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Miss Green Bay Area Competition Information and Candidates Announced!

The annual Miss Green Bay Area and Outstanding Teen Scholarship Competition (presented by R.E. Management, Inc.) will add two new titleholders to Titletown on Saturday, January 19, at Bay Port High School, Suamico. The show features seven competitors.

This year the following will vie for the Miss Green Bay Area title (Name, Hometown, Talent, Platform): Kylie Thompson of Beloit, St. Norbert College, Musical Theatre Vocal “They Just Keep Movin’ the Line” from SMASH, #EndTheStigma – Putting an End to Eating Disorder Stereotypes; Shania Gorton of Green Bay, UW-Platteville, Latin Fusion Dance – “Don’t Stop Believin”, Be the Bridge: Creatively Overcoming the Nightmare of Human Trafficking; Sarah Jensen of Random Lake, St. Norbert College, Classical Vocal “La Zingara”, Meaningful Connections Through Service; Kaylee Vermeern of Appleton, UW-Green Bay, Lyrical Dance “Silence”, Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation.

Those vying for the title of Miss Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen title (Name, Hometown, Talent, Platform): Eve Vanden Heuvel of Freedom, Piano “Swingin’ the Blues” by Melody Bober, Thank You From the Heart – Thanking our Veterans;
Elizabeth Black of Little Chute, Vocal “Taylor the Latte Boy”, Girls on the Run;
Brooklyn Heyn of Appleton, Violin Solo excerpt of “Czardas” by Vittorio Monti, Autism Awareness.

The show will also feature a Princess Program, which is a mentorship program for girls ages 5-12.

Candidates ages 13-25 that meet criteria are eligible by full time residency, school attendance, or employment in Brown County or any county directly adjacent, including: Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Oconto, Outagamie, and Shawano. Miss Green Bay Area 2018 and Miss Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen 2018 are sisters, Katrina & Anika Mazier of Appleton, who will be featured in the production. Katrina was named a Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit Winner at The Miss Wisconsin Competition held this past June. Anika placed Third Runner Up to Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2018.

The show is open to the public on Saturday, January 19, at 4 p.m. at Bay Port High School. Purchase tickets and vote for the People’s Choice winner in advance on the MGBA website: Tickets and People’s Choice voting will also be available at the door.

Scholarship and prizes will be awarded to participants. The new titleholders will advance to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Competitions this June in Oshkosh.


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Kids From Wisconsin Announces State Wide Auditions

kidsSeeking Wisconsin’s Hometown Students ages 15-20 to represent the talented youth across Wisconsin, proclaimed as “Wisconsin’s Premier Musical Ambassadors”.

Successful auditioning candidates will enjoy a professional summer experience of performing live to over 120,000 people, while touring and providing workshops across the state.

We are seeking your community’s serious performers. All applicants will receive professional feedback at their auditions. 36 chosen performers receive room and board along with a weekly per-diem.

Singer/Dancers and Instrumentalists who have a serious performing interest should apply online at Auditions are slated for: February 15th in Eau Claire, February 22nd in Platteville and February 23-24 in Milwaukee.

“I wouldn’t be the performer I am today without the experience I received as a showman with the Kids From Wisconsin from 1977 – 1980” said Dave Bilger, Principal trumpet at the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yamaha Performing Artist.

“Like I tell all my students – With the Kids From Wisconsin, when you are on the outside looking in you have no idea what you are missing. The experience is life changing! I wish I could be a Kid again.” Said Mike Krofta, 1979-1983 alumnus and band director at Oconomowoc High School. “The Kids From Wisconsin is literally the best group a high school/college musician, or singer/dancer can become involved in.”

70% of Kids From Wisconsin alumni go on to a professional performing arts field.

The Kids From Wisconsin 2019 tour can be found here:

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Alice in Dairyland Application Period Now Open

aliceindairyland2018.jpgAs one of the most widely recognized communications professionals in Wisconsin agriculture, Alice in Dairyland educates Wisconsin children and adults about the value, economic impact and future of the state’s $88 billion agricultural industry. Individuals interested in applying to become the next “Alice” – the 72nd to hold the yearlong position – are invited to submit applications through Thursday, Feb. 4, 2019.

In this highly visible and fast-paced position, Alice in Dairyland cultivates relationships with television, radio and print media outlets throughout the state; writes and delivers speeches at events large and small; and utilizes social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations, and networking with industry professionals. Alice must also learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information to educate both urban and rural audiences.

Alice in Dairyland is an honored guest and speaker at many notable Wisconsin events including State Fair, World Dairy Expo, county fairs and dairy breakfasts, conferences and more. Alice manages scores of television and radio interviews each year, and has a daily presence on multiple social media platforms. This public relations position is the premier spokesperson opportunity for a professional eager to step into the limelight to promote Wisconsin agriculture.

“The Alice in Dairyland program packs a lifetime of learning experience into one short year,” Kaitlyn Riley, 71st Alice in Dairyland, said. “Serving as Alice in Dairyland has provided me with an exceptional opportunity to expand my knowledge of our state’s diverse agriculture industry and improve my ability to share the story of Wisconsin farmers and processors. The application process alone connects candidates with agribusiness leaders and provides a firsthand look at various industries. I encourage anyone with a passion for agricultural communications and education to embrace this opportunity to develop personally and professionally.”

Alice in Dairyland applicants should have an interest in Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing, education or public relations; and public speaking experience. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents, and at least 21 years old.

This one-year, full-time contractual position starts June 3, 2019. The position holder is headquartered in Madison and travels extensively throughout the state. The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $45,000 and includes holiday, vacation and sick leave as well as use of a vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To apply, submit an application form, cover letter, resume and three professional references to DATCP by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Application materials are available at
Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview Feb. 15. Top candidates will be required to attend a two-day program briefing and press announcement March 14-15, and the three-day final interview process at which the new Alice will be selected will be held May 9-11, 2019 in Green County.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Alice in Dairyland Program Director Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or

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Join the Capitol Community Chorale

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The Capitol Civic Centre Community Chorale may be one of the best opportunities to gather, sing, and meet new people. Chorale members rehearse weekly, at UW-Green Bay’s Manitowoc campus. In addition to learning classic songs, Chorale members have the unique opportunity to sing original music, as well.

Tuition for the second half of the year is $75 and Chorale members who refer a member who joins will receive a 25 percent discount off the cost of their tuition.

In addition to concert performances on campus and at the Capitol Civic Centre, the Chorale offers the opportunity for community performances, such as Subfest at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum.

We invite you to start the new year with a new group of friends, learning new songs and sharing your voice. To learn more, please contact Chorale directors Jim and Susie Miller at 684-4862.

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The Highwaymen Coming to Capitol Civic Centre

Highwaymen promo photo.jpgThe next offering in the Baileigh Industrial Marquee Season, “The Highwaymen Live,” is a musical tribute to perhaps the greatest country music super-group in history, who traveled the world, performing country music for millions of fans. Don’t miss this special matinee performance stop on The Highwaymen Live tour, Saturday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m., at the Capitol Civic Centre.

Audiences will watch in amazement as each song, one hit after another, is sung just as if they were seeing the original band perform. This 90-minute country music tribute show is full of hits like “Ring of Fire,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys,” and “On the Road Again.”

The Highwaymen are:

Michael Moore as Willie Nelson was born and raised in McKinney, Texas. His passion for Willies’s music came at an early age.

Moore shares, “I can remember hearing his music coming out of my grandmother’s old AM radio.” I knew that there was something unique about Willie Nelson. Nelson’s voice and unusual style of phrasing are hard to match.”

Through many years of study and about a million “Whiskey Rivers” later, Moore’s ability to capture the country music legend’s voice and style are considered by many to be the best in the world. Moore is also an accomplished guitar player and performs all of the guitar parts played by Nelson in his shows. Moore has performed his Willie tribute show throughout the USA as a solo artist and also with several top tribute shows including Cavalcade Of Stars, Mirror Image, Memories Theatre, and Superstars Live in Concert, a BC Entertainment, Inc. production.

