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Volume 21, Issue 14 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Our Representatives in the News

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens heard from Door County government department heads at the April 2 Legislative Committee meeting on everything from an annual $80,000 county shortfall for funding the 911 system with the decline of landlines, to groundwater issues being dealt with by the Soil and Water Conservation Dept.

  • Saving the Bay

    Congressman Reid Ribble held a summit on April 1 to address the concern of phosphorus levels in Green Bay and surrounding waters. More than 125 stakeholders – including farmers, utility companies, conservationists and residents – gathered at the Neville Museum in Green Bay to hear the latest data and innovative solutions.


    City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm on April 15. Town of Egg Harbor:  The Plan Commission meets at 6 pm on April 13.

  • Egg Harbor Seeks Public Input on Construction Plans

    The Egg Harbor Village Board of Trustees, Parks and Public Works Committee and staff are holding meetings in the village hall on April 21-22 to gather public input on planned construction.

  • Yes Votes All Around

    Voters were in a “yes” mood on April 7, with all local, regional and statewide referenda being approved with yes votes. With a well-run campaign by community members in the Sevastopol School District, the Sevastopol School referendum easily passed, with 1,099 yes votes and 377 no votes.


    WHAT HAPPENED • The presence of Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in the Village of Oostburg in Sheboygan County. Emerald ash borer is currently the most damaging threat to trees in Wisconsin, according to state forestry officials, who say the pest could kill more than 99 percent of ash trees in the state.

  • Humane Society Recovering From Fraud

    The press release that came via email on April 3 seemed unbelievable. A well-liked and respected former executive director of the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) was under investigation by the Door County Sheriffs Department for misappropriation of funds.

  • High School Sports Schedule

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 13 @ Sevastopol, 5 pm April 14 @ Shiocton, 4:30 pm April 16 vs. Southern Door, 4:30 pm Golf April 16 @ The Woods Golf Course, 4 pm Soccer April 13 @ Kewaunee, 4:30 pm April 16 vs.

  • EYC Announces 2015 Sailing Lessons

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) has announced its junior group sailing lesson program for 2015. The EYC will offer junior lessons during a nine-week period beginning June 15, in four two-week sessions followed by two one-week sessions.

  • Sean Ryan Named Director of the Year

    Sean Ryan, director of the Door County Triathlon and Fall 50 events, was named Event Director of the Year by the Event Directors College. The award recognized the success of Ryan’s work with endurance events and devotion to the safety of his participants.

  • Doorfins National Championship Results

    From the eight-under girls winning the YMCA state championship to the six state records, 14 state champions, 19 YMCA national championship cut times, and four national relay cut times, the Door County YMCA Doorfins had a very memorable year.

  • ‘As the Crow Flies’ Doesn’t Work for Veterans

    The Veterans Choice Program, created through legislation to improve veterans’ care, is great policy and a clear example of good government at work. It was designed to allow veterans who couldn’t be seen at a VA medical facility in a timely manner or within a reasonable distance from their homes to be able to receive care from doctors in their communities.

  • The Beginning

    It was spring, the days were warming. A pair of Mallards was circling a small wetland created by the winter rains. The last snow had disappeared more than a month ago.

  • Volunteers of America

    In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) we take a look at volunteerism in the United States. 25.3 Percent of Americans who volunteered in 2014, or about 62.

  • Coming Next Week: The 9th Peninsula Pulse Sustainability Issue

    Water is our most vital resource, but most of us never give it a second thought. If we do, it’s usually when we’re admiring the shoreline. But the health of the Door Peninsula’s groundwater may be more vulnerable than any other region in the Midwest.

  • Article posted Thursday, April 9, 2015 9:48am

    Does nursing a baby really make a difference in his or her adult life? Researchers in Brazil obtained records that allowed them to examine 3,493 adults (35 years old) who had been breast fed as infants.

  • Register Now for Climate Change Forum

    Invitations are in the mail for the second annual Door County Climate Change Forum on May 9, 9 am to 2 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. This science-based gathering, presented by the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, will feature speakers who are national experts on climate change and world food security, agriculture in Wisconsin and Door County, and our treasured boreal forests, lakes and birds.

  • Bird Sanctuary Seeks Volunteers

    The Open Door Bird Sanctuary in Jacksonport is looking for people to help prepare for the construction of the new Bird Care Center in early June. The sanctuary is also in need of volunteers to help out with land work and to greet and talk with visitors to Open Door this summer.

  • Groups Demand Investigation of CAFO Contamination

    Citizen organizations and environmentalists urged federal and state authorities to investigate and take all necessary enforcement actions against a massive dairy factory farm in northeast Wisconsin that may be contaminating local residential wells and polluting a stream that feeds Lake Michigan.

