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United One Credit Union Saver’s Sweepstakes Winners

(first photo) UnitedOne Credit Union Member Service Representative Monica Bohm (right) awards a promotional check to member Ava S., who won $25 during the Saver’s Sweepstakes ™ drawing held in October.
(2nd photo) UnitedOne Credit Union Member Service Representative Karen Behnke (right) awards a $100 promotional check to member Bao L., who was one of 16 individuals to win $100 in the statewide Saver’s Sweepstakes™ drawing held in October.

The inaugural Saver’s Sweepstakes™ drawing produced four winning members at UnitedOne Credit Union.

Bao L. was one of 16 individuals to win $100 in the Saver’s Sweepstakes statewide drawing. Meanwhile, Kathryn V., Ava S. and Denise L. each won $25 in the drawing held only for UnitedOne members.

UnitedOne is one of 14 credit unions in the state that launched Saver’s Sweepstakes savings accounts in September, resulting in 1,409 members opening accounts and saving a combined $180,797.67.

Saver’s Sweepstakes is a new program offered by The Wisconsin Credit Union League that encourage consumers to save by giving them chances to win prize money each month through prize-linked savings accounts. The inaugural drawing on International Credit Union Day included a $5,000 winner.

Unlike buying a lottery ticket, all of the money a member deposits into a Saver’s Sweepstakes account remains theirs. The funds for monthly, quarterly and annual prizes come from the pool of participating credit unions. The statewide prizes range from $100 to $5,000.

In addition to statewide prizes, UnitedOne is offering members-only prize drawings each month to those individuals who open and save with a Saver’s Sweepstakes account.

Saver’s Sweepstakes account holders earn an entry into the monthly drawing when they increase their savings balance by $25 (up to six entries per month).

For more information about Saver’s Sweepstakes, visit

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World Stroke Day

Today is World Stroke Day and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is highlighting how important rehabilitation is for stroke survivors. Worldwide, stroke is the No. 2 cause of death and is a leading cause of long-term disability. Stroke is more disabling than it is fatal. However, stroke is largely beatable through high-quality rehabilitation and patient support and implementation of the Association’s Rehabilitation Guidelines.

Stroke rehabilitation can:

  • Help survivors regain independence
  • Lower chances of another stroke
  • Build strength, capabilities and confidence

In the United States, about 800,000 strokes occur every year. That means every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke. But an estimated 80% of first-time strokes can be prevented. By managing high blood pressure and cholesterol, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight, you can lower your stroke risk factors.

If you suspect a loved one has suffered a stroke, it is critical to act FAST. The acronym represents the most common stroke warning signs:

  • Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
  • Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.”
  • Time to Call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital immediately. (Tip: Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.)

For more information and a full list of the stroke warning signs, visit

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New Owners for Shore Club in Elkhart Lake

Shore Club Owners.jpgRestoration and renovations will begin on the Shore Club on Elkhart Lake, former Victorian Village in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. New resort owners, Thomas Shortt and Kristin Pagel, will rejuvenate the 60-unit, 3 restaurant, 2 pool and event/theater space complex nestled along nearly 600’ of pristine shoreline on Elkhart Lake just blocks from historic downtown Elkhart Lake. The Resort will stay open during renovations this winter and be branded the Shore Club as of January 1st with an opening celebration set for spring.

Building on the successful resort, the new owners will add a new Mexican restaurant entitled El Teatro Cantina & Show, add a fashion boutique & social gathering space named Lake Thread & Field, and elevate the restaurant to a focused American-inspired offering. Cottonwood Social, the restaurant which is being orchestrated by one of the Midwest’s rising culinary stars Chef James Lintelmann takes its name from the large Cottonwood trees that dip into the shoreline at the resort. Guest rooms will be updated with a new contemporary design to highlight the vintage racing, fishing and boating amenities of the Elkhart Lake area. The famous Barefoot Tiki Bar will see added specialty cocktails and frozen creations.

Thomas and Kristin, from Chicago, settled on purchasing the resort due to its location, only two-hours from Chicago, and the existing quality resort experience of Elkhart Lake. With merely 1,100 residents, the Village of Elkhart Lake is home to a growing luxury hospitality market. The couple have formed partnerships with well-traveled and experienced hoteliers and chefs who will be providing direction into the project.

“We fell in love with the resort and community and were shocked at what the area had to offer,” stated owner Thomas Shortt. “The location offers our guests the ability to enjoy kayaking, skiing, visit Road America, world-class golf, high performance driving, pursue health and wellness, live shows, and enjoy numerous restaurants or to simply relax.  Shore guppies, the resorts program for children will be an interactive platform focused on the outdoor and resort amenities. The resort will be aimed at attracting those who wish to have a unique, waterfront resort experience.

