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Peninsula Pulse Feb. 14-21, 2020

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Who Should Control Education

    Education is not in the U.S. Constitution because the founders wanted most aspects of life to be managed by those who were closest to them, beginning with local government. Local and state government had the responsibility to ensure that differences were valued and each child had opportunities based on skill and ability. The shift to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Will You Be Mine?

    It’s the time of year when we think about spring, new life, affection and love. We share our feelings with people who are very special to us, and we make a gesture and maybe even a commitment to them. We give them gifts; we do extra things to try to make them happy and show […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Must Vote Out a Dangerous President and His Allies

    After Trump’s acquittal by the GOP Senate, Adam Schiff posed a hypothetical question: What if Trump would decide to sell Alaska to the Russians? Let’s take it one step further: What if Trump would decide to drop a nuclear bomb on North Korea and start a worldwide nuclear holocaust?  Trump will consider his acquittal as […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Is an RV Village a Good Investment for Door County?

    Those who care about and govern Door County must study the economic future, including what drives the attitudes and purchase habits of younger generations. Current data do not indicate they will be purchasing 45-foot Class A motorhomes, which is what’s proposed for the project above the Old Quarry. Let’s look at demographic trends of the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Help End Gerrymandering!

    After each 10-year census, the legislative district lines are redrawn. Gerrymandering is the act of redrawing those lines in ways that favor one party, thereby undermining representative democracy. Americans of all political persuasions are fed up with gerrymandering. There is a growing nationwide movement to put the redrawing of voting maps into the hands of […]

  • Habitat for Humanity’s Partner Family Close on Purchase of Home

    Door County Habitat for Humanity’s (DCHH) 42nd partner family, Paul and Kari Bright, closed on the purchase of their home Feb. 6. With the closing, they become the official owners of the home, which 77 DCHH volunteers built, logging more than 4,400 construction hours. The Brights also contributed more than 800 hours of volunteer time […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Supporting Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin Supreme Court

    On Feb. 18, there will be a primary election for a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. There are three candidates for this position. We are supporting Judge Jill Karofsky for this seat. The following are our reasons why. Judge Karofsky – prior to becoming a circuit court judge – worked as a deputy district attorney in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Mike Bloomberg for President in 2020

    It has been a discouraging week for those of us who want to defeat Donald Trump next November. Republican senators capitulated into denial, rationalization and fear during the impeachment trial. The Iowa results disappointed because the front runners cannot appeal to the general electorate, and the moderate candidates do not have the street-fighter mentality needed […]

  • Habitat for Humanity’s Partner Family Close on Purchase of Home

    Door County Habitat for Humanity’s (DCHH) 42nd partner family, Paul and Kari Bright, closed on the purchase of their home Feb. 6. With the closing, they become the official owners of the home, which 77 DCHH volunteers built, logging more than 4,400 construction hours. The Brights also contributed more than 800 hours of volunteer time […]

  • Questions & Answers with Musician Drew Peterson

    Drew Peterson is about as Minnesotan as you can get, and his music evokes the back-country flavor of growing up on a rural farm and putting in the hard work. His music – folk, bluegrass, singer-songwriter – is most potent when he’s showing off his husky, seasoned vocals, which he’s sure to butter up with a […]

  • Love on Holiday: Feeling the Love a Little Early

    Songwriting is not always easy. In fact, it can be pretty hard. There are moments when you can whip out a chorus in 10 minutes, but also times when you spend days hung up on a single word. As someone who’s been on that side of the songwriting page, I was completely mystified during the […]

  • Framed: Ski for Free

    The Wright family of Sturgeon Bay takes to the trails at Crossroads at Big Creek on skis they borrowed during the Ski for Free program. Check out ski conditions in advance at crossroadsatbigcreek.org. Photo by Gretchen Schmelzer. 

