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Door Cancer sees spike in demand

Door Cancer has seen applications for their help rise to a record 23 families for the month of November. The organization helps provide monetary support to families who have a member being treated for cancer. That assistance could be in the form of mortgage or car payments. Unexpected expenses like lodging for families when an individual is receiving treatment in Milwaukee or another large city also add up. Board Member Sue Wehrli says November's applications are far outside the norm.

 


Door Can's partner for the rest of November, Bliss, is a retail shop in Sturgeon Bay. Five percent of the revenue generated by Christmas ornament sales at Bliss will go to benefit the nonprofit organization.

 

Nimmers recognized as "Persons of the Year"

John and Sheila Nimmer live in Sturgeon Bay now but the heart of their lives and business involvement is still in Luxemburg. The Nimmers were recognized this past week as the Persons of the Year by the Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce.  John, who started Forest Construction with his three brothers in 1977, says he is proud and humbled by the honor.  He says the Luxemburg community is truly special.

 

 

Sheila Nimmer, who owned the former Rocks of Ages Jewelry and Beading business for over twelve years shares how both she and her husband found out about winning the award. 

 

 

The Nimmers will be honored on December 7 in Luxemburg at the annual Luxemburg Chamber Christmas Party.  This is the first in a series of the three winners from the Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce awards.  

 

 

(photo courtesy of Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce)

Town explores Tannerite ban

The town of Liberty Grove could ban an explosive substance that was the subject of a citizen complaint at the last board meeting. According to the complaint, Tannerite targets were being used by a gun owner in the town and the explosions from being hit were loud and shaking windows. The board advised the town’s administrator to see if the Tannerite targets could be included in its fireworks ordinance. Town chairperson John Lowry says they may also seek to outright ban it.

The Liberty Grove Town Board will take it up again at its next meeting this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at its town hall.


Practicing holiday food safety early

Many people don't realize that food safety is the most important ingredient in preparing food for the holidays.

 

Size Matters

If you’re planning a buffet at home and are not sure how quickly the food will be eaten, keep buffet serving portions small.

  • Prepare a number of small platters and dishes ahead of time, and replace the serving dishes with the fresh ones throughout the party.
  • Store cold back-up dishes in the refrigerator and keep hot dishes in the oven set at 200 °F to 250 °F prior to serving. This way, your late arriving guests can safely enjoy the same appetizing arrangements as the early arrivals.

Take Temperatures

Hot foods should be kept at an internal temperature of 140 °F or warmer.

  • Use a food thermometer to check. Serve or keep food hot in chafing dishes, slow cookers, and warming trays.
  • Be aware that some warmers only hold food at 110 °F to 120 °F, so check the product label to make sure your warmer has the capability to hold foods at 140 °F or warmer. This is the temperature that’s required to keep bacteria at bay!
  • Eggs and egg dishes, such as quiches or soufflés, may be refrigerated for serving later but should be thoroughly reheated to 165 °F before serving.

Chill Out

Cold foods should be kept at 40 °F or colder.

  • Keep cold foods refrigerated until serving time.
  • If food is going to stay out on the buffet table longer than 2 hours, place plates of cold food on ice to retain the chill.

Keep It Fresh

Don’t add new food to an already filled serving dish.

  • Instead, replace nearly empty serving dishes with freshly filled ones.
  • Be aware that during the party, bacteria from people’s hands can contaminate the food. Plus, bacteria can multiply at room temperature.

Watch the Clock

Remember the 2-Hour Rule: Discard any perishables left out at room temperature for more than 2 hours, unless you’re keeping it hot or cold.

  • If the buffet is held in a place where the temperature is above 90 °F, the safe holding time is reduced to 1 hour.
  • Watch the clock with leftovers, too! Whether you’re sending “doggie bags” home with guests or are saving them for yourself, leftovers should be refrigerated as soon as guests arrive home and/or within 2 hours!

