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Peninsula Pulse June 28-July 5, 2024

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  • Editor’s Note: On Space Trash, Falling Out of Orbit and July Fourth Fireworks

    A Florida family filed a claim with NASA last week after some space junk slammed into their home earlier this year. The object reportedly crashed through two floors of their house and almost hit the family’s son. NASA retrieved and analyzed the debris at the Kennedy Space Center, confirming its identity. The cellphone-sized object was […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Recognizing Our Shared Values

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”   Those are the memorable first words of the document that gave birth to a new nation, the Declaration of Independence.   […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Those Blue and White Signs

    My wife and I visited Sister Bay recently and noticed these signs along the road. There must be a very active Democratic Party organization in the Door Country. Unfortunately, they are uninformed and misleading. The signs ask you to vote for Democrats because they vote for you. While staying in Sister Bay, I read a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Clean It Up

    Whether you are a tourist visiting this beautiful part of Wisconsin, or a long-time resident, I invite you to take a drive along County Road ZZ. It winds from Sister Bay, past orchards and forest, to the beautiful Rowley’s Bay. On a gradual descent, the road takes you past Wagon Trail Campground, and as the […]

  • Obituary: Mary Jo (“Jo”) Cole

    Aug. 4, 1932 – June 16, 2024 Mary Jo (“Jo”) Cole (Mrs. Jo), beloved wife, mother, deaf educator, and historic preservationist, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2024, at the age of 91. Jo’s life was a testament to her intellectual curiosity, with special interests including pre-school education of the deaf, reading (especially non-fiction), family […]

  • Obituary: Mary Jane Henquinet

    June 25, 1943 – July 1, 2024 Mary Jane Henquinet, 81, of Brussels went to her eternal rest on July 1, 2024.  She was born in Algoma to Raymond and Fern (Mae) Boucher on June 25, 1943. On Oct. 20, 1962, she married her true love, Tom Henquinet at St. Mary’s Church in Algoma. Together […]

  • Obituary: Charles J. “Chuck” Bruss

    Nov. 19, 1949 – June 26, 2024 Charles J. “Chuck” Bruss, 74, Algoma, passed away June 26, 2024, with his family at his side at the Kewaunee Health Services Facility after a long battle with end stage kidney disease. Chuck was born Nov. 19, 1949 in Shawano to William and Katherine (VanLoo) Bruss. When Chuck […]

  • Obituary: Spencer James Milligan

    Sept. 10, 1937 – April 18, 2024 Spencer James Milligan has taken his final bow and exit. Spencer passed away on April 18, 2024. A long-time Sturgeon Bay resident, Spencer was a fierce creative force– producer, writer, director, and actor. He appeared on stages nationwide and played memorable roles in national commercials, broadcast and cable […]

  • Southern Door Board Discusses Public Use of Facilities

    Community members and other donors came up with $80,000 for the Southern Door schools to buy new weights and benches from Eau Claire-based Dynamic Fitness for the new Talon Community Fitness Center. Incoming varsity football coach Scott Mallien said the committee worked together, kept a positive attitude and found solutions to make sure the new […]

  • Ecology Club Thriving at Gibraltar

    The Gibraltar schools’ high school and middle school Ecology Club has seen a surge of involvement in recent years, and the clubs participated in dozens of activities and projects this school year, said coordinator Mary Kate McCormack. She said the middle school had about 10 students involved and, on average, 25 high school participants. Some […]

  • Obituary: Karen Ann de Young

    Sept. 17, 1947 – June 19, 2024 Karen Ann de Young, age 76, died peacefully on June 19, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and service to her family and her community.  She was born on Sept. 17, 1947, to the late Gordon and Unis (Breuer) Brown. Karen graduated from Xavier High School and then […]

  • NATURE NOTE: DR. DAN THE BIRDMAN: Protect Birds from Window Collisions

    44% of birds killed at buildings occurred at residential structures by DAN SCHEIMAN, Ph.D., Ridges Sanctuary visitor engagement specialist/staff ornithologist During this past spring migration upwards of 3.5 billion birds were winging their way northwards (and even more will be flying in the fall when young-of-the-year are added). Migration is a hazardous time for birds, […]

