Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thinking about… City Parks


By Denis Gullickson And who, pray tell, does that? Thinks about city parks? Parks are for play, swinging on a swing so high you’ll touch the sky, and relaxation, chilling with your iPod on a sprawled blanket, and fun. Frisbee on a carefree afternoon. Sure, there might be some thinking ... a lotus position while channeling the chi of the ... Read More »

Ripon Summer Concert Features Sammy Llanas


BY MICHAEL CASPER For the 22nd consecutive summer, the streets of downtown Ripon are filled with the sound of music as the Ripon Summer Concert Series has returned.  “Main Street has scheduled a diverse group of entertainers encompassing a wide range of musical styles,” noted Craig Tebon, Ripon’s Downtown Manager. “We tried to select bands that would appeal to a ... Read More »

Civility Starts in the Classroom


Curated By Erin Heiling   We build a stronger and more diverse community by actively sharing our ideas and opinions with others in thoughtful and considerate ways.  By practicing this basic commitment to civility, we learn and grow from one another - even in disagreement.” This is the Oshkosh Civility Pledge, and the Communities program at Oshkosh North High School ... Read More »



By Ron LaPoint This is the fourth installment of baseball in Oshkosh D uring the summer between his junior and senior years at Oshkosh High School, Len was invited to try out for the professional Oshkosh Giant baseball team, a farm club of the New York Giants. Not knowing that this was permissible I asked Len why he was allowed ... Read More »

Oshkosh Music Artist Series Donation to  Elementary School Music


On June 9, 2014, elementary school music educator Jackie Sandene, Principal Kirby Schultz, and budding musicians Kieran and Faith were presented with a donation of $906.00 to support elementary school music programs at Webster Stanley, Oaklawn, and Oakwood schools. The funds were raised at the Spring 2014 Oshkosh Music Artist Series Concert through ticket sales, while another $580.00 was raised ... Read More »

Discover Downtown With Games, Food and Fun


The Stevens Point Downtown Business Assn. is sponsoring their first Discover Downtown event, scheduled for July 18-19. This event, which replaces Krazy Days, features great summer clearance and sidewalk sales plus family-friendly activities and displays that showcase the variety of businesses that make up downtown Stevens Point. Families can take horse-and-buggy rides or trolley rides, and there will be live ... Read More »

Happy Days


BY Frank McCandless In American history the fifties were hallowed times.  It was a time when white America deemed itself the savior of mankind, and commies hid behind every bush.  The cornerstone of this era was the so called traditional family.  The nucleus of this mythical family was based on marriage.  There was dad who went to work every day ... Read More »

The Food Exhibit in the History Museum at the Castle


By Jamie Lewis   The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton may be small, but it has several significant exhibits, which tell important stories of people, their cultural traditions, and technological change in the Fox Cities. Once I was a few steps into the exhibit, Food: Who We Are and What We Eat, I knew that this display was ... Read More »

Harmonica Wizard Hits the Wheelhouse


By Jim Moran The Chain O’Lakes is no stranger to great musical performers, and this summer is no exception. On Saturday, July 26, you can hear one of the best harmonica wizards in the world, Andy Linderman, during his upcoming visit to central Wisconsin. The Westside Andy and Friends Band will be playing at the annual corn roast at the ... Read More »

“Your Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe Free”


By Dennis Reilly By the time you read this, most of those who comment on things political for a living will have moved on from analyzing the “earthquake” that was the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th District. All sorts of explanations for this quite unexpected result have been floated. ... Read More »

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