Volume 17 Issue 01 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Retirements, Budget Cuts Pile On at State Parks

    Door County's state parks are grappling with budget cuts and a barrage of retirements at top positions just as they embark on an update of their master plans.

  • Sister Bay Talks Fall Fest

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) hosted a meeting to solicit comments and ideas for improving its annual Fall Festival January 13. SBAA Coordinator Paige Funkhouser said there were a lot of good ideas brought forward.

  • Egg Harbor earns grant funds, award

    • The Village of Egg Harbor has been awarded Great Lakes restoration initiative funds to improve its handling of runoff at the village beach and boat trailer parking lot.

  • Door County judges to take part in forum Jan. 27

    A look at the news coming up in Door County.

  • Door County Maritime Museum Offers Boat Building Class

    Door County Maritime Museum’s annual boat building class gets underway Jan. 29. One opening remains for this basic-intermediate level class. Class enrollment is limited to five students to enhance the learning experience and ensure each student gets maximum hands-on experience in all facets of the construction process.

  • Dr. Robert Kramer Presents “Islam and the West” at DCA Lecture Series

    The second lecture in the St. Norbert College Distinguished Lecture Series at the Door Community Auditorium will take place on Saturday, Jan. 29. Dr. Robert Kramer, Associate Professor of History at St. Norbert College, will present his lecture entitled “Islam and the West: Anatomy of Fear and Mistrust.”

  • Registration Still Open for Door County’s The Clearing

    Interested students can still register for The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Program classes. Many new classes will begin throughout February. Over 120 day-classes are offered this year in the arts, fine crafts, natural sciences and humanities.

  • Savory Spoon Plans Trip for Italy

    The Savory Spoon Cooking School is getting ready for its 4th annual culinary tour in Italy. This year Janice Thomas and participators will visit Sicily, the island known for its great culinary treasures.

  • DCA Screens “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be showing as the second film in the Souper Movies Series on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7 pm at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Knights of Columbus Hall Hosts Barn Dance

    A barn dance will take place on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sturgeon Bay. Live music will be provided by the Sugar on the Floor Barn Dance Orchestra.

  • The Family Business: The Caspersons

    For 90 years, the Casperson name has been synonymous with the funeral home that carries it. Today, as Clyde Casperson nears his 90th birthday, serving the community in times of sorrow remains the family business.

  • Door County Habitat for Humanity Celebrates 18 Years

    • Door County Habitat for Humanity will be celebrating its 18th birthday on Jan. 26. During its nearly two decades of existence, the organization has built 31 homes throughout Door County and also supported the construction of over 70 homes in other parts of the world.

  • Parrot Heads Make Donations

    The Door County Chapter of Parrot Heads presents a check for $250 to Winnie Jackson and Mabel Peterson of Koinonia Cupboard for money earned at the club’s "Cheeseburgers in Paradise" fundraisers.

  • Snowmobile Safety Course Graduates

    The recent graduates of the DNR Snowmobile Safety Course pose in their classroom at the Sister Bay Fire Station. The instructor for the course was Jim Robinson.

  • Habitat for Humanity Closes on 31st Door County Home

    Door Habitat is excited to announce the closing of their 31st home! Their newest partner family, Sam and Dana Vandertie (pictured center) and their two children, will move in soon.

  • Volunteer Voices

    When I think about the life of a doctor, the last thing I think of is having enough free time to do much of anything – much less volunteering! Yet that is exactly the life of Dr. Scott Hathaway, a volunteer doctor at the Community Clinic of Door County (CCDC).

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    It was another record year for the Door County Humane Society: animal intakes increased by 16.5 percent. Also, the number of animals in the shelter’s care increased from 669 in 2009 to 779 last year.

  • Door County REALTOR of the Year

    Cindy Koutnik (center) of Action Realty was named “2010 REALTOR® of the Year” at the Door County Board of REALTORS® Annual Meeting on January 12. Bob Starr (left), 2010 president of DCBR, and William Malkasian (right), president of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association, were there to honor Koutnik.

