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Peninsula Pulse – Dec. 11 – 18, 2015

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  • Hide Side Styles Shown Off at Altrusa Style Show

    The Altrusa Style Show was held at Stone Harbor on Dec. 2. Pictured are models from the show wearing clothing from Hide Side Boutique along with purses, boots and jackets from Hide Side Corner Store.  

  • Walter Parks, Barn Dance, Baroque Tunes & More Weekend Plans

    On the weekend before Christmas, the Door Peninsula gave to me … a weekend of good music, traditions and holiday cheer!

  • Managing Full Employment

    While the Door County Job Center is best prepared to handle high levels of unemployment, the labor shortage seen in 2015 has highlighted a different issue that the center is now faced with. “If we’re at 3.4 percent in the entire region, that’s effectively full employment,” said Sam Perlman, economic development manager at the Door […]

  • Commentary: DNR Has Failed in Kewaunee County

      By Nancy Utesch In October, 16 residents from across Wisconsin, with legal and technical support from the Midwest Environmental Advocates law center, filed a petition for corrective action with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, requesting action by both state and federal agencies to address deficiencies in the water pollution permit program that allows for […]

  • Birth: Dec. 11, 2015

    Kit Butz and Elizabeth Patera-Butz, Sister Bay, are the parents of a girl born on Dec. 5, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Edward and Ellen Patera, Fish Creek. Paternal grandparent is Gail Butz, Oconomowoc, Wis.

  • Buy Peppermint Mocha to Benefit United Way

    For every Peppermint Bark Mocha sold at Door County Coffee & Tea in December, 50 cents will be donated to the United Way. The donated funds will go toward meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign need for 2015. United Way of Door County’s mission is to empower people to build better lives. They focus their efforts […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Dec. 11, 2015

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Dec. 11 & 12 @ Kohler, 6:45 pm Dec. 15 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 11 & 12 @ Kohler, 8:30 pm Dec. 14 vs. Brillion, 7:30 pm Dec. 17 @ Sevastopol, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball Dec. 11 & 12 @ Kohler, TBD Dec. 15 vs. Kewaunee, 7:30 […]

  • News Bulletin: Dec. 11 – 17

    WHAT HAPPENED Sturgeon Bay High School History teacher Barry Mellen has won a fellowship with the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at UW-Madison. Mellen, one of eight Wisconsin teachers chosen for this honor, will be studying historical documents from the era of the Articles of Confederation, the subsequent Philadelphia Constitutional Convention, and […]

  • Rep. Joel Kitchens Visits with Youth in Government Delegates at YMCA

    As the Youth in Government (YIG) delegates at the Door County YMCA really began to crack down on writing their bills for their annual trip to the Capitol in Madison, they were visited by a special guest. At their weekly meeting on Nov. 30, Representative Joel Kitchens spent a full hour sharing what he does […]

  • Sister Bay Moravian Hosts Annual Holiday Bazaar & Bake Sale

    Christmas in the Country will be held Dec. 12, 10 am – 2 pm, at Sister Bay Moravian Church. This annual bazaar and bake sale will have a homemade chicken soup lunch, arts & crafts fair, handmade rag rugs, holiday bake sale and gifts (therapeutic corn bags, sweater mitten kits, hand knit & wearable art, […]

  • Sevastopol Fitness Center Upgrades

    By Justin Skiba The Sevastopol School district’s recent upgrades to its fitness center have proven to be a success. The updates to the facility, which are the first major improvements since 1992, were sponsored solely on donations from various donors. Sevastopol students, staff and community members have had the opportunity this year to use the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dropbox Savior

    This is a big thank you to whoever out there in cyberland gave me a priceless gift this month. I lost my cell phone on Liberty Island in New York City last Memorial Day weekend. The phone held photos of our trip to New York, our niece’s West Point graduation, our puppy’s first weeks, plus […]

  • Obituary: Dolloris “Marge” Gordon

    Marge Gordon, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Sunday morning, December 6, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center ICU.

