Peninsula Pulse – March 24-31, 2017

In this issue

  • Beer Bingo, American Dream Theater & More Weekend Plans

    It’s all about good music, creative pursuits and the great outdoors this weekend on the Door Peninsula. Check out our top picks for the weekend ahead! Friday, March 31 Riders In the Sky Perpetual crowd-pleasers, this Grammy award-winning quartet mixes authentic Western music with yodeling, rope tricks, and a whole heap of crackpot humor in […]

  • Obituary: Willard Zak

    Willard John Zak, 73, of Baileys Harbor, passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 22, 2017 at Waukesha Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Sally; two sons, Brian (Kelly) of Baileys Harbor and Bruce (Tracy) of Greenville; grandchildren; many other relatives; and friends. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial […]

  • County U Road Work Begins March 27

    The Door County Highway Department will begin a resurfacing project on County U (Clay Banks Road) from Division Road south to approximately 600 feet south of Lake Lane. The work includes improving the stormwater drainage system, removal of the existing pavement, improving the roadway base, improving visibility for motorists at the Lake Lane intersection, and […]

  • Farmers’ Almanac Lessons: A Stormy and Squally Spring

    “But who wants to be foretold the weather? It is bad enough when it comes, without our having the misery of knowing about it beforehand.” – Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat How much trust can you place in a weather publication whose long-range forecasts were developed two years ago by a collection […]

  • puppy

    Pet Talk: Calm Greetings May Help Leaky Puppy

    Q. We have a puppy that every time we come home she gets so excited to see us she pees. Is there something we can do to stop this from happening? We love her, but it is frustrating to always have to clean up after her. A. This is a fairly common problem in young […]

  • Commentary: Money v. Voter … And the Winner is?

    By Dan Powers and Jim Black As the title implies, there is a conflict within our electoral system. It’s not new, but it has been growing at a cancerous rate since 2010. There are a few reasons why this is so, but the most fundamental and profound rests in two 5-4 decisions made by the […]

  • With Her Eyes to the Skies: Pastelist Barbara Shakal

    Whitefish Dunes State Park has long been considered a sacred space for those who walk its winding trails and seemingly endless sandy beach. It is particularly so for anyone who has spent a morning along its dunes watching the sunrise over Lake Michigan. Artist Barbara Shakal counts herself among that crowd. A daily witness of […]

  • Packer Night. Sister Bay Lions Club.

    Sister Bay Lions Club Held Annual Packer Night

    The Sister Bay Lions Club held its annual Packer Night for Northern Door Boy Scouts and their parents on March 13. The special guest was Green Bay Packer Strength and Conditioning Assistant Chris Gizzi. His message to the youngsters was the importance of setting goals so they can achieve in things that matter to them. […]

  • State News: Waukesha Water, Voucher Schools, Irish Butter Ban

    Challenge to Waukesha Diversion Plan Debated A coalition of Great Lakes mayors squared off against the city of Waukesha in a Chicago hearing room on March 20. The mayors are asking the Great Lakes Compact Council, a group representing Midwest governors, to reverse or change last year’s decision by the council to allow Waukesha to […]

  • Recipients of the 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation Awards Announced

    The selection committee for the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship, Fellowship, and Leadership Program has announced recipients of the 2017 Herb Kohl Foundation awards for students, teachers, and principals. Awards in the amount of $3,000 are being made to 100 teachers, 16 principals, and their schools, and $5,000 scholarships will be given to 207 graduating […]

  • Miss Door County Susan Fochs. Miss Door County Outstanding Teen Emma Jeanquart.

    Framed: Meeting Miss Door County and Miss Door County Outstanding Teen

    Rita Bosman enjoys a visit with Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen Emma Jeanquart, left, and Miss Door County Susan Fochs at the opening of Beauty and the Beast at Sturgeon Bay Cinema 6 on March 18, sponsored by the United Way of Door County. Submitted.

