Enbridge Protesters | Romance Writer | Hackerspace | Forest of Freaks

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On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:

1609958_725177734214007_9150526537830527564_nBruce Noble, John Endrizzi and Linda Wyeth are working to raise awareness of Enbridge pipeline, which runs through 12 counties in Wisconsin, including Rock, where it passes under the Rock river.   Grassroots Pipeline Awareness Group works to bring awareness to this important fact.  It also advocates for proper training for those in public safety who would be dealing with the aftermath, should the unthinkable happen, which is does with some regularity.

Cinder RohertyCinder Roherty is a writer of several adult romance novels, several of which she has self-published.  Most recently, Cinder has also written a young adult novel.  In the studio, Cinder shared her approach to writing, how she develops her characters, and the importance of asking “What if?”






Draven UmbraDraven Umbra is a local resident who started a GoFundMe site, looking to raise funds to create a Hackerspace here in Janesville.   What is Hackerspace?  Wikipedia defines it as “a community-operated workspace where people with common interests, often in computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art, can meet, socialize and collaborate.”  Draven shared his reasons behind deciding to give this idea a try, and why he feels it is needed in Janesville.

Next, Draven Umbra shared his passion for scary clowns and make up, which he puts on full display, as a regular cast member of Forest of Freaks, a popular outdoor haunted house.


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Lexie and Glioblastoma | Fun @ Irish Fest | Representative Loudenbeck

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In 2011 Lexie Seaver was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, given 6 months to live and told she would not live to see her 26th birthday.  Recently, following an aggressive set of treatments and surgeries, Lexie was once again given just a few months to live.  Lexie has just celebrated her 30th birthday.  Then, two weeks ago, her dad John Seaver was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.  Through all of this and now seizures, Lexie continues to write about her experience and communicate with many friends on Facebook who provide her with a constant stream of encouragement, which she appreciates.  Yuri spoke with Lexie as she was waiting to be with her dad during his chemo treatment.  Learn the inspiring story of this amazing woman, and how she continues her daily battle for survival.

This past Saturday, Janesville Community Radio was recording at ArtsFest@Janesville’s Irish Fest.  Tune in as Yuri is joined by Esther Turner and then Bob Keith, host of JCR’s Dadio’s Lunch Bucket for a conversation about all things Irish, art and a round of “Where Would You Hang That Sign?”

Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R)Discover Janesville’s final guest on this show was State Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R) who represents 31st State Assembly District.  Representative Loudenbeck shared her views on a wide range of issues including voter ID, redistricting, whether the state of Wisconsin should attempt to stop gay marriage recently reaffirmed by US Supreme Court, drug testing food stamp recepients, and much more.Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R)

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Destination weddings |1963 Chevy | Senator Cullen

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Lisa SheldonWant to learn whether destination wedding should be the choice for you on your special day? Lisa Sheldon is Executive Director of Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists Association and she stopped in to talk about the latest trends in designation weddings and honeymoons including as “baby moons” and “volunteer moons”.

Bob Clapper of Fagan Automotive


1963 Chevy Impala with 11 miles on it was sitting at a dealer’s lot in Nebraska until it was purchased recently by a collector. Bob Clapper of Fagan Automotive stopped in to talk about the celebration planned for October 20th and 21st and this unique vehicle will be brought to Janesville and put on display at Fagan Automotive show room.

State Senator Tim Cullen

Senator Tim Cullen stopped in to share his outlook for passing a law requiring school buses statewide to have seat belts for their precious cargo. The Senator also shared his thoughts on the Irish Fest and explained why his father voted for Joe McCarthy in 1946 and in 1952.


Today’s program is brought to you by:
The “A” Team – Your Facebook specialists
Basics Cooperative and their Super Tuesday Sale (The next one is coming up on October 6)
United Arts Alliance: Promoting and fostering arts in Rock County
“Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” by Ronald Ragotzy, MD
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Climate Change March | Boy Scouts | Beauty Queen | Massage Tips

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Veterans for Peace Lars PripConversation with Lars Prip who traveled to take part in the climate march in New York City.  Lars shared why the march was important and how it changed his life.

