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Downtown Rhinelander June Newsletter 2013
Volume 1 Issue 5 June 2013
In This Issue
Car Show
President's Column
Volunteer Opportunties
We're back - bringing you up-to date news on WHAT'S UP
in downtown Rhinelander this summer. New businesses
are sprouting up, major remodeling is underway, and one
business is relocating within downtown.
A new event is coming to downtown.
DRI Committee News
Meet the DRI Board
Quick Links
The Plaza and the green spaces have been spruced up. It's
so nice to see green and things blooming as I walk around
Yes, a new event is coming to downtown.
Website under construction
[email protected]
The photos in our newsletters each month have been taken
by Sally Latimer with Sandy Buss contributing photos for
the Downtown Architecture question.
A new event really is coming to downtown.
DRI June Events
8th Antique Car Show
DRI Meetings
10 Org 1 p.m.
11 Design 8 a.m.
11 Economic
Restructure 11 a.m.
12 Promotion 8 a.m.
17 Park Adv. 5 p.m.
17 Executive 4:30 p.m.
26 DRI Board 5:30
Throwing a Party
Come Join us at
First Annual
August 31
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newsletter to your employees so
they can add their emails.
Blast from the Past
May's answer:
The first Rhinelander hospital
was established on King
DRI Board Members
Executive Officers
Mark Gutterer
Rhinelander Café & Pub
Past President
Sally Latimer
Winifred Photography
Vice President
Michelle Smith-Grage
Kurt Hildebrand
Carpetiers Carpet One
Ray Burgan
Former business owner
Committee chairs
Design, Pat LaPorte
Inside Story
Promotions, Ray Burgan
Economic Restructuring
Dan Kuzlik, UW Superior
Organization, Joan Belongia
Former business owner
General Board Members
Pat Deau, Pat's Tap
Ken Juon, ArtStart
Chad Novak
Peggy's Emporium
Mark Pelletier, City Council
Executive Director
Maggie Steffen
Ex Oficcio Members
Mel Davidson, Oneida County
Car Show Getting
'in Gear'
by Dick Timmons
Along with Art On The
Court House Lawn on
Saturday, June 8th, and
tying into the Master
Gardeners with their plant
sale at Stevensport
Square will be The Classic
Car Show. Dennis McGill
is coordinator for this
popular exhibit of classic
and antique automobiles.
Last year there were 135
in the show and he
expects this year could
even be higher. Among
the cars, are also
collectors who can be
counted on to show their WWII military vehicles, from Jeeps to
ton-and-a-half trucks.
At the same time younger car buffs will be in the BMO Harris
Bank (formerly M&I) parking lot showing off their sound systems.
It is a 'Sound Breaker' Contest. The winner will not win because
he has the loudest sound, however. Through a complicated
process the owner uses a computer to analyze the integrity of
each sound system through the windshield, testing it for sound
Registration opens at 8 A.M. June 8th and the show runs until 3
P.M. Owners will be with their vehicles ready to talk about their
cars and seek your vote for Best in Show.
For information contact Dennis McGill at [email protected] or
"My car is being towed away!"
Don't let this be you!
Cars must be off Brown and Davenport Street by 6 a.m.,
June 8th for street closing for the Classic Car Show Brown between Anderson and Frederick, Davenport
between Courtney and Stevens.
Economic Development
Sandy Kinney, Nicolet College
Lara Reed
Chamber of Commerce
Kim Swisher
Rhinelander School Dist.
Volume 1 Issue 5
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
Maggie Steffen
Executive Director
26 N Brown St
P.O. Box 1638
Rhinelander WI 54501
Phone 715-362-7374
Fax 715-362-7340
[email protected]
Next Month's News
July 4th parade
PotatoFest news
Classic Car Show Trophies
Last Chance!
Don't let your business pass a chance on sponsoring a Classic
Car Show Trophy. The trophies are quite impressive and the
cost to you (great advertising) is only $50.
