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Peninsula Pulse – June 2-9, 2017

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  • This Week in Door County History: June 2 – 9

    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, May 29, 1874 Our boys beat the Modocs at Ahnapee last Saturday in the match game at base-ball pretty badly. The Peninsulars scored 136 to the […]

  • Plum Island Boat Dock Now Open

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces the opening of the Plum Island boat dock, due to recent improvements to the dock and breakwall. This is the first time the dock has been open since Plum and Pilot Islands were transferred from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

  • Trivia: How many gallons of milk does the average dairy cow produce on a daily basis?

    Question: How many gallons of milk does the average dairy cow produce on a daily basis? Answer: Six to eight (or between 55 and 70 pounds)

  • Center stage

    Northern Sky Theater Launches Public Phase of Constellation Campaign

    Northern Sky Theater launched the public phase of its Constellation Campaign at the company’s annual “Raise the Curtain” fundraiser in Egg Harbor on May 28. The purpose of the Constellation Campaign is to raise funds for Northern Sky’s new creative campus in Fish Creek. The campus is needed to safeguard the company’s future and provide […]

  • Framed Elementary Concert

    Framed: Gibraltar Elementary Spring Concert

    At the end of the Gibraltar Elementary Spring Concert on May 25, fifth grader Vanessa Demarinis expressed her sincerest thanks to elementary music teacher Lori Free for all of the support she gives students. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Rogue Theater Holding Casting Call for Women for Upcoming Show

    Rogue Theater is holding a casting call for women ages 30 to 50 for their upcoming show, The Dixie Swim Club. In this show, five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, […]

  • Ryan Klawitter

    Sit-Down With a Chef: Ryan Klawitter on Door County’s Farms and Forks

    Ryan Klawitter was hardly through the door of the coffee shop before the person behind the counter was talking excitedly to him about ceramic egg poachers. His eyes lit up. “You can also do it with plastic wrap twisted into a cup of hot water,” he offered. Door County’s food scene has taken huge strides […]

  • Isadoora

    Isadoora Theatre Company Returns After Hiatus

    After a few years’ hiatus from offering full theater productions and one year after offering a staged reading of Disgraced in 2016, Isadoora Theatre Company is reestablished with a new board of directors, new community collaborations and a full production opening this June. “After months of meetings with the new Board of Directors, Isadoora Theatre […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: June 2, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “I hate when I shoot someone and get ketchup all over my octopus.” “I was born with only three wisdom teeth.” “We […]

  • BC student

    Birch Creek to Receive Les Paul Foundation Grant

    The Les Paul Foundation, whose mission is to share the legacy of Les Paul, has continued its commitment to provide funding to projects that share Les Paul’s spirit. In 2017, recipient organizations are furthering Les Paul’s dreams and sharing his vision and innovation with their programs. Of the eleven grants awarded across the country, four […]

  • Manners Matter: Work Complaints on Facebook

     Dear Mary Pat, My employee vents about her work frustrations on her Facebook wall and it’s getting to be an issue. We deal with the public and that can be a challenge sometimes. Ninety-nine percent of the people are great, but there’s always one percent that can push every single one of your buttons. Given […]

  • “The Psalm of Joy” to be Performed June 25 at the Ephraim Moravian Church

    “The Psalm of Joy” cantata is a work of the first organized Independence Day celebration in Salem, North Carolina, first performed on July 4, 1783. On June 25, 4 pm, at the Ephraim Moravian Church, it will be presented by the combined choirs of Ephraim, Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay Moravian churches, along with a […]

  • Cheers! Pils

    Cheers! A Not-So-Epic Pils

    Oooohweeeee! Did I just have a sip of flower water? I really don’t know if I should say any more about this beer I just cracked open. I’ve had other beers from this brewery and enjoyed them all, but the love fest ends here. This reminds me of old lady perfume. OK, I feel I […]

  • Kinetic Arts Festival Features Oscar-Winning Playwright, Staged Readings

    Oscar-winning Lombardi playwright Eric Simonson has assembled an exciting new lineup of creative artists and projects for the second Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) at the Björklunden campus of Lawrence University. The week-long festival, June 13-18, entertains Door County residents and visitors with world premieres of innovative new short films, play readings, stunning dance performances, […]

  • Server of the Week: Sara Michelsen @ Cellcom

    Sara at Cellcom helps so much to show you how to keep in touch. With patience and skill she handles it all Troubles using your phone? She’s the one to call! – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • New Places to Hike at Crossroads in Sturgeon Bay

