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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!



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


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



Foxtale ginger beer brewing owners Zach Johnson, left, and Zach Frazier stand by their product at the Oshkosh Farmer’s Market. Left, Zach Johnson assists a customer. Ariana Hones photos by Ariana Hones It all began with a blueberry soda that exploded all over the kitchen counters, leaving stained spots. Eventually […]

A river of ginger Foxtale flows on


The Long family members, from left, Jarrod, Doug, Amelia, Wendy and Julia welcomes guests to Terrace Beach Retreat from mid-May to mid-October.  Ariana Hones photos by Ariana Hones A change was needed from farm life. So in 1967, Mace and Dollie Miller moved onto a Green Lake shore-side property which […]

All in the family



Sue Kuehn shows the truth of her shirt as she smiles among just one section of her extensive collection. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones “Da da DAH!” That’s Sue Kuehn. Affectionally, the M&M Lady from Berlin. As she walks up the stairs to her expansive second floor collection of […]

Kuehn keeps it sweet with hobby


CALVIN LARSON GUIDES Joey the Clydesdale during one of the Larson family’s 37 years worth of shows at their farm just southeast of Ripon. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones The year is 1988. Two Clydesdale horses are en route from their native Scotland to the United States. More precisely: […]

Larsons find fame with their four-legged friends



JULIA KOSKI, Woodland Hills, Calif. enjoys the monkey bars at Green Lake’s Playground Park, one of the Green Lake County summer park challenge stops. Her dad, Charlie, watches. Tim Lyke photo by Ariana Hones Summer days of sun-soaked skin and catching fireflies late into the evening only to wake up […]

Checking off a youthful bucket list


NOW CO-OWNING SPECIAL Properties together are, from left, Sarah Loberg, founder Lynn Grout and Jeffrey Shadick. Ian Stepleton photo by Ian Stepleton ians@riponprinters.com Historically, Special Properties in Green Lake may have been best known for two things. First, for selling beautiful lake properties on Big Green. And, second, for Lynn […]

Special Properties expands ownership, market area



Longtime Camp Counselor Rick Hengel, left, helps camper Jonah Ellis, second from left, get set during a fishing excursion at camp. Behind them is Andrew Cummings, while Ray Walker sits on a stump next to cousin Albert Walker. Ariana Hones photo by Ariana Hones Last year, no one wanted to […]

Growing the next generation of stewards




MARKESAN ARTIST ELIZABETH Kazda captured this image of her cat, Riff, using spectral light photography. by Ariana Hones Elizabeth Kazda of Markesan will learn Sunday, July 8 which prize she received from the Royal Horticultural Society Photographic Competition. And to think, it all began with a prism and a big […]

An artistic dream purr-fected


Marla Mockus strikes a “Good Life” pose on the big chair in Green Lake’s Deacon Mills Park following a lakeside class. submitted photo by Ariana Hones Marla Mockus brings The Good Life to downtown Green Lake Anyone who lives on the shore of Green Lake in January knows the biting […]

Mockus brings ‘The Good Life’ to downtown Green Lake



Purdy, a Reading Education Assistance Dog, gets ready to get local kids reading. He lends an open ear at both the Kingston and Markesan libraries. submitted photo by Ariana Hones “Whenever we get ready to go out, I get her bag and she knows. She jumps on the couch, sits […]

Out of the doghouse and into the library


Baby piglets play in the dirt at Avrom Farm. Ariana Hones photos by Ariana Hones While they have been college graduates for a year, the learning has not stopped for Olivia Delaune and Hayden Holbert. And it won’t. Life becomes the classroom when grandpa’s art gallery acreage is turned into […]

Puppies, piglets and a party! Oh my!



Ardis Mitchell sits in her Green Lake home with the letter from Nina Leopold by Ariana Hones When Ardis Mitchell of Green Lake thinks about Aldo Leopold she recalls a Christmas doll. While most people view Leopold as a leader and developer of environmental ethics and conservation, those roles were […]

Ardis & Aldo


Tracy Matthias demonstrates both her yoga poses and apt for climbing large rocks. Submitted photo by Ariana Hones Light streams onto dark glossy floors. Plants abound. Enter Lotus Root Yoga studio. In a new location and in its second year of business. Having just finished teaching her morning Vinyasa class, […]

Lotus Root blossoms with new opportunities for wellness