Adapt “Old Family Recipes” Safely

Some of your favorite traditional recipes may call for raw or lightly cooked eggs. These may include homemade Caesar salad dressing, ice cream, custards, rice pudding, chocolate mousse, eggnog, and some sauces. 

However, some raw eggs can contain harmful bacteria. These can be particularly dangerous when consumed by those at higher risk for foodborne illness – such as pregnant women, young children, older adults, and those who may have a weakened immune system because of organ transplants or diseases like diabetes, cancer, or HIV/AIDS.

Help keep your party guests safe by adapting your favorite egg containing recipes (or substituting prepared products for some items). Here’s how:

  • Add the eggs to the amount of liquid called for in the recipe, then heat the mixture until it reaches 160 °F on a food thermometer.

OR

  • Use store-bought products of the foods listed above, which are often already cooked or pasteurized. (Check the label to be sure.)

OR

  • Purchase pasteurized eggs. These eggs can be found in some supermarkets and are labeled “pasteurized.” Here are several types consumers can buy:
    • Fresh, pasteurized eggs in the shell (found in the refrigerator section).
    • Liquid, pasteurized egg products (found in the refrigerator section).
    • Frozen, pasteurized egg products (found in the frozen food section).
    • Powdered egg whites (found in the baking section).

Luxemburg-Casco gets a positive report card

The Luxemburg-Casco School District graded out well compared to other schools in the state on the annual District Report Cards.  The report, which was released earlier this week by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction, ranked L-C in the top third among school districts in the state.  Director of Learning Services Mike Snowberry says that Luxemburg-Casco schools are proud of finishing into the Exceeds Expectations category or above.

 


Luxemburg-Casco district scored 81.4 which was more than 19 points higher than the state average of 62.3.  You can find more information on the District and School Report Cards with the link below.

 

 

 
https://dpi.wi.gov/accountability/report-cards

 

Student correspondent shadows Sen. Jacque

On November 5th through the 6th, I interned for the Door County Wisconsin, District 1 Senator, André Jacque. I had the opportunity to both shadow and work in the Jacque office to learn about the daily routine of a Senator. 
On the first day of the internship, I shadowed Senator Jacque on the Senate floor and to an Assembly meeting. Sitting next to the media, directly behind the Door County Senator, gave an excellent view of the busy, debate filled Senate. 
On the second day, I was based in the office and tasked with writing op-ed for one of André Jacque's Bills. The communications director, Evan Hafenbreadl, of the office, helped with explaining how the office functions as a support system for its Senator.

 

 
I return from this internship with a new-found knowledge of how our government operates from my behind the scenes look. The affairs in Madison addressed by the legislative branch happen in a well-discussed manor, but evidently is a slow process. It is clear that there is not just one person who doesn't just make the decisions, but there is a just and complex system that runs through the media, offices, representatives, senators before the governor himself. Through this, I appreciate the accomplishments that have been made thus far in our Wisconsin Government. I appreciate the opportunity to share my support and opinions with my District Senator.

 

Below is the entire interview with Hafenbreadl:

 

 


Water treatment facilities not hampered by wet conditions

Wet weather and rising water levels in the ground and on Lake Michigan are not causing problems for Door and Kewaunee county water treatment systems.  Stormwater control systems are kept on separate drainage lines from sewage treatment facilities.  Cliff White, Operations Manager for Sturgeon Bay Utilities, says line separation and placement make water intrusion from storms or spring thaw into sewage systems a rare, though not unheard, of occurrence.

 

 

White says SBU constantly monitors stormwater and sewage lines for signs of breakage and to replace broken lines as needed.

Lake Michigan barriers keep out Asian Carp despite high waters

The flooding that enabled Asian Carp to get into the Mississippi River has not been a problem in allowing them access to Lake Michigan and the waters near Door and Kewaunee counties.  So far, barriers in Illinois and Indiana have been working, which is a relief for commercial fishing operators like Charlie Henriksen of Sister Bay.  He admits though he'd like to see action at another point for invasive species.

