Peninsula Pulse September 16-23, 2022

In this issue

  • Sturgeon Bay Planner Leaving for Colorado Springs

    Christopher Sullivan-Robinson, Sturgeon Bay’s planner/zoning administrator for the past five-plus years, is leaving for a position in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward, who announced the upcoming departure at Tuesday’s common council meeting, said Sullivan-Robinson’s last day on the job will be Sept. 27. “He’s done great work for us,” Ward said of […]

  • Women’s Reproductive Rights Panel

     Local activist group Northern Door Activism has invited three pro-choice candidates and a local expert, obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Kristin Lyerly, to participate in a panel discussion on the current state of women’s reproductive rights and abortion-care access in Wisconsin.  Candidate participants include lieutenant governor candidate Sara Rodriguez, state Senate candidate Andrea Gage-Michaels and Wisconsin Assembly candidate […]

  • Candidate Forum in Southern Door

    The League of Women Voters of Door County will host a candidate forum for State Senate, District 1, on Oct. 10, 6:30-8 pm, at the Southern Door High School library, 2073 Cty DK in Brussels. Both candidates – Democrat Andrea Gage-Michaels and Republican André Jacque – have agreed to participate. League forums give members of […]

  • Nasewaupee Selects Grant-Writing ISP Partner

    The Nasewaupee Town Board agreed Sept. 15 to authorize its broadband committee to negotiate with internet service provider (ISP) Bertram Communications, with the goal of creating a memorandum of understanding for writing a grant to get fiber internet to the town. The grant deadline is Nov. 2. Committee member David Allen told the board that […]

  • Ephraim Housing Development to Return to Village Committee

    The Ephraim Plan Committee will consider the remaining portion of the proposal from Chris Schmeltz and Keith Garrot to construct a housing development on Townline Drive, west of Highway 42. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 pm. Schmeltz is seeking a conditional-use permit to build 12 homes on the eight-acre parcel zoned […]

  • Vacancy Opens on Gibraltar Town Board

    Tim Luettgen has resigned his seat on the Gibraltar Town Board effective Sept. 30. Luettgen, who is serving his second two-year term, said he’ll be spending more than half the year in Florida, wouldn’t be able to maintain the residency requirement and does not want to spend the winter as a virtual board member. “I […]

  • Stray Cats Pestering Village Residents

    The Village of Forestville is exploring what to do about a large number of stray cats within the village. During its Monday-evening board meeting, trustee Lora Jorgensen said she still has a couple of stray cats that go through her yard. “I have cameras at my house now,” she said. “They go off in the […]

  • Meeting to Watch: Sevastopol

    Child Care Center Rezoning Heading to County Board A new child care center that would allow for the care of 60 additional children has checked off another required approval on its way toward construction.  The latest approval is a rezoning endorsement from the Door County Resource Planning Committee (RPC) – a rezoning that had also […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Recommended among Areas for Research Reserve

    Property in the Sturgeon Bay area is part of 11,494 land acres being recommended for inclusion in the proposed Bay of Green Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). In the Sturgeon Bay area, land located south of the Highway 42/57 corridor on both sides of the shipping channel includes fewer than 700 total acres made […]

  • Southern Door Fire Board Seeks Appraisal of Nasewaupee Station

    Southern Door’s fire board is seeking a second opinion of sorts when it comes to the value of its north fire station in Nasewaupee. The eight fire board members, who met Sept. 14 at the south station in Forestville, voted unanimously to spend $2,200 to have an appraisal of the north station done by Scott […]

  • Vacancy Opens on Gibraltar Town Board

    Deadline for candidate applicants is Sept. 28 Tim Luettgen has resigned his seat on the Gibraltar Town Board effective Sept. 30. Luettgen, who is serving his second two-year term, said he’ll be spending more than half the year in Florida and wouldn’t be able to maintain the residency requirement. He also does not want to […]

  • Rock Death’s Door Brings Southern Twang Way Up North

    Once peak tourist season is over in the fall, Washington Island gets pretty quiet, according to Washington Island Campground co-owner Kayla Stults. But Sept. 23-24, a new music festival – Rock Death’s Door – will break the silence at the campground. The weekend country-and-rock festival will be the first of its kind on Washington Island, with […]

  • Culture Club: The Final Bow

    Birch Creek symphony orchestra conductor rests his baton after 28 seasons  by LAURA SMITHMarketing Manager, Birch Creek Music Performance Center Sitting outside Birch Creek’s Dutton Concert Barn on a sunny, summer day, Brian Groner revealed that he didn’t think he would want to become a conductor.   “Because it’s a vain profession for people with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unifying Leadership

