Letter to the Editor,
Recently I attended an informational meeting regarding the alternate route for the River Bend Trail. I noted those in attendance who have volunteered many hours promoting the trail. Other folks were there for their first time and wanted to learn more about the trail. Some people were interested in volunteering and wanted to know how they could help. It was great to be in the presence of such an energetic group.
For the past several months, I have had the gratifying opportunity to work with afore mentioned folks during the River Bend Trail Capital Campaign. Five Team Captains and their team members have thus far solicited over $137,000. Eighteen donations were received in the amount of $1,000, four donations/pledges were received for $2,500, four for $3,000, seven for $5,000, four for $10,000, and numerous donations of lesser amounts. This is an amazing start for the River Bend Trail! Hats off to the Team and the donors! This amount is over and above the grant funds that have been designated for the trail.
Everyone has a passion for something. Your passion might simply be making Merrill the best it can be! If your passion is walking, hiking, biking, exercising while viewing nature, let your passion lead you to the River Bend Trail. We are waiting to meet you and look forward to informing you about the role you might play in its completion. To make a donation or become a volunteer, contact me at 715-490-3839.
Letter to the editor:
The new Merrill Walmart parking lot fails in green space. The first parking lot was a drab blazing hot asphalt island parking lot like any big city parking lot. It looks like the new parking lot will be another asphalt island. Take pride in Merrill’s green space. To the great people of Merrill and Lincoln County, we need your help now.
Ask the mayor before it’s too late to support tree rows in every lane at the new Walmart. Tree row lanes should be standard in all large parking lots, main city streets and shopping centers. T.B. Scott Library parking lot is a good example of a tree row lane.
Temperatures in parking lots can reach 135 degrees and cars 120 degrees. Research shows trees can lower temperatures over asphalt, concrete and steel. We need more trees to shade hot areas. Babies and 1000s of pets die in over heated cars in parking lots every year from heatstroke. Two babies died in an overheated car in a Walmart parking lot in Arkansas. Shaded trees might have saved their lives. Out west during a rain storm, 1,500 birds mistakenly took a Walmart parking lot for a lake and crashed and died. Trees are the air conditioners of the world, and improve our air quality, remove pollutants, break down chemicals, release oxygen and remove tons of carbon dioxide. Reported by NOAA, carbon dioxide levels are at the highest level in millions of years. With the rise in carbon dioxide, you could have more respiratory problems. Merrill is called the city of parks. Parking lots should look like a park with rows of trees. The miracle of trees gives us shade, beauty and the air we breathe. If we let them, they could even save our environment. Call the Mayor at 715-536-5595 now in support of tree rows in every lane at the new Merrill Walmart.
Dear Fellow FSBO’s:
As we each try to sell our homes by ourselves, we stand alone against the real estate system’s monopoly, the government and those who abet them. We are not on a level playing field in a free market system. The real estate industry is controlled (licensed) by the government. There is no competition allowed. Places like realtor.com cater exclusively to licensed realtors. FSBO.com accepts our business, but they are relatively unknown, thus ineffective as far as advertising our properties. We are overwhelmed by the inequality of our resources versus those of the “big guys.” But we don’t have to be. What we lack in size, we can make up in number.
When the system is facing just one of us at a time, it is easy for them to talk our properties down, or remove our brochures from public bulletin boards, or find some reason to convince potential customers that they don’t want to deal directly with homeowners. But if there are a lot of us banded together, we won’t be as easily run over. Pooled resources would benefit a group more than individual budgets would allow. If each time one of our houses is shown, brochures for every house in our group are also given out, our exposure increases exponentially. If we become known as a group, rather than lone sellers who won’t give in, we may be able to break the hold the powers-that-be seem to have over our potential buyers, and at the same time, sell our homes.
I have been formulating a plan that would give us all some clout, and help us to get noticed. If you are interested in finding out more about my ideas on how to work together to aggressively sell our homes, instead of sitting around waiting for our phones to ring, call me at 715-722-0032.
We are very thankful to the Merrill Bible Church for the free fish fry, pancakes and car wash they give to the community every year. Their kindness is greatly appreciated by all.
Marge & Ryan Teske
Backpack Project Thanks You,
Saturday marked the 7th year of Merrill’s fill-a-backpack project and all one had to do was look at the smiles on the young recipients’ faces and see the high fives to know that the project was worthwhile. The success of the program would not have been possible without the generous donations of money and supplies from numerous community members, organizations, and local businesses. The support for the project was overwhelming and we are truly grateful.
Walmart’s partnership allowed us to provide more supplies specific to each school and grade and plans for expansion of this are already underway for next year.
A huge thank you goes to Stacy Stevens and T.B. Scott Library and Christy Rasmussen in the PRMS art department. We would also like to thank River Valley Bank and Walmart for collecting donated supplies. In addition, the continued coverage by our local Foto News and the Merrill Courier was greatly appreciated.
And finally, we extend a huge thank you to all the volunteers who worked before, during, and after the event. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Even though this year’s distribution has come and gone, it is not too late to donate to the project. Monetary contributions allow us to shop the sales throughout the year, making each dollar count even more. Donations can be sent to MFTHCI, PO Box 793, Merrill.
Thank You. Working Together – We Can Make A Difference!
Merrill Forward Together
Healthy Community Initiative