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JULY 31, 2007
Cool City Hot Spot

The "Cool City Hot Spot" should be activated by Friday, August 3, allowing visitors and customers of local businesses to access their e-mails and surf the Web from locations throughout downtown Two Rivers.

The project is a joint effort by Two Rivers Main Street, Lakefield Communications and the City of Two Rivers.


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JULY 30, 2007
Don't Miss Community Care Day This Friday!
Community Care Day is a day in Central Park dedicated to presenting a closer look at the groups and organizations that provide health, safety and service to the community.

Friday August 3rd. 2007

From 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Stop downtown in Central park to visit and learn about:

Two Rivers Police Department
Two Rivers Fire Department
Two Rivers Electric Department
Lester Public Library
Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department
Lakeshore Triad
Aurora Hospital
Holy Family Hospital
The Retired Enlisted Association
Two Rivers Lions Club
Sexual Assault Resource Center
Wisteria Haus
Harmony Living Centers of Two Rivers
Friends of the Two Rivers Senior Center
United Way of Manitowoc County


Woodcarving demonstration by Richard Young

Manitowoc Lodge 65 Free & Accepted Masons food booth
burgers, brats, & hot dogs plus soda and water
MAXWELL STREET SIDEWALK SALE Downtown Two Rivers in conjunction with Community Care Day Friday August 3rd Beginning at 8:00 AM our downtown merchants will be offering fantastic sales and discounts on all kinds of merchandise!

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JULY 27, 2007
Relay For Life

Relay For Life, TODAY and TOMORROW!

July 27 and 28, 2007 - 6pm - 10am

Two Rivers High School, a celebration of life in honor and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer, partake in the survivors' lap around the track followed by a luminary ceremony to pay tribute to those who have been affected by cancer, enjoy music, food, fun, entertainment and various activities in a party-like atmosphere as team members camp out on the surrounding grounds of the high school, FREE, survivors welcome!

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JULY 26, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Book Review
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Rowling, J. K. (author).
July 2007. 756p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, hardcover, $34.99 (0-545-01022-5). Grades 6-12.
REVIEW. First published July 23, 2007 (Booklist Online).

The cloak of inevitability hangs on the final installment of the Harry Potter series. One must die, one will live. Friends will be distinguished from foes. All will be revealed. To Rowling’s great credit, she manages this finale with the flair and respect for her audience that have permeated the previous six novels, though the mood here is quite different. The story has a certain flatness that extends through much of the book. Rowling can no longer rely on diversions like Quidditch matches and trips to Hogsmead for relief; Harry has made the decision not to return to Hogwarts. Aided by Hermione and Ron, he will instead search for the remaining Horcruxes that hide pieces of Voldemorte’s soul. Danger and death are in the air, but Rowling skillfully deals both out in tightly controlled bursts that are juxtaposed against periods of indecision, false leads, and even boredom as the trio try to divine their next moves. Most startling are the new elements, including the not-altogether-successful introduction of the Deathly Hallows. These magical artifacts do shape Harry’s character, but they unnecessarily up the total of things that he is looking for by three. Also, the ownership of one of the Hallows, a wand, may lead to confusion for readers at a climactic moment. More successful additions, adding depth and weight, are the multilayered revelation of Dumbledore’s family history and the brilliantly handled answer to the question of Severus Snape’s allegiance. Throughout, Rowling returns to and embellishes the hallmark themes of the series: the importance of parental influences, the redemptive power of sacrifice, and the strength found in love. These truths are the underpinnings of a finale that is worthy of fans’ hopes and expectations.

— Ilene Cooper

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JULY 25, 2007

Truly Remarkable Loon & Brat Fry

Lester Public Library
Wednesday, Jul. 25, 5:30 PM

Juggling, comedy, laughter and food all make up our evening Brat Fry with special juggling guest Truly Remarkable Loon. This program is outside and fun for the whole family. Bring a picnic dinner or enjoy our Brat Fry. Two Rivers Parks and Recreation Department Family Night to follow in the park.



Sponsored by Friends of the Lester Public Library & Two Rivers Recreation Department.

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JULY 23, 2007
Sunny Two Rivers!

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JULY 22, 2007
Praise from the Outside!
Michael Stephens made my Sunday by posting a snapshot of LPL's flickr profile on his flickr account!

Take a look: Michael Stephens on flickr

Thanks Michael!


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JULY 20, 2007
Finally, Mr. Potter...

Writers and Readers: The Trouble with Harry.
Cooper, Ilene (author).
FEATURE. First published June 1, 2007 (Booklist).

And so it ends.

Not everyone gets to live through a cultural phenomenon, but if you do, it is something you never forget, the sort of experience that bonds a generation. For baby boomers, lightning-in-a-bottle came in the form of the Beatles, who changed music and just about everything else.

