Peninsula Pulse April 5-12, 2019

In this issue

  • Resurrecting a Peninsula Big Band

    Jason Palmer, music director of the Peninsula Symphonic Band, is seeking adult and high school musicians to form a big band. In the ’90s, the Peninsula Jazz Band – an off-shoot of the Peninsula Symphonic Band – performed at functions around the peninsula, and Palmer is looking to resurrect the jazz band and make it a key […]

  • Bestseller List: April 5, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman3. The Huntress by Kate Quinn4. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo3. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling […]

  • Anglers, DNR Work to Net Best Lake Michigan Fishing Strategy

    Planning the next three-year stocking strategy for Lake Michigan salmon and trout is underway. DNR staff are wading through data on alewife abundance, average salmon size, catch statistics and other critical fisheries information, and soon they will be seeking public input. The last plan was developed in 2017 after more than two years of input […]

  • Jazz Quintet Helps Popelka Trenchard Glass Celebrate 22 Years 

    It’s not often that jazz and glass blowing are thought of together, but the freestyle elements that both art forms embrace make a marriage between the two more likely than you’d think. To celebrate their 22nd year in Door County, the folks at Popelka Trenchard Glass are inviting the Scandinavian jazz quintet Friends & Neighbors […]

  • Peninsula Poetry

    Our April Peninsula Poetry author is June Nirschl of Baileys Harbor. What strikes her poetic fancy are the ironies and contradictions in life. In looking back over a lifetime (always in Wisconsin), she is amazed by the stories each of us has carved out. Chasing variety accounts in part for her leaving secondary education post-motherhood […]

  • Celebrate Water Door County Now Features Raffle

    Celebrate Water Door County will add a raffle during breakfast on the last day of its Water Summit, June 4-6. The raffle items are a Door County lighthouse poster from the Peninsula Pulse, redeemable codes for Door County Kayak Tours, a $30 Grasse’s Grill gift card, a copy of The Death and Life of the […]

  • Glacier Ledge Opens New Wine and Beer Bar

    Following a winter renovation, the Glacier Ledge Restaurant in Egg Harbor has opened the doors to its newly completed addition: a wine and beer bar. It features a special menu of Chef Lawrence Hutchinson’s specialty offerings, a low-alcohol specialty-cocktail menu, a variety of tap beers, wines by the glass or bottle, comfortable seating at the […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Fire Destroys Jens Jensen Home

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor April 2, 1875 THE FLOOD has at last come. The weather has been very warm during all the present week, Tuesday and Wednesday considerable rain fell, […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers to ‘Unleash’ DNR

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers told a conservation group last week that he will “unleash” state Department of Natural Resources scientists whom he said were largely shackled under former Gov. Scott Walker. Evers asked for the group’s help in persuading largely skeptical GOP lawmakers to embrace his environmental agenda, which includes a call to move […]

  • Commentary: Charity, with a Glass of Wine

    At the Door County Community Foundation, we recently learned some really interesting things about each other. One of our board members wrote a musical. A member of our professional staff used to dress up as Clifford the Big Red Dog at public events for PBS. The husband of a board member wrote the definitive history […]

  • State News: Pollution Milestones, Steven Avery, Shopko Shutters

    Polluted Sites Mark Cleanup Milestones Wisconsin is seeing progress in its efforts to clean up its five most polluted sites on the Great Lakes. An official with the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said the Lower Menominee River that runs along the border of Wisconsin and Michigan is set to become the first site […]

  • Pulse Hosts ‘Buy Local’ Mixer April 10

    Get to know the team behind Door County’s locally owned, independent newspaper at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Buy Local mixer April 10. Tour the Peninsula Pulse office, meet the team and enjoy food from Thyme Cuisine and Catering, Tapuat Kombucha and local beers. Founded in 1996 by college friends David Eliot and Tom […]

  • Pulse of Tourism: CTA Classes, J-1 Visas, Golden Cherry Contest

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) has teamed up with the Pulse to provide a monthly overview of what’s happening in the tourism industry and at the DCVB. Certified Tourism Ambassador Classes This past month we held our first Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) class for students, in partnership with Sturgeon Bay Schools. Twelve students in […]

  • Registration Open for Sturgeon Bay Summer Baseball

    Formerly known as Cal Ripken, what is now known as the Sturgeon Bay Boys Little League Baseball program has joined forces with the Sturgeon Bay Girls Little League Softball program, which has allowed the baseball program to join its website and online registration at   Sturgeon Bay Boys Little League is open to ages […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Hosts Annual Meeting April 22