    Last week, Queen Elizabeth died. She was a quiet leader with little actual political power as she led Great Britain and the 2.3 billion people of the British Commonwealth.  She led by example – the most powerful tool of a leader. During 70 years of turmoil, she was a steadying influence, preserving a culture with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Case against Fear and Attack Political Ads

    It’s only September, and political ads have been running for months already. Agh!  Out of curiosity, I did a little research on political ads and discovered that the first televised political ads were run by Dwight Eisenhower in 1952 and were created by Rosser Reeves, the same ad man who created the famous M&M slogan: […]

  • Letter to the Editor: You Decide with Your Vote

    It seems that in the political arena, some politicians have forgotten what the word “radical” in a political context is – or have they just redefined it? When I was a young man, radical meant someone who was against the Constitution, our country, law and order, free speech, the police, authority, serving our country, the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Raise Taxes Equally and Fairly

    STR (short-term-rental) owners work hard and long to provide a better vacation for their customers. Do we get thanked for providing the tax and goods/services dollars to Baileys Harbor? What does the government do to help us? They insult us and ignore the fact that we are already following their proposed rules. You treat us […]


    For some, fall means pumpkins and apple cider. For others, it’s synonymous with frothy steins of beer, German cuisine, music and fun. If you fall into the latter category of autumn enthusiasts, be at Hügel Haus, 11934 Hwy 42 in Ellison Bay, on Sept. 24 for its Oktoberfest celebration.  Featuring an outdoor tent, food, beer […]

  • Chef Serves Modern Twist at The Mill

    Chef Beronio blends menu favorites with new offerings Stepping into any new kitchen can be a nerve-wracking experience for a chef. And doing so in a completely different part of the country in the middle of a pandemic definitely kicks the pressure up a notch. Add to the mix an establishment that’s steeped in tradition […]

  • Mixologist Shakes Things Up at DKAF

    Looking at the lineup for this year’s Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF), one would expect to see dance performances and film screenings, but the cocktail workshop might come as a surprise. “Frankly, I was surprised, too,” workshop leader Robert Simonson said, because he doesn’t see himself as an artist.  Still, he considers mixology to be […]

  • Celebrate Autumn in Baileys Harbor, Sept. 24

    If you couldn’t make it to the classic-car display at Harvest Fest – or you can’t get enough of awesome autos – Baileys Harbor’s Autumnfest will feature the Pinups & Pistons photo shoot, hot rods and live music rocking the Midway Stage, 11 am – 3 pm. See a complete schedule of events and registration […]

  • Revving Up Nostalgia

    It’s a sight not easily missed when the usual traffic is replaced by a line of cars that appear to be traveling through the wrong decade. Chevy Corvettes, Thunderbirds, Cobras, Model Ts – these wheeled windows into the past not only conjure feelings of nostalgia for many, but also stir excitement in those from younger […]

  • Peninsula School of Art Bids Farewell to Cathy Hoke

    After two decades of tireless work to further Peninsula School of Art’s mission and vision, Cathy Hoke has announced she’ll be leaving her executive director role as of Jan. 31, 2023. Under Hoke’s leadership – and with a team of talented, dedicated staff members, board members and supporters – the school has increased the draw […]

  • Exploring the Canvas With Stephanie Trenchard

    A conversation with painter Stephanie Trenchard Stephanie Trenchard is more widely known as a glass artist, which means that some people are surprised to learn that she’s been painting for more than 25 years. She described her style as “more about being an object itself, than being a record,” she said. “I would call them […]

  • Treasures from Jacksonport Artists

    Door County’s communities have long been havens for artists, and on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 pm, the Jacksonport Historical Society’s program “Treasures from Jacksonport Artists, Past and Present” will put that town’s creatives in the spotlight.The program will discuss art forms including photography, painting, repoussé silver jewelry, wood carving and weaving, but because of the […]


    Everyone’s a suspect in Peninsula Players’ fast-paced musical mystery, Murder for Two.  Its collaborators, Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, are fans of 1930s screwball comedies, so they retreated to Kinosian’s family home in Door County to create a full book musical requiring only two actors (playing 13 characters) and a piano. Their premise was, what […]

