• The Fish Creek Post Office is participating in the promotion “Operation: Season’s Greetings – Without the snow!” This promotion partners the Postal Service and the USO and is meant to boost moral of the men and women serving overseas. It’s an easy way for families and friends to send care packages to the troops stationed overseas.
The Fish Creek Post Office received a supply of Mili-Kits which include a variety of boxes and stamps and will be distributing them free of charge to local customers. This program runs through July 31 and the boxes should be mailed in the month of July. The price of mailing packages to U.S. military addresses overseas is reduced to only $11.95. The mailing kits can be ordered by calling 800.610.8734.
• U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will hold listening sessions in Kewaunee and Door counties on Saturday, July 11. His Kewaunee County listening session will be held at 11:30 am in the Council Chambers at the Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont Street, Algoma. His Door County listening session will be held at 3:15 pm at the Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Highway 57, Town of Sevastopol.
Senator Feingold has pledged to hold listening sessions in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties each year of his six-year term and this will be the Senator’s 17th year of holding listening sessions. The Door and Kewaunee listening sessions will mark the 40th and 41st listening sessions of 2009, and the 1,192nd and 1,193rd since 1993.
If constituents need special accommodations at the listening sessions they should contact Senator Feingold’s Middleton office at 608.828.1200.
• At 10:30 am on Thursday, August 13, the Door County Breastfeeding Support Network will hold its first one hour meeting in the Jane Greene Room at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay. Door County UW-Extension, Door County Public Health, Door County Doula/Young Parent Support Group and Door County Memorial Hospital collaborated to establish this support group for new and expectant mothers. The group plans to continue holding monthly meetings in the same location. The group will be led by professionals trained in lactation and will offer moms practical and accurate information about breastfeeding as well as address any questions or concerns they might have. To learn more about Door County’s Breastfeeding Support Network, contact Jenny Spude or Pam Peterson at 920.746.2260.
• The Door County Sail & Power Squadron is offering ABC-3, a boater’s safety course on Wednesday, July 8, at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay. The six-session course, in which the first four sessions qualify as a DNR-prescribed boating safety course, provides the basic instruction needed to successfully complete the DNR exam required for a safety certificate issued by the DNR.
Registration begins at 6 pm in room 103, and the classes will last from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. The course is $32 for the text and $1 for the DNR exam processing in session four. Children, ages 11 – 15, can take the course if accompanied by an adult; however, they must be 12 years old before taking the exam. The Squadron offers a discount for multiple family members.
• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is requesting input from the public in developing a Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for Gravel Island and Green Bay National Wildlife Refuges (Refuges). The Refuges consist of five islands in Lake Michigan off the tip of the Door County Peninsula (Gravel, Hog, Pilot, Plum and Spider Islands). The CCP is a 15-year plan that identifies issues, goals, objectives, and a strategy for refuge management.
The public scoping period provides an opportunity to identify areas of improvement, issues, or express support of on-going management of the islands. These comments will form the basis for management alternatives to be evaluated in the CCP.
Submit written comments by August 15, 2009 to Patti Meyers, Refuge Manager, Gravel Island NWR and Green Bay NWR, W4279 Headquarters Road, Mayville, WI 53050. Comments may also be sent through the Service’s Planning Web site at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/planning/GreatLakesIslands
• The Peninsula Gun Club of Fish Creek invites all individuals interested in hunting and firearm safety to enroll in a DNR certified Wisconsin Basic Hunter Education Course. The course will be held in the evening from 6 – 8 pm on July 21, 23, 28, 30, August 4, and 6. All classes will be held at the Peninsula Gun Club, 3702 Juddville Rd., Fish Creek. Students should be at least eleven and a half years of age to enroll; parents and adults are encouraged to enroll and participate. Classes will cover topics such as hunting equipment and methods, rules and regulations, sporting firearms and safety, first aid and survival, wildlife identification and management, ethics and responsibility, marksmanship, and more. Persons born on or after January 1, 1973 must have a Hunter Education Certificate to be eligible for any type of Wisconsin hunting license.
