Peninsula Pulse – March 18 – 25, 2016

In this issue

  • Peninsula Park Hike, Acoustic Song Jams & More Weekend Plans

    It will be a quiet weekend on the Door Peninsula. Why not take advantage with an acoustic music session, naturalist-guided hike or story time? Friday, March 25 Acoustic Tunes Aplenty Grab your acoustic instrument and share in the fun of the weekly Door County Acoustic Song Circle, today at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church coffee […]

  • Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment

    Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up nearly 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third Open Enrollment period. In total, about 12.7 million people signed up or automatically renewed their plans for 2016 coverage, of which about 40 percent were new customers. In Wisconsin, approximately 90,000 were new customers to the Marketplace. People […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Highway Construction Website Launched

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region announced a project website for the Hwy. 42/57 reconstruction project in Sturgeon Bay at The project is scheduled to start in late March and finish before the July 4 holiday weekend. This project will reconstruct one mile of 42/57 from Michigan Street to Egg Harbor Road […]

  • Obituary: Ralph William Chase

    Ralph William Chase died March 11, 2016 at age 89. He was born in St. Paul, MN on October 25, 1926 to Joan and Chester Chase. He graduated from Proviso High School and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He also attended The Illinois Institute of Technology and The Art Institute of Chicago. He served […]

  • Obituary: Gordon Edward Bley

    Gordon Edward Bley, 89, of West Jacksonport, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family and awoke in the arms of the Lord Wednesday morning, March 9, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. He was born September 7, 1926 in West Jacksonport, the son of August and Lydia Caroline (Herbst) Bley. […]

  • Indoor Baseball Training Facility Proposed for Sturgeon Bay

    A veritable who’s who of area baseball coaches made up the majority of the audience at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on March 15 as Kent Berkley, his wife Michelle Munson, and their teenage son Isaac presented their idea for an indoor baseball and softball facility called Complete Game Academy. Berkley is a lawyer from […]

  • Birth: Gwen and Josh Gregory

    Gwen and Josh Gregory, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on March 9, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are John and Claire Blume, Marathon, Wis. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Gregory, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Municipal News: March 18 – 25

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on March 21. County of Door: The ADRC Advisory Board meets at the Door County Senior Resource Center at 4 pm on March 21. The Library Board meets at 5 pm in the Jane Greene Room of the Door County Library in […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: March 18

    I’d like to officially welcome Chris Milligan, the new Sister Bay Advancement Association Coordinator, who came onboard on March 7. Chris was the former owner of the Inn at Kristopher’s and also worked in the Information Booth last summer, and, therefore, he is very familiar with Sister Bay. If you have any questions about the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Conservatives and the Constitution

    The dictionary definition of conservative is: disposed to preserving existing conditions, institutions, and to limit change. That definition describes accurately some of the GOP presidential candidates and it seems that the level of their conservatism and emphasis on a literal interpretation of the Constitution is a requirement for the GOP candidacy. It explains their reluctance […]

  • Restoring the Ahnapee River Speaker in Algoma

    “Restoring the Ahnapee River: Navigating the Steps to Improved Water Quality” is the first offering in a speaker series put on by the Friends of Crescent Beach in Algoma. The event is open to the public and will be held at 6 pm on Thursday, March 31, at Algoma City Hall. Rep. Joel Kitchens will […]

  • Obituary: Jane M. Meacham

    Jane M. Meacham, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Ministry Door County Medical Center on March 15, 2016.  She was born on April 30, 1943, to Leo and Elsie (Goodrick) Meacham. Jane graduated from Mazomanie High School in 1961, and from UW Whitewater in 1965 with a degree in education.  She taught grade school […]

  • Featured Pet: Skid

    The cattery staff at the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) would like to introduce a very special feline that holds the title of “longest resident currently living at DCHS.” Skid was found as a young stray kitten in July 2013, and for the past three years, (almost his whole life) he has been looking for […]

  • Commentary: The Bad Far Outweighs the Good in SB 295

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin strongly opposes SB 295 and urges Governor Walker to veto it. Although the legislation offers some benefits, the advantages are more than offset by unnecessary restrictions which will make it more difficult for many citizens to register and vote. Enactment of SB 295 will make Veteran Health Identification […]

  • Obituary: S. Michael Wilk

    S. Michael Wilk died March 3, 2016 after a brief illness. A lifelong Kenoshan, and a part-time resident of Egg Harbor, he attended Lincoln Elementary and Middle School and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1957. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Princeton University (Biochemistry) and the […]

  • Obituary: Barbara L. MacDonald

    Barbara L. MacDonald, age 79, of Ellison Bay, WI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 8 after a brief illness. She was born on September 8, 1936 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Weston and Marge (Hefley) Johnson. Barb attended Audubon Grade School, Southwest High School and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. On March […]

  • Pet Talk: Where Should We Get a Puppy?

