• 3,800 miles of east, east central and northeast Wisconsin is now on the map as a major wine growing region due to the planning of Trout Springs Winery owner Steve DeBaker and his associates.
This area, the “Wisconsin Ledge,” is part of the Niagara Escarpment corridor which contains unique underlying geology, soils and climate conditions making it especially conducive to grape growing and wine production. Regional wineries will now be able to label their products as “Wisconsin Ledge” beginning on April 23, 2012.
“Enhancing the Wisconsin Ledge with picturesque vineyards on rolling hillsides should attract agri-tourism second to none,” said DeBaker.
For more information call DeBaker at 920.864.7761 or email [email protected].
• Cellcom will offer iPhone 4S to its customers beginning April 20. iPhone 4S will be available starting at $149 for the 16GB model, $249 for the 32GB model and $349 for the 64GB model in Cellcom retail stores and agent locations. Cellcom will also offer iPhone 4 for $49. iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 require activation on one of Cellcom’s individual or family voice and data plans.
For more information, visit http://www.cellcom.com.
• Grasse’s Grill in Sister Bay will be opening in mid-May. Owned by Jimmy and Jessica Grasse, the restaurant will feature produce grown by Jimmy’s sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Patrick Knapp of Ellison Bay Farm Fresh. Grasse’s Grill will also compost fruit and vegetable peelings from the restaurant on the Grasse farm.
The restaurant will serve gourmet burgers, specialty sandwiches and salads, homemade desserts, and dinners prepared from scratch by Jimmy. They will also be serving Wisconsin beers and wines, ice cream, box lunches and carry-outs.
• The Door County Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteers have recycled items from the ReStore and creatively transformed them into treasures.
For spring the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is raffling off one of those creatively transformed items, a children’s “Joe Bar-B-Que.” It is made from cabinet doors, a file cabinet base, Nesko roaster and stove hardware. Customers are encouraged to put their name and donation in the hat at the ReStore for the drawing.
The ReStore has kept over 260,000 pounds of usable material out of local landfills and has recycled over 74,000 pounds of electronic waste.
The ReStore is open Thursday and Friday from 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday from 9 am – 2 pm.
For more information call 920.743.2869.
• Door County Coffee and Tea Co. is offering a new online experience in a continued effort to connect with visitors year-round.
“We believe that providing our visitors with an opportunity to experience a little piece of Door County at their home throughout the year is a wonderful service,” said Vicki Wilson, founder and president of Door County Coffee.
The new Door County Coffee website provides visitors with information about the 100 plus varieties of coffee and other products, highlights “things to do in Door County” and includes details about the café.
The new website was launched at the end of March and is now available for browsing at http://www.dooorcountycoffee.com. For more information, contact Erin Hoffman at 1.800.856.6613 or via email at [email protected].
• The board of directors of the Top of the Thumb Association, a long-standing business group whose purpose is the promotion of businesses and attractions at the northern end of Door County, changed its name to Door County North. In addition to a new name they will also redirect their focus. The organization consists of businesses and services located in Liberty Grove Township.
In addition to promoting the businesses located in that area, the group hopes to acquaint area visitors with the many beaches, parks, canoe and kayak launches, biking trails, and all of the green and silent sport opportunities in this part of the county.
Door County North will continue to operate a newly revitalized welcome center located in Ellison Bay, where visitors are invited to take advantage of the free use of a new fleet of bicycles.
A new website and new brochures are also under development.
• Norma Saldivar, a veteran theater director, will be the new director for Door Shakespeare. Saldivar, head of the graduate directing program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, has signed on to direct Door Shakespeare’s 2012 production of As You Like It.
Considered one of the most talented and prolific theater directors in Wisconsin, Saldivar has directed at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Skylight Opera Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Madison Repertory and Next Act Theatre. In 2003, she received a citation at the American College Theatre Festival for her production of Hamlet at UW Madison.
For more information call 920.839.1500.
• The next Sturgeon Bay’s First Friday event will take place April 13. The featured nonprofits will be the Sexual Assault Center of Door County, the Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition, and Open Door Youth Services. Local businesses will have expanded hours with some open until 8 pm. Many of the participating businesses will have refreshments and live entertainment.
Representatives from the featured nonprofits will be at a few of the participating businesses to answer questions about the services they provide.
For more information contact the United Way of Door County office at 920.746.9645 or via email at [email protected].
•The Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced three opportunities for Wisconsin producers.
The FSA will accept applications for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) Project Areas until April 23, 2012. BCAP provides payments to eligible farmers and forest landowners for the establishment and production of eligible crops for conversion to bioenergy in selected project areas.
The FSA also announced that the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up deadline has been extended until April 13. During this extended signup period, landowners may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.
The FSA also annouced that the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program 2010 crop year sign-up deadline ends June 1. Producers who suffered losses due to natural disasters during the 2010 crop year may be eligible to receive SURE assistance.
For more informaiton visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.
• The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development still has loans available to rural communities in Wisconsin with affordable monthly payments. Rural Development offers 100 percent financing on home loans with no down payment required. The interest rate as of April 1 will be at 3.25 percent. Loans can be subsidized down to 1 percent and are offered for a period of 33 to 38 years. Loans are available to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements. There are loan specialists available to assist with pre-qualifications.
For more information visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.
• Baylake Bank Premier Club, the YMCA Sturgeon Bay Program Center and Ministry Door County Medical Center are sponsoring an informational program on “Dealing with Stock Market Ups and Downs.”
Marcia Peterson, the program presenter, is a private banker at Baylake Bank and has been working there for 17 years, with her earlier career spent at JP Morgan Chase. Peterson will discuss what to do when interest rates are low and the stock market is unpredictable, and how to come to terms with personal financing.
This program will take place at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay on April 18 from 9:50 – 10:50 am. The program is free, but registrations are recommended. Refreshments will be served.
To register please call the YMCA at 920.743.4949 or Barb Malzahn at Baylake Bank Conference Center at 920.743.5551.