Door County Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 18 Years

• Door County Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating its 18th birthday on Jan. 26. During its nearly two decades of existence, the organization has built 31 homes throughout Door County and also supported the construction of over 70 homes in other parts of the world.

“In addition to building two to three new homes annually, we have also laid the groundwork for remodeling, painting and repair projects to benefit existing home owners in 2011,” said Rick Nelson, executive director of Door County Habitat for Humanity. “Our ReStore, which is just over a year old, recycles and repurposes quality merchandise.”

Habitat also includes a Women Build program and a faith-based group called Apostles Build program, and planning is currently underway for a trip to Puerto Lempira, Honduras as part of Global Village efforts.

An open house to celebrate Door County Habitat for Humanity’s birthday will be held on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 3 – 6 pm at Habitat’s multipurpose facility located at 410 North 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Information stations about Global Village, Women Build, Apostles Build, Critical Repairs, ReStore, and volunteer opportunities will be on display. Refreshments and cake will be served. Volunteers and staff will be available to assist with tours of the complex.

For more information contact Rick Nelson at 920.743.2869 or visit

• The Wisconsin Department of Public Education has recently notified Sevastopol Elementary School Physical Education teachers, Ron Frank and Mike McHugh, that Sevastopol Elementary has the highest percentage of students achieving the Presidential Physical Fitness Award of any elementary school, last year, in the State of Wisconsin.

To recognize this achievement, the school hosted a recognition assembly Wednesday, January 19 at noon in the elementary gym. A Recognition Banner will be presented to the school along with student demonstrations and a distribution of recognition patches. All are invited to attend.

Sevastopol Elementary has now been recognized with this honor five times.

• The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) will a hold a fundraising event to support youth programs for the 2011 year. The event will be held on Friday, Jan. 21 at 7 pm at CJ’s in Kewaunee. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Team registration is $120.

The event will feature a local spin on a popular reality game show, Minute-To-Win-It. Teams of 8 will compete in 60-second challenges using everyday household items. Winners of the evening will win prizes such as a 16-person Seafood Dinner Cruise onboard the Harbor Lady Cruise Line in Sturgeon Bay, a party at Hudson’s Bar and Grill in Algoma, and pizza and beer parties at The Bullpen in Kewaunee and The Rendezvous of Luxemburg (includes bowling as well).

Attendees will enjoy entertainment provided by Alex House of and an appetizer bar sponsored by Kewaunee Fabrications and Hatco Corporation.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Quali-T in Luxemburg, CJ’s in Kewaunee or at the DKBEP office in Sturgeon Bay. Teams of 8 are encouraged to register.

For more information and/or to register contact Marge at 920.487.1823.

• On the third Wednesday of each month, January through April, the Ephraim Moravian Church will offer a free hot lunch served at noon at the church. The lunch is open to all members of the community with no obligation.

The first Community Lunch was held Wednesday, Jan. 19. No reservations are necessary. The Ephraim Moravian Church is located at 9970 Moravia Street in Ephraim. For more information, call 920.854.2804.

• The Family Centers of Door County announced that a computer station complete with Internet access is now open to the public at the Southern Door Family Center, located at 1400 County Road DK in Brussels. Two computers were donated to the center by the Sheriff’s Department and re-furbished with a donation from Beatrice Marchant, founder of Marchant’s Foods in Brussels.

The computers will be available free of charge. There is Wi-Fi for those with laptop computers. Within the center there is a lounge area, self-serve beverage bar, meeting rooms, a full kitchen, and a play area for children.

The computer station is open to the public Monday and Friday from 9 am – 5 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday from 12 – 7:30 pm.

“Right now we have limited hours but are looking for volunteers who could staff the building on weekends to be open more hours,” said Gina Wautier. The Family Center will be offering Internet and Facebook Safety workshops along with basic classes for adults on computer and Internet use for beginners.

For more information visit or call 920.825.1430.

• HELP of Door County, Inc. is soliciting nominations for the 2011 “Anne Kok Social Justice Award.” The award will recognize an individual, group or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to eliminating violence against women in all its forms, while making an impact in Door County.

The award is named after Anne Kok, former executive director and board member of HELP who passed away February 2008 as the result of a tragic car accident. Kok was a social justice activist whose efforts were instrumental in securing the initial domestic abuse program funding initiatives in the state of Wisconsin.

Nominations must be submitted to HELP of Door County by Feb. 26. For more information and/or to request a nomination form, contact Barb Maskell at 920.743.8785.

• On Jan. 30, starting at noon, the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department and the local U.S Coast Guard authorities will present a free and open to the public ice safety and rescue program at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. This event is a discussion led by Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief, Tim Herlache, and Sturgeon Bay U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief, Wayne Spritka.

The program will start in the club’s dining room and later move outdoors. Children and adults are invited to view a presentation, video, rescue vehicles, and a display of survival and rescue gear. The program concludes with over a dozen personnel from both departments performing live rescues from the frigid waters of Sturgeon Bay.

For more information call 920.256.6000 or email [email protected].

• The 2010 Door County Medical Center Auxiliary Christmas Luncheon was held on Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. There were 80 in attendance from the Hospital Auxiliary and Administration.

The Medical Center Auxiliary gave donations to Door County Memorial Hospital totaling $72,333.33. Of the donations, $16,000.00 was given from the Gift Shop, and $55,000.00 from the House & Garden Walk. These funds will go toward the hospital’s Inpatient Services & Emergency Department. The Bridge Marathon’s donation of $1,333.33 is earmarked for the maintenance of the Aviary in the Skilled Nursing Facility.