August Manley as Waylon Jennings is a Tacoma, Washington native. Being raised on country music in the mid-seventies laid the perfect foundation for what would later become the Nation’s premier Waylon Jennings tribute. Since 2005, Manley has been bringing the finest moments of country music back to Waylon’s vast number of fans, as well as providing thousands of newcomers to Waylon’s music, performed live.

Philip Bauer as Johnny Cash has been thrilling audiences for many years with his dynamic stage presence, vocal quality, and impressive vocal range. Bauer started his musical path in Minneapolis, Minn. where he thrilled audiences with his quality performances and competing in and winning many talent contests. In 1985 Bauer won the Minnesota State Fair talent contest, 1st place from a field of over 800 contestants. His performance got attention and landed him his first contract to perform with a 40-piece orchestra every night of the 1986 State Fair. In the 1990s he performed on TNN’s “Charlie Daniels Talent Roundup,” was the opening act for Leann Rimes, and entertained thousands in Branson Mo. His Tribute to Johnny Cash has taken him all across the U.S. Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia. Bauer starred in a segment of AXS TV’s “World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.”

Catch Moore, Manley, and Bauer as The Highwaymen Live, at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.


If you go:

The Highwaymen Live!

Saturday, Jan. 26 | 2:30 p.m. doors | 3:30 p.m. show

Capitol Civic Centre, 913 S. 8TH Street, Downtown Manitowoc

Reserved seating: $34 and $38 plus tax and fees

Purchase at, via phone at 920-683-2184, or in person at the box office.


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Take a Bite Out of Hunger Food Drive

The Manitowoc Police Department Support Staff is helping ring in the “New Year” for the needy in our community by continuing to replenish Peter’s Pantry shelves after the holiday season.  Local food pantries have food to give at Christmas time so no one will have to go without a Christmas meal, but what happens after the holidays?

Surplus after the holiday season drops off for our local pantries and we would like to make sure the citizens of Manitowoc have plenty of food to go around during the winter months of the New Year when things are scarce.  Just think about the things your family eats every week as these families are just like yours.

So when you go to the grocery store the next time, please consider picking up ten of our “10 Most Wanted” Items for the month.  The Manitowoc Police Department will be collecting a different theme of food during the months of January, February, March and April.  If we all work together we can “Arrest Hunger” in our community (see attached flyers for details)!

The following locations have food barrels for collection (all 4 months for collection):

Manitowoc Police Department, 910 Jay Street

Lobby Hours – 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday – Friday)

Manitowoc Public Library, 707 Quay Street

General Lobby Hours – 9 AM to 8 PM (Monday – Thursday)

9 AM to 6 PM (Friday)

9 AM to 3 PM (Saturday)

Noon to 4 PM (Sunday)

Manitowoc Senior Center, 3300 Custer St.

General Lobby Hours – 8 AM to 4 PM (Monday – Friday)

Pick ‘N Save – Manitowoc, 3300 Calumet Ave.

Store Hours – 6 AM to 12 AM

Rob’s Family Market, 2330 Menasha Ave.

Store Hours – 6 AM to 8 PM

The following are the monthly themes and food items we are collecting per month:

Monthly Theme and Ideas for “10 Most Wanted” Items

January’s Theme – “SOUPER” Bowl Food Drive – January is National Soup Month

February’s Theme – “CAN”NED MANIA” Food Drive – National Canned Food Month

March’s Theme – “Oodles of Noodles” Food Drive – National Noodle Month

April’s Theme – “BREAKFAST BONANZA” Food Drive

If you can help, please drop food off at one of the above listed locations.

We appreciate your help…know that you are making a difference in a family’s life!

