Door County Business Briefs

• In demonstration of his professional competency, Todd Burke of Dave’s Tree Service, Inc. in Jacksonport recently completed the Certified Arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the local Chapter of the ISA.

The purpose of the ISA Certification Program is to improve the level of knowledge and standard of practice within the tree care profession. It is designed to assist the public in identifying those professionals in arboriculture who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of tree care practices.

Burke has been involved in the tree care industry for over 25 years, working in a family run business – Dave’s Tree Service, Inc. He has been a life-long resident of Door County. He resides in Jacksonport with his wife, Stefanie.

With this certification and expanded knowledge, Burke is very committed to the preservation and care of trees in Door and surrounding counties. As an added focus to his work, tree health care management will be an expanded service he will provide.

• Get in the holiday spirit and shop locally by visiting The Clearing Bookstore and Gift Shop. Guests will find a wonderful selection of high quality, locally made art and craft items, unique greeting cards, jewelry and books, including many nature-related books for children. While shopping, patrons can also enjoy The Clearing’s beautiful indoor Christmas forest. And on Tuesdays during December, the staff will be serving mulled apple cider and cookies all day. Snowflake discount cards may be selected at check-out for an additional 5 to 40 percent off most items in the store.

The Clearing Bookstore and Gift Shop is open from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and is located in the Jens Jensen Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay. For more information on The Clearing, call 920.854.4088 or visit

Door County Memorial Hospital/Ministry Health Care (DCMH/MHC) recently launched bedside medication verification (BMV) in its Medical/Surgical, Birthing Center and Intensive Care Units. BMV uses bar code scanning by caregivers to confirm information in a patient’s medication profile.

Making sure the right patient gets the right medication at the right time is the goal of new advanced technology. Patients wear identification bands with bar codes on them. When nurses are in the patient rooms to give medications, they first swipe the patient’s band with a hand-held scanner. Then, they swipe the medication, which also has a bar code on it. The new technology is linked to an electronic patient profile, where details on the prescription, as ordered by the DCMH/MHC physician, have already been entered by the hospital pharmacy.

“This is not a common function. In fact, we are the first hospital in the Ministry Health Care system to have bedside medication verification,” said Mary Lopas, the hospital’s Chief Information Officer.

For more call 920.743.5566, or visiting

• The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is pleased to announce the addition of three new board members effective immediately. The DCA board inductees include David Eliot, Mike Mesic, and Gary Straub.

David Eliot is publisher/owner of the Peninsula Pulse, the editor of Door County Living magazine, and owner of Door County Paper Boy distribution service. A Door County resident for the past 13 years, Eliot brings extensive board experience to his position with DCA. He currently serves as the Door County Visitor Bureau board president and is a Door County Community Foundation board member.

The president and general manager of 106.9 FM the Lodge radio station, Mike Mesic moved to Door County in 2007. With extensive experience in the area of concert planning and entertainment contracts, Mesic looks forward to utilizing his expertise as a DCA board member.

The proprietor of Azure Menswear in Sister Bay, Gary Straub moved to Door County in 1992. Within a year, the business-owner was serving as a DCA volunteer at performances; he has also served on strategic program planning committees.

The current DCA board members include: Kaaren Northrop, Larry Thoreson, William Goldammer, Pete Davis, Ruth Barker, Richard Burress, Colin Dahl, Peter Diltz, Jill Herlache, and Jill Lhost. Gibraltar Schools Superintendent Stephen Seyfer serves as an ex officio board member.

For more information call 920.868.2728 or visit

Sturgeon Bay businesses are running a Shop Local, Shop Late promotion on Thursdays and Fridays. The following businesses will maintain later than normal business hours to make holiday shopping easier: Northern Territory; Country Cabin; Beach Cottage; Bliss; Blue Ivy; Alley Katz Boutique; The Pudgy Seagull (open 24 hours Fri and Sat.); On Deck Clothing; Wilkins and Olander; Dancing Bear; Sturgeon Bay Florist; Madison Ave. Wines; Enchanted; Ace Hardware; 3rd Ave. Café; AMO Gallery; Monticello; Younkers; Latitude45/DC Bikes; Wal-Mart; Barn Door Quilts; The Brick Alley; Door County Gifts (only on Friday); Sherry’s Hallmark; Elliott’s Mercantile; Java on Jefferson; Spin (only on Thursday’s); Artist Guild and Small World Market (until 6:00 every night); Gwendolyns; T Simon Jeweler’s; Door County Confectionery; and Draeb Jewelry.