Peninsula Pulse – May 6-13, 2016

In this issue

  • White House Recognizes Southern Door Bus Driver’s Book Program

    Southern Door School bus driver Ted Chaudoir is among a dozen “Champions of Change” from across the country who will be recognized today at a White House ceremony, where they will be honored for their leadership and tireless work to ensure that students receive the support and motivation they need to succeed. The Champions of […]

  • DNR Seeks Public Input to Develop Whitefish Rule

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input as it develops a specific rule to better protect spawning whitefish in northern Lake Michigan and potentially modify commercial fishing zone whitefish allocation or zone structure to better reflect current whitefish abundance and distribution. A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 12 at 6:30 […]

  • Craft Beer Celebration, Dirty Deuce Album Launch & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend is all about indulging your senses, whether that means tasting some wine or craft beer, taking in the sounds of some favorite Door County bands, or enjoying the view from one of Peninsula State Park’s best trails. Friday, May 13 Wine Trail Weekend Winos, unite! Indulge in the offerings of eight Door County […]

  • Sigl Cruises to Door County Half Marathon Victory

    Tyler Sigl of Seymour cruised to his first Door County Half Marathon victory in 1:10:02, the fifth fastest time in course history. Sigl, one of the top ultra marathoners in the United States, one of 2,500 runners who took to Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek for the ninth running of the event. Sigl said […]

  • Deadline for Stamp Design July 22

    Wisconsin artists will have until July 22 to submit artwork for the 2017 Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contests. Funds derived from stamp sales contribute to the restoration and management of thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat. The top three entries for each stamp will be displayed at the Wisconsin State Fair. […]

  • NWTC Open House Seeks Northern Door Expansion

    The idea for a community kitchen has been percolating in the Town of Liberty Grove for several years, but the idea took an exciting new turn when a contingent of Liberty Grove residents met with officials at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Town Board Chair John Lowry and Supervisor Nancy Goss were joined by town […]

  • Roy Lukes: Attracting Bluebirds

    Growing up during the 1930s and ‘40s and spending a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm, I never once saw an eastern bluebird there. My dad was born and raised on that farm west of Slovan and he could recall that, as a boy, at least one family of bluebirds nested each summer in […]

  • Rare Celestial Crossing May 9

    NASA is inviting viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the Monday, May 9, transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Mercury passes between Earth and the sun only about 13 times a century, its last trek taking place in 2006. Due to its diminutive size, viewing […]

  • Commentary: DNR Putting Science to Work in Kewaunee County Issues

    by Cathy Stepp, DNR Secretary The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has been working for more than a year with multiple stakeholder groups to address water quality issues in and around Kewaunee County. That work is not over but based on our discussions so far, we have been able to take action on several fronts. […]

  • 35th Annual Dairy Breakfast July 3

    The 35th Annual Dairy Breakfast sponsored by the Sevastopol FFA Alumni will be held Sunday, July 3, from 6 to 11:30 am at Door Vue Beef & Custom Cropping owned by Jason & Nicole Staats and family, 5418 Jarman Road, Sturgeon Bay. In addition to a farm fresh all-you-can-eat breakfast, there will be live music, […]

  • Waukesha Water Diversion Compromise Likely

    While the representatives of the eight Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces have yet to reach a decision on Waukesha’s application to divert Lake Michigan water to replace its radium-tainted aquifer, it appears the group is leaning toward a compromise in favor of the application, according to Ezra Meyer, water resource specialist with Clean […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Construction and Development Update

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator First of all, I’d like to wish all the moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day! I’m very excited to announce the preliminary development plan for the big empty lot on the corner of Bay Shore Drive and Mill Road has finally been approved. There are seven buildable lots […]

  • Door County Municipal News: May 6 – 13

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance/Purchasing & Buildings Committee meets at 4 pm on May 10. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on May 12. County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 9 am on May 9. The Board of Health meets at 4 pm on May 9. The Human […]

  • Salmonella, Rotavirus Found in 11 Kewaunee Wells

    As part of a DNR-funded study, test results reported May 2 show the presence of salmonella and/or rotavirus in 11 private Kewaunee County wells. Early indications from the researchers suggest the rotavirus may be bovine, however additional analysis is needed to confirm. Property owners have been notified of the findings. No illnesses have been reported […]

  • Nature Boy: The Wonder of Roy Lukes

    Roy Lukes has made immeasurable contributions to all those who love the Door Peninsula. Here's a look at the life of the man behind the byline.

