Community Events

Luxemburg Racing Show

The second annual Luxemburg racing show, sell & swap is set for Saturday March 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Expo building located at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds in Luxemburg.

Last year more than 450 people made their way through the doors of the show in its first year.

Several racing-related vendors have already signed on for the swap meet, which is once again being organized by local racer Derek Moede.  Among the vendors are The Hill of Sturgeon Bay, Oshkosh Speedzone and Luxemburg Speedway. A display by the “Racer’s Ed” program, organized by local technical inspector Ryan Johnson, will also be on hand.

Among the new vendors for 2017 include VanDrisse Racing Parts of Luxemburg and Performance Motorsports of Whitelaw. A brand new 2017 G Force Stock Car will be on display. Other vendors signed up include Woody Signs of Sturgeon Bay and Northern Racing Fabrication.

Local motorsports author Joe Verdegan of Green Bay will host a book signing of his recently released book “Wisconsin International Raceway – Where The Big Ones Run” and also his 2015 book “Life In The Past Lane – a history of stock car racing in Northeast Wisconsin from 1950 – 1980.”

In addition racers will be able to buy/sell or trade new or used race parts, equipment and supplies.  The heated expo building, located on the east end of the fairgrounds, provides ample space for tables, booths and exhibits.

Parking is free with food and beverages prepared and sold by the FFA Algoma Alumni.

Adult admission is $3.00 (including vendors).  Kids 12 and under are admitted free.  Vendor tables are $20 and can be obtained by calling Derek Moede at (920) 639 4455.  You can become a member of the group “Luxemburg Racing Show” through Facebook as well.  All up-to-date information regarding the show, including new vendors who sign up, will be released through this Facebook page. Moede is still actively seeking vendors for this event.


Lakeshore News

If a Caller Asks “Can You Hear Me?” – Hang Up

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an old scam with a new twist. The “Can You Hear Me?” scam has long been used to coerce businesses into purchasing office supplies and directory ads they never actually ordered, but now it’s targeting individual consumers, as well.

For the last few days of January, more than half of the reports to BBB Scam Tracker have been about this one scam. Consumers say the calls are about vacation packages, cruises, warranties, and other big ticket items. So far, none have reported money loss, but it’s unclear how the scams will play out over time, or if the targets will be victimized at a later date.

Here’s how it works: You get a call from someone who almost immediately asks “Can you hear me?” Their goal is to get you to answer “Yes,” which most people would do instinctively in that situation. There may be some fumbling around; the person may even say something like “I’m having trouble with my headset.” But in fact, the “person” may just be a robocall recording your conversation… and that “Yes” answer you gave can later be edited to make it sound like you authorized a major purchase.

BBB is offering consumers the following advice:

  • Use Caller ID to screen calls, and consider not even answering unfamiliar numbers. If it’s important, they will leave a message and you can call back.
  • If someone calls and asks “Can you hear me?”, do NOT answer “yes.” Just hang up. Scammers change their tactics as the public catches on, so be alert for other questions designed to solicit a simple “yes” answer.
  • Make a note of the number and report it to to help warn others. BBB also shares Scam Tracker information with government and law enforcement agencies, so every piece of information is helpful in tracking down scammers.
  • Consider joining the Do Not Call Registry ( to cut down on telemarketing and sales calls. This may not help with scammers since they don’t bother to pay attention to the law, but you’ll get fewer calls overall. That may help you more quickly notice the ones that could be fraudulent.
  • Check your bank and credit card statements regularly for unauthorized charges. It’s also a good idea to check your telephone and cell phone bills, as well. Scammers may be using the “Yes” recording of your voice to authorize charges on your phone. This is called “cramming” and it’s illegal.
Community Events

Football Sunday Event

football_sunday_2017_-_logoThis Sunday, February 5, Journey Community Church in De Pere will join hundreds of other churches nationwide as we present “Football Sunday.”  “Football Sunday” is a 30-minute video event that features exclusive interviews with professional football players: Benjamin Watson, Anquan Boldin, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brandon Marshall and others as they share how Christ has helped them to overcome difficult circumstances in their lives.

Journey Community Church will be showing “Football Sunday” during their 8:45am and 10:30am services.

Journey Community Church is located at 115 N. Wisconsin Street in De Pere (across from Seroogy’s in De Pere).   For more information email:  call:  920-336-7418 or visit:



Community Events, Lakeshore News

Silver Lake Set to Host a Literary Discussion

Dr. Emilie Lindemann by LilyRian Photography.jpgThe Silver Lake College English Department will host the discussion, “Poetry & Music: Intersections & Connections,” from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Feb. 15.

The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be in room 115 of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. Dr. Emilie Lindemann, associate professor of English, will facilitate the Silver Lake College Salon series discussion.

