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2014 Rock Bass Contest Grand Prize Winner

Last week we had one our local fishing guides, Bob Bertch, draw for the winner of our 2014 Rock Bass Contest. Congratulations to Addison Wojciechowski you will be receiving a brand new Walleye fishing rod and reel. Not only did Addison win the grand prize, but the Wojciechowski family submitted the highest poundage of rock bass  this summer. They submitted 20 pounds of rock bass. Way to go guys!

Thank you to everyone who participated this year. We donated a total of 190 pounds of fish to Wild Instincts. They used the fish to help feed all their injured animals.

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Addison with her brothers; Nolan, Aidan and Tristan. Great job fishing!

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The resort is alive with color

It has been a beautiful fall week in the Northwoods. We took our last pontoon boat ride of the season last night. The guest who joined us were treated to perfect fall weather along with brilliant colors of red, gold and orange!

Pictures from around the resort:

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The trees above Loon.

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The sugar maple next to minnow was vibrant this year.

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The view from Timberwolfe.

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Walking towards the Barn.

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One of our guests enjoying the sunshine and warm temps.

Pictures on White Birch Lake:

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Entering White Birch Lake from the channel.

Pictures on Ballard lake:

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Jim and Ed, long time guests of WBV, who come up every fall for musky fishing.

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Final pontoon boat ride of the season turned out to be exceptional weather.

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Partridge bay on Ballard.

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Wedding bells are ringing!

We spent the summer creating a new wedding ceremony site. In 2015 we will begin marketing for fall weddings at the resort. And what a better way to give it a test run than having our son, Brian, and his beautiful bride, Missy, get married at the resort. Brian and Missy met on a blind date at White Birch Village in March of 2013. They came full circle by getting married where they met. It was a beautiful fall day, the 80% chance of thunderstorms never materialized. We set up a large tent on the grassy area behind the barn and had a wonderful meal that the groom prepared. Our staff did a tremendous job working the reception. Wonderful memories were made! It was a perfect Northwoods wedding! Enjoy the pictures.

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View of the ceremony site from across the pond.

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View from the pergola.

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With the 6 inches of rain we got the week before the wedding the flowage filled up with water to create a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony.

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We ran power to the pergola so both music and a microphone can be used.

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What would a White Birch Village wedding be without a white birch cross.

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Ceremony site

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Our son Chris walking my parents down the aisle. all the groomsmen wore hand tied fishing flies as boutonnieres that Brian had made.

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The wind was blowing as Brian walked us down the aisle.

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Missy’s niece and nephew were also part of the wedding party. If you don’t catch by the time you are done looking at pictures fishing was the theme throughout the wedding, which included Jackson carrying a tackle box. For the unity part of the ceremony Brain and Missy tied two cords together using a fishing knot. The fishing knot is a very simple knot that is very strong.

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Missy walking down the aisle with her dad.

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The bridesmaids.

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The marriage blessing. Pastor Rod Hank from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church officiated the ceremony. Sue was so happy to have him here as she working with Pastor Rod at Good Shepherd in Madison.

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Dad and I after the ceremony.

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John walking grandma Carol down the aisle after the ceremony.

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Brian and Missy with us and my parents.

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Our three great kids! Proud of all of them.

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The start of the nature trail was a perfect site for the tent. all the kids in attendance had fun running up the hill into the woods and sliding down. Kept them busy for hours.

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Sam’s Rental in Woodruff was wonderful to work with for the reception tent.

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View of the tent from Timberwolfe.

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Instead of a guest book all who attended signed two canoe paddles that Brian and Missy will hang on their wall.

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Making use of the cotton candy and popcorn machine; the kids enjoyed the popcorn and cotton candy that was served

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The kids couldn’t wait for dessert to have cotton candy and had it for appetizers instead. Then had it again for dessert!

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Adrian made over 70 cotton candies. He probably dreamt of them that night.

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The groomsmen cooked the brats, hamburgers and chicken.

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The beverage station. The wine was a wedding gift from one of Missy’s friends. Many different flavors to choose from including tri-berry and cool mint.

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Brian and Missy are pie eaters over cake so Brian helped make 16 apple pies to be served along with the wedding cake. He had to use the ovens in Red Oaks, Musky, Balsam Fir and the lodge to get them all baked. Our polish staff got a kick out of the sign because “pie” in polish means dog.

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Brian and Missy’s dance.

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Mother and son dance.

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Carol and Dick getting a dance in.

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And to our delight Kelly and Travis are next with an October 2015 wedding!

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Illinois Outdoors Show and Carrie Z’s Podcast from our Resort

In May we hosted a sports writers event at the resort. Don Dziedzina and Roger Wright from Illinois Outdoors, Inc.  were here. The White Birch Village TV Show that was taped while they were here is scheduled to air on Saturday July 19 at 8 AM on Comcast and Insight Cable systems on Channel 138 in all of Chicago, it’s suburbs as far west as the Rock River, the greater Rockford, Peoria, Champaign/Urbana, and Springfield area and NW Indiana and SW Michigan.

