Volume 18 Issue 26 – Section 1

In this issue

  • A Look Back, a Look Forward

    The Wilson and Carol Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Washington Island is now open year round, thanks to the extensive renovation work completed a little over a year ago and our generous donors, program sponsors, local and Door County advertisers and supportive community.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • The Village of Egg Harbor hired two new employees. Michelle Anderson is the new deputy clerk deputy treasurer and Lynn Ohnesorge is the new deputy administrator clerk treasurer.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The Sturgeon Bay Common Council will consider the DOT’s proposed Bayview Bridge closure detour routes at its Oct. 2 meeting. The current routes have northbound traffic enter the city via Green Bay Road and follow Michigan Street out of the city, while southbound traffic enters the city via Egg Harbor Road, follows Jefferson Street to 3rd Avenue, and then leaves via the Michigan Street Bridge and Green Bay Road.

  • Peninsula State Park Golf Course Considers Learning Center

    There are some challenges facing the game of golf beyond scheduling tee times and finding lost balls. In some ways, the future of the game is at stake.

  • D.A.R.E.’s Effectiveness Called Into Question

    Since its creation in Los Angeles in 1983 the D.A.R.E., or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, program has been implemented at schools throughout the United States and the world.

  • Balancing the County Budget

    The county may have some trouble balancing its 2013 budget depending on how rates rise for the state’s public pension fund, known as the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS).

  • Political Discourse in Door County

    At the height of the passion surrounding this summer’s gubernatorial recall election, a most disturbing fact was uncovered by a Marquette University poll – 29 percent of Wisconsin residents said they lost friends, or stopped speaking to friends, because they disagreed over whom to support with their vote.

  • Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry aims to streamline health services

    A lot of little petals make a big flower. That’s the message behind Northern Door Health and Wellness Ministry’s logo. Each petal is a program, like blood pressure screenings or health-related presentations, and together they represent a healthy, blooming community.

  • Triathlon Training and Murphy’s Law

    Item #1: I ran across a quote the other day that I had filed away sometime ago. The quote was from someone named Kevin Cooper, who happens to be a triathlete.

  • Our Oxygen Exchange and Owl Adaptations

    Does breathing by humans contribute to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? An average human body circulates about five quarts of blood carrying about 30 trillion red blood cells.

  • Humbug Road Clarification

    The Highway Committee received a schedule of roadwork for 2013 – 2016. The committee felt the schedule looked good. The committee is developing a five-year rolling plan for roadwork.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:16am

    1.2 million - number of mortgages modified through the Home Affordable Modification Program.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:10am

    More than 170 felines in a facility built for 28 cats; yes, the Door County Humane Society is packed with kittens and cats. The second “kitten season” is underway with entire litters arriving each day.

  • Student Identification Project Underway

    The Jacksonport Historical Society is looking to identify students in a photo taken sometime between 1915 and 1917 in front of the Farview School, which was located in West Jacksonport, The teacher, Mildred Bagnall, as well as some students have been identified, but the historical society with the help of Marcella Giesseman is working to identify more of the children.

  • Dental Clinic Awarded Grant

    The Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic recently received a grant of $2,500 from the Brown Door Kewaunee Dental Society. Dr. Paul Feit (center) accepts the grant on behalf of the MDCMC Dental Center alongside Andy Boettcher and Mary Ann Zjala.

  • Work beginning on sixth Door Kewaunee Business and Education Partnership home construction project

    For a group of 12 county high school students, this school year will be a lot more constructive than normal. That’s because they’ll be spending their mornings not in the classroom, but at a project site in Valmy where they’ll eventually erect a 1,400 sq.

  • Donation to Veterans of Door County

    (Left to right) Joe Heilman, Commander of the Door County Veterans Service Council, receives a donation from PJ and Doc Chobot at the Door County Veterans Memorial.

  • MS Walkers take to Door County Roads

    Sept. 21 – 23, over 100 walkers will take to Door County roads for the fifth Annual MS walk sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the MS Society.

  • Habitat for Humanity Announces First Ever Bowl-A-Thon

    Door County Habitat for Humanity will hold its first ever Bowl-A-Thon on Oct. 6 at Apple Valley Lanes in Sturgeon Bay. Habitat for Humanity has built 34 affordable homes for residents of Door County since its inception in 1993, and the monies raised from the Bowl-A-Thon will be dedicated to building the next home.

  • FOPPI Clear Pilot Island Debris

    Volunteers from the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) gathered on Pilot Island Sept. 15 to remove debris left behind from 2009 when a new roof was put on the Pilot Island Lighthouse.

