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The Reporter photo by Patrick Flood. Nick Godfrey, 12, of Campbellsport does his best fish impression at Fond du Lac Fairgrounds Family Aquatic Center on July 19.

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The Reporter photo by Patrick Flood. Fond du Lac firefighter Mike Spencer waits amid sleet with other firefighters for the flagdraped casket of Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz to pass the fire station on South Main Street around noon on March 23. The procession included dozens of police and sheriffs’ cars from jurisdictions from Kenosha to Green Bay.

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The Reporter photo by Patrick Flood. The sunset on an evening in early October creates a silhouette of cornfields and the steeple of St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg.

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The Reporter photo by Justin Connaher. Victor Mildebrandt, 4, plays with a train set in 4-year old kindergarten class on Jan. 6, 2011 at Barlow Park Elementary School in Ripon.

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The Reporter photo by Patrick Flood. Racers bunch up in a turn during the Category 3 race at the Fond du Lac Gran Prix bike races held in downtown Fond du Lac on June 24.

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What was your most memorable assignment and favorite photo of 2011?

What was your most memorable assignment and favorite photo of 2011?

“I have many favorite photos. If I had to pick one, it would have to be the “Big Mouth Bass.”

“The most memorable assignment I covered in 2011 was the Hoepner family maple syrup operation near Lomira in March.

“It’s something a person doesn’t see every day.

“At the time, I was reading ‘Little House in the Big Woods’ by Laura Ingalls Wilder with my son, both of us experiencing the book for the first time.

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“My most memorable assignment of the year was in December when covering the Salvation Army distribution. I witnessed the real meaning of Christmas. A lady in a wheelchair received her gifts and then wept. I didn’t take photos of that moment. I was truly moved.”

How has the Web and online photography and galleries changed or enhanced your approach to photography? “The Web, online photos and galleries have changed my approach in the sense that I take more photos than I ever have before. “Almost everyone likes to feel like they are part of the event, even though they might not have been there. The Web allows me to share numerous photos with the public. I realize that people like to view galleries to see if they see themselves or others they know. “Online is like an open book. We may be able to publish only one photo from an event in the paper, but we can show a timeline of photos on the Web. “I love photography; that will not change”

What do you carry? What kind of gear do you use? “I carry a backpack with the Nikon of choice for the day, along with a 200 lens, wide angle and standard.

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“Also, I always have “hot hands” during the winter to help keep the batteries warm on the coldest days, a notebook, pens, pencils and Sharpies, cloths to wipe the lenses and extra batteries.”

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“We had reached the part of the story explaining in great detail about maple syrup production in Wisconsin during the late 1800s. I found it fascinating that little had changed in more than 100 years.”

How has the Web and online photography and galleries changed or enhanced your approach to photography? “The Internet continues to expand in its importance to consumers of news and information. “To remain relevant as journalists and stewards of First Amendment rights in our community, we must produce more content than ever before while continuing to uphold the highest ethical standards of accuracy.”

What do you carry? What kind of gear do you use? “Several pens, pads of paper, rubber bands, tape, batteries, two digital single-lens reflex cameras (one of which can take video), one wide-angle lens, one telephoto zoom lens and an audio recorder (for making audio slideshows). “This is a well-rounded backpack/kit bag for photojournalists.”


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Patrick Flood What was your most memorable assignment and favorite photo of 2011? “My most memorable assignment was the standoff and officer shooting that occurred on March 20. “Free-lance photographer Doug Raflik and I tried to get angles from opposite ends of the scene, but I was stopped three blocks away for safety. I started working southward when Raflik called and said he had an angle. “Just before I got to his position, gunfire erupted. I raced around the corner of a building (peeking out first) and started shooting as officers were putting down covering fire to extract people trapped in the basement of the home where the shooter was. “I stayed at the scene until we heard on the scanner that

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the shooter was dead, then raced back to the office to process photos. I have never been that nervous at a shoot, but I was proud of the job I was doing.”

