Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



STATELINE NEWS -- If there’s one thing Steve Raymer learned from his years traveling the globe photographing for National Geographic magazine, it’s that the world has become a much smaller place.

That’s the message Raymer shared with students April 11, 2014 when he was inducted into Beloit Memorial High School’s Hall of Fame.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Local residents will have the chance to enjoy an evening with New York Times best-selling author Lesley Kagen at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Matheson Memorial Library’s community center.

Kagen, writer of “Whistling in the Dark,” “Land of a Hundred Wonders,” “Tomorrow River,” and “Good Graces,” as well as her newest novel, “Mare’s Nest,” will give an hour-long presentation with a question-and-answer session and book signing to follow. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Matheson Memorial Library and is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Before Alicia Reid turned a local frame shop into a thriving gallery, the local arts community had few options to display its work.

Now a thriving hub for the arts in Janesville, Raven’s Wish Art Gallery wasn’t always as it is today. Reid fondly remembers humbler times, when the gallery got its start with only five artists.

Before it became Raven’s Wish, the gallery was Myers Frame & Stitch, and Reid worked there for 10 years before she purchased the business when the Myers retired.

MESSENGER -- In 1988, Dr. Robert Yahr, a retired orthodontist, had a vision of creating a botanical garden where residents and tourists could enjoy a variety of colorful plants.

That vision began about a year later as the Rotary Botanical Gardens was established on 20 acres of land on Palmer Drive. This year, garden officials are inviting the community to celebrate the gardens’ 25th anniversary.

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The arts find a new home in Beloit

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STATELINE NEWS -- After acquiring the First Presbyterian Church on Prospect Street at auction two years ago, Jody and John Wittnebel, and their kids, Brittnay, Johnny, Ian and Jack, hatched an ambitious plan for the old building.

After many long hours and late nights, the doors have begun to reopen.

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The former church, now known as The Castle at 501 Prospect, will host the B.A.R.N. Festival April 12.

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