Volume 17 Issue 32 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Court of Reality: Being A Judge in a Small Town

    When you’re a judge in a small town, you’re never far from the consequences created by the crimes of the people that stand before you awaiting judgment.

  • Board of Review Extended and Holiday Events

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The Town Board has passed the budget for 2012 following the Budget Hearing and Special Town Meeting on Nov.

  • By the Numbers

    $500 billion The amount the federal government pays private contractors annually to provide government services (up from $200 billion in 2000)

  • Village cuts Egg Harbor Business Association funding

    The Village of Egg Harbor cut two thirds of the funding it had been providing for the Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) when it approved its 2012 budget Nov. 14.

  • Black Holes and Chivalrous Crickets

    Although you can’t see the rushing air molecules, you accept the wind’s existence because you can see its effect on leaves, dust, and hair-dos. In an analogous way, astrophysicists accept that black holes exist in galaxies because they can measure their gravitational pull on nearby space matter.

  • Virtuous Pilgrims?

    Last issue I explained the haphazard manner in which Thanksgiving became the holiday we know and celebrate today. While I personally enjoy the celebration, I confess to an abiding dismay about many of the beliefs that Americans cherish when they speak about Thanksgiving.

  • Hyper Local: Sevastopol’s Public Television

    Our founding fathers would approve of Public Educational Government (PEG) television. Laddie Chapman, program director of the public-access station that operates from the Sevastopol Town Hall in Institute, says “We’re hyper local,” and that is what a democracy is all about – an informed public with a strong sense of community.

  • Registration Now Open for The Clearing

    Registration is now open for The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Program classes, which will begin Jan. 4 and end Feb. 28. Classes are published online at

  • Ring in the Holidays with Bette Sternard Program at YMCA

    Baylake Bank Premier Club, Door County YMCA Sturgeon Bay Program Center and Ministry Door County Medical Center is sponsoring a fun and festive program, “Ring in the Holidays with Bette Sternard from Maas Floral & Green House.

  • Vintage Nest Vendors at Viva la Cottage

    Vintage Nest of Door County vendors will be decking the rooms of Viva la Cottage with one-of-a-kind vintage finds, artisan gifts and holiday décor items for a three-day holiday market, beginning Nov. 25.

  • Three Third Avenue Businesses Host Open House

    Third Avenue businesses Door County Candy Company, “Untitled” Used & Rare Books, and Greco Gallery will be hosting a Holiday Open House on Dec. 1 from 5 – 8 pm.

  • Maritime Speaker Program at DCMM

    The Door County Maritime Museum has announced its 2011-2012 Maritime Speaker Series program, which will begin Nov. 29. The museum’s gift shop will be open during the initial program on Nov. 29.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Self-expression is for babies and seals, where it can be charming."

  • Door County Resident Releases “Starting Over”

    Recently published, Starting Over is the first in a series of Andy McLeod mystery novels written by Baileys Harbor resident Bob McCurdy. Novel Ideas of Baileys Harbor will host a book signing from 1:30 – 3:30 pm on Dec. 10.

  • Horror in the Door: Brett Reetz’s “Swimmer”

    “I like fear,” says Brett Reetz, Baileys Harbor resident and author of the recently published novel Swimmer. “Fear is such an integral part of the human experience."

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    Katie sips tea at the counter showcasing new evergreen and Santa-red yarns. Amber sways with a chubby-cheeked, five-month-old baby on her hip, gazing out the knitting shop window.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 343

    Most of us have received the delayed news of the death of a family member or friend, and perhaps have reflected on lost opportunities.

  • Featured Yoga Pose

    This pose is an excellent hip opener and is the prep pose for the more difficult Lotus or Padmasana pose. Begin by lying on the floor on your back on a rug or solid blanket.

  • Green Quote

    “In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."

  • 2012 Farm Fresh Atlas Accepting Applications

    The 2012 Farm Fresh Atlas of Eastern Wisconsin is now accepting applications from farms and businesses that want to advertise their local products and services.

  • How’s Your Focus?

