Peninsula Pulse Nov. 22-29, 2019

In this issue

  • A Fan to the End: Longtime Columnist Jocko Rader Dies at 87

    He was just one fan, but when Door County League baseball resumes next Mother’s Day, there will be a gaping hole in the heart of the league. Jennings “Jocko” Rader was for many years the soul of the league, telling its stories in print for the Door County Advocate, tracking its statistics and keeping the […]

  • Dollar General Plans Sister Bay Store

    Sister Bay may finally have an answer to what will replace Shopko, which in June closed its stores throughout the state, including one in the village. Point of Beginning, a Stevens Point-based company, has submitted plans to build a Dollar General store at the corner of Highway 42 and Fieldcrest Road. Many in the village […]

  • Thanksgiving Eve Worship at St. Paul Church

    All are welcome to enjoy Thanksgiving Eve worship and fellowship during a pie-and-ice-cream social Nov. 27, 6 pm, at St. Paul Church in Juddville. Attendees are asked to contribute a nonperishable food item and a pie to share.

  • 2019 Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade Benefits Door County Secret Santa

    The annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day parade and benefit on Nov. 28 will start at the Jacksonport Fire Station at 10:30 am. Now in its 23rd year, this fun-loving, eclectic parade continues its mission of neighbors helping neighbors through support for the Door County Secret Santa Project and Feed My People, Clothe My People.  The Secret […]

  • Bell Ringers Needed for Northern Door Locations

    Volunteer bell ringers are needed in Sister Bay at Piggly Wiggly and Al Johnson’s Restaurant, Ellison Bay at the Pioneer Store, Baileys Harbor at the Baileys 57 BP station, and Fish Creek at Nelson’s Hardware. All locations are indoors except the Pioneer Store. All money collected will stay in Door County to fund local Salvation […]

  • Packers Tailgate Party at Sister Bay Bowl Dec. 1

    The Sister Bay Bowl will host an indoor Packer tailgate party Dec. 1, when the Packers take on the Giants. Doors will open at 10:30 am;  football action will start at 12 pm. The party features all-you-can-eat AC Tap chili, brats, burgers, nachos, desserts and more. Take a canned good to have a chance to […]

  • Habitat for Humanity Holds Holiday Cookie Fundraiser Dec. 7

    Wanda Jean’s will host its second annual holiday cookie social fundraiser Dec. 7, 11 am – 2 pm, while the supply of treats lasts! Proceeds will benefit Door County Habitat for Humanity.  Volunteers will bake and donate their favorite holiday treats, and shoppers will receive boxes to select their own assortment for $6 per dozen. […]

  • Reserve Sears for St. Peter’s ‘Advent by Candlelight’

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay is hosting its 19th annual Advent by Candlelight program Dec. 8, 2 pm, in the Family Life Activity Center. Reserve your spot to enjoy this program in a beautiful, candlelit setting by calling Carol Lenius at 920.360.3513 after 5 pm, or emailing [email protected] no later than Nov. 29.

  • Free Monthly Lunches at Ephraim Moravian Church

    For the seventh year, Ephraim Moravian Church, 9970 Moravia St., will offer a free hot lunch at 12 pm on the third Wednesday of the month through April (Dec. 18, Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 18 and April 15). The menus will include hot soups, sandwiches or salads, desserts and beverages. There is no charge, […]

  • Prevea Neurosurgeon First in State to Use New Tool

    About 17,000 new cases of high-grade gliomas are expected to be diagnosed nationally in 2019, according to the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States. Gliomas account for 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors. This month, Dr. Joseph Chabot, a Prevea Health neurosurgeon, became the first in Wisconsin to use Gleolan: a new […]

  • David Pfeifer Insurance Wins 2019 Fall Fest Best Parade Entry

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association has awarded the Best Parade Entry for the 2019 Fall Festival to David Pfeifer Insurance. The float’s inspiration was “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” the theme song of the animated film Toy Story. Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex, Hamm and […]

