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  1. Community gardens are about much more than simply growing food. Communities are enriched, and families are helping families. Submitted

    Local community gardens offer something much deeper than flowers and vegetables

    When most people think of a community garden, they think of simply a place where they can go to rent a small plot of land, plant some food and have a bit of private garden space where they can work the land and nurture their favorite plants and crops for

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  2. Try one of these great planting and gardening methods this season to get the most of your new raised-bed garden. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    The Family Garden: The raised bed is ready to go; now how should I plant?

    If you have spent the time and energy to design and create a raised bed in your garden, be equally as creative with how you plant it. There are so many options available to gardeners that go beyond rows of identical crops. Explore some of these this year with your family and try growing backyard crops a whole new way.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  3. Keep shrubs and trees well-pruned and tidy to give your home and property extra selling value. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Curb appeal: 10 landscaping projects that add value to your home

    Increase your property value and curb appeal at the same time with outdoor projects and design ideas aimed at enhancing outdoor living spaces, creating rooms outdoors and transforming your yards and landscaping.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  4. Be sure to check siding, stone, patios, gutters, lawns and garden beds in spring for any signs of trouble. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Ready for spring: Home maintenance tips to help keep your property in check

    Spring finally has arrived and before you know it, the heat and humidity of summer will be upon us.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  5. The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley will be opening a Menasha location. Post-Crescent Media

    Editorial: Thumbs Up and Down

    Thumbs Up: To everyone involved with the Fox Cities Book Festival.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Silver Pen letter: Bike lanes proven to improve safety

    A. Jim Schilcher wrote recently that he had been riding a bicycle for more than 50 years to school, to work, to tennis and so on without incident. Therefore, he doesn't believe bike lanes are necessary.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
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    GOP must learn lesson of Goldwater

    The 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act is also the 50th anniversary of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, Barry Goldwater, voting against the Civil Rights Act.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  8. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he's considering a run for president. Getty Images

    Is Jeb Bush too old school for the new GOP?

    Is Jeb Bush's moment over?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    Deaths for April 19

    ANDRESEN, Katherine M.; 88, Oshkosh

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  10. Historic churches dot the rural landscape in Calumet, Fond du Lac counties

    With the arrival of spring comes the promise of renewal, revival and — especially for Christians — rebirth and resurrection as Easter is celebrated.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  11. Tens of thousands of people gather at the State Capitol in Madison in February 2011 to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. File/AP

    Federal appeals court upholds Walker's union law

    A federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  12. Schwag's future location is at the corner of Meade Street and Northland Avenue in Appleton. Maureen Wallenfang/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Schwag plans to move

    Schwag will leave its Grand Chute location at the end of April and reopen May 7 in Appleton.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  13. CITY NOTES | NICK PENZENSTADLER

    City Notes: Taxpayers invested in library planning since 2008

    As details emerged last week about a new $40 million Appleton Public Library downtown, residents have been generous about adding their opinions to the discussion.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  14. (L to R) Samuel McGee, Clemmie Carter and Lucky Charleston.

    Four plead guilty in Black Creek bank robbery

    The three men charged with the armed robbery of a Black Creek bank in December have pleaded guilty just days before their jury trials were to begin.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  15. Photos: Hundreds gather for La Crusificcion de Cristo event in Appleton

    "La Crusificcion de Cristo" event Friday, April 18, 2014, at St. Therese Parish in Appleton, Wisconsin. The event was followed by a Good Friday mass.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  16. Rohloff

    Oshkosh holds off on issuing bills for recent Pub Crawl

    Downtown Oshkosh tavern owners might not be getting bills from City Hall after all.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  17. Looking more like Christmas than Easter, snow left narrow passages throughout Upper Michigan's Copper Country, here in Hancock, Mich. Dan Flannery/Post-Crescent Media

    You think winter was bad here? Check out Michigan's U.P.

    The winter of 2013-14 seemed to be never-ending for Wisconsinites. But just a few hours north, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, winter actually hasn't ended yet, as of Easter weekend.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  18. New London's Kansas Walbruck (right) celebrates after she scores the winning run against Baldwin-Woodville in the WIAA Division 2 softball state championship game in Madison last June. Also celebrating are Abby Elsholtz (16) and Jenna Mytton. New London is looking for more success this season. Dan Young/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Despite losses, New London girls' softball team looking for more success

    With nine seniors lost to graduation, it may be easy to dismiss the chances of the New London softball team having an opportunity to defend its WIAA Division 2 state title in 2014.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  19. Pirates first baseman Gaby Sanchez (17) and first base umpire Jim Reynolds look at a ball that had the cover hit off it by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado. USA TODAY Sports

    Brewers hit cover off ball — literally — in win over Pirates

    Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Carlos Gomez homered and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Friday night.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  20. Town of Clayton woman arrested after officers find horses, dogs in poor conditions

    Officers arrested a woman Thursday after finding multiple horses and dogs living in 'deplorable conditions' at a Town of Clayton home.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  21. Julie Gilkay: Putting it all on the line with PACER gym test

    We had to run the mile for gym when I was in school; now they run the PACER as a way to score students' endurance and aerobic capabilities.

    • Apr. 17, 2014
  22. Musicians feel connection to vinyl as Record Store Day nears

    Fox Valley singer-songwriter Christopher Gold has released two full-length albums in recent years, but he's yet to put out a record. A real record, that is — a carved, spiraling platter of vinyl that spins at 45 or 33.3 revolutions per minute and, for a time, was seen as old-fashioned.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  23. BEHIND THE SCENES | JAMIE MARA

    Behind the Scenes: Good, bad sometimes mix within same story

    Good and bad. Both are realities, and so both are reflected in what we publish each day. While thieves make headlines, so do generous residents.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  24. Dahlias can be purchased now in multipacks for under $10 at most garden centers and retail stores. The potato-like tubers are planted shallow and need to be dug up each fall, dried and stored for winter.

