Peninsula Pulse April 22-29, 2022

In this issue

  • OtherWorlds Hosts Book Signing

    OtherWorlds Books & More is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry-book signing April 23, 10 am – 2 pm.  One featured poet will be Mike Orlock, who was appointed Door County’s poet laureate in 2021. He’s a former high school teacher and coach who retired to Sturgeon Bay. Among his honors are the Wisconsin Writers’ […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Urban Trails in Rural Places

    Building stronger community connections one step at a time There are more than 40,000 miles of multi-use trails in the United States. That number falls short of connecting every, or even most, neighborhoods within our country, but it’s a solid start – and an important one. That figure comes from the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a Washington, […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: The Dirty Side of Transportation

    Greenhouse gases trap heat and make the planet warmer. Human activities are responsible for almost all of the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere during the past 150 years, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  The largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions from human activities in the U.S. is from burning fossil fuels […]

  • U.S. Navy Secretary Visits Fincantieri Marinette Marine

    Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro met with shipbuilders and toured the recently revamped shipyard, where Fincantieri Marinette Marine builds ships for the U.S. Navy. Part of that work – constructing large portions of the hull, then barging them across Lake Michigan to Marinette – is also carried out at the Sturgeon Bay campus.  At the […]

  • Door County Medical Center Recognized for Covid-19 Response

    Sturgeon Bay Mayor David Ward (left) presents Door County Medical Center CEO Brian Stephens with a proclamation Tuesday evening that recognized the hospital’s service to the community and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “This is a great honor for our staff,” Stephens said as he accepted the plaque. “There’s been a lot more angst in […]

  • Construction Season Underway

    Ephraim, Nasewaupee and Sturgeon Bay The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) completed a shoreline-stabilization project in Ephraim last week on Highway 42 from the shoreline at the Ephraim Creek crossing near Brookside Lane to approximately 400 feet west (south). The $225,418 project involved stabilization of the bay of Green Bay shoreline adjacent to Highway 42 […]


    The Gibraltar Players will present The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on April 29 and 30, 8 pm, and May 1, 2 pm, at Door Community Auditorium (DCA), 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek. Spelling Bee is an interactive musical comedy that chronicles the experiences of six adolescent overachievers vying for the spelling championship […]

  • Tales of Our Lives Returns to the Stage April 28-29

    What is it about a good story that causes us to lean in a little closer, to let our minds weave ourselves into the narrative we are being told?  It turns out, it’s science.  Storytelling has a way of making connections – literally and scientifically. Studies have shown that when two people engage in storytelling, […]

  • New Hires at Door County Community Foundation

    The Door County Community Foundation has promoted Julie Haen to the newly created position of senior business officer after six years of valuable service. She will lead the two-person team of Jean Gothberg and Heidi Copiskey, who oversee the foundation’s financial transactions. Gothberg joined in March 2022 as the business officer. She was born, raised […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Solving Transportation Needs, One Community at a Time

    Peninsula Transit Coalition/Village of Sister Bay receive $45,520 in federal funds to buy a new shuttle bus It’s often easy to identify needs, but harder to come by solutions. This is especially true with complex issues such as transportation start-ups that require capital outlay, ongoing operational funds and someone to oversee the operation without that […]

  • Pottery Classes at Clay on Steele

    The Clay on Steele pottery studio and gallery, 221 Steele St. in Algoma, is gearing up for its spring classes. Eight pottery wheels, kilns and lots of tools and clay will be available to students who are interested in learning how to make beautiful, functional clay forms. Clay on Steele offers several learning options. During […]

  • Deliberate by Design: How Paula Swaydan Grebel navigates the artistic process

    Paula Swaydan Grebel approaches her painting very deliberately: sorting through images, making selections, doing small drawings and then making a sketch on paper — a sketch she may enlarge, shrink or cut apart to insert a new image in the middle. Only then does she begin to transfer the image to canvas in oil paint. […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Getting People Where They Need and Want to Go

    America has a car-driving culture. In no place is this more evident than in a rural area that’s also widely known and visited as a “drive-to” destination. Transportation is an essential service, but not everyone drives. In places such as Door County with a land mass of approximately 70 miles top to bottom, the challenges […]

  • A Golfing Tradition Returns to Northern Door

    After a two-year hiatus, one of Northern Door’s most popular golfing events will resume at the Peninsula State Park Golf Course in Ephraim.  The golf benefit, previously sponsored by Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village, will return July 17 under the new sponsorship of the Sister Bay Lions Club. For 23 years, this daylong golf outing has […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Making Better Streets with CityBeautiful’s Dave Amos

    For five years, Cal Poly professor Dave Amos has been making complex planning and zoning topics interesting – even fun – through his YouTube channel, CityBeautiful. The Sturgeon Bay native and Sturgeon Bay High School graduate of the Class of 2001 has earned a large following for his expertise on creating better cities for all […]

