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Area: Sturgeon Bay

  • Cassie Cibik-Moeller Takes Teaching Beyond the Classroom

    When Cassie Cibik’s résumé and letter of application crossed his desk in 1977, Carl Scholz, then Sevastopol’s superintendent, knew he had a special candidate on his hands for the physical education position he needed to fill. But for Scholz, tracking Cibik down for an interview wasn’t easy – she was off hiking the Appalachian Trail […]

  • Behemoths of the Great Lakes

    Have you ever stood on shore and spied a massive Great Lakes vessel making its way across the horizon? If so, you may have wondered what type of ship it is, what cargo it carries, and from whence it hails. In the pages here, you’ll find at-a-glance answers to these questions along with resources for sleuthing […]

  • Legacy on the Lakes: Leathem Smith’s innovations live on 65 years after his death

    Leathem D. Smith wasn’t looking to revolutionize an industry; he simply wanted a more efficient way to transport rock from his family’s Sturgeon Bay quarry down Lake Michigan to Chicago.

  • You’ll be Back

    Ask just about anyone within 20 miles of Sturgeon Bay to meet at “The Pub” and they’ll know what you’re talking about. The Neighborhood Pub, located on Sturgeon Bay’s business thoroughfare, has been serving up food and drink to locals and visitors for 14 years. Although The Pub serves a wide variety of beverages, including […]

  • Passion & Personality

    The room sparkles. Everything in Samara Jewelry Designs shimmers and glistens – pearl earrings, rows of diamond bridal rings, heart-shaped necklaces, pieces with blue sapphires, with red rubies, with precious gemstones that reveal a rainbow of mesmerizing colors. I step slowly, examining one piece after the other – ‘oohing’ and ‘awing’ and ‘oh-my-God’-ing the brilliance […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Even a Big Boat’s Small: Palmer Johnson Craftsman Rusty Lardinois

    Down on Shiloh Road, a few miles outside the city of Sturgeon Bay, there sits an old barn. Non-descript and a bit worse for wear, it’s built snug into a slope behind an old farmhouse, and nothing of its exterior hints that inside is the home workshop of one of the finest carpenters Door County […]

  • Door County’s Golden Girl Mary Jane van Duyse Sorgel Dated Lambeau

    Betty White gets more fame, but the original Golden Girl calls Door County home. Mary Jane van Duyse Sorgel of Sturgeon Bay was the Green Bay Packer’s Golden Girl, a stint that is just one part of a remarkable life.

  • Cycling in woods

    Door County’s Quiet Jewel

    Few Door County visitors have missed a spin through famed Peninsula State Park to climb the tower, take in a show at American Folklore Theatre, or just meander along the roads. But if you’ve never been to Potawatomi State Park, located along the southern shoreline of Sturgeon Bay, you’re missing out on one of the […]

  • Riding the Waves of the Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding Industry

    Bay Shipbuilding Company has made it through tough economic times before, something it will have to do again to return to prominence.

  • Should Government Get Social?

    Log into Facebook and you’ll find debates on anything from politics to chocolate-chip cookies. Discussions on issues like the Subway proposal in Sister Bay have generated countless posts and comments and increased turnout at public meetings. So is it time for local government to jump into the social media fray?

  • Scenes of Steel Bridge Songfests Past

    The Sixth Annual Steel Bridge Songfest will rock Sturgeon Bay once again from June 10 – 13, with musicians performing on more than 15 indoor and outdoor stages.

  • New On Deck Location a Perfect Fit

    Walking the quaint streets of downtown Sturgeon Bay, you’ll find an On Deck clothing store nestled on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street, as if it’s been there for decades.

  • Canine Gourmet

    Since the inception of the “On Your Plate” department in Door County Living, it has been the usual custom for a restaurant, chef, or local food to be featured. Of course, while going out to various eateries of the peninsula might seem commonplace to us, our pets who are stuck at home might ask (if […]

  • Re-thinking Education: Focus on University Students Comes at Expense of Everyone Else

    Every child deserves a chance at a college education, but does every child need one? It’s not a popular question to ask in policy circles, but it’s one that one author argues must be asked if we’re going to keep America’s small towns alive.

  • Door County YMCA is All About Community

    In 1992, I took my first class at the Door County YMCA. It was quite an endeavor:  waking up early in the winter dark, driving from my Egg Harbor home to Sturgeon Bay, and making my way to the old high school where, after decades of teachers yelling, “Don’t run in the halls,” Y instructors […]

  • Living for Purpose & Possibilities

    For those who may not know her, Judy Drew is the Executive Director of the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. She came to the position in August of 2004 after working many years dealing with insurance and financial services. On the surface, it was quite a shift. Here’s how she describes it. “When […]

  • City Sticks to Two-Way Traffic on Third Avenue

    The Sturgeon Bay City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to keep Third Avenue traffic flowing in two directions – at least for the winter. Alderman Thad Birmingham was the lone dissenting vote.