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Gas prices continuing to rise

Fuel costs are one of the many things that have seen a price increase in the early part of 2022. Currently gas locally is $3.09 per gallon. As we near the beginning of February, you can compare that number to that of last year and see that gas was about $2.40 per gallon. The reason gas prices have been inching up is due to the Russia and Ukraine issue surrounding crude oil. For the time being, oil will likely stay at around $80 per barrel. If the situation between those two countries goes south, we could be looking at an even more significant rise in gas prices. Nationally, the average price of gas per gallon has risen almost 2 cents per gallon, for an average of $3.32 per gallon.

Housing prices going through the roof

COVID-19 has increased the value of many homes, and yours may be one of them. Due to the pandemic, many potential buyers feared losing out on a home, thus were willing to spend a little more to ensure they got what they desired. Between October of 2020 and October of 2021, the average price of an American household went up 18%, which according to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index, which has been one of the leaders in the U.S. housing market for 45 years, is the biggest increase in that time span. Door County saw a $230 million increase in home sales from 2020 to 2021. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, the selling amount of a residential home was roughly $220,000 about three years ago. That number increased by $59,000 in 2020, and increased by $115,000 in 2021. There are a lot of directions that the 2022 market could go, but the market is expected to stay relatively as strong as it has been.

 

(Photo courtesy of mortgagefinancegazette.com)

Door County Humane Society set to reopen for adoption services

The Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus is reopening for adoption services again on Saturday, after temporarily pausing adoption services due to the staffing issues caused by COVID-19. While the adoption services have not been happening, the Humane Society has been making a difference in terms of helping animals with ringworm infection. Of all the campuses within the Wisconsin Humane Society, the Door County Campus treats the most animals with ringworm. This year specifically, the Door County Campus has treated roughly 100 animals with the infection with 20 of those animals being Cats and kittens. They have now cured 14 of the felines of the infection, and will be transferring them to other campuses in the state of Wisconsin in hopes of getting them adopted. Cats are not the only animals that have been treated by the campus, as they have also treated Dogs and Guinea Pigs for the infection.


Kewaunee County Highway Department pitches future facility improvements

Kewaunee County Highway Department pitches facility improvements

You could soon see lots of improvements taking place near the intersection of County Highways C and F in the City of Kewaunee. The Kewaunee Board of Supervisors unanimously approved efforts by community members to raise funds to build an all-inclusive playground at Bruemmer Park. In addition to private donations being sought by the Bruemmer Park Inclusive Playground Group, Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt said they would be seeking grants to help build the playground and set up an endowment for the project moving forward.

More questions were asked of Kewaunee County Highway Commissioner Todd Every, who pushed for improvements to be made at its main highway shop across the street from Bruemmer Park. Every pointed out the age and size of the 1930s-era facility as the reason for the upgrades. The county spent approximately $28,000 for a pair of studies to look into what improvements are needed. A complete overhaul of the facility, which would include the replacement of several buildings, carries a price tag of $26 million. A phased-in approach, which would tackle the essential projects first, would be about $10.5 million. Supervisors questioned the cost of the upgrades as they have a decision about a new public safety building lurking in the future. Every and Kewaunee County Administrator Scott Feldt said not enough was done to maintain the building.

The department’s other facilities in Algoma, Stangelville, and on Hillside Road near Casco were not considered in the study, but Every says improvements have been made at those sites over the years and are in good shape. The agenda item concerning the highway department upgrades was informational only, so no action was taken. Chairperson Dan Olson asked the county’s highway committee to work with Every to work on specifics.

Video and picture courtesy of Kewaunee County

COVID cases tumble again locally

Door County’s COVID-19 numbers are the lowest they have been in several weeks as the state tries to get past the surge brought on by the Omicron variant. Out of 199 tests performed since Monday, 105 came back positive for COVID-19. Outside of the two holiday weekends,  it was the lowest number of new positives reported by the county in their twice-a-week situation update since the middle of December.  One new hospitalization was added, but no additional deaths were recorded. Deaths and hospitalizations happening locally tend to lag based on the state’s reporting.

