Peninsula Pulse Aug. 11-18, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Laurie Kaye

    January 14, 1963 ~ August 18, 2023 Laurie Kaye, 60, of Brussels, passed away suddenly on August 18, 2023.  She was born Jan. 14, 1963, in Menomonie, WI to Robert and Emogene (Leach) Hickcox.  On August 24, 1985, she married David G. Kaye at St. Francis Church in Brussels. Laurie lived on the family farm […]

  • Obituary: Sondra Lee Goetsch

    November 29, 1936 ~ August 20, 2023 Sondra Lee Goetsch, 86, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at her home on August 20, 2023.  She was born November 29, 1936, in Green Bay to Anton and Leona (Beck) Rassmussmen.  On June 8, 1957, she married William Goetsch in Green Bay.  He preceded her in death on […]

  • Obituary: Darlene D. (Zachow) Pontzloff

    February 11, 1955 ~ August 17, 2023 Darlene Pontzloff, 68 years, of Sturgeon Bay passed away Thursday, August 17, 2023 at her home. She was born February 11, 1955 in Wauwatosa the daughter of the late Alfon and Frieda (Hamm) Zachow. Darlene attended Sturgeon Bay High School. For many years she worked at Door County […]

  • Hal Prize Poetry Screening Judge: Peter Sherrill

    We asked the group of local screening judges for the Hal Prize to share with readers and writers what they’re looking for when they go through submissions: Why does one piece of writing make it to the final round, but not another? These columns will illuminate the screeners’ process and help those who want to […]

  • Questions & Authors: Edward McPherson Explores Passions Through Writing

    For Edward McPherson, history and recollection play a large part in his writing. His most recent work, The History of the Future: American Essays, explores how understanding our past can help us understand where we might be heading. One of his essays that was published in the Gettysburg Review, “Telref,” received a Pushcart Prize. He […]

  • Obituary: Arlene Louis (Wesa) Fisher

    June 8, 1933 – August 10, 2023 Arlene Louise Fisher, age 90 of the Town of Fish Creek, died on Thursday, August 10, 2023. She was born on June 8, 1933, to the late Thomas and Alice (Anderson) Wesa in Fish Creek, WI. She graduated from Gibraltar High School and was united in marriage to […]

  • Obituary: Sylvia Pierrard

    April 3, 1930 – July 24, 2023 Sylvia Pierrard, 93 of Delray Beach, Florida died at home with family at bedside on July 24, 2023. She was born April 3, 1930 to Frank and Anna Kraimer. In Kennan, Wi. She graduated from Hawkins High School in 1948 and went on to attend post high school business […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Bradley’s Family Thanks You

    How does one express the excruciating pain from the unexpected loss of a child? Devastated, shocked, grieved, breathless, unable to think – simply numb. After hearing the news of Bradley’s passing, his beautiful friends immediately showed up at his house and went to work. It was amazing to see them coordinate, take charge and help […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Non-Biblical Perspective

    Pastor Englebert’s complaint [Peninsula Pulse letters, Aug. 4, “A Biblical Perspective”] that Door County is drifting away from “our Judeo-Christian faith, especially in the area of morality” is interesting.  He seems to think morality is entirely about sexual relationships and seems eager to reintroduce a death penalty for adultery – but “lovingly,” a contradiction in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Plea from Habitation Door

    While Destination Door seems to have become the mission of local governments and every small-business owner under the hazy sun, there are those of us who are part of Habitation Door, and we are apparently children of a lesser god. Bay Shore Drive is a residential area. Why is the speed limit 45 mph on […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Narcan Helps Those in Need

    Initially, I questioned the usefulness of a Narcan vending machine at Sturgeon Bay’s NEW Sober Living thrift shop. I questioned whether it would increase the acceptance and use of illegal opioid drugs. Recently, the Door County Drug Task Force had a drug bust. I think that it is important for us as citizens to remember […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Our Short-Term-Rental Money Stays in the County

