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LMBF Productions Brings Ghosts of Maribel Caves to Capitol Civic Centre

LMBFproductions ghostsofmaribelcaves castphoto .jpgDiamonds and Gold, Frankly Green Bay, Festival Foods, and the Capitol Civic Centre present Let Me Be Frank Productions’ all-new comedy musical “Ghosts of Maribel Caves.”

This mid-week treat features another talented Let Me Be Frank cast and provides an excellent week night out. Welcome to the Maribel Caves Hotel. According to the Let Me Be Frank players, you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.

As owners of the Maribel Caves Hotel — aka Hotel Hell — Amy and Frank are having the grand re-opening of the hotel and need to make sure all is in tip-top shape. Frank has been so busy with the preparations that he forgot their anniversary…or did he? There may be trouble in paradise if he doesn’t do something fast. Meanwhile, a team of ghost hunters has been brought in to put to rest the rumor that the hotel is haunted before the re-opening. It is just a rumor… right? If the Maribel Caves Hotel has any hope of being brought to its former glory, it certainly can’t be thought of as haunted.

Tour guide Lisa directs ghost hunters Michael Midnight and Zachary Paparazzo through the hotel as they use their highly sensitive paranormal activity sensing equipment to spot ghosts, spirits and other figures from the other side. People claim to have seen a mysterious figure that looks like a 1920’s gangster wandering the halls as well as the spirit of a young woman lurking about. That can’t possibly be true…right? Let’s find out.

Audience members are sure to enjoy the rock/pop song selections featured by the talented voices of the Let Me Be Frank players, including Frank Hermans and Amy Riemer as the hotel owners, Pat Hibbard as the hotel maintenance man, Lisa Borley as the tour guide, Zach Hibbard as ghost hunter Zachary Paparazzo, Michael O’Malley as ghost hunter Michael Midnight, and Tom Verbrick and Kasey Schumacher as ghosts. Band includes Tony Pilz, keyboards; Adam Cain, percussion; Dennis Panneck, guitars; and Pat Hibbard, bass.

Advance tickets for “Ghosts of Maribel Caves,” Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Capitol are available online,, or by phone at (920) 683-2184.


Doors at 6:30 p.m.; curtain at 7:30 p.m.

Ghosts of Maribel Caves song selections:

Train in Vain — The Clash

Black Magic Woman — Santana

Devil Woman — Cliff Richard

Hotel California — Eagles

Mad World — Adam Lambert

Walking on Broken Glass — Annie Lennox

Rhiannon — Fleetwood Mac

Heart Hotels — Dan Fogelberg

Evil Woman — ELO

Running with the Devil — Van Halen

Witchy Woman — Eagles

Destination Unknown — Missing Persons

Invincible — Pat Benatar

How Will I Know — Whitney Houston

Lovergirl — Teena Marie

Black Cat — Janet Jackson

Tell it to my Heart — Taylor Dayne

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown — Jim Croce

Let’s Dance — David Bowie

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Employees Waste 13 Days in Unproductive Meetings

Want to increase productivity and profits? Cut out some meetings.The average employee wastes nearly 13 working days every year in unproductive meetings. The study (out of Europe) found the typical employee spends a total of 187 hours — or the equivalent of 23 days a year — in meetings. And 56% of those are pointless and unproductive.

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Art of Preservation Exhibit Coming to Rahr West Art Museum

WEA in Algoma.jpgThe Water’s Edge Artists, (WEA) Annual Art Exhibit “The Art of Preservaton” will be held in the Historic Vilas Rahr Mansion in the Rahr West Art Museum, 610 North 8th Street, Manitowoc, September 30th through October 28th.  Opening Reception will be Friday October 5th from 5-7 pm.  The public is invited, refreshments will be served.  The Awards Ceremony will be at 6pm that evening, with this year’s show judge, artist and teacher, Ron Stokes present to comment on the winning paintings.  Cash Prizes and Ribbons will awarded.  WEA Artists will be in residence to answer questions about their work and to discuss their mission as an art organization.  Paintings, in all subject matter that are in some way connected to preservation, conservation and/or restoration will be on display.  WEA artists paint in a variety of mediums, including oils, water colors, pastels, and graphite.  All works are original and were either painted on site, en plein air, or in the artists’ studio from photos of the location.  Membership includes artists from as far north as Michigan’s UP to Milwaukee in the south.

Waters Edge Artist’s cares about the conservation of land, waters and historical sites in Wisconsin.  These “painters for preservation” partner with like-minded organizations by painting plein air at their fund raising events and donating a portion of the proceeds from their sales to the organization’s conservation initiatives.  Through sales of their paintings they have raised awareness and funds for the  Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, Niagara Escarpment Resource Network, Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and others.  The group was recently featured in Plein Air Magazine.

