Peninsula Pulse – Aug. 5-12, 2016

In this issue

  • Nate Nichols Wins Red Putter Pro Tournament

    Nate Nichols of Columbus, Indiana took home the Red Jacket at the 15th annual Red Putter Pro Tournament Aug. 6 at The Red Putter Mini Golf in Ephraim.

  • Commentary: Reasons the Sevastopol Recall is Needed

    Attempts to reach the two candidates opposing the incumbents were unsuccessful. In lieu of that, we provide an excerpt from the Sevastopol Parents & Community United Facebook page: The Sevastopol School Board is currently deeply divided. …A board so deeply divided is the most important reason for the recall. We have hit the dreaded stage […]

  • Pets Prohibited at Sister Bay Waterfront Park

    Following a public hearing during Sister Bay’s village board meeting on July 19, the village board voted to keep pets out of the portion of the Waterfront Park that is south of the village hall. The village also prohibited pets from being in the park during special events, which was previously allowed. Five residents spoke […]

  • HELP of Door County Executive Director Resigns

    Paul Loppnow, co-chair of HELP of Door County’s board of directors announced that the board has, reluctantly, accepted Executive Director Ursula Bunnell Timreck’s resignation. Her extensive expertise in all matters related to domestic abuse issues, fierce passion for HELP’s clients and unwavering professionalism will be sorely missed. Anni Lampert has been named interim director.

  • Grass Fire Subdued on Washington Island

    A nearly three-acre grass and brush fire on the east side of Washington Island was extinguished through a team effort of Northern Door firefighters on Tuesday, Aug. 2. The fire was reported about 2 pm. In addition to the Washington Island Fire Department, departments from Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Ephraim and Baileys Harbor also responded, with […]

  • Wildwood Road Farm Open House Aug. 8

    Wildwood Road Farm, the largest grower in northern Door, is holding an open house on Monday, Aug. 8, from 10 am to 2 pm. The family owned and operated farm will have produce for sale. The farm is located at 1693 Wildwood Road, Sister Bay. Rain date for the open house is Tuesday, Aug. 9.

  • Kewaunee Harbor Project Work Begins

    Kewaunee Mayor Sandi Christman presided at the dedication of the Dockwall and Harbor Improvements Project for Kewaunee Harbor on Friday, July 29. According to Wisconsin Assemblyman Joel Kitchens, there is no other place in the state, in this budget cycle, with a project that’s comparable. He stated that it represents a revitalization of the entire […]

  • Edible Startup Summit in Madison Aug. 24

    Join food business entrepreneurs and food business experts at this year’s Edible Startup Summit in Madison. This three-day boot camp kicks off on Wednesday, Aug. 24, with sessions covering current and upcoming trends in food; creating a uniquely defensible brand; telling your story through branding; the best way to demo your product; and networking. Resource […]

  • Native Plants Subject of Wild Ones Aug. 13 Demonstration

    “How to propagate native plants” is a garden demonstration offered by the Door County Chapter of Wild Ones in the propagation facility and gardens of Door Landscape and Nursery. The public invited. The event takes place at 9:30 am on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 6329 Hwy. 42, one mile north of Carlsville.

  • Sevastopol Pay It Forward! Challenge

    Sevastopol Education Foundation’s Pay It Forward! Fundraising Challenge will begin in August and culminate at the Sevastopol Homecoming Football Game on Oct. 7. Pay It Forward! has three prongs: an Alumni Challenge, a Student Challenge and a Community Challenge. For the Alumni Challenge, Sevastopol alum can perform an act of kindness for your alma mater […]

  • Bill Brophy, Hal Grutzmacher

    2016 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    Each fall, the Peninsula Pulse invites people of all ages, backgrounds and artistic abilities to submit stories, photographs and poems for a chance to be published in our annual Hal Prize literary and photography issue. The Hal Prize is held in the spirit of the late Hal Grutzmacher, a professor and Door County bookstore owner, […]

  • Behme, Todey Speak Before Sevastopol School Recall Election

    Section 12 of Article XIII of the Wisconsin Constitution allows for “qualified electors of the state” to demand the recall of any incumbent elective officer in the state, without offering any justification for the recall. Get enough signatures, and you can have a recall. The case of the Aug. 23 recall election of Sevastopol School […]

  • Jacksonport Accepting Bids for Koulias House

    Sealed bids will be received by the Town Clerk for the Town of Jacksonport at the Jacksonport Town Hall, 3365 County V, Sturgeon Bay, WI, until noon Sept. 26, 2016 for the sale of the single family three-bedroom home commonly referred to as the “Koulias House.” The home is located at 6282 Hwy. 57 in […]

