What Affects Wisconsin on June 5th Affects All States of the Union

It must be known to readers by now the request for recall of Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin has passed the required votes and a recall election is scheduled for June 5th, 2012. The recall is based upon the views and complaints of union members that work for the Wisconsin state government, to include the teachers’ union. It is the public employee and teachers’ union that has been instrumental in escalating the matter this far, and is now under national scrutiny, because, if Governor Walker IS recalled, it will show the strength and force that unions have over labor in the private sector as well as the government employment sector. This boils down to the constitutionality of government employees being allowed to have private sector-controlled union entities that meld special interest into the mechanics of government operation and drain the treasuries of government paid for By the People.

As Peter Ferrara wrote at TownHall:
Our Founding Fathers carefully eliminated in American law every special legal privilege of the old aristocracies of Europe. They strongly favored instead equality under the law, later enshrined in the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, which means not equality of result, but that everyone plays by the same rules. A recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5. But on the ballot that day will effectively be whether we should establish in law after all these years a new aristocracy in America, not subject to the democratic will of the people like everyone else, with special legal privileges, including the right to plunder the taxpayers with virtual impunity. That new aristocracy is state and local government public employee unions. Nationwide, these public employee unions plunder taxpayers for pay for state and local government workers that is on average 45% more than the taxpayers paying those salaries make in the private sector. The bill to taxpayers for each of these workers includes an average hourly wage of $26.25, plus another $13.56 in hourly costs for benefits, for total hourly costs of $39.81, or $80,000 per year on average. …the Manhattan Institute’s E.J. McMahon reports that for public school teachers in Milwaukee, the annual cost of family health coverage is $26,844, for which the teachers were paying nothing. State and local government workers today are not exploited in sweat shop conditions for poverty wages as the workers in union lore of old. Today it is taxpayers who are the ones being exploited. Governor Walker offended the public employee union gods now seeking his recall with his state budget reforms enacted early last year. … Walker, based on his experience serving as County Executive for Milwaukee County for 8 years, and in the state legislature for 8 years before that, focused on cutting the growth in state and local government spending instead. That spending restraint included requiring state and local government workers to contribute to their own benefits more like private sector workers. After all the yelling and screaming in Wisconsin, in the end these workers were only required to contribute 5.8% of their salaries towards their pensions, matched by their government employers (taxpayers), and 12.6% of the costs of their health insurance, with the other 87% paid by taxpayers. This compares to private sector workers paying on average 21% of the cost of their company health insurance, with most private sector workers having no pension. The budget reforms also limited collective bargaining to negotiations over salary, but not over benefits or working conditions and rules. This gave counties, cities, and school boards the flexibility to make management changes to reduce costs, without laying off workers and reducing services to the public, and to increase efficiency in serving the public.
The key point in this excellent analysis by Mr. Ferrara is that, as I have advocated all along, that government employees are not the elite of society that they should receive far higher wages than the average compared career field (and that especially includes federal government) and receive benefits without paying a portion of it – like the private sector. This IS Big Government, and that is what constitutional Americans and those advocating the “Tea Party” movement is all about. Therefore, this is not just a crisis that concerns the state of Wisconsin, but instead it is a preview of what could happen all across America – the further strengthening of unions who have infiltrated and taken control of public employment at the expense of taxpayers.
Governor Walker is only implementing what he said he would do when he campaigned for the governorship. Now that it affects those that have sucked up taxpayer funding and kept an attitude of “better than the private sector” – they are not happy, and neither is the power-grabbing unions.

We have seen what unions can do with the right politicians working for them – look at the auto industry bailout and the literal takeover of General Motors by the federal government and United Autoworkers Union. As for results of what Governor Walker has accomplished:

Walker’s collective bargaining reforms have added up to over $1 billion in documented savings for state and local governments in Wisconsin in the first year alone. That enabled the entire state deficit to be eliminated without yet another tax increase, and without layoffs of teachers and other government workers, except in three school districts that have continued to resist implementing the reforms. The reforms have also resulted in the smallest property tax increase in 15 years, and the first decline in local school tax assessments in 6 years. In short, Walker’s reforms are working. The right of collective bargaining for private sector workers is not at issue in Wisconsin, though President Obama and the Democrats want to confuse the public on precisely that question. Under current law, there are plenty of market and legal checks on private sector unions to keep them from abusing the public. The ultimate limit if they push too far is that their company will be driven out of business. Though that does happen sometimes, that is only when management fails to do its job in resisting excessive union demands. Otherwise, within current market and legal checks, private sector unions actually perform a helpful market function in ensuring that employers keep up with market wages and working conditions as expeditiously as possible. Not so for government unions, which are two words that together spell oppression. Federal, state or even local governments cannot be driven out of business. They gain their revenue forcibly through taxes. As a result, there is no market limit to how much such unions can pirate from the public. … Government employees work for democratically elected officials representing the will of the people, not greedy miscreants exploiting them for personal profit. This is another reason why there is no legitimate role for government unions, and there should be no collective bargaining rights for government bureaucrats. The democratically elected Congress or state legislature cannot sit down and bargain with government employee unions as equals. Government employees are subject to the democratically expressed will of the people like everyone else. They are not and should not be treated like aristocrats with special legal privileges, exempt from democratic governance. If government workers feel their pay and working conditions are inadequate or oppressive, they can join the democratic process to elect new representatives like everyone else. Private sector workers, by contrast, cannot elect new employers.

