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25/11/2015

Blessings abound in Fond du Lac County

During this Thanksgiving season, we as residents of Fond du Lac County should reflect on the blessings that come with living here.

We have been blessed and have much to be thankful for as residents. We have increasing employment because of strong employers, large and small. Mercury Marine has lived up to its commitments made in 2009, almost doubling its employment and investing nearly a half-billion dollars in Fond du Lac, including an innovation center that is developing new products. Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon has had two major expansions in the last three years with significant new employment. Advanced Tooling in Mount Calvary has doubled its employment.

Swenson Tool & Die moved to Campbellsport from Washington County because they wanted to be in Fond du Lac County and closer to a quality workforce. Wells Vehicle Electronics has expanded its employment, production capacity and product development. Grande Cheese is building its new headquarters in south Fond du Lac, which will be a showcase for those approaching the city from the south. LaClare Farms built a state-of-the-art goat milking and cheese processing facility in Pipe that has produced international award-winning goat cheese and is now expanding. Fond du Lac has several national and international businesses headquartered in the county. These are only a few examples and there are many more.

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IGNITE! Business Success, a robust network of 17 organizations, provides a seamless resource to support the start-up of new entrepreneurial enterprises and to assist existing small businesses sustain and grow their operations. The Emergent Technology Center, a member of IGNITE!, is a business accelerator for technology-based businesses. IGNITE! is unique in the state of Wisconsin and now is a model for other entrepreneurial development systems in Wisconsin and other parts of the nation. This was founded and started in Fond du Lac County by forward-thinking, ambitious and positive people.

We have many cultural, recreational and educational facilities that other communities envy. The Children’s Museum is one of the best in the Midwest. The Thelma Madoff Center for the Arts is a facility that offers opportunities to experience fine arts, concerts and learning for residents of all ages. The Pankratz Arts Exchange in Mount Calvary offers exceptional, professional musical productions every season of the year. The Fond du Lac Public Library will soon open the Idea Studio, a “makerspace” to nurture creativity and innovation.

Waupun offers some of the best festivals in the region and is known for its public collection of sculptures by world-renowned artist Clarence Addison Shaler. We live in one of the most beautiful countrysides in the nation that provides year-round recreation or just a place to enjoy natural serenity. Again, this is only a small list of the multiple cultural, recreational and educational opportunities that other communities only wish they possessed.

The Commonwealth Companies have invested more than $26 million in downtown Fond du Lac and is in the process of redeveloping the old hospital in Ripon that will provide much needed housing for the city and county. In downtown Fond du Lac, Lillian’s and Edith’s Bridal draw people from throughout the region and state. Marian University has purchased the Nielsen Building and has converted it to the Health Professionals Center where it will house its nursing program. Agnesian Healthcare has occupied a floor of the building for its information technology department.

All of the above are extremely positive endeavors; however, it seems that there are people in the community who can always find and focus on the opposite. Many times when we take actions to improve the community, some communicate negativity and defeatism. There is a small group that wants no change; they want the community to stay just like it is now. In today’s world, that is a formula for decline and deterioration. There is nothing wrong with public discourse but only when it is constructive. Most of what we hear from a small but vocal minority is destructive and adds nothing to building our community.

Every community has challenges, including Fond du Lac County. But there are far more positives and opportunities for the future. There are many selflessly working and dedicated to the future of our community. To those, we say “thank you”!

It is time for all of us to recognize that our county is truly blessed with many exceptional attributes. If you care about the future and progressive growth of the community, please stand up and be counted. You are needed. Become actively involved and engaged so that we can claim the community we deserve.(Source: sheindressau.com)

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10/11/2015

Feel Beautiful on Holiday with Procare Hair&Beauty

You are on holiday in Tenerife, and your hair goes all messy on windy summer days. Your hair colour fades on sun and heat. Your skin becomes dry and sensitive, your body is tense, and you only have a week or two! Your mood changes and you are too nervous worrying about your appearance.

Put your worries aside, Procare Hair & Beauty salon’s team is there for you to feel the best of yourself on holiday.

Procare Hair & Beauty offers highest standard professional hairdresser, stylist, beautician and nail technician services. Whether it’s Japanese manicure, permanent make-up, hair, nail, eyelash or eyebrow extensions, it’s all there for you.

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Electric manicure and pedicure is a modern way of taking care for your nails. It’s processed with special machine and several filing nibs. Not only it becomes one of the most hygienic methods, but it’s also used in various medical treatments to improve skin appearance. This electric method gives an ability for the nail technician to perform the most miniscule procedures for the best look of your nails. This pleasant procedure is finished with relaxing palm or foot massage which most positively affects not only the appearance of your skin, but also improves blood circulation.

Permanent make-up is a pigmentation of skin on desired areas, such as eyebrows, eyelids or lips performed in order to create ideal lines defining your facial appearance. It is ultimately perfect for holiday, when applying make-up in the morning and removing it in the evening isn’t one of the most desired things to do. It stays on way much longer that your holiday lasts, and is performed by a specialist with 25 years of experience.

Professional beauty treatments are exclusively performed with particular care of your needs. The right way of taking care of your skin is the key of eternal youth. Particularly while on holiday, we feel need to get the most out of the sun and tan as much as possible in a short periods of time. We most often spend way too long laying on the beach or by the swimming pool, then nervously spend the rest of our holidays with aching red skin.

Beautician at Procare will make sure you take care of your skin correctly. In addition to variety advices, the salons professionals suggest to have facials and most importantly full body massage to get the most out of your holiday. “It is extremely important to have your body massaged at the beginning of your holiday, so that your body stays healthy and relaxed throughout.” Says the beautician Elita.

