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Orfordville's June Days brings out crowds of smiling people


Children were scaling a rock-climbing wall and adults were putting their all into a tug-of-war competitions at the June Days community celebration this past weekend.

Brittnie Roemer was watching her 2-year-old daughter, Savannah, ride a pony in the Kids Zone at Purdy Park on Saturday. She and friends had come from Brodhead to enjoy June Days for the first time and it was a good day to be outside. It also was a fun day for kids.

“She’s having a wonderful time,” Roemer said about her daughter. “She hasn’t had her nap, so she will sleep good tonight.”

Kelly Clobes, who serves on the June Days Committee, said the festival had drawn lots of people throughout the weekend. She said the organizers decided to expand the Kids Zone, which featured a bounce houses, pony rides, a rock climbing wall and a petting zoo, as well as an area specifically for teens.

For others, there was ax throwing, the tug of war, a bags tournament, an auto show, bull riding, live music each day, plenty of food and, of course, a fireworks display Saturday and a parade Sunday. And Mother Nature was most definitely cooperative.

“The weather is fantastic. We couldn’t have asked for better weather,” said Darla Grenawalt, who also serves on the June Days Committee. She said the weather was not too hot, as it was last week and is expected to be this week.

The community celebration would not be possible without a small group of about 20 volunteers who make sure everything is running smoothly, said Kerrie Schmidt, another June Days Committee member. The volunteers, along with all the committee members, which include Grenawalt, Clobes, Schmidt, Kate Brown and Julia Delong, showed up each day for the celebration.

“We have amazing volunteers who show up every year,” Schmidt said.

The committee declared June Days 2022 a success and looked forward to planning next year’s celebration.

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Veterans hike 24.6 miles from Beloit to Edgerton to raise money for homeless vets


Active military service members and veterans will hike Saturday to raise funds to provide homes for homeless veterans.

Heroes Hike for Hope will take participants on a 24.6-mile hike from Beloit to Edgerton. The hike will start at 7 a.m. at the Eclipse Center in Beloit and will end at 210 W. Fulton St., Edgerton.

A party will begin at 11 a.m. on West Fulton Street once the group reaches Edgerton.

The Help Homeless Vets Block Party will be hosted by Edgerton Outreach, which is planning to build housing for homeless vets starting in summer 2023.

All donations and money raised from the event will go toward renovation of Edgerton’s oldest building at 210 W. Fulton St. The plan is to make it home to Edgerton Community Outreach’s new veteran housing facility, Building Hope.

“Construction is slated to start in August 2022 and will take approximately one year. The goal is to be operational in late summer 2023,” said Sarah Williams, executive director of Edgerton Community Outreach Inc.

The city of Edgerton sold the building to Edgerton Community Outreach for $1. This was done in the understanding that the nonprofit organization will be renovating the building and turning it into a veteran housing center.

The housing center will include six apartments: two two-bedroom units, two one-bedroom units and two studio units.

Williams said there will be no maximum limit for a stay for a veteran and his family.

The Help Homeless Vets Block Party will be free to all who want to come out and support the renovations.

There will be free food donated by Frito Lay and E&D Water Works.

“Volunteers will be grilling hot dogs and burgers and will be giving them out while supplies last,” Williams said.

Highlights of the party include live music performed by the band Small Talk.

The event also will include a Black Hawk flyby at 11:30 a.m. There will be five vintage military vehicles ranging from 1940 to 1952 on location.

Several donors have sponsored the individuals who will be on the hike.

People can still sponsor runners by donating at or by mailing a gift to 106 S Main St., Edgerton WI 53534.

Fred Falk served 25 years in the military and originated the idea for the Hike for Heroes. Falk is also a member of the Edgerton VFW Post 2708.

“We have recently received a generous donation of $20,000 from Mark Cullen and JP Cullen,” Falk said. “We have also received assistance from the Hendricks Family Foundation. A donation small or large will go a long way.”

The project in total will cost about $2.1 million. The campaign that was launched in April has raised $1.4 million so far, Falk said.

