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October Service Excellence Star Award Winner

Oct 2016 Josh2 (1).JPGFelician Village announces Josh Vetter, Nursing Scheduler, was chosen for the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of October.

Josh’s nomination: “I am in nursing school and my schedule is very fluid. Josh has been totally willing to make any adjustments I’ve asked for, even when it really inconvenienced him. He has just taken it upon himself to solve the issue without a hint of complaint. I’m grateful he is the one in that position.”

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.

Each month 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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Reward Posted for Bank Arson in Milwaukee Violence

There is now a ten-thousand dollar reward for tips that lead to a conviction in a bank fire during Milwaukee’s Sherman Park violence in August. The U-S Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives put up the reward, and the agency is joining Milwaukee Police in asking for people’s help in solving the arson at a BMO Harris Bank branch. Video from surveillance cameras was released yesterday. Police say several people broke windows, and one person started a fire that spread through the building and caused one-million dollars of damage. It happened during the second day of violence in Sherman Park, which followed the police shooting death of Sylville Smith — and officials say the bank was among eight businesses and six police cars damaged.



Thanksgiving Travel

– AAA projects that 48.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving, an increase of one million travelers compared with last year. This represents a 1.9 percent increase over 2015, and the most Thanksgiving travelers since 2007.

Why the Increase?
This year’s increase in Thanksgiving travel is spurred by improvements in the economy during the second half of the year, including rising wages, increased consumer spending and overall strength in consumer confidence. Despite incremental increases in the national average price of gasoline during the past couple months, AAA estimates U.S. drivers have saved more than $28 billion so far at the pumps this year compared to the same period last year.

“This is the most traveled holiday of the year, and as usual, there is an emphasis on road trips,” said Joseph J. Richardson Jr., President and CEO of AAA – The Auto Club Group. “If you are one of the 43.5 million people on the road, we urge you to be patient in traffic and limit distractions while behind the wheel.”

Travel Dates
The Thanksgiving holiday travel period is defined as Wednesday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 27 – the same duration as last year. The most popular travel dates are the Wednesday before the holiday and the Sunday after.

  Total Shift Auto Shift Air Shift Other Shift
National 48.7 million +1.8% 43.5 million +1.9% 3.7 million +1.6% 1.4 million +0.8%
Wisconsin 1,013,299 +1.8% 913,209 2.1% 72,192 -1.8% 27,896 +.09%






Driving remains most popular mode of travel for Thanksgiving
The vast majority—more than 89 percent—of holiday travelers will drive this Thanksgiving. The 43.5 million Americans planning a Thanksgiving road trip represents an increase of 1.9 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase 1.6 percent, with 3.69 million Americans flying to their holiday destinations. Travel by other modes of transportation, including cruises, trains and buses, will increase only slightly this Thanksgiving, to 1.44 million travelers.

Thanksgiving gas prices second-cheapest in nearly a decade
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.17, 12 cents more than the average price on Thanksgiving Day 2015 ($2.05). If prices dip below last year’s levels, regular unleaded will be the cheapest since 2008, when the national average was $1.85. In Wisconsin, the current average price of $2.03 is almost a quarter less than this time last year ($2.27).  Average pump prices in Minnesota are generally cheaper than in Wisconsin, while those traveling south to Illinois will see higher prices along their route.

“Gas prices are now on a similar course as last year, due in large part to lower oil prices,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “On this day last year, pump prices began a streak of declines that continued through the end of the month. Whether that happens again will depend on which direction oil prices go from here.”

Thanksgiving airfares, hotel rates and car rental prices mixed
According to AAA’s Leisure Travel Index, airfares are projected to increase 21 percent this Thanksgiving, landing at an average of $205 for a roundtrip flight for the top 40 domestic routes. Rates for AAA Three Diamond Rated lodgings are expected to remain flat, with travelers spending an average of $155 per night. The average rate for a AAA Two Diamond Rated hotel has risen four percent with an average nightly cost of $123. Daily car rental rates will average $52, 13 percent lower than last Thanksgiving.

