Peninsula Pulse – April 1 – 8, 2016

In this issue

  • Tickets Now On Sale for Lighthouse Festival

    Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd annual Door County Lighthouse Festival, June 10 – 12. The festival includes boat excursions and guided land-based tours spotlighting 11 historic Door County lighthouses. This much-anticipated festival gives visitors access to lighthouses that aren’t typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Plum Island and Sherwood Point […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Included in HERStory Exhibit

    Algoma artist Bren Sibilsky received an Award of Excellence in the recent HERStory 2016 international juried art show hosted by New York based Manhattan Arts International. This is not Sibilsky’s first award in this annual show. In the HERStory 2007 show she was awarded “Best in Sculpture.” The purpose of HERStory 2016 is to share […]

  • Plum Bottom Opens The Ikebana Show

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to Art Show 3 – The Ikebana Show on April 9, 10 am – 4 pm. It’s time to think spring and enjoy these handmade pottery pieces that have their roots in Japanese flower arranging traditions. The Japanese term Ikebana means “the art of flower arranging.” Plum […]

  • Still Room in Turtle Ridge Art Camp

    After the smashing success of their first Art Camp, Turtle Ridge is offering a second session in April. Art Camp II – Make Your Own Bag will focus on construction techniques and functionality. Participants will take one pattern and choose to construct a bag to fit their lifestyle: a backpack, a tote or a crossbody. […]

  • Ceramic Bowl Fundraiser at Southern Door Fine Arts Festival

    Southern Door Elementary and Middle School will present the 16th annual Fine Arts Festival on April 14. The Visual Art Department will host a reception and celebration from 5 to 8 pm. The Fine Arts Festival focuses on the artwork hung in exhibition that was created by students with regular attendance in visual art classes […]

  • Folk Icon Jack Williams at Lost Moth Gallery

    With great excitement Lost Moth Gallery welcomes folk icon Jack Williams in concert on April 9 at 7 pm. Williams, a South Carolina-born artist, is celebrated by the contemporary U.S. folk community as a singer/songwriter of national stature and an uncommonly unique guitarist who Sing Out! Magazine describes as “one of the strongest guitarists in […]

  • Final Great Lakes/Great Books Club is in May at Maritime Museum

    The Door County Maritime Museum and Write On, Door County partner to present a Great Lakes/Great Books Club featuring books that have a Great Lakes focus. Works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry will be discussed with a facilitator from Write On. The next meeting is May 5 and the featured book is Safe From the […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 5, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George 3. Bottomland, by Michelle Hoover 4. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes 5. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger   TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. H Is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald 2. Dead Wake:  The Last […]

  • Hanne Gault Headlines Dickinson Poetry Series

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series reading at 7 pm on April 13 celebrates several events. First, it is National Poetry Month, when the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Series always begins a new season. Second, it represents the beginning of the eighth year of the Dickinson Poetry Series. And finally, it recognizes the 20th […]

  • Dark Sky Celebrations, Folk Icons & More Weekend Plans

    The Door Peninsula is coming alive with the sights and sounds of spring, from blooming buffaloberry to the sweet sounds of folk at a local gallery. Take a look at our top picks for the weekend ahead! Friday, April 8 In Search of Blooming Buffaloberry Join a Peninsula State Park naturalist for a 2.5-mile hike […]

  • Cast Your Vote: What to Know for April 5 Election

    As the presidential field narrows down leading into Wisconsin’s elections on April 5, it’s funny to think back just a few months ago, when our very own Governor Scott Walker threw his hat into the Republican ring. Although Walker was the first to drop out of the race, Wisconsin has still played a big part […]

  • Candidate Q&A: Southern Door School Board

    Greg Koelpien Bio: Greg Koelpien graduated from UWGB with a degree in Communication Processes in 1990. After a decade working in advertising and design, he transitioned into a new career with Bay Shipbuilding, where he has worked for 10 years. He and his wife Deanna moved from Green Bay to southern Door in 1998. They have […]

  • Candidate Q&A: Egg Harbor Board of Trustees

    Jerrad Anderson Why do you want to serve on the village board? Since I was 18 I’ve been very active in the community’s that I’ve lived in as both a fire fighter and an EMR (emergency medical responder). I’ve been the president of Sister Bay fire fighters association as well as working with Anchorage Cove […]

  • Candidate Q&A: Sister Bay Village Board

    Denise Bhirdo Bio: Graduated from Gibraltar High School. Co-owner of Bhirdo’s gas station and Second Hand Sue’s Consignment. My family settled here in the 1800’s, and my great grandfather Edward Koessl was a Trustee on the first Village Board in 1912. Why do you want to serve on the village board and what expertise will you […]

  • Pet Talk: Why Doesn’t My Cat Drink Water?

