Peninsula Pulse – March 11 – 18, 2016

In this issue

  • Beer & Wine Tasting, Sheepshead & More Weekend Plans

    You can feel it in the air…the first weekend of spring is nearly upon us! Celebrate the coming season with a traveling theater show, a taste of some regional brews or an afternoon of Sheepshead to support an upcoming tree planting project. Friday, March 18 Dinner & A Murder Mystery Join the actors of Rogue […]

  • Body Found at Northport Pier Identified

    According to Door County Sheriff Steven G. Delarwelle, the Dane County Medical Examiner has positively identified the body recovered from the submerged vehicle at the Northport Pier in Door County Friday, March 11. Earnest H. Moore, 87, of Northlake, Ill., was identified as the occupant of the vehicle. Further tests to determine if the death […]

  • $2.8 Million BUG Fire Dept. Referendum Meeting March 16

    A public discussion of the $2.8 million Brussels-Union-Gardner (BUG) Fire Dept. referendum will be held for residents of all three communities at 7 pm on March 16 at the Southern Door High School Auditorium. The April 5 advisory referendum requests authorization to borrow funds to build a new south Brussels, Union Gardner fire station on County C […]

  • Governor Walker Approves Funding for Cherryland Airport

    Governor Scott Walker has approved just under $1.7 million for a runway reconstruction project at Door County Cherryland Airport near Sturgeon Bay. The funds will cover the costs for plans, designs and reconstruction of the airport’s secondary runway. Funding Breakdown State = $84,662 Door County = $84,662 Federal Aviation Administration = $1,523,906 Total = $1,693,230 […]

  • Jerry Kobishop Announces Congressional Campaign

    Sturgeon Bay resident Jerry Kobishop has announced his candidacy for the 8th Congressional District seat currently held by Reid Ribble. Ribble announced in January that he would not seek a fourth term. Kobishop, a retired Wisconsin Public Service employee and country singer, said if elected he “plans to push for reform in our legal and correctional […]

  • Bay Ship Wins Articulated Tug Barge Contract

    Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) signed a contract for the construction of an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for delivery in late 2017. The contract includes an option for a second ATB unit to be potentially delivered in 2018. The vessels will be built at FMG’s Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The new barge will have […]

  • Commentary: Deny Waukesha’s Diversion Application

    by Sandy Hamm, Steve Edlund and Steve Schmuki   We’d like to provide a personal perspective to people living in the cities, towns and villages on and near the Great Lakes who have read about Waukesha’s bid for Great Lakes water and wondered about the seriousness of the problem and viability of potential solutions. As […]

  • USDA Offers Protections for Noninsured Crops Against Weather Losses

    In agriculture, opportunity is often created from overcoming challenges. So when I hear people say “work for the best and prepare for the worst,” it is the American farmers and ranchers who come to mind because they characterize the optimism and resilience of the very concept, especially when it comes to overcoming severe weather. And […]

  • Science Snippet: The Biomedical Breakthrough of 2015

    The biomedical breakthrough of 2015 was a revolutionary advance in science that allows molecular geneticists to quickly and cheaply grab a specific gene in a cell and turn that gene off or on; remove it completely; or even substitute a new “designer gene” in place of the one removed. For example, if a human embryo […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Right and Irrational?

    International Climate Science Coalition Executive Director Tom Harris [in his letter to the editor] says Dan Dieterich is right. The next sentence starts out with that all-important “but.” Harris then says that Dieterich is irrational. Can one be both right and irrational? I guess only, like this anti-alternative energy “coalition” believes, if one can claim […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Oil Prices Rally

    Some oil indexes recorded oil prices above $40 a barrel on Monday, setting a new high in 2016. The rally of oil prices comes after 12-year low prices of less than $30 per barrel. Just four years ago, a barrel of oil sold around $100 per barrel. But with higher oil prices, will consumer gas […]

  • Featured Pet: Clancy

    With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) would like to introduce a strapping young lad that proudly bears an Irish name. Clancy is a two-year-old pit bull with a jet-black coat and white markings on his neck, chest, and paws. He recently came to DCHS as a stray […]

  • Door to Nature: The Sweet Water of Spring

    Each day, as we get closer to spring, the white ribbons of hard grainy snow along the driveway through our woods become smaller and smaller. Soon skunk cabbages will be poking their new pointed forms up through the snow in the wet swamps of the southeastern part of the county. They are the genuine harbingers […]

