Peninsula Pulse Aug 18-25, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Catherine Farrell

    October 3, 1947-June 20, 2023 Growing up my mother used to look despairingly at the messes my sister and I had made, and ask, “Were you raised by wolves?” To which I always replied, “Alpha Wolf Catherine.” I never figured out if she was amused or irritated. She was clearly more charmed that my sister, […]

  • Obituary: David D. Berns

    July 24, 1968 – August 14, 2023 August 14, 2023, David Donald Berns, 55, passed away of cardiac arrest at his home in Fort Mill, SC. His beloved wife of 24 years, Caroline (Faust) Berns and daughter, Natalie, were at his side. He is survived by two children, Nicholas Berns, age 20 and Natalie Berns, […]

  • Obituary: Ronald D. Berg

    July 25, 1934 – August 17, 2023 Ronald D. Berg, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on August 17, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born July 25, 1934 to Harry G. and Pearl M. (Torstenson) Berg in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He graduated with honors from Sturgeon Bay High […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Not a Mystery after All

    It takes only about five minutes of internet research to answer the questions that an Aug. 4 letter to the editor [Peninsula Pulse, “Unbelievable Mystery”] asked about the recent discovery in the White House of a small plastic bag containing about one gram of cocaine. According to multiple news reports, the bag was discovered on […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Government Power Shouldn’t Be Used to Fight STRs

    There have been numerous well-meaning letters and town-meeting comments mourning the loss of a community atmosphere, with their solution centering on increasing the number of resident neighbors and reducing noise.  If it were economically viable for them to have this choice of neighbors, they would presently exist. Those former neighbors are deceased, have gone to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Twilight Zone

    Growing up, one of my favorite TV shows was The Twilight Zone. I marveled at Rod Serling’s imagination. I’d like to share my interpretation, so travel with me, if you dare, to a place I call The You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me Zone, or to reduce the characters, The YGTBKM Zone.  Picture, if you […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Suggested Gift for America

    Having never been overly politically active in my life, it pains me to say what is on my mind right now, but I can’t keep quiet any longer.  Last month was America’s birthday, back on July Fourth. I believe the best gift we could give all Americans is to impeach Joe Biden immediately. The man […]

  • Kita, Forkert Win Top County League Honors

    Nick Kita of Egg Harbor earned the Door County League’s top batter award for 2023 by hitting .500 on the season to edge out teammate Cory Fuller (.480) and Sister Bay’s Griffin Cole (.478).  Sam Forkert of the regular season champion Sister Bay Bays took home the Pitcher of the Year honor after throwing 89.2 […]

  • Southern Door Superintendent’s Resignation Remains a Mystery

    An open-records request for documents pertaining to the leave and eventual resignation of former Southern Door superintendent Chris Peterson has yielded no specifics as to why his tenure ended so abruptly. The district officially severed its relationship with Peterson effective June 30 and brought interim superintendent Tony Klaubauf on board Aug. 7. The district first […]

  • Pioneers Seek More Wins in 2023

    After finishing 3-5 last season, with the last victory coming on Homecoming against Suring, Sevastopol’s football team has a goal to win more games in 2023. Ron Frank returns for the Pioneers in his 25th season as a head football coach. His list of top returning players includes senior running back/defensive end Alex Andreae, who […]

  • Vikings Pursuing Another Peninsula Title

    Despite around half of the 20-plus players on last year’s roster having graduated, Gibraltar’s eight-player football team has a goal to win the Peninsula Conference championship for the second year in a row. The Vikings went undefeated in conference play at 7-0, and in the regular season at 8-0. They were plagued by injuries as […]

  • Dry Season Doesn’t Always Mean Poor Conditions

    Although golf course superintendents breathe a sigh of relief when a summer storm cell dumps some rain on their courses, dry conditions don’t necessarily ruin their workweek. Brian Ferrie, the Horseshoe Bay superintendent who has been with the club since the greens and fairways were seeded, said very wet conditions can cause all sorts of […]

  • Watch Your Speed: Bayshore Drive is the latest county highway to get a speed study

    Elizabeth “Beth” Gauger, supervisor for District 15 of the Door County Board of Supervisors, said she has received numerous letters from people who believe that the speeds on Bayshore Drive are endangering the lives of the pedestrians and cyclists who regularly use the road. “They are concerned about excessive speeds, close encounters,” she said during […]

  • City Agrees to Pay Higher Amount Earlier for Cobblestone Hotel

    Plans to build a 62-room hotel with four stories at the corner of Egg Harbor Road and 12th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay are moving forward again after the Common Council voted Tuesday to amend the original development agreement approved in February. The changes keep in place the city’s agreement to pay $1.2 million in financial […]

  • County Taking Up Flagpole Policy

    A flagpole-policy proposal that would limit the flags the County of Door flies to American, state, county and military flags will be returning to the Highway and Facilities Committee in September.  Wayne Spritka, director of county facilities and parks, said during the committee’s Aug. 9 meeting that the county does not currently have a written […]

  • Ellison Bluff, Door Bluff Headlands Nominated for Old-Growth Forest Network

    Ellison Bluff State Natural Area and Door Bluff Headlands, both county parks in Liberty Grove, were nominated for inclusion in the national Old-Growth Forest Network. The nonprofit organization seeks to connect people to nature by creating a national network of publicly accessible, protected old forests and a network of people to help care for them. […]

  • Clark Lake Road Construction Begins

    The Door County Highway Department was expected to begin a road-reconstruction project on or around Aug. 16 on County WD/Clark Lake Road between West Shore Drive and Highway 57 in Sevastopol. The project includes road pulverization, fine grading and compaction, asphalting (three and a half inches of compacted, hot-mix asphalt), shouldering and centerline striping. Driveways […]

