Lakeshore News

DHS Statement on Elizabethkingia Outbreak

The Department of Health Services (DHS) released the following statement on the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak:

Our top priority is the health and safety of the people we serve.  Since the onset of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak, we have worked diligently to provide accurate, comprehensive information, and to prevent the spread of misleading information that can lead to unwarranted fear among the public.  We are also strongly committed, legally and ethically, to protecting the privacy of those we serve.

Elizabethkingia anophelis is bacteria that can lead to infection, which may be life-threatening among people with compromised immune systems.  We have identified 59 confirmed cases of the presence of the bacteria in Wisconsin, which is the largest known outbreak of this strain in the United States.  Our Division of Public Health (DPH) has been working aggressively, with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), to locate the source of the outbreak.  Governor Scott Walker recently approved (link is external) the addition of nine (9) project positions so that DPH may continue to work aggressively to locate the source of the outbreak, but at this point, the source has not been identified.

Most of the people affected by this outbreak are over 65, and all have serious, underlying health conditions.  None of the confirmed cases associated with this outbreak are children.

DHS maintains a webpage which includes the latest number of cases related to, or potentially related to, the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak currently under investigation in Wisconsin. This webpage was last updated Wednesday, April 27 with the latest number of:

Confirmed cases (59) – Cases in which lab results show the strain of Elizabethkingia anophelis is consistent with the strain causing the outbreak in Wisconsin. All confirmed cases are among adults with serious, underlying health conditions.

Possible cases (4) – Cases confirmed as Elizabethkingia, whose laboratory specimens are no longer available to test for the strain.  These cases are also all adults with serious, underlying health conditions.

Cases under investigation (2) – Cases in which there has been a preliminary lab test which requires further analysis.  Results of further testing by the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene (WSLH) may include:

  • Elizabethkingia anophelis – Strain is consistent with the current outbreak in Wisconsin.
  • Elizabethkingia anophelis – Strain is not consistent with the outbreak in Wisconsin.
  • Elizabethkingia meningoseptica – Strain that is known to affect infants, particularly premature infants. This strain is not related to the current outbreak in Wisconsin.
  • Other Elizabethkingia species – Some have been known to cause colonization or infection among children or adults with compromised immune systems.

The WSLH received the samples from the two cases under investigation today, and has begun the testing process.   This analysis will be complete by early next week.

We will continue to work in collaboration with our partners at CDC, WSLH, local health departments, and with health care facilities and clinicians, to determine the source of the Elizabethkingia anophelis outbreak and provide appropriate treatment guidance.  DHS will continue to share accurate information related to this investigation as it is available.

For more information, go to the DHS Elizabethkingia webpage.
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Recap of Last Year’s Geico 500

Dale Earnhardt Junior got some timely blocks from teammate Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps and drove on to his first victory of the season. Johnson – who finished second – first turned back a late charge from Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin, and then kept Paul Menard in his rear-view mirror as Hendrick Motorsports teammate Earnhardt took the checkered flag. It was “Junior’s” sixth win at Talladega but first since 2004. He finished fifteen one-hundredths of a second in front of Johnson with Menard, Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Junior completing the top five. Earnhardt led six times for a race-high sixty-seven laps including the final twenty-seven trips around the mammoth Alabama oval. Pole sitter Jeff Gordon led forty-seven laps, but a pit-road speeding penalty during the second half of the race forced him off the pace and he finished thirty-first … Trevor Bayne’s spin on Lap-47 triggered Talladega’s “big one,” a fifteen-car wreck along the backstretch. Kyle Larson, David Ragan, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick were among the drivers who got swept up in the accident. The red flag was displayed for more than eleven minutes while the safety crew cleaned up the track. When the race resumed, Harvick rallied to finish eighth.

