Spring Planting 2013

Spring_April-2-2013_02As I demonstrate with the photo image [shot in morning of April 2nd 2013] I took with my camera left of this paragraph – “global warming” is total nonsense. Since the revelation through email from the leading organization behind this hoax, junk scientists blackballing fellow scientists who have demonstrated that global warming is not doomsday as the media so gleefully and diligently proclaimed – and Al Gore made millions off, plus an Oscar and a Nobel Prize. After the revelation from those emails between scientists were published, the progressives and others have changed “global warming” into another term – “climate change”.
Al Gore certainly deserves retribution for his charade.

Maggie, over at Maggie’s Notebook just posted something that may finally force junk scientists and the corporate media to fess up. Weather Channel founder who has been against the global warming hoax from the beginning, has found 30,000 scientists worldwide who will testify and sign a petition in an intended lawsuit against Al Gore for using the media misinformation and manipulation to make himself millions along with his globalist partners. Personally I would like some global warming where temperatures were above the high 30s/42[day] and 20s [night] on April 1st; enabling me to plant earlier than Memorial Day weekend. [May]

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Peninsula Snow Storm – First in 2012

First real snowfall this year here on the Door Peninsula, with temperatures in December (and November) that were warmed than usual – global warming? Bring it on …

Icelandic Pony, Washington Island

Starting this morning, with a small amount beginning last night, the snow will steadily fall, estimated up to one or two inches per hour, with winds developing into gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Presently, the wind at the Lighthouse Journal is at 17 mph, gusting to about 20 mph. The storm is across the Great Lakes region and will end sometime in the early hours of Friday the 21st.

Black-Foot Ferret, Little Sturgeon, Door Peninsula

The Door Peninsula, Great Lakes region, and the western mountain states will surely have a White Christmas.

Bayshore Drive, from Egg Harbor to Sturgeon Bay

There is a travel warning so most of us that does not absolutely have to venture out that are not law enforcement, community services, and our friendly postal lady are content with watching the big snow flakes fall over the Door Peninsula landscape.

I would like to take this moment to wish everyone a …

and …
and remember

Searching For Truth Since 1999 – Myth Blaster and Lighthouse Journal Anniversary

Myth Blaster®1is a registered segment of this website for examining chain email for authenticity and just plain Truth; a smaller version of websites dedicated to the cause, like: TruthorFiction, Urban Legends(original at About), and Snopes. Break-the-Chainwas once a good source, but it has been tagged by Google Internet security as to be a “suspicious” website that “may harm your computer” as of February 5th. 2
UPDATE: Break-the-Chain website closed with the following farewell message:

Thank you for visiting BreakTheChain.org. I’m proud to have been your source for real, reliable information you can trust about e-mail rumors and hoaxes for nearly 13 years. Since we started on this journey together, many things have changed. Social media has replaced e-mail as the vehicle of source to share information with friends and family and more and more people have learned to question everything that they see online.It is with this knowledge that I decided to close BreakTheChain.org. I had a really good run and made a lot of great friends who understood what it meant to “don’t want the junk.” I think all my fans and regular visitors for your support. There are still lots of sites out there that can help you find out if that claim you’ve heard is true or a hoax, but I encourage you to also ask you friends and engage them to think about what they read online.

