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Volume 20, Issue 46 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Hotel, Brewpub Plans Unveiled for West Waterfront Development

    Developers of two proposed properties in Sturgeon Bay’s planned waterfront Festival Park appeared before the city’s Plan Commission last month to detail plans for a five-story boutique hotel and a restaurant/brewery.

  • Representatives in the News

    Representative Garey Bies Bies (R-Sister Bay) applauds the unanimous vote by the Joint Finance Committee on Nov. 12 to approve the Family Care contracts.

  • Municipal News

    Gibraltar School District: The Gibraltar Board of Education will meet at 7 pm on Nov. 24, where they will hear a report on the fall 2014 sports highlights from Peggy Tanck; hear the first reading of the 2015-16 Secondary Course Handbook; and will hear an administrative recommendation for the hiring of a special education instructional aide for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Notes from Liberty Grove

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and
 visitors tidbits of information about goings on in town government. • A special town meeting was held Nov.

  • Panel Hears from Tainted Well Owners

    A public meeting on the wells contaminated by manure spreading will be held at the Jacksonport Town Hall at 6 pm on Dec. 2, Bill Schuster, head of the Door County Soil and Water Department, revealed at the Nov.

  • Bulletin

    WHAT HAPPENED • After a three-month investigation involving multiple fraud cases on businesses in Sturgeon Bay, Heather Diamond was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service in the City of Green Bay.

  • County Survey Discussed

    “The tone at the very highest level is antagonistic.”   “The county looks at us as the enemy.”   “The attitude that we should be ‘grateful’ to have our jobs.

  • Full Ride for Softball Star

    Students, family, coaches and friends packed the Southern Door High School library in support of Acacia Tupa signing her letter of intent to play Division I softball at the University of Wisconsin –Green Bay next year.

  • New Name, Same Ride

    The Peninsula Pacers, organizers of the Ride for Nature since 2010, are pleased to announce that the event will have a new name in 2015 as they welcome a new charity partner.

  • Making Waves

    Erin Young & Karena Young: Our swimmers of the meet are sisters from Gibraltar Area Schools, with Erin Young in eighth grade, and her older sister Karena, a freshmen at Gibraltar High School.

  • In the Red Zone

    Door County YMCA Doorfins were honored and interviewed by Nick Freimuth (and a special guest Green Bay Packer Myles White) from the Red Zone 104.1 FM WRLU at Sonny’s Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay on Monday, Nov.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Varsity sports schedules.

  • Joseph Mohr – Probably Not Resting Silently In That Good Night

    According to the commercials on television and the calendar, the holiday season has arrived, even though the weather feels like we skipped right past the holidays into early December.

  • Don’t Drink the Water!

    The people of Door and Kewaunee Counties need to get control of the continuous threat of contamination to our groundwater. A number of people in Kewaunee and Door counties are finding that their wells are contaminated.

  • By the Numbers Icon

    By the Numbers: The Worst Way to Consume Coffee

    “We can get to a cup of coffee dozens of different ways,” Martin Bourque, director of the Ecology Center, a nonprofit in Berkeley, California, told the East Bay Express last year.

  • Simpler, Faster

    Consumers can now sign up for 2015 health insurance plans through, the call center, or in-person assistance. With more issuers offering coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, the consumers will find more options for themselves and their families.

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:20pm

    Did you know there’s an “allergy room” set aside at the Door County Humane Society? Cats that have special needs are placed here following their diagnosis in order to ensure the correct type of food and medication are received.

  • Life Notes

    BIRTHS Paula Ramirez and Antonio Hernandez, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on Nov. 14, 2014, at Door Ministry Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Fermina and Martin Ramirez, Green Bay. Paternal grandparents are Elodia Lopez and Osolio Hernandez, Mexico. Lyndzi Eytcheson and Alexander Meverden, Algoma, are the parents of a […]

  • Free Seminar on Hearing Loops

    On Nov. 21, there is a free community informational seminar on hearing loops from 10 am – noon at Hope United Church of Christ at 12th and Michigan in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser for NDCC

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) is having its annual poinsettia sale fundraiser through Nov. 21. Schroeder’s Flowers of Green Bay is providing a wide variety of sizes and colors.

  • Come Together in Hope and Healing

    Join the Survivors Of Suicide (SOS) Door County support group as they come together in hope and healing to release balloons in memory of loved ones lost to suicide.

  • Make Reservations for United Methodist Thanksgiving Dinner

    The 35th annual Sturgeon Bay Area Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held at 4:30 pm on Nov. 27 at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St.

  • November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

    November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, and the Door County YMCA is encouraging residents of Door County to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease.

