Peninsula Pulse January 11-18, 2019

In this issue

  • Naze: Potawatomi Near Goal for Accessible Fishing Pier

    How many times can you say you’ve helped fund something that will give thousands of disabled and able-bodied anglers a chance to cast the waters of Sturgeon Bay? For most of us, probably never. Whether you’re an avid angler or just someone who knows a worthy project when you read about it, you’re in luck: […]

  • High School Winter Athletics Schedule: Jan. 11 – 18

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 11 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Jan. 15 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 12 @ Coleman, 3:30 pm Jan. 14 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Jan. 18 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Jan. 11 @ Gibraltar, 7:30 pm Jan. 15 vs. Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts Public Meetings on Waterfront Development

    The City of Sturgeon Bay has contracted with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), a waterfront-planning and design firm, to gather input from interested parties on the future of Sturgeon Bay’s westside waterfront. The majority of the firm’s work will take place during January and February, so the city expects to have a report and recommendations by […]

  • Hamiltunes, Door Community Auditorium

    ‘Hamilton’ Sing-Along

    On Jan. 19 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present a free community sing-along of the songs in the Broadway hit Hamilton. Those who wish to may sing the songs from Hamilton collectively; no special singing skills are required. Costumes are encouraged. For more information, visit or call 920.868.2728. DCA is located […]

  • Review: ‘The Death and Life of the Great Lakes’

    The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan, 384 pages, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017 Dan Egan first became interested in water pollution during his childhood in the Green Bay area, when the Fox River was too polluted for swimming. After college he moved to Milwaukee and became a prize-winning reporter for […]

  • Peninsula School of Art, Printmaking, open studio, art, art school

    Open Studios Provide Access to Equipment, Community of Artists

    Artists of all media and levels are invited to participate in the weekly Open Studios program at Peninsula School of Art (PenArt) on Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. During the quiet season, when Door County takes on an even more relaxed pace, PenArt opens its large, well-equipped painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry and clay studios […]

  • Master Gardeners Lecture Series

    Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) will present “What’s New for 2019,” the first in a series of nine gardening-education lectures, on Jan. 15, 7 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek. The speaker, Kori Zawojski, owner of Sunnypoint Gardens in Egg Harbor, will explore the hottest garden trends and the newest varieties in annuals, perennials […]

  • Sharon Resch, Sarah Meredith Livingston

    Livingston Juries International Voice Competition

    University of Wisconsin-Green Bay music professor Sarah Meredith Livingston was invited to be a member of the international jury at the 53rd International Dvorak Voice Competition in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, Nov. 7-17, 2018. In the weeklong event, 106 singers from 26 countries participated, culminating in a public concert at the end of the week. […]

  • Julian Hagen, Len Villano, music, guitar, performance

    Ken Koyen to Host Illinois Fish Boil

    Washington Island fisherman Ken Koyen will once again conduct one of his famous Island whitefish boils in Berwyn, Illinois, on Feb. 2. The boil features his freshly caught Lake Michigan whitefish, Island-grown red potatoes and onions, all boiled in a large cauldron over an open wood fire. Koyen will also offer Jerry Mann’s Island brats […]

  • Snowshoe, Len Villano, winter, hike

    Guided Hikes at The Ridges

    Join the Ridges Sanctuary naturalist on Friday at 1pm, and Saturday at 10 am and 1 pm, for guided snowshoe hikes. Enjoy a leisurely hike on level terrain. Participants may hike in boots or, if there’s sufficient snow cover, snowshoes. The hike ends at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center with a cup of hot chocolate […]

  • Wild Turkey, Len Villano

    Thousands of Leftovers for Spring Turkey Hunters

    If you love hunting wild turkeys in the spring but forgot to apply for a harvest permit by the December deadline, you’re not plucked yet. More than 16,000 bonus Zone 2 authorizations for Door, Kewaunee and other eastern Wisconsin counties will go on sale in March. Jaqi Christopher, assistant upland wildlife ecologist for the DNR […]

  • Printmaking Resurgence at Peninsula School of Art: New exhibit highlights possibilities of printmaking

    If you’ve paid attention to upcoming events at the Peninsula School of Art (PenArt), you may have noticed a common theme: printmaking. The first exhibit of 2019 is Midwest Made: Contemporary Print Invitational, and the first fundraiser of the year is Winter Print. When asked about the focus on printmaking, PenArt Executive Director Catherine Hoke […]

