The memories came flooding back as my brother and I examined the 65-year-old Allis-Chalmers WD farm tractor on display at the Rock River Thresheree.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Few things in life are original anymore. The cellphone seems to be moving to our wrist, which would make wearing a watch back in vogue. Movies seem to relive the heroes of our past (or at least our parents). There is, however, an artist in Lake Geneva who infuses his own style into familiar songs, making them livelier and new again.
Dan Trudell has been playing the piano during all of this century and in the latter half of the one before that.
If you go: Here There Be Dragons
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Where: Roland Olson Forest Preserve in Roscoe
Admission: Free for spectators, $3 and a nonperishable food item for participants
STATELINE NEWS -- Don’t get confused if it seems as if you’ve stepped back in time next weekend in Roscoe.
Members of the Dagorhir Rockford chapter will host their eighth annual Here There Be Dragons event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Roland Olson Forest Preserve (MAP I GPS) in Roscoe. The event will feature simulated medieval battles, weapon checks, combat classes and silent auction.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More resources means more opportunities and that means more young people are starting their own businesses.
Young entrepreneurs are getting their feet wet at “break-neck speed,” according to David Gee of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Gee is a lecturer in entrepreneurship and the co-director of the UW-Whitewater Launch Pad program, which helps UW-Whitewater undergraduates and graduate students launch startup businesses.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Diane and Michael Michalek lost their 22-year-old daughter, Alyssa, to suicide about four years ago. Now the Delavan couple has helped organize a walk in her memory to help others who have lost a loved one to suicide or people who are struggling with thoughts of suicide.
The Walworth County Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn. Registration begins at 8 a.m., an opening ceremony with a balloon release will be at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m. People also can register for the two-mile walk by going online to afsp.org/walk.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The walls of the former antique mall came tumbling down this summer, but the demolition of the longtime fixture on the historic Walworth square precedes construction plans for the re-route of U.S. Highway 14 in its path by at least five years.
The exact route of the finished highway through the village of Walworth isn’t clear, but the proposed plans continue to draw attention and criticism from area residents.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For a little more than 40 years, WBSD 89.1 FM has been providing music and entertainment to area residents who want to listen to the favorite songs they grew up with as well as some from newer artists.
Thomas Gilding, WBSD general manager, said if you walk into a Burlington-area business, most likely a radio is tuned into 89.1.
Editor’s note: Saving Downtown is an award-winning series by freelance writer Lisa Schmelz exploring how Walworth County communities are breathing new life into their historic downtown districts. This is the fifth installment. Visit other towns in the Saving Downtown series by going online to communityshoppers.com/tag/Saving-downtown.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Last Sunday morning, a table was hard to come by at Daddy Maxwell’s in Williams Bay. Two hours before the Packers-Bears kickoff, this igloo-shaped diner felt as crowded as Soldier Field -- provided one made the proper per-capita and square-footage adjustments and was still prone to exaggeration.
But folks here didn’t mind waiting for a table, being elbow-to-elbow at the counter or shoulder-to-shoulder along the western wall, where a row of tables overflowed with locals and weekend visitors. The mood was jovial. Conversations were a mix of politics, town gossip, including whether or not the cashier should be allowed to wear a Bears jersey in Packers country, and the glorious fall weather of the moment. There was also much pontificating as to where downtown Williams Bay started and stopped, and even more specifically, if Daddy Maxwell’s could claim to be a part of downtown Williams Bay.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Teaching has been called many things -- an art, an inspiration, a life-changing experience.
There are many gifted teachers in our midst, and there are some who are simply spectacular. They go above and beyond, inspiring students and others with whom they work. One such teacher is Christine Hayes.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sandee Ortiz was the coach, April Shaffer the athlete. That relationship, like the one between parents and their children, often dictates a delicate balance.
But when those relationships click, the bond grows much stronger. In this case, Ortiz and Shaffer, who has a cognitive disability, became what they treasure most -- friends.
Ortiz has coached girls and boys tennis and taught at Delavan-Darien High School for the last 18 years and has run the local parks and recreation program for 19. She also has run a tennis camp for high school students for 17 summers.