Peninsula Pulse August 20-27, 2021

In this issue

  • TID #5 Is in the Works

    The red line shows the boundary of what would be Tax Incremental District (TID) #5 within the City of Sturgeon Bay. Two different residential apartment buildings with a total of 36 units between them have been proposed for the area: one at the former Sunset School property, the other in the parking lot across the street. The TID would help the city finance incentives to the developers, public improvements and fix-up grants for the property owners. Source: City of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Plaza Project Proceeding

    Sturgeon Bay – The three-story Plaza project being planned for the West Waterfront by One Barrel Brewing owners Jennifer and Peter Gentry has made additional steps forward toward development.  First, the Sturgeon Bay Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board approved the design and materials last month for the proposed building at 100 E. Maple […]

  • Captain Dan Brinkman First Assistant Police Chief

    Sturgeon Bay – Captain Dan Brinkman of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department has become the department’s first assistant chief of police, while Sergeant Investigator Chad Hougaard has been promoted to the captain position.  The promotions follow the change the department made to its administrative ranks in June to be in better alignment with statewide command […]

  • Drive-thru Coffee Shop Approved

    Sturgeon Bay – A bank-to-coffee-shop conversion received unanimous approval last week from the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission.  Karla Thomas, a new tenant in the former Nicolet Bank building – now called the DC Epicenter by owners Chad and Jan Ladick – petitioned for a permit to use the existing drive-through facility in conjunction with her […]

  • Top Teams Expected at Death’s Door BBQ

    Four out of the top six teams in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Team of the Year standings are entered in the ninth annual Death’s Door BBQ event, to be held Aug. 28, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Washington Island Airport. A total of $8,000 in prize money and awards is up for […]

  • Local School Districts Reject Masking Guidance from Pediatric Leader

    For now, only Gibraltar is preparing universal-masking order Pediatric health adviser Dr. Amy Fogarty recommends that Door County schools make masks mandatory for all students and staff members, but so far, only one public-school board, Gibraltar, has heeded that guidance. As of Aug. 20, St. John Bosco parochial school in Sturgeon Bay had been the […]

  • WILD THINGS: Bonus Deer, Turkey Tags Available on ‘Go Wild’ Site

    Whether you hunt whitetails and wild turkeys locally, or head to another county to try your luck, now’s the time to pick up the tags you’ll need. It’s true that all hunters get one either-sex fall turkey tag with their license purchase, but leftovers are also available. You can check by zone at Meanwhile, […]

  • Katie Dahl Joins Women’s Car Parade

    The League of Women Voters of Door County car parade celebrating the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th amendment will take place Aug. 26, 11:30 am – 1 pm. All League members and the public are welcome to join the fun. Decorate your car with ‘Votes for Women’ signs, dig out an outrageously large hat […]

  • Volunteers Recognized with Governor’s Service Awards

    Governor Tony Evers stated that the 2021 Governor’s Service Awards would honor nine Wisconsinites and five organizations that are spearheading “positive, impactful change through their service to the people of Wisconsin.” Five of the honorees have impacted Northeastern Wisconsin through their service, including Maryssa Paulsen, Lisa Penterman, DPI AmeriCorps Farm to School, the Wisconsin Association […]

  • 330+ Students Benefit From Back to School Program

    The annual Back to School Program hosted by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department has helped more than 330 children from over 160 families get ready for the 2021-22 school year. The event held on Aug. 11 gave students the opportunity to choose from thousands of donated school supplies, which included backpacks, notebooks, folders, binders, […]

  • Angel Ball Moves to October

    The Angel Ball – traditionally held in December – is being moved this year to Oct. 8 and will be held at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Since 1956, The Angel Ball has been the major fundraiser for healthcare scholarships awarded by the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary. In 2021, more than $33,000 in scholarships were […]

  • Art for the People: Rebecca Carlton’s public-arts projects cross state borders

    Standing in the gallery of Juddville Clay Studio Gallery amid several ceramic sculptures, abstractions and tall vases, Rebecca Carlton described how she and her husband, sculptor Tony Staroska, cleared the space last year when they shut down the gallery during the pandemic. Gesturing to the wall behind her, she said that was where she had […]

  • Ralph Murre Remembers Bill Guenzel Through Poem

    "The Gardener" in memory of Bill Guenzel by RALPH MURRE O.K., we’ll call him the gardener if you want. Gardeners don’t make things grow, y’know – they tend the soil, they bring the water and make sure things are where they ought to be just so the trees, the grass, the stones, have a chance. […]

  • Enjoy Poetry and Music at Write On

    Write On, Door County celebrates the Sturgeon Moon (August’s full moon) with a performance by poets and musicians on Aug. 22, 7:30 pm, at its Writing Center in Juddville. The event is organized by Door County Poet Laureate Mike Orlock. Performers include Sharon Auberle, Chris Bishop, Tom and Ethel Davis, Albert DeGenova, Jeanne Kuhns, Ralph […]

