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Though she wasn’t raised in Wisconsin, my mother eats only real butter – no margarine, and no “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” because she can believe it.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.