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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

 

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...

 
 By Donna Vought    Opinion    June 8, 2017

The Book Nook

For me, spring is the time when my senses get a treat. The temperatures are warming, the birds I’ve missed all winter are singing, and the scent and...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    June 8, 2017

Arena Locals

We had a visit from Ron and Mary Melvin of Madison. They were on their way to their cabin in LaFarge. He came to tell us about his upcoming tractor...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Arena Locals

On Mother’s Day, Clarence had that bad cold that’s going around so we cancelled brunch at Lake Louie. Daughter-in-law Kristi brought soup and...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    May 25, 2017

Arena Locals

It’s been a busy week with visitors. Jan Swenson stopped by to check on Clarence and I. Lots of news about California and the grandkids. The little...

 
 By Donna Vought    Opinion    May 25, 2017

The Book Nook

With school winding down, both students and adults may be thinking about their summer reading list. Many of us relish tales that let us escape, and...

 
 By Donna Vought    Opinion    May 11, 2017

The Book Nook

Years ago, I told a joke to coworkers at lunch.  Our laughter drew the admonishment of a manager who said humor was inappropriate in the workplace...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    May 11, 2017

Arena Locals

Lots of folks are out hunting for mushrooms. Sister Ruby of Helena found the first of the morels and gave us some. Ben Dittmer came all the way from...

 
 By Marion Porter    Opinion    May 4, 2017

Arena Locals

Duane Cowley stopped by for a visit. He was on his way to see Louie in Helena after reading about his return home in this column. Jeff Wirth, river...

 
 By Donna Vought    Opinion    April 27, 2017

The Book Nook

Have you ever finished a book by someone you hadn’t read previously and felt as if you’d discovered a treasure? When a friend urged me to read...

 

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