Peninsula Pulse – June 9-16, 2017

In this issue

  • BrewVino Roast Reaps Benefits for Breast Cancer Families

    The sun was just beginning to peak over the horizon as photographer Len Villano and I made our way down the half-mile of boardwalk along Algoma’s beautiful Crescent Beach to von Stiehl Winery, where the 3rd annual BrewVino Roast was to take place later in the day. We were there early to see the cooking […]

  • Door to Nature: The Fox Snake

    Suppose you owned a farm and someone informed you that an animal, native to all but the extreme northwestern tip of Wisconsin was benefiting you annually to the sum of at least $100 or more. Wouldn’t this come as good news and wouldn’t you do all in your power to encourage the success and increase […]

  • This Week in Door County History: June 16 – 23

    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 12, 1874 FOUND DEAD. An unknown man was found dead, in the bushes about eighty rods North-east of the village last Friday. He had […]

  • Bank of Luxemburg Hires Director of Marketing and Business Development

    Bank of Luxemburg recently hired Paula Poggi as director of marketing and business development. Poggi will manage the marketing department, while overseeing marketing and communication efforts for all nine branches of the bank. “Our sales and marketing efforts are crucial to the growth of our company and to sustaining positive relationships with local customers” said […]

  • Precision Machine Inc. Celebrates Four Years of Green Tier Status

    Precision Machine Inc., a leader in value added machining, is celebrating four years in Wisconsin’s innovative Green Tier program. Precision Machine is participating in Tier 1 of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage new goal setting and innovation. “Precision Machine should be proud of its environmental leadership […]

  • Door County Kayak Tours Welcomes New Guide

    Door County Kayak Tours welcomes a new guide to their team, Billy (Calla Norris). Billy is an Environmental Studies student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she now lives during the school year. She was born in New Mexico, and grew up in Hawaii and later Door County, where she continues to spend […]

  • Dentistry by Design Opens in Algoma

    Algoma Mayor Wayne Schmidt assisted Dr. Paul Feit in a ribbon cutting at the new Dentistry by Design in Algoma on June 9. Feit purchased the former Algoma Gentle Dental Care from Dr. Tom DeNamur, who retired last year. Feit and his colleague Dr. Michael Pierquet will provide care to patients at Dentistry by Design […]

  • Bay Shore Outfitters of Sturgeon Bay Hosts “Business After Hours”

    Bay Shore Outfitters of Sturgeon Bay is holding “Business After Hours” on June 23, 6-8 pm. Grab a few friends, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and check out the new location and do some shopping during these special hours. There will be shopping specials and door prizes. Ten percent of the night’s sales will benefit […]

  • Price Report: June 13

    Crop prices (June 12) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year’s Price Corn $3.28 -0.60 $3.85 New-Crop Corn $3.41 -0.65 $3.90 Soybeans $8.61 -0.81 $10.89 New-Crop Soybeans $8.68 -0.80 $10.84 Wheat (SRW) $3.71 -0.75 $4.21 New-Crop Wheat (SRW) $3.61 -0.85 N/A   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay […]

  • Ephraim Bonfires, Beer Fest & More Weekend Plans

    Summer is in full swing in Door County. Drink and be merry in Baileys Harbor at the Door County Beer Festival featuring live music, as much beer as you can drink, and food stands from some of Door County’s best restaurants. Join Ephraim in shooing away the winter spirits at their village-wide festival, Fyr Bal. […]

  • Human and Cow Manure Plague Sixty Percent of Kewaunee Wells

    Scientists confirmed on June 7 what everyone with any brain capacity already knew:  There is way too much manure on the fractured karst landscape of this peninsula. Too much cow manure and too much human manure for the fragile landscape we live on. Yet, we continue to pile poop on it and wonder why we […]

  • Papke Pulls Sturgeon Bay Hotel, Sues City for Damages

    Feeling deceived by officials in the City of Sturgeon Bay, Bob Papke, developer of the proposed Sawyer Hotel on the city’s waterfront, announced Friday he is pulling out of the development and seeking nearly $550,000 in damages from the city. “This is a day I hoped would never come,” Papke told the Pulse. “It’s been […]

  • Commentary: Proponents of Constitutional Convention Should Try Governing Instead

    The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote June 14 on proposals calling for a federal constitutional convention for the purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We respect people’s concerns about the federal debt, but this is the wrong way to tackle that problem. It is also a particularly dangerous path […]

  • Oil Painter Mara Manning Joins Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery carefully curates a selection of artists who are passionate about their process. Joining the gallery in 2017 is artist Mara Manning, a Michigan resident and recently retired art teacher who is now using her creative energy in her own artwork. Manning’s current work is done in oils working with encaustic and mixed […]

