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A little help lifts single mom, but she's one of many working poor
Dear W.C.,
Helping hand aids mother with disabled son
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 Prominent Chicago leaders and one gambler lived here
Prominent Chicago leaders and one gambler lived here
This is yet another house which can only be seen by walking the public path around Geneva Lake or by taking a boat ride on that lake. Some people know this house as the Swift house, but Edward F. Swift named it Villa Hortensia to honor his wife,...
Judge builds lake home, lumber baron doubles its size
Judge builds lake home, lumber baron doubles its size
Another house you can view if you walk the public path around Geneva Lake or take a boat ride on that lake is the Bonnie Brae, built in 1881 for Judge Thomas J. Withrow. He named the house for his only daughter, Bonnie, who was married at the house...
  Young slave girl survived by hiding out on this farm
Young slave girl survived by hiding out on this farm
The Dwinnell farm can be seen on Bowers Road just north of the intersection with Potters Road in the town of Lafayette. I think of it as the Dwinnell farm because when he owned the property it was a part of the Underground Railroad. 
Flora and fauna filling the summertime trails
Flora and fauna filling the summertime trails
Marvin Herman writes:Seven hikers met at the U.S. Highway 12 meeting place last week Tuesday. There had been heavy storms in the area the night before and although there was a cool breeze, mosquitoes were abundant on the trails. We...
Hikers spot plenty of birds and blooms
Hikers spot plenty of birds and blooms
Six of us walked counterclockwise around Lake LaGrange on a hot and muggy afternoon last week Tuesday. I was surprised that the mosquitoes were not really aggressive. We did put on some DEET but were only attacked by a few insects while in heavy cover...
Teaching a new generation about the Ice Age Trail
Teaching a new generation about the Ice Age Trail
Five of us walked around Lake LaGrange on a hot afternoon in the mid-80s last week Tuesday.  It turned out to be a pleasant hike and I did not even have to use DEET for mosquitoes until we entered the woods after turning off the Ice Age Trail on the...

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Summer fishing patterns--and boat traffic--on lakes
Delavan Lake Fishing Report 7/7 through 7/13
Boat traffic is high, but find a spot and get in on the action
Delavan Lake Fishing Report 6/29 through 7/6
Windows of opportunity out on the lakes
Geneva Lake fishing report 6/22 through 6/30
Committee improves communication, public safety
If an organizational expert was given a free hand to devise a plan to deliver critical services to state residents, it is unlikely that our current system of local government would be proposed. The myriad town, municipal and school governments that...
Legal, ethical training helps supervisors stay aboveboard
School may be drawing to a close for thousands of children across the county, but Walworth County Board supervisors will be hitting the books this summer. Every two years, as part of our effort to educate new board members about the laws that impact...
Journal shows evolution of a more involved county board
I try my best to temper my enthusiasm whenever I write about the Walworth County Board's Journal of Proceedings, but every column on the subject usually evokes at least one comment that I need to “get a life.” 

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