Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Maybe it was something for your children—or for you. What's the best gift you gave or received this Christmas?
As children, it's often all about what they get. The hottest toy, video game or favorite outfit. But sometimes, it's about the gift you can give. Finding the perfect thing for your mom, or your sweetie. Or giving something to someone who really needed the help. Share photos of Christmas morning smiles by uploading one to our gallery, and tell us your stories of great gifts in the comments. Merry Christmas to you and your families from all of us at Patch!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Should you lie through your teeth as long as possible, or 'fess up at the first hint of doubt? Tell us what you think the right time is.
As a child, we can all remember the palpable anticipation the night of Christmas Eve, trying to calm down enough to get some shuteye. The same goes for parents. Watching the children fumble down the stairs to see what Santa Claus has brought, and their eyes light up when they see colorfully wrapped presents abound under the Christmas tree — it's a special moment. The time will come, though, when questions arise about how exactly the big jolly guy does it: "So, Santa flies around the world in one night on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, somehow breaks into millions of homes and neatly stashes presents under trees? And, he still finds time to drink that milk and eat those cookies left out for him?" Parenting experts agree it can be a tough …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker delivers a Christmas message for this week's radio address.
Each week, Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. The following is the transcript from his address on Thursday, titled Holiday Message. Hi, I’m Scott Walker. My wife Tonette and I would like to take a moment to wish you and your loved ones peace and happiness this holiday season. As we get ready to celebrate Christmas with our sons, Matt and Alex, we pray for a new year filled with faith, hope, and prosperity. This joyful season can be a time to remember as well as a time to hope for the future. It is also a time to be grateful for the past year and for our loved ones. We hope that in the midst of the hustle and bustle, and in light of the recent tragedy, everyone will take the opportunity to cherish the family around them…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Not every business is shutting down for the holiday. If you're looking for somewhere to dine out or need to pick up last-minute supplies in the area, check out these places.
While many people will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day huddled around the tree, opening gifts and spending quality time with loved ones — that's not how everyone spends the holiday. If you're looking for somewhere to dine out or need to pick up last-minute supplies in the area, have no fear: here's a roundup of some of the local places open for business during the holiday. Do you know of another local business that's open for the holiday, but not on this list? Add it in the comments.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Here's a look at some of the church services scheduled to celebrate the Christmas holiday throughout Port Washington and Saukville. Do you know of one that's not on the list? Add it!
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
The Christmas tree is up, the lights are hung and the presents are wrapped — perhaps it's time to take a look at the other side of the holiday and the real meaning behind Christmas. Churches throughout Port Washington and Saukville have a number of services scheduled in recognition of Christmas — here's a list of some locations and times: Portview Church First Congregational Church St. John’s Lutheran Church Open Door Bible Church St. Peter's United Church of Christ Living Hope Lutheran Church Do you know of a holiday service that isn't on this list? Please tell us in the comments.
Questions from Port Washington and Saukville students in letters to Santa are answered by the jolly old man himself.
A group of Lincoln Elementary School students recently took the time to write letters to Santa. Beyond letting him know what they want for Christmas, and offering advice for Santa while he's on the road for Christmas — the students had all sorts of questions about Santa's operation in the North Pole. Elf Lyssa visited the school to collect the letters, and they were safely delivered to the North Pole. Santa has finally had the time to read them, and this is what he had to say in response: Dear children of Port Washington and Saukville (and a special hello to the students at Lincoln Elementary School), I am so glad to hear from you during this wonderful holiday season, ho ho ho! It's the best time of year, you'd ought to know that by now. …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Elementary students' letters to Santa are full of gift requests as well as questions about the reindeer, elves — and a few warnings for Santa.
There's just a few days left until Christmas and Santa's big journey around the world. Before he heads out the door, however, Lincoln Elementary students wrote some letters to Santa giving him a heads up on their interests as well as asking plenty of questions for Santa. Elf Lyssa visited the school to collect the letters, and they were safely delivered to the North Pole. Santa plans to respond soon — so check back for what he has to say! Warnings to Santa Questions for Santa Requests of Santa
Monday, December 17, 2012
An 18-year-old Saukville woman is accused of stealing gifts and other items from her stepfather's home.
An 18-year-old Saukville woman is accused of stealing $3,000 in goods and Christmas gifts from her stepfather’s home last week. Chelsea L. Krohn was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court on Thursday with one count of theft of more than $2,500. If convicted, she faces up to 1-½ years in prison and $10,000 in fines. According to the criminal complaint: On Dec. 10, a man living in the 300 block of Maple Lane contacted the Saukville Police Department after he discovered $3,080 in Christmas gifts, electronics, cash, gift cards and clothes were missing from his home. The man suspected his stepdaughter Krohn in the theft, saying his mother-in-law saw her there earlier in the day. Krohn told police she went to the home with men named "Lil' Bob" …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints welcomed families to celebrate Christmas during a two-day event featuring hundreds of nativity scenes for the holidays.
Family, religion and spirit were felt by visitors to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' third annual Celebration of the Nativity, featuring hundreds of nativity scenes for the holidays. Elder Evans, a missionary at the church who is serving at the Port Washington branch, said the Christmas season can get "hectic," so it's important to remember the season's meaning. "It’s the birth of our savior," Evans said. "We get to remember his birth. As we view these nativity scenes and really buckle-down and the Christmas season can get really hectic, we can really feel that Christmas spirit, and really remember why we celebrate Christmas." Family is also something that is very important during the holiday season, he said. "Family is …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
It isn't too late to make a donation that will make this year's end brighter for someone suffering, whether from hunger, poverty, disease or disaster.
In the flurry of holiday shopping and parties, the rush to complete end-of-year business, we are also reminded that this is the season to remember those less fortunate than ourselves. Year-end fundraising appeal letters arrive by mail and e-mail from those to whom we have given before, encouraging renewed giving — a task many people set aside for the week after Christmas, when things have slowed down. Yet there are many for whom the holidays could be considerably brightened by some giving right now — families that might face hunger rather than a feast, children whose stockings could be empty of toys, people whose very lives and livelihoods have been visited by illness or disaster beyond their control. And there is still time. With …