AUGUST 26TH, 2020
"Perspective is everything
when you are experiencing the challenges of life."
- Joni Eareckson Tada
A Farm Kid Joins the Marines
Dear Ma and Pa,

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you get to stay in bed till nearly 5am. But I am getting used to it so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot, and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood to split, or fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not too bad, there’s warm water.
Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon etc. But kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food.

But tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by the two city boys that live on coffee. Their food, plus yours, holds you until noon when you get fed again. It’s no wonder these city boys can’t walk much. We go on “route marches”, which the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it’s not my place to tell him different. A “route march” is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The sergeant is like a school teacher. He nags a lot. The captain is like the school board. Majors and colonels just ride around and frown. They don’t bother you none. The next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting and I don’t know why. The bullseye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don’t move and it ain’t shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable, and hit it. You don’t even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes. 

Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain’t like fighting with that ol’ bull at home. I’m about the best they got in this except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I’m only 5’6″ and 130 pounds and he’s 6’8″ and near 300 pounds dry. Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join, before the other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.

Your loving daughter,
Alice
While this is meant to be a funny read, I think it says a lot about perspective. Perspective is altered by that which we have already experienced. Raise your hand if you have experienced a lot this year. Maybe you didn't realize how hard you were working and were forced to pause. Maybe you were paused and now forced to work hard. How we work, how we play and how we engage has all been impacted and left us with a renewed perspective.

And much like our friend Alice, our hope for our business partners and our community is that with the new perspective we embrace, we may find the good in comparing where we have been to where we are now.
Keep smiling, keep sanitizing, and stay safe!

The Elkhorn Chamber
submitted by Kate Abbe
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SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Annual Returning Student Registration is now open! Please login to your Family Access account and register your student(s) for the 2020-21school year. All returning families must complete Returning Student Registration prior to the first day of school, September 8, 2020. 

Please note, for students planning on participating in Middle School or High School athletics, a physical examination is required. Student-athletes will also need to complete Athletic Registration

EASD: REOPENING OUR SCHOOLS!
The Elkhorn Area School District (EASD) is preparing for a traditional, in-class return on September 8,2020. Health conditions within our community as well as local or state directives may require us to change or modify our initial plans, so flexibility and understanding will be needed as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Three different instructional models have been planned for students.

CHAMBER UPDATES
SATURDAYS ON THE SQUARE
OPEN AUGUST 29th!
TWO MARKET REMAIN!

Saturdays on the Square will be open
9am-1pm, August 29th, and ready for visitors! Plenty of shade to enjoy while shopping the fresh market, baked goods, and our amazing local craft vendors!

THAT'S DEBATABLE
The 3rd Congressional District Primary Debates have now been completed and are available to view online. These were organized by Wisconsin Public Radio, with video streaming provided under a partnership with the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce and WIN Technology's Perigon System.
Republican Debate
Recorded Friday, July 31
Jessi Ebben of Eau Claire
Derrick Van Orden of Hager City
Democratic Debate
Recorded Thursday, August 6
Ron Kind of La Crosse (Incumbent)
Dr. Mark Neumann of La Crosse
COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS
DEAR LIVESTOCK BUYERS
@WALWORTH CTY FAIR
With great enthusiasm and pride, we would like to announce that there will be Junior Livestock shows and a Meat Animal Sale for the exhibitors this year.
The online Livestock Sale, featuring the finest animals exhibited by the youth of Walworth County.
Wednesday September 2nd at 6pm - Friday, September 4th at 10am!

The sale order is: Beef, Sheep, and Swine.
These exhibitors have been working on their projects, even during these historic, trying times. We are looking forward to a good old-fashion competitive auction and we appreciate your willingness to support the kids and their hard work for 2020. 

BUSINESS UPDATES
HOT DEAL DAYS
@ Evergreen
Tues, Wed & Thurs, Sept 1-3
$25 for golf and a cart, tax included.
You choose... 9 or 18 holes... walk or ride... just $25.
 
To receive this special, you must book online more than 24 hours in advance and pre-pay for the number of golfers in your reservation. Online specials are non-refundable for any reason. Prior cancellations will be honored in the form of a rain check only.

DON'T STOP RECRUITING!!
The pandemic has changed recruiting but the workforce system is still here to help you find the talent that you need!

