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Best of The Gazette, June 30: Fireworks, mosquitoes and a show's return

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Andrew Reuter
June 30, 2015

The Gazette publishes a lot of news in a week. Combine that with all the distractions a weekend brings, and that means there's a good chance you might have missed some important stories. Here's a look at of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so:


Fireworks sellers expecting sizzling sales this year

The Wisconsin consumer fireworks market has experienced a run of trying years recently, but things are looking much more sparkly these days, local sellers say.

Lincoln Elementary all-in on personalized learning

Personalized learning has been around for decades but has recently emerged as a more viable option because of advancements in technology. Look no further than Lincoln Elementary School in Janesville.


Trojan horse: Turner's Packard is player of year

A first-team selection to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association all-state team, senior Kelsie Packard is The Gazette's 2015 area softball player of the year.

Ted Peck: White bass of Big Green Lake awaken

Serious summer has arrived with warming water temperatures finally stirring the cold-blooded creatures of Wisconsin's deepest inland lake from a finny fugue state into a feeding frenzy, Ted Peck writes.


Our Views: Janesville School District should have kept health plan surcharge

The Janesville School Board's 6-3 decision Tuesday to rescind a spousal surcharge on its health insurance plan was disappointing and a slap to taxpayers, The Gazette Editorial Board writes.

Greg Peck: Is this summer bugging you? Not me

We've gotten a fair share of rain so far this season. Why have there been so few mosquitos? Opinion Editor Greg Peck investigates.


Popular, personal 'Postnuptial Agreement' returns for more shows

The prospect of dying will focus the mind in interesting ways. For Tony Huml, that focus led to success in the theater.

Restaurant Review: Wando's offers nice bar, but food, service falls short

Wando's Bar and Grill in Madison is a great place to watch a sporting event, but its claim to have the city's best fish fry was not what restaurant reviewer Bill Livick experienced.


Members of local gay community celebrate Supreme Court marriage ruling

People driving past Mary Kay Vukovich as she walked her dog near Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center on Friday morning might have wondered why she was grinning.

Janice Peterson: Why you should attend the Rotary Botanical Gardens Home Garden Tour

Garden columnist Janice Peterson is excited—and on edge—about being on the 2015 Rotary Botanical Gardens Home Garden Tour.


Glen Loyd Videos: Eagles, cranes and water lilies

Eagle fledglings, sandhill cranes and water lilies were among the highlights of Glen Loyd's outdoor adventures this week.

Milton School District uses technology to enhance learning

When it comes to technology in the classroom, the Milton School District isn't experiencing so much of a cultural change as a natural shift.

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