From nearly a mile above the ground, the sailplane’s wraparound windows open onto sweeping views of the Wisconsin countryside. Rolling hills and forests, streams, and lakes dot the landscape, and on a clear day, the Chicago skyline peeks out from the horizon. Sylvania Soaring Adventures’s FAA-certified flight instructors pilot guests over these vistas in a fleet of Schweizer SGS 1-26E, Schweizer 2-33, and Grob 103 sailplanes. Towed by a traditional airplane, the gliders reach altitudes of up to 5,000 feet, well above the habitat of endangered birthday balloons. Once released, professional pilots demonstrate basic flight principles, point out landmarks of interest, and sometimes hand over the controls. They also helm training programs to certify students who want to fly solo or pilot gliders for their friends and family.
The team at Rhoades Fur Feather and Fin immortalizes prized catches with professional taxidermy services for a variety of animals. The specialists provide shoulder mounts for critters such as deer, elk, coyotes, foxes, and beavers, as well as life-size mounting upon request. Animal skulls from deer, bears, and elk shine after thorough beetle cleaning and whitening, and then proudly grin as they hang from wall mounts. Rhoades also prepares fish that range in size from 13 to 64 inches, and birds such as ducks, quails, and turkeys.
Stateline Family YMCA promotes youth and family health with community fitness and education programs, cardio and strength equipment, and a positive, encouraging atmosphere. Membership bequeaths a host of benefits, including access to both locations during their posted facility hours, as well as free use of drop-in childcare for toddlers who otherwise use resident weightlifters as human jungle gyms. Both the Beloit and Roscoe locations furnish an indoor running-and-walking track, cardio and strength-training rooms, and a gymnasium. In addition to a second gym, the Beloit YMCA encourages members to diversify their workout routines with three racquetball courts, a free-weight room, and a six-lane indoor pool certified to be free of sea monsters. Physique-sculptors can waltz free into any general adult land- or water-fitness classes, such as Cardio Kick or Aqua Zumba, and enjoy reduced entry fees into other specialty classes such as Yoga.
At Apple Shack Repair Shop, the staff repairs iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Cracked screens, damaged back covers, and restless Siris account for many of the repairs. If customers' devices are beyond repair, they can replace them with one of the shop's used Apple products.