 

During a Mayo Clinic press briefing held on Wednesday, data scientist David Sorlie said Wisconsin is over the hump when it comes to the surge that led to the highest number of infections the state has seen since the beginning of the pandemic. The seven-day average of new cases has slipped to 9,012, more than half of what it was just under a week ago.

 

Door County Public Health announced six new vaccine clinics as well to cover the month of February. It will host a clinic at the Door County Government Center for those ages 5 and up from 12-4 p.m. every Tuesday in addition to ones held on Washington Island on February 3rd and at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station on February 10th.

 

Tests Performed: 27,299 (+199)
Positive: 6,287 (+105)
Negative: 20,663 (+87)
Probable: 349 (+7)
Total Ever Hospitalized: 214 (+1)
Death: 44 

 

 

Crossroads prepares for trail closures

You will have to re-route some of your hikes through Crossroads at Big Creek this spring. Work has already begun preparing for the removal of the nearly 25-year-old Cedar Crossing Bridge and the North Bridge, which included removing the boardwalk in some spots. The trail itself will be closed on short sections of the Creek and Forest Trails through the property. Crossroads at Big Creek Executive Director Laurel Hauser says the new bridges will not only be safer for their visitors but also help protect the wetland areas along the creek.

The organization spent close to a year fundraising for the project. Pending weather conditions, the majority of the six miles of trails on the property will remain open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and kicksledding. 


Tower's last stand

Members of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society hope you take the opportunity to make your voice heard on Thursday regarding the future of the Potawatomi State Park Tower. 

 

Built in 1931, the tower was originally built as a way to promote economic development in the since-annexed village of Sawyer. It was closed in 2017 due to decay and wood rot creating unsafe conditions for visitors to the tower. Efforts by the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society bought the society time as they brought in Dr. Dan Tingley from Wood Research and Development to survey the tower and determine if it could be saved. The tower has also since been included on the State Register of Historic Places and the National Registry.  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has swayed back and forth on whether they should demolish the structure or make the necessary improvements to make it safe. 

 

Because of its historic designations, Rep. Joel Kitchens has argued the DNR is legally obligated to submit a plan for its long-term preservation. He submitted a bill in September that would have directed $750,000 in federal American Rescue Plan Act funds to be used for repairs to the tower.  Sturgeon Bay residents Paul Anschutz, Christi Weber, and Kelly Catarozoli spoke in favor of saving the tower in from the Assembly Committee on Tourism in November. Catarozoli, who is a member of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society, wishes she knew what is taking the DNR so long to make a final decision.

The virtual meeting will take place Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. where you provide verbal comments. You can also submit a written statement to the DNR by February 22nd.

 

Click the link to register for the virtual meeting, visit this site to submit a comment, or send correspondence to:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

C/O Missy VanLanduyt

101 S Webster St. P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707

Email: melissa.vanlanduyt@wisconsin.gov

 

 

 

Sturgeon Bay Schools to honor retired principal with auditorium

Sturgeon Bay School District is looking to improve its auditorium in the coming year and hopes you help support the efforts in honor of a beloved principal. Auditorium upgrades including new seating and flooring, new lighting and sound systems, and improved storage and dressing room spaces were not included in the $16.84 million referenda approved by the city’s voters.

 

One person who advocated for the improvements was retired high school principal Bob Nickel. A talented musician himself, Nickel was among the first to help out as an accompanist for performances at the high school during his 15-year tenure. Shortly after his retirement, Nickel was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says it was shortly after that they began talking to the Nickel family about how to best honor his legacy at school as a constant supporter of the arts.

The district is taking donations for the project that will bear Nickel’s name upon completion and a performing arts scholarship in his honor. We have information on how you can support the cause below:

 

Donations for the SBHS Auditorium Project may be dropped off or mailed to 1230 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 or at a Nicolet Bank location. A school district activity account has also been established in Bob’s honor for this project.

 

For more information please contact our District Office at 920-746-2800.

 

Heyn set to leave Algoma administrator position

For the second time in two years, the City of Algoma will be searching for a new administrator.