  • Rings of Power Versus House of the Dragon

    Amazon and HBO Max go head to head with prequel series Earlier this summer, I devoted an article to two competing productions from Amazon and Netflix (The Terminal List and The Gray Man), which, combined, cost those streaming platforms a boatload of money.  That $300 million outlay, though, looks like chump change compared to what […]

  • DKAF Brings Movers and Shakers to Baileys Harbor

    Kinetic art is a broad category, encompassing any creative endeavor that moves, according to Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) producer Alan Kopischke. And, he said, DKAF’s goal is to “celebrate and inspire” a range of media that fit under the kinetic-arts umbrella. The sixth annual DKAF lineup reflects that aim through a performance by a […]


    Canadian Brass – arguably the world’s most popular modern-day brass ensemble – will perform Sept. 16, 7 pm, on the Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) main stage. Each of the ensemble’s five members is a master of live performance, bringing prodigious skill and vibrant stage presence to bear on everything from trademark Baroque and Dixieland tunes to new […]

  • Plum Island Nuisance Deer Control Program

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to continue the Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island. Controlling the deer population to sustain healthy forest habitats is one of the primary biological goals for the refuge, but this program also achieves a secondary goal of providing recreational […]

  • District Staffs Prepare for Annual Meetings, Tax Season

    Southern Door’s annual meeting is Sept. 19; Gibraltar follows Sept. 26 Door County school district superintendents and business managers will spend the next month and a half preparing information for taxpayers in advance of approving property-tax levies by the end of October. The levy is the total maximum amount of revenue each school district could […]

  • Humans and Their Role in Nature

    In Wisconsin, humans have been the single most important species in determining the structure of the environment and landscape, and in the prehistoric development of horticulture since the last glaciers receded 12,000 years ago.  Robert Jeske – a professor emeritus in UW-Milwaukee’s Department of Anthropology and the adjunct curator of anthropology at the Milwaukee Public Museum […]

  • More on the Multipurpose Training Facility Southern Door Wants Voters to Approve

    The multipurpose training facility that the Southern Door School District wants to build is the most expensive of the projects contained in a $14.9 million capital-improvement plan that the district wants voters to approve in November. Superintendent Chris Peterson confirmed that last week while releasing more detailed descriptions of the buildings that would be constructed […]

  • Crossroads Receives $50,000 Grant

    Crossroads at Big Creek has received a two-year, $50,000 Coastal Program Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) that will allow the organization to expand work begun in 2020 to restore the ecological health of Big Creek. In 2020, Crossroads received a $45,000 grant from the USFWS, a $189,000 grant from the National […]

  • Gibraltar Holds 50-year Class Reunion

    The Gibraltar High School Class of 1972 held its 50-year class reunion last week in Sister Bay. (First row, from left): Sally Beckstrom, Patty Quinn, Jill Rogers, Wendy Berndt and Laurie Woerfel; (second row, from left) Dan Barnowsky, Andy Hendrickson, Sheila Petroni, Ann Miller, Vicky Schneider, Pam Hollister, Teresa Martin, Dick Burress, Jerry Lemere and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Chance

    Chance is a sweet, 10-year-old dog who’s available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This special senior is looking for a relaxing home where he can enjoy his sunset years. Like all dogs at WHS, Chance ( has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and he goes home with a starter […]

  • Learn How to Prevent Falls

    The ADRC of the Lakeshore is offering the Stepping On program, which has been proven to reduce falls in older adults by 31%.  Through seven weekly, two-hour sessions, the program – designed for people who are 60 or older – provides strategies to avoid falls, exercises for balance and strength, and visits by guest experts.  The […]

  • Senior Resource Fair

    The ADRC of the Lakeshore will present the 17th Kewaunee County Senior Resource Fair on Oct. 6, 9 am – 12 pm, at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall, 625 3rd Street in Luxemburg.  Forty-plus vendors will be on hand at this free event to make screenings and resources available to all area seniors. Kewaunee […]

  • Breast Cancer Support Group

    Survivors of breast cancer and those who are undergoing treatment are invited to join the Art of Healing: a free, virtual art-therapy support group for women in Door and Kewaunee counties who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The group will meet Thursdays, Sept. 22 – Oct. 13, 7-8:15 pm. Artistic skill is not needed […]

  • New Lions Club Members

    The Sister Bay Lions Club has welcomed two new members: Tom Weingartner and Lincoln Murphy. It will also host a fish boil Oct. 14 and is set to continue its traditional brat fry during Sister Bay’s upcoming Fall Fest.

