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One Hard Hat in Pink, Please - 04/26/08 10:41 AM
Can you swing a hammer? Turn a screwdiver? Building a home may be easier than you think! Consider volunteering at a Women Build event for Habitat for Humanity. Sponsored by Lowe's, this Habitat for Humanity program empowers women while helping provide housing for people who may not otherwise be able to obtain the dream of home ownership. As a child, I spent entertaining hours pounding nails into my father's workbench with his hammer, much to his annoyance when he would later come in to find fifteen bent nails sticking out of the top of the bench. However, my construction skills never (3 comments)
Hidden Gems April 25, 2008 - 04/25/08 04:14 PM
Green County is home to many artisan businesses, and one of the tastiest is on the east side of Monroe's downtown Square. Chocolate Temptations is one of the Hidden Gems of Green County.
The exterior colors of cafe au lait and bittersweet chocolate hint at the delectable treats awaiting inside. Step through the doors, and the gentle aroma of chocolate and coffee envelope you.
The Buol family has been creating gourmet hand-dipped chocolates in Monroe since 1995. Their truffles are exceptional - a domed shell of chocolate encasing a rich, superb blend of cream and chocolate. They offer a (1 comments)
Area Events, April 25-27 - 04/24/08 09:43 PM
If you are looking for something to do this weekend in Green County, consider the attending one of the following events:
~ The Monroe Theater Guild production of Drawer Boy is playing on Friday,Saturday Sunday at the Monroe Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for non-member, and are usually available at the door. Call the MAC at 608-325-5700 for more information.
~ The Monroe Business Expo is happening on Friday and Saturday at the SLICE. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, more than forty local businesses are participating in this event. 12 pm until 7 pm on Friday, 10 am (0 comments)
Spring Fever - 04/19/08 04:06 PM
Spring has finally sprung here in Cheese Country. After the long, hard winter we have had here, people are peeking outside, eager to start the spring activities. Tops on the list of many people in our area is working in the garden. The garden center choices in our area are numerous. Up in New Glarus, Brenda's Blumenladen is loaded with plants, trees, shrubs and garden ornaments. Near Brodhead on Greenbush Rd, Ahrens Acres is a full service greenhouse as well. Just west of Monticello on Hwy N, Garden Path Greenhouses is a popular spot. A few miles north of New (2 comments)
Variety is the Spice of Life - 04/18/08 03:21 PM
Our market is not like some areas of this country. We are dominated by existing home sales, and people can buy a home for under $100K. Our median home sale price in our town is $105K and in our county as a whole is $190K (this includes farms and homes with acreage). I have helped buyers purchase an actual home for as little as $35K, and while it certainly needed work, it was not in tear-down condition. I know a couple of realtors who scoff at the little sales. They prefer to only work with buyers and sellers for homes over (3 comments)
Hidden Gems April 11, 2008 - 04/11/08 02:02 PM
If you have children and live in the Monroe area, sooner or later you are bound to meet the smiling face of Miss Kris.Miss Kris is the heart and soul of the children's room of the Monroe Public Library. She is there with a smile, greeting children by name and quick to remember their interests and personalities. Many young kids happily bounce up the stairs to the children's section to give her an update on their lives. She listens patiently, taking the time to pay attention, ask questions and genuinely care. Older kids play on the computer, read, do homework and (2 comments)
Try these at your next open house, broker's open or anytime you want a small, delicious treat. Double Chocolate Scones 2 c flour 1/2 c sugar 1/3 c dutch process cocoa 1 tbsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 c unsalted butter 1 beaten egg 1/2 c heavy cream 1 tsp vanilla 1 c bitter dark chocolate coarsely chopped 1/2 c chopped pecans, toasted (optional) In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In (10 comments)
Vote for the Best of Green County - 04/07/08 04:00 PM
The Green County Tourism board is taking votes for a "Best of Green County" contest. You can vote online here. They cover it all, from favorite festival to best outdoor dining to best local cheese. Vote in one category or all twenty-seven, but go vote. Tell us all about your favorite hidden gems in the area. Some of my favorites include the following: Best Burger - The Gridiron in Brodhead, under new management. The burgers are thick and really good. Best Special Occasion Restaurant - The Dining Room at 209 Main in Monticello. Few would expect an elegant restaurant of this (0 comments)
You ought to be in pictures - 04/04/08 11:49 AM
What could be more important than location when selling your home? Maybe the photographs, according to a new study by the National Association of Realtors. Gone are the days of grainy black and white pictures on photocopies MLS sheets. Today's home buyer is internet savvy. Over 80 percent of all home buyers look on the internet for homes, either to find the home they are interested in or to find out more information on a specific home. Some Realtors may claim "Oh, not around here". They are wrong. I have heard that claim from Realtors in our community, yet I have (0 comments)
Happy Birthday, Monroe! - 04/02/08 05:23 PM
Monroe looks pretty spry for its age. Pull on the party hats because our town turns 150 years old on Friday!Join the Sesquicentennial Gala at Turner Hall on April 4 from 7 pm until 11 pm. Community members will gather for a party featuring "Rocking Dueling Pianos", jokes, entertainment and much more. There will be an opening ceremony, huge birthday cake, vintage item display, decades of costumes, souvenirs for sale, historical storytime, food, drink and dancing. Tickets are $10 in advance at Ruf's, Turner Hall or the Chamber of Commerce, or $12 at the door. The Monroe Theater Guild has put (0 comments)
Everything Old is New Again - 04/01/08 10:47 PM
I was recently reading an article on current housing trends, things that are now considered hot and things that are considered not. I found some of the items quite interesting. Everything old is really is new again.~ Free-standing soaker tubs for the bathroom are supplanting the whirlpool tub as today's it bathroom accessory. Think of all the old westerns with the cowboy soaking in the clawfoot tub with the raised back, that is a soaker tub. They are back!~ McMansions are out, homes with reduced carbon footprints are in. This may vary with market, but people are starting to see the (0 comments)
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