Peninsula Pulse – October 9 – 16, 2015

In this issue

  • Fall Fest, WIFEE and the HUZz BAND, The Great Pumpkin Trail & More Weekend Plans

    Fall Fest, the granddaddy of all Door County festivals, hits the streets in Sister Bay this weekend bringing with it a vast offering of live music, great food, drinks, children’s games and fun. But if the thought of large crowds sends you into a tizzy, don’t fret – there are plenty of other things to […]

  • News Bulletin: Oct. 9

    WHAT HAPPENED Northern Door fire departments responded to three separate fires in the Town of Gibraltar on Saturday Oct. 3. Gibraltar firefighters responded to a rental unit on Highland Road after the building caught fire. A chimney fire at the Whistling Swan Inn and Restaurant forced evacuation during a wedding reception. The fire began around […]

  • Sevastopol Town Hall Facing Contaminated Wells

    Town of Sevastopol officials discussed at an Oct. 2 meeting what to do with the well that serves the town hall after the latest quarterly testing revealed contamination of the water supply by coliform and E. coli bacteria. The presence of either bacteria in water indicates fecal contamination. “Being a public building, we do have […]

  • Municipal News: Oct. 9

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The Finance and Purchasing & Building Committees meet at 4 pm on Oct. 13.   County of Door: The Board of Health meets at 4 pm on Oct. 12. The Human Services Board meets at 8:30 am on Oct. 13. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm on Oct. 13. […]

  • Reps in the News: Oct. 9

    Governor Scott Walker Walker announced that Workplace Wellness Program grants of up to $15,000 are now available to Wisconsin businesses with 50 or fewer employees. Businesses that started their employee wellness program after March 15, 2014 are eligible for the grants, which are funded by Wisconsin Act 137, the Workplace Wellness Grant Program. The one-time […]

  • Liberty Grove First to Move on Tower Ordinance

    Two days after the Door County Board of Supervisors passed a new ordinance regulating communication towers, the Town of Liberty Grove sent out its next board meeting agenda, which included adopting an ordinance of its own. “I’m sure they’re doing it because they think the county ordinance is too restrictive,” said Mariah Goode, head of […]

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    Southern Door Friends of Education Awards Go to Therma-Tron-X and Dave Murphy

    The Southern Door Friends of Education Awards were established to recognize those individuals or groups for their support of public schools, not only financially, but for their personal involvement as well. Earlier this fall the district honored an individual and a group who have made significant contributions in their service to improve education. Recipient of […]

  • Obituary: Steven Charles Tess

    Steven Charles Tess, 67, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away unexpectedly Sunday evening, October 4, 2015, after suffering an apparent heart attack. He was born June 1, 1948, in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Wallace Reinhold and Mildred Ruth (Duwe) Tess, Sr. Steve graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1966 and also studied at American […]

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    Silent Sports Column: Bilateral Breathing

    I might be the last person qualified to give advice on swimming technique. In the winter of my freshman year in college I could hardly swim one length of the pool without hanging on the wall and gasping for breath. I taught myself how to swim and while I won’t denounce the drive and determination […]

  • Loaves & Fishes Program Receives $1,500 Donation

    Loaves & Fishes, an ecumenical community meal program, and United Water announce a $1,500 donation from United Water Care to Share to feed the hungry in the Sturgeon Bay area. The Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church created Loaves & Fishes in 2003. The sole purpose of Loaves & Fishes is to feed needy families, the working […]

  • Door County YMCA Announces Four New Board Members

    The Door County YMCA recently announced that four new members have been elected to their board of directors: Mary Donaldson, Maggie Rossiter Peterman, and youth members Hannah Bremer and Jenna Seiler. Donaldson is the Elementary Principal/Special Education Director for the Sevastopol School District. Peterman is a resident in Ephraim and has served on local and […]

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

    Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Closes for Season Oct. 23

    The Door County Historical Society’s interpretive site, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum will close for the 2015 season at the end of day Friday, Oct. 23. “It was a wonderful summer and fall,” said Patti Podgers, museum curator. “Our guests were delightful and we enjoyed everyone who participated in a tour or stopped by with a […]

  • Audition for StageKids’ “The Santa Claus Chronicles”

