Volume 18 Issue 33 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Donating Deer

    Deer donation programs give Wisconsin hunters an opportunity to give back after filling their freezers. “Most hunters I know, they’re generous people,” Lee Dudek said.

  • What Happened?

    • The Washington Island Ferry Line purchased the Karfi from Jeff Cornell on Nov. 14. The Karfi has been transporting people back and forth between Washington and Rock Islands since Jeff’s grandfather Jim began operating it in 1967.

  • OWI Trends in Door County

    The tourism industry drives a lot of commerce in Door County, but it may also be a driver behind a number of the county’s OWIs. “Door County exceeds the national and state average for per capita arrests for OWIs,” said Door County District Attorney Ray Pelrine.

  • Coming Up

    • At the next Ephraim Village Board meeting on Dec. 11, the board will review an ordinance that requires the marina to have one parking space per slip in order for the village to proceed with an 11-slip expansion of the Firehouse Marina.

  • Greens N Grains Screens Bag It

    The Green Door Film Society will host a screening of the award-winning environmental documentary Bag It at Greens N Grains Dinner & a Movie night on Nov 29.

  • Great Things Come in Small Packages

    The Washington Island School District proves true two old adages. The first is it takes a strong community to build a strong school. The second is strength isn’t always measured in numbers.

  • Joe LeClair of Jacksonport Recalls 80-year Work History

    Not many 94 year olds have a work history of more than 80 years, but then there aren’t many gentlemen still alive with the experiences Joe LeClair of Jacksonport has had – or the excellent memory to recall all of them in detail.

  • Cellcom Gives “Green Gifts” to Local Organizations

    Since 2004 Cellcom has offered a cell phone recycling program where customers can bring in their old or unwanted phones to be reused and recycled. Cellcom sends the phones to recyclers who, in return, send money to Cellcom for the materials that were saved from the phones.

  • Supporting Sustainability – In Business and At Home

    For Dave Lea, sustainability is about more than recycling. It’s about community; it’s about the future; and it’s about common sense. That’s how Dave and his wife Renny run their business, Sweetie Pies.

  • The Journey of John Winstead

    Two and a half hours and six and a half beers into his trip to the Main Street Pub, John had decided that while his new friend Beth was a decent guitarist, and the way her hips moved gigantically with no regard to the beat was a thing of wonder, her band was not very good at all.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 388

    There are people who believe that the afterlife exists in how we are remembered by the living, that we are rewarded or punished in the memories of people who knew us.

  • Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade Supports the Cure for Chris

    The 16th Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade is scheduled for Nov. 22 at noon. The parade is built upon the theme of neighbors helping neighbors, raising money for community members in need.

  • Red Cross Sponsors “Holiday Mail for Heroes”

    The Red Cross encourages the public to send holiday greetings to America’s service members with “Holiday Mail for Heroes.” While military deployments and hospital stays may keep many of the nation’s heroes away from their families during the holiday season, the American Red Cross is collecting and distributing cards that send words of encouragement, gratitude and cheer.

  • Tips For a Long Drive

    It’s the holiday season, and for me that means racking up 1,000-plus miles on the odometer. I always head home to Michigan, that fabulous mitten-shaped Great Lakes State, for holidays.

  • Pheromones and the Price of Pollination

    Does the nose, know? There is growing evidence that subtle odor molecules given off by humans can influence the behavior of others. Some of these are so subtle they can’t be perceived by our olfactory system.

  • Tom Sawyer Named to Football All-Conference Team

    After a season that saw the Ripon College football team finish 5-5 with wins in five of their final six games, the Red Hawks received five selections to the 2012 All-Conference team, including Gibraltar graduate Tom Sawyer.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules for Door County High Schools.

  • Monday Night Volleyball Results (Sturgeon Bay YMCA)

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

  • Snow Bunting

    It was exactly 38 years ago today, November 13, 1974, that I had one of the most exciting and memorable days of field study and learning involving four different fifth grade classes that I was teaching at the Southern Door Middle School and a flock of Snow Buntings.

  • Holiday Season “Days” to Celebrate

    As most regular readers know, I have written many columns about holidays throughout the years. Less frequently, I have explored some of the lesser-known and/or unusual holidays, and it is this subject that I would like to focus on as we move into the holiday season this year.

