Volume 18 Issue 32 – Section 1

In this issue

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • The Door County Board of Supervisors adopted a $68,602,308 budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year at its Nov. 6 meeting. $25,012,062 of that will be raised via local tax levy, representing an increase of 0.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • Three Veterans’ Day Ceremonies will be held in Door County, one on Nov. 11 and two on Nov. 12.

  • Lake Levels Vary From Model to Model

    The water level’s low, and some climate models predict that it could get almost three feet lower. Other models say the opposite – the lake could bounce back and rise above the long-term average level.

  • FEMA Conducting Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study

    In 2009, Britt Unkefer was looking to expand his Fish Creek restaurant, Wild Tomato, when he found out a surprising piece of information: his property was apparently located in a floodplain, and that meant there weren’t a lot of expansion options open to him.

  • Jack McCoy Flag Fund Perpetuates Patriotism

    One man’s legacy will keep Egg Harbor red, white and blue. Jack McCoy, veteran, sailor and longtime Egg Harbor resident, passed away in June. When his daughter Suzy Boerke found a folder of records Jack kept of American flags and flagpoles he had donated throughout his life, she knew how to keep her father’s memory alive.

  • United Way of Door County

    When Amy Kohnle became the executive director of United Way of Door County in 1999, the organization’s budget was $297,000. In 2012, the budget of $457,000 funded 38 programs offered by 23 non-profit agencies.

  • Kewaunee Nuclear Plant Decommissioning Could Take 60 Years

    Dominion Resources Inc. announced plans to decommission the Kewaunee Power Station on Oct. 22, but the process is long from over. After housing a nuclear energy plant for 38 years, it could take over 60 years to get the land back to its original state.

  • CAFO Expansion in Kewaunee Raises Concerns

    Ericka Routhieaux thinks of her family as canaries trapped in a coal mine. Twenty years ago when they moved into a small, blue house in the town of Lincoln, the surrounding landscape was dotted with farms.

  • The Source of Door County’s Generosity

    Door County is the most generous county in Wisconsin. As I wrote in the Pulse last month, the “How America Gives” study reviewed more than 35 million tax returns and calculated the average discretionary income (leftover income after a community’s cost of living is accounted for) in each community in the United States.

  • Marketplace for Supply Side Economics No Longer Exists

    You may remember that several issues ago (v18i29) I wrote about David Stockman, President Reagan’s budget director, who made the most honest comment about the Federal Budget anyone in Washington has ever uttered.

  • “Living Fossils” and Rhesus Monkeys

    Ancient animals and plants still found in present-day habitats have always fascinated biologists. For example, dragonflies have changed little over 300 million years, although the most ancient dragonflies were much larger than the ones we see today.

  • Heritage Road Clarification & Contract Provisions

    The town has been informed there will likely be no charge for the appliance and computer recycling held this fall.

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 12:18pm

    $2.6 billion - The amount spent on the 2012 U.S. Presidential campaign

  • Monday Night Volleyball Results (Sturgeon Bay YMCA)

    Results and standings for Monday Night Volleyball at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA.

  • The Pumpkin

    Do you enjoy eating Cucurbita pepo pie (kew-CUR-bi-ta PEEP-o) as much as we do? I’m speaking of that famous Thanksgiving dessert, pumpkin pie. Our annual Thanksgiving feast usually enjoyed either at our friends Jim and Nora’s home or at our place would be incomplete without Charlotte’s wonderful pumpkin pie.

  • Local Resident Helps Out in Aftermath of Sandy

    At some point in your life, you decide if you’re going to just take up space or do something good for the world. Rudy Senarighi chose to do something good.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    The month of November does not have a designated violence prevention related national campaign, so I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss an important concern which impacts the community at large.

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 11:49am

    Lola wants car rides! Feeling the wind on her face from the back seat is one of her most favorite things in the world. The other is her toys. Since coming in to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) four months ago, Lola has learned that squeaky toys can be heaps of fun.

  • Checks Changing Hands

    A presentation was made to Bo Johnson’s mother, Annika Johnson, at the Associated Bank in Sister Bay for the Go Bo Fund in the amount of $5,321 from Stella Maris Parish.