How has the Web and online photography and galleries changed or enhanced your approach to photography? “I started in the days of film. You shoot 10 to 15 frames for a shoot, thinking more about each shot because it has got to work. “Now, I can bang away 300 frames, pick the few I like, but still post the average ones (in my opinion) so someone can see more of the event, or grandma in Arizona can see the grandkids at the football game — shots that

probably wouldn’t run in the newspaper.”

What do you carry? What kind of gear do you use? “We have a Nikon D300s that does video, but it has an X1.5 crop factor, meaning that any lens you put on it is multiplied by 1.5. “That’s great for reaching out with a telephoto, but it’s hard to get a truly wide shot. “So my favorite camera we have is the Nikon D3. Made in 2008, it’s got millions of shutter actuations on it (clicks), but is still the greatest camera I have used so far. A 1735 f2.8 and a 70-200 f2.8  are the meat and potatoes lenses I use most all the time.”

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Darrell Jewson, left, and Jeff Soll of Fond du Lac talk in front of the railroad station during the Ice Cream Social at Galloway House and Village in Fond du Lac on Aug. 20. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Or is it the other way around? We define community. It’s worth considering, but in the scheme of things, all that really matters is we somehow belong. This collection of photos in the Community section of Revue represents a variety of ways we fit together in this little corner of the world. Community in a larger sense is the tie that binds “us” — our families, our churches, schools, neighborhoods and civic organizations. We view our readership area as Fond du Lac, Dodge and Calumet counties. For the most part, our communities fall within that geographic area.

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But times are changing. Today, community transcends

restrictive geographic areas because of the power and scope of the Internet and other vehicles of communication. Former residents, soldiers and “snowbirds” reach out to us for news and images of their communities from across the country and around the world. Photos are available to faraway members of the community through The Reporter website and in photo galleries arranged by topic and event, just as they are easily accessible to those nearby in the community. The Community section of Revue stirs memories and emotions, and sparks smiles and even tears. The photographs in these first pages celebrate who we are, how we live, what we find interesting and why we have chosen to make our home here. For many, it is the connection that nourishes us and holds us together.

In the pages that follow, you’ll find a woman kissing a sturgeon, a snake peering into the mouth of a teenage girl at Walleye Weekend, kids delightfully being kids, a poignant moment at a photo exhibit honoring soldiers, a tiny dog driving a truck, a bagpiper in silhouette at a memorial service, and a simple cup of steaming coffee at a downtown shop. And for a reason I can’t explain, a stalk of prairie grass in sharp focus ranks among my favorites. In the background is the barely discernible face of Connie Ramthun, a person who preserves prairies in our little corner of the world. Community speaks to all of us, no matter where we live. All we have to do is listen. Michael Mentzer is The Reporter’s managing editor.


From left, Katie Knoecke, 16, and Brittany Stremke, 17, both of Campbellsport, and Amanda Bechler, 17, of Van Dyne pose in prom dresses April 9 at Cinderella’s Closet in downtown Fond du Lac. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

Calvin Grass, 7, of Fond du Lac participates in the seventh annual Ride for Rosita Super Spin on Jan. 22, 2011, at the Fond du Lac YMCA. The annual fundraiser supports United Hearts for Health, a partnership linking Fond du Lac with Rosita, Nicaragua. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Autumn Landrath, 7, of Fond du Lac finds a comfortable place to rest along with her family’s cow July 21 during the Fond du Lac County Fair at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. (Patrick Flood/ The Reporter)

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Scott Warren, left, and his son Zack, 3, meet Patches the dog during an open house to kick off EMS Week at the Fond du Lac Main Street Fire Station on May 14. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


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| Children watch a Soda Pups show during the summer reading program at Oakfield Public Library on June 30. Jack and Nancy Zolkowski of Neenah own the dogs. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Water Aerobics instructor Jami Norenberg directs students at Fond du Lac Aquatic Center on Sept. 30. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Lacy Loehrke of Fond du Lac kisses a sturgeon on the opening day of sturgeon spearing season, Feb. 12, at the weigh-in station at Wendt’s on the Lake along Lake Winnebago’s West Shore. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

