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Doctor to host free sleep disorder class

A free health education event this week 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 Tuesday 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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Crime map lets Janesville residents track police activity

Police in Janesville have started using new software to give residents more information about police activity and the community where they live.

WATCH News 3 Reporter Velena Jones' report on how Janesvillians can stay safe and informed using RAIDS Online, a free online crime map app for computers and smartphones. 

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.