Eliason Realty Updates
Only three more days remaining until the start of gun deer season. The DNR has made many changes to this season’s regulations and hunters can site in only the bucks in the Northern Forest Region this year.
One question many hunters are keyed in on - what will the weather be this year? Hunters recall a pretty cold nine days last year. Looking at the records from last year for Eagle River from Weather Underground, on the whole, temperatures this year will be about 10-12 degrees warmer than last year. This is true for most of the period with the exception of the last weekend. AccuWeather is showing a 10 degree cool down for the last weekend. This year there are no below zero temperatures forecasted for the entire hunt.
Last year it snowed six of the first nine days with little or no accumulation. AccuWeather is forecasting snow for Saturday and Monday with snow and rain forecasted for Sunday. There is also snow forecasted for Thursday. No significant accumulations are being called for.
Prior to this season, the area has received in excess of 25 inches. Last year nearly three inches of snow fell on the Wednesday before hunting season opened but temperatures were in the mid-30s. Bottom line – there is definitely better tracking snow for this year.
With deer herds being down in the region, this is good news for the hunters. There are a couple cold days but the start of the season looks very tolerable. But still the same – keep those coffee and hot chocolate thermos close by!
Below are the daily highs and lows recorded in 2013 for Eagle River as reported by Weather Underground:
Nov. 23 12 / 5
Nov. 24 21 / -1
Nov. 25 32 /2
Nov. 26 28/ 7
The snow is a perfect mood setter for the upcoming week. Yes , ladies and gents – gun hunting season is this week and businesses are planning to launch everything from entertainment to shopping spectaculars for all the hunting widows.
If you haven’t made plans yet, here are a few events to inspire this festive time of year!
Eagle River – Holiday Bazaar and Cookie Sale will be held at the Kalmar Center, Saturday, Nov. 22 from 9 am until 3 PM. Shop for Christmas gifts from the array of crafters while enjoying refreshments and raffles. Proceeds from the homemade cookie sale go to Headstart and Warm the Children. Admission is one food pantry donation. Call 715-479-5850 for more details.
Manitowish Waters – Now here is a great idea! Head up to the North Lakeland Discovery Center from 1 PM until 3 PM and make your own Christmas wreath! Naturalist Licia Johnson will be showing participants how to make their own one-of-a-kind felt flower wreath. The cost is $20 for members of the Discovery Center and $25 for non-members. All materials are provided. For more details check out the website at www.discoverycenter.net or call 715-543-2085.
Lac du Flambeau – It’s a night of great county music as Jo Dee Messina comes to the casino hall to delight her fans with a show beginning at 8 PM on Saturday, Nov. 22. Ticket prices are $20, $30 and $40. To purchase tickets online go to http://www.lakeofthetorches-tickets.com/reservation?event=8539 or call 800-25-TORCH. Hurry – they are almost sold out!
Conover– Wisconsin Badgers Tailgate Party will begin at 10:00 AM at Club 45 Sports Bar and Grill, off Old 45. The popular Badger Tailgate Trailer will be on hand making sure there is plenty of food and refreshments on hand. Proceeds go to the Headwaters Food Pantry in Land O’Lakes.
"Dr. Mike Richie and Mr. Tony Duffek explain the new Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center and discuss the SOAR charter schools." - NPSD
For more information about the St Germain Montessori Learning Center - click here
One of the truly great opportunities Northern Wisconsin offers is the widespread diversity available to hunters during hunting season. From renting a rustic cabin to purchasing acreage for personal hunting advantages, the Northwoods not only has a vast array of game, it offers the best atmosphere to enhance every hunting experience.
It’s only a few weeks until deer gun hunting season opens and the DNR has made quite a few changes to the program this year. Perhaps the most interesting (and the one that makes the most sense) is the dissolution of the Deer Management Units (DMUs). Now county lines will be used to establish rules applying to boundary limitations.
There are Deer Management Zones and the map for these zones is included in the webpage link; http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0554.pdf.
