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Peninsula Pulse – June 30-July 7, 2017

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  • Plum Bottom Holds First Jewelry Trunk Show of Season

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites everyone to their first jewelry trunk show of the season on July 2, 10 am to 5pm. They will feature the latest collections from Alicia Winalski and Lara Knutson – both offering exquisite treasures sure to compliment any personal style. Stop in and be the first to see their […]

  • Obituary: Betty Jean Olson

    Betty Jean Olson, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, died at her home on June 26, 2017.  She was born on December 1, 1941, in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky to Woodson and Brooksie (Wells) Laster.  She graduated from Muhlenberg Central School in 1960.  On December 17, 1960, she married Ronald H. Olson, he preceded her in death on […]

  • Obituary: Rebecca ‘Becky’ Jeanquart

    Rebecca “Becky” Jeanquart, 60, Sturgeon Bay, died at her residence on June 24, 2017. She was born July 15, 1956 in Algoma to Ralph and Mary (Stoller) Hafeman.  On May 26, 1975 she married James Jeanquart. Survivors include her husband, Jim; her father, Ralph Hafeman, Algoma; three sisters, Lois (John) Albertson, Algoma; Susan (Ronald) Paschke, […]

  • Obituary: Sally Adelaide Kozlovsky

    Sally Adelaide Kozlovsky, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died in her sleep on June 24, 2017 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF. She was born February 4, 1931 in Northampton, MA, the daughter of Dr. Philip Shinn and Helen (Shaw) Shinn. Sally was raised by her two great-aunts with the death of her parents early in her life. […]

  • Obituary: Joan M. Charnetski Peterson

    Joan Mary (Carmody) Charnetski Peterson, 85, of the Town of Egg Harbor, died June 23, 2017 at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born September 16, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Paul Joseph and Anna Margaret (McCarty) Carmody. Joan attended school in Carlsville and graduated from Sevastopol High […]

  • Obituary: Samuel John Lang, Jr.

    Samuel John Lang, Jr., 83, of the Village of Egg Harbor, formerly of Evanston, IL, died late Friday afternoon, June 23, 2017 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, WI. A more complete obituary will be published in the near future. Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay, WI is assisting the Lang […]

  • Obituary: Janet Schweer

    Janet G. Schweer, age 89, of Glen Ellyn, IL, died June 22. She grew up in Evanston, IL and was the beloved daughter of Harold and Eleanor Gould. She attended Carleton College and the Chicago Art Institute to pursue her love of art. She was a devoted home maker and volunteered at the local elementary […]

  • Obituary: Richard H. Chomeau

    Richard H. Chomeau,  of Ephraim, died on June 22, 2017 in Sturgeon Bay, WI. Arrangements for a Celebration of his Life will be included in a complete notice at a future time.

  • Obituary: Lawrence ‘Larry’ Sahs

    Lawrence “Larry” Sahs, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died June 22, 2017, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services (Dorchester).  He was born June 4, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Lawrence and Grace (Hallmann) Sahs. On September 11, 1950 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and after serving his country he returned to Chicago and worked in […]

  • Obituary: Patricia Bradley Loomis

    Patricia Bradley Loomis, 96, died June 21, 2017 at her son’s Northbrook, Ill., home. She was formerly of Baileys Harbor, St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., and Batavia, Ill. Born December 2, 1920 in Blandford, County Dorset, England to parents Kate Edith Read Bradley and Claude Arthur Bradley. Preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, […]

  • Obituary: Thomas A. Mand

    Thomas A. Mand, 68, of Fish Creek, Wisconsin, died peacefully Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at the Villa Loretto Nursing Home in Mount Calvary, WI, where he resided for the past week. He was born May 11, 1949, to Germaine L. (Schneider) Mand and the late Gilbert “Gibby” H. Mand. Tom grew up in Mount Calvary, […]

  • Obituary: Gary ‘Woody’ Wodack

    Gary Andrew “Woody” Wodack, 74, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017. He was born in Door County on January 29, 1943, the son of the late Andrew “Woody” and Dorothy (Waters) Wodack. Gary graduated […]

  • Memorial Service: Brian McKown

    Brian Unes McKown, 56, of Honolulu, Hawaii, died at his home on Nov. 18, 2016. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in Sturgeon Bay on July 2 at Huehns Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 10 am until the time of services at noon. Immediately following the memorial service, family and […]

  • Destroyers Play at Rockton Rush July 8

    On June 24, in a defensive battle for the ages, the Door County Destroyers lost to the Wisconsin Hitmen with a final score of 9-6. The Destroyers’ only score came off an interception brought in for a touchdown by Craig Polifka. The Hitmen’s touchdown came from a return of a blocked punt. Wisconsin Hitmen take […]

  • Door County Cooperative Distributes Dividends

    Based on its business performance, the Door County Cooperative annually pays cooperative owners patronage dividends, earned by their support of Door County Cooperative. In 2017, the patronage payout is equivalent to a 2.79 percent refund on each owners’ 2016 purchases and the stock retirement payout is five percent of the patron’s current equity balance with […]

