WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY--Aruna Jha, the mother of two grown daughters, remembers feeling somewhat anxious when the girls -- particularly the older one -- started college.
“It was a little bit tougher when the first one went off to school. Parents know the transition is hard the first time you experience it. The feelings, concerns and anxieties are going to be a little different,” said Jha, an assistant professor in the department of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “With my older daughter, compared to the younger one, I was more concerned, more vigilant, possibly more intrusive.”
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — If you’re a fan of bluegrass, you know exactly where you’ll be come Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 10: listening to the sweet blend of guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles at East Troy’s 24th annual Bluegrass Festival. Take a moment while you’re there to stop and thank the woman behind the festival — she’ll be mingling with bluegrass lovers on the square — award-winning composer Melissa Sherman.
In 1994, Sherman was a single mom with three young children and a business, Melissa’s Country Baskets and a Touch of Heart, located across from the village square in East Troy. She was also a bluegrass guitarist and upright bass player looking to play, but busy with life.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — If you’re a fan of sweet corn, you want to be at Darien’s West Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8, Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, for the 57th annual Darien Cornfest.
The celebration includes live entertainment, a carnival, parade, fireworks, crafts sales, sports tournaments and, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free sweet corn donated by Birds Eye, which has a plant in Darien.
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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — A lifelong nature and honeybee lover, Kristine Karlson remembers herself as a 3-year-old, “watching, touching and happily humming along with the honeybees in my family’s garden.”
Karlson is hoping attendees of her presentations at the Walworth County Fair will become ardent fans of the honeybee, too.
She will offer two programs at the Learning Coop during the fair’s run: Beekeeping with Kristine Karlson at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30; and From Beehive to Your Kitchen at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.
ELKHORN — Just ask any member of the Walworth County 4-H Driving Club and they will explain — you don’t have to go big to make a big impact. Many of the kids in the horse and pony project work with steeds that are one-fourth the size of a quarter horse or one-tenth the size of a Belgian or Percheron.
Size doesn’t matter when it comes to the level of commitment required for this project. Dedication does, and these kids have it, practicing three or more times a week in many cases.
The goal, of course, is to demonstrate what they’ve learned at the Walworth County Fair.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Born in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, Lilly Barrett came to the United States as a child, so she understands firsthand the difficulties of learning a language while simultaneously navigating life in a new country.
That experience adds a compassionate dimension to her new job as coordinator of the Walworth County Literacy Council, where she assesses the needs of students and matches them to tutors.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Walworth County was Woodrow Wilson in 1912. From then on the county has been considered -- certainly by political analysts -- a Republican stronghold.
The closest it came to leaning blue since then was 2008, when Sen. John McCain won it by 2.6 points. And although President Donald Trump got only 34 percent of the county’s vote in the Wisconsin primary, he won it by 57 percent in the November election, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 37 percent.
Just how red -- or purple -- is Walworth County? Ask the grassroots party people.
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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Looking for a yoga class? One may be as close as your neighborhood park, local beach or even nearby farm.
Yoga instructors are seeing a surge of interest in the centuries-old practice for a variety of reasons, from reducing stress and building a body-mind connection to losing weight and strengthening balance.
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