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Peninsula Pulse – Dec. 8-15, 2017

In this issue

  • Warning of Phony Shipping Emails

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection warns consumers to be on the lookout for phony shipping emails and to avoid clicking links or opening attachments in these messages. Watch out for emails or texts that warn you about a problem with a delivery, that request account information for security purposes, or that […]

  • Grants Available for Simple Lakeshore Projects

    There is still time for eligible sponsors to start planning a Healthy Lakes project and to submit grant applications to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to fund projects that encourage private sector innovation in caring for Wisconsin’s lakes. Funding is available to eligible sponsors for projects that improve fish habitat, integrate native plantings, divert […]

  • Cheers!: Any (White) Port in a Storm

    A blast of barnyard funk was unleashed like a mad genie when I thumbed the cork out of this bottle of Sour Opal, an American Wild Ale from the Barrelworks series by the Firestone Walker Brewing Co. of Buellton, Calif. Yowzer, this is one sour ale! It pours translucent gold and releases champagne-like bubbles from […]

  • Door to Nature: The Symmetry of Norway Spruce Cones

    As long as I can remember evergreen tree cones have been a traditional part of the decorations for the holiday season. Most people don’t think of a flower when they pick up a pine cone any more than they do when they eat an apple. The intricate shapes of cones fascinate people, while the lip-smacking […]

  • “Turkey and Tinsel” at Meadows Gallery

    The next exhibit for the Meadows Art Gallery is Turkey and Tinsel, a special show that was created out of the two exhibits normally running in November and December. The Meadows Art Gallery will be closed during January for some necessary maintenance. For this reason, the Meadows have combined two shows into one exhibit. Turkey […]

  • Jacksonport Offering Park Benches for Donation

    The Town of Jacksonport and the Parks Committee is offering park benches. These are great memorials to honor a loved one or a great living tribute for someone special. The options include a 4’ bench for a donation of $900 or a 6’ bench for a donation of $1,000. The price includes cement, delivery, installation […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Dec. 8 – 15

    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.   Weekly Expositor Independent, December 3, 1880 While Messrs. Tellif Haines and Paul Lavassor were cutter riding on the ice yesterday afternoon, the horse became frightened, and the […]

  • Bridge to Bridge Run in Sturgeon Bay Dec. 13

    The Door County Silent Sports Alliance is hosting the sixth annual Bridge to Bridge Holiday Lights Fun Run and Walk Dec. 13. The run starts and finishes at Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, 59 E. Oak St., Sturgeon Bay. Presented by the Door County Silent Sports Alliance, the free three-mile event begins at 6:30 pm. The […]

  • Server of the Week: Veronika Barbasiewicz

    Stuck in a clothing rut? Ready for something new? Veronika at Spot is here to help you! She’s the spunky “vice commander” of the colorful clothing shop Her helpful ways and constant smile alone are worth a stop.   Veronika will help you find anything, from shoes to perfume She’ll even set you up with […]

  • Breakfast with Santa in Brussels Dec. 9

    Breakfast with Santa will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8-10:30 am at the Brussels Community Center. The cost is $6 for adults and children 10 and older; $3 for children 9 and younger for an all-you-can-eat waffle, pancake and ham breakfast. Save $1 off family total with donation of canned goods. Family activities include […]

  • High School Athletics: Dec. 8 – 15

    GIBRALTAR Girls Basketball Dec. 8 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Dec. 11 vs. Stockbridge, 7 pm Dec. 12 vs. Brillion, 7:30 pm Dec. 14 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Dec. 11 vs. NEWCHAA, 7:30 pm Dec. 12 vs. Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 8 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pm Dec. 11 […]

  • Demos Continue at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to meet quilling artist Heather Allard Saturday, Dec. 9, 11 am – 1 pm. A month of artist demos continues with this unique and ancient art form. Come out and have a cup of Door County Coffee, cookies, and see artists at work. Although forms of quilling […]

  • Idea Gallery Holds Holiday-themed Reception

    Idea Gallery invites the public to their fifth exhibit of the year, Small Works for the Holidays. The exhibit kicks off with a holiday reception Dec. 9, 11 am – 4 pm. The gallery features an affordable, new collection of small artworks in this exhibit. Cynthia Wolfe’s mixed-media collages from her Love Note series are […]

  • What is That Black Blob on Your Trees?

