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Tuesday, 27 October 2015 16:03

When is trick or treat 2015?

Trick or treat times in Rock, Walworth and Winnebago counties for 2015

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The seventh-grade Phoenix Middle School girl who suited up for the Jr. Comets team at youth football games and stood up to bullies on the playground is still remembered here, even though she’s been gone for 10 months.

In her too-short life, Lilly Perry touched a lot of people.

JANESVILLE -- Rep. Paul Ryan, after a week at home in Janesville with his family mulling a call from Republicans to run for speaker, gave his party an ultimatum.

During a widely reported closed door meeting today, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, with members of the House Republican Conference, Ryan said he needs to know by Friday if all 247 members would support his bid for speaker.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Georgia Kestol-Bauer wants to share her historic family heirloom of sorts with the community at large.

But she could use a little help in getting it back in shape.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words ... “ It’s a sentence almost everyone can finish. Being teased, called names and the like are all part of childhood (and sometimes parts of adulthood). Some of it’s good-natured, some not.

Even today, when anti-bullying campaigns abound, bullying is a very real, personal experience for the victim. Schools have more on their plate than ever these days, and even the most dedicated anti-bullying efforts can’t catch everyone.

Friday, 09 October 2015 10:43

Special report: Scouting crops from the sky

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- After walking through hundreds of acres of farm fields as crop scouts for four years, Zachary and Mitch Fiene knew there had to be a better way.

The cousins figured that crop conditions could be viewed better from the sky and started DMZ Aerial, which provides unmanned aerial vehicles for the agriculture industry. The vehicles are drone planes with a camera attached to them. The camera takes aerial photographs of crops to detect potential problems.

The memories came flooding back as my brother and I examined the 65-year-old Allis-Chalmers WD farm tractor on display at the Rock River Thresheree.

Friday, 02 October 2015 11:10

Piano man Dan Trudell releases new CD

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Few things in life are original anymore. The cellphone seems to be moving to our wrist, which would make wearing a watch back in vogue. Movies seem to relive the heroes of our past (or at least our parents). There is, however, an artist in Lake Geneva who infuses his own style into familiar songs, making them livelier and new again.

Dan Trudell has been playing the piano during all of this century and in the latter half of the one before that.

If you go: Here There Be Dragons
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015
Where: Roland Olson Forest Preserve in Roscoe
Admission: Free for spectators, $3 and a nonperishable food item for participants
Online: Facebook.com/groups/234371180025959/

STATELINE NEWS -- Don’t get confused if it seems as if you’ve stepped back in time next weekend in Roscoe.

Members of the Dagorhir Rockford chapter will host their eighth annual Here There Be Dragons event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at Roland Olson Forest Preserve (MAP I GPS) in Roscoe. The event will feature simulated medieval battles, weapon checks, combat classes and silent auction.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More resources means more opportunities and that means more young people are starting their own businesses.

Young entrepreneurs are getting their feet wet at “break-neck speed,” according to David Gee of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Gee is a lecturer in entrepreneurship and the co-director of the UW-Whitewater Launch Pad program, which helps UW-Whitewater undergraduates and graduate students launch startup businesses.

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