Lakeshore News

Fox’s Piggly Wiggly Donates to Charities

Fox’s Piggly Wiggly of Two Rivers was pleased to be able to donate funds recently to some great local charities. Piggly Wiggly sponsored a special fund-raising soda machine through Pepsi Cola of Northeast Wisconsin. This machine travels throughout the area, allowing businesses to donate its profits to organizations of their choice. Piggly Wiggly chose to distribute the money among three different local groups.


Photo 1: Nicole and Jacob Herda accept a $500 check on behalf of Miracle League of the Lakeshore from Rob Ullman,  manager of Fox’s Piggly Wiggly Two Rivers.


Photo 2: Brett LaChappelle accepts a $435 check on behalf of Two Rivers Youth Sports Program from Rob Ullman, manager of Fox’s Piggly Wiggly Two Rivers.


Photo 3: Officer Monty Greene accepts a $450 check for TRPD Shop With a Cop Program from Rob Ullman, manager of Fox’s Piggly Wiggly Two Rivers.

Lakeshore News, News Around the World

Pledge to Be Safe in 2017

Beginning with the celebration of the new year, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services offers these tips to help you be safe if you drink alcohol any day of the year:

  • Wait until age 21. The youth and young adult brain, heart, and liver aren’t developed enough to appropriately process the alcohol in beer, wine, and spirits.
  • Don’t be a party to teenage drinking. Adults should neither buy alcohol for underage family and friends nor serve them alcohol at parties.
  • Avoid alcohol while pregnant.  There is no known safe amount of alcohol use during pregnancy or while trying to get pregnant
  • Avoid mixing alcohol and drugs. The combination can be deadly.
  • Sip, don’t chug. The ability to make healthy decisions is quickly impaired when drinking too much, too fast.
  • Never drive after drinking. Plan to get home safely before you have the first drink – designate a sober driver, schedule a taxi ride, know the bus routes.

If your drinking habits impact school, work, and relationships, help is available. The Department of Health Services supports many prevention, treatment, and recovery programs across Wisconsin.

Learn more about preventing the misuse of alcohol.

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Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is often among the deadliest nights of the year for impaired driving crashes.  In an effort to help party hosts encourage safe and sober driving by their guests, AAA has released an updated edition of “The Great Pretenders Party Guide.”  This booklet, which includes safe party planning tips as well as delicious alcohol-free drinks recipes submitted by Four and Five Diamond hotels and restaurants (including The Pfister in Milwaukee, The American Club in Kohler and The Charmant in LaCrosse) , can be picked up for free at any AAA branch office or downloaded through this link.

A recent survey by AAA Wisconsin found that 38 percent of drivers who admit to getting behind the wheel within an hour of having multiple drinks do so after leaving a private residences, making them the second most popular venue for pre-driving alcohol consumption (bars and taverns top the list, at 53 percent).  The survey also found that party hosts can have a big influence on would-be impaired drivers, with nearly 4 in 10 respondents saying that they would be less likely to drink and drive if a friend or family member encouraged them not to.

AAA encourages anyone hosting a celebration this weekend to take the following steps to ensure that everyone has a safe start to the new year:

  • Encourage carpooling, and give a small gift to all designated drivers as a token of your appreciation for getting your family and friends home safely.
  • Don’t force alcoholic drinks on your guests. Serve a variety of nonalcoholic beverages at your celebrations and respect the wishes of those who opt to stay sober.
  • Have a designated driver or alternative form of transportation (cab/rideshare service) available to get your guests home safely.
  • Have your guests “turn in” their keys at the door when they arrive. If someone has had too much to drink and insists on driving, there will be less of a scene if you already have his or her keys in your possession.
  • If an impaired guest won’t listen to reason, have them sleep over or drive them home yourself.
Lakeshore News

January is Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month and the Manitowoc County Health Department is encouraging everyone in Manitowoc County to learn more about radon and how to protect you and your family from being exposed to it.

