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Sick of Cold Weather?

Think it’s cold here?  It’s so cold in one village in Russia that eyelashes are freezing!!!!

 

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Winter Stresses on Trees & Shrubs

Heavy snow and ice, as well as frozen soil conditions, can damage cherished trees and shrubs in residential landscapes. Even areas without major snowfall experience high winds and huge fluctuations in temperatures during winter. But homeowners can lessen the adverse effects of winter weather with preventive maintenance.

How to avoid damage to trees

“Branches of trees can break due to the excessive weight of ice or snow,” says Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). “Tree strength can be improved with proper pruning to promote the formation and growth of the strongest possible branches and branch attachments. When pruning alone isn’t enough to strengthen a tree, properly installed cables and rigid braces can add support to weakened parts of a tree.”

Winter winds cause evergreens to lose moisture from their needles. Even some deciduous trees suffer from winter drying. If water is not available as moisture is drawn from living cells, permanent damage can result. The best prevention consists of planting only hardy species in areas of prolonged exposure, watering plants adequately in the fall and mulching to insulate the soil and roots from severe cold.

On sunny days in winter, a tree’s trunk and main limbs can warm to 15 degrees higher than the air temperature. As soon as the sun’s rays stop reaching the stem when the sun sets, the tree’s temperature plummets, potentially causing injury or permanent damage to the bark. The two common types of injury from winter sun and temperature changes are sun scald and frost cracking. The effects of sun scald and frost cracking can be reduced by sound arboricultural practices to maintain overall health, and by covering the trunks of young, susceptible trees with a suitable tree wrap.

Winter is a good time to prune

“Most skilled arborists prefer pruning when trees are dormant,” says Andersen. “With no leaves on the tree, the arborist is better able to evaluate its architecture and spot dead or diseased branches. In addition, since the ground is frozen, damage to the turf underneath the tree due to falling limbs and tree care activities is negligible. This is also a good time to check trees for diseases and other damage.”

Other recommendations to improve the health of your living landscape:

  • Reduce compaction around trees to help improve water and air movement in the soil. This strengthens the tree’s root system.
  • When planting, choose hardy trees available in your area as they have better chances for survival in severe weather conditions. Choosing the best location and following proper planting procedures should be your highest priorities.
  • Only fertilize after a qualified tree care provider has assessed the tree’s health, growth and site conditions.

In case of moderate storm damage, restoring the tree to its former health and beauty may take some time, but it generally can make a full recovery. Broken, hazardous limbs should be removed immediately. Pruning to remove broken stubs and restore the balance of the crown can be put off a little while, but shouldn’t be delayed more than one growing season.

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Music for the Cure

Music is the Cure was started 4 years ago to help out a local musician who was battling cancer.  His fellow band members and many other musicians in the area decided to show their support by doing what they do best. Thirteen bands got together and put on a show to raise money to help cover expenses and get his family through that difficult time.

The second year, eleven bands played and the money raised was donated to another local musician’s family member who was suffering from MS and the aftermath of a horrible stroke. As the event started growing, more and more people were asking about the next year. They wanted to know who was playing, who the event would benefit, and what they could do to help.

For the third year, seven bands donated their time and the money was donated to a single mother who needed a bone marrow transplant. In the third year, we also started taking sponsors to help grow the event and provide more entertainment.

Last year we had six bands including 2 national bands. The money raised went for Nick’s Fight. Nick is a teenager in our community who had to receive chemo treatments. Portions of the proceeds also went to Adam Brey, another individual in our community who was undergoing treatment, and the TREG Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group that donates to local charities throughout the year.

MITC is in its 5th year and has also taken it another step by becoming a registered non profit organization and obtained it’s 501(C)3 status. We have also taken on more sponsors and are looking to make this year the biggest event yet. We have eight local bands and it will be held at City Limits in Manitowoc on February 10th. Door will open at 3pm and the music will start at 4pm. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. We look forward to an amazing event and raising more money to help out local charities and families in need!

Some of our sponsors include: Hatchet Promotions, Loud Noises Audio, Coldwell Banker TREG, Two Rivers Clothing, In Tune Guitar Pics, Razor 94.7FM, Nelson Sign, Burbey CPA and more being added.

 

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New Campaign Tries to Draw Young Professionals to Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has launched a $1 million marketing campaign to encourage young professionals in the Chicago area to consider living and working in Wisconsin.

The campaign, which places an emphasis on reaching millennials via popular social media platforms they use every day, began this week and runs through June 30. It includes ads on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Pandora, and popular mobile phone apps.

The unprecedented campaign is part of the state’s comprehensive efforts to attract and retain talented workers in Wisconsin to meet the workforce demands of today and tomorrow. It marks the first time the state has embarked on a paid media strategy aimed at talent attraction.

