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Board hears park concerns

Recreation Director lists suggestions, maintenance needs

May 13, 2010
Walworth — On Monday night, Big Foot Recreation Department Director Chuck Thiesenhusen questioned whether the Village Board was dedicated to its parks and made suggestions on how they could improve them. "I feel, at times, the leadership in Walworth views the parks as a burden instead of an asset," Thiesenhusen said. Last month, board members raised concerns that maintenance demands on the parks were being made by Big Foot sports teams and other area youth teams. They questioned whether these groups were asking for too much from the village.

District will defend use of "Chief" nickname

May 13, 2010
Walworth — If challenged, Big Foot High School won't give up the use of its nickname, "The Chiefs," without a fight. With a new state law about to take effect, the district may find itself defending the use of its name and nickname to the state superintendent. Gov. Jim Doyle recently signed a bill into law that will allow someone to file a formal complaint against the use of a Native American mascot or name. The state superintendent will then host a public hearing and will determine whether the use is offensive.

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School Board approves teacher contracts
Increase in salaries, benefits lower than expected
May 06, 2010
Williams 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.”
Intersection will receive flashing lights
May 06, 2010
Elkhorn — 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.
School finds way to save money
May 06, 2010
Fontana — 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.
Seized cats doing better, but some still sick
Breeder back in business?
May 06, 2010
Elkhorn — 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.
Village may become destination for bird lovers
Young resident plans events to celebrate Bird Day city
April 29, 2010
Williams 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 rallies
April 29, 2010
Fontana — 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 cuts
April 29, 2010
Fontana — 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 family
April 22, 2010
Walworth — 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 canyon
Local turns survival story into motivational message for life
April 22, 2010
Sedona, 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 Hall
April 22, 2010
Walworth 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.
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