Joe Norton, aka “Mr. Wooden Boat,” demonstrates his love for wooden boats of all shapes — and sizes. The lifelong Green Lake resident, now 72, continues to restore Chris Crafts from the business he created but no longer owns, Norton Boat Works, 535 Commercial Ave. Tim Lyke photo by Joe […]

For the love of Chris Crafts


Co-Owner Zach Johnson pours a mixed drink inside Town Square Tap. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Eight years ago, Zach Frazier was brewing beer inside his home in Minnesota. Today, he co-owns a taproom in the heart of downtown Green Lake. The taproom is located inside of the old Town […]

Mixing it up



The Davidson County Band jams at the 2018 Community Street Bash. submitted photo by Joe Schulz At the end of summer each year, the patch of street between the Dartford Mill Pond and Town Square is blocked off and a large white tent is set up for a free community […]

The bash of the summer


Families take a break from shopping to enjoy the playground equipment at Nathan Strong Park. Joe Schulz photos by Joe Schulz Tuesday nights in Berlin, music echoes down East Huron Street, tents fill Nathan Strong Park and families come together for the Berlin Farmers and Artists Market. The market runs Tuesdays […]

A night at the park



Levee Contemporary co-owner Andrew Blanchard has a tape measure in one hand and coffee in another as he prepares for the work that needed to be done to transform the space into what it is now, top. The space is described by its owners as “clean and comforting, offering a […]

A work of art


FROM LEFT, Berlin native Christie Galow, Francesca and Tatianya pet their baby cow Sweet Cheeks. Joe Schulz photo by Joe Schulz Folks of all ages came together for a fun-filled weekend of animal shows, carnival rides and delicious treats at the Green Lake County Fair. The family-friendly event ran Aug. 1 […]

A world of fun at the fair



Pineapple Hill Orchard owner Greg Becker tells Joe Schulz how he switched to smaller apple trees a few years ago. Katherine Swapp photo by Joe Schulz In late July, Greg Becker gave me a tour of Pineapple Hill Orchard, before it opens for the season Labor Day weekend. My girlfriend Katherine […]

A ripening knowledge


A PROPOSED THREE-MILE stretch of trail would begin at the intersection of highways 23 and 49 and connect to Ripon’s Northwestern Trail at County Road PP. Above, it would run parallel but separate from Highway 23. Tim Lyke photo by Hannah Tetzlaff After at least 10 years working to create a […]

Splash: Green Lake Greenways’ bike path hits a bump in ...



EVEN WHEN donning bow tie and tails, the Prune wasn’t too formal to forego his signature blue-and-white striped overalls. submitted photo  by Todd Sharp I’ve been riding my bike by a cluster of magnificent trees just south of the Longbranch Saloon and the same question keeps flashing through my head. […]

The Prune: Smokey Bare?


KERRI LYNCH-COHEN of Chicago shows off her early morning catch while fishing on Big Green Lake in this 2019 Green Laker Photo Contest entry submitted by Donna Lynch of Green Lake.  by Joe Schulz Big Green Lake What’s hot: Smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, bluegill, musky and white bass What’s […]

Fishing remains steady on Big, Little Green



GREEN LAKE ASSOCIATION Communication & Project Manager Jennifer Fjelsted has stars in her eyes and one in her hands as she prepares for the organization’s “A Night Among the Stars” gala. The event takes place Saturday, Aug. 3 beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Shoreline Boat Center Showroom. submitted photo by […]

Reaching for the moon


Another generation of Lehners float on Big Green Lake — smiling, laughing and making memories just like four generations who preceded them. The family has enjoyed lake life ever since local lawyer Philip Lehner Sr. purchased his cottage on the northwest side of Big Green in the summer of 1919. submitted […]

Flipping through a century of memories



Encouraging folks to either participate or volunteer at the Green Lake Half Marathon are,  from left, Matthew Gordillo, Tracy Matthias, Ali Rossberg, Tom Schultz, Wendy Schultz, Kristin Galatowitsch, Dennis Galatowitsch and Sandie Quade. submitted photo by Joe Schulz In November 2018, after bringing runners to the area for nearly a decade, […]

New name, same race


Displaying a piece of promotional artwork made by the late Lester Schwartz are, from left, Green Lake Festival of Music Executive Director Laura Deming, historian Sylvia Richards and board member John Roesch. submitted photo by Joe Schulz For the past 40 years, the Green Lake Festival of Music has been building […]

40 years of music and education



White tents line Dartford Mill Pond at Playground Park for the Green Lake Fine Arts Show. submitted photo by Joe Schulz More than 100 artists from all over the Midwest will exhibit and sell originally designed and hand-crafted pieces at the 47th Annual Green Lake Fine Arts Show. Tents displaying multiple […]

A fine arts show with a beautiful view


FORMING A SPRINT Distance relay team named “The Newbies” are Ripon High School students, from left, Julia Long, Lexi Tebon and McKenzie Nodolf. The three of them each did one leg and finished second with a time of 1 hour, 36 minutes, 11 seconds. Tracy Landerman photo by Joe Schulz […]

RMC Triathlon makes a splash with new downtown venue



Joe Schulz and Katherine Swapp sit underneath a pergola outside of Twister. submitted photo by Joe Schulz While many know Princeton for its famous flea market, it also hosts a wide variety of antique and souvenir marketplaces. On a weekday in mid-July, my friend Katherine (Kat) Swapp and I went to […]

A leisurely stroll through Princeton


HATTIE SHERWOOD PARK beach sports similar foam pads to ones purchased from The ParadisePad, above. Green Lake committee members noted the foam pads are popular among kids. The ParadisePad photo by Hannah Tetzlaff In the next few years, Green Lake could become the home to a “floating rubber city.” As Ald. […]

Splash: A floating water park may come to Green Lake



by Todd Sharp Last winter…. It’s -25 degrees, the wind is blowing 23 MPH and the skin freezing wind chill is -49 degrees. Oddly, I find it comforting to be standing at my desk writing about this horribly extreme weather rather than sitting in front of a fireplace staring at […]

The Prune: Severe weather disturbance is a communal event


Attendees at the 2018 Field Day learned about soil layers and soil health, along with a whole suite of other conservation practices that protect the land and water. submitted photo By Jennifer Fjelsted For farmers, trying to navigate how best to manage your fields can sometimes be a maize. You may […]

Father-daughter duo will host GLA Field Day