Peninsula Pulse – August 18-25, 2017

In this issue

  • Manners Matter: Too Many Summer Guests

    Dear Mary Pat, Help! I’m overwhelmed with summer visitors and I’m starting to feel like a short order cook as well as a maid. This wouldn’t be so bad if I wasn’t working 30 hours a week on top of it all. I thought your golden years were supposed to be relaxing? Between grandchildren and […]

  • Science Snippet: The Sound of Violins

    Many violinists traditionally believe the 18th century violins made in Italy by the Guarneri and Stradivari families produce sound that cannot be reproduced by modern violins. Violin collectors and are willing to pay incredible prices to own or play these instruments. For example, it is said that in 1912 one Guarneri was sold for $16 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Will History Say About America?

    After a disturbing week of rhetoric about the possibility of nuclear attacks, I remain amazed at our president’s willingness to gamble on being above the laws that the rest of us have to observe. I have in mind Murphy’s Law that “if anything can go wrong, it will,” and the “Law of Unintended Consequences” that […]

  • Kubie Luchterhand: The Man Behind Ellison Bay’s Books

    The world now knows what residents of Ellison Bay have known for years: Kubet “Kubie” Luchterhand is a bookseller and publisher of great distinction. His bookshop, Wm. Caxton Ltd., has recently been designated as one of the 50 best independent bookstores in the country (26th place). Any book-loving visitor to Door County should make the […]

  • Altrusa Receives Grant From Walmart Foundation

    Altrusa International of Door County was recently honored with a substantial grant of $2,500 from the Walmart Foundation. The grant was used to provide supplies for additional children attending the Aug. 5 Back-to-School Fair. The 2017 Fair, now in its 19th year, was the biggest yet and served nearly 610 Door County children from Southern […]

  • Both Lambeau, Lombardi Have Washington Connections

    The Green Bay Packers opened up their pre-season with a 24-9 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. The Packers now prepare to head to the nation’s capital to visit Washington. Green Bay and Washington are two of the oldest NFL franchises. Their first meeting took place in November 1932, when the Washington franchise […]

  • Gardner Gab: Introducing New Column From Town of Gardner

    By Michele Ploor Hello Town of Gardner residents and welcome to your column. This column has been created for you. It’s about you, about what you need to know, want to know, and possibly some things you could have lived without ever knowing. It’s my goal to give you, the residents, a little touch of […]

  • Birch Creek Bids Well Wishes to Trumpeter Called to Serve

    by Carla Byrnes, secretary, Birch Creek Board of Trustees At age 11, Ally Hany was handed her ticket to the Air Force. Music ran through her veins as the granddaughter and niece to trombone players, and the daughter of a saxophonist. It was no surprise when she chose to pursue an instrument in her school […]

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    All Are Welcome to Brussels Belgian Kermiss

    Booyah, trippe, jutt – these words may not sound familiar to many, but they evoke images of traditional, hearty Belgian food to those in southern Door County, where Belgian history and culture is celebrated. All are welcome to an upcoming annual celebration of this Belgian heritage. The Belgian Heritage Center in Namur is hosting its […]

  • Synergy Brings on New Talent

    Phillip Lopez and Chance Junio are joining the team at Synergy. Lopez comes from the Sacramento area and started this spring. He’s loving northeast Wisconsin and looking forward to the Packers’ season starting. With nine years in the industry, he’s bringing his dedication to customer service and his expansive knowledge to his job as installation […]

  • Humane Society Receives Donation from Music Performance

    Aila and Anders Brodd from the Twin Cities made a $52 donation to the Door County Humane Society on Aug. 14. The two cousins, along with Anders’ brother, Henry, raised the funds by putting on a music performance and art show – all of their own creation – for family and neighbors at their grandparents’ […]

  • By the Numbers: Solar Eclipse

    The rare solar eclipse on Aug. 21 is generating interest and enthusiasm across the country and world, with cities along the eclipse’s path expected to attract thousands of visitors. Here’s a look at the eclipse by the numbers: 4 The number of continents where at least a partial eclipse will be visible. 7.5 Length in […]

