Volume 17 Issue 35 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Island Incubator Withers

    It’s not often that a developer takes hundreds of thousands of dollars across Death’s Door with a proposal to invest it in a multi-faceted business development in the middle of Washington Island.

  • County merges two departments

    • Two Door County Government departments have been merged. The Sanitarians Department has been merged into the Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD) as of Jan.

  • Ephraim to review conditional use ordinance

    • The Village of Ephraim will review proposed changes to its ordinance covering conditional use permitting at a public hearing Jan. 9 at 7 pm at the Village Administration Office.

  • New Look – Egg Harbor Fire Station Completed

    The Egg Harbor Fire Station renovation was completed in December. The station on Harbor School Road is jointly owned by the town and village of Egg Harbor, which split the $266,000 cost of the renovation.

  • Lodge Rewards Buy Local Winner

    • To help boost the local economy, fm 106.9 the Lodge held their annual “Shop Door County” promotion with 30 local businesses sponsoring registration boxes for the public to come in and sign up for a chance to win $1,069 in cash.

  • Article posted Thursday, January 5, 2012 11:03am

    Early on December 11, a morning staff worker approached the shelter driveway on Park Drive. She noticed a Rubbermaid® storage container resting against the mailbox, highly unusual as the shelter’s mail goes to a PO box.

  • Pamida Donates to Dental Care

    The Pamida Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMD) Dental Clinic. Sarah Wood of Pamida in Sister Bay (left) passed the donation on to Mary Ann Zjala of MDCMC Dental Clinic.

  • B&B Walk Benefits United Way

    On Dec. 4 a few of the bed & breakfasts in Sturgeon Bay participated in the Annual B&B Christmas Walk, with all proceeds going to United Way of Door County.

  • Student Council Raises Money for United Way

    On Dec. 22 the students at Sturgeon Bay High School participated in a Talent Show. Prior to the show, the Student Council was required to raise money to support local charities.

  • Hearty Winter Meals

    Alright folks, time to get out the crock pot or Dutch oven and cook some soups and roasts. The stove warms up the house on a frosty night, the steamy soup gives the belly just what it needs, and the smells are a winter potpourri.

  • Keeping Limber in Winter

    On days when it’s cold and dark outside, I have found the best way to coax my body into moving and becoming active is to show it extra patience and kindness.

  • Southern Door Farmland Protected

    The Door County Land Trust announced the protection of two parcels totaling 270 acres along Highways 42 and 57 in the southern Door townships of Brussels and Forestville.

  • BodyPump Launch at YMCA

    The Northern Door YMCA is celebrating the launch of a new group fitness class, Les Mills BodyPump, on January 7 with two free try-it sessions, snacks, giveaways and more.

  • Green Quote

    “The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized."

  • Why should you recycle your electronics?

    70: Percent of toxic waste that is made up of technology trash 2: Billion pounds of that waste produced in the United States alone The Door County Habitat for Humanity Restore offers e-waste recycling for a $5 donation per item.

  • Bird Census – The Christmas Bird Count

    Little did I realize at the time that my first Christmas Bird Count (CBC), done in the Kewaunee area on Dec. 28, 1958, would be the beginning of some of the most exciting and memorable birdwatching and counting days of my life.

  • Half Marathon Video Highlights Peninsula Beyond Race Day

    The Door County Half Marathon has released a new video that highlights the amenities and activities participants can experience on race day and beyond.

  • Door County Basketball Match-ups

    On Dec. 22 the Gibraltar Girls Basketball team hosted a Packerland Conference game against Southern Door. The Vikings lost to the visiting Eagles 39-50.

  • A Frosty Frostbite Open

    Thirty-three putters played in the second annual Frostbite Open at the Red Putter Mini Golf in Ephraim on New Year's Day. Nick Kwaterski of Sister Bay took home the first place trophy and $700 cash.