  • Alvarez Featured at Sports Conference

    Wisconsin Badgers athletics director Barry Alvarez will be one of the featured speakers at the Sport and Society Conference hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, May 23-25, 2016. The theme of the conference is “The Business of College Sports.” Alvarez will speak May 24, from 9 to 10:15 am at the […]

  • Sophia Pollman Collects “Jackets of Joy” for Local Kids

    Jackets of Joy donated 318 jackets to children in Door County during their 2015 campaign. Jackets of Joy is coordinated by Sophia Pollman, a junior at Sevastopol High School. Pollman took over the family project three years ago as a part of her reign as Door County’s Miss Outstanding Teen. She made Jackets of Joy […]

  • Holistic Program to Quit Smoking Now Offered in Door County

    A new holistic stop-smoking program has launched in Door County. Through a one-hour discovery session with stopsmokingdoorcounty.com participants will begin to experience the freedom of being a nonsmoker. This new Holistic Stop Smoking process is now available in Sturgeon Bay at the Fairfield Building on the corner of Michigan Street and Third Avenue. “Our process […]

  • Obituary: Sarah Stewart Taylor

    Sarah Stewart Taylor, age 93, passed away peacefully on November 28, 2015 at Appleton Medical Center.

  • Egg Harbor’s Parade Captain, Christine Tierney

    For Christine Tierney, originality came in the form of Egg Harbor’s parade captain.

  • Wisconsin Bipartisan Support for Milk Hauling Amendment

      Area lawmakers and agriculture organizations applauded the inclusion of a Milk Hauling Amendment to the Transportation Bill. The National Milk Producers Federation and International Dairy Foods Association praised Congress for its Dec. 1 decision to include in a conference report a dairy-specific amendment that would benefit producers, processors and consumers. The bipartisan amendment, sponsored […]

  • LWV Aims to Demystify Electoral Process for Prospective Candidates

    On April 5, 2016, voters will have an opportunity to elect or re-elect public servants to many positions throughout Door County. Election Day is one of the standards of a vibrant democracy, but in order for Election Day to work, viable candidates must run for office. And, in order for them to run for office […]

  • Pulse Team Wins First at Door County Secret Santa Trivia Night

    Three more families will be helped with their heating bills this winter thanks to Door County Secret Santa’s fifth annual trivia night, held at JJ’s La Puerta of Sister Bay on Dec. 7. Thirteen teams competed in the event. This year, more than 60 families have been helped through the organization, which anonymously pays heating […]

  • Obituary: Bridget Ann Dickelman

    Bridget Ann Dickelman, 48, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away suddenly December 2, 2015.

  • Letter to the Editor: Big Plans for Bird City Wisconsin

    As 2015 draws to a close, I would like to thank you for assisting in the conservation, education, and citizen science efforts that take place in Bird City Wisconsin communities across our great state. Thank you! Bird City Wisconsin’s resounding success is spawning similar programs in other states. Together we are clearly doing something right […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Dec. 11, 2015

    Crop prices (Dec. 7) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price Basis Corn $3.39/bushel -0.43 Soybeans $8.46/bushel -0.60 Wheat (SRW) $4.29/bushel -0.56 New-Crop Wheat (SRW) $4.32/bushel -0.66   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn $3.46/bushel -0.36   Basis: The difference between the local cash price for a commodity and the Chicago cash […]

  • Going Native: A Golden Opportunity

    by Dale Goodner There’s good news, and more good news. Native plants are gaining in popularity, and December happens to be a good time to plant. Seeds can be sown right over the ground or snow (that’s what the wind does, after all). Moisture, freezing and thawing will soften the seed coats and help germination […]

  • Photo Poll: What is the best or worst Christmas gift you have ever received?

    Best “Another wedding band, to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.” ~ Beth Liechty “A polka cello.” ~ Bonnie Spielman “I was six and my grandma sent me a nightgown and a housecoat. The housecoat was floor length, quilted, pink and silky with rosebuds and lace. It was scratchy but fancy.” ~ Rachel Sayer “A Nintendo […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club Gives Grants to Local Nonprofits

    The Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club gave $500 each to six local nonprofit organizations in November, bringing the Club’s donation total for the year to $7,000. The recent grants were made to: Sunshine House, Feed My People, Crossroads at Big Creek, United Way, HELP of Door County, and the Sail Training Foundation. “Rotary members voted […]

  • Obituary: Gladys Perry Roscoe

    Gladys Perry Roscoe, 98, of Vero Beach, FL, formerly of Door County, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at her home.

