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Deep-rooted love

Deep-rooted love

Irish Fest volunteer hopes to give others a taste of their family tree By Dave Fidlin Correspondent Slowly but surely, Fran O’Herron is tending to her family tree. What once consisted of a few branches is now a blossoming into a full picture of ancestors who, like many, were in […]


From the boroughs to the brush

From the boroughs to the brush

Interns continue work at local nature preserves By Vanessa Lenz SLN Staff This summer a group of four New York City interns has called Wisconsin home through a program that strives to give urban teens a personal experience in nature. In addition to learning about plants, wetlands and things they’ve […]


East Troy School Board to consider facilities upgrades

By Vanessa Lenz SLN Staff On Monday, the East Troy Community School District will review recommendations on the future of the K-12 district’s buildings. An ad-hoc Facilities Advisory Committee, comprised of community members from across the district, has been reviewing the state of the district’s facilities since May. The 25-member […]


Camp will offer train aficionados chance to work on the railroad

Camp will offer train aficionados chance to work on the railroad

From the silver-skinned Zephyr to antique trolleys that once whisked passengers through busy city streets to Chicago’s iconic “L,” trains are beloved by many. The East Troy Electric Railroad, home to over 20 rail treasures including open cars, locomotives, streetcars and interurban coaches, will host Train Camp on Tuesday, Aug. […]


Local lawmakers question if justice was served

By Chris Bennett Correspondent A perceived lenient sentence for an East Troy mother whose two infant children died in her care is drawing the ire of local legislators. Melody Butt’s 11-month-old twins, a boy and a girl, were found floating in the bathtub in Butt’s apartment Sept. 22 of last […]


Camp helps families of fallen officers rebuild and remember

Camp helps families of fallen officers rebuild and remember

By Vanessa Lenz SLN staff Fourteen years ago Jennifer Thacker was forced to find a way to keep living without the man she loved most. She was supposed to build her perfect life alongside Brandon Thacker, who she married shortly after graduating from college. That dream came to a sudden […]


East Troy mother sentenced to 1 year in drowning deaths of twins

By Jean Matheson Correspondent Melody Butt, the East Troy mother whose infant twins drowned in a bathtub as she napped in her bedroom, will spend one year in jail and 14 years on probation. While serving her jail sentence, Butt, 27, will be granted release time to care for her […]


Rising to new life

Edwin Alacron, center, celebrates his baptism Sunday morning at Mukwonago Park. Baptizing Alacron were Mark Lynch, left, pastor of students, and Jason Webb, lead pastor, both of Brooklife Church, Mukwonago. Alacron was part of a group of 86 believers who were baptized. (Photo by John Koski)

86 people baptized in Mukwonago park Sunday By John Koski Correspondent Baptism by immersion is a deeply spiritual and highly symbolic tradition. For many Christians it symbolizes a new beginning and a new way of life. “Baptism is a celebration,” said Jason Webb, lead pastor of Brooklife Church, Mukwonago. “It […]


Field of Honor trip will kick off with ceremony on square

By Vanessa Lenz Staff Writer One East Troy boy’s dream to help fund an outing for area veterans to attend the Field of Honor event at Miller Park Aug. 11 is starting to become a reality. Rogelio Hayes, 12, of East Troy Boy Scout Troop 92 publicly announced his plans […]


Students see the world with travel-loving teacher

Jenna Barrons (from left), East Troy High School art teacher Lori Puls, Abby Kannard, Bryn Reimer, Kimmey Dragotta and Paige Cromey learn to surf in Byron Bay during a recent 15-day trip to Australia and New Zealand.

After two years of proverbial blood, sweat and tears, East Troy High School art teacher Lori Puls recently got a chance to share her love of travel with a group of 16 East Troy High School students. “It was an incredible educational, cultural and adventurous experience,” said Puls. “It was […]


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