LIVING IT

Where’s the beef? Where’s the beef from? It appears that the leadership of the United States has decided that it is no longer important that customers know where the beef they are consuming comes from. It’s important that people know where people come from, as we all know. It’s important that all products inedible have source countries on their packaging. But not so beef anymore. You will no longer know whether the meat you are consuming comes from Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia or even Eastern Europe, which also means that you will be totally dependent upon the integrity of the systems controlling meat in those countries of origin with respect to what is in the package you are purchasing. Good luck on that.

Wilson Farm Meats in Elkhorn uses only locally butchered meats. Lake Geneva Country Meats does the same thing. Forget Wal-Mart, Sentry and Piggly Wiggly for beef though, unless you are feeling lucky or want to ‘make your day.’ Shop intensely local for your meat unless you have a keen taste for monkey or horsemeat, and even then you won’t really know unless you buy from Wilson Farm Meats or Lake Geneva Country Meats. Restaurant beef is going to be a complete tossup.

 

Wilson Farm Meats

Wilson Farm Meats

Lake Geneva Country Meats

Lake Geneva Country Meats

The haunted hotel on Broad Street is known as the Traver Hotel. The rolling silent disaster of the collapsing old asbestos hotel continues to build interest simply because it remains there, the eyesore of downtown Lake Geneva and the humor of its changing but remaining the same ownership.

A builder who never builds anything down in Illinois bought the place but didn’t pay the old owner. The old owner who sold the place wants it back so he can nest on top of it like a bad looking old hen. The city wants the place gone and is willing to put up $600,000 of TIF money that isn’t theirs to grant help to anyone who’ll take the mess over and do something. Tom Hartz is too busy chewing away on the $800,00 granted to him, again with TIF funding apparently not owned by anybody. Meanwhile, the old owner enlists the assistance of a hapless local attorney named Terhorst.   Terhorst can be recalled by thinking about the Lake Geneva Development Committee to nowhere (they buy land to develop and then never develop it). Terhorst allegedly goes into the building illegally to take photos of what a bad job the current foreclosed upon owner has done to take care of the structure (allegedly proving he’s done nothing) but Terhorst allegedly gets caught. The “Travergate” scandal is allegedly born. Being just as incompetent as the Watergate burglars of old, attorney Terhorst, making believe he’s on the set of the new Mission Impossible movie (allegedly), climbs in a second floor open window (allegedly). What’s going to happen is now up to Judge Koss in Walworth. Who owns what? Who’s owes what? Should attorney Terhorst be acquire the nickname of “Second Story” Terhorst? Sometimes the news in Lake Geneva is strangely entertaining (allegedly).

Travar Hotel Lake Geneva

Tevar Hotel, Lake Geneva

 

Vapors away! Who’s going into that storefront with the billowing cloud signs out front? It’s not you, who might be reading this paper, for the most part. The clientele is made up of young people, most of whom are less than twenty-five years of age. Why young people? With very few exceptions (likely George Carlin would if he was still alive, or Cheech and Chong), it is young people who are fully behind smoking stuff. All kinds of stuff. Once again, it is important that everyone driving by or visiting this vapor store make themselves aware of what it is they want their city to be known for and what they want their young people involved in. Vapor shops may be with the American culture to stay, a lot of other things are, like alcohol, heroin, marijuana and regular cigarettes. Because those things are here with all of us on the planet does not mean we have to allow, support or patronize them in our communities.

 

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