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Murder suspect in police custody injuries in the apartment and was treated at the scene. Olivarez was the only suspect, the DELAVAN — One man is press release states. dead and one adult sustained Walworth County District minor injuries after a stabbing in Attorney Daniel Necci said OlivaDelavan May 4. rez will next appear in court May 7. According to a press The Delavan Police release from the DelaDepartment release van Police Departstates that an autopsy ment, Rafael Olivarez, was performed on May a 39-year-old Delavan 5, and Police Chief man, is being held at Timothy O’Neill said a Walworth County jail in criminal complaint will lieu of a $1 million bond be issued soon. set at his initial court Necci was also at appearance Tuesday, the scene, assisting the May 6. Delavan police with the Olivarez The victim, Ivan investigation, which he Guerrero, a 31-year-old said is standard proceDelavan man, was transported dure for major cases. to Mercy Hospital in Janesville “I go anytime there is a major and later died from his injuries. case like that, a major crime At 3:17 a.m. May 4, para- scene,” Necci said in a phone medics responded to a call at interview May 6. “I go anytime 509 Lawson School Road, Unit officers have questions.” 8, after receiving a call saying Even though he was dealing someone had been stabbed with limited information, Necci inside the apartment. said it looked like a serious case Several other people were from the beginning. in the home at the time, and PLEASE SEE MURDER PAGE 6A another adult sustained minor By Jade Bolack


DAVID S. YARMO, the owner of The Smoke Shop in Delavan, faces several felony charges for selling products, which he believes are legal, at his store. On April 4, police confiscated hundreds of pipes and packets of incense. Law enforcement officials say the incense is used as a drug. Behind Yarmo are the empty shelves, which once stored the products he sold.

The Smoke Shop owner faces four felony charges Attorney says his client’s products are legal By Robert Ireland ELKHORN — The Walworth County District Attorney has charged the owner of the Delavan Smoke Shop with several felonies for selling what he is labeling hazardous substances. The shop’s owner, David S. Yarmo, maintains that everything he sells in his store is legal and he hasn’t violated any laws. The case is based around the store selling incense and potpourri, which are labeled “not for human consumption.” However, law enforcement officers say people who purchase the products smoke them to get high. “The sole purpose of this

product is to be smoked and ingested,” Sgt. Jeff Patek of the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department testified during Yarmo’s preliminary hearing. Yarmo has hired Bostonbased attorney John J. Markham II to represent him. Markham has represented Yarmo in a federal case in the past, and he has also represented other clients in similar cases. Yarmo’s store is at 127 Park Place, next to Tower Park. His store was previously located on East Walworth Street. “He is being arraigned tomorrow and he will plead not guilty and he will ask for a speedy trial,” Markham said. “He looks forward to a quick day in court

and to vindicating himself. He simply does not believe that he has done anything in violation of the law.” According to the criminal complaint, the Walworth County drug unit has been investigating Yarmo’s shop since at least 2007. Since 2007, law enforcement groups have executed at least four search warrants on the store. The most recent search was on April 4, and at that time deputies confiscated 300 packets of MJ Wild Cherry, 228 glass pipes, 83 glass bongs and 30 stone pipes, according to the criminal complaint. PLEASE SEE SMOKE SHOP PAGE 6A

Former janitor arrested In custody on suspicion of sexual assault scheduled for May 9 at 1:15 p.m. Lake Geneva Police A 68-year-old former Lt. Edward Gritzner said Badger High School janipolice were called to tor was arrested on May Badger High School at 1 and is being held in the about 3:55 p.m. on May 1. Walworth County jail “The reported assault on suspicion of sexual happened inside of the assault of a student by school,” Gritzner said. school staff. “The male was conAccording to online Sandoval fronted by the school records, Alfredo Sandostaff, and we did arrest val is being held in the Walworth County jail in lieu of a him and confined him in the Walworth Couny jail on that charge.” $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is PLEASE SEE BADGER PAGE 4A By Regional News Staff

Blogger calls Shore Report editor a ‘fraud’ Straus has a criminal record

Goldberg says Strauss lies about television writing credentials

By Robert Ireland Screenwriter and author Lee Goldberg is having a lot of fun at the expense of James Strauss and someone with a suspiciously similar name — James Straus. James Strauss, the senior editor of the Geneva Shore Report — who claims to have written for several popular television shows, worked for the CIA and on one website even reports that he has a Ph.D. — has been called a conman and fake by Goldberg on his blog. Strauss declined to comment on the allegations to the Lake Geneva Regional News. “It’s painful,” he told General Manager and Editor John Halverson before quickly ending a phone conversation. PLEASE SEE CRIME PAGE 7A

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JAMES STRAUS, who has been convicted of embezzlement and wire fraud, has a striking resemblance to Lake Geneva’s James Strauss. This photo was taken from a court website in Santa Fe, N.M.

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Jim Strauss, editor of the Geneva Shore Report weekly newsletter and frequent commentator on local issues, also has claimed to be a writer for television series. That claim is now being challenged by a California television and novel writer. Strauss has claimed, both online and in person, that he has written for

the shows “House,” “Deadwood” and “Entourage.” Not so, says Lee Goldberg, an author and television script writer living in California. Goldberg, on his blog,, accuses Strauss of lying about his television credentials. Strauss was contacted by John Halverson, editor and general manager of the Regional News, and asked if he would respond to Goldberg’s allegations.

COMING ATTRACTIONS Family Free Day at museum On Saturday, May 17, the Geneva Lake Museum will offer free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 255 Mill St. in downtown Lake Geneva. Visit for more.

Linn church rummage sale Linn Presbyterian, W3335 Willow Road, will host its annual sale May 9 and 10. Hours are Friday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Visit for a map.


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Former cop makes court appearance By Robert Ireland ELKHORN — Former Genoa City and Bloomfield police officer Aaron Henson allegedly told a Walworth County Sheriff’s detective that he stole money from the Genoa City police department because he was having financial troubles, according to a recently released criminal complaint. On Thursday afternoon, the Regional News was able to obtain a copy of the criminal complaint. According to court records, on March 16 Walworth County Sheriff’s Department detectives executed a search warrant on Henson’s home. At Henson’s home, one of the detectives told Henson Henson that they were investigating money missing from the bond box in Genoa City. Henson initially told the detective that he didn’t know money was missing. The detective then told Henson that there was video surveillance footage of Henson using a fly swatter to remove bond envelopes. Henson told the detective that “he was having financial problems due to his wife being out of work. As a police officer, Henson was earning $24.74 per hour in the village of Bloomfield. “He stated that he had stolen on an earlier occasion and used that money to pay $400 per month toward his wife’s medical bills and also used some of that money to pay

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his $417 truck payment,” according to the criminal complaint. According to the search warrant affidavit, on April 7, Genoa City Police Chief Joseph Balog was contacted by his administrative assistant, who reported to him that there was money missing from the bond box. After the money went missing, on April 11, the assistant photographed and recorded the serial numbers of $230 in cash, which she then placed into the bond box. On April 14, the assistant discovered that the $230 of pre-recorded cash and $1,728.30 in other bond envelopes was missing. Later that day, Balog photographed and recorded the serial numbers to another $400 and installed a video camera near the bond box. After the search warrant was executed, Henson was arrested and taken to the Walworth County jail. He was released the next day on a signature bond. On Thursday afternoon, Henson made his first court appearance since he was released from custody. After the hearing, Henson’s attorney, Frank Lettenberger, said he couldn’t comment on the case, and that he just received a copy of the complaint. Judge Phillip Koss handled Thursday afternoon’s bond hearing, and he said he would recuse himself from future proceedings because he has a long history with Henson from his time as the district attorney. However, Koss did grant a bond modification request that was filed by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. Schimel, who is handling the case as a

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Walworth County District Attorney Daniel Necci said that about a half-dozen criminal cases that former police officer Aaron Henson worked on have already been dismissed. On Thursday afternoon, when asked if municipal cases would have to be dismissed, Bloomfield municipal prosecutor Steven Harvey said he is “still examining that.” However, he said he still plans on issuing subpoenas for Henson to appear at needed municipal hearings. Public Defender Travis Schwantes said that his office has received notice that at least three of its cases will be dismissed, including a felony drug case. Schwantes said his office has received notice that two misdemeanor cases of operating after revocation were dismissed. He also said an attorney in his office was told that a felony possession of a narcotic drug case was also going to be dismissed. The district attorney’s office has informed the public defenders office that it is reviewing two other cases — an OWI and a felony drug case. Necci said he is reviewing all the cases prior to dismissal. “Several of my ADAs have cases assigned to them with Aaron Henson. Every attorney is looking at their own cases and doing their own determination as to what we can still prove and what we can’t,” Necci said. “If an ADA believes that a case can no longer be proved it gets routed to my desk, and I review it. I’ve approved everyone so far.” Necci said that the cases have primarily been OWIs. “His testimony would be integral in proving the case, and his testimony is no longer credible,” Necci said. “Not because of the charges filed, because he is innocent until proven guilty, but because of the allegations behind the charges. The allegations alone, I believe, would be admissible at trial.” special prosecutor, asked that the no-contact provision on Henson’s former employers be lifted. Schimel has been the district attorney in Waukesha County since 2006, and he is currently running for Wisconsin Attorney General. The motion states that municipal pros-

ecutor Steven Harvey asked that the no contact order be lifted “related to subpoenas for any municipal ordinance violation trials that may be issued as a result of his work as a former Bloomfield village police officer, and for any administrative proceedings related to his former employment.”

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No Packers. No Brewers. No Bucky Badger. No metropolitan area. All those factors help draw tourists to Milwaukee, Madison and Brown County, home of the Packers. Despite the fact that Walworth County is devoid of those attractions, one out of six people make a living from tourism in the county.

That compares with one out of 13 statewide. All together the county ranks sixth in the state in tourism spending, according to the annual report from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, which was released last week. “We weren’t surprised,” said Kathy Seeberg, executive director of the Walworth County Visitors Bureau. “Our area is a perfect destination point between Milwaukee, Madi-

son and Chicago. Close to home, but far enough away so that you feel like you’re on vacation.” Statewide, tourism supports nearly 185,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in personal income, the study said. Darien Schaefer, president and CEO at Lake Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that there is a ripple effect of jobs and income in other businesses beyond those directly tied to tourism. Schaefer expects continued growth in the Lake Geneva area. He said he’s especially interested in expanding the local tourism season beyond summer. For the state as a whole, tourism delivered a $17.5 billion impact to the economy last year, a gain of 4.3 percent compared to 4.9 percent for Walworth County. While the difference may appear slight, that actually means Walworth County’s growth was 23 percent above the state average.



Milwaukee County ranks highest in the state for spending. Next is Dane, Sauk, Waukesha and Brown counties. Wisconsin Dells is in Sauk County. All the others find their tourism bolstered by major sports teams or by being a major metro area. Walworth County has ranked sixth for several years. Governor Scott Walker and Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett presented the numbers at Miller Park Friday during National Travel and Tourism Week. The total three-year growth of tourism activity is more than $2.7 billion, up from $14.8 billion in 2010, an 18 percent increase for this period, according to

Tourism Economics, the research firm commissioned by the Department of Tourism. Walworth County’s tourism revenue went from $360 million in 2010 to $477 million last year. Visitor growth in 2013 was the fastest since 2010, with Wisconsin receiving 100 million visits last year. Other industry indicators included a strong upswing in day travelers, which helped push recreation and entertainment spending up 6.3 percent and food and beverage up by 6.2 percent, according to the report. Visitors generated $1.35 billion in state and local revenue and $1 billion in federal taxes in 2013, saving Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $590 per household. According to Longwoods International, for every $1 the Department spent on its 2013 summer and fall advertising campaigns, $6 was returned to state and local governments in incremental tax revenue.









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Smoke Shop/Raid in early April Criminal charges Yarmo, 46, has been officially charged with four felonies, three counts of distributing a hazardous substance and one count of delivering a schedule I or II narcotic drug. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of manufacturing or delivering drug paraphernalia. The charge of delivering the controlled substance, which has been elevated to a second or subsequent offense, carries a maximum penalty of 19 years imprisonment and $50,000 in fines. Yarmo has a previous felony conviction for delivering marijuana. The three charges of distributing a hazardous substance each carry a maximum penalty of 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. The misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The hazardous substance charges stem from controlled buys of products that reportedly tested positive for Ab Fubinaca and PB-22, which on Feb. 10 the DEA temporarily scheduled as a controlled substance. The narcotic charge is for selling Mimosa Root Bark-Tripple Xtracts, which allegedly contains dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. Patek said that DMT has affects similar to LSD. There are no state laws that specifically ban Ab Fubinanca and PB-22. “They are federally controlled,” Necci said. “My opinion is there is a state law that states it’s illegal to traffic in hazardous substances.” According to the criminal complaint, on Sept. 29, 2009, a confidential informant purchased the Bark-Tripple Xtracts. During the preliminary hearing, Markham questioned why it took more than four years before Yarmo was charged on that count. However, Judge Phillip Koss upheld an objection to that question and said it might be better handled during a motion hearing. Necci said that the charges weren’t immediately filed for “investigative reasons.” Necci didn’t become district attorney until October 2012. For several months, leading up to the April raid of the shop, the Walworth County Sheriff Department’s drug unit has been having confidential informants purchase products from the store. The names of these products include Mary Jane 10x, Blueberry High Ace 1.5 grams, High Ace Blueberry and MJ Wild Cherry Aromatic Potpourri. Citizen informants also told a Walworth County Sheriff’s deputy that other products sold at the store include MJ Voodoo and MJ Erie Twilight.

Preliminary hearing Patek, who has been handling drug investigations for about 15 years, testified during a preliminary hearing May 2 that in 2012 the Walworth County Drug Unit and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency searched Yarmo’s shop. During that search, law enforcement located a number of pipes, which they believe are primarily used to smoke marijuana or other controlled or hazardous substances. During the search, Patek warned Yarmo about the products he sells. Yarmo told Patek that he had DEA reports that said his products are legal. “Patek reports that he asked the defendant why the defendant needed the substances tested by the DEA if people are not smoking it,” the criminal complaint states. “The defendant told Sgt. Patek that he would not sell anything that would hurt people like bath salts.” Patek testified that he, along with DEA agents, talked to Yarmo about how the substances he sells are used. “He said he can’t control what they do with the substance when they walk out the

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door,” Patek said. Patek also testified that when he was at the store, he heard people come in and ask for the “good stuff,” “the stuff that lasts the longest,” and “where’s the strong stuff.” After that search, the DEA took more than $100,000 of incense to test them for the presence of a controlled substance, according to federal court documents. Yarmo agreed to have that occur, but filed court motions to have his products returned. The products were not returned because the DEA listed them as temporarily controlled substances after they were seized. “The decision to schedule UR-144 and XLR-11 suggests that they were not analogues in the first instance, and now, Mr. Yarmo must recoup his losses through further litigation against the government,” Federal Judge Rudolph Randa wrote in his decision. “Under this scenario, it seems unfair for a federal agency to seize the property of a small business owner and then keep it until it is declared illegal.”

Need to know its hazardous In order to be convicted of selling a hazardous substance, the defendant must “(know or have) reason to know that the hazardous substance will be abused.” On cross examination, Markham asked Patek how Yarmo would know that Ab Fubinaca is a hazardous substance. Markham said that when the DEA and sheriff’s deputies came to his shop in 2012, Ab Fubinaca was not yet on the market. “You have to have some knowledge base. You have to know it is hazardous,” Christopher Kuehn, Yarmo’s local attorney said. Patek had previously spoken to Yarmo about other substances. Markham conceded that the state had probable cause to bind his client over for trial on the charge of delivery of a schedule I or II narcotic. However, he asked Koss to dismiss the charges of distributing a hazardous substance. “If this is a drug case, they should charge it as a drug case,” Markham said. Koss asked Markham and Kuehn what the jury instructions are for the charge of distributing a hazardous substance. However, after a short recess, Koss determined that jury instructions hadn’t yet been created on the relatively new law. Koss ruled that there was enough probably cause to bind Yarmo over on all the charges. During a preliminary hearing, a judge must rule, in the light most favorable to the state, that a felony was committed and that the defendant likely committed the felony. “I think there is a theory consistent with probable cause,” Koss said. “No matter what the disclaimer you put on there. I’m not sure if that’s to avoid liability, or maybe it’s a ‘wink, wink, nudge, nudge.’”

More dangerous than pot A number of municipalities in Walworth County have banned products known as synthetic marijuana. In the past, Patek said he believes synthetic marijuana is more dangerous than actual marijuana. After the court hearing, Patek stood by his past comments because the effects of synthetic marijuana are less predictable than actual marijuana. He said that he has received reports of high school kids and children in middle school using synthetic marijuana, which they obtain from adults who buy the substance for them. During his testimony, Patek said he talked to a user of the substances that are sold at the store, who reports having an eight-gram-a-day habit. Another user reported going to the store twice a week for the past two years.

Republican lawmaker announces retirement Sen. Kedzie was first elected in 2002 MADISON — State Sen. Neal Kedzie is retiring. Kedzie, a Republican from Elkhorn, has been in the state Senate since 1997. His retirement was announced in a letter issued to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, according to a press release that came out Tuesday. The press release said he is retiring “to spend more time with his family and pursue other opportunities outside of state government.” He had announced April 17 that he was seeking re-election. Kedzie’s office confirmed that the retirement will occur when his term ends at the end of the year. Asked for a comment from Kedzie, his office replied that “he’s not taking press at the moment.” The 11th Senate district covers Walworth County with the exception of East Troy, Richmond and Whitewater as well as portions of Waukesha and Jefferson counties.

Kedzie, 58, was first elected to the Assembly in 1996 and the Senate in 2002. A few hours after the announcement about Kedzie’s retirement, a spokesman for Rep. Steve Nass, of Whitewater, said Nass is seriously Kedzie considering a run. He will announce his decision as soon as Wednesday, the spokesman said. Excerpts from Kedzie’s letter: “Since 1997, I have had the honor and privilege of serving the people of Wisconsin in the Wisconsin State Legislature. It has been a wonderful experience to garner the trust, support, and friendship from the people of the former 43rd Assembly District and 11th Senate District these last 17 years. PLEASE SEE KEDZIE PAGE 6A

Alderman Kupsik running against Rep. Tyler August Lake Geneva Alderman Alan Kupsik has announced he will run for election in the 32nd Assembly District. Kupsik, 717 S. Lake Shore Drive, filed as a Democrat late last week. “I thought I would take my experience and put it to good use,” said Kupsik, who is starting his third term on the city council and is mayor pro tem and chairs the committee of the whole meetings. Kuspik told the Regional News of his

candidacy on Monday. Kupsik also served two terms on the Walworth County Board. Locally, he was a member of the Lake Geneva Board of Park Commissioners for 12 years and also served on the Walworth County zoning committee. According to the state Government Accountability Board, Doug Harrod, W1815 County Road B, Genoa City, has also filed for the Democratic nomination in the 32nd District. PLEASE SEE KUPSIK PAGE 6A



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Will this be the last Power Boat Days? Organizer cites increased fees, lack of sponsors as potential reasons why event may end By Steve Targo

Other Power Boat Days topics BLOOMFIELD — There will be a Power Boat Days this year, barring any unforeseen severe weather event, but it may be the last year. “I’m iffy on it,” said event organizer Kip Trumpulis on the phone April 30. “I know all the racers love the place. That’s not the problem.” The problem, he said, is money. “It’s going to go on this year, but next year, it’s really dependent on sponsorships.” Trumpulis also said the village increased the amount that organizers have to pay the Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire and Rescue Department. He said they used to pay between $20 and $30 an hour — which totaled about $400 — to the department. Last year, that amount increased to about $75 an hour, or $1,200 total, said Trumpulis. “That was a blow because we found out about that a month before the race.” But on the phone May 1, village president Ken Monroe said the village board adopted department fee increases back in 2012. “It wasn’t just the fees for special events,” said Monroe, who also serves on the department’s board of directors. “It was all the service rates that went up.” He said it costs the village money to have people sit “standby” at the event. “Normally, it’s at least two (EMTs) in the ambulance,” on standby for Power Boat Days. The rate for any type of standby situation is the same as what Power Boat Days organizers are being charged. Prior to 2012, the department had not increased its fees in a long time, said Monroe. Also, the department needed to purchase a new ambulance. Contract, insurance and gas costs increased, he said, “so we have to cover the cost of everything.” Trumpulis said he asked Monroe to


THE POWERBOAT RACES are returning to Pell Lake on May 16 through May 18. waive or reduce the fees, and Monroe said he hopes to talk to Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Chief Fred Schalow about that soon. Monroe said he also made a suggestion to Trumpulis — trim the run time of the event an hour each day. This year, Power Boat Days is Friday through Sunday, May 16 to 18. “If they can (cut) three hours, they’d save themselves a couple hundred dollars,” said Monroe. Trumpulis said some communities do not charge the event to have EMTs on standby, such as in Lake Koshkonong. There, he said, the local business association solicits for race sponsors. In Pell Lake, and the outlying areas, that’s been a job for Trumpulis. “I’m from Pell Lake, and the racers love the lake. The businesses who are our sponsors, they welcome us with open arms all the time.”

Drop in sponsors This year, the number of what he called “major sponsors” — those that give $500 or more — dropped from eight to six. That’s at least $1,000 less to cover the cost to run the event, which Trumpulis estimates at around $5,000. Most of that goes toward insurance. He said this year’s insurance fee is $2,750. “Whatever we don’t get from sponsors, that sets our racer’s fee,” said Trumpulis. Five years ago, that was $25 per boat. Last year, organizers increased the fee to $40 a boat. That’s what it is this year, and Trumpulis is predicting an increase to $50 next year, if the races come back to Pell Lake and the sponsorship level doesn’t improve. “Then, I think we’ll start losing racers.” Yet, despite the fee hike, the number of racers participating in Pell Lake’s Power Boat Days appears to be on the rise.

