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w. 1 Vi Sk i -r A- 4 ifna i rj 4 4 jr SiF4- T- fr it- 'J- 4 Lake Geneva Regional News October 1, 1 832 ffon TI r'A vSZJ-L J-LJ-L Iske Geneva Regional News LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Lake Geneva Regional News Make Position Adequate Space Provided by Reek Addition ONE HUNDRED NINETEEN YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY PUBLISHER D. EEARDER EDITOR J. DOUG auon Published every Thursday by the Lake Geneva Printing and Publishing Co. To the Editor.

Halloween is just around the comer. I wonder if the merchants donating to the annual Lake Geneva Youth Association fire station party are aware of a few things. For the last few years Star Center suddenly has become a non exsistant part of the Lake Geneva Elementary School District. At least that's what I was told when I complained about the treatment my child and I received at last years party. The party had a large sign stating from what schools children were accepted.

Sl Francis, Eastview, Central and a few others were on the fist. Fine, but when I called prior to the party I was told all Lake Geneva Elementary EDITORIALS i 5- Parents, Take a Lesson Only Lawyers Benefitting From Proposed Racetrack Theres a very important election coming up in a few weeks. Now, wait. Before you say, "I know that," are you aware of the nationwide election to be held Oct. 28? Possibly not.

It hasnt received the attention given to the Nov. 3 election. The Oct. 28 election is the Kids Vote 92 program aimed at getting America's children interested in the voting process and making them more understanding of the responsibilities of the American citizen. Hopefully it will teach than to be more conscientious than their parents, millions of whom never vote.

In Wisconsin, Kids Vote 92 is sponsored by the Wiscorfsin League of Women Voters Education Fund under the umbrella of the National StudentParent Mock Election. It is endorsed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. The mock election for students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be held Oct. 28 at which time the kids will vote for president, US senator and various state and lower level offices and issues. Geneva area schools will take part.

It's probable that more kids will vote Oct 28 than adults will on Nov. 3. American voters have a shameful record of ignoring their responsibility to go to the polls. There is less voter participation in the US than in another other democracy in the world. The excuses for staying away from the polls are many-ranging from disillusionment with self-serving politicians and disgust for the manipulations of wealthy special interests to "I was too busy" and "I didnt know the candidates." does the growing practice of staying away from the polls leave election decisions in the hands of ever fewer voters usually less than 50 per cent but equally damaging to the democratic process and the future of America is the fact that parents who fail their duty are setting a terrible example for their children.

Kids grow up believing that voting isnt necessary not knowing that lack of voter participation is as much a cause of as it is a result of what government is today. Kids Vote 92 could be a start toward reversing thenonvoting trend in America especially if it becomes an annual event. And with luck, the kids might talk their parents into going to the polls Nov. 3. Clear on Annual School District Schools could attend.

Oh well, at the party I was told Star Center was not a Lake Geneva Elementary school. This was news to me and I argued the point. I got no where. My child and several other Star Center children with me were not allowed a bag of candy, hot dogs, or to compete in the costume contest. They -were treated like dirt and made to feel like they were not good enough to be there.

Thats a horrible way to treat any child. If you want to make this party just for Lake Geneva residents that so be it, but the present system includes children from many area communities that attend Lake Geneva city limits schools including some Pell Lake children. Technically with that system Lake People trusted Brainerd and bought the stock at $4 per share. Today, a share of the stock is valued at 12 cents. The Brainerd Corporation is now buried in debt taken on in pursuit of the Wisconsin race track.

Brainerd has been rejected in Racine County and Kenosha County and has been engaged in unsuccessful warfare to build a track in Walworth County for over two and one half years. Corporate finances are in such bad shape that stock markets told Brainerd it had to bring the value of the stock up to over $1 pa share and cut back on debt The- shareholders were told. that this would be accomplished by a reverse stock split. A shareholder who owns A PICTURE 1 af If' 1 1 iO -9. 3 jrl 4 IT 4 I A 4, OF Halloween Party Geneva residents that attend Star Center shouldn't have been allowed all the party fringes either, but they were.

We had a Halloween party in Pell Lake for a number of years. I wish we fgtiil could. In the years we had the party we never once turned awaya -Lake Geneva child and we did have them. I'm sure if PeU Lake merchants were asked to donate they would do so gladly if they felt their areas children were welcome. Please think about the kids and make your position clear this year and Lake Geneva merchants keep in mind we patronize your businesss too.

