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Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Residents ask city to turn old gas station into classic car museum

Car enthusiast Tom Skinner owns a 1937 Chevrolet made at the old General Motors plant in Janesville. Over the years he has seen the city change, but he said there is one thing that should remain the same.

"This is a car town. General Motors has been here and Samson Tractor before that. We want to highlight and showcase this history of transportation in this city," Skinner said.

Skinner, along with other city residents, has formed the group Friends of Franklin Street Service Station to save a former 1930s gas station from being torn down. They are asking the city to allow them to restore the building and turn it into a classic car museum.

"I think this has a real good chance of bringing people to the downtown area. We've lost so many historic buildings, and this is one of the few remaining historic gas stations in the city. It would be a shame to see it disappear," he said.

$1M DOT grant will fund riverwalk project in Beloit

$1M DOT grant will fund riverwalk project in Beloit

The city of Beloit and Beloit College have been awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to fund a Rock River riverwalk project, according to a release.

The $1,009,158 grant, provided as part of the Federal Transportation Alternatives Program, will extend riverside access to the outer walls of the planned redevelopment of the Alliant Energy's Blackhawk Generating Station, officials said. Beloit College plans to turn it into a waterfront activity and recreation center.

"We are thrilled to get this key piece of funding in place, which will further cement this facility's role as a city and college resource," Beloit College President Scott Bierman said in the release. "This will, in essence, help extend Riverside Park south and offer our community easier access to the river, the park and downtown Beloit."

Hospital org recognizes employee for community efforts

Hospital org recognizes employee for community efforts

On Wednesday, Edgerton Hospital's community education coordinator, Lisa Rebman, accepted the 2014 Rural Health Ambassador Award given by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. Rebman was one of 15 recipients in the state of Wisconsin.

The Rural Health Ambassador Award was established in 2004 to recognize employees at member hospitals who have gone above the call of duty in promoting their hospital and have made significant contributions to rural health care in general. The award recipient must be involved in one or more activities that enhance the hospital’s relationship with the community, strengthen rural health care within their community and demonstrate a positive attitude with patients, visitors and co-workers.

Officials cut ribbon to open hospital's Healing Garden

Officials cut ribbon to open hospital's Healing Garden

Edgerton Hospital dedicated its Healing Garden with a ceremony and community celebration last week.

Guests enjoyed music by Edgerton students, yoga demonstrations and tours of the garden on June 4. After a brief presentation by key hospital staff, the ribbon was cut and a blessing was given by Father Dave Timmerman and Pastor Jim Johnson.

Edgerton Hospital Foundation Director Bonnie Robinson said a healing environment can contribute to the well-being of patients with medical issues, as well as help healthy people in the community maintain their good health. 

Annual CROP Hunger Walk returns Sunday

Annual CROP Hunger Walk returns Sunday

An annual charity hunger walk and run event returns to Janesville Sunday.

The 37th annual CROP Hunger Walk begins at Cargill United Methodist Church, 2000 Wesley Ave., at 1 p.m.

Organizers said there is no charge for the event but donations are welcome, which are put toward local and worldwide hunger relief.

Participants choose to walk or run a 2k, 5k or 10k route, according to a news release. Water is provided along the route.

According to the group, the CROP Hunger Walk is symbolic of the walk that hungry people in developing countries take -- as many as six miles a day -- to get food, water and fuel. "We walk to be in solidarity with their struggle for existence," the group said in a statement. "We walk because we want to end hunger -- one step at a time."

Dr. hosts free health event on sleep disorders

A free health education event next month will focus on problems affecting sleep. 

According to the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, 40 million Americans suffer from chronic long-term sleep disorders.

Edgerton Hospital's Medical director of sleep, Dr. Mouhammed Rihawi, will host a free discussion on the topic at the hospital on May 1 at 6 p.m. 

Sleep disorders can include sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy and sleep terrors. Treatment plans can be determined by a sleep study, which is an overnight diagnostic test monitored by a technologist.

Participants will be able to speak directly with Rihawi. To register call 608-884-1607 or visit www.edgertonhospital.com.

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Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Teams from 16 Wisconsin high schools will compete in the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Semifinals at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.

The Mock Trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by State Bar members. In teams, students argue a criminal case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges in the regional competitions.

The two finalists will compete for the state title on Monday. The state winner will advance to the National Mock Trial Competition, which will also be held in Madison this May.

Students from the following schools will be participating in the semifinals: