Peninsula Pulse – April 29 – May 6, 2016

In this issue

  • Shipyard Tours, Gallery Openings, Live Music & More Weekend Plans

    The Door Peninsula is off and running with its spring offerings, as it welcomes a weekend of the Door County Half Marathon, gallery openings, live music and Mother’s Day activities. Is your weekend wide open? Let us help you fill it in with our top picks for the weekend ahead. Friday, May 6 Welcoming the […]

  • Gibraltar Vikings Baseball Team Hosting Fish Fry May 3

    Please join the Gibraltar Vikings Baseball Team for a fundraiser “A Northern Door Fisherman &  Jeff Weborg Memorial Fish Fry.” It will be held May 3 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at Alexander’s Restaurant. Cost is $12/adults, $6/children 6 – 11, and children under 5 are free. Dinner includes fish fry, boiled potatoes & onions, […]

  • DNR Providing Funds for Lead Pipe Removal

    In a major effort to clear the way for cleaner water from the tap, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to make $11.8 million available to municipalities to help remove old lead service lines that bring drinking water into homes. These service lines extend from the main street pipes owned by local utilities onto […]

  • Bob Atwell and Nicolet National Bank Come to Door County

    When the merger of Baylake Bank and Nicolet National Bank was announced last September, many Door County residents were – no doubt – surprised. Baylake Bank (at one time known as the Bank of Sturgeon Bay), founded in 1876, was a venerable banking institution on the peninsula. It had survived the Great Recession of 2008-2009 […]

  • Two Veterans Train New Crop of Volunteer Firefighters

    Almost 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States in 2014, according to a U.S. Fire Department Profile of that year released this past January by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Of the 1,134,400 firefighters who belong to the 29,980 fire departments responding to those fires and many other emergencies, 69 percent are […]

  • Pulse Price Report: The Business of Football

    The Green Bay Packers are the only franchise in the National Football League (NFL) that is a nonprofit and publicly owned, divvying up 5,011,557 shares to 360,584 stockholders, as of 2015. It’s a point of pride for cheeseheads and it’s probably the only reason that Green Bay, the smallest market in all of North American […]

  • Civility Column: Step Away from the Conversation – Part I

      By Susan McAninch   I think I am civil, however, how do I keep engaged with someone who isn’t civil at all? What should I do or say when I am personally attacked by another person? I want to keep talking but it is so difficult!   Thank you for your important questions. I […]

  • Commentary: Referenda Approval Prove Need for Funding Changes

      By State Superintendent Tony Evers   On April 5, 53 public school districts asked their local citizens for additional financial support through 71 referenda questions. Of those ballot issues, voters approved 55, or more than 77 percent. Funding from those referenda questions will be used in places like Spring Valley to maintain their facilities. […]

  • Outlook: Remembering Jim Harrison at the End of National Poetry Month

      Amid the losses suffered this year by the music industry, the death of writer Jim Harrison has been largely overlooked. Harrison was one of this country’s finest and most prolific writers, who lived most his life in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He is best known for his novella Legends of the Fall, which became a […]

  • By the Numbers: William Shakespeare

      While his date of birth is not really known, it is often given as April 23, 1564. Here are a few facts in honor of his 452nd birthday.   2 Number of Shakespeare plays that have been translated into the fictional Klingon language.   10 Number of tragedies and histories he wrote.   17 […]

  • Obituary: Bruce B. Oram

    Bruce B. Oram, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, died April 25, 2016. Bruce owned and operated Oram’s Barber Shop on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay for more than 40 years.

  • Obituary: Katherine “Kay” C. Charles

    Katherine “Kay” C. Charles, 71, of Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly at home Sunday, April 24, 2016 after suffering an apparent heart attack. She was born May 24, 1944 in Clintonville, WI, the daughter of the late Vernon and Pearl (Wiese) Schroeder. Kay graduated from Mondovi High School before attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where she […]

  • Obituary: Darrell Counard

    Darrell Counard, 79, of Brussels, passed away on April 23, 2016.  He was born on April 27, 1936 to Ervin and Julia (Miller) Counard.  On July 19, 1958, he married Audrey Willems at St. Francis Xavier Church in Brussels. Darrell owned and operated Coun’s “C” Club in Brussels for 49 years.  He loved the supper […]

  • Obituary: Audrey J. Wodack

    Audrey J. Wodack, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday, April 22, 2016 at Algoma Long Term Care following a lengthy illness. She was born with her twin sister, Shirley on July 5, 1927 in Sawyer, the daughter of the late Albert and Erna (Zastrow) Robertson. The family later moved to the country on County S […]

  • Obituary: Violet Marie May

    Violet Marie May, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, April 22, 2016. She was born December 9, 1920 to Harold & Lillian Swanson in Calderwood, MI but grew up in Sagola, MI and was a graduate of Channing High School. The beloved mother of Penny (Roger) Schinktgen of Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • Obituary: Imogene “Jean” Kathryn Bennett

    Imogene “Jean” Kathryn Bennett died April 21, 2016 to be with her beloved Tom, her mother, her sisters, and all those who have gone before. She died peacefully in the comfort of her Sister Bay home with family at her side. Arrangements are pending for a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial to be held at a later […]

  • Obituary: Gwendoline Raddatz

    Gwendoline Margaret Raddatz, age 94, passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. She was a resident of the Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion in Sandwich, IL, for the past two years, and a former resident of Joliet, IL and Baileys Harbor, WI. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert and mother Louise Rushton and […]

  • Birth: Anna and Travis Blahnik

    Anna and Travis Blahnik of Brussels are the parents of a son born on April 21, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparent is Audry Off, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Angie and Steve Kiehnau, Jacksonport.

  • Featured Pet: Sofa

    This is Sofa, a two-year-old orange and white tabby with a very unique story. Sofa came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) after being abandoned in an empty apartment when his previous family moved away. He was named Sofa at DCHS in the hopes that he would find a loving family to call his […]

  • Pet Talk: Do Cats Enjoy Walks?

    Q. At the pet store I saw they have harnesses and leashes for cats. Do you think a cat would really enjoy going for a walk? Our cat is an inside cat and I often wonder if he would like to go out.   A. That would all depend on your cat. If he is outgoing […]

  • Volunteer Voices: Volunteer Mentorship Program Announced

    Leadership Door County and the Volunteer Center of Door County are partnering to create a mentorship program to grow an engaged network of active volunteers throughout the county that spans across all generations. The Leadership Door County Class of 2016, through their class discussion and education, has identified a growing issue in the county with […]

  • Third Grade Sevastopol Students Perform Living Wax Museum

    Third graders at Sevastopol Elementary brought more than 40 different historical figures to life in their seventh annual Living Wax Museum at Sevastopol School on April 15. Students from both my class and Mrs. Kim Thomas’ class completed their projects that began six weeks prior. Their end result was a presentation for staff and students […]

  • Carbon Fee and Dividend: A Necessity for a Transformational Economy

    By Roger Kuhns and Anne Schmidt   We’ve watched a nation transform from wood to coal for energy, and now to oil and natural gas. In a matter of a few short years we saw hybrid cars go from a pipe dream to ho-hum technology. Some of these changes were driven by technological discoveries; others […]

  • Science Snippet: The Plight of the Guillemot

    An example of a possible impact of global warming is what appears to be happening to populations of a common seabird called a Murre, or guillemot. Out of water, they look like a cross between a loon and a small penguin. These common circumpolar birds spend their lives at sea, except for a couple of […]

  • Reasons to Consider Native Plants in Garden Plantings

    By Karen Newbern Door County is blessed with an amazing variety of natural communities – hardwood forests, conifer swamp, open meadows, limestone bluffs, and sand dunes. Within each community there are distinctive plants that have adapted to the particular environmental conditions of that habitat. These beautiful natural landscapes display authentic Wisconsin flora – and home […]

  • FOPPI Announces Volunteer Work Days

    The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) have recently announced their 2016 work day volunteer opportunities. Work days will be extended from one to two days. Transportation will be provided on the USFWS boat (from Washington Island). Due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, work day itineraries may change prior to the work day […]

  • Connect with Nature, Plant Trees at Kangaroo Lake Preserve

    Join Nature Conservancy staff, Climate Change Coalition of Door County volunteers, and Sturgeon Bay High School students on April 30, 10 am – 2 pm, to plant 3,000 white cedar, red pine and white spruce trees at the Conservancy’s Kangaroo Lake Preserve to celebrate Earth Day by connecting with nature. Volunteers may drop in anytime […]

  • Join the Great Wisconsin Birdathon

    Do you like watching birds? How about supporting conservation? Then sign up for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. The Birdathon is like a walkathon with binoculars and a bird book. Participants raise money and then spend one day bird watching between April 15 and June 15. Half of the money raised goes to a local group […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Anyone Notice Two Russell Feingolds?

    It would be difficult not to notice that there is a Feingold running for the U.S. Senate as the airways are collapsing under the weight of Feingold commercials breathlessly announcing that he has a plan to keep America safe; that he will, if necessary, singlehandedly repel all evildoers from our shores and do all sorts […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Kitten Season Is Here Again

      Do not immediately assume that a litter of kittens found without a mama cat nearby has been abandoned. Mama may be hunting, if feral, or simply going back home to get something to eat and drink. If you do determine that the kittens have somehow lost their mom, and you realize that they are […]

  • Seeking New Businesses for 2016 Season

    Do you have a new business in Door County? We would like to help you get the word out. Send details of your new business to [email protected], and put NEW BUSINESS in the subject line. We’ll run the information in the May 13 edition of the Peninsula Pulse.

  • Free Conservation Training for Women Landowners

    Women who own farmland in Wisconsin are invited to one of three free workshops early next month to learn how to protect and improve the quality of their land. The workshops will be offered in Green Bay on May 2, Algoma May 3, and Ephraim May 4. Women Caring for the Land is an innovative […]

  • Tips to Keep Farming Safe

    Farming is a dangerous job. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers in the top 10 civilian occupations with high fatal work injury rates. One of the hazards faced by farm workers is contact with electrical equipment. Safe Electricity encourages farmers to keep safety top of mind […]

  • 2,500 Runners Coming to Door County Half Marathon

    The ninth edition of the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k filled to capacity on April 23. The race – hailed as one of the best in the Midwest by Runner’s World, Competitor magazine and a host of running writers – will welcome more than 1,800 runners in the half marathon and another […]

  • Run, Drink, and Polka at Hey Hey 5k

    Join Door County’s newest 5k run Sept. 24 in Baileys Harbor. It’s the Hey Hey 5k, presented by Door County Brewing Co. Runners get an awesome race shirt, free Hey Hey 5k pint glass and the first fill in the glass free from Door County Brewing Co. to celebrate the finish in the taproom. Take […]

  • Run the Door Circuit Standings Go Gender-Free

    Run the Door, the scenic series of local races overseen by the Door County Silent Sports Alliance (DCSSA), begins its third season April 30 at the YMCA Blossom Run in Egg Harbor at Dockside Park. New this year, the season point standings will not be gender-specific. “That’s right,” scorekeeper Bob Richards of the DCSSA said. […]

  • Alpine Golf Course’s Nines Are Open

    Alpine Resort & Golf Course’s red and white nines are now open. Carts are available. Pay at the clubhouse entrance. For more information call 920.868.3000. Alpine is located at 7715 Alpine Road in Egg Harbor.

  • Southern Door Track Teams Win Packerland Tri

    Gibraltar, Southern Door and Oconto high school track teams met in Fish Creek for a Packerland Conference Triangular on April 19. The following are the team results: Boys – Southern Door 69, Oconto 41, Gibraltar 35; Girls – Southern Door 66, Oconto 53, Gibraltar 42. Event winners for Gibraltar included: Aleah Bauldry – 100m, 13.6 […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: April 29-May 6, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Baseball April 30 @ Don Hawkins Field vs. Xavier, 10:30 am May 2 vs. Oconto, 5 pm May 5 @ Sevastopol, 5 pm   Golf May 2 @ The Orchards, 4 pm May 6 – DC Cup @ Cherry Hills, 1 pm   Softball May 2 vs. Oconto, 5 pm May 5 @ […]

  • Community Welcome to Tour Southern Door MDCMC Clinic April 30

    Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) invites the community to tour its newest clinic on April 30, 9 am – noon. Located on the campus of Southern Door Schools, North Shore Medical Clinic – Southern Door Community provides a full range of primary care services and is open to the entire community. The event will […]