    Q: Our cats never drink water. Never. I put out water upstairs and downstairs, regularly, and I have never seen them drink it. I think it is because they are on wet food. Our cat Alby, who only ate dry food, drank water. I never know if I should worry about this or not, but […]

  • Steve Grutzmacher: The Fascinating Stories Found in the Obituary Section

    In the course of slowly organizing my home office, I am cleaning out old file folders. One of the reasons for the slow pace, of course, is that a significant amount of the papers I pull out need to be perused before determining whether they are worth saving. And, in the course of perusal I […]

  • Candidate Q&A: Gibraltar School Board

    Britt Maltby Bio: My name is Britt Maltby, and I’m proud to announce my candidacy for the Gibraltar School Board. I’m married to Mike Maltby and have 3 children at Gibraltar ages 16, 13 and 10, representing elementary, middle and high school. We live in Sister Bay along with our super friendly 2 dogs and very […]

  • By the Numbers: April Fool’s

    26 Percentage of survey respondents who think changing the time on clocks is the best April Fool’s prank. A close second at 22 percent was gluing a quarter to the ground. 31 Percentage of respondents who wish Justin Bieber’s movie Never Say Never was just an April Fool’s joke. 32 Percentage of respondents who say […]

  • Science Snippet: Immune System of Mammals

    The immune system of mammals is complex and depends on the coordinated action of a number of cell types. One type is called a dendritic cell and is characterized by its many filamentous projections. When a virus or bacterium sticks to a dendritic cell, it goes nuts, for its responsibility is to activate the immune […]

  • Going Native: The Modest Hazelnut

    On St. Patrick’s Day, we went out stalking the first wildflowers of 2016. Skunk Cabbage was raising its hooded flowers, defying the surrounding shroud of snow. Another flower I was very interested in was also blooming. The catkins (tight cluster of flowers that supposedly resemble a cat’s tail) hang from twigs of, for example, birches […]

  • Commentary: My Father Is Still Teaching Me About Generosity

    Every year the Door County Community Foundation presents an event called Preview Door County for our friends in Southwest Florida. From our vibrant arts community to our wonderful music, to those who steward and protect our environment treasures, the goal of Preview Door County is to remind our seasonal residents that so much of what […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sturgeon Bay Is Moving Forward

    I have noticed a few letters coming from people outside of Sturgeon Bay about how Sturgeon Bay should be run and what should not be built there. Recently there was one saying Mayor Thad Birmingham would not respond to his emails about what he wanted in Sturgeon Bay and how he felt about certain issue. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: To the Residents of Sister Bay

    An election is coming up on Tuesday, April 5th. There are multiple people running for village trustee for the Sister Bay Village Board. I’m writing this to encourage to vote for Denise Bhirdo. Speaking from personal experience, I have worked with Denise when I was on the village board for 16 years and she was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Laurel Brooks

    A vote for Laurel Brooks for Mayor of Sturgeon Bay is a vote for better local government. Laurel Brooks is experienced, intelligent, and passionate and will be a great Mayor and spokesperson for the City of Sturgeon Bay. It is long past time that the “good old boys” are thrown out of office here in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Ephraim Business Council’s Stance on Selling Beer and Wine

    The Ephraim Business Council (EBC) recently completed a survey of its members addressing the interest of allowing the sale of beer and wine in Ephraim. In total, 73 of the 100 EBC members participated in the survey and from those 74.65 percent believe that the sale of beer and wine in Ephraim should be allowed. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes for Sturgeon Bay School District Referendum

