Wisconsin REALTORS Association
Home Sales Experience a Slow Down in May
Eau Claire, WI - Due to COVID-19, Wisconsin home sales slowed in May compared to earlier months of the year.
“REALTORS® in our area are closely following the CDC guidelines while still working with buyers and sellers to make this the best selling season as possible,” said RANWW Executive Vice President Brenda Barnhardt.
According to the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association, year-to-date existing home sales were down 5.5% compared to the first 5 months of 2019. Home prices are still rising, as inventories continue to tighten across the state, but mortgage rates remain low; this means affordability has barely changed during the pandemic.
Locally, year-to-date sales in Eau Claire County fell 18.5% compared to the same period in 2019, but increased 15.4% in Chippewa County and increased 7.4% in Dunn County.
“With the state beginning to open, our REALTORS® are ready to work with families in Northwestern Wisconsin with their buying and selling needs,” said Gary Brenizer, RANWW board president.
The REALTORS® Association of Northwestern Wisconsin is the professional trade association that all professional REALTORS® residing within the association jurisdiction belong to. The association provides educational opportunities for its members, is active in local, state and national advocacy efforts, engages in community outreach through charitable giving, operates its own private foundation to help homeowners in need and remains a positive force for the members they serve.
Grace Lutheran Communities Childcare Receives Huge Donation from westby daycare and learning center
Altoona, WI – Verna Drake has a passion for children, and upon her retirement, she wanted to see her work in childcare carried on by someone who has the same philosophy on teaching and caring for children. That’s why she is donating the contents of her daycare to Grace Lutheran Communities Childcare Program.
“It fills my heart and soul with abundant joy upon retiring after 29 years of directing a non-profit child care center, that I am able to aid another non-profit holding the same values build their capacity in providing excellent quality care and education for children birth to school-age. It is the right thing to do,” said Drake, owner of Westby Daycare and Learning Center.
Drake owned Westby Daycare and Learning Center near La Crosse for many years, and recently closed it due to her retirement. Her donation to Grace includes a school bus, playground equipment and all the contents of the daycare.
“It can cost thousands of dollars to create outdoor play areas from scratch, and Verna understood how difficult it can be for nonprofits to find this extra money. This donation will help create a special experience for the children,” said Grace Lutheran Communities Childcare Administrator Nancy Fliehr.
One of the first things kids will use will be the huge, oversized Lego Bricks that are perfect for outdoor play.
“This donation could not have come at a better time. The equipment from Westby Daycare’s playground will be a great addition for our summer camp,” added Fliehr. “Kids need to run free and be imaginative, and this outdoor play area will offer that.”
Grace Lutheran Communities is filled with gratitude from this donation and is excited to see how the gifts will improve the childcare program.
Grace Lutheran Communities has been helping our friends and neighbors in communities all over the Chippewa Valley since 1960. The non-profit organization specializes in rehabilitation, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, child care, independent living, and adult day services.
Wisconsin Public Radio
The Summer of COVID-19 in Western Wisconsin the focus of “The West Side” June 26
Summer has begun and more western Wisconsin businesses and organizations are opening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The effect of loosening restrictions from a public health and economic aspect will be the focus of “The West Side” at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 26 on The Ideas Network Stations of Wisconsin Public Radio: 88.3 WHWC-FM/ Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM/ River Falls.
Host Dean Kallenbach will welcome the following guests to discuss this topic: Lieske Giese, the director of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department; AZ Snyder, the director of the Pierce County Health Department; Michelle Martin, executive director of the Washburn County Tourism Association; and Benny Anderson, executive director of Visit Eau Claire.
“The West Side” is broadcast each Friday at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 88.3 WHWC-FM Menomonie/Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW-FM River Falls and via an online live stream on 88.7 WRFW-FM via wrfw887.com/listen-live.html. Listeners may call in with questions and comments during the program at (800) 228-5615. Archives of “The West Side” are available at wpr.org/programs/west-side.
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Continuing Education announces July program offerings
UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education will present a variety of programs in July, including the Wound Treatment Associate Program and the Change Leadership Hybrid Series: Fostering Collaborative and Creative Organizations. Full story.
UW-Eau Claire named No. 1 in state for LGBTQ+ and top 25 nationally
For the third consecutive year, UW-Eau Claire has been named best in Wisconsin for support of LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff, and this year was named in the top 25 nationally by BestColleges and Campus Pride. Full story.
Alumna returns to UW-Eau Claire as interim director of university relations
Paula Gilbeck, an award-winning public relations professional with extensive experience in strategic communications and media relations, will join the UW-Eau Claire executive leadership team on June 29, reporting to Chancellor Schmidt. Full story.
L.E. Phillips Career Development Center's 31st Annual Charity Golf Outing
HSHS Sacred Heart and st. Josephs Hospitals
Security Financial Awards $4,500 in Scholarships to Area High School Graduates
Eau Claire – Paul Rudersdorf, president and CEO of Security Financial Bank (SFB), is pleased to announce that nine area recent high school graduates each have been awarded a $500 scholarship to be used to further their education.
Each year, SFB awards up to two $500 scholarships in each of its markets to graduating high school seniors. Recipients are chosen based on involvement in school, youth organizations and community events with particular preference given to students pursuing a career in finance, accounting or business administration.
Wisconsin Boys & Girls Clubs Pledge Action Against Racial Inequity
Eau Claire Chamber
The Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce has more than 1,200 members.