News Archives for 2018-04

More motorcycles on the road calls for defensive driving reminder

By Paul Schmitt    

With more and more motorcycles cruising on the roads in Wisconsin this spring, motorists are being reminded to be alert for the two-wheel vehicles especially at intersections.   According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, over 535,000 residents in Wisconsin hold a motorcycle license or permit. Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says all drivers must share the road equally.



 

The motorcycling community is getting older generally speaking.  According to the DOT, the average age of a motorcyclist involved in fatal crashes increased from 30 years old in 1992 to 44 in 2017.  Six motorcyclists and one passenger died in traffic accidents last year in Wisconsin.  May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month.

Safety tips for motorcyclists:

 

  • Wear all the gear, all the time, including visible and protective equipment



  • Pay attention to the road ahead - gravel or other debris on roadways present special challenges for motorcyclists



  • Get properly licensed


Jilot Insurance Agency claims Best of Door County award

By Paul Schmitt    

Jilot Insurance Agency claims Best of Door County award

A family owned and operated business that spans more than six decades has claimed the top spot in the insurance category for the Best of Door County.  Jilot Insurance Agency in Sturgeon Bay won the distinction last month in a poll on doorcountydailynews.com.  Joe Jilot says the credit goes to the service the agency has provided local customers over the years.



 

Joe Jilot's father Frank started the business in 1956 and continued through 1992.  Brothers of Joe; Ron and Bryan, along with their sister Teri Starr all work at the Jilot Insurance Agency and are continuing the family tradition set forth by their father.

Beginning to save while climbing out of debt a good idea

By Tim Kowols       

It may seem counterintuitive to some, but financial counselors say the best time to start saving is when you are dealing with debt. Consumers often throw money at their debt without ever asking themselves how they got into the situation in the first place. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says having savings to rely on is important because the "unexpected" will still have chances of occurring.

 



 

Pustaver suggests laying out a spending plan so you can identify where your money is going. You can listen to the first part of our Money Management Monday Series on Savings online with this story.

 









School administrators look for dialogue before student walkouts

By Tim Kowols       

Protests like those seen in Door and Kewaunee County in March have become a common place at high schools across the country in recent weeks, forcing a dialogue among administrators and their students. School shootings in Parkland, Fla. earlier this year and Columbine, Colo. nearly 20 years ago saw thousands of students nationwide walk out of classrooms to protest gun violence. A counter protest is planned at approximately 200 high schools nationwide for Wednesday to support Second Amendment rights, called "Stand for the Second." Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says it comes down to communication and starting a conversation.

 



 

Tjernagel says there are currently no plans for a student-led,  pro-Second Amendment walkout Wednesday, with the nearest protests occurring Sun Prairie, Sussex, and Wales.

Viste departing Whitefish Dunes State Park as park manager

By Tim Kowols       

Whitefish Dunes State Park will be looking for a new manager after Fred Viste announced recently he would be leaving the post. Viste became the park manager in 2014 after previous stops at Potawatomi and Peninsula State Parks. Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park President Lynn Zawolski says Viste will be missed.

 



 

After he helps in the transition at Whitefish Dunes State Park, Viste will go to Hilton Head, South Carolina to become an arborist.

Sturgeon Bay Common Council to take another crack at PRAT, dissolving WRA

By Tim Kowols       

Discussion regarding the Premier Resort Area Tax and Waterfront Redevelopment Authority makes a return appearance to the agenda Tuesday night when the Sturgeon Bay Common Council convenes for its scheduled meeting.  A resolution to adopt the PRAT was tabled after council member Kelly Catarozoli asked for clarification on what the tax would actually cover if the Wisconsin Legislature allows it to be instituted. A vote to dissolve the WRA was postponed due to the absence of City Attorney Randy Nesbitt. In a letter written on April 23 to city administrator Josh VanLieshout, Mayor Thad Birmingham, and WRA chairperson Thomas Herlache, Nesbitt cited perceived ethics issues as a reason to not provide legal guidance for this issue. VanLieshout told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that the Common Council will have to decide on how to proceed. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. inside the Council chambers.

Successful springs start in fall for Seaquist

By Eric Fischer



 

The success of a fruit orchard in the spring greatly depends on the fall and winter, according to Jim Seaquist.  Seaquist Orchards which grows 1,000 acres of tart cherries and over 50 acres of various other fruits begins preparing for the spring as early as August ensuring that the land is ready for winter.  Jim, the general manager of Seaquist Orchards and 5th generation farmer says making sure the leaves are harvested properly is one of the best ways to prepare for spring.



Aside from growing fruit, the Seaquist family also runs the Seaquist Canning Co., Seaquist Processing Inc., and the Farm Market.  The Farm Market opens for the season May 16th,  at 9 am.

Door County Historical Museum visitors can expect to see a favorite exhibit return

By Eric Fischer



 

While visitors can expect to see new exhibits when the Door County Historical Museum opens on May 1st, one familiar exhibit will be returning for sure.  The wildlife exhibit will once again greet visitors with over 100 species of birds and animals showcasing all four season when they walk in.  Ginny Haen from the Door County Historical Museum cites the excellent taxidermy work as a way for visitors to see nature up close.



The museum, recognized as the "best small museum in the Midwest" will be open daily from May 1-October 31.

Walker strives for crucial bipartisan support

By Eric Fischer



 

When creating legislature, the goal of making everyone happy is easier said than done.  In late March former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson was speaking at an event in Wausau when he said that all long-term major legislative accomplishments have had bipartisan support and a major failure of Obamacare was that it didn't gain that support.  Governor Scott Walker believes the same on the national level and says that some people are shocked to hear that 90% of bills he has signed into law had more than just Republican support.



Walker also cites 10 of 11 foster care bills passing unanimously earlier this month a recent example of a bipartisan-supported bill.  Speaking on Thompson, Walker recently said that if elected to a third term, he would not willingly leave office for a cabinet position after speaking with Thompson who did leave office to serve on President George W. Bush's administration.

Kevin's Automotive earns second straight "Best of Door County"

By Eric Fischer



 

Kevin Rohr has worked in the same shop since 1990, has owned Kevin's Automotive since 2011, and for the second straight year has been named "Best of Door County" in automotive services by the readers of DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  Kevin wants to thank those that voted for him and says everyone in the building does an outstanding job.



Kevin jokes that he's been working in the same building long enough to see second and third generation drivers but is happy they keep coming back.

High school athletes trending back to multiple sports

By Eric Fischer



 

According to a USA Today High School Sports study, 29 of the first 32 players selected in this year's NFL Draft were multi-sport athletes, a trend that one local coach is happy to see.  The study further mentions that the most common other sport besides football was track and field with 22 of the 29 athletes having participated in the sport.  Neil Seering, assistant football coach and head coach of the track and field team at Luxemburg-Casco says that doing multiple sports trains the body in different ways to prevent injuries and gives experience how to handle different situations.



Seering also commends the multi-sport athletes he sees every day for how they handle their schedule on and off the field.  Luxemburg-Casco travels to Marinette on Tuesday for its next meet.

National Cowgirl Hall of Famer to visit Sister Bay

By Eric Fischer



 

Hear from Wisconsin's own National Cowgirl Hall of Famer, Elaine Kramer, famous for her Roman style horse riding, when she visits Sister Bay Moravian Church's fifth annual Spring Ladies' Tea social.  This year's theme for the tea social is "When Cowgirl's Dream- Dreams to Reality", and will feature BBQ, home fries, corn muffins, iced tea and a talk with pictures by Elaine.  Coordinator of the event Cheryl Lubahn says it is an honor to host Elaine Kramer.



The tea social costs $20 per cowgirl and takes place May 9th at 1 pm.  Reservations are required by May 1st and can be made by calling the church office.

World traveling teacher to share experiences at Egg Harbor Library

By Eric Fischer



 

 

A Wisconsin native traveling the world to teach will make a stop at the Egg Harbor Library on Saturday, May 5th, talking about his experiences teaching in Bhutan. Craig Charles, an English, Reading and Special Education teacher at Lincoln High School in Manitowoc visited an area of Bhutan that didn't allow outsiders until the 1970's.  Beth Lokken, Youth Services Librarian for the Door County Library says Charles will be sharing photos and stories from his time overseas.



Craig Charles's talk will begin at 11 am and is free to attend.  The Egg Harbor location will also be celebrating Star Wars Day on May 4th with a showing of the two newest movies and other related activities.

Harry Sydney attributes success of My Brother's Keeper to Door County relationships

By Eric Fischer



 

Based in Green Bay, Harry Sydney attributes a portion of the success of My Brother's Keeper to the support of Door County.  As previously reported, My Brother's Keeper is a male mentoring program for Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, and Oconto Counties.  Sydney, the former Packers coach and founder of My Brother's Keeper cites having members of his board from the area and being able to talk in area schools as elements of the programs local success.



Sydney adds the continuing relationship between his group and the Door and Kewaunee County social workers and courts is a viable resource to continue serving the community.  My Brother's Keeper is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018.

Southern Door Fire Department helps with Healthy Kids Day at YMCA

By Eric Fischer



Over 200 parents and kids participated in "Healthy Kids Day" at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, learning and celebrating healthy lifestyles. As part of a nationwide YMCA effort the Sturgeon Bay location partnered with local businesses and public servant groups to give demonstrations and tips for the kids attending the free event.  One group in attendance was the Southern Door Fire Department who brought two trucks, set up a training maze firefighters go through in the dark with their air packs, as well as showing all the equipment they bring to a fire.  Captain Tim Rollin says he wishes he could have participated in an event like this as a kid.



The department also brought plastic fire hats for the kids who participated.  This is the second year the Door County YMCA has joined in the national effort.

Liberty Grove Historical Society opens summer season on Tuesday

By Eric Fischer



May 1st brings the official start of the summer season at the Liberty Grove Historical Society.  The group will open the grounds to the public beginning Tuesday for self-guided tours around the property, with the museum opening May 23rd.  Also planned for 2018 are the program nights, spotlighting the history of Northern Door County.  Nancy Kurtz, co-chair of the Liberty Grove Historical Society museum describes the themes of each program night.



In addition to three events on site, the group will also travel to the Norwegian Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay for a talk on the history of the building and a tour through the art gallery.  The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month beginning in May and, for details on how to join the Liberty Grove Historical Society, visit their website.

Seniors reflect as graduation approaches

By Southern Door High School Correspondent Delilah Rose



As summer approaches, Southern Door is entering their last preparations for their senior's
graduation. While juggling their last applications, classes, sports and graduation statistics, SD
seniors are thinking beyond high school doors.
After speaking with many Southern Door Seniors, they all had very different outlooks to
graduation and what might come after. Some were very excited and ready to get a start on their
next planned steps, while others expressed their sadness, stresses, and anxieties. A group of
seniors agreed that Southern Door school is all they have known and graduating does not even
feel real to them.
One senior, who has stood out, is Valedictorian Deseree Dufek. She said that leaving high school
feels bittersweet, because while she is ready to leave she is sad that this is her last year. Through
lots of hard work, studying, and her love for school, Deseree shared that this is how she worked
her way to be Valedictorian. This fall, Deseree will be attending UW Madison with a major in
chemistry in hopes of becoming a Chemist. Deseree stated that "You are who you are, and you
should just do what you love. When you find your thing, it will just come naturally to you.". She
also voiced that this time in high school is a great place to "explore what you like and do what
you love.".

Weber gives granary update

By Eric Fischer



 

The granary restoration project is back underway for the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society following a short planning period.  Earlier this week, the group announced that they had signed architect Mark Ernst of Enberg Anderson Architects and hosted a site assessment as they move forward.  President of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, Christie Weber says the next step is to wash out the grain bins and start putting the pieces back together.



The fate of the granary is still largely unknown after various proposals have been shot down, including turning the granary into a brewery.  Weber says the Historical Society will continue to host brainstorm sessions.

Door County high school students artwork spotlighted

By Eric Fischer



 

Door County high school students will be spotlighted for the month of May as part of the "44th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art" at the Miller Art Museum.  112 students submitted 161 works of art for the exhibit that will be displayed at the museum until May 29th.   Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, says the display showcases the growth and ability of area students.



One student from each high school was given a $100 cash prize as an "Award of Excellence", with a $50 prize also going to each school's honorable mention.  The museum is free to attend and is inside the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay.

$100 Awards of Excellence went to Gracie Richards (Gibraltar High School), Violet Suhrer (Sturgeon Bay High School), Korrina Ervin (Washington Island High School), Nicholas Stoekel (Sevastopol High School), and Emma Jeanquart (Southern Door High School). Honorable Mention Awards of $50 each were presented to Sarah Kifer (Gibraltar High School), Claire Tellstrom (Sturgeon Bay High School), Alissabeth Mohn (Washington Island High School), Bailey Henrickson (Sevastopol High School), and Benjamin Walters (Southern Door High School).

 

Photo courtesy of Miller Art Museum

Algoma Community Garden planning to start planting

By Eric Fischer



 

The Algoma Community Garden is calling for participants in this year's garden, with raised beds and 20x20 plots still available.  Gardeners will be able to either take their vegetables home or can donate them to the Kewaunee County food pantry.  Sharon Wahlers, one of the coordinators for the garden, says that participating in the community garden has several benefits, including connecting with the environment and the community.



Raised beds start at $10 and the 20x20 plots for $25 and once paid gardeners can begin to plant whenever is convenient for them.  The Algoma Community Garden will be hosting an open house in late May.

Winter storm a blessing for soil and waterways

By Eric Fischer



 

While many may have felt annoyed by Winter Storm Evelyn nearly two weeks ago, Coggin Heeringa says it was a blessing.  While the storm took a harsh toll on migratory birds, soil and waterways greatly benefitted from the added moisture. Prior to the storm, Coggin noted that streams and rivers were dangerously low because of the drier than average winter.  Following the storm Heeringa, the director of Crossroads at Big Creek environmental learning center, says the streams are at a comfortable level for the annual sucker run.



For those hoping to see green grass soon, Heeringa adds that a slower melt would be preferred to prevent flooding.  Crossroads at Big Creek will be participating in the Celebrate Water Door County project this year, with the kickoff event scheduled for May 5th at Sawyer Park.

Bay Ship full steam ahead after winter storm setback

By Paul Schmitt    

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is bouncing back from a rare full day closure due to the last snowstorm.  With the last of the winter fleet leaving last month, Vice-President and General Manager Todd Thayse says the major employer in Door County was definitely impacted the past couple weeks.



 

Thayse estimates that the snowstorm cost about $100,000 in work delays and missed opportunities.  He says the shipyard is fortunate to be still benefiting from a backlog of projects from a few years ago.  Some high potential contract closings remain a possibility in the near future to keep the strong workforce fully active, according to Thayse.

Bank of Luxemburg claims Best of Door County in banking

By Paul Schmitt    

An independent bank headquartered in Luxemburg has apparently made quite an impression on people in Door County after opening just a little more than four years ago. The Sturgeon Bay branch of the Bank of Luxemburg had the distinction of winning the Best of Door County in a recent poll on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  Retail Sales Office Manager Barbara Pfeifer says the credit goes to a staff that positively impacts the lives of their customers.



 

The Sturgeon Bay branch of the Bank of Luxemburg opened in January of 2014 on Green Bay Road.  The Bank of Luxemburg currently has nine locations throughout Kewaunee, Door and Brown County.

 

(photo of Bank of Luxemburg President Tim Treml)

Rep. Gallagher meets with President Trump on term limits

By Paul Schmitt    

Representative Mike Gallagher is working with a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives to get President Donald Trump to follow through on supporting legislation for term limits.  The group, which includes Vincente Gonzalez, Jodey Arrington, Ro Khanna and Brian Fitzpatrick met with the President on Wednesday.  Gallagher explains his resolution he brought forward in March.



 

Gallagher says the other key part of his proposal is that the term limits would be phased in and that only the freshman class in the House of Representative would be affected under the new law if passed.  He says hopefully with the current political climate the impetus will be to get the bi-partisan resolution approved this year before the election this fall.

Students "take over" Kewaunee County government on Wednesday

By Paul Schmitt    

A group of 21 high school students in Kewaunee County will have the opportunity to experience the roles that local elected officials hold for one day in May.  Next Wednesday, the 54th annual Youth Government Day will be held at the Kewaunee County Courthouse and administrative building.  County Clerk Jamie Annoye says the program is designed to teach students about the inner workings of local government.



 

Annoye adds that feedback from past students showed that participating in the mock trial in the afternoon is the most interesting aspect of the day.  Students from Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma and Kewaunee High Schools as well as three teachers from each school district will attend the all-day program next Wednesday which is sponsored by American Legion Posts and Auxiliaries.

 

(photo from Youth in Government Day in 2017)

DCEDC, municipalities working together on housing issues

By Tim Kowols       

The Door County Economic Development Corporation, municipalities, foundations, and privates businesses continue to work ideas to address the chronic shortage of housing in the area. The workgroup is working with a consulting firm to develop a countywide housing study which hopes to address affordable, workforce, and senior housing to meet the needs of the area. Workgroup member and Egg Harbor Village Administrator Ryan Heise says they are not sure how they got to this point, but now is the time for solutions to a problem not unique to Door County.

 



 

The DCEDC is hosting a public meeting at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor to discuss housing challenges in Door County from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 3. You can also tune into the discussion on the DCEDC Facebook page.

Kewaunee County struts out new fitness initiative

By Tim Kowols       

The Kewaunee County Public Health Department is inviting residents to lace up their shoes and walk with their neighbors as their new wellness initiative gets underway in May. Part of "Get Healthy Kewaunee County," the first part of the program will feature central locations in Luxemburg and Algoma to get outside and walking. Public Health Nurse Cindy Kinnard says the idea came out of their recent Community Health Assessment that showed residents want to get active, but not alone.

 



 

Walkers can attend any of the weekly groups which meet Tuesdays at Harvest Community Church in Luxemburg or Thursdays at the Algoma Community Wellness Center. Get Healthy Kewaunee County will add a Kewaunee site in the near future.

Washington Island School District Board looks potentially splitting superintendent duties

By Tim Kowols       

The recent resignation of Washington Island School District Superintendent Mati Palm-Leis is giving the school board a chance to reevaluate the role, turning the one-person job into potentially three separate positions. Superintendents at Washington Island School are not unlike their teachers in the fact they have to cover several different positions to cover classes and save money. Palm-Leis, for example, is the school's superintendent, principal, and director of special education. Washington Island School Board President Amy Jorgenson says that may be too much for one person to take on and now will see what makes the most sense for their situation.

 



 

Jorgenson says the board is flexible with who they hire for the one, two, or three positions that could be available as they look at a budget that could see teachers getting a better wage in the future.

Sturgeon Bay woman dies in two-vehicle crash

By Tim Kowols       

A Sturgeon Bay woman has died after injuries she sustained in a two-vehicle accident on Monday near the border of the townships of Egg Harbor and Sevastopol. The Door County Sheriff's Department, Sturgeon Bay Fire Department, Door County Emergency Services, and Sevastopol First Responders reported to the scene at the intersection of State Highway 42 and Townline Road at 8:14 p.m. According to the release from the Door County Sheriff's Department, the initial investigation indicates Erika Sandoval Garcia failed to stop at a stop sign, striking the vehicle of Ruthann Dachelet. She was driven to the hospital for suspected minor injuries but later died Wednesday evening. Autopsy results are pending as the investigation continues, but alcohol and speed do not appear to have been factors.

Construction project begins Monday on Spring Road to improve bike and walking lane

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Highway Department will begin the resurfacing project on Spring Road south of Fish Creek that will eventually make it more walker and bike-friendly. Next Monday, crews are working on pulverizing the existing pavement in the Town of Gibraltar on Spring Road in preparation for widening the road later this year. Door County Highway Department Commissioner John Kolodziej says the town of Gibraltar wants to widen the road by five feet to accommodate bicyclists and provide better safety.



 

Kolodziej says Spring Road is one of the main designated routes used by bicyclists that ride through the nearby Peninsula State Park. All thru traffic will be closed on Spring Road during the excavation and grading of the gravel base prior to paving operations. All work on Spring Road is expected to be completed by June 15.

Democratic candidate for Governor Kelda Roys visits Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

A candidate for the gubernatorial race in Wisconsin this fall visited Door County Thursday.  Kelda Roys is one of ten reported Democratic contenders running for governor.  Roys, who stopped by the studios of DoorCountyDailyNews.com on Thursday, says she is uniquely qualified to defeat Governor Scott Walker in the November election.



 

Roys, a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly for District 81 near Madison, was in Sturgeon Bay to speak to a gathering of the Door County Democratic Party.  She will have to win the Democratic Party's primary on August 14 in order to have a chance to unseat Governor Walker this fall.

Kewaunee Chamber event helping restore Kewaunee Lighthouse

By Paul Schmitt    

A historic cause will benefit from a huge event at Lakehaven Hall in Kewaunee Saturday.  The Kewaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding the annual Sip, Savor & Support that drew over 250 people last year.  Molly Srnka from the Kewaunee Chamber says proceeds from the event will go towards the Kewaunee Lighthouse Preservation.  She adds that the Kewaunee High School is involved in raising funds as well.



 

The Sip, Savor & Support will be held from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm on Saturday and will also offer samplings of food, beer, and wines.  The Kewaunee High School Chamber Choir and Jazz Band will be performing as well.  Tickets are $10 for adults 21 years and older and $5 for anyone under 21.

Packer home schedule adds bump in Door County booking stays

By Paul Schmitt    

It may be the offseason, but Green Bay Packer fans and area businesses have a lot of excitement building around the newly released NFL schedule and the draft that is currently being held.  The announcement of the scheduled games last week, has Door County hospitality businesses taking note.  Rick Hess, general manager at the White Birch Inn in Sturgeon Bay, says he is surprised at where the majority of the bookings are coming from.



 

Hess adds that the Sunday night prime-time games are ideal for visitors to extend their weekend stays in Door County.  The Packers will play three Sunday night games this fall with one being the home opener on September 9 against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field.

Sevastopol Citizens Facility Advisory Committee continues their work

By Tim Kowols       

The Sevastopol Citizens Facility Advisory Committee has narrowed its options to two and hope to take more stock from residents in the coming weeks. The 35-member committee has been tapped to study how to improve the building, some of which dates back to 1924. Miron Construction will give an update to potential cost estimates based on the district's consultant Bray Architects' plans when the group meets again Tuesday. Sevastopol Superintendent Kyle Luedtke says the committee is focusing on five major areas: educational spaces, school safety, ADA compliance, common areas, and general infrastructure.

 



 

In addition to Tuesday's meeting at 6 p.m. in the multi-purpose room, Sevastopol plans on hosting open houses for residents at the end of May to learn more about the plans and to see the building before a survey is sent out in June.

Door County AOD Coalition to host annual meeting on May 1

By Tim Kowols       

A screening of an award-winning documentary on a Wisconsin teen's struggles with drug abuse and a panel featuring local officials highlights the Door County Alcohol and Other Drugs Coalition's annual meeting on Tuesday. The presentations begin with a screening of "Written Off" before a panel featuring Door County Human Services Director Joe Krebsbach, District Attorney Colleen Nordin, Door County Sheriff's Department Drug Investigator Jon Gilson, and AODA Coordinator Susan Exworthy discuss the stigma of addiction and mental health in the area. Krebsbach expects parents and students will be able to take away a lot from the discussion.

 



 

The Door County AOD Coalition Annual Meeting will take place at Crossroads at Big Creek beginning at 5:30 p.m. The free event is open to the public with dinner provided.

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Farmers still dealing with after effects of Winter Storm Evelyn as Governor Walker looks for help

By Tim Kowols       

Even with the snow mostly gone, farmers are still trying to dig themselves out from the aftermath of Winter Storm Evelyn. According to the USA Today Network, Governor Scott Walker plans on asking for federal disaster assistance from the United States Department of Agriculture for damaged farms. While some farms have obvious damage like collapsed barns, others like Haberli Farms in Egg Harbor have less notable but equally disastrous issues. Melting snow has flooded their feed gutter system, causing cows to eat less food and develop mastitis. Owner Joe Haberli says with commodity prices where they are, any assistance would be helpful.

 



 

Farmers are encouraged to keep stock of the damage caused by the winter storm and contact their U.S. Farm Services Agency representative to see what programs may be available.

Gas prices begin to creep up locally

By Tim Kowols       

Motorists can expect to pay a little more at the pump than they did last year at this time in Door and Kewaunee County. Climbing oil prices, high demand, and a switch to reformulated gasoline is to blame for the recent surge which, at a nationwide average of $2.76, is the highest they have been in three years. Sister Bay Mobil owner Dave Lienau says motorists can expect to pay 18-20 percent more in fuel this year compared to last and hopes it does not have a lingering effect on tourism.

 



 

According to GasBuddy.com, prices locally range from $2.45 in Luxemburg to $2.75 in Sturgeon Bay.

Sex offender to be released in Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols       

A registered sex offender could be back living in Kewaunee County when he is released from prison on May 1. The Kewaunee Police Department announced Wednesday that Christopher Tiske of Kewaunee will be free after he finishes serving time for his 2014 conviction of third-degree sexual assault. According to the release from the Kewaunee Police Department, his victim was known to him and there are additional cases of him exposing himself in public. As of now, Tiske's future residence is unknown but he will have supervision restrictions.

"Best of" winner Door County Ace Hardware adapts to the times

By Tim Kowols       

Customers have seen Door County Ace Hardware a lot of different ways over its 80-year history, but it is the way their needs have been met is what earned the family-run business "Best of Door County" honors in the hardware store category. Door County Ace Hardware is undergoing a store remodel, something many stores go through every five to eight years to adjust to the ever-changing trends in the industry and the demands of their customers. Amy Labott has been carrying on the family tradition as owner for over 15 years and says that aspect of the business is very important to her.

 



 

Labott credits her 25 employees for helping customers make the most of their time by helping them find the products they need and back to their home or business projects.

Luxemburg-Casco teacher celebrates book release

By Tim Kowols       

Students in Scott Winkler's English classes at Luxemburg-Casco High School do not have to look very far to find someone with an infectious enthusiasm for writing. Winkler has been a teacher by day for 25 years, but he is also a published poet, academic writer, and most recently, the author of the novel, "The Meadow." The historical fiction book is about a young man at a crossroads between what he wants to be and the future his father expects of him.  Winkler says his love of writing has helped him relate to students during his eight years at Luxemburg-Casco.

 



A book signing and release celebration will take place at Luxemburg-Casco High School beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. You can hear more about the book and Winkler's writing inspiration online with this story.

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Door County Historical Museum prepares new exhibits for 2018 opening

By Tim Kowols       

World War I and paleo-Indian history will be featured when the Door County Historical Museum reopens for the season next week. Named the "best small museum in the Midwest" by the Chicago Tribune, the two exhibits will complement popular attractions like the wildlife taxidermy and historic fire trucks. Ginny Haen from the Door County Historical Museum says the exhibit on the paleo-Indian Cardy Camp Site in Sturgeon Bay will be very interesting when it opens later this summer.

 



 

The Door County Historical Museum is open daily May 1 through October 31.

Luxemburg-Casco moving to design phase for new gymnasium and middle school

By Paul Schmitt    

The Luxemburg-Casco School District is working on the design phase on two major projects after they were approved by the public in two referendum questions earlier this month.  The combined $27.8 million improvements include a new gym, a new middle school and renovating some classrooms.  Superintendent Glenn Schlender explains that the school district purposely did not include a specific design to give the projects as much flexibility as possible.



