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Volume 20, Issue 50 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Safe Ride Program Works

    In the first three quarters of 2014, 871 people were safely delivered from a bar to their homes thanks to the Tavern League of Door County’s Safe Ride program.

  • Representatives in the News

    Rep. Garey Bies A special study committee charged with reviewing the effectiveness of the 50-plus specialty courts operating in Wisconsin released its final recommendations.


    City of Sturgeon Bay:  This is a reminder to all residents of the City of Sturgeon Bay that as per city ordinance 8.04: (1) All sidewalks shall be kept clean of snow and ice at the expense of the lots and parts of lots abutting thereon.

  • A Comfortable Old Shoe

    Just two years after he stepped down as Door County government’s interim administrator, Corporation Counsel Grant Thomas found himself in the top dog position again upon the sudden departure of Maureen Murphy in November.

  • New Ambulance Station Eyed

    A temporary committee of seven people handpicked by Door County Board Chairman Dan Austad and Emergency Services Director Dan Williams will be formed to gather information for a new central ambulance station in Sturgeon Bay, it was revealed at the board’s Dec.

  • Gibraltar Faces Increased Class Size

    An influx of fourth graders entering the Gibraltar district brought concern from parents and staff regarding the ability for the kids to receive the best education.

  • New City Ambulance Station Eyed

    A temporary committee of seven people handpicked by Door County Board Chairman Dan Austad and Emergency Services Director Dan Williams will be formed to gather information for a new central ambulance station in Sturgeon Bay, it was revealed at the board’s Dec.

  • Bulletin

    WHAT HAPPENED • Jeanne Schopf, English Language Arts/Early Adolescence teacher at T.J. Walker Middle School in Sturgeon Bay was among 62 teachers in the state who achieved certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, joining 4,158 nationwide who earned the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) credential in 2014.


    Combined Team Scores Door County YMCA: First Place, 582 points First Place Event Winners (Name, age: event, stroke, time or Relay: stroke, time, names, ages) Jared Klika, 17: 200 yard, fly, 2:03.44. Ryan Scripp, 16: 50 yard, free, 21.82; 100 yard, fly, 51.74; 100 yard, free, 47.64; 200 yard, free, 1:45.27; 200 yard, IM, 1:58.07. […]

  • Making Waves

    Spencer Klika and Michael Scripp: Our swimmers this week both travel from Green Bay to swim with the Door County YMCA program. It is quite a commitment to travel here three times a week and practice on their own three times in Green Bay.

  • Workshop for Wellness

    The Door County YMCA and National Exercise Trainers Association are co-sponsoring Wellness Coach Specialty Certification on Jan. 17, 8 am – 5pm, and Jan.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule

  • High School Winter Athletics

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Dec. 22 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 19 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm Dec. 23 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Dec. 22 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Dec. 19 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Dec. 23 vs. Southern Door, 7:30 pm SOUTHERN DOOR Boys […]

  • Grandpa’s Favorite Christmas

    [Note: Our last issue of the year, coming out on Christmas Eve, is our Year In Review issue, so this is my last column for this year. Thus, I’ll close the year with a Christmas story.

  • Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2014

    The Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls recently presented, in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, The Status of Girls in Wisconsin 2014 Report.

  • Warming Up to the Chickadees

    Try as I have, I can’t remember when I was first introduced to a live Black-capped Chickadee. Most likely it was as a young boy on my grandparents’ farm situated high above the picturesque Opichka Valley and the Kewaunee River, near Slovan, several miles northwest of Kewaunee.

  • The Climate Corner

    This is the final Climate Corner column of 2014 sponsored by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County. These columns seek to increase understanding and spur discussion of global warming’s impacts in hopes of inspiring action.

  • Save the Date

    The impacts of climate change on our food security, forests, birds, lakes and lands will be the topic at the Climate Change Coalition of Door County’s second annual forum Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Stone Harbor Resort, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Article posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:31pm

    Abdominal fat, or belly fat, is linked to an increased risk for dementia and brain atrophy. Researchers examined 10 years of data pertaining to abdominal obesity and discovered that this kind of fat increased from 45.

  • First Day Hikes

    Anyone looking to start their New Year’s resolution for better health can start the year off on the right foot by participating in First Day Hikes on Jan.

  • Caring for Creation

    Dr. Peter Bakken, public policy coordinator at the Wisconsin Council of Churches and coordinator of Wisconsin Interfaith Power and Light, will speak at the Jan.

  • Turn Time into Grants

    Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) needs help from those who volunteered in 2014. Volunteer time provides matching hours required for DCIST to remain successful at receiving grant funding.

  • An Endless Housewarming

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Virge Temme Architecture, and Ahnapee Construction invite the public to tour Door County’s latest LEED-registered home from 10 am to 2 pm on Dec.

