Recap of Last Year’s Phoenix Race

What had been a dramatic, intense build-up to Ford Championship Weekend came to a quiet close on a Sunday night at Phoenix International Raceway when rain shortened the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 … putting Dale Earnhardt Junior in Victory Lane and filling The Championship Four with Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Martin Truex Junior. Persistent rain delayed the start of the race by nearly seven hours. Once the green flag flew, Harvick established himself as the man to beat – dominating the first half of the race in his bid for a fifth straight win on the one-mile desert oval. As the race passed the halfway point, showers approached the track again. A well-timed pit stop by Earnhardt had the Number-88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet well-placed at the front of the field when the race was stopped and ultimately ended ninety-three laps shy of its scheduled distance. Harvick finished second with third-place going to Joey Logano, who failed to qualify for the Championship Round despite posting a series-leading six wins.


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Layaway – Different Stores Different Rules

Layaway is underway at many stores throughout Wisconsin.  This popular offering allows shoppers to lock down the most exciting gifts of the season by putting them on hold while they pay off the item in segments.  Layaway is typically a fairly cut-and-dry process, but variances in fees and policies between retailers can make things confusing for a consumer.  To avoid any surprises, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks shoppers to study up on each store’s respective policies before agreeing to a layaway plan.

“Some stores require a setup fee in order to kick off a layaway plan, and you could get hit with a cancellation charge if you need to back out of the agreement,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.  “Because these types of details vary by retailer, you need to read and understand any layaway documentation the store provides before you make an agreement and an initial payment.”

Some retailers offer consumers the opportunity to shop at brick-and-mortar stores for their items and make the layaway payments online, but layaway on an online purchase may have different terms from those in the store.  For example, physical stores may require you to make incremental payments within certain monthly timeframes, but the online layaway terms may require scheduled withdrawals from your checking account or through a third-party payment service.  Read the fine print on the website closely and call the company’s customer service line if you have any questions before you make a down payment.

DATCP offers the following tips to help research a layaway program:

Layaway terms:

  • Find out how much time you have to make all of the required payments, when the payments are due and the minimum payment required.
  • Ask about service or setup fees.
  • Ask what happens to the contract if you are late or miss a payment.  Are there penalty fees?  Will your contract be cancelled? Will the merchandise be returned to inventory?

Refund policies:

  • If you decide you don’t want the merchandise after you’ve made some or all the payments, can you get a refund?  Ask upfront.
  • Retailers’ policies may differ:  some give you all your money back; others may charge a non-refundable service fee; others may offer a merchant credit for the amount you paid.

Get the merchant’s layaway policy in writing and keep receipts of the payments you make on the merchandise.  These documents may come in handy if you have a problem with the seller.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at datcp.wisconsin.gov, call the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or send an e-mail to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov.

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Phoenix Tripleheader This Weekend

There are more than one hundred drivers entered across NASCAR’s three national series for this coming weekend’s tripleheader at Phoenix International Raceway. At this point of the post-season, just three are certain they’ll be racing for a championship the following weekend in Miami. In the Sprint Cup Series, Carl Edwards and Jimmie Johnson have advanced by virtue of victories in the semifinal round of the Chase. Six drivers remain in contention for the final two spots, with Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch – both former champions – likely facing a must-win situation to move on. In the inaugural Truck Series Chase, Johnny Sauter has swept the first two races in the Round of Six and will seek his first championship next week in Miami. Five drivers are left to battle for the three other spots. And in the X-FINITY Series, six drivers are currently in the mix for a berth in The Championship Four that will head to South Florida for the November 19th season finale.


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Local Election Results

Manitowoc County Election Results:

(as of 11/8/16 10:35pm –  30 of 43 units reported) PLEASE HIT REFRESH FOR MOST CURRENT UPDATES

President/Vice President:

Trump/Pence (Republican) 16625

Clinton/Kaine (Democratic) 10537

Castle/Bradley (Constitutional) 168

Johnson/Weld (Libertarian) 1120

Stein/Baraka (Wis Grn) 17240

Moorehead/Lilly (WWP) 20

Delafuente/Steinberg (ADP) 14

Scattering (scattering) 152


Johnson (Republican) 17162

Feingold (Democratic) 10278

Anderson (Libertarian) 1189

Scattering (scattering) 7

Rep in Congress 6th District:

Grothman (Republican) 16005

Lloyd (Democratic) 9541

Dahlke (Independent) 2003

Scattering (scattering) 10

Rep to the Assembly 1st District:

Kitchens (Republican) 149

Utesch (Democratic) 75

Scattering (scattering)

Rep to the Assembly 2nd District:

Jacque (Republican) 2138

Grams (Independent) 853

Scattering (scattering

Rep to the Assembly 25th District:

Tittl (Republican) 13831

Kossik (Democratic) 8095

Scattering (scattering) 20

Rep to the Assembly 27th District:

Vorpagel (Republican) 1648

Bulebosh (Democratic) 897

Scattering (scattering) 2





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Food Recall

Klement’s Sausage Company, Inc., a Milwaukee, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,689 pounds of beef and porkproducts that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.


The ready to eat beef and pork snack stick products were produced on May 13, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:


  • 1-oz. plasticpackages containing 2 pieces of “KLEMENT’S ORIGINAL SNACK STICKS NATURALLY HARDWOOD SMOKED NO MSG ADDED GLUTEN FREE” with a sell by date of 11-16-17 and case code of 3262.