  • Capture the Spirit in Sister Bay

    Get in the holiday spirit, tune up your caroling voice, and bundle up the kids for Sister Bay’s Capture the Spirit event on Nov. 23 and 24.

  • Have a Holly Jolly Holly Days

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) announces this year’s Holly Day’s festival to be held the weekend of Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 and 24. The event will kick off the official Christmas shopping season with a little family fun, lots of holiday decorations and festive activities for all ages.

  • Volunteer Voices

    Traditions are the backbone of who we are. We love reminiscing and reliving the “remember when” moments of our lives. Charlie Dickson and Don McKuen are helping families establish those traditions and make those memories each summer as they sing songs and tell stories around the Peninsula State Park campfires.

  • Article posted Monday, November 19, 2012 11:27am

    $35,296 - The average salary for a woman one year after graduating with a bachelor’s degree

  • 2013 Budget Approved

    The hearing for the proposed 2013 Liberty Grove Town Budget was attended by six town residents.Resolution 6-12 was approved to adopt the 2012 Tax Levy payable in 2013 of $1,618,088, which included the unused portion of the 2011 levy.

  • Article posted Monday, November 19, 2012 11:22am

    One small-but-special animal at the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is Cagney. It’s rare for a small dog to be at the shelter, and he is a cutie! Recently surrendered, Cagney is a two-year-old male Yorkie/Chihuahua.

  • What You Might Have Heard

    On Nov. 28, 29, and 30, the Milwaukee Renaissance Band will perform three concerts throughout Door County for the first time, performing early Christmas music of the Medieval and Renaissance era.

  • Complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner Served in Baileys Harbor

    The Baileys Harbor Community Association is sponsoring a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner at the Cornerstone Pub on Thanksgiving Day from 2 – 6 pm. All are welcome to the meal, which is made possible by generous contributions from local individuals, businesses and organizations.

  • White Gull Inn Presents “Husky, Hushed Baritone” Peter Mulvey

    On Dec. 5 at 8 pm, a self-described “city kid” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin will travel up the Door Peninsula and perform at the White Gull Inn as a part of their winter folk music series.

  • Rotary Club Aims to Improve Vocabularies

    This November, the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club will provide a dictionary for each third grade student in Door County – from Washington Island to Southern Door – for the third consecutive year.

  • Crew Makes 1,000 Habitat Fruitcakes

    The Habitat for Humanity crew that just made 1,000 Habitat Fruitcakes for the organization, a fundraising tradition since the early 1990s. In the past fifteen years, volunteers have baked approximately seven tons of fruitcakes.

  • NDCC Hosts Holiday Home Tour

    Northern Door Children’s Center’s Sixth Annual Holiday Home Tour ushers in the Spirit of Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend – Nov. 23 & 24. The self-guided tour features five distinct Northern Door homes, beautifully decorated for the season.

  • Wisdom Wednesday Series Features “Dealing with Holiday Stress and Depression”

    The Wisdom Wednesday program at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay on Nov. 28 is “Dealing with Holiday Stress and Depression,” with Dr. Luke Staudenmaier of Staudenmaier Wellness Center.

  • Peering into Your Past

    A white-haired gentleman sits in the far back corner of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library on a Tuesday afternoon. Like other patrons, he gazes into a laptop, a few sheets of paper strewn across the table.

  • Women’s Fund Matching Grant Challenge Open until Dec. 31

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

  • Supplying an Arts Community

    This past summer, the owners of the Artists Guild, Sarah and Jeff Bradley, moved their stock of art supplies – easels, paintbrushes, acrylics, glosses, pastels, watercolors, canvases and more – down the street and took up residence in 215 N. Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, a humongous space.

  • Baylake Bank Sponsors Gift Program with Holiday Gift Tree

    Baylake Bank Premier Club is sponsoring a “Holiday Gift Program” designed to benefit homebound mature citizens in Door County. A group of volunteers are working in cooperation with Neighbor-to-Neighbor, Meals-on-Wheels and the Social Services Department to reach out to those in need to provide gifts and personal care items.

  • Buy a Gingerbread House to Help Build a House

    The Inn at Cedar Crossing announces a new event for charitable giving this holiday season – Buy a Gingerbread House to Help Build a House. The restaurant will sell handmade and decorated gingerbread houses, with the all the proceeds benefiting Door County Habitat for Humanity.

