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Volume 20, Issue 49 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Our Representatives in the News

    Congressmen Reid Ribble Ribble and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced the bipartisan Children’s Savings Accounts Offer Parents Plenty of Reasons to Understand aNd Invest in Tuition Yearly (CSA OPPORTUNITY) Act with the support of six House colleagues.

  • Municipal News

    City of Sturgeon Bay:  Garbage collection for those whose normal pick-up would take place on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 24 and 25, will be collected on Friday, Dec.

  • School Board Battles Transparency

    The community and the school board frequently brought up the words “communication” and “transparency” as a packed house sat in attendance during a regularly scheduled Gibraltar School Board meeting on Monday night.

  • Hotel Meeting Scheduled for High School

    Developer Bob Papke will appear before the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission in the Sturgeon Bay High School auditorium at 7:45 pm on Wednesday, Dec. 17, with a revised plan for the proposed Lindgren Hotel as part of the city’s West Waterfront Redevelopment Project.

  • Eggstravaganza II

      By Jim Lundstrom   The lowly cackleberry was elevated to new heights last summer as people flocked around the 50 artistic pullet bullets that were created to celebrate the Village of Egg Harbor’s 50th year as a municipality and took hundreds of family photos and selfies to commemorate the summer of arty eggs in beautiful downtown Egg Harbor.

  • Bulletin

    WHAT HAPPENED • The Natural Resources Board voted to approve revisions to the state's invasive species rule at its Dec. 10 meeting in Madison.

  • Fair Seeks to End Deficit

    Tom Ash, a member of the Door County Fair Board, appeared before the county’s Administrative Committee on Dec. 9 to request the county provide another $15,000 to the fair annually in order to offset an annual loss the fair registers after paying for three county services, including security services from the Door County Sheriff’s Department, grading and other services by the Door County Highway Dept.

  • Making Waves

    Featured swimmers and Green Bay Sprint Meet results.

  • Filling Up Fast

    The Classic division (40+) of the 2015 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament is now full, and other divisions are nearly full. The Legends division (50+) and Men’s Open A division are also close to filling for the Feb.

  • Fun and Fitness

    Runners and walkers are invited by the Door County Silent Sports Alliance to participate in the third annual Bridge to Bridge Holiday Lights Fun Run at 6:30 pm on Dec.

  • Name Change for Mud Run

    HELP of Door County has been planning and promoting its mud run fundraiser since early spring, but recently received a cease and desist letter. “We were informed by an attorney in Utah that the name of our mud run was trademarked, therefore we had to remove it from all websites, media, and any promotional materials we have created,” said Ursula Bunnell Timreck, HELP’s Executive Director.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Varsity sports schedule.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule.

  • Brandy Old-Fashioned, Snap-Dragon (or Flap-Dragon), and Raisins (Which Are NOT Gum, Mom!)

    Back when I was in college, in the late 1970s, I ran across an interesting (and surprising) fact: 40 percent of the brandy consumption in the United States occurred right here in Wisconsin! Through the passing years this figure has varied and today the figure is closer to 15 – 20 percent, but one thing remains true, Korbel (the noted brandy manufacturer) still ships 1/3 of its total yearly output to our great state.

  • Women in the Wisconsin Legislature

    1 - The number of women who have been named President of the Senate. Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) was recently elected by the Republican caucus as the first woman to serve in the post.

  • In a Heartbeat

    Three of the 90 women featured in the exhibit "In a Heartbeat" at Arlington National Cemetery's Women in Military Service for America Memorial have Wisconsin National Guard connections.

  • Christmas Bird Counts

    My interest in birdwatching and keeping good field notes began in the spring of 1951. One of my biology classes was taught by the aging and venerable Dr.

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:39pm

    A nasty intestinal parasite found in humans literally bites pieces out of intestinal cells and ingests them. In this way, intestinal cells are “nibbled” to death, and the effect on the person is massive diarrhea and possible death.

  • Take the Challenge

    Kathy Navis invites everyone to visit Greens N Grains Natural Food Store and Café on Dec. 18 for a 1 pm presentation by Dr. Nicole James followed by dinner and a movie at 6 pm.

  • Restoring Yellow Perch

    Following a late October meeting that drew some 65 citizens concerned about Lake Michigan’s declining yellow perch population, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will form a team to investigate options for stocking and habitat improvement to restore near-shore yellow perch fisheries in the river estuaries and harbors in Milwaukee and possibly other Wisconsin Lake Michigan ports.