And now to another matter

Here at Lighthouse Patriot Journal, I have endeavored to live up to my motto: Searching for Truth in a Sea of Misinformation®since 1999. Hopefully I will live long enough to see my endeavor to expand and remain on into the next decade of the 21stcentury.
I would like to take this moment to thank my readers, followers, and other occasional visitors who visit this website and the others listed on this website; or even those who drop me a line or two in an email to keep me abreast of what is happening in their lives or bits of information they wish to pass on. Sometimes they send me chain email to research for Myth Blaster®.
Southern Door County Sign [KAL Photo]
I have been blessed by a readership that is international, from many different geographical locations: from rural town in the Great Plains state of Iowa to the readers here in Wisconsin to the countryside of Upper State New York to the shorelines of California and Hawaii – and even in Alaska; 3to London, England, Ireland, Wales (maternal-side family there), and Scotland (maternal-side of family there as well); to South Africa and the island-nation of Japan; to Copenhagen, Denmark, once the central kingdom of the Vikings, who send me pics every once in a while of their beautiful country; to the Latin American nations of Brazil, Chile, and Central America to include the beautiful and friendly little nation of Belize; and our wonderful friends “Down Under” in Australia and New Zealand – all who drop me a line or comment at one of my websites and whose geographical locations are too numerous to list here.
Cave Point, Door Peninsula [KAL photo]
Some have become “Pen Pals” – three particularly from Europe across the “Big Water” – Scotland/England and Denmark; as well as a young couple in South Africa (one who is studying to be a physicist), who I have become so acquainted with these wonderful people I have offered to provide them a guided tour if they ever have a chance to visit the Door Peninsula. It would be a thrill and honor to do so.
Like the Disney song played at Disney World in one of its attractions: “It’s a Small, Small World” – the Internet has brought people from many places and walks of life. The Internet is the best thing that has happened to civilization since the Library of Alexandria 4and the classical ancient schools of philosophical thought there. The recent turmoil in the historical and wonderfully mysterious land of Egypt, making it too dangerous and distracting to visit in this moment of human history. Humans should spend more time in classic studies, knowledge, adventurous travel (here on Earth and on into the stars) rather than spend so much time, human life and energy on figuring out ways to take another nation’s real estate and exterminate each other. Sounds strange coming from an ex-combat soldier who served two tours in combat zones; but a real soldier trains for what is necessary to survive and win – but NEVER wishes for war. It is like the 2ndAmendment – better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
But I digress …
Death’s Door Passage Ferry [KAL photo]
I also want to thank the sponsors and those that have been gratuitous enough to donate through my PayPal link to aid me in my endeavor to improve this and other websites, as well as possibly raise enough to fulfill my dream of a Lighthouse Journal Publishing Company, LTD here on the Peninsula. However, because of the economy – worldwide – this has reduced to a bare trickle. If you cannot afford to donate, the next time you shop at Amazon, do so through my webpage (no cost difference to you) and I will get four cents on the dollar. This helps with rising costs, like satellite-feed Internet service. 
The Door Peninsula, Washington Island (separated by Death’s Door strait), and other islands; as well as the historic lighthouses that dot the coastline of Lake Michigan attracts visitors from all over America and some foreign visitors. At the local orchard, my son had an interesting conversation from two lady visitors from Russia. I myself have met visitors from eastern Europe and Scandinavia, the latter probably visiting relatives for there are many family descendants here from Germany and Scandinavia.
Old Stone Quarry, Bayshore Drive [KAL photo]
If Peninsula residents’ occupation is not farming, local services, health care, fishing industry (recreational and commercial), or the minimal manufacturing here; they depend upon the seasonal business of retail and restaurants spread about the Peninsula in the different villages and towns, as well as other recreational activities and events. Even in the winter months there are Winter Festivals, ongoing this weekend, as well as the orchards, vineyards and wineries that attract thousands from May 1stto Halloween (October 31st), during the Fall Festival period of harvesting and the Harvest Moon. Of course, there are winter sports, events, and activities here as well; however, those are usually attended to by locals. 
Well, that covers my plug for the Door County Peninsula; except that if you visit, please stop in Sturgeon Bay on 14thStreet and visit the Habitat for Humanitystore and headquarters to make a purchase, just to say “Hello” or make a donation. Habitat for Humanityis a national and international endeavor to help people work their way into owning their own homes. It is a non-profit organization who, unlike welfare programs, help people help themselves. As Rick the director says: We provide a “hand up” not a “hand out– a phrase he uses on radio advertisement at our local WDOR(FM)radio station.
Thanks again for visiting this website.
Check out my other sites linked at the right scroll bar on this web page. 
1 Myth Blaster was originally Myth Buster until the Discovery Channel produced by Australia’s BT Productions initiated a science entertainment TV program called MythBusters and MythBusters Exposed that includes broadcasters like Discovery Channel Australia, Discovery Channel Latin America, Discovery Channel Canada, as well as Discovery Channel in the United Kingdom. The filming is based in San Francisco with some elements of production done in Artarmon, Australia. Special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman provide the elements of scientific method, testing and investigation to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, Internet videos and news stories. As of November 2011, all five MythBusters have appeared in shows and specials for Discovery’s Science Channel.
2 This depends upon the level you have set your computer security at and other factors. Malicious software at this sight includes 5 Trojans, 5 exploits (including 5 exploitative scripts), resulting in 8 new processes on a target machine and 4 instances of malicious software being downloaded and installed within a 90-day period, The malicious software to that date are: (1) boeingsmiles.com; (2) thefamily4life.org; (3) brainbin.com.
3 Alaskans seem especially interested in my website entitled Faded Glory Journal – probably because of its theme/content.
4 One of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, of which I have been blessed to visit the ancient ruins of the Temple of Artemis, Ephesus; Troy (Pergamum); Mount Olympia; and the region where the Hanging Gardens of Babylonia once stood to impress the ancient world. Unfortunately, and most disappointing, I didn’t get a chance to see Alexandria that included a Nile River boat ride south to the site of the summer palace of the pharaohs in Memphis (Yes, Memphis, Tennessee was named after it during a period in our architectural history and classical education enlightened students with that knowledge). Anyway, the trip was canceled because there was not enough bookings. 

