Volume 19, Issue 15 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Repeat Marathon Win for Erik Borgness

    Paddler John Abrahams drove from Duluth, Minn., for the annual Washington Island Canoe & Kayak Event and calls the Washington Island venue the premier race in the Midwest.

  • Nick Kita Joins Wisconsin All-Stars

    Nick Kita, an incoming senior at Gibraltar High School, is part of the 2013 summer Wisconsin All-Stars National Baseball Team. The Wisconsin All-Stars are made up of the best high school baseball players from Wisconsin who show a desire and ability to play baseball at the next level.

  • Good Luck to Strivers at Nationals

    About 2,000 gymnasts from across the country will travel to Savannah, Georgia, for the 2013 National Competition, including 14 gymnasts from the YMCA Strivers gymnastics team.

  • DC Wave Place Third at Green Bay Invitational

    The Door County Wave soccer team spent Father’s Day weekend at the Green Bay Invitational tournament. The team finished the three-day tournament in third place.

  • 2013 Women’s Double Header League Softball

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    Standings, results and schedule

  • Door County League Baseball

    Standings, results and schedule for Door County league baseball.

  • 2013 Nor-Door Little League

    Standings Egg Harbor 7-1 Washington Island 5-2 Baileys Harbor 4-4 Sister Bay 2-5 Ellison Bay 1-7 Results June 21 Baileys Harbor 0, Washington Island 4 Schedule June 28 2013 All-Star Game hosted by Egg Harbor, 6 pm

  • Goats-beard is Here to Stay

    There is a tall, alien, yellow weed that decorates some roadsides by the thousands from mid to late June. As soon as you see the height of the plant, upwards of two to three feet, you immediately know that it isn’t a Dandelion.

  • Fashioning a Farce

    “This is my favorite theater in the world,” says Joe Foust. He sits in the shade of a tree, surveying the property that makes up Peninsula Players – the box office, theater, outside courtyard, and beautiful lake view.

  • Time Jumpers to Swing Door Community Auditorium

    The collective musical history that takes the stage of the Door Community Auditorium on Friday, June 28 in the form of The Time Jumpers is mind blowing, but the band of 11 Nashville musical luminaries has a different outlook.

  • Andy’s Automatics Plan to Honky Tonk Stone Harbor

    Ernest Tubb is generally credited with recording the first honky-tonk song when he released “Walking the Floor Over You” on May 28, 1941. A decade later, honky tonk came into its own with the likes of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, Webb Pierce, Faron Young and a few others, only to be eclipsed in the 1960s by the smooth country pop sound that came to be known as Countrypolitan.

  • A Review: ‘The Burgess Boys’

    Elizabeth Strout earned a Pulitzer Prize for her novel Olive Kitteridge, a collection of stories centered on a retired junior high math teacher living in Maine.

  • Commercial Fishing: The Way it Used to Be

    Trygvie Jensen, who grew up on Washington Island and was always fascinated with the stories he heard while hanging around the old-timers’ fish sheds, provided the program for the June 6 meeting of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society.

  • Phragmites Eradication Effort Moves Up the Coast

    The struggle to control phragmites on Door County shorelines was highlighted at the Jacksonport Town Board meeting on June 25 when Greg Coulthurst of the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department outlined plans for a two-year treatment program for Jacksonport, southern Baileys Harbor and Egg Harbor shoreline owners.

  • Olde Ellison Bay Days Celebrates “Feed the Fish”

    A Door County tradition continues as Ellison Bay hosts their 47th annual Olde Ellison Bay Days, with a touch of Hollywood class. The 2013 festival theme is “Feed the Fish,” in honor of the film well-known to Door County residents featuring Tony Shalhoub, star of the popular Monk TV series.

  • If You Must Blast Off, Do It Safely

    Typical news stories this time of year read:  a fireworks show in eastern Wisconsin sends four people to the hospital after a round fires off in the wrong direction; five teens in Sparta were burned when fireworks exploded in their car; a 12-year-old boy is airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Wauwatosa with facial injuries after a misguided firework hits him.

  • Kayaking Around the Waters of Rock Island

    For years I have dreamed of paddling a sea kayak around Rock Island, a state park located two ferryboat rides off the northern tip of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula.

  • 2013 Fourth of July Schedules

    Celebrate Independence Day throughout Door County.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 415

    I’ve recently published a children’s book about a man who is so fussy about his yard that he loses his home, so I was immediately taken by this fine poem by Lynne Sharon Schwartz about a similar man.

