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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck
Greg Peck: Is national park in your vacation plans?
Now that Memorial Day has passed, vacation season kicks into full gear. Do you have plans? Do they include a national park?
Greg Peck: The lure of a TV infomercial
Have you ever been enticed to order something after stumbling onto some TV infomercial? I just did. But so far, I'm glad I did.
Greg Peck: Which states make up Midwest?
Greg Peck: Which states make up Midwest?
Greg Peck doesn't include Ohio in the Midwest. Same goes for North and South Dakota.

Xtra Points

Local sports talk with the Gazette sports staff
Xtra Points: NBA Finals, Crew abuse, WIAA postseason
Xtra Points: NBA Finals, Crew abuse, WIAA postseason
Eric and John make NBA Finals picks, dish out more Brewers abuse and review a messy start to the WIAA high school postseason.
Xtra Points: Five things to watch for during postseason
Xtra Points: Five things to watch for during postseason
With the final episodes of David Letterman's career in mind, the guys offer their own lists of storylines to watch in the WIAA's spring postseason.
Xtra Points Show: Did Tom Brady get what he deserved?
Xtra Points Show: Did Tom Brady get what he deserved?
This week on Xtra Points, Eric and John talk Tom Brady's punishment, renewed Brewers hopes and the importance (or unimportance) of high school rankings.

The Web Desk

Behind the scenes of GazetteXtra with digital content coordinators Andrew Reuter and Dave von Falkenstein
Best of The Gazette: Music, ashes and a grenade attack
Best of The Gazette: Music, ashes and a grenade attack
A famed local musician, a fight for an ash tree and a look back on a botched raid are among the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Tom Brady, cheap trips and a vet’s story
Best of The Gazette: Tom Brady, cheap trips and a vet’s story
Tom Brady's punishment, 10 cheap vacation ideas and the story of a local veteran are among the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.
Best of The Gazette: Pizza, prisoners and healing horses
Best of The Gazette: Pizza, prisoners and healing horses
A unique pizza place, Janesville POWs and a local therapy program are among the topics of some of The Gazette's best content from the last week or so.

Fuel and Tires

All about auto racing with Gazette staffer Dave von Falkenstein
Fuel & Tires: Montoya takes Indy, Edwards wins
Fuel & Tires: Montoya takes Indy, Edwards wins
Dave reviews Juan Pablo Montoya's second Indianapolis 500 win, Carl Edwards winning at Charlotte, Nico Rosberg winning his third-straight in Monaco as well as local race results.
Fuel & Tires: Montoya is safe bet for Indy win
Fuel & Tires: Montoya is safe bet for Indy win
There are 33 drivers that will take the green flag in Sunday's 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, but only one can win. Dave profiles the entire field and gives you his prediction on the winner.
Fuel & Tires: Indy 500, NASCAR and short track action
Fuel & Tires: Indy 500, NASCAR and short track action
A bit late, but Dave recaps last weekend's racing action both nationally and locally and looks forward to a big weekend of racing action.

ProjectLab

A team of do-it-yourselfers share their successes (and failures) on a variety of topics
ProjectLab: No tape measure required with floor plan app
ProjectLab: No tape measure required with floor plan app
“RoomScan” draws floor plans all by itself, just by touching your walls with your iPhone. Just don't expect the app to replace your tape measure.
ProjectLab: Kitchen faucet installation goes swimmingly
ProjectLab: Kitchen faucet installation goes swimmingly
DIYer Nick Crow expected his kitchen faucet replacement project to be a disaster. But things turned out to be much easier than expected.
ProjectLab: Install a new cord on an old fluorescent lamp
ProjectLab: Install a new cord on an old fluorescent lamp
DIYer Andrew Reuter saves an old fluorescent light from the scrap heap by replacing its power cord.

Press Start

Video game news, reviews and commentary with Gazette reporter Jake Magee
Press Start: Why 'MGS2's' Raiden was misunderstood
Press Start: Why 'MGS2's' Raiden was misunderstood
Not many people were fans of Raiden, the protagonist players controlled throughout the majority of "Metal Gear Solid 2." Columnist Jake Magee believes the character is misunderstood and deserves some recognition.
Press Start: How to pick the right FPS for you
Press Start: How to pick the right FPS for you
Which competitive first-person shooter is right for your play style? Columnist Jake Magee breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of three huge franchises.
Press Start: Double-dipping with 'GTA V'
Press Start: Double-dipping with 'GTA V'
"Grand Theft Auto V" is such a great game that columnist Jake Magee bought it twice. Here's why.

