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Alternative Christmas Trees

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Have a Merry Christmas in your rental with an alternative Christmas tree.

Sometimes live Christmas trees are not allowed in rental units due to the potential fire hazard. No need to worry! You can still get into the holiday spirit with an alternative Christmas tree.  Search the web and get creative to make your one of a kind tree. Find all kinds of alternative Christmas trees below.

Directions to build the Christmas tree in the top left picture go to  Build Tree out of Cardboard

For smaller, more decorative type trees check out  38 Non-tree Trees Ideas

Wow your guests with pictures with a natural tree of artifical branches. A great office idea, make a Christmas tree with all paper, or for a minimalist look use a ladder. Find all these ideas and get inspired at Non Traditional Christmas Trees

Click this link for tips to decorate your artificial tree. If you feel like going all out with a “designer look” HGTV has a step by step guide.

In Stevens Point, we have many craft stores and second hand stores to find all your supplies. Happy decorating and Happy Holidays from Landmark Property Management LLC


Johanna’s Food Drive

Johanna’s Food Drive: A Holiday Park resident is turning to her neighbors for help with a food drive for the 5th year in a row.  Holiday Park II has been so generous in past years and are looking forward to another year of giving! Below is a note from Johanna Hall, click on it to enlarge.

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In her letter, she states that Holiday Park II contributed to donating 1000 food items last year. WOW! It is refreshing to see a community get together for such a great cause.  If you are not living in the community, but interested in donating any non-perishable food items like canned goods, juice (in plastic containers), dried fruit, packaged cereals or pastas; please drop a plastic bag off at the Park Office located  at 2001 Riverview Ave #102 Stevens Point WI 54481 on or before Oct. 24th. Johanna will donate your items to the food bank at The Place of Peace.

The Place of Peace is an area ministry off Church Street in Stevens Point that serves a warm meal every Thursday at 5:00 pm.  If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information, contact them here, Evergreen Community Incentives.

Carving Halloween Pumpkins

Carving Halloween pumpkins has been a tradition for years. states that, “the practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.”

The story of Stingy Jack as told by the History Channel:150pumpkins

“Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

In Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.”

Nowadays, we not only carve scary pumpkins, but beautiful ones too. It is also common to see pumpkins that aren’t carved at all, rather painted or decorated with glitter and stickers.

Find some neat ideas here: 150+ Decorative Pumpkins and 37 No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

Our area has so much to offer!

map_of_stevens_point_wiStevens Point area has so much to offer from events to classes and everything in between. 

The weekend is busy-busy, there are many events for the whole family.  Between Art in the Park, a Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Spud Run, and numerous Fall/Harvest Festivals, you are sure to find something for everyone.  Already have plans for this weekend? Not a problem, join the Community next weekend in the Hard Rocks Hiking Challenge or the Raw Food Chef Workshop.  You can find information on all these events and more at What’ This website is a gold mind for local events. It is also very user friendly, letting you search events based on date and time. Bonus: find business directories, and area discounts, or boost the attendance at your event by listing it on their calendar.

Thinking about taking up a new hobby or brushing up on a favorite past time? Check out for a list of group classes and workshops for all ages.  This website lists classes ranging from a Peyote Stitch Necklace Class to a Toddler Music Workshop held at the Children’s Museum. 

Get out there and have some fun, feel free to email us any pictures.

Food Network Introduces the Wisconsin Burger

Food Network Introduces the Wisconsin Burger:

The end of grilling season is coming to a quick close.  Before you pack up that grill, you should try the Wisconsin Burger!

Sometimes the regular burger and brats on the grill gets old, spice up the menu with a few out of the box ideas.  This ” Wisconsin Burger” has a yummy crusty roll with cheese curds, grilled onions and tator tots on top of a ground beef patty. You can find all these ingredients at our local grocery stores.

Fall is a popular time to tailgate for your favorite football team. Having a football party? You could take it a step further and decorate your burgers with the coordinating football team’s mascot, really wow your guests and make everyone feel included.  In this Food Network post, they showcase a number of State inspired burgers and at Party, you can order fun NFL decor.

What are some of your favorite burger toppings?




