Volume 16 Issue 28 – Section 1

In this issue

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 288

    I’ve spent my seventy years on The Great Plains and have lived all that time amidst vivid and touching stories about the settlement of our area, lots of them much like this one, about a long ago courtship and marriage, offered to us in a poem by James Doyle, who lives in Colorado. Love Story […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Event Highlights Redell

    Jack Redell, Egg Harbor, will share his sometimes earthy, always poignant poetry October 13, 7 pm, in the next Dickinson Poetry Series event at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim. Born and raised in Chicago, John Patrick Redell worked as a construction engineer/surveyor for 30-some years before retiring to live most of the time in […]

  • The Legend Lives in Door County

    Wisconsin author Arthur Cola will be bringing his new legendary tale to O’Meara’s Irish House in Fish Creek on Saturday, Oct. 9. His new novel, The Shamrock Crown and the Legend of Excalibur, is a family centered treat as the reader is introduced to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table through the […]

  • Apple Pie, Wild Apple Pie

    Like most females, she didn’t want to. Which is you see the whole darn problem. I mean the problem between us and them, no matter which side you are on; one does, the other doesn’t, for which there is no possible cure. Save – saith Will Shakespeare – but to try…romance. Beyond this the male […]

  • Rearview Sunset- A Review

    In his first novel, Rearview Sunset, author Brett Champan tells the story of Beau Jamison, a man on a journey to reflect on his life and all of the events that led him to where his is now and how they shaped him to be the man he is. His journey is filled with happiness, […]

  • Living, Learning and Reflecting – An Interview with Brett Champan

      Rearview Sunset is Wisconsin author Brett Champan’s first novel. The story is an insightful look into the mind of a troubled young man’s life and the events that shape his future. The book has life, death, love and much more interweaved in the story of Beau Jamison. Brett took some time to meet with […]

  • Door County YMCA Encourages Area Youth to Apply for Spirit of Community Award

    • The Door County YMCA is encouraging local youth to apply for the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Award. If selected, the chosen student could receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C.

  • Zion United Methodist Donates to South Africa

    Patty Williamson, member of the Missions Committee at Zion United Methodist Church near Baileys Harbor, presents a check for $1,064.59 – the offering from the church’s annual Labor Day Hymn Sing – to Rev.

  • Sports Schedule

    Door County sports schedule.

  • Sun, Sand, and Service

    As I start to think about settling in for the winter, my mind immediately darts to one thing – VACATION! I dream of warmth, sunshine, and beaches. I think about relaxing, reconnecting with my family, and focusing on some down time – away from computers, Facebook, and perhaps even my Blackberry (although I make no promises there).

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it that some Americans are vehemently opposed to others speaking languages other than English?

  • Snippets From Science

    • Everyone’s DNA contains genes that can give rise to cancer. Fortunately, there are “tumor-suppressor” genes, some of which code for chemicals that block expression of genes that otherwise might induce a cell to begin to divide in an uncontrolled fashion.

  • By the Numbers

    $100 billion – Estimated amount the federal government gives in tax breaks and subsidies each year to encourage home ownership

  • Notes from the Grove

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government.

  • An Outlook

    Another Fall Festival arrives in Sister Bay this weekend, and I had hoped that this one would come and go without my ever mentioning the “dogs at festivals” subject. Unfortunately, the arrival of the mail on Saturday made this scenario impossible.

  • 1st Senate District Candidates On Job Creation

    Senate candidates Monk Elmer and Frank Lasee talk job creation.

  • 1st Assembly District Candidates Talk Job Creaton

    1st Assembly District candidates Garey Bies and Dick Skare talk job creation.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Redwood is a beautiful calico/tabby. She has a sweet, loveable attitude and would make a great companion! Redwood is between 2 – 4 years old, spayed, and up to date with vaccines.

  • Frank Lasee Speaks His Mind

    Frank Lasee's words have earned him loyal following from the right, but also a lot of controversy.

  • Monk Elmer Shaped by Father’s Struggle

    A look at Dr. Monk Elmer, candidate for 1st Senate District.

  • Cancer Patients can “Look Good…Feel Better”

    Elaine Stoffel, a resident of Institute who was diagnosed with cancer a few weeks ago, got the royal treatment Sept. 27, when she attended a Look Good…Feel Better session at Door County Memorial Hospital.

  • Egg Harbor discusses police protection

    Door County news briefs from last week.

  • Door County Named as Top Ten Fall Destination

    • Door County has recently been named in TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Fall Foliage Destinations” list. TripAdvisor, one of the world’s largest travel website, compiled the list through a user survey of more than 2,300 travelers.

