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Chamber NewsBreak - June 2012

   Fore! Chamber outing coming up!   
Our golfers are ready to swing into action for the 30th Portage Chamber Golf Outing held Wednesday,  June 13.   A day away from the office and filled with laughs and good times, the outing serves as the Chamber's biggest fundraiser.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to network with many Chamber members. 

Thank you to this year's golf sponsors:

First Weber Realty                           Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Homegolf outing logo

Community Bank of Portage             Forever Your's Jewelry

BMO Harris Bank                                 H.G. Meigs/Meigs Trucking Inc.

Land Title                                                  Rhyme

Miller Brussell Ebben & Glaeske        Portage National Bank

Witt Agency Farmers Insurance          Cascade Mountain

Don-Rick Insurance                             General Engineering

Trecek Automotive                                Associated Bank

Two Rivers Signs & Design               Culvers Restaurant

Wal-Mart                                                 Cardinal FG

Frontier Communications                  Zimmerman Plumbing

AmericanWay                                    United Country Hamele Auction Realty

Divine Savior Healthcare                Dean Health Plan

Bindl Family Chiropractic


    Miss America, WCO highlight Portage Independence Celebration 
Laura KaeppelerPortage is gearing up for another great Fourth of July Celebration this summer. The fun is scheduled for Saturday, June 30. Miss America, Wisconsin's own Laura Kaeppeler, who is brought to you by Frontier Communications, City of Portage Tourism, and the Business Improvement District, is headlining our Independence Day Celebration Parade at 4pm. 

Following the parade, members of the UW Marching Band, brought to you by AMPI, will perform a Fifth Quarter performance at Pauquette Park. The Concert in the Park, celebrating 20 years of 
the Chamber of Commerce bringing the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra to Pauquette Park, begins at 6:30pm with the singing of our National Anthem by none other than Miss America!madison malone

Local musician Madison Malone performs following the Orchestra at approximately 8:15pm. At dusk we will have a breathtaking display of fireworks set off over the Wisconsin River.  

Get your business noticed by being a part of the parade or by sponsoring the concert. Call the Chamber office to sign up at 608-742-6242. Invite your friends and family to Portage for this event.

Thank you Sponsors!

City of Portage Tourism                   Frontier Communications
Ho-Chunk Casino                            AMPI

Pepsi                                                   Culver's                                             Business Improvement District     Divine Savior Healthcare              Community Bank of Portage           Portage Daily Register                 

Cardinal Glass                                  Alliant Energy

Friends of the Concert                     Wisconsin River Title Consultants
Rayovac                                               Portage Lumber Do-It Best 
Johnson Chiropractic                      Pat Halasz
John Holmes
                                    Curran & Seubert Dental
Crawford Oil                                      Edward Jones Investments - Klay Vehring
Sean Malone State Farm Insurance
Bremner Granite                               Dave and Judy Eulberg
Portage National Bank                    
Malone's State Farm Insurance
BMO Harris Bank                                Rotary Club of Portage
Portage Lions Club                           Davis Duehr Dean-Portage
Chuck Miller Agency                          Hill Automotive
Pardeeville Family Dentistry             Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home
Judge Howard Latton                        Kwik Trip

Kathy Houzner                                   Nona's Tailoring and Tuxes

U.S. Bank


   Business Profile:  Roger's Gifts and Gallery
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Located in Portage since 1957, Roger's Gifts and Gallery, 205 DeWitt St., is the best-kept secret around. We have gifts for every occasion, as well as decorating ideas for any household. Come visit us to see what you're missing!
We specialize in custom framing and wall decor. We feature hundreds of moulding choices and generally have a one or two week turn around time. We also carry Terry Redlin, Wildwings, and other local artwork. We are committed to offering you the best service and the most unique gifts all the time. Come in to our store to see what we have! We're committed to helping you. Let us put our experience to work for you.
New to the store are baptism and baby gifts along with Abdallah chocolates made in Minnesota. Many other gifts can be found in the store including jewelry, scarves, wine accessories and country and lodge decor. 
Celebrating 55 years in business this year, a sale will be held on June 22-24. Join us for refreshments! See store for details or call us for more information at 608-742-8788.


    Citywide Rummage Sales June 7-9; Post your Sale!  
Local residents and area travelers are looking forward to the Portage Citywide Rummage Sales which will be held on June 7-9 this year. The Portage Chamber will be posting local rummage sale addresses to our website rummage sale event page, located on the calendar of events on Call the Chamber office at 608-742-6242 to have your sale listed or for more information. 
    Portage Canal Days offers fun for everyone 

Portage Canal Days will be held June 1-3 this weekend. Join in on the fun at this annual event.  A Kite Flying Festival at Divine Savior Healthcare from 10am-4pm and their Run/Walk will begin and end near Tivoli at Divine Savior Healthcare.


