Volume 18 Issue 28 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Making Waves

    It might sound like a fantasy, but underwater hockey is making waves in Sturgeon Bay thanks to Kendall Banks and his family. “When I met Kendall we were kayaking, and he was wearing an underwater hockey t-shirt, and I thought it was a joke,” said Terry Chier.

  • Door County Half Marathon Registration Opens Nov. 1

    Registration for the 6th Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k will open Thursday, Nov. 1. Organizers welcomed a record 2,200 runners to last year’s event in Peninsula State Park and anticipate the largest field yet for 2013.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Scenic and Geologic Wonders of North-central Wisconsin

    A year ago Charlotte and I agreed to do our program, “Wings Over Door County” in late September for the Chequamegon Bird Club of Medford in Taylor County, never dreaming that our three-day trip would turn out to be so wonderfully exciting and educational.

  • What Happened

    • A blossoming Door County cherry orchard will adorn envelopes across the country as one of the U.S. Postal Service’s new collection of Earthscapes Forever stamps.

  • Coming Up

    • Write On, Door County!, an initiative to promote writing in Door County, will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the Door Community Auditorium from 9 to 11 am with small group sessions from 11 am to noon.

  • All These Numbers

    On November 4, 1980, I pulled a rental truck into an alleyway behind Carmen Avenue, just off Clark Street, in the Andersonville neighborhood on Chicago’s north side.

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

    Are you looking for a great gift for someone who has everything, or maybe a fun gift idea for the next wedding or baby “shower” you are going to? Then you might want to visit Bob and Bonnie Abrahamson who have been in business selling their Logan Creek Soap for approximately 13 years and have been attending the Saturday Morning Farm and Craft Market for 11 of those years.

  • Spinner Dolphins, Neuroaesthetics and Fracking

    Which animal has the most teeth? Give up? It is the spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) that may bear 225 teeth in their long, beak-like mouths.

  • In-office Voting and Fire District Decisions

    In-office voting will start on Oct. 22 and run through Friday, Nov. 2. For this two-week period the office will be open until 5 pm per State Statute 6.86(1)(b). You must be a Liberty Grove registered voter to vote in this office.

  • Aging in America

    53 - Number of Coalition soldiers killed by insider attacks in Afghanistan this year

  • MREA Hosts Solar Tour

    The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is joining the non-profit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of solar-savvy installers and grassroots organizations throughout America to showcase more than 5,000 solar-powered homes, schools and businesses for the 16th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    Every year here at HELP of Door County, Inc., we make it our mission to explain domestic abuse does not discriminate. Abuse crosses all barriers of race, religion, age, gender and socio-economic background, so this year, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, HELP of Door County is focusing on men.

  • Door County Triathlon Donates $80,000

    The Door County Triathlon board of directors recently approved a $70,000 distribution – $35,000 each – to its two charity partners, the Door County Y and the Friends of the Door County Parks System.

  • Russ Feingold Addresses Audience at Bjِrklunden

    Politicians don’t always lead. Sometimes they follow, and the message they get from their constituents, the news media and their parties tells them which way to go.

  • In Memoriam: George Pinney

    George Pinney’s 17 years of stewardship over the Door County Parks System came to an end on Sept. 28, when he succumbed to the bone marrow cancer he’d been diagnosed with in February of this year.

  • PFLAG Aims for Acceptance

    This Oct. 11 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights and the 24th celebration of National Coming Out Day, an event created to celebrate and raise awareness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 4, 2012 9:38am

    Placing Sutton is the goal of the Door County Humane Society staff this week. This big loveable Lab mix isn’t one for fashionable addresses. He just wants someone to walk beside, a place to stretch his legs, and then a warm bed inside at night.

  • A New Definition of Perfection for Local Lawns

    A new group wants to redefine the perfect lawn. Instead of large, mowed expanses of Kentucky Bluegrass, Door County Property Owners Safe Lawns Campaign members hope local lawns will take on a more natural look.

  • Burly Beard Update

    Participants in the Burly Beard Smackdown recently gathered for the second in a series of four photos to document the men’s hair growth throughout this year’s United Way of Door County campaign.

  • Four Decades Later National Geographic Photographer Reshoots Door County

    As we stand inside the Potter’s Wheel in Fish Creek, photographer Don Emmerich is working hard to recreate a picture from his first published National Geographic assignment, the March 1969 cover story that many credit with making the Door Peninsula into the destination it is today.