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Annual Mitten Toss

Mitten Toss 2018.jpgThe 10th Annual Green Bay Gamblers/Fox Communities Credit Union Mitten Toss is Thursday, December 27.  Fans are encouraged to bring a pair of mittens and after the first Gamblers goal toss them on the ice.  All mittens collected are donated to children in need in Northeast Wisconsin.  Since its inception in 2009, the Mitten Toss has collected nearly 13,000 pairs of mittens.

Green Bay Preble High School H.O.S.A. students and faculty will be collecting the mittens.

It is also a Festival Foods Family Night; Klement’s jumbo dogs and soda just $2 each. All kids’ tickets $9.00. And the Gamblers welcome Disney Princesses Belle, Cinderella and Tiana.

After the game Sun Drop presents Skate with the Gamblers.  Must have skates to participate and children are encouraged to wear a helmet.  Skate with lasts 45 minutes.

Start time between the Gamblers and Dubuque is 7:05 PM.

For tickets visit or stop by the Resch Center box office.  Box office hours are Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 and on Saturday game days beginning at 11:00 AM. For group rates or beverage inclusive seating contact Greg at 405-1150 or via email at 

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Two Weeks to Donate to Wisconsin Big Bundle Up

The Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau is inviting residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign. The Big Bundle Up is a statewide collection program running through Jan. 2, 2019.

This is the eighth year of the Big Bundle Up. To date, the program has collected 134,441 warm winter items to help families in need. In addition to the MAVCB, other collection sites, including Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers, are located throughout the state. Visit for a full listing of donation sites.

With the spirit of the holiday season upon us, donating winter items is the perfect way to give to families in need across the state. A box will be located at the MAVCB for donors to drop off warm clothing items. All items donated at this location will be given to the Two Rivers Ecumenical Pantry. For more information about why the MAVCB is participating in the Big Bundle Up, please contact Pat Dirkman. 

WHO:              Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau

WHAT:           Collecting coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items to donate to local charities this winter season.

WHEN:           Dec. 15, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019, Mon – Fri – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:         4221 Calumet Ave, Manitowoc, WI 54220

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Top Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

The Manitowoc Marine Band will be hosting a Chili Supper and Christmas Concert on Friday, December 7th. The Chili Supper will begin at 5pm and the concert will begin at 7pm. Chili will be available in meatless, bean less, and traditional. $5 per bowl and drinks are $1.50. The concert is FREE and open to the public. While your here for this event don’t forget to purchase your holiday raffle tickets. All baskets are already on display in the lobby. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The large wine basket and Wii basket tickets are $3 ea. Stop in from 8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday.

Join us for the 32nd Annual Love light Tree Celebration at 6pm on December 7, 2018 at Holy Family Memorial indoors at the Western Avenue location. HFM Love light Tree is a great way to honor and remember our veterans and our loved ones. The tradition of hosting the HFM love tree lighting celebration is on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. All proceeds from this event benefit veterans’ health, community health initiatives and the HFM Providence Fund. If you can’t make the event, you can listen live on WCUB AM 980 to the entire ceremony, beginning at 6 pm.

There will be a craft Fair at the Manitowoc-Two Rivers YMCA on Saturday, December 8th from 8:30 to 3:00pm in the Community Room. The address is 205 Maritime Drive, Manitowoc. The vendors include, knitted and crocheted items, woodworking, locally produced honey, fleece blankets, jams and kellies, vegetables, farm fresh eggs, homemade fudge, and other selected food items. We currently have several vendor spots available. If you are interested in being a vendor or for more information, please contact 920-553-1776 or

Christmas with the Nelsons will be presented at the Capitol Civic Centre in Manitowoc on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 pm. Not merely a rock concert with a few holiday songs thrown in, Christmas with the Nelsons delivers Christmas classics the Nelson family way. Interweaving quick humor, soaring sibling vocals, and state-of-the-art big screen video; Matthew and Gunnar’s completely new show will take you on a sleigh ride through time. From the “Holly Jolly” 50s when their father, Ricky, was a little boy intent on duct-taping antlers to the family cat… to the 70s’ when “Santa Claus Came to Town” delivering Schwinns for the twins in the era before bike helmets… to “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” today with the newest generation of Nelson family kids, who prove that yes, they did in fact turn out to be just like their parents after all! The entire Nelson family invites you to celebrate, Christmas with the Nelsons!