  • Governor Walker Signs Teacher Licensure Bill

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens visited Elizabeth Gierhahn on Monday, March 7, at the Door County YMCA as part of the Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign, organized each year by the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities. During the visit, Kitchens got to see community-integrated employment in action and learn more about the value […]

  • Obituary: Walter A. Hanish

    Walter A. Hanish, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home Monday evening, February 29, 2016, while residing at Anna’s Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay with his dear wife, Betty, at his side. He was born January 4, 1922, in Springfield, MN, the son of the late Adolph and Marie (Yerisch) Hanish. He was a first generation […]

  • Obituary: Margaret Cooney

    Margaret Cooney, 78, of Brussels, passed away on March 4, 2016.  She was born October 14, 1937 in Appleton to Joseph D. and Lucille (Roemer) Ulmen.  On July 9, 1978, she married Steven Cooney in Chicago.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1988. Margaret, who taught school for 38 years, lived a full […]

  • Obituary: Gertrude Walker Watters

    Gertrude Walker Watters, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord Friday afternoon, March 4, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Dorchester. She was born April 5, 1935 in Germany, the daughter of Efrom and Leokadia (Knull) Hundt. With hopes for a better life, Gertrude’s family decided to move the United States. They […]

  • $442,132.76 Raised for United Way Annual Campaign

    On behalf of the United Way of Door County Board of Directors and the thousands of lives that will be touched, thank you! You, our donors and volunteers, are empowering people to build better lives by addressing Door County’s needs through your support of United Way of Door County. United Way’s 2015 campaign raised $442,132.76! […]

  • Changes to Birth, Death, Marriage Records Law

    Door County Register of Deeds Carey Petersilka announces effective Jan. 1, 2017, residents may no longer have to travel to other counties to obtain their vital records such as birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates. Currently, residents have to travel to the county in which the event occurred, order by mail, or order online with […]

  • Commentary: Learning from Others

      I’d like to thank Cap Wulf for his recent letter bemoaning the lack of community involvement in decisions made about our westside waterfront. In the past year, by visiting two cities that have “gotten it right,” I’ve learned some inspiring things I didn’t know about the processes communities are using to make big decisions […]

  • Obituary: Deloris Baudhuin

    Deloris Baudhuin, 76, of Brussels, passed away unexpectedly at her home on March 8, 2016.  She was born January 28, 1940, in Luxemburg to Orville and Alice (Everard) Jadin.  On November 22, 1958, she married Robert LaCrosse, he passed away in 1978. Deloris and her husband Robert, owned and operated R-Dee’s Restaurant in Sheboygan Falls […]

  • Algoma Awarded Grant for Crescent Beach

    The City of Algoma learned this week that it was among 26 grant recipients from the Fund for Lake Michigan. The city will receive $75,000 to take the first step in a plan to improve the city’s centerpiece, Crescent Beach. In the past, Crescent Beach has had problems both with E. coli and cladophora. It […]

  • Volunteer Voices: Volunteers Always Needed at Door County Festivals

    There is never a shortage of special events going on in Door County. You can fill almost any weekend attending or volunteering at various festivals. I sat down with Paige Funkhouser, the new marketing and promotions director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center & Convention Bureau, and we talked about what it takes to run […]

  • IRS Tax Scams on the Rise

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently released its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. Both the FDIC and the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) have sent alerts regarding these scams. […]

  • Rowleys Bay Resort Owners Explore Options Through Auction, a real estate business that specializes in auctions, announced on March 8 it will hold an auction on April 27 of Rowleys Bay Resort in Ellison Bay. The announcement stated the list price as $3.75 million, with an opening bid of $2.85 million. “This resort is something out of the movies, with jaw-dropping […]

  • Obituary: Valerie Jo Fidler

    The ever-brilliant, feisty, beautiful, witty, opinionated, loving, tireless fighter and trailblazer Valerie Jo (Garbe) Fidler lost her valiant multi-year battle with COPD on February 3, 2016, at the too-young age of 67.  Our devastating loss is heaven’s gain, though we fully expect that God will have his hands full with a woman who routinely stood […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Look Forward, Not Backward