    In 1993, the State of Wisconsin implemented revenue caps on public school districts. As a result, for the past 23 years school districts in this state have needed voter approval to exceed the state mandated limits on funding. During this time, over 300 school districts (about 75 percent of all districts in Wisconsin) have run […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Every Voice Matters

    Laurel Brooks wears a genuine smile, warmly engages people in two-way communication, believes wholeheartedly that everyone’s voice truly does matter, all should be respected and treated equally, and fairness in government is possible. She is thoughtfully prepared to lead our city as its new Mayor. Having had the privilege of canvassing with her, attending her […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Beware Misleading Political Ads

    I would ask Justice Rebecca Bradley, appointed by Gov. Walker three times to the Wisconsin court system, to disavow and take down the disturbing ads running on her behalf for the state Supreme Court. The ads [released by the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform] are intentionally misleading with only one line of truth in each. That […]

  • Letter to the Editor: It’s Grant Application Season for United Way

    United Way Community Investment Grant applications are now available for nonprofits. The application process opens on April 1st and will remain open until May 20th. The Community Investment Grants are awarded to programs of Door County nonprofit organizations. The programs must accelerate one of four community identified impact goals: basic needs, community, health, and alcohol […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Beer and Wine Please

    Here we go. The sale of beer and wine in the Village of Ephraim –you have to be kidding. Ephraim is the last dry village in the state of Wisconsin. Yes, in fact a majority of the registered voters signed the petitions to place the sale of beer and wine on the ballot on April 5th. Following the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Use of Force

    On March 25th, the Brussels police engaged in two separate shootouts with terrorists and “neutralized” both terrorists by shooting them in the legs. This was three days after the bombings involving substantial loss of life and in each of these cases the police were arresting potentially deadly terrorists. In the United States police feel free […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for the Incumbents

    Three incumbent trustees, Patrick Duffy, Kathy Enquist and Nora Zacek, are standing for re-election in the Village of Sister Bay on April 5th. During the past several years the issue of quarry expansion dominated the Village conscience. The issue relegated all of the significant improvements such as the new beach, sewers, and streetscape to a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Your Vote is Important to Gibraltar and Door County

    I struggled thinking of having to write a letter to explain my feelings about the contested races on the Gibraltar Town Board. All persons running are stand up citizens and I consider all of them friends, and that’s what makes it hard to speak up, this is one of those times I should. I’m asking […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Even Chickens Learn from Experience

    It is frustrating and sad to see the trend of dairy farming in Wisconsin today, under the urging of the University and Department of Agriculture, claiming of the need expand to be able to keep up with demands to “feed the world.” Europe and Asia are at all time high milk production and have surplus […]

  • Senator Frank Lasee Responds to Pulse Letter to the Editor

    By Sen. Frank Lasee Before I start, it’s clear to me that the letter I’m responding to [“Question for Sen. Lasee,” Colleen Malmen, volume 22, issue 11] isn’t rooted in sincerity or an earnest desire to right a perceived injustice. It’s about scoring cheap political points and typifies what’s created the divisive wedge in our state. Those […]

  • Kelli Bruns Wins Property Supervisor of the Year Award

    Kelli Bruns, Superintendent of Peninsula State Park, has been presented the “2014 Property Supervisor of the Year” award. The Wisconsin State Park System presents this annual award to a supervisor who excels in the management of a state park property. During 2014, Bruns provided solid leadership to park staff delivering customer service; visitor and resource […]

  • Be A Beetle Parent: DNR Seeks People to Help Raise Insect that Eats Purple Loosestrife

    State officials are asking observant citizens to be on the lookout for resurgent populations of purple loosestrife – an exotic and potentially destructive wetland perennial – and to consider joining the battle against this harmful invader. The best weapon against purple loosestrife is the leaf-eating Galerucella beetle, an import from Europe. Careful research in Wisconsin […]

  • Obituary: Lucille Anna Gunnlaugsson

    Lucille Anna Gunnlaugsson, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on March 28, 2016.  She was born on July 22, 1933, in Egg Harbor to Alvin and Anna (Dietrich) Brungraber.  Lucille graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1951.  In 1970, she married Clayton Gunnlaugsson in Sturgeon Bay, he preceded her in death on January 24, 2004. […]

  • Obituary: Alice R. Marquardt

    Sept. 22, 1934 – March 27, 2016 Alice R. Marquardt, 81, of Baileys Harbor, died March 27, 2016. The family is honoring Alice’s wish and their will be a family Memorial Service in the summer for Alice and her husband John who preceded her in death in 2015.