  • Walker Plans Continued University Tuition Freeze

    Governor Scott Walker The governor told state agencies he plans to extend the University of Wisconsin tuition freeze in the next two-year state budget he’ll introduce in early 2017. Walker said in a letter to state agencies last week that most should submit budgets for the next two years that don’t spend any more money […]

  • Municipal Meetings: August 5 – 12

    City of Sturgeon Bay: Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm on Aug. 9. The Community Protection & Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on Aug. 11. County of Door: The Highway Committee meets at 8:30 am on Aug. 8. The EMS Committee meets at noon on Aug. 8. The Property committee meets at […]

  • At 75, Eric Burdon Wants You to Keep Rockin’

    It’s hard to believe that it was more than a half-century ago when a gruff-voiced young Geordie from the northern English coal mining town of Newcastle and his bandmates – known as The Animals – recorded the revolutionary sounds of “The House of the Rising Sun.” Fast forward from the summer of 1964 to now. […]

  • Obituary: Ellen Kate Sprogø-Topelmann

    Ellen Kate Sprogø-Topelmann passed away peacefully on August 1st, surrounded by her husband Karsten, daughter Lisa and son Lars. For 90 years she lived a beautiful, full and happy life. Born in Hamburg, Germany, on April 29th, 1926, Ellen was part of a big family that often had to struggle to make ends meet. She […]

  • Obituary: John ‘Jack’ Weber

    John ‘Jack’ Weber, 59, of Sturgeon Bay, Town of Sevastopol, died July 30, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay after a short and courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 22, 1956 in Sturgeon Bay, the youngest of nine children to the farming family of Arthur and Theresa (Neuchter) Weber. Jack graduated from Sevastopol […]

  • Obituary: Stella R. Irwin

    Our beloved mother, Stella R. Irwin, 88, passed away peacefully early July 29, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center.  She was born on November 23, 1927, in Little Rock, AR to Shoffner and Rosa May (Moore) Wright.  At the age of 5, Stella’s mother died and she was raised by her aunts near mid-eastern […]

  • Obituary: Eileen Copiskey

    Eileen Copiskey, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on July 29, 2016 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ryan Thompson.  She was born March 25, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay to Clarence and Helen (Weckler) Cumber.  On Aug. 25, 1973, she married Charles L. Copiskey in Michigan.  He preceded her in death […]

  • Obituary: Judith J. D’Amico

    Judith J. (Jorgensen) D’Amico, 82, of Mequon, and longtime summer resident of Sister Bay, died July 25, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Frank N. D’Amico. Loving mother of John (Sharon), Charles (Cheryl), Peter (Rhonda) and Lynda (Kevin) Orfield. Proud and caring grandma of  Christina (Andrew) Tibesar, Lisa (Dan) Lewis, Frank, Stephen, Lauren, John, Leland, Nicholas, […]

  • Obituary: David Townley Debenham

    David Townley Debenham, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin passed away at home June 19, 2016. He was born July 31, 1941, the son of Roger and Margaret Debenham, and raised in Wilmette, IL. It was there that he spent many summers lifeguarding on the shores of Lake Michigan. He graduated from New Trier High School Class of 1959 […]

  • Birth: Jena Charles and Bradley Bouche

      Jena Charles and Bradley Bouche, Casco, are the parents of a son born July 26, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Kristi and Jay Charles, Algoma. Paternal grandparents are Joann Lyon, Green Bay, and Paul Bouche, Dyckesville.

  • Pet Talk: Brushing is Best for Dog’s Teeth

      Q: My dog doesn’t like getting his teeth brushed. I see that Milk-Bone has a treat to clean a dog’s teeth. Do you think they really work?   A: I have seen the product advertised and wondered that myself. Looking up the product, below are its claims. “Milk-Bone Brushing Chews help provide an easy […]

  • Featured Pet: Chloe

    Chloe is a very distinguished 10-year-old feline. She came to the Door County Humane Society as a stray a few months ago and now spends her days looking for her forever home. Her stunning long gray coat, beautiful warm eyes, and petite little face resembles the Persian cat breed. Chloe is front declawed and enjoys […]

  • Door County Humane Society Holds Memorial Service for Therapy Dog

    It is with heavy hearts that the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) announces the passing of Timber, the unofficial mascot of DCHS and beloved dog companion of DCHS Assistant Animal Care Coordinator Debbie Barnes. Timber died suddenly July 24. During his time as a therapy dog, he visited all of the Door County libraries, Dorchester […]