    In two recent letters to the editor, Tony Beadell stated his opposition to allowing Ephraim restaurants to serve beer and wine. In his first letter, he said he’d like Ephraim to remain much as it was back in the 1950s, and he believes continuing to prohibit the sale of alcohol in restaurants will help achieve […]

  • Nominations for Wisconsin Cherry Board

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) nominations for Wisconsin Cherry Board directors are being accepted through April 1. Established in 1984, this market order board has five members who represent 34 licensed cherry producers. Its purpose is promotion, new product development, research, and education. In 2014, cherry growers held a referendum […]

  • Whitefish Dunes: The Park That Nearly Wasn’t

    “To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.” Aldo Leopold   According to Carl Scholz, longtime Door County educator and conservationist, what makes Whitefish Dunes State Park so unique is the incredible diversity. The largest sand dunes on Lake Michigan’s west shore, […]

  • By the Numbers: Irish in America

      In addition to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, the entire month is dedicated to Irish-Americans. Here are a few numbers regarding that segment of the population.   7 Number of places named Shamrock in the U.S.   16 Number of places in the U.S. that share the name of Ireland’s capital, Dublin.   […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Question for Sen. Lasee

    I am writing in response to Sen. Lasee’s sad lament in the Pulse. He stated that Act 10 saved the state five billion dollars in five years. That is a very impressive amount. I went to the MacIver Institute website (a conservative think tank) where Sen. Lasee found this number. Appleton was used as an […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Under the Influence of Walker?

    I read Mr. [Mike] Gallagher’s statement in declaring his candidacy for Reid Ribble’s seat in Congress. He spoke of a “broken tax code” but did not say for whom. Most wealthy Republican donors want to pay lower taxes, so I guess he was speaking for them. He mentioned “out-of-control regulations [that] strangle the middle class.” […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 11 – 18

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Common Council meets at 7 pm on March 15. County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 10 am on March 14. The Finance Committee meets at 2 pm on March 14. The Board of Health meets at 4 pm on March 14. The Administrative Committee meets at 8:30 am […]

  • Champs Crowned for Monday Night Volleyball League

    Championship week has come and gone for the Door County YMCA Volleyball League, as both divisions crowned champions last night. Third place games and a consolation game were also played, as the final standings are now complete for the 2015/16 season. In the A League, No. 1 Nicolet Beach Concessions repeated as champions by knocking […]

  • Walleyes for Tomorrow Tourney Winners

    Here are the winners of the annual Dave Pagels Memorial/Walleyes for Tomorrow Ice Fishing Tournament held in Little Sturgeon on Feb. 27. Walleye Division: First – Bob Hank, 10.18 lb.; Second – Randy Lemieux, Sr., 9.71 lb.; Third – Wayne Wilke, 7.61 lb. Perch Division: First – Marty Mraz, 1.56 lb.; Second – Jim Konop, […]

  • Registration Open for St. Norbert’s ‘Sport and Society’ Conference

    Formal conference registration is now open for “Sport and Society” Registration will be limited, and will close on May 16. The conference will be hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, May 23-25, and will focus on the business of college sports. The Sport and Society conference is a distinctive, intimate and […]

  • Gearing Up for 2016 Turkey Hunt

    First-time turkey hunters are invited to a class sponsored by the Wisconsin DNR and the Door County Fish, Farm and Game Club, and the National Wild Turkey Federation, to learn how to hunt turkey. The hunt date is April 2 – 10, 2016. Hunters must be at least 10 years old. No hunter education or […]

  • Hailey Jorgenson Is Washington Island Basketball Standout

    Washington Island Junior Hailey Jorgenson recently finished her basketball season for the Washington Island Bucks. She scored 272 points in 17 games, making her career total 521. Submitted.

  • Make Plans Now for Island Bird Festival

    Washington Island’s 10th annual Island Bird Festival is scheduled for June 3 – 5, 2016. Explore the wild nature of Washington and Rock Islands during festival weekend. Help to locate, identify and enjoy the common as well as unusual birds, and learn about the miracle of bird migration. Also, help raise funds toward the Door […]

  • State Park Sticker Contest Open to High Schoolers

    Wisconsin high school students have until April 13 to submit entries for the 2017 Wisconsin state park sticker design contest. The contest is open to all high school-age students attending public, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin. The winning design will be displayed on more than 265,000 vehicles. The design must be the artist’s original […]

