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STATELINE NEWS -- Enbridge Energy’s plans to increase the flow of tar sand oil through its underground pipeline has caused concerns to bubble to the surface from local groups and counties.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Anyone returning a DVD or browsing the bookshelves at Matheson Memorial Library on a recent Wednesday morning might have momentarily wondered if they’d walked into a crime scene when they spotted two uniformed Elkhorn police officers chatting with patrons just steps from the main checkout desk.

But that plate of doughnut holes, pot of coffee and circle of comfy upholstered chairs nearby should have been a clue that this wasn’t an interrogation, but a meet-and-greet.

WILLIAMS BAY -- Students at Williams Bay Elementary School invited senior citizens from the community to visit the school and participate in a patriotic program Oct. 22, 2014 in honor of the 200th birthday of the "The Star-Spangled Banner," the United States' national anthem.

Apple crunching in southern Wisconsin.

(Scoll to bottom of page to watch the video, courtesy of the Gazette)

Voters interested in learning about the differences between 1st Congressional District candidates would benefit from reviewing the video of Monday’s debate.

WILLIAM BAY —The bell will soon ring again at the Belfry Theater under the new ownership group called Transformative Arts.

The 501c3 nonprofit Christian arts organization currently is fundraising and plans a complete renovation of the theater, which they hope to open in the summer of 2016.

On Sunday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the curious can take a tour of the Belfry Theatre, and for a $5 donation, can ring the old bell.

It’s the same bell that called Mormons to worship in this building more than 120 years ago. In 1888, a group of 100 families built the church, but when the Mormons left this area for Illinois, a Summerstock company bought the building. The Belfry became the first Wisconsin Summerstock Theatre in 1934.

“To hear that bell ring again —it’s over a 100 years old — is so wonderful,” said Anne Conners, development director for the nonprofit group.

The theater helped further the careers of Harrison Ford, Paul Newman and Gary Burghoff (Radar O’Reilly on M*A*S*H*), a Delavan native.

Conners said they also are inviting children to make their mark in chalk on the bare walls before the reconstruction takes place.

“Right now, it is all stripped down to the walls. You can really see the bare bones of the old church,” she said. “We’re inviting the kids to write their names on the walls before they get covered up again.”

The building is listed on National Register of Historic Places.

If you go

Ring the bell at the Belfry
What: Fundraiser for Transformative Arts at the Belfry Theatre
 When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2
 Where: The Belfry Theatre, 3601 Wisconsin Highway 67 at Bailey Road, Williams Bay

JANESVILLE-- Janis Ringhand and Brian Fitzgerald have been campaigning for the 15th Senate District seat on their backgrounds to help explain why they are qualified, although they do so for opposite reasons.

DELAVAN -- Area voters will choose a new state senator in the 11th District this fall, but the candidates are not new to elected office.

Monday, 27 October 2014 00:00

Election 2014: Kupsik aims to unseat August

Lake Geneva’s city council president has his sights set on the state assembly and is challenging the current two-term representative.

Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00

Election 2014: Ryan, Zerban round two

MESSENGER -- Congressman Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, and challenger Rob Zerban, D-Kenosha, hope the large turnout for their two debates is an indication of the interest in the race for the 1st Congressional District.

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