Peninsula Pulse November 30-December 7, 2018

In this issue

  • Financial Coffee Club at GLAS Dec. 12

    Tara Pierre, a local Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club for women Dec. 12, 8 am at GLAS CoffeeHouse in Sturgeon Bay. At this upcoming coffee club, Pierre will provide education on financial market topics. To reserve a seat, call Tara Pierre at 920.746.0781. For more information visit

  • Door to Nature: Evening Grosbeaks

    Roy and I first met in late August of 1971 at The Ridges Sanctuary when a friend invited me to go on one of the guided hikes. In previous years I had only visited Door County in summer and this was my first hike at The Ridges. Roy and I began communicating and I journeyed […]

  • Feature: Jens Jensen Returns to Door County

    A huge crowd at an event in late August at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall saw Roger Kuhns go backstage with a tan suit over his arm. But the man who emerged wearing that suit a few minutes later looked and sounded nothing like Kuhns. Who he did resemble to an uncanny degree was 86-year-old […]

  • Technical Assistance Grant Program Now Open

    The Bay-Lake Resource Planning Commission Technical Assistance Grant Program is an annual program that provides an opportunity for member counties and municipalities to receive free professional planning assistance on small-scale plans or projects. Most projects fit within the commission’s work program and fall under the categories of community planning, economic development, mapping/visualization, environmental, and transportation. […]

  • New Travel Agent Comes to Door County

    Travel is on an upswing and travel consultants are proving their worth. With so much information on the internet and social media, it is more important than ever to trust your travel planning to a knowledgeable and experienced individual. Ann Vander Wyst, of Traveltrends By Ann, LLC, is an independent agent in the Avoya Travel […]

  • Commentary: Pricing Carbon Bill in Congress

    An amazing event has occurred. The bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act was introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. The details of the bill were presented in an evening teleconference call by Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) leaders Tuesday night, including Executive Director Mark Reynolds, Vice President of Legislation and […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Sturgeon Bay Brewing Company Closes

    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 Independent December 3, 1886 The residents at Horseshoe Bay are endeavoring to secure a postoffice at that point. The petition has already been sent into the […]

  • Door County Land Trust Continues Campaign

    Protect What You Love. This is the message from the Door County Land Trust during their new member campaign, which continues with a new message – Become a Member in December. For any amount, people may join the Door County Land Trust and receive the perks of membership. In addition, every donation will be matched […]

  • Manufacturing Still Plays Key Role in Wisconsin but Landscape is Shifting

    by Wisconsin Policy Forum Although its share of Wisconsin’s overall economy has declined in recent years, manufacturing continues to have an outsize impact on the state’s workforce, wages, exports and gross domestic product, according to a new report by the nonpartisan, independent Wisconsin Policy Forum (WPF). The latest issue of The Wisconsin Taxpayer, “Assembling Jobs,” […]

  • Apply for 2019 Governor’s Export Achievement Award

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invites Wisconsin companies and organizations that have achieved exporting success to apply for a 2019 Governor’s Export Achievement Award. The awards are open to companies of all sizes as well as to organizations that have contributed to the state’s ability to compete in the global economy. The preliminary nomination […]

  • Science Snippet: Genetic Testing

    Soon parents having a baby can order a DNA report card for their newly-born offspring. The report will predict chances that the child, as an adult, will have addictive tendencies, suffer a heart attack, whether he or she will be prone to certain kinds of cancer, and also the report may identify polygenic risk scores […]

  • Egg Harbor’s Main Street Shops Celebrate 30 Years

    The Main Street Shops, located in downtown Egg Harbor, celebrate 30 years of being in business as Egg Harbor’s indoor shopping mall. The Main Street Shops is doing business in the similar fashion of its inception 30 years ago. They opened their doors in 1988 and were filled to capacity. Main Street Shops retail mall […]

  • Dairy Farmers Applaud NAFTA Replacement

    Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, representing the voice of milk across the Midwest, applauded the signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as a critical step forward, but stressed the importance of clearing up remaining uncertainties in the deal and resolving the tariff issue that continues to hurt farmers. The agreement still faces significant hurdles. Approval […]

  • Hour of Code at NWTC

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Sturgeon Bay hosts the fourth annual Hour of Code event Dec. 8. The event is open to elementary, middle, and high school students as well as the general public. the ‘Hour of Code is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and to introduce millions of students to one hour […]