  • Note from the Publisher: Happy Mothers’ Day Weekend

    It is a busy weekend in Door County. Lots to do and see – gallery openings, shipyard tours, a Climate Change Coalition Forum, an open house for a northern Door NWTC Center, the half marathon and 5k run, and Mothers’ Day festivities. Every few years the first Saturday of May falls on the same weekend […]

  • Letter Carriers Seek Food Drive World Record

    The 24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 14, and the organization is hoping to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for a one-day food drive collected at multiple locations. It hopes to beat its own record of 77.1 million […]

  • Marja Johnson CD Launch at The Tambourine Lounge

    Sturgeon Bay musician Marja Johnson will launch her debut album Becoming during a performance at The Tambourine Lounge on Monday, May 9. The nine-song collection of voice and piano was recorded with Marcus Trana at Painted Recordings, located in The Holiday Music Motel’s Tambourine Collaboratory. Though seemingly minimalistic, Marja’s work breathes depth and complexity coupled […]

  • Reps in the News: Southern Door Earns Fab Labs Funds

    Governor Scott Walker Thanks to the Governor’s 2015-17 biennial budget investment in the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Program, the Southern Door County School District has the ability to fund new fabrication laboratory facilities, which will bring Wisconsin students into the 21st century’s global economy. Southern Door was awarded $25,000 to create a Fab Lab. In […]

  • Explore The Ridges’ New Boardwalk

    As The Ridges Sanctuary approaches the one-year anniversary of its new Cook-Albert Fuller Center, it is preparing for the realization of another dream conceived many years ago: a universally accessible boardwalk. Since last fall, a crew with Peil Construction and volunteers with The Ridges have logged more than 1,200 hours assembling, transporting and installing the […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal News: May 6 – 13

    City of Algoma: The Tourism/Promotion Committee meets at 1:30 pm on May 10. Open book will be held at city hall from 4 to 6 pm on May 11. City of Kewaunee: The Finance Committee meets at 6 pm on May 9, followed by the common council at 7 pm. County of Kewaunee: The next […]

  • StageKids Theatre Presents ‘The Laramie Project’

    On Oct. 7, 1998, openly gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was brutally attacked and left for dead in a field outside of Laramie, Wyoming. Five days later, he succumbed to his injuries in a Fort Collins, Colorado hospital. The incident sparked immediate national and international debate about hate crimes toward the gay community, […]

  • Door County Historical Museum Opens for 2016 Season

    The Door County Historical Museum invites the public to walk the streets of early 19th century Door County, try their hand at sorting mail in a vintage post office, or get a rare up-close view of the peninsula’s wildlife during its 77th season in Sturgeon Bay. This season will be a particularly exciting one as […]

  • Stop and See the Wildflowers at Woodside Wildflower Preserve

    By Patricia Stierna   Woodside Park in Sturgeon Bay got a new name last year. The tiny woods across from Sawyer Elementary School, along the Sawyer School nature trail, was renamed The Woodside Wildflower Preserve. For seven years volunteers have been preserving this little piece of Sturgeon Bay history. First the second graders at Sawyer […]

  • 5,000 Trees Planted on Door County Nature Conservancy Property for Arbor Day

    The first Earth Week celebration in Door County culminated in the planting of 5,000 native trees on Nature Conservancy property by students and volunteers on Arbor Day and April 30. The Arbor Day plantings were done at the Schoenbrunn Nature Conservancy the next day with volunteers and ecology-minded students from Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar high […]

  • Take the Spring Invasive Species Challenge

    Help stop the spread of garlic mustard and save your favorite Door County wildflowers by removing garlic mustard from your property. Take the 2016 Spring Invasive Species Challenge – Garlic Mustard, May 1 – 31. This challenge is sponsored by the Town of Gibraltar and the Door County Invasive Species Team. Register for the challenge […]

  • DNR Providing Funds for Lead Pipe Removal

      In a major effort to clear the way for cleaner water from the tap, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to make $11.8 million available to municipalities to help remove old lead service lines that bring drinking water into homes. These service lines extend from the main street pipes owned by local utilities […]

  • Science Snippet: Walnuts Are “Superfood for the Brain”

