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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.

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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.