Volume 18 Issue 30 – Section 1

In this issue

  • 2012 Assembly District Candidates on Education

    Patrick Veeser Democratic candidate Patrick Veeser is a first-time candidate and would not have voted for Assembly Bill 40 – the state budget for 2011-2013 that reduced state spending in numerous areas in order to reduce the deficit.

  • 2012 House of Representatives Candidates on Education

    Jamie Wall Democratic candidate Jamie Wall believes the federal government has a place in promoting education, and he wants to work to make sure schools are held to high standards and given the resources they need to meet those standards.

  • 2012 U.S. Senate Candidates on Education

    Tammy Baldwin Democratic candidate Current U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District and Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin believes the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is underfunded and places too much emphasis on standardized testing.

  • 2012 Presidential Candidates on Education

    Barack Obama Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama initiated the Race to the Top program to allow states to apply for federally-funded grants if they create new assessments for students, find ways to measure student growth, recruit and reward effective teachers and fix up low-performing schools. Obama also allows states to waive federal No Child Left […]

  • 2012 Election Coverage – The State of Education

    For years, studies have said American students are falling behind the rest of the world in education. Politicians at every level of government have looked for ways to improve our educational system, so our country will continue to be competitive on the world stage.

  • Forest Fire Protection Grants Help Equip Local Fire Departments

    If a wildfire breaks out at one of Door County’s state parks, it’s the local fire departments that pick up the hose and put out the flame. “If you have a 20-mile-an-hour wind blowing, that fire can be moving at 10 to 20 miles per hour,” said Steven Schopf, Egg Harbor fire chief.

  • Q&A with Maureen Murphy

    New Door County Administrator Maureen Murphy may be a newcomer to Door County government, but she’s not a newcomer to Door County or government itself.

  • Door County Legislative Days Will Take Place Early 2013

    Once the November elections are over and Wisconsin’s political landscape finally settles, it will be time for legislators in Madison to actually get some work done.

  • Farm Bill Remains in Limbo

    When Congress closed the doors for the recess before the November election it left without renewing the Farm Bill, the legislation that keeps food prices stable and pantries stocked.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • Nicolet Beach and Nicolet boat launch are getting renovations at Peninsula State Park. The wooden retaining wall at the beach, which separates the sandy beach from the picnic area, has started to break down.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • At its Oct. 16 meeting, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council authorized Baudhuin Inc. to begin design work for a stormwater management pond and pedestrian improvements on Egg Harbor Road.

  • Great Lakes Get Bipartisan Support

    We can’t seem to agree on rights for public employees, providing public healthcare services or mining regulations, but Wisconsinites can agree on this: funding for Great Lakes restoration projects should continue.

  • Land Trust Map Encourages Exploring the Door

    Area elementary school children were recently encouraged to explore Door County when the Door County Land Trust distributed over 1,600 copies of its newly published, “Hiking Trails of the Door County Land Trust” map.

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Offers Free Trees

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary in Jacksonport is looking for people to repurpose their trees. The sanctuary, a non-profit organization dedicated to avian care, rehabilitation, and nature education; is currently under development.

  • My Bad Race

    I passed him a bit beyond the 22-mile marker. The man, maybe in his mid-20s, was sitting on the curb on the east side of the road, just a few steps before the turn by Comiskey Park.

  • Meteorites, MS and the Mississippi River

    A crater caused by the impact of a meteorite that was about 19 miles across was recently discovered in Greenland. It appears to be the largest and oldest such crater ever found, and it left a dent in the earth 310 miles wide.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:44am

    Due to scheduling conflicts the Finance Committee will meet on October 23 at 6 pm to continue working on next years budget.

  • Importing Innovation

    8 - Number of the nine people who won 2009 Nobel Prizes for sciences who were Americans

  • Write On, Door County! in ‘Dream Stage’

    The concept of Write On, Door County!, an initiative to facilitate and promote writing in Door County, was the topic of discussion on Oct. 9 at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Can a Field be Art?

    Defining what is and what isn’t art sorta bothers me. To admit outright as a sworn dirtball, what passes for art in general strikes me as a tad tedious, and an even more complex sense when combined with the visceral feeling that what is art is art because somebody says it’s art.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 381

    I’d guess that many of you have looked at old snapshots taken of you by doting relatives and tried to recall what it was like to be that person in the picture who seems to be you yet is such a stranger today.

