Peninsula Pulse – May 13 – 20, 2016

In this issue

  • 2016 Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament Results

    This past weekend, 168 teams took to the water and competed in the spring Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. Over the course of two days, the competitors brought in approximately 4,196 pounds of fish in an effort to take home the grand prize. First place went to the team of Josh Keeney and John Berrens, […]

  • Rockabilly, Young Eagles Rally & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend offers the chance to get on the water, in the sky and on the dance floor in Door County! Check out our top picks for the weekend ahead. Friday, May 20 Death’s Door Tours Learn about the history of the islands, lighthouses, and shipwrecks that are scattered across Death’s Door. The tour departs […]

  • Be Alert for IRS Scammers

    Fake IRS calls are hitting Wisconsin residents hard this week, and everyone is asked to be on guard against these threatening scam attempts. Two Door County residents recently reported to law enforcement about falling victim to these scammers. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately. The Consumer Protection Hotline at the Wisconsin Department […]

  • Q&A with Chris Horvat, Sevastopol’s Track and Field Coach

      Sevastopol High School’s Chris Horvat has been running for as long as he can remember. Following a successful high school and collegiate career, he has since served as the Pioneers’ head coach for both the school’s cross country and track and field teams. This year, Horvat will complete his seventh year as head coach. […]

  • Jacksonport Begins Plans for Lakeside Park

    The first action to redevelop Jacksonport’s Lakeside Park took place at the May 6 meeting of the Parks Committee. The committee made several recommendations to the town board, including the removal of the house on a newly acquired expansion to the park, locally known as the Koulias house. “From day one I’ve said the house […]

  • Algoma’s Crescent Beach Presentation May 18

    City of Algoma: The library board meets at 4 pm on May 16. The Community Development Committee meets at 6 pm on May 16. The Utility Commission meets at 5 pm on May 18. The Finance/Personnel Committee meets at 8:30 am on May 19. Do you have questions about Algoma’s Crescent Beach? Please plan to […]

  • A Day of Inquiries at the Visitor Information Center

    In Door County, everyone is in the tourism industry. There are the obvious jobs such as seasonal restaurant server, hotel operator and zip line tour leader. But there are also the farmers who are learning the word “agritourism,” the bankers who manage the $289 million of visitor spending each year and the medical personnel who […]

  • Kitchens Appointed to Coastal Management Council

    Representative Joel Kitchens Governor Scott Walker appointed Kitchens to serve as the Assembly Representative on the Wisconsin Coastal Management Council (WCM Council). The WCM Council works cooperatively with state, local and tribal government agencies and nonprofit organizations to manage the ecological, economic and aesthetic assets of the Great Lakes and their coastal areas. Their mission […]

  • Chinook Salmon Stocking in Gills Rock

    For the third year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released 30,000 Chinook salmon fingerlings at Gills Rock, with the assistance of dedicated charter captains in the area. Half of the salmon were moved into deep waters on the day of their arrival, May 3, to help them avoid predators. The other 15,000 are […]

  • Roy Lukes: Bird Migration

    When but in the middle of the merry month of May can you expect to see dazzling male indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers and brilliant yellow American goldfinches at your feeders and birdbaths all at the same time? Trilliums carpet the woods, blossoming serviceberry trees decorate many roadsides and almost overnight the […]

  • Koepsels Care for Wetlands

    Land is a family affair. Farmers are known for their relentless practice to keep their soil fertile, so that it will be more fertile than when they left it for their children to till. But land stewardship does not end at those who turn a profit from the land they keep. Don and Donna Koepsel […]

  • Door County Municipal News: May 13 – 19

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 3:30 pm on May 16. The common council meets at noon on May 17.  County of Door: The Finance Committee meets at 2 pm on May 16. The Library Board meets at 5 pm on Oct. 16. The Administrative Committee meets at 8:30 am […]

  • Hickey Brothers Open Shop Selling Fresh Fish in Baileys Harbor

    Dennis Hickey likens his job as a commercial fisherman to that of a family farmer. Just like a family farm, Hickey’s fourth generation business is weather dependent and largely misunderstood by those outside the business. Like farmers, commercial fisherman must always be concerned about the sustainability of their operation, both in what they harvest and […]

  • Rough Season Opener for Door County Destroyers

    The Chippewa Valley Predators jumped out to a convincing lead and never looked back as they beat the Door County Destroyers 45-27 on May 7 in Baileys Harbor. The Predators dominated the first half and posted a score of 28-10 before the Destroyers could get in any kind of rhythm offensively. In the second half […]

