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Build your dream home on this spacious 2.91 acre lot on Alphorn Road, just south of Monroe. You will have the best of both worlds in this rural subdivision - room for your family to spread out and enjoy views of the rolling countryside, but a drive of less than a mile to Monroe. This gently sloping lot allows for construction a home with exposed basement. Enjoy sunrises from your back windows as you look out over acres of farmland. This lot would be perfect (2 comments)
Renewable energy right now - 06/29/09 10:21 AM
If you are starting to think of renewable energy sources for your home or business, start the easy way. Instead of jumping straight into solar panels or wind turbines, take a look at your electricity provider. If you get your electricity from Alliant Energy, sign up for their Second Nature program. When you enroll in Second Nature, you are doing your part to encourage the growth of renewable energy sectors. If you use X kilowatt hours a month, Alliant will purchase at least X kilowatt hours from renewable energy sources. There is a surcharge on your electrical bill for the program. (2 comments)
Interest rates, the market and when to buy - 06/29/09 09:56 AM
Up, down, down some more, up a little, down a little. Interest rates have been zigzagging in recent months. One thing is for certain, these current levels are historically low. Mortgage interest rates are based off of prime rate. Looking at the history of prime, going back to 1947, is amazing. Prime has flucuated from 1.75 to 21.5. Take a look at the figures in that chart. The levels we saw in recent months are incredibly and buck the historical averages. As of June 1, prime was 3.25. This is a level we saw in December 2008 for the first time (1 comments)
Fiire up the flash bulbs! The Monroe Arts Center is sponsoring the 20th Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit. This popular contest draws on the best of our local talent and culminates in an exhibit in Frehner Gallery at MAC throughout September. Who will take home the grand prize this year? There are three classifications: Junior, for youth under age 18 Beginner, for people who have no formal training and/or minimal experience Advanced, for people who have experience, training or who have been published. Everyone may enter up to two photographs. All entries must be framed suitably for exhibit at MAC. (3 comments)
Property of the week - Ranch home in Cedarville, IL - 06/26/09 02:30 PM
This week's featured property is a ranch home on a double lot. Everything you need is here - large living room, 2 fireplaces including one in the roomy master bedroom with separate entrance, redone bathroom, enormous L-shaped garage, covered patio, landscaped fish pond with new liner and more. The double lot is filled with trees, and the corner location protects your privacy. The price is right on this home, so come take a look today. (1 comments)
Pardon Our Dust - 06/23/09 04:35 PM
beep, beep, beep* That is going to be the summer soundtrack for Monroe's Downtown Square this year as the construction crews get to work. You don't quite need to bring your own hard hat, but do prepare for a few extra minutes when heading downtown. Look out for the signs indicating which side of the square is closed for construction, and beware the sidewalks that are being redone. If you want to plan before heading Downtown, visit Monroe Main street's website for a map of the current traffic flow routes. Pop by the Under Construction Gallery for photographs of the current (1 comments)
Property of the Week - Energy Efficient home in Freeport, IL - 06/18/09 11:20 AM
This week's featured property is an energy efficient home in Freeport. This well thought out, custom built home has all the details! Go green without even trying with energy saving features that make sense for every family. Light pours through tilt-out, low E, double paned windows. The entire home has solid 6 panel oak doors, even the closets. Oak trim is also throughout the home. The custom kitchen has oak cabinets and a huge pantry with swing out shelving. Stay warm or cool without paying a fortune thanks to the high efficiency features not found in just any home. There is (2 comments)
Things to do around Monroe, WI - Father's Day weekend - 06/17/09 03:49 PM
What's shaking, bacon? There is a lot ~ Sign the kids up for free junior golf lessons at the Monroe County Club. All kids 13 and under are eligible for a free lesson to introduce them to golf. Call the Pro Shop at 325-3159 to register. I just spoke with them to sign up our children a little bit ago, and there are plenty of open slots still. ~ Don't forget the traditional balloon glow at the Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday evening. All the festivities for the balloon rally take place over there this weekend, and walk-in admission is free. (1 comments)
Market Report for Green County Wisconsin - May 2009 - 06/16/09 02:44 PM
I cannot believe that it is mid-June already. Somehow I missed doing the market report so far this month. First, the number of single family homes that sold in Green County in May of 2008: 33 homes sold in May of 2009, The average sale price was $189,363, The median sale price was $155,700, The highest priced property sold was $765,000, The lowest priced property sold was $20,500. Things have dropped a little bit since April of 2008: 30 homes sold in April of 2008, The average sale price was $1148,946, The median sale price was $127,250, The highest priced property (1 comments)
Help MASE improve Honey Creek Skate Park - 06/15/09 09:06 AM
DON’T KNOCK HANDOUTS www.monroeballoonrally.com June 19 & 20 M.A.S.E. (MONROE AREA SKATEPARK ENTHUSIASTS) has qualified Honeycreek Skatepark to be one of 50 skateparks in the U.S. that are eligible to participate in a contest that is giving away (2) $5,000 grants. During the Balloon Rally, M.A.S.E. will have a booth set up handing out Mattel’s X-Games fingerboards to ages 8 -13. (Mattel’s X-Games Fingerboards are not recommended for children under 6 years of age.) Also available will be fingerboard skatepark equipment for you to use to try out your fingerboard skills. The 2 skateparks that can advertise for ESPN, Mattel, and (3 comments)
Good food. Good conversation. Good music. Any regular reader know that I love all three, so I am excited about the community picnic series beginning this week. This week starts the first of a three-part series of free community picnics. “Stirring the Pot: Dialogue, Discussion and Dinner in the Dairyland,” is sure to be an engaging and fun forum for area residents to gather and learn more about creating a healthy, green and sustainable local food system. Come sit on the Monroe Arts Center lawn on a blanket and enjoying your picnic. Watch area chefs share secrets for cooking (0 comments)
