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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>>
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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!

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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.
Lake Geneva: What it might have become
February 28, 2013
Many residents of Lake Geneva are aware that not too long ago there was a military academy located on Geneva Lake’s south shore, not far from Fontana. The Northwestern Military and Naval Academy was, for many years, located where the massive Academy Estates homes are today. Before the academy moved from Highland Park, Ill., to this location in 1915, the site was Ayers Park, a popular resort in the 19th century. But the Northwestern Military Academy is gone, having merged in 1995 with St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield. But probably fewer residents are aware that Lake Geneva almost had two military academies located on Geneva Lake’s south shore. And if the second military academy had been established there, Lake Geneva would most likely be a very different city than it is today. This past autumn, for example, it might have been possible to see football powerhouses like Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Wisconsin, and football teams like Army and Navy come to Lake Geneva to play football in a large stadium on Geneva Lake’s south shore. The other military academy that came very close to being built on the south shore was the Air Force Academy.
Open records not an open and shut case
February 21, 2013
Two interesting cases were recently decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court regarding our state’s Public Records Law. Both decisions came down in favor of public access to records kept by local government. I have come to regard almost any court decision interpreting the Public Records Law as a good thing. Those of us who are custodians of records often find ourselves between a rock and a hard place when it comes to fielding requests.
Let’s not let theater go the way of Wright hotel
February 14, 2013
‘For the highest task of intelligence is to grasp and recognize genuine opportunity.’John Dewey
Fire destroys house and home
February 14, 2013
Thank you to The Summertime Foundation’s $10,000 Matching Grant. We want to remind everyone for every dollar you donate, it will be matched by another. The middle of winter is here with its cold temperatures and long dark nights. This can be the most difficult time for our desperate fellow creations in need of our help. This also comes at the same time as our donations slow down after the holidays. Utility, shelter, food and auto assistance are crucial this time of year for our seniors, the disabled and the working poor families turning to us for help. God bless you for caring and sharing. Dear W.C.,
‘My wife used to do these things’
A Valentine’s Day duty fulfilled despite her absence
February 07, 2013
My wife Beverly departed this life three days after Valentine’s Day 2011. I sent birthday and anniversary cards to our progeny, all 16 of them, during 2011. I sent valentines to all of them a year ago, 2012.This year I don’t know what to do, except dredge up this piece written after Valentine’s Day 2012. Maybe my editor will take pity and make a sort of “print valentine” for any reader, to say nothing about the 16 family members.
Lake Geneva was once a 'walking city'
January 24, 2013
Until the beginning of the 1960s, Lake Geneva was a “walking city.” Most citizens walked everywhere — especially to the center of the city’s life, the “downtown.” If one wanted to go to Chicago, one walked to the railroad depot on North Street just west of Broad Street.
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