    The Third Avenue Playhouse is pleased to announce auditions for their annual StageKids holiday show, The Santa Claus Chronicles. Auditions are open to students ages five and up, and to adults. Students from throughout Door County are encouraged to audition. The remaining audition is set for Oct. 10, 11 am – 2 pm, with callbacks […]

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    Pumpkin Patch Festival 2015 Schedule

    Pumpkin Patch returns to Egg Harbor this weekend, Oct. 10-11. Events include live music, carnival rides, arts and crafts vendors, face painting, pumpkin and scarecrow displays, roaming magician, kids games and activities, silent auction, food and fun! For more information, visit Saturday, October 10 10am-2pm: Modern Day Drifters at Harbor View Park 10am-4pm: Carnival […]

  • Framed: Gibraltar Volleyball

    The Gibraltar Vikings volleyball team spent the weekend in Madison to catch a match between the Badgers and the Northwestern Wildcats. The Badgers won in three sets and the Vikings spent some quality time with Bucky. Submitted photo.

  • Dan Sallinen in the "Golden Age of Comedy."

    Rogue Theater Brings Back Third Round of “Golden Age of Comedy”

    Rogue Theater has had such overwhelming response to its presentation of classic comedy sketches that they’re bringing it back for a third round. The Golden Age of Comedy 3 brings audiences the third edition of classic comedy with all new comedy sketches from TV shows of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, […]

  • Construction Updates, Oct. 9, 2015

    Hwy. 42, Forestville Schedule: Aug. 2015 to Oct. 2015 Length: 0.05 Miles Cost: $475,000 Location: Village of Forestville, between County X and County J Description of project: The project involves removing the existing box culvert and replacing it with a new bridge meeting current design standards for vehicular loading and structure design. Bridge approaches will […]

  • Go Bo! Bake Sale Returns for Fourth Year

    Standing in the garage of Funky Cookie Studio, owner Jill Wettstein opens a package that arrived at the post office that morning. Inside is a collection of cookies decorated to look like Batman, Superman and other playful designs. The box is one of about 330 that line the garage, meticulously organized into three categories: fall, […]

  • Reserve a Space (And Reduced Rate) for American Food Fair 2016

    For a limited time, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is offering Wisconsin businesses the opportunity to exhibit at highly subsidized rates at the American Food Fair 2016. Co-located with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show occurring from May 21-24, 2016 in Chicago, this is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice, […]

  • Letter: Vote for the Residents

    The website for Sister Bay states: “The Village of Sister Bay is a friendly, thriving community where residents and visitors alike enjoy the natural beauty of its surroundings enhanced by well-maintained parks and the natural environment….The Village has carefully controlled growth to maintain its charm, character and natural beauty.” How does a working quarry fit […]

  • Libby Spencer Ephraim Business Council

    Libby Spencer is Ephraim’s Newest Tourism Administrator

    The Ephraim Business Council Board of Directors is happy to introduce Elizabeth (Libby) Spencer as its new tourism administrator. She will officially begin on Oct. 12. A native of Manitowoc, Spencer has been visiting Door County for years. After graduating from Silver Lake College with a degree in English, Spencer worked as a news producer […]

  • Paul Burton: Are We Still Subject to Natural Selection?

      Are humans still subject to natural selection? The answer is an emphatic yes. Man has rapidly evolved during the past 30,000 years. Some examples of evolutionary change: body size, smaller jaws, straight black hair, blue eyes, lactose tolerance, and earlier puberty. Hundreds of new gene variations have been catalogued that reflect recent evolutionary changes. […]

  • Footer Family Products Headed to Vegas Expo

    On Oct. 18-21, the Footer Family of products, from Woodrow Engineering Co. of Ellison Bay, will exhibit at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas. Previously only available as custom branded foot measures to footwear manufacturers and dealers, the Footer Family hopes to reach large national retailers. 2015 saw the launch of, an expansion […]

  • Obituary: Donald E. Jones

    Donald E. Jones, 66, of Brussels, died Sunday morning, October 4, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family following a long battle with cancer. He was born February 10, 1949, in Pine Bank, PA, the son of the late Arlis E. and Ethel M. (McDonald) Jones. Following his graduation from Buckeye High School in […]

  • Letter: Does A Quarry Belong in Sister Bay?

