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Uniting community at Saturday's Fun FestAugust 04, 2011Geneva — It began with a simple idea. Have a fundraiser, serve some food, some live music and some fireworks.
Four years later, the Fun Festival has evolved into a full-fledged community tradition.
"I remember the first year," said Tara Young, one of the three co-chairs of this year's event, which is scheduled for Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. "We had no idea what we were walking into. It had such a huge turnout."
January 20, 2011Geneva — 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.
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Recent Geneva, Linn Township
Wind storm damages shoreline areas of ComoCrews continue to clear debris this week after Saturday’s heavy weatherJuly 28, 2011Lake Como — High-velocity winds early Saturday morning turned the shoreline areas into a jagged landscape of uprooted trees, downed power lines and even some crushed shingles and house corners. Roads were blocked, electrical power was gone for most of the day and the Mars Resort pier was destroyed, which cancelled a performance scheduled later Saturday by Tony Ocean.But on Monday, Elaine Hebel, who lives near Mars Resort, said the storm came on strong, sounding like a freight train.
Storm to blame for rescheduled meetingsLinn board expected to discuss police TuesdayJuly 21, 2011Linn – Before 8 a.m. July 11, a storm produced strong winds which brought treetops to earth in several locations around Walworth County.For some communities in Northeastern Illinois, the damage was much worse. Several communities lost power until later in the week.On Wednesday, July 13, Jim Weiss said he watched the storm pass overhead from his Linn Township home that morning.
Boy killed in Linn Township drivewayJuly 14, 2011Linn — 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.
Educator has big family, military backgroundJuly 14, 2011Linn — 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.
Chief says seat belt statistics surprisingJuly 07, 2011Geneva — 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 commissionNew Life Lodge would provide alcohol-free settingJune 30, 2011Geneva — 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 goodbyeHenderson takes new job in SharonJune 23, 2011Linn — 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 houseRickels will spend time in county jailJune 16, 2011Elkhorn — 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 planBusiness plan includes boat storage, repairJune 16, 2011Linn — 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 administratorJune 09, 2011Linn — 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.