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BURLINGTON FLOOD: From tragedy comes perspective

BURLINGTON FLOOD: From tragedy comes perspective

  You really don’t know what you got ‘til it’s gone. Joni Mitchell hit the nail on the head, and those words rang truer than ever last week in my beloved hometown of Burlington. One minute, you’re scrambling throughout town, trying to get the best photos of the flooding, taking […]

 
 

Food for the soul: Local church steps up for flood victims

Food for the soul: Local church steps up for flood victims

  By Mike Ramczyk sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com If you say “Olive Garden,” they will come. What started as a charitable idea from a town official in Waterford turned into a four-day dinner event at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 449 Conkey St. Town of Waterford Supervisor Teri Jendusa-Niccolai called St. Charles Principal Mary […]

 
 

Homeless and hurting: Single father fighting through MS, loss of home

Homeless and hurting: Single father fighting through MS, loss of home

“I don’t know what to do right now. Some day, I want to walk my girl down the aisle. That’s what keeps me fighting.” – Jeff Austwick       By Mike Ramczyk sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com “It’s my day today, it’s so hard for me not to have her.” Burlington resident Jeff […]

 
 

Victims lose part of themselves in Burlington flood

Victims lose part of themselves in Burlington flood

“I’m bruised and cut and have muscles hurting I didn’t even know existed. I just don’t know what to do anymore. I’m lost, and I feel like I’m on autopilot.” – Nicole Gramhofer, who lost her home to the flood     By Mike Ramczyk sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com Nicole Gramhofer lives along […]

 
 

Disaster relief available today at Burlington High School, Mt. Zion Lake Geneva

Disaster relief available today at Burlington High School, Mt. Zion Lake Geneva

American Red Cross, Samaritan’s Purse among services for flood victims     By Mike Ramczyk sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com BURLINGTON – It’s been nearly a week since a historic flood has turned Burlington residents’ lives upside down, but the rush of community and now international support continues. The American Red Cross and the […]

 
 

No-name Brewers can call themselves contenders

No-name Brewers can call themselves contenders

  As a lifelong Milwaukee Brewers fan, I’ve been extremely hesitant to jump on the theory that they are contenders. We’ve seen this story before – small-market team gets hot in the first half, only to fizzle in the second half. No matter how imposing it is to think that […]

 
 

Fun, family and fireworks on the 4th

Fun, family and fireworks on the 4th

  The Fourth of July is a time for family, fun and fireworks. It also just so happens to coincide with the greatest things about summer, Summerfest and the Milwaukee Brewers season. This extended holiday weekend was jam-packed with friends, family and adventures, and got more “America” than I’ve ever […]

 
 

Braveheart: Burlington teacher, coach leaving for tour in Iraq

Braveheart: Burlington teacher, coach leaving for tour in Iraq

Sireno did first tour in Afghanistan in 2011   By Mike Ramczyk sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com “The first time you hear a rocket go off, you realize it’s kind of crazy.” Burlington resident Andrew Sireno, 31, recalls his first stint with the United States Army overseas, in Afghanistan in 2011, when he volunteered […]

 
 

Romo reminisces on football career, anxious for next chapter on TV

Romo reminisces on football career, anxious for next chapter on TV

  By Mike Ramczyk sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com For the 14th consecutive summer, 1998 Burlington High School graduate Tony Romo returned home last week for his annual football camp. But this year, the camp took on a much different feel. The press conference, which featured several Milwaukee-area TV stations and newspapers from the […]

 
 

Don’t call it a comeback: Former Burlington, Cowboys star Tony Romo content focusing on family, broadcast career

Don’t call it a comeback: Former Burlington, Cowboys star Tony Romo content focusing on family, broadcast career

  If there’s an itch, Tony Romo isn’t scratching it – at least for now. Despite poking and prodding from the local media at his 14th consecutive Tony Romo Football Camp last week at Burlington High School, Romo didn’t budge. “For me, the itch isn’t there,” Romo proclaimed after voicing […]

 
 
 
 
 

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