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Out with the Old - 12/31/08 10:33 AM
Start the New Year with a clean slate and a clean living space and help others at the same time. Many people use the start of the New Year to clean out not only their lives, but their homes. If you are decluttering, please consider rehoming the items that are in usable condition instead of setting them on the curb.If you like to give directly to people, post the item on the Green County Freecycle email list. Freecycle is a national organization that facilitates bringing together of people who have things they no longer need and people who could use the (1 comments)
Town or city? - 12/22/08 03:21 PM
What make a small town? As with so many things, size is in the eye of the beholder. I often refer to our community, Monroe, WI, as a city, but then a couple of days later, I will call it a town. It really is both, depending on your point of view. I grew up in the country, first on a dairy farm and then in a home that could not see a single neighbor. The nearby towns that I call my hometowns are each home to about 2000 people. Those to me are small towns. The closest city was Madison, (4 comments)
Ringing in 2009 in Green Country, Wisconsin - 12/20/08 11:41 AM
It feels like I am skipping head in the holiday scheme of things, but I just realized that it is already December 20. If you have not made your plans yet for New Year's Eve, there are a few events going on in the area. Tofflers New Year's Eve with Joel Pingitore and the Play Ground of Sound: Toffler's in New Glarus often features live music, and New Year's Eve is no exception. Their blue moon blacklight party will have live blues inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and there will be free party favors and champagne at midnight. (3 comments)
Sheriff's Sale Pitfalls - 12/16/08 02:43 PM
The increase in foreclosures nationwide has led to an increase in people purchasing homes through sheriff's sale. Purchasing a home through sheriff's sale seems like an easy process - show up with proper financing in order, bid, win - but there are some hidden pitfalls to be wary of. It would seem like any home purchased through a sheriff's sale would have a title free from liens and encumbrances. This is not necessarily true. Most of the time, yes, the purchaser will obtain a home complete with a clear title. Most lenders will do a complete title search and name every (1 comments)
Alphabet Soup - 12/10/08 02:17 PM
ABR, GRI, CRS... what does it all mean? Some Realtors have the alphabet trailing their names on their business cards. Those letters represent the additional education. All Realtors are required to complete continuing education on a regular basis in order to stay current on changes in real estate law. Some take things one step further and pursue additional education in order to offer better service for their clients. They are called designations, and the Realtors who earn them proudly display them to the world.The National Association of Realtors offers a variety of different designations. They may focus on certain type of (3 comments)
What makes a reasonable starting offer? - 12/08/08 03:56 PM
Real estate is nothing if not local. We all know that. Even things like what makes an acceptable offer is highly regional. Over the years, I have often worked with people either relocating to our area or people purchasing a weekend property here. Very often these buyers do not understand the local real estate norms. When working with them, I do my best to help them understand our area, but sometimes they believe that our market is the same as their home market. Consequently, these buyers have accidentally insulted some sellers. Around our area, homes tend to sell for fairly close (5 comments)
If you have guy's guy on your list, swing into Martin's Sporting Goods. Archery, gun sports, fishing and more are covered in Martin's. He also has a selection of sports themed collectibles and baseball cards. Consider a membership to the SCWA for any archery enthusiasts on your list. Members can shoot at the range during any off time, and they save on the regular range fees as well. Bibliophiles will appreciate books or gift certificates from Old Friends on the Square (north side) or Fireside Books. (2 comments)
Shop Local this Holiday Season, Part III - 12/04/08 09:17 PM
And our series on keeping it local this holiday season continues. Up this time, clothing and accessories in the Downtown area of Monroe, WI. Why keep it local? Each dollar that you spend at a locally-owned, independent business circulates six times more in the community than each dollar spend at non-locally owned businesses. Buying that skirt at the dress shop helps JoAnn to buy a book from Fireside, allowing Kathy to purchase lunch from Cafe Claudeen, helping Claudia to pick up shoes at Burrington's. It makes a difference. Clothing is always a popular holiday gift, and there are a variety of (2 comments)
Shop Local this Holiday Season, Part II - 12/03/08 12:33 PM
Please consider shopping locally owned, independent businesses for your holiday shopping this year. Each dollar spent at a locally owned business recirculates in the community approximately six times more than each dollar spent at a non-locally owned companies. The muffin I buy at the cafe allows the cafe owner to purchase something at the dress shop next door, allowing the dress shop owner to shop at the pharmacy and so on. If you are wondering about where to shop in Monroe this year, here are some ideas for the Downtown area. There are so many great businesses that I will be (3 comments)
Shop Local this Holiday Season - 12/02/08 05:00 PM
Please consider shopping locally owned, independent businesses for your holiday shopping this year. Each dollar spent at a locally owned business recirculates in the community approximately six times more than each dollar spent at a non-locally owned companies. The muffin I buy at the cafe allows the cafe owner to purchase something at the dress shop next door, allowing the dress shop owner to shop at the pharmacy and so on. If you are wondering about where to shop in Monroe this year, here are some ideas for the Downtown area. There are so many great businesses that I will be (2 comments)
Youth Archery League in Monroe, WI - 12/01/08 06:33 PM
If you have not heard of the South Central Wisconsin Archers (SCWA) Youth League, you are not alone. They seem to be one of the better kept secrets in the Monroe Area. SCWA has a shooting range in the lower level of the commercial building across from Wisconsin Community Bank, underneath Tommy Thompson's Chiropractic office. They run a number of tournaments each year, both indoor and outdoor, and all are open to the public. The indoor archery range is open for public use during posted times, and members have the open of using it at any time. Fees are minimal. Each (0 comments)
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