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    Plum Bottom Holds First Jewelry Trunk Show of Season

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites everyone to their first jewelry trunk show of the season on July 2, 10 am to 5pm. They will feature the latest collections from Alicia Winalski and Lara Knutson – both offering exquisite treasures sure to compliment any personal style. Stop in and be the first to see their […]

  • Door County Kayak Tours Goes Solar

    David Rack, owner and entrepreneur of Door County Kayak Tours, announces its ethical contribution to the community by the addition of solar panel energy as its source of electricity. Rack said the system is an affordable, ongoing investment and he “urges other businesses to look into taking these steps as well.” Some of the environmental […]

  • Award-Winning Play ‘Red’ Opens At TAP

    The Tony Award-winning play Red by John Logan opened June 29 at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. Shows are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through July 22. Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist’s ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a […]

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    Birch Creek Celebrates July 4 With Symphony Concert

    Birch Creek invites Door County to celebrate Independence Day with a special Symphony concert on July 4. The concert will be the first of Birch Creek’s Symphony Session, taking place two days after students and faculty arrive on campus. The concert will begin early at 4 pm, with the annual pie and ice cream social […]

  • “Places Our Heart Calls Home” Opens at Clay Bay Pottery

    Clay Bay Pottery invites the community to the opening of their summer show, Places Our Hearts Call Home, July 7, 5-8 pm. Come enjoy wine and appetizers and listen to the live music of David Hatch and Lynn Gudmundsen. On July 8 pottery demonstrations will take place from 11 am to 3 pm. All events […]

  • June’s Record Rain Tough on Cherries, Farmers

    Door County’s fruit growers are watching the forecast with a nervous eye after orchards were drenched with record rainfall in June. “Cherry trees don’t like to be wet,” said Jim Seaquist of Seaquist Orchards. “Another week or two of rain and we could see some really devastating impacts.” Heavy rain creates conditions ripe for infections […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Greed Versus Good

    Martin Niemöller, an activist Lutheran pastor and poet in Nazi Germany, famously wrote (and I must paraphrase to save space):  “First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists and I did not speak out because I was not […]

  • Letter to the Editor: How Much is That Doggie in the Drug Bust?

    It might have been K-9 envy, pure and simple, or, “glory days” nostalgia on the part of local retired and active sheriff’s department personnel during the highly publicized three-county illicit drug ring investigation and arrests, implicating 30 individuals in Door and Kewaunee counties, that lead the Door County Sheriff’s Department (DCSD) to team with the […]

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    Tour Restored 1919 Tug John Purves For Look Into Great Lakes Past

    If you or your guests have not toured one of the largest tugboats on the Great Lakes, now is the time and the Door County Maritime Museum is the place. Visitors can enjoy an all-access, 40-minute guided tour of the tug John Purves, a restored 1919 Great Lakes tugboat. The tour includes exploring the entire […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Senate Healthcare Bill With a Heart?

    This week I learned that Medicaid funds health care for our most vulnerable – children, people with disabilities, and the poorest of families living under the poverty line – for example less than $12,000 per year (individuals), $24,600 (family of four), etc. Medicaid is the largest health insurance provider in our country. Currently, 75 million […]

  • By the Numbers: Independence Day

    3 The number of U.S. presidents who died on the 4th of July – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the first Independence Day, and James Monroe died on July 4, 1831. Adams always believed Independence Day should have been celebrated on July 2, the day […]

  • Egg Harbor Braves Take Little League Championship

    The Egg Harbor Braves took the Nor-Door Little League Championship home during a nail-biter in Ellison Bay on June 21 during their last game of the season, closing out the season with a 7-1 record. Ellison Bay and Egg Harbor had the same records of 6-1 going into the championship game to decide first place. […]

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    Peninsula Players Recipients of $15,000 Award

    Peninsula Players Theatre is proud to announce it has received a $15,000 award from The Shubert Foundation. The Shubert Foundation awarded a record total of $26.8 million to 533 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States. The Shubert Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have established artistic and administrative track records, as well […]

  • Jacksonport Disc Golf Course Up and Running

    Last week we reported that Baileys Harbor loaned $8,550 to disc golf enthusiasts who plan to create an 18-hole, tournament-worthy course on town property. In April, Jacksonport resident J.R. Jarosh received a loan of $2,500 to create a nine-hole course and practice tee in Jacksonport. He has already paid back the loan from the town […]

  • The Cookery Celebrates 40 Years

    Fourth of July weekend marks the 40th anniversary for the Skare family at The Cookery. It all began in May 1977 when Dick and Carol Skare honeymooned in Door County. One shopkeeper, Hazel Elliott, took the time to find out that Dick and Carol were aspiring restaurateurs who met while working side by side at […]

