Fresh produce is on display at a pop-up market hosted at the Commercial Avenue storefront Avrom Farm purchased earlier this year. submitted photo by Joe Schulz When restaurants closed in March for dine-in service to slow the spread of COVID-19, Avrom Farm lost all of its restaurant accounts almost overnight.  […]

Four friends, one dream


The No Walk Dog Walk will have contests for largest dogs, this dog won the contest at a previous dog walk. submitted photo by Joe Schulz Each fall, during Ripon’s Septemberfest celebration, pet owners dress up their dogs to enjoy a pet parade up and down Watson Street. The annual […]

No dog walk this year



PHIL BURKART MOWS the lawn at the Town Square Community Center. He started taking care of the grass in 2012 to reduce costs and is doing it again this year to help out amid the COVID-19 pandemic. submitted photo by Joe Schulz If you walked through downtown Green Lake on […]

Just mowing along


A boat is pulled out of the water at Sunset Park in late July as another boat waits its turn. submitted photo by Joe Schulz The coronavirus pandemic has caused a migration of sorts in Green Lake as summer tourism has been better than originally anticipated, given the cancellation of […]

GL tourism is weathering the pandemic



GARY HAZELBERG grins as he turns a bowl on his lathe in his workshop. by Hannah Tetzlaff After turning a new wood and epoxy bowl on his lathe, town of Brooklyn resident Gary Hazelberg added the finishing polish. And as he witnessed the final product, emotions welled-up in him. He […]

Discovering the beauty in the grain


Berlin mayor Dick Schramer pilots his patented Hovertoon into the Fox River, with Green Laker reporter Joe Schulz aboard. submitted photo by Joe Schulz When I first met Berlin Mayor Richard Schramer, it was about a year ago and I was working on a story about the Berlin Boat Club […]

Splash: Reporter enjoys smooth ride on Schramer’s Hovertoon



by Jennifer Fjelsted Water samples collected by the Green Lake Sanitary District Aug. 7 showed high densities of blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, in the County Highway K Marsh located at the southwest inlet of Green Lake.  Blue-green algae are a type of photosynthetic bacteria that are capable of […]

Blue-Green Algae Bloom found in Big Green’s County Highway ...


Town Square Tap co-owner Zach Frazier mixes up a smoothie. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz A lot can change in one year.  After opening last summer, Town Square Tap co-owner Zach Frazier realized the taproom needed to adjust its business model to remain viable. “We started out with the […]

Town Square Tap adjusts on the fly



Indy and Pete Cheema smile by a wine display. The couple purchased Malchetske’s on Broadway in 2004. submitted photo by Joe Schulz For the last 16 years, Indy Cheema has been living the American dream.  She came to the United States from India 33 years ago, not expecting to one […]

Living the American dream


Jeremy Stibb prepares to take a photo. Since taking a photography class in high school, Stibb has been taking photos of wildlife, community events and nature. His photos will be on display in Town Square through the month of August. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz When Jeremy Stibb was […]

An eye for photography



JEFF BENDING STANDS behind the bar at Jeff’s on the Square in Berlin, which he’s owned for 46 years. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Jeff Bending has been in the restaurant business for about 50 years, and before this March he thought he’d seen everything.  Then, the coronavirus outbreak […]

A passion for serving customers


Erin Bryan, soprano, sings as Scott Gendel plays piano inside the Thrasher Opera House. The performance will be aired Thursday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. on YouTube as part of the Green Lake Festival of Music’s “Cabaret & Cabernet: A Celebration of Songs, Sweets & Sharing.”  submitted photo by Joe […]

The show must go on



A fish crib is lowered into Big Green Lake. The crib is designed to protect small fish from larger fish and preserve the lake as a habitat for aquatic life. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz In the 1980s and ’90s, roughly 150 fish cribs were placed in Big Green […]

Providing fish a habitat for the future


TWO LADIES CLANK glasses at a past Sip & Shop on the Fox event. submitted photo by Joe Schulz The Princeton Chamber of Commerce hosts two wine walks each year, one in spring and one in fall.  This year, however, the coronavirus pandemic put a damper on those plans as […]

Sip & Shop on the Fox



THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC hasn’t taken the smiles off the faces of the Kohl kids from left, Griff, Baylor and Harper, as they enjoy some time in a tube on Norwegian Bay in this Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Sarah Kohls of Pulaski, Wis. by Joe Schulz While numerous […]

Splash: Despite canceled events, there’s still plenty to do!


THE GREEN LAKE Association’s Shine a Light Celebration began with a video that premiered live just before sunset on Aug. 1. Green Lake Association photo by Jennifer Fjelsted  Two months ago, when the Green Lake Association (GLA) reimagined its 11th-annual gala into its first-ever virtual fund-raiser in response to coronavirus, […]

Shine a Light was a glowing success



by Joe Schulz Big Green Lake What’s hot: Lake trout, northern pike, and bluegill What’s not: Smallmouth bass, white bass Guide’s Corner: Dennis Walker, Dennis Walker Pontoon Guide Service on Big Green Lake, 294-0611 Lake trout and northern pike have been the best bites on Big Green Lake as of […]

Lake trout, northern pike best bites on Big Green


The Hummingbird House features one queen bed, two lofted twin beds and pullout sofa. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Bayview Landing Ice Cream Parlor has always had a special place in Loni and Ryan Meiborg’s hearts.  Before they were married, they’d come to Green Lake from Illinois each summer […]

A place close to the heart



Gus, the Goose Blind mascot, holds a tray of shots. This year, the restaurant celebrates 35 years of being owned by Mary Rowley. submitted photo  by Joe Schulz Thirty-five years ago, Mary Rowley saw a void in Green Lake’s restaurant scene.  At the time, the area had plenty of fine […]

Flocking to retirement


Tanya Schwartz-Roeper, right, and son Oliver display projects made at a previous “Papermaking Party.” Schwartz-Roeper is offering Papermaking Parties again this summer by appointment. submitted photo by Joe Schulz When Tanya Schwartz-Roeper got an Arnold Grummer Papermaking kit for Christmas 25 years ago, it set off a fire inside of […]

Fun with paper