  • Sevastopol School Holds Developmental Screening

    The Sevastopol School District will conduct a developmental screening for three- and four-year-old Sevastopol residents on April 12 in the multi-purpose room at Sevastopol School. All children who will be four years old prior to Sept. 1, 2017 are eligible to participate in this screening. They will also screen children who will be three years […]

  • HELP of Door County to Host Annual Community Meeting

    HELP of Door County, which provides domestic abuse services and programs throughout the Door County peninsula, will host its 38th Annual Community Meeting on April 3, 5 – 7 pm, at the Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay. This free event, open to the public, will feature the awarding of the Anne Kok Social […]

  • Jandrin Sets Tackling Record

    A special award was presented by Southern Door Activities Director Nick Brylla at the winter sports awards ceremony, where it was announced that Tory Jandrin set a new Wisconsin High School Football record for most career tackles with 461, surpassing the old record of 438, which has stood for 15 years. Tory also tied the […]

  • Thumb Knuckle Brewery. Kewaunee.

    Thumb Knuckle Brewery Opens

    Beer started flowing at noon on March 18 at Wisconsin’s newest craft brewery, Thumb Knuckle Brewing in the unincorporated Kewaunee County community of Walhain, about two miles west of Luxemburg on Hwy. 54. Sure, you’re wondering about the Thumb Knuckle name. The brewery’s logo says it all – the state of Wisconsin has been turned […]

  • Good Start for Gibraltar’s Track and Field Team

    The Gibraltar High School track and field team began their season competing on March 16 & 17. On March 16, the boys competed indoors at University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. Gibraltar’s top finisher was Caleb House in the 3200m run, who finished sixth overall and third in Division 3 with a time of 10:31.9. For […]

  • Bruce Low Completes Spring Training Seminar of WAHI

    Bruce Low, owner/inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, attended the Spring Training Seminar of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI) on March 10 and 11 in Stevens Point. He successfully completed course studies in Frequently Misunderstood Plumbing; Focus on Energy – HVAC, Insulation and Air Sealing; Electrical Inspections – the Rest of […]

  • Brewer. Door County Humane Society. Featured Pet.

    Featured Pet: Brewer

    In honor of the 2017 Milwaukee Brewers season, this week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) was named Brewer. While no one knows his exact bloodlines most think Brewer is a Labrador-hound mix. He is approximately three years old and tips the scales at a healthy 70 pounds. When you glance his […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: March 24, 2017

    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 20, 1874 A few days ago one of our citizens indulged in eating a small bit of Bologna sausage, which was said to be very […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bipartisan Commitment Needed for Clean Environment

    I am writing to ask readers to strongly oppose the huge 31 percent, $2.6 billion reduction to Environmental Protection Agency’s budget proposed by President Trump. The cuts include elimination of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and climate change research, data collection and programs. They severely reduce clean water and air programs, and by eliminating 3,200 […]

  • Sherwood Point Grill to Host Soup Cook-Off

    On March 26 at 1 pm, the Sherwood Point Grill (formerly known as the Fishing Hole) will host a Soup Cook-Off to benefit the Door County Humane Society (DCHS). Those in attendance will have the opportunity to try each contestant’s soup and vote on which entry is the best. In addition there will be a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanking UUF for Presentation on Race, Policing

    I would like to commend the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County for its regular Sunday service on March 5, 2017. The title of the message that day was “The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today’s Society.” The speaker was Corey Saffold, a law enforcement professional from Madison, sponsored by the Wisconsin Humanities Council. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Gut of the Community Was Right

    When the first photos of the hotel plans on the Westside waterfront in Sturgeon Bay were published some time in the fall of 2014, our community took a collective gasp. Not only was the hotel design ugly, seemed disproportionately large, oddly placed in relation to the historic Granary, no, it didn’t feel right. Somehow it […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Indivisible, From Austin to Door County

    My husband and I own a cottage on Little Sturgeon Bay, and we vacation there in the summer. Our main home is in Austin, Texas. My husband was born, raised and educated in Wisconsin. I graduated from high school there and obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Assuming that the anti-Trump […]

  • Manners Matter: Moving Forward

    Dear Mary Pat,   My wife and I moved to Door County in the mid 1990s. Though my wife passed away in 2001, I still live in Door County and have been single ever since. After my wife died, friends and family suggested I clean the house out of her things as soon as possible. […]

  • Amanda Warwick. Walgreens. Server of the Week.