The cost of the class is $10. To register, or get further information, contact David Frater at 920.868.3818 before 8 pm daily.
• The July Meeting of the Door County Invasive Species Team will feature a question and answer presentation on current and potential future forest pests by DNR Forester Chris Plzak. Relevant to both property owners and tourists, this presentation is free and open to the public.
A PowerPoint slide show will cover identification and management strategies for dealing with forest pests found in Door County such as gypsy moth and eastern tent caterpillar, as well as a primer on pest species not known to be in Door County at this time. For more information call 920.746.5955, email [email protected] or visit http://dnr.wi.gov/invasives/firewood/.
• A Hunger Festival & Concert, sponsored by the Lutheran Churches of Door County and Thrivent Financial, will be held on Sunday, July 19 from 11:30 am – 4 pm at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay. The event will feature food, drinks, a silent auction, and live music to benefit the hungry of Door County. Featured musical acts include Donnie Ray & Dave Frier, The Fairland Bluegrass Gospel Group and Hobson’s Choice on the Main Stage and performances by the Music & Arts School of Door County on the Youth Stage. All of the money collected benefits Lake Shore CAP, Feed My People, JAK’s place, Ministerial Fund of Door County and Lutheran World Relief. For more information call 920.743.7750.
• Lakeshore CAP’s supply of personal care items is running very low and the United Way of Door County is asking everyone to do what they can to help re-build the inventory. The following items are needed: shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream (for men or women), deodorant (for men or women), razors (for men and women), paper toweling, toilet paper, diapers (all sizes), pull ups (all sizes), toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and facial tissues. Please keep in mind that only full-sized containers are accepted, not hotel sized shampoos, conditioners. For more information contact United Way of Door County at 920.746.9645 or [email protected].
• United Way of Door County is proud to announce that after the success of last year’s “Royal Dish” they will be hosting their 2nd Annual Celebrity Chef luncheon. This year’s event “La Cucina Italiana con Cathy & Tony Mantuano” will feature the incredible husband and wife known internationally for his critically acclaimed cooking and for her wine expertise. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 in the Clubhouse at The Orchards Golf Course in Egg Harbor. Tickets are $150 each and are available by calling the United Way at 920.746.9645.
• United Way of Door County recently announced the four winners of their scholarship program targeted to high school seniors who demonstrated strong community involvement during their high school career. Scholarships were given to students on the basis of their community involvement through volunteering, rather than based on academic or athletic achievement. Each award is in the amount of $500, which can be used for any educational expense, including books and fees. Nicholas Cote and Kelsey Larsen won a scholarship award as a Sevastopol High School student. Alyssa Lenius was a scholarship award winner from Sturgeon Bay High School. Gibraltar High School’s scholarship award was presented to Samantha Prust. For more information call 920.746.9645 or email [email protected].
• Jay Brickman, Rabbi emeritus of Congregation Sinai in suburban Milwaukee, will lead a nine-week course “The Study of the Five Books of Moses” Saturdays from 10 – 11:30 am beginning July 11 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door Co. (UUFDC). Brickman said participants will read passages then discuss what they meant at the time they were written, as well as how they might apply to our contemporary living circumstances. The discussion will not be based on any set theology. There is no charge for this popular series held at UUFDC, 10341 Hwy. 42, Ephraim. Everyone is welcome. Participants are asked to bring a bible. No registration is required and participants are not asked to attend all sessions.
• The Door County YMCA announced that they have exceeded their campaign goal of $375,000 for the 2009 Strong Kids Campaign, raising $400,450.12. The Strong Kids Campaign is the annual campaign to provide funds for scholarships and affordable programs “for all” in Door County regardless of age or financial need. The success of this year’s campaign was attributed to the strong leadership of Campaign Chairs, Jim and Megan Sarkis, along with the numerous volunteers making phone calls and helping out with special events. Over 600 people volunteer time to the Door County YMCA each year. If you are interested in supporting your community through a gift to the Strong Kids campaign or becoming a volunteer please contact the Door County YMCA at 920.743.4949 in Sturgeon Bay or 920.868.3660 in Fish Creek.