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New Exhibit at NEW Zoo

redrump2A pair of Brazilian Red-rumped Agoutis are on display in a newly renovated exhibit at the NEW Zoo. The impressive dome structure that houses the animals is located across the path from the giraffe feeding tower. Agoutis are South American rodents that look somewhat like large, long legged guinea pigs. The distinguishing feature of a red-rumped agouti is, not surprisingly, it’s reddish colored rump!

redrump1Females are generally larger than males and can weigh up to 13 lbs. This species is famous for being the only mammal within its range capable of opening a Brazil nut husk (brazil nuts grow packed like orange segments inside of a hard woody shell – it looks a bit like a coconut). They bury nuts and seeds when the supply is good so they will have food available in lean times. The combination of a taste for Brazil nuts and the habit of caching food helps the tree complete its life cycle. Without red-rumped agoutis to disperse their seeds, Brazil nut tree populations would be in danger of decline. The 2 year old siblings, Tootsie roll and Whatchamacallit, are most active in the morning and early evening hours.

While you’re here, don’t forget to feed the giraffes or ride the carousel! The Giraffe Feeding Experience is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and from 2:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The NEW Zoo’s daily hours during July & August are 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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Top 5 Things to Do on the Lakeshore This Weekend

Neshotah Beach in Two Rivers will host the 7th annual “Beach Bash” with a fish fry Friday night, followed by the band Detout and Chasin’ Mason. Saturday features a garbage Ball Tournament at 1pm, Tip Top Rides all day, and music ALL day. Plenty of food and entertainment and admission is free!!!!

Subfest in Manitowoc will be held Friday through Sunday, hosted by the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. Friday night features submarine tours, food vendors & sales and live music by Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns at 6 pm.  Saturday, the fun continues with a kayak race, Yoga on the museum rooftop deck, kids activities, food & vendors to shop…plus a lighted boat parade at 9:30 pm followed by fireworks.  Live music on Saturday from 3 to 5:30 pm provided by Blind Ambition and Star Six Nine takes the stage from 7 to 10:30 pm.  Sunday features submarine tours, food & drinks and the Tolling of the Boats Ceremony at 10 am and live music in the afternoon by Unity.

The Francis Creek & Kellnersville Fire Departments are hosting the 7th Annual Creekville Nationals Truck & Tractor Pull this Friday night at 6:45 pm at Pla-mor Park in Francis Creek. Enjoy 11 classes of truck & tractor pulling action with some of the best in the U.S. going for the gold…and admission is FREE!

Silver Dollar Fest is at Memorial Park in Howards Grove July 13th & 14th. Friday kicks off at 6 pm with village league baseball, bingo at 7 pm and live music from 8:30 to midnight by Saddlebrook. Saturday features baseball at 11, bingo at noon and a silent auction all afternoon. Water fights break out at 1 pm with a bean bag tournament at 2. There’s a big parade at 6 pm followed by the Wisconsin Badger Band playing in the park afterwards. And don’t miss the live entertainment Saturday night by Road Trip, starting at 8:30, with fireworks around 9:30 pm. There will be brats, hamburgers, chicken and more all weekend long…plus Midway rides & kids games! Free admission all weekend long!

Krazy Daze “The Granddaddy of all Sidewalk Sales” in downtown Manitowoc will be held this Friday from 10am to 6am, and Saturday July 14th, from 8am to 4pm.


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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

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:

[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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Flight Attendants Save Dog’s Life with Oxygen Mask

Plane passengers rarely describe air travel as a breath of fresh air, but it was literally that for one family’s bulldog on a recent JetBlue flight.

The French bulldog, named Darcy, was on a flight from Florida to Massachusetts Thursday when she started showing signs of distress, according to his owner Michele Burt. The 3-year-old bulldog’s tongue began to turn blue and she was having difficulty breathing.

“We all are affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, human, canine and feline, etc., but the fact that the Attendants were responsive and attentive to the situation may have saved Darcy’s life,” Burt wrote on her Facebook page.

The crew came to the rescue with an oxygen mask for Darcy. The photos, which have since spread across social media, show the bulldog being treated for hypoxia. The photos are cute, but hypoxia — which is insufficient oxygen — can be deadly.

“I placed the mask over her face, and within a few minutes she became alert and after a short time she didn’t want the mask,” Michele said. “I believe [crew members] Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine. I do not.”

Michele thanked JetBlue for its attentiveness to Darcy and wanted to remind people “that good people are doing good things on a daily basis even if it is in small ways or big ways.”

“We all want to make sure everyone has a safe and comfortable fight, including those with four legs,” JetBlue said in a statement to ABC News. “We’re thankful for our crew’s quick thinking and glad everyone involved was breathing easier when the plane landed in Worcester.”

The owners snapped a photo of a smiling Renaud posing with Darcy before getting off the flight.

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Drunk Driver Tries to Use his Burning Car to Light his Cigarette

When Robert Quigley didn’t have a light for his cigarette, no worries.  He used the flames from his burning car to fire up his smoke.

Quigley was allegedly driving drunk in California Sunday, doing 75 to 80 mph when he crashed into a car at a traffic light, KTXL reports. Police arrived on the scene just as the car burst into flames.

Quigley wasn’t dismayed by the fire, though.  A witness said he used it to light his cigarette, burning parts of his eyebrows off as he did so.

When questioned about his behavior, Quigley allegedly told police: “I’m not afraid of fire. I deal with this kind of stuff all the time.

Quigley’s been charged with suspicion of driving while drunk — his second such arrest this week.


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Congrats to the Wife-Carrying World Champions

Congratulations to Vytautas Kirkliauskas and Neringa Kirkliauskiene.  The Lithuanian husband and wife are this year’s winners of the Wife-Carrying World Championships, which took place in the small Finnish town of Sonkajarvi Saturday, reports The Daily Mail.

The couple triumphed in the rather unusual race by Vytautas running, wading through a slippery pool and navigating an obstacle course while carrying wife Neringa on his back.

Mind you, this isn’t some get-drunk-and-stumble-through-it event.  While some competitors participate as a lark and even dress in costumes, top competitors like Vytautas and Neringa take challenge very seriously and are in equally serious athletic shape.

This year’s Wife-Carrying World Championships had fifty-three men from thirteen countries competing in the hour-long race. The competition, now in its 23rd year, draws thousands of visitors to the town of 4,200 and has a global following.

Vytautas and Neringa, who first competed in Sonkajarvi in 2005, defeated six-time world champion Taisto Miettinen of Finland.