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Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 11:04 am

by Carol Alcoe  

There are several spring events coming up. There is still time if you hurry  with a phone call to attend the New Ventures Gardening Seminar at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17.

The $14 cost includes four presentations, lunch and snacks. Call Micki Brisky at (715) 466-4692, ext. 331. The seminar is at the Northwood School, Minong, about four miles north of town on Highway 53. One of the speakers is Scott Wald, owner of Big Brook Greenhouse in Cable, who will speak about succulents, a specialty of Big Brook.

The next game night/potluck at the Spider Lake Church is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 in the Fellowship Hall. It will be a regular potluck so anything goes. Coffee and lemonade are provided. If you can’t come for supper, come at 7 p.m. for the games. Call Jenny Alcoe at (715) 462-4406 for more information.

The much anticipated Spring Luncheon and Style Show sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of the Spider Lake Church will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. According to Chairperson Carla Jones, it will be a sell-out again, since the majority of the tickets are gone already.

Priced at $10, tickets include an impressive array of assorted salads accompanying their famous chicken salad, desserts and beverage. Named “Second Time Around,” fashions will come from local thrift shops, including their own annual rummage sale.

Models are local ladies. Profits will benefit those in need and local charities. Get your friends together soon and call Carla at (715) 462- 9064 for tickets.

Spring is in the air, the snow is disappearing daily and thoughts turn to gardening. At least in my mind. The Perennial Plant Association  has named a 2012  Plant of the Year. It is a Brunnera called Jack Frost.

Brunnera is a shady perennial, hardy in our area and is said to be unappealing to deer and rabbits. It has blue forget-me-not-type flowers in spring and the foliage of this variety is silvery white with green veins. It grows in clumps 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. Sounds like a nice addition to that shady spot we all have.

The Weiss Community Library is having a workshop for ebook and ereader owners and those planning to get into this technology from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 in the Community Room. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and is free, but registration is required due to space concerns and to provide enough material. Call (715) 634-2161.

Could you be one of the nine people in Spider Lake who are unaware they have diabetes? The Chequamegon Lions Club crunched the numbers about diabetes for Spider Lake to come up with this number.

They are sponsoring a Diabetes Awareness Program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the Spider Lake Recycling Facility. You will be greeted by members of the Lions who live in Spider Lake Township and given a brochure that contains a Diabetes At Risk test to take at home. Those who “fail” the test should contact their health professional.   

Carol Alcoe can be reached at (715) 462-3213 or at clalcoe@yahoo.com.


by Judi Cliffton

March came in like a lion, but we sure are enjoying this spring-like weather now. You can almost watch the snowbanks shrink, but now all the dirty snow and debris is showing up on the lawns. The wind has brought down lots of branches and twigs.

The Natureland Women’s Club met last Tuesday at the Spider Lake Town Hall, and they have changed their meeting day to the fourth Tuesday of the month, but the time of 11 a.m. stays the same. They are working on recycling Christmas cards.

My sister, Deb Stacey, and her hubby, Charles, of Oregon, Wis., spent over a week with me and we had a great visit, plus we celebrated Deb’s birthday. That area hasn’t had much snow, and they arrived the evening after our big storm, so they got to “enjoy” the beautiful scenery, and the inconvenience of lots of snow.

I haven’t had any problems with TV reception in some time. Needless to say, while my company was here, CBS and NBC were nonexistent one night and CBS disappeared for three days.

Happy birthday wishes to Wanda Bahling, March 14; Sue Brown, March 15; Jessica Robbins and Ross Metcalf, March 16; Tom Jablonski, March 18, George Miller, March 19; and Mark Helander and Judy Stolfa, March 20.

The upcoming senior lunch menu is: March 15, meatloaf, potatoes, squash and rice pudding; March 19, lasagna, tossed salad, green beans, garlic breadstick, angel food cake and berries; March 22, beef tips in mushroom gravy, noodles, tomato juice, green beans and crispy bar.

Today, Monday, it is raining and 50-ish, so hopefully the icy driveways will melt away. The ice on the lake is looking pretty dark, so it may not be long before we see open water. Hooray!

Have a good week.

Judi Cliffton can be reached at (715) 462-3862.

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