Algoma Library Friends to Celebrate Grand Opening

On Friday, June 30, 2017,  the Algoma Library Friends will celebrate the grand opening of a new used bookstore, The Book Corner. Community members are invited to attend the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.as well as the store’s grand opening celebration from 11-3.

The bookstore is suitably named The Book Corner since it is located on the corner of Third and State streets (401 Third Street) in downtown Algoma. Regular hours for the Book Corner are Friday and Saturday, 11-3 and Sunday 10-2.

Completely, volunteer run, all funds raised by the bookstore will provide support to the Algoma Public Library and the many programs it offers, including new computers, printers, scholarships, furniture and community events. The store will also provide year-round access to used bookstore for the public.

The Friends group is seeking assistance to help staff the store once open. If interested, a sign-up sheet is located at the Algoma Public Library. For further information or questions, please contact Pat Cichon at 920-487-3323 or Sue Hass at 920-495-8440.

Lake Michigan, Here We Come! Launching Your Boat At The Algoma Marina

Welcome Boaters!

Whether you are going out for a casual day trip on the waters of Lake Michigan or staying for a few days to get some fishing in, the Algoma Marina is ready for you.

At the Algoma Marina, you will find four ramps and plenty of parking for your vehicle and boat trailer. For just $8.00 a day, you can pay for your launch pass on the spot – find the envelopes and honor box to the east of the ramps.

Click on any of the images to view larger images.Algoma Marina 2017 Launch Fees

If you prefer a seasonal pass, they are $60.00 for Algoma City residents (Must show proof that the boat owner lives/owns property in City limits) or $80.00 for non-residents.  City residents over the age of 65 Seasonal Pass – FREE! (with proof of boat registration). Seasonal passes can be purchased at Walter’s Do It Best Hardware or Algoma City Hall.

To get to the Algoma Marina, coming into town from 2nd Street or 4th Street (Route 42) turn EAST on Steele Street or Navarino Street and head toward the lighthouse.

Map To Algoma Marina

The Algoma Marina also offers:

  • – Slips for vessels up to 40 feet with electricity and water hook-ups
  • – Fish Cleaning Station
  • – Sanitary Pump Out – $8.00
  • – Double Launch Ramps – $8.00 Per Day
  • – Gasoline for sale
  • – Private Showers and Public Restrooms
  • – Free WiFi

Dettman Fish Cleaning StationFishing Cleaning Station at Algoma Marina

The Marina is open May 1st – October 1st. For information or reservations during the off-season please call or e-mail the Marina and a staff member will get back to you in a timely manner.

Phone Number: (920) 487-2232
E-Mail Address: algomamarina@wizunwired.net
Address: 60 Steele Street, Algoma, WI 54201
Mailing Address: 416 Fremont Street, Algoma, WI 54201

Please visit the City of Algoma’s website for more information about services and fees for the Algoma Marina.

You can check out the ‘Marina Cam‘ before you head to the lakeshore. We hope you enjoy your time on the water!

Summer Street Safety: What Pedestrians and Drivers Need To Know

School is out for the summer, which means more kids are out and about in town. It is also vacation season and the mild temps lead locals and visitors alike to take the streets and enjoy our beautiful lakeshore town.

One of the things we enjoy in Algoma is the lack of traffic signals. But this can pose a risk to pedestrians and drivers who may be unsure of who has the right-of-way.
It is important that both drivers and pedestrians know what their responsibilities are in each circumstance.

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, drivers must:

  • Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway
  • -Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection or crosswalk on a “walk” signal or a green light, if there is no walk signal
  • -Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic lights or control signals 
  • -Not overtake and pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway safely

Pedestrians must:

  • -Yield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk or where the pedestrian does not have a green or “walk” signal and where vehicles have a green signal 
  • -Not suddenly move into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian  
  • -Walk on and along the left side of a highway when not walking on a sidewalk. Note: This law does not apply to bicycles. Bicycles operate under the same laws as other legal vehicles on the road and should always stay on the right side of the road.