  • Second Exhibit Reception at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery invites the public to attend their Exhibit 2 opening reception on July 1, 4-7 pm. The second showcase will feature cast glass sculptures by Reza Pishgahi, abstract and encaustic paintings by Claudette Lee-Roseland and drawings by Sandra Shackelford. Idea Gallery is the latest addition to contemporary galleries in Door County and artist/owner Dan […]

  • Ted Prokash Releases Third Novel, A First-Person Odyssey

    Joyless House Publishing presents Journey to the Center of the Dream, the third novel from Ted Prokash. Journey is a fictionalized tour diary, a tribute to the beat road novel, and a curious poke at the corpse of the American Dream. The back cover reads, “Journey to the Center of the Dream follows four brave […]

  • Forestville’s Larry Huber Paints the Sky With Fireworks

    Larry Huber might be the only man in America elected to public office because of the awesome 4th of July firework displays he has put on for the public since 2003 from his 20-some acres in Maplewood. “Fireworks have always been something that fascinated me, even as a child,” he said. “You buy some fireworks […]

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    Brilliant Stranger Opens Second Shop

    Behind the new Ecology in Sister Bay is a special green space – a magical courtyard with ferns, trees and songbirds as well as art studios and gallery spaces. Dawn Patel, multimedia artist and owner of Brilliant Stranger, is the newest artist in the third of these charming retail spaces, joining Studio 768 and Glass […]

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    “Unity” Plays July 4 Festival 6pm At Sturgeon Bay’s Sunset Park

    Gather your crew, dust off your patriotic clothes, and come to Sturgeon Bay to celebrate and make memories on the Fourth of July. Join your friends and neighbors in Sunset Park beginning at 5 pm for an old-fashioned ice cream social, food, drinks, music and fabulous fireworks. Sunset Park is open all day. Unity the […]

  • State News: Asian Carp, Health Care, Kathleen Vinehout

    Asian Carp Found Nine Miles From Lake Michigan A commercial fishermen caught an Asian carp nine miles from Lake Michigan on June 20. The silver carp, one of numerous species of the invasive fish, is the first that’s been found beyond electric barriers in Illinois waterways designed to keep the invasive fish out of the Great Lakes. The […]

  • Annual Garden Walk Features Ellison, Sister Bay Gardens July 6

    The Sister Bay Historical Society will present their 14th Annual Garden Walk on July 6 when they feature five beautiful Ellison Bay and Sister Bay gardens. Hosta plants – 150 varieties of them – are just one example of how Maury and Jeanette Brancamp feature texture, colorful foliage, and different plant sizes in their gardens. […]

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    DC Boat Festival Calls For Entries For Fall Events

    The Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival is making its annual call for entries for the various events associated with the festival, Aug. 12 & 13. The call includes boats to be exhibited and teams to compete in the Sikaflex Challenge boat building competition and sea trials. The festival is scheduled for Aug. 12 […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Continues With “Indomitable Spirits”

    Door County’s Midsummer’s Music continues its 2017 festival season with the “Indomitable Spirits” program, featuring music by three female composers who lived between 1804 and 1944: Mélanie “Mel” Bonis, Louise Farrenc, and Amy Cheney Beach. Bonis led a double and, most of the time, a troubled life. Much of this was brought on by her […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 639

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate One of my favorite poems is Louise Bogan’s “The Crossed Apple” which mentions two species, Meadow Milk and Sweet Burning, and since reading it many years ago I have made notes of the names of apples, a poet’s delight. In this touching poem by Cathryn Essinger, who lives in […]

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    DC Master Gardeners Association Host Open House July 8

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association is hosting an Open House on July 8, 1 – 4 pm, to celebrate the 13th anniversary of their free public display garden, The Garden Door. The garden is located on Highway 42 just north of Sturgeon Bay, on the grounds of the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. The […]

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    FFA Alumni Dairy Breakfast A Glimpse Into Farm Life

    Fifty batches of cracked eggs. Twenty dozen eggs per batch. That’s 12,000 eggs, or 2.4 eggs per customer expected at this year’s FFA Alumni Dairy Breakfast, served scrambled with ham and cheese. Hosted at Wilke R Organic Farm in Sevastopol, a team of 100 volunteers and FFA alumni plan to feed 5,000 people the morning […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 30, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 3. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 4. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi 5. Wintering, by Peter Geye TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder 2. Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren 3. No Is Not Enough: […]

  • Report: Republicans Did Not Consider Social Costs of Prevailing Wage Law Repeal

    Republican lawmakers have set their sights on repealing the state’s prevailing wage law for public projects as a way to save taxpayer money on infrastructure costs, but opponents say it is an attack on the middle-class, blue-collar worker. The bill would end all prevailing wage laws for state-funded construction projects, and Senate sponsor Leah Vukmir […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wisconsin Rises in Animal Protection Ratings

    I received some mail from the Animal Legal Defense Fund last week, a top-rated organization as listed with Charity Navigator. Included in the mailing was a 2016 rating sheet of where our 50 states fall, regarding their animal protection laws. Our neighboring Illinois came in first, so they certainly deserve a big round of applause. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Transparency?