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host a pair of hikes the weekend of June 3-4. On June 3 at 1 pm, there will be a Wildflower Walk along Big Creek. Last fall Crossroads developed multi-use winter trails parallel to Big Creek. These trails travel through “new territory” the naturalists have no idea what wildflowers may […]

  • Obituary: Clarence Roy Destree

    Clarence Roy Destree, 90, of Luxemburg, passed away at his home in the Town of Union on May 30, 2017.  He was born on March 18, 1927 to John and Clemintine (Englebert) Destree.  On May 22, 1946 he married Marion Parins at Namur, she preceded him in death on October 1, 2013.  They live and […]

  • Obituary: Norman Raymond Becker

    Norman Raymond Becker, 71, of Baileys Harbor, passed away Tuesday morning, May 30, 2017 at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. He was born November 26, 1945 in Port Washington, the son of Clarence and Barbara (Lanser) Becker. Norm graduated from Port Washington High School in 1964. He went on to study at the […]

  • Obituary: Alice Sautebin

    Alice Sautebin, 94, a resident at Pine Crest Village, Sturgeon Bay, WI, was called Home to be with the Lord on May 29, 2017, and was re-united with her husband, Warren. She was born in Lake Mills on Christmas Day in 1922, the daughter of Rudolph Schultz and Alice (Reidenbach) Schultz. Alice graduated from Lake […]

  • Obituary: Leroy Liebe

    Leroy Liebe, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on May 28, 2017, after a 5 month battle with pancreatic cancer.  He was born April 23, 1934 in Nasewaupee to Ernest and Helen Liebe.  After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1954, Leroy went to work for Peterson Builders Inc. and the Lantern […]

  • Obituary: Arthur Ficks

    Arthur Ficks, 81, of Bailey Harbor, died May 26, 2017 at Door County Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept 8, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay to the late Charles Ficks and Alfreda (Johns) Frost. He worked for Parent Construction as a crane operator, loved working outside and around the farm. He worked side by side with […]

  • Obituary: Jeanne Ruth Ploor

    Jeanne Ruth Ploor, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday morning, May 24, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Kewaunee due to diabetes and kidney failure. She was born March 18, 1941, the daughter of Olaf and Hartha (Lenius) Nelson. Jeanne was a 1959 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School. On September 25, 1959, she […]

  • Obituary: Georgiana Gordon Bourgouin

    Georgiana Gordon Bourgouin, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of her husband, Joseph, and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Wednesday afternoon, May 24, 2017 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born February 1, 1933 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Dr. Roderick Gordon, DDS and […]

  • Obituary: Robert ‘Happy Bob’ Madoche

    Robert “Happy Bob” Madoche, 63, of Little Sturgeon, passed away on May 24, 2017, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born May 12, 1954, in Sturgeon Bay to Alan and Betty (Claflin) Madoche.  On February 13, 1976, he married Paula Ann Viste in Sturgeon Bay.  Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy […]

  • Obituary: Margaret Mary Morrison

    Margaret Mary Morrison (nee Kiernan) 87 years old a resident since 2013 of Anna’s Healthcare of Sturgeon Bay died May 22, 2017 with her daughters by her side.   She was born to the late Arthur and Julia (nee Murphy) Kiernan of Jersey City, NJ.   Margaret loved her Catholic faith and regularly attended the Masses […]

  • Memorial Service: Judi Ann Erickson

    April 11, 1941 – Nov. 21, 2016 Judith Ann Erickson was born in Door County to parents Lloyd and Ella Ostran. She married her husband, Don, in March 1960. Judi was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed time with family and friends, gardening, weaving, crocheting, playing cards, and cooking. But most of all, […]

  • Memorial Service: Virginia Eva Stellwagen & Edward Lawrence Stellwagen

    Comforted by the loving presence of his wife, Virginia, Edward Lawrence Stellwagen, 93, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died June 19, 2014, at the assisted living facility of Kindred Hearts, where he and his wife had been living since October 2013. Virginia Eva Stellwagen, 93, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died Dec. […]

  • Memorial Service: Robert ‘Chip’ Parmentier

    Robert “Chip” Parmentier, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday, December 1, 2016, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. A graveside committal service will be held at 3 pm Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Bayside Cemetery, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Births: May 18-20, 2017

    Candice and Brad Kaster, Egg Harbor, are parents of a daughter born on May 18, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Christine and Chris Kyle, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born May 18, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Anita and Denis Matzke, Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • David Insurance Cleans Up the Highway

    David Insurance recently cleaned up their portion of Hwy. 42/57 in the Adopt-A-Highway program. Jeff Pfeifer, Michael Fearing, Shirley Hansen, Steve Chomeau, Janet Janisse and Pam Lent took part in the cleanup.  

