Volume 18 Issue 02 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Boettcher Communications Hires Kendra Sohm as Public Relations Specialist

    • Kendra Sohm has accepted the full-time position of Public Relations Specialist at Boettcher Communications in Sturgeon Bay. Her resume includes public relations and marketing experience with a local Door County winery and a background in journalism and media.

  • Delta Dental Awards Grant to Ministry Door County Medical Center

    • Delta Dental of Wisconsin awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic (MDCMC). The Delta Dental funds will help support clinic operations by assisting with the cost of staff, supplies and equipment purchases.

  • Door County Learning In Retirement Flag Presentation Class

    Nellie P. De Baker (right) presented a class jam-packed with flag information last spring at NWTC Sturgeon Bay. Included was a flag folding demonstration.

  • Door County Dental Care Participates in Operation Gratitude

    Door County Dental Care’s annual Kids’ Halloween Candy Buy Back Program was a huge success. Over 50 pounds of candy was collected and sent to United States troop members overseas by Operation Gratitude.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 2, 2012 1:43pm

    Jake, a sweet 7-year-old Beagle/Basset mix, was a surrender by an elderly local owner who was no longer able to take him for the walks he loves. In this photo, Jake is cuddling with a Humane Society volunteer on the couch in the “Get Acquainted” room.

  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

    Teen Dating Violence goes beyond flying fists and date rape. It includes verbal, emotional and social abuse, which is often overlooked by children and many adults.

  • Providing Security in Afghanistan

    On her 2007-2008 tour of duty in Iraq, National Guardswoman Shannon Doty saw a little girl with the developmental disorder spina bifida. “My brother had a child born with it,” Doty said, and the baby received excellent health care.

  • “Sip and Savor” Evenings at Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese will help Door County residents and visitors breeze through February with their “Sip and Savor” tasting evenings. Peter Kordon will host four events in February to familiarize the novice to expert in some incredible cheese and beverage pairings.

  • Peninsula State Park Hosts Bat Monitoring Workshop

    For decades Peninsula State Park has harbored a significant bat nursery colony, one of the largest in the state. With the threat of deadly white-nose syndrome and loss of habitat, monitoring the size and health of the nursery colony is important.

  • Greens N Grains Screens “Which Way Home”

    Greens N Grains of Egg Harbor will screen the award-winning documentary Which Way Home for their Thursday Dinner and Movies Series on Feb. 8. Which Way Home tracks the journeys of unaccompanied child migrants, on their passage through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States.

  • Door County Master Gardeners Presents Potato Preservation Presentation

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will host their third Continuing Education Program of 2012 on Feb. 7 at 7 pm at the Crossroads of Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Base Camp Coffee Bar Hosts Mini Movie Night

    Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay will host their 3rd Annual Mini Movie Night on Feb. 10 at 7 pm. Short movies and music videos by locals (and beyond) will be presented for an evening of fun, light entertainment.

  • Door County Folk Alliance Kicks of 2012 Barn Dancing Season

    The Door County Folk Alliance is starting a new season of barn dances on Feb. 4 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sturgeon Bay at 7 pm. No experience or partners are necessary.

  • Art & Soul Weekend Pampers Women

    Embracing Door County’s quiet season with enthusiasm, Angie McMahon of Viva la Cottage, Diane Ludwigsen of The Spa at Sacred Grounds, and Pipka Ulviden of Pipka’s of Door County have planned Art & Soul Weekend, Feb. 17 - 19.

  • What Would Saint Valentine Do?

    Once upon a time a well-meaning boy presented his sweet-tempered girlfriend a Valentine’s Day gift. She tore the pink wrapping paper, anticipating something special, something meaningful amongst chocolate candies wrapped in red foil.

  • Lunch Walk

    It had been raining for what seemed like weeks. Whole deltas, river towns, and swaths of civilization were getting wiped off the map on the 6:00 o’clock news almost every night over dinner on the TV.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 347

    My mother and her sisters were experts at using faint praise, and “Bless her heart” was a very useful tool for them. Richard Newman, of St. Louis, does a great job here of showing us how far that praise can be stretched.

  • First Friday Poetry Night

    “Untitled” Used & Rare Books of Sturgeon Bay will host their First Friday Open Mic Poetry Night event Feb. 3 from 5 – 8 pm. The program is part of the shop’s 2012 monthly series of poetry events to add activity and enjoyment to Door County residents and visitors during these slow and silent winter months.

