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Peninsula Pulse June 14-21, 2024

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  • Obituary: Dianne M. Coopman

    Sept. 20, 1951 – June 10, 2024 On June 10, 2024, Dianne Marie Coopman was called home to the Lord.  Dianne’s death brings her peace and comfort after a stoic nearly four-year struggle following the grief of losing her beloved husband, Ben, in August 2020, the loneliness and isolation of a pandemic with her family […]

  • Obituary: Jeanne Klessig-Lattimer

    Feb. 10, 1933 – June 17, 2024 Jeanne Klessig-Lattimer, 91, of Sturgeon Bay died Monday, June 17, 2024 at Pine Crest Village surrounded by her family. She was born Feb. 10, 1933 at home in the Town of Sevastopol the daughter of the late Louis and Helena (Simon) Werkheiser. Jeanne learned to play guitar at […]

  • Obituary: Ren’ee Gole Diedrich

    Dec. 15, 1942 – June 13, 2024 Ren’ee Gole Diedrich, 81, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2024 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born Dec. 15, 1942, in Wauwatosa, daughter of the late John J. Gole and Regina L. Gole. Ren’ee graduated from Wauwatosa West High School and attended UW-Oshkosh. On Oct. 23, […]

  • Obituary: Frank “Bud” Charles Weaver

    Dec. 27, 1928 – Feb. 16, 2024 Bud Weaver, 95, of Naples, Florida and Ephraim, died on Feb. 16, 2024. He was born on Dec. 27, 1928, in Louisville, Kentucky. Bud, also known as Frank Charles Weaver, was a true gentleman, devoted to God, his family, and his country. Bud served in the U.S. Army […]

  • Obituary: Charles C. Chouinard

    Sept. 24, 1932 – June 7, 2024 Charles “Chuck” Chouinard, age 91, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on June 7, 2024 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Minneapolis, the son of Casper and Ann (LaMere) Chouinard. He attended Marquette University until his military service in the US […]

  • Obituary: Carol Hobson

    Nov. 12, 1932 – June 14, 2024 Carol M. Hobson, 91, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on June 14, 2024. She was born Nov. 12, 1932, in Madison to Frederick and Julia (Ryon) Trenk. On Nov. 19, 1955, she married Dr. Walter Stanley Hobson in Madison. He preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 1995. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Checking for Facts

    As informed voters, we need to carefully select our sources to stay informed. The economy is a top concern for many voters, so it deserves our scrutiny. To determine facts, I’ve been inspired to look a little deeper after a recent post by historian Heather Cox Richardson and an article by Washington Post journalist Catherine […]

  • Little River Band Kicks Off DCA Season

    Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) 2024 summer season will start with a performance by Australian rock group Little River Band on June 19, 8 pm. The first-ever band to have top-ten hits for six consecutive years, Little River Band has sold over 30 million albums since forming in 1975. Hits like “Cool Change,” “Help is on […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Need All Voices!

    The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Door County’s mission is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government and does not support or oppose any political party or candidate. We believe that the inclusion of all is central to democracy.   Per the LWV of Door County Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy: […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The American Flag is Nonpartisan

    The person who owns the land outside of Brussels along state Highway 57 that is flying the American flag upside down – you should be ashamed of yourself. The American flag is not political or about being a Republican or Democrat. The American flag is about the freedom that our soldiers fought and died for. […]

  • Obituary: Wendy D. Faik

    March 10, 1953 – June 10, 2024 Wendy D. Faik, age 71 of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 10, 2024 at Sturgeon Bay Health Service (formerly the Dorchester). She was born on March 10, 1953, to the late Adam and Leona (Klessig) Faik in Milwaukee. Growing up Wendy was one of six […]

  • Server of the Week: Haven Ruiz, Door County Brewing Co.

