Best of The Gazette, Dec. 3: Veterans, deer and turkey tips
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
More than a year after the last defendant entered the Veterans Court program, Rock County's district attorney still is refusing to send cases to it, citing insufficient drug testing. But officials say that could change soon. “The whole point of this is that we want individuals who go through this program to get the help that they need,” said Mason Braunschweig, an assistant Rock County District Attorney who prosecutes cases in the court.
For people who are grieving, the holidays can intensify feelings of loss. The Gazette asked local hospice specialists for advice to aid those who are grieving and those who want to help. The good news: People who are grieving often find the holidays were a little better than they expected them to be, said Fran Coan-Meredith, Agrace hospice counselor.
The Janesville Jets' 23 players donated 2,200 hours of community service in 2012, earning them community recognition. Though volunteering became a requirement for team members that same year, many of the players give back much more without hesitation. "It's a good deed to do for the fans and other people in town, and it's a big part of getting taught life's lessons," said co-captain Mike Sullivan, 18.
As the annual gun deer hunting season wound down this weekend, many hunters might have been skunked and felt disappointed. That is no surprise to columnist D.S. Pledger. Over the past decade, he has noticed more of today's sportsmen have developed unrealistic expectations of hunting success.
This holiday season, shoppers will swarm stores in and around Janesville to check off items on gift lists. Each time they spend at an online mega-retailer, however, they're ignoring the value of local shops and workers they employ. And those small stores can offer customers big advantages, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.
Census Bureau numbers suggest Hispanic voters could play a decisive role in electing the next governor—an election a Marquette Law School poll says could be very close. Voters can find evidence supporting this in recent political news, including Gov. Scott Walker's surprise visit to the “Hispanic of the Year” banquet in Milwaukee.
Kahler Thiele, 10, is one of seven children who appear in the Fireside Dinner Theatre's holiday production, “A Fireside Christmas." He juggles several shows a week at the Fort Atkinson theater, along with school and family commitments. His advice for aspiring child actors: Smile as much as possible.
The most promising recent addition to Monroe's fun food scene is Laughing Trout, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes. It has a funky name and excellent food, and there's a lot of good shopping in this south-side neighborhood.
Hot sauce. Salt. Oranges. Pizza. That's what a good Thanksgiving turkey should taste like, according to students in Michelle Kuhlow's Washington Elementary kindergarten class in Whitewater. The tykes offered that advice and more when The Gazette talked turkey with them recently.
Most everyone in Janesville enjoys a Craig-Parker matchup in any sport, but did the Big Eight Conference pair the teams too early in the season? That appeared to be the case Tuesday, Nov. 26, when the teams faced off for their first Big Eight conference game of the season. Between turnovers, errant full-court passes, fouls and rebounding difficulties, neither team was exactly jumping for joy when the dust settled.