When Joe Schaefer of Lyons was re-elected as a Walworth County Board supervisor April 5, he earned the distinction of the longest continuous-serving board member in the county’s history at 42 years.
Schaefer, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 11 at the St. Luke Medical Center in Milwaukee.
A Vietnam veteran and a Burlington, Wisconsin native, Schaefer also was the longtime owner of Ye Olde Hotel, a tavern, restaurant and landmark in the small town of Lyons.
Schaefer was profiled in Walworth County Sunday in April 2016, shortly after his re-election to the Walworth County Board, where he served District 2. In the story, he talked about his service to the board, his restaurant and family: http://www.communityshoppers.com/item/2121-42-years-and-counting-joe-schaefer-continues-family-legacy
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1540 Mill St., Lyons.
Read his obituary: https://secure.funeralhomehosting.com/hla/notices/Joseph-Schaefer
TOWN OF WHITEWATER—Two men were hospitalized—one in critical condition—after a car collided with a semi-tractor on U.S. Highway 12 in the town of Whitewater Wednesday morning, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.
Ryan Gellings, 21, of Whitewater was taken to an area trauma center in critical condition. Marc Tracy, 43, of Carpentersville, Illinois, was transported to an area trauma center with moderate injuries.
At 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Walworth County Sheriff’s deputies, City of Whitewater police, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater police and Whitewater Fire and Rescue units received reports of a semi versus car head-on crash at the Highway 12 bypass, just east of the S. Wisconsin Street overpass in the town of Whitewater.
Emergency responders found a green 1997 BMW with extensive front end damage on the eastbound shoulder of the highway. A 2012 Volvo semi-tractor with an attached tanker trailer was in the southbound ditch. Debris was scattered across the road.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Gellings was driving the BMW eastbound on Highway 12 when his car crossed the center line. The semi, driven by Tracy, was westbound on Highway 12 and swerved to the right to avoid the collision. Both vehicles collided head on in the westbound lane.
The drivers were the only occupants of each of their vehicles.
Highway 12 was closed for about 6 hours in the Whitewater area for investigation and cleanup, according to the release.
The crash remains under investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Team and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Agencies who responded to this scene include Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, City of Whitewater Police Department, University of Wisconsin Whitewater Police Department, Whitewater Fire and Rescue, Wisconsin DOT, Wisconsin State Patrol, Walworth County Department of Public Works.
A woman was seriously injured and a man arrested Monday after a methamphetamine cook ignited at a Lake Geneva hotel, according to a news release from the Lake Geneva Police Department.
Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael S. Rasmussen said officers responded to a call for an activated fire alarm at The Cove, 111 Center St., about 3:14 a.m. Monday. While on the way, police received a second call to assist a woman yelling for help at the Mill Creek Hotel, 123 Center St., just north of The Cove.
Responding officers determined the woman at the Mill Creek Hotel had been burned inside a room at The Cove, left the room and headed for the other hotel seeking help.
The woman, who was not identified in the release, was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee and is in serious condition.
An investigation revealed a meth cook ignited the room at the cove, according to the release.
Police said guests were evacuated from the area and the scene was secured.
Officers arrested Patrick M. McBean, 50, of Lake Geneva, a second occupant in the room at The Cove.
Charges for possession of methamphetamine waste product, possession of drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine manufacturing and bail jumping have been referred to the Walworth County District Attorney’s office, according to the release.
Two City of Lake Geneva Police Department officers, two Walworth County deputies, a Lake Geneva firefighter and a security officer for The Cove were treated for smoke inhalation at Lakeland Medical Center in Elkhorn and released.
The City of Lake Geneva Police Department was assisted by the City of Lake Geneva Fire/EMS Departments, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Town of Linn Police Department, Racine County Hazardous Material Team, Walworth County Public Health and the City of Lake Geneva Public Works Department.
Literature Lady Chris Brookes will portray Lady Anne Bacon in her program “An Elizabethan Experience” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Lake Geneva Public Library.
During her costumed performance, Brookes will capture the essence of what it was like to be a Renaissance courtier and will bring to life the times of William Shakespeare and his queen, 400 years after his death.
The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library. Brookes will sell her DVD “Introduction to the Elizabethan Age” after her program, donating part of the proceeds to the Friends.
From the royal schoolroom to the formal presence chamber, Lady Bacon educated her son, Francis Bacon, and traveled with Queen Elizabeth.
In her portrayal of Lady Bacon, Brookes will take her audience back in time to the 12-day Yuletide celebrations at Greenwich Palace, which have just concluded.
The courtiers are flushed with the spirit of masking and mumming, feasting and frivolity. The debut of Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night” drew the festivities to a close.
Lady Bacon will share some of the lines destined to become known the world over: “If music be the food of love, play on!”
As the Literature Lady, Brookes owns more costumes than clothes in order to bring history and literature to life for her re-creations of figures from a variety of time periods, including the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, Victorian times and the 1860s to the 1960s.
Her love of performing started in kindergarten when she played the Troll in “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” Since then, she has performed as Lady Bacon at the Bristol Renaissance Faire and has played a variety of characters with several community theater companies.
After retiring from classroom teaching, Brookes, a Lake Geneva native, added performing, presenting and traveling to her repertoire. Currently she offers adult travel classes for graduate credit through Tools for Learning and regularly teaches for Road Scholar, a division of Elderhostel Inc. Brookes is a member of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.
Everyone is welcome to attend this free program.
For information, call 262-249-5299 or visit online at LakeGeneva.lib.wi.us.
It's been 25 years since author Linda Godfrey -- then a reporter with The Week newspaper in Walworth County -- first wrote about the Beast of Bray Road. Linda’s interest in the beast, a large, hairy creature of an indeterminate origin, was sparked by a number of sightings and reports from locals. The beast was so popular it was the subject of at least one low-budget movie and popped up on a number of TV shows dealing with the paranormal and weird.