Suicide by fire in trailer park BLOOMFIELD — On Easter Sunday Bloomfield police investigated a suicide by fire at the Pioneer Estates trailer park. At around 8 a.m., Bloomfield Investigator Lori Domino responded to a 911 call in which a man was heard yelling in the background. When Domino arrived

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at the scene, she saw smoke coming out the door of the home, but she didn’t see flames. When she entered the home she saw a man lying on the ground who appeared to have been burnt from head to toe. The man told Domino to get his mother out of the home. Domino saw an elderly woman sitting on a coach, and Domino took the woman out of the residence. The woman, who suffers from dementia, had soot on her face, arms, hands and feet. When Domino went back into the home, she saw that the man’s skin was coming off his body. When emergency responders arrived they placed the man onto a

gurney and put him in an ambulance. The man told Paratech employees that he was in his 40s and that “I did this to myself.” He reportedly didn’t say anything else. Inside of the bathroom, Domino located a gasoline container that was labeled “gas oil mix.” In the bathtub and on the shower walls, Domino saw a bluish liquid. She also saw two bluish footprints on the floor. In the home’s kitchen, Domino saw a burnt jacket and chairs. She also saw soot on the floors and ceiling. In a bedroom, Domino saw a burnt substance, which turned out to be human hair, on a pillow and soot on the bed. In her report, Domino concluded that after the man poured the gasoline

and oil mix onto himself in the bathtub he set himself on fire in the kitchen. He then went into the living room where he stood or sat on the carpet, and laid on the bed, according to the report. The man then left the bedroom and called 911. Deputy Coroner Ron Wilson contacted Domino at 3:30 p.m. that day to report that the man had died. An autopsy was performed on April 22, and on April 23, after reviewing the case, the case was closed and ruled a suicide. “There were no signs of foul play or any other evidence to prove differently,” the report states. Because of the sensitive nature of suicide, the Regional News is not identifying the deceased by name.

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Kip Trumpulis, of the Badger State Outboard Association, discussed other aspects of this year’s Power Boat Days, including: • Event scheduling. The races are Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18. However, on Friday, May 16, the association will host a racing school and a “show-and-tell,” where people can meet racers and see their boats, said Trumpulis. For more information about the school, visit www. html. • Earliest race so far. Typically, Power Boat Days occurs Memorial Day weekend, if not later in the summer. However, last Memorial Day weekend, there weren’t many spectators. Trumpulis said organizers are wondering if that’s because people often leave town that weekend. So, this year, they decided to push the event a little earlier than normal. • Weather. Earlier races typically wouldn’t be a concern, but the temperatures so far this May have been in the 50s. Is that a problem? “The only things that affect the racers are wind, lightning and downpours,” said Trumpulis. Trumpulis said last year, 72 racers participated. For this year’s event, it could be at least 80. “I think we’ll have 100 people sign up,” he said. “I figure 80 will show.” Does he have a plan to ensure the racers will continue next year? Yes. Trumpulis said he will “start working some angles” to try to have the village become more of a sponsor for the event.

BLOOMFIELD POLICE REPORTS April 23 12:13 a.m: Officers stopped a vehicle on Clover Road in the area of Honeysuckle Road for a speeding violation. Jordana Salemi, 23, Twin Lakes, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, as a first-offense. Additionally Salemi was cited for speeding and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

April 26 1:41 a.m: Officers responded to the Big House Bar in Pell Lake for a fight in progress. Antonio Congelosi, 28, Lake Geneva, was cited for disorderly conduct, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 3:30 p.m: Officers responded to a home on Orchid Drive for a disorderly conduct complaint Christopher Atkinson, 44, Genoa City was arrested and confined in the Walworth County jail. Charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property have been forwarded to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office. Additionally Atkinson was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A

Badger/Janitor held on $10,000 cash bond Gritzner said because of the sensitive nature of the case he couldn’t release any more information. Online court records also indicate that conditions of Sandoval’s bond include no contact with Badger High School or its students, no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18 and no contact with a specific 17-year-old. Badger High School District Administrator Jim Gottinger said he couldn’t release much information because the “matter is under investigation.” “We are working cooperatively with the LGPD in this matter,” Gottinger said in an email. Gottinger said that Sandoval was a part-time custodian who worked at the school for 2 1/2 years, but is no longer employed by the district.

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Pell Lake woman’s turtle stencils may catch on DNR’s taking Tschida’s idea to DOT in hopes that road crossings happen statewide By Steve Targo BLOOMFIELD — Stopping on a highway to lead turtles to safety is nothing unusual for Jennifer Tschida. “We used to live in Como, actually, before we moved here,” said the Pell Lake woman, who is also the village’s utility clerk. “There were large snapping turtles there that would cross the road, near the Flats.” Tschida said she once tried to lure a turtle across Highway H while half-barefoot. “I tried to get him to bite one of my sandals.” The turtle took a bite out of it, but Tschida successfully dragged him across the highway — despite people driving about 55 mph. “I kept that sandal for a very long time. I said, ‘One of these times, I’m going to get killed saving a turtle,’ but that’s all right, because then I’d feel like I’ve done my good deed for the day.” The deed she’s doing now may keep her — and her slower, four-legged friends — safer. Tschida and her husband, Daniel, created turtle crossing stencils that can be used to paint on road surfaces. And the state’s Department of Natural Resources has taken notice. Andrew Badje, DNR conservation biologist, said in an April 30 email that the stencil will go to the state’s Department of Transportation. “Our intentions for this road stencil by Jennifer Tschida is that it spurs interest in creating a statewide turtle road crossing stencil that can be used and distributed throughout the entire state,” said Badje. Jennifer and Village President Ken Monroe said the crossings will be painted on North Lakeshore Drive, where there already are two turtle crossing signs. Jennifer said she went to Madison to get those signs — twice, because one of them was stolen. Monroe and Bloomfield Police Chief Steve Cole received numerous complaints when the sign was stolen. “I told Ken Monroe those were important to me,” said Tschida, about the signs. “Lakeshore Drive is considered a hot spot because the turtles are crossing from the swamp to the lake.” Monroe said he favored Tschida’s stencil idea. “I think it will attract people more. We always get sign requests, but a sign gets to be like a tree. After a while, you don’t notice it anymore.”

“Lakeshore Drive is considered a hot spot because the turtles are crossing from the swamp to the lake,” Jennifer Tschida said. Nevertheless, he said the turtle crossing signs will remain where the stencils are painted, which will be done once warmer temperatures arrive. But is it worth the effort? Badje thinks so. “Road stencils, when used in the right places, are probably the most bang for your buck for public education and awareness (of) turtle conservation to date. Road crossing signs are often one, expensive, two, stolen by the public or used as target practice, and three, require maintenance over the years, which is why there is this new transitional thinking. Road maintenance crews, with little budgeting, are more strongly attracted to stencils than paying for signs that they have to constantly replace.” Monroe, Badje and Tschida were unable to provide cost estimates for the stenciling. However, Tschida said to crate the 8-by-6-foot stencil and to spray paint the crossing in her driveway, the cost was about $35. According to Badje, there are 11 turtle species in Wisconsin. One is endangered, another threatened and three are “of special concern due to rarity and declining trends.” “Countless turtles are being crushed along their annual migrations over roads throughout Wisconsin, and any further awareness that we can distribute to motorists about turtle crossing whereabouts will most definitely help decrease the number (of turtles) that are hit along roads in Wisconsin.”

Turtle kindness There would appear to be a renewed sensitivity toward wildlife. Last week, the village of Waterford even closed a heavily-trafficked road for one day to protect migrating frogs. It is also almost one year since a female snapping turtle died after it suffered wounds that may have been inflicted intentionally by someone wielding a blunt object on a golf course near Delavan. That story still brings tears to Tschida’s eyes. “It broke my heart, actually. I’ve never


JENNIFER TSCHIDA, Bloomfield utility clerk since March 2006, said she receives turtle gifts all the time. She displays them on her desk at the town/village hall. heard of anything like that before.” The attention that case drew, however, may have created more general interest in turtle conservation. “As far as all the other species I’ve worked with, people are definitely the most passionate about turtles, which is why I’m fairly optimistic,” said Badje, about whether the case has generated more turtle kindness. “I think turtle conservation is on an upward trend here in Wisconsin, and I’d like to keep it going that way. If turtle futures are to keep getting brighter, we definitely need more citizen conservationists to become involved. People like Jennifer Tschida do make a great deal of difference.” Originally from Cottage Grove, Minn., Tschida went to college in San Diego. There, she had a professor who went to South America to watch baby sea turtles hatch, and then turned them around to ensure they made it into the ocean. “I probably relate to turtles because I’ve always been very slow,” she joked. Another word to describe her is “conservationist.” “Here, when I walk our dog, I always


DANIEL AND MICKAYLA Tschida, Jennifer’s husband and daughter, respectively, used the turtle stencil to do a test painting in their own driveway. The stencils will be painted in two locations along North Lakeshore Drive, near Pell Lake. take a garbage bag with us. I’m always cleaning up garbage around Pell Lake.” It’s on those walks that Tschida has noticed turtles in other areas of the village of Bloomfield. She said she would like to see more turtle crossing areas painted in places such as Litchfield and Clover roads, places where she has also helped turtles cross safely.

COMMUNITY NOTES Health care fairs open for those with questions Those who missed the Affordable Care Act deadline may be wondering, “What do I do now?” For answers, the Walworth County Affordable Care Act Awareness Steering Committee will host two “What Do I Do Now” and special enrollment fairs from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 13 and June 16 at Badger High School, 220 E. South St., Lake Geneva, in room 709. The seminars are open to everyone in the community, in particular those who: • Missed signing up for health insurance by March 31 • Are wondering what their penalties might be • Want to learn how to apply for a penalty exemption • Would like to know if they qualify for a special enrollment period Health care advocate Dr. Katherine Gaulke will host

informational sessions throughout the two seminars explaining health insurance exemptions, penalties and the enrollment process. At the marketplace (, individuals may qualify for a health insurance special enrollment period of 60 days following certain life-changing events, such as marriage, divorce, change of residency, loss of health coverage or birth of a child. Anyone with questions about special enrollment should meet with an insurance agent. Those who believe they qualify for special enrollment should bring the date of the lifechanging event and their most recent tax return and pay stubs. If you have questions, would like to reserve time with an insurance agent or to request an interpreter, call (262) 9492971 or email

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Town seeks new highway superintendent By Steve Targo

The job LINN — The town is still looking for someone to replace Michael Schaid, the former highway superintendent who resigned in February. At a special meeting Monday, the Linn Town Board approved advertising the job in local newspapers. The deadline for applications is June 2 at 3 p.m. On the phone Tuesday morning, town chairman Jim Weiss said it could be another 60 to 90 days before the board hires a replacement. On Monday, the board decided not to change the existing superintendent job description. On Tuesday, Weiss said they wanted to revisit the description prior to the interview process. That’s one reason why ads will go out two months after Schaid’s resignation. Has the supervisor vacancy left the department in a lurch? “I don’t think we’ve lost a beat, but can we do as much? No,” said Weiss. Now, the department is one full-time employee, Dan Pitt. Part-timers are usually hired just for the winter, said Weiss, and the town also usually hires a part-timer to help out for the summer. Schaid’s Feb. 12 resignation letter was short: “I, Michael Schaid, hereby resign my employment with the town of Linn effective immediately.” An attempt to reach him for comment was unsuccessful. Schaid became the Linn superintendent in May 2012.

Previously, he was the highway commissioner in Hebron, Ill., an elected position which holds a four-year term. His first term began in April 2005, and was in the middle of his second term when he resigned to take the job in Linn. Town board members were asked to comment on his resignation. Weiss and supervisor Alex Palmer said, “No comment.” Attempts to obtain comments from Supervisors Christine Jones, Craig DeYoung and Roy White were unsuccessful. Board members were asked what kind of person is the ideal candidate. “We need a person that is good at management, longrange highway maintenance planning, and at the same time, we need someone not afraid to get their hands dirty accomplishing day-to-day highway tasks, such as snow plowing, trimming trees and road repairs,” Palmer said in an email Monday. Weiss was reluctant to answer because he doesn’t want to skew the interview process and influence board



Murder/DA will file charge of first-degree homicide “We knew it was probably going to be (serious) at the time ... it looked like it could be an attempted homicide or a homicide,” he said. “I don’t wait around until they determine that. I just go out and help out any way I can.” Necci said he plans to charge Olivarez with first-degree intentional homicide, meaning Olivarez had intent to kill. Second degree intentional homicide includes a disregard for human life, but not necessarily an intent to kill. If convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, Olivarez would face life in prison. Necci said he’s heard from some sources that the victim was Olivarez’ cousin, but he couldn’t confirm their relationship. Delavan Police were assisted by Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies. AGENDA - LINN SANITARY DISTRICT May 14, 2014 - 7:00PM Conference Room - Town Hall, Zenda Consideration and possible action on the following items. 1. Linn Sanitary District’s Business meeting called to order. 2. Public Comments 3. Approval of Business Meeting Minutes for March 12, 2014 4. Approval of Treasurers Report for March. 5. Old Business a. Wells- Well testing program, update on interns, items for memorandum of agreement, and time line. b. Spring Newsletters 6. New Business a. Discussion and action on bills b. Discussion on Web page 7. Commissioners Report 8. Future Agenda Items. 9. Set Next Business Meeting 10. Adjournment

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Kedzie/Retiring “My time in the Senate from 2003 to present day has allowed me to be a part of the most notable days in Wisconsin state history. I have a deep appreciation for the institution of the Senate and the Legislature as a whole, and trust our work has made a positive impact in peoples’ lives, for today and tomorrow. “I will not only miss and hold dear the Wisconsin Legislature, I will miss the men and women who served both by my side and across the aisle. While we may have differing ideas and vision for this great state, I know each member of the Legislature, Republicans and Democrats, wishes only the best for Wisconsin, and to leave it in a better place than when they first arrived. I value the friendships I have made over the years with members of both parties and have a sincere respect and admiration for each one of them. “During my tenure, I have been fortunate to work with so many talented and insightful individuals to achieve many great legislative accomplishments. I appreciate the knowledge and wisdom gained from those individuals, and am confident Wisconsin’s best days lay ahead, with the Senate in good hands, with good people.” Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) released the following statement after Kedzie’s announcement. “Senator Kedzie has served his constituents for many years with dedication and honor. In addition, he has been a wonderful ally and mentor to me personally,” Loudenbeck said. “I wish Senator Kedzie all of the best in his retirement and thank him for his service to our great state.” Kedzie joins seven other lawmakers in announcing his retirement: Sens. Dale Schultz, (R) Richland Center; Mike Ellis, (R) Neenah; Joe Leibham, (R) Sheboygan; Tim Cullen, (D) Janesville; Bob Jauch, (D) Poplar; and John Lehman (D) Racine.


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members or potential job candidates. “Let’s see how it plays out,” he said. Is this a political job? “Technically, no,” Weiss said. “But anytime you get involved in a municipality … politics come into play.” He added that in jobs such as this, the goal is to keep everybody happy, “but in reality, that’s very difficult and challenging to accomplish.” “This is not a political job,” said Palmer. “A good highway superintendent understands the political environment in which we operate, but does their job based upon the direction of the elected officials in charge of running the township.” What will be the next superintendent’s greatest challenge? “We have over 100 miles of roads to manage, limited budgets, and differing interests within the township,” said Palmer. “The superintendent’s greatest challenge will be to get the most out of our limited highway dollars and balance competing interests across the community.”

COMMUNITY NOTE Tiny farm coming to Linn Tiny Tempest Farm expands its annual organic vegetable and herb plant sale to five days this month. In addition, two public performances of the one-hour, family-oriented puppet spectacle “A Piano with Three Tales” by Blair Thomas & Co. will also be featured. The plant sale will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 9 to 11, and Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There will be no sale on Sunday, May 18. The puppet spectacle will be Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, at 2 p.m. Tiny Tempest Farm is located at W4355 Mohawk Road, Lake Geneva. Farm owners Sheri Doyel and Blair Thomas look forward to sharing Sheri’s home-grown organic goods and Blair’s theatrical puppetry with the community around Geneva Lake. Those who garden and grow their own food will get a kick-start with seedlings from the plant sale and people of all ages will enjoy the puppet show in the family’s rustic dairy barn. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A

Kupsik/Plans run The primary election is Aug. 12. Incumbent State Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, announced his 2014 re-election campaign April 14. August was first elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010. He was re-elected in 2012. Nomination papers were first accepted April 15. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. June 2. Kupsik The general election will be Nov. 4. The 32nd Assembly District includes all or part of the towns of Linn, Bloomfield, Wheatland, Lyons, Geneva, Delavan, Spring Prairie, Lafayette, Burlington and East Troy; the villages of East Troy and Genoa City, and the cities of Lake Geneva and Delavan.


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Strauss/Writers Guild of America sent cease-and-desist letters Strauss declined saying his lawyer had advised against it. “It’s painful,” he said. When told the Regional News was writing a story and wanted to hear his side of the story, Strauss replied: “I appreciate that.” And then he said goodbye. Halverson also sent two emails to Strauss’ website at antaresproductions@, giving Strauss another chance to reply. In one of the emails, Halverson asked Strauss the name of his attorney and whether he is the man in the mugshot (on page 1A). Strauss’ email response came about an hour later: “Thank you John but the story will be page one in the GSR on Wednesday. It’s too good to ignore! A newsman is a newsman.” In his April 23 blog posting, Goldberg said he crossed paths with Strauss at the Love Is Murder mystery writers convention in Chicago a year ago. In an April 10, 2013, blog posting Goldberg wrote of a speaker at the convention who was apparently lying about his experience in the television industry. Goldberg wrote that he kept the speaker anonymous out of consideration in his first blog, and now regrets that he did. He identified the writer as James Strauss. According to Goldberg, he contacted the Writers Guild of America West and discovered that Strauss had no credits listed with them and was not a member. Because of Goldberg’s inquiry, the guild did some investigating on its own, and then sent a cease-and-desist letter, via email, to Strauss’ business email address, antarespro- The letter, signed by Lesley Mackey McCambridge, WGAW senior director for credits and creative rights, said the guild found no evidence that Strauss wrote for “House,” “Deadwood” and other shows for which he claimed credit. “Your omission from the writing credits on each of these programs is telling, as each of these programs are covered by the WGAW Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement such that the WGAW determined the writing credits on all episodes of each of these series,” McCambridge wrote. McCambridge concluded that since Strauss is not a member of the guild and that his name is not on the credits, it supports the claim that “you were not a writer on any of the above-mentioned programs.” However, McCambridge’s letter also states that if Strauss does have any evidence that he was employed as a writer on any of the television shows, such as a writing services agreement, he should bring it to the guild’s attention immediately so that he may receive proper writing credit. In a telephone interview on Thursday, McCambridge said Strauss did not respond to the first letter. Strauss apparently continued to attend writers conferences as a lecturer claiming to write for television. A year later, Goldberg called Strauss out by name on his blog, and flatly called him a fraud. Goldberg claims that some of the things Strauss said about the television writing business didn’t sound right. “When he’s asked to validate his writing

credits, he claims he can’t because he wrote his scripts ‘under the table’ and ‘off the books’ so David Shore, David Milch, and the other producers he worked for could avoid paying WGA rates for writers. Uh-huh. That tells you how little James Strauss knows about the TV biz…or about the people he claims to have worked with. HOUSE creator/EP David Shore is on the board of the Writers Guild of America and chairs the New Members committee,” Goldberg wrote. Goldberg makes a credible claim that he knows something about the television industry. Among his books is the nonfiction “Successful Television Writing and Unsold Television Pilots.” He’s also authored the novels “My Gun Has Bullets,” “The Walk,” “King City,” “McGrave,” “Dead Space” and “Watch Me Die,” which was nominated for a Shamus Award for best novel from the Private Eye Writers of America. Among his television credits are episodes of “Diagnosis: Murder” and “Monk.” On Feb. 14 this year, McCambridge emailed Strauss a second WGAW cease-anddesist letter that closely mirrored the first. This time, Strauss did reply and McCambridge provided the Regional News with a copy of Strauss’s email, dated Feb. 15: “I am not now and never have been a member of WGA. “You are an association not a law enforcement agency so start acting like one. “I did not attend Love is Murder and have no control over what they do, present, or show. “If you contact third parties with respect to any opinions you have about me or my


work, then I will file a lawsuit against you for damaging my ability to work and this is your last warning.” Strauss did not attend the 2014 Love Is Murder convention. Goldberg claims that he knows many of the writers and producers involved with “House” and “Deadwood,” and Strauss is not one of them. Goldberg reposted his 2013 blog comments on April 23, 2014, rewriting it to include Strauss’ name. His statement can be found at his blog, Hanley Kanar, who handles programming for the Love Is Murder conference, seemed unconcerned about the dispute over Strauss’ credentials. In an April 30 email she said: “Neither Mr. James Strauss, nor any of the other featured writers we invite to speak, including Mr. Lee Goldberg, receive any remuneration for attending Love is Murder. Generally we do provide featured writers hotel, air fare and meals. In Mr. Strauss’ case, however, since he does not stay at the hotel, nor does he ever charge us for mileage or take most meals, he costs the conference much less than most presenters.” Strauss is a writer and a novelist. He writes on local topics in his weekly publication, and he authored “The Boy,” subtitled “The Mastodons, Book 1,” first printing April 2009 by Five Star Publishing. The 270-page hardcover sells for $82.70 on and for up to $199 on

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On his blog, Goldberg writes that Straus — with one S — was convicted twice in the late 1990s of financial crimes in New Mexico. Goldberg links his blog to several news stories and court documents about James R. Straus’ legal proceedings. The editor of the Geneva Shore spells his name Strauss. However, Goldberg writes that the alternative spelling is simply an “also known as.”

Are Straus and Strauss the same person? On his website, Goldberg includes a booking photo of Straus, which appears to be the same Strauss from the Geneva Shore Report. In an email, the Regional News asked Strauss if he was the same man who appeared in the booking photo. In his response, he didn’t address the question. In 1998, the man named Straus was convicted of federal wire fraud after defrauding teachers in Bangkok out of their retirement funds. On June 10, 1998, he received three years of probation and was ordered to spend 21 months in custody. He also was ordered to repay nearly $400,000 in restitution. While he was free from custody on the federal case, Straus swindled $20,000 from a Sante Fe business, according to an article on the High Beam Business website. The booking photo of Straus comes from the Sante Fe County jail’s website. According to the information attached to the booking photo, Straus was being held for court on the embezzlement case. Online court records related to the embezzlement case indicate that Straus was transported to that jail from the Safford Federal Correctional Facility. On June 1, 1999, he was released from the Sante Fe County jail and returned to the federal prison. Online court records indicate that Straus was released from probation on Jan. 25, 2001. Records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons indicate that James

Robert Straus was released from federal prison on Feb. 16, 2000.

Other connections Strauss also has appeared at a number of city council meetings and provided the address of N1517 Meadow Ridge Circle, Linn Township. Online tax records indicate the property is owned by Michael Straus. It has a billing address of 507 Broad St., which is the same address as the Geneva Shore Report and another business that Strauss runs called Antares Research & Development Inc. In the federal case, Straus appealed his sentence arguing that the federal court’s sentence was too harsh. In federal court documents, James R. Straus argued that his military service should have been considered as a positive attribute during his sentencing. The Shore Report’s Strauss has said that he is a veteran and has been highly critical of the local American Legion for having a nonveteran run its canteen. In federal court documents, Straus’ wife, Mary Straus, requests a hearing to be exempted from being a garnishee on her husband’s debts in the wire fraud case. In Strauss’ book, “The Boy, The Mastodons” he thanks his wife who is named Mary. The Regional News requested police reports from several local departments related to James R. Straus and James R. Strauss to see if the man from New Mexico was the same person as the one who edits the Shore Report. The town of Geneva twice cited James R. Strauss for speeding. The James R. Strauss shares a birthday with the James R. Straus listed in court documents in the federal case and the New Mexico case. After being stopped for speeding, James R. Strauss provided Geneva Township police with a New Mexico driver’s license and an address from Sante Fe. In the Shore Report, Strauss has also linked the publication to New Mexico.