Roger's 23 1/2 inch 6 pound small mouth bass was the success story of the weekend.

Roger’s 23 1/2 inch 6 pound small mouth bass was the success story of the weekend.

For our guests who do not live in these areas you can watch the YouTube copy of the show so you can view at your leisure and forward to family or friends if you wish. Here’s the YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJgPLY9yfEo&feature=youtu.be.

Carrie Zilka was also here who has weekly podcasts. Her podcast was so much fun to listen to.  Check out the latest CarrieZ’s Hunting, Fishing & Outdoor Podcast Episode 66…..featuring White Birch Village of course! Listen to the on demand radio episode here: http://wwocz.net/ep66/

Carrie had fun catching crappies.

Carrie had fun catching crappies.

We hope you enjoy these as much as we did. It was a great group of sports writers to have at the resort and we are thankful for their support of what we have to offer for a vacation experience in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

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Rock Bass Contest 2014

Our rock bass contest is underway. It’s time to tackle the rock bass population in our lake and have some friendly fishing competition. Every Thursday this year is rock bass day. Guests can catch as many rock bass as they can on Thursdays and then bring them to the musky bell between 3 and 4 PM to have them weighed by John. The person with the highest weight of fish for the day will have their name entered into the “Rock Bass Pool”. At the end of the season we will have a drawing for the grand prize winner. The winner will receive a St. Croix rod and reel. The fish will be donated to the rehab center to feed the eagles. It’s open to all ages so get out and go fishing!

Congratulations to this week's winner, Mason Peterson with a total of 9 1/2 pounds of rock bass.

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Mason Peterson with a total of 9 1/2 pounds of rock bass.

Max and Brenton came in a close second with 8 1/2 pounds.

Max and Brenton came in a close second with 8 1/2 pounds.

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Sports Writers Weekend

We had a fun weekend enjoying several sports writers here at the resort. They arrived on Friday and we had a welcome reception for them and then gave them a tour of the resort. Thanks to the graciousness of Dick and Sue Govier we enjoyed a great dinner Friday night at Aqualand Ale House. Everyone enjoyed the two musky flights of craft beers. A total of 16 different beers were tasted. My personal favorite was the Buffalo Sweat.

On Saturday, thanks to the generousness of four of our fishing guides;  Bob’s Manitowish Guide Service, Erv Keller’s Guide Service, Marty Clauson’s Guide Service and Mike Errington’s Guide Service, the writers enjoyed a day out on the water fishing our chain of lakes. Each guide took a species of fish and the writers did a 1/2 day with each guide. They fished for bass, walleye, crappies and muskies. They were very successful, hundreds of fish were caught and most released. A few walleye were kept for the writers to take home and enjoy eating. Thanks to the efforts and generousness of Jimmy Dean we ended the day with a wonderful meal at The Guides Inn.

Sunday morning a radio show was taped and a little more fishing was done, but the rain decided to change the  fishing plans. The weekend was full of fish stories, comradery, and laughter. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to the stories the writers are going to tell.

 

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Carrie Zilka loves the outdoors, everything hunting and fishing. She discovered the world of podcasts in 2007 and quickly realized there were not many that pertained to the outdoors. She will be doing a podcasts of her experience here at the resort. We look forward to seeing what she has to say. Carrie was very enthusiastic and fun to have here for the weekend. Carrie is part of AGLOW (Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers).

Carrie had fun catching crappies.

Carrie had fun catching crappies.

 

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Don Dziedzina has been involved with the outdoor industry for over 35 years. He writes for the Chicago Tribune, produces and hosts Illinois Outdoors TV show, co-hosts The fishing and Outdoor radio show, and writes for Midwest Outdoors.  Don is also an AGLOW writer. We enjoyed the depth of knowledge that he brought to the weekend. It was enjoyable having him here. Don taped a radio show while he was here with John and the fishing guides. Don was joined by his cameraman, Roger Wright, for the weekend. It didn’t take long for a friendly fishing competition to ensue. As you will see in the following picture Roger came out on top.

Roger's 23 1/2 inch 6 pound small mouth bass was the success story of the weekend.

Roger’s 23 1/2 inch 6 pound small mouth bass was the success story of the weekend.

 

Wbay

 

Pat Mayo from WBAY Sports came up from Green Bay with his teenage son Ian. It was truly an inter-generational weekend. Pat and Ian had so much fun meeting the guides and learning more about fishing. Ian was a trooper spending the weekend with all the adults. It was a pleasure having them join us. Pat took video footage while here and interviewed John and will be putting together a segment for their newscast. Pat and Ian caught fish, but no one shared the pictures with me so I can’t post them.

