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Mutzy’s Monster Mash

The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce and Lion’s Club are thrilled to

present our new Halloween event:  Mutzy’s Monster Mash.  For the past 40

years a local family has provided a haunting experience at the “Halloween House”

featuring a plethora of monsters, pumpkins and eerie props.  Mary (Mutzy) and

John Dahlk welcomed strangers and neighbors alike from near and far into their

yard and even into their home, famously giving away full-size candy bars to

hundreds of visitors.  The Dahlk family generously gifted all the monsters and

props to the Chamber and Village of Cross Plains so we can carry on the tradition. 

This year the monsters and props will be creepily resting at the Rosemary Garfoot

Library (2107 Julius Street), right across the street from the “Halloween House.” 

They will be outside for your viewing pleasure October 15 through Halloween. 

We will be hosting a pumpkin carving party from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday,

Oct. 28 at the American Legion (2217 American Legion Drive).  We’ll be

carving the pumpkins that will be displayed with the monsters at the library.

Food, drinks, and fun will be happening along with the carving.  Join us to show

off your carving skills!  These aren’t limited to the pumpkins we grew up with, you

will see some serious talent and intricate carving of all sorts.  Join us if you dare

on Halloween eve (Wednesday, Oct 31), for Monster Tours and treats, amidst

the glowing pumpkins at the library from 5 to 8 p.m.  Thank you to all the 

volunteers and other organizations that are working to make this event happen.



COMMUNITY SHOP LOCAL BUSINESS FAIR




























Do you shop local?  Do you know that our local businesses can’t survive without YOU? Would you like to meet some local people?  Do you have a local business?  Ready to meet your next client?  Ready to share what makes you special?  Ready to network with your fellow business people?  We are excited to present our 2018 COMMUNITY BUSINESS FAIR ~ Shop Local ~ Support Local.  We are thrilled to focus even more on supporting our local community at our event this year!

The Cross Plains Area Chamber of Commerce presents our community Business Fair Thursday, November 8, 2018.  Local business people will showcase their products and services from 4:30 – 7:00 pm. Stop in and get to know neighbor businesses and people. Sample local food and drinks, buy gift cards and local goods, and learn about area services. There will be food, giveaways and unbeatable networking! There is No Fee for admission – we hope you can join us! Join us to learn about LOCAL business and meet LOCAL business people so you can do business with a LOCAL person you know and trust. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! PLEASE JOIN US!  The event will be held at Saint Francis in the fellowship hall at 2939 Thinnes Street in Cross Plains, Wisconsin.
  REGISTER TODAY - LIMITED SPACE IS AVAILABLE.  Click here for the registration form.


FLOOD RESOURCES

Cross Plains Disaster Relief Facebook page

Heights & Plains Flood Recovery Forum Facebook page


Southwestern Wisconsin’s businesses, non-profits, homeowners and renters affected by August and September flooding and storms can now visit the SBA’s Business Recovery Center in Dane County for assistance. The address is 740 Regent Street, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53715.  The office is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday.    Counties eligible for assistance include:   Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon , Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Rock, Trempealeau and Wood.  Read more about SBA assistance for these counties.   


United Way 2-2-1:  Dane County resource information via phone (call 2-1-1) or searching the United Way 2-2-1 Database.

Joining Forces for Families (JFF):  This is a county-wide resource. MCPASD's attendance area JFF social worker is Sarah Shatz. Call her at 608-795-2103 to learn more.


If you need additional resources Dane County has compiled a website with up to date information and resources: https://dcflood.countyofdane.com/


State Bank of Cross Plainshas set up a Disaster Recovery Account where people can make donations for the benefit of individuals and businesses that have been impacted by the terrible flooding. We also have set up Disaster Relief Loans to help affected businesses and individuals.


Monona Bank has established a fund to help people in our communities around Dane County who were impacted by the recent storms and flooding. Our bank has already committed $10,000 to this fund and many of our bank’s board members and associates are also contributing. Since we realize our communities will continue to be affected in the coming weeks, we will determine how these funds will be used as needs and opportunities to help arise.  If you would like to help with a donation, please bring or send in a check to any of our nine locations. 
> Strength in neighbors.


Mazomanie Area Flood Assistance Fund:  The People's Community Bank has established the Mazomanie Area Flood Assistance Fund to collect donations for those affected by the recent flooding in Mazomanie and the surrounding area. Donations are being accepted at all six of our locations and online.