  • Chicago Farmer Performs at Door County Brewing Dec. 1

    One of Door County’s favorite artists, Chicago Farmer, brings his Dylanesque songwriting and music to the Door County Brewing Co. Music Hall on Saturday, December 1 at 7 pm. Cody Deikhoff (a/k/a Chicago Farmer), has been called “the working man’s singer/songwriter” and his music has garnered critical acclaim for its empathetic take on life in […]

  • The Fate of the Granary: Pulse Podcast

      Andrew Kleidon is joined by Myles Dannhausen this week to talk about changes to the Hotel Dorr plan in Sister Bay,  bankruptcy for Death’s Door Spirits, and a deep dive on the long path of the Teweles and Brandeis Granary in Sturgeon Bay and an attempt to move it back to the west waterfront.

  • Wisconsin National Guard Decorates Executive Residence for Holiday

    Wisconsin National Guard volunteers joined Linda Hughes to continue a state tradition last week by decorating the Tribute to Our Troops tree at the Executive Residence. The tradition honoring fallen and deployed troops has endured since 2005, a year that saw many Wisconsin service members killed in action in the Global War on Terror. Jessica […]

  • LeCaptain Chooses Minnesota for College Football

    Last week marked an exciting beginning and a much welcomed ending for Derik LeCaptain. The star running back/linebacker from Southern Door High School has decided to accept a preferred walk-on offer from University of Minnesota. As a preferred walk-on LeCaptain won’t receive a scholarship, but he is guaranteed a spot on the 105-man roster when […]

  • Commentary: School Referenda Reach New Heights

    by The Wisconsin Policy Forum Just before the recent election, the Wisconsin Policy Forum reported that 2018 was shaping up to be the highest year on record for school referenda in terms of both dollar value and percentage passed. On Nov. 6, voters set records for both by passing measures to exceed state-imposed revenue caps […]

  • “Sara Food Drive” Begins in Kewaunee

    The 6th annual “Giving for Sara Food Drive” has begun. The Kewaunee County Department of Human Services is asking the local community for their involvement to the help feed Kewaunee County by making a donation. The fundraiser to stock the shelves at food pantries across Kewaunee County is in the memory of Sara Malay, who […]

  • Lottery Tax Credits Increase in 2018

    Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn has received information from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue on this year’s lottery credit for the 2018 tax bills. Apparently the larger lottery jackpots have paid off with larger lottery credits for this year’s bills. Lottery credits are based on school district tax rates. Here are 2017 and 2018 Comparisons: […]

  • Old Bell Tower Rings Again

    On Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 11:45 am the 117-year-old bell in Sturgeon Bay’s historic Old Bell Tower struck for the first time in nearly a decade, thanks to the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation, a fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. Located at Community Foundation Square, on the corner of Third Ave. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Consider Giving to DOOR CANcer

    At this time of year, as we start thinking of the gifts we want to give, it is also time to think of the gifts we have received throughout the year. The list starts with faith and family and living in this wonderful community. Another precious gift is that of our health. However, many in […]

  • Framed: Third Avenue Santa

    A sister and brother wave to Santa as he rolls down Third Avenue during Sturgeon Bay’s Christmas by the Bay parade. Photo by Dana Brown.

  • Reps in the News: Baldwin Pushes for High Speed Internet

    Senator Tammy Baldwin Sen. Baldwin and and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation to encourage investment in high-speed internet and protect and expand access to broadband in our rural communities. The Access to Capital Creates Economic Strength and Supports (ACCESS) Rural America Act would provide regulatory relief to rural telecommunications service providers by allowing them […]

  • Construction Will Cause Delays for Gibraltar School Students, Staff

    Mornings will be starting earlier for students and staff at Gibraltar Area Schools when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation begins reconstruction of Highway 42 in March. The school is only accessible by the highway, which means special accommodations will need to be made for buses and parents dropping off students, as well as staff and […]

  • Server of the Week: Kim Bostone at Piggly Wiggly

    With hats on their heads and hands in fingerless gloves, the cashiers at the Pig are outfitted to give you the groceries you love. One of those cashiers is Kim Bostone, who for the past two years has been ringing up your macaroni.   With the store under construction there’s much noise and cold. Kim’s […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Immigration Reform Needed