  • Registration Deadline Nears

    The Clearing, Whitefish Dunes State Park, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) Program are partnering to offer the Wisconsin Master Naturalist (WIMN) curriculum.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    I am a domestic violence advocate. One of my responsibilities is to answer HELP’s 24-hour crisis line. Sometimes the calls are easy, “Do you take donations of personal care items?” (Yes.

  • Article posted Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:13pm

    Sharp? Never! Mild and mellow is Cheddar, an orange male tabby. With all four paws declawed, he was a loved and esteemed pet sometime in his past life.

  • Life Notes

    BIRTHS Jose and Rachel Cruz, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of son born on Dec. 13, 2014, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are James and Sandra Rademan, Harford, Wis. Paternal grandparent is Rosie Rivera Dorie, Milwaukee. Lee and Tanya Delchambre, Forestville, are the parents of a daughter born on Dec. […]

  • Ringing the Bells

    Students from Sturgeon Bay High School Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) club rang bells for the Salvation Army at Econo Foods to help those in need in Door County.

  • Caroling and the Christmas Story

    More than 100 Ellison Bay Service Club members, friends and visitors attended Ellison Bay's annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on Dec. 7 at the village center.

  • Glitter, Greens and Glitz

    More than 100 people had a great time creating Christmas crafts with glitter, greens and glitz at the Baileys Harbor Community Christmas Celebration on Dec.

  • Pick a Candy Cane for a Cat

    From now through the end of the year, the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is using candy canes to help cats find new homes. Select a candy cane from the garland around the shelter’s front door to determine the discount off the regular $90 adoption fee, or to receive a special gift with a cat adoption.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Holiday Hours

    Due to the upcoming holidays, the Neighbor to Neighbor office and the Sturgeon Bay medical equipment loan facility will be closed on the following dates: Dec.

  • Buy a Leopold Bench

    Door County Habitat for Humanity is now taking orders for their newly constructed Leopold benches. Famed Wisconsin conservationist and ecologist Aldo Leopold designed and built a simple bench on which to sit and enjoy the natural wilderness.

  • Habitat for Humanity Hopes to Build Two Homes in 2015

    As Door County Habitat for Humanity enters their 22nd year, their goal is to provide two homes for two more partner families. Additionally, they plan to complete 10 A Brush with Kindness Projects.

  • Students Come Together to Give to DeMeuse Family

    The Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade and Benefit, hosted by Gibraltar GBAY/DECA and the Sevastopol Student Council, raised more than $1,095 for the DeMeuse family.

  • St. Lukes’ Youth Donates to DCHS

    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church sets aside a portion of their budget each year for giving globally, regionally and locally. This Christmas, their outreach ministry, along with the youth of the church, decided to give a donation to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS).

  • Annual Appeal for We Are HOPE, Inc.

    We Are HOPE, Inc.’s Annual Fundraising Appeal, which includes an anonymous donor’s incentive for matching funds, continues through Dec. 31. So far, $30,868 toward the $50,000 goal has been raised from businesses and individuals.

  • Theresa Kinnard Inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame

    The University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H Youth Development Program inducted 100 laureates into the brand-new Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame on Nov. 15, including Theresa Kinnard of Door County 4-H.

  • Ten Years of Ornaments

    Barbara Bicker of Fish Creek is a woman who likes a challenge. About 10 years ago, libraries in the Door County system were asked what they’d do with a $10,000 gift.

  • Winter Solstice Yoga at Spa at Sacred Grounds

    On Dec. 20 at 5:30 pm, The Spa at Sacred Grounds will hold a Winter Solstice Yoga Nidra class with yoga instructor, Beth Coleman. The evening will begin with restorative yoga, followed by a guided relaxation sequence, and end with the traditional Solstice gathering around a fire outside to write and reflect.

  • A Boost in Winter Wheat Production

    Winter wheat growers harvested fewer acres this year than in 2013, but an increase in average yields per acre in many of the state's counties enabled a 5.

  • Get Christmas Greens at 5th & Jefferson Coffee House

    5th & Jefferson Coffee House will sell garland and wreaths to benefit Sunshine House Inc., a community organization devoted to achieving full participation in society for all people with special needs.


    Alexandra Annicella on a winter hike with her dog, Reggie, at Crossroads at Big Creek on Dec.

  • The Unicorn of Beers?

    My first impression of this week’s beer was that I had taken a big swig of a liquid, alcohol-infused Oreo cookie, and, I should add, that was a very pleasant experience indeed.

  • Congratulations to Abby Drews of Details Hair Innovations!

    Abby Drews is exactly the kind of woman you can trust with your hair, One appointment at Details Hair Innovations in Egg Harbor and that’s very clear.

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 17, 2014 2:01pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Are cell phones really accepted anywhere and everywhere these days? I was shocked at a recent performance by the audacity of a young gal and her telephone.

