Peninsula Pulse Oct. 18-25, 2019

In this issue

  • Keeping Up with Ashley Lusk

    This story starts with a woman who walked into a bar. It ends with a new event in Sister Bay and a stronger community. In the middle of it all is Ashley Lusk.  Lusk, a 33-year-old personal trainer, was sitting next to Steve “Barney” Willems one night at the Sister Bay Bowl. Both avid runners, […]

  • PODCAST: Gibraltar Voters Say No to Redmann Property Option

    Myles Dannhausen Jr. and Andrew Kleidon discuss a wild Gibraltar town meeting that ended with voters saying no to a big property purchase. Plus good news for Eagle Tower, an update on 5G in Sturgeon Bay and more Door County news.

  • DCMM Capital Campaign Receives $1 Million Gift

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) recently received a significant pledge of support for their Maritime Lighthouse Tower project capital campaign. The George Kress Foundation from Green Bay will contribute $1 million to help facilitate the expansion of the Maritime Museum along the working waterfront of Sturgeon Bay. “We are very appreciative of this generous […]

  • Featured Pet: Puff

    Meet Puff! This nine-year-old lady is available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus and lives up to her name: Look at all that puffy fur! She’s very friendly and encourages head scratches by leaning into your hand with all her might. If you pet her well, Puff rewards you with […]

  • Ashley Lusk Named 2019 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has awarded the 2019 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year award to Ashley Lusk, the founder of Homebody Personal Training. She offers one-to-one in-home and studio fitness training, specializing in helping elderly residents in Northern Door. The youngest of nine siblings, Lusk grew up in Dyckesville and has been […]

  • Panel Discussion, Q&A about Running for Office on Oct. 22

    Door Collectivist encourages members of the community to get on the ballot in 2020, so it will host a moderated panel of elected leaders Oct. 22, 6-8 pm, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of running for office.  Confirmed panelists include Assembly Representative and congressional candidate Amanda Stuck, Door County Sheriff Tammy Sternard, Gibraltar School […]

  • Prevea Health’s Mobile Mammography Unit to Stop in Kewaunee County

    During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Prevea Health reminds everyone about the importance of breast-health screenings.  Last year, Prevea Health, in partnership with several hospitals, launched a mobile mammography unit to give residents in rural communities greater access to breast-health screenings. It’s equipped with technology to provide 3-D and/or digital images, has two changing […]

  • Homemade Lefse at Tanum Forest Lutheran’s Fall Festival

    Tanum Forest Lutheran Church will hold its fall festival Oct. 26, 11 am – 1 pm. Enjoy homemade lefse, baked goods, garden and produce items, crafts, lunch (carry-outs will be available), sloppy joes, egg salad sandwiches, tortes and more. The church, 6102 Cty OO in Sturgeon Bay, is handicapped accessible.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Hosts LWMS Paperland Circuit Fall Rally

    LWMS Paperland Circuit Fall Rally will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 108 W. Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay, on Oct. 26, co-hosted by Egg Harbor’s Zion Lutheran Church. Registration will be 8:30-9:30 am; the rally will conclude with lunch at 12:30 pm. The speaker will be Pastor Jasper Sellnow, speaking on the theme […]

  • Friends of the Forestville Dam Organize ‘Walk to Save the Pond’ Oct. 26

    Join the Friends of the Forestville Dam (FOFD) for a day of family, community, health and happiness when the group goes on its Walk to Save the Pond on Oct. 26, 10 am. After the walk, recharge at the picnic, bake sale and silent auction, or just enjoy meeting new people and visiting with old […]

  • Wisconsin Council of Churches Executive Director to Visit Hope United Church

    All adults and teens are welcome to attend when Rev. Kerri Parker, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, shares information about the council’s programs, ministries and resources Oct. 27, 9-10:15 am, at Hope United Church of Christ, 141 S. 12th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Parker will also discuss its recent Youth and Gun […]

