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Chamber NewsBreak - October 2013

   Last Call: Get in on the Community Profile & Member Directory   
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The Portage Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Chamber member Village Profile to produce the 2014 Community Profile & Membership Directory publication in both a traditional print version and also in a digital format. 
Thousands of new, full-color printed publications will provide a comprehensive guide to the Portage area as well as an overview of the community. The publication will be distributed to visitors, new families and local residents. In addition to the thousands of printed publications, the Profile & Membership Directory will be available digitally and direct mailed to 5,000 residents.
Please contact our advertising representative, Jacklyn Ewerdt at 920-291-5005 or email to set up and appointment. 
To view our current publication as an eBook please visit:
Thank You...To our participating advertisers as of September 25:


Best Western Resort & Conference CenterTrans Works Transmissions LLC
Prairie Flower BeadsFenske and Associates
Pardeeville Family Dentistry Comfort Suites
PETRO Travel PlazaDays Inn
Davis & Page, LLPHead 2 Toe Salon
Ho-Chunk GamingCascade Mountain
Terrytown Plumbing Heating & CoolingCrawford Oil & Propane
Magnum BroadcastingBJ's TV & Appliances
Don-Rick InsuranceWisconsin River Title Consultants
Pride of America Camping ResortDuck Creek Campground
Culver'sKeith's Recycling Inc. 
Columbia County Title CompanySuper 8
Ridge Hotel/The Ridge Health & Fitness CenterCraig's Popcorn Corner
Haareway Laser and Skin Rejuvenation CenterDeer Run Apartments
Portage LumberDavis Construction Asphalt Paving
American Family Insurance - Shelia LinkDavis Duehr Dean
American Family Insurance - Kari TraceyGeneral Engineering Company
Wisconsin Inspection ConsultantsPortage Center for the Arts
Museum at the PortageDivine Savior Healthcare
Portage National BankPointon Heating and Air Conditioning
ReMax ConnectionsCommunity Bank of Portage
Indian Trails Campground
Summit Credit Union
Madison College
Portage Cafe



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   Business Profile:  BrightStar Care
BrightStar logo The BrightStar office in Baraboo opened in September of 2009, serving Sauk and Columbia counties and surrounding areas.  We are independently owned and operated.  We have established BrightStar as a dependable and trustworthy source of private duty in-home care, childcare, healthcare staffing services, and private duty skilled nursing services.  Our homecare services are provided by Certified Nursing Assistants (C.N.A.'s), who are supervised by a Registered Nurse.  These services include companion care, home chore, transportation, medication reminders, meal preparation, and hands on personal care to people of any age.  Our services are available twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week.  In addition, BrightStar provides live answer to phone calls twenty-four hours per day seven days per week to provide clients, their families, and staff access to someone who knows their needs. 


We have grown to employing over 80 full- and part-time C.N.A.'s.  We have four administrative staff, including a Branch Manager, and two Customer Care Managers, and a Registered Nurse. 


I have always had a passion for helping others.  I find incredible reward in being invited into the lives of others during critical times and having the opportunity to offer enrichment.  It was through personal experience with loved ones, that I was drawn to the homecare business.  I've learned to fully understand how important it is for an individual to maintain their independence and to remain living in their own home.


There are so many rewards!  At BrightStar we have the opportunity every day to make a positive impact in the lives of our clients!  We are helping people remain living in their homes.  We are giving peace of mind to families.  It's such wonderful and gratifying work!  It's also rewarding to provide jobs in our community, that offer healthcare and other benefits and flexible schedules, during these difficult economic times. 


We feel fortunate to be part of a community that offers many quality options.  BrightStar is available to provide care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.  We offer 24/7 live answer.  We are also proud to offer to each client oversight of their care by a Registered Nurse.  We also guarantee compatibility - we will provide a team of caregivers who will best match the personality and needs of every client.  We are accredited by the Joint Commission.


