There’s been plenty of talk and excitement about downtown Janesville. Reimagining what our center city will be is great! The future is wonderful but starting Saturday it will be awesome on Main Street as the Janesville Farmers Market makes its 2018 debut!

I’ve cultivated a number of relationships because of this blog which started in 2009. One particular friend and fellow Gen Xer recently coined the phrase “Gen X saves the world”.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat were on the front page of my home and mobile devices. A typical wake-up included scrolling down my newsfeed, clicking on news stories or viewing friend photos—THEN grabbing the paper or turning on the tube for my morning news fix. It was a routine, y…

Each time I drive up Centerway hill with my kiddos they're used to me turning left on Eisenhower Avenue instead of jumping directly onto Milton Avenue. They know the reason. It's about a neighborhood. While I didn't grow up on Eisenhower I learned about the fabric of a neighborhood through t…

My son Ian started his freshman year at Janesville Craig a few weeks ago and I've had the opportunity to visit Craig a number of times in the last few weeks. It's the first significant time I've spent at the east side school since I graduated in 1989. I've always been proud to say I am a Cra…

If you’re an avid reader of The Gazette or enjoy listening to local talk radio recent focus on city government has not been about the upcoming budget, serving the underserved or continued growth in the post-recession. Instead, the paper reads like a local soap opera digest and talk show host…

I frequently recall great times with my grandparents. Trips, talks and even those times when I enjoyed a meal out with both of them. Our 'go to' place was Alpine Restaurant inside the Creston Park Mall. While the restaurant name is the first thing I remember, a quick second is Rose. Why Rose…

The Trump and Clinton posts dominate my newsfeed. Even next week's local primary election is getting plenty of screen time on social media. Sadly, the posts are not pointing out why a person should vote for 'their' candidate. Instead, the posts are filled with venom…downright mean. I don't s…

I vividly remember a number of Jr. High friends say goodbye in the mid-80s as their families packed up and moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where General Motors built a new facility and were beginning production of the next generation, full-sized truck. The decision for those employees to leave …

I was listening to WCLO on the way to work last week and the topic of the price of gas came up.  I’m assuming Stan is the ‘senior’ member of the crew because he asked Tim and Josh if they remembered when gas was under a buck. I think I actually saw the strange look of their face poke through…

Over a decade ago I stepped out the backyard of the house I was building and saw some fireworks.  The fireworks went on…and on…and on. They went on so long that I was able to jump in the car, drive a mile, park and watch the remaining 20 minutes of an incredible display. That was my introduc…

I can honestly say one of my first memories that ‘stuck’ with me was when I was climbing on the metal playground equipment at Back of the Yards.  It’s memorable because just behind the playground was the softball diamond.  There, my Dad played for Star Auto Parts.  I don’t know how many nigh…

A January article in The Gazette alerted Janesville drivers of a pending change to the way our light system would operate this spring and summer along retail row – Humes Road (Highway 14) and a portion of Milton Avenue (Highway 26).  It’s called adaptive signals.  Unlike a few of my friends …

I've heard this rebuttal too many times when talking about why I enjoy Janesville – “Well, there's nothing to do in Janesville”.  This typically refers to youth in Janesville but there are some in our community who now feel that there's nothing to do in Janesville for the millennials.  If we…

A few years ago I heard the announcement that Bob Dailey was retiring. As a long-time listener I was concerned. How dare he go and mess up my listening routine. Bob was a part of my radio life in Janesville since I was a kid! Bob grabbed my Band-Aid and ripped it off the dial. He left and I …

The tag line on my blog contains 'born and raised in Janesville'. While legacy in one city is a good thing there is a man I know who has an accent from Kansas, met the love of his life in Texas, frequently references Wilmar, Minnesota but has called Janesville home for 16 years. He and his f…

I spent an hour in the Marshall Middle School gym last Thursday conversing with a number of 6th and 8th grade teachers. It was conference time. I take the last two conference slots of the week. Typically, I am not sure if that is a great strategy considering the cattle call of parents and st…

Budget season is upon us. Our city council is holding a budget study session at 6 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. It's not a surprise that the the group of seven have a full plate during this review process. One topic is how to tackle the roads that are in dire need of repair in our fair city. …

The micro-manager, the cheerleader, the teacher, the dreamer. I've been fortunate to work for bosses who've displayed a wide array of techniques to lead their team. One thing I have not done is work for 7 different bosses at the same time—each with their own style. Yet, that's been the role …

