Peninsula Pulse – Sept. 22-29, 2017

In this issue

  • Shipwrecked Brewpub to Be Torn Down This Week

    Shipwrecked Brewpub will be torn down starting Sept. 27. Crews hope to have the entire building taken down by Oct. 2, ahead of Egg Harbor’s Pumpkin Patch Festival as a courtesy to all neighboring businesses. The building, located on the corner of Highway 42 and Country Road G in Egg Harbor, was heavily damaged by an electrical […]

  • Artist Demo Day at Egg Harbor, Juddville Studios

    Contemporary art in Door County intrigues collectors and art lovers alike. Two Door County studios are hosting the third annual Artist Demo Day on Sept. 23, 1 – 3 pm. Enjoy an engaging afternoon of talking with the artists about their processes and ideas while watching them work. The artists participating are Tony Staroska and […]

  • The Rich History of Maxwelton Braes Golf Course

    The first golf club in the United States, Harleston Green, was established in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1786. (The space was also used for cattle auctions.) As the sport worked its way west, the Chicago Golf Club, founded in 1894, was the first to offer an 18-hole course. When 20-year-old hometown amateur, Francis Ouimet – […]

  • Server of the Week: Alicia Kropuenske of Door County Medical Center

    A – always smiling and encouraging L – listens to patients and staff alike I – intelligent and knows what you need even before you ask C – calms and coordinates I – inspires others to excellence A – absolutely irreplaceable

  • MREA Hosts Wisconsin Solar Tour

    Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is organizing a free statewide Solar Tour as part of the 22nd Annual National Solar Tour. In collaboration with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar installers and grassroots organizations throughout America, thousands of solar-powered homes, schools and businesses – throughout Wisconsin and across North America – […]

  • Cheers!: Chasing the Blues with Ann Peebles and Kriek

    Weird day today. Rained off and on, mostly on, so a steady stream of mushy tires driving past my window. I don’t know why that sound weighs on me so much. Smush. Smush. Smush. There’s a sense of Sunday afternoon sadness in the air, and I need something to dispel it. I pull out Ann […]

  • ‘Gifts from the Heart’ Group Exhibit at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries continues to celebrate its 49th season with a “Gifts from the Heart” group exhibit Sept. 23 – Oct. 29. An opening reception will be held Sept. 23, 1 – 5 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and there is no charge to attend. The 19th annual group exhibit showcases artwork […]

  • Door to Nature: Wasps and Hornets

    Throughout our lunch hour paper wasps, or what we call wood wasps, flew back and forth past our front windows. Later I couldn’t resist basking in the sun for a while on the Leopold bench near our front yard flower beds. There I saw what appeared to be a sparring match of individual wasps, which […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Regarding the ‘Pendulum’

    I am writing in regard to a letter from last Friday’s Pulse (Sept. 8, 2017). I have not figured out whether this is what the writer believes or is merely tongue in cheek.  But I offer some thoughts. We have seen lately – in the news – people wearing white robes and little “pointy” hats; […]

  • You Can Still Register for the Hey Hey 5k Saturday

    Kick off Autumnfest with a blast of a run Saturday morning, Sept. 23, in Baileys Harbor. Runners can still sign up for the Hey Hey 5k Friday night at Packet Pickup at Door County Brewing Co. Taproom and Music Hall from 6 – 9 pm, and Saturday morning from 6:30 – 7:30 am. The race […]

  • Meet Author Patricia Skalka at Peninsula Bookman

    The award-winning author of the best-selling Dave Cubiak Door County mystery series will be available to sign books Sept. 23, from 11 am to 2 pm at The Peninsula Bookman in Fish Creek. Skalka’s Death Stalks Door County has occupied the top spot on the Door County bestseller list for three straight years, and has […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: Sept. 22, 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? “Joe is pulling me to the Rusty Nail.” “He smelled like Anderson Pond.” “But it didn’t. These people are still alive – […]

  • Marcia Nickols’ Oils at Base Camp

    Marcia Nickols is the featured artist at Base Camp Coffee Bar and will show her oils throughout September and October. Nickols works with water-based oils and is currently exploring the use of palette knife and various textural mediums including impasto and wax. Water scenes dominate her work because of her fascination with light reflections and […]

