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News Bulletin: Oct. 11-18

WHAT HAPPENED

The Door County Facilities and Parks Department temporarily closed the entrance road to Ellison Bluff County Park because of significant roadway washouts following recent weather events. The park itself remains open to visitors, but access into the park is limited to foot traffic. The Door County Facilities and Parks Committee approved repairs to the road through the Highway Department, but that work can’t begin until approved by the county’s Finance Committee and the county completes other road projects. Parks Director Ben Nelson said the road will likely be closed until mid-November. 

COMING UP

Author and humorist Michael Perry is returning to Door County Nov. 6 for a special event at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, where Write On, Door County will host an intimate dinner with Perry, the New York Times best-selling author of Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story. Tickets are limited and will go on sale soon at DoorCountyTickets.com. The event’s proceeds will benefit Write On, Door County. 

UW-Oshkosh seeks Door County residents with private wells to participate in a groundwater study. Well owners should indicate their interest online at uwosh.edu/eric or complete a paper form at Door County Health Services by Oct. 18. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is conducting a groundwater study to educate the public about the importance of testing well water and build a database of groundwater-quality data in Door County. 

The testing parameters included are bacteria (total coliforms/E. coli [quantification]) and nitrate. The cost for well owners whose wells are chosen for the study is $20, but all well owners may participate for $45.

Forums will be held Nov. 4, 6-8 pm, at the Town of Gibraltar Fire Department; and Nov. 6, 6-8 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Participants will receive results within two weeks of sample collection and will be invited to a study-results summary forum Dec. 9 and 10. 

To learn more, contact Carmen Thiel at [email protected] or 920.424.0182, or Greg Kleinheinz at 920.424.1100.

The County of Door seeks photos for its new website. The county is making the first major updates to its website in many years and wants to showcase the peninsula’s natural beauty. Those who would like to share photos to be highlighted on the website should email them to [email protected]. To be eligible, submissions must come from the original photographer, who will retain the copyright to all images. No filters or digital enhancements will be permitted. Questions? Contact Joanne Kurowski at 920.746.7184 or [email protected]

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is hosting broadband seminars for area municipalities. The Technology Committee of the DCEDC has been advancing broadband expansion by addressing current county policy that inhibits internet access for some and developing grants to increase countywide internet access.

Next week, experts in the field will work with elected officials and municipal leaders and technology professionals from across the county to determine current preparedness for a broadband grant and provide updates about potential policy changes that may enhance the ability of Door County municipalities to expand broadband.

The sessions will be held Oct. 15, 6-8 pm, at the DCEDC, 185 E. Walnut St. in Sturgeon Bay; and Oct. 17, 6-8 pm, at Door County Broadband, 2590 Triax Parkway in Baileys Harbor. 

Please register to attend by emailing [email protected]