  • Register for Festival of Nature

    Each spring since 2002, Door County conservation organizations and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have joined together for the Door County Festival of Nature.

  • DNR Seeks Invasive Videos

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites all who enjoy the outdoors to send in their videos for the 2015 invasive species awareness video contest.

  • Keeping Beehives Healthy

    The newly formed Door County Beekeepers Club will host “Diseases of the Beehive and its Treatment” on April 16 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. Presenter Ken Sikora is the president of the Brown County Beekeepers Association and has been a beekeeper for 25 years in the Green Bay area.

  • Benefits of Biochar

    What if El Dorado, the city of gold sought by Spanish conquistadors, was actually a metaphor for another kind of wealth, Terra Petra – Earth that is, black gold, Amazon tea.

  • Crows and Ravens

    The day is sunny and mild as I write this, and my thoughts take me back to when I was about 15 years old and a student at Kewaunee High School. I commented to my Dad at home that the windows at school were open, the sunlight was streaming in and the crows were on the wing and cawing, making it awfully difficult to study.

  • I Shot With the Sherriff

    Two deputies and Sheriff Steve Delarwelle stand in a dark room as the projector on the wall counts down from three. The screen fades in and a man is sitting at a picnic table outside of an apartment complex playing with a kitchen knife by stabbing it into the wooden table.

  • Celebrating Volunteerism

    The story of Bargains Unlimited in Sister Bay is a story of highly successful volunteerism. “Rachel and I say that all the time, without the volunteers, we wouldn’t be here.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015 4:13pm

    He’s a big, beautiful brindle guy, with all the best the Plott Hound breed has to offer. Plotts are eager to please, loyal, intelligent and alert. As a scent hound, Roscoe’s nose controls the other 88 lbs.

  • Life Notes

    BIRTH Robin Watkins-Mitchell and Nick Mitchell, Wake Forest, North Carolina, are the parents of a son born March 10, 2015, at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, North Carolina. Maternal grandparents are Norm and Mabel Watkins, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Mark and Karen Mitchell, Kingston, Ill. PASSINGS Dennis W. Erickson Feb. 9, 1937 – April 8, 2015 […]

  • Nelson Healing Center Hosts a Week of Demos, Classes

    The Nelson Healing Center in Sturgeon Bay has planned a week of demonstrations and classes, April 16 – 23. Nelson Healing Center has been experiencing some rapid results in treating their patients' pain and tissue damage at a cellular level using cold laser therapy.

  • Smelt Fry at Mill Supper Club

    The Sturgeon Bay Kiwanis Club will hold a smelt fry on April 16 at the Mill Supper Club in Sturgeon Bay. The smelt fry will be served from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

  • Blood Drive Set for April 17 in Sister Bay

    A blood drive will be held from 11 am – 4 pm on April 17 at First Baptist Church, 2622 S Bay Shore Dr., Sister Bay. The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month this April and make a difference in the lives of patients in need.

  • Early Registration for NDCC’s Camp Cool

    This year, children ages 2½ -10 will be able to enjoy summer day camp experiences at Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) in Sister Bay. The traditional Camp Cool Program’s school-aged students will experience a theme of “On the Move,” with an emphasis on learning about and producing a weekly camp newspaper.

  • Gibraltar Holds Kindergarten Registration April 28

    Kindergarten registration at Gibraltar School will be held on April 28 in the lobby of the Door Community Auditorium. If you have a child who will be five years old by Sept.

  • Sevastopol Holds Kindergarten Registration April 21

    The School District of Sevastopol will conduct its annual 4K Developmental Screening/Registration and “New to the District” Kindergarten screening and registration on April 21.

  • Tai Chi Presentation on April 19

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) with an upcoming presentation on Tai Chi. Come hear Don Pardonner and Judy Reninger speak at the next CHIP Program on April 19 at 4 pm at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Learn to Operate AED and Perform CPR

    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.

  • FFA Students Headed to State Competition

    On March 27, twenty-three Southern Door FFA members attended the regional FFA Career Development Events (CDE) hosted by Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton.

  • Classes Offered at Center for Optimal Health

    The Center for Optimal Health will host several classes through April. On April 22 at 5:30 pm, learn simple tricks on clean eating and detoxing to renew your body in time for the spring and summer.

  • Health and Wellness Ministry Reaches $10,000 Goal

    After receiving the “Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need” Grant from Thrivent Financial earlier this year, Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry (NDHWM) was awarded the opportunity to participate in a challenge grant program.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Releases 2014 Impact Statement

    Neighbor to Neighbor recently announced that 1,252 individuals benefitted from services they provided in 2014 as part of their community impact report.