  • All is New at Ride for Nature

    The Ride for Nature has announced exciting new features for the 24th annual bicycle ride along the back roads of Northern Door next summer. A new logo brings a fresh face to the event, which will feature a Metric Century (62 miles) distance for the first time this year.

  • Sturgeon Bay YMCA Monday Night Volleyball

    A League W-L 1. Nicolet Beach 21-3 2. YMCA 21-3 3. Door Peninsula Winery 16-8 4. Flying Spag Mon 15-9 5. Kitty O’Reilly’s 12-12 6. Olson Dental 6-18 7. DCMH 7-17 8. Bay Shore Outfitters 1-22 B League W-L Nightingale 20-4 Red Bull 17-7 Red Room 16-8 Van’s 14-10 Family Worship 1 11-13 Family Worship […]

  • PMF Hires Concertmaster

    • At the final concert of the Peninsula Music Festival's August 2011 season, Music Director and Conductor Victor Yampolsky announced the new concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra.

  • Poetry Series Features Clowers

    The next Dickinson Poetry Series will feature David Clowers in “Out of the Woods and Into a Poem” on Jan. 11 at 7 pm at the UU Fellowship in Ephraim. Clowers lived in a small, self-built cabin on 30 acres of Door County woods without electricity or running water for nine years – over three times as long as Henry David Thoreau.

  • Door County Reads “The Heart is the Lonely Hunter”

    The chosen “read” for the 2012 Door County Reads program is Carson McCullers’ first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, a book that touches on isolation, poverty, friendship, and racism in a 1930s Georgia mill town.

  • Q Gallery to Feature Local Poet

    Loraine Brink’s poem, “Lives Long Lived,” will be included in the "Verse and Vision Project" at Q Gallery in Stevens Point during May. A resident of Ephraim, Brink is a member of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

  • 96 hours

    96 hours and blood on the street / 10 years and 100 thousand plus lives / 96 hours and blood on the street

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 346

    It seems to me that most poems are set in spring or summer, and I was pleased to discover this one by Molly Fisk, a Californian, set in cold midwinter.

  • Migrating Dinosaurs and DDT

    Although the coast of California is very likely to experience a major earthquake within the next hundred years, the second most earthquake-prone part of the lower U.S. is closer to home.

  • By the Numbers

    A look at the world in numbers.

  • Results of Revaluation

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • Town Treasurer Janet Johnson provided some interesting results and facts of the recent revaluation and Board of Review: 12 percent of all parcels sought reassessment and of that 81 percent were successful in having their parcels reduced.

  • A Closer Look at Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront Redevelopment Plan

    Drive slowly around the West Side of Sturgeon Bay between the steel bridge on Michigan Street and the new Oregon Street Bridge and, apart from the handsome Door County Maritime Museum, you’ll find a pretty desolate waterfront.

  • The State of Giving in Door County

    The recent national headlines paint a grim picture for charities in the United States. “Economic Recovery Slow for US Nonprofits” (AP News). “This Christmas, Charities are in Crisis” (Huffington Post).

  • Mysteries of Darkness and Wonders of Space Exploration

    With the onset of November and the turning back of our clocks, our world settles into shortened days and lengthy nights. Indeed, our nights from this time until late January always seem to be especially dark – darker than any other time of year.

  • School Board Candidates Announced

    The raucous debate about educational expenses in 2011 didn’t create a rush of interest in the county’s school board seats. Southern Door’s school board race will be hotly contested, with a February primary to narrow the field, while Sturgeon Bay has just five candidates for four seats.

  • Door County Visitor Guides Available

    The 2012 Official Door County Visitor Guide is now available. The free travel guide features a wide variety of content about visiting Door County. A primary emphasis on photography again highlights the scenic and breathtaking beauty of the area throughout the 2012 guide.

  • Ferry Line Traffic Down 5 Percent in 2011

    Vehicle traffic on the Washington Island Ferry, the key barometer of business on Washington Island, dropped five percent in 2011. Passenger traffic dropped three percent.

