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Gottman becomes a Badger, Kinerk heads to Ball StateJune 02, 2011Walworth — The valedictorian and salutatorian at Big Foot High School may both have excelled academically, but are planning different paths for when they leave the school next week.
Jordan Gottman, the school's valedictorian, is heading to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he plans to study actuarial science — a discipline that assesses risk in the insurance and financial industries.
While the salutatorian, Angela Kinerk, is heading to Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., to study music education.
Stilin, Fries were co-valedictorians as eighth-gradersJune 02, 2011Williams Bay — As of a week ago, the valedictory for the Williams Bay High School graduating class still was not done.
But don't worry, valedictorian Allison Stilin and salutatorian Sara Fries, are working on it.
They promised to have it ready for the June 2 graduation ceremony.
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District looks at repairs, upgradesThis summer, Big Foot wants to repair roof, build wireless Internet InfrastructureMay 26, 2011Walworth — Big Foot High School officials are hoping to borrow money this summer in order to fund building repairs and create a wireless Internet infrastructure. In 2000, the school had a large addition and renovation, which required a 20-year loan. District Administrator Dorothy Kaufmann said the repairs to the school are needed to protect the investment taxpayers made when the school was renovated 11 years ago.“We want to maintain that, we put a lot of money into the building, and the taxpayers expects us, and they should expect us, to keep up the building,” Kaufmann said.
Man assaults woman at Inspiration MinistriesSuspect a registered sex offenderMay 26, 2011Town of Walworth — A registered sex offender walked on to a Christian campus for disabled adults and allegedly fondled an elderly, wheelchair-bound resident.Bobby L. Byers, 45, who was convicted in 1989 of second-degree sexual assault and has numerous additional misdemeanor convictions for lewd and lascivious behavior, now faces misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree sexual assault and disorderly conduct in relation to the incident. Both charges have been elevated to repeater status. An Inspiration Ministries employee told police she saw the man hugging a physically-disabled 73-year-old woman, according to the criminal complaint.
Ries, Hanson plan for life after Big Foot High SchoolHeading National Honors SocietyMay 19, 2011Walworth — Marsha Ries’ eyes become red as she holds back tears when she talks about leaving Big Foot High School. “I love teaching, teaching is who I am,” Ries, a history teacher, said about her upcoming retirement.Ries, who has taught history for 20 years at the school, is retiring at the end of the year.
Villages raise awareness for needs in JapanFontana, Walworth encourage donations to Red Cross effortMay 19, 2011The aftershocks of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan couldn’t physically be felt in Fontana and Walworth. However, it tore through the community with its affects on one of the area’s largest manufacturers. Kikkoman Foods Inc., a Japanese-owned soy sauce manufacturer, has had a plant in Walworth Township for nearly 30 years that provides jobs in the community and has donated to area causes.In response to the disaster, the villages of Walworth and Fontana and the Fontana Walworth Water Pollution Control Commission proclaimed the month of May 2011 as Japan Disaster Awareness Month. In the proclamation, it urges citizens to contribute to the American Red Cross Japan Disaster Relief Fund.On March 11, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred off the coast of Japan, which was followed by a large tsunami. More than 14,000 people have died as a result of the two disasters. For executives at Kikkoman Foods, the responses from the community have been touching. So much in fact the company has penned an open letter that thanks the area for its support.For local officials approving the proclamation was an important way to support a company that has helped the community.“Kikkoman has done a lot for this area,” Walworth Village President David Rasmussen said. “To a great extent, it did a lot to put Walworth on the map.”Fontana Village President Arvid “Pete” Petersen said the Japanese company has been a partner with the communities in the area.“They have been good partners in the community for all these years and we thought it was important to express some type of gratitude and help with their current disaster,” Petersen said.Kikkoman Foods also has had a long history in the area.In 1973, when Rasmussen was a senior at Big Foot High School, he played trombone with the school’s band at the Kikkoman plant’s grand opening ceremony. At that time, Rasmussen’s mother also helped teach English to the wives of Kikkoman employees. Micki O’Connell, who serves on sewer treatment board, said it was shocking to watch the footage of the disaster. “It bothered me a great deal to see the footage,” she said.However, she said the footage also showed people responding to the disaster by working together and helping each other out.“It was wonderful to see how they reacted to such a horrific disaster,” she said.She said the villages can’t provide donations, but the proclamations show the company community support. “We can’t give financial aid, but we can recognize their hardship,” O’Connell said.
Village still plans to rebuild gazeboFontana searching for donationsMay 12, 2011Fontana — After the Reid Park gazebo was torn down last year, village officials promised it would rebuild the structure.During budget hearings earlier this year, even as other expenditures were being scrapped, the $35,000 to rebuild the gazebo remained in the plans.However, to curb some costs, the village is looking for ways to bypass the public bidding requirements.
Chamber pays tribute to local humanitariansMay 12, 2011Fontana — When talking to Father Dan Sanders, it’s easy to steer the conversation to humility. Sanders called it “the most difficult virtue,” but one he tries to practice. However, it was difficult for him to be humble last week when a reporter called him asking about winning the Citizen of the Year award.
Board members, staff sit down to talk schoolsMay 05, 2011Williams Bay — It was kind of a card party without the cards, or a neighborhood block party without the music.School Board member Cathy Butler proposed a meeting where teachers and staff could meet with board members and talk about what was on their minds.On April 27, in the Williams Bay High School commons, about 40 teachers and staff sat at five tables, with one School Board member at each table. In the center of each table was a large red bowl of Chex mix, made by Butler.
High-energy educator makes plans away from classroomAfter more than three decades at Big Foot, Schaid says she’ll retireMay 05, 2011After more than three decades of running around with a bunch of high schoolers why would someone jump out of an airplane? “I’ve never done it before and it sounds like fun,” said Susan Schaid, a long-time Big Foot physical education teacher who is retiring at the end of the year.The high-energy teacher, who began teaching at Big Foot 35 years ago, said skydiving is one of the first things she has planned after the last day of school.
Village may abandon Parks CommitteeApril 28, 2011Walworth — The village is playing with an idea that would eliminate the Parks Committee.A proposal discussed at the April board meeting would send the responsibilities of maintaining and improving the parks to the Public Work’s Committee. A parks subcommittee would make recommendations to the Public Works committee. Trustee Eddie Snyder, who chairs the Parks Committee, said the Public Works Department is already in charge of maintaining the baseball fields and parks, which is why it would absorb the responsibility.