Volume 18 Issue 27 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Weekend ReCAP

    1_At quitting time on Friday I joined Carol in the Pulse garden to collect rotten tomatoes, soon to be slung in the weeds (and the outside wall). We still harvested a bountiful basket of “good stuffs” including tomatoes, tomatillos, squash, cucumbers, potatoes, broccoli, and basil.

  • Choosing the Park over the Pavement

    My weatherworn shoes kick up the dirt around me and snap a twig or two as I bound through the forest like a modern day Thoreau in training for my next race.

  • The Journey of John Winstead

    John Winstead made a left onto 4th Avenue and parked on the right side of the decidedly narrow downtown street. The spot he picked was located directly across from the Main Street Pub.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 377

    Julie Suk is a North Carolinian who, like all good writers, has taught herself to pay attention to what’s happening right under her nose. Here’s a good example of her poetry.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Egg Harbor Town Board voted to support changes to the original Horseshoe Bay Golf Club’s land plat. The changes essentially swap a 100-foot plot of land south of Horseshoe Bay Beach Club, next to Murphy Park, with a 100-foot plot of land north of the beach club. The […]

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The League of Women Voters of Door County will host a State Assembly candidate forum at Sturgeon Bay City Hall on Oct. 18 at 7 pm. Assembly candidates Garey Bies and Patrick Veeser will both be attending the forum.

  • Laptops, A Fixture at Gibraltar

    As of this school year, every student at Gibraltar High School will be the proud owner of his or her very own laptop, thanks to an expansion of the One Laptop Per Student (OLPS) program.

  • Head Lice Prevalent in Door County Schools

    It’s not unusual for Door County schools to have reported cases of head lice, but Nancy Stults, a nurse with the Door County Public Health Department, says this year’s been a busy one for the tiny bugs.

  • Absentee Ballots Add Up

    Mailing and counting absentee ballots is a task for local clerks around election time that can add up to a lot of time. “Please don’t abuse the process,” said Town of Sevastopol Clerk Linda Wait.

  • Door 2 Door Rides Continues to Grow

    The Door County Public Transit System, a.k.a. Door 2 Door Rides, has grown quite a bit since its inception in August 2010, adding a northern service area and connector runs to a taxi ride-share program that largely focused around Sturgeon Bay.

  • Seaquists Orchards Expansion Adds Efficiency

    A new production facility next to Seaquist Farm Market in Sister Bay houses 15,000 square feet of space used for sorting apples, pressing juice, canning fruit and seizing opportunity.

  • Public Health Department no longer able to vaccinate insured individuals

    Starting October 1, health departments around the country will start screening patients before giving vaccinations. Those with insurance coverage will be turned away.

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

    This week’s vendor of the week, Charles Bordeau, has been in business for over 40 years and attending the Sturgeon Bay Farm and Craft Market for approximately 15 years, bringing customers home grown fruits and vegetables as well as jams, jellies and pickles.

  • Garden to Grow Library’s Uses

    Say goodbye to the stretch of grass behind the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove library. By next summer, the space will be in transition from regular lawn to educational, sustainable, user-friendly garden.

  • The Healing Project – Body, Spirit & Mind

    When Susan* walked away from her last radiation treatment, she was confronted with a new question. How do you live after cancer?

  • Article posted Thursday, September 27, 2012 9:54am

    150,000 - Number of injection wells holding toxic waste nationwide

  • 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.

  • Speed Limits Reduced

    At the last board meeting the discussion on changing the speed limit on Isle View Road was tabled, and the board voted to establish a 35 mph advisory speed limit on Garrett Bay Road south of Maplewood Lane leading into Ellison Bay.

  • Brain Freeze Biology and Autism Research

    A previous snippet mentioned studies that explain why a temporary headache can occur from quickly eating ice cream or drinking ice-cold drinks. Research showed that the headache occurs when an ice-cold substance in the mouth causes the middle cerebral artery, just behind the eyes, to expand, or dilate.