    by Annie Deutsch, Agriculture Agent, Door County UW-Extension As the leaves fall off trees, not only do you suddenly remember how close your neighbor’s house is, but it allows for a different view of trees. Looking at trees without leaves lets you clearly see the branch structure, if there is any damage to the branches […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Government Spending is the Real Problem

    In last week’s Letters section, (“Simplification At What Price?”), it was argued that we, as a nation, want “everyone, including corporations, to pay a fair share of taxes.” Well, it should be noted that the top 20 percent of earners account for 85 percent of federal income-tax revenue. While the bottom 50 percent of earners […]

  • Letter to the Editor: There’s Always Someone to Blame

    Mr. President, Genius, Sir! Absolute genius! I know you hear that a lot, every time you convene a staff meeting or talk to yourself in the mirror, but it is so true it bears repeating one more time: Genius! The tax reform legislation that you are prodding House and Senate Republicans to pass (your “Cut […]

  • Local, Professional Sports Standings Dec. 5

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of Dec. 5 Girls Basketball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Southern Door, 4-0, 5-0, 1.000 Kewaunee, 3-1, 4-1, .750 Peshtigo, 2-1, 3-1, .667 Gibraltar, 2-1, 2-2, .667 Oconto, 2-2, 4-2, .500 Green Bay N.E.W., 2-2, 2-3, .500 Algoma, 1-2, 1-3, .333 Sevastopol, 0-3, 2-5, .000 […]

  • Bold Color, Strong Shapes at UU Gallery

    UU Gallery showcases local artist Susan Reynolds-Smith throughout December. Reynolds-Smith is a Wisconsin native and full-time Door County resident since 2010. A University of Minnesota graduate, she spent her professional career as a retail apparel buyer for major department stores before retiring to become a full-time mother. It was in her role as a buyer […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Politics At Play

    I have attended several of the city council meetings lately, and I can’t help but ask what is really going on here? The politics regarding the granary make no sense at all, nor does this immediate raze order issued by the fire chief. They have a group that has come forward and offered up private […]

  • Framed: Dancing the Night Away

    Dancers break it down at Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall’s first ticketed concert Dec. 2 featuring Los Angeles-based Americana roots orchestra The Dustbowl Revival. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Reps in the News: Governor Signs Kitchen’s Montessori License Bill

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after 2017 Senate Bill 299, the Montessori Teacher’s License bill was signed into law as 2017 Act 106:  “I am very pleased that the Montessori Teacher’s License Bill has been signed into law by Gov. Walker. Wisconsin has been struggling with a teacher shortage the last […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Manure In Our Future

    Another public hearing was held in Kewaunee County on November 27 about more expansions in herd sizes and the re-issuing of pollution permits to spread liquid manure upon the lands. Recent groundwater studies have shown that the waste from these confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) has been and will continue to be a major contributor […]

  • Local Artists in Cedarburg Art Museum’s “Iconic Wisconsin”

    Several Door County artists are included in the Cedarburg Art Museum’s statewide juried exhibition, Iconic Wisconsin. Photographic works by Jim Rossol and Steven Stanger, Baileys Harbor, and W. Joseph Christianson, Sturgeon Bay, are on display. From 156 submitted entries, 73 pieces for Iconic Wisconsin were chosen by a scoring of three jurors. Each of the […]

  • Keep Your Distance from Snowy Owls

    Wisconsin is experiencing a blizzard of snowy owls this year, with more than 100 found statewide since Oct. 20. Seeing one is a great thrill but remember to minimize stress on them by not approaching too closely. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is hearing concerns that people are getting too close to snowy owls, […]

  • Brookfield Firm Taking Over Stalled Stony Ridge Development

    The Brookfield-based property management firm Pre/3 is doubling down on its Sister Bay offerings with a new 48-unit apartment complex. The firm is also negotiating to take over the single-family home portion of Keith Garot’s stagnant Stony Ridge development on Highway 57. Outgoing village administrator Zeke Jackson told the village board Nov. 21 what he […]

  • Commentary: Many School Districts Fail Test on Records

    by Tom Kamenick and Libby Sobic State law makes nearly all governmental records open to inspection and copying, and requires custodians to release records “as soon as possible and without delay.” So how are they doing? Recently, the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty conducted an experiment to see how well school districts are complying […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Dec. 8 – 15