  • 2013 Philanthropists of the Year

    Barbara and Spencer Gould were honored as this year’s Philanthropists of the Year by the Door County Community Foundation on Wednesday, June 26, at its annual Celebration of Giving held at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club, Egg Harbor.

  • Bald Eagle Count Finds 12 Eaglets Born in Door County

    A dozen eaglets were hatched by their nesting Bald Eagle parents in Door County this spring, according to Steve Easterly, an Oshkosh-based wildlife management specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

  • The Docent

    “Good morning! Welcome to the Hardy Gallery. Have you visited us before?” This cheery greeting and other forms of it are the first words a visitor to the Francis Hardy Gallery in Ephraim hears.

  • Kate Borcherding Stacks Stones for Memory Diaries Art Project

    Kate Borcherding sits on a gray stone, similar to the stones she’s been moving and stacking for the past few weeks along the shore of Door Bluff Headlands County Park near Ellison Bay.

  • Door County Chef Taking Mystique Out of Raw Foods

    For years Cindy Knigge carried this quote with her:  In this food, I clearly see the entire universe supporting my existence – Thich Nhat Hanh.

  • New Class of Master Gardeners

    Some who spend time gardening speak of metaphorical green thumbs. And then there are those who literally display green fingers as well, testifying to time spent pulling weeds.

  • Door County Tourism Up Last Year

    Door County tourism grew in 2012, according to the Tourism Zone Commission’s annual report released on June 20. The report measured the county’s room tax collection.

  • Sister Bay Schoolhouse Park Property Sold

    The Sister Bay Village Board voted to sell the Schoolhouse Park property along State Highway 57 in Sister Bay to Mitch Larson, owner of On Deck Clothing Company, for $400,000.

  • Your Representatives in the News

    Governor Scott Walker On June 21, Walker signed two bills relating to all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles.

  • Door County Board of Supervisors Adds to Zoning for Assembly Halls

    • At its June 25 meeting, the Door County Board of Supervisors approved zoning ordinances that define assembly halls and auditoriums and set zoning standards for each.

  • Liberty Grove Not Accepting More Heritage Road Nominations

    • A proposal circulating in the Wisconsin Legislature would allow public schools to start anytime in the fall, according to an Associated Press article.

  • Door County Civility Project brings respect to the table

    When disagreements turn into shouting matches between co-workers, politicians, neighbors, families and friends, it can be hard to remember that basic thing you learned in kindergarten how to be civil.

  • The Real Origin of QWERTY

    After writing for the college newspaper for several terms I took the leap and served as editor during my last semester. While I knew a fair amount about the writing aspects of newspaper, I was less informed about the production side of things, so I had a co-editor to assist me: Hank.

  • Legislators Put Squeeze on the Lifeline of Wisconsin Family Farmers with Groundwater Change

    The Joint Finance Committee slipped a hastily crafted provision on groundwater into the budget that was intended to help farmers, but could end up doing the exact opposite.

  • Delayed Gratification and Higher SAT Scores

    In 1972 psychologist Walter Mischel and his group at Stanford University published their famous “marshmallow study.” Preschoolers received a marshmallow and were told that if they waited 15 minutes to eat it they would get a second marshmallow.

  • Highway Committee Finalizes Garrett Bay Road Recommendation

    The board approved East Door Bluff Road as a Heritage Road. It also approved a moratorium until the end of the year on additional Heritage Roads. The board and highway committee will begin a review of the program this summer.

  • Article posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:59pm

    The U.S. Department of State released its 2013 Trafficking in Persons report on June 19, breaking down the issue of global and national human trafficking with figures, testimonials and explanations of global human trafficking policies.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    Civility, according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is defined as “a polite act or expression.” Seems easy enough, right? Sometimes it isn’t that easy and we find ourselves walking a fine line.

  • Article posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013 1:53pm

    The Door County Humane Society serves in many areas of life in Door County. One facet is the shelter’s professional relationship with law enforcement entities.

  • Checks Changing Hands

    Altrusa Club of Door County recently received a grant of $2,000 from the United Way of Door County. Pictured, left to right, are club president Barbara Pfeifer, grants liaison Cheri Meyvis and program chair Nancy Kexel-Calabresa.

  • Changes in Store for Baileys Harbor Fourth of July Parade

    This year’s Fourth of July in Baileys Harbor will be a little different than in years past. Highway 57 will be closed at 9 am from County E to Ahrens Rd.