    He’s got a beer-heavy menu, no vodka or gin. At Door County Brewing, he’ll welcome you in. Recently promoted, he’s a manager dude Who started pouring craft brewskis in 2022. Lives at a musical oasis – magical Camp David. Creating audio soundscapes – this DJ they call Haven.  He was asked to play a wedding […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: The Melody Makers: Midsummer’s Music Musicians

    by ALLYSON FLECK Executive director, assistant artistic director, and violist with Midsummer’s Music. Behind the breathtaking performances of Midsummer’s Music are the extraordinary musicians who bring each note to life. The musicians of Midsummer’s Music are masters of their craft, each bringing a wealth of experience and a passion for chamber music. The Allure of […]

  • Bestsellers week ended June 3

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Just for the Summer, by Abby Jimenez 2. The River We Remember, by William Kent Krueger 3. Happy Place, by Emily Henry 4. This Summer Will Be Different, by Carley Fortune 5. The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. The Backyard Bird Chronicles, by Amy Tan 2. […]

  • Final “Are We Listening?” Events

    The next event in the “Listening to Door County Artists” panel series, held June 18, 6:30-8 pm, will center on women artists. The free event correlates with Rebecca Carlton’s installation/social sculpture, Are We Listening?, located at the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC).  The panel conversation will be moderated by Miller Art Museum executive director […]

  • Rangoli Demo At Castle Art – CANCELED

    Artist Humsa Gulla will hold a Rangoli demonstration at Castle Art and Import on June 19, 4 pm.  Rangoli is a traditional Indian art form. Rangoli artists decorate floors with vibrant patterns during festivals, symbolizing warmth, hospitality and religious sentiments. With 15 years of henna experience and 10 of Rangoli experience, Gulla is passionate about […]

  • Midsummer Celebration At Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge Gallery will host a Midsummer celebration on June 20, 4-7 pm.  During the event, guests can enjoy refreshments and view art by gallerist Mary Ellen Sisulak, whose new pieces reflect the magical energy of nature and Midsummer. The boutique will feature new scarves printed with Sisulak’s colorful art.

  • Women Artists Celebrated at Egg Harbor Galleries

    The 2024 Women’s Fine Art Galleries of Egg Harbor Art Night will take place June 21, 4-7 pm. The event will feature three galleries: Angela Lensch Gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery and Off the Wheel Pottery.  Cappaert Contemporary Gallery is Ginnie Cappaert’s working studio/gallery. Cappaert is known for her abstract landscape paintings in oil and cold […]

  • Women’s Storytelling Night At Write On

    Write On, Door County will host a women’s storytelling night on June 18, 6 pm, featuring three visiting writers-in-residence: Dinah Dale, Amy Estes and Julia Nusbaum. Presented in collaboration with Northern Door Pride and Open Door Pride, the event is a celebration of pride month. Dale is a development professional for progressive political campaigns and […]

  • Judy Ducharme Releases 10th Book

    Local author Judy DuCharme’s 10th book, Who Will Rescue Us? A Love Story, will be released June 18. The timely novella addresses concerns straight from modern headlines, including the problem of child trafficking.  Sofia and Hector, a young couple, hatch a plan to rescue young girls being trafficked, while Sofia’s two children, left behind while […]

  • Native American Storytelling Night

    Weeya Calif (Agehya ᎠᎨᏯ) and Stephenie Muscavitch VanEvery (Kaluhyak^le) will present a free storytelling event at Northern Sky’s Peninsula State Park Amphitheater on June 22, 6 pm.  The event will precede the evening’s performance of The Fisherman’s Daughters. After the presenters finish weaving a rich tapestry of traditional tales, they will greet attendees around the […]

  • The Healing Power Of Sound at Midsummer’s Music Coffee Talk Series

    Midsummer’s Music will host the first event in its coffee talk series, titled “The Healing Power of Sound” on June 14, 10 am.  Physician Maja Jurisic will lead the informal lecture and share the art and science of sound healing. Jurisic has long believed that the mechanistic model of health she learned in medical school […]