    I’m sure other property owners and vacation-rental managers are beyond weary of the current convenient catchall for complaints: short-term rentals. Some of the current themes include the perception that if you own and rent a property in Door County but don’t live in the county, the money “doesn’t stay local”; and that as out-of-town owners, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Tale of Three Camps

    At the end of a narrow country road, there lived a fisherman at his summer camp. He happened to invite his nephew, who was suffering from a severe disease, to spend the summer with him to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. At the end of his visit, the boy asked his uncle whether […]

  • The Sam Watson Benefit Fund

    Last week I told you about our reporter Sam Watson, who broke many bones following a serious car crash while driving to work the morning of July 19.  Over the past week, and in partnership with Nicolet Bank, we’ve opened the Sam Watson Benefit Fund. Walk-in donations will be received at any of Nicolet’s branches. […]

  • Gibraltar to Host Chief Kahquados Run Aug. 24

    The Gibraltar School District is hosting its first Chief Kahquados Open Run on Aug. 24 before the home cross-country invitational meet at the high school. The start time for the 2.1-mile race is set for 1:05 pm, following the national anthem.  Participants must sign a waiver and receive a bib number, both of which will […]

  • Obituary: Gail Joyce Klima

    July 31, 1941 – August 6, 2023 Gail Joyce Klima, born July 31, 1941 in Chicago died on Sunday, August 6, 2023. Daughter to June Anderson, homemaker and Horatio Winsauer, Chicago fireman. Born and raised in Chicago and Evanston, IL, Gail attended both Evanston High School and Schurz High School. Gail was a member of […]

  • Football: Clippers Continue Building

    In the second consecutive season back in 11-player football, Sturgeon Bay is looking to improve on last year. The Clippers finished the 2022 campaign 4-3 in the Packerland Conference – fourth in the eight-team league – and 5-5 overall, having made the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. “We had several players who […]

  • Football: Eagles Aim to Repeat 2022 Success

    Southern Door’s football team literally has a tough act to follow in 2023. The Eagles last year won the Packerland Conference at 7-0, went undefeated in the regular season at 9-0, and advanced three games into the postseason in Division 5 to finish 11-1 overall. “Last year nobody thought we could do anything,” said senior […]

  • DCL Baseball: Playoff Fight Goes to Final Week

    With the final week of the regular season upon us, there are still a lot of things to sort out. What we do know is that Sister Bay and Kolberg have locked up playoff spots. However, who will win the title is still up in the air. Then the final two playoff spots come down […]

  • City Reminds Drivers of Speed Limit Change

    The City of Sturgeon Bay asks motorists to be mindful of their speeds on North 18th Avenue south of Alabama Street. North 18th Avenue has a 35-mph speed zone that reduces to 25 mph north of Florida Street.  The city installed a digital driver-feedback sign last September thanks to the Door County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime […]

  • Revisions in Works for North-End Path; Village Declines $100,000 Grant Award

    During a site visit and walk-through to review preliminary plans for the north-end path from Sip cafe to Townline Road, members of the Ephraim Village Board found there was much work to be done before plans could be finalized.  The board members reviewed site plans with a representative from AECOM for a path that would […]

  • City Borrows $3.1 Million

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a resolution Aug. 1 to award the sale of $3.1 million in general obligation promissory notes to borrow money for a variety of capital projects and purchases. The notes, which carry a true interest cost of 3.1834%, will provide financing for items in the 2023 budget, including street and […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Giving Green Tier Another Look

    Sturgeon Bay may change its mind about becoming a Green Tier Legacy Community (GTLC).  A couple of years ago, the city decided there wasn’t enough benefit to joining the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) program for developing and implementing environmental sustainability measures. “At the time that it was presented to us a couple of […]

  • New Storage Buildings Backed by Industrial Park Review Team

    Plans to construct two commercial storage buildings totaling 29 units at 1605 Shiloh Road in Sturgeon Bay were backed Aug. 3 by the city’s Industrial Park Development Review Team. Doug Mueller of Green Bay wants to construct an 11-unit storage building composed of decorative masonry and corrugated metal paneling with 6,930 square feet along Shiloh […]

