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Peninsula Pulse – Oct. 6-13, 2017

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  • NWTC Innovation Center Names Manager

    Sister Bay’s new Learning and Innovation Center (LIC) inched closer to opening with the naming of Lisa Tetzloff as manager of the new branch of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). The center is being created in partnership with Nicolet Bank and is expected to open in the winter of 2018. Tetzloff comes to NWTC from […]

  • Catholics Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Fátima Apparitions

    Visions of the Virgin Mary go back to the beginning of Christianity. Catholics call these visions “private revelations,” as opposed to public revelations, which catholicculture.org describes as “the revelation given to the apostles, which closed with the death of the last apostle in such a way that nothing can be added to it.” Some say […]

  • Featured Pet: Mitzi

    This week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Mitzi, a three-year-old who came to the shelter as a stray. She was suffering from a spinal injury when she arrived and could not walk. Mitzi spent some time in foster care and slowly her behavior and health turned around. Now, she’s running […]

  • Central America is Focus of Meadows Photography Exhibit

    The Meadows Gallery will once again host Door County photographer, Dennis Connolly, for a photographic exhibit, Oct. 1 – Nov. 13. Connolly has brought his Connection-themed photography to the county several times previously and this exhibit is titled, Connections: The People and Vision of Central America. Connolly has previously worked in five countries in the […]

  • The Bestseller List: Oct. 6, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré 2. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng 3. Glass Houses, by Louise Penny 4. Sulfur Springs, by William Kent Krueger 5. A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton 2. Braving the Wilderness, by Brené Brown […]

  • Manners Matter: Tip Debate

    Dear Mary Pat, Could you please help my friend and me settle a debate? She thinks you don’t need to tip for takeout, but I was a waitress in high school and we always got tips for takeout. She thinks that servers don’t expect tips, but I know they do. Would you please weigh in […]

  • Creative Writing Opportunities with Write On

    Write On, Door County’s residency and educational programs bring a wide variety of opportunities for people of all ages interested in creative writing and artistic expression. Acclaimed novelist Lan Samantha Chang will offer a talk, “Nurturing Your Inner Life,” on Oct. 10, 6 pm, an opportunity for artists and writers to stay connected to an […]

  • Door County Featured on “Discover Wisconsin” Calendar

    Discover Wisconsin, the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show, has published its popular calendar, featuring fall colors along a winding road in Northport for the month of November, taken by Bonnie Phillips. The Door County photo is also portrayed on the cover of the calendar. In partnership with Wisconsin Counties Association and Sargento, 12 fan-submitted photos […]

  • New Work from Bazyli at Linden Gallery

    Bazyli Studio will have a trunk show at Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, Oct. 7 & 8, 10 am – 5 pm. Skye and Peter Ciesla of Baileys Harbor are the owners and resident artists of Bazyli Studio. They have worked with Brian and Jeanee Linden since 2006, developing an Asian-inspired collection of handcrafted jewelry […]

  • Framed: Thordarson Perch

    Camden Sweet and Danielle Fehrman perched on the balcony of the Thordarson Boathouse waiting for the Karfi to arrive and return them to Washington Island. Photo by Tim Sweet.

  • Server of the Week: Anthony Hock

    This is Anthony see his great big grin! He will greet you at Pick ‘n Save when you walk in. It’s nice to see his friendly face making that store our favorite place. – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • ‘More Than Meets The Eye’ at Door County Makers Space

    In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Door County is organizing a photo-journalistic series at Door County Makers Space titled “More Then Meets The Eye.” The show is comprised of portraits and candid photos of seven individuals accompanied by their stories of how living with a disability […]

  • Cheers!: Such a Cold Finger

    I have to laugh when I reach in the magic fridge, hoping for something extraordinary – because I need it, dammit! – and pull out a plum in the form of a New Belgium Lips of Faith Series bomber bottle of beer. Lips of Faith, as fabled a beast as Sasquatch or the Loch Ness […]

  • Trio of Artists in Next Exhibit

    James May Gallery invites the community to the opening reception for their next exhibit with work from Clare Doveton, Brian Frink and Jimmy Eddings. The reception is Oct. 6, 5:30 – 8 pm at the Algoma gallery; artist talks to be announced. The show will run Oct. 5-30. Frink lives in southern Minnesota. He and […]

