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Suspect faces felony after blaze

Bloomfield teen allegedly set barn on fire

June 16, 2011
Elkhorn — A Bloomfield teen is facing a felony arson charge after a May 11 incident where he allegedly attempted to burn down a dilapidated barn, which is family was renting. In a separate incident, Jay W. Hawk, 18, N683 Darling Road, faces a felony charge after he and another teen on Jan. 10 allegedly threw a brick off a highway overpass, which crashed through a semi-trailer. In the arson case, Hawk also was charged with felony bail jumping. In that case he is scheduled for a July 8 preliminary hearing.

The importance of fireworks to a community

This could be last year town budget funds display

June 16, 2011
Bloomfield — A hand-drawn thermometer is on the sign Rich Olenoski and Jack Faulhaber installed May 25, during a gray, windy afternoon near the Pell Lake Beach. It's the same design other civic groups use when they're heading a fundraiser. The higher up the thermometer, the bigger the number. At the top is the number representing the dollar amount being sought by the Town Parks, Lakes and Recreation Committee — $5,000. Olenoski said that's what the committee needs to continue having fireworks during the town's annual Fourth of July celebration.

More on this spring's ballot

Officials pose questions to voters about sirens, mosquito spraying

January 20, 2011
Genoa 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.

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School’s staff, students have college on brain
June 09, 2011
Bloomfield — Star Center third-grade teacher Rebecca Hyde said recently that some of her students were discussing what they want to be when they grow up and what college they want to attend.Thanks to their teachers and school staff, Star Center students have college on the brain. At the start of the year, each classroom adopted a college to study. They backed their universities this fall during a college-style pep rally. They even got into the sports rivalries and dug into the histories and facts of their universities throughout the year, all of which culminated with the recent Camp College lock-in.But for Hyde and her students, she said an important lesson came out of this discussion between her students. She said they asked her why she didn’t go to Stanford for her teaching degree. She told them the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater was a good teaching school.
Staff offering themselves for picnic auction
Star Center event raises funds for PTO
June 02, 2011
Pell Lake — Every year, there’s a community picnic at Star Center Elementary School, rain or shine, featuring food, games and a chance for people to get together.But when asked why the picnic usually draws such a large crowd, Star Center Principal Betsy Schroeder said, without a moment’s thought, it’s the silent auction.The Star Center Parent-Teacher Organization auctions off baskets at each picnic “of all prices and all interests.” Schroeder said last yearthe PTO raised $7,500.
Appointment of new trustee will wait
Two candidates fail to win majority approval
May 26, 2011
Genoa City — With one seat empty on the Village Board, trustees deadlocked over who to appoint to fill the position at the regular Village Board meeting, Thursday, May 12.Two candidates were nominated to fill the seat vacated by Ed Lilla.Kurk P. Paleka was suggested as the first candidate. Voting for Paleka were Village President John Wrzeszcz and trustees Eric Boxer and Ken Parker. Voting against were Bill Antti, Judy Hunt and Phillip Traskaski.
Meet Bloomfield’s first zoning administrator
Murphy: ‘I’ve had a lot of compliments’
May 19, 2011
Bloomfield — Zoning Administrator Jill Murphy said an interpreter needed to help her resolve her first enforcement issue.She said earlier this year, she received complaints about an elderly couple living in two small sheds which were not equipped to have running water. It was on a property with no primary structure. The house which stood on the property had been razed. The couple was in the process of rebuilding it.As a zoning administrator, part of Murphy’s job is to investigate these type of complaints, which is just what she set out to do when she encountered another problem.
Robberies prompt officials to shut down bank
May 12, 2011
Bloomfield — After three robberies in less than a year, officials from Talmer Bank and Trust have had enough.After July 29, the Pell Lake branch of Talmer, formerly First Banking Center, N1264 Park Road, will shut down. Hugh McLean, the president of Talmer’s Wisconsin region banks, confirmed this during a telephone interview Thursday, May 5.“The unfortunate part of this is we’ve had a number of robberies,” McLean said. “We’re concerned for the safety of the employees. Some of our customers have even (asked) why we’re keeping it open.”
Nuisance properties in Bloomfield
May 05, 2011
Bloomfield — Ten properties were on the Town Board’s agenda for its regular meeting in April. Since then, one house was razed because it was deemed uninhabitable. Another raze order was expected to be served last week.The owners of five of them are, according to Town Attorney Brian Schuk, repeat offenders.“Some of these are zoning violations,” Schuk said during an April 28 telephone interview. “Some of these people are storing what the town considers junk (and) some are zoned residential and the owners are using them as scrap yards.”
Commemorating an event that defined an era
Sept. 11 memorial way to fund park development
April 28, 2011
Genoa City —- Numbing.That’s how Village Park Commissioner Cheri Borowiec described the effect of Sept. 11, 2001.That morning, she was in the Home Plate, a former village restaurant, when the village clerk at that time came in and told her an airplane flew into one of the World Trade Center towers. She said she went home immediately, turned on the news and watched a second airplane crash into the other tower.
Genoa City to go to bid to get radium out of the water
April 21, 2011
Genoa City — The village wants to be proactive in reducing the amount of radium in its drinking water.The village board on Thursday voted to go out for bids on a modification that will allow the village’s water treatment plant to remove most of the radium from the water.State and federal regulations allow only 5 picocuries per liter, about five parts per billion, radium in municipal water, said Todd Schilling, village public works superintendent.
Despite election, candidates will stay friends
No mud slung along the village president campaign trail
April 14, 2011
Genoa City — There are the kind of political races where, if the opposing candidates met at the polls on Election Day, it could feel like watching two gunslingers meet at high noon just seconds before a showdown.But John Wrzeszcz, 68, and Barry Goad, 47, the two who ran for village president April 5 in Genoa City, said they have been friends a long time.And it appears their friendship will endure Wrzeszcz’s victory over Goad, the incumbent, 257-167.
Department wants to borrow for fire, rescue vehicles
March 24, 2011
Genoa City — Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire and Rescue is having a hard time buying equipment on a pay-as-you-go plan.Firefighter Tim Steinmetz approached the Genoa City Village Board on Thursday (March 10) with a plan to allow the fire department to borrow money to buy needed equipment.The fire department’s board has already approved the plan, but it would also require approval by the Bloomfield Town Board.
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