“When musician Bob Dylan was selected for the Nobel Prize in literature in October, some felt the boundaries of literature were being redefined. Yet, poetry and music have a long history of connections and intersections,” Dr. Lindemann said. “Using Dylan’s work as a starting point, the discussion will explore the influences of these forms on one another — from art songs to the use of poetry in contemporary music to poetry that responds to and engages with music.”

For more information please see the Silver Lake College English Community page on Facebook or call 920-686-6202.

Community Events, Concert Announcements

Valentine’s Concert

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day by attending “Six Centuries of Love Songs,” a concert of music from the 16th century through the present,starting at 3 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Silver Lake College, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The concert will feature Bella Voce Camerata, a Chicago-based professional choral ensemble,

in the college’s Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance.  All members of the Camerata are drawn from Bella Voce’s full ensemble.

From Renaissance madrigals to music of our time, the concert will celebrate love through the beauty of timeless song. The program will feature music by Thomas Morley, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, W. A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, The Beatles, Billy Joel and Cold Play.

Bella Voce is an ensemble-in-residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Theatre & Music. Its repertoire and performance practices are rooted in the discipline of the English Renaissance and European Baroque traditions.

Since 1983, the ensemble has performed historically informed presentations of vocal works, whether well-known, rare or new. Audiences are invited to join Bella Voce in discovering artworks that have the power to lift up, move and transform them.

In 2004, Bella Voce received the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Alice Parker Chorus America Award. The ensemble has recorded for Centaur, Harmonia Mundi, Narada and Cedille Records, and also has four self-produced CDs in release.

Bella Voce performs under the leadership of Andrew Lewis, artistic director. Bella Voce Cameratasingers include Laura Lynch, soprano; Kirsten Hedegaard, soprano; Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Dean, tenor; and Vince Wallace, bass.

Tickets to the Silver Lake College Artist Music Series concert are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and $5 for students (ages 5-18). For ticket information, please visit the box office at the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance, call 920-686-6274 or visit


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Chicago-based Bella Voce Camerata will perform on Feb. 12 at Silver Lake College. Photo courtesy Bella Voce

Community Events, Lakeshore News

Application Deadline Approaching for Alice in Dairyland

Alice in Dairyland is one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture. Her job is to educate Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry.

Those interested in applying for the job as Wisconsin’s 70th Alice in Dairyland have until Monday, Feb. 6, to submit application materials to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Alice in Dairyland works with television, radio and newspaper professionals to share information about Wisconsin agriculture. She gives public speeches, takes industry tours and makes many classroom presentations. She must be able to develop and execute marketing plans and develop professional relationships with industry professionals. She must be able to learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information delivery to diverse audiences.

Applicants should have considerable knowledge or work experience with Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing or public relations; public speaking experience and a willingness to attend an extensive number of work-related events on evenings and weekends. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 5, 2017. The position holder will be headquartered in Madison and travel extensively throughout the state. The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $45,000 and includes holiday, vacation, and sick leave as well as use of a sponsor-provided vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and summary of qualifications to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Application materials are available at

Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview in Madison in mid-February. Top candidates will be required to attend the two-day program briefing and press announcement March 16-17, and the three-day final interview process during which the new Alice will be selected May 11-13 in Brown County.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Alice in Dairyland Program Director, Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or


MRN Radio Honored with 26 Awards

NMPA FullSizeRender.jpgMotor Racing Network (MRN) – “The Voice of NASCAR” – has been honored by the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) with 26 awards in 13 categories for broadcast excellence during the 2016 season, including first place in the Live Event Broadcast category for the fourth year in a row.

Motor Racing Network won that historic award for the Daytona 500 and followed that with a third place in the Live Event Broadcast category for the November race from Phoenix.  Mike Bagley, turn announcer on MRN’s race broadcasts and host of MRN’s Tuesday night “NASCAR Live,” as well as “The Morning Drive” on Sirius/XM NASCAR Radio, was named Broadcaster of the Year. Rich Culbreth, producer of “NASCAR Live,” was named Radio Producer of the Year.

MRN was recognized as the NMPA’s annual convention wrapped up in Concord, N.C. The network swept the top three spots in Topic Oriented Feature Radio and Event Oriented Feature Radio.  They also grabbed first and third place awards in Spot News. Winners included MRN’s Tyler Burnett, Ryan Horn, David Hyatt, Winston Kelley, Dave Moody, Brian Nelson and Darrell Smith.

“We’re humbly grateful for this recognition,” said MRN President and Executive Producer David Hyatt. “These awards reflect the hard work and dedication of our broadcast team, as they continue to support our mission of providing the Most Trusted and Authentic Motorsports Coverage.”

