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Fight in Washington Park

On Tuesday night, June 21st, at approximately 9:45pm, Manitowoc Police responded to a fight in progress at the basketball courts in Washington Park.

It was determined two local Manitowoc men, ages 20 and 38, were arguing over a woman, when their confrontation escalated into a fist fight.

When they finally separated, the 38 year old man walked off, only to return to the scene a few minutes later in his vehicle. The 38 year old man drove his vehicle into the park near the basketball courts and erratically circled the south end of park in what appeared to be an effort to strike people with his vehicle. Several people had to quickly scurry out of the way to avoid being struck, and some even jumped onto picnic tables to avoid being run down.

The 38 year old man finally drove off, but returned once again on foot, apparently to continue to the confrontation, when he was arrested by Manitowoc Police. The 20 year old man was also pulled over as he attempted to drive away from the area in his own vehicle.

The 20 year old man was cited for Disorderly Conduct and released. He has been formally expelled from entering into all Manitowoc Parks for the next 30 days.

The 38 year old man was arrested and jailed for the felony charge of Recklessly Endangering Safety. He has been expelled from entering into all Manitowoc Parks for one year.

Fortunately, nobody was struck or injured by the hostile driver.

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Lakeshore News

June Winner of Felician Village Excellence Award

Ron June 2 (2).JPGFelician Village announces Ron Gosz, Maintenance Technician, won the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of June.
Ron’s nomination: “Thanks for demonstrating our Resident First philosophy. Ron flexed his hours two days to paint in the St. Francis household – coming in at 4 a.m. so he would be done before breakfast. The painting really helps to brighten things up. We appreciate your willingness to do this before most residents woke so it did not alter their routine.”
In photo: (left to right) Rick Hodgson, Director of Plant Operations, Ron Gosz, Service Excellence Award Winner and Aaron Seng, Director of Mission Services.
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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Park Closures

SILVER CREEK PARK – PARK CLOSURES
Disc golf holes six and eight will be closed until further notice.

Due to the number of trees posing a public safety risk at Silver Creek Park, the park will be closed for storm damage tree work as follows:

Thursday, June 16, 2016 Noon – 4 PM
Friday, June 17, 2016 6 AM – 4 PM
Monday, June 20, 2016 6 AM – 4 PM

If you need visit the park outside of these hours, please avoid the caution taped areas.
DEWEY STREET SKATEBOARD PARK – CLOSED
Due to a tree down damaging the Skateboard Park, it will be closed until further notice.

Check the City of Manitowoc website for updates on Park Closures.

For additional information regarding these Park Closures, contact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Parks Division at 686-3580.

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Beware of Fake Vacation Rental Ads Online

Online classified advertisements on websites like Craigslist, Etsy or eBay Classifieds are a double-edged sword.  On one hand, they offer a convenient means of setting up transactions like buying or selling goods, posting or finding jobs, and listing or seeking rental properties.  But on the other hand, the open nature of these sites that appeals to their users also appeals to scammers.

With the summer travel season underway, be on the lookout for too-good-to-be-true vacation and house rental deals in online classified ads.  A disturbing trend involves scammers ripping pictures and descriptions of properties from real estate listings and posting the information to a classified ad as a rental property.  When interested renters inquire, the “owner” of the rental claims to be out of town and offers to send the keys for the property if a security deposit and first month’s rent are paid upfront, typically by wire transfer.  These crooks just take the money and run.

Imposter scams are the primary ways con artists use these sites to victimize the public.  Fraudsters regularly post fake ads for rentals, employment opportunities and products for sale.  According to Craigslist’s safety page, most of these rip-offs share a number of common characteristics:

  • You are interacting by email or text with someone who is not in your area;
  • The transaction begins with a vague initial inquiry and the back and forth communications are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors;
  • You are asked to make a payment by wire transfer, prepaid debit card, PayPal or another service that provides instant transactions that leave little trace; and
  • The other party either refuses to meet or claims to be unable to meet face-to-face to complete the transaction.

Some tips to remember when dealing with another party through an online classified ad:

  • If you are making a purchase or selling an item, deal locally and meet face-to-face with the other party in a public place.  Some police departments offer their constituents their station lobbies or parking lots as “safe zones” to use for transactions (call your local department to inquire before establishing it as the meeting point).
  • Always be suspicious of over-the-top claims and too-good-to-be-true prices.
  • Never wire funds to strangers or provide the code and PIN from a prepaid debit or gift card.
  • Never rent a property sight unseen or provide information for a background check for a rental or a job until you have met a potential landlord or employer in person.
  • If someone sends you a check and asks you to cash it and return a portion or send a portion to another person, it is a scam.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at http://datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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Community Events, Lakeshore News

Felician Village Recognizes Years of Service from Employees

The Annual Employee Service Awards ceremony was held May 11 in the Village Hall. The event commemorated employees for their tenure at Felician Village. The following list recognizes each employee for their respective years of employment:
Five years
Rosemary Kennedy – Restorative Aide
Renee Thompson – Donor Development Officer
10 years
Michael Hardow – Electronic Appliances Technician
Sharon Skubal – Resident Assistant (Assisted Living)
15 years
Jennifer King – Billing Specialist
Miroslawa Nowak – Resident Assistant/CNA
Julie Larson – Café Supervisor
Barbara Engelbrecht – Business Office Manager
20 years
Daphne Heyn – Med Tech
Gary Stryhn – Director of Plant Operations
25 years
Theresa Hecker – Resident Assistant/CNA
Katherine Woodham – Dining Services
30 years
Diane Deitte – Resident Assistant (Assisted Living)
35 years
Sandra Wondrash – Med Tech
40 years
Denise King – Receptionist
Each of the employees received a certificate recognizing their dedicated work over the years. In comments made during the celebration, Joyce Greenwood-Aerts, Director of Human Resources, expressed appreciation on behalf of the organization as well as the many residents and family members served by these employees.
Photos are attached.

