By Tim KowolsAfter years of discussion and months of building, Door County’s seniors and other community members have a new place to call their own. Thursday marks the grand opening of the new Door County Community Center, which will serve as the home for the area’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. The former highway shop building, located on 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, has transformed into an expansive dining hall, a number of activity spaces, and a collection of offices where senio...Read More
By Kent BerkleyA diverse and bipartisan group of concerned individuals, community organizations, civil rights advocates, and election reformers have made a public plea to Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald and Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Vos to discontinue their efforts to oust Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas and Ethics Commission Administrator Brian Bell. The group jointly published an open letter requesting that Senator Fitzgerald and Speaker Vos d...Read More
By Kent BerkleyGreen Bay Packers fans are trying to pick a substitute team for which to cheer in the upcoming Super Bowl. The young people at Hope United Church of Christ in Sturgeon Bay are channeling their fanaticism into tackling hunger in Door County. As part of the national Souper Bowl of Caring campaign, the youth group is working with local merchants and Sturgeon Bay library to collect canned soups and food products for Lakeshore CAP, the local food pantr...Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Brussels-Union-Gardner (BUG) Fire Department announced award winners last week during their annual Christmas Party. Besides years of service awards that included 30 years by Galen Baudhuin and Dan Vandertie, the department recognized Joshua Kipp with the annual Golden Axe Award that goes to an outstanding firefighter. BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie says Kipp was well deserving of the award. Vandertie says the Golden Axe Award...Read More
By Kent BerkleyThe Door County Highway Department reports that highways and secondary roads should be in good condition as work crews wrapped up at the end of day Tuesday. Highway workers pulled double shifts to prevent a complete travel shut down during the storm. Thad Ash, Patrol Superintendent for the Door County Highway Department said the volume and pace of the snowfall presented a challenge for his crews. [/audio] ...Read More
By Tim KowolsAn anonymous family was willing to donate the necessary funds to contract Meyer Borgman Johnson to determine the structural integrity of the granary according to the Door County Community Foundation. Before walking out of the meeting during the vote to dismantle, salvage, and store the granary, Council Member Laurel Hauser distributed the letter to members of the media, stating the family “understands the need for the City of Sturgeon Bay to protect the safety of its citizens, b...Read More
By Nick FreimuthThe Southern Door Eagles remain undefeated in Packerland Conference boys basketball following an impressive 93-59 win over Gibraltar. Sam Gerend and Kyle Daoust were on fire Tuesday night. Gerend tallied 25 points including four three's and just one made free throw. Daoust did the dirty work earning all 24 of his points inside the arc. Ryan Claflin added 16 points in the win. Gibraltar was led by Ryan Kropuenske's 12 points. He was the only Viking to reach double digits. The Ea...Read More
As of Tuesday at 9:00 AM all Door County snowmobile trails were open to riders. It marks the first time this season that all trails now including the Southwest section are open. All Door County snowmobile trails are listed as poor.Riders are reminded to stay on marked trails only. Many gracious landowners have given their permission to use their land for our trail system. Please help the county continue to receive permission for future trails by respecting ...Read More
By Tim KowolsConditions may be poor, but Kewaunee County snowmobilers can finally have their day on the trails. The trail system opened to riders Tuesday afternoon after a winter storm on Monday dumped nearly a foot in some areas. According to the Kewaunee Parks Department, the trail does have some rough and icy patches. Snowmobilers can check the Parks Department Web site or call 920-388-7199 for up-to-date information on the trails' status.Read More
By Paul SchmittThe Algoma High School’s upcoming musical production will challenge the band and drama students to replicate a theatrical masterpiece. “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed at the Algoma Performing Arts starting on January 26. Band Director Jennifer Massey says the show is written for vocalists to sing at their lowest note and their highest meaning the musical pit crew must be up able to play at a near-professional level. ...Read More
By Tom JordanOn January 1st of this year the temperatures across the Midwest dropped to levels so low that nearly every city in every state issued severe warnings and were forbidding residents from engaging in the traditional Polar Bear Plunge. About 200 people at Jacksonport shrugged off those dire predictions of thermal damage, ignored the wind chill cold of almost 30 below, and plunged headfirst into the nearly frozen waters. To say the residents of Door County are a hearty lot would be lik...Read More
By Tim KowolsThe Door County Maritime Museum is honoring the work of the late photographer Steve Reinke with an exhibit in his honor opening this weekend. Reinke volunteered his time to capture the maritime happenings of the area, much of which takes place just outside the museum’s doors. Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director Amy Paul says Reinke took pictures of lots of different topics but believes his best work was on Sturgeon Bay’s working waterfront. ...Read More
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By Buchanan Funeral HomeWilliam (Bill) Jacobs, age 71 of Omro, formerly of Kewaunee, died on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at his home. He was born on February 7, 1946 in Kewaunee to the late Erwin and Norma (Nimmer) Jacobs. Bill graduated from Kewaunee High School in 1964. He then served in the U. S. Army Reserves from 1965 and was honorably discharged in 1982. He married Susan Enser July 24, 1971 in Two Rivers. He worked most of his life for the City of Kewaunee, first in the Street D...
By Huehns Funeral HomeLaVerne Ruth Pizzala, 93, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Door County Medical Center. She was born January 6, 1925 in Maplewood, the daughter of the late Elmer and Martha Ruth (Lenius) Leege. LaVerne graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1942. On January 21, 1943, she was united in marriage to Henry Bernard Pizzala in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on September 13, 1995. LaVerne worked as a custodian for Sturgeon Bay Schools for many years....
By Forbes Funeral HomeBeverly Purves, 76, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on January 13, 2018, after fighting a courageous battle against lung cancer. She was born to Vernon and Cuba Siler on September 25, 1941. After her graduation from high school, she began a career as an airline stewardess for Braniff Airlines and flew on overseas flights out of Travis AFB in California. While she was performing as a stewardess she met and married Captain Bob Purves on October 23, 1966. During thei...
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Gordon “Gordy” Kenneth Falk, 85, of the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Thursday morning, January 11, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.
He was born February 16, 1932 in Milwaukee, the son of Otto Lee Falk and Marjorie (Thielke) Falk. Gordy graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1950 and then enlisted to serve his country with the United States Navy the following year in 1951. He was honorably discharged from service in 1955. Gordy...