  • ADRC Hosts ‘Sage-ing,’ Ballroom Dance Classes

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will host “Introduction to Sage-ing” on Oct. 30, 10 am. Trish Black, a certified Sage-ing leader, will discuss how to fully embrace the rest of your life and live with wisdom, dignity and grace through life review, harvesting […]

  • ADRC of the Lakeshore Holds Six-Week ‘Tools for Caregiving of Children with Special Needs’ Series

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore and the UW Extension office of Kewaunee County will offer a “Powerful Tools for Caregiving of Children with Special Needs” series of classes Nov. 5 – Dec. 10.   The six-week series will be held Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1012 Wisconsin Ave. in […]

  • Door-Tran Receives Grant for Half-Price Travel Voucher Program

    In February, Door-Tran expanded its Half-Price Travel Voucher Program to serve patients who needed transportation after they were discharged from the Door County Medical Center or had other transportation needs while Door-Tran’s office was closed. Since 2009, Door-Tran and the hospital have shared resources when a patient was unable to afford a trip with a […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Papa Murphy’s Makes Donation to Neighbor to Neighbor

    Papa Murphy’s Take ’N’ Bake in Sturgeon Bay hosted an online pizza-sale fundraiser on Oct. 2 to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N).  Papa Murphy’s donated $150 to N2N, a local nonprofit that makes short-term medical-equipment loans to people of all ages, provides peer companions for homebound individuals and respite for family caregivers, and runs the […]

  • Shalom World TV Airs Program about Champion Shrine

    Shalom World TV will tell the story of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and the apparition of Mother Mary to a young Belgian immigrant in 1859. A Shalom World TV video crew recently spent three days at Champion Shrine capturing the atmosphere and history of the only church-approved Marian apparition site […]

  • Wooden-Shoe Carver Holds Demos at Fall Fest

    Walking through last year’s Fall Fest arts and crafts show, a booth near the end of the row caught my eye. Wooden ornaments were hung up and lying on tables surrounding the outsides of the tent, and there was a little commotion in the middle as a man was using tools – ones that looked […]

  • Protect Yourself and Your Land

    I have a question for the landowners renting land for manure spreading: Can you tell me when a nutrient becomes a pollutant?  We all understand how manure can be useful in daily operations on the farm and where it comes from. Landowners who rent now have added exposure and risks with manure that has been […]

  • High School Fall Athletics

    Gibraltar Cross-Country Oct. 17: Conference championship @ Gibraltar, 3:30 pm Football Oct. 18 @ Wausaukee, 7 pm  Soccer (Boys) Oct. 21 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7 pm Volleyball Oct. 19: Conference tournament @ Southern Door, 9:30 am Oct. 22: Regionals, TBD Sevastopol Football Oct. 18 vs. Laona-Wabeno, 7 pm Soccer (Boys) Oct. 21 @ Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • Alumni Door County Profile: Patricia Vickman

    From Student to Leader at Southern Door Each week the Peninsula Pulse profiles alumni from Door County schools, sharing what they’re up to, what Door County taught them and what inspired them. To suggest an alumnus or alumna to profile, email [email protected]. To learn more about Alumni Door County, visit In 42 years of […]

  • Sevastopol Celebrates Homecoming This Weekend

    Sevastopol High School will kick off its Homecoming celebration Friday, Oct. 18, with a pre-game tailgate party at 4:30 pm in the north parking lot on the way out to the football field. The Booster Club will provide food while student organizations, the band, and Action DJ will provide the entertainment. Students and community members […]

  • Southern Door Presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’

    Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with Southern Door High School’s theatrical crew and cast of players Nov. 7-10 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards and featuring all of your favorite songs plus some new ones, the classic story tells of Belle, a young woman […]

  • Gibraltar/Sevastopol Snaps Clippers’ 29-Game Conference Winning Streak

    For the first time in 29 matches, the Sturgeon Bay boys soccer team lost to a Packerland Conference opponent. Gibraltar/Sevastopol’s Kiegen Sargent scored in the sixth minute, and a defensive brigade led by goalkeeper Hayden Hoffman held the Clippers scoreless the rest of the way in a 1-0 home win Monday. “My goal was just […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Fear and Ignorance Are Never a Basis for Running a Country’