    Q: With spring right around the corner, our family has decided to get a puppy. We have young children and would like a puppy to grow up with them. We have decided on a Golden Retriever. Some friends are saying don’t go to a breeder, but rather a shelter or rescue group. Where would you […]

  • WISTAX Details County Spending on Corrections and Law Enforcement

    After peaking at 14,870 per day in 2008, county jail populations in Wisconsin declined 16 percent to an average of 12,528 in 2014. As populations fell, so did jail operating costs, dropping 9 percent from $511.2 million in 2007 to $465.2 million in 2014, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). […]

  • Door County History in Photos: Lucerne Hotel, 1937

    In 1928 Leathem Smith bought a 100-acre farm and turned it into Door County’s very first yacht and country club. It was known as the Commodore Club and included a nine-hole golf course, dock, dining hall, lobby, several cottages and 22 rooms. In 1937 the country club was sold to the Bertschinger family and was […]

  • By the Numbers: Easter

    15 Percentage of population that plans to go to a restaurant for Easter dinner.   23.8 Percentage of Americans who plan to do their Easter shopping at a local business.   50.8 The percentage of Americans who will attend a church service on Easter Sunday.   89 Percentage of chocolate bunny eaters who eat the […]

  • Sevastopol Boys, Girls Wrap Up Basketball Seasons

    The Sevastopol Pioneer boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up their seasons in February. The boys team, under the direction of third-year head coach Andy Symons, finished the season with a 4-18 overall record (0-14 conference). The girls team finished their season with a 4-19 (0-14 conference) overall record under second-year head coach, Dan Judas. […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Negative Interest Rates

    Imagine if instead of getting a few dollars in interest each year for your savings account, that money was taken out of your balance instead. It’s a strange idea, paying a bank to hold your money, but we are not so removed from the world of negative interest rates. Despite a volatile market in the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Mayoral Candidates Pitch Different Paths for Citizen Engagement

    Citizen interest in the affairs of Sturgeon Bay has grown in the past 16 months since the revelation that a hotel is planned for the city’s Westside Waterfront Redevelopment project. That interest was reflected yet again on March 14 with the common council chambers on the second floor of Sturgeon Bay City Hall filled to […]

  • Sevastopol Recognized as High Progress School

    The Sevastopol School District was among 169 schools in the state recognized in Madison on March 14 for the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition program and awards ceremony. All award-winning schools receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children. Sevastopol was recognized as a […]

  • 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. […]

  • Walker Issues Executive Order for Public Records

    Governor Scott Walker The Governor issued Executive Order #189 to promote open and transparent government through the implementation of best practices and performance dashboards. Executive Order #189 was issued as a part of Sunshine Week. “We go above and beyond what is required by the law when it comes to public records requests to make […]

  • Seasonal Worker Dorm Proposed in Egg Harbor

    At its March 14 meeting, the Egg Harbor Village Board heard a presentation about a proposed seasonal worker dormitory. Tom Kispert, an engineer with McMahon Associates who also serves as the village engineer, gave the presentation. He explained that McMahon started an affiliate company called Integrated Public Resources (IRP) as a vehicle for creating public/private […]

  • Become A Weather Spotter: Training Offered April 6

    “In ‘language’ not difficult to read, the vast face of the sky tells us what the weather is going to be.” – Louis D. Rubin Sr., The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book   The late Mr. Rubin, known as the Weather Wizard, published his book on reading the clouds in 1970, with the acknowledged purpose of […]

  • Roy Lukes: Barred Owls

    One of the owl songs we are patiently waiting to hear is that of the barred owl. You may make your own phonetic analysis of what it is “saying.” My interpretation is, “Who cooks for YOU – who cooks for YOU?” Invariably the owl many people refer to as the hoot owl or swamp owl […]

  • Obituary: Julaine M. Tappen

    Julaine M. Tappen, 64 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay following a lengthy illness. She was born August 7, 1951 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late John Charles and Betty Jane (Pennock) Moore. Following her graduation from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1969, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Presidential Material?

