IF YOU GO: The Tallman Arts Festvial, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Lincoln Tallman House grounds in Janesville. www.RCHS.us
EAST TROY -- Annie Haeger believes she didn’t choose her current path in life, it chose her.
Regardless, the East Troy area resident has combined her best qualities -- including athletic ability, work ethic and mental toughness -- to land a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
Haeger, 26, and teammate Briana Provancha are among 15 members of the U.S. sailing team heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Our work here at the newspaper is never really done. I’m sure our jobs are much like yours in that way.
Yes, we publish a new edition each Sunday and Wednesday, but at the same time we’re working on new stories and new ways to connect with our readers.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Traditionally, 4-H has been a showcase for farm families and country kids.
But a growing number of city dwellers are involved in everything from craft projects to raising livestock.
Many Rock County 4-H members live in urban areas, according to Megan Rebout, 4-H youth development adviser.
Are you a frequent photo poster to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter?
We’re seeking submissions for the inaugural photography edition of our CSI Media publications that will publish July 31, 2016.
The photo edition will coincide with the launch of the new size and all-color format of Walworth County Sunday, The Shopper/Advertiser, The Stateline News and The Janesville Messenger.
Most of the time when I’m on Facebook or Twitter, I’m checking up on news that I otherwise may have missed.
One of my favorite delights is to see some of the awesome photography that people put on their social media feeds. I follow lots of people who post great images every week.
Those photographs are the inspiration for our inaugural photo edition.
Although social media is a great way to discover and share photography, there’s still something to be said for seeing an image in print on paper.
Especially with a combined circulation of 100,000 for all of our Sunday editions.
The other reason we’ve decided to do an edition devoted to photography is that before now, we’ve never been able to print color on every page of the paper.
But beginning with the July 31 edition, we won’t be constrained by limitations of color because of our printing press.
As you may remember, we announced a while back that we would begin printing our publications at the state-of-the-art Bliss Communications print facility on the outskirts of Janesville.
There are lots of reasons for switching to a different press, but one of them is the increased demand from advertisers for color in the ads they run in our paper.
Our current press has limited capacity, which means that some advertisers were shut out of color, or some of our features stories or photographs ran on black and white pages because all of the color pages had been spoken for.
With the new press, we’ll be able to print color on every page.
The move to the new press also will provide us an opportunity to give the paper a fresh new look and provide new opportunities for our advertising partners to share their message with our readers.
So, with this new color capability, we began brainstorming ways to best show it off, which led us to plan our photography edition.
We plan to run all the submissions online, and as many as we can in the paper. We’ll include the photographer’s name, caption information and how to find them on social media.
We’re looking for photographs that were taken during the past year. Our preference leans to spontaneous and arty.
If you’re looking to add followers, this will be a great way to make new connections.
Then mark your calendar for the paper that comes out July 31, 2016 and help us celebrate our fresh new look.
Success is measured by happiness, not possessions, says Rodney Wedig, whose words apply equally to life and the athletic arena.
Area coaches and their children took a moment leading up to Father’s Day to share their unique perspectives of life as a coach and coach’s kid.
Wedig has spent the past two years at Beloit Memorial High School after 11 at Big Foot High School in Walworth, having coached all five of his kids in youth and/or high school sports.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Summer is in the air and so is the sound of music.
Outdoor concerts are offered throughout the Stateline area this summer, with many venues featuring free entertainment.
Grab your sunglasses and maybe a blanket or a few lawn chairs, then sit back and enjoy everything from rock ’n’ roll to bluegrass and jazz to country.
Here's a quick reference guide to community concerts in Rock and Walworth counties in Wisconsin and northern Winnebago County in Illinois.
Second and Washington streets, Delavan
May 29, 3 p.m., Dixie Doodlers of New Berlin
June 2, 7 p.m., Triune Lutheran Church
June 3, 7 p.m., Boys and Toys
June 4, 3 p.m., Jazz in the Park
June 5, 3 p.m., Don Ford and David Robbins Jr.