Boy scouts Spencer Bauer and Daniel Green


Boy scout leader Megan Bauer and Boy scouts Daniel Green and Spencer Bauer came to share with the listeners the excitement of being a boy scout, all the activities available, and to talk about the upcoming fundraiser that will be conducted by Boy scouts in our area.

Miss Southern Wisconsin Outstanding Teen

Miss Southern Wisconsin Outstanding Teen

Katherine Smith was chosen as Miss Southern Wisconsin Outstanding Teen and she is proud of the opportunity to bring her message of service and standing up to bullies, to the community. Check out Katherine’s conversation to learn about the life of a beauty queen and find out who she wants to be when she grows up.

Stephanie Arneson is a massage therapist, owner of Health in Hand and also an instructor. Stephanie shared with the listeners the value of massage, and also gave some suggestions on finding a good massage therapist for your needs.

This show was brought to you by:

Basics Cooperative and their Super Tuesday sale
The “A” Team, LLC – Your Facebook marketing specialists
My Office-JVL – Small Business Incubator
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David DiStefano | David Reinhart | Christine Rebout | Ann Roe & Julie Richardson

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David DiStefanoDavid DiStefano is a financial advisor and insurance consultant.  He is also Commissioner on Janesville School Board.  Commissioner DiStefano shared his perspective on the impact of Act 10 on SDJ, the new grading system, progress of the Benefits Committee he is chairing, how he keeps his private beliefs from interfering with his position on the School Board and the importance of coming to school this Friday.

David ReinhartDavid Reinhart is a lecturer at UW – Whitewater in philosophy and religious studies.  David stopped by the program to preview his upcoming talk at Hedberg Public Library on causing Peace and conflict resolution.


Christine ReboutExecutive Director of Janesville Convention & Visitors Bureau Christine Rebout is a long friend of the program but a first time visitor to Janesville Community Radio studio.  Christine previewed the upcoming Art Infusion along the Janesville Mile chalk contest, and also talked about Irish Fest and other exciting local events coming up in Janesville.  Learn more by going to www.JanesvilleCVB.com

Ann Roe and Julie RichardsonAnn Roe and Julie Richardson are past Presidents of the Women’s Club and they came to preview the upcoming launch of the capitol campaign, looking to do some substantial improvements to the historic building at 108 South Jackson street, housing several organizations, includingh Daughter of American Revolution, American Association of University Women, MacDowell Music Club, the Women’s Club and Janesville Art League.  Learn more by going to www.fp108sj.org

Today’s program is brought to you by The “A” Team, LLC – your social media specialists, Basics Cooperative – home of the Super Tuesday, and by “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” by Ronald Ragotzy, MD.

Edmund Halabi | Adam Rutherford

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Edmund Halabi

Edmund Halabi is more than the owner of a Edmund HalabiJanesville institution: Italian House. Edmund is a community booster and a strong supporter of local eateries.  Edmund shares his thoughts on why it is so hard for mom-and-pop restaurants to succeed, secrets to his success, and how we can make a huge difference by committing to eat at a local eatery just once every 6 months!

Adam Rutherford

Janesville Restaurant Review’s Adam Rutherford shared his thoughts on what makes a restaurant local, offered suggestions on some of his favorite local places to eat, and reminded everyone that the next Janesville Community Dinner will be at the Italian House on October 17th.

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This program was underwritten by “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” by Ronald Ragotzy, MD.  Follow “Raising Abel by Ronald Ragotzy, MD” on Facebook.


Mark Freitag | Jason Dowd | Andy Jorgensen

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Janesville City Manager Mark FreitagJanesville City Manager Mark Freitag was back to talk about the latest news in the city, address questioners from the listeners, and to share his opinions on the latest developments in Russia and Eastern Ukraine as a retired Colonel in the US Army.

Rock County Supervisor Jason Dowd stopped in to talk about the latest in the County, including the advisory referendums that will be placed on the November ballot, and why those issues are important and relevant to Rock County residents.

State Representative Andy Jorgensen called the show to give listeners the latest updates from the Capitol, his vision of a task force to address the state’s roads problems, and the issues that will be important to the voters in November elections.

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This program is brought to you by Basics Co-op, located at 1711 Lodge Drive in Janesville, Wisconsin, and their Super Tuesday sale, coming up on the 1st Tuesday of each month.  The next Super Tuesday sale is on September 2nd!

