Volume 18 Issue 04 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Monday Night Volleyball Results and Standings

    (Sturgeon Bay YMCA) Standings as of Feb. 27, 2011 A League W-L 1. Nicolet Beach 43-5 2. YMCA 41-7 3. Flying Spag Mon 32-16 4. Door Peninsula Winery 29-19 5.

  • Kayaking Essentials Class

    The kayaking experts at the Team Leadership Center (TLC) are partnering up with the Sturgeon Bay YMCA for an indoor-pool kayaking workshop, Kayaking Essentials.

  • Bandits and Outlaws Blaze through Sturgeon Bay

    Sturgeon Bay will be home to this year’s USSSA 2012 Fields of Dreams Fastpitch Tournament June 22 – 24. Teams with names like the Wisconsin Bandits, the Oswego Outlaws, the New Berlin Heat, the Oly Fire, the Genoa City Xplosion, and the Southeast Rip Tide will be competing to earn a bid to attend one of the USSSA World Series events held across the country.

  • Half Marathon Named One of Midwest’s Best

    Acclaim for the fast-growing Door County Half Marathon continues to roll in. Runner’s World blogger, contributor, and acclaimed running coach Jenny Hadfield called the Door County Half Marathon a “must-run” in her column on the runners’ resource Active.

  • Trivia

    Question: How many miles is it from the Door County line on Highway 42/57 to the Washington Island Ferry Dock? Last Week’s Question: Who was the first high school girls basketball player in Door county to score 1,000 points in her career? Answer: Debbie (Anderson) Kordon, who scored 1,048 points from 1978 – 1982 for Gibraltar High School.

  • Server of the Week: Toni Stitch

    Congratulations to Toni Stich Server/Bartender at the English Inn, Fish Creek, WI Of all the servers we’ve featured over time, aren’t many quite as versatile; she’s one of a kind.

  • Horoscopes

    Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Make it a fast-food full house. Check out Dairy Queen, Burger King and Jack and the Box. Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Beware of the antiquated gender vocabularies.

  • Overheards & Obessions

    OVERHEARD: Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “It doesn't look jiggly.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Miss Manners, The other day while I was in the check out line at the grocery store, I had to suppress the urge to tell a bratty young child in front of me that he was a bratty young child.

  • Land Ethic Celebrated at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek’s annual observance of Aldo Leopold Day will celebrate the life and work of Fran Hamerstrom, a remarkable woman who embodied Leopold’s “land ethic.

  • Master Gardeners Free Public Programs at Crossroads

    Join the Door County Master Gardeners Association at a free public program, “Garden Containers – Think Outside the Box!” on March 6 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Bluebird Nesting Box Workshop at The Ridges

    The public is welcome to learn about ways to help bluebirds returning in the spring by building a nesting box at The Ridges Sanctuary on March 10. “Building for Bluebirds” workshops will be held at 10 am and 2 pm at The Ridges’ Marshall Cabin, located at 8288 Highway Q in Baileys Harbor.

  • What are customers saying about Door County on the Web?

    If you run a restaurant or hospitality business in Door County and you haven’t checked out Yelp, TripAdvisor or Google, it’s time to get on the internet and see what your customers are saying about you.

  • Bloody Red Shrimp and Blood-sucking Bed Bugs

    • Finally the Great Lakes may have an invasive species that will prove beneficial to fish. The invader, commonly called “the bloody red shrimp” (Hemimysis anomala) is native to the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

  • Veteran suicides – the uncounted casualties of war

    18 Number of veterans who commit suicide every day 3,500 Mental health professionals the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has hired in recent years to handle the influx of Iraq and Afghan war veterans $6.

  • Choral & Piano Concerts in Algoma

    Algoma United Methodist Church is hosting the Silver Lake College Choral for a concert on March 2 at 7 pm. The program is free and open to all. A reception will follow the concert.

  • “All Over But the Shooting” Murder-Mystery Dinner Theatre Performed

    All Over But the Shooting is a fun, campy play in true dinner theatre “whodunit” fashion and will be performed by a group of local actors March 16 – 18.

  • High Speed Internet Availability Update

    • Janet Johnson recently contacted Frontier for an update on the availability of high speed internet. General Manager Frank Maydak said the company had identified eight more areas for equipment replacement, and it was anticipated that by June over 90 percent of Liberty Grove would have service.

  • The Business of Charity

    Non-profit organizations should be run like a business. That’s a common belief shared by many in our community. The idea seems to be that our local charities should adopt the practices used by for-profit businesses so they would become more efficient.

