Peninsula Pulse Nov. 8-15, 2019

In this issue

  • HELP of Door County Names Milly Gonzales New Executive Director

    The Board of Directors of HELP of Door County, Inc. announces that Milly Gonzales has accepted the position of Executive Director with the organization. In her new role, Gonzales will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, work collaboratively with area nonprofits and governmental units and set the strategic vision for the organization with the Board. Gonzales […]

  • By the Numbers: Veterans Day

    11-11-1918 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that day as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, following the end of World War I, with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for […]

  • Marine Sanctuary Proposal Back on the Table

    Kewaunee County is included in the new designation effort Former Gov. Scott Walker cited concerns about state’s rights and federal overreach when he withdrew the state from consideration of the proposed Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary in February 2018, four years after the designation effort began. But now the designation is back on track, with […]

  • FMM and Vigor Deliver First Three of Six Vessels to U.S. Coast Guard

    Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) and Vigor (Team RB-M) have delivered the first three of a six-vessel RB-M contract to the U.S. Coast Guard. The boats are part of a foreign military sale to Bahrain’s Coast Guard. The remaining hulls are expected to ship in 2020. Team RB-M has built a total of 182 RB-Ms. FMM was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: End Plastic Waste

    In recent years, the issues of disposable waste, recycling and sustainability have become concerns for many. Seeing acres of plastic containers floating in the ocean is haunting.  Although local units of government in Wisconsin (including Door County) are tasked by laws and regulations to manage municipal solid waste, State Law 66.0419 (Section 1), passed in […]

  • Door to Nature: Nuthatches Are Really Nuthacks

    The breeding season is over for the native birds, and with the approach of winter, more species are coming to my feeders. The black-capped chickadees are some of the most frequent visitors to get sunflower seeds, and with every cold front, more seem to be in the yard and at the feeders.  Another native small […]

  • Ice Rink Kickoff Bonfire Nov. 16

    It’s time to think winter sports in Northern Door. Kick off the season at Sister Bay’s Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink on Nov. 16, 4-8 pm, with a bonfire, games, food and live music.  The ice rink committee is busy organizing the Northern Door Broomball League, readying the warming house and rink, and planning […]

  • Bear-Hunt Harvest Nearly Equal to 2018

    Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) show that hunters harvested 3,648 bears during the state’s 2019 black-bear season, nearly equal to the 3,680 reported in 2018. “Wisconsin often leads the nation in black-bear harvest, and these preliminary results suggest that our bear population remains healthy and abundant across the prime bear […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Nov. 8

    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 12, 1875 MR. WILLIAM SANDERSON and family have moved to Cana Island and taken charge of the Light House there. […]

  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan at Immel Construction

    At Immel Construction, 100 percent of the company’s stock has been sold to its employees through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan – the next step in the firm’s evolution in ownership – but Immel will continue to operate under the same business model and structure.  “We are excited to usher in this new era at Immel Construction […]

  • How the Poppy Came to Symbolize Fallen Soldiers

    It began with an anonymous poem titled “In Flanders Fields” that appeared in the weekly British satirical magazine Punch on Dec. 8, 1915. The poem’s author was actually a Canadian doctor, Lt. Col. John McCrae, who served as a brigade surgeon for an Allied artillery unit. He spotted a cluster of poppies shortly after the […]

  • DCVB Votes in New Members, Awards CTA Employer of the Year

    About 140 Door County business leaders gathered Oct. 29 for the Door County Visitor Bureau’s (DCVB) 94th annual meeting. The new DCVB board members who were voted in by the members present were Jeff Lutsey of Waseda Farms, Julie Hathaway of Liberty Lodge, Brit Unkefer of Wild Restaurant Concepts, Nick Dokolas of Segway the Door, […]

  • Bills to Watch: Nov. 8

    AB-582/SB-522 Cell phones while driving This bill would make it illegal to use a cell phone while driving, except for certain hands-free use, use by law-enforcement officials or use related to an emergency. Minnesota and Illinois have similar laws, which are believed to reduce the likelihood of vehicle crashes. The bill is in committee in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: It’s Time to Incorporate the Village of Fish Creek

    It’s time for Gibraltar’s citizens, business owners and specifically the town board to begin to incorporate the Village of Fish Creek, to be governed separately from the Town of Gibraltar. There are three primary reasons: 1. Discontent among Gibraltar voters is extremely high: Neither the rural taxpayers nor the “Fish Creek” taxpayers feel well served. This […]

  • Dr. Kasdorf Joins Prevea Health

    Dr. Gayle Kasdorf has joined Prevea Health and sees patients at the Prevea St. Mary’s Health Center in Green Bay, the Prevea Oconto Falls Health Center in Oconto Falls, and Prevea Health at Door County Medical Center, 323 S. 18th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Kasdorf specializes in thyroid disease, thyroid cancer, osteoporosis, pituitary disease, radioactive […]

  • Municipal News: Nov. 11-14

    City of Sturgeon Bay: Nov. 12 – Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee, 4 pm. Nov. 14 – Community Protection and Services Committee, 4:30 pm. County of Door: Nov. 11 – Highway and Airport Committee, 9 am; Public Safety Committee, 11 am; joint Human Services Board and Board of Health meeting, 3 pm. Nov. 13 – County […]

  • FSA Processes Payments in Conservation Reserve Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Wisconsin is processing $28,637,057 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners to support voluntary conservation efforts on private lands. In Wisconsin, 14,657 landowners will receive compensation for 195,482 acres enrolled in CRP. CRP is a voluntary program that contracts with agricultural producers so […]

  • Compass Mortgage Serves Door County Area

    Compass Mortgage, founded in 1999, is now serving the Door County area, partnering with clients as they find a new home. As an independent mortgage lender, Compass Mortgage underwrites, prepares the closing package and provides funding for loans. Rich Geils of Bailey Harbor and Dede Mickelson of Sister Bay are the loan officers serving in […]

  • Southern Door Volleyball Makes History

    The 2019 Southern Door volleyball team made history this season by winning its first Packerland Conference championship. The team topped the conference with an 8-0 record. Submitted photo. 

  • Sports Roundup: Stenzel State Finish and Gibraltar Volleyball

    Stenzel Will Use State Finish as Motivation Disappointing outcome. Encouraging motivation. That would be the best way to describe Sevastopol junior Olivia Stenzel’s experience at Saturday’s Division 3 state cross-country meet as she finished in 53rd place with a time of 21 minutes, 7 seconds. She finished 21st and 20th during her freshman and sophomore […]

  • State News: Senate Votes to Fire Ag Secretary Brad Pfaff

    The state Senate voted Tuesday to fire Gov. Tony Evers’ pick to lead the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – an unusual move that comes amid continued conflict between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic administration.  Senate lawmakers voted 19-14 along party lines against Pfaff’s confirmation. According to the Legislature’s nonpartisan research […]

  • Maritime Lighthouse Tower Groundbreaking Nov. 13

    The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Maritime Lighthouse Tower expansion at the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) – signaling the start of construction activities – will take place Nov. 13, 10:30 am, at the museum, 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay. “This is a historic day that has been a long time coming for the Door […]

  • Door County Bowling Leagues

    Women’s Masters Oct. 21 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,552/585 • High series: Missy Mueller 561, Nicole Sperber 560, Sara Mueller 509 • High game: Missy Mueller 227, Nicole Sperber 216, Rose Atkinson 200 Apple Valley Majors League  Oct. 22 • High team game: The Institute Saloon 1,195 • High team series: The […]

  • A Lesson in Distracted Driving

    I was behind the wheel when I got a text that said, “What’s the name of that shark movie?” I started thinking about it while I pulled up to a red light. Was it the shark from Finding Nemo that the text was talking about?  In retrospect, I know it was obviously Jaws, but I […]

  • News Bulletin: Nov. 8-15

    WHAT HAPPENED • The Door County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an incident in which a Door County Jail inmate walked away from custody.  On Nov. 4 at approximately 7 am, 31-year-old Chad A. Skarvan left the jail for Huber release. He did not return to the jail and is considered an escaped inmate. Skarvan – a […]