  • VFW Post 3088 Holds Buddy Poppy Drive Aug. 5 & 6

    Sturgeon Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3088 will conduct their annual Buddy Poppy Drive on Aug. 5 & 6. The VFW will be at the following locations and times for the drive: Econo Foods, Pick ‘N Save & Walgreen’s in Sturgeon Bay, 8 am – 6 pm; Main Street Market in Egg Harbor, 7:30 […]

  • Food and Fun for All Ages at Jacksonport’s Cherry Fest

    Come to Lakeside Park, Hwy. 57, in Jacksonport for the 22nd Annual Cherry Fest on Aug. 6, 7 am – 4 pm. The day is packed with fun for the whole family. Savor the great food including fresh cherries, cherry brats and cherry hamburgers as well as an assortment of cherry desserts. Stroll through the […]

  • St. Peter’s Cares Walk to Raise Money for Neighbor to Neighbor

    St Peter’s Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay, is sponsoring “St. Peter’s Cares Walk” on Aug. 20, 8:30 to 10:30 am. All registration monies will be donated to Neighbor to Neighbor, a local nonprofit. The walk is 1- to 2.5-miles long through Sturgeon Bay. Maps will be available. Pre-registration is due Aug. 13. The cost is $15 […]

  • Door County Habitat for Humanity Closes on Kimberley House

    On July 25, Door County Habitat for Humanity closed on the former Kimberley House. The Kimberley House closed their doors in July 2015. In May, the Kimberley Foundation Board of Directors decided to offer the home, located at 33 N. Joliet in Sturgeon Bay, to Door County Habitat for Humanity. Steve Wilkie, Kimberley House board […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A DA to Assure Our Safety with Intelligence, Integrity

    District Attorney Ray Pelrine has served the citizens of Door County with integrity and distinction for more than a decade and has more than 30 years of experience as a prosecutor. He has taught hundreds of other prosecutors the basics of prosecution as well as the finer points of trial and evidentiary procedure. New prosecutors […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Church, Reborn

      Is something missing or coming up short in your life? Perhaps it’s a nagging void that can only be filled with sense of purpose and spirituality. Maybe it’s the opportunity to share common, holy ground with others. Or possibly it’s a nagging need to get together with like-minded people in a communion of sharing, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support for Colleen Nordin

    It is a very important vote this coming Tuesday, August 9, for the District Attorney election. Mr. Pelrine recently stated he is experienced and an answerable candidate. Mr. Pelrine’s credentials/experience and other input was just vetted by State of Wisconsin attorneys the last few months. Ray Pelrine then lost the race to be appointed the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Send Gallagher to Washington

    It’s rare that I get the chance to know someone personally who is running for office, especially for a congressional seat. When I first met Mike Gallagher about five months ago I remember feeling like I was talking to someone just like me. I could tell he was sincere and shared the same passion I […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Letter to the Natural Resources Board

    I have witnessed Wisconsin’s water degradation over an 18-year period as I lived six blocks south of the Wisconsin state line in Warren, Ill. I saw nitrate disclaimer signs appearing in restrooms in Grant, Lafayette, and Green Counties as CAFOs were approved and expanded. Diners, the drive-in movie theater, churches, township halls and gas stations, […]

  • Next Lake Lesson Covers Breeding Birds and Climate Change

    The next Lake Lesson Speaker Series program, “Birds on the Move” is Aug. 11 at 7 pm. Join in on this discussion on how breeding birds in the U.S. have been affected by climate change and extreme events in the recent past and how things could change over the rest of this century. Leading this discussion is Brooke Bateman, a […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: Aug. 3, 2016

    Standings As of Aug. 3 Husby’s 38-4 Blue Horse Beach Café 34-5 PC Junction 34-5 Sister Bay Bowl 23-19 Wilson’s 21-18 Nicolet Beach 15-27 Main Street Market 10-29 Camp David 5-31 Team Tomato 0-39   Results Aug. 3 PC Junction 1, Blue Horse 2 Wilson’s 3, Camp David 0 Nicolet Beach 0, Husby’s 3 Main […]

  • Trump Hosts Green Bay Rally Aug. 5

    Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, will hold a rally at 7 pm on Aug. 5 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Tickets are available at

