April 28, 2011Former Arkansas governor, author and Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee was the keynote speaker at this year's Faith Christian School Banquet fundraiser at the Abbey on Tuesday.
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School District can fund educational program or capital improvementsApril 28, 2011Fontana — After crunching numbers, the village's Elementary School found it was going to have extra money in its budget for this school year.
Now, the School Board members have a choice — they can make capital improvements in the building or add a new educational program called Compass.
After Monday's meeting, School Board President Jennifer Keefe said the district needs to maintain the facility, but she was leaning toward spending the funds on programing.
April 28, 2011Walworth — The village is playing with an idea that would eliminate the Parks Committee.
A proposal discussed at the April board meeting would send the responsibilities of maintaining and improving the parks to the Public Work's Committee. A parks subcommittee would make recommendations to the Public Works committee.
Trustee Eddie Snyder, who chairs the Parks Committee, said the Public Works Department is already in charge of maintaining the baseball fields and parks, which is why it would absorb the responsibility.
January 20, 2011Fontana — For many years the building on the corner of Fontana Boulevard and Highway 67 was a place where people had their hair cut and styled.
In September 2007, Headquarters, 138 Fontana Blvd., closed its doors. About a year later, the village purchased the building and the adjacent vacant lot for $350,000 with plans to redevelop it in the future.
Now the village is working with Brian Pollard, the president of Fairwyn Development Corporation, to develop the site and return it to the tax roll.
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Recent Geneva Lake West
Teacher, support staff cuts save Bay district about $400,000April 21, 2011Williams Bay — Cutting four teachers and reducing the hours on another three saved the district $259,252, said District Superintendent Fred Vorlop.At the April 11 School Board meeting, the board approved laying off four elementary school teachers and cutting the hours of two high school teachers and one junior high school teacher. Those layoffs will be final as of June 30.In addition, two support personnel at the high school will be laid off and one retiring teacher will not be replaced. That will save another $141,500, said Vorlop. That makes a grand total of $400,752 in personnel cuts.
Village needs time to decide fate of HighwayBoard considers TIF district, grants, referendum to proceed with projectApril 21, 2011Walworth — Another discussion on the Highway 14 project brought a packed house to a joint meeting between the Village Board and Plan Commission Monday night.Basically, two options are on the table. One would widen the turns around the village square. That plan would require the state to purchase and raze the Antique Mall and King Dragon. The second option, which was developed by the village’s Plan Commission, would require the state to purchase the Antique Mall and a neighboring home. Highway 14 would run completely north and south, eliminating all right-angle turns, but would bring the road closer to Walworth Elementary School.
Breaking: Big Foot students, Lake Geneva woman hurt in car crashApril 14, 2011Walworth Township — Two Big Foot seniors and a Lake Geneva woman were seriously injured in a head on car crash April 13 at 5:41 p.m. on Highway B.Rebecca N. Tanner, 18, of Walworth was flown Flight For Life to a Milwaukee-area hospital.Dean E. Smith, 18, of Zenda, and Laura M. Sherin, 56, of Lake Geneva, were transported to Lakeland Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries.
Saturday fundraiser to benefit two local familiesDonations go to child with cancer, family that loss motherApril 14, 2011Walworth — One family is coping with the sudden loss of its mother, and another family is helping a second-grader battle a rare form of cancer.Both families are tied to Walworth Joint 1 School District and the school is planning a fundraiser to help them with some of their financial needs.On April 16, the school will host a spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., the cost of the dinner is $5. There also will be silent auctions and raffles for the gift baskets that have been collected. Bingo and a 50-50 raffles will also be featured at the event.
Bay cuts 4 teaching jobsBoard also reduces 3 positions, cuts field trips, teacher requisitionsApril 14, 2011Williams Bay — If nothing changes and events continue as projected, four Williams Bay teachers will not be back next school year.Another three will be working reduced hours.Under provisions of the teachers contract, the Williams Bay School Board on Monday voted unanimously to send preliminary layoff notifications to four teachers: Hanna Coddington, first grade; Nancy McCabe, kindergarten; Dawn Raufman, third grade; and Jessica Reinstad, second grade.
Gage, Spadoni, McGreevy win seats on boardApril 07, 2011Fontana — “How can you get upset when the people voted,” Trustee Micki O’Connell said shortly after learning she lost her re-election bid.O’Connell didn’t garner enough votes in Tuesday’s election to win a fifth-term as a trustee. Incumbents George Spadoni and Thomas McGreevy and political newcomer and business owner Bill Gage were elected to the Village Board. Challenger Rick Pappas, who ran as an independent in the 32nd assembly race last November, didn’t make the cut either.
Marra beats Weyhrauch for Village PresidentLandgraf, Pfeil elected to School BoardApril 07, 2011Williams Bay — John Marra held back tears and hugged supporters after finding out he will serve as the next Village President.“I’m thrilled and humbled by the trust the Williams Bay voters gave me today,” he said.Don Weyhrauch, who served as village president for 10 years, wasn’t available for comment. Marra received 457 votes and Weyhrauch earned 325.
Internet exclusive: Williams Bay candidatesRaces for Village President and School BoardMarch 31, 2011The following are candidate questions and answers for the Williams Bay Village President race and the race for the Williams Bay School board. Some questions and answers did not appear in the March 31 Lake Geneva Regional News for space reasons. In the case of questions that did appear, many of the answers were cut and edited to fit the available space. Here the answers are uncut and unedited.Race for Williams Bay Village President, candidates Don Wehyrauch (I) and John Marra. Four questions.
Walworth welcomes residents to new Town HallVoters will cast ballots at new locationMarch 31, 2011Walworth Township — The new Town Hall is open for business — just in time for the April election. As of Monday, the town’s offices moved to its new Brick Church Road location, which features a larger meeting room, offices for town staff and a larger garage for town vehicles.During the April 5 Spring election, town voters will cast their ballots at the new facility. Town Chairman Joe Abell said instructions and directions will be posted at the old building to help redirect voters who aren’t aware of the change.
Internet exclusive: Fontana Trustee CandidatesMarch 31, 2011Here are additional candidate responses that weren’t posted in the March 31 addition of the Regional News.In the past few years, the village has opted to increase user fees instead of property taxes. Is this the right approach? Or, to balance the budget, should the village look at cutting services. Include specifics in your answer. (limit: 150 words)