#nascar, Uncategorized

Kyle Busch Crew Chief Suspended

For the second time this month, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch has lost his crew chief due to a NASCAR suspension.  Adam Stevens still has one race left to serve on his four-race ban.  And now, interim crew chief Ben Beshore gets a weekend off after improperly installed lug nuts were found on Busch’s Number-18 Toyota during post-race inspection last weekend at Sonoma Raceway.  Beshore also was fined twenty thousand dollars.  Busch finished fifth in the Toyota/Save Mart 350.


Congrats to Miss Harbor Cities 2017

The annual Miss Harbor Cities & Outstanding Teen Program was held at the Franciscan Center for Music of Silver Lake College on March 18th. Contestants from across the state
competed for prizes and scholarship, along with the opportunity to advance to Miss Wisconsin and Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen Pageant this June in Oshkosh.

Miss Wisconsin, Courtney Pelot, performed at the pageant. Miss Harbor Cities 2017 is
Alyssa Bohm and winner of $350 scholarship. Miss Harbor Cities’ Outstanding Teen 2017 is Grace Stanke and winner of $350 scholarship.  Other awards were announced and include: Miss Harbor Cities’ Outstanding Teen People’s Choice Award $120 Scholarship, Gracen Spritka; Miss Harbor Cities’ Outstanding Teen Spirit of Miss America Award, Gracen Spritka; Miss Harbor Cities People’s Choice Award $250 scholarship, Hannah Ashbeck; Miss Harbor Cities Spirit of Miss America Award, Katrina Mazier; Ruby West Jackson Overall Interview Award (tie) Jessica Hammer & Alyssa Bohm. Runners up to Miss Harbor
Cities 2017 are: 4th runner up $50 scholarship, Haley Schonter; 3rd runner up $75 scholarship, Gina Miliacca; 2nd runner up $100 scholarship, Katrina Mazier; 1st runner up $125 scholarship, Jessica Hammer.

Established in 2014, the Miss Harbor Cities Scholarship Organization provides
opportunities for young women to achieve their personal and professional ambitions. Contestants also participate in community service activities and develop leadership skills that help them excel in their chosen career and life goals. A not-for-profit affiliate of the Miss America Organization, the Miss Harbor Cities Scholarship Organization has made available thousands in scholarships and inkind funds to young women throughout Wisconsin. Winners of the annual Miss Harbor Cities Competition are eligible to compete in the Miss Wisconsin Competition, held every year in Oshkosh, WI in June. The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation’s leading advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young
women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually. The Miss America Organization Miss Harbor Cities Scholarship Organization is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised millions for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.
Photo 1 Miss Harbor Cities 2017, Alyssa Bohm (L) Miss Harbor Cities Outstanding Teen
2017, Grace Stanke (R)

Photo 2 All 2017 Participants and 2016 Miss Harbor Cities 2016, Tianna Vandehei, & Miss
Harbor Cities Outstanding Teen 2016 Sarah Niehueser

Photo 3 Top 5 L-R Haley Schonter, Katrina Mazier, Alyssa Bohm, Jessica Hammer, Gina

Photo 4 Crowning of Miss Harbor Cities 2017

Photo 5 Crowning of Miss Harbor Cities’ Outstanding Teen 2017


Trumpet Concert March 10th

William Elliott.jpgThe Silver Lake College Music Department presents a junior recital by student William Elliott on trumpet at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10 in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and performance, on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. Diana Shapiro, assistant professor of piano and undergraduate music department chair, will provide piano accompaniment.

Elliott, a student in the studio of Dr. Bill Hampton, is majoring in music performance and pedagogy.



Americans Still Wary of Self-Driving Cars

A new report from AAA reveals that the majority of U.S. drivers will seek autonomous technologies in their next vehicle, but they continue to fear the fully self-driving car. Despite the prospect that autonomous vehicles will be safer, more efficient and more convenient than their human-driven counterparts, three-quarters of U.S. drivers report feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving car, and only 10 percent report that they’d actually feel safer sharing the roads with driverless vehicles. As automakers press forward in the development of autonomous vehicles, AAA urges a gradual, safe introduction of these technologies to ensure that American drivers are informed, prepared and comfortable with this shift in mobility.

“We lose approximately 35,000 people on America’s roadways every year, most as a result of human error,” said Nick Jarmusz, Wisconsin director of public affairs for AAA – The Club Group. “While connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential to dramatically reduce this number, automakers, government agencies and safety organizations must continue working together to ensure that these new vehicles are safely tested and deployed.”

