STATELINE NEWS -- It’s Memorial Day weekend, and summer already seems to be in full swing in the Stateline area.
The summer festival season began Friday, as it always does, with the Young at Heart Festival in Loves Park.
But there are many other events happening throughout the summer; if if they are not on your calendar yet, the should be.
ROCKTON -- Opponents of a proposed asphalt plant in Rockton are claiming victory -- at least for now -- after the company that wanted to build the plant withdrew its request.
The Winnebago County Zoning Committee on Wednesday voted to reject a special use permit that would allow an asphalt plant to operate along Black’s Quarry in Rockton.
The final decision, however, is up to the full Winnebago County Board, which meets March 9, 2017.
ROCKTON -- After having success over the years at Lake Geneva’s U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition, a group of popular teams have decided to strike out on their own.
The Vikings in Black, Kilted Snow Weasels and several other teams are hosting the Sculpt Like a Yeti snow-sculpting competition, which runs Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, through Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, as part of this year’s Yeti Fest, which will be held that Saturday in Rockton. The competition will be held throughout the festival at Old Settlers Park.
STATELINE NEWS -- The annual Christmas Walk will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in downtown Rockton.
Highlighted activities include the Candy Cane Craft Fair, which will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Community Center.
ROCKTON -- Barn quilts aren’t just for barns anymore. If you don’t believe it, visit downtown Rockton.
The first barn quilt in the country was installed on an Ohio barn in 2001, and the colorful designs have swept through the Midwest ever since.
They are popular in the Stateline area, and the trend sees no sign of slowing down.
The Rockton Township Historical Society has a new twist on the trend, and since 2011 has installed barn quilts at several downtown businesses.
BELOIT -- So what rocks in the city of Beloit? Orion Regenold of Boy Scout Troop 608 wants to find out.
For his Eagle Scout project, Regenold recently launched Beloit Rocks, where residents locate a decorated rock, take a photo of it, post it on the Beloit Rocks!! Facebook page and hide it in another location.
ROCKTON -- Dan Wuthrich could be putting the final brush strokes on his art career.
Wuthrich, 81, of Rockton is hosting "The End of a Journey" art exhibit at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, 520 E. Grand Ave. in Beloit, through Aug. 25, 2016. Wuthrich said this could be his final art exhibit as he contemplates retirement.
STATELINE NEWS -- 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.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- If you’ve been looking past the couch lately for your lost New Year's resolution about getting in shape, you’re not alone. According a study from the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, only one in 10 resolution-making souls achieve their goals by Feb. 1, if at all. Equally adding to the misery for those in the Midwest is the bone-chilling, snow-laden landscape we face each winter.
One of your best bets for braving the outdoors while getting some exercise may be a bicycle.
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