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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

We wanted you to know that thanks to a traffic enforcement grant, there will be extra officers out on traffic enforcement this weekend. This is a continuous effort to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviors in our city. So, please put those distractions away, obey posted speed limits, wear your seat belt, and always, drive sober. If you plan on drinking, call an uber or cab. Please get a sober ride home. We wish for everyone to get to their destinations safely. Thank you and have a great weekend!

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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

Blade Bash will be held at the Manitowoc County Ice Center (an Adult Only Event), on Saturday, September 29 from 6:30-11:30. There will be Raffle Baskets, Cash Prizes, Food and Beverages and live music by Oil Can Harry. Admission cost is $10.00 and includes a one brat or hamburger and one beverage. All Proceeds go to Manitowoc County Youth Hockey Association.

Celebrate Harvest Fest in downtown Manitowoc as it kicks off this Saturday. Enjoy Farmers Market and check out downtown merchants with sidewalk sales and specials from 8 to 4, seasonal food & fun, kids activities, an antique tractor display from 8 to 2, the farmers market from 8 to 1, music and more. Children can enjoy activities just for them while adults shop the special while enjoying the beautiful scenic shore and emerging fall colors.  Horse and wagon rides are from 10 to 2.

September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time to help everyone become more aware oaf the warning signs of suicide. Please join in the 7th Annual 5k Walk/Run for Hope, being held on September 29th from 7:30 to noon starting at Neshotah Park in Two Rivers. The walk begins at 9am. You can pre-register or sign up the day of the event. Cost is $20/person, $15 for students and $60 for families. The KC’s will be serving burgers and brats afterwards. If you wish, bring $5/person for a meal and don’t forget $$$$ for the silent auction including 2 Packer Tickets!!!

The Sheboygan Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Saturday, September 29th at 3000 Calumet Drive (Evergreen Park) and begins at 8:30 am with registration.  The opening ceremony is 9:40 am and the 2 mile walk starts at 10 am.  All donations benefit the Alzheimers Association for care, support & research efforts of the Alzheimers Assocation.

The Two Rivers High School’s Octagon Club’s Electronics Drive will be held Saturday from 9:00am – 1:00pm.  at the J. E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers.  Please enter at the 18th Street parking lot entrance. Most electronic items are accepted at no charge, items with a charge, TV’s any size $15.00, Monitors $10.00 and Freon Items $5.00. More information call 794-4787 Batteries, and Light bulbs are NOT accepted


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Manitowoc Sailor Returns Home After Middle East Deployment

Miller_Dallas.jpgA 2011 Roncalli High School graduate and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, native is one of 1,200 sailors who recently returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment aboard USS Iwo Jima.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Dallas Miller is a Navy information systems technician aboard the Iwo Jima, an amphibious assault ship, who recently deployed to the Middle East and Mediterranean areas of operation. For more than half of the sailors aboard Iwo Jima, the six-month journey served as their first deployment, according to Navy officials.

A Navy information systems technician is responsible for being the system administrator for the networks onboard ship.

“The satisfaction of solving a very difficult issue with someone’s computer or network is my favorite part of this job,” Miller said.

Miller credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Manitowoc.

“We look out for one another and help our fellow sailors in need,” Miller said.

Iwo Jima made port calls in Haifa, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Aqaba, Jordan, and Malaga, Spain. The visits helped grow the strong alliance between the U.S. and its partner nations as well as providing an opportunity for the crew to experience cultures from around the world, according to Navy officials.

Deployed since Feb. 7 as part of an Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), the ship participated in exercises Juniper Cobra and Eager Lion. It also hosted a 10-day embarkation of Egyptian naval officers to discuss concepts of amphibious naval operations and strengthen partner nation capabilities.

“This deployment was the most high-tempo one I’ve experienced in my 25-year naval career,” said Capt. Joseph O’Brien, Iwo Jima’s commanding officer. “The entire Navy and Marine Corps team performed extraordinarily well in an incredibly dynamic environment throughout deployment. The sailors and Marines working on equipment, launching aircraft on the flight deck, conducting amphibious operations, navigating the ship and standing watch down in the plant were all at the absolute top of their game. This is an amazing group of sailors and Marines, and I am honored to serve with them.”

Though there are many ways for a sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Miller is most proud of being credited as a subject matter expert on Global Command and Control System (GCCS).