On December 30, 2014, I tucked my Saturn Aura into the garage for the last time. I went to start my car on New Years Eve and…nothing. It headed to the big ring in the Saturn sky. The good news was I had a few days to look for something different. The bad news was I only had a few days to fin…

I, along with many other residents of Janesville, was pleased to read that Dollar General had selected our fair city for its next distribution center. Even better news came earlier this week as the council helped the company move forward with the plans. This is definitely time to take a quic…

It's Tuesday morning as I write this, but my mind is wandering to Saturday morning. It's not that I want to rush my life away to get to Saturday, but summer Saturday mornings are my favorite. Saturday mornings mean two things for my daughter and I – a trip to the credit union and a stop at t…

I called several veterans and thanked them for their service on Veterans Day. My list consisted of close friends and family – my 'circle' of trusted people. As I hung up the phone with the last person on my list I thought of one more. I've only met this gentleman a handful of times, and he's…

Last week I mentioned the Senior Center in my blog and within parenthesis I stated that a name change is in order. Well, a few people picked up on that and sent me notes. A few were very supportive while others…not so much. Since I'm closer to senior center membership age than the old Janesv…

Janesville holds the title 'city of parks' and holds it proudly. Our recreational and open space is beautiful and our parks and recreational departments have done a good job controlling budget cuts directed by our council to minimize customer experience. During my four years on the parks and…

I made my way down to Blackhawk Golf Course for the annual Midwest Invitational cross country meet on Saturday morning. Watching the hundreds of local youth competing amongst over 3000 kids made me realize that they were running in the footsteps of many great local athletes.

Ever since traffic took a slight bend to the east of Milton it's been easy to jump on the bandwagon of hate for the highway 26 bypass. Sure, the DOT messed a few things up as far as signage was concerned but a year after the opening I will admit it—I love the new bypass!

Unless you were hiding under a rock last weekend, you read the latest news to rock the NFL. Adrian Peterson was charged with child abuse against his 4-year old son. The charges and photos were sickening and every weekend news program along with NFL pre-game talking heads had opinions on what…

Thousands of companies and organizations have called Janesville home over the last 100+ years. Start-ups became businesses and a few of those businesses left a lasting mark on the city as well as the world. The one world-class company that will always have a large place in my heart is Parker…

While the summer wasn't as warm as I would have liked it was a great one. The last three months have flown by and I've enjoyed my last summer of freedom. Now, I'd better head to the bookstore and grab my required $1000 worth of books before I sit down for my first day of college. Wait, what'…

I recall watching a news feature in 2007 highlighting a couple who were addicted to technology. Their phones were always with them. I laughed when it was mentioned they even took phones to bed. They had 'crack berry' syndrome. Fast forward seven years and I was at a local restaurant when I l…

Janesville has a long list of difference makers that have helped the city grow. The great thing about making a difference is that it doesn't matter if you're a short-term residence or life-long Janesvillian—certain people just rise to the top. It would be easy to highlight those always in th…

I've written about Freedom Fest for several years. Being the single largest one day event in Rock County, it's hard not to notice the event on the grounds of New Life at the corner of Wright and 14. I remember when I first stumbled upon the event. It was in 2002 when I looked out from my hou…

A ton has been written about Act 10 and the retirement or movement of teachers in the Janesville School District. If you're looking for another read about controversy or conflict you won't find it here. Today, I have two words I'd like to write about: Thank You.

Do you remember the hundreds of home videos showing water crystallizing on one of the several days off due to chilly weather? Oh, I do. I also remember my son stating that he hoped school would be in session so one of the floating 'days off' would remain on the Friday before Memorial Day so …

I give thanks to those who serve on the Janesville City Council. They take the good with the bad and do it as a volunteer. In addition to their duties on the council they also sit on various city and citizen committees. As a appointed member of the Parks and Recreation committee (formerly Le…

Unless you've been hiding under a rock during the past year you are aware of the 60 foot cross that stands on the campus of New Life Assembly of God. It was placed, in part, to further the mission of the church which is to “make Janesville and the area Christ conscious.” Some love it, some a…

Flashback! The thud of the daily paper hitting my porch every weekday afternoon and weekend mornings was the sign that I would get my fill of local news and opinion through the pages of The Janesville Gazette. The evolution of digital journalism has changed the daily thud to hourly notificat…

As a kid growing up in Janesville there were three milestone events each summer that kept track of how much longer it was until school started. The first was the 4th of July, the last was Labor Day. The one sandwiched in the middle was the oldest 4H Fair in the country. Our very own Rock Cou…