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Volume 21, Issue 28 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Silent Sports Column

    When prioritizing races, the grandiose ones are not always the most important. For me, the Door County Sprint Triathlon this weekend is the pinnacle of my racing year.

  • Next Level of Play

    Although soccer may not be the most popular sport in Wisconsin, it has become the most noteworthy at Sturgeon Bay High School, particularly the boys’ team.

  • It’s Triathlon Weekend

    The 11th Door County Triathlon takes place July 18 & 19 with more than 2,000 athletes participating. The sprint race, featuring a quarter-mile swim, 18-mile bike ride, and 3.

  • Two Home Games Left

    Due to a scheduling change, the Door County Destroyers semi-pro football team had back-to-back bye weeks. The team made good use of their time off with solid practices which resulted in a 33-7 league win over the Leyden Lions at the Lions’ field in Northlake, Ill.

  • Ready to Ride?

    The Door County Silent Sports Alliance introduces their Community Group Cycling Rides. There are three different rides for all levels of cycling ability.

  • Rich Hall Junior Regatta This Weekend

    The Rich Hall Junior Regatta is this weekend for racers ages 12-17. The regatta is open to all boats of the Laser Radial and Club 420 (School and College Version) classes.

  • Door County League Baseball

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • 2015 Women’s Double Header League Softball

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • Lilies

    How eagerly we wait for the lilies, both wild and tame, to begin producing their dazzling displays. It was when I worked at the Ridges Sanctuary that, in a sense, I dreaded mid-summer.

  • State Continues to Lag in Federal Money

    Total federal spending in Wisconsin totaled $8,339 per capita in 2013. In only three states did the federal government spend less per person, according to a new report – “States Race for Federal Money”– from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

  • The 2015-17 Wisconsin Budget

    14 - The number of “non-fiscal policy items” the Joint Committee on Finance identified in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget and removed.

  • The Climate Corner

    Door County’s boreal forests are home to thrilling biological diversity. Spruce, fir, white cedar and paper birch tower over mountain maple and thimbleberry.

  • Eating Green

    Yerba Mate (pronounced mah-tay) is a beverage traditionally consumed in South America that takes the place of coffee for most people. It is a tea made from the leaves of the mate plant, which comes naturally caffeinated and loaded with other nutrients.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:12pm

    Neurons in the brain communicate with one another by means of tiny contact points called synapses. Soon after a baby is born, many more synaptic contacts are formed than required to form functional brain pathways later in life.

  • 50 Years at The Farm

    When The Farm started 50 years ago, Carl and Ruth Scholz wanted to create a museum. It would be a showcase of rural America, preserving the history of farming practices and equipment.

  • Celebrating a Quarter Century of Services

    It is special when a pastor serves a congregation for more than a quarter century. And his retirement certainly calls for special recognition, which is the reason for the month-long series of events at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 12:05pm

    Sometimes those who are quiet really have big personalities; they are just being careful who they open up to. Crest is the perfect example of this personality.

  • Door County History in Pictures

    A view of the West side of Sturgeon Bay in the 1940s at the foot of the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Photo courtesy of the Door County Historical Museum, 18 N.

  • Life Notes

    PASSINGS Herman Neinas Jan. 10, 1917 – July 13, 2015 Herman Neinas, 98, died July 13, 2015, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. Herman was born on Jan. 10, 1917, to Herman and Ida (Karnitz) Neinas and was the youngest of 10 children. Herman’s early years on the farm provided him with rich stories he […]

  • A Visit to De Baker Acres

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County visited De Baker Acres on July 7 to spend the afternoon picking strawberries. Babler Bus Services provided transportation for all club members.

  • Upcoming Fundraisers for Open Door Bird Sanctuary

    On July 18, Culver’s will hold its second annual fundraising event for Open Door Bird Sanctuary. From 11 am – 6 pm, a portion of food sales will go toward the Sanctuary in support of their educational work.

  • Sister Bay Historical Society Presents Full Day of Activities

    A full day of activities is planned by the Sister Bay Historical Society on July 18, beginning with the farmers market at 8 am until noon. Meet and watch some of the area’s finest wood craftsmen at the Sister Bay Historical Society’s Corner of the Past located 1½ miles south of Sister Bay, just off Hwy.

