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Peninsula Pulse July 1-8, 2022

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  • Gibraltar Second Semester Honor Rolls, March-June, 2022

    HIGH SCHOOL Highest Honor Roll Elijah Adler, Olivia Finck, Angel Jauregui, Zoe Armbruster, Kiki Kubala, Elizabeth Lecy, Elliot Eash, Helen McCormack, Rebekka Porter, Harrison Schwab, Isabella Sweeney, Lauren Bertges, Ombeline Finck, Krista Jacobson, Abigail Jarosh, Anna Jarosh, Aria Nordahl, Pamela Prescott  High Honor Roll Emmaly Bertges, Sarah Daubner, Wesley Eash, Evan Farnham, Jose Fernandez, Chantel […]

  • County Introduces New Department Heads

    Retirements and job changes have caused turnover at the top of four County of Door departments: the Corporation Counsel’s Office, the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department, the Door County Library and the Public Health Department. Only the latter, which opened last month, has yet to be filled. Native Northport Resident Is New Corporation […]

  • Fire Board Chair Alleges Improper Closed-session Disclosure

    A letter presented April 19 during Nasewaupee’s annual town meeting by one of the town’s representatives on the Southern Door Fire Board is resulting in accusations of improperly disclosing information that was discussed in closed session being raised by another board member from the Town of Forestville. When Bill Krueger delivered his letter during Nasewaupee’s […]

  • Design Plans Approved for 96 Apartment Units Near Target

    PRE/3 of Brookfield’s design plans to build 96 apartment units in eight buildings between the Sturgeon Bay Target Store and Duluth Avenue were approved June 27 by the city’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board. Brad Treml of Robert E. Lee & Associates, who appeared before the board on behalf of PRE/3 to present […]

  • Restaurant and Apartments Envisioned at Vacant Butch’s Lot

    Though the new Butch’s Bar is moving into the former Nautical Inn – where Butch’s owner Clarence Cumber Jr. closed last month on purchasing the building at 234 Kentucky St. – plans are in the works to develop the vacant lot where fire destroyed the original establishment in February. Sturgeon Bay’s Community Protection and Services Committee […]

  • Work-from-Home Now Available for County Employees

    For three months during the height of the pandemic, all County of Door employees worked remotely. Following that, they worked half time in the office, half from home for about six months. “When we did that, we saw very good results,” said Ken Pabich, Door County administrator. Many Wisconsin counties allowed their public-sector employees to […]

  • Tourism Zone Commission Issues Security Warning

    The Door County Tourism Zone Commission (DCTZC) has become aware of frequent spam emails sent to permit holders claiming to offer services in conjunction with the DCTZC.  These emails often offer services such as marketing, sales and promotional expertise related to tourism and include links to websites. However, the senders are not affiliated with the […]

  • Vaccination and Immunization Clinics Announced

    Door County Public Health has adjusted its focus and practices as the number and severity of COVID-19 cases, and the number of residents seeking immunizations, have continued to decline. In order to conserve its resources, Door County Public Health will hold one clinic per month for COVID-19 (Pfizer) vaccinations for people 12 and older. The […]

  • Man Aims to Move Nelson Garage

    During a special meeting of the Baileys Harbor Town Board on July 27, Sister Bay resident Keith Clayton asked to move a stand-alone garage on the former Nelson Hardware property in Baileys Harbor to his own property. Clayton has moved other Door County buildings to his property in the past, and the small size of […]

  • DOT Taking Traffic Counts on Peninsula

    Those black tubes stretched across state and county highways during the past couple of weeks are taking once-in-a-decade traffic counts. Tom Ries, chief of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) data-management section, said there are 181 counts being taken in Door County right now, and the process could take up to a month. There are […]

  • City Settles with Walmart

    After meeting in closed session for about 30 minutes Tuesday, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a settlement agreement with Walmart to resolve a dispute the company had with the city over its assessment of three parcels along Egg Harbor Road for property-tax years 2021 and 2022.  Walmart claimed the parcels were worth no more […]