  • David Perry Leads Mendelssohn’s Octet

    An upcoming program by Midsummer’s Music, titled David Perry Leads Mendelssohn Octet – and More!, will feature four performances led by the titular violinist and educator, Perry.  He will perform alongside violinists Suzanne Beia, Ann Palen and Roy Meyer, violists Allyson Fleck and Larissa Mapua, and cellists Mara McClain and Jesse Nummelin. The concerts will […]

  • Birch Creek Starts 49th Season

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center will present its opening-night concert, Percussion at the Disco: I Just Want to Celebrate the ‘70s!, on June 20, 7-8:45 pm. Opening night will be followed by two additional weeks of Percussion, Steel Pan and World Music shows, featuring faculty and advanced student musicians. The shows feature an array of […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Waffle Breakfast And Dedication

    The Belgian Heritage Center will host a Belgian waffle breakfast on Sunday, June 30 from 9 am – 12pm.   At 11 am, there will be a dedication to Rita and Francis Jauquet for the newly installed Media Center. The Jauquet family donated funds to construct and equip a small theater. The cost of breakfast is […]

  • Preventing Falls: Learn To Rise Instead Of Fall

    Seniors and family members can learn more to Reduce your Incidence of falls with Strength and Education (RISE) by participating in a month-long series of workshops 1-3 pm Tuesdays, June 25 through July 30 at the Door County Medical Center – Sister Bay Clinic and Rehab.  For additional information, contact Door County Medical Center Outreach […]

  • Christ Child Society Puts Grant To Good Use

    The Christ Child Society received a grant for $5,500 from the Women’s Fund on Monday.  The grant will fund their layettes, which include a collection of sweaters, hats, burp cloths and quilts, as well as their One-on-One Program that responds to calls from a social service agency in the county requesting a car seat, crib […]

  • Ideas Sought To Best Support Children And Families

    Are you a parent or community member with ideas about how to better support children or families? An employer wanting to learn more about services available to help employees thrive? If so, Door County Partnership for Children and Families invites those interested to come to a quarterly meeting at 8:15 am Friday, June 21, in […]

  • Donations Will Help With Lighthouse Restoration

    The Door County Historical Society invites the community to support its effort to raise $3 million for projects, including protection, stabilization and restoration of the Eagle Bluff lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and re-creating two small buildings that were on the lighthouse grounds. For more information or to make a donation, visit doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org or call 920.421.2332.

  • Peg Egan Summer Concert Series Slate Released

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center has announced the schedule of performers for its 2024 summer concert series.  The first concert is on June 23, when three performers will kick off the series: Milwaukee-based folk group Dead Horses, local pop/folk/blues band Dorothy Scott and The Peacekeepers, and renowned harmonica-player and singer-songwriter Corky Siegel with jazz […]

  • The Prides of Paternity

    Photos and text by BETSY LECY What it means to be a dad isn’t identical for everyone, but a distinction reigns true for those talking about their dads – the time spent with our fathers often holds endless value. Whether dads are sharing a good laugh – maybe even a dad joke – imparting wisdom […]

  • Fathers and Their Children Share Lifelong Lessons on Work, Business and More

    Sons and daughters in business with Dad share what they’ve learned Whether taught by telling or example, sons and daughters soak in lessons from their fathers and grandfathers. Some make the choice to stay with their dads in their careers or follow in their footsteps in the family business. For Father’s Day, we asked just […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Deviled Eggs

    Meet Deviled Eggs – a 3-year-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. This lovely gal weighs 11 pounds and is looking for a new home where she can lounge and relax the days away. Her green eyes accent her brown and white tabby coat. Like all cats at WHS, […]

  • Alt-Rock Duo Plays Popelka Studio

    Norway alt-rock duo Ask Carol will play Popelka Trenchard Glass Studio on June 15, 7-9 pm.  Ask Carol have already made a name for themselves on the international stage, touring in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea and Scandinavia. During the June 15 show, they will perform familiar songs as well as original compositions. Seating is […]