  • Manners Matter: Pause to Reflect after a Breakup

    Dear Mary Pat, My little sister’s boyfriend just broke up with her three days before Valentine’s Day, and she had gotten him a really expensive watch. She’s only 17 and still wants to give it to him because she says she lost the receipt. Personally, I think she’s hoping he will want to get back […]

  • Server of the Week: Miss A at Dancin’ on the Door

    Teaching on the peninsula for 25-plus years,  Andria Nikoupolis-Weliky helps students overcome their dance fears. Across many disciplines, Miss A pas de bourrées and chassés,  And gives confidence to young dancers from Egg Harbor to Sturgeon Bay. Thank you, Miss A, for keeping dance alive,  And for providing lots of joy and jive. 

  • Birds of a Feather Can Help Scientists in Count Feb. 14-17

    Like watching birds? Take it a step further this weekend by donating a few minutes of your time to a citizen-science project of global proportions. The 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) will run Valentine’s Day through Feb. 17. All you need to do to participate is to count birds for 15 minutes or […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Feb. 14-21

    DOOR COUNTY County of Door: Feb. 17 – Jingdezhen Sister City Ad Hoc Advisory Group, 9 am; Finance Committee, 2 pm; Library Board, 5 pm. Feb. 18 – Administrative Committee, 10 am. Feb. 20 – Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm. Feb. 21 – Treatment Court Steering Committee, 8 am. Town of Egg Harbor: Feb. 17 […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Feb. 14, 2020

    • Penguin Random House and Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue teamed up recently to release a collection of classic books with new, “culturally diverse” covers, but after receiving backlash on the internet, they decided to suspend the project, which had been set to launch Feb. 5. People were upset that instead of promoting writers of color, […]

  • Community Voices: SkyWriting with Sevastopol’s Fifth-Graders

    compiled by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County Write On, Door County and Northern Sky Theater have embarked on SkyWriting: a collaborative program in the Door County schools through which teaching artists from both organizations will conduct writing workshops geared toward creating work that can be performed.  Using nature as the theme for […]

  • Third Avenue Is New Home for Reclaimed & Co. Jewelry

    Firefighter. Ballerina. Doctor. All of these are typical answers to one of the most common questions that adults ask children: What do you want to be when you grow up? For Sturgeon Bay jeweler Melanie Wahlen, the more apt question would have been, Where do you want to be? For her, the answer has always […]

  • Enroll in 2020 Conservation Reserve Program by Feb. 28

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds agricultural producers to enroll in the 2020 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) by Feb. 28. This sign-up is available to farmers and private landowners who are enrolling for the first time or reenrolling for another 10- to 15-year term. Farmers and ranchers who enroll in CRP receive yearly rental payments […]

  • Donna Parker New Vice President of Brilliant Marketing Communication

    Donna Parker is the new vice president of Brilliant Marketing Communication (BMC, brilliantmarketingcommunication.com), which has experienced growth during the last year and needed to increase its capacity for new clients and larger projects. Parker and Brooke Ulrich, BMC’s founder and president, worked together at Harley-Davidson Motor Company during the early 2000s. Ulrich asked Parker for […]

  • Bruce Low Earns Membership in American Society of Mechanical Engineers

    Bruce Low, owner and inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection in Luxemburg, has earned life membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). A 1974 graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, he’s been an ASME member since 1975. Bottom Line Home Inspection is a full-time inspection company serving home buyers and sellers in much […]

  • Reps in the News: Feb. 14-21

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens released the following statement after Gov. Tony Evers signed two of the bills he authored: “I had the tremendous honor this week of having the governor sign two of my bills into law. “The first, Assembly Bill 134, commits $5.2 million in Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program funding to help complete […]

  • The Price of Safety

    Security a major focus of county’s school-renovation projects In 2018, former Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced a $100 million school-safety grant to improve mental health, school safety and training for educators and law-enforcement officers. Door County schools did not see a windfall from those grants, but instead have turned to local taxpayers to help […]