  • Pet Talk: Tricks to Help a Teething Puppy

    Q: Our puppy is teething and trying to chew on everything. Any suggestions on what we can give him to chew on that is safe? A:  Chewing is how puppies soothe their mouth during teething and they will pick up anything and everything they find, whether it’s an appropriate chew toy or not. He literally […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Best Approach for Outdoor Cats

    Despite the fact that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only humane and effective approach for outdoor cat populations, a Sept. 15 letter to the Pulse included several misconceptions about TNR and cats. First of all, it’s perfectly normal for cats to live outdoors. Only with the invention of kitty litter 70 years ago did it even […]

  • A Little Pumpkin for Your Pancake

    At Halloween, carved pumpkins line sidewalks and porches, but pumpkins are for more than just carving. Pumpkin’s best-known baking use is pie, but fresh pureed pumpkin is versatile and can be cooked in a variety of other ways, including pancakes. How to get started: Pick your pumpkin. Typically, baking or pie pumpkins are much smaller […]

  • Door to Nature: Stone Fences

    Several years ago I photographed a paper birch tree adorned by a stone fence in northern Door County. Even the interestingly marked Holstein cows contained by the several-hundred-foot monstrous structure added beauty to the total picture. You might imagine my surprise the following summer when I returned with some friends, eager to see the picturesque […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Destroying Civilization

    How can the people of the world and especially we Americans sit back and watch what is happening? We have two men, neither one of which for different reasons should be in the office they occupy, playing games that could result in destroying civilization. How can the people that we have elected to represent us […]

  • David K. Dodd releases “Fatal Sword”

    David K. Dodd has released his latest book, Fatal Sword: Tragic Clash of Two Friends on Christmas Eve. A resident of Fish Creek until his recent move to St. Louis, Missouri, Dodd has published four previous books, including Furnace Murder (coauthored with Harvey Rowe). In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist strikes of 2001, residents […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump and the American Flag

    The American Flag was originally designed to represent a country consisting of 13 states. It has been changed many times over the years as our country grew, by the U.S. Congress, to now represent a country of 50 states. The American Flag has maintained a great deal of continuity over the years, but there is […]

  • Miller Announces “42nd Juried Annual” Winners

    The Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay announces the winners of its 42nd Juried Annual exhibition. The Juried Annual is an annual juried exhibition that has been showcasing the work of Northeast Wisconsin’s artists at the Miller Art Museum, located inside the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, since 1975. Awards were given in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Owe It To Those Who Died and Their Families

    There are countless mourners who are grieving and are left to learn to walk with the pain of their lost spouses, children, friends, co-workers and neighbors. But we can do more and they deserve our response. We can stand up and demand that our political representatives do everything they can to bring these violent gun […]

  • Letter to the Editor: School Boards Celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week

    Door County School Districts are joining all public school districts across the state to celebrate Wisconsin School Board Week – Oct. 1-7 to honor our local board members for their commitment to our communities and their children. Strong schools make strong communities. These men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank you, Sturgeon Bay!

    As we near the end of “event season 2017,” the staff and board of directors of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC), would like to say “thank you” to our community partners and the residents of Sturgeon Bay; a place that we’re lucky enough to call home. There’s truly nothing that we love more than […]

  • Registration Opens for Door County Triathlon

    Registration for the 14th annual Door County Triathlon taking place the weekend of July 14-15, 2018, opens Oct. 16 at noon. If you plan to participate in next year’s Door County Triathlon – especially the Half Iron – be sure to register right away. There is no mail-in registration. Participants must register online. Visit doorcountytriathlon.com/registration/ […]

  • Christine Swanberg Reads for Dickinson Poetry Series

    Christine Swanberg considers poetry an adventure, which is why she has stuck with it for 40 years. She’ll share some of her work during the Dickinson Poetry Series, Oct. 11 at 7 pm. Swanberg writes poetry that is accessible and speaks for the collective experience via the personal eye and ear. She values the lyrical […]

  • Jewelry Trunk Show and Book Signing at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a trunk show for Philadelphia jeweler Susan Meier on Oct. 7 – 8. A selection of Meier’s one-of-a-kind pieces and gallery favorites will be displayed from 10 am to 5 pm. Spiced apple cider and hors d’oeuvres will be served and the public is welcome. Inspired by natural materials, Susan […]

  • Annual Jewelry Show at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites the community to Art Show 11, the annual jewelry show on Oct. 8, 11 am to 4 pm. Plum Bottom will feature new jewelry designs from 15 talented nationally known jewelry artists. The gallery will be full of new work designed to sparkle, wow and impress even the most […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Oct. 6, 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’m leaving. I’m running away from home…I’ll be back before 11.” “Those are clean. I washed them three days ago.” “Don’t be […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Plastics and Oil

    By now we know that burning fossil fuel is affecting the atmosphere of the planet, with dire results of global warming and human death and dislocation. But we are only starting to know how deeply plastics and oil are intertwined in compromising our health and future. Plastics are byproducts of fossil fuels, and pervasive in […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum Announces Packer Ticket Raffle

    The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay is joining in the Packer fever and raffling four inside club level tickets, a parking pass and $100 in cash to be warm and comfortable at Lambeau Field when the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings Dec. 23. What a way to enjoy the last regular […]

  • Trivia: What did author Stephen King originally want the title character of his 1986 horror novel “It” to be?

    Question: What did author Stephen King originally want the title character of his 1986 horror novel It to be? Answer: A troll

  • Idea Gallery Demo, Auction Brings in Donation for Miller Art Museum

    One of Idea Gallery’s artists, Jeff Boutin of Eden Prairie, Minn., recently demonstrated his “tree” palette painting technique for 34 people at the gallery in West Jacksonport. The painting was then auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. The monies will be used to offer awards of recognition in Miller’s […]

  • Ceramic Trunk Show at Artzy Studio

    Ceramics will be the highlight of a two-day show at Artzy Studio on Oct. 7 & 8, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm. There will be demonstrations on pressing lace into clay and other hand-building techniques by Cynthia L. Koshalek. Koshalek has been teaching and working in ceramics for more than 30 years. She uses a […]

  • UU Gallery Hosts Show on Cuba

    Jeff Pearcy and Randy Ballweg will exhibit their photographs of the Cuban countryside, street scenes from its urban environments, and portraits of its vibrant people at UU Gallery throughout October. Pearcy learned his craft as a photojournalist with the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern and from that later became serious about documentary photography. He has worked on […]

  • DNR Holding Smallmouth Bass Meeting

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting to discuss the smallmouth bass fishery in waters surrounding Door County. This meeting will allow department staff an opportunity to engage stakeholders and present information on this outstanding fishery. The meeting will be held from 6-9 pm, Oct. 18, in the lecture hall at […]

  • Townline Art Fair Returns Oct. 7 & 8

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans as the gallery hosts the 44th Annual Townline Art Fair, Oct. 7 & 8. More than 60 artists representing all mediums are scheduled to exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine. “This is a wonderful juried art show celebrating […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump’s Border Wall

    Last week California filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that the federal government is overstepping its bounds by waiving environmental reviews and other laws to build President Trump’s border wall. 4 The number of companies that were selected to build concrete prototypes of the wall. Each prototype will be 30 feet tall by […]

  • “Art of Preservation” Includes Two Local Artists

    The Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc will host the Water’s Edge Artists’ (WEA) annual juried exhibit of plein air and studio art, titled The Art of Preservation, Oct. 1-29. A reception and awards ceremony for best paintings in various categories is set for Oct. 6, 5 – 7 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be […]

  • Algoma Sculptor Juried into Manhattan Art Show

    Bren Sibilsky, an Algoma sculptor, was recently juried into the Manhattan Arts International show titled The Healing Power of ART. The show’s purpose is to promote the scientifically proven fact that art heals by transforming one’s physiological state and perception. The exhibit is now in its 17th year and received more than 800 entries from […]

  • Obituary:  Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Mary Helm

    Elizabeth “Ellie” Mary Helm was born June 18, 1996, and died Sept. 29, 2017, as a result of a tragic ATV accident. She is the daughter of Don and Polly Helm of Fish Creek and the sister of Hannah Helm. In addition, she is survived by her grandparents Donald and Cozy Helm of Fish Creek, […]