June 9, 7 p.m., Turtle Creek Community Church
June 11, 7 p.m., Los Chicanos
June 12, 3 p.m., Tim Castle & Young Southern
June 16, 7 p.m., Calvary Community Youth Worship
June 17, 7 p.m., Cheryl Niemo & the Down Home Boys
June 18, 7 p.m., Cold Sweat & the Brew City Horns
June 19, 3 p.m., Eddie Cash Tribute
June 23-25 HERITAGE FEST
•Thursday, June 23
7 p.m., La Luz del Mundo
•Friday, June 24
4 p.m., Dangerous Folk
6 p.m., Rico! A Tribute to Santana
•Saturday, June 25
3 p.m., Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Company
4 p.m., Mariachi band
6 p.m., swing dance lessons
7 p.m., Jack Farina Big Band with guest soloist Julie Thompson
June 30, 7 p.m., Word of God Speak Music Ministry
July 1, 7 p.m., Mark and Gretch Hladish
July 2, 7 p.m., Tombeau Road
July 3, 1 p.m., U.S. 132nd Army Band
July 4, 5 p.m., Clutch Cargo
July 7, 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s Praise Band
July 8, 5 p.m., Youth Talent Showcase
July 9, 7 p.m., Beatolution
July 10 FREEDOM FEST
9:30 p.m., ecumenical service
Noon, Prayer, Praise, Dance
1 p.m., Taberaculo de Vida
2 p.m., Racine Family Worship Center
3 p.m., Racine Family Worship Center
4 p.m., Oasis of Blessings
4 p.m., Templo Calvario
July 14, 7 p.m., Christian Life Church Choir
July 15, 6 p.m., Trevor Baxter -- swing dance lessons
July 15, 7 p.m., All That Jazz Big Band
July 16, 7 p.m., The Twin Rivers Band
July 21, 7 p.m., Back Row Luther Memorial
July 23, 7 p.m., Salvador Idaho
July 24 BLUES FEST
Noon, The New Image Band
2 p.m., Hobie & the Leftovers
4 p.m., Glenn Davis and the Blues Commission
July 28, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church Spiritual
July 30 CLASSICS NIGHT
7 p.m., Delavan-Darien High School Summer Classical
7:15 p.m., Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra Classical
July 31 CRUISIN' CAR SHOW
1 p.m., The Cruise O 'Matics
3 p.m., John Ludy Puleo
Aug. 4, 7 p.m., Harvest Point Worship Band
Aug. 5, 7 p.m., Piper Road Spring Band
Aug. 6, 7 p.m., Steve Meisner Band
Aug. 11, 7 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Aug. 13 DELAVAN'S 180th CELEBRATION
5 p.m., 1st Brigade Band
7 p.m., historic play
Aug. 14, 3 p.m., Los Arenales de Texas
Aug. 18, 7 p.m., Calvary Community Worship Team
Aug. 19, 7 p.m., Matthew Wundrow Band
Aug. 20, 6 p.m., The Mike Stone Trio
Aug. 21, 7 p.m., Groove Hotel
Aug. 25, 7 p.m., Sacred Agent
Aug. 27, 7 p.m., The Boogie Men
Aug. 28, 3 p.m., StateLine
Sept. 7 SCARECROW FEST
5 p.m., Audiophilia
6 p.m., Mike Stone and the Rockers
Sunset Park, 200 Devendorf St., Elkhorn
Holton Band summer concert series, 7:30 p.m., June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15 and July 22
George Williams College of Aurora University, 350 Constance Blvd., Williams Bay
June 26, 4 p.m., Community Showcase: "Summer Waltz," Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra featuring the Dance Factory
July 9, 7:30 p.m., Micky Dolenz, The Voice of the Monkees
July 16, 7:30 p.m., Postmodern Jukebox
Aug. 7, 4 p.m., Imagination Movers
Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m., Chicago Philharmonic: "Something Wonderful -- The songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein"
Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m., An Evening with Straight No Chaser
Flat Iron Park, Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva
Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
July 7, Matt Meyers Band
July 14, Mr. Meyers Band
July 21, Geoff Landon and the Wolfpack
July 28, Kal Bergendahl Project
Aug. 4, Georgia Rae Family Band
Aug. 11, Mark and Gretch
Aug. 25, Lake Geneva House of Music
Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, 402 W. Main St., Whitewater
Bring your own lunch or enjoy local vendors.