  • PARENT CORNER: Lessons of Schoolhouse Beach

    It’s a geological wonder. A Door County treasure. A beautiful sight. (And they have very nice restrooms.) But Schoolhouse Beach on Washington Island comes with a few lessons in ensuring a magical experience for you and your little one. • Lesson 1 – Pebbles are tricky to walk on. Especially wet ones. Neither you or […]

  • Open House, Ceramic Demo At Artzy Studio

    An open house, artist talk and ceramic demonstration will be held at Artzy Studio on June 29, 4-6 pm. The gallery is celebrating its 10th year in north Ephraim. Artist and gallery-owner Cynthia Koshalek will demonstrate how to make a ceramic tile. She’ll work in clay and explain her Italian-style technique, which uses underglaze transfers […]

  • Quilt Display In Noble Square

    Quilts will surround Noble Square on June 28 and 29, 10 am – 3 pm. Some of the Trillium Quilt Guild’s best pieces will be on display. The guild has been active in Door County for 26 years and gives back to the community by donating quilts to causes like Neighbor to Neighbor, HELP of […]

  • “Twilight ‘til Dawn” At Woodwalk

    Local artist Andrea Naylor digs deep into the transient nature of her own memories and emotions in her solo Woodwalk Gallery exhibit, titled Twilight ‘til Dawn.  As a painter and mother of three, Naylor finds great significance in the memories that linger on a particular place or moment in time – a specific shoreline, the […]

  • Judi Ekholm Visits Door Garden Club

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries hosted the Door Garden Club for its June 18 meeting, and local flower and landscape painter Judi Ekholm presented a program about what inspires her work. The club also toured the gardens and viewed many of Ekholm’s impressionistic oil paintings on display at the gallery. In July, the club will sponsor its […]

  • Open Door Pride’s annual “What’s My Pride?” photo exhibit

    Open Door Pride’s annual What’s My Pride? photo exhibit is on display now at M3, 142 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  The exhibit features photos of community members sharing what pride means to them via chalkboard signs. Viewers can engage with the exhibit by writing their own messages on provided chalkboards and snapping pictures […]

  • Awash in Art: Water inspires Carol Schalla’s pastels

    Ephraim artist Carol Schalla isn’t new to pastels. She was interested in the medium years ago, before having kids and a 35-year magazine career. “I was a portrait artist, creating pictures of kids and animals, and I started getting commissions,” said the artist, whose work is available at Blue Dolphin Gallery in Ephraim. Schalla worked […]

  • Remembering Joel Blahnik: The late Gibraltar band director was renowned on two continents

    “Elegy for Full Symphony” Joel Blahnik died in December 2023 at age 85. A performance of “Elegy for Full Symphony,” written and composed by Blahnik, will take place on July 4, 3 pm. The performance is part of a Birch Creek Music Performance Center concert titled A Birch Creek Symphonic Fourth. The Independence-Day show starts […]

  • Peninsula Players Hosts Pre-Show Seminars, Post-Show Discussions

    Peninsula Players Theatre has announced its 2024 lineup of pre-show seminars and post-show discussions.  Pre-show seminars are lectures on topics related to the evening’s shows. They will begin at 6:30 pm inside the theater, except for the seminar on Oct. 11, which will begin at 5:30 pm. No tickets are required, but tickets for the […]

  • Live WPR Show At Northern Sky

    Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) will host a live broadcast of The Larry Meiller Show at Northern Sky Theater’s Gould Theater on July 16. Doors will open at 10:30 am for the 11 am show. During the broadcast, Meiller will talk with Northern Sky Theater’s co-founder Fred “Doc” Heide and other regional guests. Tickets are free. […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Explores Fairy Tales, Ghosts

    Midsummer’s Music will continue its 2024 concert season with a program featuring three great classical composers, titled Beethoven, Haydn and Schumann: Fairy Tales and Ghosts. The program will feature Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen (“Fairy Tales”), Beethoven’s Ghost (Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1), and Haydn’s Trio in C Major. The compositions will be […]

  • Rogue Theater Holds Drop-Off Shoe Drive

    Rogue Theater has been collecting new and gently used shoes for the past two months, but it still needs 1,800 pairs to meet its goal of 2,500. To reach this goal, the community-theater company will hold a series of shoe drop-off events. Fundraising organization Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes and proceeds […]