With nearly 30 years of hospitality management experience, the couple and other members of the ownership team plan to move to the area to operate the iconic resort. “We will enhance the resort’s offerings and provide a luxury boutique lake resort experience,” Kristin Pagel stated. “We plan to embrace locally and market globally. While we will share this wonderful destination with the rest of the world, we plan to offer locals from the Sheboygan County area a special neighbor’s discount on resort amenities to say thank you for your repeat patronage.”

Financial support for the investment was provided by Hiawatha National Bank. Additional support was provided by the Sheboygan County Revolving Loan Fund, administered by the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC).

Those seeking to purchase and build your dreams are encouraged to connect with the SCEDC’s entrepreneur support team by contacting Ray York, SCEDC Entrepreneur Specialist, at (920) 946-9379. 

Pictured: Owners Thomas Shortt, Kristin Pagel and family.

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Investors Community Bank makes pledge to Historical Society Meeme House Restoration

Investors Community Bank has committed financial support to the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Meeme House restoration project. Investors Community Bank is based in Manitowoc and also has branches in Green Bay, Appleton and Stevens Point, as well as four loan production offices around the state. The bank’s financial support comes at a milestone moment for the project as the Society completed a relocation of the historic structure earlier this year and works to restore the building.

Beloved by generations for its hometown gathering space and fish fry’s, the Meeme House Inn was built around 1855 along the Green Bay Road, connecting Fort Dearborn in Chicago, Illinois and Fort Howard in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was built by farmer and new immigrant, Michael Herr. The typical rate was around $1 a day, which included supper, lodging, breakfast, and feed and stabling for a team of horses. The building had several small overnight rooms, a tavern on the first floor, and a large beautiful ballroom on the second. Voting also took place inside until a new poll house was built in 1900. It has been said that during the Civil War a rally took place in the ballroom and the next day the Civil War volunteers walked to Manitowoc to join the unit.

The building was purchased in October of 2013 and moved almost 15 miles to Pinecrest Historical Village in October, 2017. The Meeme House will be restored to their glory in 1915, under the ownership of Joe Schwartz. The historic structure will serve as an interactive living history museum, where visitors of all ages can be transported back in time and discover the Meeme House Inn, livery stable, and poll house, in operation.

Funding continues for the interior restoration of the Meeme House Inn, for phase 3, with a goal of $800,000. One of the most notable aspects of the Meeme House Inn is the structure’s second floor. It consists of three small lodging rooms, an open ballroom, and a stage area. The Inn’s stage includes a canvas stage curtain adorned with a painting of a rural landscape. A pair of Moorish columns are present in the foreground, while a small bridge straddles a stream leading back into a mountain range. The mountain denotes the Swiss Alps in a German countryside, while painted details such as the tasseled teaser along the top of the canvas, and a butterfly curtain (popular through the 1870’s and 90’s) date the mural from the late 1890’s to the early 1900’s. Behind this cover, the stage consists of several sliding canvas panels stretched over wooden frames with painted woodland scenes.

Interior restoration of the Inn will also include humidity and temperature control for the museum space and increased storage for the Society’s historical, ethnographic, and archaeological collections. Emergency shelter space will be added in the basement of the Meeme House Inn, fulfilling a much needed aspect to Pinecrest Historical Village’s newly formed disaster plan. A wrap-around front porch will be a main feature of the historic structure as well.

To contribute to the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Meeme House Project, please contact the Society at (920) 684-4445 or visit


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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

The University Theatre at the UW Manitowoc will feature the rock musical theatre experience, The Rocky Horror Show on October 26th & 27th at 7:30 pm. In this cult classic, sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.” “A socko wacko weirdo rock concert.” – Tickets are available at the UW Green Bay – Manitowoc theatre website now.

Lakeshore United Methodist Church on Reed Avenue in Manitowoc presents A Night at the Movies Chili Fest from 4-7pm on Friday, October 26th! There’s a silent & oral auction, costume and trivia contest. Ticket price is $5 in advance, $6 at the door, $25 Family, children under 5 are free. Purchase tickets at the LUMC office, call 920-682-6311 with any questions.

Trunk or Treat with the Two Rivers Parks and Recreation will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 11 am to 2 pm at Central Park near Washington Street by the J.E. Hamilton Community House in Two Rivers.  This event is free & open to the public.

Join the Manitowoc Two RIvers YMCA and Big Brother Big Sisters of Manitowoc County in a Family First Halloween Party on Saturday, October 27th from 6 to 8 pm.  The night will include, games, crafts, DJ, a light snack, a haunted hallway, a costume contest and prizes.  Cost is $8 per member child or $10 per non-member child.  Register at the YMCA front desk.