  • Postcard Historian

    Opening my box of memorabilia I find an assortment of postcards. Two from the 1960s of the Wisconsin Dells Ducks sent to me from the boy next door, a postcard stamped from the bottom of the Grand Canyon and a slew of destination postcards from my father’s wanderlust throughout the world.

  • Southern Door Teacher Recognized

    Jeanna James, agricultural educator at Southern Door County School District in Brussels, is one of only six individuals nationwide who received the Outstanding Young Member Award, given at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in Nashville, Tenn.

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 4:25pm

    Rudolf Diesel, inventor of the diesel engine, was German. A diesel engine runs and runs. Those two facts could be inspiration behind Diesel’s naming. Diesel is a one-year-old German Wire-Hair Pointer mix who isn’t familiar with the concept of “chilling out.

  • Volunteer Voices

    In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge experiences a splendid transformation when he awakes on Christmas morning.

  • Sharing Their Bounty

    The Pirates in the Harbour announced they have donated a total of $5,500 to charities this year. They held a check distribution meeting in November with the following organizations: HELP of Door County, Egg Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, Door County Renaissance Faire, Feed My People/Clothe My People, Door County Secret Santa, Holy Name of Mary food pantry, Koinonia Kupboard, Door County Humane Society and Door of Life food pantry.

  • Training in Sister Bay

    On Dec. 4, the CPR Training Center held a CPR for the Professional Rescuer class at the Sister Bay Fire Station. In the class were many members of the Ephraim Fire Department.

  • Fashionable Philanthropy

    A fashion show fundraiser for Altrusa of Door County was held Dec. 2 at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Hide Side Boutique of Fish Creek provided some of the looks for the show, modeled by Anna Olson and Megan Schneider.

  • Christmas Lights

    The Town of Jacksonport held a tree-lighting ceremony on Saturday, Dec.

  • Life Notes

    PASSINGS Esther B. Karnitz April 3, 1923 – Dec. 8, 2014 Esther B. Karnitz, 91, of Maplewood, died on Dec. 8, 2014, at the Skilled Nursing Facility at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born in Brussels to John and Ida (Rouer) Lardinois. On Aug. 20, 1941, she married Elmer “Brownie” […]

  • Shower of Love at Corpus Christi

    The students of St. John Bosco School and the priests of Door County will celebrate a Mass at 10:45 am on Dec. 12, at Corpus Christi Church for the Shower of Love, an annual event for members of Christ Child Society.

  • Buy Gingerbread Houses for Real Houses

    The Inn at Cedar Crossing will sell decorated gingerbread houses to raise funds for Door County Habitat for Humanity. With their annual Buy a House to Help Build a House event, patrons may purchase a decorated gingerbread house for $25, with all of the funds donated to Door County Habitat for Humanity.

  • Hate to Wrap Presents?

    Hate to wrap Christmas presents? Come have presents professionally wrapped at the Mink River Basin on Dec. 20th from 2 to 5 pm. For the nominal fee of $1 to $3 depending on the size of the present, holiday gift wrapping will be done while you enjoy a snack or libation in the bar.

  • New Website for EHHS

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) is bringing the stories of a small town to life through its new website,, and its Facebook page.

  • Life Saving Classes

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Rev. Frank Joins St. Paul’s

    The Rev. Frank Kauzlarich has accepted a call from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Juddville and has begun his ministry there. Pastor Frank was formerly with Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Howard where he served that congregation for more than 16 years.

  • Speak Up Southern Door

    The Southern Door County School District is seeking feedback from parents and community members through a national online survey project called Speak Up.

  • We Are HOPE Receives Grant to Job Development Program

    The Women’s Fund of Door County has given a grant to We Are HOPE, Inc. to support a new initiative within their Job Development Program. The program helps individuals with disabilities who have barriers in finding employment by identifying strengths and needed accommodations, preparing individuals for placement, and determining what available jobs will best match the goals of both the employer and the individual looking for work.

  • Healthy Holiday Desserts Demo

    Learn how to make healthy alternatives to traditional holiday desserts that not only taste great, but they’re made with 
nutrient dense foods at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Dec.

  • Opening the Door to DC in GB

    If folks are too busy during the holiday season to travel to Door County to buy holiday gifts, why not bring Door County to them, thought John Kugle. Kugle is a Door County resident whose day job is securing mall space.