This program is also brought to you by Ronald Ragotzy, MD and his book “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith”.  Follow it online by going to www.RaisingAbelTheBook.com and follow it on Facebook by going to “Raising Abel by Ronald Ragotzy, MD”.

The Mailman’s Party

This Discover Janesville column will appear in Janesville Messenger on August 24th

A year ago, Janesville mailman Tom Hathaway, decided to throw a party.  Tom happens to live on his mail route and so he invited all his neighbors and customers for a get together.  To Tom’s surprise, over 200 people showed up and they had a great time.  This got Tom thinking.  A man who likes to take care of his neighborhood, and someone who walks the streets of Janesville for work every day, Tom decided that his party could be more than a neighborhood get together.  Tom decided to use his house party to make a difference in the community where he lives and works.

With this thought on his mind, Tom and friends have been working tirelessly for the past year to turn a neighborhood party into a huge fundraiser to benefit Janesville homeless.  Using social media and the network he built walking his mail route for 14 years, Tom found a lot of help, sponsors and now, to his relief, even port-a-potties, which were contributed by a sponsor.  Tom is taking the week of the big event off from work to make sure that everything is ready, and he is also making his home the drop off site for those who want to bring things either for the party or for the homeless of Janesville.

This has been a different effort from others we usually see because Tom is not associated with a particular nonprofit nor is he looking to raise money for one organization.  Instead, this year, on August 31st, Tom invited speakers from several organizations that serve the homeless in our community including Healthnet, ECHO, GIFTS, Project 16:49 and others, and asked them to come and speak, looking to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness.  In addition, the event will feature performances by local musicians such as John Splan, Pancake Riot and Penny Mae Dixon Band, food from several popular food trucks and even alcohol sales.  All with the purpose of raising money to benefit the homeless of Janesville.

For years Tom and his family wanted to do volunteer at soup kitchen for one reason or another it never happened, but when he started working as a mail carrier at postal services, Tom experienced first hand seeing his customers sleeping in cars.  Tom even had one customer who said that “she had to pack up all her stuff and move into a car.  I gave her a phone number and she found help.”  Tom said that the reason he wanted to turn his house party into a fundraiser was that “Homelessness affects everyone.  To me it’s just sad that it happens in America.  And it happens more than people think.  It’s not just adult males, it’s families, and it’s children.  They need our help.”

Because this is the first annual event, Tom and his friends are not sure how much money they will be able to raise, however, they do expect between 500 and a thousand people to show up at Tom’s house at 604 N Adams Street in Janesville.  When it comes to the impact Tom is hoping to have with the fundraiser, Tom expresses two main goals: one is that every one of the organizations involved will be better off then they were before the fundraiser, and also that people will decide to get involved with helping these organizations, having met and learned about them at the fundraiser.  Tom points out that while many of his neighbors and customers may already be involved with some of these non profits, many people don’t know what options there are to get involved to make a difference, and he is hoping to change that with the 1st annual Fundraiser to Help Janesville Homeless.

Dave Dyer | Richard Snyder

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On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:

Community announcements: ArtsFest, Janesville Irish Fest, United Arts Alliance membership drive, Tom Hathaway and Friends First Annual Fundraiser to Help Janesville Homeless and more.

Dave Dyer called the program to talk about being a working comedian in the twenty first century, America, and about doing comedy poking fun at his family members.

Richard Snyder stopped in to talk about his upcoming presentation at Janesville City Council, where he and his group are hoping to gain council’s approval in renovating the old gas station next to Janesville Police Department building, turning it into a stained glass shop.  There, Richard would be making glass windows for the Oak Hill Chapel, for which community members have just raised $40,000 and City of Janesville contributed another $60,000 bringing the total to $100,000.

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Democratic State Senate Debate: Ringhand |Scieszinski | Sheridan

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Janesville Community Radio is excited to bring to you the final debate of the 2014 primary season. Featuring the three candidates for the Democratic nomination for the 15th Wisconsin State Senate District: Janis Ringhand, Austin Scieszinski and Mike Sheridan. Live at 9 am CST on Monday, August 11th.

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