    Years ago I walked into Leroy’s coffee shop and from behind the counter Jill Berger greeted me with “Hi, Jody. How’s your focus?” Astonished, because I’d just been thinking deeply about that very subject, I replied “a little fuzzy."

  • The Daily Practice of Painting

    For their current exhibit, the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek challenged seven artists – purposefully chosen to showcase a variety of styles and painting techniques – to create a painting a day for 30 days.

  • Wisconsin Ledge AVA!

    We are wrapping up this season with an article on Northeastern Wisconsin, where there is a pending petition with the Alcohol Tobacco Trade Bureau (ATTB) to designate a new area in the state as an official American Viticultural Area (AVA).

  • Article posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:49am

    Question: From 1933 on, Peterson Builders, Inc. built a reputation as one of the most versatile shipyards in the world. What materials could the yard build ships with?

  • Congratulations Jackie Larson

    They come in with problems, some happy some sad, the doctor has told them the reason their drab. Jackie greets them with a smile and listens so good. She reassures them their problem is completely understood.

  • Article posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:43am

    Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): You are very accident prone. This includes your frequent emotional nose dives. Band aids won't help.

  • Overheards & Pet Peeves

    “I feel like a lot of his meals are made with sausage.”

  • Article posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:40am

    Dear Mary Pat, I have buyer’s remorse of sorts. I went in for a haircut last week and my stylist wanted to drastically change my look. I went from being a brunette to a blond and she took the length up about six inches.


    Lauren Bremer (left) and Carrie Baldwin Smith (right) compared the size of their bellies – containing future classmates – on September 14, 2011.

  • Door County Realty Donates to HELP

    Connie Erickson donates gifts, accepted on behalf of HELP of Door County by HELP Resource Marketing Coordinator Chad Chervenka. Connie and Bob Erickson of Door County Realty made their annual trip to HELP’s location to deliver over 250 gifts to the center for the children of abused and battered families.

  • Veterans Via Trolley

    The Veterans of Northern Door County, members of Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527, salute A.J. Frank and the Door County Trolley Company for providing free transportation from Sister Bay to Southern Door High School on 11/11/11 for the Veterans Day Ceremony.

  • Kroll Battles Cancer with Positivity

    Julie Kroll walked into Sturgeon Bay’s West Oak Street Pub with her husband Chuck and two adult sons on June 11, 2011 – her 58th birthday. To the casual observer, the evening may have appeared just another quiet, family celebration; however, to Kroll it meant much more.

  • Pride in Their Purpose

    One thing’s for certain, the ladies (and the occasional gentleman) of Feed & Clothe My People (FCMP) are incredibly proud of the organization and the work that they do.

  • Article posted Tuesday, November 22, 2011 9:13am

    “In motion” is another name for Flynn, the male Pointer mix who has been at the shelter since mid-September. Flynn adores walks or playing ball. He is three to four years old, a stray from the Village of Forestville, and ideal for an active individual or family.

  • Two Sturgeon Bay Students Win 4-H Key Award

    • Josie DuBois and Matthew Olson of Sturgeon Bay have been selected as the Door County recipients of the 4-H Key Award for this year. They were presented with their award at the Annual 4-H Recognition Banquet held on Nov.

  • Judges Diltz, Ehlers Announce Re-election Bids

    Door County Circuit Court Judges Todd Ehlers and Peter Diltz have each announced their bids for re-election in the 2012 spring election.

  • Exhibit of Watercolors by Suzanne and Patricia Crow at UUF

    Mother and daughter duo Suzanne and Patricia Crow will exhibit their watercolors at the UU Gallery for the month of December. An opening reception will be held Dec. 2 from 5 – 7 pm.

  • Hardy Gallery Announces Online Holiday Auction

    The Hardy Gallery announced that the items for the 2011 Hardy Holiday Auction are now available for viewing online. The items are available for bidding and purchase through the Hardy’s own eBay® store, which can be located by visiting eBay® directly and searching for the Hardy Gallery or by visiting the Hardy’s website and clicking on the “take me to the auction” link.

