• A Simple Beginning: Listen without Prejudice, Respond with Thoughtfulness

    Commentary For Jews around the world, the 10 days beginning with Rosh Hashanah, our new year; and concluding with Yom Kippur, our day of fasting and mindfulness, are the most sacred of our holidays. The High Holy Days, as we refer to this time in our lunar calendar year, occur sometime in the fall. Although […]

  • By the Numbers: Pedestrian Safety

    Compiled by Myles Dannhausen [email protected] “For drivers, roads are as safe as they have ever been; for people on foot, roads keep getting deadlier.”  — Peter C. Baker 41 Percent more pedestrians killed on American roads in 2018 than in 2008 777 Number of cyclists killed on American roads in 2017, a 25 percent increase […]

  • By the Numbers: Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

    50,000 Number of women severely injured while giving birth each year 700 Number of women who die during childbirth or as a result of complications of pregnancy each year 50  Percentage of those deaths that are considered preventable 1 Rank of the United States among the most dangerous places to have a child among developed […]

  • Remembering the Birth of the Women’s Fund

    The Women’s Fund of Door County is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and I thought it would be interesting to reflect on how it began. It was February 2008 when Jane Stevenson and I were dreaming up ideas about how the Door County Community Foundation could make our community stronger. Just a few months […]

  • ‘It’s the Way You Ride That Trail That Counts

    by Dale Goodner Leonard Slye was only 19 years old, and a high school dropout, when the Great Depression hit in 1929. Among various odd jobs, he tried to make a few bucks as a “singing cowboy.” After some not-so-successful attempts, in 1933, Slye – along with Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan – formed what they […]

  • By the Numbers: Great Lakes Shipping

    13 The number of U.S.-flag vessel operators that belong to the Lake Carriers’ Association on the Great Lakes. That is also the number of 1,000-foot cargo carriers plying the Great Lakes. 63 The number of commercial ports on the Great Lakes. 607 The number of miles a Great Lakes freighter can carry one ton of […]

  • Seeking Inclusion

    by Orlaine I. Gabert, Door County Civility Project I’ve always been an avid reader. While preferring fiction, I’ve also felt that reading stories about people’s lives helped me – as a counselor – to learn about other life experiences and better understand the reasons why people made the choices that they did. I became more open, tolerant […]

  • By the Numbers: Friday the 13th

    Greeks feel Tuesday the 13th is unlucky. Italians consider Friday the 17th an unlucky day. But in America and some other European countries, it’s Friday the 13th that causes anxiety for some superstitious folks who may be suffering from triskaidekaphobia (the irrational fear of the number 13). The day has spawned a slasher-film franchise that […]

  • Revisiting Predictions about Charitable Giving

    by Bret Bicoy, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation Political prognosticators love to make extreme claims on how a new policy will affect the future, then conveniently forget their predictions when the doom they imagined never arrives. In an effort to avoid being lumped in with those gasbags, I thought it would be intellectually […]

  • Debate Pared Down to One Night, 10 Candidates

    It’s still too many people on one stage for a real debate, but 10 Democrats who want to be president of the United States will meet for one night in Houston on Sept. 12, 7-10 pm. The debate will be broadcast on ABC and Univision, and the moderators will be George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, Linsey […]

  • By the Numbers: Labor Unions and Labor Day

    1791 The year of the first building-trades strike by Philadelphia carpenters, who wanted to reduce their hours to a 10-hour work day. 1794 The year when the Federal Society of Journeyman Cordwainers (shoemakers) in Philadelphia was formed, marking the beginning of trade-union organization in America. 1843 The year when the Lowell [Massachsetts] Female Labor Reform […]

  • Labor Day Is Not What It Used to Be

    Besides being the last holiday before the start of school and the official end of the hot dog season (or so says the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council at, Labor Day is a 19th-century invention intended to give workers a say in how much leisure time they should have.  At the first Labor […]

  • By the Numbers: New Report on Economic Impact of Agriculture in Wisconsin

    A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Community and Economic Development provides insight on the impact of agriculture on Wisconsin’s economy. Despite depressed prices for farmers, the industry has grown since 2012, primarily due to the growth in food processing. We break down some big numbers from the report here. 7.1 Percent […]

  • Paving Your Own Way: Lessons from Strong Women

    “Surround yourself with people that are going to champion you.” “Be your own advocate.” “Design your daily [life] so that you’re happy.” “You’ve been given you, so lean on that.” These were all phrases I heard from the women who spoke during a panel discussion Aug. 7 at the Women’s Fund of Door County’s 10th […]

  • The Importance of the Tribe

    Throughout my time in the Great Books Program at the University of Notre Dame, I’ve studied philosophy, art, literature, music, theology, history, poetry and ethics from Homer to Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison. In this program, texts are selected to communicate the foundations of Western thought and are dissected and thoroughly discussed in seminar-style classes […]

  • By the Numbers: Teen Vaping

    Recent reports of teens suffering lung damage from vaping warranted a look at teen-vaping trends. Upon the release of a national survey on the subject in December, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams officially declared e-cigarette use among youth an “epidemic” and added, “I don’t use that word lightly.” 10.9 Percentage of 10th-graders who reported vaping […]

  • 20 Years of the Door County Community Foundation

    On August 16, 1999, prominent Door County residents Tom Herlache, John Herlache, Mike Felhofer and Eric Paulsen met with representatives of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation to formally organize a board of directors and adopt the articles of incorporation to create the Door County Community Foundation. As the foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary, it […]

  • DC Civility Project

    A Ray of Hope

    by Susan McAninch Given that 93 percent of Americans consider incivility to be a severe problem in our society, we could sure use a ray of hope!  Well, there is one, and it’s found in the workplace. You may be happy to learn that a similar proportion of people – more than nine out of […]

  • By the Numbers: Gun Violence

    2 The number of states that allow assault rifles but ban high-capacity magazines (Colorado and Vermont). 6 The number of states that ban assault rifles and high-capacity weapons (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York). 42 The number of states that allow the sale of both assault weapons and high-capacity magazines – that […]

  • The Best of Times

    A Coast Guard crew remembers by the original officers and crew of USCGC Mobile Bay (WTGB-103) August 4 will mark the United States Coast Guard’s 229th birthday. The service’s mission creates a special need for a close bond between communities and the crews that serve within them. Although many cities have made significant efforts to […]