Door County Land Trust Purchases 40 Acres of Wetlands

Photo by Jeff Davis.

• The Door County Land Trust announced the recent purchase of 40 acres at the center of the Kellner Fen, a 400-acre wetland complex located four miles north of Sturgeon Bay along Lake Michigan.

The Kellner Fen features a large expanse of open water and an extensive, fragile sedge mat that floats on top of the underlying water. The fen provides habitat for rare and unusual wetland species of insects, plants, and birds and is a breeding ground for the endangered Hines Emerald Dragonfly.

Kellner Fen was once home to a small cranberry operation on the northeastern portion of the lake. The fen was also home to a frog farm in the first part of the 20th century, a time when frog legs were a popular item on restaurant menus.

Funds for this most recent 40-acre purchase were provided by a Coastal Wetlands grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Private donations from Land Trust supporters also helped make the purchase possible.

For more information, view preserve maps, and/or make a contribution visit,

• Bargains Unlimited on the Scandia Village Campus has expanded to almost twice the size, with a new parking lot, front door, and more. The second hand store benefits the residents of Scandia Village. Profits have purchased three different vans for Scandia as well as two pick-up trucks. Over the years the money has also purchased new beds, a new rest room for the chapel, hydraulic patient lifts, specialized bathtubs, and more.

Bargains Unlimited is seeking volunteers who can work for as little as four hours a week or as many hours as they would like. The store has a job for just about anybody, from sorting clothes to testing electrical items, pricing merchandise to working the cash register.

For more information, stop by the store, located at 10560 Applewood Drive in Sister Bay, or call 920.854.9669.

• On Saturday, Nov. 13 from 10 am – 12 pm, the Crossroads will host Diabetes Update, presented by Ministry Door County Medical Center. Ruth Norton and Carmen Schroeder of Ministry will present “Discover Your Management Plan and Put It Into Action.” The program will take place at the Collins Learn Center and is free and open to the public.

Crossroads, open daily from 2 – 5 pm, is located at 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.746.5895 or visit

• The Sister Bay Advancement Association awarded the 2010 Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Volunteer of the Year award to Ron Bushen of Ellison Bay. Bushen was nominated by several different people for his volunteerism at Good Samaritan-Scandia Village in Sister Bay – he helps feed the residents three times a week, year-round; and for dedicating his time and efforts to the Stella Maris Catholic parish, specifically at St. Rosalia’s in Sister Bay. Bushen was the Parade Marshall in the 65th annual Fall Fest parade on Oct. 16. He received a commemorative plaque from the SBAA.

• Unseasonably warm weather greeted the hundreds of Halloween revelers at Fish Creek’s second annual Jack-O-Lantern Days held on the final weekend of October.

A pumpkin carving contest at Bayside Tavern on Thursday night jump-started the weekend with dozens of creative carvers. On Friday night, Hands On Art Studio hosted a costume party for adults, benefitting Feed My People, complete with live music.

Photo by Len Villano.

On Saturday morning, little ghosts and ghouls prepared for trick-or-treating by stopping by Spielman’s Kidworks for free face-painting.

An awe-inspiring and spooky pirate ship sponsored by the “Pirates in the Harbor” led the first annual Haunting Halloween and Pet Parade down Main Street. Immediately following the parade, kids in costumes hit the businesses for trick-or-treating, while adults took advantage of end of the year savings.

All weekend long, visitors passed through Gibraltar Historical Society’s Noble House as they witnessed the seasonal “house in mourning.” The Door County Trolley showcased their popular Ghost Tours all weekend long, as well as rides throughout town for parade-goers and shoppers.

The Fish Creek Civic Association rewarded the following business for their festive decorations: First place – Hands On Art Studio, Second-place – Hide Side, Third-place – Weber’s.

A “double rainbow” and a “lit-up Christmas tree” were among the crowd favorites at Bayside Tavern’s popular costume party and contest Saturday night.

Next year’s Jack-O-Lantern Days are slated for October 28, 29, and 30, 2011. For more information call 920.868.2316 or visit

• Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will host the 14th annual community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 25 at noon.

