Volume 16 Issue 31 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Health Care Reform Resource Guide

    We dug around dozens of sites and articles to try to find the best explanations of health care reform, and though there’s no simple, one-stop shop, these five sites are your best bets for digestible information.

  • Running the Health Care Numbers

    $939 billion The cost to the federal government, over 10 years, of the health care reform bill 2 Percent of the federal budget represented by spending related to the health care reform bill 3 Percent of overall health care spending in the United States that spending related to the health care reform bill represents $124 billion The amount the health care reform bill is estimated to reduce the federal deficit over 10 years, due to taxes and fees enacted to pay for the bill 32 million Number of uninsured Americans who will become insured under the health care reform bill by 2014 $35 billion The cost of uncompensated care provided to people without health insurance in 2008 772,000 Number of Wisconsinites on BadgerCare Plus $1 billion The cost of BadgerCare Plus, 60 percent of which comes from federal sources 400,000 Number of BadgerCare recipients who work or are the spouse of someone working 9.

  • Reform Realities: For Business

    The Affordable Care Act will have major implications for many of Door County’s small business owners. Though most of the act’s strongest provisions affecting small businesses won’t take effect until 2014, businesses are prepping for the changes now.

  • Reform Realities: For Women

    In October, the Wellness Center of Door County hosted “Health Care 101: What Health Care Reform Means for Women and Their Children.” The presentation, featuring Sara Finger of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women and Rachel Currans-Sheehan of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, focused on the aspects of health care reform that improve access and equality for women in the health care marketplace.

  • Reform Realities: Impacts

    Those vehemently against health care reform, and those passionately in favor, usually share one large swath of common ground – neither knows much about what it actually means for them.

  • Why Is It…?

    Q: Why is it that some people are so uncomfortable around male nurses?

  • Snippets From Science

    • In West Africa there is a kind of bug whose worm-like larvae are preyed on by spiders, geckos, and centipedes. Spiders use touch to sense prey, geckos are visual predators, and centipedes hunt using both smell and touch.

  • By the Numbers

    “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is,” – Mark Hanna, a political fundraiser in the late 1800s

  • 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

    Those of us who have been around for a certain number of years have fond memories of watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show. And those of us who were fans remember the spin-off programs that the show gave rise to – in particular, Rhoda and Phyllis.

  • Filling the Fridge For Less

    Once a month, Ellison Bay resident Don Heeringa drives to Sturgeon Bay to pick up the groceries, but they aren’t for him. Heeringa picks them up and delivers them to Sister Bay for distribution to the Northern Door families who have ordered them through the Self Help and Resource Exchange, better known as SHARE.

  • Cave Point Door County

    The Politics of 298 Miles of Shoreline

    For years folks have been proudly saying that Door County has more miles of shoreline than any other county in the United States. If you search through articles online you can track the shoreline’s apparent growth.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings (as of November 8, 2010) A League W-L 1. Four Seasons Tree Experts 3-0 2. Kitty O’Reilly’s 3-0 3. NAPA Auto Parts 3-0 4. Fun Diggers 2-1 5.

  • Run For A Cause With the Door County Half Marathon

    The Door County Half Marathon is offering runners a great opportunity to help their favorite area non-profit with each step in the 2011 run in Peninsula State Park.

  • Get Motivated: Door County Sport-Related Activities

    The slower pace of the Door County winter can lull some folks into hibernation, but there are plenty of opportunities to get off the couch and out of the house when the weather turns.

  • Gold Seal Award Given to Peninsula State Park

    Peninsula State Park has won the 2010 Gold Seal Award for the Best Children's Programming. Friends of Wisconsin State Parks announced the award at its recent annual meeting.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Simba is a handsome seven-year-old Beagle. He has a great personality and loves to snuggle. He enjoys being in the center’s indoor playroom lounging on the couch with volunteers.

  • “Fair Fighting”

    Disagreements in a relationship are not only normal but, if constructively resolved, actually strengthen the relationship. It is inevitable and normal that there may be times of sadness, tension, or outright frustration between you and your partner.

  • Door County Land Trust Purchases 40 Acres of Wetlands

    • The Door County Land Trust announced the recent purchase of 40 acres at the center of the Kellner Fen, a 400-acre wetland complex located four miles north of Sturgeon Bay along Lake Michigan.

