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Area: Door County

  • Sunshine House

    40 Years of Work, Care and Lots of Friends: Sunshine House

    Nestled in the heart of Sturgeon Bay’s West Side Industrial Park is a unique organization that provides jobs, training, and care to Door County adults with disabilities. This year, Sunshine House Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary, as it continues its mission as a “diverse community service organization whose purpose is to achieve full participation […]

  • Carrie Counihan

    A Love of Animals, a Love of People: Carrie Counihan

    Carrie Counihan’s office is fairly typical:  a large desk with a few stacks of paper, a framed photo of her and her husband, Dave, a couple of blue cushioned chairs, and…cats. There are cats just lazing about. A grey one lies asleep on a file cabinet, a tan one stretches on a carpeted structure, and […]

  • Education and Preservation Meet

    Besides providing sanctuary for many rare species for the past 74 years, The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has provided countless educational and research opportunities to visitors and residents. “Everyone sees the land protection efforts,” says Executive Director Steve Leonard, “but the hidden treasure has been how The Ridges has impacted so many people over […]

  • Changing the World, One Student at a Time

    Every year, over 8,000 students broaden their worldview and establish lifelong friendships through Rotary Youth Exchange. The extensive network providing support to the program includes over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary International has been coordinating exchanges since 1929 with a unified objective:  to promote world peace and understanding, one student […]

  • Suzi Hass

    Door Shakespeare

    The summer of 2011 marks Door Shakespeare’s 14th season of offering classic theater to audiences in the garden at Björklunden. Just as Shakespeare’s troupe brought drama to life on a stage under the open sky, so does Door Shakespeare under a canopy of stars and trees, with an apron of lawn and wings of shrubbery. […]

  • Pete Saloutos/CORBIS

    Profit through Patience

    The Door County Triathlon didn’t produce a dime for the Door County YMCA or Door County Parks System in 2005, its first year. The event was staged at Frank Murphy County Park and used other county park system facilities. The YMCA provided support, promotion, and dozens of volunteers. But after all was said and done, […]

  • The Economic Impact of Charity in Door County

    “Charity is more important to Door County than to any other community in Wisconsin.” We’ve been saying that for several years now at the Door County Community Foundation. It’s the fundamental belief that shapes our work and influences our every activity. The Community Foundation set forth a mission “to inspire people to give back to […]

  • Matt Normann

    Volunteers Honored at Golden Heart Awards

    According to www.independentsector.org, an online charity forum, the value of a volunteer in Wisconsin is estimated to be $17.79 per hour. If you multiply that by the number of hours a volunteer “volunteers,” you begin to get an idea of the economic impact a volunteer has upon the agency he or she serves. Once a […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Miriam Erickson Named Philanthropist of the Year

    For Miriam Erickson of Egg Harbor, a difference made is far more important than a title earned. Ironically, that selflessness earned her one more title in 2010 – Philanthropist of the Year. “The award for Philanthropist of the Year is given to somebody who’s more than simply a donor,” said Bret Bicoy, President and CEO […]

  • Bonnie Paruch

    Cover Painting Auctioned for Charity

    The third annual Philanthropy Issue of Door County Living is devoted to the spirit of giving, a thread that runs strong through the fabric of the Door County community. It is in this spirit that Bonnie Paruch, the artist behind our cover image, has generously offered this work for auction to benefit a local cause. […]

  • An Idiot’s Lament: Missing the Hilander Cup

    It’s a grueling day on the ice, a test of wills, a test of stamina, a test of hamstrings and groins. Unfortunately, I already failed that test.
    Today the Northern Door Broomball League crowns a new

  • Sister Bay To Review Waterfront Park Master Plan: Marina to pay for Johnson property

    The Village of Sister Bay has asked the Plan Commission to review changes to the master plan for Waterfront Park.

  • Amanda DeWitt: Cottage Jeweler in Ephraim

    “I sort of fell into it,” Amanda DeWitt said. “I am very artistic, but I never knew you could do something that you like to do to make a living!” In 1969 during her junior year DeWitt quit college and moved from Champaign (Illinois) to Door County with her then husband, jewelry-maker Tom DeWitt.

  • Coming Back to the Pack

    This week I bought my nephew an Aaron Rodgers jersey. It was probably one of roughly 100,000 Aaron Rodgers jerseys sold this week. Nothing special.

    But for me, it was a step back. A first foray in mending

  • State Parks Face Challenges as 3 High-ranking Employees Retire

    As 2010 drew to a close, the long careers of three high-ranking state park employees did as well. Rick Ostrowski, park manager at Whitefish Dunes State Park, Gene Tiser, interim superintendent at Peninsula

  • 2010 Reflections: An American Table

    It struck me as I was sitting at the old, heavy metal kitchen table that was tucked against the wallpaper of Norman and Lenore Carroll’s modest Sister Bay home.

  • How A Small Town Shovels Out

    Two days later, the hangover from our first winter storm is still being felt, with school canceled at Gibraltar, Sevastopol, and Southern Door, and delayed in Sturgeon Bay. When the blizzard arrived Saturday

  • Flavor Profile

    You know you’re dealing with a true food service professional when, during a casual conversation about favorite restaurants, the phrase “flavor profile” escapes their lips while describing a recent meal. It’s not the kind of thing a casual or even regular diner would say, but it is exactly the type of conversation you hear when […]

  • Welcome to Grilling Season!

    Watching meat sizzle on the grill can be a unique joy for a cook… grilling tool in one hand and beer in the other. So why relegate the grill to the summer months? Don’t put your grill into hibernation when the weather turns chilly. Instead, fire it up and let winter know that it can’t […]

  • Owls

    Few birds have received more admiration throughout history than those priceless wonders designed for darkness, the owls. Look around you and chances are good that an owl peers down at you in some form of art, or perhaps as a toy or a piece of jewelry. One of the several highly-admired owls in our home […]