Volume 18 Issue 12 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Town of Gibraltar Considering Municipal Water System

    It all started with a fire. In 2008, Dick Skare's business, The Cookery in Fish Creek, burned. As he and his wife Carol rebuilt the restaurant, Skare got to thinking about protecting his investment against future fires.

  • Door County League Baseball

    Standings, results and schedule for Door County League Baseball.

  • Getting Lost in Poetry

    Amateur poet and shopkeeper Steven Link’s tall frame is dwarfed only by the ceiling-high bookshelf scattered with rare and unique titles as he sips on white wine and runs long fingers through his blonde hair while reciting an original poem to a handful of locals and guests within the store.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 358

    Jaimee Kuperman is a poet living and working in the Washington, D.C., area, and she shares with many of us the experience of preparing one’s self for a visit to the dentist.

  • Ekholm Unveils New Painting

    Judi Ekholm recently completed “A Joyful Afternoon,” an oil painting on Belgian Linen. The new painting is available for purchase and may be view at the Ekholm Gallery, located at 3913 Little Spring Road in Fish Creek.

  • Exhibit II Reception and Painting Demo at Edgewood Orchard Galleries

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a reception for Exhibit II on June 16 from 4 – 7 pm. Exhibit II includes glass artists Stephen Gartner and Danielle Blade, jeweler Olga Ganoudis, painters Tom Nachreiner and John A. Sayers.

  • From Summer Stock to the Great White Way!

    The 77th season of summer stock theater along the shores of Green Bay opened this week when the Peninsula Players raised the curtain on Opus by Michael Hollinger.

  • Door County Outdoor Painters on Location

    On a bright, sunny Wednesday, the Door County Outdoor Painters set up their easels, a blank canvas, and studied Eagle Harbor before mixing their colors and dipping their brushes.

  • Celebrate Craft Beer in Baileys Harbor

    The wait for Door County’s first beer festival is over. Over 1,000 people are expected to hit the grounds of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on June 16 to celebrate the finest in craft beers from around the world.

  • Ephraim Welcomes Summer

    Ephraim will celebrate their 48th Annual Fyr Bal Festival June 15 – 17. Steeped in Scandinavian tradition, Fyr Bal, pronounced fear ball, is Norwegian for bonfire.

  • Facts & Figures

    A water shortage might seem impossible to imagine as one peers from the shoreline of Door County across the vast expanse of Lake Michigan or Green Bay, but, increasingly, areas throughout the United States and the world are investigating ways to stave off water shortages – including turning wastewater into drinking water.

  • Sky, Earth, and Water: Lily Bay Pottery

    You would think that someone who wakes every day to the shores of Lake Michigan might begin to take it for granted. Not so for Linda Sheard, master potter, who appreciates every detail of her home, gardens, and studio/gallery on the sandy shores of Lily Bay, a few miles east of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Death’s Door Distillery’s Sustainable Focus

    When Brian Ellison cut the ribbon on Death’s Door Distillery’s new Middleton, Wis. facility June 4, he stepped the craft distillery deeper into the sustainable ethic at the heart of the company.

  • Perfect Combination – Young and Old Get Sister Bay Bays off to Hot Start

    League-leading records have eclipsed the Sister Bay Bays for many years. The team has not won the Door County League baseball regular season since 1994, although they did win the 2011 Playoff title, but the perfect combination of youth and experience has put the Bays back in the title hunt.

  • Door County Golfer Profile

    Door County Golfer Profile – Scott Brunswick

  • 2012 Nor-Door Little League

    Standings, results, and schedule for Nor-Door Little League.

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Standings, Results and Schedule

    The Northern Door Volleyball league had another round of play June 13 and Nicolet Beach Concessions and Blue Horse Beach Cafe remain atop the leader board.

  • Sturgeon Bay Arsonist Caught on Tape

    The Sturgeon Bay Police Department has released photographs of the teenage male suspected of setting a fire at St. Peter's Church on June 9. The photos come from the surveillance footage that captured the suspect walking into the church parking lot around 1:57 am.

  • Bike the Back Roads

    From Gills Rock to Cave Point County Park and all places in between, cyclists will take to the county’s less-travelled back roads on June 16 for the 23rd annual Ride for Nature to benefit The Ridges Sanctuary.

  • Ride for Hope

    Freddie Bexell crossed the finish line of the Trek 100: A Ride for Hope on June 9 in Waterloo, Wis., having not only cycled 100 miles, but also raising over $3,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund).

  • Not Just Another Racquet Sport

    Walking into the gym at the Northern Door YMCA and seeing some racquets hitting a ball over a net, I was zapped back to my experience on the high school tennis team.