  • Featured Pet: Mouse

    Meet Mouse, a one-year-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus! She’s a friendly gal who will greet you at the door and meow with excitement. Mouse enjoys being petted, cuddled and surrounded by other feline friends. Like all cats at WHS, she has been spayed, microchipped and vaccinated, […]

  • Joan Rusnack and Carol Overland Left Their Marks on Door County

    The story of most Door County entrepreneurs is almost a cliché: A trip to the peninsula starts a love affair with the scenic beauty of the area, which sparks a dream of making a life here, which sparks a business idea to make it happen.  For many, that spark is doused almost as quickly as […]

  • Jailhouse Poetry: Ed DiMaio Helps Channel Thoughts into Words

    Ed DiMaio refers to writing as the “poor man’s therapist.” It’s a form of therapy he’s been practicing since the age of 16, and one that he credits with giving him a thankful focus in life. “I started writing in a spiral-bound notebook when I was 16 – journaling,” he said. “I came from a […]

  • Two Authors at OtherWorlds Book Signings

    OtherWorlds Books & More, 41 N. 3rd Ave. (Park Place Mall) in Sturgeon Bay, will host two local authors for book signings Nov. 23, 11 am – 2 pm.  Kimber Leewood from Applewood Stables will show her love for all things horses with her book, Breeze. Bob McCurdy, the author of more than a dozen […]

  • Meet-and-Greet with Anne Emerson on Nov. 23

    Novel Bay Booksellers will host an author meet-and-greet with Anne Emerson, author of Doodle Love, on Nov. 23, 12 pm. The store welcomes all pets, and treats will be provided to humans and their fur babies. Longtime Door County resident Anne Emerson has produced an enchanting picture book about the dog breed she loves, and […]

  • Write On Announces Ekphrastic Writing Residency, Scholarship

    Write On, Door County announces the inaugural Dick Scuglik Memorial Residency and Scholarship, to be awarded to a poet or other writer who has a demonstrated ability and interest in ekphrastic writing. A committee of writers will select one individual for the weeklong residency, to be held June 14-21.  The recipient will be paired with […]

  • Women’s Voices from the Civil War in ‘Such Anxious Hours’

    Letters from Civil War soldiers to their families often provide poignant narratives of the war, but what about the messages from the women who maintained homes and farmsteads alone while providing emotional support to their loved ones at the front? Such Anxious Hours: Wisconsin Women’s Voices by Jo Ann Daly Carr features letters and diaries […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Nov. 22, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Muhammad Abdelnabi of Egypt has won France’s 2019 Arab Literature Prize for La Chambre de l’Araignée (In the Spider’s Room). The book is based on an actual event in Cairo in 2001, […]

  • James May North to Host Makers’ Fair Nov. 29-30

    Be an outstanding and memorable gift giver this holiday season: Give the gift of art! James May North, 219 State St. in Algoma, will host a makers’ fair on Black Friday, Nov. 29, 5-8 pm; and Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 am – 5 pm. Shoppers will find high-quality products created by talented regional makers […]

  • Turtle Ridge Offers Colorful, Handmade Holiday Gifts

    Turtle Ridge Gallery and Boutique has a large selection of gifts, and some fun colors have come in just in time for the holidays.  The new Hold It clutch is great for going out, in beautiful colors such as plum pop, frosty blue and silver-dusted black. Silk and wool scarves with original images of woodland […]

  • New Artists and Space Featured in Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl

    An artist’s studio is a pragmatic, yet magical place. It’s a place where work gets done and inspiration strikes – sometimes by force, sometimes by magic. It’s not every day that artists invite people – let alone the public – into these places, but certain artists will do so during the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl. […]

  • New Bowling Hall of Fame Class

    The Door County USBC (United States Bowling Congress) honored several bowlers Nov. 9 at the 11th biennial Hall of Fame banquet. Geoff Hansen, Mike Snell and Barnie Haen were inducted into the Hall of Fame for superior performance, acknowledging their accomplishments during their long bowling careers. Kelly Cater and Ben McDonald were also honored as […]

