$100,000 Raised through Edgewood Orchard Cookbook

• Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ benefit cookbook, An Artist’s Food for the Soul, just passed the $100,000 mark in money raised to benefit not-for profit organizations working with children. The gallery recently announced a $5,000 donation to United Way of Door County. “We know that many budgets have been cut and there is great need for donations to carry out the missions of vital social service organizations here,” said Anne Emerson, who created the cookbook with her daughter, Nell Jarosh, and graphic designer Dan Cross of Idea Studios.

Castle Pierce Printers of Oshkosh donated the printing. The gallery and all stores selling the book give the full price back to a fund established with the Door County Community Foundation. Over 35 Door County social service, arts, education and health organizations working with children have received donations from the fund since the book was published in July 2009.

An Artist’s Food for the Soul is Edgewood Orchard Galleries’ 40th anniversary collection of favorite recipes from artists, staff and family, each page accompanied by full color reproductions of artwork shown in the gallery. It is for sale for the holiday season at a variety of Door County locations. For more information or to order the cookbook visit

• The Door County Humane Society is the beneficiary of a new program launched by North Shore Bank. The program is designed to help local community non-profit organizations raise funds to help with day-to-day operations.

For each new checking account opened, North Shore Bank will give the customer $50 and donate $50 to the Door County Humane Society. This offer is good at all three North Shore Bank locations in Door County. Flyers are available for pick up at Northern Door Pet Clinic, Sister Bay Trading Co and Pet Pleasures, all of Sister Bay, or at the Door County Humane Society in Sturgeon Bay.

The Door County Humane Society provides a safe haven for lost or homeless pets while working to reunite them with their owners or place them with new loving families. They serve every Door County community and care for hundreds of animals each year. The Door County Humane Society is a not-for-profit organization which exists almost entirely on private donations.

For more information stop by any North Shore Bank location or call Amy DeMain at 920.854.2381.

• The Rotary Interact Club in Sturgeon Bay is holding a spaghetti dinner Dec. 10 to support their global service project, MAP International. This project will help send doctors, medicine, and supplies to third world countries in an effort to promote health care.

The dinner will take place at Bayview Lutheran Church, 340 West Maple Street, in Sturgeon Bay. The event will feature three different serving times: 6:15 pm, 7 pm, and 7:15 pm. Reservations are requested, but walk-ins are welcome._For more information or to make a reservation_call 920.746.7659. A free-will donation will be accepted at the door.

• The Kewaunee County and Door County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are currently searching for minority and female producers interested in serving as an advisor to the FSA County Committees. It is recommended that interested producers send advisor nominations to the County Executive Director by Dec. 31, 2011. Nominations received after Dec. 31, 2011, may still be accepted.

“The persons selected to serve as advisor will be instrumental in increasing the awareness and participation in FSA activities, including elections,” said FSA County Executive Director Tim Siehr. “The advisors will help insure that problems and viewpoints of the underrepresented groups are understood and considered in local FSA actions.”

Other duties of the County Committee advisors include: attending each committee meeting, including executive sessions; participating in all deliberations, although advisors will not have voting rights; helping to develop interest and incentives in female and minority group members for considering FSA work as a career; and actively soliciting candidates from underrepresented groups for nomination during the committee election process.

Appointments are for a 12-month period not to exceed nine consecutive years, effective on March 1 of each year.

If interested in serving as an advisor, call the Kewaunee County FSA office at 920.845.1360 or the Door County FSA Office at 920.743.3595.

• Various youth groups in Sturgeon Bay are selling “Singing Christmas Cards” as a fundraiser to benefit United Way of Door County. Any individual can send a relative or friend a “Singing Christmas Card” this year by making a $25 donation to United Way of Door County.

For $25 a youth group will go to someone’s home or place of employment, sing them two Christmas Carols and present them with a Christmas card from the donor. Cards will be delivered on the afternoon of Dec. 11 and the afternoon of Dec. 17.

For more information or to reserve a “Singing Christmas Card” call 920.746.9645 or visit All proceeds benefit United Way of Door County.

• Volunteer Wisconsin has launched a new website featuring a centralized volunteer portal for nonprofits to post volunteer opportunities. The website is a partnership with the Volunteer Center Association of Wisconsin.

“We will be promoting the website to the public as a one-stop resource for finding volunteer opportunities in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties,” said Rachel Bruns, director of Volunteer Wisconsin.