  • Reflections

    Yesterday I stood before my mirror / naked as a jaybird

  • Farmer’s Thirst

    August days, when I was ten / I'd bring a thermos to the harvest field / And watch my dad drink water.

  • The Jazz Musicians

    The Jazz musicians swing their tunes, / like a kung-fu master whips bamboo into oblivion…

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 378

    An exchange of stories is frequently one of the first steps toward a friendship. Here’s the recollection of one of those exchanges, by Dorianne Laux, who lives and teaches in Oregon.

  • Egg Harbor Rolls Out the Pumpkins

    Oct. 6 – 7, Egg Harbor hosts their popular annual Pumpkin Patch festival. The cool weather and brilliant fall colors inspire an event adorned with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes.

  • Open to Possibilities

    Two years ago, metal smith John Whitney underwent shoulder surgery and while recovering discovered, “You get desperate to do something.” So he crushed an antique teakettle.

  • Bringing Lombardi to Life

    Vince Lombardi has returned to northeast Wisconsin in Eric Simonson’s Broadway play Lombardi, now on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre. Based on the best bestselling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss, the play centers on a time when Look Magazine reporter Michael McCormick visited Green Bay in the mid-1960s to write an article on Lombardi.

  • Creating Something Special at Something Fishy

    When gift giving – tears are a good thing. “Success!” you’ll think and mentally fist-pump your own creative thoughtfulness when the water works begin.

  • Curves Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month with $0 Joining Fee

    In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Curves fitness centers nationwide will focus on raising awareness about risk management, early detection and early treatment of breast cancer.

  • First Friday Festivities Return to Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 5

    First Fridays in Sturgeon Bay continues on Oct. 5 and the highlighted nonprofits are HELP of Door County, Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), and United Way of Door County.

  • Free Mouthguard Day at Door County Dental Care

    Door County Dental Care, located in Sturgeon Bay, is offering a free Mouthguard Day on Oct. 25 at 2 pm. All area student athletes are invited to receive a free fitting for a mouthguard to help prevent dental and facial injuries during sports or other contact activities.

  • Door County Public Health Department Announces Flu Vaccine Clinic Information

    Flu vaccine clinics were recently set by the Door County public health department to take place throughout the county. Rhonda Kolberg, Door County Health Officer, stated, “Each flu season, different flu viruses can spread.

  • UUF Invites Community to Listening Workshop

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County will offer the workshop Listening as Healing on Oct. 18 at 7 pm. Presented by the Rev. Joan Shiels, this 90-minute free workshop teaches the simplest of all healing techniques – listening.

  • YMCA Offers Free Events during “Walktober”

    The YMCA and Ministry Door County Medical Center are currently celebrating “Walktober” – a community wellness campaign. During October, the Y offers several free opportunities for community members.

  • HELP of Door County Holds First Annual Football Frenzy Party

    Football fans are welcome to HELP of Door County, Inc.’s first annual Football Frenzy Party on Oct. 7 at The Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. Doors open at 11 am and the Packer game begins at 12 pm, with the Bear game to follow.

  • NDHWM Offers Blood Pressure Screenings during Pumpkin Patch

    To wrap-up their week-long kick-off, the Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry will offer blood pressure screenings at St. Johns Catholic Church during Pumpkin Patch on Oct. 6, 10 am - 2 pm.

  • Ostomy Associations Celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day on Oct. 6

    The United Ostomy Association of America, Inc. joins together with Ostomy Associations across the world to celebrate World Ostomy Day and Ostomy Awareness Day on Oct. 6.

  • Crossroads Hosts Employer Sponsored Health Insurance Presentation

    Ministry Door County Medical Center, The Door County Economic Development Corporation and Door County Visitor Bureau invite the community to hear Joanne Alig, from the Wisconsin Hospital Association, present “Employer Sponsored Health Insurance and Health Insurance Exchanges.

  • New Format Announced for DCVB Annual Meeting

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) recently announced their annual meeting is scheduled for Nov. 7 at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grill in Jacksonport. The meeting provides the organization’s member partners and the county’s tourism community a chance to gather and celebrate the industry’s accomplishments.

  • The Ridges Sanctuary’s Nature Store Open through Oct. 14

    Visitors to The Ridges Sanctuary’s Nature Store will find many nature themed gifts on clearance. Books, t-shirts, posters and children’s items have been marked down as the store prepares to close for the season.