  • Folk Fest Funding Campaign

    The Door County Folk Festival has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise $8,500 by Nov. 30 to pay for a scholar program, startup needs for the 2023 festival, increased marketing efforts and much more. Read additional details and donate at, or mail a check to DCFF, P.O. Box 25548, Chicago, IL 60625.

  • Youth Empowerment Program

    Are you looking for tools to help your child adjust to anxiety or stress? The Mighty Teens Empowerment Project is a seven-week, online art-journal club sponsored by STRIDE Creative that’s open to Door County youth in grades 5-8.  The program explores topics such as resilience, coping skills, emotional self-expression and growth mindset. Participants receive an […]

  • Blessing of the Animals

    Christians have long honored St. Francis of Assisi by blessing animals on his feast day. Continuing that tradition, Fr. Olin Sletto, vicar of the Episcopal Church of Christ the King and Holy Nativity, invites animals (large and small) and their owners to a Blessing of the Animals on Sept. 27, 9 am – 12 pm, […]

  • Mission Work Continues in Swaziland

    Patty Tebon of Algoma has been visiting Swaziland since 2009 to take blankets (40,000-plus to date) and provide assistance through missionary trips.  She’ll leave for her next trip Oct. 18 and will stay with ministry partner Nozipho Msibi and her daughters while helping to finish and furnish a preschool, which has been fully funded with the […]

  • Get to Know The League of Women Voters

    Members of the League of Women Voters of Door County hope to energize their organization in advance of the busy fall election season during their Get to Know the League meeting Sept. 27, 4-6 pm, at the Baileys Harbor town hall, 2392 Cty F. Prospective, new and experienced members will have a chance to get […]

  • New Republican Headquarters

    Area residents who want to volunteer for Republican candidates or get yard signs or brochures before the November election can now do so at the Republican Party of Door County’s headquarters, 210 S. 1st Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Current office hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm, but hours will expand based on volunteer […]

  • Challenge Walk in Two Weeks

    Later this month, 150-plus people will walk up to 50 miles throughout Door County in an effort to raise more than $300,000 to support the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. Challenge Walk MS: Door County will begin Sept. 23, 8 am, at Clark Park in Fish Creek and end Sunday, Sept. 25, in Sister Bay […]

  • Door County Civility Project: The Eighth Tool of Civility

     Criticize in a Constructive Manner by ORLAINE I. GABERT We have been given the means to listen to and understand what others are saying with the first seven tools of civility, learning to respond where we agree and express our own ideas. But there are times when one needs to express criticism. With the eighth […]

  • Another Million Dollars Gifted to YMCA Capital Campaign

    $9.6 million raised toward the $10.3 million expansion project Imagine walking 44 laps around the same track several times a week for 23 years (though fewer than 44 in most recent years), racking up roughly 150,000 laps, or about 13,000 miles. That’s what Jim Bunning has done at the indoor track at the Sturgeon Bay […]

  • New Map Walks Trailgoers through Human History at Crossroads

    A long-awaited historical trail map provides a new interpretation of the trails at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Ida Bay Preserve.  Bolstered by years of research, the map outlines the history of human involvement in the area along five trails. Each traverses a specific area that historical societies – including Indigenous people from as far back […]

  • Students Awarded Coast Guard Scholarships

    The Coast Guard Foundation has awarded 168 new scholarships in 2022, totaling $550,000 in support for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholarships benefit children of enlisted men and women who are serving or have served – whether on active duty or reserve, retired or deceased – in the U.S. Coast Guard. Recipients include Elizabeth Fiscus, daughter of […]

  • YMCA Welcomes Interim CEO

    The Door County YMCA welcomes interim CEO Steve Harty, who joined the organization effective Sept. 7. He has served the YMCA organization in a variety of positions during his 38-year career, retiring in December 2018 after 20 years as the president/CEO of the Greater Green Bay YMCA.  “Steve’s reputation as a great collaborative leader and […]

  • Recycling Day in Northern Door

    All residents and business and property owners in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove may attend a shredding/appliance-recycling/drug-drop-off day Sept. 17, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Liberty Grove Town Hall, ​​11161 Old Stage Road in Sister Bay. Some items require a fee. Get more details by calling 920.854.4118 […]

  • Nine-Year-Old Circulates Water-Weed Petition

    A nine-year-old girl who lives on Cove Road is speaking out about aquatic weeds in the bay of Sturgeon Bay through a petition drive. Kenzie Jeanquart – who was present with her mother, Kristen, for the Sturgeon Bay Common Council meeting Sept. 6 – said she submitted a petition after gathering 29 signatures from residents […]