More than half of the counties in the state have a ban on baiting and feeding deer. The counties where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been found as well as areas within 10 miles of the area known to have CWD are included this area. The bottom third of the state, with the exception of Ouzakee County, has the ban and that ban reaches as far north as Marathon and Shawano counties. In the northwest part of the state, Burnett, Washburn, Polk and Barron counties also have the same ban.
The laws for feeding or baiting deer are quite extensive and hunters may want to refresh their memories or pick up more information at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/PDF/pubs/wm/WM0554.pdf. For example, baiting can only be done no sooner than 24 hours prior to deer archery season in counties where it is allowed.
This year there is no T-Zone hunt in December in the Northern Forest Zone. There is a four-day antlerless hunt-only in the Central Farmland and Forest Zones Dec. 11-14. This year’s bonus tags are for bucks and the rules, taken from the DNR website, are as follows:Bonus buck opportunities will be offered in the Southern Farmland Zone units only.
It’s the spookiest party time of the year and area towns are pumping it up for Halloween. Here is a listing of area towns and their times for trick or treating. Many communities suggest leaving the front porch light on to let the little hobgoblins know you are part of the fun. We have included some information on great Halloween celebrations and events. Have the spookiest weekend ever!
Arbor Vitae – Trick or Treating is 4-7 PM
Boulder Junction – Seeking a really ghostly adventure? The Fox Valley Ghost Hunters will be hosting a presentation and a tour of the Summerwind Mansion in Land O’Lakes, beginning at the Boulder Junction Community Center on Thursday, Oct. 30, starting at 7 PM. The cost of the tour is $15 and funds go towards the restoration of the mansion. Hear authentic stories from the present owners around a campfire while toasting marshmallows.
Trick or Treat is Oct. 31 from 5-7 PM.
Conover – The Lions Club will be sponsoring a Halloween Party, 6-8 PM, at the Community Center. There will be a costume contest, games, food and beverages for the children. Call 715-479-6673 for more information.
There are no set hours for trick or treating.
Eagle River – Halloween weekend wraps up the month-long fright nights at the Evil Falls Haunted House. Hours are 7-11 PM, Oct. 31 and Nov 1. Admission is $10. For more details call 715-477-0808 or visit their website at www.evilfalls.com.
The Lions Club will be celebrating the 65th Hallogras Party at the Northland Pines Middle School from 6-8 PM on Oct. 31. This is an indoor Trick or Treat event.
There are no set community hours for Trick or Treat but it is asked that the goblins and ghosts visit only homes with the front porch lights on.
It’s almost inconceivable that St. Germain has lost another one of its community family members. Last night Jenny Craig Bernsteen died and we offer our deepest sympathies to her husband, Mark, her parents, Mary Anne and Mike Craig, her brothers and her whole family.
For those who weren’t fortunate enough to meet her, Jenny owned a hair salon in downtown St. Germain, Jenny’s Hair Design, on the corner of Holiday Dr. and Sunrise Ln. She ran the shop by herself and made it feel very homey. She always had a pot of coffee on to share with her customers or whoever stopped in for a visit.
Her shop was decorated in that cozy Northwoods style. She had a gorgeous scene comprised of miniature houses and greenery that she attributed to her mother’s hand. There were figurines and other decorative items that were gifts from her clientele/friends that filled the walls, shelves and corners in the shop.
She even had a small library of books she made avaialble to friends and her clientele. She would encourage people to drop off books they were finished with so there were always new selections to share.
It was almost never too early or too late for her to accommodate that last minute drop in appointment. She made sure that if it wasn’t possible for someone to get in when they wanted, she would find an equally good time for them to come in.
If Jenny knew the word for “No”, it was something she tucked wayyyyyy in the back of her vocabulary. She had many “adopted” moms in town, among them Marlene Bartelt, who also passed away a year and a half ago. Marlene lived across the street from Jenny’s shop and Jenny kept an eye out for Marlene and her critters.
