• Leading by Example: Therma-Tron-X

    In November of 2018 Sevastopol School District voters approved a $25 million referendum to reconstruct its aging facility to match one of the top-performing student bodies in the state. The leaders at Therma-Tron-X (TTX) went a step further.  The Sturgeon Bay manufacturing firm — which designs, fabricates and installs industrial custom paint finishing systems — […]

  • Literacy is Focus of Altrusa of Door County

    In all the hubbub of activity at the Dec. 21, 2018, dedication of the 41st Door County Habitat for Humanity home — with new homeowners Jacob and Amanda Purdy throwing open the doors of the new home to the media and the public — the five Purdy children seemed to shut out all the activity […]

  • Pebble Beach Sold …Into Preservation

    The waters of Lake Michigan were lapping gently on the stones of Pebble Beach as Jack Hayes corralled his family for a photo July 15. The beach has been a staple of the Lisle, Illinois, family’s Door County vacations for 20 years, but on this day, the Hayes family wondered how much longer that would […]

  • Leading by Example: Brett and Katy Lecy

    Brett and Katy Lecy lead a daily life that most would consider bananas. As commercial airline pilots, they commute back and forth to Chicago every week, trading off being the at-home parent of three children. But the long drive affords them the lifestyle they want in Door County, a life they opted for instead of […]

  • Mike and Carrol Toneys Give Back to Southern Door

    A perfect retirement: For some it’s a seat on the beach or knocking destinations off the bucket list. Maybe it’s finally building that dream house. But for Mike and Carrol Toneys of Nasewaupee, retirement opened a door to a greater legacy.  “We really needed to do something,” Mike said. “Our kids really got a good […]

  • Foundation Recognizes Students Come With Life

    Removing boundaries to education was the goal of the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Foundation (NWTC) when it was formed in 1970, and that worthy mission has only grown in the intervening years. “If we want more people to be able to graduate and work, financial barriers are the No. 1 reason why we lose them. […]

  • Lolly Ratajczak: Still Becoming

    Lolly Ratajczak’s love affair with Door County began like those of many others — with camping trips to Peninsula and Potawatomi State Parks in the 1950s. It was a modest start to a connection that would create tremendous impact for the community several decades later. In the 1980s, Lolly and her husband, Dave, bought property […]

  • 59th House and Garden Walk Features Homes with ‘History and Character’

    Now in her third year as the committee chair of the Door County House and Garden Walk, Gloria Heck emphasizes local charm when looking for homes to include on the walk. It’s a process that begins in February, when committee members look for homes with “history and character, not just brand-new, big homes,” Heck said. […]

  • North Shore Bank Hosting Pet-supply Collection

    North Shore Bank is partnering with the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus to host a Paws and Claws pet-supply collection until July 6 at the bank’s Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay branches. In addition to dropping off supplies, community members may donate their loose change, the total amount of which North Shore Bank will […]

  • Thomas H. Lutsey-Waseda Farms Scholarship Awards $10,000 for 2019

    Four graduating high school students were selected to receive the four-year, $10,000 Thomas H. Lutsey-Waseda Farms Scholarship ( this year. These presentations raise the total recipient number to 113 since the program began in 1986. Matt Lutsey, president of Waseda Farms, which sponsors the scholarship, said more than $700,000 has been awarded to recipients during […]

  • Culture Club: The Art of Gratitude and Those Who Deliver It

    by Christoph Ptack, Executive Director, Peninsula Music Festival  “Thank you!” It’s a common phrase that we all hear, but perhaps it’s not one that we receive nearly enough. Is it overused? Of course not, because these two words are a necessity to navigating our daily lives. When they arrive in the form of a handwritten […]

  • North Shore Hosts Pet-supply Collection

    North Shore Bank has partnered with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus to host the Paws and Claws pet-supply collection until July 6 at the Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay bank branches. In addition to dropping off supplies, community members are encouraged to take loose change, the total amount of which North Shore […]

  • Katie Dahl Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Album

    Katie Dahl will launch a Kickstarter fundraising campaign July 14 for her new album, Wildwood, with a special double-header concert at the Jacksonport Town Hall Bakery. A 3 pm performance was added after the 7 pm performance sold out. Both concerts will feature special guests Eric Lewis, Claudia Russell, Andy Coulson, Bruce Kaplan and Rich […]

  • DCMM Receives Donation for New AEDs

    The Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge, the Sturgeon Bay Order of the Eastern Star and the Wisconsin Masonic Foundation have donated $1,400 to the Door County Maritime Museum’s 2019 campaign to purchase new AEDs for its three-museum campus and a new assisted-listening system for its docent-led tours. The three Masonic organizations choose local organizations to support […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Awards Seven Grants

    During its June 4 meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club (SBBRC) awarded $500 grants to seven area nonprofits to support their services to the community. Club members nominated and voted on the recipients, which were the Boys & Girls Club of Door County, DOOR CANcer, DoorTran, Crossroads at Big Creek, Feed My People, Door […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Receives Grant

    Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) received a $500 donation from the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club on June 4. Executive Director David Van Dyke and ReStore Office Manager Megan Dietz accepted the check on behalf of DCHH from the Rotary Club’s president, Gregory Dietz.The money will help DCHH continue its mission of helping local […]

  • June ‘Coins for a Cause’ Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin for a Coins for a Cause fundraising event all day on June 20, when every quarter played on house machines – including pool, foosball, air hockey, darts, classic arcades and pinball – will be donated to the local branch […]

  • Dinner in the Vineyard Returns Aug. 29, 2019

    Top Door County chefs are reuniting for the second Dinner in the Vineyard: a five-course meal at Gathering Ground’s vineyard on Washington Island on Aug. 29. The evening will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers and libations from local breweries and wineries; a vineyard tour; and a big-table, family-style dinner featuring fresh, local ingredients. […]

  • Craftsmanship for a Cause: Mudbone and the Traveling Guitar

    Dan “Mudbone” Thimm kicked off a summer-long raffle for a custom Mudbone guitar last Friday when he placed the instrument in a display case above the cabinets at Sturgeon Bay’s Get Real Café. The one-of-a-kind guitar is the product of several months of work by Thimm, the owner and founder of Mudbone Guitars, and the […]

  • DCMC Partners with Community Blood Center

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and the Community Blood Center (CBC) held a May 14 cookie-cutting event and kickoff blood drive to celebrate their ongoing partnership. CBC has been the sole provider of blood and blood products to DCMC since fall 2018. A cookie cutting, in place of a ribbon cutting, marked the first day […]