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Monday, 25 September 2017 15:02

Operation Kidsafe in Janesville Sept. 23

 

JANESVILLE--An Operation Kidsafe event will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Janesville Nissan, 2627 Morse St., Janesville.

Operation Kidsafe lets parents make a bio document of their child that they can hand to local police in case of an emergency. Safety tips to start a family safety action plan are also included.

The event is free. No special information is needed because there is no data basing. Parents take home the only record of the visit.

Recent surface water testing by the Rock County Public Health Department has indicated high levels of E. Coli bacteria in the Yahara River and the Rock River from Indianford to Beloit, according to a release from the Rock County Public Health Department.

The July 12 testing found high E. Coli levels in the Yahara River at Stebbinsville and Murwin Park in Fulton, and the Rock River at Traxler Park in Janesville and Preservation Park in the town of Beloit.

STATELINE NEWS -- The music always comes first. Then it depends on mastering the necessary skills and subtleties of the role.

Add the fact that Elijah Miller and Bryan Trasvina are self-starters, and it’s easy to see why they were chosen as guest student conductors for the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra’s annual Independence Day pops concerts.

The Fruzen Intermediate School eighth-graders-to-be were selected from Glenn Wilfong’s band class, which participated in BJSO music director Rob Tomaro’s five-week Conducting Kids program.

Thursday, 22 June 2017 15:36

Janesville's new superintendent is all in

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Early in January, members of the Janesville School Board had heard and seen enough about the candidates for the next superintendent to make a decision ahead of schedule.

They unanimously decided they didn’t need a second round of interviews with the finalists.

They were so impressed with Steve Pophal that they named him to succeed the retiring Karen Schulte, ending a five-month search process.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Growing up east of Janesville’s Traxler Park, Rob Bier, 51, explored the city by bike, stopping to hike along the banks of the Rock River downtown where the foundations of a brick building stood, or trek wooded lots dotted with old bottles behind Mercy Hospital or the ice arena.

Years later, as he learned more about the city’s past, he realized his childhood adventures shared a common denominator.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Break out the flip flops, lawn chairs and sunscreen. It’s time to enjoy festival season in Janesville and nearby communities. Here are some events that are sure to help you get your fill of music, food and summer fun.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- More than 3,500 miles separate Ireland and Wisconsin, but Irish history is a lot closer than you might think.

As part of America’s great melting pot, 19th-century Irish immigrants flocked to our state, including Walworth and Rock counties, where they helped settle the land as farmers and workers, added their names and skills to local communities and built schools, churches and businesses -- some of which are still thriving today.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

That sentiment aptly applies to University of Wisconsin-Rock County professor and Fort Atkinson sculptor Mark Dziewior.

But fate also may have played a part in his latest work, which when finished will be a 37-inch-tall sculpture of a Vietnam War era combat dog. It is the signature piece of a new K-9 memorial that will be unveiled during a June 25 ceremony in Fort Atkinson.

JANESVILLE -- One person has died and several others escaped after a fire Sunday evening, Jan. 29, 2017, on South Main Street.

STATELINE NEWS -- About 75 children currently are on the waiting list for Big Brothers Big Sisters, but a variety of innovative new program hopes to match those kids with mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson counties is gearing up its Bigs in Blue program following a national TV rollout.

The group also has formed partnerships with the Beloit College softball team and the Janesville Boys & Girls Club.

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