    Server of the Week: Amanda Warwick

    If you have pictures on your camera Go to Walgreens and meet Amanda. She develops your pictures and helps a lot more She has a great smile that lights up the store!   – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Rogue Theater Spoofs Celebrity Fundraisers in Mystery Dinner Show

    Rogue Theater takes to task celebrity fundraisers, questionable causes and the “beautiful people who support them” with their current mystery dinner show, Fishin’ for Trouble (A Whale of a Fatal Tale). The comedy, written by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, takes place at an annual gala fundraiser for the International Feed the Whales Foundation hosted […]

  • Salvage. Peninsula Players.

    Peninsula Players Presented “Salvage” and Prepares for Final Play Reading

    Peninsula Players Theater presented a reading of Salvage by Joseph Zettelmaier at Björklunden on March 6 to an audience of more than 100. Salvage was produced as part of The Play’s the Thing, a winter series of play readings organized by Peninsula Players Theater. Participants and audience members enjoyed the evening’s performance by Peninsula Players […]

  • Cheers!: Sourness Is In the Mouth of the Beholder

    I’ve been looking forward to this one for a couple weeks now. I was going to try it a while back but was distracted by caribou. After performing nearly a full shift of chores around the house on a recent Saturday, I felt I had earned a sit down in the glorious March afternoon sun […]

  • Roy Lukes

    Door to Nature: Buffaloberry and Moosewood Shrubs

    Every now and then, through pure luck, you accidentally stumble across what may be one of the largest trees or shrubs of its kind in the county. It happened as I was watching my friend, Max Martin, work on making a small cherrywood box in his workshop. It was late in the afternoon when I […]

  • Funding Available for Volunteer-Based Monitoring Projects

    Individuals, community and school groups, conservation organizations and local governments that enlist volunteers to gather critical information regarding Wisconsin plants, animals, waters and other natural resources are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 to help fund these monitoring activities. The Natural Heritage Conservation program has provided Partnership Program funds to volunteer monitoring projects since […]

  • Kewaunee County Hosts Hazardous Waste Cleanup April 22

    Kewaunee County Emergency Management is inviting residents to get rid of unwanted agricultural and household hazardous waste, as well as expired and unused medication for free during their “2017 Clean Sweep” collection. The event runs from 8 am to noon on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, at the Kewaunee County Hillside Highway Shop, E2180 Hwy. […]

  • By the Numbers: Here Comes the Taxman

    April 18 is the deadline for filing taxes on income earned in 2016. WalletHub recently conducted a national taxpayer survey and produced a look at tax rates by state as well as a few other tax-related questions. Here are some of those results. 3.4 Percentage of respondents who said they would file taxes after the […]

  • Sister Bay Tavern Bowling Scores: As of March 16, 2017

    High Series: Brian Tourmo 686, Jason Daubner 666, Aaron Shepit 656 High Game: Jason Daubner 258, Brian Tourmo 246, John Voight 241 High Game: Husby’s 962 High Series: Husby’s 2,631

  • Ahnapee River Study First Step in Cleanup

    Representative Joel Kitchens brought two representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to Algoma City Hall on March 20 to explain the proposed study that would be the first step in cleaning up the Ahnapee River. Kitchens hopes to fund a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) study in the Ahnapee and nearby watersheds. “A […]

  • Indivisible Door County Sponsors “Civics 101” Class

    On April 3 at 6:30 pm, Andrew Holdmann will offer a “Civics 101” class at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. Among other things, Holdmann (a social studies teacher at Gibraltar High School) will discuss the basics of U.S. government, including how bills become law. The class is free and open to the public; freewill donations […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Oppose Judge Gorsuch Nomination

    The U.S. Senate has begun hearings on the nomination of Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. These appointments are for a lifetime and the Court’s decisions can affect every person in this country for generations into the future. Last year, Republicans in the Senate, including Senator Ron Johnson, refused to carry out their constitutional duty […]

  • Letter to the Editor: There Are No Dumb Dogs

    Recently, Paul Burton’s science column branched out into animal behavior. In his column [in volume 23, issue 11], Mr. Burton quoted “dog expert” Kelly Pulley in which she listed the five dumbest dogs. This column is so far off it could be listed as fake news. Ms. Pulley is neither a dog trainer nor animal […]