 

Current administrator Jared Heyn recently submitted his letter of resignation to city officials effective April 1st. He is leaving his post to become an assistant administrator in the City of Waunakee, which is located north of Madison. Algoma Mayor Wayne Schmidt says Heyn did a great job in a short time as he dealt with the learning curve of being a city administrator.

Schmidt will talk to the city council to see if they will hire a firm to search for a candidate or if they will advertise it on their own. Heyn will continue to stay on until April 1st as the city works with a realtor to sell the Algoma Long Term Care Unit and hopes to pass a referendum to build a new public safety facility. 


Packerland Conference Math Meet results – Sturgeon Bay leads the way

Packerland Conference Math Meet results – Sturgeon Bay leads the way

 

The Packerland Conference Math Meet held their third contest this year on Monday evening, with Sturgeon Bay leading the way. The Clipper math team scored 271 points, while Southern Door finished second with 227 points. Sturgeon Bay junior Christy Braun had the high score of the meet with a 38 out of a possible 40 points. This week’s meet was held at individual schools  rather than one location. Complete results from all schools and the current standings are posted below, courtesy of Cliff Wind. 


 

Seniors

Place

Name

School

Score

 

1

Stephens, Maggie

STURGEON BAY

33

 

2

Kielpikowski, Jessica

KEWAUNEE

32

 

3

Holmgren Grace

OCONTO

30

 

4

Ellis, Elijah

NEW

30

 

5

Ash, Makayla

STURGEON BAY

29




 

Juniors


1

Braun, Christy

STURGEON BAY

38

 

2

Nell, Luke

NEW

30

 

3

Walker, Espen

STURGEON BAY

29

 

4

Serafico, Scarlet

STURGEON BAY

28

 

5

Zittlow, Matthew

SOUTHERN DOOR

27



Sophomores


tie 1

Ezra Linnan

SEVASTOPOL

34

 

Zittlow, James

SOUTHERN DOOR

34

 

3

Stephens, Ben

STURGEON BAY

30

 

4

Tomberlin, Jade

STURGEON BAY

27

 

5

Nachtwey, Josh

SOUTHERN DOOR

24

 

Freshman


1

Selle, Luke

STURGEON BAY

31

 

2

Wienke, Tre

STURGEON BAY

19

 

3

Michalski, Julia

STURGEON BAY

19

 

Tie 4

Logan Filar

SEVASTOPOL

19

 

Grota, Ben

SOUTHERN DOOR

19



Varsity Teams


1. STURGEON BAY -- 271

 

2. SOUTHERN DOOR -- 227

 

3. SEVASTOPOL -- 219

 

4. OCONTO -- 210

 

5. KEWAUNEE -- 173

 

6. NEW -- 162

 

7. GIBRALTAR -- 144

 

8. ALGOMA -- 111




 

JV Teams

(10 total teams)


1

STURGEON BAY

#2

190

 

2

SEVASTOPOL

#2

104

 

3

STURGEON BAY

#3

97




Varsity Standings

 

League points after 3 meets

 

1. STURGEON BAY -- 60

 

2. SEVASTOPOL -- 52

 

3. OCONTO -- 46

 

4. KEWAUNEE -- 40

 

5. SOUTHERN DOOR -- 38

 

6. NEW -- 32

 

7. GIBRALTAR -- 26

 

8. ALGOMA -- 18

 



JV Standings

(10 total teams)

 

League Points

1

STURGEON BAY

#2

90

 

2

STURGEON BAY

#3

82

 

3

SEVASTOPOL

#2

78




 

Were you the lucky winner in the lottery?

You might be holding a winning lottery ticket if you bought it in Door County last weekend, as a Powerball winning ticket was sold in Sturgeon Bay. The player added “Power Play” to their Powerball lottery ticket and ended up winning the $100,000 prize. The winning ticket was purchased at Tadych’s Econo Foods in Sturgeon Bay and the winner was selected in the drawing that took place on Saturday, January 22 2022. This comes after the news that a Green Bay store sold a $316 million winning ticket in a Powerball drawing earlier this month. According to Powerball’s website, tickets generally expire anywhere from 90 days after the drawing to one year after the drawing. The expiration date is typically found on the back of the ticket, and if it is not listed, Powerball encourages the winner to contact his or her local lottery for clarification. The Powerball drawings are held three times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with the next one taking place Wednesday, January 26th at 10:00 p.m.