  • Town of Liberty Grove to Remove Waterfront Structures

    The Town of Liberty Grove is seeking bids to remove three old structures at Mariners’ Park that were long part of fishing operations there.  The town purchased the property in October 2018 for $1.45 million. Modest upgrades have been made to the park in the years since, including the removal of a home, and the […]

  • Decision Deferred on Baileys Harbor’s Brann Field

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board was scheduled to make a decision Sept. 12 on how to use and access Brann Field – a public, town-owned, gravel parking lot – but that decision became a deferral on making a decision until an unspecified date in the future.  Visitors, customers and employees of nearby businesses use Brann Field […]

  • 911 Transfer Stability, New Patrol Deputies

    A request for the personnel and equipment to become Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) ambulance transport cleared another step by moving out of the Door County Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Tuesday.  The partnership agreement has yet to be developed between DCMC and the county, but Brian Stephens, DCMC’s CEO, who appeared at the Sept. […]

  • Submit Name Ideas for New Baileys Harbor Park

    The Town of Baileys Harbor is accepting name ideas for the public park that will be constructed on the former Nelson property. Email name suggestions to [email protected] with the subject line “Park Name Suggestion” by Sept. 26. The town will not accept family or individual names.

  • Construction Underway for New Starbucks in Sturgeon Bay

    A DCMC clinic and an AT&T store will share the space A Starbucks with a drive-through will occupy almost half of a three-unit commercial building that’s now under construction at the southwest corner of Highway 42/57 and Duluth Avenue (County S) in Sturgeon Bay.  Richard Robinson, president of the St. Louis-based First & Main Properties, […]

  • Fish Creek Waterfront Parking Lot Reopens

    Until further notice, Fish Creek’s waterfront parking lot alongside the town dock is open to public parking. Only permit parking had been allowed during the past season, which created an empty parking lot and many complaints from business owners and residents who had once used the waterfront lot when shopping or kayaking. Not even those […]

  • YMCA Names Interim CEO

    Steve Harty, a 38-year-veteran of the YMCA, will serve as the Door County YMCA’s interim CEO. Harty retired in December of 2018 after 20 years as the President/CEO of the Greater Green Bay YMCA. “Steve’s reputation as a great collaborative leader and his ability to create a welcoming culture among staff and members make him […]

  • DDC Seeks Input for Tourism Strategy Plan

    Destination Door County is requesting stakeholder and community input that will help the county’s tourism marketing and management organization prioritize their strategic plan for 2023 and beyond. The organization is seeking input from a wide variety of stakeholders in the community including partners, business owners, innkeepers, community business associations, non-profit organizations, government officials, residents, and […]

  • Another Splash at the Shipyard: Fincantieri expanding again

    Some of the finest work completed by craftspeople at one of Door County’s largest businesses takes place inside the yard’s oldest manufacturing building. That will no longer be the case 11 months from now, however, when Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) anticipates completing a new structure to replace the Sturgeon Bay shipyard’s outside machine shop and […]

  • New Rip Current Warning System Posted at Whitefish Dunes

    Over Labor Day weekend, a child got caught in the rip current at Whitefish Dunes State Park and appeared to be going under. That’s how the message came in to dispatch, according to Door County Emergency Services director Aaron LeClair. The accident involved a child and four adults, according to the incident report prepared by […]

  • WRA Responsibilities Reassigned to City for Three Projects

    The City of Sturgeon Bay is taking over the responsibilities for projects that were previously under the jurisdiction of the city’s Waterfront Redevelopment Authority (WRA). The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved three motions Sept. 6 to reassign the WRA’s interests in the Stone Harbor Resort, Bridgeport Resort and Harbor Club Marina development agreements to the […]

  • Door County YMCA Breaks Ground for Building Addition

    It was a bright, sunny morning Tuesday when the Door County YMCA held a groundbreaking ceremony for a 16,300-square-foot addition being built on the Sturgeon Bay facility’s northeast corner. One of the program’s speakers, Tom Beerntsen, co-chair of the YMCA’s capital campaign committee, said around $9.8 million has been raised toward the $10 million project. […]

  • Celebrating All Things Fall

    Break out the hoodies, and whip up the pumpkin-spice lattes – it’s fall, baby! Well, close enough. Although the autumnal equinox won’t take place until Sept. 22 at 8:03 pm, the peninsula is gearing up to celebrate the harvest season. Here’s the rundown on where you can get your fill of all things fall. Harvest […]