Beautiful shiny hair is unquestionably every woman’s dream. It’s almost impossible to bring all your hair care products with you for short holiday, besides hotel hairdryers are usually hopeless. Wouldn’t it be great to wake up in the morning, and have your hair washed and blow-dried for you? In Procare, professional hairstylists will completely take care of your hair, whether it’s a haircut, hair up or colour and much more. Hairdresser Jurate, with 20+ years of experience who worked in London for over seven years, says, that while living in such a multicultural city she now knows almost every woman’s desires. Make your dreams come true.

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26/10/2015

6 Trends That Changed The Fashion World For The Better — PHOTOS

The sartorial world is about more than just looking pretty. Fashion trends can be used as social dialogue and can sometimes help change the world for the better. While that good pair of boots or the dress with twirling potential can make some of our hearts somersault in our chests, it's fashion in and of itself that can be more than just what sits in your closet. It can serve as a social commentary tool.

Trends can evolve to show the changing climate of a particular decade and can pinpoint the moment a generation started to shift its ideals and change the world for the better. Women ditched corsets in the early 1900s as the suffrage movement gained steam; girls raised the hems of their skirts in the '60s as the second wave of feminism rolled through the States; and the youth of the '90s chose "non-fashion" grunge as a "no thank ya" nod to the sellout ideals of "the man." They weren't going to follow the business-card-slinging ways of American Psycho, and their thrift-store plaids proved it.

Below are six trends that not only changed the dialogue of an era, but helped the youth of that generation find its identity and use fashion as a tool to change the social conversation of their time.

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1. The Flappers Of The 1920s

Gatsby! Capone! Speakeasies! Automobiles! The 1920s was a transformative decade of flash and glitter, as its youth was all too eager to leave oppressive Victorian ideals behind. It was the decade women won the right to vote, the year gin was taken out of cupboards, and it signaled the moment when theHarlem Renaissance took over the nation. Not to mention it was the age of swing dance and flappers.

Just a decade prior, women were still widely perceived as obedient, plain-living, pious creatures. The '20s girl wanted to go against every single one of those traits.

So she applied lipstick in public, smoked cigarettes, kissed boys, and bared her ankles and shoulders, much to the shock of her mother. Flappers were arguably the first youth rebellion in America, and their style reflected it.

What fueled this change? The success of the suffrage movement and women's newfound voice had something to do with it, but 1920s fashion was also a direct rejection of stuffy Victorian gender roles and the idea of the Gibson Girl, a pen-and-ink version of the ideal woman created by illustrator Charles Gibson, who combined the "fragile lady" and the "voluptuous woman" into one male-fantasy super hybrid.

She was the personification of what a "true woman" should be, and the youth of the '20s was done with her and her boring chignons. Whereas in the Victorian era woman often tried to look older than their age, the flappers aimed to be androgynous and almost pre-pubescent, hiding their curves and traditional femininity in baggy drop-waist dresses, but still giving off a casually sexual vibe.

Joshua Zeitz, social historian and author of Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern, quoted Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, a noted liberal writer at the time: "Rather they were 'feminists — New Style — and truly modern Americans who admit that a full life calls for marriage and children but at the same time ... are moved by an inescapable inner compulsion to be individuals in their own right.'"

2. The Miniskirts Of The 1960s

The 1960s took the cooling-pie-on-the-windowsill years of the '50s and flipped it on its head. The new decade was all about change and revolution.Beatlemania was taking over, the Civil Rights Act changed the fabric of society, brothers and boyfriends were being sent to Vietnam, birth control pills hit 6.5 million American women by 1965, and some women began burning their bras. As all this was happening, the young generation reflected the wild change by keeping the momentum going and taking scissors to their skirts.

Before the 1960s, young women were expected to dress like their mothers, in full skirts and ankle-skimming dresses — every inch of a businessman's respectable wife. According to Valerie Steele, fashion historian and author of50 Years of Fashion: New Look to Now, "Looking back on the late 1950s, the English designer Sally Tuffin recalled that, 'There weren’t any clothes for young people at all. One just looked like their mother.'"

As the social climate changed, however, so did the style. Many feminists saw the mini as a symbol of their right to show off their bodies however they wanted, and it no longer felt like the "right thing" for the daughters of Suburbia USA to dress to please their future husbands. They wanted to dress to please themselves and whoever wanted to look. Because of that, a new feminine ideal was created: The Single Girl.

She was young, made her own money, and didn't occupy her mind or time with men — not that she was disinterested; she just had more important things to worry about. According to Hilary Radner, history professor and author of Swinging Single: Representing Sexuality in the 1960s, "The Single Girl does not consider the possibility of a world without men; she has more concrete things on her mind, like paying rent."

Think of characters like the refreshingly selfish Polly Golightly, or successful Swinging London models like Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton. Women no longerhad to be housewives: They could be educated, could bring in their own paychecks, and didn't necessarily need to rely on the support of a man as in decades past. The teeny mini represented that new and excitingly radical idea.

3. London's Punk Scene In The 1970s

Ripped clothes, safety pins holding tattered shirts together, mile-high mohawks: London's '70s punk movement was everything furious, fast, and chaotic. These kids were social revolutionaries decked out in tartan and Dr. Martens, brewing a flashpoint of working class unrest.

According to The Telegraph, the debt crisis of 1976 left 2 million people unemployed in Britain. Much of the youth was broke and without work. The new scene that started to unfurl in London's underground was a direct and angry middle finger to the British ruling class. According to Jeffrey Banks, author of Tartan: Romancing the Plaid, "In the late 1970s punk music was a way for youth in the British Isles to voice their discontent with the ruling class."

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