September / October 2020
It's that time again. Time for the Chamber of Commerce's Bi-Monthy E-Newsletter.

I love putting newsletter together for you. It reinforces what a great community we have, how there are still things to do, and reminds me of our perseverance.

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!

Thanks for reading our newsletter and for supporting the New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce,

Jessica Bilski
Executive Secretary,
New Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce
Shear Edge Salon's First Dollar
The New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce was pleased to present Courtney Leak with her first dollar of profit at Shear Edge Salon.

Shear Edge Salon is locate inside of the corner Mall with Opal & Amethyst at 110 W. Pearl Street. Call or email Courtney at 608-547-5195

Pictured are Lori Johnson (Chamber Vice President), Courtney Leak (Owner of Shear Edge Salon), Lisa Cody (Chamber Board Member), and Tania Clark (Chamber Board Member)
Photo - Waterfest Committee Representatives and Lynxx Networks Representative: L to R: Courtney Curran, Juneau County Parks and Forestry; Tamaya Loewe, Waterfest Committee Chair, Gary Robison, president of Lynxx Networks and founder of Waterfest; Jessica Bilski, owner of On the Line; Ashley Bell, Juneau County Parks and Forestry
News Release

Contact: Ann Anderson for More Information
Release Date: August 14, 2020
Recently the 21st Annual Waterfest was held on Castle Rock Lake in Juneau County. Waterfest is a celebration of the natural resources, lakes and rivers of Juneau County. This year’s theme was ‘Waterfest 2020 Diluted’. Lynxx Networks was a Name Event Sponsor, donating $3000.00 to the event. 
Lynxx Networks president and founder of Waterfest, Gary Robison said “Waterfest is a one of Juneau County’s major tourism events. Lynxx Networks recognizes the impact Waterfest has on the local economy and we support all it offers to the area.”
The event organizers scaled the event back this year while still providing a fun opportunity to celebrate summer safely. Fireworks were part of this year’s event. Fireworks were launched from a barge on the Juneau County side of the lake to allow spectators on the beach and people in their boats to watch the incredible display. There were approximately 75 to 100 boats on the lake enjoying the fireworks.
Lynxx Networks and Waterfest look forward to the 2021 event.
Lynxx Networks is a premier fiber internet, television and telephone services provider headquartered in Camp Douglas, WI. It is also the parent company of 3RT Networks LLC, an IT solutions company based in West Salem, WI. For more information on Lynxx Networks services visit, follow it on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn.

Lynxx Networks
Phone: 608-427-6515 Toll Free: 888-317-6565 Email: website:
The 2nd annual Wine/Beer Walk brought about 155 people into area businesses in New Lisbon. People were happy to be out and about, see each other, and experience local businesses. Businesses represented along the walk included; A Cut Above, J&S Liquor of Necedah, The Body Shop, Fun Company Gameroom Store, Juneau County Census, Hardware Hank, Jossabean Sweets, Buckhorn Grill and Bar, Kellys', The Licorice Guy, Little Cottage Decor, The New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce, Sundance Cranberry, Black and White Catering, Hank Storage, Hart's Hooter House, Opal & Amethyst, Shear Edge Salon, Silver Star Health, Sand Creek Brewing Co, and The Opera House. Each participant received a goodie bag with items sponsored by; Hardware Hank, Little Cottage, New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce, Fun Company Gameroom Store, Oakdale Credit Union, Lynxx Network, Eagle Promotions, and the 2020
Keep an eye out for updates and verified details on the
Lion's Club Fish Boil
tentatively planned for October 17th, 2020
Stop! Don't pass a stopped school bus.

Drivers must stop on the street or highway 20 feet or more from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing red warning lights.
  • This applies both to vehicles approaching from the rear and from the opposing lanes.​
  • All lanes of traffic must stop for the school bus, except in opposing lanes if the highway is divided with a center median.
  • No vehicle may proceed until the bus resumes motion and has turned off the red warning lights.
  • The stop arm on the bus is an added communication to other drivers, but the lack of an extended stop arm is not reason to pass a bus whose red lights are flashing.
In some urban areas buses will signal with yellow lights, or use red lights only in some parts of town. Motorists should observe school buses carefully for either the "pass cautiously" yellow light signal or the required full stop when a bus is flashing red lights.
A vehicle owner can be cited when the driver of a car passes a school bus illegally. A law enforcement officer need not witness this violation if the school bus driver reports it to the law enforcement agency within 24 hours. Fines can be quite high for illegally passing a school bus, but the risk of hitting a child is even higher.
DNR Seeks Public Input On Water Quality Standards
Contact: Meghan Williams, DNR environmental toxicologist 

