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Top 4 Reasons Men Break Up with Women

(From Cosmopolitan)

• You had an agenda. Meaning, men are commitment-phobes and you might have done something to push the relationship too fast.

• You couldn’t keep your jealousy in check. Whether you’re suspicious of his female friends or co-workers, or you just don’t like the way he looked at that waitress. Jealousy is often a deal breaker.

• You got too comfortable. Every night you were hanging out on the couch in your sweats but he still wanted to think of you as the babe in the little black dress.

• Infidelity. This is the number one reason men break up with women — either you were, or he was unfaithful.

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Storm Damage? Watch for Travelling Contractors

The continuous storms have brought flooding, strong winds and hail damage throughout Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks affected property owners to seek trusted contractors for repairs and to be leery of “storm chasers” that come knocking at your door with aggressive sales tactics.

Always use caution when interacting with storm chasers that show up at your door in the aftermath of a storm, never let them into your home, and do not give in to high-pressure pitches.

Start your search for a contractor by seeking references from neighbors, friends, family, local home builder associations, and your insurance company. You can also contact DATCP’s Consumer Protection Hotline (800-422-7128) to check on complaints against a business.

Consider these tips if you seek help with a home repair after a major storm:

  • Ask contractors if they are subcontracting your job. If they are, find out who the subcontractor will be and check them out as well.
  • Get lien waivers from anyone you pay for home repairs. Lien waivers protect you if the person collecting the money does not pay the suppliers or workers.
  • Get a written contract with a start and completion date and warranty information. Also, make certain that the contract states exactly what work is to be done and what materials are to be used. Never rely on a verbal commitment.
  • Check with your local building inspector to see if the work requires a permit. Make sure an inspector visits the job site before you make a final payment.
  • Request a copy of the contractor’s certificate of liability insurance.

In addition, a Wisconsin state law – “The Storm Chaser Law” – aims to protect consumers, businesses and prevent insurance fraud. Highlights of the law include:

  • Contractors cannot promise to pay all or some of a property insurance deductible.
  • Contractors cannot represent or negotiate with the customer’s homeowner’s insurer on behalf of the customer. The contractor can, with the consent of the customer, discuss damages and costs with the insurer.
  • Before entering into a contract with a customer, the contractor must inquire if the work requested is related to an insurance claim.
  • Customers have a right to cancel the contract within three business days of being notified that their insurer has denied all or any part of the claim for work. Contractors must notify customers of this right.

It is important to note that local door-to-door solicitation rules could vary by municipality, and that there are legitimate businesses that may knock on your door with a sales pitch. A good practice to follow is to request a business representative’s permit to operate if your municipality has a door-to-door sales ordinance.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

Country News, News Around the World


Bringing Country to the City as the First Country Music Festival to Cater to the Growing Tailgate Culture

It’s official – Country stars Randy Houser and Eric Paslay will round out the megawatt TAILGATE FEST ( lineup that includes previously announced super stars Toby Keith, Nelly, Joe Nichols, David Nail, Jana Kramer and Parmalee!! Taking place Saturday, September 1, 2018 (Labor Day Weekend) on the outdoor grounds of the Forum in Los Angeles (Inglewood), TAILGATE FEST is one good ole’ fashioned tailgate party, with one HUGE twist – it is also a star-studded Country Music Festival that brings the stage right to the tailgate. The tailgating doesn’t stop when the show starts. No packing up the party to head inside, no need to stop that game of cornhole, no stuffing all your belongings into your pockets. Fans will be able fire up their own grills, crack open those coolers, set up games, and enjoy the show from their own tailgate or opt to head to the stage when they want, the decision is all theirs. TAILGATE FEST brings the stage to the tailgaters to super serve the ultimate fan experience.