The Hungry Reporter

Cooking and food talk with Gazette reporter Andrea Anderson
The Hungry Reporter: Deep fried veggies
The Hungry Reporter: Deep fried veggies
Deep frying vegetables is a quick and easy meal. Add a local twist to it by getting outside and searching for your own asparagus, food columnist Andrea Anderson writes.
Hungry Reporter: Zucchini bread is crowd pleaser
Hungry Reporter: Zucchini bread is crowd pleaser
This vegan zucchini bread includes raisins and chocolate chips. Both kids and adults will enjoy this recipe, food columnist Andrea Anderson writes.
Hungry Reporter: Perfect chili recipe for a chilly day
Hungry Reporter: Perfect chili recipe for a chilly day
In her first food column for GazetteXtra, reporter Andrea Anderson offers a vegan chili recipe that's packed with flavor and easy to make.

Community Blogs

We the People

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Politics and civil commentary with community blogger John Eyster
John W. Eyster: Discover Democracy at Milton event
John W. Eyster: Discover Democracy at Milton event
The Discovering Democracy research fair offers a special opportunity for the Milton community to learn more about significant public policy issues, community columnist John W. Eyster writes.
John W. Eyster: What if Abraham Lincoln had lived?
John W. Eyster: What if Abraham Lincoln had lived?
Community columnist John W. Eyster reflects on the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

Glen Loyd Videos

With community blogger Glen Loyd
Glen Loyd Videos: A dangerous journey for young goslings
Glen Loyd Videos: A dangerous journey for young goslings
Goslings go blindly wherever their parents lead them ... even to dangerous places.
Glen Loyd Videos: Great blue heron, monster fish
Glen Loyd Videos: Great blue heron, monster fish
Bugs are bad around some Wisconsin's rivers and lakes, but they are coaxing big fish to make spectacular jumps into the air.
Glen Loyd Videos: Friendly Purple Martins return
Glen Loyd Videos: Friendly Purple Martins return
Purple Martins are returning to Wisconsin after wintering in South America.

Truly blessed

ALS patient James Martin shares his journey
James Martin: On not knowing what you're really talking about
James Martin: On not knowing what you're really talking about
Writer James Martin thought he was talking to his fifth-grade daughter about Native Americans. But he was wrong, he soon learned.

Green Side Up

Garden talk with Gazette community blogger Janice Peterson
Janice Peterson: Air edging, the easy way to tidy your garden
Janice Peterson: Air edging, the easy way to tidy your garden
One of Janice Peterson's favorite tasks this time of year is edging her flower and shrub beds. This activity makes your yard look nice—and can make you feel nice, too.
Janice Peterson: Seeds, sales and an Impatiens warning
Janice Peterson: Seeds, sales and an Impatiens warning
Do you start your own seeds? Do you like saving cash on plants? Did you grow Impatiens last year? If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, then this column is for you.
Janice Peterson: When should I prune my hydrangeas?
Janice Peterson: When should I prune my hydrangeas?
Hydrangeas are worth growing, garden blogger Janice Peterson writes. Jjust make sure you remember what variety you have so you'll know how to care for it.

Ask a Poultry Farmer

Advice from a man with sixty years of experience with chickens, turkeys and waterfowl. With community blogger Dale Wheelock.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: I ordered chicks. Now what?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: I ordered chicks. Now what?
Here are five steps to take when preparing for your baby birds.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Where can I go to buy, sell birds?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: Where can I go to buy, sell birds?
Looking for a place to buy and sell chickens, turkeys and waterfowl? A traditional swap meet is your best bet, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. Lucky for readers, a great local meet is right around the corner.
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How do I build a home for my chicks?
Ask a Poultry Farmer: How do I build a home for my chicks?
You don't have to spend a lot of money to build new digs for baby chicks, poultry blogger Dale Wheelock writes. A cardboard box will do just fine.