    Recently, the Trump Administration has moved to block victims of abuse and trafficking from seeking asylum in the United States with several unprecedented announcements that will jeopardize these survivors’ ability to safely enter the United States to seek available legal protections. The Trump administration has made the claim that the entry of migrants is a […]

  • DCEC Position Statement on the Gills Rock Project

    On October 16th, by a vote of 111-19, Town of Liberty Grove (TLG) residents approved the purchase of three Gills Rock shoreline properties for $1.45 million. According to TLG Chairman John Lowry, “The Town has no plans for these properties,” and “What we want to do is come back to the electors for the electors […]

  • Court Affirms Judgment in Salmon Tournament Scam

    On Nov. 27, the 3rd District Court of Appeals affirmed a 2016 ruling by now-retired Door County Circuit Judge Peter Diltz that found a charter boat captain guilty of felony attempted theft by fraud by aiding his charter in placing a one-pound lead weight inside a fish in order to help their chances of winning […]

  • Get Your Sturgeon Bay Winter Parking Permit

    Don’t be spending money on parking tickets with Christmas right around the corner. Get yourself the gift of a winter parking permit from Sturgeon Bay Municipal Services on 14th Ave. The cost is $55. The winter parking ban is in effect Dec. 1 through April 1, 2019.

  • Overheard & Shout Outs: Nov. 30, 2018

    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? “At this time of year I just want to wear a Vaseline suit.” “Geppetto looks like Sophia from The Golden Girls.” “I’ve […]

  • Ahnapee Brewery and von Stiehl Winery Make A Perfect Afternoon

    During the past few months the name Ahnapee Brewery began popping up in conversations more and more frequently. Several colleagues passed along praise of the local brewery and I recognized the name on more than a couple menus around the county. Feeling the need to be in the know, I decided that it was high […]

  • By the Numbers: Fourth National Climate Assessment

    A new congressionally mandated federal report on climate change says the Midwest will be the region most affected by warming temperatures. Combined with projections of more rainfall and flooding events, declines in agricultural production, biodiversity and tourism spending are just some of the expected impacts. The  report was produced by scientists from 13 federal agencies. […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Native Ordained in Oshkosh

    A Sturgeon Bay native was ordained to the priesthood at his Oshkosh church this month, more than three decades after he completed his seminary education. Jake Czarnik-Neimeyer was ordained Nov. 23 at Emmaus parish, 1250 Leonard Point Road, Oshkosh. Czarnik-Neimeyer, a longtime deacon at Emmaus parish, earned his bachelor’s degree in religious studies at St. […]

  • Get Moving! Report Finds Americans of All Ages Too Sedentary

    Americans of all ages are too sedentary, according to the recently released second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide guidance for policy makers and health professionals, the report claims the average American – adult or child – spends approximately 7.7 waking […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Making Thanksgiving Meal Possible

    The 39th annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner held at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church was a rousing success feeding over 360 individuals. More than 180 people dined at church and another 180 home deliveries and carry out meals were provided. People who would have been alone or had no one to be with on the […]

  • Sunflower Cottage and Sunshine House Hold Open Houses

    Sunflower Cottage and the Sunshine House are holding open houses Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. Sunflower Cottage is holding their free, no-obligation open house Dec. 5, 8-9 am. Guests will find affordable, individualized day-time care for people living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other age-related challenges. The Sunshine House is holding its Holiday Open House […]

  • Wisconsin State Capitol Ornament Now for Sale

    The 2018 Wisconsin State Capitol ornament is now available for order. This year’s ornament is a tribute to the badger statue located at the entrance to the governor’s office on the first floor of the State Capitol. The bronze statue was created as a gift from the people of the state of Wisconsin for the […]

  • Trivia: What Does “M&M” Stand For?

    Question: What does M&M stand for on the colorful, circular chocolate candies? Answer: They stand for Mars & Murrie – named for Forrest Mars who developed them, and Bruce Murrie, his business partner.