We’re hosting a drive thru job fair September 17, 2020 as part of a statewide, unified approach to let job seekers know that there is still opportunity available in their local area!

There is No Cost to employers, and nothing to do, other than provide us with a flier!  

COOLEST THING MADE IN
WISCONSIN
The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin is back for the fifth straight year. WMC is partnering once again with Johnson Financial Group to highlight the manufacturing industry and ultimately determine what is the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.
 
The nomination period ends on Sept. 4 and voting will begin in September.

AUGUST 2020 SPECIALS
@ L'BRI
Semi annual stock up sale!!! All cleansers, fresheners, and moisturizers are on sale. Contact Kristy Lauzon HERE to place your order today!

DEMENTIA CARE
BUILDING BLOCKS
FREE ONLINE WEBINARS - FALL 2020

Registration is limited, so sign up today!


MASKS: THE PERFECT FIT!
@CENTRAL PRINTING
As more and more states mandate wearing masks, we wanted to reach out to let you know about our Mask Solutions. We have been helping companies since the start of the pandemic to find quality PPE products. Our team has sourced multiple mask options to help you comfortably adhere to CDC standards. Whether you need disposable masks, or maybe something more customized and fun, our team can help you find the best fit!

If you would like to view more of our PPE Product options CLICK HERE
Patio Blues on the Bend @
SPERINO'S PEPPERONI PUB
EVERY MONDAY TILL AUGUST 31ST

Come out and enjoy Glenn Davis, Jim Schoberg, and more on our patio. Bring a bag chair or drop the tailgate, and vibe to the rhythm. Food and Beverage available, Carry-Ins not permitted.
*Weather Dependent*

LEARN & GROW
GROWTH ACCELERATOR
WWBIC & WEDC Present...
This 10-week “hands on” business accelerator will give a start-up or growing business support and access to high growth mentorship, as well as commercialized assistance. Entrepreneurs with a wellestablished idea, a business recently started or an existing business ready for growth should apply for this intensive program to get their product, prototype or service to market.
The application will be open at noon on Friday, August 28th and will close at noon on Tuesday, September 9th

UW-Extension website offers recipes, how-to videos and more
“Food safety is, and should be, a primary concern when home canning any type of food, from pickles to meat. The University of Wisconsin-Extension sets itself apart in providing up-to-date research-based information,” says Ingham. “Begin the food preservation season by updating your resources so that you can be sure that you are preserving safe, high quality food for your family to enjoy.”

How to Manage your Online Reputation
Your online presence is the first impression of your business to new and prospective customers. It is crucial that you manage your online reputation to ensure that your business is making that first impression a great one, leading to new business opportunities. But how? Why? Who has the time? Join us to learn more:

GATEWAY: LEAN ONLINE
CLASSES STARTING THIS FALL!
At Gateway Technical College, we are again prepared to offer online classes for Lean Operations, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt classes. These classes are scheduled to start at the beginning week of our Fall Semester on September 4, and run for 12 weeks. All of these courses will require a Final Exam and a project to be completed at your place of employment.  

JOIN THE TEAM!
WELCOME AMBASSADOR
VISIT Lake Geneva
Welcome Center
VISIT Lake Geneva is seeing a passionate
Lake Geneva area ambassador to fill a position at the downtown Welcome Center located on Wrigley Drive across from the Riviera.
Summer Hours: Approx. 16-24 weekly. Winter Hours: Approx. 8-12 weekly.
Please contact Taylor Blair at Taylor@visitlakegeneva.com or
262-248-1349.
ODLING PLUMBING IS HIRING!
THRIVENT FINANCIAL
WE ARE GROWING!
Know someone like a coach, pastor or teacher who is energized by helping people reach their goals? What about someone who’s motivated to run their own business or wants to make an impact in their communities?

COVID-19 UPDATES
Walworth County COVID-19 Phased Guidance 
This document provides broad guidance for recovery from COVID-19 in our community. Walworth County encourages organizations and individuals to consider this guidance and apply it where able. Organizations should feel empowered to implement solutions that best meet their needs and should develop plans to adjust practices in the event of another rise in COVID-19 cases.

Reminder: Available Small Business Relief Options
For business resources