  • Reps in the News: Disaster Relief, Teddy Award, Vaping

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Joel Kitchens received a plaque from the Washington Island Electric Cooperative for his efforts to secure $2 million in disaster-relief funds for the island community in the 2019-21 state budget. Washington Island lost power in 2018 when ice shoves damaged the only submarine cable that provided electricity to the town, and […]

  • Bowling Scores

    Women’s Masters League Nov. 4 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,656/570 • High series: Sara Mueller 594, Missy Mueller 584, Nicole Sperber 519 • High game: Sara Mueller 223, Missy Mueller 218, Nicole Sperber 189 • Split conversion: Carol Kroll 5-7 Nov. 11 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,493/515 • High […]

  • Thanksgiving Parade Will Benefit Secret Santa

    Though the 23rd annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving parade will last only 15 or 20 minutes, the benefits will last much longer. This year, the Sevastopol Student Council and Gibraltar DECA students have organized a raffle to benefit the Door County Secret Santa Project, which pays heating bills for Door County families and individuals in need during […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Most Accurate Weather Forecasts

    I do not pretend to know everything about the English language, but I do know a superlative when I see or hear one. Toward that end, I note that the weather forecasters on all three TV channels claim to have the most accurate forecasts. One even claims to be certified but does not cite the source […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Nov. 22

    News from this week’s past 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 November 24, 1876 The newest style of trowsers for boys have copper bottoms, knees steel-plated, seams riveted and tin cans made […]

  • For Our Big Problems, the First Step Is Trying

    For decades, we’ve been told that public transportation won’t work in northern Door County, despite the fact that dozens of other seasonal destinations like ours have pulled it off. We’ve been told Door County is too rural, too unpredictable, that people here just plain like to drive too much.  You’ll hear those arguments at the […]

  • Boys Basketball Season Preview

    Southern Door New coach Pete Claflin inherits a team – last year’s Packerland Conference champions – that has lost great scorers and leaders. Kyle Daoust, Derik LeCaptain and Max Pierre graduated after combining to average 42 points per game. Returning for the Eagles is University of Wisconsin-Green Bay signee Ryan Claflin, who scored 15.5 points and grabbed […]

  • Moo-La-La-Giveaway is Back

    The Moo-La-La Giveaway – the popular Sturgeon Bay tradition of giving away money – is back for the 2019 holiday season. Fill out an entry slip each time you shop at or visit one of the participating businesses, and put it in the entry box; no purchase is necessary to participate. The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will […]

  • 99 Years and Counting: Jim Kramer’s Sturgeon Bay Life

    From the railroad, to the shipyard, to the homestead Growing up in Sturgeon Bay during the 1920s, Jim Kramer loved to sit and listen to old men tell stories. Now 99 years old, he has plenty of his own stories to tell, and he still remembers the ones he heard as a little boy. Kramer […]

  • Improving Internet an Education Imperative

    Last year, a higher-than-average number of snow days affected Door County’s school districts, and to address the challenge, the Gibraltar School District is experimenting with providing instruction at home during future weather events and closures. Crucial to the success of this innovative plan is internet availability, which is a challenge for some students living in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Advocacy Group in Favor of Back Forty Mine

    The Natural Resource Development Association is an advocacy group of concerned citizens who believe that the environment and economy not only complement one another but should help communities thrive. Responsible resource development is the hallmark of a strong economy and a clean environment. When these two elements move forward hand in hand, a community creates […]

  • Southern Door Earns PR Award

    At its recent annual conference, the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association honored the Southern Door County School District with a Spectrum Award of Merit for its work in school communications – specifically, for its referendum campaign. Spectrum Awards recognize high-quality public-relations efforts produced by or on behalf of school districts in the state.  “Having community support […]

  • Luxemburg Bancshares Raises Semiannual Dividend

    Luxemburg Bancshares, the parent company of Bank of Luxemburg (, has approved a semiannual dividend of $0.68 per share, payable on Dec. 16, 2019, to shareholders of record as of Dec. 1, 2019. This is an increase of $0.03 compared to the December 2018 dividend.  “Increasing dividends communicate financial well-being and shareholder value for Luxemburg […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Response

