GREEN BAY - A few local Labor Day weekend events reminded folks the seasons are changing in the Green Bay area.
For many area families, a trip to the Green Bay Labor Council's Labor Day Family Picnic at Bay Beach is tradition.
“We've done this the last three years in a row,” said Charles Pirlot of Sheboygan. “We always have a pretty good time. The kids like the carnival games and being out at Bay Beach.”
While people have been marking the event on their calendars for more than 30 years, its timing is somewhat bittersweet.
“We wish our summer would last a little longer, but it's the way it is,” said Jeff Knaus.
A sure sign of summer ending is school beginning. For many in our area, Labor Day is the last hurrah.
“I feel excited because I'll see my friends again and I get my same teacher as last year and I get a new one,” said Ivy Hamblen who is going to be in sixth grade.
While a new school year is exciting, summer will still be missed.
“It was a lot of fun and now I have to get up early every morning and we have homework,” said Rowdy Hamblen, who is going into eighth grade.
It might seem like an unfair tradeoff to some, but getting through a school week now means the reward of football-filled weekends.
A new slogan was painted on the original Packers fence, meaning football games are about to count across the street at Lambeau Field. This year the saying is 'The New Plan is in: Run to Daylight, Pass to Win.'
“With the things that were going back and forth, it came together,” said Bruce Kiel.
“I think it's clever,” said Mark Murphy, the Packers’ president and CEO. “I don't know what Vince Lombardi would think, but it shows how the game has changed.”
It's a game many of the friends and family of the fence’s owner are excited to have back, even if it is at summer's expense.
“There's nothing better,” said Jim Pecard.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.