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Dec. 12. The Community Protection 7 Services Committee meets at 4 pm Dec. 14. County of Door:  The Highway Committee meets at 10 am Dec. 11. The Risk Management and Insurance Committee meets at 11:30 am Dec. 11. The Emergency […]

  • Governor Signs Industrial Hemp Bill

    In these politically divisive times, it is unusual to see a unanimous vote on anything. However, the industrial hemp bill that was signed by Gov. Walker on Nov. 28 passed unanimously in both houses – 33-0 in the Senate on Nov. 7 and 92-0 in the Assembly on Nov. 9. Dr. Paul Mahlberg, who lives […]

  • Trivia: In the original 1964 NBC broadcast version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, what does prospector Yukon Cornelius discover near Santa’s workshop? (The scene was cut from the film in 1978 and has not aired since).

    Question: In the original 1964 NBC broadcast version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, what does prospector Yukon Cornelius discover near Santa’s workshop? (The scene was cut from the film in 1978 and has not aired since). Answer: A peppermint mine

  • State News: Rep. Zepnick, Titletown District, Millennial Marketing

    Embattled Legislator Removed from Committees Assembly leaders have removed Rep. Josh Zepnick, D-Milwaukee, from his committees at the state Capitol after two women accused him of sexual misconduct. “We take the allegations made against Rep. Zepnick very seriously,” said Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, in a statement. “Yesterday I took one of the few […]

  • Wisconsin’s Bald Eagle Population Thriving

    The Wisconsin bald eagle population is growing and thriving according to the 2017 bald eagle nest survey results. The comeback of the national symbol in Wisconsin continues 45 years after work to help restore eagle populations began. The number of occupied nests in the state increased by 86, to a record 1,590 nests. Eagles have […]

  • Commission Faults Governments for Problems in Great Lakes

    The governments of Canada and the United States are failing to keep the Great Lakes healthy, according to a new report from the International Joint Commission (IJC). The report, released last week by the joint Canadian-American organization created by the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909, highlighted some of the major challenges to the Great Lakes. […]

  • Christmas in the County in Sister Bay Dec. 9

    Christmas in the County, Sister Bay Moravian Church’s annual bazaar and bake sale, takes place from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Dec. 9. An arts & crafts fair will include items from Door County Wildwood Market, Jenni Stultz Jewelry, Trudy Fandrei’s crocheted dish cloths and hand towels, Penny Lane Farms Thai sauces, Finders Keepers […]

  • By the Numbers: Industrial Hemp

    Now that the state of Wisconsin has realized the error of its ways and legalized industrial hemp production, here are some things you should know about this amazing plant. 1 Hemp’s status as the No. 1 biomass producer on the planet. 38 The number of states that considered legislation relating to industrial hemp in 2017. […]

  • ‘The Old Rugged Cross’: Friends Community Church Has Strong Tie to Famous Hymn

    It’s not unusual for several towns to claim a “favorite son” who becomes prominent in business, athletics, politics or show business. (My hometown of Marceline, Mo., for instance, is proud to be “the boyhood home of Walt Disney,” even though he lived there only from ages five to nine. No problem, though. Walt spoke often […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Dec. 8, 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? “Wait, screwed up comment sections are a sign of B12 deficiency? That explains so much!” “Kids aren’t commodities.” “This is creepy – […]

  • “Out the Door!” Wins 2017 Book of the Year in Indie Fiction

    The Chicago Writers Association has selected M. L. Collins’ Out the Door! as the 2017 Book of the Year in Indie Fiction. A satirical novel set in Door County, Out the Door! has been described as a story that’s a little about everything: geology, sex, politics, the environment, prairie voles, cheese curds, casinos, aphrodisiacs, sturgeon, […]

  • Manners Matter: Meeting the Family

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m going to be visiting my boyfriend’s family for Christmas this year. I’m a little nervous since it’s the first time I’m meeting them and I don’t celebrate Christmas since I’m Jewish. We’ve been dating for eight months and this wasn’t on my radar until last week when his mom extended the […]

  • Closing Reception for “Fabric of Forgetting”

    The Fabric of Forgetting is a solo show by Door County artist Dawn Patel at University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s Aylward Gallery. A closing reception will be held Dec. 10, 5 – 7 pm. The show features paintings, film stills, layered paper, fabric tapestries, and a fiber art installation by Patel. Although most of the work […]

