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BREAKING NEWS- Police seeking bank robbery suspect

June 24, 2010
Pell Lake - Authorities are still looking for a white man in his 20s who allegedly robbed the First Banking Center in Pell Lake at about 9:56 a.m. Thursday morning. According to the town of Bloomfield Police Department, the man, described as between 6-foot and 6-foot-three with a medium to slender build, is wearing black cargo pants, black boots and leather gloves with holes in them. He left the scene on foot in an unknown direction carrying a white plastic bag with an undetermined amount of money in it. He also was wearing sunglasses and performed the robbery with a blue and white bandana over his face.

Still chasing a dream

Teenage singer/songwriter making a name for herself

June 24, 2010
A lot can happen in a year. Last summer, the biggest concert lined up for Pell Lake singer/songwriter Shannon Behm was a solo performance on the Pepsi Stage at the Walworth County Fair. This summer, the 17-year-old is embarking on her own tour with a band.

Recent Bloomfield, Genoa City, Pell Lake
State says ‘no’
DOA denies proposed village, but Pell Lake meets incorporation requirements
June 17, 2010
Bloomfield — Ken Monroe said in a way he was surprised with what he read Saturday in a letter from the state Department of Administration.The town chairman had been optimistic about his community’s chances to turn an 18-square-mile region northwest of Higway H into what could have been Walworth County’s largest village.But on Monday, Monroe said the state Department of Administration determined the proposed village of Bloomfield doesn’t meet all the incorporation requirements.
Won’t be much longer
Officials await pivotal moment in town’s incorporation attempt
June 10, 2010
Bloomfield — According to Town Chairman Ken Monroe, it’s been four years of hard work to arrive at this point, when the state Department of Administration will decide whether the town should incorporate as a village.“We’re down to seven days,” Monroe said Monday.It’s been four years since the Bloomfield Town Board first received a petition from residents who were tired of facing the loss of their community’s land because state law allows a city or village to annex land from a town at a property owner’s request.
Bike Rodeo set for Saturday
June 03, 2010
Bloomfield — Police officer Jim Seeberg has lived in Pell Lake for a couple years now, but he’s worked on the Town Police Department for eight.He said he has seen several children riding bicycles in an unsafe manner. He’s seen them riding against traffic, not obeying traffic signs and not wearing helmets.“We had, a couple of summers ago, a girl who was riding a bike that was way too big for her to handle,” Seeberg said. “She rolled out of the Mobil parking lot (on Park Drive). She couldn’t stop and she rolled into traffic. She ran into the side of a vehicle.”
Fish should be biting for kids derby
June 03, 2010
Bloomfield — All the children in the world could attend the Pell Lake Sportsmen’s Club’s kids fishing derby, but if no one’s catching any fish, it’s not going to be much fun.During last year’s derby, the fish weren’t biting — at least the ones that were alive. Cold weather helped kill off more fish than usual, and it wasn’t a good year to fish Pell Lake.However, Club Vice President Dave Nusberger said the state Department of Natural Resources stocked Pell Lake with about 40,000 northern last month.
A community tradition
Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday
May 27, 2010
Genoa City — For as long as American Legion Post 183 Adjunct Ed Duesing can remember, his post has conducted a Memorial Day ceremony that usually packs people into the gym at Brookwood Elementary School.“I’m going to say we have a couple hundred people in there every year, not including family members, kids, Boy Scouts, band members, etc.,” Duesing said.He said the program is something the post has done — and the community has expected — probably for longer than he’s been on the post. That’s 36 years.
If you cut their taxes, will they come?
Genoa City officials talk about program to entice business owners
May 20, 2010
Genoa City — There are more for sale signs in the front windows of village business properties than there are open signs.The old days of a hardware store, a pharmacy and a movie theater in downtown Genoa City are long gone. Now, with the village’s business sector fading into memory, why would anyone want to establish an operation in the village and peddle their wares?On Thursday, May 13, Phil Cosson, of the village’s financial consultant firm Ehlers & Associates, discussed the idea of a business incentive program.
Five lots, dirt cheap
Former gas station property could be site of next Village Hall
May 13, 2010
Genoa City — Even for as low as the real estate market has fallen, the price the village will pay for five lots on Walworth Street is practically a steal.And that’s after the state funds 95 percent of the cost to reclaim the land on the lot where the former Deep Rock gas station was located. The land may provide Genoa City with a future site for a new Village Hall once officials are able to talk more seriously about that idea.
Learn more about powerboat racing
Tune-up day set for May 15
May 06, 2010
It appears Pell Lake is on its way toward building a reputation as a powerboat racing mecca. First, the Badger State Outboard Association worked with the Pell Lake Mud Hens and Sportsmen’s Club last August to host Walworth County’s first “Powerboat Days” races on the lake.Now, on Saturday, May 15, the same players have organized a “Show & Tell & Tune-up Day” from noon to 6 p.m. near Skip’s and the Pell Lake beach.
Will village idea fly?
Gray: ‘We don’t think they have a really good chance, but what do we know?’
April 22, 2010
Genoa City — When you ask Bloomfield Township residents about becoming a village, some of them think the chances are good that it will happen.But at the April 8 Genoa City Village Board meeting, outsiders looking in tell a different tale.During her monthly report, Village Attorney Linda Gray discussed how the town’s recent hearing went with the state Department of Administration’s Incorporation Review Board.
Tent will return
Board OKs fireworks business on a 3-2 vote
April 15, 2010
Genoa City — To some people, there’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than lighting off something that makes a pretty spray of colors while it stays firmly on the ground.At the tent Vince Siegal wants to open, that’s the kind of stuff that would be sold. He called them “novelties,” but they’re billed as fireworks. But to some Genoa City residents, including members of the Village Board, it doesn’t matter whether it stays on the ground. Any fireworks are enough to irk them.
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