Lynn Pollesch of Ripon shuttles fest attendees up and down South Street in 2017. Pollesch is the founder of the East Central Tractor Cruise, Inc.  Maic D’Agostino photo by Ariana Hones Thirty years ago, the farmers came in from the fields after a long summer of planting, tending and weeding […]

Harvest Fest celebrates 30 years of community


2018 GREEN LAKE Conference Center volunteers stand outside one of the buildings on the property.  submitted photo by Ariana Hones It was summer 1888. A sudden storm forced Jessie Lawson onto the shores of Lone Tree Point. Seeking refuge in a small shack, she waited out the rains. When the […]

Preserving a refuge



(Above) Water skiing to first place in the 2018 Green Laker Photo Contest on her bare feet is Olya Ford, 14. The photo was taken Aug. 5 by Michelle Ford of Markesan.  Second Place! (Below) Penny Howell captured Cassidy and Colbie McElroy of California facing each in the shadows during […]

Photo Contest Finalists!


Amanda Drager pours a martini at the start of her Center House shift.  She also bartends at Adam’s Rib in Green Lake. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones Not all superheroes wear capes. In fact, sometimes the factor giving them that extra boost of power comes from a comfortable pair […]

Behind the bar stands super woman



The Princeton Public Library fund-raising team is all smiles following a successful event last year. submitted photo by Ariana Hones “It won’t be the library you remember, but it will be one you won’t forget.” Those words heed all who drive down Princeton’s Water Street and pass the public library. […]

An evening to remember


CHUCK HURLEY, THE new owner of Norton’s Dry Dock, sits in one of the pontoon boats available from the business. Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton ians@riponprinters.com Though the “Norton” name may be synonymous with Green Lake, even Dave and Krista Norton once needed help getting started in the boat […]

Back to family: Norton’s Dry Dock is purchased by Green ...



ARIANA HONES WAVES after successfully making it to her feet during a water skiing adventure with Clancey Nicholls. submitted photo by Ariana Hones “Where are all the people? The lake is so quiet.” That is me. I am on the water near County Park about to water ski for the […]

Reporter waves so long to GL country


Green Lake Community members work to decorate downtown Green Lake with festive fall decorations in preparation for the city’s biggest event of the year, Harvest Fest. Maic D’Agostino photo by Hannah Tetzlaff When the sky turns gray, the air becomes crisp and the trees are decorated in splashes of red, […]

Splash: End of summer? No worries! Fall fun has just ...



by Todd Sharp Fall in abundance. There is so much food to be canned, frozen and prepared to store for the long nights and shorter days ahead. Apples picked, rutabagas, carrots, onions and potatoes dug, squash piled up. Lots of good stuff to be eaten and preserved. As a creature […]

The Prune: Falling into the realization that another summer’s gone


MASON KLASSA SHOWS off the fish he and his sister, Aylah, caught while fishing on Big Green Lake. This photo was submitted by Charlie Klassa of Berlin as part of the 2018 Green Laker Photo Contest. by Ariana Hones Big Green Lake What’s hot: Not much What’s not: Everything Guide’s […]

Fishing should heat up as temps cool



Ripon High School Ag Teacher and Ripon FFA leader Natasha Paris talks to participants about the five keys to soil health: Armor on the soil, minimize disturbance, keep as much living root as possible, incorporate diverse crops and incorporate animal impact. Incorporating soil health principles in a farm system increases organic matter, […]

Adopting agricultural conservation practices can result in financial gains rather ...


At .01 miles away, the Thrasher Opera House is decidedly closer way to get one’s art fix. Pictured are, from left, Dennis Duijsters, Helcia Bierman, Maria Dietrich, Krista Norton, Mary Allen and Tim Lyke. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones In place of an open New York field will be […]

Get ready to groove



Bill Munsey, chair of the planning committee for the Green Lake Chili Cook-off, tastes some of his own concoctions. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones Ostrich. Venison. Buffalo. Beef. All related through their home in the chili pot. The inclusion of one of these meats spiced to perfection may even […]

Stirring up champion flavors


ABOVE, PRINCETON CRANE Festival organizers, from left, Mary and Bob Vethe, and Greg and Carol Bielski get ready to involve the community in all things wildlife. Left, a crane pokes its beak into a camera out of curiosity. Ariana Hones and submitted photo by Ariana Hones “I think about how […]

Princeton gives a whoop



Members of the Davidson County band play the night away during last year’s Street Bash. submitted photo by Ariana Hones The last days of summer drenched in a Green Lake atmosphere of camaraderie and music. The Mill Pond-lined streets blocked off as hundreds flock for a final evening of jubilee. […]

A bash to remember


Doug Norton tells stories of growing up on the Marina Wednesday, Aug. 15 during the Dartford Historical Society’s Lunch in the Park series. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones Ask any person fishing on Green Lake and they can probably say a thing or two about lake trout. From the […]

Norton shares stories of marina



From left, Ariana Hones, Marcel Hones and Kathleen Hones witness the culmination of the greater Green Lake watershed as they sit on the shore of Lake Michigan. Ariana Hones and submitted photo by Ariana Hones “Like the fur of the chinchilla. Like the cleanest tooth. Yes, the fishes say, this […]

Witnessing the watershed


County Road K poses as risky route for cyclists due to the lack of shoulder. With the inclusion of the Camp Grow property to the Loop the Lake route, this may change. Aaron Becker photo by Hannah Tetzlaff Biking came fairly easy to me as a kid. I was like […]

Splash: Pedaling toward an improved Loop the Lake bike route



THE PRUNE CHANGES the channel with his remote submitted photo by Todd Sharp How many of you were the human channel changer? The family remote control. I was restless and jumpy, so it was my job to spin the dial to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Flip Wilson,” “60 Minutes,” […]

The Prune: It may seem remote, but change is just ...


KAYDEN STRONG SHOWS off the fish she and her brother, Carter, caught while fishing in Green Lake’s Mill Pond. This photo was submitted by Kent Strong as part of the 2018 Green Laker Photo Contest. by Ariana Hones Big Green Lake What’s hot: Smallmouth bass and walleye What’s not: Lake […]

Smallmouth bass one of best bites on lake