THE BRIGHT SIDE
The property at 816 Wisconsin Street right next to Horticultural Hall is in the process of getting of the approval and planning stage for some big changes.
The idea of renovating the large home on Wisconsin Street, and converting it into a bed and breakfast, was discussed and presented some time ago but is now ready to get underway. The property is right next to the Horticultural Hall where many weddings are held, and the owners are trying to sell the idea that the bed and breakfast will cater to wedding parties and those visiting for other Horticultural events. The property is in an area that is residential. There is a bank, offices, apartments, and homes all in the same block, however. The property is zoned for a neighborhood business, so the question becomes; is a bed and breakfast considered a neighborhood business? Unlike an Airbnb, or short-term vacation rental, which typically rents the entire building to one renter, a bed and breakfast rents rooms more like an intimate hotel. Also, bed and breakfast inns require an owner to live on-premises and oversee the activity and business personally. This gives a little more control and reassurance to the neighborhood that unfavorable activity will not occur. The plan commission and city council voted in favor of the project.
Memorial Day is this Monday, May 31st.
Memorial Day is always observed on the last Monday of May, honoring and mourning the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many people use this day off work to visit cemeteries and place flags at the graves of military personnel. The history of Memorial Day is complex, as approximately 25 places claim to be the birthplace of the holiday. After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, commemorations were much more common. With more than 600,000 soldiers having lost their lives during the Civil War meant that burial and memorialization took a new cultural significance. Eventually, this idea was extended to remember all sides that have lost lives fighting for the United States. Some choose to use this day as a day of remembrance and others merely mark Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer.