Peninsula Pulse – April 22 – 29, 2016

In this issue

  • Weight Restrictions Lifted on Michigan Street Bridge

    Bridge safe for vehicles over 20-tons The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office is announcing weight restrictions have been lifted following an inspection this morning of damage to the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Door County. A 20-ton weight-limit was imposed on the bridge following a vehicle strike to overhead beams by […]

  • Michigan Street Bridge Closing for Inspection Thursday

    Backhoe struck bridge beams Friday evening The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office is announcing the Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, Door County will close to all traffic on Thursday, April 28 from 8 a.m. to noon. WisDOT Bureau of Structures engineers and Northeast Region bridge engineers will conduct a follow-up inspection […]

  • The Case for More Trees – A Restoration Mindset

    A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton by the time it reaches 40 years old!

  • Lockwood Gallery Opening, Orchid Propagation & More Weekend Plans

    The Door Peninsula is alive with the sights and sounds of spring. While you wait for the temperatures to catch up, why not fill your weekend with celebrations of art, orchids, music, Arbor Day and the month of May? We’ve got all of that and more in our top picks for the weekend ahead. Friday, […]

  • Getting the Lead Out – Municipal Water Systems in Door County

    Door County has three communities with municipal water systems. Jim Lundstrom checked in on the status of the infrastructure of each of them.

  • Dean Hoegger: Keeping An Eye On Water

    Dean Hoegger's childhood experiences at Bay Beach inspire his action in retirement fighting for clean water in northeast Wisconsin.

  • Making Door County Lawns Safer

    “My hope would be there would be greater interest in the younger generation, and the fields where young people are playing,” said Fitzgerald, a Jacksonport resident.

  • Fish Creek Finds Municipal Water System too Pricey

    The Town of Gibraltar investigated creating a municipal water system in 2012, but decided against. Some businesses owners wish they hadn't.

  • Wisconsin’s Poor Water Monitoring Efforts

    An investigative report by the Izaak Walton League of America shows that Wisconsin residents have much to be concerned about when it comes to pollution in their local streams and rivers. The state received an overall grade of “C+” for its water quality monitoring efforts. Wisconsin does not test enough local river and stream sites […]

  • What Does Clean Water Look Like?

    Here is a guide to know what tests you should perform on your water system.

  • Could We Run Out of Phosphorus?

      Phosphorus is a limited, relatively scarce resource that is essential to all life forms. Sourced almost entirely from phosphate rock, it is a key component of fertilizer, but many leading researchers estimate that the Earth’s phosphorus reserves could be completely depleted in 50 to 100 years, and that our peak production is just 15 […]

  • First Lady Tonette Walker Hosts Walk in Peninsula State Park

    Join Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker as she celebrates her 50th walk to promote health and fitness while showcasing tourism and the beauty of Peninsula State Park. The walk takes place at 9 am on May 12. Meet at 8:45 am at the Nicolet Beach parking lot. The event is hosted by Peninsula Players Theatre […]

  • Rotten Eggs – Why Some Door County Water Stinks

    In certain parts around the county odorless water is no sure thing, particularly in Ephraim. But why does the water sometimes smell like rotten eggs?

  • Emerald Ash Borer Extends Reach in Wisconsin

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has updated its list of areas where the emerald ash borer has been confirmed. They include the Towns of Lewiston and Pacific in Columbia County; the City of Stoughton in Dane County; the Town of Byron in Fond du Lac County; the City of Lake Mills […]

  • Sister Bay Approves Braun Property Map

    At its April 19 meeting, the Sister Bay Village board approved the Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the Braun property in downtown Sister Bay. The approved map, or plat, closely resembles the plan put forth by the public during a workshop in January, which includes retail along Bay Shore Drive and Mill Road, a central […]

  • Lienau Elected Chair of County Supervisors

    The Door County Board of Supervisors went through its post-election orientation and reorganization at its April 19 meeting, with Supervisor David Lienau being voted in by his colleagues as the new board chair, replacing Dan Austad who had served the past four years as chair. “I want to thank everybody for the last four years. […]

  • Jim Seaquist and the Changing Landscape of Orchard Management

    Pesticides receive a whole different level of scrutiny than 50 to 60 years ago, leading to significant changes in the way orchards are managed.

  • Regional Representatives Meet on Waukesha Water Diversion

    Regional representatives from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin Regional Body, which is made up of the eight Great Lakes state governors and two Canadian premiers, were meeting at the University of Illinois-Chicago on April 21-22 to consider Waukesha’s proposal to divert water from Lake Michigan to its municipal water supply under the […]

  • Flashback: 1993 Contamination Spurred Changes in Ephraim

    The Village of Ephraim experienced just how disruptive water problems can be 23 years ago.

  • What is Karst?

    You can’t talk about groundwater issues in Door County without talking about our karst topography, the rock that all of our soil, trees, plants and grass sits atop of. Karst topography is a defining feature of the landscape of the Door Peninsula. In this area, the combination of shallow, gravelly soils above porous limestone means […]

  • Door to Nature: Hepaticas

    A very small wildflower genus with gigantic popularity will soon be carpeting many of the deciduous woods of eastern Wisconsin. Its genus name and common name are the same, Hepatica. Even though Gray’s Manual of Botany refers only to the trailing arbutus as mayflower, many people mean hepaticas when they speak about mayflowers. The sequence […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: 2016 Festival Schedule

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator Work on the Bay Shore Drive Reconstruction Project is back underway. The guys from the DOT, REI Engineering and Vinton Construction are hard at work, putting the downtown back in good order so things are ready for the best season ever. If you happen to see Pat Bailey with REI […]

  • By the Numbers: Pumping Water in the U.S.

    40.5 million Acres of lawns in the United States. 90 million Pounds of herbicides and pesticides used on lawns annually. $30 billion Estimated amount Americans spend on lawn care annually. 50 Percent reduction in nitrogen needed on a lawn if clippings are left to decompose rather than raked. 10 to 1 Amount of pesticide use […]

  • Investing in Protecting: Healthy Water Door County

    In Door County, a peninsula particularly vulnerable because of its karst topography, one major water contamination incident could spell doom for an economy.

  • Municipal News: April 22 – 29

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on April 26. The Parks and Recreation Committee meets at 7 pm on April 27. County of Door: The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on April 26. The CATS Committee meets at 9 am on April 27.  Town of Baileys […]

  • Golf Industry is Forced to Change

    The industry has changed its practices dramatically in the last two decades as environmental and health concerns worried players and neighbors.

  • Lake Michigan Speaker in Algoma April 27

    Lake Michigan in Motion: Ecological Changes in the 21st Century is the title of the next event in the Friends of Crescent Beach Speaker Series. The speaker is Titus Seilheimer, Ph.D., fisheries specialist with the Wisconsin Sea Grant. The event is scheduled for 6 pm on April 27 at Algoma Farm Market Kitchen, 520 Parkway […]

  • Company Wants to Expand Algoma Water Pod Program

    A Milwaukee company has supplied a water pod to Algoma High School where area residents can get clean water, and in the contamination-plagued region.

  • 2003 Waters of Wisconsin Recommendations Fell on Deaf Ears

    Updated 2003 report recommends thoughtful long-term water policy Will Wisconsinites in 2075 be able to examine their “waters of Wisconsin” and look back with pride on the stewardship efforts of those who came before them? That was the “greatest hope” of the authors of Waters of Wisconsin: The Future of Our Aquatic Ecosystems and Resources, […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal News: April 22 – 29

    City of Algoma: The Protection of Persons & Property Committee meets at 4 pm on April 25. The Parks & Recreation Committee meets at 5:15 pm on April 25. The Community Development Committee meets at 6 pm on April 25. The Public Works Committee meets at 4 pm on April 26. The Marina Committee meets […]

  • Egg Harbor Acquires Site for Community Center

    A private donor has helped to solidify the Village of Egg Harbor’s plans for its proposed Egg Harbor Community Center and Library by buying a building site at 4639 Orchard Road. As the village ad hoc library committee and community stakeholders worked with architects during the past few months to develop preliminary plans for this […]

  • When It Comes to Water, the Activists Have Saved Us

    Activist. It’s an adjective used most often as an insult today, but without the activists, our water would be in terrible shape.

  • Two Bills from Rural Wisconsin Initiative Signed

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens was among 22 rural legislators who came together in January to launch the Rural Wisconsin Initiative, a package of bills meant to bridge the rural-urban gap and to bring leadership and focus to the discussion about the future of rural Wisconsin. Eight of their bills garnered positive attention from their legislative […]

  • Commentary: Why Is There An Earth Day?

    There was a consensus from a class of fourth graders, to the question, “What is Earth Day all about?” The answer boiled down to “cleanliness.” Their experience reflects a common impression that it has to do with picking up litter, cleaning up our towns, roads, and school grounds. One kid even suggested it’s about “cleaning […]

  • By the Numbers: Earth Day

    Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day as a way to bring environmental issues to a national stage and infuse them with the same energy as the student-led antiwar movement. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, with 20 million Americans participating in what Nelson called a “national teach-in on the environment.” Today […]

  • Obituary: Sandra L. Feavel

    Sandra Feavel died April 19, 2016. Arrangements are pending for a memorial service to be held at Scandia Village, Sister Bay, in May.  

  • Obituary: Ruth M. York

    Ruth M. York (nee Beart) was born January 31, 1920 in Chicago, IL.  She passed peacefully on April 18, 2016,  in Sister Bay, WI. Ruth married Clyde O. York in 1942 and was a dedicated minister’s wife for 41 years in Southport, IN and Cincinnati, OH. – hosting church boards & circles, teaching Sunday school, […]

  • Obituary: Jean Carol Ensign

    Jean Carol Ensign died Thursday, April 14, 2016. She was 80 years old. Jean was born on December 13, 1935 in Dayton, Ohio. Her parents were D.I. Wilson (tool and die engineer) and Alice Wilson (teacher and homemaker). Jean lived in the Dayton area to maturity. She cherished the summers her family spent in Vermillion […]

  • Obituary: William C. Galligan

    William C. Galligan, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Dorchester. Arrangements are pending with Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay. A complete life story obituary will be available in the near future. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at

  • Obituary: Margot Warch

    April 12, 1939 – April 17, 2016 Margot Warch, who served as Lawrence University’s “first lady” for 25 years as the wife of former President Richard Warch, died peacefully in her sleep at the home of her son, David, in St. Paul, Minn. Margot made her home in Ellison Bay in retirement. The Richard and […]

  • Obituary: Richard R. Schuster

    Richard R. Schuster, 67, of Sturgeon Bay passed away suddenly at home Tuesday evening, April 12, 2016 following an apparent heart attack. He was born August 23, 1948 in Sturgeon Bay, the first born of Roger and Marion (Solway) Schuster. Following his graduation from Sevastopol High School in 1966, Richard served his country in the […]

  • Obituary: Ruth W. Fahey

    Ruth W. Fahey, 98, of Sister Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 12, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center with family at her side. She was born Ruth Vand Veere Wagoner on December 29, 1917 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Anna (Nelson) Wagoner. Ruth went to […]

  • Obituary: Sharon Ann Butler

    Sharon Ann Butler, 70, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday afternoon, April 12, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center with family at her side. She was born December 8, 1945 in Milwaukee, the daughter of George C. Butler and Annabelle Nora (Waldon) Butler. Sharon graduated from John Marshall High School in Milwaukee. She moved to […]

  • Obituary: Daniel Harry Peters

    Daniel Harry Peters, 70, of Duvall, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on April 12, 2016.  He was born on August 13, 1945, in Shawano to Calvin “Sam” and Ruth (Shepard) Peters.  After graduating from Sevastopol High School, Dan served his country in the U.S. Army. Dan worked for Emerson Electric for […]

  • Births: April 22, 2016

    Jordan and Daniel Kwarcinski, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on April 15, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.   Anakaren Garcia and Gabriel Perez, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on April 11, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are […]

  • Coordinated Community Response Column: Tips to Protect Kids from Sexual Assault and Abuse

    By Monica Davis, coordinator, Door County Sexual Assault Center April is the month that we recognize the victims of sexual assault and child abuse. The statistics are staggering. It is reported that one in seven children, by the time they turn 18 will be sexually abused. However, it should be noted, that number is probably […]

  • Featured Pet: Scout

    A current canine resident at the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Scout. As you can see by his profile picture, he is an adorable Bichon with a curly white coat. This adorable boy is at the mature age of thirteen years old. Even though he is at this distinguished age, he still has a […]

  • Sevastopol’s Jody Arbter Wins May Lemke Special Service Award

    Sevastopol School District’s Speech and Language Pathologist Jody Arbter was recently recognized by The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) at an event that annually pays tribute to educators who have advanced the field and the quality of special education services. Arbter received the May Lemke Special Service Award, which is designated to a professional who […]

  • Write On Hosts College Application Workshop for High School Students

    Write On, Door County announces a special workshop for high school students preparing applications for college on April 26, 5 – 7 pm, at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay. “Conquering the College Essay” will provide productive tools and fun pointers to help students craft an essay that catches the attention of admission officers. Ann Heyse […]

  • GO BO Foundation Donates Second Check of $25,000 to MACC Fund

    On April 7, the GO BO Foundation donated its second check (out of three guaranteed in three years) of $25,000 to the High Risk Hematologic Malignancy Program (HRHM), in partnership with the MACC Fund, at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The HRHM Program consists of laboratory scientists and clinical researchers focused on improving survival of […]

  • Celebrate Earth Day with Climate Change Coalition

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will celebrate Earth Week with a double-header event at 7 pm on April 27 at Björklunden in Baileys Harbor. Roger Kuhns, Ph.D., geologist and environmental scientist, will give a talk titled “Protecting Our Planet through Sustainability: Solutions for Climate Change,” and Sara Windjue from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens […]

  • Input Sought on Northern Door Makerspace

    A new collaboration between Northern Door business leaders and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) could create a high-tech, all-ages “makerspace” for the Door Peninsula. They are seeking feedback about possibly establishing resources to support inventors who want to build a new product, residents who want to sell goods or services and kids interested in STEM […]

  • Sunshine House Celebrates 45 Years at Annual Meeting and Dinner

    Sunshine House Inc. will celebrate 45 years of service at their annual meeting and awards dinner at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center on May 2. The evening will include a social hour, dinner and an awards program recognizing community partners as well as outstanding Sunshine House employees and clients. Space is still available for […]

  • Annual Neighbor to Neighbor Meeting is May 2

    Neighbor to Neighbor will host a community social/annual meeting on May 2 at Hope United Church Fellowship Hall in Sturgeon Bay. The public is invited to attend. The event will begin with snacks and refreshments from 5 – 5:30 pm with the meeting to follow. The meeting will highlight 2015 accomplishments with a financial report, […]

  • Thadeus Jackson Visits Door County Scouts for Annual Packer Night

    On April 11, the Sister Bay Lions held their annual Packer Night for local youth sports players, Boy and Cub Scouts and their parents. This year’s special guest was Thadeus Jackson, strength and conditioning assistant for the Green Bay Packers, provided a unique perspective on the commitment and efforts the Packer players do to keep […]

  • Coldwell Banker Gives TREG Foundation Grant to Habitat for Humanity

    Coldwell Banker the Real Estate Group recently presented David Van Dyke, executive director of Door County Habitat for Humanity, a grant in the amount of $500 from the TREG Foundation Fund. Door County Habitat for Humanity has provided 38 homes for families located throughout Door County since the organization was founded in 1993. Coldwell Banker […]

  • Reserve a Spot for Ephraim Moravian’s Afternoon Tea

    Ephraim Moravian Church is sponsoring an Afternoon Tea for ladies in 1930s style, on May 11, 1 – 3 pm. All ladies in the community are invited to the Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Hwy. 42, for the tea, which will benefit DOOR CANcer. Tickets are $15 each. The tea is held in memory of Sue […]

  • Door County Community Foundation Introduces “Growing Older in Door County”

    The Door County Community Foundation introduces Growing Older in Door County, a community engagement effort that will develop a shared vision and set of aspirations around what our residents collectively want for Door County as we age. This spring and summer, Growing Older in Door County will hold Neighborhood Conversations in every part of the […]

  • NWTC Named 2016 American Association of Community Colleges Excellence Award Finalist

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) has been named a finalist for the 2016 American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Excellence Award for Student Success. The Awards of Excellence recognize the exceptional work among the nation’s two-year colleges. A finalist for the same award in 2014, NWTC has embraced the idea that every employee is responsible […]

  • Miss Door County Visits Northern Door Children’s Center

    Hope Copiskey, Miss Door County, recently visited with the students of the Prescholar, 4-Year-Old Kindergarten and Camp Cool After School programs at Northern Door Children’s Center. Copiskey, a graduate of Northern Door Children’s Center, came to read to the students as a part of the Week of the Young Child 2016 celebration focusing on early […]

  • NWTC’s Lori Suddick Awarded Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Vice President of Learning Lori Suddick has been awarded the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC, announced that Suddick joins the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: April 22, 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?   “Because we are all God’s creatures. That, and I don’t like squishing them. It’s icky.”   “Doesn’t everybody have a ‘no […]

  • Honoring the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

    by Amy Ludwigsen, Executive Director, Door Shakespeare April 23, 2016 will be a day of global celebration as we honor the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s passing. April 23rd, largely considered Shakespeare’s birthday, though the only document reflecting this date is actually his death certificate, will commemorate Shakespeare’s lasting legacy on pages and stages across […]

  • Sevastopol’s Iverson, Schram Heading to UW-Stevens Point

    Sevastopol High School seniors Dylon Iverson and Quin Schram will both continue their football careers at the collegiate level after signing letters of intent to commit to play for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers. I had the privilege of coaching these two young men the last three years and I am incredibly proud of […]

  • Manners Matter: “Thank You” Etiquette

    Dear Mary Pat, What am I supposed to make of friends and family sending their “thank yous” over a text or email instead of by hand? When I take the time to drive to a store, pick out a gift for somebody, wrap it and either deliver it in person or pay to mail it, […]

  • Musical Reflections on Earth Day

    Few quotes have had as profound an impact on my life as the one that came before me by way of a Peninsula Pulse article on Fish Creek native Helen Schreiber (published Sept. 4, 2015) written by Patti Podgers: “When she wasn’t guiding visitors through her village, Helen was walking its paths picking up litter […]

  • Server of the Week: Shane Krueger of Door County Brewing Co.

      Noted for his demeanor, always calm and relaxed For his perfectly coifed beard and his dapper hats Is our Server of the Week, Mr. Shane Krueger To please customers, this man is very eager.   Find him in the mornings at Bearded Heart Helping you get your day off to a good start. And […]

  • Cheers!: Crikey, It’s Real Kriekenbier!

    Oh, my, that is one Echt Kriekenbier. Let me translate for you – that is one “real cherry beer.” Yes, this Belgian cherry ale is called Echt Kriekenbier. It’s a West Flemish red-brown ale that is infused with whole Belgian cherries and then matured in oak casks. This is a tremendous sour cherry ale with […]

  • Jitendra Suman

    Jitendra Suman and Islam’s 21st Century Challenges

    Jitendra Suman, a native of Bhopal, India, brings a rich background of knowledge to the talk, “Islam: 21st Century Challenges,” he’ll give at 1 pm on Thursday, April 28 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Water St. in Ephraim. He earned his PhD at Barkatullah University in Bhopal, a city of nearly two million people […]

  • Time to Enjoy the Final Weeks of the Off-Season

    It may be hard to believe, but Memorial Day weekend is just five weeks away. With Memorial Day comes warmer weather and with warmer weather come the tourists, college and international students, and the peninsula’s summer residents. Vehicular mobility will be challenged, parking spaces will no longer be a dime a dozen, and depending on […]

  • Oliver de la Paz

    Questions & Authors: Hal Prize Poetry Judge Oliver de la Paz

    This spring, after the 2016 Hal Prize deadline has passed and the writing and photography submissions have passed before the pre-screening committee, a batch of poems will make their way from the Peninsula Pulse office to the desk of this year’s poetry judge, Oliver de la Paz. De la Paz is the author of four […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Respect Boundaries

    Dear trespasser, I saw you eating lunch, taking a break from your bike ride, in a place you shouldn’t be. You are right, the view is beautiful from this private country lane. I heard your car come down the winding driveway, inching further and further past the trees and my sleeping dog, until you could […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Political Flatus

    Immediately after Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson announced his candidacy for Representative 8th District, Pat Garrett, Wisconsin GOP spokesman, took off the gloves and attacked Nelson’s character with the following tirade [in a statement from the Republican Party of Wisconsin]: “Over the course of his political career, Nelson has promoted the radical left-wing agenda, growing […]

  • Ground Broken for New Jim Olson Ford-Lincoln Dealership

    Before attempting to symbolically break still winter-hardened ground for the new Jim Olson Ford-Lincoln dealership on April 14, various parties involved in making it happen shared thoughts on what this means. “Jim has really stepped up since the recession and kept us in the car business in Door County,” said Door County Economic Development Corp. […]

  • USDA Reports Organic Trend Continues to Grow

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a significant increase in the number of certified organic operations, continuing the trend of double-digit growth in the organic sector. According to new data, there are now 21,781 certified organic operations in the United States and 31,160 around the world. “Organic food is one of the fasting growing […]

  • Spot Reopens for 2016 Season in Expanded Space

    Spot women’s clothing in Sister Bay will celebrate the start of its fourth season with a grand opening, or more appropriately, reopening, of its new year-round store on April 22, 4 – 9 pm. Enjoy refreshments and treats while you shop the renovated space. Play Frisbee and ‘hit the spot’ for up to 20 percent […]

  • Businesses Invited to Gibraltar Summer Job Fair

    Gibraltar Secondary Schools will host a summer job fair on April 28, 12 – 1 pm. A survey conducted by the Marketing Education Department revealed a significant number of teens are interested in meeting with employers and would like to see what options are out there. The survey revealed there are a significant number of […]

  • NexGen Hosts Events for Young Professionals Week, April 23-30

    The NexGen Door County Young Professionals Network is participating in the statewide Young Professionals Week, April 23 – 30, with three local events in April. YPWeek brings together key leaders at purposefully chosen locations that integrate unique cultural assets with meaningful learning or social interaction. April 25, 6 pm, Door County Fire Company, Sturgeon Bay: […]

  • Ridges Sanctuary Receives $200,000 Grant for Phragmites Control

    The Ridges Sanctuary was awarded a $200,000, three-year grant to control invasive phragmites on 3,700 acres of Lake Michigan and Clark Lake shorelines. It was among 41 projects to receive nearly $2.4 million in fiscal 2016 surface water grants from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Brian Forest, land manager at The Ridges, said they […]

  • The Sandpiper to Open Season May 6

    If you are looking for a hearty, home-cooked meal at affordable prices, look no further than The Sandpiper, located upstairs at Maxwelton Braes Lodge. The Sandpiper will open the 2016 season May 6 at 7 am. Breakfast will be served daily 7 am – 12 pm (closed May 9, 16 & 23). Rosemary will showcase […]

  • Dr. Kevin Wilke Assumes Orthodontic Practice from Dr. Jeff Schauder

    In the beginning of April Dr. Kevin Wilke assumed the orthodontic practice of Dr. Jeff Schauder, who has retired after 40 years in service to the community. Drs. Schauder and Wilke have a long history, having worked together for several years after Dr. Wilke finished his training in 1995. Wilke is a native of Gillett, […]

  • Sign Up for 2016 Alpine Ladies Golf League

    League play for the Alpine Ladies Golf League begins June 7 at 8:15 am. This is an informal, friendly nine-hole league. Play with golfers with different skill levels and meet new people. Practice rounds begin May 3 at 9 am. If interested in joining this league, contact Mady Ferdinand at [email protected] or call Mary Aiken […]

  • Gibraltar Highlights from Valders Viking Invitational

    Gibraltar High School’s track team competed at the Valders Viking Invitational on April 16. The best effort of the day for the boys team came from senior Erik Bosman, who bested his own high jump mark by four inches, finishing in second place with a leap of six feet. Other team points came from Ian […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: April 22-29, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Baseball April 22 vs. Shiocton, 4:30 pm April 25 vs. Algoma, 5 pm April 28 @ NEW Lutheran, 5 pm   Golf April 25 @ Idlewild, 4 pm April 28 @ Peninsula State Park, 4 pm   Softball April 22 vs. Shiocton, 4:30 pm April 25 vs. Algoma, 5 pm April 28 @ […]

  • Isadoora Holds Auditions for 2016 Production

    Auditions for Isadoora Theatre Company’s production of Three Days of Rain will take place April 23, 1 pm at Gibraltar Town Hall, and April 25, 6:30 pm in the basement of the Sturgeon Bay Library. The company is planning the production for June 23 – July 2. Three Days of Rain is directed by Richard […]

  • Birch Creek Receives Wisconsin Arts Board Grant

    The efforts of Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc. to provide quality music education and serve Door County culturally and economically were recognized with a grant for $11,540 from the Wisconsin Arts Board competitive grant program. Birch Creek matches Arts Board funds with funds raised locally. The Creation and Presentation Grant provides artistic program and […]

