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Volume 21, Issue 11 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Controversial Sturgeon Bay hotel prompts more citizen interest

    The public involvement in city affairs that began last fall with the revelation of a multi-story hotel as part of the city’s Westside Waterfront Redevelopment project continues, most recently with a full house for the Common Council’s March 17 noon meeting.

  • Our Representatives

    Rep. Joel Kitchens Kitchens is scheduled to appear at the monthly meeting of the Door County Legislative Committee at 6 pm on Thursday, April 2, in the Peninsula Room of the Government Center in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Door County delegates bringing regional concerns to capital

    Residents of Door and Kewaunee counties will travel to Madison on April 15-16 to participate in Legislative Days, the biggest stage to bring local issues to a statewide agenda.

  • Bulletin: Beller Announces Write-in Candidacy

    A look at the news of the week in Door County in brief.

  • Baileys Harbor Joins Spray Ban

    At its March 16 meeting, the Baileys Harbor Town Board joined the growing number of communities that have opted to take a stand against the practice of spraying liquid manure on farm fields.

  • The Economic Benefits of State Parks

    A look at the huge financial impact the Wisconsin State Parks system has on communities.

  • Walker’s State Parks Plan Makes April Fools’ Joke Seem Like Reality

    In 2011 we joked in our April Fools issue that Gov. Walker agreed to lease Peninsula State Park to developers.

  • Astronomical Society To Host March Viewing Night

    March may be the month we pay most attention to our immediate surroundings – the (hopefully melting) snow, waking wildlife, chirping birds, bright blue skies and thawing harbors.

  • Dance To Support Pursuit of Public Horse Trails

    For the third straight year, Thumbs Up Riders (the local chapter of the Glacial Drumlin Horse Trail Association) will offer a fun-filled night of country line dancing at the Institute Saloon to raise funds to pursue public horse trails in Door County.

  • Washington Island Centers Receive Challenge Grants

    On March 11, Washington Island’s Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) and the Washington Island Foundation/Mosling Recreation Center (The Rec) announced the receipt of an anonymously donated challenge grant that may bring $200,000 to each center’s endowment fund.

  • Making Waves

    Our featured swimmers for this week are Isaak Aune and Cole Rass from Southern Door Elementary School. Both swimmers have qualified for the State Championships this weekend.

  • Successful Strivers

    The Door County YMCA Strivers sent 31 gymnasts to the 2015 YMCA State Gymnastics meet in Fond Du Lac, Wis., held March 14 & 15. The Strivers brought home State Champion Titles in team and individual awards.

  • Golf with Celebrities

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County will host its 6th annual celebrity golf outing at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on June 9. Celebrities attending this year’s outing include Mark Murphy, Bob Harlan, Jerry Kramer and Mark Tauscher.

  • Crossroads Trail Run Registration Open

    Welcome in the Spring Solstice by registering for the 6th annual Crossroads Trail Run. With the recent snowmelt, Big Creek is running strong and trails are almost clear.

  • Chime In On Deer Harvest

    County Deer Advisory Councils (CDAC) will meet for the first time in 2015 to form preliminary antlerless deer harvest quota and permit level recommendations for the 2015 deer season.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    Spring sports schedules for Door County high schools.

  • It’s A Duck!

    The “Hoosier Poet,” James Whitcomb Riley, long ago made the now famous observation: “When I see a bird that walks like a duck, and swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.

  • Chinook Stocking Is Paying Off

    Chinook salmon stocked by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources survive very well and contribute substantially to the state’s strong Lake Michigan fishery, new research from the U.

  • Center Line Community Forum

    Center Line Community Forum is a new initiative designed to offer the Sturgeon Bay and greater Door County community access to local, regional and national speakers on topics related to strengthening community, encouraging civic engagement and formulating a vision for smart growth.