  • From Heaven to Hell: The legacy of Northern Sky’s Belgians

    After a showing of Belgians in Heaven, Northern Sky Theater co-founder and playwright Fred “Doc” Heide had an unusual encounter. A woman with terminal cancer approached him, explaining she had been afraid of dying, but his play would allow her to pass away in peace.  “It’s an amazing privilege,” Heide said. “That’s what you’re hoping […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Judy DuCharme

    Local author Judy DuCharme was a fifth-grade teacher at Gibraltar School for 22 years. As she neared retirement, she started writing, a stirring that had been within her since childhood. DuCharme writes suspense, historical fiction, football devotionals, children’s books and more. She has published ten books, including Lainey of the Door Islands, Blood Moon Redemption […]

  • Sam Bush, Molly Tuttle At DCA

    Bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on June 30, 8 pm. Tickets cost $39-65. A Grammy-winning vocalist, mandolinist, fiddler and guitarist, Bush pushes the boundaries of traditional bluegrass, incorporating improvisation and diverse musical influences into his unforgettable music. He has a name for himself both as a solo […]

  • The Talbott Brothers Play Peg Egan

    The Talbott Brothers will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center June 30, 7 pm.  The Portland-based duo is composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with infectious melodies and storytelling to form an alternative blend of folk, rock and blues. All Peg Egan concerts […]

  • Three Artists, One Night Of Music

    Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns will perform with special guests Dorothy Scott and The Peacekeepers and Woody Mankowski on July 3, 6 pm at Door County Fire Company.  Big Mouth, one of Door County’s most popular bands, is known throughout Wisconsin for playing a dance-worthy mix of blues, jazz and rock. Founded in […]

  • Door County Brewing Co. Celebrates The Fourth

    Door County Brewing Company will host a day of food and live music on July 4.  All day, they will serve BBQ as well as other snacks. Musician Chris Rugowski will take the beer garden stage at 6 pm.  Rugowski is a recording artist who has had radio play from the Midwest all the way […]

  • “Women Of Note” Concert Returns

    Five female Door County musicians will take the stage at the Kress Pavilion on July 5, 7 pm. Those five performers – Dorothy Scott, Katie Dahl, Jess Holland, Ruby James and Jeanne Kuhns – will perform together in a show titled Women of Note. The show will showcase the power and passion of women’s voices, […]

  • Brittany Jean Returns To Door County

    Washington-based singer-songwriter Brittany Jean will return to Door County for a series of shows this July. Jean has history in the area, having vacationed on the peninsula as a child. Her style is rooted in the folk and Americana music she has loved all her life. She has performed everything from cozy house shows to […]

  • Weekly Music At The Hitching Post

    The Hitching Post will host live music every Thursday throughout the summer, with a few Saturday shows as well. Local bands The Gliddiots and The Hitch Hikers will provide the music. The latter band, The Hitch Hikers, plays Thursdays 4-6 pm. They play folk and bluegrass favorites of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s on acoustic […]

  • Makin’ Music: Door County’s song circles connect musicians

    by CYNTHIA KRAACK, local author and Door County Living writer If you stop by the Kress Pavilion on a Wednesday afternoon, you might hear acoustic musicians performing songs by artists like John Prine, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Beyoncé and Adele. And if you pull up a chair, you’ll be close enough to see those musicians’ […]

  • Listen Up!

    Here is a sneak peek of some of the live music this weekend! Paul Bronson June 28, 2-5 pm, Door 44 Winery, 5464 Cty P in Sturgeon Bay This acoustic guitarist combines elements of rock, jazz, classical and contemporary instrumental music. Mojo Loco June 29, 7-10 pm, Stabbur Beer Garden, 10698 N. Bay Shore Dr. […]

  • Feeding Thousands: Inside the Annual FFA Dairy Breakfast

    Around 700 pounds of pancake mix, 860 dozen precracked eggs, 210 pounds of cheese, 400 pounds of cheese curds, 30 pounds of ground coffee, 4,500 pounds of chocolate and white milk, 4,200 ice cream cups and 35 gallons of maple syrup is expected at the FFA Alumni Association’s dairy breakfast this year, said Tim Ash, […]

  • Kylee Duessler A Miss Wisconsin Runner-Up

    Kylee Duessler of Sturgeon Bay, who was named Miss Door County 2024 in February, was the fourth-place runner-up for the Miss Wisconsin 2024 competition. She won a $1,000 scholarship during the June 22 competition in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Mandi Genord of Beaver Dam, competing as Miss Northern Lights, won first place in the state competition and […]