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Young Poets

    An accomplished group of young poets from Gibraltar High School will be featured at the Dickinson Series reading on Feb. 8 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) in Ephraim.

  • A Word on Writing

    “You have to be brave to take out that white sheet of paper and put on it words that could be evidence of your stupidity."

  • Cowboy Church House Band Performs Valentines Day Variety Show

    To celebrate Valentines Day with a special event, the Northern Door Cowboy Church House Band is putting on a Valentines Day variety show concert Feb. 14.

  • Jess Holland & Nik Hoover Perform at Sturgeon Bay’s TAP

    Local musicians Jess Holland and Nick Hoover will perform at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm. Holland has charmed hearts in Door County with her sweet voice and enchanting songs rooted in folk music.

  • Holiday Music Motel Introduces “Love on Holiday” Songwriting Event

    The Holiday Music Motel is excited to introduce “Love on Holiday: Songs of Love, and Love Gone Away,” its first annual mid-February songwriting event.

  • Solo Valentine’s Songs

    Love songs. They play low in the background as candlelight reflects in a lover’s eyes as they look up through batting lashes, ever so lovingly. But what if, on Valentine’s Day, all that’s reflecting in your eyes is the 5:00 remaining on the microwave heating a Stouffer’s lasagna for one?

  • Congratulations to Miranda Werkheiser

    Miranda’s responsibilities reach beyond her job description. When it comes to customer service, she has the right prescription. Provide a welcoming atmosphere; add some top notch amazing grub.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:21am

    Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Although you’ve been told that your age has dawned, that is actually not true. This is the dawning of the age of Capricorn.

  • Overheards

    "Who puts salt in their underpants?"


    Door County Villagers met for a potluck meeting in The Villages, Florida. The group consists of current and previous Door County residents who live in The Villages during the winter months.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:07am

    Dear Mary Pat, I was picking through some of my Christmas cards to see which ones I would save and came across a holiday letter that I must have skipped over when it came in the mail.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 2, 2012 11:06am

    Question: Where does Chambers Island get its name from, and when did it become territory of the United States?

  • USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

    The USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to complete a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

  • Blueberry & Kale Smoothie for Heart Health

    1 frozen banana 2-4 kale leaves (spinach or other dark leafy greens) 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 Tbls. honey, agave or 1/2 tsp. Stevia (optional) 1 cup filtered water 1 tsp.

  • 10 Heart Healthy Food Tips

    Becoming heart healthy is especially appropriate in the month of February, as we are soon to be immersed in a sea of images depicting bright red loving hearts.

  • Early Birders Club Visit Wildlife Wizardy Studio

    The Ridges Sanctuary’s Early Birders Club will tour the gallery of national award-winning taxidermist Mike Orthober on Feb. 11 at 10 am. Wildlife Wizardry Studio is located at 6453 Oak Road, just off Bay Shore Drive in Egg Harbor.

  • Newport State Park Hosts Annual Candlelight Trail Event

    Newport State Park will hold their 21st Annual Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe event on Feb. 11 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Park staff and volunteers will place over 300 homemade candles guiding participants down a one-mile wooded trail section.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts Annual “Fire & Ice” Weekend

    Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will host the annual “Fire & Ice” weekend Feb. 17 – 19. Saturday will be filled with cool activities including a citywide ice carving competition by local ice artists and professional carvers.

  • Winter Festival Calendar of Events

    February 3 12–5pm: Blood Drive at Northern Door YMCA 1–4pm: Ice Sculpture Carving at Clark Park 6:30–10pm: Rock & Roll Art Night at Hands on Art Studio February 4 10am–5pm: Festivities in and around the large heated tent in Clark Park * Wild Winter Games Outside: Toilet Seat Toss, Snowshoe Obstacle Course, Ice Bowling, Football […]

  • Fish Creek Winter Festival Celebrates 25 Years

    Who knew that a harebrained idea dreamed up by a Fish Creek man tired of the peninsula’s winter doldrums would come to life, evolve, and survive the test of 25 years time.

  • The Yellow Birch

    John Muir, great preservationist, leader, botanist, nature writer and founder of several of our western national parks, has been one of my idols for many years.

