BOULDER JUNCTION - With the holidays long gone, the ice and snow melt around the corner... what's a girl to do during that in-between period in the Northwoods? Some ladies in Boulder Junction know just how to beat those winter blahs.
The Boulder Junction Book Club has been at it for eleven years.
"Once we start talking we can't stop," says Missy Drake, a Boulder Junction Library Volunteer.
The club gathers every January to select ten books for the year. Then once a month they come to the Boulder Junction Library to talk about the book for that month.
"It started originally meeting here. We all really like that because it doesn't put the onus of preparation on anyone," says Drake.
And it helps keep them on topic without the distractions of food and drink many other book clubs have.
Co-founder Missy Drake says input from other people on the topics they read about can be enlightening.
"It draws out so many different ideas not only just from the book but everyone comes to the story with a different background. You learn so much about the people that you're talking to," says Drake.
This group likes a challenge-- you'll find no "Chick Lit" here.
"We don't do those. We do tackle some really good literature, I think," says Drake.
Members say it's the perfect way to spend your time when things might be a little slow at the beginning of the year. "We're all very active. But there are many days, up here especially, that are indoor days and great reading days," says Drake.
Most importantly you don't have to be a woman, and you don't have to be able to make every meeting if you're a seasonal resident. Meetings usually have anywhere from eight to 16 people.
"Everyone's invited. Everyone is very welcome. We are just an open group and always welcome more people," says Drake.
GREEN BAY - When attending an NFL game, you will likely pay for the tickets, travel expenses, food, and PARKING.
But finding parking near Lambeau Field on game days can be more convenient than you might think.
Kelly Fulcer and her husband Aaron are new to the neighborhood surrounding Lambeau Field.
"We were here to buy Family Night tickets, we were first in line, we stayed over night. That day they had an open house here at this location so we walked over, came and looked at the house and we bought Family Night tickets and a house on the same weekend," said Kelly Fulcer.
Now that they're all moved in, Sunday was their first Packers game day.
Their neighbor Wendy Petrie has been doing it over the last 12 years.
"The first couple years are a little rocky because you have to learn the ropes of parking cars."
The signs you see in the neighborhood can get pretty creative.
"Thought it would be funny to put park and pee and catch everybody's attention," said Aaron Fulcer.
That wording sure was a head turner. But first, Aaron had to run it by his wife.
"He's like 'hey, what do you think about getting a port-a-potty outside?' and i said 'works for me, I don't mind'," said Kelly Fulcer.
Other preparations for the first home game included taking out a tree to create more room for parking.
The Fulcer's even took out a tree in their front yard to fit more cars on their lawn.
The rookies have shown their dedication. For the veteran next door, Wendy has gained loyal customers.
"Most of our customers are reoccurring, I would say 75% of them," said Petrie.
Even in the off-season, the parking preparations don't stop.
"The winter freezes it over and in the spring, you fill the holes with grass and soot and you're ready to rock again," said Petrie.
It's hard work, but the neighborhood does it to make sure the safe atmosphere at Lambeau doesn't change.
"Just making sure everybody has a good time. They're safe, their cars are secure, we're home the whole time, easy to get in, easy to get out," said Aaron Fulcer.
EAGLE RIVER - In Eagle River this weekend, seven wounded warriors from around the country were able to enjoy the relaxation of being outdoors.
Marine Tyson Scott always wondered how outdoor activities helped people heal. He may never know the answer to that question, but what he does know is the outdoors has helped him and many other veterans.
BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON - The latest on a fatal shooting at a mall in Washington state:
A gunman who fatally shot five people at a Washington state mall remained at large as authorities said the motive for the slaying was unknown, but there was no indication the shootings were a terrorist act.
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