  • Gibraltar Teacher Featured at Dickinson Poetry Series

    Dickinson Poetry Series features Lauren Bremer Dec. 13, 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in north Ephraim. Bremer has been an English teacher and coach at Gibraltar High School since 2005. She earned her B.E. in Secondary Education in 2003, her M.A. in English Literature in 2009, and is currently working […]

  • County to Reorganize Airport, Parks, Highway Departments

    County Administrator Ken Pabich and his staff will go to work on a reorganization plan for three departments. Consolidation of the airport, parks and highway departments will aim to increase employee cross training – limiting the county’s risk during retirements, sick leave and vacation of its employees. “We have a whole number of departments that […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Powerlifters Deadlifting their Way to State

    On Dec. 2 the Sturgeon Bay High School powerlifting team participated in the first regional powerlifting meet of the year in Omro. Fourteen lifters competed and 11 placed in the top five of their weight classes. Additionally, six lifters qualified for state. Female qualifiers are:  Yadira Ortiz in the 97lb class with a 135lb squat, […]

  • The Bestseller List: Dec. 8, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen 2. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur 5. History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande 2. The Undoing Project, by […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Where’s the Common Sense?

    I have not lived in Door County all of my life (former Green Bay resident), but I do know what common sense is. About four years ago while reading the Advocate and the city’s plan to build another hotel on the waterfront, I thought and said to my husband “duplication of services” and “they have […]

  • Sister Bay Tavern League Bowling Scores: Nov. 30

    Sister Bay Tavern League Bowling Scores Nov. 30, 2017   High Series:  Taylor Mueller 646, Leif Mickelson 621, Cole Biwer 610 High Game:  Leif Mickelson 257, Ken Church 248, Taylor Mueller 235 High Team Game:  Husby’s 813 High Team Series:  AC Tap 2,265

  • Letter to the Editor: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Harm Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Advocates for victims of domestic violence across our state are raising their voices in opposition to the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Analysis by Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation and Analysis has shown that the proposal will explode the deficit by more than $1 trillion (even factoring in growth) and lead to more than […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Now is the Time

    Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Remember those words from a long ago typing class? An appropriate saying, as we watch the tax reform “dog and pony” show play out. We have just witnessed a senate bill passed in the dark of night with no […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Welcome, GEO-DC

    Why do we come to Door County to visit or to stay? The beauty of the water, the sky and the land are often cited, but there is water, sky and land everywhere, and much of it is beautiful. What makes Door County stand out is a special quality of the combination of these elements? […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Time for Desperate Measures

    We live in a time and a place where our elected representatives – by and large – are beholden to their patrons, rather than to their constituents. They answer to no one (except themselves and their keepers) and exempt themselves from the rules that they make. We live in a time and a place where […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Façade of ‘Populism’ Comes Crashing Down

    With the passage of the Republican tax cut bill for billionaires and millionaires the charade is publically exposed. Under the proposed Republican/Trump plans 11 million Americans lose their health insurance because the Affordable Care Act mandate may be removed as part of this so called tax-cut plan and more than half of the middle class […]

  • First Baptist Church Nearly Reaches Operation Christmas Child Goal

    The Operation Christmas Child (OCC) drop-off location at First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay was just seven shoeboxes from reaching its goal of 2,700. With this year’s total included, the local OCC drop-off location has collected more than 20,200 shoeboxes in the past 14 years. The shoeboxes, filled with school supplies, toys, clothing and more, […]

  • Sunshine House Hosts Holiday Open House Dec. 7

    Sunshine House Inc.’s annual Holiday Open House is Dec. 7, 4 – 7 pm. During the holiday celebrations, visit the newly opened Sunflower Cottage and see how their expanded services are providing a much needed helping hand in the community. Sunflower Cottage is a place of life enrichment, where the goal is to create a […]

  • Door County Cancer Center Receives Grant for High-Quality Recliners

    HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Cancer Centers at Door County Cancer Center is pleased to announce a $3,800 grant from the Door County Community Foundation to help purchase state-of-the-art recliners that will enhance the comfort of patients receiving cancer treatment. The recliners are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of cancer patients and feature various […]

  • New Comfort Furniture & Mattress Donates 100 Items to Habitat ReStore

    While the longstanding New Comfort Furniture & Mattress business may be going out of business, they won’t go without giving back to the community. During the last few months Bremer Sales, who are running the New Comfort Furniture sale, have donated more than 100 items to Sturgeon Bay Habitat ReStore. This has been a unique […]

