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Packers and UW-Extension Team Up to Promote Fresh Produce Donations

This growing season, the Green Bay Packers and Brown County UW-Extension are partnering to continue and expand their Planting for a Purpose Program, to encourage community members to donate fresh produce to local food pantries. The program, including its new Brown County Sweet Potato Project, will have three kickoff dates:

  • Friday, May 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., at 210 Museum Pl. in conjunction with the Northeast Wisconsin Master
    Gardeners’ plant sale.
  • Saturday, May 26 from 9 to 11 a.m., at 210 Museum Pl. in conjunction with the Northeast Wisconsin Master
    Gardeners’ plant sale.
  • Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Saturday Farmers’ Market on South Washington Street.

Local gardeners are encouraged to sign up for Planting for a Purpose and pledge to donate a portion of their harvest to a local food pantry. Those who sign up at can receive a free garden kneeler and gardening gloves, while supplies last. 2018 marks the program’s second year, and this year the program is also expanding to include the Brown County Sweet Potato Project, based off of a similar program in Dane County. All community members are invited to sign up to receive free sweet potato slips (plants) with the understanding that they agree to donate half of their sweet potato harvest to food pantries. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to request a specific number of plants in advance at, and may then pick up slips on 5/25 or 5/26 at the plant sale or at the 6/2 farmers’ market. UW-Extension Horticulture Education Vijai Pandian will also offer a brief free class on growing sweet potatoes at 11:00am on Saturday, May 26 at 210 Museum Pl.

Local food pantries report that there is a great demand for more fresh produce donations to meet clients’ needs, and those participating in Planting for a Purpose help to make sure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2017, pantries reported 13,814 pounds of donated produce, and Planting for a Purpose hopes to increase this number in 2018. Says Leslie Sharkey, Volunteer and Guest Services Coordinator at Paul’s Pantry, “Planting, maintaining, and harvesting a garden takes a lot of time and energy, and for it to go to help others in our community is absolutely wonderful!”

Interested gardeners also can sign up and learn more at


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Pets on the Patio

petsonpatio.JPGSummer is finally here and Plymouth Tap is opening their patio to pets and will host “Pets on the Patio.”  May 26th will be the official opening of the pet friendly patio. In partnership with Christel’s Pet Supplies & More this will be an event to bring your dog, cat, spouse and/or significant other where your pets will receive special treats and you will have the opportunity to wash your pet with the supplied soap, water and towels while enjoying beverages and food on the patio.

“Being a pet lover and wanting to share our patio, I felt it would be nice to allow visitors to bring their pet and relax,” stated Nate Fetterer, Plymouth Tap owner/operator.  “So if someone has a pet, and controls their actions, I will welcome them from 6 am to 2 am for food, beverages and entertainment.”

Saturday, May 26 from 11am to 3 pm Plymouth will be the place to be.  In addition to pets there will be music from 11 – 4 by Buckshot a unique solo artist with state-of-the-art electronic affects including harmonies and a drum groove.

Plymouth Tap is located at 101 East Mill Street in Plymouth, formerly Casey Jones Lanes.  In addition to having the longest bar in Sheboygan County, Plymouth Tap has become known for great food, numerous TV’s, games to play, a great beer selection, and the WOW Bloody Mary.  Its hours of operation – from 6 am to 2 am (food served 6 a to 12 am) – make it a home for 3rd shifters, allowing them a chance to unwind, relax, socialize and watch a bit of classic television.

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Manitowoc County Historical Society to Participate in Blue Star Museums


The Manitowoc County Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Manitowoc County Historical Society announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

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Historical Society Holds Tram Tours During Summer Season

The Manitowoc County Historical Society will hold tram tours of its Pinecrest Historical Village this coming summer. This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using the Society’s motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. Tram tours will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, June 17, Sunday, July 15, and Sunday, August 19.

