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Friends of Crescent Beach planting party is Saturday

You can join a crew from Friends of Crescent Beach Saturday as they look to add over 800 plants to the shoreline attraction in Algoma.  Volunteers will be planting native flowering plants on the beach Saturday starting from the Algoma Visitor Center at 9:30 am.  Friends of Crescent Beach member Cathy Pabich shares the plan to beautify the area this year.

 

 

Pabich asks that you bring your gloves and gardening trowel if you would like to help out.  She adds that a Crescent Crew Beach Restoration Team will have a kickoff meet-and-greet from 4:30 until 6 pm at the visitor center next Tuesday to find out more about volunteering with that organization.

Strousland to be recommended for top Gibraltar post

Dr. Brett Strousland is expected to be named Gibraltar Area Schools new superintendent next week.

 

Superintendent Tina Van Meer shared with the Door County Daily News that the district’s search will recommend Strousland to be its new leader when the school board meets on May 23rd. Strousland is currently the superintendent of Germantown School District and previously served the same role at Barneveld School District. 

 

Sheboygan Falls Elementary School Principal Lynn Bub was also being considered for the job when the two participated in the final interviews at the end of April.

 

Van Meer announced she would be retiring at the end of the school year last December. 


Farmers taking advantage of nicer weather

Ahead of this weekend’s predicted rain, farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties have made good progress on preparing and planting their fields. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, spring tillage was reported as 57 percent complete, which is up from 29 percent last week. Corn planting is 34 percent complete, and soybean is at 26 percent complete, up from seven and six percent last week. Oat planting also saw a big week-over-week jump from 30 percent complete to 54 percent.  Tony Brey from Brey Cycle Farm in Sturgeon Bay credits the dry, warm weather for helping farmers make up for lost time quickly.

The good luck streak away from wet weather will end for farmers as they will have to dodge raindrops over the next few days as there is at least a 20 percent chance of rain through Sunday. 

Door County's COVID-19 community level raised

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends people in Door County at risk for severe illness talk to their healthcare providers about masking and other precautions after the area’s community level was raised this week.

 

Door County is now one of 38 counties with a medium community level for COVID-19, compared to seven in the high category and 27 in the low category. COVID-19 community levels are determined by a combination of new hospitalizations, current hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and new COVID-19 cases.

 

In Monday’s weekly situation update, Door County Public Health reported 61 new cases of COVID-19 out of 149 tested. Two additional hospitalizations were reported, but no recent deaths were added.

 

Kewaunee County, which is at the low community level, will report its new COVID-19 statistics Friday afternoon.

 


Tips on dealing with infant formula shortage

With the stress of families dealing with the national shortage of infant formula, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released information on Wednesday to help you keep your babies healthy.  Wisconsin DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake said “In many cases, babies on standard formulas can switch to any formula that’s available, including store brands.  If your baby takes a specialized formula, it’s best to talk to your family’s pediatrician about the best substitute for your child.”

The DHS advises families not to water down or dilute formula in order to stretch it out, because of the weakening of nutrients that are needed.  It is also unsafe to make homemade formulas that will not meet the baby’s nutritional needs.

Cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or plant-based milk are not recommended for babies under the age of one. 

Smaller stores and drug stores may have more baby formula in stock than big stores.  You can check with food pantries or contact WIC (Women, Infants, and Children’s program) clinics who can assist you in finding baby formula in your area.

You can find the full news release from the DHS below.

 

 

 DHS Provides Tips for Families During National Infant Formula Shortage

In response to the ongoing national infant formula shortage, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has tips for families dealing with the shortage and struggling to find substitute formulas. 

“This is a very stressful time for a lot of Wisconsin families, and we want to make sure they have the information they need so they can keep their babies healthy and well-fed with suitable substitutes if they can’t find their usual brand of formula,” said Wisconsin DHS Secretary-designee Karen Timberlake. “In many cases, babies on standard formulas can switch to any formula that’s available, including store brands. If your baby takes a specialized formula, it’s best to talk to your family’s pediatrician about the best substitute for your child.” 

The formula shortage is the result of national supply chain issues and a recall(link is external) of powdered formulas, which made it difficult for companies that make and distribute baby formula to keep up with demand. Due to the ongoing shortage, some stores are limiting the number of canned formula people can buy, and prices have also increased. 

DHS recommends families dealing with the shortage: 

  • Do not water down or dilute formula to stretch it out. This prevents babies from getting nutrients that they need. 
  • Do not make homemade formulas. This is unsafe and will not meet a baby’s nutritional needs.  
  • Avoid giving babies cow’s milk, goat’s milk, or plant-based milk until they are at least one year-old, as these milks lack minerals and proteins and can give babies digestive issues. In rare emergency situations, whole cow’s milk can be given(link is external) to infants over 6 months-old, but parents and caregivers should consult with their child’s health care provider first.  
  • Check smaller stores and drug stores. They may have more stock than big stores. 
  • Search store websites before going in person. And make sure to shop at reputable retailers or pharmacies. 
  • Check food pantries, charitable organizations, and others that may be able to help. WIC (Women, Infants, and Children’s program) clinics can help connect people to local food pantries. 
  • Buy only the formula needed in the immediate future and avoid stockpiling. This helps ensure other families have access to critical formula for their infants and allows manufacturers and retailers adequate time to restock shelves.  
  • Work with health care providers to use Abbott’s Urgent Product Requests(link is external) process to find specialty formulas.
  • Families with questions or concerns should contact their pediatrician or their WIC clinic.

Families should make sure they do not have, do not buy, and do not use any recalled formula.  

  • They can check the lot code, a multidigit number on the bottom of containers of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare powdered infant formula, and should not use if:   
    • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37; and? 
    • the code on the container contains K8, SH or Z2; and? 
    • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later. 
  • In addition, Abbott Nutrition recalled Similac PM 60/40 with the following lot codes: 
    • Cans: 27032K80 
    • Cases: 27032K800 
  • Families can also check their lot numbers on the Abbott website(link is external)

Those breastfeeding or looking to delay weaning can find additional resources on the DHS Breastfeeding webpage. People looking for breastmilk donations can visit the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes(link is external) website. And anyone considering using breastmilk that is not from a certified milk bank should make sure the donor is a trusted family member or friend, and tested to make sure they are free of any transmissible diseases. More guidance is available on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine(link is external) website. 

Wisconsin WIC has continued to offer as many formula substitutions as possible during this challenging time, and has worked with formula company representatives to get updates on supply, help locate formula at stores, and send samples of formula when available. Further, Wisconsin WIC and Medicaid have created a system for WIC participants to obtain Elecare and Elecare Jr., Nutramigen with Enflora LGG, and PediaSure 1.5 Cal. substitutions during the formula shortage with a streamlined prior authorization (PA) approval. This has provided another avenue for participants to receive formula.  

For more information about the recall and other suggested actions, visit the Wisconsin WIC webpage. 

Midsummer's, Birch Creek seasons fast approaching

Whether it be chamber, steel drum, jazz, or symphony music you are waiting for, Door County’s local music organizations are excited to welcome you again in 2022. Last year marked the return of both Midsummer’s Music and Birch Creek Music Performance Center after a pandemic-riddled 2020. Both Allyson Fleck of Midsummer’s Music and Mona Christensen of Birch Creek Music Performance Center hope last year’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies will be optional for those attending the performances this year. Speaking ahead of their joint performance on May 28th at Birch Creek’s Juniper Hall, Christensen and Fleck know how fast the season goes once the first note is played.

Midsummer’s Music will host their opening night gala on June 9th while the percussion and steel drum ensembles will kick off Birch Creek’s 2022 season on June 23rd.

Cherry and apple blossoms begin their bloom

The time is now to schedule your trip to Door County to see the first signs of summer take shape. The first cherry blossoms of the season became visible earlier this week, with apple blossoms potentially showing their colors beginning this weekend. You can thank the warmer temperatures as of late for cherry and apple trees to turn the corner and start the process of bearing fruit. Wood Orchard owner Steve Wood says the big showy blooms you are seeing right now are a good sign for the crop this year.

Wood added that while the trees do their thing, they make sure the bees on their property have what they need to be productive pollinators at the orchard. They are also working to maintain the fields themselves and bring on the team that will help them harvest their cherries and apples.

 

Algoma mother gets three years for baby drowning

An Algoma mother will potentially spend the next three years behind bars after neglecting her seven-month-old daughter in a bathtub.

 

Cheyanne Wierichs pleaded no contest to child neglect charges in late February. According to the criminal complaint filed a year ago, Wierichs admitted to investigators that she left the bathroom with the baby in the bathtub to connect her phone to a Bluetooth speaker, returning after listening to a song when she heard splashing sounds.  It was estimated that several minutes would have passed from when Wierichs left and returned to the bathroom. After authorities completed a search warrant, evidence of methamphetamine was gathered from the residence. As a part of her no-contest plea, her previous drug-related drugs were dropped.

 

In addition to her three-year sentence, Judge Dennis Mleziva placed the 24-year-old Wierichs on extended supervision.

 

WLUK-TV reported that Wierichs apologized to the court for her actions and addictions that led to her daughter’s drowning before her sentencing.

Board briefed on $25.5 million Kewaunee County Jail

Members of the Kewaunee County Board have two months to decide whether they should issue the debt for a new $25.5 million jail building or let voters decide its fate. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski and Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt spoke at length during Tuesday’s board meeting about the recently approved plans for the jail. The initially proposed safety building was also supposed to include offices for the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department and an evidence storage building. The department and the Jail Planning Committee have since stripped it down to a 41,000 square foot jail-only facility, one that could house 55 inmates and expand up to over 80. Those efforts saved approximately $10 million, only to see building costs rise and eat into the savings. The building will also be staffed with five people, down from the eight originally requested. Feldt believes the county has been fiscally frugal enough to forgo a referendum if the board doesn’t want to, with the average owner of a $200,000 home seeing their taxes go up $40.63 a year.

Citing the transparency and the hours spent on the process, Board chairperson Dan Olson told the board that the project itself could not be ground down any further.

Feldt said several county projects, including the construction of the administration and fairgrounds buildings, did not go to referendum. Supervisors followed with a variety of questions centered mostly on staffing concerns. The June meeting will include a presentation from the architect on June 14th at 6 p.m. You can watch the whole presentation from Feldt and Joski below.

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day service returns to Sister Bay cemetery

For the first time in two years, you will be able to catch northern Door County’s commemoration of Memorial Day in person in Sister Bay. Organized by the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 and VFW Post 8337, the ceremony had been held for over 70 years consecutively before the pandemic canceled it in 2020 and took place as a socially distant event inside the Skyway Drive-in Theater in Fish Creek in 2021.  The event had previously drawn between 300 and 500 people before the pandemic, a number Navy veteran Bill Becker would love to see again.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at Little Sister Cemetery and will include performances by the Gibraltar High School band and soloist Regina McIntosh, the playing of taps by Dale Seaquist, and a speech by veteran Michael McCarty. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

 

Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island will once again host their Memorial Day ceremonies on May 30th, while the George W. Goetz American Legion Post 372 will make its annual pilgrimage to all of southern Door’s cemeteries on May 29th.

Outdoor off-site classes coming to Door County YMCA

You can get your day off to a healthy while enjoying the great outdoors this summer with Door County YMCA courses offered at two picturesque locations.  The Northern Door YMCA will have off-site yoga classes at Anderson Dock in Ephraim and on the beach in Sister Bay. The summer sessions also will have a “cardio and more” class at the Sister Bay Pavilion.  Executive Director for the Northern Door YMCA Megan Schneider says instructors look forward to the outside opportunities as much as the participants. 

 

 

 Schneider notes that registration for the summer sessions will be open on June 7, with classes beginning on June 14.  You can listen to the entire interview with Megan Schneider talking about the classes and the immediate need for lifeguards on the Y Wednesday Podcast page here.  

ADRC of the Lakeshore addressing malnutrition

If you are experiencing muscle loss and dizziness, you may be suffering from malnutrition, increasing your chances of falling. The ADRC of the Lakeshore is holding a free class next month to help you learn more about how nutrition affects falls and why having enough protein and fluids in your diet can improve your health. Outreach Coordinator Olivia Delikowski says the 90-minute course will provide important information on malnutrition's impact on your life.

 

 

"Stepping Up Your Nutrition" will be held from 9:30 until 11:30 am on June 8 at the Kewaunee County Public Health and Human Services Building on Lincoln Street in Kewaunee. Registration is available until June 1, but class size is limited. You can sign up for the class by calling (877) 416-7083. 

Dax recognized with L-C Distinguished Alumni Award

David Dax, a longtime Luxemburg business leader, has been selected as this year’s Luxemburg-Casco School District Distinguished Alumni Award winner.  A 1973 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School, Dax started D & S Machine Service with his wife Jean and has spent over 30 years as an active community member.  He served as the president of the Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and was the “Man of the Year” in 2006.

Luxemburg-Casco Principal Troy Haws says “Dave is a great Illustration of what we strive for with our students at Luxemburg-Casco High School.  He learned tangible skills while at L-C before taking them into the workplace, where he grew and expanded his knowledge.  “He built a successful manufacturing business in Luxemburg while also serving the community in meaningful ways.  In recent years, the company he started has given back to our students through immersive experiences and equipment donations”.     

 Dax will be honored at the 2022 graduation ceremony for L-C seniors next Wednesday.  The award recognizes past graduates’ achievements in high school and beyond.

You can read the complete news release from the Luxemburg-Casco School District below.

 

 

 

Dax chosen as recipient of 2022 L-C Distinguished Alumni Award

Long-time community leader and businessman continues to impact district’s students

 

LUXEMBURG, Wis. – David Dax, a 1973 graduate of Luxemburg-Casco High School, is the recipient of the 2022 Luxemburg-Casco School District Distinguished Alumni Award. Dax has spent more than three decades as an active community volunteer, along with starting D&S Machine Service, a pillar in the local manufacturing community, with his wife, Jean.

 

The Luxemburg-Casco School District annually recognizes a past graduate at its graduation ceremony. Among the criteria in selection of the Distinguished Alumni Award are achievement in high school or beyond, community service and the ability to serve as an inspiration to L-C students. The 2022 commencement will be held May 25.

 

“Dave is a great illustration of what we strive for with our students at Luxemburg-Casco High School,” says Principal Troy Haws. “He learned tangible skills while at L-C before taking them into the workplace, where he grew and expanded his knowledge. He went on to build a successful manufacturing business in Luxemburg, while also serving the community in meaningful ways. In recent years, the company he started has given back to our students through immersive experiences and equipment donations.”

 

Dax grew up on a dairy farm in rural Luxemburg. At L-C, his school activities included Agriculture, Future Farmers of America (FFA) and showing Hereford beef cattle.

 

He credits his high school Metals teacher, Roger Lee, with teaching him about the many variables of working with metals, skills he subsequently would utilize in a rewarding professional career.

 

Following graduation from L-C, Dax first worked as a machinist at Kewaunee Engineering, training under an expert machinist, Elwood Holmes. He then gained experience in the mechanical field through time as a service technician at the local Caterpillar construction-equipment dealer, furthering his skills through Caterpillar Service courses in cooling systems and hydrostatic transmission rebuilding.

 

In 1978, Dax began work as a machinist for Lindquist Machine in Green Bay. He earned a series of promotions at Lindquist, to programmer, supervisor and, ultimately, manufacturer engineer.

 

Meanwhile, Dax continued his education through coursework in business planning, inspection procedures, quality management, manufacturing technologies estimation, supervisory skills and independent business finance through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

D&S Machine was started by Dave and Jean in 1985 in a small garage on their home farm in Luxemburg. Initially, he continued to work full-time at Lindquist, performing D&S production at night and on weekends, while his wife spent her days on D&S business and taking care of the couple’s three sons, frequently delivering parts to customers and picking up steel with the kids in tow.

 

The company outgrew its initial building twice before purchasing a 40-by-50-foot facility – tripling its workspace – in the Luxemburg Industrial Park in 1989. D&S Machine Service continued to flourish, offering machining, fabrication and engineering to a wide variety of industries, including mining, construction equipment, paper and packaging, marine, oil and gas, and pipeline/pipeline repair.

 

After 17 years of ownership, Dave and Jean sold the company in December 2002 to its current owner, Russ Nowak. Dave continued to work as its general manager until he retired in June 2021, though he admits to still working several hours per week.

 

D&S Machine Service has worked closely with the Luxemburg-Casco School District on its technical education curriculum since 2018. Its involvement has entailed company employees going into the classroom to work directly with L-C students, in addition to a six-figure donation of machinery in 2019.

 

The community involvement of Dax includes 30 years of service to the Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce, including recognition as its president in 1998 and selection as its “Man of the Year” in 2006. He also volunteered at the Luxemburg Sportsman Club for 35 years, serving as the club’s president from 2006-11.

 

In retirement, Dax and Jean love to spend time with their sons (Alex, Andy and Adam), 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He also enjoys a good barbecue and cheering on the Green Bay Packers, while continuing his hobbies of trap and clay shooting, hunting and fishing.

 

Deb Marcelle, also a 1973 Luxemburg-Casco graduate, was the 2021 winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sturgeon Bay takes action on financing and development 

On Tuesday evening, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council unanimously voted for two resolutions and a potential state grant.

The business meeting started with no comments being made during public hearings on two Levy Special Assessments.  You could see new sidewalks and curds after the council voted to start the process of curb and gutter and sidewalks on stretches on North and South 14th Avenue and another one for the alley near Oak Street on the west side.

The City then passed a resolution awarding the sale of $2,445,000 in General Obligation Promissory Notes after Brad Viegut from RW Baird Investments reviewed the savings that can be realized now, by avoiding possible higher interest rates later this year.  The notes would be paid back within nine years.


Another resolution approved unanimously was the boundaries on a Project Plan for TID #7 on the west side, including a multi-family apartment complex off Green Bay Road.  The Joint Review Board will now consider it next Tuesday, May 24, before it comes back to the council for final approval.
 
Consideration for a proposed agreement between Cedar Corp and the City to pursue the Wisconsin Department of Transportation STP-Urban grant for the South Duluth Avenue project that would include sidewalks and storm sewer was also approved.

The final piece of business in open sessioon Tuesday by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council was approving a recommendation from the Finance Committee to accept the WIPFLi CPA’s and Consultants 2021 financial audit report and place it on file.

Session tackles long-term issues concerning Door County's popularity

As the area prepares for what hopes to be another successful tourism season, the Door County Environmental Council wants to ask you how some of the growing concerns surrounding overtourism can be addressed. As Door County has grown into a popular tourist destination, unintended consequences have popped up, according to some residents.  The increase in short-term rentals and lack of affordable housing and seasonal employees are all aspects that are getting closer attention. Wednesday’s program entitled “Past, Present, and Future of Door County” will feature several native and long-term local citizens speaking about (how) residents and visitors can learn from the past and present and apply it to the future. DCEC President Steve Eatough encourages you to attend to learn how you can help preserve the Door County you love.

The session will take place in person on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor and over Zoom. 

FDA authorizes COVID vaccine booster for kids 5-11

Your children between the ages of 5 and 11 may soon be able to get a booster shot to protect themselves from possible death or serious illness due to COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration authorized the first COVID-19 booster for children ages 5-11 on Tuesday. All children in that age group would be eligible to receive a third dose of the Pfizer shot as long as it has been at least five months since the previous shot was administered. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf admitted in his statement that COVID-19 tends to be less severe in children than adults but added that they have seen more kids getting sick with the disease and being hospitalized. You can click on this link to read more from the FDA.

 

The Centers for Disease Control will weigh in with their thoughts on COVID-19 vaccine boosters for children when their scientific advisors meet on Thursday.

 

Approximately 31 percent of children between the ages of 5 and 11 in Door County and 15 percent in Kewaunee County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. 

 

 

Godlewski brings mental health plans to Sturgeon Bay

Making sure you have the mental health help you need, whether you are a farmer, a veteran, a mom, or anything else, was part of the plan touted by State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Sarah Godlewski on Monday in Sturgeon Bay. She met with local providers and community leaders as she did earlier in the day in Green Bay to listen to the mental health challenges the state is facing. Stopping by the NEW Radio studios on the way to the meeting, the Democrat said her plan to streamline licensing procedures for mental health professionals and increase federal funding to hire counselors for public schools came from listening to people as she has traveled the state.

Godlewski wants to win the Democratic nomination in a crowded field to try and replace incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

 

You can click on the link to listen to our full interview with Godlewski. 

Algoma fire burns down house Sunday, rekindles Monday

A home along State Highway 42 in Algoma was destroyed and two house pets perished in a fire that took place Sunday and restarted again on Monday.

 

The initial fire started after 2 p.m. on Sunday at N8602 STH 42, sending the Algoma Fire Department to work before calling for assistance from the Kewaunee and Southern Door Fire Departments. When crews arrived, smoke and flames were already showing.  Algoma Fire Chief Tom Ackerman says they went to work right away, but it was too late to try and save the building.

The same three departments had to go back on Monday after 8 a.m. when the fire rekindled and started the house on fire again. Ackerman says the original fire likely started because of faulty wiring inside the home. He added that Monday’s fire is a good example of what can happen when homes get additions and other work is done.

Other than the pets that died in the fire, there were no other injuries to the homeowners or the responding firefighters.

COVID-19 community levels remain low for Door, Kewaunee counties

More of your neighbors may be testing positive for COVID-19, but it is not impacting Door and Kewaunee counties like other places in the state. As of last Friday, Door and Kewaunee counties were two of 27 counties listed in the low COVID-19 community level, which is measured by new hospitalizations for COVID-19, current hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients or hospital capacity, and new COVID-19 cases. Seven counties are in the high category, prompting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to recommend residents there put on a face mask when exploring indoor spaces. Data released by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department showed 36 new cases of COVID-19 last week, 10 of which were still considered active. There were no recent hospitalizations or deaths recorded. In Door County’s Monday situation update, 61 of the almost 150 tests came back positive for COVID-19. Two more hospitalizations but no deaths were added to the ongoing tally. The death toll hit one million this weekend, over 740,000 of whom were over the age of 65. 

 

Door County COVID-19 Case Counts - May 16, 2022

Updated weekly on Monday when data available from the state. Case counts do NOT  include any at home testing results.  
Total Tests: 29,511 (+149)
Positive: 6,743 (+61)
Probable: 374 (+4)
Negative: 22,394 (+84)
Hospitalizations: 243 (+2)
Deaths: 61 
*Data regarding deaths may be delayed due to processing of medical reports at the state level.

 

 

 

Two Sturgeon Bay public hearings for Levying Special Assessments

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will be holding two public hearings at Tuesday’s meeting on Levy Special Assessments. One hearing will be on for new curbing and improvements in the alley on the west side between the Culligan business and Kitty O’Reilly’s, which plans to extend an existing building in the back. The other hearing is about the sidewalks on 14th Avenue and Rhode Island Street. Sturgeon Bay Administrator Josh VanLieshout shares details on other agenda items for Tuesday night.

 

 

The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will also go into a closed session to deliberate about a right-of-way acquisition for the extension connecting Grant Avenue and Sawyer Drive on the west side. The council meeting will begin at 6 pm at City Hall on Tuesday. 

Sarkis leaving Destination Sturgeon Bay

You may still see a familiar face walking around the city, but not in her familiar role with Destination Sturgeon Bay. The organization announced earlier this month that Carly Sarkis would be moving on from her role as Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Marketing and Events Coordinator. Sarkis has been in the role for the last three years, two of which has included dealing with the impact of the pandemic. Sarkis says she is going to miss talking to businesses about telling their stories and working with visitors to make their trips special, but she is proud of what she has helped accomplish during her tenure.

Sarkis says she will take the summer off to formulate the details of a project she is working with her mom on and to get married. Destination Sturgeon Bay also announced earlier this month that Rachel Malcore would take over the marketing coordinator position and Andrea Buboltz would handle the events director duties. The moves come ahead of Destination Sturgeon Bay’s first weekend as the operators of the Sturgeon Bay Farm Market.

Fire danger levels elevated in Door and Kewaunee counties

The combination of gusty winds, low humidity, and dry conditions are causing local fire departments to be on high alert. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued the elevated warning on Monday that put much of the state, including Door and Kewaunee counties, in the very high fire danger category. Although it is still a step below the extreme fire danger level, both Door and Kewaunee counties were at the high level entering the weekend. Permits are required if you plan on burning in a DNR-protected area. A property owner in the Town of Nasewaupee found out this weekend when the Southern Door Fire Department responded to a call of a brush fire on County MM on Saturday. The department was forced to put out the fire because the property owner did not have a permit.

Grants help local cheesemakers thrive

Thanks to a pair of grants, you will see more cheese churned out by a local cheesemaker. Renard’s Cheese, located in Sturgeon Bay and Algoma, was one of 19 Wisconsin dairy processors to receive a Dairy Processor Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection earlier this month. The $24,000 grant will be used to develop a new Factory Equipment Grant to ease the physical demands of artisan cheese making and increase production capabilities. Renard’s Cheese produced over three million pounds of cheese last year but had to turn away orders for almost as much because of production limits. As they plan their expansion efforts in the future, owners Chris and Ann Renard say the grant dollars will go a long way.

Renard’s Cheese also received a separate grant that will be used to offset the investment in new packaging equipment. While the business invests in better equipment, they are doing the same for their employees. Renard’s Cheese recently honored Elijah Pinkert for bringing his interest in cheesemaking from his family’s stovetop to their operations, thanks to a partnership with the Ahnapee Youth Apprenticeship Program. 

 

Door Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor also received a DATCP grant to help market its products to a wider audience.

Informative classes on life saving procedures taking place in Door County

If you wish to learn about CPR and AED practices you can join the Door County Fire Chief Association for their free classes. These procedures can be used to save a life if you were to find yourself in a situation where someone collapses and their heart stops beating. Chris Hecht, the fire chief for the Sister Bay - Liberty Grove Fire Department summarizes what people can expect to learn from these classes.

 

 

You can attend this educational opportunity on Saturday, May 21st at 9 or 11 am. Both sessions are open to the public for anyone who is 13 years or older. Each class is expected to last between 60 and 75 minutes. Pre-registration is required and details can be found here.

Youth Sports and Dance programs expanding 

From parades to baseball, the Door County YMCA will be offering more opportunities for kids to stay active and enjoy the outdoors this summer. YMCA Dance Instructor Amber Novotny says the youth workshops being conducted right now are themed with ballet, hip hop, and a “strength and conditioning” routine that is less formal. She says a first-ever dance summer parade workshop for kids 5-13 years old will start up in early June.

 


Youth and Sports Director Paul Briney will be heading up a host of activities this summer for kids, including coach-pitch baseball, sand volleyball program, tennis, and pickleball.

 

 

You can find out more about summer programs at www.doorcountyymca.org and listen to the Y Wednesday podcast at DoorCountyDailyNews.com here.  

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