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Walworth County is looking for people or organizations to assist in a long-term planning committee for those affected by the July 12 flooding in Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.

Persons or groups interested in learning more about this committee are invited to attend an informational meeting at 10 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 26 at the Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway, Burlington Wisconsin.

The Red Cross will help Walworth County residents affected by last week’s heavy rains and flooding by opening a Multi-Agency Response Center Friday, July 21, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services building, W4051 County Highway NN in Elkhorn.

Agencies such as the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse will be available to provide resources and help with cleanup.  

For more information, call the Department of Health and Human Services at 262-741-3200.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:56

WC Food Pantry slated to close

A longtime food pantry in Walworth County is slated to close its doors at the end of October unless someone steps forward to manage it, according to a release from the Walworth County Resource Center.

After serving the Walworth County community for eight years, the Walworth County Food Pantry will close its doors on October 29, 2017.

Jim and Ardith Drescher, along with a steady group of volunteers, say they have been serving 50 or more families twice a week, every week since 2009.

Walworth County Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2017

Mobile guide and schedule

Whitewater continues to party hearty at the Cravath Lakefront park through July 4, after having opened its celebration Friday.

The festival opens at noon Sunday, July 2; 5 p.m. Monday, July 3; and 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. The event includes a carnival, food and beverage vendors and live music daily. Fireworks will be held at 10 p.m. Tuesday to close out the celebration.

The 33rd annual car and bike rally is held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. that day with the 10th annual Whippet City mile run taking off about 10 minutes before the parade. 

Monday music:

New Image, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Ripple Effect, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Tuesday music:

Steve Meisner, polka, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Glenn Davis, blues, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Cat’s Pajamas, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Other area communities will hold festivities for Independence Day.  Here's a local listing:


Fourth of July parade with staging at 11 a.m. July 4 at Lakeside Beach (northeast corner, Pell Lake) in Bloomfield. Starts at noon from Lakeside Beach, around Pell Lake to village hall. Fireworks over Pell Lake start at dusk. 262-903-0229.


The parade, sponsored by the American Legion, starts at 11 a.m. July 4 on Cambridge Street and proceeds to Winn Street before ending at Memorial School.

Firefighters dance begins at 2 p.m.  July 4 at Echo Park, Wisconsin Highway 36 (Milwaukee Avenue), Burlington. Lunch Money Bullies will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Fireworks will be displayed over the ChocolateFest grounds on Maryland Avenue at dusk. Contact the Burlington Fire Department for more information, 262-763-7842.


Let Freedom Ring Fourth of July celebration begins at 7 a.m. July 4 with a pancake breakfast at the fire station, 811 Ann St., Delavan.

The Carp-O-Rama — a free fishing derby for kids 15 and younger — takes place from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. July 4 at Lake Comus, North Terrace Street. Poles available on a first-come, first-served  basis. The parade begins at 3 p.m. July 4, from Sixth Street to Phoenix Park. There will be family and children’s activities from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Veterans Park, food and drink tents and live music.

Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns perform at 8:30 p.m. July 4 at the Phoenix Park Bandshell, 111 E. Wisconsin St., Delavan. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. at Terrace Street/Lake Comus. 262-728-5585,


Independence Day celebration begins at 10 a.m. July 4. Capture the spirit of Independence Day in 19th century America through living history presentations and hands-activities for the entire family.

Help make ice cream or participate in a pie eating contest, games or the greased-pole contest.

The event is highlighted by an interactive parade at 4p.m. through the village at Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle, 262-594-6301,

East Troy

The festival, hosted by the East Troy Lions Club, runs through July 2 with most events at the amusement park grounds, 3072 Graydon Ave.

The beer tent features live music.

The parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 2. Kiddie pedal tractor pulls are held at 4 p.m. Sunday.

More information at


Fourth of July cookout from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Harbor Lawn at the Abbey Resort. Bounce house, two-person joust, inflatable slide, obstacle course, Shooting Stars basketball, soccer fever, face painting, temporary tattoos, Star-Spangled games and glow gear to light up the night. 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana, 262-275-6811,

Fireworks start at 10 p.m. at Fontana Beach.

Lake Geneva

The Frank Kresen American Legion Post 24 Ladies Auxiliary is hosting its  annual Independence Day parade and costume contest at 10 a.m. July 4. Participants should gather at Eastview Elementary School, 535 Sage St., Lake Geneva, at 9:30 a.m. The parade route will travel on Dodge Street from the Eastview parking lot north on Center Street and then up Henry Street to the Legion hall. In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled.


Fourth of July celebration from noon to 9 p.m. July 4 at Goodland Memorial Park, Sharon. Food, music and children’s activities.



ELKHORN -- A coalition of business and government groups is hosting a forum on the long-delayed completion of the U.S. Highway 12 freeway expansion between Elkhorn and Whitewater.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dan Dailey, whose first job out of college was as a certified personal trainer, has a background in education and sports science, so he knows the value of regular exercise. Now working in the electronic monitoring department at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Dailey, 43, finds he’s become a little more attuned to other healthy habits since joining Walworth County’s Wellness Council a little over a year ago.

“A portion of my job involves working at a desk, and rather than staying rooted in a chair all that time, I make a point of getting up and moving around a bit,” he said. “The program has made me more well-rounded. I probably pay more attention to nutrition and food labels, whether or not I’m getting enough sleep at night, just becoming overall more health conscious.”

A Harvard, Illinois man was killed in a two-car crash on U.S. Highway 14 near the village of Walworth Thursday morning, according to a release from the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.

Luis Gutierrez-Fernandez, 39, died after his car lost control on icy pavement and hit another vehicle, according to the release.

Deputies and Walworth Fire and Rescue units were dispatched at about 6:44 a.m., Thursday, March 2, to a report of a two-car crash on Highway 14 just south of the village of Walworth.  

Initial investigation indicated a white 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by 59 year old Steven Johnson of Fontana, was southbound on Highway 14, when Gutierrez-Fernandez, driving a black 2001 Hyundai northbound on Highway 14, lost control of the car and crossed over the center line into Johnson’s car.  

 Gutierrez-Fernandez was pronounced dead at the scene by the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office.  

Johnson was transported to a local hospital with injuries.

The drivers were the sole occupants in each vehicle.

The crash remains under investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Crash Investigation Unit.

Agencies who responded to this scene include the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Walworth, Fontana, and Sharon Police Departments, Walworth Fire and Rescue, Mercy MD-1, Paratech Ambulance Service, and the Walworth County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 11:53

Town of Geneva house damaged in fire

TOWN OF GENEVA—A single-family house in Lake Geneva was seriously damaged in a fire Monday night, but no injuries were reported, according to a release from the Lake Geneva Fire Department.

Firefighters responded to a call of a structure fire at N3393 Oak Road in Lake Geneva about 10:31 p.m. Monday.

Upon arrival, crews saw flames on an exterior wall of the house.

The home’s occupants had gotten out of the house before crews arrived.

Before firefighters arrived, town of Geneva police officers used a fire extinguisher to knock down some of the fire, according to the release.

The fire spread into the walls and roof of the structure.

During overhaul operations, firefighters tracked down remaining hot spots and extinguished the fire.

The Elkhorn Area Fire Department also responded to the scene.

According to the release, the home also sustained smoke and water damage.

Crews returned to quarters at 1:05 a.m. Tuesday, according to the release.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation.

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.

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