April 24, 2015



April 24, 2015
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Bay marks 50th anniversary of Palm Sunday tornado
By Dennis West
April 11, 1965 brought the first really warm day of the new spring season
with temperatures in the mid 70s and
high humidity. It was Palm Sunday and
residents of Williams Bay, like those
everywhere, were making preparations
for Easter.
But then, about 3 p.m., the sky
changed to a dark grey, and then an eerie
green. Used to the vagaries of spring in
Wisconsin, people didn’t pay all that
much attention until, at about 3:15, a funnel cloud dropped out of the gray overcast and proceeded to wreak destruction
on a mile-and-a-half southwest to northeast path through the village.
The twister touched down southwest
of Yerkes Observatory, destroying a
shed and then skipping across Geneva
Street to set down once again on Cherry
Street, where it remained on the ground,
twisting trees, lifting roofs and flattening
buildings until it reached what is now
the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy.
It touched down again in Lake Como
and then Springfield before disappearing
into the clouds above.
During its short stay in Williams
Bay, the relatively weak F1 tornado
caused about $1 million damage.
Luckily, though, no one was seriously
injured, let alone killed.
Les Case was talking to someone on
the phone in his plumbing shop on
Highway 67, north of ??? Street. The
next thing he knew, he woke up to find
nothing left of his building but the wall
to which the phone was attached.
Everything else had been flattened or
These and many other stories came
to light during a special presentation by
members of the Williams Bay Historical
Society at Barrett Memorial Library on
Saturday, April 11 – 50 years to the day
after the Palm Sunday tornado. Former
Society president Deb Soplanda moderated the meeting, which was so well
attended that many people had to stand
along the walls and out in the hall.
According to Soplanda, after it flat-
By Geneva West
Residents and visitors know it’s definitely spring when they begin to see
Lake Geneva Cruise Line boats plying
the clear blue waters of Geneva Lake.
Since the launch of the original Lady
of the Lake in 1873 and the creation of
the Lake Geneva Steamer Line, area residents and visitors have been crisscrossing the waters of Geneva Lake to find
out about one of the world’s most beautiful bodies of waters and the many
unique homes that line its shores.
With seven boats in the Gage Marine
fleet, including a modern version of the
Lady of the Lake, the Grand Belle of
Geneva, the steam yacht Louise and the
Polaris, and a wide variety of tours to
choose from, the Geneva Lake Cruise
Line provides visitors with a nautical
experience they will never forget.
This year’s tour boat season began
on April 18 with the expanded bay tour
that runs from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and
noon to 1:30 p.m.; and the ice cream
social tour from 3-4:15 p.m.
One of the newest cruises that has
gained popularity every year since its
inception is the Black Point boat and
house tour. This 3 1/2-hour cruise
aboard the Geneva includes a 90-minute
tour of the first and second floor of the
19th century Black Point Estate built in
1870 by Chicago brewer Conrad Seipp.
The tour will resume on May 1 and run
Saturdays and Sundays only starting at
10:30 a.m. From June 1 to Aug. 30, the
tour will leave daily at 10:30 a.m., plus a
second opportunity Fridays, Saturdays
and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Participants
should be aware that the house is located on a bluff overlooking Geneva Lake
and that there are a series of approximately 100 steps and landings on the
way up to the house that should be
attempted only by those comfortable
walking and climbing stairs.
The Cruise Line event that has gotten the most press around the world is
the Mailboat Tour. The Walworth
departs at 10 a.m. every day with a load
of passengers, mail and a young person
who has survived a demanding tryout to
get the job of leaping from a moving
boat to a pier, dropping mail in a box and
jumping back onto the boat, usually
while it is still moving. The Cruise Line
delivers mail to about 75 homes around
the lake on a daily basis from June 15 to
September 15 every year. The Mailboat
returns to the Riviera Docks at 12:30
p.m. after its 2 1/2 hour cruise around
the entire lake.
The two-hour Full Lake Tour aboard
the Walworth also begins May 1 and
leaves the dock in Lake Geneva at 1 p.m.
daily. Beginning June 15, there are two
tours a day, at 1 and 3:10 p.m. The
Walworth features a cash bar and snack
bar on the cruise.
For those who want to make their
lake cruise even sweeter, there is the nar-
Three men assess the damage to buildings on Highway 67 in Williams Bay after a tornado ripped through the community
on Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965.
(Photo furnished)
tened the Peterson Cabinet Shop and
Case’s Plumbing, the tornado moved
across the highway to destroy a barn,
next to which a 20-year-old horse named
Old Bill was standing. When the funnel
cloud passed, Old Bill was still standing
next to where the barn had been.
“He didn’t move from that spot for
two days,” said Soplanda. “He wasn’t
hurt, but he wasn’t the same for almost
two months.”
The tornado that hit the Bay was a
relatively modest offshoot of one of the
fourth deadliest outbreak in history.
More than 50 tornados, rated as high as
F4, and one at F5, spread across six
states, causing $200 million in damage
and killing 271 people. More than 1,500
people were badly injured. The states
affected were Indiana, Michigan, Ohio,
Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois.
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Geneva Lake Cruise Line boats are proof of spring
The Lady of the Lake as she looked during one her cruises in early October.
(Beacon photo)
rated 1 1/4-hour Ice Cream Social Tour
aboard the Grand Belle of Geneva, during which guests are served a sumptuous
Breyer’s ice cream sundae prepared just
the way they like it. The Ice Cream
Social Tours leave at 2:30 p.m. daily
from May 1 through Oct. 31.
The 2 1/2-hour Luncheon Tour
aboard The Grand Belle runs
Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.; Tuesdays,
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
from June 15 through Aug. 30 and
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
from Aug. 31 through Oct. 31.
Registrations are required. The menu
varies by the day with Tenderloin Tips
and various iterations of chicken breast
to choose from.
There are also the Sunday Brunch,
Dixieland and Jazz Dinner Tour, the
Sunset Dinner Cruise and Lake Walk
tours to choose from. All tours leave
from the Riviera Dock in downtown
Lake Geneva. Complete information on
schedules and prices can be found online
at www.cruiselakegeneva.com.
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In Wisconsin, an F1 tornado
touched down southeast of Monroe and
stayed on the ground for 27 miles,
destroying more than 400 vehicles, 50
homes and 65 businesses and injured 40
An F2 tornado hit south of
Watertown and stayed on the ground for
14.5 miles, killing three people in a car
and injuring 28 others. Structures on 20
farms sustained some type of damage.
An F1 storm was on the ground for
13 miles in Crawford County south of
Soldiers Grove. Due to the rural nature
of the area, only one barn was destroyed.
In addition to the tornado that tore
through Williams Bay, an F1 tornado
destroyed one barn during its one mile
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had been scattered by the storm.
A gas generator was brought in to
provide power to the rest home and residents continued with their plans to celebrate Louis Rasmussen’s 83rd birthday
at 5:30.
Village engineer Herb Johnson
reported that gasoline-powered generators pumps at the water stations and
sewer lift stations prevented interruption
of services.
The tornado just missed the Artic
Circle drive-in (now Daddy Maxwell’s)
before heading up Highway 67.
According to a newspaper report at
the time, Al Horvath was in his garage at
the time of the disaster. “He saw the roof
blown off the rest home and then the
mobile home next to his garage was
tipped onto its side. A refrigerator fell on
Mrs. Horvath and their daughter, Wilma,
but Al was able to hold it off them until
This 20-year-old horse, named ʻOld Billʼ was standing next to a barn near
Highway 67 when the tornado lifted the structure off its foundation and blew it away.
According to residents who remember the event, Bill remained standing in the same
spot for two days and didnʼt begin to act normally for two to three months.
(Photo furnished)
The tornado moved from southwest to northeast, doing most of the damage
along Cherry Street and Highway 67 before moving out to Lake Como and Springfield.
(Photo furnished)
path on the ground northwest of
Another F1 tornado stayed on the
ground for two miles west of Tomah in
Monroe County, and destroyed several
farm buildings.
On its way through Williams Bay,
the tornado lifted the entire roof off the
newly-enlarged Sherwood Rest Home,
destroying seven rooms, but causing no
injuries to the residents, who had been
moved into the original part of the building minutes before the storm struck.
According to one audience member on
Saturday, although the roof was blown
away, none of the papers on tables and
night stands in the rest home’s addition
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help arrived. The two women were treated for minor bruises. While the trailer
was demolished, the garage next to it
was untouched.
Roland Balzman, who lived on
Observatory Place, reported that his
springer spaniel was tied to the bumper
of his car when the storm struck. “He
was suspended in the air by the wind,”
reported Balzman. “He was dazed, but
otherwise uninjured. There was only
slight damage to the car.”
Much of the debris from Williams
Bay, including building roofs, tools and
personal belongings, was later found at
Lake Como. Boats that had yet to be
launched for the season were found roost-
ing in trees, including at least one that had
been blown from Williams Bay to Lake
Como. One of the residents later received
a call from someone in Michigan’s Upper
Peninsula, reporting that some receipts
bearing his name had come floating down
from the sky up there.
After the tornado skipped through
Lake Como, it visited Springfield. A
woman who owned an apple tree lived
across from the Methodist Church. After
the storm passed, she discovered that the
church doors had been blown open and
all of her apples were piled on the altar.
The fact that there are usually not
apples on trees in April (except, perhaps
from the year before) may make this an
entertaining, but apocryphal, story.
According to the Walworth Times,
“After the storm, Dr. Wiswell treated 12
residents for minor injuries. He was
called to his office at 3:40 and stayed
until 6:30. He then made many house
calls to ‘settle nerves.’”
Because phone service had been
knocked out, communications were provided by members of the Tri-County
Five Watters Citizen’s Band Radio Club,
who mobilized 17 units that they stationed at roads entering the disaster
areas and kept traffic from interfering
with rescue activities.
The Wisconsin Power and Light
Company rushed 20 crews to the village
where they worked from late Sunday
afternoon until Monday night to remove
fallen lines and restore power.
Two Walworth County Sheriff’s
Department units remained on duty all
night to guard properties from theft and
Many of the attendees at the
Historical Society gathering on April 11,
2015, said that the tornado was something they would never forget. Soplanda
says that whenever she becomes really
stressed she still has nightmares about it.
Her brother, Dave Hanson, was so
impressed by the event that he became,
and remains, a storm chaser.
It’s been 50 years and Williams Bay
has not experienced another tornado.
Residents agree that they would be quite
happy to keep it that way.
Not only were motor vehicles found scattered about the village, many boats
that had been parked in yards were discovered to be roosting in trees.
(Photo furnished)
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Say it ain’t so!
New research suggests that rats did not
cause the Black Plague. According to the
BBC, researchers now think that the disease can be traced back to gerbils originating in Asia.
Isn’t it amazing that just about everyday researchers come up with something
to contradict what is already “known?”
One day eggs can kill you, the next day
they are the best thing for your health. The
same for wine, either red or white. No
wonder people don’t know what to
believe. But Gerbils? Great Samantha’s
Speaking of research and facts, I was
recently prompted to re-read one of my
favorite books, “At Home,” by Bill
Bryson. I’m sure I wrote something here
when I read it the first time, but reading it
again lifted me to new heights of amazement.
One of the advantages to getting old,
by the way, is that you can read things
you’ve read before and they seem fresh. In
my case, age doesn’t have a whole lot to
do with it. I’ve always been a prodigious
reader, but I tend not to remember what
I’ve read. My wife reads much more slowly than I, but she has a mind like a steel
trap; rusty, but a trap nonetheless.
But I digress.
“At Home,” like most of Bryson’s
books, has enough obscure facts in it to
delight any trivia buff. I found myself constantly thinking, “I didn’t know that. How
fascinating.” Here are some examples:
• For the relatively short time of its
existence, the Crystal Palace, which was
built in London in 1850 for an industrial
exhibition, was the biggest building on
Earth. The giant iron-and-glass “green-
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The Crystal Palace was used for an exhibition of English industry. When the
exhibition ended, everyone thought it would be a shame to use such a magnificient
structure for so short a time, so they disassembled, and moved, it.
house” covered 19 acres of ground and
contained within its airy vastness enough
room for four St. Paul’s Cathedrals. And it
took just five months to build.
Known officially as the Palace of the
Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry
of All Nations, it was dubbed the Crystal
Palace by a writer for Punch magazine.
The structure wasn’t designed by one
of the great architects of the age, but by
Joseph Paxton, head gardener at
Chatsworth House, whose only experience
along those lines was building rather fabulous greenhouses for the aristocracy.
After the exhibition, the building was
dismantled, moved to a south London suburb and reconstructed in an even larger
form. It remained in use there from 1854
until it was destroyed by fire in 1936.
• Among the amazing exhibits – well,
not really exhibits – at the Crystal Palace
were indoor toilets that actually flushed.
Public facilities in London were woefully
lacking in 1851. At the British Museum,
as many as 30,000 daily visitors had to
share just two outside privies. When, after
the exhibition, Londoners rushed to have
this latest convenience installed, it so overburdened the primitive sewer system that it
created monumental problems.
• At the time of his death, Henry VIII
had no fewer than 42 palaces.
• Until the 1600s, chairs were rare –
the word chair itself dates only from about
1300 – and were designed not to be comfortable but to impute authority. Even now,
of course, the person in charge of a meeting chairs it, and a person in charge of a
company is the chairman of the board. And
speaking of furniture, until well into the
17th century, bed meant only the mattress
and what it was stuffed with; for the frame
and its contents there was the separate
word bedstead.
• Up to 80 percent of all household
expenditure, according to the bread historian Christian Petersen, was spent on food,
and up to 80 percent of that went for bread.
Even middle-class people spent as much as
two-thirds of their income on food (compared with about one quarter today), of
which a fairly high and sensitive portion
was bread.
• Thomas Jefferson was the first person
in America to slice potatoes lengthwise and
fry them. So, as well as being the author of
the Declaration of Independence, he was
the father of the American French fry.
• For the first 150 years or so after the
potato was introduced into Europe, many
people considered it to be an unwholesome
vegetable because its edible parts grew
underground rather than reaching nobly
for the sun. Clergymen sometimes
preached against the potato on the grounds
that it appears nowhere in the Bible.
• At one time, lobsters bred in such
abundance around Britain’s coastline that
they were fed to prisoners and orphans or
ground up for fertilizer; servants sought
written agreements from their employers
that they would not be served lobster more
than twice a week.
• The very brightest gas street lamps
provided less light than a modern 25-watt
bulb. As late as the 1930s, almost half of
London streets were still lit by gas.
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Perspectiv e
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Nothing ʻnewʼ about Hillary
Hillaryʼs in…let the battle begin
By David Horsey
I have a friend who is one of the top
political consultants in the country. He
was a major player in the Clinton campaigns in the 1990s and had a significant
role in Barack Obama’s two runs for
president. He is such a seasoned veteran
that he doesn’t bother to jockey for a slot
on the Sunday political talk shows on
the major networks or even bid for an
appearance with Rachel Maddow. He
doesn’t need to strive. He’s above all
Right after the 2012 presidential
election, I was invited to a dinner at my
friend’s house and, with about a dozen
of us gathered around the dining room
table, he asked who we thought would
be the Democratic and Republican nominees in 2016. Predictions on the
Democratic side did not stray far from
Hillary Clinton until the guessing game
came round to my friend. Given that he
knows Hillary pretty well, I was interested to hear his insights.
She will not run, he said. She is too
tired physically and too spent emotionally after years of fighting with
Republicans. Hillary Clinton will
choose to finally have a private life and
forego her chance to return to the White
House as the first female president of the
United States — that was his expert,
insider’s opinion.
And that should be a lesson for anyone who thinks all the quasi-journalistic
pundits and self-nominated political
gurus who populate the commentators’
chairs on CNN, Fox and MSNBC are
reliable sources of information about the
future of American politics. All their
educated guesses consist of the same hot
air that we all expend when we talk
about the state of the nation. Sometimes,
it may even be a handicap to be too close
to the subject. The fascinating details
that an insider knows can sometimes
loom too large and block out more subtle shifts in the erratic electorate or mask
the quiet spark of motivation in a tired
candidate’s heart.
Hillary Clinton is running for president. If she was tired and spent three
years ago, she must have found new
energy. If she was dreading renewal of
the war with the “vast right wing conspiracy” that she identified as the enemy
during her husband’s presidency, she
apparently has steeled herself for battle.
The gentle joys of being a grandmother
are, apparently, not enough to satisfy a
woman who knows she can make history, even if the cost is high.
Clinton officially kicked off her
campaign on Sunday with a curious
video that, during its opening scenes,
could have been confused with an ad for
an insurance company or a bank.
Underlaid with perky and mildly annoying music, the video began with quick
cuts between a diverse group of
Americans, all happily engaged with
changes in their lives — a new baby, a
new business, a new school, preparing
for retirement, planting a garden, moving to a new house, starting a new job.
“I’m getting ready to do something,
too,” Clinton says when she finally
appears onscreen a minute-and-a-half
into the two-minute video, “I’m running
for president.”
This approach was a far cry from the
way Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the
first Republican to declare his candidacy
a couple of weeks before.
Cruz stood before the student body
at Liberty University, a Christian conservative bastion, and delivered a speech in
which he told the story of his Cuban
immigrant father and talked about “the
transformative love of Jesus Christ” and
Barack Obama’s disregard of Israel,
among a litany of other topics.