  • Obituary: Jean (Herbst) Sawyer

    Jean Sawyer, 85, of the Town of Jacksonport, fell asleep in the loving arms of her family at home and awoke in the arms of her Lord, late Friday night, September 29, 2017. She was reunited with husband, Robert, after nearly 19 years (December 23, 1998). Jean was born at home in West Jacksonport on […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Francis Werkheiser

    Kenneth Francis Werkheiser, 88, of the Town of Egg Harbor near Carlsville, Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Thursday morning, September 28, 2017 in the comfort of his home with family at his side. His life was honored with a funeral service Oct. 1, 2017 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Chaplain Mark Richards […]

  • Obituary: Chester August Thiede Jr.

    Chester August Thiede Jr., 90, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Two Rivers, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 27, 2017 at Pine Crest Village with family at his side. He was born August 19, 1927 in Two Rivers, the son of the late Chester Sr. and Edna Mary (Taddy) Thiede. Chester graduated from Two Rivers […]

  • Obituary: Dr. Nicholas R. Wagener

    Dr. Nicholas R. Wagener, 85, of Ellenton, FL, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, WI, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 at Riviera Palms Rehabilitation Center in Palmetto, FL. He was born April 24, 1932 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Capt. Nicholas J. Wagener and Mercedes E. (DeJardine) Wagener. Nicholas graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School […]

  • Obituary: Kelly James Hattan

    Kelly James Hattan, 50, of Overland Park, Kansas died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Kelly was born on March 2, 1967 in Sturgeon Bay, WI but was raised in the Chicago suburb, Yorkville, IL. Hattan was president of Daily’s Premium Meats since 2014 following Seaboard Foods’ sale of 50 percent ownership of the […]

  • More Than 25,000 Meals Served through Door County YMCA Summer Foods Program

    Hunger in Door County is an under-appreciated problem and in recognition of this county-wide challenge, the Door County YMCA started an effort six years ago to make certain local children did not go hungry during the summer vacation. Through a partnership with other local nonprofit organizations, businesses, churches and individual donors, the Y created a […]

  • Egg Harbor Celebrates Autumn with Pumpkin Patch Festival

    One of the great weekends for family fun in Door County returns Oct. 7-8 with the Egg Harbor Pumpkin Patch Festival. Enjoy live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, pumpkin and scarecrow displays, great food and fun for the whole family! Pumpkin Patch weekend, as locals call it, is one of the […]

  • Southern Door School District Participates in Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Oct. 12

    Southern Door is excited to again participate in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Oct. 12, 11 am to noon, to celebrate National Farm to School Month. Their participation is made possible through the partnership with the District’s Partners in Health Committee, A’viands, and Kielar Akers Orchard of Forestville. The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch […]

  • Door County Civility Project Receives 2017 Friends of Education Award

    The Door County Civility Project, along with two individuals and two other organizations that are working to improve education and the lives of young people in Wisconsin schools and communities, received the 2017 Friends of Education award during the State of Education address on Sept. 21 in Madison. “As we listened to the descriptions of […]

  • Doulagivers of Door County Cover Advanced Directives in Next Discussion

    Doulagivers of Door County holds monthly community discussion about end-of-life topics. Each month there will be a short educational presentation, followed by open discussion between all present. This is always a free community event. On Oct. 10, 6-7:30 pm, the discussion is about advanced directives. Examples will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated. The discussions are […]

  • Door County Emergency Services Releases EPCRA Notice

    Door County Emergency Services releases the annual Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) notice. Federal Law P.L. 99-499 was enacted in October of 1986 by the US Congress to protect and inform all citizens of the existence of hazardous chemicals that may be manufactured, stored, distributed or used in a community. This […]

  • ‘Building Family Relationships’ Workshop in Algoma Oct. 21

    Lakeside Community Church in Algoma is hosting a women’s event titled “Under Construction – Building Family Relationships,” Oct. 21, 8:30 am – noon. There will be workshops about building a lasting marriage, essentials in parenting and keys to building a healthy blended family. This event is for ages 14 and older. Breakfast and childcare will […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Receives Grant from Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

