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LETTER: Top BASD staff is in top 17 percent of U.S. wage earners

                  About three week ago I had the pleasure to have a Burlington Area School District teacher tell me I am fabricating information about how well paid the BASD administration and staff are. According to him I was telling lies and misinforming the Burlington taxpayers.                   I am a college […]


War of words continues over district policies

Superintendent responds to assertions regarding salaries, benefits made by district critics By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer It has been no secret over the last four months that a group of fiscal conservatives is unhappy with the way the Burlington Area School District is being run. On Monday night, one of […]


Church’s cantata helps herald Christmas’s arrival

Plymouth Congregational Church choir director Diane Olson leads the Christmas Cantata during a past production of the event. The church will offer up its 2011 version Sunday at 10 a.m.

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer Cantata – a composition for one or more voices usually comprising solos, duets, recitatives, and choruses and sung to an instrumental accompaniment. A Christmas Cantata – a service of lessons and carols set to music provided by an orchestra, this Sunday at 10 a.m. at […]


Down…and down…and down a lazy river

Paddling south on the Fox River past the Rochester bridge, Dan Belden bid adieu to family and friends Sept. 24 to set off on the adventure of a lifetime.

Local man paddles all the way to New Orleans By Dave Fidlin Correspondent Dan Belden no longer wonders where the Fox River goes. He found out for himself last weekend, fulfilling a childhood fantasy with the help of a trusty canoe, endurance and lots of faith. Belden, 23, grew up […]


Season of song

Season of song

            Karcher Middle School seventh-grade chorus members (from left) Dagne Olson, Neeka Hoffmann, Sharon Shumpert, Katie Daujotas, Caley Vogt and Shannon Murphy sing “Snow” as part of the school’s winter concert Dec. 6. (Photo by Ed Nadolski)


Partners2 prepares for funding shift

Director hopes community steps up to fill the gap By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer It’s no secret that federal and state funding for education – and educational programs – is becoming scarce. That is the reason Christina Weigler, who heads the Partners2 program at Burlington High School, is starting to […]



Lynn L. Koklas, 46, Burlington, died Dec. 11, 2011. She was born April 1, 1965, to Richard and Nancy (Englehardt) Turenne. She had been a resident of Burlington since 1995 and enjoyed fishing, crafting, cooking, rockhounding, animals and gardening. Survivors include her father, Richard Turenne; long time boyfriend, Dennis  Jacobson; […]



Doris M. Siewert, 83, Union Grove, Dec. 11, 2011, at Oak Ridge Care Center. She was born Aug. 30, 1928, to the late Benjamin and Thecla (Schlitz) Arentz in Kenosha, where she spent her early life. She graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School. On July 3, 1948, at St. […]


Bagging a big one

Bagging a big one

Trap shooting team wins $10,000 endowment By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff writer It’s been an impressive year for the Burlington High School Trapshooting team. And the team is starting to get recognized – both locally and nationally. After winning the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) High School national title in July, […]



Lucille A. Lois, 87, Burlington, died Dec. 10, 2011, at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. She was born April 3, 1924, in Burlington, to the late John and Clara (Richter) Tenhagen. She was a lifetime resident of Burlington and a graduate of St. Mary’s High School. On Sept. 8, 1945, […]


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