Peninsula Pulse April 16-23, 2021

In this issue

  • Hunter Malvitz Selected for Leadership Seminar

    Southern Door student Hunter Malvitz has been chosen to attend the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar in May. Each Wisconsin school may nominate one sophomore student who exhibits positive leadership qualities in the school and community or shows strong leadership potential.

  • Framed

    Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht stands in the rain while helping people receive their COVID-19 vaccinations. Photo by Micky Swanson.

  • Bits & Bites

    Village Café Comes Home Village Café will be open again at its usual location, 7778 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, on Monday, May 3. The staff has been hard at work updating the exterior areas with new porch seating, a new handicap entrance and a new backyard seating area and pergola, which will be completed […]

  • Beercation: Quick Trip to Madison to Try Some New Brews Proves Fruitful

    Because the busy summer season is right around the corner, I decided this was the best time for a quick getaway. I chose Madison for its driveable location, smaller city size and great beer life.  I didn’t hit nearly all the places on my list, but I do have some new – and reaffirmed – favorite […]

  • Egg Harbor Clean-Up Day Coming May 15

    Gather your friends and family members to join the Egg Harbor Green Tier Task Force for a community clean-up day on May 15. Sign up for a time slot – and learn more details – at Then Lydia Semo, the village’s sustainability coordinator, will follow up with more information about the area you’ve chosen to […]

  • Southern Door Students Join Legislative Days Team

    Six Southern Door students – Alejandro Gonzales, Natalee Jandrin, Hunter Malvitz, Greta Gutschow, Kaylee Griep and Lane Aleson – answered the call from the Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days’ delegation team when it sought youth to join the team.  The event was a great way for area students to get involved with some of the decision-making that goes […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Clean Water, Thriving Agriculture Are Achievable

    As we all celebrate Earth Day, I am honored to be president of Peninsula Pride Farms, a farmer-led watershed conservation group in Kewaunee and southern Door counties that began in 2016. Our nonprofit group has grown to 43 livestock and crop farmers who represent 63,038 acres and 67,276 dairy animals and beef cattle. As a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Leaf-Blower Rage!

    As much as I recognize that showing manhood based on the size of a person’s leaf blower is important for some, does any leaf-blowing enthusiast recognize the impact that these tools have on others? The idea that a machine that sounds like a passing train should be allowed to operate to remove leaves from a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Did André Jacque Hear during His Listening Session?

    Twelve members of Indivisible Door County were among the more than 30 Door County residents who participated in Sen. André Jacque’s listening session at the Town of Brussels Community Center on April 12.  The well-informed participants, many of whom were obviously distressed with recent anti-democracy actions being taken by the Republican Party, raised concerns about […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Encourage Congress to Address Climate Change Legislation

    President Joe Biden’s proposal to upgrade our nation’s infrastructure, the American Jobs Plan, has a strong climate focus. The proposal aims to make our infrastructure more resilient to climate impacts, and it includes initiatives to reduce emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The president’s plan would provide not only funding […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Proactive Measures on All ‘Isms’ Support Social Unity

    As an applied social psychologist specializing in intergroup relations and social justice, I’ve read the recent letters regarding the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Resolution [passed last month by the Door County Board of Supervisors] with great interest, and it seems that there have been a variety of opinions and concerns expressed. Due to our […]

  • Server of the Week: James Larsen

    Husby’s Food & Spirits, 10641 N. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay Over at Husby’s, great service comes from the top –James Larsen’s frying lawyers, mixing drinks nonstop. For great dollar tacos, he’s the one to do it right,But tops on his list is hot sports action tonight. When you need a helping hand, he’ll […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run Registration Open

    The 12th Crossroads Trail Run will return June 17-19 in a hybrid format. Runners and walkers can choose a 2K, 5K or 10K distance and participate virtually or on-site in a noncompetitive, staggered start at 8 am on June 19 near the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. All trail routes will […]

  • Crossroads Trail Run Registration Open

    The 12th Crossroads Trail Run will return June 17-19 in a hybrid format. Runners and walkers can choose a 2K, 5K or 10K distance and participate virtually or on-site in a noncompetitive, staggered start at 8 am on June 19 near the Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. All trail routes will […]

