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As May moves into June, it’s time to think about different ways to use that most perfect fruit of summer -- strawberries.

If you really need a reason to eat strawberries, it is good to know that about eight strawberries will contain more than 100 percent of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C.

FONTANA -- Chalk up Jennifer Dexter’s social media career to some happy holiday memories with cookie cutters, frosting and sprinkles.

Her earliest forays into baking as a little girl were making cut-out Christmas cookies with her mother. Gradually she added more treats to her repertoire, much to the appreciation of her family.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The tastiest festival around -- ChocolateFest -- kicks off summer fun over the Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, May 26 through May 29, at the festival grounds, 681 Maryland Ave. in Burlington. The four-day festival includes the Rotary carnival, chocolate tent with eating contest, roving entertainers and plenty of live music.

BRADFORD TOWNSHIP -- Jill Bier looked through what was left of her barn Thursday morning to see what could be salvaged after fast-moving storms rolled through Rock and Walworth counties.

WISCONSIN DELLS -- The Republican Party of Walworth County was awarded the Wisconsin Award this past weekend when the Republican Party of Wisconsin held its 2017 convention in the Wisconsin Dells.

The Wisconsin Award Is the highest level of award a Wisconsin county party can receive.  Not only did the RPWC receive the Wisconsin Award, they also were recognized as one of the top five counties from across the state for its efforts during 2016.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Eighth-grade teacher Deb Amici is in her 30th year at St. Andrew School in Delavan, and 2017 marks her 39th year as a Catholic school teacher.

    A Catholic school alumna, Amici was inspired by her sixth-grade teacher -- who also was her aunt -- to become an educator. But to this daughter of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, dairy farmers and the mother of two adult daughters, the classroom always felt familiar, like coming home.

Friday, 12 May 2017 11:24

Editor's blog: Intimidation is futile

You can try to stifle a person from speaking out, but you can't stifle an idea. Just like the arcade game Whac-A-Mole, ideas -- both good and bad -- persist.

Just last week, a regular contributor to our Perspectives page received an anonymous letter in the mail criticizing what the contributor had written a week earlier in the paper.

ELKHORN -- A coalition of business and government groups is hosting a forum on the long-delayed completion of the U.S. Highway 12 freeway expansion between Elkhorn and Whitewater.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Here in the Midwest we tend to take our farms for granted, surrounded as we are by the red barns of earlier generations.

Your great-grandparents knew exactly where their food came from. Even 150 years ago, 90 percent of the population grew nearly all of its food. Today, only 2 percent does.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Emily Johnson couldn’t bear to hear her dad had decided to sell the Farmall 300. The tractor had been bought by her great-grandfather, who started a farm near Orfordville in 1936. It was sold to her grandpa and later her dad, who both had ridden it through those same farm fields.

So she bought it. 

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