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Plan Ahead for a Safe St Patrick’s Day Weekend

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, festivals and celebrations are likely to see larger-than-normal crowds, with more vehicles and pedestrians on the roadways.

AAA, in partnership with Budweiser, urges everyone to have a plan for celebrating responsibly and getting home safely from events that involve alcohol. From 2012 to 2016, 269 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For anyone who needs a safe ride home, the Tow to Go program is available from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 at 6 a.m.

“Heading out to celebrate without a plan for getting home safely can be a recipe for disaster,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Too many lives are lost in alcohol-involved crashes, and we want to make sure everyone gets home to their loved ones this weekend.”

The following guidelines apply to the Tow to Go program:

Tow to Go Service Areas  Phone Number
Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Nebraska, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Indiana (Fort Wayne and South Bend only)  (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246
  • Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 miles
  • The AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver home
  • Free and available to AAA members and non-members
  • Tow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditions
  • Visit for dates and availability throughout 2018
  • If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.

“The Tow to Go program saves lives,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director of Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of AAA’s partnership with Anheuser-Busch, and together we have built a unique program that provides safe rides home to hundreds of drivers every year.”

Since its inception in 1998, Tow to Go has safely removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and Midwest. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. The program is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides Tow to Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.

“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”

Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been cosponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers.

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MPPA Benefit Show

EricDiamond-2018-03-24.jpgThe Manitowoc Professional Police Association wants to remind everyone that the 2018 Benefit Campaign is coming to an end.  We will be hosting our annual benefit Concert on Saturday March 24th, 2018 at the Capital Civic Centre, featuring Eric Diamond, The ULTIMATE tribute to NEAL DIAMOND. Eric Diamond will be performing many of the Neal Diamond’s hits! See attached memo for additional details.

If you haven’t been contacted and would like to obtain tickets for the show please Encore Music Productions at (920) 683-1142

As in the past, any support in the way of a ticket or ad purchase will be greatly appreciated by the Manitowoc Professional Police Association.

For more information about the event or to make a donation you may call Encore Music Productions (920) 683-1142 or Manitowoc Police Detective Erik Kowalski (Show Chairman) at (920) 374-0468.

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UnitedOne Credit Union donates $4,500 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

UnitedOne's Chain of Hearts.jpegUnitedOne Credit Union is making a donation of $4,500 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our nearest Children’s Miracle Network facility.

UnitedOne raised $2,840.91 in February during the Children’s Miracle Network annual Chain of Hearts. Anyone who donated $1 could add a heart link to the chain.

Local medical personnel refer many kids to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for specialized care. The $4,500 donation is a result of funds raised throughout the year by UnitedOne, which for more than 20 years has hosted fundraising events and activities to gather donations for programs benefitting Children’s Miracle Network.

UnitedOne Credit Union has branches in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and is open to everyone living or working in Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Kewaunee and Door counties.

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Miss Harbor Cities Pageant

missharborcities2018Service, Style, Success, and Scholarship – the four points of the crowns that will be awarded March 17th at Silver Lake College!

Manitowoc will again be host for a local preliminary competition for the Miss America
Organization. The Miss Harbor Cities and Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held on March 17, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the Franciscan Center for Music of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family.

Fifteen women and five teens from the state of Wisconsin will compete for the titles and
scholarship. The winners will represent the shores of Lake Michigan at the Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen pageants in Oshkosh, June 2018.

The areas of competition are private interview, fitness, onstage question, evening gown,
and talent. The pageant follows the same format as the nationally televised Miss America

The current Miss Harbor Cities is Alyssa Bohm of Racine. Miss Harbor Cities’
Outstanding Teen 2017, Grace Stanke of Wausau, was named Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2017, last June.

The pageant is open to the public and will feature special performances by current and
past titleholders, people’s choice voting, flower sales, and a drop raffle. Tickets are available at the door for $20 or in advance for $15 through Silver Lake College – visit for more information.

Manitowoc native, Courtney Pelot, Miss Wisconsin 2016, will be a special guest at the
pageant! Find more information at

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Car on Ice Winner

caronice.jpgManitowoc County Rotary clubs are excited to wrap up their first ever Car on Ice fundraiser.  Back on January 30 we placed our 1989 Ford Mini-Van on the ice at the Manitowoc Marina.  After 30 days on top of the ice, warm weather caused the ice to thin and our van to drop through the ice on February 28 at 5:19 am.  In all 295 people made 624 guesses for when the car would break through the ice.

There were 18 submissions by 13 different people for February 28.  The contestant with the time closet to the time the van plunged through the ice was Joe DiRaimondo who had the closest time of 4:01 am.  When told of his winning guess Joe said, “I never expected to win, I just wanted to contribute to a local service club fundraiser.”  Joe is donating the $1,000 top prize to the Capitol Civic Centre’s Act Two Campaign.  “This helps them be able to continue with renovations to prepare for the Capitol’s second century.”

Two second place prizes were awarded, one drawn from the 18 submissions which selected February 28th as the day the van fell through the ice, and the other drawn from all submitted entries.  Wining the prize for picking the proper day is Lisa Nelson, who twice guessed February 28.  Winning the random drawing of all entries was Robert Gahl – whose date guess of March 15, at 3:15 p.m. wasn’t even close but still wins just for entering.

The two second place prizes are a Bahamas Cruise for two valued at $630.  The weather warmed up enough here to melt the ice, but I am sure our prize winners will enjoy the warmth of the Bahamas even more.

