Splash!



Mary Ernest waters a floral arrangement in front of Jillian’s Corner Cottage in Princeton with rainwater the shopkeepers collect in barrels. Like many items for sale at Jillian’s, each flower arrangement is unique and depends upon who created it. Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino Sometimes you walk into a […]

Splash: Jillian’s customers bring home smiles and unique finds



A glass case displays some artifacts from this ancient era, some of which have connections to Green Laker country. The shoe, for instance, belonged to Kramer, but first made its way to Green Lake after local gal Sue Eggleston’s husband — some other footballer named Fuzzy — donated used Packers […]

Splash: Packers 101 from a Green Lake guy who knows ...





Bike safety is of paramount importance to many in Green Laker Country — not just avid cyclists such as Mike Schattschneider, left, who was hit by a car last August while riding on County Road T, and Lauree Renaud, right, of Green Lake Greenways. It’s also important to safety officials […]

Splash: Sharing is caring — but it’s also the law



A secluded home on the shores of Green Lake is one that lake tour guides jokingly tell unsuspecting journalists belongs to such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey. Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino I’m not much of a boat person. I know that horrifies some people in Green Laker country, but […]

The Splash: Do famous residents really live on Green Lake?


Green Lake Resident Brittny Gerig says she snapped this photo of a bear (circled) June 5 near the Puchyan River on Highway 23. submitted photo by Maic D’Agostino I wish I could say it was journalistic instinct. But when I heard Green Lake Police Chief Mike Ratter utter the word […]

The Splash



Matthew Orto skates a quarter pipe at a skatepark in Rockford, Ill. Matthew is trying to bring a skatepark to Princeton. submitted photo by: Maic D’Agostino Skateboarders should be seen AND heard. That’s why Princeton residents Katie and Daniel Orto and their skateboarding son, Matthew, have been working since last […]

Splash: Princeton skatepark project wants kids to be seen and ...


Pipes and nozzles for Ripon’s new splash pad wait to be unwrapped and squirt back as they sit in the rain May 17.  Maic D’Agostino photo by Maic D’Agostino A couple weeks ago, my 5-year-old daughter and I stepped outside on our way to school. “It’s warmer than I thought […]

Splash: Warm up to summer by cooling off in Laker ...




THE MUMM FAMILY of Ripon and others enjoy the musical offerings of a singer in downtown Ripon during the most recent “First Friday” event, held in early August.  Ian Stepleton file photo  By Ian Stepleton For years, when I’ve visited the town in which my parents live these days, I’ve […]

First Fridays looking up in downtown



A DAY OUT by the lake is a great way to enjoy the waning days of summer.     Green Laker file photo  By Ian Stepleton Ahhh … Labor Day is nearly here! Those two words inspire a variety of emotions in people. For you, maybe they bring thoughts of […]

How will you avoid labor on Labor Day?


CLYDE OLSON HANGS out on the lanes at his bowling alley, Prairie Lanes, back in 2010. It closed permanently recently as Clyde and wife Darlene have retired.       Jonathan Bailey photo  By Ian Stepleton Over the years, I’ve really tried to dedicate this space to telling you about […]

Say goodbye to two Laker country legends



THE GOOSE BLIND is owned by Mary Rowley, who is the current state Restaurateur of the Year.   Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton Let’s play a game. I’ll call it, “Can I make your mouth water?” Close your eyes, and imagine … … Fresh basil on a pizza. … […]

Chef Modrow, how does your garden grow?!


A SPEEDBOAT RACES past the Heidel House Resort & Spa. submitted photo by Ian Stepleton How did you first learn of Green Laker country? Was it from family, because they’ve always  come here? Was it from a friend, recommending a great place to go relax? Or, perhaps, have you been […]

Grand Canyon, Catskills … and Heidel House



STANDING NEXT TO the grave of War of 1812 Veteran Amos Dike are Princeton VFW members, from left, Vern Calbaum, Ken Licht, Jim Pifher, and Princeton VFW Commander Clint Rudesill. submitted photo by Ian Stepleton This may or may not be up your alley, but for a certain group — […]

Caring for the dead adds life to Princeton


A SPLASH PAD in Ripon will be among the new features visitors to the area will be able to enjoy by mid-summer at Riggs County Park. submitted graphic by Ian Stepleton Just a couple weeks ago, I was driving down Lake Street in Green Lake. It was an unusually still evening. […]

Green Lake Country cities (literally) will make a splash



HARVEST FEST PRINCESS and prince Felicia Ciukaj and Max Kelly wave to spectators in the hour-long parade while being driving by Lee Baird at Harvest Fest in Green Lake last year. Aaron Becker photo Laker communities have great events, activities planned by Ian Stepleton So long … farewell … It’s […]

Good-bye summer, hello to more fun


ABOVE, TUBERS Ariana Griffin, left, and Aiden Moreland smile in this photo shot by Amanda Moreland of Markesan. Many late photo contest entries don’t get published by Ian Stepleton One of my favorite parts about The Green Laker each summer is our photo contest. For the contest, we make a […]

Early birds get the shutterbugs?