  • Greens N Grains Screens “SlingShot” About Segway Inventor

    At the Greens N Grains Dinner and a Movie for March, the featured film is SlingShot. SlingShot is about Segway inventor Dean Kamen, an indomitable man who just might be creating a solution for a crisis affecting billions. A quirky genius, Kamen lives in a house with secret passages, a closet full of denim and […]

  • Tammy Baldwin Presses EPA and USDA on Groundwater

    Senator Tammy Baldwin wrote a letter to USDA Secretary Vilsack and EPA Secretary McCarthy requesting their immediate attention to groundwater contamination and safe drinking water in Door and Kewaunee County. On March 9, during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Senator Baldwin pressed Secretary Vilsack on the issue further. Secretary Vilsack agreed to work with Senator Baldwin […]

  • Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 Celebrates 70 Years

    Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 of Sister Bay celebrated its 70th anniversary March 1, 2016, with three charter members who are still living – Lester Berns, 97, Hank Eckert, 94, and Phillip Berns, 92. Pictured, left to right from front, are Lester Berns, Hank Eckert and Phillip Berns. In back are 9th District Commander […]

  • “Hospice and Palliative Care” is Next Topic of Community Health Information Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Hospice and Palliative Care” on March 13, 4 pm, at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. This month’s speakers are Tom Turriff, former hospice chaplain, and Jo Ann Turriff, former hospice nurse, who will discuss their experiences providing hospice and palliative services. […]

  • New Mindfulness Series Begins March 15 at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church

    Barbara Wulf will lead a new mindfulness series beginning March 15 at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. Mindfulness develops moment-to-moment awareness, and the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with greater ease and balance. Participants will learn various forms of mindfulness meditation including sitting meditation, mindful movement, body scan, […]

  • Celebrate Red Cross Month this March by Donating Blood

    Donate blood to celebrate Red Cross Month in March. Upcoming blood drives are scheduled for March 16, 11 am – 5 pm, Sevastopol High School, 4550 Highway 57; March 18, 9 am – 2 pm, Sturgeon Bay High School, 1230 Michigan St. Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call […]

  • Baileys Harbor Hosts Passport Fair March 19

    The Baileys Harbor Post Office is hosting a Passport Fair on March 19, 9 am – 12 pm. Learn more about travel requirements for U.S. citizens, how to apply for your U.S. passport, and get your picture taken at the fair. For more information about the Passport Fair call 920.839.2859. For more passport information visit […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Lions Now Selling Roses for Spring

    Sturgeon Bay Lions are selling Roses for Spring again this year. Roses are $15 per dozen and can be purchased by contacting Lion Greg Virlee (920.743.8359) or by visiting Roses will be delivered for free on April 15 & 16. The Lions’ primary mission is blindness prevention and sight conservation. Money collected from this […]

  • Lori’s Spa Essence Offers Somatics Class in Two Locations

    Lori Strantz, owner of Lori’s Spa Essence in Fish Creek, is offering a new eight-week somatics class series at two locations in March. Strantz is a clinical somatic educator and licensed massage therapist. Somatic movement classes teach you how to relieve and prevent pain in a way that isn’t taught in regular exercise classes. Classes […]

  • SOS Door County Support Group to Meet at Sturgeon Bay Library

    The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Door County group has a meeting on March 21 at 7 pm. If you have lost a loved one due to suicide, please feel free to join the SOS support group. The group meets upstairs at the Sturgeon Bay Branch of the Door County Library at 107 S. 4th Ave. […]

  • Southern Door High School Students Selected to 2016 Badger State Conference

    Olivia Mancheski-Thompson and Austin Claflin have been selected as representatives to attend Badger State Government and Leadership Conference. Mancheski-Thompson has been selected to represent Southern Door High School at Badger Girls State in June at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Claflin has been selected to attend Badger Boys State in June at Ripon College. Forestville American […]

  • Door Tran Awarded 2015 STAR Award Honorable Mention

    The National Volunteer Transportation Center, an initiative of the Community Transportation Association of America, has awarded Door-Tran’s Veteran and County-Wide Volunteer Transportation Programs as an Honorable Mention 2015 STAR Award. In early 2016, a review team of 17 professionals in transportation, volunteerism, and aging was convened by the National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC) to select […]