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In the video announcing her presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton says
the economic deck “is still stacked in
favor of those at
the top.”
She should
know because
she has gobbled
up a lot of cash
for speaking
fees and
Clinton Foundation.
also includes the
word “reinventing,” a kind of
Cal Thomas
self-reset button
(it didn’t work with the Russians, but
she apparently thinks it will work for
her). After 67 years on this earth, the last
23 of which have been in the political
spotlight, Hillary thinks the public may
not know who she is.
In fact, we do and this video is an
attempt to apply tinted glass to her campaign wagon in hopes of obscuring the
real Hillary.
People with long memories and a
firm grasp of political history, will recall
this is straight from the Richard Nixon
playbook. “The New Nixon” public relations campaign was an attempt by Nixon
supporters to reinvent (that word again)
a man whom many saw as cold, remote,
dishonest and unknowable. You know,
like Hillary Clinton.
In his book, “Behind the Front
Page,” the late Washington Post political
reporter David Broder wrote, “There is
an even bigger question that ought to
bother most of the reporters and editors
involved in covering politics in the
1950s and 1960s: How in the world did
we succumb to, and spread, the fiction
of ‘the new Nixon’?”
Will today’s journalists do the same
for Hillary?
Writing in the book “The Republican
Establishment,” Broder and Stephen
Hess observed: “Those who have puzzled over the essential Nixon character
have usually ended by writing about the
changes in the man, not the constants.
Nixon-watchers tend to see him always
evolving from one stage to another. In
the course of a long career he has been
called the New Nixon, the Old Nixon,
and the New, New Nixon...”
Wallace Henley, a Nixon staff assistant, responded to my email inquiring
about Nixon’s several reinventions:
“This reinvention came from Nixon’s
intense pragmatism. I think of the man
who won through the ‘Southern strategy’ (partly at least) becoming the champion of school desegregation, the fierce
anti-communist becoming the man who
went to Communist China, and the presumably free-market advocate declaring
wage and price controls on August 15,
1971, a de facto taking over of the
national economy by the federal government. Some of this, to be generous, was
principled, but all revealed the element
in his character that could reinvent itself
as needed. Flexibility is good and essential in policy-making, but it also leads to
an easily elastic character that can
stretch itself to the Watergate cover-up,
etc., etc. ... or, in another case,
Whitewater acrobatics, Benghazi subterfuge, etc.”
According to one report, Hillary’s
ethical problems extend back to her days
working on the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal. In his
2006 book, “Hillary’s Pursuit of Power,”
Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat and
a counsel and chief of staff of the House
Judiciary Committee, who supervised
Clinton on the Watergate investigation,
wrote that the then-27-year-old Hillary
Rodham “engaged in a variety of selfserving unethical practices in violation
of House rules.”
In his book, Zeifman makes it clear
he doesn’t trust either of the Clintons
and charges she is ethically unfit to be
Does the country want to put up with
another four or eight years of playing it
close to the ethical edge with the “buy
one, get two” Clintons?
In response to Hillary Clinton’s
announcement, a Republican National
Committee statement said: “Americans
need a president they can trust and voters do not trust Hillary Clinton.” New
Quinnipiac University polls released
recently bear this out.
How ironic that Hillary Clinton is
employing Nixon’s “reinvention” tactic.
Nixon got away with it for a while, but
in the Internet age, a “new” Hillary will
quickly be exposed as no different from
the “old” Hillary.
(Cal Thomas’ latest book is “W hat
Works: Common Sense Solutions for a
Stronger A merica” is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal
Thomas at [email protected])
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Volunteers make important contribution
By Dave Bretl
In case you missed it, April 12-18
marked National Volunteer Week. I have
never been a fan of the “Hallmark holidays,” like Root Canal Awareness Week
(it actually took place last month) and
similar occasions contrived to sell greeting cards or promote some product.
National Volunteer Week has it all over
however, and I
had a chance to
meet some of the
hundreds of volunteers that serve
Walworth County at a luncheon
held to honor
them on April
As government
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tighter over the
years, I have come to appreciate the
increasingly important role that volunteers play in delivering services to the
public. Walworth County supports two
volunteer initiatives and is served by
many other generous citizens who offer
their time and talent to make the county
such a great place.
The first effort is led by our
Volunteer Services Coordinator, Colleen
Lesniak. Colleen is a county employee
who is responsible for placing volunteers in county departments and programs. Chief among her duties is promoting awareness of the importance of
volunteerism, both among the public and
within the county organization.
The first half of her charge is pretty
straightforward. The public needs to be
aware of the county’s need for volunteers and the types of opportunities that
are available. The second aspect of creating awareness, challenging county
managers to think of ways in which volunteers can serve their programs, has
evolved over time.
Some county departments were
already sold on the idea. Our nursing
home and special needs school have
long histories of engaging volunteers.
Other departments, including my own
administration department, were far less
familiar with the power of volunteers.
Persuaded by Colleen’s efforts and the
excellent results obtained by our managers, volunteers now serve in many
county departments.
Meals on Wheels and our senior dining centers are two of the largest beneficiaries of volunteer service. Anne
Prince, the county’s Nutrition Program
Supervisor in charge of these programs,
reported that in 2014, 30 volunteers
logged 4,075 hours to serve 18,074
meals at the county’s six dining centers.
The statistics for the county’s homedelivered meal service (Meals on
Wheels) are equally impressive. Approximately 475 volunteers staffed
twelve Meals on Wheels routes, delivering nearly 31,000 meals to the program’s
304 participants and logging more than
47,000 miles in the process.
There are many reasons why volunteers donate their time. In many cases,
retired folks like to stay active by promoting the programs they support or just
keeping other work skills sharp. Unemployed workers will occasionally join
our mix of volunteers to keep their
resumes current and contribute to the
community while they look for work.
Finally, interns from the two four-year
universities in the county, UW-Whitewater and George Williams, as well as
students from Gateway Technical
College, learn valuable lessons on the
job to supplement their classroom work.
In addition to creating interest both
among volunteers and county departments, Colleen is responsible for ensuring that background checks are conducted on prospective volunteers and statistics regarding the program are maintained.
Our county’s volunteer effort really
began to take off in 2009. In that year’s
budget, Colleen’s position, which was
part-time dedicated solely to the nursing
home, was upgraded to full-time status
and given a countywide mission.
Colleen shares office space with me at
the Government Center in Elkhorn so I
have a first-hand view of just how busy
she is. The numbers confirm the success
of the program. In 2014, 864 volunteers
as well as 39 interns served county programs. These volunteers provided more
than 33,000 hours of service. All of
these hours save tax dollars.
For planning purposes, we typically
use the figure of 2,080 hours per year
when we budget for new paid positions.
At that rate, volunteers offset the need to
hire nearly 16 full-time equivalent
employees. The national organization,
Independent Sector, calculated the average value of a volunteer’s time at $22.50
per hour. By that measure, the County
received $747,000 worth of service.
Eleven different County departments,
ranging from the corporation counsel
office to the Lakeland School, benefited
from the efforts of volunteers last year.
The second volunteer program with
ties to the county is provided through a
nonprofit group called Volunteer Connection, Inc. The program used to be
known as Retired Senior Volunteer
Program (RSVP). That title brought with
it federal money that was used to provide
administrative support for the hundreds
of hundreds of volunteers that worked in
nursing homes and similar nonprofit
agencies throughout Walworth County.
Unfortunately, in 2010 the group lost
its RSVP sponsorship and funding. Not
skipping a beat, the organization
changed its name to Volunteer
Connection and organized as a not-forprofit. Patti O’Brien currently serves as
its director. In addition to providing
office space, the county has made an
annual appropriation to the organization
of just over $11,000.
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April 24, 2015 — 5
For the media, traditional values still matter
By Lee Hamilton
I have been involved in politics and
policy-making for more than 50 years,
and as you can imagine I hold strong
feelings about reporters and the media.
They’re not what you might think, however.
Far from considering journalists to
be irritating pains in the neck – though
I’ve known a
few who qualified – I believe
them to be
to our democracy. Our system rests on
citizens’ ability
to make discriminating
judgments about policies
and politicians. Lee Hamilton
news, information, and analysis that the
media provides, this would be impossible.
We depend on journalists and the
outlets they work for to be our surrogates in holding government accountable; they can serve as a formidable
institutional check on the government’s
abuse of power.
So I am uneasy about some of the
directions I see journalism taking these
days. I admire the role that the press has
played throughout our history, and fervently hope that it can right itself to play
such a role again.
Let me note at the outset that I can
find exceptions to everything I’m about
to say. There are journalists doing
reporting that is clear-eyed, fearless, and
grounded in an honest evaluation of the
facts – I’m thinking, for instance, of
some of the work in recent years on the
NSA – and this work has moved the
national debate forward.
But far too often, journalism falls
short. Reporters often seem to take what
politicians and their handlers say at face
value, writing what they hear without
ensuring that the facts bear it out. They
look for winners and losers at the
expense of nuance. They strive to give
the appearance of even-handedness by
creating a false balance between two
sides that do not deserve equal weight.
They elevate politics, polls and personality over substance and measured
Too often, on Fox or MSNBC or any
of a plethora of broadcast, print and
online outlets, they slant the news. They
engage in pack journalism, reminding
me of blackbirds on a telephone line –
one comes and others follow. And they
delight in spotlighting the screw-up, the
mistake, or the gaffe, which might be
entertaining to readers but sheds no light
on the underlying issues that could make
government better if addressed.
I also worry about the increasingly
sophisticated efforts by the government
and powerful interests to tell us only
what they want us to know. Reporters
want to be part of the media elite, and
the White House in particular – under
presidents of both parties – has become
quite skillful at manipulating them.
Reporters have to keep policy makers at
arms length, and not be intimidated by
I believe that much contemporary
journalism has come untethered from a
set of traditional values that served the
country well over many years:
— Journalism needs to be in the
service of justice, asking questions,
telling stories, and inspiring those in
power and those who vote for them to do
the right thing.
— It should be a check on power,
ferreting out the stories that those who
hold public office don’t want revealed,
and reporting the truths that we, as
Americans, have the right to hear.
— It must hold tight to accuracy,
intellectual honesty, rigorous reporting,
and fairness – values that ought never to
go out of style.
— And journalists have a profound
responsibility to serve as lie detectors. A
couple of years ago, the notable investigative reporter Seymour Hersh gave a
speech in London in which he said of the
U.S. government in particular, “The
Republic’s in trouble. We lie about
everything. Lying has become the staple.” You don’t have to go to that
extreme to agree that journalists have to
be curious and skeptical, and not buy
into the conventional wisdom of the
A robust, inquisitive congressional
oversight process should be capable of
revealing what is too often hidden, but
it’s not. We need journalists to do it.
In the end, my concern is that skeptical reporting and deeply informed investigative journalism are fading. We need
more of them, not less. I want to see
journalists digging deep into the activities of government, politics, business,
finance, education, welfare, culture, and
sports. Our Republic depends on it.
Lee Hamilton is Director of the
Center on Congress at Indiana
University. He was a member of the U.S.
House of Representatives for 34 years.
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I-90 construction to begin this year
Kofi Yartey, P.E., construction manager for the Wisconsin Department of
Transportation’s Southwest Region,
recently spoke to the Delavan-Darien
Rotary Club at Lake Lawn Resort.
Yartey is the construction project
manager on the I-39/90 improvement
project from The Illinois state line south
of Beloit, 45 miles north to Madison.
Yartey explained that this section of
interstate was built in 1958-61 and has
not had significant upgrades since then.
Many of the interchanges are outdated
and need repair/upgrade.
“This section of the interstate,” he
said, “is one of the busiest in the state
with 45,000 to 60,000 cars per day. It is
also a designated federal truck route and
35 percent of the traffic consists of
heavy trucks.”
The roadway also has congestion on
weekends, especially in the summer.
Lately, this congestion has been spilling
over into Friday and Monday. The
upgrade project will cost more than $1
billion and is expected to take until
Accidents on this stretch of interstate
totaled 1,902 from 2008-2012, which is
20 percent higher than other interstates
in Wisconsin. Eleven interchanges will
be reworked during the project. A
notable interchange improvement will
be construction on Wisconsin 11
(Avalon Road) and is called a diverging
diamond interchange where traffic
crosses over to the opposite side of the
road, with traffic signals at the ramps, to
create a free flow left turn movement
onto the Interstate. Yartey said there
are only six interchanges like this in the
country and this will be the first in
Wisconsin. Construction on the I-39/90
project will begin this year.
By Gilman Halsted
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chancellor Rebecca Blank says she has a
plan to cut about 400 staff positions if the
Legislature approves Gov. Scott Walker’s
proposed $300 million budget cut to the
UW System.
The chancellor’s plan includes ending
some programs and merging others in the
areas of information technology, the arts
and agriculture.
Blank announced the plan on her blog
on April 17, writing that the result will be
larger class sizes and fewer course options.
Professor of atmospheric science
Grant Petty serves on the Executive
Committee of the Faculty Senate. He said
faculty have been aware of the plan for
some time and are worried about its
“We have already been stretched due
to past cuts and there is simply no way to
absorb any new cuts without cutting into
that capacity,” said Petty. “And by capacity, I mean the capacity to give Wisconsin
students a quality education.”
University officials from around the
state continue to lobby the Legislature to
reduce the size of budget cuts. Legislators
in the Republican majority say they plan to
reduce the cut before voting on the budget.
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A new poll says the Wisconsin public
doesn’t support the size of the Gov. Scott
Walker's proposed cuts to the University of
Wisconsin System and public K-12 education.
A Marquette University survey taken
of 800 registered Wisconsin voters found
78 percent don’t like the governor’s proposed $127 million cut to the K-12 public
school budget. Only 18 percent back the
plan. Meanwhile, 26 percent support
Walker’s plan to cut $300 million from the
UW System and 70 percent oppose it.
“The perception of politicians that
these cuts might be too large and something should mitigate them is certainly
borne out with the data,” said Marquette
pollster Charles Franklin. “What they’d be
satisfied with, we don’t know.”
According to the survey’s methodology
statement, figures have a 3.5 percent margin of error.
The state legislature’s budget committee
is in the early stages of voting on the governor’s budget and may make some decisions
on education funding soon.
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April 24, 2015 — 7
Microsoft introduces Surface 3,
a cheaper tablet starting at $499
By Andrea Chang
Microsoft has announced the Surface
3, a new, cheaper tablet.
Starting at $499 – compared with
$799 for the flagship Surface Pro 3 – it
is the thinnest and lightest Surface that
Microsoft has ever shipped. The device
is 8.7 millimeters thick, weighs 1.37
pounds and has a 10.8-inch screen,
which is slightly smaller than the 12inch Surface Pro 3.
“As we planned the next addition to
the Surface family, the questions to
answer for our customers became simple,” Panos Panay, corporate vice president of Microsoft Surface, said in a blog
post Tuesday. “What product would we
build to be sure we could make the very
best of what we built in Surface Pro 3
available to many, many more people?”
Panay said Surface 3 features the
“same beautiful design and premium
materials as Surface Pro 3 in a more
compact and efficient package.”
The Surface 3 also has a 3.5-
megapixel front-facing camera and an 8megapixel rear-facing cameras that capture 1080p video. The battery will last
up to 10 hours (Microsoft said its test
results are based on video playback).
The Redmond, Wash., tech giant has
always touted the Surface family’s versatility and its ability to seamlessly turn
into a laptop replacement.
So the Surface 3, like every Surface,
has a kickstand. You can click in a type
cover to type on a keyboard instead of
tapping on the screen. The screen offers
multitouch and can be used with a
Surface pen.
It runs full Windows, including desktop apps, and includes a one-year subscription to Office 365.
Pre-orders are underway at
Microsoft Stores, microsoftstore.com
and third-party retailers, and the device
will be on sale beginning May 5.
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David Horsey
face-to-face events is that they place her
among the “everyday Americans” instead
of up on a pedestal where she is an unobstructed target for Republican attacks.
No matter what, though, those attacks
will be unrelenting and furious. The right
wing hates the Clintons as much as they
hate Barack Obama. Hillary Clinton could
have avoided it all by not running. My
friend was convinced she would choose
that path. But she didn’t, and now her task
is to tell the country why — why she wants
to be elected to the most unforgiving job in
the world.
Continued from page 4
Clinton kept it much simpler. Unlike
Cruz, she recited no story of her life —
that’s not really necessary for the most
famous woman in the world — and did not
talk policy. Her message was terse:
“Everyday Americans need a champion,
and I want to be that champion.”
The common analysis — all those
smart pundits and experts again — is that
Clinton’s campaign will initially be built
around small gatherings with voters where
Hillary is comfortable and a bit of a
charmer rather than big speeches at large
rallies in vast arenas where she is far less
at ease. The added benefit of the smaller,
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David
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Los A ngeles Times.
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Nathan Bond, Adjutant of Ingalls-Koeppen American Legion Post 102, (right)
awards Jack Meredith The American Legion Citation for Meritorious Service for his
hard work and dedication to the Big Foot Food Pantry. Jack has volunteered for more
than ten years to make sure food is available for local families in need of assistance.
