Volume 17 Issue 26 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Talking Transportation at Door County School Districts

    It’s big. It’s yellow, and many people say they learned just as much on it as they did in school. “It” in this scenario is the school bus, with the (hopefully) friendly driver, imitation leather seats and “camera” used to fool children into behaving.

  • AFT Honors Fred Alley Legacy with “Spitfire Grill” Run

    American Folklore Theatre is marking the 10th anniversary of the off-Broadway debut of The Spitfire Grill, Fred Alley’s award-winning play, with a two-week run at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Fred Alley: Unforgettable, Incomparable

    Remembering the late Fred Alley as American Folklore Theatre prepares for a new performance of his classic, "The Spitfire Grill."

  • New Sculpture Carved at Egg Harbor’s Peg Egan PAC

    Jeff Olson sculpted his vision of “The Performers” from an imposing limestone boulder at Egg Harbor’s Peg Egan Performing Arts Center on Church Street.

  • Door County Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale

    New Amish quilts are arriving for the Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale taking place October 6 – 9 from 9 am – 5 pm at Mr. G’s Banquet Hall near Jacksonport.

  • Flying Pig’s Fall Hours

    This fall, The Flying Pig in Algoma will be open 10 am – 5 pm daily through October. In November, the gallery will switch to weekends only. Currently on display is Tim Nyberg's "birds" (avian in acrylic), showing in the Back Gallery through October.

  • Elkhom to Create Egg Harbor Mural

    Judi Ekholm will create a colorful mural that extends seven-feet by five-feet on the exterior of the Paul Bertschinger Community Center in Egg Harbor.

  • Door County Art Leauge Celebrates Taste of the Top

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League invites the public to enjoy the work of 35 artists during the Taste of the Top festivities at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek on September 24.

  • Gehm Demonstrates Delicate Art Door County Art League’s Monthly Meeting

    Mary Gehm will demonstrate how she creates artistic arrangements from petals, twigs and leaves for her unique note cards and collage art at the Door County Art League’s September 26 meeting.

  • Edgewood’s Exhibit V: Good for Gift Giving

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will celebrate the opening of Exhibit V, the final show of the gallery’s 2011 season, with a reception and book signing from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday, September 24.

  • Settlement Shops Hosts Art Fair

    The Fall Art Fair at the Settlement Shops will take place September 24 from 10 am – 5 pm. Local and regional artists will exhibit their work in a relaxing setting that promises a fun, personal shopping experience.

  • Door County Artist In International Exhibit

    Two works of art by Baileys Harbor artist Jan Comstock were selected as finalists in the “Richeson 75 International – Figure & Portrait 2011” exhibit.

  • Hidden Galleries Art Tour

    Art galleries are fixtures on the landscape in Northern Door, but not all of them are visible from well-traveled roads. Some of the most interesting are far off the beaten track.

  • T Cells, Teddy Bears, Migraines and Monarchs

    When thousands of people in a number of countries rated their overall satisfaction with life, those living in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, and Sweden reported the greatest satisfaction.

  • By the Numbers

    $2.4 trillion Reduction in tax revenues from the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts over 10 years

  • Recommendations on Parking Lots and Speed Signs

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The Highway Committee has sent several recommendations to the Town Board for its consideration.

  • Median, Not Average, Ages Across the County

    I need to begin this issue’s column with the acknowledgement of an error I made a few weeks ago. In my column that discussed the reported median age of my hometown, Sister Bay, I inadvertently used the terms “median” and “average” as though they were interchangeable.

  • Sturgeon Bay High School enrollment drops under 400

    Sturgeon Bay High School enrollment was 552 in 2002.

  • Baileys Harbor offers paper-shredding

    A look at the news to come in Door County.

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    Brittany smears lip gloss over her pursed lips. She thinks of Mrs. Goldstein’s white pants and the delicate way she poured pinot noir in a clear crystal wine glass while Brittany reported on the children’s good behavior.

  • Golf Tip: Routine Preparation

    Before you begin a pre shot routine, you must assess the situation. This is a vital part of course management and the mental side of the game.

  • Fantastic Four

    In a rare golf feat, four ladies birdied hole number 8 at Peninsula Park. The foursome was Cathie Gelhaar, Mynn Lanphier, Marilyn Backer and Liz Meisegeier.

  • Door County Golf Results

    Final Alpine Women’s League Results • Event (low score for one par 3, one par 4, and one par 5): A Flight – Mary Aiken 13; B Flight – Georgianne Farley

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Mike Standish

    Hole-in-ones: I’ve thought that if a Chimpanzee had a golf club (with no idea where the hole was) and as many swings as I’ve had, something would have gone in the hole. Not so for me. Closest was in a dense fog at Maxwelton Braes on hole #5 where we could not even see the green. After our tee shots, I found my ball behind the pin, hanging on the lip…but it would not drop.

