Public Session Asks for Citizen Input
The City of Fennimore and Fennimore Township is working with Southwest Regional Planning on an economic development project planned for the corner of Hwy 61 and East 4th Street.
A Community Input Forum focused on the economic development project will be held on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College (1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI) Room 492. Specifically, the group will be discussing a potential new development northeast of US Highway 61 and 4th Street. The intent of the forum is to provide information about the potential development and to gain the public’s input.
This forum is being facilitated by the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and supported by the valuable efforts of the City of Fennimore and the Township of Fennimore.
If you have any questions, please contact Savannah Ernzen at [email protected] or 608-342-1057.
WGLR Holiday Auction
The 2016 WGLR Holiday Auction will be held on Saturday, December 3 at Tim Slack Auction & Realty, Lancaster. The Auction will begin at 8:15 am and will continue throughout the day. Listeners may listen on line at WGLR 97.7 and can view a list of items at WGLR.com
The Auction has provided assistance to families especially children for over 20 years and has provided monies to the Grant County Food Pantry, Grant County Water Rescue Equipment, Boscobel and Bagley floods, Grant County Cancer Coalition and many families and individuals needing assistance when they have lost a job, had a home fire or are battling a health concern.
To donate items for the 2016 WGLR Holiday Auction, call Denise Deaton-Tolzman at 608.349.2000 or drop off your items to QueenB Radio at 51 Means Drive Platteville.
Cookie Walk – December 10
Bethany Alliance Women’s group will hold their annual cookie walk on Saturday, Dec 10 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until they are sold out. The cookie walk is held in the Legion Annex, 860 Lincoln Avenue. Come early for best selection of a wide variety of cookies and treats perfect for holiday entertaining. Purchase your choice of size of box and then fill them with your choice of items.
Santa Visits Fire Station Dec 17
The Fennimore Fire Department has received word that Santa will visit the Fennimore Fire Department on Saturday, Dec 17 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fennimore area youth and family members are asked to bring along their letters to Santa.
Shop Local – Help Support Jobs in Fennimore!
Thanks to everyone who continue to support local businesses during Black Friday and Small Business Saturday and the Shop Local Win Big promotion that runs through December 10. Money spent locally helps our community thrive. Businesses reported business was good through the entire weekend.
Thanks to support from the following sponsors the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Shop Small – Win Big promotion 20 lucky winners will receive a total of $1250 this shopping season.
Simply shop at any of the 25 participating businesses and register to a chance to win. All prizes will be paid in Fennimore Bucks which may be spent the same as cash at more than 120 area businesses. The drawing will include one $300 winner and 19 $50 winners. The promotion runs through December 10 at which time all entries will be put together for the drawing. The drawing will take place on Tuesday, Dec 13 during the Life at the Crossroads live broadcast held at Century 21 office of Jon Miles.
The prize money is made possible from the following businesses:
Corporate level ($125) American Bank, Fennimore Times/Reminder, H & N Plumbing and Heating, Inc, Immuno-Dynamics, QueenB Radio Group, Sugar & Spice Bulk Foods, Wood Law Firm, LLC. Gold level ($75 sponsor) Clare Bank, Fennimore Good Samaritan Society, Goodman Gutters, Gundersen Boscobel Area Hospital and Clinics, The Quilt Peddler. Silver level Casey’s Convenience Store, Children’s Clothesline, Hall Automotive and Sheckler Subway, Inc.
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce marketing committee has also asked businesses to join in the holiday spirit by displaying a holiday tree in their business place or if space doesn’t permit to put up a window display. This year’s holiday decorating will feature a Christmas tree theme. In coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “Bundle Up” promotion some businesses will turn their trees into a giving tree by collecting “warm” items. Warm items like hats, gloves, socks, scarves etc. are encouraged. All donations will be donated to those in need within the Fennimore area.
Fennimore Bucks Season Has Begun
So if you still can’t decide on that perfect gift for a friend, relative, teacher, paper carrier or service provider may I suggest Fennimore bucks. Fennimore bucks may be spent the same as cash at more than 120 chamber member’s businesses. Fennimore bucks make a quick and easy gift while also supporting Fennimore Chamber members’ businesses. Fennimore Bucks are available starting at $5 and up; there is no processing fee added which are added to many of the gift cards.
