Best of The Gazette, May 20: Mushrooms, marriage and teen dads
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:
Antorn Roby recently had decided that providing for his 2-year-old daughter was more important than going to school. But he soon realized school was an important step in being able to support his child. "My girlfriend told me, 'Do you want your daughter to know her dad didn't finish high school?'" Roby said. Lucky for Roby, the Janesville School District has started a new teen father mentoring program.
Kody Steinhoff is passionate about police. He also is visually and cognitively impaired. That hasn't stopped him from washing cars for the Janesville Police Department for the past year, but his service is coming to an end. At 20, he is too old to continue at the Wisconsin School for the Visually Handicapped, which worked with police to give Kody the opportunity to help his heroes.
The last couple of weeks have been ideal for finding freshly grown morel mushrooms and spawning crappies, Sports columnist Ted Peck writes. Morel hunting is all about soil temperature; folks who wait another week to chase the elusive morel will find it difficult to locate these fragrant fungi under the exploding canopy of other flora.
Brett Harms capped off a brilliant Rock Valley Conference track and field career Saturday. The Whitewater senior won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 to lead the Whippets to the boys team title. He wasn't the only one to do his school proud. Read on for more scores and photos from the day.
The Janesville School District got it right when it issued an apology for showing a video about gay marriage to be shown to Craig High Schoolers in April, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. It isn't about whether same-sex marriage is right or wrong or whether the issue is a legitimate topic for high school students. It's about the district's policy on controversial issues.
The Janesville City Council has debated for years how to pay for roads. All the while, the city's roads have continued to deteriorate. That's part of the reason why The Gazette Editorial Board supports a new approach that is worth considering: a referendum asking residents to allow the city to exceed its levy limit to pay for road improvements.
Members of a caregivers support group struggle with losing their loved ones to dementia and Alzheimer's in Nell Lake's gut-wrenching new book, "The Caregivers." It's definitely not light reading, Terri Schlichenmeyer writes. She recommends keeping tissues handy. But the book still might make you feel better if you are in a similar situation.
Restaurant reviewer Joan Neeno's husband has wanted to try Bamboo Asian Noodles and Tapas Bar in Rockford, Illinois, for at least a couple of years. When they finally visited, they did so expecting Japanese food. Instead, their group found a mix of tasty, shareable Southeast Asian cuisine.
Some Janesville City Council members have cried foul about their committee assignments. Blogger Steve Knox hopes none of them got parks and rec, the panel he serves on.
With bird migration back to Wisconsin, community blogger Glen Loyd has new visitors at his backyard feeding station. Those include a rose-breasted grosbeak and a Baltimore Oriole. Along the way, watch horses munch on grass and geese guide their young.