Peninsula Pulse – Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2017

In this issue

  • Gibraltar Considers Defunding Marigold Planting

    The Town of Gibraltar proposed defunding a portion of the flower budget that goes toward planting marigolds along the Hwy. 42 corridor at a budget workshop on Oct. 18. At the regular town board meeting on Nov. 1, they will reconsider. “There was such an uproar that we decided to put it on the agenda,” […]

  • Coast Guard Brass Attends MCPOCG Thiele’s Funeral

    Nancy Thiele greets Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell at the Oct. 14 funeral on Washington Island for Nancy’s husband, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Al Thiele, who died Sept. 23. Also pictured are Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft, his wife Fran DeNinno-Zukunft, and to the […]

  • Sturgeon License Deadline Nears

    The deadline to purchase licenses for the 2018 Lake Winnebago sturgeon spearing season is Oct. 31, with state biologists forecasting great opportunities to land the fish of a lifetime while enjoying time outdoors with family and friends. “Getting together with family and friends is what keeps people coming back year after to year, but spearers […]

  • Hole-in-One at Maxwelton Braes

    Jim Rossol shot a hole-in-one Oct. 17 at Maxwelton Braes on hole #17, playing with Gary Krieck, Steve Thomas and Greg Gralewski. “It was a crisply hit pitching wedge at a red pin that was right at it all the way,” Rossol said. It was Rossol’s second hole-in-one. Submitted.

  • New Jewelry at Artzy Studio

    “A Little Birdie Told Me” is the theme for a new collection of jewelry by Cynthia L. Koshalek. New necklaces, bracelets and earrings use brushed silver birds as the central design for each art piece. Fresh water pearls or gemstones are added for color or decoration. Hammered links or handmade chain is used as a […]

  • Land Trust Receives Green Gift to Fight Invasives

    Recycled cell phones are helping remove invasive species from a 600-acre nature preserve on Chambers Island. Door County Land Trust has been selected as a 2017 Cellcom Green Gift recipient. The nonprofit received a $3,350 Green Gift from Cellcom to remove phragmites and garlic mustard that are threatening the native habitats on the island. “Lake […]

  • State News: Reince Priebus, Hemp, Green Bay Prison

    Reince Priebus Rejoining Wisconsin Law Firm Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is returning to his former Wisconsin-based law firm to serve as its president. Priebus announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will rejoin Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where he worked before heading the Republican National Committee for six years. While the […]

  • Norwegian Lutefisk Dinner at Bay View Lutheran

    A traditional part of fall in Door County is the lutefisk (pronounced LEWD-uh-fisk) and meatball dinner served by the H.R. Holand Lodge of the Sons of Norway. Proceeds are used for two $500 scholarships for graduates of Door County high schools, with preference to those with some Norwegian heritage. The buffet dinner will start at […]

  • WISTAX: Tax Reform in Wisconsin

    Federal tax reform is grabbing attention nationally, even though its likelihood is uncertain. It’s the opposite in Wisconsin. Important property tax reform has been progressing incrementally, but few have noticed. What reform is, and isn’t At the outset, it should be said that tax cuts are not necessarily tax reform. Cutting tax rates but leaving […]

  • Half Marathon Early Bird Registration Ends Oct. 31

    Runners can still get early bird registration prices for the Door County Half Marathon through midnight, Oct. 31. Early-bird registrants save $20 off day-of race prices for the May 5, 2018 race in Peninsula State Park. More than 2,000 runners participate in the capped race each year, which takes them down a closed, USATF-certified road […]

  • Trivia: In 2016, Mathias Willemijns of Germany grew the world’s heaviest pumpkin. How much did it weigh?

