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Monday, 11 September 2017 08:52

Letting go, keeping it together

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WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY--Aruna Jha, the mother of two grown daughters, remembers feeling somewhat anxious when the girls -- particularly the older one -- started college.

 “It was a little bit tougher when the first one went off to school. Parents know the transition is hard the first time you experience it. The feelings, concerns and anxieties are going to be a little different,” said Jha, an assistant professor in the department of social work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. “With my older daughter, compared to the younger one, I was more concerned, more vigilant, possibly more intrusive.”

Monday, 11 September 2017 08:49

Hollywood was a second home

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STATELINE NEWS--Attending the premiere of “Wag the Dog” with one of the movie’s stars, Dustin Hoffman.

Talking about music and life with the legendary Paul McCartney.

Pushing through a horde of paparazzi with actress Lindsay Lohan.

Not many people can say, “Been there, done that.”

Monday, 11 September 2017 08:46

Mr. Conservation

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- “Gratifying” and “thankful” are the words Richard Newsome uses to describe being recognized for his conservation efforts during the past 40-plus years.

The Rock County Conservationists recently dedicated the Richard Newsome Education Garden at the Welty Environmental Center, located in Big Hill Park in the town of Beloit.

“If there was going to be something that had my name on it, I can’t think of anything I appreciate more than this prairie garden,” Newsome said.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 11:37

Bluegrass hits the square in East Troy, Sept. 9-10, 2017

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Here’s who is playing, Sept.. 8- 16 in the stateline area

Friday, Sept 8

  Open mic, Sept. 8, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.

  Tom Stanfield, Sept. 8, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084,

   Rainbow Bridge, Sept 8, at 7 p.m., at the Darien Cornfest, Darien West Park, 335 W. Madison St., Darien.

Bill Camplin Band, Sept. 8, from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391,

Mike Williamson, Sept. 8, The Butterfly, 5246 E. County Highway X, Beloit. 608-362-8577

Friday, 01 September 2017 13:52

Bring a chair to the square for bluegrass

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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY — If you’re a fan of bluegrass, you know exactly where you’ll be come Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and Sept. 10: listening to the sweet blend of guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles at East Troy’s 24th annual Bluegrass Festival. Take a moment while you’re there to stop and thank the woman behind the festival — she’ll be mingling with bluegrass lovers on the square — award-winning composer Melissa Sherman.

In 1994, Sherman was a single mom with three young children and a business, Melissa’s Country Baskets and a Touch of Heart, located across from the village square in East Troy. She was also a bluegrass guitarist and upright bass player looking to play, but busy with life.


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