  • Determining Fact from Fiction

    Editor’s Note: As we head through election season and fact checkers revel at the opportunity to keep our candidates honest, we reprint this column which originally appeared in June of 2008 where Steve Grutzmacher did a little investigating of his own into an email he received to determine what was true and what was false.

  • 7th Annual Fall 50 Runs the Length of the Peninsula

    Tagged as “The Most Scenic Distance Run in the Midwest,” the Fall 50 will bring 400 relay teams and up to 200 solo runners to the streets of Door County on Oct.20.

  • Embrace Timelessness and Tradition this Sweater Season

    “They last a lifetime,” says Megan O’Meara of the thick, 100 percent wool sweaters of varying colors – green, beige, black, and brown – on display at O’Meara’s Irish House in Fish Creek.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Evening Grosbeak

    Up to the time I began teaching in Madison in 1955 I had barely heard of an Evening Grosbeak, nor had I ever seen one. My first Evening Grosbeak seen in Kewaunee County was during our Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Dec. 28, 1958, but the year prior I first encountered this large-beaked species.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:13am

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) has two female dogs offering different – but equally endearing – attributes, and one may be just what your family is seeking in a new best friend.

  • AARP Tax-Aide Program Needs Volunteers

    The AARP Tax-Aide Program seeks volunteers to help those with moderate to low incomes and older adults in completing 2012 income tax forms. All volunteers would receive appropriate training in individual tax law and computer software.

  • 4-H Hosts Scrap Metal Drive

    The first Door County 4-H Scrap Metal Drive is set for Oct. 20, 7 am – 5 pm. Bring scrap metal items to the parking lot between the Old Highway Shop and the Senior Center on 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Two Collection Days Set for Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program

    Common household products and other potentially harmful chemicals can be properly disposed of during the Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Program. The Sister Bay collection is Nov.

  • Boys and Girls Club Launches Middle School Mentoring Program

    Over a year of planning and surveying paid off on Oct. 9 with the launch of The Boys and Girls Club of Door County’s Middle School Mentoring Program. The Club’s temporary home is Marshall House on Michigan Avenue.

  • Historic Preservation Fund Currently Accepting Grants

    The Door County Community Foundation announced the Historic Preservation Fund is currently accepting grant applications from local charities. “Door County’s history and unique culture is an enormous part of our identity as a community,” said Bret Bicoy, President & CEO of the Community Foundation.

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

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

  • GHS Students Earn Academic Awards

    Gibraltar High School announces the academic achievements of several students through the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program and the AP® Scholar Awards.

  • Gibraltar Fire Station Holds Open House

    Stop by the Gibraltar Fire Station on Oct. 27, 10 am – 2 pm, to meet local firefighters and tour the station. The Open House is intended for the whole family; there will be interactive games and Sloppy Joes (donated by Alexander’s).

  • Barbara Lawton Serves as Guest Speaker at Pat Veeser Rally

    Barbara Lawton will be the special guest speaker at the rally and fundraiser for Pat Veeser, Democratic candidate for Assembly District No. 1.

  • Council of Catholic Women Sponsor Potato Pancake Supper

    The Council of Catholic Women of Stella Maris Parish are sponsoring a Potato Pancake Supper on Oct. 30 at Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse in Egg Harbor. They will serve all-you-can-eat potato (and regular) pancakes, applesauce, sausages, dessert and coffee beginning at 5 pm.

  • WI Cheese Masters Holds Annual Canine Costume Contest

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters is hosting the 2nd Annual Canine Costume Contest on Oct. 27 as a fundraiser for the Door County Humane Society. Festivities begin at 1 pm, and at 2 pm there will be a costume parade and judging.

  • Lutsey Family Foundation Offers Matching Grant Challenge for Women’s Fund

    The Women’s Fund of Door County recently announced that every contribution and pledge received by Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000 by the Lutsey Family Foundation.

  • Erin Sutton Joins Fish Creek Civic Association

    The Fish Creek Civic Association announces the hiring of Erin Sutton as the full-time marketing coordinator. Sutton joins the association with seven and a half years of Marketing/Advertising experience with Kohler Company.

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Hires Program Coordinator

    Patty O’Rourke was recently hired as the program coordinator for Door County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program. O’Rourke is a longtime resident, substitute teacher, tutor and volunteer for the Southern Door area.

  • Cellcom Offers High School Sports App

    Cellcom has launched an application to track Wisconsin high school sports’ teams. The Varsity by Cellcom app allows users to track their favorite varsity teams and get scores, statistics, schedules, standings, roster information and news.