  • Mckena Murre Wins Overall Championship at Gibraltar’s 8th Grade Science Fair

    Students, faculty, parents and community members gathered in the cafeteria of Gibraltar Area School on May 25 to showcase the 8th grade class’s scientific inquiry during the 15th Annual 8th Grade Science Fair. The projects varied in terms of subject. However, all the projects had one feature in common – they involved a controlled experiment. […]

  • Spring Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event at Baileys Harbor Fire Station

    Immanuel Lutheran Church is hosting a spring Electronics & Appliance Recycling Event on June 3, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Fire Station. Items to be recycled for free include: computer towers, laptops, cell phones, servers, wire & cabling, keyboards/mouse, copiers, printers, fax machines, phone systems, DVD/VCR/CD players, stereos, rechargeable batteries, washers, […]

  • Jacksonport Maifest Run Results

    Eighty-four runners participated in the Jacksonport Maifest 10k May 28, and 200 took part in the 2 mile run/walk. 10K Run Men Rodee Schneider, 34:59 Austin Molitor, 42:05 Jake Reynolds, 43:30 Peter Mitchell, 43:34 Ted Baszler, 44:35 Women Hanna Bordeau, 44:52 Heather Copeland, 46:58 Hannah Hargis, 48:00 Samantha Hutchins, 49:13 Amber Zetwick, 50:01 2-mile Run/Walk […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 2 – 9

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at noon on June 6. The Police & Fire Commission meets at 5:30 pm on June 7. County of Door:  The Property committee meets at 9 am on June 7. The IS Committee meets at 2 pm on June 8. Town of Clay Banks:  The […]

  • West Waterfront Sturgeon Bay

    Sturgeon Bay Granary Closed Due to Safety Concerns

    On May 26, Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Timothy Dietman issued a Notice of Emergency Action for what is known as “the granary” on Sturgeon Bay’s waterfront at 92 E. Maple St. Chief Dietman inspected the granary and determined the building “contains respiratory and human health hazardous substances which render the premises unsafe for human habitation […]

  • Baileys Harbor Highway Resurface Meeting June 6

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announced a public construction update meeting to discuss construction details for the Hwy. 57 resurfacing project from County Q in Baileys Harbor to Hwy. 42 in Sister Bay. The construction meeting will be held Tuesday June 6, beginning at 5:30 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, […]

  • Invasive Species Watch: Lesser Celandine

    Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria), also known as fig buttercup, is a low-growing plant native to Europe, North Africa, western Asia and Siberia. It was brought to the United States as an ornamental plant and quickly escaped the confines of gardens and yards. Lesser celandine prefers moist forests and riparian areas like riverbanks, but it is […]

  • State News: Interstate Tolling, Knowles-Nelson Future, Medicaid Drug Testing

    State Could Be First to Require Medicaid Drug Testing Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to require some adults in poverty to work and take drug tests for their health care under a measure that cleared the Legislature’s budget committee. The proposal would also create a pilot program where – for the […]

  • New Ridges Exhibit Illuminates Area’s Rich Natural History

    When the first ridge was being formed in what would eventually be the town of Baileys Harbor, Arthur, King of the Britons, was still swinging his sword. Fifteen hundred years later, with the 30th ridge growing every day, the Ridges Sanctuary took a major step in growing their offerings to the public by completing a […]

  • Cal Ripken Baseball Standings: May 24

    Standings As of May 24 Kiwanis, 5-0 Red Room, 3-2 Nicolet Bank, 3-2 Bayship, 2-2 Lions 2-3 Rotary, 1-3 DC Co-op, 0-4   May 24 Results Lions 1, Red Room 0

  • Review: ‘Two If by Sea’

    Frank Mercy, the hero of Jacquelyn Mitchard’s latest novel, is the most star-crossed fictional character since Romeo and his Juliet. At the end of the four-page first chapter of Two If by Sea, Frank’s life has already been destroyed twice, and more wreckage is certainly on the way. Jacquelyn Mitchard, a long-time resident of Madison, […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Wisconsin Manufacturing Decline Cushioned by Tax Credit