“The publisher is a corporation owned by a corporation in New Mexico, which is itself owned, by a corporation in Norway,” the Shore Report says November 2011.

Other questionable claims On the back flap of his book, Strauss writes that he has been “a Marine officer, deep sea diver, shipboard physician’s assistant, professor of anthropology and currently writes for several Hollywood production companies.” Strauss maintains a number of websites, one in which he claims to have a Ph.D. However, the Regional News was unable to locate on any of Strauss’ websites where he earned his Ph.D, or where he taught anthropology. Strauss also has a website for a company called Antares Research & Development Inc. The services offered on the Antares website vary greatly and include, “documentary film production, computer hardware assembly, silver mining, native Indian jewelry, fabrication and sales, literary productions for Hollywood and New York, and consulting for the government of the United States of America in foreign affairs and diplomacy.”

Details on the criminal charges According to court documents, in 1988, Straus started a business in Albuquerque, N.M. called Straus Downing International. Straus Downing was an insurance business, but later expanded to manage retirement investments. “In 1991, Straus traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, to meet with officials of the International School of Bangkok (ISB). ISB offered its employees, most of whom were teachers who taught at the school, the opportunity to invest up to 10 percent of their incomes in a retirement fund, and in 1991 the school was looking for a company to manage the investment fund,” according to appeals

court ruling. In 1993, the school became suspicious of Straus and met with him in Germany. At that time, Straus wrote the school a check for $383,087, which bounced. Straus responded that the money was “tied up,” according to court documents. Straus had previously mailed the school an insurance policy, but that was fraudulent.


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ARAN FREYTAG, right, and Jacob Liang play the coyote and rat in their outdoor edon group’s skit on the food chain.

For a week, the classroom is a camp, great outdoors By Jade Bolack FONTANA — The highlight of the fifth-graders’ week at camp is the Thursday night open house. That night is the culmination of four days of hard work and a lot of fun. It’s a night to show off to parents and teachers. On Monday morning, April 28, Fontana Lamsam Elementar y School students packed their bags and climbed into buses. The ride to the Lake Geneva Youth Camp in Lake Geneva isn’t long. The weeklong outdoor education program isn’t long, either, but the time is packed full of learning. The week’s goal is to “instill a lifetime appreciation for all things in nature.” Most of the week, students were outside on trail or pond studies, learning about the environment. Teachers purposely keep

them outside as much as possible. And while they’re learning, they’re always working on scripts for their own skits about the environment to perform for their parents and teachers on Thursday night. Morgan Courier, a sophomore at Big Foot High School and counselor for one of the fifth-grade student groups, said it doesn’t take that long to write the short skits. “The kids write them themselves,” she said. “They just kind of figure it out themselves, and us counselors help with the finishing touches.” Courier was one of six high school students who helped with the annual outdoor education week. The students are immersed in nature all day long. Their groups are named after specific natural groups: food chains, soil and wetlands. Noreen Lamsam, fifthgrade teacher and director of the outdoor education program, said the skits are based on what each group is learning about. “We want parents to see that process of learning, so we put the show on for them,” she said in a

phone interview May 5. “It also eases that week away from home. It gives kids a chance to see mom and dad.” The skits, she said, are sometimes based on a popular TV show or a celebrity scandal. There’s no separation of learning and living during the outdoor education week. Every experience, Lamsam said, is a learning one. “I love the trail study,” she said. “I love bringing the kids out into the woods and seeing their reaction to it.” The Lake Geneva Youth Camp is the perfect place for the class, too. There are just enough wooded areas to hide the fact that the kids are only about a hundred yards from busy city streets. It’s the kind of learning environment that can’t be duplicated in a classroom. “We’ve been very happy at the Lake Geneva Youth Camp,” Lamsam said. “Before that we were at George Williams College for quite a while, but they wanted to change the program a little bit. We wanted to stay with the outdoor parts.”

FONTANA — No residents had anything to say when the village board opened a public hearing on the status of the TIF district Monday night. As part of distressing the TIF district, the village board approved the project plan amendment, which extends the life of the district by 10 years. The decision passed without a negative vote, with six of the seven board members in attendance. Jim Mann, of Elhers Inc., a public finance adviser, said declaring the TIF district distressed extends the time the village has to recoup costs from the district. The district’s joint review board must still approve the distressed status. Mann said if nothing changes in development in the village and the district is not distressed, the village will be out about $4.7 million. With the additional extension, the village can recoup that $4.7 million and close the district when the funds balance. However, the village and Community Development Authority, which oversees the district, loses some flexibility in controlling the district. Mann said there can be no future amendments to the project plan, which lists all projects and costs within the district, and the village can’t contract for any new projects after the initial life of the district. Originally, the district was set to close in 2022. PLEASE SEE TIF PAGE 2B

Officers see raise Wage limits potential applicants By Jade Bolack FONTANA — The village board approved a slight pay raise for part-time police officers at the May 5 board meeting. Before the raise, part-time officers were paid $16.50 per hour. Now they will make $17.28. Scott Vilona, interim village treasurer, said the raise to $17.28 was already in the budget for this year. Village President Arvid “Pete” Petersen said the police department has trouble getting applicants for open positions. “We’re up against bigger departments with bigger budgets,” he said. Trustee David Prudden said cost shouldn’t be an issue when talking about the safety of Fontana residents. Vilona said the budget still has to work. “No one wants to go cheap on safety,” Vilona said. “I suggest going with the currently budgeted $17.28 and bring this back up at budget meetings this fall.” Police Chief Steve Olson said tradition shows the department will lose some of its part-time officers to full-time positions in other departments. He called the raise to $17.28 “agreeable.” “I think we’ll at least retain the (officers) that we have,” Olson said. The raise starts in the current pay period. PLEASE SEE FONTANA PAGE 2B


Students’ kindness showcased By Chris Schultz


BADGER DAY OF DIFFERENCE award winners, Gigi Leung and Evan Gibson.

Can small acts of charity and kindness make a big difference? Tom Hartz, former Lake Geneva alderman, architect and restaurant owner, thinks so. May 2 was the second annual A Day of Difference award presentation at the Geneva National Golf Clubhouse. Fourteen students from seven Walworth County high schools were recognized for their outstanding service to their schools and communities. Rich Gruber, vice president of Mercy Health System, was the master of ceremonies and award presenter. The awards are sponsored by Mercy Foundation, Calvary Community Church, Geneva National Foundation and Walworth State Bank. The program’s goal is to recognize and encourage young men and women from Walworth County high schools who are making a difference in their communities by giving of their time, talents and funds to help the less fortunate. Hartz’s humor preceded him to the podium. PLEASE SEE DIFFERENCE PAGE 3B


WILLIAMS BAY DAY OF DIFFERENCE award winners, Skylar Duerr and Brandon Wulf.

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Precision Plus shows off new training room By Chris Schultz ELKHORN — Without wasting a single piece of metal, the new education center at Precision Plus Inc., 840 Koopman Lane, Elkhorn, can show engineering students how a part is cut and shaved and shaped by one of the company’s computer numeric control (CNC) lathes. The company showed off its new computer simulation training center April 30. About 16 persons attended the first session of the open house. The training room uses Inventor software created by Autodesk to show new employees and students machining techniques, said Barry Butters, director of training and education. Mike Reader, president and CEO of Precision Plus, said the company has plans to eventually expand the training room to include up to three training machines in the area that is now an employee cafeteria. The cafeteria would be moved elsewhere within the expanded building, he said. “If a high school can’t provide the curriculum, we’ll do it here,” he said. Butters said the room is already used for training new employees. New employees receive courses in shop math and reading blue prints. They also receive a course in operating the CNC machines, which shortens the learning curve and reduces waste, he said. Butters, a former Elkhorn Area High School math teacher and former principal at Williams Bay Junior/Senior High School, said the system will be used to teach summer interns selected from area high schools who are taking engineering and technical education courses. Autodesk Inc., San Rafael, Calif., makes the software for the virtual machining simulation. The company donated $100,000 in computer software, Butters said. The training room is dominated by a wall-sized screen on which the instructor can initiate virtual machine operations, start and stop simulations and open and close files. Roger Orban, Autodesk regional sales

manager, said when American manufacturers moved their factories overseas, training for American machinists lagged. There’s a lot of jobs unfilled because we lost the skill set,” Orban said. “When Mr. Reader came to us with his idea for education in the area to prepare the next generation of machinists, we were ecstatic.” Autodesk donated 11 Autodesk software packages to PPI. Orban said he contacted Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, directly to request the donation, and he later shared Bass’ emailed response with the Regional News. “What Mike (Reader) is doing sounds incredible. I’d love to support him with this donation of Autodesk software. Let me know if you need any help with the logistics of getting him licenses,” Bass wrote. Steve Salter of Milwaukee School of Engineering stopped by the open house to see what PPI was doing. He said he was impressed. “Much of what Mike (Reader) is doing at his company here is promoting a connection between industry and education, which is long overdue,” Salter said. Salter, who is affiliate director of Project Lead the Way at MSOE, said his responsibility there is to grow the Lead the Way program. “My focus is to improve the quantity and quality of future college students,” he said. PLTW is now in 370 elementary, middle and high schools statewide. The completing of the program gives graduating high school students college credits and a head start at the university or technical school level, Salter said. Employers are contacted by MSOE, who tells educators that they are ready to grow their businesses but they’re unable to find workers who are properly trained. “If you have a talent shortage, you can’t solve it overnight,” Salter said. Kevin Anderson, of Wisconsin Cooperative Education Services Agency 2, said that what is different about PPI’s program is that it is reaching out to the high schools. He said Walworth County is privileged to have a program like the one at PPI. “This is all good stuff,” said Mark Malvitz,


MICHAEL READER, left, president and CEO of Precision Plus Inc., Elkhorn, discusses a point with Roger Orban, regional sales manager for Autodesk Inc., the company that donated about $100,000 in software for their virtual training center. who teaches technical careers at Elkhorn Area High School. “It’s neat the way they’re working with high schools in the area.” Malvitz said he knows Butters from when they were both teaching at Elkhorn. Malvitz said that since Elkhorn started its technical education program six years ago, there’s been an uptick in the number of students taking the courses. He said the school will be pioneering with Precision Plus to start the Engineering Design and Development program, a capstone program, in which students finishing their high school training will design and complete a manufacturing project during the course of the school year. Not all the visitors to the open house were educators. PPI employee Sandy Boss and her husband Ken were looking at the new computerized classroom.

“I’m glad they’re doing the training and giving kids the opportunity,” Sandy Boss said. Reader said Precision Plus is preparing to expand. It’s getting ready to add 65,000 square feet to its existing plant, more than doubling its current 45,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Reader said he’ll “be sticking a shovel into the ground this fall.” Precision Plus could be adding up to 30 people in two years, said Butters. The construction will be part of a 10-year project to expand his company to cope with the increase in orders and projects that clients are bringing to his company. “That’s why this (education) program is important,” Reader said. “If I can’t get the people, all I have is a pile of bricks and a lot of debt. The results of doing nothing are clear. We won’t have the right people and we won’t have enough people, he said.



TIF/Four years needed to recoup

Fontana/Gordy’s turns 60

Mann said as soon as the village recoups the costs of the district, the district can be closed. It doesn’t need to stay open the full 10 years. “We anticipate, with the current growth, that you’ll need about four years to recoup that $4.7 million,” Mann said. Distressing the district doesn’t mean that no new development can happen, Mann said. It just already needs to be listed on the project plan. In February, the CDA started the process of distressing the district. Since then, the joint review board, composed of members of each of the taxing bodies within the district and a citizen member, met twice. The county board representative, Jessica Conley, Walworth County comptroller, has asked for more information about the project plan and expenditure lists, and the board is expected to meet again later this month.

Created in 2001, the district was originally valued at $30 million. In 2009, the district was valued at $92.8 million, but in 2010, the Department of Revenue changed assessment standards and the district was devalued to $66 million. The village borrowed money on the expected growth of the district. Because the district’s revenue was less than the loan payments, general tax revenues helped pay the loans. The village is now trying to recoup the funds used from general tax revenue. Before voting Monday night, Trustee Rick Pappas asked about the interest the village was charging against the TIF district. “It’s like we’re subsidizing the CDA with a 1/2 percent interest rate, when we have to get bonds at a much higher rate,” Pappas said. Mann said the interest rate can be changed based on the discretion of the village board at any time.

Gordy’s celebration Gordy’s Lakefront Marine will hold its 60th anniversary party June 21. Tom Whowell, an owner of the marine and restaurant, asked that the village put a “moratorium” on the ordinance prohibiting drinking in the streets during that time. Whowell said he didn’t want someone getting ticketed for crossing Lake Street in front of his business. The board approved the request. Lake Street will be closed to motor traffic from 5 to 10 p.m. that day. Whowell said he will have staff supervising the street to make sure it stays under control.

Personnel updates The board voted to table two discussions until the closed session following the meeting. New employees may face different sick and vacation time benefits and lose the ability

to buy out their vacation. Village Administrator Dennis Martin said this was part of the human resources study Al Kaminski did earlier this year, when the village board was considering staffing changes. The board also decided to wait to approve a probationary contract for Theresa Linneman, for the empty village clerk position. Martin suggested the board approve a probationary salary of $37,500 for six months, and then increase the salary to $40,000 after the probationary period.

Fireworks Trustee Rick Pappas requested that information be spread about donations for Fourth of July fireworks. “I didn’t know that the more donations we get, the bigger the show is,” he said. “I suspect that others would donate if they knew that.” Donations can be made at the Geneva Lake West Chamber of Commerce office.


Outdoor/‘Kids absolutely love it’ Lamsam said she likes to keep Fontana students near the lake where they live. “I like to stick near the lake, this is what the kids know,” she said. “It’s good for them to learn about where they live.” The kids come back changed for the better after the weeklong adventure. “Oh, the kids absolutely love it,” Lamsam said. “When we get back on

Friday, they’re just crying when they come off the bus. They want to go back to camp.” Lamsam said the kids learn to interact with each other on a different level. “It’s a different environment when you live with your classmates for the week,” she said. “You really get to know them differently.”


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Freeman enlists officials in Highway 14 fight By Jade Bolack WALWORTH — It started with a letter. Walworth School Board President Kelly Freeman has written letters to nearly every elected official in the state of Wisconsin — or so it seems — and now she’s reaching out to a U.S. Senator. Her letters all have one request: help the school board keep the highway away from the school building. Freeman and the school board have vocally opposed the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to move Highway 14 from its current route around Heyer Park to within 53 feet of the school. Since 2009, the DOT has discussed potential changes for the highway that runs right through the heart of the village. Current plans route traffic to the western side of Heyer Park and through the existing school parking lot and antique mall. This plan brings the highway about 53 feet from the multipurpose room entrance at the school, razes the antique mall on the corner of Beloit and Main streets and trims some of the Heyer Park footprint. After receiving a letter from Freeman earlier this year, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) wrote to the Federal Highway Administration on March 6. The Regional News didn’t receive a copy of Baldwin’s letter before deadline.

The highway administration’s letter, signed by George R. Poirier, states Baldwin was inquiring on behalf of Freeman “regarding (Freeman’s) concerns with a proposed alternative for rerouting U.S. Highway 14 in Walworth.” At the April 28 school board meeting, Freeman said she received that response from the highway administration in midMarch. After reading parts of the letter at the meeting, Freeman said the board would have a say in the DOT’s planning and decision making. Poirier’s letter states that a public involvement meeting is scheduled for this month, followed by a formal public hearing, though no dates are given. “All stakeholder comments (including from the Walworth Joint School District #1) will be considered” during the review, the letter states. Each project that receives funds from the federal government must go through the National Environmental Policy Act process, which ensures compliance with all applicable federal laws. The DOT will create an environmental impact study of the highway plans, including all the alternatives and the effects of each alternative on the area. These documents are not completed. The letter says the highway administration has final authority for approving the environmental documents. Poirier directed

the Regional News to contact Doug Hecox, public affairs specialist at the highway administration, who wasn’t able to respond before deadline. Leah Hunter, a public relations official in Baldwin’s office, said in an email May 5 that Baldwin didn’t take a position on the project. “Baldwin was contacted by a constitutent with concerns regarding the U.S. Highway 14 project in the village of Walworth,” Hunter’s email states. “Upon request, (Baldwin) contacted the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation on the constitutent’s behalf ... (Baldwin is) able to provide assistance with federal government agencies and routinely help Wisconsin residents navigate federal government programs.”

More letters Freeman has written letters to Gov. Scott Walker, State Superintendent Tony Evers, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck and Sen. Neal Kedzie. Freeman said whenever she speaks with elected officials in the state, they are surprised by the DOT plan. “When I mention the 53 feet, it always (generates) negative comments,” she said. “I think the feeling is mutual about that.” At one of Rep. Paul Ryan’s listening sessions in Elkhorn in March, Freeman asked Ryan to do something. Ryan (R-Wis.) said he had no control over the issue, but he would

connect her to an appropriate official. In February, Evers sent letters to state Secretary of Transportation Mark Gottlieb asking the DOT to reconsider their plans in Walworth. “Although I am not an expert on transportation issues, I am surprised to hear of a plan that would consider moving a major highway right next to a school building,” the letter states. Freeman said she isn’t sure what impact, if any, Evers’ letter will have on the DOT plans. “They say they had chosen their final plan,” she said. “Then they decided to put in another stoplight at the request of the village.” In response to a request for comment, Loudenbeck sent an email to the Regional News saying safety is the most important factor in determining which highway plan is selected. “Citizens should be aware that the DOT has a responsibility to assist the school, regardless of what plan is selected,” Loudenbeck said. “The pickup and drop off areas will definitely require additional expertise and planning, and there would be a financial obligation to the DOT to fund this work.” Loudenbeck said she has information that the DOT will hold public information meetings in late fall or early December and a public hearing in spring 2015.


Difference/Hartz tells students that their actions could have positive impact His program introduction read: “Tom is a partner at Simple Café and Simple Bakery and Market, until they find out that he is not much of a cook.” But Hartz’s message was a serious one, although with a different perspective. “You are here today because you made a difference in your schools and community,” Hartz told the award recipients. But does it matter? “In the grand scheme of things, does what you do make a difference?” he asked. Hartz’s response was an affirmative. He said it was akin to the butterfly effect, a mathematical theory that states that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can disturb enough air to create a typhoon halfway around the earth. Hartz said small acts of charity and kindness done locally can grow over time. Hartz used the example of Norman Borlaug, the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize winner. In the 1940s, Borlaug bred a strain of crops that grow well in the desert or under drought conditions. Borlaug’s creations are believed to have saved nearly 2 billion people from starvation, Hartz said. But Borlaug would not have had that opportunity if Henry Wallace, vice president under President Franklin D. Roosevelt, hadn’t conceived the project and selected Borlaug as the lead researcher, Hartz said. So perhaps Wallace deserves the peace prize, Hartz said. Wallace was the son of two instructors at Iowa State University, who invited a young black student named George Washington Carver to stay at their home. Because Carver was black, he couldn’t live on the university campus. Hartz said Carver and the 7-yearold Wallace would take walks and the young botany student would tell the boy about the various plants that grew on the farm. Carver would go on to find multiple uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans, pecans and other crops adapted to the South.


LAKELAND SCHOOL Day of Difference award winners Dan Coyne and Carla Beckett. He aimed to end the primacy of cotton in southern agriculture. So, perhaps Carver also deserved the peace prize, Hartz said. Moses and Susan Carver were not supporters of slavery, but when he needed help on his farm in 1855, he bought Carver’s parents, Mary and Giles. When Carver was about a week old, slave raiders kidnapped the child, his parents and a sibling, who were sold to a slave owner in another state. But Moses Carver tracked down the new owner. He was able to negotiate the purchase of young George Washington. He took the child home and he and his wife raised the child as their own, giving him their last name. By saving young George Washington Carver from grinding slavery and teaching him to read and write, perhaps Moses Carver deserves the peace prize, Hartz said. Each of those events, from Moses Carver, to George Washington Carver, to Henry Wallace and finally to Norman Borlaug, led to saving nearly 2 billion people from starvation, Hartz said. “Whatever you do … matters to everyone,” Hartz said.

The following students were honored at the Day of Difference program at Geneva National on May 2. Badger High School: Evan Gibson is a standout football, basketball and baseball athlete, Evan spent all four years on the Badger Honor Roll. Gigi Leung is a member of the National Honor Society and a leader in promoting tolerance and diversity. She also mentors freshmen. Big Foot High School: Brian Wolski is an Eagle Scout. He’s helped the local Rotary organize charitable events and works at the Kishwauketoe Nature Preserve in Williams Bay. He is also a volunteer server at fundraising events in the community. Citlaly Leon was recently awarded a $2,500 FFA Food For All grant because of her work with the Food Fuel for Families program, in which chickens are raised for meat and eggs for low-income families. She will also talk to fourth-graders at the FFA Agrictulture Day about nutrition. Delavan-Darien High School: Alonzo Ortiz is a mentor at the high school for new students. Leticia Rizo is also a mentor, who works with students year round. Elkhorn High School: Hunter Parks is a volunteer with VIP Services and a youth group student leader. He helped with a recent Christmas toy drive and is taking robotics in school. He is the student representative on the Elkhorn School Board and was recipient of the citizenship award at the school. Clara Kostock works as a teacher assistant during the summers with the



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The Williams Bay Water Utility has completed its 2013 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) in conformance with the Federal Clean Water Act. Titled “Annual Drinking Water Quality Report - 2013,” the report will be published in the Lake Geneva Regional News (the Village’s official newspaper) on May 15, 2014. Williams Bay Water Utility customers are encouraged to read the report as it contains information related to the testing and quality of your drinking water. This report is available only upon request. There are copies available at the Village Hall (250 Williams Street) or at the Water Department (155 Elkhorn Road). You may also request a copy by calling the Village Hall at 262-245-2700 or writing the Village at P.O. Box 580, Williams Bay, WI 53191. Additional copies will be made available at the Barrett Memorial Library, 65 West Geneva Street. We will also be sending copies to various community organizations, camps, apartment buildings, retirement homes and schools.