UW Credit Union Wisconsin Flood Relief - UW Credit Union is here for members impacted by recent flooding in Wisconsin. If you have questions about the offers below, please contact us.  Flood Relief Loan Support - We have two lending options available to support members affected by storms and flooding; Flood Assistance Personal Loan & Loan Deferment


Heights Unlimited- Open Tuesdays 4-6 pm, and 2nd Saturday 10-11:30 am. Open to everyone.  1529 State St., Suite B, Black Earth, Wisconsin 53515 (608) 767-3663


2nd Chapter Resale - Donation center in Mazomanie - 106 Brodhead, Mazomanie, Wisconsin, (608) 401-1001


Middleton Outreach Ministry - Emergency food and clothing for people affected by the flood - Anyone who has been affected by the flood can stop at the MOM main office Monday through Friday to receive an emergency food bag and a one-time use voucher for the Clothing Center.  While food bags are available anytime the office is open (Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm), clothing is only available when the Clothing Center is open (Monday-Thursday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM and Friday/Saturday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM).  If you need assistance on a Saturday, proceed directly to the Main Entrance of the Distribution Center.  An emergency food bag and one-time use clothing voucher will be available directly at that location.

MOM will once again offer Thanksgiving baskets for up to 30 families. Call 836-7338 starting Oct. 1 to learn more and reserve your basket. The meals can be picked on Nov. 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. at St. Luke's Church on Hubbard Avenue.


Middleton Cross Plains Area School District families - If your family has been displaced because of recent flooding, please contact Transitional Education Coordinator Chris Mand at 829-9022 or send her an e-mail. Your family may qualify for services -- such as free school meals and transportation -- under the McKinney-Vento Act, which ensures educational stability for children who have been displaced from their home due to a natural disaster.


Park Elementary:
Social Worker is Susan Sims-Mormino!  ssims-mormino@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
School psychologist is Lynn Reining!  lreining@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
Counselor is Julie Gibbs-Soeteber  http://jgibbssoeteber@mcpasd.k12.wi.us/

Glacier Creek Middle School:
Social worker is Brittany Copeland.  BCopeland@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
Psychologist is Cindy Sanders-Schenk.  csanders-schenck@mcpasd.k12.wi.us
There are several Counselors so here is their secretaries contact info... Brenda Ziegler  BZiegler@mcpasd.k12.wi.us


Two state agencies will provide $4 million in no-interest or forgivable loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from the historic flooding.
Walker announced two programs for flood cleanup, one from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority and the other from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.  WHEDA is making $2 million available through the Flood Relief Loan program, giving no-interest loans of up to $10,000 to repair homes damaged by flooding.  WEDC is setting up a $2 million Disaster Recovery Microloan Program as an immediate source of funds for businesses to pay for restoration and other expenses due to flooding.  “We are implementing these new programs to give residents and business owners an immediate source of funds to make needed repairs, without having to cut through a lot of red tape.”


Homeowners will be able to get up to $10,000 to repair flood damage, such as new heating or electrical systems or foundation work.
The no-interest loans will be secured by a subordinate mortgage on the home.  “Although periodic payments are not required, repayment would be due upon the sale of the home during the first 10 years,” WHEDA said. “The loan will be forgiven if not repaid within 10 years.”
To apply for a WHEDA flood relief loan, call 800-562-5546.

Business owners will be able to get up to $15,000 in a microloan from WEDC’s regional partners, such as the Madison Region Economic Partnership and the Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.  The loans are to be used as short-term funding for repair work and operating costs until long-term funding is secured by the business owner.  “The no-interest loans have a two-year repayment period, with payments deferred for at least six months,” WEDC said. “The loans can also be forgivable.”  Eligible businesses must be located in or next to a region where a regional partner got funding for the program, must have measurable physical damage due to the flooding and must intend to resume operations as quickly as possible.  Disaster recovery regional contacts can be found online at wedc.org/disasterrecovery.


IRS Tips to Know for Deducting Losses from a Disaster - If a taxpayer suffers damage to their home or personal property, they may be able to deduct the loss they incur on their federal income tax return. If their area receives a federal disaster designation, they may be able to claim the loss sooner.  ​https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tips-to-know-for-deducting-losses-from-a-disaster


Programs Available for Producers Impacted by Flood and Heavy Rains
Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers across the state of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding.  FSA offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following floods or similar qualifying natural disasters.  Available programs and loans and more info at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/online-services/haynet-tipnet/index


Please let these generous people know if you need help.If the flood has messed up your vehicle, we are forming a little team of drivers who could take you to appointments, or shopping, errands. Free. Call Peggy at 608-753-3060 and we'll try to connect you to a volunteer.  If flooded folk need laundry done, we are forming a little team of people who could pick up stuff, and return it clean, or store it until you have a clean place to unpack it. Free. We can't de-tox, or dry-clean, but can handle clothes and linens. Call Peggy at 608-753-3060 and we'll try to connect you to a volunteer.  These are people who are eager to help, but cannot do the heavy lifting. All three towns included. If you DO have plumbing and machines, and are looking for a way to help, call and join the list.