  • Upcoming Door County Golf Events

    • Saturday, September 24: 4th Annual Aloha Golf Scramble at IdleWild. Golf starts at 11:30 am. Cost is $50 per player and includes golf, cart, prizes and food.

  • Fourth Annual Door County Cup

    Over the weekend of Sept. 17 & 18, the Fourth Annual Door County Cup was contested at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course and Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. The Door County Cup pits golfers from both Horseshoe Bay and Maxwelton Braes.

  • Directors Cup Contested at Horseshoe Bay

    Matt Behm from Janesville Riverside Golf Club shot a two-day total of 145 (72, 73) to win the Wisconsin State Golf Association Directors Cup presented by Ashworth at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

  • Cherryland Open Results

    Former University of Wisconsin – Green Bay golfer Austin Ehlenfeldt won the Professional Division at the 55th Annual Cherryland Open held at Alpine Golf Course.

  • Door County Drought Could Hurt Crops in 2012

    In addition to creating fertile fire conditions, this summer’s drought has hurt corn and soybean crops and could dampen expectations for next year’s Door County fruit crops.

  • Morning Prayer

    watering nasturtiums / I find a long / spider’s tether line / strung stalk to stalk

  • September

    the children / have made / a zucchini offering / in the shade

  • A History of Wisconsin Gardens

    As Wisconsin's population moved from farmsteads into villages, towns, and cities, the state saw a growing interest in gardening as a leisure activity and source of civic pride.

  • “Wisconsin People & Ideas” and the Wisconsin Book Festival Host Writing Contests

    Wisconsin People & Ideas regularly publishes some of the best poetry and fiction from around the state, and now it's the public’s chance to become a part of Wisconsin's new literary canon.

  • Door County Poet Laureate Presents “The Poet’s Bag of Tricks”

    Barbara Larsen, recently appointed Door County Poet Laureate by the County Board, is charged with serving as Door County’s “literary ambassador.” Her initial appearance in this role will take place on September 28 from 1 to 2:30 pm at the Red Cup Café on Washington Island.

  • Door County’s Local Librarian: Holly Cole

    There is no better place to find literature of all kind than your local library, and no one better to help you find what you’re looking for than the librarians.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 334

    Those of us who have gone back home to attend a reunion of classmates may have felt the strangeness of being a vaguely familiar person among others who, too, seem vaguely familiar.

  • Stretch of the Week: Legs up the Wall

    Often I hear “I can’t even bend over and touch my toes!” My usual reply is, “Yes you can – just bend your knees.” When we bend our knees, we release the very strong muscles in the back of the upper legs – the hamstrings – and allow ourselves to hinge at the hips.

  • Ellison Bay Solar Project Featured in State Solar Tour

    The Cottage Glen Homeowner’s Association (CGHOA) in Ellison Bay recently installed a 14.1 kW solar system on their recreation center and will be participating in the Midwest Renewable Energy Association 2011 Solar Tour on October 1 from 10 am – 4 pm.

  • World Car-Free Day

    On September 22, millions of people around the globe came together for the annual World Car-Free Day to highlight alternatives to vehicle travel. Given the sprawling layout of communities and the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's difficult for many to live car-free, but even small swaps can reap big benefits for health and the health of the environment.

  • Don’t Judge a Fish By Its Looks

    We’re not known for our fabulous seafood here in the landlocked Midwest, but Wisconsin’s access to Lake Michigan yields some delicious fresh water fish for our fries and boils.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:22pm

    Question: In 1855, Washington Island fisherman and boat builder Amos Lovejoy gave Gills Rock a name after the animals that chewed holes in the hull of his sloop forcing him to abandon it as it took on water. What is the animal and what was the nickname?

  • Congratulations to Hugh Daubner!

    If your day seems gloomy and begins to sour why not visit Hugh at Valmy’s Happy Hour. He makes you feel at home while on the scene. He loves the young and old and in between.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:20pm

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): Although winter may feel like a long time away, you should feel extremely guilty that you don’t have your holiday shopping done yet.

  • Overheards and Obsessions

    “The last time we were here we shopped and sampled for so long that mom was farting!”

  • The Loire Valley-Muscadet

    This week we continue our focus on French wine regions and head to the Loire Valley. The valley is formed by the 629-mile long Loire River, the longest river in France and the last “wild river” in Europe.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 3:15pm

    Dear Mary Pat, A friend of mine from high school was killed in a freak accident last week involving a semi truck. He wasn't someone I was ever very close with, but that didn't make it any less sad.