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NASCAR Heads to Talladega

Next stop for NASCAR is Talladega for Sunday’s GEICO 500, tenth race of the 2016 Sprint Cup Series. The last two races have been run on short tracks in Bristol, Tennessee, and Richmond, Virginia – with Carl Edwards winning both to climb to the top of the regular-season point standings. The last driver to win three straight Sprint Cup races was Joey Logano, who swept the Contender Round of last year’s post-season Chase with victories at Kansas Speedway, Charlotte and Talladega … Edwards finished fifth and thirty-second in last year’s two trips to the Alabama oval … Joe Gibbs Racing has four wins at Talladega, most recently in 2014 with Denny Hamlin.

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Lakeshore News

Former GB School Employee Facing Trial in Drug Theft

A former Green Bay school district employee is heading toward a trial for allegedly stealing medications from students. Twenty-five-year-old Cameron Drake of Suamico has a final pre-trial hearing set for May 23rd on Brown County charges of illegal drug possession and theft. Prosecutors say he stole almost 200 doses of medicines — including treatments for attention deficit disorder. He worked in facility services in the Green Bay School District, and officials say he’s no longer employed there. School officials started investigating after learning that medicines were missing from eight schools. The charges involve a theft from Webster Elementary.

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Community Events, Lakeshore News

Alice in Dairyland Finals Coming Up in Watertown

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) invites media professionals to join the 69th Alice in Dairyland candidates on agricultural tours and during two final interview events that are open to the public.

  • Thursday, May 5
    • 10:45-Noon – Seneca Foods Tour, 500 S. Clark St., Mayville, WI. NOTE: No photos will be allowed inside the plant. Pants and closed-toe shoes required. No jewelry.
    • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Westphal Tour, 912 Kings Dr., Brownsville, WI (working lunch stop – complimentary lunch provided).
  • Friday, May 6
    • 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. – Jung Seed Company Tour, 335 S. High St., Randolph, WI.
    • 10 to 11:15 a.m. – ANIMART Tour, 1240 Green Valley Rd., Beaver Dam, WI.
    • 2:00-3:15 p.m. – United Cooperative Tour, W9710 Co Rd D, Beaver Dam, WI. Please meet near the Grain Office onsite to board bus with candidates for a driving tour of facilities.
    • 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Social Hour; 7:00-8:00 p.m. – Dinner*; 8:00-9:00 p.m. – Discussion Panel, Barn at Windy Pine, W11747 Buss Lane, Waterloo, WI. During the Discussion Panel session, candidates will discuss randomly selected topical Wisconsin agriculture subjects. The event is designed to mimic knowledge Alice in Dairyland needs to know as she attends events and interacts with the public throughout the year.
  • Saturday, May 7
    • 4:30-6:30 p.m. – Finale Social Hour and Banquet*, Turner Hall, 301 S. 4th St., Watertown, WI.
    • 7:00-8:30 p.m – Finale Program and Selection of the 69th Alice in Dairyland, Watertown High School, 825 Endeavour Dr., Watertown, WI. Candidates will give final presentations; the host county for 2017 will be announced; and the event will culminate in the announcement of the 69th Alice in Dairyland.
    • 8:30 p.m – Media Interviews and Reception, Watertown High School, 825 Endeavour Dr., Watertown, WI. Individual interviews with the 68th and 69th Alices will be available to the media following the program.

*Meals will require advance purchase of a ticket. Discussion Panel meal (Friday), $15; Finale Banquet (Saturday), $25. All other events, including tours and the program portions of both the Discussion Panel and Finale Event are free to the media. Contact Becky Paris at 608-224-5115 or Rebecca.paris@wisconsin.gov for additional details.

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Country News

Featured Artist of the Weekend – Rascal Flatts

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Hello again avid readers. I would like to start off by congratulating last weeks winner, Jessica Tulachka. I hope you have as much fun at the Mall of America with your kids as I usually do whenever I go. For the rest of you, don’t you worry, you have another opportunity to obtain the four pack of tickets to two attractions at MoA. Just answer my question correctly and you will be put into the drawing. Good luck.