  • USDA Invests in Rural Electric Infrastructure

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA, is investing $1.4 billion in projects in 21 states to build and improve rural electric infrastructure. “The funding USDA is providing is essential to rural Wisconsin and reflects our commitment to invest in critical infrastructure needs in rural communities,” said Frank Frassetto, Rural Development state director. The USDA […]

  • Reps in the News: Nov. 8-15

    Representative Joel Kitchens “The hemp pilot research program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) requires both hemp growers and processors to obtain one-time licenses and register each year they intend to plant and process hemp,” said a Kitchens newsletter. “In 2017, the Wisconsin Legislature passed a bill that permitted […]

  • Culture Change

    Playoff loss doesn’t dim future for Gibraltar football Gibraltar football coach Mike Peck put the Vikings’ 61-25 loss to Newman Catholic in the second round of the eight-man playoffs in perspective. Even though the Vikings took a lopsided loss, Peck chose to talk about where his program is headed. “As far as the season goes, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gerrymandering and Fair Maps

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of gerrymandering is “the practice of dividing or arranging a territorial unit into election districts that gives one political party an unfair advantage in elections.” Unfortunately, this is what we have in Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s Republican-led state Senate created our current voting districts. The results of this gerrymandering were that in 2014, […]

  • DNR Public Hearing on Bottom-Trawling for Whitefish Nov. 20

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public hearing on a permanent rule regulating bottom-trawling for Lake Michigan whitefish on Nov. 20, 6 pm, at the Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland. Written comments on the rule and its potential impacts will be accepted through Nov. 23. Visit the DNR website for hearing […]

  • Families Happy for Return of Mobile Bay and Crew

    It was a moment of déjà vu for Tom Baudhuin when the Coast Guard cutter Mobile Bay returned to its home port of Sturgeon Bay on a chilly Halloween day. Baudhuin, a Sturgeon Bay native, was one of the original crew members of the Mobile Bay when it first arrived in the city on Nov. […]

  • New CEO at The Boys & Girls Club of Door County

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County has hired Brian Stezenski-Williams as its new CEO. He began in spring 2019 as the organization’s interim CEO and quickly decided to seek the permanent position. “Brian is the perfect fit for our team and has shown his true commitment and dedication to the Boys & Girls […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Adopts $7 Million Tax Levy

    Scott Moore was the only member of the public at the special Nov. 4 meeting of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council’s annual budget deliberation, but he did not speak during the public-hearing portion of the meeting. The city’s 2020 budget includes expenses totaling $17,685,545 and a tax levy on all taxable property of $7,048,988. A […]

  • Southern Door Hosts Veterans Day Ceremony

    American Legion Forestville Post 372 and the Southern Door School District welcome the public to the 2019 countywide Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11, 9:30 am, in the Southern Door School District’s Eagle Gym. All veterans from all branches of service will be recognized. Students from the Southern Door Student Council, Concert Band and Concert Choir […]

  • Rep. Mike Gallagher to Keynote Salute to Veterans Dinner

    The Catholic community of the greater Sturgeon Bay area is sponsoring the Nov. 9 Salute to Veterans dinner and program and will welcome Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Marine Corps veteran, as the keynote speaker. He will deliver a message of service to our country from the perspective of a returning veteran.All dinner and program tickets […]

  • Veterans Day Concert at Algoma Elementary School

    The Algoma Community Band and the Algoma High School Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will present a Veterans Day concert Nov. 13, 7 pm, in the elementary school Performing Arts Center.   Veterans from the American Legion and VFW posts will present the colors, and the trumpet section will play “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The high school […]

  • Community Input Sought for Future of Horseshoe Bay Farms

    Horseshoe Bay Farms (HSBF) is seeking input from the community about the future of the historic Egg Harbor property. An online survey – which takes about five minutes to complete – is now live at and will remain open for four weeks. It will help identify the opportunities and needs of the community as they relate […]

