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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.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The crescendo of an orchestra can be as thrilling as the climax in a blockbuster movie. More often than not, the orchestra makes the movie, setting the mood, pacing and sensational scenes. It’s only through the combined efforts of the entire orchestra that the music happens. The beginnings of those musical moments start much like a well-written concerto, in a classroom.

At a time when school districts across the nation are tightening their budgets, art and music programs are feeling the pinch. Additionally, there is more competition than ever for students’ time, with sports, extracurricular activities, jobs and, of course, social activities.

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.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sandee Ortiz was the coach, April Shaffer the athlete. That relationship, like the one between parents and their children, often dictates a delicate balance.

But when those relationships click, the bond grows much stronger. In this case, Ortiz and Shaffer, who has a cognitive disability, became what they treasure most -- friends.

Ortiz has coached girls and boys tennis and taught at Delavan-Darien High School for the last 18 years and has run the local parks and recreation program for 19. She also has run a tennis camp for high school students for 17 summers.

DELAVAN -- It is 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, and a large cargo van is pulling into the parking lot at Veterans Park in Delavan. Near the rear doors, simple magnetic signs proclaim the van’s mission: "Delavan-Darien Bookmobile -- Let’s Read," with a bespectacled green bookworm propped against a stack of books doing just that.

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