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Peninsua Pulse – August 11-18, 2017

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  • Commentary: The Arts Mean Business in Door County

    By Brian Kelsey and Dave Maier, Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance The Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance (PAHA) joins the Wisconsin Arts Board and Americans for the Arts in announcing the results of a comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry conducted in Door County during the past two years. The […]

  • More Liquor Licenses, Longer Winery Hours Proposed

    A new bill to loosen regulation on small wineries and breweries would upend Wisconsin’s three-tier system in favor of the growing industry. The bill, branded as “Cheers! Wisconsin,” would allow for more liquor licenses, extend hours for wineries, and allow breweries to sell wine and liquor in their taprooms. Under the bill, the number of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Now Will Johnson and Gallagher Listen to Constituents?

    After his vote to defeat Trumpcare, Republican Sen. McCain stated, “We [Congress] must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of the nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care […]

  • Chinese Textiles at UUF Gallery

    A collection of Chinese textiles will be exhibited at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery from Aug. 5 – 30. Collector Karon Winzenz will give a brief exhibition tour from 12 – 1 pm, Aug. 13. Winzenz started collecting ethnic textiles of China while curating an exhibition for the Peninsula Art School from the extensive collection […]

  • Destroyers Drop Last Game of Season

    In the final week of Mid-States Football League (MSFL) play, the Door County Destroyers lost 38-20 to the Lincoln-Way Patriots Aug. 5. The Destroyers ended their season with a record of 3-5 in the Richart Conference. For more information visit dcdestroyers.com. Related Articles Destroyers Face Muskego Hitmen June 24 Destroyers Hope to Break Streak on […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Freedom Celebration a Huge Success

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator Sister Bay’s Freedom Celebration on July 8 was a huge success. Thanks to the generosity of the folks at CHOP, Lure and Pasta Vino, a fantastic fireworks display took place over the bay at dusk, and throughout the day Waterfront Park was transformed into a really cool play area. The […]

  • Door County Deer Advisory Council Holds First Meeting Aug. 28

    On Aug. 28 at the Door County Government Center, 421 Nebraska St., Sturgeon Bay, the County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) will meet to discuss deer population objectives and Deer Management Unit (DMU) boundaries to be followed for the next three years. This meeting starts at 7 pm. While this is a working meeting of the […]

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    Edgewood Opens First Abstract Show

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries opens its first abstract group show Aug. 16. Exhibit IV, Abstraction, features a collection of work by new gallery artists as well as longtime Edgewood exhibitors inspired by color, texture, line and shape. Tom Nachreiner’s paintings will be featured in the Courtyard Gallery and jewelry by Olga Ganoudis will be showcased. A […]

  • Strong Culture Sustains High Rankings at Door County Medical Center

    Employees of Door County Medical Center (DCMC) believe that before they start caring for you or me, they should first care about each other. “We provide care here, but it’s the caring that we excel at,” said Jody Boes, vice president of patient care administration. “Culture eats strategies for lunch,” said CEO Gerald Worrick, adding […]

  • Police Capture Pig on the Loose in Sturgeon Bay

    Sergeant Markus Tassoul and Officer Shawn Mogen of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department practiced their pig wrestling skills last week by rounding up this little pig that was reported on the loose. The pig sustained an injury to the snout prior to contact with the officers. The pig was given a warning for resisting arrest […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Hosts Annual Kermiss Aug 20

    The Belgian Heritage Center is hosting its annual Belgian Kermiss Aug. 20, 11 am – 4 pm. A kermiss is a traditional harvest celebration that is open to the whole community featuring Belgian food, beer, music and camaraderie. The popular variety band, Mad Cats, will provide their mix of country, rock and pop music from […]

  • Featured Pet: Zucchini

    This week’s Door County Humane Society (DCHS) featured pet is Zucchini, a two-year-old domestic shorthair cat with some brown and orange tortoiseshell markings. She came to DCHS as a pregnant stray and, after raising four kittens, she is ready to have a home of her own. Zucchini can be a little bit shy at first […]

  • TAP Lobby Gallery Welcomes Stephanie Trenchard

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the opening of Stephanie Trenchard’s art installation Mapping A Sense of Place. The show runs concurrently with Leonard Bernstein’s comic operetta Candide (running now through Sept. 2) at the year-round professional theatre in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Color and light drew TAP’s Marketing and Development Director, Amy Ensign, to Trenchard’s work […]