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Serves Spuds ‘n Splits

    On June 29 at 6 pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor will serve Spuds ‘n Splits, after the praise service. Enjoy a baked potato with your choice of toppings and then have a make-your-own banana split or ice cream sundae for dessert.

  • Life is Good at Northern Door Children’s Center’s “Camp Cool”

    This summer more than 60 school-aged children are finding that life is good at Northern Door Children’s Center’s annual “Camp Cool” summer program. Camp Cool starts the Monday after school is out and finishes the last Friday of summer.

  • Ephraim Historical Foundation Hosts Children’s Programs

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation’s summer program, Children’s Encounter with History, is filling up fast. Join the foundation for a full day of history on July 1 (Tourism in the 1920s) and August 5 (A Day on the Farm).

  • Roots for Roots Benefits Forest Recovery Project

    The inaugural event – Roots for Roots – of the Forest Recovery Project is July 4 at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The event includes a potluck supper with cash bar at 5:30 pm, and music by Galynne Goodwill at 6:30 pm and Tony Brown from 7 – 9 pm.

  • Suicide Prevention is Next Topic at CHIP

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming program on suicide prevention on July 14, 4 pm, at Stella Maris in Sister Bay.

  • Door-Tran Receives Sustainability Grant

    The Door County Community Foundation, Inc. awarded a sustainability grant of $1,500 to Door-Tran to support the Half-Price Travel Voucher Program. Door-Tran is a creative community network dedicated to connecting people to transportation services that are affordable, available and accessible.

  • Kangaroo Lake Association Launches New Website

    The Kangaroo Lake Association, a membership not-for-profit organization of residents who live on or around Kangaroo Lake, developed a new website: kangaroolake.

  • The Culinary Arts are Alive and Well in Door County

    Observers of popular culture note that busy families prefer to eat out rather than cook in, and for many of them dining in means a carryout or a microwaved frozen entrée.

  • Filling a Need in the Garage

    Steve Davis, orthopedic surgeon at Ministry Door County Medical Center, has been rebuilding cars since he was 13, and six years ago came up with a way to make the work a little easier.

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Featured on “Discover Wisconsin”

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese will be featured in the June 29 and 30 edition of Discover Wisconsin, check for exact times at Film crews were at the shop in the fall of 2012 and the segment will be aired soon.

  • Mon Ami’ Opens in Downtown Sister Bay

    Mon Ami’, an upscale, resale children’s boutique, recently joined the mix of shops in downtown Sister Bay. A mother/daughter duo owns the boutique where shoppers can find children’s clothing – sizes newborn to 6 years – at affordable prices.

  • Life Preserver Wellness Shop Hosts Grand Opening

    Life Preserver Wellness Shop, LLC, will host a grand opening celebration on June 29 from 10 am – 6 pm. Cosmetic demonstrations will be available from 11 am – 2 pm, and owner Sherry Lauder will be on site to answer questions.

  • Maxwelton Braes Lodge and Max Supper Club Open for Business

    Maxwelton Braes Lodge and Max Supper Club are open for business, and the historic landmark in Baileys Harbor is once again running at full capacity. New owners Bill & Heather Andersen, along with their staff, invite the community to come and see what they’ve done with the place.

  • Carol Trimberger Named Protégé MVP

    Carol Trimberger, co-owner of Door County Interiors & Design, has been named protégé MVP for her participation in the second year of the Green Bay Packers-sponsored Mentor-Protégé program.

  • Mojo Rosa’s Raises Funds for DC Renaissance Faire

    Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor recently teamed up with Crispin Brewing Company to put on a hard cider and food pairing party to benefit the Door County Renaissance Faire.

  • Stage Door Presents “The Glass Menagerie”

    The Stage Door Theatre Company, the professional theatre troupe in residence at the Third Avenue Playhouse presents its first production of the 2013 summer/fall season, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie.

  • Birch Creek Celebrates “An American Birthday”

    Birch Creek continues its Symphony session with Faye Seeman, featured harp soloist, performing William Grant Still’s Ennanga during the Power of Transformation concerts on June 28 and June 29.

  • Encore Performances of “Lone Star” from Rogue Theatre

    Rogue Theatre has encore performances of Lone Star in the works, along with new productions. Lone Star will be performed July 18 – 20 at Sister Bay Village Hall, and on Labor Day weekend at Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Washington Island.

  • Peninsula Players Seminar Features “Bottoms-Up” Author

    Terry Twyman’s cowboy tale Saloon is on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre through June 30. Set in 1871, when the American West was unsettled, railroads were forming and cattle were still driven hundreds of miles to market by range hands.