Your name/business will be announced throughout the car show
and the trophy with your name will be on display all day for
hundreds of people to see.
Presenting your trophy to the winner at the ending ceremonies
would give you additional advertising and visibility.
To sponsor a trophy or for more information contact
Dennis McGill today at 715-369-1226
[email protected]
Downtown Events
Now - June 8th Art Start
Modern Spanish
June 4 Hodag Quest for
JWMS 6th grd
@ downtown businesses
June 8 ArtStart Opens
June 8 Car Show & Art
June 19 Art of Hunting &
Fishing: Pursuing the Wild
June 29 YMCA Hodag Run
& Chamber Hodag
Block Party
July 4 Parade
Aug 2-4 Oneida County
Aug 7 Redikulus Dae
Aug 17 ATV Pull
Aug 19 Fashion ShowArtStart
Aug 31 Potato Fest
Oct 26 Trick or Treat
Hodag Howl
Nov 22-24 Holiday
Nov 29 Tree Lighting
Picture Review of the Busy Month of May
Mainstreet Tech Visit:L-R Kathy Brich, Linda
Gustafson, Jay Schlinsog (Mainstreet Professional
Network), Maggie Steffen,
Marie Steenlage (WEDC), and Greg MacMorran
Volunteers cleaned, clipped and
added mulch to our Plaza.
Each month we will show one
downtown architectural
feature to see if you know on
which building it is located.
Answer for May: Top
of Forbes building, corner of
Davenport and Brown St.
New Business
Digital Magic
Photography owned and
operated by Shane
Skinner and Bill Johnson
has opened at 38 N.
Brown Street. They are a
full service photography
"We are looking forward
to being a part of the
Downtown Rhinelander
community. We have
already experienced the
strong sense of community
and support offered by
surrounding businesses,
and couldn't be happier
that we chose this location
to open our studio."
[email protected]
Organization Committee Members;
Tina Werres, Sally Latimer, Joan
Belongia and Melanie Ostermann
serve lunch at the Volunteer
Beautiful Hanging Flowers
Have you sponsored one of the beautiful hanging
flower baskets yet this year?
Only a few left for adoption
Contact DRI for information.
Check them out on facebook
Remembering Mom
Customers shopping in Lattitudes remembered their
moms this Mother's Day by completing a sign
- MY MOM IS- and then posting them in the store
Please send this Email to a friend so they can
find out
"What's Up" Downtown Rhinelander
Mainstreet with Maggie
by Maggie Steffen, DRI Executive Director
June's summer! The first summer event for Downtown
Rhinelander Inc. is the "Second Saturday in June Car Show"
which is June 8th. Please plan on visiting the downtown not
only to take in the fantastic assortment of classic cars but to
shop and grab a bite to eat. I know you've heard it before,
and not just from our organization, that volunteers are
desperately needed in order for events and really for many
Maggie and MaryAnn Lippert from the
things to happen within a community. Please, if you are
Governor's office planting the Carlson
available for even an hour on Saturday June 8th call the DRI
Liberty Elm trees at the Triangle.
office (715-362-7374) we could use your help. Also, this is
the time of year when the most visible addition to our downtown, the flower baskets will be
placed. Again, volunteers are needed to water the baskets. If you are an early morning person
and would be willing...we would really appreciate the help. Hope to see you downtown.
Trig's Riverwalk Center &
Trig's Big Store "New Look"
by Dick Timmons
By now most everyone has watched (and
dodged) the workers moving about inside
and out at Trig's Rhinelander store. Steve
Heise tells DRI that the product and aisle
lineup one sees now is pretty much where it
will be when the remodeling is complete.
(Some of the aisles were still restricted to
workers only as this article is written).
Shoppers can expect a greatly enhanced
new Trig's when the project is complete.
Design and new additions will extend beyond Trig's and into the Riverwalk Center. There will be
an enlarged Trig's Florist which will be offering upscale gourmet cooking equipment in addition to
their present merchandise of flowers and gifts. Look for a new addition called "Tone Zone" a new
business with exercise equipment (and more) to help shoppers keep in shape. A Coffee Concept
will open featuring Timber Trails coffee.
