Safe Harbor What’s hot in Home Security
Digital Camera, what’s what Picture This
A Tree of Trees & Shrubs: When & Why
Leader-Telegram Magazine Spring 2017
Subsidized Housing — One-Bedroom Apartments
We Offer: On-Site Manager and Maintenance
Income-Based Rents Coin-Operated Laundry Facilities
No Asset Limits Bus Stop Nearby
Rents Based on 30% of Income Card-Access Security Entrances
Heat, Garbage, Water and Sewer Off-Street Private Parking
Included Pets Allowed with Restrictions
Tenant-Driven Activities On-Site Beauty Salon
Emergency Pull Stations in Every Community Room
Apartment with Direct Link to City
Fire and Ambulance
Handicapped-Accessible Apartments Available
HUD Subsidized Rent for Low-Income 901 S. Farwell St.
Persons 55 or Over OR Disabled Eau Claire, WI 54701
For Applications, Contact the
Housing Authority of the
City of Eau Claire
Call for an Appointment
Thomas Olson Painting Badger State has made its mark on
the Eau Claire area with exemplary
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED CALL THE PLUMBER service and quality since 1977. We
Article submitted by Badger State, Inc. pride ourselves on providing our
25+ YEARS EXPERIENCE customers prompt and quality
service. We ensure our customers are
Interior Residential Fully Insured up and running as soon as possible.
Exterior Commercial Free Estimates Through the continued education of
our staff we bring our service area
715-563-2449 the newest, most efficient processes.
Our company performs residential,
Call today to schedule your commercial, and industrial plumbing
painting project and in addition to commercial and
industrial HVAC services. Call Badger
SAVE 10% State for water service, winterizing,
moleing, and older home renovations.
827571 4-8-17 Whether you need water service on
existing properties or on a new project,
2 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram Badger State has the experience
needed to get the job done correctly
the first time. We understand that
when plumbing or HVAC service
is needed, it can be a frustrating
experience. Count on Badger State to
be cost effective and to perform fast,
friendly service with a smile.
sponsored content AIR
REiMAGINE Receive up to $1,700* in CONDITIONING
rebates OR up to 72 months
a fresh take on things. 0% interest financing* with TUNE-UP SPECIAL
the purchase of a qualifying
Are you like me, wanting to update your kitchen and Lennox Home Comfort System Beat the summer heat
lacking the thousands of dollars to spend on getting and make sure
new cupboards? *Offer expires June 9, 2017
your system is operating
at peak efficiency.
before May 31, 2017
and SAVE 10%
I have been watching the social media websites and Has your home been tested for RADON?
drooling over Pinterest photos looking at kitchens, Ask about our RADON testing and mitigation service.
wishing. The one thing that I have in my arsenal is
that I come from a family of “don’t hire it done, DO IT
The one thing that I became very good at at Heating - Ventilation - Air Conditioning
an early age was painting. Back then it was
coats of latex or enamel paint with days of Comfort for a lifetime.
drying in between. Projects dragged on for
weeks. Today we have chalk-based paints: 10954 E. Melby St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 827927 4-8-17
no sanding, no priming and dry time is 30 715-832-1691
minutes between coats (if you want). There
are 60 plus brands of chalk-based paint www.hovlands-inc.com
and if you talk to someone who has used it
before they all have their favorites. I like the
Amy Howard At Home brand. I like how it
goes on and the fact that if you don’t want
to wax or varnish you don’t have to. In the
case of kitchen cabinets I would varnish,
with a very durable varnish — one that will
not yellow your paint over time.
Pinterest photos. You probably think that painting your
cabinets sounds like a lot of work, but it’s
not really. Trends are leaning to white and HAVE YOU EVER WANTED Beautiful, expertly
shades of gray. But if you really want to be A ROOM THAT LOOKS handcrafted, custom
different, Pinterest has quite a few pictures LIKE IT BELONGS IN A cabinetry for any room
where the bottom cabinets are painted a MAGAZINE? of the house including
darker shade like a navy or deep charcoal kitchens, bathrooms,
and the tops are white or a light shade of mudrooms, closets,
grey. home ofces and
As I said, chalk paint is a lot easier. home theaters.
You clean your cabinets with a quality Call for an appointment.
degreaser and begin to paint. The fun Work with one of our
thing about chalk paint is that it is so professional designers
much easier to work with than traditional to create something
latex paints. You can do multiple coats, or special just for you, or
distressing a single coat for a more worn we can work with your
look, adding depth and dimension. designer or builder.
Another fun thing about chalk paint is 715-579-0218
that one quart-sized can covers about 128
square feet, so if you have a small kitchen www.dovetaildesignec.com
and only want to paint the outside and the
doors you and a friend could get the job 8030 Blue Valley Drive, Eau Claire, WI
done in a day easy. In the case of a kitchen you will want
to varnish over the paint when you are done. Nothing
would be worse than spending a Saturday cleaning and
painting the cabinets, then dropping a jar of spaghetti
sauce and staining all that hard work. Varnish will also
protect against grease splatter around the cook top.
One weekend, 2 quarts of chalk paint and a friend to
help would equal one fantastic looking kitchen.
Article & photos submitted by REiMAGINE. 827580 04-08-17 828183 04-08-17 Driven by craftsmanship, inspired by design, built rock solid
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 3
By James Peters, United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley (originally published in the
January, 2015 United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley newsletter)
More than one in three women and one in four men in the United
States have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) at some
point in their lifetime. The breakdown for Wisconsin is similar
(32% of women and 23% of men).
For children living in households where domestic abuse is taking
place, they exist in an environment of continual tension and fear.
They carry this anxiety with them wherever they go, potentially
affecting school performance and social relationships.
More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their
homes every year as reported by Safe Horizon, the largest victims’
services agency in the United States. These children also suffer
abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%). Locally, Bolton Refuge
House in Eau Claire and Family Support Center in Chippewa Falls
provided services to almost 500 children in 2014.
The effect of children’s exposure to IPV is significant. In fact, in the
opinion of Bolton Refuge House Executive Director Pat Stein, “It’s
just as damaging to a child to witness it as it is to experience it.”
Erika Stevens, domestic violence youth advocate for Family
Support Center, agrees. “The threat of violence is equally as
triggering and traumatic as the act of violence.” Even in the case of
children who don’t witness the violence directly, their imagination
will make up for or magnify the violence of words or actions they
hear behind closed doors.
Even in infants, the effects are very noticeable, such as low weight,
absence of smiling, and general disengagement. Stein explains
how, many times, the victimized parent will think the infant is
simply an “easy baby,” and not realize the child is being adversely
Emotional, cognitive and physical development of a child is most
critical from birth to five. For children who grow up in a home with
domestic violence, Stevens states, that development is adversely
According to the “Children’s Trust Fund Report, Adverse Childhood
Experiences (ACEs) in Wisconsin 2010”, there is a strong
association between traumatic experiences in childhood and
mental and physical health struggles in adulthood. Specific to
witnessing domestic abuse, adults who lived through this adverse
childhood experience were found to be more likely to have physical
and mental health problems, engage in high-risk behaviors, and
have a lower quality of life.
Exposure to parental violence as a child has been found to be
a strong predictor of whether a person experiences domestic
violence in adulthood. Living through domestic violence can also
lead to habits of violence and coercion as a learned behavior to
The best hope to end, or at least greatly reduce, domestic violence
may very well be to focus on children.
4 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
Heating Up Home Front Editor
the Kitchen [email protected]
715-830-5926 or 800-236-7077
7 Graphic Artist
13 Safe Angela Rediess
19 Magazine Advertising & Distribution Coordinator
23 Home Security Technology [email protected]
This Next issue: August 2017
Published three times a year by the
What camera is right for you? Leader-Telegram Advertising Department.
P.O. Box 570. Eau Claire, WI 54702-0570.
Tree of Copyright 2017 Eau Claire Press Company.
Knowledge All rights reserved.
Available online at www.leadertelegram.com
Trees& Shrub planting guide
Heating Up the
Alyssa Van Duyse
A Tree of
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 5
sponsored content We Offer:
WHAT’S HUD Subsidized Rent Income-Based Rent
IN THE for Low Income Persons No Asset Limit
ATTIC? 55 or Over OR Disabled One-Bedroom Apts.