  • Run Wild at Potawatomi State Park

    The 24th annual Run Wild events are scheduled for Oct. 6 at Potawatomi State Park. The fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of Potawatomi State Park, features a 10K run and 3-mile run/walk.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Giant Puffball

    Charlotte, the mushroom expert in our family, frequently learns of some special or unusual specimens growing in the county. They could be mushrooms pushing their way up through a blacktop driveway, an unusual “fairy ring” of mushrooms, or some strange umbrella-like mushrooms growing on a bed of wood chips.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 11:14am

    Five small “Quiet Side” kittens were surrendered to the Door County Humane Society in late August. This litter was born around Memorial Day in Baileys Harbor.

  • Gibraltar Class of ’62 Gathers After 50 Years

    A 50-year class reunion was recently held at the Log Den for Gibraltar High School’s Class of 1962. (Front row, left to right) Carole Jeanne (Kramer) Shapiro, Juanita (Boeck) Michalski, Joyce (Anderson) Beyer, Susan (Olson) Provo, Sheri (Pleck) Gauger, Linda (Lemere) Hoffman; (middle row, left to right) Donna (Haen) Jorns, Lynn (Edmunds) Mattke, Tom Hanson, Oscar Tanck, Ron Mickelson, Ruthanne (Newman) Stretch, Judi (Fairchild) Green, Gary Benson, Bonnie (Johnson) Smith, Barbara (Hansen) Anderson; and (back row, left to right) Donald Sitte, Wayne Jarman, Bruce Hanson, Jerry Daubner, Larry Wickman and Ron Gauger.

  • DCA Hosts Musical Benefit for Go Bo Foundation

    On Oct. 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, a musical benefit for the Go Bo Foundation will be held at the Door Community Auditorium. Some of Door County’s most beloved musicians will perform, and there will be general seating and a free will offering.

  • Sturgeons Bring in $33,400 for SBVC

    Seventeen street art sturgeons drew in a large crowd of local residents and visitors to Sturgeon Bay during the Street Art Auction on Sept. 22. This year’s auction brought in $33,400.

  • Evangelist Patsy Cameneti Visits Door of Life

    Door of Life Christian Church announces that Christian teacher, author and evangelist Patsy Cameneti will minister at Door of Life on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7 pm.

  • Friends Community Church Hosts “Add to the Archives” Days

    The Friends Community Church will host “Add to the Archives” days, focusing on church history and the hymn The Old Rugged Cross, on Oct. 13 and 21, 2 – 4 pm.

  • Health & Wellness Ministry Holds Week-long Celebration

    As they complete their first year, the Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry looks forward to more community involvement in the upcoming year with a weeklong kickoff, Sept. 30 - Oct. 6.

  • YMCA Hosts Community Health Fair

    The Door County YMCA and Parish Nurse annual fall Community Health Fair begins Oct. 23 at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay. This fair provides tips about living a healthy lifestyle and how to address existing health concerns.

  • Alzheimer’s Support Group Continues at Dorchester

    A support group for family and friends of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia will continue meetings on Oct. 23, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. The group meets 4 – 5 pm at Golden LivingCenter-Dorchester.

  • Earthscapes Forever Stamps Feature Brussels Cherry Orchard

    On Oct. 1 at 9 am, a dedication ceremony will be held at Southern Door School for Earthscapes Forever Stamps. The Postal Service kicks off October as National Stamp Collecting Month by issuing these Forever stamps depicting America’s diverse landscapes taken from aerial and satellite photos.

  • FSA Reminders and Announcements

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) has several announcements for late September. Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) are available to producers who share in the risk of producing a crop.

  • 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.

  • Annual Fall Sale at Shepherd of the Bay

    Shepherd of the Bay’s Annual Fall Sale, sponsored by WELCA, will be held Oct. 6, 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. The sale features a quilt raffle, and a sit-down soup, sandwich and dessert luncheon.

  • USPS Releases Holiday Military Mailing Deadlines

    The United States Postal Service announces holiday military mailing deadlines for mail sent to service members overseas. The first deadline for the 2012 holiday season is Nov. 13 for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP Codes.

  • Ridges Gin – A True Door County Product

    Door County Distillery, the newest addition to Door Peninsula Winery, is partnering with The Ridges Sanctuary to produce a 75th Anniversary Ridges Gin.