  • Viewing the Solar Eclipse in Door County

    by Gary Henkelmann and John J. Beck You’ve probably heard about the upcoming solar eclipse by now. Even the post office is selling stamps with special thermal ink that turns the black disk of the sun into the full moon just by touching it. There is a lot of excitement out there. So what’s the […]

  • DPAS Offers Telescope Program Sept 5

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) meets Sept. 5 at 7 pm at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah Street in Sturgeon Bay. The program is “A Lite Look at Gravity” and the astronomy basics topic is “Telescope Mounts.” Visitors are always welcome and refreshments will be served.

  • Protecting Our Pollinators

    We all love honeybees. These very special insects make honey and wax. They also pollinate flowers that enable plants to make seeds, and in the process, produce many of the fruits, nuts and vegetables we use for food. And we can plant their seeds to grow new plants. This information, which we all learned in […]

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    Idea Gallery Opens Third Exhibit of Season

    Exhibit #3 at Idea Gallery features four artists from across the country and runs from Aug. 17 through Sept. 13 with an opening reception Aug. 19, 4 – 7 pm. Artists in the exhibit are Ryan Archibald, Brian Pirman, Wendi Michelle Turchan and Briggite McReynolds. Meet the artists, and their works, at the opening reception. […]

  • Annual Bazyli Studio Trunk Show at Linden Gallery

    It’s time for the 11th annual Bazyli Studio Trunk Show at Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, Aug. 19 & 20. Skye and Peter Ciesla have been collaborating on their unique style of bead-embroidered jewelry since 2002. They have shown work inspired by Southwest China in collaboration with Brian and Jeanee Linden since 2006. From antique […]

  • Humane Society Featured Pet: Patty

    This week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Patty, a one-year-old domestic longhair cat with some black and orange tortoiseshell markings. She came to DCHS as a stray and is a very sweet and friendly girl who loves to rub against your ankles and say hello. Patty also enjoys having behind […]

  • Pen Players Presents “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” Aug 16 – Sept 3

    Lord Arthur, a pillar of Victorian society, is about to marry the lovely Sybil Merton, his childhood sweetheart, and is deliriously happy at the start of Peninsula Players Theatre’s forthcoming comedy, Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, by Constance Cox, based on a story by Oscar Wilde. Laughter will fill the theater-in-a-garden Aug. 16 – Sept. 3 […]

  • Limited Mosaic Canvases Left for Public Purchase

    The Hardy Gallery’s annual Community Mosaic Project is on display until Aug. 27 and consists of more than 270 individual 6×6-inch canvases made by members of the community. Celebrating its 10th year, the Community Mosaic Project continues to have strong support and celebration of this unique community project. The project is part of an initiative […]

  • The Xiao Family: Linden’s Ambassadors of Chinese Ink

    Linden Gallery of Ellison Bay has had an old friend rejoin their offerings this month. Xiao Shunzhi, Professor of Fine Art in Guilin, Guangxi province, China, has sent representatives of his ink on paper work to Linden Gallery for almost 20 years. This year he’s back. This time, though, he brought some pieces from his […]

  • Commentary: Can Washington Avert a National Crisis?

    By Todd Berry In mid-July, trustees overseeing Social Security and Medicare warned that the funds “will experience cost growth substantially in excess of GDP [gross domestic product] growth through the mid-2030s.” Part of the reason is the jump in baby-boomer retirements coupled with fewer young people entering the workforce. Spending increases in the two largest […]

  • Vanderkleed Demos Painting Process Aug. 19

    Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery is excited to invite back painter Sara Vanderkleed for an afternoon demo Aug. 19, 1 – 2:30 pm. Stop in to meet this talented artist, see her latest work and peek into the mind of the artist as she paints and walks through her creative process. Vanderkleed will spend the […]

  • Meet Two-time Hal Prize Winner

    Write On, Door County will host an open house Aug. 18, 8 – 10 am, with Hal Prize winner Scott Winkler. Winkler won the 2016 and 2017 Hal Prize for fiction. Guests are invited to have a free cup of coffee and a roll, hike the 39-acre woods and visiting Norbert Blei’s writing coop. Write […]

