Sturgeon Bay, Door County exploring sober living facility

Community members fighting drug abuse and other addictions could have a place to go under a proposal you can learn more about at Tuesday’s (11/29/22) Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee meeting. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich is scheduled to give a presentation on what the county would like to build as a sober living facility using funds received from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The housing project would give individuals trying to get sober a safe place they could go while they get their feet underneath them. If the city was interested, they could contribute some of their ARPA dollars to make the project even more robust. Helping people address their issues is a familiar one for Sturgeon Bay Common Council member and Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee member Seth Wiederanders. As a longtime employee of Jak’s Place, a drop-in social and resource center for people affected by mental illness, Wiederanders says places like these can provide vital support to those who may not have it from other sites.

Tuesday’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee meeting begins at 4 p.m. inside the Sturgeon Bay Council Chambers.

Future of commercial vendors at Sister Bay Marina up in the air

You may not be able to take a sightseeing tour or rent a boat at the Sister Bay Marina for much longer if a future agreement cannot be reached.


The Sister Bay Marina Committee is entertaining the idea of not allowing commercial vendors like Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours to operate there for the foreseeable future.  The discussion arose after the request for proposal was sent out and published by the village for possible new vendors to do business there for the general public. In addition to the ten commercial slips, the Sister Bay Marina offers 100 seasonal and forty transient slips.


According to Sister Bay Marina Committee Chairperson Scott Baker, dock damage, noise complaints, trash issues, and the request for a new kiosk all contributed to the discussion. He emphasized that nothing is set in stone yet and that discussions are still ongoing.


In a statement from Sister Bay Scenic Boat Tours owner Eric Lundquist, he says he has never found the committee unreasonable. He has faith the committee will “go through the process of negotiating new contracts with open minds as to find solutions over any challenges that may exist.”  


The Sister Bay Marina Committee will continue the discussion at their next meeting on December 14th at 4 p.m. at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station.

Online shopping and giving opens doors to scam

As you head online to take advantage of Cyber Monday and support local charities on Giving Tuesday, you should take caution of all the places your personal information could be heading. According to CNBC, nearly $20 billion was spent online between Black Friday and Cyber Monday in 2021, with another $2.7 billion donated to charities on Giving Tuesday. Technology makes it easier for money to exchange hands, whether to charities and businesses or scammers posing as them. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says they have received several calls related to scammers because, as much as you know about technology, many people need to learn more about it.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection issued some advice for you to stay safe and keep money in your pocket for Giving Tuesday. Some tips included watching for imposter websites and social media profiles, looking up the information for charitable organizations, and ensuring you know where and how you are making your donations. Joski has more tips on how to protect yourself from holiday-related scams below.



Although I have made the issue of frauds and scams the topic of many articles, there seems to be an increase in the number of calls we continue to receive, and unfortunately there continues to be honest people falling victim to these types of crimes. As we approach the holiday season, there will no doubt be an increase in this type of activity as these perpetrators prey upon our very own sense of good will.


While I could fill pages of this paper describing the various types of scams and stories of those who have been victimized, I would rather focus on the basic human trait that each and every one of these scams feeds upon for their success.


Whether the scam involves helping the less fortunate during the holiday season or the potential to win a great deal of money in a lottery that you had never entered, or receiving a large sum of money from a relative you have never met, these contacts raise your emotional state of mind. Although the emotions generated from these types of possibilities may be emotions of compassion, jubilee or happiness, they are still just that; emotions. On the flip side when you receive a call from what you believe is the IRS or law enforcement you experience emotions such as anxiety, fear or guilt. We can add to this list the calls from that you believe are family or friends requesting money because they have found themselves in a tragic set of circumstances and desperately need your help immediately creating emotions of sympathy, compassion and obligation.


Each and every one of these circumstances is very different, but there is one distinct shared feature and that is the ability of the caller to elevate your emotional state of mind.