Such fundamental, unworkable problems with government unions used to be commonly understood, which is why even an ultimate liberal like Franklin Roosevelt would not recognize such unions. And that is why strikes by government workers have been commonly prohibited in American history as well. … These are the reasons that federal employees have no legally recognized collective bargaining rights at all. Governor Walker’s reforms would still provide for more collective bargaining for Wisconsin government workers than allowed those so badly oppressed federal workers, whose wages are set by an act of Congress rather than by collective bargaining. … The June 5 Walker recall vote in Wisconsin represents a critical turning point for the entire nation. If the public employee unions prevail in recalling Walker because he dared to challenge their legal privileges and political power, these unions will be entrenched nationwide as the new American aristocracy, which the common serfs are doomed to serve and pay. … Walker faces the might of the national public employee union machine, as well as the national Obama political machine, which sees the public employee unions as the core of its political base. If the American Dream is to remain available to working people, and not just bureaucrat aristocrats, then Scott Walker must survive the recall, and his reforms must remain intact. That means patriots across America must respond to this Paul Revere moment with maximum possible support for the Walker campaign, which can be found on the Internet. Or what was won at Lexington and Concord 237 years ago will be lost in Madison this year.

For Wisconsin voters: This is an important time to show up at the voting polls and decide whether you want unions to control government or We the People. That is the gist of this argument that escalated into a recall election that will cost taxpayer funding as well as their future prosperity. Those selfish government employees and their parasitic unions need to realize and be thankful they have jobs while those in the private sector are beating the streets and checking their newspapers for a chance to be employed. When one looks at the average wage of compared positions within those government jobs, you wonder what the devil they are complaining about. Mr. Ferrara is correct – a new aristocracy has shown its ugly head, and wasn’t that part of the reason why we rebelled against a government across the seas in the 18thcentury?
FDR, Democrat demagogue counterpart to Republican Ronald Reagan, supported unions, but knew full well that unions did not belong in government. Unions have slowly infiltrated its power into government thanks to naive or corrupt politicians.
Vote to keep Scott Walker as governor. He shouldn’t be recalled for doing what was expected, correcting the plunder of the state government of Wisconsin by the previous governor and his sociocrat buddies in the state legislature. Where was a cry for recall when Governor Jim Doyle raised taxes each time he started a term, after saying he wouldn’t, and in the first month of his second tenure, passed the highest tax increase in the history of Wisconsin – $1 billion. The state fees were raised 38% during a time when Wisconsinites, like other Americans, were trying to make ends meet with an economy pushing towards a national/global depression.
Vote on June 5thto retain Governor Scott Walker to continue his policy of reducing Big Government and the cost of keeping it.
Isn’t it time to fix that?
Letting unions and the government employee elite having their way will not change that reality. They say they are for the “little guy” but in reality they use the them for their own agenda.
The nation is watching what we do on June 5th– give in to the unions and selfish public employees or not; and it is significant in the sense that it will be a precedence of future elected officials who actually work at reducing government spending and making life better for We the People.
Wisconsin voters have the right to ask for a recall, assuming it is justified – it is a good process; however, those trying to recall Governor Walker are just the union’s and progressive’s “useful idiots”. It is the same reason why there is not enough Americans yelling about the income tax system – there are too many not paying their fair share of taxes, relying upon others to foot the bill. And the tax rate can be reduced, thereby improving economy, if those in government wouldn’t spend the people’s money like drunken sailors. Politicians know that by making Americans dependent upon their programs, they have control. Too many want to keep that control. This is, in effect, what is happening in Wisconsin and the recall movement.
Unions have outlived its usefulness, and indeed has become a parasite that is devouring individual freedom of choice as well as its parasitic operations that has led to economic ruin. There isn’t a week that goes by that some union official isn’t caught performing unlawful acts. It is and has been a corrupt mechanism that once aided workers into a working life of better conditions and who was originated by socialist and communist organizations and then taken over by elements of the crime syndicate who found a legal means to racketeer and plunder the American economy. In reality, public employees have wages and benefits that those in the private sector would be pleased to have, yet the public employees are always asking for more utilizing the union tactics of what is called collective bargaining. Indeed, the word “collective” versus “individual” is the key word that identifies its socialist/communist origins. It began as a means for the common folk to bargain with the aristocracy and today that bargaining chip has become the aristocracy that the original union concept fought against. A worker has no choice in matters of strikes or even belonging to the union itself through peer pressure and plain, ugly union thug tactics. This must stop in the private sector and unions should not be allowed in the government employee sector, with their wages and benefits directed by the Congress of the United States whose constitutional powers are granted in the Constitution of the United States. Just as the Federal Reserve System should be removed from its seat in power, so must go the unions that feed off taxpayer funding.
The horror to think that government employees must pay into their own health care programs! It is high time that they face reality with the rest of the population. Teachers are an important aspect of a civilized nation — important in its growth and education of youth that will be future leaders, inventors, et cetera; however, they are well compensated in earnings, the basic average of entry level being $40,000 for nine months of work, not twelve; as well as receiving benefits that other citizens would relish. It is because of unions that education (one reason) has been increasingly unaffordable; as well as not getting the quality education expected of that much funding paid by We the People
In another article, I am going to address the long-needed reformation of the American educational system, where reform means that the American people get what they pay for and what they put into the system and at the same time acknowledging the importance of productive teachers that are mentors, that create good students who make productive and educated citizens.
It is important to note: Governor Walker stood by principles of lowering cost of Wisconsin government WITHOUT raising taxes or lay-off of government employees. Those complaining are doing so because they now have to pay into their health care and retirement system like other people do in the private sector — all instigated by the powerful and corrupt unions. 
Unions have bankrupted industry in Wisconsin (and other states), ruined educational system across America, where the student isn’t the priority any longer, and corrupted the political system by funneling vast amount of funding to secure political control. 
Stand up and be counted — vote to keep Governor Walker on June 5th.