    Question: In 2016, Mathias Willemijns of Germany grew the world’s heaviest pumpkin. How much did it weigh? Answer: 2,624.6 pounds

  • Martinez Gallery Winter Exhibitions

    Sandra and Wence Martinez of Martinez Studio in Jacksonport released their winter exhibition schedule for 2017-18. The studio/gallery will be part of the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl, Nov. 17-19. Hours are 12-4 pm Friday, and 10 am – 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The artists will be at the opening party at Margaret Lockwood Gallery […]

  • Maritime Speaker Series Begins 2017018 Season

    The Maritime Speaker Series returns to the Door County Maritime Museum for the 2017-2018 season. This year boasts an impressive lineup of speakers to educate and entertain maritime enthusiasts. The series runs the first Thursday of each month and kicks off Nov. 2 with award-winning columnist and author of 10 books, Rochelle Pennington, who will […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Oct. 27, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?  “I saw somebody wearing a garbage bag less than a week ago.” “[She] has my neighbor pig’s sister.” “It’s like Kenny G […]

  • Children’s Book Author Holds Southern Door Book Launch

    Stay Toon’d Publishing is proud to announce the seventh work by former Door/Kewaunee county children’s book author/illustrator, Janet Tlachac-Toonen. The Tale of Christmas Mountain is the fifth book in the “Sidney the Bear” series and seventh book Tlachac-Toonen has written/illustrated. As in her other works, it includes many of her familiar forest characters taking part […]

  • Server of the Week: Robert Polomis

    If you’re ever looking for a night away Fish Creek Campground is the place to stay You can bring your pets, no matter how furry, And the nice manager looks like ol’ Bill Murray   Mr. Bob is as sweet as pie Always a grin and a twinkle in his eye Whether the weather is […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Oct. 31. County of Door:  The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm Nov. 2. Town of Gibraltar:  The town board meets at 7 pm Nov. 1. Town of Sevastopol:  The town board will hold a budget work session at […]

  • The Bestseller List: Oct. 27, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur 2. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi 5. Wintering, by Peter Geye TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande 2. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond 3. Lab […]

  • Solar Finance Simulator Accessible Online

    With support from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has launched an online, interactive tool to simulate long-term financial forecasting for photovoltaic (PV) investments. The tool was created with expertise from Sustainable Capital Advisors and is designed for tax-exempt and taxable entity personnel to analyze, compare and define […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Discouraging Direction

    As a citizen of this wonderful, diverse, and democratic country, it’s discouraging to see the direction our country is heading. We have a president who governs by Twitter, by untruths, by name calling, by distraction, and by quietly dismantling many environmental regulations that protect our water, land and air. This is not healthy for our […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Controversy!

    I’m talking about some NFL players conducting political demonstrations during the pre-game playing of our National Anthem. Isn’t it our right as Americans to protest if we wish? Of course it is! But, in my opinion, this is a big mistake on the part of the players. Why? Well, this is as divisive as it […]

  • Hardy Gallery Announces Listening Session

    The Hardy Gallery Board of Directors invites visual artists and the community to share input in preparation for review of the organizational plan Nov. 2, 3 pm at Ephraim Village Hall. This winter the Hardy Gallery Board of Directors will convene for their annual review of the organization’s strategic plan and goal setting for 2018. […]

  • Door to Nature: The Trusting Ruffed Grouse

    The very first ruffed grouse I ever saw brings back pleasant memories. One of my all-time favorite teachers and friends was Walter Kacer, who taught our seventh and eighth grade boys Sunday school class at Kewaunee Congregational Church. He and the other teachers at church were far ahead of their time in realizing that by […]

  • Sister Bay Begins Search for New Administrator

    With last week’s announcement that Sister Bay Administrator Zeke Jackson is leaving for a similar position in southeastern Wisconsin, the village finds itself in search mode again. “We’re sad to lose him, but we always look at how long administrators stay in place, and it’s generally in the three- to five-year range as opportunities come […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Host Closing Reception

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will close for the 2017 season on Oct. 29 at 5 pm. A “Closing Weekend Thank You” reception will be held Oct. 28 & 29 from 10 am until 5 pm to say “thank you” to all of the gallery visitors who helped make the 2017 season a success. Refreshments and hors […]