  • StageKids Announce Workshop Schedule

    StageKids of Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay presents its summer/fall theatre workshop schedule. The following classes are available: • Introduction to Clowning with Dan Klarer, June 22, 12 – 2 pm; for ages 10-18 • Introduction to Improvisation with Ryan Patrick Shaw, July 8, 12 – 3 pm; for ages 9-12 & 13-18 • Introduction to Musical Theatre with Claire Morkin, July 15, 12 – 3 pm; for ages 12-18 • Introduction to Theatre with Spencer Milligan, Aug.

  • Pub Crawl Added to Baileys Harbor Fourth of July Celebration

    The Baileys Harbor Pub Crawl is a new feature of this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Baileys Harbor. The trolley will pick people up from the Town Marina starting at 1:30 pm (last pickup leaves at 4 pm).

  • Fish Creek Summer Festival Features Venetian Boat Parade

    The picturesque waterfront setting of Clark Park is once again the stage for this year’s Fish Creek Summer Festival and Fireworks on July 6. The fun begins at noon with tasty treats and cool drinks as well as fun summer tunes by the live DJ.

  • Join FORI for A Day on Rock Island

    On July 6, the Friends of Rock Island (FORI) invite the public to take a ride on the Washington Island ferry, motor to Jackson Harbor and take the Karfi to enjoy a day on Rock Island State Park.

  • “Never Cry Wolf” Shown at First Canine Cinema Screening

    June 28 promises to be one of the most light-hearted family events of the summer, as the first-ever Canine Cinema takes place at the Peg Egan PAC in Egg Harbor.

  • Meet the Door County Sled Dogs

    The Door County Sled Dogs will be at Koepsel’s Farm Market for a meet and greet from 11:30 am – 1 pm on June 29, July 6 & 13. Don’t miss this fun event as the dogs arrive in their custom bus ready to provide a great family experience.

  • Costa Rican Bird Connection Discussed at Lake Lessons

    On July 9 at 7 pm, DNR ecologist Joe Henry will present “The Costa Rican Bird Connection.” The program will be held at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall as part of The Ridges Sanctuary’s Lake Lessons series.

  • Family Programs Offered at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek offers free family programs Monday through Thursday at 1:30 pm. Summer Educator Joan Wilkie will offer hands-on activities appropriate for all ages.

  • Family Campfires at Peninsula State Park

    Octogenarians Don Makuen and Charlie Dickson are hosting family campfires at Peninsula State Park on the following Mondays evenings: July 15 & 29 and August 12 & 26.

  • Woodwalk Concert Series Welcomes Buddy Mondlock

    Buddy Mondlock writes songs, and does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums – Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith and Janis Ian, to name a few.

  • Tonic Sol-fa Performs at Peg Egan PAC

    On June 30, Tonic Sol-fa, one of the top touring vocal groups in the U.S., will perform at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center. Although they are simply four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol-fa has spent considerable time on the road carving their niche as the nation’s top vocal group.

  • Elvis & Orbison: The Voices of Rock Take the DCA Stage

    Elvis and Orbison: The Voices of Rock, a tribute to two of music’s greatest legends, will appear at the Door Community Auditorium on July 6 at 8 pm. The show stars John Van Thiel and Danny J together with The Legendaires Show Band.

  • Live Music Performed at Simon Creek Every Sunday

    Summer music on the deck has returned to Simon Creek Vineyard & Winery every Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. As with the past several years Simon Creek features free music on the deck overlooking the vineyards and winery grounds.

  • MDCMC Presents “Music in the Gardens” Concert Series

    Ministry Door County Medical Center announces a stellar line-up of musical diversity for the whole family on Tuesday evenings in July. Four free concerts will be performed on the hospital’s green space on 16th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay (next to the Community Garden).

  • Congratulations to Joel Toerpe

    Joel looks around the county, thinks it a little slice of heaven, A ‘07 Gibraltar grad that’s been here since age 11. He got the job at Mojos while being promoted by his mom.

  • A Trio of Darkness

    Some time ago I wrote a beer column that was distributed internationally by a large corporate newspaper, and I heard from a lot of readers from all points of the globe.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Some of the most common questions our cheesemongers get asked in the cheese shop are: “What is the best way to serve cheese?” “How much cheese should we serve per person?” “How many different cheeses should we serve on a cheese board?” Cheese always tastes best when served at room temperature.