    Now that we are beginning to see and hear about the healthcare bill that the Republicans have drafted “in secret” we now know why. Most of it is taking away from the poor, the disabled, the elderly and giving tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. It appears that the Christians in Congress have lost […]

  • Server of the Week: Stacy Maricle At J. Jeffrey Taylor

    Her name is Stacy and we’re hear to say, She’s been selling jewelry for over two decades She’s friendly, helpful and full of advice If she’s helped you once she’s helped you twice She loves licorice, pickles, puppies and cats And over the years She’s worn many hats

  • Sister Bay to Consider Increase in Sales Tax

    Sister Bay is moving forward with implementation of a one-half percent increase in the sales tax for a majority of businesses in the village. The tax, called a “Premier Resort Area Tax,” would bring in more than $174,000 annually to be used on infrastructure projects in the village. Village electors vote on whether the tax […]

  • Linden Gallery Opens July 1

    Linden Gallery is eager to open for its 21st season on July 1 with a new collection of furniture and artwork. The gallery, located in a former church in Ellison Bay, is dedicated to the art and culture of Asia, in particular China, where the Lindens co-founded an award-winning hotel committed to the conservation and […]

  • Door County Children’s Book Authors Read at Jacksonport Farmers Market

    It’s story time at the Jacksonport Farmers Market. On July 11, 9:30-11 am, Write On, Door County presents children’s picture book writers Jill Harding, Ann Heyse and Sue Steckart Jarosh, authors of picture books that were grown right (write) here (hear). Come hear the authors read from their Door County stories, talk with the audience […]

  • U.S. Beef Returns to Chinese Markets

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will travel to China this week, joining with U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year hiatus. In events in Beijing and Shanghai on June 30 and July 1, Perdue will meet with Chinese government officials […]

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    Deanna Clayton Demos for Fine Line’s “Exhibit II”

    Off the heels of a successful opening exhibit, Fine Line Designs Gallery is excited to announce its second exhibit of the season, which begins July 6. Featured in the exhibit are three nationally known artists: oil painter Pamela Murphy, glass artist Deanna Clayton and bronze artist Nathan Bennett. The three artists will be on hand […]

  • Manners Matter: Receiving Gifts

    Dear Mary Pat, I love buying people gifts to honor the big moments and accomplishments in their life. I live far from family so almost always end up shipping these items to their homes. Here’s my problem: from the teenaged and college-aged ones, I never receive acknowledgment that they actually received the gift. I would […]

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    The Kids From Wisconsin Make Rare Appearance July 15 at Southern Door Auditorium

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium is excited to announce the Kids from Wisconsin, the state’s official musical ambassadors, will make their only Door/Kewaunee County appearance on July 15 at 7 pm. The Kids from Wisconsin is part of an entertainment tradition that goes back nearly 48 years to its beginnings as a musical production created […]

  • Letter to the Editor: KISS & Health Care

    No matter what side of the political aisle you’re on, health care is a major concern of the American people. What’s a tax break for the wealthy doing in the bill? I might be going out on a limb here, but I don’t think that’s a priority for most Americans. There seems to be a […]

  • NWTC, County Get Report on Sister Bay TIF Audit

    Representatives from the County of Door and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) met with Sister Bay staff to get an update on the village’s Tax Increment Finance district (TIF). County Administrator Ken Pabich and Bob Mathews, vice president of Business and Finance with NWTC, were content with the estimated projections, but asked the village for […]

  • Commentary: Finding Common Ground on Carbon

    by Chelsea Chandler Even though global warming is a politically polarizing topic, it’s worth considering some areas of common ground – both figuratively and literally – when it comes to how we manage the carbon dioxide (CO2) that we’re releasing into the atmosphere. Natural carbon storage, for instance, is a win-win for Wisconsin’s citizens, our […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Midsummer’s Music Has World-Class Events

    The opening program of Midsummer’s Music has been full of breathtaking playing, some rarely heard composers who didn’t get their full due in their own day, and warm receptions (with delicious refreshments) for the audience and musicians following the concert. In a generous offer, patrons are invited to attend a “gratis” replaying of any program […]

  • Northwestern’s Stephen Alltop To Lecture on Puccini July 6

    Dr. Stephen Alltop, who has conducted often at Peninsula Music Festival, will lecture about opera composer Giacomo Puccini on July 6 at 7 pm at Church of the Atonement in Fish Creek. The title of his talk is “Giacomo Puccini: Lion of the Opera.” Alltop, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, […]

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    Open Door Bird Sanctuary Now Open Through August

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary is now open for the season and, new this year, they will be open every Saturday from June 24 through Sept. 3 as well as Sunday on both the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. The sanctuary is open from 12-4 pm and features an exciting program at 1 pm […]

  • Trivia: How Many Fireworks Were Part of the World’s Largest Firework Display?

