Category: Community

Door County community news from the Peninsula Pulse. Find information about health programs, fundraisers, announcements, and more to keep you in the loop in your community.

  • Obituary: Douglas James Roatch

    November 1, 1977 ~ October 10, 2021 Douglas James Roatch, 43, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Bellin Memorial Hospital. He was born November 1, 1977 in Sturgeon Bay, son of Michael James and Rosalie Ann (Martinson) Roatch. Doug attended Sturgeon Bay High School and graduated with […]

  • Thanksgiving-Day Gobble Wobble in Ellison Bay

    Make Northern Door part of your Thanksgiving this year with the first annual Ellison Bay Gobble Wobble, set for Thursday, Nov. 25, 9-11 am. This event features a 2.5-mile fun run/walk that starts and ends at Fitzgerald Park, 1594 Old School Road. Participants are then invited to the Mink River Basin for a post-run party, […]

  • Petting Zoo, Trick-or-Treating at DENN Oct. 23

    Animals from the Wilson’s Wish Rescue Farm – a miniature pony, a sheep and a pair of goats – will be at DENN for a free, all-ages petting zoo Oct. 23, 10 am – 12 pm. A fundraiser was held last month to raise money for Lily the goat’s new prosthetic legs. She will be at DENN, […]

  • Obituary: Carlos Rincones

    March 13, 1956 ~ October 11, 2021 Carlos Rincones, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Oct. 11, 2021.  He was born March 13, 1956 in Texas to Alberto Sr. and Guadalupe Rincones.  On Feb. 14, 1989, he married Natalie Ann McCormick. Carlos and Natalie settled in Door County making it their home in 1985.  He […]

  • Obituary: Leland M. “Pete” Uecker Jr

    September 26, 1966~October 9, 2021 Leland M. “Pete” Uecker Jr., 55, Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Sheboygan Falls after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born September 26, 1966 in Algoma to Leland M. and Carol (Sorenson) Uecker Sr.  Pete graduated from the Southern Door High School in 1985.  He worked […]

  • Obituary: Franne Dickinson, neé Harrison

    June 22nd, 1927 Franne Dickinson, neé Harrison, was born on June 22nd, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Lois (Estes) and Robert Harrison. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brothers Donald Harrison and Robert Harrison (Jean), and her dear husband, Duane Dickinson. She is survived by her beloved children, Jeff (Kathy) Dickinson, […]

  • The Great Williamsonville Fire

    Thomas and Fred Williamson, brothers who immigrated to the Green Bay tornado park signarea from Canada in the late 1860’s, settled in Williamsonville. Also known as Williamson’s Mill, the settlement grew around the steam powered shingle mill built next to the Ahnapee River in 1870. In 1871, it would not have been uncommon to see […]

  • Williamsonville Fire

    The Tragedy of Williamsonville

    Before the Department of Transportation expanded Highway 42/57 to four lanes and rerouted it around Brussels, nearly everyone entering or leaving Door County passed a little patch of land along the highway called Tornado Park. If you never stopped to read the plaques, you might have concluded, understandably, that the spot marked the site of […]

  • Firestorm at Peshtigo

    Learn More about the Fires of Oct. 8, 1871

    Firestorm at Peshtigo: A Town, Its People, and the Deadliest Fire in American History Authors Denise Gess and William Lutz re-create the personal and political battles that led to the disaster in a riveting account created from extensive research of the fire.  From the Peninsula Pulse Archives Learn more about how the fires of Oct. […]

  • Peshtigo Fire

    The Great Fire of 1871

    Northeast Wisconsin remembers the tragedy 150 years later The Peshtigo Fire was the deadliest fire in U.S. history, claiming an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 lives while destroying millions of acres of land across northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula.  Fires that began Oct. 8, 1871, devastated the landscape on both sides of the bay of […]

  • Maritime Speaker Series is Underway

    The 2021-22 Door County Medical Center’s Maritime Speaker Series is offering monthly programs on topics from history to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economies that rely on them.  Upcoming programs – all starting at 7 pm at the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – will be “Gales of […]

  • DENN

    Door County Year-Rounders’ Happy Hour at DENN

    Are you a Door County resident who would like to meet some new people? A social group has formed as a way for locals to connect with other residents.  After an active local discussion on Facebook, Rebecca Cavanaugh said, “There were a lot of new people wondering how to meet people, and since I was […]

  • Griffon Visits Boys & Girls Club

    The Griffon String Quartet, Midsummer’s Music’s resident quartet, recently visited children at the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. The quartet performed and then hosted an “instrument petting zoo” to give the students a hands-on experience with string instruments.

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Squid

    Squid ( is a handsome, two-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He’s quite a shy guy and would appreciate a home where he can come out of his shell on his own terms.  Like all cats at WHS, Squid is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, plus you […]

  • Hackbarth Honored During First Operation HerStory Flight

    Honor Flight Chicago and other leading veterans groups have launched Operation HerStory (, an initiative dedicated to highlighting the vital contributions of women veterans. The group’s inaugural effort was an Oct. 6 all-female, all-expenses-paid specialty flight to Washington, D.C., for women veterans to visit the national war memorials built in their honor. Diana Hackbarth, a […]

  • Benedict Creates Peace Pole for UU Fellowship

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) held a Peace Pole dedication in its garden Sept. 12 when it added the internationally recognized monument for peace and symbol of hope for the entire human family.  The UUFDC’s Social Justice Committee worked with sculptor and donor Roger Benedict to create and install the pole, whose […]

  • Shiloh Church Reaches 125-Year Milestone

    The Shiloh Church Lot and Cemetery Association will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Shiloh Church building in the Town of Sturgeon Bay on Oct. 11, but no in-person events are scheduled because of the pandemic. The current red-brick building was constructed after a cyclone blew down the original wood-frame church – […]

  • $12,000 Raised for Local Charities

    The Old Bolts Car Club ( hosted its 15th annual Harvest Festival Car Show on Sept. 18, when more than 225 classic cars, trucks and specialty vehicles were on display.  An opening ceremony included playing the national anthem, the Sturgeon Bay Coast Guard color guard displaying the colors, and a large American flag being suspended […]

  • Miss Door County Organization Seeks Contestants, Sponsors

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Organization is seeking the next titleholders to serve the peninsula, earn college scholarships and represent Door County in the Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Competition in June 2022. Women ages 18-26 may compete for the title of Miss Door County 2022, and ages 13-18 may compete for the title of Miss Door […]

  • Free Foot-Care Clinic Nov. 16

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) nursing students will host a free foot-care clinic Nov. 16, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay. The 30-minute routine (non-diabetic) appointments will include a foot soak, nail trim and lotion massage. To schedule an appointment, call […]