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Fill the Boot Coming to Manitowoc

The Manitowoc Fire Department Local 368 is showing its support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) as its members kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases live longer and grow stronger.

Continuing a more than 60 year tradition, over three dozen dedicated fire fighters from Manitowoc Fire Department Local 368 will hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on August 10th, 11th, and 12th at the intersection 10th and Franklin between 2-6 pm on August 10th and 11th, and on August 12th between 10am – 2pm.

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Laurel Grove Adds More Assisted Living

Laurel Grove Assisted Living, part of Shady Lane, Inc., Senior Living Services, has opened eighteen new Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) units for assisted living. The building features eighteen spacious 400 square foot residences and, in the fall of 2017, will open a second neighborhood with eighteen units dedicated to secure memory care. A resident lounge, dining room, family dining room, and spa are among the neighborhood features and residences include walk-in showers and kitchenettes.

“When we broke ground in August, our Board of Directors had a vision based on our
communities growing needs. Because they are local leaders, they have a unique understanding of our community,” said Todd Meerdink, Shady Lane CEO. Meerdink also
credits Greg Zastrow of Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee and Stan Johnson of
A. C. E. Building Services, general contractors, with the project’s success. “They were
responsive to our needs, to our budget, and were ahead of schedule,” added Meerdink.
The building is Phase I of a multi-phased master plan that was a year in the making and
will enable the facility to respond to the changing face of senior living. The 35,000-
square-foot, $7 million building changes the look of the campus and will allow operation
as a CBRF or a nursing home (SNF). This creates flexibility in planning to meet the future
housing and care-giving needs of area seniors. The final plan and its phases are estimated to be a $30-$40 million project upon completion.

Established in 1951, Shady Lane is Manitowoc’s only non-profit, citizen-directed care
center. In addition to Laurel Grove Assisted Living, Shady Lane offers two other care
sections. Rehab at Shady Lane is a separate unit designed exclusively for short-term
rehabilitation with appropriate therapies. Shady Lane Nursing Care Center, which provides skilled care, offers only private rooms and suites at competitive prices.
For additional information, contact: Theresa Patrick, 920-682-8254.

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Applications Being Accepted

The Chamber of Manitowoc County is now accepting applications for the Leadership Manitowoc County class of 2017-2018.

Leadership Manitowoc County meets the third Wednesday of each month, September through May, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If you’re a Chamber member looking for a great way to learn more about Manitowoc County while developing business relationships within the community, then Leadership Manitowoc County is for you!

Applications are due to The Chamber by Friday, August 4th, 2017, and are available on the homepage of The Chamber’s website,

If you have any questions about Leadership Manitowoc County, please contact The Chamber of Manitowoc County by phone (920) 684-5575, or email

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Manitowoc Rec Department Summer Activities

The Manitowoc Recreation Department has many great youth activities offered during the summer!

  • Swimming lessons are offered for children from 3 to 18 years of age. All summer lessons are held two days per week. Evening lessons are available for levels 1 and 2.  Session 1 runs June 19-July 13. Session 2 runs July 17-August 10.
  • Lifeguard Training will take place July 5-9. This is an American Red Cross certified course which teaches skills needed to become a lifeguard. Participants must be at least 15 years of age. All materials are included.
  • Home Alone/Babysitting class will be offered. This popular class is designed for youth ages 10-14 years. Participants will learn how to care for young children, as well as safety tips and CPR/AED. This eight hour class will be held either June 23 or August 4 at the Manitowoc Senior Center.
  • Archery Workshop is a completion style target archery program for ages 10-18. Archers will learn about archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, and concentration. Workshop is held at Citizen Park, Monday-Thursday, 4:00-5:15p. Session 1 runs June 19-22. Session 2 runs July 10-13.
  • Tort’s Garden & Nutrition to Grow On is a gardening class for ages 8-12 years, in which participants will learn about nutrition and gardening, in addition to tending the garden for Tort, the Zoo’s tortoise. Class meets Monday & Wednesday, from 5-7pm.  Session 1 runs June 19-July 19. Session 2 runs July 24-August 23.
  • Tennis instruction is offered for all levels, ages 7 and up. Lessons will run Mon/Wed, June 19-August 9 at 9am. All lessons take place at Lincoln Park Tennis Courts.
  • Dance instruction will be taught at Manty Dance Studio. Classes for ages 3 to 10 years will take place on Tuesdays and includes basic tap and jazz instruction. Lessons ages 10 and up will be held on Thursdays and include either tap and jazz, hip hop, or musical theater. All classes will run June 20-August 10.
  • Golf Clinics will be held at CNC Links for ages 5-18 years. Participants will receive instruction on grip, swing, chipping and putting. Clinic Runs June 12-July 12. Clinic for ages 5-12 will participate on Monday and Wednesday and ages 13-18 will participate on Tuesday & Thursday. All will take place from 8:00-8:45a. Club rental is available for an additional fee.
  • Roller Skating Camp for ages 2-adults will be held at the Rollarie Skate Center August 8, 10, 15 & 17, from 10:30-12:00 noon.  Basic techniques will be taught, but fun is the number one priority! Skate rental is included.
  • Martial arts classes will be offered for ages 4-12 years. Participants will learn basic skills and drills of Tae Kwon Do, including balance, mental focus, teamwork, control, fitness and respect. Little Dragons for ages 4-6 will be held on Mondays, June 19-July 17 at 1pm. Tae Kwon Do for ages 7-12 years will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 19-July 19.
  • Are you looking for fun, adventure filled group activities for your children to participate in this summer?  Playground activities are offered to children ages 4 to 15 years.  Participants will have exciting weekly activities included arts and crafts, team sports, contests, etc. Playground days/locations vary,
  • Various Zoo Camps will be offered for ages 4-14 years.  Camps include Animal Diets, River Life, Zoo Enrichment, Farm Life, and I Can Build a Zoo. Cost varies, depending on camp.
  • Various Friday Summer Field Trips are offered through the Recreation Division.  Field trips this year include, Interactive Day at the Zoo, Movie Day—Despicable Me 3, Cosmic Bowling, Foot Golf, Maritime Museum, Glaze and Paint, and Aquatic Center & Mini Golf.