  • 2016 Blossom Run Results

    The Door County YMCA Blossom Run was held April 30 in Egg Harbor with distances of 5 miles, 2 miles, and a 1-mile kids run. The overall winners for the two-mile run are Stephanie Hanson, 15.02, and Jacob Norton, 14:30. Overall winners for the five-mile run are Hanna Bordeau, 36:35, and Jackson Parr, 29:14. Below […]

  • Door County League Baseball: May 8, 2016

    Standings As of May 8 Egg Harbor 1-0 Kolberg 1-0 Sister Bay 1-0 West Jacksonport 1-0 Baileys Harbor 0-1 Institute 0-1 Maplewood 0-1 Washington Island 0-1   Results May 8 Institute 0, Sister Bay 13 Washington Island 10, West Jacksonport 11 Kolberg 8, Baileys Harbor 0 Egg Harbor 5, Maplewood 1   Schedule All games […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: May 13, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Baseball May 14 vs. Crivitz, Freedom, 10 am May 16 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm May 19 @ Algoma, 5 pm   Golf May 16 @Peninsula State Park, 12 pm   Softball May 14 @ Crivitz, 11 am May 16 vs. Kewaunee, 5 pm May 19 @ Algoma, 5 pm   Track and Field […]

  • Join the “Growing Older in Door County” Conversation

    What do you want Door County to be like as you grow older? This simple question is at the heart of a new initiative called Discuss Door County, in which the first county-wide conversation is “Growing Older in Door County.” This spring and summer, we are holding dozens of guided “Neighborhood Conversations” in every part […]

  • Voter ID Education Is Needed to Ensure Fair, Efficient Elections

    In April Wisconsin held a high turnout election, which is terrific. But the final count could have been even higher. State officials have a chance to boost voter participation and make voting smoother for all by committing a modest amount of funding for voter education. The League of Women Voters urged the Government Accountability Board […]

  • By the Numbers: International Migratory Bird Day

      In honor of International Migratory Bird Day on May 16, here are eleven ways to conserve birds.   Window collisions are a frequent cause of bird deaths. They don’t see glass, so make them more visible with stickers.   Keep your cat indoors.   Leave fledglings where you find them. Young chicks that leave […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Introduction to Earth Science

    How about an abbreviated course in Introduction to Earth Science 101? Groundwater and surface water quality are common subjects lately, and for good reason. It is important because those living in Door and Kewaunee Counties drink water that comes from the ground, unlike Green Bay that uses water from Lake Michigan. Where does groundwater come […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Objectively Examine the Records

    We have seen on TV an ad which is promoting Wisconsin’s Senator Johnson by criticizing Russ Feingold, his opponent in the upcoming election. The ad suggests a close relationship between Feingold and President Obama and it goes on to show persons involved in acts of terror and gun violence for the purpose of planting in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hoping Cooperation Will Continue

    Last Saturday, May 7, NWTC and Liberty Grove held a joint open house at Liberty Grove Town Hall. As residents of Liberty Grove, we would like to thank all the NWTC and Liberty Grove staff who made the open house such a success. The open house was a very interesting and enjoyable event. On the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Wonderful Tribute to Roy

    Myles – what a wonderful, gentle tribute to Roy Lukes! Your article is beautiful to read. Thank you for starting off my day by featuring Roy (and Charlotte) – and in so doing, helping me to remember to be more aware and mindful of the world around me. The Lukes’ have added so much to […]

  • Learn about Crescent Beach Health at Algoma Meeting

    Do you have questions about Algoma’s Crescent Beach? Its use, health, the summer water testing program, flag notification system and future plans? Then plan to attend the program “Crescent Beach Health: A Summer Water Quality Monitoring & Beach News Update” on May 18 at 6 pm at Farm Market Kitchen in Algoma. Speakers include Cindy […]

  • Wisconsin’s Clean Water Future Next Topic at DCEC Meeting

    Kimberlee Wright, executive director of the Midwest Environmental Advocates, will address the Door County Environmental Council and members of the public on the topic of “Wisconsin’s Clean Water Future.” This presentation will take place on May 18, 7 pm, at the Door County Fire Company, 38 S. Third Ave., Sturgeon Bay. The Midwest Environmental Advocates […]

  • Rosata the Robin Sets Up Nest at A Peninsula Park-View

    Submitted by Carole and Ron Vande Walle of A Peninsula Park-View Resort   Three recent check-ins at A Peninsula Park-View Resort have set up a maternity ward of sorts while the cleaning and decorating of the rooms, suites and cottages is completed. A longtime repeat guest, Rosata Tizapa (named by six-year-old Sebastian) is a robin […]

