Volume 18 Issue 25 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Proof of Residency Via Electronic Options

    Wisconsin residents that register to vote in the upcoming election now have more ways to prove their residency in the upcoming election. Now they’re able to use electronic documents to prove they’re Wisconsin residents.

  • Wisconsin Wolf Hunting Season Opens in October

    Wolves may adorn the Wisconsin Endangered Resources license plate, but they no longer get much protection off state roads. Wisconsin’s first wolf hunting season begins in October, marking the animals’ transition from an endangered species to wild game.

  • Cyber Schooling

    For some Door County high school students, September means it’s time not only to get back to school, but also to get back to cyberspace. “Last year we had a substantial increase in the number of students taking classes online,” says Robert Nickel, principal at Sturgeon Bay High School.

  • Mary Ann Johnson, Historian Extraordinaire

    In 1992, the Door County Historical Society named Mary Ann Johnson Historian of the Year and presented her an engraved plaque and a lovely hand-lettered certificate.

  • Liberty Grove Won’t Rush Property Purchase

    At its Sept. 5 meeting, the Liberty Grove Town Board decided to pursue purchasing the Johnson and Czepulonis properties in Ellison Bay for a location of a new visitor center.

  • Fall Colors Predicted Earlier than Usual

    As the summer season slips away, a fall phenomenon began to take place: leaves changing from green to yellow, orange and red. Potawatomi State Park naturalist Wendy Wagner said this summer’s dry weather stressed the trees and predicts leaf colors will change soon and fall off early.

  • Sturgeon Bay Farm and Craft Market “Vendor of the Week”

    Kris Berns is one of our market’s longest standing vendors. She has been in business for approximately 34 years and has been attending the Sturgeon Bay Farm and Craft Market for over 30 years! Berns makes clay Christmas ornaments and hand painted cherry décor.

  • A Door County Local Librarian: Marcia Carr

    There is no better place to find literature of all kind than your local library, and no one better to help you find what you’re looking for than the librarians.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 373

    The paintings of Georgia O’Keefe taught us a lot about bones in the desert, but there’s more to learn, and more to think our way into. Here’s a fine poem by Jillena Rose, who lives in Michigan.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • The Sister Bay Village Board unanimously voted to rescind its prior decision to move the intersection of Highways 57 and 42 at its Sept. 11 meeting.

  • Stone Path Yoga to host Soma-Yoga for Runners class

    As Door County becomes more of a destination for silent sports enthusiasts, one person is ready to treat and prevent the pulled muscles, displaced kneecaps and torn tendons that come with extreme athletics.

  • Football and Theology

    Awhile back the Catholic Bishop of Melbourne announced that secular songs would no longer be tolerated as part of funeral services. His ire aimed at rollicking football choruses and AC/DC’s battle hymn “Highway to Hell” that had become a customary refrain at some upscale Aussie funerals.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The Village of Ephraim Board of Trustees is hosting a special meeting Sept. 18 from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Village Hall to discuss revisions to an ordinance regarding direct sellers and service vendors.

  • Green Fund Application Deadline Approaching

    The Door County Community Foundation is looking for applications from both traditional environmental organizations and non-environmental charities with ideas on how they might incorporate an environmentally conscious perspective into their work.

  • Incredible Recycling Facts

    Aluminum foil on Hershey's Kisses, an Empire State Building filled with glass jars and aluminum cans running a TV...

  • Baileys Harbor Smart Growth Plan Nears Completion

    After two years, a referendum, and a series of meetings, the amendment process for the Town of Baileys Harbor’s Smart Growth Plan is nearing its conclusion.

  • Potential of Misunderstanding and a Personal Peeve

    One of the first things you learn as an advertising copywriter is to be aware of words that can be either misunderstood or can have negative connotations.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Big Trees

    In thinking back to my childhood and the tree that I remember the best, it was the huge Eastern Cottonwood that grew on my mother’s home place on Vliet Street in Kewaunee.

  • Board Votes to Continue Support of Neptune Dive Club

    After hearing public input, the board appointed supervisors Goss and Tidball to gather pertinent information regarding the possible purchase of two parcels located in Ellison Bay.

  • History of Mideast Violence & the Human Body as an Ecosystem

    Scientists studying 6,000-year-old skulls recently excavated in Israel and the West Bank found that about 25 percent of them showed evidence of blunt force trauma, or knife or sword wounds.

