay the high utility bill when it arrived.

Food = $3,433.82 Your donations, matched by the Richard H. Driehaus $30,00 matching grant, provided emergency food assistance with gift cards. Food will continue to be in short supply for those who cannot afford it. The recent reduction in food assistance will hit our

fellow Americans hard. Our food pantries struggle to keep up with the demand for food. Our food gift cards and emergency food deliveries are a welcome relief for many living with hunger.

Transportation = $20,734.58

Our fellow creations are able to keep their much needed jobs. Children and seniors can obtain health care.

Toiletries = $750.00 Toilet paper, diapers, shampoo, soap, deodorant are all necessary to maintain personal hygiene. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss are all necessary for dental hygiene, especially if you do not have any extra funds to see a dentist. Personal appearance is important in maintaining your employment.

Transportation assistance is one of the top requests we receive. There are very few programs in our area that provide this assistance. Transportation is vital in our area as we lack public transportation, our weather is not suitable for bicycles year round and most Household necessities = areas you need a car to reach $700.00 jobs and health care. Our Do you consider towels, fellow Americans’ lives are sheets, blankets, pillows, changed by this assistance. cleaning supplies ... a luxury? All these items are considered household necessities. Many live without these items we take for granted. Most towels, blankets, sheets and pillows I see are very worn until we provide new blankets, pillows and sheets. So many families were in dire need of laundry detergent, dish soap, sponges and toilet bowl cleaner.

Oral Surgeons, Braden Dental Center, Thomas J. Schuetz, DDS, Richard Driehaus and all of you for making this dental assistance possible.

Grand total = $60,000.00 Every penny you donated, along with the Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust $30,000 matching funds, went to assist the poverty stricken. My dear readers and friends, what we do together is so special. Helping our fellow creations, our caring and sharing, doing our good works, is life changing for those we help. God Bless all of you for making our The Time Is Now to Help so special. Together we will continue to remove the many pains of poverty including, hunger, loneliness, fear and homelessness. Health and happiness, God bless everyone, W.C./Sal

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A simple thank you for your donations is not enough when you see the relief of pain we have provided for our fellow creations. The wonderful oral surgeons, doctors and dentists that have helped us by providing their time and excellent care with our dental assistance to the poverty stricken, need a round of applause. God bless our gracious dentists who donated their time and skills to make a huge difference in the lives of those living in pain. Thank you to Lake Geneva

dollar, doubling your help to those in need.

Please help Make checks payable to: The Time Is Now to Help P.O. Box 1 Lake Geneva, WI 53147 The Time Is Now to Help is a federally recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization licensed in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. You will receive a tax deductible, itemized thank you receipt showing how your donation

provided assistance for the Margaret Plevak, Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly, The Geneva Inn, poverty stricken. W.C. Family Resource Center/ Food Pantry volunteers, and Upcoming event all the God-loving volunteers Night of Love Wine Dinner of all our caring pantries, all of Sunday, Feb. 23, at Geneva you who support The Time Is National Clubhouse. Pre- Now to Help donation boxes, sented by local chefs from the and the businesses that allow American Culinary Federation our donation boxes. Geneva Lakes Chapter benefitAnyone who would like ing The Time Is Now To Help a Time Is Now donation box and ACF-GLC Education and in your business, please call Programs. $60.00 per person (262) 249-7000. or table of ten $500 (Before February 15, 2014) 5-Course Memorials Dinner with Wine Pairings. Sal will be there to share Anna Marie Cygan in the good works we are doing memory of dear friend Irene to make a difference. Please Budleski and dearest cousin visit www. http://acfwiscon- Francis Olson. Donna Veith to purchase in memory of her husband tickets. With questions please Michael Veith. call (262) 903-8162.

Furniture donations

Thank you Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust, Fox Charities, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Paul Ziegler, Ziegler Charitable Foundation, The Summertime Foundation, Kunes’ Country Stateline Superstore, Unilock Chicago, Thomas and Mary Johnson, David and Jill Schaefer, Eric and Erica Lawton, Clarence and Marilyn Schawk, AIG Matching Grants Program, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lawton, Gregory L. and Jean Marie Dexter, Corcoran Landscaping and Construction, Dr. Robert Conlon, Lake Geneva Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dr. Mark Braden, Braden Dental Center, Dr. Thomas J. Schuetz, Martin Group, John Stensland and Family, Bonnie Glennon, Brellenthin Family, La Grange United Methodist Church, Ada Duffey, Barbara Spiegelhoff, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schuberth, James Zakos, George and Lauretta Clettenberg, Jeffrey Arnold, James and Karen Goodrick, Carolyn May Essel, Donna Kashinski, Margarie Egger, Nancy Briggs, Shirley Korth, Glenn and Jean Dyer, Paul and

Please contact Love, Inc. for all your furniture, clothing and household item donations. Call (262) 763-2743 or (262) 763-6226 to schedule pickup.

Please visit

COMMUNITY EVENT String concert Feb. 16 United Church of Christ, Congregational, 123 E. Washington St., Delavan, will host the Delavan-Darien High School string choir on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served and a free will offering will be taken for the benefit of the string choir. The string group, consisting of nine high school string students, is under the direction of Jennifer Bayerl. The group will play several movements from Archangelo Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 10.” For more information, call (262) 728-2212 ext 13.

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Specialty Lawncare Co.

Garbage & Rubbish Removal

252 Center St. • Lake Geneva 262-248-1840


Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. 10-5 Wed. 10-3, Sat. 10-2

Kris Nish Laura O’Halleran After Hrs. Appts. Available


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GENEVA LAKES 608-752-8210 Serving Walworth County


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SNOW PLOWING SIDEWALK CLEARING New Construction • Carpet Cleaning • Winter Watch Program • Windows & Gutters • Power Washing • Snow Removal Stephanie Nicewarner

Shoveling - Salting - Lawn Service Complete Property & Grounds Maintenance Seasonal Cleanup - Brush & Tree Cutting

B.L.G. SERVICE 262-249-1455


(262) 620-6170

Bathrooms Doors Residential Repairs Kitchens Siding Home Windows Soffit & Fascia Maintenance “Providing Quality Service and Craftsmanship for over 20 years”

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The Lake Geneva Regional News Feb. 13, 2013, edition  
The Lake Geneva Regional News Feb. 13, 2013, edition