    Join the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s board of directors and staff at the center’s annual meeting on April 22, 5:30 pm, at Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar. It’s been a long winter, and it’s time to celebrate 25 years of promoting Sturgeon Bay! In honor of the quarter-century anniversary, quarters will be handed out to attendees […]

  • DNR Expert Discusses Forestville Millpond Drawdown

    Nearly 40 people showed up for a meeting at Algoma City Hall on April 1 to hear Oshkosh-based Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lakes biologist Ted Johnson discuss the science behind lake drawdowns. Rep. Joel Kitchens called the meeting to let people downstream of the Forestville Millpond know what to expect with the controversial, two-year […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Conductor Retires

    Victor Yampolsky, longtime music director and conductor of the Peninsula Music Festival (PMF), has announced his retirement and will step down on August 24, following the final concert of his 34th season on the podium. Yampolsky will leave behind a remarkable legacy of dedication and service. With his decades of leadership, the orchestra now boasts […]

  • County Departments Merge to Create Health and Human Services

    By resolution of the Door County County Board, what was formerly two separate county agencies – the Department of Human Services and the Public Health Department – officially became the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on January 1, 2019. In addition to the name change, the Public Health Division within the department has […]

  • Municipal Meetings: April 5 – 12

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: April 9 – Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee, 4 pm. County of Door: April 8 – Highway & Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 1 pm. April 9 – Administrative Committee, 9 am; Human Services Board, 9 am; Board of Adjustment, 6:30 pm. April 10 – Local Emergency Planning […]

  • By the Numbers: Marijuana Tax Revenue

    A January poll by the Marquette University Law School found 59 percent of respondents in support of marijuana legalization and 33 percent in opposition, which is a major change from a poll taken only five years before, when 51 percent opposed and 41 percent were in favor. In last November’s election, voters in 16 Wisconsin […]

  • Sonny's Pizza, Aleah Kidd, Deep Dish pizza

    Bridge Up Brewing Ramping Up for Summer: Plus the Deep-Dish Wonder, Old Chicago, from Sonny’s Pizzeria

    Last week a friend recommended the deep dish-style sausage pizza from Sonny’s Pizzeria, which was described as having a sausage patty the size of the crust baked into it to ensure that there is sausage in every single bite. Ever since that conversation, I’d had a growing craving for this delectable meal, so Saturday night […]

  • Kress Pavilion Celebrates Earth Day April 26-28

    Celebrate Earth Day at the 2019 Every Day Is Earth Day Festival, April 26-28 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. This three-day celebration brings together people, organizations and businesses that respect, preserve and protect our Green Earth-Care culture in Door County. The weekend will feature resource exchanges, open houses, speakers, demonstrations, films, activities for […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: April 5 – 12

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 8 @ Algoma, 5 pm April 11 vs. Southern Door, 5 pm Softball April 6 @ Crivitz, 11 am April 8 @ Algoma, 5 pm April 11 vs. Southern Door, 5 pm Girls Soccer April 9 @ Sevastopol vs. Marinette, 4:30 pm Track & Field April 5 @ Neenah, 4:15 pm April […]

  • Hopsecutioner, Jim Lundstrom, Beer review

    Cheers!: Off with My Head for Doubting All American IPAs

    Anyone who reads this column regularly knows that I don’t have much love for American IPAs. English IPAs, yes. Overhopped American IPAs, no. But I wanted to challenge myself recently when I picked up a six-pack of Hopsecutioner IPA from Terrapin Beer Co. of Athens, Georgia. Brewed with six varieties of hops that register 71 […]

  • Bills to Watch: Nitrates, Room Tax, Lemonade Stands

    SB-137 Grants for nitrate remediation in private wells This bill would provide grants of up to $2,500 to offset costs related to remediating private wells that have been contaminated with nitrates. The grant funds may go toward well testing, installing an appropriate filtration system, replacing the well or replacing the water supply. The bill also […]

  • Management Women Luncheon Features Bridget O’Connor

    Marketing-communications strategist Bridget O’Connor will speak at the April luncheon of Management Women about a new, Green Bay-area resource called the Connective: A Place for Women in Business. “The Connective seeks to provide women with a place to connect, grow and work,” O’Connor said. She will discuss statistics on the status of women in business […]

