Author Archive: Heather Ruenz

Building a future

Building a future

An area business and group of middle school students recently teamed up – with a helping hand from a slew of others – for a project to construct a playhouse. Now nearly complete, the playhouse will be raffled off as a fundraiser for New Beginnings APFV’s domestic violence shelter. Tickets […]

 
 

Groups provide education to expand cover crop

By Mary Pat O’Connor Contributor Why cover crop? What is it? You may have heard the term and may have some idea of the concept. Agricultural best management practices and procedures are expanding throughout Walworth County by farmers interested in reducing sediment runoff and improve soil health leading to greater […]

 
 

Shelter denied by Elkhorn Council

Though there was little discussion – at tonight’s standing room only meeting – the Elkhorn Common Council denied the conditional use permit request for New Beginnings APFV by a vote of 4-2. New Beginnings hoped to renovate a former clinic into a domestic abuse shelter in downtown Elkhorn. The former […]

 
 

Writers support shelter location

Below is a trio of letters that published in the Aug. 15 Elkhorn Independent:   Domestic abuse is already in the area This week, the Elkhorn Common Council is planning to consider a proposal to allow a small domestic violence shelter to be housed in the offices of New Beginnings […]

 
 

Domestic abuse victims need community investors

By Sara Nichols Contributor As Executive Director at Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn, 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 […]

 
 

Big Foot Red Sox take second at championships

The 2019 12U Quad County Champion Red Sox team members show off their second-place medals after the championship game July 21. Pictured front from left are: Carter Ries, Blake Hernandez, Carson Buchholz, Chase Nitsch, Brady Wojcik, Konnor Glos, Jackson Hirn, Skylar Jacobs, (back row) head coach Jeff Jordan, Owen Smith, Gudmund Mizialko Hnilo, Dakota Nordmeyer, Ben Lavariega, Matthew Bauman and assistant coach Jake Ries. (Bob Mischka photo)

The Big Foot Red Sox 12U baseball team finished fourth in the regular season in the seven-team West Division of the Quad County Conference with a record of 8-5-1. Whitewater Burtness Chevrolet was first with a record of 11-3. The Red Sox then competed in the end-of-season tournament in East […]

 
 

Area EMT fighting cancer diagnosis

Area EMT fighting cancer diagnosis

Bob Gillman has served with area departments more than 20 years By Heather Ruenz SLN staff Bob Gillman has been a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for 20-plus years in the area including serving with the Randall Fire Department, and currently with the City of Delavan through Medix Ambulance. A […]

 
 

EAHS students compete in SkillsUSA nationals

EAHS students compete in SkillsUSA nationals

Career and technical students in Wisconsin won one of the nation’s highest awards at the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, held in Louisville, Ky. Among those who competed were David Broga and Carly Cooper, representing Elkhorn Area High School. On June 26 and 27, more than 6,500 students competed at the national […]

 
 

Championship material

Championship material

The Whitewater Toppers 12U baseball team finished third in the regular season in the seven-team West Division of the Quad County League with a 9-5 record. The Toppers then competed in the postseason tournament in East Troy from July 19-21. The Toppers were seeded fifth in the seven-team Gold Division. […]

 
 

Ride raises money, smiles

Ride raises money, smiles

Emily N. heads out on the ride in style with her driver at the Wisconsin Ride for Kids fundraiser, held July 21 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. She was one of four stars – survivors of childhood brain cancer at the event, which reached its goal of $50,000. Bob McNamara, regional […]