Volume 18 Issue 03 – Section 1

In this issue

  • From the Waggle Dance to the Bee/Brain Analogy

    It is well-established in the medical literature that obese and Type 2 diabetic individuals have a higher risk of getting cancer than lean and healthy individuals.

  • How the Wealthy View Philanthropy

    A look at the world in Numbers

  • Highway Committee Reviews Highway Maintenance Policies

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • Ryan Andersen from Associated Appraisal Consultants was in the Assessors Office on Feb.

  • Welcome to Wal-Mart, You Are Door County Data Points

    Everyone knows that supermarkets place their milk and eggs in the far corner of the store so customers have to walk through the aisles and pick up other stuff on their way to get the milk they came for.

  • Itchy Palms and Fine Print

    Barb and I did not win the $325 million Power Ball grand prize February 11; someone (still unknown at the time I am writing this column) in Rhode Island was the lucky winner.

  • Altrusa of Door County Provides Bookcase and Books for Habitat for Humanity Homes

    • Since 2006, Altrusa of Door County has been providing Door County Habitat for Humanity with a bookcase and books for family members at the dedication of each of the homes.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:21am

    On January 13, 2010, a Forestville man came into the Humane Society carrying three terrified black kittens. They had been found hiding in the metal shop where he worked.

  • Volunteers – Growing Our Community

    We all know them - the people who always seem to be busy organizing meals for a family that's going through a rough patch, or the retired neighbor who seems to be anything but retired because they're busy driving someone to an appointment or reading to a child at school.

  • There She Is: Ciesar Takes Miss Door County

    Zephyr Ciesar is crowned Miss Door County by last year’s winner, Emily Larsen, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium Feb. 4. Ciesar, the Gibraltar High School senior who won last year's Door County Idol competition, is the 16th woman named Miss Door County by the scholarship pageant.

  • The Bernie

    The Bernie. It's lure is undeniable. Not in the mood for a shot - doesn't matter. Not in the mood for tequila? Well, that doesn't matter either. The Bernie served up at JJ's just doesn't take no for an answer.

  • Sister Bay Releases New Logo

    The Village of Sister Bay celebrates 100 years of history in 2012 and is marking the centennial celebration with a commemorative logo. In the coming months, the village will celebrate with a weekend of fun activities June 8 - 9, and historical events throughout the summer.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:15am

    Question: Who was the first high school girls basketball player in Door County to score 1,000 points in her career?

  • Al Wittenberg

    Al Wittenberg, of Bud fame is our server of the week.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:12am

    Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Finances, schminances. There’s a reason someone coined the phrase “buy now, pay later.” That’s right, pal, you can just pay later.

  • Overheards

    “It won't fit right because I'm wearing my skinny underwear.”

  • Article posted Thursday, February 16, 2012 10:10am

    Dear Mary Pat, I'm concerned that I'm dating a cheeseball…and quite possibly a loser. We've been seeing each other for a couple of weeks, and I thought I was into him until Valentine's Day.

  • Governor’s Conference on Tourism Coming March 4 – 6

    With Wisconsin Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held in Green Bay March 4 – 6 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. The convention will include addresses by Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett, Governor Scott Walker, and a keynote presentation by Peter Shankman on The New PR – Customer Service.

  • Voter Prep Urged in Advance of Spring Elections

    Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID law could create confusion come election day, so it is advised that voters prepare early to make sure they can vote. Starting with the spring primary on Feb.

  • Fire Departments to Discuss Merger Possibilities

    Northern Door officials will hear a presentation about creating a fire district Feb. 21 at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • SOUP! By the Numbers

    Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek had a record attendance and sales for its SOUP! event on Feb. 3.

  • Fire & Ice and Fun Art

    Award-winning artist and illustrator Tim Nyberg will hold a one-day exhibition and sale of over 200 paintings during Sturgeon Bay's Fire & Ice Weekend.

  • Mosaic Art at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is featuring mosaic art created by Lee St. John, who has been dabbling with this broken glass art form for several years.

  • Feeling Like an Artist at Hands On

    “How you feeling over there?” I ask my father (aka Gordon Slattery), sifting through a jar of blue mosaic tiles with a muffin tin in hand while I stare at a plethora of tile options – pebbles, glass, and ceramic, all in a rainbow of colors.

