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Evergleams on Eighth

evergleamson8thOver 30 Downtown Manitowoc storefront windows will be ‘Aluminized’ this holiday season when ‘Evergleams On Eighth’ kicks off on November 16th.  More than 40 different sizes, styles and colors of vintage Aluminum Christmas Trees proudly return home to the city where they were originally manufactured over 50 years ago.

Downtown Manitowoc, the business association, is working with 2 natives, no longer living in the area, who have become avid collectors of all things Evergleam, the brand name used by Aluminum Specialty Company. Their collections include nearly 300 Aluminum Trees, including some very seldom seen and rare varieties and also numerous Color Wheels and Rotating Tree Stands, also commonly used with the trees during the early 1960’s when the trees were most popular.

“The rich history of manufacturing in Manitowoc, especially in aluminum goods, is well chronicled” said Cathy Karl, one of the event coordinators and owner at Heart & Homestead, “The historic downtown is excited to present just one of the more infamous items that were produced here! We hope everyone enjoys this as much as we have!” chimes in Barb Bundy-Jost, also an event coordinator and collector of Evergleams.

Aluminum Specialty produced more than 1 million of the ‘Space-Aged’ trees, first introduced for the 1959 Christmas season when they were an immediate success. Their popularity increased rapidly for several years with more than 40 other competitors, including Mirro also located in Manitowoc, joining the manufacturing ranks. Sales began to decline in the late 60’s when families joined the sentiments of Charlie Brown who in the 1965 television special, longed for a less commercial holiday.  Final production was in 1971, when the company re-focused its efforts on the children’s cookware sets they had always been known for.

75-80% of all Evergleams were produced in silver, but with such a seasonal product, innovations in branch styles and colors were soon introduced to the expanding market. The trees sold for moderate prices with most retailing for less than $25. A quick look on eBay reveals prices today that can be from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on condition and rarity.

The displays can be viewed thru January 6, 2018. Maps showing the locations of many of the trees will be available at the participants or at

Comfortable & heated trolley rides to view the trees and provide additional information on the Evergleam story will also be available for a small fee on Saturday, Dec. 1 or Dec. 15. The ‘Trolley to the Trees’ will depart at 5:00, 6:00 or 7:00 and will load on the corner of S. 8th and Quay St., next to the 30’ Silver Tree in Burger Park.  Please check the website for complete information and to purchase tickets to reserve your seat. Tickets are also available at the Chamber of Manitowoc County Office or by calling (920)684-5575.

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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

Hansel and Gretel popularized gingerbread houses by discovering a house in the forest made entirely of bread and sugar. Beginning Friday, November 23rd Waelderhaus, the historic “house in the woods” in Kohler will treat families to holiday music and dozens of sugary creations on display at the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival. More than 8,000 attendees will enjoy extended hours and weekly musical performances, and vote on their favorite hand-crafted gingerbread houses, sculptures and original handiworks created by local schools and community groups. Classroom and community organizations whose sweet designs garner the most votes from attendees, will receive cash prizes in different age groups. Complimentary gingerbread cookies will be served to protect the candy-studded homes and fabrications from hungry visitors. The 22nd Annual Gingerbread Festival Waelderhaus is at 1100 West Riverside Drive, Kohler, Wis. November 23 through December 30, 2018 Sunday through Friday – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   This weekend, the musical performances are:  2:00 p.m. Nov. 24 Golden Chordaliers Nov. 25 The Pop’s Elves.  All events and activities at the Waelderhaus are free to the public. Tours are offered daily at 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. throughout the month of December.

Lights in Lincoln Park will be on display from November 23rd through December 28th from 5-8pm. Every Friday night is Santa night for little ones to come and have their wishes heard!

Celebrate the season at the annual Two Rivers Hometown Parade on Saturday, November 24th with decorated floats, listen to the magnificent marching bands ringing in the Christmas season at the Two Rivers Hometown Holiday Parade at 5:30pm. This event also includes a “Living Window” display is a fun way to kick off the season.

The Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show at Kiel High School is Saturday 24th from 9-2. Admission cost is $1 or a canned good for admission….All donations will be given to Rays of Hope Food Pantry in Kiel

Celebrate the holiday season at the 26th annual Sheboygan Holiday Parade on Sunday, November 25th, starting at 5 pm in downtown Sheboygan. Enjoy the decorated floats and the festive atmosphere from the music from local marching bands. The US Postal Service will also be walking in the parade to collect and deliver your letters to Santa–be sure to include your name and address on the latter so Santa can respond to you! And immediately following the parade, head to the Mead Public Library for the ceremonial tree lighting ceremony. Kick off this festive season this Sunday at the Sheboygan Holiday Parade!

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Just announced: Mutts Gone Nuts brings furry family fun comedy dog show to the Capitol!

mutts.jpgDisorderly duo, Scott and Joan Houghton and their hilarious pack of pooches have created a comedy dog thrill show like no other. And, this hilarious show, “Mutts Gone Nuts,” is coming to the Baileigh Industrial Marquee Season on Sunday, March 10. This special 3:30 p.m. matinee show delivers furry fun for the entire family!

Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes incredible high-flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs, and of course, the one and only… Sammie the Talking Dog!

Audiences and media are raving about this show, that has sold out throughout the country!

“I laughed until I wept.” – Former First Lady, Barbara Bush

“Wow, that was strong!” – Former late night host and comedian, David Letterman

“A must see!” – The Washington Post

Since 1985, comedy duo Scott and Joan Houghton have brought their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. They spent three years with country star Lee Greenwood at his theater in Tennessee and seven years as the featured comedy act at Dolly Parton’s Theaters in Branson, Orlando and Myrtle Beach.

In 2005, the duo turned their attention to a creating a comedy dog act. Their nine amazing canine partners are all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Mutts Gone Nuts is sure to unleash havoc and hilarity as the Houghtons attempt to match wits with their mischievous mutts in a family-friendly performance that is leaving audiences howling for more!

Mutts Gone Nuts mission and assurances: The show’s dogs were adopted from animal shelters

or from rescue groups. The Houghtons use all positive, reward-based training methods, which means they reward and reinforce the behaviors that they want (with treats, toys, and praise) and they ignore the behaviors we don’t want.  They look for what their dogs like to do naturally, and cultivate those talents. In addition, living conditions for their four-legged stars are a priority, with their dogs traveling in large, padded, and climate controlled kennels for their safety when on tour. And, their dogs live indoors and are never kept outside in kennels. All are USDA APHIS (Animal Welfare) registered. And, all are incredibly talented and entertaining!

IF YOU GO: $25 adult tickets and $15 student tickets (plus tax and fees) are on sale to Capitol members beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26 by phone at 920-683-2184 or at the Box Office. Public on sale begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at or at the Box Office. Doors at 2:30 p.m., performance at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

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Something Special from Wisconsin celebrates local businesses this holiday season

The holiday season is officially here which means storefronts, television commercials and online advertisements are filled with ideas for meals to share and gifts to give. Something Special from WisconsinTM can narrow those overwhelming choices with items that keep on giving.

The red Something Special from Wisconsin logo is a quick, reliable way to identify genuine Wisconsin products and services. Products showcasing the logo guarantee at least half their ingredients, production or processing activities are attributed to Wisconsin.

“Buying local products keeps dollars close to home,” Kaitlyn Riley, 71st Alice in Dairyland said. “One in nine jobs in Wisconsin is related to agriculture. Each of those jobs supports a nearly additional 1.5 jobs elsewhere in the state. Something Special from Wisconsin makes it easy to support our local farmers, processors, communities and economies.”

From a holiday ham to sheep milk lotion, candles, sweets, spices and ginseng roots, Something Special from Wisconsin has all the ingredients and gifts to craft an authentic experience. Nearly 500 businesses are part of Something Special from Wisconsin offering products for family, friends, and beloved household pets year round.

“Wisconsin is truly a wonderland with successful, diverse agribusinesses that produce food, fuel and fiber for our everyday lives,” Riley said. “That heritage is reflected in the companies that make the Something Special from Wisconsin program so unique.”

Something Special from Wisconsin was trademarked through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in 1983. The logo helps its members stand above the rest as consumers choose to purchase products made or grown in Wisconsin.