MADISON, Wis. – The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is beginning a public input process to determine what issues it will work on over the next three years to protect water quality in lakes, streams and rivers. This process is called the Triennial Standards Review and is required by the Clean Water Act. Topics that will be evaluated in the 2021-2023 review include policies, rules and guidance related to designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation and variances. This review helps the DNR focus efforts to best protect the health of Wisconsin’s lakes, rivers and streams.

The review consists of several steps. First, the DNR asks for topics related to water quality standards from the public and external partners. This step is starting today. The DNR then asks the public, partners and internal staff to rank these topics and holds a public webinar to provide additional information on the topics under consideration. That step is conducted using an online survey, which is expected to be available later this fall. The DNR then prioritizes the topics based on input from the survey and prepares a final prioritized list of items to work on over the next three years. The prioritized list is expected to be completed this winter. In the last step, work begins on priority topics. This work may take several years.

Submit Topic Suggestions For The 2021-2023 Triennial Standards Review

If you have suggestions for revisions or improvements to the DNR’s policies, rules and guidance related to designated uses, water quality criteria, antidegradation and variances, please complete the topic suggestion form on the DNR’s website. The deadline to submit topic suggestions is September 14. The public is encouraged to share this opportunity with others who may wish to submit a topic for consideration. The DNR appreciates all input on protecting Wisconsin’s water quality.

For more information on the Triennial Standards Review process and past reviews, click here.
Knowing the Signs Can Help Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths
Marking International Overdose Awareness Day, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) today called on state residents to take action to end drug overdose deaths by learning the signs of an overdose and how to respond. Different drugs require different medical interventions and responses. For example, naloxone is the proven method of reversing an opioid overdose but it does not work for a stimulant like cocaine, which requires reassuring the patient, putting them in a comfortable position, and making sure they don’t get overheated. All drug overdoses are a medical emergency. Call 911 if you suspect someone is experiencing a drug overdose.

“Drug overdose is a significant public health issue in Wisconsin, with devastating impacts on individuals, families, and communities,” said DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm. “Hundreds of people from all walks of life die or experience a permanent injury each year from a drug overdose in our state. These deaths and injuries are preventable and help is available.”

The #EndOverdose campaign has useful tips on how to recognize and respond to overdoses involving the following drugs:
According to the DHS Wisconsin Drug Overdose Death Dashboard, overdose deaths involving all drugs, excluding alcohol, increased by 10.5% in 2019, driven primarily by a nearly 10% increase in overdose deaths involving opioids.

There is evidence that the stress and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to more harmful drug use. Preliminary numbers show that suspected opioid overdose Emergency Department (ED) visits increased 41% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Wisconsin compared to the same time period in 2019. There were 1,688 suspected opioid overdose ED visits from March through July of this year, compared to 1,196 suspected overdose visits during the same period in 2019.

An opioid overdose can be reversed with naloxone. People who take opioids and their family and friends are strongly encouraged to carry naloxone. It is available for sale without a prescription at many pharmacies around the state and at no cost through the DHS NARCAN® Direct Program.

“Taking care of yourself and others may be more challenging right now,” Palm said. “It is okay to ask for help. Help is available. Treatment for harmful drug use works. Recovery is possible.”

Those struggling with any type of drug use can call 211 for the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline. Operated by 211 Wisconsin through a grant from DHS, this free and confidential service has handled nearly 10,000 calls since it launched in October 2018.

Resilient Wisconsin, a DHS effort launched in April to help Wisconsin residents find healthy ways to cope with life’s challenges, features a directory of other helplines, hotlines, and virtual support meetings for people struggling with any type of drug use.