  • Sister Bay will add marina slips for 2011

    News to come in Door County.

  • New Owners for Fish Creek Campground

    The old Path of Pines Campground in Fish Creek has new owners. Three Northern Door friends and business owners came together this summer to buy the property out of foreclosure and re-open the facility as the Fish Creek Campground.

  • Affordable Housing Comes to Sister Bay

    Affordable housing is finally coming to Northern Door, courtesy not of a federal or state program, but a De Pere developer. In August, Keith Garot began building the first eight-plex on the 40 acres he owns on the corner of Highway 57 and Country Walk Lane, behind the Greystone Manor apartments.

  • Sister Bay Fall Fest Schedule

    Schedule of Fall Fest activities.

  • Sister Bay Fall Festival Celebrates 65th Anniversary

    The 65th annual Sister Bay Fall Fest will be held October 15 – 17 throughout the Village of Sister Bay. This Door County festival features the largest parade of the year, an arts and crafts festival, food and beverages, children activities, and live music throughout town.

  • Pumpkin Patch Schedule

    Schedule of activities at Egg Harbor's Pumpkin Patch Festival.

  • Egg Harbor Host Pumpkin Patch Festival

    Egg Harbor’s Pumpkin Patch Festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 9 and 10. This free family-friendly festival will feature face painting, carnival rides, large inflatables, and bungee jumping.

  • Congratulations to Nikki Slaets!

    There is a trip you must take, 'cross the causeway on Kangaroo Lake, at Coyote Roadhouse you should stop, at an eatery that's hard to top. If you get a server whose name is Nikki, she'll wait on you quite quickly.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 7, 2010 1:08pm

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): There will never be a better day than tomorrow as the sun and moon are in harmonic discord. This is your chance to appear at "American Idol" auditions with your snare drums.


    Here are just a few things that people can't stop thinking about, listening to, watching, eating, and drinking.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 7, 2010 1:04pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I got a friend request on Facebook from an old classmate that I haven't spoken to for over 14 years. The last time we spoke, she accused me of doing something that I didn't do.

  • Pulse Pushes for a Fall Fest Hat Contest

    Over the years, some Fall Fest revelers have unleashed their creativity on their heads, making hat-based replicas of the ping-pong ball drop, Husby’s, and the Sister Bay Bowl.


    (Left to right) Andrew Skare Holdmann, Jake Danen, Karin Skare, Kari Witthuhn-Henning and Nick Henning soaked in the melodies of melaniejane at The Cookery’s Thursday night music series.

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming golf events.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘Em

    The 35th Ryder Cup took place at Oakland Hills, Michigan on September 17 – 20, 2004. In this bi-annual showdown between the USA and Europe, who were the two team’s captains?

  • Player Profile: Russell “Skip” Kaeske

    Profile of local golfer Russell Kaeske.

  • Last Year’s Champions Defend at “The Johnny G”

    Last year’s defending champions of the ninth annual Johnny G Golf Scramble held Sunday, October 3 at Peninsula Golf Course, held onto to their title for the second year in a row.

  • 34th Annual Curley Paul/ Jocker Rader Fall Open

    The 34th Annual Curley Paul/ Jocko Rader Fall Open was held at Idlewild on September 23. Sixty golfers took part in the day of golf where three winners were crowned, a tie occurred for the medalist winner and one winner was recognized using the Peoria handicapping system.

  • Know Your Farmer? Hill Orchard Honor-System Roadside Stand

    In these times of high unemployment and housing foreclosures, Tea Party rallies and an increasing number of militias, some people are hesitant to trust their own mothers.

  • Full Moon

    I’m quick to thank my lucky stars for being born (Aug. 5, 1929) and raised in a small town (Kewaunee, WI) where bright city lights hardly existed and where we could enjoy and be held in awe at the brilliant, dark, nighttime skies.

  • From Door County to New York and Back

    Cythia Stiehl is taking a trip to New York to see Michael Feinstein, the American singer and pianist who, for six-years in the 1970s, resurrected, catalogued, and archived the repertoire of Ira and George Gershwin.

  • PMF Announces 2011 Season

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s (PMF) chamber series, “February Fest,” will include two concerts at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay.

  • Call for Actors

    Auditions for the TAPWorks production of Miracle on 34th Street: The Radio Play will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 19 and 20 from 5:30 – 7 pm at Third Avenue Playhouse.

  • Peninsula Players Offer Backstage Tours

    In conjunction with its celebratory 75th season, the Peninsula Players will offer public tours of its stage house and all-weather audience pavilion. Free backstage tours will begin at 2 pm on Sunday, Oct. 10.