  • Hickeys Launch New Commercial Fishing Vessel

    The Gunnar J is the new 46-foot aluminum trap net boat powered by a Cummins QSC 660 engine, built by Hickey Bros. Research. The construction was supervised by Todd Stuth at Hickey Bros. Research, with help from Dennis and Jeff Hickey, Steve Warwick and John Tong. The hull was built by a highly experienced crew […]

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    New Album Honors the Late Fred Alley’s Songwriting Side

    When most people in Door County hear the name Fred Alley, it evokes memories of nights spent in the amphitheater of Peninsula State Park hearing musical tales of ice fishermen, northwoods lumberjacks and a young woman just released from prison. While Alley, the late co-founder of American Folklore Theatre (now Northern Sky Theater), is best […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Hosts Anniversary Party

    Ellison Bay Pottery Studios will celebrate its third annual Anniversary Party Aug. 20, 4 – 7 pm. Ellison Bay Pottery was started by John T. Dietrich 43 years ago. Dietrich was ready to start his own pottery studio after his six years as Abe Cohn’s, resident potter of Fish Creek’s Potters Wheel, assistant and soon […]

  • Pollinators Presentation at Crossroads Aug 24

    While Crossroads at Big Creek is more than happy to offer programs on a variety of historical and environmental topics, this year they are learning about and trying to enhance the wildlife habitats in various ecosystems on the three preserves. The fascination started when Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula, in collaboration with The Beekeepers […]

  • Edward Jones Supports Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    Edward Jones branch associates are honored to support the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Sturgeon Bay as Edward Jones-Team Door County. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s Association care, support and research programs. The financial service firm is the national presenting sponsor of […]

  • Animal Shelter Named for Supporter Barbara G. Gilman

    At the Aug. 12 ceremony dedicating the Door County Humane Society shelter building as the Barbara G. Gilman Animal Adoption Center, Gilman said this would be one of the most memorable moments of her life, and then added to much laughter, “Truly the fact that it’s not being awarded posthumously makes it even better.” And […]

  • Artists, Carpenters Will Create with Eagle Tower Materials

    Artists, builders and carpenters will recreate sculptures, cabinets, benches and more using reclaimed Eagle Tower materials before auctioning off the finished pieces as a fundraiser for the reconstruction of the iconic tower. People sifted through the rusted metal and weathered wood for parts in the garages of Peninsula State Park, choosing the pieces they will […]

  • Overheard and Shoutouts: August 18, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “I’ll tell you what, pigs really do smell.” “He just likes 4–H a lot. And he likes beef.” “Wasp murdering is the […]

  • Door County Sheriff’s Department Welcomes New K-9 Dog

    The Door County Sheriff’s Dept. welcomed its newest member Aug. 9 when Deputy Matt Tassoul received his new K-9 partner “Gent.” Gent is a two-year-old German shepherd and was shipped to the United States from Germany. Dep. Tassoul and Gent will soon travel to Leerburg Enterprises in Menomonie to work on tracking skills. In mid-September, […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball Rankings and Schedule: Aug. 18 – 25

    Standings As of Aug. 9 Husby’s, 37-5 PC Junction, 36-3 Blue Horse, 29-10 Roots, 24-15 Camp David, 16-23 Main Street Market, 15-24 Nicolet Beach, 12-24 Wilson’s, 6-36 TypeSetters, 2-37   Results Aug. 9 PC Junction 3, Blue Horse 0 Wilson’s 1, Camp David 2 Husby’s 3, Nicolet Beach 0 Camp David 2, Main Street Market […]

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    Bobby Kennedy Puppet Play Presented at Lockwood Gallery Aug 18, 19

    “Bobby is dead. Long live Bobby.” will be performed Aug. 18 & 19 at 7 pm at the Inside/Out performance space at Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay. The puppet play “Bobby is dead. Long live Bobby.” is an imagining of what Robert F. Kennedy might have to say today to those who would listen. […]

  • NWTC Offers Drone Certificate

    As the use of drones increases across the country, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is excited to launch the Drone certificate. “From companies, media outlets, law enforcement to your neighbor down the street, it seems like everyone has a drone these days,” said NWTC College of Business Instructor Brandon Mueller. “We want to help educate […]

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    Framed: Kayaking on Eagle Harbor

    Andersson Wessel, 4, after a hard paddle across Eagle Harbor. Photo by Curt Wessel.