  • Door County Bookmobile Update On Agenda for Heritage Alliance Meeting

    The Heritage Alliance of Door County invites the community to a spring gathering at Baileys Harbor Town Hall on April 30, 10 am – noon. All history enthusiasts are invited. Coffee, juice, and sweet rolls will be provided. On the agenda is review of 2015 and plans for 2016; a presentation by the Egg Harbor […]

  • Memory Café’s May 2 Meeting Focuses on Gardening

    On May 2 the Memory Café will meet at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. This month’s program is about gardening and making fairy gardens with Master Gardener Barb Henkelmann. Memory Café is a monthly gathering for people with early memory loss, diagnosed or not, and their friends/family to enjoy a social time […]

  • Door County Mental Health Focus Group Holds Events for Mental Health Awareness Month

    The Door County Mental Health Focus Group is sponsoring two events in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. On May 5, 12:15-1:15 pm, the Ministry Education Program (Recovery 101) is intended for health care providers, mental health providers, social workers and school counselors. Lunch is provided; an RSVP is necessary. On May 5 at 6 […]

  • Senator Kathleen Vinehout to Speak at Thomas Paine Dinner

    The Door County Democrats will host the annual Thomas Paine Dinner on May 7; the social begins at 6:30 pm, with dinner to follow at 7 pm. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout will be the featured speaker. Vinehout is a dynamic speaker and an award-winning dairy and organic farmer. The event honors Thomas Paine, revolutionary era […]

  • Six-Week Meditation Workshop Offered at Spa at Sacred Grounds

    The Spa at Sacred Grounds will host a six-week insight meditation workshop called “Finding Stillness in an Active World.” Classes will be held May 7 – 18 on Saturdays from 8 – 9 am and will be led by Lia Montgomery. The workshop is designed as a first step in experiencing the silent source of […]

  • “Money in Politics” Presented at League of Women Voters Annual Meeting

    The League of Women Voters of Door County invites the public to its annual meeting on May 19 at Leathem Smith Lodge for a dinner and program titled “Money in Politics” by Matthew Rothschild of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. The evening begins at 5 pm for registration and cash bar, the meeting follows at 5:30 […]

  • New Committee to Form for Eagle Tower Fundraising

    A committee will soon form to address Eagle Tower with a focus on fundraising; the committee will operate under Door Property Owners. The fundraising goal is estimated at $750,000. Future meetings are planned to discuss fundraising and project planning, including a public meeting that will take place in late May. More information regarding meeting dates, […]

  • Learn about Door CANcer at Next Community Health Information Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Door CANcer” on May 22, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. Barb Herdina and other representatives from Door CANcer will discuss their services and answer questions about how they can meet the needs of individuals/families who are in treatment. The […]

  • Secure Spot Now for Ephraim Yacht Club’s Camps and Lessons

    Back by popular demand are the adventure sailing camps and power boating skills as well as sailing lessons for all levels (beginning to racing) at the Ephraim Yacht Club. As with last year, some sessions fill quickly so you’ll want to secure your spots now. Sign up online at

  • Tina Guo Awarded 2016 Bordui Foundation Scholarship

    Tina Guo, a senior at Sturgeon Bay High School (SBHS), has been named the winner of the 2016 Bordui Foundation scholarship competition. She will be awarded $15,000 toward her attendance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Guo was selected from a group of 10 applicants by the foundation’s trustees following consideration of grade point average, test […]

  • Time to Sign Up for Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Outing

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County will host its seventh annual celebrity golf outing and trolley tour at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on June 7, 2016. Celebrities attending this year’s outing include Mark Murphy, Jerry Kramer and Dave Robinson. The outing is the major fundraising event for the Boys & Girls Club of […]

  • Volunteers Needed for 2016 Door County Triathlon

    Volunteers are needed for the Door County Triathlon, July 15-17. Volunteers are needed throughout event week, particularly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Every volunteer receives a free t-shirt and are invited to enjoy a free pig and corn roast after their shift at the finish line party. Visit to see a list of volunteer […]

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Grant for One-to-One Mentoring