This is no accident in fact it is essential to the success of their twisted endeavor because by elevating your level of emotion they are diminishing your level of logic.  This mathematical equation of : Emotions High=Logic Low is not just related to the perpetration of scams, it follows us every day of our lives and each of us can find numerous times when we made decisions and fought our own battle between emotion and logic. It could be as simple as a purchase of shoes that we really didn’t need and maybe have yet to be worn as they sit piled in our closet. It could be the purchase of a home that was well above our means and caused financial stress in our lives. To a greater extent, it could be that relationship we stayed in even though we knew it was not healthy and was keeping us from true happiness. Ultimately many of the choices we make from childhood into adult life are made in the balance between emotion and logic.


As parents we watch as our children navigate through their own young lives and learn the importance of good decisions. We cheer them as they experience the joy and satisfaction of good decisions and feel their pain and frustration of consequences from not so good decisions. Each and every one of these a lesson which we hope will continue to build their understanding of when to follow emotion and when to follow logic.


In regards to scams and frauds, our ability to follow up and bring justice to victims once money is sent or vital personal information is shared remains very limited. These crimes are perpetrated many times from overseas and the technology they utilize eliminates our ability to investigate effectively. Our best defense remains our own logic and when possible, the logic of those around us. If you are contacted with an opportunity that seems too good to be true or a call which causes you a high level of anxiety, take a moment to contact a family member or friend. Create an environment where someone other than yourself who is not emotionally attached to the event can review the situation and hopefully bring a more logical perspective.


When it comes to charities, it is always better to give local, which not only provides a more direct sense of impact, but also decreases your exposure to scams or fraudulent fundraisers. Also, please share your experiences with others. Your close encounter with a scam may make the difference for the next person on the receiving end of a call or email. 

Death, hospitalization mars latest Door County COVID-19 update

For the first time since September, the Door County Public Health Department delivered sad news as a part of its weekly COVID-19 update. On Monday, the department noted one new death related to COVID-19, marking the 68th life lost to the virus since the pandemic's beginning. The update also included one recent hospitalization and 34 additional cases of COVID-19.


Kewaunee County's last COVID-19-related death was earlier this month. The county has only seen four new cases of COVID-19 over the previous week. Ahead of Thanksgiving week, the Kewaunee County Public Health Department announced two recent hospitalizations and 12 cases of COVID-19.


Both counties and 58 others remain at the low COVID-19 community level.


Home lost in Gibraltar fire

Gibraltar Fire and Rescue and supporting departments were on the scene of a residence for approximately 12 hours after the blaze started early Sunday evening. The first crews from Gibraltar Fire and Rescue were dispatched at approximately 5:30 p.m. They immediately called for assistance from the Baileys Harbor, Ephraim, Egg Harbor, Jacksonport, Sturgeon Bay, and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department when they discovered the home on Sugar Bush Court in the Town of Gibraltar was fully engulfed. Gibraltar Fire Chief Andy Bertges says the home’s owners left town earlier in the day. Because of the fire’s location, he added that no one noticed until it was too late.

There were no injuries, but the home is considered a total loss. Firefighters were able to save a nearby detached garage. Bertges says the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it does serve as a reminder for residents to make sure their fire alarms are fully operational. While much of the work was completed by midnight, Bertges added that they were still putting out the occasional hot spot until early Monday morning. 

Community Spotlight:  Luxemburg-Casco supporting Best Buddies and Special Ed program

Tuesday’s night girls’ basketball game in Luxemburg will be about more than just what is happening on the court. The Luxemburg-Casco and Oconto Falls Girl's Basketball Teams are bringing awareness and support to their Best Buddies and Special Education Departments at each school. L-C Head Coach Taylor Bredael-Schmidt says one of the pillars of the basketball program is service leadership and giving back to the community.