Milwaukee (4thPoorest City in America)Journal Sentinel complains about unemployment, created long before Walker took office: Wisconsin Missing Out on U.S. Jobs Gains (forgetting that it is easier to prevent a crisis than fixing it, which the latter takes longer.)
Vote against Big Government – choose Scott Walker on June 5th. (Did you know that CEOs of unions against Walker make twice (or more) as much as the Governor of Wisconsin is paid?)

Poll: Wisconsin Voters Now Oppose Walker Recall By 11-Point Margin

Wisconsin Recall is High-Stakes Bet for Unions (like the Obama takeover-bailout of GM and financial institutions)
The Right to Recall and, in Wisconsin, the Wrong (Viewing the progress of the recall petition – I and others believe the Left cheated, just as they do in elections.)
GOP Foolishly Ignores Recall Battle in Wisconsin (an example of how the GOP establishment is out of touch with reality – look at their poster boy to run against Obama in Election 2012 as an example). Did you ever notice that “liberal” progressives never protest peacefully? Look at the Tea Party rallies and compare.

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)
[Rest of cast listed at website– alphabetically]
Titanic Facts – History of the Titanic
Titanic Week – HISTORY
Grandson of Survivor Tells Story – YouTube
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.

Wisconsin Laws: Good and Bad

Today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed into law two important hunting initiatives.  Assembly Bill 311, sponsored by state Representative Jim Steineke (R-5), and Senate Bill 411, sponsored by state Senator Terry Moulton (R-23), passed by large bipartisan majorities in both houses of the state legislature and will help preserve Wisconsin’s hunting heritage. 

AB 311, the Hunting Heritage Act, will encourage the recruitment and retention of hunters and trappers through initiatives in the bill. For example, AB 311 will reduce hunting fees to hunt small game, deer, and wild turkeys. Also, AB 311 will reduce fees and offer prizes for experienced hunters and trappers who recruit novices to share in Wisconsin’s hunting heritage.

SB 411 will authorize the state Department of Natural Resources to establish a season for the regulated hunting of wolves in response to the long-overdue federal de-listing of this species from the endangered species list. This de-listing recognizes the successful recovery of the gray wolf population in the Western Great Lakes Region. Hunters have served as an essential tool for the management of wildlife throughout this country and SB 411 will create a framework for managing the state’s wolf population using this time-tested method. A scientifically-regulated hunting season will help to ensure balance between predator and prey populations. SB 411 will allow a fixed number of wolf tags to be filled in a given year with half to be chosen by a lottery system and half by “preference points” given to those applicants who applied for but who were not issued a wolf harvesting license in previous seasons.
Thank you, Governor Walker for signing these bills into law and to the state Senators and Representatives who voted for them. Also, thank you to our members who contacted their state legislators in support of this pro-hunting legislation. 
That’s the good law. Here is the bad law issue… 
Now, if only Governor Walker and state Senators and Representatives would rescind the unconstitutional law that violates private property rights – the smoking ban that does not allow smoking on premises of privately-owned establishments like restaurants, saloons, and motels/hotels. It was passed through state legislature and signed by former unconstitutional Governor Doyle. It needs to be rescinded.
Government should not have the power to tell private-owned business establishments that they cannot or their customers cannot use a legal product on the premises. It is the choice of the business owner – whether it be smoking or not smoking; or divided sections for each type of customer.
In order to reform the federal government, we must start at the lowest levels, working our way to the top from city council to Washington, DC – and return those rights unlawfully taken away. These laws are not for the benefit of the American people, but instead catering to special interest groups who think they can dictate other citizens as to how they should live their lives – always sticking their nose in other people’s business. They have the constitutional right. I have found that those who insist that a woman has a right to decide about her own body, in the case of the abortion issue; so then does a smoker have the right to govern his/her own body.
Individual freedom is what our nation is about, according to the Constitution – not special interest groups or the few telling other what or what they cannot do – unlawfully.
If smokers do not like the fact that a privately-owned business allows smoking – then go somewhere else. No one has the right to take rights from others in the name of their rights.
Today tobacco, tomorrow what you wear, what you drive, what you eat. Limited government means just that.
Are you listening, progressives and habitual nosy bodies?