 

(Photo courtesy of delawareonline.com)

Door County YMCA doing well with aquatic programs

The Door County YMCA is once again seeing their aquatic program offerings fill up quickly. This year they currently have 140 kids enrolled in their swim lessons. The Dolphin Club program, which serves as the bridge between swim lessons and the swim team is currently full. Director of Competitive Swimming at the Door County YMCA Mike McHugh says that the Dolphin Club has done very well in keeping kids involved in swimming even though they may not be able to swim in meets quite yet. The YMCA also offers aquatic programs for adults that primarily focus on hip movements and improving hip motion. McHugh also says that they have a variety of programs with different characteristics and intensities to help offer individuals what they are looking for.

 

 

If you are a YMCA member a number of classes are offered free of charge, and anyone in the general public is welcome to participate as a guest but will have to pay a fee. 

 

For the entire conversation with Mike McHugh, head over to the “Podcasts” tab on doorcountydailynews.com and it will be under the “Y Wednesdays” category.

 


"Rekindle Campaign" brightens Northern Sky Theater's future

Northern Sky Theater announced the raising of nearly $2 million in just over a year to ensure the upcoming 2022 season.  The organization that performs at Peninsula State Park and the new Gould Theater in Fish Creek began the Rekindle Campaign after the pandemic entirely scuttled their dreams of an in-person season in 2020.  Northern Sky Theater Director of Developments and Public Relations Holly Feldman says they are thrilled and thankful for the incredible generosity that supporters have given.  She says the entire 2021 season was amazingly successful on several fronts.

 

 

The Rekindle Campaign raised 1.85 million dollars, surpassing the goal of $1.75 million by over $100,000.

 

(picture courtesy of Northern Sky Theater)

Third Avenue Playworks adjusting February events

Third Avenue Playworks has announced that for the health and safety of the community, staff, and actors, they are making the decision to adjust some of their play reading series events. The announcement comes in support of the Door County Reads committee and library who  recently made the decision to move all of the Door County Reads events to a virtual platform. DAIRYLAND by Heidi Armbruster on Friday, February 4th at 7 p.m. will now be moving to a virtual platform, they have cancelled BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter that was scheduled for February 5th, MRS HARRISON by R Eric Thomas on Saturday, February 19th at 7 p.m. will be virtual, and THE LAST MATCH by Anna Ziegler on Sunday, February 20th at 7 p.m. will also be virtual. You can register online to watch their play readings for the scheduled dates and times above. 

 

Stay tuned to the Door County Daily News and Third Avenue Playworks Facebook page and website, as they are expecting to make an announcement regarding their season events sometime in the next month.

Gibraltar K-12 to take the rest of the week off, Sevastopol closes Wednesday

Gibraltar students will have the rest of the week off as cases rise within the school district, while Sevastopol schools are closed due to the exteme cold Wednesday.

 

The Gibraltar School District cited the staffing shortages due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the closing of the school. As of last Friday, the district had 15 staff members and 88 students out because of positive tests or contact tracing protocols. The elementary school had been participating in virtual learning this last week due to COVID-19 issues. Only 27% of the elementary school is vaccinated, and the district says that makes them more vulnerable to infection. The students in the elementary school were required to be masked, while it was optional with parental permission for those in grades 7-12 in the secondary school.

 

The district already had a planned day off on January 26th for a teacher in-service. The district says it hopes to return to in-person learning on Monday January 31st. 

 

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the district was going to virtual learning. That has been fixed above and we apologize for the error.