  • The Bestseller List: June 9, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins 2. Anything Is Possible, by Elizabeth Strout 3. The Thirst, by Jo Nesbo 4. Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders 5. The Shadow Land, by Elizabeth Kostova HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson 2. Option B: Facing Adversity, […]

  • Overheard and Shoutouts: June 9, 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’m not that much of a communist…I know you think I am, but I’m not.” “What kind of pathetic life had you […]

  • Glass Artist Debuts Work at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Minneapolis glass artist Marlo Cronquist will be at Angela Lensch Gallery on June 10, 10 am – 5 pm, for the debut of her 2017 Murrine Glass Collection. Cronquist first started working with glass while studying sculpture and furniture design at Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where she shared a studio with now gallery […]

  • Edgewood Opens “Seeking Light” Group Show

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries opens its second exhibit Seeking Light on June 14. Exhibit II showcases a wide variety of artwork inspired by light and shadow created especially for this show. This exhibit will evolve throughout the month providing a continuous fresh experience for gallery visitors. Exhibit II will be displayed through July 12. Edgewood Orchard […]

  • Summer Book Sales Begin in Sturgeon Bay

    The Friends of Door County Libraries launches its Summer Book Sale series on June 10. Sales will continue each Saturday through July 1 and will run from 9 am to noon in the Mel Madel Friends room at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. Timed to coincide with the popular Farm and Craft […]

  • Plum Island Boat Dock Now Open After Ten Years

    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 in […]

  • Book Signing with Author of Mobster Novel

    Central Wisconsin author Mary Ellen Lisciadra will present her new novel, Johnny Rico, and hold a book signing at Book World in Sturgeon Bay on June 10. Her first book, Stolen Lives, chronicles the saga of the fictional notorious Chicago mob boss, John “Mad Dog” Michaels, during the Prohibition Era in Chicago. The second book […]

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    “Startings” at The Meadows

    The next show at the Meadows Art Gallery, titled Startings, kicks off their summer season of exhibits. There will be new and returning artists as part of the show: Don Howard, Christy Ohman, Eric Smith and Vivian Hannan. Howard is primarily a landscape artist with watercolor. His work is crafted and shows diligent effort on […]

  • Door Shakespeare Announces Players for 2017 Productions

    Door Shakespeare is pleased to announce an exciting acting company of veteran and upcoming players for its 2017 summer productions of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night directed by Joseph Hanreddy and The Heart of Robin Hood by David Farr directed by Shanara Gabrielle. Artistic Director Amy Ludwigsen said, “The 2017 season promises to be imaginative, exciting and […]

  • Bill Introduced that Would Allow Wineries to Serve Until Midnight

    Owners of Wisconsin’s wineries are hoping this time is the charm for a bill introduced again this session that would allow wineries to serve wine until midnight, rather than having to stop serving at 9 pm. As the law stands now, wineries must stop serving at 9 pm, but many would like to be able […]

  • New Chicken Art at Artzy

    Which came first, the chicken or the egg? In ceramics, it’s definitely the chicken. Artzy Studio is featuring all new chicken trays, ornaments, garden wind chimes and jewelry featuring the theme of chickens. Chicken trays and ornaments are all hand built in clay Cynthia L. Koshalek. For more information find Artzy Studio on Facebook.

  • Door Shakespeare’s Doorways Theater Workshop Returns For 18th Season

    Door Shakespeare’s Doorways is a week-long theater workshop dedicated to nurturing a young person’s ability to voice opinions, communicate thoughts, and foster creativity through theater games, ensemble work, and Shakespeare’s text. Now in its 18th season, this program will be offered for three sessions, allowing more students to work with the professional company of actors […]

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    Server of the Week: Carly Wycklendt @ Husby’s

    Carly’s a veteran server And a budding farmer. Folklore Flowers was born this Spring.   Mother to a Robin Hood, She’s accompanied on her daily walks By her faithful dog Tilly Lou Who always has a lick for you.   If at Husby’s or the brewery you can’t find her, Look next in her flower […]

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    Settlement Shops Farmers Market To Run Through Oct. 18

    The weekly Wednesday farmers market at the Settlement Shops began June 7 and will run through Oct. 18, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. New this season, a delicious lunch will be offered by The Jamaican Door of Sister Bay and Door County Private Chef of Egg Harbor. A variety of homegrown fresh produce, plants and […]

  • Family Memoir, Children’s Writing and More Offered by Write On

    The writer residency program at Write On, Door County welcomes new and returning artists to its Juddville property this month, in addition to a series of programs led by local writers. Free programs include writing personal and family memoirs and writing about trauma. Programs for children, families, and adults are also offered. The classes reflect […]

