The ERRA and its auction
If you get a chance this Friday and Saturday, it would pay dividends for the North Woods community and its youth to show some support of the 51st anniversary Youth Days Auction, sponsored by the Eagle River Recreation Association (ERRA).
The auction is a place to find great deals on all kinds of new and used items, but that’s only a part of the draw. More importantly, the proceeds will help support a family-based program that has been a vital part of life here for half a century.
The ERRA?is not only Eagle River hockey tradition at its best, but a fantastic recreational program that hones the skills of hockey players and figure skaters. Supported by 175 families, the association and its facilities don’t rely on taxes of any kind.
At a time when youths and families face more challenges than ever before, the ERRA?shines as a productive outlet that provides entertainment, training and fitness. The athletic programs teach far more than the fundamentals of hockey and skating, exposing youths to lessons they’ll use for a lifetime — teamwork, sportsmanship, the benefits of hard work, competition, perseverance, the importance of details and why they should always strive to do their personal best.
From an economic standpoint, businesses in the city and surrounding towns get a huge boost from the nine youth tournaments each winter and a 3-on-3 tourney in April. There are motels and resorts here that would be hard-pressed to survive without the ERRA. Summer figure skating and hockey programs bring even more people here.
Hockey is another of those things that has put Eagle River “on the map.” Home to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame, Eagle River is now recognized by the state of Wisconsin as the State Hockey Capital. It is the location of the country’s largest pond hockey event, the Labatt Blue USA Hockey Pond Hockey Championships. Last year, the eighth annual event drew a record 342 teams from 30 states.
The annual auction is more important than ever these days, considering the association is funding two indoor rinks with complete ice-making systems. It’s a youth program worth supporting.
Zoning upgrade vital
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making a final bid to strengthen the minimum shoreline zoning standards in Chapter NR 115. A public hearing is set in Tomahawk next Thursday, Aug. 22, and people can also send written comments.
The DNR is proposing revisions to the original rewrite, attempting to add some flexibility without jeopardizing basic lakefront and water quality protections.
Instead of a strict 15% limit on impervious surfaces, the department wants the minimum impervious surface standard to be 30% everywhere and as high as 40% for residences on highly developed shorelines.
The upgrade is vital. Today’s standards were set back in 1968, when much of today’s development hadn’t occurred.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, August 13, 2013 5:15 PM|