• George Husby, “the founding father of Legion Baseball in Sturgeon Bay,” was banned from future involvement in American Legion baseball by the Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association due to sportsmanship and character issues, according to David Kurtz, chief administrative officer for the American Legion Department of Wisconsin. Husby, 69, managed the team for 39 years but has been associated with it for almost 50 years. He had been on probation several times. The final straw apparently came in August at the American Legion AA State Baseball Tournament in Baraboo, when members of the Sturgeon Bay Bays put on “an embarrassing display of sportsmanship,” according to a report by a Capital Newspapers reporter who was covering the event. One of the players was involved in a scuffle with a Menasha fan. Words were exchanged. Police were called. A hearing was scheduled for Oct. 4, but Husby did not attend. Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Commissioner Roger Mathison said the organization is already in talks with Sturgeon Bay residents who want to get the team back on track.
• The Door County Sheriff’s Department has seen an increase in vehicle-deer crashes the last few days. Here are some tips: Be vigilant in the early morning and evening hours, the most active time for deer; if you see a deer, look for more, as deer normally run as a group; slow down, and avoid distractions; and if you observe a deer, brake firmly and don’t swerve, as you could lose control, striking a tree or another vehicle. If you strike a deer, try to move your vehicle off the roadway, but stay in your vehicle, as walking or stopping in the roadway is very dangerous, then contact law enforcement. The non-emergency phone number for the Door County Sheriff’s Department is 920.746.2416.
• Youth vote experts from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) – the nonpartisan research center on youth engagement based at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service – released analysis on youth voters in Wisconsin during the Nov. 4 gubernatorial election. Young voters (ages 18-29) preferred the Democratic nominee Mary Burke by a margin of 51 percent to 47 percent above incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker. This was the only age group in Tuesday’s election that Walker did not carry. “Young Wisconsin voters played a key role in helping boost Mary Burke’s numbers and keeping the election as close as it was,” said Peter Levine, Director of CIRCLE and Associate Dean of Tisch College. Young voters were well represented in the Wisconsin electorate. Young residents make up 19.7 percent of the overall state population, and the youth vote share in the election was at 18 percent of the total electorate – well above the national youth share of 13 percent.
• The Wisconsin Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (WACVB) recently awarded a 2014 Wisconsin Tourism Trailblazer award to the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) for their “Power-Up. Wind Down.” marketing campaign. This year awards in four different categories were handed out, including in the marketing and communications budget of more than $50,000 category that the DCVB was honored.
For the “Power-Up. Wind-Down.” campaign, the Door County tourism agency created relax and recharge stations where people could rest in Adirondack chairs in front of scenic Door County images and videos while recharging their electronic devices in popular Milwaukee and Madison shopping malls.
Wisconsin Department of Tourism Deputy Secretary Sarah Klavas joined the WACVB in presenting the award to DCVB President/CEO Jack Moneypenny, DCVB Director of Marketing & Sales Michelle Rasmusson and DCVB Marketing & Sales Manager Laura Bradley during the WACVB’s Fall Tourism Convention on Nov. 7.
“Our ‘Power Up. Wind Down.’ initiative has been a win-win for everyone,” said Rasmusson. “It not only exposed Door County as a great place to visit, but also filled the need of the consumer to take a break and charge up. It was effective because it took an everyday need and put the ability to fill that need in a not so common place.”
• Peninsula State Park has maps available for the open hunting and trapping areas of the park. Archery hunting is open from Nov. 15 through Jan. 4. Trapping is open from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15. The muzzleloader season runs Nov. 22-Nov. 30. Orange safety vests are available for free loan at park headquarters.