    This is in response to the gentleman’s letter titled “Aha! Another Science Denier Has Been Outed” [Nov. 1, 2019, issue]. He questions how former President Obama is able to afford his beachfront estate. Maybe with a little research on legitimate sites and reading, he would have been able to find that out.  Unlike the “stable […]

  • Door to Nature: American Coots, Clowns of the Bird World

    It’s time to organize our Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door Christmas bird counts and look at the forecast for winter finch migration into Wisconsin. The news from Canada is that cone production on the spruce and pine trees has been very good, and many birch trees have a great quantity of seeds.  That means we […]

  • High School Winter Athletics

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Nov. 22 @ Hilbert (scrimmage), 4 pm Nov. 26 vs. Chilton, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Nov. 23 @ Xavier, 3:30 pm SOUTHERN DOOR  Boys Basketball  Nov. 23 @ Kaukauna (scrimmage), 11:30 am Girls Basketball Nov. 22 @ Roncalli, 7:15 pm STURGEON BAY  Boys Basketball  Nov. 25 @ Kohler (scrimmage), 5:30 pm Girls […]

  • By the Numbers: Tipping

    “I feel great about the fact that I no longer need to worry that the only way to get a great tip is to have a woman subjecting herself to leering men or if I’m from a different ethnic group than the table that I’m serving, that I need to worry that they’re not going […]

  • Run Egg Harbor Nov. 30 in One Barrel’s 2.62

    The first One Barrel 2.62 “marathon” – well, one-tenth of a marathon – is almost here.  Run off your Thanksgiving dinner Saturday, Nov. 30, starting at One Barrel Brewing Company in Egg Harbor. The 2.62-mile fun run and walk will take participants on a loop course that finishes at the taproom, where all runners will get a […]

  • Bills to Watch: Cursive Writing in Schools, Riparian Rights

    AB 459 / SB 414 Cursive writing in schools This bill requires incorporating cursive writing into the model academic standards for English language arts. The bill also requires school boards, independent charter schools and private schools participating in parental-choice programs to include cursive writing in their elementary grades’ curricula. Sen. André Jacque is co-sponsoring the […]

  • Englebert Holds Seat in Forestville

    Roy Englebert held on to his seat on the Door County Board of Supervisors in a special recall election Nov. 19.  Englebert garnered 53.8 percent of the vote to defeat challenger Lora Jorgenson, a trustee in the Village of Forestville. Jorgenson is a member of a group that opposes the drawdown of the Forestville Millpond, […]

  • PBS Wisconsin to Broadcast State Honors Concerts

    PBS Wisconsin (formerly Wisconsin Public Television) will broadcast a special one-hour compilation of the 2019 State Honors concerts Dec. 30, 8 pm. Musical highlights from the State Honors choirs, band and orchestra will also air on Wisconsin Public Radio on Thanksgiving Day, 10 am – 12 pm, with the entire concert series airing Dec. 29, […]

  • West School Apartments Receive Final OK

    The affordable-apartment proposal for the former west school in Sturgeon Bay received the final approval from the Sturgeon Bay Common Council on Nov. 19. The council voted 5-2 to approve a Planned Unit Development agreement for the 40-unit apartment complex.  The plan is opposed by neighbors who say affordable housing should be located in other […]

  • Groundbreaking at New Maritime Lighthouse Tower

    Board members and officials from the Door County Maritime Museum broke ground on the new Maritime Lighthouse Tower Nov. 13. The 10-story, $5.5 million tower will offer panoramic views of Sturgeon Bay and include new exhibits and educational opportunities. Photo by Tina M. Gohr Photography for the Door County Maritime Museum.

