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Under The Phillips Street Bridge

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Howdy, Neighbor. People have been telling Phil he’s a good storyteller for a long time… so we are trying something new and pretty-much non-sales Just sharing occasional sweet stories, tall tales, and life lessons learned around these parts. Northwoods Notes are a new, semi-bi-irregular peek into the heart and mind of Phil Frasier… you can read or listen… whichever you prefer… and you are receiving a copy because you’re a current customer of Frasier’s Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We think you’ll like them, but you can unsubscribe any time by clicking on the link at the bottom. But we hope you give us a chance!




Every time I drive over the Phillips Street Bridge, I fondly remember what used to happen under the Phillips Street Bridge.

When I was a kid, I’d go there and fish. You’d find me sitting on the bank dreaming about taking a boat out on Boom Lake.

My love of fishing started early. When I was knee-high to a bluegill, I’d fill our sink up with water and toss in a few bobbers. I’d sit there watching the bobbers in the sink and pretend I was on a lake with a pole in my hand.

When I got a little older my Uncle Dave took me with him from time to time, but only on the weekends.

2 people standing at the edge of a lake fishing. Across the top are the words

My dad worked all the time, so if I wanted to fish through the week, I’d have to figure out how to get to the fishing hole on my own. I’d usually end up riding my bike.

Oftentimes, I’d be ridin’ where I shouldn’t have been. I’d be breaking rods on trees, crashing my bike, and skinnin’ up my knees. Then I’d go back home to fix my poles and tend to my injuries.

A little bit of pain wasn’t gonna keep me from fishing.

2 people standing at the edge of a lake fishing. Across the top are the words

Yesterday, as I drove over The Phillips Street Bridge, I saw two kids fishing from the same bank where I used to sit and dream.  

I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be fun to get the boat and take those kids fishing?”

After all, I know what it’s like growing up needing something to do and somebody to do it with.

Obviously, I couldn’t pick those kids up and take them out on a boat without being charged with kidnapping.

Thankfully, there’s an organization right here in the Northwoods that can introduce local kids to some new opportunities.

2 people standing at the edge of a lake fishing. Across the top are the words

The Boys and Girls Club of the Northwoods is doing great things for children in our community who don’t always enjoy a normal home life.

They provide meals so that these kids are well fed. They also give the children snacks to take home with them.

They also serve as mentors… helping with homework, playing games, encouraging creativity, and impacting their lives in powerfully positive way.

These children are being fed physically and emotionally.

2 people standing at the edge of a lake fishing. Across the top are the words

We can’t all take a kid fishing… but we can take care of the people who are shaping future generations.

Support the Boys and Girls Club of the Northwoods and make a donation at

Take care, Neighbor. Take good care.

Phil Frasier.

PS – The Chalk Fest and Duck Dash is this Saturday, September 9th in Rheinlander. Duck Dash proceeds with go to benefit Downtown Rheinlander Inc. and the Boys and Girls Club of the Northwoods. I’ll see you there!

A yellow and blue flyer for the downtown duck dash

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