  • A Tour of Eau Claire’s Phoenix Park

    Fellow Wisconsin community Eau Claire is receiving national attention for the design and process used in redeveloping its waterfront and downtown. Among other awards, Eau Claire recently received the National Civic League’s All-America City Award for “innovation, inclusiveness, civic engagement, and cross-sector collaboration.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    You may have heard that one out of four women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Sometimes you can see these injuries – you know, bruises, black eyes, broken arms, the like.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:37am

    The dictionary says “bugaboo” is something that makes people worried or upset. Our only worry about beautiful Bug-A-Boo is that she won’t be discovered by a potential adopter.

  • Life Notes

    PASSINGS Helen Claire Collins Feb. 19, 1932 – March 16, 2015 Helen Claire Collins, loving mother and grandmother, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died March 16, 2015, in California. Arrangements are pending with Huehns Funeral Home, Sturgeon Bay. Condolences and guestbook signing may be offered at Cheryl Stoeckel Feb. 1, 1939 – March 16, 2015 […]

  • Southern Door High School Hosts Solo & Ensemble Festival

    Students from area schools will participate in a Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) sanctioned District Solo & Ensemble Music Festival hosted at Southern Door High School on March 21.

  • Announcing the 2015 Golden Heart Honorees

    Tickets are now available for the 13th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held on April 23 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. This event honors outstanding volunteers in our community, recognizes the importance of the organizations through which they work and supports the Volunteer Center’s programming.

  • Lego League Assembles in Door County

    Three Door County YMCA teams are now meeting weekly and assembling Lego robots as a part of the FIRST Lego League program for fourth through eighth grade students.

  • Learn the Basics of AED, CPR and First Aid

    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 AED and performing CPR, as well as basic first aid.

  • Spring Mindfulness Program to Begin April 7

    Ministry Door County Medical Center is happy to announce the spring session of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program will begin April 7. This popular eight-week program, led by Barbara Wulf, cultivates the practice of mindfulness meditation.

  • Outstanding in the Field to Return to the County

    The farm dinner series Outstanding in the Field made its first trip to Door County last August for a very successful dinner prepared by chef Kelly Qualley of Hinterland at Waseda Farms.

  • Sturgeon Bay Lions Sell Roses for Spring

    Sturgeon Bay Lions are selling roses for spring again this year. Roses are $15 per dozen and can be purchased by contacting Lion Greg Virlee (920.743.

  • R.A.C.E. to Benefit Wounded Warrior Project

    The 8th Annual R.A.C.E. (Racing Annual Charity Event) and Car Show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and local veteran organizations will be held Saturday, April 11, from 11 am to 5 pm at the Draft Haus, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Sturgeon Bay NHS Inductees Announced

    The following members were inducted into the Sturgeon Bay chapter of the National Honor Society at the annual candlelight ceremony on March 9: Katherine Scheer, Cassidy VanGheem, Mary Caroline Georges, Jacquelyn Hill, Rachel Miller, Jeffrey Alberts, Cedrick Antonio, Jenna Augustson, Moriah Grahl, Charlie Pollock, Eleanore Scheer, Jenna Seiler, Ashton Spritka, Paige Sullivan, and Blaze Woldt.

  • Jewelry for Sale at MDCMC

    Door County Medical Center Auxiliary will hold a “Jewelry is Fun” event in the main lobby of the Ministry Door County Medical Center on April 13, 10 am – 3:30 pm, and April 14, 9 am – 2 pm.

  • Grant to Benefit Backpack Buddy Program

    Feed and Clothe My People was pleased to accept $3,000 in grant money from The Roundy Foundation. The money will be used by the Backpack Buddy Program.

  • Cast Vote for the Ice Out Competition

    Cast your votes for the 77th annual Ice Out Contest in Sister Bay. In 2014, the Ice Out raft started floating at 10:28 am on April 28, when will it be this year? Businesses around Northern Door host a voting box – where voters fill out a slip of paper with their name, phone number and the date and time of day they believe the ice will “go out” of the bay in the early spring.

  • Announcing the St. Patrick’s Parade Winners

    The 17th annual Sturgeon Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade took place March 14 at 11 am with 30 participating businesses and organizations. The award for Best Business Entry was received by Door County Hardware.