  • Northern Sky to Distribute 4,000 Free Tickets to Local Students

    Northern Sky Theater will once again invite all Door County students to a complimentary evening of entertainment under the stars. Northern Sky will distribute nearly 4,000 free tickets to every elementary, middle and high school student at all five Door County schools as well as area homeschool students. “This year, the complimentary ticket provides three […]

  • 10 Musicians to Perform at Love the Earth Concert

    Celebrate Earth Day at Lost Moth Gallery for the Love the Earth Concert, an evening of music by 10 Midwest musicians on April 23 at 7 pm. Singer/songwriters include Door County’s Small Forest, Tarl Knight, Jess Holland, Jane Sommers, Terry Murphy, Holly Olm and Michael Bleck, as well as harpist Holly Erskine and Patti Ecker […]

  • Gibraltar Schools Hosting Summer Job Fair April 28

    Gibraltar Secondary Schools will host a summer job fair on April 28, 12 – 1 pm. A survey conducted by the Marketing Education Department revealed a significant number of teens are interested in meeting with employers and would like to see what options are out there. The survey revealed there are a significant number of […]

  • Folk Singer Katie Dahl at Base Camp April 30

    Popular Door County musician Katie Dahl will perform a concert at Base Camp Coffee Shop in Sister Bay on April 30 at 7 pm. Local singer-songwriter Katie Dahl, says the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “combines old-fashioned populism, an abiding love of the land and wickedly smart love songs, all delivered in a rich and expressive alto.” Known […]

  • Music of the Carpenters at Third Avenue Playhouse

    Singer Lisa Rock and her six-piece band are bringing the music of The Carpenters back to the stage with their spot-on renditions of Carpenters classics with Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters at Third Avenue Playhouse on April 30. Considered one of the best vocalists of all time, Karen Carpenter captured the attention […]

  • Songwriting Workshop at Hotel Washington with Julian Dawson

    Julian Dawson’s journey in songs has taken him all over the world. In late May, it will once again bring him to Door County for a songwriting workshop at Washington Island’s Hotel Washington and Studio on May 29 & 30. Sunday’s workshop hours are 10:30 am – 1 pm and 2 – 5 pm. On […]

  • Art and Artifacts at New Door County Maritime Museum Exhibits

    The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will open a pair of new exhibits on April 22. From Inside the Collections is a unique offering in that it will be a recurring exhibit with museum curator Adam Gronke promising to periodically launch different versions of the series at future dates. This first offering will […]

  • Door County Beekeepers Club Welcomes Bee Squad Member to April Meeting

    Join the Door County Beekeepers Club in welcoming Dr. Becky Masterman, Associate Program Director of the University of Minnesota (UMN) Bee Squad, as she presents “New Things Every Beekeeper Should Know” on April 26, 6:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Dr. Masterman will share bee management tips with the latest research […]

  • Framed: Gibraltar High School Students in “Footloose”

    (From left) Gibraltar students Ava Beaudot, Hannah Helm, Alec Hoffman, Hannah Brandt and Anna Snell rehearse for this weekend’s production of Footloose at Door Community Auditorium.

  • Trivia: What’s On Shakespeare’s Grave Marker?

    Question: What did William Shakespeare’s original grave marker show him holding? Answer: A bag of grain. In 1747, the citizens of his hometown of Stratford, Warwickshire had the bag of grain replaced with a quill.

  • Earth Week Activities & Volunteer Opportunities at The Ridges

    The Ridges is hosting activities to celebrate both Earth Day and Arbor Day this week. All activities take place at the Cook-Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. On April 23, 10 am – 4 pm, enjoy interactive displays that demonstrate how we can all take care of the Earth. Information on in-home […]

  • Miller Art Museum Presents 42nd annual Student Salon

    The Miller Art Museum announces the opening of the organization’s 42nd Annual Salon of Door County High School Art on April 23. The public is invited to join students and family at the opening reception April 25, 7 – 8:30 pm. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Along with opening remarks and […]

  • Workshop at Orchard Country Winery Pairs Writing & Wine

    Write On, Door County offers a special afternoon class, “Creating Characters that Connect with Readers,” with acclaimed mystery novelist Patricia Skalka, April 23, 1 – 4 pm. This workshop will show writers how to create multi-dimensional characters that will live on in readers’ minds. End the class by deciding what kind of wine your character […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 22, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George 3. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman 4. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes 5. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante   TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION   1. H Is for […]