  • Egg Harbor Denies Request to Rethink Plans for North End

    The Egg Harbor Parks and Public Works Committee will proceed with its plan for a substantial widening and overhaul of Highway 42 at the north and south ends of the village, despite objections from at least seven of the 23 property owners between the County E/Highway 42 intersection and the Church Street/Highway 42 intersection. The […]

  • Walks Draw Hundreds to Support Womens Reproductive Rights

    Women’s Walks were held in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay this week to to protest the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Sturgeon Bay demonstrators gathered in Martin Park and marched across Oregon Street Bridge to Sawyer Park. From there, they marched across the Michigan Street Bridge to 3rd Avenue and back to […]

  • This Weekend in Door County: Freedom Fest, Kayaks, and a Day for the Birds (July 8-10)

    You thought the Independence Day celebrations were over? Not so fast! Last night’s rain postponed fireworks in Baileys Harbor, Gills Rock and Sturgeon Bay. Gills Rock and Baileys Harbor will shoot them off Tuesday night, July 5, while Sturgeon Bay will hold them for a special Maritime Week celebration in August. But that still isn’t […]

  • Obituary: Elaine Hanrath

    June 3, 1925~June 20, 2022 Elaine Jane (Lavelle) Hanrath died on Monday, June 20, 2022 in Fairhope, AL, at age 97.   Elaine was preceded in death by her first husband, Frank Hanrath (d.2004); her second husband, Bill Haring (d.2022); her son, Tom Hanrath; her grandson, Ariel Hanrath-Clark; and her brother, Don Lavelle. Elaine is […]

  • SIBILSKY EARNS AWARD AT NEW YORK EXHIBITION

    Bren Sibilsky’s work has been featured at New York’s Salmagundi Club during an annual exhibition of women’s art curated by the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC), a national organization that has promoted the work of professional women artists for the past 125 years. Sibilsky’s entry, “Determined Partners,” received the Charlotte Dunwiddie Memorial Award for […]

  • YOUNG QUILTERS: SUBMIT YOUR CREATIONS TO QUILT CHALLENGE

    Youth ages 15 and younger who quilt and sew are encouraged to enter their quilts in the 2022 Kids’ Quilt Challenge. The contest is part of the annual Great Wisconsin Quilt Show, presented by PBS Wisconsin and Nancy Zieman Productions. Entries must be received by Aug. 12. Quilts will be displayed at the quilt show, […]

  • KARI ANDERSON HOSTS FUNDRAISER WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS

    This summer, the Kress Pavilion is offering watercolor workshops July 12 and Aug. 1 to raise funds for its fundraising group, the Friends of the Pavilion. Door County watercolorist Kari Anderson will host the sessions – limited to 15 students per workshop – during which participants will discuss color, composition and topics of their choice; watch […]

  • PLEIN AIR CLASS AT ISLAND’S ART & NATURE CENTER

    The Washington Island Art & Nature Center will host a three-day plein air art class with Doug Clarke, who will discuss his method of working small to develop skill sets quickly, the necessity of being ready to paint at a moment’s notice, and how to take a fresh look at the plein air approach and […]

  • TURTLE RIDGE SHOW HIGHLIGHTS JEWELRY

    Turtle Ridge Gallery will host a jewelry show July 2-3, 10 am – 5 pm, featuring the work of Arthur Ragauskas. Born in Lithuania, he has been inspired by the historical significance of jewelry craftsmanship and mythology in northern Europe to combine modern metal forms and cuts with traditional styles to create matte, brushed and […]

  • CAPPAERT GALLERY WELCOMES NEW ARTISTS

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery has recently added the work of three artists.  Mary Bergs uses vintage postcards and superimposes simple shapes, creating a juxtaposition of seemingly contradictory elements. She’s also an installation artist who’s known for her large-scale compositions of found and made objects and images. Sculptor Mark Hargarten works in resin: a distinctive material with […]