 

Schlender says the plan is to begin design of the new gymnasium next month with a hopeful groundbreaking this fall in hopes of having it ready for the 2019-2020 school year.  The new middle school construction is targeted for next summer with completion for the 2020-2021 school year.

Dress code is a hot topic at area high schools

By Connor Sannito, Sturgeon Bay Student Correspondent  

Sturgeon Bay High School ensures a dress code in order to be safe and appropriate in a school setting. However, after an array of high school student and group interviews, there appears to be a common theme regarding dress code issues: girls get scrutinized far more than boys. Girls seem to be naturally sexualized into a bias.  Student Sturre Wardak says girls wearing something remotely close to the standard often get scrutinized first.



 

Although Wardak voices the opinion of many others at the school, there's also a good consensus that Sturgeon Bay High School has done well to deal with the dress codes. For something this controversial, the school has made strong efforts to take the matters carefully and seriously - especially knowing that dress codes have recently become a contentious conversation in high schools across the country.

Weidner re-elected chair of Kewaunee County Board

By Paul Schmitt    

The new Kewaunee County Board re-elected Bob Weidner as the chair in the first meeting on Tuesday after the 20 board members, including eight new supervisors,  took their oath of office.  The board passed three routine resolutions before committee assignments were made and new supervisors had an orientation.  Weidner says he is excited to retain the position of chair and work with a new mix of supervisors.



 

The nine committees approved assignments after a break and the Kewaunee County Board meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm Tuesday, according to Weidner.

Three teens face felony charges for mailbox damages in Kewaunee County

By Paul Schmitt    

Three teenagers have been charged with damaging mailboxes in Kewaunee County back in early February. Jacob Beauchaine, 18, Owen Froelich, 17, and Valentina Flannery, 18, are all facing one felony count of party to the crime of criminal damage to property, according to the criminal complaints from the Kewaunee County Clerk of Courts.  All three teens are students at Preble High School.  According to the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department, over 30 mailboxes were damaged in several incidents in Kewaunee County that were listed in a criminal complaint.  A 15-year-old boy was also involved in smashing the mailboxes and will likely be turned over to juvenile court.  The criminal complaint showed damages totaling over $6,000.  All three defendants are expected to make their initial appearances in adult court on May 24.  Anyone 17 years old or older are charged in adult court in Wisconsin.

Pavement work on Highway 57 begins next Wednesday in northern Door County

By Paul Schmitt    

An eight-mile improvement project on Highway 57 in northern Door County will start up again next Wednesday, May 2.  According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the highway between Baileys Harbor and Sister Bay will be resurfaced and completed by end of June.  DOT Regional Communications Manager Mark Kantola says that the $4.3 million project began in September last year.



 

Kantola added that there may be some flagging operations but drivers should expect only minimal delays.  The roadwork of paving Highway 57 will be done from the south County Q intersection in Baileys Harbor to Canterbury lane in Sister Bay.

Door County Medical Center wins DCEDC Industry of the Year Award

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Medical Center was named the Industry of the Year by the Door County Economic Development Corporation on Tuesday.  Door County Medical Center was recently named one of the iVantage HEALTHSTRONG Top 20 Critical Hospitals in the United States.  The DCEDC also announced Tuesday that the McMahon Family with Door County Brewing Company has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and that Fran Shefchik founder of PortSide Builders, was awarded the first-ever Door County Lifetime Achievement award for his substantial impact on the business community and significant accomplishments during his career in Door County.  All award presentations were held at the sold out DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday afternoon.

Golfers may be able to hit the links this weekend after late start

By Paul Schmitt    

Area golf courses are facing the challenge of dealing with a later than normal spring opening.  Some courses opened briefly in late March only to be sidetracked by April snowstorms and below normal temperatures. Northbrook Country Club Golf Professional Dave Spengler says he is optimistic that the recent warming and sunny conditions will get the course open for play by this weekend.



 

Spengler notes that the late snow is a better precipitation than rain since it will slowly seep into the ground rather than cause flooding.  He says this is the latest he has seen the golf season begin in Northeastern Wisconsin in his over thirty years of working at area golf courses.

Van's Lumber & Custom Builders recognized as "Best of Door County" for construction

By Paul Schmitt    

A third generation family-owned business has been awarded the "Best of Door County" in the construction category.  Van's Lumber & Custom Builders in Dyckesville won the distinction in a recent poll on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  The Vandenhouten family began the business in 1950 as a lumberyard and now specializes in custom residential and light commercial construction as well.  Eric Vandenhouten, one of four brothers working at Van's, says the honor of winning the Best of Door County belongs to the dedicated employees and their customers.



 

Van's Lumber & Custom Builders will be holding their annual Customer Appreciation Event on Wednesday, May 23 with a brat fry with demos and displays at their Dyckesville location.

New net pen in Algoma looks to improve local fishing

By Tim Kowols       

The Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen group is hopeful a new net pen placed in Algoma Monday helps improve the area's salmon population. Rather than placing young fish directly into bodies of water where they could become easy prey, the net pens protect them for up to two weeks while they grow, become imprinted with the area, and hopefully return a couple years later. Algoma-Kewaunee Area Great Lakes Sport Fishermen Vice President Ryan Baker says they have been working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on the project and believes this will help anglers when they hit the water in areas like the Ahnapee River.

 



 

Baker says one large and two small net pens are already used in the Kewaunee-Algoma area, with hopes to add another unit in the coming years.

Future babysitters learn the necessary skills through Northern Door Children's Center course

By Tim Kowols       

For the third year in a row, Northern Door Children's Center in Sister Bay is offering a babysitting course to make sure the working public in its area have a wide selection of babysitters to choose from to take care of their kids. The one-day course covers the basics of taking care of infants and small children, the skills needed to handle an emergency, and the rules of being a responsible babysitter. With tourist season coming fast, Karen Corekin from the Northern Door Children's Center says it is important for working parents to have people they can rely on to take care of their children and meet their needs.

 



 

The babysitter education course takes place on May 12 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and is available for children ages 12 and older. The cost is $25.00 and includes all materials, lunch, and a Certificate of Completion. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by Wednesday May 9. To register their child, families should call 920-854-4244 and ask for Karen or Morgan.

League of Women Voters Door County hosts groundwater forum Saturday

By Tim Kowols       

Geology Professor Maureen Muldoon, Agricultural Researcher Mark Borchardt, and local officials highlight a League of Women Voters Door County forum this Saturday as they take a deep look at the challenges of groundwater contamination in the area. The two experts are no stranger to the uniqueness of the Door Peninsula after Borchardt and Muldoon collaborated on a study focused on Kewaunee County's groundwater issues, which showed the correlation between soil depths, the changing seasons, and contamination. Corporation Council Grant Thomas, Assistant County Sanitarian Chris Olson, and County Conservationist Erin Hanson will follow with a presentation of what is already being done in the area and possible improvements that could be made. Susan Kohout from the League of Women Voters Door County says this is an important conversation for residents.

 



 

"Protecting Door County's Groundwater" will take place at the Sturgeon Bay High School commons beginning at 9 a.m.

Town of Liberty Grove renews efforts to acquire bayfront property

By Tim Kowols       

Some private citizens hope the town of Liberty Grove can save an access point to the bay with the purchase of a commercial lot in Ellison Bay. It marks at least the second time the town plans to enter negotiations with owners of J&M Fisheries to purchase the parcel currently used by the commercial fishing business owned by the Weborg family. After electors soured on plans to purchase the property four years ago, Liberty Grove Town Chairperson John Lowry says residents are afraid of what could happen if it is not purchased for the public.

 



 

The discussion was just part of Liberty Grove' s annual meeting held earlier this month, which Lowry says featured a very positive audit of the town's finances.

Village of Egg Harbor looking to control traffic better with new speed boards

By Paul Schmitt    

The village of Egg Harbor looking to control traffic better with new speed boardsWhen traveling through Egg Harbor in the future, drivers will have an extra reminder to slow down as they enter the village.  Speed boards are being installed this week at the entrances of Egg Harbor on Highway 42.  Village administrator Ryan Heise says the speed boards will help alert drivers of their speeds.



 

The radar speed signs are located where the speed limit drops from 40 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour in the village.  Community concerns about the digital signs not meeting the aesthetics of Egg Harbor were expressed, but Heise says the boards are small in size and are being mounted on the speed limit signs.  He says the speed boards should be fully operational by the end of this week.

Kewaunee County Board meets Tuesday with nearly half new members

By Paul Schmitt    

The first meeting by the Kewaunee County Board since the April election will be held Tuesday and will include eight new supervisors.  The 20 member board will now include Cory Cochart, Kent Treml, Daniel Olson, Charles Schmitt, Tom Cretney, Aaron Augustian, Kim Kroll and Joseph Lukes.   After being sworn into office, the new members and board will get down to business.   Current Board Chair Bob Weidner outlines the organizational meeting which will begin the evening.



 

Three resolutions will be voted on Tuesday including determining committee days, approving a budget adjustment to Public Health, and authorizing acceptance of donation and approval of donation agreement.  After committee assignments and ratification, new board members will be given an orientation.

Open Door Pride Festival adding musical headliner and other activities during week

By Paul Schmitt    

The Open Door Pride is planning a festival to celebrate diversity and Pride Month in June.  Last year, the inaugural event was called a picnic and featured live music, art activities, and LGBTQ friendly vendors.  The second annual event will again be held at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.  Set for Saturday, June 23 from 11 am until 5 pm the Open Door Pride festival looks to grow slowly, according to founder and musician Cathy Grier.  She says this year's musical line-up will include a headliner.



 

Other performers will include local talents like Dorothy Scott, Jeanne Kuhns and Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers.  The plan is to have a Pride Week of free activities including a movie night, a "What's my Pride" project and a writers night showcased as well as a dance night the Friday before the Open Door Pride Festival.

(photo of Megan Lundahl, Kelly Catarozoli, and Cathy Grier at last year's Open Door Pride Picnic with Sturgeon Bay's proclamation plaque declaring it Open Door Pride Day in Sturgeon Bay on June 24, 2017)

Elevated nitrate levels in water cause warnings at Casco restaurant

By Tim Kowols       

It will be business as usual for the Village Kitchen in Casco with a few modifications after the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources notified owner Chris Jacobs late Friday afternoon of high nitrate levels in her water supply. Jacobs sent the water sample to the lab earlier last week and heard back from the DNR about the higher levels of nitrates in her well water, which is considered anything above 10 parts per million. A sign has since been posted on the doors entering the popular restaurant advising small children, the elderly and pregnant women to not drink the water. Jacobs says she is working with the DNR and water professionals to address the issue.

 



 

Bottled water will be offered for patrons who request it at the Village Kitchen, but Jacobs has been assured by the DNR that she can still cook food with the water coming from the tap.

Debt collectors can add confusion to those trying to correct their finances

By Tim Kowols       

There are lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to debt collection, especially when it comes to third-party agencies looking to get their money. Creditors can take back homes and vehicles if you fall behind on payments while holders of unsecured debt can file judgments against you to get the money you owe. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors suggests going to the root of the problem and start addressing it.

 



 

Pustaver advises people to be aware of the possible consequences that come with dealing with creditors and collection agencies to stay out of bankruptcy. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.









Wood Orchard Market not taking Best of Door County status for granted

By Tim Kowols       

After another successful season and a Best of Door County award for best farmer's market, the staff at Wood Orchard Market did what they always do in the winter months: look for ways to improve. Staff members have been hard at work rearranging the market and adding new features while others have tried to create new items like cherry hot sauce and bacon jam.  Wood Orchard Market manager and owner Crista Kochanski is humbled by the "Best of" recognition and the popularity but knows they can never be complacent.

 



 

Wood Orchard Market reopens again for the season April 27.

Historical societies battling with technology to keep community stories alive

By Tim Kowols       

The Kewaunee County Historical Society is like many other community-based organizations trying to keep their stories alive through their youth. In Kewaunee County, 70,000 pictures have been archived along with copies of defunct newspapers in Algoma and Kewaunee. Arletta Bertrand from the Kewaunee County Historical Society says technology allows kids to find whatever they want on their devices, leaving books and other traditional means of learning about area history collecting dust.

 



 

After being snowed out last weekend, the Kewaunee County Historical Society did host its annual meeting on Saturday, naming Mike Kostka as its volunteer of the year.

Potawatomi State Park tower removal gets May 1st hearing

By Tim Kowols       

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will give the public a chance to hear a familiar tale May 1 when it explains why the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park near Sturgeon Bay must come down. In February, Forest Product Laboratory staff inspected the tower and disconvered that much like Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park, it had suffered significant decay to the point that it cannot be repaired. Missy VanLanduyt from the DNR told DoorCountyDailyNews.com earlier this month the decision was made following the Forest Product Laboratory's report.

 



 

VanLanduyt said there are no plans to replace the observation tower at Potawatomi State Park, but other options are being looked at for viewing opportunities. The meeting will take place at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay beginning at 6 p.m.

Former Packers coach is now coaching local men in life

By Eric Fischer



 

While he was serving as running backs coach for the Green Bay Packers in the 1990's, Harry Sydney noticed a problem in the community, a lack of mentors for men.  After stepping away from coaching, Sydney founded My Brother's Keeper in 2003 to help troubled boys and men better deal with adversity and avoid drama.  The organization receives cases from the state and serves Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, and Oconto Counties.  Sydney says he founded My Brother's Keeper because he felt men weren't doing their jobs in the area and that he wants to provide guidance he wishes he could have had.



Telling men what they need to hear, not what they want to hear is a core part of the organization, as well as the principles of integrity and respect to influence better decision making.  For more information on the services provided or to schedule an appointment you can visit My Brother's Keeper's website.

 

(Photo Courtesy of My Brother's Keeper Inc)

Volunteer agencies worried about replacing its people

By Tim Kowols       



 

Agencies like the Volunteer Center of Door County are worried about where the next generation of helpful people will come from in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the volunteer rate dropped to 24.9 percent in 2015, with 62.6 million volunteers accounting for 7.9 billion hours of service. Volunteer Center of Door County Executive Director Carrie Tjernagel is worried about the high number of its volunteers "aging out," but is happy with some younger people coming into the fold.

 



 

According to VolunteerHub, regular volunteering will give you a 27 percent better chance of getting employed. You can learn more about the volunteer opportunities in Door County by visiting this story online.

Weber excited by local preservation efforts

By Eric Fischer



 

Sturgeon Bay Historical Society President Christie Weber is encouraged by the efforts she's seeing to preserve history in Sturgeon Bay.Weber has been an active leader in preservation efforts in the historic downtown area of Sturgeon Bay and most recently the granary building. Late last week, DoorCountyDailyNews.com published a story regarding the Door County Historical Society's effort to identify stone street markers, which Weber says that these projects, as well as a potentially, resurged Sturgeon Bay Historic Commission has her excited.



Regarding the stone street markers, Weber voiced her frustration and sadness on Facebook that in the past she had tried to preserve one of the markers by offering to buy it from the city, in the event it should be removed, was told it wouldn't be, only to see it removed and destroyed at a later time.

Luft credits quality of life for Kewaunee County's positive property tax report

By Tim Kowols       



Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft credits a lot of different factors when it comes to a recent report from Smart Asset listing Door and Kewaunee County as the ninth and tenth best places to get value for your property tax dollars. Crime rate and quality of schools were among the factors the financial technology company used to form its rankings, which placed Calumet County at the top of the list. For Kewaunee County, Luft says bringing the budget back in line has also helped improve its finances.

 



 

Kewaunee County will host its reorganization meeting when the newly elected members take their seat on the county board on Tuesday.

Kewaunee County Highway Department not expecting any delays in spring projects

By Eric Fischer



 

Last weekend's unseasonal weather slighlty delayed Door County highway projects but is not expected to cause any in Kewaunee County.  Besides the hours that went into clearing roads with the storm, Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner Todd Every mentioned the only delay his crews faced was that 2 plow trucks had already been transitioned for summer work.  Every says he expects to start transitioning to summer maintenance projects soon and the county has a flexible schedule this year.



Every also joked that he hopes transitioning equipment doesn't jinx the weather again.  On a serious note, he also wanted to thank drivers for staying off the roads during the storm which made cleanup easier

"Old Rugged Cross" celebrates 105 years at Friends Community Church

By Eric Fischer



 

A well-known hymn will be celebrated where it debuted  105 years ago. In January of 1913, Reverend George Bennard traveled from Michigan to Sturgeon Bay to what is now Friends Community Church as part of a week-long crusade to teach the word of God.  While in Sturgeon Bay, Bennard completed the hymn "The Old Rugged Cross" and debuted it on his final day in Sturgeon Bay at a service that went past midnight. Pastor Nancy Bontempo says people travel from all over the world to see the church and the marker created in 1947 to commemorate the iconic song.



A celebration service and hymn sing will be April 29th at 1 pm followed by a coffee social.

Southern Door students challenge fairness of dress code

By Student Correspondent Delilah Rose



Clothing choices on high school campuses are becoming a point of contention. They are being examined for the possibility of sexism. Here at Southern Door, and across schools nationwide, students are starting to challenge their school's dress policies. After talking to students at Southern Door, there was a large number who think that the dress code is prejudice. Many said that they think the dress code bares down on girls more than boys.

The dress codes of boys and girls, while they do share some aspects, seem to differ in a drastic way. The girl's dress code says that spaghetti straps, gym shorts, yoga pants, mini skirts, crop tops and tank tops are prohibited. Some might think that these policies automatically apply to the boys, but they do not have dresses, skirts, spaghetti straps listed.

One student, located at Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida chose not to wear a bra to school after she got a bad sunburn the day before. She chose to wear a dark loose crew neck and her attire met all the dress code requirements. She was called to the dean's office and asked why she was not wearing a bra. After further inspection, the administrators said that she needed to tape her nipples down. The school dress code does not state that girls have to wear a bra, therefore students are outraged that this student was shamed.

"When guys wear tank tops, muscle shirts, or any kind of exposed attire they are more accepted by the administrators than if a girl would be wearing that," said a Southern Door student who wished to remain anonymous. A group of students interviewed agreed that it comes down to how much a school enforces their codes. They emphasized how female-biased these codes actually are, making it not only a local issue but a national issue

Best of Door County winner Bay Hometown Pharmacy dispenses "Golden Rule"

By Paul Schmitt    

In a little over three years, Bay Hometown Pharmacy in Sturgeon Bay has claimed the distinction of winning two consecutive years of the "Best of Door County" from polling by DoorCountyDailyNews.com.  Owner and pharmacist Jake Blazkovec credits his staff for following the "golden rule" when it comes to customer service.



 

Bay Hometown Pharmacy opened in February of 2015 and is located on the corner of Jefferson Street and North 7th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.  It is one of over 40 independently owned Home Town pharmacies in the state.

Agencies to cooperate to fill Sturgeon Bay Younkers site

By Tim Kowols       

The city of Sturgeon Bay, the Door County Economic Development Corporation, and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will waste no time planning for the future of the Sturgeon Bay Younkers site. Younkers parent company Bon-Ton Stores announced Thursday it would close all of its locations nationwide as it heads into bankruptcy. Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Executive Director Pam Seiler says losing Younkers will be a huge void for the city's downtown as the 100-year-old building took people back to a different time. She says all options will be on the table to fill it again.

 



 

The city, DCEDC, and SBVC have some time to plan as liquidation sales take place at Younkers locations with an August 31 deadline before the doors shut for good.

Northern Door libraries offer Earth Week programs for all ages

By Eric Fischer



 

With Earth Day on Sunday and Arbor Day on Friday, the Door County Library branches will be offering Earth Week films for all ages.  Monday features three films in Northern Door, one documenting the Eden Project, multi-climate biomes in the UK, at the Fish Creek location, followed by a double feature in Sister Bay with the film adaptation of Dr Suess's "The Lorax" for the kids at 3:30 and for part two of Al Gore's research documentary on climate change at 5:30.  Community Relations Library Assistant, Morgan Mann details the importance of having Earth Week programming for all ages.



Mann would add the library is working to increase social media interaction as well as planning summer reading programs.  For a full list of Earth Week events at the Door County Libraries visit their website.

Winter Storm Evelyn postpones Crossroads tree planting

By Eric Fischer



 

While many of the Earth Week Door County events are still going on as planned, Winter Storm Evelyn will end up delaying tree planting at Crossroads at Big Creek.  Sevastopol and Sturgeon Bay high school students were expected to visit learning center and help transplant rescue trees throughout Earth Week but have postponed their Earth Day celebrations until May for better weather.  Crossroads director Coggin Heeringa explains their plan for this years tree planting.



Heeringa assures the public that Crossroads at Big Creek is not ignoring trees this year, even with their heavy involvement with "Celebrate Water."  Crossroads will be still be hosting their Earth Day hike on April 22 at 1 pm, as well as Wild Words, "Celebrate the Waters of Door County" on Thursday at 7 pm as part of the Earth Week celebrations.

Plants and flowers saved during April's severe winter storm

By Paul Schmitt



 

A warning system and quick actions prevented one area business from suffering devastating damage.  During last weekend's epic snowstorm, Maas Floral and Greenhouse had to deal with a heating outage and heavy snow that threatened their six greenhouses.  Owner Todd Maas describes what they did to help save their structures and plants.



 

Maas says they also had to move plants out of one greenhouse that suffered a heating outage that their sensory system warned them in the middle of the night.  He estimates that the additional heating costs was $500-$600 to prevent the loss of plants which he says could have meant the loss of thousands of dollars in the future.

(photo courtesy of Maas Floral Facebook)

Another Secret Treasure of Door County: The White Lace Inn

By Tom Jordan       

"The White Lace Inn is one of those rare gems that established a tradition the day it was opened." That quote from a magazine article in 1984, two years after the Inn began, is a favorite of the Inn's owner, Dennis Statz.  Those who have stayed at the White Lace Inn over the years have shared many similar compliments.

 

Sturgeon Bay has often been called "The B&B capital of the Midwest," because of all the stately mansions that grace the city and offer a place for travelers to be pampered with king-sized beds, fluffy pillows, fresh bakes scones and made from scratch breakfasts.  But one such B&B has the distinction of being around the longest and offering more rooms than any other: The White Lace Inn.

 

"When my wife Bonnie and I opened this place, a lot of people were somewhat confused about the concept of a Bed and Breakfast, " Statz remembers. "Some people thought they had to share a bathroom. I have no idea where that misperception came from."

 

Not only does each room at the White Lace Inn have its own bathroom, many have whirlpool baths, fireplaces and king or queen-sized beds.  And if you look at the Inn from the street, you miss seeing some of the other buildings that surround the courtyard that also are part of the Inn. In fact, Dennis and Bonnie own four homes overall and provide eighteen different rooms. Each has a distinctive charm. Some folks want to return to the exact same room they've had in the past. Others want to try a different room, with a different view.

 

One recurring theme you may notice at the Inn is that Teddy Bears grace many of the rooms. No coincidence, Bonnie Statz has run the Dancing Bear Toy Store on Third Avenue since 1994, so the bears are a natural tie-in.

 

"Bonnie spends her time at the store and I'm usually right here at the Inn," Statz adds.

 

Dennis is quick to add his support for all the other B&Bs in town. "I know how much work it is to make a B&B successful and each one adds to the charm of Sturgeon Bay. Together, I think we make this city that much more unique."

 

 

Microsoft looks to bring TEALS program to Door County

By Tim Kowols       

Capitalizing on its growth in the Fox Valley, Microsoft hopes to bring its computer science training initiative to Door County. Technology Education and Literacy in Schools, or TEALS, recruits computer science professionals to volunteer their time and skills to help teach courses and connect with high school students thinking about a career in the field. Paige Funkhouser, Economic Development Manager for the Door County Economic Development Corporation, says partnering with Microsoft with the TEALS program lends credibility to the skills being learned and a good resume builder.

 



 

TEALS hopes to expand to more than 30 schools in the upcoming school year. Door County school districts will consider adding the program over the next year. You can read more about the TEALS program and how you could volunteer online with this story.

Peninsula Pride Farms to look at manure spreading techniques during rescheduled field day

By Tim Kowols       

Different techniques for manure spreading for farmers will be the topic when Peninsula Pride Farms hosts its rescheduled field day on May 1. With much of the blame of the area's groundwater woes placed on manure handling procedures, the field day will start with an open discussion on what farmers are doing right and where they can improve before moving onto the do's and don'ts of application and a look at injection technology. With help from Jamie Patton from the Shawano County UW-Extension office, Peninsula Pride Farms President Don Niles says test plots are being dug at the field day site and should yield some interesting results as it is the first time the study has been done.

 



 

The field day will take place at Heim's Hillcrest Dairy in Algoma. We have registration details located online with this story.

Fearing "blue wave", Walker invites Vice President Pence to fundraiser to spark voter base

By Eric Fischer



 

Vice President Mike Pence will be in Wisconsin on Wednesday to speak at a fundraising event for Governor Scott Walker.  Following April's election which saw Rebecca Dallett defeat conservative Michael Screnock for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Walker and other Wisconsin Republicans fear Wisconsin could be facing a "blue wave".  The Governor says the Supreme Court election was a wake-up call but is not time to panic.



Vice President Pence will also be speaking at a forum at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee regarding tax reform implemented by the Trump administration.  This is Pence's first trip to Wisconsin since September of 2017.

Area street departments change from snow removal mode to flood prevention

By Paul Schmitt    

With over two feet of snow melting in the last few days due to seasonably warmer temperatures, area municipalities looked to clear catch basins in low lying areas to prevent any backup or flooding.  Sturgeon Bay City Engineer Chad Shefchik says a fast melt could put a strain on some storm sewer systems.



 

Shefchik says snow removal from downtown and public properties took second priority when extended forecast temperatures showed highs of 50's and sunny conditions.  A record 29 inches of snow fell in Sturgeon Bay over a two day period last weekend.

Wintry weather setting farmer's planting schedule behind

By Paul Schmitt    

Now is typically the time of year area farmers are close to planting the majority of their crops. Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm and a member of the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board says the fields are still several weeks away from getting the crops planted.



 

Olson says farmers like to wait until the ground temperature reaches 50 degrees before planting soybeans and corn. He adds that the wet soil will take a lot longer to warm up than if it was dry soil.

Door County Historical Museum still identifying old Sturgeon Bay street cement markers

By Paul Schmitt    

The Door County Historical Society will be opening for the season on May 1 and a project started last fall will continue this year.  The Archive staff at the museum is working to identify and photograph as many of Sturgeon Bay's remaining corner blocks that have the old street names incised in the cement sidewalks.  Assistant Curator Ginny Haen explains the confusing pre-1943 system of naming streets.



 

Haen says after this summer, some 75 years after the street name changes, a display of photos of named blocks with the current street names of the older homes that may still stand on the corner near them.  The Door County Historical Museum is asking anyone with information on any stones with street names to contact them.  You can see a picture of an existing incised sidewalk in Sturgeon Bay below

 

 

(photos compliments of Door County Historical Museum)

Frank  Stroh (1872-1939) had a painting and decorating business at his home on Cottage Street (now Louisiana).   Like several other businessmen, he had his name incised on the sidewalk in front of his business between the present 4th and 5th Avenues.  In addition to the decorating business, Frank was the Fire Chief for 40 years.  In the museum, you can visit the fire station to see three fire trucks, historical photos and displays of old firefighting equipment.

Sister Bay Ice Out contest concluded in snowstorm —Winners Posted

By Paul Schmitt    

An annual tradition that dates back 80 years happened last Sunday when a record 30 inches of snow fell in Sister Bay.  The Nor-Door Ice Out Contest sponsored by the Sister Bay Advancement Association came to a memorable end at 12:15 a.m.last Sunday. Coordinator Louise Howson describes how the official time of the Ice Out is calculated.