  • Meteor Shower, Kyle Megna Duo & More Weekend Plans

    The peninsula is home to a variety of artists, and there’s an opportunity to see their work every day this weekend. Assess finely crafted wooden boats, watch artists demonstrate their talent, or browse through an arts and crafts fair to get a taste of what these artists have to offer. Friday, Aug. 12 Door County […]

  • Schuster Retires After 37 Years of Protecting Door County Water

    When a federal employee from the United States Department of Agriculture showed up at the Door County Soil Conservation office to fill a vacancy, he found a wily young man poring over the office manuals. It was 1979 and Bill Schuster decided he was in charge. Schuster has been in charge for the past 37 […]

  • Keeping A Pulse on Favre

    As the National Football League prepares to enshrine its Class of 2016 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio on Saturday, Aug. 6, the Peninsula Pulse reflects on its writings about one of those Hall of Fame inductees – former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett […]

  • Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance Receives Most Distinguished Research Award

    The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has received this year’s award for Most Distinguished Research from the Governmental Research Association, a national association of nonprofit research organizations that analyze policy at the regional and state level. The award, given at the group’s annual conference in Pittsburgh this month, recognized WISTAX for its groundbreaking 2015 report, “Evaluating […]

  • Al Duessler Wins Award for Best Business Plan

    Al Duessler is the winner of the $1,200 cash award for the best business plan originating from the 15th annual Door County Entrepreneurial Training Program course conducted earlier this year by the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC). Duessler and his future business partner Bryan Kuehn are currently employed at a property management company in […]

  • Destroyers Stay Strong in Sixth Week of Season

    On July 30, the Door County Destroyers traveled to Racine to take on the Threat in the sixth week of MidStates Football League (MSFL) regular season play. The Threat held tough in the first half, keeping the Destroyers to a 13-3 lead. The Destroyers came back strong in the second half and piled on the […]

  • Door County League Baseball Results: July 31, 2016

    Standings As of July 31 Egg Harbor 11-2 Sister Bay 9-2 Kolberg 8-3 Maplewood 6-7 West Jacksonport 6-7 Washington Island 5-8 Institute 4-8 Baileys Harbor 0-12   Results July 29 Egg Harbor W, Baileys Harbor L (forfeit) Institute 4, Washington Island 10 July 31 Sister Bay 10, West Jacksonport 1 Kolberg 2, Maplewood 5 Washington […]

  • TAP Presents “Madame Sherry”

    Third Avenue Playhouse’s (TAP) summer/fall season continues with the merry and madcap musical comedy, Madame Sherry, now through Sept. 3. “I got a chance to step in on the Madame Sherry first read-through/sing-through,” said TAP staff member Amy Ensign, “and I couldn’t stop smiling all day.” When a man-about-town’s secret life is about to be […]

  • Peninsula Players Hosts “How to Produce a Musical” Seminar

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of the lively, pop-rock musical The Full Monty, will host a pre-show seminar, “How to Produce a Musical.” Greg Vinkler, Peninsula Players artistic director and director of The Full Monty, and Valerie Maze, music director, will host a discussion before the Aug. 5 performance, starting at 6:30 […]

  • 11th Annual Art & Treasure Sale Begins Aug. 6

    The Miller Art Museum is hosting its 11th annual Art & Treasures Sale from 10 am to 4 pm, Aug. 6-20 (except Sundays) on the Ruth Morton Miller Mezzanine of the museum, inside the Sturgeon Bay Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue. This annual fundraiser is a cross between an estate and yard sale with […]

  • Julie Rutherford Presents Stained Glass Art at Angela Lensch Gallery

    Julie Rutherford, of Rice Lake, Wis., has spent more than 20 years perfecting her stained glass art pieces. Focusing on art glass and intricate design, Rutherford combined that with the beauty of nature in her pieces. She often features poppies, irises, dragonflies, hummingbirds and lotus flowers. Rutherford will be at a meet-the-artist reception at Angela […]

  • Dailey & Vincent Return to Peg Egan

    Grammy nominated Dailey & Vincent will be back at Peg Egan Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Aug. 7 at 7 pm. The Dailey and Vincent concert will also serve as a tribute to the late Marian Hislop. Jamie Dailey (guitar, bass, lead and harmony vocals) was hired by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in 1998 as […]

  • Woodwalk Presents an Evening with “Wise Women”

    Woodwalk Concert Series presents an evening of “Wise Women” in music and dance on Aug. 5 at 7 pm. Singer/songwriters Jenny Bienemann, Carley Baer, Marybeth Mattson and Jeanne Kuhns will perform in Nashville songwriters semi-circle style, taking turns performing their original music on the Woodwalk stage. Local belly dancer from Dancin’ on the Door, Andria […]