  • Science Snippet: Microbes May Play Role in Cancer Resistance

      There are 500-1,000 species of bacteria in the human intestine and these tiny cells comprise a group collectively called the “microbiota” of the gut. Microbes in the gut make certain vitamins, send signals to the immune system, and release small molecules that enhance brain function. Now there is evidence that gut microbes may play […]

  • Obituary: Jerry Walter Reinhard

    Jerry Walter Reinhard, 85, Fish Creek, died Tuesday, May 10th at his home. Jerry was born Oct. 15 1930, the son of the late Walter Reinhard and Bertha (Stenzel) Reinhard. He is survived by his wife Darlene (Anderson) Reinhard, daughter Renee (Reinhard) Iding, granddaughter Alex Jade Reinhard, grandson Andrew Randall Iding all of Fish Creek, […]

  • Obituary: Norman J. LaCrosse

    Norman J. LaCrosse 87, of Brussels, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  He was born December 23, 1928 to the late Louis and Mamie (Charles) LaCrosse. On May 5, 1948, he married Janice Renier at St. Hubert Catholic Church in Rosiere. Norman was a farmer and worked at Christy and Peterson […]

  • Obituary: Roy Alexander

    Roy Alexander, 89, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at his home on May 9, 2016.  He was born April 19, 1927 to John and Emma (Wautlet) Alexander. Roy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Army.  After serving in the army, he attended Business College in Milwaukee.  Roy worked for […]

  • Obituary: Robert J. Liedtke

    Robert J. Liedtke, 80, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at Golden Living Center on May 9, 2016.  He was born November 24, 1935 in Milwaukee to Henry and Irma (Haasch) Liedtke.  On August 18, 1956 he married Kathaleen Joyce in Racine.  Robert had worked as a Lithographer for Western Publishing in Racine and Reinger of […]

  • Obituary: Shirley Bridgman Stolley

    Shirley Bridgman Stolley died May 7, 2016, at Hearthside CBRF in Sister Bay. She was born in Ware, Mass. She dearly loved her husband, Dick, who preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 2001, and their four sons, Skip, Dave, Ted and Dan. She also leaves four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was an accomplished […]

  • Obituary: Terry Bosman

    Terry Bosman, 60, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on May 6, 2016.  He was born March 15, 1956 in Sturgeon Bay to Henry and Lydia (Jacquet) Bosman.  On October 23, 1976 he married Catherine Lau in Sturgeon Bay. Terry spent his early years working in the shipyards in Sturgeon Bay.  He then went into business […]

  • Obituary: Scott Anthony Jandrain

    Scott Anthony Jandrain, 62 of Brussels, passed away on May 6, 2016, at Bellin Hospital.  He was born May 27, 1953 in Algoma to Edward and Angeline (Rass) Jandrain.  On August 21, 1985, he married Carol Smith in Wyoming, she preceded him in death on December 20, 2015. Scott knew something about everything and was […]

  • Obituary: Mary Jane Mallien

    Mary Jane Mallien, 93 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday May 4, 2016 at Anna’s Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay. She was born November 12, 1922 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Edward Henry Londo and Otilda “Tillie” A. (Blonde) Londo. On November 11, 1942, she married Lawrence Mallien. He preceded her in death […]

  • Obituary: Lawrence William Benson

    Lawrence William Benson, 72, of Washington Island, WI, died May 1, 2016. He was born in Alexandria, VA. on November 16, 1943 to his beloved (predeceased) parents Henny Malvina Henning and Henry Benson. He is survived by his wife, Donna, daughter Tracy (Joanna) Benson (Oakland, CA), and brother, Donald Benson, (Washington Island, WI), nephew Adam (Linnea) […]

  • Pet Talk: Wolfing Food Is Bad for Dogs

      Q. Our dog eats so fast it is scary. She doesn’t chew her food and in three or four gulps her whole meal is gone. I know this can’t be good for her. Any ideas on how to get her to slow down and enjoy her food? We have only had her about six months. […]

  • Featured Pet: Nona

    This is Nona, a beautiful six-year-old female feline with a light orange coat. The white markings on her neck, chest and paws add to her already stunning looks. Her brilliant large, green eyes make her a true beauty. This little lady is in the prime of her life. She came into the Door County Humane […]

  • Better Accessibility at North Shore Medical Clinic Thanks to New Addition

    The new addition to North Shore Medical Clinic at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay began serving patients on May 9. “In the 20 years since the original clinic was built, Ministry has grown to meet the expanding health care needs of our community,” said Jerry Worrick, CEO of MDCMC. “The new clinic […]