  • Composting Tips for this Season

    Compost is a hot topic for good reason: What’s better than turning waste into something beneficial? But before you start throwing food scraps into a pile on your property line, consider these points to ensure success and avoid attracting vermin or straining neighborly relationships. • Determine your compost-pile goals. Do you just want a place to […]

  • Climate Change Coalition Hires Nicole Matson

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County has hired Nicole Matson as its administrative support coordinator. She will work with the Steering Committee and manage the daily operations of the organization, taking over for Katie Krouse, who will continue her involvement as a Steering Committee member. “I’m very excited to be joining the Climate Change […]

  • Burns Harbor Returns to Bay Shipbuilding After Fire

    On March 26, the Selvick Marine Towing tug William C. Gaynor (with other tugs assisting) towed the 1,000-foot Burns Harbor backward along Memorial Drive to return it to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding after an electrical fire broke out in the Burns Harbor’s bow shortly after it passed the Bayview Bridge. Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay built […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Flawed Approach to Future of Gills Rock Properties

    The proposal to acquire the three Gills Rock waterfront properties first arose at the Spring Elector’s meeting held on April 17, 2018, where it was immediately put to a vote and passed overwhelmingly. The Town later negotiated for the purchase of these parcels, and the proposed acquisition of all of them at prices below their […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You, Door County!

    I am moving to Vero Beach, FL in April and with me, Lucy A. Roske, LLC, also relocates. This is a private-duty geriatric case management practice with multi-state licensure, bonding, and insurance. Continued connections with Door County caregivers may allow me to be helpful with needed in-home elder services; just call (talk/text: 920.421.0516). However, before […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Regarding Door County Transportation

    I am writing this letter in response to the County Board presentation given on Door 2 Door operations on March 26, 2019. I have lived and worked in Door County seasonally for the last five years which allowed me to save money to pursue a master’s in urban planning with a specialization in transportation. I […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Northern Door Children’s Center Thanks Our Supportive Community

    Northern Door Children’s Center, Sister Bay, is deeply grateful to everyone who made our 2019 Super Bowl-A-Thon fundraising event on March 23rd a big success. First and foremost, we thank Penny and Paula Anschutz and the staff of the Sister Bay Bowl. Without you and your generosity, there would be no Bowl-A-Thon! We deeply appreciate […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Praise of Water-Pollution Credits

    I am writing to compliment reporter Jackson Parr on his very well-written article in the March 29th Peninsula Pulse about a newly proposed state water pollution credit clearinghouse. This is a tough topic to describe in a way that makes it understandable to the reader. I think Mr. Parr did exactly that. The concept is […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Questions for All the Door County Illinois Transplants

    You probably left Illinois because of high taxes, a corrupt State Administration and certainly a corrupt Chicago Administration to come and live in Door County. Your dollar goes a lot farther here than where you were living, the scenery is beautiful, the art scene is inspiring. You evidently love it here, so why did you […]

  • Unity Hospice Receives $10,000 Grant

    Unity Hospice has received a $10,000 New York Life Foundation Grief Reach grant to support its research into understanding the need for youth bereavement programs in the community. “We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s investment in this research,” said Alisa Gerke, executive director of Unity Hospice. “As the area’s leading resource for […]

  • Door County Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity Helps with Home Repairs

    Even though winter weather is not conducive to building a home, Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) construction volunteers are far from idle. On March 13 and 14, two volunteer teams completed home repairs for people who were unable to have them done otherwise. Greg Dietz and Bill Meyer repaired a ceiling that had been […]

  • NWTC Program, Invest, Dream, Achieve, Helps Women of Door County

    As a teenager, Victoria Jacquart left home, dropped out of high school and babysat to make ends meet, but she knew she wanted more: “I know that as long as I put my mind to it, I will achieve anything I dream of,” Jacquart said. She went back to school to earn an HSED, then […]

  • NIA Scholarship at the Northern Door Children’s Center

    The Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) in Sister Bay is experiencing a baby boom. In March, it had 17 infants enrolled – the highest number of infants enrolled at the same time in years. “Our typical infant enrollment over the last 10 years or so has been more in the range of eight to 10,” […]