  • Hope Church Art Alcoves Gallery Welcomes Kari Anderson

    Kari Anderson has wonderful watercolors and glasswork at Hope Church Art Alcoves Gallery from now through the Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl on Nov. 18 & 19. There will be a special art talk with Anderson in the Hope Church Fellowship Hall adjacent to the Art Alcoves Gallery on Nov. 18 at 3:15 pm. Known for […]

  • Red Putter Celebrates Halloween

    The Red Putter is decked out for Halloween. The course is open through Oct. 31, with specials on Halloween to celebrate the last day of the season. Players will get $1 off if they golf in costume and receive a free candy bar or soda with each round. Trick or treaters are welcome. Have you […]

  • Ephraim Approves Sidewalk Plan for Highway Reconstruction

    The Ephraim village board unanimously voted to inform the Department of Transportation (DOT) of their intentions to build a sidewalk and accompanying curb, sewer and stormwater abatement between the village beach and old fire station. The move comes after months of debate and significant opposition expressed by many residents. Village president Mike McCutcheon reported that […]

  • Kitchens Listens: Manure, Marijuana and Mining

    On Monday, Oct. 23, Rep. Joel Kitchens finished up a round of four listening sessions in his district by holding his first-ever session in Sister Bay in what turned out largely to be a discussion of wider social issues beyond his jurisdiction, much like it began the week before at Algoma’s City Hall. The Oct. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Granary’s Fate

    Shame on you! Shame on us! We have lost an iconic, historic, salvageable landmark due to the forces of “development” and worse. It had the potential of being a beloved residents’ center and a tourist attraction, reflecting the pride of a unique city. Instead, the Granary Building will appear on the cover of Lost Door […]

  • Miller Art Museum Curator of Exhibits to Retire

    Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director of the Miller Art Museum, announced the impending retirement of Curator of Exhibits and Collections Deborah Rosenthal. Rosenthal will retire at the end of 2017; she has been with the iconic Door County art institution since 1993 where she has overseen the installation of nearly 140 exhibitions and shepherded the growth […]

  • Southern Door Cancels Halloween Family Fun Night

    Due to low enrollment and pre-planned trick or treating by families, the Halloween Family Fun Night on Tuesday, Oct. 31, sponsored by the SD Community Auditorium, has been canceled. The auditorium will schedule a similar event this winter. Please check the auditorium’s Facebook page at or website at for future announcements.

  • Letter to the Editor: Oppose SB 395 and AB 499

    Twenty years ago the Wisconsin Legislature passed the “Prove it First” mining bill by an overwhelming majority. The bill stated that a mine could not be built in sulfide rock deposits until an example was found of a sulfide mine that had operated successfully without harming nearby streams and lakes. Mining in sulfide deposits is […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

    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, October 24, 1873 MISSING – Nate Sanders, of Menominee, started last Friday evening at dusk from Squaw island, north of Washington island, in a pound […]

  • Cheers!: Beet Crazy!

    This weird beer has been clogging things up in the magic fridge for a couple months now. It just never seemed like the right time for a beet beer. Until now. It’s called Spontanbeetroot, a lambic made with the underground-dwelling beet root, from the Danish brewer Mikkeller. It pours a beautiful translucent red. Reminds me […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities Celebrated Public Power Week

    Sturgeon Bay Utilities hosted a recycling event at the utility office on Oct. 4. Hundreds of Sturgeon Bay Utility customers participated, dropping off a total of 22,000 pounds of electronics, batteries and lightbulbs. The utility worked with Norsec and Lamp Recyclers to ensure that these items were recycled responsibly. “The recycling event provided a convenient […]

  • Fall 50 Draws 2,600 Runners, Raises $30,000 for Charity

    The Fall 50 Door County brought 514 relay teams and more than 100 solo runners to the 12th running of the race from Gills Rock to Sturgeon Bay Oct. 21. Mark Jasper of Menominee, Mich., won with a time of 6:33:29, a 7:53 per mile pace. Carolyn Smith, Milwaukee, finished first on the women’s side […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 654

