George and Robyn Mockus are the new owners of Norton's restaurant along Big Green.
George and Robyn Mockus are the new owners of Norton's restaurant along Big Green.

   George Mockus Jr. still remembers working at Norton’s restaurant as a teenager — his first job.

   The task was mainly to keep the place clean.

   He remembers the school bus picking him up at the restaurant and taking him to Green Lake High School, from which he graduated in 1971.

   That was nearly a half-century ago. But now, life has come full circle for George.

   He and his wife, Robyn, just became the newest owners of the historic eatery along the waters of Big Green.

   “Life has come full circle for me, as far as I’m concerned,” George said. “I’m kind of back home, where it all started.”

   Even more interesting, this isn’t the first time George has owned Norton’s ... Continue reading in the Jan. 3 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.