    Rather than taking “brain-enhancing” supplements advertised on TV, here’s a tip about something much better for mental function. Scientists have described this delicious little treat as a “superfood for the brain” and a “miracle brainbooster.” In a scientific study, thousands of participants who consumed this food scored consistently higher on tests of memory, comprehension and […]

  • Civility Column: Step Away from the Conversation – Part II

    By Susan McAninch I think I am civil, however, how do I keep engaged with someone who isn’t civil at all? What should I do or say when I am personally attacked by another person? I want to keep talking but it is so difficult!   Refresher from Part I: Being engaged in genuine dialogue […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Inform Public about PCB Contamination of Fish

    The Fox River Natural Resource Trustees released a draft update to the Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment for a 30-day public comment period on how money should be spent from funds assessed to PCB polluters for damages. The comment period ends on May 6. With a mission to protect human health and the environment, it […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Always A Sad Goodbye When Dr. Roger Kuhns Leaves Town

      It was with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to Roger after Wednesday night’s talk (April 27) at Björklunden, sponsored by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County (CCCDC). It is an unfortunate “twist of fate” that he has been forced to leave his beloved county for work reasons, when his expertise is […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Just Say No to Neonics

    I must comment on “The Changing Landscape of Orchard Management” feature in the recent Sustainability Issue. The article describes the severe challenges posed by aggressive alien insects to the production of marketable fruits. “Finding the balance that will keep the orchards profitable while maintaining a healthy environment” will be especially difficult if one of the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gibraltar Job Fair Success

    Thank you to the 30 employers representing 38 businesses that attended the Gibraltar Job Fair on Thursday, April 28. The event was a win-win for both students and employers. We look forward to hosting the event again next year based on the feedback from our participants. And a special shout out to our DECA hosts […]

  • By the Numbers: Cinco de Mayo

    Cinco de Mayo is already behind us, but it’s never too late to correct the mistaken impression in America that it is celebrated as the day of Mexican independence. Mexican Independence Day is actually celebrated on Sept. 16 to mark the battle cry against the Spanish colonial government that was issued on that day in […]

  • Destroyers Football Season Begins

    Semi-professional football is back in Door County for the 2016 season. The Door County Destroyers are starting preseason on May 7 with a home game. Saturday’s game is their only preseason home game and kickoff will be at 3 pm at the Baileys Harbor Recreational Park on Summit Road, against the Chippewa Valley Predators of […]

  • Freshman Tupa Leads Green Bay’s Phoenix Softball

    Acacia Tupa, 2015 graduate of Southern Door High School, has led the Division 1 University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Phoenix softball team through a tough season. Her name sits comfortably at the top of the statistics and her success has led her to a nomination for Newcomer of the Year at the university. “It’s […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Seeks Teams

    The Northern Door Volleyball Association is looking for teams to join in the Summer Volleyball League on the County A courts. Each summer, teams join on Wednesday nights for friendly competition under the Door County stars. The season will run on Wednesdays from June 1 through Aug. 10, with a potential rain date on Aug. […]

  • New Golfers Needed for Nor-Dor League

    The Wednesday Night Men’s Nor-Dor League at Maxwelton Braes is looking for new members. Anyone interested should contact Dave Stolley at 920.559.6374 for additional information.

  • High School Spring Athletics: May 6, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Baseball May 6 vs. Algoma, 5 pm May 9 @ Southern Door, 5 pm May 10 @ Oconto, 5 pm May 12 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 5 pm   Golf May 6 – DC Cup @ Cherry Hills, 1 pm May 10 @ Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, 1 pm May 12 @ Wander Springs, […]

  • Scott Weborg Wins Lifetime of Service Volunteer Center Award

    The Volunteer Center of Door County celebrated the 14th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration “Follow Your Heart” on April 21. Guests celebrated at the Stone Harbor Ballroom honoring the incredible work of Door County volunteers and the agencies they serve. The 2015 award recipients are: Adult – Stephen Kase, Legal Aid Society; Arts & Culture […]

  • NWTC to Launch Autism Technician Technical Diploma

    In response to increased demand for training and assistance in schools and the community, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) is set to launch the Autism Technician technical diploma for the summer and fall semesters. NWTC is the first college in Wisconsin to have a program dedicated to autism education. “We are really excited about starting […]

