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.
Friday, May 5
Open mic, May 5, and every Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.
Cherokee Rose, May 5, country, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Janesville Moose Club, 2701 Rockport Road, Janesville
Classic rock live music Fridays, May 5, from 8:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363
Tom Stanfield, May 5, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com
Friday Night Concert Series with Amy Dixon-Kolar, May 5, at 7 p.m. the The Listening Room at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-965-8903
Karen Wheelock, May 5, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com
Derek Rambarace, May 5, from 9:30 p.m., out back at Bar 55, Geneva Ridge Resort, W4240 Wisconsin Highway 50, Lake Geneva, 262-249-3843, GenevaRidge.com
Mike Williamson, May 5, and the first, second, third Friday of every month, The Butterfly, 5246 E. County Highway X, Beloit. 608-362-8577
Open Mic Night, May 5, and every first Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., LSJ Music Company, 225 East Walworth Ave., Delavan. 262-725-6623
Friday-Saturday, May 5-6
Diane Lewis, May 5-6, and every Friday and Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., Grandview Restaurant, Geneva Inn, N2009 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, 262-248-5680
Saturday, May 6
Elkhorn Blues Night, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. with Glenn Davis Band, The Blues Commission and Carole and the DV8s with Jim Schoberg at The Monte Carlo Room, 720 N. Wisconsin St., Elkhorn. Tickets at Elkhorn Chamber Of Commerce, Matheson Memorial Library, Fire Fly Art Glass and J. Roberts Menswear, all in Elkhorn.
Trinadora’s U.S. Roots, musical potpourri by Jannie Nelson and Ron Holm, May 6, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pig Minds Brewing, 4080 Steele Drive, Machesney Park, Illinois. 815-979-1949, Trinadora.com
Soul 2 Soul, May 6, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Mike’s Roadhouse, 614 Broad St., Beloit. Facebook.com/soul2soulbandrocks
Tom Stanfield, May 6, and every Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 240 West, and from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in Bar West at The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com
Hobie and the Leftovers, blues and funk, May 6 and the first Saturday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Studio Winery, 401 Sheridan Springs Road, Lake Geneva. 262-348-9100, StudioWinery.com
Live jazz band, May 6, and every Saturday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.
2 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363
Karaoke, May 6, and every Saturday, 9 p.m. till close, Snug Harbor, W7772 Wisconsin Parkway on Turtle Lake, Delavan. 608-883-6999
Terry Sweet, May 6, and every Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frontier Restaurant, Lake Lawn Resort, 2400 E. Geneva St, Delavan. 262-728-7950
Sunday, May 7
Jack Farina Big Band, plays for Sunday dance, May 7, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Birch Room ?(former Marine Corps League) Beloit.
Frank & Co. Band, May 7, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Boundaries, 3807 S. Riverside Drive, Beloit. 608-362-5249
Sarah Potenza, May 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Cafe Carpe, 18 S. Water St. West, Fort Atkinson. 920-563-9391, CafeCarpe.com
Monday, May 8
Blue Monday: Dave Potter with Reverend Raven, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 Grand Ave., Beloit. DavePotterMusic.net
Monday Night Open Jam, May 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., all ages welcome, Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main St., Janesville.608-756-0081, VoigtMusic.com
Tuesday, May 9
Adult Conversation/Blues & Jazz, May 9, at 7:30 p.m., featuring Big Mac, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363
Wednesday, May 10
Bill Vink, May 10, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., B.J. Wentker’s Fine Dining, 230 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington, 262-767-1514, BJWentkers.com
Open mic night, May 10, at 7 p.m., featuring Russ Doeil and friends — all local talent welcome, Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363
Glenn Davis, May 10, and every Wednesday, 8:45 p.m. to midnight, blues jam, Harry’s Place, 808 W. Main St., Lake Geneva. 262-248-3494
Dave Potter Trio, May 10, and every Wednesday, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m., O’Riley and Conway’s, 214 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville. DavePotterMusic.net
Thursday, May 11
Blues and BBQ?Night with Glenn Davis and Pops Fletcher, Thursdays, May 11, from 7 p.m to 10 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363
Open mic night, May 11, and every Thursday, with 6 p.m. signup, music from 6:30 p.m. through 9 p.m., Burlington Coffee House, 492 N. Pine St., Burlington. 262-661-4394
Monday Morning Dixie Band, May 11, and every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fibs, 105 W. Main St., Rockton, Illinois. 815-624-6018, MrFIBS.net
Open mic, May 12, and every Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight, Hilltop International Pub, 121 E. Milwaukee St., Janesville. 608-290-2769.