Growing Bamboo on the Peninsula

Atlanta Zoo Panda

When I lived in Georgia, I grew the bamboo plant. The Atlanta Zoo had pandas to view for a short time, loaning them from China. Bamboo green shoots are the main food source for Panda in the wild.
Bamboo is grown all over the world, spread from Asia, where in China the bamboo plant was used for making papyrus-type parchment paper and the shoots were cut and sharpened to make pens dipped in ink for writing – as long ago as 7,000 years. Bamboo is used for many things – furniture, flutes, and garden stakes – and even home building.

Bamboo is a perennial evergreen plant whose biologic family is Poaceae, the true grass species. Its subfamily name of Bambusoideae comes from the word describing the plant given ages ago. No other plant grows as quickly as the bamboo, in some species, it has been recorded to grow 39 inches in a 24-hour period. If you plant bamboo in the spring, by June they will be full grown.
Bamboo is not only used as building material, in South Asia, South East Asia, and East Asia, but it is also an important food source for the young green shoots are eaten as vegetables – often used in oriental salads and other vegetable dishes.

Peninsula News – March 3rd 2012

Legal Wolf Hunting by License, Idaho
The Hunting Heritage Act (Assembly Bill 311) that was sponsored by Wisconsin State Representative Jim Steineke (R-5) passed with unanimous vote. The bill encourages the recruitment and retention of hunters and trappers in a series of creative initiatives written in the bill. On Tuesday, March 6th, the bill will be presented to the state senate for vote. The bill includes: sporting programs to recruit hunters and trappers, restrictions on expenditures under the Warren Knowles-Gaylor NelsonStewardship Program, reduced fees for certain first-time hunting and trapping approvals, high school credit under and administration of the hunter and trapper education programs, waiving fishing license requirements for weekend ice fishing events, and sturgeon spearing license age requirements.
In addition, the Senate State Natural Resources Committee also voted to support Senate Bill 411 by a 5 to 2 vote. The bill is sponsored by state Senator Terry Moulton (R-23) and authorizes the Department of Natural Resources to establish a season for the hunting of wolves in response to the long-overdue federal de-listing of the species from the Endangered Species List. The de-listing recognizes successful recovery of the gray wolf population in the Western Great Lakes Region where hunters have served as a form of management of wildlife throughout the United States and this legislation creates a framework for managing Wisconsin’s wolf population. A scientifically regulated hunting season will help to ensure balance between predator and prey populations. SB 411 goes to the Senate floor for vote along with AB 311 mentioned above. This legislation alert is posted at the State Legislation website

Bayshore Drive, Birmingham Country Store, KAL photo
Last night Door County Peninsula received 5.8 inches of heavy snow – the most during the winter season because of a record mild winter. This should make snowmobile owners happy, but the ice fishing has been not good because of the thinness of the ice on Lake Michigan. Despite warnings to ice fisherman about venturing out on the ice on all-terrain vehicles – people with no common sense have been venturing out onto the ice and last Saturday, seven Illinois resident fishermen decided to go out on the ice to fish at Little Sturgeon. The ice they were on broke free and the ended up stranded all Saturday night and then rescued by Door Peninsula rescue team made up of fire department and US Coast Guard personnel, called locally “BUG”. The ice fishermen were uninjured and while they were being rescued, a US Coast Guard helicopter made a sweep to ensure there were no more fools out on the ice. Ice fishing is a popular winter event here on the Peninsula and in other Great Lake states; but the mild winter has prohibited safe ice fishing. Two of the seven rescued actually wanted to stay with their all-terrain vehicles on trailers that was taken out on the ice with a vehicle were hoping to save their equipment. The rescue team was able to remove most of the equipment out on the ice except for one four-wheeler. The ice floe was seen drifting away by US Coast Guard personnel. Door County authorities have billed the seven morons for cost of firefighters and rescue efforts for the amount of $840. It is the second occurrence this winter when authorities have warned that ice fishing is not safe this winter. Some have ventured out on the ice pulling a sled with equipment and fishing in the open instead of an ice shanty or tent with no incidents. The person owning the vehicle stranded on the ice was also charged an undisclosed amount, billed to their insurance company. You can bet that person’s insurance rates will go up.
Local Maple Orchard, KAL photo
The groundhog has predicted we will have six more weeks of winter, but except for the snow this week, winter has not been as bad as usual. The Peninsula has received 27.8 inches by December of 2011 compared to last year getting 47.2 inches of snow – this year the snow didn’t linger long with above-normal temperatures melting it off. The average winter snowfall for Door Peninsula is 40.9 inches. However, farmers and gardeners are worried about the lack of ground cover of snow that protects plants like winter wheat and raspberries. If a snap freeze comes with little snow cover, those and other plants could be damaged. With last night’s 5+ inches of snowfall and drifting snow from winds, those worries have vanished if a cold snap arrives as sometimes does after a winter storm. Warmer temps could cause raspberries to come out of dormancy prematurely, and if a cold snap hits could damage the Peninsula raspberry crop. 
Country View Farm, KAL photo
The unusual weather, according to the Door County Advocate also has the potential to change the flavor of the local maple syrup – a big thing here and one of the attractions of tourists who purchase fresh maple syrup from places like Jorns’ Sugar Bush in Egg Harbor. Trees are tapped for syrup around the first week of March. If the weather conditions at nighttime are not at or near freezing and the days are warmer than 35 degrees the maple syrup taste won’t be at its best. However, Jorns tapped a tree in his yard (they also have an orchard full) to test the sap, cooked it down and found the flavor to be good. So all looks well for those wanting to stock up in maple syrup for next year.

