• Judges and superintendents have been selected to evaluate and supervise the educational exhibits at the Door County Fair, taking place August 3 – 7.
Exhibitors will bring their pre-registered items to the fair on August 4 from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. All exhibits must be on display by 6 pm.
Judging will take place Wednesday through Sunday at the fair and fairgoers are encouraged to watch judging in action. Junior Fair and Open Class Dog Obedience and Showmanship will take place on August 3 at 5 pm. Many Junior Fair exhibitors will have their entries evaluated in “face-to-face” judging on August 4. Junior and Open Horse & Pony – Trail and Driving classes will be judged August 4 at 6 pm and Junior & Open Beef will be judged at 7:30 pm. Judging of livestock, floral, small animals, other Junior Fair exhibits and open class home arts will take place on August 5 and 6. Open and Junior Fair Gymkhana judging will take place August 7.
Judges will include Jeff Brantmeier, Ed Beck, Aerica Bjurstrom, John Mumper, Joe Pribek, Sandy Vosekuil, Jerry DeSmidt, Amanda Kostman, Ronda Bermke, Peninsula Veterinary Service, David Parsons, Joan Kaminski, Mike Scoville, Collette Arkens, Marcelene Rosenow, Kay Nemetz, Della Clabots, Jean Sevcik, William Turk, Lisa Ann Krutzik, and Matt Glewen.
Superintendents will include Jim Wautier, Rod & Aaron Ash, Sherry Davis, Tim Hitzman, Sue Havel, Bob Desotelle, Ray Kaminski, Carol Berglund and Mike Riederer.
For more information or to volunteer at the fair call 920.746.2260.
• Jim and Karen Ebbeson have organized materials and a team of volunteers to rehabilitate the exterior of a 100-year-old “Victorian Lady” in downtown Sturgeon Bay.
“The owner is a single mom who simply would not have the resources to tackle this on her own. By helping makeover her home, we are helping lay the groundwork of a good future for her kids, we are giving others a tangible way to give back to the community, and we’re beautifying the neighborhood,” said Jim Ebbeson.
“This painting project is similar to Habitat, but unique in that we are working on an existing home, where Habitat for Humanity typically focuses on building new homes,” Jim said. “We are hopeful that this project will help build momentum for charitable beautification work in Door County.”
Preparations for work on the Victorian Lady have been happening for several weeks, and painting will begin soon. An organized painting event will take place on July 30 (weather permitting) from 10 am – 3 pm, but volunteers can choose alternate days to fit their own schedules. No previous experience is necessary, and time commitment can be as little or as much as volunteers choose.
For more information or to volunteer contact Jim Ebbeson at 920.743.3755 or 920.493.0517.
• “Rockin’ for the Shelter,” the major fundraiser of the year for the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) will take place August 5 on the waterfront in Sister Bay beginning at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $75 per person, and only a handful remain.
August 1 – 7 has been proclaimed “Friends of Door County Humane Society Week” in the village of Sister Bay recognizing the invaluable role played by DCHS in caring for homeless animals.
Heard through the grapevine, more than 20 Door County chefs and restaurant owners will bring their signature dishes or create a delicious surprise to delight the guests.
Who’z Playin?, a renowned Madison-based band, will play tunes by Elvis, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, The Eagles, and many others.
Contributing to the atmosphere will be a parade of classic cars from Old Bolts Car Club to Waterfront Park in Sister Bay. Those chromed beauties will be lined up out front of the tent.
Each year for the past five years, the number of cats and dogs coming into the Humane Society has increased. Cost of care for these animals in an adoption-guarantee environment has escalated substantially. Less than 5 percent of the total operating budget comes from governmental sources, meaning that “Rockin’ for the Shelter” and other fundraisers throughout the year are crucial to the future of the Door County Humane Society.
For more information or to order tickets, call 920.746.1111.
• Commander Bill Becker, American Legion Post 527, Sister Bay, would like to remind all American Legion 527 members that the next meeting will be held on August 2 at 6 pm.
Members will conduct a Flag Retirement of all worn and torn American Flags. All scouts and anyone that is interested in attending this ceremony is welcome to come to the Sister Bay Town Hall at 6 pm. The event is held every year to pay tribute to fallen comrades that have given their lives to preserve freedom in this country. The regular meeting will follow the flag ceremony.
• The Wisconsin Historical Society, along with the Wisconsin Council for Local History, has awarded over $15,000 to 26 of its affiliated local historical societies through the 2011 mini-grant program.
The Baileys Harbor Historical Society has received a mini-grant to support the purchase of PastPerfect collections management software.
This year’s affiliate mini-grant program focused on projects and activities that strengthen a local organization’s ability to preserve historical collections and manage those collections and other resources. The projects that are supported in part by the mini-grant program are an important part of the work done by local organizations to help collect and preserve our state’s history at the community level.