    As we continue to be assaulted by the bizarre behavior of this president, one has to wonder when the Republicans in Congress are going to find their spines. As we watch them trying to justify what the president has done and tap dancing around questions, it would be comical if it wasn’t so sad. They […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Oct. 18

    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. Door County News October 20, 1938 Clifford Vogel Building Bakery on Washington Island WASHINGTON ISLAND—A com­pletely modern bakery is nearing completion here, and […]

  • Gibraltar High School Hosts Blood Drive

    The Gibraltar High School Student Council will host its fall blood drive Nov. 1, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium.  All donors must have an appointment. To schedule yours, leave a message at 920.868.3284, ext. 244, clearly stating your name, phone number and the best time to donate. A student council member […]

  • By the Numbers

    400,000 Estimated number of people who have died from overdoses of legal and illegal opioids since 1999 $18 billion Value of the settlement agreement that’s in the works between three drug distributors – McKesson Corporation, AmerisourceBergen Corporation and Cardinal Health – and state and local governments for the companies’ roles in fueling the opioid crisis.  […]

  • Does Frontier Have a Future in Door County?

    When Frontier Communications came to Door County in 2010, it gave hopes of connectivity to many underserved residents by promising a huge investment to improve DSL internet connections throughout the peninsula.  Nearly a decade later, the company appears to be pulling back on its commitment to northern Door County amid reports that the company’s future […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Farm Tours Draw Hundreds

    More than 460 people toured the grounds of Horseshoe Bay Farms during Pumpkin Patch Festival weekend Oct. 12-13.  Horseshoe Bay Farms Inc., the nonprofit formed to oversee the historic farm in Egg Harbor, opened the property to guided and self-guided tours of the sprawling farm and provided park-and-ride shuttle service to the festival.  Organizers used […]

  • Letter to the Editor: For Many, America’s Economy Is a Disaster

    The Institute of Supply Management’s manufacturing index has fallen to its lowest point since 2009, the depths of the Great Recession. The new jobs number for September is anemic. Globally, China, Europe and Japan are all showing signs of serious problems, and Britain, with its self-inflicted Brexit mess, is flashing red. But even absent all […]

  • News Bulletin: Dörr Hotel Moves Forward; More

    COMING UP The Dörr Hotel is moving forward. On Oct. 29, the Village of Sister Bay’s Plan Commission will review final amendments to a development agreement with Chris Schmeltz to build a hotel on the former Walkway Shops property in downtown Sister Bay.  The Dörr Hotel will include 44 lodging units and two retail units […]

  • Midwest Environmental Advocates Creates Environmental-Justice Award

    Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA, has named a new environmental-justice award in honor of Bill Iwen, a longtime clean-water advocate in the northeast Wisconsin. The creation of the award was announced at a 20th-anniversary event hosted by Midwest Environmental Advocates recently at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. The event’s theme was Water Justice: Equity, […]

  • Around the State: Oct. 18

    Farmers Continue to Face Uncertain Corn, Soybean Markets A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis finds farmers in upper Midwest states such as Wisconsin might feel the effect of this year’s weather challenges more deeply than the nation as a whole. The analysis looks at crop-production estimates from the U.S. Department of […]

  • Door to Nature: Abundant Tree Seeds

    Native trees have produced incredible numbers of seeds this summer. My front yard has a large sugar maple, and with each windy day, thousands of maple seeds fall. I can’t remember another recent year when this has happened. It may be that trees are reacting to the last two severe winters and are ensuring their […]

  • Al Johnson’s Debuts New Serving Uniforms

    After an intensive search led by front-of-house manager Jaime Blossom, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik debuted new uniform designs for its servers Oct. 11. Male servers wear a new vest that complements the new women’s dirndls: dresses with a close-fitting bodice and full skirt fashioned after Tyrolean peasant wear. “Over 30 years ago, the restaurant […]