  • Funkhouser Joins DCEDC as Economic Development Manager

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) announced Paige Funkhouser has been hired as Economic Development Manager (EDM) after a search that started in June and covered Wisconsin, multiple states and a Canadian province. Funkhouser begins working full time in the EDM position with DCEDC Sept. 25. Funkhouser has called Door County home since 2003, […]

  • Enroll in Conservation CREP Program

    Southern Door Landowners whose CREP contracts are expiring this year have until Aug. 31 to re-enroll in the program, an option that might look more and more attractive in light of this summer’s floods in Wisconsin. Enrolling for the first time is also an option that non-participating landowners should consider if they have fields or […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Voice for All Citizens of Wisconsin

    At a time when politicians can’t seem to get their heads around a solution to our nation’s health care woes, Senator Baldwin has been steadfast in her resolve to lower the costs of health care and prescriptions as well as gaining better access to health care for all Americans. She recognizes that tax credits or […]

  • Municipalities, Roads Feeling Effects of Budget Squeeze

    Sturgeon Bay’s streets have deteriorated so badly that the city has convened a special committee to investigate funding solutions to improve them, but streets will get worse before they get better. City Engineer Chad Shefchick told the Ad Hoc Committee on Funding for Local Street & Infrastructure July 11 that present funding levels require the […]

  • Turtle Ridge Introduces Canvas Bags with Original Paintings

    The digital revolution has made it possible to print on many fabrics. Original paintings by Mary Ellen Sisulak, of Turtle Ridge Gallery/Boutique, have been faithfully and permanently produced on affordable canvas bags. Her favorite motifs are luna moths, turtles, birds and wildflowers. These bags are great for summer, gifts and mementos of Door County as […]

  • Book Signing with “Baking Bloopers” Author

    Gills Rock’s newest author Charlene Berg, curator of the former Gallery Ten, will have a book signing at Simply Scandinavian Aug. 22, 12:30 – 2 pm. Berg’s first book, My Baking Bloopers & Other Amusing Anecdotes, is a hilarious look at growing up in a small Illinois town with a cast of characters. Cookies from […]

  • Register for Migratory Bird Program at the Ridges

    People have until Aug. 25 to sign up for an upcoming workshop on how to better attract migratory birds to their property. The next Grosbeaks Galore: Birds on Your Landscape workshop will be held Sept. 9 in Baileys Harbor. Early-bird registration closes Aug. 25 for this opportunity for landowners to learn how to manage their […]

  • Baileys Harbor Considers Workforce Housing Plan, Phragmites Ordinance

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board will seek more information on a workforce housing proposal and an ordinance requiring management of invasive phragmites after making no decisions on the topics at its Aug. 14 meeting. Krista Lutzke, conservationist with the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD), was joined by Jacksonport Town Chair Randy Halstead […]

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin Visits Baileys Harbor Aug. 21

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin will greet constituents at Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Aug. 21, from 6 pm to 7 pm. Music will be provided by Katie Dahl and Cathy Grier from 5-5:45 pm; poems by Mike Orlock will be read by the poet from 5:50-6 pm. State Senator Dave Hansen will introduce Senator Baldwin. Attendees […]

  • Valmy Thresheree Puts Antique Massey-Harris Tractors in Spotlight

    Fields in harvest season have become home to some pretty big, fancy machines in the past 20 years. Not even 60 years ago, though, farm equipment was being developed that made just as big of an impact on how farmers went about their work. The 35th annual Valmy Thresheree this weekend brings these old dinos […]

