Door County Home Builders Association Donate to Building Efforts in Afghanistan

• A gift from the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA) is helping Marine Civil Affairs teams with building efforts in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.

DCHBA recently purchased and donated 20 new levels and shipped them to Chief Petty Officer Michael McCarty, co-owner of Baudhuin, Inc., Sturgeon Bay, who is a construction chief at Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan.

McCarty observed that Helmand Province contractors needed improved construction tools for projects made from concrete masonry blocks. The buildings include schools, clinics, bazaars and bridge abutments.

“After touring around and conducting quality assurance visits to several construction jobs, I noticed that a lot of the buildings were not being constructed level. The workers do not have some of the basic tools that we have back in the United States. They were happy to get the levels,” McCarty said in an email interview.

Some of the donated items will also be used by Civil Affairs teams to teach Afghans basic construction skills.

Dennis Van Bramer of Baudhuin, Inc., and Jeff Dorner of Van’s Lumber & Custom Builders, both DCHBA board members, coordinated the project.

• August 23 from 6 – 7 pm, the public is encouraged to attend a free introduction to the upcoming Life Skills classes which will begin in September at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Life Skills classes will provide tools that help individuals learn how to rebuild and improve their lives. Adults will attend gender-separate classes to learn valuable skills for life from the “Learning to Live, Learning to Love” curriculum developed by Dr. Paul Hegstrom.

“We weren’t born with a ‘Life Manual’ on how to live a happy and successful life,” said Nelson Healing Center founder Dr. Melissa Nelson. “In Life Skills we focus on developing our core character which develops us into being a better person, spouse, family member, employee, business owner or manager.”

She will share a few Head Start videos of Dr. Paul Hegstrom explaining some of the fundamentals of the Life Skills curriculum. There is no charge to attend.

Life Shills classes for women will begin on September 6 with an orientation from 6 – 9 pm. They will meet each week through early March.

The Nelson Healing Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The cost to attend is based on a sliding fee scale according to annual income. For more information or to register call 920.818.0045. Visit for more details.

More information about the Life Skills Curriculum is available at and at

• An evensong memorial service will be held at 5 pm on August 21 for the Rt. Rev. Robert Marshall Anderson, the seventh Episcopal bishop of Minnesota, at the Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek.

Bishop Anderson of Minneapolis and Ephraim died on May 3, 2011. He served the Minnesota diocese from 1978 to 1993 and was interim rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Lake Forest, IL, amid his service as bishop assistant to the Diocese of Los Angeles from 1995 to 2008.

Bishop Anderson preached often at the Church of the Atonement. For more information visit

• United Way of Door County is pleased to announce the “A-DOOR-able Mailbox Raffle” sponsored by Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (CBTREG) to benefit United Way of Door County.

REALTORS and Associates of CBTREG partnered with local artists to create these one-of-a-kind mailboxes. The mailboxes will be raffled off at United Way of Door County’s fall event, Chefs for a Day, on October 15 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.

The public is welcome to stop by any one of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group’s Door County offices to purchase raffle tickets and view a sampling of the “A-DOOR-able Mailboxes.” Tickets are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20. Tickets are also available at the United Way of Door County office, located at 57 N. 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

“This is a great partnership,” commented Amy Kohnle, executive director of United Way of Door County. “This idea created a way for REALTORS, artists, and the community to all support United Way of Door County. Thank you to Jamie Sanger and Barbara Bentley for their leadership on this wonderful idea.”

Pictures of the “A-DOOR-able Mailboxes” are available by visiting

For more information call 920.746.9645.

• The month of August will mark the start of the Door County YMCA’s 25th year in Door County. The Y will be kicking off this yearlong celebration at their Annual Meeting and Volunteer picnic on August 25.

The celebration will be held at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center with a social at 5:30 pm, potluck dinner at 6 pm and a dinner at 6:30 pm. All are welcome and invited to join the YMCA as they celebrate this great milestone, along with the achievements of the past year. There will be live music, inflatable bouncers, volunteer recognition and looking back on the YMCA over the past 25 years.

