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How blindness affects former town fire chief, familyMay 12, 2011Lake Geneva — We often take walking outside or going into a room lit by fluorescent lights for granted, but those two things are now painful for Pat Heindl.
"It feels like needles jabbing into my eyes," he said Wednesday, May 4, almost a month after something happened that changed the lives of him, his wife, Heidi, and their eighth-grade son, Cody.
Pat, 47, the assistant fire chief of the Lake Geneva Fire Department and former fire chief of the town of Linn, basically went blind Saturday, April 9.
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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Recent Geneva, Linn Township
New chief focuses on strengthening community relationsMay 05, 2011Geneva — Steven Hurley greeted the woman with a hello and a hug after she walked into the Geneva Town Police Department office. He said he hasn’t seen her since they used to work together on a trip each year to Lake Beaulah with about 100 inner city children to teach them how to fish.Hurley escorted the woman into the meeting room of the Town Hall. She is helping organize another fishing trip with the Lake Como Yacht Club tentatively called Take A Kid Fishing.“It’s the first event we have coming up, and we’re able to partner with the Yacht Club on it,” Hurley said. “But certainly we’ll be involved with the FunFestival and the cardboard boat races.”
Trying to do big things4-H begins 100th anniversary planningApril 28, 2011Linn — Bonnie Cornue said the town’s 4-H Club wants 2014 to be a bang-up year.In three years, the club turns 100. A home environment leader for the Linn club and a home environment key leader for the Walworth County 4-H Club, Cornue said during an April 14 telephone interview, the town club is believed to be the first and oldest in the state.That’s why, at the April 12 annual town meeting, Cornue asked the Linn Town Board to set aside a total of up to $2,500 over the next two years for a 4-H celebration. Town Clerk-Treasurer Sue Polyock said Conrue’s motion to set money aside for the 4-H celebration in the budget years of 2012 and 2013 received a vote of 20-0.
Black Point Mansion set to open soonShaking off winter chills, preparing for springApril 21, 2011Town of Linn — The Painted Lady is awakening from her winter sleep and preparing to welcome the warm weather visitors who will soon flock to her parlor.In early 2006, the house’s exterior was repainted to capture its original look, that of a “painted lady,” which means it is multicolored. Research shows that the original main color of the house was a mustardy, sagey color now called “Black Point gold.” The window sashes are white and the exterior doors are detailed in a dark red.Starting April 30, Geneva Lake Cruise Lines will again bring tourists to the pier at Black Point, where they will ascend the stairs to the porch and front door of Conrad Seipp’s summer home, and for a while, step back in time to luxurious summer living, late 19th Century style.
State DOT won’t lower 55 mph limit on Highway 502013 road project to address safety issuesApril 14, 2011Elkhorn — Wisconsin Department of Transportation is not going to lower the top speed limit from 55 to 45 mph along Highway 50 just west of Lake Geneva.Instead, the DOT is planning to improve the highway to remove the safety concerns, said Eric Perea, the DOT’s representative on the Walworth County Traffic Safety CommissionThe commission met April 7.
School district heads back to the drawing boardWill Reek try another referendum in November?April 14, 2011Linn — Reek officials still may be wondering why their referendum for a proposed $3.9 million remodeling project failed by a vote of 163-187 in the April 5 election.“I knew it was going to be close, but I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go,” Administrator Lillian Henderson said during a telephone interview last week. “Obviously, we’re disappointed.”The driving factor behind the project was the crumbling brick façade of the school. Nevertheless, on Election Day, what it boiled down to was there were 24 more people who opposed the project, which called for fixing the brick and other structural problems such as deteriorating windows and roof repairs.
What to do with Geneva Town Hall?Board may come up with plan April 11April 07, 2011Geneva — Evidently, a state building inspector believes several areas of the Town Hall are not up to code. Part of it may even have been built without state approval.Now, Town Board members will decide where to go from here. In an e-mail last week, Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale stated that decision may be made at the next regular board meeting Monday, April 11.The bomb was dropped on town officials in mid-March, after problems with the Town Hall were mentioned in a report from Charlotte Martin, a building inspector with the state Department of Commerce.
Internet exclusive - Town candidates respondMarch 31, 2011Here is additional candidate responses that were not printed in the March 31 edition of the Lake Geneva Regional News.Joe Kopecky challenges Dan Lauderdale (I) for the Geneva Town Chairman position
State requiring Town Hall be up to codeInspector’s report delays repairsMarch 24, 2011Geneva — “It’s all up in the air,” Town Chairman Dan Lauderdale said during a telephone interview Thursday, March 17.This was his response to the latest snag in the town’s attempts to repair the Geneva Town Hall since a fire damaged it during the Groundhog Day Blizzard.Although the building sustained minimal structural damage, the smoky stench was enough to shut the facility down periodically, forcing local government meetings and the primary election to take place in other locations.
Administrator: Reek must repair brickDistrict voters will decide fate of $3.9 million projectMarch 17, 2011Linn — Lillian Henderson’s school is literally crumbling. Back in November, she picked up pieces of brick which lined the perimeter of Reek School.During an interview Wednesday, March 9, Henderson said this is the main reason why her School Board voted to go to referendum.On April 5, Reek School District voters will decide whether the board can proceed with a $3.9 million remodeling project.
Fire triggers investigation of possible code violationsMore Geneva Town Hall problems, work on holdMarch 10, 2011Geneva — It began on the biggest snowstorm in recent memory. On Feb. 2, during the Groundhog Day blizzard, a town squad car burst into flames and set the Geneva Town Hall ablaze.The building sustained minimal structural damage, but the smoky stench was enough to halt town operations at the structure. The primary election and the regular February Town Board meeting had to be moved to other locations.The hall reopened, then closed again a week later. At the end of February, ServiceMaster still had fans running downstairs, where the offices of some key town officials are located.