  • CELEBRATE 16 YEARS OF PLUM BOTTOM GALLERY

    Plum Bottom Gallery will host its annual gala at its Plum Bottom Road location, 4999 Plum Bottom Road in Egg Harbor, on July 9, 4-7 pm, with featured artists in attendance, wine from von Stiehl Winery, food by Mauricio’s and the work of numerous artists on display. Angela Olson Luberger specializes in hand-forged, sterling-silver jewelry […]

  • GOURD ART FEATURED AT LADYBUG GLASS

    Ladybug Glass Studio & Gallery, 219 Steele St. in Algoma, is displaying the gourd and mixed-media work of De Pere artist Nancy Gezella throughout July. An opening reception will be held July 1, 5-8 pm, and July 2, 10 am – 4 pm.  Gezella’s work begins in her garden, where she grows about half of the […]

  • FRYKMAN GALLERY INTRODUCES MOONLIGHT BAY JEWELRY

    Frykman Studio Gallery has introduced a jewelry collection for 2022 under the name Moonlight Bay Jewelry: whimsical, laser-cut wooden earrings designed by David Frykman and crafted by Lucas Frykman, as well as earrings and necklaces made of wire-wrapped semi-precious stones designed and crafted by Heather Harle Frykman. The jewelry collection – along with the Frykmans’ nature […]

  • Family-Friendly Art Stops

    Art stirs the imagination, cultivates creativity and is a great springboard for crafting fun family memories. It’s lucky for families exploring Door County that there’s an abundance of opportunities to experience art in its many forms. From visiting a gallery, to attending a workshop, to putting a paintbrush to a canvas, there’s something for all […]

  • PENINSULA SYMPHONIC BAND’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band will perform an outdoor concert July 4, 7 pm, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor, ahead of the town’s fireworks display. The concert will include patriotic selections, Sousa marches, exciting music from popular movies and a salute to composer John Williams’ 90th birthday with performances of some […]

  • NEXT UP FOR MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC

    Midsummer’s Music seeks to present works by both lesser-known and widely recognized composers, and such is the case with the Mozart and Healy concerts that begin July 1. This program features Mozart’s Trio in E-flat Major, “Kegelstatt,” K.498; and his Piano Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major, K.449, along with Trio for Clarinet, Violin and […]

  • ROGUE THEATER PRESENTS COMEDY ABOUT AGING

    Rogue Theater is presenting a hilarious staged reading of About Time by Tom Cole on July 1, 7:30 pm, and July 2, 4 pm.   About Time takes place in the kitchen of an older married couple, played by Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers. Over the course of a day, they talk about everything under the […]

  • THE BOOK CLUB PLAY NOW ON STAGE AT TAP

    Grab your tickets for Third Avenue PlayWorks’ (TAP) production of The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.  When a world-famous documentarian makes a book club the subject of his next film and the wine starts to flow, the conversation strays from the literary to the personal, and six young professionals learn that it’s best not […]

  • PENINSULA PLAYERS RECEIVES $75,000 WPS GRANT

    Peninsula Players Theatre has received a $75,000 grant from the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation for its housing campaign, Act II: Protecting the Past, Ensuring the Future. The theater announced the launch of this $3.5 million campaign at the opening-night performance June 14.  The theater plans to build two new dormitories to replace the aged, […]

  • DOOR SHAKESPEARE SEASON OPENS WITH THE TEMPEST

    Door Shakespeare has opened its 2022 season, running through Aug. 27, in the garden of Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor. It began June 22 with William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by Todd Denning. During a violent storm, a ship is torn asunder, and its passengers, separated from one another, land on a mysterious, […]

  • BITS & BITES: Breakfast on the Farm, Daily Bagels and Beignets, Door County’s First Meadery

    Get a Moo-ve on to the Dairy Breakfast Cherryland Dairy, 926 W. Town Line Road in Sturgeon Bay, will host the Sevastopol FFA Alumni Dairy Breakfast on Sunday, July 3, 6-11:30 am, rain or shine.  Enjoy a morning on the farm that starts with an all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes with real maple syrup, scrambled eggs […]

