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Peninsula Pulse March 15-22, 2019

In this issue

  • County May End Funding for Door 2 Door Public Transportation

    The County of Door has been providing a public transportation services known as Door 2 Door rides since 2009. It is a combination of services that includes shared ride taxi service as well as bus trips available through the Aging and Disability Resource (ADRC) Bus and the Sunshine House Bus. This system has been changing […]

  • Sister Bay Shopko Will Close

    Shopko announced March 18 that all of its remaining stores will close, including the Shopko Hometown in Sister Bay, one of 176 remaining Shopko Hometown locations. “This is not the outcome that we had hoped for when we started our restructuring efforts,” CEO Russ Steinhorst said in a statement. “We want to thank all of […]

  • 2019 Door County Tall Ships Festival

    Some of the most majestic vessels you’ll ever see on the Great Lakes will return to Sturgeon Bay July 29 for the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships Festival. The main festival takes place July 26 – 28 in Green Bay, where attendees can tour ships and join in special excursions on the vessels. Then the ships […]

  • Obituary: John Richard Yount

    March 7, 1927 – February 16, 2019 John Richard Yount of Highland, California; and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, died at home in Highland. John was born in Menomonie, Wisconsin, to George and Olive Yount. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, sister Mary Davis, and son Jeff. John left high school during his senior […]

  • Jake Ellefson and the Big Fish Story that Got Away

    By Brett Kosmider There’s a lot that I love about living and working in Door County and right at the top of that list is hearing all of the great stories from those that have lived and worked here long before I was ever around.  Door County has some great history and it lives on […]

  • Mayoral Candidates Square Off, A (kind of) Plan for the Granary, and A Farewell Pod for Matthew Marcon: Pulse Podcast

    Andrew Kleidon is joined this week by Myles Dannhausen and Matthew Marcon to round up the news, including the beginnings of a plan for the Granary in Sturgeon Bay, the mayoral forum between David Ward and Shawn Fairchild, and Expedia’s naming Door County a dog friendly destination.For our Feature this week, we bid farewell to […]

  • LeCloux Places Sixth at State Wrestling Tournament

    by Dave Walker Southern Door doubled its count of state wrestling tournament place winners when Katelyn LeCloux took sixth place at the WWF Women’s State Tournament in Marshfield on March 3.   Coming out strong in her first match, she used a Peterson roll to pin Nayeli Garay, who was ranked fourth in the state […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Keep Up the Good Sportsmanship

    The Door County Civility Project appreciates the support of local school staffs in promoting good sportsmanship, not only among young athletes but also among the many community members who are spectators at school events. “Be Respectful” banners have been posted in most, if not all, school gyms and athletic fields that read: Please remember, these […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Lisa Neubauer for Supreme Court

    On April 2nd there is a statewide election to elect a new Supreme Court Justice. It’s an important one, and we should all get to the polls and cast our votes. Judge Lisa Neubauer is running for this seat. She has spent the last 10 years as an Appeals Court Judge. Lisa Neubauer has the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Supporting Dave Ward

    This letter is written in support of Mr. Dave Ward for the position of Mayor of the City of Sturgeon Bay. As a former Mayor of the City of Sturgeon Bay, I have knowledge of the requirements of the office, and Mr. Ward greatly exceeds all of those requirements. If there is any doubt please […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Endorsement for David Ward

    I have had the pleasure of getting to know Dave Ward as both a business associate and friend. During this time, I have observed several character traits in Dave that will undoubtedly serve him well as mayor of Sturgeon Bay. Dave is financially astute, analytical in problem solving, caring, and perhaps most importantly, even-keeled. Dave […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bidding Farewell to DCIST

    I am writing today to let you know that my time has come to part ways as the coordinator for the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST). The Nature Conservancy began this collaboration with the Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department in 2012 and I am incredibly thankful for seven years of teaching landowners, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Algoma and West Kewaunee UMCs Emphasizing Inclusive Ministry

    Elected leaders, staff and members of Algoma and West Kewaunee United Methodist Churches have been in almost continuous dialog discussing how our congregations will move forward in light of a significant vote during the recent UMC’s General Conference, where global delegates voted 438-384 to continue the prohibition on same-gender marriages and the ordination of gay […]

  • Letter to the Editor: In Support of Lisa Neubauer

    Like more than 325 judges in more than 60 counties around Wisconsin, we are supporting Judge Lisa Neubauer for election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 2nd. She has the intellect and legal skills a justice on that court needs. Judge Neubauer is uniquely qualified and experienced to sit on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: West Side Story

