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.

  • More Boating Safety Seminars Upcoming

    “Mastering the Rules of the Road,” a free two-hour boating seminar, was presented by the Door County Sail & Power Squadron at SkipperBud’s Quarterdeck Marina in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, February 26.

  • Volunteer Voices

    When Tonya Felhofer moved to Door County, the first thing she did was track down the local United Way office. Tonya, who was working as an event coordinator for the American Cancer Society, loved the idea of working with an organization that touched the lives of so many.

  • Unexpected Memories Found In Probate Files

    When I met with Judy Schneider a couple weeks ago, she was serving her last days as the Door County Register in Probate. After 22 years in the position, she was retiring due to health issues, and I went

  • Tavern League Contributes to Family Centers

    Delores Brown, treasurer of the Door County Tavern League, presented a check of $200 for the Children’s Christmas Stores to Connie Hale, the president of the board of directors of the Family Centers of Door County.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Two Nasewaupee strays are highlighted this week; both have lots of love to give a new family. Griffin was the last cat to enter the shelter in 2010. He’s a 10-pound, neutered male, about 2 – 4 years old.

  • The Abuse of Power

    Power can be defined as (1) one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority; (2) possession of controlling influence. The existence of power is not necessarily negative or unhealthy. We have power over ourselves and sometimes power over others.

  • Door-Tran Fills the Need for Affordable Transportation Options

    While it may seem, given the number of nonprofit public service organizations on the Door Peninsula, that every need is filled, the fact is that public needs are constantly being redefined. Door-Tran, whose mission statement identifies itself as  “a creative community network dedicated to connecting people to transportation services that are affordable, available, and accessible,” […]

  • Sunshine House

    40 Years of Work, Care and Lots of Friends: Sunshine House

    Nestled in the heart of Sturgeon Bay’s West Side Industrial Park is a unique organization that provides jobs, training, and care to Door County adults with disabilities. This year, Sunshine House Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary, as it continues its mission as a “diverse community service organization whose purpose is to achieve full participation […]

  • Carrie Counihan

    A Love of Animals, a Love of People: Carrie Counihan

    Carrie Counihan’s office is fairly typical:  a large desk with a few stacks of paper, a framed photo of her and her husband, Dave, a couple of blue cushioned chairs, and…cats. There are cats just lazing about. A grey one lies asleep on a file cabinet, a tan one stretches on a carpeted structure, and […]

  • Education and Preservation Meet

    Besides providing sanctuary for many rare species for the past 74 years, The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has provided countless educational and research opportunities to visitors and residents. “Everyone sees the land protection efforts,” says Executive Director Steve Leonard, “but the hidden treasure has been how The Ridges has impacted so many people over […]

  • Changing the World, One Student at a Time

    Every year, over 8,000 students broaden their worldview and establish lifelong friendships through Rotary Youth Exchange. The extensive network providing support to the program includes over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary International has been coordinating exchanges since 1929 with a unified objective:  to promote world peace and understanding, one student […]

  • Suzi Hass

    Door Shakespeare

    The summer of 2011 marks Door Shakespeare’s 14th season of offering classic theater to audiences in the garden at Björklunden. Just as Shakespeare’s troupe brought drama to life on a stage under the open sky, so does Door Shakespeare under a canopy of stars and trees, with an apron of lawn and wings of shrubbery. […]

  • Pete Saloutos/CORBIS

    Profit through Patience

    The Door County Triathlon didn’t produce a dime for the Door County YMCA or Door County Parks System in 2005, its first year. The event was staged at Frank Murphy County Park and used other county park system facilities. The YMCA provided support, promotion, and dozens of volunteers. But after all was said and done, […]

  • The Economic Impact of Charity in Door County

    “Charity is more important to Door County than to any other community in Wisconsin.” We’ve been saying that for several years now at the Door County Community Foundation. It’s the fundamental belief that shapes our work and influences our every activity. The Community Foundation set forth a mission “to inspire people to give back to […]

  • Matt Normann

    Volunteers Honored at Golden Heart Awards

    According to, an online charity forum, the value of a volunteer in Wisconsin is estimated to be $17.79 per hour. If you multiply that by the number of hours a volunteer “volunteers,” you begin to get an idea of the economic impact a volunteer has upon the agency he or she serves. Once a […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Miriam Erickson Named Philanthropist of the Year

    For Miriam Erickson of Egg Harbor, a difference made is far more important than a title earned. Ironically, that selflessness earned her one more title in 2010 – Philanthropist of the Year. “The award for Philanthropist of the Year is given to somebody who’s more than simply a donor,” said Bret Bicoy, President and CEO […]

  • Bonnie Paruch

    Cover Painting Auctioned for Charity

    The third annual Philanthropy Issue of Door County Living is devoted to the spirit of giving, a thread that runs strong through the fabric of the Door County community. It is in this spirit that Bonnie Paruch, the artist behind our cover image, has generously offered this work for auction to benefit a local cause. […]

  • Scandia Donates Homemade SOUP!

    Mary Kay Endrizzi and Elaine Kalms, among several other residents at Scandia Village, recently made a delicious batch of “dishwater soup” for the Peninsula School of Arts SOUP! fundraiser to benefit Feed My People and the school.

  • Volunteer Voices

    We all know good people doing good things for our community – incredible things actually – those constantly giving their time and energy to causes they believe in.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Two frolicking bichon/poodle mix male dogs named Jennings and Woodson are bringing grins to the entire DCHS staff. They are each 1-2 years old, playful and clever, with low-shed coats.