It's obvious to people outside the building that major design changes are not limited to the
interior of The Riverwalk Mall. Trig's trademark Northwoods wood trim will be showing up on the
exterior. Shoppers have been pretty good natured, all in all, as they travel from aisle to aisle
trying to find things where they used to be but are no more.
This beautifully designed complex will be a large boost to Rhinelander's Downtown.
Open Your Doors for the 4th Annual Amazing Hodag Quest
for Downtown Businesses & JWMS 6th Grade
All downtown businesses
- Get in on their great adventure and opportunity to present your terrific business to students
from Rhinelander's James Williams Middle School 6th graders.
Sixth grade students at James Williams Middle School are planning the 4th Annual Amazing
Hodag Quest to businesses in downtown Rhinelander on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
JWMS staff are looking for downtown businesses to be a part of this fun and educational
experience which begins at 9:00 am, and should be completed by 11:30 am.
To register or for complete information - please contact Kim Swisher,
[email protected] or 715-365-9745 now.
4th of July Parade
Now is the time to enter Rhinelander's 4th of July parade.
This year's theme is celebrating the 200th year of UNCLE SAM.
What an inexpensive way to promote your business in front of hundreds of spectators.
So get creative. Ask your employees for ideas AND help with your entry. But first
contact the parade official, Dale Schlieve, at 715-369-1814 to enter your business.
What's Up Mark?
Message by
DRI President Mark Gutterer
Owner of Rhinelander Cafe & Pub
Amazing Enthusiasm
The potatofest is really rolling now we have committees
working on kids activities, on entertainment, on concessions, on grounds and logistics, things are
really starting to take form. A giant "way to go team" is in order for everyone who is working so
hard to organize this first year event. Plan to attend Saturday August 31st, or better yet,
plan to help for a couple of hours.
We need some help in advance with some mailings, we will be needing a couple of crossing
guards the day of the event, the day before and the day after the event we will be setting up the
grounds, putting up tents and fencing etc. perhaps you and couple of friends could plan to help
bartend or serve food while listening to the music, or if you like children, you could help at the
face painting station, or any of the other activities that are being planned.
Save the date and be a part of a new Rhinelander tradition.
Fashion Show
Art Start is busy planning the August 19th Fashion show to benefit ArtStart. They
have a great lineup for the fashion show with these downtown businesses among the
ones participating (Lattitude's, Lund & Taylor, and Mel's).
Buy Local and ArtStart are the fashion show themes.
Volunteer Opportunities
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. is here to promote and help the downtown. This can be
accomplished with the help of you-the community.
Do you have an hour or two each month? Your volunteerism would be appreciated.
Current volunteer needs:
Assisting in DRI office
Watering flower baskets
Weeding Plaza or Triangle
For the June Car Show
Setting up tables, roadblocks, & tents
Registering cars & ssist parking of cars
Working in Hospitality or Registration tent
Clean up at end of show
Thanks for supporting DRI. Please call 715-362-7374 or email [email protected]
DRI Committee News...
by Pat LaPorte, Chair
We are meeting with the prospective groups who would be working on the grant planning
for the streetscape project.
Our flower baskets have been a main project - planting them, finding sponsors, locating
someone to water them each day, and keeping the Plaza and the "green" space
Economic Restructuring
by Dan Kuzlik, Chair
The ER Committee and others met on May 29, with "I Buy Local" participating businesses
to evaluate our first year efforts and to plan for year number
The first annual "Downtown Available Property Open House was held on May 18, and was
considered a success with plans to continue this event next year.
Downtown promotional advertising will continue on Independent Public Radio Station
The ER Committee continues to work on its June 30-December 31 budget along with
developing details for the Outcome Based Measurements for its 2013-2014 Goals.
by Joan Belongia, Chair
• Our Organization Committee was in charge of and made preparations for DRI's Volunteer
Celebration which was held May 23rd at the DRI office, recognizing and recruiting
volunteers. Participants enjoyed lunch and visited DRI's four committee representatives to
learn more about volunteer opportunities. Committee members Sally Latimer, Melanie
Ostermann, and Tina Werres organized this event
Linda Havel was the winner in the drawing.
