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Friday, 31 March 2017 09:42

Welcome to Spring Home and Outdoors 2017

It’s been nearly two weeks since March 20, 2017, the official first day of spring. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the seasons have changed with the extended stretch of cool, cloudy and gloomy weather.

We’re here to help.

This week's paper is a special edition, Spring Home & Outdoors, to get readers thinking about all of the possibilities of the season ahead.

The paper is packed with stories and ads to get your moving as the weather gets nicer.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

(Read our full digital edition HERE: Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap on the edition of your paper.)

Senior Editor Lynn Greene spearheaded this project with a collection of stories we hope will help you get motivated for the new season.

In our lead feature, Greene interviewed experts in the field of home organizing and clutter control. They offered suggestions about how to tackle our homes and our lives to be more organized and efficient.

We also head to the golf course to preview what’s ahead in the golf season, from the U.S. Open coming to Wisconsin in June to a variety of local events and activities.

Mixed in, there are suggestions for summer camps for our kids and tips for painting.

Hopefully we’ve done our part to get ready for the new season. Now, we just need the weather to cooperate.

Dan Plutchak, editor

Are you looking to get the kids out of the house this summer where they can have adventures and learn something, too.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

Summer day camps are a great way build valuable activities into your schedule.

Here are a few popular programs in the Stateline area:

 Friday, March 31, 2017

Open mic, March 31, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

Lucas Ray, March 31, at 7 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394, BurlingtonCoffeeHouse.com

Ernie Hendrickson, March 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,CafeCarpe.com

Open Mic, March 31, and every Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Boxed and Burlap coffeehouse, 2935 Wisconsin Highway 67, Delavan. 262-374-5497, BoxedAndBurlap.com

   The Mike Stone Trio, March 31, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Star Rock Bar & Grill, 328 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan

Thursday, 30 March 2017 13:03

Lighten it up with spring salads

What do you think of when I say spring? Do you think of bright splashes of color, fresh green grass, spritzes of cool and crunchy?

After a long winter, we just naturally crave color. In the past, in prerefrigeration days, the urge for color was a symptom of our urge for fresh dosages of vitamins and minerals — all of which are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

After living on root vegetables and salted meats all winter, our ancestors were ready for the fresh pickings of spring. Foraging for wild greens such as dandelions and watercress, fruits such as strawberries and vegetables such as mushrooms and wild parsnips were important sources of these much-needed vitamins.

Salmon, shrimp and scallops all provide omega-3 fatty acid (good for the heart), vitamins A, B2 and B6 plus niacin and riboflavin. Use seafood as the base for these healthy recipes. Because we’re still in the Lenten season, I expect you’ll find some nice fresh seafood in the store right now.

Whether it’s signing up youth for their first lessons, participating in the weekly men’s or women’s scramble, teeing it up for bragging rights at a municipal tournament or joining the gallery at a PGA touring event, 2017 will offer Stateline area golf enthusiasts a wide variety of options to enjoy the links.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

One such effort features the Walworth County Visitors Bureau, which is teaming up with nine golf courses in hopes that families and individuals will get out their clubs more often this year through a passport program.

When Susan Tilley’s mom passed away last year, she had been living in her rural Janesville home for 47 years. Tilley went through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

“I was stuck on anger for the longest time,” Tilley said.

In part, it was because of the mess she inherited. The house her mother left was full of stuff that had to be gone through, cleaned up and cleaned out before the house could be sold. Tilley took a week’s vacation from her job to get it ready.

In a stunning defeat for a president and party that rode repeal of the Affordable Care Act to improbable wins in the November 2016 election, Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville and President Donald Trump this afternoon pulled a replacement bill that had no chance of passing.

The move on March 24, 2017, was a significant failure for House Republicans, who had voted by some counts 54 times during President Barack Obama's two terms to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

As the only statewide race on the ballot April 4, 2017 the contest for Wisconsin superintendent of public instruction has received more attention than usual.

Current Superintendent Tony Evers is running for his third term as head of the state Department of Public Instruction and is facing Dr. Lowell Holtz, former district superintendent for the School District of Beloit and the Whitnall School District southwest of Milwaukee.

Voters head to the polls April 4, 2017, for the spring election, which features local races for city, village and town boards as well as local school boards.

(Compete spring 2017 election coverage is HERE.)

Contested races in our area include:

Voters head to the polls April 4 for the spring election, which features local races for city, village and town boards as well as local school boards.

(Compete spring 2017 election coverage is HERE.)

Contested races in our area include:

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