  • Obituary: Darlene M. Rohr

    Darlene M. Rohr, 75, Brussels, passed away peacefully with family by her side Saturday, March 26, 2016, after a battle with cancer.  Darlene was born in Milwaukee on September 18, 1940. Her family moved several time before making Sturgeon Bay their home.  Darlene was a graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School in 1958. Darlene married […]

  • Obituary: Richard Henry George Lindemeyer

    Richard Henry George Lindemeyer, 97, Sturgeon Bay passed away at Whispering Heights on March 26, 2016.  He was born November 13, 1918, in Charlottesville, VA and was the first born son of the late Rev. Otto W. H. and Helen C. (Scott) Lindemeyer. He graduated from the High School Department of Concordia College, Conover N.C. […]

  • Obituary: John Joseph Stegmann

    John Joseph Stegmann, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Ministry Door County Medical Center on March 24, 2016. He was born on June 8, 1938, in Door County to Louis and Lucy (Tenor) Stegmann. John graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. On November 7, 1959, he married Maxine Lardinois in Brussels. John worked for […]

  • Obituary: Randy F. Rumpel

    Born: July 25, 1953 Died: March 24, 2016 Randy F. Rumpel, 62, of Baileys Harbor, died at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay following a short illness. The family is planning a celebration of his life this summer in Baileys Harbor. A complete notice will be available at a future time.

  • Obituary: John F. Gonion

    John F. Gonion, 55, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Dorchester in Sturgeon Bay. He was born December 16, 1960 in Green Bay, the son of the late Albert “Bud” and Jeanne (DenRuyter) Gonion. John worked with his friend, Jason “Buck” Carlson, doing industrial floor coating. He also drove […]

  • Obituary: Kent Thomas Martin

    Kent Thomas Martin, 90, of West Allis, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died March 22, 2016 at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. He was born August 17, 1925 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of David Harvey Martin and Mae Lucille (LaPlante) Martin. Kent graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1943 and enlisted with the […]

  • Birth: March 23, 2016

    Gina and Derek Grenfell, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on March 23, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are John and Rhonda Altfillisch, Hamburg, Germany. Paternal grandparents are Greg Grenfell, Hatley, Wis., and Carrie Grenfell, Merrill, Wis.

  • Featured Pet: Mama Kitty

    Every once in a while, we find a truly unique four-legged creature that can teach all of us humans an important lesson in life. Mama Kitty is that creature, teaching all of us the importance of remaining young at heart no matter our age. This sweet girl came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Camp Meenahga Anniversary at Pen Park

    Peninsula State Park seeks volunteers to commemorate Camp Meenahga. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Meenahga, a girls camp that operated in Peninsula State Park from 1916 – 1948. To celebrate, the park is featuring art from one of the camp’s yearbooks as its Like to Hike pin, creating a […]

  • Scholarships, Inc. Applications Due April 7

    Scholarships, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and encouragement to area students as they explore higher education opportunities, is currently accepting scholarship applications from area high school seniors. Applications are due by April 7 at 11:59 pm. Students attending a high school in Wisconsin’s Brown or Door counties are eligible to apply for all […]

  • DKBEP Hosts Minute 2 Win It Competition at Stone Harbor

    The Door Kewaunee Business and Education Partnership (DKBEP) will host their version of Minute 2 Win It Competition at Stone Harbor Resort on April 8. Twelve area teams will compete for great prizes in the sixth annual Minute 2 Win It competition. Based on the popular TV game show, team members will be challenged with […]

  • Door County Cradle to Career Announces Young Family Education Workshop

    The Door County Cradle to Career (DCCTC) coalition announces the second workshop in the Young Family Education series at the Door County Job Center on April 5, 1 – 3 pm, on career awareness and planning for parents. Seeking a future career path to help you provide security for your family and children? Information by […]

