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Article posted Thursday, August 19, 2010 6:33pm

• The Gordon Lodge is hosting a roast of Door County restaurateur James “JJ” Johnson to benefit the Door Community Auditorium Sept. 26.

Bacchus Lotus will provide music and roasters will include Digger DeGroot, Mike Mead, Bill Calkins, Judge Peter Diltz and a host of other friends. Dick Burress will emcee the event. Tickets cost $100, with $65 tax deductable. Tickets are limited and are available through the auditorium box office by calling 920.868.2728.

• In recognition of the time and talents that were exhibited at the Door County Fair, Grand Champions and Champions were selected from the Open Class Home Arts Departments. Special ribbons were awarded to the following:

Knitting and Crocheting Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Ricki Mitchell; Champion Ribbons – Isabel Canilho, Sarah Brandt and Christy Sully.

Home Furnishings and Needlework Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Myrle Welhaven; Champion Ribbons – Janice Englebert and Wendy LeClair.

Cultural Arts Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Jamie Krueger; Champion Ribbons – Emajean Harmann, Jean Smejkal, and Kaye Knutson.

Photography Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Kaylynn Peterson; Champion Ribbons – Kimberly Malvitz, Mark Christianson, and Lynn Zawojski.

Woodworking Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Mike Riederer; Champion Ribbons – Ben Herland, Steve Woldt, and Darrel von Berg.

Food Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Virge Temme. Champion Ribbons – Beverly LuMaye, Kathy McCarthy, and Helen Ploor; Red Star Yeast Award – Helen Ploor.

Clothing Category: Grand Champion Ribbon – Jessica Monfils; Champion Ribbons – Jessica Monfils and Janice Englebert.

• Carol Berglund, Door County Fair Open Class Floral Superintendent, reported another beautiful display of entries at this year’s Door County Fair.

Congratulations to the four Grand Champion award winners: Kaylynn Peterson, Jean Riederer, Pat Wickman, and Anthony Birdsall.

There were also 10 Best of Show awards: Kaye Knutson (two awards), Anthony Birdsall, Terrie DeKeyser, Richard Russell, Monica Haen, Ann Harsh, Wendy Woldt, Joanne Surfus, and Sally Schlise.

The following sponsors provided gift certificates for the Grand Champion and Best of Show awards: Sturgeon Bay Florist, Bonnie Brooke Gardens, Briggsville Gardens, Maas Floral, and Peninsula Planters Garden Club.

To enter flowers and houseplants at next year’s Door County Fair, visit http://www.doorcounty.org/Fair and click on Premium List for a complete listing of all items that can be entered at the Fair.

• Dick Wegman, owner of City Farmer home and garden store, was one of three judges in a cherry pie contest during Cherry Fest held Saturday, July 31 at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in Sister Bay. Other judges included Dale Seaquist and Jack Kerpan.

(Left to right) Dick Wegman, Dale Seaquist, and Jack Kerpan judged the cherry pie contest held during Cherry Fest at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market in Sister Bay on July 31.

Morgan Meredith, of Gills Rock and Evanston, Illinois won a $50 gift certificate at City Farmer for her winning pie.

“The pie was fabulous. The crust and filling were amazing and made with Door County Seaquist cherries,” Wegman raved.

Morgan said she was inspired by her great grandmother’s cherry pie filling, and the crust was a gluten-free creation of her own design.

“I could not have been more shocked,” she said of winning. “And there are so many good things at City Farmer. I can’t wait to go back there.”

• The deadline is nearing for golfers to register for the Door County Home Builders Association’s (DCHBA) annual golf outing and fundraiser on Thursday, September 9 at Idlewild Golf Course.

Golfers are asked to register by August 27 for the event, which begins at 1 pm (shotgun start, four-person scramble format) at the course, located at 4146 Golf Valley Drive, Sturgeon Bay.

Cost is $85 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf with cart, refreshments on the course, and a buffet dinner (broasted chicken, ribs and more) served at Idlewild’s clubhouse.

The DCHBA is also seeking hole sponsors ($50 each), beverage cart sponsors ($100 each), and items for a silent auction and raffle. The cost for the dinner and auction/raffle only (without golfing) is $20.

Event proceeds will be donated to the Wisconsin Builders Association’s (WBA) Political Action Committee (PAC). DCHBA members are affiliated with the WBA.