  • Wear Red – Buy Red at Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery will be holding their February Wear Red – Buy Red Fundraising Open House on Feb. 19 from noon – 4 pm. A percent of each sale will be donated to the American Heart Association.

  • The Clearing Presents Winter Works

    The Clearing invites the public to enjoy the work of its 2012 Winter Program students during its annual Student Exhibit scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Sister Bay Village Hall from 10 am – 4 pm each day.

  • Watercolor & Pastels at Base Camp Coffee Bar

    Watercolor artist Sally J. Malms and pastel artist Gail Ledbetter will present their work at Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay. A member of the Door County Art League, Malms has painted all her life and displayed her work at various venues throughout the county.

  • Gibraltar Student Poets Featured in Dickinson Poetry Series

    On Feb. 8, seven Gibraltar High School students were featured at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series. The Emily Dickinson Poetry Series takes place on the second Wednesday of the month throughout the year.

  • Fox Presents Door County Thriller

    The Moonhawker by George Fox is a thriller about a Special Forces soldier-turned-educator, Atticus Gunner. After an anonymous philanthropic organization makes him an offer he cannot refuse, Gunner and his two young daughters embark on an adventure into the untamed waters of northern Lake Michigan on a 32-foot sloop named the Moonhawk.

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    Dustin glides his fingertips over the guitar strings. The heat and damp of sweat spreads over his shoulders as he softly lets out lyrics penned days ago.

  • Tackling the Taj Mahal

    Agra: home of the wondrous Taj Mahal. A short stay in the city puts even the most experienced traveler to the test. The sickly sweet smell of fried food sizzling alongside mountains of garbage, cow pies, and exhaust fumes overwhelm the senses.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Every writer is two people (at least). There’s the one that does the writing, and the one that has an egg for breakfast. I’m the other one.”

  • Sevastopol’s Lumbering Era

    Touch the past and learn about logging tools used in the mid to late 1800s during the presentation “Lumbering Era,” taking place Feb. 19 at 1 pm at the Sevastopol Town Hall in Institute.

  • Kiwanis Club Explores Mongolia

    The Kiwanis Club invites the public to enjoy a journey to the ancient land of Genghis Khan, Mongolia. The club’s fourth adventure show of the season welcomes an encore-appearance by award-winning travel film producer and lecturer, Buddy Hatton.

  • J-Ro Offers Salsa Lessons at CheeseCake, Ect

    Salsa Dance Lessons & Social, featuring dance instruction by J-Ro, will begin Feb. 18 and take place the following three Saturdays at CheeseCake, Etc, located at 10579 Country Walk Drive in Sister Bay, next to Piggly Wiggly.

  • Inn at Kristofer’s Offers Leaping Lizard Dinners

    With Leap Year right around the corner, the Inn at Kristofer’s is again offering their Leaping Lizard Dinner. The three-course dinner will include a choice of soup or salad, a choice of three entrees and a choice of three desserts.

  • Last Chance to Visit “Ghosts!” at Maritime Museum

    The Door County Maritime Museum recommends visiting the museum before March 4, when the popular exhibit, “Ghosts! Haunted Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, ” will vacate the Horton Gallery to make way for the new “Pirates – Ship to Shore” exhibit which will open in May.

  • Master Gardeners Explore Color in the Garden

    The Door County Master Gardeners will present two Continuing Education Programs at the Crossroads in Big Creek in February. Each program is free and will begin at 7 pm.

  • Door Community Auditorium Goes “Down Under”

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will go “down under” with a lecture by didgeridoo musician Brian Pertl and a screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence.

  • Terry Moran Headlines Summer Seminars Instructors at Bjorklunden

    Bjorkluden, near Baileys Harbor, has announced their 2012 summer seminar series. Terry Moran, a 1982 Lawrence graduate and co-anchor of ABC News Nightline, and Liz Cole, a 1963 Lawrence graduate and award-winning stage and screen actor, headline the list of featured instructors for the summer seminar series sponsored by Lawrence University.