  • Northern Door Children’s Center Participates in Child Nutrition Program

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) is a participant in the USDA’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP), part of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s School Nutrition Program. As a result of their participation in this program, the staff and administrators have a yearly “Civil Rights Training” in order to inform, educate and support all staff who […]

  • Learn CPR at Sister Bay Fire Station

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. Classes will be offered at the Sister Bay Fire […]

  • St. Luke’s Delivers “Buckets of Love” to Door of Life Food Pantry

    On Easter weekend, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay delivered more than 30 Buckets of Love containing household and personal goods to the food pantry at Door of Life Church in Sister Bay. As their Lenten project, the confirmation class invited all of the people at St. Luke’s to take a bucket, donated by […]

  • Jacksonport Organizations Donate $27,500 to Lakeside Park Project

    The Jacksonport Advancement Corporation, the Jacksonport Women’s Club, and the Jacksonport Area Business Association gave a combined donation of $27,500 to the Lakeside Park Development Project. Donations are now being accepted. For more details visit

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Plans School Reunion for June 2016

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society is planning a school reunion for anyone who attended or taught at the Egg Harbor school. The District No. 1 School operated from 1912 until 1972 when it merged with the Gibraltar School District. The building located at 4596 Harbor School Road was demolished in 1977. The site is now the […]

  • Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s House & Garden Walk is Set for July 26, 2016

    The 56th Annual House & Garden Walk, presented by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary, will be held July 26, 9 am – 5 pm. Stroll through a showcase of beautiful homes and gardens throughout the Door Peninsula. Advanced tickets are $30 and $35 the day of the walk. For more information call 920.746.1071.

  • 2016 Artful Garden Walk Tickets Go On Sale May 1

    The 2016 Artful Garden Walk to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Door County is scheduled for July 30, 10 am – 4 pm. Eighteen unique Door County artists will show their work in blooming shore and bluff gardens. Tickets are $15 in advance/$20 day of event. Online ticket sales begin May 1 at […]

  • Red Cross Has Need of Type O Neg Blood Donors

    The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients. Eligible donors with type O negative blood are encouraged to make a whole blood or double red cell donation, where available, through the Red Cross. During a double red cell donation, two units of red blood […]

  • DCVB Hosts Door County Travel & Tourism Summit April 6

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) will host their second Door County Travel & Tourism Summit on April 6, 9:30 am – 4 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Building on the success of last year’s summit, the DCVB is putting together a day of educational sessions that will focus […]

  • Country Ovens Hosts Next Buy Local Mixer

    Door County Buy Local is holding their next business networking mixer on April 6, 5:30 – 7 pm, at Country Ovens, 229 East Main St., Forestville. The event will feature “The Story of Country Ovens and Cherry De-lite.” The mixer will also provide time for an update about the status and activities of the Door […]

  • Maria Woldt Named Dairy Business Association Director of Industry Relations

    The Dairy Business Association has hired Maria Woldt, a communications consultant with deep roots in agriculture, as the director of industry relations. Woldt will oversee initiatives designed to enhance the member-driven association’s engagement with corporate partners, agriculture groups and community organizations. “Collaboration is so important to what we do and what we will need to […]

  • Concealed Carry Training April 14

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department is offering a class on Thursday, April 14, from 6 to 10 pm for the training requirement to obtain a license for concealed carry. The cost of the class is $50. These classes have been very popular in the past and class size is limited. Download a registration form on […]

  • Kewaunee County News: Siren Tests 1st Wednesday Each Month

    Kewaunee County will perform monthly siren tests on the first Wednesday of each month at approximately 11:45 am. The sirens are for outdoor warning only, and are not intended to be heard inside a home or business. To be warned indoors about severe weather, the Kewaunee County Emergency Management office recommends that each residence have […]

  • Jennifer Moeller Announces Judge Candidacy

    Attorney Jennifer Moeller is the third candidate to apply for appointment as Door County Circuit Court Judge in Branch 2.