  • Natalee Ihde

    Natalee Ihde Receives 2017 Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship

    A Door County woman with a Culinary Arts degree and professional cheesemongering experience is the recipient of the 2017 Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship from Wisconsin Cheese Originals. Natalee Ihde, of Fish Creek, will use the $2,500 award to begin the process of earning her Wisconsin Cheesemaker’s License. Wisconsin is the only state to require cheesemakers to […]

  • Your Representatives in the News: March 24, 2017

    Congressman Mike Gallagher In response to the Trump Administration’s preliminary 2018 federal budget proposal, Rep. Gallagher came out in opposition to the elimination of federal funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on Earth, accounting for 84 percent of North America’s surface fresh water. Wisconsin […]

  • Southern Door Students and Staff Attend WI Global Youth Summit

    The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate (GEAC) supports education for global competence with a designation of Wisconsin Global Scholar. Global scholars are students who have successfully completed the requirements in this program. They receive a special seal of distinction on their high school diploma. School district adoption of the GEAC is voluntary but must be […]

  • Sevastopol Hires New Superintendent

    At its March 16 meeting the Sevastopol School Board approved the hiring of Kyle Luedtke as the new Superintendent of Schools. He will begin formally on July 1, 2017. The Board of Education will inform the public and school staff in the very near future of an opportunity to meet and greet Mr. Luedtke, who […]

  • USDA Announces Rural Home Repair Funding

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Housing Program Director Dave Schwobe announced that funding is available for Wisconsin residents to make repairs to their homes. If an inspection of your septic system indicates that it needs to be repaired, replaced or upgraded, USDA Rural Development can provide assistance through home repair loans and grants. Loans […]

  • Len Villano. Sawyer School. Door County. VR.

    Sawyer School Students Will Travel the World with VR

    With the help of Cellcom’s Virtual Reality (VR) Kits for Classrooms program, students at Sawyer School in Sturgeon Bay will use VR to travel around the world and beyond. Virtual reality gives teachers the power to take their classroom anywhere in the world, fully immersing students in a lesson and allowing them to experience new […]

  • Science Snippet: Is it a Miracle?

    A miracle? At 42 years old, M.P. was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease. He gradually deteriorated and as he fought the disease it became difficult for him to write, talk and walk. He learned that the disorder is caused by the loss of neurons in a particular part of the brain. Specifically, a part […]

  • Indivisible Door County. Post Office Group.

    Members of Indivisible Met for Peaceful March

    On March 15, more than 40 local members of Indivisible met in Sister Bay and peacefully marched to the Post Office. Close to 650 postcards were mailed to the White House expressing concerns about the proposed repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, cuts to the EPA, alleged Russian entanglements in the election, the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Powerlifters

    Sturgeon Bay Powerlifters Advanced to State

    On March 11 & 12, Sturgeon Bay High School’s powerlifting team participated in the WHSPA (Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association) state championship at Racine’s Horlick High School. Sturgeon Bay qualified five lifters for the meet. Placing fourth in the 165-lb. weight class was Nicolas Greenlaw, a senior, with a squat of 391 lbs., a bench […]

  • Trivia: What popular move was banned from college basketball in 1967, to be reinstated in 1976?

    Question:  What popular move was banned from college basketball in 1967, to be reinstated in 1976? Answer:  The slam dunk.

  • Crime Prevention Foundation Launched

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. to launch the Door County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Foundation. The Crime Prevention Foundation, a component fund of the Door County Community Foundation, will promote innovative programs and equipment that will enhance the Sheriff’s Department in establishing strategies to prevent crime […]

  • Bill Would Remove Teen Work Permits

    A bill in the legislature would eliminate the requirement for 16- and 17-year-olds to obtain work permits and replace the language of “child labor” in the statute. Senate Bill 11 was authored by a group of Republican senators and cosponsored by Representative Joel Kitchens. “It started with advocates for unaccompanied youth,” said Kitchens. “It was […]

  • Commentary: In A Different Light

    Neil Armstrong’s statement “… one giant leap for mankind” was a fitting description for the first human to step onto the moon and experience that lifeless lunar landscape. He described it as having “a stark beauty all its own.” Stark is an apt term – barren and desolate. You don’t have to visit the moon […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Facts, Laws and Ostriches

