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Best of The Gazette, Aug. 12: A high-tech bike, an old church and an emotional pitch

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Andrew Reuter
Tuesday, August 12, 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:


Janesville police consider buying electric motorcycle

Janesville police have been riding around town on a borrowed motorcycle recently. You might not have noticed: It has an electric motor, which makes a whirring sound that gets barely above a whisper. That's one of the attributes that officers like about it, said Sgt. Chuck Aagaard, a motorcycle aficionado who is one of 15 officers who have signed up to use the motorcycle—if the city decides to buy it.

Oak Hill chapel stained-glass restoration makes for painstaking work

Forty-four stained glass windows. A total of 2,634 pieces of glass. And 1,848 feet of lead cames. Restoration of the Oak Hill Cemetery chapel windows will take an estimated 2,600 hours of cleaning, reassembling, soldering and cementing, said Richard Snyder, the stained-glass artist who so far has restored two of them. Here's a glimpse at what that process looks like.


Popularity of triathlons increasing in southern Wisconsin

Bruce Thoms was a runner for years, but after going from 5K races to completing nine marathons, he tired of the sport. He did what many runners have done: switched to triathlons. The growing sport combines swimming, biking and running into a race presents a new challenge for runners. But it's not just runners who are popularizing the sport.

Tom Miller: Janesville woman with brain tumor throws out first pitch at Miller Park

The first pitch delivered from the mound at Miller Park on Friday night was not a strike, nor did it reach 40 mph. Still, Lexie Seaver's throw was the most emotional delivery of the night. Just weeks ago, the 29-year-old was told the brain cancer she beat once has returned, and the prognosis doesn't look good. Now a group is trying to help her cross some things off her bucket list.


Our Views: Rock County's Craig Knutson deserves salute for solid reign

Rock County Administrator Craig Knutson's last day was Aug. 1. His wisdom and dedication left the county in good hands for 30 years. No wonder his retirement announcement in January provoked gasps and groans from board members. As he moves on, he deserves all of our salutes, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Our Views: Skatepark in Janesville is long overdue

Janesville's long-proposed skatepark has had more ups and downs than a skateboarding pro. Last week, the city council voted to put the skatepark where Bond Park's deteriorated tennis courts now sit. It's past time to get on with it, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.


Rock River Repertory goes all out to do 'Chicago' right

It took a bit of razzle-dazzle to bring "Chicago the Musical" to Edgerton. But the director is confident he has the right cast for the show, which opens Friday, Aug. 15. The Edgerton Performing Arts Center will become a noisy hall that hosts a nightly brawl for this rendition of the longest-running American musical on Broadway.

Teeth-pickin' good: Janesville Noon Rotary plans corn roast

Juicy sweet corn, muddy volleyball players and a bunch of friendly folks. All of those combine to make the Saturday, Aug. 16, Janesville Noon Rotary Club corn roast and mud volleyball tournament a great community event, one organizer says. “The sweet corn is always fantastic; it's a great day to meet different people in the community, and the mud volleyball teams are a blast to watch,” said Mick Gilbertson, who is co-chairman of the event.


Greg Peck: Ontario fishing builds friendships

Greg Peck and his friends recently returned from a weeklong trip to an Ontario fishing camp owned by a Janesville couple. They came away with beautiful photos, nets full of fish and renewed friendship.

Glen Loyd Videos: Great blue herons rule the Rock River

Some great blue herons stay year-round on the Rock River, but last winter's harsh temperatures drove virtually all of them south. But the monster birds are back now entertaining boaters and bird watchers. See for yourself in this week's video from blogger Glen Loyd.

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