  • Register for Be The Match at Door County Half Marathon

    Be The Match, the largest national bone marrow registry, will offer free registration for individuals 18-44 during the Door County Half Marathon held May 7 at Peninsula State Park. The event will be held in memory of Bo Johnson, a Sister Bay boy who inspired the entire Door County community and beyond in his fight […]

  • New Volunteer Coordinator Needed for Cherry Fest’s Arts & Crafts Fair

    For this year’s Cherry Fest, sponsored by the Jacksonport Historical Society (JHS), Vicki Bley is looking for a new coordinator to work with her to organize this year’s juried arts and crafts fair and to take over in 2017. Anyone interested in this volunteer position may contact her at 920.823.2316. Responsibilities of the coordinator begin […]

  • Everyone Invited to Hispanic Resource Center’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration

    Hispanic Resource Center of Door and Kewaunee Counties, Inc. invites all of Northeast Wisconsin to a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 7, 3 pm to midnight, at Knights of Columbus Hall, 692 Tacoma Beach Road, Sturgeon Bay. The menu options are: chicken tamales with Spanish rice & beans, salsa, chips; chicken with molé, corn […]

  • MDCMC Celebrates Women’s Health Week, May 8-14

    Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) celebrates Women’s Health Week, May 8-14, with this year’s theme “It’s Your Time!” National Women’s Checkup Day is May 9, and women are encouraged to call for an appointment with their provider. “Women are often caregivers for their families, putting the needs of spouses, children and parents before their […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Student Recognized at Norbertine Leadership & Service Awards

    St. Norbert College, De Pere, recognized its exceptional student leaders at the 38th annual Norbertine Leadership & Service Awards on Saturday, April 30, in a ceremony held in the Michels Commons Ballroom on the college campus. The Norbertine Leadership & Service Awards were given to students – along with some faculty and staff members – […]

  • Hope Church Scholar in Residence to Lead Forums and Monologues

    The public is invited to attend an hour-long monologue “…And It Came to Pass…” which tells Jesus’ story from baptism to crucifixion at Hope Church, 141 S. 12th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, on May 10 at 7 pm. The performer, Guy Aiken, chose the episodes from the four canonical Gospels and then turned to the original […]

  • Reserve Spots for Trolley Gala Wine & Beer Tasting

    Money Management Counselors will host the 4th annual Trolley Gala Wine & Beer Tasting on May 11, 5:30 – 9:30 pm. The schedule is: 5:15-5:30 pm – trolley pickup at Stone Harbor; 6-7 pm – wine and beer tasting at von Stiehl Winery & Ahnapee Brewery; 7:30-9:30 pm – tastings, heavy hors d’oeuvres, silent auction […]

  • Tonette Walker to Hold 50th “Walk with Walker” at Peninsula State Park

    The public is invited to join First Lady Tonette Walker as she celebrates her 50th “Walk with Walker” event in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Walker will explore Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek on May 12 at 9 am. “I’m excited to return to Door County to celebrate our 50th Walk with […]

  • Ray Kaminski Posthumously Honored at Sturgeon Bay Lions Club Meeting

    Members of Ray Kaminski’s family were presented with the Ray Hempel Fellowship Award by the Sturgeon Bay Lions Club at a recent meeting. Lion Ray, a 50-year member and past president of the club, passed away last August. The award is a fitting tribute to recognize and celebrate Lion Ray’s dedication and support to Lionism. […]

  • Successful Senior Health and Wellness Day at Door County YMCA

    Approximately 130 community members spent the day at the Door County YMCA on April 20 to learn about senior friendly programs and services offered by both the Y and Ministry Door County Medical Center. Both educational and interactive fitness classes were available to showcase important services available for seniors. Lunch was prepared by the Senior […]

  • Questions & Artists: Brian Blood and Laurie Kersey (Part II of II)

    Following is the final of a two-part interview with Brian Blood and Laurie Kersey, both wonderfully accomplished individuals who are invited artists in this year’s Door County Plein Air Festival. To see more of their visually stunning work, visit and Read part one of the interview here.   Randy Rasmussen (RR): Laurie, how […]

  • Be Part of the “Growing Older in Door County” Conversation

    This spring and summer, the Door County Community Foundation is holding Neighborhood Conversations as part of Growing Older in Door County. This fall, the Community Foundation will convene a countywide assembly of both year-round and seasonal residents drawn from these conversations to shape our community’s ultimate vision and common aspirations for growing older in Door […]

