Community Awards Nominations Deadline June 24
Do you know a Fennimore resident, family or business you would like to see recognized for their volunteer efforts in the Fennimore community? Each year the chamber recognizes area residents (living within the Fennimore School District) whose volunteer efforts have made a difference in Fennimore. The chamber asks community members to become involved by submitting nominations. This is a perfect way to recognize and thank those living in the the Fennimore area who do so much for the community but often go unrecognized. Don’t delay, fill out your nomination today to meet the June 24 deadline.
The Chamber is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Community Awards in three categories Citizen of the Year, Family of the Year and Business of the Year. Nominations should be sent to Steve Birkett or dropped off at Birkett Chiropractic by noon Friday, June 24. A list of those who have previously been recognized is listed online. The nomination form is available online or forms are available at the Promotions Coordinator’s office, Fennimore Times, Birkett Chiropractic, American Bank, Clare Bank and FirstMerit Bank.
The Community Awards will be held Tuesday July 22 at 6:30 p.m. during the Chamber’s Annual Chicken BBQ at the Memorial building. Committee members include Steve Birkett/Chairperson (Birkett Chiropractic), Trudie Freymiller (Dwight Parker Library), and Karla Witzig (Good Samaritan Society – Fennimore).
Fennimore Chamber Chicken BBQ July 12
The Chamber’s famous Chicken BBQ is just a few weeks away. Save the date of July 12 and plan to attend with family and friends. The meal will be served inside the Fennimore Memorial building (air conditioned and bug free). Serving will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. or until all tickets are sold. Advance tickets are recommended as the BBQ is often a sellout. Carry out meals are available.
The Chamber’s Annual Chicken BBQ has been held for many decades. The original bbq was held at a cabin in rural Fennimore as a business networking and appreciation meal for business owners and their employees. Today that same tradition continues and has also been opened up to the entire community to network with business owners and community members. The bbq is also a great setting to recognize the Citizen of the Year, Family of the Year and Business of the Year.
Jerry Day is once again in charge of the cooking crew and will be using Denny Friederick’s special BBQ recipe. Karla Witzig will coordinate the set up, serving and cleanup crews. The delicious meal includes 1/2 BBQ Chicken, coleslaw, potato salad, dinner roll/butter and water. Tickets will be available at all local banks and the Promotions Coordinator’s office starting June 22.
Mount Hope Dairy Day Parade June 17
Mount Hope Dairy Day Parade is on Friday, June 17. Parade line-up is at 7:00, Judging begins at 7:30 and the parade starts at 8:00 pm. The parade is held rain or shine. The event is sponsored annually by the Mt. Hope Cardinals 4-H Club.
An ice cream social at the Mt. Hope Firehouse begins at 6:00 p.m. and runs until 10:00 pm. There will be games and a teen dance in the Mt. Hope park following the parade. If anyone has any questions they are asked to contact Neil or Lisa Riley at 608-988-4359.
Fennimore Chamber Plans to Host Flea Market July 30
The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce will host a new event, a Flea Market on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The booth fee is $25 for a 12 x 20 foot area. Registration information is available online www.fennimore.com/chamber the Promotions Coordinator’s office or by contacting Karla Witzig 608-822-6100 or 822-5418 or [email protected]
Registration forms should be returned with the payment no later than June 30,2016 by sending to Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce, 850 Lincoln Avenue, Fennimore, WI 53809 Space is limited and is filled on a first come basis. Vendors signed up at this time plan to offer assorted glassware, coins, baseball cards.
Other activities going on in Fennimore that day include the Annual Fennimore Jr Fair at Fennimore High School and the Derek Lendosky Ball Tournament at the Fennimore ball diamond.
Fennimore Depot Exchange
Thanks to the Fennimore Depot Exchange for helping the chamber with citywide garage sale yard sign returns. They stated they received quite a few donations for the Depot following the year garage sales this year.
The Depot Exchange plays an active and vital role in Fennimore. Through generous donations they are able to give back to the community. This week I thought I would share information on two of their projects. Five FHS graduates recently were each awarded $250 scholarships. They include Matt Duff, Andriea Kammes, Courtney Lenzendorf, Ryan Mulrooney and Aspen Neisius. During the month of May the Depot Exchange Food Pantry served 48 families or 137 individuals on May 4 and 51 families or 139 individuals on May 18. This is a great accomplishment for our community, let’s all get on-board and recycle our unwanted items at the Depot. Items you don’t want any longer could be just what another person is looking for.
