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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.

Friday, 08 April 2016 10:45

Cloggers celebrate two decades of dance

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.”

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There are stories in Geneva Lake. Some are fascinating, others a little creepy.  

Ask Dan Johnson, owner of Loves Park Scuba, an Illinois diving school, and the Lockwood Pioneer Scuba Diving Museum. Johnson has been diving in Geneva Lake since 1974, systematically covering most of the shoreline in search of antique bottles -- of which he’s found dozens.

This just in blog, by Dan Plutchak, editor

As the presidential candidates crisscrossed Wisconsin this past week ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary, they’ve pitched all the things they would do as president.

But, as you head to the polls to vote, remember any president can do very little without the cooperation of Congress.

It’s the role of the House and Senate to pass legislation. The president’s only duty is to either approve the law with his or her signature, or reject it by veto.

When Donald Trump says he’ll force Mexico to pay for a wall between our two counties, or when Ted Cruz says he’ll step up policing in Muslim neighborhoods, it’s unclear what sort of legislation Congress could consider, making those campaign promises little more than talking points.

No matter who you vote for Tuesday, their proposals won’t go very far unless voters also pick a majority in the House of Representatives and at least 60 agreeable senators.

WHITEWATER -- High school’s biggest social event for juniors and seniors often takes the biggest chunk out of their -- or their parents’ --  wallets. 

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Proms hold memories, but their expenses add up quickly: tickets, dinner, flowers, hairstyles, manicures. And the big-ticket items, like a new suit or a dress, can easily cost $200.

Not everyone can afford to spend that kind of money.

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