  • 4G LTE Smartphones Available at Cellcom

    The HTC Desire 4G LTE is now available at Cellcom retail locations. “The addition of 4G LTE smartphones to our device line-up opens the door for consumers to get faster Internet service when and where they need it,” said Pat Riordan, president and CEO of Cellcom.

  • Better at Technology Than Marketing

    While several companies have come and gone with plans to offer high-speed internet in Door County, one actually does offer fast, industrial-strength, high-capacity broadband.

  • American Folklore Theatre Presents a Concert and a 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.

  • Travelogue Series Opens with “Majestic Montana”

    On Sept. 28, the Northern Door Kiwanis and Rotary Service Clubs chapters, will host their first joint travel and adventure film presentation of the season with a Travelogue journey to the big sky country of Majestic Montana.

  • Spaces Still Available for Bjِrklunden Seminars

    Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden announces openings are still available for the 2012 fall seminar series. Since 1980, Lawrence University has sponsored a seminar series at Bjِrklunden, a 425-acre estate on the shore of Lake Michigan.

  • Norwegian Heritage Day at Crossroads

    In late September Crossroads at Big Creek is hosting a variety of programs celebrating everything from Norwegian heritage and the Mars Rover Curiosity.

  • Pairing Wisconsin Staples at Savory Spoon

    It’s not often an expert tells you something that confirms your belief in something. Like a famous music critic agreeing with you that, “Why yes, “25 or 6 to 4” is a kickin’ tune,” or a film aficionado defending your argument that Wayne’s World is in fact the most visionary work of our time.

  • LWV Presents “Patriocracy”

    Political dysfunction and polarization have brought American politics to historical lows and, worse, American voters are angry. The League of Women Voters brings this issue to the forefront with a special screening of Patriocracy, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Brian Malone, which offers a non-partisan examination of why Americans are shouting at each other instead of listening to each other.

  • Packers’ Original Golden Girl in Pen Players Seminar

    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 by Eric Simonson (based on When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss).

  • From Golden Boy to Glas Hamr

    Glas Hamr stands as a classic Door County band with a knack for luring listeners of all ages off their bar stools and on the dance floor with their selection of rock songs that spans over three decades.

  • Baileys Harbor’s Emerging Mural…Destiny or Coincidence?

    If, as some people believe, there are no coincidences in life, then the giant mural emerging on the north wall of the Nelson Shopping Center in Baileys Harbor was destined to be.

  • Piano Fundraiser at Ephraim Moravian Church

    Ephraim Moravian Church will host a duo-piano fundraiser with David Beck and Robert Volpe on Sept. 30 at 7 pm. The concert benefits Scandia Village’s capital campaign.

  • “Almost, Maine” Performance Benefits United Way

    Stage Door Theatre’s Almost, Maine will be performed through Oct. 14 with special matinee performances on Oct. 7 at 2 pm and Oct. 14 at 3 pm. Almost, Maine is a romantic comedy written by John Cariani and directed by James Valcq.

  • Spooktacular Hike at Pen Park

    Calling all goblins! Peninsula State Park’s 11th Annual Spooktacular Hike is scheduled for Oct. 6 from 5 – 7 pm. Stroll a one-mile, candlelit trail, decorated with pumpkins, brooms, and giant spiders, and meet a friendly owl, a spider and Smokey Bear along the way.

  • Cider Pressing Party on Washington Island

    On Oct. 6 and 7, the Washington Island Farm Museum is holding the annual Cider Pressing Party. From 10 am – 4 pm enjoy hot cider, cider brats, chili and hand-dipped caramel apples.

  • Corner of the Past Stays Open through Fall Fest

    The end of September will mark the end of the season for many operations at the Sister Bay Historical Society’s Corner of the Past Museum. The Old Anderson House will close on Sept.

  • Cookery Continues Music Series in October

    The Cookery’s wine bar will continue to host a music series during October. The series features Chris Irwin and Jeanne Kuhns on October 5, Seth Raddatz and Marybeth Mattson on October 12, The Nicks on October 19 and Highland Road on October 26.

