The organizers of ChocolateFest are eager and willing to pull together a festival for Memorial Day weekend.

But – and this is a big but – it does them no good to sink all that time and effort into a community celebration if they won’t be granted a permit due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re kind of in limbo,” ChocolateFest President Bil Scherrer said this week.

For it’s part, the City of Burlington Common Council faces the difficult task of deciding whether to grant a permit without knowing what the effects of the pandemic will be in late May.

The challenges facing festival organizers and city officials are explored in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s Standard Press:

  • LOVE GROWS ON THE FARM: It was more than 25 years ago when Tina Hinchley, a divorced single mom, placed a personal ad in the Standard Press that read: “Tall country woman looking for a farmer.” As Valentine’s Day approaches Tina and Duane Hinchley say that ad was the catalyst of an enduring love affair with each other and the farming life.
  • BASD TO MOVE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES: The Burlington Area School District advanced plans to relocate its district office to the district-owned building at 209 Wainwright Avenue following approval from the School Board Monday. The building is adjacent to Karcher Middle School and is currently used as an alternative high school known as the Fox River Consortium. That service will move into Lincoln School once renovations to both buildings are made, officials said.
  • ON THE DECLINE: New coronavirus cases in Racine County, as well as statewide, have continued to fall while total vaccinations are on the upswing in recent weeks. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports it has seen case numbers decline for 11 weeks.
  • COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 18 for a Racine man charged with resisting arrested after he was seen stumbling down a local highway dressed like a woman. Prashawn A. Patel, 22, was charged Feb. 1 with battery to a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and misdemeanor bail jumping.
  • SHOES FOR LEARNING: You may not think your used shoes can do much, but the sixth grade classes at Burlington Catholic School are confident your donations can have a positive impact. The students are collecting shoes for a schoolwide project with a global vision and a lesson in teamwork.
  • PRIMARY ELECTION: In addition to a three-candidate race for a seat on the Burlington Town Board, Tuesday’s primary election will include a statewide contest for all Wisconsin voters to trim the candidates for state superintendent of public schools. There are seven candidates running. The top two from the primary will advance to the Spring Election on April 6.
  • LADY DEMONS BOW OUT: Three years ago, the Burlington girls varsity basketball team suffered a winless season. Last year, that mark was two wins. This year, the number doubled to four – but that doesn’t mean the experience was any less fulfilling for the seniors on the team.