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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.
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!
Meet Shawn Feddema, the owner of what is undoubtedly the most colorful new business in downtown St. Germain. The Hammock Shop, located between DJ’s North Woods Family Restaurant and Krist Oil, came to town three months ago bringing 10 years of experience from his previous location in Langlade, Wis.
It was there that Shawn began making hammocks for family and friends in his friend’s basement. Eventually he and a partner opened his first location, complete with a beach front décor.
So why did he move his successful business? “I wanted to get into the woods and tap into the awesome energy it generated. I was looking for a longer selling season and a lifestyle change,” Shawn grinned.
St. Germain was not his first up north choice. He selected a location on Minocqua’s south side that unfortunately turned out to be a wrong choice. Perusing the Internet he came across the vacated storefront that today is home for Shawn and his business.
He linked up with Bernie Kazda and John Misina of Eliason Realty of the North, who helped him every step of the way to close the deal on his new business setting. Ideal it is. Shawn brought his beachfront décor to his new shop with the encouragement of several St. Germain businessmen.
The shop itself has a cozy hammock out front along, several hammocks on display, a work area and a welcoming fire pit where you might just find him grilling lunch. Inside there are three display rooms filled with hammocks in a huge array of lush materials.
Out back there is a finished trail and seating area that leads to trees hung with oh-so inviting hammocks begging for someone to give them a swing.
Shawn says there is only one style hammock but offers different sizes. “We only make one thing and we make it very well,” said Shawn.
Dreams came true here with a healthy blanket
of snow that makes the Northwoods glisten!
We'd like to express our best wishes to you and
your family throughout this holiday season.
From all of us at Eliason Realty
Dick & Bonnie Eliason
Eagle River Team: Keith DeVos, Rachel Dreger, Katelyn Forsyth, Diane Misina, John Misina, Brenda Schmidt, Todd Staege, Mike Swisher
St. Germain Team: Ed Foxe, Marion Janssn, Bernie Kazda, Nancy Koerner, Tom Martens, Chris Nickolaou, Rick Lovdal, Tim Kruse, Richelle Kruse, and Ray Weber
We agree with Veterans United that even in our snow-covered Northwoods, winter is a good time to buy real estate.
In addition to the reasons above, we also expect interest rates to rise over the next 12 months. Recently we have watched rates dip some after decisions to taper the QE were put off. When the easing begins to slow, we are going to see rates jump again and projections are calling for rates to be a full percent higher by this time next year. As the rates climb, it makes a huge impact on a buyer's cost.
Contact your Realtor at Eliason Realty soon to discuss your options, work on getting pre-approved with a local lender because now is the time to take action!
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... sings Bob Dylan and they certainly are in the real estate market. As early as 2010, we predicted that around the spring of 2012 we would be seeing a turn-around in the real estate market. Last Spring, in our newsletter, we noted that volume was starting to improve but prices were actually still going down. We also stated, "For the first time in 5 years, I am saying, we have hit the bottom and we are starting the recovery." As you can see from the national trends in the graphs below, the inventory of homes for sale has fallen significantly over the past two years. You can also see, nationally, the prices have finally started coming back. Monthly Inventory of Homes for Sale 10.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 5.0 4.0 NAt 17013 Eliason Realty has been seeing similar trends. Eliason Realty saw a 60% increase in sales volume in 2012 over 2011. That is compared with a 27% increase for the entire MLS. We have also seen a significant decrease in our volume of listings. In fact, based on the early 2013 indications, we are going to be short on the inventory needed to meet the demand that appears to be on the horizon for the rest of the year. With that in mind, the Northwoods could be entering the price recovery we have been waiting for. (You will see from the graphs on page 2 that although volume has begun to spike, prices simply level off.) We typically don't want to put too much weight on one month, but historically slow January was anything but. According to the \X/RA, sales in Wisconsin were up 18.3% over January 2012 and median home prices increased 3.4% over that same period. If you have been thinking of selling your property, but thought the market was not strong enough yet, you may very well want to consider taking advantage of the current trend.
iPad2 Promotion to Introduce New EliasonRealty.com Website
Becky Schmitz of Appleton, WI is the lucky winner of the July Eliason Realty drawing for an iPad 2. Becky is the third winner this summer for the Eliason Realty.com iPad 2 giveaways.
“When I received your call telling me that I was the winner of your monthly iPad,” Becky stated, “I was pleasantly surprised. About one minute later, I found a request in my inbox from the Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, requesting an iPad for a 15 year old with autism. It seemed fortuitous that these two events came together, and I am thrilled that you agreed with us that we would donate the iPad to this cause, and we will add our programs designed for people with autism, to fulfill the wish for this young woman. It's great to partner with you in helping her to gain independence!”
Eliason Realty is doing a drawing for a new iPad 2 every month to celebrate the release of their new web site. To register for the drawing, you simply need to go to EliasonRealty.com and sign up. There is no cost or obligation, but you will automatically be registered for the site. In addition, you will have free access to all of the real estate search tools the site offers.
Becky wrote, “Your new website is a great use of technology, making it easy for us to keep an eye on what's available and properties that we might be interested in. We have appreciated the ability to have instant access to the information we need. We use technology in our company in a similar way in our business. We produce software to help individuals with communication challenges to lead independent lives.” (the Conover Company)
Diane Misina says, “Feedback from our buyers and months of research led us to our new site creation that's a great tool for our buyers on the web, including premier mobile-friendly features.