“Each person who sets up their tailgate party around their vehicle creates content. When you multiply that by thousands, you’ve erected a city of nothing but the content the world loves most: food, fun, music, friends even love. I believe that allowing that to continue while the greatest artists in Country take the stage will be a sensory explosion. My hope is that Tailgate Fest will deliver some cerebral relief by doing the best job at delivering just a damn good time.” said Tailgate Fest creator, Melissa Carbone (@MelCarbs)

The tailgate party is among the most time-honored and revered American traditions, creating a sense of community and belonging. The environment of tailgating creates a feeding frenzy of celebration that is fun even for those who aren’t tailgating.

Fans can also park or rideshare in and watch the show stageside like they would at traditional music festivals in the massive standing room section at the stage or meet up with friends who are tailgating. Vehicles are not required. The option to keep tailgating through the festival, watch stageside, or even watch from the side stage swimming pool (yes, we said pool) with a drink in your hand are all meant to give every fan exactly the experience they want while watching superstars Toby Keith, Randy Houser, Nelly, Joe Nichols, David Nail, Eric Paslay, Jana Kramer, and Parmalee! The choice belongs to the fan.

Headlined by superstar Toby Keith on his Should’ve Been A Cowboy Tour XXV presented by Ford F Series, the additions to the festival lineup feature some of the best musicians in country music. Randy Houser is a Country Music Association (CMA) Award, Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award, and CMT Award-nominated singer/songwriter and Eric Paslay is a RIAA certified Gold singer/songwriter whose song “Friday Night” was a Top 5 hit on Country Airplay. The two join previously announced ACM Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated Joe Nichols, ACM and Grammy Award-nominated country star David Nail, quintessential American Country Band Parmalee, Jana Kramer, whose platinum debut single “Why Ya Wanna” rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and St. Louis, Missouri-born rapper, singer, songwriter Nelly who has been ranked by the Recording Industry of America as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history, with 21 million albums sold in the USA.

In addition to the music performances, TAILGATE FEST will also feature several genre-curated activities including The Tailgate Cornhole World Championships which will kick off early in the day at the “Extreme Cornhole Court” where tailgate groups can compete against each other for prizes. Those who want to flex their truck muscles can enter their spruced-up truck in the Jacked Up Truck Competition where a panel of judges will select the “Best in Show” truck of the day, with the winner taking home a brand new tailgating dream machine. TAILGATE FEST will also feature the Two Step Honky Tonk for those wanting to show off their dancing skills and a Dunk Tank for those wanting to stretch out their pitching arms. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase on site.


Tickets start at $109 for General Admission all the way up to a Super VIP with reserved Lawn Chair Viewing, access to a stageside pool (Yes, we said pool) and access to the VIP Forum Club (plus any applicable fees). For some fans who are “Country AF” but don’t want to tailgate, General Admission stage-side and pit passes offer the more traditional experience to get up close to the stage. A Lawn Chair viewing platform, Terrace viewing and even a pool stage-side make Tailgate Fest perfect for every taste. A limited number of people can secure a pit and pool pass to kick back and keep cool while watching the best Country music has to offer.

Tickets are on-sale NOW!! For full ticket descriptions and detailed festival map, visit, @TailgateFest


Community Events, Lakeshore News

The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is happy to announce the birth of five black-tailed prairie dog pups!

PRAIRIEDOGPUPS.jpgPrairie dogs are highly social animals that live in colonies or “towns” with prairie dog families being a basic unit of the society. Members of a family group tend to be closely-knit, and interact through oral contact or “kissing” and grooming one another. That means you may see the parents of these cute little pups kissing them throughout the day.
The NEW Zoo opened a new prairie dog exhibit in early fall of 2017, and visitors can venture into the exhibit itself through a tunnel, to get an up-close and personal view of the habitat. Be sure to bring your camera when you pop-up in the exhibit at eye level, because a prairie dog may be just a few feet away!

The five new prairie dog pups are enjoying playing with each other and learning from the adult prairie dogs in their colony.

Stop in and see them today!


