WILLIAMS BAY -- Picture yourself surrounded by pristine blue water and sandy beaches. You’re snorkeling with friends, it’s the perfect day, when suddenly you emerge from the surf and come face to face with ... a teacher.
This beach-bound instructor is a genius in biology and asks what species you just observed underneath the waves.
Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is the first in an occasional series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Lois Stritt does not want to be the one to turn the lights out at Bradley’s Department Store in downtown Delavan. She purchased this fading slice of Americana in 2010, and though she has no plans to throw in the towel, this 77-year-old, pint-size powerhouse freely admits that running a local department store is no easy feat in today’s big box, homogenized, strip mall of a world.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- So the summer of 2014 hasn’t been a scorcher so far. But that hasn’t cooled enthusiasm for sand and sun at beaches around Walworth County.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- On an overcast morning, neither Brian Gates nor his wife, Nancy, are anywhere to be found at their iconic bait store just north of Williams Bay.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- This year’s Relay For Life honorary survivor, Becky Greco, is still thinking about exactly how she wants to phrase her speech to attendees. But explaining a battle with cancer to someone, unless they know it themselves, is tricky.
“I was trying to figure out how to explain cancer to someone,” said Greco, a Walworth resident. “The best way I can think of is that it’s a roller coaster. You get in line, that’s you going to the doctor. You’re thinking about it, ‘What’s he going to tell me?’ and then you’ve got the diagnosis and you’re going up and up. Then you’re thinking OK, I’m ready to fight this, but then you shoot down that first slope and your stomach drops.”
UPDATE, July 10, 2014, 10:20 a.m. -- Walworth County officials have identified Eric Gutierrez, age 11, from the town of Sharon as the victim in the shooting July 9, 2014.
He was declared brain dead at 12:38 a.m. July 10, 2014, according to a Walworth County Sheriff's Office news release.
Investigators have interviewed a 13-year-old male, and the handgun has been located and collected along with other pieces of evidence.
JANESVILLE— Jake Wisniewski held off Andrew Cobb to win the 48th Annual Ray Fischer Public Links Amateur Championship in a playoff June 29 at Janesville’s Riverside Park.
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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Steven Zelich, the former West Allis police officer accused of hiding bodies in suitcases and dumping them along a North Como Road in Geneva Township, was bound over for trial July 3, 2014 by Walworth County Circuit Court judge Phillip Koss.
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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Geneva Lake provides about eight square miles of Walworth County’s 21 square miles of water. Thousands of years ago, retreating glaciers carved out the depression that eventually became the lake.
The ancient Oneota tribes of the lost Hopewell Culture Indians were thought to have lived in the area as long ago as 1,000 B.C.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The Cars Time Forgot car show in Delavan has grown to be one of the biggest events of its kind in the state.
This year, organizers say they wouldn’t be surprised to see more than 1,000 classic vehicles on display at Lake Lawn Resort along the shores of Delavan Lake.