Items on the Depot Food Pantry wish list include: vegetable beef soup, corn, mixed vegetables, oatmeal, ramen noodles and toothpaste. They welcome any non-perishable food items they may be dropped off at the register by the front door.
Postal Drive Benefits Depot Food Pantry
Saturday, May 14 the US Postal Service held their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. More than 2,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Depot Food Pantry. Thanks to area residents for their donations.
Run for Fun
The popular Fennimore Fun Runs will kick off this week Thursday, June 30 at the Dean Ashmore farm located south of Southwest Tech at the junction of Bronson Blvd and McGahn Road. Youth 14 and under participate in a 1.5 run starting at 7 p.m. Youth 15 or older participate in a 1.5 run or 3 mile walk ; the 3 mile run begins at 7:30 p.m.
Complimentary cold treats are provided at the end of the event; everyone receives an award. Pre-registration is not necessary.
Other Fun Run dates include: July 14, July 28 and August 11 at the same time and locations. For more details contact Ryanne Bell 608-485-1872, [email protected]
Information on water aerobics and Aqua Zumba activities are available in the Summer recreation book which may be found online or at the Clerk’s office. See more about the Fennimore Swimming Pool.
Pool parties may be booked at the pool for families, businesses or organizations. Inquire on the availability at the City Clerk’s office. The pool will be open until Thursday August 25.
Get Active in Grant County
Looking for some fun affordable activities for family and youth in Grant County? The Grant County UW Extension office has updated their “Get Active” guide which lists a variety of many of the activities for active play in Grant County. People of all ages are sure to enjoy the variety of listings to choose from such as over 80 parks, places to swim, hike, ride bikes, watch birds, play tennis, fish and much more. The book can be found online http://grant.uwex.edu/ or booklets are available at the Youth and Ag building in Lancaster, 916 E Elm Street, next to the Grant County Fair grounds.
Southwest Tech News
Have you heard the news? Southwest Tech will celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2017. Many volunteers and committees have been working behind the scene to put some special projects and events together. The official kick off will be held later this summer with a special golf tournament. Watch for more details.
Southwest Tech’s Foundation has announced plans for their “Southwest Tech Night at the Madison Mallards” The date is Thursday, July 21 at Warner Park in Madison. Tailgate starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Dane Duck Blind – the first pitch begins at 7:05.
The first to register will receive $3 off their ticket price. The ticket includes general admission into the Great Dane Duck Blind with picnic style seating that includes all-you-can-eat ballpark food: Burgers, Brats, hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork, cranberry walnut chicken salad sandwiches. Hops smoked pulled chicken, veggie burgers, french fries, potato salad, coleslaw and chips. Beverage included are all you can drink Pepsi products. Beer bracelets are available for an additional $5.
Those interested in attending must RSVP by July 6 608-822-3262 and ask for Foundation office.
Happy Fathers Day
Hats off to all area fathers as we celebrate Fathers Day June 19. For those hard-to-buy-for men, consider tickets to the July 12 Chamber Chicken BBQ or Fennimore bucks that may be spent the same as cash at over 100 different Fennimore Chamber member business locations.
Bucks are available from the Promotions Coordinator’s office, 850 Lincoln Avenue. Call ahead (608-822-3599) and bucks will be ready for you to pick them up.
Additional community events are added to the Fennimore online calendar events on a regular basis. Check things out www.fennimore.com/events
Fennimore Cooling Centers
As the summer of 2016 comes into full swing, so does the forecast for extremes in temperatures. I would like to remind everyone about the cooling centers in Fennimore, places you can go to get out of the heat.
- Dwight Parker Library, 925 Lincoln Avenue, hours of operation 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Thursday. Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.
- Southwest Tech, Bronson Blvd & Hwy 18, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (and Friday starting in August) use main entrance.
- Good Samaritan Society, 1850 11th Street, open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (meals available at guest price).
- Fennimore Memorial building, 860 Lincoln Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday –Friday.