    The west side development area is ripe with opportunity. I envision a shanty village with a variety of small retail shops, ranging from a cozy coffee shop like, 5th and Jefferson, to a specialty deli/convenience shop like Marchants, or Main Street Market, a Hometown pub, like Neighborhood Pub, or Kitty O’Reillys, maybe a candy shop, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Move Internet Ahead in Liberty Grove

    I am writing this to let everyone know that there is something that they can do proactively to help move Door County into the 21st century with respect to our internet services. Many people have poor (or no internet) and/or the internet service is limited in some way – either in speed or limits on […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support the Sturgeon Bay School District

    The Door County League of Women Voters urges residents of the school district of Sturgeon Bay to support their school’s educational programs. Since 1927 the League of Women Voters at the national, state and local levels has studied and promoted improvement of public education. The League supports a system of school funding which includes an […]

  • Snowkraft Nordic, Len Villano

    Len’s Pic of the Week: Yeti Crosses the Line

    Snowkraft Nordic held its 15K skate race last weekend in Sturgeon Bay. Cross-country skiers representing just about every age group participated. It was a fun event for all, but the highlight was the surprise arrival of the yeti. I choose this photo of the yeti crossing the finish line as my pick of the week. […]

  • Coyote Roadhouse, Kangareuben, Reuben, Aleah Kidd, Door County restaurant

    What Do You Call a Corned Beef Sandwich on Kangaroo Lake?: The Kangareuben

    The St. Patrick’s Day tradition of corned beef consumption has been popularized in North American culture – alongside other festive activities such as drinking green beer, hosting parades and dying a river green – but believe it or not, corned beef is not actually considered a national Irish dish. Corned beef first came to be […]

  • Feds Propose Lifting Gray Wolf Protections

    by Wisconsin Public Radio The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) plans to propose a rule to “delist” the gray wolf from the endangered-species list in the Lower 48 states. Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt made the announcement March 6. The move would return management to the states and tribes, which would reinstate Wisconsin’s wolf […]

  • State News: Fossil Fuels, Rail Expansion, School Breakfast

    UW-Green Bay to Offer New Water-Science Degree Earlier this year, Gov. Tony Evers called 2019 the Year of Clean Drinking Water and announced $70 million for water-quality programs. Some say this is a good step, but not nearly enough. An aging workforce and a shortage of trained new talent has left the industry struggling to […]

  • County Acquires Younkers Building

    By the time you read this, the County of Door will own the former Younkers store at 56 N. 4th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. County Administrator Ken Pabich announced at the March 12 meeting of the county’s Facilities & Parks Committee that the closing, for the purchase price of $505,000, would take place March 14 […]

  • Wisconsin Flu Numbers Still on the Rise

    We’re heading into spring, but flu numbers are still on the rise in Wisconsin and around the country. During the flu season, Door County Medical Center imposes hospital-visit guidelines to keep patients and visitors safe. Please do not visit the hospital if you have a cold or any flu-like symptoms. The center also discourages visitors […]

  • In Search of Civility: Talking Politics

    People disagree all the time. For every strong opinion, there is an equally strong and opposite one. Yet not all disagreements lead to uninviting family members to Thanksgiving dinner or end in destroyed friendships. Political disagreements, on the other hand, have become increasingly harmful and difficult to handle. Why is this happening? Recent research by […]

  • Gibraltar Graduate Opens Family Wellness Center in Sun Prarie

    Kristin Wilson Nemecek, a 1999 Gibraltar graduate, has partnered with Megan Stansil Reilly to open Haumea (haumeamama.com), a family wellness center focusing on community, education, health and wellness for new moms and moms-to-be in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. They’ll hold a grand opening on March 16. In Hawaiian mythology, Haumea is the guardian goddess of the […]

  • Low Prices Trigger Dairy Coverage Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new, but yet-to-be-established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 15 – 29

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  March 18 – Parking & Traffic Committee, 4:30 pm. March 19 – common council, 7 pm. County of Door:  March 18 – Nutrition Advisory Council, 9 am; Technology Services Committee, 2 pm; ADRC Advisory Board, 3 pm; Library Board, 5 pm. March 19 – Administrative Committee, 9 am; Museum […]

  • Egg Harbor History Series Continues

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society is continuing its history programs with a showing of a 2015 video interview with Egg Harbor’s Marie (Wulf) Mikels on March 18, 1 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Mikels was born in 1928. After attending first grade at southern Door County’s Stokes School, Mikels and her family moved to downtown […]