  • Students Participate in Manufacturing Career Day

    More than 200 ninth-grade students from the school districts of Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee and Algoma participated in the 2019 Kewaunee County Manufacturing Career Day on Oct. 15. Students could tour three manufacturers in Algoma – Multi Color, Olson Fabrication and CTI Hospitality – and attend breakout sessions during their lunch period to hear presentations by EMT/Public Safety, the […]

  • Gibraltar School Board Members Question Cost Overruns

    Unexpected costs continue to plague the remodeling project at Gibraltar High School. At its Oct. 14 meeting, the Gibraltar Board of Education discussed three costly additions to the facilities project that were not included in its successful 2018 facilities referendum: a new fire-alarm system for $28,988; a public-address system throughout the building for $24,643; and […]

  • In Search of Civility

    What to Do about a Condo Neighbor Who Sends Really Nasty Emails by the Door County Civility Project Q: We have a condo neighbor who delights in sending really nasty emails to the board. Rather than stooping to her level to respond, I’d like to recommend a book on civility to her. Do you have […]

  • Sevastopol Theatre Presents ‘Little Women’

    Sevastopol Theatre will present Paulette Laufer’s Little Women Nov. 1-3. It’s the story of the four March sisters – Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy – who are growing up and finding love and their places in the world while living with their mother as their father fights in the Civil War.  Sturgeon Bay resident Paulette […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of Oct. 10 Boys Soccer School won-lost-tied-points Sturgeon Bay 9-0-0-18 NEW Lutheran 6-3-1-13 Gibraltar-Sevastopol 4-1-3-11 Peshtigo 4-2-3-11 Algoma 5-5-1-11 Stockbridge 0-8-0-0 Kewaunee 0-9-0-0 Football – 8-Player Division School won-lost-tied Suring 7-1-0 Gibraltar 6-1-0 Wabeno-Laona 5-2-0 Florence 5-2-0 Sevastopol 3-4-0 Gillett 2-5-0 Oneida Nation 2-5-0 Wausaukee 2-5-0 Lena-STAA 0-7-0 Football – Large-School Division School won-lost-tied […]

  • NWTC Hosts Food-Related Businesses Info Session

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will host an informational meeting about opening and owning a food-related business Oct. 28, 4-5 pm, at the Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. Options include catering, food trucks, baking or producing a food item for retail sale. Participants will also learn how they can […]

  • Municipal News: Oct. 21-29

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: Oct. 23 – Joint Park and Recreation Committee, 5:30 pm.  County of Door: Oct. 21 – Finance Committee, 1 pm; Library Board, 5 pm. Oct. 22 – Administrative Committee, 9 am. Oct. 28 – Communications Advisory Technical Subcommittee, 10 am.  Town of Egg Harbor: Oct. 21 – Town Board, […]

  • Dentist Timothy Tishler Hosts Open House Nov. 4

    Timothy Tishler, DDS, will host an open house Nov. 4, 4-6 pm, as his practice continues to update and renovate its space at 2596 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. New patients and visitors are welcome. Call 920.854.6566 to find out more.

  • Bills to Watch: Oct. 18

    AB-456/SB-409 School Consolidation Feasibility Studies This bill, co-authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens, would authorize grants of up to $10,000 to school districts to be used for a professional financial analysis of how school-district consolidation or entering into a whole grade sharing agreement would affect the school districts.  “The decision to consolidate is nearly always a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fair Maps and Gerrymandering

    Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh said, “… extreme gerrymandering is a real problem for our democracy.” The Supreme Court held, though, that the solution to gerrymandering lies with the legislatures and not the courts. Wisconsin is a state where the politicians choose voters, rather than voters electing officials. Whether one tends to vote Republican or Democrat, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Opening the Gates to Future Interference

    A Tribune article of Oct. 3 reports that Sen. Ron Johnson believes that President Trump did nothing wrong in seeking information from the Chinese government concerning the business affairs of Joe Biden’s son. This effort by Trump is coincidental with that of his Ukrainian affair. Not to be excused, but Trump acts because he simply […]