Come out to the Francis Creek Fire Station from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, October 28th for great music, great food, refreshments, raffles and to support the Francis Creek Fire Department. There will be live music by the Greatest Hits Polka Band from 1-5pm and you can Trick or Treat the Creek at 1pm. There’s also a special raffle prize of a push lawn mower donated by the Ariens Company. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event and you don’t have to be present to win.



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Plymouth Native Serves Aboard Navy Airport at Sea

GUMIENY_ANDREW.jpgA 2016 St. Lawrance Seminary graduate and Plymouth, Wisconsin, native currently serves aboard one of the U.S. Navy’s most valuable and capable warships, one that can carry 5,000 sailors and more than 70 warplanes anywhere in the world to defend America.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Gumieny is a personnel specialist aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, currently dry-docked in Newport News, Virginia.

As a Navy personnel specialist, Gumieny is responsible for pay and personnel transactions for all sailors aboard the ship. He also manages administration of incoming and outgoing personnel.

“I get the chance to see a sailor when he arrives and also when he leaves the command,” Gumieny said. “I enjoy seeing how they change during their tour and what they are taking away from it.”

Often described by senior defense officials and policy makers as “4.5 acres of sovereign American territory,” aircraft carriers are the centerpiece of America’s naval forces. In times of crisis, the first question leaders ask is: “Where are the carriers?” Navy officials state that the presence of an aircraft carrier has frequently deterred potential adversaries from striking against U.S. interests.

George Washington is presently undergoing a four-year refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a process that includes refueling the ship’s nuclear reactors and modernizing more than 2,300 compartments and hundreds of systems. The carrier is expected to leave the shipyard in 2021 and return to Yokosuka, Japan, as the Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

While underway, the ship carries more than 70 jets, helicopters, and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land on the carrier’s 4.5-acre flight deck. Four powerful catapults launch aircraft off the bow of the ship. After lowering a tail hook that protrudes from the rear of the airframe, fixed-wing aircraft land by snagging a steel cable called an arresting wire.

George Washington is currently one of 11 aircraft carriers in the U.S. Navy. It is the sixth Nimitz-class carrier and the fourth Navy vessel named after the first president of the United States. Measuring nearly 1,100 feet from bow to stern on the flight deck, the ship is longer than three football fields. It is 257 feet wide, 244 feet high and weighs nearly 100,000 tons.

Gumieny credits success in the Navy to many of the lessons learned in Plymouth.

“My parents taught me the importance of independence solving problems on my own and doing my best not to burden others,” Gumieny said. “This attitude helps me become a more independent sailor and ultimately makes a more productive workspace.”

“Our ship’s motto is the Spirit of Freedom, and this motto is evidenced daily in the actions and character of our sailors,” said Capt. Glenn Jamison, commanding officer of USS George Washington. “The work they are involved in today is difficult, but is vital to national security, to our maritime strategy, and to our ability to provide compassion and aid when and where needed. I am always impressed by the level of professionalism and expertise demonstrated by the men and women who serve aboard George Washington.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard George Washington. The crew of approximately 2,800 sailors keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly, including everything from launching and recovering aircraft to operating its nuclear propulsion plant. Another 2,000 sailors are assigned to the ship’s embarked air wing, flying and maintaining aircraft aboard the ship.

“Being on a carrier gives me a sense of scale on how massive the Navy really is,” Gumieny said. “Seeing the many sailors aboard and knowing I’m an integral part in ensuring their financial and personal security gives me a sense of pride.”

Though there are many ways for sailors to earn distinction in their command, community, and career, Gumieny is most proud of receiving an award in boot camp which allowed him the opportunity to meet the commanding officer of Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, as well as two rear admirals.

“I was surprised, it was a very surreal experience,” Gumieny said. “Out of over a thousand sailors, I was selected to meet these high-ranking officers.”

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Gumieny 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 means to do your part in ensuring that the military runs as it should,” Gumieny added. “It also means sacrificing for the protection and liberty of our country. I appreciate the opportunity the Navy gives me to grow as a person, constantly improving, and getting better.”


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Halloween Health & Safety Tips

With Halloween and trick-or-treating right around the corner, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital encourages everyone to make the health and safety of their family a priority.
Below, are some tips to ensure a “SAFE HALLOWEEN.”

S – Swords, knives and similar costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible.
A – Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags, or wear a blinking light to help drivers see you.
E – Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.
H – Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
A – Always test makeup in a small area first. Remove before bedtime to prevent skin and eye irritation.
L – Look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks where possible and walk, don’t run!
L – Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses.
O – Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible or on the far edge of the road facing traffic.
W – Wear well-fitting masks, costumes and shoes to avoid blocked visions, trips and falls.
E – Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
E – Enter a home only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit homes; never stop at a dark house.
N – Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.

