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Evers administration looks for more large-scale events

Governor Tony Evers hopes for more opportunities to host large-scale events in your backyard. The Democratic governor celebrated National Travel and Tourism this week with the requested release of $10 million from the Opportunity Attraction and Promotion Fund to promote Wisconsin as a premier host and major destination for large-scale events. In 2022, Wisconsin’s tourism industry generated $23.7 billion in total economic impact, up over a billion dollars from the previous record set in 2019. The announcement comes ahead of two major events coming to the state: the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee and the 2025 NFL Draft in Green Bay. Destination Door County’s Jon Jarosh says local officials continue to work with Discover Green Bay and others to learn how they will be able to support the nearly quarter-million people expected to come to the area for the draft April 24th-26th.

Jarosh says the 2023 tourism numbers will be released in early June. Destination Door County celebrated National Travel and Tourism Week on Wednesday, and Tourism Secretary Anne Sayers attended the organization’s Top Chef Wisconsin watch party. The episode featured a traditional Door County fish boil as part of its competition.

Recognizing Law Enforcement Appreciation Month

Last week I shared some thoughts on Spiritual Wellness, and our need to establish and nurture our “Why”.


I can’t think of a more fitting topic as we conclude the month of May and its commemoration as Law Enforcement Appreciation Month. During this month we remember those who have fallen in service to their communities, while we celebrate those who have chosen this difficult and demanding calling. This month’s celebrations also provide examples to inspire those considering service to their community as their life’s purpose.


As I shared in last week’s article, the ability to live a life of purpose, rests heavily on our ability to recall on an almost daily basis, why we are doing what we are doing. This “Why” must be a constant element, sustaining itself through good times and in bad. It must remain the cornerstone, even as conditions and daily realities are ever changing.


Our “Why” can not be like the branches of a tree which sway back and forth dependent on the winds, but rather like the very roots that hold us steady, even when the headwinds of frustration and defeat push against us.


Over the past few years, we have seen such headwinds bear down on the servants of our communities. We have watched as those who have sworn a life of service are met with suspicion and cynicism. We have endured the increase in both call volume and the violent nature of that call volume. Through all of this, we endure. We endure because we know our “Why”. We know that we are what stands between Chaos and Peace. We know that we are the ones that will run towards the danger that everyone else is running from. We know that after a life of service those we love, our “Why” will be our legacy.


We have come a long way in how we care for those who serve us. We have come to realize and appreciate the impacts of cumulative trauma on our First Responders and the need for continued focus on Emotional, Social, Mental and Spiritual Wellness. We have incorporated Peer to Peer Support Teams, Crisis Debriefs, and Chaplaincy Support to better serve those that serve us.


We are also very fortunate to serve a community who appreciates the service and sacrifice of their Public Servants. This appreciation is as important of a wellness component as any of the others. Knowing that the community we serve appreciates our efforts and stands behind us during those storms, fortifies our “Why” and implants in us our own gratitude. The mutual respect and appreciation that a community has for its Protectors, and that same level of respect and appreciation the Protectors have for their community, is truly the cornerstone of a safe and thriving community. Let’s make sure to share that appreciation all year long!

Memorial Day services planned for Door County Sunday and Monday

No matter where you live or play on the peninsula, you will not be far from an opportunity to pay your respects to those who died for the country. Activities are planned for Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day, ranging from visits to area cemeteries to full ceremonies. The Firing Squad from the George W. Goetz Post 372 Forestville American Legion will conduct Memorial Day Services at nearly two dozen cemeteries across southern Door County on Sunday, beginning at 7:20 a.m. at the Forestville Town Cemetery in Maplewood and ending at Old Catholic Cemetery at 12:10. On Monday, brief ceremonies will be conducted at Bayside Cemetery at 8:30 a.m., St. Joseph’s Cemetery at 9:00 a.m., Sturgeon Bay Health Services (formerly the Dorchester) at 9:30 a.m ahead of a larger ceremony at the Sturgeon Bay Fire Station at 10 a.m. Bill Weiss Post 527 will host their traditional ceremony at Little Sister Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Door County Veterans Service Officer Beth Van Oss says it means a lot to her that they are always well-attended.

