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EVP Volleyball Coolest Coast Classic Spikes Into Two Rivers with Help from Tourism Grant

Manitowoc Area Visitors & Convention Bureau, EVP Volleyball Coolest Coast Classic.jpgThe Manitowoc Area Visitors & Convention Bureau is setting up to host EVP Beach Volleyball’s Coolest Coast Classic with help from a $5,965 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Spectators will have the opportunity to see elite athletes compete on the sand for top honors while enjoying the best of Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers. The Classic will take place July 20-22, 2018.

“We are excited to support an event that aims to increase the profile of competitive sand volleyball in Wisconsin,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “Manitowoc and Two Rivers offer a beautiful backdrop to host this growing tournament that is sure to create a lasting economic impact in the local community.”

The EVP Volleyball Classic not only allows spectators to watch top pro and armature sand volleyball players from across the country, but they will also have the opportunity to interact with the players through contests and promotions. The event is expected to attract over 7,000 attendees, generating an estimated $222,800 in visitor spending in Manitowoc, Two Rivers and the surrounding area. Grant funds will go towards outdoor, online, print and broadcast advertising.

“The EVP Volleyball Coolest Coast Classic really is the definition of our brand – Coast,” said Jason Ring, Executive Director of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau. “This event draws thousands of competitors and spectators to the Wisconsin Coast. Beautiful Neshotah beach has some of the best sand anywhere in the state and is the perfect location to coast for a while!

In 2017, the tourism economy in Wisconsin totaled $20.6 billion, a 3.2 percent increase from 2016. Tourism activity supports 195,255 jobs in Wisconsin, a seven-year addition of more than 23,255 jobs to the state’s total employment, an increase of 13.5%. Visitors generated $1.5 billion in state and local revenue. Business sales in Manitowoc County totaled $196 million, supporting 2,033 jobs and $14.8 million in state and local taxes.

In fiscal 2017, the Department funded 61 JEM projects, awarding a total of more than $1.1 million. Visitor expenditures driven by the marketing from these projects will exceed $34 million. JEM grant funds are available to non-profit organizations for the promotion of Wisconsin tourism events and destinations. The state can fund up to 75 percent of a project’s first-year advertising and marketing costs, and provide support for second- and third-year projects with decreasing amounts for funding until projects become self-sustaining. For information on the JEM Program and application materials, visit http://industry.travelwisconsin.com.

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is to market the State as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun by executing industry-leading marketing programs and establishing strategic partnerships. The Department plays a significant role in generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin. The portal for traveler information can be found at: www.travelwisconsin.com.

[PHOTO CAPTION: The Manitowoc Area Visitors & Convention Bureau receives $5,965 JEM Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. From left: David Spiegelberg, Wisconsin Department of Tourism; Jason Ring, Executive Director of the Manitowoc Area Visitor & Convention Bureau; and Theresa Kronforst and Nathan Kronforst, EVP Tournament Organizers.]

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Wisconsin Military Families Should Be On Guard Against Scams

The last thing soldiers should have to worry about during a deployment is whether or not their family members are getting ripped off back home. Yet there are bad actors who specifically target military families with their scams.

July is Military Consumer Protection Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is pleased to honor our service members by sharing ways the Bureau of Consumer Protection can help protect you and your family from scams and identity theft.

“While facing the same risks of scams and identity theft as the general public, military families are also targeted by criminals who use the military lifestyle to find openings for additional scams,” said Michelle Reinen, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

In fact, an AARP study found that veterans have lost money to scammers at more than twice the rate of civilians over recent years. According to the survey, nearly 80% of the veteran respondents reported having been targeted in a scam that was “seeking to take advantage of their status as a military veteran.” Some of the common ways military members are targeted include donation requests to support fellow veterans and pitches for help in taking advantage of “little-known government programs” that could supposedly result in a cash payout or payment for medical devices.

Identity theft is another serious risk, with scammers seeking to collect the personal information of service members through “phishing” operations. These phishing ploys may involve phony job postings or housing rental ads that claim to be seeking veterans; imposter phone scams where a caller falsely claims to be with the VA or another veterans’ support organization; or fake support services that set up operations using phone numbers that are nearly identical to those used by legitimate organizations.