  • Meet Local Children’s Authors

    Authors Julie House and Kimber Leewood will chat with book lovers and sign their books Sept. 17 during Sturgeon Bay’s Harvest Fest. Downtown’s 3rd Avenue will be closed to vehicles, and vendors will be lining the street. House and Leewood will sign books in the booth in front of Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd […]

  • Book Recommendation: The Giver series by Lois Lowry

    Recommended by MARGARET MAGLE, Co-owner, OtherWorlds Books & More For Banned Books month, I decided to highlight The Giver series by Lois Lowry. The quartet includes The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger and Son. The story revolves around the main character, 12-year-old Jonah. He belongs to a community that, on the surface, is perfect. Jonah faces […]

  • Write On Names New Executive Director

    Door County’s home for storytellers has a new executive director. Write On, Door County has selected Al DeGenova to lead the organization during the next phase of its evolution.  DeGenova is a writer, poet, teacher and marketing professional from the Chicago area. He has written four books, founded After Hours Press and is a co-editor […]

  • Wild Things: Wisconsin Weighing Stocking Options

    Michigan proposes 54% increase in Chinooks  by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] A proposed 54% increase in Chinook (king) salmon stocking by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) next spring has Great Lakes anglers talking this week. Although it’s not final, the MDNR’s plan to stock 1 million kings a year follows decades of stocking cuts […]

  • The Visitor Economy: Working Together for the Common Good

    by JULIE GILBERT, President/CEO, Destination Door County I was really moved by an article in the Peninsula Pulse a few weeks ago that spoke about the Egg Harbor community coming together to rescue a young male bald eagle. Mr. Hults from Open Door Bird Sanctuary said that “keeping the public informed and engaged is what […]

  • EHHS Annual Meeting and Dinner

    Egg Harbor Historical Society’s (EHHS) annual meeting – with a dinner and program – will be held Sept. 28. A pizza buffet, fruit and veggie plates, and beverages will be served at 6 pm; the meeting will start at 6:30 pm; and Myles Dannhausen Jr. will present “The Chateau Hutter” at 7 pm.  The cost […]

  • Obituary: Charles “Chuck” William Tencate

    February 19, 1947 ~ September 10, 2022 Charles “Chuck” William Tencate, 75, of Ellison Bay, died on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born February 19, 1947 in Oak Park, Illinois, son of the late Lambert Harry and Ethel Kristine (Lindquist) Tencate. After graduating from Oak Park […]

  • Obituary: Allen E. Kolberg

    January 26, 1947 ~ September 11, 2022 Allen E. Kolberg, 75 years of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home Sunday evening, September 11, 2022 peacefully in the arms of his dear wife and family, four short months after being diagnosed with cancer. He was born January 26, 1947, in Milwaukee the son of the late […]

  • Songwriting Legend Gordon Lightfoot Performs at DCA

    It’s not uncommon for Door Community Auditorium (DCA) to welcome songwriting legends to its stage. What isn’t all that common is when there’s a connection between the musician’s work and the community – in this instance, the ties between Lightfoot’s well-known song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and the Sturgeon Bay community.  “Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Thomas C. Petersen

    February 12, 1943 ~ September 11, 2022 Thomas C. Petersen, aged 79 years of Sister Bay, died early Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Pine Crest Village in Sturgeon Bay where he and his wife Annie had recently made their home.      He was born in Chicago on February 12, 1943 to thelate Norman and […]

  • Obituary: Richard J Mraz

    August 27, 2022 Richard J Mraz, 66, died at his home in Fern, WI on August 27, 2022.  Rick was the son of Richard and Esther (Charles) Mraz. He grew up in Forestville, WI and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Rick was preceded in death by his wife, Debra, his parents and siblings, Don Mraz and Suzanne […]

  • Obituary: Patricia Doris Moeller

    August 16, 1924 ~ September 9, 2022 Patricia Doris Moeller, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Clark Lake in the Town of Sevastopol, died Friday night, September 9, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical in Sturgeon Bay, and entered into the promise of what the Savior said, […]

  • Obituary: Marie Carol (Chaudoir) Walters

    September 29, 1935 ~ September 5, 2022 Marie Carol Walters (nee Chaudoir), 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died Monday, September 5, 2022 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF in Sturgeon Bay. At her request, no services will be held. Arrangements have been entrusted with Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC in Sturgeon Bay. Expressions of […]

