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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.



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 or call 920-388-7141 to register
Visit the event page on Facebook:

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:

AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Wisconsin

Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to WISCONSIN! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in October 2017!

AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for

America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them.

As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items.

The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way.

Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them.

American Pickers Returning to Wisconsin

AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

Facebook: @GotAPick

Levi Zeitler: From Front Porch to Front & Center

If you were in town for Algoma’s Shanty Days celebration, you may have seen Levi Zeitler running around Crescent Beach with a clipboard in his hand making sure the Battle on the Beach volleyball tournament was running smoothly. What you may not know is that Levi is also an accomplished musician and will be opening for the final Algoma Summer Concerts in the Park of 2017 featuring Dead Horses on August 31, 2017, at Heritage Park.

In this interview, Levi shares with us what groups influence his sound, how he got his start and his excitement about opening for Dead Horses.

Describe your sound.

My sound is basically whatever I can play comfortably while not messing up too bad. (laughs) I’m not much of a lead guitar guy, I stick to playing rhythm. Overall, I would describe my sound as pretty much Folk and Irish.

Who are your influences?

My cd collection is vast and covers many, many genres. I can listen to Ice Cube, Hank Williams, NOFX, The Dubliners, and Dave Brubeck all during the same drive to the Northwoods. I am influenced by a lot of people and bands I’ve grown to love. Lately, it has been The Liver Killers, Age of Fable, The Chocolateers, and Dead Horses.  As far as the music I play, I lean towards the sounds of Trampled By Turtles, Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly, and The Pogues.

Tell us about your journey to performing solo.

When I started playing music, I had no intentions on performing for an audience. Music is my release. It is a way for me to calm down and relax, to find happiness in sad moments in my life, and to feel challenged. About 5 years ago is when I really started picking up my guitar. After playing alone at home for a few years, I met up with an Irish gent by the name of Gerry Sloan. He invited me to his Irish session group in Green Bay one evening. I had no idea what to expect but I came to find out that it was a great place to perform with other musicians and gain confidence in my playability. They all really pushed me to get out there and play.

I gained my first gig while sitting on my front porch picking my banjo. I know, it sounds like a scene from Deliverance, but not the case. (laughs) My neighbor asked me to accompany her at her presentation at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest in 2016. We had a blast and have been talking about going back there next year.

In June of this year, I was asked to play my first solo show at Emy J’s in Stevens Point. Being my first show, I was nervous. But playing for my friends and family was like singing in church, nobody is going to “boo!” you.

So, this will only be my second gig. I’m glad people won’t be charged to hear me play. (laughs)

You grew up in this area, will people be surprised when they attend the concert?

Although I was born here in Algoma, I was actually raised on a small dairy farm up in Rosiere and attended Southern Door School District. I didn’t know anyone from Algoma at the time. While in middle school, my family moved to the small Northwoods town of Mercer, WI and graduated high school there. So, coming back to the area and moving to Algoma in 2006 kind of makes me a transplant. Now living here for 11 years and becoming more involved in the community, I’m proud to call Algoma “home”.

Are you ready to open for the Dead Horses, winner of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry “Album of the Year” recipients?

Well… Let’s not talk about that, I’m already nervous enough! (laughs) When I was asked to fill in as an opener for the summer concert series, I never gave it a thought about who was headlining. I did know Dead Horses were coming and once I put the two together my jaw dropped and I couldn’t stop smiling. I am so excited and honored to have the opportunity to be in this position. I feel that my set list will flow into their Folk/Americana genre. To answer your question, NO! I will never be ready to open for Dead Horses! (more laughs)

The final concert of the 2017 season is scheduled for Thursday, August 31, 2017.  Levi will open at 6 p.m.  Dead Horses will take the stage at 7.

Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy an evening by the lakeshore.  The concerts are free and carry-ins are welcome.

