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Putting together a Johnson family reunion

April 23, 2015

Beverly Adkins Johnson organized reunions the way she raised her family, with perseverance, attention to detail and lots of love. Since Bev was my wife, I had a front row seat for this odyssey of family togetherness.

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Volunteers save county, contribute to community

April 23, 2015

In case you missed it, April 12 to 18 marked National Volunteer Week.

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Comparing Gov. Walker to past presidents is deceptive

April 23, 2015

Recently there have been an unusual number of articles about Gov. Scott Walker in the news.

Recent Community columnists
‘It Follows’ is an originally good horror flick
April 16, 2015
The horror genre can be the most effective in all of cinema. However, a good majority of the horror films being released are nothing more than mindless trash trying to capitalize off of the ignorance of the average filmgoer.
The legacy of the Civil War in Lake Geneva
April 16, 2015
The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The legacy of the Civil War had a significant impact upon Lake Geneva. The Civil War was a very “bloody” war given the great number of casualties. But many of the veterans who survived the war and returned to Geneva or who moved here after the war would play a prominent role in the city during the four decades that followed the war’s end.
How citizens join county committees
April 16, 2015
If you have ever considered getting involved in county government, but aren’t quite ready to take on the commitment of elected office, there are still plenty of ways to serve.
Proposal would destroy Paradise Drive
April 09, 2015
To be.. or...not to be? That is the question! Are we for the conservation of Big Foot Beach State Park, for the preservation of South Lake Shore Drive (Paradise Drive), for protecting the lagoon, for safeguarding the lakefront, or not? Today, that’s the question before the whole Lake Geneva community.
Problems in new Madison
April 09, 2015
Before my wife and I retired to Williams Bay in 2007, we did some serious thinking about where to live after we got out of the suburban Chicago rat race. We chose this area because of the lakes and Williams Bay in particular because we already owned a condo near the lake. Back then, property values were doing quite well and Wisconsin was a state with promise. The state’s educational system was one of the best in the country.
Memories of Lake Geneva
April 02, 2015

Memories of what Lake Geneva was like 60 to 70 years ago are crowded with sights, sounds and smells:
The mesmerizing “clickety-clack” of the telegraph key as the telegraph operator, wearing a hat with a translucent, green-shaded bill, sat at his desk, sending and receiving messages in his walled-off office adjacent to the waiting room of the Chicago and Northwestern railway depot on North Street.

The tornado that swept through the Bay
April 02, 2015

For those living in the Midwest fifty years ago, the Palm Sunday tornadoes are ingrained in their memory. One of the 47 confirmed tornadoes struck my hometown of Williams Bay shortly after 3 p.m.

Few exceptions to Open Meetings Law
March 26, 2015

I got so carried away writing about the state budget the past few weeks that I completely forgot about Sunshine Week.

The facts and fiction on road proposal
March 19, 2015

Since the January Public Works meeting, Big Foot Beach and South Lake Shore Drive have been the topic of a lot of creative conversation. Let’s separate fact from fiction.

Vacation rentals give community economic boost
March 19, 2015

In late 2014, a court ruled that language regulating short-term vacation rentals in Walworth County was too vague.

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