Article posted Thursday, August 12, 2010 9:15pm

• The Door County Community Foundation announced that it is inviting local charities to submit grant applications for support from the Door County Green Fund.

The Green Fund is one of several grant programs at the Community Foundation. It also offers grants to charities out of its Arts Fund, Health and Human Needs Fund, Education Fund, Children and Youth Fund, Women’s Fund, and many others.

The Community Foundation is looking for applications from both traditional environmental organizations and non-environmental charities with ideas on how they might incorporate an environmentally conscious perspective into their work.

Green Fund materials may be downloaded from the Green Fund website at Applications and supporting materials must be received at the Community Foundation by Tuesday, September 21.

For more information, contact Bret Bicoy at 920.746.1786 or email [email protected].

• On Sunday, August 15 at 4 pm, the Health & Wellness cabinet ministry of the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran church in Ellison Bay will present a program entitled “When It’s time for Hospice or Palliative Care.” Presenting the program will be Lauren Daoust, CSW from the Unity Hospice of Depere.

Daoust will cover topics regarding from Hospice care residence, palliative care, bereavement care, the roll and responsibilities of the Hospice team, and questions to ask when seeking care.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information call 920.854.2988.

• Women from all over the world will gather together on September 18 to hear from author and Bible teacher Beth Moore at LifeWay Women’s “Living Proof” Live Simulcast event. The women at Bethel Baptist Church in Ellison Bay are hosting this dynamic event and inviting all women in the area to join them.

Beth Moore, whose books and studies have been read by millions around the world, is known for her ability to apply biblical scripture to everyday life. Acclaimed worship leader Travis Cottrell and his Praise Team will join Moore for the event.

Doors will open for the event at 8 am. The live broadcast will take place from 9:30 am – 4 pm. Cost is $25 per person and includes a lunch and handout. Seating is limited.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 920.839.5111 or email [email protected].

• Six iconic figures in Door County’s maritime history were honored with the inaugural Mariner Award at ceremonies at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.

Shipbuilder and noted philanthropist Ellsworth Peterson received the award recognizing a living nominee. Posthumous honors went to local maritime legends Joseph Harris Sr., Fred Peterson, Arni Richter, Captain John “Cap” Roen, and Leathem D. Smith.

Peterson was presented the Mariner Award trophy, a handcrafted original work by noted wood carver David Frykman. The deceased recipients’ names were added to the Mariner Award plaque that will be prominently displayed at the Maritime Museum.

“This year’s nominees are a veritable who’s who of iconic figures in the storied maritime history of the Door Peninsula,” said Bob Desh, Maritime Museum Executive Director. “Each and every individual was highly deserving; the selection committee faced an unenviable task in trying to pick this year’s recipients.”

For more information call 920.743.5958 or visit

• The Rev. Canon Brian Cole, sub-dean at the Cathedral of All Souls in Asheville, North Carolina, will speak on the life of the writer and Trappist monk Thomas Merton at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 18 at the Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek. Vacationers and all members of the Door County community are invited.

Rev. Cole’s talk is titled “Why Thomas Merton Still Matters: Monastic Spirituality, Contemplation, and Everyday Living in the 21st Century.” Merton, who died in 1968, was an ordained Catholic priest who lived at the Abbey of Gethsemane. A social activist, pacifist and scholar of religion, he wrote more than 70 books.

Brian Cole is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and did additional study at the School of Theology at Sewanee. He taught in the religion department at Warren Wilson College and served on the program staff of the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center in Berea, Kentucky. In 2009 Rev. Cole was named to the executive council of the national Episcopal Church.

Cole will be the visiting rector at the Church of the Atonement, preaching at 8 am and 10 am on August 22 and 29.

The Church of Atonement is located on Main Street in Fish Creek. For more information call 920.868.2700.

• Jerry Apps, author and radio/tv celebrity will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Environmental Council’s 40th Anniversary Annual Summer Program, August 25 at 7 pm in the Baileys Harbor Town Hall.

Apps, author of over 30 books featuring life in Wisconsin, is also a frequent guest host on PBS, NPR, the Discovery and A&E channels. He will be speaking about his memories and stories of Wisconsin’s natural resources.

The free program is expected to last about one hour with questions and answers following the presentation, along with light snacks and refreshments.

In addition to Apps’ appearance, the evening will feature the presentation of the “Door County Environmental Citizen of the Year” award to this year’s winner.

Those with burned-out compact fluorescent bulbs that they need to dispose of can bring them along, securely wrapped, for free disposal courtesy of DCEC.

For more information on the program and other DCEC events visit or call Jerry Viste, Executive Director, at 920.743.6003.

• Grape stompers arrived at the 9th Annual Carlsville Day celebration last Saturday to stomp for a cause at Door Peninsula Winery. Unlike some ceremonial grape stomping events that take place during September grape harvest, this stomping event denotes peak cherry harvest in Door County.

Volunteers stepped up to the barrel for a competitive 30-second flury of grape and cherry mashing. The stomper with the most juice advanced to the next round of stomping.