  • Rating Our Generosity

    3.4 - Percent of income Wisconsin residents give to charity

  • Volunteer Voices

    There is no doubt that being a “Meals on Wheels” (MOW) driver is one of the best volunteer opportunities out there. Just ask Pat Barlament and Deb Whitelaw-Gorski, two of Sturgeon Bay’s most enthusiastic supporters.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:03am

    Can you help to heal Henry? On August 23rd, an older dachshund was found on Alabama Place in Sturgeon Bay and brought to the Door County Humane Society.

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation Launches Capitol Campaign

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation launched a capitol campaign on Aug. 26 to raise funds to expand archival resources, enhance programming, and to preserve Ephraim’s heritage.

  • Phillip Whiteman Jr. Leads Medicine Wheel Model Workshops

    Dr. Melissa Nelson, of Nelson Healing Center, is working with nationally known Indian cultural consultant, storyteller and horseman, Phillip Whiteman Jr. to present a two-day workshop, Sept. 29 - 30.

  • Photo Poll

    “Whiskey Ditch at the Sister Bay Bowl.” ~ Kurt Linczmaier “The Lumineers at Door Community Auditorium.” ~ Whitney Carey “Unity at Camp David.” ~ Loren Wilde “Hoi Polloi at Husby’s.

  • USDA Offers Technical Assistance Grants

    The USDA is currently accepting applications for technical assistance grants to develop domestic and migrant farm labor housing. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “increasing the supply of affordable housing in rural communities not only helps the residents, it helps the entire community.

  • Youth Grants Available

    The Door County Service Club Coalition announces the Youth as Resources and Youth in Theatre Grants are available for the 2012-2013 school year. The Youth as Resources program provides financial support to projects using the skills and abilities of young people to serve or educate.

  • The Next Chapter of Third Avenue Playhouse

    This summer, the Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) embarked on its most ambitious programming schedule in its 12-year history. Beginning on June 21, the place has been teeming with activity seven days a week with theatre, concerts, rehearsals, and workshops.

  • USPS Issues New Purple Heart Forever Stamp

    The U.S. Postal Service continues to honor the U.S. military with the issuance of the new Purple Heart Medal Forever stamp. First issued as a 37-cent First-Class stamp in 2003, this new Forever Stamp features a slightly larger image of the medal on a pure white background.

  • Weekend Forecast

    The kids are back to their fractions and periodic tables, a chilly wind with the breath of autumn sweeps over Lake Michigan. Transition time. But, hey – the fun is far from over.

  • “Dearly Departed”

    What would an individual from Door County’s history tell you if they were able to come back for an afternoon? Members of the Ephraim Moravian Church and Ephraim Historical Foundation have created a program that will help you answer that question for seven people from Ephraim’s past.

  • McNair Grant Offers Higher Education Opportunities

    A five-year grant of $1.1 million will continue a collaboration between Ripon College, Lawrence University and St. Norbert College. The U.S. Department of Education TRIO division awarded the grant to the schools’ Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program.

  • Fall: The Changing Color of Men’s Fashion

    As the hot, summer climate cools and the crispy chill of autumn ascends upon the peninsula, the seasonal exchange of styles begins as well. While it may not be cold enough yet to lose the tees and pick up the skis, the fall season brings a perfect in-between of the feverish temperatures of summer and the future freeze of a Door County winter.

  • Q&A – Questions and Artists – Molly Johnson

    I first saw Molly Johnson's work in a Miller Juried Show at the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay several years ago. I was, and continue to be, amazed at her vibrant portraits.

  • Orchard Country Winery Hosts Susan Rove Tailgate Benefit

    Orchard Country Winery & Market will host the Susan Rove Tailgate Benefit on Sept. 23, 3 – 7 pm. The benefit includes food, drinks, music by Ben Larsen, a silent auction, bake walk, paint-your-own wine glass, kid’s games, and Chewy will perform horsemanship and trick roping.

  • TAP Announces Carpet Fundraiser

    Third Avenue Playhouse announces a matching fund to replace TAP’s worn-out, stained carpet has been established by a generous donor. Floormart of Sturgeon Bay gave TAP a very low price of $6,000 to re-carpet the entire building.