  • April 5 List of Candidates

    Door County Board of Supervisors All seats are up for election, however, only three seats are contested. District 3 (Ward 2, Town of Forestville; Town of Clay Banks; Village of Forestville) Roy Englebert (i) Patrick Olson District 8 (Sturgeon Bay Wards 3 and 4) Dan Austad (i) David Dixon-Hayes District 11 (Sturgeon Bay Wards, 9, […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 1, 2016

      HARDCOVER FICTION  1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 3. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 4. The Ancient Minstrel, by Jim Harrison 5. At the Edge of the Orchard, by Tracy Chevalier HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: April 1, 2016

    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?   “They are predicting between one and 14 inches of snow in Sturgeon Bay.”   “I’m really glad you left the bedroom […]

  • Manners Matter: What to Do About A Gold-digging Girlfriend

    Dear Mary Pat,   My brother has been dating a woman for about two years. She’s only interested in his money and what it can buy. It’s so obvious to myself, my siblings, our parents and most of his friends. We have all tried in our own way to subtly point this out to him […]

  • Zeke Jackson Outlines Quarry Debt Plan

    Sister Bay Buzz By Zeke Jackson, Sister Bay Village Administrator By now you’ve probably heard this news, but the Village will buy the stone quarry. The Village hopes to close on the property this July after an engineering evaluation has been completed, and reclamation should be finished before the end of 2016. When all is […]

  • Cheers!: Wild Tomato Introduces The Crowler to the County

    Certainly you’ve heard of growlers, the glass jugs you can tote into your favorite craft brewer to bring beer home with you. Well, meet The Crowler – a 32-ounce aluminum beer container that is filled and canned right before your eyes. Wild Tomato in Fish Creek is the first spot in Door County to feature […]

  • Lake Geneva’s Paul Nehlan to Challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan

    According to the Washington Times, Lake Geneva, Wis., businessman Paul Nehlen is a Tea Party-allied candidate who will challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan of Janesville, Wis., in the Republican primary, saying he’s “had it” with the speaker betraying conservatives. “Paul Ryan’s embrace of big government spending, his continued support of illegal immigration and imported workers, […]

  • UW-Extension Regional Development Applications Accepted

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Wisconsin State Director Stan Gruszynski and University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension Dean and Director Rick Klemme announced on March 29 the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program is seeking applications from rural communities wanting to strengthen existing regional development efforts. The SET program is a collaborative initiative between […]

  • Joel Kitchens to Seek Re-election

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) has announced that he will seek re-election as the 1st Assembly District Representative. Kitchens is serving his first term in the Assembly, following the retirement of Rep. Garey Bies. “It has truly been an honor to serve the constituents of this area. We share common values and I look […]

  • Roy Lukes: April is Sparrow Month

      In case you may have forgotten last spring was colder than normal and many of the returning nesting bird species arrived later than they did this year. The first American woodcock was heard last month on March 9. In 2015 it was first reported on March 31. One of our favorites, the eastern bluebird, […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal News

    City of Algoma: The Common Council meets at 6 pm on April 4. City of Kewaunee: Spring yard waste pick-up will be on Monday, April 4, and Monday, April 18. Place leaves, grass and yard waste in open containers or untied bags at the curb by 7 am. The city will accept applications for summer […]

  • The Bead Dreams of Mary Lou Allen

    Mary Lou Allen remembers the first time she set foot in the bead vendor marketplace at the annual Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee. “I could hardly see the other end. I was so overwhelmed I had to walk out – I had never seen so many beads!” Fifteen years later, she has become a […]

  • Municipal News: April 1 – 8

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The City of Sturgeon Bay Street Department does a one-time citywide collection of brush that will begin Monday, April 25. Brush must be placed at the curb by 7 am. Once the crews pass by your residence that will be your only collection. Brush must be cut into 6’ lengths or […]

  • Natural Resources Board to Discuss Administrative Changes

    Approval of the 2016 Wisconsin migratory game bird hunting season structure and proposed rule changes governing activities, visitor use and management of state properties including parks, forests, trails, shooting ranges and other recreation areas are among the items the state Natural Resources Board will address when it meets April 13 in Madison. The board will […]

  • Raising Money-Smart Children

    By Jurgita Downham Kids are fascinated by how many pennies are in a dollar, or how much candy they can really buy for 75 cents. But teaching them the value of money and the importance of saving – now that’s another story. Setting the right example and instilling good money management habits while kids are […]

  • Framed: Mary Aiken

    Mary Aiken didn’t let the recent snowstorm dampen her enthusiasm for the upcoming golf season. Photo by Roy Aiken.