  • Obituary: Jennifer J. Baudhuin

    August 11, 1959 ~ September 10, 2022 Jennifer Jay “Jenny” Baudhuin, 63, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died on September 10, 2022, surrounded by her family at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born on August 11, 1959, in Sturgeon Bay, WI to Henry and Thea (Peterson) Overbeck. On October 20, 1984, Jenny married Steven Baudhuin […]

  • Obituary: Michael J Kaczmarek

    1970 – 2022 Michael J. Kaczmarek “Kaz”, 52, of Green Bay, passed away on September 6, 2022 after a year and a half battle with cancer. Mike was born in Door County to Stanley and Catherine Kaczmarek. He loved trips home to “the farm” to spend time in nature and recount his many adventures with […]

  • Obituary: Marlene A. Allen

    October 7, 1931 ~ September 6, 2022 Marlene (Watermolen) Allen, “Marnie”, 90, devoted wife, extraordinary mother, dedicated sister, loving grandmother, and life-enhancer.  A resident of Sturgeon Bay, WI and former resident of Suamico, WI, Marlene died peacefully in her sleep and was joyfully reunited with her “Bunky” on September 6, 2022.  Marlene was born on […]

  • Obituary: Murphy Baxter White

    March 2, 1975 ~ September 3, 2022 Murphy Baxter White, 47, died peacefully on Saturday September 3, 2022 at his home in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin with his family at his side, after a long and hard-fought battle with lymphoma. He was born March 2, 1975 in Denver, Colorado, son of William Henry White Jr. and […]


    Birch Creek’s Fall Concert Series will comprise five concert dates and an Oct. 8 fundraiser. On Sept. 10, Jodie DeSalvo, a Birch Creek Symphony Session piano faculty member, will perform classical and contemporary pieces on the Omega double-keyboard piano with Susan Wenckus of Lawrence University, who’s also a Fox Valley freelance pianist. This unusual double-keyboard […]


    Dailey & Vincent will be back at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Sept. 11, 6 pm.  As Grand Ole Opry members, five-time Grammy Award winners individually, three-time Grammy Award nominees collectively, four-time DOVE Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA Awards altogether, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent – backed by one of the […]

  • Local Triathlon Named Top Destination Event

    Complete Tri – a USA-based triathlon, cycling and fitness-focused website – this month named the Door County Triathlon to its list of the Top Destination Triathlons.  The list is updated annually to recognize the events nationwide, and throughout the calendar year, that are particularly compelling destination races for the triathlon community. Races considered for inclusion […]

  • Save Those Seeds

    Get a jump start on next year’s garden by saving seeds If you walk through Dora Leonardson’s garden, you’ll likely see some remnants of the summer’s peas and beans, now well past their peak, that are fading and drying out on the vine. This isn’t the sign of a lazy gardener who’s procrastinating with end-of-the-season […]

  • Door to Nature: Invasive Roadside Shrubs

    There are many weedy plants along the roadsides that county workers mow once or twice a summer. This mowing helps to spread the seeds along the shoulders of the roads, so we’ll never be rid of these nonnative plants. Some do provide seeds for migrating birds, however. There are other plants that develop along the […]


    The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay will unveil its 47th Juried Annual on Sept. 17, with an opening reception 5-6:30 pm. Awards – to be announced at 6 pm – include three special Merit Awards ($250 each), three Juror’s Choice Awards ($200 each), the Gerhard Miller Award of Excellence ($500 and the Miller Medal), and […]

  • ‘Discover Wisconsin’ Names Photo Contest Winner

    Discover Wisconsin collected entries for its popular photo contest via social media this spring, and in partnership with the Wisconsin Counties Association, 12 fan-submitted photos of destinations in the state will be published in Discover Wisconsin’s 2023 calendar. The winning photo for the calendar’s cover spot and the month of March is by Nik Thyrion […]


    The Women’s Fund of Door County invites the community to an ARTrageous Benefit featuring the work of more than 30 Door County women artists Sept. 17, 2 pm, at Rehberger’s Hidden Acres Farm, 1128 Beach Road in Sister Bay.  During this one-day opportunity, guests purchase $5 tickets for the opportunity to buy two- and three-dimensional […]


    SŌMI Gallery’s newest Third Room guest artist, Chelsea Littman, will open her installation Collection of Connections on Sept. 10, with a reception set for 4-6 pm. The show will be on display at the Sturgeon Bay gallery through Oct. 22. With a passion for material and process, Littman investigates the connections between loss and recovery, […]


