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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Newcomer Michael Kluck is challenging incumbent Alderman Gary Payson Sr. in the only contested race for Elkhorn City Council this spring.

Incumbent aldermen Hoss Rehberg and Tom Myrin are unchallenged for seats in District 1 and District 5, respectively.

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.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Walworth County voters will make their choice for circuit court judge in the April 7 election.

Circuit Court Judge Kristine Drettwan and Walworth Municipal Judge John Peterson face off for the Branch 3 seat. Drettwan was appointed to the post about one year ago to replace retiring Judge John Race.

MADISON -- East Troy took a seven-point lead after three quarters and increased its margin to 61-52 with the first basket of the fourth.

However, the Trojans couldn’t hit from the charity stripe or from outside the three-point arc as Xavier took control to post a 70-69 victory in the WIAA Division 3 state boys basketball semifinal matchup March 20 at the Kohl Center in Madison.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In 1890, one of the most popular cigars in the world was handcrafted in Delavan.

At the height of their business, brothers Washington and Ferdinand Van Velzer were taking in tons of leaf tobacco grown by local farmers and turning out some 200,000 cigars annually, including the leading seller La Delavana brand, at their small shop at 212 E. Walworth St., Delavan.

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:23

Work day works better with pets

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Occasionally when Bonnie Ihnen is stocking the shelves or checking on a price in the aisles of her downtown Delavan store, she’ll hear a short scream, and she knows a customer probably has just met Tess.

The startled yelps of surprise usually come from unsuspecting shoppers at Pet Pals who were admiring what they thought was a realistic, life-size statue of a tortoise when they suddenly see its eye blink or head sway.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Chuck Kullberg is a jeweler, and he’s not bragging when he says he’s been in the family business longer than his father, Walter. In a time when most Americans are shopping for precious stones in chain stores, he is simply sharing a nugget worth noting.

“We’ve been here for 70 years. I took over in 1976,” Kullberg said in his Elkhorn store on a recent Saturday afternoon. “A lot has changed. First came the malls, then the big boxes, then the Internet. But we can do things they can’t. Services like custom work and such.”

Friday, 06 March 2015 08:59

Get your hands on history with Ma and Pa

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Whether you’re a second-grader or a senior citizen, the history you’ll glean from Tom Kleist and Sandy Fisher is in the doing: feeling the heft of an antique iron as you press cloth, setting down a log to form the frame of a cabin wall, even laughing at an Ole and Lena joke.

This is history under Ma and Pa, aka Fisher and Kleist, whose Adventures with Ma and Pa programs for children and adults offer slices of early Wisconsin history, from fur trapping and lead mining to dairy farming and pioneer homesteading.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Imagine a cricket, with legs like a musician’s baton, releasing a song that echoes the sound of a canoe paddle slicing through water. Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin’s new poet laureate, conjures up such images in her poems, revealing much about herself in the process -- her affinity for the outdoors and nature, her Native American background, her mothering instincts.

The gestalt of a poet’s work is in the combination of experience, intuition and ability to create a wonderland of words that connect to readers. Blaeser’s life experience is as a wife and mother of two who lives in Lyons Township on 6 1/2 acres. As a Native American of Anishinaabe ancestry, she grew up on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. Blaeser’s poetry, fiction and essays have been critically acclaimed and widely anthologized. She teaches creative writing and Native American literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Friday, 27 February 2015 08:42

A place to learn, share, create

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” But Emerson was misquoted. His original statement was this: “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”

One can only imagine what Emerson would think of people beating a path to the Apple Store for a high-tech wristwatch. With technology racing ahead, it’s easy to see that many skill sets are being left behind. This is the void Whitewater Makerspace is trying to fill -- bringing people together who not only want to learn, but also teach, and collaborate on ideas new and old.

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