  • Bills to Watch: Tar Sealants, Conservationist Staff Funding, Nitrate Contamination

    AB-797 / SB-716 Prohibition of tar sealants This bill – part of a water-quality package released by the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality and authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens – would prohibit the sale and use of tar sealants in Wisconsin. Coal-tar sealants are the jet-black coatings put on many driveways and parking lots. They […]

  • Soil and Water Resource-Management Input Sessions

    The Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department will host three sessions in February to gather public input for use in developing the county’s next 10-year Land and Water Resource-Management Plan. The plan will identify land and water-resource concerns and develop goals to guide department programs in protecting those resources. Interested parties may give input […]

  • GEO-DC Committed to Sustainability

    As with many old buildings, the presence of asbestos was discovered in the Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County’s (GEO-DC) Discovery Center site, halting the group’s plans to restore the 50- to 60-year-old building. GEO-DC purchased the Ellison Bay property in 2017 knowing that the building had a number of issues, including mold, a leaky […]

  • Primary Election for District 3 Supervisor Feb. 18

    The primary in the race for District 3 representative on the Door County Board of Supervisors will be held Feb. 18. Incumbent Roy Englebert faces two challengers: former Supervisor Patrick Olson and Lora Jorgensen, an opponent of the Forestville Millpond drawdown.

  • State News: PFAS Bills, Robocalls

    PFAS Bills Draw Mixed Reviews in Assembly Committee Hearing Supporters of legislation that would address contamination from chemicals known as PFAS say such legislation would protect the environment and public health, but opponents say the bills would create costly requirements for industry and the local governments that would have to comply. The chemicals, which are […]

  • Southern Door Students Join Live Door County Campaign

    Maree Baumann, Southern Door business education teacher; and Kelsey Fox, workforce development director at the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC), have teamed up to provide a real-world marketing project for a high school marketing class. Under their guidance, the Southern Door students are developing a billboard design as part of DCEDC’s Live Door County […]

  • Door County Community Foundation Presenting Grant to Purchase Knee Scooters

    The Door County Community Foundation – through the Marge and Mike McCoy Family Foundation, the David and Nancy Danis Fund, the Kerley Family Foundation, and the Eleanor R. Dean and John L. Gosney Fund – has awarded a grant of $6,500 to Neighbor to Neighbor to purchase knee scooters, labeling and forms. The knee scooters are now […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club to Present Annual Trivia Night

    The Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club will present its 17th annual trivia night March 22 at the Masonic Lodge in Sturgeon Bay – a new location. Registration will start at 6:30 pm; trivia will run 7-10 pm. Teams of up to eight people will answer 100 questions within 10 categories. There will be door prices and […]

  • Saguaro Day Spa & Wellness Center Holding a Beginning Animal Communication Class

    Saguaro Day Spa & Wellness Center, 3899 Old Highway Road in Sturgeon Bay, will hold a beginning animal-communication class with Lynn Schuster on March 15, 10 am – 5 pm. Take a (human) friend to take the class for $130 each. As a telepathic animal communicator, Schuster can hear and sense through a meditative process what […]

  • Dr. Ronald Kodras to Present on Approaches for Obesity, Diabetes and Longevity

    Dr. Ronald Kodras will present “What’s New on Approaches for Obesity, Diabetes and Longevity” during a Feb. 26 health program at United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. The program will start at 4 pm, with soup and muffins served by the Wellness Committee to follow. This program is free; all are welcome. […]

  • Algoma United Methodist Church Hosting Potato-Pancake Supper

    Join the families and friends of Algoma United Methodist Church, 794 Parker Ave. in Algoma, on Feb. 25, 4-6 pm, for an all-you-can-eat potato-pancake supper that will feature the Lohrey family’s heirloom recipe for potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream. The church’s men and clergy will provide the pancakes, sausages, dessert, coffee and wonderful […]

  • Kimberley Reilly to Deliver Presentation on Women Suffrage

    UW-Green Bay’s Kimberley Reilly will deliver a Door County Talks presentation, “Woman Suffrage 100 Years Later: Assessing Its Triumphs and Limits” on Feb. 22, 10 am, at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.  One hundred years after women won the constitutional right to vote, Reilly will discuss the ways in which the women’s-rights movement […]

  • NWTC Hosting Information Session

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay is hosting an information session Feb. 19, 10 am – 12 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor to share information about the programs and services it offers to community members at the campus. Call 920.746.4900 or email [email protected] to find out more.

  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church to Host Indoor Farmers’ Market

    Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, will host an indoor winter farmers’ market on Feb. 15, 9 am – 12 pm. About 20 local vendors and artisans will offer greens, vegetables, meats, honey, canned goods, jewelry, artwork, beeswax products and sewn, knitted and crocheted goods.  Down the hall in the coffee […]

  • Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Wisconsin

    According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), UW Hospital and Clinics, the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first case of 2019 novel coronavirus in Wisconsin has been confirmed. The immediate health risk to the general public for contracting this virus is low. According to Wisconsin Hospital […]

  • Southern Door Student Council and American Red Cross Sponsoring Blood Drive

    The Southern Door Student Council and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive Feb. 14, 9 am – 2 pm, at Southern Door High School, 2073 Hwy DK in Brussels. The need for blood is constant, and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Most of us will need […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Feb. 7-14

    News from this week’s past 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. Door County Democrat February 16, 1917 Even Needles High. Local tailors say that even the needle situation is serious. Hundreds of machines in […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society to Host Stories From Carlsville, Carmody Prairie Areas

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host the first of its weekly winter public programs – stories from Egg Harbor’s Carlsville and Carmody Prairie areas – at the Kress Pavilion on Feb. 17, 2:30 pm. The history series will continue through February and March at 2:30 pm on Mondays.  Thomas and William Carmody made their way from […]

  • Bird City Algoma Committee Members Looking for Photos for Migratory Bird Day Celebration

    Bird City Algoma committee members are looking for bird photos for their annual International Migratory Bird Day celebration, to be held April 18 at the Algoma Youth Club. They welcome amateur, professional, semi-professional and student photographers in Door and Kewaunee counties to capture photos of birds in their yards, along the shoreline, in a tree […]

  • Input Sought on PFAS Action Plan

    The Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC) is developing a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) action plan to identify priority actions in response to growing concerns about PFAS. In August, Gov. Evers signed Executive Order 40 directing the state’s Department of Natural Resources to establish WisPAC to coordinate a state multi-agency effort to address PFAS. A […]

  • Citizens’ Climate Lobby to Hold Free Climate Advocate Training Session

    The Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL, citizensclimatelobby.org) will hold a free climate-advocate training session for county residents Feb. 29, 9 am – 12 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.  Dan Dieterich, Wisconsin co-coordinator, will lead the session, which will include information about climate legislation and how to support it. It will also teach the […]

  • Bowling League Results: Jan. 27-30

    Women’s Masters Jan. 27 • High team series: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,451 • High team game: Clark’s Bar 507, Franda Builders 507 • High series: Joan Franda 542, Sara Mueller 525, Nicole Sperber 513 • High game: Joan Franda 216, Sara Mueller 203, Nicole Sperber 199 • Split conversions: Kelly Fleming 4-7-10 and 5-7, Dee […]