You can find the full list of Door County activities by clicking this link. Kewaunee County will host their own Memorial Day activities on Monday. The American Legion groups in Algoma, Kewaunee, Carlton, Casco, and Luxemburg will host their ceremonies at their local cemeteries. Algoma’s activities will be capped off with a parade with the downtown at 10 a.m.





City elevates Montevideo to Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief

The Sturgeon Bay Police and Fire Commission has named Kalin Montevideo as the city’s new fire chief. Montevideo has served the role on an interim basis since former fire chief Tim Dietman retired in February. In a statement, Montevideo said it is an absolute privilege to lead the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. “I will endeavor to do my best to provide the solid leadership they deserve and will carry on our legacy of providing efficient and high-quality service to the City and outlying towns of Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol,” Montevideo said. Sturgeon Bay Police and Fire Commission Chair Wayne Spritka said throughout Montevideo’s career and interview process that “she exhibited the leadership qualities we believe are necessary to carry the department forward.” Montevideo has been with the department since 1999, serving as the assistant fire chief since 2015.

Forty businesses wants to MatchUp with you with a job

If you are an older adult in Door County and would not mind making a few extra bucks outside of the home, Kris Ingram from MatchUp Door County has an idea for you. Forty businesses are a part of the MatchUp Door County program, representing dozens of available part-time positions in the county looking for the right person to fill them. Since launching the program in the early spring, MatchUp Door County has connected older adults with part-time positions by matching the individual’s unique experiences, values, commitments, and personal needs with the right business. Ingram says this is an important time for everybody, with the summer right on the doorstep in Door County.

MatchUp Door County was born out of surveys and listening sessions organized by Do Good Door County that showed that more than 25 percent of the local older adults were interested in part-time jobs in order not just to pay the bills but also to interact with other residents and to give back to the community. According to a 2023 Forbes magazine article, approximately 20 percent of Americans are “unretired,” citing fears of outliving their finances as their main reason for returning to the workplace in either a full-time or part-time role.


You can contact MatchUp Door County to begin the process


Focus on women's health often ignored

If some of the women in your life ignore their well-being, it may be up to you to turn the focus onto them.


May is National Women’s Health Awareness Month, a time to encourage women to prioritize their health. According to Dr. Beth Gaida from The Women’s Center of Door County Medical Center, it is often hard to get women to focus on themselves rather than their responsibilities at home and work. She says that by putting your health in the back seat while serving others, you may miss some small signs of bigger issues that could lie ahead.

Gaida adds that women’s health is a lot more than breast cancer, which is often put in the forefront in October. The leading cause of death in women is heart disease, and the most common cause of cancer in women is skin cancer. She also mentions that the timing for some cancer screenings is shifting for earlier detection. Forty percent of women will suffer from some form of cancer, though only 2.5 percent of those cases result in death. You can listen to our full interview with Gaida by clicking this link.

Final week for fall election candidates to get signatures

If you plan to run for state or federal office, the countdown to get your signatures is officially down to a week.


Last Friday was the last day for incumbents to file their non-candidacy paperwork. The deadline to turn in nomination papers, declarations of candidacy, and campaign registration statements to get on the fall ballot is June 3rd. The state Assembly, the state Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate are among the positions that could be on the ballot as soon as the August primary on August 13th. 


Announced candidates for the First Assembly District include incumbent Republican Rep. Joel Kitchens, Milt Swagel (R), and Renee Paplham (D). There is no election for the state Senate seat that represents Door and Kewaunee counties, though if current state Senator Andre Jacque is successful in his congressional bid, a special election would be needed.  Jacque is facing off against former state Senator Roger Roth and businessman Tony Wied for the Republican nomination while Dr. Kristin Lyerly is running for the role as a Democrat. For U.S. Senate, incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin is running unopposed in the primary ahead of a likely showdown with Republican businessman Eric Hovde.


The fall general election will take place on November 5th.

Festival season begins in Door County

The unofficial start of summer and the tourism season begins this weekend with big events planned in Jacksonport and Sturgeon Bay. In Jacksonport, an over 50-year-old tradition continues at Lakeside Park with Maifest on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to an art fair and the Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Drill Team, there will be a parade on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and a 10K run/2M Run/Walk on Sunday at 9 a.m. In Sturgeon Bay,  the city will celebrate artists at its annual Fine Art Fair on Saturday and Sunday. Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Alexa Soto says it is great to see artists' interest in participating in the event.

