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Website wins national awards

June 16, 2010

LivingLakeCountry.com, the Web companion to your local newspaper, has been judged a national winner in the Suburban Newspaper of America 2010 contest.

LivingLakeCountry.com was judged the Best Overall News Site by SNA for nondaily newspapers with a circulation of 100,000 or less. This is the second time in three years that LivingLakeCountry.com has earned this award.

The judges liked a lot about the site: "We are excited with the amount of current, local information available throughout the site. The different community portals allow users to get to their local information while still being able to access information from their surrounding communities. The site is easy to navigate and user-friendly."

In addition, LivingLakeCountry.com and its Rummage Router tool won a first place for the Best Advertising Initiative. The interactive tool allows viewers to pick their rummage sales on a map and then plot their own course online to go to multiple destinations.

"The ability to plan a route for rummage sales is innovative. This is likely an easy up-sell for rummage sale listings in the classified section online. The router is intuitive and easy to use," the judges said.

The site also was a runnerup for Best Blog Initiative. "We are pleased to see community bloggers along with staff throughout the site. The organization of the site is refreshing and is easily navigated by users," judges said.

The judges' comments echo what are readers are saying, according to Editor-in-Chief Scott Peterson. "We have had double-digit percentage increases in page views and unique visitors compared to a year ago. We believe that is a sign that our site has a lot to offer our readers. The judge' comments are wonderful affirmation of that increase in traffic," he said.

Peterson credited Cynthia Luksich and the entire staff at Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications for their contributions in making the site so compelling.

LivingLakeCountry.com is the companion Web site for the Living family of newspapers, which include the paid newspapers Lake Country Reporter, Mukwonago Chief, Oconomowoc Focus, Kettle Moraine Index and Sussex Sun, and the papers inserted into the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kettle Moraine Sunday and Lake Country Sunday.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

A Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Jerome Parish School, 1001 S. Silver Lake St. The bazaar will feature handcrafted items, a raffle and Sweet Shop treats. A luncheon, which includes a beverage and dessert, will be $7 and served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Admission is free.
The Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets Doo-Wop Quartet will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Olaf’s Church, Highway O and Roosevelt Road in the town of Ashippun. Cost is $20 adults in advance, $25 at the door if seats are available. Call (414) 651-3915 for tickets.
A Supreme Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Bruno Church, 266 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman. Breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, hash browns, orange juice and coffee.Proceeds to benefit charities in the Dousman area. Hosted by the Dousman Knights of Columbus Council 6436 with the Dousman Masonic Lodge 315. Cost is $7 adults, $3 children under 10.
The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market will open for the season and celebrate five years starting at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center in Oconomowoc. From 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. will be a ribbon cutting; 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. will be birthday cake cutting and presentation by Alice in Dairyland. The market will be open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through March 2015, except Nov. 30 and Dec. 28. For more information, visit www.oconomowoc.org.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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