  • FOLLOW THE HOLIDAY WITH NATURE EXPLORATION

    Add activities at Crossroads at Big Creek to your family plans following the Independence Day weekend. On July 5, 10 am, join the Glaciers to Great Lakes program, when summer educator Joan Wilkie will help participants discover how Ice Age glaciers transformed the local landscape and provided Wisconsin with an amazing gift: the Great Lakes.  […]

  • Sports Card Show Saturday – Monday

    Joe Miller is hosting his annual sports card show over Independence Day weekend once again. The show will feature baseball, football, basketball, hockey and boxing cards beginning at 10 am Saturday, noon on Sunday, and from 10 am to 5 pm Monday, July 4. The show will be held at 2431 Pine Bluff Court in […]

  • War and Treaty Brings Eclectic Soul Fusion to DCA

    Husband-and-wife duo The War and Treaty will fill Door Community Auditorium (DCA) with a unique fusion of soul, country and rock on July 12 at 8pm. Their Fish Creek concert will be one of their first shows back in America after an 11-date European tour. When Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount met at a festival […]

  • KIDS FROM WISCONSIN EXPLORE FADS THROUGH THE DECADES

    The Kids From Wisconsin’s 2022 troupe will present The Big Bang Boom Tour on July 3, 6 pm, at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center,  7840 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Through the decades, eclectic fads, explosive dance crazes, and iconic artists and bands have burst forth onto the music scene and into our collective […]

  • WAR, THE HIGH KINGS TAKE DCA STAGE

    On July 3, 8 pm, the funk/rock/soul band WAR will perform on the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) main stage. This multi-platinum-selling group, known to some as the “original street band,” has reached millions worldwide for four-plus decades with its timeless music and always-relevant message of brotherhood and harmony. WAR has had 12 Billboard Top 40 […]

  • Up for the Newport Hiking Challenge?

    Hiking challenge explores Newport State Park Even on the nicest of days, we sometimes need a little extra motivation to get outdoors and move. OutWiGo, a statewide program whose purpose is to get more people outdoors, is trying to do its part by offering trail challenges: weekly hikes that explore the trail systems of some […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Home-Grown Film Offers Fun and the Familiar

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected] Because you’re reading this in the Pulse, odds are you already know that Door County has inspired a thriving community of writers, musicians, sculptors and artists of every age and genre, whose work is often displayed or commented upon in these pages. Let’s not forget to include filmmakers on that list, […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Flags and Irises

    Flag Day is June 14, and many American flags fly all over the country on Independence Day. This is also the time of year when you can find beautiful natural flags – in the form of the blue flag iris – blooming in many wetlands. This tall, native flower inhabits quiet waters such as small streams, shallow […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You for a Successful COVID-19 Immunization Campaign

    I would like to personally thank Chief Chris Hecht and the amazing volunteer staff at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station for a successful finish to our Run to End COVID! campaign!  During 2022, this great team assisted Door County Public Health in administering 640 immunizations to Door County residents. Since the beginning of COVID-19 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Democracy Matters!

    Indivisible Door County is undertaking a new initiative to clearly and boldly state what we believe are widely held American values.  Volunteers will hold signs and stand along Door County streets and highways (reminiscent of Burma Shave signs). These signs will state these values: Protect Voting Rights, Free to Choose, Free to Marry, Keep Medicare, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Our Independence, Then Our Constitution

    This weekend we celebrate our independence as a country, and soon after, on Sept. 27, 1787, our Constitution was signed.  When it comes to how our government is supposed to work on the executive, legislative and judicial levels, this document is the bedrock of our democracy today. It seems we have to be super vigilant […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unbelievable

    This past weekend, delegates to the Texas Republican Party approved planks of a platform that is jaw-droppingly outrageous. It includes rejecting Joe Biden as the legitimate president, asserting no gun-safety laws, doing away with the Department of Education, insisting that all schools teach about the rights of a “pre-born” child in that life begins at […]

  • Hip, Hip, Hooray for the Small-town Parade

    I love a good small-town parade. The excitement, the community pride, the creativity and the DIY aspects of building a float, not to mention the many different ways to participate. During my lifetime, I’ve experienced parades from several vantage points – seated in the crowd, marching with my high school pep band, and riding along the […]