 

The letter from the district superintendent Tina Van Meer can be found below:

 

Good Morning,

I am writing to let our school community know that the Board of Education formally approved closing school this Thursday, January 27th and Friday, January 28th. As you are aware from the previous communication last Friday, the District has been experiencing staffing shortages and increasing numbers of COVID-19 positive students and staff. As of last Friday, the District had 15 staff and 88 students out either testing positive, isolating pending test results or in quarantine as close contacts. The elementary has been significantly impacted this past two weeks. With only 27.4% of children ages 5-11 vaccinated, this population of students remains more vulnerable to contracting and spreading the virus. In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the staffing necessary to continue teaching and learning, the elementary school transitioned to virtual learning for January 24th & 25th. There is no school on Wednesday, January 26th because of a scheduled professional development day for staff. Following the Board's decision on Monday night, Gibraltar Area School District will not have school on January 27th or 28th for K-12 students. The decision was made to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the District and also provide a mental health boost to our students and employees. The District will resume in-person teaching and learning for all K-12 students beginning Monday, January 31st. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to navigate this public health crisis. Please contact the District or your building principal if you have questions regarding the information contained in this message.

Sincerely,

Tina Van Meer

 

 

 

Door County man sentenced on child porn charges

A Door County man will spend the next 13 years behind bars for having pornographic images of children on his cellphone.

 

United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that Christopher J. Kone of Sturgeon Bay was sentenced to 156 months of prison for two counts of possession of child pornography. The charges stemmed from a four-month joint human trafficking investigation between the Door County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. The case itself was brought as a part of Project Safe Childhood, which has partnered with federal, state, and local agencies to combat sexual exploitation and abuse among children. Kone pled guilty to two counts of child pornography after the investigation uncovered several pornographic images of a kid on his cell phone. He was indicted earlier this month for child pornography production charges which carried an even harsher penalty.

 

U.S. District Judge William C Griesbach also noted a sexual assault and attempted trafficking of a minor when announcing the sentence. Kone will also have to serve seven years of supervised release and register as a sex offender after he leaves prison.

Town ponders future of Gills Rock home

A house is standing between you and the further development of Mariners Park in the Town of Liberty Grove. The town sold the home formerly owned by Betty Weborg to Stefanie Burke last year for $1,000, giving her until the end of 2021 to move the home. It is estimated to cost $20,000 to move the home to a new location. By removing the home, the town will be able to determine whether some of the other buildings on the property should be saved or demolished. The house was still standing on the property as of Tuesday and Liberty Grove Town Chairperson John Lowry says it is time for the board to determine the next steps.

 

 

By removing the house and the two adjacent buildings, Lowry says work could begin to install walking paths and park benches on the property. It would mark the most significant progress made on land since the town purchased the Gills Rock parcels in 2018 approximately $1.5 million. The issue is expected to be discussed at their next meeting scheduled for  February 2nd. 

 

Picture from Realtor.com posting from last year

 

Headline previously read Ellison Bay home. This change has been made to Gills Rock. We apologize for this error.

Data shows jail shortcomings

You would have been in tight quarters if you were booked by the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department. The state’s oldest and smallest jail averaged over 29 people a day, which is approximately seven people over the building’s capacity. Staffed by 14 deputies, 628 people spent an average of 12 days in the jail, whether it be for non-custody and presentence bookings, warrant pick-ups, or probation holds. When they really push their limits, individuals are sent to other county facilities. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says the facility has its limitations when it is that full.

He credits Jail Administrator Lt. Chris VanErem and the rest of the staff for keeping everything under control, especially with new protocols due to COVID-19. You can read the rest of his thoughts below.

 

FROM SHERIFF JOSKI
 In this week’s article I would like to continue my yearend report by sharing some information and data in regards to our Jail facility. The current Kewaunee County Jail was built in 1968. It has a housing capacity of 22 with three short term holding cells which brings the total to 25. By law a county jail is intended to hold sentenced individuals for up to one year. Any sentences beyond one year are remanded to a state correctional facility. While we do hold the title of the oldest and smallest jail in the State of Wisconsin, I am deeply grateful to the County Board and the community in general for the support which has been provided in regards to the planning and ultimate updating of our facility. I will keep providing updates on that planning process in upcoming articles as that process continues.