  • Ukulele Groups Turn Up the Volume in Door

    Mike Manis wanted to find an activity in retirement that was not golf. He found the ukulele. “I wanted to get away from golf. It was driving me crazy,” Manis said. “And I wanted to play in a band. Now I’ve got so many bands I can’t tell them apart.” Manis, who has spent his […]

  • Southern Door Leads, Ephraim Loses in 2016 Property Value Growth

    Preliminary data from the Department of Revenue shows towns in Southern Door lead the county in the percentage of added real estate value from 2016. The county as a whole has seen negligible growth, while Ephraim saw the greatest loss of property value in the county. Data is collected as of Jan. 1, marking new […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Team of Liars

    “Do not bare false witness” – to paraphrase Exodus 20:16. My parents taught me (yours probably did too) not to lie. One gets caught in lies, but not in the truth. Remember Aesop’s Fables and “The Boy Who Called Wolf?” That story basically tells us that we get caught in lies and the entire community […]

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    Ryan Miller’s Art at Bearded Heart

    Bearded Heart Coffee continues featuring art on its walls this month. On your weekly coffee breaks enjoy the works of local artist Ryan Miller with your brew. Miller, who is also the creative director of the Pulse and Door County Living, lends a fresh, colorful palette to what he likes to describe as “charts of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Saddened, Not Shocked

    The Dairy Business Association’s decision to sue the Wisconsin DNR could probably not come at a worse time. Just after Kewaunee County residents were informed about the extent of bovine contamination in private wells – contamination that clearly signals that the existing rules are inadequate, the Dairy Business Association (DBA) announces they are suing the […]

  • Angela Olson-Luberger Holds Trunk Show at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery proudly announces an Angela Olson-Luberger Jewelry Trunk Show on Aug. 12, 10 am to 5 pm. Olson-Luberger has been hard at work expanding her collection of classic, handmade necklaces and earrings. Come out and meet the artist, see her latest creations and find a locally made treasure for your jewelry […]

  • Pet Talk: Make That Car Carrier Comfy

    Q: I was wondering if you have any ideas for getting our cat into his carrier more easily when it’s time to go to the vet.   A: Unfortunately you are not alone with trying to get your cat into his carrier without a fuss. Even mild-mannered house cats can become all nails and teeth […]

  • The Bestseller List: Aug. 11, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles 2. Camino Island, by John Grisham 3. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy 4. The Late Show, by Michael Connelly 5. Magpie Murders, by Anthony Horowitz HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken 2. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. […]

  • Registration Opens for Washington Island Lit Fest

    The Washington Island Literary Festival (WILF), often described as among the best small literary festivals in the country, is accepting registrations for its 5th annual event. This year’s theme is “Exploring Frontiers Real and Imagined.” The fest will be held Sept. 22-24 at Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and other island locations. This year’s program […]

  • Gibraltar Joins Movement Against Citizens United Decision

    On Aug. 2 the town of Gibraltar became the eighth community in the county to pass a resolution supporting limits on campaign finance super-PACs. The resolution asks the Door County board and our elected state representatives to support  – and the state to hold – a non-binding referendum allowing voters to have a voice on […]

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    Hardy’s Steamroller Event Needs Artists

    The Hardy Gallery has launched a Call for Artists to participate in the “Wisconsin Idea Relief Alphabet Project.” In the summer of 2015 the Hardy Gallery hosted a steamrolled event on Anderson Dock outside their Ephraim gallery. Members of the community were encouraged to carve sections of the human figure on large MDF board to […]

  • Door County Fair Numbers Up 60 Percent

    While Door County Fair officials are still evaluating numbers from the 2017 fair that ended Aug. 6, Fair Board President Tom Ash said this year’s fair was an unqualified success. “As far as we’re concerned, the fair board, we’re considering it a huge success,” he said. “It looks like the early numbers show about a […]

  • Controlling the Japanese Beetle

    The Japanese beetle has been in the U.S. for about 100 years. It has been a major problem in southern Wisconsin for the last few years, but so far populations in Door County have been low. Recently, I’ve started to see more of them flying around. As with everything, we don’t know if populations will […]

