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October 21, 2010
By Steve Targo steve@lakegenevanews.net

Dr. Miller project long on ideas, short on money

Upcoming fundraiser commemorates 9-11 victims, helps pay for park improvements

October 21, 2010
Genoa City — Cheri Borowiec has been the village park commissioner for so long she's not even sure how many years it's been. "Just say about 20," she said with a chuckle during an interview Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Village Hall. But when you're performing a labor of love, you don't spend much time counting the years. Borowiec began an arduous task a few years ago. With the help of her Park Commission, among others, she set out to improve Dr. Miller Park, which is located near Brookwood Middle School, 1020 Hunter's Ridge Drive. The commission created a long-range improvement plan for the park. Borowiec said according to the plan, these improvements — which include a playground, picnic area, dog parks and a BMX course — should take between five to 10 years to complete.

Recent Bloomfield, Genoa City, Pell Lake
Former Miss Wisconsin finalist carves her own niche as a pumpkin artist
October 14, 2010
Pumpkins everywhere. They form a single-file line up the walkway to Dori Beck’s front door. A pile of brightly-painted pumpkins take residency in a corner by the stairs. More groups adorn counters and tables in the kitchen. Some of them operate solo in their function as decorations throughout the first floor of the Beck residence in Randall Township. A couple flank the television. But everywhere you look, there’s at least one pumpkin. And everything inside the home has an orange hue.
Incorporation effort keeps ‘plugging along’
Bloomfield committee circulating another petition
October 07, 2010
Bloomfield — Some town residents have been asked to sign a petition once or twice in the last year asking the State Department of Administration to allow their community to become a village.Now, it’s happening all over again.Another petition — the third in about a year — is being circulated to show state and Walworth County officials there are enough people behind the incorporation effort that began more than three years ago.
Police department carries on
Former police chief still being paid as an adviser
September 30, 2010
Geneva — First, a town police sergeant resigned as the result of a felony case against him. Then, last week, longtime Police Chief Ed Gritzner retired more than one month after his alleged involvement in a controversial incident at the town’s FunFestival.With two of the department’s highest ranking personnel gone, the remaining police officers have been left to cover the workload.
‘It could be a serious thing’
Fatal traffic accident latest in string of Bloomfield Township crashes
September 23, 2010
Bloomfield — There have been so many township traffic accidents recently you’d think the first snowfall of winter had occurred.On Monday, Bloomfield police officer Craig Rasmussen said there have been several accidents.The ones he responded to all had one thing in common.
Ex-girlfriend helps identify robbery suspect
September 16, 2010
Elkhorn — The man suspected of robbing the Pell Lake First Banking Center allegedly removed his mask as he left the bank.This is how the suspect’s ex-girlfriend identified him to police.Jeremiah J. Ward, 23, W1347 Bernice Road, has been charged with armed robbery as a repeater and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Not out of the woods yet
State will test more samples of Pell Lake water for E.coli
September 09, 2010
Bloomfield — Fifteen units of E.coli per 100 mL of water.That’s how a recent water sample near the north beach of Pell Lake came up when the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene tested for E.coli.According to the lab’s website, if the sample is less than 235 per 100 mL, the beach doesn’t need advisories or warnings issued.
Police nab suspect without incident
September 09, 2010
Twin Lakes — Police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the Aug. 31 armed robbery at First Banking Center in Pell Lake.On Tuesday, Bloomfield Police Chief Steve Cole said about $3,000 believed to have been stolen during the robbery was recovered after Twin Lakes police apprehended Jeremiah J. Ward without incident Saturday, Sept. 4, at about 2:22 a.m.Ward, W1347 Bernice Road, Bloomfield Township, is facing felony charges of armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to an online court record.
A reminder about child safety
Police: Some similiarities between suspicious vehicle, attempted child abduction
September 02, 2010
For about an hour every Monday through Friday, children fill the sidewalks hauling their book bags to and from the public schools in Genoa City.But an attempted child abduction in Hebron, Ill., and a suspicious vehicle complaint in the village prompted the Genoa City Police Department to issue a reminder of how important it is to be wary of strangers.“I don’t want to cause people to panic, but parents should at least know we had an incident that shows some similarities to the one that happened in Illinois,” Genoa City Police Chief Ralph “Homer” Bauman said Tuesday.
Bloomfield police search for armed robbery suspect
September 02, 2010
Pell Lake — For the second time this summer, a robbery occurred at First Banking Center, N1264 Park Road.But this time, whoever robbed it displayed a black, semi-automatic handgun, according to a statement from the Bloomfield Town Police Department.At about 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, a white man wearing a white vintage hockey-style mask and a black hooded sweatshirt with a light-colored “fox” emblem on its front entered the bank and approached the employees.
Water samples should be taken this week
Monroe still not convinced there’s an E.coli problem in Pell Lake
August 26, 2010
Bloomfield — For a couple weeks, town Chairman Ken Monroe has been conducting research. He has contacted local lake experts. He’s talked to the state and the Pell Lake Sanitary District.
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