 

Over 20 Sister Bay businesses participated in the event this year.  The latest date recorded in the fun event was May 2, 1972, according to Howson.  You can find a list of the winners of the 80th annual Nor Dor Ice Out Contest below.

 

Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant - $25 gift certificate: Patrick Seubert 

Bargains Unlimited - $25 gift certificate: Jay Lott 

Bay Shore Outfitters – 2 hour kayak rental: Amy Russell 

Bhirdo's Shell - $25 gas card: Stephanie Lundquist 

Ecology Sports – Outdoor goodies: George Freeman 

Good Samaritan-Scandia Village - $25 gift certificate for Bargains:Sary Crag 

Hammersmith TV & Radio Shack - $25 gift certificate: Linda Silvasi-Kelly 

Husby's Food & Spirits – 2 large pizzas: Rose Long 

Kellstrom-Ray Agency - $25 cash: Deb Eckert 

Lampert's Lumber Inc. – 2 Big Larry's: Jerry Brandt 

Northern Door Communications – Weather radio: Pat Skogsbakken 

On Deck Clothing Company - $50 gift card : Donna Ofenloch 

Sister Bay Automotive - Free oil change: Shaun Huggins  

Sister Bay Bowl - $25 gift card: Sherrie Willems 

Sub Express - $50 gift card: Jerry Brandt 

Top Shelf Café & Gourmet – Bottle of wine: Mickie Rasch

Yacht Works - $25 gift certificate: Donna Ofenloch 

 

GRAND PRIZE

$100 CASH

Free Popcorn at Sister Bay Movies in the Park

JAY LOTT

East Twin River to remain on impaired waters list after aquatic life survey

By Tim Kowols       

The aquatic life in parts of the East Twin River in Kewaunee County is suffering as a result of pollution according to a recent survey completed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The survey found in parts of the East Twin River that aquatic life is abundant, but the less tolerant it is of pollution the more likely it is to be in lower numbers or completely disappeared. It becomes even more apparent when the river goes through times of the year with acute levels of toxicity. Studies also show high levels of phosphorus and warm water temperatures that will keep the East Twin River on the impaired waters list. Kewaunee County Board Member Lee Luft says the study gives them direction on what to do next.

 



 

Luft says the study also confirmed the work of clean water action volunteers over the years and that much of the pollution in the East Twin River is from runoff from surrounding land.

Vorpahl, Schmelzer, Senarighi, and Door County Habitat for Humanity construction crew win volunteer awards

By Tim Kowols       

Dozens of volunteers were honored Thursday night at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay during the annual Golden Heart Celebration. Lori Vorpahl earned the Adult Volunteer Award, Shirley Senarighi captured the Karl May Lifetime of Service Award, the Door County Habitat for Humanity construction won Group Golden Heart recognition, and Gretchen Schmelzer collected Environmental Service Award honors. Volunteer Center of Door County Executive Director Carrie Tjernagel says the highlight of the evening for her was honoring the life of Karl May.

 



 

Seventeen individuals and groups representing dozens of organizations were specifically honored during the annual event which coincided with National Volunteer Week.

Zellner attributes Donny's Glidden Lodge's "Best of" status to employees, family

By Tim Kowols       

The winner of four Best of Door County awards, Donny's Glidden Lodge owner Tim Zellner remains humble about the honors, deflecting praise to almost everything else that makes the restaurant so popular. From more than 15,000 votes, Donny's Glidden Lodge won for best view, best fine dining, most romantic dining experience, and best old fashioneds. Thanking his employees for making sure everything runs smoothly, Zellner attributes much of their success to his parents for their experience in the restaurant industry and perfecting their popular old fashioned mix.

 



 

Donny's Glidden Lodge was also chosen last fall by Travel Wisconsin as one of the top 10 supper clubs in the state.

Maas Floral credits personal touch in winning Best of Door County

By Paul Schmitt

Variety and a personal touch are two hallmarks that Maas  Floral and Greenhouses in Sturgeon Bay has attributed to winning the Best of Door County in the floral category.  Todd Maas has owned and operated the family-run business since 2000.  He says he believes the staff at Maas Floral is the reason behind the honor.



 

Plans are being made to redesign some of the six greenhouses at Maas Floral which has tripled in size in the past 18 years.  Carrying one of the largest selections of nursery and greenhouse plants and flowers in Door County, Maas adds that they pride themselves on the variety of plants including the unique and exotic Banana trees.  This is the second year in a row that Maas Floral and Greenhouse has won the "Best Florist of Door County" in the DoorCountyDailyNews.com poll.

Sturgeon Bay Younkers set to close after parent company sells to liquidators

By Tim Kowols       

An icon of Sturgeon Bay's downtown is expected to close no later than August 31 after Younkers parent company Bon-Ton Stores announced Thursday its plan to liquidate all 256 of its stores. The Sturgeon Bay Younkers appeared to be safe after Bon-Ton Stores announced in January it was closing 42 stores, including nine in Wisconsin. According to the USA Today Network, Bon-Ton Stores had hoped to find a buyer who could help right the department store chain that also includes Boston Store, Carson's, Elder-Beerman,  and Herberger's, but ultimately sold to a group of debt holder and liquidators. Owners of corporate-branded gift cards and credit cards are not valid during store closing sales. A representative from the Sturgeon Bay Younkers location had no comment on the story and Bon-Ton, Inc. did not return phone calls from DoorCountyDailyNews.com Thursday afternoon.

Kress Pavilion bringing in Earth Week Door County activities this weekend

By Paul Schmitt

The new Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor will play host to a couple big Celebrate Earth Week Door County programs this weekend.  Event Coordinator and Property Manager Jess Reinke says Friday night will kick off Earth Week with a presentation by Will Erikson of the DNR on an overview of what it means to be a Green Tier Legacy Community.  Reinke explains the environmental significance of the program.



 

Cultivating Community with the Green Tier Legacy Charter begins at 5 pm Friday and also includes Green Drinks at 7 pm followed by Karaoke Sing Along inspired by the Earth until 10 pm.  Saturday will feature an International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at 10 am along with Earth Day Yoga for kids at 10:30 and finally birds of prey from the Open-Door Bird Sanctuary will be on hand until 1 pm.

Late season ice and cold hampering open water activities

By Paul Schmitt     

It may be the third week in April but ice built up in the bay of Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay is not going away anytime soon.  Due to last weekend's strong northeast winds, the ice has shifted to southern Green Bay, according to the US National Weather Service.  The unusually cold and snowy climate this month has left many outdoor enthusiasts waiting for the true transition of seasons. On the Lake Michigan side, a Brown Trout tournament in Kewaunee was canceled two weeks ago due to bad weather conditions.  Baileys Harbor's 30th annual Brown Trout Tournament started this Thursday and is going on as planned through the weekend.  You can see a satellite image by the US National Weather Service in Green Bay with this story online that shows the entire state of Wisconsin still under a blanket of snow as of Thursday afternoon.

(photo courtesy of National Weather Service -Green Bay)

Rogue Theater performs for the first time at Algoma PAC with murder mystery

By Paul Schmitt     

The Rogue Theater is taking the show on the road this weekend with a special murder mystery at the Algoma Performing Arts Center.  Directed by Stuart Champeau, "Eat, Drink and Be Murdered" will be performed at 7 pm Saturday night.  The play, which was written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, is about an Irish family feud, according to Champeau.



 

This will be the first time Rogue Theater has performed at the Algoma Performing Arts Center.  You can find ticket information and upcoming scheduled performances of the murder mystery "Eat, Drink and Be Murdered" with this story online.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and available at Bank of Luxemburg and Nicolet Bank in Algoma.

Friday 6:30 pm at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay (Dinner Show $35)

Sunday 2 pm at Jaycee Clubhouse in Sturgeon Bay

Schools look for balance to make up instruction time

By Tim Kowols       

This winter's weather is causing headaches for Door and Kewaunee County school administrators heading into the final weeks of the year. Some schools lost five days of instruction time due to cancellations and early dismissals, including two this month alone. While some districts had enough time built into their schedule to absorb the lost time, others like Kewaunee School District are using a combination of adding days and minutes to class periods and canceling staff in-service sessions to make it up. Kewaunee School District Superintendent Karen Treml says they try to be sensitive to people plans for the end of the year.

 



 

Students are required by state law to have approximately 1,100 instructional hours to complete the school year. We have a list of how schools are handling the winter closures online with this story.

 

 

Kewaunee: Remaining half days are now full days, adding 10 minutes a day (7:40 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) beginning April 23
Southern Door: No changes
Sturgeon Bay: Full days instead of half-days for June 6 and June 7 and full final day on Friday, June 8
Gibraltar: Plans could not be obtained
Washington Island: No changes
Sevastopol: One in-service day will be a full attendance day, more information possibly to come
Algoma: May 11th is now a full attendance day, last day of school now June 8
Luxemburg-Casco: Morning 4K has three additional instruction days, afternoon 4K has five additional instruction days.

Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament gets off to an icy start

By Tim Kowols       

Anglers tried their hardest to get out onto the water Thursday morning as the 30th annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout got underway. Many boat launches along the Door and Kewaunee County shoreline had to be dug out by marina personnel and volunteers because they were frozen over due to Winter Storm Evelyn and cold temperatures. Baileys Harbor Community Association coordinator Brynn Swanson says despite the worries of getting on the water, anglers have been looking forward to what for many is the first fishing event of the year.

 



 

Anglers can buy tickets to be a part of the tournament for their chance to win $7,000 in prizes through the end of the day on Friday. The Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament ends on Sunday.

PFLAG Door County donates LGBTQ books to local high schools

By Tim Kowols       

Door County high school students can borrow books with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) themes thanks to a donation from PFLAG Door County and Dr. Timothy Mayne Empkie. The Rhode Island doctor made the donation in memory of his late sister Stephanie Empkie Vittum of Fish Creek because of her inclusive nature. PFLAG Door County chose 11 different titles to distribute to Door County's high schools including Savage and Miller's It Gets Better and Ivan Coyote's One in Every Crowd. According to PFLAG Door County founder Sandy Brown, it is important for students to see themselves somewhere, even those who are not able to be out in public.

 



 

The books will be available to borrow from the school's libraries and from guidance counselors.

Washington Island School District Superintendent resigns

By Tim Kowols       

For the fourth time in approximately eight years, the Washington Island School District must look for a new superintendent. Current superintendent Mati Palm-Leis turned in his letter of resignation during the district's board meeting on Tuesday evening after three years on the job. Palm-Leis told DoorCountyDailyNews.com he is departing the district on good terms and has made some great friends along the way, but is leaving the post due to family reasons. The Washington Island School District will begin searching for his replacement. Palm-Leis will serve as superintendent until June 30.

Winter Storm Evelyn forces farmers into tough decisions

By Tim Kowols      

While many farmers have been forced to move cattle and equipment out from under collapsing barn roofs in recent days, others were left to wonder about feedings and milk pick-ups. Milk transport trucks struggled to get to farms last weekend while blizzard conditions from Winter Storm Evelyn forced many to delay pick-ups or stay off the road entirely. DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board Member and Thunderstruck Holsteins owner Greg Letter is thankful for his trucking company and some forward thinking for being able to make it through the blizzard so he was not forced to dump hundreds of gallons of milk and money down the drain like some were forced to do.

 

 



 

 

Letter says he had to move snow four to five hours a day during the storm in order to keep up with other tasks on the farm.

Sturgeon Bay road project faces small weather delay

By Tim Kowols      

Sturgeon Bay interim municipal services director Chad Shefchik expects the road reconstruction project underway at County Highway C/Duluth Avenue to experience a delay of only a few days due to Winter Storm Evelyn.  After taking Friday and Monday off due to the storm, contractors spent much of Tuesday removing snow so they could continue their work installing new sewer lines and other road improvements. Shefchik urges motorists to take alternative routes if possible.

 



 

The entire project, which includes a new asphalt pavement, curb and gutter replacement, and sidewalks, is scheduled to be completed in August. You can see a full update from Shefchik online with this story.

Snow drifts could create issues for furnaces

By Tim Kowols       

High snow totals and accompanying drifts could make it difficult for your furnace to operate and possibly even get you sick. Air intake vents coming out of the building from the furnace could be clogged if snow piles up too high or if swirling winds bring moisture into the pipes and freezes them shut. Jeff Blemke from Ultimate Air says you need to be proactive to make sure the vents stay open.

 

 



 

Blemke says homeowners do not need to worry as much about their air conditioners getting buried by the snow, but you can shovel around it if you are able.

Maas Floral credits personal touch in winning Best of Door County

By Paul Schmitt      

Variety and a personal touch are two hallmarks that Maas Floral and Greenhouses in Sturgeon Bay has attributed to winning the Best of Door County in the floral category.  Todd Maas has owned and operated the family-run business since 2000.  He says he believes the staff at Maas Floral is the reason behind the honor.



 

Plans are being made to redesign some of the six greenhouses at Maas Floral which has tripled in size in the past 18 years.  Carrying one of the largest selections of nursery and greenhouse plants and flowers in Door County, Maas adds that they pride themselves on the variety of plants including the unique and exotic Banana trees.  This is the second year in a row that Maas Floral and Greenhouse has won the "Best Florist of Door County" in the DoorCountyDailyNews.com poll.

"Civility Matters" program shows how to change the rhetoric causing uncivil discourse

By Paul Schmitt

Close to fifty people learned some tips on how to speak with more civility at an event in Sturgeon Bay Tuesday night.  Civility Matters Talking Together was hosted by the Door County Civility Project and Write On, Door County and featured two guest presenters.  Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, an author of six books, including her newest publication Talking Together: Getting beyond Polarization through Civil Dialogue, shares the message she had for the attendees.

 



 

Mary Louise Dean, an artist, help facilitate the event along with McLaughlin who are both currently spending two weeks in residency with Write On, Door County.  The Civility Matters program also featured local musician Cathy Grier who performed John Lennon's "Imagine" to open the evening.  The Door County Civility Project is a fund of the Door County Community Foundation.  You can see video of Wednesday night's event below.

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/10156195642896083/?t=27

 

(photo above:  Mary Louise Dean and Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin)

Renovation work on a historic Kewaunee building tells a lot of stories

 

 

By Terry Kovarik

 

Some stories are coming to light about the three-story, 19th-century building that long served as the home of Selner Plumbing in Kewaunee. Arthur Schiller, the president of an investment firm, and his wife bought the building to house their new offices and some upstairs apartments. They hired Tom Skubal to document the inside for possible historic designation. As Skubal began removing plaster from the wall, the building showed signs of surviving the 1898 Kewaunee fire.

 

 

 

More of the building’s history was revealed as Skubal and the Schillers moved to the second and third floors. They uncovered the original nob switches and wires from the first electric lighting system and the gas light fixtures replaced by electricity. The third floor showed signs of being a community destination.

 

 

 

While the Schiller’s move forward with renovation, a completion date is hard to determine as the historic building keeps unveiling more about its past.

 

Belgian Heritage Center Booyah and Bread event moved to April 29

By Paul Schmitt     

Booyah lovers will have to wait another week to enjoy some heritage fare at the Belgian Heritage Center near Brussels.  The "Booyah and Bread" lunch that was scheduled originally for this Sunday will instead be held on April 29.  Co-president Joe Alexander says the event is a great way for people to experience a traditional meal and see the new improvements at the Belgian Heritage Center.



 

The lunch is from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, April 29 with all proceeds benefiting the center in its mission to preserve and promote the area's unique culture, history and architecture.  The Belgian Heritage Center is located just west of Brussels in the old St. Mary of the Snows Church.  You can find more information with this story on the link below.

www.belgianheritagecenter.org     

Dirt piles may be on the move but Papke still claims ownership

By Paul Schmitt      

The Sturgeon Bay westside dirt piles were voted to be removed Tuesday by the city council, but developer Robert Papke, who pulled his hotel development and is suing the city, is still laying claim to them.  Papke told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he considers the dirt piles part of the defunct development that the city promised him years ago.  He says he has not heard anything from the city after his lawsuit and would like the matter to go away sooner than later.  A spokesperson from the company contracted to move the dirt to the west side over two years ago, Bayland Buildings, was not available for comment Tuesday regarding if they consider the dirt piles their property.  City Administrator Josh VanLieshout reported to the common council last month that any development plans for the waterfront site will be tied up in court for some time.  Exactly who will pay for the cost of the dirt piles removal is still yet to be determined.

Kewaunee County Highway Department holds up well during Wintery Storms

By Paul Schmitt          

The challenge of clearing area roadways during last weekend's Winter Storm Evelyn was met successfully by the Kewaunee County Highway Department without many issues.  The multi-faceted event lasted over three days and required the road crews to get cooperation from their equipment and the public.  Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner Todd Every says with a few exceptions everything went as smooth as could be expected considering the amount of snow needing to be removed.



 

Every says two trucks were transitioned for the spring construction season last week but one of the trucks were able to be re-harnessed for plowing before Winter Storm Evelyn started last Saturday.  He gratefully noted the public's cooperation of staying off the roads over the weekend which helped in the snow removal process.

Door County YMCA Iron Man Challenge concludes as spring programs begin next week

By Paul Schmitt   

With the weather not being conducive to outdoor activities this spring, the Door County YMCA offered a new "Iron Athlete Challenge" that gave members the opportunity to get in shape for the summer.  CEO and President Tom Beerntsen explains how the program worked.



 

The Door County YMCA spring program sign-ups just began this week with classes beginning next Tuesday.  You can find more information on the program centers that are located in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek with this story online.

www.doorcountyymca.org

Door County Board names Dave Lienau as chair; passes resolution on limiting campaign contributions

By Paul Schmitt



 

The Door County Board of Supervisors held their first meeting since the April election earlier this month.  After recognizing all the outgoing board members who served, the board elected Dave Lienau to serve as the chairperson again.  County Administrator Ken Pabich shares other business accomplished at the meeting.



 

Pabich says board discussion included recent heavy snowfalls that will delay even longer the opening of the boat launches at the area county parks.

Door County Medical Center Rehab Services two-time Best of Door County Winner

By Paul Schmitt



 

For the second year in a row Door County Medical Center has claimed multiple Best of Door County awards. Door County Medical Center won in the best hospital and rehabilitation service categories. Director of Rehab Services Deb Whitelaw-Gorski says the distinction reflects highly on the staff of 65 rehab services employees that work at four different locations in the area.



 

The Rehab Services has locations at the Door County Medical Center hospital and skilled nursing home facility and the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay, as well as at the Scandia Village in Sister Bay and at Algoma Long Term Care in Kewaunee County.  Rehab Services is also active in the industrial community and with athletic trainers at area high schools, according to Gorski.

New era of accomplishment at first meeting of new Sturgeon Bay city council majority

By Roger Utnehmer     

It took just a little over three hours for the new majority on the Sturgeon Bay city council to accomplish what others have talked about for several years.  At the first meeting of three new council members, votes were taken to remove west-side waterfront dirt piles and move the time of council meetings to 7:00PM.

 

Second-term Council Member Kelly Catarozoli was elected president by a unanimous vote.  It was the first meeting for newly-elected David Hayes, Kelly Avenson and Seth Wiederanders.

 

Avenson raised concern about the number of lawsuits in which the city is involved and asked about more than $3,000 in legal fees that relate to waterfront development issues.  Council member Laurel Hauser questioned why Fire Chief Tim Dietman lists revenue on the fire department's 2017 annual report but does not list expenditures.  She said no non-profit organization in which she has been involved files an annual report with revenue listed but not expenses.  Dietman will update the report with complete information in response to Hauser's request.

 

A proposal to abolish the controversial Waterfront Redevelopment Authority was delayed until the next council meeting.  And mayoral appointments that need council confirmation for Robert Starr to the city Plan Commission and Sandy Hurley to the Police and Fire Commission were not approved by the council.  Starr is a former mayor and council member who was defeated by David Hayes.

Starr's campaign set a spending record for a Sturgeon Bay city council race, raising approximately $4,000 in his unsuccessful attempt to return to city government.

 

Council members also voted to study the formation of an Ethics Committee.

 

Scott Moore cited members of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority with arrogance and abuse of power.  During the public comment period at the start of the meeting, Moore cited fifteen consecutive closed meetings of the WRA.



 

Don Freix also asked that public officials post their contact information publicly.  In 2017 he asked for contact information for Waterfront Redevelopment Authority members as well as other committees.  He was told in a letter from city clerk Stephanie Reinhardt that non-elected members' right to privacy outweighs the public interest in disclosure.  Freix says citizens should be able to communicate with elected officials and if their email addresses and phone numbers are not available that communications is not possible.

New era of accomplishment at first meeting of new Sturgeon Bay city council majority

By Roger Utnehmer     

It took just a little over three hours for the new majority on the Sturgeon Bay city council to accomplish what others have talked about for several years.  At the first meeting of three new council members, votes were taken to remove west-side waterfront dirt piles and move the time of council meetings to 7:00 PM.

 

Second-term Council Member Kelly Catarozoli was elected president by a unanimous vote.  It was the first meeting for newly-elected David Hayes, Kelly Avenson, and Seth Wiederanders.

 

Avenson raised concern about the number of lawsuits in which the city is involved and asked about more than $3,000 in legal fees that relate to waterfront development issues.  Council member Laurel Hauser questioned why Fire Chief Tim Dietman lists revenue on the fire department's 2017 annual report but does not list expenditures.  She said no non-profit organization in which she has been involved files an annual report with revenue listed but not expenses.  Dietman will update the report with complete information in response to Hauser's request.

 

A proposal to abolish the controversial Waterfront Redevelopment Authority was delayed until the next council meeting.  And mayoral appointments that need council confirmation for Robert Starr to the city Plan Commission and Sandy Hurley to the Police and Fire Commission were not approved by the council.  Starr is a former mayor and council member who was defeated by David Hayes.

Starr's campaign set a spending record for a Sturgeon Bay city council race, raising approximately $4,000 in his unsuccessful attempt to return to city government.

 

Council members also voted to study the formation of an Ethics Committee.

 

Scott Moore cited members of the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority with arrogance and abuse of power.  During the public comment period at the start of the meeting, Moore cited fifteen consecutive closed meetings of the WRA.



 

Don Freix also asked that public officials post their contact information publicly.  In 2017 he asked for contact information for Waterfront Redevelopment Authority members as well as other committees.  He was told in a letter from city clerk Stephanie Reinhardt that non-elected members' right to privacy outweighs the public interest in disclosure.  Freix says citizens should be able to communicate with elected officials and if their email addresses and phone numbers are not available that communications is not possible.

Heavy snow causing roof collapses in area

By Paul Schmitt    

The recent record snowfall in Door and Kewaunee County has taken a toll on some agricultural structures and it may not be done yet.  Ebert Enterprises west of Algoma suffered multiple barn roof collapses starting last Sunday.  Owner Randy Ebert says fortunately no livestock or employees were injured but fears other facilities may face a similar fate.



 

Ebert acknowledged his entire staff of 50 dedicated employees that showed up and helped after Sunday's roof collapse.  He said thankfully only buildings that were affected and that the rest will take care of itself concerning insurance and costly repairs.

(photos compliments of Ebert Enterprises Facebook)

Kewaunee County learning about its residents and their views through online platform

By Tim Kowols      

Kewaunee County has gone high tech with the way it asks its residents for feedback on issues facing the county. Polco is an advanced public survey system used by the county to ask questions about a variety of issues such as its park system, libraries, and government. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says it has learned a lot from the 15 questions it has already asked its residents.

 



 

You can register for access to Polco and make your thoughts heard on a variety of Kewaunee County issues by following this story online to the Kewaunee County Government Web site.

Changing passwords, checking statements among ways to protect your identity

By Tim Kowols     

Getting into a habit of simply changing your passwords every 90 days can help you protect your identity.  According to Entrepeneur.com three out of four consumers use duplicate passwords for some of their important accounts, with 40 percent of those people forced to suffer through some sort of security incident as a result. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says it is up to you take responsibility for your personal and financial security.

 



 

Pustaver recommends an app called Last Pass to help you keep track of all the different passwords you might use. You can learn more financial literacy tips by clicking on this story online and listening to this week's Money Management Monday discussion.

 









Sturgeon Bay Fire Department responds to Therma-Tron-X fire

By Tim Kowols

Sturgeon Bay Firefighters continue to battle a fire at Therma-Tron-X in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park. Much of time has been spent fighting the fire from above as it hoses down a building with two vehicle bays adjacent to the company's main entrance. We will update this story as more information is available.

Norbertine Center for Spirituality highlights Earth Week with movie showing

By Tim Kowols       

The Norbertine Center for Spirituality in De Pere is using Leonardo DiCaprio's 2016 National Geographic documentary as the starting point for a conversation on climate change on Wednesday. The award-winning "Before the Flood" takes viewers around the globe to see the effects of man-made global warming and the impact it has on the communities it damages. Brother Steve Herro says the topic ties into the church's efforts to do its part in addressing climate change.

 



 

Following the film, social ethics graduate student and representatives from the Citizen Climate Lobby and the St. Norbert College Geology staff will lead a discussion about the movie. The event takes place in Killeen Room at the Norbertine Center for Spirituality beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sex offender released in Sturgeon Bay

By Tim Kowols         

A registered sex offender will be back living in Sturgeon Bay after being released from prison on Tuesday. Anthony F. Paschke has served time for his 2005 conviction of second-degree sexual assault, burglary, and eluding an officer. Paschke was also convicted in 1995 of second-degree sexual assault of a child according to Wisconsin Circuit Court Records. In accordance with state statute, Paschke will be under the supervision of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, which includes an electronic monitoring device. As of Tuesday morning, there was no specific address to where Paschke will live according to the state's sex offender registry, but a release from the Sturgeon Bay Police Department states that using the information to threaten or intimidate him would not be tolerated.

Winter Storm Evelyn dumps over 30 inches of snow in Door County

By Paul Schmitt     

The cleanup continues as the totals are in from the historic Winter Storm Evelyn that swept through Northeastern Wisconsin this past weekend.  According to the National Weather Service, from Friday night through Monday morning some areas of Door County received over 30 inches of snow.  Carlsville reportedly had 31.6 inches of snow which were the second most in the state.  Only Amherst had more with 33 inches of estimated snow accumulation.  Winter Storm Evelyn will go down in history as the worst two-day storm since 1888.

Eberts named Rotary Club Persons of the Year

By Paul Schmitt      

Randy and Renee Ebert have been recognized as the "Persons of the Year" by the Kewaunee Rotary Club.  Every year the Rotary Club honors individuals who have contributed to the area community.  The Eberts played host to the 2017 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days last June.  Addie Bernard from the Kewaunee County Rotary Club says there is no more deserving couple in Kewaunee County than the Eberts.



 

The Persons of the Year recognition dinner for the Eberts will be held on May 6 at Beverly Gardens.

Tickets may be purchased at the Novak Agency, Kewaunee or by calling Addie Bernard at 920-255-0178.

 

(Photo from Farm Technology Days last year)

Winter storms delay spring sports and challenge coaches

By Eric Fischer      

With another two feet of snow falling this weekend, high school spring sports teams will once again be confined to the gym when they return to school Tuesday.  Baseball, softball, track and field, and girls soccer are almost a full month into their respective seasons with only a handful of events played as scheduled.  One of the main problems becomes how to keep the athletes engaged in practice while being inside.  Gibraltar baseball coach Jay Kita says he tries to add competition to practice.