  • Isherwood: Blackberry Summer

    Blackberry summers are rare, blackberries are shy, same as bachelor farmers are shy. Blackberries are shy because God and its creation are selfish. Easy blackberries spoil people – they begin to think blackberries grow on trees. The Bible was mistaken. The apple isn’t the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Wasn’t the apple […]

  • Door to Nature: A Monarch Summer

    There is one among the many wildlife species in Door County that has become our favorite natural symbol of summer – the monarch butterfly. The 50-plus summers that I have admired, watched and fed some of them have brought ups and downs in their numbers, with this summer being one of the better in recent […]

  • Kites ‘Soar on the Shore’ of Algoma’s Crescent Beach

    Have you ever seen a giant crocodile fly? Is that a pair of legs floating in the air? These might be odd questions, but so are the kites getting flown in Algoma. On Aug. 19, the third annual Soar on the Shore kiting event will be held a block south of downtown at Crescent Beach. […]

  • Aureole: An Interview with Composer Augusta ‘Gusty’ Read Thomas

    You might want to bring your solar eclipse shades to the final concert in the 65th season of the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF), for it begins with the absolutely radiant Aureole by Augusta “Gusty” Read Thomas. PMF Music Director Victor Yampolsky chose Aureole for the final concert of the season because of its proximity to […]

  • Safe Kids Day at County Fairgrounds Aug. 19

    The first annual free and interactive Safe Kids Day at the Door County Fairgrounds takes place Aug. 19, 9 am – 1 pm. Use the Alabama Street entrance. Tour the Center for Childhood Safety RV van to learn household tips for safety-proofing your house or an ambulance from Emergency Services of Door County. Talk with […]

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    Heritage Village Throws German Festival Aug 12

    Germany is intent on preserving its history through its festival traditions with a festival celebration for nearly every occasion throughout the year. In this tradition, the Door County Historical Society will celebrate mid-summer with a German Festival at Heritage Village at Big Creek on Aug. 12, 10 am – 3 pm. One way German cities […]

  • Final Exhibit of Season at Fine Line

    Fine Line Designs Gallery’s final exhibit of the 2017 season opened Aug. 10. Four artists – oil and cold wax painter Nan Helscher, oil painter Todd Voss, woodturning artist Dave Turner, and painter Donna Brown – are featured in the gallery’s last exhibit of the summer, which continues through Sept. 8. Fine Line will host […]

  • Letter to the Editor: On Buying ‘A Pig in a Poke’

    My grandfathers, both farmers, were fond of the saying “Don’t buy a pig in a poke.” In this case, a poke meant a bag or sack that made it impossible to tell the condition of its contents, and the pig was anything that could go bad. In the last few days, Scott Walker has been […]

  • Art & Treasures Sale at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum is hosting its 12th annual Art & Treasures Sale from Aug. 5-19, 10 am – 4 pm, on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine of the museum, inside the Sturgeon Bay Library at 107 S. 4th Ave. This annual fundraiser – the museum’s largest – is a cross between an estate and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Preservation Rocks!

    Thank you to the Town of Gibraltar community and town board members for giving me the opportunity to relocate the “historic tea house” at the beach to a new location, instead of simply choosing to tear it down and sending it off to a landfill, as so often happens all over Door County. This small […]

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    “An Evening with Jens Jensen” at Woodwalk Aug 17

    Roger Kuhns will give a monologue titled “An Evening with Jens Jensen,” at Woodwalk Gallery on Aug. 17 at 7 pm. What if you could spend an hour chatting with one of your heroes? Kuhns contemplated such a moment in regard to Jensen, father of landscape architecture, founder of The Clearing, and visionary for the […]

  • News from this Week’s Past: Aug. 11 – 18

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Weekly Expositor Independent, August 9, 1878 Some persons abused a horse of J. Leatham’s last Sunday, by stabbing it with a pitch-fork, inflicting fourteen or fifteen […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Native Plant Expert Aug 24

    Crossroads at Big Creek is working on their accessible bird and butterfly garden at Collins Learning Center, and they’ve been enthusiastically thinking about pollinators. Their excitement was enhanced by the Wild Ones of Door County bringing Heather Holms, author of Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide, to Crossroads Aug. 24. The pollinator garden […]