  • Toss and Turn Until You Fall

    “Sublime recorded on that board,” an Arlyn studio engineer said to Joseph Peterson and Matt Manninen as they arrived at the Austin, Texas studio to record their debut album.

  • Article posted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:30pm

    44 million- Number of Americans who relied on food assistance at some point in 2010

  • Spirit of Sydney Harris

    This past week I had occasion to remember the columnist Sydney Harris. Harris wrote for the Chicago Tribune and later the Chicago Sun Times, and I was an avid reader of his columns.

  • YMCA Celebrates Grand Opening of Child Development Center

    The Door County YMCA announces the grand opening of the new Child Development Center on June 20 at 10 am. In celebration of this addition to the community, there will be a ribbon cutting, cake, tours, and a brief musical performance by the students.

  • Congrats to Participants of “Hog Wild Kid’s Run”

    Staudenmaier Chiropractic Wellness Center, SC wants to congratulate all the participants at the June 2 “Hog Wild Kid’s Run” at the Side Pork Fest. All children ages 4 through 9 could participate and proceeds of the event went to Door County non-profit organizations.

  • Steve Asher Awarded Melvin Jones Fellowship

    Steve Asher was recently presented the Lions International Melvin Jones Fellowship award at a Sturgeon Bay Lions Club meeting. Lion Asher, partner at the Asher-Wood Accounting Firm, is a Past President and 14 year member of the club.

  • Kewaunee Celebrates Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

    The City of Kewaunee recently marked the completion of renovations and upgrades to their Wastewater Treatment Plant with a community celebration. The treatment facility is over 50 years old; the improvements were necessary to bring the facility in compliance with DNR requirements, and to meet the needs of the community.

  • Jacksonport Parks Committee Holds Benefit Pig Roast

    The Jacksonport Parks Committee will hold a Benefit Pig Roast, prepared by DC Custom Meats, in Lakeside Park on July 7 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm. Visitors and residents are invited to attend the roast to support Lakeside Park improvements.

  • Advocates for Independent Living II Offers Therapeutic Pet Visits

    Advocates for Independent Living II (AIL) will now offer fee-based in-home therapeutic pet visits. People who are sick, lonely or feeling depressed will often positively respond to animals.

  • Spuds ‘n Splits Served at Immanuel Lutheran Church

    Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor will serve Spuds 'n Splits on June 23 at 6 pm, following the Praise Service. Enjoy a baked potato with a choice of toppings and for dessert have a make-your-own banana split or ice cream sundae.

  • Basic Hunter Education Course Offered at Peninsula Gun Club

    The Peninsula Gun Club of Fish Creek is offering a DNR certified Wisconsin Basic Hunter Education Course. Certified instructors and a Wisconsin Conservation Warden teach the course.

  • Golden LivingCenter-Dorchester Hosts Free Memory Loss Program

    A free program about the basics of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's disease will be hosted by Golden LivingCenter-Dorchester on June 18 from 4 – 5:30 pm.

  • Door County Maritime Museum Seeks Nominations for Third Annual Mariner Award

    The Door County Maritime Museum is seeking nominations for the Third Annual Mariner Award. The Mariner Award is presented annually to recognize individuals who have had significant, positive and lasting impact on the Door County maritime community.

  • Grand Opening of Harbor Hounds Dog Park

    The grand opening of Harbor Hounds Dog Park is set for June 23 at 10 am. As part of the festivities, the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) will hold the “Chip-In for Dogs” event.

  • Christ Child Society Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Fundraiser

    Christ Child Society of Door County will meet June 25 to finalize details about their upcoming fundraiser. The meeting will be held at St. Michael's Social Hall in Jacksonport at 12:30 pm.

  • Capital Projects Completed at Ephraim Moravian Church

    At the June 17 service, Ephraim Moravian Church will dedicate completed capital projects. Capital projects include a new accessible bathroom; ramps into the church and sanctuary; refurbished Fellowship Hall floors, doors and cabinetry; and a new church sign.

  • CHIPs Program Continues at YMCA

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) with the latest series of presentations covering "Your Mind, Your Memory and More.

  • Matthias Olson and Cody Diener Awarded Cellcom Scholarships

    Cellcom has selected 14 graduating high school seniors to receive $500 scholarships, including Matthias Olson from Southern Door High School and Cody Diener of Kewaunee High School.

  • Peninsula Belgian American Club Holds Brat and Trippe Fry

    The Peninsula Belgian American Club will hold a brat and trippe fry on June 21 at 6 pm at the Belgian American Clubhouse in Namur. They will offer brats, trippe, beverages and Belgian pies.

