Boettcher Communications Hires Kendra Sohm as Public Relations Specialist

• Kendra Sohm has accepted the full-time position of Public Relations Specialist at Boettcher Communications in Sturgeon Bay. Her resume includes public relations and marketing experience with a local Door County winery and a background in journalism and media. Sohm earned her undergraduate degree in radio, TV, and film from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is also a board member for the Women’s Fund of Door County.

Boettcher Communications will also be taking on additional space located next door to their offices at 101 North 4th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

Boettcher Communications’ services include brand strategizing, website and graphic design project management, as well as social media and public relations activities. For more information visit or call 920.818.0377.

• The Door County Buy Local Steering Committee is holding a mixer Feb. 7 from 5:30 – 7 pm at Pine Crest Village, 1241 North 18th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. The event will feature a presentation on “Timely Tax Tips” from Baylake Bank Trust Officer Inge Bacon and will also provide an update about the status and activities of the Buy Local program.

The event is open to the public. There will be food and beverages available; attendees are asked to make a $5 donation to help defray costs. To RSVP for this event by February 3 or for more information call 920.743.3113 ext. 203 or email [email protected].

• The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) offers business counseling and entrepreneurial services for new and existing Northern Door businesses. Individual, confidential sessions are held the second Tuesday of each month from 8 am – noon at the Sister Bay Fire Station, 2258 Mill Road. The next date is Feb. 14. An appointment is requested and can be made by contacting Sam Perlman at 920.743.3113 ext. 204 or via email at [email protected]. Walk-ins are also welcome, based on availability.

• Stuart Champeau has joined the staff at Door County Interiors & Design in Egg Harbor as a flooring specialist. Champeau is handling flooring sales and project management.

Champeau previously worked for Nicolet Broadcasting as a marketing consultant and radio show host. He has an extensive background in flooring, highlighted by his work in sales, marketing and installation for 16 years at Champeau Flooring.

Choices in flooring at Door County Interiors & Design include hardwood, cork, laminate, tile, stone, carpeting and area rugs. Eco-friendly varieties are also available.

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• The Door Shakespeare Board of Directors named Ross Dippel as Interim Artistic Director. Dippel brings with him many years of classical theatre experience as an actor, director, educator, producer, and professional fight choreographer. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and a Master of Fine Arts in Classical Theatre from the prestigious Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy of Classical Acting at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Professional memberships include Actor’s Equity Association and The Society of American Fight Directors.

Dippel has an extensive background in education. A native of Baraboo, Wis., he is deeply connected to Wisconsin theatre and committed to continuing Door Shakespeare’s reputation for quality productions while strengthening its presence in the community and state.

Dippel is a former board member of Isadoora Theatre and directed several of the company’s plays. Most recently, he performed on stage opposite Mark Moede in Tuesdays with Morrie at Third Avenue Playhouse.

• More than 20 businesses participated in the inaugural First Friday event in Sturgeon Bay Jan. 6. At First Friday businesses hold expanded hours and some offer refreshments and live entertainment.

The Feb. 3 First Friday highlights the Wellness Center of Door County. Glas Coffeehouse will host an open mic beginning at 7 pm. Untitled Books will again host a poetry reading.

Newly located Crickets will join the event as will Door County Confectionery on Third Avenue. Red Oak Winery will host a wine tasting. Classical Connection (Lori Meyer and Mary Bell) will treat listeners to flute/violin/cello music at Artist’s Guild between from 6 – 7 pm.

For more information contact the United Way of Door County office at 920.746.9645 or email [email protected].

• Golden LivingCenter – Dorchester, a health care rehab and skilled nursing facility in Sturgeon Bay, was recently recognized for having the best staff retention in the company’s west region during 2011.

“The award reflects the positive work environment here and the excellent staff we have been able to retain,” said Michael Jones, Golden LivingCenter Dorchester’s executive director.

Golden LivingCenter-Dorchester has more than 120 full and part-time employees who work in nursing, therapy, dietary, social services, admissions, activities, business services, maintenance, transportation and other areas.

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• Entry forms for the 2012 Jacksonport Farmer’s Market will be sent to past participants in February. Past participants are reminded to send their entry forms back as soon as they are received to guarantee space. Those interested in participating are asked to call Sue Jarosh at 920.823.2288.

The Jacksonport Farmer’s Market is sponsored by the Jacksonport Area Business Association.

Held at Lakeside Park, the Jacksonport Farmer’s Market will be open for the season on June 12 from 9 am – 1 pm and will continue every Tuesday throughout the summer season and into October as weather and the growing season permit.

• Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts has added Lily Bay Soap Company products to their shop selections.

Door County native Ann Emmerich and her daughter Nancy Scibelli Bouthilet started Lily Bay Soap Company in January 2011. The Sturgeon Bay company crafts handmade, old-fashioned soaps using high-quality, all-natural ingredients.

Lily Bay Soap Company uses cold-process soap recipes to make a variety of soaps including moisturizing body soaps, soothing facial soaps, and odor-killing kitchen hand soaps.

Jacksonport Craft Cottage is open from 9 am – 5 pm Friday through Sunday or any time by calling 920.823.2288.

• The Northern Door Children Center is offering a fun, delicious and affordable gift for Valentine’s Day – Krispy Kremes. All orders and payments are due Feb. 6.

The center will have the donuts available the afternoon of Feb. 13. The cost is $10 for a dozen glazed donuts, a dozen assorted donuts (four maple, four chocolate, and four sprinkles) are $12.

For order forms and more information call 920.854.4244 or email [email protected].

• From Feb. 10 – 14, On Deck is donating a percentage of Valentine’s weekend sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). On Deck will present each customer with a magnet indicating his or her support of breast cancer research and make the donation to the NBCF.

Everything at On Deck stores in Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek and Sister Bay is on sale for up to 50 percent off.

• Orchard Country is running a special promotion on its Door County Romance, a semi-dry White Zinfandel blended with estate-grown Montmorency cherries, offered for $9.45 until Feb. 14.

They have also created two unique gift boxes. “Be My Valentine” ($24.95) pairs the Door Country Romance wine with a selection of chocolate goodies while “Hugs & Kisses” ($19.95) is a delightful combination of fun goodies from a Cherry Oatmeal Cookie mix to hot cocoas.

Shop online at or visit the farm market open Thursday – Monday from 10 am – 4 pm.

• The Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop has taken delivery of a very special cheese just in time for super bowl celebrations.

Through a collaborative effort with cheesemaker Chris Roelli, Dunbarton Gold was made just for the Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese. Dunbarton Gold is a grass-fed cheddar with just a hint of blue and a rustic, natural rind that is cured on wooden shelves.

Specializing in only Wisconsin Artisan Cheeses, Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop works with over 25 cheese makers and more than 50 types of fresh, aged, and unique cheeses.

Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese has cheese gift boxes in a variety of styles and price ranges, and has introduced an exclusive 3, 6, or 9 month Artisan Cheese Club, featuring hand selected specialty cheeses along with our cheesemonger pairing and tasting suggestions.

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• Sturgeon Bay businesses and residents were represented at the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show held Jan. 26 – 29.

Skipper Bud’s, a full service marina group, sent Scott Bird of Sturgeon Bay’s Quarterdeck Marina to explain the amenities offered by Skipper Bud’s. Quarterdeck has floating docks and seasonal or transient slips for sail or power boats. They offer fuel, pumpout, a ship’s store and boat showroom, as-well-as winter storage, indoors or out.

The show also featured West Marine of Sturgeon Bay as well as Dorsal Sails and Canvas of Sturgeon Bay.

• Unity announced the addition of Patricia Neuman, DO, to its clinical team as a full-time physician.

Dr. Neuman will work with other members of Unity’s clinical team, which also includes nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses. Together, they oversee the clinical care and treatment of Unity patients and act as a liaison with patients’ primary care physicians.

Dr. Neuman graduated from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. She completed a one-year internship at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, followed by a three-year residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She continues to be a consulting medical director for N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation’s Brain Injury Program.

For more information call 920.338.1111 or visit

• As planning preparations for crop season 2012 get underway, Brad Pfaff, Wisconsin Farm Service Agency’s executive director, reminds producers that enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program and the Average Crop Revenue Election program will continue through June 1. This is the final year of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).

March 15 is the deadline to sign up for the Non-Insured Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on most spring-seeded crops.

NAP coverage is available for crops only where insurance coverage is not available under Federal Crop Insurance policies provided by private insurance agents. NAP is designed to cover losses due to damaging weather conditions.

In addition, the Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers and landowners that they are required to have a conservation system in place on all highly erodible land. Wetland compliance is also required.

Finally, Tim Siehr, director of the Kewaunee County FSA reminds producers who may be considering upgrading or adding extra storage space for harvested crops next year that the Farm Storage Facility Loan program provides low interest loans for building or upgrading storage facilities.

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