STATELINE NEWS -- Latino community advocates are asking Beloit officials to consider creating a municipal identification card for those who are unable to obtain a state ID or drivers license.
BELOIT -- Fans can begin purchasing single-game tickets for the Beloit Snappers 2017 season beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27. Fans can secure their spot for any of the bobblehead giveaways, Saturday night firework shows and other high-demand promotional nights for the upcoming baseball season.
STATELINE NEWS -- Pictures may say a thousand words, but those words change considerably depending on who’s looking at the images.
"Every generation uses a different lens and way of looking at the world, so they see things from a different perspective," Krista Barry said. "Their interpretations are different and can change over time, too."
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis knew he only had 30 seconds in front of the camera to make a good impression of his city.
So, like the punch line in the old joke about how someone gets to Carnegie Hall, he practiced.
Nieuwenhuis was among the Delavan residents filmed last summer for an episode of the Milwaukee Public Television program, “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” which will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 16.
STATELINE NEWS -- Chuck Lewis has owned the same pair of wood skis for 40 years and wouldn’t dream of giving them, or his favorite pastime, up.
Not to mention, Lewis lives on Turtle Creek and enjoys easy access to cross-country skiing trails that snake through the flood plain in Beloit.
“All I have to do is walk out my backdoor and I’m there,” said Lewis, who also has gone downhill skiing in such places as Utah and Colorado with his wife, Julie, and/or their three children. “I also seek out trails at Rockport Park in Janesville, the ones in the Kettle Moraine or Rock Cut State Park (Loves Park). We have great groomed trails within 30 miles of home.”
STATELINE NEWS -- 2016 saw a community’s outpouring of support for a slain youngster, the official changing of the guard at the Beloit Police Department and the return of the remains of a soldier who had been missing for more than 64 years.
STATELINE NEWS -- About 75 children currently are on the waiting list for Big Brothers Big Sisters, but a variety of innovative new program hopes to match those kids with mentors.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson counties is gearing up its Bigs in Blue program following a national TV rollout.
The group also has formed partnerships with the Beloit College softball team and the Janesville Boys & Girls Club.
STATELINE NEWS -- Stan Van Hoose will be returning to the site of one of the more horrific attacks in the history of the United States.
Van Hoose, 96, is set to attend the Pearl Harbor 75th Commemoration on Dec. 7, 2016.
The Beloit resident was serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was aboard the USS Maryland when Japanese fighter planes attacked on Dec. 7, 1941.
Even though it’s been 75 years, Van Hoose recalls the attack vividly.
BELOIT -- The day after Thanksgiving traditionally is known as the start of the holiday shopping season, but the city of Beloit has a tradition all its own -- the Grand Lighted Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony, which will be held Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with live music at the First National Bank plaza in downtown Beloit. Santa arrives at 6 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony at the plaza followed by the parade, which begins at 6:15 p.m. along Grand Avenue, from Third Street to Horace White Park.
The parade features floats decorated by local businesses and organizations. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three decorated floats in the business and nonprofit categories.
Crystal Cribbs, program coordinator for the Downtown Beloit Association, said the parade usually is well attended.
"About 30 floats is normal for the parade. Hopefully, we will have more to make the parade last longer," Cribbs said. "It’s not only a community tradition, but also a family tradition for people throughout the area."
After the parade, Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at the Turtle Creek Bookstore, 444 E. Grand Ave., to take photos with children.
Cribbs said planning for the parade takes place throughout the year.
"Usually right after the parade ends, we have a committee that discusses how the parade went," Cribbs said. "Planning starts the day after it ends. We see what worked and what didn't work. Three months before the parade, we send our correspondence to get people to participate. We contact volunteers to man the different locations. We have a Santa crew that makes sure Santa lands safely at the First National Bank plaza. We work with the police and fire departments to make sure the event goes as smoothly as possible."
People can do their holiday shopping and enjoy an evening of entertainment with the annual Holidazzle in Beloit, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in downtown Beloit.
Participating downtown businesses will host crafters, musicians and artisans throughout the evening while offering sales and specials to customers.
"Basically, it’s an opportunity to shop for unique holiday gifts," said Crystal Cribbs, program coordinator for the Downtown Beloit Association. "It’s an opportunity to shop local and in downtown Beloit. The businesses host artisans and crafters, and people get to meet the people who are making their holiday gift."
About 25 businesses will be participating this year. Cribbs said the DBA begins contacting businesses early in the fall to encourage them to participate in Holidazzle.
"We reach out to businesses to get them on board," Cribbs said. "We then reach out to the vendors and artisans to get them to particate."
For more information about Holidazzle, go to downtownbeloit.com.
BELOIT -- The Overflowing Cup in Beloit is looking for food donations and volunteers serve about 300 people on Thanksgiving Day.
If you can help, call Wendy at 608-365-0365 and leave your name and number.
Date: Thursday November 24, 2016
Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Thanksgiving Day meal
Where: The Masonic Lodge, 229 West Grand Ave., Beloit
Sponsored by The Overflowing Cup In cooperation with The Masonic Lodge, area churches, businesses and other organizations
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