Bring, Pets Allowed with Restrictions
Browse 300 William St. Secured Building/Security
or Buy... Eau Claire, WI 54703
As we all look forward into the year and finally into the For Applications, Contact the Emergency Call System
bright warmth of spring we start thinking about what Housing Authority of the Coin-Operated Laundry Facilities
we need to clean and sell that might not have as much City of Eau Claire Tenant-Driven Activities
use as it did in the past year. There is always a sense of (715) 839-4943 Community Room
renewal we are looking to attain, and cleaning out some Cable-Ready Outlets
unwanted items from your home will just give you the Tours Available Air Conditioners Provided
fresh start you need to make your home the welcoming Call for an Appointment Garbage and Water Included
space you desire. Elevator Service
Homegoods consignment, though certainly not a new (715) 839-8154 On-Site Maintenance
idea, continues to be a strong and convenient tool to Off-Street Private Parking
get cash back in hand without the odious task of trying
to sell on the open market on your own. At The Attic Handicapped Accessible Apartments Available
Consignment Store we provide this unique service by
taking the time consuming task of selling one-of-a-kind, 827854_4-8-17
quality pieces of furniture and décor, giving you the
freedom to focus on enjoying your home.
HOW DO I CONSIGN AT THE ATTIC? 827576 04-08-17
• We ask that all items come from a smoke/pet free
environment and do not have any apparent wear or
• Email or text us a photo of your item and we will
send back an evaluation of what we can price your
• Once you are approved we will set a date for you to
bring in the items. We will recommend a mover if
you are bringing in many large pieces.
• Consignment Agreement: Our agreement is a 90-
day contract that starts the day you bring in the
item. We offer a 50/50 split of the sale price. We
begin discounting at 20% after 30 days of the 90-day
contract, and 50% at 60 days of the 90-day contract.
• Once your items are displayed on our showroom
floor they will also be posted online through various
2015 Fairfax St., Eau Claire, WI 54701
Email: [email protected] | www.TheAtticEC.com
Article submitted by The Attic Consignment Furniture Store. 827577 04-08-17
6 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
By Heather Rothbauer-Wanish
What’s cooking today in design, appliances
Whether your home is small or large, old or new, one thing is almost a certain constant: The
kitchen is the heart of the home. From gathering for meals and making tea for a friend to
utilizing the island for homework completion, adults, children and visitors typically gather in the
kitchen. When building a home or remodeling an existing space, it’s important to know what’s
on-trend in today’s kitchens and what will make the most sense for your living style.
Cont. on page 8
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 7
Cont. from page 7 in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. When working
on remodeling projects, they try to keep the kitchen
For 24 years, R. Tews Construction and Design, based makeover to about 8 to 10 percent of the total home
in Altoona, has been working with homeowners to value or after-repair value (ARV), so they can focus
build and remodel homes. The company focus is on a return in investment.
to complete projects correctly the first time while “We upgrade appliances, freshen up or put in new
remaining dedicated to customers. Because of cabinets and hardware and try to use upgrades that
his longevity in the construction industry, Randy are current to other comparable homes in the area,”
Tews knows what makes a project successful. “It is Riek said. “In addition, we often use granite or quartz
most important to use open communication with for our countertops and add tile back splashes.”
your remodeler or contractor, including budget If a homeowner would rather complete some minor
expectations and logistics,” Tews said. kitchen changes on his or her own, Riek offers
When a current homeowner is simply looking to some advice. “Painting the old cabinets or changing
remodel a kitchen, Tews can offer some advice. out the doors and hardware can go a long way in
“Kitchen remodels are a wise home investment and freshening up the look of your kitchen. A new and
are worth doing; they are where your family and larger sink, along with a new faucet are also nice
friends gather the majority of the time,” Tews said. features that can be changed cost-effectively,” she
The Tews team currently performs approximately 40- said.
50 remodeling projects per year varying in size from When it comes to today’s kitchen colors, grays seem
small kitchen or bath remodels to extensive home to be a popular choice. “We have seen grays and
renovations. whites with a few fun black cabinets mixed in that
And, as in the areas of technology and fashion, have been done very nicely,” Riek said.
kitchen trends change with the times. Certain colors Combining various colors can add interest to the
and product types vary in popularity levels as people kitchen, while cabinet colors can also be paired with
start to use their kitchen space differently.
“Trends are constantly evolving for the Midwest. The stained wood. Black and white is
current popular kitchen products are stone or quartz still a kitchen combination that
countertops, tall cabinets and exudes high-contrast. And, for
unfussy designs,” Tews said. those that want to highlight both
Because people’s lives tend to a country and modern look, varied
be busier than in the past, it’s color combinations allow these
vital that the kitchen design two styles to mix fashionably
and appliances offer ease of and professionally. Color doesn’t
use. Pete Cigan is the store have to stop with the cabinets.
manager at the Eau Claire If the cabinets trend toward the
location of Karl’s Appliance. lighter side, utilize a dark wooden
“Black stainless steel is very flooring or laminate to add a point
popular right now. It’s a of interest.
stainless look without the If you are seeking more
upkeep standard stainless automation in your kitchen
steel requires,” Cigan said. design, touch faucets are an
And, obviously, cooking is one option. These faucets allow you to
of the primary functions of a simply touch them — with your
kitchen. “When it comes to hand, elbow or arm — without
appliances, cooking products getting the faucet dirty with your
seem to be the main focus for most recent cooking escapades,
our customers,” he said. meat or cookie dough. While it
Cassie Riek and her husband may not seem like a big issue, a
own Heart 2 Home Ventures. dirty faucet will be one less thing
They focus on buying, you have to clean in your kitchen.
remodeling, and selling homes
Cont. on page 10
8 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
sponsored content xxxxxxxxxx
Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
Where do I Start?
Kitchen and Bath remodeling is in. Kitchens are 828189 04-08-17
the gathering space in the home, making them
the most focal. Bathrooms are all about the FOR ANY NEW ADDITION
experience. Both bring the greatest return on
investment. The main ingredient to a successful Medford • Phillips • Marshfield Owen • Wausau • Eau Claire timefederalsavings.com
remodel is open communication.
The biggest challenge is establishing the budget. HOME7ȱʑȾɏɡ Qɛ ɿODȪɏ ʙɵȴɏ
It’s a huge financial and emotional investment.
Typically it’s a daunting task because loveYou’ll your new windows!TM
homeowners aren’t aware of current costs and
don’t know where to start. Nor do people want to Seamless Steel Siding and Gutters Sun Protection when you need it!
share their budget as they suspect A) the designer
will spend it all, B) they feel if they divulge it, they 11% Plus! NO 0%
will be judged or C) they don’t trust their designer.
They think they’ll be “taken.” It’s actually quite the OFF PAYMENTS & OR INTEREST*
opposite. We want to provide you with the best NO INTEREST* UP TO 5 YEARS
possible design within your budget. Your Entire
The best way to start the process is to find Project UNTIL 2018
a designer you connect with, someone you
feel comfortable working with. The more you Call us TODAY for your free estimate! 826819 4-8-17
share, the happier you will be. Recently I was
working with a client who thought $20,000 was 2309 W Cameron St, Eau Claire
a reasonable budget to cover the entire remodel.
As we talked, we uncovered their desire for high- www.goasher.com
end appliances which totaled more than $20,000 715.832.7282 888.goasher
alone. Having the trust and open communication
allowed us to speak to their list of must haves and Offer valid through June 30th, 2017. Offer is not retroactive to past sales or valid with any other offer. *No money down, no payments
to set realistic expectations. Three months later, and no interest for 12 months and the 0% interest for up to 5 years is available with approved credit through Green Sky financing.
they are extremely happy with their results and
love their kitchen! Savings of 11% is only available with the No Payments and No Interest for 12 months financing. See your consultant for all the details.
To learn more about kitchen and baths, visit us at
Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store at 596 Cameron Street or
at Gerhardsstore.com. Like us on Facebook.
Article & photos provided by Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store. 827810 04-08-17
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 9
Cont. from page 8
And as the population ages, homeowners
need to remember the importance of
accessibility in their new or remodeled
kitchen. Thinking ahead allows people to
stay in their homes longer and after they
retire if they choose to do so. Putting in
appliances that are counter-height can
reduce bending or reaching, something
that may be difficult in the future. In
addition, utilizing removable boxes,
stackable trays and dividers can allow
you to organize existing drawers and
make them easier to use.
For many years, kitchens were walled-
off from other areas of the home. Some
even had a swinging door between the
kitchen and family room areas. Today,
that concept has changed drastically.
“The hottest trend in kitchen remodeling
is open concept, where there is no wall
between the kitchen and adjacent rooms,
plus large islands and great working
space with commercial-grade appliances,”
Riek agreed that the open kitchen
concept is very popular, also emphasizing
that homeowners enjoy a lot of storage
and larger food preparation spaces.