There is no charge for this dinner, as it is meant for all who wish to partake of fellowship of others who would otherwise be dining alone. Feel free to come and bring a friend, all are welcome.

In order to prepare an adequate amount of food, individuals who would like to attend are asked to make a reservation by Friday, Nov. 19. Please call Jill Lhost at 920.854.4208; please do not call the church office. No carryouts please.

Any donations received will benefit HELP of Door County. Funds to support this effort have been made by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Mike Kaye is pictured with his wife Mary, daughters Cami, Courtney and Cathy, and son-in-law Mike Mueller.

• The Cookery will host a benefit for Mike Kaye on Sunday, Nov. 14 from 8 am – 2 pm. Breakfast will be served from 8 am – noon, and lunch will be served from 11 am – 2 pm. The Cookery staff will donate their time and The Cookery will donate proceeds to Mike Kaye and his family to help with his medical bills. Mary Kaye, Mike’s wife, is an employee of The Cookery. Mike and Mary are residents of the Town of Sevastopol.

Mike has been in the ICU at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee since last August when a virus attacked his heart. He is still in the hospital in critical condition and will be in need of a heart transplant.

The Cookery is open weekends, Thursday through Saturday, during the months of Nov. and Dec. The restaurant and wine bar are located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek. For more information call 920.868.3634.

• Congratulations are extended to the winners of the “Mother Hubbard” Guess My Weight Contest sponsored by Door County Kraut and Produce and Koepsel’s Farm Market. “Mother Hubbard” was a very large heirloom type squash that grew from a volunteer plant in the farm’s gardens.

The first place winner was John Schilling of Palmyra, Wis. with a guess weight of 62.5 lbs, coming within 1.06 lbs of the actual weight. Schilling won a gift certificate for $100 towards a stay at “Gustave’s Getaway,” an 1887 log cabin in Baileys Harbor.

Lori Birr of Algoma with a guess of 63 lbs, just 1.56 lbs off the actual weight, won the second place prize of a gift basket sponsored by Koepsel’s Farm Market.

Weight guesses ran between 6 and 2,000 pounds. Entrants were primarily from the state of Wisconsin, through travelers from as far away as Montana were included in the entries.

• Many residents of Door County depend on Feed My People/Clothe My People for the food and gifts that make the holiday season more joyful. The organization has several holiday programs to meet the needs of fixed and low-income families, the elderly, special needs, and shut-in residents of Door County.

Donations for Coats for Kids are currently being accepted until the end of November. Individuals in need of coats for themselves or their children are welcome to stop by the Thrift Store with proof of Door County residency to receive free coats.

Also, the organization is looking for sponsors to provide Christmas gifts for families with children, for holiday food to be included in the emergency food pantries, and for holiday food to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners are provided at no cost to shut-in’s, low or fixed income residents, specials needs, and the elderly who live in Door County.

From now until November 22, Feed & Clothe My People will be accepting applications from families in need who would like to receive a Christmas meal and gifts.

The Thrift Store is located at 204 South 14th Avenue from 3 – 7 pm on Monday and Thursday, and 10 am – 2 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. For more information, to sponsor a family’s Christmas, to deliver a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, and/or to apply for a Christmas meal and gifts, contact Stella at 920.743.9053.

• Roger Nulton of Egg Harbor, Wisconsin and Naples, Florida was selected as the winner of the Northern Door Children’s Center’s 2010 Mini Cooper Convertible on Sunday, Oct. 24. Roger and his wife Marilyn purchased the winning ticket from Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) teacher Kerry Merkle at Baileys Harbor’s Autumnfest.

The winner of the NDCC Cooper, Roger Nulton with Trey Perlman, who drew the winning ticket.

The Nulton’s have been visitors of Door County for 10 years, and built their retirement home on Egg Harbor’s Bay Shore Drive. Nulton is a devoted volunteer for the Door County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and works at least two days a week on Habitat-related projects.