  • Christine Webb-Miller Joins HELP of Door County’s Board

    Christine Webb-Miller, active older adult coordinator at the Door County YMCA, has joined the Board of Directors at HELP of Door County. Her three-year term runs through January 2019. “I strongly believe in giving back to the community and I believe in the mission of HELP of Door County. I feel my connections to and […]

  • Buy An Aldo Leopold Bench from Habitat for Humanity

    Just after Aldo Leopold Weekend, which is celebrated the first weekend in March each year, Habitat for Humanity’s construction volunteers have built another collection of Leopold benches. Famed conservationist and ecologist Aldo Leopold built a simple bench on which to sit and enjoy the natural wilderness. The Aldo Leopold bench has become popular due to […]

  • In Memoriam: Trenchard Was Instrumental in Door County Golf, Auditorium

    Recalling his three years as a rules official for the PGA Nationals at the ultra-prestigious Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., Peter Trenchard once said of that course, “If there is a heaven, I’m sure that’s what it looks like.” It’s nice to think that when Peter died in his sleep at Scandia Village […]

  • The Ridges’ Nature-Minded, Literature-Inspired Story Time

    “All children deserve the chance to learn and grow and connect with nature,” stated Mary Michaud on a recent Wisconsin Public Radio program about Madison, Wisconsin being selected as part of a nationwide initiative to “get more kids into nature.” Michaud, policy director for Public Health Madison and Dane County, continued, “as kids, we use […]

  • Server of the Week: Sharon Gulley at KerberRose S.C.

      At KerberRose’s place there is a beautiful face. Phone calls she will take, deadlines she will make. Her heart is giant, she helps every client. She greets you with a smile, and finds a home for every file. So we would like to go the extra mile And wish Sharon Gulley a great big […]

  • Manners Matter: Funeral Attendance Etiquette

    Dear Mary Pat,   My mom passed a couple of weeks ago and we had her funeral back in her hometown in Ohio. Mom was well loved and even though the occasion was very sad, my five siblings and I did enjoy being together (we are scattered all over the country and don’t get to […]

  • Trivia: What’s Marky Mark’s Backing Band?

      Question: What was the name of the backing band for Marky Mark (Mark Wahlberg’s music persona from the 1990s)? Answer: The Funky Bunch

  • The Bestseller List: March 11, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante 3. Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes 4. The Martian, by Andy Weir 5. Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. On the Move:  A Life, by Oliver Sacks 2. The Mindfulness […]

  • Cheers!: Monky Business

    I love a good beer story. This one arrived in my email recently: “The story of Orval [Trappist Ale] begins around 1070 AD. “Princess Matilda, a Duchess of Burgundy, was passing through the forest in what is now Belgium with a group of travelers. They stopped to rest near a clear spring, and as Matilda […]

  • An Imaginative Transformation: Ryan Mueller

    From an early age, Ryan Mueller has been captivated by the things that grab the attention of most boys: werewolves, monsters and dinosaurs. He remembers the first time he saw The Wolf Man at the age of five, marveling in the transformation from human to hairy beast. But that’s where Mueller stopped being like most […]

  • Framed: 2016 Story Slam Speakers

    The Women’s Fund of Door County presented its annual Tales of Our Lives: A Story Slam on March 3-4 at Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay. This year’s story slammers were (from left): Virge Temme, Gay Pustaver, Laurel Brooks, Cassie Hitzman, Ruby James, Caitlin Oleson, Sally Slattery and Isaiah Spetz, with musical performances by […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: March 11, 2016

    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?   “Food porn is the best kind of porn.”   “I’m not surprised a guy like yourself is obsessing over a naked […]

  • Isherwood: Interest, As Huck Finn Understood the Business

    The fans of Mister Mark Twain hold Mark Twain ought have stood for the presidency, if for no other reason than to establish an historical precedent. An alternative to the tired tradition of advancing ex-generals, ex-senators, career politicos, along with miscellaneous capitalists and movie stars to that office, that a decent nation ought occasionally favor […]

  • Ephraim Sets Date for Alcohol License Info. Meeting

    Ephraim will hold an informational meeting on alcohol licenses on Wednesday, March 23, at 6 pm in the village hall. The village will bring in Claire Silverman, legal counsel with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, to act as the informational authority on the details of the beer and wine referendum. The board hoped to have […]