  • “A Celebration of Carols” Benefits Hurricane Sandy Victims

    The Sister Bay Moravian Church is holding “A Celebration of Carols” on Dec. 2 at 7 pm to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The carols will be preformed by the combined choirs of the Ephraim and Sister Bay Moravian Churches, under the direction of Sue Raye Hughes and Jendean Olson.

  • Pirates in the Harbour “Party with A Purpose”

    The Pirates in the Harbour continue to “party with a purpose” to raise money for local charitable organizations. Since the club was sanctioned as a chapter of Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc. in October 2009, they have raised $10,000.

  • Prince of Peace Christmas Concert Features Parks, Phillips & Co.

    The Joy to the World! Dinner and Christmas Concert, featuring the Christian country band Parks, Phillips & Co., will be held on Dec. 2 at 6 pm at Prince of Peace Church.

  • Help Light the Lights in Sturgeon Bay

    The lighted winter snowflakes that bedazzle Sturgeon Bay streets from November to late February are coming soon. The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is responsible for the holiday lights, along with their partners at Sturgeon Bay Utilities and Door County Ace Hardware.

  • “Home for the Holidays” Program Offered at YMCA

    YMCA of Door County. Baylake Bank Premier Club and Ministry Door County Medical Center is sponsoring the program, “Home for the Holidays,” on Dec. 5, 9:50 – 10:50 am, at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA.

  • E-Fairness Law Up for Discussion

    Door County officials will venture into matters of e-commerce on Dec. 12, when the county’s Legislative Committee takes up discussion of a resolution supporting the collection of online sales tax.

  • Tim Graul Earns 50-year Golden Membership to Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

    Sturgeon Bay naval architect Tim Graul recently joined the ranks of 50-year members of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Graul was one of five, 50-year society members who shared their collective experiences in a panel discussion at the society’s recent annual meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • DCVB Unveils 2013 Visitor Guide Cover

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) unveiled the cover of the 2013 visitor guide on Nov. 7 to a crowd of 170 people during the organization’s 87th annual meeting at Mr. G's Logan Creek Grill in Jacksonport.

  • Unity Selects Cellcom as 2012 Guardian Angel

    Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, recently announced the selection of Cellcom as the 2012 Unity Guardian Angel for its contributions to the organization.

  • 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.

  • DCEDC Hosts Connect Communities Informational Meeting

    The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently launched a new program called Connect Communities that offers technical assistance and networking opportunities to local leaders interested in revitalizing downtown commercial districts.

  • Cindy Koutnik Awarded CRS Designation

    Cindy Koutnik Realtor® has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors®.

  • New Caramel Corn Flavors Available at Double Delites

    Double Delites of Egg Harbor announces their newest Holiday treat – gourmet caramel corn in the flavors, “Holly Pop” and “Cracked Pepper.” Also, the shop is offering Eggnog Lattes, White Chocolate Peppermint Frappe/Lattes, and gift bags/tins for any budget.

  • Holiday Shopping at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is offering Amish Cashew Crunch, under their own label, for this holiday season. This rich, tasty Amish candy with a crunch is an irresistible treat and makes for a wonderful gift and addition to holiday treats trays.

  • Parallel 44’s Open House Includes Tastings and Special Offers

    Each weekend in November Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery will hold a Holiday Open House from 12 – 5 pm, including Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 23 – 25). At the open house, people will taste wine, sample cheese and other gourmet foods, build gift boxes, place holiday orders and take part in special offers.

  • Jon Blahnik Named to Raymond James 2013 Executive Council

    Jon A. Blahnik, Branch Manager of the Raymond James office at 242 Michigan Street, was recently named a member of the 2013 Executive Council. Executive Council honors are presented only to financial advisors who have demonstrated an extremely high level of commitment to clients through personal service and professional integrity.

  • Samara Jewelry Designs Featured on Fox 11’s “Living with Amy”

    Samara and Greg Christian of Samara Jewelry Designs recently filmed television segments for Living with Amy, with Fox 11 News. The first segment aired Nov. 6 and detailed the process of lost wax casting.

  • Third Avenue Business Association Hosts Holiday Open House

    Experience the magic of Historic Downtown Sturgeon Bay during the Holiday Open House on Dec. 6. The Historic Third Avenue Business Association invites the community to enjoy the festive windows and twinkling lights as they stroll along Third Avenue.