    The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, through the R. Bruce and Alyce S. Kopseker Trust, has awarded a grant of $2,500 to Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers to support their Northern Door and Washington Island Medical Equipment Loan Programs through the purchase of durable medical equipment. The Northern Door facility will receive wheelchairs, transport chairs, […]

  • Department of Veterans Affairs Now Accepting Grant Applications to Help Wisconsin Vets

    Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary Dan Zimmerman announced the WDVA will begin accepting applications for grants up to $25,000 from registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide financial assistance or other services to Wisconsin veterans and their families. Nonprofits interested in applying for this grant opportunity must submit their completed applications by Nov. 30, […]

  • Southern Door Haunted Mansion Now Open

    The Haunted Mansion, located at Quietwoods South Camping Resort, is open Fridays and Saturdays through October, from 7 to 10 pm. Lights Up for younger children will be held Saturdays at 4:30-5:30 pm. All proceeds go toward student activities at Southern Door Schools. See HauntedMansionSouthernDoor.com for more information and activities at the mansion.

  • Fish Creek’s Countryside Motel & Cottages Sold to Shane and Sande Solomon

    The Countryside Motel & Cottages have been sold to Shane and Sande Solomon, who own Julie’s Park Cafe & Motel in Fish Creek. Pictured are listing agent Robin Sodd, Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc., seller Dolores Lent, buyers Sande and Shane Solomon and Connie Erickson, selling agent with Door County Realty.  

  • Door County Cooperative Celebrates National Co-op Month with ‘CO-OPOLY’

    Door County Cooperative is celebrating National Co-op Month along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. Cooperatives build a better world. As member-owned and member-controlled businesses, cooperatives commit to meeting the needs of their members and communities, rather than generating returns for distant investors. Co-ops represent democracy in action, with […]

  • Farmers Have Until Nov. 3 to Apply for Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

    Groups of Wisconsin farmers can now apply for the Producer-Led Watershed Protection grants for 2018. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 3. The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will award grants to producer-led groups that focus on ways to prevent and reduce runoff from farm fields and farmsteads. Each group is eligible […]

  • Savanna Townsend Joins Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center as Marketing and Promotions Director

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) announced that Savanna Townsend has been hired as Marketing and Promotions Director. Townsend began her new position with the organization Sept. 5. Townsend is a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in marketing and international business, minoring in Spanish. Townsend, a Sturgeon Bay native, swam for […]

  • Michael O. Flegel Joins Peninsula Players Board of Directors

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces the appointment of Michael O. Flegel to its Board of Directors. Flegel’s election to the Board of Directors is for a three-year term starting at the October meeting. As a retired CEO, Flegel brings sound fiscal business management, boardroom proficiency and forthright thinking to the nonprofit arts organization. “With the addition […]

  • World Property Journal Names Hillside Inn ‘Top 5 B&B in America’

    The Hillside Inn in Ephraim has been named the fourth Best B&B in America according to World Property Journal (WPJ). In his latest column for WPJ, Steve Winston gave the Hillside Inn the honor in his ranking of the “Top 5 Bed and Breakfasts in America.” Other B&Bs on the list are, from first to […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Oct. 4, 2017

    Crop prices (Oct. 4) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.07 -0.41 $2.84 Soybeans $8.78 -0.79 $8.89 Wheat $3.62 -0.81 $3.09 Oats $2.20 -0.28 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $2.98/bushel -0.50 New-Crop Corn $3.23/bushel -0.70 Wheat $3.58/bushel -0.85   Basis: The difference between the local […]

  • Castaways on Washington Island in Latest Let Me Be Frank Production

    First Financial and Diamonds and Gold present Let Me Be Frank’s all new comedy musical Frank’s Washington Island. This special engagement will be held at the Ephraim Village Hall, Oct. 19 with two shows at 4 pm and 8 pm. Ever take the ferry to Washington Island? Ever have a shot of bitters at Nelsen’s […]

  • Isadoora Theatre Closes 2017 Season with ‘Proof’