Sailing and Cruising the Great Lakes and Beyond

Death’s Door off Washington Island
Warm weather brings the sight of watercraft on Lake Michigan around the Door Peninsula and Washington Island of different sizes and class of vessels from yachts to skiffs. All over the Great Lakes summer brings the sight of vessels, the lakes being formed long ago when the Ice Age was ending and glacier melting caused receding to form the largest series of freshwater lakes in America and the world. Cold and deep, the Great Lakes has also a history of tragedies and shipwrecks. The St. Lawrence Seaway connects the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean for those adventurous vessel owners.
Commercial fishing has been one of the major industries on the Peninsula as well as all over the Great Lakes region, and the depiction of a mariner standing with a farmer is on the Wisconsin state flag.
All summer visitors and vessel-owning residents sail or motor the waters of Lake Michigan from and to the Peninsula, Washington Island, navigating the treacherous waters of the Death’s Door passage between Door Peninsula and Washington Island where a ferry runs on a tight schedule all year long; as well as visitations to points of interest to see the lighthouses and the historic Rock Island. 

Egg Harbor-East; photo by KAL-2011
The DCS&PS [Door County Sail and Power Squadron] is one of 445 charters across the United States whose members involve themselves with community service, continuing education, and social activities. It was chartered in 1954 as the Sturgeon Bay Power Squadron, but the name was changed in 2001 to reflect its county-wide membership.
The DCS&PS activities include vessel safety checks that are courtesy inspections to verify the presence and condition of safety equipment required by state and federal regulations for owners of vessels from ocean-yachts [built and repaired here in Sturgeon Bay by Peterson Builders] to rowboats. The inspections cover life jackets, engines, fire extinguishers, running lights, flares, general cleanliness and tidiness.
The DCS&PS examiner also makes recommendations and discusses safe boating practices. Owner whose vessel passes the safety check receives a signed check sheet and an inspection sticker after passing the inspection that is approved by the Coast Guard. The owners, after passing inspection, get a discount on boat insurance. Free vessel safety checks are available all summer at marinas in Sturgeon Bay, Egg Harbor, Baileys Harbor, and Fish Creek. Check with your marina for exact dates.
The DCS&PS is involved in partnership with the Door County Maritime Museum, Quarterdeck Marina, and Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club for projects and fundraisers like the Annual Classic & Wooden Boat Festival, as well as waterfront cleanup at Sunset Park, Sturgeon Bay on 3rd Avenue. The squadron also works with the local fire departments to demonstrate the correct use of flares and how to properly use a fire extinguisher for various on-board fires.
The ABC-3, America’s Boating Course, is offered to the public at a fee once or twice per year. It has become popular in Door County, especially since Wisconsin law requires that anyone born on or after January 1st, 1989, at least 16 years old, may operate a motorboat only if he/she has completed a boating safety course accepted by the Wisconsin DNR. The course is eight hours.
The ABC-3 basic course can be followed [voluntarily] by five advanced courses that include seamanship, basic piloting, advanced piloting and more. The courses start with the basic seamanship course that teaches about water safety and knowing about buoys and navigation rules. The next series of courses include paper chart navigation, the use of charts to plot a course and figure distances using coordinates and navigation tools that has been used since the days of Christopher Columbus. The course series teaches how to navigate by the sun and stars using a sextant, as well as advanced navigation like GPS and other electronic equipment and offshore navigation.
Two-hour seminars are available that cover boat handling to using a marine radio and five elective courses that includes weather, marine electronics, engine maintenance, ans sail/cruise planning.
The weather course is important for water safety, whether taking short cruises or long ones, for the Great Lakes is infamous for its sudden bad weather that can put an inexperienced and uninformed vessel operator into some serious and life-threatening situations. Many shipwrecks lie on the bottom of the Great Lakes of all sizes, some dating back to the ancient native canoes and early exploration vessels before America was settled. The courses are definitely worth the time and money, as well as interesting. Cruise courses teach navigation at various levels for navigating American waters in the Great Lakes, Florida, and Mississippi River.
Instructors for the cruise planning are Andrea and Jim Jauqet who are experienced navigators who took their 35-foot sailboat to the Mediterranean Sea and left it there. Each summer since then they have been to different foreign ports. They are a great source of knowledge and provide helpful tips for long cruises, such as coating eggs with Vaseline, which allows them to stay fresh for weeks in tropical weather.
If you would like additional information about DCS&PS, its courses and activities, contact JoAnne Rosenfeld at 920-559-7530 or send email to: luvboston@gmail.com or visit their website.

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Peninsula Fishing: Skipping Technique

Taking a break from the political dialogue, I turn to one of my favorite past times: angling. …
Lure skipping is a technique used in tournaments and by sports fishermen all over the country, which affords the angler to cover water quickly and take advantage of the predatory nature of certain fish species, like bass and pike. I have, on a couple of occasions, caught perch when using this technique as well as, much to my surprise, Rapala lures. 