This event would not have been possible if not for our generous sponsors:  Seehafer Broadcasting, Living Water Digital, Action Realty, Cato Country Auto, Fricke Printing, Sign Me Up, PJ’s Automotive, Shoreline Credit Union, Manitowoc Marina, Two Rivers Clothing Company

For photos of the fundraiser from beginning to end check out our website or visit our Facebook page at

Rotary Clubs of Manitowoc County support multiple non – profits and other charitable causes throughout the county and world. The car was stripped of all possible contaminants or pollutants to make as little impact on the marina as possible.

For a complete list of contest rules visit

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Manitowoc County Historical Society Awards

The Manitowoc County Historical Society presented their Historic Preservation and Volunteer Awards at the organization’s 112th Annual Meeting and Banquet on Thursday, March 1 at Knox’s Silver Valley Banquet Hall, Manitowoc.  The evening featured a business meeting, the election of new Directors and the presentation of the Society’s Historic Preservation and Volunteer Awards.

Candidates for election to the Society’s Board of Directors included Bill Fricke, Jennifer Johnson, and Jamie Lambrecht; all candidates for election for first term as Director. There was also recognition of outgoing Board Members Judy Goodchild and Marge Jehle.

The Society’s Meeting concluded with the organization’s 2017 Historic Preservation Awards.

Restoration Award_Sepia Chapel.jpgThe Hugo and Eleanor Vetting Restoration Award recognizes restorations of historic structures.  The 2017 Hugo and Eleanor Vetting Restoration Award was presented to Sepia Chapel – Two Rivers. Barry and Gina Krahn purchased the St. Luke’s Church Building. They have renovated it and it is now a venue for weddings, special events, dedications and fundraisers. They have maintained the integrity of the building by removing the 7 layers of floor covering to reveal hard wood floors. The Stained-glass windows have remained in tack, showcasing the history of the building and the art of stained glass. The alter area remains and is now the centerpiece for their weddings and dedication events. They have done an outstanding job in preserving the history of St. Luke’s, and turning the space into a beautiful venue for special event days in Two Rivers. Accepting the award for Sepia Chapel was Barry Krahn (pictured).

Youth Award_Emily.jpgThe Society’s Dillon Mueller Youth Service Award is in honor of Dillon Mueller, who served his community well as an Eagle Scout and assisted with many projects for MCHS.  The 2017 Dillon Mueller Youth Service Award was presented to Emily Shedal for her dedication to MCHS as a volunteer intern. Emily worked at MCHS as an intern from 2015 to 2017. She was a great help in the research library and worked to scan images and text for our Historical Society’s “Creating Our Story” book. She also helped create lesson plans for youth programs and our Traveling Manitowoc County A to Z exhibit.

Manitowoc County Historical Society volunteers who shared over 100 hours of service were also recognized. Those volunteers included George Baldwin, Eugene Durben, Phil Groll, Rick Herman, Dan Juchniewich, Greg Krcma, Mark Leonhard, Paul Londo, Emmy Rebitz, Romelle Rusch, and Jeff Seidl.

Square Nail Award_Emmy Rebitz.jpgAlso presented was the Lisa Rohrer Square Nail Award. In 2010, MCHS lost a wonderful volunteer and member, Lisa Rohrer.  She inspired the organizstion with her strength and her ability to overcome challenges.  The Award is given for long-term volunteer achievement and is given at the discretion of the Manitowoc County Historical Society Board of Directors and Staff. This year’s recipient for the Lisa Rohrer Square Nail award was Emmy Rebitz. Emmy has been a fixture at MCHS front desk for the last decade. She greets visitors, ushers busloads of children, and helps with many office tasks.

The evening concluded with a fundraiser raffle.


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UW-Manitowoc invites community to view recently renovated spaces during March 7 open house

UW Manitowoc - 2.JPGA ribbon cutting ceremony followed by an open house celebrating the completion of a $7 million UW-Manitowoc renovation project will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at the campus, 705 Viebahn St., Manitowoc.

A brief program will include remarks by the following speakers:

  • Bob Ziegelbauer, Manitowoc County Executive
  • Ray Cross, UW System President
  • Cathy Sandeen, UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor
  • Martin Rudd, UW Colleges Northeast Regional Executive Officer and Dean
  • Laurie Crawford, UW-Manitowoc Foundation President

The renovation was a partnership between Manitowoc County, which approved $5 million for the project, and the State of Wisconsin, which provided an additional $1.5 million for fixtures, equipment and previously planned energy-saving building modifications. Private donors also supported the project through the UW-Manitowoc Foundation. The general contractor was A.C.E. Building Service, Inc.

This investment in the campus included moving and updating the library; creating a new science commons; and updating art studios, science labs and classrooms. Electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other infrastructure items were also updated or replaced. Founders Hall, where the majority of renovation occurred, had not been significantly updated since 1962.

With a timeline for the project of less than one year, demolition began in May 2017 immediately following the end of the spring semester and continued through the summer months. Some classes met in temporary spaces on campus during the fall semester so that construction work could continue.

Self-guided tours of the new spaces and light refreshments will be available during the open house event. The evening begins with a ribbon cutting in the new science commons area on the second floor of Founders Hall. These project contractors are providing light refreshments during the open house: A.C.E. Building Service, Dirkse Glass, Edgewater Plumbing, Hubbartt Electric, Kaeden Services and Lee’s Color Studio.

An RSVP is requested, but not required. Please call the UW-Manitowoc Foundation office at (920) 683-5052 or email

For more information about UW-Manitowoc, visit