  • Facade Improvement Loans Available to Detour Businesses

    With the finalization of the detour route through Sturgeon Bay, the City of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Economic Development Corporation have created and approved a Façade Improvement Loan Program.

  • EHBA Organizes Halloween Safe Walk

    Egg Harbor’s Halloween Safe Walk organized by the Egg Harbor Business Association will be held Oct. 28, 12 – 4 pm. Children will be able to trick-o-treat throughout the streets of Egg Harbor and should look for orange signs in the windows of participating businesses.

  • FSA Reminders and Deadlines

    The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has several reminders and deadlines to announce for area producers. Producers are reminded that nine-month low interest commodity loans are available.

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Considers Name Change

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) is contemplating the merit of changing their name, and the organization is soliciting input from residents and visitors.

  • A Few Spots Remain for Boat Building Class

    Aspiring boat builders still have an opportunity to gain first-hand skills in this age-old craft when the Door County Maritime Museum’s annual boat building class gets underway Oct. 20 at the museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • DCMGA’s Fall Seminar Features Ed Lyon

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) announces the fall seminar, “A New Look at American Home Gardens” with Ed Lyon, will be held Nov. 3 at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Explore the Yunnan Province during “Adventures in a Chinese Kitchen”

    Imagine dining in an elegant restaurant, visiting a one-of-a-kind café, or going “backstage” to learn the intricate art of folding dumplings. These activities – and more – are on the itinerary for “Adventures in a Chinese Kitchen,” March 13 – 25.

  • Q&A – Questions & Artists – Emmett Johns

    Emmett Johns is an icon in the Door County art community. He and his wife, Jan, have come to Door County for over 30 years, with Johns creating his wonderfully expressive pastels and oil paintings.

  • Southern Door Auditorium Announces Broad Line-up

    The Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) is going for it’s Flight of Success theme and will provide a full series of community events this fall and winter.

  • A Conversation with The Nicks

    Last weekend, The Nicks (and friends) rocked the bowling alley at Sister Bay Bowl, luring the Fall Fest crowd on the dance floor with tunes like “Psycho Killer” and “Rock Me Mamma."

  • Jack-O-Lantern Days Puts the ‘Eeek!’ in Fish Creek

    A hometown Halloween celebration is in store for Fish Creek’s annual Jack-O-Lantern Days, Oct. 25 – 28. The weekend includes mask making for kids, pumpkin carvings, a Halloween parade, trick-or-treating, and costume parties for kids and adults.

  • Film Screenings at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is screening a number of films in late October. On Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm, Dove will be shown, followed by a discussion with the director, Bernard Anthony Lewandowski, and one of the film’s co-stars, Ryan Patrick Shaw.

  • Isadoora Opens Season with “Pirates of the Chemotherapy”

    Isadoora Theatre Company opens their 11th season with a Reader’s Theater presentation of Paul Schutte's award-winning dramatic comedy, Pirates of the Chemotherapy.

  • TAP Hosts Magic Show with Charles and The Lady

    On Oct. 28 at 3 pm, Third Avenue Playhouse will host a magic show with illusions, audience participation, a singer, and other variety acts. The show stars the international award-winning magic of Charles and The Lady and the musical talents of Heater Dawn.

  • Cahal Dunne Performs at Corpus Christi Catholic Church

    On Oct. 26, 7 pm, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay, Cahal Dunne will perform his “Grand to be Irish Show.” Dunne, “Ireland’s Happy Man,” is a native of County Cork, Ireland, and has a following of loyal admirers and friends.

  • StageKids Announce Audition Dates

    Audition dates were recently announced for the StageKids production of The Birds Christmas Carol. Auditions are scheduled for Oct. 21, 1 – 3 pm; and Oct. 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

  • “Thrills on Third” Halloween Celebration

    Sturgeon Bay’s first annual “Thrills on Third” Halloween celebration is set for Oct. 27. The Third Avenue Business Association is planning the event for local kids and families; it includes pumpkin painting, a costume parade with prizes and trick-or-treating.

  • Crossroads Celebrates Astronomy Day with Dedication Ceremony

    Crossroads at Big Creek celebrates Astronomy Day 2012 with “A Celebration of the Sun,” on Oct. 20. As part of the celebration, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will dedicate a sundial, a project of the Leadership Door County Class of 2012, at 1 pm in the Astronomy Campus of Crossroads.