The parade is on Saturday, June 2nd at 11am with music, food and more activities that will take place at the Market Square parking lot.  Over the weekend, tour the Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters and the Indian Agency House while visiting the historical encampments.  A complete list of activities can be found by clicking here.


    First Flea Market of summer kicks off June 2    
flea marketThe 2012 Portage City Flea Markets kick off on Saturday, June 2 and will be held the first Saturdays of the month through September located next to and inside the Bidwell Building at the Veterans Memorial Field at 300 Superior St. The market features crafts, produce, antiques, collectibles, and rummage sale Items. The event is held rain or shine!  Citywide Rummage Sales will take place each of these Saturdays to coincide with the flea markets.


The Flea Market hours are from 7am to 3pm. For contact information, call the Portage Parks and Recreation Department at 608-742-2178.

    Divine Savior Run/Walk and Kite Flying Festival this weekend    
Divine Savior Healthcare is pleased to host our 32nd Annual Run/Walk on Saturday, June 2 at 8:30 am in conjunction with the 2012 Portage Canal Days event. We are also excited to share with you some exciting changes and additions to our Run/Walk!  
This year's Run/Walk will now begin on our campus on Portage's north side. Runners and walkers will start and stop near Tivoli, our residential facility, and follow a course that includes Bluebird Lane, Meadowlark Lane, Hamilton Street, East Albert Street and Agency House Road. Also new this year is the addition of a 10K run! The 10K course will take runners out along the canal to the historic Indian Agency House and back. 
Race fees are $20 per individual. We are also pleased to offer a reduced rate of $40 for families of 3 or more with minor children. Contact Kari Due at 608-745-6289 to register. Registration fees include a t-shirt, refreshments and eligibility for door prizes. Registration is also available onsite the day of the race, but t-shirts can not be guaranteed.  
All runners will receive a timing chip which must be picked up on the morning of the race, so please plan accordingly. Race day registration will be available from 7am-8:15am. All Run/Walk proceeds will go to support Divine Savior Healthcare's Community Education Programs.  
In addition, we are also pleased to host a Kite Flying Festival on our campus following the Run/Walk. This festival, featuring the Wisconsin Kiters Club, will take place across our campus from 10am-4pm. Come see the professionals fly their magnificent kites, participate in a kite making workshop and/or bring your own kite to fly - bring a lawn chair or blanket and have some free good old-fashioned family fun! 
    Portage Open Disc Golf Tournament tees off June 3    

Join 2008, 2009, and 2010 State Champion Chris Heeren at 10am on Sunday, June 3 for a Driving & Putting Clinic at Collipp-Worden Park followed by the disc golf tournament. Sponsored by Blau Family Chiropractic and Portage Parks & Recreation, food will be available to benefit Splash Pad.


Registration/Check-in for this event runs from 10:45am-11:45am with a player meeting at 12pm. 
Fees/Admission for divisions are as follows: Beginner $10; Intermediate $12; Open $15; Women $10;
Format: 2 rounds of 9 
*Limit 40 Participants
For more information, contact Chris Heeren.



   Circus Dreams at CrossPoint 
Circus Dreams features Randy Christensen and friends. Randy is known for his creative, attention grabbing heart and humor. He is an international award winning performer and a ministry veteran of over 30 years. Randy inspires all ages as he shares eternal truth with unique methods such as ventriloquism, comedy mime, juggling, magical illustrations and professional clowning. Join us at CrossPoint Assembly of God, 2727 New Pinery Road, for a a fun filled family night of clowning, magic, juggling, drama and music. 
The event runs June 6-8. Doors open at 5:30pm and the program begins at 6pm. Free Admission. Call CrossPoint for more information at 608-742-2221.

    Sand County Fine Arts Festival event coming to Market Square
Sand County lgo The Sand County Fine Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, July 7 in Market Square from 10am to 5pm. The festival committee is partnering with Portage Center for the Arts to direct the proceeds toward furthering the arts in downtown Portage.

The Portage Rotary will also be hosting a beer and wine tasting during this event. Food and other beverages will be available for purchase through the Portage Center for the Arts booth. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day, featuring Nathan Russell and his band Scuttle Buttin' blues band from 10am until 1pm, The Santas Boys (Cody, age 11 and Nicholas, age 13) will be doing violin/fiddling from 1pm unitl 2pm, and Harmonious Wail (gypsy jazz with an American flavor) from 2pm until 5pm.