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate Here’s a beautiful poem evoking a vivid memory by David Mason, who teaches at Colorado College and has served his state as poet laureate. There’s not one extra word in this, and every word – with that word’s singular music – is set in the perfect position. This poem […]

  • Closing Reception at Bearded Heart

    Join Bearded Heart Coffee on Oct. 29, 6 – 8 pm, for the closing gallery show featuring Kate Roth. Colorful and dynamic brushwork continues to charge her work. Roth focuses on people as content and translates the human figure into dramatic colors and shapes. All are welcome. Beer and wine for donation. All artwork and […]

  • By the Numbers: Halloween

    1 Here are the top costumes for age groups:  Witch is No. 1 for adults 35-plus; Batman for the 18 to 34 crowd; princess or superhero for kids; pumpkin for pets. 24.1 The percentage of pet owners who costume their pets for Halloween. 46 The percentage of American adults that carve a pumpkin for Halloween. […]

  • Applications Open for Herb Kohl Foundation Scholarships

    Online applications for the 2018 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship can now be submitted at A total of 100 students will be chosen to receive $10,000 scholarships from among all applicants throughout the state. Applicants must be residents of Wisconsin who will graduate from high school in 2018, and plan to continue their […]

  • “Beyond Words” Opens at Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay

    The Miller Art Museum announces the opening of Beyond Words: The Art of Regional Children’s Book Illustration – a multi-faceted exhibit designed to educate, arouse curiosity and engage the minds of visitors young and old. The exhibition opens Nov. 4 and will remain on extended view through Feb. 14, 2018. An opening celebration will be […]

  • Legislation Would Reduce Excise Tax on Craft Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits

    The Boulder-based Brewers Association sent a press release late last week announcing a milestone in legislation designed to help the craft beer industry, when U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) became the 51st senator to support the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act. Shortly after that, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the 52nd supporter in […]

  • Algoma’s Book Corner Receives $1,055 Donation

    Each year the Bank of Luxemburg sponsors a summer cookout with proceeds going to a local organization. On Sept. 29, the Bank of Luxemburg presented the Algoma Library Friends with a check for $1,055, which will be used at their newly established used bookstore, The Book Corner. The Book Corner opened June 30, 2017, selling […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Search/Rescue/Recover

    Grateful. That’s how I feel for the men and women who either make it their life’s work or volunteer their time when someone goes missing in the beautiful, but dangerous waters that surround us in Door County. What a blessing for all of us that there are people at the other end of the line […]

  • No Gains in August Room Tax Collections

    Room tax collections in August of this year decreased over the same month last year, flattened out by gains in some municipalities and losses in others. Sister Bay buoyed countywide collections in August with an 8.6 percent increase, while the City of Sturgeon Bay depressed the countywide total with a decrease of 9.9 percent. Ten […]

  • Town of Lincoln Puts Moratorium on Livestock Expansion

    Elected officials in the Town of Lincoln – one of the areas in Kewaunee County hit hardest by contaminated wells – are no longer relying on outside forces to protect their fragile groundwater. At its October 17 meeting, the Lincoln Town Board passed a one-year moratorium on construction or expansion of existing livestock facilities in […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Calls for Regulation of Bump Stocks

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Last week Representatives Gallagher, Kinzinger and McSally, all Republican veterans serving in Congress, called for a restriction on the gun modifier that was used during the mass murder in Las Vegas. “Bump stocks,” the accessory used by the attacker, were legalized by the Obama Administration in 2010. In the wake of the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Organ

    Ryan Albashian was in middle school in 1992 when he and his organ teacher traveled from the Oshkosh area to Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church (SBMC) to hear a concert by acclaimed organist Martin Jean on the church’s brand-new Jaeckel pipe organ. “I’m 12 or 13 years old. He takes me in the organ and I’m […]

  • Framed: Pumpkin Exploration

    First graders at Gibraltar Elementary School recently completed pumpkin investigations in the Hoyerman/Norton classroom. Thanks to all the families who donated pumpkins for their science learning. Photo by Jodi Hoyerman.