  • Survivors of Suicide Support Group’s Next Meeting is May 16

    The Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Door County group has its next monthly meeting on May 16 at 7 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library. If you have lost a loved one due to suicide, feel free to join the Survivors of Suicide – Door County support group. They meet upstairs at the Sturgeon Bay Library […]

  • Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door High Schools Hosts Red Cross Blood Drives in May

    During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and help ensure a sufficient supply for patient emergencies. Upcoming blood drives in Door County include: May 17, 9 am – 2 pm, Sturgeon Bay High School, and May 18, 9 am – 2 pm, Southern Door High School. […]

  • Knights of Columbus Sponsors Spaghetti Dinner for Gibraltar Band and Choir Students

    The Knights of Columbus Council #4896 will sponsor a Music and Spaghetti Dinner on May 18 at the Fish Creek Grill. This event is a fundraiser for Gibraltar band and choir students currently enrolled in seventh through tenth grade, who will go on the 2018 Disney Trip. The all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be served from […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair and Flowerpot Adoption

    Are you in town for Memorial Day weekend and have some time to spare? Volunteer your time and help with the 18th annual Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair. The Fine Art Fair, held at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay, is scheduled for May 28, 10 am – 5 pm, and May 29, 10 am – […]

  • Try Out Southern Door’s Talon Fitness Center in May

    The Southern Door School District in partnership with Ministry Door County Medical Center will open sessions for the public to try out the Talon Fitness Center and “Get Fit for Summer.” Jason Linzmeier, licensed athletic trainer from Ministry Door County Medical Center, will be on site in the Talon Fitness Center on Tuesday and Thursday […]

  • Patrick O’Hern and James Flanigan Inducted into Southern Door Alumni Hall of Fame

    Southern Door County School District will hold its fourth annual Alumni Hall of Fame Ceremony on May 13 at 1:30 pm in the Southern Door Community Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. The district will honor Patrick (Pat) O’Hern (Class of 1969) and former NFL defensive tackle James (Jim) Flanigan (Class of […]

  • Grab Lunch at Renard’s Cheese throughout May to Benefit United Way

    Renard’s Cheese and Deli in southern Door County is partnering with United Way of Door County in May. Five percent of deli sandwich and wrap sales in May will benefit United Way. The funds donated will go toward meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign need for 2016. United Way of Door County’s mission is to empower […]

  • Tickets Available for Northern Door Children’s Center Spring Gala

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) is celebrating spring with the theme of “Moonlight Sonata” at the 16th Annual Spring Gala. In addition to the trademark silent auction and raffle for classroom-donated theme baskets, the gala offers delicious food, a wonderful selection of wines, and live music for guests to enjoy. This year is especially meaningful, […]

  • Washington Island Art and Nature Center Receives Grant for Nature Room Renovation

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded the Washington Island Art and Nature Center a Sustainability Grant from the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation. This grant provides financial assistance to support the Nature Room Renovation Project. Renovation of the Nature Room will allow for an enhanced environmental experience for all of the Art and […]

  • Door-Tran Sets Goal of Educating Public on Transportation Options in 2016

    Door-Tran’s goal for 2016 is to educate and increase the knowledge of Door County residents on what transportation options they have available to them. In order to do this, Door-Tran has the following, no cost options available: monthly workshops – scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month. The next workshop is May 18, 10 […]

  • Sunshine House Presents Awards at Annual Meeting and Dinner

    Sunshine House Inc. celebrated 45 years of service at their Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center on May 2, with more than 200 people in attendance. The program for 2016, “Spreading Our Roots,” was presented by Cindy Weber, CEO of Sunshine House. Weber highlighted the rich past of Sunshine […]

  • Minnesota Puts Hold on Waukesha Water Diversion Request

    A decision on the City of Waukesha’s application to divert Great Lakes water was put on hold for a week on May 11 when Minnesota representative Julie Ekman asked for more time to discuss recent changes to the application with Minnesota officials. “They were supposed to come to a decision,” said Ezra Meyer of Clean […]

  • United Way Announces Bob Stievfvater Magnificent Volunteers of 2016

    Julie LaLuzerne and Lori Vorpahl were recently named the Bob Stievfvater Magnificent Volunteers of the Year for United Way of Door County. The recipients of this year’s award have been part of United Way of Door County for about nine years. They are the embodiment for what it means to LIVE UNITED in our entire […]