  • “Out the Door!” Book Signing to Benefit Planned Parenthood

    On June 11, 4 – 6 pm, Margaret Lockwood Gallery in Sturgeon Bay will host a reading and book signing for Out the Door! by Marianna Beck writing under the name of M.L. Collins. All proceeds from sales of the book will go to benefit Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. A satirical novel set in Door […]

  • Third Avenue Playhouse To Begin Rehearsals For Summer/Fall Season

    Door County will have a few more friendly faces this week as the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) company members arrive to begin rehearsals for the first show of the Summer/Fall Season. The year-round professional theater in downtown Sturgeon Bay welcomes the cast of Red (running June 29-July 22) and the student interns for the summer. Red […]

  • Hiking Opportunities, Friends Meeting at Crossroads at Big Creek

    A variety of spring ephemerals are in bloom at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, and there are a couple of upcoming hiking opportunities to see them for yourself. On June 9 at 1 pm, go on a gentle ramble along Big Creek to find June flowers that flourish on the banks of the […]

  • Sister Bay Still Undefeated in County League

    West Jacksonport piled up runs against Institute in a Friday night contest, while Sister Bay topped Washington Island to remain unbeaten in the Door County League’s fourth week of play.   Standings As of June 4 West Jacksonport 4-0 Sister Bay 3-0 Kolberg 2-1 Egg Harbor 2-2 Maplewood 2-2 Washington Island 1-3 Baileys Harbor 1-3 […]

  • Featured Pet: Ginger

    This week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Ginger, a beautiful two-year-old tabby with deep golden eyes and a coat of brown, black and tan. She is a loving girl and enjoys affection most of the time but she’ll let you know when she has other things to do. Two years […]

  • Dual Reading at Chief Oshkosh Mini Bowl

    On June 10 at 4:30 pm, Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts will host two writers visiting the county through Write On, Door County. Thomas Pecore Weso and Diane Low will share a reading of their works behind the store in the Mini Bowl amphitheater. If raining, they’ll gather inside the store. Thomas Pecore Weso, a […]

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    Peninsula Players Theatre Announces Company Members For 82nd Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces artistic company members for its 82nd season, running June 13 through Oct. 15. The “must-see” list at the theater-in-a-garden includes a world premiere comedy/drama, a swashbuckling comedy, a lush and romantic musical, a murderous misadventure and a charming comedy. The season and casts were selected by Artistic Director Greg Vinkler who […]

  • Trivia: How many miles of Lake Michigan Shoreline Does Door County Have?

    Question: Door County has more miles of Lake Michigan shoreline than any other county in the United States. How many miles of shoreline is it? Answer: Door County has 298 miles of Green Bay/Lake Michigan shoreline.

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    Door County Master Gardeners Association Announces Summer Educational Series

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association announces the first in a series of summertime educational events – Tuesday in The Garden Door – celebrating 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. Join […]

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    Northern Sky Theater Season Opens With World Premiere

    Northern Sky Theater opens its summer season June 14, with the world premiere of Oklahoma in Wisconsin. In 2008 Northern Sky’s artistic director, Jeff Herbst, reached out to the Academy for New Musical Theatre in Los Angeles (now NMI) and encouraged writers there to develop ideas for future Northern Sky productions. Oklahoma in Wisconsin is […]

  • Algoma Library Friends to Open Year-Round Bookstore

    The Algoma Library Friends will soon open a year-round bookstore. The bookstore is suitably named the Book Corner, since it is located on the corner of Third and State streets in downtown Algoma. The Algoma Library Friends group hopes to open the Book Corner doors sometime in June. All funds raised by the bookstore will […]

  • Obituary: William Victor Handle

    William Victor Handle, 79, of the Town of Jackson (Grand Marsh) died early Tuesday morning, June 6, 2017 at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview (De Pere). He was born April 26, 1938 in Milwaukee, the son of Victor O. and Jenedien Agnes Handle. Bill attended Oak Creek […]

  • Obituary: Jane Leanne Kerscher

    Jane Leanne Kerscher, 80, of Sturgeon Bay died June 5, 2017.  She was born on August 17, 1936, in Door County to Howard and Sylvia (Hembel) Kolstad. After high school, Jane earned a bachelor’s degree in education at UW Stevens Point and taught kindergarten through 8th grade at Carnot School for about 11 years.  On […]

  • Obituary: David Withers

    David Withers, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Monday morning, June 5, 2017 at his home after a short illness. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor James Gomez officiating. Visitation for family and friends will […]

  • Obituary: Janis Helen Schmidtke

    Janis Helen Schmidtke, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Door County Medical Center-Skilled Nursing Facility.  She was born on September 23, 1933, in Kolberg to Walter and Erna (Wiese) Pagel.  On October 19, 1963, she married Kenneth J. Schmidtke.  Janis and Ken farmed for a number of years and then she worked at Emerson’s until the […]