  • MDCMC Jewelry Sale Begins Dec. 1

    Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s jewelry sale will be held in the main lobby of the Ministry Door County Medical Center. The sale takes place on Dec.

  • Everyone Welcome to the Angel Ball

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary invites the community to The Angel Ball to benefit the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. The Angel Ball is on Dec. 6 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.

  • Advent Celebration for All Women

    St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 108 W. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay, has arranged for Susan Ann to present “The Perfect Gift” – an Advent celebration for all women.

  • Chop “N” Shop Needs Your Help

    The Joint Professional Law Enforcement Officers Association is preparing for its 12th annual Chop “N” Shop with a Cop program on Dec. 13. Unfortunately, the group has not met its fundraising goal for this year’s event and would appreciate any donation.

  • Announcing the CANcer THRIVEr Program

    The Center for Optimal Health is excited to announce its new CANcer THRIVEr program. This personalized program engages cancer patients and their families to become active participants in improving their physical, psycho-spiritual and social health.

  • Dental Clinic Expands Service, Thanks to Grants

    The Wisconsin Office of Rural Health (WORH) just announced a grant of $15,000 to the Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) Dental Clinic. The funds from WORH will help support the expansion of the dental clinic from three days of service each week to four days.

  • Be the Next Alice in Dairyland

    The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for the 68th Alice in Dairyland, Wisconsin’s official agricultural ambassador.

  • Hot Lunches at Ephraim Moravian

    The Ephraim Moravian Church is opening its doors for a free hot lunch, the third Wednesday of each month through April of 2015. These lunches are open to the community and begin at noon.

  • Find a Thanksgiving Feast

    The following is a list of establishments serving Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, Nov. 27. This list may not be all-inclusive. Complimentary/Community Meals: Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub 8123 Highway 57, Baileys Harbor Complimentary Thanksgiving Dinner, 2 – 6 pm.

  • Koulias Cabin On the Move

    On Sunday, Nov. 9, the Koulias cabin left its home at Shoreland Acres and was moved to the Koulias property on County T. The move is part of the preparation for expansion of Lakeside Park in the Town of Jacksonport.

  • Thanksgiving Day Playlists

    Peaceful Playlist: Classical picks for mealtime By Sharon Grutzmacher After being asked to provide a Thanksgiving dinner playlist by the Pulse, I discussed the idea with many musicians, friends and my son (a graduate of Luther College in music).

  • Pints for Pets

    Gratitude will be the general population’s attitude Thursday, but the Mink River Basin wants to give individuals an early start to the season of generosity with its “Pints for Pet” fundraiser for the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) on Wednesday, Nov.

  • The Men Behind the Lights

    Sturgeon Bay’s annual Christmas by the Bay festival showcases the city in all its holiday glory, with countless trees glowing in the night and giant white snowflakes guiding the way down Third Avenue.

  • Let the Festivities Begin

    Sturgeon Bay will once again light up with holiday spirit this November during the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center’s annual Christmas by the Bay, Nov. 21-23 throughout downtown.

  • Little Old CHOP

    “We raise our own beef cattle and know beef. The steak at CHOP was one of the best we have ever had.” “CHOP never disappoints. Staff is always accommodating and consistently meets our dining needs.

  • Inn at Cedar Crossing Hosts Holiday Teas

    The Inn at Cedar Crossing will host holiday teas on Sundays in December. Gather friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of refreshments and holiday cheer.

  • Scott Baker Wins Spirit of Hospitality Award

    The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA) has honored front desk staffer Scott Baker of the Country House Resort, Sister Bay, with one of its eight annual Spirit of Hospitality awards.

  • Deadline Approaches for Buy Local Grant Program

    The initial deadline is quickly approaching for farmers and others in Wisconsin’s food industry who want to apply for the 2015 round in the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program.

  • Cherryland Chiropractic Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    Cherryland Chiropractic and Rehabilitation is accepting new patients at a new, fully renovated facility at 810 S. Lansing Ave., Suite A, within the PortSide Builders location in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Decorating Classes Raises Funds for We Are HOPE

    Door County Nature Works recently hosted holiday decorating classes and raised $600 for the Door County organization We Are HOPE, Inc. The two-hour classes demonstrated decorating a Christmas tree, a holiday mantel, a Thanksgiving table and many other holiday decorating ideas.

  • Jim Olson Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Welcomes Eric Dietrich

    Lifelong Door County resident Eric Dietrich recently joined the sales team at Jim Olson Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram at 812 Green Bay Road, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Joseph Hockers Completes AAP Accreditation

    Baylake Bank recently announced that Joseph Hockers, vice president, Director of Treasury Management has completed the AAP Accreditation program. Accredited ACH Professionals (AAPs) are an elite group of highly skilled payments professionals nationally recognized for their electronic payments expertise, particularly within the field of Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments.