  • Repayment Needs to Come Before Relocation for Baileys Harbor Mural

    When news spread that Nelson’s Shopping Center in Baileys Harbor would close its doors at the end of 2016, one question stood out among the many:  what would become of the two-story mural adorning the building’s north side? The mural, dreamed up by local poet Nancy Rafal and created by muralist Ram Rojas in 2013, […]

  • Door to Nature: Native Amphibians

    How little we know about reptiles and amphibians. Take, for example, a favorite entry in my journal dating back to the third week of August in 1970. A group of hikers and I were walking along the western portion of Deerlick Trail at The Ridges Sanctuary when suddenly a very strange, high-pitched squeal began no […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Making Back-to-School Fair Successful

    Altrusa International of Door County extends a huge thank-you to many individuals and supporters of this year’s Back-to-School Fair, held on Aug. 5. Sincere thanks go to the volunteers from the community, many personal and business financial donors, Dunham’s Sports, Friends of the Library, Scaturo’s Baking Company, Trattoria Dal Santo, Door County Silent Sports, Midwest […]

  • Reps in the News: Lasee Buys Stock in Marijuana-Based Products

    Senator Frank Lasee According to public disclosures, Sen. Lasee of De Pere in 2016 bought $5,000 to $50,000 in the stock of Ontario-based Canopy Growth Corp. The company sells marijuana-based products in dried, oil and capsule forms, and touts operating more than half a million square feet of production facilities. Canopy Growth says rapper Snoop […]

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    6th Annual Death’s Door BBQ Contest Cooks Up On Aug 26

    Professional barbecue teams from around the country have entered the 6th Annual Death’s Door BBQ (DDBBQ) contest scheduled for Aug. 26. The event, held at the Washington Island Airport, is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. More than $8,000 in prize money and awards will be distributed among the DDBBQ winners. For the first time, […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Aug. 18 -25

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Weekly Expositor Independent, August 20, 1880 Sturgeon Bay, though not an exceedingly large place as yet, can boast of having three harness shops in her midst, […]

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    Former Great Lakes Czar on Future of Restoration Funding

    A year after his reign as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Great Lakes czar” under President Barack Obama concluded, Cameron Davis is making the rounds to rally support for the Great Lakes basin. Davis touched on a variety of topics during a discussion at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Aug. 11, including invasive species, […]

  • Humane Society Saddled With Abandoned Washington Island Cats

    Door County Humane Society (DCHS) staff made several trips to Washington Island this week to trap and collect cats from a condemned home. The home’s owner explained in a letter to the island newspaper that she was looking for help with all the abandoned island cats she had rescued. “I didn’t think it was going […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Tough Talk for Little Experience

    It is interesting that since the turn of the century some of our leaders who have beat the war drums the loudest have managed to keep themselves out of the fray. Vice President Dick Cheney who was the big push behind America going to war in Iraq over supposed weapons of mass destruction received five […]

  • The Bestseller List: Aug. 18, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 2. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 5. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls 2. […]

  • State News: Foxconn, CAFOs, Back Forty Mine

    Committee Approves Foxconn Incentives Bill A state Assembly committee has approved Wisconsin’s $3 billion tax incentive package for tech manufacturer Foxconn. The committee voted 8 to 5, with all Republicans voting for it and all Democrats voting against. The incentives package now moves to the full Assembly. Republicans on the jobs committee lauded the deal, […]

  • Homeowners Bill of Rights Would Outlaw NIMBY

    The preliminary draft of a bill dubbed the Homeowner’s Bill of Rights would make changes to the conditional use permit (CUP), taking away a neighborhood voice in new development. Rep. Joel Kitchens said the bill, authored by Rep. Adam Jarchow, is still in its early stages, but said the changes to conditional use permits would […]

  • Final Showings of Rogue’s “A Coupla White Chicks” Aug 18 – 20

    August brings heat and laughter to the Rogue Theater stage with A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, by John Ford Noonan. This was Rogue Theater’s debut show in November of 2013. That show starred Lola DeVillers, Rogue Theater co-artistic director, and Katie Lott. The show takes place in suburban Westchester County, New York, in […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Aug. 18 – 25

    DOOR COUNTY County of Door:  The Law Enforcement Committee meets at 10:30 am Aug. 21. The Risk Management & Insurance Committee meets at 3 pm Aug. 21. The county board meets at 9 am Aug. 22. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm Aug. 22. Town of Egg Harbor:  The town board meets at […]

  • Trivia: What Was the Forerunner to the Modern Bicycle?

