Category Archives: Central Wisconsin

The Courts Giveth, and the Courts Taketh Away


And Sometimes When You Least Expect It, They Giveth It Back BY Dennis Riley J.B. Van Hollen was reelected Attorney General of the state of Wisconsin in 2010. Since the celebration that surrounded that victory, and the “red tide” it was part of, the Attorney General has spent a great deal of his time in federal courts. Most of that ... Read More »

Veteran’s Day and the History of “Taps”

This marine bugler is playing “Taps” during a ceremony at Arlington Cemetery.

By Karen O’Brien Trumpet players will be in demand on Tuesday, November 11, as communities across the country commemorate Veteran’s Day with wreath-laying ceremonies, the posting of colors, speeches, and moments of silence punctuated by the solemn notes of “Taps.” Just twenty-four notes in duration, the haunting melody of “Taps” intones significance and permeates ceremonies with a poignant reminder of ... Read More »

Palace Theater Reopens in Wisconsin Dells

The 800-seat Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells has been purchased by Anthony and Joseph Tomaska, who remember visiting the Wisconsin Dells area as children.

The city of Wisconsin Dells just got even better thanks to the efforts of Anthony and Joseph Tomaska. The Palace Theater, and 800-seat theater located in the Dells, has been acquired by the Tomaskas, producers of one of Chicago’s most successful productions, Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, and proprietors of the former Chicago Center for the Performing Arts. The Palace Theater, ... Read More »

Water & Wood Combine to Create Stunning New Exhibit

The work of Diana K.B. Hoover and Joseph Hoover  will be on display at the Scarabocchio Art Museum in Stevens Point through November 25. This is the first time this husband-and-wife duo have exhibited their works together in one show.

BY Merry Dudley Digital prints and installations by Diana Hoover and woodworking items from Joseph Hoover make up the newest exhibit at the Scarabocchio Art Museum in Stevens Point. The exhibition, “Water & Wood: Work by Diana K.B. Hoover and Joseph Hoover,” opened in late October and will run through November 25. This exhibition marks the first time that Joseph ... Read More »

Duck Legs, Sauerkraut and Alsatian Riesling


By Davies When I was a little boy of about 6, my dad took my brother Quentin and I to Jackson Park just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. We lived on the second floor of a three-flat walk- up on 63rd street near Halsted in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. An Irishman, Tom Ryan, who played ... Read More »

‘Will the Circle Be Unbroken’ A Legacy

John McEuen & John Carter Cash | Thrasher Opera House | Nov. 15 — 7:30 p.m.

By Liz Van Pay Many things happened in the music world in 2012, one of those being the 40th anniversary of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s 1972 album, which was called the most important record in country music by ZAGAT in 2004. The album’s title was taken from an old hymn by Ada B. Habershon, ... Read More »

Stained Glass Master

The Hurtado Law Offices in Milwaukee commissioned this original work.

By Karen O’Brien If you participated in the Hidden Studios Art Tour October 3-5, you had the opportunity to visit nine working art studios located throughout Central Wisconsin. Among them was Atelier Vermiel Studio 2 operated by Mark Brueggeman, an artist based in Nelsonville who is noted for his work in stained glass. Brueggeman, currently an adjunct faculty member in ... Read More »

Band Candy

Marching Panthers

Support Your Local Marching Band! By Karen O’Brien If you’ve been on the highways these last few Saturdays, you’ve probably encountered caravans of school busses followed by a small fleet of support vehicles and scores of SUVs filled with enthusiastic parents. And no, those busses don’t hold athletic teams. From the earliest hours of the morning to the wee hours ... Read More »

Election Picks…..

Governor Scott Walker

By Rohn Bishop What if I asked you this generic question: “Would you vote for a governor who fixed a budget deficit of $3.6 billion, put millions of dollars into your child’s classroom, paid off debts to neighboring states, repaid state funds that were illegally raided, added more than 100,000 new jobs, got the state’s unemployment rate to its lowest ... Read More »

What Difference Will It Make, Anyway?

voting ballot

By Dennis Riley As I was reminded in an email from a marvelous former student this morning, America will be voting in just a little more than six weeks. As we are told so often – at least those of us who still pay attention to such matters are told so often – control of the U.S. Senate “is up ... Read More »

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