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Janesville food pantry struggles to keep shelves full

The Salvation Army in Janesville is struggling to keep its food pantry shelves full thanks to a huge spike in demand and little-to-no donations coming in.

The pantry likely won't have enough food to make it through the rest of this week.

Usually, the pantry feeds 500 to 600 families each month, but lately that number has been between 650 and 900 families.

"Where will they go and how will they eat? We've never experienced this before, and I'd hate to think we would have to shut down to pantry for a few days or cut our hours shorter," said Tami Prochazka, social service director for the Salvation Army in Janesville.

The food pantry on Sutherland Avenue is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., and accepts donations at the same location.

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Hospital's luncheon raises awareness of heart disease

Edgerton Hospital, along with Women with Heart support group, is planning a program next month to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack and 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men, but it is preventable and controllable.

During a luncheon at the hospital on Feb. 6, Edgerton Hospital will offer an educational session and an American Heart Association guest speaker to highlight the national "Go Red for Women" campaign, a social initiative to raise women's heart health awareness.

Organizers said the presenter will educate and answer questions while participants enjoy a healthy, delicious lunch, goodie bags and a chance to win door prizes.

4 vie for 3 seats on Beloit City Council

Four candidates will be vying for three available seats on the Beloit City Council this spring, according to a release.

Two incumbents, Regina D. Hendrix and David F. Luebke, will be on the ballot April 7 along with Gwendolyn L. Pierce and Marilyn M. Sloniker.

Current City Council President Mark Spreitzer has decided not to run for reelection, according to the release.

On Tuesday, the City Clerk will draw names to determine the order the candidates’ names will be listed on the ballot, officials said. Candidates and the public are invited to attend.

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.

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.

 

Police hope picture will help ID owner of found property

Police hope picture will help ID owner of found property

Janesville police say some found property may be identifiable based on a photo found with the item, according to a news alert.

A Janesville resident found property in a Janesville neighborhood on the north side, officials said. The owner of the property is unknown, but a photo associated with the property may reveal the owners identity.

Officials ask anyone who recognizes anyone in the picture to contact Lt. Terry Sheridan at 608-755-3100.

Hospital to host free COPD discussion

November is national COPD awareness month and Edgerton Hospital is planning to offer the community a free session with a pulmonologist.

The discussion will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital. Dr. Raed Hamed will discuss how patients living with COPD can have full, rewarding lives. 

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is one of the most common lung diseases affecting nearly 13 million adults in the United States, according to the hospital. It is the third leading cause of death in America.