  • Obituary: Joanna (Schmelzle) Stephan

    Joanna (Schmelzle) Stephan, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Pine Crest Assisted Living in Sturgeon Bay. She was born June 20, 1921 in Maplewood, WI, the daughter of the late John and Augusta (Brey) Schmelzle. She graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and then worked at Leathem Smith Shipbuilding as a […]

  • Obituary: Bradly Paul Marth

    Bradly Paul Marth, 50, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay with family at his side. His family will celebrate his life at a later date. A complete obituary will be available in the near future. Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Marth family. […]

  • Obituary: Gregory Orval Orsted

    Gregory Orval Orsted, 66, Baileys Harbor, died May 23, 2017 after a short battle with lung cancer. He was born Dec. 29, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay to Orval and Patricia (Wenniger) Orsted. Greg graduated from the Gibraltar High School in 1969 and attended NWTC; He operated gas stations in Green Bay and Algoma. He then […]

  • Birth: Catherine Swatek and Carl Wardman

    Catherine Swatek and Carl Wardman, Baileys Harbor, are the parents of a son born on May 31, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Christine and David McNeil, Baileys Harbor, and Duane Swatek, Milwaukee. Paternal grandparents are Jennifer and Christopher Wardman, Sarasota, Fla., and Kathy and Steve Swim, Lena, Wis.

  • Nicolet Bank Hosts Community Shred Day June 10

    Community Shred Day will be held June 10, 9 am – 12 pm, at the Nicolet Bank Employee Parking Lot, corner of Jefferson Street and 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. Join Nicolet National Bank and ARMS professional shredding in combating identity theft at this free service to the community. Shred space is limited; the service […]

  • Door County Humane Society Raises $110,000 During Saving Pets Challenge

    After a month of fundraising, the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge came to a close on June 1 and the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) came in sixth place and raised more than $110,000 online and another $1,000 offline for their cause. This challenge consisted of hundreds of animal welfare organizations, all competing to […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran’s Annual Spuds ‘n Splits Dinner Is June 17

    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor is serving their annual Spuds ‘n Splits dinner on June 17 at 6 pm. Bring a friend and enjoy a large baked potato with toppings and then have a banana split or ice cream sundae for dessert. Live dinner music provided by the Praise Band. The cost is $8/adult […]

  • Free Mouthguard Day at Door County Dental Care June 22

    Door County Dental Care, located in Sturgeon Bay, is hosting their 9th Annual Free Mouthguard Day on June 22. All area student athletes are invited to receive a free custom-fit, team color-coordinated mouthguard. Door County Dental Care’s resident dentists Dr. Regan Luders and Dr. Tyler Hubbard are excited to offer preventive care and give back […]

  • Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Holds Fundraiser with Silent Auction June 22

    Reclaim for a cause at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore’s silent auction and social on June 22, 5-7 pm. There will be a social time, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The silent auction ends at 6:30 pm. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 410 N. 14th Ave., Sturgeon Bay. RSVP to Megan at [email protected] or […]

  • Door County Job Center Announces Summer Hours

    The Door County American Job Center adjusted their summer hours of operation. The Job Center is open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Thursday, with closing times of 6 pm on Tuesday evenings and 1 pm on Fridays. The Door County American Job Center is located inside the Cherry Point Mall at 1300 Egg […]

  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Presents Donation to Door County Secret Santa

    The community of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is committed to sharing God’s abundance with others and recently gave Door County Secret Santa $1,000. Each year, St. Luke’s sets aside more than five percent of its operating budget to support ministries and programs beyond the church, in addition to raising money through special projects and events. […]

  • St. Peters’ Lutheran Church Collects Christian Lit to Send Overseas

    St. Peters’ Lutheran Church of Forestville is collecting Christian literature to be sent to countries where these materials are in short supply. Deadline for collection is July 1, 2017. Materials can be picked up at churches. For more information call June Krauel (920.856.6483) or Joyce Bathke (920.487.5917).  

  • Jacksonport’s Cherry Fest Needs Volunteers

    The Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS) is looking for volunteers as it prepares for its 23rd annual fundraising event during Cherry Fest, Aug. 5 in Lakeside Park and the Erskine Rest Area on Hwy. 57. Although there are volunteers who return each year to help, there is always room for more people to cooperate in the […]

  • Farm Service Agency Seeks Nominations for County Committees

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins June 15. County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the […]

  • ‘Breaking Bread in the Holyland’ Guided Bus Tour Mixes Geology and Religion

    Breaking Bread in the Holyland is a ledge tour that takes a unique and very special look at the cultural history associated with Wisconsin’s Niagara Escarpment. On June 14, 2:30 – 7 pm, a guided bus tour will visit three historic churches (St. Ann, St. Mary, St. Lawrence Seminary) located within the “Holyland” of Calumet […]