    The decline of manufacturing in America was a hallmark of the presidential debates, and the discussion has continued in 2017. In Wisconsin, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor thinks the fall would be worse without a tax credit implemented in 2013. The Manufacturing and Agriculture tax credit (MAC) provided income and corporate tax cuts to manufacturers. […]

  • Southern Door School Board Seeks Applications to Fill Vacancy

    The Southern Door School District is accepting applications for a school board vacancy. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, resident of the district for at least 28 consecutive days at the time of filing, and not disqualified from voting under Wisconsin law. Applications are due in the district office […]

  • A Day Away from the Classroom: Exposing Students to the Creative Community

    by Ann Soderlund For one day during the school year students step away from the black and white of their curriculum and spend six hours exercising their right brain in unique ways. Through the efforts of Gibraltar High School and Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) Program, in partnership with The Francis Hardy Center for the Arts, […]

  • Bay Ridge Golf Course Honoring World Oceans Day

    Nestled between the hills just south of Sister Bay is a regulation nine-hole property that might see itself a little differently than the average golf course does.At least Dianne Trenchard, who bought Bay Ridge Golf Course with her late husband Peter in 1966 and now runs the course with her son Erik Anderson, has an […]

  • Beginner Yoga Workshops at Sturgeon Bay Studio This Summer

    Door County Yoga is offering Yoga 101 workshops on June 24 and July 22. Door County Yoga is offering these two yoga workshops so beginner students will learn basic postures, proper alignment, breathing techniques and philosophy. It’s a great way to jumpstart yoga practice. This workshop will prepare students to join the Door County Yoga group […]

  • Remembering Those Generous to Us

    Although Memorial Day didn’t become an official United States holiday until 1971, this day of remembrance is rooted in traditions that go back more than a thousand years. The first well documented public tribute to those who died in battle was given in 431 B.C. Pericles, the fabled “first citizen” of democratic Athens, offered a […]

  • Pet Talk: Watch for Signs of Petting-Induced Aggression

    Q:  My cat will be sitting on my lap purring and enjoying being petted when all of a sudden he turns and bites me, then runs off and stops to groom himself. I am starting to be leery of petting him because of this happening. Is there anything I can do to stop this? A: […]

  • Fishing Gear

    Gills Rock Maritime Museum Now Open

    The Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock is now open for the season. The museum will be open daily through Oct. 15. After taking the scenic trip to the tip of Door County, visitors will find a wealth of maritime history awaiting them at the Door County Maritime Museum at Gills Rock. The museum […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Senator Baldwin

    Concerned and active citizens often call or write their representatives when they disagree with what’s going on in Washington. However, it is also important to give positive reinforcement when our representatives have earned it. Senator Tammy Baldwin has recently earned some positive reinforcement for several actions. Firstly, she and a group of her senatorial colleagues wrote a […]

  • Hard Maple Hosts Acoustic Sessions at The Fireside in Ellison Bay

    Hard Maple Music will host Fireside Acoustic Sessions at The Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay on Wednesdays this summer. Starting with the week of Memorial Day, the sessions begin at 5 pm and will run throughout the summer. The group is raising money to support young, local Door County musicians. Hard Maple Music is donating […]

  • Walker Approves $409,357 for Local Bridge Deck Improvement

    Gov. Scott Walker recently approved $409,357 to improve bridge decks in the counties of Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. The project begins Monday, June 5, and concludes July 12. Work consists of resealing existing concrete bridge decks on various highways in each county to prolong the life of the bridge deck. Norcon Corp. of […]

  • A Barn and A Vision: Birch Creek’s Fledgling Early Days

    James Dutton was at a loss. It was 1978 and the Birch Creek Farm Academy for the Performing Arts that he founded just a couple years earlier was short on cash, as young arts organizations tend to be, and he and his wife Fran didn’t know how they were going to cover costs for next […]

  • Weather Wizard: Chasing Rainbows

    Tornado chasers are fascinating people. All seem to be thrill seekers, most are scientists and some are likely to be certifiable. They ply around in their heavily armored vehicles overloaded with advanced meteorological equipment looking like something that just rolled out of a dust storm from a Mad Max movie. Juxtaposed to the tornado chasers […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Note from the Cowboy Church of Door County

