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As hard as it is to believe, this coming weekend is the Labor Day holiday. We have been blessed with very beautiful weather this summer, not too hot - not too cool. Thousands of visitors have come to the Northwoods to enjoy the perfect weather and the unlimited number of fun events and activities.
While making our plans to celebrate the weekend, let's take a moment to think - what actually is Labor Day and when did it start? According to the History Channel, Labor Day started during the time of the Industrial Revolution where workers were working 12 hours a day, seven days a week just to eek out a minimal livelihood.
According to the Department of Labor, the first Labor Day celebrations were enacted by individual municipalities. It wasn't until after 12 years of these celebrations that Congress stepped forward and passed a bill making the first Monday of September the official Labor Day. Also included in that bill were stipulations that parades would be held followed by gatherings of workers and their families.
What the Department of Labor did not include was information that the History Channel used to explain why the Labor Day celebrations came to be in the individual cities across the country.
Specifically, the first Labor Day celebration was in New York City on September 5, 1882. It was sponsored by the Central Labor Union. The union sponsored a march where workers took an unpaid day off to participate in the first Labor Day parade in US history.
Labor unions were organized in the late 19th century to fight the horrible working conditions, particularly in poor and immigrant workers sectors.
In some States, there were no age restrictions and children as young as five or six were forced to work, usually at wages much lower than those of the adults.
Admit it. We are spoiled up here. The towns do a fabulous job of creating big events throughout the summer. Guess what? We have an open weekend this weekend! There are lots of smaller events sprinkled throughout the area. So we used a few of these mixed with some great recreational resources to help you decide what you want to do with your free time this weekend!
We are so blessed to have hundreds of activities at our disposal. Now is the time to get out and discover why this is the greatest vacation area!Color Dash – You have been hearing and reading about it – what is it? This is a 5 K fun run; meaning it is not timed. It is partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin – Northwoods branch. Packet pick up starts at Rhinelander High School Saturday, August 23 at 8 AM and the Dash starts at 10 AM. Throughout the race runners will be showered with a rainbow of colors making for some eye-popping ensembles at the end of the race. The registration fee is as follows: $40 Individual, $35 Team Member (min 4, max 16), and $85 Family* *For 3, $15 ea. additional (Up to 6). There are advance purchase prices. The Day of the event prices are $10 more. 5 & Under Are Free. Check out the Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/events/654217117957478/. Kartway, Little Falls Miniature Golf and Rocking W Stables in Eagle River on Highway 45 N. There is something for every member of the family here! Go Karts, bumper boats, mini golf, horseback rides and even a thrilling ZIPLINE! This is a great place for parents and kids alike! Check it out at http://www.northwoodsattractions.com/. Deer, and donkeys and alpacas – OH MY! Take a trip up Highway 155 north of St.
There are a few people in life that are truly, remarkably memorable. In St. Germain, we are lucky to have several personalities at this level. One such individual passed away last year but he still has a very tangible presence.
This past August 3, 2014 would have been Steve Pulec’s 58th birthday. Sadly, though he successfully won the battle against his lung cancer, the cancer in his brain claimed victory. November 4, 2013, he left this earth to begin his new life in the next dimension.
Steve was never one to shy away from making a new friend. His infectious smile was rarely absent and his raspy, Chicago South side drawl punctuated his many stories. His work life centered on serving the public. He began working as a youth for his father, Tony, and continued in the hospitality business in the St. Germain/Sayner area.
The New Twilight Bar and Grill is an extremely successful business venture he entered into with two Milwaukee friends, whom he eventually bought out. Through the many years in the bar business, he was able to combine both the local and tourist trade into a continually thriving and growing business concern.
A devoted father, Steve welcomed daughters, Tara and Kelly, who worked for him. But it was the new love of his life, Sheila Boland that was the crowning touch. He reveled in that he had it all – a great business, a wonderful family and a woman he adored. That was when he was told he had cancer and that the prognosis was not very good.
Steve and Sheila married on a snowy day in February, 2013, a true celebration of their love and dedication to each other. Sheila was a natural at helping Steve run the Twilight and today, she and Tara still manage the booming business.
Head over to Lake Minocqua today to see Jet Skis in action on Lake Minocqua!
They gave a preview last night during the intermission of the Min-Aqua-Bats Water Ski Show.
Today there are races as well as freestyle jet ski competitions at the Great Lakes Watercross Jet Ski Racing Series Round 3.
