Community Events

President’s CEO Breakfast Coming

TTim Schaeferim Schaefer, executive vice president of client and digital experience at Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, will speak about “Leading Large Scale Change” at the Silver Lake College President’s CEO Breakfast on May 2.

The presentation will take place in the Ariens Atrium of the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Bank First of Manitowoc is the major sponsor of the series.

Schaefer is responsible for Northwestern Mutual’s overall client experience, digital strategy and technology. He also is a member of the company’s executive leadership team and the company’s business technology committee.

Schaefer earned a Master of Science in management and organizational development from Silver Lake College and is a past board member of the college.

Check-in is at 7 a.m. Breakfast is served at 7:15 a.m. The program concludes at 8:30 a.m.  Tickets are $30 each. For tickets, visit

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Manitowoc County Historical Society Starts Summer Hours May 2nd

MCHS_Welcome Center extThe Manitowoc County Historical Society will begin with its summer hours on Tuesday, May 2, from 9 am to 4 pm. The museum site’s summer hours are from May 1 to October 24, Tuesday through Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm. During the summer season, the historic structures of Pinecrest Historical Village are open and accessible, in addition to the Society’s McAllister House Welcome Center.

Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village – a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County’s early settlers.

New for the 2017 summer season is an interactive hand-held audio tour device. The device includes more features than the past audio tour system and also includes closed captions for those needing hearing assistance. Visitors needing mobility assistance may also make arrangements to take a site tour with a museum tram. The tram is available for daily visitors making arrangements at least a week before their visit. The audio tour and tram are available at no charge to visitors.

The opening week of the summer season will include the site’s annual Library card free day on Saturday, May 6 from 9 am to 4 pm. Visitors can show their Manitowoc-Calumet Library system card and get in free to the museum grounds. A storytime will be presented at 1:00 in the Shadyside School.

A full list of programs and activities hosted at the museum for the summer can be found at

Admission for the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children (5-17).  Admission is free for MCHS members.  The Manitowoc County Historical Society museum grounds are located at 924 Pinecrest Road, Manitowoc.  The grounds include the McAllister House Welcome Center and the historic structures of Pinecrest Historical Village.  For more information, please call the Manitowoc County Historical Society at (920) 684-4445 or visit the website at


Dale Jr’s Thoughts on Retiring

“When my dad was doing so well and there were a couple of guys coming into the sport that were sons, it was difficult for them to replicate their dads’ success,” Earnhardt said on Tuesday. “I just saw even at an early age, before I was a driver, that growing up in that man’s shadow was going to be a real hard challenge.

“I wanted to race, but I knew racing would put me in that shadow. I knew the odds of me really having any talent at all and being able to do it were thin. They are for anyone. So at a very young age, all I wanted to do was be able to make a living driving cars. I didn’t set goals. I didn’t dream of winning championships or Daytona 500s or working with one of the best owners in the business, driving for one of the best organizations. I was afraid of not being able to do it. So I guess what I’m saying is I’ve accomplished way more than I ever dreamed — way more than I ever thought I’d accomplish.”

Earnhardt Jr has suffered multiple concussions over the past few years, and missed the final 18 races of last season due to his injuries. He returned to racing this year with no lingering effects from the concussions, but admitted there were times during his rehabilitation when he wondered if he would race again.

He said: “I felt great for many, many months now, and I’m happy about that. We’ve been through a handful of races now and didn’t have any issues whatsoever.

“[But] there was a lot of time during the recovery where I was 90% percent sure I wasn’t going to drive again. There were days where it was 50%. [In November], I couldn’t put one foot in front of the other without falling over like a drunk driving test. I couldn’t take one step without having to step to the right or step to the left to catch myself.”
Country News

Carrie Underwood Makes People’s Most Beautiful List

According to People magazine, Julia Roberts is the Most Beautiful Woman in the world for 2017.

On the country music front, Carrie Underwood is listed as one of the magazine’s Fabulous Faces, alongside stars like Reese Witherspoon, Adele, Emma Stone, Emma Watson, Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys.


Kelsea Ballerini was listed in the magazine’s Beauty at Every Age list, which includes 40 stars who “set the standard for modern beauty.”

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani were listed in the magazine’s In Sync Couples list with others such as Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.



Dale Jr to Retire

Hendrick Motorsports announced this morning that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will retire from NASCAR at the end of the 2017 season.

The fan-favorite Earnhardt suffered concussions after crashes numerous times over his career and missed the second half of the 2016 season with concussion-like symptoms. In March, he announced that he would be donating his brain to head-injury researchers after his death.

Earnhardt, whose last race will be Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will discuss his decision at a news conference later today.

Country News

Faith Sings with 5 Year Old Fan

As Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul Tour made its way through the South in early April, a handful of fans had the opportunity to meet the couple backstage.

One fan was a young girl named Rosie, who had the pleasure of speaking to Faith. AND…she also got to sing with Faith.

Faith posted a video of the precious meeting on her Instagram account: “Was so sweet to meet & sing with Rosie, a fellow Mississippi Girl. #soul2soul #speaktoagirl.”