  • Manners Matter: Fall Productivity

    Dear Mary Pat, I don’t get why everyone loves the fall so much. I think the leaves are pretty and everything, but when they drop off the trees (as they are this week), my spirit drops with them, not to mention my business. I feel a little anxiety as each week brings us closer to […]

  • Tanum Forest Lutheran Church Celebrates Fall With Lefse

    Werda Gigstead, a 92-year-old lefse-making machine, rolls lefse dough (riced potatoes, flour and butter) during the annual lefse-making day on Oct. 26, two days before the annual Tanum Forest Lutheran Church Fall Festival from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Oct. 28, where the homemade lefse is always a sellout item. You can also […]

  • Hundley Debut Spoiled by Saints

    The Green Bay Packers head into their bye week on the heels of two straight losses, including a 26-17 defeat to the New Orleans Saints on a wet and rainy Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field. With quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured and Brett Hundley getting his first start, experts said Green Bay’s best chance for success […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Rep. Scott Allen Sides with Crony Capitalists

    Nineteen states have called for a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision. Representative Scott Allen won’t even allow a public hearing on a resolution that would let Wisconsinites vote on this core issue of our time. While many politicians may like unlimited and often undisclosed campaign contributions, the rest of America […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Oct. 27 – Nov. 2

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Oct. 28 – State Meet @ Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids, 2:35 pm   SEVASTOPOL  Cross Country Oct. 28 – State Meet @ Wisconsin Rapids, 12:40 pm  Football Oct. 28 – 8-Player Jamboree vs. Wausaukee @ Stiehm Stadium, Schofield, 1 pm   SOUTHERN DOOR Cross Country Oct. 28 – State Meet @ […]

  • County to Join in Litigation Against Big Pharma

    The Door County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to enter into litigation against opioid manufacturers to recover costs the county has incurred related to the opioid epidemic. The lawsuit itself will not cost the county anything, as attorneys representing the counties entering into the suit will not be paid unless the litigation does recover […]

  • Public Service Commission Accepting Broadband Grants

    The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is now accepting applications for a second round of Broadband Expansion Grants for fiscal year 2018 that will extend $7.5 million to underserved areas of the state. This grant cycle provides additional funds recently approved in the state budget. Applications for the Broadband Expansion Grants are due at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Editorial Discretion Needed

    Thank you to the Door County community and all the volunteers that helped organize the Fall 50 on October 21. The Door County Fall 50 is a celebration of running and nature, yet I am disheartened by what happened at the awards ceremony:  A best team name award given to “Drunk Wives Matter.” It’s not […]

  • Featured Pet: Freddy

    Freddy came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) from the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee because he’s hoping to finally find a forever home. Freddy is a seven-month-old male Carolina dog with a beautiful medium tan coat. Even though he only weighs 22 pounds right now, he is full of energy! Freddy loves to […]

  • Try Lefse at Tanum Forest Lutheran Church’s Fall Festival

    Tanum Forest Lutheran Church’s Fall Festival is Oct. 28, 11 am – 1 pm. There will be homemade lefse, baked goods, produce, crafts and lunch (sloppy Joes, egg salad sandwiches and tortes). Lunch carry-outs will be available. The church is located at 6102 Cty OO, about seven miles south of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Hope Church Hosts Halloween Pizza Party

    Hope Church is hosting its 9th annual Halloween Pizza Party on Oct. 31, 5 – 8 pm. The community is invited to sit down and relax after trick-or-treating with pizza, popcorn and family-friendly movies. This event is for people of all ages. Feel free to use the church’s parking lot to trick-or-treat in the neighborhood […]