  • One Barrel Launches 2.62 Marathon on Thanksgiving Weekend

    Have you always wanted to run a marathon – without running all those miles?  Now you can at the One Barrel 2.62 Marathon in Egg Harbor Nov. 30. The run, just a wee bit shorter than a real marathon of 26.2 miles, will take participants through the backroads of Egg Harbor before finishing at the […]

  • Southern Door Students Attend World Dairy Expo

    Southern Door students Dakota Cornette, Logan Olsen, Lance Mahan, Andrea Vandertie, Maddie Baudhuin, Zach Olson and Chloe LaCrosse attended the World Dairy Expo with their adviser, Ann Glowacki. Congratulations to LaCrosse, Baudhuin and Olson, who participated in the Dairy Evaluation contest in preparation for their Dairy Evaluation Career Development contest in April. They placed 23rd, […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Apple Dumpling League Oct. 4 • High team series: Strike Force 2,326 • High team game: Strike Force 828 • High series (men): Adam Kring 676, John Moore 648, Bob Kramer 633 • High game (men): John Moore 259, Adam Kring 248, Craig Chepeck 237 • High series (women): Tracy May 616, Penny Kramer 597, […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Passes Bill to Benefit ‘Washington Island Observer’

    Representative Joel Kitchens Last week the Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens that will benefit the Washington Island Observer and other newspapers across the state. Kitchens released the following press release after the Assembly passed the bill: “Under current state law, a newspaper is defined – with certain exceptions – […]

  • See New Carvings and Photography at Frykman Studio Gallery

    Frykman Studio Gallery is showing new work Oct. 18-20 and will have a booth at Sister Bay’s Fall Festival. The gallery’s new work includes a selection of David Frykman’s whimsical cedar and fir carvings fashioned from wood recovered from the beloved Eagle Tower in Peninsula State Park, plus bright, new Door County nature photography by […]

  • Plum Bottom Launches Abstracted Worlds Show

    Plum Bottom Road Gallery is hosting Art Show 7: Abstracted Worlds from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1. During an artists’ reception Oct. 19, 1-4 pm, you can meet Door County acrylic artist Mary White and pastel artist Mike Judy. Also view the work of photographer Carol Pflughoeft and acrylic artist Mark Pflughoeft while you enjoy […]

  • Ellison Bay Artists Hold Fall Crawl

    Begin your holiday gift shopping at the Ellison Bay Art Crawl on Oct. 26 and 27, 10 am – 5 pm both days. Members of the Ellison Bay arts group always host this annual event the weekend after Sister Bay’s Fall Festival.  Browse the fine offerings, learn about the creative processes and enjoy refreshments and […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Host Season-Closing Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries, 4140 Peninsula Players Road in Fish Creek, will host a thank-you reception Oct. 26 and 27, 10 am – 5 pm, before the galleries close for the 2019 season Oct. 27 at 5 pm. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and browse the indoor and outdoor art offerings. This also marks the end […]

  • Cold-Wax Paintings at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery is showcasing Milwaukee artist Allison B. Cooke’s paintings in cold wax, acrylic and gouache through Nov. 1.  Cooke is widely collected and represented in galleries throughout the nation, and her work was recently featured in Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations by Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin. She works in a loft […]

  • Turtle Ridge Gallery Showcases Butterfly and Moth Series

    This series is a fanciful exploration of the mimicry and camouflage that butterfly and moth species – in both their caterpillar and winged stages – use to protect themselves against predators.  Mary Ellen Sisulak has used unusual mixed media to paint jewel-like moths and butterflies and placed them in richly textured habitats. She’s rendered native species such […]

  • Write On, Door County Presents An Evening with Michael Perry

    Author and humorist Michael Perry is coming to the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on Nov. 6 for an intimate event to benefit Write On, Door County.  An Evening with Michael Perry will include a program by Perry – the New York Times best-selling author of Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story – plus dinner […]

  • Poets Laureate on the Poetry Trail

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County On a Sunday afternoon in early October – the first sunny day after many days of rain – a group of poets and poetry lovers gathered at Newport State Park for a reading by Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga. […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Oct. 18, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Disney-Hyperion has signed a deal with debut author Emma Theriault for her Queen’s Council series. The young adult (YA) historical fantasy series reimagines Disney princesses as young rulers coming into power. The […]

