June 02, 2011It was a battle to the end and one in which a lone winner could not be determined.
This year, eight Badger High School seniors tied for having the same 4.2 grade point average after seven semesters at the school. Through eight tiebreakers, Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz and Bergen Quaerna are the co-valedictorians for 2011 and Arianne Woller is the salutatorian.
"I've always been motivated to do well — the best I can," Brendan said of being co-valedictorian. "When I found out I had the chance, that is when it hit me to finish strong and give myself a shot."
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June 02, 2011It appears as though local skaters and BMXers may get their own new park, so why not local dogs?
The former eighth fairway at Hillmoor could become Lake Geneva's new dog park sometime in the near future.
Members of the City Council provided preliminary approval for moving forward with plans to create a dog park on the city's property. On May 23, minutes after approving a $30,000 expenditure for a design of a new skate park, the council authorized the Park Board to continue to research using the eighth hole as a dog park.
January 20, 2011Lake 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.
January 20, 2011Since 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.
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Council says yes to skate designMay 26, 2011For months, local skaters and BMXers have been attending city meetings and voicing their opinions when asked.On Monday night, their patience and involvement was rewarded when members of the City Council voted 5-3 to spend $30,000 for a design and engineering services for a new skate park. The design cost is a portion of what Park Board members have estimated to be about a $250,000 to $350,000 facility.According to Mike McIntyre of Action Sports Design, the firm that will come up with the detailed design for a park, community and user involvement is just beginning.
Internet exclusive - Help scouts, animals at Petco SaturdayMay 19, 2011Lake 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.
Senior housing receives nodMay 19, 2011With the economic downturn and large development in the city at a virtual standstill, Lake Geneva Plan Commissioners havenít 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.
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