--Becky Radke, Branch Manager    608-355-5015

   Welcome New Members         
Papa Murphy's
2936 New Pinery Rd.   Portage, WI  53901
Mary Lechner at 608-745-4200
Take and bake pizza restaurant.

Rural Insurance
N6522 Hwy 51/16    Portage, WI  53901
Darcy Wilkins at 608-745-8800
We are a Wisconsin based insurance company offering home, 
auto, commercial, and life insurance to Wisconsin residents.
Women's Civic League
506 W. Edgewater St.   Portage, WI 53901
Shirley Rehdantz at 608-742-7744
Established in 1931, The Women's Civic League of Portage continues to preserve our heritage while fostering community welfare through scholarships and civic welfare. 


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   Meet Mayor Bill Tierney during Business Luncheon      
Portage Mayor Tierney has been on the job for almost 6 months now and we want to give you the chance to meet him at our next business luncheon. This is going to be your opportunity to talk to Mayor Tierney about his first 6 months of office and what he plans for his next 6 months.
We will be meeting over this Business Luncheon at the Portage Enterprise Center located just off Hwy 16 past the Industrial Park at 1800 Kutzke Road at 11:30am on Wednesday, October 9. Lunch is $10. Call the Chamber at 742-6242 if you would like to register for the luncheon.
   Local event postings through state tourism   

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism will be producing their printed Spring/Summer Event Guide for 2014 in the next couple of months.  As a Chamber of Commerce we can submit tourism events from our area for possible inclusion for events April 2014 - September 2014.  If you have an event that we can submit for your organization, please send the information by email to The deadline is Thursday, October 10.    


Please note: The Wisconsin Department of Tourism selects the events that will appear in their publication. Feel free to call the Chamber with any questions, at 608-742-6242. 


   Lions Club Scholarship Cookie Dough Sale    

The Portage Lions Club will be having their annual Scholarship Cookie Dough Sale through Friday, October 17th. This year we will be selling 2# tubs of cookie dough for $10 which makes approximately 30 cookies and pre-portioned packs for $13 which come with 40 cookies.


All profits go towards our scholarship fund which allows our group to award three deserving seniors in the spring with monies to further their education in the fall.


Please contact any Lions member or call Dorri at 608-697-4729 to place an order or for further information.


   President Theodore Roosevelt is Coming to Portage   
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The Women's Civic League of Portage invites you to see President Teddy Roosevelt as reprised by the nationally known reprisor, Joe Wiegand. Joe will present Teddy Roosevelt in a one-man show on Thursday, November 7 at the Portage High School at 7pm. 


Wiegand appears annually at the Medora Music Festival in North Dakota, has appeared at the White House for TR's 150 birthay, and most recently on the History Channel's "The Men Who Built America". Wiegand entertains audiences nationwide with his stories full of adventure, laughter and inspiration, including tales of the frail young boy who built his body and became a rancher, Rough Rider, father of six and our 16th President. From bear hunts to the Panama Canal, from Africa to the Amazons, T.R.'s delightful stories come to life.


Joe Wiegand, as Teddy Roosevelt, visited the Portage Rotary in February and will be here to entertain the entire community on November 7. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for veterans and students. They may be purchased from Civic League members and at the Portage Chamber of Commerce. He will also present two free performances for high school students and for residents of senior care facilities. For more information, visit or call 608-742-5757.

   Brat Hut to benefit Skate Park     
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On behalf of the Portage Family Skate Park, come out and purchase a brat from 10am to 3pm at the Brat Hut at Pierce's Market Place on Sunday, October 20. 


Contact June Paul at 608-742-7787 for more information.

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   Fine Vine Wine Walk   

Fine Vine Wine Walk, organized by Downtown Portage Inc., will be held on Thursday, October 24. Stay tuned to Chamber website for more information.

