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History from perspective of ex-alderman

May 02, 2013
It was a shock to say the least. Why put off the vote when they had the votes to approve the project? City Attorney Mr. Braden spoke forcefully against the referendum and yet never suggested to the city council that we go into closed session where he could go into detail about the reasons for his advice. It was clear that the city council was not following the city's ordinances on this matter. The motion to have a referendum was passed. I had assumed that Mr. Chesen would not have made such a motion without the approval of the city attorney or at least a heads up to the city attorney about it. Why propose a referendum, especially if the city attorney did not even know about it?
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The 'junkman' cometh to Lake Geneva

May 02, 2013
The little boy was playing in his sand box next to the back door of his house when he heard the shouting. It was a warm, sunny morning in early June of 1946. World War II had ended only eight months earlier. "The 'junkman' is coming! The 'junkman' is coming!" shouted other young children in the neighborhood. The young boy immediately knew what the shouting was about. He rose from his sand box and ran into the house. "The 'Junkman' is coming," he excitedly told his grandmother, who was busily winding balls of string and twine at the kitchen table....subscribers>>

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Building, rebuilding Wisconsin
April 18, 2013
Wisconsin has more than 60 state agencies, including the University of Wisconsin System. These agencies – such as the Departments of Transportation, Public Instruction, Health, Natural Resources, and Corrections – encompass all of state government. The UW System, the largest state agency, is made up of 13 four-year universities, 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges campuses and a statewide UW-Extension. The facilities that house each agency frequently need upkeep and maintenance, and at times, a new facility is in order. When that need arises, the Wisconsin Building Commission plays a key role in the review and potential approval of such projects. The commission is vital to developing and implementing the state building program, as well as maintaining the estimated $10.3 billion in existing state-owned buildings. ...subscribers>>
FFA students attend youth conference
April 18, 2013
On March 19, high school students from Big Foot High School attended the CO-OPS YES! Youth Leadership Conference in Eau Claire. This conference is designed for 10th through 12th graders to improve leadership skills and learn about cooperative networking.Students attend many workshops designed to teach necessary skills and understanding of the foundation of a good cooperative.The students designed a cooperative network of their own, expressing their creativity and using the knowledge they learned about different cooperatives near them.
The origins of Lake Geneva’s parks
April 11, 2013
Many visitors to Lake Geneva marvel at the beauty and extent of Lake Geneva’s parks, especially the magnificent Library Park along the shore of Geneva Lake. But only two of the parks were planned by Lake Geneva’s founder — Maple Park and Seminary Park — and neither, of course, is on Geneva Lake’s shore. Thomas McKaig, who surveyed and laid out the village of Geneva’s gridiron pattern of streets, blocks and lots for Geneva’s seven founders in 1837-38 and filed and recorded the village plat on May 23, 1840, designated two blocks as public squares. These blocks became Maple and Seminary parks. Geneva’s seven founders were Dr. Philip Maxwell, Col. James Maxwell, Robert Wells Warren, Greenleaf Warren, Andrew Ferguson, Lewis Goodsell and George Campbell.
An opportunity to celebrate 'Our Town'
April 11, 2013
Arts Alive and the Big Read 2013 will again be celebrated in Lake Geneva with a series of events focused this year on the featured play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder. The Geneva Lake Art Association (GLAA) spring art exhibit “Our Town” brings to life the spirit of Wilder’s story of a small town set in the last century. This quarterly members’ exhibit is currently displayed in the GLAA Gallery at 647 W. Main Street in the North Shore Pavilion, and will run through Sunday, April 28.The gallery will also be the setting for the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, which will be using music to interpret art based on the current exhibit, between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday, April 19.
Welcoming April
April 04, 2013