  • Rotary Clubs Accepting Nominations for Ethics in Business Award

    The Rotary Clubs of Door County (Sturgeon Bay Noon, Breakfast and Northern Door) announce they are accepting nominations for the second annual Door County Ethics in Business Award.

  • Staudenmaier Chiropractic Employee Graduates from CAU Program

    Staudenmaier Chiropractic is proud to announce the graduation of Kelly Mann from the CA “University” program for chiropractic assistants. The educational program, offered by Chiro Advance Services, was created to advance the role of chiropractic assistants and provide a resource for personal and leadership development.

  • “Gibraltar Talks” Program Features Harps and History

    The Gibraltar Historical Association’s October 11 “Gibraltar Talks” program focuses on harps and history. Jeff Pockat, a self-taught Celtic (Gaelic harp) musician and composer, will be the presenter for the evening.

  • Wisconsin Cheese Masters Host Cheese Sampling

    Lindsay Decker, of Holland’s Family Farm, will showcase and offer samplings of the company’s award-winning cheeses at Wisconsin Cheese Masters in Egg Harbor, Oct. 5 - 7.

  • North Shore Bank Offers Seminar with Guest Speaker from “Hoarders”

    North Shore Bank will offer a free public seminar on how to create a clutter-free environment on Oct. 5 with guest speaker Brenden McDaniel from the TV show Hoarders.

  • Sister Bay Historical Society Presents Final Sister Bay Story

    The Sister Bay Historical Society will present another Sister Bay Stories on Oct. 10 at 7 pm in the Sister Bay Village Hall. Nyla Small will speak about “Northern Door One Room Schools,” and share some photos.

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Remains Open After Dark

    As night descends over the Door Peninsula, the lamp is lit at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse. For the next two weekends, the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum invites guests to step back in time and revel in the tales of the keepers through story, song, and poetry.

  • The Ridges Offer Hikes at Logan Creek

    Enjoy a relaxing fall hike through The Ridges Sanctuary’s Logan Creek Property on Oct. 5. Hikes will be led by Ridges Naturalist Karen Newbern, and begin at 1 pm.

  • Crossroads Celebrates Family History Day 2012

    On Oct. 6, 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Friends of Crossroads, in collaboration with the Door County Historical Society, offer “Family History Day 2012: Let’s Play Village."

  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to Perform at DCA

    On Oct. 20 at 7 pm, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a diverse, rousing program of classical music at Door Community Auditorium. The MSO, widely revered as one of the finest orchestras in the United States, will perform music from Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, and Wagner, tracing the profound influence of Beethoven on the generation of composers that came after him.

  • Door Shakespeare Holds Fall Fundraiser

    Door Shakespeare has announced the details for its fall fundraising event, “Door Shakespeare In Concert,” an evening of concert readings from Shakespearean plays.

  • Free Organ Concert at Shepherd of the Bay

    Organist Naomi Rowley will present a program of “classical pops” for organ at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay on Oct. 6 at 7 pm. To conclude this year’s series of special musical events at Shepherd of the Bay, Rowley has chosen a highly varied program designed to inspire, delight, and amuse an audience of all ages.

  • “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.

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Cam Curtin

    Cam Curtin is a Physical Education teacher at Gibraltar, and says Horseshoe Bay Golf Club is the nicest course he's ever played.

  • Weekend ReCAP

    1_Taking advantage of the beautiful, autumnal weather, my family decided to head to The Farm (with grandparents in tow) as soon as we were able to get ourselves together—not a small feat with a feisty toddler.

  • Congratulations to Pam Weber

    She moves around the dining area as if she were on wheels. She methodically cleans the tables while seating people and serving meals. She came in as a customer and thought this work was neat.

  • Door County Fair Under Examination

    Improving the programs and profitability of the Door County Fair was the mission given to a new committee launched by the Door County Board of Supervisors.

  • “The Holy Trinity”

    In contrast to last week, this week we choose Mourvedre blended wine from Australia made in the Southern France style of Rhone.

  • Article posted Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:56pm

    Fill in the blank. Our neighbor to the south, Green Bay, is the ________ Capital of the World.

  • Article posted Tuesday, October 2, 2012 2:52pm

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): A message in a bottle is likely to wash up at your feet. Unfortunately, the message will say something along the lines of “You owe me money."