    The board of trustees at its October 20, 2015 Board Meeting will consider making a change to the ordinance #235-072815 to permit a conditional use permit to allow a quarry in the B-1 Business District. According to the village ordinance #235-072815 the legal document states that the improvement and development within the general business district […]

  • Write Family History at Free Write On Class

    Sturgeon Bay Library and Write On, Door County pair up to present “HisStory, HerStory, YourStory: Writing About the Past,” a special free writing class for older adults who want to write life or family histories. The free class takes place over six weeks on Wednesdays beginning Oct. 14, 2 – 3:30 pm, and concluding Nov. […]

  • Annual Chicken Dinner at Sister Bay Moravian

    The Sister Bay Moravian Church will host its annual chicken dinner on Oct. 21, 4:30 – 7 pm. The dinner consists of chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, vegetable, homemade rolls, dessert and coffee (or other beverage). All proceeds go to Ahuas Medical Clinic in Honduras. The clinic serves 44,000 people in a remote rural […]

  • Ann Renard to Lead Historical Society Dinner Meeting

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner meeting featuring a presentation on Renard’s Cheese by Ann Renard on Oct. 26. The catered dinner meeting will be at 6 pm at Brussels Community Center/Town Hall. Renard’s Cheese was founded in 1961 by Howard Renard and remains a family-owned and operated local business. Chris […]

  • STEM Shuttle Visits County Schools

    The STEM Shuttle, a mobile museum featuring hands-on experiments for fourth through eighth graders, visited Gibraltar and Southern Door schools this week with the goal of exposing kids to things they might not see in their own classrooms. “There are four main areas that they are finding out kids are a little weak in when […]

  • Kim Blaeser

    Current Wisconsin Poet Laureate Visits Dickinson Poetry Series

    Kim Blaeser, the current Poet Laureate of Wisconsin, is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Oct. 14 at 7 pm. Blaeser is a Professor of Creative Writing and American Indian Literature at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She has published three poetry collections and her poems have been translated into […]

  • Jim Rossol Focuses Photography on Two Peninsulas

    The fine art photography of Jim Rossol will be on display at Glas, the green coffeehouse, in Sturgeon Bay during October. Rossol’s photographs depict an interpretation of his visual world and can be either representational or abstract. He intends for his representational work to inspire a new awareness and appreciation of familiar things layered with […]

  • Artists of Warmth at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Fall has arrived in Door County, and the Angela Lensch Gallery has just the thing to help people stay warm and get cozy. Meet three lovely ladies who reign as “artists of warmth” on Oct. 10, 12 – 5 pm. Come early because hand knit and hand crocheted creations will go quickly. Each item is […]

  • sean zak. golf.

    Get Jealous On the Golf Course

    It’s easy to be jealous on the golf course. For those who play a lot, it’s basically second nature. So often in this fickle game we are left short of our desires, trumped by another guy in the foursome or another lady in that week’s women’s day event. Maybe his card has a circle on […]

  • Trivia, Oct. 9, 2015

    This week’s question: The average lead pencil can draw a line how many miles long? Answer: In next week’s issue. Last week’s question: What is Judge Judith Sheindlin’s annual salary? Answer: $47 million, which translates to $900,000 per workday (she works 52 days each year)

  • Pumpkinmania

    In Search of Great Pumpkins

    It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for Linus, standing alone with his blue blanket, silhouetted by the full moon, hoping his pumpkin patch is “sincere” enough to attract the Great Pumpkin. While Linus’ Great Pumpkin never does appear, Linus lovers everywhere can take heart. Half a century after It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie […]

  • Births, Oct. 9, 2015

    Chris and Erinn Weckler, Sturgeon Bay, are parents of a son born Sept. 30, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Sherri Stryzewski, Sturgeon Bay, and Eddie Franklin and Jodi Eldred, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Bill Weckler, Sturgeon Bay, and Kim Simonar, Sturgeon Bay. Jennifer Lasee and Robert Deggendorf, […]

  • Obituary: John C. Marquardt

    John C. Marquardt, Sister Bay, died Oct. 2, 2015. Services were held Oct. 7 at the Gathering Room at the Meadows of Scandia Village in Sister Bay.  