Another British phenomenon began in 1997, when the first Harry Potter book was published in the UK under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The buzz began immediately, and Scholastic’s bid for the American rights set a record high for a children’s book. Under the title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the novel was launched in the U.S. with plenty of fanfare, but it was the captivating story of the young wizard that made the book a hit. Early on, I overheard two boys talking in a bookstore. One pointed to the stack of Harry Potter #1 and told the other, “Read this. It’s the best book ever.” National advertising campaigns? Expensive. Hand-selling, one child to another? Priceless.

The success of Harry Potter was perhaps most surprising to author J. K. Rowling, who was told by her British publisher not to expect much money from a children’s book. Whatever dreams Rowling might have had for Harry, she could never have envisioned that her boy wizard would inspire love and loyalty far beyond what readers have felt in years past for such fan favorites as the Sweet Valley Twins or even the Wilder girls. The Harry Potter books have saturated the culture, inspiring costumed events, wizard bands, and numerous fan sites that speculate on What Happens Next.

And that’s the trouble with Harry. After Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, nothing happens next. All will have been revealed. How can the air not hiss out of this largest of literary balloons?

The most pressing question to be answered, of course, is who will live: Harry or Voldemort? We know it can only be one or the other—“Neither can live while the other survives,” Professor Trelawney has told us—and for those of us who have been following Harry for the last decade, this overarching issue keeps excitement at a fever pitch. But in a few short weeks, the fever will break. 

As fine a fantasist as Rowling is, she is an equally good mystery writer. Her cleverly dropped clues, scattered throughout the books, have been analyzed by both children and adults. Her public statements about future events, many oblique but some surprisingly direct, have been pored over the way seers examine goat entrails. Deathly Hallows will provide all the answers, and some readers, desperate to know what happens, have vowed to read the last page first. As one child said in a recent Chicago Sun-Times article, “I just can’t wait!” Spoiler alerts notwithstanding, the public will find out almost immediately how the series ends.

Rowling commented recently that spoilers about the Deathly Hallows ending have already begun to appear, and though she notes, “That won’t stop children and adults alike from reading the book,” she also concludes that spoilers do diminish the pleasure readers will take from the experience.<

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JULY 19, 2007
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead

Digital kids

Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead


By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: July 18, 2007 4:00 AM PDT
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SAN FRANCISCO--The future of e-mail might be found on the pages of and Facebook.

Just ask a group of teen Internet entrepreneurs, who readily admit that traditional e-mail is better suited for keeping up professional relationships or communicating with adults.

"I only use e-mail for my business and to get sponsors," Martina Butler, the host of the teen podcast Emo Girl Talk, said during a panel discussion here at the Mashup 2007 conference, which is focused on the technology generation. With friends, Bulter said she only sends notes via a social network.

"Sometimes I say I e-mailed you, but I mean I Myspace'd or Facebook'ed you," she said.

To be sure, much has been written about the demise of e-mail, given the annoyance of spam and the rise of tools like instant messaging, voice over IP and text messaging. But e-mail has hung on to its utility in office environments and at home, even if it's given up some ground to new challengers. It may be that social networks are the most potent new rival to e-mail, one of the Internet's oldest forms of communication. With tens of millions of members on their respective networks, MySpace and Facebook can wield great influence over a generation living online, either through the cell phone or the Internet.

"I don't know any teen who doesn't have a phone with them all the time."
--Catherine Cook, president,

And if you're among those who believe teens are the future, then e-mail could be knocked down a rung. For example, Craig Sherman, CEO of Gaia Online, a virtual world for teens and college kid

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JULY 18, 2007
Mr. Billy was a Hit!!

If you missed Mr. Billy, you missed a great show that featured songs about bats, dinosaurs, books and much, much more!

If you were at the show or missed it, tune into Lester Public Library's flickr account in the next couple of days for photos of the show!

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JULY 17, 2007
March with the Library this Friday
Wanted! Marchers for the Fishing Fantasy Parade
Friday, July 20 
The Lester Public Library is looking for children, teens, and families to march with their float in the Two Rivers Optimist Club’s Fishing Fantasy Parade on Friday, July 20 at 6:00 PM. The more library patrons the better! If you love the library and would like to walk with us, meet us on Harbor Street in Two Rivers between 5:00 & 5:30 PM. Just look for the Dr. Seuss & Rainbow Fish Book Carts. Everyone who marches with us will receive a kazoo so they can hum along in our kazoo band! (Absolutely no musical talent required!) Fun for the whole family. Stop by the Youth Desk for a map of the parade route or just meet us on parade day.

