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Books that show people struggling with tough issues

Today’s two suggestions show people struggling with tough issues. While I describe most of the plot in Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult,...

 

Arena Locals

We are still having visitors stop by the house bringing good and gifts. Kathy and Ron McGuire were here for a long visit and brought a vase of...

 

Let's Grow

A cover crop is planted not to be harvested or eaten, but to improve soil structure and fertility in the garden. Cover crops in the vegetable garden...

 

Arena Locals

Well, apparently I’m getting better. Home Health and Dr. Wermuth have said I’ve had all the attention I need from them. So now it’s up to...

 

The Book Nook

Finding good authors is a real treat, and I read a lot of debut novels looking for new talent. Here are four suggestions: three of which involve...

 

Arena Locals

Good news from Arena Township – Mark Winch is back at the refuse site. Son Ray spotted him there Saturday after hearing he was released from the...

 

The Book Nook

Growing up, one of my favorite places to go was our town’s library. Mom let us check out as many books that we wanted as long as we read them all....

 

Arena Locals

Good news from Arena – the groundwater has gone down and almost everyone has been able to stop pumping water from their basements. More big rains...

 

High school events bring people together

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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’...

 
 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...

 
 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...

 
 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 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...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    June 22, 2017

Arena locals

We were saddened to hear of the passing Myra Creasey. She was a long-time resident of Arena Manor. Also, Judi Salava passed away at her home in Pennsy...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Arena Locals

There was a new visitor at Lake Louie. A large beaver has decided to help Tom with the brush trimming. He was so helpful that he cut the power cord...

 

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