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Local non-profits form Edgerton running series

To gear up for the summer fundraising season, four non-profit organizations from the Edgerton area teamed up with to encourage attendance at their run/walk events. 

The Edgerton Lions, Edgerton Rotary Club, Chilimania and Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation are offering runners and walkers the chance to win a 50-inch flat screen high definition TV.

The TV drawing is meant to be an incentive for participants in the Edgerton Running Series races. Runners and walkers will have their name entered upon registration, which allows up to four chances to win. The drawing will take place on Sept. 19 at Edgerton Hospital’s Victory Fun Run/Walk. You don't need to be present to win, organizers said.

The following events are included in the Edgerton Running Series:

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

Edgerton Hospital wins award for being green

An area hospital received an award last month in recognition of its building's environmental conservation efforts, hospital officials said. 

On Nov.13, Edgerton Hospital officials accepted a "Special Citation" award from the Wisconsin Green Building Alliance in recognition of the hospital's outstanding design, sustainability and leadership in the area of green building.

The hospital said it's one of the first hospitals in Wisconsin to utilize a ground-loop geothermal HVAC system to reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent compared to other hospitals of similar size. 

The hospital, which opened in October 2011, features a maintenance-friendly, state-of-the-art geothermal HVAC system; low volatile organic compounds, also called VOCs; materials for clean air; natural daylight seating and views; and operable windows in patient rooms.

Grocer relocates to new, bigger store

Grocer relocates to new, bigger store

Officials cut a ceremonial ribbon to open a new grocery store in Janesville this week. 

The new ALDI store opened at 2901 Deerfield Drive Thursday at 9 a.m., and the former ALDI in Janesville on Milton Avenue closed its doors Wednesday at 8 p.m., according to a news release. The public was invited to attend the ribbon-cutting, tour the store and sample products.

The new store offers increased space for produce, improved natural lighting and environmentally friendly building materials such as recycled materials and energy-saving refrigeration and light-bulbs, the retailer said. 

ALDI said it eliminates overhead costs by offering smart practices, such as a cart rental system through which shoppers insert a quarter to release a cart and receive the quarter back upon the cart’s return. Other cost-saving practices include a smaller store footprint, open carton displays and encouragement of customers to bring their own shopping bags.

Tree lighting event to benefit hospital scholarships

A Janesville hospital will host a remembrance tree lighting ceremony to benefit its employees education. 

St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital's second annual Lights of Love Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. in the hospital's gardens.

The event allows people to purchase an LED light in honor of a special person. Red lights serve as a living tribute and white lights honor the memory of a loved one. Community members are invited to attend the lighting ceremony.

This year 700 lights will brighten the Gardens of St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital, sending a message of love and caring to patients, staff and visitors. 

Organizers said proceeds from the Lights of Love program help to provide scholarships for St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital and Janesville Dean Clinic employees who are returning to school.

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

'Fit Families Rock' program planned to fight fat

A new health program in Rock County is aimed at combating area childhood obesity. 

An 11-week program called Fit Families Rock will utilize weight loss research to help participants establish healthy behaviors and prevent health problems linked to obesity. 

To be eligible, families must have at least one child between the ages of 8 to 12 who is at or above the 85th percentile of their age-appropriate body mass index, or BMI. In addition, the family must commit to having at least one parent attend all sessions although the entire family is welcome to participate.

The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:35-5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Janesville Family YMCA from Sept. 16 to Nov. 25. 

The cost to families is $25, which includes individualized follow-up and a three-month family membership to the Janesville Family YMCA. Class size is limited to allow individual attention for each family. To set up an interview, call 262-472-1836.

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

Bioscience co. breaks ground on future headquarters in Beloit

A bioscience company broke ground on a new planned 50,000-square-foot facility in Beloit Thursday. 

The building at 1800 Gateway Blvd., planned to be finished later this year, will serve as the NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes headquarters, the company said. The facility will develop a radioisotope used in medical diagnostic imaging. 

NorthStar said in a news release that the facility is the first part of a planned 32-acre corporate campus. A second and third phase of expansion could double the building's size and build up to two additional facilities on the site by 2018.

The company said 20 full-time employees will work at the Gateway Boulevard building. According to the Rock County Development Alliance, NorthStar expects to have approximately 165 employees working at its Beloit campus within the next four years. NorthStar is currently headquartered in Madison at 5249 Femrite Drive.


Janesville redevelopment focuses on town square concept

Janesville redevelopment focuses on town square concept

New renderings show what revitalizing Janesville's downtown might look like.

The redevelopment focuses on a town square concept near Main Street and the Rock River.

City leaders said they want to create a place for concerts, mobile vendors and a farmer's market.

The public can weigh in on the plans at a meeting Thursday night at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

Completed plans would need approval by the city council by the end of the year.