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Janesville redevelopment focuses on town square concept

Janesville redevelopment focuses on town square concept

New renderings show what revitalizing Janesville's downtown might look like.

The redevelopment focuses on a town square concept near Main Street and the Rock River.

City leaders said they want to create a place for concerts, mobile vendors and a farmer's market.

The public can weigh in on the plans at a meeting Thursday night at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

Completed plans would need approval by the city council by the end of the year.

Beloit Utilities goes green with paperless e-statements

Beloit Utilities goes green with paperless e-statements

The city of Beloit announced Friday that residents will now be able to get their Beloit Utilities statement online.

E-statements are available to all customers whether they currently pay using automatic payment, electronic banking, the online payment service, over the phone, in person, at the city hall drop or by mail, according to the release.

The new e-statements are part of an effort to “protect resources and become more sustainable,” officials said.

The program will help the city save paper, it will make keeping customer records more efficient and help the city save money on postage, printing and mailing, according to the release. E-Statements will also eliminate delivery and receipt delays due to mailing paper bills.

Consumers see higher gas prices at the pump

Consumers see higher gas prices at the pump

Gas prices in Wisconsin and around the country are climbing up about a dime a week.

Experts said uncertainty in energy-exporting countries like Sudan and Venezuela has been a factor in the spike.

Right now, the state average is $3.44 a gallon. Madison is a bit below that at $3.41, but that is up 11 cents from last week.

Janesville drivers are paying $3.41 a gallon, which is up 9 cents from last week. Milwaukee gas stations have some of the highest gas prices in the state at $4.35 gallon, which is up 10 cents from last week.

To help consumers predict when gas prices will be the lowest, there?s a new website, called Fuelcaster that claims to predict whether local gas prices will rise or fall in a 24-hour period.

Experts said while apps like Fuelcaster are fun, there is no way to actually predict prices at the pump.

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

A coffee shop in downtown Oregon earned the top spot as a local favorite in a News 3 viewer poll. Firefly Coffeehouse was revealed as the winner Friday morning and shops in Janesville, Baraboo, Sun Prairie and McFarland made the top five among viewers.

News 3 viewers voted on Facebook for their favorite coffee shops. The four other area businesses that topped the list after Firefly included:

'Mantique' store opens in Rock Co.

'Mantique' store opens in Rock Co.

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Let's say you're a guy and you like to collect stuff, but a regular antique store just doesn't do it for you.A new shop in downtown Janesville just might be the place for you.

Jason Allen collects stuff. It's in his blood. His grandparents had a booth in an antique store.

"By 10 years old, I would have my own space at their booth and I would sell comic books and sports cards," Allen said.

Real life got in the way, but Allen never stopped collecting stuff.

"It just got to be so much, it was 'well, I'll just open my own store,'" he said.

And so he did. The shop's name came to him while he and his wife were out antiquing one day.

Daylong pub crawl offers 20 stops over 25 miles

Daylong pub crawl offers 20 stops over 25 miles

Organizers of a 20-stop pub crawl said fun, beer and cheer are on the menu next month for Koshtoberfest.

The Rock Koshkonong Business Association in Edgerton is hosting the Koshtoberfest Pub Crawl Oct. 19 that will cover 25 miles and offer participants shuttle rides from stop to stop.

Area restaurants and bars are offering drink deals to patrons on the crawl.

Included on the tour are a variety of businesses, from a cheese store, to fine dining establishments, small intimate pubs and more. Norm's Hideaway, DJ's Shortstop Bar and Grill, the Buckhorn Supper Club, the Wisconsin Cheese Chalet, the Riverfront Resort, Blackhawk Club are a handful of the establishments taking part. A full list of stops is available online at Koshfun.com. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day from noon until 8 p.m., according to a release.

Hospital earns quality, safety recognition

Hospital earns quality, safety recognition

Edgerton Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the awarding organization's quality and safety regulations.

The accreditation award recognizes Edgerton Hospital’s for meeting national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.

Edgerton Hospital underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in March 2013. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Hospital representatives said that only 27 percent of Critical Access Hospitals nationally achieve the recognition.