  • Seeking New Businesses

    Do you have a new business in Door County? We would like to help you get the word out. When we compiled the list of new businesses for the 2014 season, the Door County Economic Development Corp.

  • Swiss Wheel is Top Cheese

    A national panel of expert judges named a Swiss wheel as the 2015 U.S. Championship Cheese. Team Guggisberg Sugarcreek, of Guggisberg Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio, took top honors out of 1,892 entries from 28 states for their Swiss wheel.

  • Midwest Cheese Manufacturers Busy

    Midwest cheese manufacturers continue to receive strong buying interest from many types of customers such as retail, food service, and brokers. There was a surprising degree of phone inquiries beginning last Friday from mostly cheese brokers to manufacturers, looking for barrels for immediate delivery.

  • What Will the Former Taco Bell Be?

    Bob and Terri Esposito, along with their two sons and wives (owners/operators of Culver’s in Sturgeon Bay) recently closed on the purchase of the former Taco Bell building at 845 Egg Harbor Road, Sturgeon Bay.

  • DCEDC Considers Creation of Young Professionals Network

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) recently contracted with Caitlin Oleson of Sister Bay to research and explore the creation of a potential Young Professionals Network for all of Door County.

  • Frozen Tundra White is Wine of the Month

    Parallel 44’s Wine of the Month is a wine that celebrates cold hardy grapes and the unique grape growing region in Wisconsin, Frozen Tundra White. This wine is a blend of grapes featuring Frontenac Gris.

  • Spring Teas Offered at Inn at Cedar Crossing

    Gather friends and family for a relaxing afternoon of refreshments at one of the Inn at Cedar Crossing’s spring teas. Teas will be held in the cozy B&B lobby where guests will enjoy a beverage of hot tea, coffee or hot chocolate as well as sweet and savory treats.

  • Two Big and Happy Brews

    Recently I raved about Goose Island’s Bourbon County Imperial Stout, which is easy to do because it is one of the great beers of the world. So I thought it time to try Bourbon County Barleywine.


    Olive Goettelman from Sturgeon Bay gives the Easter Bunny a big hug during the 2015 Jacksonport Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Brewery To Host Sheepshead Tournament April 11

    The theme of classic, socially stimulating card games continues in tournament fashion at the Door County Brewing Co. on April 11. Hot on the heels of their fun-filled cribbage tournament, the brewery promises an equally hearty, afternoon-erasing time with one of Wisconsin’s oldest and nuanced card games, Sheepshead.

  • Congratulations to Michael Morrison of Stone’s Throw Winery!

    If you’re a lover of fermented grapes grown on California vines, Come visit Stone’s Throw Winery and let Michael Morrison serve you wine. He’s been the wine educator at the business for the past three years, Serving up a variety of vino and a great deal of cheer.

  • Johannes Wallmann Jazz Ensemble to Close Out Door Concerts season

    In the summer of 2012, Dr. Johannes Wallmann moved to Madison to accept the position of Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Music.

  • Sturgeon Bay Cellist Releases Debut Album

    After a successful musical transition from classical to a mix of bluegrass, rock and blues, Sturgeon Bay resident and cellist Kim Souther will release her debut album Missing You on April 11.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 8, 2015 10:53am

    Dear Mary Pat, I took my children to two Easter egg hunts this year; one at a grocery and one at a bowling alley. I assumed the hunts would be children having fun with other children.

  • 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, April 8, 2015 10:49am

    This week’s question: What is the state dog for Wisconsin? Answer: In next week’s issue. This week’s question: What animal has been put forward as the new Easter symbol in Australia (due to the destructive nature of bunnies)? Answer: The Bilby

  • Piano Concert with Old and New Works at Bj?rklunden

    Lawrence University’s Bj?rklunden will host a concert on April 12 at 1:30 pm. Catherine Kautsky’s piano studio will present a program pairing older works with newer works written in homage to them.

  • Students Present “LEAP” at Southern Door Community Auditorium

    Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) and a select group of 40 Door County high school students are proud to present “LEAP - The Human Kindness Project” on April 17 at 7 pm at the Southern Door Community Auditorium.

  • Rogue Theater Presents The Golden Age of Comedy 2

    Rogue Theater presented The Golden Age of Comedy last fall with overwhelming success. Now they are bringing the second edition with all new classic comedy sketches from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

  • Tickets on Sale Now for Northern Sky Theater Summer Season

    Northern Sky Theater (the new name of American Folklore Theatre) announces tickets are now on sale for the 2015 summer season, playing in repertory at their outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park.

  • Hike to Big Creek on April 12

    Friends of Crossroads at Big Creek invite the community to join them at the Council Ring to enjoy a campfire between 6:30 and 8:30 pm on April 10. Participants can roast marshmallows or make pudgy pies.