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin a Sustainability Grant from the Children & Youth Fund. This grant provides financial assistance to support one-to-one youth mentoring programs in Gibraltar, Washington Island and Sturgeon Bay. “This youth mentoring program is based on a successful model with proven results,” said […]

  • St. Norbert College and Marquette Collaborate on Unique Pathway to Law School

    St. Norbert College and Marquette University Law School have established a “3-plus-3” academic program that would enable qualifying St. Norbert undergraduates to enroll at Marquette Law School after completing three years of education (99 credits) at St. Norbert. Upon finishing their three years of law education, those students would emerge with both a St. Norbert […]

  • Unity Hospice Receives $25,000 KC Stock Foundation Grant

    Unity Hospice has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the KC Stock Foundation to provide Treatment Plus services to patients battling advanced illness. Unity’s Treatment Plus, formerly known as Palliative Program, is the state’s first team-based care program for individuals with a life expectancy of two years or less, and their family members. “We at […]

  • Plans Underway for 2016 Celebration of HOPE

    Organizers have begun plans for the 2016 Celebration of HOPE, Inc. Luncheon, taking place at Stone Harbor on Sept. 25. The Hope Treasure Chest Charity Auction will be included as part of the event. In preparation, they are looking for artists to share their talent by creating an item that is repurposed or restyled from […]

  • Walker Signs Alcohol Referendum Bill After Ephraim Vote

    On April 25, Governor Scott Walker approved the bill that he had stalled in the turbulence of Ephraim’s beer and wine referendum. Wisconsin Act 372, published on April 26, repeals the referendum process for alcohol licensing, the process that Hugh Mulliken used to bring the vote of beer and wine to the Ephraim ballot on […]

  • Peninsula Pride Farms Discuss Groundwater Safety

    A sixth-generation family farm was the site of the first public event held by the newly formed farmer-led nonprofit organization named Peninsula Pride Farms. The organization is a coalition of 40 farmers in southern Door and Kewaunee counties with herd sizes from 66 to 6,000. The group chose Earth Day to hold a public event […]

  • Open House on NWTC Learning Center Expansion

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College is holding an open house from 10 am to 2 pm on May 7 at the Liberty Grove Town Hall. Information will be provided on a potential learning center/business assistance facility. There will also be mobile learning labs, hands-on educational activities and food from local vendors. To provide input on establishing […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal News: April 29 – May 5

    City of Algoma: The Common Council meets at 6 pm on May 2. National Day of Prayer will be celebrated with Pastor Ken Taylor from 9 am to noon on May 5. On May 6 Algoma third graders will join the city’s Tree Management Committee for a tree planting demonstration and the awarding of Algoma’s […]

  • Cheers!: Habanero Heats Up This IPA

    You gotta love it when someone gives you a beer and says “You’re gonna hate it.” Such was the case when Sam Northrop, beer expert at my local beer emporium, recently passed me a bottle of Habanero Sculpin from Ballast Point Brewing of San Diego. He said the Habanero peppers overpower the beer, which is […]

  • Judge Ehlers Recuses from Waterfront Hotel Lawsuit

    Judge Raymond Huber of Waupaca County has scheduled oral arguments for the westside waterfront hotel case brought against the City of Sturgeon Bay by the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront for 10:30 am on Jan. 10, 2017. The trial is scheduled for 9:30 am on Feb. 9-10. The case will be heard in […]

  • Door County Municipal News: April 29 – May 5

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Common Council meets at noon on May 3. The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 4 pm on May 5.  County of Door: The Property Committee meets at 10 am on May 4. The Highway Safety Committee meets at 9 am on May 5. The Resource Planning Committee will […]

  • Gov. Walker: Repeat Drunk Driving Now a Felony

    Representative Reid Ribble Ribble will host a free job fair with approximately 90 local employers on Tuesday, May 3, at NWTC, Green Bay. Interested job-seekers can learn more or register at A list of registered employers and registration for job seekers can also be found at Source: Ribble press release Governor Scott Walker […]

  • Questions & Artists: Brian Blood and Laurie Kersey (Part I of II)

    The following two-part interview is with Brian Blood and Laurie Kersey, both wonderfully accomplished artists who are invited artists in this year’s Door County Plein Air Festival. Their awards are many and their work is in multiple galleries throughout California. Even though you can see accompanying images to this interview and go to the Peninsula […]

