Will labor shortages impact schools in Wisconsin this fall?
As school districts across the state gear up to start the 2021-22 school year, a question almost as pressing as how will schools protect students and staff from COVID is, will the schools be adequately staffed?Read full story
The Green Bay Pickleball Challenge is Set for August 7!
Photo by Joan Azeka on Unsplash. On August 7 at Edison Middle School in Green Bay, the Green Bay Pickleball Challenge ("The Battle for the Ages") will be held from 10 a.m. through the afternoon. The tournament will offer competition for both individuals (men and women) and mixed-doubles teams. Registration is still open, through August 1.Read full story
There's Still Plenty of Summer Fun To Have in Middleton!
It's that time of year again: stores are announcing back-to-school sales. In late July everyone starts getting a little anxious about how much fun they've packed into their summer, and how little time they have left to do so, but that's where Middleton has you covered: there's still plenty of great summer activities to enjoy before autumn rolls around, school starts, and cafes start announcing their pumpkin lattes are on sale.Read full story
Wisconsin State Legislature Meets In Special Session on Education
Photo by CDC on Unsplash. On Monday, July 26, Governor Tony Evers announced that he had signed Executive Order #127, calling the Wisconsin State Legislature back at 9:01 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27.Read full story
Review: Grace Coffee Co. in Middleton, Wisconsin
Grace Coffee Co. in Middleton, Wisconsin.Photo by Sarah Charles. The corner shop on the corner of Parmenter St. and Hubbard Ave. in Middleton, Wisconsin, now houses a new coffee shop and restaurant: The Grace Coffee Co.Read full story
Will Wisconsin Schools Require Students To Wear Masks This Fall?
Photo by Anna Shvets from Pexels. It's that time of the summer; "Back to School" sale announcements are beginning to pop up. (And yes, of course, it's too early for that.) But will "new masks" be on that list for students going back to school in Wisconsin this autumn?Read full story
Review: Hilldale Shopping Center, Madison
I'll freely admit that as a Wisconsin native, I was confused a few years ago when the Hilldale Shopping Mall in Madison began its transformation from a typical enclosed mall with an anchor department store into an open-air collection of stores and restaurants. In Wisconsin, I thought, "It's always too cold or too hot to walk around outside stores. This will never work."Read full story
Governor Evers Signs Law Intended To Protect Foster Children
On July 15, Governor Tony Evers signed Senate Bill 24 into law as 2021 Wisconsin Act 72. The law is intended to keep foster children from being placed in foster care homes where any adult has already been convicted of (or has pleaded guilty to or has faced a charge of that ended in a plea agreement) certain crimes against a child.Read full story
Wisconsin Zoo and Farm Animals Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines
Animals in both Wisconsin zoos and on some Wisconsin mink farms have begun receiving vaccinations against COVID-19. Although no animals at either the Milwaukee County Zoo in Milwaukee or the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison have yet been infected by the coronavirus, it has been announced that some species within both zoos will receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine for animals that has just been authorized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).Read full story
Republican Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Encourage Community Solar Program Development
Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash. Wisconsin state senator Duey Stroebel and Wisconsin Assembly representative Timothy Ramthun, both Republicans, have joined forces to introduce legislation that will allow individuals to get electricity from community solar programs.Read full story
Best Independent Bookstores to Browse in Madison
The Book Deal in Madison.Photo courtesy of The Book Deal. Sure, everyone is ready to get out of the house and live like they've never lived before, but let's be honest: a certain segment of the population would always rather be reading a book.Read full story
New Bird Disease Concerns Have Wisconsin Residents Taking Down Their Bird Feeders
Blue Jay.Photo by Andy Scott from Pexels. The Madison Audubon Society recently advised Wisconsin residents to be wary of a new disease found among songbirds, and recommended "removing your bird feeders until scientists better understand the causes."Read full story
Exploring Dane County's County Parks
Hidden artwork at Festge County Park.Photo by Sarah Charles. I know the pandemic has found all of us making a real effort to get back into nature, and the popularity of America's national parks and Wisconsin's state parks has exploded.Read full story
Family Farms Continue to Disappear in Wisconsin
Wisconsin farmland.Photo by Sarah Charles. The COVID-19 pandemic upended life as we all knew it. It particularly changed patterns of employment and labor trends as it decimated industries such as retail, tourism, and restaurants and hospitality businesses.Read full story
Governor Evers Signs Bill Meant to Combat Opioid Use in Wisconsin
Photo by Haley Lawrence on Unsplash. Wisconsin might be seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, but another serious medical problem still exists in the state: opioid addiction.Read full story
Best Restaurant Patios in Middleton
1847 at the Stamm House in Middleton.Photo by Sarah Charles. The pandemic affected restaurants everywhere, and Middleton was no exception: during 2020 three of my favorites closed: Chocolaterian, Common Ground, and Pizza Brutta.Read full story
How Worried Should We Be In Wisconsin about the Delta Variant?
The coronavirus. Image courtesy of the CDC. https://phil.cdc.gov/Details.aspx?pid=23311. New data is showing that the Delta variant of Covid-19 is now the most prevalent strain in the United States.Read full story
Kids' Museums Now Open In and Around Madison
Painting at the Baraboo Children's Museum.Photo courtesy of the Baraboo Children's Museum. Restaurants and theaters and stores are all opening back up in Madison, and so are museums and other places to take your kids! Following is a list of kids' favorite museums in Madison and southwestern Wisconsin, along with information about their updated hours and rules.Read full story
Best Day Trip Destinations around Madison
Arcadia Books in Spring Green.Photo courtesy of Arcadia Books. I like a good hotel as much as the next person, but this summer I'll admit I'm not ready to stay in a hotel, fly on a plane, or even eat inside restaurants. What I am ready to do is get out and about and explore some of the great small towns around Madison, which offer a wide variety of new outdoor, shopping, and sightseeing options (all within a three-hour or so roundtrip of the city). Join me, won't you?Read full story
Best Places to Eat Outside In Madison
Pleasant View Golf Course, Middleton.Photo by Sarah Charles. If you're anything like me during this 2021 summer, you still can't get yourself to eat inside at a restaurant. I know this is unfair, because restaurants need support and consumer dollars right now. But there's no denying that there are enough gorgeous places to sit and eat outside in and around Madison (even outside areas with ready access to restaurant food) that if you're not ready to dine in, you don't really have to. So if you're looking for a picnic without having to make your own food, consider these great outdoor eating spots.Read full story