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Wisconsin Strawberry Season Arrived

Fields all over Wisconsin are starting to turn red with fresh, juicy, delicious, homegrown strawberries!

Strawberry season is only here for a short two to three weeks during the month of June and early July. The start of the season varies from farm to farm depending on a number of factors. Some factors may include the varieties that are grown, the location of the farm in the state, and of course the weather. Because of these factors, your local grower might be just starting to see ripe berries, and other growers might already be at the market.

Now is the time to take advantage of this short berry season! We highly suggest experiencing it for yourself by taking a trip with family and friends to a local farm and pick your own fresh strawberries right out of the field. If you prefer to skip the experience and get straight to the berry, many growers also offer pre-picked berries available for pick up on the farm or at your local farmers’ markets. Growers comment that “It’s a good idea to contact the farm before making the trip to ensure that they are open and have berries available.”

For a list of Wisconsin Berry Growers Association members, check us out online at http://www.wiberries.org and click on “Where to Pick”. Enter your city and state or zip code and locate a grower near you! Our member listings include a berry update, if available, as well as links to member websites and facebook pages with current information on the condition of the fields and berry availability.

We encourage you to contact a Local WBGA member who can address additional questions in regards to strawberries, crop conditions, and the berry season in your area and we hope you enjoy your Wisconsin grown strawberries!

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Lakeshore News

Man Killed in Industrial Crane Accident

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused an overhead crane accident that killed a worker at a plant in central Wisconsin. A 51-year-old man died in Tuesday’s incident at Crystal Finishing Systems in Mosinee. Company president Mark Matthiae says there were no witnesses, and his firm is working with local law enforcement and the U-S Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine what happened. The victim’s name was not immediately released, and Matthiae says he worked at the plant for about seven years. Crystal Finishing is an aluminum fabricating and coating firm that employs about 160 people in Mosinee, and more than 600 others in Schofield and River Falls.

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Deceased Body Found in Brillion

The body of a 28-year-old deceased male was discovered early last evening in the town of Brillion.

Lieutenant Mark Wiegert of the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department says they received a call at about 6:40 p.m. from two hikers who indicated they located the body in the woods at the Brillion Nature Center off of County Highway PP — approximately one quarter mile from the roadway near a walking trail.

Authorities say the death does not appear to be suspicious and an autopsy will be performed today by the Fond du Lac County medical examiners office.

The name of the victim if being withheld pending notification of relatives.

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YMCA Vehicle Crash in Manitowoc

During the morning of June 13th, 2016, Manitowoc Police were dispatched to a vehicle crash in the YMCA parking lot at 205 Maritime Dr. When officers arrived, they learned that a 45 year-old Two Rivers woman was driving her vehicle southbound on Maritime Drive when her vehicle went out of control. She reported that her brakes did not work, the car pulled to the left, and police later determined that the vehicle’s tires was not properly maintained. The vehicle entered the YMCA parking lot uncontrolled, crashing into a tree and a total of eight parked vehicles, causing significant damage to all vehicles. Fortunately, there were no pedestrians walking through the parking lot at the time of the crash and the driver was not injured.

Most vehicles were towed from the scene of the crash and the driver of the vehicle was cited for Failure to Have Control of her vehicle. The Manitowoc Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Manitowoc Fire Department.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Police Department at 686-6551.

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Lakeshore’s Risings Stars Announces Top 10 Finalists Set to Entertain Audiences this Summer

Hopeful and excited singers lined up around the block of the historic Capitol Civic Centre in downtown Manitowoc on Saturday to audition for season 3 of Lakeshore’s Rising Stars. Wisconsin’s premiere vocal competition, Lakeshore’s Rising Stars presented by Bank First National, returns nearly 10 years after it first premiered in 2006. The Seehafer Broadcasting Corp. production proves to be exceptional this season as 10 talented contestants battle to become the next ‘Rising Star’.

A batch of 49 singers advanced from Saturday auditions and returned Sunday to perform on stage for a panel of judges. They showed off their voices and entertainment skills in hopes of qualifying for the Top 10 and a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize!

The Top 10 finalists are Megan Burback (Manitowoc), Jemma Hermann (Two Rivers), Tiffnee Julian (Green Bay), Hannah Mrozak (Richfield), Amanda Satchell (Franklin), Katie Sievert (Manitowoc), Kevin Sievert (Manitowoc), Karly Tellekson (Wisconsin Rapids), Jesse Torres (Sheboygan) and Ashley Lorge (Sheboygan).

The talented Rising Stars Band will accompany the singers at each show. Members include Adam Opperman (bass), Jacob Opperman (sax), Marty Scheuer Jr. (drums), Jack Naus (horns), Kyle Matenaer (keys), and Keith Krumrich (guitar).

Singers will perform for a live audience and receive feedback from a panel of judges based on vocal performance, stage presence and overall entertainment. Fans then have the chance to vote for their favorite singer immediately after the show as well as throughout the week at sponsor locations. Each week the lowest-ranking singer will be eliminated until five remain for the show-stopping finale on August 20.

Don’t miss the return of Lakeshore’s Rising Stars! The first show, featuring special guest judge Ron Kalista of the Vic Ferrari Band, kicks off on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30pm. Stop down at the Capitol Civic Centre to purchase tickets or call the CCC Box Office at 920-683-2184.

For further information visit http://lakeshoresrisingstars.com/

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