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Business Briefs
JoJo’s Pizza in Delavan plans to
open a second location adjacent to Bell’s
Store in Williams Bay. The space was
formerly occupied by Sammy’s and San
Fratello’s. The Williams Bay Plan
Commission voted unanimously to
allow the business pending a successful
building inspection. The location primarily serve carry-outs, with four tables for
in-house dining. They are also known
for their speedy delivery service. The
planned opening date is in June.
The East Troy Farmer’s Market will
return to its original location this season,
on the Village Square. The market will
operate from 3-7 p.m. on Fridays from
May 22 through Oct. 2. Vendor spaces
are still available. Application forms and
more information may be obtained by
calling the East Troy Chamber of
Commerce at (262) 642-3770 or by
emailing [email protected]
The Historic Allyn Mansion at 511
E. Walworth Ave. in historic downtown
Delavan has reopened for business as a
luxury bed and breakfast under new
Randy Bangs, who owns and operates the Pleasant Street Bed and
Breakfast in Oconomowoc, is operating
the B&B. The Allyn Mansion will have
eight suites. Bangs said he and his wife
were attracted to it because of its condition and history. He said the new business will have all new bedding and the
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Organ donors should make sure
they definitely are registered
According to Donate Life Wisconsin, a
non-profit collaborative of healthcare
organizations and professionals, this
year’s National Donate Life Month marks
the fifth anniversary of the Wisconsin
Donor Registry. Since the registry was
launched in 2010, nearly 4,000 lives in
Wisconsin have been saved through organ
donation and thousands more improved
through eye and tissue donation. To date,
more than 2.6 million eligible Wisconsin
residents have legally registered their decision to be a donor upon their passing.
“That’s more than half of the eligible
donors in our state,” said Joanne Grunau,
President of Donate Life Wisconsin. “The
online registry has made it easy to make the
decision to donate official, but there are still
nearly two million eligible Wisconsin residents – including many with orange dots on
their driver’s licenses or state IDs – who are
not yet legally registered donors. We’re urging all residents to check the date of their
With state residents only renewing
their licenses once every eight years, many
drivers may have orange dots but are not
yet officially noted as donors on the registry. Drivers with a license, or residents
with a state ID, dated before March 29,
2010 (even those with an orange donor
dot) need to spend just one minute online
to legally register as an organ, tissue and
eye donor at YesIWillWisconsin.com.
“For those who don't yet have an
orange dot and are not yet registered
donors, there is no need to wait until your
license is up for renewal. You can register
right now online as an organ, tissue and
eye donor,” Grunau said. “Make your
decision known and legal. It’s the critical
difference between saying ‘I want’ and ‘I
will,’ between stating your intent and providing your consent.”
Documenting donation decisions on the
Wisconsin Donor Registry provides healthcare professionals with immediate access
24/7 to confirm a donor’s decision and then
to share that information with loved ones as
they work together to honor the donor’s
choice. This not only spares loved ones difficult decisions, but saves precious minutes
for those needing life-saving and lifeimproving transplants.
“Any one of us someday could need a
transplant,” said Martha Mallon, Organ
Scholarships for
healthcare students
The Aurora Lakeland Medical
Center Associates are offering health
care scholarships to students who are
residents of Walworth County and are
pursuing careers in the health care field.
To qualify, applicants must be
enrolled in their junior or senior year of
a bachelor’s degree program or entering
the final academic year of a technical,
certificate or associate program. Applicants must also be in the academic year
immediately prior to application and be
in good academic standing.
For an application, call 741-2077 or
email [email protected] The
deadline to apply is Friday, August 15.
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and Tissue Donation Program Director
with the Wisconsin Department of Health
Services’ Division of Public Health.
“People with high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, burns and other common illnesses and injuries are on wait lists for
transplants that can save or improve their
About 2,350 Wisconsin residents are
currently awaiting transplants and every
ten minutes another person is added to the
national transplant wait list. An individual
donor can save or improve up to 50 of
those lives.
To register as an organ, tissue and eye
donor, individuals must be older than age
15 and have a driver’s license or state ID.
Everyone who authorized donation at the
Department of Motor Vehicles after March
29, 2010, is legally registered. To register
Physical Education teacher Chris Bigonia gives a thumbs up during the
BloodCenter of Wilsconsin blood drive sponsored by the Williams Bay High School
Student Council at the school on Friday, March 20. The drive was scheduled from 6:45
a.m. to 11:45 p.m. The goal was to receive 125 donations.
“I view the doctor-patient relationship
as a true partnership. Education and
prevention are our strongest tools as
we work together toward an active
and healthy life. My care reflects the
patient as a whole, not just simply
a disease or set of symptoms.”
Brandon J. Orr, MD, MS
Family medicine
Mercy Health System is happy to welcome
Dr. Orr, who joins the family medicine staff
at Mercy Delavan Medical Center.
Dr. Orr’s special interests include:
• Asthma
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Preventive medicine
• Exercise science
• Men’s health
• Allergies
• School and sports physicals
Dr. Orr now welcomes new patients. To make
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Interim principal Mike Kolff
to remain at Delavan-Darien HS
Delavan-Darien High School Interim
Principal Mike Kolff will remove the word
“interim” from his title for the 2015-16
school year. The Delavan-Darien Board of
Education has approved Superintendent
Dr. Robert Crist’s recommendation to
retain Kolff for the entire year.
“In his short time here, I have come to
trust Mike and am confident in the work he
has done already,” Crist said. “I am very
pleased with his work and the high school
environment that he helped create. I look
forward to him being with us for at least
another year.”
“I’m excited and eager to continue
working toward the goals that we set,”
Kolff said. “In education, there are a lot of
moving targets. I want to ensure our staff
has the capabilities and capacity to stay
ahead of things so we can always have a
proactive versus reactive approach to what
happens in our building.”
Kolff came out of retirement in late
January, returning to DDHS to take over
for former school principal Mark Schmitt,
Ed.D., who retired unexpectedly due to
personal health-related reasons.
Kolff had been principal at Beloit
Turner High School for about seven years
until his retirement in 2012. He was an
associate principal at DDHS for three
years starting in 2003.
Many veteran staff members gave high
recommendations for Kolff following
Schmitt’s retirement, Crist said. Many of
those same veteran staffers gave Kolff a
standing ovation when he was introduced
at a January teacher meeting.
“There are only a few school districts I
would have done this for,” Kolff said. “It
had to be one close to my heart.”
“I have high expectations for Mike,”
Crist said. “His knowledge and expertise
in high school education will help develop
our high school operational practices and
DDHS Principal Mike Kolff
bring our foundations of learning and
teaching to greater levels.”
The school board unanimously
approved the move, which will allow the
district to focus on continued improvement rather than performing a lengthy and
potentially expensive search.
In addition to his administrative
experience at Turner and DDHS, Kolff
has 29 years of classroom instruction
prior to that at Whitewater, Milton and
Cassville school districts. He graduated
from Milton College with a double major
in history and Spanish. He also holds
master’s degrees in educational technology (1999, Lesley University) and educational administration (2003, Marian
When Kolff took the interim position,
he said he would do the job as if he were
staying for the long-term. He has been
highly visible in the school, at school
events and in the community.
April 24, 2015 — 9
Q: What is osteomyelitis?
A: Osteomyelitis is the medical term
for an infection that spreads from a tooth
socket after the extraction of a tooth into
the marrow of the bone. A tooth extraction is a serious matter. You can generally expect some bleeding, pain and
swelling after an extraction. A small
amount of bleeding and oozing for about
24 hours after the procedure is not
unusual. But complications like
osteomyelitis can arise.
Unlike the conditions known as dry
socket, osteomyelitis causes a deep pain
in the jaw, fever, weakness and general
lethargy. If you suspect that you’re
infected with osteomyelitis, you’ll need
to have a bacteriological culture taken in
order to identify the infection and prescribe the most effective antibiotic. In
sever cases of osteomyelitis, swelling
can extend into the throat and pose a
potentially life-threatening situation
should the swelling close the trachea.
As with any infection, if a case of
osteomyelitis is not treated, the infection
can travel to the body’s organs with
potentially serious consequences. In
severe instances, a patient may need to
be hospitalized so that antibiotics can be
administered intravenously. If you are
scheduled for a tooth extraction, be sure
to talk with your dentist about the benefits and risks.
Tooth Chatter is presented as a public service by Dr. Paul Kreul, who has
been practicing general dentistry since
1990. His office is located in the West
Side Professional Building at 715
Walworth St. in Elkhorn. To make an
appointment, call 723-2264.
Tooth Chatter is a paid column.
Dave Bretl
might be able to deliver Meals on
Wheels. Another unique opportunity
that will be taking place this summer is
Lakeland School’s I Can Bike Camp.
The goal of the program is to help special needs students learn to ride bicycles.
If you are interested in volunteering to
support the county program, call Colleen
at 741-4223. For other volunteer opportunities, Patti can be reached at 7235383.
The opinions expressed in these
columns are those of the author and not
necessarily those of the Walworth
County Board of Supervisors.
Continued from page 5
The county’s own program and
Volunteer Connection are not the only
volunteer initiatives associated with the
county. Hundreds more volunteers support 4-H and the UW-Extension. Just
one of these groups, the Master
Gardeners logged more than 4,000 hours
of service according to our Horticulture
Educator, Chrissy Wen.
The County is always looking for
volunteers, particularly people who
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Riders and volunteers needed for
special bike-riding training camp
The iCan Shine iCan Bike program
will be at Lakeland School of Walworth
County in Elkhorn from June 15 - 19 to
teach people with disabilities how to
ride a conventional bike and become a
lifelong independent rider.
The iCan Bike program uses a fleet
of adapted bicycles, a specialized
instructional program and a trained staff
to teach people with disabilities how to
ride a bike. Riders attend the same 75minute session each day, Monday
through Friday, for five consecutive
days during which they are physically
assisted and encouraged by two volunteer “spotters.”
Over the course of the five-day
camp, the adapted bike is adjusted to
gradually introduce more stability in an
effort to challenge riders at their own
individual pace. The week concludes
with a touching and inspiring award ceremony!
ICan Bike riders are children ages 8
April 24, 2015
and up, teens and sometimes adults who
have a diagnosed disability but are able
to walk without assistive devices and
sidestep from side to side.
The program is hosted locally by the
Autism Society of Southeastern
Wisconsin. To learn more about how to
participate as a rider or volunteer e-mail:
Julie Quigley at [email protected] or call
Volunteers are needed to be “spotters” for the same rider for each of the
five days and experience the thrill of
giving the gift of riding a bike.
Seventy-five invigorating minutes per
day just may be the most rewarding
exercise and emotional experience volunteers have ever had. To volunteer to
be a spotter for a rider email: Rosemary
Gardner at Lakeland School rgard
[email protected] or [email protected]
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White River County Park to host
Founders Day picnic on May 16
The Friends of the White River
County Park will host a free community
Founders Day picnic on Saturday, May
16 from 10 a.m. to p.m. at the park,
which is a new, 195 acre property at the
intersection of Sheridan Springs Road
and Short Road in the Town of Lyons.
Everyone is invited to enjoy a free
hot dog or hamburger lunch, take a walk
on the trails, fish in the pond, play some
outdoor games or even take a kayak ride
on the White River (weather permitting).
According to members of the Friends of
White River Park, there will be activities
for the kids, displays about future plans
for the Park, the history of the farm in
photography, and lots of fun for everyone.
The Friends group works to support
the Park by providing volunteers,
fundraising and helping to coordinate
park events and activities. Membership
information will be available. They are
also on Facebook.
The Walworth County Fair has
announced its entertainment lineup for
the 166th annual event to be held from
Sept. 2-7 in Elkhorn.
The grandstand will be the scene of
Bulls ’n Barrels on Wednesday, Sept. 2;
the Badger State tractor truck and tractor
pulls on Thursday, Sept. 3; the Monster
Truck Show on Friday, Sept. 4; Charlie
Daniels Band on Saturday, Sept. 5; the
legendary band Cheap Trick on Sunday,
Sept. 6; and the ever-popular demolition
derby on Monday, Sept. 7.
Concert tickets will go on sale at 8
a.m. on Saturday, June 6. Tickets for
track seating will be $40, reserved
bleacher seating $20 and grandstand
seating free. Admission to the fairgrounds is not included in the reserved
seating price.
Admission prices will be: Life
Memberships, $350; Adult Season Pass
(13 yrs. of age and over), $35; Junior
Season Pass (6-12 years old), $10; Adult
Single Gate Ticket (13 years of age and
older), $10; Junior Single Gate Ticket
(6-12 years of age),$4; Children 5 years
and younger free; Senior Citizens Ticket
(only Wed., Thur., Fri. with proof of age
62+, $5. Once again this year daily parking will be free, while VIP parking is
$50 for the season.
“Bringing back the Belfry Theatre is
all about bringing back laughter,” says
Belfry Development Director Anne
Sperry Connors. “A bowl full of laughter to be exact!”
According to Connors, “local artists
are invited to paint a bowl for the Belfry
and in turn, we will display the bowls in
local venues for the summer of 2015 to
showcase your talents and get your
name out and to build awareness of our
renovation. Bowls will be auctioned off
at our Gala Dinner August 1 at Grand
Geneva Resort and online. All proceeds
will benefit The Belfry Music Theatre,
Inc., a 501(c)3 organization.”
Artists are invited to draw a circle
and insert a sample of their style of work
or idea, which can be abstract or semi
abstract with nature, musical theater or
one of The Belfry’s many famous alumni actors or plays as a muse. Think Joy!
Drawings are due by May 1. Send
contact information and a brief biography to [email protected]
Judges will choose 25 Artists and send
them notices.
Bowls will be distributed to artists in
May and final bowls will be due in June.
There will be a preview party at Café
Calamari on Thursday, June 4 at 6 p.m.
Dinner will be $45 per person. The main
event, the Belfry Gala, with the theme
Laughter Heals, will take place on
Saturday Aug. 1 at the Grand Geneva
Forum Ballroom. Minimum bids will be
$100. Prizes will be awarded to the top
three entrants.
Fair announces main stage lineup
Will bowls bring back the Belfry?
Members of the cast of “Hello Dolly” (seated) Donald Patten, Lake Geneva, as
Horace Vandergelder; Susan Greben, Fontana, as Dolly Levi; (standing) Jessica
Shaffer, Elkhorn, as Irene Malloy; and Stephen Brellenthin, Lake Geneva, as Barnaby.
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Players to present ‘Hello Dolly’
“And what do you do for a living
Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in
the first scene of “Hello Dolly.”
“Some people paint, some sew...I
meddle,” replies Dolly.
“Hello, Dolly” is full of memorable
songs, including: Put On Your Sunday
Clothes; Ribbons Down My Back; Before
The Parade Passes By; It only Takes A
Moment; and of course Hello, Dolly.
The Lakeland Players production is a
“family affair” with the Birdsall family
of six from Walworth taking major roles,
and chorus parts. There are also five
cast members from the same neighborhood in Fontana. Sue Greben, also of
Fontana will fill the major role of
“Dolly,” and Donald Patten of Lake
Geneva will be playing the part of
Horace Vandergelder. There are a total
of 37 cast members from all over
Southeastern Wisconsin.
The show is Directed and
Choreographed by David Whitney, with
Amberleigh Aller as Musical Director;
both are from Lake Geneva. The
Assistant Choreographer is Pauline Urso
of East Troy, with Kathy Middleton,
Accompanist, from Burlington. Beth
Sukula of Elkhorn is the producer.
“Hello, Dolly” is an irresistible story
of the joy of living, glittering with happy
songs, shining with loving scenes, alive
with one of the personality of one of the
most fabulous characters on the musical
stage…Dolly Gallagher Levi.
The musical will be performed at
The Walworth County Performing Arts
Center (formerly the Sprague Theatre)
in Elkhorn on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, May 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17.
Friday and Saturday performances will
take place at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 3. All tickets are $14 and may be
reserved by calling 728-5578 or 7234848, or by ordering online at
www.lakeland-players.org. They are
also available at the Elkhorn Chamber
of Commerce, 203 E. Walworth St.,
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April 24, 2015 — 11
Health Through Chiropractic
Public bathrooms,
an Adventureland of their own
By Marjie Reed
It would seem that being a wee bit
over 60, using a sink and hand dryer in
public bathrooms would be a simple
matter for me. HA!
Who needs Disney, when each public bathroom is
its own Adventure Land?
When Bob
and I go out, I
quite a few bathrooms; when I
emerge, I’m usually frustrated.
“Was it the
sink or the hand
Marjie Reed
dryer this time?”
he chuckles.
“The stupid sink,” I reply.
“I stood in front of it searching all
over for the knob to turn it on, but there
was nothing. Just then a little girl came
over and merely stuck her hands under
another faucet and magically, water
poured out.” Who knew?
The next public bathroom I used, I
was standing in front of the sink with my
hands under the faucet waiting for the
magic, but again, nothing was happening. A teenager came over and said,
“You have to push this button for the
water to work.” Who knew?
Another sink I wrestled with had a
foot control to work the water. I can’t
tell you how long it took me till I
thought to look under the sink. Who
Now the hand dryers in public restrooms are also an adventure. I’m so used
to the automatic ones now that when I
run into one with a button to push, I
stand there with my hands under the
nozzle waiting for it to start. Usually,
someone casually says, “I think you
have to push the button to make it
work.” Who’d know?
