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    The Buzz: This Easter meal is free

    Reader question: Do you know if We Care Meals will be serving a free Easter dinner this year?

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    The barn taken down last month on W. Prospect Avenue was not far from the intersection with Bluemound Drive in the Town of Menasha. Maureen Wallenfang/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Barn razed, but not for building expansion

    Reader question: Touchmark is expanding on West Prospect Avenue. An old barn was demolished presumably to prepare for this expansion.

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    A new $40 million Appleton Public Library is proposed for the combined downtown sites of Fox Banquets and a church overlooking the Fox River. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: 'Business as usual' for Michiels

    Hang onto your place cards and centerpieces.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The Buzz: Face of procrastination has changed

    Years ago, some post offices stationed workers outside late into the evening on April 15 so bleary-eyed tax filers could drive by and drop of envelopes of just-completed returns. That was then.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The Buzz: The dirt on gardening shops

    With the weather now flirting with spring, readers are thinking about dirt.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    Owner of The Garden Jordan Banda waters raspberry plants in the greenhouse at his organic gardening store on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Neenah, WI. Adam Wesley/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: The Garden grows in Neenah

    For months, workers have gone in and out of the former Pansies Garden Store at 833 E. Cecil St. in Neenah. Curious neighbors have been invited in to take a peek and hear about plans to regrow the 75-year-old nursery property now called The Garden.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    The Historic Hotel Pub in downtown Menasha has closed and will take a hiatus before reopening elsewhere. Maureen Wallenfang/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Menasha pub changes relocation plans

    The Historic Hotel Pub in downtown Menasha had a grand sendoff last Saturday.

    • Apr. 12, 2014
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    The Buzz: Beloved Kimberly bakery to return

    Do you remember the triple chocolate doughnuts from Van Thull's Bakery?

    • Apr. 14, 2014
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    The Buzz: Restaurants filling up for Easter

    Romy's Nitingale will get close to 2,000 people coming through its doors for its Easter buffet.

    • Apr. 15, 2014
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    The Mad Hatter Pub & Grill at 205 W. College Ave. in downtown Appleton. Bonnie Lutzewitz/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Downtown Appleton bar reopens under new owner

    After a brief closure between owners, the Mad Hatter Pub & Grill has reopened at 205 W. College Ave. in downtown Appleton.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    The Green Tomato co-owner Tracy Vinz (left) and store manager Holly Whyte stock shelves at the store May 7, 2013. Wm. Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: The Green Tomato to close

    The Green Tomato Artisan Market will close its retail shop at the end of the month.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    Paragon is the new business in the former Best Dollar Store at 1913 E. Northland Ave. in Appleton. Maureen Wallenfang/Post-Crescent Media

    Buzz Mailbag: Paragon replaces Best Dollar Store on Northland

    Reader question: I am wondering about the new Paragon sign that is in the old Best Dollar store at Northland and Ballard. There are a lot of cars there, but not sure what it is.

    • Apr. 9, 2014
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    The Buzz: Homebrew brews up new home

    The Homebrew Market on Meade Street in Appleton closed Saturday, but now one of the owners has decided to relocate and reopen the business elsewhere on his own.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    The Buzz: Rising from disaster

    Two Fox Cities businesses struck by separate disasters will mark this month as their official return to normal. Ken's Sports in Kaukauna was hard hit by August's tornado and Futek's building in Neenah was destroyed by fire two years ago.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    In renovating the old Conkey's building in downtown Appleton, new owner Will Weider uncovered a wall-sized, hand-painted Mail Pouch Tobacco sign from 1891. Jake Gross, a subcontractor with Laib Restoration of Oshkosh, applies sealer to the mural last week. Sharon Cekada/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Downtown Appleton building yields rare treasure

    When workers began renovating the second floor of the former Conkey's building in downtown Appleton, new owner Will Weider joked with them, 'When you find the Rembrandt, let me know.'

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Larry Wismer stocks beans at GFS Marketplace Thursday, April, 3, 2014, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: New GFS mini warehouse opens in Grand Chute

    Starting Sunday, shoppers will have a new place to buy vats of macaroni and cheese, tubs of mustard and anything else they need in quantity for a graduation party, tailgater or family reunion.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
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    The Buzz: Updates on businesses opening, closing

    What have I missed? Plenty. Here are a few openings, a closing and a few business updates to help bring The Buzz up to speed.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
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    Union workers picketed a Grand Chute construction site with a large rat and signs on Wednesday. Maureen Wallenfang/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Inflatable rat marks protest spot

    The big inflatable rat attracting motorists' attention this week on the grassy median at 2801 W. College Ave. in Grand Chute was part of a union protest at a construction site for a future car dealership.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
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    Jayne Kohel, a server at the Appleton Beer Factory, takes care of Stephanie Fitzwilliam (left) and Val Revnew, both of Appleton, as they enjoy lunch Wednesday in downtown Appleton. Dan Powers/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: New restaurants gain passionate fans

    New restaurants often tread on shaky ground. They're trying to make everyone happy right out of the gate, but there's a process of refining the menu, getting into an efficient rhythm and keeping the lights on until money starts to flow.

    • Apr. 4, 2014
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    Romy's Nitingale is easy to spot by the bull on its roof. It's on County A south of Black Creek. Maureen Wallenfang/Post-Crescent Media

    The Buzz: Romy's stands test of time

    This week's 'Throwback Thursday' nod recognizes an institution from the past that's still going strong today.

    • Apr. 3, 2014

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