Door County Land Trust Adds Acres to Nature Preserve

Photo by Julie Schartner.

• The Door County Land Trust recently purchased property south of the Village of Egg Harbor. This acquisition adds 50 acres of meadow and forest to the Door County Land Trust’s Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve and protects over a half mile of open space along County Highway G.

“Adding these 50 acres to the nature preserve is exciting for several reasons,” explained Dan Burke, executive director of the Door County Land Trust. “This purchase helps to preserve the rural character of one of Door County’s most scenic roadways by protecting highly-developable land. It also preserves a portion of the Niagara Escarpment that provides habitat for a number of rare plants and animals.”

Recognizing the value of the escarpment, the Land Trust has been hard at work protecting the lands above and below the natural feature at the Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve. In addition to the 50 acres just acquired, four other properties were added to the preserve in 2009 bringing the total size of the preserve to 140 acres.

Funds for the purchase were provided by Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund and the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Trustee Council administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Private donations from Land Trust supporters also helped make the purchase possible.

For more information, preserve maps, and/or hunting information, visit

• The Door County Community Foundation has launched a new Historic Preservation Fund in partnership with the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation.

“The history and unique culture of Door County is an enormous part of our identity as a community,” said Bret Bicoy, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “The Historic Preservation Fund offers financial support for those people and organizations who are working to preserve and celebrate our past.”

Working in partnership with the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation, the Community Foundation’s Historic Preservation Fund supports the appreciation, enhancement, and preservation of historical landmarks and the cultural heritage of Door County.

The Community Foundation welcomes applications from historical societies as well as other kinds of charities that want to incorporate the preservation or celebration of Door County’s history into their work.

Historic Preservation Fund materials may be downloaded from the Community Foundation’s website at Applications and supporting materials must be received at the Community Foundation by Tuesday, November 16.

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

• Friday, November 12 is the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) zip codes.

“The U.S. Postal Service is encouraging the use of these early deadlines to make sure that packages reach their destinations in time for the holidays,” said Sister Bay Postmaster Karen Sunstrom.

The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines, and military service aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible. All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.

The large Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box offers a $2 discount to APO/FPO destinations and ships for just $12.50. Customers can access shipping information by adding Delivery Confirmation, which is available for almost all military destinations outside the United States.

The Postal Service’s popular Military Care Kits also help military families and friends keep free shipping supplies within reach. Each kit contains six Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes, six customs forms and envelopes, six Priority address labels, and one role of military tape. The kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1.800.610.8734.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations.

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• Motorcyclists are encouraged to join a group ride leaving from the AC Tap on Saturday, October 16 to the Ladder House Benefit for John Vanderhoof. The Titans MC has invited the public to attend the fundraising event.

Vanderhoof was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2005. He endured two lung biopsies and is being treated with chemotherapy, as the cancer has returned to his remaining kidney. He is unable to work full time due to his illness and his family is struggling to keep up with the medical expenses.

The benefit at the Ladder House will be held from 4:30 – 9 pm. The event will include a silent auction, a Chinese raffle, a 50/50 raffle, live music, and more.

Riders can register at 11 am at the AC Tap on Highway 57 north of Baileys Harbor. The Titans MC are asking for donations of $10 per bike or $15 for a couple. Cycles will roll out at 12 pm, rain or shine. There will be “pass-the-hat” stops at a few taverns along the way. For more information contact “Burly” at 920.559.9869.

There is also an account at Pioneer Credit Union in Sturgeon Bay in the name of Julie Mraz for the Benefit of John Vanderhoof. The account number is 521364 to those who wish to make a donation. For questions regarding donations contact Mraz at 920.495.3766.

• On Tuesday, October 19 from 5:15 – 7:30 pm, The Wellness Center of Door County will host, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, a discussion on Health Care Reform and its affect on Wisconsin women and their families. The event will be held at the Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center located at 107 N. 1st Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

The Wellness Center will present two health policy experts for the event. The first speaker will be Rachel Currans-Sheehan from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. She will be providing the audience with an informative overview of the Affordable Care Act. Next, Sara Finger, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, will thoroughly examine Health Care Reform and how it impacts the women within this state and their families. The speakers’ presentations will be followed by a question and answer period. Open discussion is encouraged.

Registration for this event is required as space is limited. For more information and/or to register, call 920.746.9444 or visit Free will donations are welcome.

The mission of the Wellness Center of Door County is to provide affordable and confidential reproductive, sexual and related health care to men and women. The Wellness Center is located at 312 N. 5th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. For more information visit

• The Sturgeon Bay YMCA will host the annual Fall Community Health Fair on Tuesday, October 26.

Attendees of the free event will have the opportunity to experience many interactive activities throughout the day including foot and chair massages, cholesterol/blood glucose screenings, hearing tests, blood pressure checks, and skin cancer screening.

In addition to the screenings, Aurora Healthcare will be holding a “Shoo the Flu” flu shot clinic at the health fair. Flu shots will be available for $30 and pneumonia shots for $55.

The entire facility will be open to the community free of charge and anyone who joins the Y on October 26 will receive 50 percent off the joining fee. The event will also feature free refreshments and a variety of door prizes donated by the participating businesses. The YMCA will also offer free childcare during the fair.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this free service to the community and help get everyone one step closer to a healthier lifestyle,” said Mary Claire McHugh, Health and Wellness director at the Door County YMCA.

The Community Health Fair is hosted by the Door County YMCA and the Parish Nurses Network. The fair is sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center.

For more information call 920.743.4949 or visit

• On Saturday, October 30 the Northern Door County YMCA will host the first annual Party in Pink Zumbathon from 10 am – 12 pm.

Registration for the event is $10 per participant and will take place at the door from 9 – 10 am. Breast cancer survivors are welcome to join the event free of charge. Pledge sheets are available to collect donations.

Seventy-five percent of registration fees will be donated to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund and a portion will also be donated to the Door County YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

Zumba is an exercise class comprised of 70 percent Latin dance, such as a Salsa or Meringue, and 30 percent fitness, typically involving Latin music. Participants do not need to be familiar with dance to succeed at Zumba; it is designed for everyone, participants of any fitness level, any background, or any age. To learn more visit

Zumba classes are currently held at the Fish Creek YMCA with several classes to choose from.

The event is being brought to Door County by Amie Brey, Chandra Johnson, and Pam Voss, all certified Zumba instructors.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund is a non-profit organization that raises money for research to cure breast cancer. For more information visit

For more information about the event contact Amie Brey at 920.854.6801 or via email at [email protected].