With an area hospital system reaching record numbers of COVID-19 patients this week, Advocate Aurora Health is warning that things could get worse.

“These are very concerning numbers, not just numbers, but people who are so ill that they require hospitalization and this points to the critically important need to be vaccinated and to receive a booster if eligible,” Mary Kingston, Advocate Aurora’s chief nursing officer said.

The surge in coronavirus cases is among the top stories 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 edition.


A DOGGONE GOOD LIE: The Burlington Liars Club has recognized former area resident Gerard Vail as the winner of the 2021 Lie of the Year. Vail, who grew up on the north end of Browns Lake in Burlington, now lives in Chicago and became the first person from the Illinois city to win since 1935. His tall tale involves his dog and some Scrabble tiles.


COURT NEWS: A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 5 for a Kansasville man charged with threatening patrons of a Union Grove bar with a knife on Christmas Eve. Wayne Richard Delaney, 45, was charged Dec. 28 with multiple crimes resulting from the incident and a brief standoff with deputies.


NEW AMBULANCE: The City of Burlington Fire Department could receive a new ambulance to replace a 17-year-old model donated by the former Burlington Rescue Squad. Alan Babe, fire chief, said the proposed replacement would cost the city $271,458


MUSIC MATTERS: Aspiring young musicians in Burlington recently received gift that will allow them to explore classical stringed instruments without the usual cost of buying or renting.


ICE CASTLES: Ice Castles, the frozen winter wonderland what has attracted thousands to the Lake Geneva area in winters past, is set for another run in 2022. The frozen attraction is slated to open later this month.


HOLIDAY HOOPS: The Burlington High School boys basketball team posted two wins at a holiday tournament in Kenosha behind strong play from junior JR Lukenbill.