   Citywide Trick or Treating     
Citywide Trick or Treating will be held on Thursday, October 31 from 4pm to 7pm.
   Leopold Center Art Discovery Day   
Help us wrap up our visitation season by joining us for our fourth annual Art Day! Each year we invite a crop of new local and regional artists to participate in the annual art day event. Come to the Leopold Center, E13701 Levee Road, for a free day featuring presentations, demonstrations, and time for individual interaction with each artist. We hope their work will inspire people to think more critically about their connection to the natural world.
Also, The 2.5 mile trail network around the Leopold Center has been open to the public just a little over a year now. In May of 2012, the Aldo Leopold Foundation acquired an additional 300 acres of land surrounding the Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm with the help of both state and federal funding and contributions by private donors. Trails are open year-round during visitation hours. Stop in to the visitor center to pick up a trail map. Through November 2, the Leopold Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Winter hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. The Leopold Center is located at E13701 Levee Road Baraboo, WI.  For directions call 608-355-0279 or
Join us for Leopold Center Art Discovery Day on Saturday, October 26 from 10am to 4pm or walk the trail. Visit or call 608-355-0279 for more information.


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   Business After 5 at St. Mary's School
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October 8th   5pm - 7pm
Join fellow Chamber members for networking, conversation and refreshments at our monthly Business After Five. Hosted by St. Mary's School.
Check out the beautiful new renovation at the school! They are eager to show it off to our Chamber members. 
   Home vendor Shopping Night Out        
Shop, drink and dine at this event featuring local home vendors including Independent Pampered Chef Director Jamie Herrmann. The Shopping Night Out featuring local home vendors will be held on Tuesday, October 29 from 6:30pm to 8pm at the Corner Pocket Sports Bar & Grill, 301 DeWitt St.
For more information, contact Jamie Herrmann at 608-516-8079.
   Papa Murphy's fundraiser to benefit Skate Park   

Every Tuesday in October, Papa Murphy's of Portage, 2936 New Pinery Road, will be donating 10% of sales to the construction of the Portage Skate Park. For more information, call 608-745-4200. Try one of their great Take 'N' Bake Pizzas and support a community cause.

   Zumbathon® Fundraiser for Pink Ribbon Angels   
Join us for a Zumbathon® Fundraiser to raise money for Pink Ribbon Angels of Columbia County on Friday, October 11 from 6:30pm to 8pm at St. Mary's School Gym.
Tickets are $10 in advance before October 10 or $15 at the door. Return your registration and cash or check payable to Pink Ribbon Angels, Inc. to a local Zumba class or mail to: Tami Carlson, 8006 Parker Drive, Pardeeville, WI 53954

All proceeds from this event will go directly to Columbia County breast cancer patients to financially assist them in their fight against breast cancer as well as cover mammography costs for anyone who cannot afford one.
   Halloween at the Portage Theatre      
Portage Theatres, 322 W. Wisconsin St., is planning a great Halloween themed event for kids in Portage on Saturday, October 26. All you have to do is bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Pantry to participate. There will be a costume contest and sidewalk parade leaving from St. Mary parking lot (next to the Theatre along Conant St.). 

Costume contest registration begins at 8:30am with the Costume Parade Downtown from 9:15am to 10:15am. Businesses are encouraged to be out on the sidewalk and pass out promotional items, brochures and goodies to the kids. At 10:30am, the free movie (with non-perishable food item donation) begins.

Kids will receive a goodie bag at the Costume Contest to take with during the parade and prizes for the contest will be awarded after the parade at the Theatre. 

For more details call 608-742-6678 or visit
   HIAH season winding down
new agency houseOn the second Saturday of the month, October 12, residents of Portage, Wisconsin are encouraged to take a FREE guided tour of the Historic Indian Agency House. In grateful recognition of 2013 operations funding granted by the City of Portage, we invite our in-town neighbors to learn more about the historic site that your tax dollars help support. Proof of Portage residency required; call for a list of accepted documents.

Please Note: Use of the Nature Trail is an additional fee, except on Nature Trail Tuesdays
(October 8)-when Wisconsinites walk 
the trail FREE (with your Wisconsin driver's license, Wisconsin Student ID Card or an electric bill or other invoice that includes your Wisconsin address.  Must be 12 years or older, or accompanied by an adult.)