  • Cuba Dennis Connolly

    Dennis Connolly Focuses on Cuba in New Exhibit

    The Meadows Art Gallery is proud to take visitors on a visual journey to Cuba with their latest exhibit, The People and Passions of Cuba, A Photographer’s View, an exhibit of Dennis Connolly’s photographs taken while he was in Cuba. An opening reception is scheduled for Oct. 10, 5 – 7 pm. Connolly is an […]

  • Letter: Refreshing, Eye-Opening Talk

    Kudos to Stella Maris Roman Catholic Parish and the Climate Change Coalition of Door County for jointly sponsoring a talk entitled “Pope Francis, Creation and the Common Good: Reflections on His Recent Encyclical,” given September 29th at Stella Maris Parish in Fish Creek. The speaker, Norbertine Brother Steve Herro, was very knowledgeable and a close […]

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    Apple Fests and Cider Press This Weekend

    Pumpkins’ time is coming with Halloween and Thanksgiving, but apples will be the star this weekend with the Fall Fun Fest and Cider Pressing Party at the Washington Island Farm Museum and Apple Festival at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market. Activities at the Farm Museum will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Oct. 10 […]

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    Improvestra Takes Stage at Brewery Oct. 9

    When Adam Conrad assumes his position in front of his orchestra Oct. 9 at Door County Brewing Co., he will do so without the signature conductor tools – a baton and music stand, or sheet music for that matter. In fact, when he raises his arms before the band, he will be as unsure of […]

  • Italian Harvest Dinner at Farm Market Kitchen

    Italian food is without a doubt one of America’s favorite ethnic cuisines. Parade Magazine, published May 2015, listed it as one of the top three cuisines America craves (along with Chinese and Mexican). The Farm Market Kitchen (FMK) is taking advantage of the bountiful fall harvest and the fact that a number of FMK processors […]

  • DPAS Hosts Viewing Night on Oct. 10

    On Oct. 10 at 7 pm, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) will host another viewing night at the Astronomy Campus at Crossroads at Big Creek. DPAS gathers on the Saturday evening closest to the new moon, when the sky is at its darkest because then, the stars, planets and deep sky objects are at […]

  • A Pleasant Hike Could Change Your Life: Be on the Lookout for Ticks

    Not long after she returned from a hike at a Door County lake, Jane (not her real name but this is her real story) experienced “the worst case of flu” ever and a rash around her neck. She remembered that on the outing a few ticks were removed from her neck, but she didn’t relate […]

  • Manners Matter: Three’s A Crowd

    By Mary Pat Dear Mary Pat, Is there ever a nice way to tell someone you’d rather not hang out with their significant other? I have a friend I’ve grown close to but it seems that every other time I ask her to hang out, she’ll agree and then later ask if it’s okay if […]

  • Necklaces by Aimee Rivka.

    New Jewelry Designs at Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery invites people to “touch” the annual jewelry show on Oct. 11, 12 – 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 discerning collector. Plum Bottom […]

  • By the Numbers: Women in Agriculture

      To help women in Wisconsin connect with other women leaders in agriculture all across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has established a Women in Ag mentoring network. Join the conversation by emailing [email protected] or check out #womeninag on Twitter. 31 Percent of American farmers who are women. The same percentage applies to […]

  • Mabel Peterson

    Mabel Peterson Shares Door County, Life History in New Book

    When Mabel Peterson was invited by her neighbor, Gretchen Maring, to join her in Barbara Larson’s writing class at The Clearing, the first two sessions convinced her she wasn’t a writer. A chance meeting with Larson at the Piggly Wiggly encouraged her to return. That was in 1998. Sometime after that, Mabel became excited about […]

  • Sets for Tess Brenda Kita

    Successful Sets for Tess Benefit

    During the Sets for Tess benefit on Oct. 1 at Gibraltar High School, $6,225.15 was raised for Tessa Erickson. The Gibraltar volleyball program organized the benefit to help their teammate who is currently undergoing cancer treatment in Milwaukee. The team thanks everyone who attended the benefit and businesses that donated prizes to the raffle or […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions, Oct. 9, 2015

    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? “Come on everybody, let’s give her the clap!” “You cannot escape Viagra on Washington Island.” “I call man boobs ‘moobies.’ It sounds […]

  • Pizza Purchases at Villaggios Benefits United Way in October

    During October, Villaggios, 4240 Juddville Road, is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every pizza sold in October, $1 will be donated to United Way of Door County. The funds donated will go towards meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign for 2015. To learn more, visit, call 920.746.9645 or email [email protected].