 

 

 

For those of you who have been reading the Featured Artist of the Weekend articles from the beginning, first of all thank you very much. Second, send me your suggestions for artists to cover. I want this to be an interactive experience. I love learning about these artists and their back stories, and I want you to learn about your favorites as well. Lastly, and finally abouton to the actual article, in my article on Alabama I mentioned how I always saw them as the boy band of 80’s and 90’s country music because of their ability to harmonize. When Rascal Flatts hit the scene in 1999, in my head at least it felt to me like there was a passing of the torch so to speak. I know Alabama is still making music, but they aren’t quite as popular as Rascal Flatts. Rascal Flatts has, in my mind, become the new boy band of country music. As I stated before, I mean that in a positive way. Their vocal cohesiveness and ability to be perfectly in sync is why I feel that way.

Gary Wayne Vernon Jr. was born on July 10th 1970 in Columbus Ohio. You may know him better as Gary LeVox, the lead singer of Rascal Flatts. LeVox’s first musical performance was the ripe old age of eight. He was performing in a play at his church. After graduating from Olentangy High School in Lewis Center Ohio, LeVox attended and graduated from the Ohio State University. After his graduation, his second cousin, Jay DeMarcus convinced him to move to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997.

Jay DeMarcus (born Stanley Wayne DeMarcus Jr. on April 26th 1971 in Columbus Ohio), graduated from Tree of Life Christian School in Columbus, and attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tennessee from 1990 to 1992. During this time he traveled and played keyboard for the Christian New Harvest. In 1993, he co-founded another Christian group, East to West, and moved with them to Nashville, Tennessee. After four years, the group disbanded, so he called his second cousin LeVox. When LeVox arrived, he provided harmonies on an album for Michael English which DeMarcus was producing. The cousins engineered the album together, and became part of English’s back-up band. DeMarcus, being the multi-tasker he is, was also the bandleader for Chely Wright’s band. It was there he met the man who would become the third member of Rascal Flatts, Joe Don Rooney.

Rooney was born on September 13th, 1975 in Baxter Springs, Oklahoma, but was raised in Pitcher Oklahoma. He was in his first band, Uncle Thumbtak, by age 18. After relocating to Nashville, Rooney’s abilities on the guitar, bass and mandolin, got the attention of Chely Wright, so she picked him up to be in her band. One night, DeMarcus and LaVoxhad a gig at the Printer’s Alley nightclub. Their regular guitarist was unable to make it, so knowing of Rooney’s skills, DeMarcus invited Rooney to join them. The trio had amazing chemistry, but LaVox was initially skeptical of Rooney joining the group that night.

“I said, ‘You can’t leave me here by myself all night.’ He said ‘I gotta get up early, and build freakin’ pools and I guarantee you he doesn’t know anything we’re gonna do tonight.’” LaVox recalled in an interview with Billy Dukes of tasteofcountry.com.

Singer Mia Mason heard the group that night, and suggested to producers Mark Bright, and Marty Williams that they check out the trio. Bright and Williams presented Doug Howard, A&R at Lyric Street Records, a three track demo. Howard stated that they were “just incredible”. The day after Howard heard the demos, the band went into Lyric Street and played a few songs. According to Howard in an interview with HitQuarters: “The vocals and harmonies, it was all there—I was just blown away. The lead singer has such a unique and compelling voice.” The band signed with Lyric Street not long after.

A year or so later, the band, now called Rascal Flatts, made its debut with the single “Prayin’ for Daylight”. The single reached number three on the Billboard country charts, and the other three singles also reached the top ten. “This Everyday Love” hit number nine, “While You Loved Me” hit number seven, and “I’m Moving On” reached number 4 and was named Song of the Year by the academy of country music in 2002. The self-titled album topped out at number three on the country albums chart and is certified double platinum.

