Volume 18 Issue 07 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Buy Local Mixer at Waseda Farms

    On Tuesday, May 1, Door County Buy Local and the Agriculture sub-committee will present the Waseda Farm Tour and Mixer from 4 – 7:30 pm. Local farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, institutional food users, consumers and supporters of sustainable, local agriculture are invited to the family-friendly event at Waseda Farm, located at 7281 Logerquist Road, Baileys Harbor.

  • Pinwheel Galaxy Solar Collector Powers Astronomy Center

    Beginning Earth Day, The Leif Everson Observatory and Ray and Ruthie Stonecipher Astronomy Center will be harvesting renewable energy from outer space at Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • Could Door County Create its Own Electric Utility?

    Each year Door County residents spend roughly $60 million on electricity, exporting nearly all of that to far-flung energy interests. In the Town of Gibraltar, a glance at utility bills three years ago had Supervisor Brian Hackbarth thinking big about an idea that could keep a few of those dollars here.

  • What if…

    In an area with as much natural beauty as Door County and one that values “locals” in such a grandiose fashion it’s interesting that the sustainability movement – a big proponent of the “Buy Local” mindset and the preservation of the environment for future generations – hasn’t already enveloped the peninsula.

  • Artists

    we chase the moon / too hard sometimes / and stumble in the stars

  • Ugly is as Ugly Does

    Sam didn't know from ugly / though he was judged the ugliest dog / in the world three times.

  • My Mother

    Her hair long and lush / Countless vines wisp / From her head down to her wrinkled raisin shoulders.

  • Egg Harbor Votes to Tear Down Old Lena’s Building

    The Village of Egg Harbor Board of Trustees voted 4 – 1 to tear down the former Lena’s Sip & Chat building at a meeting April 9. When the board announced that it had purchased the building March 12 they said they would demolish it, but many residents urged them to reconsider.

  • Bies Will Run for 7th Term

    First Assembly District Representative Garey Bies (R – Sister Bay) will seek a seventh term in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Bies, a former Door County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, was first elected to the seat in 2000.

  • WPS Files for 9.2 Percent Rate Hike

    Wisconsin Public Service applied to the Public Service Commission to raise electric rates 9.2 percent. WPS spokesperson Kerry Spees said the increase is based on economic forecasts from late 2011 and is necessary to keep up with rising costs for energy and infrastructure maintenance.

  • Liberty Grove Hopes to Squelch Hill Road Parking Problem

    The Town of Liberty Grove will place “No Parking” signs along Hill Road to relieve parking congestion issues. The popularity of Base Camp Coffee Bar has resulted in overflow parking stretching up the road, and occasionally onto neighboring properties.

  • Century Ride Reaches Route Agreement

    The Door County Century Ride reached an agreement with the Village of Sister Bay on a new route through Sister Bay. The ride, which drew more than 2,600 bicyclists last September, earned some complaints from Sister Bay merchants last year.

  • UUF’s Poetry Project

    “Poetry is a metaphor for engaging with the world,” Chuck Lauter said. And though he doesn’t regard himself as a poet, he is fond of poetry and confides that on occasion he has written verse and shared it with others.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess what is seen during a moment.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:49pm

    Question: How many steps does it take to get to the top of Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Tower?

  • Congratulations to Joel Desteffen and Jordan Maggz-Maggle!

    Cooking for the Cornerstone requires great skill: Fry the fish, bake the pizza, and master the grill.

  • Overheards & Shout Outs

    “Shout out to Easter candy! When’s the next excuse to fill the house with holiday-themed candy? I’ll tell you – Halloween, that’s months away. Enjoy the Cadbury Eggs and jelly beans, everyone!” ~ Anonymous Sweet Tooth

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:45pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I have a friend who thinks she's perfect. Recently, we were having dinner where she proceeded to point out everything that our mutual friends did wrong in life.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 2:21pm

    Aries (March 21 – April 19): If you have just one day off, make sure to fill it with as much couch potato action as possible. The Hallmark Channel and Lifetime Movie Network are a great place to start.

  • Look Around You

    One of my very best mentors, among many, over the course of the past 80-plus years was Murl Deusing. Murl was a member of the education staff at the Milwaukee Public Museum during his early professional life and eventually became one of the world’s great wildlife photographers and lecturers.

  • Sea Cucumbers and Brain Plasticity

    • Ever heard of “sea cucumbers?” They’re cucumber-shaped relatives of starfish and sea urchins, but to look at them you would not believe the relationship.

  • Town Board Considers Ordinances, Names New Committee Members

    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 approved an ordinance which would prohibit parking on the north side of Hill Road from Spring Road to Ecology Sports/Base Camp.