 

Kita also says that in addition to the frustration of being stuck in the gym, trying to reschedule as many games while also keeping players fresh is the other challenge.

Tax day Tuesday, Algoma Community Band After Tax concert due to perform on April 25

By Paul Schmitt     

With Tuesday being the official tax day, the Algoma Community Band and Lakeshore Singers are offering a night of musical favorites and memories on April 25 to celebrate.  The "After Taxes" concert will be held at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Algoma and include a unique trio and a polka arrangement.  President of the Algoma Community Band Sue Hepp shares the new trio that will be featured at this year's performance.



 

The Lakeshore Singers will open the evening with "It's a Grand Night for Singing".  The "After Taxes Concert" is free to the public and is scheduled for 7 pm next Wednesday, April 25.

(photo compliments of Algoma Community Band)

Door County Sheriff advising drivers to stay off roads into Tuesday

By Eric Fischer



People are recommended to avoid driving if possible on Monday and to be careful if they are on the roads in the upcoming days. The Door County Sheriff's Department reported over 70 drivers called in for motorist assists or that their car was in a ditch this weekend, due to poor driving conditions from Blizzard Evelyn.  Sheriff Steve Delarwelle says to allow highway crews to catch up on work.



Delarwelle adds that he wants to thank the crews for their hard work this weekend. Delarwelle also says he hopes the snow melts slowly in terms of safety to avoid flooding and slippery roadways.

HELP of Door County promoting Sexual Assault Awareness Month

By Eric Fischer



 

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are survivors of sexual assault, and HELP of Door County is trying to spotlight this issue during the month of April.  April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and HELP of Door County is raising awareness of the issue, as well as educating people on the services they provide to victims.  Steve Vickman, Executive Director of HELP of Door County shares some of the alarming statistics.



Vickman adds that HELP of Door County provides safe homes and support groups for victims, as well as referrals for counseling and legal options, free of charge and these are available 24/7.   Sexual Assault Awareness Month was first observed nationally in April 2001.  HELP of Door County can be reached 24/7 at the phone numbers on their website.

Highway Commissioner says Evelyn "Biggest and Most expensive storm yet"

By Eric Fischer



 

In thirty plus years serving the community, Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej says Blizzard Evelyn is the biggest and most expensive storm he has ever seen.  Evelyn dumped 24 inches of snow on Sturgeon Bay, and the National Weather Service in Green Bay is reporting that this is the second largest snowstorm in recordable history with the record set in March of 1888.  Kolodziej says the combination of hours and equipment is what will make this the most expensive storm to date.



Kolodziej adds that he believes roads should be in better condition as early as Monday afternoon, as the salt is working very well with the temperature.  Kolodziej wanted to thanks his crews for their hard work and says drivers should still be very cautious this week.

Outdoor enthusiast continues push for improved cycling and pedestrian paths in Door County

By Tim Kowols



 

A Sturgeon Bay resident hopes the recent announcement of the Ahnapee Trail extension between Utah and Michigan streets is more than just the beginning when it comes to address the county's master bicycle and pedestrian plan. The county commissioned a study back in 2013 to look at ways to improve the trails countywide to make the area even more attractive to cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts living or visiting here. Paul Anschutz poured over 100 hours of time into efforts to get the Ahnapee Trail extended, which included applying for grants and writing to advocacy groups and officials from local and state government. Anschutz says Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej and members of the bike committee should be more active getting additional funding to improve passage and extend paths as listed in the county's master plan.

 



 

According to Anschutz, the Ahnapee Trail extension would not have been possible without the efforts of the late George Pinney, Tom Huber,Senior Planner - Toole Design, Kelly Cox, Assistant General Counsel - Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Brigit Brown, State Trails Coordinator-Wisconsin DNR, Kelly Raleigh-Moses, Parks and Recreation Specialist-Wisconsin DNR, Christine Halibur, Northeast Wisconsin Grants & Loans Team Leader-Wisconsin DNR, Jean Romback-Bartels , Secretary's Director-Wisconsin DNR, and Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director-Wisconsin Bike Federation.

Monday Closures & Cancellations

Southern Door Schools - CLOSED

Algoma Schools - CLOSED

Luxemburg-Casco Schools - CLOSED

Kewaunee School - CLOSED

St. Peters Lutheran School - CLOSED

Gibraltar Area School District- CLOSED

Sturgeon Bay School District - CLOSED

Sevastopol School District - CLOSED

St. John Bosco School- CLOSED

Zion Lutheran School- Early Childhood Center- CLOSED

Washington Island School- 2 HOUR DELAY

Northern Door Children's Center- CLOSED

Kewaunee County - Offices CLOSED

ALL NWTC Locations- CLOSED

Door County YMCA: The Barker Child Development Center will be closed all day. All classes at the Northern Door and Sturgeon Bay program centers are canceled.  The Northern Door and Sturgeon Bay program centers will be open at 9:00 am.

Sunshine House is OPEN, NO BUS TRANSPORTATION TODAY

Adventures Childcare - CLOSED

Stella Maris Parish- Office CLOSED, no morning prayer Monday

Advanced Disposal Routes Canceled Today and main facility in Sturgeon Bay- CLOSED

Door County Library- Egg Harbor, Forestville, and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Branches -  CLOSED

Door County Library- Sturgeon Bay and Baileys Harbor Branches- OPENING AT 12 PM

PFLAG Meeting at Hope Church - CANCELED

Door County ADRC- ALL MEAL SITES CLOSED, No Meals on Wheels Service Monday

Kewaunee County Senior Dining and Meals on Wheels - CLOSED

ALL 8th District Courts (Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Marinette, Oconto, Waupaca, and Outagamie counties) are CLOSED today, NO COURT PROCEEDINGS

City of Sturgeon Bay: No Garbage Pickup today, all pickups re-scheduled 1 day back

City of Algoma - No Garbage Pickup, Under Snow Emergency until 3 p.m. Tuesday

Gardener Garbage Pickup: RESCHEDULED TO TUESDAY

Monday's Celebrate Earth Week in Door County are CANCELED

Crossroads at Big Creek - CLOSED, Friends of Crossroads meeting- CANCELED

ALL SHIFTS at Bay Ship are optional for Monday

Neighbor to Neighbor office and equipment facilities are CLOSED

Run the Door Kickoff Run: POSTPONED until 4/25

Peninsula Pride Farms hopes to continue to build on learning experiences

By Tim Kowols      

Peninsula Pride Farms president Don Niles knows the pressure is on to put what they have learned into use in its third year of existence. Some members of the farmer-led initiative have joined groups led by the Natural Resources Conservation Service and UW Discovery Farms to make their operations into outdoor science labs to see which practices can yield the best results for soil and water conservation. Niles says with the data they have been accumulating, farmers have a much better idea of what works and what still needs to be improved.

 



 

Peninsula Pride Farms is planning a spring field day at Heim's Hillcrest Dairy in Algoma later this month to discuss new manure injection techniques.

Kewaunee County to crack down on noisy vehicles

By Tim Kowols and Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski      

You could soon be warned and cited for having faulty exhaust systems or simply having your stereo too loud in Kewaunee County. State statute has rules forbidding vehicles like motorcycles to have inadequate mufflers, which often is in the culprit of motorists making a lot of noise while traveling. Laws also forbid vehicles from emitting sound from their stereo that could be heard under normal conditions 75 or more feet away. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski recognizes the department has been lax on the rules in the past, but that will change.

 



 

Joski says offenders will be given time to make the necessary adjustments but could be cited after multiple offenses. You can read the rest of Joski's weekly Sheriff's Corner online with this story.

 

 

 

 

Recently I received a call from a citizen who asked what we are doing in regards to loud vehicles and motorcycles. In this conversation they were specifically concerned about the loud motorcycles. While most will associate this with the Harley Davidson Models, I think it is safe to say that even the foreign models are susceptible to this same issue. That issue is the installation of modified exhaust. In many of these situations, exhaust systems are modified to the point where there is little baffling the noise directly off of the engine which results in an extremely annoying experience for anyone within the area.

       

        I was embarrassed to admit that we have not done enough in our enforcement and the time has come to bring these violations back into compliance. Another issue which has been raised is the presence of loud music coming from motor vehicles on the roadway.

 

        First Loud exhaust, this is very simple, if your exhaust system is broken, fix it. If you have purchased an exhaust system that did not come original to the vehicle or motorcycle, make sure it is not unreasonably loud. The following is the Wisconsin State Statute that covers loud exhaust:

347.39(1)
(1) No person shall operate on a highway any motor vehicle  subject to registration unless such motor vehicle is equipped with an adequate muffler in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise or annoying smoke. This subsection also applies to motor bicycles.

         Next let's cover loud radios. We all enjoy our own select taste in music, and we all enjoy listening to it as we travel to and from our destinations. There is a belief that if the music is good at a low volume, it will be even better at a higher volume. While this may be the case, we all need to consider those around us, and whether or not they need to hear this music as well. There is no reason for a vehicles sound system to be heard two blocks away, and in some cases literally "felt" at the same distance. The following is the Wisconsin State Statute that covers loud music from a motor vehicle:

346.94(16) RADIOS OR OTHER ELECTRIC SOUND AMPLIFICATION

DEVICES. no person may operate or park, stop or leave standing a motor vehicle while using a radio or other electric sound amplification device emitting sound

from the vehicle that is audible under normal conditions from a

distance of 75 or more feet, unless the electric sound amplification

device is being used to request assistance or warn against an

unsafe condition.

           In both of these circumstances, please note that we in law enforcement have an obligation to maintain peace and order in our community. The desire for a portion of our population to do as they wish is not acceptable. Just because you like the loud rumble coming from your cycle does not give you the right to intrude on others right to enjoy a peaceful afternoon. If you are that attached to your exhaust system, please feel free to run it in the seclusion of your own home, however once you are out on the public roadway you now fall under our rules as a society and yes you will be held accountable.

 

            Similarly, if you like to listen to your vehicle's sound system at a high decibel, feel free to park it in your yard and enjoy. Please know that in this case whether on the road or in your yard, you will still need to turn it down if it becomes a nuisance to your neighbors.

 

            I write this article on this topic now so that the owners of these vehicles have time to contact their dealerships or parts stores and arrange for the purchase and installation of proper equipment. While this may not be a popular action to enforce, again it our sworn duty and I hope that all can appreciate and respect our obligation to the preservation of peace and tranquility within our communities. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. (920)255-1100.  Thank You!!

Celebrate Water Door County kicks off May 5

By Tim Kowols     

Inspired by her son's book, Anne Egan is taking the conversation about the area's most important resource around Door County. Celebrate Water Door County, an initiative of the Door County Community Foundation, will host several special events and forums across the county focusing on water. Egan says her son's book, "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes," changed her outlook on water and wants to make sure the conversation continues.

 



 

The year-long event officially kicks off at Sawyer Park on May 5 at 1 p.m. and will conclude next June with a water summit featuring journalists, scientists, and environmentalists. You can find a full schedule of events online with this story.

Sternard joins Door County Sheriff race

By Tim Kowols



 

Lieutenant Tammy Sternard is making another try at being the top cop at the Door County Sheriff's Department, posting her intentions to run for the post on Sunday. Sternard posted on her campaign's Facebook page that "with the impending retirement of Sheriff Steve Delarwelle, I feel now is the right time to pursue this very important leadership position in our county." A candidate for sheriff in 2014, Sternard is currently the jail lieutenant and has served in Door County for 25 years, including over a decade at the administrative level. Sternard is the second person to announce their candidacy for Door County Sheriff, joining Chief Deputy Pat McCarty in the race.

Walker reflects on past terms, only wants one "do-over"

By Eric Fischer



As Governor Walker prepares to run for his third term, there is only one thing he would go back and do different, more communication.  The Governor points to his first term, when he signed the controversial Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as 2011 Wisconsin Act 10, sparked protests and recall elections.  Walker says when he came into office that he wanted to get right to work, instead of opening up communication with the public.



 

Walker adds that he wants to continue to hold listening sessions in each county to best govern Wisconsin.  Walker visited Door and Kewaunee County Republicans at each county's Lincoln Day Dinner on April 7th.

Debate continues on acceptable cheers

By Eric Fischer



Debate continues about what is acceptable for fans to say during high school sporting events.  In 2016, Wisconsin high school athletics made national news after a Hilbert student was suspended 5 games for criticizing a WIAA email to coaches and administration attempting to ban chants.  Chants on the report include "scoreboard", "fundamentals", "You can't do that", "airball", and others that have become staples in sporting events.  Yet, many of these can still be heard when attending games.  Jay Kita, coach of the Gibraltar baseball team, says he wishes that the WIAA would be more proactive in showing their expectations.



Kita adds that he thinks Gibraltar students, as well as students across the conference are very respectful.  In terms of the referee shortage being seen across the state, Kita also cited parents and a lack of interest from younger people as the main reasons in the decline of certified officials.

Southern Door prom a great success

By Delilah Rose, Southern Door Student Correspondent    

Southern Door's 2017-18 Midnight Masquerade Prom was on April 7th. The junior prom court decorated
their high school's eagle gym with many lights, balloons and ribbons to set the mysterious mood. The court couples walked down their red carpet, that was rolled out in the middle of the gym, their masks on, and flaunted their silk and lace gowns. From behind their masks, this year's prom king and queen were passed onto Alex Quigley and Britney Dantoin.

Both of these new Southern Door royalty shared that they are honored to receive their crowns. The message that they want to tell their peers is that they both love who they are and everyone should be able to feel the same way about themselves while being the best person you can be.

Last years prom king and queen, Matthew Martinez-Garcia and Olivia VanDenHeuvel, both are happy to be passing their crowns to their fellow classmates. Matthew and Olivia, being seniors, are soon to be moving on from Southern Door and wish their the best to all.

These now unmasked past and new Southern Door royalty tell their peers that they should be involved with
as many people, studies, and activities that they can get your hands on. With the masquerade ball behind them, the crowned court, unmasked, shares the genuine well wishes to the upcoming underclassmen.

Kewaunee County Food Pantry goes digital to help families in need

By Paul Schmitt



With the advent of rummage sale sites on social media, the Kewaunee County Food Pantry in Algoma is joining the ranks of organizations utilizing the service.  President Ken Marquardt says the pantry recently established a Facebook rummage sale site.



 

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry has over 200 followers already.  Marquardt estimated that the pantry served over 450 families in 2017.  The annual Rummage and Bake Sale was held this past weekend at the pantry with all proceeds used to purchase needed supplies and food for local families in need.  Due to the snowstorm, the half-price sale planned for Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday and Tuesday, according to Marquardt.

The link to the Kewaunee County Food Pantry rummage sale site is below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/171240690198187/about/

Earth Week(s) Door County 2018 hosting lecture on clean water policies and practices

By Paul Schmitt    

The Celebrate Earth Weeks 2018 activities in Door County continue next week with a solutions-based focus on clean water as part of the second segment of the Green Door Legacy Roundtable Lecture.  The president of the Northeastern Wisconsin Clean Water Action Council will present at the Sevastopol Town Hall on Monday night.  Wayne Kudick of the Earth Week Door County committee shares who the speaker will be and his message.



 

The Green Legacy Lecture last Monday dealt with the issue-side of searching for sustainability.  The complete schedule of remaining events for Celebrate Earth Weeks 2018 in Door County is online below.

 
4/14 Sat. Stevens Point, WI: Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Event information and registration available at www.eventbrite.com or by calling (715) 346-4992.

3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing's Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay Green Movie Series, "The Great Ledge"; Takes viewers on a trip through the Wisconsin segment of the Niagara Escarpment with twelve interesting stories that explore the cliffs, caves, Native American pictographs, mines, plants, fauna, wine country and more. If you've ever wondered about the origins of the Escarpment in Wisconsin, and all that it involves then this is the story for you. Dan Larson, Producer will lead a discussion re: the movie and issues prompted. Nancy Goss, from the Greater Escarpment Organization, Door County (GEO-DC) will add plans for promoting the escarpment as a geological gem for Door County and a new building to house its efforts. Sponsor: Door County Environmental Council Contacts: Mike Bahrke Dan Larson, Com-Video Productions LLC Nancy Goss, GEO DC


4/16 Mon. 10:00-11:45 a.m., Door County Community Center (ADRC Center), 916 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay Green Movie Series, "The Messenger" (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Discussion leader. Charlotte Lukes Hosts: Chris and Dave Kellems

7:00-8:30 p.m., Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Rt 57, Institute Green Door Legacy Roundtable Lecture, "Opportunities and Barriers to Citizen Participation in Policy and Practices for Clean Water" Lecturer: Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council Host: David Lea Sponsors: Sustain Door and NEW Clean Water Action Council. NOTE: Sevastopol Schools' FFA will view the movie in classes


4/17 Tues. 4:40 p.m., UUFDC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim Green Movie Series, "The Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch"; the world-wide plastic garbage growth and the effects on wildlife. Tony Gatenby, Discussion Leader


4/18 Weds. 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Door County Community Center (ADRC Center), 916 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay Green Movie Series, TWO showings: "The Great Ledge" Documentary takes viewers through our Niagara Escarpment with twelve stories that explore cliffs, caves, lithographs, pictographs, mines plants, fauna, wine country and more and the origins of this wonder of nature. Dan Larson, Producer, will discuss the photographic and content formulation for this environmental film, (920) 336-3500 Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County, https://climatechangedoorcounty.com Contact: Tony Gatenby, PhD, Climate Change Coalition of Door County Menasha Corporation and Schneider Transportation are the underwriters for the film's showing.


4/19 Thurs. 10:00-10:30 a.m., WDOR Radio Talk Show with Eddie Allen co-hosts Carl Scholz, Master Gardeners and Angela Lensch, THRIVE, Egg Harbor "Earth Week(s) 2018 Calendar of Events, Discussion, Origins, Goals" Tia Nelson, Senator Gaylord Nelson's daughter will provide a message (Senator Nelson was the originator of Earth Day). Contacts: Angela Lensch, THRIVE, Egg Harbor Carl Scholz Eddy Allen

5:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Cultivating Community with the Green Tier Legacy Charter", http://greentiercommunities.org/ In a special Earth Week presentation, Will Erikson (DNR Environmental Business Support Coordinator) will give an overview of what it means to be a Green Tier Legacy Community. Hear an update from the Village of Egg Harbor as they step into their first year as a Green Tier Legacy Community Community and encourage other municipalities to enroll in this energy efficiency and environmental sustainability plan that also improves business development. In addition, hear about the new book nook story book gardens happening in Village of Egg Harbor. Host, Angela Lensch, Egg Harbor Village Board, Green Tier Legacy Community Committee Snacks and refreshments will be available

7:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Inspired by the Earth: Green Drinks & Karaoke Sing Along", Get down with your green self and kick of Earth Week. Sing the songs of John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, or your karaoke specialty. Music by Caleb Frostman. Contact: Jess Reinke.


4/21 Sat. Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and Earth Day with Serenity Bridge Yoga and Open Door Bird Sanctuary" 10:00 – Kress Pavilion & Library Opens 10:30 – Kids Earth Day Yoga: Ann Johnson will kick off the day by Serenity Bridge with Earth Day Kids Yoga! The program is targeted for ages 3-7, and include fun yoga poses along with stories, games and a lot of imagination that will celebrate our love for the earth. 11:00 – Crafts & Hands on Activities. 12:00 – Open Door Bird Sanctuary Presents "Hunters of the Sky" Raptor Program. We will celebrate our feathered friends with activities all day. The program will focus on a mix of owls, hawks and falcons and their highly specialized hunting techniques and physical adaptations that make them successful. 1:00 PM- Program ends


4/22 Sun. 10:00 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim "Citizen Actions to Protect the Waters of Northeast Wisconsin" Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council, will talk about the rights of citizens to protect both ground and surface waters, recent citizen actions, opportunities for citizen participation, and the barriers for citizen participation in northeast Wisconsin.


4/23 Mon. 2:00-4:00 p.m., Fish Creek Library Conference Room, 4097 Main St. Green Movie Series, "The Eden Project": This is a documentary on the evolution of a fantastic idea on the rough but beautiful Cornish coast of England. In about 1995 an idea was born to celebrate the Millennium by creating a massive tribute to the plant kingdom and our complete dependence on it! A group of diverse individuals coalesced into a remarkable team and turned an industrial waste site into one of the world's most amazing, lush, educational and entertaining environmental centers. About 20 times larger than the most ambitious hot houses, it features tropical jungles and arid desert climates right on the west coast of England. In a little over an hour we will sample the excitement that this project engendered and visit a breathtaking "Sustainable Disneyland of Nature", very close to where the very popular TV series "Doc Martin" has been filmed. Sponsor David Lea from Sustain Door will host and provide Q&A, present on prospects for environmental advancements forthcoming from this project.

Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. Green Movie Series Double Feature 3:30 p.m., "The Lorax", for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 5:30 p.m., "Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel" (followup to "An Inconvenient Truth"): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. Discussion Leader; Tony Gatenby, Climate Change Coalition of Door County Coordinator: Pat Glen

U/W Madison 12th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, pays homage to the legacy of Senator Gaylord Nelson, originator of Earth Day. Registration and cost information available at https://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/earth-day/2018/registration-template.php


4/24 Tues. Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. Green Movie Series Double Feature: 4:30 p.m., "The Lorax", for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 7:00 p.m., "The Messenger" (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

5:30-7:00 p.m., Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. (upper conference room) Spring Herbs of Door County: Door County's herbs, medicinal & food use. Presenter: David Laluzerne

7:00-9:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library (Jane Green Room), 107 S 4th Ave. Green Movie Series: "Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel" (followup to "An Inconvenient Truth"): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. Q&A guide and discussion leader: Tony Gatenby, Climate Change Coalition


4/25 Wed. 3:30 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S 4th Ave. Green Movie Series (for kids): "WALL-E", short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

4/26 Thurs. 1:00-3:00 p.m., Heins Creek Preserve, 7112 Rt 57 (between Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport) "Land Trust Celebrating Earth Week Walk at Heins Creek Preserve", Join us for a special Earth Day hike at the Door County Land Trust's Heins Creek Preserve! This beautiful preserve is part of a larger isthmus of wetlands and wooded sand dunes between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Michigan. These dunes were formed thousands of years ago after the glaciers melted and lake levels dropped, eventually closing off the old bay of Lake Michigan, forming what is today Kangaroo Lake. Heins Creeks, a Class II trout stream, drains from the south end of Kangaroo Lake, passing through the preserve to Lake Michigan. Trails are relatively easy to traverse, with some sandy and muddy places throughout. This walk will cover a portion of the 1 mile trail system, and take approximately 1 ½ – 2 hours. Limit: 35 registered hikers Registration at: www.doorcountylandtrust.org Co-leaders: Chuck Lauter, Terrie Cooper

7:00-8:30 p.m., Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay "Wild Words: Ten Stories about Water". With a theme of "healthy water", storytellers will share a story with 20 pictures and 20 seconds per picture. The format, called "pecha kucha," is Japanese for chit-chat and gives each storyteller 6 minutes and 40 seconds to interpret the water theme through story or spoken word. Introduction: Cinnamon Rossman, Door County Land Trust

7:00 p.m., Bjorklunden Conference Center, 7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor "Wisconsin's Trees and Forests – A Societal Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight" and "Climate Change–A Prelude to Earth Week's Tree Planting Events". Presenter: Paul De Long, American Forest Foundation, Washington, DC (former Wis. State Forester, DNR) Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County. Hosts: Dick & Mary Smythe


4/26 Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 4/27 Fri., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 4/28, Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tree Planting Events: "Connect with Nature at The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve", 309 Rt 42, Ellison Bay For information, flyer, and map contact: Climate Change Door County Co-Sponsors: The Nature Conservancy, Kari Hagenow The Climate Change Coalition of Door County


4/27 Fri. 2:00-3:30 p.m., The Ridges, 8166 Rt 57, Baileys Harbor "Biological control: Nature fighting pests for you." Annie Deutsch, UW Extension Agricultural Agent, presents an overview of natural predators to control insects. Birders George Cobb and Jane Whitney will discuss bird species and the benefits from less pesticides. Sponsors: The Ridges, U/W Extension Agricultural Programs

Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar High School students will conduct their annual tree planting activity for The Nature Conservancy. Bob Bultman, Consultant, Restore Door County Sponsor: Kari Hagenow, The Nature Conservancy


4/28 Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay High Auditorium, 1230 Michigan St. "Protecting Our Ground Water: A Community Forum" To begin, U/W-Oshkosh Geology Professor Maureen Muldoon and USDA Agricultural Researcher Mark Borchardt will discuss Door County's unique geology and challenges in protecting our groundwater based on current science. To close, a local panel consisting of Door County Corporation Council's Grant Thomas, Assistant County Sanitarian Chris Olson, and County Conservationist Erin Hanson will explain past efforts in the County to prevent human and animal waste contamination to groundwater. Sponsor: League of Women Voters, Door County, Susan Kohout

3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing's Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay Green Movie Series: "The Messenger", Documentary is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Discussion Leader: Charlotte Lukes and Dick Smythe. Door County Environmental Council, Coordinator, Host: Mike Bahrke

7:00-8:30 p.m., Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, 10118 Moravia St., Ephraim "An Evening at Nature's Opera: Frog Chorus", As spring temperatures rise, frogs begin their spring search for a mate, and they use their amazing vocal chords to announce their presence. Learn about the various ways of identifying frogs by sound, and about the efforts to monitor frog populations in Door County. This sensitive species is an indicator to the health of the ecosystem, and their resounding sound is music to many conservationists! Trails are relatively flat but can be a little rocky, so wear good walking shoes. Evening light will guide us, but bring a flashlight to be safe. Limit 20 Registered Hikers Registration at: www.doorcountylandtrust.org Leaders: Marilyn Hansotia Co- Leaders: Bob Judd, Tom Clay Directions: Park at the Anderson Dock or Hardy Gallery, cross Hwy 42, walk east on Anderson Lane one block until it intersects with Moravia St., turn left on Moravia and meet at DCLT trailhead sign

EARTH WEEK DOOR COUNTY – BACKGROUND Earth Day (always April 22nd) and Arbor day (always the last Friday in April) are two keystone days in which we recognized the importance of our environment. They also signal the beginning of spring and renewal, and reinforce our goal of protecting our fragile earth in any way possible. To focus attention on these days, we've titled the time between the two as "Earth Week".

Earth Week Door County began with a focus on tree planting, but has expanded to include a variety of other activities and events that now fill most of April. Our long-term goal is to draw attention to time between and around Earth and Arbor Days by providing a wide variety of earth-centric events, whether they be discussions & presentations, films, activities like student and volunteer tree planting, lists of books to read, local/state/national presenters, music, and more.

Earth Week(s) also has a long-range goal of creating "shoulder season" events to bring folks to Door County before the traditional tourist season.

Beginning in 2016, the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, The Forest Recovery Project, The Ridges Sanctuary, and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to bring together more than a week's worth of activities that will help everyone observe Earth Day and Arbor Day. Now our goal is to help be a clearinghouse of information for Earth Week-centric activities, a focal point to share information from other like-minded groups.

Earth Week Door County is focused on bringing attention to Earth Day and Arbor Day with a wide range of our and others' activities and events, collectively titled "Celebrate Earth Week".

Senator Baldwin wants infrastructure to be American made

By Tim Kowols      

From concrete being poured to the people doing the work, Senator Tammy Baldwin wants it to be American made. The Wisconsin Senator urged the Trump Administration last month to make sure its infrastructure plans include strong Buy American standards. Senator Baldwin says from its water infrastructure to its rural broadband, the people hired and the products used to make it happen should come from here.

