Jim’s Town

Jim’s Town

Thornton Wilder could have written the character of Jim Long. With unassuming grace and genuine care, Jim built a legacy in a city he loved that will last far longer than the 83 years he spent here. I'm not sure Appletonians understand how much he meant to the city, or how hard he was willing [...]

Light Up Appleton!

Light Up Appleton!

I wrote a piece about Appleton's kick off to the holiday season that took place Saturday. Light Up Appleton felt like a Hallmark Christmas movie come to life, complete with impossibly cute children, festive coffee stands, carolers, games, holiday markets and Mrs. Claus. I'm so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to put that [...]

Mr. Helmet’s Neighborhood

Mr. Helmet’s Neighborhood

It's enough that Wisconsin crossing guards show up faithfully twice a day to protect their young charges through all kinds of inclement weather and inconsiderate drivers. How wonderful that so many of them also spread a little joy! Mr. Helmet, whose given name is Dennis, has manned his post on the corner of Glendale Avenue [...]