    Recently there was a comment by ISIS about the killing of the Cross worshippers in Manchester, UK. Let’s get this straight:  WE DO NOT WORSHIP THE CROSS. Nothing is further from the truth. Note the Cowboy Church cross is empty; our faith is based upon on the sacrifice and resurrection  that the cross represents. Our anchor Bible verse […]

  • Door to Nature: Reynard – Sly Red Fox

    How would you feel if someone was constantly trying to steal the coat off your back? Such is the entire life led by most red foxes. By late March the faint whimpering sounds of the fox pups, or kits, will be heard from deep within the den concealed in the earth, perhaps under tall grass […]

  • Fungi Fans Consider Mushroom Growing as Hobby at The Ridges

    There’s nothing as lovely as a tree stump to mushroom hunters. At this time of year, they’ll tramp to secret spots in the woods and tolerate mosquitoes, mud, thorns and perhaps poison ivy in search of oyster mushrooms on stumps or treasured morels near dead elms and in leaf litter in the woods. But a […]

  • Woodwalk Lineup

    2017 Woodwalk Concert Series

    Jeanne Kuhns is thrilled to announce her 2017 Woodwalk Concert Series. This season offers a variety of national and local artists and is bringing back the Bob Dylan tribute, “Buckets of Rain.” From solo acts to bands, this singer/songwriter series features performers in the music-soaked rafters of the magical and beautiful atmosphere of Woodwalk Gallery. […]

  • Cory Vandertie Fills Vacancy As Southern Door Elementary Principal

    The Southern door County School District announced that Cory Vandertie has been approved by the Board of Education as the district’s elementary principal, a vacancy created by the retirement of Mrs. Laurie Connell. A Meet & Greet reception will be hosted by the Southern Door Elementary PIE on Wednesday, June 7, from 5:30-6:30 pm in […]

  • Emerge Wisconsin for Democratic Women Accepting Applications

    Emerge Wisconsin, the premier training organization for Democratic women seeking elected or appointed office, has announced it will be accepting applications for a second class of 2017. Online registration will be open through the month of June. Earlier this year Emerge Wisconsin accepted the largest class in their history, but even this wasn’t enough to […]

  • Featured Pet: Brewer

    In honor of the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers season, this week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) was named Brewer. He came to DCHS as a stray before spring training even started and now baseball season is well underway, but Brewer still hasn’t found a home. Even though he’s been at the shelter […]

  • Sports Standings as of May 31

    Baseball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Sturgeon Bay, 12-2, 15-4, .857 Gibraltar, 9-4, 13-8, .692 Southern Door, 10-5, 15-9, .667 Oconto, 10-5, 14-10, .667 Algoma, 6-7, 8-11, .462 Kewaunee, 6-9, 10-16, .400 Green Bay N.E.W., 4-10, 6-11, .286 Sevastopol, 0-15, 3-19, .000   Softball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, […]

  • Back Porch Sessions Adds New Musical Lineup, Charity Garden to Second Year

    Few music venues in Door County can claim a concert finale as spectacular as that of a rising harvest moon or boast of the acoustics provided by repurposed tree trunks on a rustic stage amid the ambiance only a cornfield can provide. Welcome to one of the peninsula’s newest music series: Kim Souther’s Back Porch […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Police Host Open House for Youth Explorer Program

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Explorer Post is hosting an open house on June 6 at 6 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Police Department. The Explorer Program is for students who are interested in learning about the duties and responsibilities of a law enforcement officer. The program includes educational presentations and hands-on activities. The program is open […]

  • Program Aims to Improve Farm Management Practices

    Ever since an April 2012 runoff event that turned the waters of the City of Green Bay a disturbing murky brown, government agencies and farmers in the Fox River watershed have been working to reduce farm runoff through innovative field technology that is used on participating demonstration farms and shared with other farmers not in […]

  • Northern Door Children’s Center’s Annual Spring Gala is June 4

    This year, Northern Door Children’s Center is celebrating the Annual Spring Gala fundraising event on June 4, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, at Björklunden’s Vail Hall. The theme for 2017 is Family Reunion, with a country-style décor. There will be delicious food from a variety of Door County’s finest restaurants and wine tasting with a little […]

  • St Peter’s Lutheran Church Hosts Maker Fun Factory for Kids

    St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay is hosting a summer event for kids called Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School from June 12-16, 9 am – 12 noon. At Maker Fun Factory, the children, age 3 (potty trained) through those entering sixth grade, will learn that they have been created by God for a […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Southern Door Schoolyard Garden

