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Shelly Birkelo

New fitness class rolls out at YMCA
- The YMCA's new Stroller Roller class rolled out Aug. 5. The fitness-based program, designed for those with little ones, offers a total body workout. It continues this fall. Read more >>
Janesville woman cruising for a cause
- Kona Ice schedules fundraisers at no cost and gives 20 percent of its profits to the organization it partners with. Read more >>
Agrace Thrift Store volunteers sought
- Agrace Thrift Store, Janesville, has 50 volunteers but 20 more are needed, especially for weekend shifts. Read more >>
Fitness trail and prayer walk being built
- The Janesville Salvation Army has created fitness trail and prayer walk with 10 fitness stations and five areas with prayer benches and verses for meditation. Read more >>
UPDATE: Burglaries being investigated
- While Janesville police were investigating two early Thursday morning burglaries, a third burglary happened. Read more >>
Musicians band together for a cause
- Bands United for Veterans will raise money to make repairs to VFW Kienow-Hilt Post 1621's parking lot, Janesville, in addition to helping local homeless veterans. Read more >>
MADD helps survivors cope
- Healing for Phyllis Reed took a big turn in the right direction 18 months ago when she connected with Becky Drews-Debuque, MADD victim services specialist for Wisconsin. Read more >>
Show ski nationals here Aug. 8-10
- The Rock Aqua Jays will host the 2014 Indmar Marine Engines National Show Ski Championships for the 25th time this weekend in Janesville. This is the 40th annual tournament. Read more >>
Time to gobble corn, play in the mud
- The Janesville Noon Rotary Club will host its 20th annual Rotary Corn Roast and Mud Volleyball tournament starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Traxler Park. Read more >>
Young 'scientists' explore nature
- Young nature sleuths experienced a hands-on outdoor adventure Tuesday while participating in a new Nature Explorer Day Camp at Rotary Gardens in Janesville. Read more >>
ECHO conducting summer fund drive
- To continue meeting needs, ECHO is conducting its 19th annual Christmas in July and Need Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation summer fund drive. Read more >>
UPDATE: Beloit fire victim identified
- One person is dead after a house fire early Tuesday morning in Beloit, according to Tim Curtis, city of Beloit fire chief. Read more >>
Lost rest area getting new life
- Retired downtown Janesville business owner Bob Jackson, 74, is no stranger to volunteerism. He is currently restoring a rest area for people to use. Read more >>
Ludwig steps it up against violence
- YWCA Rock County's 2014 Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to end domestic violence is Friday, Aug. 15, at the Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N. Pontiac Drive, Janesville. Read more >>
National Night Out activities planned
- The Janesville Police Department and Rock County Sheriff's Office plan National Night Out events Tuesday, Aug. 5. Read more >>
Boy has big wait for big brother
- Francisco Corona, 8, Janesville, is one of 55 little brothers waiting for a match with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Jefferson,Walworth Counties. Volunteers are needed. Read more >>
Janesville Stop-N-Go burglarized Monday
- Janesville police are investigating a burglary that happened shortly before midnight Monday at Stop-N-Go, 1804 E. Milwaukee St. Read more >>
Three masked men rob Janesville hotel
- Janesville police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred shortly after midnight Tuesday morning when three armed, masked people held up the clerk at Baymont Inn. Read more >>
Janesville mom at Tallman art fest
- Chantel Stried will be among more than 100 Midwestern artist at this year's Tallman Arts Festival on Sunday, Aug. 3, in Janesville. Read more >>
Stories of cancer to be relayed Aug. 1
- The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Janesville will begin Friday, Aug. 1, and continue through Saturday, Aug. 2, on the Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds, Janesville. Read more >>
KANDU to host caregiver conference
- Local caregiver Jerry Schulz plans to attend KANDU's CareLIVING Conference on July 23 to gain tips and to network with other caregivers. Read more >>
Semi hits bridge, lands in creek
- A semitrailer truck carrying 44,000 pounds of concrete went off the road and got stuck in the creek, causing Highway 14 at Cemetery Road to be shut down Wednesday night. Read more >>
Pet rescue seeks more volunteers
- Jenny Neuville is one of 150 volunteers of Friends of Noah, a Janesville all-volunteer pet-rescue organization. More volunteers are always needed. Read more >>
Christmas in July to help those in need
- The Salvation Army will conduct its annual Christmas in July fundraising campaign Friday, July 11, through Saturday, July 19. Donations will help sustain programs and services. Read more >>
Fundraiser comes out of the closet
- Jennifer Shaw began helping area nonprofits that serve children by hosting children's clothing sales this year at her children's clothing resale shop in Janesville. Read more >>
Race winner out strokes competition
- Matt Wilson, 29, Janesville, took first place Friday during the 'Anything that Floats' race at the Rock Aqua Jays' Independence on the Rock celebration at Traxler Park. Wilson also won the race each of the last two years. Read more >>
Manhunt ends in Beloit after chase
- A man wanted for two murders in the Rockford, Illinois, area, was apprehended after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash in Beloit on Friday, according to Beloit police. Read more >>
Number of bicycle commuters increases
- Two Janesville men were among 786,000 U.S. workers who traveled to work by bicycle between 2008 and 2012. The number marks a 60 percent increase nationwide in the last decade. Read more >>
Warren to lead Rotary district
- When Dave Warren was inducted governor of Rotary District 6250 on Monday night, he became only the fifth Janesville Noon Rotarian to hold the position. Read more >>
Would you like fries with that OWI?
- Two customers seeking fast food who were upset with their service were arrested on charges of operating while intoxicated, Janesville police said. Read more >>
Fourth of July festival to be a blast
- The Rock Aqua Jays are coordinating and hosting the 5th Annual Independence on the Rock starting at 3 p.m. Friday at Traxler Park. Most activities are free. Read more >>
Home garden walk to benefit gardens
- The public can tour eight of the city's most beautiful and interesting gardens plus Rotary Gardens on July 12 during the Home Garden Tour. Read more >>
Gardens launches capital campaign
- Rotary Gardens has launched a capital campaign to raise $500,000 that will establish an operating reserve, dissolve debt and grow an endowment. It continues through 2014. Read more >>
Day of Compassion Saturday at festival
- Freedom Fest will feature a humanitarian component free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at New Life Assembly of God, 2416 N. Wright Road, Janesville. Read more >>