Radon is a radioactive and odorless gas that comes from trace amounts of natural uranium in the ground.  Radon seeps through cracks and openings in the basement and foundation of homes.    Breathing indoor air with high level of radon can lead to lung cancer.   Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers.

Five to ten percent of the homes in Wisconsin have elevated radon levels on the main floor.  Systems can be installed to reduce radon levels.  Homes with high levels are found in all regions of Wisconsin including Manitowoc County.  The levels can vary greatly within neighborhoods, so everyone should test their home.


Testing for radon is easy and inexpensive. Short term radon test kits are available from the Manitowoc County Health Department for $5.  Analysis is included in this price.  To obtain a test kit, just stop in at the Manitowoc County Health Department at 1028 S. 9th Street, Manitowoc or call (920) 683-4155.


For additional information on local radon levels by zip code, how to test, the health risk, and how to reduce radon levels in a house, look at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services website at

Country News

Randy Travis Surprises Police Officer

Keith Bartlett is a police officer in Gainesville, Texas.  Sadly, he recently lost his house and most of his possessions in a house fire two weeks before Christmas.  His community rallied around Bartlett and his family to show their support…and one of those supporters is Randy Travis.

Early Sunday afternoon, Bartlett was called out to check on a suspicious vehicle, reports Texas television station NBCDFW. After realizing the car wasn’t there, he headed back to the police station. Bartlett soon discovered that the call was simply a decoy used to lure him away from the station while Randy Travis, his wife Mary, his sons & Bartlett’s family sat in the briefing room of the police station.

Barlett first met the Travis family after a few years ago while responding to a theft at their Texas ranch. When Mary Travis saw the news that the Bartlett’s had lost their home, she and Randy knew they wanted to help. In addition to providing the family with furniture, they called in a favor to help replace one of Bartlett’s most prized possessions – his Gibson guitar. 

According to family members, Bartlett spent much of his time off playing his prized guitar. So when his charred and unfixable instrument was pulled from his burned home, he was heartbroken. A local news outlet covered the police officer’s story, and that’s how the Travis’s heard the news. 

“I just know how important music is and what therapy it is, especially at a time like this,” Mary Travis said.

So Mary called up a friend at Gibson who overnighted a brand new guitar, just like his old one, to North Texas.

“Surprised isn’t even the word for it,” Bartlett said after being presented with the guitar in the middle of his Christmas shift. “These are amazing people.”

Lakeshore News

Red Arrow Donates to Salvation Army

redarrow.jpgWhen Charles Lohmeyer saw that the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign was not going to make its goal he did something to help the cause and in doing so helped to Change Lives. Through the generosity of Red Arrow a Kerry Company a donation of $3,000 was made to aid the Salvation Army with its many programs.  Laurie Kiekafer who was instrumental in securing the funds presented the check to Lt. Jeff Olson, Commanding Officer of the Salvation Army of Manitowoc County. “It is amazing to me how the people and businesses of Manitowoc County come together in a time of need to help others.”, stated Lt. Olson. “It is because of the generosity of businesses like Red Arrow that allow the Salvation Army to help those in need”, says Lt. Olson.

The Salvation Army this holiday season distributed 1200 coats to area children and Christmas toys to over 1,500 kids along with food baskets for their families. Throughout the year the Salvation Army Food Pantry on average serves 400 families per month. “The donation from Red Arrow will aid us in continuing many of these programs”, stated Lt. Olson.

As of today the Red Kettle Campaign has not reached the 50% mark. If the Salvation Army does not reach the goal of $150,000 by years end some tough decisions are going to have to be made including possible program cuts.

Picture: Pictured are Lt. Jeff Olson, Salvation Army, Andy Shavlik and Sue Huske of RedArrow.

