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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Break out the flip flops, lawn chairs and sunscreen. It’s time to enjoy festival season in Janesville and nearby communities. Here are some events that are sure to help you get your fill of music, food and summer fun.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Art lovers in Edgerton have rekindled the idea that what is old can be new again, particularly those who are fired up about clay pottery.

No one exemplifies both better than Fred Maves, an Edgerton native and lifelong resident who has continued to share his talents since retiring in 2006 after 36 years as an art teacher at the high school.

He was instrumental in establishing the first Clay Day and Pottery Festival last year and is excited about the second annual event, which is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 20.

Friday, 04 November 2016 12:38

Janesville-area students star in fall plays

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Participating in a school play or musical gives students an opportunity to showcase their talents, develop valuable life skills and escape reality for a while.

This weekend and the next several weekends are full of high school productions. Here’s what that talented teens in your neighborhood have in store:

Friday, 12 August 2016 14:47

Edgerton hospital: A garden of healing

EDGERTON -- The outdoors is what drew patient Terry Astin in to do his cardiac rehabilitation at Edgerton Hospital.  

Astin, of Janesville, visits the hospital about three times a week. During his sessions, he often has a clear view of the hospital’s healing garden.

Friday, 22 July 2016 15:12

City kids find success in 4-H

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Traditionally, 4-H has been a showcase for farm families and country kids.

But a growing number of city dwellers are involved in everything from craft projects to raising livestock.

Many Rock County 4-H members live in urban areas, according to Megan Rebout, 4-H youth development adviser.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Summer is in the air and so is the sound of music.

Outdoor concerts are offered throughout the Stateline area this summer, with many venues featuring free entertainment.

Grab your sunglasses and maybe a blanket or a few lawn chairs, then sit back and enjoy everything from rock ’n’ roll to bluegrass and jazz to country.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- As unemployment numbers continue to drop and the labor force tightens, the demand for workers in the trades and manufacturing continues to grow.

The future members of that workforce now are in middle school and high school, where they increasingly are exposed to the skills they’ll need.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- For Tim Owens, going out in the community and helping others breaks up the monotony of a regular school day.

Owens, 15, of Edgerton, is a sophomore at Milton Edgerton Clinton Alternative School in Milton. The school offers a community service class in which students visit different locations throughout the week to work on projects. The students may perform tasks at The Gathering Place community center, Doug’s Tree Moving, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin or Rock Haven nursing home. The students also may work with elementary school students during their gym classes, perform seasonal work or host blood drives as part of the community service class.

Wednesday, 30 December 2015 10:56

Janesville Messenger's 2015 year in review

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Sometimes it seems like the days take forever, but the months fly by.   

   In a year that seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, some of the most notable stories of 2015 clearly illustrated how quickly things can change in our communities.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- In a city that was the center of the tobacco industry in southern Wisconsin a century ago, local history isn’t forgotten. It’s just taking on a new shape.

A towering warehouse at 208 S. Main St. in downtown Edgerton that once held stacked pallets of tobacco leaves destined for cigars is being transformed into the residential Legacy Lofts, with apartments featuring exposed brick walls, solid wooden beams and 10- to 17-foot-high ceilings.

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