Bloomfield, Genoa City, Pell Lake
March 17, 2011Bloomfield — A bank robbery involving a bomb threat and a house fire continue to be investigated by local authorities.
The Pell Lake branch of First Michigan Bank, formerly First Banking Center, N1264 Park Road, was robbed for the third time in less than a year Saturday at about 8:20 a.m.
Town of Bloomfield police, the FBI and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department still are investigating the robbery.
Officials pose questions to voters about sirens, mosquito sprayingJanuary 20, 2011Genoa City — This spring, voters will have more to decide than who occupies what office.
Two referendum questions will appear on the April 5 ballot. The answers to those questions may determine whether the village of Genoa City continues mosquito spraying and using its emergency sirens.
The referenda came up Thursday, Jan. 13, during the regular Village Board meeting. Village Clerk Mary Buchert read the questions as they will appear on the ballot.
Recent Bloomfield, Genoa City, Pell Lake
BREAKING - Firefighters battle Pell Lake blazeMarch 10, 2011A morning blaze at a residence on Veronica Road in Pell Lake attracted fire departments from several areas. The fire was called in by the neighbor just after 9 a.m. The house was vacant and recently for sale. Further details about the fire are unknown at this time. See more information and photos from the fire in next week's Regional News. See the website soon for video on the fire.
New shelves, new paint, new fears?March 10, 2011Genoa City — The three women operating the village’s Public Library are in another state of transition. They seem to be in high spirits, finishing each other’s sentences when discussing the commotion that’s taking place.They’re in the process of reorganizing the library.They’re adding shelves, painting the walls and moving around various sections which together comprise 21,000 books, periodicals, audiobooks, movies and compact discs.
Caught behind the 8-ballSeven Traver teachers may lose their jobsMarch 03, 2011Linn — The state budget turmoil has hit close to home for seven Traver School teachers.At a special meeting Monday morning, the School Board decided to send nonrenewal notices out to warn those teachers there’s a possibility their contracts won’t be renewed for the 2011-12 school year.During a telephone interview Tuesday morning, Traver Administrator Mary DeYoung described the board’s action to issue them with notices of nonrenewal as an effort to “cover all bases.”
Alleged bank robbers face more feloniesFebruary 24, 2011Elkhorn — Two people charged in connection with the Aug. 31 armed robbery of the Pell Lake First Banking Center face more criminal charges.Shelby L. Kaelber, 21, and David C. Allen II, 23, both of Kenosha, have been charged with felony bail jumping. If convicted of that count, they each face up to six years imprisonment and $10,000 in fines.In 2010, Kaelber and Allen both were charged with armed robbery as a party to a crime. That charge is still pending, but if they are convicted they face up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.
A minor victory for Bloomfield’s incorporation effortJudge rejects Lake Geneva, Genoa City’s motionsFebruary 17, 2011Bloomfield — On Monday, Town Chairman Ken Monroe smiled when asked if he was surprised by the outcome of the Thursday, Feb. 10, Walworth County Circuit Court hearing about his community’s petition to turn a 16-square-mile region into a village. At the hearing, Judge John Race denied motions by the city of Lake Geneva and the village of Genoa City to intervene in the town’s request. Now, Race is expected to sign an order to that effect by the end of the month and Bloomfield’s request would advance to the state Department of Administration.
Genoa City police battle blizzardFebruary 10, 2011Genoa City — For most people, the world shuts down on a snow day. A brief but mandatory vacation, once worries of digging yourself out have been laid to rest. But during the Groundhog Day blizzard, police officers didn’t have the luxury of downtime. In Genoa City, where estimates have the snowfall total from the storm at about 20 inches, officers helped stranded motorists and helped people clear snow.A lifetime Genoa City resident, Village Police Chief Ralph “Homer” Bauman said some drifts were about 5 feet deep. He estimated in other areas, spots were between 14 and 16 inches deep. “It was a lot of snow and I don’t even know how you’d get a measurement on it because of the wind,” Bauman said.But was it the worst snow storm ever? Depends on who you ask. “In all honesty, this reminds me of how winter was when I was a kid,” Bauman said. In e-mails Saturday, Feb. 5, Police Sgt. Mike Sireno said the storm also jogged his memory. “(It’s the) worst I remember since the 1979 storm when I was picked up for work on a snowmobile and spent three days sleeping in the fire station because the roads were closed,” Sireno stated.
Breaking: Authorities probing bomb scare at schoolsFebruary 03, 2011Schools within the Badger High and Joint 1 districts were evacuated Monday morning so police could investigate a bomb scare.According to a press release from Lake Geneva Police Assistant Chief Michael Reuss, district administrators received an e-mail claiming bombs were located in Badger High School and other area schools. The e-mail was received at 9:03 a.m.Since then, students from Badger High, Lake Geneva Middle, Central-Denison, Star Center and Eastview Elementary schools were sent home. Reuss stated these students were “evacuated as a precautionary measure.”
Another stepping stoneGenoa City Lions Club member’s new roleFebruary 03, 2011For 58-year-old Greg Pryor, it started with wanting to give back to his community.In 1986, the Twin Lakes man joined the Genoa City Lions Club. Now, Pryor has something new to add to his already crowded list of accomplishments — second vice-district governor of Lions District 27-A1, which covers the southeastern corner of Wisconsin, including 53 Lions Clubs, or about 1,400 members
A perspective that’s lackingWatch D.O.G.S. aims to bring men into Star CenterJanuary 27, 2011Bloomfield — They’re fathers, grandfathers, uncles or neighbors. They’re men, and there are more than 60 of them in Star Center Elementary School community who can help provide a perspective Principal Betsy Schroeder said is lacking in her school.“I recognize that some of our students are missing some male role models in their lives,” she said. “We are a system of women here.”She said there are six READS volunteers — four mentors and two Badger High School students — and four men on staff. Hence the implementation of Watch D.O.G.S., a program of the National Center for Fathering which focuses on providing positive, active male role models in school and to enhance security.
Some communities annex land, others lose itA decade of towns
fighting to preserve rural character, control destinyJanuary 06, 2011Everyone lives in one of three types of communities — a city, a village or a town. It’s easy to be confused about this distinction, especially if you live in a community such as Genoa City, which in fact is a village and not a city. But no matter, cities and villages can annex land from a nearby town at a property owner’s request.That’s what has fueled the decade’s top stories in the Bloomfield-Genoa City and Geneva-Linn Townships areas.