  • Area Girl Scouts Come Together for Tea Party

    On April 30, Gibraltar Girl Scout Troops hosted a tea party at Gordon Lodge in Baileys Harbor for the Door and Kewaunee County service area. The Alice in Wonderland-themed party was attended by 13 troops with a total of 80 Girl Scouts. It was an honor to have Miss Door County, Hope Copiskey and Miss […]

  • Gastrointestinal Outbreak at Sandpiper Restaurant

    Door County Public Health Department, working in collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, is investigating an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness associated with a breakfast event that was held on May 3 at the Sandpiper Restaurant in Baileys Harbor. The Health Department has interviewed 84 of the 117 attendees and employees. Of those interviewed, […]

  • A Film From the County in Cannes

    A bit of Door County is keeping some mighty rich company this month at the world-famous Cannes Film Festival. Drew Britton, who has spent much of his life here, submitted Richard’s 32nd, an eight-minute film he wrote, directed, produced and edited. A month later he received an email saying it had been accepted for screening […]

  • White-nosed Bat Syndrome Spreading

    Winter 2016 bat survey results found that white-nose syndrome has spread to new bat hibernating sites in Wisconsin and is starting to decimate bat populations. “We are finding white-nose syndrome on a widespread basis, and the largest sites are all home to the fungus responsible for this disease,” said Paul White, Department of Natural Resources […]

  • Door County’s New Businesses in 2016

    Alpaca to Apparel Unit 3, Harbor Court Shops, 9428 Cedar St., Fish Creek   Belafonte Retro Camper Rental Laurel Ciohon, owner 920.246.7129   Boathouse on the Bay (formerly The Inn At Kristofer’s) Owners, Matthew Peterson and Mike Daubner 10716 N Bay Shore Drive, Sister Bay 4-10 pm Fridays and Saturdays for beer and […]

  • Scandia Singing Group Preps for May 18 Performance

    Sometimes good things seem to happen almost spontaneously because the conditions are just right. Such was the case with The Village Singers at Scandia Village. While the vocalists are mostly in their 80s and 90s, their sound is timeless. Barbara Larsen is well known in the Peninsula arts community as she was the first to […]

  • Welcoming the 2016 Golf Season in Door County

      They say golf is the game of a lifetime. In that you can play golf for a lifetime, whoever they are is certainly right, but perhaps even more correct in that it requires a lifetime to fully understand the game. The Millennial in me, with a warped attention span, should be turned off, right? […]

  • The Game of a Lifetime: Welcoming the 2016 golf season

    They say golf is the game of a lifetime. In that you can play golf for a lifetime, whoever they are is certainly right, but perhaps even more correct in that it requires a lifetime to fully understand the game. The Millennial in me, with a warped attention span, should be turned off, right? Wrong. […]

  • League of Women Voters Annual Meeting at the Landmark

    The League of Women Voters Door County will host the LWV Wisconsin Annual Meeting on June 3-4 at the Landmark Resort near Egg Harbor. Key speakers include: Friday evening after dinner Robert Atwell will address “The Economic Case for Improving Water Quality.” He is CEO and chairman of Nicolet National Bank. District 1 Representative Joel […]

  • Book Review: ‘A Spool of Blue Thread’

    Fans of Anne Tyler’s novels who have come to expect from her a familial saga peopled with quirky characters will not be disappointed by her latest book, A Spool of Blue Thread. Her twentieth novel is set in Baltimore and spans four generations. Central characters Red and Abby Whitshank have reached that age when their […]

  • Cheers! Thank the Pope for Doppelbock

    Talking beer with a guy the other day, he tells me he’s a fan of dark beers, but he quickly adds, as a bourbon drinker, he does not like bourbon barrel-aged beers. I do! Talking about them made me want one, so I picked up a pint bottle of Hinterland’s Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock, one of […]

  • Thank Ants for Wildflowers

    With our forests spangled with trillium, and parks and woodlands vibrant with spring wildflowers, May is a special time in Door County. But it’s mystifying, too, because often, when we drive between two apparently identical mature woodlands, we notice that one is teeming with beautiful flowers while the other has none. Why don’t wildflowers spread […]

  • No Eagle’s Nest in Bayview Bridge

    A rumor has been circulating around the peninsula that work on the Bayview Bridge has been delayed due to an eagle’s nest on the bridge. We contacted Mark Kantola, Northeast Region Communications Director for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and asked him if it was true. “Popular question,” he said. “Been getting it for a […]

  • DNR Decommissioning All Wisconsin Fire Towers

    Today, more than 90 percent of forest fires are first reported by citizens, according to Trent Marty, director of Wisconsin DNR’s Bureau of Forest Protection. During the past year, the DNR conducted a broad evaluation of the use of fire lookout towers for fire reporting and has decided to decommission all 72 towers. With fire […]

  • Pulse Price Report: What Is Brexit?