  • Northern Door Thursday Night Darts Week 5 Results

    Week 5 Results Mr. G’s 14, The Mill 4  Coyote Roadhouse 10, Mike’s 8 Casey’s 10, Island Fever 8 Bley’s Bar: bye Hat Tricks Paul Klansky, Mr. G’s, 1  Curt Johnson, Island Fever, 1 9 Dart Out Sheila Klansky, Mr. G’s, 1  Mark Haen, Mike’s, 1  8 Dart Out Kevin Steverino Kortez, Casey’s, 1  Overall […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of Feb. 7  Boys Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 10-1 Southern Door 10-2 Sturgeon Bay 10-2 Peshtigo 7-4 Oconto 6-6 NEW Lutheran 4-7 Gibraltar 3-8 Sevastopol 1-9 Algoma 0-12 Girls Basketball School, win-loss Kewaunee 11-0 Peshtigo 9-3 Gibraltar 7-5 Southern Door 7-5 NEW Lutheran 6-6 Algoma 5-8 Sturgeon Bay 5-8 Oconto 4-9 Sevastopol 1-11  Wrestling […]

  • High School Winter Athletics Schedules: Feb. 14-21

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Feb. 14 @ St. Lawrence Seminary, 7 pm Feb. 18 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Feb. 21 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Feb. 14 @ Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Feb. 17 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pm Feb. 20 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL  Boys Basketball  Feb. 18 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm Feb. […]

  • Claflin Reaches 1,000 Points

    At the Southern Door High School boys basketball game against Peshtigo on Feb. 1, Southern Door senior Ryan Claflin reached 1,000 career points. Congratulations!

  • Southern Door to Host Sponsor-Appreciation Night

    The Southern Door County School District is hosting Sponsor-Appreciation Night during the boys basketball showdown against rival Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 18. Business partners will be recognized between the junior varsity and varsity games at approximately 7 pm for their contributions toward the district’s state-of-the-art video scoreboard in its Eagle Gymnasium.  The video scoreboard, funded […]

  • By the Numbers: The Disappearing Hunter

    17 million Number of hunting licenses issued in the early 1980s 15 million Number of hunting licenses issued last year 13.5 million Number of Americans who said they hunt in 2011 11.5 million Number of Americans who said they hunt in 2016 11 Percentage of excise tax on the sale of firearms that goes to […]

  • Southern Door Middle School Honor Roll List

    Semester 1 Grade 8 Academic High Honors Ava Badovski, Sophia Counard, MaKenna Geyer, Ava Ianson, Thomas Jackson, Hailey Kincade, Katy Kraenzlein, Ella Miller, Joshua Nachtwey, Tyler Plzak, Isabella Price, Hannah Schley, Spencer Slezewski, Paula Wienke, Emily Willming, Yana Zenefski, James Zittlow Grade 8 Academic Honors Maryann Alrand, Aiden Arsenault, Isabella Becker, Alex Buhr, Wesley Counard, […]

  • Southern Door High School Honor Roll List

    Semester 1 Grade 12 Academic High Honors Jacqlyn Atkins, Brock Aune, Carissa Bartels, Dakota Berndt, Ryan Claflin, Kendra Dantoin, Samuel Dean, Leeah Delfosse, Emma Hanson, Trinity James, Theresa Kaser, James Kluth, Annika LaLuzerne, Miranda Logerquist, Haley Lynch, Alexis Maurer, Kaitlyn Melville, Abigail Neubauer, Rose Purdy, Delilah Rose, Benjamin Slezewski, Jadacey Teska, Jenna Thiry, Kerin Thiry, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School 2020 Honor Graduates

    Sturgeon Bay High School has announced its Class of 2020 honor graduates. Nicholas Herbst will graduate as valedictorian and Fletcher Hubbard as salutatorian. High Honors – a GPA of 4.00 and above – went to Nicholas Herbst, Fletcher Hubbard, Marina Jeanquart, Jake Schneider, Katie Frank, Madelyn Jeanquart, Daniel Lenius, Madeline Blahnik, Sarah Bridenhagen and Gracen Spritka. […]

  • Dalena Pakalske Performs with Carnegie Hall Mixed Choir

    Southern Door High School sophomore Dalena Pakalske performed with the 2020 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall Mixed Choir on Feb. 2. Students auditioned for the series during the summer of 2019 and were accepted by a selection board based on talent, dedication and achievements demonstrated in their applications and audition recordings. Students […]