In addition to being named Radio Broadcaster of the Year, Bagley won first place in the Spot News category for his work on “NASCAR Live.” In Event-oriented Feature Radio, he and Culbreth teamed up again for top honors.

“I’m totally speechless, said Bagley.  “Receiving this award is quite overwhelming. From the day I started in this business, I have always tried to do my best at broadcasting a sport I grew up loving.  To be recognized by my peers is quite an honor.”

This year, MRN’s Digital content also took home NMPA glass. Three of the company’s digital video programs on won awards including first place to Producers Robbie Mays and Tyler Burnett (Wood Brothers Museum), second-place awards for both Steve Post/Craig Moore (Winged Nation) and Woody Cain (Motorsports Monday).  The daily website and mobile app also scored a victory for webmaster Jeff Wackerlin in the Portrait/Personality Photography category.

“I often tell people that if you are in the media business, you have to be in the multimedia business,” said Hyatt.  “We have embraced the role that Digital Content plays in our sport and these awards validate our commitment to the ever-changing new media marketplace.”

Motor Racing Network will launch its 48th season of NASCAR coverage from Daytona Beach, Fla., with live flag to flag broadcast of the season-opening Advance Auto Parts Clash special event on Feb. 18.  MRN will be the home to all of DAYTONA Speedweeks, culminating with the 59th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.


Changes to NASCAR in 2017

As a result of ongoing feedback from NASCAR’s fans, there will be changes to the format of all races in the top three NASCAR divisions. The goal of the changes is to make racing better from start to finish and also add more memorable moments along the way.

Changes in short:

  • Races will be divided into 3 stages
    • Stages 1 and 2 each approximately 25-30 percent of the race distance
      • Each stage will have a winner flagged at a designated lap.  The race will then go to caution between stages followed by a mandatory pit stop for each team
    • The Final Stage will consist of the remaining distance – normal race finish rules (i.e., green, white, checkers)
  • Stages 1 & 2 will award points
    • The top ten finishers of stage 1 & 2 will receive championship points (from 10 points to 1 point)
    • Stage winners will receive one (1)  “segment winner point bonus” for NASCAR Postseason/Playoff seeding, but will NOT receive a playoff berth for a stage win
  • Final Stage
    • Race (aka the Final Stage) winners of each points event still earn a berth into the playoffs
    • Pays points 1st thru last place finisher
  • Format will begin for NASCAR Camping World Trucks, NASCAR Xfinity, & Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the first race of the 2017 season
    • The Can-Am Duel will be treated segments, paying points to the top-10 finishers.  Duel winners will NOT earn bonus points or a berth for the post-season.  The Daytona 500 will be the first MENCS race with three (3) full segments.
  • Who came up with this?
    • A panel of drivers, teams, track officials, and NASCAR helped develop the changes
      • Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, & Joey Logano represented the current drivers
      • Joe Gibbs Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Fenway Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing represented the current teams
      • Former drivers Jeff Gordon & Jeff Burton also participated
Community Events

UW-Manitowoc Doing Tony & Tina’s Wedding

tonytina.jpgThe University Theatre at the UW Manitowoc is staging Tony & Tina’s Wedding, Friday, February 3, at the University Theatre at 705 Viebahn in Manitowoc. Tickets are $30 and available at our website.  Reservations required. Your Wedding Pass includes the wedding, reception and dinner. Everyone will party with Tony and Tina as we dance the night away.


Tony and Tina’s Wedding is an improvisational participatory theatrical event staging the nuptial celebration of Tony Nunzio and Valentina Vitale in all its tacky and hilarious glory. The performance includes a wedding service followed by a reception where the wedding party and their bickering family entertains their guests along with a pasta dinner, wedding cake and dancing.


This special production is a collaboration between the UW Manitowoc Foundation and the Theatre and Continuing Education programs. A benefit performance of the show is also scheduled for February 4 (sold out).


For more information about University Theatre at UW Manitowoc, visit our website at  Auditions for plays and opportunities to participate in design or technical crew are open to the community.


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Caption: “The Vitale’s struggle to gather for their pre-nuptial photograph.”

Country News

Luke Bryan to Sing at Superbowl

Luke Bryan will be singing the national anthem at the Feb. 5 event in Houston and despite the demanding nature of the tune, he’s excited & has no second thoughts about accepting the job.

The performance is also one way to show his patriotism. “I never served in the military — that’s something I wish I had had the opportunity to do,” he says according to People magazine, “but I feel like this is my way of honoring my country. It’s a little chance to serve.”

Bryan is a huge Atlanta Falcons fan (he comes from Leesburg, Georgia) but states that he’ll be focused on the anthem.  But once he’s done singing, he’ll just enjoy the game.