  • Pulse Price Report, Oct. 9, 2015

    Crop prices (Oct. 5) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price Basis Corn $3.44/bushel -0.45 Soybeans $8.04/bushel -0.70 Wheat (SRW) $4.53/bushel -0.60   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn $3.70/bushel -0.19   Basis: The difference between the local cash price for a commodity and the Chicago cash price (where the Board of […]

  • Letter: No Mow

    The summer tourist driving and biking season was still in full swing in the middle of August when many roadsides were mowed to the full width of the highway right-of-way. The timing and extent of the mowing process appears determined by the convenience of manpower scheduling and disregards scenic and environmental factors that are important. […]

  • Record Number of SafeRides Provided by Tavern League for 2014-2015

    The Tavern League of Wisconsin (TLW) announces a record number of SafeRides were given by Tavern League members throughout the state in 2014-2015. Member establishments provided 85,413 free rides home to their patrons, resulting in an increase of 3,096 rides over the previous year. Here in Door County, 1,082 rides were provided by local TLW […]

  • John Slatky Re-Elected to ICBA Federal Delegate Board

    The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that local community banker John Slatky of the Bank of Luxemburg, Luxemburg, was re-elected to the ICBA Federal Delegate Board. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks. “I am honored to be re-elected to this position,” Slatky said. “It gives me a chance to work for […]

  • Obituary: Daniel Romain Brauer

    Daniel Romain Brauer, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away while enjoying his lifetime passion of hunting on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. He was born in Jacksonport to the late William and Luella (Zirbel) Brauer on February 26, 1936. Dan was a graduate of Saints Peter and Paul School and Sevastopol High School. He was employed […]

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    Featured Pet: Chelsea

    Hi there, my name is Chelsea! I was brought to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) in August after someone discovered that I had been abandoned. I was an outdoor dog for most of my life but I am getting used to the indoors. I am a Coonhound with classic black, white, and brown markings […]

  • Join the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities Conversation

    The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) invites the community to their conversation café on Oct. 20, 6 – 7:30 pm, at the Door County Government Center – Peninsula Room in Sturgeon Bay. The goal of the conversation is to discuss how to help people with disabilities have more control over their lives […]

  • The Bestseller List, Oct. 9 – 16

      TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Martian, by Andy Weir 2. Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel 3. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 4. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante 5. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION  1. The Mindfulness Coloring Book, by Emma Farrarons 2. I Am Malala, […]

  • Obituary: Ruth Esther Neeley

    Ruth Esther Neeley, 95, of Libertyville, IL, formerly of Egg Harbor, was called Home to be with the Lord and was reunited with her husband, Fred, Friday night, October 2, 2015, at Advocate Condell Medical Center. She was born April 16, 1920, in Lancaster, OH, the daughter of Herbert Allen and Alice Louise (Johnson) Snider. […]

  • EPA Orders Reduction in Toxic Discharge by Power Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule that will reduce the discharge of toxic pollutants into America’s waterways from steam electric power plants by 1.4 billion pounds annually, as well as reduce water withdrawal by 57 billion gallons per year, resulting in an estimated benefit of $463 million per year to Americans across […]

  • Obituary: Billie Mae Allen

    Billie Mae Allen, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, passed Wednesday, September 30, 2015, at Anna’s Healthcare. Private family committal services will be held. Burial will be in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Huehns Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Sturgeon Bay. Condolences and guestbook signing […]

  • The First 3 Years

    By the Door County Department of Human Services Birth to Three Early Intervention Program The first three years are most important. Why? The first few years of life have a major influence on a child’s success later in life –from good health and success in school, to the level of positive self-esteem and social skills […]

  • Letter: Support Your Residents

    At this years June and July Sister Bay Plan Commission meetings the former Village Administrator and the village attorney stated the judge has ordered us to settle this issue by mediation. If we do not accept this agreement, we don’t know what will happen. It was stated the zoning text change amendment, to allow quarries […]

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    Much More Than Quilts at Amish Quilt and Holiday Craft Show

    The big fall event for Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is the upcoming Amish Quilt and Holiday Craft Show, held at Mr. G’s Hall on Highway 57 just south of Jacksonport from 9 am to 5 pm, Oct. 9 – 11. Featured at this show will be more than 90 Amish-made quilts in a variety of […]

