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BELOIT -- Karen Soto feels like she’s making a difference by educating her peers about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. As a member of the Rock County Youth2Youth 4 Change, Soto is on the front lines of student education.

"I’m really grateful for this program because not only have I seen the progress of us helping out the community. It had me informed, which helped me stay away from drugs and alcohol," Soto, 19, of Beloit said. "This is like my second family."

Friday, 16 September 2016 11:43

United Way kickoff 2016 begins Day of Caring

BELOIT -- The United Way Blackhawk Region’s 2016 Community Campaign officially kicks off beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 with the organization’s annual breakfast.

The kickoff will be held in the ABC Supply corporate hangar of the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

Milly Babcock and Kim Hendricks, 2015 Champions of United Way’s community campaign, will be on hand to pass the torch to the group of local leaders championing this year’s campaign.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Theatre Unlimited’s upcoming production of “My Fair Lady” will be a homecoming, of sorts, for a Janesville native.

Aly Bitter, who now lives in Astoria, New York, will return to Janesville to perform a starring role as Eliza Doolittle.

“My Fair Lady” will be performed Sept. 16 through Sept. 18 and Sept. 22 through Sept. 25 at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

JANESVILLE -- Chalk artists from throughout the area will be showing off their creative drawings this coming weekend. The annual Art Infusion will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Firehouse Park, located on North Main Street in downtown Janesville.

Friday, 02 September 2016 13:41

Our heritage comes alive at Beckman Mill


BELOIT -- People can take a step back in time this weekend and learn what life was like living near a mill about a hundred years ago.

Friends of Beckman Mill will host Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 at Beckman Mill County Park, 11600 County Highway H west of Beloit. Heritage Day has been held for at least 20 years, said Sheri Disrud, member of Friends of Beckman Mill.

Friday, 02 September 2016 13:33

The great escape (room) craze

BELOIT -- You’ve uncovered a tomb in an ancient Egyptian pyramid, and in the midst of exploring it, you suddenly find yourself trapped. You have 60 minutes to escape, and as the clock ticks down and the hieroglyphic-covered walls seem to close in, you search for clues in the tomb that will point to a way out.

Friday, 12 August 2016 14:49

New JPAC director has hometown roots

JANESVILLE -- A Janesville native has returned home from the bright lights of Los Angeles to lead a local arts program into the future.

Nathan Burkart, 30, recently was named the new executive director for the Janesville Performing Arts Center, replacing Beau Bisson, who left the job in February after being in the position for about a year.

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.

WHITEWATER -- As a child, Dianne Moller constructed Styrofoam airplanes and then set them aloft to watch them soar.

"I love anything that flies -- airplanes, gliders," she says. "It’s that sense of freedom we don’t have (as humans) to just take off in flight."

Moller also grew to love nature’s most majestic fliers, and she’s now in her 20th year of rehabilitating eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey. While her five-acre facility, Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center near Whitewater, typically isn’t open to the public, Moller presents educational programs around Walworth and Rock counties.

JANESVILLE -- The Rock Aqua Jays are looking to add another trophy to their collection.

The Aqua Jays are gearing up to host the Division 1 Show Ski National Championships from Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at RAJ Stadium in Traxler Park in Janesville.

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