  • ypAwards Presented on April 24

    NexGen Door County will celebrate the community’s young professionals at the third annual ypAwards on April 24, 6-9 pm, at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. All are invited to recognize the Rising Star and Shining Star nominees and mingle with young professionals and other community leaders. The Rising Star award honors an individual, […]

  • Door-Tran Annual Meeting April 23

    Door-Tran will hold its annual meeting on April 23, 9-11 am, in the Oasis Center of Prince of Peace Church. Refreshments and networking will precede the program, when attendees will learn about accomplishments in 2018 and future goals to meet the transportation needs of Door County residents. Sheriff Tammy Sternard will be a guest speaker. […]

  • Beacon Award Winners Announced

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the recipients of its Beacon Awards. Scenic Shore Inn won in the business category for its addition, which doubled the number of rooms and added a pool, sauna and large deck. Co-owners Bob Davis and Laurie and Kristina Griffin seek to provide a quiet, scenic, small-town stay […]

  • Nicolet in Egg Harbor Holds LEGO Drive

    Nicolet National Bank’s Egg Harbor branch is holding a Lego drive to benefit the Kress Pavilion’s efforts to create a Lego play space. Drop off any new or gently used Lego bricks or toys at the Egg Harbor Nicolet branch Monday through Friday, 9 am – 4 pm, during the month of April. Also look […]

  • UU Fellowship Hosts Community Discussions

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) will host two community discussions in April in its quest to create a more just, welcoming and ethical community. Mental Health Behind Bars, on April 10, 4:30-6:30 pm, will include a YouTube video and TED Talk, and René Domask will discuss the Door County Jail program she […]

  • Coffee Club for Women Held on April 10

    Edward Jones financial advisor Tara Pierre will host a coffee club for women on April 10, 8 am, at GLAS Coffeehouse. At these informal gatherings, Edward Jones financial advisors provide updates on the stock market and the economy. At this one, Pierre will discuss financial-market topics.

  • Girl Scouts Host Cookie Booths in Sister Bay and Egg Harbor

    Did you miss out on getting Girl Scout cookies or already go through what you ordered? It’s not too late! Gibraltar’s Girl Scout Troop 4356 will be hosting cookie booths on April 6, 11 am – 1 pm, at Piggly Wiggly in Sister Bay and at Main Street Market in Egg Harbor. Cookies cost $4 […]

  • Half Marathon Seeks Volunteers

    The 12th annual Door County Half Marathon –  the race that brings 2,500 runners to Door County each year – returns Saturday, May 4, and organizers are seeking volunteers to help prepare an unrivaled experience for runners. Volunteers are needed on race day and during the week leading up to the event to prepare for packet […]

  • Door County Humane Society, DCHS Featured Pet, Featured Pet

    DCHS Featured Pet: Puffer

    Puffer is a handsome, 3-year-old male available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pet a cloud, wonder no more! Puffer’s luxurious fur is beyond soft and so fluffy that you can’t truly understand until you’ve petted him yourself. Fortunately for us, he […]

  • Trivia: What is the world record for eating grilled-cheese sandwiches?

    Question: What is the world record for eating grilled-cheese sandwiches? Answer: 47 sandwiches in 10 minutes. Competitive eater Joey Chestnut set this record in 2006. National Grilled-Cheese Sandwich Day is celebrated on April 12. Stock up on supplies now.

  • AC Tap, Server of the Week, Jenny Smith

    Server of the Week: Jenny Smith

    Slipping into the AC Tap on a Friday night for a perch dinner is quickly improved even more by the friendly smile from Jenny Smith! Not only does this young woman happily greet everyone who slides onto one of the bar stools, but she makes you feel like you are an old friend returning home. […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: April 5, 2019

    OVERHEARD Are there tidbits 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? “When you took my salad out of your fridge, did that smell go away?” About the Pig:“Your aisles are so wide I […]

  • Manners Matter: No Peace in the Pool

    Dear Mary Pat, We have a neighborhood indoor pool and hot tub where we live. My wife and I enjoy walking down to relax in the whirlpool fairly frequently during the quiet season. Our peaceful routine has been disrupted by lots of little ones on spring break. There is a big sign above the whirlpool’s […]

  • Tim Boyle, Lions Club Packer Night

    Framed: Lions Club Packer Night

    The Sister Bay Lions Club held its 39th annual Packer Night for community youth on March 27. New this year were kids’ requests for the special guest – Tim Boyle, #8 quarterback – to autograph their foreheads. Submitted by Lion Tom Sadler.

