Thursday, October 11, 2012

Spooner Advocate Column- October 11, 2012

Good morning folks. As the weather has been getting colder I thought we could talk about some things to do to get ready for colder weather, this is just easy things to do to get started, especially since we have flakes forcasted for this week again. Get a bucket by the door that has sand in it, you can use it on the slippery steps, it is also animal friendly. Or you can always use a sand mixture with the snow melt pellets mixed in - just remember those pellets are hard on animals feet, maybe plants around the steps. Put a shovel in the inside of your house or at least on the porch- we forgot this last year and well... it was alot of fun walking through snow to the barn to get one! Have you cut back the plants that should be cut back in the fall? Did you leave some of the plants, grasses, bushes that have gone to seed or that are overgrown for the birds to eat and take shelter in when it is really cold? Please think of the animals that might come through your yard this fall or winter, try to make it as animal friendly as you can. If the cold weather coming early means a cold winter for the humans just think what it means for the animals that live out ther all the time. Do you have a tip or a recipe to share? I would love to hear it.

The Springbrook VFW Post 10568 will be having Les Millard over at the VFW Canteen hosting Karaoke from 5:30-9 pm on October 13.This is a change in the date so please note that so you go on the right date. The Canteen will also be hosting a meat raffle on October 13th  from 3-5:30. If you have any questions feel free to give them a call at 715-766-2128, they open at 3pm on the weekdays and noon on weekends. As always everyone is invited to come to the community potluck every Wednesday 5-6 pm, please bring a dish to share.The Springbrook VFW Post 10568 is having a Gun raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 donation it 6 for $5. There are 5 top prizes, 3 of which are guns, the fourth and fifth prize are $100 cash. The Gun raffle prizes will be awarded November 21,2012 so you still have time to get your raffle tickets. You may buy tickets for the raffle while you are up at the Canteen listening to Les! They are also collected unopened, new toys for the Marine Corps “Toys for Tots” program.

Sherrine called to let me know that the  Namekogan Congregational  Harvest dinner is Tuesday October 9th from 5-7, the column had already gone to press last week.  I am hoping that the meal is a success, I will try to get over there to eat some great food.

Please remember that the deadline for information making it into the column is Sunday night or early (by 9am) Monday morning. The sooner you tell me the longer I can put it in the paper. So if there are events that you know of that are planned already please let me know, that way we can get them out there to the public.

I hope everyone had a wonderful time at Stone Lake Cranberry Festival. I am sure that it was alot of fun, I heard some positive feedback so people must have had a good time.I know that I would have liked to go but I worked all weekend. I still need to get over there and buy some cranberries from someone! I would love too freeze a bunch and be able to dry some as well.

 Mark your calendar- the 1st annual Octoberfest is coming to Shell Lake October 13- 5pm- 11 pm. Sounds like they are going to have brat sliders, sauerkraut, pretzels. All you can eat Bavarian Waffles. Live polka band with dancing, of course beer and other refreshments. For more information email or go to their website

Thimbles Quilt shop in Trego will be starting their demos again now that it is fall. Every Saturday they will demo something new to make, they usually have  treats and a how- to sheet that you can take home so that when you get around to making the project you can remember how. If you have any questions give the store a call- 715-635-6040.

That is all that I have this time for you. Please let me know if you have any info that you would like shared with the community. This column is posted on my blog every Thursday as well and is read by folks that do come to our area, so please let me know what is going on out there. Have a awesome week!

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