The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children (age 5 to 17), and free for MCHS members. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance (by Friday before the Sunday tour date). Please call (920) 684-4445 to reserve your seat on the tram tour. The tram holds a maximum of 5 people.

Can’t make the tram tour date? Contact the Manitowoc County Historical Society to organize a special tram tour that meets your schedule.

Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village – a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County’s early settlers.

For more information, please call the Manitowoc County Historical Society at (920) 684-4445 or visit the website at

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Krazy Daze Returning July 2018

Downtown Manitowoc is pleased to announce the dates for this year’s Krazy Daze, taking place on Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, and at participating locations Sunday, July 15.

Krazy Daze, often called the ‘Granddaddy of All Sidewalk Sales,” will be held between 10:00–6:00 on Friday, 8:00–4:00 on Saturday, and 12:00–4:00 for those businesses participating on Sunday.

The traditional Manitowoc Farmer’s Market will be open at the Burger Boat Company Park on 8th and Quay Streets Saturday only from 8:00 to 1:00. Also Joining Krazy Daze and the Farmer’s Market will be a Special Merchant Market presenting guest vendors, performances, and other surprises, with Friday hours from 10:00—6:00, Saturday from 8:00—4:00, and Sunday from 12:00—4:00.

This year’s Krazy Daze also includes a Library Sale on all three days, featuring books, magazines, DVDs, and more.

Additional activities include the popular free Horse & Wagon rides, available on Saturday from 10:00–2:00, courtesy of Aspire Real Estate Group, with rides starting at Jay and 8th Streets. Also, free tours of the historic Capitol Civic Centre will be offered on Friday and Saturday; tour times will be posted on the Capitol’s marquee.

Krazy Daze has been an annual tradition in Downtown Manitowoc since the summer of 1959, historically bringing thousands of people to the downtown each year. Additional details can be found at: For the latest updates ‘Like’ Downtown Manitowoc on Facebook. For vendor inquiries contact Amber Daugs at 920-645-9467.

Taking place at the same time Friday through Sunday will be the fourth annual SubFest event at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. SubFest is a family-friendly festival celebrating Manitowoc’s illustrious maritime history, which includes building 28 submarines for the U.S. Navy during World War II, 25 of which saw action in the Pacific. Along with many activities and attractions, this year SubFest is celebrating the 75th birthday of the USS Cobia, the World War II submarine based in the Manitowoc River at the museum. Visit for more information about SubFest.

The combined activities of Krazy Daze and SubFest offers local residents and visitors many possibilities for enjoying Manitowoc’s downtown.

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Camping? Leave Firewood at Home

As you kick off your summer camping and cabin season this Memorial Day weekend, don’t be the one who brings emerald ash borer, gypsy moth or other pests and diseases to new homes in Wisconsin.

“Buy it where you burn it,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “State parks require that firewood be brought from no more than 10 miles away. National forests require it to be purchased within 25 miles. Many private campgrounds prohibit bringing in firewood at all. And if you live in a county that’s under quarantine for gypsy moth, it’s actually illegal to take firewood to a non-quarantine county. The only exception to these regulations is when you buy firewood marked with the DATCP certification.”

While the entire state of Wisconsin is now quarantined for emerald ash borer, there are still large areas where EAB has not been found.  Slowing the spread of both gypsy moth and EAB to these areas can give communities and property owners time to prepare, by treating high-value trees or planting other species, and spreading costs over time. But it’s not only EAB and gypsy moth that threaten Wisconsin’s forests. Oak wilt and other pests and diseases can also be spread on firewood.

“It’s never a good idea to move firewood,” Kuhn says. “We strongly advise against it. You can’t just look at wood and see pests. They may be inside of it, or they may be microscopic pathogens. In the balance of things, the health of our North Woods – and all the jobs and wildlife that depend on it – is worth spending a few dollars to buy firewood instead of hauling it from home.”

For more information about EAB and gypsy moth and the quarantines aimed at slowing their spread, go to and