Techniques and Tackle
I have used spinning tackle, for the most part, when using the skipping technique; but also use, from time to time, used a bait caster, particularly the one with a “flipping” switch that quickly adjusts the tension for that type of fishing. Many may believe that skipping is more apt to get a hit by a largemouth rather than a smallmouth bass; but I have proven differently here on the Peninsula. While living in Georgia, I used this technique whenever I came upon a promising area to use it.
Andy Montgomery, pro-angler uses a Team Daiwa Zillia (6.3:1 gear ratio) baitcaster. He sets the tension knob so bait drops slowly without backlashing, and sets the magnetic dial to 10. It isn’t the best for distance in casting, but there is less line entanglement issues. The more experience the angler has, the less resistance required, and more distance in the flipping-skipping action is achieved.
Flipping/skipping requires a modified underhand cast, and because of the shorter distance, you can use the side swing-underhand cast. The flatter you can cast, the better your lure will skip.
For smallmouth bass found in this area of Lake Michigan, I use the local standard tube bait that resembles crayfish, a favorite delicacy of bass species fish.
Plastic lures attached to jigs allows skipping to be more productive. Montgomery suggests using the Strike King Rage Craw. Choosing a natural color is essential to me, and seems to get more bites than other lures and combinations.
Target Areas
Skipping allows baits to be cast in tight places around cover areas, but also can be used in brush piles and rip-rap structures, like that found at the Old Stone Quarry in Sturgeon Bay. Pike can be caught using this technique. Docks lower to the water can be difficult when skipping, but is productive being the less fished area.

State of Our Union: Sheriff Joe Arpaio vs Federal Tyranny

Sheriff Joe Arpaio fights Federal Tyranny
Eric Holder, being under investigation for his “Fast and Furious”scandal, is spearheading a Justice Department witch hunt against Arizona, Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio who is also a member of the CSPA(Constitutional Sheriff’s Posse Association) of which I also am a member of and began a group representing Door County, Door Peninsula Patriots, still trying to get the DC sheriff office to respond. Unfortunately, this federal witch hunt is costing Maricopa County taxpayers money.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, he has been known to be a no-nonsense law officer that has upheld the tradition of law enforcement and has been in law enforcement for at least 50 years even at the federal level. He has also been the target of several politically left special interest groups, the ACLU, and now the Obama administration’s Justice Department. 

Katie Pavlich, news editor and darn good investigative journalist, wrote at Townhall:
President Obama’s Justice Department, led by Attorney General Eric Holder, is attacking Arizona again. This time, they’re going after popular and duly elected Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who is known as one of the only sheriffs in the country to enforce all illegal immigration laws. What is DOJ planning to sue Arpaio over? They are accusing him of racial profiling, of course. The DOJ has also requested officials be sent to oversee actions taken by Arpaio’s deputies during traffic stops to ensure profiling doesn’t take place and that civil rightsaren’t violated. Arpaio isn’t buying it.
The feds are planning to sue Sheriff Arpaio and his office for alleged civil rights violations that include racial profiling of Hispanics. What the Obama administration is doing, as with suits against the state of Arizona is violating state rights as well as an attempt to take federal control of the county of Maricopa. It is all political, as well as unconstitutional in respect to federal authority and limitations imposed upon the federal government in accordance to the United States Constitution. Sheriff Arpaio and the state of Arizona are victims of big government, which has expanded greatly from the presidency of Bill Clinton, escalating in the past three and a half years of Obama’s regime.
The CSPA is an organization whose main mission is to educate Americans and encourage them to know everything there is to know about constitutional law, the laws that protect their rights and liberties like freedom of choice and property rights.
Chuck Norris wrote in his column about the history of the sheriff:
For many, the term sheriff conjures up images of the Old West. A few may consider a sheriff some form of outdated and obsolete political office. But for me and countless other patriots across our nation, a sheriff is the epitome of good and necessary county law enforcement. As documented on the Durham County website, the position of a sheriff originated in England 1,000 years ago, known then as a shire reeve, who was “the steward of the king’s estates, guardian of the peace, judge and jury of the Shire County (county court) and was the local agent of the king in military affairs. The king also appointed him as the chief police magistrate.” In the U.S., the office of sheriff was first established in Virginia in 1634. On Oct. 9, 1662, the General Court of Virginia called Capt. Samuel Stephen “to be a commander of the southern plantation” … Despite how you feel about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s personal conduct, government suspicions or severity of criminal discipline, there is no doubt that the feds entanglements into his affairs are a massive overreach of local and state laws and jurisdictions. It is pathetic that President Obama himself as well the entire left-wing progressive establishment is in a multi-million dollar smear campaign to discredit and take down Sheriff Joe, as his own re-election website proclaims, “because I have led the fight in Arizona against illegal immigration.”

George Soros, funding supporter ofBarack H. Obama and corresponding leftist organizations has become a part of this campaign against Sheriff Arpaio. At Truth Alliance, it was revealed that Soros pledged $10 million to defeat Sheriff Arpaio. keep in mind that it is the democratic-socialists who are constantly harping about the “evil” wealthy individuals and business entities – a class envy political tool right out of the “divide and conquer” chapter of Marxism.

If you read about complaints, the people complaining do not live in Maricopa County; and if anyone would be qualified to complain would be county residents who have consistently reelected Sheriff Arpaio because he has kept crime down, rooted out illegal immigrants, and treats his prisoners like criminals they are instead of a resort for those who commit crimes. He has save the county money, but will several lawsuits that constantly pop up from the political left, it is costing money for court defense. Of course, the sociocrats think nothing of wasting taxpayer funds on such things, and Obama wants it make it look like he is doing something in the last year of his tenure as President of the United States.

