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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 http://www.facebook.com/csimedia.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
A selection of memorable images of 2013 from Walworth County Sunday, the Stateline News and the Janesville Messenger.
Sometimes all it takes is hearing "Silent Night" on the car radio or smelling balsam needles in a warm living room to trigger the memories of Christmas past. What brings memories back for you? We asked area residents for their favorite Christmas memories.
Jim Black: The unexpected gift
Contributor Jim Black of Walworth wanted to make his son's first Christmas with him in Wisconsin special, but found his plans splintering apart:
"After living in a country at war for nearly a decade, I returned home to Wisconsin because, realistically, I had nowhere else to go.
"We lived in a small l two-room attic apartment. My son and I shared a bedroom. He slept on an air mattress and I had the luxury of a twin mattress -- which was more than I was accustomed to -- but not necessarily better. I was just happy to be with my little boy. I hung some lights around our window and bought a miniature tree to put on an end table. It was real, but real small. There was no space for anything larger.
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