  • Two USDA Grants Available for Rural Development

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is inviting applications for two grants to support economic development and Community Facilities technical assistance in rural communities. USDA is making grants available under the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) program to strengthen the rural economy. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants will provide technical assistance and training to […]

  • Pulse Price Report: June 6, 2017

    Crop prices (June 6) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year’s Price Corn $3.13 -0.60 $3.73 New-Crop Corn $3.27 -0.66 $3.70 Soybeans $8.37 -0.86 $10.52 New-Crop Soybeans $8.43 -0.85 $10.10 Wheat (SRW) $3.49 -0.80 $4.27 New-Crop Wheat (SRW) $3.44 -0.85 N/A   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay […]

  • Attorney Collin J. Dahl Selected for Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society

    Attorney Collin J. Dahl of Sister Bay became one of 405 lawyers in Wisconsin awarded with membership in the Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society for providing at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services to people of limited means in 2016. Every year, a great many Wisconsin lawyers volunteer time to help meet […]

  • Social Security Card Sign-up Day for J-1 Visa Students June 26

    The Door County Visitor Bureau has organized a social security card sign-up day for employers and their international workers in June. Representatives from the Social Security Administration will return to Door County to accept applications from J-1 Visa Students enrolled in the Summer Work Travel program this summer. A second sign-up day will be held […]

  • Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Releases 9th Door County Lighthouse Wine

    Lautenbach’s Orchard Country will release the ninth edition of its highly anticipated Door County Lighthouse wine series on June 10. The new release features the Baileys Harbor Range Lights and local artist Stacey Small Rupp’s rendition on the wine label. Housed in a blue lighthouse-shaped bottle, the limited edition wine is a semi-dry cherry Riesling […]

  • Dr. Philip Arnold Returns to Door County Medical Center Clinic

    Dr. Philip Arnold will return to serving patients at the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Clinic starting June 13. Most recently, Dr. Arnold practiced at the PolyClinic in Seattle, Wash. for a year. Prior to the PolyClinic, he was attending physician at DCMC and director of sports medicine since 2006. He will see patients at […]

  • Bob and Sandra Sitte Join Kellstrom-Ray Agency

    Heather Olson, broker/owner of Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in Sister Bay, is pleased to announce the addition of sales associates Bob and Sandra Sitte. The Sittes are very excited to join the team. Native to Door County, they reside in Sister Bay with their two sons and will welcome a baby in late fall. They also […]

  • KerberRose Accounting Firm Earns 2017 When Work Works Award

    KerberRose, a certified public accounting firm, was recently presented with the following awards: the 2017 When Work Works Award for exemplary workplace practices and the 2017 Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) Company Public Service Award. The prestigious When Work Works Award is part of the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) When Work […]

  • Door County Triathlon Hosts 3rd Kids Triathlon

    The Door County Triathlon will host a kids triathlon for the third time this July. The race will be held July 15 after the Sprint Triathlon, with waves starting between 2 and 4 pm. The event offers children and teenagers age 6 – 14 the opportunity to get a full triathlon experience in four distances […]

  • Sister Bay Kicks Off Free Summer Trolley June 30

    The Village of Sister Bay held a kick-off event June 6 to welcome a trolley that will serve as free public transportation throughout the village this summer. Village officials hope the trolley, leased from Trolley Brokers in North Carolina, will alleviate some of the parking concerns downtown. “People come downtown for a variety of reasons […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 9 – 16

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on June 13. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on June 15. County of Door:  The Highway Committee meets at 9 am on June 12. The Emergency Services Committee meets at noon on June 12. The […]

  • New (and Old) Wrinkles at Midsummer’s Music

    by Jim Berkenstock, Artistic Director, Midsummer’s Music Ltd. Like any maturing musical organization, the question of presenting music of our time has been a recurring one. Even though our programming has concentrated mainly on older historical works, including known masterpieces and newfound discoveries alike, we have tried to lace our concerts with a sampling of […]

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    Historical Society Programs Explores Local Lighthouses

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program “Exploring Door County Lighthouses – Beacons That Guide the Way” presented by Barb and Ken Wardius on June 26. The dinner and program will be held at the Log Den Restaurant in Egg Harbor at 6 pm. Door County boasts one of the highest […]

  • State Park Fees May Increase

    Admission and camping fees at some of the state’s most popular parks may increase after a move by the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) May 31. The committee gave the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) the authority to adjust admission and camping fees based on demand. At the same meeting, the JFC approved up to […]

  • This Week in Door County History: Flight Across Lake Michigan, Bass Fishing, Institute School

    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 9, 1876 Serious accident. Mr. John Gorge, of Sevastopol while at work building fence at his place last Tuesday accidentally hit his son, a […]

