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Traveling Perspectives – Holiday’s Abroad

Traveling Perspectives – Holiday’s Abroad

I’ve spent several Christmas holidays living and traveling in other countries. Although everywhere I’ve lived has at least a small population of Christians, the majority religion in Indonesia is Islam and in Laos it’s Buddhism. So this will not be an article about the interesting […]

Family Owned White Winter Winery Specializes in Mead

Family Owned White Winter Winery Specializes in Mead

White Winter Winery makes it home in Iron River, Wisconsin. Walking into the spacious, neatly merchandised area you are welcomed with a vast variety of wines, ciders, meads, and creative product packages for a special gift. Across from the entry is a “tasting bar” for […]

The Covered Wagon Bar & Restaurant

The Covered Wagon Bar & Restaurant

Twenty-nine years ago, Keith Colalillo, his brother Tim and father Al created a homestyle restaurant at the intersection of Highway 53 and County Rd B in Hawthorne, WI. Becky Hebb was hired as a waitress four years into the business. A year ago, Tim Colalillo, […]

December Photo Credit

December Photo Credit

Submitted by: Janet Abell of Barnes, WI This month’s cover is a lovely mum taken from Janet’s yard. She writes, “We moved to Barnes in July 2015.  We grew up in Elkhorn, WI and after retiring completely in 2013, moved to Sun Lakes AZ, and […]

Editor’s Note – December 2016

Editor’s Note – December 2016

A year ago, this month, Lu Peet, founder of the Barnes Blog, handed over the reins of the publication to Christie Carlson and me. We all agreed the publication was on a path of expansion and change. In the six and half years Lu was […]

Natural Connections with Emily Stone – Jack Pine

Natural Connections with Emily Stone – Jack Pine

A fleeting sunset flamed through a ragged stand of jack pines across our bay on Lake Two. Patchy clouds provided just substrate enough to catch the color, and the faint breeze barely ruffled their reflection on the lake. Here, on a classic rock knob campsite […]

Ask a Master Gardener with Marianne Mueller – Downy Skullcap

Ask a Master Gardener with Marianne Mueller – Downy Skullcap

Arlyn introduced Hoary Skullcap to the greenhouse this spring. Its name sounded like some kind of Halloween freak show to me, and I decided that I would wait a year, see if it bloomed, and check out what it looked like before promoting the plant. […]

Editor’s Note – November 2016

Editor’s Note – November 2016

Welcome to newly renamed Forest & Lakes Monthly (formerly The Barnes Blog). Christie has really worked magic with her design skills to create a publication that is laid out in a pleasing aesthetic format. We’ve upgraded the paper to assure photos will be cleaner and […]

Heroes of the US Military – An Uncommon Bravery

Heroes of the US Military – An Uncommon Bravery

As a child growing up in the School District of Maple, I was made aware of a young man from Poplar named Richard I Bong who was a famous war hero. In the 4th grade, his sister Gerry (Bong) Fetchelkotter was my teacher. Many a […]

Preserving the Legacies of the Past in Our Local Museums

Preserving the Legacies of the Past in Our Local Museums

One of the valuable resources in this region, is the rich history that abounds in many of the local communities. Volunteers, who have a love of preserving artifacts of the past and the stories left behind in diaries, public records, newspapers, and through family stories […]


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Editor’s Note – December 2016

Editor’s Note – December 2016

A year ago, this month, Lu Peet, founder of the Barnes Blog, handed over the reins of the publication to Christie Carlson and me. We all agreed the publication was on a path of expansion and change. In the six and half years Lu was publisher, she began part of the expansion with inclusion of surrounding township who did not have a local publication. Based on the foundation she laid, we continued to move forward. We cannot tell you the invaluable advice and support we have been so fortunate to receive from Lu with her knowledge of the area, contact persons, and more. A BIG thanks, we extend to Lu Peet.

For Christie and I this has been a real adventure. There have been trying times. Glitches have abounded as we iron out our schedules with our families, our individual businesses, and even trying to find the best way to handle some of the publication’s responsibilities. As you can imagine, we are still juggling our time commitments. And you are obviously aware of some of the mistakes we inadvertently made. Yes, it has been a learning experience.

We want to Thank You, for being patient, supportive, and offering your suggestions. We know change in appearance of the publication and re-naming it last month is something to get used to for those who were used the former publication. Yet, with making the name more inclusive of the area it has opened more opportunities for the area communities to let readers know of their organizations, town news, opportunities for enjoying the various recreational, food, and church activities.

This month, we feature to area businesses. The Covered Wagon Restaurant & Bar, Hawthorne and the White Winter Winery in Iron River. We also have several interesting columns written by the respective columnists.

As we move into the second year of Forest & Lakes Monthly, we encourage you to let us know of any events, persons of interest, recognition, or any suggestions you may have for us. This publication cannot exist without our advertisers, so we encourage you to give them your business.

May you all enjoy a Blessed Christmas and Chanukah this Season and Happy New Year!