When homeowners have a newly
remodeled living room or a newly
designed kitchen, they tend to spend
more time in that space. Several websites
have reported that people with new
kitchens actually tend to eat healthier
Cont. on page 12
Healthy Home Experts 124$ 2 Rooms 164$ 3 Rooms
& Hall & Hall
Complete Wall to Wall Truck Mounted Complete Wall to Wall Truck Mounted
Cleaner! Drier! Brighter! 24/7 Water Damage Service Professional Deep Cleaning & Spotting. Professional Deep Cleaning & Spotting.
ChemMasterCarpetCleaning.com Add Teflon Carpet Protection for $13. Add Teflon Carpet Protection for $36.
OUR Expires 6/15/17 Expires 6/15/17
251$ 5 Rooms, Hall THE BEST VALUE
If for any reason you & Staircase
are not 100% happy $299WHOLE HOUSE CARPET CLEANING
we will re-clean the Complete Wall to Wall Truck Mounted FREE Deodorizer Every Room
area for FREE. If you’re Professional Deep Cleaning & Spotting. All Hallways • Unlimited Stairs
still not satisfied we Add Teflon Carpet Protection for $67. No Fine Print
No Hidden Charges
will refund your Expires 6/15/17 Complete Wall to Wall Truck Mounted Professional
Deep Cleaning & Spotting. Add Teflon Carpet
Protection for $117. Expires 6/15/17
Teflon Carpet Protector
for ONE Room
With Purchase of Any Carpet Cleaning Service
Expires 6/15/17 827775 4-8-17
10 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
sponsored content Let us do all HFS17
the dirty work
From Stock to Custom:
April’s Independent Housekeeping 826823 3-8-17
HBoewsttoCCahoboisne ethtes 15$ off
Your First Time Cleaning
715-944-9056 aprilconno[email protected]
CUSTOM, SEMI-CUSTOM OR STOCK? A discussion of the pros, Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association
cons and costs to help homeowners decide what’s best for their space
and budget. presents
Kitchen remodeling is widely considered a wise investment in your home 43rd Annual
as it offers the highest return on investment. You can expect to recover
between 75 -90 percent or more of your investment in resale value of JUNE 10th-17th
the home, according to Angie’s List magazine (9/13/2011). We all know
that the kitchen is the most expensive room in most homes today, but
what many people don’t realize is that there are three main categories of
kitchen cabinets to choose from: stock cabinets, semi-custom cabinets
By doing your homework and learning a little about the different www.cvhomebuilders.com
categories, you will enter the marketplace armed with the information
you need to make an educated decision. Let’s explore each category. Lyman Lumber Company z Xcel Energy z Royal Credit Union z SpinVision
While this is a general overview of the differences, in reality many Citizens State Bank of Cadott & Chippewa Falls z Eau Claire Energy Cooperative
companies will not fit neatly into one category or another. Make sure Legends Title Services z Security Financial Bank z Time Federal Savings Bank
that you diligently research each cabinet line that you are considering Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery z Gerhard’s - The Kitchen & Bath Store 828233
and that you understand exactly what features are being offered and 4-8-17
which ones are included in your quote.
Creative 828402 4-8-17
STOCK CABINETS are premanufactured and come in basic sizes,
typically in 3” increments. You will most often see these cabinets at the big Flooring Solutions
box home improvement stores. They have the fewest options and finishes. • Carpet • Wood • Ceramic • Cork
They are “off-the-shelf ” with a limited range of styles. What you see is what • LVT • Engineered Hardwood • Laminate
you get. They normally use lesser quality materials, thus they will also have
the most affordable price tag. Lead time is the quickest of the three types.
You will need to find someone to install these types of cabinets.
SEMI-CUSTOM CABINETS are made to order and allow for Serving the Chippewa Valley for 23 Years!
hundreds of door styles, many finishes, and dozens of storage options.
These cabinets are available at both the big box stores and independent Free Estimates • Professional Installation Available
dealers. Customization is available in this category, although the amount
of customization can vary widely by manufacturer. Materials for the 1804 Rudolph Rd. | 715-839-8048 Cheryl, Owner
construction of the cabinets can be upgraded as well. They are priced Flooring consultant
between stock cabinets and custom cabinets. Lead times are generally Corner of Brackett & Rudolph
several weeks depending on the amount of customization desired. You www.floorsnmoreeauclaire.com
may need to find someone to install these type of cabinets, though some
dealers may also offer this service as well. OPEN: M-F 9-5 • Sat. 9-1
CUSTOM CABINETS are the crème de la crème of the cabinet
world. They allow you to really use your imagination, with hundreds of
thousands to millions of door styles, anything you can think of can be
created just for you. They are designed from the ground up to precisely fit
your lifestyle and your space. Custom finishes can be created to match a
color you love or something you already own. Many more wood species
are also available. You can also get in on all the newest trends sooner SEPTIC TANK COVERS Check out our photo gallery at
than with any other cabinet type. Want lighting or entertainment built tanktopcovers.com
in? No problem! How about a place to store/charge phones/tablets, Tank Tops provide homeowners • Wishing Wells
or maybe keep your grooming items such as hair dryers, curling irons with a decorative and fun way • Whiskey Barrels
electric shavers, etc. stored while they’re still plugged in? Lead times can to conceal visible portions of • Decorative Rock
be from several weeks to several months depending on the complexity of ventilation pipes, septic tanks, and • Basins
the project. This is also the most expensive option. Most custom cabinet
shops also include installation. This way if there are any changes or objects in your yard. Beautify Your Lawn With
issues that “pop-up” they can be quickly dealt with. Tank Top Covers!
828185 04-08-17 Improves the appearance of any Call or email to order!
Article submitted by Dovetail Design. yard or landscape!
Easy to install! Contact Matt or Danielle,
715-672-8720 or 715-495-7500
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 11
Cont. from page 10
and enjoy more family time together since
they want the pleasure of cooking, baking,
and spending time in a new kitchen.
Furthermore, preparing and eating meals at
home can reduce expenses, as people visit
restaurants and fast-food drive-thrus even
Most importantly, as you consider a re-do
of your kitchen or plan your kitchen area
in a new home, be sure to evaluate the
needs of each family member, analyze your
usage flow, assess your current and future
electrical and/or gas needs, and get clear on
“Ultimately, the most important thing when
designing your kitchen is to make it work
best with your family’s lifestyle,” Cigan said.
Rothbauer-Wanish is a freelance writer from Colfax and
owner of Feather Communications.
12 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
sechuormitye By Gabriel Lagarde
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 13
If the assessments of local security experts
are any indication, more and more
Chippewa Valley residents are opting to
install home security systems.
Garrett Lewis and Hunter Braatz, co-
owners of HomeTech Innovations, estimate
that for every 10 homes they install their
products (HomeTech also offers audio
systems, home theater setups, etc.), six now
incorporate a home security package.
They said there is a significant increase
of buyers willing to cough up money for
peace of mind. And there are a number of
reasons for this bump in sales.
Matt Lokken, a security specialist purchase. Both Lokken and Lewis Not only do security systems serve
at Tru-Lock & Security, said said they believe the integration of to catch criminals in the act, they
people are less trusting than past wireless smartphone technology, also deter attempts to force entry.
decades and more are taking among other innovations in the Lewis said there are reports that
measures to safeguard their field, make home security less of a unsecured homes are three times
homes, or they may be driven by hassle and more user-friendly for more likely to fall victim to a
motivations that have little to homeowners. break-in than homes with security
do with security at all, such as According to a study conducted systems installed.
watching the activities of small in January by the Statistics Brain “What you’ll find you’ll get a string
children, the elderly or mentally Research Institute that utilized of burglaries in a single area,
disabled. data provided by security giant over a short amount of time, nine
“I think people have a vested ADT and the FBI, only around 15 times out of 10 it’s the same group
interest in seeing what’s percent of homes currently utilize of people doing it,” Lewis said.
happening at their house,” Lokken an alarm or surveillance system. “Cameras are a huge deterrent.
said. “It’s a growing industry. The same study indicated that it A lot of people are worried about
It’s no longer just a matter of takes burglars less than a minute they’re surveillance systems being
emergencies, but about all the to break into a property, a crime seen. No, you want your cameras
things we can monitor.” that occurs every 13 seconds in being seen. Let the burglars go to
Home security, much like any the U.S. Between 2011-2015, Eau the next house.”
technological field, is reaching an Claire Coounty saw an average
intersection — a sweet spot, so of 395 burglaries’ per year, a THE BASIC
to speak — where the quality of statistic that placed it among ALARM SYSTEM
the products rise and their prices the highest risk counties in the
steadily decrease to the point it’s state, according to Uniform Crime An “entry-level” security package,
both practical and affordable for Reporting data compiled by the one that homeowners most
a large chunk of the population to FBI.
