Discover Janesville: Sheila De Forest | Ross Sroda | Autumn Wheeler

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Sheila DeForestBeloit City Councilwoman Sheila DeForest stopped by to talk about why she is passionate about public service and how she plans to make a difference if voters send her to Madison on August 12th in her race to represent District 45 in Wisconsin State Assembly.

 

Ross SrodaRoss Sroda just graduated from Craig High School and was recognized with United Arts Alliance scholarship.  Ross performed several of his original songs and a cover by Ed Sheeran.

 
Janesville Community Radio Development Director Autumn Wheeler stopped in to share with the listeners all the exciting upcoming events and activities planned in order to raise the money needed to launch Janesville Community Radio on 103.5 fm by June 2015!

Remember, Janesville Community Radio will be at Rock County 4H Fair all week!  Find us at the tent of Jaysen Jorgensen, a State Farm Insurance agent.  Thanks, Jaysen!

All this and the latest blog by Ronald Ragotzy, MD, Janesville doctor and author of “Raising Abel, The Life of Faith”, and sponsor of Discover Janesville.

Discover Janesville: Jacki Gackstatter | Don Janes

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Jacki GackstatterJacki Gackstatter stopped in to talk about her campaign to be the next Rock County Clerk of Courts and about the challenges and opportunities that come with being an official Clerk of Courts.

 

 

Don Janes
Singer/songwriter Don Janes stopped in to play a few of his original songs and to talk about the art and the skill behind writing songs.

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Discover Janesville: Austin Scieszinski | Mark Fuller | Eric Kuznacic

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Austin ScieszinskiCandidate for 15th State Senate District seat Austin Scieszinski stopped in to share his reasons for running, and why he has the right skills and experience to serve in the State Senate.

Mark Fuller, Chair of Democratic Party of Rock CountyChair of Democratic Party of Rock County Mark Fuller stopped in to talk about the role the party chair should play during the elections, and about what he expects to be his legacy.

Eric KuznacicEric Kuznacic stopped in to talk about the Leadership Development Academy, what students gain from attending and to get the word out about the current search for LDA’s first Executive Director.

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Discover Janesville: Peter Severson

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PCandidate for Clerk of Courts Peter Seversoneter Severson is a former Janesville School Board member who is running for Rock County Clerk of Courts position. Peter stopped in to talk about his passion for public service and why he feels he is the best candidate for the position.

Following conversation with Mr. Severson, Yuri updated the listeners on upcoming events in the community, and shared his perspective on the latest developments in Russia and Ukraine.

This podcast is brought to you by Ronald Ragotzy, MD and “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” and American Family Insurance, Colleen Frentzel Agency.

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Discover Janesville: Jacob White|Mark Spreitzer|Shabang!|

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Cannabis Master Grower Jacob WhiteConversation with Janesville native Cannabis Master Grower Jacob White, who helps manage a medicinal cannabis growing operation in New Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

Shabang!Music by Shabang!  Featuring Derek and Bill Schyvinck and Orv Gutzman

 

 

 

Beloit City Council President Mark SpreitzerBeloit City Council President Mark Spreitzer stopped in to talk about what is going on right in Beloit, and about his campaign for State Assembly.

This episode is brought to you by Ronald Ragotzy, MD and his book “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” and also by Colleen Frentzel Agency.

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Discover Janesville: Joel Patch | Deb Kolste | Jill Armentrout | Ryan Boggs

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Joel Patch of Comercial Property GroupJoel Patch of Commercial Property Group stops in to talk about commercial real estate in Janesville, what’s hot what’s not, whether we have more chain restaurants than an average city, and much more.

 

 

State Representative Deb KolsteState Representative Deb Kolste stops in to talk about her reasons for running for re-election, what she is proud of having accomplished during her first time in State Assembly and what she is looking forward to doing in her second term.

 

Jill Armentrout called in to talk about the Pipeline 61, which will be bringing Canadian oil to Gulf of Mexico refineries via Rock County.

Ryan Boggs called in to talk about what it’s like to live and work at the South Pole, where this Janesville resident is spending the next few months working as a plumber.

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Discover Janesville in Janesville Messenger: Mark Freitag

Published in Janesville Messenger on June 22, 2014

Mark Freitag brings a military background to his position as Janesville’s city manager.  Despite the obvious differences between the military and municipal management, Freitag has been forced to get up to speed quickly as the city juggles several hot button issues at once.  A graduate of the West Point Academy, retired Colonel Freitag is a 25-year veteran of the armed forces, having spent much of that time in a variety of tanks and armored vehicles.  Eventually promoted to garrison commander in Fort Hood, Texas, Freitag was in charge of providing services to 90,000 base residents located in a community of more than 300,000.  Two years later, following transfer to Alaska, Freitag retired and began his new career as city manager in December.