    If you have ever been to Europe, you may have been amazed at being able to travel from London to Paris and Rome without ever taking out your passport. But Britain may be taking the first step in putting those borders back in. On June 23, British citizens will vote on whether to stay in […]

  • Peninsula Pride Farms Awarded Watershed Protection Grant

    Wisconsin’s first Producer Led Watershed Protection Grants have been awarded to 14 groups of farmers who will work with resource conservation agencies and organizations to address soil and water issues tailored to their local conditions. Secretary Ben Brancel said, “All of these projects have strong farmer leadership and a commitment to improving water and soil […]

  • USDA Announces 800,000 Acres Enrolled in CRP

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the enrollment of more than 800,000 acres in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through the program’s 49th signup period. Through CRP, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) helps farmers offset the costs of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and […]

  • Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort Celebrates 20 Years in 2016

    Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort celebrated its 20-year anniversary on April 29. Guests enjoyed an open house and tour of the property. A large anniversary cake was ceremoniously cut by developers and 20-year board members Fran Shefchik and Robert Papke. Jack Moneypenny from the Door County Visitor Bureau and Paige Funkhouser of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor […]

  • Drew Richmond Hired as Development Director of The Ridges

    The Ridges hired Drew Richmond as their new development director. He replaces Judy Drew, who is retiring at the end of May after leading their fundraising efforts for the past five years. Richmond comes with years of fundraising experience for the YMCA. For eight years, he was the camp director for Camp Manito-Wish YMCA in […]

  • New Owners at Sister Bay’s Inn on Maple

    The Inn on Maple in Sister Bay was sold on April 27. After 20 years of successfully operating this historic Maple Drive bed and breakfast, Bill and Louise Robbins have retired. The new owners, Collin and Sara Doherty, will continue to operate the B&B and will also be opening a new restaurant for all Sister […]

  • Sandpiper Restaurant Now Open at Maxwelton Braes

    Look no further than the Sandpiper, located upstairs at Maxwelton Braes Lodge, for a hearty, home-cooked meal at affordable prices. The Sandpiper opened for the season on May 6. Breakfast will be served 7 am – noon daily (closed May 9, 16 & 23). Rosemary will showcase her new breakfast specialties including a stuffed hash […]

  • Randy Zahn Named 2016 CTA of the Year at DCVB Tourism Breakfast

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) named Randy Zahn the 2016 Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) of the year at their National Travel & Tourism Week breakfast at Maxwelton Braes Resort near Baileys Harbor on May 3. Zahn, who works at the Waterbury Inn in Ephraim, was announced as the winner during the breakfast. The Door […]

  • Lakeshore CAP and re:TH!NK Host Training for Area Landlords

    Lakeshore CAP and re:TH!NK – The Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network are hosting an informational training session for area landlords on May 19, 9 am – 2 pm, at Lakeshore CAP, 702 State Street, Manitowoc. The training is free and lunch will be provided from Brian’s Smokehouse BBQ for $8, payable the day of the event. […]

  • Server of the Week: Teresa Young @ Holiday Music Motel

      It’s been six years of Holiday Music Motel fun for front desk worker Teresa Young. Outside of the motel, find her at the YMCA Helping gymnasts and preschoolers find their way.   She loves the creativity that both jobs bring From artists, kids and those who sing. Her bubbly personality will make your day […]

  • Framed: Phoebe Diltz and Ace Douglas

      Phoebe Diltz and Ace Douglas enjoying Peter Diltz’s retirement sanctuary. Submitted.

  • Weekend Weather: May 13, 2016

    By Ryan Heise I was preparing for springtime brown trout fishing trip a few weeks back and I called my angling amigo, and bemoaned an approaching blob on the satellite imagery. “It looks like it’s going to rain,” I sighed. “It’s positively going to rain,” he responded. “I’m outside now, and it’s raining….call it an […]

  • Manners Matter: Man of Leisure’s Wife Wants A Little Help

      Dear Mary Pat,   My husband retired a year ago and I still have two more years to go before I can claim that status. I have to admit to being a little jealous of his new schedule. When he’s not on the golf course, he is spending time with our grandkids and going […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: May 13, 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?   “I’ll have a Bare Bottom Madness cause I am about ready to take off my wet pants.”   “I don’t know, […]

  • Trivia: What’s the Longest Golf Course in the World?

