Maureen’s Musings

Spotlight on Oconomowoc

2021-03-12T15:09:21-05:00March 12th, 2021|Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

A big thank-you goes out to the city crews who have been diligent about shoveling off the skating rink on Fowler Lake.  It has provided hours of fun and entertainment not only to skaters and hockey players but also those of us who get to watch them on a regular basis. It brings another element of liveliness to our downtown which in turn has created a center for activities, stores, restaurants, and entertainment.  The spotlight is on downtown Oconomowoc. Let’s hope it keeps shining brightly for many years to come. Original Publication: The Enterprise, March 4th 2021 Photo Credit:  Downtown Oconomowoc Business District https://www.downtownoconomowoc.org/ https://www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/ https://www.visitoconomowoc.com/

Our Community

2021-03-12T15:06:46-05:00March 12th, 2021|General, Maureen's Musings, News, Oconomowoc|

The Oconomowoc Area Foundation was only a sparkle in our eyes when a group first met to discuss the needs of our community.  It is so very exciting to see how that little sparkle has grown to be a very bright showing spot above us.  It is easy to look around the beautiful area where live in and not see or think about the fact that there are people and places that need help. We began to prioritize who we could serve and what we could do, as a group, to make this part of our little world a better place to live, work and recreate in.  It didn't take long to [...]

Imaginary

2021-01-19T15:34:16-05:00January 19th, 2021|Maureen's Musings, Selling a Home|

We all know the old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  But never is it truer than when you are selling or buying a home.  Stapleton Realty takes that saying to heart using photos when marketing a property.  Some of the periodicals we place ads with pictures are: Exclusively Yours, Lakeshore Living and MKElifestyle Magazines. In addition, we are in many of the local publications and newspapers such as the Lake Country Now section of the Journal Sentinel, Oconomowoc Enterprise, Waukesha Freeman, as well as local School and Church Directories and Special Events boards and posters.  A simple photo of a home can peak someone’s interest enough to want them to [...]

Happy Holidays from Stapleton Realty

2020-12-15T15:00:50-05:00December 15th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings|

It is out of care for all of you and our  greater community that we are going to pause our annual holiday party this year and hope to return to it next year in better times for such gatherings. In lieu of the party, we are going to be donating to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry. We ask that you drop off  non-perishable food items or a monetary donation at our office (112 N Main Street). While being together always makes us feel better, we hope that this giving effort will bring us together in  feeling good for helping others. Raise a glass or two of the Old Fashion Punch we serve each [...]

Thankful

2020-11-17T13:49:24-05:00November 17th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings, News|

This year has seen an unprecedented change and disruption in the world and economy that none of us could have predicted. One thing that didn't change however is how incredibly thankful we at Stapleton Realty are to our buyers, sellers, and all the individuals that help us to be successful in our endeavors to do the best we can be in representing all of our Buyers and Sellers. We learned what it meant to be “Essential Workers” with video calls, virtual showings, safe practices, adjusting events, and pure resourcefulness to serve our clients.  In Lake Country, we saw residents and businesses supporting morale-encouraging new ways to adapt to unusual circumstances, and a general desire to [...]

Lake Are Free Clinic

2020-09-11T13:24:13-05:00September 11th, 2020|General, Maureen's Musings, News|

Lake Area Free Clinic Photo credit: Lake Area Free Clinic and Ocreative https://www.lakeareafreeclinic.org/gala-event/ All bidding for the Gala will be done through Text2Bid.   Preview our Silent Auction items on this site beginning September 1. Silent Auction using Text2Bid begins on Saturday, September 5 at NOON Silent Auction ends Saturday, September 12 at 6:00 PM Live Auction begins September 12.  Join us on this website for the Live Event and have your mobile device ready for Text2Bid during the event. Note:  You will receive notification after 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 12, 2020 when "My Bill" is ready.  DONATE NOW Cash Donations are always needed and appreciated. Fund a Need Your contribution to "fund [...]

Spring Bank – Oconomowoc Lake

2020-08-17T15:28:36-05:00August 14th, 2020|Lake Homes, Maureen's Musings, News|

Photo Credit: http://www.oconlake.com/ A masquerade ball given by Fred Pecks at the Townsend House Hotel (now the site of the roundabout in Okauchee near the prior Coach house that still remains there) brought Captain Tom Parker and his wife Clara to Oconomowoc in 1874.  Captain Parker bought 235 acres of land for $50.00 per acre, a handsome amount at the time.  Sea Captain Parker spent his early life aboard ships, and after his father died, Tom left England to invest his inheritance in his first American sailing vessel.  He kept buying cargo ships until he became the largest Crimean War profiteer in the nation.  In 1863 he came to Chicago where he [...]

Markham Estate

2020-07-13T11:04:32-05:00July 13th, 2020|Maureen's Musings|

  At the end of the 19th century, America already had a long history of beer drinking. By the end of the 1800s, good beer was well established by Midwest families whose names in the industry are yet popular today. Several built their summer homes on Wisconsin’s Oconomowoc Lake near Milwaukee including the Millers, the Schlitz family and the Pabsts where they entertained and enjoyed cool breezes off the water. Brewer George Bullen of the City of Chicago Brewing and Malting Company also chose Oconomowoc Lake to build his summer mansion. Fancying himself a distant relative of British Queen Anne Boleyn, in 1892 he built a replica of Boleyn’s Hever Castle in [...]

Evinrude and Okauchee Lake

2020-06-12T17:16:57-05:00June 12th, 2020|Maureen's Musings|

Evinrude and Okauchee Lake This week, an icon originating from our community, is shuttering its doors after 100 years of making motors. Sadly, it was announced this week that the Canadian company BRP, Inc. the manufacturer, of Evinrude outboard engines, announced it will no longer manufacture Evinrudes, marking the end of an iconic Wisconsin brand. Ole Evinrude, who migrated from Norway to Cambridge, Wisconsin, fashioned his idea for a motor to power his boat when rowing across Okauchee Lake to get his girlfriend Bess an ice cream. His boat was so slow her ice cream melted, thus creating his need to go faster. Over the many years since he first came up [...]

History of Stapleton Realty

2020-05-05T17:34:11-05:00April 11th, 2020|Maureen's Musings|

Stapleton Realty began as a dream for me, long after I was a young girl who grew up on South Street in Oconomowoc. Having graduated from Oconomowoc High School, I went on to receive a BA in Marketing/Merchandising and then a Master’s degree in Vocational Education from UW-Stout.  I then began a teaching career at this University.  At the same time, my brother, Timothy, was in the service. As fate would have it, my Mother became ill which brought my brother and I back together in Oconomowoc to care for her. It was at this time that Tom Snyder, the owner of Snyder’s Clothing store, suggested that I put my marketing [...]