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A perspective that's lacking

Watch D.O.G.S. aims to bring men into Star Center

January 27, 2011
Bloomfield — They're fathers, grandfathers, uncles or neighbors. They're men, and there are more than 60 of them in Star Center Elementary School community who can help provide a perspective Principal Betsy Schroeder said is lacking in her school. "I recognize that some of our students are missing some male role models in their lives," she said. "We are a system of women here." She said there are six READS volunteers — four mentors and two Badger High School students — and four men on staff. Hence the implementation of Watch D.O.G.S., a program of the National Center for Fathering which focuses on providing positive, active male role models in school and to enhance security.

More on this spring's ballot

Officials pose questions to voters about sirens, mosquito spraying

January 20, 2011
Genoa City — This spring, voters will have more to decide than who occupies what office. Two referendum questions will appear on the April 5 ballot. The answers to those questions may determine whether the village of Genoa City continues mosquito spraying and using its emergency sirens. The referenda came up Thursday, Jan. 13, during the regular Village Board meeting. Village Clerk Mary Buchert read the questions as they will appear on the ballot.

Recent Bloomfield, Genoa City, Pell Lake
Some communities annex land, others lose it
A decade of towns fighting to preserve rural character, control destiny
January 06, 2011
Everyone lives in one of three types of communities — a city, a village or a town. It’s easy to be confused about this distinction, especially if you live in a community such as Genoa City, which in fact is a village and not a city. But no matter, cities and villages can annex land from a nearby town at a property owner’s request.That’s what has fueled the decade’s top stories in the Bloomfield-Genoa City and Geneva-Linn Townships areas.
2010 in review: More incorporation talk, less new business
December 30, 2010
1. They still want their villageA group of people in Bloomfield Township want to turn part of their community into a village because state law allows cities and villages to annex land from nearby towns at a property owner’s request.
Man receives one year in jail after Lakeside robbery
December 23, 2010
A 27-year-old Bloomfield Township man was sentenced Dec. 10 to one year in Walworth County Jail.Kenneth T. Cotton, N1192 Highway H, No. 7, pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to robbery with use of force. A five-year prison sentence was imposed but stayed, which means he will only serve the sentence if he violates the terms of his probation.
Man pleads guilty to robbing First Banking Center
December 16, 2010
Elkhorn — A Pell Lake man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge for robbing the First Banking Center, 1264 N. Park Rd., Aug. 31 while armed with a BB gun.Jeremiah J. Ward, 23, W1347 Bernice Road, pleaded guilty Dec. 6 to a felony armed robbery charge. When he is sentenced Feb. 15, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment. Two other people have been charged in connection with the robbery.
Fires damage two homes
December 09, 2010
Bloomfield — A Friday morning blaze rendered a home unlivable.Another one in late November destroyed a garage.On Monday, Bloomfield-Genoa City Fire Chief Fred Schalow said wood-burning stoves were a factor in both fires.
Tough times mean budget hardships in Bloomfield
December 02, 2010
Bloomfield — The town’s proposed 2011 budget will increase more than 2 percent and some residents may wonder why.Anyone will tell them times are tough. Job opportunities are scarce. The price of everything is higher than it’s ever been. So how can town officials expect them to pay more in taxes? Because town government faces the same challenges to provide its people with services ranging from maintaining roads to handling emergencies.
McKay Park makeover
Beautification part of Seeberg’s Eagle Scout project
November 25, 2010
Bloomfield — McKay Park was intended to provide a place for people to enjoy and learn about nature.Unfortunately, weeds and plant life concealed most of the boardwalk built by the community several years ago. The only group which hadn’t neglected the park were vandals seeking to improve their skills in defacing public property — and it’s just kitty corner from Star Center Elementary School.But 14-year-old Jackson Seeberg needed a project to become an Eagle Scout, so he decided to set out and make a difference.
Budget numbers not all in
November 18, 2010
Genoa City — It takes several factors for Village Treasurer Claudia Jurewicz to calculate what her community’s tax rate will be.On Monday, Jurewicz said she has some of the numbers, including the state and Walworth County levies. All she’s waiting on now is the school tax credit.
Can’t fight fire without air
New packs will arrive next year
November 11, 2010
When it comes to fighting fires, the most common tools associated with the trade are a hose and an ax. The hose shoots water to douse the fire, the ax to chop through solid materials to find “hot spots” or clear the way to save someone or something.What’s easy to forget is that it takes oxygen for something to burn.No oxygen, no flame. But unfortunately, fire burns the air a firefighter needs to breathe.
How did that happen?
As other districts eye tax increases, Brookwood slashes burden by 8.5 percent
November 04, 2010
Genoa City — Fewer jobs and the higher cost of living have people demanding their elected officials cut taxes.In the Brookwood School District, that’s just what they did.On Oct. 18, the School Board adopted a budget that calls for a tax rate of $7.11 per $1,000 of equalized valuation. That means the owner of a $200,000 home will pay the district $1,422 next year. This year, the tax rate was $7.77.
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