  • Adam LaLuzerne Memorial Bowling Event is Nov. 17

    The community is invited to the fourth annual Adam LaLuzerne memorial bowling event Nov. 17, 12:30-3:30 pm, at Apple Valley Lanes, 1217 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  Sturgeon Bay native LaLuzerne was a 2012 graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School who was a great ambassador for community involvement and helping others. There will be […]

  • Aging Mastery Program Begins 10-Class Course

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County is again offering the Aging Mastery Program, a 10-class course designed to inform, encourage and support aging adults as they improve their lives and stay engaged in the community. The program incorporates evidence-based materials, expert speakers, group discussion and peer support to give participants the […]

  • Algoma Chamber of Commerce Joins Big Bundle Up Campaign

    The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce encourages residents to donate new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign: a statewide collection program running through Nov. 25. To date, the program has collected 155,893 warm winter items to help […]

  • FFA Alumni Toy Show is Dec. 1 at Southern Door

    The 14th annual FFA Alumni toy show will be held Dec. 1, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Southern Door High School gym, 2073 Cty DK. Vendors will sell toys, jewelry, makeup and Tupperware; there will also be a silent auction, door prizes and bucket raffles. Go to shop, enjoy the farm-toy displays and […]

  • Friends of Door County Library to Hold Holiday Sale Dec. 7

    (From left) Ruth Fernandez and Dorothy Wickman, a veteran book-committee member with the Friends of the Door County Library, search for a book on herbs Nov. 2 in the overflow room during the Friends’ book sale at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay. Wickman and other book-sale volunteers reminded attendees about the Friends’ 12th […]

  • kindgoods Raises $1,500 through Be the Change Initiative

    Since May, kindgoods has donated more than $1,500 to six charities through its Be the Change initiative, through which the Sister Bay store selects a different charitable cause or nonprofit organization each month to receive a portion of its proceeds. The program’s final installment for the year will run through November and December, when kindgoods […]

  • Door County Medical Center Earns Rural Community Partner of the Year Award

    At the annual Rural Schools Conference on Oct. 28, the nonprofit Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) honored six individuals and Door County Medical Center for their dedication to addressing the challenges that rural school districts face. WiRSA was established to help rural school districts address the issues that affect them as they work to provide […]

  • Literacy Door County Recognized Students and Tutors at Nov. 3 Event

    The nonprofit Literacy Door County (LDC) provides one-to-one tutoring in English to anyone who wants to improve her or his speaking, reading and writing skills. Right now, LDC has about 30 tutoring pairs and a couple of group classes in which students and tutors work hard, have fun and share their stories. On Nov. 3, LDC […]

  • Community Nurse Navigator Introduced at Algoma Wellness Center

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and Prevea Health are teaming up to provide a community nurse navigator and health programs at the Algoma Wellness Center.  Starting Nov. 6, DCMC’s Kim Swiggum will fill the community nurse navigator role at the Algoma Wellness Center on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm, to provide blood-pressure […]

  • New Door County Housing Website

    The new website provides individuals, developers, municipalities and organizations with information and resources about housing issues in general and affordable-housing issues specific to Door County. Find information about home purchase, repair and renting; financial and agency resources; videos of recent housing-issues presentations by local organizations; details regarding occupational incomes, home affordability and affordable-housing successes […]

  • Featured Pet: Masala

    Meet Masala, a seven-month-old kitten available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Originally brought in as a stray, she is looking forward to having a place to call home! This cutie pie enjoys being petted but likely won’t jump into your lap right away. An interested observer, Masala tends to […]

  • Skip Kaeske Was a Man of the People

    Skip Kaeske wrote his first Pulse submission on a bar napkin.  Sitting at the bar at Alexander’s, one of his favorite spots, getting drinks from Bonnie Spielman, one of his favorite bartenders, he spied Madeline Johnson across the bar.  “Bonnie should be Server of the Week!” he said to the former Peninsula Pulse editor and […]