  • Dr. Patti Sigl Joins Dentistry by Design

    Dr. Patti Sigl will join Dentistry by Design (DBD) at its Sturgeon Bay location – 30 N. 18th Ave., Unit 1 – beginning April 1. She will join Drs. Gina Grenfell and Paul Feit in providing care for current and new dental patients. “I am very excited to be joining the Dentistry by Design family,” Sigl said. […]

  • Door County Memorial Health Relocating March 25

    As of March 25, Door County Memorial Health’s main office in Sturgeon Bay is relocating from 1300 Egg Harbor Road to 231A Keel Court, Sturgeon Bay, and it will open under a new name: Ascension at Home. The phone numbers and services will remain the same. “We will continue to provide the compassionate, high-quality, home-based […]

  • Door County Medical Center Earns Award of Distinction

    National health-care research firm Professional Research Consultants has bestowed its highest honor, the Award of Distinction, on Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Inpatient Services. DCMC earned the award for Total Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Care Providers and Systems – otherwise known as Patient Satisfaction Scores – and for Overall Hospital Rating. The honors are […]

  • Lake Herrings on the Decline in the Great Lakes

    Once one of the most abundant fish in Lake Michigan, Green Bay and all of the Great Lakes, ciscoes – also known as lake herring – are much less abundant today. Learn how ciscoes were the mainstay of the Great Lakes food web and supported major fisheries and top predators at the Crossroads at Big […]

  • Washington Island Ferry 2019 Report

    The Door County Facilities & Parks Committee received the annual report of the Washington Island Ferry Line for commercial activity in 2018. Traffic Summary Round trips:  4,745 Passengers:  291,384 Vehicles:  106,297 Medical evacuations:  15 Inbound Freight Propane:  374,926 gallons Gasoline:  221,287 gallons Fuel oil/diesel:  133,498 Miscellaneous freight:  4,270 tons Outbound Freight Refuse:  634 tons Logs: […]

  • Virge Temme Home Earns Best Small Project Award

    A home designed and built by Virge Temme of Sturgeon Bay has been named Blenker Building Systems’ Best Small Project of 2018. The 2,000-square-foot, net-zero-energy-ready home on Kangaroo Lake was designed by Virge Temme Architecture (VTA) and built by SAGE Homes, VTA’s construction wing. Blenker Building Systems – which fabricates panelized wall, floor and roof […]

  • Democratic National Convention Coming to Milwaukee

    Following news that DNC Chair Tom Perez had selected Milwaukee to host its 2020 national convention, Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, offered the following response: “We couldn’t be more thrilled that the DNC has chosen Milwaukee to host its 2020 convention. From the lakeshore to its bustling city streets, Milwaukee is […]

  • DNR Urges Homeowners to Fix Pipe Leaks

    If your water-utility bill is steadily increasing for unknown reasons, the Wisconsin DNR suggests checking for leaks and drips in your bathroom, kitchen and yard. The state DNR is joining forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote Fix-a-Leak Week, March 18-24, to remind homeowners that leaks can waste up to 10,000 gallons or […]

  • National Livability Contest Through AARP Begins

    Wisconsin cities and towns may enter a national contest to create momentum to improve livability for people of all ages. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of grant money are up for grabs in the 2019 AARP (aarp.org) Community Challenge for quick-action projects. AARP Wisconsin State Director Sam Wilson said the program serves as a springboard […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: End of the Forestville Bank

    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 March 13, 1874 LOST HIS MONEY. – Peter Zenners, Register of Deeds, went to bed on Monday night, the 2d inst. With about $140.00, he avers, […]

  • Spring Job Fair March 20

    The Job Center of Door County will hold its spring job fair on March 20, 2-6 pm, at its Cherry Point Mall headquarters, 1300 Egg Harbor Road, Sturgeon Bay. Attendees can meet employers with current or future job openings, speak directly with employer representatives and visit interactive informational booths. Participating employers so far include ABR […]

  • The Horned Lark Is Our Skylark

    I keep looking along the country roadsides, hoping to see my first horned lark of the spring. A friend living in Sturgeon Bay said he saw his first one on February 28. That is a very late first date; however, the heavy snow cover of this winter is making it difficult for most birds and […]

  • Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March to Receive 10 Free Trees

    The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees. Join the nonprofit in March 2019 to receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees through its Trees for America campaign. Arbor Day Foundation chief executive Matt Harris said, “Dogwoods are known for their […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Calls for UW-Extension Funding

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers is proposing to restore $3.5 million to the University of Wisconsin-Extension under the next budget and to boost the number of county agriculture agents. His proposal calls for $1.5 million in the first fiscal year and $2.5 million in the second to “improve local access to research and expertise” of […]