  • Dill Pickles

    Unbeknownst to most of you I am quite the connoisseur. I have always wanted to be one of those singular animals, a connoisseur, and correspondingly to spell the word correctly on the first try.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Don’t get it right, just get it written."

  • Auditorium Kicks Off Movie, Lecture Series

    On Jan. 13 and 14, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will kick off its 2012 lecture and movie screening series. Both events are free to the public, though freewill donations are accepted.

  • UUF Screens “Forks Over Knives”

    On Jan. 17 at 4:30 pm the documentary Forks Over Knives will be screened at the UU Fellowship in Ephraim. Focusing on the research of two food scientists, this film reveals that despite broad advances in medical technology, the popularity of modern processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer; an epidemic that simultaneously harms the environment.

  • Door County Master Gardeners Offer Free Gardening Programs

    The Door County Master Gardeners (DCMG) has announced the first two 2012 Continuing Education Programs. The public is welcome to join the DCMG for a free program, “Think Spring! What’s New for 2012?” on Jan. 10.

  • Door County Maritime Museum Speaker Series Returns

    On Jan. 5, the Door County Maritime Museum’s Speaker Series featured Ken Westcar’s recount of the repowering of the 1,000-ft. self-unloader Paul R. Tregurtha at Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay.

  • British TV Serials for the Armchair Traveler

    When the snow threatens to fall and the blush has left the rose in Northern Door, thoughts turn to travel. Unfortunately circumstances or budgets may prevent a crossing of the bridge.

  • Highland Road Kicks Off DCA Coffeehouse Concerts

    Highland Road will kick off the Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) Coffehouse Concert series at 7 pm on Jan. 14. Highland Road is a familiar favorite in the DCA Coffeehouse series, having played to sold-out houses in both 2009 and 2010.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:51am

    Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Past disappointment will be distant memory as the astrological signs point to you receiving a large inheritance from your insufferable aunt who always said that you would amount to no good.

  • Overheards, Shout Outs, & Pet Peeves

    “Shout out to the Sister Bay Bowl and Husby’s for renting the Hop N Stop bus and providing New Year’s Eve partygoers with a safe ride home!” ~ New Year’s Eve partygoer

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:47am

    Question: What is the most snowfall recorded in a single day in Wisconsin history?

  • Nolan Paschke

    Behind the scenes of Sonny’s Pizzeria you’ll find Nolan Paschke, the hardest workingman ever. He strives to give each customer the best food they have ever tasted.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:43am

    Dear Mary Pat, I recently had an uncomfortable interaction with someone I've met multiple times over the past few years (making them at least an acquaintance) – they called me by the wrong name.


    (Left to right) Former Gibraltar classmates Amanda Bonn, Lee Ann McConkey, Karin Wilson, and Kristin Linczmaier reunited to ring in the New Year at the Sister Bay Bowl.

  • Greg Vinkler Performs with Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Peninsula Players Theatre announced that Artistic Director Greg Vinkler will perform in Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s exploration of Shakespeare at Orchestra Hall in Chicago on Jan. 12, 13, 14 and 15.

  • “Guys on Ice” Comes to TAP

    The Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay will present three performances of American Folklore Theatre’s Guys on Ice on Jan. 9, 10, and 11. Each performance will begin at 7:30 pm.

  • Isadoora Seeks Community Members for Artistic Committee

    The Isadoora Artistic Committee is welcoming the public to participate in choosing plays to be performed by Isadoora Theatre Company. The committee is a group of community members who are interested in reading and researching plays and musicals and deciding those works’ relationship to Isadoora’s mission.

  • “The Play’s the Thing” Teaches Playwriting to Door County Students

    In coordination with the Peninsula Players, The Play’s the Thing is providing playwriting instruction to high school students from Gibraltar and Sevastopol schools.

  • Comedian Will Durst Performs at Sturgeon Bay’s TAP

    Will Durst will return to Door County after a 32-year hiatus for one night only at the Third Avenue Playhouse on Jan. 18 at 7:30 pm. The New York Times wrote that comedian and writer Will Durst “is quite possibly the best political satirist working in the country today."

