Your Generosity Means So Much: Local Giving Opportunities

With the holiday season upon us, oftentimes this coincides with the season of giving.  We know that Algoma is a very giving community and for that we thank you.

Algoma - Our Generous Community

If you are looking for local organizations that would welcome your support, we have several Chamber members who are accepting donations that will stay right here in the area.

Toys For Tots
North Shore Medical Clinic, 815 Jefferson Street, Algoma
Algoma Medical Center & Long Term Care Unit, 1510 Fremont St.  Algoma
FishTale Ale House, 520 4th St. Algoma
Seiler Tire,1404 Jefferson St. Algoma
Walters Do-it Best Hardware, 521 4th St. Algoma
– Check for the full list of Kewaunee County Toys for Tots Drop Off Locations.

Other Giving Opportunities By and For Our Chamber Members
Kewaunee County Food Pantry, 1528 Sunset Ave, Algoma – Accepting donations of food and money.

Zoological Society of Kewaunee County – Check the wish list for the zoo here or contact the Society to see how you can help.

Denny’s SuperValu Giving Tree –  Take an ornament off the tree and return the gifts to the store.

-Craig’s Piggly Wiggly – Purchase a dinner kit fir just $7.99.

Algoma School District Clothing Closets –  There is a closet in each school building where all youth/families in the community can come and take what is needed.  Click here for the list of needs.

– Schinkten State Farm Insurance  – Items for care packages for Violence Intervention Project can be dropped off at the Schinkten State Farm Insurance office located at 413 Steele Street in Algoma or give the office a call – (920) 487-3553.

Violence Intervention Project – Please contact VIP at (920)487-2111 if you wish to make a cash donation or to find out what other immediate needs there may be.

The Book Corner – Stop by on Fridays or Saturdays with new or gently used books, CDs or movies.

East Shore Industries has a wish list of items if you are interested in donating items to help sustain the many programs offered.

Friends of Crescent Beach – stewards of our beloved Crescent Beach

-Salvation Army Red Kettles at Craig’s Piggly Wiggly and Denny’s SuperValu.

If you are a Chamber member with a giving opportunity, we would be happy to list it here. Just contact us with the information.

Voting Is Now Open for Light Contest!

It’s time to load up the family in the car and witness The Great Kewaunee County Holiday Light Contest!

The voting period is now open and there are several ways to cast your ballot for your favorite light displays. You can vote online or vote on paper by dropping off your ballot at any Bank of Luxemburg branch. Download the Map PDF or pick one up at any county gas station.  Please see instructions on Map PDF.

Voting is open from Friday, December 8-Saturday December 16, 2017.

More information, maps, and online voting form are available here:  http://algomachamber.org/lights/

 

2018 Algoma Calendars On Sale!

Enjoy the sights of beautiful Algoma year-round with the 2018 Algoma calendar.

The Algoma calendar is full of gorgeous photos from local photographers that capture the beauty that is our lakeshore town.

2018 Algoma Calendar

The calendars are now on sale-priced through December 20, 2017, and will make a great gift – one for a loved and one for you! Online orders must be received by December 19, 2017 to guarantee delivery for Christmas.

Sale price:  1 calendar, $7, 2 calendars, $12.

If you are in town, stop by the Visitor Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  If you cannot make it to town or are just little too far away, order yours online and have them shipped directly to your door!  Credit cards and PayPal are accepted.  You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay online.  An $8 shipping and processing fee will be added to each online order.

Spring Forward, Fall Back: 3 Myths Dispelled About Our Biannual Clock Spinning

At 2:00 am Sunday, November 5, 2017, we will turn our clocks back one hour as Standard Time returns and Daylight Saving Time (saving, not savings) comes to an end for this year.

Twice a year many discussions start up about why we use Daylight Saving Time (DST), when it started and what we’ll do with that ‘extra hour’ in the fall when we switch back to Standard Time.

After a little research, here are three common myths about this twice-a-year time-travel experience.

Myth #1: Benjamin Franklin Invented DST
Benjamin Franklin, who ironically coined the phrase, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” did not ‘invent’ DST.

While a diplomat in Paris in 1784, Franklin suggested in a satirical essay that a change in sleep patterns, not time itself, would save money spent on candles simply by waking up at dawn and using the sunshine instead of candles.

The first push to change the clocks came in 1905 when Englishman William Willett suggested that the United Kingdom should move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October so that more people could enjoy the plentiful sunlight. Willett died in 1915 without ever seeing how his idea played out.

Myth #2: Daylight Saving Time Will Save Energy
In 1916, Germany became the first country to adopt DST as a means to conserve energy during WWI. Soon after Britain followed suit and in 1918, the United States, via the Standard Time Act, established time zones and daylight saving.

Many studies have been done, too many to mention here, that conclude significant energy savings does NOT happen as a result of DST. In fact, a study done in Indiana showed that energy consumption actually increased in that state.