  • State News: Fish Fry, Gender Parity and Presidential Primaries

    Milwaukee, Racine Ranked 2nd, 3rd Worst Cities in America for Blacks Black Americans living in Milwaukee and Racine are making half of the median income of their white counterparts and are nearly 12 times more likely to be imprisoned than white residents. Based on those outcomes, Milwaukee and Racine have been ranked second and third, […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Nov. 30 – Dec. 6

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The common council meets at 7 pm Dec. 4. County of Door: A joint meeting of the Facilities & Parks and the Land Conservation Committee will be held at 10 am Dec. 5. Town of Jacksonport: The Parks Committee meets at 7 pm Dec. 3. Town of Sturgeon Bay: […]

  • Manners Matter: Holiday Party Manners

    Since it is the season of festivities, I’d like to take this time to go over some things to remember when attending holiday parties, particularly holiday work parties. Consider wisely what you will wear. If the occasion calls for it, you can wear a cocktail dress or a suit/sport coat and tie. Maybe your workplace […]

  • Dying to Talk Returns on Jan. 15

    The monthly community event “Dying to Talk,” hosted by End of Life Doula VJR and Doulagivers of Door County, returns Jan. 15, 5:30 pm. “Dying to Talk” has become a warm and comfortable place for the community to share memories, thoughts, and feelings related to death and dying. The program is held at Get Real Café, […]

  • Farm Technology Days Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

    Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for students. This scholarship is open to any student that is beyond the first half of post-secondary education, third or fourth year of college, second year of a two-year program, or second half of a program. The applicant must be enrolled in an accredited […]

  • New Soo Lock Project Receives $32 Million

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announced that the New Soo Lock project in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., will receive $32,388,000 in the fiscal year 2019 work plan. The funds appropriated to the New Soo Lock project will be used to initiate deepening of the upstream approach channel. The funds are sufficient to […]

  • Cheers!: Maui Calling!

    The design and color of this can told me immediately what it is all about. I barely needed to read the label, and when I did, it confirmed that first impression – Coconut Hiwa Porter by Maui Brewing Co. As a reporter for The Maui News back in another century, I can say without hesitation […]

  • 79-year-old Sandstrom Wins World Powerlifting Championship

    In August we brought you the story of Sigurd Sandstrom, a summer Door County resident from Plover who at the age of 78 began powerlifting, and then last April won the state powerlifting championship in his age bracket at a competition in Wisconsin Dells. On Nov. 13, now age 79, Sandstrom easily became world champion […]

  • High School Sports Schedule

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Nov. 30 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Dec. 3 @ Manawa, 7:30 pm Dec. 6 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Dec. 1 vs. Mishicot, 7:30 pm Dec. 4 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Nov. 30 @ NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm Dec. 4 vs. NEWCHAA, 7:30 pm Dec. […]

  • Decorate Gingerbread Houses with United Way

    On Dec. 1, 10 am to noon, and Dec. 8, 1-3 pm, the United Way of Door County welcomes families to decorate gingerbread houses at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay. The cost is $25 per house and includes icing, decorations, and chef tips and tricks. Participants can also enjoy hot cocoa and snacks while decorating […]

  • NWTC Innovation Center Offers Personal Care Worker Certificate

    A 30-hour Personal Care Worker Certificate Program is available this winter at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in partnership with Nicolet National Bank. The class will meet from 9 am – 3 pm on five consecutive Fridays, beginning Feb. 15, 2019. Participants will learn skills for providing personal in-home and facility-based health care, including […]

  • USDA Investing in Healthcare Infrastructure Improvements

    Wisconsin Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that USDA is investing $501 million in 60 projects to help improve health care infrastructure and services in rural communities nationwide through the Community Facilities direct loan program. The project will enhance access and delivery of health care for an expanded regional area, providing crucial local health […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Monuments & Good, Fat Turkeys

    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 Independent November 30, 1877 It is about half-past eight o’clock in the evening now before the Green Bay mail arrives. The bad condition of the […]

  • Annual Hagen Family Concert

    The Hagen Family Christmas Concert is returning to Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on Dec. 15, 7:30 pm. Based out of Washington Island, Julian Hagen is a well-known and popular folk musician. He brings his family’s legacy of music to share. This concert is a family reunion not only for the Hagen family, but also for the […]

  • Door County Land Trust Night Hike

    Join the Door County Land Trust on Dec. 7, 7–9 pm, for a special night adventure at the Solitude Natural Area. Discover the adaptations nocturnal animals use to survive as you explore the woods and old fields. In the darkness of night, without the aid of our vision, experience how the other four senses become […]