  • College Planning Event at Southern Door

    If part of your child’s future includes post-secondary education, you may have questions about loans, scholarships, and the lasting effects your child may endure as a result of the cost of an education beyond high school. A special event is scheduled that may assist you in answering your questions. On Monday, May 2, Guy McCauley […]

  • DCA Announces 25th Anniversary Season Lineup, Lyle Lovett Will Return

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is pleased to announce its 2016 performance schedule – a diverse and compelling lineup for DCA’s landmark 25th anniversary season. “I’m pleased with the quality and variety of this season’s lineup,” says DCA Executive Director Cari Lewis. “We have a handful of fresh up-and-comers and a handful of beloved and timeless […]

  • Michigan Bridge Under Weight Restrictions

    The Michigan Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay was closed for inspection by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation the morning of April 28 after a backhoe being towed across the bridge on April 22 struck a number of beams. Due to the accident, the bridge is restricted to vehicles less than 20 tons. Vehicles more than […]

  • Jacksonport Recycling Date Rescheduled

    Due to Maifest, the recycling date for the Town of Jacksonport, scheduled for May 28 at the town hall, has been canceled. In order to accommodate residents, the recycling drop-off will run the first, second and fourth Saturdays in June.

  • Summer Job Fair for Young Adults May 19

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in partnership with Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation and the Job Center of Door County is hosting a summer job fair for young adults (ages 16-24) at the NWTC-Luxemburg Regional Center from 3 to 6 pm on May 19. It is free to both employers and the public. The goal […]

  • Girls Little League Registration Still Open

    Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League still has a few openings in the Senior Division. Girls who are 13-16 are encouraged to register. Whether you have played in the past or not, it is a fun league for girls who just enjoy playing softball. Registration is available online and games do not start until after the […]

  • Dane County Group Inspired Peninsula Pride Farms

    Concerned about beach closures, lack of water clarity and the smell of decay from overfertilized waters in the Yahara River chain of lakes – Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa – a group called the Clean Lake Alliance decided in 2010 that it was time to take action. The group commissioned an engineering analysis to model […]

  • Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

    Why Do Stars Come in Different Colors?

    by Tom Minahan, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society Have you noticed that stars you see in the night sky vary in their color? For example, Betelgeuse in Orion is red, stars like our sun appear yellow, and some really hot stars are actually blue. The reason is straightforward: the temperature of the surface of the star, […]

  • Server of the Week: Judy Schumacher @ Sturgeon Bay Post Office

    We are paying tribute to a wonderful postal worker named Judy Who for 26 years has been dedicated to her duty. This week she will make her final rounds delivering mail, Into the wonderful world of retirement, Judy will set sail.   She has been a dependable worker for seemingly forever, Bringing you letters, bills […]

  • DNR to Stock Chinook Again at Gills Rock

    A group of dedicated Gills Rock anglers and charter captains will again babysit a large group of six-month-old Chinook salmon for two weeks. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources began stocking Gills Rock with 30,000 Chinook fingerlings in 2014, after complaints from area charter captains that their businesses were being affected by a lack of […]

  • Hatco, Sturgeon Bay Schools and Therma-Tron-X, Inc. Win Wellness Works Awards

    Three Sturgeon Bay companies were honored at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s annual investors meeting with the Wellness Works award, recognizing outstanding achievement in creating a healthy workforce. Hatco, Sturgeon Bay Schools and Therma-Tron-X, Inc. were presented with the awards by Ministry Door County Medical Center President and CEO Jerry Worrick, and Door County […]

  • New Hours Begin May 1 for Advanced Disposal

    Advanced Disposal, formally Door County Waste & Recycling/ Little Hoppers, located at 1509 Division Road in Sturgeon Bay, will no longer be open on Saturday mornings. New hours beginning May 1 are Monday through Friday 7 am to 4 pm, closed Saturday and Sunday. For more information call 920.746.7434.

