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BREAKING THURSDAY - Fire destroys Bloomfield home

July 28, 2011
At about 4:27 a.m., officers from the town of Bloomfield Police Department responded with the Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Department to a blaze at N.2494 Chianti Court within the Tuscany subdivision. Upon arrival, officers from the Police Department and the Walworth County Sheriff's Department located a home which was fully engulfed in flames. The fire was eventually extinguished with help from numerous departments from surrounding communities. The homeowners were not in the house at the time of the fire and there were no injuries reported. The residence was completely destroyed.
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DOA may decide on Bloomfield's village this month

July 28, 2011
Bloomfield — Court motions. Public hearings. Failed attempts to hash out border agreements. At this point, this is all that's come of the effort to turn a 16-square-mile region of the town into a village. But soon, the State Department of Administration's Incorporation Review Board may decide the future of this effort. "They're expected to make a decision some time in August," Bloomfield Town Chairman Ken Monroe said during a July 13 interview.

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.

Recent Bloomfield, Genoa City, Pell Lake
It’s costly to address unsightly sites
July 21, 2011
Bloomfield — In this town, there are four ways someone can register a complaint against an unsightly or “junk” property.They can contact a Town Board member, the zoning administrator, the building administrator or the Police Department. Then, depending on how far the investigation into the complaint goes, the town attorney could be involved in this effort to have someone improve the way their property looks. As anyone who’s ever needed an attorney knows, the services they provide don’t come cheap.But is this another government horror story of needless duplication of services or frivolous spending? During a special interview July 13, Bloomfield Town Chairman Ken Monroe said it’s not because at some point most, if not all, of these officials are needed to resolve an unsightly debris complaint — if someone doesn’t just take responsibility to clean up their own junk.
A sad goodbye for Brookwood teacher
After 41 years, Duros-Cooper reluctantly retires
July 14, 2011
Genoa City — Not anybody can be a teacher, said Gerri Duros-Cooper.She should know. For the last 41 years, Duros-Cooper has taught in the Brookwood School District.But this school year was the last for this eighth-grade English and literature teacher. Duros-Cooper is the third longtime Brookwood teacher to retire this year. She joins the ranks of third-grade teacher Vicki Fort, who taught there 37 years, and physical education teacher Cyndy Lent, who taught for 35. Those teachers also retired.
Fort leaves school with collection of memories
July 07, 2011
Genoa City — Vicki Fort has an album full of pictures and notes featuring students from the last third-grade class of her 37-year teaching career.“Dear Mrs. Fort, I’m sad because you were the best teacher since I’ve been in school,” James Ivy stated in his note in the album. “I’m really going to miss you.”Fort said Melissa Volck, mother of one of her former students at Brookwood Elementary School in Genoa City, compiled the album. Most of Fort’s 37 years in front of the classroom were spent at the school.
Primed to celebrate Fourth with a bang
Committee raises enough for fireworks
June 30, 2011
Bloomfield — Let there be fireworks in the town this Fourth of July.A few months ago, it was in question whether the town would have enough money for the display this year. But the town’s Parks, Lakes and Recreation Committee raised enough funds for this crowd-pleasing part of the town’s traditional holiday celebration.During a June 22 telephone interview, Bloomfield Town Chairman Ken Monroe sounded pleased.
Firefighters battle blaze in German Camp
June 23, 2011
With a cool, light rain sporadically falling, firefighters from several area departments fought a house fire on Fred Mohn Drive in Genoa City.On Wednesday morning, fire departments from throughout Walworth County and Northern Illinois hauled water in tanker trucks as they attempted to extinguish the flames.Law enforcement became aware of the fire when a neighbor reported seeing smoke. Police arrived on scene, saw the house was on fire and called in the fire department.
They were always No. 1 in my heart
Record-setting gym teacher retires
June 23, 2011
Five years ago, Cyndy Lent said when Brooke Brumm became a student in her gym class at Brookwood Elementary School, she would retire.Brumm comes from a large family in the school district. Laura and Jeff Brumm have 10 children, and during an interview last week, Lent said these parents could write a book on raising kids.“Every one of those children are as good as the next,” Lent said. “You can really see the love in the family.”
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.
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.
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