    Question: How many fireworks were part of the world’s largest firework display? Bonus question: How long did the fireworks display last? Answer: 810,904 fireworks at Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) in the Philippines at the Countdown to 2016 New Year Celebrations. The display began at midnight and lasted 1 hour 1 minute and 32.35 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Good News for a Change

    My wife and I attended the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s Energy Fest last weekend. This event has been held for 28 years just southwest of Stevens Point in Custer, Wis. It is an amazing event with businesses and organizations sharing information with the public on what seems to be a wide range of topics:  “alternate” […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Our Snakes

    I really enjoyed your recent reprint of the article on fox snakes [by Roy and Charlotte Lukes] in Door County. There are many reasons why I enjoy our frequent stays in Door County, but seeing wildlife while hiking, running, kayaking, and biking is at the top of my list. I especially love to see reptiles, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: GOP Preoccupations, Obsessions

    The GOP with Donald Trump have been preoccupied with trying to make themselves look good, not by doing anything positive for the country but by wrecking Obama’s legacy. We begin with the GOP obsession for repealing the Affordable Health Care Act. Before the ink was dry and under the leadership of Senator McConnell, an assault […]

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    Door Shakespeare Opens With ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’

    Join Door Shakespeare July 1 at 8 pm for an evening of merriment in their opening night performance of Twelfth Night directed by Joseph Hanreddy. All ages are encouraged to attend this classic comedy that manages to explore the complexities of love, truth and gender, all while never straying from the light, fun air that […]

  • “Botanical Artistry” at Woodwalk

    Woodwalk Gallery is bringing new and exciting things to the 2017 season. From June 23 to July 2, take in breathtaking floral displays inspired by Woodwalk artists. Local floral designers from Flora, Blossoms Flower Shop, Design Door County and Jerry’s Flowers bring their talents to Woodwalk Gallery for 10 days in Botanical Artistry. Woodwalk Gallery, […]

  • Overheard and Shoutouts: June 30, 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? “Seriously, if there is a sewage fountain today, I’m taking a personal day.” “It just smells like you pooped a candle.” “I […]

  • Door to Nature: Jenny Wren and Her Relatives

    Every few years a bird that is a common nester in the south shows up at a suet feeder in Door County in the dead of winter. It is the Carolina Wren. One early report came from a resident north of Ellison Bay dating back to December 1972. Only four of the nine wren species […]

  • Renard Family Shares Success Story on Wisconsin Cheese Day

    We can only wonder if Gov. Scott Walker and other state officials who traveled to six cheesemakers around the state to celebrate Wisconsin Cheese Day on June 26 heard a better story than the one the Renard family shared. This third-generation family of cheesemakers told top executives from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the […]

  • Acupuncture Clinic Opens in Ephraim

    Licensed Acupuncturist Alison (Beadell) Werner is pleased to announce the opening of her new clinic, Wood Rabbit Acupuncture, located at 3058 Brodd Lane and Hwy. 42, just north of the Village of Ephraim. Werner has been treating patients in Door County with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for the past seven years. TCM is a complete […]

  • Dedication of Painting at Stella Maris, Egg Harbor

    Fish Creek artist Patty Degenhardt recently had one of her paintings dedicated at the Egg Harbor site of Stella Maris Catholic Parish. Degenhardt said of her work: “In undertaking the piece for Stella Maris, I was fortunate to have had a background of a course in graduate school on cathedrals of the Middle Ages. I […]

  • Timeless Gemstone Jewelry at Turtle Ridge

    Steve Mitchell has been collecting interesting semi-precious stones from boyhood. His fascination with stones and a superb sense of showcasing these unique cabochons in oxidized silver settings and handmade chains, makes the work both timeless and modern. Mitchell is the featured jeweler at Turtle Ridge Gallery/Boutique in Ellison Bay. Mitchell’s knowledge is extensive and the […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens’ Water Access, School Choice Requirements Pass Senate

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after the passage of AB 226 and 383, both authored by him:  “I was happy to see that both of the bills that I authored passed with bipartisan support today on the floor of the Assembly. Both these bills will provide relief and support to families […]

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    Be A Blacksmith For A Day At Heritage Village July 7, 8

    The Door County Historical Society will present the program “Blacksmith for a Day” on July 7 & 8 at Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. The program idea came from Heritage Village visitors who watched the blacksmiths at work since 2009. They often commented, “I would like to try this sometime,” explained blacksmith […]

  • Births: June 17-21, 2017

    Kristen Fisher and Tylor Torstenson, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on June 21, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Helen and Ken Fisher, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Sue and Tom Torstenson, Green Bay, and Becky Kiehnau and Terry Conlon, Sturgeon Bay.   Katherine Geurts and […]

  • Pet Talk: Hot Cars Can Kill

    Now that summer has officially arrived I would like to remind everyone how dangerous it is to leave dogs unattended in parked cars during the day. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that hundreds of animals suffer and die each year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles with no way out. […]

