Brussels: Time to pick up school supplies for OCC

It is that time again.  If you walk through stores, you will see school supplies on the shelves.  And when I get the mail, the Back to School sale advertisements are neatly tucked in the newspaper.

I don’t think I will be getting my own kids to think about what is on their school supplies list anytime too soon, but there is one list that does get me happy to see all those low prices this time of year:  the Operation Christmas Child idea list for packing shoeboxes for needy children.

The gift-filled shoeboxes are sent to over 110 countries around the world.  Getting school supplies in your shoebox gift package is a huge deal for children in need. Having a notebook, set of pencils, and box of crayons is encouraging and can make the difference between being able to go to school or not.  And Back to School sales mean that my dollar goes farther and can by more supplies for more kids.

I encourage you to pick up extra supplies in anticipation to packing shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child’s collection week in November. To learn more, visit or contact me.

Good old days

The Waniger School, Southern Door School’s Historic Schoolhouse, again open to the public on Saturdays in July and August from noon to 3 p.m.  The schoolhouse is located in front of Southern Door’s Elementary School on County DK and is handicapped accessible.

Visitors will enjoy the results of the four-year restoration by local volunteers to preserve the memory of the special outlying schools and our local history.  See what education was like when all eight grades were taught by one teacher in the unique one room classroom.  It is the perfect place to share your school experiences with your family, children, and grandchildren.  Free admission.

Special presentations are also available on request for family reunions, class reunions, and community groups.  Contact Judy Jesse at (920) 743-9730 to make arrangements. .

Almost Fair time

Be sure to mark your calendars for the Door County Fair Aug. 3-7.  There are a lot of events and entertainment happening at the fair and you can keep up with the latest scoop at the Door County Fair’s website and at its Facebook page.

Be sure to walk through the 4-H and Open Class Exhibit buildings that showcase the talent of our local community members and youth.  And then support the 4-H program by stopping for a treat at the 4-H Dairy Bar, featuring fair favorites as well as some healthier choices.

The Door County Rockers and Rollers 4-H Drill Teams compete against teams from around the state in the Stock Horse of Wisconsin Drill Team Competition at noon Aug. 6 in the horse arena.  The youth will also be riding demonstrations at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and noon Aug. 7.  Bleacher seating is available or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the fun!

See you at the fair!


Parks, Phillips & Co. is in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Peters Lutheran Church, 316 W. Main St. in Forestville. The concert will be outdoors under a tent so bring along a lawn chair.  The concert is free and a free will offering will be taken.

The author: Michel DEURINCK

Michel Deurinck, born in Brussels in 1950, started his career in the Belgian civil service, dedicating over 30 years to public service. Upon retirement, he pursued his passion for journalism. Transitioning into this new field, he quickly gained recognition for his insightful reporting on politics and culture. Deurinck's balanced and thoughtful approach to journalism has made him a respected figure in Belgian media.

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