  • Waiting for the Turkey to Thaw

    1_I introduced my sister Holly, visiting from Minneapolis, to the Blue Ox in Baileys Harbor – one of my favorite Door County bars, which features one of my favorite Door County manikins.

  • Article posted Monday, November 19, 2012 9:45am

    Some servers are warm, Some cold as ice, But when you encounter young Grant, He seems just downright nice. He summered here with grandparents, In Fish “Crick” if you will. The service industry is his calling – Well over 12 years at The Grill.” He’s an accomplished interactor, No matter what kind of pace. Appreciates […]

  • Article posted Monday, November 19, 2012 9:40am

    Look closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Article posted Monday, November 19, 2012 9:36am

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Keep plugging away at that revision of the golf drama you’ve been working on, being sure to pay close attention to the fourth and fifth paragraphs on page three.

  • 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 Monday, November 19, 2012 9:33am

    Dear Mary Pat, I’ve always been into giving gifts. Big birthday gifts, little “just because gifts” and for Christmas…I was a gift giving fool. I had plans to do the same this holiday season until my hours got reduced at my job and my husband’s income slowed down to a mere trickle.


    (Bottom to top) Jasper Goettelman, Wyatt Farley Bultman, Meg Goettelman, Emmet Goettelman and Calvin Goettelman recently enjoyed a day of hiking the trails and climbing the rocks at Cave Point County Park near Jacksonport.

  • New Garbage Collection System Comes to Sturgeon Bay

    After the citywide delivery of 9,000 new garbage and recycling cans, Sturgeon Bay’s revamped trash collection system rolled out last week. The city’s two new $200,000 garbage trucks, which come equipped with robotic grabber arms to pick up the new cans, hit the streets for the first time on Nov.

  • “Home for the Holidays” with AFT

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) has announced the line-up for its annual holiday concert show at Gibraltar Town Hall. The sixth incarnation of “Home for the Holidays with AFT” will feature Doc Heide, Chris Irwin, and Claudia Russell.

  • Peninsula Singers Celebrate with “Hallelujah! It’s Christmas!”

    The Peninsula Singers are ready to bring yuletide cheer to the Door County community with two choral performances of “Hallelujah! It’s Christmas!” Artistic Director Merle Colburn selected a program to challenge and display the talents of the fifty-plus volunteer choir and accompanist Janet Anderson.

  • Draft Haus Hosts Holiday Fundraiser for TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will hold a Holiday Fundraiser on Nov. 30 at the Draft Haus, 901 Egg Harbor Road, in Sturgeon Bay. Hosts for the event are Directors Bob Boles and James Valcq, who will provide a brief update on TAP and present an evening of entertainment by actors and musicians who have performed at the playhouse this year.

  • SDCA Presents The Daddy D Christmas Show

    Daddy D Productions will deliver a musical season’s greetings full of songs and skits at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Dec. 1. The Daddy D Christmas Show includes the singers Shelly Emmer, Molly LeCaptain, Doug Dachelet, Laura Asma and Darren Johnson; the band, Barb Hinnendael, Bob Balsley, Kurt Risch, and Ryan Sette; and guest saxophonist and vocalist Woody Mankowski.

  • Three-part Work Comes Full Circle for pat mAcdonald

    pat mAcdonald, best known as musician, prolific songwriter, visionary/founding member of Steel Bridge Songfest and The Holiday Music Motel, can now add ‘published author’ to his long list of talents.

  • Blues Powerhouse Returns to DCA

    After receiving rave reviews for her performance last year at Door Community Auditorium, powerhouse vocalist Ruthie Foster will bring her unmistakable brand of fiery blues back to DCA on Nov. 24 at 7 pm.

  • Introducing the Door County Idol 2013 Contestants

    Door County Idol 2013 recently selected the final six contestants that will vie for the title of the Door County Idol 2013. The singing competition will be held Jan. 5 at the Southern Door Auditorium.

  • Leos Club Announces an Upcoming Concert with Ruth Moody Band

    Luxemburg-Casco High School's Leos Club and Performing Arts Community are proud to bring the Ruth Moody Band in concert to the Luxemburg-Casco Performing Arts Center on April 20.

  • Christmas in the Village Features Festive Activities throughout Ephraim

    The Ephraim Business Council invites the community to celebrate the season at Christmas in the Village on Dec. 1. Family activities are planned throughout the day.