  • Baileys Harbor Publisher Releases “Words, Women and Wednesdays”

    Sand Beach Press in Baileys Harbor has published Words, Women and Wednesdays: Twelve Women Who Shaped a City of the Frontier, which discusses the factors that led to the quick growth of Appleton, Wisconsin. With careful scholarship and research, author Bonnie G. Buchanan highlights the accomplishments and contributions of 12 women who arrived in Appleton […]

  • Gibraltar Voters Say No to Big Property Purchase

    Electors emphatically rejected a plan to spend $2.15 million on 195 acres of bluff, wetland and open space in the Town of Gibraltar during a tense meeting at the Door Community Auditorium Wednesday night, Oct. 16.  The final tally was 180 votes against purchasing the property, and 51 in favor. An estimated 400 people attended […]

  • How to Fall Fest

    It’s here: possibly the greatest weekend of the year in Door County (unless you’re curmudgeon Steve Grutzmacher). Fall Fest may no longer be the last gasp of the busy season, but it’s still the granddaddy of Door County festivals, and it’s no time for training wheels.  Let’s start with a few key times. First, this […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Schools Participated in the Great Apple Crunch

    The sixth annual Great Lakes regional Great Apple Crunch took place Oct. 10 across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. It was part of National School Lunch Week and National Farm-to-School Month, during which Sturgeon Bay schools offered locally grown apples, plums, cucumbers, pears, maple syrup, eggs and sometimes beef. In each school’s lunchroom […]

  • Sylvia Ferdon: A Life on the Links

    The following is adapted from the Summer 2019 edition of Door County Living magazine. Find the full feature about the life of Sylvia Ferdon at Growing up in Oconto, Wisconsin, Sylvia Ferdon loved playing sports. She excelled in all of them, but none more so than golf – a fact that didn’t slip past her […]

  • Framed: Pumpkin Patch 2019

    The dropping temperature didn’t stop the fun at Egg Harbor’s Pumpkin Patch Festival last weekend. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Servers of the Week: Jill, Tara, Jeanna, Katie and Kala at Door County Medical Center

    At Door County Medical Center,  You will find this lovely crew. These ER nurses are all so sweet and kind.  They’ll do their best to help you.  Thanks to all of you at the hospital! ~ Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Oh, My Gosh!

    Charlie Berens brings Midwest humor to Door Community Auditorium While everyone is counting down the days until Fall Fest and getting mentally prepared for that, I’m counting down the days until one of my dreams become a reality: being able to see the incredibly talented Charlie Berens live. Berens is best known for his online comedy […]

  • Manners Matter: Children in Stores

    Dear Mary Pat, I was shopping this weekend, and a store clerk told my five-year-old daughter to be careful when she was by a display. I thought it was rude of her to address my daughter when I was only 20 feet away. My daughter doesn’t need to be told what to do by a […]

  • Leaves Falling, Deer Moving as Pre-Rut Activity Heats Up

    If you’re an avid deer hunter, we’re entering the season you’ve waited all year for. Whitetail buck activity is picking up and will peak during the next four to five weeks as they seek out mates. Colorful leaves are falling, opening the woodlands. Even better, a hard frost last weekend took care of most mosquitoes.  […]

  • Pickleball: A Big Deal at the Door County YMCA

    If you haven’t heard of pickleball yet, you’re bound to soon because the growing popularity of this competitive sport seems to show no signs of slowing down. At both Door County YMCA locations, the game draws daily participation to the dedicated pickleball courts. It’s been a main attraction for many YMCA members for years, and […]

  • Play Readings: Excellent, Casual Theater Experiences

    Door Shakespeare Series Continues to Please  If you’ve never been to a play reading, don’t confuse it with the image you might have of people slouching around, snapping their fingers to  bongo-accompanied Beat poetry circa 1955. It’s not like that. Play readings are very casual affairs during which the actors speak from scripts arrayed on […]