  • Greg Casperson Leads Discussion on Funeral Planning

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation on “Funeral Planning: A Discussion Every Family Needs To Have.

  • Introducing the Hot Car Campaign

    The Door County Humane Society, Door County law enforcement and Door County’s humane officers are introducing the Hot Car Campaign for this summer. This campaign asks the simple question, “Is your pet cool?” They hope to increase awareness and establish an understanding about this issue in order to prevent unnecessary suffering and potential deaths.

  • “Green Bay Love Stories” Author is Guest at Rotary Club Meeting

    At the July 22 meeting of the Rotary Club of Door County North, Sandy Sullivan will be the guest speaker. The meeting is at 8 am with breakfast starting at 7:45, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 7973 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor.

  • Cholesterol Screenings Offered by Public Health Department

    On July 23, the Door County Public Health Department will hold cholesterol screenings. The results will include total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, glucose, and triglycerides.

  • Learn How to Use 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.

  • Kappa Alpha Thetas Invited to Old Post Office

    On July 29 at 11 am, all Kappa Alpha Thetas are invited to brunch at The Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.2822.

  • Altrusa Receives $2,000 Grant from International Foundation

    Altrusa International of Door County recently was honored with a grant of $2,000 from the International Foundation. This grant will be used for school supplies for the local club’s largest community service project – the Back-to-School Fair, held each August.

  • Devan Schultz Inducted into Chi Alpha Sigma

    Devan Corinne Schultz, of Fish Creek, was recently inducted into the student-athlete honor society, Chi Alpha Sigma. The purpose of Chi Alpha Sigma is to honor student-athletes who have earned a varsity letter while maintaining a 3.

  • Dancin’ On The Door Celebrates First Year

    Andria’s Dancin’ On The Door School of Dance is celebrating its first year in business with a grand re-opening party on July 19. Free demo classes start at 10 am ranging from dance, yoga, Zumba and other fitness classes, to a Paint & Sip demo.

  • Mimi’s Nice Ice Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    With a selection of handcrafted products such as coffee ice in the shape of coffee beans, lemonade ice in the shape of lemon wedges, and perfectly clear balls of ice, Mimi’s Nice Ice opened a retail storefront in Door County in early June of this year.

  • Dr. Thomas Wilkens Joins Center for Optimal Health Team

    The Center for Optimal Health, Sturgeon Bay, is excited to announce a new addition to their team of clinicians, Dr. Thomas Wilkens, MD. Wilkens is one of Wisconsin’s foremost experts in Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy and Anti-Aging Medicine.

  • Sozo Flow Offers Professional Development Training, Consulting

    Sozo Flow, a holistic services firm in Sturgeon Bay, recently launched a broad menu of coaching, training and consulting services for personal and professional development.

  • National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 2-8

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2 – 8 as “National Farmers Market Week.” The declaration was made official by a proclamation signed by Secretary Vilsack.

  • Edible Startup Summit & Edible Extended Workshop Set for Aug. 24-26

    Turn your food business dream into a reality by attending the Edible Startup Summit & Edible Extended Workshop Aug. 24 – 26 in Madison. Hosted in partnership by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP), Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program, Dane County UW-Extension, and Edible Startup Summit, this three-day event will provide a comprehensive and interactive guide to what it takes to develop a local food business.

  • In Love with Pils and Lolita

    I maintain that nothing perks a person up after a hard day at work like a beautiful golden pilsner. But, as pilsner/lager fans know, it’s much easier to find just about any variety of ale than it is to find a good pils.

  • Congratulations to Cora Baudhuin, of The Cookery!

    Call on Cookery Cora The girl with a cheerful aura A year ago she was crowned the queen: Miss Door County 2014 She raises awareness of breast cancer, And fifteen thousand dollars, to help find an answer.


    Big brother Mylo Sherman pulls his little brother, Theo Sherman, in the little man’s roadster.

  • Main Regions and Wines Of Italy

    Italy is a vast and complex country in the realm of wine. With 20 regions and a large amount of sub-regions within many of those, Italy produces wines from at least 350 official wine varietals and has plantings of possibly 1000s of varietals.

  • Article posted Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:53am

    Dear Mary Pat, I'm in Door County working for the summer and was really lucky to find a good job that came with housing. I figured I would have to share a room, however, I didn't plan on having a roommate who was a total mooch! I'm a pretty generous guy, but feel like I'm being taken advantage of on a daily basis.