Many travelers will journey west this Thanksgiving
This year’s top destinations for Thanksgiving include many popular west coast cities, as well as perennial family-friendly favorites. The most popular destinations this Thanksgiving, based on bookings, are:

  1. Las Vegas, Nevada
  2. San Francisco, California
  3. San Diego, California
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. New York City, New York
  6. New Orleans, Louisiana
  7. Anaheim, California
  8. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. Seattle, Washington

AAA will rescue thousands of motorists this Thanksgiving
AAA expects to rescue more than 370,000 motorists this Thanksgiving, with the primary reasons being dead batteries, flat tires and lockouts. AAA recommends that motorists check the condition of their battery and tires and pack emergency kits in their vehicles before heading out on a holiday getaway. Drivers should have their vehicles inspected by a trusted repair shop, such as one of the nearly 7,000 AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities across North America. Members can download the AAA Mobile app, visit or call 1-800-AAA-HELP to request roadside assistance.

Download the AAA Mobile app before a Thanksgiving getaway
Before setting out on a Thanksgiving trip, travelers should download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can help map a route, find lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, make travel arrangements, request AAA roadside assistance, find AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities and more. Learn more at

With the AAA Mobile app, travelers can also find more than 58,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated hotels and restaurants. AAA’s is the only rating system that uses full-time, professionally trained evaluators to inspect each property on an annual basis. Every AAA Approved establishment offers the assurance of acceptable cleanliness, comfort and hospitality, and ratings of One to Five Diamonds help travelers find the right match for amenities and services.

About the travel forecast:

AAA’s projections are based on economic forecasting and research by IHS Markit. The London-based business information provider teamed with AAA in 2009 to jointly analyze travel trends during major holidays. AAA has been reporting on holiday travel trends for more than two decades. The complete AAA/IHS 2016 Thanksgiving holiday travel forecast can be found here.

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 56 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.


Empty the Shelter Campaign

BISSELL Pet Foundation (BPF) announces EMPTY THE SHELTERS, a free pet adoption event, will be held Saturday, November 19th from 11am-4pm at Lakeshore Humane Society (LHS) in Manitowoc, WI. BPF will pay all adoption fees which average $135 for dogs and $70 for cats.

BPF, a national nonprofit headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, seeks to make a significant impact on pet homelessness with EMPTY THE SHELTERS events across the country. In October, BPF emptied 57 shelters in Michigan with 1,960 pets adopted. LHS took notice of this success and contacted BPF to be considered in the future. As a result, LHS will be one of five shelters nationwide to participate in EMPTY THE SHELTERS on the 19th as part of a test program for a prospective national rollout of the BPF event.

Additionally, LHS will partner with other animal welfare organizations in an effort to find forever homes for the most cats and dogs possible. As many as 150 cats and 30 dogs are expected to be available. Families who choose adoption at LHS during EMPTY THE SHELTERS will only be responsible for licensing fees.

“Our goal for EMPTY THE SHELTERS is to encourage people considering a pet to choose adoption first,” Cathy Bissell notes. “We hope that families in the Manitowoc area will open their hearts to the wonderful cats and dogs at Lakeshore Humane Society to give them a much-deserved, second chance at life.”

Millions of pets are abandoned or released to shelters and rescue organizations each year with nearly half euthanized because they are unable to find new homes. BPF is committed to solving this problem by supporting animal welfare organizations through adoption, spay/neuter, microchipping and foster care programs.

Lakeshore Humane Society is located at 1551 N. 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220. Adoption requirements include: proof of vaccination of current pets and proof of home ownership/ pet policy in rental agreement, if applicable. Other restrictions may apply and adopters are encouraged to come prepared with all adoption requirements. Please visit for adoption application and to see adoptable pets. For more information about BISSELL Pet Foundation, please go to

About BISSELL Pet Foundation
BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treatment of animals through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, BISSELL Pet Foundation is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 140-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.

About BISSELL Homecare, Inc. For 140 years and counting, Michigan-based BISSELL Homecare, Inc. has developed innovative floor care solutions that make cleaning easier. As the top-selling brand in floor care appliances based on NPD unit sales, BISSELL understands that fuller lives often mean more messes, and that convenient cleaning tools help us embrace life’s messier moments. Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, the company supplies households across the globe with vacuums, sweepers, deep-cleaning machines, hard floor cleaners and cleaning formulas.



