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JANESVILLE -- Janesville Craig's Anne Schumacher drills a buzzer-beater 3 to lead the Cougars to a 38-35 WIAA regional final win March 8, 2014 over crosstown rival Janesville Parker.
#1 Craig will face #2 Mukwonago Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Beloit Memorial High School.
JANESVILLE -- Seven scouts were honored recently for achieving the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank during an Eagle Scout court of honor at First Lutheran Church in Janesville.
The Scouts are among nine from Troop 405, based at the church, to have achieved the rank in the past 10 months.
MESSENGER -- Three Craig High School students recently had a big opportunity to get a jump start on their scientific careers by helping researchers study a tiny particle.
Seniors Matthew Plewa, Jacques Boudreau and Nolan Moran recently participated in an internship program at the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
MESSENGER -- Zac Matthews has dreams of headlining a major concert and entertaining a large audience with his country music.
“If I could fill a stadium some day, that would be my all-time goal,” Matthews, 18, of Janesville said. “I would be happy having a comfortable living making music, but obviously the all-time goal is being a country music star.”
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Girls basketball teams from the area get their first taste of March Madness on Tuesday, March 4, and Friday, March 7, as the race to the WIAA state tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay begins.
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Here is a rundown of Stateline area teams, their seedings and what lies ahead:
Kerry Storbakken’s Janesville Craig squad played its way to the top seed in the bottom half of the Sun Prairie Sectional. The Cougars will play the winner of Tuesday’s match-up between eighth-seeded Kenosha Indian Trail and ninth seed Muskego on Friday.
In yet another reminder that my youth has waved a hankie and shouted "bon voyage," this month marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America.
When this subject came up at a recent arts meeting, I realized that I was one of only two people at the table who was alive when this moment in history occurred.
MESSENGER -- Ryan Stahl of Janesville enjoys watching birds flying around in the prairie area near his workplace in Milton.
Stahl, who works at Midwest Prairies, which serves as a wildlife restoration habitat, wanted to do something to help preserve the bird population in Janesville, so he decided to team up with his wife, Linda, and friends Neil and Kay Deupree to help Janesville become a Bird City Wisconsin. Because of their efforts, Janesville officially became a Bird City Wisconsin in November.
“Three-fourths of our songbirds are on the decline, whether it’s to habitat loss, cats or getting struck by cars,” Stahl said. “It sparked an interest in me, and I said, ‘Well, I think we should do something about it,’ and that’s why I got involved with Bird City.” Read the current edition here: http://www.server-jbmultimedia.net/CSI-JanesvilleMessengerSunday
Stahl and the Deuprees worked on obtaining the Bird City designation for Janesville last spring. Stahl said they were required to distribute information about bird-related issues and conduct a bird education project at local schools. The city also had to be designated as a Tree City USA.
“It was a good feeling to get it done,” Stahl said. “With only the small group that we had, it was surprising that it got passed, but we had four quality people that were dedicated to it. We all worked together and really choose different categories to work on, and it seemed to work good. Hopefully, more people can come aboard and help us ever more.”
Stahl said the group received a lot of support from city officials and the community.
“The city council jumped aboard and passed it right away,” Stahl said. “Their only concern was about the geese, but we said that Bird City has nothing to do with geese. It’s mostly songbirds, because they were concerned about the geese at Traxler Park. We’ve gotten some feedback from emails and phone calls. A lot of people were in support of it.”
For obtaining the designation, Janesville received a plaque, two Bird City signs, which have been posted on the north and south entrances of the community, and a Bird City flag, which will be posted in Janesville’s municipal building.
Stahl said in order to maintain the designation, they are required to submit $100 each year to Bird City Wisconsin and host an annual Bird Day festival. A Bird Day festival is scheduled for May 10 at Riverside Park in Janesville. Stahl said he and a group of residents are planning activities for the festival, which may include guest speakers, a bird house decorating contest, a photo contest and a bird walk. The group’s next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 419 S. Franklin St. in Janesville. Residents who are interested in becoming involved may call (608) 921-2537 or (608) 752-8342.
“We don’t want to make it too big the first year, because we don’t know what the turnout is going to be,” Stahl said. “We’re just going to try to keep pecking away at this bird festival.”
Stahl said being involved with the process was a learning experience for him and it helped him become more familiar with different species of birds.
“It was very different for me, because I never got involved with something like this, so it was a new experience for me and I learned a lot with communicating with people and organizing meetings and just going throughout the community and talking to people. So, it was fun, and it was different at the same time, so I enjoyed it,” Stahl said.
Stahl said he hopes educating people about birds will help increase the bird population in the Janesville area.
“It just shows that the city of Janesville is concerned about birds, so basically we are showing the state that the city of Janesville is going to inform the public,” Stahl said.
Tom Presny, parks director, is another fan of Janesville’s designation as a Bird City Wisconsin.
“For us, becoming a Bird City recognizes all the park lands that we have to offer in the community. It also gives us an opportunity to continue to preserve our bird population whether it be waterfowl, ducks, geese, songbirds and even predator birds like hawks and eagles,” Presny said. “For us, it shows that we have the land and the support to take care of our bird population.”
Carl Schwartz, Bird City Wisconsin coordinator, said there are about 76 communities in Wisconsin that have been designated as a Bird City.
“The first ones were recognized in December 2010, so we’ve been doing this for about three years,” Schwartz said. “Out of the 76 communities, Janesville was in the most recent group. We recognized 16 communities last year. We are working with about three dozen communities right now that are exploring the program. So far, 100 percent of the communities have continued the program. The first communities that joined have renewed their commitment each year.”
Schwartz said communities that are interested in becoming a Bird City Wisconsin may contact him at (414) 416-3272.
“I do a lot of site visits. I speak to a lot of the people in the community. I try to work with the communities right from the get-go,” Schwartz said. “I work with them on the criteria that they have to achieve. I have a nice presentation that I give them.”
Schwartz said he hopes more communities in Wisconsin become interested in obtaining a Bird City designation to help maintain the state’s bird population. He said some of the bird species are thriving while others are on the decline.
“A third of the species are doing fine. They’re prospering and holding their own,” Schwartz said. “But about a third are on the decline. We want to keep common birds common. We want people to be able to continue to see birds at their feeder, and we want people to be able to continue to see birds at the parks.”
DELAVAN — Gov. Scott Walker and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will be featured speakers at the March 1 Lincoln Day Dinner of the Republican Parties of Rock and Walworth Counties.
Both men have been mentioned as possible presidential candidates in 2016.
Sometimes, when you take a step back and look around through a new set of glasses, things look better than you may have thought.
Janesville’s taken its share of lumps since GM drove out of town, but despite the early prognostications, the city didn’t whither and die. In fact, Janesville has begun to bounce back nicely, and the city has the welcome mat rolled out.