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Christmas in the Mansion

The Rahr-West Art Museum will once again host Christmas in the Mansion. This event kicks off after the City of Manitowoc’s annual Holiday Parade on Wednesday, November 21 with a Santa reception. Parade goers are invited to visit with Santa and take in the splendor of the beautifully decorated Vilas-Rahr mansion.

As in year’s past, volunteers have worked tirelessly to breathe gorgeous Christmas spirit into the historic mansion. Be sure to take some time during the busy holiday schedule to get into the holiday spirit and take in the wonder of Christmas in the Vilas-Rahr mansion.

Christmas in the Mansion will run from November 21, 2018 through January 6, 2019.

The Rahr-West Art Museum is a City of Manitowoc Facility, located at 610 North Eighth Street in Manitowoc. The museum and art galleries are open Tuesday – Friday from 10am to 4 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 11am to 4 pm.  The museum is closed Mondays.  The Museum will also be closed on Christmas Eve Day.  The Rahr-West Art Museum is free to the public.  For further information, contact the Rahr-West Art Museum at 920-686-3090 or visit our website

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America Recycles Day

Recycling is one of the easiest things that we can all do to improve our communities, conserve natural resources and create green jobs.

America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day designed to build awareness of recycling and its benefits and to encourage people to recycle correctly and buy recycled products. By recycling, you can help reduce emissions of greenhouse gas and water pollution, save energy, supply valuable manufacturing materials, create jobs, and reduce the need for new landfills. People can easily participate by making an effort to learn about the recycling programs in their community. Visit the Manitowoc County Recycling Center website at to learn more about local recycling and disposal options. Or try for information about recycling issues and guidelines throughout Wisconsin. If you want to do more, then make an effort to buy green products that contain recycled content or purchase products that can be easily recycled in your community. You could even take a recycling pledge on the America Recycles Day website at to show your support for recycling.

Manitowoc County has demonstrated a very proactive approach towards recycling. In the early 90’s approximately 58,000 Tons of solid waste per year were landfilled from Manitowoc County. That number has been reduced to about 30,000 per year because of the recycling and waste reduction efforts. In 2017 there was 5.75 million pounds of paper and cardboard and 531,000 pounds of plastic bottles recycled at the local recycling center. Despite these impressive numbers, there is still room to improve. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that Americans recycled 63% of their paper and cardboard in 2010. The National Association for PET Container Resources estimated that just 29% of the PET bottles were recycled in 2011.

There is an increasing need throughout the Nation to “Recycle Right”. We would like to encourage everyone to review the recycling guidelines for their curbside program or local drop off site. Stick to the instructions! Just recycle what you are told tell you to recycle, contamination is a big issue, it always has been a big issue. When you put the wrong item in your recycling, it still goes to the landfill, it just makes more hassles along the way. Make sure you know the common items that can be recycled in your community. Contamination often happens when people assume they know what to recycle when in fact they are overlooking some important details.

The Manitowoc County Recycling Center would like to thank Manitowoc County residents and businesses for participating in recycling and special collection programs like the Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep, Drug Disposal Program, Waste Tire Collection, Electronics Collection and the Compost Sites. By taking the time to learn about and use these programs and others, participants have helped improve our community, environment, and economics. Visit the Recycling Center at or call 920-683-4333 to learn more about these programs and help improve recycling Manitowoc County.

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Packers Wives Chair 30th Annual Give-A-Kid-A-Book Campaign

The Friends of the Brown County Library announce and introduce five Green Bay Packers wives as the spokespersons for their 30th annual Give-A-Kid-A-Book campaign.  Molly Crosby, wife of place kicker Mason Crosby; Aiyda Cobb, wife of wide receiver, Randall Cobb; Natalie Montgomery, wife of defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery; Diane Philbin, wife of Offensive Coordinator, Joe Philbin; and Jessica McCarthy, wife of Head Coach Mike McCarthy lead the campaign that asks individuals, families, businesses, churches, schools, clubs and organizations for the donation of new books that are given as holiday gifts for local children in low-income families. Thousands of books are distributed through the Salvation Army’s Holiday Assistance program in Green Bay and through other community programs throughout Brown County that serve at-risk youth and promote year-round reading.

The Give-A-Kid-A-Book campaign, organized by the Friends of the Brown County Library, will kick-off in the children’s department of the Brown County Central Library, 515 Pine Street, Downtown Green Bay, on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Also at the kickoff will be fifth grade students from Ft. Howard Elementary School who will talk about why books are important to them and a representative from the Brown County Community Women’s Club who will present a donation that supports the campaign.

Book collection sites are located at Nicolet National Banks in the greater Green Bay area, all Brown County Libraries and at various other locations throughout the community.  The Reader’s Loft (2069 Central Court, Green Bay) offers a discount on books purchased for Give-A-Kid-A-Book.

Books may also be purchased at Barnes & Noble and donated directly to the campaign at the store.  A book fair benefiting Give-A-Kid-A-Book is scheduled at the store on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Diane Philbin will present story time at 1:00 p.m.


Businesses and organizations wishing to serve as a collection site may pick up a collection box at any library during regular library hours.


Needed are new, unwrapped books for children – babies through age 18.  Books can be dropped off at any collection site by December 10.  Financial donations are also accepted and will be used to purchase additional books. Checks should be made payable to “Friends of the Brown County Library: GAKAB,” and mailed to 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301-5194.  For more details about the campaign, visit

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Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off next week

With more than 150 events happening around the state, Startup Wisconsin Week kicks off on Monday, Nov. 5, to celebrate the achievements of Wisconsin’s entrepreneurs and to promote efforts to provide additional support for startups and early-stage companies.

Sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Startup Wisconsin Week will feature free events that will build momentum and celebrate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the state. These events will include entrepreneurs, investors, business executives and community leaders sharing advice and resources in more than 150 events statewide.

The initiative aims to help entrepreneurs discover resources in their communities, highlight the importance of startups to the growth of the state’s economy and showcase innovations developed by Wisconsin startups.

The week is organized by Startup Wisconsin, a new initiative committed to advancing and developing Wisconsin’s tech and startup ecosystems through unique programming, collaborative partnerships and networking.

Workshops, startup pitch competitions and “hacker” events, seminars, roundtable discussions, meetups, social  activities and other events will take place in 12 Wisconsin cities: Appleton, Beloit, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Kenosha, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Sheboygan and Stevens Point. (Click on each link to view a local schedule.) All events are free and open to the public.

Topics include raising startup capital, finding resources to start or grow a business, social media and branding, networking, how to pitch to investors, and marketing. There also will be special programs for veteran and women entrepreneurs.

The week will kick off on Nov. 5 with a “State of Milwaukee’s Startup Ecosystem” town hall meeting in Milwaukee in which leaders from startups, venture capital and economic development organizations will discuss the state of the city’s startup ecosystem. Also on that day, dozens of startups from the region’s top accelerators and entrepreneurship training programs will demonstrate their products at the Startup Milwaukee Showcase.

Other key events include:

  • Milwaukee: NEWaukee Speaker Crawl on Nov. 7 is an interactive professional development program that will feature numerous simultaneous speakers who will discuss the important issues facing Milwaukee and provide tips for personal and professional growth.
  • Racine: The Startup Racine Week Kickoff event on Nov. 5 will feature Mayor Cory Mason and leaders from city and county organizations who will help celebrate the city’s history of innovation and kick off a week of connecting, educating and celebrating entrepreneurs.
  • Kenosha: Eisley Creative records will air a live episode of their “Be Original” podcast before a studio audience on Nov. 5. Guest Matt Cordio, founder of Startup Wisconsin, will discuss the statewide initiative.
  • Madison: The Wisconsin Technology Council’s Early Stage Symposium on Nov. 7-8. More than 600 people are expected to attend the conference, which will provide startups with a chance to engage with angel and venture investors from Wisconsin and beyond.
  • Beloit: The Beloit Startup Showcase event on Nov. 5 will feature five companies located in the Irontek co-working space pitching and participating in Q&A. The event also will include networking, live music and tours of Irontek.
  • Fond du Lac: The Imagination Network Award Ceremony and Entrepreneurial Showcase on Nov. 6 features a showcase of various entrepreneurial talent and the presentation of the second annual Award for Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Alliance Manufacturing.

For a complete list of events, visit

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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

ThingsToDoFall.jpgKettle Range Snow Riders will be hosting a public fish fry at the Mishicot VFW from 4:30-8pm on Friday, November 2nd The meal will feature a choice of fresh perch, walleye, beer batter cod or chicken tenders. All meals include potato salad or French fries, coleslaw and rye bread. Homemade desserts are available. For carry-outs, call 920-755-2234. Proceeds from the fish fry will be used to mark snowmobile trails and maintain trail groomers.

Mark your calendar for the 2018 International Food Fair, Saturday, November 3rd at Roncalli High School. Doors open at 5pm for this adult only event. Featured booths include Irish, Polish, Latin American, Italian, French Creole, Asian, Wisconsin, Two Taste of Manitowoc booths, and a variety of delicious desserts. A Wine Pull, Silent Auction and an Oral Auction highlight the evening’s activities. All proceeds benefit St. Francis of Assisi Schools. For more information, contact the Parish office at (920) 652-7806.

The Reedsville Lioness, Lions and Historical Groups are preparing for the big Holiday Countryfest on Sunday, November 4th at the Reedsville High School. BIG selection of craft vendors, homemade bohemian Koaches/kneecaps, silent auction items, delicious lunch available for purchase along with homemade pies and ice cream. For more information call 754-4370.

Kohler Foundation presents Katharine McPhee – Distinguished Guest Series on November 3, 2018 from 8PM to 9:30PM.  Katharine McPhee, an accomplished actress and singer who first burst onto the scene during a storied run on Season 5 of American Idol. She is well-known to television audiences for starring roles in the CBS drama series Scorpion and the NBC musical drama Smash. She is renowned for her powerhouse presence and show-stopping performances. In 2006 her first single, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/My Destiny, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Propelled by the gold-certified single, Over It, her 2007 self-titled album debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2010 McPhee returned with two albums – Unbroken and Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You – and in 2015 garnered fan praise for Hysteria. McPhee reimagined a host of timeless jazz standards on her 2017 album I Fall In Love Too Easily. In the spring of 2018, McPhee made her Broadway debut starring as Jenna in the hit musical Waitress, featuring music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. To purchase tickets visit or call the Kohler Foundation at 1-920-458-1972, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 5PM. Event held at the Kohler Memorial Theater, 260 School St, Kohler, WI 53044 Contact Dawnielle Anderson

St. Gregory’s Parish Fall Festival at 212 Church Street, St. Nazianz will be serving broasted chicken and Ham Dinner for dining in or carry -out on Sunday, November 4th.  Adults $10, children $6. Mass at 10am with music by the Clipper City Chordsmen.

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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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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.