  • Overheard and Shout Outs

    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 17, 2014 1:57pm

    Look closely … where is this located?

  • Winter Solstice Walk at Crossroads

    December 20 marks the day for the annual Sturgeon Bay Christmas Bird Count. Crossroads at Big Creek staff will participate sunrise to sunset, but novice birders who have never done a count (or people who can’t commit to a whole day) can participate in hour-long field trips to various parts of the preserve.

  • First Day Hike at Pen Park

    On Jan. 1, Peninsula State Park will sponsor a First Day Hike, offering visitors the opportunity to start the year off with a family friendly trek led by Friends of Peninsula State Park.

  • Winter Programs at The Ridges

    It may look quiet out there, but nature never rests. There’s a lot happening and The Ridges Sanctuary has programs designed to help people enjoy and explore the winter months.

  • Poppin’ New Year’s Eve in Sister Bay

    Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the ice and under the glitter of fireworks in Sister Bay on Dec. 31 for Poppin’ New Year’s Eve. Come to the Teresa K. Hilander Community Ice Rink from 4 to 9 pm for fireworks, skating and s’mores.

  • “Two and a Half Belgians” at SDCA

    On Jan. 10 at 7 pm and Jan. 11 at 2 pm, the Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) will present Let Me Be Frank Production’s new musical Two and a Half Belgians.

  • Film Lab to Begin Feb. 5

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s StageKids program is announcing its next theater lab. This winter from Feb. 5 to March 14 will be their first Film Lab. During this lab students will work with instructor Spencer Milligan to create original film projects.

  • Traditional Christmas Music at Base Camp

    Jeanne Kuhns on guitar and vocals and George Sawyn on guitar will perform a variety of original music and traditional Christmas music at Base Camp on Dec.

  • Lineup Announced for Music Heals Concert Series

    Starting on Jan. 16, Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) will feature a broad range of musical concerts featuring some of the best blues, jazz, folk, reggae and alternative music from national touring artists to help raise funds for the Healing Project.

  • New Classes for the New Year

    There are lots of new classes being offered in the New Year at Dancin' on the Door. New for 2015 is Ballet Barre Fit, a ballet inspired fitness class that incorporates body sculpting and flexibility techniques used in ballet.

  • Salon’s Swan Song

    The Guenzel Gallery Salon at Peninsula School of Art will make this, its thirteenth year, its swan song. All artists are invited to submit their work for display and sale on Jan.

  • Matchmaker of Crafting

    Vintage collector, stylist and crafter Katie Starr has been adding new holiday-themed pieces to “Re-acquainted,” her collection of assemblage art at Sturgeon Bay’s Greco Gallery.

  • Wanted: Ice Carvers

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is currently seeking beginner, intermediate, and advanced ice and snow carvers for the annual Fire and Ice event taking place Feb.

  • Tale of Two Peninsulas

    Jim Rossol’s fine art photography will deck the halls of the Northern Door Program Center during December and January as he brings the Y a photojournalistic tale of two peninsulas.

  • Winter Glazes

    Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery is excited to have the newest glazes by porcelain artist Chad Luberger now available in the gallery and online. The latest glazes developed by Luberger are reminiscent of the Door County winter landscape; in them you can see the cracking ice and snowdrifts of the bay.

  • Festive Spirit

    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.

  • Selfless Painting

    Jason Prigge, one of Bay Art Gallery’s featured artists, recently painted a portrait in his home of Manitowoc to auction off for the Salvation Army. He painted a portrait of Tom Drill titled “Selfless” with the express purpose of donating 100 percent of the proceeds to the Salvation Army in Drill’s name.

  • A Victorian Style Christmas

    Over the next week-and-a-half, Stage Door Theatre Company, Third Avenue Playhouse’s resident professional theater troupe, will present a readers theater evening of poems, holiday stories and a bit of Shakespeare during seven performances of “Yuletide Tales,” which begin Dec.

  • The Science Behind the Solstice

    The Winter Solstice this year is on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 5:02 pm. What does this mean? To many folks, the Winter Solstice means the shortest daylight day of the year, which is true.

  • Four-Stringed Fun

    Since the summer of 2013, ukulele players of all types and talents have come together every few weeks to enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow uke players while working on advancing their own skills as part of The Ukulele Society of Door County.

  • Questions and Artists: Gail and Thomas Franke

    I first met Gail and Thomas Franke at an open house several weeks ago at the Bay Art Gallery at the Sister Bay Trading Company in Sister Bay. I noticed Gail’s work and was intrigued by her use of various warm and cool grays.

  • My Grandfather’s Journal

    My grandfather tended a daily journal the same as he tended his evening kye, his plow, his morning fire. I have his collection of journals (they were called “daily journals” because that is what journals were supposed to tend).