In its 25th year, the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Algoma street construction moving on schedule, Jefferson Street open 

The City of Algoma has everything on target to have the only major street construction project done in the next few weeks. 

Algoma City Administrator Matt Murphy says the infrastructure construction of water, sewer, and storm sewer on Division Street is done, and crews are now completing work on three blocks of Frank Avenue. He says the infrastructure work should be done next Wednesday.



Murphy expects the road-building crew to finish the project by the middle of June when the paving and concrete work is expected to begin. He notes that Jefferson Street, Highway 54, will be entirely open for through-traffic over the Memorial Day weekend. Paving operations may temporarily close Jefferson Street in early July when the project is being completed. 

USDA Secretary Vilsack unveils roadmap for agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack led a roundtable discussion in front of over 100 people in Casco on Thursday, outlining how rural America can thrive in an evolving world.



Joined by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Secretary Romanski, Vilsack first commended the Pagel family for the innovative ideas they already employ at their operations, such as a natural gas plant and an on-site cheese production facility. Last October, Dairy Dreams received a $2.5 million grant from the USDA’s Fertilizer Product Expansion Program to offset equipment costs and building improvements associated with launching the production of organic fertilizers. In addition to the organic fertilizer produced, the process converts the liquid from the manure into clean, dischargeable water, limiting the greenhouse gases emitted due to hauling.


Vilsack then outlined the department’s roadmap to opportunity for farms, rural communities, and families. By relying on climate-smart agriculture and local and regional food systems, Vilsack believes they can reverse the current trend of farmland being converted into other uses and farms of all sizes disappearing while making rural America a better place to live.

The USDA incentivizes farmers to participate in renewable energy and bioproducts, ecosystem service markets, and fertilizer production to develop additional revenue streams. According to Vilsack, the United States has lost over 544,000 farms and 151 million acres of farmland since the early 1980s. 


Real-world experience cuts path for Kleiman's SkillsUSA success

A thirst for learning and getting better at his craft is why you will see newly graduated Coy Kleiman of Kewaunee representing his school at next month’s Skills USA competition in Atlanta. Last month in Madison, Coy was named state champion in CNC 3-Axis Milling Programming at the Wisconsin SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference. The honor showcased Coy’s machining acumen and his book smarts. Coy’s interest in CNC machining started at his brother Jesse’s machine shop in Kewaunee. He says he asked his brother where he could be the biggest help and grew his skills from there.

Jesse says he started JR Metal Works because of a love for welding and his willingness to put in the time to better himself outside of work hours by reading and earning his “YouTube degrees.” While he may have given his little brother the opportunity, Jesse says Coy’s drive to succeed is why he is finding himself in Atlanta next month and on the road to a successful career.

Coy graduated from Kewaunee on Wednesday, though he hopes he still has another week wearing Storm’s colors as a member of state-ranked relay squads on the track team. He will then balance his work life with the remaining credits needed to earn his Northeast Wisconsin Technical College degree.


Kewaunee County rolls over surplus funds

Kewaunee County officials want to make sure your tax dollars are spent wisely after the board unanimously approved the transfer of more than $2.4 million in general fund surplus to other areas. County Finance Director Paul Kunesh says it is a common yearly question from taxpayers and county board members as to why the county sits on so much money in its general fund balance with little direction. Kunesh says there is a purpose for the money, but there are different things they are waiting for to happen before they spend it.

The surplus dollars were sent to the Future Capital Project Fund, the Debt Service Fund, the Solid Waste Fund, and the Financial/HR System Replacement Fund. During the meeting, Kewaunee County Administrator Jeremy Kral told the board they are finalizing an agreement for an owner’s representative for the county’s jail project. The owner’s representative will act on the county’s interests regarding the projects, starting with the Request for Proposal (RFP) and concluding with the jail’s construction. That contract should be ready for board approval at an upcoming meeting.

Sturgeon Bay celebrates Maritime Day

The horns you heard along Sturgeon Bay's working waterfront on Wednesday were not the sounds of distress but a cause of celebration.


The horns you heard in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday was not the sounds of distress, but a cause of celebration. Across the country, shipyards, museums, and other institutions celebrated National Maritime Day. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, Congress declared National Maritime Day 91 years ago to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion. The day also celebrates how the maritime industry assists everything from international commerce to military force. As a part of its Maritime Day celebration, the Door County Maritime Museum had the Tug John Purves blow its horn, eliciting a response from the nearby United States Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay.