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    Savory Spoon Cooking School Kicks off 14th Season

    Savory Spoon Cooking School will celebrate the kickoff of their 14th season with the “Fresh and Fantastic” class on June 17 at 6 pm. The relaxed mood of summer should set the tone even for special occasions. This fresh menu will inspire cooking class students to invite friends and family over to share a delicious […]

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    Sister Bay Movie, Music Nights Return to Waterfront Park Stage June 14

    Sister Bay has offered free music and, more recently, movies to summertime visitors and locals for more than 25 years. Thanks to the continued support of the Sister Bay business community, the tradition begins again June 14 at the Sister Bay Stage. Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Tapuat Brewing Co., the Piggly Wiggly, and […]

  • Andria’s Dancin’ On The Door To Host Child Dance Workshops June 17

    Andria’s Dancin’ On The Door School of Dance welcomes Lucky Plush Productions to teach dance workshops on June 17. Classes for ages 9-14 will be 1-2:30 pm, and 3-4:30 pm for high school students and older. The workshop is co-sponsored by Door Kinetic Arts Festival and the Door Community Auditorium, and they’re offered at no […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Goat Parade, Concerts in the Park, Recycling Day

    Congratulations to John Koessl, the winner of the Marston Anderson Memorial Cup, and Mike Tomasian, the winner of the Louie Oldenburg Memorial Cup, in the Car and Motorcycle Show which was conducted at the Country Walk Shops on Sunday, May 28. Join my buddy, Sven, for the annual Roofing of the Goats Parade at 10:30 […]

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    Hans Christian Announces June Gong Concerts

    Hans Christian announces another round of gong concerts for June. Have you ever experienced lying down (or sitting in a chair), closing your eyes, and be transported by the vibrations of a 40-inch Atlantis gong? Can you imagine immersing yourself in a sonic bath of sound vibrations that emanate from five gongs played at the same […]

  • Door to Nature: May Beetles or June Bugs

    The May beetle (usually called the June bug) can indirectly do great damage to lawns in summer as hungry skunks try to dig up the larvae. The bulky, shiny reddish-brown to nearly black adult will grow to about an inch in length. It lays eggs in the ground in summer and the eggs hatch into […]

  • By the Numbers: Climate Change

    In light of President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris climate accord, we take a look at some climate change numbers. .0302 The amount of ocean warming in the top 2,300 feet of ocean waters since 1969. 2 The number of degrees the average surface temperature of the Earth has risen since the […]

  • DNR Accepting Applications for County Deer Advisory Council

    Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for County Deer Advisory Council seats before the application period closes for all counties July 1, 2017. Council members meet annually to review deer management data, gather public input from citizens and provide recommendations to the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board regarding deer management decisions […]

  • Discovering Plum Island: Historic Island Now Open to Public

    For years, the ferry trip between Washington Island and Northport quietly passed by Plum Island’s dilapidated lighthouse and coast guard facility. Last week, a newly finished dock opened the historic island to the public and a group of birders were the first to visit. On June 3, a group of 11 residents, visitors and members […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bullies Beget Bullies

    In light of the events of the past week, one has to wonder what is happening to us. What is apparent, with the election of Mr. Trump, bullies feel they have carte blanche because he has brought out the worst in us. With bounty hunters shooting it out and killing each other in Texas; a […]

  • Steel Bridge Songfest’s (melanie)Jane of All Trades

    This weekend, more than 130 musicians from across the country will fill venue stages and parking lots throughout Sturgeon Bay’s historic downtown in celebration of the weeklong songwriting festival that commenced Sunday night at the Holiday Music Motel. For the past several days, these Steel Bridge Songfest musicians have been fully immersed in the “Construction […]

  • Door County Sled Dogs Discovery Center in Ephraim Opens June 9

    The Door County Sled Dogs invite everyone to visit their Education/Discovery Center in Ephraim, opening June 9. This one-of-a-kind experience provides a variety of fun ways to learn about dogs and to meet some working rescues, mostly Husky mixes. Learn about the history of the sled dog while touring the Mush-Room. Many of the featured […]

  • Future of Sturgeon Bay Granary Building in Question

    Sturgeon Bay’s historic granary building, an icon on the west side waterfront for 116 years, will be evaluated for demolition or rehabilitation. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted unanimously June 6 to seek estimates for all options for the granary, including the cost to stabilize the building and clean it out, cost to tear it […]

  • How to Build A Better Campfire

    Now that it’s campfire season, it’s as good a time as any to revisit the fundamentals. Pulse photo director Len Villano and I spent a morning in Newport State Park with fire science expert Ken Foszcz as he walked us through fire building using gathered materials and without any Boy Scout juice. It had just […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Get Big Money Out of Politics

