January 01, 2009Charlotte, N.C. — Big Foot High School agriculture teacher Richard Henningfeld is one of six individuals who received the National Association of Agricultural Educators Outstanding Young Member Award Dec. 3 at the NAAE annual conference.
Henningfeld has taught agriculture at Big Foot High School since 2006, and taught at Janesville Craig High School from 2005 to 2006. He lives in Delavan.
"It is important to give students ownership in the curriculum and classroom environment. Developing curriculum around student interest fosters intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn," Henningfeld said.
January 01, 2009Walworth — Longtime Big Foot School Board President Sue Pruessing is waiting to see if anyone wants her seat on the board.
Pruessing has filed her noncandidacy statement, but if no one else files to run for her spot by the Jan. 6 deadline, she may throw her hat back into the ring.
As of Dec. 29, no other candidates have stepped forward to run for the seat. However, Pruessing is hoping to generate some interest in the seat by filing a declaration of noncandidacy.
Big Foot considers requiring
finance course for graduationDecember 25, 2008Walworth — Before graduation, Big Foot High School students may be required to know a little something about personal finances. The School Board is considering adding a personal finance course to its graduation requirements.“I think the subject is so unbelievably important,” business teacher Mike Sroda said. “I don’t think there has ever been a time when these skills are more important.”
Trustee Long to be deployedIraq tour should last for one-yearDecember 18, 2008Walworth — Soon Trustee Matt Long will make the transition from serving the community to serving the entire country.Long, 41, will be deployed to Iraq in early 2009 with the 108 FFC, a unit in the Army National Guard. He believes that his deployment will last for one year.For the past seven years, Long has served on the Walworth Village Board. He joined the Army National Guard two and a half years ago.
Watters will seek another termDecember 18, 2008Walworth — Village President Todd Watters wants to provide some continuity to the board during some important future conversations.On Monday night, Watters said he was going to seek a fourth two-year term. He was first elected village president in 2003. Prior to that, he served as a trustee for one year.
Simonson won’t seek re-electionDecember 11, 2008Walworth — Trustee Rich Simonson will not seek re-election this April.Simonson said he doesn’t have the time to continue serving as a trustee.“There’s a lot of time commitment and I don’t feel I can give enough,” he said. “I’m not happy with what I’m not able to do.”
Referendum likely in villageResidents will get to vote on paid-on-premises servicesDecember 04, 2008\Walworth — There is now little doubt that the village will seek voter approval to fund a joint paid-on-premises fire and rescue service.Due to the dwindling number of volunteers and an increasing call volume the villages of Walworth and Fontana have investigated staffing the fire and rescue departments during daytime hours.“There is going to be a referendum. There is no way around it,” Trustee LeRoy Nordmeyer said. “The discussion the other night was that it was a for sure deal.”
A piece of local historyHoward Koeppen’s taleNovember 27, 2008The below information was gathered by Donald Koeppen, local World War II veteran Capt. Howard Koeppen’s brother. Donald gathered information about Howard’s life and death. In this article, Donald describes how Howard’s life ended while fighting for his country. He also described how he gathered this information. A Journey to Remember - a Trip to Abenheim, Germany on August 17, 2007.
Village adopts no frills budgetTax rate will rise 5 centsNovember 27, 2008Walworth — Residents will have to live with a modest tax rate increase.The Village Board unanimously approved its budget Monday night, which included a 5 cent tax rate increase. The proposed tax rate is $6.79 per $1,000 of assessed value. Last year, the tax rate was $6.74.
Community gears up for state championship gameNovember 20, 2008Walworth - Big Foot’s first-ever state football championship appearance has turned the town into a red and black frenzy.“I think everyone is excited and proud of the accomplishments of the team and the talents of the coaching staff,” Big Foot District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann said.The Chiefs (13-0) play Wautoma/Faith Christian (12-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.
Public works director to retireNelson’s last day is Dec. 12November 13, 2008Walworth — For more than 30 years, Bruce Nelson has gotten his hands dirty plowing roads and cleaning sewer lines.The longtime Public Works Director has been the village’s go-to guy, whether it was picking up leaves, pumping water out of the Oak Knolls detention pond or repairing village-owned vehicles.Now, Nelson is ready to call it quits, and he will begin his retirement Dec. 12.
Voters to decide if treasurer, clerk should be appointedOctober 30, 2008Town of Walworth — Certifications and classes for town clerks and treasurers can get expensive, and Town Board Chairman Joe Abell doesn’t want to spend a lot if the person is going to get voted out of office.On Nov. 4, voters will decide whether the town clerk and treasurer positions will remain elected, or if town officials can appoint individuals to these positions.“This way, it doesn’t become a popularity contest,” Abell said. “It’s to ensure that when you get someone good in there you can keep them.”