  • Why Is It…?

    Why is it that we are expected to believe the “fireworks” explanation for the massive bird and fish deaths that have been occurring worldwide since New Year’s Eve?

  • Local Captains Attend Great Lakes Conference

    (Left to right) Capt. Lewis D. Clarke of Shoreline Scenic Cruises, Capt. Jim Robinson of Shoreline Scenic Cruises, and Capt. Fred Hankwitz from Washington Island recently attended the Great Lakes Captains Conference in Traverse City, Michigan.

  • Door County Medical Center Therapist Earns Designation

    • Ann Rankin, Occupational Therapist with Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC), has earned the distinguished Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) designation.

  • The Plot Thickens and Tips, Taps or Teps?

    With all the hype surrounding this NFC Championship Game, it seems appropriate to turn to a subject much less serious than my previous column. Thus, I present some of my research and musings on words and phrases.

  • Snippets From Science

    Mitochondria are sausage-shaped sacs within our cells. In each cell there are a dozen or more of these tiny structures, and their function is to convert food molecules into the fuel that provides energy to sustain everything from muscle contraction to brain activity.

  • By the Numbers

    26.2 Percent of new private sector job growth that has come in the form of temporary jobs $1 billion Cost to date of the “virtual fence” the Homeland Security Department erected along the Mexico border, a project cancelled this month because it proved ineffective 53 Miles that the fence covered 20,500 Border patrol agents deployed on the Mexico-United States border, up from 10,000 in 2004 463,000 Illegal crossers detained in 2009 724,000 Illegal border crossers detained in 2008 800 People being laid off by Massachusetts based Evergreen Solar, which is moving its operations to China, citing higher government support 66 Percent drop in world prices for solar panels since 2007 7.

  • 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.

  • “Feed the Fish” Comes to DVD

    Feed the Fish, the movie filmed primarily in Door County in the winter of 2009, will be available on DVD beginning Jan. 25. The film has been honored at independent film festivals around the Midwest and enjoyed limited runs at theatres throughout the country.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:34pm

    Question: The "Birdcage Light" in Baileys Harbor is one of only how many like it in the United States?

  • Congratulations to Ashley Baur!

    You move through the door, spy the crowd, and check out seating. This server makes eye contact and offers a warm, friendly greeting. Some nights there’s no waiting while on others there’s not a seat.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:19pm

    Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Galaxies close to your own orbit will guide your steps. Stop your rumba lessons and join the disco revival, which will open new doors.


    “Shout Out to the Green Bay Packers, especially Aaron Rodgers for an awesome game against the Falcons! Go Pack, Go!” ~ Justin Ellingstead


    (Left to right) Kayla Guillory, Sarah Newkirk, “James Jones,” and Cam Fuller celebrate the Green Bay Packers’ playoff victory over the Atlanta Falcons at the Sister Bay Bowl.

  • Nutrient Management Workshop Offered

    The Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department and UW-Extension will be hosting a workshop to teach farmers/landowners how to prepare their own nutrient management plans.

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Hosts Forum in Radon Mitigation

    The Door County League of Women Voters, Sustain Door, and the Door County Environmental Council are all sponsors of a presentation about the dangers of radon to take place Wednesday, Feb.16 from 7 – 9 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Green Quote

    “Having people really understand our energy reality, rather than energy as we would like it to be, is incredibly important, particularly at this juncture in terms of our economy.

  • Door Landscape Awarded by DC Chapter of Wild Ones

    Last year, the Door County Chapter of Wild Ones presented their annual award to Door Landscape for excellence in landscaping, which supports the Wild Ones’ mission to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

  • Green Facts

    62: Miles per gallon the Obama administration is considering mandating for vehicles by 2025

  • The White Gull Inn of Door County Features John McCutcheon

    Grammy nominated artist John McCutcheon will be featured in concert Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8 pm concert, the fourth in a series of seven, are $20.