    The Southern Door Schoolyard Garden is seeking volunteers to care for the garden in the summer. Volunteers sign up for a week of garden care, typically weeding and watering about twice during the assigned week. Contact Pamela Parks for more information at pamelap@centurytel.net or 920.825.1104. Southern Door Schoolyard Garden Summer Garden Care Schedule: June 4-10; […]

  • Eagle Tower Receives Up to $750,000 from State Funding

    The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved up to $750,000 in funding for the reconstruction of Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park. The funds will be granted to the Friends of Peninsula State Park to match private donations raised by the Eagle Tower Fund. Representative Joel Kitchens worked with Senator Frank Lasee to move the budget […]

  • Waterfront Mary’s Hosts Relay For Life Fundraiser

    On June 17, Relay For Life of Door County is throwing a beach party at Waterfront Mary’s in Sturgeon Bay. There will be an opening Survivor Ceremony Walk through the Potawatomi State Trail at 2 pm and a Luminaria Ceremony at 5:30 pm. There will also be the Ryan Thompson band, a volleyball tournament, drawings, […]

  • Pop-up Store Added to 57th Annual Door County House and Garden Walk

    The 57th Annual Door County House and Garden walk is scheduled for July 25, 9 am – 5 pm, hosted by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary. This year, there are four beautiful and unique homes from Sturgeon Bay to Ephraim. Two of the homes will feature local Door County artists who will paint, share […]

  • Gibraltar Inducts New Members to National Honor Society

    On May 12 the Gibraltar High School Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed 20 new members. The induction ceremony was held at Maxwelton Braes Resort in Baileys Harbor. The keynote address was given by Steve Leonard, executive director of The Ridges Sanctuary. Each new member had a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or […]

  • USDA Rural Development Recognizes ‘Older Americans Month’ with Loan Reminder

    May has been declared “Older Americans Month” to recognize and show appreciation to our nation’s older citizens. Older Americans have provided a lifetime of contributions to their communities. “Older adults are a growing and vital part of our country,” said Dave Schwobe, USDA Rural Development Housing Program Director. “The baby boomer generation is now between […]

  • Lori Somatics & Massage Therapy Has New Ephraim Studio

    Lori Strantz has opened Lori Somatics & Massage Therapy in a new studio in Ephraim at the Green Gables Shops. Services at the newly opened studio focus on Clinical Somatic Education, and a variety of massage and bodywork. Strantz specializes in assisting individuals with their own health & wellness needs while educating clients on how […]

  • Our Reps: Gov. Walker Visits Sevastopol Schools to Discuss K-12 Budget Proposal

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker traveled to Institute on May 30 to discuss the historic K-12 and rural school investments included in his biennial budget proposal with Sevastopol School District students, teachers and staff. The governor’s proposal lifts K-12 investment to $11.5 billion over two years, an all-time high and includes $649 million in new […]

  • Southern Door Memorial Day Ceremony

    Despite rainy skies, members of the George W. Goetz Post 372 Forestville American Legion paid tribute to fallen comrades at 22 cemeteries in their area on May 28.

  • Be Beauty Opens in Egg Harbor

    Be Beauty, a new fashion and home boutique, recently opened its doors in Egg Harbor. Be Beauty Fashion and Home Boutique offers unique merchandise to complement inner and outer beauty. The boutique prides itself on creating an exceptional shopping experience that makes all feel appreciated. They sell jewelry, handbags, gifts and more. For more information […]

  • Ceramics Reception at James May June 2

    James May Gallery in Algoma is presenting Working Pots II, the second Annual Juried Utilitarian Ceramics Exhibition. The exhibition runs June 1-30 with an opening reception on June 2, 5:30 – 8 pm. The show is juried by Birdie Boone. Mixed media paintings by Jennifer Wagner, from Milwaukee, will also be featured. The James May […]

  • Stacey Small Rupp’s Watercolors at Cottage Row

    Watercolorist Stacey Small Rupp will be the featured artist at Cottage Row Gallery June 3-17. A selection of her original watercolors, limited edition prints and hand-painted notecards will be available. Rupp has been painting the Door County landscape for more than 20 years. After earning a BFA in Graphic Design from UW-Stout in 1992, she […]

