January 2018

Hello Dear Reader!
The new year is upon us and a year of fresh and new adventure abounds! I mentioned to my husband, Leo, that I was a little nervous about taking the helm of Forest & Lakes, and in true Leo fashion, he said, “Why? You are already doing it. What is really changing?” I had to think about that logic for a minute, dear reader, and really take stock. Since we started this adventure nearly 2 years ago, I’ve been working in the background – doing the layout, putting together the ad creation, overseeing advertising, making sure the bills are paid and invoices sent, mailing out subscriptions, overseeing the distribution schedule, and maintaining the website and Facebook page. What really changes as we move in to the new year together? I guess not much other than I’ll be writing a few articles.

Forest & Lakes is truly an adventure and a joy for me every month. I have the privilege to share all of “us”, with our readers. You ask, “What do I mean by us”? Well, my philosophy is that this isn’t just my magazine.
Yes, I do the leg work, but Forest & Lakes Monthly is about our region – our businesses – our friends and neighbors – all of us, working together. We make Forest & Lakes Monthly Magazine what it is. When someone picks up a copy, I want them to view all of the beauty we see, read about all of the interesting people and businesses in our communities, and see all the fun things to do that make our area so great!

So you see, dear reader, we’re in this together. I want to know about the amazing people in our area and publish them in the pages of this magazine. I want Forest & Lakes to be a vehicle in helping our local businesses advertise in a way that is affordable and effective, so they can grow and support their families. I want to give our reader a wide variety of topics about our area that illustrate why it is so very unique and vital. That’s where you come in. Do you have someone that you’d like me to feature? A business that is doing amazing things? A topic you want to read more about? By all means, send me an email or call me on the phone – I want to hear from you.

In fact, I’ve set up a survey link on our website at www.forestandlakesmonthly.com so that you can give me your feedback. I want to know what you like about the publication, and I want to know what I can do better. Simply click on the survey link in the main navigation, and share your thoughts with me.

This month, as we all move into the new year, I’m sharing with you two amazing ladies that are also taking the helm of their own businesses. Main Street Tacos in Hayward, Wisconsin opened for business in October of 2017, and I’ve had the opportunity to touch base with them as they’ve settled in. Rachel Aranda and Sandra Avila have truly made the little taco shop at the corner of 2nd and Main in Hayward a place where everyone can go to eat authentic Mexican food and be welcomed as family. The Cable Café just up the road a bit on Highway 63 in Cable Wisconsin is truly a community icon with its white coffee cup sign on the side of the building. It’s a place where you can cozy up to the counter and get a cup of coffee, connect with your friends and neighbors, and share a delicious down-home meal in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Jamie Roberts will be taking ownership of the Café this month, and I can’t wait for you to read about Jamie and the rich history of the quaint little Cable Cafe. We’ve also got great articles and stories from our contributors like Maureen Palmer of Redbery Books, Emily Stone’s Natural Connections, Yulia Welk of Yulia’s, Bill Kokan of Bill’s Garage, Author James Brakken, Sara Balbin of Dragonfly Studios, and Leo Carlson of Norvado.

Happy New Year, dear reader! I hope you enjoy January’s edition!

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