Elkhorn Players and she is a volunteer at a local senior home. She is a church volunteer who has worked with a social services project on Lower Wacker Drive, Chicago, and helped build a community center in Honduras. Faith Christian School: Grant Eckhoff is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and has been for the past four years. He is also a Christmas holiday bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Nadia Tahiri is on the Faith Christian School Student Council, and runs a food drive during the Christmas season. She also raises money for the Cures Start Now Foundation. Lakeland School: Dan Coyne reads books to young children and is a lover of literature. He helps out at the Lakeland School library. He is the school’s swim team captain and a member of the Walworth Special Olympics swim team. Carla Beckett participates in the SMILES program and is a volunteer at a number of fundraisers. She is also a volunteer at Lakeland Health Center, distributing books and magazines to the rooms. She’s also on the basketball, baseball and swim team. Williams Bay High School: Brandon Wulf is a member of the high school’s history club and worked at the Frost Park restoration. He is a volunteer at the East Delavan Cemetery and he is the 2014 National History Club student of the year. Skylar Duerr is a member of the cross country team, she also participated in the History Bowl and the Academic Bowl competitions. She is a History Bowl champion.

HELP WANTED ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Village of Williams Bay is accepting applications for the position of Administrative Assistant until noon on May 12, 2014. This is a year-round, part-time position that requires 28 hours per week and will include working on alternate Saturdays. Applicants should be proficient in Microsoft Office skills, clerical duties, verbal and written communication skills. Apply in person or send your resume to: Village of Williams Bay, Attn: Robert Carlson, P.O. Box 580, Williams Bay, WI 53191. Job Description can be obtained during normal office hours at 250 Williams Street or on the Village’s website at: The Village of Williams Bay is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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New trustees ready to take on Bay issues By Chris Schultz WILLIAMS BAY — James Killian and David Jameson are the two new trustees to sit on the Williams Bay Village Board. Joining them is second-term incumbent Greg Trush. The three were unchallenged for the three seats on the board, and that’s because two long-time incumbents, John Grove, with 10 years on the board, and Don Parker, with a total of 14 years, decided not to run for re-election. All three of the elected trustees said they want to help jump-start the village’s downtown business district. Trush, 62, of 450 Park Lane, who was first elected in 2012, returns as chairman of the board’s streets and highway committee. Trush has a different perspective on municipal government. He worked in the planning office in the city of Chicago for 29 years. He said he’s looking forward to the state Department of Transportation resurfacing Geneva Street from Elkhorn Road to Theatre Road, which is also Highway 67. The work is slated to begin in 2015. Trush said he also supports the village’s inquiry into creating a downtown tax increment finance (TIF) district. TIF districts capture all of the property taxes levied against the property value increase within the district, after the first year of their creation. He is not an unconditional supporter of TIF districts. “Until September of last year, I didn’t

Jameson, see a TIF for 113 Potawatomi Williams Bay,” Drive, and his Trush said. wife, Deb, have The tradilived in Wiltional TIF disliams Bay since trict is heavily 2002. f ront-loade d Jameson with debt, Trush owns and opersaid. ates a business Howe ver, Trush Killian Jameson software comTrush said he pany called might support a “pay-as-you-go” TIF that would not spend Windsorlink LLC. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in beyond its means. Vandewalle & Associates, Madison, the management from the Georgia Institute of village’s planner, is putting the final touches Technology. Jameson has some previous governon Williams Bay’s TIF study. The TIF fund could create loans, grants ment experience as a member of the Wiland repayments as incentives for busi- liams Bay Harbor Commission and also nesses to locate within the village’s TIF dis- served as a second alternate on the Williams Bay Board of Appeals. trict, Trush said. This is the second time Jameson has “Even though Williams Bay is a great place to live, it’s a hard place to do busi- run for trustee. In a four-way race for three seats in 2013, Jameson missed winning a ness,” Trush said. “I want to be sure that if we do this … board seat by six votes. Jameson said this time, Grove, who had it doesn’t become a financial tar baby,” he announced his retirement earlier, encoursaid. Trush and his wife, Dianna, have lived aged him to run again. And, he said, he also learned Parker in Williams Bay since 2004. They have wasn’t planning on running. three grown children. Jameson said his goal is to attract proTrush has a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University and Master of Arts fessional and administrative businesses to the Bay’s downtown to complement its from Loyola University. Trush is an active member of the Wil- retail and restaurant businesses. He also supports studying creating a liams Bay Lions Club, Williams Bay Historial Society and the St. Vincent DePaul TIF district in the village. Jameson said he also wants to work Society. He also serves as a lunchroom supervisor at the Williams Bay Elementary with the state to promote rehabilitation of Highway 67. School.

COMMUNITY NOTES Community events at Church

service. Appetizers and fellowship for all.

Christ Episcopal Church, Delavan, Peace Walk on chapel labyrinth announces their May event schedule. Monday, May 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Experience this ancient meditative practice Women of Joy of walking the labyrinth. This is a time to Women’s Bible sharing, Thursdays, 9:30 give thanks to those who protect freedom. to 11:15 a.m. All women are welcome to join. Mother’s Day potluck brunch, basket draw St. Francis school to hold run/walk Sunday, May 11 at 11:15 a.m. in the St. Francis de Sales Parish School is parish hall. Hosted by the men of the parish hosting its third annual Roadrunners in honor of all women. Featuring the annual 5K run/walk on May 24 at 8 a.m. All are basket drawing for baskets and gifts. invited to participate, volunteer or cheer on the runners/walkers as they complete the “Junk in your trunk” rummage sale 3.1 mile course. Saturday, May 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the The event begins on Curtis Street Christ Church parking lot. There is a $15 in Lake Geneva, at the school, at 8 a.m. donation to reserve a spot. All proceeds go Registration is $20 per person. All the to the individual sellers. Set up at 7 a.m. proceeds benefit St. Francis students. For more information, call the school at (262) Farewell, thanksgivings for Father Splinter 248-2778 or visit Sunday, May 18, following the 10 a.m. events/5krun.


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Jameson is former treasurer of Lakeland Community Church. He is also a project volunteer for Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital. Killian, of 91 Potawatomi Road, has lived in Williams Bay for 10 years with his wife, Roberta. Killian, 65, is a recently-retired career health care executive. He was vice president and chief operating officer at Lake Forest Hospital, Lake Forest, Ill. He was the recipient of Lake County Partners’ Extra Mile Award in 2004 for outstanding contributions to economic development in Lake County and also was awarded the 2004 Developer of the Year Award from the Grayslake Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the United Church of Christ, Williams Bay, serving as the church’s financial secretary; he is a member of the Bayside Pointe Condominium Association, and a member of the board of directors and secretary and fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a community service volunteer. “I want to give back to my home community by utilizing my personal and business skills to work with other elected officials and community stakeholders to strengthen the overall quality of life in Williams Bay,” Killian said in a statement to the Regional News. He served in the U.S. Navy and has a bachelor’s degree in biology from State Univeristy of New York, College of Fredonia, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Rosolind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago.

Man gets five years on sexploitation charge Voltz also must register as sex offender A 26-year-old Walworth man was sentenced to five years in a state prison after he pleaded guilty April 30 to a felony charge of child sexploitation. Parker G. Voltz, 318 Howard St., also was sentenced to five years of extended supervision. As a condition of his extended supervision, Voltz must pay $1,039 in restitution. Other conditions of his probation include no contact with minors, no alcohol, no use of “interactive computers or smart phones” and no viewing of pornographic or sexually explicit images. Voltz must register as a sex offender, undergo a sex offender assessment and receive sex offender treatment.

sion of marijuana. Two felony Police allegedly charges of posalso found pornogsession of child raphy on Voltz’s pornography and cell phone. a felony bail jumpHowever, the ing charge were alleged pornogradismissed but read phy was not ideninto the record. tified as child porThe five year nography. Voltz prison sentence Voltz was court-ordered was the minimum not to possess any sentence allowed under state law on the child pornography. According to the crimisexploitation charge. Voltz was first arrested nal complaint on the child on April 16, 2013, when pornography charges: special agents with the On April 16, special Wisconsin Department of agents with the WisconJustice Division of Crimi- sin Department of Justice nal Investigation executed Division of Criminal Invesa search warrant on his tigation executed a search home. At the home, law warrant on Voltz’s home. At the home an agent enforcement found child took a MacBook computer pornography. On Jan. 9, police with images and videos of arrested Voltz for posses- child pornography. When Voltz was interviewed by the special agent, Voltz said he first found child pornography in the summer of 2012. Voltz admitted to the agent that he had both video and images of child pornography. Voltz also told the special agent that he spends time online talking with people and getting advice on how to find child pornography. He also allegedly admitted that he would play videos from his computer through a web cam for other people who would watch the videos. Voltz told police he did this every couple of days since August 2012. According to the criminal complaint on the bail jumping charge: Police found marijuana inside of the glove box of Voltz’s vehicle. On his phone, police saw a pornographic image on the home screen. Voltz said more pornographic images were on his phone, and he knew possessing those images was a violation of his bond.

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Case dismissed against man accused of rape By Robert Ireland ELKHORN — Prosecutors have dismissed charges against an Illinois man accused of rape after the alleged victim reported she wouldn’t be able to testify. Christopher Wessels, 24, of Rock Falls, Ill., had been charged with two counts of third-degree sexual assault. According to the court minutes from April 28, the victim in the case told Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube that she had cancer and recently had a significant surgery and was scheduled for more surgery. Grube moved to dismiss the case without prejudice, which means he can file the charges again in the future. According to the court minutes, Grube would re-evaluate the case based on the alleged victim’s medical issues. In early April, the Regional News reported on the Wessels case and his attorney, Travis Schwantes, said that his client “adamantly maintains his innocence.” In the April interview, Schwantes said that his client maintains that he had consensual sex with the alleged victim and that no assault took place. The case was scheduled for a jury trial on May 5. On April 23, prior to the state dis-

up more after a few drinks. They went to a gas station and Wessels bought beer and a bottle of vodka. The alleged victim told police that he hid the bottle of vodka from her. She also told police that she hadn’t been drinking that night. “We think the facts will be that she took him to the liquor Wessels store, and knew what he was purCase background chasing and they were drinking On Nov. 21, 2012, Wessels together,” Schwantes said in April. “There and the alleged victim met on the free was no hidden drinking.” dating website Plenty of Fish, which is As the night progressed, and Wessels where they exchanged email addresses continued to drink, his behavior became and phone numbers. increasingly aggressive, the woman told That night, the alleged victim left her police. Walworth County home to pickup WesEventually, during the night, Wessels in Illinois. sels entered the woman’s room and allegThe woman left her home at about 9 edly sexually assaulted her, according to p.m. and arrived at Wessels residence at a police reports. quarter to midnight. During the assault, the woman After arriving at the woman’s Wal- reported that the more she fought with worth County home, the two briefly slept Wessels, the more aggressive he became. before the morning, according to police The next morning, the woman drove reports. Wessels home. The alleged victim told police that During the ride to Illinois, Wessels Wessels acted normal and reported no told the woman, “You know I’m a king and problems with Wessels during the follow- had to do what I had to do to get you as a ing day. queen.” On Nov. 22, 2012, at about 4 p.m., The woman told police she believes Wessels asked the woman to take him to that this comment was in reference to buy alcohol. Wessels told her he opened missing the case, it was heard on three motions related to it. One of the motions was to amend the charges to a more serious offense and the other two motions was to introduce other acts as evidence. At that motion hearing, Reddy denied all three of the state’s motions.

Wessels claim to be a gang member. On Nov. 26, the victim reported the sexual assault to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. In the April interview, Schwantes said his client’s version of the events are different than the alleged victim’s account of the night. “They met on a dating site. They spent time together, and they had consensual sex,” Schwantes said. “After the consensual sex, she drove him 2 1/2 hours home, to where he lives in Illinois, with her daughter in the back seat.” Before Wessels left the home, the victim secretly took his state identification card, which police used to identify Wessels. Wessels also left his cell phone at the victim’s home. The assault was reported to police that Monday. Shortly after the assault was reported, Wessels was taken into custody in Illinois where he was held for unrelated charges and a probation violation. He wasn’t extradited to Walworth County until January of this year. The Walworth County District Attorney’s office filed the felony charges against Wessels in December 2012. On Jan. 27, he pleaded not guilty to the two charges. Until the charges were dismissed, Wessles was being held in the Walworth County jail.

COURT REPORTS Burlington man must register as sex offender for next 15 years A 32-year-old Burlington man must register as a sex offender for the next 15 years after he removed a boy’s swimming suit in a public restroom. Jeremy K. Wetherald, 143 E. Chestnut St., Apt A., pleaded guilty in February to a felony charge of exposing genitals. On April 25, he was sentenced to three years of probation, which includes one year in jail with work-release privileges. He also was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation as determined necessary and sex offender assessment and treatment. According to the criminal complaint: Wetherald met the 15-year-old boy online and in person in the town of Troy. The victim told police that, on July

18, he was in the bathroom with Wetherald, and Wetherald pulled down the boy’s swimming suit. The victim told police that Wetherald was going to perform oral sex on him. However, someone entered the bathroom and interrupted them.

Lake Geneva man guilty of felony marijuana charges A 38-year-old Lake Geneva man was sentenced April 28 to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to two felony drug charges. Tyler J. Jenkins, 135 E. Main St., No. 115, pleaded guilty in February to felony charges of delivering marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor charge of bail jumping. As a condition of his probation, Jen-

kins must spend one year in jail with workrelease privileges. Several additional misdemeanor and felony charges were dismissed but read into the record. According to the criminal complaint: Using a confidential police informant, police purchased marijuana from Jenkins on Jan. 9, 2013, and Feb. 15, 2013. On Jan. 3, 2014, a confidential informant purchased marijuana and Hydrocodone from Jenkins. On Jan. 8, police raided Jenkins’ home, and found 15 bags of hashish — which is an extract of the cannabis plant. Police report that the hashish weighed 18.02 grams. At the time of his arrest, Jenkins was free from custody on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Woman faces domestic charge A 43-year-old Geneva Township woman faces a felony charge after she allegedly threw the remote control at her girlfriend’s head. Kimberly A. Stockert faces a felony charge of substantial battery, and if she is convicted she faces up to 3 1/2 years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On April 9, police responded to a town of Geneva home for a report of a domestic abuse incident. When police arrived at the scene, a woman was bleeding from the left side of her head, and the woman had a “V” shaped laceration on her head. Stockert told police that she lost her “cool” when arguing with her girlfriend and she threw a remote control at her.




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Elkhorn’s Heritage Hall set for opening ELKHORN — On May 10, the Walworth County Historical Society will celebrate the grand opening of Heritage Hall. The Historical Society recently acquired the former Betts Funeral Home, and Heritage Hall is located in its large meeting room. The property is directly across the street from the Webster House Museum, which also opens on May 10. The hall and museum are located at the corner of Rockwell and S. Washington streets, just two blocks south of the center of Elkhorn. A grand opening program at Heritage Hall is planned from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 10. The program will feature several speakers: society president Doris Reinke, director Pat Blackmer and Robert Webster. Dan Richardson, the society’s vice president, will also talk about a donor tree that will be located in the main lobby. There will also be refreshments, selfguided tours and an art exhibit of the works of Katherine Yares, a long-time society volunteer from Elkhorn who passed away last year. The museum was the home of Joseph P. Webster, a well-known Civil War-era musician and composer, whose most famous works were the still popular hymn “The Sweet By and By” and the love song “Lorena” that was featured in the film “Gone with the Wind.” The home is filled with pieces that belonged to the Webster family. The Webster family occupied the house from 1857 until the early 1950s when one of the last survivors died. An annex to the home, added after the

historical society took possession, houses many other rare collections including Howard Cook’s amazing wildlife bird collection, the original elk horns which gave Elkhorn its name, Potawatomie Indian artifacts, a veterans room with memorabilia from the Civil War and World Wars I and II, and heirlooms from many of the county’s pioneer families. Adjacent to the Webster House is the Boyd Carriage House, an imposing 1850 hand-hewn oak beam barn that houses General Boyd’s carriage that transported him between Lake Geneva and Madison for his senatorial duties in the early days of Wisconsin statehood. In addition to a rare collection of Boyd family artifacts, the barn also houses a collection of antique tools and agricultural implements, including ice harvesting equipment that drew ice from area lakes and ponds in the days before refrigerators and freezers. The Webster House and Heritage Hall hours from their opening on May 10 to early October are from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment for tours and special events by calling (262) 723-4248. Also adjacent to the Webster House at 210 S. Washington St. is the Doris Reinke Resource Center that houses records, maps, journals, newspapers, scrapbooks, county family genealogies and many more documents, all available for public research. This center is open on all year from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, or with an appointment by calling (262) 723-4248. Other sites operated by the society are


HERITAGE HALL at the corner of E. Rockwell and S. Washington streets in Elkhorn will be featured in a grand opening program on May 10 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. The hall is located in the former Betts Funeral Home property acquired two years ago by the Walworth County Historical Society. the Sharon Town Hall and the Blooming Prairie one-room school at the fairgrounds that are open mostly during fairtime, except for the school that hosts special tours for area elementary schools in the spring and fall. Other special events sponsored annually by the historical society are the annual free ice cream social in July that this year will include a GAR/Spanish-American War 1898 encampment, the annual book sale at the Walworth County Fair, an antique appraisal program in the spring and special

Church hosted Quilts of Honor

To view some current Quilts of Honor, visit the Franklin Library in Franklin, from May 17 through June 14. QOH, Wisconsin Southeast (WISE) welcomes people to help make quilts or receive fabric or cash to purchase batting and back-

ing fabrics. In addition, to nominate a local veteran who may qualify for one of these quilts, contact the local Quilts of Honor, WISE organization through Linn Church at (262) 2481588.

COUNTY NOTES Relay For Life of Walworth County to hold team captain meeting The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Walworth County invites team captains to the monthly team captain meeting May 13 at the Community Bank Room, 820 E. Geneva St., Delavan at 6:30 p.m. This monthly meeting will last approximately 45 minutes and will provide team captains the opportunity to interact with the event committee, share their fundraising progress and ask questions concerning the event. Team captains will be updated with new event information and will have the opportunity to share their upcoming team fundraisers with the group. Team T-shirt forms can also be picked up. These forms must be filled out and turned in no later than June 10 in order for teams to receive T-shirts this year. This year’s Relay For Life event will be at the Walworth County Fairgrounds on July 18 with the opening ceremony starting at 6 p.m. Entertainment, theme laps, a silent auction, DJ, campsite fundraisers and more will highlight the event. The closing ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. Everyone is invited to join for all or part of this family fun event. For more information on Relay For Life of Walworth County or team captain meetings, please contact Meghan Havill at (608) 662-7551 or meghan.

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QUILTS OF HONOR recently presented handmade Quilted Hugs of Gratitude to veterans (from left), Art Erickson, Gary Holden and Alex Palmer at Linn Presbyterian Church. The organization, Quilts of Honor Wisconsin Southeast, involves volunteers who enjoy quilting with the creation of quilts in recognition of the sacrifice and service of veterans.



Linn Presbyterian Church recently hosted a Quilts of Honor presentation. Roxane Ashcraft and Karen Grohowski, from the Quilts of Honor WISE (Wisconsin Southeast) group, presented quilts to local veterans Gary Holden, Art Erickson and Alex Palmer. The deserving recipients were thankful to be honored with their Quilted Hugs of Gratitude for their service long ago. Holden served in the Army as an aircraft mechanic, gunner and crew chief from 1965 to 1968. He was in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. Erickson is a veteran from the Korean War. He served from 1953-56 with the U.S. Navy and was based out of Great Lakes Naval Air Station as a firefighter. Palmer served in the U.S. Navy from 1999-2008. He was deployed to Djibouti, Africa, to monitor the Somali pirates in the area. He also worked in the civil engineer corps. Quilts of Honor was founded in 2009 by Gail Belmont, an Army veteran and quilter from California. Under her direction, quilters have come together to show the men and women who have defended our freedoms, how much we appreciate their sacrifice and service with something very American and very tangible — a Quilt of Honor, also known as a Quilted Hug of Gratitude. Their hope is that these quilts will help provide comfort, love and healing to those who have given so much.

appearances by speakers with particular knowledge of historic figures or events. Special events planned this year include the citywide rummage sale at Heritage Hall and a bridal gown display at the Webster House June 13 to 14; a program called “Aprons: Ties to Our Past” by the Geneva Lakes Area Museum in Heritage Hall on Sept. 18; a “Paranormal Investigation” of the Webster House during October; a Veterans Day program Nov. 11; and the annual Christmas Tree Walk Dec. 6 to 7, at Heritage Hall.