CAPTION FOR PHOTO:  Waters Edge Artists in Algoma at a recent paint out event celebrating the “Art of Water”.






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Nickels wins 25th anniversary of intercollegiate dairy cattle judging contest held in Viroqua

Picture 1: Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis., University of Wisconsin-Madison Team Cardinal, won high individual overall at the recent 25th anniversary Accelerated Genetics and East Central/Select Sires Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wis.
Picture 2: University of Wisconsin-Madison Team Cardinal won high team overall. Pictured left to right: Brandon Biese, Emma Gwidt, Lindsay Sarbacker, Dawson Nickels, and Coach Trent Olson.    

East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun and serving southern Wisconsin, hosted the 25th anniversary of the Accelerated Genetics and East Central/Select Sires Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wis., during the Vernon County Fair on Sept. 16, 2018.

Dawson Nickels, University of Wisconsin-Madison Team Cardinal, took home high individual overall, and the rest of his team joined him for high team overall. High individuals for reasons included Dawson Nickels, first place; Avery Kotlarczyk, second, University of Wisconsin-Platteville; and Brooke Brantner, third, University of Wisconsin-River Falls. UW-Madison Team Cardinal won for reasons.

Breed category winners were announced for Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey, and milking shorthorn. Emma Gwidt, UW-Madison Team Cardinal, won Guernsey high individual, and Brooke Brantner, UW-River Falls, won Holstein high individual. Dawson Nickels stood on top for the Jersey breed, and Ryann Allison, Kansas State University, achieved high individual for milking shorthorn. UW-Madison Team Cardinal won high team for the Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey breeds; the University of Minnesota-St. Paul took home the title for milking shorthorn.

Twelve different colleges from throughout the United States were represented at the contest, with some bringing multiple teams. Those attending for the 25th year included Iowa State University, University of Minnesota-St. Paul, and University of Madison. Other colleges attending this year’s event: California Polytechnic State University, Fox Valley Technical College, Kansas State University, North Dakota State University, Northeast Iowa Community College, Oklahoma State University, South Dakota State University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Official judges were Cassie Endres, Waunakee, Wis.; Mike Donnelly, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Dan Sivisend, Waukon, Iowa; Janet Keller, Oregon, Wis.; and Jennifer Clark, La Crosse, Wis. “Twenty-five years ago, today, I competed in the very first of this contest in Viroqua. I was either second or third,” noted Clark. “I have served as an official for this event since then, but was honored to do so, again, for the 25th anniversary.”

Vernon County dairy youth lead cattle for the contest and were judged on their showmanship ability. First place in the junior division was Brock Hoskins, followed by Eric Torgerson and Gracie Wagemester. Grant Fremstad won the senior division. Hope Petersheim and Karly Anderson were second and third, respectively. The Dave Larson Memorial Showmanship Winner was Gabe Engh.

Event sponsors included East Central/Select Sires; the Accelerated Genetics brand from Select Sires, Inc.; Activon/Effercept® SG Teat Dip; American Guernsey Association; American Jersey Cattle Association; American Milking Shorthorn Society; Chart industries Inc.; Form-A-Feed Inc.; Holstein USA; James W. Crowley Fund; Lake Prairie Marketing Group with Julie Steffeny; Star Blends; UdderTech®; and the Vernon County Agricultural Society.

The planning committee was comprised of a variety of employees from East Central/Select Sires and Select Sires Inc.: Jim Galstad, Roger Hanson (retired employee), Dori Lichty, Dane Thompson, Dr. David Brown, Jerome Meyer, Angie Nelson, Amanda Solverson, Dr. Katie Speller, Jill Strangstalien, Marci Walker, Rick Williams, Kayla Wright, and Cole Mark and Carla Stetzer from NorthStar Cooperative.

East Central/Select Sires is a professional-, artificial-breeding cooperative serving dairy and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin. As a member owner of Select Sires located near Plain City, Ohio, East Central/Select Sires helps make up the largest A.I. cooperative in the world. They provide highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve the basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.

Picture 1: Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wis., University of Wisconsin-Madison Team Cardinal, won high individual overall at the recent 25th anniversary Accelerated Genetics and East Central/Select Sires Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Viroqua, Wis.

Picture 2: University of Wisconsin-Madison Team Cardinal won high team overall. Pictured left to right: Brandon Biese, Emma Gwidt, Lindsay Sarbacker, Dawson Nickels, and Coach Trent Olson.