  • Unity Announces Fall Sessions of “Navigating the Waters of Grief”

    Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, announces fall sessions of “Navigating the Waters of Grief,” a support group open to adults who experienced the death of a loved one.

  • Green Bay Oncologist Speaks at CHIP

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPS) with the latest series of presentations covering “Diseases of the Blood."

  • Capital Brewery Hosts Harvest Fest on Washington Island

    Capital Brewery hosts the 8th Annual Harvest Fest at Washington Island Hotel on Sept. 15, 1 – 5 pm. There will be Island Wheat beer and live entertainment.

  • Grand Opening of Madison Ave. Tattoo

    Madison Ave. Tattoo LLC & Art Gallery LLC will hold a grand opening event on Sept. 15, from 4 – 8 pm. The business is owned and operated by tattoo artist Tara Adsit.

  • Cellcom Joins Smartphone Theft Initiative

    Cellcom recently signed on to a nationwide initiative to deter smartphone thefts, as well as to educate and protect wireless users. Smartphone thefts and protecting consumer data are a growing concern, and Pat Riordan, CTIA chairman and Cellcom president and CEO is leading the charge to address the issue.

  • DKBEP Ground-breaking Ceremony for Home Construction Project

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) will host a ground-breaking ceremony to start the sixth annual DKBEP High School Home Construction Project.

  • Constant Contact Offers Social Media Seminars

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Door County Visitor Bureau are bringing Jason Schultz and Udo Misch of NeoCloud Marketing to train local businesses on tools that can help strengthen relationships with customers through social media.

  • Congratulations to Claudia Viada

    The servers we have mentioned bring great joy and put smiles upon our faces. Claudia is among the hundreds who serve us here from faraway places. She hails from Europe, a tiny country long known as Romania.

  • Nebbiolo

    Nebbiolo is an ancient black wine grape that is indigenous to the Piedmont region in the northwestern corner of Italy. The grape’s name is derived from the Italian la nebbia which is a reference to the fog that settles over the area during harvest time in late October.

  • Article posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:21pm

    Looking closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Article posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012 2:16pm

    Your last five horoscopes have all suggested the same message as this one. Heed the warnings. Get rid of your current wardrobe and adopt a new set of duds that do not force your friends to wear sunglasses when they sit across the table from you.

  • 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, September 11, 2012 2:08pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I was in the grocery store the other day and ran into a friend. She looked into my cart and saw several bottles of wine and ingredients for appetizers and said, “Oh, you must be having a party!” I smiled and gave a non-committal mmmmnn and tried to change the subject.


    Following a round of mini golf at Pirate’s Cove (hence the eye patch), Lily Reynolds of Chicago hiked Peninsula State Park’s Eagle Trail with her family.

  • The Cheese Insider

    In the last article of The Cheese Insider, “How Wisconsin Became the Dairy State,” I wrote about the “wheat crisis” in Wisconsin during the late 1870s and how the state agriculture business shifted from a cash crop industry to dairy.

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Richard Brisch

    Brisch says the nicest golf course he ever played was Harbour Town Golf Links in Harbour Town, South Carolina.

  • Golf League Results

    Recent league results from around the county.

  • Golf Events

    Upcoming Door County golf events.

  • “Add to the Archives” Focuses on WWII

    The Door County Historical Museum, in conjunction with the Door County Archives, hosts the final “Add to the Archives” on Sept. 15. This day will focus on collecting information about Door County during World War II.

  • Movies That Matter Series Screens “50/50”

    A free screening of 50/50, a 2011 comedy inspired by a true story, will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on Sept. 18 at 4:30 pm.

  • LWV Presents “Patriocracy”

    Political dysfunction and polarization have brought American politics to historical lows and, worse, American voters are angry. In the crossfire, the loudest voices have drowned out reason and fact with fear and anxiety.

  • “Haunted Happening” Benefits Food Pantries

    The Pirates in the Harbour will host the third annual Halloween party, “Haunted Happening,” on Oct. 27 at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille. The party features music by Sound Track Past and Present from 7 pm until midnight.

  • Fish Boil and Open House at Gills Rock Maritime Museum

    The Door County Maritime Museum, in conjunction with J&M Fisheries, will host a fish boil with an open house in Gills Rock on Sept. 16. The museum open house takes place from 10 am – 5 pm and allows visitors to view the new exhibit, “Dan Seavey, a Great Lakes Pirate."