“I had to figure out the problem, solve it and then train others on how to solve the problem on their own,” Miller said.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Miller and other sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes, one that will provide a critical component of the Navy the nation needs.

“Serving in the Navy makes sure that my family is taken care of,” Miller said. “I have always wanted to join the Navy since I was a little kid.”

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United Way Manitowoc County Welcomes Courtney Pelot as Marketing and Brand Strategy Manager

CourtneyPelot_Headshot.jpgUnited Way Manitowoc County is proud to announce and welcome Courtney Pelot as the new Marketing and Brand Strategy Manager. Pelot will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic marketing, communications, brand management, and media relations in support of year-round fund raising efforts or UWMC.

Pelot was born and raised in Manitowoc, and notably won the title of Miss Wisconsin 2016, a title within the Miss America Organization. Pelot spent her year of service promoting her platform, “Open Books, Open Opportunity: Promoting Literacy in Our Communities” and serving as a goodwill ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. While she traveled almost 35,000 miles across the state and made over 200 appearances, she provided thousands of free books to students and worked with countless elementary schools, public libraries and literacy organizations, including many in Manitowoc County. Following her year of service, Pelot moved to the Madison area to continue her career, though she knew she wanted to return to Manitowoc in the near future as her passion continued to be working to strengthen and improve her community.

“I am thrilled to have returned to my hometown and to be a part of this incredible team,” said Pelot. “It’s a very exciting time for United Way Manitowoc County, and I couldn’t be more energized to serve in this capacity to collectively make a lasting impact in a community that I am so deeply passionate about.”

Beyond the extensive marketing experience she gained as Miss Wisconsin, which includes working closely with Dick Clark Productions leading up to the national pageant, Pelot joins the UWMC team with a breadth of knowledge across digital and traditional marketing, branding and social media. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Communications Arts degree. Prior to returning to Manitowoc, Pelot was the Marketing Specialist at Greenway Station Shopping Center in Middleton where she developed and executed the center wide marketing strategy, and previously worked at a top social media agency, Ideas that Evoke, managing multiple national clients’ social strategy, content creation and community management. Pelot also has editorial and marketing experience from various collegiate internships and brand ambassador opportunities, where she worked with national brands including American Eagle Outfitters, Sephora, Victoria’s Secret PINK and Neely & Chloe.

The entire UWMC team is excited for Pelot to lead the marketing and brand strategy efforts going forward for UWMC and this thriving, resilient community.

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Department of Homeland Security Launches First National “If You See Something, Say Something®” Awareness Day Today

On September 25, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will hosts the national “If You See Something, Say Something®” Awareness Day. The “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign is calling on citizens and national public and private-sector partners to participate in activities related to the campaign,including:

  • Learning what suspicious activity is, the common indicators of suspicious activity, and how to report suspicious activity.
  • Leading discussions in their communities about how to support the campaign and how they can play a role in keeping their community safe.
  • Using social media to share why it’s important to be vigilant and report suspicious activity, using the hashtags #WhyISeeSay and #SeeSayDay.

“Today marks an important milestone for the DHS ‘If You See Something, Say Something®’ campaign as the Department hosts the first national Awareness Day. We are thrilled with the support we have received from our public and private partners in educating citizens who are not aware of the campaign. It’s on all of us to protect our communities, and the campaign empowers citizens to play an active role keeping our homeland safe,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

To access Awareness Day resources and for more information on how to get involved, visit For more information about the campaign, visit You can also follow #SeeSayDay and #WhyISeeSay on social media.

About the “If You See Something, Say Something®” Campaign

Created by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and licensed to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2010, “If You See Something, Say Something®” is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.


Ryan Newman to Drive for Roush Fenway Racing in 2019

Roush Fenway Racing confirmed that Ryan Newman would take over the #6 Ford in 2019, replacing both Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth who have shared that seat this season. At the press conference announcing his signing with RFR, Newman spoke about Kenseth recruiting him for Roush after Kenseth made his own decision to not continue racing next season for family reasons. Owner Jack Roush previously confirmed Bayne would not return to the team in 2019.

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DHS Wants Wisconsin to Avoid a Serious, Deadly Flu Season This Year

With a new flu season fast approaching, health officials are reminding people of the toll last year’s season took on Wisconsin residents, and encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to protect their families, communities, and themselves.