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Cauthamoc Sandoval, Andrea Miller, Sam Mantich, Melissa Toledo and Fran Homan. The former students each shared their positive experiences in Badger’s business program. A motion was made by Druszczak, seconded by Buntrock to approve the payment of bills totaling $767,195.82 and the minutes from the Executive Session and Regular Meeting – January 13, 2014 6:00/6:30 p.m. with a correction to mark Buntrock absent from the February 10th regular meeting. All yes. Motion carried. The Board of Education reviewed their goals for the 2013-2014 school year. A motion was made by Druszczak, seconded by Jacobson to approve the retirement request from Terri Lightheart – ESL with appreciation and a new contract for Dr. Steve Zorich – Director of Student Services effective July 1, 2014. All yes Motion carried. A motion was made by Wolter, seconded by Jacobson to approve the new position of Academic Success Coordinator. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Giovannetti, seconded by Druszczak to approve the new position of Math Interventionist. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Druszczak, seconded by Giovannetti to approve CESA #2 to provide the driver’s education program effective June 1, 2014 and for the district’s business manager to work at off-setting costs for this program. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Druszczak, seconded by Giovannetti to approve the purchase of Chromebooks for Badger High School students. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Jacobson, seconded by Wolter to approve the purchase of laptops for professional staff. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Druszczak, seconded by Giovannetti to approve the change in student data program from PowerSchool to Infinite Campus. Transition will begin once the school year ends. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Wolter, seconded by Jacobson to approve the FCCLA State Competition to WI Dells March 31April 2, 2014. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Druszczak, seconded by Buntrock to approve the teacher contracts for 2014-2015. All yes. Motion carried. Badger Principal Bob Kopydlowski reported on the completion of the registration process. 8th grade students are registering for summer programs as well and currently 340 students are registered for the incoming freshmen Class of 2018. Approximately 320 parents of freshmen attended registration. March 6th was ACT Boot Camp with over 148 students attending. Discussion took place regarding ACT testing and the percentage of students that take the exam. Associate Principal Mike Giovingo reported on the start of spring sports and plans are underway for Women’s Wellness Week. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Eckola reported on WKCE testing that is embargoed until April. Results should be available for the May regular meeting. Discussion took place regarding common core standards, Next Generation testing and Educator Effectiveness training. Director of Student Services Donna Jaeger reported on the March 25th Lake Geneva Cares meeting at 11:00 a.m. here at the district office. Director of Business Services Warren Flitcroft reported on budget preparation for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Jim Gottinger referred to his monthly handout for any questions. Discussion took place regarding the many items this month on the agenda for approval and how each will impact student achievement and how our teachers teach. A motion was made by Buntrock, seconded by Wolter to adjourn. All yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned 8:05 p.m. Helen Jacobson, Clerk Date Approved 4/14/14 May 8, 2014

production of Annie directed by teacher Jeannie Kry. Family movie night was a success with over 350 people in attendance to watch Despicable Me2 and plans are underway for the school sing-a-long and “Dress like a Rock Star Day”. Star Center Principal Chiper Tennessen reported 93% of their parents attended parent teacher conferences, co-ed volleyball and basketball have begun, plans are underway for the Lego Masters Builders Club and Star Center will host the district Math 24 contest. Mrs. Tennessen shared that they have had approximately 30 high school students visit Star Center in the past few weeks to read with students. LGMS Principal Anne Heck shared that the LGMS Choir have been invited to perform at the Capital. The students will spend the morning touring Edgewood College and enjoy lunch and will then spend the afternoon at the Capital. The LGMS PTO sold 1800 tickets for the calendar raffle for the month of March and the student vs. staff basketball game is scheduled for March 28th prior to spring break. LGMS Asst. Principal Collin Nugent reported that LGMS students Christian Johnston and Charley Geise have both advanced to the State level of the Spelling Bee on March 29th. Girls’ basketball is underway along with drama club and Spanish club. Eastview Principal Drew Halbesma reported on the early release agenda for staff. Technology and mini self-assessments will be the focus for the afternoon. Mr. Halbesma reported that some of the Eastview students were interviewed and can be seen in a short St. Patty’s Day video on the Lake Geneva Regional News webpage and 94% of their Eastview parents attended parent teacher conferences. Director of Student Services Donna Jaeger reported on the Seal a Smile Program which will now expand to the 6th grade students and the March 25th LG CARES (Lake Geneva Community Advocating for Responsible Educated Students) meeting at the District Office. Kindergarten screening is scheduled for March 26th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will target the incoming 5K who have not been in our 4K program. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Eckola reported on WKCE tests and the release of data in April. Discussion took place regarding Common Core and the lengthy implementation process. Director of Business Services Warren Flitcroft reported on the balancing of the budget and how the district will do financially for 2014-2015. Director of Technology Dan Schmidt referred to his monthly report regarding the teacher laptop upgrade, new student information system and the possible purchase of Chromebooks for student use. Pricing, policy implementation device comparisons, training and support, parent information and timeline were discussed. Superintendent James Gottinger referred to his monthly handouts. Discussion took place regarding ACT 32 and how it will affect Central Denison and Eastview. Congratulations to Christian and Charley for their outstanding effort in the Regional Spelling Bee as they now advance to the state level. Dr. Gottinger shared information regarding the hiring process for the Director of Student Services. The interview team included board representation from each district, two teaching staff members and three administrators. The interview team’s recommendation will appear later on the agenda for approval. The Board of Education reviewed their goals for the 2013-2014 school year. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Hollmann to approve the contract for Dr. Steve Zorich to fill the position of Director of Student Services effective July 1, 2014. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Dale, seconded by Franzene to approve the retirement requests of Wendy Turk – 3rd grade Star Center and Jean Katzenburg – Building Aide Star Center and the resignation of Rebecca Stier – 3rd grade at Star Center. All yes. Motion carried. Member Franzene asked that item 8.2 be tabled for a month for further consideration. Discussion followed. A motion was made by Dale, seconded by Hollmann to approve the Chromebooks and iPad purchase for student use. Roll call: Yes – Hollmann, Dinan, Dale, Spiegelhoff. Abstained – Franzene. Motion carried. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Dale to approve the purchase of Laptops for Professional Staff and New Data System Infinite Campus. Roll call: Yes – Franzene, Hollmann, Dinan, Dale, Spiegelhoff. Motion carried. A motion was made by Hollmann, seconded by Franzene to approve the teacher contracts for 2014-2015. Roll Call – Franzene, Hollmann, Dinan, Dale, Spiegelhoff. Motion carried. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Hollmann to adjourn to executive session in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes 19.85 1 (c) (e) to discuss employment, compensation, promotion and performance evaluation data. All yes. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 p.m. Marcie Hollmann, Clerk Date Approved 4/8/14 May 8, 2014

telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board (or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed because the person has been granted a waiver of the 48 hour notice of an intent to file a written objection by appearing before the Board during the first two hours of the meeting and showing good cause for failure to meet the 48 hour notice requirement and files a written objection), that person provides to the Clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal of any Board members and, if so, which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take. When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation, if that valuation was made by the Assessor of the Objector using the income method, unless the person supplies to the Assessor all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the manual under Sec. 73.03(2a), that the Assessor requests. The Village of Fontana has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the Assessor under this paragraph which provides exemptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court. The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determined that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection copying under Sec. 19.35(1) of Wis. Stats. The Board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the Board a letter from a physician, surgeon or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other person may testify by telephone.

date was given by Ms. Jenks and Ms. Jessica Lewis. Ms. Jenks and M r . Zwart discussed the cost cure process and what options were available with the school board. 5. Known Impact to Walworth Elementary and Middle School- The board members and administration addressed the following items: a. Relocated Parking Lot Design and Distance from Multipurpose Room Entrance- Mr. Hildebrandt stated that parking is an issue now along with the new proposed parking lot plan will eliminate 20 more spots. b. Handicap Parking Location in New Parking Lot- Ms. Larson stated the Handicap parking is a concern for the school large functions like concerts, graduation, play performances, assemblies, etc. c. Removal of Beloit Street DropOff- Mrs. Heyer mentioned all traffic will be redirected to Fremont Street. Fremont Street is already busy in the morning and afternoon during drop-off times. d. Drop-Off and Pick-Up Entrances for Grades 5-8- Mr. Ries discussed students will be funneled to Fremont Street which will double the amount of students already using Fremont Street for dropoff and pick-up. Fremont Street was proposed in the past to be one-way but the residents on this street were opposed to this proposal. e. Environmental Concerns for 1932 Building- Mrs. Heyer explained noise and air pollution are concerns since the section of the school closest to Highway 14 is not air conditioned. Windows will be open and students will hear traffic noise and breathe vehicle exhaust. M r s . Heyer reviewed her concerns regarding the increase of school’s insurance due to the closeness of the possibility of car crashes, drainage of the highway by the gymnasium which is in the basement, and the possibility of soundproofing due to the noise from the highway and traffic. f. Potential Hazards of Highway 14 Redirection- Ms. Larson stated a truck could over-turn with hazardous materials or a child could be injured or hit by a vehicle since Route 14 is so close to the school. g. Potential Future DetachmentsMrs. Freeman explained the detachment of properties process by Pheasant Ridge from Walworth Jt. District #1 to Fontana School and the financial impact to the Walworth School system. During the process, one of the Pheasant Ridge subdivision’s concerns was the close proximity of the proposed Highway 14 redirection plan to the Walworth Jt. District #l. h Other Impacts of Highway 14 Redirection- Mrs. Freeman stated potential changes to the school could cause parents to enroll students to other schools. The WisDOT representatives stated there will be two more Public Information Meetings- one will be scheduled in the spring and one will be scheduled in the summer. WisDot representatives mentioned that changes to the present plan can still be made. 6. Mitigation ProcessThe WisDOT representatives discussed the Mitigation Process which includes hiring a design consultant which would be reimbursed at time of real estate acquisition. and hiring a design consultant from WisDOT Master Contract List. Mr. Lawton stated that changes could not occur without the approval of the school board for the real estate acquisition/transaction process. He believes it is the WisDOT’s responsibility to say no to the Village Board.

this time. d. Building and Grounds- Mr. Hildebrandt reported the annual service inspection on the bleachers was approved and proposal for duct work was discussed. e. Highway 14 Project- Mrs. Freeman reported the Board of Education Special Meeting was held on March 14, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the school library. Over 40 parents and staff members shared their concerns about the redirection of USH 14. Mrs. Freeman requested Ms. Larson to contact Mr. Lawton, Boardman & Clark, LLP Attorney, regarding future options. f. Walworth History CommitteeThere was no Walworth History Committee Report at this time. g. President’s Update- Mrs. Freeman reviewed the presentation of Service Over Self Award given to Mr. Gutierrez, ELL teacher, at the WalworthFontana Rotary Meeting and the wonderful PowerPoint presentation showcasing Walworth Jt. District #1 given by Ms. Larson. h. Principal’s Report- Mr. Wilson reviewed/distributed: 1) his written report which included information on the amount of money the school fundraiser has raised; 2) the teachers-during the February early release day-logged into the Math SmarterBalanced website; 3) the fall WKCE results are in; 4) updated information regarding the promotion/ retention letters; and 5) the wrap-up 5/6 intramurals basketball season. i. Administrator’s Report- Ms. Larson reviewed/distributed: 1) e-mailed an updated spreadsheet regarding the Rural Schools Grant budget and expenditures summary for 2013-2104; 2) information regarding the March staff development summary which was held on March 14, 2014; 3) on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Kindergarten through fifth grade teachers will participate in a Journeys Lesson Demonstration presented by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt representative; 4) communication with a proposal to upgrade the current phone system; and 5) presentation of a PowerPoint showcasing Walworth Jt. District #1 which was shown at the Walworth/Fontana Rotary Meeting. j. Business Office Report- Ms. Bourke distributed/reviewed the monthly income statements and updated the board members with information regarding changes in the E-rate. 6. Old Business a. Second Reading: Policy 141School Board Officers, Policy 142- Legal Counsel, Policy 150- School Board Powers and Duties, Policy 151.1- Policy Adoption, Amendment, and/or Revision, and Policy 151.2- Policy Dissemination - Updated copies were e-mailed to the board members. Motion by Dr. Schmitz to approve these board policies, as presented. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. 7. New Business a. Use of District Facilities- Ms. Larson received one request for the use of the district facilities by Lil’ Chiefs Basketball Program for practices. Motion by Mrs. Heyer to approve the request, as presented. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. b. Air Duct Cleaning ProposalMotion by Mr. Hildebrandt to approve the three-stage four -year plan of the air duct cleaning, as presented. Second by Mrs. Heyer. Motion carried 4-0. c. Rural Schools Grant- Motion by Dr. Schmitz to approve the Rural Schools Grant budget, as presented, with the exception of the iPad purchases. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. d. iPad Purchases- Motion by Mrs. Heyer to table the iPad purchases line in the Rural Schools Grant budget until the technology building infrastructure is examined. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. e. Phone System UpgradesMotion by Dr. Schmitz to approve the upgrades to the phone system, as presented. Second by Mrs. Heyer. Motion carried 4-0. f. Inclement Weather Makeup Days- Motion by Mr. Hildebrandt to approve the final student day of school will be June 13, 2014 and graduation for eighth grade students will be June 13, 2014 with the teachers to have a professional day during the summer. Second by Mrs. Heyer. Motion carried 4-0. g. Maternity/Paternity Leave (2)Motion by Mrs. Heyer to approve the maternity leave request from Mrs. Jennifer OttWilson, School Counselor, due to the upcoming arrival of a new baby, as presented. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. Motion by Mrs. Heyer to approve the paternity leave request from Mr. Brent Wilson, Interim Principal, due to the upcoming arrival of a new baby, as presented. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. h. Open Enrollment Exception Request- Motion by Mrs. Heyer to approve the open enrollment exception request, as presented. Second by Dr. Schmitz. Motion carried 4-0. i. First Reading: Board Policy 673.1- District Credit Cards- An updated copy of this policy was e-mailed to the board members. The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. Motion by Mrs. Heyer to adjourn the meeting. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. The meeting was adjourned at 8:21 P.M.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the City Plan Commission on Monday, May 19, 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 Scott Sweet and Candice Finnegan, 1134 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 for a four to five foot fence in the street yards of the property along Geneva Street and Maxwell Street at the following location: TAX KEY NO. ZOP 00218 1134 Geneva Street


All interested in the above matter are invited to attend. The City Plan Commission will be in session on Monday, May 19, 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 2nd day of May, 2014. Mayor James R. Connors City Plan Commission City of Lake Geneva, WI A QUORUM OF ALDERMEN MAY BE IN ATTENDANCE NOTE: Requests from persons with disabilities who need assistance in order to participate in this meeting should be made to the City Clerk’s office in advance, in order for appropriate accommodations to be made. May 8 & 15, 2014


NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a continuation of a Public Hearing will be held before a City Plan Commission Meeting on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 6:30 P.M. at the City Hall, Council Chambers, 626 Geneva Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for approval of a Precise Implementation Plan (PIP) Amendment for Summerhaven of Lake Geneva Condominium, filed by McMurr II, LLC, 351 W. Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 to allow at the developer to reduce the number of condominium dwelling units from thirty-four (34) to twentynine (29). The last amended approval was granted at the Plan Commission on March 17, 2008 and at the City Council on March 24, 2008 at the following location: SUMMERHAVEN OF LAKE GENEVA CONDOMINIUM – THAT PART OF THE SOUTHEAST ¼ OF THE SOUTHEAST ¼ OF SECTION 36, TOWN 2 NORTH, RANGE 17 EAST, AND THE NORTHEAST ¼ OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 1, TOWN 1 NORTH, RANGE 17 EAST, CITY OF LAKE GENEVA, WALWORTH COUNTY, WISCONSIN, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT THE ORTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 1 OF CERTIFIED SURVEY MAP NO. 754, RECORDED AS DOCUMENT NO. 28944 OF WALWORTH COUNTY CERTIFIED SURVEYS, SAID POINT LOCATED S 89DEG 31MIN 36SEC W, 733.28 FEET FROM THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 36 (T2N, R17E); THENCE S 01DEG 33MIN 07SEC E, ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID LOT 1 CSM 754, 65.01 FEET; THENCE S 89DEG 38MIN 02SEC W, 340.89 FEET; THENCE S 04DEG 56MIN 22SEC E, 161.61 FEET; THENCE N 89DEG 41MIN 51SEC W, 124.31 FEET; THENCE N 06DEG 43 MIN 55 SEC W, 226.04 FEET; THENCE S 89DEG 55MIN 25SEC W, 103.47 FEET; THENCE N 00DEG 11MIN 05SEC W, 311.51 FEET; THENCE N 88DEG 58MIN 07SEC E, 199.39 FEET; THENCE S 86DEG 27MIN 48SEC E, 126.62 FEET; THENCE N 88DEG 41MIN 15SEC E, 42.80 FEET; THENCE N 01DEG 12MIN 03SEC W, 16.91 FEET; THENCE N 89DEG 31MIN 07SEC E, 24.01 FEET; THENCE N 01DEG 55MIN 11SEC W, 134.92 FEET; THENCE N 00DEG 41MIN 12SEC W, 50.00 FEET; THENCE N 89DEG 18MIN 48SEC E, 239.56 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST LINE OF WELLS STREET; THENCE S 37DEG 55MIN 32SEC E ALONG WELLS STREET, 202.94 FEET TO THE WEST LINE OF LAKE GENEVA BOULEVARD; THENCE S 01DEG 34MIN 47SEC E, ALONG SAID BOULEVARD, 348.82 FEET TO THE NORTH LINE OF SAID CSM 754; THENCE S 89DEG 37MIN 23SEC W, 90.50 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID CSM, S 89DEG 38MIN 40SEC W, 89.98 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. CONTAINING 8.00 ACRES OF LAND MORE OR LESS. (END OF LEGAL DESCRIPTION) - 750 LAKE GENEVA BOULEVARD All interested in the above matter are invited to attend. The City Plan Commission will be in session on Monday, May 19, 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 2nd day of May, 2014. May 8 & 15, 2014


SCHOOL BOARD MEETING REGULAR MEETING BOARD OF EDUCATION LAKE GENEVA - GENOA CITY UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 6:30 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014 DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION CENTER Roll Call: Present: Druszczak, Jacobson, Ceisel, Giovannetti, Sherman, Wolter, Buntrock Also Present: Gottinger, Eckola, Jaeger, Flitcroft, Kopydlowski, Straus, Schmidt, Sarna, 8 citizens President Sherman called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. followed by the pledge of allegiance. A motion was made by Giovannetti, seconded by Jacobson to approve the revised agenda. All yes. Motion carried. Student Council Representative Tyler Sheeks reported on council activities including plans for the April 12th laser tag event and Operation Click banquet will be held on April 25th. Mr. Kopydlowski introduced the Business Education Dept. to the Board of Education. Teachers Ed Krien, Phil Huff and Vanessa Kirk each spoke about their area of business education that they teach and provided a video presentation with testimonials from alumni Alyssa Kale, Shanna Meyers,


REGULAR MEETING BOARD OF EDUCATION LAKE GENEVA JOINT #1 SCHOOL DISTRICT 5:30 P.M. TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014 DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION Roll call: Present: Franzene, Dinan, Dale, Hollmann, Spiegelhoff Also Present: Gottinger, Flitcroft, Eckola, Jaeger, Schmidt, Heck, Nugent, Halbesma, Schroeder, Tennessen, Sarna, 25 citizens President Spiegelhoff called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. followed by the pledge of allegiance. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Hollmann to move from executive session to open session. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Dale to approve the amended agenda as written. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Hollmann to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting & Executive Session – Tuesday, February 11, 2014 5:00/5:30 p.m. All yes. Motion carried. A motion was made by Franzene, seconded by Hollmann to approve the payment of bills totaling $796,265.76. Roll call: Yes – Franzene, Hollmann, Dinan, Dale, Spiegelhoff. All yes. Motion carried. Achievement Plus Awards were presented to Badger students Sophia Lazzaroni and Ana Arrellano for their work at Star Center with students during Read Across America week and Dr. Seuss Birthday activities. The National Honor Society students were nominated by Principal Chiper Tennessen. The Results Plus Award was presented to Eastview 4th grade teacher Vikki Harkey for her work as forensics coach, student council advisor and coaching three student sports. Mrs. Harkey was nominated by Principal Halbesma. LGMS orchestra teacher Lauren Zemlicka and choral teacher Amy Swanson nominated the following parent volunteers; Mrs. Kim May, Mrs. Chiquita Woods, Mr. and Mrs. Owen, Mrs. Brandi Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Machan and Mrs. Heather Foulkes for their help with the Solo and Ensemble contest March 1st hosted by LGMS. All recipients received a certificate of appreciation and photos were taken for the Lake Geneva Regional News. Central Denison Principal Betsy Schroeder reported on the Chinese Acrobat assembly, the 2nd and 3rd grade Young Auditorium field trip to see the Irish Dancers perform, Read Across American activities, a visit from author Alan St. Jean and Dr. Schroeder shared that Central Denison students surpassed their 3,000 books read in one week and read a total of 5200. Central Denison Co-Principal Jan Eckola reported on the upcoming student


FONTANA PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF 2014 BOARD OF REVIEW VILLAGE OF FONTANA ON GENEVA LAKE Walworth County, Wisconsin NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the Village of Fontana on Geneva Lake, Walworth County, WI shall hold its first meeting on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 beginning at 4:15 p.m. in the Village Hall Conference Room located at 175 Valley View Drive, Fontana, Wisconsin. NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that Wisconsin State Statutes Sec. 70.47(2) requires as follows: No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the Assessor to view such property. After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board. No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by

Submitted by: Dennis L. Martin, Fontana Village Clerk/Administrator May 8, 2014


NOXIOUS WEED NOTICE Village of Fontana on Geneva Lake Walworth County, WI Weed Notice: Notice is hereby given to each person who owns, occupies or controls land in the Village of Fontana on Geneva Lake, Walworth County, Wisconsin, to destroy all noxious weeds on such property before the plants bloom. In accordance with the Wisconsin State Statute 66.0407 noxious weeds are as follows: Canada Thistle, Leafy Spurge, and field bindweed (creeping Jenny) and any other weed as described in Fontana Municipal Code 82129. All weeds and grass shall be kept cut to a height of not to exceed one foot and shall be controlled at such time and in such a manner as will prevent such plants from maturing to the bloom of flower stage. If any owner or occupant fails to cut or otherwise properly destroy in due season and as provided in Chapter 82 of the Municipal Code any such weeds, the clerk shall cause a written notice to be served upon the owner or occupant of such real estate, which notice shall notify such owner or occupant that unless such weeds are cut or otherwise properly destroyed within five days of service of said notice, the Village will cause such weeds to be cut or otherwise destroyed and the expense included in the taxes to be collected on such real estate. Village of Fontana on Geneva Lake Dennis L. Martin, Village Clerk/Administrator May 8 & 15, 2014


WALWORTH SCHOOL BOARD WALWORTH JOINT DISTRICT NO. 1 Walworth, Wisconsin 53184 Special Board of Education Meeting Friday, March 14, 2014 Minutes The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Linda Freeman, President, at 10:00 A.M. Members in attendance included: Mr. Jacob Ries, Mr. Richard Hildebrandt, Mrs. Mary Heyer, and Dr. Valerie Schmitz. Also in attendance were Ms. Larson, Interim District Administrator; Mr. Brent Wilson, Interim Principal; Mrs. Barbara Dade, Executive Secretary; Mr. Michael Lawton, Boardman & Clark, LLP Attorney; Ms. Jade Bolack, Media Representative; Ms. Jessica Lewis, GAI Consultants; Ms. Julie Jenks, WisDOT Project Manager; Mr. Jim Forseth, WisDOT Project Supervisor; Mr. Derek Zwart, WisDOT Real Estate Representative; and over thirty-five community members/parents/staff. 1. The Pledge of Allegiance- The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. Introductions- Introductions were made by the Walworth Jt. District #1 board members and representatives, WisDOT representatives, and a GAI consultant. Mrs. Freeman welcomed everyone to this important redirection of USH 14 meeting. Mrs. Freeman reviewed: 1) the board’s continued opposition to this proposed redirection of USH 14 plan since 2009 along with 776 citizens of the village; 2) the school’s objections to the project have not been heard as of yet; 3) the history of the school’s location from 1853 until present; 4) the writing of letters sent to the governor, state senators and representatives, and legislatures of the State of Wisconsin to no avail; and 5) the concern for the safety of the children of Walworth Jt. District #1 which should be first and of the utmost importance. 3. Communication from the Public- Community members, parents, and staff expressed the continued concerns regarding the redirection of USH 14 within 53 feet of the Walworth Jt. District # 1 , the traffic nightmare due to the current plan’s removal of the Beloit Street turnaround, the need for the village board, representatives from the Walworth Jt. District #1, and WisDOT representatives to work together for the best plan for everyone involved. 4. Review/Discussion with Department of Transportation Representatives of West Modified Alternative with Dual Signals (January 13, 2014) – Mr. Forseth reviewed the background of the project and the current recommendations. A presentation discussing the different alternatives and revisions to