    The Friends were right on the facts and right on the law. The ruling from Judge Huber finding in favor of the Friends is crystal clear. His unwavering conclusion and verdict is that the mayor is wrong in his attempt to sell the parcel which is wholly or largely owned by the state. The ruling […]

  • Egg Harbor Announces New Farmer’s Market

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) is happy to announce a new Farmer’s Market starting in downtown Egg Harbor. The Market will be located at 7740 Hwy. 42, formerly Lena’s Sip & Chat, on Fridays 8 am – noon beginning May 26. We are seeking Door County growers, producers and craftspeople to submit an application […]

  • Crossroads Hold Space Themed Family Programs

    Last year, Crossroads at Big Creek received funds from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium to introduce astronomy to “learners of all ages.” The grant ends at the end of March, so the finale will be a number of family programs focusing on astronomy. In spite of the “family” name, all participants of all ages (with […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: As of March 20, 2017

    Door County Coffee claims B League championship RESULTS March 20 A League Music Masters DJs 2, The P.E.S.T.S. 0 Nicolet Beach Concessions 1, Some Spike It Hot 2 B League Red Room 2, Bay Ship Sharks 0 Door County Coffee 2, Peninsula Podiatry 0 Hatco Serve-Rites 2, Institute Saloon 0 Econo Double Baggers 2, Brick […]

  • Harborettes Homemakers Host “Day of Mending”

    The Harborettes Homemakers Club will sponsor a “Day of Mending” for a community project. Bring any clothing items that need mending to the Jacksonport Town Hall on April 8, 10 am – 2 pm. The Harborettes Homemakers Club will sew on buttons, patch items, repair seams, etc. No zippers, please. There will also be a […]

  • Birding Workshop Coming in April

    Throughout Wisconsin, bald eagles are sprucing up their nests, red-tailed hawks are pairing up, and great horned owls are already sitting on eggs. For Wisconsin’s earliest breeding species, daily sightings are already being documented for the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II. “Mild winter weather and the early return of some migrants, like geese, cranes, and […]

  • Get in the 2017 Local Producers Guide

    Do you grow vegetables or create products right here in Door County with local resources? Then you should be in our 2017 Local Producers guide, part of our 11th annual Sustainability Issue coming out April 21. Last year’s list included 70 businesses that produce and sell local products, including vegetables, meat and packaged products created […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘Yes’ for School Referendums

    The League of Women Voters of Door County urges residents of both the Southern Door and Washington Island School Districts to support educational programs in the school referendum vote on April 4. The elementary, middle, and high schools in these districts have demonstrated excellence in classroom achievement but resources are needed to continue that high […]

  • From Moo to Music: The Creation of Birch Creek Music Performance Center

    In 1975, Jim and Francis Dutton got the wild idea that a rural Egg Harbor farm with a dilapidated barn could be transformed into a music camp for aspiring youth musicians. That’s when the old Tishler family farm became the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Four decades on it is one of the most respected […]

  • Barney Fun Run Celebrates Sister Bay’s “Running Man”

    Steve Willems, better known as Barney, has been a part of Sister Bay’s daily landscape for the past 40-plus years. As a young man, Barney was involved in a tragic car accident that left him in a coma for six weeks and caused severe, permanent nerve damage. Despite life’s obstacles, Barney has thrived through life […]

  • Commentary: Underage Voting Shows Need to Invest In Voter Education

    By Erin Grunze and Andrea Kaminski It is unfortunate that about 70 17-year-olds in almost 30 counties illegally voted in the Wisconsin Presidential Preference Primary last April based on misinformation. In our state 17-year-olds may register if they will be 18 by the next election. Unlike in some other states, you have to be at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: To Gov. Walker: Don’t Ignore the Protests

    As I listened to my morning news, it was not a journalist interpreting an event. Not fake news. It was the direct recording, the live words of our own Gov. Scott Walker. He was speaking at the recent CPAC, AKA Conservative Political Action Committee meeting. In attendance were governors along with numerous participants from across […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: March 24, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “Speaking of shaking things and having unintended consequences…” “I’ve interviewed him twice. It’s like talking to a skunk.” “You can only get […]