  • Doc Heide to Perform First Concert as Solo Singer

    As the final installment in its virtual winter season, Northern Sky Theater will present a virtual concert by songwriter and singer Doc Heide on April 17, 7 pm. The show will premiere live and then be available on demand through May 31. Frederick “Doc” Heide is well known as a Northern Sky Theater co-founder, performer, […]

  • Birch Creek Ticket Sales Begin For 2021 Season

    The Birch Creek Music Performance Center is selling tickets for its 2021 summer concerts, all of which will take place outside, in front of the Dutton Concert Barn, with audience members seated on sturdy wooden benches and socially distanced around the stage and Kane Gazebo. Attendees may also take their own lawn chair. Opening night […]

  • Shawn Galligan’s Stage Management Stays Fluid

    Every theater production is a machine with dozens of moving parts. To stage-manage is to ensure that those parts are moving efficiently, and more importantly, that they’re all working together smoothly. It’s easy to think of a stage manager as a taskmaster who rigidly organizes every last detail of a show, then works to make […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘The One Who Is Needed’

    Poetry by Sharon Auberle …you may be the one who is needed, the one who is there. Desmond Tutu maybe I am the one  who is needed now this autumn morning in our merciless year of 2020    for I am the one who is here placing tall sunflowers  in a vase by the window sharing […]

  • Door County Writes: ‘Memories of Home’

    story by Michael Brecke Yesterday, I received word that contractors had bulldozed my family home. The 125-year-old building had succumbed to age and the settling ground was now no more. I thought about that place that I had called home for over 65 years, home not in the sense of a dwelling place but a […]

  • Jennifer Davis’ Ever-Changing Art Journey

    Door County has been good to Jennifer Davis, a highly regarded Baileys Harbor painter. It’s a supportive art community, but she said her grandmother Franne Dickinson also has a lot to do with it.  “She opened a lot of doors that would have been too intimidating when I was in my 20s,” Davis said. When […]

  • Memorial Day Services Will Move to Skyway Drive-in Theatre

    Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 of Sister Bay will host this year’s Memorial Day program at the Skyway Drive-in Theatre to maintain the safety of attendees during the pandemic. Attendees can stay in their cars and listen to the program on their car radio, or take a chair to sit outside. The program honors […]

  • Write On Hosts Author Jane Hamilton for Writing Workshop

    Write On, Door County announces that applications are now being accepted for a week-long, fiction masterclass with novelist Jane Hamilton. The master class, which will be held in person Aug. 23-27, 9 am – 12 pm, will focus on setting, structure, character, point of view and more.  Enrollment is limited to 10 people. Hamilton will […]

  • 2018 ‘Door County Plat Book’ Available at a Discount

    The 2018 edition of the Door County Plat Book is now available at a reduced price of $14 at the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD) office. The 110 page, spiral-bound 2018 Door County Plat Book includes the land ownership maps by township and range, a landowner index for easy cross referencing, road […]

  • New Door County Poet Laureate, Mike Orlock, Signs Books on April 17

    Door County Poet Laureate Mike Orlock is the featured author at Novel Bay Booksellers to celebrate National Poetry Month. Orlock will sign or personalize copies of his books on April 17, 1-3 pm, at Novel Bay, 44 N. 3rd Ave., Sturgeon Bay. If time permits, Orlock will read his favorite poems. Orlock is an award-winning […]

  • ‘Ephraim Stories’ Available For Purchase

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation has received more than a dozen mint-condition copies of Ephraim Stories by Paul and Frances Burton. The book, originally published in 1999, includes vignettes “from the good old days in one of Wisconsin’s resort villages.” To purchase a book ($16.95 each), call 920.854.9688 or order online at

  • Coming Up at Write On: Author Readings, Poetry Conference and more

    April 20, 7 pmDeath Washes Ashore Reading Join author Patricia Skalka for a reading and conversation about her latest novel, the sixth in the Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series. Free. April 23-25Writing On The Door: Virtual Poetry Conference Registration is now open for the 2021 Writing On The Door Poetry Conference, featuring Mauricio Kilwein […]

  • Visit Reclaimed & Co.’s New Sturgeon Bay Location

    Reclaimed & Co. Jewelry ( is opening its new downtown Sturgeon Bay location, 24 N. 3rd Ave., on April 24 with a soft opening soiree, 10 am – 5 pm. The first 20 customers to make a purchase will receive a gift bag. Masks, sanitizing and social distancing will be required.