  • Doulagivers of Door County to Discuss Term ‘Quality of Life’ at Next Meeting

    Doulagivers of Door County will hold their monthly community discussion about end-of-life topics Dec. 12, 6 – 7:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library. At this month’s discussion Marggie Hatala will address the question, what does quality of life mean? Since this is a newly evolving specialty, all present will be invited to share together […]

  • First Baptist Church Presents Living Nativity Dec. 16 & 17

    The Living Nativity will be presented at First Baptist Church of Sturgeon Bay at 5 pm and 6 pm on Dec. 16 and 17. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the live outdoor production that brings the Christmas story to life. Enjoy shepherds, an angel choir, and kings in addition to Mary, Joseph and […]

  • Volunteers Invited to Ring Bells for Salvation Army through Dec. 23

    The Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons in Door County would not be complete without the ringing of The Salvation Army bells. Members, friends and spouses of Altrusa International of Door County volunteer to ring the bell on several days each fall, helping to raise critical funds for the emergency services the Army provides to our local […]

  • Southern Door School Holds Community Christmas Concert Dec. 16

    The Southern Door School District invites the community to a great concert Dec. 16, 7 pm, featuring some of Southern Door’s musicians sharing their holiday favorites. Local performers include the Brussels and Maplewood parish choirs, the Spude Family, Michael McKinnon, the Southern Door Pops group, Sara Mueller, Brooke Dantoin & Dustin McKinnon, Barb Schriner-Schmitt, Patty […]

  • Jacksonport Celebrates Christmas with Town Party

    On Dec. 2, the Jacksonport Advancement Corporation held a Christmas party in the town hall and lit the town’s Christmas tree. The Jacksonport Advancement Corporation is the same group that organizes the annual Maifest celebration. For more information contact president Ken Honold at 920.823.2179.

  • Kewaunee’s Winter Park Nearly Ready to Debut Magic Carpet

    The installation and inspection of the Magic Carpet at Winter Park in Kewaunee County is a wrap. Now, all that’s needed for the Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Department to put its five snow guns to use to create the perfect conditions for snow tubing, skiing and snowboarding, is for the temperature to drop below […]

  • Volunteers Recognized at Neighbor to Neighbor Annual Meeting

    Neighbor to Neighbor celebrated their achievements at the annual meeting and community social at the Sturgeon Bay Library on Nov. 28. In 2016, 1,582 individuals benefitted from services provided by Neighbor to Neighbor. Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by using the organization’s services. Also in 2016, 103 volunteers donated 3,273.25 […]

  • Sevastopol School District Earns Second Highest Rating in DPI’s State Report Cards

    The Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) recently released the State Report Cards for the 2016-17 school year. Sevastopol School District received a score of 94.5 within an overall 83-100 accountability rating as Significantly Exceeds Expectations. Priority areas scored are Student Achievement, School Growth, Closing Gaps and On-Track and Postsecondary Readiness. Sevastopol School District’s score of […]

  • Obituary: Charles Johnson

    Charles (Chuck) Johnson, 88, passed away peacefully after a short stay at Scandia Care Center, Sister Bay. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Elaine and brother Dr. Kenneth Johnson. Chuck graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana in architecture. Shortly after, he was drafted into the army where he served 18 […]

  • Obituary: Robert Chenault Davis

    Robert Chenault Davis, 92, died Nov. 30, 2017 at his home in Ephraim with his dear wife Nancy of 66 years at his side. Bob was born April 1, 1925 in Toronto to Warren Thorp Davis and Marguerite (Minie) Morency Davis. He graduated from New Trier High School (Winnetka, IL) and enlisted in the Navy […]

  • Obituary: William Henry Norman

    William Henry Norman, 97, of Ellison Bay, Wisconsin died Nov. 30, 2017 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He was born August 5, 1920 in Evanston, Illinois to Anna and Fred Norman. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and worked as a lithographer all of his life.   In 1945 he married Ursula Schmidt In 1970 […]

  • Obituary: Betty Weiss

    Betty Weiss passed way peacefully in Sister Bay, WI on November 23, 2017. She was born August 6, 1924 in Eckman, North Dakota to Leonard and Olga Riddle. She married Eugene Weiss on May 29, 1948. They had two children Steven (deceased) and Karla (Weiss) Roth. Two grandchildren: Erik Roth (Tauna) and Andrew Roth (Katie) […]