Soros funded organizations are embedded deep within the Obama administration:

  • In Jan. 2010, 60 influential black leaders condemned Sheriff Arpaio in an ad sponsored by Center for Community Change (an organization supported by $1,715,000 from Soros in 2010 alone).
  • In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice accused Sheriff Arpaio of civil rights violations, discrimination and racial profiling against Latinos.
  • In January 2012, President Obama appointed another new czar as the director of his Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz, who previously served on three heavily funded George Soros organizations’ boards: his Open Society Institute, the Center for Community Change (mentioned above) and most recently worked for the open-border lobbyist group who fights for mass immigration and amnesty for illegal aliens, the National Council of La Raza (an organization supported by at least $362,000 from Soros in 2010 alone).
  • In February 2012, Janet Murguía, the National Council of La Raza’s president and CEO, officially “demand[ed] that Arpaio step down immediately” and “resign as sheriff of Maricopa County.”

It is all over the fact that the Democratic Party doesn’t want to enforce immigration laws and ignore the thousands of illegal aliens that stream across our southern border.

They also have the help of the mainstream media, like MSM bias. Using racism (like they do with blacks), the Obama administration whose rhetoric in campaign 2008 was unity, is, as socialists do, “divide and conquer” in political game-tactics. They have no inclination of “uniting” America, unless Americans all “unite” under their socialist political platform of the big government welfare state.
And the infiltration of our government system gets deeper and deeper. In 2009, Congress had the right to disqualify Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court Justice nominee because: she advocated open borders, drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, and a member of the racist organization called the National Council of La Raza, who is part of a subversive movement to take back alleged stolen territory (Aztlan) for Mexico. Sotomayor was also notorious for her sexist remarks, like that in a Berkeley speech.
Samuel Adams stated:

Let us remember that if we suffer tamely a lawless attack upon our liberty, we encourage it.

The sheriff of the many counties across America stand for law and justice and is the first line defense for Americans to protect their liberties and ensure that constitutional law is adhered to. Support your local sheriff, and if he is not constitutionally minded – elect someone who is. Like Sheriff Arpaio, they must stand up against the federal government interfering with state rights and sheriffs who perform their duties. Illegal immigrants have been a burden to American taxpayers for a long time, as well as increasing crime where Chicano and other violent, subversive groups are located. Now, because of the lameness of our government, that includes George W.Bush administration, we now have the Mexican drug cartel in cities across America, a federal Justice Department involved in unlawful activities, and a compliant foreign policy with Mexico and its corrupt government. Mexico’s economy has received a boon from all of this – billions of US dollars are sent to Mexico via Mexican nationals working and living here in the United State that stimulates their economy; while We the People pay for social programs that aid people that break our laws.
If you want to paint all of this as racism, join the socialists who use that as a means to still the outrage from citizens who are sick of people coming here who do not assimilate, cause trouble, and refuse to obey our laws. Legal and illegal immigration are two separate issues, as the political left will try to confuse the issue with. Traditionally, immigrants came here to assimilate and become American citizens and raise their children as patriotic, law-abiding citizens. Unfortunately, that is not the case for too many uninvited people crossing our southern border.
The Hispanic immigrants who came here with intention of becoming Americans and obeyed our laws are part of our rich history; in fact, there were Mexicans of the Texas Republic who stood and fought against the oppression of Mexico in the Mexican-US War and died bravely at the Alamo. Immigrants from everywhere have served loyally and bravely in our armed forces for as far back as the American Revolution. 

Hispanic Texans fought at the Alamo


We are a nation of immigrants and native Americans, but we are unified under one flag, one language, and a sovereign nation of people who should stand together. If anyone else complains about us, let them return back from whence they came. Immigration doesn’t mean We the People must change our traditions, way of life, or constitutional republic for anyone.

It is about time that We the People make those in Washington, DC and our state governments to understand and address this important issue by enforcing our laws and pass an amendment to the Constitution of the United States that forbids immigrants that are illegal to stay here just because their children are born here. It is just another diversion to circumvent our laws.

If you can, please donate towards Sheriff Joe Arpaio campaign HERE.

Door Peninsula Fishing Report: April 17th 2012

Peninsula Report

Fishing pressure was relatively low in Sturgeon Bay and northern Door County during the past week. Boaters returning to the City Dock in Sturgeon Bay have reported success trolling at 15-20 feet for brown trout using stick and crank baits and also trolling with crank baits and gold and river shiners for northern pike. Anglers active on the Sturgeon Bay Piers are casting for brown trout with blue and silver spoons. Walleye anglers in Sturgeon Bay have been trolling with stick baits. Heins, Hibbards, and Whitefish Bay creeks still have a few dwindling steelhead with anglers reporting success using fresh spawn and spinners. Some suckers continue to run the creeks. Waterfowl are returning to the area and turkeys are extremely active during all hours.