  • A Sweet Hobby: Orrick Shares Maple Syrup Knowledge

    Some guys hunt. Some fish. Some golf. Jonathon Orrick collects sap from maple trees and makes syrup. “This is where I blow my money. It’s a glorified hobby,” Orrick said, standing in the sugar shack he built last winter behind his Sister Bay home.

  • Honoring America’s Farmers

    For more than 40 years we have celebrated National Ag Day as a time to pause and honor the American farmer. Today, our farmers are the most productive and efficient in the world, with each one helping feed more than 144 people.

  • The Economic Benefits of State Parks

    Last year the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Parks and Recreation teamed up with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension to produce a report titled Economic Impacts of the Wisconsin State Park System: Connections to Gateway Communities.

  • Lights Off For Climate Change

    In 2007, the World Wildlife Fund launched Earth Hour, a nonprofit initiative encouraging individuals across the globe to turn off their lights for one hour on the last Saturday of March to raise awareness for climate change.

  • Take a Hike!

    Explore the easy-to-hike trails at the Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve on Saturday, March 21, from 9 to 11 am. The 1.25-mile trail winds through a hardwood forest, descends the slope of the Niagara Escarpment, passes through a conifer forest and gradually ascends back through hardwoods.

  • Are You a Local Producer?

    Do you grow vegetables or create products right here in Door County with local resources? Then you should be in our 2015 Local Producers guide, part of our annual Sustainability Issue.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:02am

    Ever feel like banging your head against the wall to get someone’s attention? A species of mound-building termites (Macrotermes natalensis) that live in Africa do just that.

  • Spring Buds

    In thinking back to the very first plant buds I came to know and enjoy, surely they were those of the Forsythia. Shortly after our new home was built in Kewaunee, my Dad planted two Forsythia shrubs, one next to the northwest corner of the house and the other on the southwest corner.

  • Vendors Needed for Sturgeon Bay Events

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center is currently seeking artists, crafters and vendors for its 2015 festivals and events. Dates and times are as follows: Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair — 10 am to 5 pm, May 23, and 10 am to 4 pm, May 24; Jazz on Jefferson Street Festival — 11 am to 5 pm, July 11; Sail Thru the Avenues Sidewalk Sale — 9 am to 5 pm, July 30; Maritime on Madison — 11 am to 5 pm, Aug.

  • Russ Warren Named Midsummer’s Music’s Marketing Director

    Russ Warren of Sturgeon Bay was named Midsummer’s Music Festival’s marketing director. Warren previously was marketing director for Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor, and he worked seven years as director of marketing and meetings management for a public relations firm in Virginia.

  • Katie Lindsley Joins Kellstrom-Ray Team

    Kate Lindsley is the newest member of the Kellstrom-Ray team. She has been living and working in Door County for more than a decade. Lindsley enjoys sharing the Door County dream with everyone she comes in contact with.

  • Grace Rossman to Attend Peak Performers Conference

    Certified Financial Planner Grace Rossman, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a sierra level qualifier by providing outstanding financial guidance, solutions and service to members of the organization in 2014.

  • Tax Law Discussion at Crossroads

    Attorney Bob Ross will discuss new federal estate and gift tax law changes and other aspects of financial interest. His talk will also include Wisconsin’s new Power of Attorney and Advance Medical Directive laws, how to protect the inheritance you leave behind, what is probate and how to avoid it, and how to maximize control of your property, assets, and privacy during your life.

  • Handcrafted Quilt Gifts at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is celebrating the arrival of spring with handcrafted, repurposed antique quilt gifts just in time for Easter giving. Crystalie, a featured artist at Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts, creates these one-of-a-kind works of art by intricately combining a variety of colorful antique quilt pieces to achieve a repurposed gift.

  • AgriFuture Summit Set for April 8 & 9

    Make plans to attend the inaugural Wisconsin AgriFuture Summit to be held in Madison April 8 and 9 at the Alliant Energy Center. Agriculture and related businesses in Wisconsin are an economic driver for our state, but will that always be the case? Now is your chance to weigh in and help shape the future of our $88 billion dollar industry.

