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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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Before You Cut Your Neighbor’s Tree


pexels-photo-926815.jpegIt is a common occurrence: You look out your window and all you see is your neighbor’s tree dropping branches and nuts and bark all over your yard. Or, you can’t see anything at all because of that tree. Or, you are certain that large branches of that tree will eventually fall onto your garage. Before you take the chain saw into your own hands and cut off the offending limbs, you will want to know some tidbits to keep you out of “neighbor jail” – and possibly real jail.

Does a tree’s limbs or trunk crossing the property line give you the right to prune it?

Yes? No? Both Yes and No? It all depends on where you live. Check with your town, city, county and state municipalities for regulations about trees and property lines. In some areas, you are entitled to prune the parts of a tree overhanging your yard as long as the work does not damage the tree.

But why don’t you first ask your neighbor if he, she or they mind if you go ahead and have it pruned? They might actually appreciate it.

Should I just cut it straight up over the property line?

While that might seem to be a good way to shear a boundary hedge, large trees rarely respond well to inter-nodal (random) pruning cuts on their branches. This type of indiscriminate pruning invites diseases and insect pests that could eventually kill the tree entirely. Then you’re at risk of not only non-compliance to a municipal ordinance (see above), but to the ill-feelings this action will certainly develop in your neighbor.

How about if I just have my lawn person cut the tree back?

If you have your heart set on cutting back your neighbor’s overhanging tree branches, your best bet would be to have a qualified tree care provider perform the work. Tree care providers who are members of professional associations, are insured and who have certified personnel performing the work will know the local laws regarding which types of trees can be cut, and to what extent. Plus, they have the right equipment and training to perform the work correctly and safely. Finally, if your neighbor does have concerns, having it done by a professional might put them more at ease.

Steps to take

Step 1 – Find out who actually owns the tree and where the property line is. Can you be certain that, just because it appears to be on your side of the fence, the fence is on the actual property line? How many times has that fence line been moved? If the tree is large and mature or particularly valuable, you would benefit from having the property surveyed to make certain of ownership.

Step 2 – Have a qualified tree care provider write up work specifications on exactly how the tree should be cut back. It is usually a bit more complex than simply stating, “cut limbs back to property line.” The work order must reference the ANSI A300 tree pruning standards to assure the procedures being proposed take into consideration the tree’s future health. Oh, and check to see that your tree care provider has a copy of their current liability insurance policy on hand. Check their references as well – why not?

Step 3 – This is probably the most important step when dealing with trees on a property line: If at all possible, get the tree owner’s written consent to the work being prescribed. Cutting a neighbor’s trees without that neighbor’s knowledge or consent will only lead to un-neighborly disputes that might lead you to court. If the pruning makes a drastic difference in the tree’s appearance or health or your tree care provider needs to access your neighbor’s property, the tree owner must be made aware of this action and sign off on it. Ignoring this step, or telling your tree care professional to “go ahead, it’s OK,” is actually not OK.

Find a Professional

A professional arborist can assess your landscape and work with you to determine the best care for your trees. Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. TCIA has more than 2,300 member tree care firms and affiliated companies who recognize stringent safety and performance standards and who are required to carry liability insurance. TCIA also has the nation’s only Accreditation program that helps consumers find tree care companies that have been inspected and accredited based on: adherence to industry standards for quality and safety; maintenance of trained, professional staff; and dedication to ethics and quality in business practices. For more, visit or

An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Locate Your Local TCIA Member Companies” program. You can use this service by calling 1-800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on

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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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Leave Your Worries at Home: Consumer Protection Tips for Spring Breakers

Spring break is a time for letting go and having fun, and no traveler wants to worry about the risk of getting ripped off by identity thieves while they are kicking back on the beach. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks travelers to take some simple steps before, during and after their trips to limit their risk of having personal information stolen when they are away from home.

“Scammers don’t take vacation, and if you let your guard down on spring break, you could open a door that allows an identity thief to dig into your sensitive accounts,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Taking simple steps like tightening the restrictions on your social media accounts and putting your mail on hold can go a long way toward keeping personal details from getting into the wrong hands while you are on the go.”

In the same way you will check and double-check your door locks before you leave the house and start your journey, you should devote a couple of pre-trip minutes to shoring up your online accounts, strengthening the protection around your mobile devices, and limiting your risk of information exposure. While traveling, avoid sharing sensitive information over public WiFi networks and keep the trip details you share on social media accounts to a minimum. When you return home, run an antivirus scan on your devices and update passwords for your social media, email and financial accounts.

Here are additional pre-, during and post-trip tips:

Before you start your trip:

  • Alert your financial institutions. Call the number on the back of your credit and debit cards and let them know where and when you will be travelling. This advance notice lets the bank know to expect transactions from the areas you visit, keeping your account from being locked.
  • Verify your reservations. If you booked your trip through a third-party website or travel service, confirm your reservations directly with the airline, hotel or car rental business so you don’t get stranded in case of a miscommunication with your booking.
  • Put your mail on hold. Identity thieves could steal mail from unattended mailboxes, giving them the information they need to misuse your identity and open credit lines in your name. The post office can hold your letters and packages until you return.
  • Limit what is in your wallet. Don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet or purse and limit the bank cards you take on your trip
  • Pack a second credit card. If you lose your main card or it is damaged, you will need a backup. Keep them packed in separate locations.
  • Photocopy your documents and cards. Make two copies (front and back) of your passport, driver’s license, credit cards, tickets and hotel reservation confirmations in case your original documents are lost or stolen during your trip. Give one copy to a friend or family member at home and carry the other copy with you, stored securely and separately from the originals.
  • Share your plans with friends and family to avoid “grandparent scams.” Phone scammers could call your relatives while you are away, claim to be you, and ask for money to get out of a phony legal or medical emergency. Make a family plan that includes the best way to reach you directly if a relative or friend receives one of these frightening calls and set a code word or phrase to use to verify legitimate emergency calls.
  • Tighten the security around your social media accounts. Your public posts could give a thief the tools to steal your identity or rob your home while you travel. Adjust the security settings on your accounts to only allow friends and family to view your posts, and consider turning off the location services on your phone so the photos you post online are not tagged with GPS data. Make sure that your mobile devices are password protected.

While on vacation:

  • Use caution with public WiFi. Avoid banking or sharing sensitive data over public WiFi networks. Only send sensitive information over password-protected networks and in secure websites (those that start with “https://” – the “s” stands for secure).
  • Keep personal documents close. Make use of a room safe when available for mobile devices, valuables and sensitive documents like passports, ID cards, credit cards and airline tickets. Do NOT pack a Social Security card unless it is necessary.
  • Always keep your mobile devices in a secure location. Your smartphone, tablet and laptop contain a wealth of personal information. Know where these devices are at all times and keep them secure in public. Log out of all websites so your accounts are not accessed if your device is lost or stolen.
  • Don’t broadcast your trip on social media. In sharing your travel plans, you are providing information for scammers to use in their ploys (think “grandparent scams”) and for thieves to use in determining when your home is unattended.

When you get home:

  • Change passwords. Any website you accessed on your trip was fair game for scammers, so change all of your passwords – especially for your email account.
  • Check accounts. Take a look through your bank and credit card accounts and identify any irregularities. Bring them to the immediate attention of your financial institution.
  • Check credit reports. Review your credit reports to ensure that no unexpected accounts have been created in your name.

For additional information, visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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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