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IF YOU GO: The Tallman Arts Festvial, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Lincoln Tallman House grounds in Janesville.

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.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 12:25

Editor's blog: Welcome to our new look

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.

Friday, 22 July 2016 15:12

City kids find success in 4-H

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.

If you have a photograph or two you’d like to submit, email me a link or post it to our timeline on Facebook. You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Phoenix Park Bandshell

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


•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


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


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


7 p.m., Delavan-Darien High School Summer Classical

7:15 p.m., Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra Classical


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


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


5 p.m., Audiophilia

6 p.m., Mike Stone and the Rockers

Elkhorn Bandshell

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

Music by the Lake

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

Lake Geneva concerts in the park

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 Savory Sounds

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

East Troy Concerts on the Square

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

Janesville Mainstreet Entertainment

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

Rotary Gardens Music in the Gardens

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

Edgerton concerts in the park

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

Rockton River Market

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

Friends of Riverfront in Beloit

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.

Fridays in the Park, Beloit

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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