Category: People

  • Remembering A Friend and His Gentle Reminders

    When Bob Pohl died, the writer lost a friend with whom he shared a love of print, a love of advertising, and a love of alcohol. Pohl gave him a helping hand with all three.

  • Matt Norman, Golden Hear Awards

    Volunteers Honored at Golden Heart Awards

    We all know them – the people who always seem to be busy organizing meals for a family that’s going through a rough patch, or the retired neighbor who seems to be anything-but-retired because they’re busy driving someone to an appointment or reading to a child at school. These are the individuals who literally “grow […]

  • Lee Traven, Philanthropist of the Year, Door County

    Lee Traven Named Philanthropist of the Year

    Through his exceptional generosity of money and time, Lee Traven has developed a reputation for good deeds around Door County. And, at Scandia Village Good Samaritan retirement community, where he now lives, he has developed a reputation for connecting people. Scandia Senior Housing Manager Lynn Mattke said he has proven to be a vital human […]

  • Gretchen Klug, "Bay to Bay"

    Klug Donates “Bay to Bay” for Charity

    “I feel philanthropy in Door County has made the county what it is today,” says artist and Door County resident Gretchen Klug, who has generously donated her time, talent, and painting “Bay to Bay” to represent Door County Living’s fourth annual Philanthropy Issue. Door County Living will auction the Klug original painting (oil on canvas, […]

  • Causes to Celebrate

    The Door County Triathlon donated $30,000 each to the Door County YMCA, and the Friends of Door County Parks in 2011. In its seventh year, the race drew 2,000 participants. Photos by Dan Eggert.   Cynthia Johnson and Jean Engelke at the Peninsula School of Art’s “Unruffled Views” exhibition reception in May of 2011. Photo […]

  • Five People Making a Difference

    Door County’s Renaissance Man Brian Fitzgerald By Lauren Bremer Brian Fitzgerald is a man who is at home on the ice, so when he made Door County his permanent home, he saw an opportunity to forge something from that cold, slippery surface. The journey that Fitzgerald embarked on the winter of 1994 would start him […]

  • Suzi Hass, Kelli Bruns, Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula State Park’s New Superintendent, Kelli Bruns

    Kelli Bruns stepped into the top job at Peninsula State Park on September 1, 2011, filling the position that had been occupied by two interim superintendents since the retirement of longtime Superintendent Tom Blackwood at the end of 2009. Bruns comes to Peninsula with a duel degree in forest recreation and forest management from UW […]

  • "PBI Continuing Excellence, 1983-1993"

    Peterson Builders and The Avenger Class Minesweeper

    Sitting in the room of his home dedicated to Peterson Builders’ history, Ellsworth Peterson can point to any of the relics from his career with the company and tell a story. The work permit he obtained to help his father in the shipyard hangs in a frame on the wall. His hard hat rests on […]

  • Ping Photography

    Door County’s Poet Laureate, Barbara Larsen

    These winter-themed poems by Door County’s Poet Laureate showcase her talent, as well as the power of poetry. Final Curtain Some days sun settles into the bay gently, spreading her delicate chiffon scarves over the pale sky and silken water like the pure melodic line of a Chopin nocturne. Other times she is Carmen who […]

  • Redefining Lucky

    “You’re lucky,” Annika Johnson tells her son, Bo.

    He has been diagnosed with leukemia. He’ll be stuck in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for the next six months, undergoing four rounds of chemotherapy.

  • Harvey and Helen Haen Egg Harbor

    Where are the Women in Local Government?: Local boards dominated by old men

    “When I look back on it, my first role models of working women were Egg Harbor people,” Bonnie Cady told me. “Helen Haen, Esther Birnschein, Tuie Bogenschutz, those are the first women I can remember

  • 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 […]

  • Hitting A Legend: Roy “Decker” Woldt

    Roy “Decker” Woldt, perhaps Door County’s greatest ballplayer, never made it to the majors, but did earn another rare claim to fame.

  • Around the World in 11 Years: Jake Kodanko’s life on land and sea

    Some people learn geography studying maps; others, like Jake Kodanko, learn hands on. From 1943 to 1954 he served in the Merchant Marines, “traveling all over the world,” he recalls, “visiting 56 different countries, some several times.”

  • Jack Bunda to be remembered July 30

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  • Speaking of Soul

    The remarkable songwriter/performer Ruthie Foster will be making her way to the Door Community Auditorium on July 22nd as part of their 20th Anniversary Main Stage Season. With two Blues Music Awards under her belt, as well as a Grammy Nomination for her record The Truth According to Ruthie Foster, the artist will once again […]

  • In Pursuit of the Catch

    As The Karen rumbles out from the Henriksen Fisheries dock into Lake Michigan, the late spring sky is beginning to brighten, the air fresh, the water a mirror, but the sun is sleeping in. “I tell my crew that tourists pay lots of money to see something like this,” Charlie Henriksen says. But the crew, […]

  • The Love of Nature, a Way of Life

    You have a problem:  song birds kamikaze into your front window. What do you do? Chances are you call Roy and Charlotte Lukes for the answer:  suspend over your window a string with a few turkey feathers tied at intervals. It works. Roy and Charlotte are the go-to couple for people in Door County who […]

  • Chief Roy Oshkosh: Door County’s Unlikely Ambassador

    Sounds of pounding bare feet, drum beats, and the crackling of a bonfire all speak of an era of Door County tradition gone by, but the experience, and the man behind it, are not forgotten. Chief Oshkosh’s powwows in Egg Harbor are one of the most memorable traditions for those who can recall the peninsula […]

  • A Summer Rite of Passage

    Some would mark the start of a Door County summer season by the reduction of the speed limit through Ephraim, the commotion of Memorial Day Weekend or even the arrival of the summer solstice. I would mark it by the first campfire with friends sans snow on the ground. Yes, Door County residents are a […]