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LAKE GENEVA EVENT - Powwow set for weekend

June 17, 2010
The 21st Honor the Fire Keepers Powwow is this weekend. A celebration of Native Americans, this traditional and cultural event will be held at Dunn Field behind Eastview School, 535 Sage St. The event has been held in the Lake Geneva area since 1992.

Developer alleges racketeering offenses

June 17, 2010
The city's legal problems keep piling up. Late last week, representatives of Geneva Ridge Joint Venture, also known as Hummel, filed a notice of injury and claim with the city, which is the first step toward initiating a civil action against the municipality. In the six-page notice, Geneva Ridge claims city officials have engaged in racketeering activity as defined by statutes. They are seeking an additional $247 million in damages, which is twice as much as the damages Geneva Ridge has cited in its federal suit against the city.

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Competing for jumping prestige, history

June 17, 2010
Most part-time summer jobs don't require a two-hour tryout. Typically, the effort to obtain summer employment includes responding to a help wanted sign posted in a storefront window or an ad in the newspaper. An interview follows and you either land the position or you don't. But this isn't your typical summer gig.

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Gypsy moths coming?
Infestation levels appear lower than last year
June 10, 2010
It can’t be seen from the road, but a pink ribbon hanging off a tree branch shows where an adult gypsy moth trap has been set.The bright green trap that looks like a milk carton is hidden. It hangs in the brush and for the time being, it is empty.But, local and state officials expect the trap boxes to be full of gypsy moths at some point in July as they try to survey the population in an effort to slow the spread of the invasive pest.
City’s attorneys deny Geneva Ridge’s claims
June 10, 2010
City of Lake Geneva attorneys have filed in U.S. Eastern District Court their denials of the allegations made in Geneva Ridge Joint Venture’s recent amended complaint.Geneva Ridge annexed to the city in early 2005 and proposed three different development plans for the 710-acre property formerly located in Linn Township. None of the plans — including a venture that involved New York-based Mirbeau of Geneva Lake to include a 100-room inn, spa and winery — received final approval from city officials.Now, Geneva Ridge — also referred to as Hummel — is suing the city in federal court seeking $99.8 million. The claims allege that the city is in violation of equal protection under federal and state constitutions; retaliation in violation of First Amendment rights; conspiracy to retaliate in violation of First Amendment rights; declaratory judgement voiding denial of zoning amendment; declaratory judgement voiding adoption of comprehensive plan; mandamus, damages, punitive damages and attorney fees under open records laws; violation of open meetings laws; taking under the Wisconsin Constitution and conspiracy to defraud.
Lifeguards pull five to safety during holiday weekend
June 03, 2010
Hot temperatures and sunny skies this holiday weekend sent thousands to Geneva Lake beaches to seek fun and relief from the heat.But, that nearly turned to tragedy for five people involved in near drownings. The Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol lifeguards pulled five people from the water in four separate incidents during the three-day weekend.“I feel very good that all the lifeguards were on top of it,” Pankau said. “It was the official opening of the beaches and they didn’t miss a beat, recognizing these individuals were having trouble. I really do believe that had we not been there, there may have been some lives lost.”
Commencement ceremonies this weekend
June 03, 2010
Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School will honor its Class of 2010 at Sunday’s commencement program set for 1:30 p.m. at the football stadium.About 290 graduates are expected to cross the stage and accept their diplomas during the annual ceremony. This is the third time commencement will be held outside. If weather does not cooperate, it will be held in the Badger gymnasium.The event will open with the processional led by Band Director Greg Bunge. The Frank Kresen American Legion Post 24 will present the colors and graduate Brooke Pankau will perform the introduction and welcome.
Regional News requests court action
May 27, 2010
It’s taken more than 12 weeks to answer public records requests for e-mails regarding the Mirbeau and Hummel developments, but on Friday Lake Geneva Alderwoman Mary Jo Fesenmaier responded in writing, stating she has “no records to share.”About three hours after receiving that response, the Regional News delivered a request to the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office asking for court action requiring Fesenmaier to provide her e-mails.According to the letter written by Regional News Editor Lisa Seiser to District Attorney Phil Koss, Fesenmaier’s response is “not adequate” because some of Fesenmaier’s e-mails already have been produced in other public records responses.
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