Best of The Gazette, Aug. 26: Football, motors and a summer of shootings
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:
Beloit is suffering through its bloodiest period in living memory: seven homicides in four months. Yet the violence comes at a time when Beloit is enjoying what some call a renaissance, with renewal projects along the river and a vibrant downtown and arts scene that are the envy of its neighbors.
For 25 years, Dan Sable has kept the doors open at the Sable House, a Whitewater alcohol and drug abuse transition home. “Their first job in life is to stay sober,” he said. “When they need a safe place, this is it.” But at age 80, Sable is putting the house up for sale. “It's time for me to be winding down,” Sable said.
The Sun Prairie Cardinals have won 21 straight conference games and are coming off back-to-back undisputed championship seasons. Don't look for things to change in 2014, Sports columnist John Barry writes.
When Outdoors columnist Ted Peck was a kid, all trolling motors were made of wood. People called them “oars.” Today, trolling motors are advanced pieces of technology, yet they still break down occasionally—invariably when you need them most. Here are some tips for keeping your motor afloat, even out on the water.
Two recent high-profile suicides triggered calls across the country from people considering suicide or fearing that loved ones might take their lives. Luckily, Tony Farrell Sr. was available. He has been working to prevent suicide for years, whether through presentations or personal phone calls. “Most think they can't be helped, but they can,” he says. “They've lost hope, but that's where treatment is so important.”
Editor Scott Angus experienced the magic of the north woods for a handful of summers as a kid, and he always wanted to share it with his sons. Tight schedules—and budgets—put such a trip out of reach, year after year. But he finally got the chance this August. Decades later, did the magic remain?
Pier 290 in Williams Bay clearly was designed for the families who “summer” in the area. It has Chicago-quality decor and Chicago prices. Too bad it doesn't have Chicago quality or service, restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno writes.
For some people, it's hard to see what art has to do with agriculture. That's one of the reasons the Friends of Silverwood Park have sponsored a new art installation, “Ten Variations on a Theme,” using decommissioned corncribs as 3-D canvases. The installation weaves together art, history and culture to promote a sustainable agriculture classroom, said John Steines, the lead artist and curator.
Blogger Glen Loyd continues his chat with Wisconsin's Bill Stokes. In part two, the 82-year-old author talks about the beauty he found on the Rock River during a kayak trip that inspired his book.
Community blogger John W. Eyster considers the loss of war reporter and Marquette University alumnus James Foley, who was murdered by members of an Islamic State extremist group.