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Beware of Email Scammers

When someone plays a harmless prank on April Fool’s Day, usually you laugh it off.  After all, it’s safe to assume that the tricks stop by the next morning.  But for email users, every day is another chance to get tricked by a scammer.  Scammers see email as a cheap way to send batches of rip-off attempts (known as “spam”) all over the world with one click.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks Wisconsin residents to be on the lookout for phony email pitches that could put their finances and personal information at risk.

“Some spam emails are carefully crafted and appear to come from legitimate sources while others are poorly constructed but aim to draw you in with over-the-top claims,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.  “Regardless of appearance, the risks to your finances and sensitive information are the same.  Any messages you receive need to be carefully screened and deleted if you suspect they are fake.”

A number of recent spam emails have falsely promised a gift card for a major retailer.  The email subject lines include “Thank You!,” “Congratulations!,” or something similar.  The emails appear to contain separate links for different actions, but the entire content of the email is actually one graphic that is presumably linked to a malicious website.  You will be sent to that same address regardless of where you click on the message.

Most of these emails end up in your “junk mail” folder if your security settings are high and your email provider is routing spam correctly, but the occasional junk email inevitably finds its way through the filters and into your inbox.

Keep these tips in mind to avoid spam emails:

  • Watch for poor grammar, misspellings, awkward language choices and a general lack of professionalism.  Legitimate corporate emails will be clear and grammatically accurate.  A spam email may have the name, logo and color scheme of a well-known business, but these language clues can tip you off to a fake message that otherwise appears to be real.
  • Check the sender’s email address for another easy tipoff.  In many spam messages, the web address (URL) referenced in the sender’s email address does not match the true URL for the business in question.  For example, an email that claims to come from the U.S. Postal Service may come from “JoeSchmo @ somefakecompany.com” instead of “___ @ usps.com.”
  • Be suspicious of any request to open an attached file or click a link (including to “view your account”).  Either action could cause you to download malware on your device.
  • If you hover your mouse over a link in an email (do NOT click your mouse!), the URL that the link directs you to will appear in the bottom of your browser window.
  • Refuse requests to reply to an email with confidential information such as user names, passwords and personal details.  If you question the validity of an email that claims to be from a major business, call the business directly to inquire about its legitimacy.

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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JGR Cup Crew Chief Taking Leave of Absence

Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed Wednesday that Monster Energy Series crew chief Dave Rogers will take personal leave for an indefinite period of time and Scott Graves will assume his role on the Number-19 Toyota for rookie driver Daniel Suarez.  Graves has been serving as X-finity Series crew chief on the team’s Number-18 entry.  His replacement will be named next week when the series resumes in Texas … Back-to-back top-ten finishes for Suarez this year have lifted him to the top of the Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings.  He carries a six-point lead over Erik Jones into the first short-track weekend of the season coming up at Martinsville Speedway.

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Team Penske Appealing Penalties

Team Penske announced Wednesday that it would appeal the penalties handed down last week following the Monster Energy Series Camping World 500 at Phoenix Raceway.  Driver Brad Keselowski and team owner Roger Penske were each docked thirty-five championship points, and crew chief Paul Wolfe was fined sixty-five thousand dollars and suspended for three races after measurements of the rear wheel-steer assembly on their Number-2 Ford did not conform to NASCAR tolerances during post-race inspection.  The sanctioning body has granted the team’s request to defer the final two races of Wolfe’s suspension during the appeal process, which means he’ll be back atop the pit box for Sunday’s S-T-P 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

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Luxemburg Speedway 2017 Hall of Fame Selections Announced

A trio of former Luxemburg Speedway promoters and a veteran driver still giving the youngsters a run for their money weekly will be inducted into Luxemburg Speedway’s Hall of Fame at the third-mile clay oval Friday night, August 18.

Tri Star Promotions members Kelly and Debbie Hafeman and Ralph Aschenbrenner along with Green Bay’s Jerry Muenster will be ushered into the tracks Hall of Fame. Tri Star Promotions promoted the weekly racing at Luxemburg Speedway for 13 seasons from 1989 through 2001. During their tenure the track boasted some of the highest weekly IMCA car counts nationwide.