Lakeshore News

Lakeside Foods Gives Donation

Enthusiasm for the Wisconsin Agricultural Education Center’s (WAEC) mission continues to build this holiday season. WAEC is pleased to announce Lakeside Foods, Inc. has committed $100,000 to the Create. Cultivate. Educate. capital campaign

Founded in 1887 as a one plant pea canning company, Lakeside has grown into a leading international food producer of diverse products, employing an average of 1,700 people in 12 manufacturing plants and six distribution centers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio.
“We at Lakeside believe strongly in the mission of the WAEC,” shared Glen Tellock, Lakeside’s CEO. “We wholeheartedly support agricultural education. Our industry produces products that fit in nicely with the needs and wants of today’s health conscious society.” We hope future visitors to WAEC walk away with a keen appreciation for agriculture’s role in their daily lives.”

“Lakeside Foods has always been a generous leader in our community, especially supporting causes that help nourish our neighborhoods,” said Julie Maurer, WAEC president. “Their partnership will help us create an educational opportunity in our region that is good for agriculture and our ability to connect with consumers who want to know the origins of their food.”

In recognition of Lakeside Foods’ leadership gift the atrium within the Discovery Center will be named in their honor.

“Thank you, Lakeside Foods, for your support. We are so excited to count this regional leader with global reach among our top donors to our capital campaign,” Kim Kowieski, WAEC Director of Operations, gratefully expressed, “This investment with us will help build a state-of-the-art agricultural educational asset that our industry and larger community will benefit from for many years to come.”

To learn more about WAEC or to make a gift to the capital campaign, visit

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UW-Madison Students Urged to Get Second Dose of Meningococcal B Vaccine

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is reminding UW-Madison students who received their first dose of meningococcal B vaccine on campus in response to an outbreak this fall to get their second dose of the vaccine while home on winter break.

“Students or a parent should be making the appointment with their primary care provider now to make sure the clinic has the vaccine, or can order it if they need to,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.

Important information about this vaccine:

  • The first dose of the meningococcal B vaccine is called Bexsero, and students need to get the same vaccine for their second dose.
  • The student, or their parent, should notify their care provider that they received the first dose as part of the UW-Madison outbreak.
  • Students should bring documentation that they received the first dose of the vaccine to their appointment for the second dose. They can find the information in their UW health record or in the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).
  • Most health insurance plans will cover the second dose of the vaccine if a provider in the student’s network gives the vaccine.
  • Any student who is not covered for this vaccine or cannot access it can receive it from University Health Services (UHS) at no cost. Students can contact UHS at (link sends e-mail) if they are having difficulty accessing the vaccine.
  • Students should take this opportunity to talk to their health care provider about other vaccines they may need, including any boosters.

Though rare, Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and can lead to meningitis, an infection of the brain and spinal cord, as well as blood infections.  A person can get seriously ill very quickly. The three infected students at the UW-Madison were hospitalized and are now recovering.

Meningoccocus bacteria are spread by direct contact with respiratory and oral secretions, like saliva, spit, and mucus, of an infected person or an asymptomatic carrier.  It can be spread through kissing, sharing eating utensils, drinking from the same container, or by coughing.

Country News

Alan Jackson Announces New Tour

2017 marks Alan Jackson’s 27th year in the business…and now he’s announcing his new Honky Tonk Highway Tour for 2017, kicking off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 20th.

Special guest Lee Ann Womack will join Alan on select dates, with several more dates to be announced soon.

Alan Jackson’s 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour

Jan. 20
Tulsa, OK
Paradise Cove **

Jan. 27
Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Bay Center **++

Jan. 28
Atlanta (Duluth), GA
Infinite Energy Center **++

Feb. 25
Laughlin, NV
Laughlin Events Center ^^

March 10
Durant, OK
Choctaw Casino Resort **

March 24
Rancho Mirage, CA
Aqua Caliente Casino **

March 25
Rancho Mirage, CA
Aqua Caliente Casino **

April 8
St. Augustine, FL
St. Augustine Amphitheatre ~~++

April 9
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Tortuga Music Festival **

May 27
Forest City, IA
Tree Town Country Music Festival **

June 23
North Platte, NE
Nebraskaland Days **

June 24
Manhattan, KS
Country Stampede **

Oct. 28
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center **

**Date is already on sale
^^Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 9
~~Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 16
++with special guest Lee Ann Womack