Cont. on page 16
14 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
“you want www.kurthheatingandcooling.com
your cameras 750000_8-15-14
being seen. Let 827023 4-8-17
go to the next We have what you’re
looking for this growing
Home Automation and Control Systems
Whole Home Audio • AV Equipment Sales The Barn opens April 10
New Construction Pre-Wire Greenhouse opens first week of May
Security Monitoring and Cameras
828862 4-8-17 -wide selection of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals
-heirloom herbs and vegetables
1830 Brackett Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701 -gardening supplies
715-330-HOME (4663) • www.hometechinnovations.com
-fairy garden plants and accessories
-and much more!
Follow us on Facebook for updates, coupons and great deals.
715-834-4232 827756 4-8-17
Open Mon-Sat 8:30-5:30, Sun 10-4 (Closed Sundays ‘til May)
South of Eau Claire off Highway 93 • 5310 Friedeck Road
PLUS LIMITED TIME OFFER
The Area’s Only Full Immersion Cleaning Rug Wash Spa
Free Pick-Up &
• 100% Guaranteed Pet Urine & Odor Removal Delivery of Your
• Custom Cut Rug Pads Area Rugs ($45 Value)
• We Are the Experts in Cleaning: All drop off and pick up is by
Wool, Oriental, Persian, Silk, Braided, & Custom Synthetic Rugs appointment at our cleaning plant
located at 3407 E. Hamilton Ave.,
Eau Claire, WI 54701
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 15
Cont. from page 14
commonly choose, is an alarm use more convenient for (the their footage has improved
system that uses a sensors to homeowner). It’s a little more exponentially. Lokken said
monitor door contact (whether labor-intensive for us, but, by today’s security cameras — IP
it’s ajar), glass frequency (the and large, if it’s a hard-wired (Internet Protocol) models that
sound pitch when a window connection your device is going to typically give a 1080p resolution
is broken) and motion (any last a long time.” and directly stream online —
movement in the rooms inside). Hard-wired packages aren’t outperform outdated analogue
A typical cost estimate, given always cost-effective. While it’s models.
by both Lokken and Lewis, is easier to run the wiring through “The technology is growing by
between $800 and $1,200 for new construction, trying to install leaps and bounds. Five years ago,
the equipment and installation. hard wires in an existing home for cameras, it was difficult to tell
Braatz said a well-secured house or “retrofit” — which requires if they walked upright,” Lokken
usually entails installing sensors tearing into drywall and the said. “Now, we’re getting crystal
for three or four entrances — building’s framework — can run clear HD cameras. We’re able to
front door, garage door, walk-in up the cost quickly. When dealing zoom in on people’s faces, 40, 50
patio and basement. with retrofits, Lewis and Lokken feet.”
Lewis said it’s difficult for said they advise homeowners to Braatz said an effective camera
installers to give an accurate go the wireless route. setup usually requires four
estimate. Each property is Lewis said warranties in the cameras to monitor a property
different and presents a unique industry are typically for one year, — a package that typically falls
challenge for installers, who although it depends on the brand. around $1,500 to purchase —
in turn have to set up the Beyond that, he said businesses although he said five cameras give
security system according to the like HomeTech Innovations offer optimal coverage.
homeowner’s specifications. a subscription ($25 to $30 per Lewis said camera models range
“The biggest thing is the size of month) for repair/maintenance from tiny “pinhole” cameras with
the house. How many sensors coverage or charge a fee for each lenses the size of pencil erasers,
do you want? That’s going to run call-in. to “bullet” and “dome” cameras
your cost up. Distance-wise, if I (which cost between $200-$400,
need to install repeaters in, if I VIDEO although higher-end models may
can’t get the wires where I need to SURVEILLANCE up as high as $5,000), to the PZT
get them and I have to do a lot of (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera, which
wireless sensors, that’s the most Beyond a traditional alarm runs around $1,300 to $1,500.
expensive,” Lewis said. “Cheapest system, many homeowners are Unlike the other models, the PZT
is going to be when I can wire it, choosing to include a surveillance is not a fixed camera and is able
when the walls are open and I can system as well. This is the result of to move according to the owner’s
wire everything. Then I can get nosediving prices in the last half- specifications.
everything in for about 25 percent decade, Lewis said. “If you want to reach out and
less than the usual cost.” “The prices of cameras in the touch somebody, that’s the one
Both Lokken and Lewis said last five years have plummeted,”
they lean toward hard-wired Lewis said. Where systems once Cont. on page 18
installations, compared to cost thousands of dollars to put
wireless set-ups. together, now “you can purchase
“If you have a hard-wired each camera for about $300 and
connection, you’re never going an MBR (Master Boot Record) for
to have to replace a battery, it’s about $600.”
easier to troubleshoot, and it’s Likewise, the durability of
going to be more dependable,” cameras and the quality of
Lokken said. “It makes the end
16 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
GETTING THE MOST USE OUT OF YOUR DECK We all know that the deck is the place to be when it comes to
barbecuing and relaxing in the sun. With all the time and money
invested in your deck, doesn’t it make sense to enjoy it as often as
possible? A lot of innovations have come to pass for decks, providing
many simple and affordable ways to extend the time spent beyond
only the nicest days of the year.
For example, a retractable awning can provide shelter from the sun 828234 04-08-17
during the sweltering days of summer, or a way to still be able to
enjoy your deck on a rainy afternoon. Roll the awning up and you can
be gazing at the stars that same evening. More permanent structures
such as sun structures, pergolas and gazebos are popular choices as
well. Many of them offer the additional benefit of retractable solar
screens to keep insects at bay and the sun away. As the days get
cooler, it doesn’t mean you have to abandon your deck. A deck fire
pit or portable outdoor patio heater can extend your time outside, so
you can use your outdoors space well into the fall.
Lighting is always a worthy upgrade, enabling you to use your a fresh take on THINGS
deck safely, late into the night. Low wattage LED and solar lighting
options that are now available can provide a lot of bang for the buck.
When thinking of ways to get the most use out of your deck, consider • Found Treasures and
the activities you like to do most often. Choose furnishing and a Collectibles
layout that can adapt to each use. Most people like to use their
deck to cook and enjoy meals outside, entertain friends and family, • Farmhouse Decor
and have a nice quiet place to relax. It’s possible to have all of these • Amy Howard At Home
even on a small deck, with a few well-planned layout choices. For
example, portable furnishings such as privacy screens, planters, One Step Chalk Paint
and heaters can be rearranged depending the need. Umbrellas offer • Saltwash
instant, portable shade wherever required. Outdoor ottomans offer • Efex Moldings
the flexibility to be used as end tables, a place to rest your feet or • Stencils
something to hold plants. They are also lightweight enough to be
moved wherever you need them to be. Tired of hauling the outdoor and more...
furniture cushions in and out of the garage or house? A waterproof
deck box can be the perfect solution to storing these items in a dry, Thursday 11am - 5pm
conveniently located place. Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
Asher Lasting Exteriors based in Eau Claire, WI offers numerous
quality products for your backyard outdoor living project. For more 1717 Western Ave, Eau Claire
information, call Asher at 715-832-7282 or toll free 888-462-7437. You
can also check out the Outdoor Living link at: www.goasher.com. 715-577-9085
Article submitted by Asher Lasting Exteriors. 826821 04-08-17 www.reimagineec.com
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 17
Cont. from page 16
you want. I can turn that one. I connection with their security responses — such as the ability to
can shoot it down the street. I system. automatically shut off the water
can read license plates. I can set a The first, connecting their pump once a water leak sensor
range of motion,” Lewis said. security system to a website like alarms.
Lewis and Lokken said warranties Alarm.com, he said, is based on For both options, Lewis said,
for camera surveillance systems subscription. For a monthly fee, rural homeowners may be at a
typically run for one to three the website communicates with disadvantage. Monitoring these
years, although higher-end the system and, in case there is a systems and accessing them is
manufacturers may include as breach, notifies the homeowner more difficult because internet
long as seven-year protection and inquires whether to call for connections are slower, especially
agreements with their products. dispatch. for satellite users.
“Once you get past that data cap,
KEEPING IN Lewis said the fee depends they throttle your internet speed
TOUCH on how many packages are down to a crawl,” Lewis said. “It’s
connected to the website (such barely worth using at that point.”
