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This Christmas season, I had the time and inclination to send cards to close friends and family I’ve known throughout the years. As I looked up addresses, one thing became clear: I need a new address book.

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In just over a week, we’ll enter into the winter solstice, the darkest time of the year when the sun is out just nine of our 24 hours per day.

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I had much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Of course, I was thankful for my home, my supportive husband, all of my co-workers who make it possible to publish this newspaper week after week, friends, family and this caring community that continues to grow and improve.

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For the first time in 24 years, I am reporting to work in a different location, no longer in the village’s historic business district.

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State and local officials celebrated one of Wisconsin’s growing industries, craft beer, last week and chose Octopi Brewing as one of several breweries around the state to visit.

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You never know when something will show up at your doorstep and possibly change your life.

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You can change a lot about yourself – your weight, hairstyle and habits – but you can’t change your height or the teeth you were born with.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.