Best of The Gazette, April 22: Bargains, Bucks and the death of the photo lab
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:
Saturday was the final indoor "Mega Sale" at the Craig Center Fairgrounds until September. This is a sure sign that the weather has finally changed, say vendors, many of whom will begin taking their products to outdoor rummage sales for the next several months. "Every year you have to stay on top of the trends," Dale Peterson said. "Prices go up and down. You have to stay on top of it or you're never going to sell anything."
Jim Meldrum of Beloit used to shoot up to 300 rolls of film a year but reluctantly bought a digital camera and computer last summer. The switch was brought about by the closure of photo labs across the area. People are taking more pictures than ever, but most of the images are never printed. “They (photo labs) were losing so much money that … it didn't make sense to keep them open,” Woodman's Vice President Clint Woodman said.
Last week, the Milwaukee Bucks concluded one of the most miserable seasons any NBA team has ever put up. It probably wasn't a coincidence that the sale of the Milwaukee Bucks was announced at the same time, giving fans hope that new ownership could change things up. What a new generation of fans might not realize is that Herb Kohl bought the Bucks from a group led by Janesville's Jim Fitzgerald in 1985.
Delavan-Darien High sophomore softball pitcher Jennah Speth already has two no-hitters this season in helping her team to a 5-1 record heading into Easter weekend. Yet she's much more comfortable talking about the overall record than her own. “It's the team getting the win, the team scoring all the runs,” Speth said. “I think growing up playing all the time with a whole bunch of different teams, you have to learn that this is a team sport and you can't really do it by yourself.”
Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb foresees a rough road for financing highway projects in the next 10 years. Absent a fix, the Interstate 90/39 expansion could be delayed. Road construction funding needs a long-term cash infusion, The Gazette Editorial Board writes, though doubts remain over whether state lawmakers have the guts to fix the problem.
Local residents might look at Rock County's $200 million budget and wonder where all that money goes. But its impact on our daily lives, in ways seen and unseen, is worth every penny, County Clerk Lori Stottler writes.
When picking a play for her directorial debut, Craig High School English teacher Lindsay Swanson wanted something the audience would find relatable. She decided on “And the Winner Is…” by Mitch Albom. “The way I've been describing it is 'It's a Wonderful Life' but not as sappy,” Swanson said. “It's something that's appealing to everyone. It's different than shows in the past.”
While Emigail's Roadhouse is not as flashy as its Newville neighbor, Anchor Inn, the place has plenty of fans who flock there for its Cajun food, writes restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno. It offers smaller musical acts, a good bar and very good food that goes well beyond your standard bar food.
Is nine months of paid vacation too much for state legislators? Blogger John W. Eyster thinks so. He looks to Nebraska and it's unicameral Legislature for a solution.
It's great to get children interested in gardening at a young age, blogger Janice Peterson writes. As planting season is almost upon us, here are a few of her favorite fun plants to grow with youngsters.