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ELKHORN -- He put students first for more than four decades. Individualized education programs, meetings with teachers, listening to parental concerns and wrangling over budgets were only a few items on his weekly agenda.

Greg Kostechka no longer worries about these things. That’s because he retired in March after 42 years at Lakeland School, the centerpiece of Walworth County’s special education system.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Oak savannas are so rare in Wisconsin that less than 500 acres remain of the 5.5 million acres that covered Wisconsin before clearing, overgrazing and invasive species took over since the mid-19th century.

Friday, 31 March 2017 09:15

Spring Home & Outdoors 2017: Day camps for kids

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Are you looking to get the kids out of the house this summer where they can have adventures and learn something, too.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

Summer day camps are a great way build valuable activities into your schedule.

Here are a few popular programs in the Stateline area:

Whether it’s signing up youth for their first lessons, participating in the weekly men’s or women’s scramble, teeing it up for bragging rights at a municipal tournament or joining the gallery at a PGA touring event, 2017 will offer Stateline area golf enthusiasts a wide variety of options to enjoy the links.

(More Spring Home & Outdoors stories are HERE.)

One such effort features the Walworth County Visitors Bureau, which is teaming up with nine golf courses in hopes that families and individuals will get out their clubs more often this year through a passport program.

When Susan Tilley’s mom passed away last year, she had been living in her rural Janesville home for 47 years. Tilley went through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

“I was stuck on anger for the longest time,” Tilley said.

In part, it was because of the mess she inherited. The house her mother left was full of stuff that had to be gone through, cleaned up and cleaned out before the house could be sold. Tilley took a week’s vacation from her job to get it ready.

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