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JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- In a city that was the center of the tobacco industry in southern Wisconsin a century ago, local history isn’t forgotten. It’s just taking on a new shape.

A towering warehouse at 208 S. Main St. in downtown Edgerton that once held stacked pallets of tobacco leaves destined for cigars is being transformed into the residential Legacy Lofts, with apartments featuring exposed brick walls, solid wooden beams and 10- to 17-foot-high ceilings.

Kristen Anderson received her degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, which hasn’t helped her erase all of the heartbreaking near misses and memories as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.

However, the Williams Bay resident and Schaumburg, Illinois, native has found perspective after the many disappointments, especially concerning the franchise’s decades of postseason failure, better than most folks concerning their beloved North Siders.

“I attended Catholic school, and I remember when they lost their first 14 games of the year and praying every day that they would break the losing streak,” Anderson, 29, said of Chicago’s 2000 campaign that ended with a 68-94 record. “They knew what I was praying for.”

NEWARK TOWNSHIP -- Never underestimate the power of a volunteer.

For nearly two decades, countless visitors, from seniors to school groups, have toured the grounds of the 50-acre park to see what Friends of Beckman Mill volunteers have wrought, including an 1840s-era cooperage, a dam and mill pond, a fish ladder, a foot bridge, saw mill display, blacksmith shop, nature trails -- and the crown jewel, an authentically restored 1868 grist mill.

On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26, 2015 and Sept. 27, 2015, the Friends of Beckman Mill will mark its 25th anniversary with a celebration in Beckman Mill Park, located six miles west of Beloit and planted in the footprint of a mill that’s almost a century and a half old.

BELOIT -- Some of Rock County’s sturdiest centenarians are still going strong.

Though they might look a little different than they did 100 years ago, three century-plus old library buildings are still vibrant parts of their communities, thanks, in part, to the man who’s been dubbed the “patron saint of libraries,” Andrew Carnegie.

ELKHORN -- Larry and Rhonda Voss are selling their home and just about everything they own. They aren’t desperate for cash, but they are desperate to begin what they believe is a calling.

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