 

 



 

President Donald Trump unveiled his infrastructure plans last month, calling for $200 billion in federal funding to encourage $1.5 trillion in state, municipality, and private investment according to CNBC.

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Winter Storm Evelyn unleashes fury on Door and Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols       

The storm of the winter is still pounding Door and Kewaunee County, giving hard-working snowplow drivers plenty of windshield time this weekend. The National Weather Service estimates over two feet of snow fell in parts of the area with wind gusts reaching as high as 50 miles per hour. Sturgeon Bay interim municipal services director Chad Shefchik says city crews hit the roadways at 3 a.m. Saturday morning and have been trying to be proactive ever since.

 



 

Shefchik recommends motorists stay off the roads as much as possible. There is a blizzard warning that lasts until Monday morning while there is a lakeshore flood warning until 1 p.m. on Sunday.

 

FROM THE DOOR COUNTY HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER



 



The on-going blizzard is creating extremely hazardous conditions.



 



Many roadways are impassable due to drifting and continuing snowfall.



 



All non-emergency vehicles need to stay off all Door County roadways until crews have had a chance to open the roads, which will not occur until late this afternoon.



 



The cooperation of the public during this type of snow emergency is crucial for their safety and those of all emergency operations personnel.



 



Thank you for your cooperation.



 



John P. Kolodziej, PE








CANCELLATIONS FOR SUNDAY
Sturgeon Bay Community Church – Both Services Canceled
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – Sturgeon Bay – Sunday Service Canceled
St.Peters Lutheran Church – Sturgeon Bay – No Sunday Services
Hope United Church of Christ: Sunday Services CANCELED
St. Paul's Algoma: All services CANCELED
St. Joseph's Sturgeon Bay: All services CANCELED
Tanum Forest Lutheran Church: All weekend events CANCELED, funeral moved to Monday
Crossroads at Big Creek: CLOSED this weekend
Door County Library: All Branches CLOSED. Sturgeon Bay Open House RESCHEDULED to 4/17
St. John's Algoma: All weekend events RESCHEDULED to Wednesday
St. Peter's: Sunday service RESCHEDULED to Wednesday.
Door County  YMCA: Both facilities CLOSED


Newly elected officials mean different dynamics for local government

By Tim Kowols     

This spring's election promises to bring a lot of change to local school boards, county boards, and city councils. When many of the governing bodies meet again, it will be for what is called "organizational meeting," which assigns the members to different committees and promotes some to chairperson and vice chairperson positions. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says it is actually an exciting time for him to see what comes from it.

 



 

Door County will host its organizational meeting on April 17 while Kewaunee County will have theirs on April 24.

Change the theme for Tuesday's Sturgeon Bay Common Council

By Tim Kowols      

The newly configured Sturgeon Bay Common Council will not waste any time addressing some of the issues brought up on the campaign trail when its three newest members are seated. Before heading into the business portion of the meeting, the city of Sturgeon Bay will honor former alderpersons Ron Vandertie, Richard Wiesner, and Stewart Fett for their years of service before newly elected David Hayes, Kelly Avenson, and Seth Wiederanders take over their seats. New committee assignments and a council president will be approved before the body weighs in on two resolutions regarding the Great Lakes Basin Tree Planting program and asking the Wisconsin Legislature to allow Sturgeon Bay to enact a 0.5 percent Premier Resort Area Tax on tourist-related expenditures. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will also consider action on changing meeting times, dissolving the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority, forming an ethics committee and moving the dirt piles when it meets on Tuesday at noon.

Talking with your family about financial difficulties

By Renee Koenig, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Family Living Educator      

A drop in income due to changes in salary or wage deductions can be a scary and unsettling situation for both adults and children. It is important to talk through the situation with family members as quickly as possible--even though it may be hard to do.

"Adults can easily feel overwhelmed by the added stress and sense of reduced financial security. It is important to remember that children sense the tension in the family and may feel less secure, but don't know what to do about it," says Renee Koenig, University of Wisconsin-Extension family living educator in Kewaunee County.

For some families, an income drop significantly changes your ability to make ends meet. Parents may be less engaged with their children and more likely to become upset or angry over little things due to higher levels of stress. Keeping the lines of communication open during times like these can help everyone feel more connected.

Family communication can also help older children and parents find ways to work together on managing the family finances. Even young children can be taught about wants and needs, and how family financial decisions are made.

Koenig offers some tips for family money meetings:

--The most important thing to remember is to "leave blame at the door."

--Recognize and respect each other's different attitudes toward money and approach discussions in an organized way. Work to find common ground so you can all work in the same direction.

--Make sure it is a good time for each of you to talk. If one of you has had a bad day or received difficult news, you may want to reschedule the discussion.

--Set ground rules for the discussion. Make sure everyone has an opportunity to be heard and listen to what family members are saying. Avoid accusations and blame.

--Set and prioritize your goals together and stick to the plan unless something significant occurs and you need to alter it.

--Set aside time each month for a money meeting. Regular meetings will become easier to do and keep you on track.

 

You may need to meet more frequently during times of financial stress. Try to set goals that are obtainable, and leave everyone something that will keep their spirits up. When planning about cutting back on spending, find alternatives for when you have to say "We can't do that anymore." For example, if you can't afford to go to the movie theatre or rent movies, start a movie-lending group with friends or borrow movies from the library. Finding free and inexpensive alternatives can keep family members from feeling the brunt of financial hardship.

 

Some financial decisions are harder to make. For example, you may wonder how you will afford to buy food, and pay your rent or mortgage. What will happen if you can't pay your credit card bills right now? You need to take action right away if you are asking these questions. Find out about any and all financial supports that are available to you based on your current income. In Kewaunee County, you can find out more about options that are available by calling 920-388-7137.

 

UW-Extension provides an online financial management resource for people experiencing different levels of financial stress. All the resources on this website, "Managing Your Personal Finances in Tough Times," are free. You can access the information at http://fyi.uwex.edu/toughtimes/

 

Koenig offers financial education during Money Smart Week, April 21-28:

Money Matters

Date:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time:  1:00-2:30 p.m.

Place:  Algoma Public Library

Learn about your financial strengths, gain new money management skills and build knowledge you can share with others–your kids, your spouse, friends, co-workers, and more.

 

Keeping Up When Money Is Tight

Date:  Friday, April 27, 2018

Time:  11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Place:  Algoma Public Library

Learn the 5 steps you can take to get a handle on your finances – and your financial stress.

Sevastopol third-graders bring historical figures to life in living wax museum

By Tim Kowols

Third graders at Sevastopol Elementary got to step into somebody else's shoes for a day as it hosted its living wax museum. Students picked historical figures to research before creating a poster, writing a report, and becoming that person for their presentation. Lyvia Duessler chose Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai because of the inspiration she gives girls.

 



 

Savanna Kiehnau used her love for baseball and softball to learn more about Kathryn Johnston, the first girl to play Little League. The 81-year-old Johnston even connected with Kiehnau to help make her presentation more real.

 



 

Nearly 60 third graders participated in the annual event. You can see Duessler and Kiehnau's presentation online with this story.

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New dairy safety net program still leaving farmers leery

By Tim Kowols     

Some farmers are still hesitant about buying into a government program designed to combat plunging milk prices and rising feed costs. The United States Department of Agriculture lowered its all-milk forecast to $15.60 to $16.10 per hundredweight, which is off over three dollars from a year ago. According to Farm Forum, the new Margin Protection Program hopes to calculate the difference between milk and feed costs more frequently, increase the threshold for the Tier one payment schedule, and reduce payments for some farmers in certain categories. Wallace Dairy LLC owner Paul Wallace Jr. says he is a little skeptical of the revamped program after participating in it for two years before ditching it last year due to a lack of results.

 



 

Wallace says he will try the Margin Protection Program again but at the minimum amount. He estimates milk prices need to be in the $18 to $20 range before he could make a comfortable profit. Farmers can enroll in the Margin Protection Program until June 1.

UPDATED CANCELLATIONS/POSTPONEMENTS

By Tim Kowols      

Winter Storm Evelyn is announcing its presence with authority with the worse still yet to come this weekend. Sturgeon Bay City Engineer Chad Shefchik said in an email that it appears Sturgeon Bay will be getting the upper end of snow forecasts, which is expected to be well over a foot. From Shefchik:

Unfortunately, we appear to be receiving snow totals on the upper end of the forecasted amounts.  However, all of our available crew has been able to get in this morning.  We have been out in full force with all available crew and equipment since about 3:00 this morning and will continue to do our best to stay on top of this impressive SPRING storm.

Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej is urging motorists to stay off the roads if possible, with many county roads impassable as of 6 a.m. From Kolodziej:

All County Roads are currently snow covered and very hazardous.


Many of the County Roads are currently impassable due the amount of snow, ongoing heavy snow and strong winds creating very dangerous conditions.


County crews have been out since last night, however, strong winds, snow and blowing snow are creating very limited visibility and significantly slowing the snow removal on all roads throughout the County.


There are many vehicles already stuck in the roadway and are creating problems and slowing the snow removal process.


All motorists are advised to stay off the roads until snow removal crews have an opportunity to clear all roadways.


Sunday, April 15 cancellations:

 

Sturgeon Bay Community Church - Both Services Canceled

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - Sturgeon Bay - Sunday Service Canceled

St.Peters Lutheran Church - Sturgeon Bay - No Sunday Services

Econo Foods Re-Opening at 9 AM Sunday

 

Below are the cancellations and postponements listed for Saturday April 14:

Cornette Dairy Open House: POSTPONED Make-up date TBD
Virlee Gunworks Live Broadcast: POSTPONED
Brussels Disposal Site: CLOSED
Recycling Event at St. Peter and St. Hubert Church: POSTPONED until June
Third Avenue Playhouse: Shows CANCELED Saturday and Sunday
Door County YMCA:  Northern Door and Sturgeon Bay are CLOSED today.
NWTC: All locations CLOSED
Southern Door School District: LEAP performances POSTPONED until weekend of April 29
Jacksonport Recycling: CANCELED
Kewaunee County Historical Society Annual Meeting CANCELED
Gail Kane Funeral Service: CANCELED. No further information
Algoma Youth Club: CLOSED this evening
Algoma Wolf Tech: Saturday Class CANCELED
Tanum Forest Lutheran Church: All weekend events CANCELED, funeral moved to Monday
Crossroads at Big Creek: CLOSED this weekend
Door County Library: All Branches CLOSED. Sturgeon Bay Open House RESCHEDULED to 4/17
St. John's Algoma: All weekend events RESCHEDULED to Wednesday
St. Peter's: Sunday service RESCHEDULED to Wednesday.
WS Packaging: CLOSED 11 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday
Luxemburg Lions Club: Sunday Bingo CANCELED
Wisconsin Conservation Club Hall of Fame Induction featuring Roy and Charlotte Lukes: POSTPONED until May
St. Peter and Paul Church Institute: 6 p.m. mass CANCELED
Sturgeon Bay Community Church: First Sunday Service of the morning CANCELED
Hope United Church of Christ: Sunday Services CANCELED
St. Paul's Algoma: All services CANCELED
St. Joseph's Sturgeon Bay: All services CANCELED

The Harborettes Homemakers Club will be sponsoring a "Day of Mending" as a service project for the community on Saturday, April 28th from 9 am to 2 pm. (Rescheduled due to April 14th snowstorm).  Bring your clothing items that need mending to the Jacksonport Town Hall and we will sew on buttons, repair seams, patch items, etc (no zippers, please).  There will also be a Bake Sale going on that day at the Jacksonport Town Hall to help with expenses of our HCE projects.

Door County Deer Advisory Board looking to have bow hunting season extended

By Paul Schmitt     

The Door County Deer Advisory Board will meet for the third time this year Monday before making formal recommendations to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Last year the board reversed an earlier recommendation that would have called for an antlerless deer hunt for 2017.  Dick Buidhuin of the Deer Advisory Board says this year the only new recommendation planned is an extension of the bow hunting season.



 

The plan again for this fall is to have each license holder for the gun hunting receive five free antler-less bonus tags with another holiday hunt in December.  The Deer Advisory Board was put in place four years ago by the state legislature to give the public more input for deer management, according to Baudhuin.  Monday's meeting will be held at the Door County Government Center on Nebraska Street starting at 7 pm.

Wintery storm may impact weekend travel

By Paul Schmitt     

With the return of heavy precipitation forecast through Sunday, area law enforcement warns drivers to be ready for changing road conditions throughout the weekend.  Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle gives tips if you must travel this weekend.



 

According to the National Weather Service, unseasonably cold temperatures are expected for the next three days with possible snow accumulations of up to six to ten inches.

NexGen Door County celebrates young professionals with awards night

By Paul Schmitt

NexGen Door County celebrated the county's young people with a special awards dinner Thursday evening at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.  Hard-working, community minded young professionals were recognized at the NexGen Door County ypAwards.  The Rising Star winner was Tenley Koehler of the Door County UW-Extension Family Living Programs.  Bridgett Starr of Nicolet Bank won the Shining Star award.  Caleb Frostman of NexGen Door County says the future looks bright with the impact young people are making in the area.



 

Thursday's event was the second annual NexGen Door County ypAwards, a program that was launched in 2015 by the Door County Economic Development Corporation to attract and retain young professionals in Door County through networking, social, educational and community service programs.

 

photo compliments of NexGen Youth Professionals:  (L-R) Tenley Koehler, Bridgett Starr, and Caleb Frostman of DCEDC)

Algoma Chamber honors Business, Industry, and Education Award winners

By Tim Kowols       

Custodians at Algoma School District, Ebert Enterprises, and Algoma Pizza Bowl are just a few of businesses and organizations to be honored by the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Monday during their Business, Industry, and Education Awards. Ebert Enterprises will be honored for the successful hosting of the 2017 Farm Technology Days and support of the community while Algoma Pizza Bowl is one of five businesses to earn Rose Awards for bringing beauty and new life to their buildings. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart is proud to see his custodians Steve Jerabek, Lori Everhard, Paul Kay, and Tim Schmidt get recognized for their efforts at their buildings as they balanced their workload with renovations and additions in recent years.

 



 

Ten businesses and organizations will be honored in six different categories by the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony Monday night. You can see the full list of winners and information on the award banquet online with this story.

 

Business – Ebert Enterprises for a successful Farm Technology Days and continual leadership in the community and dairy industry.

Industry – Ahnapee Brewery for leadership and quality production of goods within one's industry

Education – Custodians at Algoma High School, Lori Everard, Steve Jerabek, Paul Kay, and Tim Schmidt

Aesthetic – CTI Hospitality for an incredible remodel to their building at 507 Navarino St

Family – Forestville Builders for decades as a quality employer in the community with an exemplary reputation in the building industry.

Rose Awards – Algoma Pizza Bowl, BellaLuna's Apothecary, The Book Corner, Contract Sales and Operations, and Fifth Steele Place for bringing beauty and new life to their buildings.

Presentation of awards will be held at Hotel Stebbins on Monday April 16th

Journalist with Door County ties to have book featured on PBS

By Tim Kowols      

Spending time in Door County helped inspire a career for Green Bay native Dan Egan, leading to his book on the health of the Great Lakes getting national attention. A reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and a senior water policy analyst at UW-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, Egan's book, "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes," was selected as the PBS News Hour-New York Times book club's April Book of the Month. The book details the effect invasive species and algae blooms have had on the Great Lakes over the years. Egan spent a lot of time visiting his parents and both sets of his grandparents in Door County, and says it played a role in his career path after returning to Wisconsin after spending time in Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming.

 



 

Egan is pleased with the feedback from the book and hopes it spreads the word on what has happened and what needs to be done. PBS will feature Egan on PBS News Hour on April 27.

Town of Liberty Grove, Kewaunee County earn broadband expansion grants

By Tim Kowols      

Residents in the town of Liberty Grove and Kewaunee County expect to have an easier time connecting to the Internet thanks to monies received from Governor Scott Walker's announcement of $7.86 million in broadband expansion grants. Kewaunee County received $40,000 to build a wireless tower and install a fixed wireless service in a location to be determined, while Liberty Grove was awarded $118,760 to build three wireless towers and install a fixed wireless service. Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt says the announcement is an exciting first step for its residents, visitors, and businesses as broadband access now for much of the area is a challenge.

 



 

According to the Wisconsin State Farmer, the 46 grants awarded Thursday by Governor Walker could bring high-speed access to approximately 1,600 businesses and 18,000 residences.

Sturgeon Bay resident reflects on Honor Flight experience with fellow veterans

By Tim Kowols      

A whirlwind day ended in celebration for Sturgeon Bay resident and Vietnam Veteran Bob Spude as a participant in Old Glory Honor Flight's 44th Mission. With his daughter by his side, Spude flew in and out of Appleton International Airport Thursday with 180 other veterans and their guardians to visit sites like the Vietnam War Wall of Remembrance and the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. Spude says it was an emotional day, especially when he received mail on the flight home and returned to thousands in the terminal.

 



 

Spude recommends any veteran that is able to go to take advantage of the Old Glory Honor Flight program, which takes hundreds of veterans and their guardians every year to visit the memorials in Washington D.C.

Weather causing Friday postponements

By Tim Kowols       

The National Weather Service has issued another winter storm warning for this weekend, wrecking plans and forcing postponements for Friday events. Winter Storm Evelyn could dump as much as a foot of snow in some parts of the area, also bringing along with it ice, rain, and high winds. Below are the cancellations and postponements we have received so far.

 

 

Algoma Performing Arts Center's Booyah and Polka event has been postponed until a later date.

Roncallli has postponed today's girls' soccer game for Sevastopol, due to pending weather and proposed road conditions.  There will be NO practice after school and a rescheduled date is in the works.

Door County names new Parks Superintendent

By Paul Schmitt    

Ben Nelson has been named the new Door County Parks Superintendent.  Wayne Spritka is overseeing the newly formed Facilities and Parks Department after the merging of the Parks Department with the Door County Building and Grounds Department.  Spritka says Nelson is a welcome addition to Door County.



 

The restructuring in Door County will have DC Parks become a division of the Facilities and Parks Department and report to an Oversite Committee that is appointed by the Door County Board Chair who will be chosen at next week's meeting.

"Clean Sweep" of hazardous materials deadline in Kewaunee County is today

By Eric Fischer      

Registration for the Kewaunee County "Clean Sweep 2018" for the free disposal of hazardous materials and dry pharmaceuticals closes Friday, April 13th.  To register, residents may call the Kewaunee County Emergency Management line, download the form and bring it to the office, or register online.  Tracy Nollenberg, Kewaunee County Emergency Management Director, says the county is asking for registration to give volunteers an idea of what is being brought in so it can be properly disposed.



 

Nollenberg adds that this is a no questions asked clean sweep and a full list of what will be accepted is on the registration page.  The clean sweep is Saturday April 21st, from 8 am until noon at Kewaunee County Hillside Highway Shop in Casco.

Trio of new councilmembers take "Oath of Office" in Sturgeon Bay

By Paul Schmitt     

The three newly elected councilmembers for the City of Sturgeon Bay took their Oath of Office Thursday afternoon at City Hall.  David Hayes, Seth Wiederanders and Kelly Avenson were sworn in and will take their respective seats on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council at the meeting next Tuesday.  Administrator Josh VanLieshout welcomed the three new councilmembers on behalf of the city.



 

Hayes will take over the seat formerly held by Ron Vandertie in District 2.  Wiederanders defeated incumbent Stewart Fett for District 6 and Kelly Avenson replaces Rick Wiesner in District 4 on Sturgeon Bay's west side.  You can see video of Thursday's swearing-in ceremony below.

 

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/10156181096726083/?t=0

Sturgeon Bay Common Council member looks to settle agenda control issue

By Tim Kowols      

District Seven Alderperson Laurel Hauser hopes to address the "myth" that it is the mayor who sets the agenda when the Sturgeon Bay Common Council reconvenes with its new members. Hauser cites an article written by League of Municipalities counsel Dan Olson stating that agenda setting is not controlled by a presiding officer per state statute. UW-Extension Local Government Law Educator Phillip Freeburg says open meetings laws and the commonly used Robert's Rules of Order creates conflict since one gives power to the presiding officer for the notice of the meeting and its subject matter while the other gives the members the ability to propose and add things to the agenda. This, according to Freeburg, creates a gray area.

 



 

Freeburg suggests council members ask for items to be added to subsequent agendas and recommends governing bodies develop a policy for doing it. Hauser says the city developed a policy in 1997, but adds it is not very clear and not commonly used.

Frostman stepping down as DCEDC's executive director

By Paul Schmitt     

Caleb Frostman is stepping down as the executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation.  According to a release sent by the DCEDC, Frostman will resign effectively on April 27 to pursue his run for the First Senate District seat in Wisconsin.  He says his decision to step down was mutally accepted by the board.



 

Frostman, who took the position back in November of 2016, announced his candidacy two weeks ago.  DCEDC Board Vice-Chair Patti Vickman will head the search committee to find Frostman's replacement.

High school students "LEAP" on authenticity during weekend performances

By Tim Kowols    

More than sixty Door County high school students and nine adult facilitators will see their approximately six months of hard work realized this weekend when LEAP: The Human Kindness Project puts on a pair of public performances this weekend. In its fourth year, the student-led LEAP, which stands for Learning to Empower and Appreciate all People, will tackle a number of social issues while exploring the concept of authenticity in a multimedia presentation of song and dance. LEAP facilitator Terry Lundahl says the show is  a moving experience for parents and other community members coming to see it.

 



 

In addition to shows at the different Door County schools, LEAP will have two public performances April 13 at 7 p.m. and April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. You can learn more about the performances and how to get tickets online with this story.

Kewaunee County Sheriff credits Violence Intervention Project, others in lifting stigma of reporting sexual assault

By Tim Kowols       

Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski knows the number of sexual assault reports may be up, but credits local organizations like the Violence Intervention Project for making the conversation more mainstream. Upcoming events like the Hands Around ceremony on April 24 and International Denim Day on April 25 have helped raise awareness to the issues concerning sexual assault while releasing victims from the stigma of reporting such crimes. Joski would rather see nobody get sexually assaulted but is   encouraged by victim's willingness to report them.

 

 



 

The State of Wisconsin has designated April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. You can read more from Joski's Sheriff's Corner including more information on upcoming events organized by VIP and other organizations online with this story.

 

FROM SHERIFF MATT JOSKI:

The month of April is designated in the State of Wisconsin as Sexual Assault Awareness month. For those who have been impacted by the brutality of these senseless acts the pain and suffering never truly vanishes. Historically the victimization of these crimes did not end with the act itself but unfortunately were further perpetrated by a culture of secrecy and transferred blame on the part of those who were attacked rather than the attacker. For many years these crimes were minimized or even justified based on the condition of the victim or even in some cases the very clothing that they were wearing at the time of the attack.

 

Fortunately those days are over and we as a society have come to recognize the severity of sexual assault for what it is. We have striven to provide the greatest possible support for the victims while working towards the most severe level of accountability for the perpetrators. We have opened channels of communication to those who have had to live in the shadows of victimization allowing their voices to finally be heard. One of the organizations that have been instrumental in this transformation is our own Kewaunee County Violence Intervention Project. Having personally worked alongside these amazing advocates for change, I can attest to both their courage and their dedication in the area of victim support and community awareness.

 

During this month of April there will be events held to bring awareness to the issue of sexual assault and to the many that have been and continue to be impacted. On Tuesday April 24th there will be the 2nd annual "Hands Around" event. It will be held at the Kewaunee County Human Services Building and will begin at 3:30 pm. This event is intended to bring attention to not only sexual assault victims but those affected by child abuse as well.

 

On Weds. April 25th we will be recognizing International Denim Day. This event began as a call to action after a court in Italy failed to convict in a sexual assault case due to the fact that the victim was wearing denim pants. It was the opinion at the time that there was consent as no person could have removed the jeans without the assistance of the wearer. That case was later overturned.

 

On Saturday May 5th at 10:30 am VIP will be offering free self defense classes at the Kewaunee High School. This event is meant to not only teach various techniques in self defense but also to instill a sense of self- confidence. This course is being offered to anyone ages 12 and up.

 

Please take the time to join in supporting those affected by these senseless acts and bringing a greater awareness to our need as a society to rid our communities of both Sexual Assault and Child Abuse.

Work on Ahnapee Trail Extension begins April 30

By Tim Kowols       

After countless hours over the years from private citizens and partners in county, state, and local governments, the Ahnapee Trail will get its extension. The project will extend the 48-mile Ahnapee Trail over a half a mile between Utah and Michigan Street, connecting bikers, hikers, and snowmobilers with safe passage to the Door County YMCA and other assets in the city and county. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich credits government officials and private citizens like Paul Anschutz and the late George Pinney for the efforts to make the extension a reality.

 



 

The trail extension, which is expected to be substantially completed in the middle of June, is being primarily funded by three state and federal grants and supported by the Friends of Door County Parks System.

Baileys Harbor looks to create ATV trail system

By Tim Kowols        

Baileys Harbor would become the first Door County mainland town north of Sturgeon Bay's bridges to have an ATV trail system if approved by the town and county boards in the coming weeks. Supporters of establishing the trails are fine tuning the details on related ordinances and permissions before it goes to the county board after the town board showed its support for the project. Baileys Harbor resident Joe Swanson has helped spearhead the efforts and hopes this is the beginning of forming a countywide ATV trail network.

 



 

Swanson has a goal of July 1 for the Baileys Harbor ATV trail system to be established. Several southern Door County communities and Washington Island already have their own ATV routes.

Bank of Luxemburg to close one of its Algoma branches

By Tim Kowols       

No jobs will be lost when the Bank of Luxemburg shutters one of its two Algoma branches next month. The bank will close its branch inside the Denny's SuperValu grocery store on May 11 while making improvements to its main branch in Algoma on Second Street. Technology has caused transaction counts to go down, but Bank of Luxemburg president Tim Treml says they remain committed to serving the residents of Algoma and surrounding community.

 



 

Employees from soon-to-be closed branch will be moved to its main Algoma location. The Bank of Luxemburg also has branches in Green Bay, Dyckesville, Sturgeon Bay, Kewaunee, Luxemburg, and Casco.

Friends groups prepare to get their state parks ready for visitors

By Tim Kowols       

While visitors plan out their journeys to Wisconsin's 66 state parks this year, it is the work of volunteer organizations that make sure they are ready. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and Trails groups help organize work days centered around Earth Day celebrations to do basic campsite clean-up, spreading mulch, and other maintenance projects. Friends of Potawatomi State Park President Scott Bader says the Earth Day Work Days have been important tradition for the state parks and trails.

 



 

Earth Day Work Days will occur over the next several weekends across the state, including at Potawatomi State Park on April 21 beginning at 9 a.m. You can find more information on other work days occurring in Door County online with this story.

Kewaunee County Historical Society to host annual meeting Saturday

By Tim Kowols      

Awarding the organization's volunteer of the year and looking back at the orphan train of the early 1900s highlight this year's Kewaunee County Historical Society annual meeting. Guest speaker Don Youniss will reflect on the program that saw trains drop off homeless and abandoned children in communities like Green Bay looking for a home. Kewaunee County Historical Society Treasurer Arletta Bertrand says stories of the orphan train carries with it a local connection.

 



 

Attendees of Saturday's annual meeting will also get a chance to meet the Kewaunee Historical Society's board of directors and learn about its future plans. The free event includes a light lunch and refreshments beginning at 1 p.m. at the organization's building in Kewaunee.