  • Meeting Scheduled for American Legion Post 72 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 72

    American Legion Post 72 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 72 will meet at 7 pm on Nov. 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 692 Tacoma Beach Road in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Amvets Post 51 Changes Monthly Meeting Day

    Amvets Post 51 announces a change for their monthly meetings; they will be held the second and fourth Wednesdays for November, January, February and March.

  • Amy Mollberg Receives P.E.O. International Grant

    Amy Mollberg, of Sturgeon Bay, was recently awarded a full grant from P.E.O. International, qualifying for a $3,000 grant from the Program for Continuing Education.

  • Trivia Night at Mink River Basin Benefits Door County Secret Santa

    The Mink River Basin in Ellison Bay will host a Trivia Night to benefit Door County Secret Santa on Nov. 19 at 6:30 pm. Entry is $10 per person and prizes will be awarded for first and second place teams.

  • Christmas Folk Art Fair at YMCA Benefits Youth in Government

    Join the Door County YMCA for their 27th annual Christmas Folk Art Fair on Nov. 18, 9 am – 3 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center. The art fair features a plethora of one-of-a-kind works of art, everything from watercolor paintings to birdhouses, by artists from the Midwest.

  • YMCA Launches “Freedom From Smoking” Clinic

    In an effort to help smokers improve their quality of life, the Door County YMCA will launch a smoking cessation program at the Sturgeon Bay center. The American Lung Association’s “Freedom From Smoking” seven-week clinic focuses on evidence based cessation practices in a small group setting.

  • Dorchester Presents Free Program, “Preparing for Long-term Care”

    Baylake Bank and Golden LivingCenter-Dorchester will offer a free community program on “Preparing for Long-term Care.” Speakers are Jeanette Stangland, director of nursing at GLC-Dorchester, and Romeo Raabe, of the “Long Term Care Guy” practice in Green Bay.

  • CHIPs Continues with “For I Was Sick and You Visited Me”

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues Community Health Information Programs with “For I Was Sick and You Visited Me.” Susan C. Johnson, Chaplain at Ministry Door County Medical Center, will present this sensitive subject.

  • Future of Sister City Program Discussed at Nov. 16 Meeting

    Door County Economic Development Corporation, the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department and the Door County UW-Extension office will host a meeting to discuss the future for the Sister City program between the County of Door and the city of Jingdezhen, China.

  • Donations Needed for Children’s Christmas Stores

    Donations are needed for the Children’s Christmas Stores, hosted by the Family Centers of Door County. Held at four locations, the stores allow children (4 – 12 years) to shop and wrap gifts for family members.

  • Make a Big Impact with a Small Shoebox Gift

    Shoeboxes will be collected November 12 – 19, and distributed in over 100 countries as part of Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child collection.

  • Lampert Lumber Sells Go Bo Water

    Cases of Go Bo Water are available for sale at Lampert Lumber in Sister Bay. A case, containing 24 bottles, is available for $14 with all proceeds benefiting the Go Bo! Foundation.

  • JAK’s Place Announces Fall Programming

    JAK’s Place announces programming for the fall months. Through outreach, education and active programming, the center is a refuge for all those whose lives have been impacted by mental illness.

  • Salvation Army Seeks Volunteer Ringers

    The Northern Door Salvation Army Kettle Drive begins Nov. 30 and volunteer ringers are needed. The Northern Door Kiwanis Club of Ellison Bay, with the help of the Northern Door Rotary Club, will assist the Salvation Army in their drive, which ends Dec. 22.

  • Entries Needed for Christmas by the Bay Parade

    Parade entries are needed for the Christmas by the Bay parade on Nov. 17. Christmas by the Bay, sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, is held Nov. 16 - 18 and features many activities.

  • The Jacksons to Perform at St. Luke’s Fall Concert

    St. Luke’s Fall Concert features the pianists Judith and Carl Jackson on Nov. 11 at 3 pm. The Jacksons will perform works from Bach to Sousa. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.