  • Child Development Day at Southern Door

    Southern Door County School District will hold a Child Development Day on March 5, 8 am –  6 pm. This is a free community service will provide information and assessment about how children are developing in the cognitive, speech and language, fine and gross motor, personal social, and adaptive skills areas.  Parents with children between […]

  • Southern Door Hosts Solo and Ensemble Festival

    The Southern Door Music Department invites the community to see and hear the many musically talented students from Door County school districts when Southern Door hosts the Bay Area Music Association North Conference Solo and Ensemble Festival on Feb. 14, 3:30-6 pm; and Feb. 15, 8 am – 4 pm. Students from eight schools will compete […]

  • Public Welcome

    Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront could be transformed this year Believe it or not, the Sturgeon Bay West Waterfront will look dramatically different by the end of the year. At least that’s what Sturgeon Bay leaders said they hoped for during a Feb. 10 open house to gather public input on a plan for the West […]

  • Gibraltar Names Supervisor

    The Gibraltar Board of Supervisors selected Brian Merkel – a former supervisor and former chair – to take Steve Sohns’ seat on the town board. Sohns was previously chosen to take Dick Skare’s seat as town chair after Skare resigned mid-term due to health issues. The terms of both positions run through April 2021.  Board members had […]

  • The People Behind the Page: Brett Kosmider

    The Peninsula Pulse employs 24 full- and part-time staff members who live in or have strong ties to Door County. This crew brings you the news in print, on video, online and in podcasts every week. In each edition of the Pulse, we’ll introduce you to one of the people behind the page. This week, […]

  • Evers Calls for $250 Million in School Spending

    Kitchens doubts proposals will go anywhere Door County schools would get a small influx of revenue under a package of education bills proposed by Gov. Tony Evers, but Republicans say the proposals are going nowhere.  Evers called a special session of the Wisconsin Assembly on Feb. 11 to consider a package of bills that would […]

  • Birch Creek Receives WAB Grant

    Birch Creek has received a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Creation and Presentation Program, which is supported by funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Foundation for the Arts. The grant will provide operational and program support for the music-education programs and public concerts that, in 2020, will take Birch Creek into […]

  • TAP’s Offices Have Moved!

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) offices are now located on the west side of Third Avenue, between the SWY231 Gallery and the theater at 235 N. 3rd Ave. This new space will house TAP’s administrative offices, box office, costume-shop area and all costume storage.

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band Begins Spring/Summer Rehearsals March 30

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will begin rehearsals for its spring/summer 2020 season on March 30, 7:15 pm, at Sturgeon Bay High School. Music Director Jason Palmer has chosen some inspiring and challenging selections to play at upcoming concerts. The band will perform a May 18 joint concert with the Algoma Community Band and the Swingin’ […]

  • Peninsula Players’ The Play’s the Thing Series Continues March 2, April 6

    Peninsula Players Theatre presented a reading of James Hindman’s Popcorn Falls on Feb. 3 to a capacity crowd at Björklunden as part of its The Play’s the Thing play-reading series.  The new two-person comedy is set in the sleepy town of Popcorn Falls, whose only claim to fame – its namesake waterfall – has dried […]

  • Annual Pops Concert Fundraiser in Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 29

    The Sturgeon Bay Middle School and High School bands will play their annual pops concert Feb. 29, 4 pm, in the high school gymnasium to raise funds for curricular activities and scholarships for band students. This year’s concert will feature music from television and movies. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase, and there […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival’s Chamber Music Series Continues Feb. 15 and 22

    Peninsula Music Festival’s (PMF) Chamber Music Series will continue Feb. 15 and 22, 2 pm, at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. The Feb. 15 concert will feature Susanna Self on flute and Susan Wenckus on piano. Self is an active chamber musician and orchestral flutist who is also PMF’s principal flutist. […]