Door County's Celebrate Earth Week looks to help expand local economy

By Paul Schmitt     

Celebrate Earth Week 2018 Door County begins in earnest this week with the Green Movies Series to educate people on sustainability and clean water.  Wayne Kudick of Earth Week Door County says the goal behind the planned events and movies is to be good stewards of the environment while positively impacting the local economy.



 

The Green Door Legacy Roundtable is a two-part event with Wednesday night and again next Monday addressing the search for sustainability and a Green Legacy Lecture to find solutions to environmental issues.  You can find a complete calendar of events at Earth Week Door County below.

 
4/11 Wed. 7:00 p.m., Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Rt 57, Institute Green Movie Series, "Searching for Sustainability", a 2018 locally-produced, balanced documentary with Kewaunee County people telling their stories re: water, soil and farming methods under scrutiny because of environmental challenges causing community concern, a basis for informed debate and solution options. Co-producer, Discussion Leader: Michael Finney

The second portion of the Green Door Legacy Roundtable will be held at the same location on Monday, April 16th, at 7:00PM, featuring the solution side to the Kewaunee farming and environmental dilemma: Dean Hoegger will present a lecture with discussion entitled "Opportunities and Barriers to Citizen Participation in Policy and Practices for Clean Water." Contact sponsor: Sustain Door; host: David Lea

4/14 Sat. Stevens Point, WI: Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Event information and registration available at www.eventbrite.com or by calling (715) 346-4992.

3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing's Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, Ellison Bay Green Movie Series, "The Great Ledge"; Takes viewers on a trip through the Wisconsin segment of the Niagara Escarpment with twelve interesting stories that explore the cliffs, caves, Native American pictographs, mines, plants, fauna, wine country and more. If you've ever wondered about the origins of the Escarpment in Wisconsin, and all that it involves then this is the story for you. Dan Larson, Producer will lead a discussion re: the movie and issues prompted. Nancy Goss, from the Greater Escarpment Organization, Door County (GEO-DC) will add plans for promoting the escarpment as a geological gem for Door County and a new building to house its efforts. Sponsor: Door County Environmental Council Contacts: Mike Bahrke Dan Larson, Com-Video Productions LLC Nancy Goss, GEO DC

4/16 Mon. 10:00-11:45 a.m., Door County Community Center (ADRC Center), 916 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay Green Movie Series, "The Messenger" (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Discussion leader. Charlotte Lukes Hosts: Chris and Dave Kellems

7:00-8:30 p.m., Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Rt 57, Institute Green Door Legacy Roundtable Lecture, "Opportunities and Barriers to Citizen Participation in Policy and Practices for Clean Water" Lecturer: Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council Host: David Lea Sponsors: Sustain Door and NEW Clean Water Action Council. NOTE: Sevastopol Schools' FFA will view the movie in classes

4/17 Tues. 4:40 p.m., UUFDC (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim Green Movie Series, "The Plastic Paradise, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch"; the world-wide plastic garbage growth and the effects on wildlife. Tony Gatenby, Discussion Leader

4/18 Weds. 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Door County Community Center (ADRC Center), 916 N. 14th Ave, Sturgeon Bay Green Movie Series, TWO showings: "The Great Ledge" Documentary takes viewers through our Niagara Escarpment with twelve stories that explore cliffs, caves, lithographs, pictographs, mines plants, fauna, wine country and more and the origins of this wonder of nature. Dan Larson, Producer, will discuss the photographic and content formulation for this environmental film, (920) 336-3500 Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County, https://climatechangedoorcounty.com Contact: Tony Gatenby, PhD, Climate Change Coalition of Door County Menasha Corporation and Schneider Transportation are the underwriters for the film's showing.

4/19 Thurs. 10:00-10:30 a.m., WDOR Radio Talk Show with Eddie Allen co-hosts Carl Scholz, Master Gardeners and Angela Lensch, THRIVE, Egg Harbor "Earth Week(s) 2018 Calendar of Events, Discussion, Origins, Goals" Tia Nelson, Senator Gaylord Nelson's daughter will provide a message (Senator Nelson was the originator of Earth Day). Contacts: Angela Lensch, THRIVE, Egg Harbor Carl Scholz Eddy Allen

5:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Cultivating Community with the Green Tier Legacy Charter", http://greentiercommunities.org/ In a special Earth Week presentation, Will Erikson (DNR Environmental Business Support Coordinator) will give an overview of what it means to be a Green Tier Legacy Community. Hear an update from the Village of Egg Harbor as they step into their first year as a Green Tier Legacy Community Community and encourage other municipalities to enroll in this energy efficiency and environmental sustainability plan that also improves business development. In addition, hear about the new book nook story book gardens happening in Village of Egg Harbor. Host, Angela Lensch, Egg Harbor Village Board, Green Tier Legacy Community Committee Snacks and refreshments will be available

7:00 p.m., Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Inspired by the Earth: Green Drinks & Karaoke Sing Along", Get down with your green self and kick of Earth Week. Sing the songs of John Denver, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, or your karaoke specialty. Music by Caleb Frostman. Contact: Jess Reinke.

4/21 Sat. Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. "Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and Earth Day with Serenity Bridge Yoga and Open Door Bird Sanctuary" 10:00 - Kress Pavilion & Library Opens 10:30 - Kids Earth Day Yoga: Ann Johnson will kick off the day by Serenity Bridge with Earth Day Kids Yoga! The program is targeted for ages 3-7, and include fun yoga poses along with stories, games and a lot of imagination that will celebrate our love for the earth. 11:00 - Crafts & Hands on Activities. 12:00 - Open Door Bird Sanctuary Presents "Hunters of the Sky" Raptor Program. We will celebrate our feathered friends with activities all day. The program will focus on a mix of owls, hawks and falcons and their highly specialized hunting techniques and physical adaptations that make them successful. 1:00 PM- Program ends

4/22 Sun. 10:00 a.m., Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water St. (Rt 42), Ephraim "Citizen Actions to Protect the Waters of Northeast Wisconsin" Dean Hoegger, President, NEW Clean Water Action Council, will talk about the rights of citizens to protect both ground and surface waters, recent citizen actions, opportunities for citizen participation, and the barriers for citizen participation in northeast Wisconsin.

4/23 Mon. 2:00-4:00 p.m., Fish Creek Library Conference Room, 4097 Main St. Green Movie Series, "The Eden Project": This is a documentary on the evolution of a fantastic idea on the rough but beautiful Cornish coast of England. In about 1995 an idea was born to celebrate the Millennium by creating a massive tribute to the plant kingdom and our complete dependence on it! A group of diverse individuals coalesced into a remarkable team and turned an industrial waste site into one of the world's most amazing, lush, educational and entertaining environmental centers. About 20 times larger than the most ambitious hot houses, it features tropical jungles and arid desert climates right on the west coast of England. In a little over an hour we will sample the excitement that this project engendered and visit a breathtaking "Sustainable Disneyland of Nature", very close to where the very popular TV series "Doc Martin" has been filmed. Sponsor David Lea from Sustain Door will host and provide Q&A, present on prospects for environmental advancements forthcoming from this project.

Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. Green Movie Series Double Feature 3:30 p.m., "The Lorax", for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 5:30 p.m., "Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel" (followup to "An Inconvenient Truth"): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. Discussion Leader; Tony Gatenby, Climate Change Coalition of Door County Coordinator: Pat Glen

U/W Madison 12th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, pays homage to the legacy of Senator Gaylord Nelson, originator of Earth Day. Registration and cost information available at https://www.nelson.wisc.edu/events/earth-day/2018/registration-template.php

4/24 Tues. Egg Harbor Library/Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. Green Movie Series Double Feature: 4:30 p.m., "The Lorax", for kids and adults needing childhood fun. Based on the book by Doctor Seuss, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The forest-dwelling Lorax has to stop the short-sighted Once-ler from ruining the environment for profit in this adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. 7:00 p.m., "The Messenger" (documentary): An artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet.

5:30-7:00 p.m., Sister Bay Library, 2323 Mill Rd. (upper conference room) Spring Herbs of Door County: Door County's herbs, medicinal & food use. Presenter: David Laluzerne

7:00-9:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library (Jane Green Room), 107 S 4th Ave. Green Movie Series: "Inconvenient Truth, The Sequel" (followup to "An Inconvenient Truth"): A 2017 American documentary film about former US Vice President Al Gore's continuing mission to battle climate change. The film addresses the progress made to tackle the problem. Q&A guide and discussion leader: Tony Gatenby, Climate Change Coalition

4/25 Wed. 3:30 p.m., Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S 4th Ave. Green Movie Series (for kids): "WALL-E", short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE (Elissa Knight), a sleek and shapely probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy.

4/26 Thurs. 1:00-3:00 p.m., Heins Creek Preserve, 7112 Rt 57 (between Baileys Harbor and Jacksonport) "Land Trust Celebrating Earth Week Walk at Heins Creek Preserve", Join us for a special Earth Day hike at the Door County Land Trust's Heins Creek Preserve! This beautiful preserve is part of a larger isthmus of wetlands and wooded sand dunes between Kangaroo Lake and Lake Michigan. These dunes were formed thousands of years ago after the glaciers melted and lake levels dropped, eventually closing off the old bay of Lake Michigan, forming what is today Kangaroo Lake. Heins Creeks, a Class II trout stream, drains from the south end of Kangaroo Lake, passing through the preserve to Lake Michigan. Trails are relatively easy to traverse, with some sandy and muddy places throughout. This walk will cover a portion of the 1 mile trail system, and take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours. Limit: 35 registered hikers Registration at: www.doorcountylandtrust.org Co-leaders: Chuck Lauter, Terrie Cooper

7:00-8:30 p.m., Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay "Wild Words: Ten Stories about Water". With a theme of "healthy water", storytellers will share a story with 20 pictures and 20 seconds per picture. The format, called "pecha kucha," is Japanese for chit-chat and gives each storyteller 6 minutes and 40 seconds to interpret the water theme through story or spoken word. Introduction: Cinnamon Rossman, Door County Land Trust

7:00 p.m., Bjorklunden Conference Center, 7590 Boynton Ln, Baileys Harbor "Wisconsin's Trees and Forests - A Societal Treasure Hidden in Plain Sight" and "Climate Change--A Prelude to Earth Week's Tree Planting Events". Presenter: Paul De Long, American Forest Foundation, Washington, DC (former Wis. State Forester, DNR) Sponsor: Climate Change Coalition of Door County. Hosts: Dick & Mary Smythe

4/26 Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 4/27 Fri., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 4/28, Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tree Planting Events: "Connect with Nature at The Nature Conservancy Mink River Preserve", 309 Rt 42, Ellison Bay For information, flyer, and map contact: Climate Change Door County Co-Sponsors: The Nature Conservancy, Kari Hagenow The Climate Change Coalition of Door County

4/27 Fri. 2:00-3:30 p.m., The Ridges, 8166 Rt 57, Baileys Harbor "Biological control: Nature fighting pests for you." Annie Deutsch, UW Extension Agricultural Agent, presents an overview of natural predators to control insects. Birders George Cobb and Jane Whitney will discuss bird species and the benefits from less pesticides. Sponsors: The Ridges, U/W Extension Agricultural Programs

Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar High School students will conduct their annual tree planting activity for The Nature Conservancy. Bob Bultman, Consultant, Restore Door County Sponsor: Kari Hagenow, The Nature Conservancy

4/28 Sat. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Sturgeon Bay High Auditorium, 1230 Michigan St. "Protecting Our Ground Water: A Community Forum" To begin, U/W-Oshkosh Geology Professor Maureen Muldoon and USDA Agricultural Researcher Mark Borchardt will discuss Door County's unique geology and challenges in protecting our groundwater based on current science. To close, a local panel consisting of Door County Corporation Council's Grant Thomas, Assistant County Sanitarian Chris Olson, and County Conservationist Erin Hanson will explain past efforts in the County to prevent human and animal waste contamination to groundwater. Sponsor: League of Women Voters, Door County, Susan Kohout

3:00-5:00 p.m., The Clearing's Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Rd, Ellison Bay Green Movie Series: "The Messenger", Documentary is an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the people working to turn the tide. This visually thrilling film reveals how the issues facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet. Discussion Leader: Charlotte Lukes and Dick Smythe. Door County Environmental Council, Coordinator, Host: Mike Bahrke

7:00-8:30 p.m., Ephraim Preserve at Anderson Pond, 10118 Moravia St., Ephraim "An Evening at Nature's Opera: Frog Chorus", As spring temperatures rise, frogs begin their spring search for a mate, and they use their amazing vocal chords to announce their presence. Learn about the various ways of identifying frogs by sound, and about the efforts to monitor frog populations in Door County. This sensitive species is an indicator to the health of the ecosystem, and their resounding sound is music to many conservationists! Trails are relatively flat but can be a little rocky, so wear good walking shoes. Evening light will guide us, but bring a flashlight to be safe. Limit 20 Registered Hikers Registration at: www.doorcountylandtrust.org Leaders: Marilyn Hansotia Co- Leaders: Bob Judd, Tom Clay Directions: Park at the Anderson Dock or Hardy Gallery, cross Hwy 42, walk east on Anderson Lane one block until it intersects with Moravia St., turn left on Moravia and meet at DCLT trailhead sign

EARTH WEEK DOOR COUNTY - BACKGROUND Earth Day (always April 22nd) and Arbor day (always the last Friday in April) are two keystone days in which we recognized the importance of our environment. They also signal the beginning of spring and renewal, and reinforce our goal of protecting our fragile earth in any way possible. To focus attention on these days, we've titled the time between the two as "Earth Week".

Earth Week Door County began with a focus on tree planting, but has expanded to include a variety of other activities and events that now fill most of April. Our long-term goal is to draw attention to time between and around Earth and Arbor Days by providing a wide variety of earth-centric events, whether they be discussions & presentations, films, activities like student and volunteer tree planting, lists of books to read, local/state/national presenters, music, and more.

Earth Week(s) also has a long-range goal of creating "shoulder season" events to bring folks to Door County before the traditional tourist season.

Beginning in 2016, the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, The Forest Recovery Project, The Ridges Sanctuary, and The Nature Conservancy teamed up to bring together more than a week's worth of activities that will help everyone observe Earth Day and Arbor Day. Now our goal is to help be a clearinghouse of information for Earth Week-centric activities, a focal point to share information from other like-minded groups.

Earth Week Door County is focused on bringing attention to Earth Day and Arbor Day with a wide range of our and others' activities and events, collectively titled "Celebrate Earth Week".

Children in abusive homes more likely to abuse drugs, commit suicide and commit violent crimes

By Paul Schmitt       

Domestic violence in the home is a problem that can have huge societal ramifications later in life, especially for young people.  Steve Vickman, executive director of Help of Door County, says over 40 million adults in the country grew up in an abusive household.  He shares some of the startling statistics of children who have experienced domestic violence.



 

Childhood domestic violence negatively wires a child's developing brain during their youth that also encodes a certain series of negative beliefs that carries into their adulthood, according to Vickman.  You can find services provided by Help of Door County with the link below.

www.helpofdoorcounty.org

Sturgeon Bay Math Team takes third in State

By Paul Schmitt      

The Sturgeon Bay High School Math Team finished third in the state competition held at individual schools recently.  The Clippers were led by seniors Kekoa Bicoy and Liam Herbst who finished first team all-state.  Math teacher and coach Cliff Wind says the Clipper's success over the years develops a winning culture.



 

Juniors Emily Tess, Michael Grahn, and D.J. Reichel, along with senior Jack Richard were second team all-state.  The Sturgeon Bay Math team won their 17th consecutive Packerland Conference title back in February.

DNR Conservation Congress adds delegates and gets public feedback

By Paul Schmitt     

Over 50 people attended the annual Spring Fish and Wildlife Public Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting in Sturgeon Bay on Monday.  Over an estimated 6,800 people attended in the state.  Locally, Dick Baudhuin who is a member of the Conservation Congress says two new delegates were selected Monday as well as getting public feedback on the DNR questionnaire.



 

You can find the county-by-county summary of results from the DNR Spring Rule hearings with this story online.

https://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2018/20108CountyResults.pdf

Scaturo's Baking Company and Cafe Wins Best of Door County in Three Categories

By Paul Schmitt     

Rob Scaturo has a lot to be proud of based on voting by more than 15,000 people in the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Best of Door County competition.

Scaturo's Baking Company and Cafe in Sturgeon Bay won in three categories; best bakery and deserts, best breakfast and best catering.

Owner Rob Scaturo told DoorCountyDailyNews.com he is most proud of the award in the best bakery and dessert competition, saying his experience in the restaurant industry makes the breakfast and catering side of the business come naturally.

 



 

Scaturo and his wife Joann have been operating Scaturo's Baking Company and Café for 23 years.

Kewaunee County Food Pantry "rummaging" this weekend to help 450 families in need

By Paul Schmitt     

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry made a difference in over 400 families who utilized their services last year.  President Ken Marquardt estimates that 450 area families benefited from the pantry in 2017.  He says it would not be possible without the great community support by donations and volunteering.



 

The Kewaunee County Food Pantry is holding their annual Rummage and Bake Sale all day Thursday through Saturday from 8 am until 6 pm.  A special 50% off sale on Sunday has been rescheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

Chickadees make for fun nature outings at Peninsula State Park

By Paul Schmitt    

Peninsula State Park attracts thousands of visitors during the prime tourism season, but locals can experience a unique outdoor activity this spring that can really bring you up close to nature.  The White Cedar Nature Center in Peninsula State Park is a setting for a variety of birds, especially chickadees to congregate this time of year.  Steve Strucely of the Friends of Peninsula State Park describes the scene around the nature center.



 

Strucely says the wooded setting is a great attraction for chickadees as well as other wildlife like turkeys, and squirrels.  You can watch a video of the birds being fed at Peninsula State Park on the multi-media section on DoorCountyDailyNews.com or clicking on the link below.

 

(Photo and video by Nick Freimuth)

https://youtu.be/YQ9WjdyV2Pg

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Cretney wins Kewaunee County supervisor position after election night tie

By Paul Schmitt     

Thomas Cretney is the new supervisor for the town of Franklin, thanks to his name being pulled out of a hat on Tuesday morning.  Cretney and John Wochos both received 102 votes in last Tuesday's election.  Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye told Door CountyDailyNews.com that the recount of votes confirmed a tie before the drawing was held at the administrative building.  Cretney says his decision to run for the Kewaunee County Board was a last-minute decision.



 

Cretney, 66, is a retired aerospace engineer and consultant.  He will be taking his position as the new supervisor for District 10 at the next Kewaunee Count Board meeting on April 24.

Hutchinson travels the country for Adopt a Soldier Door County

By Tim Kowols           

Nancy Hutchinson and her husband found themselves out west this winter in the name of supporting soldiers from Door and Kewaunee County. The Hutchinsons filled up their truck and then some during the journey, which saw them go to places like Colorado and Arizona to pick up much-needed items for Adopt A Soldier Door County from businesses that wanted to help but could not afford the postage to Wisconsin. Hutchinson says even though the donated items will benefit soldiers that grew up hundreds of miles away, the businesses she spoke to were grateful someone was doing so much.

 



 

Adopt A Soldier Door County is in need of personal toiletry items, socks, t-shirts, and laundry pods for the several hundred boxes the organization sends out every year.

Pinchart enjoying his time as state FFA vice president

By Tim Kowols     

Luxemburg-Casco High School alum Sam Pinchart has turned his love of agriculture into a full-time job over the last year as the Section 9 vice-president of the state's Future Farmers of America organization. Pinchart has spent a lot of time setting up for FFA competitions and conferences for the state and the section's 24 chapters spanning Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Calumet, Outagamie, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties. Pinchart says he has been able to apply a lot of what he learned as a member of the Luxemburg-Casco FFA to his work at the state level.

 



 

Pinchart's term ends at the state FFA conference in June, from which he will begin his path towards being an agriculture teacher as a student at South Dakota State University.

Lukes reflects on career in conservation ahead of hall of fame induction

By Tim Kowols      

Joining the likes environmental legends Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson, Charlotte and the late Roy Lukes will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this weekend. The pair brought nature to life, routinely sharing their expertise while giving presentations at places like The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor and Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay on a number of topics ranging from birding to mushrooms. Charlotte says Roy would have been honored with the induction and is proud of the changes she has seen since she came to the area in 1972.

 



 

The Lukes' will be honored alongside the late wildlife scholar Arlie Schorger and former Department of Natural Resources Secretary George Meyer at a ceremony held in Stevens Point. Before then, Lukes will give a presentation on bluebirds at Crossroads at Big Creek this Thursday at 7 p.m.

Sturgeon Bay Historical Society plans open brainstorming session for granary Sunday

By Tim Kowols       

With the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator on its new east-side parcel, the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is looking to the community to determine what happens next. Drury Designs and DeVooght House Lifters helped lead the effort to move the structure from the former site of the Door County Cooperative to avert a raze order from Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman on March 29. Laurel Hauser from the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society says the organization is in talks with two architects that specialize in working with historic buildings but wants the community to be a part of the process.

 



 

Combined with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society board meeting, the open brainstorming session will take place on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. at the Door County Makers Space in Sturgeon Bay.

"Civility Matters: Talking Together" program coming up on April 18th

By Paul Schmitt     

A special author and program will be hosted by the Door County Civility Project and Write On, Door County next Wednesday in Sturgeon Bay.  Talking Together Civility Matters will feature Dr. Kay Collier McLaughlin, an author of six books, who will provide tools and a roadmap to action based on good practices of civil dialogue.  Door County Civility Project volunteer Shirley Senerighi says McLaughlin's presentation will help people learn who to deal with the political divide that exists.



 

McLaughlin and Mary Louise Dean, an artist and Talking Together facilitator, will ask for audience involvement during the presentation.  Local musician Cathy Grier will also perform during the evening which is scheduled from 5 pm until 7 pm next Wednesday at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center.  You can find more information on this event online with the link below.

 

www.DoorCountyCivilityProject.org

Little Lake restoration moving on to design phase

By Paul Schmitt     

The restoration of Bradley Lake, more commonly known as Little Lake in Sturgeon Bay is moving towards the final phase in bringing the popular recreational hub back.  City Engineer Chad Shefchik says the design phase is in the works right now.



 

The city of Sturgeon Bay did host a public informational meeting on a comprehensive plan for Sunset Park including Bradley Lake two weeks ago.  The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay has been instrumental in providing help and financial support to projects around the lake including the planting of over 90 trees.

Tornado & Severe Weather Awareness Week includes warning sirens going off Thursday

By Paul Schmitt    

Schools, businesses, families, and individuals have two chances to test their weather emergency plans on Thursday.  This week is "Wisconsin's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week" and Thursday features a mock tornado warning issued at 1:45 pm and again at 6:45 pm.  Kewaunee County Emergency Management Director Tracy Nollenberg explains why the drill is important.



 

Nollenberg says that if there is an actual severe weather warning on Thursday, the mock tornado warning will be rescheduled for Friday.  According to the National Weather Service, Wisconsin had 23 tornado touchdowns last year.  Kewaunee County had one tornado sighting last year, according to Nollenberg.

Farmers expecting later planting season this spring

By Paul Schmitt     

With below average temperatures and additional snowfall this April, area farmers are looking at a later than normal spring planting of crops.  Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels says although the spring has been unseasonably snowy and cold, it could be worse for his upcoming crop.



 

Wautier projects that farmers would be about a week behind in getting their corn planted this spring.  Usually, farmers hope to have their corn planted by the end of April with soybeans in early May, according to Wautier.

American Legion Posts struggling to keep numbers up

By Tim Kowols    

American Legion Posts across the country are experiencing the same issue Billy Weiss Post 527 in Sister Bay has: dwindling membership numbers. According to the Kane County Chronicle, the American Legion boasts 2.3 million members, down 800,000 from 25 years ago. While posts have a positive impact in community, American Legion Posts hope to help out their fellow veterans and their families through financial support when times are tough and connect them to the proper services. Post Commander Bill Becker says with many of their members veterans of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, there are not enough younger members to fill their void.

 



 

Many American Legion Posts meet on a monthly basis including Billy Weiss Post 527, which meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Sister Bay Village Hall.

Savings give you opportunity to pay yourself without extra work

By Tim Kowols      

Whether it is as simple as a change jar or complex as a 401K or retirement plan, there are ways consumers can pay themselves without working harder or longer.  According to GoBanking,  only half of the country's families have a retirement savings account and nearly 34 percent of people have nothing set aside at all. Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says savings also helps you plan for the unexpected.

 



 

Pustaver recommends starting small with your savings plans and work your way up. You can listen to the first in our series celebrating April Financial Literacy Month with Gay Pustaver online with this story.

 









Awareness key to identifying child abuse in Kewaunee County

By Tim Kowols     

The Kewaunee County Department of Human Services saw an increase in reports of child abuse and neglect in 2017 and that is not entirely a bad thing. The department received 133 reports of child abuse or neglect last year as opposed to 79 reports in 2016. Department of Human Services Director Bob Mattice says it is important all community members be aware of child abuse and neglect and multiple factors are leading to more reports.

 



 

Local school districts and the Kewaunee County Department of Human Services have been working together to identify and help kids work through a number of issues, including child abuse and neglect.

Bayview, Maple/Oregon Street Bridges get annual spring inspection Tuesday

By Tim Kowols      

Delays are likely on two Door County bridges Tuesday when crews perform their annual spring inspection. Flagging operations will take place on the Bayview Bridge from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. while single lane closures are expected for the Maple/Oregon Street Bridge from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mark Kantola from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the inspections of the two bridges are considered routine but very important.

 



 

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes during the posted maintenance times to avoid the delays.

Excitement builds in Algoma as businesses expand

By Eric Fischer



For Algoma City Administrator Jeff Wiswell, it's hard not to be excited about the future of his town.  Last month Scenic Shore Inn broke ground on an expansion to include a conference center and pool, and CTI Hospitality announced they would be expanding and adding a 22,000 sq. foot addition to the facility. Wiswell says the Scenic Shore Inn expansion does not take place of adding another hotel, and that it's still in the works.



Wiswell adds that the city is also working on expanding the south industrial park and adding multi-family housing projects.  The next Algoma City Council meeting is May 7th at 6 pm.

Gomez honored to serve as Sturgeon Bay Police Chaplain

By Eric Fischer

As part of a statewide effort to promote mental and emotional wellness in law enforcement, the Sturgeon Bay Police Department has named Pastor James Gomez as its Police Chaplain.  Gomez serves as Pastor for Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay and since being appointed has attended two training conferences.  As Police Chaplain, Gomez will accompany officers to death notifications, as well as be an ear for officers to talk to confidentially about mental health topics, such as depression, anxiety, and stress management among other things.  Gomez says he is excited to work with the department.



Gomez adds that he served in a similar role in Minnesota before moving to Wisconsin, and is happy Wisconsin is making an effort to help those who serve.  Gomez also serves as a local hospital chaplain.

Lau to take step back in WCCA after Presidential term end

By Eric Fischer     



When Jill Lau's term as Wisconsin County Clerks Association (WCCA) President expires in June, she has decided she will not seek another term.  Lau took over as president in 2017, when she was serving as Vice President, and the then-President resigned due to health issues.  Lau says she thinks it's time for other Clerks to take over but she will remain involved with the group.



Lau also says there is still work to be done before her term is up.  Lau has served as the Door County Clerk for over 11 years.

