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Archives: March 2016

Movers and Shakers: A developing future

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
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What’s old is new again. So seems the case with many of the developments happening in the Fox Cities. Whether it’s new buildings receiving a second life or the vision to create a new building to replace outgrown facilities, the area’s cities and villages are taking a closer look at real estate and how to READ MORE

Remodel rundown

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Kate Mothes
Photo courtesy of Welhouse Construction

If you’re a homeowner, does hearing the word “remodel” make you giddy, or send chills down your spine? Sometimes it can go both ways. Maybe your 1970s-era kitchen cabinetry is in need of an update, or a bathtub on its last leg inspires a bathroom redo. Whether it’s a brand-new fireplace or something as simple READ MORE

Cooking up a restoration

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson
Possible restored kitchen design courtesy of Nancy Nygaard of Studio Kitchens of Appleton

Period furnishings, the hope for a display space, a need for a meeting area and a desire for a modern kitchen, mixed in with some hard work, determination and funding are the necessary ingredients for creating a Victorian kitchen at the Hearthstone Historic House Museum in Appleton. A restored kitchen would serve as a complement READ MORE

Maple mastery

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Ariela Rosa
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March marks the peak of maple-tapping season — a busy time for maple farmers as they hustle to collect and process the sap that syrup lovers crave. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin tapped 760,000 maple trees in 2015 to produce 215,000 gallons of maple syrup, making Wisconsin one of the top READ MORE

Exhibit speaks to creation of talking dolls

Posted on Mar. 1, 2016 by Amy Hanson

Long before dolls were saying phrases like “Mommy,” they were reciting the likes of nursery rhymes such as, “Mary Had a Little Lamb” thanks to the invention of the phonograph from Thomas Edison in 1887. The phonograph, which Edison decided to market in toys, was able to record voices. “Back then, he really questioned how READ MORE