  • DBA Says Lawsuit is About Process, Not Environmental Regulations

    The lawsuit filed last week by the Dairy Business Association (DBA) against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is “kind of a last-ditch effort” by the industry group to rein in what they call the DNR’s overreaching legal authority, said Mike North, president of the DBA’s board of directors. Some have questioned the timing of […]

  • Report: State Breaks Even on Foxconn Deal in 2042

    In a report acknowledged to be based on “estimates and assumptions,” the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau found that it could take almost three decades for the state to break even on the $3 billion incentive package it is using to lure Foxconn to build a $10 billion plant in southeastern Wisconsin. The report compares the […]

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    Jewelry Trunk Show at Artzy Studio

    Madison-based jeweler Kerri Shannon is the featured artist at Artzy Studio’s first trunk show Aug. 12 & 13. Shannon is well known for her hand-fabricated work in fine silver, gold and copper. Shannon works with semi-precious and precious stones such as amethyst, opal, larimar, peridot and jasper in her custom-designed jewelry. Shannon has participated in […]

  • PenArt Exhibit Goes Beyond the Surface

    The many techniques of pottery embellishment are explored in the exhibit Beyond Scratching the Surface: Today’s Ceramic Decoration, Aug. 18 – Oct. 14, at Peninsula School of Art. Works from members of the Door County Potters’ Guild will be on display alongside those of six potters from Minnesota, New York, and North Carolina. Among the […]

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    Maritime on Madison Festival Returns Aug 12

    Calling all pirates, skallywags, and landlubbers, Maritime on Madison returns to Sturgeon Bay on Aug. 12, 10 am – 5 pm. Stroll the decks along Madison Avenue from Larch to Oak streets, jigging and swinging to music all day: Cathy Grier, 10am-1pm, G&J Glass; Ben Larson, 12-3pm, Greystone Castle; John Lambert, 1 pm, Kitty O’Reilly’s […]

  • Municipal Meetings This Week: Aug. 11 – 18

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets Aug. 15 at noon. The Plan Commission meets Aug. 16 at 6 pm. County of Door:  The Highway Committee meets Aug. 14 at 9 am. The EMS Committee meets Aug. 14 at noon. The Board of Health meets Aug. 14 at 4 pm. The Administrative […]

  • New Artist at Bazyli Studio

    Bazyli Studio Wearable Art in Baileys Harbor is a destination gallery in a garden setting, featuring one-of-a-kind clothing designs by fiber artist/designer Peter Ciesla, and the collaborative contemporary jewelry design by Peter and Skye. In addition, the gallery features artists and designers from Wisconsin, Florida and the East Coast. This month’s featured artist is Tatiana […]

  • "The Charter" by Andy Evansen. Plein Air Festival 2017. Best in Show.

    2017 Door County Plein Air Festival Awards Announced

    From a field of 37 nationally recognized outdoor painters, Andy Evansen from Minnesota was awarded Best in Show at the Door County Plein Air Festival for his watercolor painting “The Charter.” The winners of the 2017 invitational event were announced at the Festival’s Gala Auction July 30 at Peninsula School of Art. Editor-in-chief of Fine […]

  • Stonecipher Astronomy Center Hosts Eclipse Viewing Aug 21

    View the Aug. 21 solar eclipse at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center for a couple hours beginning at 10:30 am until the eclipse is over. Even if the sky is cloudy, the eclipse will be followed from clear locations across the United States and shown on the projection screen inside the center. If skies are clear […]

  • Liberty Grove Historical Society Saves Town’s Stories

    Just south of Ellison Bay, a 37-acre plot of land on the top of the hill has become a gathering place. A sign denotes the area as the Liberty Grove Historical Society, but the buildings aren’t connected by paths or signs; rather, they stand alone in a sea of manicured lawn. These buildings are part […]

  • Charles L. Peterson: An Artist’s Life Work

    by Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Executive Director, Miller Art Museum There are many venues – museums, galleries or a more informal venue like your living room – to experience the work of Charles L. Peterson. The celebrated Door County artist known widely for The Memories Series, 60 complex watercolor paintings depicting classic Americana, is having a retrospective […]

  • Local American Legion Members Host Flag Burning

    At its Aug. 1 meeting in Sister Bay, members of the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 held a flag disposal ceremony on the Sister Bay waterfront, while passers-by stopped to watch the ceremonial burning of American flags. At the 19th National Convention of the American Legion in September 1937, members adopted Resolution No. 440, […]

