Making the most of strawberry season

The Wisconsin fruit-picking season is now under way with the arrival of strawberries. That’s a June staple I never miss. With vacation next week, going picking is top of my list. And having fresh strawberries in the refrigerator means we have … Continue reading

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Finding community spirit at summer fun runs

Every summer the kids participate in the Neenah Summer Fun Runs. They are five runs spread out over the course of the summer — mainly June and July — that invite kids up to age 14 to get some exercise … Continue reading

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Sports tryouts an anxious time for kids and parents

I’m breathing a big sigh of relief now that soccer tryouts are over, and offers have been made. It’s surprising how emotional and anxious this annual task can be and how deeply invested you become in an activity involving your … Continue reading

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Loading up on books for summer

At the end of the school year I’ve always gotten the kids situated with books either from the library or from Barnes & Noble to make sure they can kick off their summer vacation with reading material. Reading daily is … Continue reading

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Community First Free Fishing Day a real catch

Everyone knows there is never enough time. And with a family, you really feel that. It seems like there never is enough time to do everything you want to do. For us, that includes taking the kids fishing. Gary grew … Continue reading

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Safety precautions for summer

School is out, and summer is here! According to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, that means the peak trauma season is here. Children’s Hospital and Kohl’s Cares are teaming up to prevent injuries through education and awareness. According to the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Taking on a lighter load of activities for summer vacation

I’m not sure yet if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I don’t have the kids signed up for many activities this summer. In the past, I’ve made sure they have had plenty of scheduled classes or camps to … Continue reading

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A graduation frame of mind

I’m in a graduation mood. With Ben having his sixth-grade farewell tomorrow night and us having several high school graduation parties to go to this summer, graduation is front of mind. And that means graduation speeches. Lifestyle editor Ed Berthiaume, … Continue reading

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Lamers Dairy celebrates June Dairy Month with specials

June is here, and that means it is Dairy Month. One place that marks the special occasion is Lamers Dairy in Appleton. Once again, they have deals and appearances throughout the month. We definitely will be taking advantage. Last year … Continue reading

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Appleton’s exhibition center land deal hits a snag

Appleton leaders had hoped to finalize a land purchase this summer from Outagamie County for a new exhibition center downtown, but the deal hit another snag Tuesday. Outagamie County’s property committee emerged from closed session Tuesday afternoon and voted unanimously … Continue reading

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