BOL Cares & Feeding Kewaunee County Day

Did you know…

  • …for some children in Kewaunee County, the only meal(s) they receive is the one they get at school?
  • …42 million people face hunger in the U.S. today?
  • …nearly 700,000 people in Wisconsin do not know where their next meal is coming from?
  • ….in northeastern Wisconsin, 1 in 7 people are facing hunger?
  • …1 in 5 children face hunger?
  • …Kewaunee County has a poverty level of 8.9% and children in poverty is 13.3%?
  • …out of 3,871 students in the county, 968 are on free/reduced lunch?
  • …it doesn’t take a big commitment to make a big impact?

Bank of Luxemburg and the BOL Cares committee would like to give local businesses the opportunity to help support Feeding America and families within Kewaunee County. May 12, 2018, is Feeding Kewaunee County Day.  On that day, BOL Cares would like to bring a semi truckload of food to families in need in Kewaunee County.

In order to do this, a minimum of $5,000 needs to be raised by October 31, 2017. Bank of Luxemburg employees have raised $1,690 and the bank has donated $1,000 to help with this cause.  Together we can make a difference in the lives of our neighbors struggling with hunger.

Several donation levels have been established to help you decide how much to give.  Fill out the Donation Information sheet available here, check off your donation level and mail your check made payable to Bank of Luxemburg by October 31, 2017.

Gold Plate donors are asked to please email a jpeg copy of your black and white logo to

If you have any questions please email or call (920) 845-1943.

For more information about:
Bank of Luxemburg: 
Feeding America:

Tell TRAVEL + LEISURE What You Love About Algoma - Enter to win prizes!

What do you love about Algoma?

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Tell TRAVEL + LEISURE about Algoma and you will have the opportunity to enter a giveaway for a chance to win a $2,500 grand prize or one of three $500 prizes*.   Click here to take the survey.

ICYMI: von Stiehl Winery was named to TRAVEL + LEISURE’s top vineyards in June of 2017.  Why not share all of the other wonderful things we have here in our small city?

This giveaway is not sponsored by the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce.

*NO PURCHASE OR COMPLETION OF SURVEY NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, age 18 or older at time of entry. To qualify for the random drawing, all entries must be received between 12:01 AM Eastern Time (“ET”) on 7/17/17 and 11:59 PM ET on 9/10/17. Void where prohibited. See Official Rules and Sweepstakes Facts for details.

Shanty Days Map, Street Closures, & Parking

For your convenience, here is a map of all things Shanty Days along with parking and street closure information!  Shanty Days 2017 in Algoma, WI runs from Friday, August 11 – Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Shanty Days 2017 Map
Click here for your copy of the 2017 Shanty Days Map

Visit our Shanty Days section for a complete schedule of events!


 Street Closures

Portions of Clark Street east of 2nd Street at the northern end of the Main Grounds will be closed.

The 5K and Super Hero kids run takes place Saturday morning beginning at 8 a.m.  The 2nd and 4th street bridges are anticipated to close from 8-8:10 a.m. to allow participants to make the north loop of the race. The entire 5K route, highlighted in yellow, will not officially be closed but please be mindful of the 5K participants.

The parade route, highlighted in green, will close to non-parade traffic prior to the parade. This route and the neighborhood surrounding the parade set-up streets get very congested and non-parade participants are asked to avoid these neighborhoods – from north of Jefferson St. (Route 54) on Parker Ave, Washington St. etc. There is no parking along the parade route or parade staging areas on Saturday until the parade concludes. 

Route 54 (Jefferson Street) will remain OPEN, but expect traffic delays heading into town throughout the afternoon. The parade runs from noon to approximately 2 – 2:30.

Lake Street from 2nd Street east down behind the Youth Club will be closed for the car show.

Drivers coming into Algoma on Route 42 from either direction or on County S from the north during the parade will need to take an alternate route around town during the parade.

Saturday – Sunday
After the parade on Saturday, Fremont Street from 6th Street east to 2nd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic for the Arts and Crafts and Street Fair. Law enforcement will be controlling traffic at Fremont and 4th and Fremont and 2nd during peak times.


Parking is free in Algoma but please be mindful of no parking zones marked either by signs or ‘yellow curbs’.

There is no parking along the parade route on Saturday prior to and during the parade.

Please be respectful of residents’ driveways and business parking areas.

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 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:
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!