When Nulton came to pick up the new Cooper, three-year-old Trey Perlman, who attends NDCC and had picked their winning ticket the afternoon before, greeted them.

NDCC Board Member Sandy Friedenfels reported that just fewer than 2,200 tickets were sold for this year’s car raffle, an increase in sales from 2009. 2010 marks the seventh year the NDCC has raffled off a car, with the count consisting of three local winners and four out-of-county winners. All proceeds from the annual car raffle benefit the NDCC’s non-profit work for early childhood education and care.

For more information call 920.854.4244.

• Phillip Whiteman Jr, a nationally-known cultural consultant, storyteller, horse-trainer, and rodeo saddle bronc champ, will present a day-long workshop on employing Native American spiritual philosophy, prophesy, and practices to everyday life at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, Nov. 13.

Whiteman, Jr. is the Northern Cheyenne Chief of the Council of 44. With his deep understanding of Native American culture and traditions, his connection to horses and his gift of communicating with people, Phillip first developed the “Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship” as a natural and spiritual approach to a system that once favored domination as a rule. Soon he realized that the model he had developed for horses really applied to all of life – including our interactions with each other.

“It is much more than just working with horses,” Phillip explained. “It is a simple philosophy for life and shows the connection between man, animal and all living things.” Phillip will also share about the philosophy and teachings from Sweet Medicine, a famous Cheyenne prophet.

The full-day workshop will take place from 9:30 am – 5 pm at the Nelson Healing Center, located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Registration is at 9 am and the cost is $65. Lunch is included. For more information and/or to register call 920.818.0045 or visit

• A “Service of Community Remembrance” will be held Nov. 28 at the Door Community Auditorium to reflect on those the community has lost in the last two years.

The service will feature a reading of the names of those who have died in the past two years, readings, prayers, and musical selections. Greg Casperson, one of the event’s organizers, said that the county, and specifically Northern Door, has recently lost many people who have contributed much to its life and history, and remembering them as a community is important.

Joy Zakrzewski, Chaplain of the Good Samaritan Society, said she hopes the event becomes an annual remembrance of those who the community has lost.

The service is sponsored by the Scandia Village Good Samaritan Society, Casperson Funeral Home, and Northern Door Ministerial Association, and begins at 4 pm.

• The collection of filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child – also known as Christmas in a Shoebox – will be held both locally and nationally from Nov. 15 – 21. Shoebox gifts are a small way to make a big impact reaching out to children around the world. Shoebox gifts are distributed in over 100 countries.

To begin, select a standard size shoebox or purchase a standard size plastic shoebox. If desired, wrap or decorate the box, wrapping the cover separate.

Choose to fill the box for a girl or boy in one age category: 2 – 4 years, 5 – 9 years, or 10 – 14 years. Fill the box with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, flashlights with extra batteries, hard candy/gum in a Ziploc bag, and clothes – such as a t-shirt or socks.

Add $7 or more (make checks to Samaritan’s Purse) to cover shipping costs or pay online at and track the box around the world.

Bring boxes to a relay center, such as First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay, located at the corner of Fifth Ave and Georgia Street. Relay hours are 3 – 5 pm Monday through Friday and 1 – 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, contact Pamela Parks at 920.825.1104 or visit the

• For a fourth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cards to service members, their families, and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season.

From now until Dec. 10, the public is invited to send a “touch of home” through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney Bowes will then screen cards for hazardous materials, sort and package the cards, and deliver them to military bases and hospitals, veteran’s hospitals and other locations during the holidays. Pitney Bowes is providing all screening, packaging and shipping at no charge. The Red Cross will utilize hundreds of volunteers to sort and box cards for delivery to service men and women, veterans, and family members in Nov. and Dec.

“Sending a greeting card is a small effort that makes a big impact for our American heroes during the holiday season,” said Jody Weyers, volunteer and communications director at the Lakeland Chapter.

Holiday cards should be addressed and sent to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456.

