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Some Cheers and Jeers

for the year left behind

CHEERS to area snowmobile clubs for the year-around work they do to gain easements, clear, sign and groom some of the safest, most scenic snowmobile trails in the United States.

 

CHEERS to the Three Eagle Trail Foundation, Great Headwaters Trails and all of the groups that are working diligently to expand bike trails throughout the forest and lake country of Vilas and Oneida counties.

 

JEERS to the Lincoln Town Board for continuing to employ anti-biking signage on Sundstein Road when they should be warning motorists that they may encounter cyclists.

 

CHEERS to the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation for establishing business incubators in Eagle River and Manitowish Waters, and for starting a manufacturing incubator in Eagle River.

 

JEERS to the Chippewa tribes who refuse to make spearfishing declarations that will result in a three-walleye daily bag limit for sport anglers, the minimum necessary to sustain fishing-related tourism — which is vital to the economy and tribal casinos.

 

CHEERS to the community spirit and civic-minded volunteerism that drives the tourism-oriented communities of Vilas and Oneida counties. Few towns in Wisconsin hold so many people who are willing to help coordinate and run special events.

 

JEERS to the town and county officials who are proposing to make an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) route of Highway A between Three Lakes and Sugar Camp without some major widening of the paved road base.

 

CHEERS to the Eagle River City Council for providing snowmobilers with access to city streets and businesses — living up to the title of “Snowmobile Capital of the World.”

 

CHEERS to the Olson Memorial Library Board and the hardworking committee that helped raise $2.5 million for a renovated and massively expanded library facility.

 

CHEERS to Jeff Visner and Design/Build by Visner for exemplary work on both the new Eagle River Historial Society Museum and the Olson Memorial Library renovation plan.

Ice castle is top notch

Speaking of community pride and volunteerism, members of the Eagle River Area Fire Department and other volunteers have completed construction of yet another incredible ice castle along Railroad Street.

 

The castle will become the city’s centerpiece for the winter season, the subject of thousands of photographs for sure.

 

We’d like to thank those who took from their highly valued free time over the holidays to help cut and harvest the ice blocks that were then transported, shaped and placed according to another master design from the fire department.

 

Praise also goes to the Eagle River business owners and individuals who provided food, drink and tools for the workers free of charge. The project showcased Eagle River’s finest at work and ice construction skills that have been passed through the generations.

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, December 31, 2013 9:46 AM
 

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