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  • ‘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”

  • Crossroads Implements New Staff Structure

    Crossroads at Big Creek is implementing a new staff structure that will allow the organization to grow while taking advantage of its strong history.  Laurel Hauser has taken the role of interim executive director. She was hired in April 2019 as assistant director after many years with the Door County Land Trust and volunteer involvement […]

  • Deggendorf and Umentum Earn Golden Heart Awards

    Crossroads at Big Creek volunteers Bobby Deggendorf and Steve Umentum earned the WPS Environmental Stewardship Award at the Door County Volunteer Center’s 2020 Virtual Golden Heart Award Celebration. These educators created an after-school outdoor-immersion opportunity at Crossroads for their fourth-grade students. Each Wednesday last spring, the inaugural group of 20 to 30 Explorers walked from […]

  • Wellness in the Time of COVID-19

    “I really encourage people to take care of themselves,” said Kim Maedke-Shumway, a massage therapist and owner of The Spa at Sacred Grounds in Ephraim.  It’s good advice at any time, but especially during the COVID-19 outbreak because data suggest that the disease is much more deadly for people with underlying medical conditions such as […]

  • Mike McCarty Returns to Door County after Middle East Deployment

    On April 1, Navy Command Master Chief Mike McCarty returned after a third deployment to the Middle East. His wife, Paula McCarty; and Cal, one of their two sons, picked him up at the Green Bay airport. Keeping social distancing in mind, a group of friends and family had planned a surprise welcome home: His […]

  • Sage Conrad’s Journey Home

    A young artist hangs a shingle from a garage in Baileys Harbor Making and selling cheerleader-style denim skirts to her friends in fifth grade was a precursor to Sage Conrad’s career. She always knew she wanted to have her own business, but she said that the chance to open a shop — and one in […]

  • Door County Alumni Profile: Jeremy Kodanko, Sevastopol Class of 1993

    If you’ve ever wondered what cancer research looks like, it’s a lot brighter than you might think. Jeremy Kodanko, an associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Chemistry at Wayne State University in Detroit, has a research lab focused on organic, inorganic and medicinal chemistry.  One aspect of his research there focuses on […]

  • More Than Exercise

    Biking is a way of life for Deb Neuville Photos by Len Villano It’s not easy to keep up with Deb Neuville. It’s not just that she bikes at speeds of up to 19 and a half miles per hour. Or that the week before our conversation, she had logged 237 miles. Even when she’s […]

  • Leading by Example: Anne Egan

    Growing up in Green Bay, Anne Egan remembers being mesmerized by the beauty and variety of the waters of the Fox River and Green Bay. Throughout her life, she has swum, sailed, skied, skated and admired the water that has surrounded her, but it wasn’t until she read The Death and Life of the Great […]

  • Leading by Example: Megan Lundahl

    When Megan Lundahl’s mother, Terry Lundahl, introduced the idea for the local story slam called Tales of Our Lives, Megan was already involved with the Women’s Fund of Door County but had been wanting to spearhead a new project — one focused not on fundraising but on storytelling.  At its heart, Tales of Our Lives […]

  • Leading by Example: Kendra Clarizio-Bilodeau

    “I knew I wanted to stand and help others who were feeling what I felt, to tell them it’s OK,” said Kendra Clarizio-Bilodeau, sitting near the front window of a place she wasn’t sure she would ever have — a home of her own. “I want others to look at me and know that if […]

  • A Celebration of Women in Philanthropy

    When you’re cranking out a half dozen stories a week, it’s easy to fall back on reporting crutches for the sake of efficiency. You come to rely on the people you’re most comfortable talking to: official sources from local government offices and boards, the heads of corporations or just the people you know will pick […]

  • Candidates: Southern Door School Board

    Pamela Parks, 47 Parks, 47, is married with three teenage children. A Southern Door High School graduate, she has a bachelor’s of social work from Carthage College and a master’s of social work from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. • Experience: I currently work as the assistant to the register in probate and family court commissioner in […]