  • Evergreen Mini Golf Hosts Events

    A mini golf fundraising tournament for Door County YMCA will take place at Evergreen Miniature Golf on June 28, 1-5 pm. Guests can win prizes and enjoy food from Papa B’s. On July 5, 8:30 pm, Evergreen will host a glow-in-the-dark mini golf night for all ages. On July 6, 12-8 pm, Evergreen will host […]

  • Volunteers Needed For Root Beer Festival

    The Door County Historical Society will host their 10th annual Root Beer Festival on July 13, 10 am – 3 pm at the Heritage Village, and the organization announced it needs volunteers.  Volunteers will help with root beer tasting, root beer floats, merchandise sales, cookie sales, interpreting buildings and historic games.  For more information and […]

  • 63rd Annual House And Garden Walk

    The 63rd Annual Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary House and Garden Walk will explore five homes from Ellison Bay to Sturgeon Bay on July 30, 9 am – 5 pm.  Tickets cost $50 if purchased before July 30 and $55 if purchased the day of the event. They’re also currently available for purchase by […]

  • Kids Cook-Off At Washington Island Airport

    The 12th-annual Death’s Door Barbeque Kid’s Que will give children the opportunity to cook at the Washington Island Airport on August 25, 12 – 3 pm.  Two age groups, 6-10 and 11-16, will compete for cash prizes and awards. The 6-10 year olds will cook Wagyu burger meat, while the 11-16 year olds will cook […]

  • Pride and Produce: Open Door Pride farmer’s market booth

    Amid the bustle at the Sturgeon Bay Farmers Market, the kids of a Green Bay family ran up to the Open Door Pride (ODP) booth. The parents of the children followed, telling volunteers that the mom had been a surrogate and carried two children for two different LGBTQ+ couples, said board member Andrea Frank.  “It […]

  • Short and Sweet Hikes

    Last summer, I was involved in a major car accident. This summer, I’m back on my feet (literally.) But one of the long-term side effects of the accident is that I can’t walk for as long as I used to be able to. I can usually make it about a mile before I have to […]

  • Crossroads Hosts A Series Of Activities

    There’s something for everyone in the Crossroads lineup of events over the next week. •June 28, 8:30 pm – Nighttime Bat Hike. The duration of the hike will be an hour or less and will take place on the Creek Trail and the Cove Estuary.  •July 1 – Summer Nature Program: Glaciers. Crossroads will host […]

  • Land Trust Conducts Pollinator Observations

    This year, the Door County Land Trust is organizing a bumble bee survey at Three Springs Nature Preserve to add data to a citizen science project and to better understand how bumble bees are using Land Trust properties.  The observations are currently taking place on the dunes of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve […]

  • Server Of The Week: Cynthia Pallex, Mike’s Port Pub

    She’s got two German shorthairs, Otto and year-old Beau. With her husband and these doggos, a-hunting she will go. At 14, she started working at this pub in Jacksonport. Eight years later, she’s still having fun – it doesn’t seem like work.  She loves the chicken tenders – you really oughta try them. Hand-breaded with […]

  • Images Capture Ephraim Through the Years

    Jeff O’Keeffe dug through boxes and files filled with prints, negatives and glass plates and found treasures for the public to see for the first time. While working to organize, archive and to begin digitizing some of the 8,000 artworks, artifacts and document collections at the Ephraim Historical Foundation, the curator and collections manager took […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Marvel Meal for Woodpeckers

    I live in the middle of an upland hardwood forest which also has scattered conifers including hemlocks, white pines and a few arborvitaes. My woodland has many types of trees and is home to a wide variety of woodpeckers. One of their favorite foods is suet cakes, which I buy at our local bird food […]

  • Island Orchard Cider Earns Awards

    Island Orchard Cider won top awards in the hopped and dessert/fortified cider categories at the Cidercraft Awards, hosted earlier this month by Cidercraft magazine. Their winning hopped entry – Hopped Brut Apple – is an effervescent, semi-dry hard cider made from an apple cider base steeped in Door County-grown Cascade hops, which adds a citrusy, […]