She had many, many friends in town and had a knack for making each one of them feel like they were special in her life.
This is the 2014-2015 winter weather forecast local snow lovers have been waiting for from John Dee. John is a weatherman who does private forecasts for commercial interests from his home in the Keweenaw Peninsula in the U.P. After working in the corporate world for several years, he moved from Chicago to live where he dreamed to be. An avid snowmobiler, John LOVES snow.
He has maintained a very popular website that journals his life as well as providing weather forecasts. Snowmobilers find this a very helpful site from everything from help in planning a trip to buying a snowmobile.
While not a believer in long term prognostications, he does venture to give a snapshot of what he believes weather trends might be for the up coming season. This year he is not seeing what others have been citing as a more bitter winter than last year.
"Those types of weather anomalies on a seasonal scale only happen every 15-20 years or more," says Dee.
That being said, here is his outlook taken from his page:
"REGION 1 – The Northwest Midwest: After one of the coldest winters on record for many areas, coupled with above average snowfall and an extremely long that-free period, this winter looks to try and even out the score for this region. Keep in mind that even the most poor winters (which is not what I am saying we are in for) there is typically periods where the conditions for snow-play are excellent. So this winter will likely provide some excellent snow-play periods, but some closer attention to the weather and current conditions may need to be had.
As is almost always the case, the lake snow belts will be least affected by any lack of snowfall and milder temps, but will also not be immune.
This Elmira Cookstove provides full off-grid heat and cooking in a charming, nostalgic design.
After last year’s extreme winter and the horrific LP gas prices, even a rise in natural gas prices, many people are looking for alternative ways to heat their home this winter. Since 2000, prices for fuel have skyrocketed and home owners have emptied their wallets trying to keep warm.
The energy companies offer some suggestions such as locking in a price with a monthly billing program. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee they will hold to the agreement as some LP gas customers found out the hard way. The flip side of this, the next year’s payments will be calculated on the higher price for the previous season.
Solar power, wind generators and wood burning are alternative energy sources for heating. With the abundance of wood in this area, wood is usually the cheapest, even if wood needs to be purchased. Payback on furnaces and other wood burners is usually fairly fast as the cost of the burner can be recouped because the wood can be obtained for free in many cases.
Solar energy is a clean, efficient way to run a furnace. In the Northwoods this could be a bit risky if used as the only source for heating and generally the payback is very lengthy. This is also true for wind energy generators. However, personal preference can make this a great alternative as an energy source as long as there is back up heating equipment.
Watching a wood fire brings a lot of enjoyment when it is utilized for heat and there is a lot of variety in the type of wood burning appliances. Select from small cast iron wood stoves to massive outdoor furnaces that can heat more than one building at the same time.
Photo credit: the Phelps Chamber of Commerce
So far we have told you about the two great cranberry festivals happening this weekend. Hold on to your hats – there is A LOT more going on this weekend.
Let’s begin with the fishing tournaments being held in Phelps and St. Germain. Starting Friday, Oct 3 until Sunday, October 5, the 34th Midwest Musky Classic headquarters is at the Phelps Chamber of Commerce with fishing on North and South Twin Lakes, Big Sand Lake and Lac Vieux Desert. This is one of the longest tournaments of the season. For entry details, call 715-545-3800 or visit the website at www.phelpswi.us.
Down the road in St. Germain is the 26th Annual Greater Wisconsin Muskie Tournament. This is a catch and release tournament that will be held on 10 area lakes. The St. Germain Community Center serves as headquarters for this event. Fishing is Saturday, 7 AM – 7 PM and Sunday, 6 AM – 12 PM. The entrants are eligible for cash drawings and can win fabulous door prizes. Contact the Chamber at 715-477-2205 or look them up online at: www.st-germain.com.