  • 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, October 2, 2012 2:45pm

    Dear Mary Pat, My heart is broken. My ex of a few months, who is already back on the Door County dating scene, is everywhere! We have mutual, friends, hangouts, and interests.


    Pauline Giesler of Glen Ellyn, IL, and Penny Olson of Baileys Harbor enjoy the “Big Chair” at the former Ernjoy's Fish Haven in Brussels on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Wisconsin has had a long history of immigration from Italy. The small, picturesque village of Genoa in Vernon County (western Wisconsin) was settled by Italian immigrants in the 1850s, many of whom worked in the nearby lead mines.

  • Irwin and Friends Perform on Washington Island

    Tennessee native and American Folklore Theatre veteran Chris Irwin returns to Washington Island’s Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Oct. 7 at 7:30 pm.

  • Hardy Gallery Concludes Anniversary Season with Celebration

    Join the Hardy on Oct. 7, 4 – 6 pm, as it honors its golden anniversary with a celebration open to the general public. The community is invited to enjoy the food and festivities—cake and ice cream, hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and live music provided by classical guitarist, Steve Lavell.

  • Ellison Bay Artists Welcome Fall with Art Crawl

    The Ellison Bay arts community comes together Oct. 20 & 21 to host the Fall Art Crawl. Participating businesses include Clay Bay Pottery, Ellison Bay Pottery, Gills Rock Stoneware, Newport House Gallery, Turtle Ridge Gallery, Linden Gallery, Cousin's Walk, The Clearing Folk School and Savory Spoon Cooking School & Artisan Cheese.

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Hosts 39th Annual Townline Art Fair

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans as the gallery hosts the 39th Annual Townline Art Fair, Oct. 6, 10 am—5 pm, and Oct. 7, 10 am - 4 pm.

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Host Jewelry Trunk Show

    The public is invited to a jewelry trunk show for New York jeweler Ann Egan on Oct. 6 – 8 at Edgewood Orchard Galleries. A large selection of Egan’s jewelry will be at the gallery, and refreshments will be served.

  • Blietz to Review 37th Juried Exhibit at Miller Art Museum

    Artists, members, and the public are invited to a free review of the 37th Juried Annual Exhibit at the Miller Art Museum on Oct. 11 at 10:30 am. The museum opens at 10 am for coffee, cookies and to view the exhibit.

  • JCC Hosts Amish Quilt and Holiday Craft Show

    The 15th Annual Amish Quilt and Holiday Craft Show will be held at Mr. G’s Hall from Oct. 5 – 7, 9 am – 5 pm. Over 80 traditional Amish quilts in a variety of styles, patterns and colors will be featured at this show.

  • “The Artist’s Magazine” Selects Craig Blietz as Finalist

    Sister Bay artist Craig Blietz has had two paintings, “Incline” and “Pastoral Dreaming,” selected as Finalists in the Animal & Wildlife Category of The Artist’s Magazine’s 29th Annual Art Competition.

  • Door County Artists Featured in 2013 LNRP Calendar

    The 2013 Lakeshore Natural Resources Partnership (LNRP) calendar, produced by the Water’s Edge Artists (WEA) plein air painting group, will include the artwork of local Door County artists Madonna Siles and Karen Lee DeNoto.

  • Poet Laureate Marilyn Taylor is October’s Dickinson Poet

    Marilyn L. Taylor will read new and selected poems at the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on Oct. 10 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County.

  • Book Sale Benefits Egg Harbor Library

    A used book sale will be held on Oct. 6 to benefit the Egg Harbor Library. The sale takes place at the Bertschinger Center meeting room from 10 am to 2 pm.

  • “Cheesehead Devotional” Book Signing

    Judy DuCharme, author of newly published The Cheesehead Devotional, will hold a book signing at the Cinnamon Windmill Shop located in the Main Street Shops in downtown Egg Harbor.

  • 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.

  • The Lake

    The sun hits the water creating sparkles, / Water trickles over the rocks…

  • Mueller Brings Deconstructions to Helsinki Photo Exhibition

    Artist Taylor Mueller takes a look at spaces through a different lens in constructing his collages.

  • Bo Johnson: He Stole Victory From Defeat

    Bo Johnson, the 13-year-old boy whose fight with leukemia inspired his community and whose message of kindness touched people across the state and beyond, died early this morning.