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Everyday Is Love Your Pet Day In Friendly Algoma

For many of us, our pets are part of the family so when we go on vacation we want to take them with us. When you visit us here in Algoma, we want you to bring your pets. We hope the following information will help to make a trip here with your pet an enjoyable one.

Dog Walking Areas
You can walk your leashed dog year-round on the Crescent Beach Boardwalk. Leashed dogs are allowed on the beach from October 1 – March 31. Owners are responsible for waste clean-up and disposal.  Dogs are NOT allowed on the beach from April 1 – September 30.

DeMeuse Dog Park is located at the north end of Sixth Street next to the Algoma Boat Club (at the corner of Perry and Sixth Streets in Algoma), on the Ahnapee River. The dog park is open year-round from sunrise until 11:00 p.m. Owners are responsible for waste clean-up and disposal.

Click on any image to view the gallery.

Here are just a few of the park guidelines.  A complete list is posted at the entrance.

  • Each person is limited to two dogs and all handlers must be at least 16 years of age
  • All dogs must be licensed, wear a collar and be current with vaccinations.
  • No dogs should be left unattended
  • Owners are responsible for cleaning up and disposing of waste
  • Park is open from sunrise to 11:00 p.m. year-round

The Ahnapee State Trail is a favorite pet-walking venue.  Dogs, horses, llamas… Owners are responsible for waste clean-up and disposal.

Chamber Member Pet-Friendly Places to Stay
Ahnapee River Trails Campground: Pets are allowed. Must be leashed and cleaned up after.
Algoma Beach Motel: Dogs only for certain rooms.
Hotel Stebbins: Dogs allowed, prior approval needed.  Pet fee applies.
River Hills Motel: Four dog-friendly rooms.
Scenic Shore Inn: Select room availability for those who are traveling with quiet, well-mannered pets.
The Haven: Pets are allowed. Pet fee applies.


Algoma Chamber Board Ready For 2018

Ryan Hoffmann, FTS Technology Group

Ryan Hoffmann, FTS Technology Group and Sara Krouse, Executive Director, Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce
Photo credit: Stephan Anderson-Story

Jimmy Eddings, James May Gallery

Jimmy Eddings, James May Gallery
Photo credit: Stephan Anderson-Story

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed three new members to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting held in November 2017 at JW’s Place in Casco.

New members elected to the Board are Ryan Hoffmann, owner of FTS Technology Group in Algoma, Jimmy Eddings, co-owner of James May Gallery in Algoma, and Jason Melotte, Director of Business Services, Algoma School District. With the new Board in place, officer positions were then filled at the January 15, 2018, meeting.

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Officers:
President: John Price, Bank of Luxemburg
Vice President: Ryan Hoffmann, FTS Technology Group
Secretary: Tracy Nelson, East Shore Industries
Treasurer: Jason Melotte, Algoma School District

Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors:
William Bluett, Door County Medical Rehabilitation Clinic in Algoma
Jimmy Eddings, James May Gallery
Jenny Highland, Red’s Pub & Grill
Becky Meyer, Schenck SC
Shawn Olson, Olson Fabrication
Jim Rabas, Algoma Motors
Wayne Schmidt, City of Algoma
Lynn Truckey, Steele Street Trading Co.

Thank you to outgoing Board members for your time and service to our community: Aric Schmiling, Dave Holtz, and Dave Baumann.

Frozen Water Pipes: Prevention and Troubleshooting

Freezing weather may bring discomforts but one of them, frozen water pipes, can be avoided with a little planning and a few simple steps. When frigid arctic air hits, water freezes, it expands—causing pipes to burst and possible flooding to occur.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold such as outdoor hose bibs, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as basement and crawl spaces, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.

There are several things that people can do to prepare for freezing weather, including:

  • -Seal off any cracks that admit drafts to the basement, garage or crawl space containing water pipes or your water meter.
  • -Keep all doors and windows tightly shut at all times and make adequate heating available to these areas.
  • -Insulate all exposed water pipes; using pipe insulation or UL approved pipe warmers.
  • -Protect your water meter from drafts by insulating it too.
  • -Let water run at a slow trickle from faucets to connected lines that you know are prone to freezing.

One other important thing that everyone in your household should know:

Determine where the water shut-off valve is in the house and how to use it in case pipes freeze and burst. Being able to turn water off quickly will minimize damage from broken pipes.


If there is water in part of the house, the frozen pipe is inside your home.

If you can pinpoint the location you may be able to thaw it by gently heating the air around the pipe. For instance, leave cabinet doors open under the kitchen or bathroom sinks to let warm air in. if that does not work, call your plumber.

If there is no water anywhere in your house, the service lateral is probably frozen.

This is the pipe that carries water from the public main in the street to your house. If this line is frozen, it will have to be thawed electrically. Call Algoma Utilities and they will send a crew to inspect and thaw the line. After a line has been thawed the first time, it shall be the responsibility of the property owner or tenant to have the line thawed if it should freeze again (Permanent prevention of this problem requires either lowering of your services pipe below the frost line and or insulating the services pipe).

This message comes to you from our friends at Algoma Utilities and WPPI Energy.

New Winter Hours for the Algoma Visitor Center

The Algoma Visitor Center, located at 1226 Lake Street, will have new winter hours of operation beginning the first week in 2018.

Hours this coming week:
Open today, December 29, 2017, 9 – 4.
Closed Saturday, December 30, 2017 through Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Open:Friday, January 5, 2018, 9 – 4.
Open: Saturday, January 6, 2018, 10 – 2.
Closed: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Regular hours through April will then be:

Monday: 9-4
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: closed
Friday: 9-4
Saturday: 10-2
Sunday: closed

Keep up to date with what is happening around the area on our website, Facebook page, and on Instagram.

As always, feel free to contact us via email, or phone (920) 487-2041.

Shanty Days Endowment Recipients Sought

The Shanty Days Committee of the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2018 Endowment Fund.

Each year the committee donates money from Shanty Days’ profits including those generated by gate admissions, food sales, etc. Previously, the Shanty Days committee has supplied funding for the Friends of the Ahnapee Trail, Algoma Community Band, Kewaunee County Food Pantry, Algoma H.S. music program, and others as a way of giving back to the community that so generously supports us!

If you are part of an organization or project that would like to be considered for the Endowment Fund, please write a note naming the organization and project and how you will be using the funds. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to request an award.

Submit your request via one of the following methods:

1) Submit the online form below.

2) Send an email to; please include the requested amount ($500 max), your contact information and return address for mailing any awards.

3) Postal mail, please include the requested amount ($500 max), your contact information and return address for mailing any awards, addressed to:

Shanty Days Committee
1226 Lake Street
Algoma, WI 54201

Deadline for consideration is Sunday, February 4, 2018.

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:


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.

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