  • Ephraim Sculpture Withstands Hurricane Irma

    Category-three hurricane force winds did no damage to Ephraim artist Geoffrey Lardiere’s wall sculpture in Naples, Fla. The sculpture was designed and engineered for category-five hurricane winds. The enormous wall sculpture is in the Permanent Collection of The von Liebig Art Center in Naples, where Lardiere resided and served on the Board of Directors of […]

  • The Perks & Pitfalls of Love: Peninsula Players Present ‘Almost, Maine’

    Love at first sight. Awkward encounters with an ex. A mutual discovery among partners that they no longer are in love. All of these love-centric situations play out in humorous, heart-warming and at times, uncomfortable ways in Peninsula Players Theatre’s 2017 finale, Almost, Maine. This romantic comedy, by John Cariani, explores the perks and pitfalls […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Praises Assembly Budget

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released a statement following the Assembly’s Sept. 13 vote on the 2017-2019 biennial state budget:  “I was proud last night to cast my vote alongside my fellow Republican legislators in support of this state budget. This budget is good for our state, and good for the first district. This budget […]

  • Farm Network Partners Hold First Demo Day

    Farmers in Kewaunee and southern Door counties are teaming up with multiple partners to study and demonstrate conservation practices to protect groundwater and surface water in the region. The Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network is a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Door and Kewaunee […]

  • Wilfred Sykes Arrives in Sturgeon Bay

    The storied Wilfred Sykes sailed into Sturgeon Bay at about 8 am on Sept. 19. When she was built by Inland Steel in 1949, the Wilfred Sykes had the distinction of being the first post-World War II American-built Great Lakes vessel, and at 678 feet long, was the longest boat on the Great Lakes at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You Area Business Leaders!

    As teachers returned to work Aug. 29 they had a great week preparing for our students. On Thursday, August 31 staff wrapped up an awesome week and were treated to a fantastic lunch provided by Prince of Peace’s congregation. What an honor it was for our staff! We heartfully thank Prince of Peace’s Pastor Gomez […]

  • Sister Bay Negotiating Remaining Braun Property

    After public visioning sessions, lot line changes and many individual offers on the Braun property in downtown Sister Bay, the village may soon get what it was hoping for when it originally began planning for the property in 2013: a single developer to purchase and build on the lots. “The single offer will be for… […]

  • 50 Artists Participate in ARTrageous Benefit

    For the ARTrageous price of $99, people have an opportunity to purchase original artwork created by more than 50 renowned women artists of Door County. The Women’s Fund of Door County presents an ARTrageous Benefit Sept. 23 at Rehberger’s Hidden Acres Farm, 11128 Beach Road, Sister Bay. Preview the art at the quaint working form […]

  • ‘The Weirding Storm’: A Dragon Epic For Our Time

    In the sea of time long past, many mighty creatures have risen to prominence only to be swallowed up by the unending cycle of death and renewal. Some fought valiantly for their survival; others were wiped out quickly and mercilessly. A tale of one of these moments in time is found in the pages of […]

  • First Stage Range Light Restoration Wrapped Up

    by Ed Miller, Lighthouse volunteer project manager Phase one of the Range Light restoration project came to an end on Aug. 18. Wrap-up of phase one started with the arrival of the replica ventilator ball/lightning rod on Aug. 10. Old World Distributors in Kalamazoo, Mich., custom made the ventilator ball for us. They did a […]

  • Cheese Masters Bring Back StinkFest

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters will present the third annual Stinkfest on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 until 4 pm. This outdoor event (hoping for a good breeze) will feature free samples of the very “aromatic” Wisconsin Limburger and Wisconsin Aged Brick. Chef Jess of Egg Harbor will make grilled Limburger and Aged Wisconsin Brick sandwiches on […]

  • State News: Right-To-Work, Fall Colors, Antidepressants

    Appeals Court Upholds State’s Right-To-Work Law A Wisconsin appeals court has upheld the state’s right-to-work law. On Tuesday, the state’s 3rd District Court of Appeals overturned a ruling by a Dane County judge last year that found the law was unconstitutional. Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2015, bans mandatory union dues […]

