Best of The Gazette, May 27: Bass, brew and a life-or-death battle
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:
On the way to earning her associate degree, Lexie Seaver survived a deadly brain tumor the size of a grapefruit. Many in her situation might have been sidetracked, News columnist Anna Marie Lux writes. But facing mortality made Lexie more motivated than ever to get an education. “I knew I had to go back to school,” she explained.
Scott Cramer hopes the Depot Café, his new Edgerton coffee shop opening in June, will succeed where others' java dreams have failed. His plan: Car-side coffee to go, in three minutes or less. “That's how it will run, all day and evening,” Cramer said.
The state's sanctioning body for high school sports decided to increase the distance for girls cross country sectional and state meets, but not everybody welcomes the change, especially for the 2014 season. Jessica Lawton, the co-head coach for the Janesville Craig boys and girls cross country teams, said state coaches had no say in the matter. “We were told this is how it's going to be, and you've got a few months to get ready for it,” Lawton said.
Fishing doesn't get much easier than you'll find right now, Outdoors columnist Ted Peck writes. Rudimentary angling skills and a variety of bait presentations will get your string stretched—once you find the fish. Success can be found by focusing on some key areas.
If you know any WWII veterans, don't wait to thank them, The Gazette Editorial Board writes. Our nation loses more of the “Greatest Generation” each day. Let us never take for granted our rights and freedoms and the terrible sacrifices so many fellow Americans made for them.
When it comes to local news, the community has had quite a month, Editor Scott Angus writes. Much of it has been bad, even tragic. The Gazette pursues all local news aggressively, so the series of ugly crimes and sad misfortunes dominated front pages for days. As usual, though, good news balanced the bad as the month wore on.
Why let your children lollygag through summer when they could be leaping with a dance troupe? Or leading the action in their own musical? The Janesville Performing Arts Center and SpotLight on Kids will offer children's summer camps that teach acting, singing and dancing—performing arts that build self-confidence and communication skills.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Restaurant Muramoto, owner Shinji Muramoto has returned to his original approach of specializing in small plates meant for sharing. He has rolled out a new menu featuring izakaya—the Japanese equivalent of the gastro pub. Dining there is a pleasurable experience, restaurant reviewer Bill Livick writes. But good luck finding the place.
The gardens at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home, are worth the trip to Virginia, Janice Peterson writes. But what if they could be re-created in Janesville?
Remember those subzero days this winter? Community blogger Steve Knox does, especially as students sit inside during warmer weather to make up for canceled classes.