Schools recycling cartons as MILK Act offer choices

Area schools may have more milk options in the cafeterias if new legislation is passed in the U.S. Senate, but recycling of cartons has definitely seen a bump in Sturgeon Bay.  The Milk in Lunches for Kids (MILK) Act was introduced last month in Washington D.C. by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson to allow schools to offer more than just low-fat or fat-free milk.   Jenny Spude, school food director for the Sturgeon Bay School District, says she has not seen much change in milk consumption, or requests for that matter, the past few years.   However, she says one milk-related change seen recently at school came about by a student-driven, carton recycling project three years ago. [SPUDE] The program was started by student Georgia Feldman at Sunrise School and was part of a Door County Community Foundation Youth Grant, according to Spude.  T.J. Walker Middle School also implemented the successful initiative last year as the students continued the program for the older grades.  


K-D Salmon Tournament Starts Friday and offers economic boost

The 37th Annual Kewaunee Door Salmon Tournament starts this coming Friday and local businesses can expect an economic boost.  The largest summer fishing tournament on the Great Lakes has attracted over 3,000 anglers in the past, according to co-organizer Kevin Naze.  He says fishing offers a huge boon to the area economy during the summer months.



The nine-day tournament runs until July 27 and includes over $50,000 in prize money including a first place $10,000 cash prize and mounting of the winning salmon.  You can find more information about the 37th Annual K-D Salmon Tournament with the link below.

Sexual harassment being underreported in workplace

Responding to sexual harassment on the job is sometimes a difficult decision for employees, according to Steve Vickman, executive director of Help of Door County.  He says many victims are concerned about their career situation and possible retaliation by their harasser.  Vickman cites two different statutes that cover harassment in the workplace.



Statistics show that sexual harassment happens to 40 percent of the women in the workplace, but only 25 percent of those incidents are reported, according to Vickman. 


For more information on confronting sexual harassment in the workplace go to the link below.



Stuck to oppose Gallagher in District 1 Congressional race

Wisconsin’s 8th congressional district representative Mike Gallagher will be facing a new challenger in the 2020 election.  Amanda Stuck, an Appleton Democrat currently serving in the State Assembly, announced her decision to run on Sunday.  She says there are not a lot of people like her in Washington, D.C. right now.



Stuck says she decided to announce her candidacy early in order to have time to talk to people all around the district and raise the necessary funds to get her message out.  You can listen to the entire interview with Stuck below.




Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church celebrates anniversary

A building dedication and the union of two Northern Door congregations will be celebrated at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay this weekend. It was 25 years ago that Zion Lutheran Church in Sister Bay and Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay voted to merge into one congregation and to build a new 220-seat sanctuary. In the years since, the building housing Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church has grown to include a bell tower, a pipe organ, and an additional wing. While the building has changed, Pastor Jim Honig says the people’s dedication to the church has not.

Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will host a celebration organ concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. and an anniversary service on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. featuring former Pastor Bruce Foster.

Parking issues creep into Egg Harbor

Egg Harbor officials are learning about the unintended consequences with the popularity of some of its new businesses. Last week, village administrator Ryan Heise summarized a number of parking concerns that have crept up in recent years as on-street parking near businesses became scarcer and started to spill into lots of neighboring businesses.  It also covered the results from a parking study completed in June recommending the village look into creating more parking or manage its current inventory more efficiently. Heise says it is a good problem to have, but it still needs to be addressed.

He also says he is looking into how the villages of Ephraim and Sister Bay handle their parking situations this summer for additional ideas.

Local farmer reflects on Dairy Task Force 2.0 efforts

Sturgeon Bay farmer Moriah Brey has her fingerprints on a plan aiming to help the ailing dairy industry in Wisconsin. Tapped by Governor Scott Walker at last year’s Farm Technology Days in Wood County, Brey and 30 other individuals with ties to the agriculture industry met over several months to help address the many issues that are leading to an average of two farms a day calling it quits. Recognizing the importance of exports and technology, funding for local roads, and encouraging young people to enter the industry were just some of the 51 recommendations made by the group. Brey is proud of the collaboration that took place to narrow down their ideas and develop a plan.