  • Of Strawberries and Scholarships

    Baileys Harbor Women’s Club serves up a sweet Fourth of July tradition Since 1968, the Baileys Harbor Women’s Club (BHWC) has been dishing up strawberries, ice cream and shortcake for a good cause during its annual Strawberry Fest, held in conjunction with Baileys Harbor’s July Fourth festivities. During its first years of operation, BHWC contributed […]

  • Gills Rock’s Boat Parade Is a Local Secret

    But maybe not for long Because of its remote location at the tip of the peninsula, Gills Rock isn’t the most popular tourist destination for visitors on Independence Day. That makes its annual boat parade something of a local secret, said Door County North’s community coordinator, Mickie Rasch.  Held annually at Hedgehog Harbor, the parade […]

  • Hold Your Horses

    Kurtz Corral and the man behind it On any given day, you can find Jimmy Kurtz where I found him – with his horses, instructing riders at his corral.  “You guys are doing a great job,” he said. “Keep them moving.” Jimmy’s grandfather, Lloyd Kurtz, started Kurtz Corral in 1961 as a small pony ring […]

  • Learn Wuji Hundun with Zenjen

    ZenJen Wellness will be teaching the Wuji Hundun practice at Studio234, 234 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, on Wednesdays, July 13 – Aug. 17, 8:30-9:30 am. Wuji Hundun is an 800-year-old qigong practice passed down from Master Duan Zhi Liang, a traditional Chinese medicine doctor, bagua martial artist and swordsman. Master Duan lived to […]

  • Gong Immersion Sessions with Jon Mueller

    Within Things Curiosity Shop will present – and Jon Mueller will perform – free gong immersion sessions July 3, 17 and 31, 4:15-5:30 pm. At each event, Mueller will use a variety of small and large gongs to create a complex, enveloping sound. No chairs will be available, so attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably and […]

  • Clean Boats Mean Clean Water

    The Landing Blitz is a statewide effort to remind boaters and other water lovers to help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species, which pose great risks to the health of our lakes and fisheries.  Thousands of Wisconsinites and visitors take to the water during the July Fourth weekend – the state’s busiest boating holiday […]

  • Learn How to Grow Your Own Apple Tree

    The Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42 N. in Sturgeon Bay, will be holding a three-session Backyard Apple School to get participants started on growing apples in their own yard. Each of the three classes will cover different topics.  The first session – to be held July 14, 4-6 pm – will focus on trees: establishing […]

  • Fundraiser Seeks $1.5 Million for New School Playground Equipment

    A $1.5 million fundraiser is underway to provide new equipment for three playgrounds at Sturgeon Bay’s two elementary schools. Sturgeon Bay’s District Playground Committee, composed of staff members and parent volunteers, is behind the effort and is seeking the community’s help to have two new playgrounds at Sawyer Elementary School and a new playground at […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Queen

    Queen is a regal, 1-½-year-old pup who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This beautiful gal weighs 58 pounds and would do best with children older than 8. Like all dogs at WHS, Queen (wihumane.org/adopt/animal?id=49954581) has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and she goes home with a starter bag […]

  • Hymn Sing to Benefit HELP of Door County

    After two years without its popular events, Zion United Methodist Church, 8781 Cty F in Fish Creek, is again inviting the entire community to a hymn sing Sunday, July 10, 5 pm. This tradition began in 1993 at the little country church that’s now 147 years old. This event will feature old-time hymns chosen by […]

  • Fyr Bal Returned With a Bang

    After a two-year hiatus, the 56th annual Fyr Bal Festival was held June 18: a beautiful, sunny day to celebrate the start of summer on the shore of Eagle Harbor. The day held festivities for all ages, including the Fur Bal pet parade, which had about 30 furry participants; and – new this year – the […]

  • Door County Connect Fully Staffed

    The County of Door’s Transportation Department has now fully staffed Door County Connect – formerly the ADRC bus/van service – after six months of limited service because of a driver vacancy. The service offers transportation Monday-Thursday, 7:45 am – 4:15 pm, and Friday, 7:45 am – 1:15 pm. The cost per ride within Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Customers Behaving Badly? Learn How to Respond

