- Sevastopol Elementary School Principal Mary Donaldson was placed on paid administrative leave at her own request as of Feb. 23, District Administrator Linda Underwood confirmed. Because this is a personnel matter, no other information was available, however Underwood said the school has banded together to ensure that the number 1 priority of educating children continues. At a January school board meeting, Underwood announced her plans to retire at the end of the 2016-17 school year. With that announcement, the school board made its own announcement that an independent review by outside legal counsel was being conducted on “the performance and professional conduct of the administrator and our elementary school principal.”
- Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay is serving as a hub for receiving donated items (including gift cards) for victims of the Feb. 13 Orchard Estates apartment fire that displaced 24 people from 15 units of the 16-unit apartment building. An account called Orchard Estates Fire Relief has also been set up for the fire victims at North Shore Bank; donations will be accepted at either the Sturgeon Bay or Sister Bay branches. A Facebook page for the relief effort has also been started. It, too, is titled Orchard Estates Fire Relief.
- The Door County Dive Team completed a training ice dive last week in the waters of Green Bay. The dive team is comprised of members of the Door County Sheriff’s Dept., Sturgeon Bay Police Dept., the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin State Patrol and Door County Emergency Services.
- The Sturgeon Bay Police Department is looking for individuals interested in Community Service Officer (CSO) positions. Community Service Officers are civilian employees of law enforcement agencies who are assigned to handle certain non-emergency duties and calls for service. This rewarding job allows individuals interested in law enforcement an opportunity to gain exposure and experience in the profession. Those interested in being a Community Service Officer should apply using the following link: sturgeonbaypolice.com/cso.html. Also, at the link you can find a pamphlet containing more information about the position.
- In a letter to Wisconsin legislative leaders, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress asked that a hold be placed on AB 640 and SB 493 to allow for further public input. The Conservation Congress Executive Committee held an emergency meeting Feb. 22 to address growing concern about fast-track legislative action currently underway that would open up navigable waters to commercial fishing operations. The committee concluded that this proposal should be held in abeyance until a more thorough vetting process has occurred. “We keep hearing from our constituents that we are moving too fast on opening up our public waters to commercial fish farming operations,” said committee member Joe Weiss of Spooner. “We need to slow this down until the public has a greater opportunity to weigh in.” The bill expands the category of natural bodies of water that may be used as part of a fish farm. A “natural body of water” as defined in the bill includes: a spring, stream, pond, lake, or wetland that was historically present in a natural state but may have been physically altered over time. The committee cites a number of important issues that have not been given enough scrutiny, including the impact on public access if there is a body of water that will no longer be available for other uses. The committee also concluded that the public needs to have more specifics regarding what actual activities could take place, what agency or agencies would be in charge of establishing criteria, and who would monitor the commercial operations.
- Adam Laluzerne of Sturgeon Bay is one of a group of six students at St. Norbert College in De Pere who will spend March 19-26 in Detroit as part of an urban poverty service project. The group will join students from other colleges and universities in attempting to create sustainable change in Detroit. They are one of five groups from St. Norbert College to take part in TRIPS (Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service) in communities throughout the country. Students are challenged to put their beliefs into action by providing service for social issues.
- Due to thinning ice, state recreational safety specialists are encouraging anglers to remove their ice fishing shelters prior to official deadlines. For 2016, those dates are: Sunday, March 6,for waters south of Hwy. 64; Sunday, March 13,for waters north of Hwy. 64, including the Great Lakes of Michigan and Superior, along with Green Bay and inland waters. Open water has been appearing on an increasing number of southern lakes, and many shorelines have thin ice, making access for removing shelters treacherous. Failure to remove a shanty or ice fishing shelter by these deadlines could result in a forfeiture of $263.10. Additional costs may be incurred if the DNR must arrange to have the shanty removed or if the shanty or ice fishing shelter breaks through the ice and must be recovered and disposed of.