  • Registration Open for Rural Summit

    Wisconsin Rural Partners has opened registration for this year's Rural Summit, with the theme Tying Technology to Education, Agriculture, Economics and Workforce Development in Rural Wisconsin.

  • Snippets from Science

    A unique kind of mantis lives in Southern Asia, one that depends on orchids for its food supply. The Orchid Mantis (Hymenopus corrnatus) is a beautiful pink and white creature with flattened hind legs that look like petals of a flower – specifically, an orchid flower.


    Angus waves to the crowd from the Clan O'Hearn from Tipperary, Ireland float during the Sturgeon Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Talking Bock

    With winter dragging on, I felt like giving spring a kickstart with the traditional harbinger of spring – bock. Back in the day before the beer evolution/revolution, when brewing was still a mystery to many, the folklore was that the darker bock beer was a result of spring cleaning at the brewery.

  • Congratulations to Ron Stone of Fish Creek Market!

    The first thing you’ll find when you step into the market in Fish Creek Is this issue’s very happy and friendly Server Of the Week His name is Ron Stone and he’s been the assistant deli manager for a year, Making delicious sandwiches and enjoying the customers he holds dear.

  • Article posted Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:46pm

    What is the largest songbird in North America?

  • 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 Tuesday, March 17, 2015 1:41pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I'm feeling a little jealous. It seems like everyone in the county went somewhere warm for spring break...except me and my family. Every time I see a photo of a stunning Florida sunset, I feel sad that we couldn't afford to take our kids to Disney or somewhere coastal.

  • Small Forest Launches CD Project

    The local Door County band Small Forest is working on its first CD. Small Forest is comprised of singer/songwriters Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson joined by Patrick Palmer on bass.

  • Sanctuary Studio Welcomes Robert Rich

    Robert Rich will play at the Sanctuary Studio in Sturgeon Bay on April 24 at 7 pm for the Music Heals Winter Concert Series. Rich is embarking on a short solo tour around the US, celebrating his latest CD release Filaments.

  • Time for Kites at Meadows Art Gallery

    The next show for the Meadows Art Gallery is the Kite Show. It is a tradition to display kites every spring, as well as different artists and artwork.

  • Hands-On Exhibit

    Hope Church Gallery features a philosophical art statement, Words, by Bethany Kirwen, March 1 through April 24. Words will challenge people to think about the impact words have in their everyday lives.

  • Learn about Hydrology at The Ridges

    Water is one of our most precious resources and wetlands play an important role with respect to water quality, filtering surface water runoff from higher dry land before it reaches open water.

  • Join Peninsula Songsters at Pen Park

    A nature hike to learn more about the geology of the area and a program to learn more about the sounds of spring emanating from wildlife are among the spring nature programs being offered at Peninsula State Park.

  • Wounded Hero Fishing Excursion at Lodge at Leathem Smith

    The Lodge at Leathem Smith will host the 4th Annual Wounded Hero Fishing Excursion Aug. 16-18. Paul Meleen owner and executive chef of The Lodge At Leathem Smith, and a professional fisherman, is excited and honored to be organizing this event.

  • Barn Dance at Institute Saloon

    The Door County Folk Alliance will hold a barn dance at the Institute Saloon on March 21 from 7 to 9 pm. Live music will be provided by Sugar on the Floor.

  • Book Club Spotlight

    We meet during the season at the Horseshoe Bay Clubhouse or sometimes in a member’s home during the lunch hour and after that, we discuss the selected book.

  • The Bestseller List

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins 2. The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro 3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 4. A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler 5. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo […]

  • Encouraging Words for Writers

    Whether you are new to writing or have been writing for years, it’s always helpful to meet with other writers for encouragement, support and constructive criticism.

  • Questions & Artists: Carl Bretzke

    I found Carl Bretzke and his wonderful paintings at least six months ago. I was immediately drawn to his paintings as a result of his meticulous compositions and his masterful use of values.

  • What To Do In Door County This Weekend: March 20 – 22

    Want to make plans for the first weekend of spring? You’ve come to the right place. Here are our top picks for the weekend ahead: Friday, March 20 1.