  • Registration Open for Running Green

    Now is the time to register for the 3rd annual Running Green for Crossroads, 2k, 5k, and 10k trail run or walk event on June 23. The run takes place on a 115-acre preserve at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Runners Set to Go Hog Wild in Sturgeon Bay

    The second annual Hog Wild 5k will feature a new scenic backdrop as it moves to Downtown Sturgeon Bay’s Martin Park with the Side Pork Festival. The race, featuring a 5k, 15k, a 15k relay and a kids run, will be staged on Memorial Drive along the shores of the Sturgeon Bay shipping canal.

  • Brother and Sister Combo Pitch the Vikings Into Spring Season

    Gibraltar’s spring sports season got off to a great start thanks to the brother and sister combination of Matt and Helen Hecht. Matt, a junior, pitched the baseball team to a 4 – 0 victory over Green Bay N.

  • Door County Half Marathon Seeks Volunteers

    Do you want to join the team working on one of Door County’s fastest-growing community events? The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k is looking for volunteers to help prepare for the 5th annual race May 5, 2012.

  • Free Throw Prodigies

    Lauren Kita and Anthony Laughlin, both eighth graders at Gibraltar Middle School, competed at the state level of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship in Wisconsin Rapids on March 17.

  • Sprint Triathlon Nearly Sold Out

    The Door County Triathlon is nearly full: the Half Iron sold out in early February to its 1,000 participant capacity while the Sprint event has just a few spots left.

  • Nicolet Bay 5k Fills

    Registration for the Nicolet Bay 5k, part of the Door County Half Marathon event, is now closed. The race set a record with 550 runners signing up for the May 5 event in Peninsula State Park.

  • Door County Alcohol and other Drug Coalition Hosts Town Hall Meeting

    • The Door County Alcohol and other Drug Coalition, in partnership with a variety of community leaders, is hosting a town hall meeting about how to strengthen youth through community action.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 11, 2012 11:19am

    Both of these hopeful pets are small packages of mature affection. Nugget is a 13-year-old declawed female, petite and very affectionate. She suffers from hyperthyroidism, a chronic condition that is under control with medication.

  • St. Luke’s Donates Food and Clothing

    In recognition of this year’s Lenten season, the parishioners of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sister Bay filled many 're-usable' grocery bags with food and clothing, donated to Feed My People/Clothe My People.

  • Action Reality Recognizes Employees

    Action Realty LLC announced the Production Awards for 2011. Broker Owner Dean Dvorak (far right) presented (left to right) Broker Manager Cindy Koutnik the “Top Producer in Sales Award.

  • Door County Wineries Soon A Part of “Wisconsin Ledge”

    • 3,800 miles of east, east central and northeast Wisconsin is now on the map as a major wine growing region due to the planning of Trout Springs Winery owner Steve DeBaker and his associates.

  • Door County Will Recount District 3 Votes

    A recount of the votes cast in the District 3 Door County Board Supervisor election will be held Thursday, April 12. The April 3 election was won by Roy Englebert, who defeated incumbent Patrick Olson by just two votes, 198 to 196.

  • TAP’s Spring Theatre Class Offerings

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) spring theatre classes will begin April 12 and April 14. Instructors Amy Ensign and Ross Dippel are offering four theatre classes for children in second through 12th grade.

  • Midsummer’s Music Announces Start of Season

    Midsummer’s Music season begins June 8 with “Fantasy and Magic,” and its “red carpet” premiere at Birch Creek Performance Center near Egg Harbor. The premiere promises to deliver a delightfully balanced evening of champagne, chocolate, and the music of Schumann, Kreutzer and Raff.

  • “Anything Goes” at Gibraltar High School

    The award winning theatre students of Gibraltar High School are set to sing and dance in their performance of Anything Goes on April 13 – 15 at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA).

  • Bjorklunden Hosts a Concert of Chamber and Solo Music

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a concert on April 29 at 1:30 pm. The Lawrence University Trombone Ensemble, Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and Low Brass Ensemble will perform a concert of chamber and solo music under the direction of Lawrence professors Marty Erickson (tuba-euphonium) and Nick Keelan (trombone).

  • AFT’s “Guys & Does” Referenced in Psychological Study

    A new study indicates that musical theater may be a promising method for promoting attitudinal change. The study looked at people's beliefs about deer hunting before and after they saw American Folklore Theatre’s (AFT) musical comedy Guys & Does.

  • Door County Women Perform “The Vagina Monologues”

    The Vagina Monologues is an award-winning play by Eve Ensler based on interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women's sexuality and strength.

  • Flowerpot Decorating at the YMCA

    The Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay will host an evening of flowerpot decorating on April 13 from 6 – 8 pm to celebrate the start of spring. The YMCA will provide a selection of materials to create a flowerpot to keep or share.