There will be a 50/50 raffle and a “Minute to Win It” dash to collect donations during halftime of the varsity game. Last year, Luxemburg-Casco partnered with the Algoma Wolves to raise awareness and funds for Cancer, raising nearly $4,000 at one game. Tuesday’s activities will start with the JV game at 5:45 pm, with the varsity game at about 7:15 pm in the Luxemburg-Casco Gymnasium.


(photo courtesy of Luxemburg-Casco Girls Basketball Facebook page)



Donors bucking inflation to benefit non-profits

The higher prices you are finding just about everywhere may not have the impact you think they would have on non-profits. According to a Yahoo! Finance survey, 17 percent of respondents plan to increase donations compared to 10 percent who plan to give less. Social and political issues are the main reason for the increase in planned contributions this year. Door County Community Foundation President and CEO Bret Bicoy says people are becoming more familiar with the charities they support, whether that is through social media, podcasts, or local events.

Giving Tuesday celebrates its 10th anniversary on Tuesday as a way to raise vital funds for charities across the country. According to CNBC, an estimated 35 million U.S. adults participated in Giving Tuesday in 2021 by donating $2.7 billion to charity. 

Door County YMCA youth sports highlighting basketball and volleyball

You can keep your child active with two popular sports programs at the Door County YMCA this winter.  Youth and Sports Director Paul Briney says the basketball program has practice sessions called “skills and drills” on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a volleyball session on Wednesdays. He says additional programs will be offered to go into the New Year.



The Door County YMCA has two program centers with locations in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek.  You can find more information on registering your child for youth sports programs with this link.  

Local tree farms ready for Christmas season

With Thanksgiving Day in the rearview mirror, many families will be heading to find the perfect Christmas tree for their home in the coming weeks.   According to the Census of Horticultural Specialties, Wisconsin is ranked fifth worldwide for how many Christmas trees are grown, with over 850 independent tree farms. Randy Krueger of Krueger Tree Farm in southern Door County says this year’s crop of trees is excellent. He shares tips for keeping your tree fresh and green throughout the holiday season.



Most tree farms in Door and Kewaunee counties opened this weekend with holiday trees and wreaths contributing more than $16 million to the state’s economy annually.


(photo courtesy of Krueger Tree Farm)

United Way hits the 42 percent mark of annual campaign

Your generosity is helping the United Way of Door County outpace 2020 and 2021 to reach its 2022 annual campaign goal. At over $366,000, the United Way is 42 percent of the way to its $825,000 goal. Percentage-wise, that is ahead of where they were each of the last two years despite having a higher goal amount. The United Way has done a lot of different activities to help drum up funds, including the Second Chance Prom back in September. Executive Director Amy Kohnle says much like the various organizations they support, her team always thinks of unique ways to close the gap in the final weeks of the annual campaign.

The United Way of Door County is supporting over 30 different organizations with funding this year. The annual campaign ends on January 7th.

KCEDC paying you to shop local

The Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation could end up paying you $180 in gift certificates at the end of the holiday season, all for buying local. The KCEDC has brought back its 920 Pledge for the second year in a row. Through December 31st, the organization encourages you to spend at least $20 at nine different Kewaunee County businesses. Participants who complete the challenge could win at least some of their money back in gift certificates from the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce, Kewaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, and Luxemburg Area Chamber of Commerce. KCEDC Executive Director Ben Nelson says its inaugural year was a success.

Nelson says the hope is that the 920 Pledge is not just for the holiday tradition but a year-round practice. You can download your pledge form by clicking this link.


Picture courtesy of the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation

Salentine's design team stint hits high point

You will notice a familiar face running the show at this weekend's National 4-H Congress in Atlanta.


Megan Salentine of the Pilsen Skylighters in Kewaunee County is one of the eight design team members from across the country who helped organize this year's annual event full of training, activities, and other events.


Salentine applied to join the design team after attending last year's National 4-H Congress as one of 30 delegates from Wisconsin. After being named to the design team, she flew down to Atlanta again to meet with the other seven design team members to begin work on the 2022 National 4-H Congress before meeting monthly via Zoom to iron out the details.