  • 2019 High School Baseball Preview: County Teams Could All Contend

    Sturgeon Bay: Clippers Lineup Is Stacked Again The Clippers, who finished last season 14-5 overall and 7-1 in the Packerland Conference, return five players who hit better than .313 and a trio of pitchers who combined for eight wins. Senior Ryan Jacobson returns after hitting .431 last season. Junior Jake Schneider (.417), senior Max Bordeau […]

  • DCMC Honors Organ, Tissue, Eye Donors and Families

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) was among the more than 80 Donate Life Wisconsin ( member and partner organizations that participated in a statewide Donate Life flag-raising ceremony and period of silence on April 1 to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and to honor organ, tissue and eye donors and their families. About 60 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Name Fear to Overcome Incivility

    In response to Mr. Krueger’s assertion that civil discourse is impossible in the atmosphere of hate propagated by news networks, All news networks (including those Mr. Krueger leaves unnamed) profit from connections to centers of political power. Political power is founded on offering relief to the fears of the governed. It serves those in power […]

  • Legislative Days Descend on Madison This Week

    Nearly 100 delegates from Door and Kewaunee counties headed to Madison on Wednesday and Thursday this week to talk to lawmakers about the most pressing issues facing northeast Wisconsin. The event is held every two years around state-budget season. This year, delegates will speak about a variety of initiatives, including: • Opposing the repeal of statewide […]

  • Northern Sky Theater’s Summer-Season Lineup

    Northern Sky’s summer season comprises three musical comedies playing in rotating repertory from June 12 through August 24 at the outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. Returning company members include Corrie Beula Kovacs, Alex Campea, Doug Clemons, Lachrisa Grandberry, Fred “Doc” Heide, Jeff Herbst, Doug Mancheski, Molly Rhode, Isaiah Spetz, Chase Stoeger and Bill Theisen. […]

  • Door County Community Musical Returns: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) announces the rebirth of the Door County community musical: Little Shop of Horrors, July 19-21. Open auditions – for adult performers, including high school students graduating in 2019 – will be held on May 19, 2-7 pm; or May 20, 6-9 pm, at the SDCA. Individuals do not need to […]

  • Door County Folk Alliance’s Barn Dance: April 13

    The Door County Folk Alliance’s April barn dance is arriving a week early this month: on April 13, 7-9 pm, at the Institute Saloon. No partner or experience is needed because there are usually others looking for dance partners, and a caller walks everyone through each dance step. Children are welcome, but they should be […]

  • Pulse Hosts Buy Local Mixer April 10

    Get to know the team behind Door County’s locally owned, independent newspaper at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s Buy Local mixer April 10. Tour the Peninsula Pulse office, meet the team, and enjoy food from Thyme Cuisine and Catering, Tapuat Kombucha, and local beers. Founded in 1996 by college friends David Eliot and Tom […]

  • Third Annual Barney Fun Run and Walk

    Steve Willems — also known as Barney or the Running Man — is a living legend in Door County, and the third annual Barney Fun Run & Walk on April 27 will honor him and his daily route of 3.89 miles. You may also do a 1.84-mile walk. Willems, a bright and enthusiastic graduate of Gibraltar […]

  • Sister Bay Easter Egg Hunt

    It’s time for the 12th annual Sister Bay Easter Egg Hunt! On April 20, 10:30 am, look for colorful, candy-filled eggs at Waterfront Park; try to find a golden-ticket egg to win a special prize basket; have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny; then hop over to the library to create a colorful spring […]

  • Celebrate Spring at Crossroads at Big Creek

    Join the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) on April 6, 7 pm, at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center to look for star clusters, the Orion Nebula and galaxies in the constellation of Leo. If it’s cloudy, DPAS members will present an indoor program. On April 8, 6:30 pm, join the Friends of Crossroads as they plan […]

  • Algoma Bird City Celebration April 6

    The annual Algoma Bird City Celebration will offer plenty for bird lovers to like. Stop by the Algoma Youth Club, 620 Lake St., on April 6, 9 am – 2 pm, to participate in activities for kids and adults, including seminars, vendor booths, informational displays, a children’s area, authors, a photo contest, food and more. Enjoy […]

  • Summer Music Preview Deadline: May 10

    The Peninsula Pulse will give you a rundown of this summer’s live-music gigs through our annual Summer Music Preview in June. There will be a calendar of live-music events, a list of music venues and highlights of the season’s biggest gigs. Businesses, organizations and musicians, let us know about your upcoming music events! Send your […]