    Our president’s ignorant tweet about the London bombing made me doubly curious about how he got elected, since I think that most Americans are better than this. I finally found a credible answer in a review by Sue Halpern of two new books on the role of the internet in our election (New York Review […]

  • Highway 57 Construction Begins After Labor Day

    It was déjà vu all over again Tuesday evening when representatives of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation explained plans to begin the resurface of Hwy. 57 from the southern intersection of County Q to Sister Bay. The very same meeting was held on Feb. 27, 2014, when the DOT explained that the project would begin […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Tax Plan Troubles

    USA Today reported on May 19 that the “powerful political network overseen by conservative billionaire Charles Koch is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign to drive Trump’s tax plan through Congress.” According to the article, the group wants to pass a tax overhaul this year in advance of the mid-term elections in case the Republicans lose control […]

  • Doing the Un-Wisconsin Thing: Self-Promotion

    by Caleb Frostman, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corporation Have you ever had that moment when, hours after an interaction, whether that be in the shower (the moment, not the interaction), your car, or lying in bed trying to fall asleep, you remember the perfect statement you wish you would have come up with […]

  • Time to Retire the American Bootstrap Myth

    It’s high school graduation season again, which means millions of families across the country are about to grapple with the task of paying for college. As I think about all those families about to take on what for many will be crippling debt, I’m reminded of the commencement speech at my brother’s graduation from the […]

  • Angler Lands 60-Inch Muskie in Door County

    The waters on both sides of the peninsula attract anglers from far and wide in pursuit of salmon, trout, smallmouth bass and more. But Wisconsin’s top predator fish hasn’t gained much of a reputation in Door County. So, when a two-man team practicing for a smallmouth bass tournament caught, measured, photographed and released a potential […]

  • Letter to the Editor: First Step Toward Resolution?

    Given that the City of Sturgeon Bay and Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront hold different thoughts regarding the west side development and placement of a hotel, it seems their joint next step, the Madison College Interest Based Problem Solving process, scheduled for June 12, is an appropriate, enlightened approach. In the process, I hope […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Make America Weak & Sick

    Trump’s policy on global climate change is that it is a hoax. Tell that to all the people who have suffered from terrible flooding and more severe storms in many parts of the country, a sign of climate change and warming global temperatures. Just like our Wisconsin governor, who does not believe in science, Trump […]

  • Keep Pollinators in Mind During Summer Gardening

    Now that we can finally get into our gardens after a cold, rainy spring, Secretary Ben Brancel says we should keep our pollinators in mind. Brancel leads the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. “Don’t think that you can’t make a difference. Even someone in the middle of Milwaukee with a postage stamp-sized lot […]

  • Peninsula Native Becker Takes Over Pen Park Golf

    On April 1, Peninsula State Park Golf Course welcomed Baileys Harbor native and former Assistant Superintendent of Horseshoe Bay Golf Course Mike Becker to their team as Superintendent. I sat down with Becker and asked him about his new job, his admiration of golfer Fred Couples’ style, and his favorite parts of working in the […]

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    Framed: The Farm in Sturgeon Bay

    Sicily Kalms is at the wheel of a tractor at The Farm in Sturgeon Bay. Submitted.

  • The historic Alexander Noble House Museum opens for the season on June 10, featuring “A Glimpse of the Past” with an added feature, Victorian Christmas in the parlor.

    Alexander Noble House Open For Season With New Exhibit

    The historic Alexander Noble House Museum opens for the season on June 10, featuring “A Glimpse of the Past” with an added feature, Victorian Christmas in the parlor. The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) created this display depicting Fish Creek life from the late 1800s to early 1900s. The exhibit will be especially pleasing to individuals who […]

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    Village To Celebrate History, Culture On Ephraim Heritage Day

    On June 17, Ephraim will once again celebrate its history and culture with the annual Ephraim Heritage Day. The event begins with a free walking tour of Ephraim, leaving at 10:30 am from the Anderson Barn Museum (3060 Anderson Lane). Eight heritage sites open with free admission at 11 am, with staff and volunteers available […]

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    Cheers! Blackberries and Covfefe…

    by Jim Lundstrom [email protected] I can’t wait to see the first Covfefe beer. No idea who will brew the first one, and I can only guess what it will contain. Eye goop? Sleep drool? Belly button lint? Well, I won’t hold my breath for the first Covfefe beer, so I reach deep into the magic […]

  • Kewaunee Sheriff’s Warns Vandalism Could Lead to Arrest

    The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department is sending out a warning that anyone caught purposely destroying Kewaunee County property will be ticketed and could face arrest, following a recent act of vandalism at Krohn’s Lake in the Town of Pierce. On June 1, the Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Department was contacted about numerous picnic tables […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Calls for Transparency in Health Care