Autumn Westphal, 5, of Fond du Lac plays on the Little Squirt Floor at Lakeside Park during Walleye Weekend on June 12. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


Ariel Whitney, 10, of Fond du Lac expresses her excitement before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Fond du Lac on March 12. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

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Sam Horetzki, 4, of Fond du Lac pounds the wheel of a toy car held by Ron Abrey of Abrey Electric in Theresa. The project was offered to children at the Home and Garden Show held March 26 at Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

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Alex Costello, left, and his brother Ryan Costello, right, learn about poultry from their neighbor Bryce Retzer, center, at his family’s farm, N5119 Grandview Road, Eden, on Sept. 14. (Aileen Andrews/ The Reporter)

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Theory of a Deadman plays on the Grandstand at the Fond du Lac County Fair at Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds on July 22. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

Verona Grove lead singer Tony Anders proposes to his girlfriend Heather Ribble of Menasha during the band’s Walleye Weekend performance at Lakeside Park on June 12. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


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Bruce Danielson of Fond du Lac performs a solemn tune on the bagpipes during a memorial service to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001, at Fireman’s Park in Campbellsport on Sept. 11, 2011. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)


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Jerry Thomas of Fond du Lac stands in front of a mannequin and display about his military service on July 5 at the Blakely Museum at Galloway House and Village in Fond du Lac. The exhibit included information, uniforms and medals from local veterans. (Aileen Andrews/ The Reporter)

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Ashley Birkholz kneels with Fond du Lac police officers on May 19 at the memorial to her husband, Craig Birkholz, who was killed in the line of duty March 20. The ceremony at Hamilton Park drew hundreds of people. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Most of us have had some experience with studio photography.

We’ve worn our best outfit, fixed our hair and makeup just so. Posed just right under ideal lighting conditions. Those portraits hang proudly over our mantels. News photography couldn’t be further from the contrived family portrait. Most of the images in this section were taken by photojournalists who minutes before had no idea the assignment was in their future. This is largely breaking news: the accidents, fires, a man with a globe who wandered into town, an officer shooting that shattered a dismal Sunday morning in March. Photojournalists must get to the scene quickly, and often that means parking some distance away when roadblocks have been set up, then running the rest of the way, gear in hand.

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In a few moments they have to size up what is in front of

them and start shooting. The only available light may be the headlights of an overturned vehicle or the flames from a fire glowing in the night sky. They must intrude without intruding on pain and sorrow. They must capture the images that the public wants and needs to see, that officials will learn from, that historians will teach from. When workers went on strike against a state budget proposal that would strip them of their collective bargaining abilities, we sent our photographers to Madison. Not only did they navigate the tent city that surrounded the Capitol, they were tasked with finding people from Fond du Lac that made up this city. While it was snowing. While emotions were running high. While police stood nearby ready to arrest anyone who got out of hand. There was the photo “moment” from the shooting of Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz when officers stormed

the home to rescue those trapped inside. There was also the pain and sorrow on the faces of those who lined Main Street days later for the funeral procession of that officer. Some months later, they were there to capture the ceremony that added Birkholz’s name to the memorial monument at Hamilton Park. The “news” isn’t always tragic. There is the photo that captures the joy and hope on the faces of high school students banding together to raise money to fight cancer. There are the lines in the face of a nursing home resident as she celebrates a “high tea” in honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. And of course the media circus driven by one man’s obsession with Big Macs. As you look at these images, you’ll get a good look at the local news of 2011. Peggy Breister is The Reporter’s news editor and digital editor.