10K for NASCAR Today

Motor Racing Network – “The Voice of NASCAR” will reach a broadcast milestone this week when “NASCAR TODAY” airs its 10,000th show.

The fast-paced, two-minute daily update featuring NASCAR newsmakers has been a staple of the network’s lineup since 1990, when host Allen Bestwick first gave listeners a fresh take on the weekend just completed and a sharp focus on the weekend ahead.

“When we started the show, the sport’s popularity was growing so fast that fans’ demand for information far exceeded the weekend race broadcasts, which was all that was being done at the time,” Bestwick recalls.  “This was our way of bringing updates to them through our network of radio affiliates.”

The program’s success led to the premiere of “NASCAR TODAY Mid-day” in 2008, a companion broadcast that included overnight updates and any late-breaking news to take NASCAR fans into the lunch hour.

On Friday, June 15, the 10,000th program in the two shows’ combined inventory will air on some 325 affiliate stations nationwide and on the American Forces Network with an audience of 400,000 service members around the world.

“The fact that what we started and nurtured from scratch at show No. 1 has hit 10,000 gives me a great sense of pride and satisfaction,” says Bestwick.

Since “NASCAR TODAY” debuted, there have only been four hosts.  Joe Moore, currently the lead anchor on MRN’s NASCAR broadcasts, replaced Bestwick.  Then in 2010, Woody Cain stepped behind the microphone and is now in his ninth season.  Kyle Rickey has been the primary host of the program’s mid-day version.

Cain’s voice will be heard on Friday’s benchmark broadcast.

“MRN has been synonymous with NASCAR for almost 50 years and to mark 10,000 ‘NASCAR TODAY’ shows is impressive,” said Steve Herbst, senior vice president of broadcasting and production.  “We’re proud to have the Motor Racing Network as a broadcast partner and equally proud to celebrate this milestone together this week.”

Chris Schwartz, managing director of broadcast and integrated media for International Speedway Corporation, added:

“The longevity of this show is a testament to the passion the MRN team, past and present, has for NASCAR.  Ten thousand shows is a remarkable accomplishment and we thank our affiliate stations for sharing this milestone.”

“NASCAR TODAY” and its Mid-day counterpart have a combined cumulative audience of 2.6 million listeners in mid-day and afternoon drive.  Friday’s 10,000th airing of the show is a milestone event that’ll help set the stage for MRN’s 2019 season – which will be its 50th year as “The Voice of NASCAR.”

Community Events, Lakeshore News

Fill the Boot Campaign

The Maribel Fire Department is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, dedicated fire fighters from the Maribel Fire Department will hit the streets or storefronts with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on June 24, during the Lion’s Picnic parade in Maribel.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Maribel Fire Department for another year of Fill the Boot to help provide the funds needed to find treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that severely limit strength and mobility,” said Fundraising Coordinator, Murphy Maes “The dedication of these fire fighters to MDA’s mission is unwavering, spending countless hours both with Fill the Boot and MDA Summer Camp to care for the kids and adults in Maribel. We know that their devotion to our families will make this year’s drive a success.”

Funds raised through Maribel Fill the Boot event in 2018 empower families who inspire everyday Americans to help kids and adults with Muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger, displaying how we all can truly live unlimited no matter what limits we may face.

Contributions also help fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Center at Prevea Health in Green Bay, WI and Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, WI. They also help send more than 50 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Salvation Army Camp Wonderland – all at no cost to their families.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Learn how you can fund cures, find care and champion the cause at

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Bastille Days to bring French flair, fares and fun to downtown Milwaukee

(Photographs by Mike Miller Images)

The 37th annual Bastille Days returns to Cathedral Square Park July 12 – 15 with free
entertainment all weekend long. Featuring live art, an international marketplace, wine and beer tastings, chef demonstrations and captivating street performers, as well as nonstop musical entertainment on all four festival stages, fest-goers can anticipate a robust lineup of sights and attractions at the four-day French affair.

