By Sara Nichols, executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
As the executive director at Open Arms Free Clinic in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, I oversee licensed medical volunteers who provide essential health care to uninsured individuals in Walworth County who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
I’m proud of the work my colleagues and I do, filling a critical need for accessible health care for those who have few options.
STATELINE NEWS -- Audience members viewing "End of Fall" at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival (beloitfilmfest.org/films/end-of-fall/) may find the movie’s locale and even some of its extras familiar. That’s because independent filmmaker and 1992 Big Foot High School grad Joselito Seldera shot his first feature film, a crime thriller, in Walworth County, where he grew up.
"End of Fall" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Domenico’s and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at the Hendricks Center for the Arts.
What: 12th annual Beloit International Film Festival
When: Feb. 24 through March 5
Where: Film venues include Bagels & More, Bushel & Peck’s, La Casa Grande, Domenico’s, Luxury 10 and the Hendricks Center.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
That sentiment aptly applies to University of Wisconsin-Rock County professor and Fort Atkinson sculptor Mark Dziewior.
But fate also may have played a part in his latest work, which when finished will be a 37-inch-tall sculpture of a Vietnam War era combat dog. It is the signature piece of a new K-9 memorial that will be unveiled during a June 25 ceremony in Fort Atkinson.
JANESVILLE -- One person has died and several others escaped after a fire Sunday evening, Jan. 29, 2017, on South Main Street.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Change is conspicuously underway in downtown Janesville, and the pace will quicken in the new year.
The parking deck is coming down on the Rock River, Milwaukee Street now is two way through the center of the city and new businesses are setting up shop in formerly vacant spaces.
Some of these developments are part of the city’s long-range development plans, while others are coincidental and fortuitous.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- A variety of people and places made for a newsworthy and noteworthy year in Janesville.
As we take our first steps into 2017, take a glance back at the events that helped shape our community and local culture in 2016.
JANESVILLE -- Manger scenes depicting Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus surrounded by the three wise men are popular decorations on people’s lawns during the holiday season.
However, that scene is now coming to life, because at least one area church is conducting a live Nativity scene during the upcoming weeks.
Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Ave. in Janesville, is hosting a live Nativity scene from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17, 2016 and Dec. 18, 2016. The Nativity scene will feature re-enactors dressed up as Mary, Joseph, the wise men and shepherds in different scenes related to the story of Christmas.
BELOIT -- While many local teens will be looking forward to getting an Xbox or iPhone for Christmas this year, others will be happy to receive just the basic needs.
Project 16:49 has become an important lifeline for unaccompanied teenagers in Rock County.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Looking for a way to literally brighten up your holiday season? Look no further than Rotary Botanical Gardens, where this year’s Holiday Light Show features an additional 50,000 lights, bringing the total to more than 400,000 glowing bulbs.
The spectacle will be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 9 through Dec. 11, Dec. 15 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.