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Presents “Tuesdays with Morrie”

    The Third Avenue Playhouse will feature the stage adaptation of Mitch Albom’s moving tribute to his beloved mentor, Tuesdays With Morrie on Oct. 7 – 10 and 14 – 17.

  • Isadoora Theatre Announces 9th Season

    To kick off Isadoora Theatre’s 9th season, a special Halloween production of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will play at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay Oct. 28 - 31 and Nov. 4 - 7.

  • “Panic” Playwright to Visit Door County for Final Players’ Fall Seminar

    Peninsula Players’ Saturday Seminar Series will conclude Saturday, Oct. 16 with Panic playwright Joseph Goodrich’s presentation on playwriting, mystery writing, and his Edgar Award-winning play, Panic.

  • At the Crossroads

    On Saturday, October 9 at 4 pm, the Wild Ones of Door County will hold their annual meeting at the Crossroads at Big Creek. Bob Bultman, local conservationist and geologist, will present a program about the Niagara Escarpment.

  • 9th Annual Spook-tacular Hike October 9

    Peninsula State Park and Northern Door Girl Scouts are hosting the 9th Annual Spook-tacular Hike on Saturday, October 9. The event will run from 4 – 7:30 pm at Peninsula's amphitheater parking lot across from Nicolet Beach.

  • Silence is Golden

    The radio in my 1992 Chevrolet Lumina, ‘the Lumi,’ has recently broken, so all I hear when I drive down the dirt road to Ellison Bay’s Door Bluff Headland County Park is the rumble of the engine, the somewhat alarming sound of a bad suspension, and my own thoughts, ‘What a lovely drive.'

  • Groove Session Anxiously Returns to Door County

    After their introduction to the area by Kim Manning and Lantz Lazwell during Steel Bridge Song Fest 2010, Groove Session is eager to continue sharing their music and energy with the Door Peninsula.

  • Looking Forward to Fall Fest

    Pumpkin Patch Weekend (known as Columbus Day outside Door County) is here, which means Fall Fest is right around the corner. As restaurants and shops flood with visitors this weekend, usually the busiest of the year for restaurants in Northern Door, the only relief for the staff now hanging by a thread is the vision of Fall Fest dancing in their heads.

  • Wisconsin Solar Tour Highlights Renewables

    The Custer, WI-based Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) organized a Wisconsin Solar Tour Oct 2. The tour showcased a sampling of solar and wind technologies, green building techniques, and sustainable living ideas from across the state.

  • Green Quote

    “The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just."

  • LWV Encourages Participation in 10.10.10 Challenge

    The League of Women Voters of Door County, together with other league chapters around the state, is asking people to take 10 actions to reduce their energy use beginning Sunday, October 10, 2010.

  • Fall Farmer’s Market Finds

    “Look for potatoes, onions, cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, beats, and kale,” said Corinne Lea, local CSA owner and gardener extraordinaire.

  • Green Facts

    227 million, 273 million: The number of people and livestock, respectively, who lived in Africa in 1950

  • Energy Conservation Fair and Fall Flea Market

    On October 21 and 22, the Women’s Employment Project’s Second Annual Energy Conservation Fair and Fall Flea Market will take place at the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Master Young to Teach Tai Chi Classes October 22 – 24

    From October 22 – 24, Tai Chi Master Wasentha Young will offer a series of classes for participants of all skill levels.

  • Savory Spoon Offers Tasty Classes

    On Friday, October 8 at 6 pm, the Savory Spoon Cooking School of Ellison Bay will offer “Harvest Meals,” featuring fall flavors at their best. Using fresh vegetables from Horsley Gardens and North Bay Road Farms in Sister Bay, participants will prepare Saganaki with sauté of honey crisp on greens, leeks and potatoes, schnitzel will black olive crust, and sweet potato tart will red wine caramel.

  • Southern Door Family Center Hosts Fitness Classes

    The Family Centers of Door County is partnering with the YMCA to host fitness classes at the Southern Door Family Center located at 1400 County Road DK, Brussels.

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Features Evening Tours

    For the first time in the history of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum, visitors will have an opportunity to tour the lighthouse after sunset. Under a lantern’s glow, visitors may experience life in the lighthouse as it was between 1868 and 1926.