The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 2426B” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to vending distributors in Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


The problem was discovered on October 6, 2016, when a consumer complaint was filed to the FSIS Des Moines District Office. The Des Moines District Office was notified and began an investigation.


The FSIS Eastern Laboratory found several additional pieces of foreign material ranging in size from 1 to 4.88 mm in other unopened packages.


The company has received one report ofan oral injury associated with consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.


Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify theircustomers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.


Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Becca Herrmann, Director of Marketing, at (414)-744-2330, EXT. 273.


Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.




Recap of Last Year’s Texas Race

Jimmie Johnson continued his mastery of Texas Motor Speedway, winning his third straight race and fifth in his last seven starts on the Fort Worth oval. In the process, Johnson denied Brad Keselowski automatic advancement into the next round of the post-season Chase. Keselowski started from the pole and led 312 of the 334 laps run. A win would have put him into The Championship Four in Miami. Instead, Keselowski settled for second place. Johnson, who had been eliminated from championship contention earlier at Dover, made his winning pass in Texas four laps from the finish with the Number-48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet beating the 2012 champion to the checkered flag by one second. Kevin Harvick finished third with Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards completing the top five. Title contenders filled seven of the top nine spots in the final running order with Kurt Busch seventh, Martin Truex Junior eighth and Jeff Gordon ninth.


Lakeshore News

Special Coats for Kids Donation

Mia_Coats4kids.JPGThe Coats For Kids distribution is over and every child that requested a coat has received a new or slightly used coat for the cold winter weather that has already arrived. “Our coat distribution this year topped the 859 mark of last year with 1200 coats being distributed and 987 other items such as hats, scarfs, gloves, boots and snow pants. The numbers we hit this year are triple the numbers from 2012” stated, Lt. Terri Olson, Corps Officer/Pastor of The Salvation Army here in Manitowoc. This year many organizations stepped up to help us collect coats and we are grateful to them for helping out every year, stated Lt Terri. The Salvation Army would like to thank one donor in particular. This donor is 6 year old Mia Gamble of Manitowoc who won prize money in the National America Miss pageant. Mia decided to take her prize money and purchase coats to donate to the Salvation Army “Coats for Kids” Program. “It amazes me when a 6 year old can see the need of other kids in their community and respond by giving up her prize money she worked very hard to win”, stated Lt. Jeff Olson. Mia took her money and shopped for the coats and made a special delivery to the Salvation Army. What a testimony and statement this should make to us adults, stated Lt Jeff. We should all care about our neighbors as Mia has demonstrated by her unselfish donation.


News Around the World

Cubs Win World Series

The Chicago Cubs prevailed against an identically talented Indians team to win the World Series with an 8-7, ten inning thriller in Game Seven in Cleveland. Cubs’ closer Aroldis Chapman blew a three run lead in the eighth when Brandon Guyer hit an R-B-I double and Rajai Davis pounded a two run homer. A 17 minute rain delay held up the top of the tenth, as Jason Hayward gave his teammates a rallying speech in the Cubs’ clubhouse — and then Ben Zobrist hit a tiebreaking R-B-I double and Miguel Montero drove home the second run of the inning. But the Indians were not done yet, as Davis hit a run scoring single in the bottom of the tenth, and Mike Montgomery came in to pitch the final out — a grounder by Michael Martinez — as Zobrist won the M-V-P award and the Cubs won their first title since 1908. Former Brewers’ starter Chris Bosio will get a championship ring as the Cubs’ pitching coach, along with ex Milwaukee catcher Henry Blanco as the Cubs’ quality assurance coach.


Country News

Beyonce & the Dixie Chicks Perform Together at CMA Awards

Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks performed together at the CMA Awards.

Their performance of “Daddy Lessons” was a good move by the Country Music Association to attempt to lure potential viewers away from the World Series.

The Dixie Chicks’ appearance is just as surprising as seeing Beyonce perform at country music awards.  More than a decade ago, they distanced themselves from the country music industry. But that happened only after the country music industry — country radio primarily — distanced itself from the Dixie Chicks.

The Chicks — Natalie Maines, Martie Maguire and Emily Strayer — won 10 CMA Awards, beginning in 1998. But those wins ended in 2002.

The “Dixie Chicks incident” involved a statement Maines made in March 2003 during a concert at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire concert venue in London. In those days leading up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and Maines made her feelings known about then-President George W. Bush.

“Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all,” she reportedly said. “We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”

After the news spread, the Dixie Chicks were effectively banished from playlists at mainstream country radio stations, losing much of their country fan base. Maines also got into a bit of a show business feud with Toby Keith over the controversy.


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2016 CMA Award Winners

Entertainer of the Year: Garth Brooks
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chris Stapleton
Musician of the Year: Dann Huff
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Pinnacle Award: Kenny Chesney
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osbourne
Album of the Year: Eric Church — “Mr. Misunderstood”
New Artist of the Year: Maren Morris
Song of the Year: Lori McKenna — “Humble and Kind”
Single of the Year: Thomas Rhett — “Die a Happy Man”
Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award: Dolly Parton
Music Video of the Year: Chris Stapleton and Tim Mattia — “Fire Away”
Musical Event of the Year: Dierks Bentley and Elle King — “Different for Girls”