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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.

  • Local Restaurants to Participate in Red Cross’s Dine for Disaster

    Three local restaurants will participate in the Red Cross’s Dine for Disaster event on May 17. The participating restaurants are the Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, the White Gull Inn of Fish Creek and Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato of Ephraim.

  • Article posted Tuesday, May 8, 2012 2:04pm

    It’s the end of “Be Kind to Animals Week” for 2012, but the goal carries throughout the other 51 weeks of the year. All animals deserve humane consideration – there is no gray area; it’s truly black and white.

  • The Early Days: Door County Postal Service

    While the Constitution gave Congress the authority to establish post offices and post roads, it would not be until 1854 that the first post office was established in Door County. Thirty-three years after a post office opened in Green Bay, one opened on Washington Island – the most remote locale along the rugged, unsettled wilderness […]

  • The Roots of the Peninsula’s Postal Service

    Today the U.S. Postal Service is an independent branch of the federal government, and its performance is under chronic scrutiny by Congress and users. Critics, however, often seem oblivious to the postal service’s contribution to the American way of life. In colonial times, people communicating in writing depended on friends, merchants, and even Native Americans […]

  • Len Villano, Rachel Haas

    Rachel Haas: The Cookie Lady

    When you hear that the name of a business is Cookie Lady, human nature undoubtedly leads you to picture a matron in an apron – possibly even your mother or grandmother. So it will probably come as a surprise to learn that Sister Bay’s “cookie lady” is actually Rachel Haas, a normally soft-spoken, petite, young […]

  • Celebrating 10 Years of Door County Living

    Ten years go by in a blink. One minute I’m in a basement, at midnight, working with my cohorts to pull together what will be the first issue of Door County Living. Next thing I know, it’s 10 years later, and we’re putting our 39th issue to bed – although, now, above ground and in […]

  • Bill Brophy, Hal Grutzmacher

    A Look at the Life of Harold (Hal) Grutzmacher

    An influential member of the Door County community, the late Harold (Hal) Grutzmacher was an avid reader, writer, poet, columnist, critic, editor, and owner of Passtimes Books in Sister Bay who influenced a number of writers and inspired the name for Peninsula Pulse’s annual literary contest:  Hal Grutzmacher’s Writers’ Expose. Born in Chicago in 1930, […]

  • Len Villano, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

    Revamping Eagle Bluff Lighthouse

    It was a spectacular lighthouse when it was completed in 1868 at a cost of $12,000 – Milwaukee cream city brick construction, a unique design (a square tower, set at an angle) that distinguished it from others of its kind, and a prime Door County location on the water. Over the next 58 years, it […]

  • Len Villano, Haberli family

    A Life on the Farm: The Haberli Family

    Joseph Haberli doesn’t recall a time when he wanted to do anything but farm. “I just always did,” he says. “I told my dad when I was a kid, ‘you either sell me your farm or I’m gonna go someplace else and buy one.’” There was no moment of inspiration, no time when he fell […]

  • Kurt Thomas: The DCA’s Jack of all Trades

    Since my earliest days at Gibraltar I remember Kurt Thomas in the sound booth, building sets, and lending a hand to anyone that needed it on and off the stage. I recently caught up with Kurt, now the Door Community Auditorium’s Technical Director, to talk to him about what it is that’s kept him loving […]

  • Len Villano, Hans Christian

    Hans Christian: A Life Inside the Music

    Hans Christian’s eyes project a combination of intelligence, patience, and kindness. He ushers me into his studio early on a Sunday morning, and it feels like a sacred space. He is leaving the next morning for an extensive tour, but no worries – everything is packed and ready to go. “I don’t like to feel […]

  • Hank Eckert

    Hank Eckert: Sister Bay’s One-time Postmaster

    Watching my grandfather Hank Eckert’s weathered hands sift through relics of mail, he smiles and says, “You have a big job ahead of you!” He has had a big job – as a soldier in World War II and the former postmaster of Sister Bay – and quite a happy life. Henry George Eckert, born […]

  • Olde Stone Quarry Park Re-named for George Pinney

    The Door County Board of Supervisors renamed Olde Stone Quarry County Park as George K. Pinney County Park, in honor of longtime Parks Director George Pinney.

  • One in a Million

    It was over spring break last year, that my daughter and I were combing the beach looking for shells, starfish and sand dollars. We found literally hundreds of beautiful, “I can’t possibly throw these back” kind of shells on our first day out.

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 25, 2012 1:44pm

    More entertaining than the Comedy Central channel – these two characters are 30 pounds of black and white high definition fun! Three-year-old Kurtz is 17 pounds, while his four to six-year-old pal, Duran, is 13 pounds.

  • United Way of Door County Announces New Board Members and Officers

    United Way of Door County held its Annual Meeting and Community Celebration on April 18. New business conducted at the meeting included the election of new board members and officers for the upcoming year.

  • TAP Launches Kickstarter Campaign

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) recently launched a campaign to raise funds through Kickstarter, an online fundraising site. They set a goal of $15,000 to help fund their newly expanded summer programming of theatre, music, and theatre classes; and to help fund the opening of the new intimate Studio Theatre.

  • Side Pork Fest Moves to City

    The second annual Side Pork Festival will take place on June 2 at Martin Park. The event will feature the Hog Wild 5k (a kids run, 15k, and 15k relay), live music, a motorcycle ride, skateboard demonstrations, arts and craft fair, a kids’ zone, and plenty of side pork.

  • Scandia Village Launches Capital Campaign

    The Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village is embarking on a capital campaign called “Partners in Compassion.” The campaign includes additions to the campus and remodeling existing spaces.

  • Sister Bay Scanning Historic Photos

    Northern Door residents have another month to take part in Stage I of a groundbreaking historic research project currently underway by the Sister Bay Historical Society.