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JULY 16, 2007
LPL Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, August 1, 4:00 PM

This month's selection:

Mexifornia by Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson locates the cause of our immigration quagmire in the opportunistic coalition that stymies immigration reform and, even worse, stifles any honest discussion of the present crisis. Conservative corporations, contractors and agribusiness demand cheap wage labor from Mexico , whatever the social consequences. Hanson follows the fortunes of Hispanic friends he has known all his life -- how they have succeeded in America and how they regard the immigration quandary.

Next month's selection:
September 5:  Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Upcoming Titles:

October 3:  Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick

November 7:  Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

December 5:  Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
For more information call 793-8888 and ask for Chris.

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JULY 13, 2007
First Annual Fishing Fantasy Parade

Join the Library's Kazoo Band as we march the First Annual Fishing Fantasy Parade!

The first Fishing Fantasy Parade in Two Rivers will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, July 20. The Two Rivers Optimist Club is hosting the parade in conjunction with the 29th annual Two Rivers Kiwanis Fish Derby and Festival.

Parade route will be down 17th Street to Zlatnik Drive to 22nd Street. Bands, floats, boats and candy are scheduled to be part of the parade.

The Band

There will be musical entertainment at Walsh Field after the parade as part of the fish derby and festival.

Three trophies, called The Hook, The Line and The Sinker, will be awarded for the top parade entries. The awards presentation will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Walsh Field. Winners will be notified by phone, and organizers ask that someone be present to accept the trophies.

For more information, contact Judy Goodchild at 920-901-9284 or by e-mail at


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JULY 12, 2007
Mr. Billy @ LPL!!


Mr. Billy has been repeatedly voted “Northeastern Wisconsin’s Family Favorite Children’s Entertainer”; His original CDs are iParenting and CMW national award winners. In 2006 two of his original songs placed in the top twenty in the Unisong International Songwriting Competition. 

Wednesday, July 18 1:00 PM

Enjoy an afternoon of music and laughter with musician extraordinaire Mr. Billy. This program will be outside and is open to all ages.

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JULY 11, 2007
Come play video games on our big screen!

Super Smash Brothers,

A screenshot from Mario Kart DSMario Kart,

Mario Party

and more! 

For teens in 6th-12th grade but younger kids who know how to play may join.  No registration required.

Fridays 1:00-5:15 PM

Tuesdays, July 31 & August 28
5:30-8:15 PM

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JULY 10, 2007
Ice Cream Sundaes and Automatic Clothes Dryers

History of Two Rivers

The First Automatic Clothes Dryer

Necessity has been the driving force behind many inventions. The quest for an easier way has to be at least a close second. Ross Moore was just a young man growing up on a North Dakota farm back around 1905. Unhappy with his chore of hanging clothes out to dry, he sought a better way - and that led to Two Rivers, and Hamilton Industries, being the home of the first automatic clothes dryer.

According to Hamilton's employee publication, the Hamiltonian, of 1980, Moore had the job of hanging the wet wash in the backyard - an unpleasant task on the best of days. In winter, of course, the task was perfectly miserable. Hanging the laundry in the house didn't help much - and living in rooms with soggy clothes hanging all over had to be an unpleasant experience.

Young Moore's first idea was to attach a shed to the back of the house in which he installed a pot bellied stove. The stove heated the room enough to the keep the clothes from freezing, and clothes hanging close to the stove actually dried faster. But it wasn't the solution the young man was seeking.

In the 1920s, Moore fiddled with the idea of a centrifugal force device - but that proved impractical. The next idea was a drum type drier. Over the next decade, he perfected his designs and made of few hand-made dryers (left). His idea worked, he had the inventive genius, and there would certainly be a demand. Now Moore needed a manufacturer who would believe in his idea and could produce and market his product.

After many companies turned him away, thinking his contraption would never sell, Moore found himself at the doors of Hamilton Manufacturing Company in Two Rivers. There, he found a company who would embrace his idea and bring his dream to reality. After several years of overhauling the designs, the first production model was ready to hit the lines at Hamilton's. The June Day clothes dryer (right) rolled off the production line in 1938.

As Hamilton's history book says, "An unsuspecting world was about to see its first automatic clothes dryer, and for the first time modern washing machines in conjunction with this fabulous new appliance would free American housewives from the last vestiges of the washday blues."

Maybe they used the little extra time in their day to enjoy an ice cream sundae, also born in Two Rivers! According to Marge Miley's Milestone's column in the Herald Times Reporter newspaper, Helen Norris Tangen of Manitowoc was instrumental in the designs of various models over the years. As Home Service Director at Hamilton's, it was her job to find out what women wanted, and help the designers and engineers build that into their product.

While World War II ended production of the machines, Hamilton's continued research and development and, in 1953, introduced the "twins," a line of automatic washers and dryers.

The rugged old Hamilton dryers are still around! The Two Rivers Historical Society received a letter from a woman in Maryland in 2005, just after she had replaced her Hamilton dryer - 47 years after she bought it - and a short time after her husband replaced the v-belt - the only maintenance the machine ever needed! Her model had a pilot light that had to be lit - and turned off - every time the machine was used. Hamilton's also made an electric model.