  • Lost Mothra Perform “Sounds of the Season” at Sturgeon Bay’s TAP

    Jeanne Kuhns and her band Lost Mothra will return to Third Avenue Playhouse to kick off Sturgeon Bay’s Christmas By the Bay festival with their “Sounds of the Season” performance on Nov. 20 at 7:30 pm.

  • Hope United Church Features a Classical Concert to Benefit Door County String Academy

    A group of Door County classical musicians will perform at 2 pm on Sunday, Nov. 28 at Hope United Church of Christ. Cellist Kim Souther, and violinists Beth Chafey-Hon and Dani Simandl, will join pianist David Beck in a lively, passionate program to benefit The Door County String Academy, a non-profit organization furthering the education of young string players.

  • Parks, Phillips and Co. Perform to Benefit Door County’s Apostles Build

    A Christmas concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Apostles Build will be held Sunday, Nov. 28 at 6 pm. Parks, Phillips and Co. will perform holiday Christian, contemporary and country favorites, as well as traditional carols and songs.

  • Fish Creek’s DCA Presents the Lettermen

    On Nov. 26 at 7 pm, the Door Community Auditorium will host world famous vocal group, The Lettermen, in a concert featuring Christmas and holiday music.

  • Bailey’s Harbor’s Bjorklunden Features Piano Students Concert

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a free concert Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 pm. Lawrence students from the piano studio of Professor Anthony Padilla will be performing solo and ensemble works by Robert Schumann in celebration of his 200th birthday anniversary this year.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Hope United Church Features Shakespeare Presentation

    On Sunday, Nov. 14 at 9 am, Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay will present “Living in Shakespeare’s World,” featuring actor and teacher, Jack Hirst.

  • Gibraltar Students Honor Community Elders

    Gibraltar Elementary School’s grades 4 and 5 students will hold a community celebration honoring four Door County community elders at the Door Community Auditorium on Thursday, Nov.

  • Willy Wonka Takes the Stage in Sevastopol

    On Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 pm, the Sevastopol School will present their fall musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. at the Sevastopol Elementary Gym. Tickets will be sold at the door and cost $7 for adults and $5 for students.

  • 2012 Wisconsin State Park Stickers

    The 2012 Wisconsin State Park Sticker Design contest has begun. Entries for the contest are being accepted now through March 29, 2011. The winning design will be printed on state park and forest annual vehicle admission stickers and displayed on more than 150,000 vehicles.

  • At the Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will continue offering programming and educational opportunities throughout November. On Sunday, Nov. 14 the Crossroads will host a Nature Hike at 1 pm.

  • The Ridges of Bailey’s Harbor Presents “Survival” Program

    The pubic is welcome to learn about winter survival tips during “Survival,” a program hosted by The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor. The program is Saturday, Nov.

  • Door County’s Whitefish Dunes State Park Opens to Hunters

    This year, for the first time, Whitefish Dunes State Park will be open to deer hunting during Wisconsin's regular gun deer season, Nov. 20 – 28. The park will not be open to hunting during any other early or late-season deer hunts.

  • Blazing Good Times

    Cuddling up next to the fire is a great way to stay warm as the fall and winter cold creeps in, and there’s nothing better than a bonfire built in the backyard.

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 4:48pm

    This week’s question: What is Door County’s second-most populous community, behind the City of Sturgeon Bay?

  • Door County’s Thanksgiving Offerings

    In addition to the annual Thanksgiving Parade in Jacksonport at noon on Thursday, November 25, a number of places throughout Door County will offer up traditional Thanksgiving meals.

  • Congratulations to Bonnie Spielman!

    She attends to the customers with class and style. / If you walk in and order you only wait a while.

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 10, 2010 4:41pm

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Flashing lights from space will be your guide as you step into a new phase. Hang up when Donald Trump calls and insists on extra olives with your vodka martini.


    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? Here are some of the best-of-the-best bits of overheard information from all over the county.


    The Mad Hatter (Ashley Denman) and Alice (Katie Guerts) won the Bayside’s Annual Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, Oct.