  • Luna Ramerez Earns Second Place in AMVETS Coloring Contest

    Luna Ramerez received a certificate and cash award for winning second place in the fourth-grade level of the national AMVETS Americanism coloring contest. Presenting the award is Bill Forry, Post 51 commander. Also shown are her parents, Martin and Melanie, and Nancy Gamble, chairperson for the K-5 contests in the Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol area […]

  • Cellcom’s Recycling Program Provides Green Gifts

    Four Door County organizations will receive funds generated by Cellcom’s Green Gifts program: Crossroads at Big Creek, Gibraltar Area Schools, The Ridges Sanctuary and the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. Cellcom’s Green Gifts program gives money to green nonprofit initiatives that it has generated through Cellcom’s cell-phone recycling program. Community members turn in their […]

  • State News: Farm Debt, Wheel Taxes, Gun Laws

    Survey Shows Steady Land Prices, Increased Farm Debt New data show agricultural bankers in Wisconsin and other Midwest states are predicting continuing financial difficulties for farms. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recently released its quarterly report on farmland values and credit conditions for the district that covers much of the southern half of Wisconsin, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: It Pays to Be a Good Guy

    I would like to respond to the letter regarding President Obama purchasing a $15 million, 29-acre estate on Martha’s Vineyard [Nov. 1, 2019, issue]. I, too, am curious how in the world he could afford such a place. I know he was loaded with integrity and a decent, honorable character, but shekels? I don’t think […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Do No Harm

    Having a private well report marked “Legal” does not mean your water is safe. The EPA is the agency that sets limits and updates them. Waiting for our EPA (Clean Water Act) to take action on this issue has not worked for the citizens of northeastern Wisconsin. What we all know is this: The best […]

  • Lottery Credits Announced

    It appears that those large Wisconsin Lottery jackpots are paying off for Wisconsin taxpayers because property owners will see an increase in lottery credits when 2019 property-tax bills arrive. Door County taxpayers receive the lottery credit as a tax reduction on their primary residence.  Door County will soon begin printing the bills, and taxpayers can […]

  • Municipal News: Nov. 25-26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Nov. 26 – Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee, 4 pm. Town of Gibraltar: Nov. 26 – Plan Commission, 7 pm. Town of Sevastopol: Nov. 25 – Special budget meeting, 6 pm. Village of Egg Harbor: Nov. 26 – Plan Commission, 12 pm. Village of Sister Bay: Nov. 26 – Plan […]

  • Sevastopol Releases Renderings of Remodel

    Ground-breaking coming in spring If you’re not familiar with the Sevastopol School District building, it’s likely you’d get lost in its narrow hallways without a guide. You’d also notice aging floor tiles, entrances and doorways that don’t quite make sense and one oddly medieval-looking door. Those features and more are why the community voted to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay’s New Brand: City hopes new signage pulls visitors downtown

    Door County claims an astounding 298 miles of waterfront, but few people realize that nearly a third of that is in and around the city of Sturgeon Bay. The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is out to change that with a new signage initiative designed to draw people into the city and down to its expanding […]

  • The New Office: Remote Workers Taking to Door County

    From her home office in Ellison Bay, Amber Beard reaches around the world. She teaches remotely for Harvard and runs her own sustainable-building consultancy called projekt hABitat. When she’s not working remotely in Door County, she’s traveling for work.  Beard is one of an estimated 4 million Americans who work from home at least half […]

  • Parks Department Seeks Input

    There’s still time to share your thoughts on the future of the Door County Parks Department, which is conducting a survey to help develop its five-year plan. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and seeks input on how you use the parks, funding and changes you’d like to see at parks. The survey […]

  • Door 2 Door Fees Increasing

    The Door County Transportation Department will increase fees for Door 2 Door Rides and the ADRC bus and van service in 2020. Fares for Door to Door (D2D) will increase by 25 to 50 cents per ride beginning Jan. 1, 2020.  Fares in the Orange Core Zone in Sturgeon Bay will increase from $1.75 to […]

  • Going Green in Egg Harbor

    Village pushes sustainable practices for tourism and the future Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green.” Though that may have been the case for him, it’s not the case for Egg Harbor: In August 2017, the village became Door County’s first Green Tier Legacy Community. Ephraim has followed suit.  It started with small […]

  • Scaturo’s: 25 Years of Dining in Sturgeon Bay

    If you’re familiar with the dining scene in Sturgeon Bay, chances are you’re familiar with Scaturo’s.  Robert and JoAnne Scaturo’s family-owned restaurant does it all: breakfast, lunch, dinner, bakery, catering, fresh take-home food, a traditional fish boil and even a seasonal food truck called Scat’s Got Your Tongue. This spring marked the start of the […]

