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Algoma students welcome first cruise ship of the year

You could have confused the docks at the Algoma Marina for a red carpet premiere in Hollywood as the first cruise ship of the year pulled in on Wednesday. The Viking Octantis arrived just outside the marina before 8 a.m. with several smaller ferry vessels bringing in guests who wanted to take excursions around the area.

 

 

Crew members and guests were greeted by inquisitive Algoma Elementary school children as they stepped onto the dock. Many asked them where they were from, where they had been, and what they looked forward to doing next. According to third-grade teacher Sandy Hager, a spur-of-the-moment summer school outing may have become a tradition for future cruise ship arrivals.

The Octantis was expected to leave Algoma at approximately 6 p.m. for the next stop in its journey to Duluth. This marked the first of eight visits by the Viking Octantis this year, with the next coming on June 11th. 

 

Fond du Lac man dies in Washington Island clean-up efforts

A 27-year-old Fond du Lac man died over the weekend after being electrocuted during clean-up efforts on Washington Island. On Wednesday morning, the Washington Island Police Department released more details about the accident on Saturday morning just before 8 a.m. James C. Terrill was working near the intersection of Michigan Road and Rangeline Road when he came in contact with an energized line and was electrocuted. Emergency personnel from Washington Island and the Eagle III aircrew tried reviving Terrill upon their arrival, but their efforts were unsuccessful. An autopsy performed by the Brown County Medical Examiner’s Office is still pending, and it is under investigation by the Washington Island Police Department and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Terrill was working for the Michels Corporation on the island, assisting with cable repairs caused by an EF-1 tornado that touched down during storms on May 21st. 


Sevastopol narrows search to two for new superintendent

You will hear about the final two candidates for the superintendent position at Sevastopol School District this week.  The Sevastopol School Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon for the final three candidate interviews.  Board President Lisa Bieri says three other candidates were interviewed last week of the total nine who applied and that the field has been narrowed to just two finalists.

 

 

Bieri notes that a stakeholder group that includes the two school principals, municipal director, three staff members, and three community members whose names were drawn randomly will decide along with the school board at a June 5th final round of interviews.  The new superintendent will take office on July 1st, replacing Kyle Luedkte, who resigned earlier this year, effective June 30, to become the superintendent at Frederic School District.  

Summerset Marine Construction acquires Death's Door Marine

A longtime Door County marine business has been purchased by Summeret Marine Construction of Whitewater.  Death’s Door Marine, owned by Mike Kahr, was acquired by Summerset last week.  The new Death’s Door Marine, a subsidiary of Summerset Marine Construction, will now operate at 9580 Rico Lane in Brussels, just off Highway 57, under the name Summerset Marine Construction – Door County.  Kahr says no immediate changes are planned, although the transaction will allow him to do more consulting and planning for the community. 

 

 

Kahr founded Death’s Door Marine in 1989 and operated it from 5039 County Road P in Sturgeon Bay before selling the business.

 

(photo courtesy of Death's Door Marine)


YMCA bringing "better balance" to community

You can balance your well-being better while improving your overall health with classes at the Door County YMCA.  Northern Door Youth Healthy Living Coordinator Mae Daniels says Tai Chi and Adult Dance courses at the YMCA are great ways to gain greater balance and flexibility.  She says a new instructor will share his expertise with the upcoming summer sessions beginning in June.

 

 

Daniels notes that the CDC reports that taking Tai Chi can help reduce your risk of falling by 55 percent.  The YMCA also offers off-site yoga and palate classes at Anderson Dock in Ephraim and on the beach in Fish Creek.  You can find out more information by contacting the Door County YMCA, with registration starting on June 10 for members and classes beginning on June 17. 

 

(photo courtesy of YMCA)

Casco Marine memorialized with softball tournament

 As Memorial Day ceremonies were celebrated throughout Door and Kewaunee counties this past holiday weekend, a 1997 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School will be memorialized with a special event this coming weekend. The 14th annual Lance Corporal Dean Opicka Softball Tournament will be held at the Casco Village Park from Thursday through Sunday. The tournament honors the memory of Marine Lance Corporal Dean Opicka of Casco, who died while serving our country.  Killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2008 at the age of 29, Opicka was one of three soldiers from the Casco area who died during Desert Storm.  Annie Zelewske, Dean's aunt, says he was always about helping children and his community.

