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May 19, 2011
Lake Geneva Girl Scout Troop 3163 is working toward earning their Bronze Award. They will be doing so through a Bow Wow Bonanza to benefit the Save-A-Vet organization, which rescues military and law enforcement working animals taht are otherwise nonadoptable, by providing free housing to disabled military and law enforcement veterans in exchange for living with and caring for these animals. The Bow Wow Bonanza will be Saturday, May 21, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Petco parking lot on Edwards Boulevard. The event includes a carnival and minute to win it type games with prizes, bouncy house, concessions, bake sale and a photo area. With a donation of a care package, those attending will receive a free 5x7 photo with your pet.
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Kleefisch visit focuses on Travel Green

Industry brings billions to Wisconsin

May 19, 2011
Lyons — Surrounded by lush green grass, blooming flowers, budding trees and fresh ponds, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch was in the perfect place to tout Wisconsin's Travel Green initiative. On Friday morning, Kleefisch stood at a podium outside the main Grand Geneva Resort building with the Brute golf course as the backdrop, talking to local business people, area Chamber of Commerce members and elected officials about tourism in the state, which is a $12.3 billion industry, including $414 million alone in Walworth County. "I think that is something worth applauding," Kleefisch announced to a small crowd of local stakeholders.

Senior housing receives nod

May 19, 2011
With the economic downturn and large development in the city at a virtual standstill, Lake Geneva Plan Commissioners haven't had much of a chance lately to put their hands on any projects. But, on Monday night they finally had their opportunity. The Plan Commission unanimously voted in favor of a general development plan for a 110-unit senior housing project located off of North Bloomfield Road and just east of Edwards Boulevard. The development is part of the Southland Farms project, which was the site of the old Lake Geneva Raceway.

Purchase could expand trail

January 20, 2011
Lake Geneva city officials are a few steps closer to purchasing about 60 acres of environmentally sensitive land which weaves along the White River through the former Hillmoor property. While the long-term future of the Hillmoor land remains unknown, the city apparently is moving toward buying part of the property with help from a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Urban Rivers Grant. City Administrator Dennis Jordan said the 50-50 grant is expected to be about $90,000. He said the city will have to chip in the same amount as the state.

Historians want to save theater

January 20, 2011
Since the summer of 1928, the Geneva Theater has been a fixture in downtown Lake Geneva. For a long time, it was the only theater in the area. But, things have changed. The property has been on the market for $949,000. Now, with a possible purchase of the property in the works, some local historians are hoping a piece of the building's history can be saved. Lake Geneva Historic Preservation Committee Chairman Ken Etten said a number of interested community members have met to discuss the future of the building. He also has discussed the possibilities with local leaders and groups.

Recent Lake Geneva News
Mirbeau wants judgment or jury trial in suit against city
May 12, 2011
Just more than a month ago, a flurry of activity began again in the federal lawsuit between Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and the city of Lake Geneva.Again last week, hundreds more pages of court documents, including some new information, were filed by both sides in support or opposition to summary judgment motions made by the Mirbeau and the city at the end of March. Mirbeau is suing the city for $29 million following the failure of their combined development with Geneva Ridge Joint Venture on the 718 acres on the city’s south side. The plan included an inn, winery and homes on about 55 acres of the property. The lawsuit has been going on since the summer of 2008 and has included claims of unfair treatment, conspiracy to slow down and stop the development and destruction of evidence on the part of city elected officials.
Skate park design decision on hold
May 12, 2011
Some skateboarders and BMXers watched and waited quietly and patiently for nearly four hours in the City Council chambers Monday night.But they will have to wait at least another two weeks before finding out whether there’s a possibility that they’ll get a new $300,000 skate facility at Dunn Field.The City Council voted 6-2 to table until May 23 a decision whether to spend up to $30,000 for just the design of a new skate/BMX park.
Court will review Fesenmaier’s e-mails
Open record lawsuit stems from Mirbeau-Hummel issue
May 05, 2011
Elkhorn — A Walworth County Circuit Court Judge will review e-mails a former Lake Geneva alderwoman claimed are safeguarded under attorney-client privilege to determine if, in fact, they are protected.On Monday afternoon, Judge John Race listened to summary judgement motions for both the Lake Geneva Regional News and former Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier. Race didn’t act on the motions — which would have ended the case —but instead left the door open for the newspaper to collect additional discovery evidence.In February and March of 2010, Regional News Editor Lisa Seiser filed open records requests with officials in Lake Geneva and Linn Township for documents related to the controversial Mirbeau and Hummel plans. Fesenmaier and other city officials are also defendants in a federal lawsuit involving the proposed developments.
Focusing on skate park
May 05, 2011
Just two days before the Park Board was scheduled to discuss more details about a new $300,000 skate park, city officials focused their attention on the status of the current park Monday night and into Tuesday.Concerns about the cleanliness and safety at the 10-year-old facility, located at Dunn Field behind Eastview Elementary School, became issues during Monday’s Committee of the Whole meeting. Aldermen questioned whether to close the skate park temporarily or if there are liability issues the city should be concerned about.On Tuesday, City Administrator Dennis Jordan said he went down to the park to take a closer look after concerns were raised the previous night. He said it wouldn’t take long for garbage and other messes to be cleaned up, but there are more pressing issues.
Mirbeau case moving forward
City defendants ask for dismissals
April 28, 2011
The federal case between Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and the city of Lake Geneva is heating up again.Late last month, a flurry of court documents were filed by both sides, including requests for summary judgments on some or all of the claims.Mirbeau is suing the city for $29 million following the failure of their combined development with Geneva Ridge Joint Venture on the 718 acres on the city’s south side. The plan included an inn, winery and homes on about 55 acres of the property. The lawsuit has been going on since the summer of 2008 and has included claims of unfair treatment, conspiracy to slow down and stop the development and destruction of evidence on the part of city elected officials.
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