Community Invited to Help Decorate Fennimore
Fennimore has been chosen as the first day destination for the 2018 Nation of Patriots ride. The Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Marketing committee is pleased to announce to further enhance this year’s warm welcome to the Patriot riders we will sponsor a community wide “Patriotic themed” decorating contest. Our goal is to show respect to our Nations Veterans and also draw additional visitors to Fennimore for all the activities going on May 19 & 20. See the information and/or order a flag.
As part of the decorating contest we hope to increase the number of American Flags flying along Lincoln Avenue and other key areas. The City /Chamber is seeking donations toward the purchase of the American Flags, as well as other decorations, used to welcome not only the Nation of Patriots but all of the visitors passing through Fennimore in 2018.
All flags will be purchased from the Fennimore American Legion which uses points to provide awards to students at Fennimore Schools. All flags are high quality and are American made. There are two options: (1) make a $20 donation to purchase a flag (there is a limited amount needed) or (2) If all flags are purchased, consider making a donation toward other patriotic items to decorate our community.
Checks should be made payable to The City of Fennimore, c/o P.O. Box 17, Fennimore, WI 53809.
All donors will be recognized on www.fennimore.com and on the bulletin board at the Memorial building.
For details on the business and residential decorating contest check online or pick up a form at the Fennimore Memorial building, Fennimore banks and the Promotions Coordinator’s office.
Fennimore is a Focus on Energy Community
As a commercial or industry business would you like to know you could reduce energy waste?
Fennimore Water and Light has been working with Focus on Energy on their Community Small Business Offering. To qualify commercial and industrial customers with an average energy usage of 40,000 kWh or less this past July and August 2017, who operate nine or fewer locations in Wisconsin, and whose business (service location) is located in the 53809 zip code of the community campaign. Sorry, customers of the Agriculture, Schools, and Government, Large Energy Users, and Multifamily Energy Savings Program are not eligible for CSBO.
Qualified businesses have been identified and the letter from FOE will arrive within the next week giving additional information and a number to call to schedule your free assessment. The CSBO offers the business the opportunity to have an expert Energy Advisors in Fennimore conduct free energy assessments from April 16-20, 2018.
The assessment can help identify energy-saving opportunities to lower your utility bill and improve operational efficiency. After completing an assessment, business can receive a free energy savings kit for their business. Plus, through this offering, you can take advantage of up to 50% bonus on eligible financial incentives.
Fennimore Water and Light is excited to be working with Focus on Energy (FOE) for the Community Small Business Offering. This is a perfect opportunity for Fennimore businesses to take advantage of incentives offered by FOE.
Forming Fennimore’s Future Goal Meetings
Following a successful goal setting meeting on February 7 community volunteers and organizations have started to investigate ways to accomplish the five main goals as well as some of the secondary goals. A complete FFF report is available on the Forming Fennimore’s Future webpage.
In an effort to keep the public informed and involved goal meeting date, time and locations are posted on the Fennimore website calendar. We are working on a group Face book to also share this information.
Each of the groups is asked to use the Promotions Coordinator’s office as the point of contact to give updates. I am also happy to post upcoming goal meetings in this article and on the Fennimore website. The deadline to send me information is by 3 p.m. on Friday for the next week’s issue of The Times. Need a place to meet? Contact the City Clerk’s office to schedule a spot at the Memorial building or call the Promotions Coordinator for ideas for other meeting locations.
Fennimore Citywide Garage Sales May 17-19
The Chamber sponsored citywide garages sales are scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 17, 18 and 19. Watch for registration forms to be available Monday, April 16. Forms will be available on the Citywide Garage Sales webpage, at the City Clerk’s office, Fennimore Banks and Fennimore Times.
Registration forms should be filled out and turned in with the fee to the City Clerk’s office no later than Tuesday, May 8 at which time you pick up your yard sign. The Clerk’s office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. If you need to make special arrangements, please contact Carrie Friederick 608-822-6119. The chamber thanks the City Clerk’s office for chairing this committee. The office feels this is a great way for the City to encourage re-use of items.
