Signs of Spring in Northwestern WI

The water is higher than ever this Spring and we’re seeing and hearing all kinds of different things because of it. This culvert normally sits dry, with no water at all. Now, it’s like a rushing creek! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIGfPWjGGfA

Another jubilant sign that we’re on the cusp of Spring is singing frogs!!! Pass by a wetland area and you can hear a chorus of sounds that brings a wide smile to your face. Have a listen! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cxXenwfTtg

The high water is providing a great source of habitat for the water fowl and birds that return for the summer. The swans are back along with the geese and beautiful varieties of ducks. These cranes have found a great place to fish for an afternoon snack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FZEVrrFOps

We live in a beautiful world! – Wanda Boldon

Recreational Update for Northwestern WI

There’s always something fun to do Up North and now you can put golfing back on your list! Both golf courses at Voyager Village are open daily for early season play and carts are available for use.

Fishing enthusiasts, mark your calendars. Heartwood Conference Center will be the host of the inaugural Wisconsin Opener Fishing and Outdoor Expo on May 6th from 10am – 4pm. Displays will include fishing equipment vendors, equipment demonstrations, casting clinics and many educational displays. For more information you can refer to their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/wifishingopener.

If you’re looking to ride the trails, you’ll need to put that activity on hold for a short bit. We’re currently in our Spring Fire Season and all the trails are closed due to the risk of fire. Plus, many trails are too wet to support traffic without causing excessive damage.

If conditions allow, the Summer ATV/UTV Trail System will open the Friday before Memorial Day, which is May 27th. Hold on to your helmet, it’ll be here before you know it! – Wanda Boldon

Ice Out and Snow Falls

Clam Lake, Siren, WI

Clam Lake, Siren, WI

We have ice out! Crooked Lake and Clam Lake are both open! It’s uplifting to see open water – even if it is amidst a carpet of white. After almost all of our snow melted and we enjoyed some unseasonably beautiful days, we were fools to think we were “out of the woods” where winter was concerned. We even saw a turtle cross the road and heard the seagulls return this week. But today, we’re enduring a Winter Storm Warning and are keeping our fingers crossed that the temperatures stay high enough to keep things from getting too icy. Even so – I know a few places where I can go to see some flowing liquid and the rest of our lakes will follow suit as the days go along. Welcome Spring! – Wanda Boldon

Crooked Lake, Siren, WI

Crooked Lake, Siren, WI

Siren and Webb Lake, WI St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

It’s that time again! The annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations are just around the corner, starting this coming Saturday, March 12th. The 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Siren features the “Lucky Lilac” Scavenger Hunt starting at 10:00 am and the parade at 2:00 pm, where you can meet the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family and Vulcans! For more details, go to the www.visitsiren.com website.

Then, the following weekend, you can burn off all the green beer and corned beef and cabbage at the St. Paddy’s Day 5K or 10K Shamwalk/Run. The race starts at 10:00 am at the Siren School, with registration from 8:00 am – 10:00 am that day. THEN…go get some more green beer and corned beef and cabbage at the 22nd annual Webb Lake St. Patrick’s Day parade. The fun starts at 1:00 pm at the Webb Lake Fire Hall, with prizes given for the best floats. You may want to arrive early to get a good viewing spot as this event brings people in from far and wide! Have a safe and fun time! – Wanda Boldon

An Ideal Time to Buy Lake Lots

If you’re looking at the current inventory of lake homes and cabins and not quite finding one that scratches all your itches, it’s a great time to look at buying a lake lot and building a place instead! With the ground still frozen and no leaves on the trees, it’s easy to get your arms around the terrain on a piece of ground now. It’s also smart to get your name on the dance card of your favorite builder. The sooner, the better!

There was a time when legend had it that there were no good lake lots left. It’s just not true! We have some very nice lots for sale on some of our most loved lakes. Take a look at some of these beauties! It’s just a sampling of what’s available. You can check out the rest on our website at http://www.c21sandcounty.com/

888468 Minong Flowage $239,900

888468 Minong Flowage $239,900

This is a sizable lot with almost 2 acres and over 220 feet of frontage on the mighty Minong Flowage. Easy elevation, beautiful trees and big water fun!

893150 Long Lake $169,000

893150 Long Lake $169,000

Ask anyone on Long Lake and they’ll tell you it’s the best lake in the area. It probably has something to do with the incredible water clarity and the fact that it’s located in the heart of all the fun this area has to offer.

895632 Viola Lake $124,000

895632 Viola Lake $124,000

And talk about water clarity – Viola Lake is a top contender! This lot has improvements in place with a drilled well, a 4 bedroom septic system and an asphalt drive. Much of the heavy lifting is done!