The most significant change to as the basic alarm system, or Lokken said a potential third
the home security industry is the including video surveillance, option is a monitoring plan from
ability to monitor and control smoke detection and water a security company like Tru-Lock,
security systems through one’s sensors, or even incorporating which keeps tabs on security
smartphone, Lokken said. Modern lights, audio, television and systems and calls homeowners
homeowners have the ability to other systems), but subscriptions if an alarm goes off. This costs
instantly set the status of their typically cost between $35 to $45 between $20 to $30 per month.
security systems, watch their per month.
camera feeds, check their sensors The second option, automation, Lagarde is a Leader-Telegram staff reporter.
and a host of other options with involves installing a controller
a tap of their finger against a that hooks up and communicates
touchscreen. These setups can with all the systems
be so comprehensive that every in the house,
electrical system (lights, audio, centralizing it
video, security, thermostat, etc.) within a hub. Lewis
can be accessed through opening said he favors this
a single app. option because it’s
Lewis said there are two options accessible, user-
homeowners have when it friendly and involves
comes to setting up the wireless a one-time purchase,
which is about $450.
It also offers instant
Chippewa Valley’s Steel Supplier
Daily Deliveries in the
By the Inch or Steel, Stainless, Aluminum,
By the Pound Brass, Polycarbonate
18 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
What Bill Eklund’s father must have recognized his son’s
camera artistic tendencies early.
is right At the age of 13, Eklund was given his first camera – an
for you? Exakta manufactured in Dresden, Germany.
“In its day it was a really great camera, but it’s very ar-
By Alyssa Van Duyse chaic now,” Eklund said. “That led to having more gear
and lenses and cameras and all the doodads that go
with shooting high-speed and sports photography.”
That gift from his father spurred a career that has
spanned several decades. For nearly 40 years Eklund
and his staff have created pieces that hang on the
walls of Chippewa Valley homes and beyond.
Cont. on page 20
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 19
Cont. from page 19 • When taking pictures of the family, keep them
in full sunlight or full shade.
As owner of Sharp Photo and Portrait in Eau Claire,
Eklund is not only a savvy businessman, but also has a • The debate is alive and well: Which is best –
vast education in camera equipment. Canon or Nikon? Bill Eklund, owner of Sharp
Friends call Eklund to pick his brain about which cam- Photo and Portrait uses Canon. Terry Bowe,
eras to buy, what the market looks like for retail cam- owner of T-BO Studios, uses Nikon.
eras and tips on shooting in a multitude of situations.
Because the industry has gone through a complete • For parents who want to take pictures of their
overhaul throughout his years in business, Eklund’s kids with something better than a cell phone,
response on equipment is informative and thoughtful. local professionals suggest an entry-level DSLR
“I wouldn’t warn anyone off of a high-level camera. with a good lens. In Canon, that could be the
You can buy a $6,000 Canon camera and you can set EOS Rebel T3 or T5i. Nikon offers its D3000 and
it on program and shoot great pictures, but you’re D5000 series. These cameras are not considered
not utilizing the equipment and its abilities,” he said. professional level, but offer good quality
“Why buy a $6,000 camera when, for what you’re do- photos.
ing, an $800 DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera
will do the same thing. • For enthusiasts who want to take their art to
“You might be overbuying, but these cameras are so the next level, the professionals suggest a full-
simple to use (on auto), and you can grow into it.” frame mid- to high-level DSLR with a couple
Terry Bowe, owner of T-BO Enterprises known as high-quality lenses.
T-BO Studio, agrees.
Like Eklund, Bowe has been honing his photography • Take the time to learn about all aspects of
skills for more than four decades. Although he is photography if you choose to purchase a high-
based in Chippewa Falls with a studio on the north end camera, the professionals said. Keeping
side of town, he has been hired to photograph events, the camera on auto mode will give consumers
people and nature throughout the world. a decent photo, but knowing the ins and outs
His expertise in camera gear stems from his education of the camera and how light works will help
at UW-Stout and the day-to-day shooting he has done produce great photos.
to grow his business.
Bowe said a soccer mom could buy a camera for Sources: Bill Eklund, Sharp Photo and Portrait;
$6,000, but it’s not necessary for most candids to get and Terry Bowe, T-BO Studios
photos that look better than a cell phone snapshot.
“They can still get into a category of good quality with
a zoom lens with stabilization for $1,000,” he said.
Cont. on page 22
City of Eau Claire Housing Division Type of Work: • Heating system replacement
Housing Rehabilitation Program • Roof and window replacement • Energy saving repairs
• Plumbing repairs or upgrading • Siding repairs or replacement
The City of Eau Claire Housing Division is taking applications for the • Electrical repairs or upgrading
Housing Rehabilitation Program. The Rehabilitation Program is federally • Carpentry repairs
funded and offers loans up to $20,000. This program is for homes in need
of repair, not for extensions or cosmetic renovations. Eligibility Requirements: HUD Income Guidelines:
FAMILY SIZE MAX. INCOME
For eligibility information and application • City of Eau Claire resident
call (715) 839-8294. • Assessed value not to exceed $146,500 1 $38,550
• Property a minimum of 25 years old 2 $44,050
The hearing impaired may contact this office by TDD at (715) 839-4943. • Owner Occupied (at least 1 year) 3 $49,550
If there are other specialized needs due to handicap, i.e. sign language 4 $55,050
interpreter, wheelchair accessibility, reader, please contact this office. 5 $59,500
• Good Credit History 6 $63,900
• HUD income guidelines apply 7 $68,300
20 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
sponsored content Come check out our newly remodeled Garden Center
NEW Open House Fridaxy,xSxxatxuxrxdxayx, Sxunday
Countertop April 28, 29 & 30
Technology DAILY DRAWINGS FOR DOOR PRIZES
OPEN HOUSE SPECIAL
15% OFF On All Perennials*
*Excludes trees, shrubs & fruit-bearing plants
Over the years, trends in countertop surfaces have Bare Root Fruit Trees available. Complete Line of Bulk
ranged from colored laminates to concrete-based & Pre-Packaged
material with coloring applied, plus the many 25% Less than
different stone finishes. Today new technology GARDEN SEEDS
has brought us a product and process to include THE PRICE OF POTTED
“Imitation Stone Finishes” with Stone-Flecks. FRUIT TREES WHEN YOU Seed Potatoes
& Set Onions
BUY BARE ROOT.
After Countertop refinishing in this instance is done on 6 miles North of Chippewa Falls on Hwy. 124, then ½ mile West
Before site with no tear-outs and minimal down time for
the customer. Gary Eslinger, owner of Perma Glaze 12756 132nd St. • 715-288-6348
of Western, WI, has seen the Stone-Flecks product Open Daily 9 AM-7 PM • 7 Days A Week
gain popularity here in the Chippewa Valley. “As 827849_4-8-17
people learn more about the advantages of this
product and process, they use the Stone-Flecks to Are bacteria and fungus
renovate kitchens and baths at minimal costs and lurking in your bathtub?
inconvenience,” he said.
Stone-Flecks forms a tough, durable finish that Don’t Replace It,
provides superior protection for many years. And Perma Glaze It!
with multiple piece countertops with seams, the
Stone-Flecks finish is designed to cover those BEFORE
seams and produce a one-piece top. With over 20
different eco-friendly colors, you can make any Refinishing of
countertop come alive. Bathtubs, Wall Tile
Homeowners, apartment managers and hotel & Fiberglass Tubs
operators who want the “natural” look and beauty
of stone finishes have carefully compared the Custom-Cut Acrylic Tub/Shower Surrounds
performance of Stone-Flecks to expensive granite
and stone. “Dollars and durability are the most • Safety Grab Bars • Fiberglass Repair AFTER
asked questions,” states Eslinger. “Refinishing is • Drains & Overflows • Custom Colors
generally half the price of replacing and as for • Claw Foot Tubs • Stonefleck Kitchen &
durability, it’s a non-porous finish that is highly • Chip Repair
resistant to acids, stains and damage. Stone-Flecks Bath Countertops
retains its natural luster and is simply cleaned with
soap and water. Plus, it requires no annual cleaning www.bathtubrefinishingeauclaire.com
We love the new technology involved with this
process. How someone has figured out a way to
suspend multiple colors inside another color
then apply it to this elegant and inexpensive,
low-maintenance product is amazing.