Cards must be received no later than Dec. 10. Envelopes are not required. For reasons of processing and safety, participants are asked to refrain from sending “care packages,” monetary gifts, using glitter or including any inserts with the cards.

Visit for a full list of recommended guidelines.

• On Nov. 17 from 6:30 – 9 pm at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay, Dr. Melissa Nelson will share some of the teachings she has received from the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. The first Grandmothers’ Wisdom Talk Circle will take place at the Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay.

“This relationship began four years ago when I traveled with them to India to meet with the Dalai Lama of Tibet,” said Nelson. “My life changed in a dramatic way and ever since, I have been traveling with them, twice a year, to their homelands all around the world.”

Nelson became affiliated with the Center for Sacred Studies and completed her ministry training; a two-year program with the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers and other educators as mentors. She will be sharing and teaching from her personal experiences as well as from the ancient teachings of the Indigenous and First Nation Peoples.

Nelson Healing Center is located at 44 S. 2nd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. For more information and/or to register call 920.818.0045 or visit There is no charge to attend the Grandmothers’ Wisdom Talk Circle.

• On Nov. 14, the Health & Wellness Cabinet of the Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will host their 3rd diabetes series entitled, “Nutrition Management for Diabetes Control.” Presented by Carmen Schroeder, a register dietician and certified diabetic educator, the presentation will take place at 4 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The program is free and open to the public.

The church will also host their 14th annual Community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 12 pm. The meal is free to the public, though reservations are requested by Friday, Nov. 19. Call Jill Lhost at 920.854.4208 to make a reservation.

• On Thursday, Nov. 18 from 7:30 – 9:30 am, the community is invited to attend breakfast at Scandia Village in the Meadows & Villas Dining Room at 10560 Applewood Road in Sister Bay. This event is being held to raise funds and awareness for United Way of Door County and, while there is no cost for the breakfast, a goodwill offering will be appreciated.

United Way of Door County provides funding to more than 9,000 people through 38 programs that strive to provide better lives for residents of Door County.

For more information and/or to create a partnership between an organization or business and United Way of Door County, contact Christine Salmon at 920.746.9645 or via email at [email protected].

• The new Door County Plat book is now available at the UW-Extension Office in the Government Center in Sturgeon Bay. The plat book contains up-to-date land ownership information, county and city road maps, a recreational map, lake maps, and a school district map all in a full color, easy to read format.

Cost of the plat books is $28. Plat books can be mailed for an additional cost of $3. Books will soon be available at other locations in addition to the UW-Extension office. All proceeds will support the Door County 4-H Program.

For more information contact the Extension Office at 920.746.2260.

• The same musicians that performed in the Club Jazz concert at Birch Creek on Nov. 4 also had the opportunity to work with local music students, particularly jazz and rhythm section students, on Nov. 4 and 5. Birch Creek faculty Jeff Campbell (bass), Reggie Thomas (piano), and Rick Haydon (guitar) participated in the Artists in Schools program that brings world-class musicians into local schools to educate and inspire our area music students. Birch Creek has implemented the Artists in Schools program for 10 years, reaching as many as 400 area music students annually.

(Left to right) Birch Creek faculty members Reggie
Thomas (piano), Rick Haydon (guitar), and Jeff Campbell (bass) met with rhythm section students from area schools.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, Campbell, Thomas, and Haydon visited the Sevastopol music department, with the assistance of music teachers Cheryl Pfister and Tanya Hasenjager, where they led a workshop for the instrumental students and young vocalists. The following morning, percussion and rhythm section students from Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, and Gibraltar schools gathered at Birch Creek’s rehearsal center for a half-day clinic with the faculty in residence.

Door County band directors may contact Birch Creek throughout the school year to inquire about the Artists in Schools outreach program or to ask questions of the faculty regarding their public school’s music programs.

Door County high school instrumental music students are also encouraged to apply to attend the two-week summer sessions at Birch Creek. Scholarship assistance is available specifically for Door County students.

For more information, contact Birch Creek Executive Director Kaye Wagner at 920.868.3763.