  • Jackson Browne Plays “Snow-Day” Concert at Sturgeon Bay’s Holiday Motel

    Jackson Browne will return to the Holiday Motel for a second, intimate house concert on Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm. Browne agreed to play the concert after a number of ticket-holders for his first show could not attend due to a severe winter storm.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Glas Coffee Kicks Off “Saturday Afternoon Delight”

    The “Saturday Afternoon Delight” concert series will begin at Glas, the green coffeehouse, on Nov. 20 following the Sturgeon Bay Holiday Parade. The series will showcase local musical talents on the third Saturday of each month.

  • Fish Creek’s White Gull Inn Features Peter Mulvey

    Singer-songwriter and guitarist Peter Mulvey will open the 26th season of the White Gull Inn’s Winter Folk Concert series on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 8 pm.

  • Express Yourself at Door County Open Mic Nights

    All too often, we feel comfortable singing, dancing, or entertaining in the shower but fail to share our talents with the world. Maybe you think you’re not talented enough, maybe you’ve got butterflies in your stomach, or maybe you just don’t know where to go.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts Christmas By the Bay

    Sturgeon Bay’s holiday season will kick-off with Christmas by the Bay, taking place from Nov. 19 – 21. The festivities will begin with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday at 7 pm at the Clock Tower on Third Avenue.

  • Door County’s Landmark Resort Hosts Comedy Club

    The Landmark Resort’s popular Comedy Club opened Nov. 11 with comedians Brian Green and Vince Carone. The Landmark Resort will host Comedy Club the second Thursday of the month from November 2010 though May 2011.

  • Door County Kiwanis Club Shows “Inside the Tuscan Hills”

    On Friday, Nov. 19 the Kiwanis Club will present the third program of their “Travel and Adventure Film” series at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Egg Harbor Hosts Holly Days

    The Egg Harbor Business Association will present Holly Days on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The two-day event will begin with Breakfast with Santa on Friday, Nov. 26.

  • DC Maritime Museum Hosts “Family Day”

    The Door County Maritime Museum and the Family Centers of Door County will again jointly host a Family Day celebration on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 3 – 7 pm at the museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Movies that Matter Presents “Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox”

    As a part of the Movies that Matter film series, the documentary Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox will be shown at the UU Fellowship in Ephraim on Nov. 16 at 4:30 pm.

  • Enjoy Some Healthy Competition at the YMCA

    I used to be good at basketball. In the “glory days” of high school, my girls’ team, the Elk Mound Mounders, did well for a small Wisconsin school. We won conference, drew local media attention and crowds of our peers (mainly male classmates) in vintage cheerleading outfits.

  • Hosting Puppies For the Blind

    When Kerry Weir was an eighth grader at Southern Door Middle School in 1987, she decided to raise a puppy for the Leader Dogs for the Blind Program as a 4-H project.

  • The Golden-crowned Kinglet

    It happened on Wednesday the 27th of this past October on one of the incredibly stormy and windy days. I was walking back to the house from the mailbox when I came across a Black-capped Chickadee and a Golden-crowned Kinglet foraging for food in the small Sugar Maple and Ironwood saplings right next to the driveway.

  • 100th Anniversary Diamond Giveaway

    Draeb Jewelers would like to thank everyone who participated in the 100th Anniversary 1ct diamond giveaway, and congratulations to Pam Bretl of Sturgeon Bay for winning the 1ct diamond.

  • Door County Visitor Bureau Unveils New 2011 Visitor Guide Cover

    • On Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, the Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Door County Visitor Bureau will host an employer learning session for Door County Business Owners.

  • Bill Wilson to Present “Permaculture/Transition to a Post Oil Society”

    Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture will present a seminar on the topic of permaculture, a design model used in gardening, farming, building structures, and organizing communities, which is based on natural principles and care for people.

  • Green Quote

    “As we travelled the country the last 20 months, visiting more than 90 cities in 40 states, what we found was that there's a pent-up demand in America for more walking paths, biking paths, more transit, more buses… It’s what Americans want."

  • Core Discussion Moves Ahead in Baileys Harbor

    Joe Parent unveiled a long-rumored plan to build a 59-unit assisted living facility on the southern end of Baileys Harbor Tuesday night at a joint meeting of the Baileys Harbor Town Board and Plan Commission.

  • Unorthodox Clean-up Crew

    Recently, members of the Neptune Dive Club participated in a clean up dive in the Sister Bay Marina. The Neptune Dive Club is a NE Wisconsin regional club with members from all over NE Wisconsin and Door County.