Myth #3: Daylight Saving Time Benefits Farmers
It appears that farmers have been against this measure of playing with time since the very beginning. The agricultural industry began its opposition movement in 1919, asking for a repeal of DST stating that the change in time cuts productivity. It is not where hands sit on a timepiece but rather the sun that determines a farmer’s schedule.

While National DST was in fact repealed in 1919, many places continued the practice. DST returned with WWII, was repealed again at the end of the war but confusion ensued as states and cities continuing the practice determined their own start and stop dates.

Order finally came in 1966 when the enactment of The Uniform Time Act standardized daylight saving time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, although states had the option of remaining on standard time year-round.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended DST in the U.S. beginning in 2007. Going from 2007 forward, DST in the U.S. begins at 2:00 am on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 am on the first Sunday of November.

States in the U.S. are not required to observe daylight saving time. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also remain on standard time year-round.

So whether you are for or against our fiddling with time, and no matter if you turn your clocks back before you go to bed or when you get up in the morning, just remember to fall back one hour this weekend.

Algoma Utilities’ Nancy Johnson Recognized for Excellence

Nancy Johnson, Office Manager/Accountant at Algoma Utilities, received WPPI Energy’s Shining Star Award October 18, 2017. The award was presented by Lauri Isaacson, WPPI Energy Assistant Vice President of Member Relations, during a utility commission meeting.

The award recognizes a WPPI Energy member utility manager or employee who has shown notable growth and leadership over the past year, often goes above and beyond the call of duty, provides a positive example for others and helps to further the utility’s goals and values. Johnson was selected for her leadership in several areas that are crucial to the function of the electric utility as well as her can-do attitude.

Nancy Johnson

Pictured from left: Lauri Isaacson, WPPI Energy Assistant Vice President of Member Relations, and Nancy Johnson, Algoma Utilities Office Manager/Accountant

As Office Manager/Accountant, Johnson is responsible for the utility’s financial functions and office operations and procedures. She shares her experience and expertise with other locally owned utilities across the state as a member of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin’s Accounting and Customer Service Committee. She also provides important insights as a participant in various City of Algoma committees.

Johnson often goes above and beyond her job responsibilities, managing human resource and information technology duties in addition to her assigned responsibilities.

“Nancy is willing to do whatever is necessary to contribute to the success of the utility, even beyond her job responsibilities. She works countless hours for the benefit of the utility, employees, and commissioners,” said General Manager Peter Haack.

Her colleagues also indicated that she helps make Algoma Utilities a better place to work through her positive attitude and hard work. They are also encouraged by her can-do spirit.

Massart Receives Wisconsin Rural Water Association's Operator of The Year Award

In April 2017, the Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) held its annual Technical Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Over 1,300 water & wastewater systems and industry personnel met for four days exchanging ideas and technology through technical sessions and exhibits.

At the WRWA conference, Chris Massart with Algoma Utilities received the Association’s prestigious 2017 District Operator of the Year Award. This award is presented each year to individuals that demonstrate excellence in the field of waterworks operation.

Chris Massart, 2017 Operator of the Year

  • Christopher Massart, center,  received the Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) District 1 Operator of the year award. Thank you to Christopher for all of the extra time, effort and pride he devotes to Algoma Utilities’ water system. Christopher is an outstanding operator and is well deserving of this award. Congratulations Christopher!

The role of a water operations specialist has become increasingly difficult as state and federal governments have imposed tougher standards for water utilities,” said Dave Lawrence, WRWA Executive Director. “Chris has been recognized by his peers as a well trained and dedicated operations specialist, deserving of WRWA’s highest award for a state licensed water operator. Algoma Utilities can be proud of Chris’s accomplishments.”

The Wisconsin Rural Water Association is a non-profit organization representing most of the water and wastewater systems in the state. Its mission: “Assisting, educating and representing our members in the wise use of water resources”.

Massart was in La Crosse for the annual Wisconsin Rural Water Association (WRWA) conference. I am proud to announce that Christopher was nominated and voted “Winner” of the District 1 “Water Operator of The Year” award. This is a pretty BIG deal, District 1 covers the Northeast quarter of the state, which runs from and includes Kewaunee County west to Waupaca County, north to Langlade County (Antigo), west to Lincoln County (Merrill), and north to Vilas County (state line). District 1 consists of about 104 different water systems. Here at Algoma Utilities we are all aware of the extra time, effort and amount of pride Christopher devotes to Algoma’s water system, now his peers throughout the state recognize Christopher as an outstanding operator. This is a well-deserved award.

 

 

Chet Kiedrowski Joins CTI Hospitality, Inc.

Chet Kiedrowski

Chet Kiedrowski

John and Debbie Kiedrowski, owners of CTI Hospitality, Inc of Algoma are extremely pleased to announce that their son, Chet Kiedrowski, has joined the Company as its Director of Manufacturing.

Most recently Chet has been a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Brady Corporation in Milwaukee and prior he worked for Buell Motorcycles in East Troy and Kohler Engine Division in Kohler.

