Peninsula Pulse Aug. 2-9, 2019

In this issue

  • 2019 Hal Prize Winners

    Photography First Place: “Sea the Reflection” by Leena Meyers  Judge’s comments: I love everything about this photograph! The colors, the composition, the subject matter, and I love the awe and wonder on the child’s face. The focus is also spot-on, and the light in the image makes your eyes go straight to the child’s eye and […]

  • Golf League Results: Aug. 2, 2019

    ALPINE  Alpine Women’s Golf League July 23, 2019 Event: Subtract your one worst hole (aka the ugly) • Winners: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 36; Flight 2: Charlene Scher 41; Flight 3: Elaine Penpek 49; Flight 4: Clare Plachetka 54 • Low scores: Flight 1: Mary Aiken 42, Flight 2: Charlene Scher 48; Flight 3: Joan Balistreri 58, […]

  • State News: Wisconsin Farmers to Receive Tariff-Relief; More

    Southeastern Counties on Top for Tariff Aid Payments Wisconsin farmers will receive an average of $39 per acre for this year’s crop under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tariff-relief program. The newly announced Market Facilitation Program rates for nonspecialty crops such as corn and soybeans are based on county – a change from last year’s program, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: My Voting Priorities

    Democratic candidates have taken a page out of Trumps playbook and that is to make yourself look good by tearing others down. Candidates Booker and Harris have criticized Biden on some issues because he is the front runner. I will vote for the candidate that tells us what they are for and following are my […]

  • Municipal News: July 31 – Aug. 1

    DOOR COUNTY County of Door: Aug. 1 – Highway Safety Commission, 9 am; Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm. Town of Liberty Grove: July 31 – Fire Board, 3 pm; Finance Committee, 6 pm. Aug. 1 – Tech Committee, 7 pm. Aug. 3 – Open Book, 11 am – 1 pm; call Associated Appraisal Consultants at 800.721.4157 […]

  • Reps in the News: Tony Evers Signs Executive Order 36

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers on Monday signed Executive Order 36, which directs state agencies to act to prevent lead poisoning. In response, state health officials are marshaling resources and partnerships statewide to target child lead-poisoning prevention, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced. “This issue is affecting too many of our children,” […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Regarding Joint Finance Committee’s Political Delay

    I am in receipt of a letter from Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald regarding my statements about the Joint Finance Committee’s inaction in providing the resources to help rural Wisconsin. This is not a partisan issue – this is an emotional issue. I’m the head of the agency that regularly receives phone calls from farmers […]

  • News Bulletin: Door County’s Fall Foliage Up to a Vote

    WHAT HAPPENED • Door County has been nominated for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice award for Best Destination for Fall Foliage. Nationwide voting for the award is underway at, where fans may vote daily through Aug. 26. Even though we’re living summer, the Door County Visitor Bureau asks visitors and residents to start […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Laying a Claim to Water Rights in Ephraim

    In Ephraim, a conflict is brewing over a classic case of public versus private rights. On one side is the Yacht Harbor, a for-profit business offering moorage for boats throughout the summer. This spring, the Harbor applied to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to move its existing pier toward the edge of its property […]

  • Letter to the Editor: How Ironic

    Isn’t it more than a little ironic that Republicans are attacking the progressive Democrats as “damned Socialists” when they themselves are either willing or unwitting agents of Russia. I say this in part because of Mitch McConnell and his cronies, who continue to block any legislation that would begin to address the cyber attacks on […]

  • Governors Issue Their Own Great Lakes Agenda

    Five Great Lakes state governors – including Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers – have issued their own Great Lakes 2020 presidential agenda. Joining Evers are Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. All five are Democrats. The governors point out that when the three other Great […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Couple Appreciates DCVB’s Attention to Detail

    My wife and myself called the DCVB to obtain 2019 visitors guides after discovering our info was outdated. The level of professional, accommodating attention to our particular circumstances was amazing. Not only did the info specialist answer all questions politely and completely, but also sent an unexpected package to our home in Racine, Wis. In […]

  • Fish Creek Beach Work Nearly Complete; More

    Gibraltar Town Chair Dick Skare expects construction at the Fish Creek Beach to be completed by the end of next week.  The work was originally slated for completion before July 4, but, Skare said, plan changes required by the county and delays in the installation of a grinder pump slowed the project.  In June, contractors […]