  • Green Door Film Society to Screen Oliver Stone’s “South of the Border”

    Film aficionados in Door County are encouraged to join in the creation of a new interest group that will pursue their love of cinema at biweekly meetings of the Green Door Film Society.

  • Friends of Gibraltar “Close to Home” Holiday Fundraiser

    Before “buy local” became a buzzword, the Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) decided to change the format of their fundraiser so that it would not only benefit their organization, but also other members of the community.

  • Green Facts

    $190 million: The amount General Motors will invest in its Lansing Grand River plant to retool it to make fuel-efficient vehicles in response to federal mandates to improve fuel economy.

  • Door Landscape Receives Wild Ones Award

    The Door County Chapter of Wild Ones annually honors a local business for excellence in landscaping. At their recent annual meeting, the group recognized Door Landscape and Nursery.

  • PSC Increases Commitment to Energy Efficiency

    In a decision that will create jobs and help homeowners and businesses save millions, the Public Service Commission (PSC) voted to increase support for Focus on Energy, the state’s energy efficiency program that has saved homeowners and businesses over $275,000,000 since its inception in 2000.

  • A “Door County Christmas” Authors Sign Books

    Cupola House in Egg Harbor and Novel Ideas Bookstore in Baileys Harbor will host book signing events Nov. 12 and 14, respectively, for authors of A Door County Christmas – a collection of four novellas set among the villages and harbors of the Door Peninsula.

  • The Stone Egg

    Birds without eggs / will sit on stones / to cool passion.

  • Round Peg

    When I crossed over to live with Aunt Lena, / she said I hadn’t learned to do housework right: the floors I scrubbed would have to be cleaner, / no lamp was allowed for reading at night.

  • Celina

    Women in the trailer park / mostly left her alone.

  • Strong, True Poems

    “I’ve been calling Frances [May] the ‘unofficial Poet Laureate’ for over 20 years,” said Door County author and artist Norbert Blei. “When they started talking about naming a Laureate, I thought, ‘the very first time goes to Frances; let’s do that, then officially open it to everyone."

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 293

    It’s a rare occasion when I find dozens of poems by just one poet that I’d like to share with you, but Joyce Sutphen, who lives in Minnesota, is someone who writes that well, with that kind of appeal.

  • Questions and Artists

    The Peninsula Pulse has teamed up with the Door County Art League (DCAL) to reprint portions of interviews conducted by Randy Rasmussen with various artists.

  • YMCA Hosts 24th Annual Christmas Folk Art Fair

    The public is welcome to join the Door County YMCA for their 24th annual Christmas Folk Art Fair on Sunday, Nov. 21 from 9 am – 3 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center.

  • Local Artists Invited to Teach in Seattle

    Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard have been invited to teach a Master's class at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, Washington. The class is called “Exploring Content within Sand Casting."

  • 35th Juried Annual Exhibition Opens at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum’s 35th Juried Annual Exhibition will open Saturday, Nov. 13. Forty-five works by thirty-six artists will be on exhibit through Dec. 28.

  • Call for Nature Photography Submissions

    Havegard Birdfeed Outlet Store is currently accepting submissions for their annual Amateur Photo Contest. The store is particularly interested in bird photos, but will accept wildlife photos as well.

  • Hardy Gallery Announces Holiday Auction

    Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery will host its first-ever Hardy Holiday Auction, which will debut on the Hardy’s website on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The funds raised from the auction will benefit a number of the Hardy Gallery’s programs, including the Exposure to Creativity and Art Camp programs.

  • Hardy Gallery Plans Exposure to Creativity Program

    The Hardy Gallery and the Friends of Gibraltar (FOG) are preparing for the 2010/2011 Exposure to Creativity (ETC) program. The free program will service all Gibraltar High School students and is scheduled to launch on Monday, Nov. 22.

  • Local Artists Present 10th Annual Folk Art Christmas

    On Friday, Nov. 26 from 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 27 from 10 am – 3 pm, the public is welcome to view the Folk Art Christmas collection of artisan made objects, cards, and candies.

  • Friends of Gibraltar Holiday Art Fair

    On Nov. 26 and 27, the Friends of Gibraltar will host their Holiday Art Fair at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Open 10 am – 5 pm on Friday and 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, the fair will feature a delicious lunch served from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm with proceeds benefiting the Friends of Gibraltar, who in turn provide Gibraltar School’s students with unique learning opportunities.