  • Gibraltar Downtown Planning Continues

    Gibraltar Town Clerk Beth Hagen, Supervisor Steve Sohns and Town Chair Dick Skare listen to Andrew Dane, Senior Community Development and Sustainability Specialist at SEH in of Appleton, Wis., during a marathon review session of a streetscape plan for Fish Creek held on Sept. 19. One of the ideas pitched at the meeting that had […]

  • Gardener Gab: Sept. 22

    By Michele Ploor Hello Town of Gardner residents and welcome to your column. It’s about you, about what you need to know, want to know, and possibly some things you could have lived without ever knowing. It’s my goal to give you, the residents, a little touch of what’s happening in our community. So, if […]

  • New Exhibit at Idea Gallery

    Exhibit 4 at Idea Gallery features three artists: Cynthia Wolfe, of Baileys Harbor, Jeff Boutin, of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Bonnie de Arteaga of Green Bay. The exhibition runs now through Oct. 29. Boutin admired the adventurous spirit of Van Gogh, so he incorporates lots of color, heavy texture, and pushes the boundaries of abstraction […]

  • Open House at Curators Studio

    Baileys Harbor artist Judy Madsen will host an open house for Curators Studio, Sept. 29 & 30. Madsen will feature her own design of jewelry made from semi-precious stones, vintage findings, fabric, clay and leather. Her eye for timeless design mixed with a contemporary flare make each statement piece unique. She will also showcase her […]

  • Liberty Grove Sues Sister Bay Over Wastewater Treatment Plant

    The Liberty Grove Town Board has authorized the commencement of a legal action against the Village of Sister Bay in connection with longstanding disputes between the town and village regarding the wastewater treatment plant serving the municipalities. The town is seeking a determination by the court regarding whether and to what extent it has an […]

  • Kitchens Optimistic About DNR Manure Spreading Rules

    After the Sept. 15 public hearing held at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay regarding rule changes for the spreading of manure on karst topography, Rep. Joel Kitchens believes the new rules have a good chance of being approved by his colleagues in the legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker. “I’m optimistic we’ll be OK […]

  • Fall Art Fair at Settlement Shops

    On Sept. 23, 10 am – 5 pm, regional and local artists will gather along the green space that surrounds the Settlement Shops and galleries for their annual Fall Art Fair. Paintings, pottery, jewelry and yard art will be some of the featured art. Lunch will be offered by Sweetie Pies who will offer quiches […]

  • Door County Makers Space Spotlights Audience-Musician Connection

    When Elliot and Kelly Goettelman refashioned their historic Third Avenue building last year into their version of a Makers Space – a community flex space open to anyone from artists to entrepreneurs – their goal was to be a comfortable place where creative types could connect and make things happen. This summer, that mission expanded […]

  • Wearable Art Show Returns to Sister Bay

    The Door County Wearable Art Show (DCWAS) is almost here. Contemporary, artist-made women’s clothing, accessories and jewelry will transform the Sister Bay Village Hall into a boutique. The show is scheduled for Sept. 30, 9 am – 5 pm, and Oct. 1, 10 am – 4 pm. A wide range of styles, sizes and prices […]

  • Raku Art Schooled John Dietrich

    John Dietrich, Ellison Bay Pottery’s master potter, announces his School of Ceramic Fish are now available in the gallery. After a week-long marathon of throwing and hand-building 30 one-of-a-kind ceramic fish wall hangings, Dietrich needed a whole day (and his firing team) to raku fire them. The School of Ceramic Fish are of indeterminate species, […]

  • Las Vegas Jeweler at Turtle Ridge

    This week’s featured artist at Turtle Ridge Gallery/Boutique is Laurette O’Neil Jewelry. The new collection fits in well with clothing lines from casual to classy. The scope and range of the work is so pleasing that customers come back year after year. Clean lines and a seeming simplicity define the jewelry made by Laurette O’Neil […]

  • Fall Challenge Crowns King, Queen of the Hills

    Katie Meyer of Madison and Kyle Demerath of Green Bay won the Door County Brewing Co. Polka King of the Hills Challenge at the 2017 Peninsula Century Fall Challenge bicycle ride Sept. 16. The challenge featured three of the county’s toughest hill climbs on Monument Point Road in Carlsville, the Ephraim Hill on Highway 42 […]

  • Trivia: On Oct. 2, 1950, Charles Schulz published his first “Peanuts” comic strip, with originals printing until Feb. 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz’s death). During that 50-year span, how many strips did Schulz create?