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Fond du Lac Police Department squads were marked with a remembrance of Officer Craig Birkholz, who was killed in the line of duty March 20. Officer Ryan Williams and K-9 Officer Grendel were wounded in the standoff with a lone gunman. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

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Linnia Atkinson of Fond du Lac shows her respects as a procession of police and emergency vehicles travels north on Main Street on March 23. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

Fond du Lac Police Department Detective Jeff Harbridge holds roses at a memorial ceremony May 19 at Hamilton Park for Officer Craig Birkholz, who was killed in the line of duty on March 20. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


Shane Cupertino, 7, of Fond du Lac, waves a sign at a rally Feb. 23 with others protesting a budget repair plan by Gov. Scott Walker that would limit collective bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin. Shane was standing in front of the Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce, 207 N. Main St. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

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Mike Diebold of Cross Plains, Wis., takes part in a protest Feb. 26 with union members from Plumbers Local 75 in front of the Capitol Building in Madison. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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A crowd of media representatives, family members, friends and onlookers fill McDonald’s on Military Road in Fond du Lac on May 17 as Fond du Lac’s Don Gorske eats his 25,000th Big Mac sandwich. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

Raina Jeffrey, 16, of Campbellsport, left, Emily Costello, 18, of Eden, Sean Woldt, 17, of Campbellsport, and Chris Calder, 19, of Racine, compete in a three-legged race May 13 in Campbellsport as part of a Relay for Life fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. The Campbellsport Relay for Life raised $51,876. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

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Cora Koenen attends a high tea party held at the Sterling House in Fond du Lac in honor of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the duke and duchess of Cambridge. The couple was married April 29 in Westminster Abbey in London, England. Cora Koenen died in 2011. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)


Erik Bendl of Louisville, Ky., and his dog Nice descend the Highway 23 hill on Fond du Lac’s east side rolling a giant globe to raise diabetes awareness. During the past few years, Bendl has traveled more than 2,000 miles and visited 20 states. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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A crane on a barge hoists a plane that crashed in Lake Winnebago Monday, July 25. A man and woman were killed in the crash about a half-mile east of Wendt’s on the Lake on the West Shore, about 10 miles north of Fond du Lac. The plane had been flying from EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Matthew Cain, owner of Midwest Rescue Airboats, left, takes the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office’s new airboat for a test drive Nov. 16 on Lake Winnebago with Fond du Lac County Sheriff Mick Fink. The new Sheriff’s Amphibious Rescue Craft can travel on water or land, as well as ice, grass, marshes and snow. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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New Fond du Lac Police Chief William Lamb prepares to repeat the oath of office being read by Fond du Lac City Clerk Sue Strands in a ceremony June 30 at the Fond du Lac Police Department. Lamb replaced former chief Tony Barthuly. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Two volunteer firefighters stand in the glow of lights from rescue vehicles along Highway 26 south of Rosendale in the wake of a fiery crash Nov. 29 involving a semi and two vehicles. Four people were injured, including two seriously. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

Tom O’Connor, autopsy supervisor, stands in the examination room of the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner’s Office. Besides handling Fond du Lac County cases, the local Medical Examiner’s Office contracts and provides services to 14 other counties. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)


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Emergency personnel surround a vehicle involved in a fatal accident Jan. 4, 2011, along Highway 67 in the town of Ashford. Ronald Justman, 65, of Theresa, who died at the scene of the three-vehicle crash, was the first traffic fatality of 2011 in Fond du Lac County. (Justin Connaher/ The Reporter)

The driver of a minivan involved in a crash at the intersection of Park Avenue and Follett Street Oct. 11 crouches in the foreground while police investigate. The minivan struck a tree about 4 p.m., injuring four people. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

Paul Loderhose, an engineer with the Fond du Lac Fire Department, works at the scene of a fire June 6 that spread from a car in the driveway to a home at 426 Doty St. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Motorcyclists are awash in autumn on a ribbon of County Trunk Q just east of the Fond du Lac County line on the evening of Oct. 5. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Our staff members have a warm spot in their photographic hearts for scenic beauty, humorous, thought-provoking and poignant images that trigger an appreciative response. Those images often are pleasant surprises for photographers in the midst of a humdrum or hectic day. They often become the images that delight our readers and boost their spirits. Each year, the photos featured in Seasons rank among my favorites, simply because they are uplifting and showcase the talents of people we too often take for granted.