Of the 51 recommendation made by the task force, Brey says 19 of them are already in action.

Storms flood roads, cause power outages

A strong band of storms through Door County Monday morning caused residents to scramble for flashlights in their homes and alternate routes on their morning commute.


After hitting a peak of approximately 135 customers affected by power outages early Monday morning, the number shrank to just 24 customers stretching from Sturgeon Bay to Ellison Bay by late morning according to Wisconsin Public Service.




Flooding was the issue on some local streets including 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, where the police department had to shut down the road due to high waters.  Door County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director David Van Dyke had to cut through parking lots and wade through eight-to-twelve inches of water to get to his office and the Restore. Despite flood waters getting to just within a few feet of their doors, he says everything inside was fine.


Across the street at Bonnie Brooke Gardens, a rain gauge read that just over four inches of rain had fallen in just a few short hours. Store manager Gail Savage says nothing got damaged and actually helped.

Both Van Dyke and Savage predicted their storefronts would be open for business by the late morning to early afternoon.



Great weather creates great times for Brussels Lions Belgian Days

Sunny and clear skies, a passion for baseball and great family fun made the 58th Annual Brussel Lions Club Belgian Days a rousing success.  The two-event helps the Lions raise money to help meet the needs of those with disabilities and medical issues and keep the Lions Club park well maintained for community use.  Lions Club President Jim Wautier says the event scored big with parents of the 25 youth baseball teams that took part in the Big Dog Tournament.



Belgian Days also introduced those attending to Belgian-style food, which is one of the main attractions for those who return each summer.

Food and fun underneath the Brussels Lions Club shelter at Belgian Days




Two of the 25 youth baseball teams taking part in Belgian Days in Brussels


Summer finds Door County Sheriff's deputies logging more road time

Summer is the peak road time for Door County Sheriff's Deputies and that has not eased since the July 4th holiday.  More deputies are added to road patrols as summer events dictate and during all summer weekends. Field Services Lieutenant Robert Lauder says Door County's patrols are kept at minimum strength with help as needed from state troopers.



Lieutenant Lauder asks that visitors make life easier for road patrol officers and other drivers by leaving home a bit earlier when traveling to Door County.

Immigration raids have some people in Door and Kewaunee Counties nervous

Some Hispanic speaking residents in Door and Kewaunee counties are nervously watching as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents conduct raids on illegal immigrants.  While the raids are not targeting the Milwaukee area or other portions of Wisconsin, Imelda Delchambre,  with the Door and Kewaunee Counties Hispanic Resource Center, says the latest actions by ICE have people she knows very uneasy.



The most recent ICE raids in Door and Kewaunee counties took place last year.  Delchambre says the arrests of three people at that time are still too fresh for some Hispanic residents.  She also says such raids impact the larger community.



ICE is targeting over one-million undocumented residents and that includes families.

Algoma School District offers incentives to attract and keep teachers

 The Algoma School District's efforts to attract new teachers and retain existing instructors is paying off thanks to incentive programs.  Algoma had four teaching vacancies for the 2019-2020 school year and was challenged in finding candidates who were a good fit for the district and the positions they applied for.  Superintendent Nick Cochart says in response to a limited pool of prospective teachers the Algoma district made a few changes.



Of the four open teaching positions,  three have been filled and one is expected to be staffed soon.

Artists concepts for school additions come to Sevastopol

Taxpayers in the Sevastopol School District will be able to see some preliminary artists concept drawings of the new school building additions.  Representatives of Bray Architects will present the conceptual drawings during a presentation at the school board's June meeting.  Those drawings will show how the additions will appear from the outside and the halls and rooms from the inside.  Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says the drawings reveal everything in great detail.



More of the school addition concept designs can be found on the Sevastopol School District website.