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Felician Village names August winner of Service Excellence Star Award

8 August Ron ADP.jpgFelician Village announces Ron Gosz, Environmental Services Maintenance Department, was chosen for the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of August.
Ron’s nomination: “Immediately helped me & had other maintenance employees follow up.”

In conjunction with Felician Village’s Service Excellence initiative and Resident Firstsm philosophy, selection is based on the employee’s conduct as it reflects Felician Village values. Service Excellence is a way of consciously living out the mission and core values of Felician Village and fostering an environment that creates exceptional experiences for all.

Each month co-workers, residents, family members and visitors are encouraged to nominate an employee to be considered for the Service Excellence Star Award. The award subcommittee reviews the completed nomination forms monthly and a winner is selected.

Picture attached: (left to right): John Duzeski, Maintenance Supervisor and Ron Gosz, Service Excellence Winner.

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Wisconsin Café Now Open

The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Wisconsin Café located inside of Farm Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Café offers Wisconsin-sourced options for breakfast, lunch and catering. The Café is open daily from 8:00am to 2:30pm with prices ranging from $3 to $11. Some of the highlights on the menu include; breakfast sandwiches and paninis featuring Sargento cheese, Blueberry Cheese Bombs made with Henning’s cheese, grass-fed Angus burgers, Wisconsin-crafted walnut burgers, an espresso bar, delicious bakery and green salads with an array of local produce, fresh fruit and even Caprine Supreme goat feta.

For more information contact Jenni Appel, Café Manager at 920-726-6010, or visit our Facebook page or website at Admission is not required to enjoy the Wisconsin Café.

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BEWARE:  Door-to-Door Asphalt Pavers

  • Homeowners throughout Wisconsin must be aware of individuals and groups of people traveling door-to-door offering home improvements, mainly asphalt paving.
  • These door-to-door salespeople who solicit work from you are often not registered nor local.
  • The BBB is not surprised that it has received its first report already this year of a paving scam. We see these reported every year, beginning about March or April (when the weather starts to warm up) and go throughout fall; September or October
  • The BBB hopes to encourage homeowners to not make a decision at their doorstep by a stranger, and instead, take time to research companies before making a decision.

Here are some red flags of a door-to-door asphalt or paving scam:

  • “I’ve got extra materials”– The salesperson will start the unsolicited pitch for home improvements with “I have extra materials” or “I was working down the street” and then offers the homeowner a “great deal” on paving. They often say “we just did work for your neighbor.” Professional asphalt contractors know, with great accuracy, how much paving material is needed to complete a project.
  • No business card, no contract or vague contract– Reputable businesses will have a business card with complete contact information. They will provide a contract that includes: a description of materials, labor, start and completion dates, company name, local address, telephone number and registration number.
  • Payment is requested upfront – Be wary of anyone asking you to pay upfront before work can start, especially if by cash (or check) and for a company that claims to have the materials needed to perform the stated work. Paying with a credit card offers more protection than debit or cash. Checks should be made out to the company, rather than an individual’s name. (Note: BBB always recommends using the rule of thirds when paying: pay one-third up front, one-third halfway and one-third at the completion of the work and when the homeowner is satisfied with the job.) NEVER pay in full before a job is completed and to your satisfaction.
  • No identification– Reputable companies will have proper identification, solicitation permits for the area, and be able to provide the company name, owner name, phone number and physical address. Check for identification on company vehicles – is there proper signage? And not just a magnetic sign (travelers often use magnetic signs they can quickly change). Look for out-of-state plates on vehicles, often a sign of a fly-by-night contractor.
  • Use high pressure sales tactics. A reputable seller will give you time to think through the offer and make an appointment to return at a later date.  A dishonest seller will try to get you to sign up immediately and perhaps intimidate you into paying before you have time to do your research. Do not give in to high pressure sales tactics, even if the deal supposedly won’t last long or the salesperson is aggressive. Never make a decision at your door.
  • Before making any hiring decisions, thoroughly research a company. Requesting bids from 2-3 other companies can help to identify unscrupulous contractors. BBB provides free Business Profiles on companies at or call our office to check on a company – 414-847-6000 or toll-free 1-800-273-1002.
  • Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true…it is

**Never let anyone you don’t know into your home. If you feel threatened by someone at your door, contact the police. BBB encourages anyone who comes across a door-to-door paving scam to report it. File a complaint with the BBB and local police. Report scams to BBB Scam Tracker.

*Addresses provided by door-to-door asphalt pavers (first, are rarely provided) and when they are, they are generally fake (motels are common, UPS stores, empty fields). *Phone numbers are quickly disconnected