There were a few shore anglers looking for crappie and bluegill at Sawyer Harbor, but none were caught. Chilly weather resulted in low fishing activity at Potawatomi park and Idlewild ramps last weekend. Saturday was cold and windy with just a few anglers out after walleye. Sunday was sunny and very windy, with waves coming over the breakwater at Bayshore Park. There were many families netting white suckers at Red River Park.
There’s also a solid pike bite during the day with good action casting, trolling or live-bait rigging, both these pike were released. Both were 38 and 41 inch pike. If fellow fishermen do get lucky enough to land these big pike, please consider releasing the big females.  These Pike are all naturally reproducing with very little stocking.

Little Sturgeon Bay

Carp has been surfacing in seven feet of water around Bayshore and at Little Sturgeon as well.

Sand Bay

Fishing has been best in morning around 6am and again in the evening 6pm-8pm with some activity in the early afternoon.

Sturgeon Bay Canal

  The Northern Pike bite has been good from Dunlops to the highway bridge for both casting and drifting with good size 25 to 33″.

Old Quarry Marina to Flats

Once again, pike are hitting in this area as well.

April 15th, 2012: 100th Anniversary of Sinking of Titanic

Now made famous by its discovery and investigation with modern robotic equipment, as well as the film, Titanic(1997) – the wreck is being protected by the United Nations and interested parties, like Director James Cameron.
It was boasted to be an unsinkable ship and before international regulations demanded it, only had enough lifeboats for 1,178 people and the ship had 2,224 people aboard. It was designed with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, prestigious restaurant, and spacious luxurious cabins for the comfort of those who could afford them. It was equipped with a powerful wireless telegraph for the convenience of the wealthy aboard her maiden voyage as well as for operational use. Titanic was one of three Olympic class ocean liners that was operated by the White Star Line built in Belfast between 1909 and 1911.