With a small window to acclimate to his new position, Freitag was only three weeks into the job when the city council began moving on replacing Fire Station No. 1.  According to Freitag, of the 12 residents affected whose properties would be eliminated, nine residents got on board with the city’s new vision, two were opposed and one was “on the fence,” following the listening sessions and presentations by Fire Chief Jim Jensen.  Freitag cites this as an example of reaching “a solution that the majority of the neighbors could agree on and that this is something they could support.”  After the city council reaffirmed its decision to build a new facility next to the current station, Freitag said the city needs to move forward on the project.  For many years, little to no improvements were made to the 57-year-old fire station because rebuilding was always on the table. Now, the new station is on schedule to open in the summer of 2016.

When it comes to other projects facing the city, Freitag looks at building a skate park in Janesville as an opportunity to find middle ground for all the parties involved at the two locations currently before the council — Bond and Monterey parks. However if compromise can’t be reached, Freitag accepts the possibility of the skate park project being put on the back burner.

Janesville City Manager Mark FreitagOne of the changes Freitag already brought to the city is installing an ATM to allow residents to get cash in order to pay their city bills, while the city is working on being able to accept credit card as well as online payments, hopefully later this year.

Comparing his management style with two of his predecessors, Freitag says his approach is to give the council options along with recommendations and reasons for it.  Using military decision-making process, Freitag employs mission analysis, followed by developing course of action and finally pursuing the best available option.

The hierarchy where there are “people who work for you, people who work with you and people who you work for,” is something Freitag says he’s quite familiar with.  Freitag considers the city council to be his generals to whom he reports.

When looking at the budget setting process, Freitag refers to the council’s self-imposed policies. It’s up to the council to either adjust its policy or adjustment the budget to operate within those boundaries.

Freitag notes that when Ft. Hood saw its budget of $400 million reduced to $240 million as result of sequestration, he asked his staff to examine what they could reduce in their budgets while going to senior commanders to ask them to fight for the money, eventually resulting in much of the cuts affecting Fort Hood reversed.

Discover Janesville: Suicide Prevention with Lexie Seaver, Tony Farrell, Sr., and Jessie Benash

On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:

Tony Farrell, Sr.Suicide Prevention was the theme of this podcast.  Yuri was joined in the Janesville Community Radio studio by Tony Farrell, Sr., Rock County deputy coroner, a volunteer position in which he travels all across Rock County and beyond, sharing the important information about suicide prevention, and talking to groups big and small about the importance of detection.

Lexie Seaver

Lexie Seaver attempted suicide twice, and following the second attempt she was hospitalized, which eventually led to the discovery and removal of a grapefruit-sized tumor out of Lexie’s head.  Lexie shared her perspective on what it was like to try to commit suicide, and how realization of what it will feel like for her family to find her body, made her pull back and call 911 just as the pills were dissolving in her stomach.

Jessie Benash is a mental health councilor and is one of the organizers of the YES Suicide Awareness and Prevention Walk for Rock County.  Together the show’s guests guests the stigma that surrounds suicide, the survivor’s guilt, and how death by suicide is different from others.

In the last few minutes, Yuri updated the listeners and shared his take on the latest news from Ukraine.

Conversation starts at 7 minute mark.

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Discover Janesville: Lexie Seaver | Jeff Hall

On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:

Yuri begin the show by discussing the latest Janesville news straight from Janesville Community Page.

Next, Lexie Seaver joined Yuri to speak about surviving two suicide attempts, having a grapefruit-sized tumor removed from her head, followed by cancer treatments, and is about to graduate from college.  Due to technical reasons, this part of the show did not record well.  To remedy this, Lexi returned to the show the following week!

Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall is the owner of Halls Photography in Janesville.  Jeff stopped in to talk about closing his Janesville location, about the troubles in local economy that caused his customers to suffer tremendous financial hardship, and the responsibility that he assigns to staffing companies by damaging the middle class.

Mr. Picnic speaking about the 2nd annual Janesville Community Picnic, the latest blog by the show’s sponsor Ronald Ragotzy, MD., author of “Raising Abel, the Life of Faith” and more!

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Discover Janesville: Richard Snyder | Amanda and Jessika Hauser | Jason Dowd

On this episode of Discover Janesville with Yuri Rashkin:

Richard SnyderRenowned stained glass expert Richard Snyder stopped in to speak about his plans to help restore Oak Hill Chapel and his vision for the historic old gas station in downtown Janesville.

 

Jessika and Amanda HauserAmanda and Jessika Hauser of the Little Bean coffee shop in downtown Janesville, stopped in to talk about running their own business and the latest addition to their menu – gourmet fun food on the go – a gourmet brat – that needs a name.

 

Supervisor Jason DowdRock County Supervisor Jason Dowd stopped in to talk about what it’s like to get elected after running for office for 25 years, the changes he hopes to be a part of at the county government, and  the support that his wife and four children showed him in his desire to make a difference as a public servant. 

Here is the column outlining Yuri’s proposals for reform on Rock County Board of Supervisors

http://www.communityshoppers.com/Discover-Janesville-blog-A-better-Rock-County-Board

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