    Question: What was the forerunner to the modern bicycle? Answer: The “Dandy horse,” (also called Draisienne or Laufmaschine), a two-wheeled vehicle propelled by the rider pushing along the ground with his feet. It was invented by German Baron Karl von Drais.

  • Waseda Farms Goes Solar

    In keeping with its goal of sustainability, Waseda Farms installed 190-feet of solar panels at its farm on Logerquist Road in Jacksonport. Jeff Lutsey, chief engineer and farm administrator, said it was a natural extension of their work with the added benefit of some cost savings in the long term. “If you’re committed to the […]

  • Commentary: Farmers Play by the Rules, the DNR Should Too

    by Mike North, president of the Dairy Business Association The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) articulates its vision this way: “We excel at protecting and managing natural resources while supporting the economy and the well-being of our citizenry.” What’s missing is “while working within the law.” On July 31 – with frustrations, uncertainty and […]

  • Summer Camp Antiques Opens in Sister Bay

    Door County has always held a special place in the hearts of Darla Yanny and her son Ryan Ross. Yanny and Ross own Waterford Unique Antique Market in Waterford, Wis. When they saw an opportunity to open a second location, Sister Bay was their choice. Named Summer Camp Antiques, the new shop is located in […]

  • Obituary: Harry Clark Maher

    Harry Clark Maher, 88, died at the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He grew up in Winnetka, Ill. and graduated from New Trier High School in 1947. He went to the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business. Harry served for […]

  • Obituary: Mary Ann Bruechert

    , 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay with family at her side. She was born in McIntyre, Georgia, the daughter of the late Fred and Francis (Fleming) Brewer. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Otto E. Bruechert in Macon, GA on May 14, 1948. They returned Otto’s […]

  • Obituary: Joyce L. Arzich

    Joyce L. Arzich, 70, of Egg Harbor, died at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay following a sudden illness. She was born in Oak Park, Ill., the daughter of the late Bud and Onda (Short) Wallen. She received her Masters in Nursing from the University of St. Francis and had a 33-year nursing career. Thirteen of […]

  • Obituary: Hazel R. Ellison

    Hazel R. Ellison, 97, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Cardinal Ridge CBRF. She was born to Edward and Frances (O’Dean) Ellison in the Township of Forestville and was baptized and confirmed at the Forest Lutheran Church in Carnot. Hazel was employed for 34 years as bookkeeper for the Door County Cooperative until her retirement. Funeral […]

  • Obituary: Joshua J. DuBois

    Joshua J. DuBois, 41, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly at home. He was the son of James and Sandra DuBois. He attended Southern Door High School where he enjoyed being part of the wrestling team. He worked at restaurants throughout Door County and was a highly skilled waiter and bartender. He also worked on various […]

  • Obituary: Col. (Ret.) Thomas “Tim” Lawrie

    Col. (Ret.) Thomas “Tim” Lawrie, 73, of Baileys Harbor, died at his home after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born in Berlin, Wis., the son of the late John and Vera (Moeller) Lawrie. Tim graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1961 and received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee […]

  • Obituary: Madeline M. Bayer

    Madeline M. Bayer, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Algoma Long Term Care, where she had been residing the past several weeks. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no public services. To honor Madeline’s spirit, allow yourself to notice the beauty that is all around you, consider creating art whether by painting or […]

  • Obituary: Doris Mae Houtsinger

    Doris Mae Houtsinger, 92, of Carlsville, died Aug. 12. Burial will be in Bayside Cemetery, near her husband, Jacob. Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is caring for Doris and her family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with Doris’ family through her tribute page at