The new slate of officers for the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary were elected at the meeting. Those serving in 2011 will be President Sharon Burr, President-Elect Linda Berns, Vice-President Susan MacLean, Secretary Sarah Anschutz, and Treasurer Mike Herlache.

• Volunteers are needed to help serve up the bountiful soup-and-bread buffet and to assist those who purchase bowls at the Peninsula School of Art’s SOUP! Benefit on Feb. 5 from 11 am – 3 pm. For more information and/or to sign up to volunteer call 920.868.3455.

SOUP! is sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial, Door County Chapter; The Wisconsin Arts Board, and fm106.9 the Lodge.

• On Saturday, Feb. 5 The Ridges Sanctuary will host their third annual “Great Waffle Breakfast” at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. From 9 – 11 am, attendees can enjoy waffles topped with Door County maple syrup, homemade cherry topping, and whipped cream. Donations will be accepted at the door.

The “Great Waffle Breakfast” is a community- and family-oriented event, and people are encouraged to stay for games and conversation. All those who attend will receive a free Ridges’ Trail Pass to hike the trails and boardwalks.

Emma Toft was one of the most vocal and persistent individuals to call for the preservation of what is now The Ridges Sanctuary, and the “Great Waffle Breakfast” celebrates the 120th anniversary of her birthday.

The Ridges Sanctuary is located just north of Baileys Harbor on County Highway Q. Trails are open to the public year round for a small fee (members may hike at no charge). Naturalist-led snowshoe hikes are scheduled on Fridays at 1 pm through February.

For more information call 920.839.2802 or visit

• U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Regional Director Tom Melius recently announced an award of $250,000 to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to conserve coastal wetlands along the northern Door Peninsula. The grant will help the DNR acquire a 2.4-acre parcel of coastal wetlands and 200 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline, habitat for both the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly and Dwarf Lake Iris.

The parcel is within the boundary of The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor, and is also part of the greater Baileys Harbor State Natural Area project. The funds were made available under the 2011 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program.

“The Midwest Region is proud to continue to support the ecological diversity of the Door Peninsula by working with our partners to acquire priority coastal wetlands for long-term preservation,” said Melius. “Within the last two years, the Coastal Grant Program has awarded more than $1 million to conservation projects in Door County, affirming our commitment to this treasured resource.”

A complete list of projects funded by the 2011 grant program can be found online at

 For more information visit

• The Door Dusters chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) will host a banquet on Feb. 5 at Coun’s C Club in Brussels for their 15th anniversary. Registration deadline for the event is Feb. 1.

There are a variety of ticket packages, which include dinner, NWTF membership, issues of Turkey Country magazine, and an attendance gift. Sponsor tickets are also available and include 1 year advertising on the Wisconsin NWTF website.

For more information and/or to register contact NWTF Regional Director Ken Jaworski at 920.680.0090 or via email at [email protected]. For more information visit

• United Way of Door County is pleased to announce that the 2010 Annual Fundraising Campaign raised $414,019.96. This number represents 9,196 Door County residents who will receive some assistance from one of the human services programs that receives funding from United Way in Door County. The amount of money raised was 94.8 percent of the $436,745 needed in 2011 to help residents.

Each year’s fundraising campaign uses hundreds of volunteers who help special events and/or serve on a variety of committees.

“While many needs will be met in 2011, there are still hundreds of others who will need assistance,” said Kaye Carter, volunteer president of the United Way of Door County. “Remember to Live United! You can do this easily if you take a little time to give, advocate or volunteer right here in Door County.”

For more information call 920.746.9645 or visit

• Wisconsin State Director Stan Gruszynski announced the availability of funds for Homeownership Loans to Wisconsin residents.

USDA Rural Development’s Rural Housing Direct Home Loan Program will offer 100 percent financing with no down payment required for low and lower income individuals or families at a 4.5 percent interest rate. These loans are made directly through USDA Rural Development and are offered for a period of 30 – 38 years. The repayment on the loan may be subsidized by the Federal Government, based on the household income. Direct loans may be made for the purchase of an existing home or new home construction.

County income limits for the programs are posted on the USDA Rural Development Wisconsin website:

For more information call 715.524.8522 ext 4 or visit

• The Volunteer Center of Door County is pleased to announce the 9th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held on Thursday, April 28 at Stone Harbor Resort.

“Volunteers make a difference by contributing their time, energy and talents to organizations that they ultimately become deeply connected to,” said Pam Seiler, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Door County. “The Golden Heart event shines a light on what is good and possible in Door County.”

Golden Heart nomination forms are now available. Nominations are accepted in five categories: Youth, Adult, Group, Arts & Culture, and Lifetime of Service.

Nominees are treated to a complimentary dinner and will be recognized individually. Award recipients will receive a unique art piece created by Chad Luberger of Plum Bottom Pottery as well as $500 to donate to a Door County charity of their choice. The Youth category award recipient will receive a $500 academic scholarship.

Kimberly Sawyer, Miss Wisconsin 2010, will join us to share her platform “Service for the Soul – Finding your passion in volunteering.” Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer, philanthropist and women’s health advocate, will be returning as Master of Ceremonies.

Nomination forms are due by Tuesday, March 15 and are available at the Volunteer Center, located at 62 S. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay or by download at For more information call 920.746.7704 or email [email protected].