Without a doubt, the heart of the Northwoods was built by hearty individuals who made a living doing backbreaking labor. Some stuck it out through the frigid months; some went to warmer climates to do seasonal work.
While forests disappeared as lumber barons cleared the lands, there were some who viewed the incredible beauty of the natural landscapes of waters and wildlife as a resource to build upon.
Such an individual was Chicago hotelier Edward A. Everett who deigned to open the Everett Resort as the area’s most elegant and exclusive resort. This vacation escape was frequented by the elite businessmen and their families from Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Louis who left behind the heat and dust of city life to enjoy Northwoods pastimes such as fishing, boating, tramping, and hunting, swimming and socializing.
The Main Lodge at the resort was initially built by Fred Morey as a two-story structure in 1896 on the Chain of Lakes on a strip of land between Catfish and Cranberry Lakes. He also is credited with the construction of what was eventually known as the Everett Clubhouse. Everett and his wife, Helen, purchased the property in 1897 and added 20 cottages.
According to Eagle River Historians, Craig Moore, Susie Wilkinson and Jodi McKeever, most of the vacationers came to the area by train. Many of the visitors became seasonal residents and developed “close-knit relationships”, a community that became known as the Everett Colony.
Everett continued to develop the resort that consisted of more than a dozen core buildings to provide entertainment and comfort at the resort. The resort was known for its fine dining, excellent fishing guide staff, first-class boats and a selection of superb cottage offerings. There was daily mail and telegraphs were available by telephone.
Everett’s reach extended into Eagle River when he and a group of well-to-do individuals from the Everett Resort each contributed $5,000 to start the Everett Golf Course.
Picture courtesy Jake Alward of Toboggan Hill onto Dollar Lake
This lake is as famous for a destination as the events that it hosts. Where was the first World Championship snowmobile races held? Want to play world class pond ice hockey, where do you head in February? Where is Chanticleer resort? There you go – Dollar Lake in Eagle River.
Dollar Lake is located between Dollar Lake Rd. and E. Dollar Lake Rd., just to the north of Highway 70, east of Highway 45 and just east the Eagle River Ice Arena. This 105 acre lake is a seepage lake and is 15 feet at its deepest point.
There is no public ramp on the lake; however, there is good fishing featuring Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass and Bluegills that inhabit the lake. According to the DNR, it is a moderately clear lake.
Without a doubt, the owners of the Chanticleer Inn, the Alwards, are responsible for creating the events that launched this lake into prominence. The first official World Championship Snowmobile Races were held in 1963/64 and current owner Jake Alward’s parents, John and Betty, were responsible for organizing the races on Dollar Lake. In 1966, the races were moved to what is now the current Derby track.
This time it was Jake Alward who invited the US Adult Pond Hockey Championships to Dollar Lake in 2006. This coming February 6 through the 8, the 2015 10th Annual Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships will be held again on Dollar Lake.
For a lake of rather diminutive size, Dollar Lake has spawned two events that rapidly gained national reputations. Since 1951 the Chanticleer Inn has been in the Alward clan. Jake and wife, Sue, purchased the resort from Jake’s parents, John and Betty, in 1972. The luxurious resort features first rate accommodations and offers superb, award- winning dining along with generous Northwoods hospitality.
Headlines are filled with stories about how poorly government agencies are taking care of our veterans. Here in the Northwoods there are several local groups who have stepped up to the plate to assist veterans and their families. In today’s feature, we spoke to John Brandenburg, president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Minocqua Chapter 256.
Founded in 1976, this organization was and is open to any veteran who served in any branch of the military from 1960 to 1975. The founding president, C.W. “Chick” Caywood’s memory is honored at the Caywood Shooting Range in Arbor Vitae. Caywood passed away immediately after the VVA’s annual spring trip to the Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s U.P.
Initially, the shooting range was managed by Vilas County and was, for all intensive purposes, a dump. When the County announced they intended to close it, VVA stepped forward and said they would run the shooting range if the County cleaned it up.
Today, the range is owned by the DNR. However, the VVA has a 20-year lease to manage the shooting range. Annually, about $900-$1,500 in donations is collected at the range and that money goes into improvements and maintenance. Currently, Brandenburg said, the archery range is being redesigned.
In addition to the shooting range, Brandenburg said the organization awards an annual $1,000 scholarship at Lakeland Union High School, donates annual to Social Services for gifts for 12 to 15 needy children and makes donations to Camp American Legion and King Veterans Home.