  • Gathering Ground Seeks Partners for USDA Grant Program

    Gathering Ground, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on Washington Island, is applying for the second round of the USDA’s Climate Smart Agriculture Grant and is looking for Door County farms to participate in the grant. It’s an opportunity to fund implementation of a climate-smart practice on your farm. By “climate smart,” the USDA is referring to practices […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Storm

    Storm is a gorgeous, 4-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This shy, but sweet gal has an adorable, heart-shaped, pink nose. She would do best in a quiet and patient home with any children older than 5.  Like all cats at WHS, Storm ( is spayed, […]

  • Breast Cancer Support Group Meets in May

    The Art of Healing – a free, virtual art-therapy support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer – will meet for four Thursdays, May 5-26, 7-8:15 pm. Artistic skill is not needed to benefit from this group. The Sue Baldwin Fund is sponsoring – and Jodi Rose Gonzales is facilitating – the group, during which […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: A New Connection in Ephraim?

    During a March 2 meeting of Ephraim’s Capital Projects Committee, member Chuck Pearson noted the impact the new sidewalks in downtown have made on pedestrian activity in the village since they were completed in 2019.  He said when the project to install sidewalks from Bay Breeze Resort to Wilson’s Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor was […]

  • Register for LWV Annual Meeting

    The League of Women Voters (LWV) will host its annual meeting May 14, 11 am, at the Landmark Resort, 7643 Hillside Road in Egg Harbor. After two years of virtual annual meetings, this meeting will be held in person. Carl Sutter from the American Society of Civil Engineers will speak about his organization’s collaboration with […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Incomplete Streets

    County struggles to find space for all users You wouldn’t know it if you never left Door County, but roads aren’t always designed specifically for vehicles. Particularly in tourist-dependent destinations, it has become the norm to make broad accommodations for mass transit, pedestrians and bicycles. But in northern Door County, you won’t find a single […]

  • Cookout Fundraiser for Baileys Harbor Fire & Rescue

    Join Baileys Harbor Fire & Rescue for a drive-through cookout fundraiser April 23, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Fire Station, sponsored by Buttercups Coffee.  Visitors should enter from the east side of the building, place their order, pull through the station and be served windowside. For $7, diners will receive their choice […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Honoring Earth Day, April 22, 2022

    Roundup of Door County Earth Day Events Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970: a time when Americans consumed vast amounts of leaded gas and tossed trash on the ground; industry belched out smoke and sludge; and air pollution smelled like prosperity.  Sen. Gaylord Nelson, a junior […]

  • Mirrorball Raises Funds for Kendall Park

    Mirrorball’s first official event April 15-16 raised $1,500 for the Kendall Park improvement initiative. The money was raised the first night when the audience and drag queens played The Match Game, and $10 donations – or more – were taken at the door. The 116 attendees raised the $1,500. More than 500 people attended the […]

  • Scholarships Available for Clearing Classes

    Full and partial scholarships are available for both resident and commuter students in The Clearing’s program of weeklong classes. The season runs from early May through October. May and early-June classes for which scholarships are available include Get Help with Your Knitting, Learn to Weave, Beginning Blacksmithing and more.Review a complete list of classes and […]

  • Gibraltar School District Announces Superintendent Finalists

    A search firm this week encouraged the Gibraltar Area School District to announce the names of two finalists for the superintendent position as the firm was wrapping up its methodical approach in identifying candidates. The public also has a role to play in the selection. The finalists are Lynn Bub, principal of Sheboygan Falls Elementary […]

  • Sustainability Issue 2022: Making Better Connections

    ​​Transportation is an essential need. It affects every aspect of our lives, whether we’re going to work or the doctor’s office, the post office or the grocery store, dropping the kids off at day care or heading out for dinner with friends. Those who have cars, driveways, parking spaces and garages likely think nothing of […]

  • WILD THINGS: State’s Elk Herd Growing Slowly

    Apply for a once-in-a-lifetime tag by the end of May If you want an outside shot at a once-in-a-lifetime tag to hunt elk in Wisconsin this fall, apply no later than May 31. Despite abundant predators and occasional run-ins with vehicles, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist Joshua Spiegel said the elk population is […]

  • Earth Day Show

    April 22, 7-9 pm, Northern Sky Creative Center and Gould Theater, 9058 Cty A in Fish Creek  Doc Heide will host, with music provided by Jeanne Kuhns, Terry Murphy and Paul Taylor. Write On, Door County will offer a spoken-word performance, and enjoy a sing-along at the end. Held as part of Every Day Is […]

  • Live Music Details Wanted for the Summer Music Preview

    Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes the Peninsula Pulse’s Summer Music Preview! If you’ll be hosting live-music events at your venue this summer, please send your schedule to [email protected] by May 6. The Summer Music Preview is a collection of the live-music happenings throughout the summer, up and down the peninsula. It features […]


    The Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC), 870 Main Road on Washington Island, will present Mac Powell in concert May 22, 6 pm.  The former lead singer for the Christian rock band Third Day began his musical career while still in high school, and his early influences were the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Within […]