Both the board members, community members, parents, and staff in attendance to the meeting agree the next step is to attend the Village Board meeting which is held the second Monday of the month. Everyone needs to voice their opinions so the village board will hopefully listen and redirect Highway 14 not so close to the school. The next village board meeting will be held on April 14, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. Motion to adjourn by Mr. Hildebrandt. Second by Mrs. Heyer. Motion carried 5-0. The meeting was adjourned at 11:38 A.M. Minutes Prepared For: Mary, Heyer, Clerk By: Barbara Dade, Executive Secretary May 8, 2014


WALWORTH JT. DISTRICT #1 Walworth, Wisconsin 53184 REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING Monday, March 17, 2014 MINUTES The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Kelly Freeman, President, at 5:30 P.M. Members in attendance included: Mr. Jacob Ries, Mr. Richard Hildebrandt, Mrs. Mary Heyer, and Dr. Valerie Schmitz. Motion by Mrs. Heyer to adjourn to closed session pursuant to S19.85 (1)(c) consideration of employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. Re: District Administrator. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Roll call vote 5-0. The meeting was adjourned into closed session at 5:31 P.M. Mrs. Freeman reconvened the meeting back into open session at 6:08 P.M. Also in attendance were Ms. Pamela Larson, Interim District Administrator; Mr. Brent Wilson, Interim Principal; Ms. Karie Bourke, Business Administrative Assistant; and Mrs. Barbara Dade, Executive Secretary. 1. Pledge of Allegiance- The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. Agenda Adoption or RevisionMotion by Mr. Ries to approve the agenda, as printed. Second by Mrs. Heyer. Motion carried 5-0. 3. Approval of Minutes, Monthly Invoices, and Financial StatementsConsent motion by Mrs. Heyer to approve the open session minutes from the meeting held on February 24, 2014. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried.5-0. Consent motion by Mr. Ries to approve the March invoices including general fund checks #51846-#51919 totaling $28,347.93, payroll checks #23652-#23661 totaling $2,075.08, direct deposit checks #900011733#900011892 totaling $169,925.46, and online payments #772-#784 totaling $114,455.50. Second by Mr. Hildebrandt. Motion carried 4-0. Mrs. Heyer abstained. 4. Communication from the Public- There was no communication from the public at this time. 5. Reportsa. Board Policy Committee Update- Mrs. Heyer reviewed Board Policy #673.1- District Credit Card and Board Policy # 821.5- District Use of Social Media. Both policies were worked on at the last Board Policy Committee meeting. The next Board Policy Committee Meeting will be held on April 4, 2014. b. WASB Report- Mrs. Heyer reminded the board members to continue to check the WASB website for updated information. c. YESS Task Force ReportThere was no YESS Task Force Report at

Minutes Prepared For: Mary Heyer, Clerk By: Barbara Dade, Executive Secretary May 8, 2014


WALWORTH PUBLIC NOTICES Village of Walworth Walworth County, WI. Public Notice Conditional Use Public Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Village of Walworth Plan Commission on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 7:35 p.m. in the Walworth Municipal Building, 227 N. Main St., at which time the commission will consider applications submitted by: Name Tax Key Parcel Diana James VWUP00006 (Heyer True Value Hardware) Timothy Delimat VWUP00006A (Burger King) for a conditional use in accordance with Section 13-1-63, Outdoor Display, of the Village of Walworth Zoning Ordinances to allow for: Fireworks Stand All interested persons will be given an opportunity to be heard. Dated this 8th day of May, 2014. Donna Schut, Clerk Treasurer May 8, 2014


Sports Lake Geneva Regional News

Thursday May 8, 2014 Featuring Badger, Big Foot and Williams Bay High Schools


Chiefs still streaking By Ben Stanley


BIG FOOT’S BRIAN WOLSKI avoids a tag from the East Troy catcher while caught in a pickle on the third baseline during

WALWORTH — After an eight-day gap in games caused by two rain cancellations, the Big Foot baseball team picked up right where it left off on Monday night. The boys defeated East Troy 3-2 and brought the Chiefs’ winning streak to seven in what head coach Steve Bochat described as an evenly-matched game. “They have some good hitters,” Bochat said of East Troy. “They hit the ball really well.” But Austin Hoey, one of Big Foot’s top two pitchers, kept it close and pitched all seven innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing five hits in the process. Big Foot senior Brian Wolski was 2-for-4 at the plate with 2 RBIs, one of which was the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth that secured the victory for the Chiefs. Wolski hit a ground-ball single to left field that scored senior Nate Freytag who was on second base. Freytag was 2-for-4 and scored 2 runs. Despite Big Foot’s nine hits, the Chiefs struggled to score. “(We) just couldn’t get them strung together with guys in scoring position early,” Bochat said. “(It was) just a good team effort again with Austin’s pitching.”

Monday night’s 3-2 win.


Softball wins two blowouts By Ben Stanley Two multiple RBI home runs from freshman in the first and final innings sent the Badger softball team soaring over Elkhorn Area High School in a 14-3 victory on May 1. With two outs, Badger’s Morgan Moore hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first inning to kick off the scoring for Badger, and Cayleen Ryan ended it with a grand slam in the bottom of the 6th. Moore finished the game 2-for-4 and Ryan batted a triple shy of the cycle, with a double, a single and a grand-slam home run. She went 3-for-4 from the plate and had 5 RBIs. The Badgers racked up 13 total hits against the Elks, and “we needed it,” head coach Emily Stipek said after the game. The Badger girls have struggled with confidence issues throughout the season, especially after double-digit losses to Delavan-Darien on April 24, Westosha Central on April 17 and Wilmot on April 10, Stipek said. “Keeping a positive attitude has been a struggle in the past,” Stipek said. But the girls entered the game with energy.

“Keeping a positive attitude has been a struggle in the past.” — Badger head coach Emily Stipek The girls defeated Elkhorn 11-5 on April 8 to start the season. Elkhorn went up 2-0 in the top of the first, but Badger was up 5-2 by the end of the inning behind Moore’s 3-run blast and three consecutive hits from Ashley Nielsen, Ryan and Molly Schumacher. Following Moore’s home run, Nielsen hit a double and Ryan, the next batter, knocked Nielsen in with another double. Schumacher singled to right field and Ryan advanced to third, then scored off an Elkhorn throwing error. Badger scored again off a delayed steal in the bottom of the second to go up 6-2. Freshman Jordan Stritesky doubled to center and advanced to third on a single from Caitlynn Nugent. Stritesky stole home after Nugent drew a throw from the Elkhorn catcher while attempting to steal second. Nugent was caught and Stritesky scored. PLEASE SEE SOFTBALL PAGE 3C


BADGER’S ALEX KULIK returns a volley during Monday’s meet against Burlington at Badger High School.

Badger beats Burlington Boys tennis team has been dominating tie-breakers By Ben Stanley

“It was a good night for our track team,” boys head coach A.J. Curtis said. “We again had some very nice performances and our team competed very well against some very good competition.” “We had some outstanding individual performances at Friday’s Badger Invite,” girls head coach Jenn Chironis said. Curtis and Chironis provided highlight performances from the meet.

The Badger boys tennis team beat Burlington 5-2 on May 5 at Badger High School after taking third place out of five teams at the Delavan-Darien Invite on May 3, finshing behind Big Foot/Williams Bay (second place) and Waukesha North (first place). The Badgers are 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the Southern Lakes Conference. Against Burlington, Badger head coach Paul Lauterbach said that he moved varsity No. 1 singles star Riley Nocek to doubles to rest his injured leg as the conference meet nears. In his place, Lauterbach moved every singles player up one position and brought up the JV No. 1 singles player, Arhum Zafar, to fill in at the No. 4 singles spot. Zafar won “convincingly,” Lauterbach said, with scores of 6-3 and 6-0. No. 3 singles player Mitch Dunaj also stood out after winning a 3 hour and 15 minute match.




BADGER’S ANDREW ALLEN sprints alongside a Jefferson opponent during the Badger Invite on May 2.

Badger track hosts Invite Boys take second, girls fifth By Ben Stanley The Badger boys and girls track and field teams hosted the Badger Invitational on May 2, during which the boys team finished in second place, and the girls took fifth.



Lake Geneva Regional News


May 8, 2014


Lady Chiefs drop two to Parkview Sloppy weather limited Big Foot’s offense By Ben Stanley In a doubler-header against Parkview High School on May 1, the conditions were miserable according to head coach Rick Schoenbeck. It was cold, windy and wet. The infield was soggy and slow. A few of the Lady Chiefs’ greatest strengths — bunting, stealing and speed — were out of the picture. And errors piled up in unusual places. Schoenbeck estimated that outfielders were responsible for between three and four errors against Parkview “which is not usually the case,” he said. “We actually played unbelievably well, errors is what cost us both those games,” Schoenbeck said. “The first game we lost 2-1. All three runs for both teams were scored on errors. Tough playing conditions.” In game one of the double-header, Big Foot’s Brittany Schoenbeck was responsible for half of the team’s four hits — she went 2-for-4 with 1 RBI. The other two came from Kristen Glade (1-for-2) and Camryn Horton (1-for-4, 1 run). “We couldn’t really advance girls on stolen bases because you couldn’t get the speed going,” Schoenbeck said. “So that changed the game a little bit.” But some solid pitching by Kayla Crump kept it close in game one for the Lady Chiefs. Crump pitched a complete seven innings and allowed only one hit. Morgan Stalker, whom Schoenbeck described as the team’s starting pitcher and No. 1 hitter, was out with an ankle injury, which forced some position changes.

A center fielder was moved to short stop and a freshman replacement filled in at center. In game two, the Chiefs got out to a 4-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning, but Parkview rallied in its final three offensive opportunities to win 8-4. “They got on top of us in the seventh,” Schoenbeck said. “Again, three to four errors by the outfield, which is not usually the case. But we had all freshman in the outfield for both of those games. I only had nine girls. Our bottom of the order didn’t hit well, and it left a hole where we couldn’t get a rally going and score some runs. “It was tough playing, trust me, it was very tough playing. But we got both games in and everyone survived. It might have been a high of 40 (degrees) and the girls I thought actually played quite well in that weather.” The losses to Parkview came five days after a two-game sweep of Brodhead on April 26 — the Lady Chiefs won 5-3 and 2-0. Schoenbeck said it was the first time Big Foot has defeated Brodhead since he began coaching the softball team four years ago. The girls are 5-7 overall with five games remaining. “I thought we could’ve been 8-4, that’s where I thought we’d be at this point,” Schoenbeck said. “It’s been a tough spring. We practiced outside (Monday night) and we really did a lot of outfielding stuff because we have to work on that, but I bet we haven’t practiced seven or eight times outside all year.” Schoenbeck said he had anticpated victories against Parkview earlier in the year,


BIG FOOT’S KAYLA CRUMP throws a pitch during a game in April. but the team was a lot better than he thought they would be. “They will win conference as long as they beat Brodhead and I think they can,” Schoenbeck said of Parkview. The results of Tuesday’s game against Whitewater were not available by Regional News deadline.

Next on the schedule for Big Foot is Beloit Turner on May 10 at Big Foot High School (4:45 p.m.), Jefferson on May 13 (away) and Edgerton on May 15 (away). “I think Edgerton will be very good and Jefferson, they’ll be good matchups for us that could go either way,” Schoenbeck said.

Basketball coach fired On May 1, Badger Athletic Director Jim Kluge confirmed that head boys basketball coach Darin Lottig was fired, but declined to comment on the reasons for Lottig’s termination. “I won’t comment on that, but we’ll be posting the job tomorrow,” Kluge said on Thursday night. The Regional News was unable to reach Badger High School representaLottig tives for more information regarding the circumstances of Lottig’s termination. Voice mails and emails left with Kluge, Lottig, Athletic Secretary Tami Buntrock and assistant boys basketball coach Casey Drake were not returned. BEN STANLEY/REGIONAL NEWS

BADGER’S ALEX MORLAND (middle) looks to first base after tagging out a Burlington runner at second while John Laskowski (left) backs up the base.

Badger on nine-game skid By Ben Stanley The Badger baseball team has been unable to pull out a victory since their 10-2 win over Big Foot during the team’s first game of the season. The Badgers are 1-9, and 0-3 in the past seven days. On May 1 during a double header against Burlington at Badger High School, the boys lost game one 7-0 against a Burlington pitcher that gave up only one hit, which came in the bottom of the seventh inning. The boys kept the second game close, but lost 2-1. On March 3, Badger traveled to Kenosha Bradford High School and lost 13-3. On Monday afternoon, Badger head coach Aaron Zweifel offered his thoughts on the season thus far and the current condition of the team. Regional News: The boys have lost nine straight after a 10-2 win over Big Foot to start the season. How would you describe the state of the team right now? Aaron Zweifel: The guys are disappointed and a little frustrated right now. To be honest, if they weren’t, I’d be worried about them and their motives. They are staying positive with one another, and are continuing to work hard, but they definitely expect more of themselves. RN: On Thursday night against Burlington, the boys fought hard to keep the second game close after a shutout loss in game one. A lot of teams would’ve thrown in the towel after a loss in the fi rst game. How did you feel about the way the boys competed in game two?

AZ: As I’ve said all year, I never question their effort. We’ve hurt ourselves at times in games, but it was never a question of effort, just mistakes. It was great to see them go out in game two and compete. John Laskowski especially. He’s a bulldog anytime he’s on the field. He wants the ball in his hand, and he wants to be the guy in crunch time. He kept Burlington off-balance all night and sparked our offense when he was at the plate. I can’t say enough about the game he had. RN: What have you seen improve over the past 10 games? What would you like to see improve? AZ: Moving ahead, there have been a couple areas we have talked about improving upon. The first being to practice with more intensity and to expect the same of your teammates. Even though our record may not show it, we’ve been improving and practicing hard is the only way to continue that. Second, we want to be more confident on the field, even when things aren’t going well. (The) “fake it until you make it” attitude is contagious, and if we carry ourselves with confidence, and keep working, eventually things will start to fall into place. Finally, we have stressed communication. When innings start to go south, nine times out of 10, teams get quiet. When we get quiet, there’s no communication, and things get even more tense. We need to be good teammates and pick up our teammates even when things aren’t going well for us. These are the big things we discussed in our meeting last week. The great thing is that none of them take any talent to do. They’re all about attitude. Physically, we want to keep working on our plate discipline and following a plan every at bat trying to make it a quality at bat. Defensively, we will continue to stress throwing strikes early and often and sharing the ball.


Track/New Records set Boys highlights Alex Martinez set a new school record in the two mile after winning the race with a time of 9 minutes and 35 seconds. Martinez also won the mile with a time of 4:32. According to Curtis, Martinez is ranked among the top five runners in the state. Jordan Mason completed the 300-meter hurdles in 40.75 seconds and set a personal record. Mason is currently ranked in the states top 20 for the 300 hurdles, Curtis said. Nick Hall won the 200-meter dash with a personal record time of 23.19. Kiley Lofy and Mario Gomez both set personal records in the 800, running 2:03 (Lofy) and 2:04.91 (Gomez). Andy Cychner set a personal record in the pole vault with an 11-foot launch. The Badger 4x400 relay team (Lofy, Mason, Cychner and Gomez) took first place in the event.

Girls highlights Sydney Collins took first place in the high jump. Megan Wadsworth took first in the 100-meter dash, second in the 200-meter dash and won the long jump with a school record 17.27-foot leap. Allison Paleka took second place in the long jump. Hali Davis threw her way to third place in the shotput.

What’s next? The boys and girls will compete at the Burlington Invitational at 4 p.m. on May 9 before heading to the Walworth County Invite in Elkhorn on May 13. The Southern Lakes Conference Meet will be at Westosha Central High School on May 20 at 4:30 p.m. Badger High School will host their WIAA Regional on May 27 at 4 p.m.

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Tennis/Coach: Badger is 23-5 in tie-breaker situations



returns a volley during Monday night’s meet against Burlington at Badger High School.

“It was literally 3 hours and 15 minutes long,” Lauterbach said. “It was unreal.” Dunaj won 4-6, 6-1, 7-6. “Those two stepped up big time to fill the shoes,” Lauterbach said. “I like where we’re at, but it doesn’t mean a whole lot because we have a number of tough matches and we play the same schools again in the conference meet, so we’ll be tested again there. But it’s been a very solid season so far.” Lauterbach said he was happy with the way his young substitutes performed, but not surprised — he knew they had the talent. “I’m very pleased, but surprised? No,” Lauterbach said. “I wouldn’t have done it as a coach if I wasn’t confident that they were good enough. I had a lot of confidence in them in order to move up or I wouldn’t have done it.” The Badgers have been grinding out wins all season long — each team victory hasn’t been dominant, but the boys have dominated in one specific situation: tiebreakers. Badger has played in 28 tie-breaker situations this season and won 23 of them. “That is the key to why we have been

doing so well,” Lauterbach said. “We are winning the really close, close matches. We’re just finding a way to win and it’s helping our confidence.” At the Delavan-Darien Invite on May 3, Lauterbach said that the Badgers were matched up with eventual champions Waukesha North in the first round in every event, which put them at a disadvantage throughout the rest of the meet. “The big thing that day, was our No. 1 doubles team of Riley Nocek and Liam Bailey,” Lauterbach said. “They won the invitational at the No. 1 doubles. In the first round, they were the only team that beat Waukesha North. Everyone else lost the first round to Waukesha North.” The No. 2 doubles team of John Nicia and Alex Kulik also performed well and took third place — they lost to Waukesha North in the first round, but defeated Kenosha Bradford in the second to advance to the third-place match against West Allis, which they won. In a tie breaker. “That’s what’s made the difference in the season so far for us, is how our teams have played the really, really close matches,” Lauterbach said. “There’s

SPORTS SHORTS Bay baseball The Williams Bay baseball team lost 19-1 to Delavan-Darien on May 5. The Bulldogs will play Horicon High School at Discher Park in Horicon on May 12 at 5 p.m.

Roadrunners 5K St. Francis de Sales Parish School is hosting its third annual Roadrunners 5K Run/Walk on May 24, 2014 at 8 a.m.. This event is open to the public and is meant to promote health and fitness to the school, parish and community. Please come out and participate, volunteer or cheer the runners and walkers on as they complete the 3.1 mile course.

The event begins on Curtis Street in Lake Geneva (right at the school) at 8 a.m.. Registration is $20, and 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefit the St. Francis students. For more information, call the school at (262) 248-2778 or visit events/5krun.

Big Foot/Williams Bay tennis The BFWB tennis team took second place at the Delavan-Darien Invitational on May 3.

Badger golf The Badger golf team took first place at the Walworth County Invite on May 1 with a team score of 339

• CORRECTION • before taking seventh at the Beloit Invitational with a score of 333 on May 2 and eighth at the Janesville Invite with a score of 343 on May 3. At the Beloit Invite, Grant Fogt led the Badgers with an 81, Jackson Rademaker had an 83, Jonathan Duggan had an 84, Tom Schneider had an 85 and Alec Jacobsen had a 93.

Badger soccer The Badger girls soccer team lost 3-4 to Waterford High School on May 1. The score of the May 6 game against Westosha Central was not available by Regional News Deadline. Badger will host Elkhorn at 6:30 p.m. on May 8 and Burlington at 6:30 p.m. on May 9.


Chiefs/Hoey pitched way out of trouble in third In the top of the third, Hoey pitched his way out of a tight situation with two outs and runners on first and third. East Troy slugger Josh Oswald was at the plate and Hoey intentionally walked Oswald to load the bases. East Troy’s Will Iloncaie knocked a grounder to Hoey, who threw it to Collin Frederick at first base while Nick Ruffalo (East Troy) sprinted for home from third. Frederick stood his ground and knocked over Iloncaie with a powerful tag to end the inning and prevent an East Troy run. “Austin got out of the jam,” Bochat said of Hoey’s performance in the third. Bochat said he is very happy with his team’s 10-3 record midway through the season — they’ve been clobbering the teams they should and grinding out wins against opponents who will likely still be playing in June. But he’d prefer to win with a couple runs to pad the score. “They’re going to give me a heart attack,” Bochat laughed. “I guess, that’s their goal.” “But you’ve got to win games like that,” he said. “It’s a tough conference. We’re picked as one of the best confer-

“But you’ve got to win games like that,” Big Foot Head Coach Steve Bochat said. “It’s a tough conference. We’re picked as one of the best conferences in the state — the north and the south.” ences in the state — the north and the south.” Bochat said he anticipates some late-season conference battles with teams like Jefferson and Edgerton. “You can’t look by any of those teams,” Bochat said. “And that’s what baseball is about and that’s why I coach it. You don’t know what you’re going to get each night. I’m just glad we were on the winning side of the game.” By Regional News deadline, the score of Big Foot vs. Whitewater on May 6 was not available. But Bochat said that if the Chiefs manage to win, which he said he was confident they were able to do, Saturday’s doubleheader against Beloit Turner could be a pivotal point in the season. “Saturday could be for the confer-

ence lead or the title,” Bochat said. The Chiefs were in a similar situation last year with an 8-1 record going into a double-header against Turner. Big Foot lost the first game in what Bochat called a “nail-biter” 4-3, and was defeated handily, 10-3, in the second. The two losses against Turner kicked off the Chiefs’ seven-game losing streak in the last three weeks of the 2013 season. “I don’t see this team getting down,” Bochat said of this year’s club. “One loss ain’t going to hurt us. They’re fun. They’re a fun bunch of guys and they know when to have fun and when to be serious. They’re finally figuring that out and that’s turning into victories.” Big Foot will host the doubleheader against Turner this Saturday, May 10 at Devil’s Lane Park. Game one begins at 10 a.m. Game two will immediately follow at 1 p.m. “I felt it would come down to Turner and us, that’s who I predicted,” Bochat said. “And we’re one game away from that happening. It’s going to come down to a weekend battle to see who wants this title more.”


Softball/Girls defeated Indian Trail


BADGER’S JORDAN STRITESKY Waits for a pitch against Elkhorn on May 2.

matches you’re going to win no matter what, there’s matches you’re going to lose no matter what. It’s the close matches that you’ve got to win. The ones that could go either way. “It’s just a really good indicator of confidence, the strength of the team, you know, those type of things.” The results of Wednesday’s meet against Waterford were not available by Regional News deadline. Badger will host Union Grove at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, the Badger Quad Invite at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and Wilmot at 4:15 p.m. on May 12 before heading into the Conference meet on May 17. Lauterbach said the conference championship is up for grabs — three or four different teams have a chance to win it, he said. But Lauterbach said his team’s depth will be a real strength as the conference meet nears. “Good teams need to be deep, they just need to be, and we are,” Lauterbach said. “We have some very good players playing at the JV level that would be playing varsity on a number of other teams.”