It was a masterpiece of naval engineering and a sight to see, and with watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors the designers, captain and crew were confident that she was the safest ship to ever sail the oceans. Titanic departed from Southampton, England on April 10th, 1912, stopping at Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland before heading west towards New York City, New York. After four days at sea and 375 miles south of Newfoundland, on April 14th, 1912, at 20 minutes before midnight (23:40) the Titanic struck an iceberg and a little over two hours later, on April 15th, 1912, the Titanic broke up and sank bow first with over 1,000 people still aboard her. Those who jumped in the water with no chance to board a lifeboat died within minutes from hypothermia in the freezing Atlantic Ocean. Those that were able to get to lifeboats, 710, were taken aboard the RMS Carpathia, who received the distress message and raced to the coordinates given, a few hours after the Titanic slipped into the icy dark waters.
This Sunday, April 15th, 2012 will be the 100thanniversary of the most tragic event in maritime history.
Here on the Peninsula, the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will be observing the centennial of the sinking with their exhibit entitled Titanic’s Wake.
Door County Maritime Museum Executive Director, Bob Desh stated in a news release:
The loss of the great ship and the 1,514 souls who perished with her shocked the world. Titanic’s sinking would trigger official investigations on both sides of the Atlantic and forever change the way the world viewed maritime safety. In the United States House of Representatives eight hastily written bills were introduced on April 17 in response to the news of the sinking and Senator William Alben Smith of Michigan presented a resolution before the United States Senate calling for a formal investigation. This intriguing new exhibit explores the facts and circumstances surrounding that awful night in April a century ago and the lasting impact that Titanic’s demise continues to have on the maritime world.
Part of the exhibit is a 9-foot long model of the Titanic.
Local folks can get information at the museum’s website or call 920-743-5958.
Maritime events at the museum are:
  • Titanic’s Wake – Opened March 25th, 2012 and will end on June 17th, 2012.
  • On April 13th, 2012, Maritime Museum members are invited to attend a Dessert Social at 7pm marking the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking that is part of the Titanic’s Wake event.
  • Maritime Screening of the film Titanic in 3d will occur as a matinee on Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at the Museum and Sturgeon Bay Cinema, 10 am. Tickets are available at the Maritime Museum or call for advance tickets (or see if they are sold out) at 920-743-5958. The 3d film tickets are $8.
  • Lighthouse Festival Tickets went on sale on April 2nd, 2012 and the event will continue until June 7th, 2012. Attendees will tour lighthouses on the Peninsula at Chambers Island, Plum Island, Sherwood Point, and the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouses. Those attending the festival can also choose among 12 land or water tours. Tickets are on sale to the public now, as of April 2nd. Members were able to get their tickets one month earlier.
One hundred years the remains of the Titanic has sat in deep waters of the icy cold Atlantic Ocean after being discovered and some of its artifacts recovered. The site has been officially proclaimed an archaeological site and thus has UNESCO protection. UNESCO is a maritime convention sponsored by the United Nations after concerns about its deterioration as a result of tourist visits and exploration submarines crashing into its structure.
Robert Ballard was one of the undersea explorers who discovered the wreck in 1985 and addressed concerns about the site’s protection, and in 2004 he undertook a dive that found the mainmast has been destroyed, the ship’s bell and light torn off and several holes made in the deck from submarines bumping into the historic ship.
In reality, it is a burial site for those that went down with the ship and should be treated with respect as one would for a tomb on land.
At this time, neither the United States or Canada is among the 41 states who have signed the protection agreement, and a number of tourist and exploration trips have been chartered under the sea off the coast of Newfoundland from those two countries.
For example, a United States company called Bluefishis offering two trips in submersibles to the wreck this July, each trip costing $59,680 (£37,636).
Through the use of ROVs (remote-controlled submersibles), damage has also been done to the wreck by bumping into it and placing memorial plaques on it. Ulrike Guerinstated:
One ROV got also caught in the cables. Artifacts have been taken and are for sale now and this is a main issue. The UNESCO convention foresees very detailed rules for activities directed at ancient wrecks, for instance supervision by an archaeologist, respect for human remains and the prohibition of the commercial for-profit recovery of artifacts.
As Indiana Jonescharacter stated in one of his films (loosely quoted):
Artifacts belong in a museum, not a private collection.
James Cameron, director (and writer) of the classic epic film, Titanic, (1997) is also part of the restoration and protection movement to save the wreck of the Titanic.
Many theories have been surmised about the causes of the Titanic sinking; but the popular one among liberal-progressives is that global warming caused the iceberg to break away from the mainland and head towards the Titanic on April 14th, 1912.
A team of astronomers, according to ABCNewssays that the iceberg was sent into shipping lanes by a rare astronomical event. Figures that ABC would report such absurdities.
But unanimously, it was decided that human error and bad luck did the job. 
Leonardo DiCaprio – as – Jack Dawson
Kate Winslet – as – Rose DeWitt Bukater
Billy Zane – as – Caledon ‘Cal’ Hockley
Kathy Bates – as – Molly Brown
Frances Fisher – as – Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Gloria Stuart – as – Old Rose
Bill Paxton – as – Brock Lovett
Bernard Hill – as – Captain Edward James Smith
David Warner – as – Spicer Lovejoy
Victor Garber – as – Thomas Andrews
Jonathan Hyde – as – Bruce Ismay
Suzy Amis – as – Lizzy Calvert
Lewis Abernathy – as – Lewis Bodine
Nicholas Cascone – as – Bobby Buell
Anatoly M. Sagalevitch – Dr. Anatoly M. Sagalevitch
Danny Nucci – as – Fabrizio
Jason Barry – as – Tommy Ryan
Ewan Stewart – as – 1stOfficer Murdoch
Ioan Gruffold – as – 5thOfficer Harold Lowe
Jonny Phillips – as – 2ndOfficer Lightoller
Mark Lindsay Chapman – as – Chief Officer Wilde
Richard Graham – as – Quartermaster Rowe
Ron Donachie – as – Master At Arms
Eric Braeden – as – John Jacob Astor
Charlotte Chatton – as – Madeleine Astor
Bernard Fox – as – Colonel Archibald Gracie
Michael Ensign – as – Benjamin Guggenheim
Fannie Brett – as – Madame Aubert
Jennette Goldstein – as – Irish Mommy
Camilla Overbye Roos – as – Helga Dahl
Linda Kerns – as – 3rdClass Woman
Amy Gaipa – as – Trudy Bolt
Martin Jarvis – as – Sir Duff Gordon
Rosalind Ayres – as – Lady Duff Gordon
Rochelle Rose – as – Countess of Rothes
Jonathan Evans-Jones – as – Wallace Hartley
Brian Walsh – as – Irish Man
Rocky Taylor – as – Bert Cartmell
Alexandrea Owens – as – Cora Cartmell
Simon Crane – as – 4thOfficer Boxhall
Edward Fletcher – as – 6thOfficer Moody
Scott G. Anderson – as – Frederick Fleet
Martin East – as – Lookout Lee
Craig Kelly – as – Harold Bride
Gregory Cooke – as – Jack Phillips
Liam Tuohy – as – Chief Baker Joughin
Elsa Raven – as – Ida Strauss
Lew Palter – as – Isidor Strauss
Reece P. Thompson III – as – Irish Little Boy
Laramie Landis – as – Irish Little Girl
Amber Waddell – as – Cal’s Crying Girl
Alison Waddell – as – Cal’s Crying Girl
Mark Rafael Truitt – as – Yaley
John Walcutt – as – 1stClass Husband
Terry Forrestal – as – Chief Engineer Bell
Derek Lea – as – Leading Stoker Barrett
Richard Ashton – as – Carpenter John Hutchinson
Sean Nepita – as – Elevator Operator
Brendan Connolly – as – Scotland Road Steward
David Cronnelly – as – Crewman
Garth Wilton – as – 1stClass Waiter
Martin Laing – as – Promenade Deck Steward
Richard Fox – as – Steward #1
Nick Mearney – as – Steward #2
Kevin Owers – as – Steward #3
Mark Capri – as – Steward #4
Marc Cass – as – Hold Steward #1
Paul Herbert – as – Hold Steward #2
Emmett James – as – Stairwell Steward (Christopher Byrne)
Oliver Page – as – Steward Barnes
James Garrett – as – Titanic Porter
Erik Holland – as – Olaf Dahl
Jari Kinnunen – as – Bjorn Gunderson
Anders Falk – as – Olaus Gunderson
Martin Hub – as – Slovakian Father
Seth Adkins – as – Slovakian 3-Year-Old Boy
Barry Dennen – as – Praying Man
Vern Urich – as – Man in Water
Rebecca Klingler – as – Mother at Stern (Rebecca Jane Klingler)
Tricia O’Neil – as – Woman
Kathleen S. Dunn – as – Woman in Water (Kathleen Dunn)
Romeo Francis – as – Syrian Man
Mandana Marino – as – Syrian Woman
Van Ling – as – Chinese Man
Bjorn Olsen – as – Olaf
Dan Pettersson – as – Sven
Shay Duffin – as – Pubkeeper
Greg Ellis – as – Carpathia Steward
Diana Morgan – as News Reporter
Lorenz Hasler – as – Orchestra Member
Thomas Füri – as – Orchestra Member
Ference Szedlák – as – Orchestra Member
Béla Szedlák – as – Orchestra Member
Werner Giger – as – Orchestra Member
Patrick Murphy – as – Steerage Band Member (Gaelic Storm)
Stephen Wehmeyer – as – Steerage Band Member (Gaelic Storm)
Stephen Twigger – as – Steerage Band Member (Gaelic Storm)
Shep Lonsdale – as – Steerage Band Member (Gaelic Storm)
Samantha Hunt – as – Steerage Band Member (Gaelic Storm)
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Untold Stories – YouTube
The Story of the RMS Titanic – Virtual Reality – YouTube
The Iceberg that Sank the Titanic – Outside the Beltway

