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Manitowoc County Historical Society to Participate in Blue Star Museums


The Manitowoc County Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Manitowoc County Historical Society announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.

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Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department Association Scholarship Winners

MCSD Assn Scholarship 2018 002.JPGMariah Zahn and Tanner Jost each received at $500 scholarship from the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department Association.  Mariah Zahn, a UW Manitowoc student, will be continuing her studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison this fall in the field of journalism.  Tanner Jost, a graduate of Manitowoc Lutheran High School, will be pursuing criminal justice studies at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College during the fall of 2018.

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Student science skills shine through at 22nd annual Solar Olympics

A sun-splashed day provided a fitting moment in the sun for the creative designs and impressive knowledge of local high school students at Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) 22nd annual Solar Olympics, held today on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus.

Approximately 200 students from 17 high schools in northeast and north central Wisconsin demonstrated their understanding and use of solar energy, using it to power small machines and inspire artistic designs in 14 separate events. In keeping with Olympic tradition, the top three competitors in each event received gold, silver and bronze medals at an awards ceremony this afternoon.

Gold medal recipients at this year’s Solar Olympics include:

  • Solar Car Race: Tomahawk High School
  • Solar Car Design: Green Bay Southwest High School
  • Solar Cooker: Chilton High School
  • Solar Water Heater: Valders High School
  • Photovoltaic Innovation: Valders High School
  • Solar Building Design: Green Bay Southwest High School
  • Solar Essay: Green Bay Southwest High School
  • Solar Advertising Campaign: Marathon High School
  • Solar T-Shirt Design: Lakeland Union High School
  • Solar Photography: Valders High School
  • Solar Sculpture: Wausau West High School
  • Solar Jeopardy (Top Individual Scorer): Braeden Vardetti, Wausau West High School
  • Solar Jeopardy (Top Team Scorer): Green Bay Southwest High School
  • Solar Art Challenge: Marinette, Mishicot and Lakeland Union High Schools (combined entry)

In the team competition, Green Bay Southwest High School took top honors, while Valders High School and Wausau West High School were awarded silver and bronze medals, respectively.

Since its inception in 1997, Solar Olympics has enhanced solar energy education for high school students in the WPS service area through fun, hands-on activities. The event is open only to high schools that participate in SolarWise for Schools, a program that provides schools with a renewable energy curriculum, educational training for teachers and maintenance of previously installed solar energy systems at no charge.

SolarWise for Schools is operated by the WPS Community Foundation, a registered nonprofit created in 1996 to improve education about and access to renewable energy. With the support of approximately 2,500 donors since its inception, the WPS Community Foundation has helped thousands of students learn about solar energy, both in the classroom and through the installation of solar energy systems at 56 high schools.

Photos and a video clip from today’s event can be found on the WPS Twitter page, @WIPublicService, or by searching the hashtag #WPSSolarOlympics.

Schools participating in this year’s event include:

Chilton Marinette Rhinelander
Denmark Menominee St. Thomas Aquinas
Gibraltar Mishicot Tomahawk
Green Bay Southwest Newman Catholic Valders
Lakeland Union Northland Lutheran Wausau West
Marathon Peshtigo
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Help Your Trees Resist Pests


On your property, insects and microorganisms abound. If this is news to you, don’t go running for the sprays and bug bombs. This is a natural and beneficial state. Insects and microorganisms are key components in plant-nutrient recycling and decomposition, natural pest control and landscape-ecosystem health.

“A landscape without insects and microorganisms would be a very unhealthy environment,” notes Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP* and staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association. “The trick is to balance the threshold of healthy plants with having too much of a good thing, which is when the naturally occurring insects and diseases become a problem. This is where an integrated pest management (IPM) program may benefit your landscape plants.” Even if your goal is to have the best-looking yard on the block, it will look better if it is naturally healthy.

Periodic outbreaks of destructive tree pests and diseases occur as part of natural fluctuations in ecosystems. When homeowners take unguided actions against these pests, they often make these outbreaks worse. With guidance regarding the use and importance of IPM, a homeowner often can lessen pests’ impact locally. IPM provides the steps needed to promote a healthy landscape, prevent destructive pest outbreaks and to ensure diversity and vigor on a property.

Begin by keeping your healthy trees healthy. Monitor for pests and use preventative and cultural controls, such as proper irrigation and mulch. Many qualified plant health care companies can assist you in this first step.

Increase diversity

Many property owners have just a single tree or a few trees. Others have small backyard woods, which have become an important component of the urban environment. Small woodlands with a mix of tree species are often less susceptible to pest outbreaks than woods with a single species.

A diversity of tree ages also reduces the risk of pest outbreaks. As with species diversity, age diversity increases the complexity and stability of the ecosystem. A natural balance of organisms is more likely to develop as age diversity increases. For example, potential pests of young trees can be regulated by parasites and predators already well established on older trees.

“A healthy landscape is less susceptible to pest outbreaks and is more resilient if an outbreak does occur,” stresses Andersen. “When trees are overcrowded by other trees or plants covering the root zone, competition for light, water and nutrients results in increased stress. Trees under stress are more likely to be attacked by pests.”

The first clues of a tree health problem may be symptoms such as yellowing needles or leaves, thinning foliage or dieback on upper limbs. These problems may be caused by insect pests or disease pathogens, or they may arise from “abiotic” factors such as lawn maintenance activities, construction damage, drought, compacted soil or fertilizer/pesticide misuse.