    Question: On Oct. 2, 1950, Charles Schulz published his first Peanuts comic strip, with originals printing until Feb. 13, 2000 (the day after Schulz’s death). During that 50-year span, how many strips did Schulz create? Answer: 17,897

  • Framed: Meeting Bucks

    Dempsey Kelnhofer meets Bango and D.J. Wilson, Milwaukee Bucks 2017 first round draft pick, at Pick ‘n Save in Sturgeon Bay Sept. 17. Wilson was in the county as part of the Bucks 50th Anniversary Statewide Tour. Submitted.

  • By the Numbers: Baileys Harbor Range Lights

    7 The number of rooms in the home in the Upper Range Light. 9 The number of schooners damaged by the freak “Alpena Blow” that hit Baileys Harbor on Oct. 15, 1880, when the prevailing northeast winds suddenly switched to south winds. 22 The number of feet above the waterline the Lower Range Light shone. […]

  • Local, Professional Sports Standings: Sept. 18

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of Sept. 17 Football Standings – MONLPC-Large (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Southern Door, 3-0, 4-1, 1.000 Peshtigo, 2-0, 2-2, 1.000 Oconto, 2-1, 4-1, .667 Sturgeon Bay, 1-1, 1-4, .500 Kewaunee, 1-2, 3-2, .333 Coleman, 0-2, 1-4, .000 Algoma, 0-3, 0-5, .000   Football Standings – MONLPC-8 (8-Player) […]

  • Algoma Recognized with $25,000 for Promoting Culture of Health

    The entire City of Algoma – population about 3,100 – seemed to be walking on air Sept. 18 when the city could finally announce that it is one of eight communities to be awarded the prestigious 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize, which comes with a $25,000 cash prize. “This national […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 22 – 29

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Sept. 26. County of Door:  The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm Sept. 26. Town of Gibraltar:  The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm Sept. 26. Town of Jacksonport:  A special meeting of the town board has been called […]

  • The Bestseller List: Sept. 22, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Glass Houses, by Louise Penny 2. A Legacy of Spies, by John le Carré 3. Sulfur Springs, by William Kent Krueger 4. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles 5. Y Is for Yesterday, by Sue Grafton HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance 2. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, […]

  • Proposed Kewaunee Biodigester Quietly Moves to Brown County

    The proposed manure biodigester that was the spotlight of Kewaunee County’s solution to excess manure has quietly moved to the Town of Holland in Brown County. A press release from the Public Service Commission (PSC) announced a $15 million grant for the project and local government officials don’t know much more than that. “They don’t […]

  • Featured Pet: Little Buddy

    This is Little Buddy, a friendly little Shih Tzu. He is approximately 2 to 3 years old, and weighs about 15 lbs. Lil Buddy is a very sociable and happy-go-lucky guy. He came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a stray, and he gets along well with the other dogs. Lil Buddy likes […]

  • Climate Corner: Earth Care – A Moral Imperative

    by Dick Smythe and Gwynne Shultz On Sept. 16, an event titled “Earth Care: A Moral Imperative,” was sponsored by 12 Door County churches, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. It took place at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Egg Harbor. The event featured two speakers, Steve Coleman […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Sept. 22 – 29

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Independent, September 17, 1886 SISTER BAY. While loading his revolver early Monday morning, Knut Erickson accidentally shot himself. The ball entered his head just above the […]

  • Manners Matter: Handling Loss

    Dear Mary Pat, My husband passed away two months ago and it’s been tough. Those closest to me and my family were at the wake and funeral, but I’m finding it difficult running into people who weren’t there and are now offering condolences. Even just trying to go to the grocery store or the gas […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Holds Peshtigo Fire Presentation on Anniversary, Oct. 8