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Photographers Patrick Flood, Justin Connaher and Aileen Andrews were drawn to these images…“just

because”…while on their way to assigned “shoots” or when they found rare free time to search for images readers might appreciate. We call this section Seasons for a number of reasons — the time of year, the type of event, the mood of the moment. Among the images in Seasons that brought a smile to my face were Daisy the bloodhound (a face that only a dog lover could appreciate) and Curt Strutz the Bassmeister (a face that only a bass fisherman could understand). There also are the soothing images of autumn in the Fond du Lac area — fall color in the Kettle Moraine State Forest, a harvest of wind and hay, a ribbon of highway awash in autumn and wild grape in a downtown parking lot at the end of its summer cycle.

Lake Winnebago, the outdoor recreational destination of tens of thousands of people in the Fond du Lac area, once again yielded examples of gorgeous sunsets and birds on the wing. In addition to the individual print images, photographers assemble galleries of photos from events throughout the year. Galleries are popular on The Reporter’s website and account for millions of “views” during the year. This particular section of so-called “old-fashioned” print images takes readers on a visual tour of Fond du Lac, Dodge and Calumet counties, where the bulk of our readers make their homes. As we’ve said before, it’s a tour that’s good for the soul. Michael Mentzer is The Reporter’s managing editor.


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Curt Strutz uses a leaf blower to show what a largemouth bass looks like. He was performing April 3 during the Bassmeister Show at the annual Get Kids Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs program at the Fond du Lac Community Aquatic Center. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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What a great face! Daisy, a bloodhound owned by Emily Stephany of Fond du Lac, provides comic relief Oct. 15 during the Fond du Lac Humane Society Wag and Walk at Little Farmer along Highway 151 north of Fond du Lac. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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The harvest of wind and hay is evident Aug. 10 on this field of hay and turbines near Calumetville northeast of Fond du Lac. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Levi Poss, 8, of Fond du Lac, plunges down a water slide June 14 at the Fond du Lac Family Aquatic Center at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


Dan Deuster of Taycheedah speeds along while kite surfing on wind-whipped Lake Winnebago near Roosevelt Park on May 31. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Fond du Lac natives Jeff Brester, left, now of Green Bay, and his brother Kurt Brester, now of Appleton, use a blower Feb. 10 to clear snow around their sturgeon-spearing shanty on Lake Winnebago. Hard-packed, deep snow and sinking ice made for difficult travel and setup of shanties for the popular spearing season. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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From left, Fond du Lac High School students Courtney Rademann, Jenny Faris, Eva Blythe and Bianca Mendez jump for joy on Feb. 1 over their marketing plan to sell Faris popcorn as a fundraiser. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Ah, those school pictures. It’s amazing how they can turn up, out of nowhere. You’re thinking back to the morning your mom cut your bangs crooked and made you put on that ugly shirt and now you are forever memorialized on a grade school class photo making the rounds on Facebook. It’s mind-boggling how small our world has gotten as photos go “viral,” virtually circling the globe.

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School settings are ripe with “moments of life” we can all relate to, from those first footsteps into the kindergarten classroom to the final march across the stage at graduation. They represent some of our fondest memories.

Our photography team knows how to tell rich stories through pictures: the first day of school, marching with the high school band, the excitement of homecoming, a slow dance at junior prom, saying goodbye — sometimes forever — to classmates who shared some of the best years of your life. Those timeless school scenes take us back to simpler days. While it may not be as sensational as breaking news, what’s going on in schools throughout Fond du Lac County and northeastern Dodge County could go unnoticed if it weren’t for The Reporter’s depth of coverage. We devote a front page of a section each Sunday to education topics because we know “Your Schools” is at the epicenter of the community.

I’m taken by a photograph of Marv Heimerl receiving an honorary cap and gown during the Class of 2011 Oakfield High School commencement ceremony on June 3. His great-grandson, graduate Tyler Schmidt, had the honor of placing the cap on his great-grandfather’s head. What a once-in-alifetime, unforgettable moment! I am glad we could be there to capture that last day for posterity. Sharon Roznik serves as the education reporter, among other duties, at The Reporter.