  • Peninsula Players Announces Winter Performances

    Partnering with the Door Community Auditorium and Third Avenue Playhouse, Peninsula Players will bring short-run professional entertainment featuring Players company members to Door County in the off-season.

  • Ski the Door

    The second annual Ski the Door will take place Feb. 4 – 5. At each location, the ski will last about 60 – 90 minutes. Ski the Door will begin Feb. 4 at 9 am.

  • Ridges Sanctuary’s Snowshoe Hikes Return

    Beginning Jan. 6, The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will sponsor weekly, guided Snowshoe Hikes. Each Friday and Saturday in January and February, the public is welcome to join a Ridges naturalist to explore the trails and learn about winter ecology and wildlife.

  • Ringing in the New Year Polar Bear-Style

    A skin-baring and costumed crowd rang in 2012 at the 26th annual Polar Bear Plunge in Jacksonport on New Year’s Day with a dip into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan.

  • Q&A – Questions & Artists – Tom Nachreiner

    Tom Nachreiner grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Verona High School. He spent one year studying art at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and then transferred to Milwaukee’s Layton School of Art where he received his Bachelor of Arts in fine arts, achieving highest honors.

  • Dude, Donk Exhibit!

    The Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative (SBSI) is holding an art opening and auction at Glas, the Green Coffeehouse, in Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 7 from 3 – 7 pm.

  • G&J Offers Stained Glass Classes

    G&J Glassworks on Madison Avenue in Sturgeon Bay is offering the next session of beginner stained glass classes, starting Jan. 19 and 21. Students can sign up for either Thursday classes, taking place from 6 – 9 pm, or Saturday classes, taking place from 5 – 8 pm.

  • Six Door County Supervisor Races Will Be Contested

    Six Door County Board seats will feature contested elections in April.

  • Forestville Zoning Review

    Property owners in the Town of Forestville will have an opportunity to learn more about county zoning. The town will host an open house with staff form the Door County Planning Department on hand to discuss zoning maps and regulations now in place in the town as well as to discuss potential changes to the town’s zoning maps, particularly in Maplewood and the Village of Forestville.

  • Ephraim to Review Conditional Use Ordinance

    The Village of Ephraim will review proposed changes to its ordinance covering conditional use permitting at a public hearing Jan. 9 at 7 pm at the Village Administration Office.

  • Rubbing Salt in the Bears’ Wounds

    I never get tired of finding ways to add to the misery of Bears fans, and even though the Packers' scout team was playing the Lions yesterday, my mind turned to how Matt Flynn's ridiculous performance

  • Seasonal Economy, Seasonal Hardships

    As the winter chill finally blew into Door County this week the volunteers at Lakeshore CAP in Sturgeon Bay prepared for the annual surge in families visiting the community action program’s food pantry.

  • Walker Restores Some Funding to Sexual Assault Victims Services

    Governor Scott Walker softened the blow to the state’s Sexual Assault Victims Services (SAVS) programs by excluding them from some cuts. The programs were originally asked to budget for a 42.5 percent cut.

  • Who’s Open for New Year’s?

    Want to welcome in 2012 with dinner, drinks or fun? Well you can at one of these businesses that informed us they would be open.

  • Who’s Open For Christmas?

    Looking for a place to eat, drink and be merry this Christmas? Here is a list of businesses that informed us they are going to open.

  • Burress Gets Retirement Sendoff

    Students wave to Dick Burress (in white suburban) as he took his final drive home from his job as Door County's director of Emergency Services. Burress received an unexpected escort home from members of the Door County Sheriff's Department and volunteer firefighters in recognition of his 37 years of service.

  • 106.9 the Lodge Announces Prize Winner

    FM 106.9 the Lodge held their annual 'Shop Door County' promotion this month In the radio station's continuing efforts to help boost the local economy, .