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UPDATE - Braun, Food Pantry part of Lake Geneva Christmas Parade Saturday

December 02, 2010
This year's Lake Geneva Great Electric Christmas Parade Grand Marshal will be Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Braun, one of the best players in Major League Baseball and 2007 Rookie of the Year, is the owner of Ryan Braun's Tavern and Grill and has spent several days in Lake Geneva, at his restaurant, enjoying the lake and the atmosphere of the city.

Questions remain in fatal crash

Blood test changes case against Elkhorn man

December 02, 2010
Geneva — "We believe alcohol may be a contributing factor in the crash." That's what town police officer Ken Mulhollon stated Nov. 16, in a press release issued hours after a 9-year-old Lake Como boy was killed in a two-vehicle accident near the Como Flats on Highway H. But now, it appears the 33-year-old Elkhorn man in Walworth County Jail because of his part in the crash may not have been drinking. A blood sample from Jeremy C. Dees taken shortly after the two-vehicle crash which killed Carter Dorwin has changed the case.

Traver Hotel ready for work

December 02, 2010
The building at 323 Broad St. has stood for 140 years. It was previously known as the Garrison House and the Hotel Denison. Now it is referred to as the Traver Hotel. But, being vacant the past decade has taken a toll on the historical facility. Now, the city and the property owners apparently will work together to make some improvements to the building soon.

Christmas parade, events set for Dec. 4

December 02, 2010
The weekend of Dec. 3 to 5 will be bustling with holiday activity in Lake Geneva. The fun starts Friday night with the lighting of the city's Christmas tree and ends Saturday evening with the 36th annual Great Electric Children's Christmas Parade. But, there's plenty to do in between with a holiday reading and a pancake breakfast with Santa. n Friday night kicks off the weekend with a reading of "The Polar Express" by local author and playwright John R. Powers. He will start at 6 p.m. at Caribou Coffee and the event kicks off the annual Festival of Lights celebration, which features a variety of holiday-themed activities throughout the downtown area during the holiday season.

Recent Lake Geneva News
Hundreds remember Como boy
November 25, 2010
Lyons — Carter Dorwin had a million-dollar smile and he showed it off every day at Eastview Elementary School.The 9-year-old loved wrestling, being outdoors with his fellow Cub Scouts and with animals.But, Carter won’t have the chance to spend another afternoon fishing, on the wrestling mats, camping in the woods or holding his dog Toby.
FDIC takes over First Banking Center
Michigan bank now owns branches
November 25, 2010
As Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies stood by at the entrances to the Lake Geneva branch of First Banking Center, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation officials spent much of the weekend preparing for what appears to now be a smooth transition.On Saturday, First Michigan Bank acquired the troubled First Banking Center which is headquartered in Burlington, with 17 total branches, including several in the Geneva Lake area. That announcement came on the heels of the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions closing the bank on Friday. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase agreement with First Michigan to assure all deposits of First Banking Center.As of Saturday, it was business as usual at the bank on Broad Street in Lake Geneva. First Banking Center now officially is a division of the First Michigan Bank, which will operate all of its branches. Throughout the transition, the bank was open during regular business hours and customers could access their accounts and funds. It also appears as though bank tellers and loan officers at the banks will retain their positions. According to information on the First Banking Center website, bank employees, customers or public were not made aware in advance of the FDIC takeover as is typical.
Unwelcome in Flatiron Park?
November 18, 2010
It will be up to the Lake Geneva City Council whether the Area Chamber of Commerce building will be expanded in Flatiron Park. Already, members of the Plan Commission have agreed they don’t like the idea.On Monday night, planners voted 5-1 not to allow an addition to the building toward the Andy Gump statue along Wrigley Drive. That recommendation will go the council.Currently, the Chamber of Commerce owns the building, but the land is owned by the city. The chamber rents the property and the current lease runs through 2020, unless an agreement is reached to end the lease. During recent discussions about the future of Flatiron Park, questions arose about the Chamber of Commerce’s needs for the future.
Possible city parking survey, study put on hold
November 11, 2010
The city of Lake Geneva has had parking problems for as long as anyone can remember. Another two weeks isn’t going to change that.On Monday night, council members voted unanimously to continue discussion about a possible $15,000 long-term parking study until Nov. 22. Alderman Tom Hartz cited the recent receipt of a 1995 South Eastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission study as one reason to hold off on the decision.Hartz said the SEWRPC study report was “thicker” than the city’s half-inch-thick 2011 budget packet. He said council members needed time to analyze that study before making a decision on spending money for a parking survey.
Traver Hotel future in limbo?
November 11, 2010
It’s not boarded up anymore and the Traver Hotel has undergone some improvements recently, but the old structure remains on the minds of Lake Geneva city officials.On Monday night, City Attorney Dan Draper told the council members there are several options to look at regarding the future of the large white building, located at 323 Broad Street across from Horticultural Hall.However, Draper would not go into specifics about what the city could do. He said he would provide the aldermen with the information by the end of the week.
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