  • The Ridges Sanctuary Announces the Door County Festival of Nature

    For nature enthusiasts, there’s no time quite like spring and no better season to experience the incredible natural beauty and diversity of Door County.

  • Tea and Garden Party at Ephraim Moravian Church

    The Ephraim Moravian Women will present a Tea and Garden Party on April 25 from 1 – 3 pm at the Moravian Church. Gardening experts Joy Lang of Jerry’s Flowers and Kathy Blankenburg of The Gardening Angel will be on hand to demonstrate container gardening.

  • 19th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival

    Tickets are now on sale to the public for the 19th annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. This year's event will take place June 8 – 10, with a weekend filled with special land-based tours and boat excursions.

  • “The Springs in Spring” and “Discovering the Photography Project” at Crossroads at Big Creek

    The Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will host various programs throughout the month of April. On April 15 at 1 pm there will be a Nature Hike called “The Springs in Spring.

  • The Trout are Out!

    From April 20 – 22, fishermen and women will take to the waters surrounding Door and Kewaunee counties in pursuit of the biggest brown trout. Those who reel in the heaviest trout will be awarded a grand prize package valued over $1,500, including $600 in cash.

  • TAP Hosts Various Concerts in April

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay is hosting various concerts throughout April. The Tuesdays at TAP Concert Series continues with Highland Road and Cynthia Stiehl.

  • 2012 Steel Bridge Songfest Weekend Passes

    Sturgeon Bay’s Steel Bridge Songfest 2012 discounted weekend passes are now on sale. The songfest is set for June 7 – 10 and features over 10 venues around Sturgeon Bay and boasts 150 bands and solo artists performing original music over the span of four days and three nights.

  • Lost Mothra at Holiday Music Motel

    Almost exactly one year since her last live studio concert in the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay, Jeanne Kuhns returns on April 14 to make her motel show annual event.

  • Corky Siegal and Dorothy Scott Perform at the Cornerstone Pub

    The Cornerstone Pub in Baileys Harbor will present a night of blues and alternative music with harmonica master Corky Siegel and national touring artist Dorothy Scott on April 21 at 8 pm.

  • Katie Dahl Kickstarts New Album

    Katie Dahl is using the crowd-sourcing fundraising website Kickstarter to raise money for her second album, following a host of other folk singers who have used the innovative campaign.

  • Nelson Healing Center Hosts “The Journey: Into the Sacred Feminine”

    The Nelson Healing Center will host “The Journey: Into the Sacred Feminine,” to celebrate the sacred feminine through stories, talk circles, meditation and prayer.

  • Boater’s Safety Course Offered by Door County Sail & Power Squadron

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron is offering ABC-3, a boater’s safety course, starting on April 18 at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Family Day at the Door County Maritime Museum

    The Door County Maritime Museum and the Family Centers of Door County will again jointly host a Family Day celebration on April 15 from 1 – 5 pm at the museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Bjorklunden Announces the 2012 Seminar Series

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden is excited to announce there are still openings in the 2012 summer seminar series. There are a variety of seminars to choose from.

  • Travelogue Series’ Final Voyage

    On April 20 the Kiwanis Club wraps up their Travelogue film season with a finale voyage to Rio de Janeiro aboard the famed Cunard ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2.

  • UW–Extension Offers Photography Workshop

    Lisa Ann Krutzik, professional photographer and Door County Fair judge, will teach “Discovering the Photography Project,” a workshop open to all skill levels.

  • Amish Baskets Featured at JCC

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is featuring beautiful Amish made baskets in a variety of shapes and sizes with bold color accents this year. Samuel and Emma Swartzentruber from Minnesota handcraft the baskets.

  • Seeking Artists for Art-i-tat Fundraiser

    Habitat for Humanity is gearing up for their third annual Art-i-tat Fundraiser and once again seeking artists to participate in this year's event. This is a great opportunity for budding artists as well as established professionals in the field.

  • DCAL Season Begins With a Lively Art Demo

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) will kick off the 2012 season with an exciting painting demonstration, “From On-Site to Studio,” by premier plein-air artist Bonnita Budysz, founder and director of the Water’s Edge Artists.

  • Door County Artist Supports Public Television

    Six featured artists, including Connie Glowacki of Door County, have created pieces for this year’s Channel 10 Great TV Auction to benefit Milwaukee Public Television.

  • Door County Local Producers Guide

    The Door County Local Producers Guide lists agricultural enterprises that produce food or fiber in Door County and sell locally, or businesses that use locally produced agricultural products.

  • Traveling Green in Door County

    Door and Kewaunee Counties now boast 44 Travel Green Certified businesses and organizations. Travel Green is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to recognize businesses operating in a more environmentally conscious manner.

  • Building a LEED-Platinum Home in Gills Rock

    David George and Laurie Zelon are constructing what is expected to be Wisconsin’s newest LEED-Platinum home on Northport Ridge Road in Gills Rock. LEED is the rating system designed by the U.

