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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- On most days, “the Kettle” rewards hikers with scenic views, wildflowers, wildlife and the enjoyment of being outdoors in the glacial landscape.

But those who venture along the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s interpretive trails garner even more -- historical insights, cultural information and maybe even a glimpse of what the land might have looked like long ago.

Are you a frequent photo poster to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter?

We’re seeking submissions for the inaugural photography edition of our CSI Media publications that will publish July 31, 2016.

The photo edition will coincide with the launch of the new size and all-color format of Walworth County Sunday, The Shopper/Advertiser, The Stateline News and The Janesville Messenger.

Most of the time when I’m on Facebook or Twitter, I’m checking up on news that I otherwise may have missed.

One of my favorite delights is to see some of the awesome photography that people put on their social media feeds. I follow lots of people who post great images every week.

Those photographs are the inspiration for our inaugural photo edition.

Although social media is a great way to discover and share photography, there’s still something to be said for seeing an image in print on paper.

Especially with a combined circulation of 100,000 for all of our Sunday editions.

The other reason we’ve decided to do an edition devoted to photography is that before now, we’ve never been able to print color on every page of the paper.

But beginning with the July 31 edition, we won’t be constrained by limitations of color because of our printing press.

As you may remember, we announced a while back that we would begin printing our publications at the state-of-the-art Bliss Communications print facility on the outskirts of Janesville.

There are lots of reasons for switching to a different press, but one of them is the increased demand from advertisers for color in the ads they run in our paper.

Our current press has limited capacity, which means that some advertisers were shut out of color, or some of our features stories or photographs ran on black and white pages because all of the color pages had been spoken for.

With the new press, we’ll be able to print color on every page.

The move to the new press also will provide us an opportunity to give the paper a fresh new look and provide new opportunities for our advertising partners to share their message with our readers.

So, with this new color capability, we began brainstorming ways to best show it off, which led us to plan our photography edition.

We plan to run all the submissions online, and as many as we can in the paper. We’ll include the photographer’s name, caption information and how to find them on social media.

We’re looking for photographs that were taken during the past year. Our preference leans to spontaneous and arty.

If you’re looking to add followers, this will be a great way to make new connections.

If you have a photograph or two you’d like to submit, email me a link or post it to our timeline on Facebook. You can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Then mark your calendar for the paper that comes out July 31, 2016 and help us celebrate our fresh new look.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Madison Gruman is looking forward to showcasing her singing and dancing talents in front of a hometown crowd.

Gruman, 20, is a member of the Kids from Wisconsin, which is set to perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, at Burlington High School.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Maybe it’s been years since you’ve made s’mores or joined in a sing-along by an open campfire, practiced archery or worked on arts and crafts under a green spread of trees. But if you’re missing those carefree summertime days and nights, you can re-create them -- or start your own memories.

Adult summer camps are a growing business, with more than 800 camps in the United States and more than a million adults attending them in 2013, according to the marketing company Grownupcamps.com site.

Success is measured by happiness, not possessions, says Rodney Wedig, whose words apply equally to life and the athletic arena.

Area coaches and their children took a moment leading up to Father’s Day to share their unique perspectives of life as a coach and coach’s kid.

Wedig has spent the past two years at Beloit Memorial High School after 11 at Big Foot High School in Walworth, having coached all five of his kids in youth and/or high school sports.

TOWN OF GENEVA -- Founders of a nonprofit group that takes care of injured and orphaned animals are worried about providing security for their animals if a company goes through with plans for cutting down trees near the property.

American Transmission Co. plans to clear trees and undergrowth in an easement within Fellow Mortals Inc., W4632 Palmer Road. ATC owns a 7.8-mile transmission between Elkhorn and Lake Geneva that includes an easement near Fellow Mortals.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Looking to get off the beaten path this summer? Look no further than the 26 miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail that wind through Walworth and Jefferson counties.

Ice Age Trail segments are located near Colley Road, Whitewater Lake, Rice Lake, Whitewater campground and Lake LaGrange.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dona Palmer is an unapologetic steward of the earth.

The environment -- and concern for its resources among all people on the planet -- has colored everything in her life from work to politics. Palmer grew up on a farm, living close to the land. She joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, a religious order named for the patron saint of all creation. As a backpacker, she’s taken in the beauty of the national parks. As a longtime teacher, she’s introduced hundreds of children to nature.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- June is well known as dairy month, and the Stateline is celebrating with a variety of events honoring all things dairy as well as our agriculture heritage.

Rock, Walworth and Boone-Winnebago counties will host dairy breakfasts in the next few weeks, and Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland paid a visit to the area just last week.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Principal Barb Isaacson says it’s a bittersweet goodbye she and the faculty at Williams Bay Elementary School said last Friday, June 3, the last day of classes in the building that has stood for 100 years at 139 Congress St.

Come September, students will be in a new elementary school building, connected to the Williams Bay Middle/High School at 500 W. Geneva St., on the west end of the village. 

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