Next Up for NASCAR: Miami

The 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is moving from the Desert Southwest to South Florida for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The season’s final race is here – Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 – with defending series champion Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano still in the hunt for the title. Busch entered this year’s post-season as the Number-1 seed and is bidding to become the first driver with back-to-back Cup Series championships since Johnson put five in a row together from 2006 through 2010. Busch is the only one of the four top seeds still in title contention. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin and 2014 champion Kevin Harvick have all been eliminated … Chase participants have won the season finale in Miami in nine of the twelve years it’s been run as part of NASCAR’s “post-season” format. The non-title contenders to win the Homestead finale during that stretch are Greg Biffle in 2004 and 2006, and Hamlin in 2013.


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State to Challenge Order to Free Dassey

Brendan Dassey is still behind bars, as the state challenges a federal judge’s order to free the Manitowoc County man whose conviction was overturned after the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.” Milwaukee Magistrate Judge William Duffin says the 27-year-old Dassey must get a supervised release from prison with a number of conditions until the case is settled. Attorney General Brad Schimel says he’s filing an emergency request to delay the judge’s decision until the state can make its case for keeping Dassey imprisoned — but a Dassey lawyer expects his client “home by Thanksgiving.” Duffin says Dassey is not likely to flee if he’s let go, because his family is based in northeast Wisconsin and a detailed plan for his freedom includes time with an area social worker. Duffin ruled in August that Dassey’s conviction be thrown out for the Halloween 2005 killing of Teresa Halbach — and the state is appealing that ruling, as well as an effort by Dassey’s uncle Steven Avery to have a new trial in his case.


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Parks Restrooms Winterizing

The Parks Division has winterized and closed most parks restrooms and drinking fountains for the winter. Three public restrooms, Silver Creek Park, Manitou Park and Lincoln Park Cabin #1, will remain open all winter for winter recreational activities.

For more information about Parks facilities, facility rentals and other parks information check out our website at, click on Departments and Park and Recreation.

Sign up for text or email alerts by visiting and clicking on the Notify Me button in the lower left corner and follow the instructions.

You can also contact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Parks Division between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm, Monday – Friday at 686-3580.


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Manitowoc Leaf Pick Up

November 14 – 18th is the last scheduled week for leaf pickup. At this point, there are no additional pickups scheduled.

Streets with a parking lane (you can park in front of your residence), leaves should be raked into the parking lane the night before your pickup.

Streets without a parking lane, leaves should be placed on the terrace (grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb).

There is a residential NO PARKING BAN from 7 AM to 3 PM on the day of your pickup, which again is the same day as your Street Sweeping Parking Ban. Vehicles parked on the street during that time will be ticketed. This is being implemented to facilitate picking up the leaves much faster. To find a map of the leaf pickup sections, go to and click on the fall leaf pickup on the main page.

Leaf pickup ends on November 18th.

No brush or garden waste will be picked up. Residents may take brush and garden waste to the Manitowoc County compost sites or contact a private hauler. For information about the compost sites call 683-4333.

Safety for residents and crews is important. If you see crews picking up leaves, please give them room. Large equipment backs up frequently and we want everyone to be safe.



Evergreen Cemetery Water Shut Off

Cemetery staff is preparing for winter. Water will be shut off in Evergreen Cemetery the week of November 14th. Weather pending, in Spring it will be turned back on when temperatures are consistently above freezing and frost is out of the ground.

Please make sure to remove all items on the ground (ie: solar lights, statues, figures, etc.) for the winter. If items are not removed they could be damaged by snow removal for winter burials. Winter decorations may be placed after November 15, 2016. Decorations should be kept close the maker, so as to minimize damage from snow blowing for a burial in the nearby area.

Sign up for News Flash and/or Emergency Alert texts or e-mails about activities in the City by going to Click on the Notify Me button in the lower left of the page and follow the instructions.
For additional information, contact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Cemetery and Parks Division between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm, Monday – Friday at 686-3570, or check out our website at