  • Environmental Groups Call on EPA for Clean Water in Kewaunee County

    Clean Wisconsin and five other environmental organizations sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, requesting federal support for clean, safe drinking water for Kewaunee County residents. “It is unacceptable that more than one-third of the private drinking water wells in Kewaunee County are unsafe, contaminated with bacteria, nitrates and other pollutants,” says […]

  • Youth Academic and Athletic Groups Can Now Apply for U.S. Cellular’s “Community Connections” Sponsorships

    U.S. Cellular recently announced that it is continuing its “Community Connections” program for the second consecutive year to support local youth organizations. Last year, the company sponsored more than 700 school groups and youth sports teams through a partnership with Pear, an online platform that connects local brands with local community needs. Academic and athletic […]

  • We Are HOPE Receives Grant for “Be Smart About Education” Workshops

    We Are HOPE, Inc. announces a generous financial gift from Fox Communities Credit Union to support the Be Smart about Education workshops. CEO of We Are HOPE, Inc., Sandy Duckett said, “We are thrilled to partner with Fox Communities Credit Union to provide this needed service to their members and staff. College debt is a […]

  • Door County YCMA Promotes “Zoe for President” Campaign

    On Feb. 25, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the Door County YMCA launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported […]

  • John Grochowski Named Director of Operations of Ephraim Historical Foundation

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation announced that John Grochowski has joined the organization as the director of operations. Grochowski comes to the foundation from Devils Lake, North Dakota, where he served as the director of the Lake Region Heritage Center. His previous experience includes four years at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation in a variety of administrative […]

  • Dennis Schermerhorn Named Fish Creek Town Dock Dockmaster

    The Fish Creek Harbor Commission has hired Dennis Schermerhorn as the Fish Creek Town Dock Dockmaster for the 2016 season following the retirement of Brian Holan. Schermerhorn and his wife relocated to Door County from the Chicago area 10 years ago. He has held a U.S.C.G. Masters license since 2009 and has operated tugs, assistance […]

  • Birch Creek Announces 2016 Concert Schedule

    Tickets for Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s 2016 summer concert season are now available for purchase at The Percussion & Steel Band Session will showcase performances by students and faculty from June 23-25 and June 29-July 2, under Program Director Dan Moore, Director of Percussion at The University of Iowa. Birch Creek’s Percussion performances […]

  • TAP Announces 2016 Summer/Fall Season

    Third Avenue Playhouse has announced its 2016 summer/fall season. From June 30 – July 23, TAP brings Isaac’s Eye to the stage, directed by Robert Boles. This amazingly creative new work playfully presents the 17th Century world of Isaac Newton in a completely contemporary and wildly theatrical setting. A battle between two great intellects (with […]

  • Drew Brhel Selected as TAP’s 2016 Artist-In-Residence

    Third Avenue Playhouse has announced its 2016 artist-in-residence Drew Brhel. He proudly continues his relationship with Third Avenue Playhouse, appearing this summer in three productions – Isaac’s Eye, Madame Sherry, and The Gin Game. Other roles at TAP include Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly, Bellomy in The Fantasticks (both summer of 2014) and Frank in […]

  • Agatha Christie, “The Full Monty” Highlight Pen Players 2016 Season

    Tickets to Peninsula Players Theatre’s 81st season are now on sale. America’s oldest professional resident summer theater has tickets available for a variety of engaging shows – including a gentle new comedy, a classic whodunit, a lively pop-musical, an engrossing new drama and a fast-paced comic thriller. Peninsula Players opens its 81st season on June […]

  • Master Gardeners Offer “A Breath of Spring” Floral Design Program

    The Door County Master Gardeners will hold another continuing education program at Crossroads at Big Creek on March 15 at 7 pm. Bette Sternard of Maas Floral and Greenhouse will present “A Breath of Spring: Garden Designs Using Fresh Cut Flowers and Plants.” She will bring a bit of spring to the audience and will […]

  • Take Film Trek through National Parks in Latest Travelogue

    Take a film trek to some of America’s most spectacular and beautiful places in “America’s Parklands I,” the fifth travelogue program in Kiwanis & Rotary of Door County North Clubs’ 2015-16 season, on March 18. Presented live by award-winning veteran filmmaker and cinematographer Gray Warriner, the audience will be transported from one National Park gem […]