The Historic Indian Agency House closes for the season on October 15.  Join us for fun at the Historic Indian Agency House at our Fall Mixer & Silent Auction on Saturday, October 19. Call Destinee at 608-742-6362 or visit

   9th Annual Coats of Many Colors Coat Drive         
The coat collection happens from October 1 through 20. Drop off your gently used and clean winter coats infant to adult--Special needs for kids sizes 5-12. (Workable buttons, zippers and snaps, please). Boots of all sizes are also accepted. Drop off at Portage Churches, Portage Police Department, or Portage Cleaners.
Coat Drive coat distribution is scheduled for Friday, October 25 from 2pm to 6pm and Saturday, October 26 from 9am to 1pm at 122 E. Edgewater St. (former B & H Lumber Co.)  
For more information, contact Nancy Schaper at 608-742-7242.
   Portage Fall Craft Sale & Holiday Market   
Please join us for a day of fall fun and shopping featuring arts, crafts and other fun gift ideas at the Portage Fall Craft Sale & Holiday Market 2013 scheduled for Saturday, October 5 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds, 300 Superior St., from 9am to 3pm!  We welcome artisans, crafters, direct sales vendors, and other vendors selling new items.


Vendors: Advance registration only. Please contact us to obtain a registration form: Portage Parks and Recreation, 806 Silver Lake Dr. or For more information, call 

   Captivating Keyboards   
Scott Griffin & Alan Tripp, a dynamic piano duo of great diversity, capture the humor, energy, and joy of music in all styles. See them on Saturday, October 5 at Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Cook St., at 7:30pm. 
   Eye Health Screening     
An Eye Health Screening sponsored by Portage Lions & St. Vincent will be held on Saturday, October 5 from 9am to Noon. The screening is open to anyone age 18 or older who has not had an eye exam in the last two years and will be held in the Lower Level of Wilz Drug at the St. Vincent de Paul Clinic, 140 E. Cook St.
   Northside Farmer's Market  
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Edgewater Greenhouse, 2957 County Highway CX, presents the Northside Farmer's Market where you can meet and shop from local farmers and craftsman supplying fresh produce, jams, honeys, soaps, handmade toys and much more! The market will be held on Sunday, October 6 from 11am to 3pm.
For more information, contact Edgewater Greenhouse at 608-742-6558.
   The Timothy Tegge Show

Enjoy a live, on stage performance by internationally acclaimed variety entertainers Timothy and Barbara Tegge featuring bewildering magic and illusions, vaudeville-style variety attractions (juggling, ventriloquism, etc), G-rated comedy, and audience participation. This is a family friendly show suitable for all ages. The event is being sponsored as a fundraiser by the Portage Cub Scout Pack #70 and the Portage Center for the Arts.


The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 at 4pm--One show only (approx. 90 minutes). All seats $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children 4 and under are free with paid adult guardian. Call 608-742-5655 or visit


   Gaffney wins award   
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Melissa Gaffney, pictured below with WCA Executive Director John Murray and WCA Board President Rod Lefler, won Chiropractic Technician Of The Year Award. 


Congratulations to Melissa and Blau Chiropractic, 641 Latton Lane, Suite A. For more information, call 608-742-1300.

   Our House Bingo Bash   
Join us for our Bingo Bash with great prizes and snacks at Our House Senior Living Our Community Bingo, 215 Northridge Dr., on Friday, October 18 from 2pm to 4pm.  For more information, call Gretchen Lambert at 608-697-2626 or visit
   Culver's Fundraiser Night  

The volunteer board members of Columbia County Crime Stoppers Inc. asks you to come dine at the Portage Culver's on Monday, September 30 from 4pm to 8pm. We will be providing the table services for the restaurant as well as promoting crime prevention and our new TIPSOFT program.