There are some dryers that are called
“rocket blasters” or something like that.
They’re so powerful they make the skin
on the back of my hands flutter like
waves at the seashore.
Every time I use one of those, I brace
myself against the wall for fear of being
blown across the room; then I check my
wedding rings to be sure the stones are
still intact. They are fast, I’ll give ‘em
One time I used a hand dryer that had
very little power. It was so slow, I would
have had time to read a thick novel
before my hands dried. However, it did
have thorough three-step instructions on
1. Shake excess water from hands
2. Push button
3. Place hands under nozzle
Someone else must not have had
reading matter to keep them occupied
while their hands dried; she scratched an
addendum on the plate, with which I
heartily agreed.
4. Wipe hands on pants
I found number 4 to be the best idea,
used my pants, and finally rejoined the
family. My pants dried faster than my
hands would have under that gentle
zephyr of air.
I can’t be the only person frustrated
with today’s sinks and hand dryers.
Recently, I’ve noticed outside many
bathrooms there are the Purell machines
to clean one’s hands with an alcohol
solution. Not a bad idea, and surely
much simpler than using many of the
sinks and dryers.
What happened to paper towels? I
finally figure out the sinks and the hand
dryers, and then I’m supposed to exit the
room without touching the door handle?
Like a gloved surgeon, I keep my hands
up and finally fish some clean toilet
paper off a roll to finish drying my
hands. Then I use the toilet paper bits
that are still intact to open the door.
When I get to the register and am
handing over my money for a much
needed cup of coffee, I notice toilet
paper polka dots stuck all over my hands
and fingers.
It’s a humiliation I’ve gotten used to
since the demise of the paper towel.
The big deal at public bathrooms
now is to have no door, just a meandering trail that leads from hall to stall. I
always did the last check that I was
going into the lady’s room by the sign on
the door. Now, to my peril, without a
door that option has been eliminated.
Does any gal know what the inside
of the men’s room at Wal-Mart looks
like? WELL, I DO! Oh, yikes. At least
the room was empty. Are we too lazy to
push a door open, or what? Doors have
worked well since the beginning of public bathrooms, but now they’re optional.
Who knew?
Dear God,
Thank you for kids and grandkids who
can help us middle-agers figure out
today’s water faucets and hand dryers
and all the other things that have become
complicated in our automated world.
Oh, thank you, God, for small favors, like the men’s room being empty
that fateful day at Wal-Mart. Amen.
Marjie Reed lives in Harvard, Ill.,
with her husband, Bob. They have been
married nearly 45 years and have three
children and eight grandchildren.
Contact Marjie at [email protected]
By Dr. Bernice Elliott
Golf season is about to begin and
taking a practical approach can keep you
playing painfree for the whole season.
Golfers repeatedly torque and
themselves in many
different ways
holes. Add the
fatigue of walking a couple of
miles along the
course and you
have just created Dr. Bernice Elliott
a good situation
for low back pain.
Here are a few recommendations to
help you avoid back pain or injury and
improve your game.
• Use equipment that fits. Don’t try
to adapt your swing to the wrong clubs.
Clubs that are too long for you will contribute to low back pain.
• For women in golf: If you have
“inherited” your husband’s clubs, they
may be too long and heavy and more difficult for you to use. Women usually
play better with clubs that are composed
of lighter, more flexible material, such
as graphite.
• For men in golf: It is a good idea to
spend some extra time performing quality stretches before and after your game
to increase your trunk flexibility. Men
are stronger, but have less flexibility
than women. Men need to improve their
flexibility to maintain a more even and
consistent swing plane and thus improve
the likelihood of more consistent performance.
• Wear orthotics. Studies show custom-made, flexible orthotics can
improve the entire body’s balance, stability and coordination, which translates
into a smoother swing and reduced
• Keep your entire body involved.
Every third hole, take a few practice
swings with the opposite hand to keep
your muscles balanced and even out
stress on the back.
• Stay adjusted. When your spine is
restricted, your range of motion can be
reduced, which can reduce or alter your
When experiencing pain, there is
usually an underlying problem. With
chiropractic, we look for that underlying
problem and help you resolve it.
Dr. Elliott can be found at
Community Chiropractic Center in
The public is invited to the Tuesday,
May 5 meeting of the Walworth County
Genealogical Society (WCGS) at 6:30
p.m. in the Delavan Community Centre,
826 E. Geneva St., Delavan.
Following a short business meeting,
representatives of local lineage societies
will be available to discuss their organizations. Plan to attend and bring a friend
if you or someone you know is interested in one of these societies: Colonial
Dames of America, Daughters of the
American Revolution (DAR), Daughters
and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil
War (DUV and SUV), Society of
Mayflower Descendants, United States
Daughters of 1812, and Walworth
County Genealogical Society (WCGS).
This is an opportunity to check out
areas of interest, introduce a friend to the
wealth of information in the Society,
join WCGS or renew a membership, and
add your knowledge and experience to
an informational evening.
Future meetings will feature a
research night at the Area Research
Center in Whitewater, programs on Civil
War veterans, Secrets of Walworth
County, Witch Tales, and an Overview
of Chicago’s Newberry Library. Annual
events such as a cemetery walk, ice
cream social, Christmas party, and annual dinner are also on the calendar. The
WCGS will host the Family History Fair
on October 17 at Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Lake Geneva.
The WCGS meets on the first
Tuesday of every month at the Delavan
Community Centre at 6:30 p.m.
Meetings are free and open to the public.
Guests are invited to join WCGS by paying annual dues: Individual $15, Family
$18, Student $7.50.
Visit the Genealogy Library in the
Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N.
Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn, every
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. or the WCGS
website www.walworthcgs.com.
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April 24, 2015
Mercy Health Line
More than 54 percent of the children
surveyed in a recent study by the federal
government had tried alcohol by the
time they reached eighth grade. Experts
suggest that parents play the most
important role in determining how children handle the temptation to drink alcohol.
To help prevent alcohol abuse by
their children, parents should begin discussing alcohol use and abuse with them
at an early age and continue openly
communicating throughout their children’s development. It is very important
to create an atmosphere early on where
it is OK to ask questions and where no
question is dumb. This sets the stage for
perhaps more important questions about
alcohol later on.
Alcohol education may seem unnecessary for preschoolers, but the attitudes
and habits that are formed during this
stage can greatly influence the decisions
children make later. This is when they
begin to develop the decision-making
and problem-solving skills they will
need later.
Ages 4 to 7
Children in this stage still think and
learn primarily by experience and don’t
have a good understanding of things that
will happen in the future. Therefore, discussions about alcohol should be kept in
the present and related to people and
events your child knows about or has
witnessed. Alcohol educators often call
those opportunities “teachable moments.” Most children at this age are
also very interested in how their bodies
work, so this is a good time to talk about
maintaining good health and avoiding
substances that might harm the body.
Ages 8 to 11
The later elementary school years
are crucial in influencing decisions
about alcohol use. Children at this age
love to learn facts, especially strange
Help Your Kids Avoid Alcohol Abuse
ones, and they are eager to learn how
things work and what sources of information are available to them. Openly
discuss facts about alcohol: the longand short-term effects and consequences
of its use, the effects of alcohol on different parts of the body, and why it’s
especially dangerous for growing bodies.
Friends become very important at
this age. A child’s interests may be determined by what her group of friends
thinks. Teach your child to say no.
Casual discussions about alcohol and
friends can take place at the dinner table
as part of your normal conversation:
“I’ve been reading about young kids
using alcohol. Do you ever hear about
kids using alcohol or other drugs in your
Ages 12 to 17
By the time your child is a teenager,
she should have learned the facts about
alcohol, and she should have been
exposed to your attitudes and beliefs
about substance abuse. Your aim should
be to reinforce what has already been
taught and to keep the lines of communication open.
During the teen years, your child is
more likely to engage in risky behaviors.
Her increasing need for independence
may make her want to defy your wishes
as a way of asserting her freedom. But
the chances of communicating positively with your child increase if she feels
that you accept and respect the person
she is now: a person who wants to be
liked and accepted by her peers and who
needs a certain degree of privacy and
trust. You can help show your respect by
avoiding discipline methods such as
excessive preaching and threats.
Teach your child to say no. You can
teach your child various approaches to
deal with offers of alcohol.
✦ Teach him to ask questions. If an
unknown substance is offered, he can
ask, “What is it?” or “Where did you get
✦ Teach him to explain why he is not
interested in drinking, with statements
such as “I’m seeing a movie that night”
or “I don’t want to get a hangover.”
Another technique that teens like to use
is to say “I don’t want any alcohol right
now.” This allows them to save face
among their peers.
✦ Teach him to suggest other things
to do. If a friend offers alcohol, he can
offer alternatives like going to get something to eat or renting a movie.
✦ Remind him that he should leave a
situation if he doesn’t feel comfortable
with what’s going on. Make sure he has
money for transportation or a phone
number where he can reach you or
another responsible adult.
✦ Teach him never to accept a ride
from someone who has been drinking.
Some parents find that offering to pick
up their children if they are in an uncomfortable situation no questions asked
helps encourage kids to be honest and
call when they need help.
Risk factors
Research suggests that periods of
transition such as the onset of puberty or
a parents’ divorce can lead to alcohol
use. Parents should teach their children
that although life can sometimes be
upsetting or stressful, drinking alcohol
to escape difficult times can make a bad
situation much worse.
Children who have problems with
self-control or low self-esteem are more
likely to abuse alcohol. These kids may
not believe that they can handle their
problems and frustrations without “taking something” to make them feel better.
It’s also important for parents to be
aware of how many times they use the
expression “take something” for pain, or
stress. Children hear this expression
more than is healthy for them.
Children who lack a sense of con-
nection with their families or who feel
they are different in some way, such as
their appearances or economic level,
may also be at risk. Children who find it
hard to believe in themselves desperately need the love and support of parents
or other family members. In fact, not
wanting to harm the relationships
between themselves and the adults who
care about them is the most common
reason that young people give for not
using alcohol and other drugs.
General tips
Fortunately, there is a lot that parents
can do to protect their children from
using and abusing alcohol:
• Always be a good role model.
Consider how your use of alcohol or
medications may influence your child.
You might consider offering only nonalcoholic beverages at parties and other
social events to show your children you
don’t need to drink to have fun.
• Educate yourself about alcohol so
you can be a better teacher to your child.
Read and collect information that you
can share with her and other parents.
• Try to be conscious of how you can
help build your child’s self-esteem. One
very effective way to do this is to laugh
with your child. Seek things that you
both find funny and create a kind of
“inside family joke.” It makes her feel
she is valued as a “confidante,” even at a
young age.
• Teach your child to manage stress
in healthy ways, such as by seeking help
from a trusted adult or engaging in a
favorite activity.
• Love your child unconditionally.
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April 24, 2015 — 13
Spring Home & Garden
Get your lawn off to the right start with tips from the pros
After another chilly winter for much
of the nation, springtime is when many
people roll up their sleeves and spend
time in their yards. After tuning up the
mower and sharpening the blades, most
homeowners seek out the best ways to
care for their lawns. But common lawn
care myths and questions abound.
In celebration of National Lawn
Care Month this April and to help homeowners get their spring and summer
lawn care off to a great start, the
National Association of Landscape
Professionals (NALP) offers a series of
myth-busting tips from landscape industry professionals.
Myth #1: You can water your lawn
and landscape any time of day.
Reality: Water is a valuable resource;
make every drop of irrigation count!
Watering the lawn in the early mornings
or evenings after sunset minimizes evaporation, it’s the best time for water to
penetrate deep into the soil.
Myth #2: It’s ok to cut the grass very
Reality: Most landscape professionals advise to never cut more than onethird of the grass leaf at a time. Mowing
at a finished cut height of 3 to 3.5 inches throughout the summer is generally
recommended. The lawn will need less
water, will be more resistant to weeds
and will have a deeper, greener color.
Use a sharp mower blade to prevent
tearing grass blades. A crisp and clean
cut will help prevent a “brown tip”
Myth #3: It’s best to water your lawn
every day.
Reality: Watering your lawn every
three days is better than daily watering.
Deep, rather than shallow lawn watering, is recommended to nurture roots.
One inch of water to 12 inches of soil is
the preferred ratio for watering actively
For best results, donʼt cut more than one-third of the length of the grass leaf
at a time. Mow at a finished height of 3 to 3.5 inches throughout the summer is best.
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growing grass.
Myth #4: If you want to replace your
lawn, you should do it in the spring,
when plants get ready to bloom.
Reality: The best time to sow seed is
in the late summer and early fall when
the temperatures are more consistent and
highly competitive weeds, like crabgrass, are at the end of their life cycle.
Myth #5: Early spring is the best
time to fertilize the lawn.
Reality: Since different species of
grass prefer nutrients at different times
of the year, be sure to use the correct fertilizer, at the right rate, at the right time,
and in the right place. A slow release
fertilizer allows for more even and consistent feeding over a longer period of
time than a quick release fertilizer. And
remember to use fertilizers responsibly
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be washed away into lakes, ponds, rivers
and streams.
Myth #6: A garden hose is more
cost-efficient than installing an irrigation system.
Reality: Many landscape professionals recommend installing an irrigation
system with smart controllers which
have sensors that water when needed.
Smart irrigation can offer a cost savings
of 15 to 20 percent on water bills.
Converting irrigation spray nozzles from
sprinklers to rotating nozzles will spread
heavy droplets of water at a slower pace,
which makes them more targeted and
Myth #7: You have to irrigate to have
a healthy and beautiful lawn.
Reality: Grasses are built to endure
long periods of drought by entering a
state of dormancy. When temperatures
and moisture levels are at their extreme,
the growing point of the grass plant, the
crown, will shut off the grass blades,
turning them brown. In almost all
instances, once the heat and drought
stresses have gone, the crowns will
begin to send up new shoots. There’s
nothing wrong with irrigating to avoid
dormancy, but “embracing the brown”
for a couple of weeks in the summer is
just fine, too.
“Our members are passionate about
creating beautiful and healthy lawns and
landscapes for homeowners and communities to enjoy year round,” said Jim
McCutcheon, president of NALP.
“Whether homeowners hire a landscape
professional to care for their yard, or
learn a few tips from the pros, one of our
goals is to provide the best advice possible.”
For more helpful tips on taking care
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Free community meal to be
served monthly in Genoa City
Beginning Wednesday, May 6th,
First Congregational United Church of
Christ at 624 Park Street in Genoa City
will serve a monthly, home cooked
lunch at noon.
The meal will be offered free of
charge to anyone who would like to
come. The event will take on the first
Wednesday of each month, except
October, which is the time for the annual turkey dinner.
There will also be speakers from
local social service, helping or health
organizations to provide information to
“There are people in our communities who do not have enough to eat, or
who worry about where their next meal
is coming from,” says Pastor Jennie
Swanson. “Some people hunger for
Big Foot High School Agriculture teacher Rick Henningfeld and students (from
left) Amelia Hayden, Emma Brost, Carlie OʼDonnell and Laura Brost talk to members
of the Fontana Garden Club. The students will sell rain barrels at the upcoming
Fontana Garden Club Bazaar over Memorial Day weekend.
(Beacon photo)
Kishwauketoe Questers to host
fundraising luncheon on June 18
The Kishwauketoe Questers will
hold a fundraising luncheon at the
Abbey Springs Country Club Dining,
Room, 1 Country Club Dr., Fontana, on
Thursday, June 18.
There will be a cash bar at 11 a.m.,
followed by lunch at noon. The presentation following lunch will be,
“Regretting Mr. Wright: Mamah Tells
April 24, 2015
Her Own Story,” by Ellie Carlson, who
will give her interpretation of Mamah, a
modern woman living in Victorian
An attendees check for $45 will act
as a reservation. Respond before June 8
by sending a check to Kishwauketoe
Questers, c/o Sarah O’Reilly, @3132
Geneva Bay Dr., Lake Geneva, WI
Michael Sanders passes away
Michael Gene Sanders was born on
December 14, 1963. He was a Graduate
of Williams Bay High School Class of
1982 and lost his life on March 29th.
His family and friends celebrated his life
on Wednesday April 8 at Conference
Point Camp. It has been said “A man
tells so many stories that he becomes the
stories. They live on after him, and in
that way he becomes immortal” (Big
Fish) Mike is survived by his Wife Kate
Sanders, Daughters Emily Sanders,
Amanda Chalupny, Son A.J. Sanders,
Mother Patricia VanDyne, and families
of Brothers Jim Sanders, and John
Sanders. We promise to keep telling
your stories.
company and companionship, other people hunger for someone to care about
them and their situation. Sharing a meal
is a way to bring people together, to
meet the needs of hunger and to foster a
sense of community. At First Congregational UCC, we are striving to do just
Each month, the church expects to to
serve lunch to 50-75 people from Genoa
City and surrounding communities.
Donations are being sought from local
businesses to support the cost.
Volunteers will prepare food, set up,
serve the meal and clean up. Anyone
can volunteer to help. The church building is accessible to those with physical
Everyone is welcome to attend this
free Community Meal.
Educators Credit Union to host
block party on Saturday, May 16
Educators Credit Union will sponsor
a block party for Elkhorn and local communities from noon to 3 p.m. on
Saturday, May 16 in the Elkhorn
Business Center parking lot.