VFW Post 3088 continues Memorial Day tradition

The American flags you see dotting the tombstones of fallen veterans are placed thanks to local organizations and people like you. The Door County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3088 will resume their tradition of placing flags on the graves of over 1,600 veterans on Thursday in time for Memorial Day. Post Quartermaster Bill Graf has been a part of this tradition for over a decade. He is thankful for community members who come out yearly to help honor so many's sacrifices.

If you want to help the post distribute flags this year, you can meet them at the Bayside Cemetery Chapel at 9 a.m. on Thursday. They will place flags on graves at Bayside and St. Joseph cemeteries before treating volunteers to pizza at their clubhouse on Delaware Street in Sturgeon Bay. Graf also invites those looking to retire their flags property to bring them to the clubhouse before Flag Day. Several military service organizations will host a flag retirement ceremony on that day at the Door County Farm for Veterans in Sturgeon Bay.

Two sent to hospital after Monday accident

Two Sturgeon Bay residents were sent to area hospitals on Monday after another struck their vehicle in the Town of Brussels on Monday afternoon. The accident occurred just before 1 p.m. when Donald Lettie of Sturgeon Bay tried exiting County Highway H onto State Highway 57. He was struck shortly thereafter by Jack Schmelzer of Sturgeon Bay, traveling northbound on STH 57. According to the accident report, Lettie saw one car traveling north on the highway but did not see Schmelzer following behind it. The collision caused Lettie to have to be airlifted to an area hospital with a broken neck and shoulder. One of the passengers in the Lettie’s car, Debrorah Lettie, was taken to Door County Medical Center for suspected minor injuries. A third passenger in Lettie’s vehicle and Schmelzer also suffered possible injuries but were not transported. Lettie failed to yield to the right of way, but the Door County Sheriff’s Department did not cite him for his action. The accident closed down a portion of STH 57 for about an hour before it reopened to traffic shortly before 2 p.m.

Traffic expected to be heaviest on Thursday for holiday weekend

You will have to show more patience driving the area roads the next few days as holiday traffic will be spiking in Door County.  AAA estimates that over 816,000 people in Wisconsin will be traveling at least 50 miles or more from home.  That reflects an increase of over 30,000 more travelers than last year’s Memorial Day weekend and would be the second-highest ever (2019).  Door County Sheriff Lt. Brad Shortreed advises drivers to take their time and plan with expected delays due to the volume of traffic and detours in the area.



AAA projects that Thursday will be the busiest travel day, with the highest volume being from noon until 6 p.m.  Sunday is also projected to have heavy traffic from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m.  Local Law Enforcement is also participating in the annual “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign until June 2, reminding drivers to buckle up and stay safe.  

Sturgeon Bay receives high marks in financial audit

The City of Sturgeon Bay received good news on its financial fitness.  At the second meeting of the Common Council on Tuesday night, the 2023 financial audit report was placed on file, accepting the Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee's recommendation to accept the WIPFLi CPAs and Consultants review.  Mayor David Ward says the audit is an important process and document that was clean again this year.



The City of Sturgeon Bay received an upgrade last year to a "Double A" bond rating that helps to lower interest rates and is reflected in the financial audit. In other business, the Common Council approved two second readings regarding rezoning an ordinance at 148 N. Eighth Place and a portable fueling of watercraft—that ordinance aimed at how boaters safely refuel their vessels while on the water. The ordinance revision focuses on the types of containers that can be used and the procedures that must be followed when doing portable fueling. 

First-ever bus trip to Milwaukee planned at Door County YMCA

You could enjoy a full day in Milwaukee’s unique downtown when the Door County YMCA charters a bus trip on June 12.  YMCA Specialty Wellness Director and Tour Director Abby Tesch says the bus tour is for senior citizens 55 years or older.  She notes that the trip includes guided tours of the Mitchell Park Domes and three horticultural conservatories in the heart of Milwaukee.



Tesch hopes to offer another bus trip in the fall if all goes well with this one.  You can find more information about the trip by contacting the YMCA or registering online.  The Milwaukee trip is $75 for members and $95 for non-members, with only ten spots still available. 