Wisconsin: Historical Recall

Every now and then one sees the bumper sticker and something in the news about the efforts to recall Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, an historical event in the history of state governments; yet the people did NOTHING about Governor Jim Doyle who lied to the citizens of Wisconsin concerning taxation, increasing taxes, and supporting the protection of illegal immigrants in a state with high unemployment rates. The power behind the recall are the Wisconsin unions and government workers, specifically teachers, who have revolted against a governor who has been trying to fix the state of Wisconsin’s huge deficit, a legacy of Jim Doyle.
According to Kathleen Falk, a Democrat running against Scott Walker for governor and behind the drive to recall him, Governor Walker has “divided us instead of united us”. And the usual progressive phrase:
He gave tax breaks for a few and then made the biggest cuts to education in our state’s history.

In other words, Scott Walker cut what Jim Doyle poured into billions of dollars into with no improvement upon education standards of schools. First month of reelection: $1 billion tax increase – despite in campaign stating he would NOT raise taxes.

Doyle Enjoyed Giving Taxpayer Dollars Away
The biggest beef about it comes from government administrative workers, mostly teachers, who have enjoyed receiving retirement benefits for free instead of paying into the system like the rest of America. Most retirement systems work where a percentage of your paycheck goes into your retirement fund and your employer matches it – a benefit that most don’t include in the configuring of their hourly wage or salaries. In other words, those government employees think they are above all other citizens just because they work for the government as well as belonging to a unionized job.
Most of the accusations are false like: Rep.Jennifer Shilling, La Crosse who stated that Walker’s property tax freeze would cost schools $1.6 billion in revenue, when in fact it cost half that amount. Or, Senate Minority Leader Mark Millerfalsely stated that Walker …
…enacted the most drastic cuts to K-12 public schools of any state in the nation.
The information was taken from a list of 24 states, not the entire 50 state records of “drastic” tax cuts. In one sentence the opposition against Walker say he has been selective in tax cuts and in another he has taken too much. Yet said nothing about Governor Jim Doylewhen he enacted in his last term $1 billion tax increase, mostly by raising state fees by 38% – which meant a transaction to get a title transfer jumped from $45 to $75 for certain vehicles and gasoline taxes increased as well. With a state in a high unemployment rate, Doyle and his cronies sponsored programs to protect the illegal immigrant which means that people who did not go through the legal process were working in Wisconsin while citizens were unemployed and losing their homes.
Not even a whisper of recall was mentioned against Doyle despite constant ethics problems.
Isn’t it time to start waking up? Isn’t it time for Wisconsin voters to make the Democrats live up to their own “standards” that is expected of anyone NOT a Democrat? Isn’t that true nationwide?
Question of the Decade
Another major complaint against Governor Walker was limiting collective bargaining, something that has to do with unions. I say the same thing to state unions as those at the federal level – UNIONS HAVE NO BUSINESS WITH GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. It is a PRIVATE entity controlling a portion of the government. It should be illegal. It is definitely immoral.
Wisconsin voters complained about state deficits and high taxes – so they turn on Walker for doing what he said he would do – fix it. I guess they thought they could still continue their out-of-control spending that got the state of Wisconsin (and other states, as well as federal) into such a financial mess with unemployment at an all-time high.
Unemployed have time on their hands
Governor Doyle’s idea of tax cuts in the education sector was limiting or removing curriculum. Walker’s cut was larger in scope and focused upon the union salary government employees who were getting free retirement benefits (not paying into their own retirement funds). These same people pay union dues to an organization that helps inflationary costs of government. This, by no means, degrades the teachers and is some kind of statement against what a teacher makes. My only stipulation there is they should get paid according to the requirements they must meet in terms of the cost of education and the level of their qualifications – as well as on-the-job performance. I am a supporter of a good education program and those important aspects of it, the teachers, getting decent salaries. However, when one looks, at say $40,000 a year job, and considers that only 9 months constitute their “annual salary” – they are doing well, when including the benefits attached to that salary. And this issue is not just about teachers, it is just that the biggest complaints come from this sector of government employees instigated by the unions by providing false or misleading information about the whole mess.
What is happening here is that government employees have put themselves above the other taxpayers and expect to get a free ride or better wages and benefits than the rest of citizens here in Wisconsin, and elsewhere, that don’t get such benefits (too many don’t even get healthcare benefits through employers). These are the parents of the children they are supposed to be teaching. And just what are they teaching and at what level of teaching is given for the vast amounts of funding poured into the education system? It is no wonder that citizens feel that schools are no longer about teaching students, only improving the lifestyle of those running it and those supposed to be providing a system that prepares our children to become future members of society.