The event features fun and educational activities for families at little or no
charge. Some of the booths and activities that Educators Credit Union will
sponsor include:
• Identification cards for children
and bike registration by local police
• Smoke House provided by the
• Face painting
• Cookie decorating
• Coloring contest with prizes
• Blow-up fun house
• ECU trailer with food and soft
drinks with proceeds going to Elkhorn
Area High School
• Dunk tank fundraiser for EAHS
• Paper shredding by Iron Mountain
• Identity theft, mortgages, investment services auto and lease booths
• Raffle of local products and services
Clean Indoor Air Alliance (CIA2) formed to
minimize dangerous effects of indoor air
pollution in the home with the newest
technology and professional installation techniques
Michael Sanders
All telephone numbers
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are in area code 262
unless otherwise indicated.
Master Services Plumbing, Heating and Cooling,
Walworth County’s top plumbing, heating and cooling company, recently joined a group of select
HVAC contractors in a nationwide effort to minimize
the dangers of indoor air pollution. Asthma, allergies, and dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide are all hazards that families face in their own
homes everyday. The Clean Indoor Air Alliance, or
CIA2, is dedicated to providing solutions to minimize the discomfort and dangerous effects of indoor air pollution and air borne contaminants
present in virtually every home.
The focus on the quality of the air we breathe inside our homes is becoming more important than
ever before. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), people spend
up to 90% or more of their day indoors, with much
of that time taking place at home. “The EPA states
that indoor air is 2 to 10 times more hazardous than
outdoor air,” stated Keith Nissen, president of Master Services Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.
Master Services is one of many HVAC contractors nationwide who have decided to come together to combat the hazardous effects of poor air
in people’s homes. The group they formed, called
the Clean Indoor Air Alliance, or CIA2, is dedicated
to giving homeowners options to improve the quality of the air inside their homes.
“The well-constructed, or ‘tight’ homes, which are
being built today may be more energy efficient, but
they are also more efficient at holding in dangerous
airborne particulates,” commented Keith Nissen. “In
fact, asthma and many allergies are attributed to the
poor quality of the air in many homes,” he added.
Master Services Plumbing, Heating & Cooling offers a complete home air-quality solution that protects the comfort, health, and safety of homeowners
and improves the cleanliness of their homes.
Homeowners in the Walworth County area may
contact Master Services for a CIA2 Home Air Quality Test. This test will show homeowners exactly
how good or how poor the air in their home happens to be. Master Services will also recommend a
custom air quality solution that alleviates any air
quality problems that are present. “Master Services
will conduct an air-quality test to determine if the
air your family is breathing in your home is healthy
and clean … or if it may be contributing to problems
such as asthma, allergies … dangers from carbon
monoxide, rooms that are too hot or too cold, and
even how often you have to dust,” stated Keith Nissen. Master Services offers state-of-the-art filtration, ventilation, air-purification and airflow systems
that improve the air quality not just in a single room,
but throughout your entire home.
For more information on the Clean Indoor Air Alliance, visit www.betterairnow.com.
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‘Treasonous’ woman attorney
Participating in the DAR Ellis Island essay contest award ceremony at
Lakeland School are (front, from left) Destiny Probst, Will Griffin, Denise Luevano
(rear) DAR essay chair Chris Brookes, high school history teacher Mrs. Joanne Suchy
and middle school history teacher Irene Straz.
(Photo furnished)
Lakeland School students receive
awards for history essay contest
“Imagine yourself as a child traveling through Ellis Island in 1892. How
would you describe your experience to
your cousin who has never heard of Ellis
The 2014-2015 American History
Essay Contest, “A Child’s Journey
through Ellis Island,” marks the 125th
anniversary of Ellis Island and provides
an opportunity for teachers to expand
their curriculum and promote American
history. The contest also encourages
young people to think creatively about
American history. It is open to students
in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Each year a different national theme is chosen.
The Samuel Phoenix chapter sponsors the contest at Lakeland School in
Elkhorn. Modifications are made for
high school students as well as middle
school students to participate individually or by submitting group projects.
Teachers Joanne Suchy and Irene
Straz assist the students in preparing
their entries, and a small committee of
DAR judges complete the evaluations.
Medals and certificates are awarded for
the winning essays, and participation
certificates are presented to all the other
entrants at a Student of the Month program.
The first DAR American History
Essay Contest was held in 1898.
Theopholus William Krug wrote the
award-winning essay, “Trials and
Triumphs of America.” He received $5
from the New York DAR. The original
copy of his essay is on display in the
Americana Room at DAR National
Headquarters. Since the 1960s the
national essay winners have been invited
to the DAR annual national conference
to accept their awards.
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In 1876, attorney Lavinia Goodell
(1839-1880) had the audacity to think
that she ought to be able to practice her
profession before the state’s highest
She had settled in 1872 in Janesville,
where no attorney would let her apprentice. So she taught herself the law and
passed the bar in 1874. She won her first
two cases, representing temperance
groups against dealers who illegally sold
liquor on Sundays.
In 1876, when one of Goodell’s
cases was appealed to the Wisconsin
Supreme Court, that august body debated whether to allow her to appear (male
lawyers were automatically allowed).
After much consideration, the three justices decided she couldn’t represent her
client before them.
In rejecting Goodell’s application,
Chief Justice Edward G. Ryan wrote,
“The law of nature destines and qualifies the female sex for the bearing and
nature of children of our race and for the
custody of the homes of the world and
their maintenance in love and honor.”
Anything that interfered with those
“sacred duties” he called “departures
from the order of nature [and] treason
against it.”
Goodell turned to the legislature,
asking lawmakers to introduce a bill
specifically permitting attorneys to
appear before the Supreme Court
regardless of gender, which they passed
in 1877. Two years later another of her
Lavinia Goodell
cases went to the state Supreme Court,
and she reapplied to practice before
them. They permitted it this time (with
Chief Justice Ryan dissenting).
Goodell is discussed on the new
“Wisconsin Women Making History”
Web site at http://womeninwisconsin.org.
This and many other fascinating stories about history in Wisconsin are available on the website of the Wisconsin
Historical Society, www.wisconsinhistory.org.
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April 24, 2015
Delavan-Darien High School recognized as top AFS supporter
The World Flags chapter of the
American Field Service (AFS) has recognized Delavan-Darien High School as
the top-performing member school this
year for its continued support of the
international student exchange program.
World Flags is an AFS consortium
that includes 70 high schools in a 22county area in Southern Wisconsin.
The award is in recognition of
DDHS’s “fostering global competency
and working with AFS-USA to incorporate intercultural learning opportunities
into their curriculum.”
It was presented to school officials
before many of the current and past AFS
volunteers and host families, along with
the current AFS students studying at
The Delavan area has supported AFS
since 1954, when area secondary students attended the now demolished
Delavan High School. The district,
which opened Delavan-Darien High in
1957, has hosted an AFS student every
year but two (in the mid to late 1950s),
said retired Delavan-Darien teacher Bob
Dahl, a longtime local volunteer with
In those 60-plus years, DelavanDarien has hosted 177 students from 53
countries, which covered six continents,
Dahl said. That’s an average of almost
three AFS students per year.
The first AFS student, who was from
Finland, stayed with the family of Carol
Dinsmore, also a retired Delavan-Darien
The first local AFS volunteers
“believed that if different peoples of the
world were given the opportunity to
walk together and talk together, we
could learn to live together in peace,”
Dahl said at the awards presentation ceremony.
This year, six students from outside
Participating in the 2015 American Field Service award ceremony are (from left): Mike Kolff Principal; Charlie Parton,
Australia; Gianmarco Broilo, Italy; Julius Kursatz, Germany; Malthe Storm, Denmark; Hedda Rod, Norway; Sara Skarstein, Norway;
Maria Martin AFS Advisor.
(Photo furnished)
the United States are studying at DDHS
and are staying with local host families.
They include:
• Charlie Parton, Australia
• Hedda Rod and Sara Skarstein,
• Gianmarco Brolio, Italy
• Malthe Storm, Denmark
• Julius Kursatz, Germany
“The greater Delavan-Darien community has remained steadfast in its pursuit of a more peaceful world,” Dahl
said. “Our school district, and high
school in particular, have valued the
inclusion of our many hosted students
and have welcomed them without hesitation.”
It’s that fact that made DDHS stand
out from the other schools in the area,
said Jayne Butterbordt, the World Flags
Team Development Specialist. Butterbordt presented the award to Principal
Mike Kolff and current AFS/International Club Advisor Maria Martin.
“Their openness to annually accept
and add students, and consistently
accept and add students at the last
minute is amazing,” Butterbordt said of
the district’s AFS volunteers willingness
to provide housing for exchange stu-
dents. “We’ve often asked and have
never been told (by Delavan-Darien
families) ‘No, we can’t do it.'”
In fact, DDHS has almost half of the
foreign AFS students studying in
Walworth County this year. Beyond the
six at DDHS, there are four at Big Foot
High School, and one each at Williams
Bay, East Troy and Whitewater high
schools, said Jerry Burns, the World
Flags chapter chairman.
For more information about becoming an AFS volunteer or host family for
DDHS, contact AFS Advisor Maria
Martin, 262-728-2642 x 4437.
The Beacon
By Kathi West
I had the honor to visit the children at
Traver School last week to talk about
quilts. I taught school a very long time
ago so I wasn’t nervous about doing this.
I collected all the quilted objects in my
stash of quilts that I thought young people would enjoy seeing.
My first group of children were 4K
and 5K (kindergarteners). I put a
Christmas quilt and my Valentine’s quilt
on the floor and invited them to sit on
them. They were amazed by all the color
and the feel of the quilts.
At the Rosemont show, I bought buttons featuring cats, a bell and a Santa.
All were on the quilt. There was a a lot
of talk about everyone’s kittens and their
names. They liked Santa and the sleigh I
appliqued on the block.
They loved the tapunto [trapunto??]
I did on the hearts on my Valentine quilt.
All the other quilted pieces sparked conversation as they were passed around.
The children were interested and
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a raffle quilt, vendors, and scissors and
knife sharpening. Lunch will be available with homemade desserts. For more
information call Kathy Dorman at (262)
338-0054 or visit www.itsastitchquilt
May 2-3, Sinnissippi Quilters of
Rockford, Ill. will present The Art of
Collaboration Quilt Show at the Indoor
Sports Center, Sportscore Two at 8800
Riverside Blvd. in Loves Park, Ill. There
will be more than 300 quilts and wall
hangings, a boutique and silent auction,
special exhibits, bed turnings, a raffle
quilt, door prizes, demonstrations, and
of course vendors. If you need more
information or want to enter a quilt in
the show see www.sinnissippiquilters.
June 5-27, Wisconsin State Shop
Hop. Put this on your calendar now.
About 66 shops are participating and
they are all over Wisconsin. The grand
prize is a trip for two to the International
Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas for 5
days and 4 nights. It includes air fare,
This quilt, called “Birds of Wisconsin,” was also on display at the Mukwonago
show. Can you name them?
(Beacon photo).
Church, 231 Roberts Drive in
The Harvard Village Quilters meet
the third Wednesday of the month at 1
p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 504
East Diggins Street Harvard, Ill.
Visitors are always welcome.
Quilts of Valor and Quilts of Honor
Quilt Group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Ellen
Weber’s house on Theatre Road. Take
your sewing machine, fabric to make a
QOV quilt or a quilt that you have started and any sewing tools you will need.
The Scrappers Quilt Guild meets at
6:30 p.m. at the Lion’s field house on
Hwy 67 in Williams Bay on the third
Tuesday of the month. Take your show
and tell quilts. Visitors are always welcome.
If you have some quilting news to
share with quilters in the greater
Walworth County area, e-mail me or
mail to P.O. Box 69, Williams Bay, WI
53191. Make sure you send it about a
month before the event. I will try to get
it into the next column.
This quilt named “Who gives a hoot?” was on display at this yearʼs Crazy
Quilterʼs Show in Mukownago..
(Beacon photo).
As the morning progressed, the
classes 1 through 8 were just as much
fun. Although the older ones were more
sophisticated with their questions. They
liked the place mats I made for different
times of the year, but especially the one
I made for my card club. They were also
surprised at how large a king sized quilt
I really enjoyed my morning. I forgot
that I was standing the whole time
except for about two minutes between
groups. But my old knees told me about
it later.
May 2-3, Traditional Twists presented by It’s a Stitch Quilt Guild at Kettle
Moraine Lutheran High School in
Jackson Wis. This is a judged show with
ribbons and cash prizes. There will be a
trunk show, a quilt bed peel, door prizes,
lodging at the Hilton, tickets to the festival and more. There is much more information about the shop hop, including
bus trips, more prizes, the shop addresses and hours (too much information for
this page). See www.wisconsinquiltshophop. com
September 10-12, Quilt Expo in
Madison. If you want to enter a quilt,
entry forms and photos must be postmarked by June 30. You can visit
www.wiquiltexpo.com to print entry
forms and to learn more about the expo.
Chocolate City Quilters meet the
second Monday of each month at 6:30
p.m. in the Burlington High School
library, 400 McCanna Parkway.
The Crazy Quilt Guild Quilters meet
the second Wednesday of each month at
7 p.m. at the First Congregational
This quilt called “Wildlife in Wisconsin” was also on display in – guess where?
(Beacon photo).
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Lake Geneva Library to feature
Ray Bradbury biographer April 27
Friends of the Lake Geneva Public
Library invite the public to attend their
Annual Meeting on Monday, April 27 at
6 p.m. at the library.
Following the meeting, the Friends
will host a program at 6:30 p.m. featuring Sam Weller, author of the awardwinning biography “The Bradbury
Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury.”
Weller will speak about the legacy of
Ray Bradbury and the man behind the
many masterpieces of imaginative writing, including “Fahrenheit 451.” Weller
will trace Bradbury’s remarkable creative
journey, origins, and accomplishments
through never-before-published letters,
documents, and photographs. Weller will
also share his story of how he became the
authorized biographer of one of the most
celebrated authors of our time.
Weller has written three books about
Bradbury and edited the Bram Stoker
Award winning Shadow Show: All-New
Stories in Honor of Ray Bradbury.
Weller spent hundreds of hours interviewing Bradbury, his editors, family
members, and longtime friends. After
working intimately with Bradbury for
more than 12 years, he shares his knowledge and many stories with library audiences around the world on a frequent
basis. Weller is also the most requested
guest speaker at the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” events. He
is an Associate Professor and the
Associate Chair of the Department of
Creative Writing at Columbia College in
In a career spanning more than 70
years, Ray Bradbury was the prolific
author of hundreds of short stories and
close to 50 books, as well as numerous
poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays,
and screenplays.
His groundbreaking works include
“Fahrenheit 451,” “The Martian
Chronicles,” “The Illustrated Man,”
“Dandelion Wine” and “Something
Wicked This Way Comes.” He wrote the
screen play for John Huston's classic
film adaptation of “Moby Dick,” which
led to his nomination for an Academy
Award. He adapted 65 of his stories for
television’s “The Ray Bradbury
Theater” and won an Emmy for his teleplay of “The Halloween Tree.” Bradbury
also had a long relationship with public
In 2005, Bradbury published a book
of essays titled “Bradbury Speaks,” in
which he wrote: “In my later years I
have looked in the mirror each day and
found a happy person staring back.
Occasionally, I wonder why I can be so
happy. The answer is that every day of
my life I've worked only for myself and
for the joy that comes from writing and
creating. The image in my mirror is not
optimistic, but the result of optimal
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked
to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At
the end of his performance, Electrico
reached out to the 12-year-old Bradbury,
touched the boy with his sword, and
commanded, “Live forever!” Bradbury
later said, “I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.”
Everyone is welcome to attend this
program at no charge.
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Pet Questions and Answers
Q: We live on the East End of Long
Island, and this is the first time we’ve
noticed many of our squirrels look either
really beat up or sick.
One has the end of his tail gone with
a bloody end, and the tail that looks like
mange. One has an ear almost gone and
open sores or wounds down the side.
Another has a large lump under the neck
getting larger and starting to look like
it’s opening up. Another one has a
healed ear that looks clipped like a
neutered cat but does not use one hind
leg and appears to be moving much
slower than the others, like it’s weak.
We’ve had a bird feeder and bath in
the yard for years, with a constant population of squirrels, and have not seen so
many looking like they do this year.
Can you advise if this is something
new to the area or if it’s normal among
our Eastern Grey Squirrels.
A: Of course it is rather hard for me
to comment without seeing the situation,
but I would think the squirrels are doing
this to each other. If a predator gets hold
of a squirrel, it is rare that the squirrel
gets loose, and if it does, the injuries are
so severe that death follows in a few
days. This time of the year is when the
squirrels mate, and their hormones are
raging. Fights among them are commonplace and frequently result in bites and
injuries to their extremities.
If the squirrel population is low, then
as soon as the fighting starts, the losers
take off to other territories. But if there
are more squirrels than the habitat can
hold or they are forced to concentrate in
one area to take advantage of a food
source, as they need to do this winter
because of the snow and cold, then the
weaker ones cannot avoid the dominant
ones. It is just a situation that occurs in
the natural world that we can only watch
without judgment.
