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Gift Cards

Buying or using gift cards? Read the fine print

For many consumers, gift cards offer a simple, convenient solution for holiday gift giving. But shoppers need to stay on their toes when purchasing and using gift cards, says J. Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin-Extension family and consumer economics specialist and director of the UW-Madison Center for Financial Security and Michelle Tidemann, Fond du Lac […]

Christmas lights

Is your Electric bill sky high?

Want to know how much those holiday lights are costing you to light this year? Is it your kid’s game system or the blow dryer that is sending your electric bills sky high? Whether you want to know how much extra electricity the in-laws will be using at your house this holiday season or you […]

Family Stories

Family stories a special holiday gift for kids

Research shows that sharing family stories may be as beneficial to children as reading to them; in fact, storytelling may even provide additional bonuses. “When parents tell detailed family stories to their children, kids tend to view their family as stronger and have higher self-esteem, lower levels of anxiety or nervousness, and fewer behavioral problems,” […]


Electronics Recycling

Electronics Recycling Locations in Fond du Lac County (updated 3.14.12) Facility Items Accepted Aronson’s Recycling 513 Fond du Lac St., Waupun, WI 920/324-2209 Monitors, desktop computers, laptops, printers/printer combos, computer peripherals, digital video recorders, and VCR’s. Bargains Galore Thrift Store 810 W. Main St., Waupun, WI www.BargainsGaloreThriftStore.com 920/324-8677 Hours:  Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am-2:00 […]


Holiday traditions may change to meet family needs

Families develop many holiday activities, events and rituals over the years. Some activities become family traditions and others fall by the wayside. As children get older, the schedules and demands of school, jobs and sports may affect their feelings about time-honored family traditions. One way for parents of teens and preteens to ensure that holiday […]


4-H Family Times December/January Newsletter

Highlights in the 4-H Family Times Dec/Jan newsletter: Annual Required Leader Training, Summer Camp Counselor Positions, Officer Workshop, 4-H Volunteers & Friends Recognized, 4-H Hall of Fame, Speaking & Demonstration Contest, Writing Contest, Music & Drama Festival, Tractor & Machinery Safety Certification Program, Market Beef Weigh In…


It’s time to talk turkey!

Perhaps the biggest holiday meal of the year is just around the corner. Thanksgiving brings families together from all across the state to share a meal that often centers on roast turkey and all the fixings. To help you prepare the holiday meal, University of Wisconsin-Extension food scientist Barbara Ingham offers some helpful hints. “Whether you choose a fresh or frozen turkey […]

Growth and Achievement Award recipients

4-H Family Times November Newsletter

Highlights in the November 4-H Family Times newsletter include:  Fond du Lac County 4-H is on Facebook, club officer workshop, orientation for new 4-H volunteers, Family Learning Day presenters are needed, travel the world with 4-H, small animal project meetings,  writing contest, music festival