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Behind the badge

Posted on Mar. 1, 2015 by Amy Hanson
Sgt. John Wallschlaeger
Photo credit: Dave Jackson

From the days of “The Andy Griffith Show” to today’s “CSI” spin-offs, the world has changed since the times of Mayberry. Law enforcement makes its way to TV screens nightly through the news or popular programming, but what do men and women who carry the badge really encounter? “It’s not like TV, not everything is READ MORE

The Building for Kids enters 2015 with new leadership

As we begin a new year, The Building for Kids Children’s Museum is making changes to the employees representing their organization. Jarrad Bittner and Michael Wartgow now support the team at The Building for Kids as the executive director and chief operating officer. “I decided to go into nonprofit administration because I wanted a job READ MORE

Sugar, spice and everything nice

Posted on Nov. 1, 2014 by Amy Hanson

There’s something about Christmas cookies and a tall glass of milk that makes one’s mouth water. And, if they’re good enough for Santa, why wouldn’t you want to dive into the cookie tin? This holiday season, we asked six community members to dust the flour off their favorite cookie recipes that make this time of READ MORE

The Gift of Time

Give the intangible this holiday season by volunteering — no wrapping paper required Mary Harp-Jirschele knows the value of a home cooked meal, something most of us take for granted. But for some residents of the Fox Cities, a hot plate of food isn’t a given, it’s a luxury. Harp-Jirschele is one of the volunteers READ MORE

All Together Now

Eighth annual Fox Cities Choral Music Festival hits the right note. For one night each fall, the massive 103-foot-wide stage at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center (P.A.C.) turns into a scene straight out of the television show Glee — a group of rising stars from area high schools serenade a mesmerized crowd with everything READ MORE

Space: the Final Frontier

Unused spaces find new function through remodeling Every home has one — the hard to reconcile space that turns into a clutter cave as a result of odd angles, limited square footage or undesirable atmosphere. By rethinking these wasted spaces homeowners can increase their property’s bottom line while providing themselves with a little more legroom. READ MORE

The Cook Book

Three local chefs dish on what back-of-the-house careers are really all about Culinary civilians don’t often get the opportunity to grill their favorite chefs about life in the kitchen, what it takes to make it big in the cutthroat culinary world or the politics of restaurant hopping, even though they have plenty to say on READ MORE

Making the Cut

Audition opportunities abound for local thespians Think acting is reserved for only the theatrical elite? Not when Community Theater is concerned. Area actors attest that when it comes to auditions, more is definitely merrier, especially regarding the Fox Cities theater scene which some worldly performers claim rivals that of — gasp! — New York City. READ MORE

Homes That History Built

Take a step back in time with reclaimed materials. In our instant messaging, express-delivery culture that prizes speed and efficiency above all else, it is easy to forget that life did not always move at this breakneck pace and that there was a time when simplicity and graciousness reigned supreme. Homeowners are giving a nod READ MORE