 

 

The softball tournament begins right after a military ceremony at 6:15 on Thursday evening at the park. All proceeds from the event benefit the Lance Corporal Dean Opicka Memorial Fund, which has raised over $150,000 for local academic scholarships at all three Kewaunee County high schools and local hardship gifts over the past thirteen years.

 

(photo submitted)


Washington Island resident injured in fall down bluff

A Washington Island resident was able to drive herself to receive medical attention after she fell down a bluff on Sunday. The woman was walking along some rocks near her property after 11 a.m. on Sunday when she slipped and fell approximately 10 feet down the bluff. Unable to get herself back up, the Washington Island Ropes and Rescue Team responded and was able to pull her to safety. Washington Island Police Officer Gary Schultz says with all of the rain the area has received in the last week, areas that are usually not slippery and dangerous might be now.

According to the National Weather Service, communities around northeast Wisconsin received more than 1.5 inches of rain over the weekend, including 2.3 inches on Washington Island, 1.82 inches at Potawatomi State Park, and 1.79 inches in Luxemburg.

Tornado confirmed on Washington Island

One line worker was electrocuted on Saturday morning on Washington Island during storm clean-up efforts that Town Chairperson Hans Lux says will take weeks to complete after a tornado touched down on the island last Tuesday.

 

The National Weather Service confirmed on Tuesday that an EF-1 Tornado touched down on the island at 10:32 p.m., bringing with it 90-mile-per-hour winds for nearly two minutes. 

 

The accident occurred just before 8 a.m. on Saturday as crews were cleaning up debris from last Tuesday’s storms that knocked out power on the island for the second time this year. Washington Island Police Officer Gary Schultz says there will be no further comment on the matter until OSHA reviews the incident.

 

As of Sunday night, crews shifted their focus to residents who live on Michigan Road after getting businesses and residents powered up on Green Tree Road, Town Line Road, Range Line Road, and Mountain Road. Lux says he is thankful for the men and women who helped the town get its power back, and the resiliency island residents have had to show once again.

 Washington Island did file an emergency declaration with the county after April’s storm which also left the town without power for several days. Despite the clean-up efforts, Lux is hopeful it will not affect the island’s tourism economy.

State EV grants pave the way to Door County

Though none of the recent grants for electric vehicle charging stations went specifically to Door County, it will be easier for you to power your way to the peninsula. Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded $23.3 million in grants to 53 projects that expand the state’s current network of EV charging stations. The grants will cover up to 80 percent of the project's total cost, with site owners covering the rest. Most of the funded projects are located near or on the interstate and U.S. highways, except for six sites along WI-29. 

 

With more charging stations available to them, nearly 40 charging stations are located on the peninsula. Destination Door County Community Engagement Manager Amanda Stuck says visitors should feel more comfortable getting to the area before their vehicles run out of power.

Stuck says businesses can still apply with Destination Door County for their EV charging station grants, which have proven very popular with businesses since the program was introduced last year.

Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin expands into Door and Kewaunee counties

Help is on the way if you or your loved ones live with autism in Door and Kewaunee counties. The Autism Society of Northeast Wisconsin announced earlier this month that it was expanding into the region to offer resources to local families. ASNEW helps organize support groups, take advantage of grant opportunities, and arrange group and community events. ASNEW’s Rhiannon Utter says their mission is to ensure that everyone within the autism spectrum is included and that families know what is available, which is a big part of how they accomplish their organization’s goals.

Utter encourages families to contact the organization to learn more about the community's current needs and where they can focus their efforts.

 

 

World War II pilot's survival story told at Belgian Heritage Center

A historical and personal perspective of a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot's survival after being shot down in World War II is the backdrop of a free presentation at the Belgian Heritage Center in Brussels on June 4.  

Steve Snyder's presentation will share the true story of his father, Howard Snyder, the B-17 "Susan Ruth" pilot.  As the author of the book "SHOT DOWN", Snyder recounts how his father and five others of the eight-man crew survived being shot down and were later hidden from the Germans with the assistance of Belgians.

Snyder says his travels to Europe have shown that Belgians' love for the United States and its allies continues today.  He notes that the Belgians who protected his father and others from the Nazis did it despite risking their own lives.

 

 

Currently living in Seal Beach, California, Snyder has researched his book for nearly five years and received 25 book awards.  Snyder's 45-minute PowerPoint presentation will be on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. and is accessible to the public.  The Peninsula Belgian American Club and the Belgian Heritage Center host the event. 

Door County K9 unit smells success at training

Door County Sheriff Deputy and K9 handler Tina Spaulding and her sidekick TJ successfully completed the 6th annual Jessiffany Canine Seminar & Certification held at Iron Ridge in Dodge County earlier this month. Some of the notable achievements the duo attained included the Best overall single-purpose Dog Team, second place in Narcotics Door Bottoms, and third place in the Narcotics Scramble. Spaulding shares the four different challenges the competition entailed daily.

 

 

Over 50 teams participated, and Spaulding says TJ has come a long way in the last two years, helping with many drug detection interactions. At three years old, TJ is a Dutch Shepard from Hungary who is trained as a single-purpose dog for finding narcotics and article searches where items have human odor on them. Spaulding adds that TJ is very friendly and loves pets when out in public, and the Door County K-9 unit is very thankful for the community support. 

Fallen veterans honored with Memorial Day ceremony in Sturgeon Bay

Over 200 community members and military veterans filled the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department building on Monday morning to honor and mourn the hundreds of Door County lives lost in service and battle during past wars. 

Brief ceremonies were conducted at Bayside Cemetery, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, and Sturgeon Bay Health Services before the main Memorial Day service in the fire department’s headquarters.

Door County Veterans Officer Beth Van Oss shared what Memorial Day means to her and the story of First Class Navy seaman Emery Martin Weber who died in World War II after being captured by the Japanese.  

 

 

 

The reading of names of local veterans who have fallen in wars was followed by the playing of taps.

The Peninsula Symphonic Band under the direction of Jason Palmer played the official songs of each military branch and patriotic songs before and after the service.  

Navy funds upcoming "welding rodeo" at NWTC

For the rodeo coming to the Marinette and Sturgeon Bay campuses of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College this fall, you will exchange the cowboy hat and lasso for a mask and a welding machine. Last week, NWTC that it had received a nearly $580,000 grant from the Department of Navy’s (DoN) Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Education and Workforce Program to help the school attract and grow a new talent pool to address the workforce gap in the area’s shipbuilding industry. According to the American Welding Society, an estimated 330,00 new welding professionals will be needed by 2028, partly to replace the approximately 159,000 welders approaching retirement. With the funding, NWTC will launch the Welding Rodeo: Experiences in STEM Education program, including career fairs, hands-on workshops, competitions, and more. “As the maritime sector grows, NWTC remains at the forefront of this expansion. Yet, to navigate the industry’s evolving landscape, we need to anticipate and embrace the challenges ahead,” said Meridith Jaeger, NWTC Vice President of College Advancement. This is the latest move that NWTC has made to help local shipyards address their needs. Last July, NWTC Sturgeon Bay expanded its partnership with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, which included designing a specialized training program for FBS employees to improve their welding and pipefitting techniques. The news came before the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported on Friday that the Department of Defense awarded Fincantieri Marinette Marine a $1 billion contract to build two Constellation-class frigates for the U.S. Navy. The Welding Rodeo is projected to begin this fall with annual events in both Marinette and Sturgeon Bay. 

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.

Coast Guard retrieves passengers stuck on sailboat

Two passengers are safe ashore after their sailboat got stuck near Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday. Reported by the United States Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay at approximately 2:30 p.m., Coast Guard members responded to a sailboat that had run aground in the sandy shores near Sunset Park when it struggled to adjust its sails entering the canal. Crews were able to bring the two passengers to shore while a local business was able to recover the vessel. The station used the incident as a great example of the working relationship the Coast Guard has with other government agencies and area businesses have with each other in times of need.  

Cruise ship season begins Wednesday in Algoma

It is time for you to get used to big ships sitting outside of the Algoma Marina beginning this week. The arrival of the cruise ship Viking Octantis on Wednesday marks the first ten scheduled trips by cruise liners in 2024. Viking Cruises will make eight stops between May 29th and October 1st as they sail between Toronto and Duluth. The large vessels stay in Lake Michigan while smaller boats taxi visitors to shore. The cruise ship visits have brought a boom to area businesses, especially from visitors who opt not to go on an excursion to Brown or Door counties and explore the immediate area. After last year’s success, Algoma Chamber of Commerce Director Rosemary Paladini said last month that the city is already generating a reputation of being a friendly port for cruise ships.

More than just Viking Cruises are scheduled to stop in the area this year. A new cruise liner, PONANT’s Le Champlain, will stop in Algoma on September 5th and 23rd. Last year, a cruise ship from Hanseatic also made a pair of visits to the city.

 

Memorial Day remembrances began Sunday

Door County veterans’ organizations started Memorial Day ceremonies on Sunday at cemeteries, saluting those military veterans who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.   George W. Goetz Forestville American Legion Post 372 conducted their firing squad services at over 20 gravesites in southern Door County Sunday morning, including Clay Blanks Cemetery.   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. You can watch the Memorial Day service performed at Clay Banks Cemetery below.

Visitors flood to Fine Art Fair, Maifest

You could smell Kettle Corn as you enjoyed beautiful crafts and a nice breeze off the bay as great crowds turned out for this year's opening event of the season in downtown Sturgeon Bay. From local artists to those who travel hundreds of miles or more, everyone was in good spirits for this event.

 

 

The Open Door Bird Sanctuary was a great attraction with a hawk and owl native to our area while music and the smell of fresh food filled the air in the square. The streets were packed with the young and the young at heart enjoying this Destination Sturgeon Bay event, which is a prelude to the farmers market that starts next weekend in approximately the same area. A list of all the events happening in downtown Sturgeon Bay can be found at sturgeonbay.net or the DoorCountyDailyNews website.

 

North of Sturgeon Bay, summer revelers also found fun at the 51st Maifest celebration in Jacksonport.  Visitors lined State Highway 57 for the annual parade before traveling across the street to partake in the art fair, food, and live music. Maifest also continues on Sunday.

 

 

Suddenly summertime at Crossroads

Suddenly, it's summertime. So, at Crossroads, much of our programming moves outside. Similarly, our partnering organizations, the  Door County Master Gardeners Association and Wild Ones-Door Peninsula, discontinue lectures during the growing season—UNLESS a special opportunity presents itself.

 

During the first week of June, Crossroads and our plant-loving partners had two opportunities that were just too special to pass up.

 

In collaboration with Wild Ones and Master Gardeners, Crossroads will host a lecture/author talk by award-winning nature writer/naturalist Emily Stone on Tuesday, June 4, at 6:30.   

 

I learned about Emily Stone last January at the Wild Ones’  “Toward Harmony of Nature Conference.”  The Fox Valley Chapter had announced that the keynote speaker, Emily Stone, was a storyteller, but I confess that when I registered, I was far more interested in the presentations covering recent research and cutting-edge science about native plants.

 

But Emily was enchanting! To quote the jacket of one of her books of essays, “She transports you across the moat into a magical world where nature is better than fiction. Elfin skimmer dragonflies dart above the incredible community cupped inside a single leaf. A leaf miner grows up before your eyes. Lichen surrenders in order to survive……”

During intermission, I sought out my colleague Karen Newbern, also a Wild Ones Board member. “We’ve got to get her to Door County!” Karen smiled. “Maybe we can. She’s a friend of mine."

 

And as it turned out, Emily had always wanted to visit Door County, but about the only time she could get free—she is the Naturalist and Education Director at the Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin—would be the first week in June.

 

So after touring natural wonders of the Door  Peninsula with Karen and me,  Emily Stone will present a beautifully illustrated and science-based---and we promise—engaging and memorable author talk at Crossroads. The Tuesday evening lecture will be free and open to the public. Copies of Emily's  two books will be available for purchase.

 

Several months ago, Laura Kayacan from the Door County Library, approached Crossroads. It seems We Energies had offered a series three live webinars featuring the nationally known author Melinda Myers to public libraries in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Would Crossroads, Master Gardeners and the Door County Seed Library be willing to screen these webinars?

 

We agreed agreed to host the webinar series, but having overdosed on webinars during the pandemic, I confess that I was not wildly enthusiastic. But the first two webinars were extraordinary and very helpful, so I can hardly wait for Wednesday, June 5, at 6:30 pm when Crossroads will screen the Live Webinar "Unappreciated Pollinators." 

 

According to the library website: "The plight of honeybees and monarchs fills the news, but many more pollinators are often overlooked yet critical to the production of food, fiber, and other raw materials we depend upon. Native bees, moths, bats, beetles, flies, and birds are also important. "

 

Melinda Meyers will discuss "a variety of pollinators, their role in the environment, and their impact on people. Plus, we will discuss ways to co-exist with these often overlooked and sometimes feared or dreaded animals." As an extra inducement, The Seed Library will give each attendee a packet of sunflower seeds. 

 

Even though these programs will be indoors, we are certain that attending them will enhance your outdoor activities all summer.

 

Even music goes outdoors in summer. The Crossroads First Friday Event on June 7 will be offered at a bedtime-friendly 5:30 pm. at the Outdoor Amphitheatre. The popular family musician Randy Peterson, whose high-energy concerts have been enjoyed by children and families at countless schools, libraries, festivals, and concert stages for years, will perform.  His shows are a fast-moving mix of music, humor, and storytelling that are geared for kids but which all ages enjoy. After about an hour of music, families are invited to walk the short distance to the Council Ring to enjoy a campfire, s'mores, and fellowship. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Tuesday, June 4

6:30 Wild Ones Lecture/Author Talk: "Natural Connections." 

Do you love finding adventure and intrigue in strange places? Join naturalist and author Emily Stone to be transported across the moat into a magical world where nature is better than fiction. By using science to tell stories, Emily wields a magic that makes the whole world feel more alive.

Emily Stone is a naturalist by birth, training, profession and passion. As the Naturalist/Education Director at the Cable Natural History Museum in Cable, Wisconsin, Emily writes a weekly “Natural Connections” column published in more than 15 local and regional newspapers. She has earned multiple Excellence in Craft awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, including for her second Natural Connections book. Recently, she was honored as the recipient of the 2023 Walter Kuhlmann Award for her outstanding efforts in environmental education.

This program sponsored by Wild Ones-Door Peninsula, the Door County Master Gardeners Association, and Crossroads at Big Creek. Free and open to public. Meet in the Collins Learning Center, Crossroads, 2041 Michigan, Sturgeon Bay.

 

Wednesday, June 5

6:30 pm Live Webinar: "Unappreciated Pollinators" with Melinda Meyers.

The plight of honeybees and monarchs fills the news, but many more pollinators are often overlooked yet critical to the production of food, fiber, and other raw materials we depend upon. Native bees, moths, beetles, flies, and birds are also important. 

We will examine a variety of pollinators, their role in the environment, and their impact on people. We will also discuss ways to coexist with these often overlooked and sometimes feared or dreaded animals. The Door County Seed Library will give away a free packet of sunflower seeds to be planted in a sunny location.

This free webinar is underwritten by We Energies and co-sponsored by the Door County Library, Crossroads at  Big Creek, Door County Master Gardeners, and the Door County Seed Library.

 

Friday, June 7

5:30 pm First Friday Concert

Join us on the first Fridays of June, July, and August for a fun, free, family-friendly outdoor event. On June 7, we welcome family musician Randy Peterson.

Following the presentation, Crossroads will host a small campfire at our council ring where people can socialize, tell stories, and make s’mores to enjoy!

*Amphitheater bench seating is available. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you’d like. (Note: The outdoor Amphitheater is a short 5 to 10-minute walk from the parking lot on our Meadow Trail.)

 

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

 

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