  • Come To The Door Love Song Released

    Singer-songwriter Charlie Calvert recently wrote “Come to the Door,” a love song about his honeymoon trip to Door County in 2004. The South Carolina native taught himself to play folk and rock-and-roll tunes on the guitar at age 12, later picking up the 12-string guitar and the banjo. His sound is inspired by a diverse […]

  • Ruby James Releases Performance Schedule

    Since Sturgeon Bay songstress Ruby James kicked off her solo career at the Tambourine Lounge this April, she’s been packing venues with heartfelt ballads and boot-stomping rock ‘n’ roll. She’ll continue this summer, starting off locally with a show at the Tambourine Lounge, 59 N. 2nd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The show will take place […]

  • Listen Up! Music Higlights for June 14-21

    Lots of live music this weekend! The Chocolateers June 15, 8-11 pm, The Garage at Husby’s, 10647 N. Bay Shore Dr. (Hwy 42) in Sister Bay This four-piece alt-rock band was nominated for a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award in 2017. Photo courtesy of the band.  One Dan Man Band June 14, 6-9 pm, […]

  • Learn About Belgian Settlers

    As part of Door County History Days, June 17-23, the Belgian Heritage Center (BHC) will host a focus event, “Surrounded by Water- Belgian Settler Success Shaped by Land and Water” at 1 pm, Thursday, June 20. The exhibit showcases tools that settlers used in this area, to survive and thrive. Belgian desserts will be available […]

  • History Days Include Bookmobile Dedication

    In addition to the dedication on June 21 of the restored Door County Bookmobile at Horseshoe Bay Farms, the Egg Harbor Historical Society announced the following events and weeklong exhibits in the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion during Door County History Days. Photo display in the library 9 am-4 pm June 17-22. The Door County […]

  • Hickey Family Commercial Fishing History

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society has scheduled a public presentation for 7 pm Wednesday, June 19 in the Town Hall Auditorium to celebrate History Days in Door County.   Dennis Hickey will present “Hickey Family Commercial Fishing,” while also providing information on the fishing industry and Baileys Harbor area families. The men and women of the […]

  • Potawatomi Program On Opening Day at Liberty Grove Historical Society Museum

    All historic buildings at the Liberty Grove Historical Society complex at Ellison Bay will open for the season on Saturday, June 22, with docents providing guidance and information on the buildings and equipment there. The Potawatomi of Northern Door program is scheduled for 1 pm. The site is located at 12831 Hwy 42, Ellison Bay.

  • Ahnapee Trail Bike Rides

    The Friends of the Ahnapee State Trail (F.A.S.T.) welcome all bicyclists to join them this year on monthly rides.  This month F.A.S.T. will offer a choice of a 14-mile loop or a 5.3-mile ride. On Saturday, June 29, at 10:30 am, the group will meet at the Ahnapee State Trail Casco parking lot. Learn more […]

  • Protected Lands Open House

    Door County Land Trust will host the Washington Island Protected Lands Open House 10 am – 3:30 pm, Thursday, June 27. The event includes a series of naturalist-guided hikes around the Trust’s scenic protected lands on Washington Island. Participants are asked to choose one preserve to hike in the morning, and another in the afternoon.  […]

  • Newport Celebrates Pollinator Week

    Pollinator Week is an international celebration, promoting the valuable ecosystem services provided by bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles, moths, wasps and flies. About 75% of all flowering plant species need animal pollinators for reproduction. As a result, pollinators contribute to ecosystem health and a sustainable food supply. To celebrate #pollinatorweek, Newport State Park will train […]

  • Program On Wisconsin Waters

    The Door County Environmental Council will host “Wisconsin Waters: Recent Developments and Needed Action” with Senior Legal Analyst for River Alliance of Wisconsin Bill Davis at 7 pm, June 24.  Davis will discuss issues related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), lakebeds, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the River Alliance’s work on water […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: A Wonderful Bird is the Pelican

