Thank a Veteran for Your Freedom
The public is encouraged to attend Veteran Day program Monday, Nov 12 at the High School will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12. Principal Tollefson suggest people should arrive around 10:15 as the program begins at 10:30 a.m. sharp. The Veterans program will include music by the Fennimore High and Middle School Concert Choir, musical selections by the third grade class, Middle School Mixed Ensemble and speaker Commander Curt Cole and a high school speaker. TAPS will be played by Brad McCartney along with a moment of silence for our departed veterans and victims of wars and terrorist attacks.
Later that day Veterans and their families are reminded a pot luck meal will be held at the Legion hall beginning at 6:30 p.m. Veterans are ask to bring a dish to pass and your own table service. A short memorial service for the deceased members of Post 184 within the last year will take place following the meal. Any Veteran interested in joining the Fennimore American Legion
should contact Commander, Curt Cole or Emory Bloyer.
Fennimore Pep Band “Mean Machine” Nov 10
Alumni and Friends of the Fennimore “Mean Machine” are invited to take part in the Winter Sports Music Show. Held at the Fennimore High/Middle School on Saturday, Nov 10 starting at
7:30 p.m. Fennimore band alumni and friends of the band will perform with the current high school band for an evening of pep band music from the past and for the upcoming winter sports
Grid Iron Chili Supper
This year’s Chili Supper will be held on Monday, November 12 at Hilltop Bar & Grill. Serving runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 with youth under 5 eating at no charge. All proceeds benefit
Fennimore Football. Tickets are available from any member of the Fennimore Grid Iron organization, H & N, Hilltop Bar and Grill or at the door.
Fennimore Chamber Sponsors Shop Local – Win Big Promo
Following the Chamber’s successful Fall Decorating contest FACC will add a holiday decorating contest along with Shop Local – Win Big promotions.
Fennimore Chamber marketing committee is suggesting area residents “Shop Small” this entire holiday season. FACC’s marketing committee is pleased to announce they will once again
coordinate Small Business Saturday and their Shop Local – Win Big promotion with our annual Fennimore bucks giveaway. Last year’s Small Business Saturday promotion was deemed a
success. This year’s promotion will run from Deer Hunter’s weekend, November 17 through December 13.
With your help we hope to give away at least $1,200 in Fennimore Bucks to shoppers who sign up at local businesses. Last year the grand prize was $300 along with nineteen $50 winners.Fennimore bucks is money that stays in our community and makes an economic impact creating jobs and supporting local businesses. To sign up or for more information please contact me or Denise Deaton Tolzman/QueenB Radio 608-822-6462 or Cari Mergen/ Morris Newspapers 608-723-2151.
43rd Annual Chamber Christmas Creations Craft Show Nov 24
Come one, come all to the Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce 42nd Annual Christmas Creations Craft Show and Sale. More than 45 vendors will be on hand offering a wide assortment of handmade craft items perfect for holiday decorating and gift giving. The one day show is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 24. Admission is free and is held at two convenient locations, the Fennimore Memorial building gym (860 Lincoln Avenue) and Fennimore Elementary School gym (860 Madison Street) please use the 8th Street entrance to gym.
At the Memorial building just across the hall from the gym in the Legion Annex Legion Auxiliary members will be serving food from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu items include: coffee, juice,
rolls, biscuits and sausage gravy along with a lunch menu. All proceeds will benefit the Legion Auxiliary and the Fennimore Memorial Park fund. Please note the Friends of the Library will
not be holding a Scholastic Book Fair this year.
Craft Show shoppers are also encouraged to “Shop Fennimore First ” and take advantage of specials being offered by Fennimore area businesses during our two-day “Shop Small – Win Big” promotion Friday and Saturday November 23 and 24. Watch for more info on business participating and their specials as it becomes available.
Shop Local and get the chance to win big with prizes paid out in Fennimore bucks. Simply fill out a form at any of the participating business locations on starting November 17 thru December
13 . Prize money is made possible by the generous sponsors.
American Express Small Business Saturday
In 2010 American Express started promoting their Small Business Saturday promotion. Each year more and more shoppers have participated. An estimated 88 million people “Shopped Small” in 2014. This year could be even bigger!
In order for communities to grow and survive our small businesses need to thrive. This is the fourth year Fennimore has signed up with American Express to be part of their Small Business
Saturday. Actually we are suggesting your “Shop Small”. We thank American Express for providing the chamber and Fennimore businesses with their Small Business Saturday kits. You will notice large banners, rugs and canvas bags around town which were all provided free of charge to any business that requested them.