    Three festive opening receptions to showcase the diversity of the county’s contemporary art scene will run concurrently Sept. 10, 3-7 pm, during the annual Contemporary Art Tour. Each of the participating galleries will feature recent works by the owners and the artists they represent. Idea Gallery in West Jacksonport, now in its sixth season, showcases […]

  • Stone Hedge: Door County’s Newest Sports Pub

    When Stone Hedge Golf Course was listed for sale last October, it took Kevin and Erin Wehrenberg less than a day to put in an offer. He was taking his youngest son to school when their realtor texted him to ask whether they had any interest in it. “I looked at my son, who had […]


    There’s a new hangout in Fish Creek where you’ll find some familiar faces – and even a few familiar dishes from last summer’s one-season-only Cash Only Noodle Bar (with a twist). Hill Street – located on the “main drag” in what most recently housed Taco Cerveza, and owned by the spouse restaurant team of Scott and […]

  • Cyclists Hit the Road Next Two Weekends

    Door County’s big cycling weekends are here. First up is the Door County Century Ride out of Sturgeon Bay. That ride takes place Sunday, Sept. 11. Then the next weekend – on Saturday, Sept. 17 – the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge will ride out of Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park.  Although the Sept. 11 ride is […]

  • Sunflowered Celebrates Sisterhood and Friendship

    Working on a play in any capacity means immersing yourself in the onstage world. If you compose the music, you’ll know every beat of every song by the time the rehearsals are done. If you act, you’ll develop a deep connection with the character you’re portraying. If you write, you’ll gain a birds-eye view of […]

  • Obituary: Paul “Arnie” Arnold Stewart

    April 29, 1932 ~ September 5, 2022 Paul Arnold “Arnie” Stewart, age 90, died on September 5, 2022 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin after a short illness. He was a lifelong resident of Zion, Illinois born on April 29, 1932. In 1957, Arnie married Shirley Pauline Brewer, and together they had three children, Dale, Andrea, and […]

  • Obituary: James “Grizzly” Allen Adams

    January 10, 1955 ~ August 19, 2022 James “Grizzly” Allen Adams, 67, of Sister Bay, died in the comfort of his home, late Friday night, August 19, 2022 with his partner in life, Andrea Erickson, at his side. He was born January 10, 1955 in Racine, the son of Trulon York Adams and Marian Jean […]

  • Obituary: James Paul Rericha

    September 8, 1945 ~ September 3, 2022 James Paul Rericha, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Care Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay with family and friends at his side. He was born September 8, 1945, in Chicago, Illinois, the […]

  • Obituary: Jeffery M. Weir

    August 3, 1937 ~ September 6, 2022 Jeffery Maxfield (Jeff) Weir, died the morning of September 6, 2022 at age of 85, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Born on August 3, 1937, in Milwaukee, WI to Joseph Herman Weir and Velma (Coffiman) Weir. Named after early 20th century writer, Jeffery Farnol and […]

  • Obituary: Marcia Lynne Meier

    January 22, 1948 ~ September 4, 2022 Marcia Lynne Meier, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Sept. 4, 2022.  She was born Jan. 22, 1948, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio to Willard and Beverly Meier. Marcia lived in numerous parts of the country during her live and came to Door County several years ago. […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Earle Conway

    November 3, 1957 ~ August 16, 2022 Thomas Earle Conway, 64, of Sturgeon Bay died at his home on August 16, 2022.  He was born November 3, 1957, in Norfolk, VA to Joseph and Ethel (Sutton) Conway.  On June 3, 2000, he married Tammy Lynn Savage in Virginia Beach. Thomas graduated from Oscar Smith High School in […]

  • Obituary: James Jordan Austin

    June 16, 1961 ~ September 2, 2022 James Jordan Austin, 61, of Washington Island, died peacefully early Friday morning, September 2, 2022. He was born June 16, 1961 in Lake Forest, Illinois, son of the late MaryAnn “Mitt” (Mittlestaed) Austin. James graduated from Mundelein High School with the Class of 1982. Despite living a life […]

  • Obituary: Pasquel Ortiz Gonzales

    May 17, 1959 ~ August 30, 2022  Pasquel Ortiz Gonzales, 63, of the Town of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Tuesday, August 30, 2022. He had been dealing with various health issues over the years. Pasquel was born May 17, 1959 in Laredo, TX, the son of Ignacio and Aurelia (Ortiz) Gonzales. His family moved to […]