  • Exhibit Openings at James May Galleries

    Biosphere, the August exhibit at James May Gallery, 213 Steele St. in Algoma, opened Aug. 1 and will run through Sept. 2. It features paintings by Matteo Neivert and Martin Kahnle and ceramic sculpture by Peter Morgan. The opening reception will be Aug. 2, 5:30-8 pm.  At James May North, 219 State St. in Algoma, […]

  • Miller Art Museum’s Art & Treasures Fundraiser Begins Aug. 3

    The Miller Art Museum will kick off its largest annual fundraiser – the Art & Treasures Fundraiser – Aug. 3. Admission to the sale is free. It’s a hybrid of estate sale and yard sale that focuses on all things art: a treasure trove of gently used original art, prints and posters by notable Door County artists, […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Hosts Raku Saturdays in August

    Ellison Bay Pottery, 12156 Garrett Bay Road, is hosting Raku Saturdays every Saturday afternoon throughout August, beginning Aug. 3, 2 pm. Potters John Dietrich and Diane McNeil will demonstrate this alternative way of firing pottery during several firings on Raku Saturdays so viewers can experience all the steps. Raku generally refers to a type of […]

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Opens Exhibit III Aug. 8

    Fine Line Designs Gallery’s final exhibit of the 2019 season will open Aug. 8 with an artist reception, 4-7 pm. Exhibit III will feature fiber artist Sue Benner and oil painters Kathie Wheeler and Kristy Goggio. Wheeler will also offer an artist demonstration Aug. 9, 11 am – 2 pm. Benner’s background in molecular biology […]

  • Author Cynthia Swanson to Present Cross Genre Novel Workshop

    Write On, Door County ( is hosting award-winning novelists, poets, nonfiction writers and more – including Hal Prize fiction judge Cynthia Swanson – as they offer programs to help aspiring writers.  Swanson will present a workshop, The Cross Genre Novel, on Aug. 10, 10-11:30 am, at Nicolet National Bank in Sister Bay. If you want to write […]

  • Buddy Poppy Drive at Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay Locations

    Sturgeon Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3088 will conduct its annual Buddy Poppy drive Aug. 2-3 at Egg Harbor’s Main Street Market, 7:30 am – 7:30 pm; and at Sturgeon Bay’s Econo Foods, Pick ’n Save and Walgreens, 9 am – 5 pm. All funds raised will assist veterans and their families. 

  • Southern Door Schools’ Registration Day is Aug. 7

    The Southern Door County School District will hold its back-to-school registration day Aug. 7, 12:30-7 pm, in the high school library for all students who are new to the district and any returning students who need assistance with online registration to enroll and/or update information. Families may complete and turn in school forms, pay student […]

  • Voter Registration Help Offered at High School Registrations

    Members of the League of Women Voters of Door County ( will be available to help with voter registration during Sturgeon Bay’s student registration Aug. 8, 12-3 pm; and Aug. 13, 3-6 pm (Sturgeon Bay student registration is 12-7 pm both days) and Southern Door’s school open house Aug. 28, 4:30-7:30 pm. Members will help […]

  • $1,200 Raised at MS Tea Fundraiser

    MS Tea for the Cause raised $1,200 on June 21 at Sturgeon Bay’s Bay Shore Inn. Thirty-one women attended the tea party hosted by Pat Heller, her daughter Abby, and her granddaughters Maeve and Carys. The tea was held to support the MS 50-Mile Challenge Walk, which will take place Sept. 27-29 in Door County. […]

  • Forestville Women’s Modified-Pitch Softball League Results: July 24, 2019

    July 24 Results Alberts Plastering 3 Chasers 2 • WP: Megan Pavlik 6 strike-outs • Hailey Geyer 3 hits, Hannah Mallien 2 hits Standings Alberts Plastering 6-0 Bullpen 4-1 S&R Truck 4-1  Clark’s Bar 1-4 Tippy Canoe 1-4 Chasers 0-6

  • Door County Rod & Gun Club Standings: July 25, 2019

    July 25 Standings A Division Team, points, total Denessen Contracting –, 58.5 Howie’s Tackle & Archery 2.5, 50 Wolters Engraving 1, 48.5 Meissner Landscaping 5, 47.5 Institute Saloon 4.5, 44 Harbor Retreat 1.5, 42.5 Lily Bay Sand & Gravel 3.5, 40 25: Matt Propsom, Tom Leist 24: Kevin Bley, Jake Schartner, Brian Peterson, Dick Wilke, […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results: July 28, 2019

