Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Lucky” Louis Zamperini


By Michael Mentzer The book arrived in the mail from friends. The timing was perfect. I was feeling a little broken, the result of a surprise early morning Good Friday trip to the Emergency Room at St. Agnes Hospital that turned into emergency open heart surgery, five coronary bypasses and repair of a hole in my heart that was discovered ... Read More »

Hop Side of the Moon

Chris Holman in the Hop Yard at Nami Moon Farms

By Lee Reiherzer In 1846, a New York hop farmer named Silas Allen loaded his family into a wagon and set out for Wisconsin. Among the items they carried was a barrel of hop roots. When their journey ended, the Allen family established one of East Central Wisconsin’s first hop farms in what is now Allenville, a community just north ... Read More »

IT’S HERE! Something for everyone at the Fondue Fest


The Fondue Fest will fill downtown Fond du Lac on Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with three music stages, the fantastically fun Kids Zone, artists and crafters, great food, sidewalk sales, Farmers Market and, of course, fondue! The free family festival returns with new features and old favorites and will take place, rain or shine. The ... Read More »

Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary: Destination backyard

Souvenir pennies milled at the sanctuary

By Morgan Bongard   Summer is in its final month, the long, lazy, hot and hazy days are here.  Are the kids yelling out the b-word at the top of their lungs?  Bored?  We can fix that.  Perhaps you aren’t into the music scene the way fellow columnist Lemmy Thru is, but whatever your age, the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary ... Read More »

Catalpa Health Grows and Branches


1By Will Stahl Not all that long ago the idea that children could have mental health issues would have seemed absurd. Children with problem behaviors were “difficult,” “lazy,” “dreamy,” “ornery,” ”timid,” or “nervous.” They needed to be “taught a lesson,” or they would “grow out of it.” In the twenty-first century most people understand that children suffer from most of ... Read More »

Block Party: People Go Crazy for Amish Quilts

The Postage Stamp pattern used here is an old pattern. This hand-quilted work of art is made up of 6,225 pieces that each measure just 1 inch by 1 inch.

By Merry Dudley Amherst Quilt, Craft & Furniture Auction When:  Saturday, August 23, 2014 Where:  Portage County Fairgrounds, 4504 Fairground Rd., Amherst Schedule: 7:00 am to 9:00 am    Quilt viewing 8:00 am    Craft auction 9:00 am    Quilt auction 12:00 noon    Furniture auction Since the 1980s, people have been flocking to the small town of Amherst to purchase hand-crafted works of ... Read More »

The Fireman’s Picnic


By Nick Olig My dad grew up in Mount Calvary. Since the village is located in an area known as The Holyland, when I was a very young and naive boy, I spent an entire summer believing Jesus himself had grown up there. In truth, he didn’t, but their faith has long struck me as stronger than usual. The residents ... Read More »

And then there were none


By Tom Smith On July 11, 2014, Tommy Erdelyi AKA Tommy Ramone lost his struggle with bile duct cancer at the young age of 65. Tommy Ramone was a founding member of the Ramones and was the last living member of the original four preceded in death by Joey, Dee Dee, and Johnny. Tommy had a huge hand in helping ... Read More »

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