  • Defining Fashion – A Restaurant Reborn

    Northern Door County isn’t subject to earthquakes, but recently the dining scene experienced a few.  Two years ago, JJ’s LaPuerta in Sister Bay sold after nearly 45 years of Johnson-family ownership. This past fall, The Shoreline in Gills Rock was sold after 33 years in the hands of the Mead family. And in early winter, […]

  • Wine Trails: Wines with a Sense of Place

    by JIM SCHNAEDTER Allan Hyland and his wife, Emily Butteris, form the creative winegrower/vintner team that develops the new wines and meads for the Hatch Distilling Co.’s Mixed Meadia product line. When Allan answered my question about what topics he thought would merit a story with the term “natural/postmodern/minimum-intervention wines,” I followed up with a […]

  • Tea For The Cure Raises $2,700 To Fight MS

    The fourth annual Tea for the Cure – MS was hosted by Bayshore Inn in Sturgeon Bay and the Challenge Walk Team Multiple Screwballs on the afternoon of June 12. The event included homemade sweet and savory treats and basket drawings. With the help of many talented friends and generous local businesses, $2,700 was raised.

  • Tavern League Donates To Provide Service Dogs

    The Door County Tavern League presented a check for $1,000 to Dan Spaulding for the Wisconsin Guardian Foundation.  The League is requesting Matching Funds for $1,000 from the Tavern League Foundation.  The Wisconsin Guardian Foundation Mission is to honor the sacrifices of veterans and first responders by providing free individualized services and support with trained […]

  • Women’s Fund Hosts Annual Luncheon

    Tickets will go on sale Aug. 1 through the Door County Community Foundation for the Women’s Fund of Door County’s annual Celebrate Women Luncheon, Sept. 13, at Stone Harbor.  This year’s keynote speaker will be Amy Schmidt, an author, podcaster and motivational speaker.  Doors for the luncheon open at 10:45 am with the program beginning […]

  • A Guide For Dementia Patients And Caregivers

    Unity, in partnership with the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation, announced the release of a new dementia care resources guide in honor of The Longest Day, which was celebrated on June 20 to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s.  The Unity Dementia Care Patient & Caregiver Resources Guide is designed to support the home care […]

  • Historical Society Hosts Docent-Led Tours

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) will host docent-led tours at Heritage Village every Wednesday through Sunday at 1 pm.  The guided tours are $5 per person, and free for DCHS members.  The tours will give an in-depth look into the significance of the buildings at the Heritage Village and their roles in the daily […]

  • Ramp Up For Community Members

    After a Sturgeon Bay resident had his right leg amputated and was no longer able to enter or leave his home safely, Door Habitat Ramp Up volunteers partnered with 101 Mobility of Northeast Wisconsin to install a ramp one week after the request – free of charge.  It is expected that this resident will be […]

  • 100+WWC Awards Over $31,500 To Nonprofits

    100+ Women Who Care Door County will host its next quarterly Giving Event at the Donald & Carolyn Kress Pavilion Great Hall and via livestream on July 22 at 6:30 pm.  Over $31,500 will be awarded to local nonprofits by 391 members. Including this next 25th Giving Event, though, 100+WWC will have given approximately $596,000 […]

  • Clean Start Program Highlights Community Need

    A new program that takes place on the second Monday of each month provides free laundry and free haircuts for three hours, no questions asked, for anyone who shows up.  The handful of people who used the Clean Start program when it began in May almost tripled in number in June. “I would say the […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Molly Mae

    At the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus Meet Molly Mae! This cute canine is 7 years old and available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. She is black with a white tuxedo coat – a happy senior and looking for a home with no other pets to allow her […]

  • HEALTHY AGING: Coming to Journey’s End

    by CYNTHIA GERMAIN [email protected]  Life is a journey with a beginning and an end, plus all that great middle in between.  The end – the point where we must confront the inevitable nature of our own mortality – is as natural as the sun rising and setting. But it’s a challenging time, especially when we’re […]

  • Grant Applications Available For Electronic Recycling

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting applications for the E-Cycle Wisconsin Electronics Collection Grant for projects hosting an electronics collection site between September 2024 and December 2025.  For this round, The DNR will award up to $100,000 in grants to businesses, local and tribal governmental bodies, and nonprofits.  Applications are due by […]