      The man who would be “king”… He proclaims he is a Christian in one breath while in the next degrades women, soldiers, immigrants, the disabled and anyone who might question him. With his platform of chaos, hate and fear he is mobilizing a nation of bullies. So if that is Christian, count me out. […]

  • Obituary: Roger Kenneth Espe

    Roger Kenneth Espe, 71, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Ministry Door County Medical Center on March 8, 2016.  He was born on April 14, 1944, in Rockford, IL to Kenneth and Anna (Carlson) Espe.  Roger was a 1962 graduate of East High School in Rockford.  He graduated from Waldorf College, Forest City, IA and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Butting Heads about the Westside

    This is in response to Cap Wulf’s commentary of March 4, asking, “where were all the ‘friends’ when…” in regard to Westside waterfront development plans. I’ll tell you where we were. We were earning a living, taking care of our kids, maintaining our homes, loving our community and trusting that our officials were pretty much […]

  • Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastics Team Brings Home Gold

    The Door County YMCA Strivers gymnastics team had a very successful YMCA State Meet in Monroe, Wis., this past weekend. The X-cel Gold team brought home the State Champion Title. In total the Strivers brought home 50 individual medals, five all-around trophies and 2 team trophies. Below are the results from the state meet.  Level […]

  • Science Snippet: Planarian Worms

    Planarian worms are carnivorous little flatworms that live in dark places in ponds and streams. Cute little creatures 3-15 mm long with crossed eyes, they glide around on their undersides searching out large protozoa, tiny snails, and other small worms. Students in biology labs often get to see these little creatures, where they learn that […]

  • Spring Migration Has Begun in Wisconsin

    Submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources With the warm weather and south winds there has been a significant increase in spring migrants sighted this week, including Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeer, robins, Song Sparrows, Swamp Sparrows, bluebirds, Turkey Vultures and more. Other early migrants returning to breeding territories include American Woodcock, Great Blue Herons and […]

  • Tree Beautification Program Returns to Jacksonport

    The Jacksonport Women’s Club (JWC) will continue their Tree Beautification Program again in 2016. The successful first year blooms of the trees planted from the past three years’ sales have already captured the attention of residents and visitors along scenic byways, backroads and small lakes with their beautiful late-May blooms. The Prairifire Crabapple was developed […]

  • Nominate Environmental Educator for EPA Innovation Award

    Applications are now being accepted for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms and teaching methods. This program recognizes outstanding K-12 teachers […]

  • Play in Sheepshead Tournament to Raise Funds for Tree Plantings

    The Forest Recovery Project is once again hosting a tree planting fundraiser in the form of a sheepshead tournament at Door County Brewing Company in Baileys Harbor. Cards for Trees is scheduled for March 20 at 1 pm. This event is raising money to buy trees for a collaborative “Dig Door County” public tree planting […]

  • Nominate A Lake Michigan Champion of Conservation

    It’s time to nominate a favorite Lake Michigan Champion of Conservation for the annual 2016 Lake Michigan Champions of Conservation Awards, sponsored by the Lake Michigan Stakeholders. This environmental award program recognizes and honors the outstanding achievements in four categories: individuals, businesses, community organizations and policymakers. Nominations are open to any group, program, organization, business, […]

  • Door County YMCA and Senior Resource Center Partner for Aging Mastery Program

    The Door County YMCA and The Senior Resource Center are partnering to offer a 10-week health and wellness program to residents 55 and above. The program is called the Aging Mastery Program (AMP) and was developed by the National Council of Aging and has proven successful at helping older adults age well. There is an […]

  • Weight Loss Highlighted in Center for Optimal Health Seminar

    The Center for Optimal Health will host a couple of seminars in the final weeks of March. On March 22, “7 Keys to Optimal Health” will be held. Do you have questions about functional health? Would you like to know how you can make little changes every day to become a more optimal you? Come […]

  • Door County High Schoolers Invited to Washington Island Writing Program

    Write On, Door County announces a special daylong program for Door County high school students with young adult author Liza Wiemer. On May 15, selected students will travel to Washington Island to get a behind-the-scenes look at Wiemer’s novel, Hello?, as well as take part in a variety of writing and art activities. In November […]