  • Crossroads Continues Summer Programming

    In August, Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay continues to nurture learners of all ages by offering free family programs at 10 am, Mondays through Thursdays. Summer educator Joan Wilkie and naturalist Joel Kaminski will share the teaching responsibilities. Below are dates and topics for the family programs for the week. On Aug. 8, […]

  • Door County Land Trust Hosts “Farm to Nature Preserve” Hike

    The Door County Land Trust will host a free “Farm to Nature Preserve” hike on Aug. 6, 9 – 11 am. The 90-acre Legacy Nature Preserve contains an old field, a white cedar wetland, meandering stream and clay bluff bordering more than one-half mile of Lake Michigan. In August, fields which were once farmed will […]

  • Plum Bottom Presents “Painters, Paper, and Printmakers”

    Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery will host “Art Show 8: Painters, Paper, and Printmakers,” beginning with an artists reception and demonstrations on Aug. 6, 4 – 7 pm. Come enjoy a class of Von Stiehl wine and see the artists at work with a demo by print artist Erin Nolan starting at 4 pm and […]

  • Carol Schalla is DCAL’s Featured Artist of the Week

    Blessed with an “artistic” eye at an early age, Carol Schalla, pastel artist, is the featured artist of the week at The Gallery of the Door County Art League in the courtyard at the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek beginning Aug. 6. Art has always been a part of Schalla’s life, from […]

  • Fine Line Hosts Emilie Shapiro Trunk Show

    Fine Line Designs Gallery is excited to host New York City-based jewelry artist Emilie Shapiro for a trunk show on Aug. 6 & 7. Shapiro will be at the gallery from 10 am to 5 pm both days, showing her unique metal and gemstone jewelry. Shapiro grew up on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, […]

  • Hike Appel’s Bluff with The Ridges

    Join a Ridges Sanctuary naturalist on Aug. 7 at 2 pm for a guided hike through the varied landscape of Appel’s Bluff. Acquired by The Ridges in 2015, this 67-acre tract features dense lowland cedar forest with ephemeral ponds and wetlands in the southern portion and upland forests of maple and birch in the middle. […]

  • Edgewood Orchard Galleries Hosts Reception for New Exhibit

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host the Exhibit V reception on August 6, 4-7 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served and the public is welcome. The exhibit features the artwork of painters Rebecca Korth, William A. Suys, Jr., and Tal Walton, jewelry designs by Ed Levin, and sculpture by C.T. Whitehouse. The artists will […]

  • James May Gallery Presents August Exhibition

    James May Gallery of Algoma presents their August exhibition, curated by Kara Slamka, at Algoma’s Friday Night Art Walk and their opening reception on Aug. 5, 5:30-8 pm. Artists in the exhibit are: Donny Gettinger, mixed media artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota; Emily Rogstad, jeweler/metalsmith from Asheville, North Carolina; Elysia Michaelsen, mixed media/installation artist from Egg […]

  • Björklunden Offers Seminars on the Apostle Thomas, Israel, and Watercolor

    From Aug. 14-20, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering these seminars: “The Apostle Thomas in Scripture” with Bill Urbrock; “Watercolor: The Expressive Medium” with Helen Klebesadel; and “What Next for Israel in the New Middle East?” with Jon Greenwald. In the New Testament, the Apostle Thomas is featured in only a few episodes in the Gospel […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Presents Sharon Auberle

    On Aug. 10 at 7 pm, Sharon Auberle is the featured reader at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s Dickinson Poetry Series. Auberle grew up in the Midwest, exploring fields, woods and waters, often in the company of her grandfather, who passed his love of the outdoors to her. With this heritage, her years […]

  • Patricia Shoppe Presents Laura Tanner Jewelry

    Patricia Shoppe of Egg Harbor will wrap up their summer trunk show series with a 10-day show of Laura Tanner Jewelry (LTJ). LTJ is a newer collection to the shop but quickly became a customer favorite. The LTJ look is marked by the combination of exquisite gemstone beads and pearls with precious metals to create […]

  • Six Best Spots to See the Tall Ships

    The flotilla of nine tall ships is expected to arrive in Sturgeon Bay late Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 3, after finishing the Lake Michigan portion of the Tall Ships Challenge Race earlier in the day in Algoma. The parade and overnight stop in Sturgeon Bay is the prelude to the three-day Tall Ships Festival Aug. 5-7 […]