  • Crossroads Hosts Concert and Craft/Produce Market

    Crossroads at Big Creek is hosting a variety of events in early September. On Sept. 15 at 8 pm, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society welcomes visitors to Crossroads for “September Viewing Night."

  • UUF Welcomes Katie Dahl and Rich Higdon

    On Sept. 21 at 7 pm, folk singer-songwriter Katie Dahl will perform at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim. Rich Higdon, West Jacksonport’s resident bassist-percussionist and founding member of the Sheboygan-based blues band, the Water Street Hot Shots, will join Dahl.

  • Bent Grass Plays at TAP

    The Kimberley House is sponsoring a fundraising concert at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm. Bent Grass is a bluegrass group from Green Bay that plays not only bluegrass but standards and originals as well.

  • AFT Revives “And If Elected”

    In 1992, American Folklore Theatre (AFT) first presented And If Elected, a romp through US presidential campaigns from George Washington to the first George Bush.

  • Pen Players Offers Free Public Seminars

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s series of free public seminars continues for its seventh fall season. Free seminars, providing inside looks at topics related to Lombardi, are held select Saturdays from 2:30 – 4 pm in the rehearsal hall.

  • Stage Door Theatre Hosts Benefit Nights

    Stage Door Theatre Company announces the last chance to see Shirley Valentine; the final two performances will be held Sept. 14 and 16 at 7:30 pm. This play features Amy Ensign as Shirley, a wisecracking, completely unpredictable English housewife who proves it's never too late to recapture your dreams.

  • DC String Academy Announces Youth Programs

    The Door County String Academy (DCSA) announces the 2012 – 2013 School Year Program. Programs include Violin/Viola/Cello Lessons and Youth String Orchestra.

  • “Families Helping Families” Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

    On Sept. 16 at 4 pm, Judy and Carl Jackson will play their 9th annual two-piano benefit concert at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay.

  • Frykman Studio Gallery Hosts Night Sky Reception

    The Frykman Studio Gallery of Sister Bay will hold a reception Sept. 22 and 23, 10 am – 5 pm, to showcase Lucas and Heather Frykman’s recent night sky photography.

  • “Door County Seasons” Opens at Cottage Row Gallery

    Jack Anderson’s “Door County Seasons” opens with a meet-the-artist reception on Sept. 15 from 10 am – 1 pm at Cottage Row Framing & Gallery. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Maiden, Mother, Warrior, Crone

    In September, Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar is featuring the lively, figurative artwork of Door County artist Jennifer Lee. Lee’s work tends to feature the feminine image in various forms, and she says painting women comes naturally to her.

  • Fenendael Selected to Paint at Monet’s Giverny Garden

    Ed Fenendael thought he reached the pinnacle of his career in 2008 when he was invited to display watercolors at Atelier Galerie Letoliacha in Giverny, the French village that was the home of Claude Monet.

  • Miller Art Museum Opens 37th Juried Annual Exhibition

    Miller Art Museum’s 37th Juried Annual opens with artwork from 37 northeastern Wisconsin artists. 49 paintings, photographs, prints, and collage were selected to show a range of subjects and styles.

  • DCAL Honors Master Artist

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) honored Jan Forkert, recipient of the 2012-13 Master Artist award, at its 26th Annual Members Showcase on Sept. 6 at the Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville.

  • Door County Artists to Teach at ARTgarage

    The ARTgarage in Green Bay is hosting a number of art workshops this fall, including a two-day “Plein Air in Pastel” workshop with Door County artists Liz Maltman and Mary White, and a painting class with Craig Bleitz.

  • Sandra Peterson Featured at JCC

    Sandra Peterson’s artwork is currently on display at Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts. Peterson, of Sturgeon Bay, created a colorful collection of acrylic, watercolor and collage works depicting Door County.

  • Local Third Grader Earns National Recognition

    Twelve children, including Sturgeon Bay’s Elliott Feldman, have been selected as winners of the national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. The contest is part of an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning.

  • Contests Announced for Wisconsin Writers

    Wisconsin People & Ideas regularly publishes fiction and poetry from around the state, and is searching for emerging writers to become a part of Wisconsin’s new literary canon.