  • Door County Hosts Art & Soul Weekend

    Angie McMahon of Viva la Cottage, Diane Ludwigsen of The Spa at Sacred Grounds, and Pipka Ulviden of Pipka’s of Door County will host Art & Soul Weekend Feb. 17 - 19.

  • Stallone: Awesomely Bad

    During these winter months, I keep the brainpower amped up by viewing one movie classic after another – a sometimes boring, if not troubling pursuit. I am left wondering why Citizen Kane is considered one of best films of all time? Did Quentin Tarantino have a dysfunctional childhood?

  • White Gull Presents Singer-Songwriter Garnet Rogers

    Singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers will perform Feb. 22 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8 pm concert, the fourth in a series of six, are $16.

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Presents Three February Concerts

    The Third Avenue Playhouse in Stugeon Bay will present three concerts in February. Feb. 18 at 7:30 pm, Jess Holland & Nick Hoover will grace the stage.

  • Lena MacDonald is Door County Idol

    Lena MacDonald is the new Door County Idol. She won the title at the 2012 Door County Idol competition held Feb. 11 at the Door Community Auditorium. MacDonald also won the songwriter award for her original composition and recently won the Miss Door County Outstanding Teen Award.

  • Check out the Night Sky at Crossroads Observatory

    The Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will host a variety of programs throughout February. Feb.18 at 7 pm, “Night Sky Viewing at the Observatory” will be open to the pubic.

  • Winter Fest Draws A Crowd

    Unseasonably mild conditions lent a helping hand in a record turnout at the 25th annual Fish Creek Winter Festival, February 3 – 5. Volunteers from Door County non-profits were kept busy all day running food concessions and the traditional wacky games.

  • The Ridges Offers Herbicide Study Sessions

    The Ridges Sanctuary will host weekly study sessions to prepare participants for the certification test in aquatic herbicide application. The State of Wisconsin requires individuals applying pesticides in an aquatic area to be certified with an herbicide applicators permit.

  • Groundhog’s Day – Ellison Bay Style

    It began as an idea, perhaps a crazy one, but an idea nonetheless. Like one of those great ideas forged on a cocktail napkin. An Ellison Bay resident lamented to his friends that the school cafeteria ladies were already decorating for Valentine's Day.

  • TAP Presents Zylyeo Quartet

    Feb. 21 at 7:30 pm, Zylyeo Quartet will perform at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) as a part of “Tuesdays at TAP,” benefitting the Door County String Academy.

  • Shepherd of the Bay Presents Lenten Musicales

    The public is invited to attend the sixth annual series of Lenten Musicales presented by musicians of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church on three Sundays in February and March at 4 pm.

  • Hope Church Hosts “Romantic Recital”

    Violinist Beth Chafey-Hon will present a “Romantic Recital” with virtuoso pianist David Beck on Feb. 18 at 7 pm at the Hope United Church of Christ, located at 141 12th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Didgeridoo Up from Down Under in Coffeehouse Series

    Feb. 17 at 7 pm, the Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) Fireside Lobby will come alive with the distinct sounds of aboriginal Australian instrument the didgeridoo, presented by Brian Pertl of Lawrence University, as part of DCA’s Coffeehouse Concert Series.

  • Bjorklunden Offers 4-Day Amsterdam Excursion

    Lawrence University’s Bjorklunden is offering opera lovers a rare opportunity to experience an international world premiere featuring Wisconsin native son and Lawrence graduate Dale Duesing.

  • Peninsula Music Festival Celebrates Jane Austen

    Feb. 17, associate conductor Stephen Alltop and soprano/violinist Josefien Stoppelenburg will present a program entitled “The Music of Jane Austen” as part of the Peninsula Music Festival’s annual February Fest.

  • The Paper Birch, Lady of the Woods

    February 17, 1971, was one of the most wonderful tree days of my life. I was teaching junior high science at the time with the Gibraltar Schools and one of my students, Chuck Tveten, told me that his dad and some friends, while hunting deer on Detroit Island, came across a large Paper Birch tree that he thought I would like to see.

  • Captains Conference

    Four area Captains recently attended the Great Lakes Captains Association annual conference in Traverse City, Mich.