  • The Power of Music

    It is quiet in the engineering room of Hans Christian’s Studio 330 as 10 children stand opposite the soundproof glass in the recording room, looking on their animated conductor before the first take of their new song.

  • The Climate Corner

    Monarchs are perhaps best known for their annual migration. In the summer, Door County monarchs that emerge as adults after mid-August join millions of other monarchs from southern Canada and the Upper Midwest and northeastern United States to fly to overwintering sites, oyamel fir forests in the mountains of central Mexico.

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:38am

    Many smokers believe they are breaking the cigarette habit by turning to electronic cigarettes loaded with pure liquid nicotine. When the liquid is heated it vaporizes and the “smoker” can puff away, perhaps feeling that he or she is better off not inhaling cancer-causing compounds in old-fashioned cigarettes.

  • Stop the Phantoms

    Throughout every home and office there lurk dozens of power-hungry phantoms. Televisions, cable boxes, DVD players, video game consoles, audio systems, computers and printers, microwaves, power tools, space heaters, fans and virtually any other device with a remote control or an “instant-on” feature can suck up five to 10 percent of the energy used in American homes each year, just by being plugged in.

  • Leave Firewood At Home

    Deer hunters heading out for the gun season, don’t be tempted to haul your firewood from home. It’s sometimes illegal and always a bad idea. Firewood can carry invasive pests including emerald ash borer and gypsy moth, both insects that can destroy trees.

  • Pesticide Registry Sign-up Begins

    It’s time to sign up for the Landscape Pesticide Registry for the 2015 growing season. You can request that companies notify you when they are going to apply pesticides to lawns, trees and shrubs on the block where you live, or on blocks immediately next to yours.

  • Washington Island Christmas Bird Count

    The Washington Island Christmas Bird Count will be held Dec. 14. Field counters will meet at K.K. Fiske between 7:30 and 8 am to form groups for the four quarters to be covered.

  • Winter Finches

    Every early November we brace ourselves in hope that this will be a “finch winter,” and that several species including Pine Siskins, Common Redpolls, White-winged and Red Crossbills, Purple Finches and perhaps even small numbers of Evening Grosbeaks will be lured to people’s feeders.


    Kody and Kerri Ann Anderko enjoy a mom-and-son date at the Wild Tomato.

  • Beer or Plant Food?

    Even though I am not a fan of over-hopped beers, I try them occasionally just to remind myself what a nasty trend it is. I like Sprecher beers, but this Double India Pale Ale from the Glendale, Wisconsin, brewery became plant food.

  • Congratulations to Abby Dinsmoore of Bluefront Café!

    If you ever have a chance to make it to Central Door, Stop in a cute café to meet server Abby Dinsmoore. She has spent the past five years at Bluefront Café On West Maple Street in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Overheard and Obsessions

    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, November 19, 2014 10:56am

    This week’s question: Look closely…..where is this located?

  • Article posted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 10:55am

    Dear Mary Pat, I got a friend request on Facebook from an old classmate that I haven’t spoken to for more than 14 years. The last time we spoke, she accused me of doing something that I didn’t do.

  • Hike Safely at Crossroads

    Feel safe while hiking at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. As the preserve is within the city limits, hunting is not permitted. Hikers and pets (on a leash and under control) are more than welcome during hunting season and any other time.

  • Join the Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Entering its 18th year, the annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade & Benefit will step off at 10:30 am from the Jacksonport fire station. This fun-loving, eclectic parade, a labor of love put in to motion by local northern Door County residents, will build upon the theme of neighbors helping neighbors this year by supporting a woman in a battle with cancer, Maggie DeMeuse.

  • Become a Backyard Birder

    Bird watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the country, and a great activity for all ages and walks of life. Those interested in learning more about it can avail themselves of two different workshops at The Ridges Sanctuary this month.

  • Porsches Coming in June

    A concours d’elegance for Porsche sports cars only will be held on June 27, from 3 pm until dusk, at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. The event will feature a display of prepared and special interest Porsche automobiles.

  • The Depot Celebrates Anniversary

    “There’s a new performing arts center in Door County taking up residence at an old train station.” Those were the words that rang out one year ago. The Depot Performing Arts Center opened its doors Nov.

  • Dancin’ on the Door Presents “Sarah & the Toy Shop”

    Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door School of Dance presents “Sarah & the Toy Shop,” a mini ballet production by the youth dance program at Dancin’ on the Door.

  • Audition for “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play”

    The Depot Performing Arts Center will celebrate its second Christmas with the production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, adapted by Joe Landry from the screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Jo Swerling.

