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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.

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 -- Want to party on a parking structure rooftop high above Parker Drive? Check out a church-turned-entertainment center? Step out on the third-floor ballroom at the Odd Fellows Lodge?

You can do all those and more, thanks to a one-day Downtown Open House Wisconsin on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

By Cathy Durkin Mestek

I don’t think it’s my imagination that we’ve lost some ground. There’s no time like the present to work together to do better.

When my late husband, Steve, and I decided to have children, we opted for adoption and brought Jimmy, Cassi and Timmy into our family as infants from Korea during a span from 1984 to 1991.

JANESVILLE -- Public open houses are planned in Rock, Boone and Winnebago counties for residents interested in learning more about a plan to build a rail line to bypass Chicago.

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ROSCOE -- Alex Tyms Jr., Scout executive of the Glacier’s Edge Council, says area troops continue to grow despite the controversy over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay adults as Scout leaders.

Glacier’s Edge membership has increased by 4 percent during the past year, which includes Cub Scout troops, Boy Scout troops, Venture troops and Explorers groups, Tyms said.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in December ended its relationship with the Boy Scouts over the change in policy.

JANESVILLE -- A retired sales manager will take on Wisconsin Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, for the 31st Assembly District seat.

Don Prestia, 62, of 4109 Ingram Drive, Janesville, is running as a Democrat.

MESSENGER -- Remember when you were a kid playing with your favorite Raggedy Ann doll or G.I. Joe action figure or waiting to wake up Christmas morning to open up that new Cabbage Patch Doll or the Beanie Baby?

Well, the Rock County Historical Society is bringing those memories back to life with the Toys @ Play exhibit, on display at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, 426 N. Jackson St. in Janesville, through December, 2016.

DELAVAN -- Paul Nehlen, a self-proclaimed former Paul Ryan supporter, will challenge the incumbent congressman for the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s 1st District seat.

Nehlen, a businessman and Delavan resident, made the announcement on his website, PaulNehlen.com. The primary is Aug. 9, 2016 and the general election is Nov. 8, 2016.

MILTON -- A local veterinarian and his staff will soon be responsible for making sure hundreds of horses have a clean bill of health.

Dr. Dean Peterson and two of his staff members at Janesville Equine Hospital & Clinic, Erica Reinman and Julie Johnson, have been named the official veterinarians for this year’s Midwest Horse Fair, set for Friday through Sunday, April 15 through April 17, 2016 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

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