  • Celebrating Civility through Speakers and Song

    The Door County Civility Celebration was held April 27 at Stone Harbor Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. At the celebration Barbara Lawton, the 42nd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, was the featured speaker, Jeanne Kuhns shared her thoughts on civility through song, and Southern Door High School Principal Steve Bousley spoke of the Speak Your Peace […]

  • Obituary: John Frank Moeller

    John Frank Moeller, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 3, 2016.  He was born March 29, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay to Arthur and Marion (Jaeger) Moeller. On June 10, 1967 he married Sandra Schultz at St. Joseph Church in Sturgeon Bay.  She preceded him in death on Dec. 12, 2001. John, along with other family […]

  • Obituary: Sonja Jean Schuster

    Sonja Jean Schuster, 62, of Door County passed away at home Saturday, April 30th, 2016 following a two-year illness. Sonja and her husband William shared their journey together on earth for forty-six years. Sonja and William loved, played and tasted life together with intensity and shared the concern that “Decadence is Largely Underrated.” Sonja Jean […]

  • Obituary: Gisela Blish

    Gisela Blish, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, was reunited with her family in Heaven, April 29, 2016 while at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay following a short illness. She was born May 25, 1934 in Germany, the daughter of Fritz and Maria (Daunhauar) Hollinger.  Gisela was united in marriage to Gary G. Blish on February 5, […]

  • Obituary: Ethelyn Rose Engebose

    Ethelyn Rose Engebose, 93, of Brussels, passed away on April 28, 2016. She was born on July 1, 1922 in Gardner to Edwin and Rose (Vandertie) Herlache. On April 17, 1940 she married Clarence Engebose. He passed away on Aug. 15, 2005. Ethelyn was a hard worker, helping her husband work the family farm in […]

  • Obituary: Willard Hilsabeck

    Willard Hilsabeck, 82, went to be with his wife Sarah, on April 28, 2016. Willard was born in Amberg, Wisconsin to Floyd & Jessie (Smiley) Hilsabeck on August 15, 1933. He and his family moved to Sturgeon Bay when he was 9 years old. He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1952, that same […]

  • Obituary: Ronald “Ron” Edward Tomes

    Ronald “Ron” Edward Tomes, 68, of Sturgeon Bay died in Milwaukee on April 27, 2016.  He was born August 13, 1947 in Milwaukee to Adam and Patricia (Smith) Tomes.  On July 11, 1970 he married Susan Schaut in Milwaukee. Ron graduated from Pius High School in Milwaukee in 1965 and earned his BA degree in Education […]

  • Obituary: Norman Stenzel

    Norman A. Stenzel was born on May 4, 1929 in Fish Creek, Wisconsin to Henry and Minnie (Zachow) Stenzel. He died December 20, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin with his family at his side. Norman is survived by his wife Ethel of 53 years, a sister Wilma Bettinger of West Bend, WI, children:  Sheila (Ron) Boeck […]

  • Birth: David and Jessica Bruss

    David and Jessica Bruss of Sturgeon Bay are the parents of a daughter born on April 19, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Dan and Patty Misevicz, Oshkosh. Paternal grandparents are Dwight and Cindy Bruss, Omro.

  • Grand Opening Held at New Southern Door Clinic

    After serving the people of Washington Island at Ministry Door County Medical Service’s outpatient clinic on the island, Holly Ullman Herlache is now providing a similar service at the newly opened North Shore Medical Clinic – Southern Door. “People ask me, what’s the difference. I say, why don’t you ask me the similarities? There are […]

  • Featured Pet: Patch

    There is something to be said about having a name that suits oneself, and the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) featured pet for the week is no exception. This dog is named Patch because of the unique marking on his right eye. The rest of his sleek and slender body is white while the distinctive […]

  • New Door County Flea Market Opens May 13

    Located on the grounds of Door County Self Storage, just three miles south of Sturgeon Bay, the new Door County Flea Market brings buyers and sellers together for the adventure of bargaining and treasure hunting. The Door County Flea Market hatched one day last winter during a casual conversation between Danny Heinritz and Phil Young. […]

  • NWTC Hosts Summer Job Fair in Luxemburg

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), in partnership with Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation and the Job Center of Door County, is hosting a summer job fair for young adults (ages 16-24) on May 19, 3 – 6 pm. It is free to both employers and the public. The goal is to help local jobseekers find […]