  • Congratulations to Joshua Armour

    If we could make ourselves quite small and as quiet as a mouse, And view a restaurant as they would from the back of the house. The ever-present smiles on the faces of the servers and the hostess, But there’s always that one person who’s asked to do the very ‘mostess.

  • Mourvedre

    Believed to be of Spanish decent (but not confirmed), the Mourvedre grape is a small, sweet thick-skinned varietal that is making a notable increase in popularity around the wine world.

  • Article posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:15pm

    Looking closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Article posted Tuesday, September 25, 2012 12:07pm

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): You have some catching up to do since you passed out before following your previous month’s horoscope. Be certain you have the correct azimuth before venturing out and follow whims that please your five senses.

  • 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 25, 2012 12:02pm

    Dear Mary Pat, During a recent visit to the county, I noticed at several shops and eateries that the employees there do not have the least idea what ‘Thank you’ means.


    John Enigl Sr. celebrated his 87th birthday on September 23.

  • The Cheese Insider

    I recently had a reader ask me to explain the differences between natural and processed cheese. Most Americans have eaten some type of processed cheese, including the cheese on nachos or Kraft Singles.

  • Knowing Your Golf Ball

    Titleist, TaylorMade, Nike, and Callaway. Top-Flite, Ping, Pinnacle, and Bridgestone. Any of these names ring a bell? I hope so. They are the top golf brands in the world.

  • Golf League Results

    Recent league results from around the county.

  • “Project India” Opens at Plum Bottom Pottery

    Plum Bottom Pottery will host the opening of “Project India” on Oct. 6 from 4 – 8 pm. This event showcases Angela Lensch’s jewelry inspired by her six-week excursion to India and Nepal.

  • Edgewood Opens Final Show

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will celebrate the opening of it fifth and final show of the gallery’s 2012 season with a reception and book signing from 1 – 5 pm on Sept. 29.

  • Iron Pour Benefit Celebrates Creative Sparks

    All ages are invited to participate in the festivities of the third annual Iron Pour Benefit at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek on Oct. 6 from 4 – 8 pm.

  • Door County Artist Receives International Recognition

    Door County artist Jan Comstock will be featured in the Best Of Worldwide Portrait & Figurative Artists – Volume II that will be released in early 2013 by Kennedy Publishing, Williamsburg, VA.

  • UU Gallery Presents “Remembering Edith Smolak”

    A retrospective exhibit of paintings by Edith (Edie) Smolak will be on display at the UU Gallery during October. A reception will be held on October 6, 4 – 6 pm, and refreshments will be served.

  • DCAL Presents “Small Works of Art Show”

    The third annual showing of “Small Works of Art” will be presented by the Door County Art League (DCAL) at the Sister Bay Village Hall on Sept. 29 and 30.

  • Fall Art Fair at the Settlement Shops

    The Fall Art Fair takes place at the Settlement Shops on Sept. 29, 10 am – 5 pm. Wisconsin artists and artisans will present their latest creations of original paintings, pottery, glass, photography, handmade soaps and candles, one-of-a-kind hand knit socks, jewelry made of precious metals, beads, and recycled/repurposed treasures.

  • “Visions of Water” Features Plein Air Painters

    The Rahr-West Art Museum in Manitowoc will host “Visions of Water,” an exhibit featuring the Water’s Edge Artists (WEA), Sept. 29 – Nov. 4. The opening reception takes place on Oct. 7, 1 – 4 pm, and WEA Artistic Director Bonnita Budysz will present a live painting demonstration on Nov. 3 and 4.

  • Emma Straub Spends “Quite a Day” in Door County

    Donning her signature bright lipstick, Emma Straub, author of the recently released novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, spent September 17 gallivanting throughout Door County, the childhood home of her central character, Elsa Emerson, whose parents own a summer theater, the Cherry County Playhouse.

  • Local Student Places Third in National Writing Contest

    Door County can certainly boast its share of heralded authors. From Norb Blei, writer of 17 books of non-fiction, fiction, poetry and essays, to Richard E. Carter, winner of the Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award for Through the Cabin Door, the list of published poets and writers who call Door County home is impressive.