By Cathy Durkin Mestek
I don’t think it’s my imagination that we’ve lost some ground. There’s no time like the present to work together to do better.
When my late husband, Steve, and I decided to have children, we opted for adoption and brought Jimmy, Cassi and Timmy into our family as infants from Korea during a span from 1984 to 1991.
BELOIT -- The remains of a U.S. serviceman who died in a 1952 plane crash in Anchorage soon will be returned to Beloit to be buried next to his parents in Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit.
Airman First Class George Ingram, who was then 23, died on Nov. 22, 1952, when the U.S. Air Force C-124 Globemaster he was aboard crashed near Anchorage, Alaska.
The Air Force announced March 16, 2016 it had identified the remains of more service members who died in the crash.
JANESVILLE -- Public open houses are planned in Rock, Boone and Winnebago counties for residents interested in learning more about a plan to build a rail line to bypass Chicago.
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ROSCOE -- Alex Tyms Jr., Scout executive of the Glacier’s Edge Council, says area troops continue to grow despite the controversy over the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to allow openly gay adults as Scout leaders.
Glacier’s Edge membership has increased by 4 percent during the past year, which includes Cub Scout troops, Boy Scout troops, Venture troops and Explorers groups, Tyms said.
The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in December ended its relationship with the Boy Scouts over the change in policy.
JANESVILLE -- A retired sales manager will take on Wisconsin Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, R-Clinton, for the 31st Assembly District seat.
Don Prestia, 62, of 4109 Ingram Drive, Janesville, is running as a Democrat.
MESSENGER -- Remember when you were a kid playing with your favorite Raggedy Ann doll or G.I. Joe action figure or waiting to wake up Christmas morning to open up that new Cabbage Patch Doll or the Beanie Baby?
Well, the Rock County Historical Society is bringing those memories back to life with the Toys @ Play exhibit, on display at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center, 426 N. Jackson St. in Janesville, through December, 2016.
DELAVAN -- Paul Nehlen, a self-proclaimed former Paul Ryan supporter, will challenge the incumbent congressman for the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s 1st District seat.
Nehlen, a businessman and Delavan resident, made the announcement on his website, PaulNehlen.com. The primary is Aug. 9, 2016 and the general election is Nov. 8, 2016.
This just in blog, by Dan Plutchak, editor
As the presidential candidates crisscrossed Wisconsin this past week ahead of Tuesday’s presidential primary, they’ve pitched all the things they would do as president.
But, as you head to the polls to vote, remember any president can do very little without the cooperation of Congress.
It’s the role of the House and Senate to pass legislation. The president’s only duty is to either approve the law with his or her signature, or reject it by veto.
When Donald Trump says he’ll force Mexico to pay for a wall between our two counties, or when Ted Cruz says he’ll step up policing in Muslim neighborhoods, it’s unclear what sort of legislation Congress could consider, making those campaign promises little more than talking points.
No matter who you vote for Tuesday, their proposals won’t go very far unless voters also pick a majority in the House of Representatives and at least 60 agreeable senators.
STATELINE NEWS -- If there’s a slight hiccup at the polls during the spring election on Tuesday, April 5, because of Wisconsin’s new voter photo ID law, Beloit City Clerk Lori Stottler and her crew of election workers are more than ready.
“We held a primary in February where photo ID was the law and it went relatively well with only one voter being unable to provide a valid photo ID and he chose not to vote,” Stottler said in an email. “His issue will be resolved now that SB295 has passed which, among other items, allows a veteran’s ID card to be used as valid photo ID.”
BELOIT -- Voters will chose four members of the Beloit City Council April 5, 2106, when they go to the polls. Six candidates are vying for four available seats.
The candidates include incumbents Sheila DeForest and Ana Kelly and challengers Regina Dunkin, Kevin Leavy, Mark Preuschl and James Faragher. Leavy previously served on the council from 2004 to 2015.