“You just made my day when I saw your little video, you’re precious,” Faith said at the meeting. “What do you want to sing?”

“‘Mississppi Girl’,” replied Rosie.

Check out little Rosie singing “Mississippi Girl” with Faith Hill.

Was so sweet to meet & sing with Rosie, a fellow Mississippi Girl. #soul2soul #speaktoagirl

A post shared by Faith Hill (@faithhill) on Apr 18, 2017 at 9:52am PDT


Bristol Celebrates Anniversary

Bristol Motor Speedway will be celebrating the silver anniversary of their partnership with grocery chain Food City on Sunday… The partnership for the race entitlement is the second longest running in NASCAR, following the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway that began in 1985… The inaugural Food City 500 event was won by the late Alan Kulwicki in his championship season… Two drivers are tied for the most Food City 500 wins, each having four a piece:  Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon… Gordon won his in consecutive years from 1995-1998… One of the annual celebrations centered around the event that is sure to be bigger on this anniversary is Friday’s Food City Race Night… The event is held at Bristol Motor Speedway’s hospitality area… It features live music, food sampling, show cars, racing simulators, and driver autograph sessions…Tickets are available for $5 in advance at selected Food City locations and benefits local charities.


Recap of Last Year’s Bristol Cup Race

Carl Edwards led 276 laps to pick up his first win of the 2016 season and fourth victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Starting from the pole, Edwards maintained good track position throughout the race, piloting his Number-19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to victory on a day that saw several drivers experience trouble at the always-difficult Tennessee half-mile.  Dale Earnhardt Junior rebounded from falling two laps down at the start of the race to finish second.  At the drop of the green flag, Earnhardt’s stuck-throttle safety system activated, causing him to retreat to pit road for repairs on the first lap.  Kurt Busch led forty-one laps and was in position to challenge Edwards on the final restart with five laps to go but settled for third place.  Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five. Bayne, who started tenth, fell back as far as twenty-eighth place but rallied to score his first top-five finish in ninety-nine races.  Edwards escaped tire trouble that plagued his Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin.


NASCAR Heads to Bristol

The next stop for NASCAR is Bristol for Sunday’s Food City 500, eighth round of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series… Sunday’s winner will have to get directions to find victory lane, Bristol Motor Speedway is moving it to the track’s frontstretch from its traditional roof-top location between turns three and four. The idea is to bring the celebration closer to the fans attending the race in a move similar to those earlier this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Martinsville… The Busch brothers, Kyle and Kurt have an added incentive to win on Sunday. Kyle and Kurt Busch each have five wins at “The Last Great Colosseum.” A win by either would break the family tie for “Best Busch Brother at Bristol” and move them into the top of the list of most wins at Bristol Motor Speedway by active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series… Kyle Larson holds the points lead headed into the weekend on the strength of one win and five second place finishes in the first seven races of the year. Larson is in good company since the only other drivers with five or more second place finishes within the first seven races of a season are:  Kevin Harvick (six in 2015), Dale Earnhardt (five in 1987), Bobby Allison twice (five in 1972 and 1979), and Cale Yarborough (five in 1974).


Circle K to Sponsor Matt Kenseth’s Car

Joe Gibbs Racing welcomes Circle K to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the company’s first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth.  Circle K is one of the largest fuel and convenience retailers in the US and has stores located in 41 states throughout the country.

Circle K has had branding on cars within NASCAR through vendor programs over the years. This is the first time the company has served as a primary sponsor within the sport. Circle K is pleased to serve as the primary sponsor for Kenseth and the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Richmond 1, Talladega 1, Charlotte 1, Kentucky, Texas 2 and Phoenix 2.  The company will also have associate branding on the No. 20 Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor.

“This is an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing, and really, for our sport,” said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Circle K is growing rapidly across the country and it’s a thrill for us to have them as a primary sponsor for Matt and the No. 20 team.  We’re looking forward to developing our partnership with them.”

“With the launch of our new global Circle K brand, our team is always on the lookout for ways to connect more and more with its community. We feel this partnership is a great fit for us,” stated Alex Miller, Senior Vice-President, Global Fuels at Circle K .  “By growing our presence in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with our company’s first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth, we aim to continue to position ourselves as the preferred destination for fuel and convenience. We are quite proud to be partnering up with the Joe Gibbs Racing team and truly believe this is the beginning of a long and strong collaboration.”

“It’s always great to be able to welcome a new primary sponsor to the sport,” said, Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry.  “I’m excited to welcome Circle K to JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) on our No. 20 Camry this season, and look forward to representing them.  They are a growing company, with locations all over the country, so it’s a great fit to have them involved in the sport.”

The 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion and two-time DAYTONA 500 Champion Kenseth entered 2017 marking his 20th year competing in the series.  Currently in his fifth season at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth and his No. 20 team have collected 14 wins, 46 top-5’s, 84 top-10’s, and 10 pole awards together.  Kenseth has qualified for the playoffs each season while driving the No. 20 Toyota Camry.

Kenseth is currently 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings heading into this weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.