SBA (US Small Business Administration) Disaster assistance:  The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters. 
Who can use an SBA disaster loan?
The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to businesses, renters, and homeowners located in regions affected by declared disasters.
Disaster loan use - If your insurance, and funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), doesn’t fully cover the disaster assistance you need, you can use disaster loans for a number of purposes.
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance


USDA Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants
What does this program do? This provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve,  or modernize their homes or provides grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards. Who may apply for this program? To qualify, you must: • Be the homeowner and occupy the house • Be unable to obtain affordable credit elsewhere • Have a family income below 50 percent of the area median income • For grants, be age 62 or older and not be able to repay a repair loan
How may funds be used? • Loans may be used to repair, improve, or modernize  homes or to remove health and safety hazards. • Grants must be used to remove health and safety hazards. How much money can I get? • Maximum loan is $20,000. • Maximum grant is $7,500. • Loans and grants can be combined for up to  $27,500 in assistance. What are the terms of the loan or grant? • Loans can be repaid over 20 years • Loan interest rate is fixed at 1%. • Full title service is required for loans of $7,500 or more • Grants have a lifetime limit of $7,500. • Grants must be repaid if the property is sold in less than 3 years • If applicants can repay part, but not all of the costs, applicants may be offered a loan and grant combination


CHAMBER BOARD RETREAT 2018


The Chamber Board worked hard at our annual retreat at the Old Feed Mill on August 14.  The team worked tirelessly to determine our values, group agreements, mission and vision statement, strategic priorities and implementation plans.  


CORE VALUE STATEMENTS


Integrity- Embracing strong moral principles and delivering upon all promises made to our chamber members

Commitment- Dedication to our mission: Providing a strong economy and quality of life for our members and the Cross Plains are Community

Innovation-  Embracing Change and identifying new ways to meet the needs of our members.

Collaboration- Aggregating knowledge to understand the shared goals and our role to support our Cross Plains Area Community

Fun- Maintaining an enjoyable atmosphere created by people with similar aspirations. Party on!

Efficiency- through collaboration we create the most energy-saving ways to meet our goals.











GOLF OUTING 

Thank you to our golfers, the fantastic staff at Deer Valley Golf Course, our wonderful volunteers, donating companies and hole sponsors. Special thanks to our Title Sponsor Monona Bank.  


Click here to view the program with a list of golfers, hole sponsors, donating companies, volunteers and more.


Check us out on Facebook for lots of fun photos!​


MEMORIAL DAY BBQ

Thank you to everyone that came out for the Memorial Day BBQ!


WHEW!  It was a HOT one!  Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy the festivities!  Special thanks to our TITLE SPONSORS - Mid Towne Construction, Inc. & Midwest Dental.  We greatly appreciate TDS & Century 21 – Affiliated-Roessler for sponsoring the Bounce House, Plastic Ingenuity for use of the truck & driver.  Special thanks to our Donating & Partner companies – especially Lancaster Piggly Wiggly, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Esser’s, Frank Beer, UW Provisions and Cross Plains Stingrays for the pie and ice cream!  Thanks to American Legion for use of their park and facility, State Bank of Cross Plains for storage, The Lion’s for use of the wagon, to the Chamber Board for all their work, the Village of Cross Plains, and our many dedicated volunteers.


Check us out on Facebook for lots of fun photos!

Proceeds are used to promote a strong economy and high quality of life for our Chamber members and the Cross Plains area communities.



2017 COMMUNITY GUIDE AVAILABLE NOW!  


Copies are available at local businesses, the Rosemary Garfoot Library, and Village office.

 Click here for the electronic version of the guide.



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THE CHAMBER NEEDS YOUR HELP - GET INVOLVED TODAY
Are you interested in supporting your community? Promoting the Cross Plains Area? Making a difference?

Recruiting new businesses and helping to shape our future? The Chamber is recruiting new Board members.
Not only does the Chamber benefit from your involvement, you and your employer reap the advantages of being active. A committee member receives both personal and professional development at several levels. Individuals learn from shared experience, and by sharing their experience. They can practice social, planning, organizing, risk-taking, and networking skills, just to name a few. Become an active member and take advantage of this training opportunity. Take a look at our committees we have available and BECOME INVOLVED TODAY! Learn more on our website or reach out to a current board member. Let us know how we can help you be a part of this important work.  Click here to see the statement of interest and Board handbook.

Shop Local and don't forget about Chamber Bucks! You can purchase the gift checks at State Bank of Cross Plains & Monona Bank.​​

Donate to the Cross Plains Community Caring Tree
The Cross Plains Community Caring Tree, administered by American Legion Post 245, started many years ago to help the less fortunate in the local area. The Post created a monetary fund to give to those in need, especially over the Christmas holiday. All the donated funds are distributed every year. For 2015, the Caring Tree spread cheer to 23 families which totaled 70 adults and children.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the Community Caring Tree fund should send cash or check made out to Caring Tree to Lee Mayrack, c/o Post 245, PO Box 188, Cross Plains, WI 53528 or Barb Schutz, 2711 Woodside Dr, Cross Plains, WI 53528.
Any amount helps, and contributions are tax deductible. The fund is used mostly in December, but donations can be made at any time of the year.


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