In a nutshell, at an intersection or crosswalk where traffic is not controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic officer, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian. If a pedestrian, bicyclist, or rider of an electric personal assistive mobility device crosses a roadway at any point other than within a marked or unmarked crosswalk, they shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

That doesn’t mean pedestrians should just walk out into the road expecting that cars will stop.   Both pedestrians and drivers should:

  • -Pay attention!
  • -Make eye contact with each other if possible.
  • -Don’t text and drive or text and walk.
  • -Take extra care at night.

We want you to have a fun and safe summer here in Algoma!

For a complete explanation of rules and guidelines to help both pedestrians and drivers to maneuver safely around town this summer, visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/pedestrian/rules.aspx

American White Pelicans Here In Algoma

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), American White Pelicans have been present in Wisconsin as migrants for centuries. There was an apparent downward trend in occurrence in the late 1800s and it wasn’t until the DNR’s analyses of observations published in the Passenger Pigeon during 1939–1994 and reported online at Wisconsin eBird during 1994–2012, the number of pelican occurrences started to increase notably in the 1980s and dramatically in the mid-1990s.

The American White Pelican seems to have made itself right at home in Northeast Wisconsin and there have been several recent sightings here in Algoma along the Lake Michigan shore.

The photos above were taken while strolling along the Crescent Beach Boardwalk on Friday afternoon, June 2, 2017. Where have you spotted the pelicans?

Source: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/documents/PelicanPassPigeon.pdf

2017 Algoma Citywide Garage Sale Registrations Due June 30

The Algoma Citywide Garage Sale is scheduled for Friday, July 14, 2017 and Saturday July 15. 2017, from 8:00AM-4:00PM.

Registrations with payment are due to the Chamber by Friday, June 30, 2017.  Checks should be made payable to Algoma Chamber.

Registration fees are $8.00 Single Family / $12.00 Multi Family and include:

-Placement on official map
-Garage sale sign
-Colorful marker to attract attention

You can download an application here or pick one up at Denny’s SuperValu, Craig’s Piggly Wiggly, and the Algoma Visitor Center.

Maps will be available beginning Monday, July 10, 2017, at the Visitor Center.

 

 

Grants Available to Local Non-Profit Organizations

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

5/15/17

Contact:
Nancy Johnson, Office Manager
Algoma Utilities
(920) 487-5556

Grants Available to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Algoma Utilities, through funding available from our power supplier, WPPI Energy, is soliciting requests from local organizations interested in a Community Contribution Grant or Economic Development Grant. Typically, grants are awarded to Algoma Utility, not for profit customers, to help offset specific community programs or project costs.

Grant requests will be accepted at the Utilities’ office through July 10, 2017. To be considered for a grant, non-profit organizations must submit a letter requesting assistance. The letter should include information as to how the not for profit organization will use the funds to benefit the community or local economic development. Organizations must also show that funds are necessary to complete a project or program and the time frame in which the grant would be utilized.

Examples of past grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Algoma school projects
  • Local safety programs
  • Literacy and youth programs
  • Local economic development programs
  • Spring/Summer festivals or events
  • Park improvements
  • Power quality improvement projects

Letters should be sent to: Algoma Utilities, Attn: Office Manager, 1407 Flora Avenue, Algoma, WI 54201. If you have any questions concerning the grant programs please contact the Algoma Utilities office at (920) 487-5556.

Welcome Newest Chamber Member Contract Sales & Operations

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes newest member Contract Sales and Operations (CSO). Owner Eric Dean and his staff of four bring over a combined 80 years of commercial sign and outdoor advertising experience, many years working under Gerald “Jag” Haegele, a community champion known for his love of Algoma.

Dean, a native of a small town in Massachusetts, chose to open his own company in the wake of structural changes at his former employer, stating his main reason was “to keep jobs in Algoma” and preserve the history and quality of the outdoor advertising world that Algoma is known for.

A design engineer who fell into advertising by accident, Dean is pushing ahead to expand product lines and services. CSO recently became the area authorized reseller for Watchfire, a highly competitive worldwide digital sign company with the elite distinction of housing all aspects of design and manufacturing in Danville, Illinois.