Storms down lines, knock out power on Peninsula

Nearly 1,100 WPS customers in Door County were without power early Wednesday morning after overnight thunderstorms knocked out electricity throughout the peninsula, especially in northern Door County. As of 5:30 a.m., over 600 remain without power.  Only one location was reported to be without power in Kewaunee County.   In Northeastern Wisconsin, WPS reported 371 outages, impacting over 10,000.  


Outages by the municipality reported to WPS as of 6:40 a.m. Wednesday:


Abrams 1
Ackley 5
Allouez 214
Antigo 2
Arbor Vitae 3
Argonne 352
Armstrong Creek 7
Ashwaubenon 750
Bagley 31
Bellevue 10
Bergen 17
Berlin 187
Birch 1
Bradley 62
Breed 93
Buena Vista 1
Cassel 70
Cassian 11
Chase 1
Cleveland 163
Cloverland 6
Corning 200
Crandon 1
Crescent 13
De Pere 105
Doty 51
Easton 5
Eaton 1
Eau Pleine 152
Edgar 223
Egg Harbor 52
Elcho 55
Emmet 120
Enterprise 463
Ephraim 15
Fence 123
Florence 1
Forestville 2
Frankfort 29
Gardner 194
Gibraltar 31
Glenmore 23
Green Bay 1055
Green Valley 1
Grover 1
Halsey 1
Hamburg 19
Harding 21
Harrison 39
Hazelhurst 4
Hewitt 14
Hiles 47
Hobart 41
Howard 49
Hull 3
Ingallston 280
Jacksonport 6
King 12
Knowlton 276
Kronenwetter 1
Lake 4
Lakewood 61
Lanark 21
Lawrence 52
Liberty Grove 2
Lincoln 51
Little Rice 2
Little River 8
Maine 44
Maple Valley 1
Marathon 105
Marinette 61
Menominee 20
Merrill 294
Minocqua 86
Monico 2
Mosinee 50
Mountain 93
Nasewaupee 239
Nashville 8
Newbold 23
Oconto 124
Oneida 4
Oshkosh 33
Pelican 115
Peshtigo 293
Piehl 24
Pine Lake 4
Pine River 165
Pittsfield 1
Plum Lake 27
Porterfield 37
Red River 1
Rhinelander 85
Rib Falls 113
Rib Mountain 22
Rietbrock 32
Riverview 10
Rock Falls 20
Rockland 20
Rothschild 54
Russell 45
Saint Germain 1
Schley 67
Schoepke 388
Schofield 31
Scott 55
Sevastopol 1
Silver Cliff 2
Sister Bay 2
Skanawan 16
Stella 27
Stephenson 21
Stettin 50
Stevens Point 9
Suamico 29
Sugar Camp 143
Texas 108
Three Lakes 159
Union 122
Upham 19
Utica 14
Vilas 18
Vinland 28
Wabeno 14
Wagner 22
Washington 11
Wausau 542
Wausaukee 1
Weston 77
Wien 52
Winchester 1
Woodruff 21
Wrightstown 1

Area schools honor graduating seniors

It is not “goodbye” but “see you around” for area high schools in Door and Kewaunee counties over the next two weeks. Luxemburg-Casco and Kewaunee will kick off the graduation celebrations on Wednesday when they host their commencement exercises. Graduating classes range from 152 students at Luxemburg-Casco to one at Washington Island. While many students will celebrate a lot of lasts in the coming days, Wednesday’s graduation ceremony will be a new experience for Kewaunee High School Principal Aaron Dobbe, who is completing his first year as principal at the school. He says seeing the students move on is always tough, but he knows this group is ready to pursue their interests.

Luxemburg-Casco principal Troy Haws will remember this year's class as one that took advantage of the opportunities presented to it.

Southern Door and Algoma will host their graduation ceremonies on Sunday, while Sturgeon Bay (June 1st), Gibraltar (June 2nd), and Sevastopol (June 2nd) will have their festivities next weekend. Washington Island’s graduation will be a private celebration.