So once again, we say “Don’t replace it - Perma 715-839-TUBB (8822) 828445 4-8-17
CuYstoomu-CDuet Ascirgynlic ITtu,b/WShoewBeruSiulrdrouIntds
Article & photos provided by Perma Glaze of Western, WI, LLC
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 21
Cont. from page 20
But the real question is how consumers will use their “The pros are very challenged by all of these Week-
newly purchased equipment, the pros said. end Warriors or Digital Debbies. In many cases they
The answer opens Pandora’s Box for professional are very good and very artistic, but after doing that
photographers who struggle to make a business out for three or four years most of them get burned out,”
of creating artistic images. Eklund said. “Weddings are easy gigs, but it shoots
The soccer mom is one thing, Bowe said. But a per- your weekends and if you do that for 20 weeks out of
son who thinks they are going to buy an expensive the year you end up working your butt off.
camera and make a business out of it should think “It’s not just the four to six hours you’re shooting at
twice, he said. the wedding. It’s the eight to 10 hours editing after-
“A basic location set-up for a professional is $20,000 wards.”
to $30,000,” he said. “You have to understand the Bowe and Eklund have lived through the leap from
physics, the details … everything we do is predicated film to digital platform. Eklund remembers when a
on light. It’s a lot to learn. friend and professional photographer shot a wedding
“To become a professional, you have to strive to be in St. Paul, Minn., at the cathedral using film. After
an artist. You have to charge for what you do. If you the wedding he learned his new flash unit didn’t sync
give it away, it lessens the work.” with the camera. He paid to have the wedding party
Eklund said labs are disappearing, as are very skilled come back, rent tuxes again and take group photos.
photographers who have the classic education, be- “Today that wouldn’t even be a thought,” Eklund said
cause people pick up a digital camera and try to sell of the specific issue. Digital cameras give photogra-
themselves as professionals. phers an instant image to critique.
Digital technology has revolutionized the industry,
he said. With film, photographers could push the ISO
to 1600 and overdevelop, but that left the photo with
heavy grain. Today a professional camera can shoot
“The ability of these sensors to capture low light has
evolved,” he said. “That’s huge. The other big thing
that came along with digital is Photoshop.”
Bowe remembers the digital takeover well.
“We saw numbers in the portrait business change,”
he said. “The country was at war. People were ner-
vous with health care and energy costing more. Then
the great recession of 2008 hit.”
Most families use discretionary income for family
portraits. People have less discretionary income,
which hit the portrait business. Couple that with
self-taught photographers using digital cameras to
make money on the side, and it hurt many studios in
the area, Bowe said.
“There’s nothing wrong with someone enjoying the
profession, but it does take time. Equipment is only
part of the equation,” Bowe said. “The ‘pro-sumer’
does compete with what we’re doing.
“We just have to be better at what we do than the
Van Duyse is a freelance reporter from Lake Hallie.
22 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
sponsored content oustdpoaorces
A tree of
By Ann Wessel
Tips for planting
trees, shrugs this
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 23
The Power of Steel • Siding: Vinyl, Steel, Call the
Article provided by Excel Steel. Seamless Steel Leader First
& Cement Board
855 Industrial Drive, Mondovi, WI
• Soft & Fascia
• Seamless Gutters 715.832.6062
• Steel Roong
• Window Replacement www.libertyexteriors.com
• Fabric Awnings
• Decks & Room Additions 826966 4-8-17
• 3 or 4 Season Sunrooms
• Custom Metal Trim
Phone: (715) 644-3555 • Cell: (715) 613-3439
Fax: (715) 644-3556
Jim Lorenz started his business 15 years ago,
and now his son, Kyle, who runs the plasma
machine, is working with him. Other shop
members are Everette, who does the welding,
and Brenda, who runs the office and helps in
the shop as needed.
They fix and repair equipment for customers
and fabricate items that you may need. They
currently have skid steers, grapples, and rock
buckets in stock. Many of the items around
their hometown, Stanley, were made at local
businesses, including benches, welcome
signs and various yard decorations. So were
several of the items at the Stanley Boyd High
School football field. One can also have a fire
ring or a deck railing personalized
for a one-of-a-kind Excel Steel
creation. Check Fab LLC
out our Facebook
page for additional 219 Urquhart Rd, Stanley, WI 54768
pictures and ideas of items Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
24 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
The tree or shrub most likely to flourish in your yard is probably already
thriving somewhere nearby, so take a spin around town. See what casts
shade, provides privacy, blooms profusely, amps up fall color, enlivens a
But do not — horticulturalists and foresters implore — plant what your
Especially if it’s a yard full of maples.
“Plant something different. If your neighbor has it, Eau Claire was heavy with maples long before EAB.
don’t plant it,” said Laura Jull, UW-Madison associate “Diversity, diversity, diversity,” Jull said. “We’ve got to
professor and Extension specialist for woody stop planting so damn many maples. We didn’t learn
ornamental horticulture. our lesson with elms, we didn’t learn our lesson with
Variety bears both aesthetic and ecological rewards. ash.”
So consider a hackberry for shade. A ginkgo for Spring is the perfect time to consider alternatives —
its fan-shaped leaves and golden fall foliage. A and to brush up on proper care and feeding.
serviceberry for its edible fruit. The best examples lie not in field trials but in
Doing so infuses the landscape with new shapes, established plantings close to home.
colors and textures while avoiding a monoculture “I say the best plants are ones that you have trialed
easily destroyed by a single disease or invader. yourself,” Jull said.
The current threat, emerald ash borer, has killed
hundreds of millions of ash trees in the U.S. Eau Cont. on page 26
Claire is bracing for its seemingly inevitable arrival.
Ash trees replaced the native elms decimated by EAU CLAIRE INSULATION LLC
Dutch elm disease. Now, maples frequently replace Serving the Chippewa Valley for over 40 Years!
ash in post-EAB or pre-emptive plantings.
“A high percentage of our canopy is represented SPRAY FOAM MASONRY FOAM INSULATION 828193 04-09-17
by the maple genus,” said Todd Chwala, the city of BLOWN ATTICS & SIDEWALLS FOUNDATION COATINGS
Eau Claire’s urban forester. “Maples are wonderfully HOME PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT INSULATION REMOVAL
adaptable city trees, but we need to be careful of
overuse.” PRESSURE WASHING FIRE PROTECTIVE COATINGS
715-832-6927 • [email protected]tion.com • www.ec-insulation.com
First Saturday of the Month
Sign up today at GerhardsStore.com
596 Cameron Street – Eau Claire
HomeFront Spring 2017 827808 4-8-17 25
Cont. from page 25 Juniper
The starting point
Stick to species in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone #3 White oaks — for sandy soils, swamp white oaks
or 4, advises Erin LaFaive, horticulture educator in particular — remain an option despite concerns
for UW-Extension in Eau Claire County. While you about oak wilt, which is hardest on red oaks. “I
may cheat the zone for a while, unless you’re in a would not stop growing oak,” Jull said. “(White oaks)
microclimate it’s as important as soil type, light and still can get oak wilt, but if it’s caught early they can
space requirements. be treated and they can survive.”
Underestimating how tall and wide a tree or shrub
will grow is among the most common mistakes. Elms are back. The accolade, a disease-resistant,
Brett Popp, co-owner of The Potting Shed Garden fast-growing elm developed from a hybrid, grows up
& Gift in Altoona, uses a tape measure, figuring to 60 feet tall. It looks a bit rugged at first; Chwala
in extra space to allow room between fully grown said the classic vase shape develops as the tree
Given a choice of buying bare-root vs. container
specimens, Jull chooses bare-root. Honey locust, a fast grower that can reach 60 feet
(They’re handled while dormant, until about mid- tall, may bring lace curtains to mind when its
May, according to the Wisconsin Department of many leaflets flutter in the breeze. Some cultivars
Natural Resources and UW-Extension. Some oaks eliminated the thorns. “It’ll provide shade, but not
and most conifers are available only in containers.) dense shade if you want to have a good grass crop,”
“I would avoid at all costs containerized trees,” Jull Chwala said.
said. “They (can) have circling roots, roots that are
kinked.” FOR SCREENING: For year-round green plus privacy
that can mute traffic, it’s hard to beat the conifers.
Species selection White cedar and arborvitae tempt deer; avoid them
unless your aim is feeding wildlife.
FOR SHADE: Common hackberry trees provide a
rounded, spreading, shade-producing alternative to Prickly and columnar, junipers deter deer while
maples. providing a tall, dense screen. Jull likes star power
“It’s one to consider because our soils around here juniper, which grows up to 17 feet and resists winter-
are typically sandy, and it does well in that kind burn; and Mountbatten juniper, which grows up
of soil,” LaFaive said. Once established, they’re to 12 feet tall. Avoid cedar apple rust by choosing
drought-tolerant. Potential drawbacks: The trees Chinese junipers.
produce lots of tiny fruits; older trees may develop Cont. on page 28
Lawn & Garden • Party • Truck Rental
Construction • Lifts • much more!
$20 OFF FILL ANY
Equipment Rentals 20 LB.
