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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 bbb.org 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

 

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Top 5 Things to Do This Weekend on the Lakeshore

Branch Fire & Rescue Tractor Pull will be held on September 15th with weigh in starting at 3pm, event starting at 6pm at Branch Area Recreational Park, 8733 US Highway 10 in Whitelaw. For more details call 920-946-6481

It’s time for the 27th Annual Two Rivers Ethnic Fest  on Saturday, September 15th! Come for the music and dance, enjoy the food and shop the many vendors selling items from every continent. Join in the celebration beginning with the parade of flags down Washington Street to the Central Park Bandstand. Stay all day breathing the refreshing sights and sounds.  Native Pride Dance is at 10 am, Frog-Water Irish Music starts at 11:30 am, MACCO Chinese Music & Dance is at 12:45 pm, Potts & Pans Steel Drum Band is at 2:15 pm, Doc Smith & the Disciples Gospel is at 3:45 pm.  On the smaller stage, Czech Polka is at 10:30 am, a tae kwon do demo is at 1 pm, and Brazilian Jazz is at 2 pm.

The annual fall fry out being held at the Whitelaw fire station, 330 East Menasha Avenue (Hwy10) from 10 am to 7 pm on Sunday, September 16th. Serving hamburgers, brats, fireman’s ribeye steak sandwiches and refreshments. Serving chicken booyah from 10 am until gone. Live music by Bobby Darren from 1 – 6 pm. They will be holding a silent auction and 50/50 cash raffles throughout the day.

There will be an exciting dedication of the Spirit of the Rivers monument on Sunday, September 16 from 2pm to 3pm. The monument will be located along the Mariners Trail across from Aurora Medical Center. Monument created by Manitowoc’s own sculptor, R.T. “Skip” Wallen.

Natural Resource Partnership’s annual barn dance at Saxon Homestead Farms in Cleveland will be Saturday, September 15th from 5:30 to 10:30 pm. Enjoy a locally grown, sourced, and prepared meal with award winning cheeses. – Taste local beer, festive wine. and local coffee. – Explore the Klessig farm and engage in conversation with old friends and new. – Dance the night away to top-notch country music by Reckless Remedy. LNRP celebrates Wisconsin’s farmers, working lands, and rural heritage. The barn dance raises vital funds to improve rural life and look after our land and water. Saxon Homestead Farm is at 15621 S. Union Rd. in Cleveland. For tickets and more information: http://www.lnrp.org/barndance/

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Meat Skewer Impales Boy Through Skull – And He’ll Live

Doctors say it’s a miracle that a 10-year-old Missouri (Harrisonville) boy is alive after he impaled his face on a foot-long meat skewer during a freak accident. Xavier Cunningham fell from a tree house Saturday afternoon when a group of yellow jackets attacked him. He landed on the metal skewer, which pierced his face, penetrating his skull all the way to the back of his head.

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National Preparedness Month in Wisconsin

This September is National Preparedness Month and Wisconsin Safety Council (WSC) is partnering with the National Safety Council and other organizations to bring awareness to Wisconsinites about how everyone can be better prepared for an emergency.

WSC – along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Ready.gov – will use National Preparedness Month as an opportunity to share tips about what to do in an emergency and help Wisconsinites learn the life-saving skills that might be needed during a flood, tornado, fire or other emergency situation.

Check out these tips from Ready.gov to be better prepared for potential emergencies:

  • Floods
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  • Tornadoes
  • If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.
  • Go to a safe room, basement, or storm cellar.
  • If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.
  • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.
  • Active Shooter
  • Run: Getting away from the shooter or shooters is the top priority.
  • Hide: Get out of the shooter’s view and stay very quiet if you cannot escape.
  • Fight: As an absolute last resort, you may need to aggressively act against the shooter by using makeshift weapons, ambushing them with others around you and potentially causing a severe or lethal injury to them.
  • Fire
  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit – heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.

More tips are available by visiting Ready.gov.

WSC encourages everyone to have a plan in place for emergencies and to practice that plan regularly. While many unexpected events happen inside the home, a large number also happen at work. That is why WSC works regularly with businesses to help keep their employees safe. Either at home or at work, a plan will better prepare your family or employees for when an emergency actually happens.

 

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NASCAR Rumor Roundup

(When Silly Season Never Ends)

 

Martin Truex Jr. & Cole Pearn

OUT!:  #78 Furniture Row Racing

IN?:  #19 Joe Gibbs Racing

 

Daniel Suarez

OUT!:  #19 Joe Gibbs Racing

IN?:  #95 Leavine Family Racing

 

Jamie McMurray

OUT!:  #1 Chip Ganassi Racing

IN?:  Chip Ganassi Racing organizational position

 

Kurt Busch

OUT!:  #41 Stewart-Haas Racing

IN?:  #1 Chip Ganassi Racing

 

Matt DiBenedetto

OUT!:  #32 Go Fas Racing

IN?:  #1 Junior Motorsports Xfinity team

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Realtor Foundation Helps Wisconsin Children in Need

The Wisconsin REALTORS® Foundation (WRF) launched a multi-year campaign to help feed hungry children throughout Wisconsin with a $50,000 initial contribution to Feeding Wisconsin to help stockpile their six food banks and 1,000-plus food pantries throughout the state. The Foundation will follow up with additional fundraising and organizing REALTOR® volunteers.

Citing Feeding Wisconsin statistics, Chairman MikeSpranger noted that $7 feeds one child, three meals a day, for a week. “We will measure our success not by how much money we raise but by how many meals we can provide,” said Spranger. He noted there are over 16,000 REALTORS® in every corner of the state and the Foundation hopes to mobilize them to help food pantries bridge “the last mile” and deliver the food to
needy families.

The WRF’s “Make It Better” campaign is dedicated to helping Wisconsin children in one of four areas:  education, hunger, homelessness/abuse, and serious illness. “We are focusing on food insecurity and closing the hunger gap because 182,156 Wisconsin children go hungry each day,” Spranger said. “That’s one in six children in our state. We can, and we must do better.”  Spranger noted that feeding hungry children not only helps a child that day, but also helps that child over time. “Access to nutritious food is vital for a child’s physical and developmental growth,” he said. “We want to help families avoid the agonizing choice between paying their mortgage, rent and heating bills or providing adequate food for their children,” Spranger said.