Turning the page Longtime librarian built relationships over sharing stories

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	Recently retired librarian Laurie Thill took story time participants on many reading adventures over her 20 years at Albertson Memorial Library in Albany.

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent In 20 years behind the desk at Albertson Memorial Library in Albany, Laurie Thill got to know a lot of readers by name — and by the books they checked out. “I’ve had so many patrons ask me for suggestions of what to read, and I […]


Brodhead students take fast track to CNA certification Dual credit program offers chance to jump-start a career

Brodhead students take fast track to CNA certification Dual credit program offers chance to jump-start a career

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent During her senior year in 2019, Anna Corbit enrolled in a new training program at Brodhead High School that allowed her to earn college credit while working toward her certification as a nursing assistant. It also gave her an edge at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where […]


Vaccine rollout begins for those 65 and up Health officials say patience is key as supply is limited

	Wisconsin residents age 65 and older became eligi-ble for the COVID-19 vaccination starting earlier this week, but local health officials caution that vaccination efforts will depend on supply.

Local health officials are calling for patience as hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin residents became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this week. As of Jan. 25, those over 65 became vaccine-eligible, a group that includes about 700,000 Wisconsinites. “Wisconsin systems and operations are ready to vaccinate more people,” Department […]


Holding out hope that customers will return to dining in Restaurants reeling from effects of COVID

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	Owner Mitzi Deal reports that walk-in traffic is down at Fibs North in Brodhead as the effects of the pan-demic linger into a new year.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent Restaurants all around the state are feeling the effects of COVID-19, with some even closing their doors, cutting hours and laying off staff. Some of these restaurants are right here in Green County. Fibs North, located on Exchange Street in Brodhead, hasn’t closed its doors, but […]


High school stays with hybrid instruction for now

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	Brodhead High School students will continue with a hybrid system of instruction until at least Jan. 27.

By Brett Sharp, Correspondent Members of the Brodhead School Board voted Jan. 13 to continue with hybrid instruction for high school students. Despite hope that a return to normal instruction was possible entering the new year, board members decided to stay in their Plan B system of instruction, which includes […]



Notice is hereby given to the electors in the Town of Decatur, County of Green, State of Wisconsin, that a Town Caucus will be held at the Decatur Town Hall 1408 14th Street, Brodhead, on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 6:00 PM for the purpose of nominating candidates for the […]


Albrecht students embark on reading adventure

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	Albrecht Elementary School students enjoy some “sight-seeing” as part of a special reading motivational project at the school. The theme of the January effort is “’Book’ a Trip: Reading Takes You Everywhere.”

Local students are “going places” with a special motivational reading program this month. A video presentation kicked off “‘Book’ a Trip: Reading Takes You Everywhere” last week at Albrecht Elementary School. “Our goal is for the students to get excited about reading and realize how fun it can be to […]


Pearl Island bridge roof is up in the air Accounting snafu delays project

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	The Pearl Island bridge was finished in 2019 but still awaits a roof to make it a covered bridge. Recently, a clerical error was discovered with the Pearl Island account, so funding for the roof remains unclear.

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent A not-yet-covered bridge in the Pearl Island Recreational Corridor is still awaiting its roof. The bridge, located in Putnam Park, was one of the projects generated by a group of volunteers formed in 2011 to improve the 180-acre area between the Sugar River and along the […]


Sharing treasures from ‘the county’s attic’ Historical society volunteers organize for eventual museum reopening

Sharing treasures from ‘the county’s attic’ Historical society volunteers organize for eventual museum reopening

By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent The COVID-19 pandemic closed the Green County Historical Society’s museum this year, keeping visitors away. Behind the scenes, however, some members are busy reorganizing the past with an eye toward the future. “We couldn’t open. We couldn’t have our annual fundraiser breakfast. We couldn’t even hold […]


Libraries strive to serve community needs amid pandemic Virtual offerings increase, Orfordville opts to stay open

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Albertson Memorial Library Director Carolyn Seaver reads “Max's Christmas” by Rosemary Wells for a recent storytime recording. Because of the pandemic, Storytime is posted weekly on the Albany library’s Facebook page instead of being held in person.

  By Margaret Plevak, Correspondent In a year where so much of normal life has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even trips to the local library to browse the shelves, meet with book club members or take a youngster to storytime aren’t always possible. The new normal is now […]