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Four X-factors for the downtown this summer

May 31, 2012
Lake Geneva is a resort community. And the summer is the make or break time for many downtown merchants. They'd like it if downtown was as well known for its shopping as it is for being next to Geneva Lake. That hasn't happened yet, but since I've moved here there's been movement in that direction, especially when it comes to dining. There are better restaurants downtown and the decision to allow outdoor dining is off to a fantastic start.
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Some of us have been waiting a lifetime for this

January 20, 2011
Although I enjoy almost all sports, I don't typically use this column to talk about those things. An editorial should be about important national topics such as our more than $14 trillion national debt, increasing health care costs and the use of politics by some to make excuses or try to explain why an insane man shot people at an Arizona grocery store. An editorial typically should be an opinion about a local issue such as the rescue and fire services disagreement between Geneva Township and the Lake Geneva Fire Department or whether the Walworth County District Attorney's Office should have filed charges against Lake Geneva city staff for mismanagement.

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They all remember Walter, the smiling meter man
May 24, 2012
I just walked in the office Wednesday morning. The papers were so hot off the press I hadn’t even seen one.But Dorothy McLernon had. She was thrilled when she saw her father-in-law, Walter McLernon, as the jolly meter person in last week’s historical feature.We expected someone would know his identity but not so quickly. Dorothy said Walter, who has since passed away, had been a policeman for Lake Geneva until he retired at the then-mandatory retirement age of 55. But Walter felt he was “too young to retire” and he loved to walk. So the city offered him a job as a meter man, following Corby Geise, who we are told was the city’s first meter man. That was in 1961.
Railroad aficionado fighting lonely battle
May 17, 2012
Ed Yaeger was walking slowly. He had just left yet another meeting of the Lake Geneva Park Commission and was making his way down the city hall steps.At the meeting recently, members had sung “Happy Birthday” to Yaeger, who had turned 85 that day. They gave him cupcakes and a birthday card signed by some of the city hall staff.
Every picture tells a Mother’s Day story
May 10, 2012
We all have snapshots of our mothers.Snippets of memories.Most of mine come from a time when she was aging — perhaps the first time I really paid attention.
Another great lake at my doorstep
May 03, 2012
I grew up two blocks from Lake Michigan and thought everyone had a Great Lake in their front yard.Now I live about the same distance from Geneva Lake. So six decades later I have another great lake at my doorstep.There’s something about such a large body of water that speaks to me in languages that only the soul understands.
Why I decided to become editor
April 26, 2012
For years I told people I never wanted to go to another parade because I’d covered so many.For 20 years after college, I covered parades or their equivalent — city happenings, kids at school, politics, police and courts, even sports. I was a reporter at a daily, editor of a weekly and a daily and a columnist and associate editor of the Janesville Gazette.When I was promoted to general manager at a different newspaper 20 years ago, I pretty much left that life behind. I made a few more bucks and had time to attend my own children’s events instead of covering the events of someone else’s children.
Interactivity isn’t only for Facebook
April 19, 2012
Please note the photo accompanying this column.Pretty cute.But neither I nor any other member of our staff can take credit.
Election eves are tiring, but I never grow tired of them
April 12, 2012
There’s nothing like a newsroom on election night. Regional News Reporter Chris Schultz bursting into the Regional News with results from the city. Reporter Rob Ireland calling in from Fontana with results to go up on the web. Reporter Steve Targo guessing wrong on just about every race he was covering. Two pizzas, steaming on a desk, waiting to be eaten. And the clock ticking.
Locals, businesses need common ground
April 05, 2012
It’s our own little civil war.Every tourist community fights it.It’s over aligning the interests of the locals with the tourist-oriented businesses.
Some lessons shouldn’t be so hard to learn
March 29, 2012
Shoes or a book?When I was a kid, I picked up the habit of reading while I walked. The Hardy Boys when I was going to the store. Or a newspaper, the sports section usually, when I was walking home from my paper route. People always figured I’d end up walking in front of a car. Hasn’t happened yet.A few days ago, I had this book vs. shoes dilemma because I’ve been walking to work lately. I usually carry a pair of dress shoes I put on when I get to the office. But carrying a pair of shoes and reading a book at the same time are incompatible. Usually, the shoes make the cut. But this morning I was reading a book I couldn’t put down.
Regional News looking toward the future
March 22, 2012
As most readers know by now, editor Lisa Seiser has left the Regional News.She’s become the managing editor of a daily paper in Junction City, a couple hours west of Kansas City.We will miss her. The city will miss her. I will miss her.
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