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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.

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.