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Lomira Elementary School celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 4. A variety of events to celebrate the famous author were held throughout the day. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

Fond du Lac High School senior Leah Fett touches up part of her Romeo and Juliet mural on Feb. 9. The painting decorates a hallway in the school. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Marv Heimerl, left, receives an honorary cap and gown during the Class of 2011 Oakfield High School commencement ceremony on June 3. His great-grandson, graduate Tyler Schmidt, had the honor of placing the cap on his great-grandfather’s head. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Waupun Area High School graduation was held June 4 at the Waupun High School football field. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

Jamie Meixensperger waits along with her classmates for commencement to begin on June 9 at the Fond du Lac High School Field House. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


A graduate gives a thumbs up at the Fond du Lac High School 2011 graduation ceremony on June 9 at the Field House. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

Lainey Floyd, 11, and her friend Megan Ryan, 10, both of Oakfield, celebrate Homecoming in Oakfield on Oct. 14 with painted faces. They are waiting for the Homecoming parade to pass by. (Patrick Flood/the Reporter)

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New Holstein fifth-grader Elizabeth Bertram looks in the mirror at her handiwork as she takes the stage on July 28 during a makeup class at College for Kids. The annual event, offered to middle school students, is held at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac. (Patrick Flood/the Reporter)

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Catholic school students from as far away as Germantown gathered at St. Mary’s Springs High School gym on Feb. 3 to hear Archbishop Jerome Listecki speak during Catholic Schools Week. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Fond du Lac High School junior Erin Steward holds up a piece of music for the drummer to play on Aug. 19 as the Fondy Cardinal band plays at the home opener football game against the Appleton East Patriots. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

Henry and Alice Heeringa of Waupun share their stories about the Holocaust on May 26 with seventh-grade students at Brandon Elementary School. The couple’s families granted safe harbor to people who were escaping the Nazis during World War II. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


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Jalen Jones, 2½, dressed up as a cowboy to attend a birth-to-three annual Halloween Party event on Oct. 26 at Harbor Haven Rehab Center. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Blake Mockmueller, 20 months, laughs at a goat on May 18 at a farm activity hosted by the Oakfield High School FFA. The event was held at Oakfield Elevator. (Aileen Andrews/ The Reporter)

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Aaron Decker, left, a member of Fondy Fire, acts as a field technician as Haruka Yukioka, a seventh-grader at Sabish Middle School and member of the Green Team, checks over a robot at the annual robotics competition on Jan. 29, 2011 at Sabish Middle School. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Tanner Spoolstra, a seventh-grader at Rosendale/Brandon Elementary School, spins a pinwheel he decorated on Sept. 21 as part of International Peace Day. The project was called “Whirled Peace.” (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


Emily Chaltry, a sophomore at Fond du Lac High School, dresses as Mary Poppins on Feb. 19 as she welcomes families to Storybook Land. The annual Fond du Lac Key Club event was held in partnership with the Kiwanis Club at the high school. Each child attending received a book. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Junior Brandon Hubbard and Samantha Jodarski enjoy a slow dance at the North Fond du Lac Junior Prom, held April 30 at Horace Mann High School. “Vegas” was the theme for the night. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

Band students march in the Horace Mann High School Homecoming Parade on Oct. 7. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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The Fond du Lac High School boys swimming team files past the Aquatic Center pool before the Fox Valley Association meet Feb. 5. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Jim Croce sang “Photographs and Memories” 40 years ago. That sure rings true for high-school athletes. Photographs are memories in ugly uniforms.

yet another of him dribbling hard to the hoop, lefthanded, while being closely guarded. In all of them, he’s got teeth clenched, a look of determination on his face.

At least that’s how it was at my house with my mom. There wasn’t a photo that ran in our local weekly or daily of me, my brother or sister that she didn’t try to get a print.

The photos of me just happen to be from my one of my most memorable games, and one of my least memorable games. The most memorable is me making a tackle in a big win against Cudahy High School when I was a sophomore. The least memorable is me rebounding in our exit at the hands of Racine Horlick from the basketball playoffs my senior year.