  • Ellison Bay Celebrates the Holidays and the Arts

    The annual Ellison Bay Arts Holiday Open House will be held Nov. 26 and 27 from 10 am – 5 pm. Clay Bay Pottery will light up the scene with handmade lamps, mugs, bowls, and lady vases.

  • Door County Rubber Stamps Host Scrapbook & Paper Art Escape

    On Nov. 12, 13, and 14, Door County Rubber Stamps will offer a variety of classes as a part of their Scrapbook & Paper Art Escape. All classes, limited to eight students per class, will be held in their new Egg Harbor store, located at 7828 Egg Harbor Road.

  • Maritime Museum Displays Ornament Showcase

    Approximately two-dozen ornaments and pieces of art will be on display as a part of the Holiday Ornament Showcase in the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Barn Quilts Appearing Through the County

    Barn quilt projects have spread to 27 states across America. Seven Wisconsin counties, including most recently Door County, feature the installations that grew from a simple concept to honor quilters and agriculture while highlighting the beauty of rural areas.

  • Ride the Algoma Art Wave

    The Algoma Art Wave will take place the second Friday of each month from 5 – 8 pm. During the event, a variety of Algoma artists and venues will open to the public.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts 2010 Fall Art Studio Crawl

    Sturgeon Bay’s annual Fall Art Studio Crawl will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21 from 10 am – 3 pm. Fourteen artists, members of the Sturgeon Bay Artists Collective, will open up their studios and galleries for visitors to view new works, purchase original art, and enjoy refreshments.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    You may or may not remember the last article I wrote, in which I said that my art teacher John Gordon is my number one artist influence. Next to him, however, would be a man I have never met, Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675).

  • Sevastopol Presents Willy Wonka, Jr.

    On Nov. 12 and 13 at 7 pm, Sevastopol School will present their fall musical, Willy Wonka, Jr. at the Sevastopol Elementary Gym. Tickets will be sold at the door and cost $7 for adults and $5 for students.

  • A Day in the Village

    Here's a little unknown fact about China: The entire country is under one time zone. This makes it really easy to travel around the country and not have to be hassled by changing your watch, but it also

  • Trick-or-Treating In China

    Growing up in a culture where spending comes naturally to us, I have taken many things for granted. It's extremely easy to run off to Target to buy new clothes or run to the supermarket to buy baking

  • Garey Bies, Frank Lasee Win Big

    Republicans held on to seats in the Assembly, Senate, and Door County Sheriff's races Nov. 2.

  • Door Community Auditorium Hires New Executive Director

    Cari Lewis McMahon will assume the role of executive director of the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on December 6, 2010. Lewis McMahon joins DCA following six years working as executive director of The Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center in Klamath Falls, OR.

  • Election Day Arrives, Mercifully

    I'm not naive. I know that in the United States our elections have never been the squeaky clean affairs we like to think they once were. I know that special interests have ruled the roost since the founding

  • Arachnids of Halloween: Learning not to fear

    Are you an arachnophobe – a person afflicted with an abnormal fear of spiders? Many are, and I may have become one myself had it not been for a valuable experience I had in the fall of 1951 as a fifth grade practice teacher in the lab school under Miss Cozette Groves at UW-Oshkosh.

  • Senate Candidates State Their Case

    State Senate candidates Frank Lasee and Monk Elmer make a final plea to voters before Tuesday's election.

  • Assembly Candidates State Their Case

    Assembly candidates Garey Bies and Dick Skare make their final case to voters before next Tuesday's election.

  • On a topic of their choice…

    For the fourth question, we asked candidates to talk about an issue of their choosing or one that wasn’t addressed in our other topic areas.

  • Door County Economic Development Corporation kicks off Buy Local initiative

    A look at Door County news briefs from the last two weeks.

  • Door County Tourism Ambassador class offered Nov. 18

    A look at Door County news on the horizon.

  • Door County Votes 2010

    The 2010 mid-term elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2, Polls will be open from 7 am – 8 pm.

  • Election Rematch in Assembly District 1

    The 1st Assembly District race features familiar foes, in more ways than one. Democrat Dick Skare of Fish Creek challenged incumbent Republican Garey Bies of Sister Bay in 2008, giving the five-term assemblyman the tightest race of his political career.