Heading west from St. Germain, the Woodruff Fire Department celebrates National Fire Prevention Week with their Pig Roast and Gun Raffle, Saturday, Oct. 4, from 1 pm – 5 PM. There will be an open house featuring food, refreshments and tons of raffles for everyone. The address is 1418 First Avenue, Woodruff. Call 715-356-6211 or visit the website at www.townofwoodruff.org.
After Cran-a-Rama or Cranberry Fest, think about heading over to Boulder Junction as the Friends of the Boulder Junction Library host the 13th Annual Beer and Wine Tasting a the Boulder Junction Community Center from 5-8 PM. Persons must be 21 to purchase the $20 admission tickets that include wine and beer sampling, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffles to benefit the Boulder Junction Library.
The cranberry is king this weekend and the Manitowish Waters Cranberry Growers Association and the Manitowish Waters Chamber of Commerce have joined together for Cran-a-Rama (formerly known as Cranberry Colorama) this Saturday, Oct. 4.
Beginning at 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, the Community Center near the airport in Manitowish Waters will host,”Everything Cranberry”. All day there will be the arts and crafts show – and so much more!
Know your way around the kitchen? Why not sign up for the 16th Annual Cranberry Cooking Contest? Pre-registration is required and there are four categories for the competition; breads/muffins, desserts (i.e. cakes, cookies, pies), main dishes/salads/appetizers and sauces/jams & jellies/miscellaneous (i.e. candies, beverages, soups). Contestants may enter as many as three categories but no more than one entry per category. For more details and the entry forms go to: http://manitowishwaters.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Cranarama-Contest-2014.pdf.
Here is a fabulous chance to sample dishes from some of the area’s outstanding restaurants and food vendors. The “Taste of Harvest” will be selling mouth-watering food from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. A leisurely pontoon ride may just be the thing after feasting and the Manitowish Waters Lakes Association is offering free pontoon rides.
Of course, the day would not be complete without purchasing cranberries available at Cran-a-Rama. For a perfect take home treat, stop by the Lioness Cranberry Bake Sale. There is also a self-guided fall color tour. Don’t miss the opportunity to take a free tour of the area’s cranberry marshes exploding in seasonal colors. Hop on the free shuttle bus and enjoy the bustle in the marshes.
Just a reminder, there are free Cranberry marsh tours starting with a presentation at the Manitowish Waters Community Center from 10:00 – 11:00 AM every Friday. During the presentation there are an informational video, and question and answer session, educational displays and cranberry samples.
For the third weekend in a row, visitors and locals can enjoy a fabulous festival that celebrates all that is the Northwoods. October 2 – 5 Eagle River puts on its party face for the 35th Cranberry Fest 2014.
Thursday, October 2, there will be cranberry marsh and Three Lakes Winery tours leaving the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 11:00 and 11:30 AM. On Friday, tours will depart 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM. Tours on Saturday will depart every 20 minutes from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Sunday tours depart hourly from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Tours are $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Reservations are requested; please call 800-359-6315 or 715-479-6400 for more information and to make reservations.
The Vilas County Fair Grounds are home base for Cranberry Fest Festival Grounds and there are events scattered throughout the Eagle River downtown area. For a detailed map of the location for specific vendor activities and featured events, click here and go to the back page: http://etypeservices.com/SWF/LocalUser/Vilas1/Magazine64449/Full/index.aspx?id=64449#/1/. This is the Cranberry Town Crier, a publication of the Vilas County News that has details and feature stories of the events for Cranberry Fest 2014.
Friday, there is the early bird registration for the Berry Bog Bile and 5K Run registration at Riverview Park from 5:00- 7:00 PM.
On Saturday and Sunday, while they last, the “Make-a-Wish” Largest Cheesecake and cranberry and craisin sales will be available in the heart of the festival grounds on Saturday. Cranberries and craisins will also be sold at the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, and at the corner of Highway 70 and Railroad Street.
The first event is the Pancake Breakfast that will be held at the festival grounds from 7:00 AM until 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday.