Peninsula Pulse April 10-17, 2020

In this issue

  • Framed: Barb Grutzmacher

    Barb Grutzmacher has been busy sewing masks for family, friends and hospital workers. Submitted. 

  • Manners Matter: Neighbors Arriving

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m totally freaked out and annoyed. My neighbors have a second home here and have arrived already. They should have stayed in Florida. If I had their phone number, I would call them and give them a piece of my mind. Having more people here is putting us all at risk. Signed, […]

  • Server of the Week: Erin Helgeson at Quantum PC

    When the whole world’s working and learning remote,  We all need a little help to keep things afloat.  As the senior executive VP, Erin’s been taking many calls,  And she can stop you from throwing your computer against the wall! Erin’s always ready to help when all you feel is confusion,  She’ll cheerfully help you […]

  • Deer Council Wants Holiday Hunt, Extended ‘Bow,’ 5 Free Tags

    Kewaunee County wants extra hunts, four permits The Door County Deer Advisory Council (CDAC) set preliminary 2020 hunting-season recommendations during an April 6 teleconference meeting. After much debate – and a failed vote on reducing the number of antlerless tags awarded to three per license type – council members voted 5-2 for five free tags […]

  • Questions & Authors: Ed Bok Lee

    “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”  Ed Bok Lee – the 2020 Hal Prize poetry judge, an award-winning poet and Metropolitan State University professor – uses this quote by Novalis to explain why he started to write poetry. When I think about this quote, it also explains why people read poetry, especially in times like these […]

  • Red Oak Winery to Open Location in Carlsville

    Michael Schwantes (left in the photo) of Creative Business Services/CBS Global in Green Bay has facilitated the sale of 5781 Hwy 42 in Carlsville, owned by John and Verna Kreutz, to become the new home of Red Oak Winery.  The winery began in 2004 as a family-owned operation in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Eventually it grew […]

  • Kewaunee County Defers Small Business Loan Fund Payments

    Kewaunee County is giving small businesses that have borrowed from the Revolving Loan Fund – now known as the Business Development Loan Fund – a break on making payments during the COVID-19 crisis. All principal and interest payments are being deferred for April and May, according to a March 30 emergency order signed by Robert […]

  • New ‘Wisconsin Biographies’ Episode Features Gaylord Nelson

    PBS Wisconsin Education will release a new Wisconsin Biographies story, Gaylord  Nelson: A Vision for the Earth, for free online access starting April 14 at Wisconsin Biographies is a collection of free, educational, online media resources that shares the stories of notable Wisconsinites and enriches grade-school social-studies and literacy curricula.  “Inspired by the cultural […]

  • Door to Nature: Enjoying Nature While Staying Home

    During these days of cautious social distancing, we’re mostly working from home. Some people still must go out to work in essential businesses, but many of us are staying in our residences. A new friend, Deb Ford, helped me learn how to use an online birding site called eBird ( a great way to share […]

  • When the Show Can’t Go On: High School Stages Go Dark

    Sometimes the show simply can’t go on.  Much has been made of the cancellation of the high school sports season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But often lost within these conversations is the similar fate of many fine-arts and academic programs. Much like a baseball player might train during the winter for the spring season, […]

  • An Economy in Limbo

    With each day that passes, Door County business owners get more nervous about the upcoming summer season.  At Kitty O’Reilly’s in Sturgeon Bay, business is down 75 percent, said Buster Crook, who owns the establishment with his wife, Amy. “We have cut down to tighter staff, but we are staying open with takeout and curbside […]

  • Reps in the News: April 10-17

    Senator Tammy Baldwin With the coronavirus pandemic threatening Wisconsin’s agriculture economy, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin led seven bipartisan members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation in calling on U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to take immediate action on behalf of Wisconsin dairy farmers and dairy-processing businesses. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, Wisconsin dairy […]

  • State News: April 10-17

    Marquette Poll Finds Support for Closing Businesses, Schools Wisconsin voters overwhelmingly supported closing schools and businesses to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll. And their support for Gov. Tony Evers has never been higher. Marquette’s latest survey – its first since the COVID-19 pandemic officially […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Effects of the ‘New Normal’

    Got up this morning and got thinking about the “new normal” we all have. As a senior citizen, I have more free time on my hands. Is there anyone out there who is not hearing our president end his press conferences with “God bless America”?  When was the last time we saw a photo of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

    As a resident of Illinois who owns a home in Door County, I find the county board’s coronavirus advisory to be misguided, a bit parochial and decidedly un-American.  I understand the board members’ concern about reducing the spread of the coronavirus. I share their concern. My wife and I are over 70, and my son […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Cash Payments Give Americans Crucial Economic Support

    COVID-19 is a public-health crisis, and it has rippled into an economic crisis, too. The stock market has been volatile; businesses are closing; and millions are staying home to limit the spread of the virus. In our community, we’ve seen our tourist economy halted, including lodging facilities, restaurants and retailers. Gov. Evers ordered “Safer at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: My Heart Is Also in Door County

    I appreciate the lovely letter by Nancy Barkman of Mundelein, Illinois, and Ephraim. She expressed all of it perfectly. Thank you to the Pulse for keeping all of us connected, no matter where we currently reside. Thank you also for all of the news reporting that you do and the good that it leads to […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: April 10-17

    News from this week’s past All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Advocate April 11, 1912 Dr. E. L. Thorp has his hennery on Strawberry island in running order and expects plenty of eggs […]

  • For Tourism, Fingers Crossed

    A June return would spare worst economic impact Statewide orders to stay at home are causing concern for many in Door County’s tourism industry who rely on thousands of people leaving their homes to visit the county. But when it comes to the tourism economy, Door County may be positioned to avoid the most severe […]

  • Going Garbage Recommends Breaking Down Cardboard Boxes

    Going Garbage & Recycling has observed a significant increase in packaging materials and cardboard boxes in the recycling stream due to the spike in shipments to homes.  In many cases, the cardboard boxes are not broken down to a size that allows them to fall freely from the carts when they’re dumped, so you may […]

  • TAP Suspends Two Additional Shows

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay is suspending two 2020-season productions – Driving Miss Daisy and Anyone Can Whistle – in addition to the previously postponed A Life in the Theatre and the previously suspended Tiny Beautiful Things. Bob Boles, TAP’s co-artistic director, has reached out to every artist who’s ever shared his or her talents […]

  • Tickets on Sale for Two Lighthouse Festivals

    Tickets for the 2020 Door County Spring (June 12-14) and Fall (Oct. 3-4) Lighthouse Festivals are now on sale. They include land-based, boat, adventure and now air tours with options to reach all 11 of the county’s treasured lighthouses. Many of the tour excursions are unique to the Lighthouse Festivals and provide access to several […]

  • The Garden Door Is Closed Temporarily

    Because of COVID-19, the University of Wisconsin Peninsular Agricultural Research Station has closed its grounds to visitors, which has resulted in a temporary closure of The Garden Door, a public garden located on the research station’s grounds. “Although open year-round, visits to The Garden Door do not begin in earnest each year until the bulbs […]

  • Crossroads a ‘Refuge of Sanity’

    The Door County community has been using Crossroads at Big Creek as a “refuge of sanity” to get in touch with nature, exercise or just unwind. The buildings and restrooms are closed for now, but visitors are welcome to visit the preserves’ trails, located just east of the Highway 42/57 roundabout. Please maintain social distancing […]

  • Mike McCarty Returns to Door County after Middle East Deployment

    On April 1, Navy Command Master Chief Mike McCarty returned after a third deployment to the Middle East. His wife, Paula McCarty; and Cal, one of their two sons, picked him up at the Green Bay airport. Keeping social distancing in mind, a group of friends and family had planned a surprise welcome home: His […]

  • Door County Community Foundation Distributes Funds from Emergency Response Fund

    To provide a coordinated philanthropic response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) and the United Way of Door County have activated the Door County Emergency Response Fund.  To be fully transparent, the DCCF will provide regular updates about the total raised and a complete accounting of how every dollar contributed […]

  • Census Presses for Response

    April 1 is officially Census Day. In March, Census 2020 invitations were sent to all household addresses (except P.O. boxes) with an individualized Census ID and a request to respond online at or by calling 1.844.330.2020 to complete the form.  The County Complete Count Committee and the League of Women Voters of Door County […]

  • USPS Offers Tips to Mail, Ship from Home

    Did you know that you don’t have to go to the post office to use many of its products and services?  Visit the store to buy stamps in different denominations, and USPS will deliver them to your home. You can also ask your local post office or carrier to supply you with a Stamps […]

  • Northern Door Loaves & Fishes Meals Canceled for the Moment

    Due to social-gathering restrictions, the April 28 Northern Door Loaves & Fishes meal has been canceled. The volunteers hope to be able to provide the May 26 meal in some fashion. Visit the Loaves & Fishes Northern Door County Facebook page to read updates.

  • Southern Door Graduate Completes Basic Training in South Carolina

    Alex Quigley, a 2019 graduate of Southern Door, completed 12 weeks of basic training Feb. 20 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Private First-Class Quigley is now in advanced individual training for his military occupational specialty as a UH-60 helicopter repairer. Quigley is dedicated to defending our country and loves what he’s doing. Because he completed his […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Holds Sunday Services on Facebook Live

    Although Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor has canceled all in-person worship services for the time being, they are still being held on Facebook Live every Sunday starting at 9:55 am. All are welcome to watch at Previous services will be archived on the video page as well. To find out more, call 920.839.2224.

  • Door County Box: New Box Service Featuring Local Favorites

    Door County Box is offering the presale of its first product. The Classic Door County Box features various local products, and 10 percent of each purchase goes to the Door County Emergency Response Fund. Boxes will ship in May. The Classic Door County Box features products from Country Ovens, DC Chocolate Design, Death’s Door Studio […]

  • Pet Tip: Cat Scratching

    In response to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus has temporarily suspended adoption services, and all adoptable animals have been moved to the Green Bay and Milwaukee campuses. To learn about WHS’s response to COVID-19, visit Until adoption services resume, WHS will provide tips to help pets stay healthy and happy.  […]

  • Write On’s Daily Offerings

    Write On, Door County encourages everyone to be inspired and create through its writing experiences on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and website. The organization’s new Virtual Inspiration page will link you to daily writing prompts, inspirational videos, interactive workshops, book recommendations and online readings. During April – National Poetry Month – the online readings are […]

  • Wisconsin Historical Society Seeks Journaling Participants

    The Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) has long been a leader in documenting history as it happens, dating back to the Civil War, when founding director Lyman Draper asked soldiers stationed at Camp Randall to record their daily lives in journals. You can help write a new chapter in history, chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on […]

  • Door County Library Offers Digital, Virtual Services

    In this time of social distancing, libraries are offering a new, virtual way to apply for and renew library cards and to access digital library services without leaving home. “InfoSoup digital services are open to you even while [libraries] are closed,” said Evan Bend, library services manager with the Outagamie Waupaca Library System. Those who […]

  • Publishing Industry News: April 10, 2020

    • During this time of self-isolation, Dolly Parton is now reading bedtime stories and posting them online on Thursdays at 7 pm (ET), 6 pm (CT). Goodnight with Dolly will feature Parton reading a series of Imagination Library books that she will stream on the Imagination Library’s official social channels during the next 10 weeks. The […]

  • Virtual Concerts Keep Creativity Flowing

    A Q&A with Musicians Genevieve Heyward and Katie Dahl Although essential workers are still out in their respective fields, much of the workforce has transitioned to working remotely. Restaurant workers, photographers, artists, writers, retail workers and musicians are also finding creative ways to produce some income with the help of their loyal fans. Like famous […]

  • Obituary: Betty J. Pies

    June 22, 1930 – April 3, 2020 Betty J. Pies, 89, of Algoma died April 3, 2020. She was born in Sawyer – now Sturgeon Bay – to Christopher H. and Anna C. (Robertson) Trodahl.  She attended Silverdale Grade School and Sturgeon Bay High School. Betty married Judge S. Dean Pies on April 26, 1952, at the Shiloh Moravian […]

  • Obituary: Betty Ann Heard

    May 28, 1931 – March 28, 2020 It is with saddened hearts we share that our mother, Betty Ann Heard, 88, died March 28, 2020. She went peacefully in her sleep as she hoped would happen. Our mom lived for the past year in an apartment at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Everyone there took such wonderful […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Bridge Closures This Week

    Routine inspections and annual spring maintenance taking place The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) announces annual spring maintenance on the Bayview Bridge and Maple/Oregon Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay the week of April 6. April 7 & 8 There will be a full closure of Bayview Bridge in Sturgeon Bay from 8 am – 3 pm […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth “Ken” Kezo

    Sept. 30, 1946 – April 3, 2020 Kenneth Harold Kezo, 73, of Sturgeon Bay died suddenly at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Harold and Esther (Johnson) Kezo. Ken enlisted in the U.S. Marines as a teenager. He later served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He earned several honorable mentions […]

  • Door County Meals Cooperative Fights Food Insecurity during COVID-19 Crisis

    On April 1 at 2:55 pm, 20 cars sat idling at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA, their occupants waiting to receive meals from the Door County Meals Cooperative. More trickled in by the minute.  At 3 pm, masked and gloved volunteers began handing out free meals through the passenger-side windows of each vehicle. Adam Peronto, exercise […]

  • Obituary: Fred (Ferdinand) Thomas Rosati

    June 23, 1917 – March 30, 2020 It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Fred (Ferdinand) Thomas Rosati, 102, in Cave Creek, Arizona. He is survived by his loving family, wife Theresa Rosati (Cortina); children, Regina Rosati, Stephanie Haack, Rick Rosati, Michael Rosati (Kay Rosati), Annamarie Bensfield (Joseph Bensfield), William Rosati (Joanne […]

  • Obituary: Mildred McCormick Malzahn

    June 5, 1936 – March 31, 2020 Mildred McCormick Malzahn, 83, was born to Francis P. and Mildred Aeschbach McCormick in Hoboken, New Jersey. She attended Cornell University, except for her junior year, which was spent at the University of Paris. Mildred graduated from Cornell University in 1957 with distinction in all subjects, honors in French literature […]