This grant program is made possible in part due to the generosity of a donor to the Wisconsin Historical Society who has an interest in supporting local historical societies, schools, and cooperative efforts between these groups. The Wisconsin Council for Local History designated additional funding this year, in recognition of the council’s 50th anniversary.
For more information about the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Wisconsin Council for Local History, visit http://www.wisconsinhistory.org.
• The Ephraim Men’s Club (EMC) will hold its annual Scholarship Benefit Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 – 11 am on August 6 at the Ephraim Village Hall.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and are now available from EMC members, or they can be purchased at the door.
Winners of door prizes donated by community businesses will be announced every 15 minutes during the breakfast.
Proceeds from the scholarship fundraiser, along with contributions from local residents and businesses, have allowed the Ephraim Men’s Club to award more than $175,000 in scholarships to deserving Gibraltar high school graduating seniors over the past 20 years. A record-breaking $8,000 was raised last year.
The annual pancake breakfast is supported by Gibraltar High School families, summer visitors, and seasonal and permanent residents in the Gibraltar school district.
• Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County is sponsoring their Third Annual Door County Rib Fest on November 12 from 4 – 8 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.
Cooks are needed to compete for the title of Best Ribs in Door County. Restaurants and citizens are invited to share their winning ribs with the general public. Community members are invited to taste the submissions and vote for their favorite in each category. Trophies will be awarded to the winner in each division. A DJ and silent auction will also be part of the evening.
The Neighbor-to-Neighbor mission is to comfort and assist individuals experiencing deterioration in their quality of life, and the organization depends on the community’s financial support to continue its efforts. In 2010, 927 Door County residents benefitted from the agency’s medical equipment loans, peer and respite companions, and Lemonade Club, a cancer support group. Those residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses. The agency is completely funded by donations and grants.
For an entry form or for more information about the event, contact Ann Bennett at 920.743.7800.
• Scholarships, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping local students meet the rising costs of a college education, recently announced that students will be awarded $430,000 in scholarships on August 3 at the 2011 Lamp of Knowledge Annual Celebration Dinner. Qualifying Brown and Door County high school graduates and returning adult students will be awarded their scholarships at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay. Previous 2009 recipient Jenna Kerin will be the keynote speaker for the evening.
Associated Wealth Management, a long time supporter of Scholarships, Inc. is the event’s corporate sponsor.
Scholarship candidates were selected based on several factors. Applying students are required to demonstrate financial need; show academic excellence, leadership and community involvement; and attend an accredited four-year degree granting institution or accredited technical college following the successful completion of their high school education. Scholarships will range from $1,000 to $6,500.
For more information, contact Joanne Angeli at 920.569.8411.
• The Wellness Center of Door County, Inc. will present its seminar Breast Health: Empowerment and Cancer Risk Reduction on September 10 from 8:30 am – 2 pm at the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.
“It’s important for men and women to attend so they can be informed about meaningful measures that individuals and communities can take to decrease their risk of breast cancer,” said Community Outreach and Quality Improvement Coordinator Kris Miller, RN.
The event will focus on reducing the risk of breast cancer instead of disease detection and features a distinguished panel of speakers including: Barbara Ley, PhD, author of From Pink to Green, Disease Prevention and the Environmental Breast Cancer Movement; Colette Salm-Schmid, MD, FACS Founder of Breast Surgery Experts of NE WI; Meg Kissinger, award-winning journalist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; and Amy Trentham-Dietz, Ph.D., Associate Professor UW – Carborne Cancer Center.
Tickets are $20 per person and can be reserved by visiting http://breasthealth2011.eventbrite.com.
The event will include a catered lunch and is sponsored by the Wellness Center of Door County Sue Baldwin Fund, Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation and The Women’s Fund of Door County.
• Dr. Marlon Hermitanio, doctor of Rheumatology at Aurora Health Center, will present an informative discussion on awareness and understanding of rheumatoid and other arthritic conditions at the next Wisdom Wednesday at the Door County YMCA. The program will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center on July 29 at 9:30 am.
Those who attend will receive valuable information, including a Tips for Good Living with Arthritis handbook, recipes, management ideas and more. A light breakfast will also be provided.
Wisdom Wednesday is presented by the Door County YMCA and Baylake Bank. This is a free event open to the entire community. For more information or to register, contact the Door County YMCA at 920.743.4949.
• The Door County YMCA is gratified that Secretary Smith has listened to medical experts and the public health community and has agreed to support Wisconsin’s applications for federal Community Transformation Grants to reduce chronic disease.
Six cohorts of YMCAs in Wisconsin have been engaged in the Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) initiative since 2004 to build community-level assets to address the childhood obesity epidemic through policy, systems and environmental changes. Action Communities for Health Innovation and Environmental change (ACHIEVE) builds on the PHC model to foster partner relationships between local health departments, parks and recreation departments, and other community based organizations working to combat obesity in communities all over Wisconsin. The ACHIEVE model capitalizes on the experience and expertise of national organizations in strengthening community leadership, building capacity, and activating change.