  • Appliance Avenue

    Appliance Avenue Open

    Dave Phillips (left), project executive for Bayland Buildings, presents Door County Cooperative President and CEO Brian Duquaine with a plaque during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 12,560 square foot Appliance Avenue at 938 Egg Harbor Road, Sturgeon Bay. Baylake was the general contractor for remodeling the vacant building that was the former site […]

  • Five DCY Swimmers Qualify for Nationals

    With another outstanding state meet completed this past weekend, the Door County YMCA (DCY) Swim team tied their best finish in team history at the Wisconsin YMCA State Championships, held at the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer. Qualifying the most swimmers in team history with 52, the team had a spectacular meet in […]

  • City of Sturgeon Bay Supports Overturning Citizens United Decision

    On March 21, the City of Sturgeon Bay joined a growing list of Wisconsin municipalities as well as communities across the nation that have passed either a resolution or referendum in favor of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. That decision recognized money as free speech and provided constitutional rights intended for […]

  • Turkey Hunters Invited to April 1 Class

    First-time turkey hunters are invited to a National Wild Turkey Federation class, sponsored by the Wisconsin DNR and Door County Fish, Farm and Game Club. The class is scheduled for April 1, 8 am – 3 pm, at Sevastopol Town Hall, 4528 Hwy. 57, north of Sturgeon Bay. Lunch will be provided. The hunt date […]

  • Catching Up with Milwaukee Songstress Sugar Ransom

    A touch of Voltaire, Leonard Cohen and Milwaukee rock club life will accompany the arrival of Sugar Ransom (AKA Sarah Marie Gilbert) and her backing band, theworkersparty, during their gig at Door County Makers Space this weekend. Gilbert, the songwriter, guitarist and vocalist of the Milwaukee band, describes her musical writings as suicide western, dark […]

  • Kelly Ritt

    Kellstrom-Ray Agency Welcomes Kelly Ritt to Sales Team

    Heather Olson, broker/owner of the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc. in Sister Bay, is pleased to announce the addition of Kelly Ritt to her sales team. Like so many who have made Door County their home, Ritt and her family vacationed here for many years before becoming permanent residents. From her very first visit she was captivated […]

  • Unity Announces Six Monthly Workshops on Grief

    Unity, Northeast Wisconsin’s leader in end-of-life care, announces six monthly Understanding Grief workshops to support the family and friends of Unity patients, as well as all members of the community. Local support groups are held the second Wednesday of the month at the following venues:  Door County Library, Sturgeon Bay, 12 – 1:30 pm, 107 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Write In Stephen Seyfer on April 4 Ballot

    Dear Gibraltar Area School District Voters, You, the voters, will be given the opportunity to vote in the April 4 school board election. My name will appear on the ballot. I made the decision in December to submit my Declaration of Candidacy based on the information available to me at the time. As many of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Big High Five to Police Department

    I would like to offer our Sturgeon Bay/Door County Police Department a big high five. Very recently they successfully perpetrated another major drug bust here on the Door. Something like 20 or 30 people were rounded up. Not so many years ago 11 illegals from Mexico were lassoed up and sent packing…long before Trump entered […]

  • Northern Sky Theater Receives Matching Grant

    Northern Sky Theater is pleased to announce that 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 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Consider My Candidacy for Gibraltar School Board

    I am informed that Wendy Minten, incumbent member of the Gibraltar Area School Board and a candidate for re-election on the April 4 ballot, will soon relocate to an overseas community. While she did not know of her relocation at the time she submitted her application for candidacy, she has learned that Wisconsin election law […]

  • Midsummer's Music Festival

    Midsummer’s Music Festival Announces the 2017 Season

    Midsummer’s Music continues its emphasis on radically appealing concerts for the 2017 festival season with exciting opportunities to experience powerful music in unique settings throughout the county. Offering chamber music for winds, strings and piano performed in intimate and unique settings throughout Door County, venues include art galleries, churches and private homes. From such masters […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival

    The PMF is Now Accepting Applications for Scholarship

    The 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, click on Education and Community Engagement. Each year PMF awards a $3,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who desires […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: March 24, 2017