  • The Lodge Announces Shop Door County Promotion

    FM 106.9 the Lodge and sister station Door Country FM 97.7 are supporting the Door County community again this year with the annual Shop Door County promotion.

  • Luxemburg Bancshares Announces Semi-Annual Dividend

    Luxemburg Bancshares, Inc., parent company of Bank of Luxemburg, announced the approval of a semi-annual dividend of $.54 per share, payable on Dec. 12, 2014, to shareholders of record as of Dec.

  • Deadline Extension for Dairy MPP

    The application deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) will be extended until Dec. 19, 2014. The program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.

  • Local Food Business Seminar begin Jan. 5

    Get ready to improve the way you market your farm or local food business. The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Local Food Business Seminar Series continues in the New Year with marketing seminars scheduled from Jan.

  • How About a Little Chocolate in Your Beer?

    From the label design to the chocolatey tones of the beer inside the bottle, Chocolate Shake Porter from Boulder Beer is a fun beer. And, yes, it does taste like a beery chocolate shake.


    Peninsula Pulse Art Director Ryan Miller puts the final trimmings on the office’s Christmas tree.

  • Congratulations to Jane Binder, of Child’s Play of Door County!

    Jane Binder loves the countless toys, clothes, puzzles and games At Child’s Play of Door County, of Sturgeon Bay fame. Her “fabulous customers” make her feel energized and glad Especially the children who come in with mom and dad.

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 10, 2014 2:29pm

    For what paper product is Green Bay considered the “Capital of the World?”

  • 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, December 10, 2014 2:26pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I am a very safe driver, but in terms of the “rules of the road,” not annoyingly so (I don’t drive under the speed limit). With fall here and darkness coming earlier, I tend to drive pretty cautiously to lessen my risk of hitting wildlife.

  • Barn Dance at the Saloon

    On Dec. 13 at 7 pm, the Door County Folk Alliance will host its holiday community contra/barn dance at the Institute Saloon Dance Hall. The night will feature traditional music by Sugar on the Floor.

  • DCA’s Winter Programming

    In 2015, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will offer a vibrant and engaging winter season of programming. With its blend of intimate coffeehouse concerts, St.

  • Richard O’Farrell Introduced at Next Speaker Series

    The next Maritime Speaker Series at the Door County Maritime Museum will be held Jan. 8, and new Museum Executive Director Richard O’Farrell will share some of his personal history.

  • “A Place at the Table” Screening at UUF

    A free screening of A Place at the Table will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim on Dec. 16 at 4:30 pm. Please bring a donation of a non-perishable, healthy food item for the local food pantry in Sister Bay.

  • New Sculpture at Crossroads

    Now marking the entrance to Crossroads at Big Creek’s Astronomy Campus is a sculpture with the working name, “Exoplanet X with Two Moons.” It was recently mounted at the crossroads of Utah Street and the aptly named Sky Gazer Trail (across from Cove Road).

  • Cocoa, Cookies and Coffee

    Join the Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) on Dec. 14 for their annual holiday tree lighting. Gather around Alexander Noble House Museum at 6 pm and sing traditional Christmas songs and witness the warmth of holiday spirit as the soaring tree is lit.

  • Plant and Animal Folklore at The Ridges

    Folklore occupies an important place in human history and has many times formed the cornerstone of modern ideals. Common to most folklore is the notion that a particular plant or animal is a manifestation of the sacred and possesses powers to heal or control natural phenomena.

  • New Positions Filled at AFT

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) announces the addition of both a new associate artistic director and a new board member. Molly Rhode, a successful actor, choreographer, director and theater educator, will inaugurate the position of associate artistic director for the Door County troupe.

  • Christmas Choir Concert at St. Peters

    St. Peters Lutheran Church will hold its annual Christmas Choir Concert on Dec. 13 at 5 pm and Dec. 14 at 7:30 and 10 am. The concert theme is “O Come Let Us Adore Him.

  • Annual Hagen Holiday Concert Returns to TAP

    Join the Hagen family at Third Avenue Playhouse for their annual holiday concert on Dec. 20 at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices are $20 in advance, $25 day-of show, $10 students 12-24, and $5 children 11 and under.

  • Coffeehouse Concert Series Begins in Jan.

    In 2015, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will offer a vibrant and engaging winter season of programming. On Jan. 17, DCA will launch its annual Coffeehouse Concert Series.

  • Abstract Acrylics

    Greco Gallery currently features new paintings by Stephanie Holznecht, an acrylic painter and mixed-media artist who has moved from realism to abstraction in recent years.

