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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- On any given Sunday, the Rev. Simone Nathan, pastor of the Good Earth Church of the Divine, might be found blessing the waters at the shorelines of Lauderdale Lakes, offering prayers for a fruitful harvest in a neighborhood orchard or giving a sermon at a weekly worship service in the sunlit upper level of an upscale barn at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy.

The combination of theology and ecology that forms the Good Earth Church, an ecumenical interfaith community, is what Nathan calls planting a bit of heaven on earth.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Hobbies exist in all shapes and sizes. Some are small and historical such as coin collecting, others are large and comforting like quilt making. There is one activity however, that evokes the pursuit of a passionate dream -- the ability to fly.

When you can’t sprout wings and take to the skies on your own, you might find yourself in the company of radio-controlled aircraft enthusiasts. The Academy of Model Aeronautics claims more than 2,500 charter model airplane clubs in the United States, including the Silver Eagles RC Club in Walworth County.

Montgomery Gentry arguably is the most well known of the grandstand acts at the 2015 Rock County 4-H Fair. They’ve released six studio albums for Columbia Records’ Nashville division, producing more than 20 chart topping singles for the duo on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the No.1 hits “If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of” and “Lucky Man.”

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In the weeks after her daughter Avery, an ebullient fifth-grader at Delavan Christian School, was killed in a car crash in fall 2012, Bridget McCarthy would find herself awake in the middle of the night. Unable to sleep, she’d often turn to Facebook or her blog, Stumbling Towards Perfect, and read comments from people who were thinking about her and wanted to let her know.

“Social media saved me when Avery died,” McCarthy said.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- At 112 years old, every inch of the 17-foot-tall Birge Fountain in Whitewater looks like what you’d imagine an imposing turn-of-the-last century sculpture to be: cherubs astride undulating dolphins, a Greek maiden-dubbed “Maid of the Mist” holding a water jar and Classical Revival-style detailing.

It’s hard to believe it was assembled from a catalog.


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