For more information about the program, visit Alice in Dairyland is Wisconsin’s agriculture ambassador and works with media professionals to educate consumers about the importance of agriculture to Wisconsin’s economy and way of life. To learn more about the work Riley is doing, visit her travel blog at, or keep in touch with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Find background information on the Alice in Dairyland program at

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Over 30 downtown Manitowoc storefront windows will be “aluminized” for the holiday season with “Evergleams on Eighth” which kicks off on November 16th. More than 40 styles and colors of vintage aluminum trees proudly return home to the city where they were originally manufactured over 50 years ago. Comfortable trolley rides to view the trees will be available for a small fee Saturday, December 1st through the 15th . Please check the website for times and ticket fees.

St. Peter Lutheran Church Annual Holiday Craft Fair will be held from 9 to 3 on Saturday, November 17th at 2104 Geele Avenue, Sheboygan. Admission is $1 or canned good donation. Lunch will be available for purchase. There will be a variety of items such as stain glass, baskets, wreaths, holiday items, mittens, scarves, purses, jewelry, cards, wood signs and so much more.

BoDeans and Goran & Morgan of the Gufs will appear Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm at the Stefanie Weill Center in Sheboygan.  Wisconsin’s own BoDeans and Morgan & Goran of the Gufs are together again. Goran Kralj (vocals) and Morgan Dawley (guitar) are two members of The Gufs, a four-piece that began as a college bar band on the gritty Milwaukee music scene in the late 80s – eventually rising to musical prominence in the 90s with a major label deal on Atlantic Records, national touring and Alternative Radio play with songs such as “Smile” and “Crash into Me.” Those who have followed the BoDeans’ remarkable 30-year musical career know that their blend of compelling songs and high energy performances have retained an unpretentious rock & roll loyal following like no other.

Daryl Stuermer, Award-winning guitarist of Genesis and Phil Collins will perform with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30 at the Capitol Civic Centre, doors open at 6:30. Tickets on sale at, meet and greet VIP $65, Adults $40, Students 25 & under W/ID $25

A vendor fair held at Valders high school will feature a variety of local crafters and vendors on Saturday, November 17th from 9 to 3. Admission $1 concessions for purchase are available. Proceeds go to the Valders high school scholarship fund. Come join the fun! 9:00am-3:00pm

St. Peter the Fisherman Council of Catholic Women – Annual Holiday Fiesta’s will be held Sunday at  3201 Mishicot Road Two Rivers from 8:30am – 1:00pm.  Buy your homemade holiday treats! Cookies by the pound, crafts, handmade items! Enjoy a bowl of chili or hamburger with dessert and a beverage! Quart of chili and dessert carry out available Silent auction and children’s raffle


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Don’t Toy Around with Safety

Seeing the excitement on a child’s face when they open holiday gifts is one of the joys of the season. But picking that perfect present goes beyond choosing what is popular, cute, or exciting – the safety of the children in the home needs to be a significant consideration as well. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks toy shoppers to review the safety of each potential gift before hitting the register this holiday season.

“There are a number of safety factors to consider when shopping for gifts for children,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “A good starting point for assessing a toy is by closely reviewing the safety labels and age grading information on the toy packaging and any additional warnings about small parts, magnets, chemicals and other risks.”

When shopping for toys, look for these labels on packaging or warnings on product webpages:

  • General warning labels listing small parts, magnets, suffocation hazards, etc.
  • Age grading: use the manufacturer’s suggested age range as a foundation for whether a toy is appropriate for the physical development of a child.
  • All toys: “ASTM F963” – this label indicates that a toy meets the latest toy safety standards. All toys sold in the U.S. must meet this standard. ASTM F963 includes guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries from choking, sharp edges and other potential hazards.
  • Art materials: “ASTM D4236” – this label indicates that art materials have been reviewed by a toxicologist and are labeled with cautionary information, if necessary.
  • Toys with fabrics: “Flame resistant” – this label means that a material will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from an ignition source.