  • Baylake to Reopen as Nicolet National Bank May 2

    The Baylake Bank Sister Bay Financial Center is preparing to move to a new location at 2477 S. Bay Shore Drive and reopen as Nicolet National Bank on May 2. Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. is completing a full interior renovation of an existing facility at the new location. The merger of Baylake Bank […]

  • Betty Curzon

    Curzon Ends 45-Year Career with Door County Library

    The heaviest shelves in the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library are found in the murder mystery and crime thriller section with authors such as Ian Rankin, John Harvey and Christopher Fowler. It’s no coincidence that this is the genre Betty Curzon, Branch Manager of the library, enjoys reading herself. “I don’t think you can purchase materials […]

  • New Owners at Carroll House Restaurant

    Garey and Jeanne Bies have sold the Carroll House Restaurant to Boldomero and Chenta Jauregi of Egg Harbor. Boldomero has been involved in the restaurant business for 35 years, and was most recently working at Julie’s Cafe in Fish Creek. Garey said, “The Jauregis will do a great job and will continue to run it […]

  • Door County Brewing Co.’s Big Sister Witbier Returns in May

    For its second season, Door County Brewing Company’s Big Sister Witbier returns this May. A popular summer favorite in Wisconsin following its release in 2015, Big Sister extends over state lines. Distribution expands to Minnesota this year to satisfy its growing demand. “Big Sister is one of my favorites to brew every year because I […]

  • Big Prize Available for Door County Coffee’s Recipe Contest

    Door County Coffee will hold its third annual recipe contest, and they’re excited to announce the winning recipe will be a “preferred qualifier” to participate in this year’s 2016 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama. “Our recipe contest winner will receive one year of free coffee sent to their home each month, plus be […]

  • Door Peninsula Winery Wins Gold at Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

    Door Peninsula Winery has won three new medals for their wines, including a gold metal for Blackberry Wine. The 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition awarded Door Peninsula Winery’s Blackberry Wine with a gold medal, and Cranberry Wine and Sunset Splash (a white, tropical blend) each with silver medals. The 16th annual Finger Lakes International […]

  • Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Receives “Excellence in Safety” Award

    The Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA) announced Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding received SCA’s annual “Excellence in Safety” award. SCA, the national association representing the U.S. shipyard industry, honors companies with annual safety awards for enhancement of operations and promotion of safety and accident prevention. Through their proactive approaches and dedication to improved safety and health of […]

  • Framed: Door County Paint & Sip

    A group of painters and sippers takes part in a Door County Paint & Sip session during the Sassy Sisters weekend at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Photo by Jen Aldrich, owner of Door County Paint & Sip.

  • Manners Matter: Worried About Wife’s HGTV Frustration

    Dear Mary Pat,   I’m starting to worry about my wife’s sanity. She watches HGTV continuously after dinner. I don’t worry over her binge watching; I worry over her yelling at the TV and getting so upset over comments people make on either house flipping shows or real estate buying shows. She acts as though […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: April 29, 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?   “Everything happens to me in Trader Joe’s. It must be the hummus.”   “Better go with the skim. I put on […]

  • Trivia: Who Was Prince Named After?

      Question: Who was Prince named after? Answer: Prince Rogers Nelson was named after the stage name of his jazz musician father, John Lewis Nelson, also known as Prince Rogers.

  • John Purves and Cana Island Light Station to Open May 1

    In May the Door County Maritime Museum will open a couple attractions that have been closed for the winter. On May 1, 10 am – 3:30 pm daily, the tug John Purves will be open for the season. Explore the entire 149-foot tug, from her engine room to crew cabins, galley and wheelhouse, and get […]

  • Early May Hikes at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will host a couple hikes in early May. On May 1 at 1 pm, join the naturalist for the May Day Ramble through Ida Bay. Hikers should meet at the Zenith Street entrance. It’s free and open to the public. On May 2 at 7 pm, go on […]

  • The Ridges’ Daily Guided Hikes Resume May 1

    Experience firsthand what Aldo Leopold described as the “sky dance” on a Woodcock Watch with The Ridges Sanctuary, April 30 at 7 pm. Head out into the field to watch woodcocks engage in this remarkable courtship display. Bring binoculars and a blanket or cushion to sit on. Meet at the Ridges Cabins. Daily guided hikes […]