  • Porte des Morts Shore Access Moving Forward

    Getting to the water at Porte des Morts Park in Liberty Grove is tricky – especially for those carrying equipment. The water is at the bottom of a steep bluff, and getting to it involves a challenging climb down.

  • Altrusa Uses Grant to Host Back-to-School Fair

    Altrusa Club of Door County announces the receipt of a grant of $1,000 from the Door County Community Foundation’s Children & Youth Fund. This grant was used to provide new backpacks to over 50 of the nearly 440 disadvantaged children who attended the Back-to-School Fair on August 11.

  • TAP Continues 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.

  • 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."

  • Door County still needs volunteer firefighters

    When many people first think of firefighters they probably think of those hunky guys from movies and calendars: 20-something men with chiseled jawlines and abs a quarter could be bounced off of.

  • Sister Bay Lions Celebrate 60th Anniversary

    On Sept. 10 the Sister Bay Lions celebrated their 60th Anniversary at the Sister Bay Bowl (the established meeting place since 1952). Awards, including the Birch-Sturm and Melvin Jones Fellowships, were presented at the annual dinner.

  • Green Roof Enhances Sustainability on NWTC Campus

    High above the grounds of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay lays a small patch of green space that most students are unlikely to come across.

  • Rural Development Office Moves to New Location

    The USDA Rural Development State Office is moving to a new location in Stevens Point, effective Oct. 1. The new office will be located in the Portage County Business Park at 5417 Clem’s Way.

  • Door and Kewaunee Counties Featured on Nature Conservancy Slideshow

    The Nature Conservancy recently featured a slideshow on their website with photography of Wisconsin landscapes by Green Bay photographer Darryl Beers and haiku poetry by Green Bay writer Reed Hardy.

  • 500 Land Trust Supporters Celebrate a Grand Year

    A record crowd of over 500 supporters turned out for the Door County Land Trust’s annual membership gathering on Aug. 26 at the Liberty Grove Historical Society property adjacent to the Grand View Scenic Overlook and Park in Ellison Bay.

  • Jacksonport Historical Society Screens Green Fire

    On Sept. 26 at 7 pm, during the monthly meeting of the Jacksonport Historical Society, Ray Osinski, the Land Ethics Leader of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will present Green Fire.

  • Cellcom Accepting Green Gifts Applications

    Cellcom is now accepting applications for its Green Gifts program. Through Green Gifts, Cellcom donates proceeds from its cell phone recycling program to local organizations, programs and projects dedicated to or supporting environmental sustainability.

  • Spotted Wing Drosophila confirmed in the county

    Fruit flies are a common autumn pest in gardens and kitchens, but this year there’s a new species swarming the peninsula. “These two people noticed there were a lot of flies around, and some of the fruit had little moving critters – which are actually the larvae in the fruit,” said Dean Volenberg, Door County Extension agriculture agent.

  • Obituary – Bryan J. Buske

    Bryan J. Buske of Fish Creek passed away in the early morning on Monday, September the 17th at age 52. Bryan was a loving husband of 29 years to his wife Laurie and a dearly loved father of Clayton and Katelaine.

  • Obituary: Bryan J. Buske, Fish Creek

    Bryan J. Buske of Fish Creek passed away in the early morning on Monday, September the 17th at age 52. Bryan was a loving husband of 29 years to his wife Laurie and a dearly loved father of Clayton and Katelaine.

  • Eagles Volleyball On a Roll

    LaRae Bagnall sets up Cora Baudhuin in the Southern Door Eagles match against Sturgeon Bay Clippers on Sept. 13. The Eagles edged out the Clippers, winning 3 of 5 sets (25-18, 22-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-9).

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Turkey Vulture

    Reports reach us all too often of native animals, ranging from the small delicate Monarch Butterflies to nesting songbirds, having had very bad summers due largely to the terrible droughts over much of the country.

  • Begin Holiday Shopping at Fish Creek’s Inside/ Outside Sale

    Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping during Fish Creek’s Annual Inside/ Outside Sale, September 28 – 30. Throughout the weekend, Fish Creek retailers showcase special sale merchandise outside of their shops for end-of-season savings, both inside and out.

  • Mojo Rosa’s Taps Breakfast Stout from Founders Brewing

    Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor was chosen by Founders Brewing, Inc. to be the first establishment in Wisconsin to tap the seasonal Breakfast Stout beer. On Sept. 21 at 5 pm, Breakfast Stout will be tapped as a precursor to AleFest, beginning on Sept. 22.

  • Balanced Beginnings Provides At-home Nutrition Service

    Loni Rahn, R.D., is bringing her nutrition expertise back to Door County with Balanced Beginnings. Balanced Beginnings is an at-home service Rahn provides to clients throughout Door, Brown and Kewaunee counties.