You can keep track of what Salentine and her team planned for the thousands of 4-H members at this year's event by clicking this link.

Small Business Saturday helps impact local economy

You can help the area economy this weekend by participating in Small Business Saturday in Door and Kewaunee counties. The annual event was created to encourage consumers to shop at small businesses locally in person and online. Jon Jarosh of Destination Door County says local and visiting shoppers have a significant opportunity to increase small business sales this Saturday.



American Express reported that Small Business Saturday reached an all-time high last year with an estimated $23.3 billion in U.S. consumer spending. Jarosh notes that the 2022 sales tax numbers so far in Door County indicate a strong year for overall expenditures and tourism in Door County. 

Judge Weber to have conversation on Treatment Court

An alternative to incarceration for some criminal defendants will be the topic of conversation next Wednesday when Door County Circuit Court Judge David Weber holds a public discussion at the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC). Judge Weber will explain why the Door County Treatment Court began two years ago and why participants in the Treatment Court may make excellent employees. Treatment Courts provide intensive supervision of defendants while making those individuals more productive and providing increased public safety. The Door County Treatment conversation with Judge Weber will be from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the DCEDC on East Walnut Street in Sturgeon Bay on Wednesday, November 30. You can RSVP for the event at or by calling (920) 743-3113.  

Gibraltar's Strousland enjoying his new home school

Gibraltar is not Germantown, but Superintendent Brett Strousland is happy he decided to come north. A Wisconsin native, his teaching career began on a Native American reservation in New Mexico. He took on several roles at a Wisconsin school district, including elementary school principal, before he and his family moved to Croatia and Cyprus where he was a K-12 principal. Strousland and his family eventually returned to Wisconsin, where he was the superintendent for school districts in Barneveld and Germantown before landing the top spot at Gibraltar. After having the opportunity in the first few months to get to know the teachers, staff, and students, the only negative he could come up with when he was asked was having to go all the way to Green Bay for certain things. He is, however, already working on some big projects for the district in the future.

In addition to its high report card scores, Strousland is proud of the success of the high school’s athletic teams and being able to host one of the county’s Veterans’ Day ceremonies.

Kewaunee County looks for its next Fairest of the Fair

You only have a few weeks to apply to be the next Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair. Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair Grace LeGrave and her Junior Fairest of the Fair, Lexi Rivera, will wrap up their year-long reign later this year. During their stint, LeGrave and Rivera handled the hosting duties during the Kewaunee County Fair and promoted the fair and local agriculture at events throughout the county. Those interested in becoming the Fairest of the Fair compete against other participants during a gala event scheduled for January 6th, 2023. Judges will select the winners based on how they do during an individual interview, group interview, mock radio commercial, and basket auction. It is something that Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair committee member Isabella Haen knows a lot about as a former Fairest for the county and the Wisconsin State Fair herself. She says she took a lot away from the program and hopes that those on the fence will try it.

Winners of the Kewaunee County Fairest of the Fair competition would have the opportunity to follow in Haen’s footsteps and try to become the Wisconsin Fairest of the Fair in 2024. You can click on this link to fill out an application due by January 1st, 2023.

Midsummer's Music preparing for mid-winter

Midsummer’s Music and its Griffon String Quartet hopes you can join them for one of the approximately two dozen opportunities they are offering to hear the sounds of the season. The quartet will perform pop-up holiday concerts in northern Door County at area businesses on December 13th before doing the same thing on December 14th in Green Bay and December 15th in Sturgeon Bay. They will pair their holiday repertoire with the works of Beethoven and Villa-Lobos for full performances in Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay, and Egg Harbor from December 16th through December 18th. Executive Director Allyson Fleck says playing holiday music is an excellent entry point for those who have never heard classical music.

