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UPDATE - Venetian Festival off to great start

August 19, 2010
Many local residents poured into Flatiron and Seminary parks to enjoy the first night of Venetian Festival Wednesday evening. Under clear skies and perfect temperatures, adults and children enjoyed the carnival rides, games and local food tents among other activities. The adults enjoyed the entertainment and beer tent. The annual event, which has been held by the Lake Geneva Jaycees since 1962, runs through Sunday night with the culmination of the festivities a fireworks display over the clear waters of Geneva Lake just off the shore near the Library and Riviera Beach.

Mirbeau discovery on hold

Judge orders stay until motion heard

August 19, 2010
The discovery process of the $29 million lawsuit involving Mirbeau of Geneva Lake and the city of Lake Geneva is on hold. U.S. Eastern District Federal Court Judge J.P. Stadtmueller ordered last week that until the motions to dismiss as requested by the most recent defendants added to the suit are heard, the gathering of evidence and witness interviews will have to wait. Two weeks ago, Lake Geneva Mayor Jim Connors, Linn Township resident Richard Malmin, and Lower Density Development and its manager Tom Muenster asked the court to dismiss Mirbeau's complaints against them. The same defendants, after receiving notices to appear for depositions for the case, requested to stay discovery.

Rain delays Edwards Boulevard extension completion to mid October

August 19, 2010
The $2 million Edwards Boulevard extension project is behind schedule because of weather. City Administrator Dennis Jordan said he hopes the project will be ready for traffic by Oct. 15. "They are about three weeks behind," Jordan said. "We are hoping it will be open for traffic then."

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Venetian centerpiece of busy August
August 12, 2010
The biggest annual event in Lake Geneva is celebrating its 48th year as Venetian Festival kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 18, and finishes with a boom Sunday Aug. 22.Maintaining its stature as the longest running outdoor celebration in the city, the event is set again for the shore of Geneva Lake in Flatiron Park with additional activities in Seminary and Library parks. Sponsored by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, the five-day festival features a carnival, craft fair, live music, water ski show, a lighted boat parade and fireworks display.“Families from all over Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois have been visiting Lake Geneva for years to take part in the fun and excitement that the festival brings to town,” said Matt Stinebrink, Venetian Festival chairman. “Each year we see more and more visitors enjoying the music, carnival, boat parade, fireworks and the many attractions the Lake Geneva area has to offer. And we’re anticipating greater attendance this year due to the cancellation of Chicago’s Venetian Festival.”
Mayor, others answer Mirbeau claims
August 12, 2010
The four defendants most recently added to Mirbeau of Geneva Lake’s $29 million claim against the city of Lake Geneva have responded to the accusations.Lake Geneva Mayor Jim Connors, Linn Township resident Richard Malmin, and Lower Density Development and its manager Tom Muenster are asking the court that Mirbeau’s complaints against them be dismissed.In three separate motions filed in U.S. District Court late last week, the defendants cited the statute of limitations has expired, that there is no basis or fact that infers conspiracy or interference, and there are improper procedures and law citations included within the complaint.
How do those parking devices work?
Meter enforcement personnel enjoying new equipment
August 05, 2010
Move over pens and pads of brightly-colored parking ticket envelopes. Make way for the Autocite hand-held, all-in-one ticketing device.Lake Geneva’s Parking Meter Enforcement Department has been using the new technology for several weeks now. Supervisor Kerri Johnson couldn’t be happier.“The workers all love them and the accounting staff really loves them,” Johnson said. “Before, everything was manual and now these synchronize automatically with the computer.”
Enhancing Flatiron Park
August 05, 2010
By next summer, Flatiron Park could look much different than it does today. There could be an open space in the middle with an elevated stage for performances and bands, a new pavilion for weddings, a water feature and walkways.For nearly two years, the Committee for the Beautification of Lake Geneva has been focused on a design plan to improve Flatiron Park. Drawings and maps were presented Monday night to the City Council in an effort to discuss options for the park’s renovation.
Preserving Lake Geneva’s railroad history
July 29, 2010
In his garage workroom, Ed Yaeger has dozens of model trains set up on tracks lined with miniature landscaping and buildings. The Lake Geneva Historical Preservation Committee member spends his free time working on the trains, but his most recent project is closer to his heart than the others.Using current interactive mapping, historical information and old drawings, Yaeger has created a scale diorama of what the old Chicago and North Western Railroad turntable and engine house in Lake Geneva used to look like.Located just off Sage Street, near City Hall and behind the Geneva Lake Museum, it’s been more than 139 years since the train made its first stop in Lake Geneva. Yaeger wants to ensure the property that formerly was home to the railroad turntable, engine house and water tower is protected for generations to come.
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