  • Northern Door Communications Wins Agent-of-the-Year Award for 14th Time

    Northern Door Communications, Cellcom’s only 5-Star Agent serving Door County, received the 2015 Agent-of-the-Year award at Cellcom’s annual agent meeting held at the Radisson in Green Bay on April 27. This is the 14th time in the past 23 years, that Northern Door Communications has received this award. “I am, of course, honored to, once […]

  • Cadence, Inc. Announces 2016 First Quarter Results

    Cadence, Inc. announced unaudited results for the first quarter of 2016 including an 11 percent increase in revenue compared to 2015 to $23.0 million. Earnings per share declined one percent over prior year to $.80 per share. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were up three percent to $3.8 million. “2016 is off […]

  • New Signage for Nicolet National Bank

    Workers at various locations throughout the county were busy last weekend changing Baylake Bank signs to the new name created through merger with Nicolet National Bank. Photo by Jim Lundstrom.  

  • Tourism Spending Up $18.2 Million in Door County Last Year

    Visitor spending in Door County was up $18.2 million dollars last year, according to a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The state’s tourism economic impact report comes on the eve of National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs from May 1-7, 2016. Door County visitors spent $332.8 million in 2015, an increase […]

  • Cheers!: Tap Takeover at Bier Zot

      When I learned that my favorite beer bar – Bier Zot in Sister Bay – was having a tap takeover by Deschutes Brewery of Bend, Oregon, I had my mind set on darkness – things like Obsidian Stout, Abyss Imperial Stout and Black Butte Porter. Imagine my surprise, then, when I see four IPAs […]

  • Server of the Week: Erik Smith at Door County Ice Cream Factory

      When the weather gets hot and you want something tasty Why not head over to Door County Ice Cream Factory? Let seasoned scooper Erik Smith serve you up a frosty treat When it comes to customer service, this guy’s hard to beat!   Five years at the shop makes him a worthy Server of […]

  • Framed: Kangaroo Lake Tree Planting

    Earth Week tree planting at the Nature Conservancy Kangaroo Lake property with Sturgeon Bay High School Student volunteers. (From left) Edmon Kurschner, Vanessa Ortiz, Trent Jeanquart, Jolina Metoxen, Noah Smith and Becca Hendrickson. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Manners Matter: Let’s Lift Each Other Up

    Dear Mary Pat,   Last weekend, I went to a winery with a girlfriend to pick up some things. We are both pretty reserved and kept to ourselves, so when we walked past a group of women from a bachelorette party and one of them looked over, glared at us and called us sluts, neither […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: May 6, 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 can’t ask him to stop breathing, right?”   “That’s Barry and his mullet, playing the piano. Trying to get the […]

  • Trivia: John Denver’s Last Name

    Question: What is John Denver’s real last name? Answer: Deutschendorf. He changed it to Denver because his real last name would not fit on a marquee.

  • Ephraim Fire Museum Opens for the 2016 Season

    Members of the Ephraim Fire Department are doing their annual spring cleanup of the Historical Ephraim Fire Museum. The museum has become a destination for travelers in the summer, and is a hit with children as they view the old fire engines and fire gear. The museum will open the first weekend in May for the […]

  • Christe Terrien Runs Half Marathon for Late Friend

    Christe Terrien came late to running. After the resident of Gladstone, Mich., lost her father to a heart attack when he was just 53, she decided she was going to live her life to the fullest. She tried roller derby, then started running 5ks, and eventually, half marathons, pulled in by a friend who wouldn’t […]

  • County GOP Chair: It’s Time to Get Behind Trump

    With Donald Trump’s win in the May 3 Indiana primary and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s exit from the race, it was time to catch up with William Berglund, chair of the Republican Party of Door County, to see what he thinks of recent developments in this most unusual presidential race. “It’s quite an adventure,” Berglund […]

  • Isherwood: Love Your Neighborhood Lady…Bug

    My desk it seems is the natural habitat and reserve for the Asian lady beetle, a.k.a. Harmonia axyridis. If you Google “Asian Lady Beetle” the first site to appear will be for Asian Lady Beetle control…including the gallon size Asian Lady Beetle and Boxelder bug killer, $15.97 at Home Depot, the Ortho Pest Control Home […]