  • Celebrating Local Librarians

    April 16 is National Librarian Day. Let’s give a big shout-out and thank-you to the branch managers of the Door County Library system’s eight branches – and their hardworking teams – for their continued service to our community.

  • Door County Libraries Keep It Creative

    Door County Library saw a surge in use as librarians at the eight local branches found creative ways to meet patrons’ needs during a COVID-19-challenged year.

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Cod

    Meet Cod (, a two-year-old white-and-brown tabby who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus, 3475 Park Dr. in Sturgeon Bay. She’s a timid gal who will need plenty of time to decompress before feeling comfortable in her new home, but she gains confidence in the company of other calm […]

  • Town of Gardner and Southern Door Schools Host Electronic Recycling, June 5

    The Town of Gardner and Southern Door Schools will host an electronics-recycling event June 5, 9 am – 1 pm, rain or shine. It’s open to all Door County residents and will benefit the Southern Door Elementary STEAM program.  Most items can be recycled for free, but some larger items have fees: $10 for monitors, $15 […]

  • Help Advocate for Wisconsin’s Aging Population with the Aging Advocacy Network

    Are you interested in issues affecting older adults? Join members of the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN) and others to help educate state legislators about priority issues that affect Wisconsin’s aging population. This year’s focus issues are Aging and Disability Resource Center reinvestment, family caregiver support, infrastructure expansion and lowering health care costs.  No experience […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities Sends Survey to Customers

    Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) is conducting a residential survey to gather insights about satisfaction with the utility. Dieringer Research Group of Brookfield, Wisconsin, will mail a letter on utility letterhead to randomly selected customers that will include a website link to the survey.  The survey – which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete online – seeks […]

  • Door County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life to Hold ‘Caravan for Life’, April 25

    The Door County Chapter of Wisconsin Right to Life will hold a Caravan for Life on April 25. Meet at the Corpus Christi parking lot on Maple Street in Sturgeon Bay at 1:15 pm. Signs will be available to attach to cars with magnets or string. The caravan will drive through Sturgeon Bay and finish […]

  • Harborettes Mend Clothes, April 24

    The Harborettes Home Community Education Club will host a Day of Mending on April 24, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 Cty V.  Take clothing or linens that need mending, and the Harborettes will sew on buttons, repair seams or patch items. (Sorry, no zipper repairs.) CDC guidelines and mask wearing […]

  • The Clearing Announces 2021 Classes

    Registration is now open for The Clearing Folk School’s diverse array of one- and two-day classes, which will run July 13 – Nov. 5. Explore classes in the arts, fine crafts, natural sciences and humanities. Beth Coleman will present a Self-Care Women’s Retreat with Susan Gould and offer Mindfulness: Growing a Lifelong Practice. Identify Door County […]

  • Vote for Baileys Harbor in Best of Travel Awards, Small Towns

    Baileys Harbor has been nominated for TravelAwaits’ Best of Travel Awards in the Best U.S. Small Town category. It’s also eligible in the Friendliest Small Town, Most Hallmark Movie-esque Small Town, Most Pet-Friendly Small Town, Best Place to Retire and Most Accessible Small Town categories. Individuals may vote once per day per category through May 2. […]

  • First-grader’s Project Gives Back

    Southern Door first-grader Cambria Londo turned a research project about elephants into an opportunity to give back. While studying for the project, she learned that elephants were being poached for their tusks, losing their habitat and have historically been mistreated as circus animals. She wanted to know what she could do to help, which led her […]

  • Nelson’s Property on the Ballot for Baileys Harbor Residents

    Baileys Harbor residents will cast a vote April 20 on whether the town should purchase the former Nelson’s hardware property for $1.95 million.