“Wisconsin’s strong economy has resulted in the lowest unemployment levels in decades and a record labor participation rate, which means it’s more important than ever to attract and retain a strong talent pool,” said Governor Scott Walker. “WEDC’s strategic investment delivers the message to Chicago millennials that Wisconsin offers unlimited opportunities for personal, professional and business success.”

Key elements of the digital campaign include:

  • paid social media posts aimed at users ages 21 to 35 within a 25-mile radius of downtown Chicago
  • Facebook ads using the new “Canvas” platform and video-enabled Instagram Stories
  • audio and video ads for the same targeted audience streaming on Pandora and YouTube
  • geotargeted mobile ads on popular websites and apps
  • application ads that dynamically calculate commute times and cost-of-living comparisons; and
  • paid search advertising on Google and Bing search engines.

The campaign conveys the central idea that Wisconsin is “more you.” Here you can be more, mean more, create more impact and have more, making Wisconsin a better fit for you. To drive this point home, specific ads contrast life in Wisconsin with that in Chicago, highlighting the state’s shorter commute times, lower cost of living, lower taxes and numerous recreational, social and cultural opportunities.

The campaign also includes national social media ads launching in February that will encourage out-of-state alumni from Wisconsin colleges and universities to consider returning to the state.

“This non-traditional marketing campaign has been strategically designed to reach these individuals on the platforms and devices they use every day,” said Tricia Braun, deputy secretary and COO of WEDC. “Whether they’re checking Instagram, watching videos on YouTube, listening to their playlist on Pandora or waiting for their train, young professionals in Chicago will become more aware of all our state has to offer them, and may see that Wisconsin is a better choice for their career and lifestyle.”

Braun said the campaign targets those who wanted the urban experience but have since become disillusioned with the daily challenges of a large metropolitan area such as Chicago and may not know much about Wisconsin.

“We recognize that it is common for millennials to seek opportunities in urban areas such as Chicago, but after a period of time many of them want to move away from the hassles of big-city living,” she said. “However, our research has shown that individuals living outside of Wisconsin have a very limited perception of the opportunities – both career and lifestyle – that are available in our state.”

The campaign also includes:

  • ads on the interior and exterior of Chicago Transit Authority “L” trains;
  • posters at selected health clubs in downtown Chicago;
  • ads on drink coasters at downtown bars and restaurants; and
  • sponsored posts on Facebook and LinkedIn encouraging out-of-state alumni of Wisconsin colleges and universities to consider returning to the state.

WEDC also has redesigned its InWisconsin.com website to better demonstrate Wisconsin’s many business and lifestyle attributes to business leaders and people looking for the best place to pursue their passions.

The new site employs the latest online design and user experience standards, including stunning videos, beautiful photography, compelling data and powerful testimonials that underscore how good life is in Wisconsin. Each region of the state has its own information-rich page built in collaboration with local and regional economic development partners. The site is built to convert “shoppers” into “buyers,” with home search options and job search functionality powered by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Job Center of Wisconsin.

Business and young professional leaders throughout the state are applauding the initiative as a way to help address Wisconsin’s workforce challenges.

“The time is now to be proactive – instead of reactive – about our state’s talent needs,” said Angela Damiani, CEO of NEWaukee, a social architecture firm and organizer of the annual YPWeek series of events for young professionals. “This is an exciting and progressive approach to attracting those just across the state’s border and perhaps looking for an ideal lifestyle. The campaign speaks to the value propositions the next generation of talent seeks.”

“To ensure continued growth in Wisconsin’s economy, we must work together to fill the talent pipeline and develop innovative ways to make young professionals outside our state aware of the personal and professional opportunities that exist here,” said Wilson Jones, president and CEO of Oshkosh Corp. “This new initiative will help ensure that message reaches this key audience in the Chicago area.”

The WEDC marketing campaign is a component of Governor Walker’s Workforce Agenda, which focuses on enhancing Wisconsin’s workforce, removing barriers to work, and meeting the state’s current and future workforce needs.

As part of the Workforce Agenda, Governor Walker is asking the state legislature to pass legislation that would provide $6.8 million for a targeted, multiagency campaign to attract talent to Wisconsin. That proposal would leverage the resources and mission of WEDC, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Travel Wisconsin.

The additional funding would allow WEDC to expand its millennial and alumni attraction efforts to other markets. In addition, WEDC would work with other agencies to develop a targeted campaign to encourage out-of-state veterans and those soon retiring from the military to live and work in Wisconsin.

