JANESVILLE -- Want to party on a parking structure rooftop high above Parker Drive? Check out a church-turned-entertainment center? Step out on the third-floor ballroom at the Odd Fellows Lodge?
You can do all those and more, thanks to a one-day Downtown Open House Wisconsin on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
VILLAGE OF WALWORTH -- To say that Hazel Schuth has lived a long and fulfilled life would be an understatement.
Schuth, 108, who is set to turn 109 in July, said she does not feel her age, even though she’s likely one of the oldest or maybe even the oldest county resident.
Born in 1907, Schuth says her upcoming birthday, "doesn’t feel any different than if I was turning 10."
LAKE GENEVA -- Two residents at Arbor Village in Lake Geneva recently reached the century mark.
Louise Weber turned 100 on Jan. 6, and Francis Drews turned 100 on Jan. 8, 2016.
They share their birth years with Kirk Douglas, who turns 100 on Dec. 9, 2016. Gregory Peck, Olivia de Havilland, Dinah Shore and Walter Cronkite also were born that year.
Drews said she is pleased to have lived a long life and is looking forward to the future while remembering her past.
By Cathy Durkin Mestek
I don’t think it’s my imagination that we’ve lost some ground. There’s no time like the present to work together to do better.
When my late husband, Steve, and I decided to have children, we opted for adoption and brought Jimmy, Cassi and Timmy into our family as infants from Korea during a span from 1984 to 1991.
LYONS -- The first year Joe Schaefer was elected as a Walworth County Board supervisor, President Nixon had resigned due to the Watergate scandal, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the "Rumble in the Jungle" and "The Godfather: Part II" was playing in the movie theaters.
A lot has changed since 1974, but one thing that has remained consistent in Walworth County is Schaefer’s service to the county board. That service will continue as Schaefer, 72, of Lyons was re-elected April 5, making him the longest continuous-serving board member in the county’s history at 42 years. Schaefer said he is looking forward to serving another term.
LAKE GENEVA -- "What gets saved is often more by chance than by merit, and I think that’s true whether it’s buildings or photographs," says David Desimone, the director of Black Point Estate, the Queen Anne-style summer home of 19th-century Chicago beer baron Conrad Seipp, that lies along the shores of Geneva Lake.
Desimone became director of the Wisconsin historical site in 2013, some eight years after the property was donated to the state by a Seipp descendant.
EAST TROY -- Singing is all the rage on reality TV shows. Programs such as "The Voice," "America’s Got Talent" and the iconic, recently retired "American Idol," give the illusion that anyone can sing well given that one big break. But closer to home, talent abounds, and some of those who are dedicated but less decorated sing for the loveof it in the East Troy Community Choir.
In its 10th year, the mix of male and female voices is directed by Rodger Trader.
JANESVILLE -- A retired sales manager will take on Wisconsin Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, for the 31st Assembly District seat.
Don Prestia, 62, of 4109 Ingram Drive, Janesville, is running as a Democrat.
DELAVAN -- Paul Nehlen, a self-proclaimed former Paul Ryan supporter, will challenge the incumbent congressman for the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s 1st District seat.
Nehlen, a businessman and Delavan resident, made the announcement on his website, PaulNehlen.com. The primary is Aug. 9, 2016 and the general election is Nov. 8, 2016.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- While the world obsessed over dancing the macarena in 1996, Shannon Werfelmann decided to reignite a toe-tapping craze in Walworth County. This former member of the Walworth County Clowntown Cloggers started attending clogging competitions and workshops in other cities.
“I wanted to start a group that was not just recreational, but had another element,” Werfelmann said. “I wanted something where people were more committed.”