    After their return as a producing theater company this year including staged readings, the Playwrights’ Collective, partnerships with the Door County Short Film Festival and the production of Walter Cronkite is Dead, Isadoora Theatre Company announces their final show of the 2017 production year with Proof by David Auburn and directed by Richard Carlson. On […]

  • 2017 Sister Bay Fall Fest Adds 2 New Events

    Amazing food, great live music, family fun activities and spectacular fall color come together once again to serve up a festival like no other on the peninsula. The 72nd annual Sister Bay Fall Fest runs Oct. 13 – 15 throughout Sister Bay. This year Fall Festers can indulge in the widest selection ever of street […]

  • Middle Schoolers Continue Archaeological Dig at Crossroads

    As long as Crossroads at Big Creek can find funding, the Fall Archaeological Dig will be a rite of passage for area middle school students. Thanks to this annual activity, Crossroads has located and registered Native American archaeological sites spanning 2,000 years of occupation on the three Crossroads properties. During the past four years, students […]

  • Historical Society Explores ‘Sturgeon Bay Drugstores of the Past’ Oct. 23

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner program, “Sturgeon Bay Drugstores of the Past” presented by Mary Grota and Ginny Haen of the Peninsula Genealogical Society on Oct. 23, at the Moravian Church in Sturgeon Bay. Drugstores sell drugs, but in their research Grota and Haen found that they also sold any […]

  • Maritime Museum Offers Free Children’s Admission Special

    The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay is offering free admission to children 12 and under with an accompanying paid adult Oct. 15, 22 and 29. The museum offers this opportunity to encourage children to embrace their maritime history and enjoy the interactive exhibits that make learning fun. Children can expect to find interactive, […]

  • Historical Society Presents ‘Peninsula State Park in Postcards’ Oct. 7

    The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear programming “Peninsula State Park in Postcards,” presented by Richard Lauder on Oct. 7, 2 pm in the Vignes Schoolhouse at the Heritage Village at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Officially established in 1910, Peninsula State Park is an ever-changing location on the Door […]

  • Folk Icon Guthrie Brings ‘RE:Generation Tour’ to Fish Creek

    On Oct. 8 at 7 pm, folk icon Arlo Guthrie, traveling with his children Abe and Sarah Lee Guthrie as the “RE:Generation Tour,” will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. Arlo Guthrie originally gained fame as the son of folk luminary Woody Guthrie, who hoped to one day form a […]

  • Soul, Roots Duo Performs at Lost Moth Oct. 7

    Lost Moth Gallery presents Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman on Oct. 7 at 7 pm. Grit and sensitivity. Percussion and groove. Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman are sinuous as two skaters gliding on ice as they play soul, R&B, roots and world rhythms, conjuring a communion between audience and stage. Savoca’s songs draw listeners into […]

  • Local, Professional Sports Standings: Oct. 6 – 13

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of Oct. 1   Football Standings – MONLPC-Large (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Southern Door, 4-0, 5-2, 1.000 Oconto, 4-1, 6-1, .800 Kewaunee, 3-2, 5-2, .600 Peshtigo, 2-4, 2-4, .500 Sturgeon Bay, 1-3, 1-6, .250 Coleman, 1-3, 2-5, .250 Algoma, 0-4, 1-6, .000   Football Standings – MONLPC-8 […]

  • Final Permit Submitted for Back Forty Mine

    Aquila Resources Inc. has submitted its final permit for approval of a mine that would operate near the bank of the Menominee River in Upper Michigan, across from the Wisconsin border. The wetland permit has met significant opposition in both Wisconsin and Michigan. On July 25, the Door County Board of Supervisors joined Marinette and […]

  • Getting In Tune at Ephraim Wetlands Preserve

    The plan was to go on Charlotte Lukes’ mushroom hike at Three Springs the morning of the last Saturday in September, but I had forgotten about the lengthy Highway 57 detour, and not having planned for the extra time that would take, I arrived at the filled Three Springs parking area at 9:12 am, with […]

  • First Confirmed Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp Found in Door County

    Resistance is a word that no one who is involved with agriculture wants to hear. When a weed, insect, or disease is resistant to a pesticide, it means that a pesticide that previously worked is no longer effective because of a change in the pest’s genetics. Around the world, there are many examples of weeds, […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Oct. 6 – 13