  • Trunk & Treat at Sturgeon Bay Community Church

    Cars, candy and community will be part of the first annual Trunk & Treat event at Sturgeon Bay Community Church on Oct. 31, 4 – 6:30 pm. This Halloween celebration features a car show and was created to provide a safe place for kids to collect candy while parents can enjoy the cars and decorations.

  • Holiday Music Motel Brings “Dark Songs” to Sturgeon Bay

    Like the immortal Johnny Cash, Edgar Allan Poe was known to dress in black and like many of history’s mad geniuses, Poe died penniless. Befitting the great mystery writer, Poe’s death arose from mysterious causes under even more mysterious circumstances.

  • Audition Dates Released for 2013 DC Idol

    Important dates were recently released for the 2013 Door County Idol Competition. The competition will be held Jan. 5 at 7 pm at the Southern Door Auditorium, where the show will have an overall new look.

  • Captain John to Perform at Joe Jo’s

    After playing and working in Illinois, Captain John is bringing his music back to Door County. Beginning Nov. 3 at Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato, Capt. John’s Acoustic Live Concerts will be held Saturday nights in Nov. and Dec.

  • Weekend ReCAP

    1_My weekend began in pain. But don’t worry, it was voluntary as I popped in at Door County Tattoo to get my tattoo touched up. No pain, no gain! 2_After that, I stopped in at everyone’s new favorite restaurant, The Wickman House, for their cheese curd appetizer.

  • Congratulations to Charlie Dickson

    We’ve featured servers aplenty, with a generosity so clear. Now Charlie’s a bit different; I’d say the ultimate volunteer. He gives time at the Ridges, or in the state park spinning yarns.

  • Verdejo

    Last week we took a look at the Verdecchio grape in Italy, this week we travel across the Mediterranean Sea to Spain where a similar varietal is found.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:05am

    In 2007, Midwest Living named Door County as the Best ______ ______ ______?

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:01am

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): A great experience will embrace you in this month of historic proportions. Note that your relatives have stopped asking you for money and the garbage collection people are picking up your trash instead of leaving some on your driveway.

  • 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 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10:55am

    Dear Mary Pat, I started college a couple of months ago and I’m not getting along with my roommate. Honestly, she’s a little odd. I’ve been looking forward to starting my freshman year and hoped that my roommate and I would hit it off and be able to get to know the campus together.


    Dedicated volunteers and members of the Door County Art League do their fall sweep of Gibraltar Road and Maple Grove Road. Volunteers Gary Chaudoir, Keith Wickert, Connie Glowacki, Quinn Barrett and Jane Weinenger prepare for picking up litter.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Uplands Cheese Company, located on a beautiful 300-acre farm in the rolling hills outside of Dodgeville, WI, is home to two of the most celebrated cheeses made in the United States – Pleasant Ridge Reserve, an alpine style cheese, and Rush Creek Reserve, a soft, wash rind cheese wrapped with spruce bark.

  • Ellison Bay Hosts Annual Fall Art Crawl

    On Oct. 20 and 21, seven galleries and two schools in Ellison Bay will open their doors and studios to the entire community. The crawl takes place 10 am – 7 pm on Oct. 20 and 10 am - 5 pm on Oct. 21.

  • “Connection – a Portraiture of Yunnan, China” at Meadows Gallery

    The Meadows Gallery will host the photo exhibition “Connection- a Portraiture of Yunnan, China” from Nov. 1 – 30. The display is the collection of work by Door County photographer, Dennis Connolly.

  • Final Pit Firing of the Season

    Ellison Bay Pottery will hold the final Pit Firing Bonfire of the season during the Ellison Bay Arts Fall Art Crawl on Oct. 20 at 5 pm. John and Diane will decorate their award-winning Pit Fired Ceramic Art and explain the ancient pottery firing technique.

  • Jacksonport Craft Cottage Features Holiday Ornaments

    Sue and Joe Jarosh started Jacksonport Craft Cottage in 1984 as a small shop on their enclosed front porch. The Craft Cottage, currently celebrating 28 years, has expanded over the years and features the work of over 130 artists and craftsmen, including work from Amish families from a six-state area.

  • Fall Book & Author Program Features Bryan Gruley

    For its Fall 2012 Book & Author program, the Friends of Door County Libraries will host Bryan Gruley, award-winning author of the Starvation Lake mystery series.

  • Book Signing for Door County Romance Novels

    Green Bay author Nancy Sweetland will be signing books of her newly released romance novel, Wannabe (Wild Rose Press), at Book World in Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 27.