In my opinion, modern country has gotten away from the country roots from which they stem. For example, if you listen to Hank Williams and compare it to a modern artist like Thomas Rhett, they can barely even be considered the same genre. The same goes for rock, rap, and pop, but I feel like country has strayed further. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, I’m not saying it’s a good thing. I’m just pointing out something I noticed. You may be wondering why this little diatribe is in a career review of Rascal Flatts. Well some people say that Garth Brooks was the start of the more poppy sound of modern country, and he may have started it, but I feel like Rascal Flatts took it further. Yes Alabama had amazing vocal harmonies as well, but their songs were distinctly country, while Rascal Flatts has a more pop feel to the instrumentals, vocals, and lyrical content, causing their demographic to be a lot younger than most country acts. Again, not saying any of this is a bad thing, it’s just something I noticed. Anyway, back to what you came to read.

Rascal Flatts released their second album, entitled “Melt” in 2002. They were more involved with this album by co-producing it. The first single, “These Days”, reached number one on the country charts. “Mayberry”, another single from “Melt” also reached number one, while “Love You Out Loud” reached number three and “I Melt” reached number two. The album hit the top of the country albums chart and is certified triple platinum.

In 2004, Rascal Flatts released their third album to more critical acclaim. “Feels Like Today” reached number one on the country albums chart and Billboard 200 chart, while all four singles reached the top ten. “Bless the Broken Road” and  “Fast Cars and Freedom” both hit number one, while “Skin (Sarabeth)” hit number two and “Feels Like Today” peaked at number nine. The album is one of only two Rascal Flatts albums to be certified five time platinum.

It takes a true artist to create a song that is not only pleasing to the ear, but also tells a compelling story, and Rascal Flatts nailed that combo with “Skin (Sarahbeth)” If you haven’t heard it before, deffinetly check it out. I won’t spoil anything for you, but it is definitely my favorite song by Rascal Flatts.

The first single off of their fourth studio album “Me and My Gang”, “What Hurts the Most”, was a cover of the 2003 Mark Willis track of the same name. “What Hurts The most hit number one on the Hot Country Songs chart as well as the Adult Contemporary chart. “My Wish”, and “Stand” both also reached number one, while the title track peaked at number six. The parent album reached number one on both the Top Country Albums chart, and the Billboard 200 chart. It also became their second album to be certified five times platinum. The album also had the highest debut of 2006 with 722,000 units in the month of April, spent 15 weeks at number one, and was the second highest selling album of the year. The huge success helped Rascal Flatts become the highest selling artist out of every genre of music, an accomplishment that hadn’t been achieved by a country act in fifteen years.

Their fifth album, “Still Feels Good”, wasn’t quite the monumental success of “Me and My Gang”, but did fairly well. It featured two number one singles, “Take Me There” and “Here”, as well as two singles that reached number two, “Winner at a Loosing Game”, and “Every Day”. The album did reach number one on the country albums and Billboard 200 charts, but was only certified double platinum. Now I know double platinum is nothing to shake a stick at, but considering their previous two albums were five times platinum, it’s a huge decrease in sales. It’s like comparing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to “Bad”. The latter was certified nine times platinum, which is insanely successful, but “Thriller” is one of the top selling albums of all time. After the recent change in RIAA certification policies to include streaming (more details at http://cubradio.com/blog/details.cfm?clientid=35&id=205899#.VuBEJ_krKM8 ), “Thriller” is now 32x platinum. That is insanely hard….no it’s impossible to follow up. Rascal Flatts had to follow up two consecutive five times platinum albums, and did a decent job, but the “Still Feels Good” single “Bob That Head” became their first single to miss the top ten.

In 2008, they released their first greatest hits album. Enough said about that. I’m not a fan of the easy money grab.

The first single from their sixth studio album, “Unstoppable, was “Here Comes Goodbye”. The track became the group’s tenth number one single, while “Summer Nights” reached number two, and “Unstoppable” peaked at number seven. “Why” barley broke the top twenty reaching number 18. The album hit number one on both the country album and Billboard 200 charts, but was only certified platinum.