    On a beautiful, clear day, I enjoyed watching 34 white pelicans flying in circles high above the road. I had to stop driving to admire the large white birds with black primary feathers while they flew in formation, then seemed to disappear as they turned. It seemed like they barely had to move their wings, […]

  • Torch’s 15 Minutes of Flame on Top Chef

    The heat blast came as a shock, followed by billowing clouds of ash. Through the clearing smoke, the grinning fish-boil master materialized and checked to make sure this Peninsula Pulse writer/photographer still had eyebrows.  Behind the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim, Jeremy “Torch” Klaubauf had just gleefully completed the dramatic final stage of a […]

  • Celebrate Door County Wines at Wine Fest June 22

    The Door County Wine Fest is set for June 22 at the historic About Thyme Farm in Baileys Harbor.  The 10 wineries of the Door County Wine Trail will serve tastings and provide details about each vintage. Four local food vendors will be present along with several Wisconsin cheesemakers offering free artisan cheese samples. Live […]

  • 42nd Annual Dairy Breakfast in July

    The annual FFA Alumni Association dairy breakfast that takes place in Door County will happen Saturday, July 6 from 6-11:30 am, rain or shine, at CVF Dairy, 5706 Country View Road in the Town of Egg Harbor. The cost for ages 8 and up is $12, and free for kids 7 and under. All money […]

  • Door County Y Campaign Reaches All-Time High

    Fundraising allows more assistance, programming, flexibility The Door County YMCA’s annual campaign broke records while also meeting all fundraising goals and reaffirming its commitment to the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  This year’s campaign, fueled by the support of local businesses, individual donors and volunteers, raised more than $602,000 – an […]

  • CCC Invites All To Planet Potluck

    Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCC) will host its first seasonal Planet Potluck at 5 pm, June 27, at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor.  The event will begin with a mingle that includes seasonal treats. The CCC invites those planning to attend to bring a dish to share.  An interactive program at 6 […]

  • Forestry Grants Available

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will award up to $559,680 to cities, villages, counties, tribes and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations for projects that improve a community’s capacity to manage its trees, and projects that help conserve, protect, expand or improve the urban forest resource. The competitive cost-share grants through the Urban Forestry Grant program range […]

  • The Sounds of Summer: 2024 Door County Summer Music Preview

    To me, nothing sounds more like summer than live music in the distance. Growing up, I lived close to my city’s downtown area, where concerts were often held on the weekends. When the sounds of guitars being tuned and mics being tested started drifting through my window along with the breeze, I knew summer was […]

  • A Summer of Music, Summarized

    You can read about this summer’s music lineup, and listen to it, too.  We made it easy for you by distilling a season’s-worth of music into one handy Spotify playlist. It features artists as nearby as Sturgeon Bay and as far off as Scotland, but they all have one thing in common: they’ll all be […]

  • 2024 Summer Music Preview: Weekly Music

    Many local venues operate on rolling schedules when it comes to live music. They might have musicians playing every other week, or every second Saturday, or once every four months when the stars are aligned just right. The following list includes some of the peninsula’s more predictable music schedules, with concerts that run week in, […]

  • 2024 Summer Music Preview: Performances

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center This Egg Harbor music academy showcases student musicians as well as seasoned performers. Its 2024 lineup of shows include Percussion, Steel Pan and World Music concerts (June 20-22 and June 27-29), Symphony concerts (July 4-6 and July 11-13), and Big Band Jazz concerts (July 17-20, July 24-27, July 31-Aug. 3 […]

  • 2024 Summer Music Preview: Live Music Venues

    ALGOMA Homestead Kitchen and Tap homesteadkitchenandtap.com, 920.487.0105 N7551 Cty Road D Smashed on the Rocks facebook.com/teamsmashed, 920.487.8202 70 Church St. von Stiehl Winery vonstiehl.com, 920.487.5208 115 Navarino St. BAILEYS HARBOR Björklunden lawrence.edu/bjorklunden, 920.839.2216 7590 Boynton Lane Door County Brewing Co. doorcountybrewingco.com, 920.239.8181 8099 Hwy 57 Lake Fire Winery lakefirewinery.com, 920.839.9992 8054 Hwy 57 Sway Brewing […]