In regards to the university cuts, Doyle and Walker amount is identical – $250 million in budgeting between 2003 and 2005. But from 2003 to 2011, the Doyle cut was larger than Walker’s.
Did anyone hear about talk of a recall against Governor Doyle?
The matter rides upon the fact as to where tax cuts occurred and that is the gist of what this fussing is all about.
If Walker’s cuts are deeper than previously, it is because spending has been out-of-control under other administrations that has resulted in a serious deficit.
Doyle’s career was riddled with scandal with people withing his administration being charged and found guilty of various offenses, and Doyle’s involvement with the Wisconsin casinos has never been resolved. No one mentions or seems to care that lawsuitswere part of Doyle’s career legacy.
And, Kathleen Falk, the major person behind this recall nonsense? She raised property taxes by “millions of dollars” and “approved the second highest increase in the state in 2010”.
She, and others state that jobs are being lost since Walker became governor – FALSE. He is fixing something broken by others, as he said he would do. Falk, like others like her, will not tell you that she supports protection of illegal immigrants and at the same time complain that unemployment is too high. One of the realities of illegal immigration problems is that they are taking away jobs while citizens are unemployed. They continue to tell us that those illegal immigrants take job other Americans don’t want – it is because they are only looking at the agricultural and menial jobs and not construction workers, for example.
Our nation has immigration laws based partly upon that reasoning – allowing only so many legal immigrants in the United States to match jobs available. It is a common sense law that hasn’t been enforced for decades – and those in government wonder what went wrong or point fingers in the wrong direction. Out state’s woes are no different than other states of the Union.
So, this means that we have one million morons – people who allow themselves to be duped and continue to be brainwashed by those who want power over the People. If one can believe that Democrats can count – they seem to have trouble in that department in election cycles. These are people who do not use the common sense factor as well as letting unions and others manipulate them – and forget so easily what occurred when Doyle was in charge. Maybe they didn’t care because they were getting what other citizens don’t have in the private sector and now they are fussing. It makes sense when one looks at the Big Picture of society and realize how selfish Americans have become. Everyone for themselves, looking for means of self satisfaction at any cost to others. Thinking that they are “entitled” to something that others must work for or provide on their own without the aid of programs that others must pay.
Wisconsin citizens have finally joined the rest of the nation in being allowed to exercise their rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.
Scott Walkerknew he was taking on Jim Doyle‘s legacy and has been working at making it better.
Unions have caused all of this trouble – like unions were behind the big bailouts of big business – taxpayers paying to get business out of financial troubles while Americans are jobless and some are homeless because of it. Fuel costs have skyrocketed and remained high for too long and now everything has gone up – food, clothing and even utilities – but not our earnings.
Wisconsin is not alone in this economic problem; but they have to start showing common sense when it comes to choosing political sides or political candidates – and quit catering to those entities that are the root of our problems.
Those rooting for recall claim that Walker has “divided” Wisconsin, when in fact it is they and their unions that have.
Wake up to reality and quit being selfish. The free ride is over.
Wisconsin is making history all right, one million state residents are useful idiots.
Better living through government unions.

Peninsula News: Maritime Tower and Yachts Sold

The Door County Advocate announced the proposal of the Door County Maritime Museum to build an observation tower near the old city bridge and close to the historical 19th century Granary building. Below is an edited image to show what it will look like along the Sturgeon Bay Canal. The Old Granary is on the left of it and stands 83 feet tall, while the proposed tower will be 110 feet tall. Approval by city planners for its height and city council seems to have been going smoothly.
Although it will be an observation tower, with an observation room shaped like a lighthouse lighting room at the top, it blends in with the other actual lighthouses on the Door Peninsula. At the foot there is a building that will add more room for the Maritime Museum’s lobby, gallery, exhibits, and meetings. It will be the first of its kind on the Great Lakes. The following photo was provided by the Door County Maritime Museumand published by the Door County Advocate.
Proposed Observation Tower Image Depiction, Maritime Museum photo

The design is reminiscent of the Pharos Lighthouse that was one of the ancient Wonders of the World, destroyed by an earthquake, a comparative artist rendition below shows the similarity.