Registrations can be made by completing a form online at http://www.dchba.org. Individual golfers without foursomes will be paired with others.

More information is available by contacting Jeff Dorner, Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, at 920.866-.2352 ext. 118 or via email at [email protected].

Those interested in sponsorships or auction/raffle donations may contact DCHBA board members Deb Counard at 920.743.2243 or via email at [email protected]; Brenda Shefchik at 920.743.3900 or via email at [email protected]; or Dennis VanBramer at 920.743.8211 or via email [email protected].

• The Bank of Luxemburg’s Dyckesville branch hosted a neighborhood cookout to raise funds for the Dyckesville Lions Club. The cookout itself raised $630 and Bank of Luxemburg additionally donated $1,500.

The donation check, presented by Bank of Luxemburg employees, will be used for new lights on the Red River Park Ballfield.

(Left to right) John Slatky, John Price, Jenny Dart, Jill Bernhardt, Gene Dalebroux, Jackie Bouche, Jeff Dorner, and Peter Andre.

The Dyckesville Lions Club promotes, celebrates, and helps the community by volunteering and often holding fundraising events throughout the year.

Bank of Luxemberg has locations in Forestville, Algoma, Green Bay, Dyckesville, and Casco. For more information visit http://www.bankofluxemburg.com.

• EAA Chapter 630, the Peninsula Flyers, Inc. will be hosting a Fly-In and Drive-In Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 21 at Cherryland Airport in Sturgeon Bay. Pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee will be served from 8 – 10:30 am and costs $6 for adults and $4 for children. Free airplane rides will be given, weather permitting, from 9 am – 12 pm for children 8 to 17 years old, as part of the Young Eagles Program. This program, introduced by the EAA Association in Oshkosh, started in 1993. To date more than 1.6 million children have received a free airplane ride. Parental permission is required for flights.

For more information contact Paul Spanbauer at 920.743.6082.

• On October 3, 2010 Fish Creek will host the 2010 “Walk for Farm Animals,” an annual event taking place in more than 70 cities across the United States and Canada to celebrate and promote compassion for farm animals and raise funds to support the lifesaving rescue, education, and advocacy work of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. This year’s national walk spokesperson is celebrity trainer and television personality Bob Harper from NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser.

“Getting and staying physically fit is a lot easier when you have a powerful motivation,” said Harper. “When I think about the billions of sensitive, intelligent beings who are confined and mistreated on factory farms to produce foods linked with obesity, heart disease, cancer, and stroke – that is all the motivation I need to make healthier, more conscientious choices.”

The three-mile walk will begin at Camp David located at 3127 County Road F at noon. The event will conclude with a “Blessing of the Animals” at 1:30 pm. Participants are asked to register at 11 am; the walk will begin at 12 pm. All participants will receive a 2010 “Walk For Farm Animals” T-shirt designed by vegan fashion house Vaute Couture, and special prizes will be awarded to walkers who reach fundraising milestones.

For more information contact local coordinator Diane Ludwigsen at 920.854.5167 or via email at [email protected].

For more information visit walkforanimals.org farmsanctuary.org.

• On August 24 at 7 pm, Dr. Melissa Nelson will offer a free introductory session for her upcoming 26-week course regarding men’s self-awareness and personal growth entitled “Learning to Live, Learning to Love,” at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay.

“I feel that it’s important to share what I discovered working with Paul Hegstrom and Life Skills,” says Dr. Nelson, “because of the profound effect it has had in healing my own personal and family relationships and because of how much it has helped me develop my own empowerment.”

“Learning to Live, Learning to Love” is the result of Hegstrom’s years of research, field-tested in over 36,000 hours of facilitating groups of victims and perpetrators engaged in domestic strife.

Class time at the Nelson Healing Center will include in-depth discussions of the course material and related videos as well as learning through exercises in a student workbook. Classes usually meet for 3 hours each week.

For more information about the Hegstrom’s program, visit http://www.LifeSkillsIntl.org.

The Nelson Healing Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information or to learn about other services, call 920.818.0045 or visit http://www.NelsonHealingCenter.com.

• On Saturday, August 28, Door County’s dogs and their human families will converge on Sunset Park on the city’s east side for “Bark in the Park,” an annual fundraiser for the Door County Humane Society (DCHS).

The Door County Humane Society’s 2008 “Bark in the Park” fundraiser held in Sturgeon Bay.