In his new position, he will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing from raw materials thru finished products including safety, quality, and productivity. Chet is a graduate of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

CTI Hospitality is a manufacturer of commercial millwork with focus on the hospitality/hotel industries, supplying custom interiors to franchised business size hotels throughout the United States. In addition, CTI supplies louvers and applied mouldings to commercial door manufacturers and large quantity, prefinished, custom running trims for commercial build-outs.

Learn more about CTI: http://www.ctihospitality.com

Small Places Can Do Big Things: Algoma Awarded 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner Algoma Wisconsin

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”. ~ Helen Keller

What started off in 2011 as a way to educate and train skilled workers to help local manufacturers fill open positions, the Live Algoma initiative has now grown into an award-winning model for developing other community assets crucial to health and well-being.

Thanks to the dedication of the Live Algoma Activation teams, the commitment of time, money and resources from our area businesses and the belief in our community that small places can do big things, Algoma was awarded the 2017 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. This is a huge accomplishment as only eight communities out of a couple hundred were selected this year.

Several Live Algoma team members traveled to Princeton, New Jersey for the presentation of the award on October 11, 2017. In order to include the entire community in the recognition, a Celebration of Algoma is being held on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Algoma High School and Community Wellness Center.

The opening ceremony kicks off at 11:00 a.m.! Come and enjoy free lunch, family activities, music, and FUN!

More Information:
Algoma Profile on RWJF website
Live Algoma
The Story of the Livie Algoma Initiative

Pop-Up Shops: They Are Here And You Can Be Part Of The Excitement!

For the past couple of months, Algoma Area Chamber Member 610 Fourth Street, located at 610 4th Street in Algoma, has been hosting a pop-up shop for Dewey Creek Design, an Algoma-based business that makes silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, fused and stained glass along with doing photography.

A “pop-up shop” is the temporary use of physical space to create a long-term, lasting impression with potential customers. This allows a business without physical retail space to partner with a business with empty space.

On Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Nora Roughen-Schmidt, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce in Viroqua, WI, will present information on hosting pop-up shops in our communities, as well as success stories from pop-ups in Viroqua and around Wisconsin.

This is a perfect program if you have an idea for a business, but not the funds or if you have an idea for a downtown shop or service, but feel it’s too risky. On the flip side, if you own a potential space for a pop-up, come and learn about the Pop-Up Shop program, an economic development strategy for small towns.

When: Tuesday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Moxie’s Supper Club
607 Church Ave, Casco, WI 54205
Cost: $5. Appetizers provided. Cash bar.
Limited food menu offered after program.
RSVP: Visit Kewaunee.uwex.edu or call 920-388-7141 to register
Visit the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1433195443468558/

This program is sponsored by: Kewaunee County UW-Extension, Algoma Chamber of Commerce, Community Improvement of Algoma, Kewaunee Chamber of Commerce, Kewaunee County Economic Development Corp, and Luxemburg Chamber of Commerce

Dewey Creek Design will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. today, October 21 through Monday and again this coming Thursday through Saturday, October 26-28,2017. The shop will reopen November 24 – 26,, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Learn more about Dewey Creek Design here: https://www.facebook.com/deweycreekdesign/

Cellcom: Reasons to Check Out a Mobile Wallet

Reasons to Check Out a Mobile Wallet

A mobile wallet refers to the apps that allow you to pay with your phone, including Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. These apps store your credit, debit or prepaid card information securely on their servers and allow you to pay for purchases in-store or online without having to swipe your card or enter your information. Beyond convenience, there are some good reasons to consider taking advantage of the technology.

  • Security – Mobile wallet apps do not send your card information to complete a transaction. Instead, a unique code is generated to send your data to the merchant. This means the digital risk for information being compromised is low. There is also a decreased risk from a physical security perspective. Having a wallet lost or stolen doesn’t leave you with any protection from your cards being used. If you lose your phone, your mobile wallet still requires a PIN to unlock on top of the password you already have on your phone.
  • Online Shopping – We live in the age where a few taps can get you almost anything you want, but that means we’re constantly entering credit card information into our go-to shopping websites or even storing that information on accounts we created. Using a mobile wallet when you’re shopping from your phone means you can enter your card details with a few convenient taps and perhaps eliminate the need to create an account and store these details with a retailer, reducing the inherent risk of your credit card information being stored in multiple locations.
  • Rewards – Your mobile wallet can be a one-stop shop for everything you need at the checkout, including those loyalty points. Many retailers let you load your reward card right into your mobile wallet so you won’t need to use multiple apps or pull out your trusty key tags.

A couple caveats to consider. Your bank has to support the use of these apps and while hundreds of financial institutions offer the functionality it is not yet ubiquitous. Another more obvious consideration, your phone has to be charged. If you’re constantly running on low battery, you’ll want to have a backup option or a portable charger at the ready.

Cell comCellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.