RENTAL 2515 Mall Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54701 PROPANE
of $100 or More 715-834-2727
$1~0ORO~ FF a1expressrental.com
RENTAL CCoouuppoonn EExxppiirreessOSecpt.t3. 13,02, 021041.7.
26 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
HAVE YOU BEEN Badger State, Inc. provides prompt,
CLEANING HOUSE IN
THE WRONG ORDER? professional and friendly service to residential
customers in need of heating and plumbing repairs,
When you clean your house, do you randomly start in one room maintenance, or replacement. We’ll keep your
and then move to next with little rhyme or reason why? If you do, systems running properly and efficiently to keep
you’re not alone. you comfortable and your utility costs low.
Specializing in restoration of historical properties.
However, it’s important to map out a plan of attack when it comes Quality and customer satisfaction are our top priorities.
to cleaning house. If you don’t, your cleaning won’t be as efficient.
Serving the Chippewa Valley
Additionally, planning your cleaning makes the task more for more than 40 years!
Call today to schedule an
So what’s the right order for cleaning your house? Take a look. appointment with Rob Schoettle,
our residential Plumbing &
Clean the Most Difficult Room First Heating Specialist.
The bathroom (https://www.merrymaids.com/quick-bathroom-cleaning-supplies-
and-tips) may be one of the smaller rooms in the house, but it’s also more 715-874-7777
time consuming when cleaning. You not only have to wash the shower and
tub, but there’s also the toilet, the sink and all those little fixtures that need badgerstateinc.com
to be scrubbed and polished.
Because cleaning the bathroom is so time and labor intensive, it’s a good
idea to make it the first room you clean. Afterwards, all your other chores SparkleWash is your leader in asset
will seem easier. Additionally, if you save the bathroom for last, you may be
so tired when you get to it that you abandon the task. protection and property appeal since 1965.
Up Next: Dusting and Organizing • FULLY INSURED • ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE •
Now you’ll want to tackle the dusting throughout your house. Why? When
you clean, all that dust has to go somewhere, right? That place is the floor. Siding • Brick • Wood • Concrete • Pa�os
And, if you clean the floors before you take on dusting, you’re just going to Decks • Pools • Roofs • Fences • Rust Stains
have dirty floors again.
Make your way throughout the house using a duster, dust mop, and a
vacuum cleaner. You’ll want to be certain you get those easily forgotten $25 OFF HOUSE WASH
areas such as ceiling fans, baseboards and blinds. As you dust surfaces like
the tops of coffee tables and dressers, take the time to organize disheveled Some restric�ons apply Expires 87-3114-175
CALL TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIMATE
Move on to Mopping and Vacuuming
Now your floors are covered with dust, so it’s time to clean them. First, 715-832-4270 HFS1157
vacuum throughout the house. You’ll want to do this even on hard surface
floors, as vacuuming is much easier than sweeping and has the same end www.sparklewasheauclaire.com [email protected]
Afterwards, you can mop the floors as needed. In rooms like the bathroom
and kitchen, you may need to mop the floor each time you clean your
house. Floors in other rooms, however, might not need to be cleaned every
single time unless there have been spills or pet accidents.
Final Course: Cleaning the Kitchen
If you regularly wipe down the counters and tackle spills when they
happen, cleaning the kitchen should be fairly easy. After all, the floor is
To clean your kitchen, simply wipe down the outside of the refrigerator,
cabinets, and appliances. Next, clean your stovetop, microwave and sink.
And that’s it for the kitchen. Easy, right?
Now this plan is best used for a weekend session of cleaning house
that’s meant to help you maintain your home. If you need a major clean
to prepare for routine upkeep, your local Merry Maids (http://www.
merrymaids.com/locations) will be happy to get you started.
Article submitted by Merry Maids. 828321 04-08-17
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 27
oustdpoaorces Tips &
Cont. from page 26
WISCONSIN DNR & UW-EXTENSION
Black Hills spruce is one Chwala has seen do well here. PUBLICATIONS:
It looks a lot like the Colorado blue spruce, but it’s less - Creating a Forest:
susceptible to disease.
For summer screening, one of the lindens can documents/pub/fr-426.pdf
produce a dense, triangular canopy. Lindens appear
on Eau Claire’s ash tree alternatives list. Another - “Care & Handling of Bare Root
benefit: Their sweet-smelling flowers attract Seedlings”: dnr.wi.gov/topic/
Linden For more formal privacy hedges that tolerate shearing, FR-279.pdf
consider boxwoods (the most sculpted of hedges), yews and
Eastern hemlocks. For a more informal option (and no shearing) - New Tree Planting:
consider dogwoods or lilacs.
FOR FLOWERS: Lilacs offer a profusion of shapes, colors and
scents from which to choose. In her yard, Jull tends two types - Proper Tree Pruning:
of Korean lilacs. The Palibin resembles a small tree; she
keeps hers 4 to 5 feet tall. Flowering about a dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/fr/FR0256.pdf
week later, the bushier Miss Kim produces
flowers more spicy than sweet. It’s slow Planting variety
growing, reaching about 7 feet tall. Both - “Alternatives to Ash,” by Laura Jull:
resist powdery mildew, borers and hort.uwex.edu/articles/ash-alternatives-
Mock orange might Lilac
fall into the old- - Eau Claire Parks & Forestry Street
fashioned category Tree List: ci.eau-claire.wi.us/home/
of flowering shrubs,
too. It produces a showdocument?id=9228
profusion of white
blooms. LaFaive likes Tracking Emerald Ash Borer
it because it’s easy to
prune. The three counties on Eau Claire
County’s southern border are
FOR FOOD: Serviceberries grow among fruit trees and berries quarantined; EAB has been confirmed
planted in a lot across from Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park. “There in areas of Trempealeau and Buffalo
is no such thing as a perfect plant, but if you want something counties, according to Wisconsin’s
different, I suggest serviceberries. They’re berries. They produce Emerald Ash Borer Information Source.
awesome fruit that is delicious in June,” Jull said.
- Emerald Ash Borer Information
One consideration: Serviceberries don’t tolerate clay or Network: emeraldashborer.info/
compacted soils. LaFaive said residents also might consider
blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, black elderberries and - Wisconsin’s Emerald Ash Borer
roses (which produce rose hips). Information Source: datcpservices.
FOR COLOR: The gingko turns a deep, striking gold. It’s a wisconsin.gov/eab/
prehistoric tree, requires little pruning and doesn’t have pest
problems. Because they’ve become so popular, finding one in
stock might be difficult.
Cont. on page 30
28 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
sponsored content Spring Special!xxxxxxxxxxSign up for a 5-step fertilizer/weed
Washing control program and we will substitute
the Dirt Away two of your applications with an
Pressure washing is a great way to remove the dirt, grime, grease, and mold
that frequently forms on your house siding, roofs, decks, and concrete. This means 40% less chemicals
When done correctly, pressure washing can safely remove these harmful applied to your lawn!
elements from your surfaces. But if done incorrectly, it can definitely cause
problems and possibly permanent damage to your property. Spring is also a
There are four components that a professional pressure washing company great time to thicken up
will consider before cleaning any surface. They are: your lawn by overseeding!
• Identifying the type of dirt on the surface. UFpatPlorlFi5p1noLr0tfreaei,0mnmbr0teliie0ulwieFzmcsecoqRlurAaufsawtpEtpp.noowEpsnmpeliitacrehlvvariipastcciiueoolaa.rnnccbtoslhyli.mea.osaent of COMPLETE LANDSCAPE
• Choosing the correct cleaning solution, taking into AND IRRIGATION SERVICES
consideration the dirt and the surface. Residential / Commercial
• What pressure will be most effective?
or visit our website for more details.
Premium Lawn Service LLC
Serving The Entire Chippewa Valley
715-514-1409 828220 04-08-17
• Is heat needed for the best results?
Knowing how to combine these four elements isn’t something that one hTocalofekuyaesnoeciunhrga.rge
can learn by trial and error. There is actually a lot of science that goes into
the proper combination based on the type of job, which is why hiring If you’re looking for reliability and guaranteed
a professional pressure washer who uses commercial power washing results, it’s time to consider Merry Maids.
equipment is highly recommended. It’s an urban myth that pressure Just let us know what is best for you.
washing “blasts” dirt off your house with high pressure. Different surfaces
require different detergents and water pressures and this type of knowledge merrymaids.com
Be cautious of DIY
contractors who offer
exterior power washing as
“just another service we
offer.” I highly doubt they
have been properly trained,
which can result in all types
of issues like not removing
the dirt and grime off your
surfaces, damage to your
siding, concrete streaking
and permanent damage to
your deck. And don’t forget about the possible damage to your landscaping
from chemical run-off and general carelessness. A professional power
washing company will guarantee this type of damage will not happen.
