Community Notes Aug. 10 – 17

During the Fourth of July holiday, Door County Medical Center’s Urgent Care opened its doors, showcasing a state-of-the-art facility designed to improve service for walk-in patients with acute needs. Open 12 hours a day, 365 days a year, these improvements make an exceptional facility even more accessible to the community.

Within the new facility are six new rooms, three spacious bathrooms plus cubby areas to make things functional for folks in wheelchairs. Another improvement is the addition of computers and printers in every room, empowering providers to create and print discharge instructions right there with the patient.

Urgent Care is open 7 am to 7 pm daily, including all holidays. To learn more about the differences between Urgent Care and Emergency Room services, call 920.743.5566.

Each year, tragedy strikes across rural America when lives are lost due to grain bin entrapments. To help lead the fight against these accidents, Nationwide, in partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), has selected a record 29 fire departments as winners of the fifth annual Nominate Your Fire Department Contest. As recipients of the award, each department are provided specialized bin rescue tubes and training courses. This year, more than 400 contest submissions were received and the Kewaunee Fire Department was one of the 29 departments selected.
Training for Kewaunee Fire Department members will be held the morning of Aug. 11 at the Kewaunee Fire Dept. For more information call 920.388.5006.

Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Keep on Moving: Correct Walking and Outsmarting your Back Pain” on Aug. 12 at 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The speaker is Dr. Keith Fischer, a physical therapist who specializes in musculoskeletal management.

Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry offers free blood pressure screenings beginning at 5 pm at the monthly Loaves & Fishes Meal on the fourth Tuesday of each month at St. Rosalia Church, and 8:15 – 10:15 am on the second Tuesday of the month at the YMCA in Fish Creek. For more information visit

With the pantry’s offerings very low, the parish members of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church were challenged by their Outreach Ministries, to fill the shelves with non-perishable food, paper goods and personal items.

On the first Sunday of the four-week drive more than 40 bags were donated and delivered to Door of Life Food Pantry. According to the Rev. Ed House, this was one of the largest donations received. Since the open pantry began, St. Luke’s has done several drives each year.  

The food pantry at Door of Life Church is open daily and is available year round. Those eligible for food stamp programs cannot use benefits for these items. Donations are always needed throughout the year. To learn more about Door of Life Food Pantry visit

The Scand Auxiliary celebrates “Four Seasons of Fashion” Aug. 10 highlighting clothing and accessories donated to Bargains Unlimited. Gordon Lodge will host this style show and luncheon featuring a cash bar at 11 am, followed by a lunch of chicken marsala, side salad and dessert at 12:15 pm. Cost for Auxiliary members is $18 and $23 for non-members.

Back by popular demand is the gift tree and silent auction to raise funds to purchase a Broda tilt lift chair for the residents of Scandia Village. Tickets are still available at Bargains Unlimited.

The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) thanks Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) for enabling them to continue hosting the annual Christmas tree lighting at the clock tower in Sturgeon Bay. In February, the DCCF purchased the former Baylake Conference Center and clock tower property from Nicolet National Bank. They are currently renovating the building to be its new office and to offer community meeting space for charities and civic groups. Unfortunately, the annual Christmas tree lighting was in jeopardy because the old tree had grown too large.

SBU informed the DCCF the power requirements to light the oversized tree regularly caused the circuit breakers to trip on countless occasions last season, and that tree had begun to impact the clock tower itself and posed potential danger to this Sturgeon Bay landmark.

SBU proposed a solution and removed the existing tree, built a permanent in-ground tree stand, and offered to provide and light a new Christmas tree every year.

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion recently welcomed Father Thomas Reagan, CPM, as Chaplain and Deacon Greg Rotherham to the Shrine community.

Father Reagan grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and Cincinnati, graduated from Purdue University and worked for IBM as an engineer and project manager. He then received his Master’s in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Father Reagan joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2011, attended Holy Apostles Seminary and Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary before being ordained to the priesthood in 2016.   

Deacon Rotherham is longtime Green Bay area resident who is president of The Elite Group. Rotherham has long been active at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Agnes parishes and is currently a member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Parish. He was ordained as a deacon in May, 2018.

It’s been a year of improvements by the Kewaunee County Promotions & Recreation Department. Big projects that are just getting started include the installation of a tow rope system at the Winter Park beginner’s ski hill and the construction of a storage building. A new storage building at Ryan Park will double as a concession stand for the Kewaunee County Youth Soccer Association. As for the Zoological Society of Kewaunee County, the group is looking to upgrade the current pheasant exhibit as well as the deer stable at Bruemmer Park Zoo, before beginning its master plan. This follows the recent completion of the bobcat exhibit and installation of “Melvin,” the 20-foot tall metal giraffe sculpture.

The Ahnapee State Trail is being graded to level the surface for silent sports enthusiasts. The first portion will connect the City of Kewaunee to the Village of Luxemburg. To join a friends group or make a donation, contact the Promotion & Recreation Office at 920.388.0444.

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