  • Server of the Week: Ross at the Sturgeon Bay DMV

    Ross is your man He’ll help you out if he can He helped me get a new ID He’s a wonderful guy I hope you’ll agree!  — Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Make This the Year of Clutter-Free Gift Giving

    Holiday gifts are expressions of love and gratitude for the people we care about most, which is wonderful. But giving them can also contribute to clutter, which is not always wonderful and can make your presents a bit less of a gift. This year, consider these clutter-free alternatives to giving things that – no matter […]

  • Framed: Hilander Ice Rink Opens

    Kids started gearing up for the winter season during the ice-rink kickoff and bonfire Nov. 16 at the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink in Sister Bay. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Hunters Geared Up for 23 Days of Blaze Orange

    Wisconsin’s most treasured hunting tradition will begin Saturday: opening day of the nine-day gun deer season. Regulated deer hunting began with the first closed season in 1851 (Feb. 1-June 30), though Native Americans could hunt year-round. The first bag limit was in 1897 – two deer per season – and a resident license cost $1. Estimated […]

  • Manners Matter: Keeping the Peace at Thanksgiving

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m dreading Thanksgiving. My family is very split politically, and there’s always a major fight before we even get to carve the turkey. For decades, we have celebrated Thanksgiving together because we all travel to our respective in-laws’ homes for Christmas. My mom was always the peacemaker of the family, but she’s […]

  • Obituary: David G. DeJonge

    Jan. 31, 1929 – Nov. 19, 2019 David G. DeJonge, 90, died at Sturgeon Bay Health Services after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Gerrit and Jannette (Fox) DeJonge. He married Marilyn (Lynn) Miller on June 9, 1951. David graduated from Schurz High School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1946 […]

  • Door Shakespeare Hosts ‘Holidays on Ice’ and Dessert Buffet

    Let the merrymaking begin as Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director, Michael Stebbins, reads selected essays from Holidays on Ice by beloved humorist David Sedaris on Dec. 16, 7 pm, in Vail Hall at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane in Baileys Harbor. Both thoughtful and playful, these stories are the perfect antidote to holiday craziness. The reading […]

  • ‘Sister’s Christmas Catechism’ Takes the Stage at SDCA on Dec. 13

    Celebrate the holidays Dec. 13, 7 pm, when the Southern Door Community Auditorium hosts Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. It’s CSI: Bethlehem in this holiday mystery extravaganza – from the author of Late Nite Catechism – as Sister takes on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: What happened to the […]

  • ‘A Tuna Christmas’ Sure to Be a Delight at TAP

    Celebrate the holidays with Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) during its production of A Tuna Christmas, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard. It’s Christmas eve in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, and radio station personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie are reporting local Yuletide news. What’s to be done about Joe Bob […]

  • Christmas at Birch Creek Is a Double Delight Dec. 7

    Christmas at Birch Creek will feature two holiday concerts on Dec. 7 at the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s Juniper Hall. At the family matinee concert at 2:30 pm, all children 11 and younger will receive free admission. Faculty musicians will bring the spectacular sounds of brass and percussion to classic holiday songs, and vocalist […]

  • Ski for Free Program Seeks Volunteers

    The Friends of Crossroads’ Ski for Free program seeks volunteers to help outfit weekend visitors with free skis and snowshoes at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Crossroads has a five-mile, groomed trail system available to all 24/7. Visitors may borrow skis and snowshoes each Saturday and Sunday, 9 am – […]

  • Kick Ash to the Holidays Nov. 30

    Kick off the holidays in Ellison Bay with Kick Ash to the Holidays! On Nov. 30, 9 am – 4 pm, shop Kick Ash Coffee’s collection of locally crafted items; celebrate 20 years with the Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) by purchasing commemorative apparel or ordering a brick; and make your holiday tree selection at […]