  • Build a Kestrel Nesting Box at The Ridges

    The American Kestrel is the smallest and most common falcon found in North America. Despite the fact that it can thrive in a variety of habitats, the species is in decline.

  • Buy Tickets Now for Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 22nd annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on May 2, 9 am – 2 pm. On this day, people are invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Mind Trekkers Bring Science Show to Southern Door

    Walking on water, 60-second ice cream and objects floating in mid-air are just some of the marvels of science the nationally-known Mind Trekkers of Michigan Technological University will bring to the Door/Kewaunee Science and Engineering Festival on April 11, 9 am – 4 pm, at the Southern Door High School gym.

  • “Inequality for All” Screened at UUF

    Inequality For All, an award-winning documentary about income inequality in our nation and the way it has shaped our economy and democracy, will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim on April 10 at 4:30 pm and 7 pm.

  • Final Travelogue Film Features Mesoamerica

    On April 17, the Kiwanis & Rotary Clubs of Northern Door host their sixth and final travel adventure film of the season, Worlds of the Maya, with an exploration to Belize and Guatemala.

  • Great Musical Chairs

    Midsummer’s Music Festival is celebrating 25 years with the Great Musical Chairs project. Wisconsin’s premiere chamber music festival is working with eight talented artists from across Door County to create beautiful works of art that will be on public display this summer.

  • New Works

    Bay Art Gallery’s artist Elizabeth Heller is a Door County painter and photographer who is continuously seduced by the lush woodlands, the rolling farmlands and the varied coastline of this beautiful peninsula.

  • New Gallery Opening in Algoma

    Kendra Bulgrin and Jimmy Eddings will host the inaugural opening reception for the James May Gallery on May 1 from 5:30 to 8 pm in Algoma. The artist-run gallery specializes in showing regional and national artists and craftspeople both emerging and established.

  • Singer/Songwriters Onstage at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse will have music on the main stage on April 12 at 2 pm with Karen Mal, David Stoddard and Laurie McClain in concert. From raw sensuality to shimmering bell-like clarity, Mal’s voice is both tender and powerful, and as effortless as a waterfall.

  • White Gull Hosts Final Concert of the Winer Season

    Singer-songwriters and guitarists Jonathan Byrd and Sally Barris will be featured in concert at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on April 15 at 8 pm. Byrd, who last performed at the inn in 2009, is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and a Kerrville New Folk award winner from seven generations of North Carolinians.

  • The Bestseller List

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty 2. The Martian, by Andy Weir 3. The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion 4. Still Alice, by Lisa Genova 5. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown 2. Unbroken, by […]

  • Learn from the Land

    Rediscover a sense of wonder in nature and explore the human need for wilderness with celebrated rural historian Jerry Apps in his new Wisconsin Historical Society Press book Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist’s Memoir.

  • The Power of Hello

    Liza Wiemer, author of the upcoming young adult novel Hello?, is launching the international #HelloFrom and HELLO WORLD campaign on April 14. The students at Sturgeon Bay High School and Washington Island School were instrumental in helping to create an authentic story about five Door County teens whose lives intertwine when one of the characters dials her deceased grandma’s old phone number.

  • Groundwater Ordinance Passes in All Kewaunee Municipalities

    Kewaunee Groundwater Ordinance The ordinance, passed by the county board in September of 2014, bans farmers from spreading manure in sensitive areas between Jan.

  • Door County Election Results: 2 City Incumbents Go Down

    Voters in the City of Sturgeon Bay sent a strong message to City Hall in Tuesday's election, ousting two incumbents and giving two others a scare with write-in candidates. 

  • Words: A philosophical art statement

    We use them to exchange our daily pleasantries, to answer the phone, to order our meals, to convey our emotions – but do we ever think about the way our words impact other people? That is the resounding question Sturgeon Bay artist Bethany Kirwen asks viewers of her most recent exhibit, Words, now on display at Hope Church Gallery.

  • Ralph Murre: Door County’s Newest Poet Laureate

    A March 25 entry in Arem Arvinson Log (An Occasional Glimpse into the Voyage from the Helmsman Ralph Murre) reads, “A funny thing happened on the way to the podium.

  • What To Do In Door County This Weekend: April 10 – 12

    April is in full swing, bringing with it a need to start enjoying spring! Here are our top picks for the weekend ahead: Friday, April 10 Campfire at the Council Ring at Crossroads at Big Creek: Participants can roast marshmallows or make pudgy pies.

  • Taco Bell Owners Seek Ideas for Sturgeon Bay Building

    The new owners of the old Taco Bell building in Sturgeon Bay are seeking ideas for the long-empty building.