Other special events will also be taking place at both program centers through the week of August 25 and the following year as the YMCA continues to celebrate their anniversary year.

For more information or to make a reservation for the celebration call the Sturgeon Bay YMCA at 920.743.4949 or the Northern Door YMCA at 920.868.3660.

• Following a tradition of more than 70 years the Festival of the Assumption will be held August 13 at the Episcopal Church of the Precious Blood. Solemn mass will be celebrated at 11 am by the Bishop of Fond du Lac. Subsequent dinner will follow a Door County Belgian theme. Craft items and baked goods produced by parishioners will be for sale. The grand prize of a raffle will be a handmade quilt.

The church was recently restored to its historic design and decoration. It is located at the junction of County Highways C and N, five miles north of Brussels.

• Rock, Pilot, and Plum Islands were the destinations of a recent Girl Scout adventure led by professionals Sadie O’Dell and Courtney Wright from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Girls from southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois began their five-day journey with an orientation session at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge. The next day brought them to Door County where ferries brought the group and their camping gear to Rock Island State Park. A DNR naturalist gave them a tour of the island; later a Friends of Rock Island docent shared the history of the restored 1858 Pottawatomie Lighthouse. The near-perfect summer weather captivated everyone’s attention with a sunset over the lake viewed from the Thordarson Boathouse.

Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) volunteers Gary Wilson and Tim Sweet met up with the Girl Scouts and the USFWS to provide transportation to the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

While on Plum Island, the Scouts helped to plan the construction of an interpretive trail that will follow an old patrol road used by Guardians of Death’s Door as they kept watch over mariners who sailed in the surrounding waters. The girls also shared their ideas for the future of the Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge. A 15-year management plan from the USFWS is expected to be released soon.

For more information visit

• The annual picnic for members of the Kangaroo Lake Association and their guests will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 13, at Lakeside Park in Jacksonport. Adults can purchase burgers, brats and hot dogs for $3 each. Children 12 and under get one free sandwich. The rest of the meal will be potluck. Each family is asked to bring one or more dishes to serve 10 or 12. Individuals and businesses with items to donate to the raffle may call Howard Williamson, 920.421.0512 or 920.839.9193. Also call Williamson for reservations.

• The annual Perky Pancake Breakfast will take place August 20 from 8 – 10:30 am at the Sister Bay Moravian Church, located at the corner of Hill and Old Stage Road in Sister Bay.

This is a fundraiser for Moravian schools and churches in Kathmandu (Nepal) and the Kashmir region of northern India.

The menu will feature pancakes with genuine maple syrup, applesauce, sausage, juice, coffee, and milk. The cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children, with a maximum cost of $25 per family. For more information visit

• Local children have enjoyed the opportunity to spend their summer in Otumba Park thanks to a summer camp partnership between the Door County YMCA and the City of Sturgeon Bay.

At this recreational outdoor camp the children engage in daily sport activities along with team building challenges, beach time and various other games with the emphasis on fun and learning.

In addition, the campers are able to do a daily craft project to take home and share with their family at the end of the day thanks to funding provided by the Door County Community Foundation to purchase the art supplies. These projects allow the children to express their creative side and learn in a hands-on environment.

For more information call the Sturgeon Bay YMCA at 920.743.4949 or the Northern Door YMCA at 920.868.3660.

• The Sail Training Foundation will end the 2011 season of classes with its traditional spaghetti supper at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on August 15 from 5 – 8 pm. The event is open to the public.

Head chef and STF Executive Committee Chairman Darrell Askins will prepare menu that includes salad, garlic bread and lemonade or coffee. Live guitar and piano will be performed.

The cost of the meal is $9.50 for adults and $4.50 for children. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Yacht Club or from any Sail Training Foundation Executive Committee member: Jesse Brunsvold, Colleen Elliott, Griff Goetsch, Darrell Askins, Mike Willms, Cain Goettelman or Tim Graul.

For more information call 920.743.6934.

• Four iconic figures in the rich maritime history of Door County were recently honored with the annual Mariner Award during ceremonies at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. John Asher, president of Roen Salvage Company, received the award recognizing a living nominee. Posthumous honors went to local maritime legends Arnold Petersen, Gordon K. Weber, and Joseph Wolter.

