WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The newest addition to downtown Delavan marks some of the city’s oldest industrial roots -- in a way that makes people stop and stare.
A new mural on the west side of the Delavan Fitness Center building, 114 N. Third St., features three of Delavan’s early industries: Barker Lumber Co., Moser Screw Machine Co. and Urbandale Dairy.
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.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan Mayor Mel Nieuwenhuis knew he only had 30 seconds in front of the camera to make a good impression of his city.
So, like the punch line in the old joke about how someone gets to Carnegie Hall, he practiced.
Nieuwenhuis was among the Delavan residents filmed last summer for an episode of the Milwaukee Public Television program, “Around the Corner with John McGivern,” which will be broadcast Thursday, Feb. 16.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The Big Top is coming down.
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, which called itself The Greatest Show on Earth, announced earlier this month it was closing in May, after rallying for years against a difficult economy, changing tastes in entertainment and pressure from animal rights groups.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- When someone says, “Go fly a kite,” most people don’t think of heading out to the lake during the winter.
But that is what will happen in Delavan during the annual Sky Circus on Ice held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 17 through Feb. 19, at Lake Lawn Resort.
Festivities will kick off about 10 a.m. Feb. 18 and Feb. 19 with a grand launch ceremony.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- It’s 2017, and people don’t gather around the water cooler anymore to talk about what’s going on in their communities.
They gather around their smartphones to comment on Facebook posts.
The technology may be changing, but good local stories always generate a buzz, whether it’s a 20-year-old Sharon woman who overcame life-threatening odds or 19th century shipwrecks as close as the waters of Geneva Lake. As we look back on the year just past, we review five of the stories that really got readers talking in 2016:
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The universe captured on glass plates, with the earliest images dating over a century ago -- from photographs of Halley’s comet to the Andromeda galaxy -- have added layers of data to research for astronomers like Wayne Osborn. An extensive collection of these plates can be found at Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, where Osborn has been making it his job to ensure their preservation.
Born in Los Angeles, Osborn and his family crisscrossed California while he was growing up. He moved across the country during his graduate studies, ending up with a doctorate degree in astronomy at Yale University.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The plays taking center stage on Walworth County high schools next month showcase some wonderful theater, with several presenting familiar stories given a new twist.
Big Foot High School
Audience members will see a familiar fairy tale turned on its head with “The Cinderella Complex” at the newly remodeled auditorium at Big Foot High School, said director Rachel Wenndt.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- “Music to me is like breathing,” said Ray Charles, American singer, musician and composer. “I don’t get tired of breathing. I don’t get tired of music.”
Almost everyone who breathes enjoys music -- whether that is listening to it, making it or moving to it. Of course, the style of music differs by person, peer group and regional and cultural affiliation.
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.
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