  • Science Snippet: Deep Blue Gold at Blue Lake

    Sitka, Alaska, is the site of Blue Lake, one of the world’s greatest deposits of a kind of deep blue gold. The lake is called blue gold because it holds trillions of gallons of pure, drinkable water, even without treatment. Fed by glaciers and snowpack, the value of the lake may approach that of gold […]

  • Miss Door County Contestants Ring Bells for Salvation Army

    Miss Door County Hannah Cole and contestants from the Miss Door County Scholarship Program recently rang bells for The Salvation Army at Econo Foods in Sturgeon Bay to help raise money for those in need in the community. To support the Salvation Army visit donate.salvationarmyusa.org.  

  • MDCMC Dental Clinic Relocates Across Street from Hospital

    The Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) Dental Clinic is relocating to a new facility at 228 S. 18th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, just across the street from MDCMC’s Sturgeon Bay campus. The new clinic will open its doors on Jan. 11, 2016. Last year, the MDCMC Dental Clinic served more than 3,000 patients from Door […]

  • ACA Open Enrollment Deadline Nears

    More than two million consumers selected a plan in the federally facilitated Health Care Marketplace as of Nov. 28, 2015, including 54,346 in Wisconsin. Plans for 2016 are affordable; 69 percent of Wisconsin enrollees can find plans for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits. Nationwide, about 8 out of 10 people […]

  • Free Cat Adoption Event at DCHS throughout December

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is opening up the doors and hosting a Home for the Holidays event so more cats can find forever homes by Christmas. Throughout December DCHS is waiving the $90 cat adoption fee, so all cats and kittens from the main shelter are free to approved adopters. To start the […]

  • Committee OKs Brewery Expansion and Tree Plantation Clearing

    Door County Brewing Co. is one step closer to opening a brewery capable of producing 25,000 barrels (or 775,000 gallons) of beer annually just down the road from its existing tasting room and mini-brewery in Baileys Harbor.

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Supporting Veterans

    I’d like to give a big thank you to the anonymous person that bought dinner for our table of Veterans and spouses at the Cornerstone. The monthly gatherings are an important part of how we support each other and by picking up our tab it was proof that there are truly amazing people out there. […]

  • Hope United Church to Host “Blue Christmas”

    Hope United Church of Christ will host a “Blue Christmas” service on Dec. 20 at 5 pm. Knowing that Christmas is not always the “merriest” time of year for many people, Hope Church is adding a worship service this year that aims at acknowledging these feelings. On “Blue Christmas,” there will be a gathering for […]

  • Door County History in Pictures: Rick Gordon in Fish Creek

    Rick Gordon, circa 1944, standing in front of the C&C Club holding a fish. The C&C Club was once owned by Gordon’s grandfather, Henry Pelletier. He used to store fish nets in the building that is now The Summertime Restaurant. Memories of old Fish Creek were brought back to Gordon after reading “How Fish Creek […]

  • Construction Update: Dec. 11, 2015

    Sister Bay Schedule: July 2015 to June 2016 Length: 0.8 miles Cost: $5.8 million Location: Village of Sister Bay, Country Walk Drive to Scandia Road Description: This project involves the reconstruction of Hwys. 42 and 57 in Sister Bay. The work includes traffic and erosion control, signing, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water main, curb and […]

  • Organic Council Members Sought

    The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Nominations will be accepted until Feb.15, 2016. The four openings include one seat for a representative of each of the following: farm, business, consumer and at-large. Members serve three-year terms, and the council […]

  • Obituary: Joseph O. Nelson

    Joseph O. Nelson, 97, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Ministry Door County Medical Center on Dec. 2, 2015.

  • Making Waves: Bright Future with Young Swimmers

    Featured Swimmers: One of DCY SWIM’s greatest strengths is the younger age-group swimmers. The DCY (pre-team) Dolphins program bridges swim lessons and full-team commitment. Almost all of the younger swimmers are coming over from this program. The 8 & under swimmers are among the best in the state. This year we have several boys who […]

  • Shelly Orthober is Holiday Art Crawl Door Prize Winner

    Shelly Orthober of Egg Harbor won $100 in Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center gift certificates as the door prize winner of the 2015 Sturgeon Bay Holiday Art Crawl. Visitors at the 15 art crawl locations were invited to sign up for the door prize. Orthober’s name was drawn randomly from among 300-plus entries.