Save on Energy Costs

You can easily save on your utility bills with these few tricks:

Use your appliances more efficiently:

-Keep your heating and cooling vents open.  With the ALL the vents open, the heating/cooling systems won’t keep running after reaching its target temperature. Closed vents do not reduce energy consumption.

-Keep vents clean and change the filters often.

– Use fans. Air circulation helps maintain and even room temperature, meaning you can use the heating/cooling system less. Fans also don’t use as much energy.  Adam Dachis, of says, “When it’s hot, the fan should spin counter-clockwise to push the hot air up and out. When the weather turns cold, instead spin the fans clockwise to trap heat inside. You’ll often find a switch on your ceiling fan to choose a direction, so consult your fan’s manual to find out where it is.”

-Turn the heat dry option to off on your dishwasher.

-Shut off , or even better- unplug, all appliances when you are not using them. This can be easily done by using a power strip.  Your TV, gaming system, cell phone charger, microwave and computer often pull energy even when the system is not in use.



Looking for a fun event?

Portage County Fair

The Fair is coming to town! It starts on September 4th and goes to September 7th.   They are hosting the classic Carnival Rides, an exciting Laser Light Show, Hot Air Balloons, a Parade and so much more. Find the list of events here: Flyer of Events

Get a $5 admission pass or a weekend pass for $12, wristbands are $17.

The fair is located at: Rosholt Fair Park at East Forest Street in Rosholt WI 54473

For more information, check out:

31 Amazing August Recipes

So many delicious fruits and veggies are in season


Take advantage of the deals at your favorite local supermarket and try these fun recipes.  This site has a new take on zucchini, the secret to the favorite Mexican Street Corn, a recipe to make whole peach pies and much much more! Yum!

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Make your apartment your own

Tips on how to personalize your space without causing damage.

Making your apartment feel like home can be a fun weekend project. While you may not be able to paint or do any permanent changes to your rental, there are still many ways to personalize your living space without causing damage to the unit.

To get the most “bang for your buck” think accessories. Accessories such as throw pillows and curtains can easily be changed with the seasons and are a quick way to add personality to your space with color and patterns. Not only does color brighten up the look of a small space, but mirrors and lamps do too.command products

Command strips and hooks are a staple to apartment living. They do not put holes in the walls and better yet, you can easily move them around. Hang pictures and posters with these useful strips. Command hooks can also be used to organize keys, necklaces, ties, conceal electrical cords, and hang kitchen utensils.

Area rugs can change the look of your apartment drastically. They also will act as a protector to your carpet when that inevitable accidental spill happens. Larger rugs can be pricey, but they will help you get the most of your security deposit back in the long run, so think of them as an investment. If you are on a budget, Craigslist, EBay, Goodwill, and local Facebook “Buy, Sell and Trade” pages usually have many area rugs at a discount price.

Utilize all of your space, don’t forget to decorate your patio or balcony. Plants are a nice way to make your dwelling feel like home. Remember, you can also bring the outdoors in. Or if you do not have a green thumb, the local JoAnn Fabrics and Walmart carry many artificial varieties. Remember to grab a duster, like the Swiffer 360, to keep them looking nice and new.

Need more ideas? is always a great start, but you can also take a workshop at the local craft stores to get your creative juices flowing. Happy decorating!


Today is an exciting day, marking Landmark Property’s first blog entry. As a team, we look forward to being able to keep touch with you on a more personal level and inform you of community events and local news.  Keep checking back for many new and fun updates!

Summer is coming to a close and school is right around the corner. Can you believe school resumes on September 1st? That is less than a month away! While you’re enjoying your last few weeks of summer, don’t forget to get the kids’ school supplies together. You can find many of the local school’s detailed supply lists and annual calendars at the links below.

Donated school supplies are always needed, if you would like to help, you can drop off supplies at the Journal office at 1200 Third St. in Stevens Point between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Journal will collect donations until Aug. 12th.

Donations will be given to families on Aug. 15 at Ben Franklin Junior High School. For more information, visit the website


Steven’s Point Area Public Schools:

District’s Calendar:

Schools’ Supply Lists:

Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools:


Supply List:

Elementary Schools:

Middle School:

-High School: None, but school suggests- pens/pencils, folders, loose leaf & spiral notebooks

St. Paul Lutheran:


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