 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Charlie Wooley says barriers erected along those Illinois canals between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan are working.  Another built-in marsh in Indiana is also proving effective.

 

 

Wooley also says the Asian Carp are right now about 22-miles away from the Mississippi River barriers.  He says his agency and others continue looking for new ways to contain the Asian Carp. 

Southern Door sees benefit in student correspondents

A report by one of its own student correspondents helped changed the course for one family attending Southern Door Schools. Superintendent Patti Vickman credits the DoorCountyDailyNews.com-based program with bringing at least two new students to the district, which brought with it thousands of dollars of additional aid. Vickman says it is experience that is hard to find for many in the region.

Southern Door has had three student correspondents contribute articles over the years and Vickman hopes other schools are just as successful finding one as she believes it is great to get their perspective on different issues and events.


Three schools prepare for state One-Acts

Door and Kewaunee Counties will be well represented at UW-Milwaukee next weekend for the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival. Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, and Gibraltar will all compete in the one-act play contest during the course of the three-day event. Algoma performed its One-Act play, “Oz” one last time before the state competition at the Algoma Performing Arts Center earlier this week. A modern take-off on the “Wizard of Oz,” Director Jeffrey Dier is proud of how his actors and crew handle the changes that come with competing at the state level.

Local schools were successful at last year’s Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival One-Acts Contest with Algoma’s “Fourteen Lines” earning all-state honors and Gibraltar’s "Death’s Door" earning awards for being a critic’s choice as well for its crew, directing, and ensemble. The festival runs from November 21st through the 23rd.

 

 

Photo courtesy of the Algoma Performing Arts Center Facebook Page

Work begins now for 4-H projects

Before they ever step into the show ring or in front of a judge, 4-H members in Door and Kewaunee Counties put in a lot of work. Many members are looking for different projects to participate in during the new year like livestock, photography, and robotics, which require some additional meetings to attend. Door County 4-H educator Dawn VandeVoort says now is a great time to get involved.

Often a minimum number of project meetings are needed to be attended by the youth members in order to show at the county fair. The re-enrollment deadline for Door County 4-H is November 30th while Kewaunee County’s was October 31st. You can enroll at any time if you are new, but Kewaunee County places a February 1st deadline if you want to show at the fair.

Door County approves funding for broadband pilot projects

Door County is moving forward and funding a pair of broadband pilot programs.  Nsight, the parent company of Cellcom, is applying for grants through the Wisconsin Public Service Commission for multiple projects. Those include broadband service expansion on Washington Island and in the Village of Egg Harbor.  Door County will contribute $5,000 for each project pending receipt of the grant money.  Ryan Heise, Egg Harbor Village Administrator, says Nsight's plans meet a big need in his community.

 

 

Nsight is using the Egg Harbor and Washington Island broadband projects to determine whether similar broadband systems could be used in other Door County communities. 


100+ Women Who Care growing and helping more people

With just barely two-years since it began, 100-plus Women Who Care Northern Door County has provided $82,000 to local charities and grown substantially.  The Northern Door chapter of the worldwide organization started with just two organizers and now boasts 285 members.  They pool their donations, nominate groups they'd like to help and select the final recipients. The latest recipients included Door Tran.  Northern Door co-founder Ann Morgan says their $10,000 donation was given at just the right time.

 


Co-found Peggy Reineck believes 100-plus Women Who Care is attracting more interest because of the group's ability to pool resources and make a bigger difference.

 

 

Reineck and Morgan say those who join 100-plus Women Who Care become aware of local charities that were unknown to some members.  Some have now become enthusiastic supporters of those charities.