  • Upcoming Paint & Sip Class

    Door County Paint & Sip will host a social painting class at The Lodge at Leathem Smith on Dec. 6, 7–9 pm. The cost of $40 per person includes instruction and supplies. Food and beverages will be available at the Kona Bay Fish House restaurant. The class is limited to 16 participants. Register in advance […]

  • Rossol Fine-Art Photography at Northern Door YMCA

    Award-winning fine-art photographer Jim Rossol will exhibit his work during December at Northern Door YMCA. Rossol’s images depict and interpret his visual world in terms that are representational, abstract or somewhere in between. “I intend for my representational work to enable a new awareness and appreciation of familiar things layered with emotional and textural interpretation,” […]

  • Robbie Fulks at White Gull

    Singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks is featured in the second of five concerts scheduled for the 35th season of winter folk concerts at White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Fulks will be accompanied by Chicago musician Don Stiernberg, a leading exponent of jazz as well as all styles of mandolin.   Fulks is prodigiously talented, with the […]

  • Gift Ideas for Bibliophiles

    The mistletoe is hung, and so are the garlands, ornaments, window decorations and lights. You’d be ready for the holidays, too, if you weren’t hung up on a gift for that one certain person. Now what? Now head to the nearest bookstore with this column in-hand, and look for one of these great books.   […]

  • Sit Around Singing Begins New Season

    Katie Dahl and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County will host the third annual season of Sit Around Singing, a community-wide sing-along gathering. People of all ages are welcome. No prior knowledge of music or songs is required. This singing season begins Dec. 6 and will continue on the first Thursday of every month […]

  • First Day Hike on Jan. 1

    Join Newport State Park on Jan. 1, 2019 for a First Day Hike. This is the eighth year that Wisconsin state parks have participated in this national event. Meet at the end of Europe Bay Road at the Hotz Park at 9 am. This moderate, three-mile hike will bring hikers along Europe Lake, with rolling hills along […]

  • AT&T Provides $5,000 to Support High School Home Construction Project

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has received a $5,000 AT&T contribution to support its High School Home Construction Project, which was recognized during an event in Sturgeon Bay on Monday, Nov. 26. The AT&T contribution will support DCEDC’s home construction program, which was launched in 2007 as part of DCEDC’s ongoing commitment to […]

  • Door Community Auditorium Hosts The Lone Bellow

    On Dec. 4, 7 pm, Brooklyn indie-folk trio The Lone Bellow will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. The Lone Bellow sings what they call “Brooklyn country music:” beautiful, sincere, exquisitely harmonized folk-pop songs. With their belting, soulful voices, any of the three members of The Lone Bellow (Zach Williams, […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Sassy

    Sassy is a beautiful gray-and–white, 5-year-old male available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He is a curious guy looking for a home where he can play and explore to his heart’s content, then curl up for a nice, long catnap. If you currently have other pets or kids, Sassy […]

  • Flannel Four Wins Second Door County Treasure Hunt

    The Flannel Four team of Gibraltar Area Schools’ educators took first place in the second annual Door County Treasure Hunt held Sept. 29 in Sturgeon Bay. Flannel Four took home the $1,000 top prize, while the A Team topped the Clipper Chicks in a tie-breaker for the second place prize of $500. The Clipper Chicks […]

  • 2019 Beer Fest Tickets

    Tickets to the 2019 Door County Beer Festival are now available at, just in time to add them to your Christmas gift list. The festival has earned a reputation as a favorite of beer lovers, with more than 40 breweries represented and more than 150 beers available for sampling. The festival returns to Baileys […]

  • Christmas in the County

    Saturday, Dec. 1, will be a busy day in the county. From Sturgeon Bay to Baileys Harbor and Ephraim, there are many options to get in the festive spirit this weekend. Many of the following celebrations are, or are becoming, holiday traditions with families. If you’re really ambitious or just a really big fan of […]

  • Bankruptcy No Death Knell for Death’s Door Spirits

    Some thought Death’s Door Spirits was on the rocks with the Nov. 21 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, however, that’s not now how the six-member team at the Middleton distillery sees it. “It’s all happy news. We’re in a good spot,” said Margaret Ebeling, director of marketing at Death’s Door. “Death’s Door is open for business. […]

