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Shelly Birkelo

Kiwanians hopped up for Ale Fest
- The Janesville Noon Kiwanis' Fest of Ale-- scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 1--has pumped more than $200,000 back into the community over the past 11 years. Read more >>
ECHO souped up for Empty Bowls
- Thirty-five restaurants from three counties will stir up to 45 different five-gallon pots of soup for ECHO's Empty Bowls fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 25, in Janesville. Read more >>
Halloween spending is frightening
- The 74 percent of U.S. households that buy Halloween items will spend about $11.3 billion this year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. Read more >>
Wonders of science shared Saturday
- Free, family-friendly Super Science Saturday included exhibits and hands-on activities that highlighted the wonders of science at UW-Rock County, Janesville. Read more >>
Work continues on monuments
- Work continues on two new memorial monuments before that will be dedicated Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Medal of Honor Walkway, Veterans Plaza of Traxler Park, Janesville. Read more >>
Competition heats up coat drives
- A fun competition between two area middle schools is boosting the number of coats two local charities. Read more >>
Center ready to serve Alzheimer's clients
- Rock County's Aging and Disability Resource Center received a state grant to help it become dementia capable to help people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Read more >>
Alzheimer's Support Center closes
- Alzheimer's Support Center of Rock County board members voted unanimously during a special meeting Monday night to dissolve the nonprofit organization. Doors close Tuesday. Read more >>
Lincoln returns for Oct. 10-12 event
- Lincoln on the Lawn is intended to give Janesville and Rock County a new way to celebrate Abraham Lincoln. Read more >>
Seniors enjoy weekly canasta sessions
- The Janesville Senior Center offers a weekly four-hour canasta session. There are 12 regular players, but subs are always needed. Read more >>
GIFTS men's shelter ready to open
- The GIFTS men's homeless shelter's office and resource center will expand hours to all day when the 2014-15 season opens Sunday, Oct. 12. Read more >>
Meal program seeks more volunteers
- Janesville area home-bound seniors receive Rock County Council on Aging Nutrition program weekly lunchtime meals delivered by volunteers. But more volunteers are needed. Read more >>
Funding delays playground rebuild
- The rebuild of the accessible, community-built CAMDEN playground finished in 1993 isn't happening for now because the money needed to do that hasn't been raised. Read more >>
Foundation launches capital campaign
- The Foundation for the Preservation of 108 S. Jackson on Friday launched a yearlong capital campaign to raise $100,000. Read more >>
Dryhootch changes program procedures
- Rock County Dryhootch has reduced its open program hours that will end in December when veterans will be still be served by peer mentors through phone, email or its website. Read more >>
Janesville historic house tour is Sunday
- The Sue Ellen and Edward Madere house is one of nine featured on the Rock County Historical Society's Janesville Historic House Tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Read more >>
Billet families host Janesville Jets
- Lori and Wade Stottler are among 18 Janesville families that hosting Janesville Jets players. There's always a need for billet families, said Natalie Tobey of the organization. Read more >>
New exhibit has digital component
- A digital kiosk greets visitors as they enter the “Crafting Excellence: The History of Pauline Pottery & Pickard China” exhibit at the Helen Jeffris Wood Museum Center. Read more >>
725 volunteer during Day of Caring
- A record 725 volunteers worked Wednesday on 83 projects for 30 local nonprofits during the United Way's annual Day of Caring. Read more >>
Event Sept. 27 targets suicide prevention
- The YES! in Rock County's annual suicide awareness and prevention event Saturday, Sept. 27, is intended to educate people about suicide prevention and community resources. Read more >>
Monster Machines event aids parenting program
- Home visiting is made possible with proceeds from the Exchange Family Resource Center's annual Monster Machines in Motion fundraiser. It is Sunday, Sept. 21, in Janesville. Read more >>
Ski show tourney to boost economy
- The 2014 World Water Ski Show Tournament should pour more than $4 million into the local economy, a Janesville tourism official says. Read more >>
Snow again taking reins on water ski tourney
- The Rock Aqua Jays learned a lot when they organized and hosted the World Water Ski Show Tournament in 2012. Fortunately, those same people make up the 2014 tournament planning committee. Read more >>
Photos: Fire destroys Elkhorn restaurant

ELKHORN—Firefighters from Rock County have been requested to assist firefighters from throughout Walworth County for a structure fire at Abell's Restaurant and Lounge, N6427 Highway 12, said a lead dispatcher at th... Read more >>

Elkhorn fire under investigation
- Elkhorn Fire Department is investigating the cause of a Friday morning fire that destroyed Abell's Restaurant and Lounge, N6427 Highway 12. Read more >>
Despite cuts, group still serving community
- IDS Executive Director Lisa Ames had the vision to start fundraising four years ago when she created Ithe Wild, Wild West Hoedown. Proceeds benefit IDS programs, services. Read more >>
Brodhead man chips away at his hobby
- Ray Douglas, Brodhead, will be among many award-winning carvers to demonstrate and/or display their carvings during the Sept. 13 Rock River Valley Wood Carvers Show and Sale. Read more >>
Kulinski resigns Boys & Girls Club post
- The Boys & Girls Club of Janesville is accepting resumes for a full-time executive director because Carrie Kulinski announced her resignation. Read more >>
Lighten UP! Your Life through pilot study
- The Rock County Council on Aging pilot study Lighten UP! Your Life helps people focus on positive things in their lives and to identify what keeps them from being happy. Read more >>