  • Featured Pet: Sid

    This is Sid, a seven-and-a-half-year-old Chihuahua mix. He came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a surrender because his previous owner passed away. Now Sid spends his days looking for a loving home to call his own. He has a handsome black coat with hues of dark brown and a white marking on […]

  • Jacksonport Farmers Market Held Every Tuesday Throughout Summer

    The Jacksonport Farmers Market is held every Tuesday morning at Lakeside Park from 9 am to 1 pm. The market is off to a great start with local vendors providing a wide variety of fresh produce and other handcrafted products. There are many regular vendors and several new vendors so come on down and see […]

  • Boys & Girls Club of Door County Receives Grant to Update Security System

    P.E.O, an international philanthropic organization, recently awarded a grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Door County (BGCDC) to bolster its security system. Elfriede Leporte, member of P.E.O. Chapter EI in Sturgeon Bay, authored the grant request. The $1,550 received by the Boys & Girls Club enabled the purchase of a bar code identification […]

  • Special Mass for Adele Brise Day at Champion Shrine

    Considered one of the most captivating and inspiring messengers of the Divine Mercy message, Fr. Chris Alar will visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help July 1-2. Fr. Alar is the director of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year, spreading […]

  • Washington Island Lions Club Hosts Fly-in Fish Boil July 15

    On July 15, the Washington Island Lions Club will host its 64th annual Fly-in Whitefish Boil. Guests can fly, boat, motorcycle or walk in. Parking is free. The event held at the Washington Island Airport attracts around 150 to 250 pilots and planes from around the country. Pilots camp for free under their plane. There […]

  • Traditional Fish Boil at Jacksonport Historical Society’s Annual Meeting

    The Jacksonport Historical Society’s Annual Dinner Meeting is scheduled for July 19 at Lakeside Park, Hwy. 57, Jacksonport. The meeting is open to the public. The dinner, a traditional Door County fish boil, will celebrate Jacksonport’s storied fishing history. Live music starts at 5 pm provided by Dale Graf. The Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS) will […]

  • 2017 Leadership Door County Class Completes 10-Month Program

    Twelve committed individuals representing Door County government, businesses and nonprofit organizations completed the 2016-2017 Leadership Door County program. On June 17, a commencement ceremony was held at Crossroads at Big Creek, marking the end of the intensive 10-month program. Leadership Door County President Dawn VandeVoort also presented the Leaders Among Us Award to Lori Vorpahl, […]

  • Tea Thyme Hosts Traditional ‘High Tea’ to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County

    Tea Thyme of Door County, one of the shops in the Country Walk Shops in Sister Bay, is hosting a traditional “High Tea” as a benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Door County. The menu includes finger sandwiches, English scones, and petit fours and Pavlova for dessert. A variety of teas will also be […]

  • Free Blood Pressure Screenings Ongoing in Northern Door

    Don’t forget that Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry offers free blood pressure screenings twice a month. Screenings are held: 8:15 to 10:15 am the second Tuesday of the month at the Northern YMCA in Fish Creek and at the monthly Loaves & Fishes Meal held at 5 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each […]

  • John Herlache Named Philanthropist of the Year

    John Herlache was named the Door County Community Foundation’s Philanthropist of the Year on June 28 at the annual Celebration of Giving at Horseshoe Bay. With John is his wife, Nell. Submitted.

  • Municipal Meetings: June 30 – July 7

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets at noon on July 5. Town of Gibraltar:  Meeting of electors at 6 pm on July 5, to vote on real estate acquisitions necessary for the Hwy. 42 project, and to consider purchasing two islands in Lake Mackaysee on Chambers Island, on behalf of the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Gets $300,000 to Replace Lead Service Lines to Private Homes

    The Department of Natural Resources will provide $300,000 in financial assistance to the City of Sturgeon Bay to assist private property owners in replacing lead service lines that supply water to homes, schools and day care centers. The funding will go toward replacing an estimated 120 lead service lines that connect homes to a water […]

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    2017 Door County 4th of July Events

    Door County 4th of July Parades 10 am:  Baileys Harbor 1:30 pm: Egg Harbor Fireworks July 1 Fish Creek July 3 Egg Harbor Maplewood July 4 Baileys Harbor Gills Rock Sturgeon Bay Washington Island July 8 Sister Bay Egg Harbor 4th of July Parade and Fireworks All activities take place in Harbor View Park, 7809 […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: June 30 – July 7

    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, June 25, 1875 The crop of mosquitoes promises to be good in this county. From present indications the average yield throughout the county will be about […]

  • Digital Artist to Present on Painting in Photoshop

    Is the above portrait fine art? If I told you it was painted – brushstroke by brushstroke – on Photoshop, would your answer change? Florida-based digital illustrator Andrew Theophilopoulos believes it shouldn’t. The classically trained, award-winning oil painter has made a career out of Photoshop. Not in editing photos, but going from a blank “canvas” […]