  • Love on Holiday VIP Passes

    The Holiday Music Motel heats up the coldest time of the year with its eighth annual Love on Holiday performance. More than 30 songwriters will take inspiration from local artists in a one-of-a-kind pairing of image and song. The Love on Holiday shows are scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9, 7:30 pm, at Third Avenue […]

  • Griffon String Quartet, Midsummer's Music

    Griffon String Quartet to Perform at Maritime Museum

    In the fall of 2018, Midsummer’s Music in Door County, the Fine Arts Institute at East High in Green Bay, and St. Norbert College in De Pere launched a groundbreaking project to enhance student learning and academic achievement through increased exposure to — and participation in — music. The result is a three-year program to […]

  • Hans Christian, Studio 330, gong

    ‘Source & Spirit’ at Studio 330

    Local musician and record producer Hans Christian and Native American artist and teacher Coleen Bins will hold three events in January and February called “Source & Spirit: A Journey to Creation and Creativity.” During these two-hour events, Bins will offer healing and wisdom from her Oneida tradition, with a focus on the theme of creation. […]

  • Right to Live Workshop at TAP

    Habibah (Biba) Sheikh will lead the Right To Live workshop beginning Jan. 26 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP). Public performances are scheduled for March 1-3.   Registration is still open for adults and students (middle and high school) to participate in the workshops. There is no fee to participate, and no audition is required. No […]

  • Sara Litterio, Buti Yoga, Dancin' on the Door, yoga

    Weekly Buti Yoga

    Buti yoga with yoga instructor Sara Litterio will be offered as a weekly class on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 am, now through Feb. 19 at Dancin’ on the Door in Egg Harbor. The class is available on a drop-in or class-card basis. The drop-in cost is $15 per person, five classes for $60, or 10 classes for […]

  • Bestseller List: Jan. 11, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver2. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens4. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, Doug Wheatley (Illus.)5. There There by Tommy Orange HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Whose Boat Is This Boat? by the staff […]

  • Johnsmith, Dan Sebranek, White Gull Inn, performance, music, live music, music series, concert series

    Johnsmith and Dan Sebranek at White Gull Inn

    Wisconsin singer-songwriters Johnsmith and Dan Sebranek will be featured in concert at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Jan. 16. For more than 30 years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs and house concerts. In addition to being a Kerrville New […]

  • The Play’s the Thing Play-Reading Series

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces the 2019 season of The Play’s the Thing, a winter play-reading series. Fully cast readings of the plays will be performed at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor, Feb. 4, March 4 and April 1 at 7 pm. General seating will be available, and there will be no admission fee. […]

  • Rogue Theater, Laundry and Bourbon, theater, community theater

    Rogue Theater Auditions

    Rogue Theater’s Co-artistic Directors Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers have been preparing for its 2019 season. Upcoming shows include comedy, improvisation, drama and murder mystery. Open auditions will be held Jan. 19 at 1:30 pm, and Jan. 21 at 5:30 pm, at the Door County Community Foundation, 222 N. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The theater […]

  • Lungs, Third Avenue Playhouse, TAP, Len Villano

    Honors for TAP’s ‘Lungs’

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s 2018 production of Lungs won the Best Professional Play award from the Broadway World website. In addition, Elodie Senetra won the Best Actress award for the same play. Lungs, by Duncan MacMillan, told the story of a couple’s relationship from their first meeting through the rest of their lives together. The couple, […]

  • Turtle Ridge Gallery, Art Camp, leather bag, handmade bag

    Upcoming Turtle Ridge Art Camps

    Come to Turtle Ridge to make a bag at one of its Art Camps — a way to put your creativity into a leather bag or small item. There are many camps to choose from, with a variety of prices, styles, colors and customizing. Here is the Art Camps schedule for January and February: Jan. […]

  • Husby’s and Peninsula Preschool Team up for ‘Pig Out’

    Pig Out for Peninsula Preschool at Husby’s Food & Spirits on Jan. 17, 11 am to close. When you mention “Peninsula Preschool,” 50 percent of your check amount will be donated to the school. As a nonprofit organization, the Peninsula Preschool is supported through tuition, donations and fundraising events. It is through the support of […]

  • Southern Door Wrestling Team Pays Tribute to Fire Departments

    The Southern Door Wrestling Team will provide a special tribute to firefighters from the B.U.G. and Southern Door fire departments at the team’s home match on Jan. 17 against Peshtigo. Firefighters in uniform will be granted free admission. The firefighter appreciation will start at 6:45 pm, when the team exits the locker room. The community […]

  • Health Department Offers Cholesterol Screenings

    The Door County Public Health Department offers cholesterol screenings on Jan. 24. Results from the test include total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, glucose and triglycerides. Those getting tested must fast for 12 hours before the test and must schedule an appointment by calling Casey at 920.746.2255. The $35 cost can be paid by cash or check.