Registration will begin at 9 am, rain or shine. For $25 per person and $50 per family, participants may join in the opening rally at 9:45 am and follow Harley the Camel as he leads the benefit walk. All registered walkers will get a doggie goody bag and lunch.

For an additional pledge of $25 or more, participants will receive an official 2010 “Bark in the Park” T-shirt, and DCHS will award prizes to those with the top pledges.

Chuck Lakefield, host of 94.3/99.7 WROE’s Morning Show, will serve as master of ceremonies, while a variety of exhibitors and live music by Mike and Bob Starr will enhance the festivities. Also, attendees will be able to view DCHS’s recently unveiled expansion plans.

“Most people don’t realize we require approximately $900 per day to continue our operations, yet less than 5 percent of our funding comes from government sources,” said Carrie Counihan, DCHS’s executive director. “Events like ‘Bark in the Park’ are essential components of our yearly calendar, because we do rely on the generosity of our members and friends to continue our mission here.”

2010 “Bark in the Park” pledge forms are available online at http://www.dooranimals.com and will be available the day of the event.

For more information call 920.746.1111 or visit http://www.dooranimals.com.

• On July 6, the U.S. Postal Service Governors approved of increasing the price of a First-Class stamp 2 cents to 46 cents and authorized the production of the Holiday Evergreen Forever Stamps. The evergreen stamps, available to the public in October, will join the Liberty Bell Forever stamps. Once purchased, the stamps are valid literally forever – despite any future price changes.

The price of a postcard would also increase 2 cents to 30 cents. The Postal Regulatory Commission must approve the recommended price changes, which would take effect January 2, 2011.

Faced with plummeting mail volume traced to the worst recession since the 1930s and increased use of the Internet, the Postal Service is projecting a deficit of nearly $7 billion for the next fiscal year. Despite eliminating 1 million work hours and reducing expenses by more than $1 billion every year since 2001, a budget gap remains. The Postal Service is projecting a potential $238 billion shortfall over the next 10 years.

If approved, the proposed price changes will raise about $2.3 billion for the first nine months of 2011 and an estimated $3 billion for the full 12 months of the 2012 fiscal year.

Additional information on the proposed price changes can be found on http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/deliveringfuture/prices.htm.

• Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor has received a grant of $26,825 from the Wisconsin Arts Board. This grant, awarded through the Creation & Presentation Program, supports Birch Creek’s mission of providing intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians.

The ongoing commitment from the State of Wisconsin to fund the arts in local communities is vital. Birch Creek served more than 11,000 people in Door County with performances and educational programs in 2010.

Additionally, local school students in all five Door County public schools have benefited from Birch Creek’s annual “Artists in the Schools” outreach program, which has served more than 3,000 students since its inception in 2001-2002. “Artists in the Schools” engages youth in learning a wide variety of music from our professional faculty members, and in the ethnic and social lessons that surround each genre’s history.

Birch Creek’s evening concerts and daytime outreach concerts, made possible by Arts Board funding, allow the school to bring nationally known musicians to Door County.

Wisconsin Arts Board grants are awarded on a matching basis. Organizations that receive Arts Board funds are required to match state tax dollars with additional public and private funds. The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage in Wisconsin’s communities.

• Zion United Methodist Church will hold the second of its two annual hymn sings at 6:30 pm on Sunday, September 4. The Rev. Don Heeringa, a former Zion pastor, will serve as song leader, with Gladys Austgen at the organ. The entire community is invited to attend.

Refreshments will be served, and the free-will offering will be donated to a preschool program in Lethabong, South Africa, where Matthew and Sophie Ndimande have opened a free preschool in their backyard for village children, many of whom have been orphaned by AIDS.

For $300 a month of their own money, the Ndimandes hire four teachers, two cooks, and provide meals for everyone. They have also formed an HIV/AIDS support group and give encouragement to orphaned teenagers who are raising younger siblings. If the Ndiamandes can build a larger structure, they will be approved for state help in feeding the children.

Rev. Joe Mitchell, pastor of the Sturgeon Bay UMC, has led a mission group to South Africa each year since 2004. Since 2002, Zion’s Hymn Sings have raised about $14,250 for mission projects.

Zion is located at 8781 County F, between Baileys Harbor and Fish Creek. For more information call 920.868.3112.