  • Victory Farm Debuts During 2012 AFT Summer Season

    The American Folklore Theatre (AFT) announced their 2012 season. The summer season will feature Victory Farm, in rotating repertory with AFT favorites Belgians In Heaven and Cheeseheads, The Musical.

  • Who Is Casimir Pulaski?

    On the first Monday of every March (this year March 5) the state of Illinois celebrates Casimir Pulaski Day. The celebration is particularly prevalent in the city of Chicago.

  • 2012 Woodwalk Concert Series Line-up Announced

    Jeanne Kuhns has announced the schedule of the 2012 Woodwalk Concert Series
. June 22, Sons Of The Never Wrong will kick off the series, performing their original, turbo-charged whimsical folk, and the series will wrap up with Eli Mattson, runner up in America’s Got Talent, Aug.

  • Holland and Hoover Enchant at TAP

    Jess Holland and Nick Hoover performed at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 18. Performing a mix of originals and a few cover tunes, the duo created an atmosphere of enchantment that was a perfect fit for the venue.

  • Hardbean & McHonzik at The Cork

    Though you won’t find green beer, you will find Hardbean & McHonzik playing traditional Irish pub sing-alongs, and the crowd dancing for their pride at The Cork’s 11th annual St.

  • The Appalachian Trail: Where Does 2000 Miles Get You?

    The Appalachian Trail experience has different meanings for different people – meanings as diverse as the people who hike it and as diverse as the natural areas that the trail traverses as it winds through the mountains from Georgia to Maine.

  • Children’s Winter Carnival Slated for Mar. 3

    Zion Lutheran School & Early Childhood Center in Jacksonport invites the public to their first Children’s Winter Carnival on March 3 from 10 am – 2 pm.

  • “Sip and Savor,” Beer and Cheese Tastings During March

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese will continue the “Sip and Savor” tasting evenings during March where Wisconsin’s finest artisan cheeses are matched up with handcrafted beer.

  • Documentary “I Am?” Screened at Greens N Grains

    Director Tom Shadyac – well known for his work in comedies like Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor, Patch Adams, Liar Liar and Bruce Almighty – asks some of today’s most profound thinkers two questions in his latest project, a documentary entitled I Am? The film will be featured at the next Green Door Film Society Screening at Greens N Grains Dinner and a Movie Night on March 8.

  • Annual Irish Ceili Dance, March 10

    Sponsored by the Door County Folk Alliance, the annual Irish Ceili (pronounced "kay-lee") dance will be held March 10 from 7 – 9:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sturgeon Bay.

  • YMCA Leaps Into Strong Kids Campaign with Family Fun Night

    Leap into the Door County YMCA for Family Fun Night on March 9 from 6 – 8 pm at the Sturgeon Bay program center. Community residents are invited to bring the whole family to a rainforest of fun that will make everyone forget that it’s winter in Wisconsin.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” ~ Joyce Carol Oates

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Barnard

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship's Dickinson Poetry Series will feature retired Sheboygan elementary school librarian Francha Barnard on March 7 at 7 pm.

  • Health Program Looks at Sexual Behavior

    The third and final program in this Community Health Information Program (CHIP) series is entitled “Healthy and Unhealthy Sexual Behaviors” and will be presented on March 4 from 4 – 5 pm at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay.

  • Packers Award Grant to Ministry Door County

    The Green Bay Packers Foundation announced a grant of $4,000 to the Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) Dental Clinic. The grant will help support clinic operations by assisting with the cost of staff, supplies and equipment purchases.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 348

    When we're on all fours in a garden, planting or weeding, we're as close to our ancient ancestors as we're going to get. Here, while he works in the dirt, Richard Levine feels the sacred looking over his shoulder.

  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor Served 983 People in Need in 2011

    In 2011, 983 individuals benefited from services provided by Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers. Door County residents saved more than $400,000 in medical expenses by utilizing the organization’s services, and 81 volunteers donated 3,761 hours to facilitate medical equipment loans, serve as peer companions and/or respite care providers to homebound or isolated individuals, staff the Neighbor-to-Neighbor office, serve on the Board of Directors, and assist with special events.

  • Upon Seeing Sandpipers in Hawaii

    Looking like balls of brown- and white putty a sculptor has perched atop rigid black legs, sandpipers race up and down the beach, thin black bills exploring the littoral, probing for food, not comprehending that in Paradise they need not move with such stiff-legged purpose.

  • Unity Hospice Offering March Orientation Sessions for Volunteers

    Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, recently announced March orientation sessions for its volunteer program. Unity’s Volunteer Services Department works closely with individuals to find meaningful ways for them to participate in its palliative, hospice and bereavement programs.