Q: We just took in a teddy bear hamster for our son. Every time we try to take
the hamster out of his cage, he rolls on
his back and squeals at us. We have left
him alone for a week now, and he still
does it. How can we get him to be friendly? My son seems to be as afraid of the
hamster as the hamster is afraid of us.
A: The hamster will never learn to be
friendly if you just leave him alone. He
needs to interact with you in a positive
setting with no drama so he can realize
nobody will hurt him. He is just a little
animal living in a big world, so you need
to look at the situation from his point of
view. The best thing to do is to just
scoop him up in a coffee cup and pet him
in there and offer him treats that he
would not normally get. This way he
gets to hang out with you and he feels
secure, and your son will not be afraid of
him. After just a few days of this, the
hamster will lose his fear, and you will
be able to pick him up with your hands.
At first you should put his cage on
the floor and sit down next to the cage
with him in the cup.
This way, should he panic and bolt
out of the cup, he won’t be hurt by the
drop to the floor, and you can just scoop
him back into the cup and try again.
Q: Every single day now for the past
week, a red cardinal crashes into our living room window over and over again for
two hours in the early morning. Then it is
gone for the rest of the day. The poor bird
does this with such intensity that his feathers get knocked off and stick to the window. We have lived in this house for 24
years, and we have never experienced this
situation before. Why is the bird doing
this and what can we do? It does not seem
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The first thing kittens learn is how to act cute enough to get adopted, the second thing is how to convincingly disavow anything that has gone wrong, even if they
are the only possible suspect in the house.
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as if he is hungry. We see him at the bird
feeder in our yard in the afternoon.
A: In the spring, when the daylight
hours get longer, native birds experience
raging hormones. Males in particular
will fight with others of their sex and
species with severe intensity to protect
their nesting territory. It seems that in the
early morning the angle of the sun allows
the bird to see its reflection in your window, and, being a bird, it thinks that
reflection is another of its species. Thus
far the only animals that have been
proven to have self awareness of their
reflections are apes, dolphins and elephants.
(When I had my raven Dante and
first showed him a mirror, he would
peck at the refection, however as time
went on he ignored it totally. I am not
sure if he thought it was himself in the
mirror, but he certainly did not think it
was another raven.)
At any rate, after the sun gets higher
the light’s angle probably will no longer
allow the cardinal to see its reflection
and in turn will end the window attacks.
This situation is very stressful for the
bird, though, and means the bird has two
fewer hours every day to perform
parental duties.
You can easily solve the problem by
taping some paper to the outside of the
window. It does not have to cover the
whole window, just the bottom 8 inches
or so. That way, the bird can no longer
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Aram Public Library, 404 E. Walworth
Ave., Delavan. Library Hours: Mon. - Thurs.,
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
• LEGO Club - Monday, May 4 and 18
at 4:30 p.m. Give our LEGO blocks a workout building anything from a dinosaur to a
spaceship. Work in teams or individually,
give your creation a name, then see it displayed in the Children’s Library.
• Storytime with Ms. Denise,
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mornings
are for babies and toddlers, afternoons are for
all ages, and both sessions follow these fun
themes: May 6 – Mothers and Children, May
13 – In & Out.
• Knit and Crochet Club, May 4, 11, 20
and 27 at 6 p.m. For all ages and experience
• Tail Waggin’ Tutors, Saturday, May 2 at
10 a.m. Make an appointment to spend time
reading with a trained therapy dog the first
Saturday of each month. Stop at the
Children’s Desk or call (262) 728-3111, ext.
117 to reserve your time slot.
• Adult Craft Night: Paper Lotus
Candlestick, Monday, May 4 from 6 to 7:30
p.m. Celebrate spring with our version of the
lotus blossom folding project. A candle holder and a battery-operated candle finish off the
look. All materials will be supplied and
directions will be available. Registration is
required as space is limited.
• Mother’s Day Masterpiece, Tuesday,
May 5 at 4 p.m. Looking for the perfect gift
for your mom for Mother’s Day? How about
a personalized, handmade work of art?
Homemade gifts are the best. All materials
will be provided.
• Baby to Three, Come Wiggle With Me,
Monday, May 11 at 10 a.m. Words and wiggles go together like peanut butter and jelly
in this special story time/dance party/open
play extravaganza for babies and toddlers.
• Oh, My Aching Back, Monday, May 11
at 6 p.m. Registration is required. Learn
about maintaining back health in this wellness presentation by physical therapist
Meghan Bretl from Mercy Health.
• Wiggly Worms, Tuesday, May 12 at
4:30 p.m. Let’s talk worms! We need your
help introducing our friendly little wigglers to
their new home in the Kinder-Garden. We’ll
learn about worms and what they do for the
soil and plants, read a story, and learn how to
make our very own worm farm at home.
• 1000 Books before Kindergarten. Help
your preschool child acquire learning and literacy skills through exposure to books and a
language-rich early childhood experience.
This program is open-ended, so you can read
at your own pace, year-round.
• Storytime with Ms. Denise,
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Morning
sessions are for babies and toddlers, afternoons are for all-ages.
• Tech Tutorials, Wednesdays from 9:30
to 11 a.m. Registration is required. Baffled by
technology? Sign up for a 45-minute one-onone session with a librarian for assistance
with anything computer related. Bring in your
own device or use one of our computers.
• We also invite you to check out our special carts of sale books on the main level.
New arrivals in hard cover are featured near
the adult services desk for $1, and children
and teen’s books of all sizes, shapes and topics are offered for 50 cents each, or three for
$1 near the elevator on the entrance level.
Barrett Memorial Library, 65 W. Geneva St., Williams Bay. Open Mon. and Wed.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs., Fri. 9 a.m. - 6
p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Check the library’s
also at www.readthebeacon.com
Delavan Alderman Ryan Schroeder reads reads to children attending a National
Library Week event at Aram Public Library.
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new Web site at www.williamsbay. lib.wi.us/
• The Retirement Classroom, Wednesday, April 29, 6 p.m. Discover strategies for
Social Security and retirement Income.
• New book group for teens, Thursday,
April 30, 4 p.m. Stop at the library to pick
from a great selection of teen books.
• Cooking for One or Two, with UWExtension Educator Jenny Wehmeier, Tuesday, May 5, 12-1 p.m. Registration deadline
is Friday, May 1, or when the class has
reached capacity of 16 people.
• The What Are Teen’s Reading? book
group, third Monday of the month at 7 pm.
This group is for parents to read and review
teen books. Stop at the library to choose
from a great selection of YA books.
• Friday Morning Playgroup in the children’s room, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Meet other
families with young kids.
• StoryTimes: Tuesdays 10 a.m. and
Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Crafts to follow. Same
books and craft both days.
• Video Game Tournaments, Fridays at 4
• Lego and Beading Club: Mondays at 4
p.m. Ages 9 and up.
• Movie Showings. Watch our website,
www.williamsbay.lib.wi.us, for upcoming
• Scrabble Club, Wednesdays 10 a.m. noon.
• Knitting Circle, Wednesdays 1-3 p.m.
All skill levels welcome. Take a project to
work on.
• The Saturday Morning Book Group
meets the second Saturday of the month at 10
• Ongoing sale of a great selection of
used books. Browse Barrett for Books.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2452709 or e-mail [email protected]
Brigham Memorial Library, 131 Plain
St., Sharon. Hours: Mon. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.;
Tues. 12-8 p.m.; Wed. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thurs.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat. 9
a.m. - noon. Phone 736-4249.
• Story Time, Wednesdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
A theme will unite a story and a craft.
Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill St.,
Clinton. Hours: Monday and Friday 8:30
a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 a.m.
- 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Phone (608) 676-5569.
• Storytimes at the library, Mondays at
10 a.m. for children 3 to 24 months; Fridays
at 1 a.m. for 2-5-year-olds.
• 55+ Tech Desk. A new technology service offers free help to people 55 and older.
Available every other Thursday. Call to register. Free one-on-one help is available for all
ages by appointment.
• Adult book discussion the fourth
Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Darien Public Library, 47 Park Street,
Darien. Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed
Friday and Sunday. Phone: (262) 882-5155.
Web page: www.darien.lib.wi.us.
• Free Wireless access
• Ten computers for patron use at no cost
• Free library cards
• Book Cub for Adults, third Wednesday
of the month at 5:45 p.m.
• Ongoing library book sale: children’s
books for 25 cents; adult paperback books
for 50 cents; adult hardcover books for $1;
and DVDs for $2.
• Wide selection of magazines, music
CDs and DVDs to check out
• Large selection of children’s joke
books, including Small Critter Joke Book,
Huge Animal Joke Book, Hysterical Dog
Jones, Silly Cat Jones, and Brainless
Birthday Jokes.
East Troy Lions Public Library, 3094
Graydon Ave., East Troy. Hours: Mon. Thurs. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.,
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone 542-6262.
• Story Time, Fridays, 11 a.m., for ages
18 months – 4 years.
• Lego Club, Thursdays at 3 - 4 p.m.
For more information, call 642-6262.
Fontana Public Library, 166 Second
Ave., Fontana. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 8
p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday.
• Happy-to-Be-Here Book Club, third
Thursday of each month, 1 p.m.
• Evening Book Club, third Thursday of
each month, 5:30 p.m., sometimes off-site.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2755107 for more information.
Genoa City Public Library, 126 Freeman St., Genoa City. Hours: Mon. and Wed.
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tues., Thurs. and Fri. 9 a.m.
- 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Story time, Fridays, 10 a.m. for kids
ages 3-5 and siblings.
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• Ongoing book sale. Donations of new
or slightly used books, including children’s
books, may be dropped off at the library.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2796188 or email [email protected] for
more information.
Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W.
Main St., Lake Geneva. Hours: Mon. - Thurs.
9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sat. 9
a.m. - 1 p.m. Phone 249-5299 or visit
www.lakegene va.lib.wi.us.
• Annual meeting will feature Ray
Bradbury biographer Sam Weller. See article
on page 18 for details.
• Play with Science, Tuesday, April 28
from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Children ages 5-11 are
invited to attend a Planting Seeds workshop
in celebration of spring. Librarian Miss Sara
will guide the children as they decorate recycled plastic containers, fill them with soil,
and plant a seed to grow at home. The library
will provide materials and instructions, and
the children will provide the creativity and
ingenuity. No registration is required.
• A new discussion series, “Adult Fans of
Teen Fiction” will premier on Thursday, May
7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The group will be led
by Youth Services Librarian Sara Soukup.
Adults are encouraged to bring their favorite
teen books, share why they love them, and
give book suggestions to other adults interested in reading teen books. Refreshments
will be served, and pre-registration is
requested at the Library’s front desk.
Registrants may also email [email protected]
• Preschool Story Time” every Friday
through May 29 from 9:30-10 a.m. Children
ages 3-5 years are especially encouraged to
attend this half hour reading program, however, families and children of all ages are
also invited. Each week, library staff read
aloud stories that are often based on a seasonal theme. “Preschool Story Time” may
include singing, dancing, and other participatory activities.
• Toddler Time for babies through age 2
every Thursday from 9:30-10 a.m. through
May 28. Toddlers are invited to enjoy stories,
rhymes, songs, and play.
For more information, call the library at
249-5299 or visit the Library Web site, www.
Matheson Memorial Library, 101 N.
Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Open Monday Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 6
p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 7232678.
• Hurry! April is food for fines month
through the 30th Donate up to five nonperishable food items at the circulation desk and
receive up to $5 off your overdue fines. The
donation can’t be used for other fees, such as
lost or damaged items. Limit 5 items per
card. All donations benefit Elkhorn Food
• Getting to know Medicare, Monday,
April 27 at 6 p.m. The Retirement Classroom
will present this class, which is designed to
acquaint current and future Medicare beneficiaries with the four parts of Medicare, as
well as equip them to navigate through the
various insurance options.
• Bee keeping will be the subject of a
program on Saturday, May 16 at 1 p.m.
April and Rick will talk about what it takes to
get starting with beekeeping, including
equipment, costs, where to get bees, and
other basic skills needed. No registration is
required. All are welcome.
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Plan ahead. Look through the calendar to
make advance reservations for events that
require them. Phone numbers are in area
code (262) unless otherwise indicated.
Sunday, April 26
Delavan-Darien High School Lydian
Choir concert, 3 p.m., United Church of
Christ, 123 E. Washington St. Directed by
James Larson, the Lydian choir is a mixed
chorus of the most dedicated singers who
have had previous music experience and also
audition for this musical group.
The program will include “Little Organ
Mass” by Franz Joseph Haydn; M.L.K. U2
arr. Bob Chilcott; “Elenor Rigby” and
“Beyond the Sea.” Joining the choir on
piano and organ is David Bahrke, U.C.C.
church organist. The concert is free and all
are welcome. A free will offering will be
taken for the school music program. Light
refreshments will be served. For information,
call 728-2212, ext. 13.
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torian John Notz about Le Baron Jenney, the
father of the skyscraper. Geneva Lake
Museum, 255 Mill St, in downtown Lake
Geneva. Free to museum members and a
guest, $5 for non-members. Free parking at
the rear of the museum. Call 248-6060 for
Eagles and Osprey in Wisconsin will be
the topic at the Lakeland Audubon Society
meeting, 7 p.m. at the Lions Field House on
Highway 67, north, in Williams Bay. Seth
Fisher, a Wildlife Technician with the
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources,
will give a presentation on these two iconic
birds of prey. He will also discuss the problems with contaminants that affect them.
This program is free and open to the public.
Refreshments will be served before and after
the program.
Spring Salad Luncheon, by the Ladies
Guild of St. Patrick Parish, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
in St. Anthony Hall, the lower level of St.
Patrick’s Church, 107 W. Walworth, Elkhorn.
The cost will be $8 to eat in, $9 for carryouts. Tickets will be sold at the door.
Elkhorn Limber Timbers Square Dance
Club, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Elkhorn Middle
School cafeteria, 627 E. Court St, (Hwy 11)
Elkhorn. Plus Dance, Caller Cirt Braffet,
cuer Ray and Cindy Bishop. For information
call Barb at (608) 883-2017.
BloodCenter of Wisconsin blood drive,
3-7 p.m., First Congregational United
Church of Christ, 624 Park St., Genoa City.
Senior Travel Club of Walworth County,
10-11 a.m. at Como Community Church,
W3901 Palmer Road, Lake Geneva. Isaac
Hart from Edward Jones be will talk about
estate planning. Reservations deadline is
May 1 for June 9 - 12 “Circle Lake Michigan
Featuring Frankenmuth.” Sign up for
Tuesday, July 14 trip, “Ukraine in Chicago,”
a tour at the Ukrainian Museum, Lunch at a
traditional Ukrainian Café, and stop at the
impressive St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic
Church. Reservation deadline is June 5.
July’s Meeting sign up for Door County Trip
September 9-11, deadline August 7. Call
Judy LaBianco, 245-6792 or Nedra Taylor,
642-3452 with questions.
Cinco De Mayo Festival, 5-9:30 p.m.,
Tower Park, downtown Delavan. Arts and
crafts, food vendors, live music.
Bingo at St. Andrew Parish & School,
Delavan, in the school cafeteria. Doors open
at 6 p.m., play begins at 7. Progressive jackpot is $2,125. Free coffee and popcorn.
Other concessions available for purchase.
Cinco De Mayo Festival, 10 a.m. - 8
p.m., Tower Park, downtown Delavan. Food,
arts and crafts, live music, jalapeno eating
and Miss Cinco De Mayo contests 2-3 p.m.
[email protected] welcomes Tammy Dunn,
who will share stories about the 100 year history of Dunn Lumber. Geneva Lake
Museum, 255 Mill St, in downtown Lake
Geneva. Free to museum members and a
guest, $5 for non-members. Free parking at
the rear of the museum. Call 248-6060 for
Walworth County Genealogical Society,
6:30 p.m., Delavan Community Center, 826
E. Geneva St. See article with full details on
page 11.
Award winning musical, “Hello Dolly,”
by Lakeland Players, 7:30 p.m., Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater) in downtown Elkhorn. All
tickets are $14 and may be reserved by calling 728-5578 or 723-4848, by ordering on
line at www.lakeland-players.org, or at the
Elkhorn Chamber Commerce.
Butchers Model Car Club 4H models
project meeting , 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the
Walworth County Fair Grounds Activity
Center, 411 E. Court St. (Hwy. 11), Elkhorn.
Take models for display and projects to work
on. Sale and swap items are also welcome.
The club also hosts the 4H scale models project and young people in the project are
encouraged to attend. Call Keith at 728-1483
or Barry at 248-1075 for more information.
Award winning musical, “Hello Dolly,”
by Lakeland Players, 7:30 p.m., Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater) in downtown Elkhorn. All
tickets are $14 and may be reserved by calling 728-5578 or 723-4848, by ordering on
line at www.lakeland-players.org, or at the
Elkhorn Chamber Commerce.
Award winning musical, “Hello Dolly,”
by Lakeland Players, 3 p.m., Walworth
County Performing Arts Center (former
Sprague Theater) in downtown Elkhorn. All
tickets are $14 and may be reserved by calling 728-5578 or 723-4848, by ordering on
line at www.lakeland-players.org, or at the
Elkhorn Chamber Commerce.
