• Door County has been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice award for Best Destination for Fall Foliage. Nationwide voting for the award is underway at 10best.com, where fans may vote daily through Aug. 26. Even though we’re living summer, the Door County Visitor Bureau asks visitors and residents to start thinking fall by voting for Door County. Winners will be announced Sept. 6. Door County is one of 20 destinations nationwide to be nominated for the 2019 award.
• Gov. Tony Evers has announced additional efforts to address nitrates in ground and surface water by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). “I am committed to protecting Wisconsin’s waters and ensuring every Wisconsinite has access to clean drinking water,” Evers said. “In the Year of Clean Drinking Water, I’m proud that my cabinet is working with the agricultural and environmental communities to address nitrate contamination.” As part of the announcement, Evers directed the DNR to pursue rulemaking through NR 151 to reduce nitrate contamination by establishing targeted nitrate performance standards for soils that are most likely to experience nitrogen contamination. Evers also directed DATCP to work closely with the DNR to continue developing the technical standards needed to meet NR 151. “Many of our farmers are already helping to lead the way on clean-water practices in their communities,” said DATCP Secretary-designee Brad Pfaff. “We look forward to connecting the dots with the agricultural community and our partners at the Department of Natural Resources to ensure [that] our farmers have up-to-date standards and tools to help protect our water systems from nitrate contamination.”
• The Sturgeon Bay School District will hold all school registrations at the TJ Walker Middle School Gym on Aug. 8 and Aug. 13, 12-7 pm. All public school students, regardless of grade level, should turn in registration materials and pay fees at one convenient location on these dates. Those who cannot register on either of those dates should visit their school office – which will be open for business, including late registration – starting Aug. 19, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am – 4 pm.
• Mary Lou Forier will present “Tallak!: From Genealogy to Stories” during the Door County Historical Society’s weekly speaker series on Aug. 3, 1 pm, at the Hanson Norwegian Homestead on Utah Street in Sturgeon Bay. Forier will share the history of her family – which emigrated from Norway in 1846 and arrived in Sturgeon Bay 17 years later – and how she discovered this history through libraries, genealogical societies, museums, courthouses and travel. This program is free, but donations are appreciated. The Heritage Village will be open for self-guided tours beginning at 10 am and after the presentation until 3 pm. Adult admission is $6.50; a donation for youth is appreciated. For more information, contact Door County Historical Society at 920.421.2332 or email [email protected]
• The final month for the free summer History Hour programs put on by the Egg Harbor Historical Society will kick off on Monday, Aug. 5, at 3 pm at the Kress Pavilion with a program on the personal family life of Egg Harbor’s Doctor H.F. Eames. The program will focus on Eames’ early personal life and raising his family at his beloved “LaVista” overlooking the village and harbor. On Aug. 12, the EHHS will cover the many contributions of Eames, many so important to the early development of Egg Harbor and all of Door County.