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Beer for Dogs?

A husband and wife team who own a couple of bars in Texas have just launched a hot new item: cold beer for dogs.

While the concept of popping open a cold one for your furry friend wasn’t theirs to create, Megan and Steve Long have certainly upped the ante with their Good Boy Dog Beer.

According to The Houston Chronicle, the Longs started brewing a chicken flavored concoction they called Mailman Malt Licker, but now their canine line has two others: the pork-based Lot in the Yard, and the veggie-based Session…squirrel!.

While each are non-alcoholic — booze is bad for dogs — the brews are made with Fido-friendly ingredients like chicken, turmeric, carrots, basil, ginger and fennel.

Their Good Boy Beer was a hit, and although it’s being sold in 15 watering holes around Texas, they’re getting orders from across the country. “Everyone likes the idea of having a beer with their dog, you know?” says Steve, 41.

The whimsical idea began when the pair began cooking at home for their Rottweiler Rocky, when he started having digestive issues. They started experimenting with brewing at a friend’s home, and after finding a place to can the stuff, the first cans started rolling off their shelves — at a recommended price of $5 a can.

The pair has the right idea, the newspaper notes, quoting the American Pet Products Association statistics that say pets in the U.S. are a $72 billion business in 2018, and growing fast.

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National CD Release of “Women At War”

Twenty-six military veterans. Eighteen women veterans and two Gold Star family members supplying heart-wrenching testimony. Seventeen talented songwriters. Sixty-four professional musicians and singers. Thirteen engineers working in recording studios in five states. Forty-nine women and 46 men in supporting roles. In total, “Warrior Songs Vol. 2: Women At War” was produced by 95 deeply caring people. 

Warrior Songs is a non-profit organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. Their mission is to facilitate healing amongst United States military personnel, veterans and those working with veterans by using songwriting and the arts as vehicles. The fifteen song compilation CD, “Women At War” is the second release from their “Story to Song” program, which is designed to transform buried experiences and feelings into a song that heals and entertains while it also educates, motivates and inspires.

 “Women At War” will drop on November 10, 2018 and will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and all major online retailers, as well as at the Warrior Songs website. Warrior Songs CD’s are made available free of charge to veterans across the country. With the release of “Women At War” the emphasis will be placed on getting them into the hands of women veterans. 

Women have been serving our country in uniform since its founding, both in combat and non-combat roles. But women now make up over 15% of our current military, leaving family behind to go overseas and serve their country. Women veterans endure all the usual combat trauma of their male counterparts: physical injury, PTSD, TBI.  Often they also carry the additional trauma of rape and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). Once home they are expected to quietly leave that trauma behind and pick up the pieces of a life that is now instead forever changed by the experience. 

Warrior Songs collects stories for its Story To Song program in a variety of ways: at songwriting workshops, testimony submitted to their website, and through personal encounters on Warrior Songs outreach trips across the country.  The veterans are paired with songwriters to develop a song of self-expression and healing. Once approved by the veteran, the song is taken to a recording studio and performed by established musicians to become the latest Warrior Songs CD release. First-hand testimony has been gathered from women vets since 2011.

 The process itself can be difficult for both veterans and their songwriter. Linda McClenahan postponed becoming a nun, choosing to “first give three years of my life to serve my country in Vietnam”. There she was gang raped by three of her fellow soldiers. She says she joined the Story to Song program to help others who have experienced the same thing. “We can’t heal such deep traumas alone. I wanted to let women know there is life after MST, but don’t try to do it alone.”

 McClenenahan’s songwriter, Madison, Wisconsin’s Shawndell Marks says, “I wanted to do the song justice, to give this story nuance. I almost quit music because of this song!” The result, “Sister Sarge”, illustrates how anger and pain can evolve into a new personal mission.

 Through its workshops, retreats and CD releases, “Warrior Songs seeks to educate the public and veteran’s communities about veteran’s issues like PTSD, MST and other war traumas”, says founder Jason Moon. “Helping veterans to turn the destructive force of war into something meaningful and beautiful allows them to reclaim hope and joy as important forces in their lives.” 

The Warrior Songs “Story to Song” program produces a CD compilation every two years, each focusing on a different aspect of returning military veteran’s stories. Work has already begun on 2020’s Vol. 3 release, which will feature songs from Vietnam era vets.

 Warrior Songs founder Jason Moon and some of the “Women At War” vets, musicians and songwriters are available by phone, Skype or email for interviews. Media staff can also request downloads of songs from Warrior Songs.

