News Bulletin: Groundbreaking Announced for Maritime Lighthouse Tower


• The Door County Maritime Museum’s board of directors has announced the groundbreaking for the Maritime Lighthouse Tower museum expansion. The ceremonial groundbreaking, signaling the start of construction activities, will take place Nov. 13, 10:30 am, at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM), 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. 

The board announced the selection of the Boldt Company as the tower’s general contractor and the receipt of a $1 million pledge of support from the George Kress Foundation. The groundbreaking will be open to project donors, local dignitaries and the press. 

“This is a historic day that has been a long time coming for the Door County Maritime Museum,” said board member John Asher, CEO of Roen Salvage Company. “So many people have worked very hard for many years to make this dream a reality. This project will be a significant economic stimulus that will bring long-term stability to the museum and more business to many others throughout Sturgeon Bay and Door County.” 

Speakers will include William Harder, DCMM board president; Kevin Osgood, DCMM executive director; Bob DeKoch, president of the Boldt Company; and Will Kress of the George Kress Foundation and president of Green Bay Packaging.

• Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has earned the 2019 Rural Community Partner Award from the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, which established the award to recognize community partners who have made significant contributions to their rural school district. 

Southern Door Schools Superintendent Patricia Vickman nominated DCMC with input from other local superintendents, noting that DCMC is the sole provider of school nursing, athletic training and occupational- and physical-therapy services to Door County schools. 

“DCMC’s partnership provides us with high-quality, economical, student-based services to all of our county schools. This partnership has existed for more than 30 years, and [it] always ensures us, as districts, that we have the latest expertise and best practice in education when it comes to these specialized medical-related services for our students.”

DCMC also provides access to a free dental clinic and to career-exploration opportunities such as tours and speakers, and it sponsors wellness events. 

• A two-vehicle crash in Nasewaupee Oct. 23 killed Rosemary Atkinson, 53, of Brussels, and seriously injured the driver of the other vehicle, Christine Dewitt, 46, of Egg Harbor. Dewitt was airlifted to a Green Bay hospital with serious injuries. Speed and alcohol are not believed to be contributing factors. The crash occurred on Highway 57 and South Cloverleaf Road at about 2:46 pm. 


• The Forestville Millpond Improvement Project will begin Nov. 1 and will conclude in September 2021. On Jan. 22, 2019, the Door County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution authorizing a two-year drawdown of the millpond. Some of the anticipated outcomes are increased water depth, reduction of aquatic invasive species and carp populations, and improved water clarity. 

The project will include a gradual drawdown of the millpond not to exceed a rate of three inches per day, to a level that mimics the natural flow of the Ahnapee River. In September 2021, the plan is to gradually allow the millpond to refill to its current level once the improvement project is complete. 

• The first weekend of November marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. As you change your clocks, ReadyWisconsin suggests also testing smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors and checking the supplies in emergency kits. Ensuring that they are working properly and are fully stocked could save lives. The National Fire Protection Association says three out of every five home-fire deaths occurred when smoke detectors were either not present or were not working properly. Detectors should be tested monthly and replaced every 10 years. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 am.

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