Think about it. Linda Gudaitis PeU Lake 100 shares would not own 10 shares, but the value of each of those shares would be 10 times higher. Thus a 12 cents per share price would suddenly be multiplied to $120 pa share, but the individual would only own one-tenth as many shares. In addition, the company erased $300,000 in debt that die company owed to Gene Snow and James Littlejohn, giving them the equivalent amount in shares of stock. Needless to say, this was an angry meeting.

People shouted and pounded on tables. Trusting people saw their investments going down the tubes. Several of them cast votes against the schemes, but their ownership was so PLEASE SEE LAWYERS PAGE 5 THE PAST 4 if ti 4 St Sx Arx-- -x-x- One of the saddest meetings I ever attended took place last Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, in a suburb of Minneapolis. The event was a shareholders' meeting of Brainerd.

International Raceway, Inc. In the course of the morning, several shareholders told their stories. A few years ago, Brainerd International Raceway convinced them to buy stock. The company was portrayed as operator of a financially successful race track in Minnesota. The property was debt free.

They woe also going to build a new race track in southern Wisconsin, which Brainerd said had a high probability of getting approved. tl v. -5 w. a i I yt 1 A p-ir Badger Project Deserves Support To tSis Editor: On Oct. 6, in the Zenda Towri Hall, the residents of the Reek School District will vote on a referendum which will mean an expansion and updating of the Reek Elementary School Building to comply with current health and safety mandates and to put an end to serious educational space shortages.

We urge all voters to vote yes on this issue. By 1995, state and federal regulations (the Americans With Disabilities Act and die Aging Schools Act) will require upgrading the building and septic system. The cost of complying with these regulations will be $860,000. Spending this amount of money and not adding one inch to the educational space of the school would only put a band-aid on the problem. Five of nine classrooms are undersized per state recommendations, storage areas have to be used for tutoring and special education, new space is needed to institute the teaching of computer education, special education, and a foreign language (mandated by die state to be in place by 1994).

Finance and building costs are the lowest they have been in 20 years. The cost to the taxpayers in the first 10 years of the loan is estimated to Be 59 cents per $1,000 of property value. This translates to only $59 per year on a $100,000 home. Aside from all these facts and fig- PLEASE SEE ADEQUATE PAGE 5- Jlii rnnr iff is r. nil in the reach of every one for private use, or business correspondence, in fact for any description of type-writ- ing.

Simplicity, durability, and per- feet working qualities, are the strong points, which have made the typewriter so marked a success. So simple that anyone with ordinary intelligence can learn to operate it in one hours1' time, and by a little practice, great rapid! tycan be obtained. As to capacity, it will take any desired width of paper, up to 8 12 inches, cm the small sized machines, and the larger size will take in paper up to 12 inches wide. It will thus be found very convenient, in filling out blank papers, as it will write on ruled lines, or unruled paper, any uniform space between lines. If desired, six times as much can be written on a page as' is done with a Corrections and alterations are easily made.

Travelling men will find this a very desirable little instrument as it' can be conveniently carried, weighing less than four pounds, and all professional and business men will find that they can quickly get its cost back from iL Geneva area residents are being offered some fine entertainment in the 1992-93 performing arts super series of programs planned by Badger Productions-that hardworking, dedicated. student theatre organization at Badger High School. Badger Productions has scheduled a six-performance season running from Oct 17 to next May 15. Six truly entertaining programs are planned. The "big three" are the Second City National Touring Company on Oct 17, Livingston Taylor next March 13 and the fabulous Lettermen closing out the season May 15.

The other three programs also are worth taking in Swingset Police, a Genoa City based band that is acclaimed around the Greater Chicagoland area, scheduled for Nov. 21; W.F. Friedrich, a literary great, Jan. 18; and the Back Porch musical show, a fantastic local assortment of instrumentalists and singers who have had audiences applauding their music, antics and hilarity. Badger Productions is a valuable offering at Badger a project that has the students doing all the programming, lighting, sound presentation, and box office operation.

It's an extension of the theatre curriculum. Students looking ahead to theatre work beyond high School are given a unique learning opportunity. lb an extent. Badger Productions is "on probation!" Last year, which was its first year Badger Productions did not pay Its own way. The School Board recognizing its value voted to back the project for another year.

