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WHITEWATER -- As a child, Dianne Moller constructed Styrofoam airplanes and then set them aloft to watch them soar.

"I love anything that flies -- airplanes, gliders," she says. "It’s that sense of freedom we don’t have (as humans) to just take off in flight."

Moller also grew to love nature’s most majestic fliers, and she’s now in her 20th year of rehabilitating eagles, hawks, owls and other birds of prey. While her five-acre facility, Hoo’s Woods Raptor Center near Whitewater, typically isn’t open to the public, Moller presents educational programs around Walworth and Rock counties.

JANESVILLE -- The Rock Aqua Jays are looking to add another trophy to their collection.

The Aqua Jays are gearing up to host the Division 1 Show Ski National Championships from Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 at RAJ Stadium in Traxler Park in Janesville.

IF YOU GO: The Tallman Arts Festvial, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at the Lincoln Tallman House grounds in Janesville. www.RCHS.us

EAST TROY -- Annie Haeger believes she didn’t choose her current path in life, it chose her.

Regardless, the East Troy area resident has combined her best qualities -- including athletic ability, work ethic and mental toughness -- to land a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Haeger, 26, and teammate Briana Provancha are among 15 members of the U.S. sailing team heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

ELKHORN -- The stars of the dog show -- that poofy-haired Pekinese, the easygoing beagle, the eager-to-please golden Labrador -- make it look so easy, posing for the judges while their handlers accept the ribbons and accolades.

But organizers know that to put on a good show, it takes dedication, a lot of behind-the-scenes work and sometimes even a little bit of string cheese.

Thursday, 28 July 2016 12:25

Editor's blog: Welcome to our new look

Our work here at the newspaper is never really done. I’m sure our jobs are much like yours in that way.

Yes, we publish a new edition each Sunday and Wednesday, but at the same time we’re working on new stories and new ways to connect with our readers.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- 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 seventh installment.

Visit other towns in the Saving Downtown series by going online to communityshoppers.com/tag/Saving-downtown.

David John Dietrich, a classically trained artist, recently purchased one of the 16 historic buildings that once served as the main artery of downtown Darien. He opened the doors to his gallery in March with an exhibition, bringing storefront occupancy on this lonely stretch of the past to 53 percent.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Thousands of people will be converging this week on a Lake Geneva-area farm to view the latest in agricultural technology and to see firsthand how a family farm is operated.

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, July 19 through July 21, at Snudden Farms, N764 Zenda Road. This is the first year the event has been held in Walworth County.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Should you discover a purple toilet parked in your yard in the next few days, don’t be alarmed.

Instead, think of it as an unusual invitation to one of the most enjoyable -- and worthy -- local events of the summer: Relay for Life of Walworth County, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, and running through 8 a.m. July 16.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For Mark Duran, memories of war are a constant companion. But so, too, is Duran’s art. And it’s the latter that helps him focus on a future that’s alive with color and hope.

Duran, 43, of Delavan is an Army veteran who served and was seriously injured on the front lines in Afghanistan in 2005.

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