    Question: What is the longest golf course in the world, and how many yards long is it?   Answer: The par 77 International Golf Club in Massachusetts. It measures 8,325 yards.

  • Naturalist-Led Hikes at Crossroads’ Big Creek and Ida Bay

    Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will hold a pair of naturalist-led hikes in the coming week. On May 15 at 1 pm, go on a hike in search of marsh marigolds. Big Creek is always interesting but in spring it’s particularly lovely as marsh marigolds define the banks. Hikers should meet at the […]

  • Baileys Harbor Hosts Blessing of the Fleet Festival, May 21-22

    Baileys Harbor is celebrating its maritime heritage with a weekend of historic programs, maritime tours, and culinary specialties at the very first Blessing of the Fleet Festival, May 21 – 22. The maritime industry has thrived on Lake Michigan since the mid-1800s, and was central in the growth of Baileys Harbor, a lakeside town located […]

  • Bird Hikes, Nighttime Navigation Offered at The Ridges

    Join fellow birding enthusiasts for an early morning Discovery Bird Hike, May 21 at 6:30 am. Or consider a Not-So-Early Bird Hike, May 21 at 9 am. Birders with all levels of experience are welcome. Bring your own binoculars, or use loaners supplied by The Ridges. Discovery and Not-So-Early Bird Hikes meet at The Ridges […]

  • Take to the Skies during Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport’s Young Eagles Rally

    Area youngsters, ages 8-17, will have a chance to take to the skies on May 21 as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Warbirds Squadron hosts a Young Eagles Rally at the Ephraim-Gibraltar Airport. The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program, created to interest young people in aviation. Since the program was launched in […]

  • Two One-Act Plays on Stage at TAP

    Next on the stage at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is Patio/Porch from May 19 to June 5. Written by Jack Heifner and directed by James Valcq, the structure of Patio/Porch is two one-act plays – one set on a patio and the other on a porch. Each play has two very different sets of characters […]

  • Dirty Deuce Launches Campaign for New Album

    One of Door County’s premier rock ‘n roll bands is setting the stage to show the nation at large the fun and entertainment that their shows have brought to tourists and locals across the Door Peninsula. Dirty Deuce has been providing memorable nights to entertainment-seekers across the county for eight years and they are anticipating […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum Introduces the “John Purves” Float

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s Tug John Purves has opened its doors for another season of tours in Sturgeon Bay but its new likeness will also be touring the peninsula following a formal christening in Sturgeon Bay. The “new” Purves is a stunning replica of the immaculately restored 149-foot tug. Built on a truck chassis, […]

  • Door Shakespeare Celebrates 20 Years with “Julius Caesar” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

    Door Shakespeare will mark its 20th year with a dynamic season featuring national talent and timely themes. The company’s first ever production of Shakespeare’s political drama Julius Caesar will be presented in repertory with the classic tale of love and magic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances will take place in the Garden at Björklunden in […]

  • Ridges Sanctuary Hosts Pro Arte Quartet Concert May 14

    Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “one of the greatest quartets of our time,” the Pro Arte Quartet will perform May 14 at The Ridges Sanctuary’s Cook-Albert Fuller Center in Baileys Harbor in a concert presented by Midsummer’s Music Festival. The Pro Arte Quartet is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously performing string […]

  • Birch Creek Receives Les Paul Foundation Grant for Guitar Instruction

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center was recognized for a fourth consecutive year with a grant from the Les Paul Foundation. The grant will partially underwrite guitar instruction for Birch Creek Students in 2016. Rick Haydon, professor of music at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), leads guitar instruction at Birch Creek. Haydon designed, built and manages the […]

  • Lawrence University’s Trumpet Studio to Play Free Björklunden Concert

    Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a concert on May 15 at 1:30 pm. The Lawrence University (LU) Trumpet Studio will perform trumpet ensemble pieces by LU alumni and former longtime member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Ed Hoffman, who will also be in attendance. This free concert is sponsored by the Boynton Society and will […]

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  • Looking for a Golf League?