  • ‘Teens and Complicated Conversations’ Panel Discussion Nov. 2

    Door County Public Health’s Mental Health Focus Group and Door County Human Services are holding a panel discussion, “Teens and Complicated Conversations,” Nov. 2 at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. This is a free community event with a panel of experts discussing how parents and others can engage teens and preteens in conversations […]

  • Community Health Program Focuses on Importance of Active Mind and Body

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Use It Or Lose It,” Nov. 5 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. The speaker is Megan Schneider, YMCA older adult coordinator. Most of us embrace the idea of maintaining an active mind in an active […]

  • DCMC Dental Clinic Earns 2017 Global Vision Community Partnership Award

    The Wisconsin Hospital Association’s (WHA) foundation has announced that Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Dental Clinic is a recipient of the WHA Foundation’s 2017 Global Vision Community Partnership Award. This annual competitive grant award is presented to a community health initiative that successfully addresses a documented community health need. The DCMC Dental Clinic provides oral […]

  • Gibraltar Student Council Hosts Fall Blood Drive, Nov. 8

    The Gibraltar High School Student Council will host their fall blood drive Nov. 8, 9 am – 2 pm at the Door Community Auditorium. Due to time and scheduling constraints, an appointment to donate is needed. Leave a message at 920.868.3284, ext. 244. Clearly state your name, phone number, and best time of day to […]

  • Sister Bay Lions Club Donates $1,000 to Northern Door Children’s Center

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) put out a call to the community for scholarship funds. The Sister Bay Lions stepped up and donated $1,000. NDCC was also the recipient of “pass the hat” at a recent Lion’s Club meeting, adding even more to the fund. The Lions are regular donors to the Children’s Center. As […]

  • Tickets Now On Sale for Neighbor to Neighbor’s Rib Fest

    Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County is holding their 9th Annual Rib Fest, Nov. 11 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith. Doors open at 4:30 pm for cash bar and silent auction, with serving from 5:30-7 pm or until ribs are gone. Tasters will vote for their favorite ribs. Music and karaoke by […]

  • Vendors Invited to Join Sevastopol Music, Art and Theater Guild’s Arts & Craft Fair

    The Sevastopol Music, Art and Theater (M.A.T.) Guild is organizing the third Annual Sevastopol Arts and Craft Fair to be held at Sevastopol School on Nov. 19, 9 am – 3 pm. The Guild invites the community to save the date for this wonderful shopping opportunity. Lunch concessions and a bake sale will also be […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen Vavra

    Kathleen J. (Jung) (Ray) Vavra, 67, of Egg Harbor, died at home with her family by her side, Tuesday, October 17, 2017. She was born in July 1950 to the late Robert (Rube) and June (Diekmeier) Jung. In 1976 she married Michael E Ray. They moved to Waukesha where they raised their two children. Michael […]

  • In Memoriam: Sarah Elizabeth Wright

    by Sharon Grutzmacher, Peninsula Music Festival Executive Director After 26 seasons as executive director of the Peninsula Music Festival, I have said goodbye to many long-time volunteers, donors, subscribers and board members. I have spoken at funerals, arranged memorial concerts and provided musicians for funerals. It is never easy to say goodbye to these amazing […]

  • Tavern League Donates to Scholarship Fund

    Door County Tavern League donates $300 to Adam LaLuzerne Humanitarian Scholarship Fund, with matching funds requested from the Tavern League of Wisconsin Foundation. The Adam LaLuzerne Humanitarian Scholarship will be awarded annually to a high school senior who has demonstrated a commitment to service work and an intention to carry that into their college involvement […]

  • Going Garbage Announces Drop-Off Site Hours

    Going Garbage and Recycling Inc. (GGRI), Door County’s premier garbage and recycling hauler and drop-off facility for more than 50 years, is announced that its drop-off site at 10564 Old Stage Road, Sister Bay is now open six days a week. Hours of operation are 8 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club Hosts Buy Local Mixer Nov. 1

    Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club is hosting a Buy Local Mixer Nov. 1, 5:30 – 7 pm. Learn about and tour this iconic Sturgeon Bay institution, sample from their menu, enjoy a beverage with a fantastic view, and mix, mingle and reconnect after the 2017 busy season. This networking event is open to anyone to get […]

  • Bank of Luxemburg Hires Ken Rehn as Vice President of Commercial Lending

    Bank of Luxemburg recently hired Ken Rehn as assistant vice president of commercial lending. Rehn will work to increase lending to businesses in the Bank of Luxemburg footprint. His office will be located at the Luxemburg branch on Main Street. He brings more than 15 years of banking experience and 20 years in the private […]

  • Nicolet Bank Sponsors Free Cybersecurity Seminars, Nov. 9

    Business owners are invited to a free cybersecurity seminar, sponsored by Nicolet Bank, Nov. 9. There are two locations and times to choose from: 8:30 – 10 am at Barringer’s Restaurant, Fish Creek; or 12 – 1:30 pm at Stone Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay. Cyber intrusions are a serious and growing problem for all businesses. […]

  • Farm Service Agency Offers Loans to Underserved and Beginning Farmers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Russell Raeder reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. “Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning […]

  • Registration Opens for 2017 Edible Summit in Madison

    Registration is open for the 2017 Edible Summit, a two-day training program offering comprehensive and interactive information on what it takes to develop a local food business. Co-hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Ag and Food Center and Dane County UW-Extension, the summit will be held Nov. 17-18 at the […]

  • Jack Moneypenny Recognized for 10 Years of Service at DCVB Annual Meeting

    Around 140 business leaders enjoyed dinner at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on Oct. 18 for the Door County Visitor Bureau’s (DCVB) 92nd annual meeting. New DCVB board members Leslie Gast (Nicolet Bank), Ben McMahon (Door County Brewing Company), and Ann Renard (Renard’s Cheese) were voted in by those members present. Gast, McMahon and Renard will […]

  • USDA Temporarily Suspends Accepting CRP Offers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year. “All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Oct. 24, 2017

    Crop prices (Oct. 24) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.13 -0.40 $3.00 Soybeans $8.95 -0.81 $9.27 Wheat $3.58 -0.80 $3.08 Oats $2.47 -0.30 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.03/bushel -0.50 New-Crop Corn $3.28/bushel -0.70 Wheat $3.63/bushel -0.75   Basis: The difference between the local […]

  • Manufacturing Days at Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park

    Jon Hurley talks to Door County high school students about Pro Products, the business he and his family run at the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park, during Manufacturing Days held Oct. 20 by the Door County Economic Development Corp. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Rogue Theater Holds Christmas Play Auditions Nov. 4 & 6

    Rogue Theater will celebrate its fifth Christmas with a humorous and heartwarming production of A Christmas Journey by Rebecca Wimmer. They will soon hold a casting call for the production. In the play, it’s the night before the big event, and Christmas is on a journey to the Holy Little City. He and the friends […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Students Named 2018 Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music

    Sturgeon Bay High School is proud to announce that four music students have been selected to participate in the Wisconsin Ambassadors of Music 2018 European tour. Juniors Marley Gigstead and Ian Bartz and sophomores Katy Carter and DJ Lenius were recommended by music directors Heidi Hintz and Leslie Hill. With the support of their music […]

  • Ruth Moody Opens White Gull Winter Concert Series

    The Ruth Moody Band will be featured at the first of six concerts scheduled in the 34th season of winter folk concerts at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Nov. 8. Tickets for the 8 pm concert are $20. Australian-born, two-time Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Ruth Moody is from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding and current […]

  • Puerto Rican Struggle Hits Home for Families With Door County Ties

    Thirty-five days after the 10th-strongest hurricane ever recorded ravaged the island of Puerto Rico, Alex Reina still struggles to get updates from his family there. “They only get a window of cell phone signal,” Reina said. “It’s pretty hard to get much out of five or ten minutes of conversation.” Reina’s mother, step-father, sister and […]

  • Kong is King and Universal Monsters Rule!

