Walworth-Fontana area

Foundation takes ownership of Yerkes

The University of Chicago recently transferred ownership of Yerkes Observatory and related property to the Yerkes Future Foundation. Leaders from the university and foundation discussed terms of the agreement in at a Village of Williams Bay Plan Commission meeting in March. The agreement reflects the commitment of both groups to […]

 
 

Special collection

Special collection

      Members of Boy Scout Troop 237 recently collected items for goody bags to be given to police, fire and EMS throughout Walworth County as well Lakeland and Mercy hospitals as a way to thank healthcare workers and first responders. The drive was held May 2 outside the Williams Bay […]

 
 

Giveaway helps support 200 families

Giveaway helps support 200 families

Ham dinners and more given away thanks to greater community By Penny Gruetzmacher Correspondent A recent fundraiser, dubbed “Wal-Worth-It,” got its start when an event in a neighboring community inspired a group of people in Walworth to seek donations in an effort to give away food. Last month, Rafael Hernandez […]

 
 

Big Foot student earns honor

William Volmar among 10 state semifinalists named Ten Wisconsin students – including William Volmar, of Big Foot High School – have been named semifinalists in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, a national honor recognizing the country’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. “Each of these students has worked incredibly […]

 
 

Agape House 5K to be virtual event

Organizers encourage people to walk in their own neighborhoods Due to the Safer-at-Home orders being extended until the end of May, Agape House has changed its 5K event, scheduled for May 16th, to a virtual event. The format will allow participants to “join together” in their own neighborhoods, anytime on […]

 
 

Trio of events canceled

Model A Day, Lobster Boil and Corn and Brat Festival called off In the past couple of weeks, announcements came forth that a trio of annual events in the southwest area of Walworth County have been canceled in light of continued uncertainties related to the coronavirus pandemic. Historic Downtown Sharon’s […]

 
 

Sign of the times

Sign of the times

The Frontier Flowers shop in Fontana has an encouraging message on display that says, “We will bloom again.” Similar messages of hope and encouragement can be found in communities throughout the area in response to the coronavirus pandemic and related Safer-at-Home orders. (Penny Gruetzmacher photo)  

 
 

Santa Cause raises $100,000 for local charities

The fourth annual Santa Cause Tree Festival was held Nov. 29 through Jan. 4 in Williams Bay. This season $100,000 was raised for the Charities of Christmas from the tree festival Freezin’ for a Reason, and sponsorships, with the checks sent out in early April. The Charities of Christmas consist […]

 
 

Agape House 5K moved to May

Registration deadline April 24 to get a shirt Agape House, a private residential home and school for teens in Walworth, is gearing up to host its annual 5K Run Walk Stroll event, albeit a little later than normal. The annual event is held in conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention […]

 
 

The great outdoors

The great outdoors

One of the recent mild, sunny days saw people participating in a variety of outdoor activities while following social distancing guidelines. Above: Katie Dunsker and her daughters, Charlette, 7, and Adelyn, 4, walk on the boardwalk in the Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy near Williams Bay. (Penny Gruetzmacher photo)