Door County Community News

DCMH Auxiliary will be offering scholarships to high school seniors, Door County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) employees and other Door County residents who are currently studying in a medical field.

Applications are currently available from a variety of sources. Seniors who are interested in a health care field should contact their guidance counselors; DCMH employee who are pursuing a career in a health care field can pick up applications in the Respiratory Care Department (2nd Floor); and Door County residents who are currently studying in a medical field or pursuing a medical career can request applications by calling 920.746.3570.

Applications are due by April 3.

• Workshops are being held across the state to engage families in preparing for college enrollment. The program, College Goal Sunday, targets first generation college students, low-income students/families, and students of color who often need more assistance in this area.

College Goal Sunday is a free, volunteer-led effort to help students and families fill out their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This nationwide event will be held at several locations throughout Wisconsin, including Appleton and Green Bay, on February 21 and February 22.

Information about locations and what families should bring with them can be found at

Door County Habitat for Humanity is putting out a call for volunteers for their first ever Women Build project, one of three homes the local Habitat branch hopes to build in 2009. The unique nature of a Women Build, as reflected in the program title, is women building a home with support and guidance from the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

The organization is currently seeking volunteers to participate on committees, prepare meals, fundraise and work on the construction crew. There is absolutely no experience required. If you do have construction experience, any time you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

For more information call Rick Nelson at 920.743.2869 or email [email protected].

• The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor is sponsoring the “Great Waffle Breakfast” on Saturday, February 7, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. From 9 – 11 am, everyone will be able to treat themselves to waffles with all the yummy toppings, including butter and maple syrup, fruit and even whipped cream! Free-will donations will be accepted at the door.

The Waffle Breakfast is a community- and family-oriented event, and people are encouraged to stay for other activities after they’ve finished their breakfast. Games for all ages will be set up, and there will be a silent auction for adults and a bag auction for kids.

At the end of the breakfast, the winners of the Great Waffle Raffle will be announced. This drawing is part of the Ridges’ semi-annual membership drive, and all those who have taken a new or renewed membership since August 1, 2008 will be entered. Three prize packages will be awarded.

For more information visit

• The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded to a house fire that occurred around 12:30 pm on Monday, Jan. 26 in Brussels, affecting one adult.

Two American Red Cross Disaster Volunteers assisted the client with monetary assistance for immediate clothing needs and food, comfort kit (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and home-made quilts.

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. For information call 920.468.8535 or visit

• The Door County Community Foundation recently announced that it is inviting local charities to submit applications for financial support from the Community Foundation’s Health & Human Needs Fund.

This is just one of several new granting initiatives launched by the foundation last year. The Community Foundation also offers grants to charities out of its Arts Fund, Children & Youth Fund, Lifelong Education Fund, and the Environmental Fund.

Human service and health related charities are certainly welcome to apply. However, the Community Foundation also invites arts, environmental and other kinds of charities to apply by considering how they might also serve the less fortunate in our community.

Fund materials may be downloaded at Applications and supporting materials must be received at the Community Foundation by Tuesday, March 10.

For more information, please contact Bret Bicoy at 920.746.1786 or email [email protected].

• A Valentine Hearty Breakfast will be served at the Sister Bay Moravian church – on Valentine’s Day, no less! From 8:30 – 10:30 am on Feb. 14, bring your sweety for a “hearty” menu of corned beef hash, eggs, pancakes, hash browns, muffins, cereal, grapefruit sections, coffee, tea and milk. The cost is $8 adults, $4 kids ages 6-12, and under 6 are free.

• The Pros and Cons of Complementary Therapies – the second of three sessions addressing different aspects of pain presented by the Shepherd of the Bay Health and Wellness Cabinet ministry – will take place in the church fellowship hall on Feb. 15 at 3 pm. Dr. Chona Antonio from Door County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) will discuss acupuncture, bio-feedback, chiropractic, hypnotism, massage, prayer and relaxation.

The third session of the series will take place on March 15 and Dr. Sarah Keller from DCMH will address the Pros and Cons of Traditional Medical Therapies.

For more information call 920.854.2988.

• In collaboration with The Big Read Door County, the Northern Door YMCA Program Center will be holding a “Blood Oath Blood Drive” on Friday, February 6 from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. The entire community is invited to come to the YMCA at 3866 Gibraltar Road in Fish Creek to donate blood or to volunteer to assist with the blood drive.

For more information call 920.868.3660 in Fish Creek.

• The Partnership for Phosphate Reduction recently applauded two new bills before the Wisconsin Legislature that would ban phosphorus in most lawn fertilizer sold in the state.

The bills, Assembly Bill 3 and Senate Bill 5, have been introduced in Madison. Both of Door County’s elected officials, Assemblyman Gary Bies and Senator Alan Lasee, are co-sponsors of both bills.

The Partnerhsip for Phosphate Reduction is a coalition of 13 Door County community environmental and homeowner groups. For more information call 920.824.5193, or visit the web at

County Board Chairman Leo Zipperer recently announced the success of the National Association of Counties (NACo) prescription drug card program.

Door County launched the program in May 2007 to help consumers cope with the high price of prescription drugs, and during the 18 months since the program’s introduction, county residents filled 3,604 prescriptions with the cards at discounts averaging 22.93 percent or $11.01 per prescription.

There is no cost to county taxpayers for the program, and the cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. The cards are accepted at all of the county’s pharmacies, and a national network of more than 57,000 participating retail pharmacies also honors the Door County card.

Cards are available at many county departments, and county residents can call 877.321.2652 or visit for assistance with the program. For more information about NACo, visit