Door County has potential to be leader in energy

By Eric Fischer



Local geologist Roger Kuhns believes Door County has the potential to be one of the leaders in sustainable energy in Wisconsin.  Roger is currently working on a project to help Sturgeon Bay become more sustainable.  Kuhns says that by embracing wind power, combined with the number of visitors and residents puts Door County in a unique position to become self-sufficient.



Kuhns adds that a key component in his project is growing food locally instead of having it shipped in.  By his calculations, Kuhns predicts that the area farms could produce enough food for the entire city of Sturgeon Bay.

Deaths Door Knockers to hold informational meeting April 19th

By Eric Fischer



A startup theatre group is searching for people over fifty interested in reclaiming part of their childhood.  Deaths Door Knockers, an improvisational theatre group for those who, as founder Ross Dippel says, "are closer to death than birth",  will be holding an informational meeting  at the Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay, Thursday April 19th at 7pm.  Dippel says that this form of theatre can challenge the brain and recapture playing as a kid.



Dippel says that if there is interest they will set meeting times to go over the "Harold style" games and become familiar with the basic principles of improv before performing.

Mother-daughter band creates special bond

By Eric Fischer



Singer and songwriter Jeanne Kuhns is honored to share the stage with her daughter in their band, Small Forest.  Small Forest is, as Jeanne describes, a progressive folk-rock band with a touch of pop, that focuses on poetic lyrics to tell a story.  Both Kuhns and her daughter, Marybeth Mattson, write songs and perform vocals which Kuhns says is exciting because it creates a special relationship between the two.



Kuhns adds the duo is writing songs and the band is planning to record another album next fall.  Small Forest will play at The Cookery May 12th and the Jacksonport Farmers Market June 19th.

Governor Walker attends Door and Kewaunee Counties Lincoln Day dinners

By Eric Fischer



Governor Scott Walker made stops in both Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay on Saturday to share the positive accomplishments from around the state. Kewaunee and Door County Republicans each invited the Governor to attend and speak at their respective Lincoln Day fundraiser dinners to reach out to voters in the area.  Walker also made several stops across the state Saturday,  visiting conservatives in Fond Du Lac and Eau Claire to talk about the GOP's accomplishments before heading to Kewaunee.  Before arriving at the Door County Lincoln Day Dinner, Governor Walker stopped by the DoorCountyDailyNews.com studio and says that he loves traveling around the state and seeing Wisconsin pride.



The two biggest accomplishments Walker discussed yesterday in Instagram videos were the UW system tuition freeze and the Wisconsin record low unemployment rate of 2.9%.  Governor Walker will seek re-election for a third term this November.

Weber clarifies difference between Historical Society and Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront

By DoorCountyDailyNews.com    


The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society recently celebrated the success of its move of the Teweles and Brandeis granary to a new location yet misconceptions about the organization persist, according to president Christie Weber.


Weber led an effort to preserve the granary after Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman ordered it to be razed in November.  Weber's efforts resulted in a private benefactor coming forward to pick up the tab for the granary move and preservation.


There still, however, is confusion about efforts of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society and Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront.



Weber adds that being an active member of both groups may have contributed to the confusion.  For further information on current projects each group is doing visit the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Facebook page by clicking here and for the Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront website click here.

Indivisible Door County rallies protest at local GOP event

By Paul Schmitt

A few dozen people lined Nautical Drive in Sturgeon Bay Saturday evening to peacefully protest at the Republican Party Lincoln Day dinner that featured Governor Scott Walker.  Indivisible Door County organized the event near the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club where Gov. Walker and other Republican representatives later spoke to about 150 people.  Indivisible organizer Pam Harvey-Jacobs says the rally was to send a message to local leaders.



 

Some protestors held signs that read "Protect Wisconsin Environment" and "Blue Wave Coming".   Harvey-Jacobs says Indivisible Door County is voicing concerns about water quality, education and healthcare that are not being heard by elected officials.

Managers hope to bring more to Algoma Sunday Farmers Market

By Tim Kowols



New market managers Kristen Knudtson and Casey Buhr hope to bring more than just vendors when the Algoma Sunday Farmers Market returns this spring. The owners of Folkvangr Farms in Algoma hope to not just have vendors selling their products directly to consumers, but also mix in some fun with pet parades, live music, and more. Knudtson says it is important to create a sense of community within the market.



The Algoma Sunday Farmers Market is currently looking for more vendors and big ideas for this year's season, which runs from June 24 to October 28.

Decrease in officials starts with parents

By Eric Fischer



High schools and youth leagues across the state are facing a potential crisis, a shortage of officials.  The number of WIAA certified officials is decreasing at an alarming rate and as Shawn McQuillan puts it, it's simple if there are no officials, there are no games. McQuillan, a football and basketball referee with nearly 30 years of officiating in each sport says dealing with parents seems to be one of the major causes of reducing numbers.



McQuillan also says unequal compensation for time and distance traveled has been a deterrent for older officials who can ref a JV game closer to home, for similar pay, without as much of a time commitment that evening.  All this being said, McQuillan says for him, there isn't much more gratifying than being out on a Friday night, under the lights, helping kids play the game they love.

Sevastopol Elementary students artwork showcased in Sturgeon Bay

By Eric Fischer



Sevastopol Elementary and Stone Harbor Resort are teaming up once again for an annual tradition of showcasing Sevastopol artwork.  In total 56 students have a combination of paintings, drawings, and ceramics on display this year, representing students from  4K-5th grade.  Sevastopol art teacher Cara Hutchinson says that the goal is to get each student's art featured at least once while they attend Sevastopol.



Hutchinson adds that every year there is a reception for parents and family members to come see the display first, and the kids love having their artwork showcased to the public.  The display will up until May 15th.

Senator Johnson leads national effort for right-to-try

By Eric Fischer



The focus on "Right-to-try" legislation now shifts from Madison to Washington D.C.  Late last week, Wisconsin became the 39th state to pass a "right to try" law that allows terminally ill patients to try experimental treatments that have passed a basic safety test from the FDA but are not on shelves yet.  US Senator and author of the bill, Ron Johnson says it has passed the Senate and he hopes the House votes on it soon as it gives these patients hope.



Senator Johnson adds that he was happily surprised when President Trump singled this bill out during the State of the Union Address.  Of the 11 states who currently do not have the Right-to-try bill passed into law, 10 have introduced the bill and Hawaii is the only state to veto.

Izaak Polecheck places third in the high school division for the Autism Society of Wisconsin Essay Contest

By Student Correspondent Connor Sannito



Izaak Polecheck, a Sturgeon Bay High School junior receives statewide recognition as his essay won him a $50 Amazon gift card as well as the Autism Society of Wisconsin organization will use bits and pieces of his essay to help advertise autism awareness throughout Wisconsin schools. Polecheck's self-reflective paper was about autism perseverance. This is what he had to say regarding the main idea he was trying to convey in his essay.

 



In other words, Izaak Polecheck points out the unjust or poor generalizations others may have about autistic students. All it takes is the time to get to know an autistic student to revert these stereotypes.

Master Gardener Lecture explains the benefits of lawns in the garden

By Eric Fischer     



Some may view lawns as an enemy of gardens and natural landscaping, but an upcoming Master Gardener lecture may change those opinions.  Speaker Tom Luebker will present the many functions a lawn can have at Crossroads at Big Creek on Tuesday, April 10th.  Crossroads director Coggin Heeringa says the lecture will focus on how to have a healthy, environmentally friendly lawn that still looks nice.

 

Heeringa adds that the perceptions of lawns being bad comes from many homeowners using too much fertilizer, over-watering, and overpaying for lawn care.  The event is free to attend at starts at 7 pm.

Door County Library celebrates National Library Week April 8-14

By Eric Fischer  



There will be fun for people of all ages throughout Door County, as the Door County Library joins libraries across the country celebrating the 60th Annual National Library Week.   April 8th-14th will feature open house meet and greets at each branch with new Library Director Tina Kakuske, movie showings, book discussions, a book sale in Sturgeon Bay, and the return of the Door County Bookmobile just to name a few events.  Door County Youth Services Librarian, Beth Lokken, says the Bookmobile is almost completely refurbished and a familiar face will be attending the presentation.



Lokken adds that story time activities will remain at the usually scheduled times.  For a full list of event times and locations visit the Door County Library website or Facebook page.

"Incredible" Ice Shoves offer beauty and destruction on Door County's shoreline

By Paul Schmitt     

A unique natural phenomenon is creating havoc along the eastern shoreline of Door County.  Ice shoves are pushing onto the land as winds off the Green Bay cause a build-up of snow and ice blocks.  A cottage home in the town of Union was damaged last weekend when ice shoves pushed into the living quarters.  Greg Ludwig, the caretaker for the property, says he was alerted when the damage came swiftly last Saturday morning.



 

An ice shove is defined as a rapid push of free-floating ice chunks onshore caused by sustained winds for 12 to 24 hours.  You can see a video of ice shoves along the Green Bay taken Friday below.

https://www.facebook.com/DoorCountyDailyNews/videos/10156166056106083/?t=5

Avenson looking to dig into "dirt piles" issue as new Sturgeon Bay councilmember

By Paul Schmitt    

When Kelly Avenson became the newly elected councilmember for District 4 in Sturgeon Bay, history was made and the dirt piles on the west side of Sturgeon Bay may be gone.  Avenson's defeat of incumbent Rick Wiesner in Tuesday's election means that there will be a majority of four women on the common council for the first time in Sturgeon Bay's history.  She says removing the dirt piles will be a priority when she takes office.



 

Avenson says she would like to bring the community back to city hall with public comments added to the council agenda and evening meetings to allow for more public input.  As far as connecting with her constituents, Avenson plans on possibly holding a block party this summer and holding regular "coffee clutch" hours.

Area greenhouses impacted by snow and cold

By Paul Schmitt     

Usually, greenhouses are open by the first week in April, but Mother Nature has set them back at least a couple weeks.  The twelve inches of snow this past week and below normal temperatures is making life difficult for growers.  Todd Maas of Maas Floral and Greenhouses in Sturgeon Bay says sunshine outside can make a big difference inside the greenhouses where temperatures can soar even during cold weather.



 

The biggest cost to operators is maintaining the heat in the greenhouses, according to Maas.  He expects his greenhouses to be open hopefully by April 20 weather permitting.

Door County YMCA planning "Blossom Run" for May 12 in Egg Harbor

By Paul Schmitt    

YMCA planning "Blossom Run" for May 12 in Egg HarborThe Door County YMCA is celebrating their 27th Annual Blossom Run next month.  The run that draws hundreds of runner of all ages every year will start at Dock Park Marina in Egg Harbor on May 12.  President and CEO Tom Beerntsen says the event is one of the YMCA's most family- fun events.



 

The Blossom Run proceeds go to supporting the LiveStrong program at the YMCA.  You can find more information on the Door County YMCA Blossom Run with this link below.

www.doorcountyymca.org 

Town of Egg Harbor meets to discuss options to prevent sex offender placement

By Eric Fischer   

A convicted sexual predator could move to Egg Harbor as soon as May 14th.  On March 16th, Vilas County Judge Neil Nielsen III approved a plan to place Jeffrey LeVasseur in a duplex on Monument Point Road while the state Department of Health Services look for a permanent location in Forest County, where LeVasseur was originally tried.  On Thursday night, the Egg Harbor Town Board met to discuss possible options to block the move.  Egg Harbor Town Supervisor Dale Wiegand says there is a city ordinance that could block the placement.



Wiegand adds that if LeVasseur is not placed in Egg Harbor, the State might still consider other Door County locations as well as Jefferson County.  LeVasseur would take residence May 14th at the Egg Harbor location.

Luxemburg-Casco School District officials prepare for next step after referendum approvals

By Tim Kowols   


Two successful referendum votes later, Luxemburg-Casco School District officials are ready to begin to make concrete plans for its new additions and renovations. The two questions called for $27.8 million in improvements including a new gym, new middle school building, and renovated technical and consumer education classrooms along with moving students from Casco to Luxemburg. Working with Nexus Solutions, Superintendent Glenn Schlender says the next step is form more concrete plans moving forward and putting out bids.



Schlender thanked the community for their support for the referendum questions, which were approved by 1,119 and 320 vote margins respectively.


Expanded ATV trails proposed for southern Door County

By Eric Fischer  



A plan is in place for creating new, marked ATV trails in the Southern Door area.  Right now, the trail system includes nearly 90 miles of trail that starts near the town of Luxemburg and follows Highway 57 north to Idlewild, with trails that expand west to the shores of Green Bay, and throughout Brussels, Forestville, Gardner, and Union, with trail current ending at Highway 42.  One of the supporters of the trail expansion, Tom Schmelzer, explains the proposed route would connect the trails to the shores of Lake Michigan.



Schmelzer adds that the group is aiming for this trail to open later this summer or early fall.  The plan still needs approval from the Town of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Board's Highway Committee.

Hayes relying on experience to clarify PRAT

By Eric Fischer   

One of the most outspoken opponents of the PRAT referendum will be taking a seat on Sturgeon Bay's City Council starting April 17th.  David Hayes defeated Bob Starr in District 2, while voters in Sturgeon Bay also voted to pass the PRAT with a 70% approval rate.  Now that the referendum has passed Hayes says his experience in Washington D.C., can help clarify the language of the bill.



Hayes also says the PRAT will be one of his biggest projects, along with the redevelopment of the west side waterfront and figuring out what to do the dirt piles.  Hayes defeated Starr 227 votes to 213.

Rotary Shipyard Tours celebrating 25 years in May

By Paul Schmitt    

Rotary Shipyard Tours celebrating 25 years in May

STURGEON BAY, WI (Paul Schmitt) -- The opportunity to take an insider's view of the shipbuilding industry will again present itself with the Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 5.  Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay, the 25th-anniversary edition of the shipyard tours includes two buses running to shuttle guests between the different waterfronts.  Rotarian Kevin Mutchler says the event is spread out all along the city's waterfront.

 



 

This year, visitors will be able to tour the US Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay at Graham Park along with the Emergency Rescue boat and the Sturgeon Bay Police boat.  You can find ticket information on the Shipyard Tours coming in May with this story below.   Proceeds benefit the Door County Rotary Youth Interact.

 

Tickets will be available at both shipyard entry gates and the Museum on the day of the event and will be available for purchase prior to the event at both the Door County Maritime Museum and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.  Ticket prices are $15 per adult and $6 for students ages 11-17. Guests ages ten and under are free.

Beneficiary designations forms need yearly updating like taxes

By Paul Schmitt    

With the tax deadline less than two weeks away, accountants are busy finishing tax returns while estate planners are reminding people to focus on locating and reviewing important documents.  Bob Ross of Ross Estate Planning says it is an ideal time to update beneficiary designations for your largest assets like retirement plans, annuities, and life insurance.



 

Ross says if you can't find the beneficiary designation forms now, odds are your family members will not be able to find them when they are needed in the future.  The 2018 deadline for tax returns this year is Tuesday, April 17.

Kewaunee County Violence and Intervention Project holding "Hands Around" event again

By Paul Schmitt   



April is National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month and the Violence Intervention Project (VIP) in Kewaunee County is working to shed light on the pervasive issue of sexual violence.  Brooke, a sexual assault victim advocate with VIP, says the "hands around" event later this month will be informative and fun for families to attend.



 

The "hands-around" event will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 3:30 until 5:30 at the Human Services Building in Kewaunee.  According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one in three women will experience some form of sexual violence and 63 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police.

Editorial Comment: Best Hope for Restoring Civility to Civic Discourse in Wisconsin is Institute for Public Policy and Service

By Roger Utnehmer    

 

DoorCountyDailyNews.com

President and CEO

 

The best hope for restoring civility to civic discourse in Wisconsin might be a little-known but influential organization operating out of the University of Wisconsin Marathon County campus in Wausau.

 

The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) is developing a respected reputation for research, action and engagement.

 

According to its website, for the past 10 years WIPPS has been succeeding in its mission to spur civic engagement, nonpartisan public dialogue, student learning and community-building initiatives.

 

Accomplishments include a summer seminar that gives college students a three-week opportunity to learn about policy-making in Madison and Washington, D.C., conflict resolution training for students and public officials, assistance with financial aid applications for college students, and expert research and programming on issues by facilitating conferences, webinars and public dialogues.

 

The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service is a classic example of the Wisconsin Idea at its best. Progressive reformer and former Governor Robert La Follette advocated for the citizen-centered democracy at the heart of the WIPPS mission. He would be proud to see the influence of this university-sponsored effort being extended throughout the state.

 

WIPPS is effective because of the bi-partisan composition of its board of advisors and a passionate staff led by Eric Giordano. The board is comprised of some of the most thoughtful and articulate citizens in Wisconsin. The ability of the board and staff to facilitate difficult discussions with civility and decorum is reason for optimism.

 

WIPPS most impressive work may be the facilitation of programs that engage future generations in the process of government. The emerging millennial generation cares deeply about important issues. Millennials prefer cooperation to conflict. They reject the hyperbole characteristic of too much of our political rhetoric and prefer authenticity. Millennials are searching for engagement. WIPPS is providing that opportunity and the guidance to do it well.

 

Those of us concerned about the coarseness of communications, polarizing political differences and lack of civility in civic discourse will find the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service optimistically refreshing.

 

University budget cuts should never threaten the ability of WIPPS to carry out its mission. By encouraging legislative support and making personal contributions to WIPPS our best hope for restoring civility to civic discourse in Wisconsin will be stronger.

 

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

ADRC to host presentation of guardianship options

By Tim Kowols          

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Door County and the Door County Coordinated Community on Transition are teaming up on April 24 to cover the basics of guardianship. Older people and individuals with special needs often require more assistance and guardianship is an option for many to help make sure important things are taken care of for the person. Disability Benefit Specialist Jessica Holland says the information to be presented by Guardianship Support Center of Wisconsin Managing Attorney Jessica Trudell is important information for people to learn who believe guardianship is their only option.

 



 

The ADRC will host the presentation at the new Door County Community Center April 24 beginning at 11 a.m.

Garage fire damages home in Algoma

By Paul Schmitt     

A garage fire caused damage to a home west of Algoma on Thursday morning.  The Algoma Fire Department was dispatched to N7549 Apple Tree Lane just off Highway 54 around 10 am Thursday.  Fire Chief Tom Ackerman says his crews were able to contain the fire in the garage and limit the damage to the house.



 

Henry Virtues, owner of the home, was the only one at home at the time of the fire and said he saw flames shooting after opening the door to the garage.  He was able to save his three dogs and two cats out of the home.  Algoma Rescue personnel gave the cats oxygen to revive them, according to Virtues.  The cause of the fire has not been determined, according to Ackerman.  The Algoma Fire Department remained on the scene until shortly after 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

Kewaunee students, celebrity guests prepare to settle who is smarter in joint event

By Tim Kowols              

Jeff Foxworthy will not be needed to determine who is smarter when Kewaunee School District and the Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County host a take-off of his show on April 11 inside the high school gym. "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader" will pit Kewaunee Elementary students against adults including those from local media and sports teams. Bob Garfinkel from Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County got the idea from a Literacy Partners group he helped start in Marinette and Oconto and says it will be a great opportunity for the kids to show off what they know.

 



 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County's tutoring efforts and Kewaunee School District's libraries. You can learn more about the evening by visiting this story online.

Local training critical to volunteer fire departments

By Tim Kowols

Volunteer fire departments in Door County work hard to make sure they do not have to send their members to Green Bay every time they want to learn something new. Departments routinely have trainings sessions as they drill seasonal emergencies that may occur and have trained instructors and relationships with technical colleges to cover at least some of their classroom work. Gibraltar Fire Department recently completed the State Certification Firefighter 1 course for many of its members, something Fire Chief and class instructor Jerrad Anderson says is good to have close to home.

 



 

Anderson says like many volunteer departments, they are happy with the people they have but are always looking for more people to serve their community as firefighters.

Door and Kewaunee County look for regional support to address jail overcrowding

By Tim Kowols         

Door and Kewaunee were among the 12 counties taking a closer look at their concerns about jail overcrowding at a forum held last month in Green Bay . Currently, Door and Kewaunee County rely on other facilities in the state when they have too many people or do not have the staff available to take in certain inmates like women and children. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says this is part of a broader conversation about the future of jails and the role they play in society.

 



 

According to Joski, the classification of inmates when they come in is another big reason why Kewaunee County has to rely on other facilities in the state.

Bay Shipbuilding working towards transition from maintenance to building and converting mode

By Tim Kowols         

With only a couple more ships hanging around its docks for the bitter end of its Winter Fleet season, Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay is preparing for another busy year of builds and conversions. Projects on the horizon for the shipyard include a new tug and barge slated to be finished this fall and the conversion of the Cleveland Rocks to a self-unloading cement barge. Bay Shipbuilding Vice President Todd Thayse says they are prepared to make their annual transition.

 



 

Two ships are due to leave Sturgeon Bay this month as a part of Bay Shipbuilding's Winter Fleet including The Bright Star on April 12 and the Evening Star on April 19.

Egg Harbor's Alpine Resort and Golf Course hits the market

By Tim Kowols           

After 96 years of operation, 2018 will be the final one for Alpine Resort and Golf Course under the ownership of the Bertschinger Family.  The complexity of extended family members owning the 250-acre resort was the primary reason for selling the land Paul and John Bertschinger built in 1921. Part-owner Emily Pitchford says it will be business as usual as they look for a buyer.

 



 

The property is being listed for $15 million as a single parcel, but it could be subdivided.

Blue the color of excitement for Democrats following elections

By Tim Kowols      

Tuesday's state Supreme Court victory for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet was another sign of optimism for Democrats in Door and Kewaunee County. State and federal races across the country are seeing seats flip from Republican to Democratic hands in the year-plus since President Donald Trump's inauguration, including Wisconsin's Senate District 10 during a January special election. While Governor Scott Walker tweeted about the risk of a "blue wave" in Wisconsin after Tuesday's election, Door County Democratic Party chairperson Kathleen Finnerty says confidence is growing among its members.

 



 

Finnerty says the momentum has also had a positive effect on its volunteer recruitment as they work towards this spring's special election. Local Republicans will look to get energized this Saturday with a pair of Lincoln-Reagan Dinner events in Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay.

Bookmobile focus of Egg Harbor Library celebration

By Tim Kowols          

With Door County Library branches joining in the fun of National Library Week, the Egg Harbor Historical Society will celebrate a time when books visited communities on wheels. The Egg Harbor Historical Society began work on restoring the Door County Bookmobile that traversed the peninsula from the 1960s to the 1990s just a couple years ago. Giz Herbst says his condensed presentation on the bookmobile during the Egg Harbor library open house next Wednesday will take people back to a time before communities had branches to call their own.

 



 

Egg Harbor's library open house celebration will take place on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which also coincides with National Bookmobile Day. You can see dates for other Door County Library Open House celebrations online with this story.

Wiederanders looking forward to opportunity on Sturgeon Bay common council

By Paul Schmitt   

One of the three new faces that will be joining the Sturgeon Bay city council wants to concentrate on the needed street repairs in the city.  Seth Wiederanders, who defeated Stewart Fett in District 6 race Tuesday night, says after settling into his new position and listening for a while, he'd like to see the street work completed sooner than later.



 

Wiederanders also says he would like to be involved in the future discussions regarding the recently moved Granary building.  He will take his new position as councilmember for District 6 in Sturgeon Bay at the next council meeting which will be held on April 17.

Editorial Comment: Decisive city council majority inherits significant responsibility

By Roger Utnehmer         

Sturgeon Bay's decisive city council majority inherits significant responsibility to restore trust, civility and transparency to local government.

That can be accomplished by;

...a return to evening meetings of the city council. Doing so will allow more people to seek public office than possible when meetings are held during daytime hours.

...a return to public comments at city council meetings. The people deserve to be heard.

...the formation of an ethics committee to assure even the appearance of conflicts of interest do not taint pubic trust in elected and appointed officials.

...abolition of the controversial and problem-plagued Waterfront Redevelopment Authority. The WRA is responsible for poor development decisions and has been a magnet for litigation. Authority is better placed on the Plan Commission and council itself.

...a stated preference for open meetings rather than secret sessions. Far too many decisions have been made behind closed doors. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. Sturgeon Bay will be better served by far fewer secret meetings.

...adoption of rules that empower council members to add items to be discussed at council meetings. The lack of any council discussion of efforts to save the Teweles and Brandeis granary reeks of abuse of power that would have been avoided had individual council members been able to add discussion to meeting agendas.

...a greater role for council members approving mayoral appointments to committees and commissions. Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson proved his graciousness in victory by appointing political rivals to prominent positions. Sturgeon Bay is a divided community. Populating committees and commissions with more diverse opinion will help divisions heal.

Government derives its power from the consent of the governed. Sturgeon Bay voters have given their consent to a new majority. May they never forget from where their power derives.

That's my opinion. I'd like to hear yours.

Winter Storm puts area road crews to the test

By Paul Schmitt



 

An early spring snowstorm that saw some areas in Door and Kewaunee County receive up to nine inches of snow late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning had road crews busy throughout the day and night.  City of Sturgeon Bay engineer Chad Shefchik says keeping the streets clear and safe is priority one.



 

The snowstorm also caused a change in garbage and recycling pickup for the city of Sturgeon Bay.  Normal pick up on Wednesday was delayed until Thursday and the usual Thursday pick up will be on Friday, according to Shefchik.

Tie for Kewaunee County Supervisor seat may be decided by coin flip

By Paul Schmitt    

With many close races for county and city seats in Tuesday's election, none were closer than the tie for the Kewaunee County Board of Supervisor's Town of Franklin seat.  Both Thomas Cretney and John Wochos received 102 votes for District 10, unofficially.  Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye explains what happens now to decide the winner.



 

Annoye says the coin flip would be done at 9 am on April 10 and that neither candidate is required to be present but it would be open to the public at the Kewaunee County Administrative Building.

UPDATED: Gibraltar, L-C, Kewaunee and Southern Door cancel----other schools delayed two hours

By Paul Schmitt    

With the winter storm still causing dangerous driving conditions, area schools are delaying the start of the school day by two hours or canceling classes today.  Sturgeon Bay schools, Gibraltar, Sevastopol schools.  Washington Island, Algoma and public and private schools.  Gibraltar, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco and Southen Door school are closed today, and there is no a.m. or p.m. 4-K and early childhood programs at the schools in the area.

Due to the recent snow storm the City of Sturgeon Bay will not be collecting garbage and recycling today so that we can keep all of our crew and equipment focused on snow and ice removal activities.  However, we will be shifting the remaining collections back 1 day so that all of the garbage and recycling collections still take place this week.  Therefore, Wednesday's route will be collected on Thursday and Thursday's route will be collected on Friday.

The Door County YMCA program centers are delayed opening for two hours this morning.   Sturgeon Bay will open at 7 am and the Northern Door YMCA will open at 8 am.

NWTC campus in Sturgeon Bay and the Northern Door Learning Center will be opening at 9:30 am.

Sunshine House in Sturgeon Bay is on a one-hour bus route delay

Eastshore Industries in Algoma is closed

The Sister Bay Moravian Church free salad bar and sandwich lunch is still on.