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves

    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 Thursday, July 16, 2015 10:51am

    Puppies are delivered how many weeks after conception?

  • Seminar Series Continues with “Sail Trim” and “Advanced Powerboat Handling”

    The Door County Sail & Power Squadron continues its 2015 Summer Seminar Series with the following two, to close out July. Craig Weis will lead “Sail Trim” on July 18.

  • Meet with Astronomers at Newport State Park

    On July 23 at 8:30 pm at Newport State Park, join guest astronomers from UW – Madison for Universe in the Park. Meet at the Visitor’s Center for this astronomy presentation.

  • Family Programs Continue at Crossroads

    Family programs continue throughout the summer season at Crossroads at Big Creek and Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Heritage Village programs include “Blacksmiths and What’s On Your Bucket List?” on July 19 at 2 pm, and “One Room School” on July 21 at 1:30 pm.

  • Entries Needed for Classic & Wooden Boat Festival

    The Door County Maritime Museum's Classic & Wooden Boat Festival is making its annual call for entries for the various events associated with the festival.

  • Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social at The Clearing

    Join The Clearing Folk School’s friends and neighbors at the annual old-fashioned ice cream social on July 21. Sample five flavors of ice cream and one non-dairy sorbet (courtesy of the Door County Ice Cream Factory), plus all the fixings, including homemade hot fudge from The Clearing kitchen staff.

  • Door County Antique Show Returns to Gibraltar High School

    Approximately 2,000 shoppers and collectors are expected to pursue antiques and vintage finds at the Door County Antique Show, July 23 – 25 at Gibraltar High School in Fish Creek.

  • “The Good Lie” Screened at UUF

    A free screening of The Good Lie, the 2014 film that tells the story of the orphans of civil war in Sudan who became known as The Lost Boys, will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on July 21 at 4:30 pm.

  • “Intriguing History of Bj?rklunden” Program at Maxwelton Braes

    The Door County Historical Society will host its monthly dinner and program meeting on July 27 at 6 pm at Maxwelton Braes with catering by Pasta Vino.

  • Diverse Seminar Offerings at Bj?rklunden

    From Aug. 9 – 14, Lawrence University’s Bj?rklunden offers the following seminars: “Lolita: A Closer Look at Nabokov’s Scandalous Novel” with Peter Thomas; “Isaiah of Jerusalem: Visionary and Messenger” with Bill Urbrock; and “Europe and the Modern World: 1920-2015” with Tim Crain.

  • Savory Spoon Presents Kids Cooking Series

    Preparing good life skills is essential in a child’s life. Cooking is one essential life skill that Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay can help build in their Kids Cooking Series.

  • United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir Visits Shepherd of the Bay

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will present The United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir in an evening concert on July 18 at 7 pm. The United Voices of Praise Gospel Choir of Milwaukee has its roots in several church choirs.

  • “Late Nite Catechism” Performed at Peg Egan PAC

    On July 19 at 7 pm the nationally acclaimed theater production/comedy of Late Nite Catechism will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor.

  • Join Live Tweet Session during “No Bones About It”

    On July 27, Northern Sky Theater will be doing something very different, something theaters normally discourage: encouraging patrons to live tweet during a performance.

  • Classic Big Band Jazz Sessions Begin at Birch Creek

    Classic Big Band Jazz from the thirties and beyond will return to Birch Creek for their Jazz I and Jazz II Sessions, running July 15-25, and July 29-Aug.

  • “Educating Rita” Continues through July 25

    The first play of the 2015 summer/fall season for Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) Stage Door Theatre Company – Educating Rita – began its run on July 9.

  • Pre-Show Seminar with Dr. Christopher Chan

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of Frederick Knott’s classic thriller Dial M for Murder, will host mystery scholar Dr. Christopher Chan on July 22 at 6:30 pm.

  • Dead Horses Bring Folkgrass to Woodwalk Concert Series

    Jeanne Kuhns’ Woodwalk Concert Series welcomes Dead Horses to the stage July 17. Dead Horses is a young acoustic band with a cultivated folk sensibility well beyond their years.