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BBB Offers Spooktacular Tips for Halloween

Shopping for Halloween should be fun—not terrifying. With so many costume and decoration ideas, it’s hard to choose what to buy, and where to buy it from.

According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween spending for 2018 is expected to reach $9 billion, with consumers planning to spend an average of $86.79 each.

According to the survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, among Halloween celebrants, 70 percent plan to pass out candy, 50 percent will decorate their home or yard, 48 percent will wear costumes, 30 percent will take their children trick-or-treating and 18 percent will dress their pets in costumes.

When it comes to purchasing costumes and other Halloween supplies, 45 percent of shoppers will visit discount stores, 35 percent will visit a Halloween store and 24 percent will shop online.

Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends the following tips to avoid getting spooked this Halloween:

Look around your home

Before you head out to your nearest Halloween store, check what items you have in your home. You may find an old costume you can re-purpose, or Halloween decorations you can put out. Doing this will not only help you save money, but you won’t end up with more than you need.

Rent a costume

Some people don’t like the idea of spending a lot of money on a costume that will only be worn once, which is why they look to renting. While renting a costume leaves more room in your budget, know that the costume you may be getting may not be in great shape. If you opt for renting a costume this year, check out the condition of the costume first. Make sure you try it on and note any defects with the owner. Read over the rental agreement carefully and make sure you make note of the rental period.

Look for sales

Compare prices on Halloween costumes and decorations from various retail or online stores. Along with comparing prices, look for coupons and sign up for email alerts. This will help you get the best deals, saving you a nice chunk of change.

Always check the return policy  

Whether you are shopping in a store or online, always make sure you are clear on the store’s return policy before you buy. Find out how long you must keep your receipt, or what happens if you should lose your receipt. This will help you avoid any mishaps like unwanted items being non-refundable. Remember: Buying a bunch of stuff with the intent of simply returning it after October 31st is considered fraud.

Shop smart online

When shopping from an online website, the first step is to make sure the URL starts with “https” and includes a lock symbol. The S in “https” stands for secure.

Look up the website’s privacy policy and contact information. If it is not clearly listed, or they only have an email as the point of contact, take that as a big red flag and shop elsewhere.

Also, be sure to use your credit card instead of your debit card, as credit cards not only provide additional protection, but it’s also easier to dispute a fraudulent charge.

For more tips for shopping online, click here.

Seasonal stores

If you decide to shop from a seasonal store, ask whether or not they will be open after the holiday, how long they plan to stay open, and if they will accept returns after Halloween is over. If they plan to close up shop November 1st, or refuse returns after, either consider shopping elsewhere, or take more time to be sure that item is exactly what you want before making the purchase.

More tips for seasonal “pop-up” stores:

  • See if they have a website in case you have to contact them later.
  • Save every receipt.
  • Use a credit card so you can dispute problems with the card’s issuer.
  • Make sure you are clear on what items are FINAL SALE.

Attending a special event or visiting a haunted house

Before you purchase tickets do some quick research and make sure that there are no complaints about the company hosting the event.

  • Check out the company at Read what previous customers have to say, and see how the business responds to complaints.
  • Check BBB Scam Trackerand see if other consumers have filed a report about the event host.
  • Search the business online adding the word “Complaint”, “Reviews” or “Scam” after their name for different search results.
  • For more tips on buying tickets, click here.


For more information or further inquiries, contact the Wisconsin BBB at or 414-847-6000 (metro Milwaukee), 920-734-4352 (Appleton), or 1-800-273-1002 (elsewhere in Wisconsin). Consumers also can find more information about how to protect themselves from scams by following the Wisconsin BBB on TwitterFacebook and You Tube.


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Top Things to Do This Weekend on the Lakeshore

Cancer affects all of us and the Manitowoc/Two Rivers YMCA is holding two events this Saturday, October 13th to help fight cancer locally.  Join in the fun in the Y parking lot for the food trucks event from 9 to 2 pm – including bbq, Mexican, desserts, subs, bakery & more.  Admission to the Food Truck Festival is FREE.  There will also be raffle baskets & a silent auction free to the public to browse in the lobby with prize baskets including a Packers football, a pressure cooker, Scentsy products, Avon, dog treats and many gift cards from local businesses.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  For a cost of $30, you can also get admission to a morning of fitness from 8 am to 11:30 am with Zumba, dance fitness, R.I.P.P.E.D., Rumble and more.  There will also be a hula hoop contest, fitness bingo and burpees for boobies.  All proceeds will benefit the YMCA Livestrong program and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic with Aurora Health Care.  Let’s fight cancer together this Saturday at the Y!

