Little Gems

Wild Thing Beachwear.
This great small store is located at 858 Main street, and is one of Lake Geneva’s many retail stores that has sold beachwear for the past fifteen years (eleven with the current owner), is closing!  The owner says they are simply ready to move on, do some traveling, and spend more leisure time with family.  Wild Thing Beachwear will officially be closed November 15th.  @Properties, the real estate office to the west of the store, will be utilizing the space, and the for rent sign in the window was someone’s idea of humor.  The reality is that the Wild Things Beachwear Store won’t be vacant and adding to the list of downtown’s empty retail spaces.

Wild Thing Beachwear, Lake Geneva

Final days. Lake Geneva will say goodbye to Wild Things this Thursday!


The day they tore ole Dixie down!
The voting in this mid-term national election was something to behold, especially on the local level. There are 3946 registered voters in Lake Geneva, 1723 in Williams Bay, 1461 in Town of Linn, and 1145 in Fontana. Just over 3000 residents voted in Lake Geneva and almost 1300 of the 1461 in Town of Linn. Those set records in both municipalities. This level of interest in politics and the actions taken on that interest is one of the most interesting phenomena of our time. Governor Walker was handed his walking papers, among a good number of others. The Republicans maintained their level of massive majorities in the state House and Senate. The voters came out in mass to make sure they, and we all, live in interesting times. This result of such a high turnout is something to celebrate no matter who was elected or rejected.


The Yerkes’ heart beats on.
What are the heirs of the Yerkes Observatory (and other buildings created by the one-million-dollar gift to the University of Chicago) going to do? Are they going to file suit? No one knows. Everyone waits. Williams Bay should not be waiting. Williams Bay should be filing immediately to begin condemnation proceedings in order to file a negotiation and offer to acquire the property under the laws of eminent domain, established by the State of Wisconsin for the public good.

The process of acquiring the property, whether the property is contested in ownership by the heirs or not, should be initiated right away so that there can be no question at some later date that the municipality waited too long to file and may be denied based upon the failure to file. Read the clearly transcribed letter Mr. O’Neill has added to this affair in his letter to the editor in this issue. Mr. Yerkes could not have been clearer in his desire to have his family and survivors have and hold the ownership to the observatory if the university ever closed it. The observatory is closed, and that has been stated in private and public by that university. What is everyone waiting for?


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