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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The windows of the Circle of Friends Mission Thrift Shoppe at 23 E. Walworth St. in downtown Elkhorn are pasted with fliers: a lost dog, a blood drive, a charity 5K run event. It’s not surprising that in this social media age of Facebook postings and Twitter feeds, people still want to tape fliers up in a spot that’s central to many in the area.

But passersby soon may be searching for neighborhood news at a new location. The current store is bursting at the seams and may be forced to relocate.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Fired up about football

WHITEWATER -- As any NCAA Division III team can tell you, it’s bad enough playing against the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, currently ranked first in the division, on their home field, but nothing punctuates that feeling better than the booming cannon fire that erupts right after they’ve scored on you.

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Mike Lesko, affectionately known as "The Cannon Man," has been making that victory blast possible for the past 20 years. Lesko, at the command of his 2 1/2-inch-bore confederate mountain rifle replica, has fired a powerful 6-ounce gunpowder shot to celebrate every single Warhawks touchdown during a regular season home game over his long tenure as the team’s artilleryman. The university’s football tradition is so entrenched that it predates much of the current athletic department’s staff.

LAKE GENEVA -- Some leaders are easy to spot, while others prefer to avoid the spotlight. Alex Martinez falls into the latter category.

However, the Badger High School senior takes that role seriously, and his cross-country teammates tend to follow.

EAST TROY -- You don’t need to love bluegrass music to love the East Troy Bluegrass Festival. That’s because there are so many styles of bluegrass nowadays -- new grass, country, swampgrass, folk, gospel --?plus fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar contests. Bring your instrument and enjoy the whole weekend. The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 and Sept. 14. The rain location will be East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00

Racehorse embarks on new career

CLINTON -- The racehorse known as He’s So Hot was on track for a stunning career until an injury put a sudden stop to his racing days.

The Standardbred gelding was born in Illinois to a proud lineage, the offspring of prized horses Sportsmaster and She’s Redhot.

He’s So Hot was purchased in 2009 and trained for harness racing by the DeLong family of Clinton and had all the makings of a future champion.

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At the height of his performance in 2010, the then 2-year-old racehorse had earned $70,500 at the Mini Me Final at Balmoral Park in Crete, Illinois; $22,500 at the Governor’s Cup at Du Quoin, Illinois; $60,350 at the Cardinal Final at Maywood Park in Melrose Park, Illinois, and finished second in the $127,000 American-National Final at Balmoral Park.

TOWN OF SHARON -- A bridge that has been closed in the town of Sharon is causing concern among residents and town officials.

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Savor the scenery along area's rustic roads

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The word rustic can conjure up images of homes, woods or even something memorable on a shelf. Antiques can be rustic and appreciated by those with an eye toward collecting or a love of history. For younger generations, rustic can just mean old or in need of renovation (maybe there’s an app for that).

When our travels leave the day-to-day commute, some of us take the scenic route. If you know where to look, Wisconsin’s rustic road system can bring beautiful views or a trip down memory lane.

Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00

Scarecrows beckon you to downtown Delavan

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Scarecrows of many shapes and sizes will be dressed to impress visitors this September in downtown Delavan.

The scarecrows will be displayed as part of the 14th annual Scarecrow Fest, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 13.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The Bluegrass Express is making a stop at this year’s East Troy Bluegrass Festival.

The four-piece band from northern Illinois will be joined by more than a half-dozen other performers during the festival, Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14, on the village square.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Cornfest, long a community staple in the small village of Darien, is a festival that annually calls home those who remember it from their childhood. And this Sept. 5 through Sept. 7 isn’t shaping up to be any different.

“A lot of people who have roots in Darien come back down from wherever they live just for Cornfest,” said Cornfest President Karen Haman. “There are a lot of people I actually grew up with that come home for that weekend most years, it’s kind of like a reunion.”

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