  • Final Call: Potawatomi Tower Coming Down

    After a third study of Potawatomi Tower, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has determined it must be removed. The decision comes despite one study determining that the tower could be repaired for the same cost as taking it down.  Three studies have revealed significant wood rot and decay throughout the observation tower at Potawatomi […]

  • Birds, Planting Natives, Ski for Free at Crossroads

    Wild Ones of Door County will host the lecture “Why Plant Natives?” – presented by Coggin Herringa, Wild Ones vice president – on Feb. 13, 7 pm. She’ll explain the ecological benefits of a native landscape. Feel the love at Crossroads on Feb. 14 with a lecture and hike at 3 pm to learn some […]

  • Saturday in Sturgeon Bay: Fire & Ice

    Visit downtown Sturgeon Bay to watch snow and ice carvers turn blocks of snow and ice into works of art beginning at 9 am on Feb. 15! This citywide snow- and ice-carving competition welcomes novice, intermediate, advanced and professional winter artists from all over the Midwest. Carvers will create their masterpieces in front of Sturgeon […]

  • Peninsula School of Art Offers Diverse Winter Programs

    Peninsula School of Art hosts free Family Art Days monthly on the third Saturday, September through May. The next one will take place Feb. 15, 9 am – 12 pm (drop in anytime), with the theme of Surreal Circus. Expect melting clocks, apple-faced men and pipes that aren’t pipes! Pull back the curtain on your subconscious […]

  • Register for Write On’s Fiction Writing Conference

    Registration for Write On, Door County’s Writing on the Door: Fiction Writing Conference, to be held May 1-2, is now open.  Writing enthusiasts of all abilities and interests are welcome to participate in two days’ worth of seminars, workshops, conversations and presentations on the art of writing fiction. World-class faculty members will include Nickolas Butler, […]

  • Be Part of Door County Wellness Festival June 4-7

    The Door County Wellness Festival, June 4-7, will offer a diverse lineup of workshops and talks by presenters and practitioners from Door County and beyond in the areas of inspiration, nourishment and movement.  The full festival pass – available at a discount through March 15 – includes four days of programs including massage, foraging, herbal health, goal […]

  • Take Time for What Matters Retreat on April 17-19

    Spring is the perfect time to plant seeds of self-care, so join Door County Yoga on April 17-19 for the Take Time for What Matters Retreat with Shannon Carney and Sarah Litterio. Participants will receive a one-hour massage at The Spa at Sacred Grounds, including steam and sauna therapy; nature walks; guided meditation featuring local […]

  • Jodi Gonzales Opens Jodi Rose Studio

    Jodi Rose Studio – headed by credentialed art therapist, national board-certified counselor and registered yoga teacher Jodi Gonzales – opened for business Feb. 1.  “Art therapy is a fun and effective way to improve vitality and resilience,” Gonzales said. “I show people how to activate their creativity for reduced stress and anxiety, improved self-esteem and a number […]

  • Ayurveda Workshop at Roots Yoga

    Roots Yoga, 400 2nd St. in Algoma, will host an interactive Ayurveda workshop, Living in Harmony with the Cycles of Nature, on Feb. 29, 1-2:30 pm. This workshop, led by certified Ayurvedic health practitioner Virginia VanPay, will help balance the body as participants learn self-care techniques for seasonal allergies and how to live in harmony […]

  • Guided Meditation at Saguaro on Feb. 18

    Center yourself and recharge your energy through guided meditation Feb. 18, 6:30-8 pm, at Saguaro Day Spa & Wellness Center, 3899 Old Highway Road in Sturgeon Bay. (Arrive at 6:15 pm.) Meditation can give a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits emotional well-being and overall health – benefits that don’t end when the session […]

  • April Verch Will Delight at White Gull Inn Feb. 26

    Canadian fiddler, singer and step dancer April Verch and her band are sure to delight the White Gull Inn audience Feb. 26, 8 pm. Concert tickets are $25. Verch is well known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, but she extends into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond. She […]