  • Chris Irwin Returns to Fishstock

    Los Angeles-based musician Chris Irwin returns for his 16th annual Fishstock concert on July 19 at 7 pm. A member of American Folklore Theatre (now called Northern Sky Theater) in the late 1990s, Irwin appeared in many productions with the company, and has been a regular on various county stages through the years, playing a mix of folk and bluegrass.

  • Patchouli Presents “New American Folk” at MDCMC Concert

    On July 21 at 7 pm, the duo Patchouli will play Ministry Door County Medical Center’s (MDCMC) “Celebrate Community” concert. Nationally touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry.

  • Representatives In the News

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens and Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) have authored a bill that prohibits the Department of Workforce Development from requiring a social security number (SSN) to search for jobs on the Job Center of Wisconsin website (JCW).

  • Municipal News

    City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Board of Review meets at 9 am on July 21. The Common Council meets at noon on July 21. The Parks & Recreation Committee meets at 4 pm on July 22.

  • Toe-Tapping Double Bill of The Steel Wheels and Dom Flemons

    On July 23, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present a toe-tapping double bill of American roots music: Shenandoah Valley string band The Steel Wheels and American songster Dom Flemons.

  • McNeil: It’s Time

      Steve McNeil wasted no time in explaining why he is retiring as administrator of the City of Sturgeon Bay at the end of this month. “It’s time,” he said as we were about to get started on an interview in the city’s conference room.

  • Tournament Time at Red Putter

    It’s tournament time again at The Red Putter Miniature Golf in Ephraim. Registration is now open for the 14th annual Red Putter Pro Tournament on Aug.

  • Sister City Visitors

    Two of the five delegates from Door County’s sister city Jingdezhen, China, sat at the raised seating with Door County Board of Supervisors Chair Dan Austad during a county board meeting held in their honor on July 14. At center is Xie Bing (Parker), who served as translator, and at right, Hu Xiaoyan, director of […]


    ALPINE Alpine Women’s Golf League (July 7) • Event – Away Day at Idlewild, Throw Out Two Worst Holes: A Flight – Mary Aiken & Sara Junion 32; B Flight – Margie Staats 36; C Flight – Mady Ferdinand 40; D Flight – Sharon Bergseth 47.


    July 22, 29 and Aug. 6: Golf instruction with former LPGA professional Julie Pyne. Wednesday evenings, 6:30 -7:30 pm. $10 per person per lesson. Class size limited to 10.

  • Sign Up for Jocko Rader Scramble

    Golfers are invited to take part in the 24th annual Jocko Rader (J.R.) Senior Scramble on Aug. 13 at Idlewild Golf Course in Sturgeon Bay. The scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8 am.

  • Bulletin

    WHAT HAPPENED • Kimberley House, Door County’s only transitional living facility for people recovering from drug and alcohol problems, will close later this month, but with the idea that it will reopen in some form in the future.

  • Democrats on the Budget

    The $73 billion biennium budget passed on an 18-15 vote in the senate, with only Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) joining Democrats in voting against the budget (Cowles went on record in April that he is against including non-fiscal items in the budget).

  • A Freshman’s Take On the Budget Process

    While citizen and school board president Joel Kitchens was no stranger to the budget process, freshman 1st District Assemblyman Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) found he was a stranger to the strange budget process of the Wisconsin Legislature.

  • Exhibit of a Mentor and Mentee

    Forty years ago – January 19, 1975, to be specific – the Miller Art Museum was gifted to the people of Door County and formally opened to the public. The museum was the first of its kind on the peninsula, with a focus of providing cultural programming and acquiring an art collection for Door County.

  • Quiet Scenes, Elegant Compositions

    Oil painter Mark Vander Vinne will be the featured artist for July 12 – 25 at Cottage Row Gallery. There will be a meet-the-artist reception on July 18, 3 – 6 pm.

  • Many Links in the Chain

    Owner and resident jewelry artist Angela Lensch will debut her 2015 India Collection of hand-woven sterling and gold jewelry on July 23, 4 – 8 pm. Visit the gallery to see the collection and sample authentic Indian cuisine from Kinara Urban Eatery of Sturgeon Bay.

  • From Palette Knife Paintings to Steel Furniture

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a reception for Exhibit V on July 18, 4 – 7 pm. Featured artists include painters Judi Ekholm, Rebecca Kinkead and John A.