Some DATCP resources available to support military families with consumer protection issues include:

  • DATCP fact sheets. Available on the DATCP website, these factsheets go into great detail on a wide range of consumer issues like telemarketing scams, home improvement, job scams, false advertising, landlord/tenant rights, and much more.
  • Consumer Protection Hotline. Available weekdays from 7:45am to 4:30pm to answer your consumer protection-related questions and guide callers toward references that can help. Reach the hotline at 800-422-7128 or datcphotline@wi.gov.
  • Identity Theft Assistance. The Consumer Protection Bureau has staff who help identity theft victims mitigate the potential damage to their identities and credit histories. If your family or friends believe they may have had their identities misused, start the mitigation process by visiting the identity theft protection section of the DATCP website or by contacting the Consumer Protection Hotline.
  • If you are involved with a group serving the needs of service members or veterans and would like a presentation on current consumer scams or identity theft, please let us know. Request a Consumer Protection Bureau presentation on the DATCP website.
  • File a Complaint. If you are having difficulty resolving an issue or believe that you may have been targeted or victimized by a scammer, file a complaint with DATCP online or contact the Consumer Protection Hotline.
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Top 5 News Stories on SeehaferNews.com Last Week

Manitowoc police and EMS personnel were summoned Tuesday morning to 808 Memorial Drive for the report of a man passed-out in the drivers seat of his vehicle.   Read the full story here.

 

A report from the Manitowoc County Human Services Department shows a long list of abuse and neglect violations lead to the death of a 7-year old local boy.   Read the full story here.

 

Officials from Manitowoc County have released additional information about the data breach that occurred earlier this year. According to the release, sometime around January 14th, an unauthorized third party was able to gain access to one Manitowoc County email account most likely through what is called a “phishing” attack.  Read the full story here.

 

Damage to Susie Q Fish Market in Two Rivers is said to be extensive after a fire engulfed the local business this morning.  Read the full story here.

 

A Manitowoc man will be spending four years in prison after being found guilty of delivering the heroin that killed a 48 year old Manitowoc woman in 2016.  Read the full story here.

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Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend

Head down to Manitowoc’s lakefront this weekend for the 44th Annual Northeast Wisconsin Great Lakes Sport Fishermen’s Salmon Derby & Festival July 6th through the 8th . It’s a three day event featuring great lakes fishing, great food, refreshments and entertainment in the evenings. Friday night features music from 7 to 11 by the Charlie Bucket Band; Saturday night Shocker takes the stage from 7 to 11; and enjoy music by Howard & the Blue Gills from 1 to 5.

The Silver Cup XVIII Amateur Disc Golf Tournament is going on Saturday & Sunday (July 7th & 8th). All amateur divisions compete for great prizes at Silver Creek Park and Rollin’ Ridge disc golf courses in Manitowoc. Spectators are welcome and media guides available. Bring a cooler and a lawn chair to take in the exciting action or register online to play. Contests, merchandise vendors, food and beverages onsite.

Join the firefighters of New Holstein July 6th through the 8th at Civic Park in New Holstein, There’s family fun all weekend, starting at 3pm Friday afternoon with live music Friday night, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Saturday night features the largest fireworks display north of Milwaukee. A huge parade begins at 11am on Sunday foloowed by a chicken dinner and the fun lasts until 5pm. Don’t miss the carnival rides, food beverages all weekend long.

Join the fun at Rio Creek Airport at the annual Rio Creek Fly-in at the Rio Creek Airport in Kewaunee on Saturday, July 7th. The day begins with their Pancake & Porkie Breakfast starting at 7:00am followed by lunch at 11:00am and includes plane rides, polka music, a silent auction, kids activities and more.

The Music in the Park concert at Harbor Park in Kewaunee will feature Rob Anthony on July 8th, combining a harmony of Americana with an edge of rock from 5 to 7:30 pm. Bring your own lawn chair, blanket, picnic basket & beverages and enjoy a few hours of music. Local organizations may be selling food on select dates. The rain location is Lakehaven Hall (a sign will be posted in the gazebo).