         

The Jail is staffed by 14 Deputies, who carry out the various duties which are set forth by state statute, federal law, as well as department policy. These men and women are also tasked with the duties of Dispatcher which is very unique in the State of Wisconsin. I believe that there are only a handful of Departments which are still configured in this manner and it speaks volumes as to the professionalism and competence of these men and women. In these past few years of COVID-19 their commitment has been tested as in no other year. We have taken numerous steps to minimize exposure to both them as well as the inmates in our care. This has meant modifying schedules, restricting access, and a constant regiment of cleaning and disinfecting. We will be all be glad to get beyond this current reality and return to operations as usual.

          

 Every person arrested in Kewaunee County is processed through our jail and the following are some of the most common criteria for bookings so far in 2021 which stand at 628

         

The first is that we call non- custody bookings. These are bookings that occur when the individual is not physically arrested. This may be in the case where the offense was not immediately reported, and it is through investigations that the probable cause for an arrest summons was completed. It could also be where we are not able to locate the suspect at the time of the event, and we are able to send charges up to the District Attorney’s Office for his consideration. These bookings account for 309 of the total bookings.

          

The next most frequent category is pre-sentence bookings at 132. These are bookings which are for those who are currently awaiting the completion of their court process but do not meet bail criteria. These can be some of our lengthiest stays as the legal process itself is complex and lengthy at times.

          

 In third place we have a tie between warrant pickups and probation holds. These two are actually quite similar as they are the result of a failure to comply with either a court order in the case of warrants or probation rules in the case of Community Corrections. These tend to be our shortest stays. But account for a great deal of the total bookings. If you have found yourself within the courts system it is vital that you understand and comply with the various courts dates as well as requirements so as to avoid being one the unfortunate within this category. The same is true for probation clients. Many of those on probation forget that this is a privilege and an alternative to incarceration which brings with it many rules. It is incumbent on the individual to know and comply with these rules to avoid a return visit to jail or in some cases a state correctional facility.

       

So many ask what our daily population is here in Kewaunee County. Since the beginning of the pandemic, much of our criminal justice system has incorporated processes to limit the spread and as a result many court cases along with sentencing had been postponed, thus impacting our daily population and extending some stays beyond the traditional time period. As I stated earlier, our maximum capacity is 22 and for 2021 our daily population average was 29.22 with males representing 24.17 and females 5.05 throughout the year. The average stay is approx. 12 days with the shortest stay at approx. 1 hour and the longest stay at 365 days.

       

To meet the daily overcrowding in our facility we make use of two primary resources; out of county facilities, primarily Door County, and the use of electronic monitoring. For the most part those who we send to Door County are the female inmates which take pressure off of our scheduling requirements to have both male and female staffing when we have females in our facility. Electronic monitoring is utilized for those who have been granted work release by the courts and meet the many requirements we have to guarantee compliance in return for this privilege. I want to acknowledge Lt. Chris VanErem our Jail Administrator for the amazing work that he and his staff do on a daily basis to balance the constant demands of the inmates, the courts, and the many regulations with the limited resources both in budget and facility.

         

Along with the duties of Jailer and Dispatcher, these men and women also facilitate all of the transports which are required not only locally but many times across the state to bring inmates to Kewaunee County for court as well as monitoring the Huber Program (Work Release) and Court Security. These men and women give multi tasking a whole new dimension and we are fortunate to have them serving in these roles to keep our community safe. Contrary to some beliefs, these Deputies are Law Enforcement Officers just as their counterparts in Patrol and Investigations and are a vital component of the Criminal Justice System. Next week I will share some information from 2021 as it relates to our Patrol Division.

Hardy Gallery looking for artists for 2022 Mosaic Project

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Hardy Gallery’s Mosaic Project and they are currently looking for artists to contribute work to their 2022 project. The Gallery is seeking submissions of original artwork from the community, individuals, artists, students, and art enthusiasts. Past entries have included photography, 3-D art, sculptural work, paintings, and writings. All artworks should fit on a 6x6 canvas with minimal installation difficulty and a statement from the artist. Participants are limited to one canvas entry. Free canvases are being offered at the Artist Guild in Sturgeon Bay and are due by June 26. The project will be on display at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim starting on July 16 running through August 28, 2022. 

