Only one week until the 56th Lake Geneva Jaycees Venetian Fest begins! Get ready for some great family fun. Venetian Fest 2018 begins on Wednesday, August 15th and runs through Sunday, August 19th. This five-day event will include Mr. Ed’s Magical Midway, several food vendors, live entertainment and a beer tent. In addition, the Lake Geneva Annual Art and Crafts Fair will take place in Library Park, and be sure to catch the water ski show as well as the traditional lighted boat parade with fireworks as the grand finale. It is sure to be an exciting and busy week in Lake Geneva.
The fatal dump truck crash just off Highway 12.
Lake Geneva officers were the first to respond to a fatal crash at the 330-A exit off of HWY 12. The crash happened at approximately 8:39 a.m. on Thursday, August 2nd. When officers arrived, they observed a severely damaged dump truck and one operator who succumbed to his injuries on the scene. As a result of the crash, the off-ramp was closed immediately and remained closed until 4:00 p.m. that day. The removal of the wreckage and the victim was a lengthy job that took much consideration as the crash investigation was also underway. The towing company needed three large trucks, two with wenches, on the scene and worked for approximately five hours to pull the large badly damaged truck out of the ravine where it had landed. The cause is still unknown, but one witness claims to have been behind this dump truck through three towns and called police concerned about the truck’s erratic driving. She states she then observed the truck suddenly take the 330-A exit before losing control and then rolling over. The victim has been identified as 58-year-old Todd Klauser from Mukwonago, WI. The dump truck was owned by Sobczyk Trucking in Big Bend WI.
The Geneva Shore Report does not often print obituaries and, when it does, it does so in a fashion that is more humanistic than merely listing survivors and historical milestones. In that tradition, and in this issue, Ralph Waldo Emerson had some words to say about the passing of a life that most people never read or have ever heard of. These words apply to this extraordinary woman, who came to Lake Geneva to settle down, but never settled down because she was too busy being involved and helping others. She was a great teacher and a loving person to family and friends. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that life has breathed easier because you lived. This to have succeeded.”
These words can describe some other great human beings who have come and gone, but they are so appropriate in describing Anice Machado that they deserve repeating here. Anice died recently and she will be sorely missed by so many in the Geneva Lake communities where she worked, lived and remains loved by so many.