  • Cantata for Woodland and Orchestra

    There, just there - where the first cellos of March come in, before the oboes or the ides - there, the brooding before budding or cranes return, before clarion brass of calendar spring, the thing made of maple and ice, there, that dripping, the ripping of the long, white garment, there, the giggling of flutes, perennial roots waking in cold soil.

  • Olde Ellison Bay Days June 22 – 24

    The dates for the 46th Annual “Olde Ellison Bay Days” Festival have been confirmed for June 22 – 24. The festival will feature a pie baking contest, talent show, Grand Parade, Arts & Crafts Fair, live music, BBQ and picnic-style food and refreshments, and activities ranging from children’s games to the “signature” slow-bike race and water golf shoot-out from the Ellison Bay Park pier.

  • Habitat Crew Returns from Honduras Work

    Door County Habitat for Humanity’s second “Global Village” work crew recently returned from a week in Puerto Lempira, Honduras where they helped in the construction of a concrete block home for Maura Arevalo and her nine children.

  • Cultural Consultant, Horseman Will Host Workshop at Nelson Healing Center

    Phillip Whiteman, Jr., a nationally-known Indian cultural consultant, storyteller and horseman returns to Door County to present a one-day workshop, "The Circle of Love" on Saturday, March 10 at the Nelson Healing Center.

  • Rock Island Fundraiser Picnic June 30

    The Friends of Rock Island State Park will host their annual fundraiser picnic on June 30 at Rock Island State Park. Festivities will begin at 11 am near the Boathouse.

  • Golden Heart Awards Coming April 26

    The Volunteer Center of Door County is pleased to announce the 10th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration presented by Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Volunteer Center of Door County will be held April 26 at Stone Harbor Resort.

  • High School Home Construction Program Seeks Buyer

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) is actively seeking a party motivated to have their new home built by the High School Home Construction Program in an effort to continue providing skilled learning opportunities for area youth.

  • Alexander’s Hosts Strong Kids Buffet March 11

    • Great food will take center stage as Alexander’s Restaurant in Fish Creek hosts the Strong Kids Buffet on March 11 from 3 – 7 pm. The community is invited to enjoy the buffet with all proceeds benefitting the Strong Kids Campaign of the Door County YMCA.

  • Rotary Clubs Present Ethics in Business Awards

    The Rotary Clubs of Door County presented their inaugural Ethics in Business awards at an all community dinner at Stone Harbor Resort on Thursday, February 23, 2012.

  • Strivers Gymnastic Team Collects Blankets

    The YMCA’s Strivers Gymnastic Team has collected blankets to help support Patty Tebon’s mission in Swaziland, Africa, “Blanket the Kids.

  • Flannel and Jake

    Found wandering along a quiet road in Brussels in September 2011, Flannel has watched as dozens of other cats have been adopted in the last six months.

  • Old Guys

    It is with a certain regularity we collect each other. So common is this procedure a diagnosis is available for those who collect people, what for want of a better word to call it friendship.

  • A Printmaker’s Impressions: Q&A with Michael Bond

    Near the back of Cottage Row Framing & Gallery in Fish Creek, a collection of prints by Wisconsin artist Michael Bond has continued to captivate my attention.

  • Cellcom Marks 4G Milestone

    Cellcom marked another milestone toward the company’s 4G LTE rollout, when the engineering team completed initial testing on three 4G cell sites located in Sturgeon Bay Feb 15.

  • Cynthia Oliver’s Eclectic Style on Display at UU Gallery

    Unitarian Universalist member Cynthia Oliver will exhibit her eclectic style of art at the UU Gallery during March and April. The public is invited to an opening reception March 2 from 4 – 6 pm.

  • Wheel-Throwing Demo at TR Pottery in Fish Creek

    Potter Tony Gebauer will demonstrate techniques for creating large ceramic pots on the wheel on the first three Saturdays in March from 1 – 3 pm. Gebauer throws large vessels in sections, dries each slightly with a propane torch, and then pieces the sections together and works with the clay until the seams disappear.

  • Sturgeon Around the Bay Art Auction Is Back

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is again beautifying the streets of Sturgeon Bay with fantastic street art. And based on last year’s very successful season and auction, the sturgeons are back! Artists are welcome to take one of the sturgeons and create a masterpiece.

  • Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Carving Winners Announced

    Fifteen blocks of ice are now works of art thanks
to the talented artists that participated in this year’s Fire and Ice event in Sturgeon Bay. The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) announced the following winners.

  • “Passion for Pets” Exhibit Continues at the Miller Art Museum

    Pet lovers are invited to visit the Miller Art Museum to see the wonderful artwork and the many activities associated with it the current exhibit "A Passion for Pets," which continues through April 16, 2012.