  • Featured Pet: Ophelia

    Hi, my name is Ophelia. I was surrendered to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) in March of 2014 when my previous owner developed allergies. I am famous here at DCHS for my unique orange and black coat and my mesmerizing green eyes. I used to be an outdoor cat, and the truth is that […]

  • Wisconsin’s Eagle Population Soaring

    Wisconsin’s eagle population continues to soar, with statewide aerial surveys in 2015 documenting a record number since the surveys started 43 years ago,

  • Baylake’s Acquisition of NEW Bancshares is Complete

    Baylake Corp. (NASDAQ: BYLK), the holding company for Baylake Bank, announces the completion of the acquisition of NEW Bancshares, Inc. (“NEW”) and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Union State Bank, with and into Baylake Corp. and its wholly owned bank subsidiary, Baylake Bank, respectively. Robert J. Cera, President and CEO of Baylake Bank, Robert W. […]

  • Pet Talk: How Do We Get Cat to Stop Biting?

    By Sally Salopek Q. We have a cat that will bite us. Any suggestions to get him to stop? A. The first thing you have to do is determine why he is trying to bite you. You didn’t give any examples as to when he tries to bite. Does it happen when you are playing […]

  • Public Input Sought for Controlling Invasives

    The Ridges Sanctuary will hold an informational session on Dec. 15, seeking public input for a draft management plan to implement invasive species control within a designated project area. The Ridges Sanctuary, in partnership with University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and others, will be seeking grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources […]

  • 2016 Door County Land Atlas and Plat Book Now Available

    The new 2016 Door County Land Atlas and Plat Book is now available. This is the 12th edition of the Door County Plat Book produced by Rockford Map Publishers since the first one published in 1946. The new plat book accurately displays parcel boundaries, acreage data, roadways, waterways, railways, section lines, municipal boundaries, recreational areas, […]

  • Reps in the News: Dec. 11 – 17

    Governor Scott Walker The Governor joined the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) in announcing $1.5 million in Broadband Expansion Grants, and Walker traveled throughout the Northwoods to award grants to Wittenberg Wireless, LLC in Antigo, Norvado in Cable, and ChoiceTel, LLC in Land O’Lakes. The grants are being matched by Wisconsin businesses, nonprofits and local […]

  • Dictionaries for All Door County Third Graders

    Each third grader in Door County now has a dictionary of his or her own thanks to an annual reference book distribution by the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club. “We are delighted to continue this tradition. The children’s excitement is a real high point for the Club,” said President Robert Hays. Hays visited the Washington […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Dec. 11, 2015

      STANDINGS As of Dec. 7, 2015 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 15-0 Music Masters DJs, 9-6 Bayshore Powerballers, 8-7 Bay Area Transplant, 4-11 YMCA, 0-12   B League, W-L Red Room, 18-0 Renard’s Cheese, 14-4 Brick Lot, 9-9 Para Tran, 9-9 Hatco, 8-10 Whiskepedia, 7-11 Econo Double Baggers, 5-13 Peninsula Podiatry, 3-15   […]

  • Commentary: Shutting Down Appeal for John Doe Case is Abuse of Power

    By Andrea Kaminski Regardless of how you feel about the John Doe investigations in Wisconsin, there is reason to be alarmed by the way a majority on our state Supreme Court is handling the case. After issuing a ruling last summer that effectively shut down our campaign finance laws, a majority is now attempting to […]

  • By The Numbers: The Great Lakes

      In honor of the Great Lakes Compact ratification on Dec. 8, 2008, here are some Great Lakes facts to consider.   20 Percentage of the Earth’s fresh water found in the Great Lakes.   1615 The year the first European explorer is believed to have reached the Great Lakes (Huron and Ontario). That is […]

  • Council Considering Closing Portions of 1st Ave., Jefferson St.

