Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 8-10:



KENOSHA, Wis. — Jimpat Schweinsberg formed an online group called Stop Heroin in Kenosha, and began reaching out to others in recovery, trying to build a network of people who could both bolster each other and offer help to addicts looking to stop taking heroin, and to addicts' families looking for support. Five years later, the Stop Heroin in Kenosha group has about 2,000 members. The group recently held its third annual Stop Heroin picnic in Kenosha, offering free lunch, friendship and a chance to exchange stories. By Deneen Smith, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 443 words, photo.


MELLEN, Wis. — It started around 2010 with a small prayer group gathering once a week at the Legion Memorial Library in Mellen to pray for the community. Over time the group grew larger and began meeting for a weekly Sunday-night Bible study and meal together, at local parks over the summer months and inside of the Mountain Funeral Home in Mellen during the winter. Now, after many years of prayer and planning, The Rock Church in Mellen has its own home, its own pastor and a growing congregation of about 30 to 40 adults and children in a town of approximately 750 people. By Sara Chase, The Ashland Daily Press. SENT IN ADVANCE: 882 words, photo



BELOIT, Wis. — The pain on 87-year-old Joyce Berg's face is visible when she talks about losing most of her angel figurines. The figurines include some of the dearest in her angel collection, which numbers at least 14,000. Most of Berg's collection is at Beloit's Angel Museum, which will close Sept. 29 because of "insufficient funds, insufficient membership, insufficient corporate and private sponsorship and insufficient volunteers," she said. She did not say how or when, but her personal angels and others at the museum will be sold. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 775 words, photos.


MADISON, Wis. — Disasters and economics are continuing to whittle away at one of Wisconsin's cultural staples — 50 bowling facilities have been lost since 2014, according to industry data. There are now about 300 bowling facilities around the state. And while the number of people bowling in leagues continues to drop, bowling center operators are getting creative with food, party rooms, birthday parties, volleyball leagues and pushing more social bowling opportunities, charging by the hour instead of the game. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1125 words, photos.

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