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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Music, food, carnival rides and a little bit of history are some of the things that will be featured during this year’s Venetian Festival, set for Wednesday, Aug. 19, through Sunday, Aug. 23.

The festival, hosted by the Lake Geneva Jaycees, will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Friday and from noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday. Some of the highlights include the water ski show, craft fair, beer tent, bags tournament, brat tent and fireworks display. Live music will be provided by Bella Cain, Cherry Pie, The Love Monkeys, Fresh Hops Band, The Acoustic Generation, Too White Crew, Lake Geneva House of Music and Christopher’s Project.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In the weeks after her daughter Avery, an ebullient fifth-grader at Delavan Christian School, was killed in a car crash in fall 2012, Bridget McCarthy would find herself awake in the middle of the night. Unable to sleep, she’d often turn to Facebook or her blog, Stumbling Towards Perfect, and read comments from people who were thinking about her and wanted to let her know.

“Social media saved me when Avery died,” McCarthy said.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- At 112 years old, every inch of the 17-foot-tall Birge Fountain in Whitewater looks like what you’d imagine an imposing turn-of-the-last century sculpture to be: cherubs astride undulating dolphins, a Greek maiden-dubbed “Maid of the Mist” holding a water jar and Classical Revival-style detailing.

It’s hard to believe it was assembled from a catalog.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Red beets and green lettuce, tart cherries and sweet peas -- they all sprout from the soil each Wisconsin summer.

As myriad the varieties of plants, so too are the reasons that small-scale farmers and growers work the soil and share the bounty at local markets.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Lynne Jacobsen laments she was born 150 years too late.

"I love anything from the 1800s," the Janesville resident wrote in an email. "If it’s not raining or snowing, I am cooking on my brazier (a portable container for fire) outside. I cook and bake everything from scratch, usually organic and homegrown. I love making things with my hands as my Norwegian and Polish grandmothers did."

LAKE GENEVA -- A good story never gets old.

So this summer, residents and tourists alike can stroll around downtown Lake Geneva to hear the back story of the city’s most well known and remarkable landmarks.

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.

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