Historic Kewaunee building hosts new restaurant

The historic 1881 Ballering Building in Kewaunee will host a new restaurant in 2020.  That comes after extensive renovation and historic preservation work on the four-story building.  Art Schiller, co-owner of the building, says the as-yet-unnamed first-floor eatery will be operated by the former owners of DC Deli in Baileys Harbor, who checked out the Ballering Building on the spur of the moment.

 

 

Schiller is especially pleased to have Boyd and Candace Finnell and their new restaurant as tenants. That's because he and his family will be able to grab quick takeout meals and bring them home to their residence in the two floors above the restaurant. 

 

 

(photo courtesy of WisconsinHistory.org) 

Luxemburg Chamber announces award winners

Five Luxemburg business and community leaders will be honored for their contributions to the area in December.  The Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the annual award winners for 2019.  Chamber Board of Directors member Jean Dax shares why John Nimmer of Forest Construction and his wife Sheila, who owned Rocks of Ages Jewelry & Beading, were chosen for Person of the Year.

 

 

  Todd and Brenda Burdick were chosen as the Community Service Award winners for going above and beyond the call of duty, according to Dax.

 

 

Dax adds that photographer Ron LeCloux will be receiving the Spartan Spirit Award.

 

 

The honors will be formally presented at the Luxemburg Chamber Christmas Party on December 7 at Northbrook Golf & Grill.  DoorCountyDailyNews.com will feature the award winners in upcoming articles over the next week. 

 

 

Narcotics raid in City of Kewaunee

The Door/Kewaunee Joint Drug Task Force conducted raids at multiple locations in the City of Kewaunee on Tuesday. Two female employees of the Emerald Shores Assisted Living Facility, 40-year-old Lissa Miller and 43-year old Melanie McCracken, are accused of taking opiate prescription drugs meant for use in the facility and selling them on the street. Kewaunee Sheriff Matt Joski says the investigation began away from the nursing home but records there could wind up providing much needed evidence as the criminal investigation unfolds.

 


The raids were conducted safely and Sheriff Joski commends all involved. Members of the joint task force who executed the raids came from the Sturgeon Bay Police Department, the City of Kewaunee Police Department, and the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department. 

 

 

Program changes considered after second Huber escapee found

The second Huber inmate from the Door County Jail to walk away from the program is now back in custody.  Dennis Harris Jr was reported missing Wednesday and was found Thursday morning in Green Bay.  Door County Chief Deputy Pat McCarty says a tipster led to Harris's capture.

 

 

Harris is the second Huber inmate to go AWOL in the past two weeks.  McCarty says the next step is a review of the program.

 

 

Chad Skarvan walked away from the Huber program on November 4th.  He returned to the Door County Jail November 11th and surrendered to sheriff's deputies.  

DCMC to open breast milk depot

Door County mothers with breast milk to give will not have to drive to Green Bay to make sure it still goes to good use. Door County Medical Center and Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes have joined forces to open the breast milk depot inside its Women’s Center. The depot will collect the breast milk to screen and pasteurize before it gets distributed to babies at Door County Medical Center and other partner hospitals across the region. Registered Nurse and lactation consultant Jessica Skinner has worked on bringing the program to Door County Medical Center since earlier this year. She is thrilled it is becoming a reality.

The breast milk depot opens at Door County Medical Center on November 20th. 

 

 

 

 

Parade annual course in collaboration

Located 20 miles apart during the school day, students at Gibraltar and Sevastopol are already hard at work making a holiday tradition come alive once again. The Sevastopol Student Council and Gibraltar DECA Club have collaborated together on the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade since shortly after the event was established over 20 years ago. They work together promoting the parade in the community and arranging the fundraising aspects of the event, which this year will support Door County Secret Santa. Sevastopol Student Council Advisor Lindsay de Young says it is awarding to see the two schools work together.

The parade, which kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on November 28th, is merely three blocks long but last year collected over $8,000 to support the late Sevastopol secretary Paula Symons in her battle against cancer and other Door County families.