  • Look for Seasonal Constellations at Crossroads

    Looking up and looking around are on tap at Crossroads at Big Creek this weekend. The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will open the Stonecipher Astronomy Center’s observatory and planetarium to the public Nov. 23, 7 pm. If the sky is clear, society members will use laser pointers to point out the fall/winter constellations. If the […]

  • Jazzercise Classes Offered at Bay View Lutheran

    Jazzercise will now offer classes on Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30 pm; and Saturdays, 8 am, at Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay. Certified instructor Leslie Glazier-Werner, who is trained to address the needs of every fitness level, will teach the classes. New students can also take advantage of the current promotion: […]

  • Chant HU Nov. 23

    Chant the sacred sound and ancient mantra of HU, and experience contemplative time and spiritual conversation with others of like heart Nov. 23, 2-3 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Discover how the sound of HU can bring more creativity, healing, inner peace and calm, and spiritual self-discovery and growth. The Wisconsin Satsang Society, a […]

  • ‘Home for the Holidays’ Has New Home at Gould Theater

    After 12 years of performing its Home for the Holidays show at the Gibraltar Town Hall, Northern Sky Theater will offer it for the first time this year at its new Gould Theater, featuring Eric Lewis, Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon. These three musicians appear frequently together as a trio and recently released Solid Ground, […]

  • Hometown Love at DCA Nov. 30

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will host an evening of giving thanks, hometown love and world-class talent Nov. 30 when Katie Dahl – accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis – will release a new album and Birds of Chicago will return to the stage with its new supergroup, Capitol Sun Rays, featuring Amy Helm, Grahame Lesh […]

  • Obituary: Jennings “Jocko” Rader

    April 4, 1932 – Nov. 18, 2019 Jennings “Jocko” Rader, 87, of Sturgeon Bay died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Jennings and Grace (Hoerres) Rader Sr.  On Jan. 10, 1953, he married Janet Marie Seiler in Sturgeon Bay. Jocko graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1951. There he […]

  • Obituary: Joe T. Schartner

    Nov. 17, 1956 – Nov. 17, 2019 Joe T. Schartner, 63, of Sturgeon Bay died in Pembine, Wisconsin. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Franklin and Dolores (Wendt) Schartner. Joe graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1974. On August 19, 1978, he married Jan M. Reimer. They bought the Cyril Vertz orchard and operated […]

  • Obituary: Laura Kate Weber

    March 25, 1985 – Nov. 14, 2019 Laura Kate Weber, 34, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, died Nov. 14. She was born in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Joseph Peter Weber and Carol Anne Laubenstein.  After graduating from Sevastopol High School in the Class of 2003, she moved to Minnesota and attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, […]

  • Obituary: Frances Sweeny Baumlisberger Alvin

    Dec. 4, 1924 – Nov. 18, 2019 Frances Sweeny Baumlisberger Alvin, 94, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully, surrounded by her family. She was born in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, the daughter of William and Sally Kemp (Sweeny) Baumlisberger. Frances grew up on the family farm, and after graduating from high school, she attended college in Louisville for two years. She graduated […]

  • Obituary: Angela M. Renard

    June 15, 1929 – Nov. 17, 2019 Angela Mae Renard, 90, of Algoma died Nov. 17. She was born in Misere to John and Adele (LeDocq) Bouche. On Aug. 5, 1947, she married Howard J. Renard in Rosiere. They enjoyed more than 72 years of marriage. For many years, Angela was very instrumental in running the family cheese business with […]

  • Obituary: Daniel Gary Haen

    July 11, 1948 – Nov. 16, 2019 Daniel Gary Haen, 71, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Harvey George and Helen Ella Charlotte (Martens) Haen. After graduating from Gibraltar High School, he proudly served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War.  Dan owned […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy “Dottie” Lillian Coon

    Feb. 3, 1939 – Nov. 12, 2019 Dorothy “Dottie” Lillian Coon, 80, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center. She was born in Rhinebeck, New York, the daughter of Clarence Edward Rogers and Lillian Johannah (Reusch) Rogers. On Nov. 15, 1958, Dorothy was united in marriage to Elmer William “Buddy” Coon at the […]