We realize you probably can’t purchase every item on your holiday list here in Fennimore. However if you visit Fennimore area businesses you may be surprised of the wide assortment of
merchandise and services offered here locally. Remember it is up to all of us to do our part to keep Fennimore thriving and our businesses profitable. Just think if you could purchase 50% of
your gifts locally what a difference it could make right here were we live, work and play. Whenever there is a fundraiser or event for a special cause local businesses are the first place
asked to donate. It’s our turn for payback by “Shopping Local.” Help create jobs right here in Fennimore by Shopping local.
Unity Tree Lighting Saturday Nov 24
For 25 years City folk and Country folk have gathered at the Unity Tree located between Dwight Parker Library and the gazebo for the Unity activities. Santa and Mrs Claus will arrive at 6:10
p.m. with the tree lighting ceremony to following.
Businesses, organizations, families and individuals are encouraged to sponsor lights on the tree in memory of or in honor of for a $5 donation per recognition. Registration forms may be
found at local places of worship, banks, City office or Dwight Parker Library. The deadline to have your Memory Stars/sponsorship listed on the flier is Saturday, Nov 17.
This year a new addition will be “Memory Rocks!” Children and their families are asked to decorate a rock of your choice as a way to permanently remembering a loved one or special occasion. Similar to Fennimore Rocks these will be placed under the Unity Tree the night of the lighting and remain there all year long.
The “Friends of the Library” project will be the recipients of funds raised from this year’s Unity project Following the lighting of the tree entertainment and refreshments will follow at the Memorial building in the Legion hall.
Organizers of this year’s Unity event include: Marcia Bahl, Judy Nelson, Patty Cauffman, Kathy Aide, Cathy Smith, Merry Cooley and Cindy Arndt.
Fennimore Bucks Make Perfect Gifts
Can’t decide what to buy for hard to buy for businesses on your holiday list? Fennimore Bucks make perfect gifts for everyone of all ages. Fennimore bucks may be spent the same as cash at
any of our 120 plus chamber members 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 compared to charges for many of the gift cards. Fennimore Bucks order forms are available online under the chamber button. Call aheador email your order 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. Orders received by Wednesday, December 19 will be processed in time for Christmas giving.
Fennimore Chamber Holiday Party
The seventh annual Fennimore Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday party will be held on Wednesday, Dec 12 at Hilltop Bar and Grill. Chamber members and guests are encouraged to come enjoy refreshments and take the opportunity to network and socialize with other successful Fennimore businesses between 5 to 7 p.m. (See the Chamber Holiday Party poster)
To add a little more fun to the evening the Adam Bartels band will provide music. An Ugly Sweater and Bling contest will be held. In keeping with the spirit of Christmas everyone is
encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Depot Exchange Food Pantry. Reservations are not require but would help with planning of how much food to prepare;
so please respond to the Promotions Coordinator’s office 822-3599 or email@example.com. There is no fee to attend, a cash bar is available.
Cookie Walk – Dec 8
Members of the Bethany Women’s Group will host their annual Cookie Walk on Saturday December 9 from 8 a.m. until they are sold out. Come early for best selection. The cookie walk will be held in the Legion Annex in the Fennimore Memorial building.
Word from the North Pole Santa will be at the Fenninore Fire Station on Saturday, Dec 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fennimore Lions Club Birthday and Anniversary Calendars
The Lions Club is now collecting birthday and anniversary information for their March 2019 thru February 2020 community calendar. Please email info to firstname.lastname@example.org The cost for each calendar is just $5 proceeds are used to support a wide variety of community projects, organizations and events.
As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday it is only fitting for all of us to reflect on everything we have to be thankful for. Fennimore is a great place to live, work and
play. That doesn’t happen by accident it is made possible due to our local leadership efforts along with everyone in the community. I’m so proud of how the community came together with several recent food drives to collect food for those who need some extra assistance at this time.
This column isn’t largest enough to list separately all of the volunteers, organizations, business
owners and managers I’ve had the opportunity to work with during the past year. I’m wishing you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving. I look forward to working with everyone in 2019.
City offices will be closed for the in observance of Veteran’s Day Nov 12 and Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, Nov 22 and 23. Residents living on the west side of Lincoln Avenue are reminded of the following changes in garbage pickup Nov 12 recycling will take Friday Nov 16. For Thanksgiving holiday the pick up will take place on Wednesday, Nov 21 rather than November 22.