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Inflatable Colon Stolen

The University of Kansas Health System is asking for the public’s health in identifying the specimen who stole a ten-foot, walk-in, inflatable model of the human colon.

TechTimes reports the tunnel-like passage, usually an infotainment attraction with the Cancer Coalition’s “Get Your Rear In Gear” campaign, disappeared from the back of a pickup in Kansas on Friday; it was being transported to the annual Sister’s Living Beyond Breast Cancer 5K Relay Walk.

The model, meant to educate people on the importance of colon cancer screenings, is reportedly worth $4,000.

Hopefully, a stool pigeon will chirp about whose behind the stolen colon.

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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

It’s Mishicot’s Annual Pumpkin Fest! Head to downtown Mishicot this Saturday (October 20th)and enjoy a day of craft sales, pony rides, a petting Zoo, games and activities for the whole family! Start the morning off with a pumpkin pancake breakfast at Mishicot High School from 8-11am. There will be a pumpkin baking contest, a pumpkin carving and decorating contest and of course the giant pumpkin weigh in. Pumpkin fest is a fun filled day with music, food, refreshments, lots of fun and don’t forget about the parade at noon!

Bring the family out for the Manitowoc County Crime Prevention Day. It will held on Saturday, October 20th from 10am to 3pm at the Manitowoc County Expo Grounds. There will be 40 informational booths on site, hands on activities, free bike helmets will be available, and also entertainment. Free admission. Making crime a priority! Working together we can help prevent crime before it happens.  There will be approximately 25 different booths and attractions devoted to crime prevention and educational programs.   Activities include:  Celebration of 39 years of the Manitowoc Crime Prevention Committee Program; Opening ceremony includes posting of the colors by Vets Honor Guard Chapter 731, playing of the bag pipes by Officer Pete McGinty, Local Celebrity Riley Haupt will be singing the National Anthem, and students from Stangel and Madison will be performing;  Project Child Identification – FREE Photo ID, finger printing, height, weight, DNA and dental imprints for your child – Sponsored by the Financial Crime Prevention Task Force Because a Picture is worth a thousand words if your child becomes lost or missing!;  Musical Entertainment;  Squad cars and Police motorcycle on display; Live Taser Demonstrations; K-9 demonstration ; Drug Pharmaceutical Collection Event;  Lakeshore Tae Kwon Do Demonstration;  ThedaCare Helicopter Fly-In;  L.T.C. Police Science students will have the “Drunk Goggles” for people to try;  4-H hands on activites; FREE BIKE HELMETS; Elder rights / aging resource center / TRIAD

Norsemen Snowmobile Club – “All-U-Can-Eat” Steak Fry will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 5:00 – 8:00pm at the Maribel Community Center- 14905 Mulberry St., Maribel, WI (off ofHwy Z/West of I-43). All U Can Eat includes steak, fry, Salad bar and dessert. Refreshments available.

Join in the October 20th, Brillion Pumpkin Walk from 6-9:30pm. This is a non-scary, self-guided, walk-in event with no registration required at the Brillion Nature Center. The Cottonwood Trail is stroller-friendly and will be lined with hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns carved by local school children during this family-friendly Halloween event. Back at the building, enjoy refreshments inside and warm up by listening to stories up in the loft or sitting around the bonfire. Free Parking is available at Braun’s Deer Run and Brillion Nature Center. Don’t miss this great family fall event with free admission.

Open House for Two Creeks Fire Department and 1st Responders will be held on Sunday, October 21st from 11 am to 9 pm at the Two Creeks Fire Station – 5128 Tapawingo Road, Two Rivers (Corner of Hwy 42 and Tapawingo Rd).  There’s food and refreshments all day, something for everyone. Funday, Sunday Sheepshead Tournament from 1pm- 5 handed questions call BIll Schwerma 920-860-1299. Milk Bottle Tournament 1:30pm, 5 members teams. $25 entry fee-double elimination – Questions Anthony Barta 794-4798.

Annual Roast Pork and Chicken Dinner held at St Mary’s in Clarks Mills on Sunday October 21 from 11am to 2 pm Annual Roast Pork & Chicken Dinner Includes mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, sauerkraut and all the trimmings and beverage. Desserts available Adults $10, Children 5-12 $7 and 4 and under free.

Holy Rosary Parish in New Holstein will be holding their family-style chicken dinner with ham, homemade desserts, crafts and Bakery raffles and more on Sunday, October 21st from 11 am to 1:30 pm! Adults $11, children 5-10 $4, Under 5 are free (Dining room only) Carry-out available