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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- 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 seventh installment.

Visit other towns in the Saving Downtown series by going online to communityshoppers.com/tag/Saving-downtown.

David John Dietrich, a classically trained artist, recently purchased one of the 16 historic buildings that once served as the main artery of downtown Darien. He opened the doors to his gallery in March with an exhibition, bringing storefront occupancy on this lonely stretch of the past to 53 percent.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Thousands of people will be converging this week on a Lake Geneva-area farm to view the latest in agricultural technology and to see firsthand how a family farm is operated.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 19 through July 21, at Snudden Farms, N764 Zenda Road. This is the first year the event has been held in Walworth County.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Should you discover a purple toilet parked in your yard in the next few days, don’t be alarmed.

Instead, think of it as an unusual invitation to one of the most enjoyable -- and worthy -- local events of the summer: Relay for Life of Walworth County, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, and running through 8 a.m. July 16.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For Mark Duran, memories of war are a constant companion. But so, too, is Duran’s art. And it’s the latter that helps him focus on a future that’s alive with color and hope.

Duran, 43, of Delavan is an Army veteran who served and was seriously injured on the front lines in Afghanistan in 2005.

Thursday, 07 July 2016 13:13

Sports camps popular at UW-W, Beloit College

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Much has changed since Allan Sherman penned his Grammy-winning “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” in 1963, a jingle about the fictional Camp Granada that he based on his son’s actual letters home while attending summer camp.

However, parents can rest easy when it comes to youth sports camps because the Stateline area boasts topnotch facilities and instructors.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s athletic camps began June 19 and run through Aug. 5, with options including wrestling, bowling, gymnastics, volleyball, football, tennis, basketball, wheelchair hoops, soccer and cross-country.

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