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DELAVAN -- His military assignments took him to places as exotic and distant as Morocco, Trinidad and Cuba, and his post-war business trips had him crisscrossing the United States from Florida to California, but next week will be Dave Perkins’ first trip to Washington, D.C., when he and some 200 other veterans depart Beloit and roll into the nation’s capital on a fleet of buses.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sixty-nine years is a long time to do anything, but for 75-year-old Jean Pippitt of Delavan, playing the violin has become second nature to her. She picked up the instrument at age 6 because she didn’t want to compete with her older sister, who was taking piano lessons at the time.

When she reached seventh grade, her violin teacher needed help with the younger students, so Pippitt began teaching. Throughout the years, she would find that teaching and giving back to her community would supersede any desire to achieve fame through her violin playing.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There was a time in Delavan when it wasn’t unusual to see elephants lumbering down Walworth Avenue or drinking from Lake Comus, or watch zebra grazing in pastures near High and Parish streets.

Exotic sights were common when nearly 30 circuses called Delavan their winter home in the mid- to late 19th century. 

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Connor Doran will demonstrate that he’s got the talent for indoor kite flying when he returns to Delavan next weekend.

Doran, 23, will be performing at Sky Circus on Ice, set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12 through Feb. 14, at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. Doran is scheduled to perform at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Great Room of the resort. Each performance will last about 45 minutes.

Friday, 29 January 2016 09:42

Coloring makes a comeback for adults

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Crayons and dolls are just part of the day for Bridget Sandoval, a Delavan mother of three, whose youngest child is 4 years old.

“I’ve told people over the years that I decided to be a stay-at-home mom because it gives me an excuse to play with Barbies,” she said, laughing.

Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The $3 million residence for sale on South Shore Drive in Delavan is a 10,000-square foot house with 120 feet of frontage along Delavan Lake.

The home features six fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, first- and second-floor laundry rooms, a billiard room, theater room, wet bar, full beauty salon, a great room with soaring ceilings and an exercise room just off the first floor master bedroom suite.

There is a separate, 300-square-foot enclosed screened porch overlooking the lake, an attached three-car and a detached two-car garage as well as a boat shed. There’s even an optional gatehouse -- designed by Frank Lloyd Wright -- available for an additional $260,000.

The home was once part of a large estate owned by the late Edward Brennan, who was the CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Brennan is just one in a long list of tycoons, business magnates and families with names like Borg or Wrigley who have been drawn to lakeside summer homes in the Delavan and Lake Geneva areas for more than 100 years.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- We humans could learn a lot from honeybees. The honeybee hive is a tight-knit society of individual bees devoted to the greater good. But while entomologist E.O. Wilson claims bees are “humanity’s greatest friend,” humanity has not been a good friend to the honeybee.

But now, thanks to a change in a Delavan city ordinance, honeybees once again can be kept in the city and beekeeping advocates are hoping the trend will spread throughout Walworth County.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For years, Julie Supernaw has seen compassion kindled in young people.

Now she’s channeling it.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The seventh-grade Phoenix Middle School girl who suited up for the Jr. Comets team at youth football games and stood up to bullies on the playground is still remembered here, even though she’s been gone for 10 months.

In her too-short life, Lilly Perry touched a lot of people.

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