Pharos – Lighthouse of Alexandria
In another story, at least 100 jobs will return to Sturgeon Bay with the recent sale of the largest yacht ever built in Door County.
It is a 215-foot yacht called Project Stimulus that is already under construction in Sturgeon Bay at Palmer Johnson famous for their innovative aluminum yachts that are world-classwhich have large fuel tanks for long world cruises. Despite being constructed with aluminum, they are still customized with teak wood and luxurious interior and furnishings; as well as all the conveniences of home. Some customers live on their yachts. The top speed of the sport yacht is 30 knots. Moran Yacht and Ship has also announced the sale of a longer PJ-215 making it two yachts sold within 60 days. The yacht has twin engines and six cabins with room for 12 guests, including the captain. 

Palmer Johnson Sport Yacht, Green Bay Gazette

 Since the economic troubles at the end of 2008, yacht building has diminished. Project Stimulus is one of four yachts that are in various stages of construction at the Palmer Johnson shipyard on First Street, Sturgeon Bay.

The full story is at the Door County Advocatewebsite


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Short History of Door County Peninsula

The area now called Door County has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years and ancient village artifacts discovered at Nicolet Bay Beach has been dated c. 400 BC; occupied by various tribes up to AD 1300.
The Door County peninsula is actually an island, connected only by bridges at State Highway 42/57 and two bridges in downtown Sturgeon Bay that cross the canal built in the late 19th century – the newest being the state highway bridge and the eastern bridge in Sturgeon Bay. The original bridge in Sturgeon Bay is the historical one, around when train tracks were laid and used in Door County, which has since disappeared. There are not train tracks or trains anywhere in Door County; although the old train depot is still in Sturgeon Bay by the shipyard and for sale.
Sturgeon Bay is the county seat and the most populated township in the county and is divided by the canal as aforementioned. 