What’s wrong with writing about April on this bright, spring morning? I had even done some small research. But as you can see, I am not doing very well. Don’t ask me why. It might have something to do with April itself. Or it may be my way of sneaking up on the subject.April does deal in the extremes of things. It can be wintry, tropical, tornadic, or clear, fresh and mild, the way we wish all April days would be. April Fool!April usually includes celebrating one of man’s best redemptive hopes. But this year Easter was the last day of March. No April Fool!
Conservation meetings spring ritual
April 04, 2013
Each spring, the Conservation Congress holds meetings in all of the 72 counties to discuss natural resources and environmental issues. Since its creation in 1934, congress has provided citizens the ability to offer input and ideas concerning numerous outdoors issues. The meetings focus on hunting, fishing, trapping and a myriad of environmental issues. The Conservation Congress meeting is held jointly with the DNR’s spring hearings. The 2013 meetings will be held in every county of the state on Monday, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m., and are open to the public. In our area, meetings will be held at Delavan-Darien High School, Auditorium, 150 Cummings St., Delavan. ...subscribers>>
Geneva Lake boating 60 years ago
March 28, 2013
During the summer of 2013, tourists will find many large excursion boats tied up at the Riviera piers in the morning before the mail boat, the Walworth II, departs to make its rounds on the lake. In addition, tourists will find tied up at the piers the Lady of the Lake, the Grand Belle of the Lake, the Duchess, the Geneva, the Polaris and the Louise. Sixty years ago, in 1953, tourists would see only the Louise and the Polaris among the excursion boats tied up at the Riviera piers. The Louise had been the steam yacht of John J. Mitchell, who owned Ceylon Court on what became later known as Maytag Point, named after Frederick Maytag, the washing machine magnate, who owned Ceylon Court after John and Louise Mitchell were killed in a car crash in Illinois, returning from Lake Geneva to Chicago.
Gateway explains expansion package
March 21, 2013
New programs, newly remodeled areas to train students, newly qualified workers and new opportunities to gain the skills for family-supporting jobs.Those are some of the Walworth County components of Gateway’s expansion proposal, to be decided by voters April 2.The overall package represents a vision by us to continue to meet the needs of our students, communities and area employers in the three counties we serve of Walworth, Racine and Kenosha.
How to handle someone's tragedy
Woman who lost child reflects on latest death
March 14, 2013
Editor’s note: After the tragic news of the death of 14-month-old Daxton Borchardt broke, Bridget McCarthy, a Delavan mother who lost her 11-year-old daughter in a traffic accident, wrote a blog about what to do and not do around a grieving mom. “A mama’s heart doesn’t break, it shatters.” That’s one of the ways McCarthy describes the heart-wrenching experience of a mother losing her daughter, Avery. After Avery’s death, McCarthy said friends, family, neighbors and even people she barely knew showed an outpouring of support, which has helped rebuild her shattered heart. McCarthy writes a blog, Stumbling Towards Perfect, at www.stumblingtowardsperfect.blogspot.com. On the blog, McCarthy writes about Avery, her family and coping with the loss of her daughter. “This grief that has colored my soul isn’t a permanent darkness,” she wrote on a Jan. 4 post.
The Cold War as experienced in Lake Geneva
March 07, 2013
Shortly after the end of World War II in 1945, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union commenced. Lake Geneva was not immune from the effects of the Cold War. In the wake of the nuclear bombs that the U.S. devised during World War II and their destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the fear of the atomic bomb being dropped became one of the hallmarks of the Cold War both in the United States and in the Soviet Union. The “arms race” that the Cold War generated was manifested by the development of huge fleets of massive B-47 and B-52 bombers by the United States and similar bombers by the Soviet Union. Wisconsin’s U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, from Appleton, accelerated the fears of the Cold War by charging that the U.S. government had been infiltrated by a host of “Communists” and the “Communists” were lurking behind virtually every bush in the U.S.In the Lake Geneva elementary schools, few will forget the “duck and cover” drills in which students, following an announcement on the classroom loudspeaker, would dive under their desks in order to protect themselves from the dropping of an atomic bomb. Some of the students, however young, were nonetheless aware that they would be blown to dust by an atomic bomb and that diving under one’s desk was a useless exercise.
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