  • Southern Door Hosts Blood Drive Nov. 8

    The Southern Door Student Council and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive Nov. 8, 9 am – 2 pm, at Southern Door High School, 2073 Cty DK in Brussels. The need for blood is constant, and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Most of us will […]

  • Survey Shows Support for Consolidating City Elementary Schools

    A survey conducted on behalf of the Sturgeon Bay School District in October revealed broad public support for closing Sunset Elementary School.  The survey was conducted in cooperation with School Perceptions – an independent firm with expertise in conducting school surveys – to inform the district’s evaluation of facilities as it plans upgrades. Bill Foster of School […]

  • Feeding the Multitude

    Sister Bay’s Loaves and Fishes program needs new program manager Back in 2006, members of the Ephraim Moravian Church attended one of the Loaves and Fishes dinners, organized by a group of volunteers for those in need in Sturgeon Bay. “I was on the board of elders at the time,” said Kay Wilson. “After attending […]

  • Swing Set

    Big band returns to Maxwelton Braes When Jamie and Jason Palmer pulled into the full Maxwelton Braes parking lot on Oct. 24, they were certain there was another event scheduled on top of the debut concert of the Swingin’ Door Big Band. As they headed to the second-story ballroom, they could hear the buzz of […]

  • Landmark Resort Delivers Stand-Up Comedy to Door County

    The peninsula is rife with artistic talent, from classical musicians to sculptors and painters to professional actors. Yet in the live-comedy category, there’s relatively little to be found. Comedy perhaps isn’t as broad of a draw as the performers who book through the bigger performance venues, but it’s something I’ve missed since leaving Madison, where […]

  • Late Gun Deer Opener a Mixed Bag for Hunters

    Hunters have just two weekends left to sight in firearms, wrap up scouting and ready stand sites in preparation for the 2019 gun deer season opener.  Opening day, Nov. 23, is the latest possible under the current nine-day format that includes the Thanksgiving holiday. Last year’s Nov. 17 opener was the earliest possible and hit […]

  • Server of the Week: Steph Yousef and the Door County Way

    From a vacationer’s perspective Traveling through Door County today, we stopped for breakfast along our way. The Morning Glory looked kind of neat. So many cars … Would we get a seat? As we entered, the server said with a smile, “Have a seat, and I’ll be back in a while.” The bustling diner was […]

  • Have Your CBD and Eat It, Too?

    These days, it seems like you can’t drive down a bustling street of shops and businesses without seeing at least one of them advertising cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD. In case you haven’t heard yet, CBD is a component of both hemp and marijuana plants that many people laud as having healing and calming properties. […]

  • Framed: Frederic Will and Joan Korb

    (From left) Frederic Will and Joan Korb hold up a Peninsula Pulse in Bran, Transylvania – a region in central Romania – during a visit at Halloween time. Vlad the Impaler (Dracula) stayed there. Submitted. 

  • Manners Matter: Listen Better to Include Everyone

    Dear Mary Pat, I can’t stand when people talk over me. It seems to happen more often than not, and it’s really frustrating. I know that I’m not the most assertive person, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to bulldoze over me with all their words and stories.   Signed, Let Me Speak Sister Bay, […]

  • A Midwestern Scrimshander Closes Shop

    I was halfway through an interview with scrimshander Gary Kiracofe in a back room of Door County Scrimshanders when several voices coming from the front of the shop derailed my attention. A couple had entered the shop and was talking to Dawn Sandusky, Kiracofe’s wife and the shop’s manager and co-owner. The man was effusive. […]

  • Review: “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood

    In the last chapter of Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel The Handmaid’s Tale, time suddenly leaps forward to the year 2195, when a Professor Pieixoto delivers a lecture at the Twelfth Symposium on Gileadean Studies. Although the professor has been unable to discover the ultimate fates of the major characters, he makes it clear that the […]

  • Southern Door Community Auditorium Offers Eclectic Mix

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) will host a great series of events this winter and well into 2020.  “The upcoming season embraces an eclectic mix of superb artists,” said Terry Lundahl, SDCA program director. “I am pleased that the roster features such a broad range of talent. It’s certainly going to be an exciting […]