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Common Council is expected to make a decision on closing portions of First Avenue and Jefferson Street at the request of Fincanteri Bay Shipbuilding at its 7 pm meeting on Dec. 15. A public hearing was held on the issue on Dec. 8, at which sentiments were divided between going […]

  • Residents Get Update on Highway Roundabouts Coming in Sturgeon Bay

    First driver: “Have you heard the news on the roundabouts?” Second driver: “No.” First driver: “Well, as far as I can tell, it’s pretty straightforward.” Joking aside, the presentation given Dec. 7 at the Sturgeon Bay High School by Jeremy Ashauer, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Project Manager for Door and Kewaunee Counties, was […]

  • Blossoms Flower House Hosting Holiday Workshop

    Love Bash Design and Blossoms Flower House will host a holiday workshop Dec. 12 from 5 – 8 pm at Blossoms Flower House, 10038 Highway 57 in Sister Bay. The event will include wreath-making and gift wrapping (bring gifts to wrap). Supplies will be provided. Cost of the workshop is $36 and includes treats and […]

  • Obituary: Clarence Douglas “Sunshine” Soyring

    Clarence Douglas “Sunshine” Soyring, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home Tuesday evening, December 1, 2015, surrounded by loved ones at his home. He was born April 27, 1935, in Maple, near Superior, WI. Clarence was the son of the late William and Ellen (Souminen) Soyring. He attended Northwestern High School in Maple and played […]

  • Obituary: Ruth Helen Kowalski

    Ruth Helen Kowalski, 72, of Fish Creek, formerly of Milwaukee, was granted her final wish when she passed away Monday evening November 30, 2015,

  • Obituary: Johann Arthur Gruner

    Arthur Gruner, 71, of the Town of Nasewaupee, Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday morning, December 5, 2015.

  • Obituary: Shirley Mae Rockendorf

    Shirley Mae Rockendorf, 77, Sturgeon Bay, was called home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Louie, on Wednesday, December 2, 2015

  • Server of the Week: Gale DuFrane of Renard’s Cheese

      With a warm hello and a welcoming smile, her customer service is sure to please. Both helpful and sweet She’s as great as the cheese.   A local stocking up, or a first time visitor It’s all the same. Once you’ve met Gale you’ll be sure glad you came.   ~ submitted by Jim […]

  • Cast Announced for Sturgeon Bay HS Play, “Lucky Stiff”

    Sturgeon Bay High School announces the cast for its 2016 musical, Lucky Stiff. Performances will be held Feb. 4 – 7. Based on the novel The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds, […]

  • Viewing Night At Crossroads…If Skies Are Clear

    In November the Climate Change Coalition presented the award-winning documentary Chasing Ice at Crossroads at Big Creek. This organization arranged for Crossroads to retain unlimited screening rights for this film, so Crossroads will show it to the general public periodically and would happily present it for groups on request. On Dec. 11 at 2 pm, […]

  • Door Shakespeare Holds Holiday Sale on Merchandise

    Door Shakespeare recently announced that their 2016 season will feature Julius Caesar, directed by James Pickering, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Joseph Hanreddy. Audiences are invited to explore and experience these two iconic tales filled with passion, politics, love, conspiracy, humor and heart. Auditions and interviews for all 2016 summer season company positions […]

  • UUF Screens “Watermark” for Movies That Matter Series

    On Dec. 15 at 4:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County presents a beautiful and environmentally conscious film. Watermark, a feature documentary created by world-renowned artists (filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier and photographer Edward Burtynsky), presents diverse stories from around the globe that examine the relationship between mankind and water. The filmmakers […]

  • Manners Matter: Dec. 11, 2015

    By Mary Pat Dear Mary Pat, The holiday season is in full swing with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas only weeks away. For Thanksgiving this year, my family went on a short trip. We all had off from jobs and school, and had a lovely time. Prior to the trip, we encountered a flurry of […]

  • The Sinatra Century

    2015 could very well be called The Year of Sinatra in the pop culture world, with cities and countries across the globe hosting events honoring the would-be 100th birthday

  • Whimsical Art at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s Lobby Gallery will feature the works of Pat Olson throughout December. Olson is a Door County native and nationally-known artist, author, teacher, designer and business owner. She’s been creating art her entire life. In the 1960s she started painting seriously and showing her work. In the 1970s she owned a retail art […]

  • Door to Nature: The Christmas Bird

    If the label “Christmas Bird” were to be given to any one species in a predominantly evergreen-tree back yard, it would be the Cardinal. Just one male in his fiery brilliance seems to make the scene come alive. And the more subdued female, wearing her usual patch of orange-red “lipstick,” also stands out beautifully against […]

  • TAP Offers New Class for Adults Called Film Actors Lab

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is offering an exciting class series for adults wanting to learn about the worlds of film and acting. The Film Actors Lab will begin on Jan. 5 and will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 11. Classes will meet from 6:30 – 9 pm. During this class students will begin […]

  • Glass Fusion: Local couple finds niche blending glass

    one constant in the gardens of Doug and Barbara Henderson’s Bay Shore Drive home – vibrant and whimsical fused glass creations.