“Here in Door County, the Volunteer Center hosts an online volunteer matching database located at,” said Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Door County. “We are excited to be part of the new statewide volunteer initiative which will help promote and support volunteerism across Wisconsin.”

The volunteer portal also features disaster volunteer opportunities in partnership with county Emergency Management, Wisconsin Emergency Management, and the Office of Justice Assistance.

In addition to the volunteer portal, the website hosts a range of resources related to volunteering for nonprofits and individuals from tips to volunteering this holiday season to information about upcoming volunteer management trainings.

To post nonprofit volunteer opportunities on the website or to find volunteer opportunities in Door County, contact the Volunteer Center of Door County at 920.746.7704 or visit

Kevin “KC” Johnson representing Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin accepted a donation from Baylake Bank CEO Rob Cera and Baylake Sales & Service Representative Samantha Rodriguez.

• On Nov. 11, Baylake Bank presented nearly $3,500 from fundraising efforts implemented in the months prior to the bank’s Sales & Service event to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin (DAV-WI) and Camp American Legion.

Vern Schroeder from American Legion Post 318 was present on behalf of Camp American Legion, which serves approximately 400 injured and disabled veterans each summer. Schroeder commented that 207 first-time attendees went to Camp American Legion the past year, and the number of 20 to 29 year old veterans utilizing the camp has increased by 55 percent in recent years.

DAV-WI State Commander Kevin C. “K.C.” Johnson accepted the donation for the DAV, and stated that the mission of the DAV is building better lives for all of our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. The Baylake Bank donation will be used for the DAV van transportation program, in which free transportation is provided to any veteran to any VA hospital or clinic in the state.

For more information call 920.743.5551 or 1.800.267.3610 or visit

• Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County held their third annual Door County Rib Fest on Saturday, November 12, 2011. Those in attendance tasted an assortment of ribs and voted for their favorites in both the professional and amateur categories.

Participating at the event in the professional category were Mojo Rosa’s, Pelletier’s Restaurant, Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, The Neighborhood Pub, The Draft Haus, and The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse took home the trophy for the Professional Division for the second year in a row.

The amateur division included Gloria Dernbach, Colleen Crocker-MacMillin, Mark Langgut, and Dave LaBott & Cully Bridenhagen. The LaBott/Bridenhagen Team was awarded the trophy for the Amateur Division. All proceeds from this event support Neighbor to Neighbor programming.

For more information call 920.743.7800.

• The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center has announced the 2011 Christmas by the Bay Parade Winners.

The first place winner of the Door County Visitor Bureau’s award for Best Business entry went to Door County Child Care Center. Bay Shore Outfitters received second place and Van’s Bar received third place.

Sturgeon Bay Lions received first place in the Organizations and Not-for-profit category. First Baptist Church received second place and St. John Basco received third place.

Music was provided by the Sturgeon Bay High School marching band and The Lodge 106.9. Next year’s holiday parade will be Nov. 17.

Additional holiday activities will continue into December, including free trolley rides every Saturday from 11 am – 2 pm until the week before Christmas. For more information visit or call 920.746.6246.

• As of the close of the 9-day gun deer hunt, Hunt For The Hungry surpassed the total for all deer donations in 2010. Last year, 550 deer were donated for all deer hunting seasons. As of the close of the 2011 gun deer hunt, nearly 600 deer have been donated so far this year with 420 of those deer donated during the gun deer season.

Processors are reporting the donated deer to be larger than in previous years, providing more ground venison for needy families. The 420 deer donated during the gun deer season will likely average about 50 pounds of ground venison, providing over 80,000 quarter pound servings of venison.

More opportunities to donate deer are still available through the muzzleloader hunt and late bow season. Deer donations will be coming in through early January.

In addition to the donated deer, over 3,000 pounds of other donations including birds, fish, and other wild game arrived at Paul’s Pantry recently. Paul’s Pantry reported that many hunters are bringing in packaged venison, some from the current hunt, and some from past hunts as they clean out their freezers.

For more information visit

• With 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service has shipping tips to help make sure gifts are delivered promptly and safely during the holiday season.

For customers needing sturdy, secure boxes, bubble wrap, mailing tubes, tape, envelopes and even greeting cards, Post Offices nationwide offer ReadyPost, the Postal Service’s exclusive line of pre-packaged shipping products.

Also, the Postal Service offers free Priority Mail and Express Mail boxes delivered right to a customer’s home or office, available by ordering at

Free Variety Packs of Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes, also are available, containing 1 each of the Small Flat Rate Box, Medium Flat Rate Boxes 1 and 2, and the Large Flat Rate Box.