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement following the Joint Committee on Finance’s action on numerous items important to the 1st Assembly District:  “First, I applaud the Joint Committee on Finance’s decision to allocate funding for the building of the new Eagle Tower in Peninsula Park. Eagle Tower was a pinnacle attraction of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Happy Tweets 2 U

    There is much anticipation regarding the upcoming testimony of Mr. Comey. Will there be enough evidence to start impeachment proceedings? For the heck of it, let’s say there is. What would be a fair sentence? House arrest at Mar-A-Lago, re-open his failed casino in Atlantic City, Commencement speech at Trump U, or all of the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: HELP Comments on Proposed ‘Permitless’ Carry Bill

    Today a piece of legislation regarding firearms is receiving a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. Senate Bill 169, sometimes known as the ‘permitless’ carry bill. If passed, this bill would wipe out our current, reasonable regulations of public gun carrying. Specifically, this dangerous bill would: Eliminate the current requirement […]

  • Ephraim Poetry Series Welcomes Wisconsin Poet Laureate June 14

    On June 14, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County will set the stage for a poetry reading by 2017-18 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston. Huston has been part of the Wisconsin poetry scene since the mid ‘90s, gaining a reputation for a body of work that is elegant, imaginative and humorous. Ronnie Hess, the […]

  • Wormy Apples? Here’s Why

    You may have heard the joke, “What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm!” The “worms” referred to in that joke are not in fact worms, but the immature stage of either a beetle, fly or moth. Around here, three common insects that can infest a backyard apple tree are […]

  • Manners Matter: Keeping Bridal Showers Under Budget

    Dear Mary Pat, My high school friend is getting married this summer and we’ve always been very close. I’m throwing a shower for her next month and I’m trying really hard to keep it on budget. Apart from the three other weddings that I have to attend this summer, I’m also in the middle of […]

  • Robert Earl Keen, Eric Lewis To Play Door Community Auditorium

    On June 11 at 8 pm, acclaimed Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Robert Earl Keen, a Houston native, has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, but he’s long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest singer-songwriters. From his […]

  • 3D Photographs Highlight Hardy Gallery Presentation June 13

    They say a photograph is a door to the past. But what about three-dimensional photographs? On June 13, the Hardy Gallery will host an interactive exhibit of 19th century stereographs which will be presented by Michigan photographer and stereographer Colleen Woolpert at The Clearing Folk School. An early form of three-dimensional photography, stereographs were widely […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Teens Named to National Underwater Hockey Team

    The Door County Sturgeons Underwater Hockey team will send three teenagers to compete globally this summer. Sturgeons players Abby Banks, Molly Banks and Paige Thompson have earned places on the USA U-19 underwater hockey team. This select team will represent the United States at the youth world underwater hockey tournament this July in Hobart, Australia. […]

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    Beer, Wine, Steer, Fire: Algoma Hosts BrewVino Roast June 10

    Take one 1,500-pound Longhorn/Jersey steer that was raised on spent grains from the Ahnapee Brewing Company’s beermaking process, a cherry wine marinade created by Aric Schmiling of von Stiehl Winery, a 6’x8’ 1,000-pound grate to hold the butterflied steer over a raging fire and, voila, you have BrewVino Roast. Aric’s brother, Brad, co-owner of Von […]

  • State News: Great Lakes Funding, Coyote Killing, Supreme Court Campaign

    Army Corps Awards Extra $50M To Great Lakes The Great Lakes will see more money to address navigation and dredging projects this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved an extra $51.8 million for regional projects. All in all, Great Lakes infrastructure will receive $154.5 million for maintenance and operations this year, said Marie […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Band, Choir Students Selected for State

    Sturgeon Bay High School students represented their school and community well at State Solo and Ensemble at UW-Green Bay last month. Congratulations to band students Brandon Fischer (tuba) and Ronan Link (euphonium) for receiving 1st ratings at state on their solos. Band students Kendra Ploor (bass clarinet) and Josie Morkin (tenor sax) received second ratings […]

  • Southern Door Receives 3D Printers From Federal Program

    Southern Door School is one of 16 schools in Wisconsin and more than 400 in the country that will receive 3D printers as a part of the GE Additive Education Program. Committed to developing pipelines of future talent in additive manufacturing around the world, GE will send a desktop polymer printer package to about 400 […]

  • Gibraltar Highway Resurface Pushed Back to 2019

    Pending grant for culvert replacement could affect timeline, closures The resurfacing of Fish Creek’s downtown has been delayed from fall of 2018 to spring of 2019 due to delays receiving an environmental analysis. “There’s some benefits to the staging, getting it done while the businesses are in their slower season,” said Jeremy Ashauer, project manager […]