WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Born in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, Lilly Barrett came to the United States as a child, so she understands firsthand the difficulties of learning a language while simultaneously navigating life in a new country.
That experience adds a compassionate dimension to her new job as coordinator of the Walworth County Literacy Council, where she assesses the needs of students and matches them to tutors.
STATELINE NEWS -- Olivia Runne’s recent trip to Finland served as inspiration for one of the 4-H projects she entered in this year’s Winnebago County Fair.
Runne, 17, of Rockford, visited Finland for about a month this summer as part of the 4-H Exchange Program. Runne’s project featured photographs that she took during her trip.
“I used a lot of the same photos that I took there, and I even brought some of the candies back here with me,” Runne said.
Runne traveled to the Scandinavian country with more than 20 other 4-H members from around the United States. She said they went hiking, enjoyed Finnish cuisine and visited tourist attractions, adding that it’s similar to the U.S.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The last Democratic presidential candidate to win Walworth County was Woodrow Wilson in 1912. From then on the county has been considered -- certainly by political analysts -- a Republican stronghold.
The closest it came to leaning blue since then was 2008, when Sen. John McCain won it by 2.6 points. And although President Donald Trump got only 34 percent of the county’s vote in the Wisconsin primary, he won it by 57 percent in the November election, compared to Hillary Clinton’s 37 percent.
Just how red -- or purple -- is Walworth County? Ask the grassroots party people.
Friday, Aug. 11
Mike Stone Trio, Aug. 11, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Ollie's, 7305 McHenry St., Burlington
Ron Holm, Stream Of Conscientiousness Americana, Aug. 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 4412 Manchester Dr, Rockford. 815-977-4365, Trinadora.com
Music at Harry’s Place with Mr. Big Stuff, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. Harry Moore Pavilion, Riverside Park, Beloit. 608-362-0964, FriendsOfRiverfront.com
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY-- The first time Julie Dieterle walked a labyrinth, she followed the same winding stone path set into the floor of the 12th-century Chartres Cathedral in France that people had been walking on for more than 1,000 years.
At Chartres, the 42-foot diameter labyrinth was used by many medieval pilgrims unable to travel to the Holy Land as their own version of a spiritual quest. Today the circular paths of labyrinths remain a form of meditation for many.
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