  • Kewaunee County Meeting Ties Forestville Millpond to Manure Pollution

    It was standing room only in the conference room at the Luxemburg Fairgrounds building on March 12 when the Kewaunee County Land & Water Conservation Committee held its monthly meeting – one that included a presentation by Door County Conservationist Erin Hanson on the proposed Forestville Millpond drawdown. Most of the attendees cleared out of the […]

  • By the Numbers: St. Patrick’s Day

    On March 17, people of Irish descent and millions of want-to-bes celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, most without any real knowledge of Patrick. He was born in Dunbarton, Scotland, in 385. His grandfather was a priest and his father a deacon, but Patrick had little faith himself – that is, until at the age of 16 […]

  • The Rushes Earns RCI Gold Crown Resort Designation

    The Rushes (therushes.com) has earned the RCI Gold Crown Resort designation from vacation-exchange firm RCI. A select number of RCI-affiliated resorts meet RCI’s requirements to earn this award. These resorts have achieved high levels of excellence in resort accommodations, hospitality and member-experience ratings, which RCI measures through guest feedback. “Our motto is, ‘It’s always a […]

  • Ward, Fairchild Offer Contrasting Approaches to Economic Development

    Embattled two-term mayor Thad Birmingham is not seeking a third term in the Sturgeon Bay’s top spot, opening the door for District 3 council representative David Ward to square off with Shawn Fairchild of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society to become the city’s next leader. The election is Tuesday, April 2. The candidates offered their […]

  • Nominations Accepted for Algoma Chamber Beacon Awards

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is taking its annual awards banquet in a new direction. Formerly called the BIE (Business, Industry and Education) Awards, the ceremony will now be known as the Algoma Area Chamber Beacon Awards. They will be presented at Hotel Stebbins on April 22. “‘Beacon’ captures the essence of our signature […]

  • DNR Reports 1.9 Trillion Gallons of Water Pumped in 2017

    Wisconsin cities, businesses, industries and agricultural operations were among the state’s largest users of water in 2017, pumping more than 1.9 trillion gallons of groundwater and surface water, according to a Department of Natural Resources report. The state’s sixth annual water-use report tallies how many gallons were pumped by municipal water systems, agricultural operations, utilities […]

  • Door County Environmental Council Statement on the Forestville Millpond

    by the Door County Environmental Council Board of Directors The Door County Environmental Council strongly supports a comprehensive cleanup and permanent restoration of water quality in the Ahnapee River and Forestville Millpond. The question is, how is this best accomplished? Minutes from meetings of the Door County Land Conservation Committee for the past three years […]

  • Bills to Watch: Creative Economy Grants, Liquor Sales

    AB-66/SB-82 Creative economy grants These bills, moving through the Assembly and Senate simultaneously, would provide matching grants of up to $40,000 to for-profit and nonprofit businesses, local governmental agencies and business-development organizations that promote individuals or organizations with an origin in artistic, cultural, creative or aesthetic content; job creation; economic development; arts education; or workforce […]

  • White-Cedar Aging at The Clearing

    Late last fall, Roger Kuhns, Brian Buchholz, Katherine Schneider and Mike Schneider aged four of the white cedar trees growing along the edge of the Niagara Escarpment at The Clearing in Ellison Bay. They used an increment borer to extract a pencil-thick core of wood from a tree in order to count the growth rings […]

  • Open House for New Jacksonport Town Hall and Fire Station

    The Town of Jacksonport invites the Door County community to celebrate the town’s 150th year by attending an open house on Saturday, March 16, 1-4 pm. Enjoy refreshments and tour the new town hall and fire station at 3365 County Road V in Jacksonport. The $1.33 million project brought the town hall into the 21st […]

  • Algoma Housing Authority Receives Grant from Nicolet Bank

    The Algoma Housing Authority (AHA) and Grand View Terrace Apartments – a HUD-subsidized Public Housing Authority in Algoma – are receiving a $50,000 grant from Nicolet Bank to complete their window-replacement project, which is scheduled to begin this spring. While working with Nicolet National Bank on a Federal Home Loan Bank grant application, Nicolet offered […]

  • More Ships Added to Nicolet Bank Tall Ships

    Three more ships have joined the Nicolet Bank Tall Ships fleet. Pride of Baltimore II provides many services to communities worldwide through youth programs, overnight crew experiences, deck tours, private sailing charters, dockside receptions and day sails. Bluenose II is an international sailing ambassador home-ported in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, that promotes the history and legacy of […]