In 2016, a AAA survey found that three-quarters of Americans reported feeling afraid to ride in a self-driving car. One year later, a new AAA survey finds that fear is unchanged. While most are afraid to ride in a fully self-driving vehicle, the latest survey also found that the majority (59%) of Americans are keen to have autonomous features in their next vehicle. This marked contrast suggests that American drivers are ready embrace autonomous technology, but they are not yet ready to give up full control.

“AAA advised consumers to educate themselves regarding the benefits and limitations of new vehicle technologies,” continued Jarmusz. “While they will continue to evolve over time, it’s important to understand that today’s systems still require the driver to remain engaged and alert behind the wheel.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • Half (54%) of U.S. drivers feel less safe at the prospect of sharing the road with a self-driving vehicle, while one-third (34%) feel it wouldn’t make a difference and only 10 percent say they would feel safer.
    • Women (58%) are more likely to feel less safe than men (49%).
    • Baby Boomers (60%) are more likely to feel less safe than Generation X (56%) or Millennials (41%)
  • The majority (59%) of U.S. drivers want autonomous vehicle technology in their next vehicle, while the remainder do not (25%) or are unsure (16%).
    • Millennials (70%) are the most likely to want the technologies, compared to Generation X (54%) and Baby Boomers (51%).
  • Three-quarters (78%) of Americans are afraid to ride in a self-driving vehicle.
    • Baby Boomers (85%) are more likely to be afraid than Millennials (73%) and Generation X (75%) drivers.
    • Women (85%) are more likely to be afraid than men (69%).
Lakeshore News, Uncategorized

Knowledge is Power in Rental Relationships

More than one million Wisconsin residents live in rental housing – most with security deposits that often equal as much as a month’s rent – which means there is a significant amount of money in flux at any given time.

Therefore, it is no wonder that issues pertaining to security deposits were the leading driver of landlord/tenant complaints to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in 2016.  DATCP received 1,121 complaints in the landlord/tenant category last year, second only to telemarketing.

After security deposits, consumer complaints focused on unauthorized entry, inadequate disclosures and evictions.  Some basics to know about these subjects:

Unauthorized entry:  Unless there is an emergency, a landlord must give 12-hours advance notice before entering a unit.

Inadequate disclosures:  Your best protection as a new tenant is to complete a check-in sheet detailing the condition of the unit and appliances and return it to the landlord within the first seven days of your tenancy.  Provide photo evidence of any deficiencies to the landlord and keep a copy for your own records.  If you fail to complete the check-in sheet, you may be giving up your right to contest some security deposit withholdings for pre-existing conditions.

Evictions:  Tenants who pay partial rent, no rent, or late rent (even one day late) put themselves at risk of eviction, as do tenants who break the rules or terms of the rental agreement or cause damage.  Tenants may be given either a written five-day or 14-day notice to vacate the property.

Landlord/tenant disputes are often grounded in a misunderstanding of each party’s rights under state law.  The keys to a productive and respectful landlord/tenant relationship are to keep an open dialogue, review and understand the rental agreement, and stay educated on each party’s rights.

To help both parties understand their rights relating to residential laws, DATCP offers two resources on rental issues that both landlords and tenants should have available for instant access:

Both documents are available for free on the DATCP website or by contacting the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or via email: datcphotline@wisconsin.gov.

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Colton Swon Gets Engaged

Congratulations are going out to Colton Swon, one half of the country duo Swon Brothers, and his girlfriend, Indie rock singer/songwriter Caroline Glaser, on their engagement.  The couple met on Season 4 of The Voice.

Colton made the night special – they’re both big fans of the movies, so he made a plan to take Caroline to the movies – but instead he had made a trailer composed of photos of their time together to run on the screen before the film.  Then he got down on one knee in front of their family & friends, who were also at the theater for the big proposal.


Colton posted a picture of the ring on his Instagram page saying, “She said YES! I get to marry my best friend y’all! I’ve been dreaming her up my whole life and she’s so much more than what my simple mind could come up with.Thank you Lord for this amazing girl and these two amazing families. Forever ain’t long enough.”

Country News, Uncategorized

Country Stars Take Over New York

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Dan+Shay, Lori McKenna and songwriter Shane McAnally hit the red carpet in New York on February 28th for the world premiere of “The Shack.”

The movie, based on the New York Times best-selling book, stars Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw and will open in theaters nationwide on Friday, March 3.

If you’re a country fan, you’ll really love the soundtrack (which was released February 24th).  It features songs by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, who co-penned “Keep Your Eyes On Me,” with Lori McKenna and Shane McAnally, Dierks Bentley (“Days of Dark”), Lady Antebellum (“Lay Our Flowers Down”), Brett Eldredge (“Phone Call to God”), Dan + Shay (“When I Pray for You”) and more.

Check out the trailer for The Shack below.