  • Last Chance to See “Blue Collar Diaries”

    This weekend is the last chance to see Blue Collar Diaries, a one-woman show written and performed by Michelle Meyers Berg, at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Holiday Cheer by Riders in the Sky

    On Nov. 29, Riders in the Sky will come to the Door Community Auditorium to kick off the holiday season, celebrating Christmas the Cowboy Way. For more than thirty years, this classic cowboy quartet has carried the flame passed on by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, revitalizing the western music tradition and even singing in the hit Pixar film Toy Story 2.

  • Old and New Favorites from Copper Box

    Copper Box returns to Third Avenue Playhouse celebrating the release of its latest CD, After the Rain, and playing favorites old and new on Nov. 29 at 7:30 pm.

  • Couples in Concert

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) has announced the line-up for its annual holiday concert show at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. Now in its eighth incarnation, “Home for the Holidays with AFT” will feature two well-known wedded duos.

  • Celebrate the Season at DCMM

    Joyously celebrate the holidays by enjoying dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees scattered throughout the Door County Maritime Museum’s galleries during the Merry-Time Festival of Trees through Dec.

  • Gingerbread House Decorating at Inn at Cedar Crossing

    The Inn at Cedar Crossing in Sturgeon Bay will hold gingerbread house decorating, a great holiday activity for all ages, on Saturdays in December. Held in the festive B&B lobby, participants will have a variety of decorating candy, icing and fully built base of a gingerbread house.

  • Grand Opening Party at Dancin’ on the Door

    Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door School of Dance is hosting its grand opening party on Nov. 23. Starting at noon there are free classes on the hour: Zumba at noon, beginner yoga at 1 pm, belly dance at 2 pm, and Astanga flow yoga at 3 pm.

  • Contemporary Craftsman

    Bay Art Gallery is pleased to introduce its newest artist, furniture designer Thomas Franke. He was born and raised in Milwaukee and became interested in furniture as a design student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  • Santas at Base Camp

    The colorful leaves have fallen, Halloween is a sweet memory and Pipka Ulvilden’s thoughts are all about Santa. Sister Bay’s Base Camp Coffee Bar is hosting a festive exhibit of Pipka’s Santa paintings during November and December.

  • Paint & Sip

    Harbor Ridge Winery presents Paint & Sip with local artist Jen Aldrich on Nov. 21, 5 – 7 pm. Never painted before? Don’t be intimidated. Aldrich will teach participants how to paint and finish an acrylic painting in two hours.

  • Holiday Happenings

    Sturgeon Bay’s Greco Gallery has only been around for a few years, but it’s already been establishing its own holiday traditions. One is the annual transformation of the gallery’s rear courtyard into a winter wonderland by Josiah Robben and Joseph Lopez of Robben’s Nest Farm (robbensnestfarm.

  • Starting the Journey

    It will hardly be a Black Friday at Brew Coffeehouse in Ellison Bay between 3 – 5:30 pm on Nov. 28 — perhaps a multicolored Friday at the book signing of artist Franne Dickinson’s new color-filled memoir, Stay at the Party Long… at play in the ARTS.

  • Poetry Workout

    Write On, Door County announces a special daylong class for aspiring and established poets with poet and editor Kathryn Kysar on Nov. 22, 10 am – 3 pm.

  • Make Your Literary Mark

    Make your mark on the Wisconsin literary scene by sending in short stories and poems to the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2015 Fiction and Poetry Contests, which accept digital and print submissions until Dec.

  • Smorgasbord of Ideas

    It’s not too late to gather some great holiday ideas! Our Door County libraries offer access to cook books, crafting books, games, entertaining and holiday videos, jigsaw puzzles and so much more.

  • An Artsy Affair

    Today Thanksgiving has become the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, with an overwhelming number of store flyers showing up in the Thanksgiving issue of many newspapers.

  • A State of Grace and Beauty

    “As hard as it will be to leave, my heart and soul are telling me it’s time,” says Bonnie Hartmann, as she prepares to end her 26-year association with the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay, including the last 23 as its executive director.

  • Sam Winch Live Nov. 20

    Sam Winch is playing the Tambourine Lounge, 59 2nd Ave., Sturgeon Bay on Thursday, Nov. 20. A Wisconsin showman who released his first album The Lullabadeer in 2005 and had the privilege of dining with princes and presidents and movie stars and models and moguls while playing elite rooms in New York and Los Angeles with his world-famous Lullabadeer horn section.

  • Chop ‘N’ Shop Needs Your Help

    The Joint Professional Law Enforcement Officers Association is preparing for its 12th annual Chop ‘N’ Shop with a Cop Program on Dec. 13. Unfortunately, the group has not met fundraising goal for this year’s event and would appreciate any donation you may be willing to give this holiday season.