  • Easter Season Services at Lakeside Community Church

    Join Lakeside Community Church for a service of music, scripture and communion as part of this Easter season. Lakeside’s Good Friday service will be March 25 at 6:30 pm and childcare will be provided for children through age 7. Easter celebration services will be at 8:45 and 10:30 am on March 27. Childcare will be […]

  • Donate Items to T.J. Walker Middle School’s Community Rummage Sale

    On March 26, 8 am – 3 pm, T. J. Walker Middle School in Sturgeon Bay will hold its fourth annual Community Rummage Sale. All proceeds will go toward financial need scholarships for eighth grade students attending the Washington D.C. trip. Please consider donating some of your used items for the rummage sale. It is […]

  • Gluten Intolerance is Next Topic for Coffee with the Doc

    Gluten intolerance is the next topic for Coffee with the Doc on March 26, 10 am – 12 pm, at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay. Have you experienced fatigue, bloating or irritability after eating certain foods? The problem may be related to gluten intolerance. Dr. Zac Paul will offer gluten-free suggestions for you and your […]

  • Gibraltar School’s Early Childhood Screening Scheduled for April 25

    Gibraltar School will hold early childhood screening on April 25. Your child must be 3 or 4 years old by April 25, 2016 to participate in this screening. Contact Mari Grenchik (920.868.3284 ext. 258, [email protected]) to schedule an appointment. There is no fee for this screening to evaluate your child’s thinking, language and motor skills. […]

  • Framed: 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    The peninsula was full of Irish spirit during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Sturgeon Bay on March 12. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Trivia: March 18, 2016

    Question: Who edited Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk?   Answer: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: March 18, 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?   “There are so many people who could be improved with a bit of mace!”   “Uh oh…I think I just went […]

  • Cheers!: Hopping to Conclusions

      Not being a hopaholic, I involuntarily shuddered upon pulling out from the magic fridge a bottle of Hopalicious from Ale Asylum of Madison. The bold declaration on the label did not reassure me: “Eleven separate additions of Cascade hops give this American pale ale its lush citrus aroma and bold hop flavor…” Hmmm, I […]

  • Manners Matter: Santa Needs to Hibernate

    Dear Mary Pat,   My neighbor still has their Christmas decorations up and it looks ridiculous. With the nice weather this past weekend, my wife and I spent a good portion of Saturday doing some spring clean up in the yard. We were really pleased with our progress, but the effect was ruined by our […]

  • Sly Joe Trio Bringing Funky Soul to Brewery

    Ask any of the five members of Sly Joe and the Smooth Operators what they play, and you’re guaranteed to get the same simple but all-encompassing answer: earthy soul with a funky stroll. It’s a catchphrase that works for the Fox Valley band whether they’re expanding to a 13-piece complete with a horn section and […]

  • Server of the Week: Mike Nietzke at Lampert Lumber

    Ask Mike Nietzke’s coworkers at Lampert’s Lumber For his best qualities and you’ll get a number. He’s helpful, reliable and incredibly funny An honest man who can make even the grayest days feel sunny.   Whether you’re a contractor or a do-it-yourselfer, Mike will do his part to be your best helper. He’ll walk you […]

  • Travelogue Brings ‘America’s Parklands’ Filmmaker to Sister Bay

    Traveling is a favorite pastime among many of Door County’s residents, not only for those who get behind the wheel or book flights and cruises, but for armchair travelers as well. This month’s Kiwanis/Rotary Travelogue America’s Parklands by the award-winning filmmaker Gray Warriner will take that latter group to parks throughout the United States, all […]

  • Jillaine Burton and Andrew Seefeldt

    Woodwalk Gallery Enters New Hands

    Andrew Seefeldt jokes that the first change people will see at Woodwalk Gallery when the season opens May 1 will be a billboard in front of the rustic gallery-venue-concert space: “Answer to the first question: We’re not changing anything.” It has been a well-rehearsed line for Seefeldt and his wife, Jillaine Burton, since the couple […]

  • Gibraltar’s Girl Scout Troop Earns First Aid Badge at Sturgeon Bay Visits

    Girl Scout Troop 4369 from Gibraltar Area Schools recently spent the day in Sturgeon Bay earning their First Aid Badge. A trip to the Door County Justice Center and Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) provided a wealth of information and great learning experiences. The girls were thrilled to work with a deputy to learn […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Announces 2016 NHS Inductees