 

(Photo courtesy of the Hardy Gallery Facebook Page)

Maritime Speaker Series wants your involvement

The Door County Maritime Museum Speaker Series offers a variety of monthly programs ranging from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the surrounding economy. To date, some of the topics that have been discussed are the 150th Anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire, Wisconsin Shipwrecks, The French and Native People of the Door Peninsula in the 17th Century, and the Legend of Deaths’ Door.  The Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series programs are held on the first Thursday of every month through May beginning at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Museum in Sturgeon Bay, as well as online with no cost to attend. The next segment of the series is taking place on February 3rd and will be online only. The presentation will be with Dr. Victoria Brehm and will provide the opportunity to engage in discussions about historical women around the Great Lakes.

 

(Photo courtesy of Door County Maritime Museum Facebook Page)

DMV making it easier for you to vote this spring

The Wisconsin DMV is offering services that aim to help people obtain identification that will make them eligible to vote. The department is urging those that may require this identification to start the process now, so that they will be able to vote in the Wisconsin 2022 Spring Primary on February 15. Valid identification for voting purposes includes a drivers license, identification card, and a military or student ID card. To obtain the necessary identification for the polls, you can begin by visiting this link wisconsindmv.gov/idcards . If the required documents are not readily available the DMV has a process called the Voter ID Petition Process to obtain the information needed. This process is free of charge, and will provide you with a receipt to show at the polls stating that the necessary documents have been requested. 


Anyone with questions related to obtaining an ID to vote should call the DMV’s toll-free Voter ID hotline at (844) 588-1069, or direct questions regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information to the Wisconsin Elections Commission at elections.wi.gov 

Boys and Girls Club of Door County welcomes Blumreich as new CEO

You will soon meet a new face leading the Boys and Girls Club of Door County. The organization announced on Monday that it has named Eric Blumreich as its new Chief Executive Officer. He comes to Door County after a five-year stint at St. Norbert College as a development officer and 10 years as a camp director for the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay. Blumreich believes his role with the Boys and Girls Club of Door County is a great blend of his two previous positions.


Blumreich, who has a wife and two daughters, is certainly not a stranger to other youth-focused organizations. He also has experience working with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), International Youth Sailing of Oshkosh, and PALS (what is PALS?) as a mentor and board member. He replaces John McMahon, who stepped down nine months into the role last summer.

New COVID-positive cases beginning to shrink

More people are testing positive for COVID-19 in Door County, but it is trending downward.

 

Out of the 323 tests performed since last Thursday, 105 came back positive with another four noted as probable. That is the lowest number of new COVID-19 cases reported by the county since January 6th when 198 people tested positive. No new hospitalizations or deaths were reported, though those numbers tend to lag based on the state’s reporting. The state offered similar good news on Friday, reporting the fewest number of new positive cases in two weeks and noted a sharp decline in additional hospitalizations.

 

Door County Public Health will have vaccine clinics on January 25th (Door County ADRC for kids ages 5-11 from 3-5:30 p.m. ) and January 27th (Door County Government Center for those 12 and over from 12-4 p.m.) in Sturgeon Bay by appointment only. 

Shipping season comes to a close in Bay of Green Bay

Ice anglers will have one less worry when fishing on the Bay of Green Bay.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan Captain of the Port announced over the weekend that the southern waters of the Bay of the Green Bay would be closed to shipping until further notice beginning at noon on Monday. The closure covers all of the waters southwest between Peshtigo Harbor and Door County’s Sherwood Point. The last ship left the Port of Green Bay early Monday morning.

 

While this means you may not see ice cutters and steamships plowing through the ice, you still need to practice some caution. Two people and their dogs had to be rescued near Point au Sable on Saturday when their SnoBear ice machine broke through the ice. According to the USA Today Wisconsin Network, the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and the New Franken Fire Department were able to rescue them without injuries.

 

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

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