  • Almost Time for Open Door Bird Sanctuary’s Hoot-e-Nanny

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) is embarking on a capital campaign this year to raise funds for the land they are currently leasing. All improvements that have been made to the land are owned by ODBS. Proceeds will go to the campaign, which will help the organization to purchase the property and preserve ODBS for […]

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    Third Avenue Playhouse Announces Fall 2017 Education Series

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the class schedule for the Fall Education Series, taking place Sept. 9 – Nov. 12. Whether you are an actor interested in improving skills, a playwright working on a new piece, or a community member interested in discovering the ways theater can improve your life, there is something for everyone […]

  • Commentary: A Very Small Heart and a Large Amount of Gratitude

    The Wisconsin born playwright and author Thornton Wilder was the only person to ever win the Pulitzer Prize for both fiction and drama. He once wrote, “we can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” For almost all of us, our treasures begin with those […]

  • Door County Humane Society Unveils Barbara G. Gilman Animal Adoption Center Aug. 12

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) invites all to attend the unveiling of the Barbara G. Gilman Animal Adoption Center on Aug. 12 at 1 pm. The event will take place at DCHS located at 3475 County PD, Sturgeon Bay. DCHS is pleased to host this event to honor Gilman’s many years of involvement, fundraising […]

  • Doulagivers of Door County Hold Community Orientation Aug. 14

    Doulagivers of Door County is holding a community orientation into caring for families, friends and community members at their end of life on Aug. 14, 10 am – 1 pm. This event will offer participants the information they need to allow them to assist others from the time of a terminal diagnosis, all way through […]

  • UUF Screens ‘Poverty, Inc.’ Aug. 15

    On Aug. 15 at 4:30 pm, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County is holding a free screening of Poverty, Inc. The film inspires critical thinking in actions toward global poverty, calling for authentic international empowerment and development. The film draws from more than 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries. The film is part of […]

  • Sample 70 Wines at ‘Evening of Wine and Cheese’ to Benefit Boys & Girls Club

    On Aug. 24, 6 – 8 pm, at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, the Boys & Girls Club of Door County will host the second annual Evening of Wine and Cheese. This event promises a sampling of more than 70 wines, paired perfectly with cheese and savory appetizers, all in support of the afterschool programs of […]

  • 625 Kids Attend Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair

    Altrusa International of Door County held the 19th annual Back-to-School Fair at the Sturgeon Bay High School Aug. 5. This year’s fair, with 625 participants, was the largest ever, providing school supplies, new backpacks, school spirit shirts, gym shoes, books and toiletries. More than 100 volunteers and Altrusans staffed the various stations and escorted the […]

  • Dr. Paul Filar to Present Community Health Information Program on Cataracts

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “To See or Not to See,” Aug. 27, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. This month’s speaker is Dr. Paul Filar of Peninsula Vision Care. He will give an in-depth presentation on cataracts. Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry offers […]

  • Local Educators Invited to Aug. 28 Conference with Kelly Gallagher

    On Aug. 28, educators from Sevastopol, Gibraltar and Sturgeon Bay school districts will have the opportunity to learn more about student writing from Kelly Gallagher, one of the nation’s leading voices in literacy education. Gallagher is a high school English language arts teacher in California and since 1985 has devoted himself to teaching reading, writing, […]

  • Country House Resort Wins Defibrillator from Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

    The Country House Resort was the lucky winner of a LifePak CR Plus defibrillator from the Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department’s Community CPR program. The defibrillator, valued at more than $1,500, was recently presented to Sheryl Zaug Casey after her name was drawn from more than 150 participants in the program. The defibrillator […]

  • Peninsula Preschool’s Reunion Picnic Celebrates Longtime Teacher Leslie Leline

    Peninsula Preschool is hosting a reunion picnic Aug. 27 at 3:30 pm in the gazebo at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park (rain location is Sister Bay Village Hall). The picnic will also celebrate the many years of service of retiring teacher Leslie Leline. Current students, alumni, family and friends are all welcome and encouraged to attend. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Holds Freshmen Orientation Aug. 28

    Parents and guardians of the Sturgeon Bay High School incoming freshman class are invited to an orientation session Aug. 28 at 7 pm. The event will be held in the auditorium at 1230 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Students are welcome but not required to attend. The orientation will begin with a presentation about Sturgeon […]