Door County unlikely to compete for labor during Democratic convention

Tourism leaders believe Door County is unlikely to find itself competing for workers with the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next year.  Local officials and restaurant and hotel owners in Milwaukee say they're already facing shortages of service industry workers and are looking at how to fill that gap to meet convention demand.  Door County Visitors Bureau President and CEO Jack Moneypenny, however, doesn't believe traditional summer tourism areas will lose service workers to Milwaukee.  He says the length of the convention won't make it worth most worker's time to forsake areas like Door County.



Moneypenny says Door County continual faces employment challenges during the travel season.  Businesses have to adjust when big events, such as Fyr Ball, Fourth of July or the Pumpkin Patch Festival take place.  Moneypenny expects Milwaukee businesses will do the same during convention week.

Area lawmakers differ on an effort to limit governor's veto power

State senators from our area differ in their views of a plan to limit line-item veto powers for Democratic Governor Tony Evers and future chief executives.  Republican lawmakers want to adopt a constitutional amendment that would prevent Wisconsin governors from using line-item vetoes to shift funding from one area of the budget to another.  That follows Governor Evers' shift of $65-million more than the legislature wanted into education. State Senator Dave Hansen, a Democrat from Green Bay, believes talk of an amendment is motivated more by partisan concerns than fiscal responsibility.



Former GOP Governor Tommy Thompson was well known for using the so-called “Vanna White” veto to change words and sentences in his state budgets.  State Senator Andre Jacque, a Republican from De Pere, believes change is needed to prevent further abuses of a governor's veto power.


Before such an amendment could go before voters the proposal would have to be adopted in two consecutive legislative sessions.

Little rest for contractors helping homes and businesses facing Lake Michigan's rising waters

A Door County marine construction company is putting in six-day work weeks. It's all in an effort to help property owners and businesses prevent erosion from Lake Michigan's rising waters.  Mike Kahr, the owner of Deaths Door Marine in Ellison Bay, says lake levels have stabilized a bit. So he and his specially trained crew are working to help waterfront businesses and homeowners adjust to the changing conditions and save their shorelines.



Kahr is also recommending that lakefront property owners take action now before fall.



Kahr has worked with marine construction for over 40-years and saw similar high lake levels in 1986.

A bright future for electric bikes

A Door County cycle enthusiast sees bright future for electric bicycles.Randy Sahs, former president of the Door County Silent Sports Alliance, sees future economic development opportunities by promoting E-Bikes. Enhancing heath, fitness and tourism are just a few.




E-Bikes are available at Nor Door sports in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay and at Edge of Park in Fish Creek.

Law Enforcement can use your eyes

 Sturgeon Bay Police Department has some advice for reporting distracted or reckless drivers. Captain Dan Brinkman says Sturgeon Bay is unique because of the State Highways running  through the city. Most calls start in the northern and southern parts of the county. Brinkman explains what drivers should do when they encounter a reckless or distracted driver.



 Brinkman adds you should keep your distance, give as much information as you can to the dispatch center  like license  plate number, number of people in the vehicle and vehicle color.

 Brinkman says reporting is good because the driver could be having a medical condition, is overtired or just plain reckless.


Algoma Community Musical Theater gets boost from Pride Pumps

The Algoma Community Musical Theater was able to put on their summer musical with the help of a donation from the Jandu Petroleum Pride Pumps. The show that was put on was Seussical Jr., a musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss. The Algoma Community Musical Theater helps students and the community come together according to Jennifer Massey on the board of directors. Massey says it allows adults to get into musical theater and to work with students.



The Algoma Community Musical Theater was the May recipient of the Jandu Petroleum Pride Pumps Promotion with the donation intended for the summer musical. The Pride Pump promotion is a joint effort of Jandu Petroleum and The promotion raised over $11,000 for Door and Kewaunee County school districts for the 2018-2019 school year.

Kewaunee County summer school keeping children active

Your children have a chance to be active and learn healthy habits with classes taught by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department this summer. Spots are still available for the “Day Camp for Kids” July 29th through August 2nd. The camp will be taught by Kewaunee County Public Health Community Health Educator Anna Westmark. She has been teaching cooking, babysitting and fitness classes this summer, The upcoming “Day Camp for Kids” will combine all of those things. Westmark is a dietician and loves that the children are enjoying the healthy meals being made.