  • UU Fellowship’s Slate of Earth-friendly Activities

    The UU Fellowship in Ephraim will celebrate Earth Day with several activities in April. The kick-off will be the screening of the award-winning documentary Rivers and Tides about the British artist Andy Goldsworthy, who creates intricate and ephemeral sculptures from natural materials.

  • Economics of Well-being Up for Discussion

    Sustain Door announces a community idea exchange program associated with Earth Day: “Building Wealth without Money – the Economics of Well-being.” George Owen will deliver the 90-minute workshop on April 21 at 3 pm at the Bertschinger Center in Egg Harbor.

  • Earth Week Event Series at Base Camp

    Ecology Sports and Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay will present a series of events to celebrate Earth Day and the re-opening of Base Camp. On April 18, Base Camp will re-open at 7 am with a presentation of handmade quilts made by local quilters.

  • Celebrate Earth Day with a Picnic for the Planet

    Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day on April 21 from 9 am – 1 pm at the Mink River Estuary with a Picnic for the Planet, hosted by The Nature Conservancy.

  • Enjoy the Bounty of Farmers’ Markets

    Local growers have made fresh produce more and more available for people to capitalize on the undeniable deliciousness of Door County’s growing season.

  • Article posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:25am

    12 Percent of the energy needs of Yosemite National Park that will be supplied by its new $4.5 million solar array $50,000 Annual savings on energy costs Yosemite will get from the array 90 Years it will take for the array to pay for itself at that rate of savings 8 Weeks, the usual lifespan […]

  • Living Better

    When a powerful wind storm ripped through Door County last October, tearing trees up by their roots and causing days-long power outages for much of the peninsula, its main effect on Judy Samida and Guy Fortin was that they couldn’t showcase their house in a solar home tour.

  • A Pulse Family Garden

    The employees of the Pulse will combine a few age-old adages this summer. After “putting in a hard days work,” we’ll head to the backyard with the knowledge that “you are what you eat” to plant and tend a garden.

  • Home Canning: An Overview

    Historically people have faced the challenge of preserving food for winter, at first relying on salting and drying for meats, cellars for storing root vegetables, and pottery crocks for fruits and vegetables preserved with sugar and vinegar.

  • Little Bites for Little Ones

    There are few things more daunting than reading the labels on premade grocery items, especially when it comes to baby food. Take the guesswork out of what’s going into your little one’s belly by making your own baby food.

  • Authenticating Door County Products

    Stand in the aisles of a store in Door County for a few minutes on a busy July afternoon and you will likely catch the following scene. A young woman will pull an item from a shelf and call to her mother, “Mom, look, they have Door County [insert product here]!” It might be a salsa, a jam, a dipping sauce, or any number of items that some company has stuck a Door County label on.

  • Beyond Cherries and Whitefish

    In the last couple of years, the local food movement in Door County has made vast strides. Each town has their own farmer’s market, produce stands abound, and now there are several locations in the county to buy local, organic meat.

  • Shumway Wins Coin Flip for Liberty Grove Supervisor Seat

    MaryKay Shumway called tails to win a coin flip for the final Liberty Grove Supervisor seat last night. Shumway finished in a tie with Kubie Luchterhand in last Tuesday's local elections.

  • Coaty Photos On Display at Kick Coffee

    Martha Coaty is displaying her photography, “Door County Wisconsin and Other Northern Places” at Kick Coffee in Sturgeon Bay through the month of April.

  • The Many Roles of John Collins

    If we at Crossroads at Big Creek had to select a name for our environmental center today, we would call it The John and Helen Collins Learning Center.

  • Election Results: County board sees turnover

    The Door County Board of Supervisors will get a slightly different look next month as it heads into tumultuous waters. Just days after the board removed Administrator Mike Serpe, three established incumbents - Leroy Liebe, Patrick Olson and Paul DeWitt, lost their bids for re-election.

  • Naperville Man “Just Spent” After Day on the Lake

    Mark Masters says sometimes, “the sun just gets to you.” “I am just spent,” Masters said as he settled into his Husby’s bar stool, the top of his Tommy Bahama shirt open, exposing a graying mane of chest hair blanketing a pink chest.

  • Mother of All Toll Roads Coming to Door County

    The Governor on Friday unveiled the “Northeast Wisconsin Tollway Initiative,” a $37 billion project that will create a four-lane toll road stretching from Green Bay to Northport, an unincorporated community at the tip of the Door Peninsula.

  • Plein Air From the Air

    On Sunday, April 1, artist Karsten Topelmann of Ephraim, will be painting scenes of Door County Plein Air style from the air in his specially-constructed, clear "sky box" suspended from a helicopter.