Dane County has long been a leader in sustainability, and last week’s announcement of a solar project on the Jobs Center building was just another example.
A 38-page report to the Waunakee Plan Commission on housing options may seem like just another document in a library of others for village officials.
Every August, I can’t help but feel a sense of nostalgia as summer winds down and daylight hours begin to wane. The big Waunakee festivals – WaunaBoom and WaunaFest – are over, and soon school will begin. On our deck, we hear the cicadas rattling, a constant reminder that fall is around the corner.
With all the coverage the Tribune gave last week to the Waunakee Public Library’s opening in its new location, one piece may have been omitted: its contribution to the downtown’s economy.
Leading up to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, I’ve watched several programs on PBS on this historic moment. Like many Americans, I also had a chance to watch it on the news as a young girl.
Results of surveys such as A Greater Madison Vision can be complicated to follow. The Capital Area Regional Planning launched the survey last fall in an effort to plan for regional growth, and as one of more than 9,200 people who took it, I can attest that the survey alone was complex. The q…
Summer can be a time of frenzied busy-ness as we head to barbecues and music festivals, and try to squeeze in outdoor activities while we can. On Saturday, I visited the Parade of Homes then Schumacher Farm Park’s music festival, where about 60 people gathered to hear music and help the park…
As Tribune readers may have read in this newspaper, Waunakee Village officials are embarking on potential plans for the next large projects in the community, and they’ll be asking for residents’ opinions.
On Friday, the clouds hanging over this part of the state for days on end finally lifted, and the sun emerged, promising summer. In a week, the school year would end, and for a few months, we would look forward to outdoor activities only this season offers.
With June fast approaching, many Wisconsinites begin thinking about vacations, warmer weather and being outdoors. All Wisconsinites also should be thinking that June is Dairy Month.
The new sculpture recently unveiled at Waunakee High School demonstrates not only this community’s appreciation of education, but the arts, as well, and it may have been partly inspired by the village’s creative economy initiative.
The need for parking in Waunakee’s historic Main Street district has been discussed for several years, and creating more parking areas along with wayfinding signs to existing public parking areas has been one recommendation.
As newspaper editors, sometimes we may be so focused on the stories we write and how to present them that we fail to see the larger impact our work has.
Now that the gates are open for Festival Foods and HyVee to build stores at the southwest edge of town, several residents are asking why two more grocers are needed and questioning their likelihood for success. Some are concerned if one store shutters its doors, it could become a graffiti-ri…
Since I moved to the Town of Vienna in December and related the transition from “city mouse” to “country mouse” in this column, many have asked how we’re doing in our new home.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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 …
Last Friday’s snowfall left enough of the white stuff around to actually groom trails, and for the first time in a year, I got out the cross country skis and headed to Gov. Nelson State Park.
As I looked back at the past year in the Waunakee area the last few weeks, I was often struck by the amount of public participation in local government and happenings in Waunakee.
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.
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.
Big box stores nationwide are advertising for Black Friday with huge discounts, but the following weeks before the holiday are also important to our local economy.
The elections are over, and thankfully, the negative commercials are no longer on the air. Political rallies have ceased, and now the American people and their leaders will continue on with day-to-day life.
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…
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.
In recent years, civic education in schools across the country has been on the decline. Just look at the last national civics assessment, in which only 24 percent of high school seniors scored at or above proficient.
Plan commissioners last week discussed the possibility of forming a committee to study preserving Waunakee’s downtown character. How that committee will come about and exactly what it will achieve remains to be seen.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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…
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.