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Obituaries and death notices for Nov. 1, 2019

Arleigh D. Aschebrook

Nicholas Michael “Nick” Calkins

Eric G. Ethen

Michael P. Guiler

Austin “Ozzie” Hughes

Ray Frank Redmann

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Janesville organizations collaborating against bullying


Police Chief Dave Moore has three goals for organizations that aim to prevent bullying.

  • Instill a culture of civility.
  • Instill a culture of reporting.
  • Build a toolbox of resources for victims and bullies.

Be a Rooney, a local anti-bullying campaign, hosted a roundtable discussion with community leaders Thursday to discuss how to fill local gaps in anti-bullying services.

Representatives from the Janesville Police Department, Janesville School District, Boys & Girls Club, NAMI, the Janesville City Council, Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change and Be a Rooney were in attendance.

Moore’s suggested goals encapsulate strategies the groups hope to implement over time.

Instill a culture of civility

Teaching people how to be respectful and resolve conflict should start at a young age, group members agreed.

Brian Donohue, safety consultant for the school district, said he sees kids more than ever engaging with school resource officers and the district bringing awareness to bullying.

Organizers with Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change are working with the school district to bring an evidence-based anti-bullying program to local schools, Erin Davis, director, said.

The program, Olweus, is used in more than a dozen countries and in thousands of schools in the U.S., according to its website.

Olweus aims to reduce bullying through education and intervention for staff, students and parents, according to its website.

Instill a culture of reporting

Many bullying incidents are not reported because students believe “snitches get stitches,” said Be a Rooney founder Angelia Babcock.

School district and police representatives said there are processes in place to help people who are being bullied, but it has to be reported.

Bullying often starts on a one-on-one basis, making it easy for bullies to know who snitched, Babcock said.

School staff are teaching kids at a young age that it is OK to tell trusted adults when bad things happen, Assistant Superintendent Scott Garner said.

Police have an app called P3 Tips where people can anonymously report anything from criminal activity to bullying, Moore said.

The app has been downloaded on all school district computers, Garner said.

Lonnie Brigham, who works with Janesville Area CrimeStoppers, said he will look into whether P3 Tips could send push notifications to people’s phones with messages about bullying prevention and resources.

Build a toolbox of resources

Many parents don’t know what to do when their children are being bullied, Babcock said.

Some people in the room Thursday had never heard of the P3 Tips app, despite it being used since 2015.

Organizers on Thursday created a plan to combine the available resources in the community and make them available in one spot.

The school district also is considering scheduling regular emails to parents reminding them of what they can do to help children who are bullies or are bullied.

Resources discussed Thursday include:

  • The school district’s bullying reporting form, which students can use to report an incident, which then prompts the district’s bullying protocol.
  • P3 Tips app.
  • A list of local mental health resources collected by NAMI.
  • The school district’s pilot counseling program
  • through Hope Child and Family Counseling Center.
  • The Janesville police Handle With Care program.

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Halloween is howling good fun, despite cold and snow


The girl in the Minnie Mouse costume was opposed to snow on Halloween.

“I do not like it,” said Cheyenne Lankford, 9.

“Bad. Very cold,” said 7-year-old Carson Knapp when asked what he thought of the situation—a snow-covered Halloween, something Janesville has not seen in at least 70 years.

However, both Cheyenne and Carson were determined to continue into the night Thursday, their motivation clear.

“I want the candy,” Cheyenne said.

Cheyenne even got into the spirit of this strange, snowy Halloween, participating in a good-humored snow-throwing fight with her sister Alix, 5, her cousins and the adults shepherding them through a west-side neighborhood.

Angela Major 

Snow coats Halloween decorations in Brenda Hessenauer's front yard Thursday in Janesville.

Brenda Hessenauer, who put up a wild display of ghouls, a casket, a big spider web made of rope and other scary stuff, encouraged kids who came to her door to tough it out.

“We’re Wisconsinites!” she said.

Hessenauer said her husband thinks she’s crazy, but she creates an elaborate display every year at their home on North Oakhill Avenue, where the coating of snow seemed to fit the spirit of her front yard graveyard.

The Janesville Wastewater Treatment Plant reported 5 inches of snow fell Wednesday night and Thursday.

Gazette weather records going back to 1948 show no snowfalls on Halloween.

The data recorded only 10 October snowfalls during those 71 years, all of them small amounts unlikely to have resulted in snow on the ground on Halloween.

So if the past is any guide, the kids who went trick-or-treating Thursday were part of a once-in-a-lifetime event—something to tell their grandchildren.

Most sidewalks were shoveled for the nighttime revelry in a west-side neighborhood, but wet sidewalks froze, making for slippery spots.

Some kids hid costumes under coats. Madison Neisius, 9, had her coat open to show her black-and-white maid costume. She wasn’t cold, she said, “but my ears are.”

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Madilyn O’Leary, 4, was costumed as a chef.

“She was going to be a princess,” said her dad, Chad. “But the dress was too long to be in the snow.”

A Gazette reporting team found two residents burning wood in braziers in their driveways so trick-or-treaters could and their parents could warm up.

Josh Dust said it was his second year providing a fire and hot cocoa at his home on Miller Avenue. This year, he added cans of Bud Light and Miller Lite for the adults.

Dust said he asked people at work, who assured him that offering beer to adults on Halloween is not uncommon.

Few trick-or-treaters were in sight yet, however, and Dust wondered how many customers he would have.

“They better come here. Somebody’s got to drink this beer,” he said cheerfully as the fire roared beside him.

Angela Major 

Inara Lesniak, 4, takes candy from Sam Severance while trick-or-treating Thursday in Janesville. She’s in costume as Elsa from ‘Frozen’ but wore the unicorn hat to keep warm.

Anthony Wahl 

The Janesville Parker bench erupts after a made point during their sectional semifinal match against Wilmot in Burlington on Thursday, Oct. 31.