Memorial Day surely was uneventful for me and many others this year.
One of the stories I wrote just as the coronavirus became a reality here in Wisconsin explored how we could cope with the isolation. We would all long for something productive to do with more time on our hands as we quarantined at home.
In mid-March, as the COVID-19 crisis ramped up, our work at the Tribune and other newsrooms across the United States shifted. Suddenly, reporters faced a public health emergency affecting the safety of their readers as no other we had encountered. Like a tornadic storm, it evolved quickly, f…
This weekend, all over Facebook, pictures of Waunakee community members all sporting Waunakee Strong t-shirts popped up with the hashtag, #inittogether. While we were all social distancing at home or getting our walks in, each took the time to wear the shirt, snap a selfie and post the photo…
Perhaps now more than ever, gardening is the one activity that will sustain many not only nutritionally, but emotionally. Thankfully, many garden stores will be open for curbside pickup though calling in orders and picking up the plants unseen will be strange.
This week, Waunakee teachers and students are making the transition to online learning as schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately in Waunakee, most families have internet access, and the district is doing what it can to assist those without. But Waunakee is in a bette…
I came across a quote somewhere in my wandering on the internet that said, “You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day. Unless you’re busy – then you should sit for an hour.”
Three times each year, the Waunakee Tribune publishes what we call a showcase edition, and it is sent to every home in Waunakee, to non-subscribers and subscribers alike.
A proposal to install a large solar farm in the Town of Vienna will entail a long process of approvals before any construction begins, and town residents are understandably concerned. Transforming 2,500 acres of farm fields into native prairie with solar panels will affect dairy operations t…
As I’ve said many times in this column, Waunakee is very fortunate to have so many caring individuals give of their talents and time to make our community a better place.
As the impeachment trial has permeated the airwaves, much of it reiterating the messages we’ve already heard, I’ve been more interested in the minutia of the proceedings.
Sunday mornings, I often take a few minutes to read Michael Perry’s column in the Wisconsin State Journal. This Sunday, it described a man having a meltdown after the driver of his shuttle had taken off with his cell phone still in the vehicle. The phoneless man shouted expletives, and as Pe…
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.
Looking back at 2019, what seems to set the year apart from others were the many projects years in the making that finally came to fruition.
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.
When talk of municipal budgets begins each year in October, all those numbers can make your eyes glaze over.
For the past eight or nine years, the Tribune and its sister papers have featured the Halloween Coloring Contest, and each of the editors are tasked with judging the entries each year.
This edition of the Tribune is what has been termed a “showcase” sent to all Waunakee area residents regardless of whether or not they subscribe to show what it has to offer.
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.
Next week, during National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6-12), we hope our readers will recognize the service of newspapers and their employees to their communities.
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.