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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dick Malmin has lived in Lake Geneva for more than 30 years and has come to develop a deep appreciation for the unique ambience of Big Foot Beach State Park.

But a proposal to reroute South Lake Shore Drive, which hugs the beach along Buttons Bay on the eastern end of Geneva Lake, could change the entire complexion of the park, Malmin says.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Firefighters and police officers are there to help others in an emergency.

Sometimes, however, emergency workers could use a little support themselves. That’s where the Fire Bells come in. The Fire Bells, based in Racine and Lake Geneva, support firefighters and police officers with things such as hot and cold drinks, food, snacks and water and a place to rest during extended emergencies.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- One aldermanic seat is up for election April 7 in each of Lake Geneva’s four districts, with two of the four races contested.

In District 1, newcomer Christopher Gelting is challenging incumbent Alderman Ellyn Kehoe. In District 2 and District 3, incumbent aldermen Alan Kupsik and Richard Hedlund, respectively, are running unopposed. In District 4, Kenneth Howell and Mary Jo Fesenmaier are running for a council seat after Alderman Dennis Lyon decided not to run for re-election.

Performers and their mounts prepare for a show at the Dancing Horses Theatre.  This marks the first time back after the Christmas shows.  Trainers and performers work together to take care of the horses as well as getting them prepped and ready for their performances.

Friday, 30 January 2015 09:37

Photo Gallery: 2015 Lake Geneva Winterfest

Sculptors started carving blocks of snow Wednesday in Riviera Park in preparation for the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition. - See more at:

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The snow sculpting artists known as The Kilted Snow Weasels had been wanting to use their “Shot of Whiskey… Leave the Bottle” sculpture design for about 10 years.

The wait paid off as it landed them first place in the Illinois State Snow Sculpting Competition held Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 in Rockford.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:02

Photo Gallery: Paper Airplanes

LAKE GENEVA -- Kids had fun and learned about airplanes during Play with Science Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015 at the Lake Geneva Public Library. The kids experimented with different designs and ideas that went into making their airplanes.

ELKHORN -- A legal dispute concerning a county ordinance that forbids short-term rental of residential homes has the county reviewing the language to provide more clarity.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER  -- Amy Givhan knows firsthand how a family in crisis can lead to a downward spiral where children are removed from the home. But Givhan found support from a group that helps families avoid such extreme measures.

Since 2002, Safe Families for Children has provided homes where parents safely can place their children of their own free will. The program was founded by the LYDIA Home Association based in Chicago and is expanding to Rock and Walworth counties.

LAKE GENEVA -- Some leaders are easy to spot, while others prefer to avoid the spotlight. Alex Martinez falls into the latter category.

However, the Badger High School senior takes that role seriously, and his cross-country teammates tend to follow.

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