Published 11:26 a.m. CT Oct. 23, 2020 | Updated 11:26 a.m. CT Oct. 23, 2020


Manitowoc celebrated the completion of the Waldo Boulevard project with a brief ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday with state and local officials.

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An effort to keep Manitowoc’s Eternal Flame burning is closing in on its $200K goal

The Save the Flame fund to keep the Manitowoc Eternal Flame burning is now at about 75% of its $200,000 goal, according to Manitowoc County United Veterans Council Chairman Tom Hoffman.

The Eternal Flame is inside the Soldiers and Sailors monument on North 18th Street in Manitowoc, near Evergreen Cemetery. The monument was erected in 1923 to honor Manitowoc County veterans, and the flame was added in 1969. Later, in 1986, the Manitowoc County Veterans Memorial, across the street from the monument, was dedicated.

The flame has been turned off in the past because of fuel and repair costs. The $200,000 goal was set because organizers believe that amount would generate enough funds to never touch the principal amount and to make the flame fund eternal.

On Veterans Day Nov. 11, Hoffman said the Manitowoc County United Veterans Council’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the monuments on North 18th Street will include the unveiling of names of all people and businesses that have donated $1,000 or more to the Save the Flame fund. Hoffman said the names will be put on the back of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stone.

The public is invited to attend the Veterans Day ceremony, which will start at 10:40 a.m. Nov. 11 with a firing salute to all veterans on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

“It would be great to see a lot of people gathered to honor our veterans who sacrificed so much for our wonderful free country and also to thank all who is helping to keep our flame burning for many years to come,” Hoffman said.

To make a tax-refundable donation to the Eternal Flame Fund, make checks payable to Eternal Flame Fund, c/o Bank First National, P.O. Box 10, Manitowoc WI, 54220. Donations can also be made to the City Treasurer or to Lakeshore Community Foundation.

For more about the Eternal Flame at Veterans Memorial Fund or donating assets, contact Lakeshore Community Foundation Executive Director Rachel Wiegert at 920-682-5222, or visit

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FILE – VFW honor guard Julie Rozum, left, and color guard captain Harold Kummer place a commemorative wreath in front of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument as the Eternal Flame burns in remembrance of those who served during the Memorial Day ceremony in 2018. (Photo: Josh Clark/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Two Rivers Parks & Recreation Department shares upcoming programs

Two Rivers Parks & Recreation Department is sharing information about the following programs. To register for programs or for more information, contact the department online at, call 920-793-5592 or visit the department’s office at 1520 17th St.

  • Supervised open gym — Head over to the Community House Gymnasium between 1 and 4 p.m. on the following dates: Nov. 6, 13 and 20 and Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Shoot hoops and hang out with friends. For ages 10-18. Cost is $2 per open gym session. Concessions are available.
  • Paint workshop — Join in a holiday painting workshop. Socialize away while painting a mistletoe snow couple. The event will be socially distanced because of COVID-19. The 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas and supplies are included in the fee. Step-by-step instructions will be given along the way. The activity is from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Behringer Room of the J.E. Hamilton Community House. Registration deadline is Nov. 2. 
  • Family Fun Paint Night — The session will feature two different paintings from which to pick. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. The class will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Behringer Room of the J.E. Hamilton Community House. Registration fee is per parent/child combo. Cost is $5 for each additional child. Registration deadline is Nov. 6.
  • Cosmic bowling — Join the Parks & Rec Department for a night of Family Cosmic Bowling at Rudy’s Lanes in Two Rivers. Admission includes bowling and shoes. Pizza and beverages are available for purchase. Advanced registration is required. The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 20. Registration deadline is Nov. 13. 
  • Stay Home Alone — Put your mind at ease as your child gains independence and self-confidence. Parks & Rec says this class will guide your child through all the stages of staying safe from being out in the community, getting home safe and all the safety tips while home alone. Topics covered are stranger dangers, buddy system, dangers on the internet, 911, basic first aid, fire safety and much more. The program will be from 8 a.m. until noon on Nov. 14 in the Behringer Room of the J.E. Hamilton Community House. Event is for ages 8-12. Deadline to register is Nov. 6. 
  • Co-ed drop-in volleyball — Play a game of volleyball at the J.E. Hamilton Community House Rocheleau Gymnasium on Mondays between Nov. 9 and Dec. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For ages 18 and older. Cost is $3 per session.
  • Youth basketball — Learn skills such as ball handling, offense, defense, rebounding and shooting. This micro session offers a safe and fun environment while teaching teamwork and sportsmanship. Group games and activities will be included. Youth basketball will be held on Saturdays from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Nov. 7-21 in the Rocheleau Gymnasium of the J.E. Hamilton Community House. For ages 7-8. Registration deadline is Oct. 31. 
  • Pee wee basketball — Basics, sportsmanship and teamwork will be taught in a safe and fun environment. Learn the skills, then play the game. For ages 4-6. Registration deadline is Oct. 31. Pee wee basketball sessions will be on Saturdays from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Nov. 7-21 in the Rocheleau Gymnasium of the J.E. Hamilton Community House.



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