  • Dynamic Demonstration

    Gwendolyn’s Jewelry & Gallery will present a painting demonstration by local artist Madonna Siles on Dec. 13 from noon to 3 pm. Siles will create a holiday-themed oil pastel painting that afternoon while the public watches and munches on complimentary sweet treats.

  • Take a Closer Look

    The newest artist welcomed into the Bay Art Gallery family is Jan Comstock. Comstock strives to capture a mood or emotion in her paintings. She wants to pull the viewer into the painting and have them react based on their own life experiences.

  • Repurposed Pieces

    Reclaimed & Co. Jewelry will have a trunk show at Sturgeon Bay’s Greco Gallery, Dec. 18 – 19. A variety of one-of-a-kind pieces, perfect for holiday gift giving, will be available.

  • New Works

    This weekend, Dec. 12 – 13, Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery will offer new work from one of Door County’s most collected jewelry artists, Amanda DeWitt, just in time for holiday gift giving.

  • Clutch for Christmas

    Get into a festive spirit at the Turtle Ridge Christmas Party on Dec. 19 from 12 to 7 pm. There will be refreshments and a drawing for a free gift. They are offering their latest design: The Grab & Go clutch, at an introductory price of $75.

  • Pastel Society

    Mac Schueppert, Sturgeon Bay artist, was recently awarded Signature Membership in the Pastel Society of America, the oldest pastel society in the United States.

  • Appliquéd Originals

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts now features appliquéd specialty items by Marilyn Horn in the fiber arts category. All of Horn’s products are hand-stitched and appliquéd items that are of her own original designs.

  • Open for Bidding

    Ephraim’s Hardy Gallery recently announced that its annual online auction recently debuted on the web and is now underway. The auction features nearly 60 items including golf, dining and spa gift certificates, a Destination Kohler package, and tickets to the Green Bay Packers versus Detroit game.

  • Ahoy, Readers

    The Door County Maritime Museum and Write On, Door County are partnering to present a monthly book club featuring books that have a Great Lakes focus.

  • Meet-and-Greet

    Franne Dickinson, author of the book Stay at the Party Long…at play in the ARTS, will present a book signing on Dec. 13 at Alexander’s Restaurant in Fish Creek from 3 to 5 pm.

  • Universal Symbol of Christmas

    The sign of a true Christmas floral display is the bright red and green foliage of the much-loved poinsettia, a native of Mexico whose jolly colors secured it as the universal symbol of the December holiday.

  • It’s A Wonderful Life

    The next production by Rogue Theater, Door County’s newest community theater group, will appropriately be a play about a community. It’s A Wonderful Life, the favorite Christmas story of so many people, will be presented in a radio show format Dec.

  • Saturday Night Fever

    A mustached man from the end of the bar is first to approach the microphone as the seats fill up at the Peninsula Pub on Saturday night. DJ Hope Reyes introduces Dave as, “someone who finally drank enough to get up here,” but he approaches the stage with calm excitement expected from a regular on the karaoke scene.

  • A Joyful Christmas

    The Peninsula Singers, a 60-voice choir directed by Merle Colburn and accompanied by Janet Anderson, will present its 38th annual holiday concert twice this week: at 7 pm on Saturday, Dec.

  • Mahjongg: An Ancient Game

    Bored of board games? Tired of the same old card games every weekend? Maybe it’s time to add to your indoor game collection the ancient, rummy-like game of Mahjongg (also referred to as Mah Jongg, majiang, or Mahjong).

  • A Sled Dog Story

    Stoic stone huskies stand guard at the gated community of the Door County Sled Dogs. In the farmhouse on the three acres are Rick Desotelle and Bonnie Ulrich (who split time between Fish Creek and Milwaukee), and their 14 sled dogs – spread out on beds, floors and chairs awaiting the day’s training when they will do what they do best – pull the sled.

  • Celebrating the Forest

    Wreaths have long been known to symbolize the strength of life overcoming winter or other challenges. Over the centuries, they have been created using a variety of materials for a variety of purposes, from laurel leaves used to crown winners of Olympic games in Greece to golden wreaths adorning the heads of Etruscan rulers and Roman magistrates.

  • Alphabetically Speaking

    Mediocrity never fit well for Lance Graw. Neither did the color red. Wearing his new blue hat, he rode the escalators to ground level at the Smithsonian Metro station so he could walk the length of the National Mall.