Peninsula News – Mother’s Day and Emergency Landing

May 13th is Mother’s Day and it also the Third Annual Emergency Vehicle Fun Day.
The Door County Sheriff’s Department is inviting peninsula folks and visitors to a day where children can sit in a Police Car, turn on the siren in the Fire Truck, turn on the emergency lights in the Ambulance, sit in a United States Coast Guard boat, and check out the Eagle III helicopter and Civil Air Patrol aircraft and other activities.
For the older kids, they can take the opportunity to talk to several professionals on site and inquire about career opportunities in their field of expertise.

Food and refreshments will be for sale sponsored by Sonny’s Pizzeria and Marchant’s Meats of Sturgeon Bay.

It will be a great family fun day and take moms out and about on the Peninsula.
The admission is FREE and the event will take place at Door County Cherryland Airport on Sunday, May 13th, 2012 from 11am to 3pm.
Don’t miss the fun and the fresh air!
Cherryland Airport is located at 3538 Park Drive, west of downtown Sturgeon Bay across the Sturgeon Bay Canal. Park Drive is off of County Road C.
The Door County Peninsula Sheriff’s office has been serving the community since 1858, and their Mission Statement is:

We, the men and women of the Door County Sheriff’s Office, believe that our fundamental duty is to serve and protect the citizens and tourists of Door County with fairness, compassion, and respect.  We demand excellence in the quality of our law enforcement, stressing professionalism, integrity, and timeliness, so that those we serve may feel secure. We provide equal enforcement and protection of the law without prejudice or favor. We promote the setting of goals in partnership with the community, and prioritize and address problems based on the concerns of the community.  Committed to continuous improvement in law enforcement, we promote and utilize the most modern techniques available.

We proudly support the Door Peninsula’s Sheriff’s office here at Lighthouse Journal.
In 2008 the Door County Sheriff’s office celebrated its 150th anniversary. We are proud of the professionalism of the Sheriff and deputies that serve our Peninsula in several ways. You can follow them on Facebook
RECENT NEWS Testament to Door Peninsula Emergency Responders
Our Peninsula responders were called out recently when a Door County woman was forced to make an emergency landing, Monday, April 2nd 2012.
The couple, Helen and John Collins, in their 80s, were flying back home from Florida when her husband, the pilot, became unconscious due to a medical condition. Helen took over the aircraft and had just enough knowledge to land the twin engine Cessna with the help of radio assistance. The emergency call came on the radio when the aircraft was six miles south of Sturgeon Bay. Helen told rescue crews she needed to land immediately. Her right engine lost power. A local pilot took off in an aircraft in order to determine her air speed and other factors in order to assist her in landing by radio contact. It was not a smooth landing (see news photo) – due to the nose dropping at landing.
Helen had minor injuries, but John was pronounced dead at the hospital. The cause of death was due to his medical condition and not the emergency landing.
News was reported by FOX-11News, Green Bay and provided the photo.
Our Southern Door emergency responders did a great job, as well as the airport personnel and the pilot that guided Helen Collins into the airport. 
Our deepest sympathies to Helen Collins for the loss of her husband, John Collins.