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Friday, 11 September 2015 12:22

Walk back to bygone days in Janesville

JANESVILLE  MESSENGER -- Taking a stroll on a late summer morning could lead to a bit of a history lesson.

The Rock County Historical Society hosts Historical Walking Tours every other Saturday from June to October. Each tour begins at 9 a.m and lasts about an hour. During the tours, participants learn about historical homes, buildings and people of a particular area.

BELOIT -- Some of Rock County’s sturdiest centenarians are still going strong.

Though they might look a little different than they did 100 years ago, three century-plus old library buildings are still vibrant parts of their communities, thanks, in part, to the man who’s been dubbed the “patron saint of libraries,” Andrew Carnegie.

STATELINE NEWS -- Matthew Beach enthusiastically pedaled the bicycle he had just received down the driveway.

"It feels great," Beach said as he  test drove his early sixth birthday present.

MESSENGER -- Members of Janesville's under-age-10 Cal Ripken Division team and under-age-13 Babe Ruth team were honored Monday, July 27, 2015 with a fire truck procession that began at Bessie the Cow. The teams qualified for the Babe Ruth World series after winning their respective regional titles Sunday, July 26, 2015. Janesville 10U begins play Aug. 8, 2015 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Janesville 13U begins play Aug. 15 in Jamestown, New York.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Where: Rock County Historical Society, 426 N. Jackson St.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- One of the great things about summer is the county fair. For six days, you can enjoy a slice of rural life right inside the city limits of Janesville.

This year’s Rock County 4-H Fair is set for July 28 through Aug. 2 at the Rock County Fairgrounds. The theme is “Families Make the Fair Go Round.”

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- They obviously don’t always think and act alike. After all, they’re brothers -- and six years apart in age.

However, David Ferris, 25, and Austin Scoville, 19, agreed something that worked well once should work again, or at least they were willing to try and find out.

The Janesville residents had gathered friends and classmates in Evansville, where they spent most of their youth, to play football. An impromptu chat while waiting for springlike weather to arrive rekindled the idea: What could they do to bring folks together and meet new people, get a little exercise, shake off the winter doldrums and have fun?

Friday, 10 July 2015 08:52

Dulcimer music strings people together

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- With only three or four strings and simple diatonic fret pattern facilitating the playing of the melody in an Ionian mode, the mountain dulcimer arguably is easier to play than this sentence is to understand.

“It’s a comfortable instrument to play,” said Bill Hatfield, owner of Hatfield Guitar

& Repair in Janesville. “You can sit it on your lap and really, anyone can learn to play it. It’s really popular with seniors. If you’re arthritic, you can still play it.” 

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Social media is becoming an important tool for police to communicate with the community and to help solve crimes.

The Janesville Police Department uses a variety of social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Nixle, to get information out to the public.

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