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Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:11

Working Toward Transformation

JANESVILLE — The Hedberg Public Library is looking to undergo a facelift over the next couple years.

The Transformation Project will revitalize the library and position it to serve the community more efficiently, said Bryan McCormick, library director.
One aspect of the project would be to have the reference desk and the circulation desk in a centralized area.

“Patrons can come in and only have one place to have their questions answered,” McCormick said. “They won’t have to go to multiple places. We will have a centralized service point for patrons.”

The programming room would be renovated to accommodate more people and programs. McCormick said the room could be used for meetings, training sessions and community events.

Monday, 11 September 2017 08:46

Mr. Conservation

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- “Gratifying” and “thankful” are the words Richard Newsome uses to describe being recognized for his conservation efforts during the past 40-plus years.

The Rock County Conservationists recently dedicated the Richard Newsome Education Garden at the Welty Environmental Center, located in Big Hill Park in the town of Beloit.

“If there was going to be something that had my name on it, I can’t think of anything I appreciate more than this prairie garden,” Newsome said.

Friday, 25 August 2017 09:13

Cranking up their engines

EDGERTON — The Rock River Thresheree reunion will feature a variety of stories about antique equipment, but perhaps none more interesting than two engines that the Fairbanks-Morse Company manufactured in 1935.

The thresheree will be held Friday through Monday, Sept. 1 through Sept. 4, at Thresherman’s Park south of Edgerton.

It will feature two CV-6 gasoline engines that were aboard the Navy’s USS Enterprise during World War II. Both engines were transported from New York in time for the 61st annual celebration.

Thursday, 27 July 2017 00:00

Ready for the 4-H spotlight

It’s good to be the queen. It's good to be the king, too, as Jack Elliott and Brooke Trustem discovered in May when they were crowned king and queen of the 2017 Rock County 4-H Fair. 

“Being fair royalty and king is a special award because it recognizes all of the efforts I have put into 4-H over these past 12 years,” Elliott, a member of River Valley 4-H, said in an email.

Elliott, 18, won his first fair ribbons at age 8 during his first year in the Rock County 4-H Fair horse and pony show. He got a little help from Mo, an Arabian, and Sassy, a Welsh pony.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Learning the lingo

JANESVILLE MESSENGER--Part of the fun at the fair is watching all of the animals being judged; each rabbit and chicken held by a hopeful youngster, each bovine, equine, ovine, caprine and porcine maneuvered by their handler in the show ring. You know what a rabbit and chicken are, but do you know a bovine refers to cattle, equine to horses and ponies, ovine to sheep, caprine to goats and porcine to pigs?

Emily Harris, a fourth generation  4-H member, recalls her days in the show ring with her sheep at the Boone County, Illinois, and Rock County, Wisconsin, fairs.

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Walworth County Fair

Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2017

Mobile guide and schedule

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Russ Hays has been busy. As co-chair of the Cars Time Forgot car show, he’s lined up vendors, recruited volunteers, answered innumerable questions from potential visitors and exhibitors and given interviews — heck, he even  built the show trophy.

He’ll see all his work come to fruition on Sunday, July 9, 2017 when more than 1,000 show cars, trucks, motorcycles and special interest vehicles are expected to cover the grounds of Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. This is the sixth year the show has been at the resort after outgrowing its original location in downtown Delavan.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:36

Janesville's new superintendent is all in

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Early in January, members of the Janesville School Board had heard and seen enough about the candidates for the next superintendent to make a decision ahead of schedule.

They unanimously decided they didn’t need a second round of interviews with the finalists.

They were so impressed with Steve Pophal that they named him to succeed the retiring Karen Schulte, ending a five-month search process.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Growing up east of Janesville’s Traxler Park, Rob Bier, 51, explored the city by bike, stopping to hike along the banks of the Rock River downtown where the foundations of a brick building stood, or trek wooded lots dotted with old bottles behind Mercy Hospital or the ice arena.

Years later, as he learned more about the city’s past, he realized his childhood adventures shared a common denominator.

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