  • Ridges Fall Swale

    Enjoy the Fall Colors at The Ridges

    Learn about the inner workings of trees and how their fall preparations help them survive the dark, dry days of the winter season at “Fall Colors of The Ridges” on Oct. 10 at 10 am. An interactive classroom session is followed by a hike on the trails. Program fees are $10 for Ridges members, $13 […]

  • Art Installation Pays Tribute to Bob Dylan

    Some projects take time to complete and the 44-song panel installation, “Shakespeare’s in the Alley: A Tribute to Bob Dylan” is one of them. I first envisioned the project, which is still a work in progress, in 2010. It was then used as the backdrop to two “Buckets of Rain” Bob Dylan tribute concerts: one […]

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    Kurtz Corral: A Door County Treat Since 1960

    Lloyd Kurtz, grandfather of Jimmy Kurtz, the current owner of Kurtz Corral, was a horse trader who made his first trade at age 14 with a band of traveling gypsies. He loved horses and never thought a few were enough. The roots of Kurtz Corral go back 55 years to a small pony ring in […]

  • Server of the Week: Christina Gartner, Island Orchard Cider

    ‘Tis the season for hard cider So go spend your day Being served up by Christina at Island Orchard Cider in Ellison Bay.   She’s the manager of regional sales and the tasting room as well, Serving up tasty samples And getting out in the county to sell.   When not pouring and selling cider […]

  • Harvest Dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church

    On Oct. 24, Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold its Harvest Dinner from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. There will be savory chicken and meatballs with all the trimmings, fresh baked pie for dessert and live music provided by the Praise Band. The cost is $12 for ages 13 and older, $5 ages six to 12, and […]

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    Nostalgia Abounds In TAP’s ‘I Love a Piano’

    I Love a Piano currently runs at the Third Avenue Playhouse, a Stage Door Theatre musical revue of the early songs of Irving Berlin conceived and directed by James Valcq, co-artistic director at TAP. The show features a piano center stage around which Berlin’s songs are performed by four costumed actors, including the director, who […]

  • "Monterey Harbor" by Brian Pier.

    Brian Pier Receives Hollywood Recognition

    Located in the Plum Bottom area, three miles south of downtown Egg Harbor, is a little known gallery of fine art where big things are happening. Whispering Pines Studio & Art Gallery is the showplace of the beautiful oil paintings of Brian Pier. Although new to Door County, Pier is not a novice gallery owner. […]

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    5 O’Clock Somewhere: Pumpkin Spice Coffee

      by Daniel Dersé Autumn in my previous life was often filled with campaign events of varying sorts. Pumpkin socials were events I always chuckled during, donated pumpkins being carted off by prospective voters against the intense colors of autumn, while a hopeful politician promised them a better future. Politics and pumpkins – an odd […]

  • Obituary: Harriet M. Henkel

    Harriet M. Henkel, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday evening, October 4, 2015, at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Ministry Door County Medical Center. She was born November 11, 1918, in Carlsville, the daughter of the late Charles and Rose (Wenk) Carmody. Following graduation from high school, she worked in the shipyards as a welder […]

  • Patricia Skalka at Pumpkin Patch Signing

    Author Patricia Skalka will sign copies of her mystery novels at Cinnamon Windmill in the Main Street Shops, Egg Harbor, on Oct. 10, 11 am – 2 pm. Skalka introduced her series character Dave Cubiak, a former Chicago homicide detective in her first book, Death Stalks Door County. In the latest book, Death At Gills […]

  • American Toad Eye Roy Lukes

    Roy Lukes: Get to Know the American Toad

    It happened this past Sept. 27 when Charlotte, our friends Beth and Don Bartoli from Kenosha, and I were hiking on Rock Island in Northern Door that our eagle-eyed friend, Don, found a large Garter Snake which had caught an American Toad. We marveled at the find, took some pictures of the hind legs of […]

  • League of Women Voters of Door County Asks for Input

    League of Women Voters of Door County (LWVDC) will complete a survey for the LWV WI giving recommendations on the current position on urban issues, including such aspects as the title and scope of the position and its adequacy for effective action at the state and local levels. LWV WI will propose a revision for […]

  • Party for a Purpose at the Bone Marrow Jam on Oct. 17

    The Go Bo Foundation will present Party for a Purpose Bone Marrow Jam on Oct. 17, 9 am – 5 pm, next door to Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay as part of the 70th annual Fall Festival. For the first time the Go Bo! Foundation is adding a donor registry drive to their […]