To expand access to treatment services for harmful drug use, DHS will also be piloting a hub and spoke model to treating substance use disorders. This approach will link the expertise of regional addiction medicine specialists with local clinics and primary care providers to manage the individuals’ unique health and treatment needs and connect them with appropriate levels of care.
Good Vibes in New Lisbon
From The Sunshine Movements Facebook Page:

During Covid-19 many elderly have been isolated from friends, family, and even others in their building. For our first project, The Sunshine Movement is delivering balloon arrangements to each resident at Crest View Nursing Home in New Lisbon. We are looking for well-wishes from you for the residents. Leave a note before 1:30 on September 14th and we will deliver them along with the balloon bouquets on the 15th.

Click "Interested" or "Going" on the event to follow our first community act.

We are pleased to be accessing a Thrivent Financial member’s Living Generously Grant to purchase the arrangements from a small, local business, the B'Loonery. As the resident receives the gift, if allowed, they will each get their picture taken as a remembrance and gift to them and their family.

Help Track Wisconsin’s Deer Populations
By Reporting Deer Sightings
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking the public to participate in Operation Deer Watch, an annual citizen-science survey that collects information on Wisconsin's white-tailed deer and gives residents an engaging opportunity to assist with deer herd management efforts.
Participants can report their deer sightings through an easy-to-use online form. The data collected provide insights into the reproductive status of Wisconsin's deer herd and help shape deer management for the state. Now through Sept. 30, participants are asked to record all bucks, does and fawns seen during the day.
A printable tally sheet is available to help citizen-scientists record sightings and enter their results online at a later time. For safety, participants should not record sightings while driving a vehicle. Instead, wait until the vehicle is stopped to take note of your sightings.
Any deer sightings can be counted, whether you spot deer while in the woods, on a drive or while out for an evening walk.
“This is a fun and useful opportunity for everyone to enjoy Wisconsin’s plentiful wildlife while participating in citizen science,” said Brian Dhuey, DNR wildlife population and harvest assessment specialist. “The DNR encourages anyone interested in deer to take part.”
Data from the survey is also used by County Deer Advisory Councils to develop deer season framework, harvest quotas and permit level recommendations.
See the New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce Website for:
With a record number of riders this year, the 3rd Annual New Lisbon Chamber of Commerce ATV Poker run gave many a chance to get out and have a great time on August 8th. This year had 9 stops that included; Taverino, Shipwreck Bay, Tuesday's, Opera House, Kellys', Opps Saloon, Pine Cove, The Dirty Turtle, and The Body Shop. The ride started and ended at the Body Shop with food, fun, and prizes. Thank you to everyone who contributed and come out and helped make this a wonderful event!
Thank you to all of our members for their support.
Please shop local, hire local, eat local, play local, and support these businesses!
A Cut Above
Alliant Energy
American Bank
American Metal Fab, Inc
Angie's Oops Saloon, LLC
Bank of Mauston
Black & White Catering
Black Bear Fruits
Body Shop
Brian Taylor
Buckhorn Campground & RV Resort
Buckhorn Gill and Bar
Buckhorn Store
Bunker Automotive
Bunker Water jet Cutting, LLC
Castle Rock Golf Course
Castle Rock Golf Course
Castle Rock Realty
City of New Lisbon
Coast To Coast Training
Concept Printing
Courtesy Corporation - McDonald's
Dvorak Tent Rental
Eagle Blasting & Repair
Eagle Promotion & Apparel, LLC
Friends of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
Fun Company
Gary Smith's Auto Body Inc
Generations Dance Academy
Gray Electric
Hare Funeral Home
Jared Roeker - American Family Insurance
Jenny Kochie
Jossabean Sweets
Journey's End Farm
Juneau County EAA Chapter 1365
Juneau County Economic Developemet Corp
Kellys' Bar & Grill
Leer Inc
Lemonweir Villa Apartments, Meridian Group, Inc
Leroy Holthaus Insurance Agency, Inc
Little Cottage
Lulich Landscaping, LLC
Lynxx Networks
Main Street Ink and Toner
McKinney's Home Decorating, Inc
Midwest Dental
Midwest Moments, LLC
Mile Bluff - New Lisbon Family Medical Center
Mill Haven Foods, LLC
Morris Excavating, LLC
New Lisbon Community Center
New Lisbon Library
New Lisbon Lions
New Lisbon School District
New Lisobn Hardware Hank
Oakdale Credit Union
Oakdale Electric Cooperative
Oh Arts
On The Line - Web Presence Management
Opera House
Papa D's BBQ
Pine Cove Bar & Grill
Portofino Bay
Raabe's Pharmacy
Re/Max Real Pros
Richart Barrett
Rob's Interior & Exterior Painting
Royal Bank
Rudig Jensen Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram & ABRA Auto Body & Glass
Sids Concrete
Silver Star Health
Summer Hideaway Campground
The Dirty Turtle
Tricor Insurance
Tuesday's Bar & Grill
Twin Bluffs Country Market
Wabash National
Walker Stainless, a Division of Wabash National
Wisconsin River Meats
Suppers for the last few months have been TO GO. Watch for updates on future Community Suppers. Planned dates are: September 29, October 27, November 17, December 15
Keep an eye on the Community Supper's Facebook Page for updates
Local Response Rates as of Monday:
Wisconsin 71.2%
Juneau County 54.4%
New Lisbon 68.6%
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About Beautiful Zoey- Born 7/16/16 via emergency c-section. Zoey's heart rate dropped, & was born without a heartbeat! It took 22 minutes for the Dr. to get her heart going. This sadly caused difficulties. She has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
She will need medical equipment continually & insurance will only cover items every so many years... or 1 time only!
The money donated will go towards Zoey's new wheelchair (covered only 1 time by insurance)! Kids grow! We know for sure she'll need more than 1 chair in her lifetime!