  • Ornament Show Returns to Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to its annual ornament show on Dec. 1, 10 am–4 pm. Enjoy a glass of von Stiehl wine, and see all that Plum Bottom has to offer this holiday season. Laurel Grey has a variety of new stained-glass ornament styles to fit any holiday decor, including whimsical […]

  • Door to Nature: Winter Clean-up Crew

    A few days after the first measurable snowfall of autumn this past Nov. 9, I was driving home from Ephraim, going south on County A, and I saw an adult bald eagle fly over the road and then veer to the right. I slowed down when I reached the spot and there, about 10 feet […]

  • A Different Take on Cherry Beer: Ahnapee’s winter release goes on sale Dec. 1

    Nick Calaway has had a beer idea fermenting in his head since 2016, and on Saturday, Dec. 1, you’ll have the chance to taste the delicious result at Ahnapee Brewery in Algoma. Thoughtful brewer that he is, Calaway had the idea of introducing a well-known local product in a unique way, hence the creation of […]

  • Jan Comstock Work Included in ‘Animals, Birds & Wildlife 2018’

    “Winged Tiger,” an oil painting by Door County artist Jan Comstock, was selected for publication in Richeson75’s Animals, Birds & Wildlife 2018. The full-color, hardcover, collectible book will feature 190 pieces of artwork by artists from the United States and Canada, as well as selections from Australia, China, France, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, New Zealand, the […]

  • Bestseller List: Nov. 30, 2018

    PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari On Tyranny by Timothy […]

  • Science Snippet: Alzheimer’s

    Alzheimer’s disease has increased 89 percent since the year 2000; 110,000 people die of the disease each year. Through the years millions of dollars have been spent on Alzheimer’s research. Efforts to pinpoint the cause and develop efficient treatment modalities of this disease have not led to any breakthroughs. Dr. Leslie Norins has followed this […]

  • Evergreen Hike

    Start December off right by attending a program at Crossroads at Big Creek. Enjoy a Hike to the Evergreen Forests on Dec. 1, 10 am. This hike will visit several evergreen forests, and participants will learn how these trees adapt to winter. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. Get in the holiday spirit with the Friends […]

  • Door Shakespeare Presents Sedaris Stories

    For theatergoers looking for unusual fare this holiday season, Door Shakespeare has just the ticket. Michael Stebbins, Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director, will bring to life three holiday stories by American humorist David Sedaris on Dec. 8 and 9 at Vail Hall on the grounds of Björklunden. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and […]

  • Agricultural Impact Statements: Giving Farmers a Voice for 40 Years

    Where were you on Nov. 16, 1978? On that date 40 years ago, a quietly momentous event gave farmers a voice they hadn’t had before. It’s the date Wisconsin’s first agricultural impact statement was published – the first time the law required that farmers’ concerns be put down on paper when a public project threatened […]

  • Clearing Winter-Program Classes

    The Clearing’s annual Christmas Open House is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6–7, 10 am–4 pm at the Jens Jensen Center. Enjoy mulled apple cider and tasty treats while cozying up to the crackling fire. The Clearing’s indoor Christmas forest is something to behold. The open house is also a perfect time to register […]

  • Sarah Evenson Joins The Hairapist in Sturgeon Bay

    Seasoned stylist, makeup artist, award-winning educator, and Door County native Sarah K. Evenson has joined Carrie Canadeo behind the chair at The Hairapist is IN Salon, Sturgeon Bay. Evenson’s focus is beauty and wellness. Her background in Ayurveda, yoga philosophy and nature therapy compliments her extensive global training and experiences with sustainable beauty ethics and […]

  • Embattled Jacksonport Campground Owners Buy Fish Creek Campground

    Fish Creek Campground is under the new ownership of the Lauritzen family as of Nov. 21. The Lauritzens are the family that proposed an RV campground on farmland property they own in Jacksonport and that is being challenged in court by some Jacksonport residents. “We’re still going for it,” said Cary Lauritzen about the Jacksonport […]

  • Deadline to Apply for Hemp Growing Extended

    The deadline to apply for industrial hemp grower and processor licenses and registrations has been extended through March 1, 2019. The deadline was extended from the original Dec. 31, said Brian Kuhn, director of the Bureau of Plant Industry. The bureau houses the industrial hemp research pilot program within the Department of Agriculture, Trade and […]