  • Fashion Show Highlights Female Empowerment

    On Feb. 2, a new fashion-show event, Fashion Forward, will take place at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. This event, centered around the theme of female empowerment, will benefit HELP of Door County. It will feature 40 area models who will debut the creative works of six area designers and stylists. […]

  • 5th and Jefferson, Llama Latte, Aleah Kidd, coffee shop, Door County, Sturgeon Bay

    Llamas and Lattes at 5th & Jefferson Coffee House

    Coffee culture has been around for a long time, long before Frappuccinos and international coffee chains. Yet, the pre-2000s coffee culture looked different than today; coffee culture used to be reminiscent of European cafes, with the primary use of space being to gather, sip and socialize rather than make a mad dash for a triple […]

  • Discover Mediaworks Announces TV Shows Available for Streaming

    Discover Mediaworks, a family-owned strategic marketing and media production company based in Wisconsin, announced that its award-winning television series will soon be available for streaming through major platforms. Beginning Jan. 10, viewers will be able to watch Discover Wisconsin, Into the Outdoors and Boondock Nation on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Smart TVs. […]

  • Learning and Innovation Center Holds Caregiving Resource Fair

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay is hosting a free Aging and Caregiving Resource Fair from 10 am to 3 pm on Jan. 24. Participants will learn ways to care for themselves and others. Representatives from a variety of organizations will be on hand, including the Aging and Disability Resource Center of […]

  • Sunshine House Holds Bingo Fundraiser

    Join the Sunshine House for a fun-filled evening of bingo to support a great nonprofit organization. On Jan. 25, everyone is invited to play bingo from 5:30 to 8 pm. Tickets are $12 per person (available for purchase at and include unlimited bingo, snacks and beverages. The Sunshine House is located at 55 Yew […]

  • Jacksonport Polar Bear Plunge, Jarosh Family, Jarosh, Jacksonport, family photo

    Framed: Before the Plunge

    The Jarosh family enjoys the beach before the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day swim. Submitted.

  • Trivia: Who became the first center in NBA history to make seven or more three-pointers in back-to-back games?

    Question: Who became the first center in NBA history to make seven or more three-pointers in back-to-back games? Answer: Brook Lopez of the Milwaukee Bucks accomplished this in games on Dec. 29, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2019, against the Brooklyn Nets and Detroit Pistons, respectively.

  • Open Door Pride Hosts Dance Night

    Open Door Pride presents Fun Nights, supporting our LGBTQ+ community and friends. Dance off the winter chill at the first Fun Night social mixer of 2019. On Jan. 11, 6-9 pm, dance the night away at Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door, 4614 Harbor School Road in Egg Harbor, with DJ Ash. There is no cover […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Jan. 11, 2019

    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? “You don’t want your spices to outlive you.” “Don’t order pickle juice and drive.” “Do you remember when Alaska became a country?” […]

  • Southern Door Sponsors Open-lab Workshop

    Southern Door School District is sponsoring a 10-week open-lab workshop for adults in its Fab Lab on Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm, Jan. 16-March 20. The first session on Jan. 16 will be a training session led by high school technical-education instructor Glen VanderVelden. The remaining nine sessions will be open to participants to use laser engravers, […]

  • Dying to Talk Resumes Jan. 15

    The monthly community event Dying to Talk will resume on Jan. 15, 5:30 pm, at the Get Real Café, 116 S. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay. Dying to Talk, hosted by End of Life Doula VJR and Doulagivers of Door County, has become a warm and comfortable place for the community to share memories, thoughts and feelings […]

  • Manners Matter: Visiting Home

    Dear Mary Pat, Our son isn’t speaking to us since we didn’t let him and his girlfriend share a room when they were visiting over New Year’s Eve. They are in their mid-20s and I know that they think that my husband and I are too strict but that’s been our house rule since his […]

  • Lumberjack Supper Held on Jan. 30

    For the last 84 years, the men of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church have been hosting the Lumberjack Supper. Originally known as the Cheeseman Lunch, this meal’s cooking was done on a wood stove, and about 65 meals were served. During the next 50-odd years, the popularity of this event – known today as […]