  • Obituary: Tom Charles Hanrath

    Tom Charles Hanrath was born on February 6, 1954 in Monroe, WI to Frank and Elaine Hanrath. He graduated from Marshfield High School before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served for five years. Tom was a member of Underwater Demolition Team 21 and Seal Team One. He then pursued a career as […]

  • Door County Medical Center Birth: Nov. 26, 2017

    Robert and Sandra Sitte, Sister Bay, are the parents of a daughter born Nov. 26, 2017. Maternal grandparents are Sharon Kruck and the late Gregg Kruck, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Davis and Elizabeth Sitte, Sister Bay.    

  • DCHS Merging with Wisconsin Humane Society

    As president of the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) Board of Directors, Bob Starr took on the mission of trying to figure out how to continue operating the society without relying on a miracle of support in the form of a donation to happen every year, because, he said, “sooner or later, you run out […]

  • Cello Master Begins New Sturgeon Bay Music Series

    The one thing cellist Matt Turner can tell you for certain about his Dec. 9 performance to kick off the new Sturgeon Bay music series BEGIN is that he probably won’t be setting his cello on fire. “But I’m tempted sometimes,” he said. What you can expect from this Lawrence University professor of jazz and […]

  • Poem: If Those Walls Could Speak (Testimony: Teweles & Brandeis Granary)

      Sturgeon Bay, 2017 Some look at me, all they see is squalor, a blocky, boxy blight beyond repair whose better days, like mist upon the water, vanished years ago in sun-drenched air. The seed that men poured through me is but memory, a history of harvests books might share if books, indeed, can ever […]

  • Legislative Days Deemed Success by Year’s End

    Proving that voices from small, rural communities can make a difference, legislative action and rule changes are underway on more than five initiatives that will have a significant impact for life on the Door Peninsula. These changes were advocated for and championed by more than 130 volunteer delegates during the bi-annual 2017 Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Man Hikes 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail

    “Neither snow nor rain nor heat” opens the creed of the United States Postal Service, but it just as easily applies to the most recent adventure of Sturgeon Bay resident Kevin Quinn, who, in August, completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Spanning 2,190 miles and 14 states along the eastern United States, the Appalachian […]

  • Florist Jackie Ehlert Shares Wreath-making Process

    Bundles of cedar, white pine and blue spruce branches spill out from boxy containers spread out on the floor. Pine cones the size of small kittens overflow from a nearby metal crate. In the corner, an array of foraged items – mini cattails, seeded eucalyptus, lotus pods and ornamental grasses – stand at the ready. […]

  • Featured Pet: Freddy

    This week’s featured pet at the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Freddy, an eight-month-old puppy. All his friends at DCHS call him “Fast Freddy” because he’s so fun and energetic. Freddy has been at DCHS since late September. He was transferred to Door County from another shelter in hopes to find his forever family. […]

  • JR Vacation Rentals Adds New Homes to Rental Pool

    JR Vacation Rentals recently announced the addition of several new rentals to their vacation rental pool. Their locations are spread across the county from southern Door County to Ellison Bay. Now, with more than 40 different rentals for vacationers to choose from, JR Vacation Rentals has a rental for every kind of group and budget […]

  • Reclaimed Resale & Workshop to Open in Ephraim Spring 2018

    The commercial building at 10451 Town Line Drive (corner of Town Line Drive and Highway 42) in Ephraim has sold. The new owners, Jeff and Tena Kruger, will open Reclaimed Resale & Workshop in the spring of 2018. Reclaimed will feature a resale shop specializing in home goods and furniture. The workshop will have daily […]

  • Brian Linden Receives China’s Yunnan Friendship Award

    Brian Linden, of the Linden Centre in Xizhou, Yunnan, China and Ellison Bay’s Linden Gallery, received the Yunnan Provincial Friendship Award Nov. 20. He received the prestigious Yunnan Friendship Award from the Honorable Yunnan Governor Ruan Chengfa in front of respected provincial government leaders and a large television audience. Linden spoke about his 33-year personal […]

  • Visitor Bureau Encourages Holiday Shoppers to ‘Buy Local’ with Door County Gift Certificates