    YardMD: Time is now for bare-root perennials and summer-flowering bulbs

    Looking to save money on your plant purchases this growing season?

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  25. Digital Dish: Different doctors charge different rates

    And you never used to know about it. Until now.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    USDA orders farms to report pig virus infections

    Farms stricken with a deadly pig virus must report outbreaks as part of a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of the disease, the federal government announced Friday.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  27. Simple to grow and inexpensive, strawberries can be purchased in bare-root form in spring. They come in many growth and fruiting forms. Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Learn how to grow berries in your own backyard

    Got blueberries? Many gardeners in our area do, despite the fact that these plants require site-specific soils to grow and fruit their finest.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  28. The 2014 Infiniti Q70 combines inspired performance, a welcoming interior, a crafted feel and advanced technology. Wieck

    Style, performance, luxury all part of 2014 Infiniti Q70 sedan

    Of all the ways used to describe Infiniti's halo sedan, the 2014 Q70 (formally the M Sedan), it can all be summed up in one word: inspired.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  29. Incorporate this year's Color of the Year, orchid, into your home, garden and landscape with lilacs. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    The Color Purple: Shades of orchid chosen as color of the year for 2014

    There are many great ways you can incorporate this year's Color of the Year, orchid, into your home, garden and landscape.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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    Court to decide on testing drunken drivers: Warrant, consent may be needed to draw blood

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court is set to decide whether police can legally draw the blood of a suspected drunken driver without a warrant or the consent of the driver.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  31. Green Bay Packers player Jarrett Bush shakes the hand of Oconto High School student Adam Schultz during a stop on the Packers Tailgate Tour. Kent Tempus/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    Packers flip burgers at McDonald's during tour

    The workers manning the McDonald's drive-through window in Ashland were enough to make your jaw drop.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  32. Shepard

    Man sought in Green Bay shooting

    Green Bay police are looking for a 21-year-old man they think fatally shot a 32-year-old former Kenosha man at an apartment on the city's east side earlier this week.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  33.  Courtesy Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit

    Manitowoc officials warn of fentanyl drug abuse

    Health and law enforcement officials in the Manitowoc area are warning of the dangers of abusing the narcotic fentanyl.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  34. Pruning trees and shrubs is done for many reasons, including to increase fruit production, as with these apple trees. Rob Zimmer/Post-Crescent Media

    Tips and considerations to make pruning less intimidating

    One of the most intimidating gardening activities for many homeowners is the pruning of woody plants in the landscape.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
  35. Prep softball capsules

    Coach: Janel Batten (16th year).

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  36. Gov. Scott Walker (left) and Democratic challenger Mary Burke

    Burke doesn't focus on union powers

    Wisconsin Democrats and their allies who are trying to take out Republican Gov. Scott Walker have invested all their hopes in Mary Burke, a Harvard-educated political newcomer whose father started Trek Bicycle when she was a teenager.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  37.  File/AP

    Appeals court revives Capitol protest lawsuit

    A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group protesting Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill at the Capitol in 2011.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  38. Youth paying dividends for Lawrence

    Kim Tatro has been coaching long enough to know a good thing when she sees one.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  39. Rattlers can't hold lead, lose

    Despite a fast start, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers couldn't keep their momentum going in a 7-6 loss to the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night.

    • Apr. 19, 2014
  40. TV listings for Saturday, April 19

    1:30 a.m. Sunday (NBCSN) – Formula One, Chinese Grand Prix

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  41. Radio listings for Saturday, April 19

    1:05 p.m. (WNAM-AM 1280) – Great Lakes at Wisconsin

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  42. Local events for Saturday, April 19

    Midwest Conference (11 a.m.): Lawrence at Knox (DH).

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  43. Construction worker Francisco Olivarez installs the risers for the stadium seating inside one of the movie theaters during the construction of the new 10-screen Carmike Cinema in Manitowoc. The theater is slated to open this summer. Sue Pischke/Gannett Wisconsin Media

    New Manitowoc theater complex taking shape

    A new Manitowoc movie theater with a screen that will measure three stories tall and feature stadium-style seating will open in early summer.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  44. Local scoreboard for Saturday, April 19

    \WP: Casey Jefson. LP: Riley Gruetzmacher. Leading hitter: Casey Jefson S 2x4, RBI.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  45. An old sign is posted near Gate House 6544 on the land formerly Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo on April 10. The south-central Wisconsin property will be open to recreational visitors for the first time since the 1940s. M.P. King/Associated Press

    Former ammo plant open for recreation near Devils Lake

    The south-central Wisconsin property where more than 23,000 people once toiled in making bullets, bombs and rockets during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars will be open to recreational visitors for the first time since the 1940s.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
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    The Buzz: New fitness facility to open in Menasha

    TNT Fitness Results will open Monday at 880 S. Oneida St. in Menasha. It’s a new fitness business taking the gym location that has been vacant since Underground Functional Fitness closed in Aug. 2012. One of the partners in the new business, Brent Miller, had worked as an instructor at the prior gym, but the two businesses are not affiliated.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  47. Jimmy Fallon jokes about the latest news in technology. AP

    Punchlines: Late-night comics joke about technology

    From the public sale of Google Glass to a new online video game inspired by Rob Ford's sadly addictive behavior, there's been a lot of technology news over the past couple of weeks, and the late-night comics have been there to make fun of it all.

    • Apr. 18, 2014
  48. Workshop on equal pay for women set for Thursday

    The Women's Fund for the Fox Valley Region and Mid-Day Women's Alliance will jointly host a free workshop Thursday on equal pay for women.

    • Apr. 18, 2014

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