  • “The Red Thunder” Voted Best of the 2016 Door County Short Film Fest

    The 2016 Short Film Festival has come and gone. Using the film search site, the film festival received 177 submissions from all over the world. The team of film board members watched more than 200 hours of films and whittled it down to 42 films and seven hours. The festival started on Friday night […]

  • U.S. Cellular to Host Workshop about Travel Planning with Wireless Devices

    Now is the time for spring break, and to show the ways wireless devices can help with travel planning, U.S. Cellular is hosting a free Device Workshop in Sturgeon Bay. The workshop is open to everyone, and you don’t need to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend. The free Device Workshop is being held […]

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade Set for March 12

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will hold its 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12 at 11 am. The parade begins at Sawyer Park and proceeds to Oak Street, down Madison Avenue, before heading across the Oregon Street Bridge. After crossing the bridge, the parade continues onto Third Avenue and up Jefferson […]

  • 2016 Golden Heart Honorees Announced

    Tickets are now available for the 14th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held on April 21 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. This event honors outstanding volunteers in our community, recognizes the importance of the organizations through which they work, and supports the Volunteer Center’s programming. Nominations are reviewed by an independent […]

  • Coast Guard Seeks Public Input on Demolition of Former Lightkeeper’s Dwelling

    The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to demolish a housing unit located on federal property at Coast Guard Station Sturgeon Bay. Originally built in 1896 as the lightkeeper’s dwelling, the building has undergone numerous interior and exterior renovations and is no longer used for housing personnel. It was first altered in 1904 when an extension […]

  • Pi Day Hike, Bluebird Nest Box Workshop at The Ridges

    The March schedule at The Ridges is full of programs and activities guaranteed to cure spring fever. The annual Bluebird Nest Box Workshop at The Ridges is a sure sign that winter is on the wane. Bluebirds will return to Door County soon, but in some areas, they may have trouble finding homes. You’ll learn […]

  • Wild Ones to Present “Go Native In Your Yard at Crossroads”

    This year Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay is planning to create a wildlife corridor by planting native trees and shrubs in order to connect some of our fragmented forests. When it comes to wildlife, such as migrating birds and butterflies, planting a variety of native plants anywhere will improve regional habitats. On March […]

  • Wax Works Exhibition Opens at Miller Art Museum

    On March 12, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay opens a new exhibit, Wax Works: Textures, Shapes & Stories in Encaustic and Cold Wax with a free reception from 3 – 4:30 pm. The exhibition has been made possible in part by Jack and Susan Anderson, Carl and Lorraine Mengert, and Camilla Nielsen. Featuring […]

  • Baileys Harbor Photographer Wins at International Show

    Baileys Harbor photographer Jennifer Ricci was recognized at the 2016 Antique and Amusement Photographers International Photo Contest, held Feb. 3 in Las Vegas. Ricci earned three ribbons for her photographs in the Best Portrait of a Woman category, Best Portrait of a Baby category, and Best Group Portrait category. Old Time Portraits is a mobile […]

  • Baileys Harbor Photographer Elected to International Association Board

    Baileys Harbor photographer Jennifer Ricci was elected to a two-year term on the board of Antique & Amusement Photographers International. Elections were held during the association’s 2016 Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas on Feb. 3. Ricci’s studio has been a member of the association since 1996. She has served on several AAPI committees […]

  • Kari Anderson Announces Spring Watercolor Classes

    Door County artist Kari Anderson has announced her March class offerings. On March 16 and 30, she will teach “Floral & Springtime Miniatures in Watercolor,” from 11 am – 3 pm at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. The cost of the class is $40 and includes lunch. On March 23-24, she will team up with the […]

  • Call for Artists for The Hardy’s Fall Show

    The Hardy Gallery invites artists and craftspeople of Door County and throughout Wisconsin to submit images of their work for the Hardy Gallery’s final exhibit of the 2016 season, Form Follows Function: The Intersection of Art and Craft. The exhibit will focus on the principles associated with the Bauhaus School movement, which promoted simplicity of […]

  • Eclectic, Energetic Sons of the Never Wrong to Play Door County Fire Company

    Sons of the Never Wrong will take the stage at Door County Fire Company on March 11 as part of Ministry Door County Medical Center’s “Celebrate Community” winter concert series. The performance begins at 7 pm. Sons of the Never Wrong is a turbo-charged alt-folk trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs. Bruce Roper, […]