    Imagine a time in the not-too-distant past before streaming or cable/satellite TV, before DVDs or VHS and Beta, even, when the only way to see a movie was to go to a movie theater or watch whatever the three local affiliates of the big three networks showed during their commercial-filled late night movies. And then […]

  • Art School Exhibit An Ode to Man’s Best Friend

    It was 20th century American poet Ogden Nash who is credited with the oft-quoted phrase “the dog is man’s best friend” (the opening line of his 1941 poem, “An Introduction to Dogs”) but the bond between man and dog is one that has evolved over centuries. From the early days of the mutually beneficial human-wolf […]

  • Blues & Roots Fest Welcomes Star-Studded Lineup to Door Nov. 2-4

    Door Community Auditorium is pleased to present its second annual Blues & Roots Fest at 7 pm on November 2, 3, and 4 featuring Leyla McCalla, Mission Temple Fireworks Revival with Paul Thorn & The McCrary Sisters, Ruthie Foster, and The Fairfield Four. Opening Night Leyla McCalla (Thursday, Nov. 2) is a New York-born Haitian-American […]

  • Review: ‘The Summer Before the War’

    Helen Simonson followed the bestseller success of her 2010 debut novel Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand with a second book, The Summer Before the War. The British author had spent her teenage years in the East Sussex village of Rye, the setting for her novel which begins in 1914 during the summer before the beginning of […]

  • Spinning A Tale at Dark Songs 2017

    If you live in Door County and haven’t had the pleasure of attending a Dark Songs performance, you’ll have your chance to make amends tonight and tomorrow night. It is one of three annual, week-long musical events throughout the year – with June’s Steel Bridge Songfest and February’s Love on Holiday – hosted by the […]

  • City Proceeding With Plans to Raze Granary

    Editor’s Note:  This article came out one day before the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society announced that a donor had come forward with $1.25 million to restore the granary. For an updated article, click here>> Preservationists have funds, proposal for restoration Just two months after the historic Teweles and Brandeis Granary on Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront […]

  • Mindfulness Workshop Scheduled for Oct. 29

    Barbara Wulf will hold a Mindfulness Workshop Oct. 29, 2 – 5 pm at Door County Yoga in Sturgeon Bay. This workshop is highly experiential and will take participants through various forms of mindfulness meditation including sitting, body scan, self-compassion, and gentle mindful movement. Learn how to use breath as a stress reduction tool and […]

  • ‘June Falling Down’ Screening, Filmmaker Q&A Oct. 29

    June Falling Down, a feature film shot in Door County, will be screened Oct. 29, 7 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. A filmmaker Q&A will follow the screening. The film is a mix of comedy and drama, and centers around a young woman returning home to Door County for her best friend’s wedding […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Fall Hike, ‘Hometown Stories’ Screening

    It’s fall at Crossroads at Big Creek. Leaves are finally changing color and the geese are flying south. Enjoy the fall splendor Oct. 28, 11 am – 12 pm during a nature hike to the dock at The Cove. Join the naturalist for a gentle ramble from the Little Bridge on Utah Street to the […]

  • Jack O’Lantern Days in Fish Creek (Oct. 27-28)

    Fish Creek hosts its annual weekend of Halloween fun with Jack O’Lantern Days this weekend. Start the weekend off Friday at Hands On Art Studio with Adult Art Night. Every Friday night, all year long you can enjoy a grown-up night of fun with a 21 and older crowd, food, drink and do-it-yourself art projects […]

  • Halloween Celebrations, Film Screenings & More Weekend Plans

    The final weekend of October is upon us, and that means one thing:  Halloween is almost here! Join the celebrations in Fish Creek and Sturgeon Bay, or head to the quiet woods of Newport State Park for an equally festive retreat. Friday, October 27 Hometown Stories: Baileys Harbor Extras Join the staff of Crossroads at […]