  • See Inner Workings of Local Shipyards during Rotary Shipyard Tour

    The Noon Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 24th annual Rotary Shipyard Tour on May 7, 9 am – 2 pm. The event is a chance to see the inside workings of the city’s local shipyards, including Bay Shipbuilding Co. and CenterPointe Yacht Services. It is the only day of the year these businesses […]

  • Blessing of the Fleet Festival Celebrates Baileys Harbor’s Maritime History

    Baileys Harbor will celebrate their long, rich maritime industry with The Blessing of the Fleet Festival on May 21-22. The festival begins with the Door County Scottie Rally’s Parade of Scots, followed by a traditional Blessing Ceremony over CB radio to all vessels wishing to receive it, regardless of denomination, vessel type, or homeport. After […]

  • Tickets On Sale for Northern Sky’s 2016 Fall Season

    Northern Sky Theater announces ticket sales are open for the 2016 fall season starting May 2. This season includes two musical comedies playing in two venues. Guys & Does will perform at the Door Community Auditorium while And If Elected will arrive for a limited run at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall, both in Fish […]

  • Björklunden Hosts Joint Concert with Balinese Gamelan Ensemble & The Appletones

    Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a joint concert on May 5 at 4:30 pm. Gamelan Cahaya Asri (cha-HIGH-ah AH-sree) is Lawrence’s Balinese gamelan Ensemble. Comprised of gongs, drums and metallophones, the group performs traditional pieces and 20th century works by composers from Bali, Indonesia. Also performing are the Appletones – a coed a capella group […]

  • Door County Students Take Part in Powerful Production of “The Laramie Project”

    Coming May 6, 7 and 8 to Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is The Laramie Project, a StageKids production in cooperation with the Matthew Shepard Foundation. In 1998 the murder of a gay University of Wyoming student by the name of Matthew Shepard caught the attention of the world and sparked a debate that continues to […]

  • Peninsula Players Awarded WAB Grant

    Peninsula Players Theatre is pleased to announce it was awarded a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) through the WAB’s Creation & Presentation program. Funds of the grant will support the Peninsula Players continued development and presentation of outstanding theatrical productions and community programs as the theater prepares for its 81st season in 2016. […]

  • 33 Classes to Choose from in The Clearing’s 2016 Program

    The Clearing Folk School introduces this year’s schedule of diverse one- and two-day summer and fall Workshop Program classes. Classes begin June 14 and run through Nov. 19. Multiple disciplines of classes in the arts, fine crafts, natural sciences and humanities are offered. Write from your life experiences with Wisconsin historical author Jerry Apps or […]

  • Margaret Lockwood Gallery Opens April 29

    A new gallery has just opened in Sturgeon Bay. Margaret Lockwood plans to open the doors to her new gallery on April 29 at 10 am. The grand opening reception will be May 29 at 3 pm. The official gallery hours will be 10 am – 5 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and […]

  • St. Norbert Seeks Artists for Art Market

    St. Norbert College (SNC) is seeking artists to display their artwork in various mediums, including but not limited to painting, jewelry, sculpture, metalwork, glass and photography, in an open-air art market at the college’s eighth annual SNC Day open house celebration on Sept. 17. SNC Day features a wide variety of festivities, including food, live […]

  • Gibraltar Schools Welcome Community to Book Fair

    Gibraltar Secondary School welcomes spring with the second annual Community Wide Book Fair and Secondary Reading Contest. The events promote reading among children, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Community members are invited to visit the book fair April 29 – May 6, 8 am – 5 pm, and April 30, 10 am – 2 […]

  • Deadline for 2016 Hal Prize is May 1

    The deadline for the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Hal Prize is Sunday, May 1. The Hal Prize is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and to photographers throughout the United States. The contest offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 17,000. Cash awards of up to $150, a week […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 29, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. Journey to Munich, by Jacqueline Winspear 3. The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 4. Miller’s Valley, by Anna Quindlen 5. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah   HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande 2. Becoming Wise:  An Inquiry Into the Mystery […]

  • Carpenters Tribute Band Returns to Door County

    Tribute musical groups are one of my guilty pleasures. I admit to attending Simon and Garfunkel, Everly Brothers, and Peter, Paul and Mary tribute concerts, and not too long ago, a Hair revival. (However, I do draw the line at Elvis impersonators!) I find that I have plenty of company among those of a certain […]