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Shelly Birkelo

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 >>
Rhythm rocked Sunday crowd
- The Downtown Development Alliance hosted the first festival under a new ordinance that exempts organizers from using fences to block off area events that serve alcohol. Read more >>
Girl turns down presents to help animals
- Animal lover Madelyn Schumacher, 9, hosted a Birthday Dash on Saturday for family and friends at Riverside Park to benefit the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin, Janesville. Read more >>
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 >>