  • Desert Inspires Violinist Chafey-Hon

    The arid landscape and wildlife of the desert wilderness will inspire an afternoon of live music by violinist Beth Chafey-Hon on Nov. 17 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. She has also created a complementary slide show featuring rock formations and wind-sculpted sand that stand in contrast to photos of verdant, vibrant Door County […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Visits Enhances School Music Programs

    To continue carrying out its mission to enhance student learning and academic achievement through increased exposure to – and participation in – music, the Griffon String Quartet will visit three Door County schools Nov. 12. The schools participating in this series of residency activities do not have strings programs, making these experiences even more significant in […]

  • Peninsula Symphonic Band Plays Veterans Day Concert Nov. 11

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band ( will honor veterans with its annual Veterans Day concert Nov. 11, 7 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1756 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Under Jason Palmer’s direction, the band will play the “Armed Forces Salute,” “National Emblem,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and more. Pianist Sara Bong will join […]

  • Double the Cast, Double the Fun

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Shines at Southern Door High School  Learning lines and music for a lead role in a school production is not an easy feat – especially when students are trying to balance that work with school, jobs and home life. Now imagine learning a character’s lines and songs as well as the […]

  • Sister Bay’s Capture the Spirit Holiday Lighting Festivities

    Sister Bay ( will welcome Santa, his elves and his favorite reindeer during the annual Capture the Spirit holiday lighting festivities Nov. 29, 3-5 pm. Enjoy hot chocolate and candy before Santa arrives at 4:30 pm to light the village Christmas tree and holiday light display. Join in the caroling with Santa; then walk to […]

  • Merry-Time Festival of Trees Returns

    Create a new holiday tradition by visiting the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, during the eighth annual Merry-Time Festival of Trees. Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths donated by businesses and individuals will grace every gallery during the festival, which will run daily, Nov. 8 – Dec. 10. Museum visitors […]

  • Crossroads to Screen ‘Chasing,’ Wild Ones to Host Seed Collection, DPAS to Watch Mercury’s Progress

    Thanks to the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Crossroads at Big Creek has screening rights for the film Chasing, which documents the assignment that acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog carried out for National Geographic: capturing Arctic images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. The film will be shown Nov. 8, […]

  • Miller Art Museum Opens 44th Juried Annual on Nov. 9

    The Miller Art Museum, 107 S. 4th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will open 44th Juried Annual – an exhibition featuring 48 contemporary works by artists from Door, Kewaunee, Brown, Manitowoc, Oconto and Sheboygan counties – on Nov. 9, with a free public reception, 3-4:30 pm. Awards will be presented during the reception, including three Juror’s Choice […]

  • Explore Ekphrastic Writing at Artspeaks Event Nov. 22

    The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative and Write On, Door County invite the public to a free Artspeaks writing lab Nov. 22, 11 am – 12 pm, at Egg Harbor’s Kress Pavilion. Poet Francha Barnard will facilitate the writing lab to involve participants in the Kress Pavilion’s new art installation, which will be on display […]

  • Beyer Offers Sunday-Morning Community Yoga

    Join Anna Mae Beyer for a morning of movement and meditation every Sunday, 9 am, in the Baileys Harbor Town Hall when she leads a community yoga class. The class’s style will vary because Beyer will draw not only from the traditional discipline of hatha yoga, but also from the healing practices of qigong, Buddhist […]

  • Try Wellness Weaving in Algoma Nov. 24

    Roots Yoga in Algoma will host Wellness Weaving with Haack Art on Nov. 24, 2-3:45 pm. Crafting is a great way to express yourself, and a guided meditation and yoga stretches will help you get in touch with your inner crafter. You’ll learn the basics of circle weaving; then you’ll get creative with a variety […]

  • New Art Piece Commemorates DCMC’s 75th Anniversary

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) fêted its 75th anniversary Oct. 29 by unveiling a three-dimensional commemorative art piece. President and CEO Brian Stephens presented creator Lawrence Romorini’s artistic reflection of DCMC’s history, people, growth and accomplishments, which is installed in the lobby of the hospital’s headquarters. Romorini’s free-form design suggests water, the sun and the […]