  • Server of the Week: Jill Mann of Mann’s Store

    Jilly Bean Mann’s Store Queen! In the fall, she and the big O scream, Go, Pack, go! Rally shots, pudding shots Touchdown cookies and the green and gold At Farm of Fear, she’s our lighting technician Stay out of her way – she’s on a mission She bowls, she golfs, She skies, she walks, She […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Consumer Spending and Gas Prices

      As gas prices began to fall in the beginning of 2015 and the oil industry was dragging the markets down with it, the hope was that less money spent at the pump would translate to more consumer spending on goods. If it only costs $20 to fill up your tank, then go ahead and […]

  • Door County Marketing Column: Tips for Print Advertising

    For those who incorporate print advertising into your marketing plan, here are a few helpful guidelines to follow. If you are concise and smart about what you include your advertising campaign will take you far. Less is more. Use key words and short phrases to attract attention. Only include pertinent information. Think ahead and familiarize […]

  • Strong Start for Vikings at Track Invitational

    Gibraltar High School’s track and field team competed at the Oshkosh Girls Indoor Small School Invitational on March 29. There were a few highlights for the team as they begin the season. In the 60-meter dash, Bria Caldecott (19th) and Chloe Massad (20th) finished fourth and fifth among Division 3 competitors, with times of 8.82 […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: April 1, 2016

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 1 vs. Reedsville, 4:30 pm April 4 vs. NEW Lutheran, 5 pm April 5 @ Xavier, 4:30 pm April 7 @ Oconto, 5 pm April 8 – Tournament @ Woodside Sports Complex, 2 pm  Softball April 1 vs. Reedsville, 4:30 pm April 4 vs. NEW Lutheran, 5 pm April 7 @ Oconto, […]

  • Fishstock Preps for 21st Season With New Ellmann at Helm

    This will be the 21st season for the Sunday night Fishstock concerts in the old dairy barn just west of Maple Grove Road on County F. Started by Dave Ellmann in the barn loft, concerts consisted of 20 to 30 people in an assortment of old chairs and benches. The concerts have grown in popularity […]

  • Eye On the Night Sky: Celestial Collisions & the Vernal Equinox

    The DOT kept telling us that they would construct the roundabout at Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay this spring and on the astronomical first day of spring (the Vernal Equinox), sure enough, the barricades went up. We are told that roundabouts prevent serious head-on collisions, and that is a good thing. But had there not […]

  • Trivia: April Fools in Scotland

    Question: In Scotland, April Fools is a two-day event. When and what are the names of each day?   Answer: April 1 is Hunt-the-Gowk (“cuckoo”) Day and April 2 is Taily Day. The first day, people play pranks and tell lies to catch others in embarrassment. On the second day, people tack paper tails on […]

  • Take A Guided Hike of Appel’s Bluff with Ridges Naturalist

    Shake off the winter doldrums and join a Ridges naturalist on April 3 at 2 pm for a guided hike through the varied landscape of Appel’s Bluff. Recently acquired by The Ridges, this 67-acre tract features dense lowland cedar forest with ephemeral ponds and wetlands in the southern portion and upland forests of maple and […]

  • Evening Walks and Video Astronomy at Crossroads at Big Creek

    As the snow melts the woods seem to come alive with the sounds, smells, and colors of the coming spring. Two evening walks have been scheduled at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The walks are scheduled for April 1 and April 4 at 7 pm. If hikers are lucky they might hear spring […]

  • Ephraim Beer and Wine Referendum Will Be Binding, For Now

    The April 5 referendum on beer and wine licenses will last for two years before the Ephraim Village Board has the power to rescind or uphold the will of the voters. Ephraim Village Attorney Jim Kalny said the vote will be binding for the two-year life of the referendum. “After two years, the board is […]