“The dangers of the flu are real, especially for the very young, for older adults, and for those with other health problems,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “Getting a flu shot helps protects not only you, but also your loved ones, friends, and neighbors, and this year we are asking everyone to pitch in and help.”

During the 2017-2018 flu season, 7,530 people in Wisconsin were hospitalized due to flu-related complications, and 379 people died – twice as many as the year before – including three children. With only 36 % percent of state residents getting the flu shot last year, there is room for improvement this flu season, McKeown said.

Health care providers are already providing the flu vaccine, as are pharmacies. The flu vaccine finder will help you locate a pharmacy near you that is providing flu shots.

The flu shot can help prevent the flu, and greatly reduce symptoms if you do get it, shortening time away from work or school.

Here are other simple steps to help you avoid spreading the flu and other viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your upper sleeve, and try to avoid touching your face with your hand. If you use a tissue, throw it away after one use.
  • Use your own drinking cups and straws.
  • Avoid being exposed to people who are sick.
  • Eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest and do not smoke.
  • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, refrigerator handle, telephone, faucets).If you’re sick, stay home, rest, drink plenty of liquids, and avoid using alcohol and tobacco.
  • See a health care provider if your symptoms persist or get worse.


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School Bus Driver Caught Allowing Students to Drive Bus

A school bus driver in Indiana is under arrest after students filmed her allowing kids to drive the bus.

According to police, Joandrea Dehaven McAtee, 27, allowed three students — an 11-year-old, 13-year-old and 17-year-old — to drive the school bus for short distances Thursday in rural Valparaiso, Indiana. There were other students on the bus at the time, some of whom recorded the incident.

“First, what you gotta do, is put your foot on the brake,” McAtee is heard saying in one video, as if they were in driver’s ed.

The student who filmed the video said it was a middle schooler who was driving.

McAtee was immediately fired by First Student, the company which operates buses in Porter Township, after the video and allegations surfaced.

“We are incredibly disappointed by the actions of our former driver,” First Student said in a statement to ABC News. “There is nothing more important than the safety of the students we transport. Behavior such as this is completely unacceptable and totally at odds with what we stand for as a company. The driver has been terminated. We have a zero-tolerance policy for employees whose actions may harm or put others at risk.”

She was arrested on Friday and charged with felony neglect of a dependent. A person can be charged with neglect of a dependent if a decision “places the dependent in a situation that endangers the dependent’s life or health,” according to Indiana state law.

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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

Lighthouse Recovery Community Center will host Dose of Hope Campaign on September 21st from 4-7pm at 721 Park Street in Manitowoc. An art gallery will be on display, a silent auction for $25 at the door. Speakers on the half hour, Lt. Dave Remiker, Head of the Metro Drug Unit and food by Brian’s Smokehouse. Call 920-374-3989 for more details.

Fundraiser Poker Run – For You We Ride will begin Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00am.  The Manitowoc ride starts by leaving the Harbor Town Harley Davidson at 11 am, and ending with live music in Menchalville at the Iron Buffalo Saloon.  Registration is $25 with $15 for a passenger.  For You We Ride brings to you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to show your support and make a difference in the life of a Breast Cancer patient in your state. Support/Poker Runs will begin at the same time across the United States, attempting to set a new record while supporting grass roots assistance charities in their effort to put help in the hands of patients NOW. Wisconsin rides benefit the Miriam B White foundation.

On September 21st from 4 to 8 pm, SEAS will be having a brat fry fundraiser at City Green in Sheboygan, WI. There will be plenty of brats, drinks, and music played by the Honeygoats! Also, come and welcome sailors, coaches, and officials from 40 countries to Sheboygan for the Para World Sailing Championships, which is happening the same week. All proceeds will support the Adaptive Sailing Program

Join the staff at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, September 22nd to construct your own fly-through bird feeder that can be enjoyed by a variety of species in your own backyard. The cost is $10 per kit. Please bring along a hammer and we will provide all other supplies for building your bird feeder. Pre-register for this great family event by contacting the Brown County Parks Office at 448-6262 Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm.

The Sheboygan Jaycees Glo Run will take place on September 22nd from 7-10pm at Evergreen Park, 3000 Calumet Drive, Sheboygan.