  • Tug Tours of “John Purves” Have Resumed

    The Door County Maritime Museum resumed tours of the Tug John Purves in Sturgeon Bay on May 1, while facing a continuing problem with securing enough volunteer guides for the famed vessel. The immaculately restored 149-foot tugboat has proven to be an extremely popular attraction since opening to the public in August of 2008 following […]

  • See Spring Landscape and Flowers During Logan Creek Hike

    Looking for areas to see and photograph spring wildflowers? Grab your camera or camera phone, and take a relaxed Photo Ops Hike on May 14 at 10:30 am. The naturalists will lead you to the best spots for beautiful blooms at The Ridges. Meet at the Ridges Cabins, 8288 County Q in Baileys Harbor. Explore […]

  • Watch the Transit of Mercury at Crossroads at Big Creek

    During the monthly viewing night at Crossroads at Big Creek on May 7, Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) members will have one of the “loaner scopes” in the StarGarden of the Astronomy Campus and they will demonstrate how to use it. The “loaner scope” demonstrations start at 8 pm and the sky should be dark […]

  • “Healing, Storytelling & Plant Medicine” Workshop at Nelson Healing Center

    Nelson Healing Center presents “Healing, Storytelling & Plant Medicine” with Yu’pik Wise Women, a two-day workshop with Alaskan native healers. The workshop is scheduled for May 7 and 8 with Rita Pitka Blumenstein and Marie Arnaq Meade, both Yup’ik tribal members who will share traditional teachings about energy medicine, storytelling and song. On Sunday at […]

  • Door County Represented at Cannes Film Festival in “Richard’s 32nd”

    A short film by Door County native Drew Britton has been selected to screen at the very prestigious 69th Cannes Film Festival, which will take place in Cannes, France from May 11 – 22. Set in the 1960s, Richard’s 32nd is about a surprise birthday party for one of the neighborhood husbands. When a couple […]

  • Dirty Deuce to Launch Indiegogo Campaign for “333” Album

    Wisconsin rockers Dirty Deuce will launch their Indiegogo campaign for their long-awaited new album 333 with a concert in their hometown of Sturgeon Bay, at Door County Fire Company on May 13. 333 is a music gumbo, a pinch of hip hop, a dash of R&B, and a whole lot of rock ‘n soul. Why […]

  • Deathfolk Kicks Off Cookery’s 2016 Live Music Series

    The Cookery is kicking off its 2016 live music line-up with Deathfolk on May 7 at 3:30 pm. Deathfolk is Jess Holland and Nick Hoover, local favorites that play old-timey, folk music peppered with tight harmonies. The music will be in The Cookery’s wine bar. In addition to the full menu, the happy hour menu […]

  • Enjoy the Art of Listening at Björklunden Performance

    Lawrence University’s Björklunden will host a Deep Listening performance on May 8 at 1:30 pm. Although we are constantly hearing, it is much more rare to truly and deeply listen. Everyone is invited to join this exploration of sound, movement and the art of listening. This free performance is sponsored by the Boynton Society and […]

  • Register Your Kids Now for Art on the Wild Side Day Camp

    Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Art on the Wild Side Day Camp for children ages 6 to 12 offers weeks of fun in three locations…for free. The Peg Egan PAC, the Southern Door Community Auditorium and Algoma’s Perry Park will offer a free visual and performing arts summer day camp for children focusing on music, […]

  • Wence and Sandra Martinez Win National Award at Smithsonian

    Two Wisconsin artists, Wence and Sandra Martinez of Jacksonport, won the Silver Award for overall excellence this weekend at the prestigious 2016 Smithsonian Craft Show. Widely regarded as the most esteemed juried show and sale of American fine craft, the Smithsonian Craft Show is in its 34th year. This year’s show featured the work of […]

  • New and Returning Artists in Exhibit I at Fine Line Designs

    Fine Line Designs Gallery is hard at work getting ready for the 2016 summer season, which kicks off May 6 with the gallery’s first exhibit of the season opening the same day. “We’re really excited to embark on our additional gallery’s first full season,” says Fine Line owner Shari Gransee. “We opened full time in […]

  • “Welcome Spring” at Edgewood Orchard Galleries Opening Day

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries kicks off its 48th season with a group show titled Welcome Spring. An opening day celebration will take place May 7, 10 am – 5 pm. The public is invited to visit the gallery and sculpture garden, enjoy complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and view newly completed original artwork. This group show […]