  • Featured Pets: Feliz and Navidad

    Christmas may be over, but the staff at Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus are still singing “Feliz Navidad” because of these two senior sisters. When Feliz and Navidad arrived at WHS, their coats were heavily matted, causing them to have issues using the litter box. Now that they’ve both had a haircut, they’re […]

  • Breastfeeding Support Group Meets Every Month

    Are you a mom or soon-to-be mom who’s interested in connecting with other breastfeeding moms? Do you need practical information about breastfeeding? Join the Door County Breastfeeding Support Group. Children are welcome, and snacks are provided. Meeting dates and topics include: “Breastfeeding and Diet,” with guest speaker Kathleen Arnold (Feb. 6); “Breastfeeding and Pumping” (March […]

  • Server of the Week: Dan Strege at Mink River Basin

    His name is Dan StregeBut here we call him Boone.If ever help is needed,You know he’ll be there soon. A man of many talents,He has a creative mind.Boone can fix most anythingWith any material he can find. A hard-working individualWith a very caring soul.Always seen with a coffee in hand,That’s how our Booner rolls! – […]

  • Cheers!: A Deep Dive Into the Black Forest

    I was happy to become reacquainted with what used to be one of my favorite breweries – Unibroue of Montreal, Canada. They have always made amazing beers, but I somehow lost touch with them. And then I saw a bottle of Ale Gâteau Forêt-Noire. Well, I know the first word – ale. And being a […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Need for Airport Grows

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor January 6, 1876 The Indians of Dakota and Nebraska are organizing for a general onslaught on the whites. Gen. Custer is lively in making preparations to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Steel Slats

    Trump’s latest “beautiful wall” is to be built of “steel slats.” Think of that. As he demonstrated it on television it would consist of vertical steel columns, several inches apart. One of the purposes of this wall is supposed to be to stop drugs. So here is how the wall stops drugs. The cartels in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Country Held Hostage

    The president has created a dangerous crisis by holding the country hostage to his non-negotiable demand for a wall. On one level, his behavior resembles that of a spoiled child holding his breath to get the proverbial pony. On a more somber level, it brings to mind the failed appeasement of Hitler by Chamberlain at […]

  • By the Numbers: Government Shutdown

    For the 21st time in U.S. history, and the third time since Donald Trump was elected president, the federal government is in a partial shutdown. This shutdown went into effect at midnight Dec. 22, and with no end in sight, it could be the longest shutdown on record. (The previous record was 21 days during […]

  • Packers Hope They’ve Found Guru in Obscure LaFleur

    The Green Bay Packers introduced Matt LaFleur Wednesday as the 15th head coach in the team’s 100-year history. LaFleur served as the offensive coordinator for the Tennessee Titans last season, when the team ranked 27th in scoring but was riddled by injuries to quarterback Marcus Mariota and tight end Delanie Walker, the team’s top receiver. […]

  • State News: Bipartisanship, Marijuana, Dirty Water

    State Leaders Call for Bipartisanship A new era of divided government began Monday at the state Capitol with the inauguration of the state Assembly and Senate. Republican legislators continue to hold power in both legislative chambers, with a 63-36 majority in the Assembly and a 19-14 majority in the Senate. However, the GOP will not […]

  • Bridge Up Brewing Adds to County’s Craft Beer Experience

    Trent Snyder can’t wait for you to try his beer, and he really wants to know what you think. “If it was just for me, I’d brew IPA all day,” he said. “We want to see what people like. That’s our goal here, to brew for the people. We care about what people want to […]

  • Science Snippet: Air Quality Standards

    The acting chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently fired a panel of scientific experts charged with reviewing air-quality standards for particulate matter. He also fired the members of a panel who were assisting in determining ground-level ozone limits. It’s been estimated that up to 10 percent of disability days in large cities may […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 11 – 18

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at 7 pm Jan. 15. County of Door:  The Finance Committee meets at 3 pm Jan. 14. The Museum Committee meets at 11:30 am Jan. 15. The Facilities & Security Committee meets at noon Jan. 15. The Board of Health meets at 8:30 am Jan. […]

  • Door to Nature: Predators of Feeder Birds

    I fill the front-yard bird feeders about an hour before sunset each day so the birds will have “supper,” and I know there will be enough food left in the morning for the early risers. How would you like to spend a cold, windy, snowy night sleeping outdoors? Granted, there are some winter campers who […]

