A walk through the village


THE WALK WITH WALKER participants posed for a group shot with the walk banner on the Lake Street walkway before taking off to tour the village Thursday. THE WALK WITH WALKER participants posed for a group shot with the walk banner on the Lake Street walkway before taking off to tour the village Thursday. ELKHART LAKE – This village is wellknown for, among other things, race cars speeding through its streets.

But Thursday, it was a group of walkers trying to bring attention to Elkhart Lake.

Tonette Walker, wife of Gov. Scott Walker, brought her “Walk with Walker” initiative to the village on the lake as village and tourism officials showed her its charms and attractions.

It was the 52nd such event for the state’s First Lady since her husband took office in 2011. The walks, according to her website, are designed to promote health and fitness while showcasing some of the beautiful sites across the state.

“Our village is focused on healthy living, so we’re honored to have her here with us,” Lola Roeh of The Osthoff Resort said of Walker.


THE GROUP TOOK A break at the Pledge Allegiance statue in the Village Park on the Village Square to say the Pledge of Allegiance along with the children depicted in the sculpture. THE GROUP TOOK A break at the Pledge Allegiance statue in the Village Park on the Village Square to say the Pledge of Allegiance along with the children depicted in the sculpture. “Today, the spotlight is on Elkhart Lake,” State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett noted before the group of several dozen walkers left from the Lake Street walkway behind The Osthoff.

“Here in Sheboygan County, tourism is such a big deal,” Klett pointed out. She cited the 5.5 percent increase in tourism last year as opposed to just 4.4 percent growth statewide.

“It really is because of the attractions you offer throughout the county. We are so pumped up to be taking this walk,” Klett concluded.

After that, Walker, Klett and the group stepped off, escorted by Roeh, Elkhart Lake Tourism Director Kathleen Eickhoff and Village President Alan Rudnick. They were joined by Village Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer Jessica Reilly, several local legislators and dozens of village residents and guests.


SCATTERED SHOWERS sent some walkers under their umbrellas, but not the First Lady (third from left), who vows her “Walk with Walker” events go on rain or shine. SCATTERED SHOWERS sent some walkers under their umbrellas, but not the First Lady (third from left), who vows her “Walk with Walker” events go on rain or shine. The group wound their way past the village beach; Quit Qui Oc golf course; and The Osthoff, Siebken’s and Victorian Village resorts before heading downtown to visit the main district, then heading back to their starting point at The Osthoff.

Even occasional light sprinkles along the route didn’t deter the walkers – as the First Lady put it, the walks go on rain or shine – and Walker didn’t even take advantage of the umbrella offered by one of her aides.


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