Mayor Seeking Public Input
Tree Board – The City of Fennimore is looking into the possibility of developing a Tree Board to assist the Director of Public Works and the Common Council.
The intentions of duties of the board would include: maintaining an inventory of trees located on public lands within the City, prepare and recommend to the Council a plan for the planting, care and maintenance of trees, apply for State and Federal grants for the implementation of the City’s tree plans and programs, provide a forum for and encourage public comment on City tree plans and programs. This is not a complete list, but it should give an idea of the involvement.
The Board would probably consist of 5-7 members from the community. Currently Cindy Arndt, Margaret Sprague and Lori Zoromski have shown an interest in being involved. If you have interest in serving on this potential Board, please contact the Director of Public Works at 608-822-6501 or email email@example.com.
Water Zumba – the Mayor is also seeking interest from the community in regard to holding water Zumba at the pool this summer. If you are interested, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name the Sports Complex – the Mayor is seeking input into naming the park area along a portion of land located at the corner of Bronson and LaFollette Street. The ball diamonds have names however the overall area does not have an exact title to refer to. Share your suggestions prior to the April 26 council meeting email@example.com
Volunteer Tea to Honor 50 Years of Volunteers
In honor of the Good Samaritan Society’s 50th Anniversary in Fennimore, the staff is planning a 50th Anniversary Volunteer Tea for Saturday, April 21 starting at 2 p.m. All volunteers interested in attending are asked to RSVP by April 16 by calling 608-822-6100.
Fun Fest June 1-2, 2018
Members of the Fun Fest committee are busy making plans for Fennimore’s Fun Fest scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday June 1 and 2.
Posters will be ordered soon, so anyone wishing to be listed as a sponsor should send in their sponsorship forms to Jeff Hagen.
Fun Fest is also offering organizations an opportunity to make some money by managing one of the shifts at a concession stand. Interested parties should get in contact as soon as possible for their best choice of shifts.
The Fun Fest parade theme for 2018 is Country Back Roads. To help the parade announcers, they ask that parade entry forms with brief descriptions are turned in by Friday May 25.
All Fun Fest Forms may be found on the Fennimore’s Fun Fest webpage.
Fennimore Museums Welcome Volunteers
Would you like to get out of the house and have an opportunity to meet area residents and visitors passing through Fennimore? Could you set aside a few hours a month during the summer to assist at Fennimore’s museums?
Both the Fennimore Railroad Historical Museum and Friends of the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum are always in need of volunteers. Both museums are currently preparing to open in late May for the 2018 tourist season. If you are interested in volunteering at either location, please contact Chuck Stenner for the Railroad Museum 608-485-2408 or Connie Neal for the Fennimore Doll and Toy Museum 608-822-7920
FAWA Meeting Reminder
The next meeting of Fennimore Area Writers Association will be held Friday, April 6 at Hardees’ meeting room. The meeting takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Area writers and those interested in listening to writers reading their work are encouraged to attend.
Annual Crafting for a Cure Craft and Vendor Show April 28
The second annual “Crafting for a Cause” Craft and Vendor Show and Benefit will be held on April 28 at the Fennimore Memorial Building & Fennimore Elementary School. The time for the benefit is from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. A reminder that you will need to register for a bidder number for the Live Auction.
Details for the day are as follows:
- 9am-4pm – Craft & vendor show
- 9am-3pm – Silent Auction
- 5pm – Live Auction
This year’s show will benefit Fennimore resident Brenda (Wiest) Taylor and her family. Brenda is currently undergoing treatment for appendix and colon cancer. If you would like to donate an item towards the live auction or the silent auction, some baked goods, or if you are interested in being a vendor at the craft fair, or if you would like to volunteer to help the day of the event, please contact Angie Monroe 608-732-4322 or contact Amanda Waterman 608-379-4563