BDG2015-nordic-ski-1Jimmy the Groundhog had a bone to pick with the mayor of Sun Prairie. As the oversized rodent gave his prognostication, he also managed to bite the mayor’s ear. I guess being hauled out of my burrow in sub-zero weather to then see my shadow would make be ornery too. It sounds like we’ll be experiencing six more weeks of winter.

But don’t let the winter blues get to you. Despite the brief cold snaps, the weather has been quite moderate. There’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy Winter: skiing, snow-shoeing, and even biking in the snow. Or why not look forward to spring at this weekend’s Home and Garden Expo.

Local Business News

Common question I receive is ‘how do I get my news items into this weekly newsletter.’ We highlight the businesses that send in information to be included in this weekly letter. So please send your news items and releases to by Wednesday at 5:00pm to be included in the next issue.

Neighbor’s Place

The Neighbor’s Place is in need of beds for toddlers. Currently the center has a list of nearly 20 toddlers without beds. Do you have a full or twin bed frame to donate? How about a crib mattress? If so, we can use them to fashion a toddler bed.Contact the Neighbor’s Place for details. . .

hOUR Community Time-Bank

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 10.42.34 AMThe hOur Commuity TimeBank, a local community of people who share their abilities, talents and experiences–is one year old and we’re throwing a party.  It’s Wednesday, February 11th from 6-8 PM at the Great Dane Brewpub in Wausau. Everyone is welcome!  Free memberships awarded to the first 50 people!  (It’s a “pay it forward” where an hour of your time doing something for someone will “buy” you an hour of the help you need.  Everyone is welcome to join–no matter your age, income or mobility.  Call 715-575-1310 for more information, or email  Details at hOUR Community Time Bank. . .

Wausau Area Builder’s Assn Home and Garden Expo

Got the spring fever bug? Why not quench it by heading to theWausau Area Builder’s Association Home and Garden Expo. See the latest in demolition, home design, plumbing, windows – everything you need from building supply vendors to contractors, demonstrations and workshops at the Central Wisconsin Convention & Expo Center. February 6, 2015 4-8 p.m. February 7, 2015 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. February 8, 2015 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sponsored by Wausau Area Builders Association 715-842-9510 Admission: $5 at the door, under 12 no charge, and no charge if you bring your house plans.

Accent Window Fashions

This week I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining brightly up in the sky. After dealing with January’s dreary skies, February’s sun is warm and inviting. If that bright sun is making you think of window treatments, when you’ll want to check out the Accent Window Fashions Energy, Smart, Style Event………
$100 Mail-In REBATE*
on the following purchases:
4 Duette Honeycomb Shades (plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
4 Solera Soft Shades (plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
2 Silhouette Window Shadings (plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
2 Vignette Modern Roman Shades (plus $25 rebate each additional unit)
PLUS get FREE Child-Safe Cordless Lifting System on Duette honeycomb shades and Silhouette window shadings. Offer valid February 1 through April 25, 2015. Details, contact Accent Window Fashions in Wausau. . .

Hsu Growing Supply

10375139_776075482466901_6077338526538316849_nHave you gotten your seed starting supplies yet? Hsu Seed Starter kits are now available! Find them now at your favorite local garden center. Where to buy Hsu Growing Seed Starter Kits. . . 

Washington Street Massage

Share the LOVE of massage this Valentine’s Day!  Buy one hour massage ($60), take $10 off the second hour!  Keep one for yourself, and share the other with someone you love with a beautiful massage gift certificate.  To really LOVE how you feel keep both!  Please call to schedule or purchase massages through February 14th, 2015.  No limit.  Massages may be redeemed through March 31st, 2015. Washington Street Massage- Crystal Smith, LMT
324 Washington St., Downtown Wausau 715.573.3364. Details at Washington Street Massage. . .

Friend of the Library Book Sale

Marathon-County-Public-Library-exterior-Winter-3The Friends of the Marathon County Public Library will hold a book sale February 5 through February 8 at the Marathon County Public Library Wausau Headquarters, 300 N. First St., Wausau. Proceeds benefit the MCPL programming. Details on the Buy Local Wausau Blog. . .

International Film Festival

This weekend the University of Wisconsin Marathon County is kicking off their International Film Festival. This year’s event, which runs for three weekends in February features an assortment of comedies, dramas, and documentaries from a variety of European, Asian, South American, and Middle Eastern countries. Events like this not only enrich our lives but give us a better understanding of other cultures. A discussion will follow each film. The event is free for students and donations suggested for the general public. Details on the UWMC site.

Closing Thoughts

Looking at the top of this newsletter, you’ll see the number 200. This week marks the 4th anniversary of the Wausau’s Local Newsletter. When I started this email, I never thought it would last so long or have such a wide acceptance. I really appreciate all the comments I receive- hardly a week goes by when someone tells me how much they love the letter and have learned something new from it. Thanks again for your support and here’s to looking to another 200 issues.