  • Southern Door Badger State Delegates

    Southern Door High School’s Badger State delegates for 2019 are Anna Meier to attend Badger Girls State, June 16-21 at UW-Oshkosh; Delilah Rose to serve as her alternate; and Blane Suess to attend Badger Boys State, June 8-15 at Ripon College. The participants engage in a weeklong program that teaches the principles of democracy in […]

  • Tony Evers, Door County Community Foundation

    Round Table with Gov. Evers

    Gov. Tony Evers’ office asked the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) to convene a discussion about the importance of water to Door County during the governor’s recent visit. “Protecting our water is not only an environmental and human concern; it is also an economic issue for those of us who live in Door County,” said […]

  • Learning and Innovation Center Offering Online English Course

    NWTC instructor Nicholas Hilmers will teach an eight-hour, in-person Learning English Online course in May at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay. He will introduce participants to a wide range of effective, online resources for high-elementary and intermediate English-language learners, including websites for grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and more. Participants will learn how […]

  • Tours of Sturgeon Bay High School Greenhouse Held on May 1

    Tour the Sturgeon Bay School District’s recently completed school greenhouse during an open house on May 1, 3:30-6 pm. Staff and students will share their growing and learning experiences in this living classroom that’s located on the school grounds, 1230 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Algoma Chamber of Commerce Awards Get New Name

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce is taking its annual awards banquet in a new direction. Formerly called the BIE (Business, Industry and Education) Awards, the ceremony will now be known as the Algoma Area Chamber Beacon Awards. They will be presented at Hotel Stebbins on April 22. “‘Beacon’ captures the essence of our signature […]

  • Thomas Webb Memorial Scholarship Open to Sturgeon Bay Students

    The Thomas J. Webb Memorial Scholarship Trust will award two scholarships of $5,000 each to Sturgeon Bay High School 2019 graduates at the school’s annual Honor Assembly in June. Sturgeon Bay graduating seniors who participate in varsity sports, have a minimum 3.5 GPA and plan to attend a four-year accredited university or college are eligible […]

  • Corey Reyment to be Keynote at 2019 Golden Heart Awards

    Corey Reyment, co-founder of LIV1440, will be the keynote speaker for the 2019 Golden Heart Awards Celebration on April 11. “This year’s theme of “Volunteers – Our Brightest Stars” truly epitomizes the incredible work of volunteers and the many nonprofit organizations that make such a positive impact in our communities,” said Kay Smith, executive director […]

  • Fishing Club Holds ‘Thank You’ Fish Fry, April 4

    The Sturgeon Bay High School Fishing Club will host a traditional Wisconsin fish fry of panfish, whitefish, walleye and/or pike served with potato, cole slaw, tartar sauce and rye bread to thank those who have supported the club or would like to. It will be held on April 4, 5:30 pm, in the high school’s […]

  • Door County From Above: Icebergs on North Bay

    Icebergs on North Bay near Baileys Harbor. Photo by Brett Kosmider. Follow him at @brettkosmider.

  • Educational Presentation on Cannabis Held March 26

    The Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition will host an educational  presentation and Q&A session about cannabis on March 26, 6-7:30 pm, at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay. The event is free and open to the community. The presentation will explore the history of cannabis, its effects on the body and brain, decriminalization and […]

  • Bob Bultman Holds Listening Session, March 25

    Bob Bultman, District 19 representative to the Door County Board, will hold a listening session March 25, 4-6 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall auditorium. Bultman recently joined several other county supervisors in the Wisconsin Counties Association to hear from state leaders and department representatives in Madison regarding the proposed state budget and other […]

  • Wanda Jean’s Partners with DCHH, March 22 and 30

    Wanda Jean’s Family Restaurant will donate 10 percent of its sales to Door County Habitat for Humanity on March 22, 7 am – 9 pm; and March 30, 7 am – 3 pm. This includes all regular menu items, so diners  can enjoy any menu offering while they support affordable homes in Door County.

  • Lady of Good Help Offers Programs During Lent

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help invites pilgrims to observe the Lenten season’s traditions. The Stations of Cross will take place twice weekly, and Holy Week includes a blessing of the food baskets leading up to Easter Sunday on April 21.“Preparation for Jesus’ death and resurrection is at the heart of the […]

  • DCMC Educates Community for National Nutrition Month

    Door County Medical Center is educating the community about the importance of nutrition and healthful eating during National Nutrition Month in March. Despite campaigns by health professionals and the CDC to encourage healthful eating, Americans struggle with poor eating habits, obesity and obesity-related diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer. […]