  • Draft Haus Hosts TAP’s Holiday Fundraising Party

    At Third Avenue Playhouse, the Carpet Matching Fund was a success, and on Oct. 14 the Floormart crew began the replacement process. TAP thanks Walter Piper for starting the matching fund and all who responded to the appeal.

  • Unity Announces November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

    Unity is proud to celebrate November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. This outreach effort encourages people to learn more about the valuable resources of hospice, palliative and bereavement care before they are faced with a health care crisis.

  • USDA Opens Claims Process for Farmers Faced with Discriminatory Practices

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can currently file claims through March 25, 2013.

  • “Grandparent Scam” Pops Up Again

    Eighty-two-year-old Jean Brandt of Ellison Bay became the target of a devious, yet common, scam when she received a strange phone call from someone claiming to be close to her.

  • Fire Chief Chris Hecht to Speak at Ellison Bay Service Club Meeting

    On Nov. 15 at 7 pm, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove and Gibraltar Fire Chief Chris Hecht will speak at a special meeting of the Ellison Bay Service Club at The Clearing Folk School.

  • 2013 Door County Marketing Plan Released Nov. 13

    The Door County Visitor Bureau will release its 2013 marketing plan on Tuesday, Nov. 13. “The 2013 marketing plan will blend good solid work strategies of the past with new opportunities and ideas,” said Jack Moneypenny, president of the Door County Visitor Bureau.

  • Inn at Cedar Crossing Hosts Holiday Cookie Decorating Class

    The Inn at Cedar Crossing will host a holiday cookie decorating class on Nov. 17, 2 – 3:30 pm. Learn icing and decorating techniques for holiday sugar cookies including flooding, flocking and piping.

  • Getting to Know Polly Sills, “The Tattoo Lady”

    Polly Sills looks like a “normal” person. We’re sitting inside Door County Tattoo, a one-room tattoo parlor on Kentucky Street in Sturgeon Bay. I probably look pretty ordinary too.

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Announces Holiday Gift Guide

    The Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Shop recently announced the County Collection of gift boxes are ready just in time for holiday gift giving. Each specially designed box is named after a county in Wisconsin where the featured artisan cheese is produced.

  • A Stamp on Creativity: Door County Rubber Stamps offers supplies, classes, and community

    “Everybody can do it,” says Oscar Hansen of the art of rubber stamping. For over twenty-five years Hansen, owner and operator of Door County Rubber Stamps, has promoted the many possibilities rubber stamps offer.

  • Shop to Support YMCA Strong Kids Campaign

    Candleworks of Door County and Pet Expressions in Carlsville are encouraging the community to shop local in an effort to raise money for the Strong Kids Campaign.

  • AmericInn Marks Veterans Day with Special Event

    In celebration of Veterans Day, AmericInn in Sturgeon Bay will hold “Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes” on Nov. 11 at 4 pm to prepare packages for local military families.

  • Bruce Low of Bottom Line Home Inspection Completes Multiple WAHI Courses

    Bruce Low, Owner/Inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, attended the Fall Seminar of the Wisconsin Association of Home Inspectors (WAHI) on Nov 2 & 3.

  • Coro Fox Joins Door County Interiors & Design Team

    Coro Fox has joined Door County Interiors & Design in Egg Harbor as a design and sales associate. She will work with homeowners and businesses on interior design services including finishes, flooring, countertops, window treatments and furnishings.

  • Gibraltar Middle School presents “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

    The Gibraltar Middle School Theater, under the direction of Elaine Tripp, will present a timeless classic with a slightly modern twist with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

  • A Voice Unparalleled: Ruthie Foster returns to the Door Community Auditorium

    Ruthie Foster could sing me her grocery list and I’d be completely mesmerized by the resounding warmth in her voice. She could sing me a lullaby, a southern blues tune, or reggae hit – so long as she sang.

  • 2012 Election Results

    Door County followed the voting trends of the state and the nation last night, going blue for President Barack Obama and U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin but red for Republican incumbents U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin but red for Republican incumbents U.S. Representative Reid Ribble and State Assembly Representative Garey Bies.

  • A Remembrance

    Marston Anderson, a fourth generation mason whose father and grandfather taught him the trade, died recently. He was our faithful helper for 30 years.