Classic rock live music Fridays, May 12, from 8:30 p.m.., Grand Avenue Pub, 132 W. Grand Ave., Beloit. 608-312-2363
Live music, every Friday, May 12, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Merrill and Houston’s, 500 Pleasant St., Beloit. 608-313-0700, merrillandhoustons.com
Tom Stanfield, May 12, and every Friday from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Bar West, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana. 262-275-9084, TheAbbeyResort.com
Triple D, May 12, The Waterfront, The Abbey Resort, 269 Fontana Blvd., Fontana, 262-275-9000, TheAbbeyResort.com
?Trinadora Rocks Band, May 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Mary's Market, Edgebrook plaza, 1659 N. Alpine Road, Rockford. Trinadora.com
Friday Night Concert Series with Grant Maloy Smith, May 12, at 7 p.m. the The Listening Room at JustGoods Fair Trade Marketplace, 201 Seventh St., Rockford, Illinois. 815-965-8903
Mike Williamson, May 12, and the first, second, third Friday of every month, The Butterfly, 5246 E. County Highway X, Beloit. 608-362-8577
Stateline Playboys, May 12, polka, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Janesville Moose Club, 2701 Rockport Road, Janesville
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13
Diane Lewis, May 12-13, and every Friday and Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., Grandview Restaurant, Geneva Inn, N2009 S. Lake Shore Drive, Lake Geneva, 262-248-5680
Saturday, May 13
The Mike Stone Trio, May 13, noon to 3 p.m., The Ridge, W4240 Wisconsin Highway 50, Lake Geneva, 262-249-3843. On the patio if good weather.
Trinadora Rocks Band, Joe Irving and Soul Review, May 13, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Nordlof Center, 118 N Main St, Rockford. Trinadora.com
JANESVILLE MESSNEGER -- It may not be as partisan or polarizing as today’s political environment. However, the battle over the fate of the Monterey Dam in Janesville has featured plenty of politics.
Regardless of which side of the debate residents have stood on, they’ve done so with passion -- at least those in the vocal minority on either side who’ve expressed their opinions as the issue grabbed the spotlight during the past four or five months.
(Editor's note: For 10 days in April 2017, residents in southern Wisconsin were on edge as authorities launched a nationwide manhunt. Here is a day-by-day look back at the search for Joseph Jakubowski.)
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The alarm sounded at the Armageddon Gun Shop on Janesville's north side shortly after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, April 4, 2017. As police responded to the scene and began to assess the situation, a call came in about a car fire that soon would be connected to the burglary. The investigation escalated quickly and residents of southern Wisconsin remained on edge for more than a week while authorities launched a nationwide manhunt.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Joseph A. Jakubowski, the 32-year-old Janesville man suspected of robbing a gun shop and mailing a 161-page manifesto railing against the government to President Donald Trump, had been attempting to "live off the grid," during his time on the run.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, April 14, 2017, at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, Rock County Sheriff Robert Spoden said Jakubowski had been found under a tarp in “very primitive conditions,” looking disheveled and sleep-deprived.
ROCK TOWNSHIP -- Rep. Mark Pocan never has had the luxury of serving in a majority in the House of Representatives.
Since his election in 2012, he’s had a different mindset, particularly since the election of Donald Trump as president.
With Republicans firmly in control of the House and Senate, Democrats are the opposition party after eight years of Barack Obama.
But that doesn’t mean they are powerless.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER – After an intense, nine-day manhunt that had authorities on alert from Janesville to Washington, D.C., a man authorities say robbed a gun shop and made threats against the government officials and schools has been captured.
Authorities took Joseph A. Jakubowski into custody shortly before 6 a.m. today, April 14, 2017 near the Vernon-Richland county line and he is being transported to the Rock County Jail Friday morning, police said.
According to a Rock County Sheriff's Office news release, the Vernon County Sheriff's Office received a report about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, of a suspicious person on a farmer's property on Estes Road near Readstown, Wisconsin. (MAP)
Investigators assigned to the Jakubowski case were sent to that location along with tactical support to assist local authorities in determining whether the suspicious individual was related to the manhunt.
The suspicious person complaint reported that a male matching the description of Jakubowski was camping at that location and refused to leave when he had been asked to do so. Local authorities established a perimeter and tactical support was sent in to investigate.
Shortly before 6 a.m., tactical officers made contact with the person at the campsite. This subject was taken into custody without incident and positively identified as Joseph A. Jakubowski, according to the news release.
The saga began April 4, 2017, with a report of a burglary at the Armageddon Gun Shop on U.S. Highway 14 where police say a large quantity of high-end handguns and rifles were stolen. A short time later, a vehicle fire was reported on Pennycook Lane and authorities linked the fire and gun shop robbery to Jakubowski.
Schools from Janesville to Fort Atkinson were put on soft lockdowns or extra alert status. The case took an ominous twist when police revealed the Jakubowski had written a 161-page anti-government manifesto, and delivered it to President Donald Trump.
By last Friday, Janesville public and private schools had closed at additional law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service had arrived in town to assist with the investigation.
Authorities had received more than 400 leads and followed up on each one. On several occasions, SWAT teams were sent to residences where Jakubowski was reported to be hiding, but in each case, police came away empty handed.
As a result of anti-religion sentiment depicted in Jakubowski's manifesto, local law enforcement has increased patrols at churches within their jurisdictions.
No disturbances have been reported at any local church. However, law enforcement did receive a suspicious circumstance report near St. Mary's Church, on East Wall Street in Janesville.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER – The criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Rock County Circuit Court provides insight into Joseph A. Jakubowski’s actions surrounding the burglary April 4, 2017, that set off a nationwide manhunt.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER – Authorities have raised the reward for information leading the capture of a Janesville man wanted in connection with a gun shop burglary who is the subject of a nationwide manhunt.
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