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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.
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.
Life is golden in Minocqua, as the town launches the 50th year of the famous Beef-a-Rama. Downtown Minocqua will be filled, this Saturday, with the intoxicating scent of beef lovingly grilled over open flames. Each business features their own prize-winning combinations of marinades, spices, rubs and sauces.
But Beef-a-Rama is hardly just about grilling delectable roasts! There are myriads of activities and events to dazzle every fest attendee. Tonight the contestants will pick up their roast at the Chamber of Commerce after a kickoff day with an art showing of the “50 Cows for 50 years” and the Veggie Rama. Tonight, “Mama’s Little Hippies” will be performing at Torpy Park for the musical kick off. Saturday’s first event is the continuation of the “50 Cows for 50 Years" at the Lakeland Art Gallery from 6 AM until 4 PM. Rump roast registration begins at 7 AM at the American Legion.
At 7 AM the streets are closed to vehicle traffic and shuttles are available from LUHS, Island City Lanes and Hawks Ice Arena.
At 8:15 AM the "Calf Run" for the kids takes off, followed by the "Rump Roast Run", a 5 or 10 K walk/run that leaves from Minocqua Veterans Park at 9 AM. Music by Dan Lincoln and Jim DiDomenico also starts at 9 at Torpy Park.
Making a return appearance, the Oscar Meyer Wiernermobile will be located at the south end of Oneida Street. Beginning at 9 AM the Prime Choice Craft Show can be found on the lower level of Torpy Park. There is a Non-Profit Pasture at Island City Ice Cream’s lawn.
Need something to fix that dry throat? Head for the Lakeland Rotary Beer Garden on Chicago Street beginning at 10 AM until 8:30 PM. Music will be performed by Brian McLaughlin.
The colors may be a little bit behind this year, but there has been a shift in the weather pattern to let us know fall is knocking on the Northwoods’ front door. Communities across the area will be celebrating a truly favorite time of year when steamy bowls of comfort food and comfy, soft sweaters become part of the daily routine.
Here are some of the featured events occurring in the next couple of weeks. Don’t put away the swimsuits just yet – Indian Summer may be warming things up soon!
St. Germain’s 55th Colorama
This long time fall tradition has something for everyone who wants to celebrate autumn in all its glory. Saturday, September 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., the Community Park and adjoining grounds will be filled with everything from a lavish Craft Show to horse-drawn wagon rides.
Fill your kitchen with the nature’s bounty at the Farmers Market. Local brewery, Tribute and Bulls Falls Brewery of Eagle River will be on hand as well as wines crafted by Brigadoon Winery from Tripoli. Brigadoon will also have wine tasting available to assist in making a perfect purchase.
Rocking W Stables will be giving the wagon rides around the grounds. The ever-popular “Mums the Word” Fall Flower Sale will showcase some of the most beautiful selections of these stunning fall blooms. The children (and adult spectators) have a ball at the Pumpkin Painting and come up with some pretty amazing designs.
What would a celebration be without food? Colorama attendees will have a great time feasting on menu selections from Taco Joe’s, JPN’s Concessions and Harka Greek Food.
Plan on a great time and bring all your friends and family to make an everlasting memory!
Lake Nokomis Cranberry Tours
The Northwoods takes time to celebrate its favorite fruit as the St.
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!