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Geneva Lake Museum is located at 255
Mill St. in downtown Lake Geneva. Hours
starting in May will be: Monday, Tuesday,
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Volunteer work day, every Saturday
from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Kishwauketoe
Nature Preserve, Highway 67, north, Williams Bay. Meet at the main entrance. The
work location will be posted at the kiosk.
Contact Harold at (262) 903-3601 or email
[email protected] to get on the list.
AARP Local 5310, 9:30 a.m. the fourth
Tuesday of every month (except August and
December) at Peoples Bank, 837 N.
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11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
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Wisconsin St. Elkhorn. For information, call
Shirley Grant at 473-2214 or email
[email protected]
American Legion Auxiliary meeting,
6:45 p.m. on the second Monday of each
month at the Legion Hall on Second Street in
Delavan. The group raises money for scholarships and to send gifts at Christmas time
to the servicemen and women that are hospitalized due to injuries while in combat.
Attention horse lovers – Walworth
County Boots and Saddle Club is looking for
new members. Meetings take place at 7 p.m.,
second Saturday of each month for potluck
and to plan events. Sugar Creek Town Hall,
N6641 Co. Road H, Elkhorn. Call Fred
Campisano, 716-6355 for more information.
OFA-LG, meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth
Monday of each month at Caribou Coffee in
Lake Geneva. Come join us for discussion
and updates on the happenings in
Washington, D.C.
Southern Lakes Masonic Lodge #12,
1007 S. 2nd St., Delavan. Stated meetings
are second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m.
Geneva Masonic Lodge #44, 335 Lake
Shore Dr., Lake Geneva. Regularly stated
meetings, second and fourth Tuesdays, 7:30
p.m. 725-3062.
Ice Age Trail Alliance, monthly meeting,
third Tuesday of each month 7 p.m. at U.S.
Bank, Elkhorn (Downstairs in the community
meeting room, enter at the back door).
Home-brew Club, 7 - 9 p.m., Lake
Geneva Brewing Emporium, 640 W. Main
Street, Lake Geneva, meets the third
Wednesday of every month. Call 729-4005
for more information.
Bingo, second and fourth Thursday of
the month at the Delavan American Legion
hall, 111 S. 2nd St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,
a 15-game session begins at 6:30.
Progressive session follows. $1 face, progressive pot grows until it is won. $100 consolation prize.
Bingo, St. Francis de Sales Church, 148
W. Main Street, Lake Geneva. First and
Third Wednesdays of the month. Doors open
at 5:30, bingo starts 7. Refreshments available. Games include 50/50, Pull Tabs,
Progressive. For info call Mary or Bill
Gronke at (847) 840-8878.
Bingo, 1 p.m., Sunday, March 22, Elks
Lodge, 627 S. Second St., Delavan.
Progressive game. Call 728-9820 for information.
Civil Air Patrol, Walco Composite
Squadron, meets every Thursday from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. at the Elkhorn National Guard
Armory, 401 East Fair St., Elkhorn. Visit
www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ or call Maj.
Robert Thomas at (262) 642-7541.
Authors Echo Writers group meeting, 7
p.m., first and third Tuesday of every month,
Grace Church, 257 Kendall St., Burlington.
Call Frank Koneska at 534-6236.
Yerkes Observatory, 373 W. Geneva St.,
Williams Bay. The observatory offers free,
45-minute tours, Saturdays, 10 a.m., 11 a.m.
and noon as well as night sky observations
for a fee of $25. Visitors may also view the
Quester Museum, which covers some of the
observatory’s history. For more information,
call 245-5555 or e-mail [email protected]
Cards and games, Mondays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Darien Senior Center, 47 Park St., Darien.
Call 882-3774.
Thursday Senior Card Club, 11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m., Matheson Memorial Library
Community Room, Elkhorn. Bridge, 500 or
bring your own group. Call Judy at 723-1934
or Liz at 723-5036 for more information.
Bridge - every Tuesday, 12:30-3:30 p.m.,
Lake Geneva City Hall kitchen. Call 2483536 for more information.
Mercy Walworth Grief Support Group
provides comfort, guidance and stability in
times of loss. Experts in the field of grief
counseling provide their expertise and compassion when healing is needed. The group
meets on the third Tuesday of every month, 6
p.m. in the lower level community education
rooms at Mercy Walworth Hospital and
Medical Center, highways 50 and 67 in the
Town of Geneva. For more information or to
reserve a spot in the next meeting, call (888)
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Delavan to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Musicians and singers of all ages from throughout southeastern Wisconsin
will perform Handelʼs Messiah at 7 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Elkhorn High School. This is
the Masterpiece Choraleʼs 30th season.
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Masterpiece Chorale to
present Handel’s Messiah
Music lovers will be able to experience the uplifting music of George
Frederic Handel’s Messiah in a performance by the Southern Lakes Masterpiece
Chorale. The performance will mark the
Chorale’s 30th year, and a return to the
first piece the group performed. The audience will enjoy the voices of 60 choral
singers and four professional soloists,
accompanied by an orchestra of experienced musicians, as they savor the timeless message contained in the oratorio.
Handel composed Messiah in an
interlude of somewhere between three
and four weeks, writing from morning
till night in August and September,
1741. The text was prepared in July
librettist, Charles Jennens, drawing from
the King James version of the Bible with
passages primarily from Isaiah, but also
from the New Testament books of
Matthew, Luke, John, Hebrews, First
Corinthians and Revelations.
Other Handel oratorios had strong
plots anchored by dramatic confrontations between leading characters. But
Messiah offered the loosest of narratives: the first part prophesied the birth
of Jesus Christ; the second exalted his
sacrifice for humankind; and the final
section heralded his Resurrection.
This performance of Messiah will be
directed by Richard Severing, who
founded the Chorale with his wife,
Marie, who will be the featured soprano
soloist. Other soloists will be Brian
Leeper, baritone, Sarah Leuwereke, contralto and Alex Gmeinder, tenor. The
orchestra is made up of musicians from
around southeastern Wisconsin.
The performance will take place at 7
p.m., Friday, May 1, in the James
Wehner Auditorium of the Elkhorn Area
High School, 482 East Geneva Street,
Elkhorn. Tickets are $12 in advance and
$15 at the door. For tickets, see a Chorale
member, or call (608) 741-5074 to
reserve tickets or for group ticket sales.
Taking License
Delavan will celebrate its 14th annual Cinco De Mayo Festival on Friday,
May 1 and Saturday, May 2. This is a
festival celebrated by many MexicanAmericans across the United States. It is
a day of cultural pride that commemorates the unlikely victory of an outnumbered Mexican Army over the French
occupying forces in the state of Puebla
on May 5, 1862. In the State of Puebla it
is known as El Dia de la Batalla de
Puebla, or the day of the battle of
Puebla. It is not the true independence
day of Mexico, which is September 16,
but is a time to come together as a community and celebrate freedom and share
our culture and traditions with everyone.
This year’s festival in Delavan’s
downtown Tower Park will feature arts,
crafts and food venders featuring many
delicious traditional Mexican foods. The
festival kicks off this year on Friday
May 1 with D.J. Avila Boys at 5 p.m.
Adrian Avila will take the stage at 6, followed by Los Hermano’s Vela at 7.
Friday’s events will end at 9:30.
Saturday’s entertainment will begin
at 10 a.m. with DJ Tejano Bad Boy
Eddie Cruz followed by more live music
at 11 featuring Mariachi performers. The
Delavan Flying Dragons will present a
[traditional Mexican] Tae Kwon Do
demonstration at noon. The dance group
Los Chilangos will be featured at 1 p.m.,
followed by the Cinco de Mayo Queen
crowning and the Jalapeño eating contest from 2-3 p.m.
Conjunto TMV will entertain from
3-5, followed by Lizvette Duran.
Rounding out the entertainment will be
Groupo Bien.
The event will run from 10 a.m. - 8
p.m. and all funds raised will go to support next year’s festival and a scholarship to be offered to a graduating student
at Delavan Darien High School.
Traditional dancers are a feature of Delavanʼs Cinco de Mayo celebration.
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Trans p o rt at i o n
Corvette Z06: Power, perks and an intoxicating roar
By David Undercoffler
Los A ngeles Times
Ignore the part about zero to 60 in
2.95 seconds. Instead, check out the
The new Corvette Z06 starts at
$80,000. Fully loaded, it costs $110,000.
That’s a lot. But because this 650horsepower Vette is packed with power
and perks, and has the chops to keep up
with and even beat McLarens,
Lamborghinis and Ferraris, it ranks
among the best values in production cars
on the market today.
“We decided to go whole hog and
give people what they really wanted in
the car, in whatever way they wanted it,”
said Tadge Juechter, chief engineer for
the Corvette.
All versions of the current-generation Corvette have an aluminum frame
that is lighter and stiffer than their predecessors’. This allowed Chevy to let a
little sunshine into the cabin. A Z06 convertible is available for the first time,
and all Z06s now come with the same
standard removable roof panel as other
An optional eight-speed automatic
transmission with paddle shifters is
another first for the Z06. Current owners
were “screaming” for an automatic in
the Z06, according to one GM transmission engineer. For $1,725 extra, they can
now get one.
On paper, a pure automatic puts the
Z06 at a potential disadvantage since
nearly all its competitors offer a more
sophisticated dual-clutch gearbox.
But on the track this transmission
The 650-horsepower Corvette Z06 is packed with power and perks, and it has
the chops to keep up with and even beat McLarens, Lamborghinis and Ferraris.
(Jerome Adamstein/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
proved its worth. We tested all varieties
of the Z06 at the Spring Mountain
Motorsports Ranch track, an hour outside Las Vegas. All our fastest laps of the
day were in cars with the self-shifting
gearbox. Shifts were immediate and
smartly timed, and the software was
smart enough to know when to hold a
gear rather than upshift.
This gearbox also earns its keep in
straight-line acceleration. This is the
first front-engined, rear-wheel-drive
production car in the world to do zero to
60 mph in less than three seconds,
Chevy says. The seven-speed manual
transmission takes 3.2 seconds.
That doesn’t mean the standard sevenspeed manual should be ignored. Revmatched downshifts (which can be turned
off) make novices sound like pros. The
clutch isn’t too heavy to work in freeway
traffic, and the shifter has a firm, meaty
feel to go with the massive horsepower.
The car’s odd name is steeped in racing lore. General Motors first used Z06
in 1963 as the code well-informed buyers could specify on their order sheet to
buy a race-ready Corvette.
This was Chevy’s way of getting
around a ban by the Sports Car Club of
America against factory-sponsored auto
racing. Customers could simply check
one box on the order sheet and get a
Corvette fitted with all the race parts that
a factory-sponsored car would have _
but for the ban.
A couple of decades later, Chevy resurrected the Z06 name for a track-oriented (but street legal) version of the fifthgeneration Corvette in 2001.
This year’s Z06 is powered by an
all-new 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8
engine. Lurking underneath the Z06’s
bulging, ventilated hood, it makes 650
horsepower and 650 pound-feet of
torque. That’s a jump of 145 horsepower and 180 pound-feet from the outgoing model’s 7.0-liter V-8.
The engine also packs fuel-saving
technologies such as cylinder deactivation and direct injection that help it
achieve a fuel economy rating of 22 mpg
on the highway.
Yet the sound and the fury of this
engine are so intoxicating, few buyers
will hit that number. During a week of
testing a Z06 with a manual transmission, we averaged 13 mpg overall.
The Z06 fires up with a quick roar
before settling down into a low, masculine burble. Even when idling, it’s a
beast, evoking the spirit of yesterday’s
muscle cars _ when men were men and
cars were tested not by Consumer
Reports but at the drag strip.
That roar returns when the driver mashes the gas pedal and hangs on.
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As fast as it looks, the 650-horsepower Corvette Z06 is the first front-engined,
rear-wheel-drive production car in the world to do zero to 60 mph in less than three
seconds. The seven-speed manual transmission takes 3.2 seconds. And it will deliver
22 mpg on the highway, 13 mpg overall.
Continued from page 24
It’s a big car, and the front-engine
setup also means the driver needs to be a
little more deliberate when carving
through turns than in a mid-engine
Chevy worked hard on this car’s
aerodynamics, and to great effect. It carries speed through turns with superb grip
and stability. The automaker offers two
optional packages that use spoilers and
front splitters below the bumper to
increase down force.
The more extreme of the two is the
Z07 package. At $7,995, this is a tip-totail suite of upgrades that includes carbon-ceramic
Michelin tires and a stiffer suspension.
Even Chevy admitted that this model
will be a lot happier on the track than in
daily driving.
The Z06 has few flaws. The steering
could use more feedback from the road,
especially considering the rest of the
car’s abilities. The non-carbon ceramic
brakes on the car we tested on the road
faded during hard driving.
The cabin in this generation of
Corvette offers plenty of comfortable
room for two adults of any size. But
while that’s acceptable for the base
model Corvettes, once you start spend-
ing Z06 money, it’s not on par with the
refinement and quality of other cars in
that price range.
But these are just footnotes.
The 2015 Corvette is mean, visceral
and thrilling. It’s hard to put a price on
just how much fun this car is to drive.
Maybe $80,000 is a good place to start.
2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Coupe
Our take: Silly speed without spending funny money
Highs: Unholy acceleration, trackready grip and handling, the cheapest of
the supercars
Lows: Steering needs more feedback, car’s performance settings should
be configurable, interior lacks $80,000
Vehicle type: Two-door sports car
Base price: $79,995
Price as tested: $85,565
Powertrain: Supercharged, directinjected 6.2-liter V-8 engine, rear-wheel
Transmission: Seven-speed manual
with rev-matching
Horsepower: 650
Torque: 650 pound-feet
Zero to 60 mph: 3.2 seconds, according to Chevrolet
EPA fuel economy rating: 15 mpg
city; 22 mpg highway
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care for those who have experienced a stroke
as well as their caregivers. The group meets
on the second Tuesday of every month at 2
p.m. in the lower level community education
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Cancer Support Group meets in the
church at Chapel on the Hill, 4 miles west of
Lake Geneva on Highway 50, the third
Friday of the month at 3 p.m. For more information, or to receive answers to questions,
call Lou Kowbel at (847) 922-5461.
Alcoholics Anonymous Walworth
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Alanon self help program, 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, VIP building, 816 E. Geneva St.,
across from Elkhorn High School in Elkhorn.
Mindfulness and Loving kindness
Meditation each Thursday, 7-8 p.m., at
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for adults with insulin or non-insulin dependent diabetes and their family/support person.
The purpose is to provide support and education to the person with diabetes to help manage this chronic disease. The group is facilitated by a registered nurse. Call the diabetic
educator at 741-2821.
Breast Cancer Support Group meets the
first Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m. at
Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Highway
NN, Elkhorn. The group addresses the fears
and adjustments faced by women with breast
cancer. It encourages participants to develop
a positive attitude about the future and discuss common concerns after being treated for
breast cancer. Contact Leann Kuhlemeyer at
741-2677 for more information.
Stroke Support Group provides emotional support through opportunities to interact
with others who have experienced stroke.
Informational programs will also be provided
on topics related to stroke/brain attack. The
group welcomes individuals newly diagnosed
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friends and caregivers are also encouraged to
join. The group meets the third Monday of
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Positano at 741-2402 for further information.
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W4051 County Road NN, Elkhorn. The
screenings are open to all. Contact the Health
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Free blood pressure screening, last
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Narcotics Anonymous meetings in the
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White River Cycle Club, 7 p.m., VIP
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Tuesday of each month. Contact Mike Lange
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Lake Geneva Alzheimer’s support group,
6:30 p.m., third Wednesday of the month.
Arbor Village of Geneva Crossing, 201
Townline Road, Lake Geneva. Call Andy
Kerwin at 248-4558.
Alzheimer's/Dementia support group,
third Wednesday of the month at 4 p.m.,
Delavan Community Bank Community
Center located at 826 E. Geneva Street in
Delavan. Call Bob Holland at 472-0958 or
Arlene Torrenga at 728-6393 with questions.
Alzheimer’s Support Group, first
Thursday of the month, 1:30 p.m.,
Hearthstone/Fairhaven, 426 W. North Street,
Whitewater. Facilitators: Janet Hardt,
Darlene Zeise, 473-8052. Respite care is
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Parkinson’s Disease support group, 1
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Contact Julie Hollenbeck, 431-4772, or by
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Huntington’s Disease Support Group for
anyone affected by Huntington’s Disease,
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Harbor of Hope grief support group, first
Thursday of each month, 3 - 4:30 p.m.,
Aurora VNA of Wisconsin, 500 Interchange
North, Lake Geneva. 249-5860.
NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental
Illness, Support Group, first and third
Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Health and
Human Services building on Co. NN,
Elkhorn. Call 495-2439 for more info.
Families Anonymous (FA), a 12-Step,
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abuse or behavioral problems of a loved one,
meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at the
First Congregational United Church of
Christ, 76 S. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Enter
through the double glass doors on W. Geneva
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parking lot west of the church. Additional
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Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS),
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Contact Marilyn Wilkins at 249-0304.
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• Once in a while, while remembering my childhood, I recall my father
having to get up on a cold winter morning to go down into the basement and
get the fire started in the furnace. I am
exceedingly glad that we now have automatic furnaces (as well as central air
conditioning) and programmable thermostats. I enjoy being spoiled.
