Little Gems

Shoring up South Lake Shore Drive. Humpty Dumpty, or is it Humphrey Dumpty?
The fine company called Humphrey Construction, that does most of the small projects around Lake Geneva, got the “unbid bid” to toss in the big rocks and riprap in order to stem the tide of constant erosion currently being experienced along the shore of BigFoot Beach. The road (South Lake Shore Drive) is about to fall into the water. Last year the amount, never to be exceeded, to shore up the crumbling shore was determined to be $150,000. Never to be exceeded. Until Humphrey got the unbid bid, and then the amount was increased to $250,000.
What was that?
Where did that come from?
And how is this large increase not to be held against this highly regarded and highly complimented construction company?

Corleone’s Restaurant.
What is it going to become? Another Italian restaurant, what else? Two Italians have thrown in together to rent the place from another Italian. That there will be a boatyard showing pontoon boats costing hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece across the front entrance is either very Italian or something else entirely. But that’s the direction things are going in, although the rumor mill isn’t specific enough to assign names to any of it. Think “cannolis” when you think restaurant here. Like the great Holi Cannoli joint in Elkhorn.

No room at the Inn.
Joe Railton was in his feisty mood Monday night defending the Maple Park neighborhood once again from further commercial encroachment. A Bed and Breakfast operation was proposing to convert the old 5 bedroom McCullough estate at 920 Geneva Street into a glorified transient rental operation to be called the Maple Park Inn. Railton and his neighbors weren’t buying what the Maple Park Inn was trying to sell and did a great job convincing the Plan Commission to keep Maple Park the unique residential neighborhood it has always been.

5 bedroom Maple Park Bed and Breakfast shot down

this is the Historic property in Maple Park that was proposed to become a Bed and Breakfast

New businesses on Route 50.
Finally! Someone has purchased that defunct gas station site at Edwards Blvd and Route #50 next to Walmart. Over the past couple years, the site has taken on the look of a truck stop, with all the semi trucks parking there, so it will be nice to see that tacky look replaced by a couple of much more attractive buildings with two new restaurants and retail stores.


Grandest Person

Jose and Kristen Martinez Lake Geneva Farmers market

Jose Martinez a Fontana resident has turned his hobby and passion for gems and stones into a grand little business. With his wife Kristen’s help, he produces one-of-a-kind jewelry out of natural stones he collects from his winters in Arizona. Jose and wife Kristen can be found every Thursday at the Lake Geneva Farmer’s market.


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