  • Brussels Will Get Update on Dollar General April 20

    Door County’s southernmost town will start its annual town meeting at 6:30 pm on April 20. Immediately following that meeting, the Town Board of Supervisors will conduct its regular monthly meeting, and the proposed Dollar General store is on that agenda as an update. “The update will just be an update to the board about […]

  • Highway Construction Will Begin April 19

    Door County – It’s that time of year when county and state road work begins. Thad Ash, Door County highway commissioner, listed the projects that will be undertaken beginning April 19:  • County A from County V to County E: Starting April 19, existing asphalt will be removed, and the road will be regraded and repaved. […]

  • Wild Ones: Hold Off on Spring Cleaning

    Finally the day has come – that day when it truly feels like spring. You are so very ready to get outside to prepare your pollinator garden. You’ve planted native trees, shrubs and perennials. You’ve dutifully adopted “messy gardening.” And you’ve offered food and cover for winter birds and overwintering pollinators. Now you’re itching to […]

  • Obituary: Emily Ann (Murphy) Baker

    January 29, 1958 – April 6, 2021 Emily Ann Baker, 63, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, WI died suddenly on April 6, 2021 at her home in Milwaukee, WI. She was born in Green Bay, WI to Larry M. Murphy and Martha (Beach) Murphy. She graduated salutatorian from The Judson School in Paradise Valley, Arizona in […]

  • Hike This: A Feeling of Nostalgia on the Sugarbush Trail

    A logging site during the 1800s, then used for maple sugaring until the 1980s, this one-mile hike is tucked away at the dead end north of the entrance to Newport State Park. It starts in a sparse portion of the woods, then takes hikers deep into a denser hardwood forest. Although nature has reclaimed any […]

  • Every Day Is Earth Day Festival Includes Big Creek Watershed Day

    In collaboration with the 2021 Every Day Is Earth Day Festival, Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, will host Big Creek Watershed Day on April 25, 1-3 pm, when learners of all ages can learn about watersheds through demonstrations, wetland tours, a “Hide and Go Seep” discovery hunt and other […]

  • Brain Health the Topic of Next ‘Midday with Marggie and Dave’

    Join Dr. Dave Ferguson and life doula Marggie Hatala for Midday with Marggie and Dave: a free, monthly, online community webinar sponsored by Ikor Life Care Management. The second-quarter lineup includes “Brain Health” on April 20, 11 am – 12 pm, when the co-hosts will talk to Dr. Dan Koster of the Brain Center of Greater […]

  • Obituary: Helen Adeline Luedtke

    May 18, 1922 ~ April 5, 2021 Helen Adeline Luedtke, 98, of Sister Bay, died Monday night, April 5, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village. She was born May 18, 1922 in Union Grove, the daughter of  Henry and Adeline (Pfeiffer) Kujellis. Helen attended Washington Park High School in Racine and graduated with […]

  • Obituary: Cynthia Kinney

    July 4, 1941 ~ March 28, 2021 Cynthia Kinney died on March 28, 2021 at Scandia Village – Good Samaritan Society in Sister Bay, WI. All of us who knew her miss her dearly and are trying to find comfort in the knowledge that her suffering is at an end.  She battled Ataxia Cerebellum as […]

  • Obituary: Norbert W. Lenius

    November 19, 1933 ~ April 10, 2021 Norbert W. Lenius, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin died on Saturday April 10, 2021 after reaching the age of 87 years old.  He died peacefully within his home with his wife Pat, children DeeDee and Phil, and son-in-law Todd Brauer by his side. Norb was born on Nov. 19, […]

  • Obituary: Ronald W. Zettel

    February 3, 1937 ~ April 8, 2021 Ronald W. Zettel, 84 years of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday April 8, 2021 at Algoma Long Term Care. He was born February 3, 1937 in Milwaukee, the son of the Donald and Evelyn (Bauernfeind) Zettel. With a historical Door County family legacy, Ron’s grandfather Joseph Zettel settled just […]

  • Obituary: Delores LaCrosse

    July 31, 1934 ~ April 7, 2021 Delores Mae LaCrosse 86, of Sevastopol, died on April 7, 2021, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. She was born July, 31,1934, in Sugarbush to Mike and Laura (DeGrand) Mertens. On April 7, 1951, she married Mervin J. LaCrosse in Sugarbush, he preceded her in death on June […]

  • Obituary: Victoria “Vicky” A. (Charnetski) Daubner

    August 6, 1957 ~ April 7, 2021 Vicky A. Daubner, 63 years, of New Franken, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 6, 1957 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Kenneth and Beatrice (Hugenroth) Charnetski. Vicky graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1975. On May 22, […]