  • DNR Warns Public To Not Harvest Cicadas

    Following multiple reports of people harvesting cicadas, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that state law prohibits the capture and removal of animals, including insects, from state park properties. DNR park staff and wardens have been instructed to make efforts to first educate the public on cicadas in state parks, and wardens may […]

  • Latest Round of Drinking Water Data Shows Less Bacteria

    And no unsafe levels of arsenic or nitrates were detected The data is accumulating on the quality of Door County’s drinking water with the fifth year now underway for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Door County Well Monitoring program. The program collects and tests water samples from private wells across the county. Only the City of […]

  • Roen Begins $15m Algoma Breakwater Repair

    Roen Salvage Company arrived in Algoma June 18 to begin work on its $15 million contract with the Army Corps of Engineers, which involves repairing the 1,500 foot long south breakwater.  The new structure will be about 4 feet wider than the old breakwater, and be completely flat on top, making it more walkable than […]

  • Dairy Farmer Cooperative Introduces Program

    Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative announced the launch of a program, called Maestro, that provides dairy farmers with the tools and resources needed to navigate the permitting process.  “The permitting process can be a quite complicated and challenging endeavor,” Edge CEO Tim Trotter said. “We aim to change that for dairy farmers.” Those interested in the […]

  • Loma Cottages Opens For Guests

    Two existing accommodations at Loma Cottages – The Farmhouse and Applewood Cottage – were recently renovated on the 10-acre property and will be open for guests beginning July 1.  The cottages are located on 4291 County Road EE, Egg Harbor.  For more information or any questions about the property, contact Loma Cottages. 

  • Pinkert Law Firm Hires Cora Baudhuin

    Pinkert Law Firm announced that Cora Baudhuin joined their firm as an associate attorney on June 18.  Cora grew up in Door County, is a graduate of Southern Door High School and received her law degree from Marquette University.  “Pinkert Law Firm is very pleased to have Cora as part of our team,” said Jennifer […]

  • Sailtime Hosts Open House At Wave Pointe

    SailTime Door County will host an open house on July 3 at Wave Pointe Marina and Resort from 5-7 pm.  Captain Bill Wons will give tours on the Alissa Joy and Leah Helen, while explaining their program and the American Sailing Association lessons.  There will be drinks and a meal at Gilmo’s Bar and Bistro […]

  • Schaut Technologies Hosts Ribbon Cutting

    Destination Door County and Schaut Technologies hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 24 to celebrate the service shop into the community. Schaut Technologies is a full service IT shop that provides specialized website design, software development and hosting services, as well as helping repair computers, tablets, wifi and offering tech tutoring.  To learn more about Schaut […]

  • K.Smith Opens Design Studio

    K.Smith will open a studio and showroom residence in Ellison Bay beginning July 2.  The studio will offer interior design services and consulting, as well as serve as a showroom for collaborative lighting and furniture pieces.  The firm presents a collection of elevated basics for the home and will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays through […]

  • The Wine Room Opens For Business

    The Wine Room, a retail wine and olive oil store, recently opened for business in downtown Fish Creek.  The store sells a variety of local wines, liquors and beers, as well as a plethora of foods.  Open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 10 am – 6 pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from […]

  • Visitor Economy Shows Continued Growth in 2023

    Last year showed continued prosperity for Door County as its tourism industry continued to flourish, contributing to the local economy and enhancing the quality of life for residents. According to the latest economic impact report from global research firm Tourism Economics, Door County’s visitor economy generated $620 million in total economic activity in 2023. This […]

  • Board Backs Settlement in Water Access Dispute

    After meeting in closed session for more than a half hour June 20, the Nasewaupee Town Board voted unanimously in favor of a settlement agreement related to regaining public access to the Bay of Green Bay from Elms Road in the Idlewild area off of County M. The Town of Nasewaupee filed a civil complaint […]

  • Town of Gibraltar Addresses Waterfront Plan Concerns

    Officials dispel rumors of demolition of Kinsey property The plans for Fish Creek’s waterfront park remained largely unchanged after the Gibraltar Town Board held a special meeting June 24 to take a final look at the concept plan for the area. Ayers Associates had presented its concept plan for the existing town marina, town park […]

  • Business Owner Proposes Moving Train Depot to West Waterfront

    Cobblestone Hotels also interested in the same site A Sturgeon Bay business owner wants to move the former Ahnapee & Western Railroad train depot from property owned by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding on the east side to the West Waterfront. Bay Shipbuilding has been looking for someone to move the building offsite to further develop its […]

