By Sara Nichols, executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
As the executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, I oversee licensed medical volunteers who provide essential health care to uninsured individuals in Walworth County who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I do, filling a critical need for accessible health care for those who have few options.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The passage of time has a way of making us appreciate the past.
But for those with fond memories of watching movies in downtown Lake Geneva, the past has caught up to the future.
Renovations are nearly complete and the Geneva Theater, located at 224 Broad St., could open as early as this coming week.
STATELINE NEWS -- Audience members viewing "End of Fall" at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival (beloitfilmfest.org/films/end-of-fall/) may find the movie’s locale and even some of its extras familiar. That’s because independent filmmaker and 1992 Big Foot High School grad Joselito Seldera shot his first feature film, a crime thriller, in Walworth County, where he grew up.
"End of Fall" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Domenico’s and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Hendricks Center for the Arts.
What: 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival
When: Feb. 24 through March 5
Where: Film venues include Bagels & More, Bushel & Peck’s, La Casa Grande, Domenico’s, Luxury 10 and the Hendricks Center.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The garage at Pat Biggin’s Elkhorn home holds one of his passions -- a gas-powered forge. Biggin, a metal shop teacher at Big Foot High School who single-handedly can wield a 10-pound hammer, crafts custom-made forged knives for hunters, brush-clearing farmers, historical knife enthusiasts and others as a side business.
"There are still companies like Randall Made Knives out in Florida that do forged blades and they’re done by people, but it’s a big company. You can only go so far with customizing an order," he said. "Whereas with me you can say, ‘I want this type of handle and that type of liner and this type of sheath.’ I can do what you want. "
Tear into this Slice of Life with Biggin:
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis knew he only had 30 seconds in front of the camera to make a good impression of his city.
So, like the punch line in the old joke about how someone gets to Carnegie Hall, he practiced.
Nieuwenhuis was among the Delavan residents filmed last summer for an episode of the Milwaukee Public Television program, “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” which will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 16.
TOWN OF GENEVA—A Lake Geneva man died in an officer-involved shooting Thursday evening in the town of Geneva, but authorities have released few details so far as the incident is being investigated.
Kris Kristl, 26, of Lake Geneva was identified as a suspect who was shot in the incident, which happened about 7:46 p.m. Thursday on County Highway H near Petrie Road in the town of Geneva, according to a joint release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office and the Elkhorn Police Department.
Police were present at the location Thursday evening investigating a reckless driving complaint, according to the release.
Kristl was shot and killed by an Elkhorn police officer and Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy, according to Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell.
Both were on duty at the time.
Police said the Elkhorn police officer involved in the shooting has been with the department for about eight years.
The Walworth County deputy has been with the sheriff’s office for two years and has a total of six years of law enforcement experience, according to the release.
Both officers have been placed on administrative duty, which is standard procedure in such incidents.
The sheriff's office requested the assistance of the state Department of Criminal Investigations to assist, which is required in cases where an officer is involved in a shooting, according to Picknell.
The DCI is continuing as the lead agency in this investigation.
Authorities said they will release more information on the incident as the investigation progresses.
A stretch of County Highway H, from Petrie to County Highway NN was closed for hours while investigators followed up.
This is the third officer-involved shooting in Walworth County in the past 13 months.
A 26-year-old man, Eric Olsen, died Jan. 8, 2016, after being shot by officers near Lake Como. Police say they were responding to a report of a disturbance when the encountered Olsen, who charged at them with a knife.
Then, on Feb. 24, 2016, Christopher Davis, 21, was shot by police in an East Troy parking lot during what police say was a drug investigation that turned into a car chase and crash.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Walworth County lost its longest-serving supervisor earlier this month. Joe Schaefer’s seat, which he held since 1974, sat empty at our January meeting.
Schaefer passed away Jan. 11, ending a 43-year tenure, which was the longest in the history of our county. Schaefer was well known to many in the county for his board service and ownership of the Ye Olde Hotel in the town of Lyons. I had the privilege of knowing Schaefer since 1996 and working with him for 17 years.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The Big Top is coming down.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, which called itself The Greatest Show on Earth, announced earlier this month it was closing in May, after rallying for years against a difficult economy, changing tastes in entertainment and pressure from animal rights groups.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Missing summer fun like camping, hiking and zip-lining?
Don’t let winter stop you.
Yes, there are plenty of outdoor activities for the season, like skiing, sledding and skating. But what if you want to do something that feels a little more like July when it’s January? You’d be surprised at what’s available: