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Queen for a Day golf outing a huge success again

Over 160 women golfers took to the links in Door County under sunny skies Monday afternoon to benefit two organizations that serve those impacted by cancer. The 15th annual Queen for a Day golf outing to benefit Door CANcer Inc. and the David Spude Cancer Center Fund was held at Idlewild Golf Course and featured a nine-hole scramble followed by a dinner and award ceremony. Barth Guilette, one of the event's coordinators and volunteers, says the weather and the number of participants could not have turned out better. He shares the royal treatment the golfers received on and off the golf course.

 

 

Guilette estimates that this year's Queen for a Day golf outing will raise over $40,000. Door CANcer serves Door County residents in cancer treatment with financial needs. The David Spude Cancer Center Fund was created through the Door County Medical Foundation to ensure cancer treatments are available to all at the Door County Cancer Center. 

 

 

 

Parade set for comeback in Baileys Harbor

You will be able to line State Highway 57 for the Baileys Harbor Fourth of July Parade this year for the first time since 2019. The 2020 edition was canceled because of the pandemic. The town held many of its usual Independence Day activities last year, like the arts and crafts fair, fire department pancake breakfast, and fireworks, but its parade was still nowhere to be seen. So after a three-year wait, Baileys Harbor Community Association Destination Director Cindy Ploor says they are ready to be back.

The Baileys Harbor 4th of July Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with activities beginning as early as 7:30 a.m. for the pancake breakfast and going through dusk when the fireworks take place. Those looking to double up on the parades still have enough time to catch the University of Wisconsin Marching Band and the rest of the floats at the Egg Harbor at 1:30 p.m.


Anderson staged for encore at Top of the Hill Shops

The Nashville country music star you may have caught in Fish Creek last year is back to support the same local cause. The Top of the Hill Shops is hosting their second annual Parking Lot Party to benefit DoorCANcer. Last year's inaugural event raised approximately $13,500 for Door County families impacted by cancer. The event's roots actually started in Belize when Pure Joy owner Tory Riebe and her son met Skyelor Anderson. The three hit it off with the Riebes asking Anderson to consider playing in Door County. Riebe then approached Kelly Khemchandani of Trilliant Diamonds & Jewelry to put on the special event for DoorCancer.  Khemchandani says Anderson, whose catalog includes songs such as "Thank You For Your Service" and "Goner," enjoyed his time so much that he is hopping off his current tour just so he could perform again in Door County for the cause.

The 2nd Annual Parking Lot Party on July 1, 2022, from 5-10 p.m. The event is free to attend with all proceeds from food and beverage sales, sponsorships, and auctions going to benefit DoorCANcer.

Pride remains despite stolen flags

You will still find a Pride flag unfurled in front of Pinky Promise Coffee Roasters in Sturgeon Bay despite owner Sean Grorich seeing his sixth in three years get stolen.

 

The most recent event happened last week in the days leading up to Saturday's Open Door Pride Festival where a number of businesses and Martin Park experienced the same thing. It is nothing new for Grorich, who has had Pride flags stolen from his business since he first started to fly them for June Pride Month in 2020. This year, he hoisted the flag on an 11-foot pole to deter similar events from happening again. Instead, he filed a police report to put local authorities on alert just in case hateful activities were being planned for Saturday's Open Door Pride Festival. Grorich says while he knows people's acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community has improved, last week's string of Pride flag thefts shows there is still a way to go.

He hopes more businesses put even a small sticker on their window to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. As for Grorich's flag, he had a new one up within an hour of calling the police.


Door County experiences worst week of COVID in months

Door County Public Health saw more hospitalizations and deaths tied to COVID-19 last week than it has in months according to its most recent situation update.

 

Of the 217 tests recorded, 49 came back positive for COVID-19. The county also saw one new death and four additional hospitalizations within the last week. The last death reported in Door County's weekly situation update was March 21st and the last time there were more than three hospitalizations was in February. Door County is still in the low COVID-19 Community Level, but that was last updated on June 23rd. 

 

Door County COVID-19 Case Counts - June 27, 2022
Updated weekly on Monday when data available from the state. Case counts do NOT  include any at home testing results.  
Total Tests: 30,271 (+217)
Positive: 7,038 (+49)
Probable: 401 (-2)
Negative: 22,832 (+51)
Hospitalizations: 250 (+4)
Deaths: 62 (+1)


*Data regarding deaths may be delayed due to processing of medical reports at the state level. To see the timeline of when deaths occurred in Door County, follow the link below and use the filter to select Door.
https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/county.htm

Carlsville home lost in fire

A stray ember from a burn barrel is to blame for a two-story summer home in Carlsville burning down on Sunday. Egg Harbor Fire Department was paged just before 10 a.m. for a grass fire near Windsong Bluff Drive. The call escalated minutes later when it was learned that the house was on fire. With flames visible from a responding firefighter, Egg Harbor Fire Chief Justin MacDonald said he had to activate the 3rd Box Alarm of Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS), which means every Door County department and fire departments from Brown and Kewaunee counties were called to assist. Flames were shooting out of the top floor of the home shortly after the first crews arrived at approximately 10:10 a.m. Firefighters would later have to establish water fill sites at the Carlsville Fire Station and Tractor Supply in Sturgeon Bay so there would be enough water to fight the blaze. After 100,000 gallons of water and 100 gallons of foam, the fire was under control after 12 p.m., and the scene was cleared just before 3:30 p.m. 

 

MacDonald said the cause of the fire was a burn barrel similar to what many homeowners in Door County have. Fire escaped from the barrel, igniting some nearby grass before setting the house's siding ablaze. The homeowners were uninjured in the fire and have returned to their permanent residence in Illinois. No firefighters were injured. 

 

Resources on scene included: Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Ephraim, Gibraltar, Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport, Sturgeon Bay, Southern Door, BUG Fire from Door County, Door County EMS, Door County Sheriff’s Office, Door County Highway Department, and Door County MABAS Incident Response Team.  Resources from outside Door County: Algoma & Kewaunee Fire Departments and the New Franken & Denmark Fire Departments.

Door County broadband hopes continue to buffer

The state is going to make you wait for help to get faster internet speeds depending on where you live in Door County.

 

The Town of Baileys Harbor was the only municipality in Door County to have its broadband grant request approved, even after the state added an additional $25 million to the pool. The project will utilize fiber for 73 businesses and 1,445 homes in the town according to the Wisconsin Broadband Office. The grant was for $1.89 million in matching funds as Baileys Harbor works with NSight to make the project a reality.

 

A different Northern Door County project proposed by Frontier Communications asked for $4.7 million and Spectrum requested $6.8 million in grant funding but both applications were denied.

 

Kewaunee County was much luckier as both of their projects were approved. Bug Tussel Wireless requested $1.3 million in grant funds for the next phase of its project with Kewaunee County, while the Village of Casco asked for $265,000 for its partnership with NSight.

Feed My People pantry demand goes down, but help needed

One of the largest food pantries in the area is flush with donations but could use more volunteers. Feed and Clothe My People of Door County has seen a slight decline in demand this spring and summer, but Executive Director Stella Huff says additional donations are gladly accepted.  Canned foods, ground beef, and non-perishable items are still helpful.  Huff notes that Feed My People in Door County has been providing donated items to individuals more so than families of late. The organization has a strong volunteer base but could use additional part-time help to work a few hours during the week. You can find more information and hours of operation for Feed and Clothe My People of Door County here. 

Birch Creek poised to start Fourth with a bang

Shortly after you see the first symphony students come to Egg Harbor next week, you will be able to celebrate our nation’s freedom with them. Birch Creek Music Performance Center has a week of percussion and steel drum performances before the symphony students move in on July 3rd. That does not leave a lot of time for the students to get acclimated to their new surroundings and prepare for one of the center’s most popular concert offerings. Birch Creek Music Performance Center Executive Director Mona Christenson is confident the students will be ready for the matinee performance thanks to their talents and familiarity with the music.

The Fourth of July Concert featuring patriotic tunes and the songs of West Side Story will begin with pre-concert entertainment at 2:30 p.m. followed by the performance at 3 p.m.

Sunday Spotlight in the Community: Road Construction Workers

While the sight of orange cones may make you squeal like your brakes, the work being done just on the other side of those markers is crucial to the safety of motorists. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced on Friday that its work on State Highway 29 in Kewaunee County wrapped up not just ahead of schedule but on budget. Work in Door County continues as construction crews add turn lanes and smoother pavement in the name of your safety. They do this whether the sun is shining high at 95 degrees like it did this past week or in the middle of the night like what will occur when State Highway 42 closes on Monday. Mark Kantola from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation says the best way you can salute construction workers is to travel through work zones safely.

Kantola also highlighted the work of Todd Every and the Kewaunee County Highway Department and Thad Ash and the Door County Highway Department for their work maintaining local highways and jumping into action when catastrophes like buckling pavement occur. You can listen to our full interview here.

 

Signed, sealed, and delivered: Adopt-A-Soldier turns complete focus to local veterans

The last care packages to military members from Door and Kewaunee counties may have been sent earlier this month, but you can still make sure local veterans receive the support they need from Adopt a Soldier. The organization made the hard decision earlier this month to stop sending the seasonally-themed packages due to a lack of interest. While some of the leftover items will be distributed locally to local veterans, the calling card for Adopt-A-Soldier will cease to exist after 16 years. Founder Nancy Hutchinson says she is proud of the other ways they have been able to have a positive impact on the lives of local soldiers as well as the care package program.

Adopt-A-Soldier is still accepting monetary donations to help fund the projects they are still implementing in the community. They will also be one of the beneficiaries of a golf outing taking place on July 11th at Horseshoe Bay Golf Course in Egg Harbor.

Picking the Right Kayak Paddle: Series III

One thing I’ve notice is that most kayakers spend more time picking their kayak than picking their paddle.  And the wrong paddle can impact your kayak adventure in Door County more than you think. 

 

For years in my kayak talks and articles I suggest people buy the lightest most expensive paddle they can afford.  Lighter paddles are less fatiguing, meaning you can enjoy your time on the water longer and feel less tired at the end of your day.  More expensive paddles use better components and will last longer.  I would suggest trying to find a paddle no heavier than 31 or 32 ounces.  Personally, I prefer to be under 30 ounces.  Ideally, when you are on the water kayaking you should be enjoying all the beauty Door County hast to offer, not thinking about your tired shoulders and arms from a heavy paddle!

 

For your lighter recreational and touring sit-in kayaks a standard sized blade is what you will be looking for.  For the heavier sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks most will choose a paddle with oversized blades.  These have a bigger bite to help push the heavier SOT kayaks. 

 

Picking the proper length paddle is also very important and there are tables you can find on-line to help with this.  The correct paddle length is a combination of your height and the width of your kayak.  Most recreational and touring kayaks are narrower and require a shorter paddle.  Most SOT kayaks, along with being heavier, are also wider and would usually take a longer paddle.

 

Times are challenging and for many the price of products is a big consideration.  Your kayak and paddle are going to last many years, so any investment you make will be a good one.  If you have any questions related to kayaking, I’d be very happy to answer them.  Just email me at kayakfishingwisconsin@gmail.com

Picnic celebrates recovering individuals

Recognizing the importance of your sobriety and the impact it has on your loved ones will be celebrated this Sunday in Sturgeon Bay. The 115 Club and the Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition are joining forces at the Sunset Park Pavilion for their second annual summer picnic for the recovery community and their supporters. Door County AODA Coordinator Shauna Blackledge says it is important for those trying to kick alcohol and drug habits that there is support for them whenever they need it.

The picnic runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday and it features live music and food. Freewill donations will be accepted. We will talk to Laurie Chapman from The 115 Club to learn more about the organization in the coming days.

 

Biden signs gun control legislation

Your wait for a gun in some cases may be a little longer than usual after President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan bill into law Saturday morning. Under the new law, states would receive $750 million to implement “red flag laws” that would allow them to remove guns from people who are deemed to be a threat to themselves and others. Additional funding would go towards mental health services and school safety projects. Background checks for gun purchasers under the age of 21 could take about 10 days longer so juvenile and mental health records could be examined closely. It would also be unlawful for people who fail a background check and for those convicted of domestic abuse to buy a gun. The signature comes days after the U.S. Supreme Court voted to expand gun rights after they struck down a concealed hand gun ban in New York. 

 

STATEMENTS AFTER THE BILL WAS PASSED

 

On Thursday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released the following statement after voting against the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

 

“The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a classic example of Washington dysfunction. Negotiated by a ‘gang’ with no committee process and no ability to offer amendments, billions in spending with a phantom pay for, and provisions that ignore constitutional rights. As a result, I could not support it, although I do want to congratulate Max Schachter, Tom and Gena Hoyer, Tony Montalto, and all the Stand With Parkland parents for their strong advocacy, which resulted in the Luke and Alex School Safety Act being included in the bill.” 

 

 

 U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin voted for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, legislation that will enact the most significant new reforms to take on gun violence since the 1990s. The legislation passed the Senate by a 65-33 vote.

 

“For the past three decades, Congress has failed to take action on gun violence and far too many lives have been lost. Today, we move from doing nothing to saving lives.” said Senator Baldwin. “This bipartisan legislation will help protect people from gun violence, help reduce mass shootings, and help keep kids safe at school. We are taking a positive step forward to expand background checks, protect survivors of domestic violence, and help Wisconsin join 19 other states that have put in place red flag laws that allow law enforcement or family members to petition courts to temporarily remove deadly firearms from someone who is a threat to themselves or someone else. We are making investments that expand access to mental health services, improve school safety, and fund anti-violence programs that will help build safer communities. I have said for years that we have a moral responsibility to act on gun violence and now we are taking action to save lives.”

 

COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETY AND ANTI-VIOLENCE REFORMS

 

Support for State Crisis Intervention Orders. Provides $750 million for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program for states like Wisconsin to create “red flag” laws and administer extreme risk protection order programs that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others, consistent with state and federal due process and constitutional protections. State crisis intervention court proceedings and related programs include: Mental health courts; Drug courts; Veterans courts; Extreme risk protection order programs, which must include "pre-deprivation and post-deprivation due process rights that prevent any violation or infringement" of the Constitution and the right to be represented by counsel.

 

Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence. Closes the “boyfriend loophole” by adding convicted domestic violence abusers in dating relationships to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Creates a process for removal from NICS five years after the completion of the sentence, only if there are no intervening prohibited crimes or other similar offenses.

 

Clarified Definition of ‘Federally Licensed Firearms Dealer’. Cracks down on criminals who illegally evade licensing requirements and clarifies which sellers need to register, conduct background checks, and keep appropriate records.

 

Penalties for ‘Straw Purchasing’. Creates federal straw purchasing and trafficking criminal offenses, allowing prosecutors to target dangerous illegal gunrunners and illegal weapons trafficking.

 

Enhanced Reviews Process for Gun Buyers Under 21. Requires an investigative period to review juvenile and mental health records, including checks with state databases and local law enforcement, for buyers under 21 years of age. NICS will have up to three business days to conduct the initial enhanced search. If that search reveals a possible disqualifying record, NICS will have an extended window of no more than ten business days total to complete the investigation. It is not an established waiting period since each individual's review could be vastly different from just a matter of hours to up to 10 days. Provides additional funding to the FBI to administer new process checks in NICS and grants to help states upgrade criminal and mental health records therein.

 

Violence Interruption Funding. Provides $250 million in funding for community-based violence prevention initiatives.

 

INVESTMENT IN CHILDREN AND FAMILY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/9-8-8: Appropriates $150 million to support implementation of the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline that provides 24/7, free and confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. In 2019, Senator Baldwin introduced the bipartisan National Suicide Hotline Designation Act, which passed Congress and became law in 2020.

 

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic: Expands the existing Medicaid CCBHC demonstration program to all states to increase access to community based behavioral health services.

 

School-based mental health: Helps states to implement, enhance, and expand school-based health programs under Medicaid through updated guidance, technical assistance, and state planning grants.

 

Gold standard in mental health coverage for children: Improves oversight of states’ implementation of Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, the country’s gold standard in children’s health coverage, to strengthen children’s access to comprehensive mental health care services.

 

Telemental health services for children: Requires CMS to provide guidance to states on how they can increase access to behavioral health services through telehealth under Medicaid and CHIP.

 

Teleconsults for pediatricians and mental health specialists: Provides $80 million in grants to support pediatric primary care providers to rapidly access mental health specialists’ expertise in guiding the treatment of their patients.

 

Training for pediatric providers: Appropriates $60 million over five years for training in mental health for primary care clinicians who treat children and youth.

 

Community and first responder mental health training: Appropriates $120 million over four years to prepare and train community members and first responders on how to appropriately and safely respond to individuals with mental disorders.

 

Support for states to expand mental health services: Provides $250 million for states, DC, and territories to enhance comprehensive community mental health services.

 

Building awareness of and access to services for mental health: Appropriates $240 million over four years for programs that increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth, provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues, and connect school-aged youth who may have behavioral health issues and their families to needed services.

 

School-based trauma support: Includes a set aside of $28 million for grants to support trauma care in school settings.

 

Support after traumatic events: Appropriates $40 million over four years to improve treatment and services for children, adolescents, and families who have experienced traumatic events.

 

INCREASED FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

 

School Based Mental Health Services and Staff: Provides $500 million through the School Based Mental Health Services Grant Program to increase the number of qualified mental health service providers that provide school based mental health services to students in school districts with demonstrated need.

 

Training and Pipeline Development for School Based Mental Health Staff: Provides $500 million in funding to the School Based Mental Health Service Professionals Demonstration Grant. This money will help train and diversify the pipeline of school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists.

 

Improving Conditions for Student Learning: Provides $1 billion in funding through Title IV-A to support a variety of activities to improve conditions for student learning, including developing positive school climates through evidence based practices.

 

Out of School Programs: Provides $50 million in funding to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which funds extracurricular, after school and summer programs, with a focus of new funding to target programs for older youth.

 

School Safety: Provides $300 million in funding through the STOP School Violence Act to institute safety measures in and around schools, support school violence prevention efforts and provide training to school personnel and students. Codifies the SchoolSafety.gov clearinghouse, which provides evidence-based resources to improve school safety. Prohibits use of funds under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to train or equip any person with dangerous weapons in schools.

Krohn captures blue ribbons in final state fair contest

Roger Krohn from Agropur in Luxemburg is going out on top after the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotions Board held its 2022 Dairy Products Contest on Thursday.

 

Krohn, the Master Cheesemaker who is retiring at the end of the month, won for his smoked provolone and provolone cheese entries. His nephew, Pat Doell, came home with his own stack of awards. Doell’s entry for mozzarella cheese won first place in the category, while his provolone came in second place and his smoked provolone finished in third behind Krohn.

 

Ben Shibler of Ron’s Wisconsin Cheese and Pagel’s Ponderosa was recognized for his snack cheese. His garlic and dill cheese curds took third place in the flavored cheese curd category. His mozzarella cheese whips took third behind Doell in the mozzarella category and his string cheese also took third place in the category of the same name. His highest placed offering was his jalapeno mozzarella cheese whips, which took second in the pepper cheese category.

 

Award winners will be recognized for their entries during the Wisconsin State Fair in August. You can click this link to see a list of all of the award winners.

Supreme Court overrules Roe vs. Wade

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled 6-3 on Friday that you no longer have a federal right to an abortion. The decision fell largely along ideological lines with Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Amy Coney-Barrett, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh voting in favor of ending the protection. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan voted against it. The issue of abortion will now be left to the states, which in Wisconsin’s case could revert to a law dating back to 1849. The law only makes exceptions for abortions necessary to save the mother’s life. Governor Tony Evers called for a special session on the issue on Wednesday, but it was gaveled in and out of without discussion or debate. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul has said that he would not enforce the law. Planned Parenthood clinics stopped taking appointments for abortions past this weekend in anticipation of the ruling that leaked earlier this year.

 

STATEMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
 

“An activist majority of the Supreme Court has overturned Roe and nearly 50 years of precedent, taking away the constitutional rights of American women to make their own personal choices about their body, their health, and their family. Republicans have taken Wisconsin women back to 1849 and it is Republicans who want to keep us there with support for having politicians interfere in the freedoms of women who will now have fewer rights than their mothers and grandmothers have had for decades. I ask people to join this fight with their voices and their votes because we will not be taken back, we will move forward.”

 

On Friday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

 

“Today is a victory for life and for those who have fought for decades to protect the unborn. For almost fifty years the decision of nine unelected Justices have prevented a democratically derived consensus on the profound moral issue of abortion to be formed.  This decision will now allow that democratic process to unfold in each state to determine at what point does society have the responsibility to protect life.  Hopefully, the debate will be conducted with sincerity, compassion, and respect for the broad range of views that people hold.”

 

 

Beach access from all points in Whitefish Dunes State Park open

You can now head onto the beach from all access points in Whitefish Dunes State Park. The high water levels and erosion from the lake forced closures of the first beach access point indefinitely and the third access point temporarily. This had a negative impact on the visitation of the beach because of the first being the only ADA-accessible entrance. Sarah Stepanik, the park manager, explains that higher levels from the lake are natural and happen infrequently.

 

 

Since the closure of the first access point, getting to the lake has been significantly more challenging. Now, Stepanik says the opening of the access points has made it easier for visitors to enjoy the beach without having to walk around.

YMCA expanding Wellness Center, adding Youth Activity Center

You and your family will have the opportunity to enjoy many more youth activities and events at the Door County YMCA as early as the fall of 2023.  Thanks to its Heart of the Community Capital Campaign fund the Door County YMCA will be putting on a large expansion to the current Sturgeon Bay campus.  Heidi Erickson, CEO of the Door County YMCA, says the final phase of the Capital Campaign stands at $8.9 million raised for a $9.9 million goal.  An anonymous donor has pledged $500,000 as a matching gift to help achieve the goal.  Mission Advancement Director Tonya Felhofer shares the details of a big expansion by the YMCA for the wellness center and new youth activity center.

 

 

The new addition and renovation will take place on the north side of the existing YMCA building and cover about 16,000 square feet.  The Groundbreaking is planned for September and if all goes according to plan, a ribbon-cutting would take place in September of 2023.  You can listen to the entire conversation with Heidi Erickson and Tonya Felhofer about the future expansion plans for the YMCA on the podcast page here. 

 

 

 

News Release: 

Door County YMCA launches the final phase of the Heart of the Community Capital Campaign

The Door County YMCA is excited to announce the final phase of its Heart of the Community Capital Campaign. This campaign, which started in the fall of 2019 was paused by spring of 2020, due to the pandemic. The campaign has been in a quiet phase since its re-launch in June 2021. Thanks to the generosity of early donors, the campaign has raised $8.9 million dollars.

“As we head into the final fundraising phase of this project, we are excited to share that we have received a $500,000 matching gift,” said Heidi Erickson, Door County YMCA CEO, “meaning we need to raise another $500,000 in our community to complete this $9.9 million dollar project.”

Since opening its doors in 1986, the Door County YMCA has listened to the community, offering the programs, and services individuals and families in the area need. The current Sturgeon Bay Program Center was established in 1997, followed by the addition of the Carla and Ellsworth Peterson Aquatics Center in 2001. Since that time there haven’t been any significant capital improvements outside of general maintenance.

Today, we are nearing historically high membership numbers. Current participation levels are stretching program spaces, limiting the organization’s ability to provide the innovative programs our community needs.

A renovation and expansion of the Sturgeon Bay facility will allow the YMCA to provide a welcoming, supportive environment where all community members can come together; increase accessibility for older adults and those with mobility challenges; create more gathering spaces for education, meetings, and community connections; deepen partnerships with other organizations; and ensure that the organization is meeting the community’s needs now and for future generations.

“The addition of a Youth Activity Center will be a highlight of this renovation and expansion”, said Tonya Felhofer, Mission Advancement Executive. “We will be able to bring some of our most important youth programs like camp and after-school care, back onto our campus, where these children will have access to our pool, our gyms, the park, and our new outdoor learning classroom.”

“This is an exciting time for the Door County Y,” said Tom Beerntsen, Capital Campaign Co-Chair, “but there’s still work to be done and we need the help of our community.”

The Sturgeon Bay Program center serves as the community hub, bringing neighbors together from all walks of life for more than 30 years. It is at the Y where friendships flourish, children are nurtured, and people grow stronger in spirit, mind, and body.

The Door County YMCA has contracted with The Boldt Company and will break ground in September 2022. To learn more about the Heart of the Community Capital Campaign and support it, contact Heidi Erickson, CEO or Tonya Felhofer, Mission Advancement Executive at 920.743.4949

 

 

 

WalMart evacuated and closes due to incident

The Sturgeon Bay WalMart closed Thursday afternoon for a few hours due to a reported strange smell and haze in the building.  At about 2 pm, store employees and customers were evacuated into the parking lot.  The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department and Police Department were dispatched and were on the scene initially for about an hour.  Assistant Fire Chief Kalin Montevideo says crews went in and noticed quickly that the situation remedied itself.  No injuries were reported and the cause is still being investigated.   No other details are available at this time and WalMart reopened at about 4:30 pm Thursday.  Door County Daily News will update this story as more information becomes available.  

Village of Ephraim names its Fyr Ball Chieftain

After a two-year break, the Fyr Ball and the naming of its Chieftain returned. The Fyr Ball commences at the beginning of summer in Ephraim, and the Chieftain is the Viking leader of the event. This year Jim Reeve was named the 56th Fyr Ball Chieftain as a recognition of his dedication to the village through being involved in multiple groups. Reeve says he is honored to have been given this distinction.

 

 

He was able to board a pontoon manned by Vikings to make his entrance and then was honored by lighting the traditional Fyr Ball bonfire. Reeve says the event was a success and was an excellent return for the festival. 

 

Closures south of Sturgeon Bay planned for next week

If you have to take Wis HWY 42/57 on your daily commute, expect a detour south of Sturgeon Bay starting on June 27th. This project has been in the works since March of 2022 and is looking to potentially be finished in September of 2022. The south side of the project takes place at the junction of Wis HWY 42 and Wis HWY 57. The detour will utilize County H and County S to avoid the work site. The closure is expected to last between one and two work weeks, but will be removed on the weekends.

 

A map of the detour and closure can be found below. 

 

Door County Connect ready to drive you five days a week

If you live in Sturgeon Bay and are unable to drive yourself to a location, Door County Connect is ready and able to assist you. For the last six months DCC has been operating under limited hours because of understaffing. Now, they are fully staffed and are offering their services five days a week. Pam Busch the Transportation manager for the Door County Transportation Department explains the impact that the shortage had on the community and the hopes for the lengthened service hours going forward.

 

 

The cost for a ride is fairly minimal at $2 for Sturgeon Bay and $5 per trip in the extended service area, which includes up to 10 miles from the Aging and Disability Resource Center in Sturgeon Bay.

 

Progress on Granary picking up this summer

You may see some substantial changes in the historic Teweles & Brandeis Grain Elevator structure in the next several weeks.  Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation President Laurel Hauser updated the Sturgeon Bay Common Council this week on the progress of the Sturgeon Bay Granary Project. In April, the granary foundation was poured over 51 new pilings. The 31 white pine and hemlock columns, which are 12 feet high, are currently being refurbished in Tennessee and expected to be returned next week. Hauser says Immel Construction will be reinstalling the columns back in their place.  Shear walls will be built to allow the two layers, the grain bin, and the head house, to be reattached to the Granary to restore it to its original 75-foot height. That work will be completed in one to two months, and Hauser notes that the Granary received some national recognition last month.

 

 

Hauser added that the amended development agreement approved by the city last month should be signed later this week. The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation and Granary Project also participated in this week’s first-ever Door County Heritage Days.

Silver Alert issued for Sturgeon Bay woman--UPDATE Found safe

A Sturgeon Bay woman is missing and authorities have issued a Silver Alert. Maynette Jutila, 71, was last seen about 4:30 pm Thursday on Lake Street in Two Rivers while driving to the Fox River Valley area. The Sturgeon Bay Police reported that Jutila was driving a 2008 silver Chevrolet HHR license plate APW1128. She is 5 feet two inches tall and weighs 128 pounds with blue eyes and gray or partially gray hair and was wearing sweatpants and an oversized t-shirt. If you have information on Maynette Jutila’s whereabouts, you are asked to call the Sturgeon Bay Police Department at (920) 746-2450.

Schlender says goodbye to Luxemburg-Casco

You will still see Glenn Schlender around town in the Luxemburg-Casco community, but he plans on watching some of the initiatives he helped start from a distance. Schlender will wrap up his eight-year stint as Luxemburg-Casco School District Superintendent this week after announcing his intentions to retire this winter. It has been bittersweet for Schlender, who credits a leadership course he brought in for his staff members for not just making him a better superintendent, but also a better husband and father. He says there is a lot to be proud of during his stint as superintendent, whether you can see them from the road or not.

Jo-Ellen Fairbanks will take over for Schlender as superintendent next month. He is not the only local superintendent leaving their post at the end of this month. Gibraltar Superintendent Tina Van Meer announced her decision to retire last December after ten years on the job. The Gibraltar School Board picked Brett Strousland from the Germantown School District as their next superintendent in May. Algoma Superintendent Nick Cochart resigned from his position to make way for Jesse Brinkmann, formerly of Green Bay Area School District.

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