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Posted on: July 13, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Walworth County Update for July 13, 2022

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Hey, #WalCo! What’s going on this week? Walworth County remembers former County Board Chairperson Nancy Russell; sign up today for Art in the Prairie on July 16; the final installment for 2021 real estate taxes is due; the Partisan Primary is coming up—register to vote; and more.  

Remembering County Board Chairperson Nancy Russell, Who Passed Away on July 2

County Administrator Mark Luberda presents Nancy Russell with a certificate at her retirement party

(Photo caption: County Administrator Mark Luberda presents former County Board Chairperson Nancy Russell with a certificate of recognition in honor of her service to Walworth County at her retirement party in March 2022.)

Nancy Russell, who served as the Walworth County Board Chairperson from 2007 to 2022, passed away at home on July 2, 2022, at the age of 86 from complications of recurrent lymphoma. 

Nancy was first elected to the County Board in 2002. She was only the second woman to ever hold the position and was also the County’s longest-serving Board Chair. 

Nancy was an ardent supporter of Walworth County parks and open spaces and played an integral role in the acquisition of White River County Park. In a memo addressed to the County Board of Supervisors, current County Board Chair Rick Stacey noted that Nancy’s many accomplishments also included providing leadership in the replacement of County buildings and the elimination of the County’s debt. 

Nancy was laid to rest at a private family graveside service. She asked that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donations in her name to the Aurora at Home Hospice Care

Art in the Prairie on July 16

Botanical watercolor of pink lady's slipper by Kathleen Garness

(Photo: Pink Lady's Slipper watercolor by Kathleen Marie Garness)

Join Kettle Moraine Land Trust (KMLT) for a kid-focused drawing lesson led by professional botanic and scientific illustrator Kathleen Garness at Art in the Prairie on Saturday, July 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Price Park Conservancy. Garness has worked with the Field Museum and the Nature Conservancy and taught for the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Morton Arboretum. You can view some of Garness’ work here. Attendees are asked to register in advance by emailing While the event is free, a donation of $20 would help defray program costs. Price Park Conservancy is located at N6418 Hodunk Rd., Elkhorn. Learn more about the event by visiting the KMLT website.

NOAA Weather Radios Donated to Area School Districts

NOAA weather radios are presented to Delavan-Darien School District Administrator Jill Sorbie.

(Picture caption (left to right): National Weather Service’s Tim Hallbach, Delavan-Darien School District Administrator Jill Sorbie, and Walworth County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Director Lt. Jason Rowland) 

This week, Walworth County Emergency Management Director Lt. Jason Rowland, with the assistance of National Weather Service’s Tim Hallbach, donated and delivered NOAA weather radios to area school districts. NOAA Weather Radio is the quickest way to obtain severe weather notifications. School districts that requested and received weather radios were Walworth Jt. 1, Delavan-Darien, Elkhorn, Reek, and Fontana. Thank you to National Weather Service for their efforts in improving the safety of the students in Walworth County.

Mark Your Calendars: Real Estate Taxes are due July 31

The final installment of 2021 real estate taxes is due by July 31. If you haven’t already done so, you can pay in person at the Walworth County Treasurer’s Office, at the Government Center drop box, by mail (must be postmarked on or before Aug. 1), or online. View the press release for full details.

Got Junk? Recycle it at Public Works' Electronics & Appliances Recycling Event on July 23

Walworth County Department of Public Works will host an Electronics & Appliances Recycling Event on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Public Works facility, W4097 County Rd. NN, Elkhorn. Select appliances and electronics may be recycled for free and disposal fees apply for certain electronics ($35 each for all TVs, $10 each for all computer monitors and all-in-one monitors; cash only). To view a list of acceptable items, visit

Voting Registration Deadline is July 20

The Partisan Primary is August 9! Are you registered to vote? The last day to register online at or by mail is July 20. You can still register at your polling place on Election Day.

Job of the Week: LPNs

We are hiring compassionate, caring, rock star LPNs! Lakeland Health Care Center, Walworth County’s skilled nursing facility, is now hiring full-time LPNs for night shifts. LPNs can earn up to $31.55 an hour plus an additional $15 per hour in pay premiums. View the job description and apply here.

Community Events: What's Going on Around the County

Prepare for the meat sweats: The Elkhorn Ribfest takes over the Walworth County Fairgrounds July 13 through 17. Barbecue, entertainment, and carnival rides. The Joffrey Ballet performs in the Geneva Lake area for the first time as part of the Music by the Lake series. The performance is on July 17 at 4 p.m. at George Williams College of Aurora University, 350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay. History buffs will want to stop by the Lake Geneva Public Library, 918 W. Main St., on July 20 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for Mr. Lincoln on the Patio. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln will share his history and the history of the nation. Brick Street Day, a celebration of Delavan’s roots and vibrant culture which, this year, coincides with Delavan’s 125th anniversary, takes place on Sat., July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at various locations throughout downtown Delavan. The event includes live entertainment, children’s activities, vendors, food, and more. Learn more at

*We do our best to ensure the accuracy of event information. However, please confirm all details with event hosts either directly or online. Changes to locations, dates, and times are beyond our control. Thank you!

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