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Monday, 25 September 2017 15:12

Merrill Center back on track

 STATELINE NEWS -- The Merrill Community Center in Beloit has new life thanks to Community Action Inc.

Community Action purchased the center in July and re-established programs at the facility on Sept. 5. The center at 1428 Wisconsin Ave. closed last November due to financial reasons.

Marc Perry, director of community programs, said Community Action purchased the center to continue to serve residents in the Merrill neighborhood.

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, 04 August 2017 00:00

Not a maze, but a journey

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY-- The first time Julie Dieterle walked a labyrinth, she followed the same winding stone path set into the floor of the 12th-century Chartres Cathedral in France that people had been walking on for more than 1,000 years.

At Chartres, the 42-foot diameter labyrinth was used by many medieval pilgrims unable to travel to the Holy Land as their own version of a spiritual quest. Today the circular paths of labyrinths remain a form of meditation for many.

Recent surface water testing by the Rock County Public Health Department has indicated high levels of E. Coli bacteria in the Yahara River and the Rock River from Indianford to Beloit, according to a release from the Rock County Public Health Department.

The July 12 testing found high E. Coli levels in the Yahara River at Stebbinsville and Murwin Park in Fulton, and the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville and Preservation Park in the town of Beloit.

Friday, 07 July 2017 14:51

Yoga is going places

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.

STATELINE NEWS -- The music always comes first. Then it depends on mastering the necessary skills and subtleties of the role.

Add the fact that Elijah Miller and Bryan Trasvina are self-starters, and it’s easy to see why they were chosen as guest student conductors for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Independence Day pops concerts.

The Fruzen Intermediate School eighth-graders-to-be were selected from Glenn Wilfong’s band class, which participated in BJSO music director Rob Tomaro’s five-week Conducting Kids program.

STATELINE NEWS -- The Equal Opportunities Commission’s duties are spelled out on the city of Beloit’s website:

"Enforces equal opportunity in housing for all citizens of the city and receives and investigates all complaints alleging discriminatory practices in the provisions of fair and equal access to housing or housing accommodations on the basis of sex, race, color, sexual orientation, handicap, religion, national origin, familial status, sex or marital status of the person maintaining a household, lawful source of income and age or ancestry.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Law enforcement officers and innocent drivers survived life-threatening situations this past Dec. 31 during a police chase that started in the town of Beloit and ended after a standoff near the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

And Rock County Sheriff’s Office squad car cameras caught all of the frantic action along U.S. Highway 51 between Beloit and Janesville.

STATELINE NEWS -- It’s Memorial Day weekend, and summer already seems to be in full swing in the Stateline area.

    The summer festival season began Friday, as it always does, with the Young at Heart Festival in Loves Park.

But there are many other events happening throughout the summer; if if they are not on your calendar yet, the should be.

STATELINE NEWS -- “We have not come close yet to finding the perfect soybean because perfection is not achievable, but every year we try to get as close as possible.”

That has been Bill Campbell’s philosophy since joining Dairyland Seed Co. as a cross-breeder/germinator on Nov. 1, 1972.

He has worked with corn and alfalfa, but Campbell has concentrated his energy and efforts on soybeans since 1984.

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