    GIBRALTAR Track and Field March 24 @ Manitowoc Lincoln, 4 pm SEVASTOPOL Baseball March 28 @ Crivitz, 4:30 pm Softball March 28 @ Crivitz, 4:30 pm Track and Field March 28 – Invitational @ UW – Oshkosh, 4 pm March 31 @ UWSP Multi-Activity Center, 4 pm SOUTHERN DOOR Baseball March 28 vs. Roncalli, 5 […]

  • Review: ‘A Man Called Ove’

    In the interest of full disclosure I will admit that on occasion I have been characterized as a grumpy old man, perhaps deservedly. And my ancestral DNA results revealed that I am 48 percent Scandinavian. Subsequently, I cannot be regarded as completely objective when I add my praise to A Man Called Ove by Swedish […]

  • “True West” Opens at TAP

    True West opened at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on March 16. The production runs through April 9 and features Doug Mancheski, Jonathan Wainwright, Mark Moede, and Laurel Brooks. Robert Boles directs. Estranged brothers claw for their piece of the American Dream in Sam Shepard’s deeply personal iconic play. In their mother’s house (Brooks), […]

  • Lobster Rolls its Way to Chinese Markets

    In modern times of globalization and more free trade, it’s not as common for a seemingly ubiquitous product to explode into new markets, but China just set a new record for its import of lobster from the United States. In 2016, the nation paid $108 million for the American import, an increase of the previous […]

  • Letter to the Editor: I Ask for Your Vote, Gibraltar

    With all the meetings I have during the month, on the town board and the county board, I have had little time to focus on campaigning. April 4th is right around the corner and I’m once again asking for your vote. I have worked hard to support the needs of our beautiful and historic town […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 24 – 31

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on March 28. County of Door: The county board meets at 9 am on March 28. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on March 28. Town of Forestville: The town board meets at 7:30 pm on March 28. […]

  • Hadley Reetz

    Gibraltar Senior Creates Door County Talent Show to Support the Arts

    A Door County community-wide talent show is scheduled for April 15 at 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The doors will open at 6 pm for a silent auction of Door County themed baskets and student artwork from Gibraltar. The event is the creation of Gibraltar High School student Hadley Takashi Reetz, who […]

  • DCVB Opens Online Only Membership

    The Door County Visitor Bureau launched its “Online Only” Silver Membership to better serve small businesses on a budget. The Silver Membership is available to any small business that is only interested in having a listing on and nothing else. It’s an affordable way to start promoting a business without any of the bells […]

  • Local Offices are on April 4 Election Ballot

    Local, state nonpartisan offices are on the April 4 general election ballot. There are contests in several Door County municipalities and school districts. In addition, Washington Island and Southern Door Schools have school funding referendums. Statewide, there is a contest for the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Absentee voting opened March 20. To find out who’s […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Faith-Based Community Centers Need Protection

    In response to more than 100 bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the country, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has cosponsored bipartisan legislation to address this latest crisis. The proposed legislation would ensure that the Dept. of Homeland Security provide state and local law enforcement with adequate resources to protect faith-based community centers across the […]

  • Conservation Lobby Day March 29

    The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters will host Conservation Lobby Day on March 29th, where hundreds of conservation voters representing dozens of organizations and every legislative district in Wisconsin will visit their legislators at the State Capitol. Wisconsin is facing unprecedented threats to its drinking water and its public lands. Lead contaminates drinking water systems […]

  • Obituary: Judith Walch

    Judith Touzalin Walch died peacefully on Saturday, March 18 at the age of 79. Beloved wife of the late Peter V. Walch and loving mother to Peter C. Walch, Kevin A. Walch and the late Stephen Walch.  Devoted sister to Kappy Touzalin Schwab. She is survived by her grandchildren Stephen, Laura, Kaitlyn, and Samantha. She is also […]

  • Sandhill Cranes

    Wisconsin Conservation Congress to Vote Again on Sandhill Crane Hunting Season

    “When we hear his call we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution. He is the symbol of our untamable past, of that incredible sweep of millennia which underlies and conditions the daily affairs of birds and men.” – Aldo Leopold on the call of the sandhill crane When […]

