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Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

Brodhead's Fire and Ice Festival returns Dec. 5-6

The Brodhead Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Fire and Ice Festival Dec. 5-6.

There will be many activities held throughout the two-day event, including photos with Santa, ice sculpting, arts and crafts vendors and carriage rides.

A list of events and their times can be found here.

 

Beloit firefighters to help keep kids warm

Beloit firefighters to help keep kids warm

Beloit firefighters partnered with a national group to provide more than 200 winter coats to area children.

Scott Smith, president of the Beloit Firefighters Union Local 583, said firefighters raised nearly $5,000 as part of its partnership with Operation Warm to supply low-income students at Merrill Elementary School with brand-new coats Friday.

Smith said the families of the students to receive coats were informed by phone this week of the Friday night jacket event to take place at Merrill before a movie night at the school.

The Beloit firefighters group purchased about 135 new coats with the funds they raised, and the company matched that number in additional coats, bringing the total of coats to be given to the students to about 270, Smith said Thursday. He said the program is a rewarding experience.

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Sheriff’s office adds patrols for homecoming weekend

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office will be adding additional patrol deputies to the roads during Homecoming this weekend, according to a release.

Deputies will be dedicated to patrolling roadways and areas that can be hazardous for young and inexperienced drivers, officials said. They will also be enforcing traffic and alcohol violations.

The leading cause of violent traffic deaths for teenagers is motor vehicle crashes, according to the release.

“It is our intent to be proactive in hopes of preventing any unfortunate events and to see that their homecoming night is safe and enjoyable,” the release said.

Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden said he wants to encourage parents and guardians to talk with their teenagers about the importance of using seat belts, adhering to traffic laws and to reinforce safe driving habits.

Report cards grade Rock County districts on state expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Janesville, Edgerton and Milton school districts were rated as meeting expectations. The Evansville School District was rated as exceeding expectations. The Beloit School District was rated as meeting few expectations.

The state report cards for about 2,100 public schools show approximately 88 percent met or exceeded expectations. About 98 percent of the state's 424 districts also achieved that mark.

It's the second year the state Department of Public Instruction has issued district report cards and the third year for schools.

Both are evaluated in four main areas; student achievement in reading and math on statewide assessments, student growth in those assessments, closing achievement and graduation gaps and readiness for college or careers.

'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.

Beloit officials remind residents of rules, regulations for swimming pools

Beloit officials remind residents of rules, regulations for swimming pools

City of Beloit officials are reminding residents of some rules and regulations the city has for swimming pools capable of holding more than 2 feet of water.

According to a release, all outdoor swimming pools that can hold more than 2 feet of water must be surrounded by a fence that is at least 4 feet high, and owners must have a valid permit before installing the pool.

Above-ground swimming pools that are available at retailers are also subject to the requirements, officials said.

All swimming pools must also be properly disinfected, and pools deeper than 4 feet must have a throwing buoy and lifeline available, according to the release.

Residents that already have a permit and fence for their swimming pools do not need to take any action, officials said.

Anyone with questions or looking to report an unsafe pool should call 608-364-6700.