880742 Clam Lake $119,000

880742 Clam Lake $119,000

If you’re among the many who love Clam Lake for it’s incredible fishing and boating, this lot is for you. The level elevation makes it an easy place to grow old – not that any of us are doing that!  ;-)

807462 Matthews Lake $119,000

807462 Matthews Lake $119,000

Did you order a large private lot on a crystal clear lake with perfect sand bottom? We’ll throw in some level elevation and the opportunity to double your holdings with the lot next door for sale as well!

897981 Crooked Lake $107,900

897981 Crooked Lake $107,900

Crooked Lake is where so many have learned to water ski and watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. This level lot has sandy frontage and faces West so you won’t miss a sunset.

There’s no need to be daunted by the idea of building a place Up North. We can help you answer a lot of questions up front and there are several very skilled contractors in the area who can help you feel more comfortable about the process as well. Give us a call if you’d like to take a look at some lots and see if it’s the right direction for you! – Wanda Boldon

Safety on Frozen Lakes

It’s still winter Up North and the ice is still thick enough for wintertime fun. But you can never be too safe when it comes to spending time on the ice. The latest issue of “Lake Tides”, put out by the UW Extension has a great article with some tips on staying safe on our frozen lakes. Here is their preventative checklist:

  • Travel with a partner on the ice
  • Let others know your location
  • Wear ice picks
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Carry a throw rope, extra gloves, stocking hat and flares

If you happen to fall through the ice, here are the steps they say to take:

  1. Keep calm and tread water until your breathing is controlled.
  2. Get your bearings and locate where you left the ice.
  3. Get out by propping yourself on the ice and kicking hard with your legs while you pull yourself out of the hole with your arms.
  4. Roll away from the hole.
  5. Remove as much wet clothing as possible.
  6. Get help.

If you or someone you know has fallen through the ice. Be sure to rewarm the body slowly. Submersion into a hot bath can cause a victim of advanced hypothermia to go into cardiac arrest. Be safe out there! – Wanda Boldon

Winter’s Underwater Forest

The latest issue of “Lake Tides” from the College of Natural Resources at UW Stevens Point has a great article about their recent exploration of aquatic plant communities beneath the snow and ice. They’ve been studying a group of lakes in Central and Northern Wisconsin and are compiling a list of “what lies beneath” – or more accurately “what lives beneath”. There are areas where beds of green plants are a gathering place for living creatures and areas that are completely desolate. Here are two links to their underwater videos. They look kind of like my lawn in the middle of the summer! – Wanda Boldon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bsfC4ARlYs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV7hH08hYxs

Real Estate Agent: Trish Needham

Top Agent, Siren, WI

Top Agent, Siren, WI

Almost 10 years ago, Trish Needham saw an opportunity for herself to become a real estate agent. With a new baby on the way, she saw it as a way to have a challenging and rewarding career that would allow her the flexibility she needed to be a great mother to her son, Derrick. That, along with her family and friends has allowed her to be a success on all fronts. “I have the best family and friends a person can ask for. Our schedule is nothing less than insane between Derrick and I, but if I need it, I know help is just a call away.”

Trish Needham lists quality properties

Trish Needham lists quality properties

Trish cites flexibility as the best advantage in choosing to become a real estate agent. “I’m out in the field a lot, but being able to work from home when I need to is a huge advantage. Kids get sick and school tends to close a lot, with technology as it is, I can literally work from anywhere, and sometimes that is snuggled up on the couch with a sick child.”

Real estate expert

Real estate expert

She’s also managed to turn the challenges into great teaching moments. “The hours in this career can get a bit crazy, and that can sometimes be challenging. But one thing I’ve learned is that if I need to bring Derrick along sometimes, more people appreciate it than don’t. Plus, he’s gotten pretty handy with a tape measure over the years. He’s also learned that hard work and persistence pay off. This career is never the same day to day, but it’s rewarding and I love what I do. If he can learn that as well as finding something that he loves to do, that would be wonderful because not everyone can say that about their career choice.”

Property Tour with the CENTURY 21 Sand County Services Team

Property Tour with the CENTURY 21 Sand County Services Team

In fact, Trish feels her real estate training has made her a better mother. “Derrick is my toughest client! Taking classes on negotiating has certainly come to my benefit in negotiating with a tired kid to get up, get ready and brush his teeth. Along with extreme patience and knowing that everything doesn’t always go as planned, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and that’s okay.” ~Wanda Boldon

Trish Needham and her son Derrick enjoy life outdoors

Trish Needham and her son Derrick enjoy life outdoors