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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- “Home is where the heart is” according to Pliny the Elder, author, naturalist and philosopher of the Roman Empire.

Homes leave a mark on our heart, and if we’re lucky, we leave a mark on the house, the structure itself. For Ron Markwell, this certainly is true.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In 1890, one of the most popular cigars in the world was handcrafted in Delavan.

At the height of their business, brothers Washington and Ferdinand Van Velzer were taking in tons of leaf tobacco grown by local farmers and turning out some 200,000 cigars annually, including the leading seller La Delavana brand, at their small shop at 212 E. Walworth St., Delavan.

Friday, 13 March 2015 11:23

Work day works better with pets

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Occasionally when Bonnie Ihnen is stocking the shelves or checking on a price in the aisles of her downtown Delavan store, she’ll hear a short scream, and she knows a customer probably has just met Tess.

The startled yelps of surprise usually come from unsuspecting shoppers at Pet Pals who were admiring what they thought was a realistic, life-size statue of a tortoise when they suddenly see its eye blink or head sway.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015 11:10

Photo Gallery: 2015 Sky CIrcus on Ice

Delavan- Photos from Sky Circus on Ice at Lake Lawn Resort.  The two day event included Ice sculpting, kite flying and an appearance by Connor Doran from Americas got Talent with his indoor kite flying.

Performers and their mounts prepare for a show at the Dancing Horses Theatre.  This marks the first time back after the Christmas shows.  Trainers and performers work together to take care of the horses as well as getting them prepped and ready for their performances.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Among the dozens of black-and-white photographs of Delavan lakeshore resorts, downtown street scenes and landmarks that fill the pages of Patti Marsicano’s new book, “Forgotten Delavan,” readers have found some personal memories.

“When I talked to people at book signings, each of them got excited about a different photo,” Marsicano said. “There was one picture -- I had to laugh -- of The Log Cabin.”

DELAVAN--Although Ron Kastein has stepped away as the longtime owner of Barker Lumber in Delavan, the lumberyard will remain at 327 S. 7th St , under a new--and local--owner.

Barker Lumber was sold on Jan. 6 to Home Lumber of Whitewater.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Most local folks know of Delavan’s storied circus connection. Not as many realize that at one time the city drew not only clowns and big top promoters, but a colony of accomplished, award-winning artists.

Photo gallery of selected pieces

For almost two decades at the turn of the last century, artists flocked to the area. Some were regular summer visitors. Others made their homes here. And although Delavan’s original arts colony is gone, what remains is a collection of museum-worthy paintings in town that showcase those artists’ works and provide on their canvases a glimpse of what the city and its residents looked like more than a century ago.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Their worlds may be different, but people with disabilities tackle life with the same, or even more, gusto. It’s all about attitude and determination in overcoming obstacles.

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Student-athletes and staff members involved in wheelchair athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater prove that daily. And one of their main tools in dispelling myths, spreading awareness and breaking down barriers is the Cornerstones for Success program, which they have conducted throughout the Midwest for more than 15 years.

Friday, 14 November 2014 00:00

Making connections through language

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan resident Mary Humphrey saw the advantages a dual language class could offer her grandson, Dylan, immediately and enrolled him as soon as it became available earlier this fall at Turtle Creek Elementary School.

“I think it’s important for all of our kids to be bilingual,” Humphrey said. “It wasn’t an option when my kids were going to school, so I decided to take advantage of it for Dylan.

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