  • Small Forest to Perform at Every Day Is Earth Day Festival

    Small Forest will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with a free, environmentally inspired concert on April 27, 7 pm, as part of the three-day Every Day Is Earth Day Festival at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Small Forest’s roots run deep with love for nature and respect for environmental issues, which inspire the […]

  • ‘The Arch Pirate’: Hastings’ New Romance Novel

    Door County author Katherine Hastings released her latest romance novel, The Arch Pirate, on March 27. Basing it on the real-life pirate Captain Henry Avery, she crafted a tale around the events that led to Avery pulling off the most profitable treasure heist in history. “There is so much mystery and intrigue in his actual […]

  • New Book about ‘Nature’s Army’ in Wisconsin

    In his latest book, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin: Nature’s Army at Work, prolific author Jerry Apps details the history of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program in Wisconsin. In the wake of the Great Depression, young men were left hungry and jobless until the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established in 1933. Wisconsin’s […]

  • National Poetry Month Events

    Attend free, festive cultural events – and make time to rhyme at home with young children – to celebrate National Poetry Month. Susan Auberle, the 2017-19 Door County poet laureate, will join with newly named Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal to participate in the Home-Grown Poetry series, created by Door County Library and Write On, Door […]

  • Wisconsin Poet Laureate to Read at Dickinson Series

    The opening of the 2019-20 Emily Dickinson Poetry Series – to be held April 10, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim – will feature Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga. She will read from her latest book, Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems, and talk about her inspiration and poetic process. Rozga has published four books of […]

  • Southern Door Students at Great World Texts Student Conference

    At select high schools across the state, students have been studying renowned writer Jamaica Kincaid’s nonfiction narrative A Small Place, about life in Antigua – the Caribbean island where Kincaid spent her childhood. On April 8, these students – including some from Southern Door High School – will discuss A Small Place at the 15th annual Great […]

  • Read for Fines at Algoma Public Library

    To help get children’s and teens’ library cards back in good standing (and inspire more reading), the Algoma Public Library is hosting Read for Fines, a program in which a child or teen spends time reading at the library. Library staff will tally the time each person reads and waive up to $15 in overdue […]

  • Growing Kewaunee Readers Program

    The Kewaunee Public Library ( is introducing a new reading initiative during National Library Week, April 7-13. Growing Kewaunee Readers – made possible through a grant from the Green Bay Packer Foundation and Vollrath – features leveled reading challenges from birth to graduation to promote reading. Starting at birth, parents will read 100 books to their child […]

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Features Pastels by Carol Schalla

    Carol Schalla’s favorite medium has always been pastel because of its intense color and immediacy. Her paintings range from representational landscapes to soulful animals, and she creates each on archival sanded pastel paper, which grabs the small particles of pure pigment that make pastels so luminous. You can see Schalla’s works on display April through […]

  • Southern Door’s Fine Arts Festival Celebrates Students’ Talents

    The Southern Door Elementary and Middle School Fine Arts Festival celebrates the art of students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Students’ art will be displayed exhibition-style in the school’s main hallways, and on April 11, 5-8 pm, families and friends may view the students’ pieces and learn about their artistic visions.   One special festival […]

  • Obituary: Edward A. Roder

    Nov. 9, 1937 – April 1, 2019  Edward A. Roder, 81, of Sturgeon Bay at his home. He is survived by his children, Barbara (Richard) Smith, Appleton, Will (Carol Anne) Roder, Sturgeon Bay; granddaughters, Kimberly (Nickolas Verrier) Smith, Appleton, Kayla Smith, Waukesha; great-granddaughter, Cecilia Verrier; and siblings, Ben (Barbara) Roder, Grace (Charles) Fuller, Daniel (Linda) Roder. Ed […]

  • Door County Town and Village Election Results

    Baileys Harbor Town Chair Don Sitte (incumbent):  129, 27.10 percent*Doug Smith:  346, 72.69 percent Baileys Harbor Town Supervisor Peter Jacobs:  323, 45.88 percentRoberta Thelen:  380, 53.98 percent Baileys Harbor Town Constable Mark Merrill:  428, 100 percent Brussels Town Chair Joe Autier:  254, 99.61 percent Brussels Town Supervisor 1 *Mark Marchant (incumbent):  168, 60.22 percentGalen DeJardin: […]

