• Pilots flying over the city of Sturgeon Bay have reported radio interference in the form of a Morse code-type signal that is being transmitted on the Unicom Frequency of 122.7MHz. The signal is picked up just east of the airport and is lost approximately one mile north of the city limits. This signal is blocking the pilot’s ability to communicate in the vicinity of the city of Sturgeon Bay. The 122.7 frequency is a licensed frequency that pilots use to communicate with each other in the air and to personnel on the ground. It is very important to keep this frequency clear for that purpose. “This is a very serious safety issue for pilots,” said Cherryland Airport Manager Keith Kasbohm. “Anyone who has recently been experimenting with any type of radio equipment that might be transmitting on this frequency, we urge you to please turn off your transmitter and contact the FCC for a proper operating frequency.”
• Door County Public Health Department has been notified by the Wisconsin Department of Health that a Door County child has tested positive for the respiratory virus, Enterovirus D68 or EV-D68. Rhonda Kolberg, public health director/health officer, stated, “Enterovirus infections are common, mostly occurring in the summer and fall. Most people infected with EV-D68 do not have symptoms or have mild respiratory symptoms. However, infants, children and teenagers are most likely to become ill when infected with enteroviruses. That’s because they do not yet have immunity from previous exposures to these viruses. Children with asthma seem to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness.” There is no specific treatment for EV-D68 infections. Many infections will be mild and often go away after a few days. Children with asthma seem to have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness. For more information about Enterovirus D68, visit: cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html or dhs.wisconsin.gov/communicable/DiseasePages/enteroviruses.htm.
• Record timber sales from state lands during fiscal 2014 reflect continued progress toward improving forest health and diversity while contributing nearly $12 million to support habitat management, recreation and other work by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Paul DeLong, chief state forester, said timber sales totaled more than $11.7 million during fiscal year 2014, up nearly 9 percent from the $10.8 million during fiscal 2013 and up 126 percent from the levels of a decade ago. The timber sales were generated from state forests, fish and wildlife properties, state parks and other properties. Overall, Wisconsin’s public and private lands generate forest products valued at nearly $19 billion each year and support more than 46,800 jobs based on numbers from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. To learn more, visit dnr.wi.gov and search “timber sale.”
• Unused and improperly abandoned wells are a threat to groundwater quality. If not properly abandoned, wells can be a direct conduit of surface contaminates to our ground and drinking water. Whenever you see an old dilapidated windmill, a rusty hand pump, or just a pipe sticking up in the middle of a field, it may be an improperly abandoned well and a threat to your drinking water. Door County offers a well abandonment cost share program to abate or decrease the potential of water pollution in the county. This is a voluntary program that offers financial assistance to eligible landowners and provides payment up to 90 percent of total costs to properly abandon unused wells. If you have an unused and or an abandoned well and would like to know more about this cost-share program, contact Conservationist Krista Lutzke at the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department at 920.746.2363.
• The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) northeast region office in Green Bay is announcing work to resurface 2.2 miles of Hwy. 42 from Gills Rock (Wisconsin Bay Road) to the Northport ferry landing is now starting Monday, Oct. 6. Earlier this month, a tentative start date of Sept. 29 had been announced. Estimated cost for the project is approximately $615,000. While the highway will remain open, traffic will be controlled with flagging operations.
• The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department will hold an open house from 10 am to noon on Oct. 4. The open house kicks off this year’s National Fire Prevention Week and allows the public to see why residents of the three communities served by the department are being asked to approve a referendum that would allow the building of a new station. Public information meetings on the referendum are scheduled for 7 pm on Oct 9 at the Wave Pointe Marina in Gardner and 7 pm on Oct. 23 at the Brussels Community Center.
• All Northeast Wisconsin Technical College campuses and Regional Learning Centers will hold a community Open House Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 4 – 7 pm. The event will be held at NWTC locations in Sturgeon Bay, Luxemburg, Crivitz, Green Bay, Marinette, Niagara, Oconto Falls and Shawano. Prospective students and their families can tour labs and classrooms, see technology demonstrations and meet with faculty, academic advisors, and admissions specialists to learn about NWTC’s more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Interested students can also complete a college application and take admissions tests free of charge (a $50 value). Food, refreshments and other giveaways – including the chance to win an iPad mini – will be available for attendees. There is no registration required for the event. For more information, visit nwtc.edu/openhouse or call 888.385.6982.