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at noon Oct. 10. The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Oct. 10. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm Oct. 12. County of Door:  The Highway Committee meets at 9 am Oct. 9. The Board of Health […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Fall Fest, Road Construction and More

    By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator Mark your calendars for the 72nd Annual Fall Fest, the “granddaddy” of all Door County festivals, Oct. 13 – 15. In addition to all the regular festival activities there will be a parade, arts and crafts fair, food, live entertainment, and children’s activities. If you’ve never come to Fall Fest, […]

  • Community Choir Invites New Members for Fall Season

    Move over, farm-to-fork – there is a new local trend on the rise. The latest in avocation is the community choir. Although mainstream entertainment iterates that singing belongs to a select few, music-making was and is a community-based phenomenon, given the tradition spans cultures and generations. According to research from the University of Oxford, the […]

  • Eagle Tower Fundraiser Raises $25,000

    Two days after a public presentation by the Department Natural Resources (DNR) on design concepts for Eagle Tower, a fundraiser brought in $25,000 for reconstruction. The event, which included a live auction of repurposed wood from the original Eagle Tower, was the first opportunity the public had to own a piece of the structure. At […]

  • Open Door Pride Seeks New Committee Members

    Open Door Pride is looking for new committee members to help plan and carry out the 2nd Annual Pride Event that takes place Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. Open Door seeks people passionate about creating a friendly and fun event that is inspiring for all people. LGBTQ+ and all allies […]

  • Selfless Teachers in Spooky Mansions

    Okay, I’ll admit it. I dislike horror movies, despise Halloween, and want absolutely nothing to do with haunted houses. I like to think this is not so much out of cowardice as it is the natural result of a lifetime in philanthropy working to help people overcome society’s most serious issues. I’ve seen enough alarming […]

  • U.S. Supreme Court Should End Partisan Gerrymandering

    by Andrea Kaminski As the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Wisconsin redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is urging the justices to affirm the lower court ruling. The district court last year found Wisconsin’s legislative districts to be unconstitutional based on partisan gerrymandering, and it ordered the state […]

  • New From This Week’s Past: Oct. 6 – 13

    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.   Weekly Expositor Independent, October 1, 1880 S.C. Palmer, of Ahanpee, has a talent for killing pole-cats. He has slaughtered seven already this fall. Who said the Ahnapeeans […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Tax ‘Reform’

    While our hearts must remain engaged with those who have experienced great losses in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Las Vegas, we cannot afford to forget that the federal government will soon consider a massive reform of our system of taxation. Although I am committed to the idea that taxes ensure our opportunity to live […]

  • DNR Selling Seedlings, Shrubs

    The Department of Natural Resources Reforestation Program will began its annual tree seedling and shrub sales starting Oct. 2. The orders will be distributed in April and early May and can be picked up at the state nurseries located in Boscobel, Hayward, or Wisconsin Rapids, or delivered to a central location designated by the local […]

  • State News: Foxconn, Workers’ Comp, Wolves

    Mount Pleasant Tapped for Foxconn Site Taiwanese tech manufacturer Foxconn has selected a site in the village of Mount Pleasant for its massive new manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. Representatives from the electronics manufacturer joined state and local officials for the announcement in Sturtevant on Wednesday morning. “We’re looking for partnership, I think that’s where the […]

  • Hatch Distillery Wins OK from Village of Egg Harbor

    On Sept. 12, 2003 – the Friday that Johnny Cash died – Chris Roedl went to a fish fry where the special was a double of America’s most popular whiskey. “I tried Jack Daniels for the first time,” Roedl said. “Not really a whiskey for beginners. But that fueled my passion. I’ve been drinking bourbon […]

  • Wisconsin National Guard Sent to Puerto Rico

    A mobile kitchen and 16 Airmen from the Wisconsin Air National Guard are on their way to Puerto Rico to lend support in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which impacted the U.S. in recent weeks. Both the 115th Fighter Wing, based in Madison, and the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee sent personnel […]

  • Egg Harbor Friends of Library Announce Memorial Pavers

    The Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion and Egg Harbor Library is just a few months from completion. Boldt Construction and their large contingent of Door County construction workers have been working extra hours to meet the projected mid-December completion date. Village Administrator Ryan Heise said some heavy lifting remains, but the public will be able […]