    Working with the public can be both fun and rewarding – until you encounter a challenging customer. It’s during moments like those when a little extra training goes a long way. That’s why the Door County Community Foundation is hosting a free training session about how to respectfully respond and de-escalate tense situations. Sessions will […]

  • CCR: Children Need Supervision and Guidance to Keep them Safe Online

    by HOLLI FISHER  Holli Fisher is a licensed professional counselor who serves as division director for Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin. Her organization is a member of the Door County Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Teams, and the Door County Elder and Adult-at-Risk Interdisciplinary Team. At the Sexual Assault Center […]

  • Small Businesses Benefit from Business Lending Partners Program

    The popularity of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 504 Business Lending Partners program hit a new level two years ago. It allows businesses to invest in physical assets, purchase real estate, refinance debt, build new construction, undertake renovations and more. And halfway through 2022, the program has already funded more than $8 million in program […]

  • Little Lake Restoration Postponed for Further Review, More Funding

    The restoration of Sturgeon Bay’s Bradley Lake – the body of water at Sunset Park commonly known as Little Lake – is being put off until next year for further review and additional funding. Rather than do a scaled-down project this year with a budget of $400,000, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved three motions […]

  • Legal Brief: Wisconsin’s Law on Abortion and What Comes Next

    by JOAN KORB, [email protected] By overturning Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has plunged Wisconsin back into the pre–Civil War era, when abortion was illegal, and in half the country, enslavement was legal.  States are now on their own following the high court’s June 24 decision, and the law on the books in Wisconsin […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Enriching Ourselves through Giving

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation The whole business model of banking is that when you send money out, you’re supposed to bring even more money back in. A loss is precisely what the banker is trying to avoid. Thus, it’s a bit ironic that the Door County Community Foundation has […]

  • Wild Things: It’s Showtime for Salmon, Steelhead

    by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Peninsula hosts the state’s best action Six months into the 2022 fishing season, it’s finally go-time for anglers hoping to tangle with some of the most prized species in the Great Lakes.  Chinook salmon (kings) and rainbow trout (steelhead) were slow to wake up this year, but with water temperatures finally […]

  • Paul and PJ Billing are about to launch their unusual, steel sailing vessel

    A retired ship-construction inspector from Sturgeon Bay is getting ready to put his unusual, 70-foot-long dream boat back into the water for the first time in three decades. Paul Billing built a model of a Chinese junk as a child, and then partly from that vision, he fabricated and outfitted his sailing and motorized vessel, […]

  • Historical Society Hosts July 4 Bridge Walk

    The Michigan Street Bridge will turn 91 on July 4, and to toast that important day for Sturgeon Bay, the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society will host a celebratory stroll across the bridge. Participants should gather on the east side by Stone Harbor at 11:45 am, and once the bridge is lifted at 12 pm, everyone […]

  • Noble House Museum Hosts ‘A House in Mourning’

    This summer, the Gibraltar Historical Association is again presenting A House in Mourning as its 2022 exhibit. The oldest wood-framed home in Fish Creek, the Noble House contains many of the original furnishings that were passed down from the descendants of Alexander Noble.  And, during this special exhibit, curiosity about death and mourning practices from days gone […]

  • EHHS Explores History of Peninsula

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) will host a program July 5, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, that explores nature, cherries, tourism, the arts, ethnic heritages, land preservation and more in the county. Formed on the edge of the Niagara Escarpment, Door County is a place whose history […]

  • Local Author’s Book Hits #1 on Amazon List

    Judge Charles B. Schudson of Ellison Bay recently received good news when he learned that his book, Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions, hit #1 on Amazon’s judicial-system bestseller list. It has also garnered great reviews, one major award and nominations for three others, including the National Book Award. Schudson, a Wisconsin reserve […]