  • Obituary: Rosemary Nelson

    Rosemary Nelson, 78, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at her residence on March 18, 2017.  She was born July 30, 1938 in Milwaukee to George and Mercedes (Marineau) Huebner. For many years Rose and her husband owned and operated Fast Freddie’s Gas Station in Baileys Harbor.  She also worked as a cook and custodian for […]

  • Obituary: Anthony R. ‘Tony’ Carstens

    Anthony R. “Tony” Carstens, 83, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on March 17, 2017 at Oak Creek Assisted Living, Luxemburg.  He was born September 26, 1933 in Manitowoc to Louis and Olga (Huebner) Carstens.  He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. On September 10, 1960, he married Angeline “Angie” […]

  • Obituary: Marshall Meissner

    Marshall R. Meissner of Sturgeon Bay died on March 15, 2017 at St. Vincent’s Hospital.  On March 17, he was removed from life support and his final request to have his organs donated was fulfilled.  Although Marshall’s life was cut short, he will live on among those who received a part of him. And too, […]

  • Obituary: Sam Reda

    Sam Reda, 86, of Sister Bay, formerly of Illinois, passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 30, 1930 in Oak Park, Illinois and graduated in 1948 from St. Patrick’s High School in Chicago. Sam served with the National Guard for over 10 years. […]

  • Obituary: Gregg E. Powell

    Gregg E. Powell, 78, of Fish Creek, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, March 12, 2017 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. With his family by his side, he shared jokes, told stories, and was surrounded by love. He was born September 10, 1938 in Portland, ME, the son of Edward and Margaret […]

  • Obituary: William ‘Bill’ Nichols

    William “Bill” Nichols, 87 of Sister Bay, Wisconsin passed away on March 9 from complications following a car accident on March 7. Bill was born in Mill Center, Wisconsin at the family farm. Shortly after his birth, Bill’s family moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bill enjoyed playing baseball, football, and basketball. He also had an […]

  • Births: March 1-10, 2016

    Amy and Andrew Barnes, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on March 10, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Penny and Ron Tharp, Wallace, Mich. Paternal grandparents are Jocelyn and Barney Barnes, Sturgeon Bay.   Samantha and Brian DeGrave, Jr., Brussels, are the parents of a son […]

  • Lost Art of Quilling at Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery

    Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery proudly introduces Heather Allard and her intriguing quilling art to Door County. Allard’s delicate paper filigrees celebrate vibrant color, beautiful dimensions and intriguing textures. With nature as inspiration, her lilacs, daisies, roses and abstract compositions are sure to delight the viewer. Her contemporary work as a quiller is helping to […]

  • Arts Groups Seek Legislation to Grow Their Communities

    Arts Wisconsin, the statewide arts advocacy agency, brought together more than 100 leaders of arts, education and civic organizations on March 9 at Arts Day. This year’s conference focused on a day-long effort to inform legislators about a promising bipartisan bill being introduced in the current biennial budget. Eager to spark (or continue) the economic […]

  • ‘Wild Words’ Event Invites Door County Students to Share Stories

    “Wild Words: Earth Day Stories of Our Connection to the Land” is planned for April 22 at Crossroads at Big Creek. On this evening, high school students from across the county are invited to share stories of their connection to the land. The Wild Words project is currently enlisting students to participate. Students in drama, […]

  • Telling the Story of Gender Transition through Poetry in New Finishing Line Press Book

    Annette Langlois Grunseth’s Becoming Trans-Parent: One Family’s Journey of Gender Transition shares one parent’s experience of an adult child transitioning from son to daughter. Through narrative poetry, information is woven around one family’s story with the hope to provide awareness about the struggle of gender identity. Included in the book is a collection of poems […]

  • Thru-Hiker’s Memoir Takes Readers into the Ice Age Trail Wild

    In 36 days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as “Thousand-Milers.” In her new Wisconsin Historical Society Press adventure memoir, Thousand Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail, McManus takes readers with her on an “into-the-wild” Ice Age experience. In prose […]

  • The Bestseller List: March 12, 2017

      TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur 4. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman 5. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly   TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Hidden Figures, by Margot […]