  • Fastpitch World Series Qualifiers in Sturgeon Bay

    Softball fields throughout Sturgeon Bay will host a USSSA World Series fastpitch qualifier June 22 – 24. This Fields of Dreams Tournament is a USSSA-sanctioned tournament, and for the first time in Door County teams will be competing to earn a World Series bid from the Wisconsin USSSA.

  • Sturgeon Bay YMCA Monday Night Volleyball

    A League W-L 1. Nicolet Beach 33-3 2. YMCA 22-4 3. Flying Spag Mon 22-14 4. Door Peninsula Winery 22-14 5. Kitty O’Reilly’s 17-19 6.

  • Gibraltar and Sevastopol High School Sports Schedule

    GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICSo Boys BasketballFeb. 6 @ Stockbridge, 6:30 pmFeb. 7 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pmFeb. 10 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pmFeb. 17 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pmFeb. 23 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm o Girls BasketballFeb. 3 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pmFeb. 6 @ Stockbridge, 5 pmFeb. 9 @ Southern Door, 6 pmFeb. 16 vs. Sturgeon […]

  • 2012 Door County Runs, Rides, and Paddles

    • May 5 Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k, Peninsula State Park 13.1 mile run, 5k • May 12 Blossom Run, Egg Harbor 5 mile run, 2 mile walk/run and 1 mile youth run • May 27 Maifest Run, Jacksonport 10k run and 2 mile fun run • June 2 […]

  • Northern Door Broomball League

    Broomball standings, results, and upcoming schedule

  • Pets & People

    “On occasion, the museum transforms into a children's playground,” says Bonnie Hartmann, director of the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Door County String Academy Closes Exhibit

    The Door County String Academy (DCSA) celebrated the closing of the art exhibit Pictures at an Exhibition at the Sturgeon Bay Branch of the Door County Library with a concert on Jan. 19.

  • PSA People’s Choice Winners Announced

    From a field of over 120 artists participating in the 10th annual Guenzel Gallery Salon, three were chosen as the People's Choice Award winners during the Salon party on Jan. 21.

  • Hello/Goodbye a Valentine’s Day Show at Plum Bottom Pottery

    Plum Bottom Pottery will host “Hello/Goodbye a Valentine's Day Show,” Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4 from 10 am - 4 pm. Wine and lite hor d'oeuvres will be served.

  • Wine, Cheese and Paintings on a Friday Night

    All are invited to attend when the Kewaunee Inn - The Historic Karsten Hotel - hosts an open house wine and cheese party on Feb. 10 from 5 - 8 pm. Featured paintings will focus on Kewaunee County scenery.

  • Little Artists

    With the help of the Tom “TL” Levenhagen Grant, Algoma's early childhood and four-year-old kindergarten classes had the opportunity to visit Clay on Steele in November and work on a parent outreach project.

  • Museum of Contemporary Native Art Features Bins

    Coleen Bins, owner of Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts in Egg Harbor, has her artwork titled “Commuter, Communication, Connect, Creation” included in the Museum of Contemporary Native Art located in Santa Fe.

  • ThreeStyle Performs in Door County

    Sponsored by Door Concerts, Inc., ThreeStyle - Jody Briskey, Drew Jansen and Jimmy Martin - will perform in Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 11 at the United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm.

  • Romantic Recital to Benefit Nor Door Adult Day Services

    Violinist Beth Chafey-Hon has teamed up with virtuoso pianist David Beck to perform a Romantic Recital to benefit the Nor Door Adult Day Services. The concert will be performed on Feb. 12.

  • Isadoora Theatre Presents Musical Production of “Striking 12”

    Isadoora Theatre Company will bring back some holiday cheer with their production of Striking 12, their first musical production since 2009’s She Loves Me.

  • Washington Island Newspaper Bought by Group of Island Families

    A group of local investors has agreed to purchase the assets of of the “Washington Island Observer,” the newspaper serving Washington Island. The name of the new company is Washington Island Community News LLC.

  • Hans Christian Kicks of “Tuesday at TAP”

    Celloist Hans Christian will kick off the “Tuesday at TAP” series, featuring prominent local musicians, on Feb. 14. The series will continue through May 15.