Asher was presented the Mariner Award trophy, a handcrafted original work by noted woodcarver David Frykman. The deceased recipients’ names were added to the Mariner Award plaque that is prominently displayed on the second floor of the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

For the first time, this year’s award dinner also honored the Sturgeon Bay area Coast Guard Person of the Year. Sponsored by the Fox Valley Council of the Navy League of the United States, City of Sturgeon Coast Guard Committee, Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club and Door County Maritime Museum, the award recognizes a local active duty Coast Guardsman who exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values. Petty Officer Evans, who heads the engineering department at Station Sturgeon Bay, was this year’s award recipient. Navy League President Paul Muntean presented an impressive wooden plaque depicting the Coast Guard Seal and Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham read a proclamation declaring July 31, 2011 “Machinery Technician First Class Rush R. Evans Day” throughout the city.

Next year’s award dinner is tentatively scheduled for July 29, 2012 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Nomination forms are available by contacting the Maritime Museum at 920.743.5958.

• As Wisconsin moves into its second year as a smoke-free state, tobacco control advocates and area businesses are keeping kids healthy by not selling tobacco products to minors because of the Wisconsin Wins Program.

Sales to minors in 2011 (Jan-July) have decreased to 8.1 percent compared to the 2010 (Jan-Dec) non-compliance rate of 9.6 percent. Coordinators of and volunteers with re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network, a multi-jurisdictional coalition comprised of the counties of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Winnebago, views the overall decrease in sales as a testament to the continued comprehensive effort to reduce youth tobacco use.

“No one wants to see youth getting their hands on tobacco,” said Jason Laurin, assistant coordinator of re:TH!NK. “It’s great to see that many of our local tobacco retailers are educated and concerned about not selling to minors. But we’ve still got work to do to help reduce youth access to and use of tobacco products.”

Community coalitions like re:TH!NK are supported by the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. They work with community partners to reduce the use of and exposure to tobacco in order to reduce death and disease and keep health care costs down.

The Tobacco Prevention and Control Program also coordinates the Wisconsin Wins Program, which provides training, media and community outreach, and education to help retailers avoid hefty fines. For more information visit

• August 23, United Way of Door County will hold its Annual Campaign Kick-Off at The Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay.

United Way’s Campaign Kick Off will offer an opportunity for people to learn more about United Way, to network, and to have fun. The evening will begins at 5 pm with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live music provided by Cover League, and a cash bar.

There will be a short Kick-Off program at 6 pm. During this time, guests will learn about the upcoming campaign and United Way of Door County’s Impact Areas. Pacesetter Companies, including Baylake Bank, Sunshine House, and Younkers, will report the results of their employee campaigns. There will be more live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and community building until 7:30 pm.

For more information or register for the event call 920.746.9645 or email [email protected].

• The Wellness Center of Door County celebrated the opening of its brand-new facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 5.

The ceremony featured distinguished guests including former Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton and the Wellness Center’s Capital Campaign Co-chairs Shirley Senarighi and Vicki Wilson. Wellness Center staff was on hand to answer over 75 visitors’ questions as they toured the new location. Door County Coffee and homemade baked goods were provided.

“This is a place that offers affordable, confidential health care provided in an educational setting. They know that every visit is important and strive to expand a patient’s knowledge about how to better themselves and their families,” said Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton.

The celebration completes phase one of the construction project, located immediately north of the old building on 5th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The Building Wellness Capital Campaign will continue to raise funds as the second phase of construction will begin this fall.

Once completed in March 2012, the size of the Wellness Center will be 8,800 square feet and include five exam rooms, one room for minor procedures and sexual assault exams, a conference room for group education, a drive-up window for prescription and supply pick-up, and a multi-purpose room for affordable physical activity classes and small group workshops.

Throughout the past year, the Wellness Center of Door County detailed the construction progress of the new building on its Facebook page ( It will continue to track phase two until the grand opening of the completed center next spring.