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Boy killed in Linn Township driveway

July 14, 2011
Linn — A 6-year-old boy was killed Thursday afternoon when he was struck by a pickup truck in a driveway on Glen Fern Lane. Samuel Vainisi, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., was sitting in the driveway when Michael Tissing, 55, of Arlington Heights pulled into the driveway and ran over Vainisi. Tissing remained at the scene and rendered aid to Vainisi while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive.
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Educator has big family, military background

July 14, 2011
Linn — It takes about 6 ½ hours to drive north from the Geneva Lake area to Siren, but Joseph Zirngibl said he has noticed some similarities between the communities. "Siren is a big area for resorts and lakefront property," Zirngibl said from behind the neatly cleaned desk in the Reek School principal/district administrator's office. "Up there, I lived within 5 miles of five lakes. On Fridays, we had an influx of people out of the Twin Cities into Siren. So, whenever you drive anyplace, you always plan to make right turns because you'll never get anywhere in all the traffic." Zirngibl became Reek's new principal/administrator July 1, but he was a principal in the Siren School District for seven years. At Reek, he's taking over the job formerly held by Lillian Henderson, who became the district administrator in Sharon. Zirngibl, 56, has his work cut out for him.
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No reason to be ashamed: Patrol leader makes Eagle

January 20, 2011
Geneva — Jordon Drohner said since he was 6, he wanted to become an Eagle Scout as soon as he could. "It's the highest rank in the Boy Scouts," he said in December, shortly before the powers that be would decide if Jordon, now 14, would achieve his dream. Last year, Jordon and his close friends, Jackson Seeberg and Logan Tenney, both also 14, began the arduous task of becoming Eagle Scouts.

Recent Geneva, Linn Township
Chief says seat belt statistics surprising
July 07, 2011
Geneva — In a span of a few weeks, three people died in two fatal traffic accidents along a state highway which travels through the town.Yet between May 23 and June 5, during the statewide “Click It or Ticket” mobilization — another way of saying cops were focusing on pulling over people who weren’t wearing their seat belts — town of Geneva officers issued 92 seat belt citations.“The most disheartening thing is when parents don’t take the time to buckle up their children, especially on the heels of three fatalities in Geneva Township last month, one involving an infant,” Police Chief Steve Hurley said.
Recovery facility receives nod from commission
New Life Lodge would provide alcohol-free setting
June 30, 2011
Geneva — The town Plan Commission on Monday night recommended a conditional use permit for a residential center for people recovering from alcohol and other chemical addictions at the former Lutheran Social Services building at N3155 Highway H.The permit gives the commission’s stamp of approval on a “lodging/fraternal house/nontransient sober living center,” as described by Karen Stein, owner and CEO of the proposed New Life Lodge, and doing business as KS Ministries.Stein is a registered nurse serving Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva. But she said the lodge will in no way be affiliated with Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Fond memories, a difficult goodbye
Henderson takes new job in Sharon
June 23, 2011
Linn ­— Reek School’s hallways were dark and quiet late in the morning Friday, June 10, two days after what could be one of the biggest surprises of Administrator Lillian Henderson’s career.On the last day of every school year at Reek, they hold an awards ceremony. But this time, on June 8, Henderson said the ceremony began earlier than usual.“If I had been a little brighter, I would have realized something was up,” she said.
Couple receives probation for Linn grow house
Rickels will spend time in county jail
June 16, 2011
Elkhorn — Freddie and Amy Rickel attend events at their children’s school, sit on the sidelines during their son’s football practice and by all accounts are loving parents.However, they also orchestrated a sophisticated marijuana-growing operation in the town of Linn that yielded large amounts of the drug and cash. On Jan. 8, 2010, the Walworth County Drug Unit raided the Rickels’ home and found more than 150 marijuana plants, 150 grams of the drug and materials used for growing dope.
Conservancy opposes Pier expansion plan
Business plan includes boat storage, repair
June 16, 2011
Linn — Will John Trossen’s proposal to expand his operation at The Pier Country Store create an “in-out” facility not only violate the town’s Master Plan but place lives at risk?Will it subvert a policy governing the number of boats allowed to launch on Geneva Lake? Is it in fact a new business and not an expansion?The Geneva Lake Conservancy thinks so.
A new administrator
June 09, 2011
Linn — Starting July 1, Reek School will have a new administrator.According to a press release issued last week, the Reek School Board hired Joseph E. Zirngibl as the new district administrator/principal. He will take over the job currently held by Lillian Henderson, who said during an interview in May she will become the new administrator at Sharon Elementary School.
Burglary investigation leads to arrest for different crimes
Suspect allegedly behind thefts from vehicles
June 02, 2011
Geneva — Despite an arrest, town police continue to investigate three burglaries which occurred last month.In an e-mail statement Thursday, May 26, Town Police Chief Steve Hurley said a 21-year-old Geneva Township man recently was charged with three counts of theft and drug-related violations. But as for the burglaries which took place April 4, 17 and 20, the investigation continues.
Two out of three options not likely for Reek
School officials continue mulling consolidation, referendum, nix new building idea
May 26, 2011
Linn — Reek School’s brick facade is falling apart. That’s why the School Board proposed a $3.9 million renovation project to district voters in April. It failed by 24 votes.It was a defeat Reek Administrator Lillian Henderson said left her and other school officials disappointed. But since then, the board and Henderson continue to weigh their options. Do they make another referendum attempt or do they try something else, like consolidate with another school district or build a new structure?During an interview Wednesday, May 18, Henderson said some people want to see Reek combine with another school district. Also, an area architect recently proposed building a new school — one that would be unique to the area — and demolish the current one.
Korona Park: A back-to-nature experience
May 19, 2011
Geneva — It was about a quarter-acre of sloping, densely wooded land in northeastern Lake Como subdivision, a thicket of green among well-cared-for houses not far from Highway H.John Packard, the town’s Park Commission chairman, said these eight lots at the corner of Queen Road and Park Drive were slated for residential development. The catch was Walworth County zoning officials wouldn’t let anyone build on it because of a stream which runs north-south along the property. “In the past five years, the town has looked at about a dozen of these types of properties owned by people who wanted to donate them,” Packard said.
Jumping into the water
How blindness affects former town fire chief, family
May 12, 2011
Lake Geneva — We often take walking outside or going into a room lit by fluorescent lights for granted, but those two things are now painful for Pat Heindl.“It feels like needles jabbing into my eyes,” he said Wednesday, May 4, almost a month after something happened that changed the lives of him, his wife, Heidi, and their eighth-grade son, Cody.Pat, 47, the assistant fire chief of the Lake Geneva Fire Department and former fire chief of the town of Linn, basically went blind Saturday, April 9.
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