  • Kewaunee Prepares for Farm Technology Days

    The site preparation for Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is officially underway and in order to keep set up running smoothly at Ebert Enterprises, the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department is asking drivers to avoid a section of County K. Drivers are asked to find an alternate route around K between County D and Hwy. 54 near […]

  • In Internet Age, Visitors Still Seek Personal Guidance at DCVB

    Though the internet is the top source of information for travelers to do vacation planning, there’s still an important place for brick and mortar visitor centers. Laura Kevin greets visitors at the Door County Visitor Bureau’s Welcome Center on Hwy 42 in Sturgeon Bay, where as many as 800 people come through on busy weekends, […]

  • Gibraltar Not Awarded Culvert Replacement Grant

    The Town of Gibraltar was not awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) that would have paid for a replacement of the culvert on the highway over Fish Creek (the creek, not the community). Matt Schaeve, environmental analysis and review specialist with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), applied for the grant […]

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    Nashville Fastpicker Mean Mary At Woodwalk July 7

    Mean Mary continues the U.S. leg of her International Sweet Tour following a seven-week tour in Europe. Mean Mary will be at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor on July 7 at 7 pm. This Nashville based artist mixes the power of rock with the raw innocence of folk and bluegrass. From her haunting story songs […]

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    America Plays Door Community Auditorium July 7

    On July 7 at 8 pm, the legendary band America (known for the hit “A Horse with No Name”) will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA). 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of America, the perennial favorite rock band that exploded onto the music scene in 1971 with the hit song “A Horse with No […]

  • Door County Brewing Company Opens New Tap Room

    After opening its doors just four years ago, Door County Brewing Co. announced that its second Baileys Harbor tap room and brewery will open on Saturday, July 1, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 am. The tap room and brewery is located at 8900 Hwy. 57. To accommodate an increase in customer demand, construction of […]

  • VIDEO: Newport Named First Dark Sky Park In Wisconsin

    Pulling into Newport State Park, you’ll notice a recent addition to the entrance sign. In a ceremony on Thursday, June 22, Newport State Park celebrated its recent designation as an International Dark Sky Park. The speakers highlighted the work done by the Newport staff as well as the involvement of others who were crucial to […]

  • Savory Spoon In Ellison Bay Offers Classes July 4 Week

    The Savory Spoon is offering several cooking classes over the Fourth of July week, so bring a friend and let the “sparks” fly in the kitchen. On July 1 at 9:30 am, join Amy Rebhan in making several decadent dishes in “Breakfast Forever.” On the menu is: Baked Eggs with Spiced Creamed Spinach; BLT Benedict […]

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    Ephraim Lecture Series Highlights Eagle Tower History July 11-25

    Each new year offers a variety of exciting topics at the Ephraim Historical Foundation’s annual lecture series, History Speaks. The 2017 programs include a significant historical anniversary, an update on a beloved Door County landmark and more. The 2017 History Speaks series begins July 4 with a viewing of Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Hometown Stories: […]

  • Telephone Scam Targeting Door County Residents

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office would like to alert residents of a telephone scam that has been targeting the area recently. Callers posing as law enforcement officials appear to be targeting the elderly by calling and telling them a grandchild or loved one in their family has been arrested, and is in need of cash […]

  • Gibraltar Vote on Chambers Island Land Trust Expansion Cancelled

    A July 5 meeting for the electors of the Town of Gibraltar to vote on whether the town will acquire two islands in the middle of Mackaysee Lake on Chambers Island that will be transferred to the Door County Land Trust (DCLT) has been canceled. The vote has not yet been rescheduled. The purchase will […]

  • Jacksonport Continues Battle with Phragmites

    The Town of Jacksonport has established a very simple phragmites program and has reduced the phragmites on its beaches to about three percent of what they once were. This year will be a real test with an unusual amount of rain and many old canes washing up. The question is what will happen? All town […]

  • Movies, TV Shows, Albums & More: Local Libraries Offer Digital Renting Service

    Times are changing at the library. Digital renting services at Door County libraries provide free access to eBooks and audiobooks for library card holders through smartphones and tablets to be used at home. Say you and some friends decide to bring back the old book club after noticing a new and exciting title circulating bestseller […]

  • Staff, Volunteers Reflect on Door Community Auditorium Season

    by Cari Lewis, Executive Director Door Community Auditorium recently opened its 26th season. A dedicated cast of volunteers, year-round and seasonal staff, and independent contractors oversee the countless details associated with launching a new season. I asked some of these folks to share a few thoughts about their involvement here. I was struck by the […]

  • Soul Rocker Michael Franti Brings World Tour to Door

    Power to the peaceful. It’s a fitting tagline for a soul rocker and his musical crew intent on battling hate with love by building community through rhythm and verse. On July 6, Michael Franti & Spearhead will bring their contagious optimism and vibrant music to the stage of Door Community Auditorium (DCA) through their “Love […]