Kelly Hafeman himself is a former IMCA modified champion.  Muenster was the Luxemburg Speedway track champion in 1968. Despite being two full generations older than most of his on track foes the soon-to-be 76-year-old Muenster, who is the last holdover driver still competing from the track’s coupe days, still competes weekly at Luxemburg Speedway in an IMCA modified.

The stories of Tri Star Promotions, along with Jerry Muenster and his son Eddie Muenster’s racing careers will be featured in motorsports author Joe Verdegan’s third book “Life In The Past Lane – The Next Generation” which will be released December 2, 2017 at Titletown Brewing in Green Bay.

The season opener at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds will be Friday, April 21. Racing will get underway at 7 p.m. You can follow Luxemburg Speedway on both Facebook and Twitter. For more information you can contact track promoter Eric Mahlik at eric.mahlik@gmail.com. Luxemburg Speedway is located 15 minutes east of Green Bay at the Kewaunee County fairgrounds.

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Phil Brandl Receives Award

Phil Brandl.jpgManitowoc native Phil Brandl, a 1974 graduate of Silver Lake College, was recently honored by the housewares industry.

Brandl, president and chief executive officer of the International Housewares Association, received the Lifetime Leadership Award from the Housewares Charity Foundation during its 20th annual gala at Navy Pier in Chicago earlier this month.

In a collaborative effort among industry manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the nonprofit foundation hosts this annual event to raise funds for critical causes, unite the housewares industry and honor its leaders. Honorees are selected for their humanitarian efforts and exceptional leadership. Brandl was instrumental in founding the charity foundation and served as its legacy co-chair.

Brandl, now of Delavan, graduated from Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Science degree in science/history. He has served as president of the International Housewares Association for 20 years. The association owns and operates the International Home + Housewares Show, held every March in Chicago, which attracts more than 62,000 attendees from around the globe. It is the largest annual trade event held at Chicago’s McCormick Place complex and holds the distinction of being the 14th largest trade show in the United States.

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Faculty Concert April 4th

Dr. Drew Whiting.jpgThe Silver Lake College department of music will present a faculty recital at 7 p.m. on April 4 featuring Dr. Drew Whiting, who teaches applied saxophone.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

An advocate for new music, Dr. Whiting will perform contemporary works written between 2003 and the present, including a world premiere of “In Lights Starkly Different,” a 2017 work by Robin Julian Heifetz.

Dr. Whiting’s diverse musical interests have led him to perform with symphony orchestras, big bands, new music ensembles, salsa bands, improvisation collectives and chamber ensembles. He has presented solo recitals of contemporary saxophone works throughout the United States.

Dr. Whiting is an accomplished chamber musician, having been awarded first place at the 2012 Music Teachers National Association’s national chamber music competition as a member of the Cerulean Saxophone Quartet. Currently, Dr. Whiting is a member of the Vine Street Trio and Coalescent Quartet, and performs throughout Wisconsin with the Water City Jazz Orchestra, Big Band Reunion, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Dr. Whiting is a dedicated and vibrant educator. He also is a member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has presented master classes at various universities across the United States.

Dr. Whiting is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist, performing on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren woodwind products.

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Wisconsin Launches Caregiver Career Program

In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, Wisconsin is launching an innovative program called the Caregiver Career Program. The Department of Health Services (DHS) has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the Wisconsin Caregiver Career Program, designed to add up to 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce, in this high demand field.

“We recognize that Wisconsin needs committed caregivers for our state’s most vulnerable adults,” said Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “As our population ages, it becomes even more critical that we invest in our workforce, so those served in nursing homes get the best quality of care.”

DHS is developing the program in partnership with nursing homes, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Health Care Association, and the Wisconsin Technical College System. The program will offer training and testing at no cost to students, and also implements a $500 retention bonus for nurse aides, after six months on the job at a nursing home. The program will also include a marketing and recruitment plan to not only increase the number of people entering caregiver careers, but also increase awareness about the value of caregiving and the change caregivers can make in the lives of Wisconsin’s elders.

Nurse aides provide basic care for residents in nursing homes, performing duties from feeding to bathing to dressing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of nursing assistants will grow 17 percent between 2014 and 2024, which is faster than average for all occupations. This is largely due to aging baby boomers, which are increasing demand for patient care.

In Wisconsin, more than 87,000 residents live in long-term and residential care facilities. That’s an increase of 18 percent since 2003, yet one in seven caregiving staff positions is unfilled.