    Scott Graybill, bartender at the Coyote Roadhouse of Baileys Harbor, prepares for the upcoming Packers/Bears game. His “two-billed” hat is a one-of-a-kind and whichever team is leading during the game gets “top billing."

  • Horsetails and Scouring Rushes – Living Fossils

    The farthest thing from my mind was a “living fossil” when a friend called me with a strange request many years ago. Robert Marcellus, principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra at the time and also a member of the Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, called me seeking the whereabouts of some rather thick, robust Scouring Rushes.

  • Door County’s Savory Spoon Hosts Cheesemaker Nights

    Cheese lovers are invited to gather for a special week of spectacular cheese tastings at the Savory Spoon in Ellison Bay. Two of Wisconsin finest artisan cheesemakers will present at the school.

  • Bjorkluden Hosts Trojan War Seminar

    From October 16 to 21, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering the seminar “The Trojan War” with Daniel J. Taylor. This seminar will take place at Bjِrklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor.

  • Door County Museum Features “Norwegian Heritage Day”

    On September 24 the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay will host “Norwegian Heritage Day” from 10 am – 3 pm. Members of the Sons of Norway, dressed in their bunads, will be on hand to share many Norwegian customs.

  • Sweet and Dry

    Sally likes sweet. Nik likes dry. Peter Sorbitz points to recommendations on a handout listing Simon Creek’s various wine selections. The Untouchable Red, their most popular wine, is a medium dry ruby cabernet – an in-between.

  • Door County Invasive Species Team Hosts Monthly Meeting

    Non-native earthworms, and the threats they pose to our native ecosystems, will be the topic of the monthly meeting of the Door County Invasive Species Team on September 26.

  • Orchard Country Hosts Annual Fall Harvest Fest

    Lautenbach’s Orchard Country Winery & Market will host its 7th Annual Fall Harvest Fest on September 24 from 10 am – 5 pm. Attendees will enjoy complimentary tastings of Orchard Country wines, local micro brews and farm market foods.

  • Door County’s Crossroads at Big Creek Hosts Various Programs

    Crossroads at Big Creek will continue offering programming and educational opportunities throughout September. On September 25 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, a “Lumberjack Program” will take place at the Historical Village.

  • Fish Creek’s Hosts Annual Inside/Outside Sale

    An array of autumn activities is set for Fish Creek’s Annual Inside/ Outside Sale, September 23 – 25. This is the one weekend Fish Creek retailers bring sale merchandise outside of their businesses to offer shoppers end-of-the-season savings, inside and out.

  • Planting Bulbs Program

    Those curious on which bulbs to plant for their spring garden and when to plant them are encouraged to attend “Bulbs for Spring Gardens.” The program will be held on October 4 from 4 – 5 pm in the Peninsula Room at the Door County Government Center in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Off the Beaten Trail

    Fall’s upon us, and everybody knows that means great hikes and afternoon meditations amidst colorful leaves and crisp wind. The Ridges Sanctuary owns 170 acres on Loritz Road that has largely remained under the radar.

  • Nashville Comes to Kewaunee

    Nashville songwriters Travis Cooper and Daniel Anderson will perform on September 24 at 8 pm at The Cork in Kewaunee. The pair is touring in support of Cooper’s new album Drifters & Dreamers, which was released in August.

  • Upcoming Door County Sports Schedule

    HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • FootballSept. 23 vs. St. Mary’s Central, 7 pmSept. 30 @ Sevastopol, 7 pm • Gibraltar/Sevastopol SoccerSept. 26 @ Southern Door, 4:30 pm • VolleyballSept. 29 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7 pm • Cross CountrySept. 29 @ Reedsville, 4 pmSEVASTOPOL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • FootballSept. 23 @ Hilbert, 7 […]

  • Door County YMCA Hosts Pickleball Tournament

    The 1st Annual Door County YMCA Open Pickleball tournament was held September 10 and 11 at the Northern Door Program Center with 12 teams made up of participants from all over the state.

  • Run Wild at Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay

    The 23rd annual Run Wild three-mile and 10K events will be held October 1 at 10 am at beautiful Potawatomi State Park in Sturgeon Bay. The Smokey Bear Run for youth ages two to 10 years old will take place at 11:15 am.

  • “See Me! Hear Me!” Performances Bring to Light Human Trafficking

    Actress and activist Kathleen Thompson was deeply affected by a human trafficking experience in Poland more than a decade ago and will bring to light this tragic topic on October 1 at 7 pm during a performance entitled See Me! Hear Me! at Stella Maris Catholic Parish, located on Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor.

