May 06, 2010Elkhorn — George Spadoni began to choke up. He apologized for becoming emotional about the serious car accidents that have occurred at the Highway 67, F intersection.
It is the same intersection where a drunken driver caused a three-car accident that seriously injured several people, including Spadoni's wife, Donna.
On April 22, Spadoni told his story to the Walworth County Highway Safety Commission and asked that they install solar-powered flashing stop lights at the intersection.
Increase in salaries, benefits lower than expectedMay 06, 2010Williams Bay — The School District is focused squarely on its finances in the midst of a growing deficit, according to acting School Board President Peter Miller.
On Monday, the School Board formally approved an agreement with the Teachers Association for the 2009-11 contract. The contract included a 3.06-percent increase in salaries and benefits.
"We have people wondering about our referendum issues and we've been doing our due diligence financially," Miller said Monday. "We have a raise less than other districts in the area. That's a good thing for this district in an era when raises are mandated by arbitration and you have to give that raise."
May 06, 2010Fontana — Last week, the Fontana School Board laid off one teacher. On Monday afternoon, another volunteered to reduce her full-time position to 50 percent.
On Monday afternoon, District Administrator Mark Wenzel said a teacher agreed to a voluntary 50 percent reduction of her position, which will last for one year.
"That person is going to do fourth-grade reading instruction," Wenzel said.
Breeder back in business?May 06, 2010Elkhorn — Initially, Jill Stallings was so pleased with the Lilac Siamese cat she purchased in December she gave the breeder, Katie Grashel, a $100 tip.
However, when Stalling's cat, Bella, was sick and suffered from diarrhea when she arrived, Grashel told her the illness likely was caused from the stress of the trip from Williams Bay to San Jose, Calif.
For a while, Bella was doing better, but she became sick again. Eventually, Stalling's cat was diagnosed with Tritrichomonas Foetus, a parasite.
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Village may become destination for bird loversYoung resident plans
events to celebrate Bird Day
cityApril 29, 2010Williams Bay — When Christiana Cudworth was just a few years old, her dream was to become a bear. Since then, the 11-year-old has a more realistic goal and a new favorite animal.“While I don’t have any for pets, I’ve liked watching birds ever since I can remember,” she said.That’s why now, her goal is to be a ornithologist or “a bird studier.”
Fontana’s Webster receives recognition for ralliesApril 29, 2010Fontana — Bob Webster’s refrigerator is decorated with magnetic yellow support our troop ribbons and U.S. Flags are displayed throughout his kitchen. The veteran’s love for his country doesn’t end with home decor. For the past 5-1/2 years, Webster has helped organized a weekly Support Our Troops rally.Every Monday at 11 a.m., dozens of patriots fill Room 242 in the Walworth County Government Center to pay tribute to the men and women serving in the armed forces.
Board lays off teacher, expects additional cutsApril 29, 2010Fontana — The School Board issued a layoff notice to a teacher Monday night as plans to find other ways to trim its budget are under way.District Administrator Mark Wenzel said between $135,000 and $140,000 needs to be cut from next year’s budget because of declining enrollment.For the past few years, the number of students who reside in the district has continued to dwindle. With fewer students in the school, the district is forced by state budget laws to decrease its levy.
Community coming together to help familyApril 22, 2010Walworth — Life changed quickly for the Strehlow-Kolnik family.Just over two years ago, Angie Strehlow-Kolnik had her third child, Isabella. However, shortly after Isabella’s birth, Angie was diagnosed with an aggressive strand of breast cancer.
Photographer returns home after surviving night in canyonLocal turns survival story into motivational message for lifeApril 22, 2010Sedona, Ariz. — Lost in an Arizona canyon with dusk approaching and temperatures dropping, Kristen Westlake had three choices — fall asleep and risk death, hope someone finds her before it’s too late,“or survive, coming out unscathed.”The Williams Bay resident of 10 years said knew the last option was her best.Westlake, a professional environmental and nature photographer who is used to adventure had never camped alone, camped in the winter or camped without a tent. On March 13, she found herself having to do all three at once.
Residents give green light to Town HallApril 22, 2010Walworth Township — Free land, cheap labor and a much needed improvements were reasons why residents approved the proposal for a new Town Hall.During the April 13 annual meeting, Town residents overwhelmingly approved 89-3 to spend up to $740,000 to build a new Town Hall on Brick Church Road.Kikkoman has agreed to donate about seven acres of land near its plant for the new project. The new building will have a bigger vehicle storage area, offices, a larger meeting hall and a salt shed.
Will voters approve a $2.8 million referendum?Ballot won’t appear in JuneApril 15, 2010Fontana — Will voters approve a referendum to build a new lakefront building, reconstruct Lake Street and rebuild the adjacent parking lot?That is the $2.8 million question being asked around the village, but it won’t be answered this June as previously planned.Fontana Residents for Open Government representative Bruce Jensen previously endorsed a June referendum. However, after a conversation with Village Attorney Dale Thorpe he changed his mind.
How do you pay back the gift of life?Bay couple sets GOAL to spread organ donor awarenessApril 15, 2010Williams Bay —“Someone in this room has had a kidney transplant,” resident Dave Conrad recently said to about 30 eager and inquisitive fifth-graders.“And that person is me.”Last week, with the help of his wife, Sandi, and a clinical transplant coordinator from Madison, Crystal Peterson, Conrad was concluding a presentation about kidneys, organ donors and transplants at Williams Bay Elementary School.
Help wanted in park planningVillage looks at High School,
Recreation Department to get involvedApril 15, 2010Walworth — On spring afternoons, Big Foot’s varsity softball and baseball teams can be spotted at Toynton and Devils Lane Parks. In the summer, the Big Foot Wolves, Ball and Glove and other youth sports teams also use those fields.Volunteers perform maintenance to keep the parks in good condition and the village funds capital improvements.
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE -- Butler, Woss take Bay School Board seatsApril 08, 2010Williams Bay — Although Catherine Butler thought being a write-in candidate for the School Board would be a disadvantage, she was victorious in taking one of two open seats.“I was still actually pretty hopeful I would be elected and I’m very thankful that I was elected as of yesterday,” she said Wednesday morning. “I think the fact that I’m in and out of the schools all time, I’m an active volunteer and know a lot of people gave me good chances. It felt like I had a lot of support from the community.”Although the number of write-in votes Butler received has not yet been confirmed, she was informed by Village Clerk Jacqueline Hopkins that she had won a seat Tuesday night and had a majority of the total 245 write-ins.