Busy holiday shippers can skip a trip to the Post Office altogether, by scheduling package pickups online. The Postal Service will pick up packages at a time and place convenient for the customer, with schedule and pickup options available on

• The Red Cross has launched a holiday fundraising campaign, asking everyone to visit to make a donation in the name of the people on their gift list this year. Their donation can help provide food and shelter to a victim of disaster, help purchase items like phone cards and supplies for a member of the armed forces, or help supply basic necessities to families in desperate need in countries across the world.

Everyone is invited to browse through the Red Cross Holiday Giving Catalog and view symbolic gifts they can “purchase” for, or in honor of, a loved one – things like infant care kits for babies in emergency shelters, comfort kits for wounded warriors, or water containers used when natural disasters disrupt a community’s water supply overseas.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter funded 210 local disaster operations, up from 163 local disasters (mostly residential fires) last year. This increase can only be supported through disaster training, material readiness, preparation and rapid responses around the clock.

For more information call 920.231.3590 or visit or

• Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) is coordinating a free recycling service day on Dec. 14 from 7:30 am – 3 pm.

Items SBU will accept include light bulbs, ballasts, batteries, televisions, microwaves, computer components, electronics and holiday lighting

Materials may be brought to the SBU garage, located at 230 E. Vine Street, Sturgeon Bay. This free event is one day only. No early drop offs will be accepted. Business customers with large quantities of items (over 300) should call Sturgeon Bay Utilities by Dec. 12 to schedule a direct pick up.

Large quantities of lamps and ballasts must be placed in cartons (remove the dividers from the lamp boxes), closed, and taped to secure the materials. The number of items in the boxes or containers must be clearly marked on the outside. Small numbers of lights and individual lamps may be brought in as is.

Batteries may also be recycled. They must be sorted by battery type (alkaline, lithium, etc). Terminal ends of batteries must be taped (this is a Dept. of Transportation requirement)!

SBU offers this service to customers to ensure that these materials are recycled in accordance with all applicable Federal, and State regulations.

For more information call 920.746.2820 or visit

• Door County Secret Santa has begun collecting donations to help Door County families this holiday season. The goal of Door County Secret Santa is to provide something essential for local families in need – whether it’s a full tank of propane, cords of wood, a new water heater or a paid electric bill. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to area families who will be chosen anonymously in collaboration with local clergy.

Donations are being accepted in collection containers at Brew Coffeehouse and Baylake Bank in Ellison Bay, Julie’s Upscale Resale and Lamperts in Sister Bay, and BP Gas Station in Fish Creek. Contributions may also be made to the Door County Secret Santa account at any Baylake Bank branch.

Any businesses or individuals interested in collecting donations for Door County Secret Santa, are asked to contact Jennifer Lee at 920.421.1544 or Door County Secret Santa Facebook page.

• Southern Door School is among the winners of Wisconsin Public Service Foundation’s 2011-12 Innovative Educator Grant Program.

The school received a grant for involvement and competition in Formula High School: Racing to Learn, in which students design, fabricate, assemble, test and race a real car in competition with other schools

Since the Innovative Educator Grant Program’s inception five years ago, 53 projects have received more than $48,000 in foundation grants. The foundation is funded by corporation shareowners.

This year, 25 applications were received and 12 grants were awarded. The winning schools received a total of $11,837.14 for various projects.

Educators from within the WPS service territory were encouraged to apply for up to $1,000 for innovative teaching programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. An independent panel of judges from the energy education field selected the finalists for WPS.

• Door County Tavern League and the Tavern League of Wisconsin announced that participation in its Safe Ride Program continues to grow. The new state numbers show 68,678 free safe rides were given last year. This is up 6,320 from the previous year.

Currently 54 local Tavern Leagues maintain programs in the communities. The program originated in 1985 and began to receive state funding in 1999. Last year over 1,600 members participated in the program.

The cost of the program last year, which is funded by a surcharge on all OWl convictions and fundraising efforts of local Tavern Leagues, was $741,949. From July 2010 to July 2011 Door County Tavern League gave out 657 free safe rides costing $3,471.50.

Local ride providers include Door County Green Bay Shuttle and the Door County Island Hopper.

When a bartender or friend suggests a safe ride don’t turn them down. For more information call Mike Lautenbach, president, 920.823.2081 or Delores Brown, Safe Ride coordinator, 920.856.6487.