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LaGRANGE TOWNSHIP -- This is the third career for farrier Bill Mayfield of Eagle. After a stint in the military, he worked as an engineer for Motorola.

(The complete spring agriculture outlook section is HERE.)

He used to sit at his engineer’s desk and try to figure out how he could make a living working with horses. Becoming a farrier was the right fit for him -- he’s been at it for 15 years after serving an apprenticeship. What’s the hardest part of the job?

"Right now, it’s the busiest season, so I’m working six days a week," Mayfield said. Horse owners want to get their mounts ready for trail riding or competition in the ring. "When the weather gets nice, they’re doing everything from dressage to jumping."

Some horses require shoes, so Mayfield carries a complete blacksmithing shop around with him. Even horses that do nothing but adorn a pasture need to have their hooves trimmed on a regular basis to keep them in good health.

Each season presents its own set of challenges, he said. "In the spring, you’ve got the mud, then come the flies and in the winter, it’s the cold."

It’s a year-round job. Contact him at 262-751-8890.

The Beloit Club is undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover expected to be completed this spring. The club was built in 1909, while the course opened in 1929. The Beloit Club’s visible calling card will be the three-story, 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, built adjacent to the former one and designed by the company that constructed the clubhouse at Erin Hills near Hartford, where the men’s 2017 U.S. Open will be played. STORY I GOLF ISSUE

ELKHORN — VIP Services and its hundreds of Walworth County clients are the beneficiaries. However, the organization’s employees and volunteers will share that windfall with the wider community.

They will do so during the Green Bay Packers’ Tailgate Tour, which is making Elkhorn its fourth of five stops for its 10th anniversary event.

VIP hosts current and former members of the Green and Gold at a special dinner on Friday, April 17, and then activities move to Elkhorn Area Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 45-year-old nonprofit organization serves adults with disabilities through such programs as life skills and vocational training.

ELKHORN — VIP Services and its hundreds of Walworth County clients are the beneficiaries. However, the organization’s employees and volunteers will share that windfall with the wider community.

They will do so during the Green Bay Packers’ Tailgate Tour, which is making Elkhorn its fourth of five stops for its 10th anniversary event.

VIP hosts current and former members of the Green and Gold at a special dinner on Friday, April 17, and then activities move to Elkhorn Area Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The 45-year-old nonprofit organization serves adults with disabilities through such programs as life skills and vocational training.

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Darien Easter Egg hunt at West Park in Darien. 

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