    Students were inducted into the Sturgeon Bay High School chapter of the National Honor Society at the annual candlelight ceremony on March 7. Those students are: Emily Ash, Lauren Gordon, Madeline Schopf, Allison Alberts, Allison Bridenhagen, Andrew Burkart, James Dickson, Liam Herbst, Grace Hubbard, Nathan LeRoy, Morgan Nelson, Thomas Renfrew, Megan Richard, Ashley Sternard, Jared […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor of Door County Receives Grant for Emergency Room Loan Program

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County, Inc. a Sustainability Grant from the John and Nell Herlache Community Impact Fund and the Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence Memorial Fund. This grant supports their Emergency Room Loan Program. The Emergency Room Loan Program makes Door County safer for the vulnerable […]

  • U.S. Cellular Supports Youth Groups through Community Connections Program

    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 […]

  • Unity Hospice Receives Grant for CommUnity Care Program

    Unity Hospice has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to help fund hospice room & board at the Jack and Engrid Meng Residence for individuals 60 years and older who have limited or absent financial resources. As hospice stays are largely unfunded by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance, the […]

  • Ecology to Reopen in New Location April 15

    Along with streamlining its name to Ecology, Ecology Sports begins a new chapter in its 44-year history on April 2, when the retail store closes its doors for business at its historic Sister Bay Old Town Hall location to reopen them on April 15 at 10740 North Bay Shore Drive, also in Sister Bay. Base […]

  • Build Your Brand with Lott Communications

    Lott Communications, LLC is open for business. The new Sturgeon Bay company, led by Katie Lott, principal, provides public relations, marketing and communications services to help local businesses build their brands. Lott brings her diverse experience, proven writing skills and love of people and their stories to her work. “I’m excited to bring a fresh, […]

  • Chris Milligan Named SBAA Coordinator

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) and their Board of Directors are pleased to introduce Christopher Milligan as their new coordinator. A resident of Sister Bay, Milligan is a past board member of the SBAA, has worked in the Sister Bay information center and has also served on the Sister Bay Economic Development Committee. Milligan, […]

  • Dan Ariens Keynotes DCEDC’s Annual Investors Meeting

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) announces Dan Ariens will be the keynote speaker for their annual investors meeting and luncheon on April 7 at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Ariens is president and CEO of Ariens Company. His remarks will address “Growing a Workforce in Rural Wisconsin.” He […]

  • Peninsula Pulse Seeks 2016 Arts & Entertainment Intern

    Looking for some experience? The Peninsula Pulse seeks an Arts & Entertainment Intern for the 2016 season! Position: Arts & Entertainment Internship Application Closing Date: March 25, 2016 Description: The Peninsula Pulse is an independent newspaper in Door County, Wisconsin, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Midwest. The paper is the area’s […]

  • Last Weekend to See TAP’s “The Amish Project”

    The final performances of The Amish Project will be held this weekend, March 18 – 20, at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay. Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the […]

  • Applications Accepted for PMF College Scholarship

    Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) is currently accepting applications for its $3,000 college scholarship. Information and applications are available from the guidance and music departments of each of the Door County schools as well as the festival’s website,, click on Education and Community Engagement. Each year PMF awards a $3,000 scholarship to a graduating senior […]

  • Northern Sky Receives Wisconsin Arts Board Grant for Developing New Works

    Northern Sky Theater announces it has received a matching grant of $11,500 from the Wisconsin Arts Board. This grant supports Northern Sky’s commitment to writing and developing new works of musical theater tailored for the company’s unique multi-generational audiences. State grants are awarded through a competitive process. This grant indicates that Northern Sky provides a […]

  • Make the Most of March with Ridges Guided Hikes

    Make the most of the mild March weather and join a Ridges naturalist on March 20 at 2 pm for a guided hike through Appel’s Bluff. Recently acquired by The Ridges, this 67-acre tract features dense lowland cedar forest with ephemeral ponds and wetlands in the southern portion and upland forests of maple and birch […]

  • Free Hike of Ida Bay Preserve on March 19

    “A Walk in the Woods” is the theme for a nature hike at Crossroads at Big Creek on March 19 at 10 am at Ida Bay Preserve. Lower your stress with a walk through the woods at the Ida Bay Preserve. Meet at the parking lot at Canal and Buffalo Ridge Trail. During construction, vehicles […]

  • Accessible Gardening is Next Topic of Door County Master Gardeners Program

    Join the Door County Master Gardeners Association at a free public program, titled “Accessible Gardening – Enjoy Gardening Now and Into the Future,” on March 22 at 7 pm in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. Maintaining a home garden does not have to be backbreaking work, and gardening is not limited […]