  • Cellcom Offers iPhone 5

    On Sept. 28, Cellcom will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to its customers. Cellcom is a wireless company that provides nationwide service through nearly 80 retail and agent locations throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, including offices in Sister Bay and Sturgeon Bay.

  • Amy Paul Joins EHBA

    The Board of Directors of Egg Harbor Business Association announce the hiring of Amy Paul as the Marketing & Visitor Center Coordinator. Paul, who began duties on Sept. 10, brings with her seven years experience as marketing coordinator at Marine Travelift, Inc.

  • Unity Staff Members Achieve National Certification

    Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, recently announced that two members of its staff achieved national certification in hospice and palliative care.

  • JCC Selling Wool Mittens in time for Cooler Temps

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is getting ready for colder temperatures and the holiday season with felted wool mittens. These mittens are handcrafted and made with recycled wool sweaters and fleece.

  • Shopko Grand Opening

    The Shopko Hometown store in Sister Bay celebrated their grand opening on Sept. 13 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. At the opening, Shopko made a $2,500 donation to Gibraltar Schools.

  • AFT Presents the Equinox Concert and a Staged Reading

    Tickets are on sale for the return of American Folklore Theatre's (AFT) popular Equinox Concert and a staged reading of a new musical by Laurie Flanigan-Hegge.

  • Carnegie Hall Quality Returns to Door County

    One of the world’s finest musical ensembles returns to Door County to perform three masterpieces on Sept. 27 at the Ephraim Moravian Church. The highly acclaimed Pro Arte String Quartet will present masterworks by Haydn, Schubert, and Dvorak.

  • Door Shakespeare Announces 2013 Summer Season

    Door Shakespeare announces the play selections for the 2013 summer season. For the first time in the company’s history, Door Shakespeare will present William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Love’s Labours Lost at Bjِrklunden.

  • “Almost, Maine” Performance to Benefit United Way

    Stage Door Theatre’s Almost, Maine opened on Sept. 20 and will be performed through Oct. 14. Almost, Maine is a romantic comedy written by John Cariani and directed by James Valcq.

  • Backstage with the Boys at Pen Players

    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 to 4 pm in the rehearsal hall.

  • “You Are the Music of My Silence”

    A new instrumental CD, You Are the Music of My Silence, featuring award-winning Canadian musician Harry Manx and Door County musician Hans Christian, was recently released on the Allemande Music label.

  • Bjِrklunden Hosts Cello Concert

    Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden will host a concert Sept. 23 at 1:30 pm. A cello ensemble, under the direction of Janet Anthony, will perform several pieces written in Haiti or by Haitian composers.

  • Weekend ReCAP

    1. On Friday after work, I shared a bottle of wine with some friends and watched the sun set over Lake Michigan in Baileys Harbor. Then it was back home for an early bedtime in preparation for my weekend on the Ice Age Trail.

  • The Cookery Features Katie Dahl on Wednesdays

    On Wednesdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 17, Katie Dahl will play at The Cookery’s wine bar from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Dahl is a Door County folksinger known for her sharp-witted lyrics, intricate melodies, and engaging performances.

  • Tom Smith Serves as Guest Chef at Savory Spoon

    Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay offers culinary educational opportunities throughout September. On Sept. 24 guest chef Tom Smith, formerly of T Ashwell’s Restaurant in Ellison Bay, will share his passion for using the freshest ingredients in preparing appetizers.

  • A Mini-Safari on Washington Island

    At Double K-W Ostrich & Exotic Animal Farm, any trip to Washington Island can be turned into a mini-safari. There’s a checklist of exciting and mysterious animals just waiting there for you to discover (and pet!) them.

  • Bjِrklunden Offers “Samson” Seminar

    From Oct. 14 – 19, Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering the seminar “Samson” with Bill Urbrock. The larger-than-life figure of Samson dominates the narrative in Judges 13-16 of the Bible.

  • Craft Beers and Live Music at Egg Harbor’s AleFest

    On Sept. 22, Egg Harbor hosts AleFest, a day of tasting and sampling craft beers from 40 different brewers. There will be more than 100 different craft beers to sample.

  • The Nostalgia of Skee-Ball, Pinball, and Sega

    It takes a moment for your eyes to adjust to the galaxy-themed carpet and walls of the Egg Harbor Fun Park’s arcade – complete with neon shooting stars and the glowing rings of Saturn.

  • Sturgeon Bay Celebrates Fall with Harvest Festival

    On Sept. 22, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center will host Harvest Festival and Harvest Moon Celebration. Festivities begin at 9 am on Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay.

