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  • 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' turns 50

    Just like the song, he's gone down in history. But that's not why the reindeer with his nose so bright was created.
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:20 pm
  • Historian shares story of beloved TV special

    UNION – Rick Goldschmidt isn’t one for mincing words. He became the historian and archivist for Rankin/Bass Productions Inc. out of appreciation for t ...
    Dec. 13, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Novice crafter? There’s a project for that

    NEW YORK – Inspired by that colorful homemade gingerbread on Instagram or the hand-painted coasters on Pinterest, but worried about your skills?
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Post office pays homage

    RUDOLPH, Wis. – Thousands of Christmas cards are pouring into a small Wisconsin village that shares its name with the most famous reindeer.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Tiny critics stoke new sales for toy makers

    NEW YORK – A snaggletooth 8-year-old. A middle schooler with a punk rocker bob cut and big earrings. Tween siblings with a penchant for playing.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:10 pm
  • Social media changes holiday card landscape

    For many people, the rules for posting personal news on Facebook, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm
  • Woodstock Wedding Network to provide free wedding for winners of giveaway

    WOODSTOCK – Children may dream about their wedding day – the dress, the flowers, the ring – a fairytale event. Then as life twists and turns, those wi ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Designers offer tips for trees

    For generations, the choice was simple:1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrest ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 4:21 pm
  • Jazz up your holidays with the latest in lights

    Clark Griswold would be proud. Thanks to advances in lighting technology, suburban dads (and moms) a ...
    Nov. 30, 2014 - 12:11 am
  • Get your home ready for holiday company

    Company’s coming. It’s time to clean up your act.Getting ready for the holidays isn’t just about reg ...
    Nov. 14, 2014 - 4:01 pm
  • Known for her greeting cards, Crystal Lake’s Mary Ann Johnson keeps expanding her brand

    CRYSTAL LAKE – Wearing a holiday-red sweater, with a sash of her newly introduced snowman-print fabric wrapped around her neck, Mary Ann Johnson is re ...
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 12:19 am
  • Author to discuss hobo influence on quilts

    UNION – Quilt aficionados and rail fans will have an opportunity to satisfy both passions during a special “Hobo Quilts and Railroads” presentation at ...
    Nov. 8, 2014 - 11:33 pm
  • Favorite sweaters get second life (or just buy the style!)

    Cozying up in a favorite sweater is one of the distinct pleasures of autumn. This fall, designers an ...
    Nov. 2, 2014 - 12:24 am
  • Flexible mummies for Halloween decor

    Count me among those who find the "Elf on the Shelf" just a bit creepy. That said, wouldn't it make more sense to have a slightly spooky creature keep ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Quoth the raven, ‘Happy Halloween’

    Edgar Allan Poe and Halloween are enmeshed like cobwebs on a lamppost.In classics like “The Cask of ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Last-minute DIY decorations

    This Halloween, lighten things up with luminaries. There are lots of quick, do-it-yourself projects to make the flickering lights that welcome partier ...
    Oct. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Algonquin home offers delights, frights

    Katzenstein: How long have you been decorating like this?Haupert: I have been decorating for many ye ...
    Oct. 28, 2014 - 9:47 am
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