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Pieces of unique home return to Lake Geneva, now in museum

May 13, 2010
It's been 52 years since the exotic and unique Ceylon Court stood at Maytag Point on the shore of Geneva Lake. Overlooking the east end of the lake and Buttons Bay, the all-wood replica Buddhist temple brought here after the Columbian World Expo in Chicago in 1893 was a sight to behold. Although the mansion is long gone, pieces of it were auctioned off and the remaining shell burned to the ground in a practice fire in 1958, the building and its historical significance now will be honored for years to come in the north exhibit hall at the Geneva Lake Museum. Last month, volunteers moved to the museum a number of pieces that once were inside the great mansion. The pieces, which mainly are thick, heavy wood columns covered with detailed carvings, were donated in 2008 and remained in storage until now.

Regional News asks for court's help

May 13, 2010
More than three months after initial public records request were made to a number of city officials, the Lake Geneva Regional News still is waiting for responses. So, on Monday afternoon, the newspaper filed a request with Walworth County District Attorney Phil Koss, asking that he bring circuit court action ordering release of certain city officials' e-mails regarding the Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and Geneva Ridge Joint Venture development proposals. Since Feb. 25, the Regional News has been seeking compliance from officials with public records requests for e-mails that date back from late 2007 until now.

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Riviera Fountain in need of costly repairs
May 06, 2010
This time of year, the Riviera Fountain should be flowing with clear water for all to see and enjoy.However, this past winter took its toll on the popular attraction. The foundation and the angel are in need of repair.According to City Administrator Dennis Jordan, the snow this winter caused the stone base to shift and where water is supposed to flow out of the angel, it won’t. The angel also was damaged in other ways during recent windy days.
Edwards extension work progressing
Project will be complete in fall
May 06, 2010
Just off Sheridan Springs road near the Highway 12 overpass, work on the north end of what will be the Edwards Boulevard extension is difficult to miss. The bulldozers, excavators, graders and dump trucks have been in full use the last several weeks preparing the area for construction. What once was overgrown vegetation and trees is now piles of dirt and the start of a road that will connect Sheridan Springs all the way to Highway 50. “We’re seeing a lot of activity up there,” Lake Geneva City Administrator Dennis Jordan said Monday. “The road is graded and the pond is done.”
Braun’s restaurant expected to open Memorial weekend
April 29, 2010
Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was in Pittsburgh last Thursday preparing for an afternoon game.But his agent, Nez Balelo, of Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles, spent his day in Lake Geneva checking on the status of his client’s tavern and grill, which will be located at the former site of the Cactus Club, 430 Broad Street. Balelo toured the entire restaurant and was provided all the details of the renovation as work was occurring in the building. A May 30 opening has been scheduled.
Legislation requests independent audit, spending freeze
Clerk must determine if petition sufficient
April 29, 2010
Former alderwoman Barb Hartke is so adamant about the city undergoing a comprehensive audit that she brought some help with her Monday to convince members of the City Council.Holding up a stuffed animal she referred to as Lamb Chop, Hartke stood at the podium and said the city needs to know its financial health using an independent and objective audit.“On behalf of Lamb Chop, we come as messenger and the deliverer of the petition,” Hartke said.
County OKs zipline facility
Concerns about proximity to cemetery remain
April 29, 2010
Elkhorn — Lake Geneva Canopy Tours general manager Mike Goril never expected much opposition to his zipline adventure facility proposed on 99 acres of wooded terrain north of Lake Geneva’s Oak Hill Cemetery.From the start, Goril said he believed the concept was environmentally sound. He said it conformed with local Smart Growth plans, would put an end to the use of a gravel pit, bring needed jobs and an additional attraction to the area.“This is the best type of use for this land,” Goril said. Officials from the town of Geneva, which is where the property is located, agree.
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