    League play for the Alpine Ladies Golf League begins June 7 at 8:15 am. This is an informal, friendly nine-hole league. Play with golfers with different skill levels and meet new people. Practice rounds began the first week of May. If interested in joining this league, contact Mady Ferdinand at [email protected] or call Mary Aiken […]

  • “Merchants of Doubt” Screened at UUF

    A free screening of Merchants of Doubt (2015, 93 minutes) will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim on May 17 at 4:30 pm. This documentary exposes a concerted strategy to create doubt about the facts of climate change through the use of pundits-for-hire who present themselves as scientific authorities. Based on […]

  • Camp Meenahga Topic of Next Historical Society Dinner Meeting

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner meeting and program on Camp Meenahga 1916-1948, the private girls’ camp located in Peninsula State Park, on May 23. The program will feature Kathleen Harris as Mrs. Clark, founding camp director. The dinner begins at 6 pm at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille in Sturgeon […]

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Introduces Cheese Pairing Series

    The team at Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese is gearing up for its sixth season in downtown Egg Harbor and plans to celebrate with an expanded line of Wisconsin’s finest artisan cheeses. In addition to his existing collection of award-winning Wisconsin artisan cheeses, owner Michael Thomas plans to add at least 10 cheeses and five additional cheesemakers […]

  • Birds of Chicago, Ruthie Foster Part of Peg Egan Concert Series Lineup

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PEPAC) is thrilled to announce a crowd-pleasing lineup of nationally acclaimed artists for its 2016 Summer Concert Series. Located in Eames Cherry View Park in Egg Harbor, the outdoor amphitheater offers sweeping views of scenic landscape and sunset over the harbor and has room for 2,000 visitors; bringing blankets […]

  • Small Forest to Showcase New Songs at May 14 Concert

    Small Forest is a local singer/songwriter band featuring Jeanne Kuhns, Marybeth Mattson and Patrick Palmer. In celebration of spring and the start of the summer season, the trio will perform at Lost Moth Gallery on May 14, 7 – 9 pm. After a winter with no voice, Jeanne Kuhns is very happy to perform again […]

  • Watermedia Exhibit Opens at PenArt

    The challenge of process and the reward of finished watermedia paintings are revealed in the exhibition “Going with the Flow,” May 20 – July 14 at Peninsula School of Art. The works of 11 Wisconsin watermedia artists demonstrate how the personality of each artist contributes to the uniqueness of their art. A gallery talk titled […]

  • Dermond Peterson Trunk Show at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge is holding a trunk show with Dermond Peterson on May 21 and 22, 10 am – 5 pm. Founded in 2001 by sisters Sandra Dermond and Susan Peterson, Dermond Peterson is an artisan/manufacturing company that combines the rich, tactile qualities of “fine art” printmaking techniques with innovative and slyly conceptual design strategies to […]

  • Ellison Bay Arts Crawl is May 21 & 22

    Ellison Bay Arts invites everyone to their Spring Art Crawl. On May 21 and 22, nine established galleries and studios will open their doors for the season. Many of the galleries/studios will have refreshments and door prizes.   Turtle Ridge Gallery visiting artist Susan Peterson, of Dermond Peterson, will show her vibrant hand-printed pillows, table […]

  • Martinez Studio Opens with Porcelain Pop-Up Show

    Martinez Studio will open for the season on May 14, 11 am – 4 pm, with a pop-up show for Romulus Craft. Romulus Craft is visiting from Vermont. Ikuzi Teraki and Jeanne Bisson handcraft functional and sculptural porcelain. Subtle and refined, the forms are elegant and the glazes reference starry nights and beach sand. The […]

  • Creative Hands Opening Exhibit at Hope Church

    The Hope Church Art Alcoves will have an opening of the Creative Hands Salon of Art on May 16, 4:30 – 6 pm. Creative Hands artists are an informal group, welcome to all, that meet weekly in the Hope Fellowship Hall on Friday mornings starting in the fall, over winter, and into the spring, ending […]

  • Learn An Ancient Art at Algoma Atelier

    The Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art will present a bronze casting class featuring professional instructors Ken and Mary Davidson on July 11-16, 10 am – 4 pm. Learn the ancient art of bronze casting, using the lost wax process and today’s technologies and materials. Students will create their own original wax sculpture, make their […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Poet Wins Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Award

    Two Madison-area poets received top honors for their poetry at the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) annual spring conference in Madison on April 30. Steve Tomasko, Middleton, was awarded First Place for his chapbook, And No Spiders Were Harmed (Red Bird Chapbooks, St. Paul, MN). Second Place went to Sandy Stark, Madison, for her chapbook, […]

  • WWA Jade Ring Contest is Open

    The Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA) Jade Ring Contest opened May 1, 2016, accepting unpublished material only. Entries close July 31, 2016. Three categories are offered: Poetry: All poems, from free verse to formal and everything in between. If it’s a poem, submit to this category. The maximum length is 75 lines. Fiction: All fiction, from […]

  • The Bestseller List: May 13, 2016

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. Extreme Prey, by John Sandford 4. The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson 5. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates 2. When Breath Becomes […]