Members also give talks at local schools telling students what it was like in Vietnam. They also assist the American Legion with the Honor Guard duties at military funerals.
Brandenburg invites anyone who served anywhere in the military from 1960-1975 to drop in at the monthly meeting held at 6 p.m. at the American Legion in Minocqua the first Tuesday of every month.
Phelps, WI - This Discover Wisconsin features the Northwoods community of Phelps. Beautiful lakes, lush forests including the Nicolet National Forest, hiking/biking/snowmobiling and cross-country skiiing trails are abundant in Phelps!
Picture courtesy of Henry A Winther
While big media outlets focus their attention on the foibles of government agencies in dealing with veterans, locally American Legion Post 114 in Eagle River has stepped up with their own action plan. A two-day event for August 22 and 23 is planned to raise funds in the 2014 Wounded Warriors 3rdAnnual Golf Outing/Fundraiser.
Friday night, August 22, at Eagle Waters Resort, it’s dinner, dancing and more beginning at 6 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Tickets for the evening are $30 per person or $50 for couples in advance and can be purchased at sponsors Eagle Waters Resort or First National Bank. Tickets will also be available at the door for $40 per person or $60 per couple.
Dance the evening away to a DJ and live music and participate in winning raffles and prizes.
Saturday, August 23, the Golf Outing 4-Person Scramble kicks off with the flag ceremony and the fly over from 12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.at the Eagle River Golf Course. The shotgun start begins at 1:00 p.m. Registration prior to August 2 is $65 and $75 thereafter. Non-golfing attendee fees are $20. There will be hole prizes, raffles and a silent auction.
The fee includes golfing and a cart, lunch and a hors d’oeuvre reception, hosted by Bill and Andra Draeger, at the Eagle River Country Club. Registration is limited to 30 paid foursomes. There is also a prize for the team wearing the best patriotic attire.
All funds raised will go to the local Wounded Warriors, Camp American Legion and Wound Warriors in Action. Checks should be made payable to WW Golf Outing and mailed to PO Box 623, St. Germain, WI, 54558. Donations are happily accepted and an account has been set up at First National Bank branches in Eagle River, St.
It’s here! And it’s wonderful! Independence Day weekend is the event highlight for the summer. Businesses and organizations will be sponsoring jam-packed agendas with tons of great things for young and old alike. Visitors and locals are treated to the best gol-darned, ole’ fashioned partying to celebrate the US of A’s birthday.
Cathy’s Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe really knows how to start off the weekend by offering HALF-PRICED ice cream from 4:30PM to 6:30PM today, Friday, as Channel 12’s meteorologist Melissa Constanzer broadcasts live from the shop.
Saturday, June 28, make sure to stop at Little Acorns Lodge Children’s Development Center for their spectacular fundraiser/rummage sale. Local businesses have made gobs of generous donations to raise money for little Cameron Dahm who was diagnosed with Lymphoma in March of this year. Be sure to stop by between the hours of 9AM and 3PM and pick up a treasure or two while helping a family through a very difficult time. All sales proceeds will be donated to the Dahm family.
It’s going to be a real lollapalooza all day Sunday starting with the 10th Annual Freedom 5K Fun Run. Registration begins at 7:30AM and then the race starts at 8:30AM leaving the St. Germain Community Center parking lot. Trophies are awarded to the top male and female finishers with medals going to the top three in each of the eight age categories.
But there is more! Wee ones from the ages of 2 – 12 also have their own competition in the 1K race. There are five age categories that are awarded prizes.
In the past 10 years almost $25,000 dollars has been raised for the Bike and Hike trail. For registration information visit the website at www.freedom.org for the form and more details.
Beginning at 10AM is the Big Brother Big Sister Craft show benefitting this excellent organization.
A beautiful spring day helped the folks at Northern Exchange greet their customers today at their Customer Appreciation Celebration. And what a celebration it is! Delicious food, horse and pony rides, face painting, a ride in their horse drawn wagon, little animals to delight everyone - mini baby pigs (way too cute!), guinea pigs, more baby pigs, ducklings, chicks of many varieties, and pups brought from the Vilas County Humane Society looking for new homes. And all of this fun is offered free of charge at Northern Exchange.
There were also specials on greenhouse items that overflowed onto the grounds. In the store, there were many great feed specials for your critters of choice.
The good news is if you didn't make it there today, you have a chance for tomorrow! They are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14. Meet your neighbors there for a wonderful way to enjoy a spectacular outdoors day!