The Sand County Fine Arts Festival committee and Portage Center for the Arts strongly encourage area businesses to support and help promote this wonderful event.


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    Eulberg to guide summer walking tours again
judy walking tourLocal historian Judy Eulberg will again lead the Historic Downtown Walking Tours this summer.  The one-hour tours will depart from the Chamber office, 104 W. Cook St., at 10am.  The tours are free to the public and will be held on the first and third Saturdays of the month, June through August.

We are happy to have Judy back as a guide and look forward to another great season of enlightening locals and visitors alike with the history of our downtown. 

Join us Saturday, June 2 or Saturday, June 16 at 10am! 
    Kyle Kjorlie Memorial Fundraiser held on June 9

Enjoy a fun filled day to Celebrate Kyle's Life with food, fun, music and raffle on June 9 at Collipp-Worden park from 11am-3pm. Find a complete listing of raffle and silent auction items on Facebook - Search for:  Kyle Kjorlie - Celebrate Life.  


This celebration of life is our graduation party to Kyle.  Funds raised will be used for Kyle's Memorial Fund to provide a Choir Camp Scholarship for a Junior High Student and College Scholarship for a Portage graduate. Music entertainment provided by BIG & little Entertainment.

Do you have something you would like to donate for the raffle? Call Jennifer at 608-697-1289.  

   Upcoming Business After 5

No June Business After 5 - join us at the 30th Annual Golf Outing on June 13th


Business After 5 - Riley's Bar & Grill

Tuesday, July 10th from 5pm-7pm

Join fellow Chamber members for networking, conversation and refreshments at our monthly Business After Five. Hosted by Riley's Bar & Grill.


August Business After 5 - Northwoods Inc.

September Business After 5 - Bindl Chiropractic

October Business After 5 - Indian Trails Campground

November Business After 5 - Free Spirit Travel

December Business After 5 - Prairie Flower Beads


Reserve a month in 2013 for your business before they're taken!!


Community Events

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   Spots are still available for Edgewater Home & Garden field trip
edgewater greenhouse
Join Edgewater Home & Garden on a field trip of some beautiful gardens on Thursday, July 26. Take a deluxe motor coach ride to Janesville and spend an amazing morning strolling through the internationally themed 20-acre garden. Enjoy lunch at the gardens and then head off to Allen Centennial Gardens in Madison.
Space is limited, so sign up today by calling Edgewater at 608-742-6558. Tickets are $50 and include transportation, admission and lunch.    
   Books needed for Portage Library Book Sale

The annual Friends of the Portage Library book sale will be held July 26-28, 2012, at the Portage Public Library. Donations can now be brought to the library and must be in good condition with no mildew. Books (no Readers Digest, condensed books, textbooks or magazines), as well as books on tape/CD, VHS tapes, DVD's and comic books are appreciated. 


Proceeds from the book sale are used to support the children's programs and to purchase recorded books, DVD's, books and other items for the library. For more information, call the Portage Library at 742-4959.

   June Chamber Meeting & Event Dates
5th:     Ribbon Cutting at Jim's BP   9am 
6th:     Ambassador Meeting at Community Bank   8am
13th:   Portage Chamber Golf Outing   11am 
30th:   Portage Independence Celebration/Concert in the Park   4pm-10pm
   Ribbon Cuttings  & Groundbreakings  
pizza ranch ribbon cutting
A ribbon cutting was held at Pizza Ranch, 2905 New Pinery Road, to welcome this new restaurant to Portage. Offering pizza, chicken, buffet, dine-in or delivery. Call 608-566-1750 for more information. 
agency house trail rcA ribbon cutting was held at the new Agency House Trail, 1490 Agency House Road, to celebrate the grand opening of the a new 1.2-mile nature trail located on the Agency House grounds. Call 608-742-6362 for more information. 

hamele auction rcA ribbon cutting was held at the new location of United Country Hamele Auction & Realty, 1325 W. Wisconsin St. For more information, call 608-742-5000. 
   Give Portage Green Gift Certificates!  
Portage Green Gift Certificates make an excellent gift. Used just like cash, the certificates can be purchased from the Portage Chamber in $5 and $10 increments. Recipients of the Portage Green may redeem them at these participating Chamber member businesses. By buying Portage Green Gift Certificates, you are helping to boost local business by keeping thousands of dollars right here in Portage. Don't get worked up over figuring out what to get someone; make it easy on yourself and give them Portage Green Gift Certificates! For more information, call the Chamber at 608-742-6242.


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