  • Children’s Author Has Posthumous Publication

    An illustrated children’s book called The Oak Tree and The Princess by Manitowoc native Sherry Wachholz was recently published posthumously. This enchanting story shows the power of love when an oak tree helps a princess to realize her dream and teaches her how helping the one you love is not work – it is joy. […]

  • Middle-Grade Author Visits OtherWorlds

    Join Madison-based author Laura Anne Bird at OtherWorlds Books & More on July 2, 12-4 pm, when she’ll be sharing and signing her book, Crossing the Pressure Line, and offering an easy craft project for kids and their parents. There’s also been a mention of cookies. Crossing the Pressure Line is about 12-year-old Clare Burch, […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Meant to Be’ by Emily Giffin

    Recommended by KARLIE MARTENS, Bookseller, Novel Bay Booksellers Looking for a great summer read? Meant to Be is a work of gold. The story features Joe and Cate as their lives entwine and they fall in love. If you love the Kennedy family, you’ll love this Kennedy-esque story full of family expectations, drama and love.  […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Albert DeGenova

    Albert DeGenova is an award-winning poet, publisher, teacher and author of four books of poetry and three chapbooks. His most recent book is Black Pearl: poems of love, sex and regret; and his collection of haibun and poetry Postcards to Jack was recently released in a second expanded edition. DeGenova’s chapbook Mama’s Blues is forthcoming […]

  • Obituary: Veronica Ann Vertz

    March 24, 1927 ~ June 26, 2022 Veronica (Mrs. Julius) Ann Vertz, born March 24, 1927, died at the age of 95 on June 26, 2022, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  She was born in Two Rivers, the daughter of the late Adam and Emily Buynoski.  As a professional musician for most of her life, one […]

  • Obituary: John A. Seiler

    September 7, 1937~June 26, 2022 John Alfred Seiler, 84, of Sturgeon Bay died on June 26, 2022 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born September 7, 1937, in Carnot to Walter and Grace (Halverson) Seiler. On April 27, 1957, he married Joan Molle in Algoma, she preceded him in death on September 15, […]

  • Obituary: Robert L Costa Sr.

    December 20, 1937~January 13, 2022 Robert L Costa Sr. 84, of Door County, died peacefully on January 13, 2022, at St. Vicent Hospital in Green Bay WI with family at his side. He was born December 20, 1937, in Milwaukee WI to Adolph and Ruth Costa.  He grew up in Schofield WI. and graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Wallace “Wally” Volkmann

    June 25, 1951~ June 23, 2022 Wallace “Wally” Volkmann,70, of LaCrosse and formerly of Egg Harbor died on June 23, 2022.  He was born on June 25, 1951, to Lester and Marion Volkmann.  In 1969, he graduated from Sevastopol High School and went on to college at University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.  After college he worked in […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Richard Donovan

    October 13, 1937 ~ June 15, 2022 Thomas Richard Donovan, 84, of Jacksonport, died after a long health battle on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born October 13, 1937 in Lyndon Station, son of the late Thomas Joseph and Marie Elizabeth (Riddlestine) Donovan. Tom graduated from […]

  • 2022 Door County 4th of July Events: Parades, Fireworks and Fun

    When it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, you won’t find a more celebratory bunch than the communities of  Door County. Up and down the peninsula, the holiday — and days both leading up to and after it —is packed with festivities, fun and, of course, fireworks.  Parades July 4, Baileys Harbor, 10 amJuly 4, […]

  • Obituary: Sylvia M. Youell

    September 17, 1936 ~ June 11, 2022  Sylvia M. Youell, of Sister Bay and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, died on June 11, 2022. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marion; father, Ray; brother, Bob; and sister-in-law, Madalyn. She is survived by her four California nieces and a nephew, as well as many devoted cousins. […]

  • Obituary: Samuel Adam Schneider

    June 18, 1976 ~ June 19, 2022  Samuel Adam Schneider, 46, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, formerly of Longmont, CO, died at home on Sunday, June 19, 2022.  He was born on June 18, 1976, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, the son of Peter John Schneider and Gloria Adams Schneider. Growing up, Sam enjoyed drawing, […]