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JANESVILLE -- The plants aren’t in bloom this time of year, but Marsha Mood finds plenty of colorful photo opportunities at Rotary Botanical Gardens each December.

DARIEN TOWNSHIP -- Finding joy and comfort during the holiday season can be as simple as sitting down to a home-cooked meal with loved ones or decorating the tree as a family. However, for some in Rock and Walworth counties, the delight that comes with the Christmas season isn’t to be had so easily.

JANESVILLE TOWNSHIP -- Police are searching for a town of Janesville man who hasn't been heard from since October.

BELOIT -- After many years of hosting the Holiday Spectacular as the Beloit Janesville Symphony, the tradition will continue on, but the organization will be offering the performance this year under its new name -- The Rock River Philharmonic.

MESSENGER -- Jamie Swenson says although it took almost five years for her latest book to be published, the wait was well worth it.

Swenson sold the manuscript in 2009 for the book, "If You Were a Dog," but it wasn’t until 2012 that award-winning illustrator Chris Raschka was able to begin work on the project.

"It was well worth it," Swenson said. "It was amazing to see his artwork and see it come to life."

Swenson, who works in the children’s department at Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, said the publishing company decides which illustrator will work on her books.

"They go about the business of creating the book," Swenson said. "So since they’re doing everything, they’re deciding the layout. They’re totally in control of the layout and the design and the size of the book. So, they probably have an illustrator in mind then they pick up a manuscript."

STATELINE NEWS -- For John Cooper, the holiday season just won’t feel the same this year, because his wife of 50 years died on Easter Sunday.

Thursday, 04 December 2014 00:00

Lykeminded by Jim Lyke: The Fall Guy

I’m not what you would call graceful.

My history includes many episodes that range from awkward to downright clumsy. A classmate once described me as being "as coordinated as a cow on stilts."

MESSENGER -- The joy of the holiday season can sometimes be overshadowed by wintry weather, long lines at the stores and a never-ending to-do list.

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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Way before Toyland opened and Christmas decorations appeared in every store, a group of young performers was getting in the swing of the season.

If you go: Rock Valley Conference traveling art show

Nov. 26 through Dec. 10: Beloit Turner
Dec. 10 through Jan. 5: Clinton
Jan. 5 through Jan. 21: Big Foot
Jan. 21 through Feb. 11: East Troy
Feb. 11 through March 4: Palmyra-Eagle
March 4 through March 25: Whitewater
March 25 through April 22: Jefferson
April 22 through May 13: McFarland

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ben Haegele’s charcoal drawing of the famous photograph showing boxer Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston is just one of the pieces on display at the annual Rock Valley Conference traveling art show.

The art show features drawings, paintings, jewelry, pottery work and sculptures from Evansville, Parkview, FJ Turner, Brodhead, McFarland, Palmyra-Eagle, Big Foot, East Troy, Clinton and Whitewater high schools.

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