- Garret Cohn, chairman of the Democratic Party of Door County, announced endorsement of The Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and its lawsuit against the city. “Our government must serve the common good and there is no better definition of public good than the protection of the waterfront of Door County and Sturgeon Bay. This stand on the waterfront issue can make changes in the ways we think about our city and how our city reacts to us, its voters.” Cohn said.
- Did you know you can get a license for your bike? This will be helpful in case your bike is lost or stolen. You can register your bike at the Sturgeon Bay Police Department Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. There is a form to complete asking for basic information, such as the serial number, make, model, and color. If you have any questions, call 746.2450 during business hours.
- Wisconsin’s nine-day gun deer season opens this Saturday, Nov. 21, and state wildlife officials say if summertime observations and reports from the public are any indication, 2015 is shaping up to be a good deer hunting year in many areas across Wisconsin. In 2015 the biggest change is hunters’ deer registration is going entirely paperless, and can be completed by phone or over the internet. Hunters can register deer online through gamereg.wi.gov or by phone at 844.426.3734. “Registering your deer has never been easier,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. “Hunters will also have the option of registering electronically at a participating in-person registration station or you can still go to any of your favorite spots after the hunt and register anywhere there’s a phone or a computer with internet access.” For a list of participating businesses in your area, search the DNR website for keywords “deer registration.”
- Door County is again participating in the Wisconsin Deer Donation Program. Participating processors are: Marchant’s Foods Inc., 1367 County Rd DK, contact Mark Marchant, 920.825.1244 or 825.7407, 8 am to 6 pm, Sundays 8 am to Noon, closed on Thanksgiving; Haberli’s Deer Processing, 4259 Haberli Road, contact Steve Haberli, 920.743.5736 or 493.1223. Call ahead for open hours. Successful hunters wishing to donate their venison need to do six simple steps: legally harvest a deer, field-dress the deer, register the deer, call one of the participating processors, drop the deer off at the processor during their designated hours, and sign a log-in sheet at the processor to verify their donation. (Hunters must donate the entire deer-minus the head and antlers which may be kept by the hunter.)
Please note: Door County processors cannot accept deer from a CWD County (Adams, Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Portage, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Walworth, and Waukesha). These counties require testing prior to donation.
Participating pantries are Lakeshore Cap Inc. and Feed My People.
- For many people, the holidays are as much about giving generously to different charities as they are for giving gifts to friends and family. For scammers, the holidays are a chance to take advantage of your goodwill through fraudulent charities with high-pressure pitches. Two state agencies are asking consumers to research charities before making a donation and to be on guard against phone- and Internet-based requests for contributions.
“Scammers can lay it on pretty thick this time of year,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). “They know that aggressive, emotional appeals are effective during the holidays, so keep a level head if asked for an on-the-spot donation.” George Althoff, Communications Director for the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), encouraged consumers to do their homework on charitable organizations when considering a donation. “A good measuring stick is determining what percentage of an organization’s donations are used for programs and services,” Althoff said. “Charities that are well-run generally are ones that are spending a higher percentage of their funds raised on programs and services, as opposed to overhead costs.” Financial information about charitable organizations’ level of spending on program activities can be found on the DFI website atwdfi.org/CharitableOrganizations.