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JULY 9, 2007
Reader Recommendations

This is a totally cool idea!

As part of LPL's 2007 Adult Summer reading Program, you, our very own library patrons, leave impressions, thoughts, reviews of books that you have read IN THE BOOK!

The next patron to come along then has a guideline whether or not to pick it up and take it to the beach.

We provide a form that has the following rating system:

Four Badges = Detective 1st Class (highest rating)
Three Badges = Liked It
Two Badges = Just OK
One Badge = Arrest the Author

There is space for you to jot down a 2 or 3 line review of the book, bring the slip back to the reference desk to enter your name for a prize!

Staff will ensure the slip gets placed in the book.

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JULY 9, 2007
Woodland Dunes Nature Center

Woodland Dunes is an oasis of marshland, swamps, sandy fields and meadows and wooded ridges between Manitowoc and Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

artistWoodland Dunes is located in a "tension zone" between two distinct areas of natural growth. Both northern and southern species of plants and birds are found here.

Located between two busy cities, this floodplain, wetland and dune-ridge area forms a green island of shrubs, grassy glades, and trees that provide a haven for wildlife...and for people.

Step beyond the cities, only a few blocks away, and enter an almost timeless environment while hiking our nature trails. Enjoy the sight of waxy, yellow buttercups, hear the clear,whistled notes of an oriole, feel the swish of the wind through the hemlocks or feel the soft breast feathers of a bluebird at the bird banding station.

Visit Woodland Dunes and share this experience. 

located on Hwy 310 west
of Two Rivers, Wisconsin



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JULY 6, 2007
True Crime Mysteries from Two Rivers


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Investigate Lester Public Library's Local True Crime & Unsolved Cases display at the reference desk. Pry into the mysteries presented and offer suggestions for adding local true crime mysteries to our display.

In the meantime we are looking for leads on these elusive cases:





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JULY 5, 2007
LPL @ Mishicot Village Park

Lester Public Library brings Summer Reading to Mishicot Village Park!

Mondays, 1:00 PM

Stories, crafts and games every Monday afternoon at Mishicot Village Park. Rain or shine, participants may check out books & participate in the summer reading program. Fun for the whole family.

  • July 9: Secret Codes
  • July 16: Strange Weather
  • July 23: A Tale of Tails
  • August 6: Water Games - Be prepared to get wet! Wear your suits and bring your towels.

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JULY 3, 2007
Music Under the Stars in July

Two Rivers Parks and Recreation Department 


All concerts are at Central Memorial Park starting at 7 p.m. unless otherwise specified. In case of inclement weather, please listen to WCUB, WOMT, or WTRW or check the City of Two Rivers website (click on Departments, Parks and Rec, and then Announcements) to see if the event will be moved to the Gym, Sr Center or cancelled.

July 4 Two Rivers Municipal Band fireworks - Walsh Field

July 5 Happenstance acoustic rock, country & folk

July 11 Mike Retzinger & Joe LaForce acoustic folk & rock

July 11 Kids' Night / Chalk it Up Washington Park 6 p.m. hot dogs & soda

July 12 Wisconsin Czech Choraliers traditional Czech costumes

July 15 Two Rivers Municipal Band 1:30 p.m. tribute to Andy Kashnig. "Old Fashioned Concert in the Park" pie & ice cream social

July 18 Manitowoc Marine Band variety strawberry shortcake 7-8 p.m.

July 19 Two Rivers Municipal Band Young People's Concert

July 25 Kids' Night Lakeshore Park 5:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by The Two Rivers Lester Public Library juggler & brat fry

July 25 Sub Atomic Ramblers Old Time Blue Grass

July 26 Clipper City Chordsmen barbershop quartets strawberry shortcake 7-8 p.m.

July 29 Lakeshore Wind Ensemble

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JULY 2, 2007
Two Rivers Polar Bears Baseball
Bear with Bat
The Two Rivers Polar Bears is a semi-professional baseball organization located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  The team is a member of the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Organization and the Shoreland League.

The team has a long-standing tradition in Two Rivers, dating back to the 1930's. The team was reactivated in 2002 and is a corporate entity chartered by the state of Wisconsin and managed by a board of directors.

The Polar Bears are committed to providing quality to their community while keeping it affordable for their fans. Game admission is always free and concession prices remain as one of the most affordable nights on the Lakeshore for the family.

"Baseball, the way it is supposed to be!"

Upcoming Games
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JULY 2, 2007
Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4th Celebration (07/04/2007)
Celebrate the 4th of July with us.
Flag Raising Ceremony @ 7 PM
Fireworks at dusk.
Where: Walsh Field, Two Rivers, Wisconsin

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