Recruiting volunteers for DRI's events is an ongoing important aspect of the Organization
Committee and we are continually working to make available to DRI events our volunteer
The Classic Car Show June 8th is still in need of volunteers as is the Potato Fest August
31st which our committee is in charge of getting volunteers
by Ray Burgan, Chair
Ray Burgan has stepped up to serve as DRI's Promotion Committee chair. Welcome.
The committee is immersed in our first annual Potato Fest which takes place Saturday,
August 31st, of Labor Day Weekend.
The Spuds are coming? You say August 31st?
Meet the DRI Board of Directors
Each month a board member will be featured.
One of the original board members of DRI is Mel Davidson who
started as a regular voting board member and is now an Ex Officio
board member. Still attending meetings he shares his expertise and
advice. He can always be counted on to help with events through the
Mel grew up on a farm near Lincoln, Nebraska. After two years of
college in pre-engineering he joined the army and was sent to
Mel Davidson
Munich, Germany. After the army he returned to college and upon
graduation with a degree in financing and marketing, was offered a job with American Can
Company. He worked in Boise Idaho, San Francisco, Greenwich, Conn., and Chicago with a
promotion moving him to each new location. In 1983 Mel moved with his family to Rhinelander
as VP in Sales and Marketing at Rhinelander Paper Company until he retired in 1995. He then
worked with Smith Barney from 1996-2004 as a security broker.
Mel has interesting stories of his work with packaging in the food industry, having helped with
the packaging for McDonald's French fries in the 1960s.
Traveling a great deal in his work as sales manager he has worked with people from many
countries. A traveler at heart, he now travels for pleasure with his wife, Linda
Mel has taken time to support local nonprofit organizations, where he is or has been on the
board and often times serving as president - Rhinelander Area Scholarship Fund, the former
Teen Center, OCEDC, YMCA, Grow North, RAFP, Entrepreneur's Club, Treehaven, Leadership
Oneida County, and St. Mary's Hospital Foundation.
Mel fills his spare time as an active investor (which he thoroughly enjoys yet), traveling, golfing,
boating, photography, planting flowers and some fishing. He enjoys many different sports, and
is a dedicated fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. In high school he played on a 6 man football
team but in college he was on an 11 man team, also playing while in the army in Germany.
Mel is and always has been a strong supporter of downtown Rhinelander having spearheaded
the Hodags on Parade concept. "Downtown Rhinelander has a lot to offer. I'm excited to
see Rhinelander part of the Main Street program as it is vitally important to the
downtown's future." He wants to stay with and support Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
Diane's Frame Shoppe
Artist of the Month Series
"Artist of the Month" in June will be Barb Pratt
Barb Pratt has been studying drawing and painting for a numbers of years taking classes from
Richard Marko and Bob Kanyusik. Barb uses oil occasionally, but enjoys watercolor and and most
recently she enjoys creating tissue collages. With that she paints tissues in various colors and
then tears the paper and applies it to her art.
Meet and Greet" for Barb Pratt is June 13th, 5 -7 pm. Stop in, meet Barb, & see her
beautiful artwork.
Check out Diane's facebook page for more information on the "Artists of the Month"
Your business Name Here
Coupon Opportunity Offered at no charge
Would you like your business on the monthly coupon in the
What's Happening newsletter?
Just contact Downtown Rhinelander, [email protected], put Coupon in the
Subject area, and your business will go into a monthly drawing for the next
newsletter. When your name is drawn we will contact you to see what special you
would like to offer.
It's as easy as that!
We would love to hear about your downtown news. Please contact us with any information
regarding downtown at [email protected]
Joan Belongia, Editor
Sally Latimer, Editor
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc.
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