  • Dorr Hotel Developer Seeks Concession on Retail Space

    At its Nov. 27 meeting the Sister Bay Plan Commission voted to reduce the amount of retail units required for the planned Dorr Hotel next to CHOP restaurant. The commission voted to reduce the requirement from six units to two, allowing the hotel developer to add four ground floor units to the hotel. The move […]

  • Aliens Land on Third Avenue: StageKids present ‘The Whaliens’

    This year when the StageKids take the stage for their annual December production at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), there will be a notable difference from shows of the past. Instead of angels heralding the Christmas season on stage, aliens will be coming down to Earth and meeting its inhabitants. The change comes thanks to TAP […]

  • Story Beneath Out Feet: The Soil Is Alive!

    If we’re honest, most of us probably take soil for granted; it just always seems to be there. Along with growing plants in soil, we dig through it, build structures on top of it, and walk across it. So what is this stuff that plants grow in? First, an important note about terminology. The words […]

  • Holiday at Svalhus

    On Dec. 1, 1–4 pm, the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) will host a Holiday Open House at the historic Svalhus Library, 3060 Anderson Lane. With ornament decorating and heritage games, this event offers fun for the whole family. The historic Norwegian building is decorated for the holidays, with EHF staff on hand to share the […]

  • Brian Vander Ark Puts the Business Back in Music

    All too often people go into the music business thinking it’s just about the music. “It’s not,” said Brian Vander Ark. “I wish it was.” As lead singer/songwriter of the band The Verve Pipe which had a No. 1 hit with the song “The Freshman,” Vander Ark knows the music business well, and knows the […]

  • Northern Sky’s 2019 Season

    Northern Sky Theater has announced its 2019 summer and fall seasons. We Like It Where?, written by Corrie Beula Kovacs and Stephen Kovacs, celebrates ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is based on the true “mouse that roared” story of the town of Winneconne’s brief secession from Wisconsin. The tourist-dependent town is left off the […]

  • Holiday Artists Market on Jefferson Street

    Reclaimed & Co. Jewelry has a new, year-round location at 517 Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay. Once again, owner Melanie Wahlen hosts a Holiday Artists Market and is sharing her space with more than a dozen local artists, makers and crafters. Just in time for the gift-giving season, this small shop offers a collection of […]

  • TAP Workshop Seeks Participants

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is looking for adults and students from middle and high school for Right to Live, a workshop created and directed by Habibah Sheikh. Rehearsals begin mid-January 2019 with performances March 1–3, 2019. Guest artist Sheikh will present a multi-week voice, movement and performance workshop centered on the real narratives from refugee and […]

  • ‘Small Works Show’ at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery will host an opening reception Dec. 1, 11 am–4 pm for its annual Small Works Show. Gallery artists have created smaller works that are reasonably priced and especially good for holiday gift-giving. There will be new works in pottery, painting, cast glass, blown glass, assemblage, paper collage and the works of several new […]

  • Deck the Halls: Blossoms Flower House holds festive workshops

    As people are getting their homes outfitted for the winter season, Blossoms Flower House offers them an opportunity to get crafty by making their own wreaths and centerpieces. Blossoms is a studio space on Highway 57, just south of downtown Sister Bay, where Jackie Ehlert conducts her floral-arranging and delivery business and holds various workshops […]

  • Channeling the Divine Feminine

    Join Chris Zimonick, gong healing sound therapist; and Jen Aldrich for an afternoon of gong meditation and painting your inner goddess during Channeling the Divine Feminine. This event is scheduled for Dec. 2, 1–4 pm, at Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door in Egg Harbor. The meditation is limited to 12 participants and costs $40 per person. […]

  • Door County Girls Basketball Preview

    Gibraltar Has Big Goals Coach Josh Kropuenske was direct when he was asked about his team’s goals this season. “We want to contend for the conference title and win Gibraltar’s first regional title in basketball,” said Kropuenske, whose team finished last season 15-8 overall and 11-5 in the Packerland Conference. Gibraltar may have the personnel […]

  • Door County Boys Basketball Season Preview

    Experience Brings High Expectations for Eagles Southern Door coach Derik Hawkey is in a position in which all coaches would love to be. The Eagles return four all-conference players from last year’s team that finished 20-5 overall and 16-0 in the Packerland Conference. The Eagles also won their first regional title in nearly 20 years […]