Archive for: April, 2020

Outbreaks reported at facilities in county

Birds Eye Foods, two nursing homes battling COVID-19 By Heather Ruenz Staff Writer Birds Eye Foods is the first company in Walworth County known to have an outbreak of the coronavirus. The food processing plant had about 20 employees test positive for COVID-19 as of last weekend, according to a […]


Alzheimer’s Association offers free virtual services

While the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health of millions in this country and around the world, the novel coronavirus presents unique challenges for more than 5 million Americans, including 120,000 in Wisconsin, living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. The Alzheimer’s Association, Wisconsin Chapter is offering free virtual (phone and webinar) […]


Delavan-Darien School District stays ahead of the curve

By Michael S. Hoey Correspondent The Delavan-Darien School District hit the ground running when COVID-19 shuttered schools across Wisconsin and continues to move forward in educating and providing food for its students. Administrator Jill Sorbie surveyed the landscape ahead of Governor Tony Evers closing schools and prepared the district for […]


Whitewater Unified officials navigate COVID-19 unknowns

By Dave Fidlin Correspondent As with most organizations and businesses, officials from the Whitewater Unified School District say they are trying to navigate the unknowns linked to COVID-19. While the coronavirus has upended traditional classroom learning with the rollout of a virtual model, Matthew Sylvester-Knudtson, director of business services with […]


Students honored by Daughters of the American Revolution

Middle school students honored include, from the left: Tia Bethke, Phoenix; Kaela Zapadinsky, Wisconsin School for the Deaf; A.J. Hartman, Walworth; Mariah Stewart, Our Redeemer; Jillian Dantuma, St. Frances de Sales; and Reagan Pelnar, Delavan Christian School. Erick Valdez from Lakeland School is not pictured.

The Samuel Phoenix Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently recognized three outstanding senior high school students and seven middle school students as Good Citizens. The students, who were selected based on qualities of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism, were honored in a special ceremony at Geneva Lake […]


UW-Extension celebrates master gardener volunteers

Each year, master gardener volunteers donate their time, energy and expertise to make their communities a better place to live. The University of Wisconsin – Division of Extension would like to take this opportunity to recognize master gardeners’ service and commitment to our communities during National Volunteer Week, April 19 […]




Emily Sestak Sullivan, precious mother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, died peacefully at her home in East Troy April 15, 2020. There are no words to describe how much we will miss her and her sweet smile. Being a mother to David, Andrea, Scott and Erin was Emily’s true […]


Changes announced for Alice in Dairyland finals

Due to challenges posed by the COVID-19 public health emergency, the upcoming Alice in Dairyland Finals are facing several significant changes including date, format and location. The 73rd Alice in Dairyland Finals will now occur over two days, June 19 and 20. To maintain appropriate social distancing, those events will […]



Carol Jean Swender, 80, of Madison, passed away on April 17, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on Jan. 7, 1940, the daughter of Harvey and Inez (Rosin) Zittlow. Carol graduated from Columbia Nursing School. She married Robert Swender on May 25, 1963, at St. John Lutheran Church […]




      Patty A. Houston, 64, of Palmyra, passed away unexpectedly on April 15, 2020, at Aurora Summit Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 24, 1956, in Fort Atkinson, to Walter and Meta (Lueck) Isaacsen. She was a 1974 graduate of Palmyra High School. Patty worked in the Circuit Board […]