On May 5, the girls kept rolling against Kenosha Indian Trail in an 8-3 victory during which Badger racked up seven hits. Ashley Nielsen was 2-for-3 at the plate with 1 RBI and scored a run. Stritesky was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Moore was 1-for-4 and scored a run. Cayleen Ryan was 1-for-3 with 2 runs and Kiley Johnson was 1-for-4 with a run. Bobula went 0-for-3, but still managed to score 2 runs. Indian Trail went up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning, but Badger took the lead in the top of the third with 3 runs, scored off of a wild pitch and throwing errors, and never gave it up. The score was 3-2 after Indian Trail scored off an RBI single, but Badger tacked on 3 runs in the sixth and 2 more in the seventh. The Badger girls are 4-4 overall and will host Union Grove at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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MARGARET PIDGE STEVENSON (left) was awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service for her many years serving as Auxiliary Unit 102 President by Cliff Erkfitz, adjutant (center), and Peter Kahl, commander (right), both of IngallsKoeppen American Legion Post 102.


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THE BADGER FORENSICS TEAM recently traveled to UW-Madison to compete at the WHSFA state meet. Team members are (front row) Sophia Merry, Melissa Grueter, Brice Henrie, Devin Weigandt, (back row) Gigi Leung, Laura Flynn, Yusra Zafar, Emily Costa, Lizzy Francisco and Head Coach Mark Zastrow. The team earned 9 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 3 bronze medals in both individual and group events.


MALLORY BRAY, violinist, will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto on Saturday, May 17 with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra during their season finale concert at 7:30 p.m. at Cavalry Community Church in Williams Bay. Bray is a former concertmaster of the LGSO who is pursuing graduate studies at the University of Michigan School of Music. She has been a member of the UW Whitewater Faculty String Quartet and has performed with the Madison, Portland Columbia, Wheaton and UW-Whitewater Symphony Orchestras. The concert will also feature Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, one of the most powerful pieces in the orchestral repertoire, according to LGSO Music Director David Anderson. Tickets to the concert are $10 for adults, free for students in grades K through 12. Tickets may be purchased at, or with cash or check at the door. Calvary Community Church is located at Highway 50 and Harris Road, Williams Bay.


POSTER CONTEST WINNERS for International Migratory Bird Day at Williams Bay Elementary School were students Ayden Steiner, first place for first and second grades; Maddy Bergersen, second place for first and second grades; Jon D’Auria, first place for third and fourth grades; Elaine Robbins, second place for third and fourth grades; Kylie Monroe, first place for fifth and sixth grades; and Marygrace Thomas, second place for fifth and sixth grades. Also pictured is principal Barb Isaacson. The students’ artwork will be on display at Barrett Memorial Library in Williams Bay through the month of May.

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MARY AND SOL KLEIN display their prize from the Big Foot Lions’ quilt raffle. Proceeds from the raffle supported the Lions’ holiday food basket project which provided 40 ham dinners to struggling families in the community this Easter season. The project is chaired by Lions member Peter Gordon and assisted by the Big Foot Emergency Food Pantry.


LAKE GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY employees (from left) Linda Dantuma and Patti Geissal were honored at a Victorian-era themed party for staff appreciation day, hosted by Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library. Friends board members (from left) Ursula Motsinger and Peg Williams, with Friends secretary Chris Brookes, expressed thanks to all the library workers. Joan Anderson and Sharon Aspenson (not pictured) also volunteered to organize and staff the event.

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Thursday May 8, 2014 Featuring Letters to the Editor, Obituaries and Community Matters


Bitten by the running bug once again My first job out of college paid me $140 a week. I couldn’t imagine how I’d spend that much money. I found out. I could buy all the beer and junk food I couldn’t afford in college. I gained 30 pounds. So I started running, a hobby that lasted 30 years. I’m the typical distance runner — someone who always loved sports but was never much good at them. Running long distances is our way of telling ourselves and the world that we’re athletes, too. First, it was around the block — in the big combat boots favored by ex-hippies of the day. Then, I ran down a rarely traveled road into the sunset and felt my first runner’s high. Eventually, I graduated into racing. At 54 I had a mid-life running crisis. I recall cooling off after a run one day when I asked myself what I wanted to do before I died. I could only think of two things — see a Van Morrison concert and run a marathon. I did both that year, and a second marathon for good measure a few months after the first.

During that second marathon, I was way ahead of the goal I’d set for myself when I hit the so-called wall at 20 miles. It had reached 80 degrees by then and I ended up walking most of the last six miles. Afterward I got in the car with my youngest daughter who had cheered me on that day. “Where is the stick shift?” I asked her. For starters, the car had an automatic transmission. There was no stick shift. And if there had been one, I should have had no trouble finding it. It was at that point that we both realized we were in trouble. Within an hour I was in the hospital being treated for dehydration. I ran two other marathons the next year but only trained enough to finish. I continued to run for the next decade and entered a handful of races every summer. But by then, my son had turned into a pretty good high school runner and it was more fun watching him than running myself. About three years ago, I had a minor ailment that put me in the hospital for a week.

That gave me an excuse to stop running all together. For a few weeks a couple summers ago my interest rekindled briefly and I bought a new pair of expensive running shoes. I told myself it would be fun to run just one more marathon. I reasoned that if I could cut 18 minutes from my best marathon time 10 years earlier, I could qualify for the Boston Marathon. That excitement lasted for a week or two when the absurdity of my calculations sunk in. I’d pretty much left running behind ever since. But this spring, I started again. A race soon followed. The first race I barely made the 3.1 miles, before having to walk up a long hill near the finish line. My time was so embarrasingly slow I couldn’t even brag about it. Then I ran another 5K and did good enough to win a second place medal for my age group (there are advantages to growing old). Last weekend, I took two minutes off that time at a much bigger race. A couple things have remained constant through all the years, through all the races no matter what the distance.

A few hundred yards into the race, my mind starts telling me to stop no matter how long I’d run in training. I spend the rest of the race using mind games to keep myself from thinking about how much it hurts. I’ll recall the starting lineup for the 1957 Braves or count to 100 over and over again. The other thing that’s a constant is that runner’s high. It’s a rush, too, to try and find something I like to eat at the post-race buffet full of bananas, orange slices and bagels. And to see friends I’d raced with years before. After the last race, I stopped by the van of a runner who had once been one of the best in the state. He has a white beard now and he was doing a post-race stretch. He grimaced. “Now I run 9-minute miles that are as hard as the 6-minute miles I used to run,” he said. Asked about a mutual friend who was a runner back in the day, he reported that our friend has had two hip replacements and had retired to riding bikes and walking. Right now, my girlfriend, an ex-runner herself, has been very supportive. PLEASE SEE HALVERSON PAGE 6D

Sandy Derrick a local hero Editor’s note: A few weeks ago, we ran a special section called “Local Heroes.” I asked readers to send in suggestions for their Local Heroes. This is the first installment on what I hope will be a continuing series.

Daughter’s custody fight expensive Dear W.C., I am writing to see if you can help my family. I am living with my husband of six years and my 9-year-old stepdaughter. My husband has primary custody due to his ex-wife, the mother of his daughter, being a drug addict. She has made life very hard for our family. My husband fought hard to get custody of his daughter when he began to see signs of abuse and neglect. When his daughter was old enough to speak she began to tell him about her life with her mother, the wild parties, the many people having “sleep-overs” with mommy, strangers coming into her room in the middle of the night, how she was hungry all the time because mommy was too tired to get out of bed and feed her. The horrible things she told us shocked us but also gave us the strength to fight for our daughter’s well-being. We used all our savings, sold our second car and lost our home just so we could pay the attorneys. We still have a payment we make each month. My husband’s ex-wife is supposed to be paying child support but, no surprise, she cannot hold a job. My husband’s job is slow during the winter but should be picking up soon, if the weather ever starts to feel like spring.

I work full-time but am only earning minimum wage and tips as a waitress. This winter has not been the best for either of our jobs. We find ourselves behind in our rent and utilities. I am so worried they are going to disconnect our utilities soon. It was worth all the hard work and expensive legal fees to make sure our little girl did not suffer any more abuse or neglect.

Dear readers, Drug addictions continue to plague all economic levels in our communities. We do not treat or counsel those that are suffering these addictions. That is not our mission or within our skills. We do refer these people for proper treatment but it is up to them to make the effort to seek help. When I contacted this stepmother and father they told me of the many times they had tried to help the mother with her addictions. At first they had given her child support when she had custody of the daughter. She had used that money to buy drugs. They enrolled her in programs but she failed to show up. They had even taken her into their home for a while thinking it would help if they could keep an eye on her. She proceeded to steal their money and sell their personal items for money to purchase drugs. When they found her passed out with several “friends” in their home and found drugs in her possession they finally threw her out. PLEASE SEE TIME IS NOW PAGE 3D

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Jack and Bonnie Hawkins nominated Sandy Derrick for the honor. Here’s what they wrote: “Sandy and her husband Dan own the Derrick funeral home — but Sandy is the person in charge of the Lake Geneva Fire Bells. She makes sure the truck is equipped for immediate use at anytime 24/7 when they are called out for an emergency. It is an allvolunteer service and relies on donations to keep it up and running. “Sandy coordinates all Derrick the runs the truck makes and notifies all the volunteers to be ready to help when they are needed. “This means that Sandy needs to have open communication all the time — day or night. The Fire Bells are on facebook at ‘Lake Geneva Fire Bells.’ And after they have made a call Sandy posts tons of pictures of the event they have been called to help. You can get a first-hand view of whatever the situation was. She is called out for hazmat, dive rescues, SWAT calls and search and recovery and is on call to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department. “So when you hear the sirens scream — chances are that the Fire Bells will be right behind to assist the first responders. “This is all on her own time plus she keeps the truck clean, filled with gas and supplies. “So I truly nominate Sandy Derrick for a local hero.”

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Much more than selling cookies To the Editor: In February and March, the community said yes to Girl Scouts! Thank you for opening your hearts and wallets to Badgerland Girl Scouts who asked you to buy cookies and support their Cookie Program goals. Did you know your simple business transaction with a Girl Scout is also helping her to build a lifetime of real world skills? The girls have a lot of fun selling cookies but they’re also gaining important skills including money management, decision making, goal setting, business ethics and improved communication with others. Here’s an example of how one local Girl Scout Daisy put those new skills into action. She planned a visit to talk to her local VFW about getting cookie donations to send to military troops. Her Girl Scout troop had decided to donate extra cookies to locally deployed troops and she figured the VFW would be a natural audience. According to her leader, the Girl Scout wrote her own speech and was very polite; she even told her audience that she got to stay up past her bedtime to talk with them about Girl Scouts. That sealed it! She received donations for three cases of cookies to send to our military. There is so much more than cookies in those boxes — there’s opportunity. Opportunity to grow and learn. And, opportunity to make the world a better place! A Brownie troop leader shared with me that her girls went into the cookie

program with the goal of “truly embracing what it means to be a Girl Scout.” This amazing volunteer said, “What we did differently was let the cookies sell themselves and, instead, sold what it meant to be a Girl Scout — helping load groceries, getting someone a cart, telling everyone to have a nice day, thanking those who already bought for supporting Girl Scouts, introducing ourselves to other Girl Scouts and telling them congratulations on doing a great job, thanking parents of Girl Scouts for supporting us, smiling, saying hello and shaking people’s hands by being pleasant greeters — just simply paying it forward.” This is what the cookie program supports! All funds earned stay local. Each troop determines how to spend their cookie profits and many plan to spend their earnings to travel together and experience camp together. And they’ll be investing some of those dollars back into the community. Many troops use cookie dollars to complete community service projects like planting gardens, buying food for animals in shelters, and giving small gifts for nursing home residents. Individually, Girl Scouts decide how to spend her own cookie proceeds. This year, many Badgerland Girl Scouts plan to pay their way to summer camp using cookie earnings. In 2014, 30 Badgerland Girl Scouts sold at least 2,014 boxes of cookies and each girl earned a trip for herself and her favorite adult to Disney World. What a tremendous achievement. Because you said yes to a Girl Scout this year, Badgerland Girl Scouts sold

more than 1,427,412 boxes of cookies in six weeks, a record breaking year. Thank you for understanding the value of investing in Girl Scouts and knowing that your purchase is an investment in a girl’s future. Can a box of cookies change the world? We think so! After all, girls who grow up in Girl Scouts go on to great achievements as adults. According to the Alumnae Impact Study, conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 70 percent of professional women, two-thirds of female Congressional leaders and virtually every female astronaut are Girl Scout alums. Girl Scouts matters to our community, to our country and indeed the world. Girl Scouting works in our community because of selfless volunteers. Thank you to the thousands of Girl Scout cookie families and volunteers who dedicated countless hours making the 2014 Cookie Program an overwhelming success. Together, we will get her there! Again, thank you for your support. By saying yes to Girl Scout cookies you are giving girls in our community the opportunity to learn, grow and become a leader who can change the world. Because that’s what Girl Scouting is — a place where girls gain courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place. That mission is accomplished, in part, with your support of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Sincerest thanks, Marci Henderson CEO, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council


Time flies May 5, 1994

May 5, 2004

The annual Mother of the Year contest winner was Ruth Farber of Pell Lake. Charles Farber, a secondgrader at Star Center School, wrote the winning nomination essay. Badger High School senior Sunshine Franzene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Franzene, Lake Geneva, was the principal speaker at Lake Geneva’s annual Memorial Day program held May 30 at Library Park. U.S. Navy Lt. j.g. Robert Keefe attended the division officers course at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I. to prepare for his assignment at the Naval Dive and Salvage Center in Panama City, Fla. A solar eclipse started at 10:26 a.m., May 10. Joanne Matwij, Pell Lake, announced that she would run for Walworth County Clerk of Circuit Court as a Republican. An exhibition of photographs by Walworth area realtor Robert Rauland was at Walworth Memorial Library May 20 to June 10.

Jamie Snippen, Roger Fritz and Chris Erickson, members of the Lake Geneva Fire Department, received recognition plaques for their parts in the successful rescue attempt to save the life of Jeremy Besemer, who was pinned by a hydraulic lift on March 22 at the Walmart construction site. Members of the Badger High School prom court included Mary Elise Kanthack, Malorie Binn, Adam Gibbs and Jordan Temple. Melissa McNally was selected as Mother of the Year. Her daughter Erin, 14, wrote the winning entry. Tom Kwiatkowski promoted Nancy Douglass to general manager at WLKG 96.1 FM in Lake Geneva. Chris Ackley, a 2001 graduate of Big Foot High School and a member of the U.S. Army Reserve, saved a 6-year-old child after he was found unresponsive at a hotel pool in Green Bay. In 2001, he pulled a child to safety from waters in Hawaii while on a trip home from Australia.

Respecting political Camp Offield: A lost boundaries here Geneva Lake icon In my last column, I reported on our county board’s organizational meeting that was held last month and the ease with which supervisors chose their leaders. The consensus that our board now enjoys has not always been the case. Before 2008, it wasn’t unusual for four or more supervisors to run for chair. Even in our board’s most contentious days, however, the drama at our organizational meetings paled in comparison to what happened in Shawano County last month. Two hours before that board was set to elect its leaders, the Shawano County Sheriff executed a search warrant of the home of one of its board members, Deb Noffke. Noffke’s dad, Marlin, who also serves on the county board, complained to the Shawano Leader that the search was politically motivated, intended to keep him and his daughter from voting for board leaders. The search came back empty and both Noffkes apparently made it to the meeting. One of our supervisors brought the Shawano County story to my attention. The article was timely, reinforcing an experience that I had earlier that week. At the request of the Wisconsin Department of Justice, I gave a short presentation to new jail administrators on making effective presentations to county board committees. I thought that I had pulled together a pretty good class, but I was not prepared for the number of questions that I was asked concerning strategies for dealing with relationships between sheriffs and county boards that have become completely dysfunctional. Reading media accounts about the conflict that exists between the Milwaukee County Sheriff and the county board and county executive, I attributed the problems to big city politics. Based on some of the comments that I heard at my seminar, however, I needed to revise my theory. Strained relationships between constitutional officers and county boards are not a function of population. The organizational charts of Wisconsin counties are far more complicated than many corporations or even municipalities. In addition to an elected board, the Wisconsin Constitution (hence the name constitutional officers) provides for the direct election of numerous other officials. Constitutional officers in our county include four circuit court judges, the clerk of circuit court, district attorney, sheriff, coroner, register of deeds, treasurer and county clerk. With few exceptions over the years, our board has enjoyed productive and harmonious relationships with the county’s constitutional officers. Reasons for this include:

Solid leaders. Reasonable and talented people can make almost any system work. Our county has been fortunate to have folks with both of these qualities serving as constitutional officers. Many of these leaders have risen through the ranks to serve in the top office they now hold. They are working managers who put public service ahead of personal ego. Respecting boundaries. A certain amount of conflict is built into the system of county government. The sheriff is responsible for keeping the peace, but the board has the power of the purse strings. Recognizing these different roles is a critical first step in building a good relationship. Constitutional officers work with the county board but do not work for the board. This may seem intuitive to some, but I find that members of the public are often confused on this point. I don’t assume that newly-elected supervisors automatically understand the statutory responsibilities of each office. We spend a fair amount of time at committee meetings educating supervisors about the different roles. Rather than creating conflict, I find that conflict is reduced when everyone knows his or her role in a decision. Providing a proper structure. The committee structure found in many Wisconsin counties tends to exacerbate conflict that is inherent in the system. County boards appoint many of their department heads and a typical structure places each department under the oversight of a committee. Boards have a tendency to try to fit every county operation under an oversight committee. Over time, the board begins to treat constitutional officers as it does its department heads when, in reality, the relationships have a different legal basis. A common description of the role of a county public safety committee might be to “oversee the sheriff’s department.” The problem with this statement is that the sheriff’s office is not a department and the board doesn’t oversee its operations with the same degree of control that it may choose to exercise over its appointed department heads. The county board and its committees have an important and powerful role in public safety issues, including appropriating funds for the sheriff’s operations. Committees, however, need to have clear mandates that respect the legal authority of constitutional officers. Although constitutional offices in Walworth County go back more than 170 years, the relationship between these offices and the board is always evolving. PLEASE SEE BRETL PAGE 6D

During the early 1950s, I The Offield’s summer was a member of Boy Scouts home was located on the north Troop 35 in Lake Geneva. I shore of Geneva Lake, acceswas the assistant patrol leader sible from Snake Road. Prior of Troop 35’s Cochise Patrol to the establishment of Camp (named after the Apache Offield in the early 1930s, the chief). Boy Scout’s State Line CounIn 2014 there is no longer cil camp had been located at a Troop 35 of Boy Scouts in Camp Rotary on the Rock Lake Geneva. There are two River between Rockton and troops, both with a higher Roscoe. It was constructed by number. During the early the Beloit Rotary Club. 1950s, Troop 35’s Scoutmaster was Ernest Boy Scouts who attended Camp Offield Rocker, who lived on Center Street and was were housed in large four-man tents with the principal of the Fontana School. The bunk beds and wooden floors. During the Assistant Scoutmaster was Charles Button, two weeks that I spent at Camp Offield the father of Fritz Button. during the mid-1950s, my tent mates were There were four “Patrols” in the Troop. Doug Hill (who died several years ago), Dan Troop 35 met in the American Legion Hall, Miskie, who now lives in LaFayette, Calif., in then upstairs above the fire station, which in the San Francisco Bay area, and Dan Derrick, those days was located on the north side of today the owner of the Derrick Funeral Home the 600 block of Main Street. There were four on Edwards Boulevard. “Eagle” scouts in Troop 35 (the highest rank Three meals a day were provided in Camp one could achieve in the Boy Scouts)-Elbert Offield’s large cabin. The food was excellent. Aspinall, Allen Button, Bill Danielson, and Every morning we would all walk down to Fritz Button. Geneva Lake and participate in swimming Among the many civic duties that mem- lessons. bers of Troop 35 performed were placing We all earned our swimming merit American flags on the graves of veterans in badges as well as our camping and cooking all of the Lake Geneva cemeteries just prior merit badges. After swimming lessons, we to Memorial Day and planting trees in the would spend the remainder of the days learneastern section of the recently established Big ing how to build fires, how to use a compass Foot Beach State Park, immediately south of to orient ourselves, and how to live in the where Badger High School is woods. We were all required today. to go to bed when it got dark. “Upon completion Those trees, which we It was quite scary being in the of our two weeks planted as seedlings, still woods in the dark of the eveat Camp Offield, exist, and are very tall. Like nings. we were all given today’s Boy Scout troops, we We heard owls screeching marched in the Lake Geneva and other animals making a beautiful round Memorial Day parade. Sevtheir way through the woods. red, white, and blue eral of us in Troop 35 particiEven though we were just a patch, which we pated in the Fourth of July few miles from Lake Geneva, sewed on our Boy ceremonies held at Robinson it was as if we were in the Hillside on Geneva Lake’s north woods. With four young Scout uniforms.” south shore. males living in a confined Members of Troop 35 also camped out at space, it of course was natural that tensions Devil’s Lake State Park, held weekend winter would occasionally arise. campouts adjacent to Sugar Creek in WalUpon completion of our two weeks at worth County, participated in Boy Scout State Camp Offield, we were all given a beautiful Line Council gatherings at Beloit Collage, and round red, white and blue patch, which we camped out at the “Y” cabin on the Chapin sewed on our Boy Scout uniforms. I still have estate between Highway 50 and Snake Road. mine. I saw on the web that they are presently For those who could afford it, however, being sold for $25 a patch. the highlight of the year was spending two When I drive by the woods where Camp weeks at Camp Offield, the Boy Scout camp Offield used to be located, memories of the formerly located on Lake Shore Drive in the two weeks that I spent there over a half cenwoods across the road from today’s Country tury ago churn to the surface. Store, just east of Fontana. But Camp Offield is but a memory. It is Camp Offield was the summer camp another of Geneva Lake’s lost icons, like the operated by the Boy Scout’s State Line Coun- Northwestern Military and Naval Academy, cil headquartered in Beloit. I was fortunate to Ceylon Court and the Hotel Geneva. have attended, during the early 1950s, a twoPatrick Quinn is a Lake Geneva native week session at Camp Offield. Camp Offield had been donated by James R. Offield, the who is University Archivist Emeritus at Northwestern University. brother-in-law of P.K. Wrigley.

