• The Ephraim Men’s Club (EMC) has scheduled its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 – 11 am on Saturday, August 1, at the Ephraim Village Hall. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The tickets are available from EMC members or at the door.
Proceeds from the event benefit students in the Northern Door community. More than $150,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving Gibraltar high school graduating seniors since the EMC began their scholarship project over 20 years ago.
The annual breakfast is prepared and served by Ephraim Men’s Club members, their wives and other volunteers, including some of the student scholarship winners. Door prizes donated by local businesses are awarded to attendees during the event.
For more information call 920.854.9536.
• Richard Steinberger, a commercial, editorial and portrait photographer who recently opened a studio on Sturgeon Bay’s West Side, has announced that he will host “Pet Photo Week,” a six-day fundraiser to benefit the Door County Humane Society, on August 3 – 8.
For the fundraiser, Steinberger will photograph pets on their own, with their owners or in larger family groups (any pet is welcome). Each session with be 30 – 60 minutes long with a suggested donation of $50. One hundred percent of the donation will be given to the humane society along with 25 percent of the print orders. Within two or three days of the photo session, Steinberger will have images ready for customers to view. Turn-around time for the finished artwork is two to four weeks, depending on the order.
The studio is open by appointment. For more information, call 920.818.0742, send emails to [email protected] or visit http://www.steinbergerphoto.com. For more information about the Door County Humane Society visit http://www.dooranimals.com.
• With the availability of Badger Care Plus Core Plan, volunteer staff at the Community Clinic of Door County is turning their efforts and attention to assisting their patients in successfully enrolling in this new state funded program.
The Badger Care Plus plan provides access to basic health care services, including primary and preventative care, and some medication assistance to low-income adults. Badger Care Plus does not cover certain services such as podiatry, non-emergency dental care, outpatient mental health care (unless working with a licensed psychiatrist), and various substance abuse treatment programs. Eligibility for the state funded program is based primarily on an individual’s age (must be between the ages of 19 – 64), income level (may be up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level), past history of access to private health insurance (must not have been covered in previous 12 months), or employer-sponsored health insurance (no access to employer-sponsored insurance for the previous 12 months). Additional restrictions may apply.
Executive Director, Laura Moeller, says, “The new Badger Care Plus Plan is a step in the right direction, assisting those in our community who need it the most. The more we can help those in need, the more we are staying true to our mission.”
To learn more about the new state-funded Badger Care Plus Core Plan for Childless Adults visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Web site. Individuals can apply either online or by calling 800.291.2002.
For assistance with the application or for general questions about the Badger Care Plus Plan contact the Community Clinic of Door County at 920.746.8989 or 888.698.8989.
• “Bach After Brunch,” a fundraiser for the Door County String Academy, will take place on Saturday, August 1 at Bjorklunden in Baileys Harbor. Brunch begins at 11 am; and a raffle, plant sale and entertainment by PMF Musicians are also part of the event. Tickets are $35 per person and guests can pay at the door or purchase prior to the event at Hide Side in Fish Creek. Please make reservations by calling 920.421.0753.
The Door County String Academy, a non-profit music school, offers positive, professional music instruction on violin, viola, cello and string bass to area youth ages 8 to 18. For more information go to http://www.dcstringacademy.com.
• HELP Of Door County has been selected for the 2009 Best of Sister Bay Award in the Crisis Intervention Center category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community. For more information email [email protected] or visit http://www.us-ca.org.
• The Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay received a 2009 Allyce Kopseker grant in the amount of $7,900 from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to support their Health and Wellness Ministry program services.
The funds will be used to purchase medical and office equipment, advertising and educational materials. The grant is designed to primarily serve northern Door County residents over age 60 to assist them in receiving medical information and support to help them remain in their own homes. These free services include telephone, office or home consultations with the Parish Nurse, Carol Stevenson, guidance and suggestions by a Nutrition Counselor, Judy Reninger, and a direct contact with new mothers and babies by an Obstetrical Nurse, Kristen Demarinis. In addition, weekly blood pressure screenings, twice weekly Tai Chi for Health classes, and annual CPR/AED training are available to the public without charge.
A camcorder will be purchased with the grant funds to create DVDs of the monthly Community Health Information Programs by professional presenters.
For more information call 920.854.5260.
• Door County residents can access free memory screenings, as well as dementia education and connection to supportive resources, through the Memory Care Connections program. Originally funded with a federal grant in 2005, the program continues to thrive under the umbrella of the Family Centers of Door County. Since 2005, over 350 Door County residents have participated in memory screening, dementia education, and caregiver support services.
Assessments and services are provided at the participant’s home or agreed location. By offering this mobile service, confidentiality is upheld. It also allows greater access to those who may not be able to drive to an office.
An early diagnosis can also help families prepare emotionally and begin educating themselves on what to expect. Drop in hours are also available in Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island.
• Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County will be rocking, rolling and hugging, July 25, 7 am – noon, at Sturgeon Bay’s Market Square to raise funds and awareness of the organization’s services.
Volunteers are seeking pledges to support their time spent, rocking, rolling and hugging. The agency, which strives to comfort and assist individuals experiencing deterioration in their quality of life, depends on the community’s financial support to continue its efforts. The fundraiser is also a chance to educate the community about Neighbor-to-Neighbor. People attending the weekly Farmer’s Market are invited to stop by, enjoy refreshments and pick up a brochure.
Demand for Neighbor-to-Neighbor’s services is on the rise. Six hundred and six pieces of equipment were loaned in 2008. As of July 13, 2009, 552 pieces of equipment had been loaned. The program saved county residents more than $300,000 in medical expenses in 2008. With a struggling economy and cuts in medical benefits Jan Scoville, Executive Director, predicts a continued and increased need for the non-profit’s services.
For more information call 920.743.7800.
• Pentair Water, a leading manufacturer of water pumps, water filtration products, and pool products, announced Ian Anschutz of Baileys Harbor as a winner of the 2009 Pentair Water Award Dealers Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program. The scholarship program assists children of Pentair Water Award Dealers or of employees of Dealers who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Five recipients are chosen each year to receive a $2,000 scholarship for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
Anschutz, son of Thomas and Laura Anschutz, is a graduate of Gibraltar High School. He attends the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and is studying to become a commercial pilot. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Recipients were judged and selected by Scholarship Management Services, and independent scholarship program administrator.
• At the end of the month, the Northern Door branch of the Door County YMCA will be kicking off a fundraising effort to “Send a Kid to Summer Camp” in of support their annual Strong Kids Campaign. The goal for the “Send a Kid to Summer camp” campaign is $50,000.
On July 30 the Door County YMCA will be including a celebration as part of the campaign as they dedicate the new sauna at the Northern Door Program Center. There will be a social and refreshment at 9 am with a dedication ceremony at 9:30 am.
August 7 will be YMCA night at the Skyway Drive-in Theatre, and on August 13 this important fundraising effort will culminate in an exciting fashion with Northern Door YMCA Director, Matt Luders, among others, on the roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay. Luders will not leave the roof until the $50,000 campaign goal is met.
Also on August 13, there will be a Fish Boil at the Northern Door Program Center in Fish Creek. The entire community is invited to attend and enjoy a fish boil with all the fixings and a boil over at 5:30 and 5:45 pm. The fish boil will be $10 for adults and $6 for children.
For more information call 920.868.3660.