  • Frontier Donates to Habitat for Humanity during the 2012 Tailgate Tour

    Frontier employees are proud of their company’s partnership with the Packers for the 2012 Tailgate Tour. As part of the celebrations, Frontier general managers presented a $250 check to the Door County Habitat for Humanity in Sturgeon Bay.

  • New Trolley Added to Door County Trolley, Inc. Fleet

    Door County Trolley, Inc. recently added a new trolley to its fleet. Purchased from Hometown Trolley out of Crandon, Wis., the newest addition is the fifth trolley purchased from the company.

  • Refurbished, Redecorated Hotel Disgarden Re-opens in Ellison Bay

    The historic Hotel Disgarden in Ellison Bay has re-opened as a bed and breakfast by Faith and Bob Murray. “We stayed at the Disgarden while building our retirement home here in Ellison Bay in 2008,” says Faith, who now serves as Vice President of the Ellison Bay Service Club.

  • Roger Utnehmer Inducted into Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame

    Roger Utnehmer of Sturgeon Bay will be inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on June 2l in LaCrosse. Utnehmer owns and operates four radio stations in Door County, including WBDK 96.

  • Marcia Hoebreckx Expands Yoga Offerings at Birchwood Lodge

    Marcia Hoebreckx recently expanded her yoga class offerings at the Birchwood Lodge (East Conference Room) in Sister Bay. Morning classes will be offered Tuesday through Saturday, with an evening intermediate class on Friday.

  • Twilight Ziplining Offered at Gravity Trails

    Gravity Trails, located near Sister Bay, offers twilight ziplining for the summer season. Zipliners are adorned in glow sticks and bike through Sand Bay Trail.

  • Renovations Allow for More Showroom Space at Designworks

    Designworks, a division of Door County Nature Works in Egg Harbor, recently underwent extensive expansion and renovation at the former Granary building on Highway 42.

  • Sturgeon Bay Cellcom Hosts Customer Appreciation Events

    Cellcom’s customer appreciation events will be held in Sturgeon Bay on June 20 and 21 from 10 am to 7 pm. Attendees can learn about the company’s products, participate in hands-on demonstrations and enjoy food and refreshments.

  • AmericInn Participates in Event to Donate to Military Families

    AmericInn Lodge & Suites in Sturgeon Bay participated in a special corporate event where hundreds of gift items were donated to military families. Over 500 AmericInn hotel owners, franchisees, managers, vendors and corporate staff collaborated on the preparation of the gift items.

  • The Beauty of Moths

    Butterfly populations this spring have been unusually good. Now I hope that various moth populations will also be considerably better than in the past several years.

  • Weekly Farmers Market at Settlement Shops

    The Settlement Shops Farmers Market opened for their 9th season on June 13. The market runs from 10 am – 2 pm (or until sellout) each Wednesday through late October.

  • Crossroads Screens “A Chemical Reaction”

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host a screening of A Chemical Reaction on June 19 at 7 pm. A Chemical Reaction is an award-winning documentary detailing the experience of a Canadian community in stopping the use of lawn chemicals.

  • The Iceman and Scouting Bees

    • The body of a small male was found frozen in the ice on the Italian Alps. Nicknamed the “Iceman,” he lived about 5,300 years ago and his body and clothing were extraordinarily well preserved.

  • Working Towards a National Interpretive Center

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. At the first regular Town Board meeting for June, the board approved the nomination of Lou Covotsos to the Fire District Exploratory Committee, Diane Kirkland was appointed to the Plan Commission and Anne Miller to the DC Coastal Byways Committee.

  • Volunteer Voices

    Actually, it’s not a question at all for Sara RS Miller. There was never any doubt in the mind of this “semi-retired” computer programmer from Milwaukee.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 2:08pm

    Scads of cats grace the lobby of the shelter, and there are many new ones waiting in the wings. June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month, and to celebrate there’s a month-long adoption fee reduction now in effect.

  • Coastal Byways Brainstorming Has Begun

    The Door County Coastal Byway (DCCB) committee is one step closer to developing a master plan that will shape how visitors experience the 66-mile loop along Highway 42/57 after hearing residents personal stories and anecdotes.


    Ruby James of Austin, Texas, recently rocked her Steel Bridge Songfest performance. The successful, eighth annual Songfest featured a record number of songwriters and bands performing at 12 indoor and outdoor venues throughout Sturgeon Bay.