  • Open Door Theater Launches Inaugural Season in Door County

    A group of recent Augsburg College grads is transforming their talents and passion for directing, playwriting and performing into the peninsula’s newest theater offering: Open Door Theater Company. Born of the “whimsical ramblings” of then-undergraduates (and now husband and wife) Victoria Linstrom and Andrew James, the company has quickly transformed from a faraway dream born […]

  • DC Historical Society Hosts Root Beer Festival July 8

    Celebrate all things root beer during the Door County Historical Society’s Root Beer Festival at Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay on July 8, 10 am – 3 pm. The festival highlights root beer history, floats, food, sampling root beer varieties, and fun. In the 1870s, pharmacist Charles Hires began selling Hires Root Tea […]

  • Meals on Wheels Seeking Volunteers

    Meals on Wheels volunteers touch the lives of older adults with their time and service. They make a profound difference in our lives by brightening their day, showing them that people care and by helping them feel in touch. Volunteers are essential in providing care and compassion to older adults in need of nutrition assistance. […]

  • Small Sailboat Capsizes in Ellison Bay

    On June 19, a small sailboat capsized north of Door Bluff County Park, putting a man in the water. Fast action by Captain Paul Goodman of Mariner Fishing Charter secured the man until the Coast Guard patrol boat from Washington Island arrived on the scene and pulled the man to safety. They transported him to […]

  • Ephraim Trustees Embattled Over Sidewalks, Pedestrian Safety

    Tensions are rising between Ephraim village trustees as the deadline for the village to submit changes to the upcoming highway resurface plan looms. Trustees clashed over the cost, moral responsibility and legal liability of constructing sidewalks along the highway. Last week the village met with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to settle on a Nov. […]

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    Framed: A Man And His Dog

    A doubly great hair day in downtown Fish Creek! Photo by Kristen Peil.

  • Inaugural LPGA Classic Adds to State’s Reputation as Golfing Destination

    What a time to be a golf fan in Wisconsin. First, the U.S. Open at Erin Hills. Then, the second annual American Family Insurance Classic down in Madison. And now, the first Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Green Bay. It’s been quite the golfy month in the Dairy State, with the PGA Tour, the Champions […]

  • Review: ‘Meet Me Halfway: Milwaukee Stories’

    “The children of Milwaukee are the reason I wrote this book,” Jennifer Morales explained. “Their struggles, discoveries and resilience in this difficult place compelled me to try to pin some of Milwaukee’s voices down, to listen and maybe sound out something about how this city came to be the way it is.” Morales’ collection of […]

  • Cana Island Rehab Costs Higher Than Expected

    Bids for phase 2 of the four-phase rehabilitation of Cana Island buildings came in higher than anticipated, Erik Aleson, director of the Door County Parks Department, told the Door County Board of Supervisors at their June 27 meeting. Phase 2 includes the rehabbing of three outbuildings that include an oil house, a privy and a […]

  • DNR Hiring 20 Conservation Wardens

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Law Enforcement has announced it will hire 20 full-time conservation wardens to fill vacancies statewide in a process officials say will recognize experience in compensation packages and welcome all levels of applicants. Lt. Jeffrey King, bureau assistant training director who has been a conservation warden for more […]

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    Cheers! Simply Red

    Back in the early ’90s I had a big taste for red ales, reveling in their roasty-toasty nature. And then I lost that taste. Red ales suddenly seemed cloying, and I gave up on them. I hadn’t tasted a red ale in probably two decades, until just now when I cracked open a 16-ounce can […]

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    DC Fire Company July Concert Series Supports DCMC

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) is thrilled to announce a stellar lineup of musical diversity for the whole family on Thursday evenings in July. All concerts are free to the public. Donations to support DCMC Life Assist Program are appreciated. Concerts will be held at the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay (upstairs in the […]

  • Door County Receives ‘Broadband Forward!’ Certification

    Door County has been certified as a “Broadband Forward!” community by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, which distinguishes the county as supportive of increased broadband access by taking steps to reduce obstacles for private and public investment. Gov. Scott Walker signed The Broadband Forward! Community Certification Bill into law as 2015 Act 278. “Door […]

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    Albert Cummings Band Plays Peg Egan July 2

    On July 2, the Albert Cummings Band will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) in Egg Harbor. All concerts are free to the public. Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Taken with […]

  • Weather Wizard: Buddha Bird

    Every June, when I visit my parents in Michigan, there is one chore that I know is always on the agenda: shoring up the sandstone wall that frames the small reflecting pond. As a teenager, I had built this pond on a creative whim, and 20 years later, I am still somehow singularly responsible for […]

  • Independence Celebrations, Blacksmith Demos & More Weekend Plans

    The Fourth is almost here. Every village has their own festivities planned. Everyone celebrates in their own way. The rest of the calendar is just as full as usual: live music, theater, and a birds of prey. Here are some suggestions to round out your weekend plans. Friday, June 30 Art/Speaks Hosted by Edgewood Gallery […]