  • 2024 Summer Music Preview: Festival

    Sól Grass Music Festival June 14-15 This camping trip-bluegrass festival hybrid is back for its fourth year at Washington Island Campground.  Unreserved tent camping is included with a general-admission ticket, and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those staying in trailers, RVs and campers must reserve a campsite. Other lodging options are also […]

  • Austin Straubel Airport Seeks Input On Parking

    Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) is looking for the traveling public’s input about airport parking. The survey will run until Monday, June 24. To access it, go to bit.ly/GRBParkingSurvey or find a link on GRB’s social media pages. “We’ve updated and improved our short- and long-term parking lots over the past two years, […]

  • Mysteries Unraveled on Glidden Drive Access-Lanes

    Letters are en route to adjacent property owners A land survey, months-long records searches and a lot of studying unraveled a mystery in the Town of Sevastopol. Constructed in the 1920s by developer Orrin Glidden, and roadbuilder Ewald Schmock, curvy, scenic, lakeside Glidden Drive has signs for 18 “lanes” that lead from the road to […]

  • New Gibraltar Town Clerk

    The Town of Gibraltar has hired a new clerk. Laura Reetz took her oath of office during the town’s June 5 board meeting. A Gibraltar High School graduate, Reetz has worked as a paralegal at Reetz Law Office in Sturgeon Bay for 23 years, and lives in Baileys Harbor with her family. Reetz is taking […]

  • Walmart Pushes Back Again on Property Tax Assessment

    Walmart is again challenging the assessment of the three parcels the company owns along Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. The Walmart Real Estate Business Trust – which in 2022 reached an out-of-court settlement with the city to lower its assessment for property tax years 2021 and 2022, and currently is scheduled this September to […]

  • Island Golfers Want to Tee It Up Again

    Town officials want private individuals, supportive group to reopen Deer Run With grass on the fairways growing long and greens untended at Deer Run, Washington Island town officials last month and this month considered costs and liabilities of running the course for the current owner. Citing a lack of profitability and the short window of […]

  • Celebrate Door County History Days

    The Heritage Alliance of Door County will celebrate the third annual Door County History Days, June 17-23, with a week-long series of events, centered on the theme, Surrounded by Water. The week celebrates the history and heritage of the peninsula with history displayed from Brussels to Rock Island State Park. Fifteen nonprofit organizations will host […]

  • Kohout Receives Meg Mclane Award

    Outgoing League of Women Voters of Door County (LWVDC) chair, Susan Kohout, received the Meg McLane Award for Advocacy at the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWV) annual meeting June 1 in Green Bay. The award recognizes a state league member whose work as a citizen advocate drives positive policy change in Wisconsin. Kohout’s […]

  • Baileys Harbor Finds Way To Afford Dredging Overrun

    Baileys Harbor Treasurer Dave Smith and Town Chair David Eliot looked for ways for the town to afford an unexpected $170,000 cost that resulted from Death’s Door Marine doing extra dredging work to eliminate a sandbar that was discovered blocking the entrance to the town marina this spring.  The town eliminated three budgeted projects on […]

  • Town Of Egg Harbor Seeks Comment On Comprehensive Plan

    The Town of Egg Harbor and Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission are working on a 20-year comprehensive plan, to update town demographics, facilities, the physical setting and land uses, and are seeking input from residents and property owners. The town will host an open house 5-6 pm Tuesday, June 18 in the town hall and then […]

  • Tourism Spending Breaks Records – Again

    Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary Anne Sayers said Wisconsin’s tourism industry had a record-breaking year in 2023, with $25 billion in total economic impact, surpassing the previous record year of $23.7 billion set in 2022. That included more than $15 billion in direct visitor spending. Evers said the state hosted 113 […]

