March 23rd, 2022
"A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances.
The real mistake is to stop trying."

B. F. Skinner
Today the word homesteading is more apt to refer to “a lifestyle of greater self-sufficiency characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food stuffs, and may or may not also involve the small-scale production of textiles, clothing and craftwork for household use or sale.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!)

Now that we have established a context for homesteading, I will acknowledge that my family is pursuing homestead goals. Our families resume currently includes 1,000 sq ft of vegetable gardens [chopping, canning and freezing oh my], a coop of laying hens , two breeds of animal raised for meat [no we do not have pigs or cows], and as of two weeks ago we added tapping sap and making homemade syrup to the list! YUM

Every attempt at growing, cultivating, breeding and developing these homestead habits has been met with failure. And let me tell you failure is disappointing. Failure is heartbreaking. Failure is exhausting. And, failure is necessary. Because in the absence of a homestead Yoda, we have failure as our teacher. We also have Google, but failure acts as a great back-up tool to any learning curve. All that to say, failure makes us better.
This new adventure in sap was not without it's challenges. Pictured on the left is a jar of sap-gone-wrong. Boil for too long and sugary syrup becomes a rock-like substance impenetrable by sharp kitchen tools. After considering my options, I had resigned myself to think disposal was the final option. When all of a sudden I was asked, "can't you melt it down and start again". And guess what? You can! You can take boiling hot water and melt the sweet stone of failure back to a liquid state only to end up with a fresh batch of syrup!
I sat looking at the amber-filled jar, delighted with this act of redemption! I also considered the original fate of this hardened mass. That I was ready to give up so easily and toss aside what I believed to be junk, yet turned out to be just as sweet and beautiful and delicious as the jar next to it. It took extra time, YES! But it was absolutely worth it.

We all find ourselves in an altered state that may appear "less than". Life gets hard, the fire gets hot, and all of a sudden we are different. The self-doubt creeps in..."I'll never be able to do that", "I tried. I can't do it", "no one will ever see me for more than what I am today". But sitting on my counter is a golden jar of syrup that tells me none of those things are true.

Are you the hardened sugar? Is it your co-worker sitting next to you? Perhaps it's a family member or child that you'll see at dinner. Every day is our chance to get better, because every day we will fail. So the next time you see the flaws, the next time you see the failure, remember that this just might be your chance [or their chance] for redemption. Will it take extra work? YES! But it will absolutely be worth it.
The Elkhorn Chamber
submitted by Kate Abbe
Advertising Deadline:
March 25, 2022
The Guide is a way to:

*Introduce potential residents, businesses and tourists to the area

*Serve as a hometown reference guide for residents and visitors

*Showcase our active community, its businesses and events

Distribution Target Date:
May 2022

Billing July 2022
The Elkhorn Chamber and it's staff continue to provide weekly
e-blasts for all of our newsletter subscribers and chamber partners. If you have business updates or events to share please send to Kate Abbe at Let us help you continue to grow and engage with the Elkhorn community and surrounding areas!
If you are also in need of sharing a copy or two with your family, friends or business clients, please let us know and we'll be happy to drop off a fresh supply of community guides at your office. Please send us your request, and we'll see you soon with a stack of the new guide!
Join the EASD Community Walking Club!
Lead by Fitness Instructor Terri Dellamaria
We meet Tuesdays (starting March 8th) from 4-5 p.m. and will be walking and talking all over Elkhorn. You'll be sent a new route each week!
Initial meeting will take place at the EAHS Fitness Center. In the event of adverse weather, we'll walk indoors.
We are celebrating March Masque-ness at L’BRI!

Save on the Clarifying Clay Masque and/or our super popular Facial Masque, L’BRI’s non-surgical face lift! You’ll notice a difference the first time you use it! It tones, tightens, and brightens your skin, removes blackheads and whiteheads, and works as a great spot treatment on blemishes! If you don’t have it already, you need it. If you do have it, grab your next one now and save! PLUS you’ll receive a FREE masque brush with every masque purchase! Go to to order or visit Or call Kristy at 262-745-2366 with questions or to request free samples! 

Being fit improves your health. A lifetime of fitness offers many benefits such as: • Reducing your risk of health problems, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer • Managing your weight • Helping you sleep better • Preventing or easing stress, depression, and back problems • Boosting your energy
A FREE monthly seminar series brought to you by the Elkhorn Resilience Coalition. 
WHEN | Third Wednesday of the month, 6 - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE | James A. Wehner Auditorium, Elkhorn High School

DETAILS | Doors open at 5:30 p.m., limit 75 in-person attendees

*Conversations are also available online*

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Elkhorn Universal Employee 30+
(30-39 Hours)

The Universal Employee assists new and existing members, in person and on the telephone, with all their financial needs, including teller transactions, member services, and loans. Duties will include opening and closing various types of accounts, processing transactions, resolving account problems, as well as providing assistance and information regarding all products and services of the Credit Union.
W4671 Pebble Drive 
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Summer completion

This split-bedroom ranch places the primary bedroom and private primary bathroom opposite two secondary bedrooms for extra privacy. The shared living spaces are designed for open-concept living. The kitchen functions spectacularly for both meal prep and entertaining as it features an oversized island that includes a wrapped snack bar, ample cabinetry including a pantry cabinet, and an adjoined dining space. Other shared spaces include the great room with gas fireplace, hall bathroom, mudroom, and a partitioned home office featuring two barn doors.
501 Nathan Lane Unit #4, Elkhorn
Sierra Financial Services in Elkhorn has extra space to rent in their
office. (1) locking office and up to (2) cubicles. Would have access to
off-street parking for both employees and clients. Two conference
rooms & separate wi-fi stream. For additional details,
please email Jim Pfeil at
If you or a business you know are in need of assistance please reach out