  • Fall Harvest Fest at Orchard Country Winery & Market

    Orchard Country Winery & Market hosts the 8th Annual Fall Harvest Fest on Sept. 22, 10 am – 5 pm. Enjoy complimentary tasting of Orchard Country wines, local micro brews, farm market foods and free, guided winery tours.

  • Discover “Fossils of Door County” at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek announce they will be able to upgrade the multi-media system in the Collins Learning Center, thanks to grants from the Raibrook Foundation, the Door County Community Foundation, Learning in Retirement of Door County and several anonymous donors.

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    6:03 pm: Amber yawns between munching on kernels of microwave popcorn with an extra dash of table salt. She tucks her legs under her on an oversized armchair contemplating switching on the television as she runs her palm over her unshaven calf and lazily sings, We’ll always want, but we’ll never get.

  • Congratulations to Wes Smith

    I wonder if we’ll ever see, a server as engaging as Wes can be? Whether a main course, a cocktail or just a cold draft, his goal: to provide an experience as well as make ‘em laugh.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 374

    The following poem by Kathryn Stripling Byer is the second in a series of related poems called Southern Fictions. Despite all the protective barriers we put up between us and the world, there’s always a man with a wink to rip right through.

  • Elvio Cogno Barbaresco Bordini 2008

    Elvio Cogno Barbaresco Bordini 2008 Our tasting this week mirrors the Barolo tasting from the previous week. We stay in Piedmont and tried a Nebbiolo from Barbaresco that was stunning.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:19am

    What are the four basic ingredients of a Door County fish boil?

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:15am

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): Be aware that you possess exclusive and valuable information such as the cell phone number for Ernest Hemmingway and the exact location where Lindsay Lohan throws her vodka bottles.

  • 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?

  • Hand-carved Santas, Woodsmen and Vikings featured at Rustic Fish Gallery

    Erik Rinkleff’s carved characters are anything but ordinary. Rustic Fish, located at The Shops of Green Gables in Ephraim, serves as a working studio and gallery for Rinkleff, who sat perched on his stool in the corner behind the register as people came in and out, admiring and buying, his fabulous hand-carved Santas.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:10am

    Dear Mary Pat, I'm in a bind. My sister-in-law wants to join the book club I attend. She's a great gal, but she dominates any conversation she participates in.


    Nine-year-old Jacob (lower right), seven-year-old Aidan (lower right), and four-year-old Will Anschutz play in the sprinkler at their home in Carlsville.

  • The Cheese Insider

    There are four types of milk used to make cheese: cow, goat, sheep, and buffalo. The most common milk used is from cows, and the least common is buffalo, which is mainly used to make mozzarella cheese.

  • What Type of Golf Game to Play?

    When approaching the first tee, pretty much the only thing decided is that you are playing golf. Great decision. Other than that, a flurry of other questions become very important before taking that first swing.

  • Informational Open House

    The Peninsula Golf Association will host an open house on Sept. 25 from 4 – 6 pm at Peninsula State Park Golf Course clubhouse to discuss potentially building a short course across from the course’s driving range.

  • Golf League Results

    Recent league results from around the county.

  • Golf Events

    Upcoming Door County golf events.

  • Champeau’s Pioneer Gallery Features Award-winning Paintings

    William Schneider, an award-winning artist working in oil and pastel, is currently displayed at Champeau’s Pioneer Gallery. Schneider travels around the country teaching workshops, and taking part in competitions and exhibitions.

  • Emmett Johns Painting Demo at DCAL Meeting

    The versatile and always-entertaining Emmett Johns will surprise the Door County Art League (DCAL) audience at the September meeting with a painting demonstration.

  • Birds with Shoes Invade Santa Fe Shop

    “Birds in shoes and boots. Why? Because it made me smile, and sometimes we just need that,” says Steven McGovney of his unique ceramic creations. McGovney has been making art since childhood.

  • Husband and Wife Exhibit at Meadows Art Gallery

    The Meadows Art Gallery at the Good Samaritan Scandia Village welcomes the community to the opening reception for the Vavras’ art exhibit. The wine and cheese reception will be held Sept. 27 from 5 - 7:30 pm.

  • Many Opportunities to See Door County Watercolorist

    Kari Anderson is taking part in a number of special events this fall. On Sept. 27 – 28, Anderson will teach “Capturing Autumn Colors in Watercolor,” at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek.

  • Write On, Door County! Hosts Community Events

    On Sept. 29, 1 – 5 pm, Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host an opening reception for children’s book author Nancy Carlson as a part of Write On, Door County!, an initiative to facilitate and promote writing in Door County.

  • Celebrate the Start of the Season with “The Cheesehead Devotional”

    The Cheesehead Devotional, the Kick-off Edition, by Ellison Bay resident Judy DuCharme, is now available on, and will soon be in local bookstores.