  • Dr. Tim Tishler Joins Door County Dental Practice

    • Door County native Dr. Tim Tishler will join Dr. John Ludwigsen and staff on March 7. A general practice dentist, Dr. Tishler is experienced in cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics.

  • Zoning Meeting for Clay Banks Property Owners

    The Door County Planning Department is holding an informational meeting regarding the state's new farmland preservation program and how the Exclusive Agricultural zoning regulations have been affected.

  • Harley Davidson Fashion Design

    Cheri Radovancevic is sporting the look with a green Harley Davidson jacket while talking about the Fashion Design center at Harley Davidson. The Gibraltar students seemed interested in the work environment where jeans and jackets were acceptable.

  • Bring Creativity to the Kids

    The Exposure to Creativity program has taken about five to six months to put together, and today at Gibraltar Schools there are 9 workshops going on, two will take place in Surgeon Bay, and altogether there are 15 different workshops.

  • Drawing Workshop with Emily Salm

    One of the more peaceful and calm workshops that appealed to students at Gibraltar High School was drawing. This was led by Emily Salm who was inspired to be an artist at a young age.

  • Aborigine Instruments of Australia Workshop at Gibraltar.

    It was obvious how deeply interested the Aborigine Instruments of Australia workshop leader, Brian Pertl, was in the culture and sounds of Australia. “Music and painting and dance and song are so interval to their life that they don’t even have separate words for these things, and they all come together,” Brian mentions as he explains how the use of instruments and songs made it possible for their culture and society to come together as a whole.

  • Exposure to Songwriting

    Gibraltar students are stimulated to tap into their musical creativity with the instruction of talented local artist Katie Dahl.


    With the bright lights of the Door Community Auditorium stage beaming down, Henry Timm conversed with students tasked with writing a play between school's beginning and the ever-looming deadline of lunch hour.

  • Developing Creativity

    Down in the depths of the dark room with a smell that would make anyone nauseous, there are creative photos being developed that will last a lifetime.

  • Sculpting Creations

    Sculpting snow at Gibraltar High School expands students creativity.

  • Peaceful Vibe with Emily Salm

    The atmosphere of the Chemistry Lab was loud and disruptive but the artist Emily Salm has created a peaceful and natural vibe for drawing.

  • Exploring the Beauty of Expression

    "Each one of you will have a voice of your own," said Phil Hansotia, as he addressed a class of 18 students as a part of FOG's Exposure to Creativity workshops.

  • Warm Weather Doesn’t Cool Winter Fest Spirits

    Unseasonably mild conditions this past weekend lent a helping hand in a record turnout at the 25th annual Fish Creek Winter Festival, February 3-5. “Judging by our sales and the feedback from our non-profit organizations, this was quite possibly our best turnout to date,” remarked Winter Festival Chairman, Bob Spielman.

  • Grant Awarded to Death’s Door Spirits’ Wheat Producer

    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced that USDA has selected 298 recipients in 44 states and Puerto Rico to receive business development assistance through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program.

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report

    What a week of highs and lows for area cross country skiers. The best day of skiing this year was probably Monday, but the warm temperatures subsequently destroyed the good trails we had in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Parkinson’s Alley, Lake Superior & Egypt’s Western Desert

    • The cause of Parkinson’s Disease is unclear, although it is known that both genetic and environmental factors play a role. Fifteen to twenty percent of people with Parkinson’s have a close relative with the disease, and if one parent is affected the offspring has a slightly higher risk of developing the disorder.

  • By the Numbers

    1,000 The number of advertising messages the average city dweller saw each day in 1970

  • Preparing for Elections and Taxes

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The board has recognized retired Town Assessor David Dorschner with a Resolution of Gratitude for his many years of service to the Town.

  • Missed Opportunity

    On Sunday morning, January 15, my wife Keli and I were sitting in a cozy car at the boat launch on the West Side of Sturgeon Bay waiting for the Bay View Bridge to open.

  • Business Giving is Good for Business

    Kaaren Northrop and her family are the epitome of business generosity. As the proprietors of Main Street Market, their company has long been known as one of the most generous in Northern Door County.

  • Reasons to be Optimistic

    In the doldrums of a winter without snow (albeit, a warm one), with so little activity of any sort on the northern end of the peninsula, it is nice to have some good news to report.