Best of The Gazette, June 10: Boxing, barbecue and a trip to the dump
The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:
Forward Janesville is leading an effort to build a riverfront amphitheater that backers believe could become one of southern Wisconsin's premier outdoor venues. The $4.8-million facility would include a stage large enough to accommodate a symphony. For big events, the space could hold up to 4,200 people.
Gazette reporter Neil Johnson took a trip to the Janesville landfill at a time when the city is looking to unload the facility—or even close it altogether. He found waves of garbage bags, a truckload of circus peanuts and a group of workers who've been watching trash volume decline since 2008.
He was a champion to many. A friend to all. Gary 'Chubs' Pliner died in May at the age of 73, but his legacy lives on, Sports columnist John Barry writes. Pliner, who moved to Janesville in 1980 and resurrected the city's youth boxing club, had a simple motto: Find me a vacant building, and I'll find you a place to train.
There are several critical factors in lure selection necessary to get a fish to bite the hook. These factors can be grouped under the general headings of presentation, bait profile and lure color. Choose the right option in each of these categories—and a couple more—and you're well on the way to getting your string stretched, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes.
Janesville residents are raising reasonable questions about plans to spend $9 million to build a central fire station on the same block as current Station No. 1. But city officials have reasonable answers, The Gazette Editorial Board found in a meeting with them last week.
Reporter Marcia Nelesen is leaving the city beat, though she's not leaving The Gazette entirely. To mark the change, Editor Scott Angus reflects on the tenacious journalist's first 34 years with the newspaper.
As music director and conductor of the Rock River Philharmonic, Rob Tomaro normally doesn't do gigs at the Back Bar. Every rule has its exception. Tomaro will perform at the local rock/metal venue Thursday, June 12, to help his friend Susan Aquila debut her new album, “Broken Angel.”
That BBQ Joint doesn't do anything flashy or fancy. But what the Madison eatery lacks in style it makes up in good food, low prices and service, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes.
Don't judge Wisconsin wildflowers by some of their names: skunk cabbage, blood root and hepatica, named after the Latin word for liver, community blogger Glen Loyd writes. These flowers are beautiful no matter what you call them. Check out this video for ample evidence.
One of the easiest ways to spruce up your porch or deck is to grow plants in containers, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. To give your pots the most bang for your buck, just remember this recipe: thrillers, fillers and spillers.