    Give the gift of Door County with a Door County gift certificate, a great gift for friends and family that helps support the Door County Buy Local campaign. Since gift certificates can only be used in the county they keep the money local and help foster economic development. The gift certificate program, which was started […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Dec. 5, 2017

    Crop prices (Dec. 5) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $2.94 -0.45 $3.00 Soybeans $9.19 -0.91 $9.27 Wheat $3.25 -0.81 $3.08 Oats $2.43 -0.10 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $2.93/bushel -0.60 New-Crop Corn $3.16/bushel -0.70 Wheat $3.42/bushel -0.90   Basis: The difference between the local […]

  • Kids Invited to Hike the Evergreen Forest at Crossroads

    Family outings at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay are special. When youngsters are along, it takes a little extra time to cover a trail, but the kids always survive and usually notice things that adults might miss. Families are invited to take park in a hike of the evergreen forest Dec. 9 at […]

  • Hikes, Wreath-making at The Ridges’ Natural Christmas

    Spend a few hours this holiday season surrounded by the natural beauty of The Ridges Sanctuary during their Natural Christmas celebration. Stroll down the softly lit Hidden Brook Boardwalk and visit the beautifully decorated Kaye Cabin, while sipping on warm cider, eating delicious cookies and listening to holiday music. This program offers a wreath-making workshop, […]

  • Sister Bay Ushers in 2018 with Inaugural Cherry Drop

    Sister Bay will once again welcome in the New Year with a bang. The 4th annual New Year’s Eve celebration starts with Door County’s only fireworks show, scheduled for Dec. 31, 8 pm at Marina Park. Weather permitting, the ice rink at the Sister Bay Sports Complex will be open. Bring along a hockey stick […]

  • Peninsula State Park Offers First Day Hike

    Peninsula State Park will sponsor a First Day Hike Jan. 1, 2018, offering visitors the opportunity to rejuvenate by taking a family friendly trek led by Friends of Peninsula State Park. “This is a great way for the whole family to start off the new year with a healthy activity,” said Chris Holicek, president of […]

  • Winter Farmers Market at The Oasis in Sturgeon Bay

    With the tremendous, ongoing success of the summer farmers market in downtown Sturgeon Bay, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is holding a Winter Market with many of the summer vendors on board to sell their foods and other goods. December is an especially fun month to shop, with Christmas music accompanying the experience and four […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Council Sends Premier Resort Tax to Voters

    Sturgeon Bay is the second Door County municipality to ask voters to approve a Premier Resort Area Tax to maintain its infrastructure. The Common Council voted 6 – 0 (Alderman Richard Wiesner was absent) to ask voters to approve a half cent Premier Resort Area Tax to pay for improvements to its deteriorating city streets. […]

  • Algoma Band, Lakeshore Singers Present Holiday Concert Dec. 13

    The Algoma Community Band and The Lakeshore Singers will present their holiday concert Dec. 13, 7 pm at the Algoma Elementary School Performing Arts Center. Tom Mueller directs the band; David Robertson directs The Lakeshore Singers. The Lakeshore Singers will sing many Christmas merriments including “Let Us All Be Merry,” “Merry Christmas to You,” and […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Announces 2018 Lineup

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces their 2018 schedule. TAP starts the year with their Winter Play Reading Festival, Feb. 16 – 25. This is TAP’s second annual play reading festival featuring both new and classic plays in staged readings by TAP’s professional company. The play selections will be announced at a later date. On stage […]

  • The Peninsula Singers Present Christmas Program Dec. 9-10

    Get in the Christmas spirit with The Peninsula Singers during their free Christmas program, “Do You Hear What I Hear?” The concerts are scheduled for Dec. 9, 7 pm at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church and Dec. 10, 3 pm at Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. Although the concerts are free, donations will be […]

  • Rogue Theater Presents ‘The Christmas Journey’

    Rogue Theater will celebrate its fifth Christmas with a holiday production by Rebecca Wimmer, The Christmas Journey. Filled with songs, holiday cheer, and a special message, this production will be sure to please the whole family. The play begins on the night before the big event, and Christmas is on a journey to the Little […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Middle Schoolers Present ‘Shrek The Musical Jr. ‘ Dec. 8

    Nasty will be nice and Sturgeon Bay will be “ogre”-the-moon when TJ Walker Middle School Allied Arts students present their production of Shrek The Musical Jr. on Dec. 8. The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save a princess from a dragon. However, […]