• Salut from Senegal

    My name is Martha Aurelius, a local from Ellison Bay and a born traveler. I am currently studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal through the University of Minnesota.

  • Legally Speaking

    If you’re self-employed and work out of an office in your home, and if you satisfy the strict rules that govern those deductions, you will be entitled to favorable “home office” deductions – that is, above-the-line business expense deductions.

  • Door to Nature

    The recent sub-zero Fahrenheit air temperatures, combined with wind-chill factors of forty degrees below zero Fahrenheit or lower, lead us to marvel at how wild birds and mammals survive this dangerous and treacherous weather.

  • Guerrilla Gardening

    “Nothing is more useful to man than those arts which have no utility.” – Ovid (1st Century BCE)

  • Column from Door County Environmental Council

    The controversy over blasting/dredging to revitalize the boat launch facility at Schauer Park, south of the village of Jacksonport, is heating up – with the advent of a funded feasibility study.

  • An Outlook

    During the past few weeks, I have thought of Gordon Matthews on a number of occasions. And, I confess, most of these thoughts have been less than kind.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat, I am a waitress in Baileys Harbor and sometimes I feel that my job description should include the term “referee.” You wouldn’t believe how many people fight over the check. How am I supposed to determine who to take the credit card from when there is a major tug of war going […]

  • Under the Hood – You and Your Car

    • Prevent corrosion and rust! Open your vehicle doors to wash and wax the door jam areas. Salt from road treatment collects and may cause corrosion or rust.

  • Door to Nature

    What a fantastic slow gentle snowfall greeted me early Friday morning, this past January 25, as I fed the birds before sunrise. Every few seconds I’d stop to carefully examine the awesome and fairly large stellar snow crystals, perhaps one-tenth of an inch or even wider, that had landed on my smooth dark nylon jacket.

  • The Death of the American Vacation – and One Girl’s Quest to Resurrect It (Sort Of)

    Once upon a time, not too long ago, I would scoff at the business people I’d see in airports, hunched over and furiously typing on their laptops, placing hurried calls to bosses and co-workers and clients.

  • Legally Speaking

    This economy and interest rates have created tough times for many. Few things are more difficult to deal with than the possibility of losing your home through foreclosure.

  • Siberian Sabbatical

    Well, how does life go on the other side of the world? It absolutely blows my mind that I left the cozy, protected, environment of Door County almost six months ago! Maybe it is this wonderful weather making the time fly.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pet

    COLLETTE is a delightful adult calico tabby, 2 – 4 years old. Colette was spayed after coming into the shelter with her three, sweet kittens (one of whom has already gone home).

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    Sexual violence violates a person’s trust and feeling of safety. It occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity.

  • An Outlook

    Item #1: Last week’s column about thrashing your offspring (or the offspring of your offspring) in any and all competitions generated a fair number of comments, all of them positive.

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat, We visit Door County quite a bit, but it’s usually during the summer since our cottage isn’t winterized. My husband and I came up for a couple of days mid-week at the end of January and were a little startled by what we started calling the “staring phenomenon.” We went out to […]

  • Eighth Notes

    On February 23rd, the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Green Bay composer Gordon Parmentier’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Sad to say, the composer’s death January 8 will have denied him the chance to hear his final work in full orchestral form.

  • Under the Hood – You and Your Car

    Recently we have had complaints about cars not producing any heat inside the car. There are two things that should be checked first. One is to see where the temperature gauge is reading after 5 to 10 minutes of driving.

  • Door to Nature

    Winter hikes have really appealed to me ever since childhood, growing up in Kewaunee, when one day in January of 1937 my dad drove my two older brothers and me out to Seidel’s Lake a few miles southwest of the city.

  • Legally Speaking

    There are several types of deeds by which property is conveyed in Wisconsin. One type of deed is a quit claim deed which conveys only the interest of the person transferring the property and nothing more.