  • Gibraltar Superintendent Search Moves Forward

    Gibraltar School is moving forward in its quest to find a new district superintendent for the first time in 15 years. Current Superintendent Stephen Seyfer is retiring at the end of this school year.

  • Door County Administrator’s Leave Related to Personnel Problems

    Door County Administrator Mike Serpe was placed on paid administrative leave by the county's Administrative Services Committee Friday, Feb. 24, pending the result of an investigation.

  • Room Tax Reform Concerns Tourism Officials

    A room tax reform bill making its way through the Wisconsin Legislature could have serious repercussions for the Door County Tourism Zone.

  • Lasee Pulls Lodging Bill

    Wisconsin Senator Frank Lasee has pulled his proposal to exempt second home and condo rentals from lodging industry rules off the legislative agenda. Lasee’s bill, SB 482, would have exempted residential or vacation home rentals of seven days or longer from lodging regulations and inspections, including room tax.

  • Sheriff’s Dept. Investigating Bureau’s $41,307 Discrepancy

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department is investigating why the Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) could not account for $41,307 in its 2010 audit.

  • Art for Health Classes Help Kids Express Themselves

    Six-year-old Kennedy Paszczak is full of energy – she enjoys singing, dancing and acting. So when her mother Jaclyn Paszczak discovered Art for Health, a series of free children’s workshops, she thought it would be a perfect fit.

  • Papercuttings Featured at Craft Cottage

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is currently featuring the papercuttings of Sister Clarice Steinfeldt, SDS. Sister Clarice entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Savior in Milwaukee in 1947, and after 32 years in active ministry, Sister Clarice began her “retirement career” as a visual artist.

  • “Secrets, Memories, and Dreams”

    Judi Ekholm revealed her new oil on linen painting entitled “Secrets, Memories, and Dreams.” The painting was inspired by Ekholm’s recent visit to California.

  • The Culmination of a Season’s Work

    More than 600 students participated in The Clearing Folk School’s 2012 Winter Program, and many of them will exhibit original works during the annual Student Exhibit scheduled for March 3 and 4 at the Sister Bay Village Hall from 10 am – 4 pm.

  • Fire District Discussion Will Move Forward

    Northern Door officials heard enough at a Feb. 21 presentation about creating a fire district to move the conversation forward.

  • Grand View Property Purchase Moving Forward

    The efforts to purchase and protect the iconic 16-acre Grand View property overlooking Ellison Bay received a big boost recently when legal issues surrounding the purchase by the Door County Land Trust were resolved.

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report, Feb. 17

    Warm temperatures this week has caused what little snow we had to disappear in much of the county. There are a few snow showers in this week’s weather forecast so we will continue the ski report while there is still hope.

  • Kristine Thatcher’s “Niedecker” Performed

    Peninsula Players will present a reading of Kristine Thatcher’s stage portrait of beloved Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker Monday, Feb. 27 at Scandia in Sister Bay at 7 pm.

  • Victory Farm Headlines AFT’s 2012 Season

    American Folklore Theatre’s (AFT) 2012 season features the debut of the first play written by the team of Emilie Coulson and Katie Dahl. Victory Farm is a story of "family, forgiveness, and the fruits of our labor" set in World War II Door County.

  • Horseshoe Bay Golf Club Sold

    The prestigious Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, considered by many golfers as Door County's finest course, was purchased by a group of 28 members Jan. 25 for about $3 million.

  • When East Meets West

    As a teacher trained in therapeutic yoga, I gasped when I read the title of an article published in The New York Times on January 5. “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” sparked my immediate attention.

  • How Small is Small Business?

    When representatives and bank officials tout their commitment to small business, they aren't talking about the small businesses most of us know.

  • How Small is Small Business?

    Yesterday we shared an article about why commercial lending is still so hard to come by, but in this week's issue we also looked at two lending programs that other communities are using to get small businesses

  • How Communities are Innovating to fill Lending Gap

    Since banks tightened their purse-strings in the wake of the 2008 meltdown in the mortgage market, small businesses and start-ups have felt the squeeze as much as anyone. Green Bay and Milwaukee programs provide a blueprint for another way to fund small business.

  • Why Commercial Loans Remain Tough to Get

    Small business owners are frustrated with struggles to get financing, but banks are under increasing scrutiny of their lending practices. As a result entrepreneurs can't launch the new businesses the economy needs to thrive.

  • Recognition Long Overdue for Gibraltar’s Kordon

    When Debbie (Anderson) Kordon was growing up in Baileys Harbor there weren’t any girls’ youth basketball leagues or pickup games, but that was okay – she just played with the boys.