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Saturday: Weekend

Good advice: Dear Abby

DEAR ABBY: We were friendly with our next-door neighbor, who owned a contracting company, and we hired him to renovate our bathroom. At the time, we thought he did a wonderful job. It looked beautiful. Unfortunately, he didn't set the tub correctly, and a slow leak was happening underneath it. ...

A ‘plein’ way to get outdoors

MARQUETTE — Outdoors art for youth can be more than simply drawing chalk stick figures on a sidewalk. Like adults, they can take part in an idyllic kind of outside art: plein air painting. A creative community called the Artists Network defines plein air painting as an artistic term used ...

Taking note

Little patches of clover are working their way up between the cracks in the driveway, while grass, weeds and flowers seem to grow and transform overnight with all the recent sun and rain. The warm sun beats down upon me while birds call out, sing and flutter around in the big old cedar tree ...

Good advice: To Your Good Health

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent response to a man having withdrawal issues from short-term Paxil use. Could you take a shot at a bigger, yet related problem I have? I have been on 9 mg bromazepam daily for over 40 years. I am now 75. My diagnosis was manic depressive, which is now, I ...

Taking note: Enjoying the ride

The night sky is a velvety black, but reflections of the sleeper car’s lit-up interior dance upon the glass of the little window as the train travels westward. The light casts faint, shiny images of the pull-down table and bunk, a couch that converts to a bed, and the small door that exits to ...

Taking note: Certain songs

The deciduous trees seem to be showing off their new abundance of foliage. It’s finally their time to shine after a long, leafless winter. The leaves, almost chartreuse, stand out in stark contrast to the darker green of the pines. The canopies of leaves meet, forming an arch over the dirt ...

One last standing ovation: Jennings remembered fondly by many

NEGAUNEE — World-renowned author and motivational speaker and Negaunee High School graduate Jason Jennings was inspired by people, so it’s no wonder he served as an inspiration to others throughout his life. “Jason loved people, probably more than anything, and that crossed over ...

Taking note: Sharing the light

The lighthouse casts a diagonal, elongated shadow. Each feature of its lakeward-pointing silhouette is crisply outlined against the brilliant green backdrop of the grass. From the top of the lighthouse, Lake Michigan’s blue waters sparkle, except for a semicircular area in the water that ...

Warm weather and words can mix: PWPL starting summer reading program

MARQUETTE — Summer is supposed to be carefree for kids and teens, right? So why would they want to spend time reading when they can be outside playing in the woods, the beach or even the front yard? Because a book can take them to those places too – and, depending on what they read, the ...

James Taylor, wife, donate $1M to Boston hospital

By The Associated Press From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, hereís a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly ...

DJ D-Nice unites during pandemic, one beat at a time

By GARY GERARD HAMILTON Associated Press NEW YORK — When DJ D-Nice decided to start playing music live on Instagram amid countless closures due the worldwide pandemic, he did it in part to ease his loneliness and boredom given his own gigs had dried up. At first, the audience for his ...

Staying hopeful

The sun is shining, the air seems to hold the promise of spring and I find myself smiling at the sight of a couple walking a pair of large, shaggy dogs along the newly dry roads and sidewalks. It almost seems like a regular day in late March until I notice the empty streets, parking lots and ...

Ice watcher carries on 165-year tradition on Madison lakes

By CHRIS HUBBUCH Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — It’s 48 degrees, and Ed Hopkins is looking for ice. There’s no shortage of it here along the shore of Maple Bluff, but a pair of eagles perched several hundred yards out hint at open water. According to custom, the lake is ...

Full circle food

By HANNAH YANG Associated Press SLEEPY EYE, Minn. — As brewers siphoned a new batch of beer into kegs at the new Sleepy Eye Brewing and Coffee Co., Craig Fischer waited patiently off to the side. He’s there every week when they fill the kegs. But the liquid gold wasn’t what ...

Words in crisis

Everything has changed in unimaginable ways over the past week. Schools closed, businesses and organizations shuttered, events and gatherings canceled, seemingly endless new changes and losses with every passing day. It’s hard to accept the strange new reality, especially when social ...

Downton Abbey creator turns to beautiful game

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — With global soccer shut down these days, fans desperate for a fix of the beautiful game may find it from a rather unlikely source — the creator of the stately ìDownton Abbey.î Julian Fellowes has created and co-written the new Netflix ...

Historian Niall Ferguson warns of contagion, online and off

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer NEW YORK — Historian Niall Ferguson has a knack for timing his TV projects. He debuted his examination of the global financial system in ìThe Ascent of Moneyî just as the 2008 economic crisis was hitting. Now he has returned with a series ...

Traditional archers have their day in the Wisconsin woods

By FRANK SCHULTZ The Janesville Gazette TOWN OF CENTER, Wis. (AP) — Dale Moore remembers when it was tough to find a traditional bow. That was in the 1970s, when compound bows — more accurate, more stable and with greater range — took over the market. Moore tried a ...

Kindness is key

We all endure challenges and hardships that we don’t share with others. Sometimes because we feel ashamed of our struggles. Sometimes because we feel like others might not understand. Sometimes because we just can’t bear to talk it. Regardless of the reason, most people carry burdens that ...