Little Gems

The Jake Brake.
Years ago a company called Jacobs invented a system of diesel engine braking that used the natural compression of the engine to brake the vehicle it was installed in. That company’s product became known as the Jake Brake. You know about this brake because you’ve heard it if you’ve ever spent any time on America’s highways or back roads. Truck driver’s turn the brake on to spare using their normal brakes and thereby save wear and tear on those braking system elements.

What’s the problem? Noise. The brakes give off a huge rapidly repeating thudding sound, one so low in tone that it seems to shake the ground if a listener is nearby. Many small communities have Jake Brake laws regulating when and where these loud brakes can be used. Linn Township is not one of them. Recently, trucks working with the larger local farmers around Zenda have been using these brakes to stop at back country crossroads. Crossroads with a lot of homes built nearby. It is quite common for these sounds to be heard from early a.m. to late in the night at many places in Linn Township.

What can be done? If you are experiencing discomfort because of these Jake brake practices near you, then please contact the Geneva Shore Report. The paper is investigating how to get an ordinance passed to take care of the problem. Alex Palmer, a really great Town of Linn board member, has been called into action on this matter.


The rebuilding of Highway 50 on Catholic Hill is dead.
The time ran out for laying concrete or even asphalt, much less all the other ground work that has to be done to expand the road known as Main Street, running from the intersection at KFC, all the way up to the top of Catholic Hill. Next spring will become the new building period for this section of road.

Qdoba and Noodles and Company Now open

Qdoba Lake Geneva


The Noodles and Company and Qdoba are now in, with the business area between them still undeveloped.
What should any prospective tenant really pay attention to? Parking and access. The traffic at the little entrance and exit to Highway 50 has become pretty bad at lunch time and the parking in the lot is already at about seventy percent full near eating hours. Any new business which moves in between those two restaurants ought to be an interesting one. It might be speculated that the price per square foot went down substantially when the two restaurants opened. They are both outstanding restaurants, however.

Brunk Paviilion Flat Iron Park

The Brunk Pavilion in Flat Iron Park, Lake Geneva

Brunk Park.
Why not toss it up in the air, forget about Flat Iron Park, and just call the place Brunk Park. First there was the Pavilion to Nowhere, then the first “grave marker” lauding all those who built the pavilion travesty. Then there was the real gravestone for old man Brunk. All approved. Now there are the ceremonial windmills, in case anyone is overcome by heat, put up by the surviving Brunk family. The Brunk’s prevail. Let them have the damned park, since they are acquiring it one bit at a time, anyway. Nice to see the cleaned statues back at the bottom “V” of the park. They have their backs turned to what is going on behind them. Good thing.


Another Business Leaving Downtown Lake Geneva 

Global Hands Lake Geneva

Global Hands has graced the corner of Broad and Geneva Street for the past ten years. Pam will be closing her doors after Christmas and will relocate this wonderful fair trade store to Burlington. Global hands sells eccentric hand-made organic items and clothes. Stop in for those extraordinary holiday gifts which will be on sale. Global Hands will be sorely missed. 270 Broad Street, Lake Geneva

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