  • Dying to Talk Meets on March 19

    Dying to Talk – the monthly community event hosted by End of Life Doula VJR and Doulagivers of Door County – will hold its next program on March 19, 5:30 pm, at Get Real Café, 116 S. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Dying to Talk has become a warm, comfortable place where community members can […]

  • Movies that Matter Feature Documentary on Food Co-Ops

    The Movies That Matter series will feature Food for Change: The Story of Cooperation in America and a post-film group discussion on March 19, 4:30 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy. 42 in north Ephraim. For generations, food co-ops have been a part of the American economy, providing people with […]

  • Folk Alliance Holds Annual Irish Ceili Dance

    The Door County Folk Alliance will present its annual Irish Ceili Dance March 16, 7-9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Ceili dances are a popular folk-dance form in Ireland, and Milwaukee-area Ceili caller Joshua Voight will call this one. No experience or partner is needed. Children who wish to dance should be […]

  • Southern Door Holds 4K and 5K Registration, March 15

    The Southern Door County School District will hold registration for 4K and 5K students on March 15, 8 am – 12 pm. Any child who will turn four on or before September 1, 2019, is eligible for four-year-old kindergarten (4K). Any child who does not currently attend Southern Door’s 4K program and who will turn […]

  • Southern Door Offers ‘Kids for Running’ Program

    All Southern Door-area students in grades three through eight are invited to participate in the after-school program Kids for Running (K4R). It’s a great way to get kids to be more active and to teach them how to set goals and work toward them while supporting others. Interested students and their parents should attend one […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Honor Students

    (Left to right) Josie Morkin, Principal Bob Nickel, Violet Suhrer and Emily Tess during the Sturgeon Bay High School awards ceremony on March 4. Morkin and Tess are co-valedictorians, and Suhrer is salutatorian. Photo by Claire Morkin.

  • Door County Humane Society, Featured Pet

    DCHS Featured Pet: Mama B

    Mama B is a four-year-old domestic shorthair who was transferred to the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus from an overcrowded shelter in Michigan. She is an affectionate gal who loves to be petted and will head-bump you for more. Besides cuddling, she also loves looking out the window and taking naps. Like all […]

  • Trivia: Which city held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade?

    Question: Which city held the first St. Patrick’s Day parade? Answer: St. Augustine, Florida, in 1601. It was believed that New York City held the earliest parade – in 1762 – until history professor J. Michael Francis discovered some centuries-old Spanish documents that told of St. Augustine’s parade. Ireland held its first parade in Waterford in 1903.

  • Server of the Week, Matthew Marcon, Peninsula Filmworks

    Server of the Week: Matthew Marcon of Peninsula Filmworks

    *to the tune of the Spider-Man theme song Matt Marcon, Matt Marcon,We will miss you when you’re gone.Schedules things, and Podcasts,Too bad that he didn’t last. Look out! There goes the Matt Marcon. Comic books? Listen bud,He’s got comics in his blood.His new home? Disneyland.Our time with him was never bland. Good-bye! There goes the […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: March 15, 2019

    OVERHEARD Are there tidbits 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? “The Advocate was so small I couldn’t even start my fire with it.” “Speaking of stabbing …” “I have to be honest: […]

  • Manners Matter: Spring on the Mind

    Dear Mary Pat, Help! I’m stuck in between a winter funk and spring fever. Part of me wants to sweep and clean and organize. The other half of me just wants to stay parked on the couch. How do I get motivated and stay motivated? Signed, Seasonally Confused Sister Bay, Wisconsin Dear Seasonally Confused, I […]

  • County Deer Advisory Councils Want Feedback from Local Hunters

    How many free antlerless deer tags should Door and Kewaunee County hunters get this fall? North to south, you’ll typically get different answers. Many Northern Door hunters say there are not nearly enough deer to warrant giving out any “doe tags” for free. From Sturgeon Bay south, there’s little debate that there are pockets of […]

  • Bestseller List: March 15, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones2. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin3. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris5. Less by Andrew Sean Greer TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah3. Go Ahead in the Rain […]

  • How to Get Gallery Representation

    by Kendra Bulgrin, Director, James May Gallery As I begin thinking about our 2020 calendar and my own experience as a painter and gallerist, I thought it would be helpful to artists to make a “what to do” list. Approaching a gallery, whether by email or in person, can seem like a daunting task for […]

  • Lil’ Davy Max Plays the Blues for Double-Whammy Occasion

    Mojo Rosa’s will be rocking the Chicago blues Saturday in a double celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and owner Kim Jensen’s 50th birthday when Lil’ Davy Max returns for the fourth consecutive Jensen birthday celebration. “We are her favorite band,” said Dave Janke, a.k.a. Lil’ Davy Max. “She just loves what we do. I’m very […]

  • Justin Isherwood: What Is ‘Bitter Cold’?