Some additional things to consider when shopping for gifts for children:

  • Pick up any safety items that go along with a toy such as a helmet for a bike or scooter.
  • For homes with younger children, avoid toys with small parts, magnets, cords or strings.
  • Choose gifts that are both age and skill appropriate for the child.
  • Watch out for “button batteries,” coin-sized (or smaller) batteries that are used in some toys, remote controls, flashlights, hearing aids and more. Never let a child play with these batteries as they pose a choking hazard and can cause serious internal chemical burns in as little as two hours. Make sure that any toys that use these batteries have a screw to secure the battery compartment.
  • Watch out for gifts containing high-powered magnets. These small “rare earth” magnets can easily be swallowed by children and can attract one another in the intestinal tract, requiring surgical removal.
  • Avoid no-name products. A manufacturer’s name and address is not a guarantee of safety, but it means you can track down a legitimate company to remedy problems.
  • Look for hidden dangers such as sharp points, loud noises or projectiles.
  • If you are purchasing wooden toys, look for splinters or sharp edges.
  • If you are purchasing used toys, skip ones with chipped paint in order to avoid possible exposure to lead.

Safety concerns don’t end at the register. Be mindful of younger children and keep small or pointed toys and accessories out of their reach. Make sure to read any battery charging instructions that come with toys as chargers and adapters can overheat and pose burn hazards to young children. Keep an eye on the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website ( for new recalls and consider signing up for DATCP’s Keep Your Kids Safe e-newsletter in order to receive a monthly summary of the children’s products recalled by the CPSC.

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

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Leave Storm-Related Tree Work to Professionals

“What’s this? Another tree/branch/large shrub in my yard that wasn’t there before the storm? I better gas up my brother’s old chain saw and go cut it up.”

Stop! Just don’t.

Yet another storm has brought distress into your yard in the form of large branches and even entire trees that have broken and fallen into your world view. Before you dig out your brother’s old chain saw, the first question should be, “Am I capable of removing this large tree/limb myself or should I seek professional help?” Major tree-damage cleanup will undoubtedly require the use of a chain saw and climbing equipment. Unless you are experienced in the use of such equipment and comfortable working off the ground, it would be best to have the work performed by a competent professional.

Wind places loads on trees, including trunks, branches and roots, leading to higher stress. The varying lengths and sizes of tree branches tend to dampen the overall effects of wind; however, as wind speeds increase, the loads placed on stress points within the tree increase exponentially. When the loads exceed trunk, branch or root strength, various types of failures occur.

But my brother’s chain saw is right here – it wouldn’t take me long at all!
It might be tempting to get out there with your brother’s old chain saw and do the work yourself. And this is where so many homeowners get into trouble. Run an internet search for videos of “tree cutting gone wrong” to see just what can happen.

I’ve used a chain saw before to cut up an old fence. What could possibly go wrong if I cut up this giant tree branch in my yard?
Professionally trained tree workers have to know what to look out for. Do you?
• There could be overhead and/or nearby electrical wires that create potential hazards and limit the options for tree cutting. Torn, hanging limbs overhead could make it extremely dangerous to cut downed limbs underneath them.
• Most chain saw work on large limbs or trees requires the experience of a trained operator to prevent injuries. Wood under tension (one or both ends of the fallen tree or branch pinned under other branches or debris) can have different types of binds at different places. Releasing that tension with chain saw cuts is extremely dangerous and can seriously, or fatally, harm the chain saw operator.
• Uprooted root plates or root balls are unpredictable. Cutting the trunk of a fallen tree from an uprooted plate releases the pressure holding the root plate. The roots are still anchored and may have enough tension that they will pull the stump and root ball back into the hole. It could suddenly sit back into the root hole, trapping anything nearby underneath it.
• Slope and uneven footing surfaces are dangerous while operating a chain saw.
• Watch that bar tip! Cutting branches on the ground can cause you to bury the saw bar in the dirt or hit hidden obstacles, causing chain saw kickback.
• Many homeowners injured doing their own tree work were working alone at the time, significantly lengthening emergency response time and hospital stays. Always have at least one other person work with you. In case you get trapped or injured, there’s someone to call for help.

Removing large, fallen trees should always be done by an experienced professional.
Find a professional

A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best course of action to care for and maintain the trees and shrubs in your landscape. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. TCIA has more than 2,400 member tree care firms and affiliated companies. All member tree care companies recognize stringent safety and performance standards and are required to carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, where applicable.

TCIA has the nation’s only Accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices. An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Find A Tree Care Company” program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on

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