Stompers had strong motivation as they represented several non-profit organizations competing for a donation of wine or cash from Door Peninsula Winery. Those present were the Door County Maritime Museum, Door County Humane Society, Door County YMCA, The Ridges Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity, Door CANcer, Peninsula Players, and Northern Door Childcare Center.

Stomp Champions include Bob Desh for the Maritime Museum (1st place), Kathy Zehner for Habitat for Humanity (2nd place), and Katie Graf for Door CANcer (3rd place).

Results for the 1st Annual Home Winemaker Competition are as follows:

Red Grape Category: 1st Place – Cabernet-Merlot, Dan Hamersky, Green Bay; 2nd Place – Merlot, Charles Hammond, Sister Bay; 3rd Place – Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, Edward Mathis, Beecher.

White Grape Category: 1st Place – Gewurztraminer, Thomas Ream, Oakville, MO; 2nd Place – Riesling, Thomas Ream-Oakville, MO.

Fruit and Fruit Blend Category: 1st Place – Elderberry, Cindy Becher, Stratford; 2nd Place – Strawberry, Dale Zietlow, Wausau; 3rd Place – Black Raspberry/Concord, Rich Trotta, Waunakee.

Best of Show: Cabernet-Merlot, Dan Hamersky, Green Bay.

For more information call 800.551.5049 or email [email protected].

• The Half Century Club will be holding its 40th annual reunion on Wednesday, August 18 at the Ladder House in Sturgeon Bay.

Guest speaker of the event is Captain Bob Desh, a retiree of the U.S. Coast Guard. He will tell of his experiences hunting icebergs during his tour of duty as commanding officer of the International Ice Patrol.

During the social hour from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, there will be an opportunity to reminisce with old and new friends. Invitations have been sent to those who have attended recent reunions, those who have expressed an interest, as well as all male graduates from the SBHS Class of 1960.

For more information or to make reservations, contact Dan Austad at 920.743.6773 or via email at [email protected].

• Door County will host its first Walk for Farm Animals on Sunday, October 3rd at Camp David. Funds raised by Walk for Farm Animals will support efforts to rescue farm animals and provide them with care and shelter.

Registration will begin at 11 am. The three mile walk will begin at noon with “A Blessing of the Animals” officiated by Rev. Kerry Krauss and Rev. Michael Brecke at 1:30 pm. Walkers may bring their companion pets on a leash or in an appropriate carrier.

Camp David is located at 3127 County Road F in Fish Creek. Walkers can register online at For more information contact Diane Ludwigsen, Walk Coordinator, at 920.854.5167 or email [email protected].

• Friends Church announced the instillation of a new lift and will host the last hymn sing of 2010 beginning at 7 pm on Sunday, August 22.

Through the generous support of member churches, the congregation, and the public, the Friends Church has purchased and installed a lift. The lift helps all who use walkers, crutches, or wheelchairs to bypass the stairs into the church.

Singing contemporary and traditional hymns from the ages, the last hymn sing of the season will include exciting, enriching music, and is open to all. Immediately following the music, refreshments will be provided.

Friends Community Church offers Sunday services at 10 am, Sunday school, and bible study on Thursdays at 6:30 pm starting after Labor Day.

Restoration of the church still needs support and is in the middle of a five-year plan that includes fixing tower leaks and repairing tuck-pointing within the stone masonry.

For more information or to donate to the Historic Preservation Fund, call John at 920.743.6725, visit, or visit the church at 204 West Maple Street, Sturgeon Bay.

• Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County will sponsor their Second Annual Door County Rib Fest on Saturday, October 2, from 4 – 8 pm at Andre’s Food and Spirits. Tickets for the event are $15 per person and include rib samples, cole slaw, baked beans, and a roll. A DJ and silent auction will also be part of the evening.

Cooks are needed to compete for the title of Best Ribs in Door County. Restaurants and citizens are invited to share their winning ribs with the general public. Community members are invited to taste the submissions and vote for their favorite in each category. Trophies will be awarded to the winner in each division.

The organization is also hosting their annual “Stay-At-Home Ball.” The event is held in the comfort of participants’ own homes on no particular date or time. Instead of attending an event, the community is asked to make a donation equivalent to what would be spent on an evening out.

“The agency’s goal for this event is $10,000,” said Ann Bennett, Executive Director. “With the support of the entire community, we should be able to meet our goal.”

For more information contact Bennett at 920.743.7800. To contribute to the “Stay-At-Home Ball,” send donations to Neighbor-to-Neighbor, PO Box 626, Sturgeon Bay, WI.

• The Sail Training Foundation will end this summer’s classes with its traditional spaghetti supper at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Monday, August 16. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 5 – 7:30 pm. Head chef and STF Executive Committee chairman Darrell Askins will prepare dishes for all tastes, ranging from tasty vegetarian to spicy meat sauce. The menu also includes salad, garlic bread and lemonade or coffee. STF sailing students, instructors, and adult volunteers will assist Darrell in the kitchen and dining room.

While the primary purpose of the event is to recognize the end of another successful season of sailing classes, the proceeds help provide funds to keep class fees reasonable and to maintain the foundation’s fleet.