  • Vacancy On Village Of Forestville Board

    The Forestville Village Board will have a vacancy, reducing the number of trustees from four to three, after Trustee Dan Merkle sold his house and will be moving out of the village. Merkle was elected to a full two-year term in April 2021 and re-elected in 2023 to his current term, which expires in April […]

  • New Lights At Maple/Madison

    City Engineer Chad Shefchik said the new traffic signals at Maple Street and Madison Avenue on the city’s west side have been installed. The new lights are operated by cameras, rather than a timer like the old lights.  “In general, the lights will stay green for Madison Avenue traffic unless the cameras detect motion on […]

  • City Committee Backs Incentives For Duplex Project

    Sturgeon Bay’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee voted Tuesday in favor of providing a maximum of $150,000 in incentives for a project with five duplexes estimated to add $3.5 million to the value of a 1.47-acre lot along North 15th Drive. In his request for financial incentives, Paul Shefchik of PJLS said the feasibility of the […]

  • Town Prohibits Waterfowl Feeding

    A new ordinance prohibits people from feeding waterfowl on town-owned public property and waterways in the Town of Gibraltar. The town board approved the adoption of this ordinance during a June 5 meeting. The decision comes after a May 1 town board meeting, when the board voted 4-1 to employ the United States Department of […]

  • AROUND THE DOOR: A Trip to Plum Island

    Text and photos by Tim Sweet Challenging weather conditions forced the cancellation of some trips planned to Plum and Pilot Islands during the Door County Lighthouse Festival held June 7-9. Saturday afternoon’s cruise on The Shoreline from Gills Rock to Plum Island featured spectacular clouds over Death’s Door that warned of an approaching downpour. Fortunately, […]

  • Southern Door Middle School 2023-24 Semester 2 honor rolls

    Gr. 6 High Honors – Evan Brey, Avery Delwiche, Jillayna Fameree, Amber Geisel, Evelynne Jeanquart, Natalie Kain, Bentley Kiehnau, Mila LeRoy, Avarie Miller, Carrera Mixa, Charli Mixa, Lucas Rouer, Francheska Sanchez, Mayleigh Severinsen, Ashlyn Sixel, Elias Sorenson, Sawyer Soukup, Gabrielle Spude, Addison Wesell. Gr. 6 Honors – Cameron Bouche ,Emma Cornette, Adlee Forrest, Jeremy Hartwig, […]

  • Southern Door Teacher Accepted Into Supreme Court Summer Institute

    Southern Door High School social studies teacher Troy Pertzborn was accepted into the Supreme Court Summer Institute for this June in Washington, D.C.  The application process was highly competitive with only 60 teachers selected to participate this year.  In collaboration with Street Law Inc. and the Supreme Historical Society, the Institute offers the opportunity for […]

  • Benshawel Earns High Honors At MSOE

    Thomas Benzshawel, from Sturgeon Bay, was named to the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Dean’s List with High Honors for the 2024 Spring Semester. Benzshawel is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. MSOE publishes the Dean’s List and Honors List each fall and spring semester. Students taking undergraduate courses who have earned at […]

  • PEO Scholarship

    The Helen Schreiber Allen Scholarship Committee of PEO Chapter EE, Door County, announced the awarding of $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors Jade Tomberlin and Paula Wienke, both of Sturgeon Bay High School. Tomberlin, daughter of Luke and Alyssum Tomberlin, Sturgeon Bay, will attend the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in the fall, where she will […]

  • Three L-C Students Earn Scholarships

    Funds raised in connection with the Kewaunee County Wisconsin Farm Technology Days help fund scholarships for third- and fourth-year college students and second-year technical school students who have graduated from high schools, including Algoma, Denmark, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Mishicot and Southern Door. Those receiving scholarships this year include Luxemburg-Casco High graduates Megan Salentine, majoring in elementary […]