  • City Considers Funding for Local Organizations

    Sturgeon Bay’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommended last week that three local organizations continue to receive city funding in 2024. The committee backed a request from Destination Sturgeon Bay that it receive 25% of the 30% of the 2022 room tax remitted to the city, for a total of $108,784.82. In addition to promoting various […]

  • Egg Harbor Pauses on Town Garbage Pickup

    The Town of Egg Harbor’s municipal building has received a fresh parking lot during the past few weeks that was ready for striping as the Peninsula Pulse went to press Aug. 16. The last time the parking lot was repaved was in 2004, when the pavilion was built, with some crack-sealing done for maintenance, town […]

  • Clay Banks Residents To Vote on Broadband Funding

    Clay Banks residents can attend a special town meeting on Saturday, Aug. 19, beginning at 9 am, at the town hall to vote on a funding option that will be discussed to bring broadband to the town.  Anyone 18 and older who has been a Clay Banks resident for at least 28 days is considered […]

  • Tourism Zone Commission Updates Website

    The Door County Tourism Zone Commission has modernized its website at  On the updated website, permit-holder usernames have now been changed to the primary email address listed on permit profiles. Property managers and owners who have multiple permits attached to their email address will be able to view all properties under a single sign-in.  […]

  • Characters Popping Off the Page at Write On

    Write On, Door County is welcoming stand-up comedian June Melby to its August program line-up. She’ll be teaching Characters: How to Make Them Pop Off the Page on Aug. 19, 12-2 pm. The workshop cost is $40, and some scholarships are available for the workshop at Write On, 4210 Juddville Road in Juddville. The workshop […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Why Did the Monster Cross the Road?’

    book by by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown Recommended by KARLIE MARTENS, Bookseller, Novel Bay Booksellers ’90s babies, rejoice! Favorite author R.L. Stine (of Goosebumps fame) and illustrator Marc Brown (of Arthur fame) have teamed up to produce this new, hilarious, clever children’s book. You may be thinking, “R.L. Stine does not do humor,” […]

  • Hal Prize Nonfiction Screening Judge: Jan Wrede

    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 […]

  • Four of My Favorite Baseball Novels

    Of all the professional sports, baseball has been, and continues to be, the backdrop for some of the best sports-oriented novels in the English language. I love baseball, and I love books. Consequently, I have read a significant number of baseball novels. Here are four of my favorites, each very different from the others. Bang […]

  • Wild Things: Open House at Virlee Gunworks

    Aug. 26 event includes range demos, new products by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Virlee Gunworks Shooting Center is hosting an open house Aug. 26, 9 am – 5 pm, as part of the second-anniversary celebration of its Sturgeon Bay store, 1019 Egg Harbor Road. There will be range demos, product showcases, membership discounts, […]

  • Former Parador Owners Start New Venture Abroad

    Larry and Rebecca Majewski owned and operated Parador in Egg Harbor for 13 years and often traveled to Europe for culinary inspiration. Now living in Lisbon, Portugal, they’ve set up a new hospitality venture: a tour company focused on families with children. Find tour information at 

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: A Nonprofit’s Most Important Relationship

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation A few months ago, I wrote about the modest, but strategically important differences between nonprofit leaders who serve as a president and CEO versus those who are an executive director (“Understanding Nonprofit Titles,” March 9 issue of the Peninsula Pulse). More recently, I’ve been asked […]

  • Thank You, Peninsula Pulse!

    by EMMA CHAMLEY It seems like just last week that I drove up to Baileys Harbor from Champaign, Illinois, to start at the Peninsula Pulse, but my summer at 8142 Hwy 57 has come to an end. I’ve spent the summer running all over the county, meeting amazing people and hearing their stories. From articles […]

  • Culture Club: The Legacy of Lighthouse Libraries: A Beacon of Solace and Knowledge

    by AMY FRANK, Executive Director, Door County Historical Society Before lighthouses were automated, lightkeepers were responsible for maintaining a guiding light along treacherous shores. Their role was crucial in guiding ships, saving sailors’ lives and sustaining economies.  But their position came with a price. It was a solitary existence for many lightkeepers and their families, […]

  • Bookmobile Fundraiser, Celebration Aug. 19 at Sawyer Farms

    LISTEN: John Sawyer discusses the Bookmobile project with Myles Dannhausen Jr. on the Door County Pulse Podcast at  The Door County Bookmobile will be back in action Saturday at Sawyer Farms in Egg Harbor during a celebration and fundraiser for its restoration.  The partially restored vehicle, which once made books accessible to kids in […]

  • Walk Down Memory Lane at Vignes School

    The Door County Historical Society will host a Vignes School reunion Sept. 16 at Heritage Village at Big Creek, where former students and teachers can relive their school days. The reunion is open to the public, and guests are welcome to stop by anytime between 11 am and 4 pm.  Located in Clay Banks in […]

  • Bays Return to the Top of County League

    They say the cream always rises to the top. That seems to be true in the Door County League as the top two teams – Sister Bay and Kolberg – are there once again. The Bays reclaimed the regular-season championship with a win over the Mets this week. It’s the sixth time the Bays have won the regular […]

  • Obituary: Shari Jane Rosenquist

    July 1, 1964 ~ July 28, 2023 Shari Jane Rosenquist, 59, of the Town of Liberty Grove, died late Friday night, July 28, 2023 at the Unity Hospice Jack and Engrid Meng Residence in the Town of Ledgeview after a brief stay. She was born July 1, 1964 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Jack […]