  • TTX Opening First International Plant in Mexico

    Therma-Tron-X (TTX) of Sturgeon Bay has chosen Mexico as the home for its first international subsidiary, TTX Mexico. TTX is a North American industry leader in the design and manufacture of industrial finishing systems and industrial water-treatment equipment. The importance of the Mexican market and a commitment to TTX’s existing Mexican customers drove the decision […]

  • How to Handle Home Insect Invaders

    Cold winter temperatures provide a nice break from outdoor insect pests, but what’s worse than insects outside? When they’re in our homes. In the winter, some common indoor pests are insects that spend just the winter inside, insects that infest food products, and ants. Animals have developed an amazing array of ways to survive cold […]

  • Maritime Museum Hires New Curator

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) hired Rhys Kuzdas as curator and exhibits manager. He will manage the curatorial needs of two museum locations:  the Cana Island Lighthouse and the in-water exhibit of the tugboat John Purves. A U.S. Navy veteran and avid travel and history enthusiast, he has volunteered and worked at various nonprofits […]

  • New State Runoff Risk Advisory Debuts

    A new version of Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast will debut Feb. 1, offering farmers a much more detailed and localized look at the threat of runoff before they spread manure. The runoff forecast, available at, provides maps showing the short-term runoff risk to aid in daily application planning, taking into account factors such […]

  • Gibraltar Students Compete at DECA

    Gibraltar students competed at the Northeast Wisconsin District DECA Career Development Conference (CDC) on Jan. 5 at Bay Port High School. Each competitor took a 100-question, career-specific exam and participated in two role-play scenarios with judges from throughout northeast Wisconsin. Juniors Connor Duffy and Brandon Stillman earned first place in the Sports and Entertainment Marketing […]

  • A View from the DCVB: 2019 Visitor Guides Unveiled

    The 2019 Official Door County Visitor Guide debuts this month. The guide is our primary printed visitor piece, distributed both in and out of the county, as well as mailed free to anyone who requests a copy. We printed 230,000 copies this year. Guides are now available at our Door County Welcome Center and countywide […]

  • League of Women Voters Seeking Candidates for Forum

    The League of Women Voters of Door County urges any citizen or candidate interested in a candidate forum to contact Barb Graul at [email protected] or 920.743.6842 on or before Friday, Jan. 18. Any candidate, group or individual may request a forum. However, the League will proceed only if the position is contested (i.e., more than […]

  • City Puts Marijuana Questions on April Ballot

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council became the latest Wisconsin municipality to take a marijuana question to voters. At its Jan. 2 meeting, the council voted to add two advisory questions to the April ballot, asking voters whether they support the legalization of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana. The referendum would have no binding legal effect. […]

  • GEO-DC to Host Programming Workshop

    The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County (GEO-DC) is heading into 2019 with a workshop to identify programming and educational opportunities for the approaching season. The organization plans to introduce educational programs such as hikes, lectures and kayak tours that will complement future interpretive and educational exhibits and displays. The programming workshop is scheduled for […]

  • Your Right to Know: Democracy Depends on Open Government

    by Sen. Chris Larson They say what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, but when it comes to public records, the state Legislature doesn’t seem to believe in this principle. In Wisconsin, cities, police and fire departments, state agencies and even the governor’s office are required to retain public records and make […]

  • Pond Hockey Tournament Registration Nearly Full

    The Door County Pond Hockey Tournament is nearly full. A record 48 teams have now signed up for the Feb. 9 event on Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor. Pond hockey is a modified version of hockey that’s usually played on lakes, ponds and streams. Games are played on smaller rinks than in regular hockey, with […]

  • INDOOR ACTIVE Hosts Indoor Cycling Winter Race Series

    Launched in 2018, INDOOR ACTIVE provides sport leagues, events and classes for youth and adults in northern Door County. Now it’s gearing up for its inaugural indoor cycling Winter Race Series to help cyclists test their fitness and keep their 2019 goals at the forefront. The series consists of four races, held monthly from January […]

  • Girls Basketball Statistical Leaders: Jan. 10

    Sara Dax of conference-leading Kewaunee holds a commanding lead in the league scoring race. Gibraltar’s Payton Pluff has climbed into second in the Packerland Conference in scoring at 17.1 points per game, and her 7.6 rebounds per game rank fourth. Algoma’s Makayla Guillette now ranks fifth. On the boards Zoe Kuehn of Sevastopol ranks second […]

