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Friday, 23 September 2016 13:44

In Rockton, barn quilts aren't just for barns

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.

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.

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.

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.

PECATONICA -- Makayla Barker is considering a career in producing stop-animation films.

Barker, 18, of Roscoe, is getting experience in the field in an unlikely place. Most people think of 4-H as a place to work on animal and craft projects from the farm.

But a stop-animation film made by Barker is an entry for this year’s Winnebago County Fair. Barker’s film depicts a penguin participating in a sled race. She said she developed the idea while participating in a video contest.

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.

IF YOU GO: The Tallman Arts Festvial, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Lincoln Tallman House grounds in Janesville. www.RCHS.us

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.

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