Category: People

  • Sevastopol’s Tanck Earns Wisconsin School Forest Award

    The LEAF Program has honored educator Brooke Tanck with a School Forest Award for her contributions to Sevastopol’s school forest, the Pioneer Ecological Reserve.  Tanck has led the initiative to rejuvenate the Sevastopol EcoLab property for the past few years. Each year, she reopens trails with a chain saw and trimmer, and she’s publicized the […]

  • From Repair to Full-Service Information Technology

    Nathan Drager earns business accolades two years in a row Nathan Drager had a natural-born talent for technology and computers. What he didn’t have was a college degree or formal training. That didn’t stop him from trying to break into the IT world throughout his 20s, but no company would give him a chance. “Every […]

  • Gallagher, Hargan Visit Hospital

    Eric Hargan, U.S. deputy secretary of health and human services, was flanked by Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens (left) and U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher during a visit to Door County Medical Center on Sept. 3.  Hargan was in Sturgeon Bay to tout the rural action plan signed by President Donald Trump in August […]

  • Portrait of a Versatile Artist: Emmett Johns

    With portraits, landscapes, abstracts in oil, pastel portraits and charcoal sketches, Emmett Johns is nothing if not versatile. But for him, each medium has much in common with the others in that they’re all fundamentally about composition and design. “It’s not one versus the other,” he said. “It’s all one. The landscapes that I do […]

  • Pose by Sunflowers: Check!

    This group from Kenosha stopped in Carlsville Saturday morning to pose by the sunflowers on their way to Ephraim, where they were spending the weekend. Photo by D.A. Fitzgerald.

  • Borycki Achieves Hole-in-One

    John Borycki had a hole-in-one Aug. 25 on the fifth hole at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course.

  • Puzzle Man: How Myles Mellor Made Crosswords a Career

    Puzzle creator Myles Mellor didn’t set out to craft a new career when he first sketched a crossword puzzle by hand 20 years ago. He was simply trying to cheer up his dad back home in England.  “My mom died, and my father was quite devastated by it, and I was trying to think of […]

  • Maritime Museum Bestows Annual Awards

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) has announced its annual award recipients.  Presented jointly by the DCMM and the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club, the Door County Mariner Awards went to William C. Parsons and posthumously to John D. Thenell. The honor recognizes those who have had a significant, positive, lasting impact on the county’s maritime […]

  • Know Your Grower: Fruit Forward: Soren’s Valhalla Orchards

    Location: 2600 Idlewild Road, Sturgeon Bay – follow the signs! Acreage: Two acres of strawberries, 100 acres of cherries, 2,500 apple trees and 100 acres of additional crops (corn, soybean, wheat, green beans and alfalfa) Meet your growers: The Sorensen family: Terry, Toni and their three young sons Terry and Toni both have farming in […]

  • Rediscovering the Unselfish Service That Made Our Country Great

    by Tom Thurman Being in a particularly vulnerable age group during this pandemic, my wife and I have been under self-imposed house arrest since mid-March, venturing out only for the occasional grocery store run, take-out meal or post office visit. Early on, we took seriously the warnings of medical experts and have watched with growing […]

  • Know Your Grower: OneEighty Petals

    Location: At the “triangle” of County A and South Highland Road (8999 S. Highland Road, Fish Creek) Acreage: ¼-½ acre of specialty cut flowers, ½ acre of pumpkins, gourds and vegetables  Meet your growers: Sara and John Lancaster, and baby Jack (known as Farmer Jack to customers) Serendipity seems to be a recurrent theme in […]

  • A Journey into Lavender

    How Tom and Bonnie Ansley Created a Private Lavender Retreat In 2014, Tom and Bonnie Ansley had just moved into their new home: a restored and remodeled stone barn on a 50-acre piece of land just outside of Fish Creek. The property included a dying cherry orchard, damaged by the previous winter’s harsh weather. Looking […]

  • ‘Cannonball! Fearlessly Facing Midlife and Beyond’ Offers Women Encouragement, Confidence

    Podcaster, author and part-time Egg Harbor resident Amy Schmidt had what she described as a “stop in my tracks” moment one morning when her husband asked, “Hey, Mom, can you pick up the laundry today?” Caught off guard by this slip of the tongue, Schmidt remembered thinking, “Mom? What happened to Amy?”  As she cared […]

  • TAP Welcomes Ginnow as Technical Director/Stage Manager

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) has welcomed Jon Ginnow to its permanent staff as its technical director/stage manager. He will oversee all scheduling; take a hands-on approach to managing technical direction, scene construction, painting and properties management; stage manage all productions; run the light board and sound for all performances; and supervise summer interns. Ginnow brings […]

  • Wendy Carpenter: Using Textile Art to Facilitate Healing

    One day in December, as Jennifer Seydel sat in her living room and struggled to comprehend the tragedy that had radically changed the trajectory of her life, the name of a woman she had met only once popped into her head: Wendy Carpenter. Seydel and her husband, Mark, had met Carpenter briefly, years before, during […]

  • Know Your Grower: Robbens Nest Farm

    Location: North of Sturgeon Bay at 4724 Mathey Road Acreage: 20 acres Meet your growers: Josiah Robben and Joe Lopez, plus farm dogs Judy and Dexter Josiah Robben and Joe Lopez have been growing and selling vegetables and flowers for 17 seasons in Door County, following in the footsteps of Robben’s grandparents’ self-sustaining family farm […]

  • Northern Sky Theater Toasts Mary Seeberg

    Northern Sky Theater is celebrating the 23-year tenure of board chair Mary Seeberg with an online event July 17, 7 pm, via Zoom. Northern Sky artists will perform some of Seeberg’s favorite songs, and Jeff Herbst and Seeberg will share favorite memories from her 23 years with the troupe. For a donation of $50, patrons […]

  • “What’s My Pride?” Project: Discovering and Documenting Community

    “Loving and living out loud.” “Being seen for who I am.” “My son.” “Sharing laughter.” “How far we’ve come.”  Handwritten on signs and held by their authors, these are just a few responses to the question “What’s my pride?” that were photographed as part of Open Door Pride’s What’s My Pride? project. Since 2017, responses […]

  • A Child Care Conundrum: Barker closure would leave families, employers in limbo

    When Alexis Heim Peter and her husband, Matt, welcomed their son, Jackson, to the world two and a half years ago, they encountered a challenge that an increasing number of Door County families are facing: securing child care once they return to work. Initially, the Sturgeon Bay residents couldn’t get into the full Barker Child […]

  • Framed: Al Johnson’s Favorite Morning Coffee Guys

    Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik shared this moment on Twitter during the Memorial Day weekend: “Our favorite morning coffee guys got together and social-distanced with us this weekend. #togetherapart #friendshipgoals”