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L'amour Namur - a trip celebrates all three

7:14 AM, Sep. 14, 2013
A group from Door County left for Namur, Quebec, to celebrate the three Namurs in the world Aug. 1-7. From left are Bill Laatsch, Frances Hunter, Mary Ann Thiry, Christina Chaudoir, Barbara Chisholm, Dixie Englebert, Monica Thiry, Len Zittlow, and Bill Chaudoir; top row from left are Dave Englebert, Theresa Alexander, Wayne Baudhuin, Becky Kramer, Jackie Baudhuin, Cheryl Chaudoir, Janice Zittlow, and Michael Chisholm. Not pictured are James and Elizabeth Mezera and tour director Jan Beyer, who were also on the trip. .
A group from Door County left for Namur, Quebec, to celebrate the three Namurs in the world Aug. 1-7. From left are Bill Laatsch, Frances Hunter, Mary Ann Thiry, Christina Chaudoir, Barbara Chisholm, Dixie Englebert, Monica Thiry, Len Zittlow, and Bill Chaudoir; top row from left are Dave Englebert, Theresa Alexander, Wayne Baudhuin, Becky Kramer, Jackie Baudhuin, Cheryl Chaudoir, Janice Zittlow, and Michael Chisholm. Not pictured are James and Elizabeth Mezera and tour director Jan Beyer, who were also on the trip. .
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A trilogy of three communities named Namur - one in Europe, one in Canada and one in southern Door County - converged in a festival with people from all three, including 20 from Door County on Aug. 1-7.

"This was three years in planning," said Bill Chaudoir, executive director of Door County Economic Development Corp. who also embraces his Belgian heritage as chairman of the Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation at the former St. Mary of the Snows church.

Chaudoir and local Belgian historian Bill Laatsch were among those who took the trip for the Festival of Namurs in the province of Quebec. ...

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