  • Drawing A Crowd

    Several hundred people waited outside of Egg Harbor gift shop WISH, LLC for their chance to meet and talk to AJ Dillon on June 15. The Green Bay Packers running back and Door County regular spent over two hours taking photos with fans and signing his children’s book, Quadzilla Finds His Footing. Photo courtesy of […]

  • Wild Things: Salmon Fishing Contests Heat Up in July

    If the thought of winning cash, prizes or bragging rights over your salmon fishing buddies floats your boat, July may be your month. A 50-boat contest in Kewaunee last weekend saw the winning team average 22 pounds on their five salmon, including one of two brought to scales during the event that topped 30 pounds. […]

  • Golf for Veterans: 27 Pines Hosting Fundraiser to Send Veterans on Honor Flight

    As an Army mechanic, 27 Pines Golf Course owner Tom Schmelzer fixed equipment and helped to deliver it to soldiers all up and down the coast of Vietnam.  Some of those deliveries of vehicles and halftracks, etc., were carried out on LARC and BARC landing craft manufactured at Peterson Builders in Sturgeon Bay – but […]

  • Door County League: The Passion of the Island

    Despite the rising influx of summer visitors that has sped up its Mayberry-like pace, Washington Island clings tightly to its traditions. Islanders manager Joe Cornell is proud to be a descendant of the island’s original Joseph Cornell, who first crossed Death’s Door in the 1850s “That’s who I’m named after,’ he said. “My great-great…I don’t […]

  • DOOR COUNTY LEAGUE: Rain, Rain, Go Away

    With all the rain that has besieged the area in the past month, it’s really surprising that we have had only one game rained out in the Door County League. Maplewood at Kolberg was postponed last weekend and when it is only one or two games, it can put the league in a conundrum. Do […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Oh, Milwaukee

    I have a suggestion for the Milwaukee Board of Tourism. Take the latest gaff by 45 and turn it into lemonade. How’s this, “The Dump-Lings are better in Milwaukee.” Or, my personal favorite, “Have a Dump-load of Fun in Milwaukee.” The man is a Dump-Load of inspiration. Pete Thelen Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

  • Letter to the Editor: Voting for Us Means All of Us

    I am aware Letters to the Editor are opinions. However, worthy opinions are backed up with facts, not propaganda! I am shocked how many not only believe propaganda, but spread it without credible, reputable sources.   The survival of our Democracy cannot depend on the ignorant whose beliefs are formed by, euphemistically, “misguided” leadership! For those […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Democrats Stoop to Keep Power

    A few months before the verdict came out on the Trump trial in New York, the Washington Post editorial board wrote, “The Trump indictment is a poor test case for prosecuting a former president.” When Democrats put their top political opponent on trial with a possibility of over 100 years in prison if convicted for […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Passerby Rescues American Flag

    While driving to Sister Bay on Friday, June 21 around 4 pm, we saw a young man who had been driving southbound on state Highway 42 near The Summer Kitchen restaurant. He had just pulled over, exited his car and was picking up an American flag that had fallen out of the holder and was […]

  • Behind the Scenes of Independence Day

    by BETSY LECY [email protected] For Door County’s July Fourth parade organizers, the parade is more than just a one-day event; it’s the culmination of months of planning.   The Baileys Harbor Parade When the temperatures were low and the snow piled high at the end of February, Cynde Krowas, the destination director of the Baileys Harbor […]

  • Baileys Harbor July Fourth Schedule

    Baileys Harbor hosts one of the county’s largest July Fourth celebrations with food, fireworks and of course, a parade on Independence Day. 7:30 am – 10 am: Baileys Harbor Fire Department Pancake Breakfast9 am: Arts and Crafts in the town hall lawn9 am: Food vendors in the town hall parking lot9 am: Beer tent at […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: Illuminating Ho-Chunk Culture

    Through the lens of Henry Payer (ha)kirinąk / to return home by ELIZABETH MEISSNER-GIGSTEAD, Miller Art Museum executive director Art museums play a vital role in our communities. We serve, collectively, as stewards of our unique stories, histories, and visual legacies. We share, study, and preserve visual culture, offering a venue for the coming together […]

  • Ellison Bay’s Dog Show Puts Canine Charm To The Test

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