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Williams Bay and the Yerkes Observatory.
There was another huge meeting last weekend about the impending closure of the Yerkes Observatory on October 1st of this year. The University of Chicago sent its usual bevy of non-scholarly scholar types. Think lawyers. The community brought almost two hundred very concerned and interested residents. The University of Chicago representative crowd did its usual thing. They talked about how badly they didn’t want to sell the observatory but, without brilliant solutions being delivered to them by very concerned and very deep-pocketed communities around the lake, they would have no choice but to sell. The University would like to maintain name and recognition rights, but it would like the communities to pay all the expenses of the Yerkes upkeep and other costs. In other words, in spite of all the appeals put forth by the many concerned and worried citizens around the lake, the University is preparing to sell the entire thing and quite appropriately (for it), sell the place because it had no choice. It would give every appearance that the Geneva Shore Report’s opinion about that being the expected result all along is continuing true to form.


Boxed & Burlap Coffee Shop and Nursery will be opening their Farmers Market this Friday, May 25th at 8 a.m.
This market was started last season and was a huge hit with the vendors and the patrons who came by to purchase goods. Unfortunately, it was forced to shut down due to lack of proper parking and safety issues. There wasn’t enough room in the existing parking lot to accommodate all the cars, so people started parking along the street, which is (in reality) a highway. The lot has been enlarged, and the grassy area next to the parking lot is now approved for parking.

So once again, you can come to the big barn on the corner of Highway 67 & Highway 50, every Friday at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., rain or shine, and enjoy the wonderful indoor farmers market there. Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh veggies, fruits, and beautiful flowers. All this and much more can be found at your local farmer markets. Boxed and Burlap is one, but there is another outdoor, and much larger, market in Lake Geneva. Every Thursday morning the Lake Geneva Farmers market opens at 8:00 A.M., located along Broad Street on the west side.

Tommi’s Garden and Bloom, on the corner of NN and H, also has a great outdoor market on Saturday Mornings from 8 a.m. until noon.

Boxed and Burlap


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