Its not known what will happen if the project is "in the red" again this year. Residents of the Badger District should get behind this property to help assure its financial success. They can do so by calling the box office now at 248-6243 to order tickets for any one, more or all of the programs. you think its as pretty as L.G? When I go to Sharon in a few days I will send you a card from there." The postcard belongs to former Lake Genevan Leslie Newcomb Gagliardi, now of Locust Grove, VA. LAKE LAWN LODGE on Delavan Lake may have been the tallest building in the lakes area when this picture was taken.The photo appears on a postcard that was postmarked at Delavan July 26, 1909 and sent to Miss Ethel Stout, Chicago.

It was signed by "Matti," who wrote, "I am sending you a card of Delavan Lake. Do CHATTERBOX By Mehitabel Ths Office Cat Pay Attention to Natural Resources essary and careful attention to matters of general business policy. It can be said without fear of contradiction that type-written letters are' more easily read, and receive better attention, than those written with a pen. The type-writer is rapidly finding its way into every business office, whether there be much or little writing to do. In a word, type-writers are valuable, and are bought for several reasons, a few of which are, to do away with poor penmanship, to turn out work faster and because it is fascinating work, and easier than using a pen.

Legal papers are now very generally prepared with a type-writer, whose plain and elegant print is so much more legible than the penmanship of most lawyers. In presenting to the trade, the "Odell Type-Writer," the manufacturers do so feeling that they care supplying a want, long felt, in a machine which can be sold at a reasonable figure, yet perform in a satisfactory manner the work of a more expensive machine. They purpose to retail these instruments, at the extremely low price of $15.00, thus bringing them story provided by Burtons granddaughter Alice Hackett. The story had the headline, "The Odell Type-Writer Company," and read as follows: The above is the name of a new organization formed in Lake Geneva, with a capital of $100,000. Its object as its name implies, is to manufacture type-writing machines and furnish type-writer supplies.

The officers of the company are: President, John E. Burton; Vice President, C.H. Odell; Secretary, L.J. Odell and Treasurer Josiah Barfield. A factory, 70 24 and two stories high, is being built below the flouring mills, from which power will be transmitted by wire cable.

But so many orders for their machines are coming in that they will put machinery into the oat meal mill in order to supply the demand until their new works are finished. In these days of hurry and worry the business man finds that his time and strength is too valuable to waste in writing with a pen. The old process is not only slow and fatiguing, but vital energies are consumed in drudgery when they can be belter en-I gaged in laying plans and giying nec ADMIT IT You're a senior citizen if you remember going, as a kid, to buy things at the "10 coit store." OVERPRICED You were a Great Depression homemaker if you remember when you bought pork roast or beef pot roast because chicken cost too much. EARLY INDUSTRY Light industry was as much sought-after by Lake Genevans more than a century ago as it is today and when entrepreneur John Burton announced his intentions to open a "type-writer" company here in 1887, a local weekly newspaper (it's not known which one) welcomed the plan in a rosy news story. Burton built the Odell Type-Writer Manufacturing Company at 529 Main Street.

In later years, before and after World War the building was occupied by Bishop's Dry-Night Club Restaurant and is now the site of Lake Geneva Travel and Cruise. How the Lake Geneva editor felt about the new industry is seen in a copy of the April 24, 1887,. news 3 Skip Oalljs Past President of the Committee to Save Geneva Lake son. The deer bow season has started as has the duck and goose hunting period. These 'activities take place on an ever-dwindling amount of undeveloped space.

Non-hunters may, decry the taking of wild species, but my view is that development reduces the amount of wildlife far more than a few weeks of hunting every year. I have lived in the Geneva Lake area for the last 24 years. During that time, I have seen many hundreds of acres of woodlands, lakefront, wetlands, and farmland succumb to the bulldozer. Growth may be inevitable, but Fm not sure it has to be at such great expense to our environment It has just been announced that the United States government will open up parkland in northern states from Illinois to Pennsylvania to strip mining. This process basically removes all vegetation and soil from a vast area in search of coal below the surface (as opposed to a mine that tunnels down under the earth.) The reason for this decision seems to be PLEASE SEE ATTBrnGN RAGE5- 4 I 4 li Welcome to the official continuation of autumn! We are already used to cool days and nights and our trees have been losing foliage for months.

As the leaves fly through the air, they will be joined by other "natural resources" such as migrating waterfowl. Wisconsin is rich in assets-forests, lakes, clean air, fish, and wildlife. It is to these resources that we need to pay special attention. To the sportsman, fall is THE sea- 4 1 rj gr af.

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