    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has announced that Allison Russell will not be performing May 13 because of the Juno Awards, so Amythyst Kiah will now perform a full solo show. Rolling Stone calls Kiah “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.” With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, the singer/songwriter expands on the […]


    The Slocan Ramblers, a Canadian bluegrass group, will perform at the White Gull Inn on April 27. The 2020 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band of the Year award winner and a 2019 Juno Award Nominee is one of the most exciting bluegrass bands currently touring Canada and the United States. Rooted in tradition, but […]

  • Turn It Up! Door County Live Music April 22-28

    Check out one of these performances for a fun time in the Door! See our events calendar for more details. Koepke & LaForce April 22, 7-10:30 pm, Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub An acoustic duo. Earth Day Show April 22, 7-9 pm, Northern Sky Creative Center and Gould Theater Doc Heide will be the host, […]

  • Door to Nature: The Mimics of the Bird World

    Spring is when we look forward to returning songbirds and revel in the males’ territorial music as they claim nesting areas and try to attract females. The sandhill cranes can be heard from more than a quarter mile away if conditions are favorable. Smaller songbirds require less territory and are not as loud. Black-capped chickadees, […]

  • Bits & Bites: Locally Sourced Meat

    Caring for the Earth one meal at a time Despite the bad rap that raising animals for food sometimes receives for being resource intensive, local animal agriculture plays an important role in the sustainable food system. Whether you’re enjoying bacon with breakfast or grilled chicken on your salad at lunch, knowing where your meat came […]

  • Wine Shop Proposal Prompts Survey

    When the Village of Ephraim voted to allow on-premise sales of beer and wine six years ago, there were concerns the change could alter the character of the village and lead to noise and other issues related to alcohol. Those have not materialized, but the village remains hesitant to further loosen alcohol sales, in part […]

  • Peninsula Pulse Named City’s Official Newspaper

    by KEVIN BONESKE [email protected] Peninsula Pulse readers will now be able to read the City of Sturgeon Bay’s legal notices in the weekly newspaper. On a unanimous voice vote, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed Tuesday to switch to the Peninsula Pulse as the city’s official newspaper. Council members made the change – which will become […]

  • Roots Yoga Offers Restorative + Sound Class

    Roots Yoga and Healing, 417 Steele St. in Algoma, will offer a Restorative + Sound class April 24 and May 22, 2-3:30 pm.  Allow yourself to unwind and settle in during this relaxing class. Enjoy gentle stretches and restorative yoga with guided meditations throughout. Then allow the gentle vibrations of Peter Hess singing bowls and […]

  • Wild Things: State’s Elk Herd Growing Slowly

    Apply for a once-in-a-lifetime tag by the end of May by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] If you want an outside shot at a once-in-a-lifetime tag to hunt elk in Wisconsin this fall, apply no later than May 31. Despite abundant predators and occasional run-ins with vehicles, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife biologist Joshua Spiegel said […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thinking Clearly about Voting Choices

    In a democracy, especially during an election year, we need to think clearly about the wide-reaching impact of our beliefs. After all, ideas foster actions, and actions have consequences.  We appear to hold opinions, take positions and move to action without considering why or what the consequences might be. We seem to hold illogical, diametrically […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Earth Day Is a Time to Celebrate, Reflect, Hope

    Many people already know that April 22 of each year is Earth Day. This is a day for us to celebrate the complex beauty of our planet and reflect on how we can all live more sustainably.  This year, however, there is something else to reflect on. April 22, 2022, marks the one-year anniversary of […]

  • Obituary: Nancy A. (Rockwell) Rusch

    November 8, 1950 ~ April 17, 2022 Nancy A. (Rockwell) Rusch, 71 years, of Green Bay, formerly of Manitowoc and Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at home in Howard, on Sunday, April 17, 2022. Nancy was born November 8, 1950 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Leo and Doraine “Dode” (Braley) Rockwell. She graduated from Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Donald Louis Badtke

    July 2, 1935 ~ April 13, 2022 Donald Louis Badtke, 86, of Sister Bay, died on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Bellin Health in Green Bay. He was born July 2, 1935, the only child of the late Henry and Minnie (Schmidt) Badtke. Don graduated from Gibraltar High School with the Class of 1954. On […]

  • Obituary: Eugene Victor Remy

    November 18, 1937 ~ April 12, 2022 Eugene “Gene” Victor Remy, 84, of Nasewaupee, died Tuesday evening, April 12, 2022.  He was born on November 18, 1937, the son of the late Ronald Carlyle Remy and Ann Irene (Peterson) Remy. Gene grew up attending Hainesville School (primary school) and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School […]

  • Obituary: Ross Chapman

    April 1, 1955 ~ April 12, 2022 Ross Chapman died on April 12, 2022 after a courageous battle with heart disease. Ross was born in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on April 1, 1955 to Robert and Marcella Chapman. He attended Sturgeon Bay Public schools, graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School. After graduation, Ross worked with his […]