  • Young Fiddlers of Door County Host Jam Sessions

    The Young Fiddlers of Door County will be holding monthly jam sessions in Sturgeon Bay. Students will be part of a folk band with opportunities to play in the community.

  • Door Community Auditorium Presents Mojo Perry

    One of the Midwest’s great guitar players, Mojo Perry will provide an evening of acoustic music as the second concert in the 2011 Fireside Coffeehouse Concert Series at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Tony Brown – A Voice of Hope, Happiness and Peace

    The combination of the laid-back, low-stress lifestyle and the proximity to the water is what originally brought Tony Brown to Door County. “What brings me back,” he said, are “the people I know and love who live there.

  • Mushrooms in the Winter Woods

    Winter outdoor classes I’ve taught here in bygone years, including the study of big trees, state natural areas, forest types of northern Door County, and winter botany, all included a topic most people don’t associate with the cold snowy season – mushrooms.

  • Add Life-size Fun and a Fruity Run to Your Winter Games Weekend

    As the 24th Annual Fish Creek Winter Games returns to Clark Park the first Saturday of February, the call goes out for teams and runners willing to express their inner fun.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Monday Night Volleyball Standings

    YMCA leauge standings as of January 17, 2011

  • High School Sports Schedule

    Upcoming Sevastopol and Gibraltar sporting events.

  • 500 Already Registered For Door County Half Marathon

    With less than four months to go before the 4th annual Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k, the run has already surpassed 500 registrations, far ahead of last year’s pace.

  • The Hair on My Chinny, Chin, Chin

    The hair on top of my head wasn’t the only thing that changed after having babies. For some strange reason, it seemed that I had begun sprouting enough hair on my chin to compensate for what I had lost above.

  • Dreams Do Come True

    As a little girl, I always remember tossing and turning in bed with excitement on the eve of my birthday. I was always wondering what type of cake I would have or what type of presents were underneath

  • Building the Perfect Snowman

    While some people might say you need a corncob pipe, button nose and two eyes made out of coal, the perfect snowman is truly whatever your imagination builds – or what supplies you happen to have around the house.

  • Whitefish Dunes Welcomes Public for a Day of Events Jan. 29

    On Saturday, Jan. 29, Whitefish Dunes State Park will host three events, a Book and Bake Sale, a Candlelight Ski, and Winter Star Gazing. From 10 am – 8 pm, the Book and Bake Sale will take place at the Nature Center, sponsored by the Friends of Whitefish Dunes.

  • Door County’s Peninsula State Park Hosts Candlelight Ski

    Peninsula State Park's Candlelight Ski will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 – 8 pm. Attendees may ski or hike an easy, one-mile woodland trail aglow with hundreds of luminaries.

  • Upcoming Events at Sturgeon Bay’s Crossroads at Big Creek

    Crossroads at Big Creek will continue offering programming and educational opportunities throughout January. On Friday, Jan. 21 the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will present a planetarium show at 3:30 pm.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 302

    In Iowa in the 1950’s, when we at last heard about pizza, my mother decided to make one for us. She rolled out bread dough, put catsup on it, and baked it.

  • Event Schedule for Door County Reads

    Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451 is the chosen book for “Door County Reads 2011.” Courtesy of the Friends of Door County Libraries, free copies of the book are currently available at all Door County libraries.

  • A Review: “You Know When the Men Are Gone”

    Changing the channel and forgetting the war in the Mideast has been easy for many of us because a volunteer army has limited its personal impact on society. Slap a “Support Our Troops” magnet on the rear of our SUV, and we feel we’ve done our part for the war effort.

  • SOUP! Benefit at Door County’s PSA Serves Up Bountiful Buffet

    The Peninsula School of Art (PSA) in Fish Creek will celebrate the culmination of its three-month SOUP! Project on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 11 am – 3 pm.