  • State Sending More Money to Local Municipalities

    The massive Act 12 that ushered many new laws into being has also increased shared-revenue funding for Wisconsin’s counties, cities, villages and towns. The shared-revenue portion of Act 12 – initially crafted by the Republican-controlled legislature and signed by the Democratic governor in June – returns 20% of the state’s sales-tax revenue to local governments, […]

  • Sister Bay to Review Draft Facilities Plans Aug. 12

    For 15 years, the Village of Sister Bay has been considering improvements to its array of properties and facilities one piece at a time, but on Aug. 12, the public will have a chance to review and share input on a holistic review of several facilities that the village aims to move or consolidate.  The […]

  • Katie Dahl Album Release Concert at Woodwalk

    Door County-based singer-songwriter Katie Dahl will play an album-release concert for her new record, Seven Stones, at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, Aug. 18, 7 pm. She’ll be joined by multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis and bassist Rich Higdon.  The concert is part of a summer of shows across the U.S. and Europe to promote the new […]

  • An Evening of Glass Organ

    Within Things is hosting Indianapolis-based composer and instrument builder Rob Funkhouser for a solo concert on Aug. 20, 7 pm. For this concert, Funkhouser will play his Glass Organ, an instrument he modeled after the rare Cristal Baschet, developed by Bernard and Francoise Baschet in 1952. Sonically, the instrument creates tones made by rubbing a […]

  • Scottish Band Comes to Peg Egan

    Skerryvore will return to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Aug. 13, 7 pm, for a free concert in the outdoor amphitheater.  The Scottish band has been energizing audiences around the globe since 2005, from its early days in Scottish halls and bars to festival crowds in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the UK […]

  • Concert on the Water in Sturgeon Bay

    Door County is surrounded by water and a robust music scene. It just makes sense to combine the two with a concert on the water. That’s happening Aug. 19, 12-2 pm. Kayakers, canoeists and paddleboard enthusiasts are invited to take to the waters of Sturgeon Bay for a floating concert by the popular reggae band […]

  • Kraus Wins 3rd Red Jacket

    A familiar face donned the Red Jacket at the conclusion of the 21st Red Putter Pro Tournament in Ephraim on Aug. 5.  Matthew Kraus notched a score of 105 to become the first three-time winner of the tournament and to edge out his brother, Zachary Kraus, who scored 108. The brothers also finished first and […]

  • Berkner, the Queen of Kids’ Music, at DCA

    On Aug. 13, 3 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present “kindie rock” artist, Laurie Berkner. A bestselling and award-winning children’s musician, Berkner has been a longtime fixture on TV’s Nick Jr., Sprout and NBCUniversal Kids channels.  Coined “the queen of kids’ music” by People magazine, Berkner is the inspiration and the power behind a […]

  • Southern Door cuts back building work

    Southern Door School board on Monday, Aug. 7 at least temporarily eliminated a greenhouse and bus-repair garage from its capital-improvements list that voters approved last November. A press release from the board indicated that increased estimated costs in some of the Phase 1 projects, as well as the need to replace the aging, large mound […]

  • Editor’s Note: The Stop Predatory Investing Act Is a Good Bill

    Pardon in advance to anyone out there who owns more than 50 rental homes, but the IRS may cut off your financial incentives in owning those properties. That’s mostly wishful thinking. Right now, that threat comes only in the form of a bill called the Stop Predatory Investing Act. It’s co-authored by one of our […]

  • Wild Things: Henriksen Wants to See Experimental Lake Trout Fishery

    A study should be the first step, he tells the NRB by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Door County commercial netter Charlie Henriksen told the state’s Natural Resources Board (NRB) on Wednesday in Viroqua that the Lake Michigan Commercial Fishing Board, which he chairs, would like to see an experimental lake trout fishery begin […]