The Camp Douglas Farmers Market is located at 129 Main Street in Camp Douglas, WI 54618.

The market is open every Sunday (weather permitting) from 9 am - 1pm

Some items you may find at the market include:
  • Black Bear Fruits with their locally grown product, honey, jams, maple syrup, and squash
  • Home made baked goods
  • Crafts
  • Home make greeting cards
  • Face masks
  • Dog toys
  • Essential Oils
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Vegetables
  • Jewelry
  • Locally made tea
  • Watkins cooking essentials
  • Apples
  • succulents
  • Corn
  • And more!
Cybersecurity is an important topic in today's world. Bank of Mauston wants to help keep you informed about the security issues we all face daily when utilizing online tools. SANS Security Awareness has some great and timely information. Please see the August 2020 edition of OUCH! It contains some great tips on how to attend and host a virtual conference. Click here to see the full article.

It is a great time to renew your membership for 2020, or become a first time member!

Dear Business Community Member,

Thank you for taking Parts One through Five of our Coronavirus Disruption Survey. As citizens and businesses in the state of Wisconsin take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, there are undeniable economic impacts. We are now distributing Part Six (for September 2020) to businesses in our community to assess the economic hardship.

Your feedback is very important in helping us understand the full disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This month's feedback is especially important as we continue to map both the effects of an recovery from the early stages of the pandemic. To learn more about the survey, collection of data and assessment of information, please please visit the survey page on the UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) website.

This project is a partnership among the UW Oshkosh CCRS, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Wisconsin’s nine other regional economic development organizations (EDOs).

August's Business of the Month was Black Bear Fruit
July's Business of the Month was Community Closet
September's Business of the Month is American Bank
October's Business of the Month is WRJC
This year's Annual Meeting was put off due to gathering restrictions. We will be holding our annual vote electronically this year. Watch your email in-box for the information and voting coming soon.
Inventor & Entrepreneur Club of Juneau County
Meeting: Last Thursday of the Month

5:30 Social Networking, 6:00 Presentation (virtual meetings start at 6pm)

At Lynxx Networks, 127 HWY 12/16 in Camp Douglas (enter through lower lot/doors)

All are invited - you do not need to be a member to attend.
A note from our Regional Tourism Specialist at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Andrew Nussbaum
Longwoods just released wave 19 of their COVID-19 Travel Sentiment Study. Here are a few insights to note:
  • Heading into Labor Day Weekend, traveler confidence is showing positive signs of rebounding!
  • The percentage of those confident in traveling outside their communities jumped to 49%, the highest level since early May.
  • The percentage of those confident in dining in local restaurants and shopping in local stores is also up to 48%, the highest level since the May 13 low of 31%. 
  • A majority of American travelers indicate they plan on taking a trip in the next six weeks… road trips being most popular!
  • Almost 70% of Americans indicate that they plan to travel in the next six months.
  • Almost half of American travelers now report feeling safe in traveling outside their communities.
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