    The Belgian Heritage Center will present the tale of the Peshtigo Fire as it affected the Belgian settlement on Oct 8. Barb (Englebert) Chisholm will tell the story through the eyes of her great-grandmother, Emmerence (Gaspard) Englebert at 10 am and 1 pm. This date is the anniversary of the fire 146 years ago in […]

  • Door County Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking Hosts Fall Stamp Art Event

    Three days of fun-packed activities and celebration of Door County’s autumn splendor is in store for the 2017 Door County Rubber Stamp Fall Art Event, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Featured instructors are Door County mixed media artist Jenni Stultz as well as Pat and Paul Niemuth, owners of Northwood’s Rubber Stamp Company. Door County […]

  • Crossroads Holds Ribbon Cutting for Garden, Parking Lot Expansion Sept. 23

    The community is invited to join the Crossroads at Big Creek Board of Directors in a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate their Bird and Butterfly Garden and parking lot expansion Sept. 23 at 1 pm. The dedication takes place during the Door County Sustainability Fair 2017. Neither effort is fully complete, but since both projects […]

  • Apple Picking, Eating Contests & Winery Tours during Fall Harvest Fest

    Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market will host its annual Fall Harvest Fest Sept. 23, 10 am – 5 pm, with complimentary tasting of its wines, fresh-picked apples and specialty foods. The fun also includes apples for picking, free guided winery tours – every hour from 10 am – 4 pm; and two delicious contests […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 12-14

    IDLEWILD Senior Men’s Golf League (Sept. 14) Best Scores: Kent Wickman -39; Glenn Ocock -45; Bob Ellison, Bill Borchardt & Pete Hegrenes -46; Arne Odegaard & Harold Forbes -48; Earl Neinas -49 Special event winners: Longest drive on #10 – Glenn Ocock; Closest to pin on #13 – Pete Hegrenes; Closest third shot #14 – […]

  • Families Invited to Free ‘Raising A Thinking Child’ Program

    A new family program in Door County, called Raising A Thinking Child, helps children and families succeed and is a collaborative effort between a variety of agencies. The program is free and open to all families with a 4-7 year old. Many child development experts say teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) skills may be […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Cadet Completes Basic Training at West Point

    Cadet Robert Joseph DeMeuse, son of Ann and Robert DeMeuse of Sturgeon Bay, completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy. DeMeuse entered West Point on July 3 and has successfully completed six weeks of CBT. CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years […]

  • Shepherd of the Bay Hosts Hymn Festival Sept. 30

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church is pleased to present a Hymn Festival on Sept. 30 at 7 pm, led by the renowned composer John Behnke. He will bring together the sounds of organ, piano, choir, brass, handbells along with the voices of the audience in an exciting evening of musical inspiration and song. Dr. […]

  • LWV Encourages Voters to Register on Voter Registration Day, Sept. 26

    In advance of the 2018 statewide elections, 2,000 groups across the country will mobilize to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 26, and the League of Women Voters of Door County is proud to join this effort in encouraging voters to register to vote. People can register to vote online (at, with their […]

  • Learn an Instrument with Peninsula New Horizons Band

    As more Door County adults retire and find time on their hands, they are frequently re-discovering old hobbies and pastimes. The Peninsula New Horizons Band (PNHB) program was developed for adults who wish to learn to play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument, or re-learn an instrument they used to play. Classes and practice are […]

  • Powder Puff Game, Parade Lead Up to Sturgeon Bay’s Homecoming Game

    Sturgeon Bay High School announces the schedule of events for Homecoming 2017. On Sept. 27 at 7 pm there will be a Powder Puff football game at Memorial Field. Admission is $3 or three non-perishable food items. Non-perishable food items will be donated to Feed My People. Cash donations will go to support continuing Student […]

  • Rehearsals for Peninsula Singers’ Christmas Concert Start Sept. 25

    Do you like to sing? Are you interested in a fun group that enjoys singing everything from classics to Broadway to folk music and beyond? Come join The Peninsula Singers. The fall season of rehearsals for the Peninsula Singers Christmas Concerts begins Sept. 25 at 6:15 pm, at the United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • Time Exchange of Door County Holds Fall Mixer Sept. 27