Christman wins mayoral re-election—Kewaunee County Election Results

By Paul Schmitt      

Sandi Christman won her re-election as the mayor of the City of Kewaunee. Christman won a close race over challenger James Kleiman III by a 62 vote margin.  The final count showed Christman with 384 votes and Kleiman finishing with 332 votes.  Kewaunee County has some new faces elected to its Board of Supervisors.  Winners in Tuesday's election saw Cory Cochart, Daniel Olson, Charles J. Schmitt, Douglas Doell, Aaron G. Augustian, Mary E. Dobbins, Joseph Lukes, and Lee Luft win contested races.   District 11 had a tie between Thomas Chetney and John Wochos.   Alison Smith and Kim Kroll were registered write-in and will be the supervisors for District 2 and District 13, respectively.  You can find the complete Kewaunee County election results with the link below.

 

http://www.co.kewaunee.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=2231&locid=192

L-C School District approves both referendum questions

By Paul Schmitt     

The Luxemburg-Casco School District passed two referendum questions totaling up to $27.8 million on Tuesday's ballot.  Question one, which allowed up to $15.9 million for building improvements at the primary, intermediate and high schools passed by a 2491 to 1372 margin.  Question number two was up to $11.9 million for relocating the middle school students in Casco to a new facility in Luxemburg and received 2086 yes votes compared to 1766 no votes.

PRAT gets community support in Sturgeon Bay, needs Legislature approval

By Tim Kowols       

Sturgeon Bay officials will now have to lean on support from the Wisconsin Legislature before a Premier Resort Area Tax is enacted after city residents overwhelmingly approved the measure. The referendum question was approved 1,461-628 in favor of the PRAT, which would add a one-half percent sales tax to all tourism-related expenditures to be used towards roads and other infrastructure expenses. The PRAT still faces an uphill climb as Sturgeon Bay does not qualify for the measure on its own and must have special approval from state Legislature and Governor Scott Walker before it is enacted.

Male majority no longer accurate adjective for Sturgeon Bay Common Council

By Tim Kowols       

David Hayes, Kelly Avenson, and Seth Wiederanders will all make their debut on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council in two weeks after winning their district's respective seats Tuesday.

In District 2, Hayes defeated former city mayor and council member Bob Starr 227 votes to 213. The margin was even smaller in District 6 where Seth Wiederanders won 135-124 over incumbent Stewart Fett. In District 4, Avenson cruised to a 162-114 victory over incumbent Richard Wiesner.

Hayes, Avenson, and Wiederanders will be seated at their first Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting on April 17.

Over 7,600 cast ballots on snowy Door County day

By Tim Kowols     

Despite a winter storm that forced schools and other organizations to close up early, 7,262 voters headed to the polls in Door County to make their voices heard in races from state Supreme Court to town supervisors. Below are the winners of the contested races (other than Sturgeon Bay Common Council, which you can find here).

State Supreme Court: Rebecca Dallet
District 3 Supervisor: Roy H. Englebert
District 14 Supervisor: Linda Wait
District 18 Supervisor: Vinni Chomeau
District 19 Supervisor: Bob Bultman
Gibraltar Town Supervisor: Barb Kinsey McKesson and Bill Johnson
Sevastopol Town Supervisor: Jim Nellen and John Staveness
Washington Town Supervisor: William Walter Jorgenson and Kirby Foss
Village of Forestville Trustee: Shawn Henderson, Lora Jorgensen
Washington Island School Board: Bob Wagner
Southern Door School Board: Tammy Sternard, Carrol A. Toneys, and Josh Jeanquart

Full Election Summary is available here

DNR exploring other lookouts as Potawatomi Park Tower must come down

By Paul Schmitt    

The second historical Door County observation tower in two years will be coming down.  The Potawatomi State Park tower will be closed and dismantled immediately.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that the 75-foot observation tower had been found to have significant structural wood deterioration after a review by the Forest Products Lab.  Missy Vanlanduyt of the Wisconsin DNR says new lookout opportunities will be explored throughout the park including the old ski hill.



 

The Potawatomi Tower was built in 1931 and will be dismantled immediately with no plans to replace it at this time.  Peninsula State Park's Eagle Tower was taken down in 2016 with a plan for a new tower to be erected by 2019.

Ron Vandertie honored for 16 years of service on Sturgeon Bay city council

By Roger Utnehmer      

A quick meeting of the Sturgeon Bay city council adjourned in recognition of one of its long-serving members.  Ron Vandertie has represented District 2 since 2002 and opted not to seek re-election.  Mayor Thad Birmingham recognized Vandertie for his years as a member of the Sturgeon Bay fire department as well as city council.

 

Vandertie cited a long list of council members with whom he served.

 

Before adjourning, Mayor Birmingham cautioned people to not believe everything they read on FaceBook.  He refuted recent online comments about city finances and allocation of funds, saying the city is and always has been in very good financial condition.

Bats on Plum Island cause restoration delays and expert intrigue

By Tim Kowols          

Residents of an old building on Plum Island are causing issues for a group's continued restoration efforts, but could also provide some insight for local experts. The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands have been working to restore a number of the buildings on the islands since 2007, but have discovered a large colony of bats living in one of the structures they would like to begin working on in the future. With the Door County bat population being decimated in recent years thanks to white-nose syndrome, Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands President Mary Beth Volmer says experts are coming to the islands to learn more about the type and health of the bats.

 



 

The Friends of the Plum and Pilot Islands are celebrating their 10th year this spring and summer with a number of different activities showcasing the area's unique history and ties to the United States Coast Guard.

Friends Community Church continues to carry 'The Old Rugged Cross'

By Tim Kowols       

When the Sturgeon Bay Friends Church hosted the Reverend George Bennard for evangelistic meetings in 1913, it did not know it would be the site of the first performance of one of the most recognizable hymns in history. "The Old Rugged Cross" was first performed on January 12, 1913 after one of those meetings went well after the midnight hour. To this day, pilgrims come to the now Friends Community Church to see where the famous hymn was first performed. Friends Community Church pastor Nancy Bontempo says while it reached the peak of its popularity as a favorite song of returning World War II soldiers, it still has an impact on Christians all over the world.

 



 

While a marker was created in 1947 to commemorate the event, the hymn will be honored with a day of celebration April 29 at Friends Community Church in Sturgeon Bay as a special part of that day's services.

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Algoma School District to tinker with schedules for 2018/2019 academic year

By Tim Kowols        

Algoma School District hopes its new schedules being worked on for next year will be able to accommodate the changing interests and activities of its students. Mentoring programs, Live Algoma activities, and its transformational schools network coursework has students experiencing new opportunities, but not necessarily the time to do them. Algoma School District Superintendent Nick Cochart hopes to find a balance between giving kids the time they need without straying too far from the norm.

 



 

Cochart says all-day 4-K classes are also among the changes being discussed for the new school year.

Farmers cautiously optimistic about crop prices

By Tim Kowols      

A report from the United States Department of Agriculture last week is driving crop prices skyward, but farmers are still being urged to be cautions. The USDA reported approximately one million acres less of corn and soybeans are being planned for spring plantings this year, a factor Bloomberg suggested is because grain gluts and potential Chinese tariffs. It did give corn and soybean future prices a boost, which is a welcome sight for farmers dealing with lower prices across commodities. Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator Aerica Bjurstrom still says farmers should try to keep their inputs low.

 



 

Unlike corn and soybeans, wheat planted for 2018 is up three percent in total over last year at 47.3 million acres, but it still represents the second lowest on record since 1919.

Polls stay open, but weather causing cancellations, postponements elsewhere

By Tim Kowols        

Polls will remain open until 8 p.m. Tuesday night whether or not Winter Storm Dan dumps up to 11 inches on the area. Other organizations are either canceling or postponing their activities in anticipation of rough afternoon commuting. We will keep this list updated throughout the day.

 

Algoma School District: Closing at 1 p.m.
Algoma private schools: Closing at 1 p.m.
Kewaunee County Meals on Wheels: Closed Tuesday
Kewaunee County Home and Community Education: Activity Canceled
Luxemburg-Casco School District: Early Release 2 hours early
Sevastopol School District: Closing at 1 p.m.
NWTC Sturgeon Bay: 12:30 p.m.
Sunshine House: Buses stop at 1 p.m.
Door County YMCA: The Barker Childcare Center will be closed at 4:00 pm., The Northern Door, and Sturgeon Bay program centers will close at 6:00 pm., All Kid's Club programs are canceled. All programs at the Northern Door and Sturgeon Bay program centers are canceled after 1:30 pm.

Door County Astronomical Society meeting fro 7 pm has been canceled.

Door County Master Gardeners program for tonight at Crossroads at Big Creek is canceled.

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Polls open from 7 am until 8 pm Today for April election—Coverage on WBDK 96.7FM after 8 pm.

By Paul Schmitt    

Kewaunee and Door County residents will have the opportunity to vote on key races Tuesday in the spring election.  In Sturgeon Bay, three district seats will be up for grabs, while in the Door County Board of Supervisors race five seats will be contested.  Kewaunee County has five incumbents facing challengers while two districts will not have any names on the ballots and will rely on write-ins.  Kewaunee's mayor Sandi Christman looks for her second term facing James Kleiman III.   Luxemburg-Casco School District will also have two referendum questions addressing remodeling/additions to the primary and high school as well as a move of the middle school to Luxemburg.  DoorCountyDailyNews.com and WBDK 96.7FM will have complete coverage of election results beginning after 8 pm Tuesday night.

Earth week activities starting early with pre-event this Wednesday

By Paul Schmitt     

Call it Earth Week plus.  With Earth Day three weeks away, the Celebrate Earth Week coalition in Door County is taking the nationwide observance a step further.  Coalition member Wayne Kudick says the response has been growing every year so more events are planned.



 

This Wednesday, Celebrate Earth Week will have a Medley of Prayer, Prose, Poetry, Piano and Photographic Art at the Meadows at Scandia Village in Sister Bay at 7 pm.  You can find a calendar of events planned for later this month with this link below.

https://www.facebook.com/Earthweekdoorcounty/

 














Celebrate Earth Week(s) 2018 Door County

with the Climate Change Coalition

Find:

Movies, lectures, concerts, art, hikes, bikes, walks and open houses.
Full Calendar of Events forCelebrate Earth Week at:

www.facebook/Earthweekdoorcounty/
Celebrate Earth WeekApril 4th, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. The Meadows at Scandia Village

A Medley of Prayer, Prose, Poetry, Piano and Photographic Art

Green Messengers hosting the evening are:

  • Prayer:          *Kathy Wagner

  • Prose:               *Pastor Kerry Krauss, Sister Bay Moravian

  • Poetry:                *Sharon Auberle, Francha Barnard, Ralph


                                             Murre

  • Piano:                    *Sara Bong

  • Photography:           *Heather Frykman, Frykman Studios


Refreshments to follow

Open to Community

  • Date: April 4th, 2018, Wednesday evening

  • Time: 7:00 p.m.

  • Place: The Meadows at Scand

  • 10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay


Information, Anne Porter Coordinator,

920-854-5644

Ag Heritage Center bringing back history of the Lake to Lake Dairy Cooperative

By Paul Schmitt    

The Agricultural Resource and Heritage Center is planning another big year of activities in Kewaunee County.  "Spring on the Farm" will be held on May 19 with a historical emphasis on the process of milk production over 40 years ago.  Executive committee member Sue Sevcik says this is the first in a series.

 



 

Sevcik says "Spring on the Farm" will focus on the farmers who shipped their milk with "Lake to Lake Dairy Cooperative from 1945-1978.  Over 2,000 farmers from Kewaunee County and four neighboring counties belonged to the coop at its peak in 1975.

Drivers should prepare for the return of wintery weather 

By Paul Schmitt   



With the return of wintery weather expected through Wednesday morning, drivers are being cautioned to take appropriate measures when traveling.  According to the National Weather Service up to a foot of total snow, accumulations are expected.  Randy Sahs of Sahs Auto Collision believes there are main items that should be still kept in vehicles.



 

Florescent road warning markers can also be helpful in case you need to mark your vehicle on the roads if you become stranded, according to Sahs.  Door and Kewaunee Counties are under a winter storm warning which means the potential for substantial snow accumulations are expected to significantly impact travel.

McCarty ready to take on number one spot in Door County Sheriff's Department

By Tim Kowols     

Serving as Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle's number two man the last three years gave Chief Deputy Pat McCarty the confidence he needed to launch his bid for the post over the weekend. McCarty waited until Delarwelle announced his non-candidacy and impending retirement before announcing his campaign, citing his respect for his colleague of the last 25 years. McCarty says school safety is one of the issues he would like to take on if elected.

 



 

The opioid epidemic and fiscal restraints are two other issues McCarty says the Door County Sheriff's Department and other agencies across the state are facing.

Summer jobs present opportunity for working students

By Tim Kowols       

Now is the time for high school and returning college students to begin looking at the help wanted signs around the area for summer employment. The tourist industry in Door County alone helped support over 3,100 jobs and $75 million in labor income in 2016 according to the Door County Visitor Bureau. With many of those jobs hourly and subsidized by tipping in some cases, Gay Pustaver from Money Management Counselors says summer employment offers a good learning opportunity for parents and their children.

 



 

Pustaver suggests students save a percentage of the money they make and put it towards something like a down payment on a car or college tuition. You can listen to the entire Money Management Monday interview with Gay Pustaver online with this story.

 









Recent deaths add wrinkles to local elections

By Tim Kowols

Voters will have to consider the deaths of two elected officials in recent weeks when they head to polls on Tuesday. Southern Door School Board member Marilyn Fitzgerald-White died last week, leaving Josh Jeanquart, Tammy Sternard, and Carrol Toneys remaining on the ballot. While Fitzgerald-White's name cannot be removed from the ballot, Jane Jennerjohn from Southern Door School District says there are state statutes in place for two possible outcomes.

 



 

In Kewaunee County, Kim Kroll registered herself as a write-in for Supervisor District 13, formerly represented by the late John Pagel, who died in a plane crash in late February. Pagel's children have issued their endorsement of Kroll to take over their father's seat.

Hospitals statewide pause to raise awareness of organ donation

By Tim Kowols      

Door County Medical Center and more than 85 other Donate Life Wisconsin member hospitals statewide took time Monday morning to pause and promote the importance of organ and tissue donation. According to Donate Life, one donor can save up to eight lives with 2,000 Wisconsinites waiting for life-saving transplants. Chief Nursing Officer Christa Krause says no matter if you or a family member is in need of a donation or would like to help save a life, you can find people to talk about that decision in Door County.

 



 

Anyone 15 and a half or older can register to be a donor regardless of health, gender, or ethnicity at DonateLifeWisconsin.org or any Wisconsin DMV Service Center.

Voters still able register for Election Day

By Eric Fischer



There is still time to register to vote in Tuesday's election if you have not done so already.  To register, voters must prove current residency with a government-issued document, typically a driver's license or utility bill, as well as photo id.  Sturgeon Bay City Clerk Stephanie Reinhardt says that people can register at the City Clerk's office prior to Election Day and that Wisconsin law allows same-day registration at the polls.



Reinhardt adds that to register, potential voters need to have lived in their current residence for a minimum of ten days.  Photo ID is required at the polls to vote.  To find your polling place, visit https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/FindMyPollingPlace.

McCarty announces run for Door County Sheriff

By Tim Kowols        

On the heels of Door County Sheriff Steve Delarwelle's announcement last week that he will retire rather than seek re-election this fall, his chief deputy has made it official that he will try to replace him. Pat McCarty announced over the weekend his intentions to run for Door County Sheriff after 25 years with the department. McCarty climbed his way to his Chief Deputy post after previously serving jailer/dispatcher, jail deputy, North Coalition deputy, shift supervisor, patrol deputy, and a member of the department's SWAT team. Delarwelle selected McCarty as his Chief Deputy after office as sheriff in 2015.

Jacque focused on campaign as special election tightens timeline

By Tim Kowols      

Having to win potentially four elections in seven months to receive a full-term as state Senator is not changing the focus of Assembly member and Senate District 1 candidate Andre Jacque. Announcing his candidacy in January, Jacque was wrapping up his fourth term as an Assembly member representing District 2 while waiting to see what the fate of a special election would be. Following Governor Scott Walker's announcement Thursday to host the special elections, Jacque says he has already been in the community campaigning for the vacant seat.

 



 

Jacque will face Alex Renard in a primary battle on May 15 before a potential special election against Democratic candidate Caleb Frostman on June 12.

Kewaunee Library hosting events just for teens

By Eric Fischer



Thursday nights are reserved for teens at the Kewaunee Public Library, as every Thursday night, teens can visit the library for special events just for them.  April's teen events include a Harry Potter movie night on April 5th, a 90's party April 12th, open mic poetry night April 19th and "Whatcha' Readin' Chat and Chew" on April 26th.  Teen and Adult Services librarian Cambrie Kolka says that the events are typically for middle and high schoolers and that you can register on their Facebook page or drop in at the library.



 

For more information visit the library or check out http://www.kewauneepubliclibrary.org/.

Sister Bay Moravian Church annual Ladies Tea to benefit DOOR CANcer

By Eric Fischer



Sister Bay Moravian Church is rounding up all cowgirls for the fifth annual Spring Ladies' Tea social, with this year's theme "When Cowgirl's Dream- Dreams to Reality."  The cowgirl tea social will give all proceeds to DOOR CANcer Inc., a charity group devoted to helping cancer patients in Door County.  The event will feature BBQ, home fries, corn muffins, apple caramel cake, and iced tea.  Cheryl Lubahn, the coordinator of the event, says she was inspired to take over planning the social by the loss of Sue Sherman, a friend who planned the first Ladies' Tea.



 

Lubahn adds that the main event of the program will be a visit from Wisconsin resident and National Cowgirl Hall of Famer, 81-year-old Elaine Kramer, famous for her Roman style horse riding, where she would stand on multiple horses backs while performing.  Reservations are necessary, and the cost is $20 per person.

Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department dispatch a rarity in law enforcement

By Tim Kowols and Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski      

Members of the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department dispatch team are a rarity in their profession as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week approaches. Kewaunee County is one of the last agencies in the state that has combined dispatcher/jailer positions, allowing the department to have extra flexibility while on duty and meeting the state's requirement of two jailers on shift at all times.  Add in the adjustments of new technology changing the way dispatchers communicate with deputies and members of the public, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says they provide new meaning to "multi-tasking."

 



 

With a new jail facility on the horizon, Joski says the future of the dual-role position will be a topic of conversation. You can read this week's Sheriff's Corner with Matt Joski online with this story.

 

        With all of the tragedies we have seen unfold throughout our nation, we hear very little about the critical role that the dispatcher played in each and every one of these events. We seem to always focus on those resources that respond to the scene with the lights and sirens, but all too often forget about the amazing men and women who are the first ones to get the call and many times try to make sense out of frantic voices on the other end of the line. Without the skills of the Public Safety Telecommunicator, none of the subsequent efforts would be possible.

Each Year the second week of April is designated as Public Safety Telecommunications recognition week. While this role in public safety is not as recognized or publicized as a Law Enforcement Officer, Fire Fighter, or Rescue Personnel, it is without a doubt as important as those other professions. The Public Safety Telecommunicator is the first contact in most critical events. Whether it is a motor vehicle accident, a fire, a crime, or even someone locking their keys in their car, the first voice they will hear that will ultimately get them the services they need will be the voice of a Public Safety Telecommunicator.

Most people refer to them as dispatchers, and while this is one of the key roles they perform, there is much more to this position. Here in Kewaunee County we have the distinction of being one of the last agencies that "Dual Role" our staff. The official title for this position at the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department is Jailer/ Dispatcher. What this means is that our Dispatchers also serve as our Jailers, and our Jailers as our dispatchers. This allows us to meet the state requirement to have two jailers on shift at all times. While there is no requirement to have two dispatchers on at all times, having the flexibility to have a second dispatcher when those critical calls come in is definitely an advantage.

Most of us have heard of "Multi- Tasking" but I don't think you can truly appreciate that phrase until you see what the typical day is in the life of one of these staff members. Even the most minor of calls will require them to take the initial call, communicate that call to the proper response unit, and further more document that call with absolute accuracy all at the same time. When you take this to the level of a multi-agency response to a major event such as a structure fire, their skills are truly put to the test. It is fitting that we take some time to give our appreciation to those who truly are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe.

I want to personally thank all of the men and women who hold these law enforcement positions and I want to reiterate that they do in fact "Serve and Protect with Pride and Integrity" the citizens of Kewaunee County just as any other member of our law enforcement family.

I know that I may be a bit early in sharing this information, but I wanted people to have time to reach out and thank our Dispatchers leading up to this important week of recognition. Please feel free to call our non-emergency line at (920)388-7108 and thank the on-duty dispatcher for all that they do. Just please do not all call at the same time!

 

Kuhns new book is first of its kind

By Eric Fischer



Local scientist and author Roger J. Kuhns has a new book out Navigating the Energy Maze: The Transition to a Sustainable Future documenting the current state of energy use in the US, and how to transition to a sustainable, renewable energy.  In the book, Kuhns also documents several bipartisan-supported bills that he has helped introduce to members of Congress that could be read in the upcoming months, on how to make renewable energy financially reasonable.  Kuhns says that his book has groundbreaking information.



 

Aside from the book Kuhns still works on projects in the area, as well as teaching summer classes at The Clearing in Ellison Bay.  You can purchase this book or any of his other work on his website at https://rogerjameskuhns.com/store/.

Northern Door churches partnering for prayer walk

By Eric Fischer



The Ephraim Moravian Church, Stella Maris Parish, First Baptist Church, and Bethel Baptist Church are joining forces to host a Prayer Walk on May 1st.  The walk will begin at Ephraim Moravian Church with instructions and a prayer at 9 am, followed by a 45-minute walk through the woods on stable surfaces and will only be about a mile in distance.  Dawn Volpe, pastor at Ephraim Moravian Church says this walk is an excellent chance to share faith with neighboring churches.



Volpe adds that there will be more walks planned in other communities throughout the summer.  The walk is free to attend, will happen rain or shine, and water and a snack will be provided.

Gibraltar Historical Association announces 2018 exhibit theme

By Eric Fischer



When the Alexander Noble House opens for the summer, visitors may notice the somber mood, as this year's special exhibit theme is "A House in Mourning".  The Gibraltar Historical Association will be re-creating Alexander Noble's funeral with many authentic Victorian-era relics including an antique pine coffin, a cooling table, antique embalming fluid, and funeral plaques.  The house will also feature many artifacts that depict the traditions of Victorian-era mourners such as mourning attire, white mourning handkerchiefs etched with black lace, stopping the clocks at the time of death, and hanging a black crepe badge on the outer door.  Laurie Buske, director of the Gibraltar Historical Association explains the exhibit and when the museum opens for the season.



 

Buske also says that the 2019 theme will be "Victorian Wedding" but wanted to save many of those details for later.  Admission to the Noble House is $5 when open, and also features the permanent exhibit "The Country Doctor", showcasing what a doctor's office of the era looked like.

Letter to the Editor: Why I support the PRAT

By Laurel Hauser



This Tuesday, Sturgeon Bay residents will be asked to vote yes or no on a Premier Area Resort Tax (PRAT). I support the PRAT and this is why. (If you're in favor of the PRAT, you'll like the first part of this. If you're opposed or undecided, please keep reading.)

Until we as a society decide that more of our collective wealth should go to the community, and while we are under state-imposed levy limits, we need to pay for the services we all use. Sturgeon Bay is fortunate that, because of where we're located, we have the PRAT tool available to us. (Pending approval by our State legislature.)

When our Roads Committee met last year (and I call it "our" because it was made up of one citizen from each district), the members did an inspiring job of examining our current situation and assessing our options. They did their homework (literally), asked questions and came to a common recommendation. I attended the meetings and watched the process.

The PRAT tax was their first choice because it makes a lot of sense. It shares the cost for the roads with those who use them. As the hub of Door County, and as the gateway to northern Door County, our roads get more use than our 9,000+ residents give them. By enacting the PRAT, visitors help pay for the roads they use. While the PRAT will bring in an estimated $800,000 a year, only a fraction of that will come from the residents of Sturgeon Bay.

But here's the real reason I support the PRAT. A few years ago, when I made a career change, I spent a summer and fall working for a local landscape company. I went from earning a salary at my previous job to being an hourly employee. I worked with people who put in 9-hour days, six days a week, doing hard physical labor. Most of them drove cars that barely got them to work. Which brings us to the alternative to a PRAT.

Choice#2 from the Roads Committee is a wheel tax. Many communities adopt wheel taxes, and every vehicle – whether it's a luxury vehicle or a clunker – gets taxed the same. In order to collect the $720,000 needed to meet the Roads Committee's recommended replacement schedule and maintenance, the wheel tax on each vehicle would need to be $56. If a family has two vehicles, that's $112. (It's estimated that the PRAT, in comparison, will cost a family with a modest income about $30 a year.)

In our culture, even the poorest laborer needs a car to get to work. It hurts me to think of the working poor paying a wheel tax when the alternative is to ask people who vacation here to pay .5 percent on what are largely luxury, tourist-related items.

Having said all that, are those who question the PRAT and the parameters of its use asking the right questions? Yes, they absolutely are.

If things are done with the right intentions – i.e. instituting a tax to pay for our roads and sidewalks, as the Roads Committee recommends – but no policy is put in writing, no follow-up process is identified to make sure the tax is used correctly, we've done half of the job.

 

Asking for intentions to be recorded in policy form, and accessible to the public, is wise and will carry the Roads Committee's work forward to future councils.

Our roadways work when they free of potholes and when there are stop signs and traffic lights telling people where to go and what the rules are. The same is true of city government.

I urge people to vote yes for the PRAT so that those who use our roads pay for them. And then I'd urge people to hold their council members' feet to the fire to do the rest of their job. Before the PRAT goes to the legislature, put the Roads Committee's intentions (found in their final report) into a policy that's accessible.

Laurel Hauser

Alderperson, District 7, Sturgeon Bay

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Bird City Algoma

By Eric Fischer



You can celebrate and learn about birds on April 7th with the 4th annual Algoma Bird Celebration at the Algoma Youth Club.  There will be activities for people of all ages including origami, coloring pages for kids, readings by children's book author Janet Tlachac-Toonen, a display of local birds photos by Bob Kuhn, talk on Bluebird restoration, and animals from the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.  Event organizer Cathy Pabich says the event celebrates International Migratory Bird Day, a requirement for Bird City recognization.



Pabich adds that she thinks there is something for everyone at this event.  Along with the programs mentioned, there will be landscaping/ gardening displays, sale items, door prizes, and refreshments.  The event is free to attend.

Sister Bay Lion's Club recognized for service

By Eric Fischer



For over sixty five years, the Sister Bay Lion's Club has been active in the community, raising money for local groups to help benefit the area.  While celebrating its 65th anniversary the group was recognized for contributing over one million dollars back to the community.  Different programs have included Packer Night, selling concessions for Gibraltar athletics, and hosting a classic car show to name a few.  Mark Kuntsman of the Sister Bay Lion's Club says one of the most notable programs, screening for blindness was inspired years ago by a visit from Helen Keller.

 



 

Kuntsman adds that the Sister Bay Lion's Club sends members and money to help train seeing eye dogs for the blind as well.  Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in more than 200 countries around the world.

Crossroads family gardening class registration is open

By Eric Fischer



Registration for one of Crossroads at Big Creek's most popular events, the Garden Workshop for Families, is now open.  The first ten families to register will able to participate in the four-session, bi-weekly gardening class.  Coggin Herringa, director of Crossroads at Big Creek, says the purpose of the class is to get families interested in gardening and enjoying vegetables.

 



 

Herringa adds that there is a $15 fee to be paid on the first night of the class, but that families get to take nearly $50 of vegetables home with them.  The first class is Wednesday, April 11th. Families can register at Crossroads at Big Creek's website.

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