  • Celebrate the Holidays with The Ridges’ Natural Christmas

    Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season and spend a few hours surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ridges Sanctuary at Natural Christmas on December 8, 3 – 6 pm.

  • The Clearing Releases Winter Program Catalogs

    Registration is now open for The Clearing Folk School’s Winter Program classes, which begin Jan. 7 and end March 1. Over 100 day-classes are being offered this year with an amazing group of volunteer instructors who generously share their time and talent with the community.

  • “Once Upon a Christmas” Features Caroling, Candles and Mrs. Claus

    The Gibraltar Historical Association presents “Once Upon a Christmas” on Dec. 16 at Noble Square, with events beginning at 6 pm. “The Fish Creek celebration is for the child in all of us when it comes to the Christmas Season,” said Gibraltar Historical Association President Barbara McKesson.

  • Pre-Digital Photography Exhibited at UU Gallery

    Dianne and Peter Trenchard, well known Door County entrepreneurs and leaders in the support of the arts, are showing their photography at the UU Gallery in Ephraim throughout December.

  • Archelle “Buttons” Wolst Offers Paintings at Reduced Prices

    Collectors have a rare opportunity this Thanksgiving weekend to purchase oil paintings by Archelle “Buttons” Wolst, award winning Door County painter, at greatly reduced prices.

  • Fine Line Hosts Holiday Open House

    Fine Line Designs Gallery in Ephraim will host their Annual Holiday Open House on Nov. 24 from 10 am – 4 pm. “A holiday gift from a Door County artist or any artist is very special,” says gallery owner Shari Gransee, “not only because it supports the community, but because any recipient will truly appreciate an original, handmade piece of art as a gift.

  • Greco Gallery Introduces New Artists at Holiday Open House

    Greco Gallery will host their Holiday Open House & Welcome Reception on Dec. 6, 5 – 8 pm, with warm cider, treats and holiday cheer. The artists who exhibit in the gallery would like the public to stop by and enjoy what they have created over the past few months.

  • Community Invited to Ellison Bay Arts Holiday Open House

    Ellison Bay welcomes the community to their annual celebration for the holidays. Buy local, handmade gifts for this holiday season while supporting Ellison Bay Arts.

  • Resident Discount Days at Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery’s 5th Annual Door County Resident Discount Days will be in effect during the Ellison Bay Arts Holiday Open House on Nov. 23 & 24, 10 am – 5 pm.

  • Photography as Visual Meditation

    From all four seasons, the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay recently acquired four Zen-like photographs by Suzanne Rose. The images are from Rose’s photography exhibition, sketches: photographic observations, which debuted at the museum in June 2012.

  • Tim Nyberg Moves to Minnesota

    Tim Nyberg of the FUN ART gallery in Sturgeon Bay will be moving from Sturgeon Bay to Stillwater, Minnesota, at the end of November. While the physical gallery is all packed up, his artwork can still be viewed at tim-nyberg.

  • Popelka & Trenchard Display at Plymouth Art Center

    Door County artists, Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard have been making art together for over 30 years. As husband and wife and studio partners, they aid and assist each other while steadily maintaining their individuality.

  • Fellowship of Poets Announces Contest Winners

    The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) announced its 2012 Wisconsin Triad Poetry Awards at the organization’s fall conference on Nov. 3 in Stevens Point.

  • Holiday Book Sale Benefits Door County Libraries

    The Friends of Door County Libraries are sponsoring the 5th Annual Holiday Book Sale, because books are gifts that can be opened again and again. The sale is scheduled for Dec. 1, 9 am - 1 pm, in the basement of the Sturgeon Bay Library.

  • Contests Open to All Wisconsin Writers

    Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, regularly publishes some of Wisconsin’s best fiction and poetry.

  • Proposed 2013 Hunting and Trapping Regulations in Wisconsin State Parks

    • Hunting and Trapping allowed from Oct. 15 through the Thursday before Memorial Day • Hunting not allowed after 11 pm • Hunters can enter the park an hour before the opening of the season • Target shooting not allowed in parks • Non-hunting visitors allowed in hunting areas, not required to wear blaze orange […]

  • Concerns Voiced Over Sporting Heritage Bill

    State parks in Door County are one step closer to implementing the Sporting Heritage Bill, which opens all Wisconsin State Parks to hunting and trapping starting Jan.