You can find the full concert schedule here. The concerts are free, but monetary donations are encouraged. You can also bring non-perishable food items to the Hope United Church of Christ performance, where proceeds will benefit Feed and Clothe My People in Sturgeon Bay.



Local companies manufacturing younger workforce

You will not find a shortage of ways local manufacturers are working to help foster the next generation of employees. Last month, businesses throughout Door County, including those in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park, hosted high school students for Manufacturing Day, where they got a chance to go behind the scenes to see current employees and their machines go to work. Earlier this month, Sevastopol became the latest high school to receive significant upgrades to its technical education department with new machines. Much like D&S Machine and NEW Plastics in Luxemburg did for school districts in Kewaunee and Manitowoc counties, NEW Industries helped finance some of the machines that went into the building, and they will also provide some in-person instruction from current employees. NEW Industries owner Chris Moore says they are willing to do about anything to help generate interest in the manufacturing field, and he believes it is working.

The extra effort being made by manufacturers now is addressing a future problem. Industry trends show that the manufacturing sector could have a shortage of 2.1 million workers by 2030.

Crossroads at Big Creek preparing for winter

This week, we are thankful for recreation, which includes a host of activities which are, according to Google’s English dictionary, "done for enjoyment when one is not working." We at Crossroads are dedicated to inspiring environmental stewardship, and we believe that people of all ages and all backgrounds who enjoy recreational activities on our trails, in our waters, and at our events will gain a greater connection to the land. We also believe that providing a free and safe place for outdoor activities results in both physical and mental health benefits. And for that, we are truly grateful.


 A growing body of research has shown that recreation in nature, called “green exercise,” can improve self-esteem, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. In children, nature-based exercise seems to reduce the symptoms of hyperactivity. Perhaps the most valuable benefit for most people is that time spent outdoors can decrease stress and anxiety—which most of us experience to one degree or another, especially in winter.


 So, during a Wisconsin winter, we can take our cue from our wildlife and either hibernate or embrace the cold season, living to the fullest. 


Rabbits do not hibernate, but rather, seem to embrace the winter. These creatures have enormous, hair-covered hind feet which enable them to bound over the surface of deep snow. People wearing snowshoes, like rabbits, can venture off into deep snow throughout the preserve. They can walk on the frozen water of Big Creek. They can leave the trail to explore, just like explorers have been doing for thousands of years.


The origin of snowshoes will never be known for certain. But while skis were developed in Europe, Canadians are convinced that, inspired by snowshoe hares, the First Nation People of the Far North invented snowshoes. As the First Peoples spread across the continent, each successive generation learned to adapt snowshoes to fit the climate of the region they explored. European immigrants learned to use snowshoes from First Peoples. Using snowshoes, trappers and loggers, like rabbits, could travel over the drifts and deep snow in winter.


Even more than rabbits, which are desirable prey, otters thrive in snow and ice. They appear to enjoy winter immensely. And yes, we have otters at Crossroads.


Animal behaviorists tiptoe around the words “play” and “fun” and they may be right. I’m sure the games of tag otters engage in and the wrestling they do is some sort of bonding or socialization behavior. And maybe balancing sticks on their noses and juggling pebbles is just coordination training which helps otters become effective hunters. And the sliding on snow and ice clearly is an efficient way to travel. 


But it sure seems to me that otters are having a great time, playing in the snow and fishing through the ice just like the people who make Door County their winter residence.


When folks started using kicksleds to glide around the Big Creek Preserve, I noticed that the technique used mimics that used by our otters. And where European otters live in Sweden, Norway and Finland, kicksleds have been popular for more than a century.


Otters use their feet to bound over the snow, building up momentum. Then they drop to their bellies and slide, five, ten, sometimes even 15 feet before kicking forward again. So, were kicksleds inspired by otters?


Perhaps. But, apparently kicksleds were first developed in The Netherlands, a land too flat for downhill skiing and crisscrossed with icy canals. Until the last century, otters were rather common in Holland. Who knows?


