WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- As unemployment numbers continue to drop and the labor force tightens, the demand for workers in the trades and manufacturing continues to grow.
The future members of that workforce now are in middle school and high school, where they are increasingly exposed to the skills they’ll need.
Legislators and leaders in economic development say developing a skilled workforce is the No. 1 issue facing businesses in Wisconsin.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Students undecided about a career might want to consider agriculture, and plenty of people in the industry hope they do. The demand for employees in a wide variety of ag-related fields continues to outstrip the supply, said Jeff Hicken, agriculture education consultant and Wisconsin FFA adviser, and that has some leaders in the field worried.
Adding to the problem is an increasing shortage of experienced agriculture teachers as they retire and potential replacements choose more lucrative careers.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- In four short months, an estimated 60,000 visitors will be descending on a 400-acre family dairy farm in the town of Linn, checking out agricultural exhibits and demonstrations, shopping for products, participating in activities, enjoying entertainment and eating literally tons of food at Farm Technology Days.
The three-day outdoor event, set for July 19 through July 21, showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, practical applications of research findings and technology developments.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Tristan Crist was about 6 years old when he began exploring the world of magic and illusion.
“My grandfather showed me a card trick, and that was the start,” Crist said. “My parents got me a magic kit for Christmas, and I learned all these tricks. I went to the library, and there were a lot of magic books in the library.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Local historian, author and former archivist Patrick Quinn not only is steeped in the history of Lake Geneva and the states of Wisconsin and Illinois, he’s been part of history’s fabric himself, including a march for civil rights in Selma, Alabama, during the tumultuous 1960s.
History is part of his genealogy; Abraham Lincoln used to drink at Quinn’s great-great grandfather’s tavern in Greenview, Illinois, just west of Springfield.
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.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- There was a time in Delavan when it wasn’t unusual to see elephants lumbering down Walworth Avenue or drinking from Lake Comus, or watch zebra grazing in pastures near High and Parish streets.
Exotic sights were common when nearly 30 circuses called Delavan their winter home in the mid- to late 19th century.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- You went the whole nine yards this Valentine’s Day: a dozen lipstick-red roses, dinner at a restaurant that doesn’t have a dollar menu, a movie with enough onscreen action and romance to make you forget the popcorn you’re holding.
Or maybe you stopped short on Feb. 14: the kids caught the flu, you pulled a weekend shift at work, the maître de laughed when you called for reservations yesterday, or you, um, forgot.
ELKHORN -- The three candidates for Elkhorn mayor cite a variety of issues as being the most vital to the city, but all three candidates share some experience in city government.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Connor Doran will demonstrate that he’s got the talent for indoor kite flying when he returns to Delavan next weekend.
Doran, 23, will be performing at Sky Circus on Ice, set for Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12 through Feb. 14, at Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. Doran is scheduled to perform at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Great Room of the resort. Each performance will last about 45 minutes.
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