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 By Donna Vought    Opinion    August 17, 2017 

Suggestions to stock up on your reading

Many library patrons share my “need” to have several books on hand for winter, summer, vacations, etc. This column is dedicated to all of you...

 By Deb Pienkowski    Opinion    August 17, 2017 

Obnoxious weeds - and how to control them

Last month you were introduced to a survey done by the Dane County Community Gardens Coalition. Community Garden leaders were asked what insects,...

 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    August 10, 2017

The Geiger Counter

When I was little, detecting the blood an Englishman was exclusively the purview of cranky giants who lived atop magical beanstalks. But the world... Full story


Heights Unlimited says thank you

If you served at the July 30 Brat Sale at the Shoe Box, bought something to eat, and/or dropped an extra donation into the HU jar, thank you! We... Full story


All facts needed with high voltage transmission line

A lengthy article in the Sunday Wisconsin State Journal on July 27, titled Battle lines widen as plans progress for a high-powered transmission line... Full story


Arena Locals

The big storms in Arena left almost everyone with a pile of brush on the curb. Folks are still cutting trees and dead limbs. The village crews are...


Arena Locals

The news is being put together at Greenway Manor this week. I’m still in rehab for my arm after my fall in the yard. By the time you read this, I’...


Making brush pickup efficient

Please help us be more efficient with brush pickup. • Whenever possible, keep brush in larger pieces, as long as they can be moved easily and fit...


Mazomanie Motion Car Show says thanks

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who made the Mazo Motion Car Show a souped-up success! We’re deeply grateful to the core group of...

 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    July 27, 2017

The Geiger Counter

We’re rich. I know, because I often decide I want something, only to later discover we already own it. “I really think we should buy a bike...

 By Leslie Afeawo    Opinion    July 27, 2017

New age political correctness vs. free speech

The USA was founded on several principles that were seen as fundamental to a free and democratic government, with the key principles being civil...


For wildlife issues, contact a trapper

Recently, the Village has received multiple calls regarding wildlife in the village.  The Department of Natural Resources has referred us to the... Full story


Heights Unlimited says thanks

Heights Unlimited Community Service Center would like express its deep appreciation to all community members for your wonderful support by giving so... Full story

 By Marion Porter    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Arena Locals

The news from the Porter house in Arena is that I took another ambulance ride. As Clarence put it, I slipped and fell into old age. A fall in the...

 By Matt Geiger    Opinion    July 20, 2017

The Geiger Counter

One night I saw the glint of light on broken glass, and I knew the moon was shining. A burnt sienna-haired woman was draped in black. She stormed...


Request information on the location of the CHC line

Many of you have received cards in the mail notifying you that the Cardinal Hickory Creek (CHC) power line may be crossing your property. From the... Full story

 By Marion Porter    Opinion    July 20, 2017

Arena Locals

The Yolanda Peterson-Mary Jones Memorial Fireworks were held a weekend ago and they were bigger and better than before. So many fireworks! This is a s...

 By Marion Porter    Opinion    July 13, 2017

Arena Locals

Not a lot of news from Arena again this week again. Summer brings lots of work to do between rains. Clarence is busy mowing lawns – our yard, the...


ATC crews on Town of Vermont land

During the last week in June, ATC employees were spotted on property on Braun Road and along Highway 78 near where Union Valley Road begins. They did...

 By Marion Porter    Opinion    July 6, 2017

Arena Locals

This past weekend in Arena was busy. Saturday the Arena Fun Day was held. First, a real nice parade went by our house. Paul and Judy Swenson came to...

 By Marion Porter    Opinion    June 29, 2017

Arena Locals

Not a lot of news from Arena this week. It’s been quiet. Everybody is busy with graduation parties. One of the benefits of being in your 80s is...


Let's Grow

For the next few months, I am going to share excerpts that are a result of a survey done by the...

 By Donna Vought    Opinion    June 22, 2017

The Book Nook

Ever hear the phrase “So many books, so little time”?  We hear this occasionally when a library patron arrives to pick up books they’ve...


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