  • Natural Christmas Features Renaissance Repertoire

    Renaissance musicians Duskywing will once again accompany the festive activities of The Ridges’ annual Natural Christmas event Dec. 12 in Baileys Harbor. Comprised of Vicki Medland, Michael Draney and Dorothy Summers, the Green Bay-based band performs a range of music from the 12th to 18th centuries on period instruments, with Summers on folk harp and […]

  • The Ridges Host Natural Christmas

    Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season and spend a few hours surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ridges Sanctuary at Natural Christmas on Dec. 12, 3 – 6 pm. This much-loved Christmas program has become a tradition at The Ridges. Set in the enchantingly decorated rustic cabins, the event features […]

  • WiFEE and the HUZz BAND to Release Christmas Single

    If you’ve already had your fill of “Santa Claus is Coming To Town,” “White Christmas” and the never-ending cavalcade of holiday music – WiFEE and the HUZz BAND are poised to release a new Christmas song that’s sure please. “Everywhere It’s Christmas Time Again” is an instant Christmas classic with an infectious, bouncing groove that […]

  • Cheers!: Say Uncle to This Dunkel

      Sometimes I need to recalibrate, which, for me, means going to a classic beer. Needing to do so recently, I turned to Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel, which, for those of us who don’t or won’t speak German, the neck label kindly translates to “Authentic Bavarian Dark.” I’ve never met a beer from Ayinger that I […]

  • Holiday Tree Lighting at Fish Creek’s Noble Square

    Gibraltar Historical Association will present the holiday tree lighting on Dec. 12, 5 pm at Noble Square in Fish Creek. Celebrate the holidays with a tree lighting and caroling followed by social time at the History Center. Pick up last minute Christmas gifts, enjoy friends and community. There will also be cookies and hot cider.

  • Framed: Matt O’Hern

    Since 2010, the Lasee clan has gathered on Thanksgiving weekend for a soup competition. This year’s winner – from among 13 entries – was Matt O’Hern, shown proudly displaying the “Golden Ladle” traveling trophy for his Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice soup. Photo by Barb Grutzmacher.  

  • The Bestseller List: Dec. 11, 2015

      HARDCOVER FICTION 1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. Felicity, by Mary Oliver 3. The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King 4. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, by Mitch Albom 5. Avenue of Mysteries, by John Irving HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coats […]

  • Holiday Sales at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Angela Lensch invites everyone to the gallery’s first Holiday Special Sale. The gallery will be open from 12 to 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 & 12 and 18 & 19. Join her for an afternoon of hot chocolate, cookies and a relaxed atmosphere for selecting the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. Lensch is personally […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Dec. 11, 2015

    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?   “Not uh! Star Trek conventions are cool!”   “Theater people sometimes scare me.”   “100 questions? That’s not fun, that’s a […]

  • OutDOORs with Coggin Heeringa: Winter Solstice Mythology

    I know, I know. It’s probably the El Niño. But the forecast has been for mild (very mild) weather. Of course, soon we will be experiencing Halcyon Days. Halcyon Days are a period of idyllic calm and tranquility near the Winter Solstice. The term shows up in poetry, once or twice in Shakespeare, and even […]

  • Christmas Birders Needed for Annual Count

    An evening hike at The Ridges Sanctuary is nice anytime, but on Dec. 11, the moon will be on the same side of the Earth as the sun, creating spectacular conditions for viewing objects in the sky. Join a Ridges naturalist for a Night Sky Hike at 6:30 pm. The hike route will include key […]

  • Pottery Demonstrations this Weekend at Plum Bottom

    Come to Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery this week to see resident porcelain artist Chad Luberger create one-of-a-kind works of functional art at the potter’s wheel. Luberger will be throwing pots in the gallery on Dec. 12 at 11:30 am, Dec. 16 at 1 pm, and Dec. 17 at 11:30 am. Enjoy a cup of […]

  • Trivia: Dec. 11, 2015

    This week’s question: What was Frank Sinatra’s cocktail of choice? Answer: In next week’s issue.   Last week’s question: How tall was the largest recorded snowman ever built? Answer: 122’ 1” built in Bethel, Maine in 2008