  • Door County’s PSA’s Salon Party Closes Exhibit

    The Peninsula School of Art will host their 9th annual Guenzel Gallery Salon party on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 6 – 9 pm. The party will be the culmination of the two-week Gallery Salon exhibit that features the work of artists from throughout Wisconsin.

  • Miller Art Museum Presents “Schomer Lichtner and Ruth Grotenrath: A Reverie of Painting”

    On Saturday, Jan. 22 the Miller Art Museum will open an exhibition featuring 50 pieces by Milwaukee artists Schomer Lichtner and his wife Ruth Grotenrath.

  • “Garments of Our Foundation” at Fish Creek’s Link Gallery

    Award-winning theatrical and opera costume designer Kنrin Kopischke will share her knowledge and experience with Gibraltar Middle and High School students and present historic renderings of Door County women in “Garments of Our Foundation” at the Link Gallery through Feb. 18.

  • The Story Behind the Winter Fest Ice Sculptures

    Friday morning, as Fish Creek prepares for its annual Winter Festival weekend, a dozen Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) culinary art students will create chilly, life-size art to complement the winter celebration.

  • Door County’s Holiday Music Motel Holds Postcard Contest

    The Holiday Music Motel in downtown Sturgeon Bay has issued a challenge: design a postcard by Feb. 28, and they just might print it to be sent around the world by guests of the motel.

  • Havegard Birdfeed Outlet Announces Photo Contest Winner

    Havegard Birdfeed Outlet in Sturgeon Bay is proud to announce the winner of the 2010 Amateur Photo Contest. This year’s winner of a Vista Squirrel Proof Birdfeeder was Donald Zdenahlik of Egg Harbor.

  • Door County 4-H Hosts Photography Workshop

    The Door County 4-H program is holding a Photography Workshop on Saturday, January 29 at Crossroads at Big Creek. Open to the public, the session from 9 am - 5 pm will be led by professional photographer, 4-H leader, and fair judge LisaAnn Krutzik.

  • April Candidate List

    The complete list of candidates who submitted papers for the April elections in Door County is now available at by typing “April Candidates” in the search box.

  • Sturgeon Bay Native Recalls Arizona Shooting Scene

    For Sturgeon Bay native Anne Davies, the neighborhood shopping center where she went to run errands Jan. 8 provided a reminder of her hometown. “I knew everyone up there,” Davies said. “It’s the kind

  • Fall Fest Meeting Yields New Ideas

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association hosted a meeting to solicit comments and ideas for improving its annual Fall Festival last Thursday night. SBAA Coordinator Paige Funkhouser said there were a lot

  • State Parks Face Challenges as 3 High-ranking Employees Retire

    As 2010 drew to a close, the long careers of three high-ranking state park employees did as well. Rick Ostrowski, park manager at Whitefish Dunes State Park, Gene Tiser, interim superintendent at Peninsula

  • A Reflection on Cambodia’s Past

    Note: While I was visiting Cambodia, I made sure to visit the historical and national museums on my first day. I felt it was extremely important to understand the Cambodian history and the major causes

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report: January 14, 2011

    While many of Door County's ski areas lack sufficient snow, a few areas are skiable.

  • Ephraim Looks to Acquire Land for Parking

    The Village of Ephraim hopes to add nearly 100 parking spots downtown by acquiring land on German Road. “Parking has been a continuing issue since I’ve been on the board,” said Trustee Steve Sauter, who was elected last April.

  • Dear Moon

    I saw you only twice last month – once full / on a Beijing morning when the smog let up / and once in your crescent form on the Yangtze / after a rare sunny day with clear skies.

  • Cambodian Delights

    Dearest Readers, I apologize for my delayed writings. Immediately after our Christmas celebrations, I jumped on a flight to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to take in the history, the sights, and of course the

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report for January 7, 2011

    Unseasonably mild temperatures last week eroded ski conditions across all of Door County, but there is at least still one place left to ski! Our ski trail groomers report the following conditions: Potawatomi State Park Conditions: Closed.