  • Jacksonport Signs On For Referendum Opposing Citizens United

    On Sept. 26, Jacksonport became the 10th of Door County’s 19 local municipalities this year to pass a resolution supporting campaign and election finance reform. The resolutions ask the Door County Board of Supervisors to support a statewide referendum that would let residents vote as to whether Wisconsin should become the 20th state calling for […]

  • Wisconsin Solar Tour Comes to Door County

    Lake Michigan Wind and Sun will participate in the Wisconsin Solar Tour on Oct. 7 from 10 am to 4 pm, along with a handful of other solar sites around Door County. People in Door County can learn about reducing dependence on fossil fuels, lowering energy usage, lessening energy bills, and view unique sites. Details […]

  • Learn to Take Care of Trees through Fall, Winter

    A Fall Tree Care Workshop will be held Oct. 14 at 9 am at Algoma City Hall, 416 Fremont St. The speaker will be Dan Traas, certified arborist, degreed forester and college instructor. Fall is a very important time of the year for trees. Learn what you can do to promote healthy trees, provide fall […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘When Silence Is Betrayal’

    I am proud to be an American. I don’t think we need to make America great again, though. I think its pretty darn good already. I also agree with the many silent readers out there who think that we should give #45 more credit for uniting the country. Think about how much he’s done to […]

  • SOS: If Door County Were Puerto Rico

    Editor’s note:  The following fictional account uses actual recent events in the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico as inspiration for how Hurricane Maria would have likely affected Door County, had it hit at home. To help imagine the scale, Green Bay to Washington Island is the exact same length as Puerto Rico, but there are […]

  • DNR Seeks Comment on Wetland Permit

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on a draft reissuance of the wetland general permit for commercial, residential and industrial activities. The public comment period on the general permit runs until the close of business Oct. 27, 2017. The ability for the department to develop the streamlined general permit process was […]

  • Reps in the News: Wisconsin State Budget Could Have Been Passed Illegally

    Governor Scott Walker Did a budget deal between Gov. Walker and three holdout Republican Senators break the law? One Wisconsin Now has submitted evidence to law enforcement authorities, including the Dane County District Attorney, and is asking for an investigation into whether a state law that prohibits legislators from agreeing to vote for a bill […]

  • Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case Heard by High Court

    Last November when a U.S. federal court struck down Act 43, the redistricting plan secretively drawn up by Republican legislators in 2011, as an example of partisan gerrymandering, it set the case on course for the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices began hearing the Wisconsin redistricting case on Tuesday. In last year’s decision, federal appeals court […]

  • Little Eddie Big Cup Draws 143 Golfers in 2017

    A beautiful day at Peninsula Park Golf Course welcomed 143 golfers and 24 volunteers for the 4th Annual Little Eddie Big Cup on Sunday, Oct. 1, honoring the memory of Ed Strege. This year’s tournament netted approximately $18,000. Proceeds from the Little Eddie Big Cup benefit the Mental Health Awareness Fund held through the Door […]

  • Review: ‘My Baking Bloopers’ by Charlene Berg

    Charlene Berg is a familiar figure in the Gills Rock area. On summer mornings her sleepy customers gather at the Gills Rock Coffee Shop to sample Charlene’s cherry turnovers, cinnamon rolls, and fresh-baked quiche. A businesswoman of considerable ability, Charlene is also the author of a recently published autobiography, My Baking Bloopers & Other Amusing […]

  • Short Film Fest Director Shares His Favorite Fall Flicks

    Editor’s note: October is synonymous with dark nights and even darker films. But your autumn film selections don’t always have to be that way! We reached out to Chris Opper, director of the Door County Short Film Festival, for his top autumn picks and as promised, he turned out with a selection of adventures, dramas, […]

  • Environmental Groups File Motion in Dairy Business Association Lawsuit

    On Oct. 2 a half-dozen environmental groups filed a motion to intervene in the July 31 Dairy Business Association (DBA) lawsuit against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “If this lawsuit is successful, it would be a very big deal,” said Scott Laeser, water quality specialist at Clean Wisconsin. “It should be concerning to anyone […]