  • Tour a Historical Ephraim Property

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation will be offering tours of the historical Binkhaven property in Ephraim on Aug. 18, 10 am and 1 pm. Built in the 1960s, the buildings of Binkhaven have been featured in major publications because the estate combines Nordic architecture with objects from traditional Norwegian folk craft.  Purchase tickets ($20) at […]

  • History of the Door County Fair

    Beginning in 1869, the Door County Fair has persevered through world wars, economic depressions and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Door County Historical Society (DCHS) will delve into this history during its dinner program Aug. 28, 6 pm, at Birmingham’s, 4709 Bay Shore Dr. in Sturgeon Bay.  Door County Historical Museum curator Matt Adelman will examine […]

  • Obituary: Janet Elaine Pohl

    June 26, 1938 – July 21, 2023 Janet Elaine Pohl, 85, of Sister Bay, WI, passed away early Friday morning, July 21, 2023, at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview, WI.    She was born June 26, 1938 in O’Neil, NE, the daughter of Joseph Edward Hamilton and Marjory Lorene (Brittell) […]

  • Obituary: Dr. Guy Louis Bush

    July 9, 1929 – August 2, 2023 Dr. Guy Louis Bush, a distinguished biologist and fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, was born on July 9, 1929, in Greenfield, Iowa, to Guy Bush and Fausta Louise (Gibbs) Bush died on Wednesday, August 2, 2023.   During his formative years, frequent relocations around the world […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth “Ken” Ronske

    Kenneth “Ken” Ronske, 88, husband of Charlotte Kodanko Ronske, died on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in Elkhart Indiana. A Graveside service for Ken will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Rosalia’s Cemetery in Sister Bay, WI with Deacon Tony Abts officiating. Billings Funeral Home is assisting the family. In […]

  • Obituary: Mary E. Rechka

    May 12, 1937 – August 3, 2023 Mary E. Rechka, 86 years of Sturgeon Bay formerly of Chicago, died Thursday morning August 3, 2023. She was born May 12, 1937, in Chicago, the daughter of the late Thomas Lavin and Marie (Quinlan) Smith.  Following high school, Mary received her undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University before […]

  • Obituary: Arlene Marie Dorn

    June 27, 1928 – June 21, 2023 In the early morning on June 21, 2023 Arlene Marie Dorn died at her home in Sun City, Arizona with her son Michael and granddaughter Rebekka by her side. It was just six days short of her 95th birthday. She was sweet and humble, with a bashful laugh […]

  • Obituary: John W. Lagerlof

    February 21, 1929 ~ August 1, 2023 John W. Lagerlof, 94, of Sister Bay, formerly Wilmette, IL, died on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at Good Samaritan Scandia Village in Sister Bay after a fairly short illness. He was born February 21, 1929, in Chicago, the son of the late Walter and Esther (Nelson) Lagerlof. John […]

  • Obituary: John W. Zacek

    February 8, 1954 ~ July 31, 2023 John W. Zacek, 69, of Sister Bay, died Monday, July 31, 2023, at home lovingly surrounded by his family. John was born February 8, 1954, in Milwaukee, the son of the late John and Halina (Woldanski) Zacek. He graduated from John Marshall High School before enrolling at U.W. […]

  • Obituary: Linda Mary (Nohl) Marx

    February 4, 1950 ~ July 30, 2023 Linda Mary Marx, age 73 of the Town of Sevastopol, died peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at the Door County Medical Center with her loving husband by her side. She was born on February 4, 1950, to the Late Orville Nohl and Mary (Arnold) at Plymouth Hospital […]

  • Obituary: Barry L. Vandertie

    September 23, 1947 ~ August 2, 2023 Barry Lee Vandertie, 75, formerly of Brussels, died in Algoma on August 2, 2023. When asked a couple of years ago what he wanted his obituary to say, Barry replied “He died.  That’s all they need to know.”  We will expand a little… Barry was born in the […]