  • Obituary: Vivian Louise Jacobe

    Vivian Louise Jacobe, 90, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, died at home. She made it to her 90th birthday, just as she hoped to. Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11 am on Aug. 22, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay with Fr. Anthony Birdsall […]

  • Door County Medical Center Births: Aug. 11 – 18

    Door County Medical Center Births Michael and Amy Sullivan, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born June 30, 2017. Paternal grandparents are Steven and Char Sullivan, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Fred and Rosemary Hansen, Algoma.   Victoria and Hunter Roop, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born Aug. 1, 2017. […]

  • Healthy Water Door County Forum Aug. 29

    Healthy Water Door County invites charities and community groups to join them in a conversation about their plans to “Celebrate Water” – a year celebrating our water, understanding the threats to our water, and inspiring people to take action to protect our water. The focus is on the concept of healthy water for Door County. […]

  • JAK’s Place Open House Sept. 13

    An open house for JAK’s Place is located at Sept. 13, 4 – 6 pm. Come and tour their new facility and learn more about JAK’s Place, 1623 Rhode Island Street in Sturgeon Bay. Enjoy light appetizers and desserts. RSVP by Aug. 31 at [email protected] or by calling 920.818.0525.

  • NDCC Seeking Scholarship Funds

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) recently put out a call to the community for much needed scholarship funds. In response, the Billy Weiss Post No. 527 of the American Legion in Sister Bay generously donated $1,000. Former NDCC Board President Garey Bies and Bill Becker, grandfather of two NDCC graduates, presented the check to Executive […]

  • Register for Partners in Partnership

    Parents in Partnership (PIP) is a leadership development opportunity for families of children, ages 6 – 14, with disabilities. PIP will meet the following dates at Landmark Resort, 7643 Hillside Road, Egg Harbor:  Nov. 17 & 18, Dec. 8 & 9, Jan. 12 & 13, Feb. 9 & 10, and March 16 & 17. PIP […]

  • Upcoming Sister Bay AED, CPR Classes

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $20 per […]

  • St. Peter’s Cares Walk Aug. 26

    St Peter’s Outreach Team is sponsoring the second annual St Peter’s Cares Walk Aug. 26, 8:30 to 10:30 am (rain or shine). All money raised will be donated to the 115 Club, a place for drug and alcohol recovery. Registration forms are available at the church, or the club, and by calling Linda at 920.743.6755 […]

  • State VA Offering Grants for Veteran Training

    The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) announced grant applications are now being accepted from registered 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) nonprofit organizations that provide entrepreneurship training, or technical, business or other assistance to veteran entrepreneurs to improve employment outcomes. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for this grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by Sept. 29, […]

  • New FDA Policy on Use and Labeling of Ultrafiltered Milk

    FDA released a guidance document announcing it will exercise enforcement discretion on the use and labeling of ultrafiltered milk. FDA said its action is intended to lessen the impact of recent trade policy changes in Canada that caused oversupply and pricing challenges in parts of the U.S., including Wisconsin and New York. “We appreciate the […]

  • High School Grads Make History as Youngest Actors Hired at Northern Sky

    There’s coincidence in human events, and there’s fate. Perhaps there’s a bit of both at work in a tale that began in Joseph Fellner’s Door County cherry orchard in the summer of 1944. Like every other farmer and orchard owner, Fellner was struggling with the shortage of workers for the harvest. And, like many others, […]

  • American Musician Glen Campbell: A Retrospective

    Word of Glen Campbell’s death reached me the day after it happened, via NPR. As soon as I heard the news that he had died at age 81, I turned off the radio and pulled out my Glen Campbell records (right between J.J. Cale and Camper Van Beethoven), starting with the 1967 album Gentle On […]

  • Mulligan Was Not A Bad Word at 2017 Resorters Golf Tourney

    Yes there is golf after 55, or 70 or even 90. During the 92nd Resorters, three-day, match-play golf tournament, participants included a 70-year-old still competing in the men’s championship class, a 90-year-old Fish Creek summer resident and 78-year-old Betty Chomeau, who won the women’s title in five decades — in 2014, 2013, 2006, 1993, 1982 […]

