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Getaway driver receives probation in armed robbery

Severt receives stayed prison sentence

January 27, 2011
Elkhorn — The getaway driver in an armed robbery was promised cocaine and $20 for his role in the crime. Instead, Ryan T. Severt, 20, 300 Randolph St., was arrested and charged with armed robbery, as a party to a crime, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years imprisonment. "It is a crime where you get money for wearing a mask and pointing a gun in someone's face," Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube said. "It is a prison case."

Teachers, School Board heading to arbitration?

January 27, 2011
Walworth — For more than a year, teachers at Big Foot High School have worked without a contract as negotiations between the union and the School Board have stalled. It appears the two groups will have one more chance to reach an agreement before an outside arbitrator is brought into guide negotiations. Union President Michael Manghera, who teaches math, said the school and the union have reached agreements on pay for the 2009 school year.

Officials fine with Triathlon moving to Williams Bay

January 27, 2011
Fontana — Sometimes, traditions come to an end. After more than 20 years of hosting the Lake Geneva Triathlon in Fontana, it appears the group will move the event to nearby Williams Bay. On Friday, Fontana Village President Arvid "Pete" Petersen said, "That's terrific."
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Village looks at developing Headquarters

January 20, 2011
Fontana — For many years the building on the corner of Fontana Boulevard and Highway 67 was a place where people had their hair cut and styled. In September 2007, Headquarters, 138 Fontana Blvd., closed its doors. About a year later, the village purchased the building and the adjacent vacant lot for $350,000 with plans to redevelop it in the future. Now the village is working with Brian Pollard, the president of Fairwyn Development Corporation, to develop the site and return it to the tax roll.

Recent Geneva Lake West
New camp director brings varied career to job
January 13, 2011
Williams Bay — Tim Magill’s dark suit and open collared white shirt gives him a laid-back, Midwestern appearance as he settles down behind the director’s desk at the Holiday Home Camp.He blends that with a touch of his native Arizona, in the jeans and cowboy boots he wears.He wasn’t wearing a cowboy hat when he met with a reporter recently. He didn’t have to. Magill has worn a number of different hats.
Triathlon organizers want village to waive portion of bill
Event might move to Williams Bay
January 13, 2011
Fontana — Whether the Lake Geneva Triathlon stays in the village remains to be seen, but board members aren’t waiving $2,000 in charges owed by event organizers.Last month, triathlon organizers asked the Williams Bay Village Board for permission to host the event there, which would break a more than 20-year tradition of holding it in Fontana.In a Dec. 7 letter, triathlon organizers asked Fontana to waive a $2,000 parking fee for using the village’s municipal lots. However, the letter doesn’t state event organizers are shopping for a new location.
Cruise Line owner hopes to become village trustee
January 06, 2011
Fontana — The owner of the Geneva Lake Cruise Line and Gage Marine hopes to bring his business savvy to the Village Board.Bill Gage, 45, said he is running for trustee because he believes in serving the community. He hopes to bring the perspective of a businessman with a young family to the board.Gage is one of five candidates seeking a trustee seat on the Fontana Village Board. The election is an at-large race and the three candidates with the most votes will earn seats on the board.
Austin won’t seek re-election
Plan Commission chairman running for seat
January 06, 2011
Walworth Township — When Larry Austin first ran for political office, village of Walworth and town officials were at odds over fire protection in the community. Austin won a supervisor seat in a recall election. After that he wanted to put out the political fires that existed.“We have improved our relationship a bunch with the village,” Austin said. Austin said he is pleased that issue has been resolved and that the two communities have worked together to create a joint paid-on-premises fire and rescue service.
Conservation pact on hold
December 30, 2010
Williams Bay — The Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy newsletter carries the motto: “Dedicated July 1990 to the children of tomorrow.”Harold J. Friestad, chairman of the conservancy’s board of directors, believes he has the answer to preserving the 230-acre nature preserve for future generations, make it part of a conservation easement.After more than a year of preparation and negotiating with the Geneva Lake Conservancy, Friestad presented his proposal to the Williams Bay trustees, first at the Village Board’s Parks and Lakefront Committee Dec. 15, and then at the full board on Dec. 20.
Silencing critics or saving cash
December 30, 2010
Fontana — Lou Loenneke and Bruce Jensen think the village president is trying to muzzle them and stop discussions on the lakefront ownership issue.Village President Arvid “Pete” Petersen said the two already have cost the village money, and by sending more information to Village Attorney Dale Thorpe, they are jacking up the bill.On Dec. 16, Petersen sent Loenneke and Jensen a letter stating they can’t submit information directly to village staff. Jensen had faxed a letter from the Wisconsin Historical Society to Thorpe. Loenneke has questioned the lakefront in the past.
Lyons 2010 - Up one camp, one plant, down one depot
December 30, 2010
An Illinois man found meaning on Cranberry Road. A new sewage treatment plant is going up in the Lyons Sanitary District, as are the quarterly sewer rates.A landmark came down in Springfield.
Redefining the Christmas spirit
December 23, 2010
Walworth — As seasonal music plays, children will stand in front of Valerie Piechur’s home pretending to be maestros orchestrating a Christmas light and sound show.Adults have been known to park their cars near Piechur’s home at 208 Madison St. and dance on the sidewalk. At any other home in the village this would likely draw strange looks from the homeowners, but Piechur and her husband, Gary, don’t mind at all.
Walworth’s Watters won’t run for Village President
Trustee Rasmussen seeking seat
December 23, 2010
Walworth — After eight years as village president, Todd Watters will step down and a familiar face in local politics hopes to take his place.Trustee David Rasmussen announced he is running for village president. Watters is endorsing Rasmussen for the position. Watters, who has served four two-year terms on the board, also said the past year has been difficult for him and his family because of “work-related concerns.”
Is a moratorium on development in Fontana’s future?
December 16, 2010
Fontana — The village attorney is creating a moratorium on development because of concerns unwanted growth may sneak into the community as officials rewrite zoning codes.If the temporary ban on development is put in place it would likely prohibit rezones, subdivision applications and condominium plats. Earlier this month, the Village Board directed Village Attorney Dale Thorpe to draft a moratorium prohibiting certain development as the zoning code is rewritten.
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