The writer from Midwest Outdoors had to cancel at the last minute, which meant there would be a guide without someone to fish with. John had the hard job of filling in. He spent Saturday morning with Bob, the afternoon with Erv and Sunday morning with Mike. He had a great time. Below are the photos of the fish he and Bob caught. I have to say I really enjoyed my walleye supper Sunday night. 🙂

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A busy day at the Village

It’s been a busy day at the village. We started our day at 5:30 this morning getting ready for the 18th Journey’s Marathon. The starting line for this Boston Marathon Qualifier begins at the resort. There were 102 full marathon runners this year. It’s fun talking with everyone in the morning and seeing the excitement build as the race is about to start. They begin with reading the  Irish blessing  and singing America the Beautiful. It was a beautiful morning today with the sun shining and the temp around 46 degrees.

Warming up in the rec building.

Warming up in the rec building.

More stretching going on in the fitness center.

More stretching going on in the fitness center.

Getting ready to line up for the start of the race.

Getting ready to line up for the start of the race.

The wheelers are the first to start.

The wheelers are the first to start.

And they are off.

And they are off.

Beautiful day for a race.

Beautiful day for a race.

Later in the morning we found this huge log under the bridge at the beach. Should be interesting removing it. Our dock day crew has an added bonus waiting for them on Tuesday; getting the log unstuck from under the bridge.

In the late 1800's  there used to be a railroad bridge that went across the lake during the lumber years. There are still a few pilings on the bottom of the lake. Well there is one less as of today. One somehow made it's way under the bridge.

In the late 1800’s there used to be a railroad bridge that went across the lake during the lumber years. There are still a few pilings on the bottom of the lake. Well there is one less as of today. One somehow made it’s way under the bridge.

It's about 8 feet long. Should be interesting getting it out after a hundred years under water.

It’s about 8 feet long. Should be interesting getting it out after a hundred years under water.

 

To round out the day the Friesema’s who are staying with us this weekend decided after participating in the 5K of the Journeys Marathon they also needed to be the first to swim in the lake!

Randy, Kelly and Katie Friesema  our first guests of the season also decided to be the first guest to swim in the lake. Water temps are around 40 degrees since the ice just went out this week.

Randy, Kelly and Katie Friesema our first guests of the season also decided to be the first guest to swim in the lake. Water temps are around 40 degrees since the ice just went out this week.

Brave!

Brave!

Thankfully the sun was shining and not much breeze.

Thankfully the sun was shining and not much breeze.

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Fabulous Women’s Retreat

The village is a great setting for a women’s retreat! We hosted the 5th annual women’s retreat at the resort on February 8th and 9th. 18 women enjoyed being spiritually refreshed, spending time snowshoeing, great fellowship, laughter and good food. Our theme this year was Cafe Chocolat (by Group publishing) focusing on God’s Extravagant Grace. Needless to say chocolate found it’s way into the activities as well as each meal.

Snowshoeing the nature trail.

Snowshoeing the nature trail.

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Service product – making shawls for shut-ins

Reading the directions and choosing what stitches to use.

Reading the directions and choosing what stitches to use.

Showing off the final product.

Showing off the final product.

Great fellowship at meal time.

Great fellowship at meal time.

Dark Chocolate Linguine for dessert. Yum, yum!

Dark Chocolate Linguine for dessert. Yum, yum!

 

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Calendar Contest Winners

The calendars have arrived and will be mailed this week. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos this season. John and I had over 200 photos to sift through to choose the winners. It wasn’t easy as there were so many great photos!

I ordered extra calendars. If you didn’t order one it’s not too late. Just give me a call with your credit card number and I’ll put one in the mail for you. The cost is $17 (includes shipping and handling). 2014 local events are also listed on the calendar for your convenience.

Congratulations to the 13 winners! Here are the winning pictures.

Front cover submitted by Melissa McCornack

Front cover submitted by Melissa McCornack

January submitted by Mike Mark

January submitted by Mike Mark

February submitted by Gene Wengert

February submitted by Gene Wengert

March submitted by Larry Harlan

March submitted by Larry Harlan

April submitted by Ray Peat

April submitted by Ray Peat

May submitted by Sam Halverson

May submitted by Sam Halverson

June submitted by David Schwenk

June submitted by David Schwenk

July submitted by Betty Steinmetz

July submitted by Betty Steinmetz

August submitted by the Hegg's

August submitted by the Hegg’s

September submitted by Phyllis Wlos

September submitted by Phyllis Wlos

October submitted by Rich Bugalski

October submitted by Rich Bugalski

November submitted by Ruth Pickering

November submitted by Ruth Pickering

December submitted by Tom Nelsen

December submitted by Tom Nelsen

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Fishing Seminars a success

Our fishing seminars this year have been a success.  This year we tried something new and had the seminars at the beach so the guides could share not only information but show techniques at the waters edge. Thank you to all of our fishing guides who donated their time to share their knowledge with our guests: Bob Bertch, Marty Clauson, Mike Errington, Erv Keller and Russ and Jake Smith.

Below are pictures from this weeks seminar with Russ and Jake Smith.

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