  • Door County to Crown New “Idol”

    Door County's brightest young talents will compete for the 2012 Door County Idol crown Feb. 11. The singing competition returns to the mainstage at the Door Community Auditorium, serving as both a vibrant community gathering and a celebration of Door County's abundant homegrown talent.

  • Northern Door Broomball League Scores, Standings, Leading Scorers

    The latest Northern Door Broomball League results.

  • Back in Business

    The Blue Horse Bistro is back in business. After months of uncertainty, the owners of the popular Fish Creek coffee house and restaurant have purchased the property across the street from the Fish Creek beach and plan to re-open this spring.

  • Battle for the Crown

    Nine contestants will take the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium Saturday, Feb. 4 to compete for the title of Miss Door County. Kirsten Hawkey, Natalie Bretl, Madeline Winkel, Miluzka McMarthy, Iris Jones, Hannah Cole, Zephyr Ciesar, Susan Fochs and Samantha Cole will compete at the scholarship pageant, which has awarded $164,650 in cash scholarships to young Door County women in its 15 years of existence.

  • Door County Home Sales Up Slightly

    Home sales in Door County were up slightly in 2011. A total of 438 homes were sold in 2011, up from 409 in 2010. In 2007 there were 547 homes sold in the county.

  • Gibraltar Approves Locker Room Renovations

    The Gibraltar School Board approved the renovation of its high school locker rooms, weight room, and storage areas. The boys athletic locker room is currently housed in a former storage room with little floor space and ventilation, and has no direct access to a school hallway.

  • DCEDC Seeks Award Nominations

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation is seeking nominations for its Entrepreneur and Industry of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate businesses that help to create a positive business climate in Door County.

  • Sturgeon Bay Candidate Forum

    A candidate forum for Sturgeon Bay City Council District Seats 2 and 4 will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at 7 pm. The forum will be held at the Sturgeon Bay City Hall.

  • Funding of Local Government Presentation

    The League of Women voters will present “The Funding of Local Government,” a program about the sources of the money that goes to local governments, at the Door County Government Center Feb.

  • Southern Door to Host School Board Candidate Forum

    Southern Door voters will narrow the field of school board candidates in a primary election Tuesday, Feb. 21. Incumbents Lori Sampo and Dawn Starr are challenged by Polly Alberts, Perry DeGrave and Chuck Bretl.

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report for January 28, 2012

    Winter sports enthusiasts this year live in hope of the next weather forecast. Friday night came through with overnight snowfalls of one to three inches depending on where you are in the county.

  • Elizabeth Guenzel, Champion of Door County Arts, Dies

    Elizabeth Guenzel was a crucial figure in the reorganization of the Peninsula Art School, Friends of Gibraltar, and as a contributor to many other Door County organizations. She died Tuesday at age 94 in Illinois.

  • Palmer Johnson to Add 100 Workers

    Palmer Johnson announced that it expects to hire more than 100 workers at its Sturgeon Bay facility thanks to a new order confirmed this week. The newest sale for the yacht manufacturer is a 65.

  • Bay Ship GM to Speak at Maritime Museum

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s speaker series continues on Thursday, Feb. 2, with a topic that is always of interest to Door County residents and particularly those in the Sturgeon Bay area.

  • Jim Olson Motors Expanding in Sturgeon Bay

    Sturgeon Bay’s doorstep will soon have a little more life. Jim Olson Motors is expanding, agreeing to a lease at the former Bergstrom Automotive building at the corner of Highway 42/57 and South Duluth Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Scary But Vital: A Bat Monitoring Workshop

    Bats are Wisconsin's most important predator of night-flying insects (including mosquitoes), essential players in maintaining balance in the food web and, frankly, just plain fascinating.

  • Skateboard Deck Auction Ends Friday

    Those who are hoping for a public skateboard park in Sturgeon Bay have just a few days to help support the effort by bidding on the Skateboard Art Exhibit.

  • New Ideas Wanted: Same Old Not Working for Sister Bay

    Door County needs new ideas. That was the theme sounded in most of the conversations I had with business owners and managers I spoke to last week for my report on Sister Bay's business climate. There

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report

    All of Door County received our first snowfall of the season last week and this week brought just a little more snow. None of the trails are in great condition yet but there is skiing!

  • 2012 Door County Runs, Rides, and Paddles

    Your guide to a season of silent sports in Door County.