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Author: Alisa Lewis

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum Welcomes New Director

Posted on Sep. 21, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass Executive Director Jan Smith retired at the end of summer after a nearly 25 year career, at which time Amy Moorefield was welcomed as the museum’s new leader.  When Smith started, the Neenah museum featured a variety of art mediums, but she says the shift to a glass-only focus in 2011 READ MORE

Educating through a Pandemic: Graduation or Video Conference?

Posted on May. 18, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

College graduation is one of the final celebrations of a student’s education, but the pandemic has thrown huge roadblocks into traditional celebrations. Each student graduating college was faced with premature “lasts” and the knowledge that they might not get the chance to say a true goodbye to their beloved university. Local colleges are developing plans READ MORE

Educating Through a Pandemic: Finals Edition

Posted on May. 6, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Finals. A word that holds an infinite amount of weight for both high school and college students. With college’s finals weeks fast approaching, the question becomes what will change as we complete the semester virtually? Many students are wondering if and how these final exams and essays will be administered, and if the grading criteria READ MORE

Educating Through a Pandemic: Virtual Tutoring

Posted on Apr. 23, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

One of the most important questions families are asking through this pandemic is how they can enhance and maintain their child’s education. With Governor Evers extension of the stay at home order through May 26, schools have closed for the remainder of the year. As schools close, primarily moving to virtual learning, the task of READ MORE

Educating Through a Pandemic: Introduction

Posted on Apr. 8, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Nothing has been left untouched by the coronavirus pandemic, including education. Education is one highly valued aspect of American society, but the coronavirus has brought learning at all levels to a grinding halt. Teachers have moved to online platforms, students have begun to adjust to personalized learning, and everyone is left with more questions than READ MORE

Virtual Art Opportunities

Posted on Apr. 3, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Museums, galleries and venues may be closed, but you can still get your daily dose of art through virtual museum tours, live stream events and art tutorials. Many establishments want to bring their exhibits or art to you right at home! Commission an art piece, virtually travel through exhibits and engage in many programs offered READ MORE

Intern Intro: Alisa

Posted on Mar. 31, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Hometown: Verona, WI School attending: St. Norbert College 2022 Tell us about your background: I am finishing up my sophomore year at St. Norbert College, where I am majoring in English and Psychology while also pursuing a minor in German Language. Originally from Madison, I was a dancer for most of my life, but chose READ MORE

Nikisha Johnson

Posted on Sep. 30, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

Nikisha Johnson, an Appleton painter, credits her early inspiration from watching her mother paint and take photographs. “I was always amazed watching her create something really beautiful and unique from the tools she used, whether it was a camera or print screen or a paintbrush, she always had a very intuitive sense in how to READ MORE

Candymakers of the Fox Cities

Posted on Oct. 29, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

A behind-the-scenes look into the Fox Cities’ most famous confectioners and chocolatiers  For many people, the centerpiece of the holiday season is a box (or three) of hand-dipped, old fashioned chocolates and nostalgic candies. No holiday gathering would be complete without the handcrafted delicacies made by local confectioners and chocolatiers. These modern day elves work READ MORE

Close to Home

Posted on Jul. 30, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

After months of quarantine, home remodeling is back in full swing  People have spent many extra hours inside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, hours in which they have begun to notice the parts of their homes in need of updates. While the home remodeling industry was halted during stay-at-home orders this spring, homeowners are READ MORE

Worth the Drive: Drive-In Restaurants 

Posted on Jul. 9, 2020 by Alisa Lewis

These drive-in restaurants just beyond the Fox Cities offer a dose of nostalgia for hungry roadtrippers. You’ll be sure to find a community-oriented atmosphere in any of these popular spots. Many of these drive-ins have been staples of their towns for decades, and are beloved by locals and visitors alike.  Milty Wilty, Wautoma  Milty Wilty READ MORE