  • Fine Line Holiday Open House

    Fine Line Designs Gallery will host their Annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, November 26 from 10 am – 4 pm. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served all day.

  • Ellison Bay Arts Hosts Annual Holiday Open House

    Ellison Bay Arts sparks the season with their Holiday Open House, Nov. 25 and 26 from 10 am – 5 pm. Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay Pottery, Gills Rock Stoneware, Newport House Gallery and Turtle Ridge Gallery invite the public to celebrate the season and shop in the festive atmosphere of beautiful Ellison Bay.

  • Holiday Ornament Showcase at Door County Maritime Museum

    Bidding in conjunction with the Door County Maritime Museum’s Holiday Ornament Showcase began Nov. 19. The popular holiday silent auction fundraising event features one-of-a-kind works of art certain to brighten homes for the holiday season.

  • Door County Art League Honors Artists

    Nov. 12, a crowd of artists and arts supporters gathered at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay for the annual Door County Art League (DCAL) exhibition and reception.

  • Sigmund Snopek III Performs at Holiday Music Motel

    Sigmund Snopek III will perform a special Christmas concert at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay on Dec. 11 beginning at 6 pm. Early last spring, Holiday Music Motel welcomed famed rock-eccentric Snopek to perform in their on-site concert hall/recording studio.

  • Michael Smith to Perform at White Gull Inn

    Singer-songwriter and guitarist Michael Peter Smith will be featured in concert on Dec. 7 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8 pm concert, the second in a series of six, are $16.

  • Sister Bay Hosts Capture the Spirit Event

    Warm up your holiday spirit, tune up your caroling voice, bundle up the kids and join the festivities at Sister Bay’s Capture the Spirit event, November 25 & 26!

  • The Ridges Coordinates Two Bird Counts

    Volunteer bird enthusiasts all over the country are gearing up for the annual Christmas Bird Count, sponsored by the National Audubon Society. The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will coordinate two local bird counts, the Ephraim and Northern Door Counts, which are scheduled for Dec. 17.

  • Egg Harbor Hosts 18th Annual Holly Days

    Egg Harbor will celebrate their 18th annual Holly Days, an old-fashioned Christmas celebration, starting on Nov. 25 with Breakfast with Santa at Carrington Pub & Grill at the Landmark Resort.

  • The Ridges’ Natural Christmas

    The Ridges’ Natural Christmas event will be held Dec. 10 from 3 – 6 pm at the Marshall Cabin, located at 8288 Highway Q in Baileys Harbor. There is no charge for this family-friendly event.

  • Jacksonport Hosts Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Entering its 15th year, the annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place Nov. 24. This fun-loving, eclectic parade, a labor of love put in to motion by local northern Door County residents, will build upon the theme of neighbors helping neighbors this year by supporting three individuals in the community.

  • Ephraim’s Christmas in the Village

    Ephraim will host their annual Christmas in the Village on Dec. 3. From 1 – 4 pm children can visit live reindeer outside the Ephraim Village Hall. Santa and his elves will be on hand to mingle and take photos.

  • Lichens: Alluring but Little-Known Plants

    It wasn’t until I started working at The Ridges 47 years ago that I began to take a liking to lichens. A day didn’t pass that someone hiking with our tour group didn’t ask about these mysterious and little-understood plants.

  • Monday Night Volleyball at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA

    A League W-L 1. Nicolet Beach 6-0 2. YMCA 5-1 3. Door Peninsula Winery 5-1 4. DCMH 4-2 5. Olson Dental 2-4 6. Flying Spag Mon 1-5 7. Kitty O’Reilly’s 1-5 8. Bay Shore Outfitters 0-6 B League W-L Red Bull 6-0 Nightingale 4-2 Van’s 4-2 Family Worship 1 3-3 Family Worship 2 3-3 Red […]

  • High School Sports Schedule

    GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Girls Basketball Nov. 28 vs. Crivitz, 7 pm Dec. 2 vs. Shiocton, 7 pm Dec. 6 vs. N.E.W., 7:30 pm Dec. 9 @ Oconto, 7:30 pm • Boys Basketball Dec.