  • Peninsula Players Presents Free Seminar Series

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s popular series of free public seminars will continue through the fall each Saturday with provocative topics and lively sessions.

  • Peninsula Players Changes Curtain Time

    Peninsula Players Theatre is changing its curtain times. “Many of our patrons come to the theatre early to enjoy the gardens and to watch the sun setting over the bay,” said Players Business Manager Audra Baakari-Boyle.

  • Door County String Academy Offers Instruction

    On October 3 the Door County String Academy will begin another year of providing string instruction to the youth of Door County. There are still a few spaces open for interested students ages seven to 18.

  • Southern Door Auditorium Features “A Blast from the Past”

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium will present “A Blast from the Past,” featuring the best of Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Blues Brothers and the girl singers of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

  • Jazz for Peace Benefits Door County Renaissance

    Legendary Jazz Artist Rick DellaRatta will be in Sturgeon Bay to donate his time and talents to raise funds for Door County Renaissance Development Group.

  • Audience Members of Peninsula Music Festival “Help Program the Season”

    One of the most popular fundraising events of the Peninsula Music Festival is “Help Program the Season.” For the second year in a row, Conductor Victor Yampolsky has given the festival audience a chance to pick the overture that will open the season.

  • Storytellers Bring Eagle Bluff Lighthouse to Life

    As night descends over the Door Peninsula, the lamp is lit at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. The lighthouse will host evening tours September 23 and 24 and October 14 and 15 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

  • Taste of the Garden Door a Sucess

    • Close to 500 members of the community and area visitors attended this year’s Taste of the Garden Door. A variety of fruits and vegetables were donated, prepared, grilled and/or sautéed in The Garden Door by volunteers from UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, Wood Orchard, Steep Creek Farms, UW Extension, DCMGA, and Curt Campbell from the Oilerie.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 21, 2011 9:57am

    A brother and sister kitten duo arrived at the shelter from Liberty Grove in early September. Just three months old, they are filled with that kitten curiosity that is so fun to watch.

  • Uniquely Elegant: Nathan Nichols & Company

    Well dressed and sporting hip, new glasses, Nathan Nichols mannerisms and appearance match that of his store: refined, warm and welcoming with a touch of luxury.

  • Door County Shuttle & Taxi Adds New Mini-Bus to Fleet

    • Door County Shuttle & Taxi has acquired a new mini-bus. The larger capacity (25 passengers) bus and more comfortable amenities are ideal for Packer games, bachelor/bachelorette parties, or private tours for an organization where a larger coach may be prohibitive.

  • Why the mobile tech lab is a great investment for Door County

    For the last three decades American high school education has been judged almost solely on college prep, from the Presidential level on down to the kitchen table. Yet still less than 35 percent of Americans

  • Ellison Bay Fire “could have been far worse”

    Officials have not determined what caused Friday's grass fire in Ellison Bay.

  • Fire Burns More than 80 Acres in Ellison Bay

    A brush fire scarred 80 – 100 acres near Timberline Road and Isle View Road in Ellison Bay Friday afternoon. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht said at least three property owners were affected by the fire that was reported at 3:15 pm.

  • Scorpions, Fingerprint Genes and a Nicotine Vaccine

    The Food and Drug Administration just approved a new drug, “Anascorp,” that counteracts the venom of scorpions. Scorpion bites are not much of a problem in Wisconsin, but scorpions sting about 8,000 people in Arizona and close to 250,000 in Mexico each year.

  • By the Numbers

    25 Number of America’s 100 highest-paid CEOs who took home salaries greater than the amount their companies paid in federal income taxes in 2010

  • Seaquist Conditional Use Permit Unanimously Approved

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

  • Census Reveals 19.4 Percent Decrease in Door County Families

    When the preliminary data from the 2010 Census was published on the Internet one of the items that caught many eyes was the number of housing units reported in Door County.

  • Southern Door Superintendent to Retire in December

    Southern Door Superintendent Joe Innis says retiring in mid-year will give replacement better chance to start 2012 off right.

  • Door County Cuts Staff Hours to Make Budget

    Ninety-eight of the County of Door’s nearly 350 employees will work reduced hours under the 2012 Door County budget proposal presented by County Administrator Mike Serpe Sept. 12.

  • Mobile Tech Lab Comes to Door County Schools

    A new mobile computer numeric control training lab will bring high-tech training to Door County schools.

  • Patients Bill of Rights legislation introduced

    A brief look at the news to come in Door County.

  • Job fair Sept. 21

    A brief look at the news coming up in Door County.