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Best of the Gazette: Skydiving, a toga party and Janesville restaurants

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Dave von Falkenstein
June 17, 2014

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:

NEWS

Is Janesville 'Chainsville?' City licenses show more independent than chain restaurants

Often dubbed “Chainsville,” Janesville has plenty of chain or franchise restaurants. Reporter Jim Leute finds that the moniker might not be appropriate. You can also check out an interactive map of the distribution of chain versus independent restaurants in Janesville.

Gazette readers tell inspiring tales of fatherhood

We asked readers to tell us their stories on when they knew they'd become fathers, in honor of Father's Day. Reporter Jake Magee shares some of those stories.

SPORTS

Parker Vikings relish return to state tournament

The Vikings will play at the WIAA Division 1 state baseball tournament this week for the first time since 1992. Get a history lesson of the Parker team's tournament appearances by Sports editor Eric Schmoldt.

Gazette Sports columnist Tom Miller conquers fear, skydives from two miles up

High dives at the pool might be out of the question, but skydiving is within anyone's reach, Sports columnist Tom Miller writes. He recently got the chance to put his money where his mouth is.

OPINION

Our Views: Proposed Janesville Riverfront Amphitheater great gift to city

A proposed outdoor riverfront amphitheater, which would be located between JPAC and the Hedberg Public Library, could serve as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment.

FEATURES

Janesville's Theatre Unlimited stages toga party

To raise money to get the rights to perform "My Fair Lady" next season, Janesville's Theatre Unlimited group will stage the twins farce, “The Boys of Syracuse,” on two weekends, June 20-22 and 26-28, at the Janesville Performing Arts Center.

Beloit's Café Fromage works Wisconsin delicacy into delicious treats

Part coffee bar, restaurant, cheese shop and gourmet food store, Café Fromage is a place restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno wishes was around the corner in Janesville--despite the danger to her hips.

BLOGS

Glen Loyd Videos: Secrets of the green heron

Green herons are known for their secrecy, but that hasn't stopped community blogger Glen Loyd from capturing one on camera near the Rock River.

Xtra Points: Dan Madden reflects on Parker's state baseball berth

The Janesville Parker baseball team will make an appearance at the state tournament for the first time since 1992, which prompted former coach Dan Madden to pull out his scrapbooks. Sports Editor Eric Schmoldt shares some of Madden's reflections.



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