  • Primitivo

    In the 1990s, the Primitivo varietal was proven to be DNA connected to the Zinfandel grape in California. Both are known to be the ancestors of the ancient Croatian varietal known as Crljenak Kastelanski.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:20am

    Ellison Bay was founded in 1866 by Johan Berndt Eliason, an immigrant from what country?

  • Congratulations to Andrea Kaplanek

    When you feel like you need good company and a friendly face, John Henry's at Stone Hedge is the place! There you will be greeted by Andrea, with her smile from ear to ear.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:10am

    Gemini (May 21 – June 21): A trip to the Post Office next Tuesday will prove fruitful, as a flyer in your mailbox with coupons for a pound of apples will keep the doctor away and save you pennies.

  • Overheard, Shout Outs and Pet Peeves

    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?

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:02am

    Dear Miss Manners, I was recently at a play date with another mom and child, and the other kid exhibited some horrible behavior. The mom just allowed the child to display poor behavior, repeatedly, and I was so tempted to jump in and discipline the kid.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Ask any cheesemaker what beverage “pairs” best with cheese and they will say: beer. Beer is one of the oldest beverages humans have produced, with evidence of beer trade and brew recipes dating as far back as the Sumerians in 2050 B.

  • DKBEP Announces 5th Annual Golf Challenge Fundraiser

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) Annual Golf Challenge Fundraiser, previously held in May, is scheduled for July 17 at The Orchards Golf Course in Egg Harbor.

  • Golf League Results

    Recent golf league results from around the county.

  • Sons of the Never Wrong Open Woodwalk Concert Series

    Jeanne Kuhns’ Woodwalk Concert Series announces the start of the series on June 22 with Sons Of the Never Wrong. Sons of the Never Wrong are a Chicago band that skews the notion of three-part harmony.

  • Michael Johnson Performing at TAP

    Singer/Songwriter Michael Johnson makes his first Door County appearance in several years at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on June 23. He last performed on the peninsula as part of the White Gull Inn's Winter Concert Series in Fish Creek.

  • The Hollands! Are Back and Performing throughout the Peninsula

    The Hollands! have returned to Door County to perform at multiple venues throughout the peninsula. In October 2011, the family band started full-time touring and traveling in their bus/home, Celu'haven.

  • Brandi Carlile and The Lumineers Return to DCA

    Dynamic Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile returns to the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) to perform on June 23. Carlile is known for her deft songwriting, stellar backup band and an incomparable voice, which swings easily between gentle, honky-tonk twang and rock-and-roll power.

  • Jim Spector Plays Sundays at The Cookery

    The Cookery’s Wine Bar will feature Jim Spector on guitar on Sunday evenings throughout the summer. Spector plays acoustic guitar music from Bach to rock and Flamenco; he is first scheduled to play on June 17.

  • 5 Milers Perform to Benefit DCA and DOORCANcer, Inc.

    The 5 Milers Folk Music Group is returning to Door County for the third year performing for a benefit. They perform June 30 at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA).

  • Opening of Third World Marketplace at Shepherd of the Bay

    Third World Marketplace at Shepherd of the Bay opens June 22 at 6:30 pm as part of Olde Ellison Bay Days. Third World Marketplace is Shepherd of the Bay’s outreach program that supports farmers and artisans worldwide.

  • The Ridges Sanctuary Hosts Len Messineo in Lake Lesson Series

    The Ridges Sanctuary continues Lake Lessons, their Thursday night speaker series, on June 21 at 7 pm in the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. This night features Len Messineo with “Special Moments: Inspirational Nature Messages.

  • Mike Orthober Adds to “Seasons of Life” Display

    Master taxidermist, Mike Orthober of Egg Harbor, will be at the Door County Historical Museum on June 16 mounting a specimen for the “Seasons of Life” display.

  • Crossroads Presents the Village Series and Cross-generational Programs

    The Board of Crossroads at Big Creek recently passed a policy stopping the use of fertilizers or pesticides on lawn areas and gathering areas. To celebrate, Crossroads is offering a variety of programs in June.

  • Baileys Harbor Historical Society Takes A Retrospective Look at July 4th

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society
 will meet on June 23 for a retrospective look at the tradition of July 4 in Baileys Harbor. An extensive collection of photos and films of July 4 parades will be shown.

  • UUF’s Movies That Matter Series Features “Amreeka”

    A free screening of Amreeka will play at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) in Ephraim on June 19 at 4:30 pm. Amreeka, the feature film debut from writer/director Cherien Dabis, chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in small town Illinois.

  • Ryan Anthony and Gary Beard in Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

    Trumpeter Ryan Anthony and organist/pianist Gary Beard are making their second Door County appearance in concert at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church on June 17 at 7 pm.

