Water park on hold, but resort may return to daily operations next monthJanuary 27, 2011Geneva — Ed Snyder, the vice president and general manager of the Lodge at Geneva Ridge, described it as a "Catch-22."
He said originally, the plan was to build a 15,000-square-foot water park off the old atrium of the resort on Highway 50 and remodel the locker rooms. With construction brings what most would label unpleasant noises such as hammering and sawing, so according to Snyder, the resort owners made the decision before New Year's Eve not to book rooms. That way, guests wouldn't be complaining about the construction.
But it didn't quite work out that way. Although there was a sign stating the Lodge was closed, the water park project now is on hold.
January 20, 2011Geneva — Jordon Drohner said since he was 6, he wanted to become an Eagle Scout as soon as he could.
"It's the highest rank in the Boy Scouts," he said in December, shortly before the powers that be would decide if Jordon, now 14, would achieve his dream.
Last year, Jordon and his close friends, Jackson Seeberg and Logan Tenney, both also 14, began the arduous task of becoming Eagle Scouts.
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BREAKING - Elkhorn man pleads not guilty in fatal crash that killed local boyJanuary 20, 2011Elkhorn - A jury trial has been set for early March in the case against Jeremy C. Dees.Dees is charged with homicide by negligent use of a vehicle following the death of 9-year-old Carter Dorwin on a Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. Dorwin, along with his mother and brother were on their way to Eastview Elementary School when Dees struck the Dorwin vehicle along Highway H in the Como flats area just outside of Lake Geneva. He also is being charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving causing injury.On Friday, Jan. 21, Dees pleaded not guilty in front of Walworth County Circuit Court Judge John Race. All three charges will be tried together.
No more Lake Geneva rescue coverageTown chairman hopes city continues to provide fire servicesJanuary 13, 2011Geneva — For years, the city of Lake Geneva has provided fire and rescue coverage to a region of the town including southern Lake Como subdivision and areas north of Highway 50. Now, it appears if the city is going to continue any kind of town coverage, it will be firefighting services only.Members of the Geneva Town Board and the Lake Geneva Police and Fire Commission met in closed session Thursday, Jan. 6, to continue talks about a new agreement, one excluding city rescue services.
Town chairman race requires a primaryTwo Linn supervisors leaving, two residents stepping inJanuary 13, 2011Linn — There hasn’t been a town election this active in years.Three people want to be chairman, which means a Feb. 15 primary election.Incumbent Chairman James R. Weiss, W4656 Tory’s Trail, will vie for his spot against challengers Allan J. Polyock, N146 Bissel Road, and Steve Mack, N1807 Sidney Smith Lane.
Town couple pleads guiltyJanuary 06, 2011Elkhorn — A police raid last January of a Linn Township home yielded more than 150 marijuana plants, 150 grams of the drug and materials used for growing dope. Freddie G., 44, and Amy B. Rickel, 40, N1510 Geneva Ave., each pleaded guilty Dec. 17 to felony charges of manufacturing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in Walworth County Court. The Rickels also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The Rickels are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 1 by Judge John Race. The felony charges carry a maximum penalty of 16 years imprisonment $35,000 in fines. The misdemeanor charges carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.
A year of controversy, retirement, tornadoesDecember 30, 20101. It’s tough behind the badgeIt wasn’t a good year for some police officers in the towns of Geneva and Linn, especially former Geneva Police Chief Ed Gritzner. Although he received a warm sendoff when his retirement was announced Sept. 16 at a special Geneva Town Board meeting, it was a tough year for the longtime chief. In March, he was suspended for a day by the Geneva Town Police Commission. Then, in August, some people alleged Gritzner had an altercation with another Town Board supervisor during the FunFestival. To date, no town officials have confirmed it. In an e-mail Friday, Geneva Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale said he offers “no additional comment on the FunFestival incident.”
Will Linn have a primary?Three may run for chairmanDecember 23, 2010Linn — It could be one for the history books.If the three people who obtained papers to run for town chairman next April file by the Jan. 4 deadline, it would require the first town primary in recent memory.On Monday, Town Clerk-Treasurer Sue Polyock said those who obtained papers for the position so far are incumbent Jim Weiss, W4656 Tory’s Trail; Allan J. Polyock, N146 Bissel Road; and Steven J. Mack, N1807 Sydney Smith Lane.
GLEA approves well water testing planDecember 16, 2010Linn — Next summer, town residents may have an opportunity to test their tap water for chemical and biological contaminants.The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency and the Linn Town Sanitary District are working on a cooperative program to provide private well owners the opportunity to have their well water tested for fecal coliform bacteria and nitrates at a state certified lab, said Ted Peters, director of the GLEA. Peters also is president of the Linn Sanitary District board.Everyone in the town drinks from private wells, Peters said. Included in the program would be informational fliers sent out to residents explaining the importance of groundwater protection.
Good for people, bad for mosquitoesWould-be Eagle Scout’s project helps bats in Big Foot Beach State ParkDecember 09, 2010Geneva — There are three reasons why 14-year-old Logan Tenney decided to build bat houses in Big Foot Beach State Park.Tenney, a Badger High School freshman and former Woods School student, said the very existence of bats are threatened by a deadly disease called white-nose syndrome. He said building four bat houses — each of which have a 250-bat capacity — will help to ensure the bat population.
BREAKING - Charges filed against Elkhorn man in death of local boyDecember 02, 2010The Walworth County District Attorney's Office filed charges Friday afternoon against Jeremy C. Dees for the Nov. 16 crash that killed 9-year-old Eastview Elementary School student Carter Dorwin and injured his mother and brother.Dees, 33, appeared in Walworth County Circuit Court Friday afternoon via closed circuit television. He was in an orange jail jumpsuit. He still has a brace on his neck and was hunched over for much of his 5-minute appearance. According to the complaint, Dees is being charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle and two counts of reckless driving causing injury.
Talking about aspects of a potential renovation projectA lengthy to-do list could mean a Reek referendum as early as AprilDecember 02, 2010Linn — Although Reek School originally was built in 1939, most of the current facility problems are with the 1993 addition.There’s a list of almost 50 items, including the deterioration of the school’s brick and windows, a roof and chimney in need of repairs and flooding and leaking with nearly every rainfall. Recently, members of a special Reek citizens committee, School Board members and district staff and officials voted on which issues are the most important.Those issues prompted builders, architects and financial experts to talk about the possibility of a referendum Thursday, Nov. 18, at a special committee meeting. At a meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 6, the committee is expected to narrow the focus on what the proposed Reek School project will cover.