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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, 28 October 2016 09:21

Local teens star in high school productions

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.  

Friday, 23 September 2016 09:47

Music lessons for a new generation

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 -- 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.

DELAVAN -- His military assignments took him to places as exotic and distant as Morocco, Trinidad and Cuba, and his post-war business trips had him crisscrossing the United States from Florida to California, but next week will be Dave Perkins’ first trip to Washington, D.C., when he and some 200 other veterans depart Beloit and roll into the nation’s capital on a fleet of buses.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Sixty-nine years is a long time to do anything, but for 75-year-old Jean Pippitt of Delavan, playing the violin has become second nature to her. She picked up the instrument at age 6 because she didn’t want to compete with her older sister, who was taking piano lessons at the time.

When she reached seventh grade, her violin teacher needed help with the younger students, so Pippitt began teaching. Throughout the years, she would find that teaching and giving back to her community would supersede any desire to achieve fame through her violin playing.

Welcome to the redesigned Walworth County Sunday, Stateline News and Janesville Messenger.

The new look papers will arrive at your home this weekend.

We hear a lot of talk about the decline of the printed newspaper and what the news business will be like a few short years from now.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The $3 million residence for sale on South Shore Drive in Delavan is a 10,000-square foot house with 120 feet of frontage along Delavan Lake.

The home features six fireplaces, a gourmet kitchen, first- and second-floor laundry rooms, a billiard room, theater room, wet bar, full beauty salon, a great room with soaring ceilings and an exercise room just off the first floor master bedroom suite.

There is a separate, 300-square-foot enclosed screened porch overlooking the lake, an attached three-car and a detached two-car garage as well as a boat shed. There’s even an optional gatehouse -- designed by Frank Lloyd Wright -- available for an additional $260,000.

The home was once part of a large estate owned by the late Edward Brennan, who was the CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Co. Brennan is just one in a long list of tycoons, business magnates and families with names like Borg or Wrigley who have been drawn to lakeside summer homes in the Delavan and Lake Geneva areas for more than 100 years.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- We humans could learn a lot from honeybees. The honeybee hive is a tight-knit society of individual bees devoted to the greater good. But while entomologist E.O. Wilson claims bees are “humanity’s greatest friend,” humanity has not been a good friend to the honeybee.

But now, thanks to a change in a Delavan city ordinance, honeybees once again can be kept in the city and beekeeping advocates are hoping the trend will spread throughout Walworth County.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- For years, Julie Supernaw has seen compassion kindled in young people.

Now she’s channeling it.

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