  • 2016 R.A.C.E. Fundraiser Features John Welch, Raffles and Car Show

    The R.A.C.E. (Racing Annual Charity Event) Car Show will be held on April 9, 11 am – 5 pm, on S. Third Avenue in front of Butch’s Bar in Sturgeon Bay. The honorees this year will be Bette Sternard and Joe Paye, Sr. Sternard was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2015, and started treatment […]

  • Learn How to Create Cottage Garden at Next Master Gardener Program

    The April 19 Door County Master Gardeners Continuing Education Program is “Cottage Gardens” with guest speaker Mark Konlock, Director of Horticulture, Green Bay Botanical Garden. The program begins at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Cottage gardens combine a little bit of everything – vegetables, fruits, annuals, perennials, trees, shrubs – […]

  • Rogue Theater to Present Original Play about Beginning of Women’s Rights Movement

    Rogue Theater presents a compelling production of the road to women’s right to vote. In July 1848, a Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls, New York. A group of approximately 200 women and men assembled to hold what became the beginning of the Women’s Rights Movement. It was organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton […]

  • Northern Sky Theater Tickets Go On Sale April 1

    Northern Sky Theater announces tickets go on sale for the 2016 summer season on April 1. This season includes four musical comedies playing in rotating repertory at their outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. This year the schedule changes to include two-performance nights on Mondays and Thursdays rather than Wednesdays and Saturdays as in past […]

  • 10 String Symphony Closes Out White Gull Winter Concert Series

    The Nashville-based duo 10 String Symphony will perform at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on April 6. 10 String Symphony consists of Rachel Baiman (fiddle, banjo, vocals) and Christian Sedelmyer (mandolin, fiddle, vocals). It began as a partnership of mutual admiration, a creative release valve for Baiman and Sedelmyer, two five-string fiddle players […]

  • 2016 Woodwalk Concert Series Lineup Announced

    Jeanne Kuhns is proud and excited to announce her 2016 Woodwalk Concert Series is full of exciting new musical finds and returning favorites. Twelve incredible shows will grace the stage in the beautiful art barn of Woodwalk Gallery. The atmosphere at a Woodwalk concert is truly magical starting while the sun sets shining through the […]

  • “June Falling Down” Makes World Premiere at Wisconsin Film Festival

    June Falling Down, a feature film made in Door County by Rebecca Weaver and Chris Irwin, will make its world premiere at the Wisconsin Film Festival on April 16 and 17 in Madison. The movie features a number of Door County actors and musicians, including Nick Hoover, Claire Morkin (Third Avenue Playhouse), Justin Pahnturat, Evan […]

  • Any Gigs for Live Music Preview?

    It may be spring, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look ahead to what is sure to be another bright, beautiful summer in Door County. There will be festivals, sunshine, tan lines and the great release of pent-up winter energy. And of course, lots of live music. As we’ve done in the past, the Peninsula […]

  • Margaret Lockwood Featured at TAP for “A Walk in the Woods” Run

    The TAP Lobby Art Gallery welcomes guest artist Margaret Lockwood for the run of A Walk in the Woods, March 31 – April 17. Many times awarded and featured, Lockwood’s ethereal, abstract paintings interpret the beauty and landscapes of our own woods in Door County. Lockwood commented on her work: “I constantly desire to paint […]

  • Readers Rampant Announce Upcoming Book Club Selections

    Readers Rampant book club of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Public Library will meet April 12 to discuss Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig. Book club meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 2:30 pm in the library’s Community Room. Light refreshments are served. Future books for discussion are:  May 10 […]

  • Peninsula Players Finish Reading Series with Vonnegut Adaptation

    The Peninsula Players will close out their 2016 “The Play’s the Thing” winter reading series April 4 with an adaptation of three well-known comic masterpieces by the late American author Kurt Vonnegut. Based on three short stories from his 1968 collection Welcome to the Monkey House, Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of […]

  • Peninsula Park Superintendent Named Property Supervisor of the Year

    Kelli Bruns, Superintendent of Peninsula State Park, has been presented the “2014 Property Supervisor of the Year” award. The Wisconsin State Park System presents this annual award to a supervisor who excels in the management of a state park property. During 2014, Bruns provided solid leadership to park staff delivering customer service; visitor and resource […]