Bryson writes that a typical stove
(heating and/or cooking) in 1899 burned
some 300 pounds of coal in a week, produced 27 pounds of ash and required
three hours and eleven minutes of attention.
Nearly every room in every house
had open flames at least some of the
time, and nearly every house was fabulously combustible, since almost everything within or on it, from straw beds to
thatched roofs was a fuel in waiting.
to reduce dangers at night, people
covered fires with a kind of domed lid
called a coverfeu (from which comes the
word curfew).
• The most famous urban fire in history [at least for those in England] is
almost certainly the Great Fire of
London of 1666, which began as a small
fire in a bakery and quickly spread until
it was half a mile across. It consumed
13,200 houses and 140 churches. But the
fire of 1666 was actually the second
great fire of London. A fire in 1212 was
far more devastating and deadly, claiming 12,000 lives (versus five people
killed in the 1666 fire, as far as is
known). For 454 years, the fire of 1212
was known as the Great Fire of London.
It really still ought to be.
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• For the first few years after the
introduction of electricity, no one
thought of plugs and sockets, so any
electrical appliances had to be wired
directly into the system. When sockets
did finally come into use, around the
turn of the century, they were available
only as part of overhead light fittings,
which meant having to stand on a chair
or stepladder to plug in any early appliance. Wall sockets soon followed, but
weren’t always terribly reliable. Early
ones reportedly tended to crackle and
smoke, and sometimes shot out sparks.
• Most school children learn about
the terrible toll scurvy took on sailors
during the great voyages of exploration.
It has been suggested that as many as 2
million sailors died of it between 1500
and 1850. Typically, scurvy killed about
half the crew on any long voyage. Over
time, people noticed that sailors with
scurvy tended to recover when they got
to a port and received fresh foods, but
nobody could agree what it was about
those foods that helped them.
It fell to the great Captain James
A Victorian gas streetlamp provided
Cook to get matters onto the right
about the same illumination as a modern
course. On his circumnavigation of the
25 watt bulb.
(John Jakle)
globe in 1768-71, Cook packed a range
of antiscorbutics to experiment on,
nearly as effective as lemon juice.
including 30 gallons of carrot mar• In 1599, exasperated by the rising
malade and a hundred pounds of sauercost
of pepper, British merchants formed
kraut for every crew member. Not one
the British East India Company with a
person died from scurvy on his voyage –
view to getting a piece of the market for
a miracle that made him as much a
themselves. But the British never had
national hero as his discovery of
much success in the East Indies, and in
Australia. The British navy took another
1667, in the Treaty of Breda, they ceded
generation before it began providing citall claims to the region to the Dutch in
rus juice to sailors as a matter of routine.
return for a small piece of land of no
The Naval Board used lime juice rather
great significance in North America. The
than lemon juice because it was cheaper,
piece of land was called Manhattan.
which is why British sailors became
• The British always loved sugar, so
known as limeys. Lime juice wasn’t
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much so that when they first got access
to it, about the time of Henry VIII, they
put it on or in almost everything from
eggs to meat to wine. They scooped it
onto potatoes, sprinkled it over greens
and ate it straight off the spoon if they
could afford to. Even though sugar was
very expensive, people consumed it till
their teeth turned black, and if their teeth
didn’t turn black naturally, they blackened them artificially to show how
wealthy and marvelously self-indulgent
they were.
Britons today eat 80 pounds of sugar
per person per year, while Americans
pack away a decidedly robust 126
pounds per head.
• As the distance between breakfast
and dinner widened, it became necessary to create a smaller meal around the
middle of the day, for which the word
luncheon was coined. Luncheon originally signified a lump or portion (as in
“a luncheon of cheese”). In that sense it
was first recorded in English in 1580. In
1755, Samuel Johnson was still defining
it as a quantity of food – “as much food
as one’s hand can hold.”
If you aren’t asleep by now, you may
be as interested in this kind of trivia as I
am. In that case, I urge you to buy Bill
Bryson’s book, “At Home,” or many of
his other works, including “One
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“Note From A Big Country,” and “Notes
From a Small Island.” For those who
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recommend his memoir, “The Life and
Times of the Thunderbolt Kid,” and his
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A woman got into bed
clutching a duck under her
arm. As she pulled the
blanket over herself she
said, “this is the pig I’m
sleeping with.”
Her husband looked at
her and said, “That’s not a
pig, it’s a duck.”
The woman replied, “I
think you’ll find I was
talking to the duck.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
How many roads must
a man travel down before
he admits he is lost?
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A child is growing up
when he stops asking
where it came from and
refuses to tell you where
he’s going.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A woman walked into a
bar that had a sign that
said, “For Men Only.”
“I’m sorry, ma'am,”
said the bartender, “We
only serve men in here.”
“That’s OK,” she said.
“I’ll take two.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
My uncle was a drunk
who worked at an upholstery shop. He was a
recovering alcoholic.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Pat got a call from his
friend Mick.
“I’ve got a problem,”
said Mick. “I’ve bought
this jigsaw puzzle, but it’s
just too hard. None of the
pieces fit together and I
can’t find any edges.”
“What’s the picture
of?” asked Pat.
“It’s a picture of a big
rooster,” said Mick. “All
right,” said Pat, “I’ll come
over and have a look.”
He went over to Mick’s
house and went into the
kitchen where the jigsaw
puzzle was laid out on the
table. Pat looked at the
jigsaw, frowned, turned to
Mick and said, “For pete’s
sake, Mick, put the cornflakes back in the box!”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A very zealous soulwinning young preacher
came upon a farmer working in his field. Being concerned about the farmer’s
soul, the preacher asked
the man, “Are you laboring in the vineyard of the
Lord, my good man?”
Not even looking at the
preacher and continuing
his work, the farmer
replied, “Naw, these are
“You don’t understand,” said the preacher.
“Are you a Christian?”
With the same amount
of interest as his previous
answer, the farmer said,
“Nope, my name is Jones.
You must be lookin’ for
Jim Christian. He lives a
mile south of here.”
preacher tried again, asking the farmer, “Are you
“Naw! I’ve lived here
all my life,” answered the
“Are you prepared for
the resurrection”?” the
frustrated preacher persevered.
farmer’s attention and he
asked, “When’s it gonna
accomplished something,
replied, “It could be today,
tomorrow, or the next
Taking a handkerchief
from his back pocket and
wiping his brow, the
farmer said, “Well, please
don’t mention it to my
wife. She don’t get out
much and she’ll wanna go
all three days.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
If Stephen Spielberg
makes a sequel to “ET,”
will he call it “ETC”?
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
A man walked into a
tea shop in London and
said, “Waiter, I’d like a
cup of tea without cream,
“I’m afraid we’re out
of cream,” replied the
water. “Would you like it
without milk?”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Just as a surgeon was
finishing an operation, the
patient woke up, sat up
and demanded to know
what was going on.
“I’m about to close,”
said the surgeon.
The patient grabbed his
hand and said, “Oh no
you’re not! I’ll close my
own incision.”
Whereupon the doctor
handed him the needle
and said, “Suture self.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
I’m not saying my
cousin is slow, but it takes
him about two hours to
watch “60 Minutes.”
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Three weeks after her
wedding day, Daphne
“Mom,” she wailed,
“John and I had a dreadful
“Calm down,” said her
mom, “it’s not half as bad
as you think. Every marriage has to have its first
“I know, I know,” said
Daphne, “but what am I
going to do with the body?”
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My grandfather always
said, “Don’t watch your
So one day while I was
watching my health,
someone stole my money.
It was my grandfather.
Jackie Mason
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Poor old Bob sent his
photograph off to a lonely
hearts club. They said it
back with a note that said
they weren’t that lonely.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Sign on a church bulletin board: You aren’t too
bad to come in. You aren’t
good enough to stay out.
☺ ☺ ☺ ☺
Those who live by the
sword get shot by those
who don’t.
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Mr. Boffo
by Joe Martin
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by Jim Davis
April 24, 2015
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Mr. Boffo by Joe Martin
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Willy and Ethel
by Joe Martin
April 24, 2015 — 29
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April 24, 2015
F uN a nd G a m eS
Crossword Clues
1 Cathedral area
5 Tons
10 Reps: Abbr.
14 Garden center supply
15 Dot in the ocean
16 Circus performer?
17 Tune
18 Thin, decorative metal
20 What a 63-Across may speak
21 The last Mrs. Chaplin
22 Grand Rapids-to-Detroit dir.
23 Gets married
27 This, to Michelle
28 Morose
29 Geometric suffix
30 Like potato chips
32 Lulus
36 Mass transit carrier
37 Dangerous things to risk
39 Retirement destination?
40 Wimps
41 Underworld group
43 Printer’s widths
44 Cookie container
47 Renoir output
48 Equestrian’s supply box
53 Spoil
54 Alabama, but not Kansas?
55 “Picnic” playwright
56 One, to one, e.g.
60 “Ain’t Misbehavin’” Tony winner
61 Throw hard
62 Hero’s quality
63 Hebrides native
64 Desires
65 Burning desire?
66 Chop __: Chinese American dish
All puzzle
answers are on
page 23.
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Can You Spot It?
Goren on Bridge with Bob Jones
Both vulnerable. South deals.
♠ K, 7, 6, 4, 2
❤ 5
♦ 10, 7, 6, 3
♣ 8, 5, 4
♠ 10, 9, 8, 3
❤ K, J, 8, 2
♦ J, 4
♣ 7, 3
1 Valuables
2 Illinois city that symbolizes Middle
3 Had a hunch
4 Barely beats
5 Member of the fam
6 CBS drama with two spin-offs
7 “Everything’s fine”
8 Exeter’s county
9 Dictation whiz
10 The K.C. Chiefs represented it in
Super Bowl I
11 High school choral group
12 Dollhouse cups, saucers, etc.
13 Protected condition
19 Pied Piper followers
24 End-of-the-workweek cry
25 Pebble Beach’s 18
26 China’s Zhou __
31 SALT concerns
32 “__ say something wrong?”
33 Elected ones
34 ‘50s automotive failure
35 Goo
37 There’s a lane for one at many intersections
38 Superlative suffix
39 Like Bach’s music
41 Boggy
42 Solar system sci.
44 Alaskan capital
45 “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”
46 “I Believe I Can Fly” singer
49 Stadium
50 More desperate, as circumstances
51 Some portals
52 Adornments for noses and toes
57 Gore and Green
58 Lacto-__ vegetarian
59 Years in a decade
♠ 5
❤ Q, 9, 7, 6, 4
♦ 9, 8, 2
♣ A, 9, 6, 2
♠ A, Q, J
❤ A, 10, 3
♦ A, Q, 5
♣ K, Q, J, 10
The bidding:
*Transfer, five or more spades
Opening lead: 10 of ♠
South won the opening spade lead in
♦ ♣
hand and cashed two more high trumps, noting the poor split. He reasoned that, if he
ruffed a heart to draw the last trump, the
opponents would be able to cash enough
hearts to defeat him when they won the ace
of clubs.
Declarer decided to play on clubs immediately. East ducked the first club, won the
second, and gave West a club ruff. West exited with a heart and South had to rely on the
diamond finesse. Down one.
Declarer was certainly unlucky, but he
could have made his contract. Can you spot
South could have prevailed by leading a
low heart from his hand at trick four! East
can win and shift to a diamond, but South
ducks and allows West to win his jack. No
return by West matters, but say he shifts to a
heart. South ruffs in dummy and draws the
last trump, discarding the queen of diamonds
from hand. Declarer is now out of trumps but
he has retained first-round control in both red
suits. He can safely knock out the ace of
clubs at this point and claim his contract!
(Bob Jones welcome readers responses
sent in care of Tribune Content Agency,
LLC., 16650 Westgrove Dr., Suite 175,
Addison, TX 75001. E-mail responses may
be sent to [email protected])
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Complete the grid so that each row, column and 3x3 box (in bold
borders) contains every digit, from 1 to 9.
A group of students are engrossed in their cell phones while they wait to have
their class picture taken. Could they be taking selfies?
(Photo furnished)
The Beacon
Library Notes
(Continued from page 22)
• The library hosts two book clubs per
month. The Page Turners meet on the first
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. and the
Afternoon Book Club meets on the third
Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. You can
check out a copy of the book club selection
3-4 weeks prior to the book club meeting. All
meetings are held at the library and are facilitated by staff librarians.
• Story times are about 30 minutes and are
filled with books, songs and more. Each week
will bring something new. No registration
required. Toddlers on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and
11 a.m.; Books n Babies on Thursday at 10
a.m.; Preschool age on Wednesday at 10 a.m.;
and Tiny Tots 2nd and 4th Monday at 6:30
p.m. We Explore, ages 3+, Friday 10 a.m.
• Slipped Stitches, every Wednesday, 68 p.m. in the Youth Services story room. A
group for anyone who does some sort of
stitching: knitting, crocheting, needlepoint,
tatting etc.
• The Lego Building Club for all ages
meets every other Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in
the community center. Each meeting will
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feature a different building theme. Creations
will be displayed in the library and online.
Lego donations greatly appreciated.
• Messy Art Club, alternate Thursdays
from the Lego Building Club at 3:30 p.m.
• The Walworth County Genealogical
Society Library is open Tuesdays from 10
a.m – 3 p.m. and by appointment, which can
be made by calling the WCGS librarian at
215-0118. Note: It will be open from 1-6
p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, instead of the regular time. This is a one-time change. Regular
hours will resume on Tuesday, May 5. The
WCGS Library is also open the third
Saturday of the month or by appointment.A
board member will always be there to render
assistance if needed. To obtain membership
information or find literature regarding
Walworth County, visit walworthcgs.com.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 7232678 or visit www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us for
Twin Lakes Community Library, 110 S.
Lake Ave., Twin Lakes. 877-4281. Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. -8 p.m., Thurs.
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday – Sunday 12-4 p.m.
• Books and Boogie, Family/Preschool
(2 1/2 - 5 years), Thursdays 10:30-11 a.m.,
May 7, 21. Registration appreciated, but
drop-ins welcome. Bounce on in for Books
& Boogie. Play our rhythm instruments,
dance to music, and hear lively tales.
• Wee Reads, Fridays 10:30-11 a.m.
Registration appreciated but drop-ins welcome. Learn pre-reading skills the fun way.
A lap-sit program designed just for babies 0
– 2 years with plenty of activities including:
stories, songs, bubbles, scarves, and parachute play.
• Storytime for pre-schoolers age 2 1/2-5,
Thursday, April 30, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Registration appreciated, but drop-ins welcome. Develop listening and language skills
while enjoying books, storytelling, puppetry,
and crafts.
• Lego Club for kids age 5-12, Saturday
1-3 p.m., May 9. No registration. The library
will provide the Legos, while the kids provide the imagination. All materials must stay
at the library, so take a camera to capture
your adventures. Please leave Legos at home
so you don’t lose your favorite pie-ces.
• Books and
Blankies, Tuesday,
April 28, 6:30-7
p.m., Family/All
ages. Registration
appreciated, drop
April 24, 2015 — 31
ins welcome. Come to the library for bedtime
stories, songs, and lots of fun. Stuffed friends
are also encouraged to attend.
Walworth Memorial Library, now located in the West Garden Plaza in Walworth.
Open Mon. and Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tues.,
Thurs., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Now offering wireless Internet service.
• Knitting and crocheting classes,
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Call for details.
• Preschool Story Hour, Fridays, 9:45 –
10:30 a.m., for preschool-age children infant
to age 5 and their caregivers. The hour will
include stories, snacks, crafts and more.
• Children’s story hour, kindergarten
through grade 3, Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30.
• Book Club for adults, third Saturday of
each month, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
All programs are free and open to the
public unless otherwise indicated. Call 2756322 for more information.
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Downtown Delavan’s 14th Annual
Friday, May 1 • 5:00-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 • 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Tower Park • Downtown Delavan
836 Main Street, Lake Geneva, WI
(262) 903-9233
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NMLS ID: 746105
Saturday, May 2
Tejano Band
Happy Hour 3:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. Daily ALSO HAVING BUCKET NIGHT
3552 State Rd. 50, Delavan, WI
(262) 725-7725
Call 262-729-6755
2:00-3:00 p.m.
(262) 740-1880
Bill Leith
102 N. Wisconsin Street
Elkhorn, WI
Leith & Associates
email: [email protected]
Feliz Cinco de Mayo
Tiny Twos • Pre-Ballet • Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Modern
• Lyrical • Hip Hop • Pointe • Piano • Drums • Voice
1013 ANN ST., DELAVAN • (262) 728-3017
[email protected]
“Just the place to land”
And Do Not Forget
To Visit
And Shop
The Many
Downtown Delavan
That Help Support
This Event.
y su onda tejana
103 N. 2nd Street Dela- 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
(262) 812-9137
9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
100’s of Hot Sauces to Choose From
120 Broad Street, Lake Geneva
Mon. 10-3; Tues.-Sat. 10-5
212 N. Main St. Walworth
262 - 275-8221
Signs & Designs
of All Kinds
Check Our Website For Availability
Open All Year ‘Round
130 Kenosha Street
Walworth, WI
(262) 275-2854
Time to come
together as a
community and
celebrate freedom
and share our
culture and traditions
with everyone!
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