    July 28 Results Maplewood 5, Kolberg 6 West Jacksonport 3, Sister Bay 2 Baileys Harbor 1, Egg Harbor 14 Washington Island 13, Institute 1 Standings Egg Harbor 11-1 Sister Bay 9-3 West Jacksonport 8-4 Washington Island 6-6 Kolberg 5-7 Maplewood 5-7 Institute 2-10 Baileys Harbor 2-10 Schedule Aug. 4, 1:30 pm  Institute @ West Jacksonport […]

  • Featured Pet: Bobcat

    Meet Bobcat, a three-year-old cuddle bug who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus! She truly does look like a bobcat with her short tail and long ear hair – hence the name – but this Bobcat weighs only seven pounds. Although she can be shy and easily startled at […]

  • Sevastopol School Project on Track

    The footprint design is complete for the $25 million construction project that will replace the two oldest sections of Sevastopol School. “Everything’s on track right now,” said Sevastopol Superintendent Kyle Luedtke. “Now we’re working on flooring, furniture and ways different teachers want their rooms designed. Hopefully we’ll have all the plans finalized in November and […]

  • Great Lakes Coalition Offers Issues Platform to Presidential Candidates

    Great Lakes advocates were closely watching the latest Democratic presidential debates to see whether any of the candidates picked up on the Great Lakes platform issued by Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition and five Great Lakes governors (see sidebar). “They didn’t mention the Great Lakes specifically. There was some time, not very much, spent […]

  • Free Concert: U.S. Coast Guard Band Will Perform at Southern Door Auditorium

    The U.S. Coast Guard Band will play a concert Aug. 9, 7 pm, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium in Brussels as part of its 2019 Great Lakes tour. The 55-member ensemble, based at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, is the premier band representing the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department […]

  • Romance, Suspense, Music, Laughs: ‘Ghost The Musical’

    Ghost The Musical – a timeless musical fantasy about the power of love based on the Academy Award-winning film by Bruce Joel Rubin – opened July 31 at Peninsula Players Theatre ( as a retooled, smaller-cast version of the 2012 Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical. In the musical, Sam and Molly are a young couple whose relationship takes […]

  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Peninsula State Park: Great Theater in a Great Park

    Peninsula State Park welcomes Summit Players Theatre ( Aug. 4 for a workshop and performance of Shakespeare’s classic tale of love and loss, Romeo and Juliet.  This outdoor adventure will begin with a family-friendly workshop, Playing with Shakespeare: Get Outside with Will, at 1 pm, when you can meet the actors and familiarize yourself with […]

  • Door Shakespeare’s Annual Gala: An Evening to Remember

    Door Shakespeare will host its annual gala Aug. 4, 6-9 pm, at Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor. Enjoy an evening of live music and performance by Door Shakespeare company members, and savor cuisine by Thyme Catering. Meet and mingle with fellow theatre lovers and Door Shakespeare actors, directors and designers who are associated with its […]

  • Guided Hikes at The Ridges Sanctuary

    Join a Ridges Sanctuary naturalist for a relaxing, informative, two-hour walk through the sanctuary during one of its guided hikes, Monday through Friday, 10 am and 2 pm. The hikes are appropriate for all ages and include the Upper Range Light lantern room and historic cabins. Meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 […]

  • Crossroad’s Family Programs Highlight Birds and Butterflies

    Crossroads at Big Creek’s upcoming family programs will highlight its Heritage Garden and bird and butterfly garden, which are both magnets for colorful, winged visitors. Family programs – free and appropriate for all ages – begin at 10 am.  Meet at the garden gate on Aug. 6 to visit the 1890s-style Heritage Garden; uncover the […]

  • Go Hog Wild at the Ellison Bay Waterfront Pig Roast

    Ellison Bay goes hog wild when the Ellison Bay Service Club hosts a waterfront pig roast Aug. 3 at the Ellison Bay Community Park. All dogs are welcome to enter the “Best” Minster Dog Show at 3 pm, and ribbons will be awarded for the Best Wiggly Butt, Best Floppy Ears, Best Costume and more. […]