  • Egg Hunt and Easter Bunny in Sister Bay March 26

    Parents are invited to bring their children to the annual Sister Bay Egg Hunt on March 26, 10:30 – 11:30 am. Eggs will be hidden around Waterfront Park in downtown Sister Bay. A prize will be hidden for each age group. As in in years past, there will be an appearance from the Easter Bunny. […]

  • 2016 Burning Cow Music Festival Bands Announced

    Burning Cow Music Festival, held July 21 – 23, will showcase 17 bands over three days and feature tantalizing food, including award-winning barbeque from Chef T. Bacon. The festival is hosted on the Motorcycle Memorial Grounds on 40 privately owned acres, just minutes north of Sturgeon Bay at 4780 Mathey Road. Artists playing this year’s […]

  • Restorative Yoga Sessions Offered at Dancin’ on the Door

    Dancin’ on the Door in Egg Harbor is offering weekly restorative yoga classes led by Rebecca Sheesley. The eight-week session begins April 1 at 9:30 am. Restorative yoga focuses on slow movement, passive stretching, and deep relaxation while centering breath, mind and body. The 60-minute class is comprised of five poses that will each be […]

  • Find Your Totem Animal at Saguaro Day Spa

    Saguaro Day Spa is holding the program “Finding Your Totem Animal: Experience the Gifts of Animal Wisdom through a Shamanic Journey” on April 10, 10 am – 5 pm. Through discussion, guided meditation and breath work exercises, Lynn Schuster will share the methods she uses to access the other worlds where spirit helpers are found. […]

  • Sister Bay Board Approves Purchase of Quarry

    After closed session at the March 15 Sister Bay village board meeting, the board voted to purchase the quarry property operated by Brandon Small of Door County Custom Stone. The resolution authorizing the purchase, dated March 15, offers a purchase price of $650,000, which can be borrowed or drawn from other unassigned funds. The village […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission to Review Apartment, Retail Building Application

    Tonight the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission will review the Planned Unit Development (PUD) application for The Bay Lofts, an apartment and retail building along Madison Avenue at the former Harbor Place Shoppes. The Bay Lofts project is a proposed 35-unit, four-story building with one-, two- and three-bedroom options and 3,200 sq. ft. of commercial space […]

  • Spring Colors at The Meadows March Exhibit

    The latest exhibit to move into the Meadows Art Gallery is Colors to Spring. The show began its run on March 14 and will be up through April 9. A reception is scheduled for March 19, 2 – 4 pm. The public is welcome to come see the works and meet the artists. All the […]

  • Canvases Now Available for Hardy’s Community Mosaic Project

    Now in its ninth year, The Community Mosaic Project, presented in partnership by The Hardy Gallery and the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay, has – and continues – to bring together the community to create a visual tapestry of public art at the Hardy’s iconic facility in Ephraim. This year’s project will be on display […]

  • New Font Released by Two Rivers Museum

    The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum of Two Rivers and New York-based graphic designer, Louise Fili, unveil a new font, Mardell. It is named in honor of Hamilton retiree and wood type cutter Mardell Doubek. The font’s design showcases Fili’s ongoing exploration of Italian Modernist graphics, while featuring a futurist-inspired, geometric design. “This was […]

  • Björklunden May Workshop Focuses on Literature’s Key Themes

    From May 9 – 13, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering “Reading – and Writing – About Five Key Themes in Literature” with instructor Paul McComas. The workshop is open to readers and working/aspiring writers alike. Love and loss. The working life. Coming of age. Struggle and hope. Life and death. In literature, just as in […]

  • The Bestseller List: March 18, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins 2. My Name Is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. Midnight Sun, by Jo Nesbo 5. The Swans of Fifth Avenue, by Melanie Benjamin HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi […]

  • WIS 42/57 Reconstruction Project Website Now Available

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region is announcing a project website for the WIS 42/57 reconstruction project in Sturgeon Bay, Door County, is now available to the public at The project is scheduled to start in late March and finish before the July 4th holiday weekend. This project will address safety and […]

  • Groundwater, Crop Prices Affecting Conservation Reserve Program Demand

    The application deadline for landowners to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program passed on Feb. 26 and it was one of the most competitive years in the program’s 30-year history. The program, led by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA), pays landowners for taking land out of agriculture […]