Community Notes for October 16 – 30

Artist Maureen McGrath (left) and Michele Geiger-Bronsky (right), Executive Director of Wellness Center, pose with the sculpture, “Mary Full of Grace: An Adoption Story.”

The sculpture, “Mary Full of Grace,” created by Maureen McGrath of Baileys Harbor, was donated to the Wellness Center of Door County. The sculpture is now displayed in the waiting room of the center, which offers all-option pregnancy counseling, allowing women to make the choice that is best for their circumstances at the time.



The Wellness Center is Door County’s only designated family planning center, serving women and men ages 13 and up, call 920.746.9444 for information and appointments or check them out online at



The Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP) council held a quarterly meeting on Oct. 8 at the Washington Hotel on Washington Island.



Ellen Brody, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, presented a report to the council. Brody is the Great Lakes Coordinator of the National Marine Sanctuary Program established in 1972 under the Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act.



The WCMP provided a grant to the Wisconsin Historical Society, whose staff evaluated historic shipwrecks within each of the state’s four Maritime Trails regions.



The society concluded that an 875-square-mile area stretching from Port Washington to Two Rivers has the best potential as a national marine sanctuary in Wisconsin. The stretch contains 14 intact shipwreck sites.



The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands presented information about its historic preservation efforts within the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge to the WCMP council. Several council members took a field trip to Rock Island State Park to tour the Thordarson Boathouse and the Pottawatomie Lighthouse.



The Kiwanis of Northern Door will assist the Salvation Army Bell Ringers in the upcoming holiday season. The Kiwanis are looking for volunteers to ring bells in Northern Door Nov. 27 – Dec. 19 at Piggly Wiggly, Pamida, Al Johnson’s, and the Pioneer Store. For more information and to sign up call Russ Smith at 920.854.9471.



A forum titled “A.O.D.A. (Alcohol and Other Drugs) – A Community Problem?” will be held Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7 – 9 pm at the Sturgeon Bay High School Commons.



The forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, will feature With Whom Will It End?, a video produced locally and shown by the Door County Sheriff’s Department. A team of panelists will address the critical issues related to AODA prevention, treatment rehabilitation, consequences, prevention, and costs to the community.



Panelists will include Door County Circuit Court Judge Peter Diltz, Door County Supervisor Marc Savard, Sheriff Terry Vogel, District Attorney Ray Pelrine, Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Dan Trelka, Sturgeon Bay High School Counselor Jennifer O’Handley, AODA Coalition Chair Sue Todey, and AODA Coordinator Tina Baeten.



Citizens are encouraged to join in the discussion. Refreshments will be available. For more information about this event call Karen Ebbeson at 920.743.3755.



Saguaro Day Spa will host a seminar on staying healthy through the winter on Monday, Nov. 9 at 6 pm.



Guest speaker Jay Vanden Heuvel, Ph.D., author and international lecturer, will be sharing information about protecting yourself this cold and flu season. Learn what to do to boost your immune system and help keep you and your family health. Dr. Vanden Heuvel will also touch on vaccinations and flu shots, the good, the bad and the ugly. Get the facts so you can make an informed decision about your health.



Dr. Vanden Heuvel is dedicated to the science of natural health and healing. An experienced specialist with numerous formal and continuing education degrees, Dr. Vanden Heuvel has conducted extensive research, has helped more than 16,000 clients and lectured to over 100,000 people.



Call Saguaro Day Spa to register at 920.743.5380 by Nov. 4. Saguaro Day Spa is located at 3899 Old Highway Road, Sturgeon Bay. Visit for more information.



The Volunteer Center of Door County is updating its Volunteer Guide for the upcoming season. New this year, to support students in achieving Service Learning and Community Service hours, the Volunteer Center invites agencies to designate which opportunities are teen appropriate.



Since 1993, the Volunteer Guide has been Door County’s central resource for non-profit agencies and their volunteer needs. The Volunteer Guide is used by residents, tourists, civic organizations, and philanthropists, among others.



The Guide is available throughout the county at sites such as The Door County Welcome Wagon, the Door County Job Center, Door County Memorial Hospital, visitor centers, schools, churches, libraries, and is available for viewing and printing from the Web site.



An agency listing in the guide is $50; however, a reduced price of $30 is offered to agencies that register at and enter five or more opportunities by November 25.



The Volunteer Center is available to help you get started by calling 920.746.7704 or emailing [email protected]. To view the current guide or for more information visit The Volunteer Center of Door County is located at 62 South Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.



Door-Tran, Inc and the Door County Transportation Options Program recently thanked all of the donors and supporters of their 2009 raffle fundraiser, which helped the organizations earn $2,600. This summer, the two programs collaborated on a joint fundraiser that included a raffle drawing at the Harvest Festival in Sturgeon Bay on September 19.



The two organizations will split the earnings to support their programs. Door-Tran helps make transportation more affordable for Door County residents by offering half price travel vouchers and a carpool matching system. The Door County Transportation Options Program assists individuals with transportation barriers to get to and from work by offering: gas or travel vouchers, vehicle repair or purchase loans, simple adaptations, a guaranteed ride home program, and a van pool that runs from Sturgeon Bay to Sister Bay and back daily.



For more information visit