  • Door County School Board Election Results

    Gibraltar School Board (vote for 2) *Mike Peot (incumbent): 1,019, 23.60 percentBrett Reetz:  960, 22.24 percentCarole Vande Walle: 815, 18.88 percent*Don Helm:  1,515, 35.09 percent Sevastopol School Board (vote for 2) David Kacmanynsky:  928, 45.88 percentCindy Zellner-Ehlers: 1,089, 53.80 percent Southern Door School Board (vote for 2) *Matthew Tassoul:  1,279, 35.26 percent*Penny Price:  1,279, 35.26 […]

  • Marijuana Advisory Referendums All Pass

    Village of Egg Harbor Medical Marijuana Referendum *Yes:  77, 55 percentNo:  63, 45 percent Village of Egg Harbor Recreational Marijuana Referendum *Yes:  77, 55 percentNo:  62, 45 percent City of Sturgeon Bay Medical Marijuana Referendum *Yes:  2,490, 77.47 percentNo:  724, 22.53 percent City of Sturgeon Bay Recreational Marijuana Referendum *Yes:  1,622, 50.58 percentNo:  1,585, 49.42 […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Mayor, Common Council Election Results

    City of Sturgeon Bay Mayor *Dave Ward:  2,130, 66.05 percentShawn Fairchild:  1,089, 33.77 percent City of Sturgeon Bay Alder Ward 1 *Helen Bacon: 190, 62.3 percentDawn Goodban, 115, 37.7 percent City of Sturgeon Bay Alder Ward 3 *Dan Williams:  300, 55.45 percentSean Linnan, 241, 44.55 percent City of Sturgeon Bay Alder Ward 5 Sarah Evenson: […]

  • Northern Door Children’s Center Celebrates National Week of the Young Child

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) is joining other Early Childhood Education organizations across the country during National Week of the Young Child April 8-11, celebrating with a variety of playful learning activities and a special theme for each day of the week. The themes are: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Wednesday, Artsy Thursday, and […]

  • County Public Health, Human Services Merger Complete

    The merger of the Door County Department of Human Services with the Department of Public Health is now complete. The Door County Board of Supervisors resolved to merge the two departments into the Department of Health and Human Services last year. Over the past four months, Department management and staff have been working to make […]

  • Obituary: Michael Peter Mraz

    June 30, 1946 – March 19, 2019 Michael Peter Mraz, 72, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Two Rivers, son of the late Leonard and Fayann (Kreasa) Mraz. After graduating from Washington High School, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in Bangor, Maine. Michael worked as a fork-lift […]

  • Obituary: Robert “Smilen Bob” Alan MacDonald

    Sept. 29, 1928 – March 29, 2019 Robert A. MacDonald, known affectionately as “Smilen Bob,” 90, of Fish Creek died peacefully while residing at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Bob was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late Ranald and Ruby (Zettel) MacDonald. After finishing high school at Green Bay West, Bob served […]

  • Obituary: Ginette Geneviève Sorensen

    Aug. 2, 1927 – March 29, 2019 Ginette Geneviève Sorensen, 91, of Sister Bay died peacefully at Hearthside Assisted Living. She was born in France, daughter of the late Marceau and Marie Louise (Boussaert) Cerèzo. Ginette met her future husband during the Allied Liberation of Europe in 1944. She immigrated from France to Chicago, where […]

  • Obituary: Bruce S. Blietz

    March 14, 1927 – March 25, 2019 Bruce S. Blietz, 92 — a father, war veteran, home builder, private pilot and sailor formerly of Fish Creek — died at the Scandia Village Care Center in Sister Bay following a long illness. He was a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a member of […]

  • Obituary: Ronald “RJ” LeSech

    Jan. 27, 1973 – March 25, 2019  Ronald “RJ” LeSech, 46, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died at Summerlin Medical Center with family present, after a short but devastating illness diagnosed only the month before. RJ was born in LaGrange, Illinois, (favorite) son of Ronald and Sue (Graf) LeSech. He graduated from Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Jeffrey Blaine Delsart

    March 13, 1960 – March 28, 2019  Jeffrey Blaine Delsart, 59, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Raymond and Ellen Alice (Rex) Delsart. Jeff graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1978 and continued his studies at Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College, where he took diesel classes with his […]