    Dan Durow of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, was creating sand sculptures in Jacksonport on June 19. Durow, a sand sculptor since he was a kid, creates his pieces for fun and has won the Whitefish Dunes Sand Sculpting Contest a number of times.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:50pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I am already anxious about attending this year's Fourth of July parades. My husband and I always put out our chairs hours before. Last year, we sat for two hours in a great, shady spot.

  • 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, June 25, 2013 2:44pm

    Cancer (June 22 – July 22): A critical time approaches as you observe Saturn reaching the equinox. Stay focused on the important matters and check what remains of your liquor supply now that your mother-in-law has finally moved out.

  • Article posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 2:42pm

    Look closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Door County Folk Fest Held July 10 – 14

    Door County Folk Festival features an extended weekend of dancing and camaraderie, from July 10 – 14, in Baileys Harbor, Ephraim and Sister Bay. There will be dance parties every night and a variety of dance workshops to attend: ethnic folk, contra/square, and Romanian dance workshops with Mihai David.

  • DCS&PS Continues Seminar Series with Basic Weather & Forecasting

    The Door County Sail and Power Squadron will hold the second of six summer seminars, Basic Weather & Forecasting, on June 29. This seminar is a must for boaters who have never taken a weather course.

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Bob Larsen

    Bob Larsen's tip to other golfers is to get in some tournaments played with strict rules of golf.

  • Bundy Picks the Right Club, Scores Hole-in-One

    Doc Bundy is Door County’s latest to net a hole-in-one. It came on June 12 in the Cherry Hills 3-person scramble league. Starting on the 6th hole, Bundy felt like he was striking the ball well from the start.

  • Registration is Open for Grand Scandia Golf Benefit

    Good Samaritan Scandia Village will host the 18th annual Grand Scandia Golf Benefit at Peninsula State Park Golf Course on July 21 with tee-off at 12 pm.

  • Golf League Results

    Results from Door County golf leagues.

  • Golf Events

    Golf events from around the county.

  • Artist He Qi Visits Linden Gallery

    Linden Gallery is honored to host He Qi, China’s most internationally sought after contemporary Christian artist, at a “meet the artist” event on June 29 from 2 – 5 pm.

  • Glas Hosts Group Painting Exhibit

    From July 1 – 27, paintings by five Door County painters – Faith Frykman, Kim Jacobs, Pat Olson, Mac Schueppert and Gina Ward – will be displayed at Glas in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Baileys Harbor Mural Update

    Ram Rojas has begun work again on the Baileys Harbor Community Mural. The hole above Cana Island has been repaired and Rojas is painting in a myriad of details.

  • Classes and Events at Artists Guild

    Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay presents a class, from 10 am – 12 pm, in making tie-dye t-shirts that eliminates the mess of traditional dyeing methods.

  • Wearable Art Show at Sister Bay Village Hall

    The Sister Bay Village Hall at Waterfront Park will be transformed into an indoor wearable art boutique from 9 am to 5 pm on July 5 and 6. Contemporary, artist-made apparel, accessories and jewelry in a wide range of styles, sizes and prices will fill the hall.

  • Meet the A-Team at Clay Bay Pottery

    Clay Bay Pottery invites the public to enjoy refreshments and art at the opening of its summer show, The A-Team, on July 5, 5 – 8 pm. The reception features the work of resident potters Jeanne and David Aurelius, the first ‘A’s of the team.

  • Finding the Positive in the Negative

    The UU Gallery will feature watercolor paintings by Karen Shanahan in July. The public is invited to an opening reception on July 5 from 4 – 6 pm. Shanahan has been painting seriously since 2003 when she took workshops at the Peninsula School of Art.

  • Local Designer Published in “Showcase 500: Art Necklaces”

    Samara Christian, owner of Samara Jewelry Designs, in downtown Sturgeon Bay, has been accepted in the publication of Showcase 500: Art Necklaces. This book is part of an international book series published by art and design press Lark Books.

  • Potters Wheel Presents Works from Cohn’s Collection

    The Potters Wheel Gallery is now offering exceptional ceramic and framed art from Abe and Ginka Cohn’s personal collection. Featured are porcelain by Tom and Elaine Coleman, Tom Hess, Joanne Kirkland, Ross Spangler and John Hansen.

  • No Injuries in Steel Bridge vs. RV Mishap

    Amazingly, there were  were no injuries when Michael Fielding Trese of Merritt Island, Fla.

  • Remembering Rich

    Editor’s note: After he retired as Professor Emeritus from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 1995, Rich Shereikis and his wife Judy bought a summer home on Washington Island, where Rich spent his final years.