• Steven Delarwelle was sworn in on Jan. 5 by Judge D. Todd Ehlers as the new Door County Sheriff. The ceremony was attended by his family, friends, citizens and members of the Sheriff’s Department.
• Executive Director Alan Kopischke left Birch Creek Music Performance Center on Dec. 31, 2014, to pursue other opportunities. During his nearly two years at Birch Creek, Kopischke was responsible for improving facilities, providing leadership for enhanced operations and expanding the reach of Birch Creek. “We wish Alan all the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his service and contributions to Birch Creek,” said Board President Barbara Flint. At its January meeting, the board will be discussing plans to begin the search for a new executive director.
• A new report from League of Women Voters of Wisconsin recommends that the state legislature make voter registration less difficult and allocate increased funding for the training of local election officials. Working with other organizations in the Wisconsin Election Protection coalition, the League recruited, trained and placed 250 volunteer election observers, who covered 493 polling places in cities, towns and villages across the state in the November 2014 midterm elections. The observers noted significant improvements in election administration and polling place management since the League began monitoring elections in 2010. The League attributes the improvements to enhanced training of local officials by the Government Accountability Board. However, the observers reported that there were long lines of people waiting to register at many polling places, and some sites had significant problems as a result. In addition, there were some site-specific problems which could be addressed with improved training of local election officials. Some of the people who were not able to register to vote on Election Day because they lacked acceptable documentation included several Sisters at the St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, students in many college towns, a young tribal member whose driver’s license had an old address and who did not have other documentation, women whose documents were in their husbands’ names, and a new Catholic priest who had recently moved in-state. “Election Day Registration is a cost-effective tool that has served Wisconsin voters of all political stripes with few problems for 38 years. Restrictive new laws have resulted in more pressure on Election Day registration. This is a manufactured problem. What we need to do is to make it easier for people to register, reward them for doing so early and maintain Election Day registration as a safeguard to encourage voting,” said Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.
• Sturgeon Bay School District has received Declaration of Candidacy paperwork for the Sturgeon Bay School Board from three individuals: Keith Miller, Amy Stephens and Teri Hooker. Notification of Non-Candidacy papers have been filed by Julie Hathaway. For questions, contact the District Office at 920.746.2800 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
• The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB), the tourism marketing organization for Door County, announced that the 2015 Official Door County Visitor Guide is now available. The free travel guide for one of the Midwest’s premier travel destinations features a wide variety of content about visiting and planning a trip to Door County. An emphasis on more editorial content and breathtaking photography highlight this year’s guide. A panoramic wrap-around cover image that features a heartwarming scene of a father/daughter on a Kangaroo Lake dock runs from the front to the back in this year’s edition. A new addition to the latest guide is a 16″ x 17″ pull out map of Door County.
• Door County Public Health Dept., 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay, is offering cholesterol screening (total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, glucose and triglycerides) on Thursday, Jan. 22. The cost is $30. Call 746.2255 for an appointment. Participants must fast for 12 hours before the test.