Associated Bank Storm the Bastille on Thursday
Free slices of decadent French-themed cake will be available on opening day for the first 1,000 guests to march into Bastille Days at noon on Thursday, July 12, courtesy of Metro Market. Following the sweet satiation, fest-goers can enjoy Thursday’s musical menagerie, which includes: the Sweet Sheiks and electro-swing tunes from Ginkgoa; the
Carnival of Curiosity & Chaos, displaying daring tricks and acrobatics on the Cathedral Square Stage; and the captivating vocals of Robin Pluer on the Beaux Art Stage.

Kicking off the evening’s activities, Milwaukee Brewing Company and Bastille Days sponsor Beechwood Distributors will unveil a new brew with a nod to French-infused ingredients at 5:30 p.m. on the Madison Medical Affiliates Beaux Arts Stage. Following the beer tasting, the 34th annual Associated Bank Storm the Bastille 5K run/walk will
commence at 9 p.m. This reenactment of the revolutionary storming of the Bastille prison by Parisians in the 18th century will take nearly 5,000 runners and walkers through the streets of downtown Milwaukee and the Historic Third Ward. Registration is $20 in advance at, or $25 day of.

Worldly Lineup of Diverse Musical Performances
Get a taste of tunes from around the globe with a vast variety of live performances on the festival’s stages, including: zydeco beats and New Orleans-infused jazz music from Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers and Sweet Crude on the Cathedral Square Stage; Milwaukee Hot Club; Extra Crispy Brass Band; Charles Walker Band; Boo
Bradley; the 5 Card Studs; the Whiskeybelles; Mississippi Cactus; Well Known Strangers; the Hungry Williams; Hot & Dirty Brass Band and much more, fest-goers will be immersed in a mix of worldly tunes.

10th Annual Kids Day on Saturday
Free, family-friendly activities will be offered during Bastille Days’ 10th annual Kids Day on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlights include a variety of hands-on activities, including ballet stretching and posing, mini French lessons courtesy of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee, magic tricks, a caricature artist, arts and crafts and more.

Plus, a French-inspired breakfast will be available in the morning for just $5.
Bon Appétit!

Bastille Days will serve up daily chef, beer and wine demonstrations as area brewers, chefs and sommeliers share French and Cajun themed dishes and drinks on the Madison Medical Affiliates Beaux Arts Stage. Plus, sip and sample spirits from around the globe with ticketed wine tastings, taking place on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and 8:30

Spills and Thrills at the Waiter/Waitress Race on Sunday
Kicking-off the final-fest day, Robin Pluer will grace the Cathedral Square Stage at 1:30 p.m. with captivating classic vocals. Cheer for local bars and restaurants as their top servers and bartenders go head-to-head, navigating an elaborate obstacle course while balancing full wine glasses during the annual Waiter/Waitress Race, beginning at 3
p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Following the competitive spectacle, fest-goers can round out their fun-filled weekend with high-energy tunes by Alma Afrobeat Ensemble ft. Marga Mbande on the Cathedral Square Stage.

French Fare and Other Activities
With nearly 100 merchant booths and over 25 restaurant vendors, Bastille Days will offer an international ambiance bursting with flavor, variety and one-of-a-kind finds. French favorites include beignets handcrafted by members of the Alliance Française de Milwaukee, crêpes galore, international wines and beers, and gifts such as Provençal
fabrics, soaps, jewelry and artwork. Additional must-see sights include the Tamarind Tribal Belly Dancers on the Madison Medical Affiliates Beaux Arts Stage, Madame Gigi’s Outrageous French CanCan dancers and roaming busker entertainment around every corner. Don’t forget to snap a selfie in front of the fest landmark, a 43 ft. Eiffel Tower

Bastille Days is sponsored by Madison Medical Affiliates, Bud Light, Associated Bank, Door Peninsula Winery, Saz’s Hospitality Group, Gruber Law Offices—“One Call…That’s All” and Pepsi.