• Chaudoir’s Dock Boat Ramp and Harbor, located at 1552 County Road N, is closed for dredging of the harbor and channel. Dredging is expected to take a minimum of 30 days and maybe longer depending on weather. The boat launch ramp will be closed during the entire time of construction. The harbor will be closed and boats will not be able to enter or exit the area. Parking within the park will also be restricted during construction. Boaters wishing to launch during dredging are encouraged to use the launch facilities at Carmody County Park, located approximately 10 miles north at 3586 County Road CC.
• United States Attorney James L. Santelle announced on Oct. 31 that federal criminal complaints were issued charging Steven P. Link, 37, with one count of receipt of child pornography and three counts of distribution of child pornography and Kory C. Murphy, 26, with three counts of receipt of child pornography. According to the complaint, Sturgeon Bay Police Department officers executed a search warrant at “Untitled and Rare Used Books” that is owned and operated by Link, as well as an apartment, occupied by Murphy, above the bookstore. Law enforcement officers seized numerous computers and media storage devices, searched them, and identified image and movie files containing child pornography. Both of the defendants appeared in federal court before the Honorable James R. Sickel. They were ordered detained in federal U.S. Marshal custody until their detention hearings in Green Bay on Nov 3., at which time both men were released. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Murphy on Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 for Link. The case is being investigated by the Sturgeon Bay Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney William Roach. The public is cautioned that a criminal complaint is merely a formal method of charging an individual and does not constitute an inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, that the government establishes his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
• The pool at the Northern Door YMCA will be closed until Nov. 24 for installation of a unit to improve the air quality.
A public hearing has been scheduled for 4:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 11, before Door County’s Human Services Board to hear comments regarding the Department of Human Services’ transportation plan for 2015. Those who cannot attend the hearing can submit comments before the hearing to Judy Dobbins, aging services manager, Door County Senior Resource Center, 832 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, Wis., 54235.
• The Sevastopol Historical Society presents a Salute to Veterans at 1 pm Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Sevastopol Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend this sharing of stories, photographs and patriotic music. This year’s focus is on Vietnam veterans. The event is free and refreshments are provided.
• The Door County hazardous waste collection event offers free disposal of unwanted household wastes. The collection location on Nov. 7 is the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station, 2258 Mill road, Sister Bay, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. On Nov. 8, bring your waste to the Door County Highway Dept., 1001 S. Duluth Ave., Sturgeon Bay, from 8 to 10 am. Items that will be accepted include aerosol cans, bug sprays, floor care products, metal and furniture polish, drain cleaners, disinfectants, batteries (except auto batteries), old gasoline, brake fluid, oil-based paints, varnish, antifreeze, chemical fertilizer, fungicides and herbicides, rat poison, moth balls, pool chemicals, artist paints and fluorescent bulbs (limit 10 bulbs per resident). You cannot bring latex paint, radioactives, explosives, tires, auto batteries, medical waste, propane cylinders, ammunition, commercial waste, computer or electronic components and oil.
• When roads are slick with ice or snow, drivers needlessly crash or skid off the road because they were driving too fast for conditions. “The posted speed limits, which are set for dry pavement, may be too fast for conditions when roads are snow covered and slippery. The slogan ‘Snow Means Slow’ also applies to four-wheel drive and other heavy-duty vehicles. They usually need just as much distance to stop as other vehicles,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Lieutenant Tony Burrell of the Northeast Region/Fond du Lac Post. “A citation for driving too fast for conditions costs $213.10 with four demerit points assessed on the driver’s record.” According to state law, a vehicle’s windshield, side wings, and side and rear windows must be kept clear at all times. Violating this law costs $175.30 with two demerit points.