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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.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In “Miles Ahead,” a new movie about Miles Davis, Don Cheadle portrays the legendary trumpeter in a dark place during the 1970s as he was spiraling downward in drug addiction, hiding out in his home, avoiding music.

That wasn’t the man Larry Ramirez knew.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Some members of the Janesville Fire Department are getting settled in at their new quarters.

After about a year of construction, the new central fire station is now operational at 303 Milton Ave.

STATELINE NEWS -- Enjoying records isn’t new to Drew Metter, a Janesville music store manager who has more than a thousand in his collection.

Now an increasing number of music fans are joining Metter in discovering the joys of vinyl.

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.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:45

Photo gallery: Open Houses

The inaugural event is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Main Street Program "to showcase unique historic and cultural assets of Wisconsin downtowns," according to a WEDC news release. The organizations hope to get residents and visitors to explore their communities, learn what's new and discover the established places that they might not have checked out before.

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.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Students undecided about a career might want to consider agriculture, and plenty of people in the industry hope they do. The demand for employees in a wide variety of ag-related fields continues to outstrip the supply, said Jeff Hicken, agriculture education consultant and Wisconsin FFA adviser, and that has some leaders in the field worried.

Adding to the problem is an increasing shortage of experienced agriculture teachers as they retire and potential replacements choose more lucrative careers.

JANESVILLE -- There is little disagreement among the seven candidates for Janesville City Council on the most vexing issues facing the city, and many of the candidates agree on solutions.

But on several important issues, candidates differ sharply on the approach they would take if elected.

JANESVILLE -- Increased communication and improved transparency have been the overriding theme of this spring’s campaign for Janesville School Board.

Candidates returned to the issue time and again during a candidate forum March 16, 2016 at the Janesville Educational Services Center moderated by Laura Boettcher of the Janesville League of Women Voters and co-sponsored by the Janesville Area Council Parent Teacher Association.

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