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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For many of the students at Studio 84, artwork is about taking them to another place -- a place where artistic inspiration trumps disability. The 6-year-old organization also strives to take its artists to another level, whether it be artistically, socially or economically.

“A large portion of our students are adults with disabilities, which gives them an opportunity that they usually don’t have,” said Deborah Blackwell, executive director for Whitewater-based Studio 84. “Most people can go to college and take a class, and it’s just not accessible to (studio clients). So, this just has been a real good, unique opportunity.

Friday, 27 February 2015 08:42

A place to learn, share, create

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” But Emerson was misquoted. His original statement was this: “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.”

One can only imagine what Emerson would think of people beating a path to the Apple Store for a high-tech wristwatch. With technology racing ahead, it’s easy to see that many skill sets are being left behind. This is the void Whitewater Makerspace is trying to fill -- bringing people together who not only want to learn, but also teach, and collaborate on ideas new and old.

Top seeds Janesville Craig and Whitewater hope to carry their regular-season magic throughout the upcoming madness, which begins Tuesday, Feb. 24, with regional openers across the Stateline area.

The Cougars, Whippets and most top teams begin their postseason marches toward potential spots in the WIAA state tourney in Green Bay on Friday, Feb. 27.

Here is a look at the seedings and opening-round pairings:

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Awards season is upon us. One by one, the Golden Globes, Emmys and Oscars will shine brightly on our TVs, tablets and elsewhere. One honor after another for the best of the best. Seems there are more awards and lists than ever these days.

Sometimes the best awards are given for those actions or achievements on a much smaller scale. That’s where you would find Arno Crowley, fifth-grader. Even Arno’s name, which originally belonged to his great-great grandfather, is worthy of distinction.

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.

With the results in from Tuesday’s primary vote, the field now is set for the Nov. 4 general election.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Voters had another chance to listen to candidates for the 15th Senate seat when they squared off July 23 at the Rock County Fairgrounds in a debate hosted by Tim Bremel on his WCLO Radio show, "Your Talk Show."

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 00:00

Kite art above Whitewater

WHITEWATER -- Nearly 60 kites by children and adults as well as amateur and professional artists grace the light poles on Main Street, First Street, and Center Street in Whitewater now, and they will be there all summer.

The tenth public art project of the Whitewater Arts Alliance is "Up, Up and Away in Whitewater," and features a variety of fabulous and creative concoctions, including "Kindergarten Hands," The Duck-Tape Kite," "Tree Caught in a Kite," and "Summer Flowers."  

One of the kites commemorates the life of Treyton Kilar, the 6-year-old Whitewater boy killed in an auto accident in 2010--and features the Treyton Field of Dreams.  

Another, by the Whitewater High School Art Department, is a remembrance honoring Jerry Stauffacher, who taught at Whitewater High School for over 30 years.


Friday, 21 March 2014 00:00

UW-W jumper long on talent

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- It took Cory Zaeske awhile to find his niche among his many athletic talents. Once he figured that out, Zaeske has jumped at the chance, as in the long and high jumps.

The senior competes for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s track and field team after excelling at East Troy High School.

Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

Students share veterans' stories in film

 WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- To serve one’s country is a great honor.  Countless tributes set in granite, prestigious awards handed out by presidents and national holidays bear witness to a sacrifice that truly cannot be repaid.

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Now some of those stories of sacrifice have been recorded and preserved in a documentary film.

“Mission to Honor” was created by a handful of students at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The students didn’t set out to make a film, but as senior Katie Klepper points out, it was the right thing to do.

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