  • Run for A Cause in the Door County Half Marathon

    When the Door County Half Marathon was launched in 2008 its founders hoped to create an event that was much more than a race. Heading into the fifth annual race in 2012, the Run for A Cause Program is helping extend the event’s reach to the peninsula’s non-profit community.

  • Goju-Ryu Karate Promotions

    Karate promotions were recognized at the Fish Creek YMCA on Nov. 4.

  • Door County’s TAP Presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

    Third Avenue Playhouse will present the For Kids By Kids production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, written by Barbara Robinson. Directed by Amy Ensign, the play will be performed Dec. 8, 9, and 10.

  • Peninsula Music Festival Heard on WPR

    The Peninsula Music Festival was heard on Wisconsin Public Radio Nov. 20 as part of “Music From Wisconsin” with Anders Yocum. Music Director and Conductor Victor Yampolsky conducted the concert on Aug. 17, 2010.

  • Door Community Auditorium Presents “All is Calm”

    Nov. 26, The Door Community Auditorium will feature All Is Calm, the true story of the way a young soldier’s courage led to an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, and peace.

  • Home for the Holidays with American Folklore Theatre

    This winter, reunite with Katie Dahl, Karen Mal, and James Valcq, a trio of American Folklore Theatre (AFT) favorites who will present an evening of songs and stories.

  • “The Elf Who Knew Too Much” Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

    The Elf Who Knew Too Much will lead participants along on a light-hearted, “whodunit” journey to uncover the murderer amongst them at the Landmark Resort on Nov. 26 at 6:30 pm.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Skate Park Takes Flight

    An initiative to fund a premier skate park in Sturgeon Bay is progressing quickly. The Door County Skate project, a 10-year-old non-profit that was raising funds for a community ice rink, ceased fundraising in 2011 and donated $51,000 from its account to the skate park project.

  • High-speed Internet Access Expands in Northern Door

    When Frontier Wireless announced the completion of phase one of its DSL Internet rollout Nov. 3, Sam Perlman, economic development director at the Door County Economic Development Corporation said it signaled a step forward for business prospects on the peninsula.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    A look at the news of the last week in Door County.

  • Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant Changes Winter Hours

    • Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik in Sister Bay has changed its winter hours for the first time in many years. Beginning Nov. 27, both the restaurant and Butik hours will be 7 am – 3 pm, with the exception of Dec. 26 - 31 when they will be open from 7 am - 8 pm.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced plans to build two roundabouts on Highway 42/57 in Sturgeon Bay in 2015. 

  • Thanksgiving and American Exceptionalism

    President & CEO, Door County Community Foundation Nearly 400 years ago, over 100 passengers boarded the ship Mayflower and set sail for the “New World.

  • Tour Door County Holiday Homes

    Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25 and 26, the Northern Door Children’s Center offers a chance for visitors and residents alike to take a walk throughout various Door County homes decked out in holiday décor.

  • Husby’s Big Buck Contest

    Husby’s Food and Spirits in Sister Bay is celebrating the gun deer season with a Big Buck Contest.

  • Liberty Grove assessment review drags on

    The Town of Liberty Grove continued sifting through assessment appeals Wednesday as the Board of Review stretched into its sixth day. “It’s tedious,” said Town Chairman John Lowry during a lunch break Monday.

  • Curl Up and Enjoy

    As many of our friends and family begin to make the mass exodus from Door County to find warmer weather, I curl up even more in my apartment and listen to the season change from fall to winter. This is

  • Fall Fest Discussion Today

    Sister Bay will hold its annual Fall Fest debate today at a Parks Committee meeting at 3pm. Representatives from the Sheriff's Department, Door County Emergency Services, Sister Bay Fire Department and

  • Door County Cyclist Profile: Bob Dickson

    Bob Dickson stays busy as a member of the Egg Harbor Village Board, president of the Door County Silent Sports Alliance and owner of The Shallows Resort. So, as "the season" slows down a bit, he relishes the opportunity to get away from it all and hop on his bike more often.