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Area apple orchards kick off the fall season

The season for picking apples, eating cider doughnuts and drinking apple cider has arrived. Many local apple orchards are opening in the Rock County and surrounding area.

Hawks OrchardHawks Orchard, 9034 N. Serns Road, Milton, opens Saturday, Sept. 3. It will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m through October, or when it sells out of apples. Hawks Orchard has about 2,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf trees with 14 varieties of apples. They also sell honey, caramel apple kits, flavored popcorn and olive products. Hawks Orchard was started as a hobby project by owners Darcie and Todd Haakinson.

The Apple HutThe Apple Hut, midway between Janesville and Beloit at 1718 W. Walters Road, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday starting Wednesday, Aug. 31. In addition to many varieties of prepicked and bagged apples, The Apple Hut also sells seasonal baked goods.

Ten Eyck OrchardTen Eyck Orchard, W968 Highway 11/81 in Brodhead, opened Saturday, Aug. 27. It will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Co-owner Drew Ten Eyck said the orchard has been run by the same family for six generations. It grows more than 50 varieties of apple, peaches, pears and other fruit.

For the first time in many years, Ten Eyck will be offering pick-your-own apples this year. This will begin after Labor Day or later as the crop matures. Visitors will be able to purchase an empty bag and fill it with as many apples they can. Ten Eyck Orchard also sells hand handmade doughnuts, caramel apples, pies and cider and is planning to offer carriage rides through the orchard the last two weekends in September and the first two weekends in October.

Edwards Apple OrchardEdwards Apple Orchard, 7061 Centerville Road, in Poplar Grove, Illinois, opened Friday, Aug. 26. It will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the season.

General manager Andy Smith said it’s the orchard’s 58th year in business. It sells apples, fudge, apple butter, jams and salsa, cider doughnuts and other specialty items, in addition to 30 varieties of applies. This year it also has a brand new fleet of wagons for children. Edwards Apple Orchard also offers raspberry and pumpkin picking throughout the fall season.

Edwards Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove and Edwards Apple Orchard West, 8218 Cemetery Road, in Winnebago, Illinois, originated with the same family, but now have different owners.

“Both locations share the same recipe for our doughnuts and cider,” Smith noted.

Edwards Apple Orchard West also opened for the season Friday, Aug. 26, and will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Its property includes a 100-year-old dairy barn, a play area for children and a petting farm that includes a goat walk. Edwards Apple Orchard West will have you-pick apples when they are ripe, and Sept. 23 is the scheduled start of pumpkin picking.

Obituaries and death notices for Aug. 29, 2022

Nancy D. Allen

Leo Francis “Pete” Bolchen

Frank E. Drew

Mary F. Elliott

Robert D. Hetzel

Lin Lucille (Longman) Howard

Alfred James Lembrich

Daniel Owen Mullen

Doris E. Rein

Kenneth M. Thomason

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UPDATE: Four injured in gunfire at late-night yard party in rural Clinton


Authorities aren’t saying much after an apparent shootout at a rural yard party left four people with bullet wounds early Sunday in rural Clinton.

Neighbors said an outdoor party on a farm property had raged around the clock Saturday into the early-morning hours in the 9200 block of Little Lane. Rock County Sheriff’s Office authorities say a shooting broke out at 12:35 a.m. and left “numerous gunshot victims” hospitalized.

By mid-morning Sunday, police had left the scene at 9221 E. Little Lane, the only house on a cul-de-sac just northeast of the Highway 140/Interstate 43 interchange outside the village of Clinton.

That’s where authorities said the shooting happened, although law enforcement hadn’t given any details about it as of Sunday afternoon, including whether anyone has been arrested in the incident.

In a news release from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, officials said people hurt in the shooting had “non life-threatening” injuries, and there was no continued threat to the community.

Police said three people shot early Sunday were transported to a local hospital and that a fourth person shot was later transported to Mercyhealth Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.

Police have not released the names of anyone involved in the shooting, and they have not asked for the public’s help identifying anyone involved in the incident.

The shooting drew a response from police departments in the village of Clinton, the Wisconsin State Patrol and the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office.

At the scene on Sunday morning, a company that had provided party services was loading up equipment and leaving as television news crews paced the lane seeking clues as to what might have happened.

One Chevrolet Equinox that a Gazette reporter observed pull in and out of the residence Sunday morning had a rear driver’s side window broken and covered with a black garbage bag.

About 20 cars with a mix of Wisconsin and Illinois license plates remained at the house Sunday morning.

In the grass along the road next to the house, the ditch was littered with beer cans and discarded glow sticks. A few chickens roamed the front yard next two red portable toilets.

One woman who is a neighbor said she woke up to “yellow flashing emergency lights everywhere” about 1 a.m., at least 12 hours into a party she said had loud music almost nonstop, with “plenty of people” coming and going.

The woman said the neighbors have frequent yard parties, sometimes with loud music, but she had never seen one of the gatherings result in the kind of trouble police reported Sunday morning.

“I don’t call the cops on them for the loud music. There’s been no shootouts before now,” the woman said.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous because of concerns over her and her family’s safety, said she didn’t hear any gunshots, but her family woke up to police fanned out across the neighborhood. Officers had out sets of high-powered mobile floodlights and other equipment, she said.

The woman showed an internal alert she obtained that she said was sent out by a local public safety official to someone she knows, then to her. It indicated multiple fire department officials had used a nearby car dealership parking lot as a staging area to deal with multiple gunshot victims.

“Unknown if suspects were at the party, or if this was a drive by. People at the party did return fire,” the alert indicated.

Police officials in charge of the sheriff’s office’s patrol and detective divisions on Sunday did not immediately return calls from a Gazette reporter, and a Rock County 911 dispatcher said a sheriff’s office supervisor in the field declined to speak with The Gazette on Sunday.