WEDC’s talent and attraction efforts embody Think-Make-Happen In Wisconsin, a new unifying message that celebrates Wisconsin as a premier destination for business, career and personal fulfillment.

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Miss Green Bay Area Pageant

The annual Miss Green Bay Area and Outstanding Teen Pageant will add two new titleholders to Titletown on Saturday, January 20, at the Meyer Theatre, downtown Green Bay. The show features eight competitors.

This year the following will vie for the Miss Green Bay Area title (Name, Hometown, Talent, Platform):  Natalie Galster of Wautoma, Lawrence University, cello solo “Elegie” by Gabriel Faure, Taking a Family Approach to Healthy Eating and Active Living;
Paige Kassner of Kewaunee, UW-Madison, Latin Jazz Fusion Dance “Hip Hip Chin Chin”, PAIGES of Life: Persevere And Inspire-Grow. Elevate. Soar; Anna Katner of Steven’s Point, UW-Green Bay, Jazz Dance “Jailhouse Rock”, Social Media Success:  Developing safe, professional and effective social media; Katrina Mazier of Appleton, UW-Oshkosh, lyrical dance “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten, Teens of Tomorrow – Teen Suicide Prevention Awareness; and Kylie Thompson of Beloit, St. Norbert College; Vocal “Maybe This Time” from the musical “Cabaret”, End the Stigma.

Those vying for the title of Miss Green Bay Area’s Outstanding Teen title (Name, Hometown, Talent, Platform):  Ahna Voelz of DePere, Vocal “When Will My Life Begin?”, Healthy Eating; Anika Mazier of Appleton, Tap Dance “Proud Mary”, Music and Memory: Reconnecting with Alzheimer Patients;  Elizabeth Black of Little Chute, Jazz Vocal “Blue Skies”, Girls on the Run.

The show will also feature a Princess Program, which is a mentorship program for girls ages 5-12.  Contestants ages 13-24 (after the pageant date the new age requirements are 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 2017 is Tess Buege, whom will be featured in the production. Miss Green Bay Area & Miss Wisconsin 2016, Courtney Pelot, will host the pageant along side Titletown Talk host, Paul Evansen.

The pageant is open to the public on Saturday, January 20, at 4 p.m. at the Meyer Theatre. Purchase tickets and vote for the People’s Choice winner in advance on the pageant website:  www.missgreenbayarea.com Tickets and People’s Choice voting will also be available at the door, along with a silent auction.  The 2018 pageant will award scholarship and prizes to participants. The new titleholders will advance to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Pageants in June in Oshkosh.

There will be an Eat Wings, Raise Funds campaign on Saturday, January 20th 11 am to close at Buffalo Wild Wings at 2101 S. Oneida St. – all are welcome, please notify your server. Funds raised will help fund the pageant and scholarships!

 

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Silver Lake College presents senior oboe and piano recital on Jan. 13

Katherine Sohn.jpgThe Silver Lake College Department of Music will present the senior oboe and piano recital of student Katherine Sohn at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

Sohn is a student in the studios of Zachary Pulse and Dr. Diana Shapiro, who will play piano accompaniment. The recital, which will include works by Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is free and open to the public.

Sohn, a 2013 graduate of Howards Grove High School, is studying general, choral and instrumental music at Silver Lake College.

She has participated in numerous ensembles, including singing in the Silver Lake Chorale and Silver lake Concert Choir, playing oboe in the Silver Lake Wind Ensemble, playing clarinet and baritone saxophone in the Silver Lake Jazz Ensemble, and participating in the Silver Lake Handbell Ensemble and Opera Workshop.

 

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Salvation Army Falls Short of Goal

Manitowoc County $91,000 Short of Christmas Campaign Goal

Manitowoc, WI (January 4, 2018) Though MANY gave of their time, talents and treasures during the Red Kettle Campaign, The Salvation Army here in Manitowoc finds itself very short on their annual Christmas goal according to Lt. Jeff Olson, Corps Officer of Manitowoc County Salvation Army. “Though the Red Kettles are the most publicly visible way we raise funds during this season, there are a couple other fundraising means that impact our overall goal. Not only did we fall short on the kettle goal, but also our mail appeal & private giving contributions fell short. All of this affects what we can and cannot do in our community. Like so many other nonprofits we depend on funds and people so that we can assist those with needs in our community”, stated Olson.

Though you will not see the Red Kettles we continue to raise funds for our Christmas Campaign through the month of January. If you are able, there is still time to contribute and help in the “Fight for Good” in our community. Donations can be mailed to, or dropped off at, 411 N 6th St. Giving may also be done online at samanitowoc.org.

The Salvation Army does extend its thanks and appreciation for ALL who support the mission and ministry of The Salvation Army here in Manitowoc County!