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Holiday Promotions Can Cause Confusion

Doorbusters!  Black Friday Savings!  Cyber Monday!  Special Buy!

Holiday advertisements are full of breathless promotions of special sales and offers.  But the devil is in the details.  There are limitations and they tend to be relegated to the fine print:

Quantities limited.  No rain checks or substitutes.  One day only.  While supplies last.  Additional discounts do not apply.  After rebate.  Limit one of each item per customer.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks shoppers to pay close attention to the sales stipulations in this season’s online and print ads.

“Ads set high expectations for holiday deals, but shoppers could walk away disappointed if they have not familiarized themselves with each retailer’s unique sales policies,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.  “As you search fliers and online promotions, make it a habit to read and understand the fine print.”

Retailers’ hours of business, item quantities, and return policies can all differ from normal operation and have additional constraints during holiday special events.  Some discounts are only offered in store while others may require the use of a retailer’s website or app.

Other simple tips to remember when you are shopping for deals this holiday season include:

  • Keep ads available and take note of any special prices while you shop online or in store.
  • Some one day deals may require tickets that you receive at the front door of the store and these tickets may be limited.
  • A store’s price match policies may not apply to sale items listed in holiday ads.
  • Make sure you understand return/refund/exchange policies before you buy.  Retailers may have alternative policies in place for holiday sales, and online purchases may not necessarily be eligible for in-store returns.  Keep your receipts.
  • Remember to pick up or print off a gift receipt for the gift recipient.
  • Be aware that clearance and “open items” may have different return policies or not be returnable at all.

Wisconsin law requires stores to charge their lowest advertised price for a product and to refund any overcharge, so it is important for consumers to keep an eye on the prices at the register or in the online shopping cart.  Special pricing may only apply to specific products, so be sure that you have the correct item and model name or number before you start to checkout.  Speak up if you believe that an item did not register at its advertised price.

If you are charged the wrong price on an item and the business will not correct the error, file a complaint with DATCP’s Weights and Measures Bureau, visit datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to datcpweightsandmeasures@wi.gov or call 608-224-4942.

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Appeal on Dassey Release

U.S. magistrate judge William Duffin ordered that Brendan Dassey be released from prison by eight tomorrow evening. Dassey was convicted along with his uncle Steven Avery of killing Teresea Halbach in 2005 .  Duffin overturned Dassey’s conviction in August saying investigators tricked him into confessing. Duffin ordered Dassey released Monday. State Attorney General Brad Schimel asked Duffin Tuesday to stay his ruling but he overruled it.

Should Brendan Dassey go free by 8 p-m Friday…there are reports he will be living in a family-owned trailer with his mother about100 miles from the city of Manitowoc in the town of Stephenson just west of Crivitz. Dassey would spend one to three months at the rural location and then possibly move to a location in Brown county. Dassy’s attorney reportedly said; by moving to the town of Stephenson, it would minimize disruption for the Manitowoc community, the Halbach family.  When released, Dassey will be under the supervision of the United States probation office. The state justice department planned to file an emergency motion to the 7th u.s. circuit court of appeals in Chicago seeking to block Dassey’s release.

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Suicidal Man Climbs Tower in Manitowoc

A 40-year old Manitowoc man is in protective custody today after-he climbed a communications tower in downtown Manitowoc and stayed there for nearly 9-hours.  The initial report of a male subject climbing the communications tower next to the county’s joint dispatch center came-in about 5-yesterday afternoon. Despite efforts from police officers, crisis negotiators from the sheriff’s office and a tower rescue unit from Appleton, the distraught man climbed to the top of the tower an estimated 150-feet.  He was drinking & throwing cans into the parking lot below and at one point made reference to a weapon in his possession.  The male was coaxed to climb down about 2-this morning and received treatment for exposure to the cold at a local hospital. He faces possible charges of criminal trespass & disorderly conduct.

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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.

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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 AAA.com 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 AAA.com 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 AAA.com/mobile.

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.

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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 lakeshorehumane.org for adoption application and to see adoptable pets. For more information about BISSELL Pet Foundation, please go to bissellpetfoundation.org.

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.

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