Registration is required and all activities do have a fee associated with them. Registration is underway, but be sure to register early to ensure your spot in the program of your choice. For more information, visit or call 920.686.3060.

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Manitowoc K9 Gets Grant

k9grantThe Manitowoc City Police Department and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office have been awarded a grant of $400 each from The Real Estate Group (TREG) Foundation Fund – Coldwell Bankers.

The TREG Foundation Fund – Coldwell Bankers presented the Manitowoc City Police Department and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office with the check on Wednesday, November 16th.

This generous donation will help each agency’s K-9 Units to continue to keep the citizens of Manitowoc County and the officers who protect them, safer every day.  Each agency expresses their heartfelt appreciation for the foundation’s generosity and continued support.

Officer Jason Koenig and K9 Ully from the Manitowoc Police Department and Lieutenant Todd Cummings and K9 Keto from the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office accepted the proceeds for each agency.

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Manitowoc Leaf Pick Up

November 14 – 18th is the last scheduled week for leaf pickup. At this point, there are no additional pickups scheduled.

Streets with a parking lane (you can park in front of your residence), leaves should be raked into the parking lane the night before your pickup.

Streets without a parking lane, leaves should be placed on the terrace (grassy area between the sidewalk and the curb).

There is a residential NO PARKING BAN from 7 AM to 3 PM on the day of your pickup, which again is the same day as your Street Sweeping Parking Ban. Vehicles parked on the street during that time will be ticketed. This is being implemented to facilitate picking up the leaves much faster. To find a map of the leaf pickup sections, go to and click on the fall leaf pickup on the main page.

Leaf pickup ends on November 18th.

No brush or garden waste will be picked up. Residents may take brush and garden waste to the Manitowoc County compost sites or contact a private hauler. For information about the compost sites call 683-4333.

Safety for residents and crews is important. If you see crews picking up leaves, please give them room. Large equipment backs up frequently and we want everyone to be safe.



Evergreen Cemetery Water Shut Off

Cemetery staff is preparing for winter. Water will be shut off in Evergreen Cemetery the week of November 14th. Weather pending, in Spring it will be turned back on when temperatures are consistently above freezing and frost is out of the ground.

Please make sure to remove all items on the ground (ie: solar lights, statues, figures, etc.) for the winter. If items are not removed they could be damaged by snow removal for winter burials. Winter decorations may be placed after November 15, 2016. Decorations should be kept close the maker, so as to minimize damage from snow blowing for a burial in the nearby area.

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For additional information, contact the Department of Public Infrastructure – Cemetery and Parks Division between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm, Monday – Friday at 686-3570, or check out our website at


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Special Coats for Kids Donation

Mia_Coats4kids.JPGThe Coats For Kids distribution is over and every child that requested a coat has received a new or slightly used coat for the cold winter weather that has already arrived. “Our coat distribution this year topped the 859 mark of last year with 1200 coats being distributed and 987 other items such as hats, scarfs, gloves, boots and snow pants. The numbers we hit this year are triple the numbers from 2012” stated, Lt. Terri Olson, Corps Officer/Pastor of The Salvation Army here in Manitowoc. This year many organizations stepped up to help us collect coats and we are grateful to them for helping out every year, stated Lt Terri. The Salvation Army would like to thank one donor in particular. This donor is 6 year old Mia Gamble of Manitowoc who won prize money in the National America Miss pageant. Mia decided to take her prize money and purchase coats to donate to the Salvation Army “Coats for Kids” Program. “It amazes me when a 6 year old can see the need of other kids in their community and respond by giving up her prize money she worked very hard to win”, stated Lt. Jeff Olson. Mia took her money and shopped for the coats and made a special delivery to the Salvation Army. What a testimony and statement this should make to us adults, stated Lt Jeff. We should all care about our neighbors as Mia has demonstrated by her unselfish donation.


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Manitowoc Carbon Monoxide Leak Sends 17 to the Hospital

Seventeen people were taken to hospitals after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in a downtown building in Manitowoc yestewrday. Fire department officials say ten people living in four apartments upstairs were displaced. Condition reports on the victims were not immediately disclosed. Crews blocked access to buildings on Manitowoc’s Washington Street that house the local Republican Party, a jewelry store, an appliance store, and a cafe. According to one report, four people in Susie Kay’s Cafe were among those treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. Details about what caused the carbon monoxide leak were not immediately clear.



Manitowoc Mayor on Meijer and Mirro

The Manitowoc Common Council put their final stamp of approval last night on the Michigan based Meijer franchise building a store on a portion of the County Expo grounds. On January 26th the county board approved selling 27 acres of that property for about $4.6 million. The expo’s grand stands and dirt track will be eliminated with construction according to county executive Bob Zigelbauer “to begin very soon.”

Meanwhile, the former Mirro building on Washington street is a step closer to coming down. Mayor Nickels says asbestos abatement is expected to be completed by November 30th. Demolition is expected to be completed by next June.