Steve Knox: These three Janesvillians are making a difference

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Steve Knox
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Janesville has a long list of difference makers that have helped the city grow. The great thing about making a difference is that it doesn't matter if you're a short-term residence or life-long Janesvillian—certain people just rise to the top. It would be easy to highlight those always in the spotlight. There are also those who make Janesville better because of what they do without a ton of fanfare.

Here are a handful of people that that I feel make Janesville a better place:

Dr. Andy Paull. Chiropractor Dr. Andy Paull is a life-long resident of Janesville. I've known Dr. Paull and his family for decades. His parents lived two houses down from mine. Andy is a genuine man who works hard at his profession and is actively involved in the community through Paull Chiropractic in downtown Janesville. Yes, he staked claim in downtown Janesville. There's no doubt his roots in our community are strong and are getting stronger with his new clinic. Janesville is better because of Andy.

Pastor Ben Breit. Remember Freedom Fest this weekend? Well, Ben was introduced to thousands as Mr. Freedom Fest. He shoulders this large and complex festival with grace. I cannot imagine some of the challenges he faces with regulations or volunteers or anything else that happens in planning a festival put on for 30,000 people. You'd think he would flinch. I haven't seen it. He's calm. That's a leader. He's great for Janesville. In addition to organizing the areas largest festival his 'day job' is leading youth as pastor at New Life. He's left a positive impact on hundreds of youth in our community. Janesville is better because of Ben.

Mark Freitag. OK, our new city manager is in the spotlight but his impact as a leader in Janesville is already evident. I take nothing away from our previous manager, however, Mark has that 'something', that 'it' to move our city ahead. I've heard from several city employees and they are appreciative of his leadership and accountability. Change is uneasy, yet his entrance into Janesville has been anything but uneasy. Janesville is better because of Mark.

I've listed three neighbors who are making a positive impact in Janesville. Who is on your list?

Steve Knox was born and raised in Janesville before landing back in the city later in life. This Generation X guy writes on Janesville and beyond. Steve is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.

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