If you are still looking for something fun and different to do this weekend, may I suggest tomorrow's Lambs and Lettuces Festival at Circle M Farm? Circle M is a sustainable market farm about thirty minutes northwest of Monroe. The owner, Kriss Marion, has become well known for her blog on farm life. Honest, frank and frankly funny sometimes, the blog features everything from "pigwatch" for a birthing sow to CSA share updates. Circle M offers CSA shares (though they are full for the 2009 season), sustainable meats, and Maid Marion woolen goods. If you want a taste of farm (0 comments)
Property of the Week - renovated home in Monroe, WI - 06/12/09 02:31 PM
This week's featured property is a starter home in Monroe. This charming home has been professionally remodeled and updated. It is move in ready for you! There is a new high efficiency furnace, new kitchen appliances, new plumbing and new carpeting throughout this beautiful home. The generous backyard is fenced and has a deck overlooking it. There is a storage shed and plenty of room to play. Why look at those fixer uppers? This home finished and ready for your family. (0 comments)
All Rights Reserved. Photographed in Monroe, Wisconsin at the Wednesday Farmer's Market on the Historic Downtown Square during the month of June, 2009. Featured is our own honey of a beekeaper, Mr Didier. Stop in and check out his honey bee hat! The honey hard candy is a winner too if you want more than just pure honey. (9 comments)
Things to do around Monroe, WI - June 10-17 - 06/10/09 12:51 PM
Time for another great weekend here in Cheese Country! ~ Come Downtown on Thursday evening for the first Concert on the Square of the summer. Horsefeathers takes the stage at about 6:30. There is still time to book a boxed supper from Cafe Claudeen, Turner Hall or Garden Deli. ~ Young Professionals, come join me as I take the YPs of Green County on a tour of a local home. I will be talking as an EcoBroker about green home ownership, specifically environmental features that make sense for every home owner. ~ Stop in at The Green Door between noon and (0 comments)
Energy Saving tips for the Summer Cooling Season - 06/10/09 11:50 AM
The summer heat is a treat after the cold of winter. If you give your body time to adjust naturally to the heat, 85 or even 90 degree days can be enjoyable even without high air conditioning bills. Our grandparents knew the basics: Close blinds and curtains on the east side of your home in the morning and on the west side of your home in the afternoon. This will reduce the amount of solar gain - the energy of the sun entering your home and heating it up. An awning over southern windows can substitute for deep eaves, giving your (1 comments)
Featured property - 2 year old home on Skinner Creek - 06/09/09 12:50 PM
This week's featured property is ranch home on Skinner Creek. Unparalleled style at any price! This 2 year old, 3 bedroom ranch home has an enormous, bright and open great room with a large stone fireplace. The dramatic formal entry is a lovely way to enter your home every day or greet your guests. Your family will appreciate the oversized closets in all bedrooms, and the 2x6 construction with R19 insulation rating will help keep the utility bills low all winter. This home is located on 2.57 acres with both woods and pasture. Nature lovers will love looking out (1 comments)
Things change, but some local businesses have been around for years. One of these is Europa. Europa has been a mainstay business in Monroe for years. The store is well known for heritage lace, stocking items of a quality that is difficult to locate in this pre-fab world. The inventory also has always included a variety of collectibles and interesting items. Europa has had some changes in recent months, though. After moving to the Downtown Square, Europa then changed owners. New ownership always alters a store slightly, and the new owner, Heather, has been busy updating the stock at Europa, (0 comments)
We planted two dwarf pear trees a few years ago. I know the old saying about full sized pear trees "Grow pears for your heirs." This is why we went with dwarf trees. The cherry tree we planted the same year has born fruit three years now, but the pears have never had anything. This year, though, one tree is covered with tiny fruit and the other has a smattering of developing pears too. Exciting! I'm looking forward to making pear butter and pear crisp this fall.
Things to do around Monroe, WI - first week of June - 06/03/09 11:12 AM
From Zen mediation to bluegrass, there is a lot going on in the area in the next week! ~ Tour a local garden with the Green County Garden Club on Thursday. Jeff Burandt will give a guided tour of his ponds and a discussion on water gardening. Call Wanda at 608 219-8480 for time and address. ~ Have you signed up for the Sugar River Golf Outing? The Belleville Chamber put together this outing for Saturday at Arguement Golf Course. $25 includes includes 9 holes of golf with a cart, along with steak dinner and beer after wards, and prizes. Call (0 comments)
First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit Questions - 06/02/09 10:50 AM
When in doubt, go to the source. There is so much confusion and misunderstanding about the first time home buyers tax credit these days. I know that if I am unsure if buyers will qualify, the people to ask are the mortgage lenders and tax professionals. This set of scenarios and answers is from Steve Bechtolt, vice president of residential lending here at Wisconsin Community Bank in Monroe. Steve and the people at WCB are very helpful, and I would not hesitate to recommend any of them to buyers looking for financing. First-Time Homebuyer Credit: Scenarios Q. If a single (1 comments)
Monroe Theatre Guild looking for youth workshop scholarship sponsors - 06/01/09 10:47 AM
In July, Monroe Theatre Guild has the first run of their new Fairytale Theatre children's theater workshop and performance. Fairytale Theatre is much more than just a play for children. Up to 60 children ages 8-18 may enroll in this combination workshop and performance event. High school students will direct it under the tuttelage of Dave Bristow, learning the art of directing in a hands on fashion. Kids ages 12-18 have the option of enrolling as part of the scenic and technical crew. They will learn directly from MTG powerhouse Suzanne Miller as they help to design, build and paint (2 comments)
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