  • Music of WWII, Brother Brothers’ Harmonies at DCA

    On Feb. 14, 7 pm, the high-energy bands Hot Club of Cowtown and Davina and the Vagabonds will come together at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) to present The Finest Hour, a celebration of American music at the end of World War II. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic music that accompanied that period, […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society to Host Weekly Winter Public Programs

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host the first of its weekly winter public programs – stories from Egg Harbor’s Carlsville and Carmody Prairie areas – at the Kress Pavilion on Feb. 17, 2:30 pm. The history series will continue through February and March at 2:30 pm on Mondays.  Thomas and William Carmody made their way from […]

  • Obituary: Carl A. Swanson

    Nov. 4, 1959 – Feb. 7, 2020 Carl A. Swanson, 60, of Baileys Harbor died at his home, surrounded by loved ones. Carl was diagnosed with a glioblastoma last fall. He was born in Aurora, Illinois, to Kermit and Jean (White) Swanson. Carl grew up in Naperville, Illinois. He attended Beloit College and North Central College, where […]

  • Obituary: Judie Knuth

    Feb. 4, 2020 Joyful, beautiful Judie Knuth! We miss you dearly! Elegant, exquisitely feminine and zesty, with a fierce drive to live in the moment. Mantra: Slow down and appreciate life with others. You positively enriched many with your pizazz personality, kindness, generosity and always a witty sense of humor throughout your 78 years. To include all the […]

  • Obituary: Laurel (Lauri) Rogers

    Aug. 30, 1960 – Jan. 27, 2020 Laurel (Lauri) Louise J. Rogers, 59, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida. She was born in Fairmont, Minnesota, to Richard and Verna (Wilke) Jennings.  On Oct. 27, 1979, she married Jeffrey (Jeff) Rogers, and they shared 40 great years together, along with a son, […]

  • Obituary: Paul M. Hedeen

    Sept. 10, 1924 ~ Feb. 1, 2020 Paul M. Hedeen, 95, of Sister Bay died at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. He was born in Sister Bay to Milton and Minnie (Carlson) Hedeen. Paul graduated from Gibraltar High School before attending business school near Manitowoc. He earned his electrical engineering degree at Kansas University through […]

  • Obituary: Pat (Kerpan) Dittmer

    March 1, 1936 – Feb. 5, 2020 Pat Dittmer, 83, died peacefully, finally triumphing over a long-term condition that battered her body, but not her spirit. Pat was born in Waukegan, Illinois, into a large extended Croatian family that surrounded her with love and instilled in her a lifelong commitment to the Catholic faith. She graduated from […]

  • Obituary: James “Digger” DeGroot

    June 12, 1947 – Feb. 4, 2020 James Ross DeGroot – “Digger” to those who knew him, “The Mayor of Fish Creek,” and also known (by a few) by his aliases, “Howard Suamico” and “Al Goma” – died after a long illness at the age of 72. Digger’s family will honor his life with a memorial service Sunday, […]

  • Obituary: Glenn Roger Larson

    Nov. 3, 1934 – Feb. 4, 2020 Glenn Roger Larson, 85, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Lincoln and Mathilda (Peschel) Larson. After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country for three years before […]

  • Obituary: Constance E. Acker

    Constance E. Acker, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, after a brief but fierce battle with metastatic breast cancer. Connie was born on Dec. 4, 1937, in Rockford, Ill.  As a young girl, Connie had a thing for James Dean and bad boys, which is why once she set her sights […]

  • Obituary: Roger Gilbert Anderson

    June 27, 1936 – Feb. 4, 2020 Roger Gilbert Anderson, 83, of the Town of Egg Harbor died peacefully at the Door County Medical Center. He was born at home in Sister Bay to Milton Matthew and Edna Beatrice Anderson. After graduating from Gibraltar High School in 1954, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Roger […]