  • HELP of Door County Receives Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Grant

    The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation announced the domestic abuse program center, HELP of Door County, has been awarded a grant of $5,000 through the R. Bruce & Alyce S. Kopseker Trust Fund. The fund supports projects that serve those more than 60 years of age who live primarily north of Sturgeon Bay, helping them […]

  • 57th Annual Door County House and Garden Walk Organizers Thank All Involved for Successful Year

    The 57th Annual Door County House and Garden Walk, sponsored by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, was held July 25, and it was a huge success because of many volunteers. The walk is the signature fundraising event of the auxiliary. Approximately $37,000 was raised from the event, of which the majority will be donated […]

  • Door-Tran’s Volunteers Celebrated for Giving 1,770 Hours in 2016

    On July 25 Door-Tran held their 4th annual volunteer picnic with more than 30 people in attendance. The attendees enjoyed a wonderful lunch, games and visiting with fellow volunteers, staff and riders. “It was a fun day for all,” said Kim Gilson, volunteer coordinator for Door-Tran. “We are also thankful to Tadych’s Econofoods for donating […]

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    Winter Clothing Photos Wanted

    Dr. Fred and Vonia Huff of Sturgeon Bay had this studio photo taken in their winter finery sometime near the start of the 20th century. We are going to feature the Huffs and others in their winter clothing through the decades in the winter issue of Door County Living, however, we need your help. We […]

  • Pieces of Eagle Tower Up for Auction at Southwest Florida Fest

    The first annual Southwest Florida Fest (SWFF) will be held at White Cottage Red Door in Fish Creek and benefit the Friends of Peninsula State Park’s current park projects. The event will be the first time reclaimed wood and metal from Eagle Tower will be made available to the public. Local residents Bob and Paula […]

  • Southern Door Student Awarded Kinnard Farms Scholarship

    Kinnard Farms awarded three $1,500 Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships to local 2017 graduating high school seniors. These scholarships recognize students who are interested in pursuing a career related to agriculture and demonstrate a true passion for the industry. The recipients of the 2017 scholarships are Sarah Calaway of Denmark High School, Rachel Malcore of Southern […]

  • Sevastopol School District Announces Special Milk Program Policy

    The School District of Sevastopol announced its policy for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program or milk for split-session students served under the Special Milk Program. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may […]

  • Obituary: Betty Rose LaViolette

    Betty Rose LaViolette, 85, of Little Sturgeon, died Aug. 7, 2017 in Green Bay.  She was born March 24, 1932 in Virginia, Minnesota to Philip and Celia (Morisette) Cumiskey.  On Feb. 3, 1951 she married Howard LaViolette at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Institute.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2011. Betty […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Joseph Marcelle

    Kenneth Joseph Marcelle, 82, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday evening, August 6, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. He had been living with Alzheimer’s disease the past 10 years. Ken was born November 14, 1934 in the Town of Lincoln in Kewaunee County, the only child of the late Joseph and […]

  • Obituary: Arley Rose Knaup

    Arley Rose Knaup was born Saturday, August 5, 2017 in Green Bay to loving parents, Heather and Ryan Knaup, of Algoma, and was called Home to Heaven shortly after. “While her stay with us was brief, we welcomed her with love as we held her. Our hope in Christ is that one day we will […]

  • Obituary: Robert Carl Bjork

    Robert Carl Bjork, 87, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday morning, August 5, 2017 at Allouez Parkside Village. Arrangements are pending at this time and have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay. A complete life story obituary will be available in the near future. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos […]

  • Obituary: Phyllus E. (Wilson) Groves

    Phyllus Elaine (Wilson) Groves, 88, died Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay, following a short battle with lung cancer. She was born September 3, 1928, in Elgin, Illinois, to Sidney H. and Nellie M. (Bell) Wilson. Phyllus married James H. Groves on October 5, 1946 at House of Hope Presbyterian […]

  • Obituary: Betty Marie Whipple

    Betty Marie Whipple, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died August 1, 2017 at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born August 16, 1925, in Escanaba, MI, the daughter of Clarence John Schroeder and Celeste Marie (Belanger) Schroeder. Betty attended grade school in Ford River, MI and moved to Wisconsin at the age […]