 

Picture courtesy of Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade and Benefit Facebook page

 

 

Winter storm causes clean-up switch

Mother Nature had its final say Wednesday on your fall clean-up projects whether you had them done or not. According to the National Weather Service approximately 1.5 inches of snow fell in Sturgeon Bay and 3.5 inches blanketed Kewaunee during the November 13th snow storm. That could leave some lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and other pieces of equipment out of commission until the snow melts. Jim Lemens from Lemens Hardware in Luxemburg says there is a step you can take just in case you did not use all of the gas this year.

As for your snowblowers, Lemens recommends getting them tuned up or doing simple maintenance like changing the oil and sparkplugs so you are ready for the entire season. Temperatures are expected to warm up after the weekend, but the area could get some additional snowfall on Sunday.

Suffrage topic of Friday book discussion

The League of Women Voters Door County is kicking off its celebration of the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th amendment with a book discussion Friday morning. Visitors to the Sturgeon Bay branch of the Door County Library will be able to video call with author Elaine Weiss, who captured seven decades of the fight to help women get the right to vote in her book “The Woman’s Hour.” LWC Door County action coordinator Pat Scieszinski says it captures the women’s suffrage movement well, especially the battle over voting rights that occurred in Tennessee, the final state to ratify the 19th amendment.

The book discussion will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several events are scheduled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and the 19th amendment over the coming months including movie showings in December and a birthday party for the organization in February.

Dean Foods bankruptcy could benefit area farmers

Dean Foods announcement that it's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection could benefit dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties.  The company's decision is based on low milk prices, the loss of some larger customers and a drop in consumer demand for fluid milk.  Dean Foods is also in negotiations for a possible sale to the Dairy Farmers of America cooperative, or DFA.  Greg Letter, the owner of Thunderstruck Holsteins of Brussels, says if DFA were to acquire Dean Foods that could work to the advantage of local dairy farms.

 

 

Dean Foods has reported losses in seven of the last eight quarters of operations.  If Dean and the Dairy Farmers Association do come to a sales agreement, it would still be subject to higher offers from other bidders.

GOP lawmakers criticized for short sessions on gun safety

The Republican majorities in the Wisconsin State Legislature are drawing fire from one local lawmaker for calling to order special sessions on gun safety regulations and immediately adjourning without discussion.  The special sessions were called by Democratic Governor Tony Evers to consider a pair of bills that would restrict firearms ownership.  State Senator Dave Hansen, a Democrat from Green Bay, says Wisconsin residents want to be heard on those bills.  He says he can't believe that GOP lawmakers don't appear to be listening.

 

 

GOP legislative leaders indicated in advance they would reject Evers's call for a special session on gun regulations.  That follows a Marquette University poll that showed 80-percent of respondents favoring universal background checks on all firearms sales and so-called red flag laws, which would require anyone deemed to be a threat by a court to surrender their firearms.

Gerrymandering debate comes to Door County

The Door County Fair Maps Task Force brought Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Director Matt Rothschild to Egg Harbor on Wednesday. Rothschild hosted a community forum at the Kress Pavilion to explain what gerrymandering is and why it is a concern. Rothschild says Wisconsin should adopt a less politicized districting process like that found in the state of Iowa.

 


Rothschild says that it is fundamentally wrong for the popular vote to diverge from representation to the extent that it occurs in Wisconsin. He maintains he believes that to be true regardless of the party that benefits. 

Door County inmate walks away

For the second time this month, an inmate from the Door County Jail has not returned from his Huber release. 

 

According to the Door County Sheriff's Department, Dennis L. Harris, Jr. left the jail at approximately 9 a.m. Wednesday morning for a job interview. Instead of going to the job interview, Harris was given a ride to the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Green Bay. Serving a sentence for a drug-related charge, the Sheriff's Department does not consider Harris to be a danger to the public. If you have any information about Harris' whereabouts, you are encouraged to contact the Door County Sheriff's Department.

 

 

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