  • DCHBA Offers OSHA Update for Residential Building Contractors Class

    The Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA) is offering an OSHA Update for Residential Building Contractors class at Jaycees Club House in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Something Beyond Our Understanding: Q&A with “Haunted Door County Author” Gayle Soucek

    Halloween may be over, but the spookiness of Door County’s off-season has just begun. This time of year, towns and villages are eerily quiet, the sky darkens by mid-afternoon, and Lake Michigan – which entombs dozens of shipwrecks – takes on a pale, mysterious gray.

  • Embracing the Midwest’s Deer Hunting Tradition

    I walk alone through a patch of Minnesota forest, my winter boots crackle and crunch a thick layer of dead leaves as I adjust an oversized blaze orange coat, and hum to keep calm.

  • “Garments of our Foundation” on Display at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library

    Award-winning theatrical and opera costume designer Kنrin Kopischke presents historic renderings of Door County women at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library through the end of the year.

  • DCMM Releases 2012-2013 Speaker Series Programs

    The Door County Maritime Museum announces the 2012-2013 Maritime Speaker Series program will consist of five programs beginning Nov. 10 with Dr. Lawson Brigham.

  • Travel to Italy with Cinematographer Marlin Darrah

    On Nov. 16, the Kiwanis & Rotary Clubs of Northern Door will present the third program in their joint Travel and Adventure Film Series with a journey to iconic Italy.

  • Door County Short Film Festival Calls for Entries

    Films are currently being considered for inclusion in the Door County Short Film Festival 2013, taking place Feb. 1 – 9. Throughout this week the Door County community will gather in coffee houses, galleries and cafes for one purpose – to view and vote on the finalists’ films in the 4th Annual Door County Short Film Festival.

  • Movies That Matter Series Presents “A Separation”

    A Separation will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Nov. 20 at 4:30 pm. Set in contemporary Iran, this film is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage.

  • FOG Holds Holiday Arts Fair at Sister Bay Village Hall

    Shoppers will be able to find many unique holiday gifts on Nov. 23 and 24, 10 am – 4 pm, at the Friends of Gibraltar Holiday Arts Fair. The fair, held at the Sister Bay Village Hall, features local, handmade goods.

  • Green Door Film Society Screens “Where Do We Go Now?”

    Where Do We Go Now? is the next film to be screened by The Green Door Film Society on Nov. 15 at Greens N Grains Natural Food Store and Cafe. Where Do We Go Now? tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed village inhabited by Muslims and Christians where church and mosque stand side by side.

  • Norwegian Pianist Performs at UU Fellowship

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County is pleased to present a program on music and spirituality featuring Norwegian pianist Knut Erik Jensen on Nov. 17 at 3:30 pm.

  • Golden Dragon Acrobats to Showcase Awe-inspiring, Artistic Feats at SDCA

    The world’s leading Chinese acrobatic troupe will take the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Nov. 13 at 7 pm. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than 25 centuries ago.

  • Door Shakespeare Announces Additions for 2013 Season

    Planning for the 2013 season is well underway for Door Shakespeare, and they are excited to announce what’s in store for next season. Along with the selection of two plays never performed by Door Shakespeare, they will introduce a new model of artistic leadership—they are bringing multiple like-minded artists together to create a team of Artistic Associates.

  • Dahl is “Human Jukebox” at Third Annual “Katie Dahl Day”

    On Nov. 17, Ecology Sports/Base Camp Coffee Shop will celebrate the third annual “Katie Dahl Day.” From 10 am – 1 pm, Ecology Sports and Base Camp will offer special deals on coffee, food, clothing, and gifts while Door County folksinger Katie Dahl assumes the role of “Human Jukebox,” serenading shoppers with a morning of acoustic folk music.

  • White Gull Inn Announces Winter Folk Concert Series Line-up

    Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys opened the White Gull Inn’s Winter Folk Concert Series on Nov. 7. Other performers in the series include Peter Mulvey, Kelly Joe Phelps, The Sweet Lowdown, Carolyn Martin and The Stray Birds.

  • Explore Tree Rings and the Night Sky at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek continues to offer educational programming in November. Three distinct programs open to the community are scheduled for Nov. 10.