CSO performs service work for other sign companies as well as the more traditional creative services and sign manufacturing. CSO’s focus on customer service is designed to help the customer from the envisioning stage to final assembly and maintenance. Taking note of specific needs in a rural community, CSO will begin to offer small run print and promotional items with their newly acquired heat press.

Located in the historic Busch building at 316 Steele Street in Algoma, Dean stresses that although they are small and local, they are not limited in resources, including “the people that work here, couldn’t have done it without them, the value is in the people and their knowledge and know-how.”

Telescope Donor Plaque Installed

One of the first things most visitors notice when they stop by the Algoma Visitor Center is our ‘million dollar view’.  In 2016, a brand new telescope was purchased and installed on the lakeside deck to help make that view even better.

This viewing telescope was made possible due to donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals in the area.  Last week, the donor recognition plaque was installed just in time for the 2017 busy tourist season. (more…)

Algoma Visitor Center Volunteers, Businesses Gear Up For 2017 Tourist Season!

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, over 20 Algoma Visitor Center volunteers and area business representatives attended a training and information session at Knudson Hall to gear up for the 2017 summer tourist season.

David Spiegelberg, Sara Krouse, Jessica Diederich

David Spiegelberg, (Regional Tourism Specialist, Wisconsin Department of Tourism), Sara Krouse, (Executive Director, Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce), and Jessica Diederich (Director of Partnerships & Business Development, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau )

David Spiegelberg, Regional Tourism Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism opened the session with an energetic overview of the impact of tourism in Wisconsin and how important it is to establish relationships with the people who stop in our town.

Jessica Diederich, Director of Partnerships & Business Development with the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau shared how the Green Bay CVB promotes Algoma to Green Bay visitors. Through a partnership with the Algoma Chamber of Commerce, the Green Bay CVB steers visitors to Algoma when people come to their Visitor Center looking for things to do outside of Green Bay. Algoma is also listed on their website and in their Visitor Guide. This partnership has proven very valuable in part due to the number of visitors that come to Green Bay looking for other things to do and see in the area. The Green Bay CVB is happy to send them our way!

The session concluded with Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sara Krouse giving an overview of many of the events and attractions that visitors could enjoy during the summer of 2017. The events list includes, but is not limited to, Farm Technology Days, Summer Concerts in the Park, the Farmers Market, Soar on the Shore Kiting event, and Shanty Days. You can check out our Calendar for a complete list!  A few of the attractions and activities mentioned included our world class charter fishing, Crescent Beach, the new trailhead planned for the Ahnapee State Trail, our awesome shops, and our Marina.


We are excited for the 2017 season and looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far! The Algoma Visitor Center, located at 1226 Lake St. is currently open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Our summer hours will start in June and we will be open seven days a week!

In the meanwhile, request your FREE Friendly Algoma Visitor Guide so you can plan your trip!  We look forward to seeing you here on the lakeshore!

Other Resources:
Wisconsin Department of Tourism: https://www.travelwisconsin.com
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau: https://www.greenbay.com

From Algoma to Alexandria, VA, CTI Helps Welcome Hotel Indigo Guests With Absolute Beauty

If you are ever in Alexandria, VA, you may want to stop by the Hotel Indigo, even if you aren’t staying there as a guest. What you will see when you walk in is a gorgeous welcome desk created right here in Algoma, WI at CTI Hospitality, Inc.

CTI Hotel Indigo Welcome Desk

This beautiful piece was delivered in March of 2017. Congratulations to everyone at CTI for once again sharing your expertise and experience with the rest of the world!

   
Click on the above images for a full view.

About CTI:
CTI Hospitality, Inc., a National millwork & casework company focusing on Hotel Interior Packages, is located at 507 Navarino Street, Algoma, WI.

With over 30 years in business, CTI supplies complete, pre-finished millwork packages, which are pre-assembled as much as possible. Their scope routinely includes front desk and lobby area including seating, curved walls, bars, fireplaces, breakfast buffets, guest room wet bars and closets, employee break room, food prep area, handrail and all running trim i.e., crown, base, chair rail, and more.

Contact: Debbie & John Kiedrowski