We do know that like otters, cross-country skiers glide across reasonably flat surfaces.


And as soon as we have enough snow to create a base, Crossroads will be grooming trails, and on weekends, we will lend skis – free of charge – in a weekend program aptly named Ski-for-Free. We lend winter equipment – skis, snowshoes and kicksleds – so Door County residents and visitors, like otters, can take joy in winter recreation.


Or folks may want to participate in winter like a Cooper’s Hawk. These raptors are birdwatchers, secretly hiding in the trees or shrubs watching and waiting for the opportune time to pounce on a medium-sized bird. Indoors or outdoors, winter birding is a great recreational activity, so Crossroads has now started a program we call Bird Club. 


At this point, Bird Club is not an organization (though it may grow into being one) but rather a monthly program offered the first Tuesday of every month for those interested in learning more about birds and/or those who want to participate in a meaningful Community Science program. On Tuesday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m., the Bird Club program will include a discussion of the “Winter Finch Forecast 2022,” the upcoming Christmas Bird Count, and discuss suggestions of a few holiday gifts for a birder.

Kewaunee family warms up community with annual collection

It is a different Cullen running the drive, but you can still donate to the less fortunate in Kewaunee County to ensure they stay warm this winter. It is Christopher Cullen’s turn to run the Weather Warm-Ups Drive, seven years after his brother James kicked off the tradition. The items collected will be distributed during the Kewaunee County Back to School Program, which is held in August and the Lakeshore Community Thrift Shop. This is Cullen’s second item collection drive this year after having tremendous success with his pet supply drive to support area animal shelters. Cullen says he is proud that his family tradition has become a community too.

You can drop off new or gently used sweaters, sweatshirts, and hoodies at locations throughout Kewaunee County, including the high school offices at Kewaunee, Algoma, and Luxemburg-Casco, until December 2nd.



Thankful: A Year in Review

Many of us only think about what we are thankful for during this time of year, I’m thankful year around for the family and staff that I have at NEW Radio. This past year has not been any different, except for a few new faces that have been added. First, I’m thankful that my wife, Tami has stepped into some of the behind-the-scenes work. Others you may see or hear are Angela Lemme and Gary Barta. Angela (or Angel-A on U-102.1) has done a wonderful job bringing a new voice to the airwaves in Door County and a good spirit to our office. Gary is another student at Southern Door that comes to NEW Radio from the youth apprentice program. His passion for sports and positive attitude is greatly appreciated. Most recently added to sports broadcasting and doing amazing, Henry Annen from Kewaunee High School. Our core group is still here, including Tim Kowols, Paul Schmitt, Shelly Lau, Larry Stevens, Reece Robillard, Lee Peek, Don Clark, Peter Kerwin, and Jacob Nate. I will never be able to thank each of them enough for their dedication to make the quality of the stations and the company better. I would encourage everyone to take a moment and thank those around you. 

Door-Tran volunteers stretched, but loyal

In a community where up to 20 percent of the population does not drive, you need a great group of volunteers to make sure those people get to the places they need to go. Door-Tran has approximately 40 drivers in its stable willing and able to drive residents to and from places throughout Door County and even for appointments in Brown and Kewaunee counties if possible. Executive Director Nikki Voight says with rider demand continuing to climb, her volunteers have continued to answer the call, even with changing circumstances throughout the county.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer driver, you can contact the Door-Tran office for more information.

Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade kicks off holiday weekend in Door County

You do not have to wait until after you finish your Thanksgiving dinner to start celebrating the holiday season in Door County this weekend. Jacksonport kicks things off with its annual Thanksgiving parade at 10:30 a.m. While it may be the smallest parade you have ever attended, it may also be the one with the biggest heart. This year, spectators can donate money to the family of nine-year-old Alice Mattson along the route as she continues her battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.