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COMMUNITY & COMMENTARY DEATH NOTICES Richard C. Bogart, 91, formerly of Lake Geneva, died Sunday, March 16 in Minneapolis. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, with Pastor Karl Schultz officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the time of services. Steinke Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lake Geneva is assisting the family. Josephine Gleason, 87, Williams Bay, died Wednesday, May 1 at home surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes, 319 N. Broad St. in Elkhorn, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. An online guestbook is available at Arrangements were made by Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory in Elkhorn. Linda J. Luth, 62, Lake Geneva, died Monday, April 28 at University Hospital in Madison. Services were held 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, with Pastor Karl Schultz officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva. Visitation was held at Steinke Funeral Home on Thursday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to the time of service. Steinke Funeral Home, Lake Geneva, is assisting the family with arrangements. Darlene F. Roen Parks, 75, Lake Geneva, died Monday, May 5 at her residence. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Skinners Funeral Home in Rice Lake. Pastor Allen Klasi of Assembly of God Church, Rice Lake, will be officiating. Burial will be at Swedish Cemetery in Rice Lake. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 8, at Steinke Funeral Home in Lake Geneva from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made in Darlene’s name to the “Time is Now” charity of the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. Joyce A. Swanson, 76, Delavan, formerly of Lake Geneva, died Tuesday, May 6 at Mercy Walworth Hospital in Lake Geneva. Arrangements are pending at Steinke Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lake Geneva. Georgie B. Warner, 90, Lake Geneva, died Monday, April 28 at Clearview Home in Delafield. Graveside services will be held at Douglas Park Cemetery, Douglas, Wyo., at a later date. Steinke Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lake Geneva is assisting the family with arrangements. OBITUARIES

Josephine Gleason Oct. 12, 1926 – May 1, 2014 Josephine Gleason, 87, of Williams Bay, died Wednesday, May 1 at home surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 12, 1926 in Chicago, the daughter of the late Morris and Anna (Lodato) Colletti. She graduated from Waller High School and attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Josephine was united in marriage to Dr. Walter James Gleason on June 13, 1949, in Chicago. Walter died in December of 1997. Jan. 14, 2000, she married Col. Edwin Waldo in Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii. Edwin died in December of 2002. Josephine was the devoted matriarch of her family and a great cook. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. She is survived by her three children, twins Brian Walter Gleason and Lydia Ann Mulvihill, both of Madison, and Laura Coates of Fontana, two stepchildren, Diana Cunningham of Indianapolis and Gary Waldo of St. Augustine, Fla., and six grandchildren, Michael and Meg Mulvihill, Clare and Brendan Gleason, and Kevin and Kate Coates. A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Lakes, 319 N. Broad St. in Elkhorn, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. An online guestbook is available at Arrangements were made by Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes and Crematory of Elkhorn.

Linda J. Luth Oct. 2, 1951 – April 28, 2014 Linda J. Luth, 62, Lake Geneva, died Monday, April 28 at University Hospital in Madison. Linda was born Oct. 2, 1951, in Elkhorn, the daughter of Marvin Franklin and Joyce Mary Ayers Clausen. She was united in marriage to Donald L. Luth June 2, 1973, in Lake Geneva. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lake Geneva and graduated from Badger High School, class of 1969. Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend to any person whose life she touched during her time with us. You would find Linda waitressing for her parents at their restaurants, whether it be Clausen’s Cafe or Clausen’s Corners. She is survived by her husband, Donald; her mother, Joyce Clausen, Lake Geneva; four beautiful daughters, Sarah Luth and Jamie (David) Bowey of Elkhorn, Amy (Jeff) Cline of Milwaukee and Amanda (Robert) Scoville of Lake Geneva; four wonderful grandchildren, Travis Luth, Thomas and Jonathan Cline and Amelia Bowey; her sister Mary (Mike) Ketchpaw of Lake Geneva; and her brother Thomas Clausen of Lake Geneva, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Frederick Clausen, father-in-law, Bill Luth, mother-in-law, Margaret Luth and her grandparents. Linda will be remembered as a loving mother, wife and nana who will be carried in our hearts for the rest of our lives. She left us too soon, but she will live on through all those she left behind. Services were held 11 a.m. Friday, May 2, at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, with Pastor Karl Schultz officiating. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Geneva. Visitation was held at Steinke Funeral Home on Thursday, May 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church Friday one hour prior to the time of service. To view an online guest registry and obituary go to www.


Time Is Now/Daughter’s custody fight expensive They kept the daughter even though The father said he had to meet his they did not have legal custody. Sev- daughter’s school bus so we all took a eral days later the mother showed up walk outside. I watched as their daughwith the police demanding her daugh- ter raced off the bus to give both the ter back. She had cleaned herself up father and the stepmother a happy hug. enough so she could continue to get I could see she was a content and loved their child support money. child. The police said they had no choice It was time for the stepmother to since the law said the mother had pri- leave for work so we walked her out so I mary custody. That was when they had could take a look at their car before she decided they would do whatever it took left. financially to save the daughter’s life The father said, “Hopefully if I get and regain custody. this job we will be able to save enough It ended up taking almost a year and to eventually get a second car. Until nearly everything they owned, but they then my wife will have to ride a bike on finally won custody when the little girl days when I need the car for work.” ended up in the hospital due to abuse I asked how far this was and what and neglect by the mother. time she worked until. The father said Now, due to the extremely long it was about three miles and she came winter, the father’s job did not start up home most nights around 9:30 or 10 as early as it did in the past five years. p.m. The step-mother is a low-wage earner He admitted she had rode her bike a that is using her hard earned funds to few times when he was working sporadpay for food, gas for the car and help ically over the winter, even in the bitter with the utilities. cold, just because his job was much farWithout the husband’s steady pay ther. He would pick her up at night and he was earning over the last several put her bike in the trunk so she did not years they fell behind in their utilities ride home in the dark. and rent. After the stepmother left we went We sat down to go over their budget. back inside to complete our assistance. I could see they would be able to sur- I could see they needed our help catchvive except for the high monthly legal ing up on the outstanding utilities and fee payments. rent. The wife said, “We They also really “At first they had never even had credit needed another car cards until all these for the stepmother’s given her child problems started. We safety. We had recently support when she had a savings account received a donated vehihad custody of the and saved for what we cle that was perfect for daughter. She had needed. I know we had the step-mother. It was to do this to save our used that money to fuel efficient and would daughter.” get her to her destinabuy drugs.” I said to them both, tion warm, dry and safe. “Well, let’s see what we After I went over the can do.” list of assistance we would provide I We called the attorney’s office looked up to see the father was fighting together to see if he could lower the back tears. monthly payments. I knew the attorHe was sniffling and his voice broke ney and he was very aware of The Time as he said, “I can’t believe The Time Is Is Now to Help. We made the attorney Now to Help is doing all this for us. How aware of their situation. I told him can we ever thank you for giving us our about their overdue rent, utilities and lives back? All we have done for the last how really desperate these good people year is worry we will lose our daughter were. again when we get evicted. You have The attorney had a good heart turned our whole lives around.” I said, when he said, “Sal, I was completely “It is not just me that wants you to sucunaware of their hardship. If I cut their ceed as a father and a family. It is everymonthly payments by 60 percent will one who supports The Time is Now to that help?” I told him that would be Help. I will tell them all how grateful great. An agreement was made. you are for their help.” I put my hand on After we hung up the father and the man’s shoulder to console him as he mother hugged each other and cried shed tears of relief. with relief. My dear friends, poverty is causing After conversing with the father great pain among our fellow creations. about his job situation I found he had Please help. If you give now your donabeen actively pursuing more reliable tion will be matched by the Fox Chariemployment. He showed me all the ties Spring $10,000 matching grant, places he had applied to. doubling your donation. Let us stand I saw one on the list I knew would together and continue our good works of hire him if I put in a good word and removing the pains of poverty. Together they had not already filled the posi- we will remove the many pains of povtion. I made a call and secured the job erty. God Bless all of you for helping. interview. This job would provide the income they needed, along with the Health and happiness, stepmother’s job, to make their new God bless everyone, budget work. W.C./Sal

Please help There are many coming to us in desperation. Our good fellow creations need our compassion. Together we make a big difference. 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 poverty stricken.

Thank you Fox Charities, Dick and Jean Honeyager, Paul Ziegler, Ziegler Charitable Foundation, Clarence W. and Marilyn G. Schawk Family Foundation, The Petco Foundation, The Rhoades Foundation, Daryl and Geri Braun, Aurora Health Care Employee Partnership Campaign, Fairfield Grange No. 679, Karin Collamore, Michael Glass, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schuberth, Lorna Klein, Barbara Bourjaily, Sid and Patty Johnson, Dawn Jorgensen-Heiser, Lynn and Ann Hanson, Gerald and Joyce Byers, Russo Drywall, Anthony Casper, John Poiron, Ron and Karen Teliszczak, Marilyn Desing, Eric Sunstrom, Judith McKillop, Donald and Judy Bouffiou, William and Dorothy Tookey, W.C. Family Resource Center/ Food Pantry volunteers, and all the God-loving volunteers of all our caring pantries, all of you who support The Time Is Now to Help donation boxes, and the businesses that allow our donation boxes. Anyone who would like a Time Is Now donation box in your business, please call (262) 249-7000.

Memorials “The Nestle Gang,” Vicki Baumeister and Lorraine Briere in memory of Donald Briere. Bob Nordhaus and Marcie Hollman in memory of Cheryll Johnston. The following donations were given in memory of Lucille Shoppe: James and Eileen Dempsey, Roy and Judith Bartlett, Dorothy Papenfus, Daniel and Elaine Kelleher, Mary Elizabeth Lawrence, Richard and Karen Gudeyon, David and Edna Leason, Ronald and Barbara Lonze, Lloyd and Carol Behrens, Timothy and Darlene Sturtevant, Mary Dunham, Richard and Elaine Gronert, Kevin and Nicole Papenfus,

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Darlene F. Roen Parks Feb. 9, 1939 - May 5, 2014 Darlene F. Roen Parks, 75, of Lake Geneva, died Monday, May 5 at her residence. Darlene was born Feb. 9, 1939 in Rice Lake, the daughter of John and June Helpap Wuethrich. She was united in marriage to Gordon A. Roen May 23, 1959, in Rice Lake, and he preceded her in death Oct. 7, 2003. She was united in marriage to James G. Parks May 6, 2006 in Lake Geneva. Darlene is survived by her husband James of Lake Geneva and San Antonio; grandchildren Jeffrey, Austin, Eric, Michelle (James) Smith, Alexa and Madison; greatgrandson T.J. Smothers; sisters Sandy Weber of Chetek, Lynn (Ray) Saffert and Bonnie (Danny) Saffert of Rice Lake; and brother Gary (Cathy) Wuethrich of Stone Lake. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Kristen and son Jeffrey Roen. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Skinners Funeral Home in Rice Lake. Pastor Allen Klasi of Assembly of God Church, Rice Lake, will be officiating. Burial will be at Swedish Cemetery in Rice Lake. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 8, at Steinke Funeral Home in Lake Geneva from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made in Darlene’s name to the “Time is Now” charity of the Lake Geneva Food Pantry.

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U PCOMING ATTRACTIONS MAY 9-11 & 16-18 The Lakeland Players are performing the “Best Of Broadway,” 40 years of fan favorites, May 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 at the Walworth County Performing Arts Center, 15 W. Walworth St. Elkhorn. For tickets, call (262) 728-5578, purchase at Elkhorn Chamber Of Commerce or online at w w w.lakeland-players. org.


Halverson/ Running bug We both indulge in our passions. While I’m running she’s tending to her garden. But how much longer can that last before she reminds me, in her subtle way that maybe the lawn needs cutting or she needs my help in trimming a bush? And how much longer can I cut two minutes off my previous race? I might have hit my limit already. After the last race, I felt a twinge in my hip and wondered if a hip replacement or two was in my future. But after each race this year I saw the other side of the coin, too. Coming in only a few minutes after me is an 83-yearold woman from Janesville where I used to live. She comes from a running family. Her son runs competitively and her 81-year-old husband usually comes in a few minutes after she does. In her 70s, she set several national records for her age group. She’s outlived cancer and a stroke. And she’s still running. When I look in her face, and see that healthy shine, I know that’s what I want to do, too. Run until I can’t any more. Halverson is editor and general manager of the Regional News. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2D

Bretl/ Political boundaries An example of this took place in March when the board abolished the office of coroner upon the conclusion of the current term. State law permits the board to establish an appointed medical examiner in lieu of a coroner. Another law that clarifies powers of the county clerk was just signed by the governor. We will be discussing how to implement that legislation in upcoming months. Listening to some of the war stories at the jail seminar that I attended, I was grateful to get back to Walworth County. Taxpayers are under enough pressure these days and deserve better than to have their hard earned property tax dollars squandered in disputes among different branches of government. Citizens are best served when elected officials cooperate. The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Walworth County Board of Supervisors.


THROUGHOUT MAY The Badger High School FFA Greenhouse is open for the 22nd season. On Saturdays May 10 and 17, the greenhouse is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weekdays, the greenhouse is open after school from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Sale proceeds benefit the Badger FFA Chapter.

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Yerkes Observatory, Williams Bay, schedules observing sessions with their 24-inch diameter reflecting telescope. The cost is $25 per person for the two-hour session. Reservations are required: email, or call (262) 6222368.

• Genoa City Lions Club, 332 Fellows Road, first and third Tuesdays of the month. Doors open at 5 p.m., early bird games at 6 p.m. Regular bingo at 6:45 p.m.

Geneva Lake Museum 255 Mill St., Lake Geneva, features "Main Street" where you can not only peek into 1870-1930 stores, homes, a school room and other places, but you can actually go into them for a close-up look at furniture, clothing, machines, photos and other artifacts of local daily living.

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When doctors made housecalls Editor’s note: Gordon Ammon, a longtime lakes area resident, has written a book entitled “Snapshots: The Cold War and Eisenhower Years in Williams Bay 1947-1961.” The following is an excerpt. The book is available for $45 by contacting Ammon at A DVD is included. The book My mom and I sat at a is reproduced on an ordertable that included Jayne by-order basis. Wiswell, then a high school In those days, you called student, and Pam Piehl. The the priest to administer the Piehls occupied a lofty place Last Rites, before you called in our local ”social register,” or so we all tended to think. the doctor. This was pretty much There was no insurance. owing to the fact that the And mom always exhausted Piehl family left the Bay her considerable inventory each year in November for of “home remedies” before a sojourn in Florida and there was ever any real thought of sending for Doc did not return until May, Wiswell, most especially if when Wisconsin’s cold and it was in the middle of the snow had long since been banished. While we sat night. Doc made housecalls, and munched cookies, Pam but this kind of service was made a loud observation, kept in abeyance for only the directed at Doc Wiswell’s daughter. most serious of illnesses. She said, “Our house is I had a fever that could not be broken. And as my bigger than your house!” temp continued to rise so Jayne thought about this for a moment and then replied did my mother’s anxiety. As I recall, dad was calmly, “Yes, that’s true; but somewhat more stoic about my father holds the mortthe whole thing. He just gage to your house.” persisted in believing that no real harm could possibly come to an 8-year-old. mom wasn’t so sure. The small light at the foot of our modest couch where I lay glowed timidly while the rotary phone dial in the dining room ratcheted its way to Doc’s number. I listened to the hushed but pleading words of the one-sided conversation, then the sound of relief as Mom announced that the faithful physician would soon come to treat my infirmity. In the meanwhile I drowsed into a recollection of a recent October evening. We were at the high school during Halloween, where there was a costume-judging affair and apple dunking, among other festivities, put on by the local PTA for us grade-schoolers. Sally Thompson won a prize for being a “Tiger Cat.”


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“The sound of shoes scratching their way up bare stair treads foretold Doc’s arrival. In just moments a soft tap came at the door and my mom ushered Doc into our small living room. I won’t ever forget that visage.” As I remember, Pam grew very quiet after that and the balance of the evening passed without further observations from her. The stairs creaked. We lived in a second floor apartment. The sound of shoes scratching their way up bare stair treads foretold Doc’s arrival. In just moments a soft tap came at the door and my mom ushered Doc into our

small living room. I won’t ever forget that visage. I cannot once remember seeing Doc Wiswell without his three-piece suit. Tonight was no exception! Before me stood the person of a gentle man with just a hint of roses on a cherubic face. I never could get over how much he seemed to be the twin of that jolly caricature Coca-Cola published on the back cover of National Geographic’s Yuletide issue, without the fulsome white chin whiskers, however. And there he was, in full dress. But somewhat askew at this deep hour of night! His shock of white hair was tousled and though he had on his obligatory white shirt, one collar saluted upward while the other was flattened obediently in place. The tie Doc wore was there, but twisted to one side and stubbornly dangling at wrong lengths inside a vest that was buttoned, but wrongly. The process of gathering it had apparently been started several holes down from where it should have been. Not far below the vest, one errant shirt tail flapped helplessly outside and over Doc’s pant leg. Covering some of this haphazard wardrobe was the requisite suit coat, somewhat the worse in appearance for its cascade of wrinkles. Regardless, Doc had his three-piece suit on and in his hand was the black bag that vouchsafed his office. After a few pleasantries, Doc went straight to his work. He confirmed my temp with a furrowed brow, nodding his head side to side as he read the thermometer’s elevated result. Doc then placed a tongue depressor in my mouth, gently urged me to say “Ahhh,” took my pulse and made a brief inspection overall, prodding a bit here and there. After a brief pause, Doc proffered his diagnosis: “Nothing serious, just a ‘bug’ going around.”


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Tourism in Walworth County: What Does It Mean For You? Travelers spent $477.57 Million dollars in Walworth County last year. That’s a big number. But what does it really mean?

What I know after 150 days… If you haven’t heard of me, my name is Darien Schaefer and I’m the New Guy. I took over as President & CEO for the Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau back on November 25, 2013. Over the last five months I’ve been trying to meet as many people as I can, to learn as much as possible, and to look at everything this organization does with fresh eyes.

Darien Schaefer President & CEO Lake Geneva Chamber & CVB

It’s been a very busy and exciting transition for my wife and myself. The Board of Directors are looking forward to what the Chamber and CVB will accomplish in the upcoming years and I’m looking forward to sharing with you how different things will look 12 months from now.

In the meantime, here is what I know today… I know that we need to celebrate and embrace that the Lake Geneva area is a premier resort destination. I know that there is tremendous potential here to build our resort destination brand. I know that development and growth must be thoughtfully managed to protect the destination brand. I know that inviting overnight visitors to our community has had and will continue to have long term benefits. I know that what is good for visitors is also good for residents. I know that many of our residents started out as visitors to Lake Geneva. I know I’m probably only a third of the way through meeting everyone. I know I had expected to meet everyone by now. I now know that my expectation was more optimistic than realistic. I know we need more than 3 busy months in order for our local businesses to survive. I know that tourism is like a golden goose, that you have to invest in it, to feed it so that the goose will continue to lay golden eggs. I know that our marketing is stronger and our successes greater if every community puts a hand on the rope and pulls in the same direction. I know that the current parking situation in downtown Lake Geneva has a detrimental effect on everyone. I know that anything we can do to improve parking availability and traffic flow is beneficial to residents as well as visitors. I know that the proposed parking ramp is something every resident should educate themselves on before voting on the referendum. I know that the Lake Geneva area has a really cool vibe. I know the amazing resorts, stunning landscape, gin clear lake, and memorable dining, shopping, and attractions provide the foundation for that vibe. I know that the vibe resonates from the passion and pride of our residents, business owners, and their employees. I know that the Visitor Center/Chamber Office at 201 Wrigley Drive is too small for our needs. I know moving the staff offices will allow us to expand the Visitor Center and help more people. I know I will miss the spectacular view of Geneva Lake and why my predecessor put up with the inconvenience for so many years. What I know best is that my wife and I made the right choice to leave Wausau and come to Lake Geneva. We couldn’t be happier to be here and I am excited about what the next 150 days will bring!

National Tourism Week was celebrated in Lake Geneva on the National Rally Day which was Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau held a Tourism Summit at Lake Lawn Resort that featured 15 speakers representing different segments of the local tourism industry.

The Lake Geneva Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to represent the communities of The Township of Lyons The City of Lake Geneva The Village of Fontana The City of Delavan

The dollars they spend at these businesses in our community are re-circulated back into the local and state economies and directly benefit other related industries. Examples in include medical, construction, te technology, manufacturing, aagriculture, food processing and other sservice industries who rely on tourism ffor their growth and stability.

Each speaker had 10 minutes to talk about the role their organization or business has in generating tourism for the Lake Geneva area and Walworth County. The goal is to share a lot of information in a short period of time. It’s perfect for people new to the area, serves as a reminder of what we have in our own backyard, and speakers were encourage to look into the future and talk about their goals for the next 3-5 years. Tourism is serious business in Walworth County where every 6th person has a job that relies on tourism. The Tourism Summit brought key stakeholders together to learn from each other, network and identify opportunities to work together. “This will be an annual event held during National Tourism Week each year,” said Darien Schaefer, President & CEO of the Lake Geneva Area CVB. “Our goal is to provide this forum where members of the tourism industry can make big announcements, introduce new developments, and garner support for initiatives that build our brand as a Premier Resort Destination.” The theme for the event was “TRAVEL EFFECT” which is a nationwide campaign to prove that the travel experience and the travel industry as a whole actually have a measureable and purposeful impact. Through new and original research, the TRAVEL EFFECT proves the economic, societal, business and personal benefits of travel; demonstrating the real truth behind the “hidden” impacts that travel can have on us all.

The multiplier benefits virtually everyone in Walworth County by generating tax revenues, which help pay for our roads, schools, programs for the disabled and elderly and more. Visitors generated $1.35 billion in state and local revenue and $1 billion in federal taxes in 2013, saving Wisconsin taxpayers nearly $590 per household.

Travel spending also helps support historical areas, art galleries and museums and many cultural and community events. So, even if those dollars weren’t spent at a business directly, it can still benefit from the positive ripple effects of that spending.

The Tourism Summit is open to the public and anyone with a stake in the success of our local tourism industry is encouraged to attend. The Second Annual Tourism Summit will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

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What’s Coming Up? 14th Annual Geneva Lake Art Association Paint-In Saturday June 14-Sunday, June 15 Music By the Lake: Blood Sweat and Tears featuring Bo Bice Saturday, June 28 Concerts in the Park Thursday, July 3-Thursday, August 28 Music By the Lake: The Beatles 50th Anniversary Tribute Saturday July 19

Bring on the Summer! Darien Schaefer President & CEO Lake Geneva Chamber & CVB

National Tourism Week Celebrated in Lake Geneva

Let’s say a family of three goes on a three night vacation to Lake Geneva. They arrive by car and stay at a resort for lodging, dine at local restaurants, shop, take a boat cruise, maybe golf or try a spa treatment, and visit many other businesses as they explore the area.

For more information on these or any of the other upcoming special events please visit our website at or call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 262-248-4416

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The Lake Geneva Regional News May 8, 2014, edition  

The Lake Geneva Regional News May 8, 2014, edition