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• Raymond F. Hogan, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, was the victim in the June 5 two-vehicle traffic accident at the intersection of Hwy. 42-57 and County BB (Gordon Road) in the township of Sevastopol. Kristyn M. Beilfuss, 26, of Sturgeon Bay was the injured driver of the other vehicle. That marks the third traffic fatality in Door County this year, following the single-car rollover that killed two men in Brussels on May 6. The June 5 crash remains under investigation by the Door County Technical Crash Unit.

• The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the Door County Board of Supervisors, objecting to a large wooden cross that is displayed during the Easter weekend at Percy Johnson Memorial County Park on Washington Island. “The cross unabashedly creates the perception of government endorsement of Christianity. It conveys the message to non-Christians, including the one-in-five Americans who are not religious, that they are not ‘favored members of the political community’,” said the letter from FFRF staff attorney Rebecca Markert. “We ask that the county not erect the Christian cross in the park next year or in future years.”

Coming Up

• Attorney Sarah Williams from the Midwest Environmental Advocates will explain the Wisconsin Public Trust Doctrine on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 pm at Benny D’z, 23 W. Oak St., Sturgeon Bay. Williams will explain what the high-water mark means and how it relates to the proposed West Side development in Sturgeon Bay and downtown Milwaukee. She’ll also illustrate how filling in lake beds affects the rights of all Wisconsin residents. Discover how Wisconsin’s water laws are as much about your rights to be heard in local government as they are about defending the valuable water resources we all share as stated in our state Constitution. This educational program is sponsored by the Door County Environmental Council. Contact Eileen Andera at 920.743.6003, [email protected], or dcec-wi.org for more information.

After 35 years of dedicated service, Jerry Viste retired earlier this year from the Door County Environmental Council (DCEC). DCEC will host a retirement party for Jerry to thank him for all his hard work and accomplishments. The party will take place on Sunday, June 14, at The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. The meet and greet will run from 1 – 3 pm. Cake, coffee, wine and cheese will be served. The public is invited to come share stories and reminisce with Jerry and wish him well on his next adventure into retirement. Contact Eileen Andera at 920.743.6003, [email protected], or dcec-wi.org for more information.