There are still open spots in the camp which is open for first through sixth graders. It costs $15 per day for a half day and $25 for full days. Or you can choose to go for the whole week which is $50 per week for half days and $90 for full days.

Door County Seed Library has been big success

A new program in Door County has been more popular than the creators of it could have imagined when it began. The Door County Seed Library began on March 2nd of this year. It’s a program where people can go to the Sturgeon Bay Library and “check out” seeds at no cost and plant them in their own gardens. The seed library was able to get started because they got many different seed companies to donate packets to them. Penne Wilson is one of the founders of the Door County Seed Library and she says they underestimated how many seeds they would need but there are still many packets left. Wilson adds the ultimate goal is to have people save enough seeds and then donate them back to the seed library. 



Wilson wants people in Door County to have more sustainable fresh fruit and vegetables along with other plants and flowers. The Door County Seed Library is teaching a free composting class at the Sturgeon Bay Library on July 20th starting at noon.  

Big Band Jazz students coming to Birch Creek on Sunday

The final Symphony Show at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor is Saturday night and they welcome in a new group of young musicians on Sunday. Big Band Jazz students will be arriving at Birch Creek on Sunday and their first performance is only three days later. Birch Creek Executive Director Mona Christensen says the students are ready for how fast things move there and the Big Band Jazz performances are always exciting to watch.



Vocalist Katie Ernst will be a part of the performances in the first week of shows from Wednesday, July 17th through Sunday the 21st. Wednesday’s opening night show begins at 7:30 PM.

Historical Society open to new granary location

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation wants to be a “good neighbor” when it comes to supporting the recommendation by the Sturgeon Bay Ad Hoc Waterfront Planning Committee to have the Teweles & Brandeis granary located closer to the Oregon Street Bridge corridor.  President Christie Weber says the organization is thrilled that the waterfront committee included the granary in future plans of the westside redevelopment, but that any new agreement with the city regarding the location would have to keep the structure on the state and national historic registry.  She also is concerned about possible additional costs for a change from the formerly approved and original site.



Weber adds that the process to get the national historic registry to approve any state approval for a change of location of the granary could take months.  The recommendation by the ad hoc committee cites that the alternative site would “frame” the west waterfront area with two tall buildings; the granary and the Door County Maritime Museum’s new lighthouse tower.  It would also be a more visible site that frees up more space and allows for a larger central public space on the waterfront.  The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will meet at 7 pm next Tuesday to discuss the new West Waterfront Redevelopment plan.   


Here is a link to the 41-page recommended plan. 

Discovery trail being explored extensively at Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has seen an increase of use of the trails and boardwalk at the nature preserve this summer.  Steve Leonard, the executive director, says with the recent blooming of plants and flowers, families have taken advantage of hikes and programs at the Ridges.  He says the accessibility of the trails makes for a very pleasant experience for the entire family.



The family discovery trail is an opportunity for families to visit a stream, capture butterflies, build forts, and play in the boneyard which is by the sand dune area, according to Leonard.   Besides the trails and nature center, the Ridges Sanctuary is home to the Range Light that is found at the Cana Island Lighthouse which is celebrating the 150th anniversary this year.  The Ridges Sanctuary is located just off Highway 57 north of Baileys Harbor. 




(photo courtesy of Ridges Sanctuary) 

Ahnapee State Trail to be limited due to road construction

Walkers and bikers of the Ahnapee Trail will have to take a detour near Kewaunee in the next few weeks.  Starting next week the Kewaunee County Highway Department will begin pavement replacement of the County E from Miller Street to the bridge over the Ahnapee State Trail.  Todd Every, Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner explains the plan.



County E will be closed in late July from Miller Street to County FF to replace the bridge over the Ahnapee State Trail.  The detour for trail users will be posted taking people from County C to 5th Street to Miller Street in Kewaunee.  The road projects are expected to be completed by mid-October, according to Every.

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