  • Surly Bender

    Cheers!: Nothing to Get Surly About

      Of all the assumed attitudes out there, I think surly is my least favorite. I have a good reason for this. A favorite place of mine was run by a woman who was known for her occasional surliness. Eventually, the place was discovered by the rest of the world, and the entire staff decided […]

  • High School Fall Athletics, Oct. 9 – 16

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Oct. 15 – home conference meet, 3:30 pm Football Oct. 9 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7 pm Oct. 16 – TBA Soccer Oct. 12 vs. Kiel, 6 pm Volleyball Oct. 13 @ Algoma, 7 pm SEVASTOPOL  Cross Country Oct. 9 @ Northbrook Country Club, 4 pm Oct. 15 @ Gibraltar, 3:30 pm  Football […]

  • Get Your Tickets For Neighbor to Neighbor’s Rib Fest

    Neighbor to Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County is holding its seventh annual Rib Fest on Nov. 7 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Doors open at 4:30 pm for cash bar and silent auction, with serving from 5:30 – 7 pm or until ribs are gone. The night’s fare will include samples of each […]

  • United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America’s Airlifter Brass

    Free Airlifter Brass Concert at DCA

    The United States Air Force (USAF) Band of Mid-America’s Airlifter Brass will present a free concert at the Door Community Auditorium on Nov. 13 at 7pm. This concert is general admission, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Presented in partnership with Door Community Auditorium, this is a family-friendly, all ages event. […]

  • Jewelry by Irene McCormick.

    Irene McCormick Trunk Show at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a jewelry trunk show on Oct. 10 and 11 for Sandpiper Bay, Florida jeweler Irene McCormick. A large selection of McCormick’s beautifully beaded jewelry will be displayed at the gallery from 10 am – 5 pm each day. Champagne punch and hors d’ oeuvres will be served and the public […]

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    Cat Adoption Fee Waived during “Clear the Shelter” Days

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) needs to reduce the number of felines currently at the shelter, and will hold “Clear the Shelter” days. From Oct. 10 – 18, the normal adoption fee of $90 is being waived so that all cats and kittens are free to approved adopters. DCHS will have extended hours in […]

  • Third World Marketplace

    Shepherd of the Bay Prepares Final Third World Marketplace of Season

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will open its doors for the final Third World Marketplace of the season Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, encouraging locals and visitors alike to show their support for artisans of impoverished areas from around the world. Third World Marketplace has been a mainstay at Shepherd of the Bay for […]

  • Estella Lauter

    Estella Lauter to Lead Four-Week Poetry Class

    Write On, Door County presents a four-week poetry class with Estella Lauter, Door County Poet Laureate 2013-2015. “Travel Through Poetry” will be held four consecutive Sunday afternoons, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, and 15, from 3 – 6 pm. The class will take place at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor. The class is open […]

  • Letter: History of Existing Quarry in Sister Bay

    There is presently a stone quarry (behind the Shopko store) that has been in existence, for more than 45 years, as a very small and incidental operation that was only used occasionally. For most of those years the vast majority of Village residents never even knew about the quarry because its use was so casual. […]

  • First-Season Findings from Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas

    Information gathered in the first season by more than 700 volunteers documenting bird breeding activity in Wisconsin found an impressive array of birds in the state, including eight species nesting here that weren’t found 15 years ago and range shifts in others such as the wild turkey. “With only one breeding season down and four […]

  • DC Goes Pink

    J. Allen Design Studio Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    J. Allen Design Studio wants to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Door County. For every donation of $20 or more made to our campaign, each donor will receive a free “Door County Goes Pink” breast cancer awareness t-shirt. They hope to raise at least $1,000 for breast cancer awareness. Along with donations, J. Allen […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Council Approves Next Step Toward West Side Hotel

    Despite pleas from its two newest members to slow down and allegations that something shady is taking place, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council voted 5-2 on Oct. 6 to accept the letter of financing for the proposed westside hotel and to sell the city property the hotel will sit on to the Sawyer Hotel Development, […]

  • Sample 45 Gourmet Dishes at Chefs for A Day

    The 20th Annual Chefs for a Day event will be held on Oct. 17 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club to benefit the United Way of Door County. Doors will open at 6 pm and volunteer servers will be distributing hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 until 7:15 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to sample 45 […]