  • Stage Door Theatre Company Presents First Play, “The Subject Was Roses”

    The first play by Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) new theatre company, Stage Door Theatre Company, will be the Pulitzer Prize winning comedy/drama The Subject Was Roses by Frank D. Gilroy.

  • Island Players Perform “Moon Over Buffalo”

    Broadway comes to Washington Island with humor and style when the Island Players perform Moon Over Buffalo at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center on July 6, 7 and 8 at 7:30 pm.

  • Birch Creek Hosts Screening of “Jazz at Birch Creek”

    Birch Creek will host an encore screening of Jazz at Birch Creek, a program of Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) on June 21 at 7:30 pm in the Dutton Concert Barn at Birch Creek.

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Celebrates “The Spirit of Summer”

    Midsummer’s Music Festival is underway and begins its second concert program, The Spirit of Summer. Audiences have four different opportunities to enjoy classical chamber music up close and personal.

  • The Ridges Offers Programs for Children and Families

    As Door County swings into summer, The Ridges Sanctuary is offering programs and activities for families and children. On June 18 from 2 – 3:30 pm, families are invited to take “A Walk on the Wild Side,” as part of The Ridges No Family Left Inside series.

  • Charlie Dickson Shares Native American Legends at Peninsula State Park

    Door County favorite Charlie Dickson will return to Peninsula State Park this summer to share authentic Native American legends around the campfire. These programs are free and open to the public, but a state park vehicle sticker is required.

  • Olde Ellison Bay Days Celebrate “The Grand View”

    2012 Olde Ellison Bay Days will be held June 22 – 24, and the festival highlights the acquisition of the 16-acre Ellison Bay vista, “The Grand View,” by the Door County Land Trust.

  • Door County Sail & Power Squadron Seminars Begin with Emergencies on Board

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron kicks off its Seminar Series with Emergencies on Board on June 16 from 9 – 11 am at SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina.

  • Announcing the Judges of the 2012 Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Expose and Photography Jubilee

    The Peninsula Pulse is once again sponsoring the Hal Grutzmacher Writer’s Exposé and Photography Jubilee. The contests are held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, by offering commentary and encouragement to promising writers and photographers from accomplished and professional writers and photographers.

  • Saturday Book Sales Return to Sturgeon Bay

    The Sturgeon Bay Farmer’s Market has returned for the summer and so has the Friends of Door County Libraries Used Book Sales. Visitors to the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays can also “feed their mind” by crossing the street to visit the Used Book Sale in the basement of the Sturgeon Bay Library.

  • Amish “Forever” Barrel Baskets at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage now offers Amish-made “Forever” Barrel Baskets. These baskets are handmade from 100 percent recycled post-consumer product, which means it’s not only durable and beautiful, it's 100 percent green.

  • Kendra Bulgrin Featured at The Flying Pig

    The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace welcomes Kendra Bulgrin to their artist line-up. Born in Beaver Dam, Bulgrin attended the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater where she received a BFA with an emphasis in painting and a minor in Japanese Cultural Studies.

  • Rural Landscapes and Great Lake Freighters at DCAL

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery is featuring the artwork of Barbara Sweeney and Anthony Strublic for the week June 17 – 24. Sweeney, of Sturgeon Bay, loves to express the colors of Door County’s rural landscapes in watercolor.

  • September Workshops at Chez Cheryl Art Space

    Chez Cheryl Art Space is offering painting workshops this Sept.; “Plein Air Painting with Emmett Johns,” will be from Sept. 17 – 19 and “GO FIGURE with Ken Klopack” will be Sept.

  • Sandra Place Presents “Seasons of Snow”

    Seasons of Snow, an exhibit of snow paintings, will be featured at Base Camp Coffee Bar in Sister Bay from June 15 – Aug. 15. Sandra Place of Santa Fe, NM, and summer resident of Egg Harbor, presents paintings that showcase Door County snow-covered subject matter captured in an impressionistic, sunlit style.

  • Bones Tumble Back Together at Beer Festival

    If you catch the Brooklyn-based band Tumbling Bones it’s easy to forget that you’re listening to a trio of 20-somethings.

  • Silage Fire at Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy

    Firefighters from Egg Harbor responded at 11:20 am on June 8 to a silage fire at Schopf’s Hilltop Dairy in the Town of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Great American Family Circus Visits Sturgeon Bay

    Great American Family Circus will have much more than just horses and elephants when it comes to John Miles Park in Sturgeon Bay on June 12th and 13th.