Other members of Falk’s post, active duty military members and other VFW posts will be participating.

“Almost all of the branches of the military will be represented in the march by a veteran or active duty personnel,” Falk said.

Ben Falk, Fred’s son, also will be hiking with his father to Edgerton.

“There will be 20-plus veterans and active members of the military marching with us for some or the whole 24.6-mile journey,” Fred Falk said.

Obituaries and death notices for June 21, 2022

Charles Thomas “Chuck” Anderson

Keith L. Bergeron

William C. Cashman

Elton K. Feffer

Richard A. Griffa

Russell I. Latto

Harry Propst

Chrystal Marie Wendt

Shirley Noreen (O’Leary) Wusenich

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Janesville roofer gives advice for beating this week's 100-degree heat


Ask Mitch Doyle, a Janesville area roofing contractor, about the sizzling heat we’re seeing this week. He’s got two words for you.

“It’s hot,” Doyle said Monday as the thermometer rose through Monday afternoon to top 93 degrees in Janesville. And getting hotter.

By now, we pretty much already know. This week will bring at least two days of heat index temps near 100 degrees, with daytime highs expected to linger around 90.

That’s weather that will do its best to wither thick, summertime lawns and sap even the sturdiest people. But how does heat like the kind we’re seeing this week feel from on top of a black asphalt or shiny metal roof?

“I’d say 130 degrees. Whatever the temperature on the ground is, add at least 30 degrees up on a roof,” Doyle said.

On Monday, Doyle had given his five-man roofing a crew the day off. He said the crew’s current job—a steep, residential roof—would be too tacky to traipse around on without visibly scuffing and damaging new shingles made out of the same dinosaur sauce that in the form of gasoline is running at about $5 a gallon.

“You just know when it gets to a certain temperature that the only thing you’ll get accomplished is making it look like a herd of elephants walked around on a brand-new roof,” Doyle said.

Doyle expects that Tuesday, with its 105-degree predicted heat index temperature, will spell another day off for his crew, as well.

There is also little relief on the horizon—for all but a few of the next several days following, the mercury is predicted to hit at least 88 degrees and muggy—a lingering heat wave that’ll bring increasing humidity to the fold as the month rolls on.

June of 2021 also cranked up the heat in southern Wisconsin. Weather data for Janesville shows that summer 2021 delivered 20 days of 90-degree-plus heat. June of last year packed more than half of those sweltering days—11 days of plus-90 temps, according to Gazette weather data.

Although working on a roof might be the ultimate hot job in summer, Doyle said he really felt for workers at a local metal foundry where his company, Doyle Exteriors, replaced a roof recently. Because of the molten metal and other processes that involve the use of intense heat inside the foundry, Doyle’s crews found temperature readings on the foundry’s roof of 150 degrees.

Doyle said most people never have to contend with that kind of heat, but he had a few pieces of roofer’s advice for anybody who is stuck doing anything even mildly strenuous outdoors over the next few blazing hot days:

Drink water—and don’t cheat yourself

Drink lots of it. Drink it even if you’re not thirsty because, as Doyle says, by the time you feel a strong thirst, your body already is likely dehydrated. “With a crew of five people, we find we’re filling a huge, 30-gallon cooler twice in a day,” Doyle said.

Take breaks

Start work as early as possible, and wrap up before the true heat of the day sets in. In early summer, when the days are longest, daytime highs can continue to ramp up well into the afternoon and linger long into the evening.

Consider long sleeves

Doyle says his strategy on work attire in the dog days of summer is to get as sweaty as possible as fast as possible. It’s easy to work up a lather on a 95-degree day when wear long-sleeved shirt like Doyle opts to. The Mayo Clinic advises people to consider wearing loose-fitting, lightweight long-sleeve T-shirts on blazing hot days because sleeves better protect the body from the pounding sun.

Doyle said he finds that a long-sleeve shirt in the summer promotes sweating, which in turn, he finds, promotes cooling off—as long as there is air moving.