Now that the leaves are turning & fall has really begun, celebrate the harvest with Applefest in Two Rivers from 9 to 4 in Central Park.  Enjoy everything apple – fresh apples, an apple baking contest, apple pie social, bake sale, arts & crafts and entertainment.

The Rockwood Fire Department Fundraising Fish Boil will be held this Friday from 4 to 8 pm. There will be pollack, fresh carrots, and onions in their special seasoning at a cost of only $11 per person. Don’t forget the raffle with $1,500.00 total in cash prizes. And there will be additional raffle items available. Have a delicious meal for a good cause – help out the Rockwood Fire Department this Friday at their annual fish boil from 4 to 8 pm at 5401 County Road R, Manitowoc (north of highway 310).

Join the Manitowoc County Historical Society for a spooky, sometimes scary, event as we celebrate the legends that were brought to Wisconsin and the folklore we created here at home. “All Hallow’s Eve”, will held Saturday, October 13 from 1 to 4 pm at the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Pinecrest Historical Village (924 Pinecrest Road, Manitowoc). Pinecrest’s historic buildings will have costumed interpreters bringing to life fall and Halloween traditions that were popular around the year 1900. Hands-on activities, crafts, and games will be held throughout the Village. Visitors are encouraged to dress in costume and “trick or treat”. A bake sale and hot beverages will be available and proceeds will support the Society’s youth education programs. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for children. MCHS members receive free admission.

The Clipper City Chordsmen 9th Annual Cabaret Dinner & Show will be held on Sunday, October 14th. Chicken dinner buffet starts at 5pm and show starts at 6:15pm at Twin Fountains Banquet Hall, 7330 English Lake Rd, Manitowoc Tickets are by advance purchase only at $25 per person and are available through Chordsmen members, through Fricke Printing or by calling 920-905-5649

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The Light Mural

mural.jpgThe Mission Manitowoc Group was a huge blessing to The Light Teen Center this summer. Several creative youth and some adult mentors joined their talents and painted a large mural on one of the walls of the 402 N 9th St location. Venton Speidel, Youth Development Coordinator, stated, “God works in mysterious ways. In meeting with other youth pastors in the area, this idea came to be a reality. Lauren and Mary Claire Hoffmann were the driving youth forces behind the mural images”.

“The Light is open Friday through Sunday. For the hours and other information, check out The Light Facebook page. It is a safe place for teens to hang out with friends and interact with faithful adult mentors.”, stated Speidel. A video of the inspiration can be viewed at

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Long-term Care Residents Honored During Residents’ Rights Month, October 2018

Mayor and resident.jpgAcross the country, residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities along with family members, ombudsmen, citizen advocates, facility staff and others will honor the individual rights of long-term care residents by celebrating Residents’ Rights Month. Residents’ Rights Month is an annual event held in October by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care (Consumer Voice) to celebrate and focus on awareness of dignity, respect and the value of long-term care residents.

The theme for Residents’ Rights Month 2018 is, “Speak Up: Know Your Rights and How to Use Them” – to emphasize the importance of residents being informed about their rights and being engaged partners in achieving quality care and quality of life.

On Friday, October 5, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels visited St. Mary’s Home at Felician Village to sign a proclamation declaring October 2018 as National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month in the City of Manitowoc and encouraged all citizens to join in these observances.

The Nursing Home Reform Law, passed in 1987, guarantees nursing home residents their individual rights, including but not limited to: individualized care, respect, dignity, the right to visitation, the right to privacy, the right to complain, and the right to make independent choices. Residents who have made their home in other types of facilities, such as assisted living apartments or group homes, adult care homes and other facilities maintain their rights as U.S. Citizens. Residents’ Rights Month raises awareness about these rights and pays tribute to the unique contributions of long-term residents.

The National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has worked for more than 40 years to promote residents’ rights daily. More than 8,000 volunteers and 1,000 paid staff are advocates for residents in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Authorized under the Older Americans Act and administered by the Administration on Aging, the program also provides information on how to find a facility, conducts community education sessions, and supports residents, their families and the public with one-on-one consultation regarding long-term care.