Enjoy a free day of family-friendly fun at the Museum as we remember one of our most famous shipwrecks, the Christmas Tree Ship from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday, December 8th. After Santa and Mrs Claus arrive by tug boat, we will host cookie decorating, Christmas carols, submarine tours and photo ops. We are also thrilled to announce Tamara Thomsen of the Wisconsin Historical Society will be giving a lecture at 11am on the ROUSE SIMMONS, our Christmas Tree Ship.

Join the Clipper City Chordsman as they present The Spirit of Christmas held at Endries Performance Hall located at Silver Lake College Campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road, Manitowoc at 7 pm on Saturday, December 8th. Joining the Chordsmen will be the Clipper city Chordsmen Barbershop Quartet and the Roncalli Singers. Reserved seating only, Adults $20, Senior $17 and Student $8. Tickets available at, Fricke Printing, a Chordsmen member or by calling 684-7464 visiting Silver Lake College or calling 686-674.

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family presents “Sounds of Christmas” on Sunday, December 9th at 3:00pm and again at 7:00pm in the Bob & Pat Endries Performance Hall inside the Franciscan Center for Music and Performance on Campus, 2406 Alverno Road. Tickets are on sale for only $10 each.

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Top Things to Do This Weekend on the Lakeshore

Celebrate Christmas in historic Sheboygan Falls with the Christmas Open House and activities for the whole family on December 1st. Enjoy wagon rides, listen to the carolers and visit with Santa, and even take photos with him. There are free children’s activities, pony rides, complimentary refreshments and lots of in-store specials and raffles. Take a chance in the Christmas cash holiday raffle. Be sure to stop out at 4:30pm for the holiday parade as it makes its way through the downtown, with the lighting of the community Christmas tree afterwards.

Bundle up the family and head to Camp Sinawa near Valders for Christmas at Sinawa on December 1st from 4 to 9pm, and December 2nd from 4 to 8pm. Walk through the woods on pathways lit by thousands of candles to view each decorated cabins. Enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride thru the enchanted forest filled with Christmas lights, music, props and characters. Take pictures with Santa while listening to Christmas carolers. Enjoy hot homemade food & beverages, and cookie & bar sale. Park at Piggly Wiggly store in Valders and take the free shuttle to the camp. Donations accepted at the entrance of $5 per adult and $4 per child under age 6.

Mishicot Christmas in the Village will be held Saturday, December 1st from 9am to 2pm. Many activities throughout the village include, breakfast with Santa, food make and take crafts, letters to Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, vendor craft show and alpacas. Each business will be giving a mitten for an entry for the Tree Hop basket give-away.

Bring the family out and join your friends and neighbors in Chilton for the annual parade of lights, Saturday, December 1st at 5pm in downtown Chilton. The parade begins near the central house & proceeds west on Grand Street to State Street and finishes on Washington Street at Chilton City Hall. Enjoy the decorated floats, sing along to the Christmas music and wave to Santa!

The Reedsville AMVET Post 1032 is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, December 2nd from 8:30 am to 1 pm at the Reedsville Elementary School. There will be pancakes – regular & potato – plus porkies and scrambled eggs. Adults cost $7 and kids 6 to 12 are $5…with those 5 and under free. There’s also a craft raffle.

St. Anne Parish in Francis Creek will host their Chili Lunch on Sunday, December 2nd from 10am to 2pm. Dining Hall is wheel chair accessible, Adults $6, Children 3 to 10 $2.50, Under 3 donation, Carry-outs, $6.00, Includes rye bread, cheese, dessert and beverage, hot dogs also available. Cookie and candy sale as well during the chili Lunch.