Best of The Gazette, July 15: Lawsuits, lockers and a Janesville native's rare voice
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:
The city of Janesville is being sued by a growing number of local big box retailers who say their city property tax assessments are too high. Sears, Target, Blain Supply and Menards are among them. And city Assessor Richard Haviza says Janesville isn't alone.
It's summer, and that means changing the combinations for 8,000 lockers at Janesville middle and high schools. Maintenance staffers must go locker by locker to change the numbers individually. How do they keep everything straight? Here's an inside look.
The San Jose Sharks' Joe Pavelski still remembers the nervous feeling of walking into a junior hockey rink for his first tryout camp. Long before he became one of the NHL's leading scorers, Pavelski had a tryout in the United States Hockey League. So he knew just how players at the Janesville Ice Arena were feeling last week as they took part in the Jets' main camp. “It's always fun to be back in these junior rinks,” Pavelski said. “It brings you right back.”
From the state's best to the nation's best. That's the goal for bowlers Matt Johnston, Brice Johnston and Cody Rhyner. The Janesville residents recently won state titles and are set to compete in national tournaments through mid-July. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships are on the line.
The Gazette revisited the issue of homelessness in Rock County last week, revealing a gap in summer services for men living on Janesville's streets. That gap only is set to worsen with the closure of Mike Tearman's Fourth Ward shelter. Though the city looks like the bad guy, Tearman has no one to blame but himself, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.
Editor Scott Angus' column on Janesville government conspiracy theories struck a chord with Sound-Off callers last week. Other topics include GM's recalls, local picket lines and President Thomas Jefferson's icy innovations.
More than a grocery store with a restaurant, Bushel & Peck's feels like a community center. And the best thing is, everything tastes really good, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes.
Janesville native Patrick Terry's rare voice has become his ticket to the prestigious Royal Academy of Music in London. But his vast vocal range almost went undiscovered. For years, Terry had used his falsetto as a “parlor trick” while fooling around with friends, not filling concert halls.
Community blogger Glen Loyd had been watching a pair of swan parents for weeks, looking for any signs of tiny life. His work paid off. Check out this video for footage of the birds teaming up to care for their brood.
If you're ever at a party with gardeners and you want a conversation starter, just ask what everyone thinks is the worst weed. It seems every gardener has one personal weed nemesis, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. Here's a list of the 10 worst weeds in Wisconsin, including which ones you can eat—and which ones you'll never beat.