    The weather reporter said, “Bitter cold, frigid cold, dangerously cold.” NPR characterized recent Midwest temperatures as “unbelievably cold.” I have a problem trusting a news source that refers to Wisconsin and Minnesota temperatures of -20 as “unbelievably cold.” Out of fairness, it did compare Duluth’s temperature to the daytime temperature on Mars, also at -20. […]

  • Cheers!: Hey, Grandpa, Where You Goin’ with That Gun in Your Hand?

    Of all the beer names I’ve run across in a long lifetime of drinking beer in different parts of the world, I do believe this one tops them all: Grandpa’s Got A Gun from O’so Brewing of Plover, Wis. What does that mean? Is it a warning? Look out – Grandpa’s got a gun, and […]

  • DCEDC’s Systemic Approach to Sustainable Economic Development

    by Christina Studebaker, Workforce Development Project Manager Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership whose mission is to improve the economic vitality of Door County and its residents. That mission is straightforward and simple, and the goal is clear. But if you ask 10 people how to achieve the goal, you will likely get 10 different […]

  • ‘Tales of Men and Ghosts’ Read to Full House

    On March 4, Peninsula Players Theatre presented a reading of Tales of Men and Ghosts – three stories by Edith Wharton that were adapted by Steve Pickering – to a capacity crowd at Björklunden as part of the Players’ winter program, The Play’s the Thing.    “It was thrilling to hear audible reactions from the audience […]

  • Magician Justin Flom Returns to Southern Door

    Back by popular demand, magician Justin Flom will return to the Southern Door Auditorium on March 23, 7 pm. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show twice, the Ellen DeGeneres Show three times, the Rachael Ray Show twice, Late Night with Seth Meyers and more. Flom starred in the SyFy Channel’s Wizard Wars, was the […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Performs at UU Fellowship

    Midsummer’s Music’s Griffon String Quartet will perform on March 15, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim. The quartet is composed of cellist Ryan Louie, Blakeley Menghini playing viola, and violinists Roy Meyer and Vinicius Sant’ Ana. The program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; Joan Tower’s String […]

  • Eagle Bluff Light Station Preservation Continues

    The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) has renewed its 1960 commitment to preserve Eagle Bluff Light Station, located in Peninsula State Park, by commissioning a Historic Structure Report (HSR). The Jeffris Family Foundation has awarded an HSR grant for Eagle Bluff. This lead gift consists of a matching grant: the foundation will match every donation […]

  • Welcome Spring at the Algoma Bird Celebration

    Welcome back spring with thoughts of birds, butterflies, gardens and more at the fifth annual Algoma Bird Celebration on April 6, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Algoma Youth Club, 620 Lake Street. This free, family-friendly event celebrates World Migratory Bird Day. Stay for the day, or drop in when you can. Programs will […]

  • Register for The Ridges’ Festival of Nature

    Explore Door County, and celebrate its precious species, rare habitats and natural beauty at The Ridges’ 17th annual Festival of Nature, May 24-26. It will feature more than 60 programs, including birding, biking, hiking and paddling experiences. Registration begins March 18 at 10 am. To browse a complete listing of festival offerings and register, visit […]

  • Family Gardening Class

    The Door County Seed Library is hosting a free family gardening class on March 16, 11 am – 12:30 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Kids can get dirty building soil blocks, and parents will learn from Pat Thorp of Pat’s Patch how and when to plant a garden of nutritious, easy-to-grow vegetables. Participants will […]

  • Emma Toft’s Books at Crossroads

    The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek houses a collection of books and periodicals that reflect the Crossroads focuses: science, history and the environment. Recently, Crossroads received a special donation of books from Emma Toft’s personal library. Many are out-of-print classics; others have letters and cards tucked between the pages or field notes […]

  • Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns Give You ‘The Look’

    The new CD by Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns begins with a sonic punch in the face from drummer Danny Lueck (especially if your stereo was dialed way up from the night before, as mine was). Called The Look, the 10-track CD features the songs of guitarist/vocalist Jay Whitney and the tight horn […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn Jean Gosser

    Dec. 30, 1924 – March 10, 2019  Marilyn Jean Gosser, 94, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Door County Medical Center. She was born in Green Bay, the daughter of Martin Nassaw Mathey and Ella (McGuire) Mathey. Marilyn attended St. Joseph Parochial School and graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1942. She initially […]