  • State News: Asian Carp, Health Care, Foxconn

    Experimental Treatment Bill Clears Senate U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is one step closer to giving terminally ill patients the ability to try experimental treatments with Food and Drug Administration approval. He has been pushing a “right to try” bill that passed the Senate by unanimous consent. It now goes to the House, where Johnson is […]

  • Reps in the News: Sen. Johnson Looks Beyond Healthcare to Budget, Tax Reform

    Governor Scott Walker The benefits of a new Foxconn plant are worth $3 billion in incentives, according to Gov. Walker. Two weeks ago, the Taiwanese technology company announced it will invest $10 billion to build a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin, creating 3,000 jobs. At the time of the announcement, Walker said the agreement could eventually grow […]

  • Obituary: Jeffrey Miller

    Jeffrey Miller, 54, died July 24, 2017 at a Nursing Home in Green Bay, WI. He is survived in death by parents Dave and Jane (Cooper) Miller of Washington Island, WI; brother Chris Miller of McHenry, IL and sister Melinda (Lance) Campbell of Appleton, WI. He is also survived by his niece, Quinn and nephews […]

  • Obituary: Darold Gene Hembel

    Darold Gene Hembel, born January 19, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay to Lester and Mamie Hembel, died July 26, 2017.  Darold was the second of eight children. Darold served his steamfitter apprenticeship through Milwaukee Local 601, then transferred to Green Bay Local 298/400, where he finished his career. Darold was a lifetime member of Gardner Rifle […]

  • Obituary: John Byrne

    John “Jack” Byrne, 95, died July 16, 2017 in his home in Glenview, Ill., having said a final “I love you” to his 12 children – Mike, Tom, Jerry (Dale), Casey, Mary Pay, Eileen (Mike) Wilimzig, Kevin (Julie), Tim (Sandra), Sheila (Terry) O’Gara, Jean (Ray) Thorsen, Pat (Jeanne), Megan (Brad) Krueger – and numerous grandchildren […]

  • Manitowoc Area Manure Runoff Contaminates Pine Creek

    Manure runoff from a dairy farm in Manitowoc County is affecting water quality in Pine Creek as it flows through the town of Newton, about five miles south of Manitowoc. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responded Monday evening to a complaint about a potential spill in the creek, which flows into Lake Michigan. The […]

  • Donna Johnson Named Midsummer’s Music Festival Development & Events Director

    Donna Johnson, of Baileys Harbor, was named Midsummer’s Music Festival Development & Events Director. Johnson served in various positions at The Ridges Sanctuary and she previously worked as development director for Birch Creek Music Performance Center alongside Midsummer’s current Executive Director, Russ Warren, who was then Birch Creek’s marketing director. “I am thrilled to have […]

  • Freshly Made Donuts, Fudge, Pie at White Cottage Red Door

    Stop by the White Cottage Red Door, a new farm market, specialty food store and bakery that has everything your sweet tooth desires. Try cinnamon sugar, cherry or apple cider donuts made fresh each morning. They also offer freshly baked streusel bars. Visitors can watch talented fudge creator Kevin in action as he brings the […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Aug. 7, 2017

    Crop prices (Aug. 7) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.26 -0.41 $2.82 New-Crop Corn $3.36 -0.45 $2.85 Soybeans $8.67 -0.90 $9.05 New-Crop Soybeans $8.77 -0.80 $8.99 Wheat (SRW) $3.75 -0.80 $3.45   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn $3.18/bushel -0.49 $2.90 New-Crop Corn $3.41/bushel […]

  • Learning the Ropes in Sailing Class

    by Tim Sweet My wife and I are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren. This summer, we offered sailing lessons to our 10-year-old grandson, Zachary. He eagerly accepted the invitation. We hope to grant the same opportunity to the other grandkids, too, if they are interested. The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club had a two-week “Learn […]

  • Baileys Harbor, Sister Bay Hear Workforce Housing Proposal

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board and Sister Bay Plan Commission will both hear a proposal by Donn Dresselhuys this month to create a three-acre workforce housing campus. Dresselhuys first appeared before the Gibraltar Plan Commission in December 2016, when the proposal was rejected. “There is a dichotomy in all of this,” said Dresselhuys, explaining his […]