Sparkle Wash Eau Claire has over 50 years of surface and safety experience. S$a1v0e0$O00ff A007lto001ona005, CAAa---hnrr008ideepaapM003elliiewssntt002aeeoddmF---aohhl006neelsirr,eee003Eau003C006laire
We assure you that your property will be cleaned by trained technicians
using industry best practices. Give us a call for a free estimate today! OTakffee$r 2D0esocfrifpytioounr gfiorsets5hecrle.anings
Article & photos provided by Sparkle Wash Eau Claire. 826890 04-08-17 VNaeliwd ocunlsytoamt ethrsisolonlcya.tWioene. kOlyffoerrbgiowoedekthlyrosuegrvhic0e0o/n0ly0./0000
Not valid with other offers. Cash value 1/1000 of 1 cent.
©2010 Merry Maids L.P.
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 29
Cont. from page 28
Gingko FOR WINTER: The squiggly shape of corkscrew “A tree planted too deep, even a couple inches too
willow, the yellow flowers of American witch-hazel deep, the root system will not develop in a way
and the bright white bark of birch are among that is consistent with the tree’s needs,” Chwala
LaFaive’s picks for adding interest to a winter yard. said. So when the leaf canopy develops, roots
The birch will do better if they’re planted on the can’t keep up, and the tips start to die back.
coolest side of the house and watered well. A bit of transplant shock is natural.
IF YOU MUST PLANT A MAPLE: Try a Tatarian maple, Healthy trees take a couple of years to develop
a powerline-friendly species that falls somewhere their root systems. Fertilizer might seem like
between tall shrub and short tree, reaching up to 25 a good way to accelerate canopy growth, but
feet tall. It does well in dry conditions. Leaves turn Chwala said that will only stress the tree. The
yellow to red in the fall; the samaras are a showy red. micronutrients it needs are available in the soil.
Avoid sugar maples, which dominate the Eau Claire Watering, on the other hand, is something that
landscape. should start immediately and continue for the first
three years while root systems are being established.
Planting and care Jull said newly planted trees might require watering
every other day.
“When you plant a tree, you get one shot and you “Usually we say everything needs a good inch of
want to get it right because you can’t give that tree a water a week,” LaFaive said. (The easiest way to
second chance,” Chwala said. measure precipitation or sprinklers’ output: Set out a
One key recommendation has changed since he tuna can.) She recommends using a trickle hose. To
became a forester 28 years ago. Trees are now ensure the tree is getting enough water on all sides,
planted so the flare at the base of the trunk is visible. simply dig down a few inches.
Plant a tree too deep and it looks like a telephone When it’s time to prune, LaFaive said developing
pole. a strong central leader stem is key. Removing
competing leaders, which might form a “Y” near the
treetop, prevents weakening.
Structural pruning within the first decade extends
the tree’s life expectancy. Plus, Chwala said, it allows
the tree to develop into a specimen of its genus.
Wessel is a freelance writer from St. Cloud, Minn.
MORTARLESS STONE SIDING YORVAUAILRSUEHETOOHMFEE!
•No mason needed AVAILABLE AT:
•Up to half the cost of
mortared-on cultured stone 2515 Mall Drive -Eau Claire
•Fast and easy to install 715.834.2727 - a1expressrental.com
•30-year warranty 828326 4-8-17
•Anyone can install
30 HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram
COMPLETE EXTERIOR REMODELING
Klinger Farm Market is open year round!
OUR PRICES ARE COMPETITIVE EVERYDAY
ALL TYPES OF SIDING • WINDOWS & DOORS
SEAMLESS GUTTERS • ROOFING • ADDITIONS • DECKS
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION • 3 & 4 SEASON ROOMS
Try our Quality
CSA & Materials
~ Since 1988
Price is what you pay,
Our store and gift center is open Market offers VALUE IS WHAT YOU GET!
year round. Always available: Fresh
produce; homegrown potatoes; a a CSA program (715) 644-2777
large selection of candy, jams and during harvest
jellies; dressings and salsas; Klinger’s season. No www.chwalasconstruction.com 113 InSdtuasntlreiya,lWPaIrk Rd,
honey and local maple syrup.. time to have a
garden? Let us EAU CLAIRE GREEN WASTE FACILITY
With a large selection of garden do the work for Jeffers RoLaodcaBterudsahtStihtee 827778 • 4-8-17
décor, miniature gardening you! Members OPERATED BY:
accessories, glazed pottery, wind prepay for
chimes, houseplants, and plenty a portion of
more in our garden center you are the season’s
sure to find what you need. Also, gift harvest and
certificates for Klinger Farm Market receive weekly
make a great gift for anyone. shares of fresh
During the spring and summer locally grown
months our 17 greenhouses are full produce. It is
of annuals, perennials, shrubs and a great way for
fruit & shade trees. Hanging baskets you and your
are one of our specialties and they
are a simple way to make your home family to try
look beautiful! We have thousands to new things and
choose from! learn healthy
Summertime also means our ever- Call and ask us
popular sweet corn is available! about it today!
Also available when in season:
handpicked tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, peas, beans,
cauliflower, beets, cabbage, squash, and much more. GREEN WASTE RECYCLING
In the fall, families can enjoy our annual corn maze MATERIALS ACCEPTED PUBLIC HOURS:
and family fun area. With a corn maze, a petting zoo, a Leaves, Grass Clippings, MON, WED, SAT
jungle gym, pumpkin bowling, corn box, duck races and Bushes, Weeds, Pine Needles, 10 AM – 5 PM
other fun & games everyone is sure to have a great time! Pine Cones, Garden Plants,
We also carry products for your fall decorating needs. Shrub Trimmings, Branches APRIL 1- NOVEMBER 15
Pumpkins, gourds, fall mums, asters, straw bales & corn
shocks are all available. and Logs Cut to Size (Closed holidays & during inclement weather)
(6’ or shorter, 6” or less diameter)
During the winter months our January birdseed sale Nominal Fees Apply
is the perfect time to stock up on all of your bird and
wildlife feed. We have a large variety to choose from CHRISTMAS TREES ARE ACCEPTED AT
including black oil sunflower, nyjer thistle, specialty NO CHARGE DEC 26-JAN 30 ONLY
blends, shell corn and much more.
35SEASON PASS $ 0per0year
Article provided by Klinger Farm Market.
Call Boxx Sanitation for more information at 715-514-2995 801735 4-4-16
HomeFront Spring 2017 Leader- Telegram 31
CONCRETE You spend a lot of time making
sure your yard looks great ~
HDOIMER IEMPCROTVEOMERNTY ASPHALT Let us help you improve on
828076 4-8-17 your landscape with a
828191 04-08-17 INC.
Tank Top Cover!
CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI
• Wishing Wells
Sonny Johnston • Whiskey Barrels
715-456-6759 • Decorative Rock
www.seal-ritesealcoatinginc.com • Basins
[email protected] Contact Matt or Danielle,
• Driveways 715-495-7500
• Parking Lots Durand, WI
• Crack Sealing
• Infrared Patching [email protected]
• Line Striping tanktopcovers.com
• Group Rates
• Snow Plowing 828532 4-8-17
• Snow Removal
Free Estimates • Fully Insured
JAENKECONCRETE.COM 715-832-6338 Spring Clean-Up
Site Development | Excavation | Demolition Mowing, aeration,
Since 1975 Garage/Basement Floors | Pool Decks | Firepits fertilization, lime,
power edging, shrub trimming
MEMBER Poured & Retaining Walls | Septic Systems & stump grinding.
GARDEN CENTER Free Estimates!
FOR 30 YEARS! Office: 715-533-8155
Bobolink Nursery Cell: 715- 828-1130
OPEN 828161 4-8-17
Mon-Sat, 9-5, Sun 11-5 PAINTING
YOUR FULL SERVICE GARDEN CENTER LARRY’S
Trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals,
evergreens, large caliper trees, soils 5th Generation Craftsmanship
inculding •Interior & Exterior Painting
Garden Decor and Statuary •Kitchen Cupboard Painting
Become a “Garden Club Member” and save $$$ •Water Damage Repair
N6548 429TH ST., MENOMONIE, WI •Ceiling & Wall Repair
(715) 231-3901 •Wallpapering & Removal
WWW.BOBOLINKNURSERY.COM •Window Restoration
Like us on Facebook •Free Estimates ~ Fully Insured
LARRY OR SARA KASTNER • Chippewa Falls, WI
(715) 720-9481 828428