The five Door County islands are part of a chain of islands on Lake Michigan that is called Grand Traverse Islands, formerly called Pottawatomie Islands, named after a local tribe that once was the people who originally lived here. The entire region once belonged to the Northwest Territory mapped during the Lewis & Clarkperiod of exploration and cartographic ventures during the early period of our nation’s growth. That large territory was divided into four states, Michigan getting all of it except Washington, Plum, Detroit, Pilot, and Rock islands.
For a short period in geological history, the large island now separated by land by the Sturgeon Bay Canal, was connected to the mainland by silt that filled that area. It was dredged out in the late 1800s, which made the peninsula an island once again. It is the largest island in the region and didn’t have a name like the aforementioned islands, even after Wisconsin became a state in 1849. Later all five islands and the large island became Door County. The county name was named for the waterway passage between Washington Island and the Peninsula’s northern tip – Death’s Door – so named because of the treacherous waters that have claimed many sunken ships and vessels as long as the lake was traversed by maritime traffic.
There are many islands off Lake Michigan, part of a chain of great lakes in North America between and extending into the border of Canada; but only a few have ever been inhabited or have buildings on an island.
Death’s Door” was named by the French who were the first to explore and live here as trappers and traders, whose name origin was either by the Pottawatomie or the French, it is not known for sure. First time the name shows in recorded documents was in the year 1817. Today ferry boats carry passengers, vehicles, and heavy equipment back and forth across Death’s Door daily.
The first lighthouse on the Great Lakes was built on Rock Island in 1836 and its first lighthouse keeper was David Corbin. The island portion of the “peninsula” is called Northern Doorand the mainland after crossing the canal is called Southern Door.
Door County Towns & Villages
  1. Township of Washington (1870) – Washington Island is the only populated island other than Northern Door before you cross the Highway 42/57 bridge to the mainland. After French explorers had arrived and the trappers and traders, the first settlers to become permanently established were those who arrived from Iceland and make up a large part of the largest Icelandic descendents of North America. The first mailman on Washington Island, Henry Miner, had to walk across ice to get to Green Bay in order to get the mail in the winter and spent 6 days one way in order to perform his task. When the ice was thick enough he could use a horse and sled, sometimes carrying a passenger.
  2. Sturgeon Bay (1851) – Early residents called the township Otumba, the tribal name of the Winnebago. Later it was renamed after the huge fish found in the local lake waters that reached a length of 9 feet in those days. The first settler was a hermit by the name of Peter Rowley who moved farther north when other settlers arrived. Increase and Mary Claflin settled north to where the Peninsula State Park is located today, shortly after arriving in the region.
  3. Egg Harbor (1855) – This town’s name is from a myth concerning an egg-tossing fight between schooner crews after a race that determined who would land at the harbor first. Another tale is that it was named by an early pioneer who found a nest of bird eggs along the shore in the 1830s. The township is divided into the Village of Egg Harbor and the township township area and was settled by Jacob and Levi Thorp. Carlsville got its name from the first four men who settled there and all had the first name of Carl.
  4. Gibraltor Township (1853) – It includes Ephraim (1853), settled by Norwegians who came to build a Morovian community. They built the first school and church north of Sturgeon Bay. The settlement founder is attributed to Andreas Iverson, a Morovian minister who derived the Ephraim name from the Old Testament which translates to “doubly fruitful”. Norwegian Ole Larson settled on Eagle Island, now known as Horseshoe Island, just off the shore a few years prior to Ephraim’s founding. Fish Creek was settled by Asa Thorp as a dock and lumber business for passing schooners and became an active fishing village. Chamber Island – There were settlers there for a short time, homes built from the oak trees on the island, and a few houses and religious retreat are all that remain on this island, viewed from the shores of Peninsula Park.
  5. Brussells Township (1858) – Settled by Belgians who arrived in 1853. This township included the Town of Brussels, Namur (named for Belgian province), Union (1865); Gardner in 1864 – named after Freeland Gardner, the first Door County shipbuilder who employed the local Belgians; Rosier, Carnet and Colberg. The French-Walloon dialect is still spoken in Belgium descendent communities.
  6. Maplewood Township (1858) – Settled by Germans, British, and Canadians. Maplewood and Forestville are in this township.
  7. Claybanks (1860) – Named for the high banks along Lake Michigan shoreline, where brick factories operated for many years.
  8. Liberty Grove Township (1859) – Jasper Morefield, upset with the leadership of Ephraim, decided to found his own township, so he applied for the township north of Ephraim. This township includes Sister Bay (1912) where Andrew and August Seaquist moved to from Ephraim in 1865 and built a sawmill on the shore; it is named for the two ‘sister’ islands off shore. Ellison Bay (1863) was named for a Danish immigrant, Johan Ellison, who bought one mile of shoreline and advertised in Europe and Scandinavia to attract settlers to the area. Gills Rock (1860) – named for Elias Gill and for generations was primarily a fishing village and still an active commercial fishing community.
  9. Nasawaupee (1860) – Settlers of this area wanted a post office, so a Green Bay postmaster chose the name of a Mnemonic chief, whose name means “dawn” or literal translation of “time just before sunrise”.
  10. Sevastopol Township (1869) – Originally named Laurieville, the name was changed to Sebastopol; however someone recorded the spelling incorrectly to how it remain spelled today. Valmy and Institute are part of this township – Institute named for an early religious institute that existed there in the 1800s.
  11. Baileys Harbor (1861) – Named for a sea captain who weathered a bad storm on Lake Michigan, and survived, in 1853. Baileys Harbor was once part of Gibraltor Township until it was rezoned in 1861. Lumber was its main business until the area forest was leveled. In that part of American history, the practice of cutting and planting afterward was not practiced or known. Today there are many trees and tourists enjoy visits to Cana Island Lighthouse that was built near the town in 1869.
  12. Jacksonport (1869) — Andrew Jackson from Madison, Wisconsin, settled in the area to establish a logging business that was not successful. Although a small area west of town is called West Jacksonport, it is not recorded as a village and unincorporated.
  13. Garrett Bay, Juddville, Newport, and North Bay — These settlements were begun, but abandoned at a later date. Today it is a residential area for large lots and multi-acreage homesteads.
The primary native tribe that lived in what is now Door County was the Pottawatomie, for which one of the peninsula’s parks is named. The federal government relocated the local natives under the Indian Removal Actof 1830.
While a large-scale immigration of Belgian Walloons occurred in the 19thcentury, the census of 2000 shows there are 39% German descendents living in Door County and only 10.3% Belgian descendents.
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, a Civilian Conservation Camp was established at Peninsula State Park. In the summer of 1945, Fish Creek was the site of a German POW Camp, under the control and authority of Fort Sherman, Illinois. The prisoners were put to work in construction projects, logging, and cherry picking in Peninsula State Park and the local area.
Eagle Bluff Lighthouse was constructed in Peninsula State Park in 1868 by the order of President Andrew Johnson at a cost of $12,000. It was restored by the Door County Historical Society in 1964, and has been open to the public ever since.
Door County’s economy depends heavily upon tourism, as well as its orchards, farms, and limited manufacturing. The fishing industry is still productive, both commercial and recreational, with several fishing charter businesses in operation. The tourist season, for the most part, is between Memorial Day and Labor Day. However, there are also winter activities that attract winter tourists for those businesses that close for the season.
The population in Door County during the summer tourist season has reached as high as 250,000.
Door County has 12 lighthouses, most being built in the 19thcentury, and are listed in the National Register of Historical Places
A popular attraction for tourists is the fish boils that are offered by several restaurants throughout the county. Potatoes, onions and whitefish are cooked in a large cast-iron kettle over a wood fire. The fish and vegetables are served with melted butter and follows with the traditional cherry pie. Cherry orchards are a big business in Door County, as well as the opportunity for people to pick their own cherries.
For those with small aircraft, Door County has two airfields – one in Sturgeon Bay and the other at the Ephraim-Fish Creek Airport.
The history of Door County is as interesting as its scenery is beautiful.