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INTERNET EXCLUSIVE: EcoFair360 set for this weekend

July 15, 2010
Lake Geneva's Peg Esposito said she hasn't been involved in city government since she lost the race for the Third District in April to Bill Mott. But, that wasn't because of her defeat. Esposito told the City Council Monday night she has been working on EcoFair360, an event set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn. Esposito handed out programs for the event and urged city officials to attend.

Jim drops out

D'Alessandro endorses Nieuwenhuis

July 15, 2010
Williams Bay — Local business owner Jim D'Alessandro officially has ended his campaign as a candidate for the 32nd State Assembly seat, leaving seven to vie for the spot. The Williams Bay native said he will support Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis. "I sincerely appreciate those who supported me and valued the business and public service experience that I brought to the race as a candidate," D'Alessandro said in an e-mail. "We are at a critical time in our state's history which calls for a representative with experience not only in the business world but experienced in public service."

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Man receives six years for trying to have officials killed
July 08, 2010
Waukesha — A man who attempted to put a hit on a Walworth County prosecutor, an East Troy police officer and an East Troy municipal employee will spend the next six years in prison.John K. Gorman, 51, East Troy, tried to have the three people killed because of their involvement in criminal proceedings against him. On June 24, Waukesha County Judge James R. Kieffer also sentenced Gorman to an additional five years of extended supervision. Initially, the Walworth County District Attorney’s Office charged Gorman for stalking the village of East Troy municipal clerk. Later more charges were filed because he had guns in his home, which was a violation of his bond.
Nine years cancer free
Relay for Life starts Friday
July 08, 2010
Delavan Township — Joanne Baars is in a peaceful place now, relaxing and sipping homemade lemonade on a cushioned patio chair on a beautifully sunny Friday afternoon.But it was only 10 years ago that Baars, 68, was in a war for her life. On a routine medical visit back in 2000, her doctor suggested a colonoscopy. Six weeks later, Baars was shown the cancer mass on her colon.
Judge gives maximum sentence to con artist
Ohio man involved in Nigerian money scam
June 24, 2010
Elkhorn — A prosecutor pushed two carts of evidence into a Walworth County courtroom Thursday afternoon. The carts were filled with fraudulent money orders, cashiers checks and counterfeit checks from different businesses.The evidence was seized from the apartment of a 64-year-old Dayton, Ohio, man who attempted to scam a local man out of nearly $2,000.The District Attorney’s Office charged Faarih A. Lateef, who appears in court documents as Jerry L. Perkins, with one count of felony identity theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.
Dairy Breakfast set for June 19
June 17, 2010
Elkhorn — Saturday will mark 34 years of milk chugging, cow milking, scrambled eggs, pancakes and ice cream.This year’s Walworth County Farm Bureau Dairy Breakfast will be held from 6 to 10:30 a.m., rain or shine.Advanced donations of $5 will be accepted, otherwise, tickets are $6 at the gate. Children 5 years old and younger are free.
Short-term retnals may be long-term discussion
June 03, 2010
The issue of short-term home rentals was neither moved forward nor brushed off by the County Zoning Agency last month.The committee approved revisiting the issue at its next meeting, scheduled for June 17. A potential change in the county ordinance would allow residential homes to be rented for less than 30 days, but more than seven days.
Geese crowding fix creates controversy
Delavan approves round-up, locals voice opposition
May 27, 2010
Delavan Township — The Canada goose was considered to be extinct 50 years ago, but after preservation efforts, populations have increased substantially to the point where some areas now consider them pests.That is exactly the case in Community Park, the Delavan Highlands and the town’s inlet area.Last month, the Delavan Town Board decided something has to be done to regulate the geese population due to the prevalence of their droppings, which may contain harmful bacteria.
Will alternatives lessen jail population?
Overcrowding could lead to need for expansion
May 27, 2010
Elkhorn — Local Resident Paula McGowen appeared in front of Walworth County court and law officials last week with one main question.“Since this (Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee) has been started, what has been accomplished?” The question was asked at Friday’s committee meeting. Walworth County Sheriff David Graves, District Attorney Phillip Koss, Jail Administrator Michael Schmitz among several others at the meeting were willing to provide answers to that question.To avoid a multimillion-dollar expansion to an already overcrowding jail, Walworth County officials have been looking into other programs and rehabilitation efforts. The jail typically operates at 80 percent capacity but can sometimes overcrowd to the point where about 30 inmates must sleep on the floor in a jail basketball court.
Local women make labor of love their business
After a year, Day In Time hopes to serve more people
May 20, 2010
East Troy — Three women strolled back into St. James United Methodist Church, hand-in-hand, quietly discussing the warm weather. The elderly woman in the middle suffers from memory loss. On one arm, she had a volunteer who often keeps her company through conversation, games and other activities. On the other arm was Debbie Waldron-Smith — the woman who helped start A Day In Time, Inc., a program meant for seniors in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia.The program was set up a little more than a year ago, and has faced both triumphs and challenges, according to co-director Waldron-Smith. But through it all, she and co-director Cindy Lester have kept the true mission of the three-day care center at the forefront of their minds — to provide companionship, structure and rejuvenating activities for mind, body and spirit. But those suffering from memory loss are not the only people Waldron-Smith and Lester serve.
Organizations with common goals join forces
Grassroots group, alliance plan a partnership to create strong business voice
May 13, 2010
Geneva Township — Since December, a grassroots group involving some local business leaders have been brainstorming ways to improve Walworth County’s economy.During an economic summit Friday in The Legends Room at Geneva National, the group decided to join forces with another like-minded, more formal organization.Richard Gruber, vice president of Mercy Health System, said he feels both organizations would become stronger if they worked together with the Walworth County Economic Development Alliance.
County considers short-term rentals
May 06, 2010
Relative peace and quiet, longtime homeowners, friendly greetings from close neighbors — the character of a small, residential neighborhood is what some municipal officials fear could be threatened by a proposed county ordinance.The Walworth County Zoning Agency collecting feedback about a countywide ordinance that would allow short-term rentals of homes for vacationers. The current ordinance allows residences to be rented for no less than 30 days, however, that could change to no less than seven days if the ordinance is approved.Walworth County Board Chairwoman Nancy Russell said a citizen suggested it to the County Zoning Agency in February and it was discussed at the March committee meeting.
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