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Friday, 30 December 2016 09:14

2016: Top stories in Walworth County

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- It’s 2017, and people don’t gather around the water cooler anymore to talk about what’s going on in their communities.

They gather around their smartphones to comment on Facebook posts.  

The technology may be changing, but good local stories always generate a buzz, whether it’s a 20-year-old Sharon woman who overcame life-threatening odds or 19th century shipwrecks as close as the waters of Geneva Lake. As we look back on the year just past, we review five of the stories that really got readers talking in 2016:

Friday, 30 December 2016 08:51

2016:Top stories in the Janesville area

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- A variety of people and places made for a newsworthy and noteworthy year in Janesville.

As we take our first steps into 2017, take a glance back at the events that helped shape our community and local culture in 2016.

Thursday, 29 December 2016 12:24

2016: Top stories in the Stateline

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STATELINE NEWS -- 2016 saw a community’s outpouring of support for a slain youngster, the official changing of the guard at the Beloit Police Department and the return of the remains of a soldier who had been missing for more than 64 years.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016 09:21

Enduring memories: Holiday in their homeland

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We seem to hold Christmas memories — the nostalgic, the sweet, even the sad — dearer to our hearts. Maybe that’s because this is a time of year that pulls us closer, makes us feel connected to each other. And when we asked area residents for their favorite Christmas memories, they were happy to share:

Snow at Christmas was a novelty for Razel Germain when she came to the United States in 2009 from her home in the Philippines — where Christmas Day temperatures average around 80 degrees. Last year, Razel became a U.S. citizen through the Immigration Legal Service Ministry at Faith Community Church in Janesville, where she lives with her husband, Dave, a Filipino-American. While the Germains have made their home here, they both fondly remember Christmas in their native land:

Razel: “I grew up in the islands, the seventh of eight children in a big family. When I was growing up, my parents could not afford to buy all the (expensive) foods Dave’s family had, but on our table, we had foods like fruit, boiled eggs, spaghetti, rice. It was simple, but as long as we were together in the family, that was good.

“People make lanterns — that’s a big thing in Philippines. That’s how you feel the spirit of Christmas.

“And everyone from adults to small kids goes from house to house caroling, bringing some instrument like a guitar or even a spoon to bang against something — any instrument they can use while they are caroling. When I was a kid, I went caroling to make money and it was fun.”

Dave: “When I was growing up in the Philippines, we lived in a compound with five to seven houses in it and a lot of close relatives. Usually on midnight on Christmas Eve, everybody — probably around 15 to 20 people — would get together for good food. My favorite was a round cheddar cheese called quezo de bola.

“You miss that big family gathering on Christmas Eve. You can really feel the spirit of Christmas in your home.

“I remember from Dec. 15 to the 24th, there were usually groups of kids who caroled in front of your house. We gave them change or candy.

“Church services started the morning of Dec. 16 and there would be a Mass every day up to midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Lots of people go to church. That’s a big tradition in the Philippines.

“And shortly before Christmas there were always fireworks lighting up the sky and lasting to New Year’s Eve.”

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 19:31

Enduring memories: A delicious family tradition

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We seem to hold Christmas memories — the nostalgic, the sweet, even the sad — dearer to our hearts. Maybe that’s because this is a time of year that pulls us closer, makes us feel connected to each other. And when we asked area residents for their favorite Christmas memories, they were happy to share:  
 

A special part of Christmas for Jessica Pauline Schmitz, an interpretation and experience coordinator at Old World Wisconsin, the living history museum near Eagle, is a recipe that connects her to generations of family:

“One of my favorite Christmas holiday memories is the gathering that my grandmother held every year as a way to spend time as a family and pass on our family’s ethnic traditions. She would have everyone gather at her house and make us hundreds of aebleskivers — a Danish fluffy pancake ball — and kielbasa. While these two dishes are usually not traditionally served together, they represented parts of our family’s heritage. It was an occasion to indulge in delicious treats as well.

“The recipe my grandmother used was passed down from her mother and has been passed down through the women in my grandmother’s family for generations. The aebleskiver recipes are generally the same, but each family has their particular version and way of making them. It requires a specific pan that looks like a solid frying pan, with small wells in it, to fill with batter.
 

“My grandmother taught me how to watch the edges until they were just right and to quickly flip them using her special fork, so the batter didn’t splatter everywhere.
 

“My grandma has since moved out of her house and in with my parents, but it is a tradition we still try to do every year. Now I am allowed to flip the aebleskivers on my own, and my grandma has even bought me a pan of my own. I am so thankful to my grandmother for passing on the things her mother taught her, and our family’s cooking heritage, to me.”
 
 

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