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Summer Tips for Your Pets

With the warm weather finally here and the July 4th holiday upon us, it is important to keep your pets comfortable during the summer months.   Here are some tips:

  1. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year.   Make sure your pet has an up-to-date ID tag on at all times.
  2. Practice the 5 second rule before walking your dog by placing the back of your hand on the pavement.  If you cannot hold it for more than 5 seconds, it is too hot to walk your dog.  Asphalt temperatures are much hotter than air temperatures.  For example, if the air temperature is 86 degrees, the asphalt is 135 degrees.
  3. If you are hosting summer parties and picnics, make sure guests play with pets anyway from flames, grills and fireworks.  It is also important to make sure all exit doors and backyard fences are secure.
  4. When playing outside, make sure there is a shady spot for your pet to retreat to in order to get out of the sun.
  5. Make sure your pet is properly hydrated at all times, especially during severe high temperature weather.
  6. Never leave your pet in the car.  Either take your pet with you in the store or leave them home in cooler air.
  7. Do not leave your pets unsupervised around the pool or other bodies of water.  Always rinse your pet off with cool, clean water after swimming to remove chlorine, salt and sand from their fur.
  8. Consider applying pet-safe sunscreen if your animal will be in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.  Always consult with your veterinarian before using any sunscreen product on your pet.
  9. Make sure your pet can swim before going on boat outings.  Investing in a canine life jacket is an added measure of protection that can go a long way.
  10. Keep your pet up-to-date on flea and tick preventative.
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Welcome to Lt Moffitt

Lt. Jenny Moffitt Installation picture.jpgLieutenant Jenny Moffitt was installed and welcomed at The Salvation Army here in Manitowoc this past Sunday. Lt. Moffitt was born in Minnesota and recently graduated from the CFOT (College For Office Training) in IL. Lt. Jenny shared that she is familiar with and enjoys Wisconsin. She is excited for her appointment here in Manitowoc, serving the people of Manitowoc County.

Look to see Lt. Jenny out and about in the community in the days to come.

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Everything Fans Needs to Know Before Attending the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

The second edition of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic is just days away. Here’s everything fans need to know before attending the tournament. 

Tickets: Spectators can still purchase tickets via www.ThornberryCreekLPGAClassic.com. Beginning Tuesday, July 3 at 7 a.m., tickets will be available at the admissions gate. General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Weekly general admission is $65 in advance and $75 at the gate. A limited number of clubhouse tickets, Skywoman Suite hospitality tickets and access to The Deck at 17 Green presented by Festival Foods is still available.

Complimentary admission: The following groups receive free general admission:

  • Children ages 17 and younger (with a paying adult)
  • Active duty, retired, reserve and veterans of the military plus one guest (must show valid ID)
  • Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Tribal Members (must show Oneida ID)

General Spectator Parking: Complimentary spectator parking is located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307. Shuttles will transport guests to and from the admissions gate at Thornberry Creek at Oneida. No spectator or disabled spectator parking will be available in the immediate vicinity of the golf course. All other parking is by permit only. Parking restrictions surrounding the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic grounds and within the village of Hobart will be closely monitored and enforced. ADA accessible shuttles will be in rotation to and from the spectator parking lot.

Taxi/Uber: Taxi and Uber drivers will not be permitted to drop off guests at the golf course. All spectators must be dropped off at the General Parking lot located at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (2740 W Mason St, Green Bay, WI 54307) where they will be transported by shuttle to the golf course.

Schedule:

  • Monday, July 2: Closed to spectators
  • Tuesday, July 3: Professional practice day; first spectator shuttle bus at 7 a.m.
  • Wednesday, July 4: Pro-am day; first spectator shuttle bus at 6:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, July 5-Sunday, July 8: Competition days; first spectator shuttle bus at 6:30 a.m.

Spectator Guidelines: The full list of prohibited items and spectator guidelines is available here: http://www.thornberrycreeklpgaclassic.com/spectator/prohibited-items-guidelines/. Please note that spectators are permitted to bring cell phones onto the grounds, but they must be on silent.

Will Call: Will Call is located at the admissions gate at the main entrance of Thornberry Creek at Oneida. It is only reachable via general parking shuttles. Those picking up tickets at Will Call should park at the Spectator Lot at NWTC and take the complimentary shuttles to the course.

 Will Call Hours:

  • Monday, July 2nd: Closed to Public
  • Tuesday, July 3rd – Sunday, July 8th: 7:00am – 4:00pm