Cost of the meal will be $8 with a reduced price of $5 for those under 12 years of age. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance at the Yacht Club, or from any Sail Training Foundation Executive Committee member.

For more information call 920.743.6934.

• Sturgeon Bay High School’s incoming freshmen and their parents/guardians are invited to an orientation session on Monday, August 23 at 7 pm. The event will be held in the auditorium at 1230 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay.

The orientation will begin with a presentation about Sturgeon Bay High School and information from the 2010-11 Student/Parent Handbook. Students will receive their schedules and locker assignments and have an opportunity to meet the freshman class advisors. After the presentation, students and their families will be free to tour the building.

For questions, contact the High School Office at 920.746.2800 between the hours of 7:30 am – 4 pm, Monday through Thursday.

• The School District of Sturgeon Bay will hold school registration from noon – 7 pm on Thursday, August 19 and Tuesday, August 24. All public school students regardless of grade levels should register in the high school commons on these dates. Registration materials and payment of fees may be completed at one convenient location.

If students are unable to register on either of these two dates, all school offices will be open for business beginning Wednesday, August 25 from 7:30 am – 2:45 pm for elementary students and 7:30 am – 4 pm for middle school, high school, and district offices.

• On Thursday, August 19 United Way of Door County will hold its Annual Campaign Kick-Off at The Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor.

United Way’s Campaign Kick Off offers an opportunity for people to learn more about United Way, to network, and to have fun. The evening begins at 5 pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a cash bar. There will be a short Kick-Off program at 6 pm. During this time, guests will learn about the upcoming campaign and what is new with United Way of Door County, Door-Tran, AODA Initiative, and the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Program.

United Way of Door County’s mission statement is “empowering people to live better lives.” At the Campaign Kick-Off guests will learn how they can help United Way achieve the mission for a stronger and healthier community.

For more information or to make reservations to the event, contact the United Way of Door County office at 920.746.9645 or via email at [email protected].

• The first annual “Celebrate Women!” luncheon sponsored by the Women’s Fund of Door County will take place on Wednesday, September 1 at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.

Mary Pierce, an Eau Claire, Wisconsin writer and humorist will be the keynote speaker. Author of three humorous books for women, Pierce dispenses advice and weaves personal stories laced with wit into her talks.

Pierce will help put a spotlight on the fund’s message that the importance of women and girls and their well-being is integral to the prosperity of Door County. That message is summed up in the tagline: ‘When she thrives, we all prosper.’

Registration begins at 11 am; the program will begin at 11:30 am.

Tickets are $30, advance purchase only. Since only 300 seats are available, early ticket purchase is encouraged. Ticket stubs will be used as a raffle entry.

Event tickets may be purchased at the Door County Community Foundation, Baylake Bank locations, Associated Bank locations, North Shore Bank locations, Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, Door County Coffee & Tea, Tait, Morrow & Co., and Wilkins & Olander.

For more information, visit, call 920.746.1786, or email [email protected].

• Local swimmer Margaret Carroll plans to swim across Death’s Door on Sunday, August 15 and raise money for the Door County YMCA.

Carroll will set out from Northport early in the morning in her efforts to swim the four miles across to Washington Island. She will swim unaided, but be accompanied by kayakers and a boat during the crossing, stopping midway near Pilot Island. If water temperatures and weather are not conducive to a safe crossing, she will try again on a calmer day.

“I’m excited to do a fundraiser for the Y because to me the Y is one of the biggest assets in living in Door County,” said Carroll. “I regularly swim at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center and love the facilities and staff!”

To make a pledge to the Door County YMCA in honor of Carroll’s swim, send checks to Door County YMCA, 1900 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. Include a note indicating the pledge is in recognition of “Margaret’s swim.” All pledges will go towards enhancing swim programs at the YMCA.

• The Holy Name Retreat House on Chambers Island will celebrate its 60th year by offering a special fundraising tour of the retreat, the Chambers Island Lighthouse, and a Luau Dinner on August 21.

The Holy Name retreat dates to the early 20th century but became a retreat under the management of the Diocese of Green Bay after World War II. For 60 years that enthusiasm has been enhanced by untold numbers of people who contributed their time, talent, and money to make it the treasure it is today.

Over time they have added a chapel, enlarged the dining room and dormitory. In addition to conferences, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy walking paths, bicycles, rowboats, paddleboats, and the beautiful sunrises overlooking Green Bay waters and sunsets overlooking Lake Mackaysee.

The fundraiser tour departs from Fish Creek at 1 pm on the Quo Vadis and includes a silent auction. A separate raffle with a drawing September 15 features great prizes as well, including an Ariens Deluxe 24 Platinum SnoThro, a Milwaukee vacation package with two nights at Brookfield Sheraton, $300 in “fun money,” and a $200 gas card. Tickets are $5 or $20 for 5.

Tickets for the cruise, tours, and dinner are $100 and can be reserved by mailing the donation to Holy Name Retreat House, 317 N. Elgin Avenue, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235. For more information call 920.743.4379 or visit