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Monday, 11 September 2017 08:52

Letting go, keeping it together

WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY--Aruna Jha, the mother of two grown daughters, remembers feeling somewhat anxious when the girls -- particularly the older one -- started college.

 “It was a little bit tougher when the first one went off to school. Parents know the transition is hard the first time you experience it. The feelings, concerns and anxieties are going to be a little different,” said Jha, an assistant professor in the department of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “With my older daughter, compared to the younger one, I was more concerned, more vigilant, possibly more intrusive.”

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Green energy doesn’t always need a force of nature as great as the wind or the sun to set things in motion.

Sometimes it only takes the power of two feet.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The stub end of a section of U.S. Highway 12 freeway just north of Elkhorn dies abruptly in gravel, the remnant of a construction project that would have extended U.S. 12 to a point about one-half mile east of County Highway O near Whitewater.

The plan officially was mapped by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation back in 1967.

But it remained in the planning stages for decades, and now that empty section of freeway, barricaded from traffic, is a road going nowhere.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dave Saalsa remembers walking his dogs one evening across the wooded lawns of Whitewater’s Hillside Cemetery when the animals suddenly stopped and stood stock-still. He glanced up to see what the dogs were watching so intently, but nothing looked amiss. Then he spotted it.

“Right across from a crypt, I saw this full-bodied apparition of a woman. She was floating up the hill,” Saalsa said.

Friday, 16 September 2016 12:45

Whitewater's Jay Craggs is a music maker

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Guitarist Jay Craggs has shared the stage, opened for or recorded with musicians as varied as Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Rich and Kansas. He’s also a self-described technology geek and has done sound engineering and studio work for dozens of performers, including Rush, Prince and David Bowie.

He still has a recording studio in the basement of his Whitewater home, but these days, he’s the facilities coordinator at the James R. Connor University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the school where he earned a degree in music education, and teaches an occasional class in audio recording for the communications department. He also plays with Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns, an eight-piece band performing around Milwaukee, Chicago, Green Bay and Madison.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Maybe it’s been years since you’ve made s’mores or joined in a sing-along by an open campfire, practiced archery or worked on arts and crafts under a green spread of trees. But if you’re missing those carefree summertime days and nights, you can re-create them -- or start your own memories.

Adult summer camps are a growing business, with more than 800 camps in the United States and more than a million adults attending them in 2013, according to the marketing company Grownupcamps.com site.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The crescendo of an orchestra can be as thrilling as the climax in a blockbuster movie. More often than not, the orchestra makes the movie, setting the mood, pacing and sensational scenes. It’s only through the combined efforts of the entire orchestra that the music happens. The beginnings of those musical moments start much like a well-written concerto, in a classroom.

At a time when school districts across the nation are tightening their budgets, art and music programs are feeling the pinch. Additionally, there is more competition than ever for students’ time, with sports, extracurricular activities, jobs and, of course, social activities.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More resources means more opportunities and that means more young people are starting their own businesses.

Young entrepreneurs are getting their feet wet at “break-neck speed,” according to David Gee of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Gee is a lecturer in entrepreneurship and the co-director of the UW-Whitewater Launch Pad program, which helps UW-Whitewater undergraduates and graduate students launch startup businesses.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY --  Perhaps there is no greater sense of accomplishment than serving the community in which you live. For James Langnes III, a junior finance major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, service has been a way of life. Separating James from his peers perhaps, is his age -- 19.

Langnes was born in Covington, Louisiana. His family would make multiple moves back to the Badger state, including a stint living in Darien until first grade and then most recently moving back to the area in 2012.

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