  • White Gull Inn Begins Winter Folk Concerts

    Singer-songwriter May Erlewine will be featured Nov. 20 during the first concert of the White Gull Inn’s winter folk concert series, which began in 1984 and offers monthly concerts November through April. One of the Midwest’s most prolific and passionate songwriters, Erlewine has a gift for writing songs of substance that feel both fresh and […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Nov. 8, 2019

    • The winners of Kirkus Reviews’ sixth annual Kirkus Prize are The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (fiction), How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones (nonfiction), and New Kid by Jerry Craft (young readers’ literature). Winners receive a $50,000 prize. • After a six-way auction and six-figure deal, HarperCollins has obtained world rights […]

  • Ongoing Reflective-Writing Circle Meets Monthly

    Join author and end-of-life doula Marggie Hatala for another open reflective-writing circle Nov. 9, 10-11:30 am. The ongoing group meets monthly to experience the group energy of meditation, breathwork and reflective writing time. This group is a valuable resource for anyone who’s learning to open to the voice of the divine within; developing a deeper […]

  • Book Discussion with Author Elaine Weiss

    The Door County League of Women Voters ( is partnering with the Sturgeon Bay Library for a book discussion with Elaine Weiss, author of The Woman’s Hour, on Nov. 15, 11 am – 1 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. Join the lively discussion, and learn from Weiss’ remarks about a […]

  • A Partner in Home Ownership

    The Anywhere Farm presents a new opportunity A new option for affordable housing is taking shape in Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Housing Partnership has closed on its first property – located on the former WireTech Fabricators property – where it plans to build a home to sell in the $150,000 range.  Diana Wallace, president of […]

  • Obituary: László András Szakala

    Oct. 2, 1963 – Nov. 4, 2019  László András Szakala died unexpectedly at the age of 56. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, the only child of József and Klara (Greczula) Szakala. He spent his childhood and young-adult years in Budapest, where he graduated high school and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the College […]

  • Obituary: Russell “Skip” Kaeske

    July 24, 1946 – Oct. 26, 2019 After a startling and swift encounter with cancer, ending in a draw, Russell “Skip” Kaeske, 73, died, each participant going in the opposite direction. Skip was welcomed into the family of Louis and Ada (Froemming) Kaeske of Cedarburg. He attended school and graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1964. From […]

  • Nov. 1 Fish Creek Highway Construction Update

    Traffic will be slowed again this week in Fish Creek, where crews continue to work on storm sewer installation along Highway 42 from Windmill Lane to County F. Crews will pour concrete curb and gutter along Shore Road at the entrance to Peninsula State Park, and begin pouring concrete curb and gutter and sidewalk repairs […]

  • Obituary: Patricia Ellen Stee

    Feb. 10, 1943 – Oct. 26, 2019 Beloved wife, mother and grandmother Patricia Ellen Stee, 76, died peacefully on Oct. 26, 2019. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to Oswald and Laura Sternard. After graduating from Sevastopol High School in 1961, she married Arlen Utter and had two boys, Duane and Joel. Following Arlen’s death, she married Don Stee in Vancouver, Washington, on Aug. 11, 1975. Patricia loved gardening, reading and especially her family. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother and had a wonderful, always-smiling disposition. She was Don’s […]

  • Obituary: Wallace “Wally” Hammerberg

    May 29, 1922 – Oct. 26, 2019 Wallace “Wally” Hammerberg, 97, the strongest man in the world (according to his nine grandchildren), died Oct. 26. If you were lucky enough to have known him, you would have seen that he had a clever wit, a firm grip and a warm heart. He was a man of few […]

  • Obituary: Francis Edward Everson

    Dec. 29, 1933 – Oct. 29, 2019 Francis Edward Everson, 85, of Sturgeon Bay died at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF with his family at his side. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of William Erwin Everson and Alvina Clara (Slavik) Everson. Fran graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1951 and enlisted to serve his country […]