  • Celebrate County Door at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Photos by Len Villano Join the fun of celebrating County Door on March 16, 11 am, when the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC), Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub and the Door County Medical Center present the 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Sturgeon Bay. The parade was organized in 1993 by Mike Taylor, John Scanlon, […]

  • Intimate Evening of Song

    Jeanne Kuhns of Egg Harbor, Chicagoan Jenny Bienemann, Sturgeon Bay’s Jess Holland and Katie Dahl of Baileys Harbor are teaming up for an intimate evening of song on March 29, 7:30-10:30 pm. The show will be presented in the round in the back theater at Third Avenue Playhouse. The performance sold out last year, so […]

  • Release of Local Children’s Book

    Carollynn Lopez has published her first book, Livingston’s Tales: The Beginning, with illustrations by 102-year-old Scandia Village resident Florence Thoms. The work is based on Lopez’s family and set in her childhood home. Having just moved to a small town in Illinois from the big city of Orlando, Kel has yet to make friends. To […]

  • Book Club at Gibraltar School

    All book lovers are invited to join the Community Book Club in the community room of Gibraltar School on March 21, 6:30 pm. The group will be discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: an intense, beautiful and heartbreaking story that earned the Pulitzer in 2017. Take a snack to pass and a copy of […]

  • Obituary: Irene M. Tomski

    April 27, 1919 – March 8, 2019 Irene M. Tomski, 99, of Sturgeon Bay died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born in Kewaunee, the daughter of John and Emma (Wautlet) Alexander. Irene was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. She is survived by her two sons, Mike (Louise) Tomski of […]

  • Finding Spring at the Meadows Gallery

    The Meadows Gallery is showing A First Taste of Spring — an exhibit of flower and landscape photographs by Dottie Diggs — in conjunction with its poetry show, Water Ways. Both will be on display until April 26. The photos explore scenes in Monet’s gardens in Giverny, France; Door County; Milwaukee’s botanical domes; and more. Diggs’ […]

  • Obituary: Bartley Lee Munson

    Nov. 5, 1937 – Dec. 19, 2018 Bartley Lee Munson, 81, of Milwaukee and of formerly Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon, Wisconsin. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, the son of Roy and Madonna (Anderson) Munson. Bart graduated from Rockford East High School in 1955. He earned his B.B.A. in actuarial […]

  • Door County Coffee On Manufacturing Marvels Wednesday

    Door County Coffee & Tea Co. will be showcased on Manufacturing Marvels on the Fox Business Network Wednesday, March 13. Marvel Production’s film crew spent a day at the Door County Coffee roasting facility in Carlsville to capture footage of the company’s artisan coffee roasting process. The two-minute production will highlight Door County Coffee’s roasting technology. “We were honored when Manufacturing Marvels® approached […]

  • Piggly Wiggly Remains Closed Through Wednesday

    The Piggly Wiggly grocery store in Sister Bay will remain closed through Wednesday, March 13, as crews work on the next major step of the store’s renovation. The store will re-open at 7 am, Thursday, March 14. The new produce section debuted at the end of February, and the new deli opened last week. During […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn C. (Yoakum) Ahern

    July 6, 1928 – March 9, 2019  Marilyn C. Ahern, 90, of Egg Harbor died at her home with family at her side. She was born in Brownsville, Texas, the daughter of the late and Josephine Colette (Burke) Yoakum and Frank J. Yoakum. After graduating from the Academy of Our Lady High School, she attended LeClerc College and later […]

  • Obituary: George Carl Schwarzbauer

    June 10, 1930 – March 6, 2019  George Carl Schwarzbauer, 88, formerly of the Town of Sevastopol, died at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Arrangements are pending for George’s life and the life of his wife, Ruth, to be honored together. A complete obituary will be available in the near future. Huehns Funeral Home and […]

  • Obituary: Roberto Esquivel Cuellar

    Sept. 3, 1944 – March 7, 2019  Roberto Esquivel Cuellar, affectionately known as “Loco” by friends and other community members, 74, died at home in the Town of Jacksonport. He was born in Acuña, Mexico, the son of Enrique and Julia (Esquivel) Cuellar. Robert was adopted by Maria Cuellar and was raised by Tomas D. and Francisca […]

  • Obituary: Jacob B. Ellefson

    Aug. 29, 1926 – Feb. 25, 2019  Jacob Benjamin Ellefson came into the world with a broken collarbone at the family home in Jackson Harbor on Washington Island, his nearly 11-pound birth weight having necessitated the procedure. He died Feb. 25, surrounded by loved ones, including his beloved wife of 29 years, Shirley, at their Townline Road home […]