  • Contemporary Accessories from CIVAL Jewelry at Egg Harbor Trunk Show

    Angela Lensch Gallery will host the third annual jewelry trunk show for artist Rachel Frye, designer and self-taught jeweler of CIVAL Jewelry Designs. The trunk show is scheduled for May 7, 10 am – 5 pm. Frye’s original designs were born out of a love for found objects and a desire to give them new […]

  • Rob Williams Featured in Miller’s Second Thursday Program

    Rob Williams, contemporary Door County landscape painter and retired art educator, will be the featured presenter for this month’s Second Thursday program at the Miller Art Museum. Williams will discuss and demonstrate his technique at the museum on May 12 at 10:30 am, located in the Sturgeon Bay Library. The program is open to the […]

  • Marcia Nickols Featured in May at UU Gallery

    Marcia Nickols will be the featured artist at the UU Gallery in north Ephraim during May. She works in water-based oils and watercolor creating Impressionist works using color and light. Water scenes dominate her work along with the people, boats and scenery of Door County. She is a keen observer of the movement of color […]

  • New Beginnings at Woodwalk Gallery

    Andrew Seefeldt and Jillaine Burton Seefeldt welcome the community to the 2016 season at Woodwalk Gallery. Stop by at the open house May 7, 10 am – 5 pm, for refreshments and to check out Woodwalk. Seefeldt and Burton have been preparing the gallery for the last several months: refreshing the loft into an additional […]

  • Door County Representation at Neville Museum

    A landscape painting by artist Lynn Gilchrist of Sturgeon Bay was selected for the upcoming Neville Public Museum’s 71st Art Annual juried exhibition. Gilchrist’s 24” x 36” acrylic, “Looking to the Quarry,” depicts late spring in the woods of Potawatomi State Park. Gilchrist’s painting was chosen from 132 submissions from artists working in the 24 […]

  • Students Awarded at Annual Miller Salon

    The Miller Art Museum revealed the award winners of the 42nd annual Salon of Door County High School Art during a public reception April 25. The art teachers presented Certificates of Participation to all participating student artists. Curator of Exhibits and Collections Deborah Rosenthal presented cash awards: $100 Awards of Excellence went to Cara Reisen […]

  • New Capture Door County Photo Book Now Available

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) announces the release of their newest Capture Door County fine art photography book, Seasons Behind The Door. This 144-page book features more than 230 photographs of Door County. The hardbound coffee table book is the result of the popular Capture Door County photo contest, which the DCVB started in […]

  • Door County Potters’ Guild Annual Studio Tour is May 7 & 8

    The Door County Potters’ Guild invites the community to their annual studio tour on May 7 – 8, 10 am – 5 pm. This year features handmade vases from all seven unique studios on the peninsula. The potters invite guests to visit their studios and galleries and be the first to see new work created […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Opens for Season

    Ellison Bay Pottery’s 2016 season begins the weekend of Friday, May 7 with the Door County Potter’s Guild tour “Vases Vases Vases.” John Dietrich and Diane McNeil have been designing and creating beautiful one-of-a-kind vases just for the tour. On Sunday, 1 – 3 pm, the studio will be open for tours and demonstrations. Ellison […]

  • Vendors Needed for Olde Ellison Bay Days Festival

    The art fair committee of the 50th Olde Ellison Bay Days Festival is looking for more Door County fine artists and fine craftspeople for its art fair. “Artists can share a booth if they wish,” said Diane McNeil, committee member. “We’re always looking for young emerging artists located in Door County. So many of our […]

  • Everyone Welcome to Join Readers Rampant Book Club

    The Readers Rampant Book Club of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library will meet on May 10 at 2:30 pm. The group will discuss Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 2:30 pm in the library’s Community Room. Light refreshments are served and all are […]

  • Door County Poet Laureate Headlines May Dickinson Poetry Series

    Ralph Murre is the featured reader for the Dickinson Poetry Series on May 11 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim. A former farm boy, his vocations and avocations have included architecture, boatbuilding, sailing and wandering the backroads of North America on two wheels and four. Murre is the author of […]

  • The Bestseller List: May 6, 2016

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 2. The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George 3. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman 4. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante 5. Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín   TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. H Is for Hawk, by Helen […]