  • HISTORY HUB: Fishing Family Names

    by KAY DRAGAN, Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society curator  The familiar names of the fishing families of Gills Rock haven’t changed since their ancestors first came to America. Gustaf Johnson, the first of the fishing Johnsons, came over from Sweden with his wife and their four children around 1890. His son, Alick, […]

  • Kolberg, Where a Ballclub Makes a Town

    Sometimes people will call Kolberg Braves manager Dave Neinas to ask where the Kolberg baseball field is. “And I’ll say, ‘If you think you missed it, you didn’t.’ The town is that small,’” said Neinas, 48, who grew up on a dairy farm a mile-and-half from the ballpark. It’s true. The Door County League is […]

  • Golf Notes: Ruminating on Irrigating and Other Tales

    Weekly storms through late May and early June knocked down a few trees and killed power here and there, but they also brought rains that have courses in outstanding shape. For golf-course operators, the side benefits of those rains include saving electricity and receiving water on portions of courses that the sprinklers don’t reach. Two […]

  • Wild Things: Summer’s Arrival Can Heat Up Fishing

    Unsettled weather so far this month has made it difficult to pattern fish, but that could be changing in the next week or two. The long-term forecast – after another cool weekend – is for summer-like heat and more stability, both of which would help set up things nicely on Green Bay and Lake Michigan. […]

  • Local Musicians Participate in D-Day 80 Ceremonies

    by KENT MORAGA A pair of local musicians were in Normandy, France, to participate in ceremonies commemorating the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings of Allied Forces on June 6, 1944. The pair would be me, Kent Moraga, and Pamela Kraase, my wife, and both of us were a part of the D-Day 80 Memorial […]

  • Burning the Winter Witch: 59th annual Fyr Bal on June 15

    Fyr Bal may be one of Door County’s most well-known festivals, but not everyone who attends it knows where it came from. Fyr Bal – pronounced “feer ball” – is Norwegian for “bonfire.” If you’ve been to the summer celebration before, you’ll know that the bonfire, lit in the evening, is the main event of […]

  • Spring Classic Ride Takes Off June 15

    The 2024 Peninsula Century Spring Classic will return on June 15.  Participants can choose among four bike routes that measure 25, 50, 62, or 100 miles. The routes weave through back roads in Northern Door, going along the shoreline and past iconic landmarks.  Each route also goes past rest stops with food and support mechanics […]

  • Ephraim’s Fyr Bal Chieftains Through the Years

    Before the big reveal of this year’s Fyr Bal chieftain on June 15, take a look back at the chieftains of years past.  1965 – William A. Sneeberger 1966 – Ivan Thorp 1967 – Selden Olson  1968 – David Stevens  1969 – Horace Wheelock  1970 – Harold Wilson  1971 – Elmer Lang  1972 – William […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy (Anderson) Malooley

    July 30, 1937 – May 7, 2024 Dorothy “Dottie” (Anderson) Malooley, 86, of Spring Valley, Illinois, passed away on May 7, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She spent her final days resting peacefully in the sunroom of her home, surrounded by family and the blooms of spring, her favorite time of year.  […]

  • Obituary: Joan Andropolis

    Jan. 25, 1931 – June 2, 2024 A Life of Selflessness, Courage, and Inspiration Joan Andropolis (Greek name: Eoanna), age 93, departed this world on June 2, 2024, in her Sturgeon Bay apartment, surrounded by the loving presence of her devoted nephew André. Her life, a tapestry woven with selfless acts, boundless energy, unwavering courage, […]

  • Obituary: Russell Earl Golwitzer

    Nov. 29, 1954 – June 7, 2024 Russell Earl Golwitzer, age 69 of Sturgeon Bay, died on Friday, June 7, 2024 at Cherry Cove Assisted Living. He was born on Nov. 29, 1954, to the late Earl and Elizabeth (Chronenvhet) Golwitzer in Flint, Michigan. He is a 1972 graduate of Flint Central High School. In […]