  • Buckets of Rain Returns to Woodwalk Concert Series

    The Bob Dylan tribute concert Buckets of Rain will return to the Woodwalk Concert Series ( Aug. 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13 at 7 pm; and perform at the Green Bay Botanical Garden on Aug. 11. Since premiering in 2011, Buckets of Rain has played almost annually in Door County, drawing sellout crowds of […]

  • Electri-Violet: Egan PAC Crowd Pleaser

    Electri-Violet will take the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) stage Aug. 4, 7 pm, during the free concert series on Church Street in Egg Harbor.   For many years, guitarist/singer-songwriter John Plankenhorn and vocalist Carole Ferrara have been captivating audiences with rich, passionate vocals; seamless harmonies; soulful guitar artistry; and a fresh style in their […]

  • Wise Women in Concert at Woodwalk Gallery

    The Woodwalk Concert Series at Woodwalk Gallery, 6746 Cty G in Egg Harbor, will highlight four award-winning singer/songwriters Aug. 2 during the annual Wise Women Show: a night when Jeanne Kuhns gathers inspired songwriters to share their original songs in the round. This year, in addition to regulars Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson, Katie Dahl […]

  • Vote Door County as Best Destination for Fall Foliage 2019

    Door County has been nominated for a national award, USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award for Best Destination for Fall Foliage. Nationwide voting for the award is now underway at Even though it’s the middle of summer, the Door County Visitor Bureau is asking visitors and residents to start thinking fall by voting for Door County. […]

  • Red Putter Pro Tournament Is Aug. 3

    The Red Putter mini golf course in Ephraim will again welcome professionals to its 18th annual Red Putter Pro Tournament: the only professional miniature-golf tournament in the area. It draws 80 to 100 players from across the country to compete for the top prize of $2,000: one of the largest prizes for a mini-golf tournament!     […]

  • Rising Appalachia ‘Harmonize’ to a Standing Ovation

    Strong vocal harmonies weaved in between banjo riffs, swells from the fiddle and beats from the West African drum. Rising Appalachian’s performance was well-oiled and comfortable, with nods to influences from Appalachia, Ireland, New Orleans and West Africa. Leah and Chloe Smith were back on the Door Community Auditorium (DCA) stage again, one they remembered […]

  • Open House at New Hospice Center

    Door County Medical Center is holding an open house from 3-7 pm Thursday, Aug. 1, for the first public showing of the new Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing and Hospice Center. Everyone is invited to participate in a self-guided tour of the new facility and learn about the incredible features designed to provide comfort […]

  • Make Mine Eclectic

    John Ford Coley, one half of 1970s duo, plays Fishstock If you had to pick a single musical act that epitomized the zeitgeist of the 1970s, how many would name England Dan & John Ford Coley? C’mon, let’s see those hands. Of course, if not at the top of the list, they would be right […]

  • Obituary: Karen Jean Tews Jones

    Oct. 29, 1942 – July 27, 2019 Karen Jean Tews Jones, 76, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully at home. She was born in Oostburg, the daughter of Wallace Benjamin and Dorothy Angeline (Walvoord) Ten Pas. She was proud of her Dutch heritage and enjoyed collecting cultural items. After graduating from Oostburg High School in 1960, she […]

  • Obituary: Richard “Rick” William Anderson

    Feb. 6, 1952 – July 24, 2019  Richard William Anderson, “Rick” and “Skeeter” to friends and family, 67, of the Town of Nasewaupee, died peacefully at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Robert Claiborne Anderson and Marjorie Alberta (Cunningham) Anderson. In 1955, Rick’s family moved to Glen […]

  • Land Trust Launches Campaign to Preserve Pebble Beach

    The Door County Land Trust and Village of Sister Bay announced a partnership to protect 600 feet of shoreline and 17 acres of land as a publicly accessible recreation and natural area. The Door County Land Trust will assist with the purchase of the property through a fundraising effort and protection of the property with […]

  • Obituary: Keith J. Bridenhagen

    March 18, 1949 – July 23, 2019  Keith Bridenhagen was born to Hollis “Baldy” and Lucille Bridenhagen. He died at age 70. He is survived by his wife, Christine; his daughter, Barrett (Marc Meredith); son, Ivan (Brittney Smith); daughter, Heidi (Jeremy Schmal); grandsons, Hudson and Dempsey; and granddaughters, Leisel and Isabella. Arnie, Fred, Richie and Holly are […]