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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

July 30, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Aug. 4-6:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-JAILED PARENTS-KIDS ART

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin art program is creating a stigma-free space for kids with incarcerated parents. There’s an estimated 2,000 children in Dane County with an incarcerated parent. Cultural Connections, launched this summer, aims to provide self-empowerment and confidence for these kids. For its first project, Cultural Connections kids are painting the outside of a mock solitary confinement cell for an exhibit to be titled “Confined: Honoring the solitary experience of children with a parent in prison.” By Lisa Speckhard Pasque, The Capital Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1292 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-HAM RADIO CLUB

BELOIT, Wis. — A Wisconsin radio club is embracing their interest in amateur radio operating. The Greater Beloit Radio Club participated in the U.S. Field Day event last month. The group set up multiple antennas at the Janesville Fire Department training center. Radio operators made contacts for 48 hours with other radio enthusiasts across the U.S. and around the world. By Austin Montgomery, Beloit Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 939 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-FARM MUSEUM

NEWTON, Wis. — The state’s newest museum allows visitors to simulate driving a combine at harvest time, lift a faux block of cheese, learn how yogurt is made and discover more about mink, fish, poultry and bison farms in Wisconsin. The $13 million Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center opened last month. The 29,000-square-foot museum includes displays that showcase farmers markets, soil, honey, automatic milking machines, robotic feed pushers and drones that can spot weeds. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1343 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-LILY GROWER

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A Wisconsin plumber has embraced his passion for growing lilies. David Whaley makes a living installing water pipes and repairing broken sinks. After hours, the Janesville plumber is preoccupied with the elegant lilies in his front yard, backyard and a friend’s yard. The 39-year-old nurtures some 300 named and registered varieties of lilies and another 200 unnamed ones. By Anna Marie Lux, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 737 words, photos.

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