    Time Exchange of Door County is holding a fall mixer/wine & cheese tasting Sept. 27, 4:30 – 6:30 pm at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay. Bring a snack to share and friends to hear featured members discuss computer services, the Equifax breach and time banking in Door County. The public is welcome. A […]

  • Boys Invited to Play Club Volleyball

    Wisconsin Volleyball Academy is starting up the Door County club volleyball season in October. There will be parent information meetings held before tryouts. The information meetings are:  Oct. 1, 1-2 pm, for fourth through eighth grade students; and Nov. 5, 1 – 2 pm, for athletes 15 years old and older. Tryouts are organized by […]

  • Free Three-Part Screening of ‘Race: The Power of Illusion’

    The Racial Justice Action Team of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is screening a three-part PBS mini-series, Race: The Power of an Illusion. Each screening is followed by a thoughtful, civil and honest community dialogue about America’s understandings of race and what it means for Door County. This event is free. Race […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Sept. 22 – 29

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Sept. 23 @ Manitowoc Lutheran, 9am   Football Sept. 23 vs. Wausau Newman, 1pm Sept. 29 vs. Bowler, 7pm   Soccer (Boys) Sept. 25 vs. Algoma, 6:30pm Sept. 28 @ Peshtigo, 4:30pm   Volleyball Sept. 26 @ Kewaunee, 7pm Sept. 28 vs. Stockbridge, 6:30pm   SEVASTOPOL Cross Country Sept. 28 @ Sturgeon […]

  • Norwegian Jazz Ensemble Visits Sturgeon Bay

    Cortex, a four-piece jazz ensemble from Norway, is coming to perform at the Tambourine Lounge in Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 3. Cortex is a spirited combo that plays energetic jazz of the finest brand. With more than 100 live-performances and four albums, the quartet positions itself as one of the strongest additions to the Norwegian […]

  • Half Marathon Registration Opens Oct. 1

    It’s time to make your running plans for 2018. Registration for the 11th running of the Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k opens Oct. 1, 2017. Register by Oct. 31 to save $20 on race-day registration and join 2,700 running friends at the starting line Saturday, May 5, 2018. The race is a […]

  • Mulch Better Tree Care

    by Dale Goodner Each year “manna” rains down from heaven. In the form of little solar collectors…flattened out, and multi-colored. They decorate lawns as well as driveways. Like biblical manna, they contain nutrients that can be very beneficial. Too often they are bagged up and put out as “waste,” burned, or thrown into a gully. […]

  • Community Invited to Gibraltar Homecoming Events

    Gibraltar Area Schools welcomes alumni and the community to several events in northern Door County during homecoming week, Sept. 25 – 29. Boys soccer starts the week of Sept. 25 with a 6:30 pm game against Algoma. Other big events during the week include the Wednesday evening bonfire at the Baileys Harbor Recreation Park. The […]

  • Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line Open 24/7 to Help Smokers Quit

    Sept. 29 is World Heart Day, a global initiative to raise awareness and prevent heart disease. Are you ready to quit smoking? The Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line is available 24/7 to help. Call 1.800.QUIT NOW (784.8669) or 1.877.2NO.FUME (266.3863) en español. By reducing the public health risks associated with tobacco use and exposure to second […]

  • Art For All the Right Reasons

      by Catherine Hoke, Executive Director, Peninsula School of Art When people find out that I’m the executive director of the Peninsula School of Art, the first question they often ask is, “So, you must be an artist?” My standard response is something along the lines of, “The most artistic thing I do these days […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Noxious Weed Ordinance Is Work in Progress

    Hello to all, as you are crafting Bailey Harbor’s Noxious Weed Ordinance – I implore you to consider adding invasive cattails and hybrid cattails to the Noxious Weed Ordinance. Typha angustifolia (invasive cattails) and Typha x glauca (hybrid cattails) are listed in DNR NR 40.05 and are items #44 and #45 on the DNR’s Restricted […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Discrimination Destroys Our Democracy

    My Mom always told me to judge a person by “what they do; not what they say.” Donald Trump has nominated 42 people for U.S. attorney. Only one is a woman. His actions reflect his vision of how laws in America should be enforced and who is qualified to make these determinations. Have you seen […]

