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As I grow older, my goal is to learn from my mistakes rather than plunging myself into a pool of shame.

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As thousands of students in 100 countries walked out of school to protest their government’s inaction on climate change March 15, here in Wisconsin, much of the news seemed to stem from the weather.

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With the internet offering us interconnectivity, simple tasks like buying pet food can be accomplished with just a few strokes on the keyboard. So many simple things can be done much more easily, and we have access to so much information.

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During interviews with Waunakee Village Board candidates running in the April 2 election, the most common thread is their willingness to step up and contribute to their community. Many similar concerns and opportunities arose — the village’s fiscal responsibility, adherence to the comprehens…

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Sunday morning, as I was doing housework and listening with one ear to Meet the Press, I caught one somewhat surprising tidbit. U-Haul’s statistics of the top places people are moving to indicated that Madison, Wisconsin, ranks as one of the nation’s fastest growing cities.

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Last week’s experience with the “polar vortex” in Wisconsin demonstrated just how weather can affect us. It shut down schools, malls, restaurants and offices, forcing many to take a cold day. Even mail service was suspended as temperatures as low as 50 below zero were recorded. Perhaps more …

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When the Waunakee school board adopted its new Holiday and Religious Observances Policy, we here at the Tribune failed to anticipate how it would affect us.

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Waunakee’s Shop Hop, organized by the Waunakee Downtown Merchants Group, brought many families to the downtown Saturday morning. With reindeer to visit at the Gather, chestnuts roasting and hot chocolate, the event offered a fun venue on the village’s Main Street.

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From time to time at newspaper offices, odd letters and packages arrive in the mail. Fortunately, the Tribune office has never received anthrax or bombs, just an occasional missive presumably mass mailed to journalists across the United States.

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The news of last week’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue seemed to mark a turning point. As the midterm elections near, the vitriol displayed at political rallies has apparently spilled out into random acts of violence. The shooting came just a few days after explosive devices were sent to…

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My husband Tim has a joke that he made up. He says 8 percent of men are color blind. Of those, 60 percent are dust blind. In extreme cases, this condition can advance to wife deafness.

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A couple weeks ago, during a visit to see my mother in New York, multitudes of building cranes across the skyline told of the growing economy. Skyscrapers everywhere seem to be getting taller there, and in the three years since I’ve been there, some streets in my mother’s neighborhood of Che…

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A diverse group of members of the Waunakee Housing Task force met for the first time two weeks ago, each representing different ages, neighborhoods and occupations. They seemed to all come to the table with their own set of expectations about the outcome, and much of that first session was g…

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This year’s theme for National Newspaper Week, observed next week Oct. 7-13, is “Journalism Matters.” Look no further than the comments of Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about why press freedom and journalism matters to all.

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As an entire city block of downtown Waunakee is redeveloping with a new apartment building and library under construction, many more citizens are talking about growth. The Tribune has received multiple letters about projects, particularly in the Main Street area, and the details have been di…

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In a victory for newspapers across the country, the International Trade Commission voted unanimously last week to reverse tariffs imposed on newsprint imported from Canada — thanks in part to the role Wisconsin newspaper professionals played.

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These are difficult times, so difficult many of us are often tempted to shut off the news and turn away from manmade and natural disasters.

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In a forward thinking, continually growing community, conflicts are bound to arise. That was clear at the July 30 Waunakee Public Works Committee meeting where much of the discussion centered around pedestrian safety in new neighborhoods and on Main Street, the oldest neighborhood of this ne…

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Each year, a carnival, softball tournaments, food stands and music fill Centennial Park for WaunaFest. With the WaunaFest Run, Kiddie Run, WaunaSpike, parade and more, the four-day event offers a host of other activities that bring people in our community together to form stronger bonds.

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Tim and I celebrated 25 years of marriage last week camping out at Kohler-Andrae State Park then exploring Baileys Harbor in Door County. Both of us grew up around water. Tim’s family spent summers on the gulf shores in Florida, and I spent time with my father and his family near Lake Geneva…

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The third annual WaunaBoom successfully brought out all ages to Ripp Park to celebrate our country’s Independence Day. Young children had their faces painted, cooled off under the Fire Department truck’s spray or played in the number of bounce houses assembled. Older kids played laser tag or…

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Much of the feedback about the proposed Hy-Vee grocery store on the southeast corner of Woodland Drive expressed excitement about that store coming to Waunakee yet with the caveat that the developer be denied Tax Incremental Financing.

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Last week’s fatal crash on Hwy. 19 should was a tragedy, and perhaps in only one way can anything even resembling the faintest glimmer of hope come from it. Perhaps we can all learn to drive a little more safely, to understand that precious human lives share the roads with us, and how we dri…

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Genna Eaton is saying her goodbyes to the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, the nonprofit she founded 15 years ago when she saw the need for an organization to connect those in need to the available resources.

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About a year and a half ago, when I got the inclination to get in shape, I joined a gym for the first time, and my husband Tim supported me with the gift of a Fitbit.

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This past weekend, Waunakee High School opened its doors to the community for a science and technology fair, inviting residents to view a number of exhibits in the commons and the Innovation Center. People of all ages participated in hands-on demonstrations of the 3-D printers, silk screen m…

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With the coldest April in many years and record snowfalls in some areas, it helps to reflect on some bright spots in Waunakee life. In talking to people in the past few months, I’ve noticed several of these and thought I would share these rays of sunshine.

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When UW-Stevens Point officials announced recently that they would eliminate several humanities and liberal arts majors, they brought a national trend to Wisconsin. Universities across the United States have cut and consolidated English, foreign language, music, theater, art, philosophy, jou…

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As I attended a recent candidate forum with much of the discussion focused on how Waunakee should grow, particularly its Main Street area, I remembered discussions from nearly two decades earlier when several stakeholders worked with village staff, elected officials and consultants to build …

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One day last week, a woman contacted me to ask if I would participate in an informal survey of newspaper editors. She asked whether the Tribune published candidate profiles for village trustees, and dug a little deeper, asking about the role newspapers play in local government.

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With so many projects within Waunakee’s Tax Incremental Finance District No. 8, much attention has been focused on two apartment proposals rather than the bigger picture.

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After a month of meetings centering around the Main Street area Tax Incremental Finance District creation, attending the Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast last week was like a trip to Florida in January.