  • Modern Oil Paintings with Flemish Inspiration at Mr. Helsinki

    On opening reception for the exhibit “Jean Roberts Guequierre: Paintings 1989-2017” will be held June 8, 5-7 pm, at Mr. Helsinki in Fish Creek. Influenced by the work of the Flemish primitives (15th-16th Century Northern Renaissance) and German Expressionism Jean Roberts Guequierre’s paintings are beautifully rendered, traditional oil paintings which explore contemporary themes. “Jean Roberts […]

  • Stereograph Talk with Colleen Woolpert at The Clearing

    The Hardy Gallery presents an artist talk on June 13 at 2 pm with photographer Colleen Woolpert, hosted at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay. This special event includes an interactive display of 19th century stereographs (3D photography). Woolpert will share the history of this unique photography format and her own stereoscopic artwork in […]

  • Portrait, Landscape and Abstract Photo Exhibit at Hope Church

    Starting June 21 and running until Aug. 15, Hope Church Art Alcove Gallery will host Door County photographer Dennis M. Connolly, as he presents, Connection, 30 Years of Visual Interrelationships. This exhibit will incorporate both black-and-white and color, film and digital images of landscapes, urban scenes and people. Connolly especially enjoys portrait photography of people […]

  • Local Photo Book Selected as Finalist in International Contest

    The Secret Treasures of Door County by Thomas Jordan was just named one of three finalists for Best Photography 2017 International Book Awards. There were more than 1,500 entries in numerous categories from all over the world. Jordan, a full-time resident of Door County, retired from advertising in Milwaukee in 2012. He and his wife […]

  • Drawings and Pastels by Marty Gerber at UUF

    Marty Gerber, the featured artist for June at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) Gallery, retired to Door County after a 32-year teaching career that ranged from junior high to college. She taught both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art classes, and created curricula for Advanced Placement art history and special needs students. Gerber’s first love was drawing, […]

  • Bloomsday Comes to Sturgeon Bay June 16

    Write On, Door County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting writing and reading, brings Bloomsday – an internationally celebrated day – to the area on June 16, with a wide variety of activities for children, families, and adults. Youth and family activities take place in Sawyer Park from noon – 4 pm, with storytelling, writing, […]

  • Readers Rampant Announces Summer Book Selections

    The Readers Rampant Book Club of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Public Library are ready to announce their book picks for the next few months. They are as follows: June 13 – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian; July 11 – Commonwealth by Ann Patchett; Aug. 8 – The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. […]

  • The Bestseller List: May 21, 2017

      TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett 5. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah   TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder 2. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond […]

  • By the Numbers: Hello June

    Let’s celebrate the first month of summer with a look at some things that have taken place in June. 1819 Abner Doubleday, the inventor of baseball, is born on June 26 of this year.   1875 Alexander Graham Bell makes the first voice transmission on a telephone on June 2 of this year.   1876 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: How Many More Cows, DNR?

    Finally, the Department of Natural Resources has recognized that the groundwater under Kewaunee County is contaminated and owners of private wells need relief. Owners of contaminated wells will now be provided with bottled water. It has taken far too long for the department to realize the connection between excessive manure and contaminated groundwater. But now […]

  • Egg Harbor Farmers Market Opens

    Ron Schweigert of Flying Tractor Farm adjusts a weight on a display sign at his tent for the Village of Egg Harbor’s first farmers market, held Friday, May 26. The market will be open through the season on Fridays beginning at 8 am. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.

  • Local High Schools Compete in Regional, State Competition

    Local high school sports teams and individual athletes are competing in regional and state play this weekend. Girls soccer regionals continue Saturday, June 3, while the state Track and Field meet takes place Friday and Saturday June 2 and 3 in La Crosse. For updated state tournament results, including baseball and softball scores for those […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Pick ‘n Save Gets A Refresh

      As Lynn Lyon finished a short photo session with two of her team members in front of the new cheese display at the recently refreshed Sturgeon Bay Pick ’n Save, a customer came up to her and said, “That must have been easy for you because you are always smiling!” This raises all kinds […]

  • Ephraim Streetscape Plans Hit ‘Dead End’

      The Department of Transportation responded to Ephraim’s proposed plans for the Hwy. 42 resurface project with changes that could lead to a complete overhaul of a project that began in 2014. The village is now working against the DOT’s Aug. 1 deadline to decide on priority infrastructure, including stormwater management. “This whole thing has […]