10% of the proceeds will be donated by Culver's back to Columbia County Crime Stoppers Inc.In advance, we thank Culver's and all citizens of our Columbia County communities for their support for our efforts!

   Calling for vendors to upcoming Our House Senior Living Expo 
our house logoCalling all vendors: If your business caters to seniors or the burgeoning senior market is your market, mark your calendar for the second annual All Things Senior Expo to be held Thursday, November 7 at Ho-Chunk Casino. This event is being held in conjunction with Ho-Chunk Casino's weekly Senior Citizen Day. And once again the Casino will offer the $10 rewards play for attendees.

This event will feature exhibitors, wellness checks and break-out sessions. The day will be filled with a wide range of information about products, services, programs and resources for Sauk, Adams, Marquette and Columbia County's 50+ community. The All Things Senior Expo will provide a one-stop-shop for those looking to connect with valuable local resources.
The Senior Expo is an opportunity for you to market to the exploding senior demographic.

KSMS Our House Senior Living invites you to participate in this one day event and meet hundreds of local seniors. Magnum Communications will provide a live remote broadcast from the Expo. All Things Senior Expo will offer a great opportunity to meet potential customers. You will have the opportunity to: Generate highly qualified leads for your facility, service or product; Build recognition for your company or organization and increase your brand awareness; Network with other companies in the senior market. 

Sponsorships are available this year. We have a gold, sliver and bronze sponsorships and they start at $100. Please reserve your booth early using the registration form with check payable to KSMS Our House Senior Living and Mail to:
Attention: Gretchen Lambert KSMS Our House Senior Living 215 Northridge Drive Portage, Wisconsin 53901
If you have any questions please contact Gretchen Lambert at 608-697-2626.
Click Here for forms. 
   Costume Ball to benefit River Haven   
Have a great time with dinner and dancing at the KC Hall in Portage during a Costume Ball on Saturday, October 19 from 5:30pm to 10pm. This limited seating, adults only event will feature music by local favorite Late for Dinner. And it is all for a great cause!


Tickets are $20, with 3 prizes and one 50/50 Raffle($5 Ticket). Costume is not required. Proceeds to benefit River Haven Homeless Shelter. Tickets are available at the Portage Area Chamber of Commerce, 104 W. Cook St., Monday through Friday, 9am to 4:30pm. 


Community Events

   October Chamber Meeting & Event Dates   
1st     Youth Leadership Session 1 at Portage High School at 8:30am
3rd     Ribbon Cutting for U.S. Cellular at 1:30pm
2nd    Ambassador Meeting     8am at Community Bank

8th     Business After 5 at St. Mary's School     5pm to 7pm 
9th     Business Luncheon with Mayor Tierney  11:30am at Enterprise Center
30th   Youth Leadership Session 2 at UW-Extension office at 8:30am
   Ribbon Cuttings  
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A ribbon cutting was held for Mary Kay Cosmetics Independent Consultant Debbie Holland at her new business. "The opening of the Pink Link Studio & Training Center has been a dream of mine since I began my business as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant on September 17th, 2005.  I have always wanted to be a teacher and with the studio I am able to train my team members and offer the opportunity for women to come and experience our fabulous products!  Mary Kay Ash always asked us to treat others as if they are wearing a sign around their neck that says "make me feel important."  No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important!       
My husband Greg, children, parents, siblings, customers and Mary Kay friends are all a big part of the opening of the Pink Link Studio & Training Center!  My Senior National Sales Director Mary Diem was also an inspiration in the decorating of the studio!  I didn't do it for myself, I did it for others - so they can see, feel and experience that Mary Kay Ash continues to live on long after she is gone.  I feel that even though I never had the pleasure of meeting her or receive her direct training, she lives on with us here at the Studio!  She was a Great Woman!  I am honored to be a part of her company and to pass on her Legacy!" 
--Debbie Holland, 608-697-5864     Pink Link Studio, 311 W. Wisconsin St.
   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. For more information, call the Chamber at 608-742-6242.


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