November 13 – 25

The new pavilion and concession stand for the Sister Bay baseball field is near completion. Located at the Sister Bay Sports Complex, the pavilion will provide shelter for events and be used for Door County League Baseball games. The Sister Bay Bays baseball team will relocate to the field next season.

Don Prust resigned as Baileys Harbor Fire Chief after 12 years in the position. His resignation is effective at the end of the year and he will remain in the department. The town has not yet named a replacement.

The town agreed to split the cost of repairing the stone wall that collapsed last spring by St. Mary’s of the Lake Church. The church will pick up the other half of the $13,400 repair. The wall borders the public sidewalk alongside Highway 57.

The town also approved the purchase of 20 dark-sky street lights fixtures for the light poles between Summit Road and County Q.

USA Today featured Washington Island’s Stavkirke in its list of “10 Great Places with international flair” in the Travel Section of its Oct. 23 edition. “The church is an anchor for their cultural identity. It’s a reminder of what was, while providing a sense of possibility of what can be carried forward,” the article said.

After crossing death’s door since 1950 as part of the Washington Island Ferry Line, the C.G. Richter was sold to a Florida family recently. The ferry will be remodeled to appear like a pirate ship and renamed the Treasure Seeker to be used for daily pirate ship excursions.

Tests have revealed 32 positive DNA samples for Asian carp north of the electric fish barrier on the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, according to a report by Dan Egan of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The massive fish (many are larger than 50 pounds) could threaten the ecosystem of Lake Michigan if they migrate through the canal and into the lake.

Door County Parks Department head George Pinney said there is probably two years worth of legwork to go before construction on the Schauer Park Harbor of Refuge begins. The projected tab of $2 – $3 million would be paid by the county if grants, sponsorships, and donations don’t cover the full cost.