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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



Business profile: Chris Ann’s Resale

Owners: Family owned, Crystal Smith (Chris Ann), Gary, Drew and Destinee

Address: 406 Interchange North, Lake Geneva

Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (beginning April 13, 2014)

Phone: (262) 348-9088


Type of business: Resale/thrift; not consignment

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Statistics won’t be available until the official end of the season, but early indications show that 2014 may come up short, especially compared to last year, in terms of maple syrup production in Wisconsin.

Last year, maple syrup production hit a 20-year high in the state, but a bitter cold winter and lingering cool temperatures have delayed and shortened the season while decreasing potential yield. That said, the region will continue its annual maple syrup celebrations unabated in an attempt to have some family fun and communally enjoy the natural treat.

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Although the Stateline falls at the southern most expanse of maple syrup territory and the state hovers around the fourth and fifth place producer in the country, the breakfast staple is still very much a part of our regional heritage.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:29

PHOTOS: Lake Geneva Museum's must-see exhibits

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LAKE GENEVA -- The newest additions, along with some of the most popular exhibits, were on display Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, during a special preview at the Geneva Lake Museum.

LAKE GENEVA -- A photo gallery of the 15 sculptures judged Feb. 1, 2014 at the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva. For photo IDs, see the photo gallery at

Friday, 31 January 2014 17:23

Video: Snow sculpting in Lake Geneva, Day 3


WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Perfect weather made way for some spectacular sculptures Jan. 31, 2014 during day 3 of the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva. Judging takes place Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and the winners are announcec at 3 p.m.

Photos from the 2014 lake Geneva Winterfest and U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition.


 WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — Although it has been a winter characterized by biting cold so far, Lake Geneva Winterfest is as good a reason as any to get out of the house and brave the elements in the name of outdoor recreation.

This year, Winterfest will be extending the festivities over an extra week, running from Jan. 29 through Feb. 8. Officials are hoping to grow the festival a bit in anticipation for next year’s 20th annual celebration. One thing is for sure, the chamber of commerce is taking full advantage of the added time, and they’ve packed the schedule chock full of entertaining activities.

 WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — It took about six months and dozens of candidates, but now there’s a new president in charge of the Geneva Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Since the May retirement of George Hennerley, who headed up the chamber for more than 30 years, the chamber search committee had been digging for a candidate who fit the bill. After an arduous search, they came up with Darien Schaefer.

“We went through SearchWide, which is an executive recruitment firm, and they actually had close to 70 applicants originally,” said Tammie Carstensen, general manager of Harbor Shores and a member of the search committee. “They recommended 15 specific candidates and we tried to finalize it down to about six people. Then the committee interviewed all six over a period of two days and that brought it down to the final two.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:53

Photos: Lake Geneva polar plunge 2014

WILLIAMS BAY -- With a wind chill of zero on January 1, 2014, in Williams Bay, temperatures seemed downright balmy compared to recent days, but it was c-c-c-cold enough for those who braved the water for the annual New Year's Day Polar Plunge, which took place at noon on William's Bay Beach.

Photographer Kristen Westlake took photos of both the swimmers and crowds.  See more in the upcoming Jan. 12 print or e-edition of Walworth County Sunday.

Friday, 03 January 2014 08:04

Safety on the slopes in Lake Geneva

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — If an accident on the slopes sends you tumbling this ski season, you may earn yourself a ride down the hill on Chuck Sommers’ toboggan.

Whether it’s someone trying to catch themselves from falling and landing on their wrists, twisting their knees too hard or just flat-out crashing, it’s just another day at the office for Sommers.

After a nasty spill, he is just the guy you want to see, because after 20 years as a National Ski Patrol member on the Grand Geneva mountaintop, he has seen it all.

“Some of the most common injuries are to the wrist or knee,” Sommers said. “It happens often with snowboarders.”

Most days you can find the Genoa City resident working his day job at the Grand Geneva Ski School and front desk of the Timber Ridge Resort, but around this time of year he spends a lot of his time at the mountaintop, ready to jump onto the slopes at a moment’s notice. Sommers not only has the benefit of experience to offer a guest in need, but fairly extensive training as well.

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