  • New Pottery in Ellison Bay

    Lynn’s Pottery Gallery and Studio has recently opened in Ellison Bay in the old, restored Will’s Grocery/Berch Tree/Frykman Gallery on Garrett Bay Road next to Gus Klenke’s Garage.

  • Italian Triptychs at Base Camp

    Base Camp Coffee Bar is showing the work of Sister Bay photographer and pastel artist Kay McKinley, now through mid-September. McKinley displays three large-scale pastel paintings of Door County scenes along with photographs taken on a recent trip to Italy.

  • Plein Air Painting Day

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries invites the public to the annual Plein Air Painting Day at the gallery on July 20, 11 am – 2 pm. This event is part of the Peninsula School of Art’s 9th annual Door County Plein Air Festival.

  • Influenced by Africa

    Lori Schappe-Youens grew up in the Midwest and then spent 20 years in Africa, which has blended her art into an interesting mix. From the jewelry to the anthropomorphic paintings and sculpture – every piece is a journey into her (sometimes wacky) interior landscape.

  • Meet and Mingle

    Join Bay Art Gallery for an artist reception featuring four of its artists on July 17, 4 – 6 pm. Meet and mingle with featured artists Thomas Franke, Gail Franke, Audrey Off and William Marvin.

  • Light-Filled Artwork

    The Door County Art League (DCAL) Gallery presents “Hot Summer Daze,” an exhibit of plein air artwork created by DCAL member artists, from July 18 to 24 at Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek.

  • Ships, Shores and Lighthouses

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s Lobby Gallery presents paintings by Bethany A. Kirwen from now through July 25. Ships, Shores and Lighthouses is the current exhibit at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP).

  • The Bestseller List

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. The Girl On the Train, by Paula Hawkins 3. Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf 4.

  • Book Club Spotlight

    Club: Best Book Club (BBC) Meetings: Monthly meetings are held at members’ homes and start with a delicious meal and wine. Current Read: Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall We Liked: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker We Didn’t Like: Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My […]

  • Sale of the Summer

    One of summer’s best buying opportunities returns with the Annual Used Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of Door County Libraries. This year’s 34th annual sale takes place July 23 through July 25 in the lower level Friends’ Room at the Door County Library, 107 S.

  • Pro Golf Tips: To Chip or to Pitch?

    A common question I always get about the short game is, should I chip or should I pitch? First lets get a clear understanding of what each one is. Chipping is a shot with minimum air and maximum roll.

  • This Rough Magic: Door Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

    The rough magic that occurs in the Bj?rklunden garden during this summer’s performance of Door Shakespeare’s The Tempest conjures up what might well be one of the best shows in the history of the company.

  • Country Rock Legend Charlie Daniels Coming to DCA

    Few people in the country music industry have had as long and illustrious a career as Southern country-rock legend Charlie Daniels. Some attribute that to his fiery mastery of the fiddle, others to his classic storytelling through song, and still more to his good ol’ country boy charm.

  • Celebrating the Cow…and Music

    You’ve heard of Burning Man, a weeklong festival that takes place in the Nevada desert around Labor Day. The culmination of the fest is the burning of a wooden man.

  • The Insides Out of Taxidermy

    Anyone who has been to the Door County Historical Museum has surely admired the spectacular specimens at rest in the museum’s “Seasons of Life” exhibit, a four seasons-diorama featuring a life-sized beech tree and more than 100 native species of Wisconsin.

  • The Art of a Green Thumb

    “I try to always have something blooming. Obviously Mother Nature has the final say.” This spring, discouraged by the grey weather, gardener Kristen Peil took matters into her own hands and began making plastic flower sculptures for the commercial gardens she tends.

  • Navigating Door County Library’s Online Resources

    It’s a surprise to some Door County Library patrons that the Sturgeon Bay Library has computers. “If they haven’t been to the library in a long time, they’re shocked,” youth librarian Beth Lokken said.

  • The Hardy Presents Community Mosaic Project

    Capitalizing on the creative juices flowing through the Door Peninsula, The Hardy Gallery in Ephraim has, for the eighth year, announced the exhibition of its highly anticipated Community Mosaic Project.

  • What To Do In Door County This Weekend: July 17-19

    Looking for a way to enjoy the warm temps of July (or a way to escape the hotness by basking in the cool indoors)? We’ve got a variety of activities, both indoors and out, for you to consider for the upcoming weekend in Door County.