  • Animal Communication Workshop Aug 13 at Saguaro Day Spa

    Saguaro Day Spa will hold a one-day Basic Animal Communication workshop with Lynn Schuster on Aug. 13, 10 am – 5 pm. Participants should arrive by 9:45 am. Through a meditative process, Schuster can hear and sense what animals would like to tell us. She is able to speak to all animals, including those who […]

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    Savory Spoon Hosts Junior Chef Classes

    Keeping track of two children under the age of three has made Anna Zasada acutely aware of how difficult it can be to incorporate children into the everyday routine of gathering, preparing and serving a meal. “Everybody’s so busy, life is busy, so it’s hard to carve that time out but I think it’s important […]

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    Ruthie Foster Plays Peg Egan Aug 13

    Ruthie Foster returns to Door County to perform at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center on Aug. 13 at 7 pm. Foster was born in the small rural town of Gause, Texas. Raised in a family of gospel singers, she first learned to sing during worship services at her community church. With a chapel-bred bravado […]

  • Manners Matter: Negative Locals

    Dear Visitors, I am addressing my column specifically to you this week since I believe some of you might have gotten the wrong impression about the majority of us. By us, I mean the thousands of locals who both make our living hosting you on this amazing peninsula and who call Door County home. I’d […]

  • Nicolet Beach Hosts Night Sky Program Aug 11

    Come to Nicolet Beach at Peninsula State Park on Aug. 11 at 8:45 pm. Enjoy a 30-minute PowerPoint program about the night sky and learn to identify summer constellations. Once skies darken, look through a high-powered telescope, watching for “shooting stars” of the Perseids. Star experts will answer questions and point out the best of […]

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    Server of the Week: Will Marto @ Bayside Bargains

    What a guy! If you want to buy Go to Bayside Bargains, Give it a try! The store is full of wonderful things Will gives you a welcome to come right in. – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: August 11, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “Some guys are good in the elbows.” “I watched True Life: I’m Losing My Hair on MTV – it was so sad.” […]

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    Dahl, Lewis, Higdon Release Fred Alley Tribute Album Aug 23

    On Aug. 23, popular Door County musicians Katie Dahl, Eric Lewis, and Rich Higdon will release their new album Solid Ground: The Songs of Fred Alley. The concert will take place at 8 pm, Aug. 23 at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. The concert is being produced in association with Northern Sky Theater. […]

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    Genevieve Heyward Plays Lost Moth Gallery Aug 16

    Lost Moth Gallery welcomes emerging singer/songwriter Genevieve Heyward Aug. 16 at 7 pm. This focused young women has a powerful “old soul” yet contemporary feel to her voice and a passion for writing about the issues that impact her life. Accompanying herself on piano she has an energy and intensity to go along with her […]

  • Trivia: Who Was The First President To Follow Their Father’s Footsteps?

    Question: George W. Bush was the second person to follow in his father’s footsteps as president of the United States. Who was the first? Answer: John Quincy Adams

  • Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials Play Blues on the Bay Aug 26

    Alligator recording artists Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, touring in support of their latest Alligator CD, The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, will perform at Blues on the Bay in Ellison Bay on Aug. 26. MOJO magazine included the new CD in their influential Top Ten Best Blues Albums of […]

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    Cheers! Can’t Cut Loose Without My Juice: Gimme That (Barley)Wine!

    Celebrating its 30th year in the craft beer industry last year, Summit Brewing Co. of St. Paul released a series of special releases in honor of its senior status among craft brewers. The first 30th anniversary release was an excellent double IPA, which I reviewed earlier this year. That was followed by a pils, which […]

  • Harpeth Rising Plays Woodwalk Aug 11

    Harpeth Rising will be onstage as part of the Woodwalk Concert Series Aug. 11 at 7 pm. Harpeth Rising is Maria Di Meglio on cello, Michelle Younger on banjo, and Jordana Greenberg on violin. They are classically trained musicians playing original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, […]

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    Framed: Cherry Picking

    The Gentine family of Vermont enjoys a sunny day picking cherries. Submitted.

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    Local Soldier Exhibit Commemorates WW1 Centennial

    The Door County Historical Museum is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into the “Great War” – now known as World War I – with a display of Company F photographs and memorabilia. Company F comprised volunteers from Door and Kewaunee counties and was formed April 10, 1917, four days […]