  • Sheri Gibbs Presents Documentary

    “Gibraltar Talks…Door County: Traditions of a Rugged Pioneer Past” will be held on Tuesday evening, October 12 at 7:30 pm at the Gibraltar Town Center behind the Fish Creek Post Office.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Dr. Steven E. Landfried

    Internationally-known crane conservation and Door County native, Dr. Steven E. Landfried will return to Baileys Harbor from October 17 – 22 for five morning presentations at Bjِrklunden to share 25 years of fascinating crane conservation work.

  • Movie Recommendation: “How to Train Your Dragon”

    Underdogs appreciate How to Train Your Dragon, the story of an unusually scrawny Viking boy named Hiccup whose very existence is defined by being as much of a spasm as his name implies.

  • Desert Heart Jewelry Trunk Show at Edgewood Orchard

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will be hosting a jewelry trunk show for Texas jewelers Deborah and Mark Sparshott from Saturday, October 9 through Monday October 11, 10 am – 5 pm each day.

  • ArtFlow 2 on Display at The Flying Pig

    ArtFlow 2, a community art project supported by The Wisconsin Arts Board, ArtBeet, Inc. and The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace, is currently installed in the gardens at The Flying Pig in Algoma.

  • Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art: On the Left Bank of the Ahnapee

    The Kewaunee Academy of Fine Art offers students an alternative to art studies in an urban setting. The school opened in a barn near Kewaunee’s north side harbor in 2005; but this summer the academy relocated to a new setting, a historic dockside warehouse by the mouth of the Ahnapee River at Lake Michigan in downtown Algoma.

  • A Thank You to Those Who Give

    After we reported on the passing of Hartley Barker last week, several readers posted comments about the impact the late philanthropist had on area organizations and people. The generosity of Ruth and

  • Last Chance to Bid on Sweetie Pies’ Rolling Pins

    Sweetie Pies’ 4th Annual “High Roller Art Contest and Silent Auction” will come to a close on October 17. The day marks the last that the public may place a bid on imaginative works by local artists based on the theme of a rolling pin.

  • “Pigskin Glass” on Display at The Santa Fe Shop

    Artists Manuel Silva and Robert Ornelas have created decorative glass plates and platters called “Pigskin Glass,” now available at the Santa Fe Shop & Gallery in Fish Creek.

  • Plymouth Arts Center Calls for Artist Submissions

    The Plymouth Arts Center is accepting applications for its 16th Annual Holiday Membership Fine Art Exhibit in Gallery 110 North. The exhibit is open to current Plymouth Arts Center members and to those who wish to become members.

  • Hand Women Scarves at Off the Wheel Pottery

    Off the Wheel Pottery is featuring a collection of 100 percent cotton hand woven scarves by weaver, Joan Meiselman, a Wisconsin native who received her BFA from UW-Madison and now resides in Kewanee County.

  • Artists of Northeast Wisconsin Open Their Doors

    The Northeast Wisconsin Art Studio Tour 2010 will take place on October 8, 9 and 10. Many of the artists on the tour only open their studios for this free annual event, providing the public a unique opportunity to meet the artists in their environment, purchase their work, and see how it is created.

  • Sister Bay Village Hall Hosts Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale

    The Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale will be held at the Sister Bay Village Hall in downtown Sister Bay from 9 am – 5 pm, October 7 – 10. Over 70 traditional, handmade Amish quilts in a variety of popular styles, patterns, and colors will be on display.

  • Hardy Gallery to Close for Season

    The Hardy Gallery announced that Tuesday, October 12 will be the final day that the gallery will be open for the 2010 Season. The gallery is open 10 am – 5 pm until the end of the season, with the exception of Tuesday, October 12, when the gallery will close at 3 pm.

  • Photos From Route 66 on Display at Glas

    Kasey J. Hembel’s photography show, “Fragments: 100 Signs and Scraps Along Route 66,” will be on display at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay through the month of October.

  • Autumn Open House at Frykman Studio Gallery

    The Frykman Studio Gallery of Sister Bay will host an autumn open house with carving demonstrations, drawings, live music, and refreshments Columbus Day Weekend and Fall Festival weekend.

  • Townline Art Fair Fills the Lawn at Fine Line

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans as the gallery hosts the 37th Annual Townline Art Fair, October 9 and 10. More than 85 artists representing all mediums are scheduled to exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    I was blessed with a good watercolor name – “Austin.” Phil Austin and I shared more than a last name. In 1977 I took a class from Phil, learning his seven colors were not my seven colors, but mostly how Phil lived and breathed watercolor painting.

  • Wisconsin State Senate Candidates Respond

    Monk Elmer and Frank Lasee on curbing spending.

  • Wisconsin State Assembly Candidates Respond

    Assembly candidates Garey Bies and Dick Skare on spending.