  • Golf League Results: Oct. 18, 2019

    THE ORCHARDS Wednesday Hustle Oct. 9, 2019: the final event of the year Stableford points: • Front side: Dan Welch (even), Steve Smith (-1), Bill Shewchuk (-1) • Back side: Joe Kidd (-1/2), Bill Shewchuk (-1), Dave Gelbke (-1), Ed Movall (-1) • Closest to the pin #3: Bill Shewchuk Join us next year! We play every Wednesday: […]

  • Go Bo! Foundation Cookie Sale Paying it Forward

    A Sister Bay family is carrying on the pay-it-forward spirit of Bo Johnson, a 12-year-old Sister Bay native who valiantly fought a rare and aggressive form of leukemia but lost his battle on September 28, 2012. Those who knew Bo admired his kind-heartedness and courageous personality, and his illness didn’t change those traits. While Bo […]

  • Isadoora Staging ‘Three Days of Rain’

    Isadoora Theatre Company is presenting its final show of the 2019 season: the Pulitzer Prize-nominated romantic drama Three Days of Rain by Richard Greenberg. Set in New York, Three Days of Rain centers on Walker; his sister, Nan; and their childhood friend Pip, who meet to settle their parents’ estate. Their fathers were longtime friends […]

  • Rogue Theater Holds Auditions for ‘A Stable Situation’

    Rogue Theater will celebrate its seventh Christmas with John Steele’s A Stable Situation. In this entertaining, heartwarming, humorous play, animals in the barn discuss the arrival of Mary, Joseph and their baby, Jesus. It’s a great show for the whole family. The theater troupe needs actors, singers, musicians and stage crew, and it encourages adults, […]

  • Still Time to See ‘Dad’s Season Tickets’

    Northern Sky Theater is performing two student matinees of Dad’s Season Tickets this month for four of the Door County school districts. “Offering student matinees has been a challenge in the past, since we were always limited by our rental spaces during the school year,” said marketing director Ann Birnschein. “However, with our new Gould […]

  • Charlie Berens, The Special Consensus, Third Coast Percussion at DCA

    Manitowoc Minute’s Charlie Berens will perform his show Oh My Gosh!? on Oct. 20, 7 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA), with nationally acclaimed bluegrass band The Special Consensus opening. A comedian, actor and Emmy-winning journalist, Berens is a dynamic talent in the American comedy world. He’s the creator and star of Manitowoc Minute, […]

  • Deer Donation Program Reaches 20 Years

    Each year, hunters, meat processors and food pantries help families in need by working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and its partners to donate thousands of pounds of venison to food pantries. To mark the 20th anniversary of the Deer Donation Program (DDP), hunters who donate a deer will receive a commemorative […]

  • Thrills on Third Returns to Sturgeon Bay Oct. 26

    Watch out for spooky characters Oct. 26 during the eighth annual Thrills on Third – sponsored by Quantum PC Services – throughout Sturgeon Bay’s historic Third Avenue. Visit to see a full event schedule. Costume-parade participants should gather at Community Foundation Square, 222 N. 3rd Ave., at 9:45 am for costume judging. The costume […]

  • Fall Is a Great Time to Hike at Crossroads

    Fall is a great time to hike at Crossroads at Big Creek. The leaves are turning, and the scent of autumn is in the air. On Oct. 18, 3:30 pm, the Friday Film will be a video of the “We Are Water” presentation that renowned diver and cave explorer Jill Heinerth gave as the 2019 […]

  • Live Music at the Hitching Post Bar and Grill

    Andy and Carolyn Ripp, the new owners of the Hitching Post Bar and Grill – located east of Highway 57 at the corner of Whitefish Bay Road and Glidden Drive in Valmy – just celebrated their first year in business, and it’s been a happy success. To expand its music offerings, the Hitching Post will add a […]

  • Dahl’s ‘Wildwood’ Album Climbing the Charts

    Katie Dahl is a household name in Door County, but now she’s earning recognition from much farther afield. Her latest album, Wildwood, hit #7 on the international folk-DJ charts in September, and her song “Worry My Friend” was the #5 single.  Wildwood has garnered both radio success and critical acclaim. Folk-radio airplay has included spins […]