  • Excavating My Car

    1_During my last few days in the county, I’ve found myself cleaning out just about everything, including my beloved Jeep, Spencer. Spencer and I are inseparable as he is figuratively (and sometimes literally) my home away from home.

  • Congratulations to Annette Olson

    Some servers are tireless – they never seem to age. As for this week’s selection, she just turns a new page. When others are being mentioned in articles and fables, Our dear Annette is best known for turning over tables.


    1-year-old Chase Martin bobs for apples at his sister Josie's birthday party.

  • Article posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012 2:54pm

    Dear Mary Pat, My husband of five months just sent me into a full on panic attack with these seven words, “I invited my family over for Thanksgiving."

  • 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, November 6, 2012 2:45pm

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Be prepared, as you’re very likely to drop the ball this month. Hopefully it will just be some sort of football or basketball, and not the crystal ball that your grandmother seems to be in love with despite how tacky it is.

  • Article posted Tuesday, November 6, 2012 2:34pm

    Carlsville’s first settlers were of what national descent?

  • Nickelodeon Writer and Author Visits Gibraltar School

    On Nov. 15 and 16, Marc Tyler Nobleman will facilitate a writing workshop and give a presentation for Gibraltar Middle School students as a part of the Friends of Gibraltar theme, Write On, Gibraltar! The student writing workshops will focus on the skill of drawing readers in by writing compelling opening lines for both nonfiction and fiction.

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Chuck Sully

    Chuck Sully will be the featured reader in the Dickinson Poetry Series on Nov. 14 at 7 pm. Born in Illinois, Sully was introduced to Door County by his grandparents when he was seven.

  • “Wisconsin People & Ideas” Announces 2013 Poetry and Fiction Contest Judges

    Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, announce the two judges for their 2013 poetry and fiction contests: Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen and author/historian Jerry Apps.

  • Council for Wisconsin Writers Opens Writing Contests

    For the 49th year, the Council for Wisconsin Writers (CWW) sponsors its contests for work published by Wisconsin writers in the prior year. Entries published in 2012 are invited in the categories of book-length fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; short fiction and nonfiction; a set of five poems; outdoor writing; and children’s literature.

  • Martinez Studio Celebrates at Mr. Helsinki

    Martinez Studio’s flat weave tapestries, paintings and photographs will warm up the red walls of Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar this winter. The opening reception, Nov. 16 from 4 - 6 pm, also serves as a trunk show where Sandra Martinez will show off her latest bags and scarves.

  • “This Land is Your Land” Highlights Door County Land Trust

    The Miller Art Museum is curating a special exhibition to honor, celebrate, and promote the efforts of the Door County Land Trust (DCLT) titled “This Land is Your Land.

  • Peninsula School of Art Looks Ahead

    Peninsula School of Art invites the public to create bowls for the seventh annual SOUP! Benefit, scheduled for Feb. 2. Proceeds from the sale of the handcrafted bowls benefit Habitat for Humanity of Sturgeon Bay and Peninsula School of Art’s free children’s outreach programs.

  • Create Heirloom Jewelry with Angela Lensch

    Plum Bottom Studio is hosting an Heirloom Jewelry Workshop that runs Nov. 12 – 15 (10 am – 4 pm daily). This workshop is open to people of all experience levels with an interest in creating jewelry.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts Holiday Art Crawl

    Visit with more than a dozen Sturgeon Bay artists at their studios and galleries during the 2012 Holiday Art Crawl, Nov. 17 and 18, 10 am – 3 pm (or later).

  • Holiday Handmade Gifts Available at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts now offers appliqued specialty items by Marilyn Horn. All of Horn’s products are hand-stitched, appliquéd items from her original designs.

  • Local Resident Helps Out in Aftermath of Sandy

    At some point in your life, you decide if you’re going to just take up space or do something good for the world. Rudy Senarighi chose to do something good.

  • Proposed State Park Hunting Area Maps

    The Sporting Heritage Bill, Wisconsin Act 168, opened hunting, fishing and trapping for all seasons in state parks starting in 2013.