  • A Link to Our Wartime Heroes at Corner Of the Past

    “The place where the old buildings are” had a few visitors just show up, and they’ve got stories to tell. For the month of August, the traveling exhibit Working Warriors: Life Beyond Combat presents life in foreign wars for those service men and women from Wisconsin who weren’t actively involved in combat, while stories of […]

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    Debra Hadraba Plays Lost Moth Gallery Aug 23

    Debra Hadraba performs at Lost Moth Gallery Aug. 23 at 7 pm. Hadraba is a singer/songwriter, video blogger, cartoon blogger, artist, performance artist and philosopher. She is a founding member of BraveHeart Women global community and founded “Honor Your Truth.” She is constantly creating something. Hadraba hails from Minnesota but spends her summers in Door County. […]

  • Ellison Bay’s Blues on the Bay Returns Aug 26

    Blues on the Bay returns to Ellison Bay Aug. 26, 3 – 9 pm, featuring performances by well-known national and regional blues musicians. The fourth annual music festival will once again be held at the Ellison Bay Community Park (11953 Hwy 42). Admission is free, but attendees are encouraged to make a donation to support […]

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    Civil War Reenactment Camp in Fish Creek Aug 19, 20

    Re-enactors of Company E, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry and civilian re–enactors will set up camp at Fish Creek Park and share history with visitors on Aug. 19 & 20. It’s not often that you can step into a living, breathing war camp setting and feel a part of history up close and personal. Camp will be […]

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    DCHS Presents “Lime Kilns of Door County” Aug 28

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program, “Lime Kilns of Door County” presented by Don Rudolph on Aug. 28 at the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay. Lime was an essential ingredient in building the pioneer structures in Door County. In fact, many house and barn foundations that are still […]

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    Paper Birds Play Woodwalk Aug 18

    Woodwalk Concert Series is proud to present Paper Birds in concert Aug. 18 at 7 pm. Paper Birds is a cross-country pop-up band fronted by two successful songwriters in their own right: Claudia Russell and Katie Dahl. Russell is a veteran of California’s Americana music scene who has won songwriting honors from Boston to Austin. […]

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    Birds of Chicago, Luther Dickinson, Indigo Girls Play DCA

    It’s a busy week at Door Community Auditorium (DCA), with a double-bill of Birds of Chicago and Luther Dickinson & The Cooperators Aug. 21 and the Indigo Girls taking the stage Aug. 25. Both concerts begin at 8 pm. Birds of Chicago have been beloved in Door County since they began playing on Washington Island […]

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    “An Evening of Song and Support” For Local Vocalist Aug 24

    On Aug. 24 a group of musicians will perform a free concert, titled “An Evening of Song and Support,” at Door County Fire Co. in Sturgeon Bay. Dorothy Scott will perform along with acoustic/electric duo Jess Holland and Nick Hoover of Deathfolk, Rob Atwood and Jamey Clark of Dirty Deuce and local vocalist Marley Gigstead. […]

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    DCHS Hosts Early Settlers Program Aug 19

    The Door County Historical Society will host its yesteryear programming with “A Visit With the Warrens, Early Door County Settlers,” presented by Nan & Jerry Krause, on Aug. 19 at 2 pm. The program takes place in the Vignes School at the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. The program highlights the […]

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    Blues Master Tab Benoit at Peg Egan Aug 20

    Louisiana blues master Tab Benoit will perform at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center Aug. 20 at 7 pm. With all the makings of an American icon, Tab Benoit has become one of the premier roots stylist of the century. Tab has paid his dues as a road troubadour playing 250 nights a year performing […]

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    Cheers! What In the World Is Tropical Stout?

    The wind was howling like a banshee on a recent dark and stormy summer night. It felt like fall had arrived a couple months early. Not that I mind. Summer is overrated. So imagine my surprise when I reached into the magic fridge and pulled out a Tropical Stout from the August Schell Brewing Co. […]