WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- At 112 years old, every inch of the 17-foot-tall Birge Fountain in Whitewater looks like what you’d imagine an imposing turn-of-the-last century sculpture to be: cherubs astride undulating dolphins, a Greek maiden-dubbed “Maid of the Mist” holding a water jar and Classical Revival-style detailing.
It’s hard to believe it was assembled from a catalog.
WHITEWATER -- A few years ago in 2012 artist Stasia Wilson, like so many across America, was overcome with emotion and grief at the news of the innocent children who died during a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There’s something for everyone this summer in Walworth County, but this year, there’s one event you won’t want to miss -- top U.S. yacht racers will compete in the Inland Lake Yachting Association’s annual championship.
No. 1: Excitement on Geneva Lake
Last held on Geneva Lake in 2010, the 2015 Inland Lake Yachting Association annual championship will attract more than 250 teams with 875 sailors from 30 different clubs.
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.
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.
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."