A few of what she must have felt were the best ones still hang in my parents’ basement. There is the one of my brother blocking a shot on a Greendale player, another of my brother back to pass the football, and

In both photos my face is obscured. Is that telling me that my mom thought the best photos of me are those in which you can’t see me? I hope it’s just a coincidence. There is a baseball shot of me that you

Whether he or she wants them or not, an athlete’s mom often clips any photo of her son or daughter in action.

can sort of see my face, a little. With all of the photos, there is one thing they have in common. Memories. Unless an athlete’s team went undefeated or winless, usually it’s difficult to remember scores or win/loss records. With a glance, however, athletes can look at a photo of themselves and say, “I remember that play.” What usually accompanies the memory is a feeling. Nostalgic for the glory days, an athlete appreciates those photos more and more as the years creep by. Here you go, area athletes, here are your future memories compliments of mom. Doug Whiteley is a sportswriter for The Reporter.


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WLA baseball coach Mike Seibel, right, encourages Sam Klein after Klein was thrown out trying to reach third base during the WIAA Division 3 state championship against Pardeeville on June 16. Before being thrown out, two runs scored on Klein’s double giving the Vikings an 8-6 lead. They would win 10-6 for the school’s first state baseball championship. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Here’s the cutline for bottom left: Fond du Lac High School senior Lucas Wendt goes up for a shot in a Cardinal victory Jan. 11 over the West Bend Spartans. (Patrick Flood/ The Reporter)

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Campbellsport’s Jeff Bong (20) tries to shield off Mayville’s Aaron Hartwig so he can make a lay-up at Campbellsport during a game Dec. 27. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Emily Riese, left, of Fond du Lac looks to pass around a Neenah defender during a WIAA regional semifinal basketball game on March 12. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)


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The Springs girls cross country team warms up before practice for the WIAA state meet. The Ledgers took second in Division 3 with runners, from left: Liz Bohn, Elizabeth Krueger, Grace Meurer, Abby Busse, Elaina Meurer, Miranda Brown and Daycia Riegert. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Fond du Lac junior Shavana Talbert throws the discus during the Fox Valley Association track and field meet on May 16 at Fondy. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

Alicia Bisek of Lomira, left, tries to block the shot of Laconia’s Alex Wegner during their game in Rosendale on Oct. 18. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)


Springs’ Taylor Cruz (13) and WLA’s Katelyn Kuehl battle for the ball at Marian University’s Smith Fields in a game WLA won on May 3. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

WLA’s Aaron Calkins (9) and St. Lawrence’s Evan Kinney jump for the ball during a game in Mount Calvary on Sept. 20. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Lomira’s Zach Weston kicks the ball during the first half of a game against Springs on Sept. 22. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Alvin Abitz of the Fond du Lac Stoutmen, right, takes a shot to the face as he tackles the runner during their game against the Oshkosh Pigs on May 6. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Jack Duchateau, 11, of Fond du Lac takes out a tackling dummy held by Steve Andrew during agility drills at the Fondy football camp held on June 15. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

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Springs linebacker T.J. Fischer celebrates a tackle during the Ledgers’ homecoming game against Omro on Oct. 8 at Fruth Field. Springs won the game, the conference title and eventually the Division 6 state championship. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)


Jacob Schultz of St. Mary’s Springs rips a shot on goal during the Ledgers’ WIAA sectional semifinal win against Hartland Arrowhead on Feb. 22. (Patrick Flood/The Reporter)

Fond du Lac sophomore Nate Nemeth eyes the ball during a match on April 14. (Justin Connaher/ The Reporter)

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Fond du Lac Bears hockey player Jeremy Harmsen, right, gets a close look at the puck during a USA National Tournament game on April 9. (Justin Connaher/The Reporter)

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Cameron Lewis, left, of West Bend and Tim Euting of Pickett stand in their boat, with a string of competitors’ boats in the background at the Lakeside Park lagoon. They won the Mercury Marine National Walleye Fishing Tournament on June 12 at Walleye Weekend in Fond du Lac. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)

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Oakfield third baseman Dani Cords moves to field a groundball during a WIAA sectional final game on June 10 at Beaver Dam High School. The Oaks won the game on their way to another state title. (Aileen Andrews/The Reporter)


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