After ten years of collaboration and recording with Lyric Street, the studio closed its doors, leaving Rascal Flatts to sign with a new studio. It didn’t take long for the group and Big Machine Records to strike a deal. By November, Rascal Flatts had their seventh album on store shelves. The first single with Big Machine was “Why Wait”. The track wasn’t quite as successful as previous lead off singles reaching number one on the country songs chart, but only number 48 on the Hot 100 chart. Again, a country song making that chart isn’t exactly a regular occurrence, but when they had reached number one in several previous tracks, this could be seen as a slight downfall. The other two singles also reached the top five on the country songs chart. “I Won’t Let Go” reached number two and “Easy” reached number three. The album itself also reached number three while being certified platinum in the U.S. and gold in Canada.

In 2012, Rascal Flatts released their eighth studio album, “Changed”. It’s first single, “Banjo”, became the trio’s twelfth number one single. The second single, “Come Wake Me Up”, broke the top ten as well reaching number eight. The title track didn’t quite fair as well, only reaching number 25. The album did fair a lot better than the previous, reaching number one on the country albums chart, and number three on the Billboard 200 chart.

2012 was a big year for the trio for another reason as well. That was the year they received the 2,480th start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They received theirs a week after fellow Oklahoman, Vince Gill. 2012 also saw the group open a restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, and expanded to other locations in 2013 and 2014. 2013 was a big year as well, seeing the trio co-headline Super Bowl XLVII with Journey.

In May, 2014, the trio released their ninth studio album, “Rewind”. The titular single was part of a controversy involving the trio. Rascal Flatts performed at the Academy of Country Music Awards show. After the show, they admitted they were lip-syncing the song because LaVox had lost his voice. The song didn’t fair very well on the charts either, only reaching number twenty two. “Payback” didn’t break the top twenty either, only reaching number twenty one. The other two singles didn’t do much better either, with “Riot” reaching number twenty, and “I Like the Sound of That” reaching number fifteen.

Rascal Flatts has taken their fame well. They have helped support music education in U.S. public schools with a PSA entitled “Little Kids Rock”. They also are involved with the Make A Wish Foundation. They helped raise over one million dollars for the foundation.

Although their sales and chart success has been on the decline, I think Racal Flatts has another huge album hidden in them somewhere. I believe there is another “Skin (Sarabeth)” in there somewhere. They have been doing their thing for fifteen years, and have twelve number one singles to their credit, but I think they could make that into thirty years and twenty four number one singles. Well LaVox, DeMarcus, and Rooney, prove me right.

 

 

 

Are you ready for the question? What song did I say was my favorite Rascal Flatts song? To answer, email me at theguyontheradio51@gmail.com. You will have until Sunday night at 11:59 pm to answer. On Monday, I will randomly select a winner out of everyone that gets the answer correct. Make sure the subject line says “Featured artist question of the week” so I can easily spot it. In the email also include your name and a phone number. Good luck!

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Lakeshore News

The April Service Excellence Star Award Winner is Announced

April 2016 Cory 2.JPGFelician Village announces Cory Neuser, Independent Living Coordinator, won the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of April.

Cory’s nomination: “Cory has gone over and above her job duties by being supportive in planning of all the extra events and gatherings held at The Gardens. Cory not only supports, but works together with the team creating memorable experiences for our guests and current Gardens residents. Cory also believes in customer experience which shows in her work ethic. Cory is peaceful, serene, empathetic, loving, kind and compassionate in all her conversations with residents, resident’s families and staff.”

About the Service Excellence Star Award
In conjunction with Felician Village’s Service Excellence initiative and Resident Firstsm philosophy, selection is based on the employee’s conduct as it reflects Felician Village values. Service Excellence is a way of consciously living out the mission and core values of Felician Village and fostering an environment that creates exceptional experiences for all.

Co-workers, residents, family members and visitors are encouraged to nominate an employee to be considered for the Service Excellence Star Award. The award subcommittee reviews the completed nomination forms monthly and a winner is selected.

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