DCVB Releases 2012 Visitor Guide Cover

• The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) unveiled the cover of their 2012 visitor guide during the tourism marketing organization’s 86th annual meeting at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor.

Jack Moneypenny, president/CEO of the DCVB, addressed the crowd of local business leaders to talk about the past season. DCVB Board Chairman Steve Hellman also briefly addressed the crowd to share the organization’s marketing plans for 2012.

During his comments Moneypenny highlighted that walk-in visitor traffic at the DCVB’s Door County Welcome Center, located at 1015 Green Bay Road, Sturgeon Bay, had more than 60,000 people visiting the center through the first 10 months of 2011.

Moneypenny wrapped up the program by unveiling the cover of the 2012 Official Door County Visitor Guide. The cover shot features a couple boating on a beautiful late afternoon summer day near Rock Island State Park’s Thordarson Boathouse.

The 2012 Door County Official Visitor Guide is currently in production and will be available in early January.

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• Miracle-Ear has leveraged Bluetooth® wireless technology to allow hearing aid wearers to sync their hearing devices with everyday technology like their TV, cell phone, or MP3 player using a handheld remote. This wireless capability means that the Miracle-Ear mini MEBluConnect® technology functions like a wireless headset, allowing users to enjoy clear vocal exchanges over cell phones and to set a comfortable volume level for listening to conversations, music, events and more.

“We know that hearing aids can help improve the quality of life for those who need them,” said Paulette McDonald, owner of Miracle-Ear in Sister Bay. “But an important part of that ‘quality’ is to be able to take advantage of the latest entertainment and business innovations in the world around you.”

In addition to the MEBluConnect® and the even smaller mini MEBluConnect® Bluetooth-enabled devices, Miracle-Ear in Sister Bay offers their customers a variety of remote control devices for their hearing aids.

For more information about Miracle-Ear in Sister Bay, visit

(Left to right) Donn Valenti, owner of the Sandpiper; Jim Jauquet, Ridges board member; Lee Traven, son of Ridges founder Olivia Traven; Lawrie Kull, Ridges board member; and Steve Leonard, Executive Director, were at the closing for The Ridges purchase of The Sandpiper Restaurant.

• The Ridges Sanctuary completed the purchase of the Sandpiper Restaurant in Baileys Harbor on Oct. 31, marking the first step toward a new future for Wisconsin’s oldest private nature preserve.

Earlier this year, The Ridges Sanctuary selected the Sandpiper property as the site for its new interpretive center. The property, located at the corner of Highway 57 and Ridges Road, is ideally situated to provide a much-needed visible public entrance to the sanctuary. The new building is the centerpiece of an expanded vision for the sanctuary, which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2012.

The organization will continue to fundraise during 2012 with construction of the new building expected to begin in 2013.

• Karen Hintz of Sturgeon Bay has recently been hired as the Interim Community Resource Development Educator for Door County, filling the position while Robert Burke is on a leave of absence. Hintz served as the Family Living Agent in Door County for many years, and most recently, as the Eastern District Director for UW – Extension.

The primary focus for this Interim Educator position is to continue providing community resource educational assistance, organizational capacity building and economic development education. For more information contact the Door County Extension Office at 920.746.2260 or email [email protected].

• Two staff members of the Community Clinic of Door County (CCDC) recently attended the Annual Summit of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC).

Executive Director Laura Moeller and Sarah Meeuwsen, a Registered Nurse at the Community Clinic, networked with their free clinic colleagues from around the country. The Annual Summit provided both an ample opportunity to attend specific break-out sessions that focused on various aspects of operating a free clinic.

A topic that warranted robust discussion at this year’s NAFC Summit was how the Affordable Care Act may impact the daily operations of many free clinics across the nation.

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• The Linden Centre, a cultural retreat nestled in China’s Himalayan foothills, has been selected as the Top Heritage Hotel in China by The centre, which was founded in 2008 by Brian and Jeanee Linden, is one of the first nationally protected complexes in China to be developed into a base for cultural immersion and learning programs.

“We set out to establish an elegant and historical base in a functioning and pristine village,” said Brian Linden. “Our complex, one of China’s largest, serves as a platform for learning and spontaneous interaction with Yunnan’s rural communities.”

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• The laboratory at Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) has been awarded continued accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. MDCMC’s laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

Robert J. Murphy, MD, laboratory medical director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

“The laboratory staff work very diligently to maintain adherence to the rigor of CAP standards which fosters assurance of quality service to our patients and providers,” said Gerianne Asti, laboratory administrative director at MDCMC.

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• The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) continues offering regular office hours for new and existing business owners in Northern Door County, providing business counseling and entrepreneurial services in Sister Bay. Individual, confidential sessions will be held the second Tuesday of each month, from 8 am – 12 pm at the Sister Bay Fire Station, located at 2258 Mill Road. An appointment is requested and can be made by contacting Sam Perlman at 920.743.3113 ext. 204 or via email at [email protected]. Walk-ins are also welcome, based on availability.

Perlman is the Economic Development Manager for the DCEDC, a position he has held for eight years. His efforts on behalf of local entrepreneurs were recognized by the Wisconsin Innovation Service Center, which named him a 2007 “Wisconsin Innovation Champion Award” winner.

Dr. Melissa Nelson

• While attending the Wisconsin State Chiropractic Association’s Grand 100-Year Celebration, Dr. Melissa Nelson and Dr. Jamie Hollis-Heiman participated in a learning opportunity regarding healthy aging and anti-aging with Robert Rakowski, DC, CCN, DACBN, DIBAK.

Dr. Rakowski discussed the fundamentals of nutritional medicine and the latest data on lifestyle and disease including advanced protocols about disease prevention and non-drug treatment options.

“We continue to strive for a better understanding of the mechanisms of aging in order to answer questions about the underlying biological processes that contribute to an individual’s resistance to a decline in physical and mental vitality,” said Dr. Nelson.

At the Nelson Healing Center, Dr. Nelson and Dr. Hollis-Heiman assist patients in reclaiming their health with an emphasis on diet and nutrition.

The Nelson Healing Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit

• The Inn at Kristofer’s in Sister Bay will celebrate the release of Beaujalais Noveau, a classic French wine, by offering a special $34 fixed price three-course menu paired with a glass of Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau.

“Beaujolais Nouveau is a very food friendly wine. We wanted our customers to have the opportunity to try this year’s release with a special menu which includes a glass of this year’s newly released wine,” said Chef Terri Milligan. The restaurant will offer the special menu from Nov. 18 – 27.

The dinner will begin with a choice of several salads or soup. An entrée of either sautéed quail or grilled wild Alaskan salmon will be available. For dessert Milligan will offer a blackberry sorbet or autumn spiced crème brulee.

The Inn at Kristofer’s, open Thursday through Monday, begins serving at 5 pm. For more information visit For reservations call 920.854.9419.