Fennimore Bucks order forms are available online or paper forms are available just outside of my office in the Fennimore Memorial building. Send or call in your order in advance and the bucks will be ready for you to pick up at the Promotions Coordinator’s office. If it is more convenient send a stamped sell addressed envelope and they will be sent to you. If you want Fennimore Bucks prior to Christmas, please order by noon on December 21, the office will be closed Dec 23 and 26. Anyone in need of Fennimore bucks between Christmas Jan 4 are encouraged to order them early.
Fennimore Warm Holiday Welcome
Thanks to the efforts of everyone the City of Fennimore is like a Norman Rockwell painting. The City of Fennimore is all decked out showing our pride and Christmas spirit this holiday season. Many City residents and businesses have decorated their properties along with the lovely street light decorations on Main Street installed by the City Utility crew to the beautiful Unity Tree adorning the grounds of Dwight Parker Library. Several Fennimore businesses have also added decorated trees or Christmas tree themes to store windows.
The holiday season was kicked off on November 26 with the Unity Tree ceremony where city folks and country folks gathered to light the Annual Unity Tree. Following the lighting refreshments and entertainment was held at the Fennimore Memorial building. We thank Cindy Arndt and her faithful crew for stepping forward to continue this community event. All proceeds from the Unity Tree are targeted to benefit the Dwight Parker Library for items not covered in the City budget.
Are You Interested in Serving Your Community?
Are you interested in serving in a leadership role for our community? If so, the deadline for nomination papers for the April 4 spring elections are due no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 6. In order to register as a candidate for the upcoming spring election stop by the Clerk’s Office and pick up the nomination papers. To qualify a candidate must have at least 20 signatures. The nomination papers/signatures must then be submitted by the close of the business day on Tuesday, January 3. The term of office is two years and would begin April 18, 2017.
Information concerning aldermanic district boundaries may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office at 860 Lincoln Avenue, Fennimore, WI.
The first day to circulate nomination papers is Thursday, December 1, 2016, and the final day for filing nomination papers is 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, in the office of the city clerk. Incumbents not seeking re-election must file a Notification of Non-candidacy (GAB-163) by December 27, 2016. Failure to notify will extend nomination paper deadline 72 hours for that office.
For additional information, please contact City Clerk, Margaret Sprague, 608-822-6119. Nominations papers are available at the City Clerk’s office during regular business hours which are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note the City Clerk’s office will be closed Friday and Monday Dec 23 and 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017.
Give the Gift of Life This Holiday Season
Give a meaningful gift this holiday season. Donate blood at the Fennimore Blood drive scheduled for Friday, Dec 29 at the Fennimore Memorial building. The blood drive opens at 11:30 and runs to 5:30 p.m. Bring a friend and help save lives together. For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS 800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.
Looking for a different type of exercise for you, your family and even grandparents? During spring, summer and fall pickle ball is played at the tennis courts located in Marsden Park (Marsden Park Road) in the winter the games move into the Fennimore Memorial building gym with games played on Wednesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Pickle ball is a great game for all ages so bring out the entire family. No experience necessary, equipment is provided. There is no fee to participate. If you have more questions cont Mary, her cell phone is 802-249-2572.
Snow Reports Available Online
Thanksgiving has past, and in Wisconsin, that means winter is coming. Winter in Wisconsin is more than Jack Frost nipping at your nose and catching snowflakes on your tongue – we snowboard, tube, skate, ski, snowmobile and snowshoe our way to fun!
Every Thursday during the season, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism will share the best hot spots for your favorite cold-weather sports. Use the Snow Conditions Report to search a specific activity, like snowmobiling and downhill and cross country skiing. Travelers can also upload wintery photos and plan a weekend getaway in Wisconsin right from the report. They also list nearby events taking place. So when the snow arrives be sure to check it out http://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport/
Alternate Side Parking
Just a reminder alternate side parking on all streets is in place through April 1, 2017. Vehicles are required to park on even numbered sides of the street on even numbered days and park on odd numbered sides of the street on odd numbered days. Keep in mind the day start at midnight. For questions, please contact the Fennimore Police Department 608-822-3215.
Holiday Hours at Promotions Coordinator’s Office
The Promotions Coordinators office will be closed Dec 23 through Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The office will reopen on Tuesday, Jan 3 for normal hour 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. I look forward to working with all of community organizations, businesses and residents in 2017. Wishing you good health and prosperity in the new year.