  • Boys Basketball Statistical Leaders: Jan. 10

    Southern Door’s Kyle Daoust leads the Packerland Conference in scoring near the midway point of the season, pouring in 22.1 points per game. He’s one of three Southern Door players among the top eight. Sevastopol’s Robby Pollman and Sturgeon Bay’s Carson Talbert and Mitchell Jackson are also among the conference leaders. But for all-around play, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Time to Dump ‘Bone Spurs’ Trump

    “Bone Spurs” Trump continues his ranting and lies to the troops in Iraq today, even exposing a covert Navy Seal operation in the process. It has been reported that the silence of Republican leadership in Congress is due to the belief that the strength of our institutions will withstand his incompetence. They will not. His […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Uphill Battle to Protect Environment

    Wisconsinites have a well-deserved reputation as people who love the outdoors. We love our rivers, lakes, forests and state parks. With such strong support for protecting our natural resources many Wisconsin voters naively believe that the politicians in Madison also share their enthusiasm for protecting the environment. However if they have been paying attention to […]

  • Snow, hemlock, Door County, winter

    Get Outside at Crossroads at Big Creek

    It’s a new year and there is — potentially — a new invasive insect species to worry about at Crossroads at Big Creek. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) reported that its inspectors found an invasive insect on Christmas decorations in Wisconsin. The insect, called elongate hemlock scale (EHS), feeds on eastern hemlock and fir trees. […]

  • Kelli Strickland, Door Community Auditorium, speaker series

    Door County Talks

    On Jan. 12 at 10 am, the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present a free lecture by Kelli Strickland titled “Building Community and Common Ground through the Arts.” This marks the first installment of DCA’s new series, Door County Talks. A collaboration between DCA and the Door County Civility Project, Door County Talks is a […]

  • Adopt-a-Soldier Steps Up to Help Unpaid Coast Guard Members

    Nancy Hutchinson, the organizer of Adopt-a-Soldier Door County, could not stand by and watch as political games in Washington, D.C., prevent members of the U.S. Coast Guard from getting paid. “We’re going to try to help these Coast Guard guys and gals. There are a few of them with both the wife and husband working […]

  • Caleb Frostman Welcomes New Role As Secretary of Workforce Development

    It’s a bit too early to refer to him as Secretary Caleb Frostman because he still has to go through Senate confirmation, but the former 1st District senator and executive director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation is looking forward to taking the reins of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). “It was […]

  • Ephraim Streetscape Project Finally Going Forward

    “Well, we’ve got ourselves a project,” Ephraim Village President Mike McCutcheon said after the village board approved a slew of items related to its long-simmering streetscape project. The project has been under discussion by the village for five years. The board voted to award the $2.4 million reconstruction contract to Peters Concrete Company, with one […]

  • Packerland Girls Basketball Statistical Leaders

    Sara Dax of conference-leading Kewaunee holds a commanding lead in the league scoring race. Gibraltar’s Payton Pluff has climbed into second in the Packerland Conference in scoring at 17.1 points per game, and her 7.6 rebounds per game rank fourth. Algoma’s Makayla Guillette now ranks fifth. On the boards Zoe Kuehn of Sevastopol ranks second […]

  • DNR Issues Final Ruling on High Water Mark in Sturgeon Bay

    The years-long fight to determine the location of the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) on the Sturgeon Bay west waterfront is over. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a final ruling on the line Jan. 3 on parcel 92 near the foot of the Oregon Street Bridge. The ruling places the line in concurrence […]

  • OBITUARY: Wendy Li Lux

    Wendy Li Lux, 17, of Washington Island, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at her home after a six-month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. Wendy was born in Kunming, China, and had lived in an orphanage in Kunming until her adoption in 2010. She lived with […]

  • OBITUARY: Norman Schweikert

    Norman Schweikert, a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s horn section from 1971 until 1997, died at his home on Washington Island, Dec. 31, 2018, after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.  A native of Los Angeles, Norman began piano lessons at the age of six, added violin soon after, and turned to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, Fire and Ice, Ice Carving

    Ice Carvers Needed

    Challenge yourself by carving an ice sculpture during the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s (SBVC) Fire and Ice event on Saturday, Feb. 16. The SBVC is seeking beginner, intermediate and advanced ice carvers for the 2019 ice-carving competition from 9 am to 2 pm. Individuals and teams of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to […]

  • DOT Announces New Timeline for Fish Creek Highway Work

    1/16/18: Editor’s Note – This article has been updated with new information from the Department of Transportation. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) threw a curveball at the Town of Gibraltar to start the new year, changing the timeline for major highway reconstruction scheduled for 2019. The DOT said that only one bid was submitted […]