New Lighting for Vietnam Vets Park

The City Council at its meeting on Monday night approved a contract with Hubbartt Electric, for just under $80,000, to install a complete new lighting system on the two primary diamonds (Red and White) at Vietnam Veterans Park.

Combined with the materials being purchased directly by the City for this project (another $215,000), this represents a $295,000 investment in the new lighting system.

The project turned out to be more expensive than anticipated, for a couple of reasons.

First, testing of the wooden poles that hold the field lights found those poles to be in need of replacement.

Second, a project planning committee recommended going with LED, instead of metal halide fixtures.  While we believe this to be the best choice for the long haul, it is more expensive up front.

New controls and other equipment being installed with this project will make it easier and less expensive to also install new lighting at the nearby Purple and Gold diamonds.  That will be a future phase—hopefully near future.

In other words, we are doing the project right.

City funding for this is being supplemented with funds from the Two Rivers Youth Sports organization.  That group has pledged $25,000 that it received from a West Foundation grant, plus $6,000 from Beach Bash 2017 and other fund-raising.  In addition, project contractor Hubbartt Electric has committed to a $2,000 donation.

Softball players and fans, along with tournament organizers, have partnered with the City in recent years to accomplish some pretty impressive upgrades at the Vietnam Vets complex.  The City very much appreciates this partnership.

If you are interested in helping support this project, Two Rivers Youth Sports has a GoFundMe fundraiser for field lighting.  Just go to and do a search for Two Rivers.

Quality facilities at Vietnam Vets Park and elsewhere around the community not only contribute to residents’ quality of life, but also support the local economy.

The 8th annual War on the Shore girls’ softball tournament, hosted by Lakeshore Rise this past summer, drew 78 teams from all over the state.  Those teams, along with their fans and families, rang cash registers all over Manitowoc County.

This weekend—in late September, no less—the “Swing for Autism” tourney organized by the Autism Society of the Lakeshore will bring 24 teams to the Vietnam Vets Park complex.

Another Great Ethnic Festival

What eats 350 pounds of fried smelt, over 6,000 chocolate chip cookies, all the pork barbecue that food trucks from Brian’s Smokehouse and Smoking Addiction could haul in, plus huge quantities of Ethiopian, Jamaican, Italian, Greek and Hmong specialties?

…No, not your brother-in-law.

I’m talking about the crowd at Two Rivers Ethnic Festival this past weekend, who jammed downtown on a great, late summer day to take in a full slate of entertainment, check out the craft vendors and eat LOTS of great Ethnic Festival food.

Thanks to Two Rivers Main Street, its director Roger Russove and its dozens of volunteers, for organizing yet another wonderful event.

Thanks also to major sponsors Holy Family Memorial and Next Era Energy, plus all of the other sponsors that contribute in support of this ever-popular TR festival.

Apple Fest Reminder

While we’re talking festivals, mark your calendars for the TR Lions Club Apple Fest on Saturday, October 14 in Central Park and the Community House.

TRHS Octagon Club Electronics Recycling

The Octagon Club’s Fall recycling event will be on Saturday, September 30, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Community House.  Enter the parking lot off 18th Street (across from the post office) and club members will help you unload your stuff.

They will take most computers, printers and other peripherals for free.  There’s a $10 fee for CRT monitors, $15 for televisions, and $5 for small, freon-containing appliances (window AC units, dehumidifiers, dorm size refrigerators).  No light bulbs or batteries taken at this event.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing

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