June 16, 11:30 a.m., Nemora Jazz
June 23, 11:30 a.m., Kat and the Hurricane
June 30, 11:30 a.m., Jay Craggs
July 7, 11:30 a.m., Steve Meisner
July 14, 11:30 a.m., Rick and Rise
Downtown square, East Troy
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
June 16, East Troy Community Band
June 23, The Variations
June 30, East Troy Community band presents a patriotic concert
July 7, to be announced
July 14, East Troy Community Band
July 21, Swing Nouveau
July 28, East Troy Community Band
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Lower Courthouse Park, Main Street, downtown Janesville
June 14, 7 p.m., Birddog Blues -- Combines some of Wisconsin’s most accomplished and creative blues artists
June 21, 7 p.m., Straight Shooter -- Classic rock hits from the ’50s through the ’80s, plus Southern and country rock
June 28, 7 p.m., Gary the Band-- Vocal harmonies and tasteful guitar work featured in classic and modern pop, rock, folk and more
July 5, 7 p.m., Foreign Natives -- A blend of pop, rock, jazz, funk, blues and alternative
July 12, 7 p.m., Drum Rave -- Top 40 music by a drummer who plays all of the instruments at once
July 19, 7 p.m., GoDeans -- Janesville-based rock band of doctors and people working in health care
Second Tuesday, Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville
June 14, 5 p.m., Dave Potter Trio -- blues, swing and jazz
July 12, 5 p.m., Foreign Natives -- a blend of pop, rock, jazz, funk, blues and alternative
Aug. 9, 5 p.m., Gary the Band -- a mixture of alternative and Americana
Sponsored by Arts Council of Edgerton at Menhall Band Pavilion in Central Park, Edgerton
June 22, 6:30 p.m., Dueces Wild – oldies
July 6, 6:30 p.m., Mad Tadders -- classic rock covers
July 27, Old Farm Dog -- bluegrass
Aug. 10, 6:30 p.m., Red Hot Horn Dawgs, Evan Riley Band
Wednesdays at Old Settlers Park
June 1, 4 p.m., Trippin’ Tarzan
June 8, 4 p.m, Minimal
June 22, 4 p.m., 3 Good Men
June 29, 4 p.m., Ruffcutz Band
July 6, 4 p.m., Road House Ramblers
July 13, 4 p.m., Harlan Jefferson Band
July 20, 4 p.m., Pablo and the Rythmics
July 27, 4 p.m., Southern Charm
Aug. 3, 4 p.m., The Sensations
Aug. 10, 4 p.m., Kelly Stewart and the Restless Kind
Aug. 17, 4 p.m., Raised on Radio
Aug. 24, 4 p.m., Gary the Band
Aug. 31, 4 p.m., Rollin’ Whiskey
Music at Harry’s Place, Fridays at the Harry C. Moore Pavilion, 1160 South Riverside Drive, Beloit
June 17, 7 p.m. Harlan Jefferson
June 24, 7 p.m., Little Vito and the Torpedoes
July 1, 7 p.m., The Bel-Airs
July 8, 7 p.m., Dave Potter Trio
July 15, 7 p.m., Mr. Big Stuff
July 22, 7 p.m., Cash Box Kings
July 29, 7 p.m. Gary McAdams Band
Aug. 12, 7 p.m., The Jimmys
Aug. 26. 7 p.m., Copper Box
Also on most Mondays, Dancing at Harry’s Place at the Harry C. Moore Pavilion. The spot to learn to swing, cha cha, tango, line dance, waltz and more with free lessons. Open dance follows lessons. Come with or without a partner.
Free concert series at First National Bank Plaza downtown
June 3, 11:30 a.m., Late Harvest
June 10, 11:30 a.m., Stateline Playboys
June 17, 11:30 a.m., Gary the Band
June 24, 11:30 a.m., Steve Doiel Trio
July 1, 11:30 a.m., Harlan Jefferson Trio
July 8, 11:30 a.m., Bluegrass Reunion Band
July 15, 11:30 a.m., Brothers Quinn
July 22, 11:30 a.m., Blue Lightening
July 29, 11:30 a.m., Stateline Playboys
Aug. 5, 11:30 a.m., The Lone Canary
Aug. 12, 11:30 a.m., Harlan Jefferson Trio
Aug. 19, 11:30 a.m., Gary the Band
Aug. 26, 11:30 a.m., Jazz Tet
Sept. 2, 11:30 a.m., Sweetland
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Some members of the Janesville Fire Department are getting settled in at their new quarters.
After about a year of construction, the new central fire station is now operational at 303 Milton Ave.
STATELINE NEWS -- Enjoying records isn’t new to Drew Metter, a Janesville music store manager who has more than a thousand in his collection.
Now an increasing number of music fans are joining Metter in discovering the joys of vinyl.
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