  • Door County Bar Association Donates $1,000 to Legal Aid Society

    The Door County Bar Association made a gift of $1,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Door County, Inc. The Door County Bar Association is a voluntary organization of local attorneys. The group meets throughout the year to discuss developments in the law and the legal system, particularly as they apply to our community. Membership […]

  • Kewaunee County Offers Behavioral Training to Help Children Who Experienced Trauma

    The Kewaunee County Department of Human Services and UW-Extension Kewaunee County is offering free training for parents and caregivers who are caring for children who have experienced trauma. The HOPE Committee, which stands for Helping, Outreaching, Preventing and Educating, is organizing a workshop that consists of a series of five sessions that will cover, trauma, […]

  • Rotary Clubs Work with Climate Change Coalition to Plant Trees

    In response to the challenge by current Rotary International President Ian. H. S. Riseley, to make a difference by planting a tree for each Rotary member between July 1 and Earth Day 2018, the four Rotary Clubs of Area 10, District 6220 planted 200 trees Sept. 16 & 17. President Riseley, in announcing his presidential […]

  • Obituary: Gerald ‘Jerry’ Norbert Frea

    Gerald “Jerry” Norbert Frea, 77, of Jacksonport, passed away Friday morning, September 15, 2017 at Whispering Pines CBRF in Sturgeon Bay. He was born April 13, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Irving and Alice (Reinhard) Frea. He attended Saints Peter and Paul Catholic school and graduated from Sevastopol High School. On May 7, […]

  • Obituary: Gerald Lee Lokken

    Gerald Lee Lokken, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Sept. 14, 2017.  He was born Sept. 3, 1942 in Madison to Glen and Lillian Lokken.   On Aug. 13, 1966, he married Susan Morgan.  She preceded him in death on Aug. 5, 2015. His given name was Jerry, but he was called by many names: […]

  • Obituary: Mary Jane Francis Tala

    Mary Jane Francis Tala, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died September 13, 2017, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services.  She was born October 16, 1926, in Chicago to Benjamin and Genevieve (Powell) Novotny.  On July 19, 1952, she married Thaddeus J. Tala in Chicago. Mary Jane worked as an R.N. at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Chicago for […]

  • Obituary: Harold ‘Steve’ Spittlemeister

    Harold “Steve” Spittlemeister, 94, passed away on September 12, 2017. Harold was born on October 3, 1922 to August and Bertha (Volkmann) Spittlemeister in Egg Harbor Township. He was married to Marion “Mickey” F. Feifarek on July 17, 1948, at Zion Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2011. […]

  • Obituary: Pauline Marie Thorson

    Pauline Marie Thorson, 103, of Sturgeon Bay, died at her daughter’s residence on Monday, September 11, 2017.  She was born February 17, 1914 in Manitowoc to Martin and Josephine (DeGodt) Tollefson.  Pauline was married to Tennis Thorson Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1981. During her life, Pauline was a telephone operator for […]

  • All Books Discounted at Door County Maritime Museum this September

    In September, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is offering two nonprofit, retail opportunities to spice up the shopping experience at the Door County Maritime Museum: Younkers Community Days booklets and 10 percent-off books. Every dollar from the sale of the Younkers Community Days booklets goes to benefit the Door County Maritime Museum and educational […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Sept. 20

    Crop prices (Sept. 20) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $2.99 -0.50 $2.84 Soybeans $8.88 -0.81 $8.89 Wheat $3.55 -0.90 $3.09 Oats $2.13 -0.30 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $2.96/bushel -0.53 New-Crop Corn $2.95/bushel -0.53 Wheat $3.55/bushel -0.90   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • Two Sailors Make Trip Across Lake Michigan

    Two friends who traveled the width of Lake Michigan on a small sailboat in support of Great Lakes research gained a new respect for the lake. Gusting winds and five-foot waves made for an intense eight-hour journey for Drew Fries and J.T Bohland, two pals who sailed from Two Rivers, Wis., to Ludington, Mich., aboard […]

  • Autumnfest, Comedian Will Durst & More Weekend Plans

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