Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is an award-winning series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts. This is the fourth installment.
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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- If you want to keep a century-plus-old downtown district alive, it helps to have a square, and in its center a brick bandstand. If possible, the tavern on the southwest corner should lay reliable claim to being the state’s oldest.
Of course, it’s also a lot easier to keep an aging downtown on the map if the nation’s second largest amphitheater is 10 minutes down the road and the village outskirts are zoned for skydiving and electric trains.
Oh, and to really up its chances for survival, every third or so business should accept bitcoin for payment.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sonette Tippens wrote in her journals figuring that she would read them later in life and recall all the things she’d done, the fun she’d had. But when the retired Big Foot Union High School teacher kept hearing from former students that she should write her stories down in a book, Tippens looked at those journals and decided to put them to good use.
“When I was teaching Spanish, first in Elkhorn and then East Troy, my students always enjoyed my stories about Mexico,” Tippens said. Her new book is based on those stories and her journals and is now available in paperback.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Sherry Kuelz plans to bring new life to a project that she helped come to fruition about 22 years ago.
The CAMDEN Playground in Palmer Park was built to help accommodate children with disabilities. Now, representatives from the CAMDEN Foundation are raising money to have the playground rebuilt.
STATELINE NEWS -- Folks from the city can experience life on the farm and enjoy a hearty breakfast -- for one morning at least -- when the Winnebago-Boone Farm Bureau Foundation hosts its annual event.
The 18th farm breakfast runs from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20, at the Friendly Franseen Acres dairy goat farm, 22799 Highway 76 in Poplar Grove.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Sandy Larson and her family have been busy the past few weeks checking things off of their “to-do” list to prepare for one of Rock County’s largest agricultural events of the year.
Larson Acres, on Wisconsin Highway 59 near Evansville, will be the site for this year’s Rock County Dairy Breakfast, set for 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6.