  • Farewell to WiFEE and THE HUZzBAND

    Popular funk band WiFEE and THE HUZzBAND will play its final show Oct. 19, 8 pm, at the Florian II in Baileys Harbor. After seven years together, and throughout life’s many ups and downs, the band is closing the final chapter of the WiFEE book and moving on to new (ad)ventures. Lead man Stephen Cooper […]

  • Fall Fest Music Preview

    Wondering which styles of music to expect at Fall Fest? Here’s a snapshot of the bands playing this weekend to help you get an idea of who the country stars are, who will be playing the polkas and where to find your rock ’n’ roll fix. Find the full music schedule – with the times and […]

  • Elizabeth “Betty” Julia Kiehnau

    Sept. 27, 1927 – Oct. 14, 2019  Elizabeth “Betty” Julia Kiehnau, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center. She was born in Fish Creek, the daughter of John and Margaret (Robertoy) Henry. Betty graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1945. She was united in marriage to William August Kiehnau Jr. on June 17, 1950, […]

  • Obituary: Mary C. Lindhorst

    Aug. 24, 1934 – Oct. 12, 2019  Mary Catherine (Tordt) Lindhorst, 85, of Sturgeon Bay died Oct. 12. She was born in Batavia, Illinois, to Jerald and Mildred (Sanders) Tordt.  On Aug. 9, 1958, she married Harold Fredrick Lindhorst at St. Paul’s Church in Rockford, Illinois.  Mary graduated from Batavia High School in 1952, studied one year at […]

  • Obituary: Joan Maxine Rusnack

    Nov. 23, 1935 – Oct. 7, 2019 Joan Rusnack of Sister Bay – wife, mother, daughter and sister – died at the age of 83.  Joan was born to Hazel and Arthur Begole. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Culver Stockton College and taught grade school in Indianapolis.  On July 4, 1958, she married Richard Rusnack, and together […]

  • Obituary: Ann C. Logan

    April 2, 1950 – Oct. 8, 2019  Ann C. Logan, 69, of Sturgeon Bay died in a Fond du Lac nursing home. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Robert and Jean (Thurston) Holt. On Sept. 4, 1971, she married Dale W. Logan in Alexandria, Minnesota. Ann graduated from Morris High School in Minnesota, then attended South Dakota […]

  • Obituary: Christine A. Kinka

    July 29, 1938 – Oct. 8, 2019 Christine Ann Kinka, 81, of Sturgeon Bay died at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Care Center at Door County Medical Center. She was born in Chicago, the daughter of Stanley and Helen (Stajkowski) Grabowski. Chris grew up attending St. Mary Magdalene Catholic School in […]

  • Obituary: Merwin Carl Nelson

    March 15, 1932 – Oct. 8, 2019 Merwin Carl Nelson, 87, of Algoma and formerly of Washington Island, died at Autumn’s Journey CBRF in Algoma with his wife, Hazel, at his side. He was born on Washington Island, the son of Lester and Mildred (Boyce) Nelson. Mer graduated from Washington Island High School. He served on the USS Segundo […]

  • Obituary: Conor L. Iverson

    March 25, 1993 – Oct. 8, 2019  Conor L. Iverson, 26, of Manitowoc and formerly of Sturgeon Bay died Oct. 8. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Scott and Lisa (Nelson) Iverson. In 2011, Conor graduated from Sevastopol High School, where he enjoyed playing football and running track. He attended police training academy in […]

  • Obituary: Gay Lynn (Ellefson) Hecker

    Nov. 1, 1955 – Oct. 8, 2019  Gay Lynn Hecker, 63, of Waco, Texas, and Egg Harbor, died in the loving arms of her family Oct. 8, 2019. She was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Richard “Dick” and Barbara Lynn (Aaron) Ellefson. After graduating from Tremper High School in Kenosha in 1973, Gay earned her associate […]