Egg Harbor and Sister Bay welcome Santa Claus himself for their respective holiday events on Friday and Saturday. At Egg Harbor Holly Days, you can have breakfast with Santa at Big Easy Door County on Friday and Saturday mornings ahead of children’s activities. Santa will arrive on a fire truck at 4:30 p.m. Friday to coincide with the village’s tree lighting and caroling. Santa will zoom north to Sister Bay Friday to turn on the holiday lights at the village’s Capture the Spirit. You will also have a chance to visit Santa’s reindeer, participate in storytime with him, and check out the Arts and Crafts Fair at Village Hall. You can see the full schedule of those two events by clicking the links above. 

The importance of gratitude

I looked back over the many articles I had written at this time of year, and realized, I cannot say it any better than I did in this one from 2019, so I submit the following to you for your consideration and reflection.      

As we recognize Thanksgiving this Thursday, it is appropriate to take stock in all that we should be grateful for. It could be the amazing and supportive people we are surrounded by every day or the positive events we experience whether as a result of our own efforts or maybe for no explainable reason at all. Even if you find yourself in challenging circumstances or surrounded by people who are less than supportive, there is still cause for gratitude. You may just have to dig a little deeper or search a bit harder, but it is there.


If you are challenged by a work environment that you feel takes you for granted, take the time to share with those around you how grateful you are to have them in your life, even if for no other reason than they motivate you to pursue other exciting career opportunities. If you have had a rough financial year, be grateful that you have weathered the storm this far and use that challenge to look at things differently and possibly re-align some priorities. Maybe you have even lost a loved one recently and question what there is to be grateful for. Be grateful that they were in your life and cherish the memories you made together. Also, take this experience of loss to be even more grateful for those still here and never take a moment for granted.


To fully realize the potential that gratitude has in improving our mental well being there are two components which are essential. The first is the ability to see the good through the negative, or for that matter to see the good in the good. We have to literally train ourselves to be mindful of the miracles that surround us each and every day. The second is to share that sense of gratitude with those around us. If you are grateful for that amazing spouse, friend or family member, make sure to tell them. They may be struggling with a sense of being taken for granted and a simple gesture of appreciation could change their whole perspective. Maybe you are surrounded by people who are always looking for the bad in any given event. Break away from that mindset and be the person who can always find the good in the moment. Just as negativity can be contagious, so too can gratitude catch on and over time change your immediate surroundings.


As amazing as Gratitude is on its own, it’s only the beginning. A natural product of Gratitude is Optimism, and Optimism is in fact a mental wellbeing powerhouse! A person’s ability to create, sustain and channel Optimism is scientifically proven to benefit everything from our immune system to our quality of sleep. It gives us the ability to endure the challenges in our life, and come away from traumatic events with our spirit intact. When shared it can change societies, and conquer oppression. It is the common characteristic of most great leaders throughout history, and has changed the course of human events on more than one occasion.


So this Thursday, during all of your gatherings and visits, make sure to take the time to share what and who you are grateful for in your life, and hold onto that gratitude for the other 364 days of year. Along the way, you may find yourself appreciating the little things that so many miss!          


Higher holiday traffic expected on roadways

Travel on the local roadways for the Thanksgiving Day weekend is expected to be back to pre-pandemic numbers starting Wednesday. According to AAA Travel, the peak times for travel will be between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 11 am until 4 p.m. Thursday, and 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday. Door County Patrol Deputy Brad Shortreed says drivers should allow more time to get to their destination this weekend safely. 



Approximately 54.6 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving (November 23-27). That reflects a 1.5 percent increase from 2021 and 98 percent of pre-pandemic volumes. This week is projected to be the third busiest Thanksgiving travel since AAA started tracking in 2000. The Door County Sheriff’s patrols are planning a heavy presence on the area highways to monitor and assist travelers all weekend. The local weather forecasts call for good driving conditions with temperatures above freezing during the daylight hours with only possible scattered rain showers on Thanksgiving Day.

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