What to do

A professional arborist can help you build and maintain an effective IPM program that will keep your property healthy and thriving. A professional arborist can also recommend treatments, including planting new trees, correcting soil deficiencies, increasing water and nutrients, monitoring for pests or providing pest management.

Contact the Tree Care Industry Association, a public and professional resource on trees and arboriculture since 1938. TCIA has more than 2,400 member tree care firms and affiliated companies. All member tree care companies recognize stringent safety and performance standards and are required to carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance, where applicable. TCIA 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.

An easy way to find a tree care service provider in your area is to use the “Find A Tree Care Company” program. You can use this service by calling 800-733-2622 or by doing a ZIP Code search on

*Board Certified Master Arborist, Certified Treecare Safety Professional

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Historical Society Holds Tram Tours During Summer Season

The Manitowoc County Historical Society will hold tram tours of its Pinecrest Historical Village this coming summer. This guided tour of the Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Pinecrest Village spans more than 150 years of history and 60 acres. Approximately 90 minutes in duration, the tour will take you to each building in our Village using the Society’s motorized tram. The tram will stop at each building, where you can depart from the tram if you wish to enter the structure. Tram tours will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, June 17, Sunday, July 15, and Sunday, August 19.

The cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children (age 5 to 17), and free for MCHS members. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance (by Friday before the Sunday tour date). Please call (920) 684-4445 to reserve your seat on the tram tour. The tram holds a maximum of 5 people.

Can’t make the tram tour date? Contact the Manitowoc County Historical Society to organize a special tram tour that meets your schedule.

Nestled in the scenic rolling Ice Age Kettle Moraine countryside of Eastern Wisconsin, the Manitowoc County Historical Society is a museum of living history. This 60-acre interpretive museum of local history features a Welcome Center with local history exhibits and research services and the outdoor Pinecrest Historical Village – a collection of over 25 historic buildings with period furnishings from Manitowoc County’s early settlers.

For more information, please call the Manitowoc County Historical Society at (920) 684-4445 or visit the website at

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Krazy Daze Returning July 2018

Downtown Manitowoc is pleased to announce the dates for this year’s Krazy Daze, taking place on Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14, and at participating locations Sunday, July 15.

Krazy Daze, often called the ‘Granddaddy of All Sidewalk Sales,” will be held between 10:00–6:00 on Friday, 8:00–4:00 on Saturday, and 12:00–4:00 for those businesses participating on Sunday.

The traditional Manitowoc Farmer’s Market will be open at the Burger Boat Company Park on 8th and Quay Streets Saturday only from 8:00 to 1:00. Also Joining Krazy Daze and the Farmer’s Market will be a Special Merchant Market presenting guest vendors, performances, and other surprises, with Friday hours from 10:00—6:00, Saturday from 8:00—4:00, and Sunday from 12:00—4:00.

This year’s Krazy Daze also includes a Library Sale on all three days, featuring books, magazines, DVDs, and more.

Additional activities include the popular free Horse & Wagon rides, available on Saturday from 10:00–2:00, courtesy of Aspire Real Estate Group, with rides starting at Jay and 8th Streets. Also, free tours of the historic Capitol Civic Centre will be offered on Friday and Saturday; tour times will be posted on the Capitol’s marquee.

Krazy Daze has been an annual tradition in Downtown Manitowoc since the summer of 1959, historically bringing thousands of people to the downtown each year. Additional details can be found at: For the latest updates ‘Like’ Downtown Manitowoc on Facebook. For vendor inquiries contact Amber Daugs at 920-645-9467.

Taking place at the same time Friday through Sunday will be the fourth annual SubFest event at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum. SubFest is a family-friendly festival celebrating Manitowoc’s illustrious maritime history, which includes building 28 submarines for the U.S. Navy during World War II, 25 of which saw action in the Pacific. Along with many activities and attractions, this year SubFest is celebrating the 75th birthday of the USS Cobia, the World War II submarine based in the Manitowoc River at the museum. Visit for more information about SubFest.

The combined activities of Krazy Daze and SubFest offers local residents and visitors many possibilities for enjoying Manitowoc’s downtown.

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Camping? Leave Firewood at Home

As you kick off your summer camping and cabin season this Memorial Day weekend, don’t be the one who brings emerald ash borer, gypsy moth or other pests and diseases to new homes in Wisconsin.

“Buy it where you burn it,” says Brian Kuhn, director of the Plant Industry Bureau in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “State parks require that firewood be brought from no more than 10 miles away. National forests require it to be purchased within 25 miles. Many private campgrounds prohibit bringing in firewood at all. And if you live in a county that’s under quarantine for gypsy moth, it’s actually illegal to take firewood to a non-quarantine county. The only exception to these regulations is when you buy firewood marked with the DATCP certification.”

While the entire state of Wisconsin is now quarantined for emerald ash borer, there are still large areas where EAB has not been found.  Slowing the spread of both gypsy moth and EAB to these areas can give communities and property owners time to prepare, by treating high-value trees or planting other species, and spreading costs over time. But it’s not only EAB and gypsy moth that threaten Wisconsin’s forests. Oak wilt and other pests and diseases can also be spread on firewood.

“It’s never a good idea to move firewood,” Kuhn says. “We strongly advise against it. You can’t just look at wood and see pests. They may be inside of it, or they may be microscopic pathogens. In the balance of things, the health of our North Woods – and all the jobs and wildlife that depend on it – is worth spending a few dollars to buy firewood instead of hauling it from home.”

For more information about EAB and gypsy moth and the quarantines aimed at slowing their spread, go to and