County recruiting volunteers for Community Emergency Response Team

If you ever wanted to serve your community in a time of need, emergency personnel throughout Door County have an opportunity for you to consider. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue, Door County Emergency Management, and MABAS 154 Incident Support Team are collaborating to form the Door County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The program would provide emergency responders with volunteers who could help perform less irksome tasks to allow them to concentrate on more complex and critical situations. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Chief Andy Bertges says the storms last month that knocked power out for days in some cases is the perfect example of where the CERT could have been employed because of the need to establish warming shelters, check on older residents, and other potential concerns. He adds that the only requirement is to have an enthusiasm for serving your community.

If you missed Tuesday’s Door County Volunteer Fair, Bertges says they will host a CERT Open House on June 1st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gibraltar Fire and Rescue station on County Road F in Fish Creek.


Spring storm takes aim at northeast Wisconsin

The Door County Emergency Management Department wants you to be prepared for any storm that may hit the area, including the one expected to come through Tuesday night. The National Weather Service is predicting impactful severe weather to hit the area late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, bringing damaging winds, heavy rainfall, large hail, and, in some cases, tornadoes. No severe weather warnings have yet been issued for Door and Kewaunee counties, but the area is under a small craft advisory for people on boats. Because of the late arrival of the storms, Door County Emergency Management Department Director Jeb Saelens encourages you to be prepared ahead of time and have a way to receive information about watches and warnings.

The most severe part of the storm is expected to pass through between 10 p.m. and midnight. You can find tips on personal preparedness from the department here.



Sturgeon Bay home placed on National Register of Historic Places

Two months after it was placed on the State Register of Historic Places, a Sturgeon Bay home has now received national notoriety. Earlier this month, the National Park Service listed the Dr. Joseph and Olivia Soper House as one of its latest National Register of Historic Places entries. Located on 5th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, the over 140-year-old Italianate home was added to the register because it is the only residential structure made with Frear artificial stone. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, the artificial stone was manufactured in Door County by Giles Kirtland, a former superintendent at the Frear Stone Manufacturing Company in Chicago, who purchased the rights to manufacture and sell the product in Sturgeon Bay. Frear stone was used at the Soper House for the block veneer, the drip course above the foundation, window sills, and decorative hoods over the windows, though much of it was replaced with more modern concrete forms a few years later. More than 70 properties in Door County are on the National Register of Historic Places. Excluding shipwrecks, the most recent county-based listing was the Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower in 2021.

Algoma Community Band "springs" into action Wednesday

The event's name has changed, but a concert by the Algoma Community Band will have the same energy of music and fun on Wednesday evening, May 22.  The troupe’s Spring Concert, once called the annual After Taxes concert, was pushed to later this May to accommodate more “snowbirds” to attend, according to Co-director Jennifer Massey.  She describes the ensemble of songs and performances planned for this year’s spring concert.




The Algoma Community Band has about 40 musicians ranging from eighth graders to original members who have performed with the group over the past 46 years.  The free show will be held at 7 p.m. at the Algoma Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Fremont Street.  All free-will offerings will go towards the music programs at the Algoma Schools.  The Algoma Community Band concert series includes the 150th Algoma Fire Department Parade on Saturday, June 29, and they will open for Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns at the “Concert in the Park” in the Algoma Marina on Thursday, July 11.   

Southern Door's Rass earns NYC trip to Jimmy Awards

He will not have to go as far as Cherry Tree Lane in London, but you will see Southern Door’s Noah Rass in New York City next month. Along with Green Bay East’s Jennifer Duarte Castillo, Rass will attend next month’s Jimmy Awards in New York City as the big winner of Saturday’s Center Stage Program held at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton. Rass was nominated for his outstanding performance in a lead role for his take on Bert, the singing and dancing chimney sweep from Southern Door’s production of Mary Poppins. Speaking after the nominations were announced last month, drama director Mary Hall says Rass prevailed in the middle of a lot of competition for a scholarship he also received on Saturday.

Rass was not the only local student who got to walk the red carpet at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Luxemburg–Casco High School’s production of The Addams Family and Southern Door High School’s imagining of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins were nominated for outstanding ensemble awards. Luxemburg-Casco’s Matthew Brand (Gomez Addams) was also nominated for their outstanding performance in a lead role. At the same time, Bowie Bredael as Morticia Addams and Jonah Doperalski as Uncle Fester received honorable mentions. Southern Door’s Molly Hall (Jane Banks) and Lilly Schmidt (Michael Banks) were nominated for outstanding performances in a supporting role. Hall earned her nomination for being an influential theater educator at Southern Door.

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