Hallmark store closes abruptly

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Employees at Barbara’s Hallmark in Burlington got a Happy New Year’s greeting Jan. 2 that was anything but happy. The owner of the store, Barbara Kaster, announced to her employees that the store was closed, effectively immediately. One of those employees, who declined to be […]


Love Inc. to expand as adjacent stores move

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Independent social service agency Love Inc. is planning to expand its facility on South Pine Street as two existing businesses move out of an adjacent building. Bob’s Pedal Pusher and Stan’s Glass will vacate the building soon. Love Inc. Executive Director Bill Schoessling said the […]


Candidates step up in city races; town incumbents unchallenged

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer While most election filings for both the City and Town of Burlington were routine this week, two seats on the City of Burlington Common Council will be contested. Aldermen Jim Prailes and Jeff Fischer announced last week that they would not seek re-election, and there […]


Extent of tax hike surprises officials

Unanticipated value correction creates higher than expected city taxes By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief As City of Burlington officials wrapped up their budget process in late 2011, they were confident the average property owner would pay no more than an additional $10 for the city portion of their 2012 […]


He flew through life

Dick and Bobbie Wagner in a recent family photo. Dick Wagner died Sunday at his home in Lyons fol-lowing a heart attack.

Wagner leaves long legacy in aviation, philanthropy By Ed Nadolski Editor in Chief If there was one thing Dick Wagner didn’t want, it was for people to make a fuss over him. To orphans in the Philippines, lepers in Bolivia and prisoners in Belize he was an angel and a […]


Primary set in race for School Board

Interest in seats is high after budget battle By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer As expected, there will be challengers for the two spots up for election on the Burlington Area School District Board of Education this spring. According to information provided by the school district, six people filed candidacy papers […]


Philanthropist Wagner left a legacy locally and around the globe

Philanthropist Wagner left a legacy locally and around the globe

Richard (Dick) Wagner, a local pilot, businessman and philanthropist whose humanitarian efforts left a lasting impact on the Burlington area and touched far corners of the globe, died Sunday of a heart attack at his home in Lyons. Wagner, 74, and his wife Roberta (Bobbie) are perhaps best known locally […]


Fire station theft baffles officials

Rescue squad equipment stolen By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer A thief broke into the City of Burlington fire station last weekend and stole a defibrillator, among other things, leaving at least one rescue squad member baffled. Jeff Koenen, captain of the Burlington Area Rescue Squad, said the investigation is ongoing […]


Town incumbents still without declared opposition

Filing deadline is Jan. 3 By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer With the deadline approaching for filing papers to run for Burlington Town Board positions, it appeared as of Wednesday that only the incumbents – Joan Boehm and Jeff Lang – were going to run. Boehm was the only person to […]


City puts streets on low-sodium diet

City puts streets on low-sodium diet

DPW tests brine as alternative rock salt on roads By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer If you’ve been around the City of Burlington any time in the last month, you’ve probably been wondering why a tanker truck has been spraying what appears to be water on the streets when it’s likely […]


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