  • Tom Davis Named Notable WI Author

    The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) announced that Thomas Davis of Sturgeon Bay has been named a Notable Wisconsin Author, and his book of poetry, Meditations on Ceremonies of Beginnings, has been named an Outstanding Book of Poetry by a Wisconsin Poet. The WLA gives out these awards to Wisconsin writers and poets on an annual […]

  • The Miller Art Museum and the Library: Partners Since 1974

    by Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, Executive Director, Miller Art Museum The Miller Art Museum was established in 1974 under the auspices of the Door County Library system and operated under the direction of the Fine Arts Board, a committee of the Friends of the Door County Libraries that was created to set policies and supervise the museum’s operation. An Art Acquisitions Committee was formed in 1975 to acquire artwork as […]

  • Indie Bookstore Tour: Supporting Literacy at the Book Corner

    Grace Johnson is visiting local booksellers, chronicling her experiences and sharing the inspiration behind the sellers.  Year Opened: 2017Location: 401 3rd St., AlgomaOwner: Algoma Public Library There must be something about the color yellow in Algoma. Like its friends around the corner, the Book Corner has an inviting yellow door and accents that make for […]

  • Celebrate 47 Years with Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery is celebrating 47 years on Garrett Bay Road. Resident potter John Dietrich is also 54 years of working with clay. He was potter Abe Cohn’s assistant at the Potters Wheel in both Fish Creek and Milwaukee for six years. In 1974 he bought the Driftwood Farms apple barn and transformed it into […]

  • Celebrate Waterfront Promenade Improvements

    Over the course of last year, crews from Sturgeon Bay’s Municipal Services have been busy improving many aspects of the local parks and public walkways. The East Waterfront Promenade was no exception in this regard where the raised flower bed at the south end of the walkway was rebuilt. The raised bed now features a […]

  • Sōmi Extends B.Basch Exhibit

    With the addition of new collage pieces on panel, SŌMI Gallery will extend its exhibit of B. Basch paintings and collages to Sept. 6. The new works will replace items sold earlier in the exhibition.  Largely influenced by constructivism, abstract expressionism, and POP, B. Basch often employs found materials as an underpinning and catalyst for […]

  • Exploring Washington Island’s Natural Wonder

    For a place with only 125.5 square miles and all of that surrounded by water, Washington Island boasts an incredible variety of outdoor destinations to plan an entire day around. Once you’ve experienced popular attractions like Schoolhouse Beach or Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm, you can find the hidden gems of the island’s four nature preserves, […]

  • Kayak Little Lake

    Tucked in the northwestern corner of Washington Island is Little Lake. Part of the Little Lake Nature Preserve, the shallow, 33-acre, inland lake with its Walden Pond-like qualities and secluded location offers quiet respite and is an ideal place to slip a kayak into the water for a calm, easy paddle. Begin the journey by […]

  • Wearable Art Show Moves to New Venue

    The Door County Wearable Art Show returns Aug. 28-29 at a new venue, the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The public is invited to shop regional designer-made clothing, accessories and jewelry, and meet the artists in person.  Some of the participating artists include Ilze Heider of Grafton, with elegantly crafted leather bags; Pat Rued of Deerfield, […]

  • Explore Beehives at Pollenpalooza

    The Door County Beekeepers Club will participate in the annual Pollenpalooza – a celebration of pollinators – held at Crossroads at Big Creek, Aug. 21, 1-4 pm, along with Wild Ones of Door County and the Door County Seed Library. The beekeeping part of this family-oriented event will provide a presentation in the Collins Learning […]

  • Cut-Your-Own Flowers at OneEighty Petals

    Escape the crowds and spend time among the flowers with a visit to OneEighty Petals’ Cut-Your-Own Flower Field in Fish Creek.  A first-of-its-kind Door County experience, create your own bouquets and arrangements using local and sustainably grown Door County blooms you harvest from the flower field. Choose from more than 30 different varieties of specialty […]

  • Valmy Thresheree Returns This Weekend

    The 38th Valmy Thresheree and Tractor Pull returns Aug. 20-22 to the Northeast Wisconsin Antique Power Association Grounds, 5005 Country View Road, Sturgeon Bay. The Valmy Thresheree has become a popular event in Door County for the whole family with activities and refreshments for everyone. The first night the gates open at 6pm. There will […]

  • Take to the Sky

    7th annual Soar on the Shore Kite Festival held Aug. 21 The 7th annual Soar on the Shore Kite and Beach Festival will take place Aug. 21, 11 am – 4 pm, at Crescent Beach in Algoma. The Wisconsin Kiters Club will provide stunt kites, giant display kites and a kite candy drop for kids. […]

  • Tailgate Fundraiser Held at Fireside Sept. 12

    A Packers vs. Saints Tailgate Fundraiser is being held for Justin Schwinghammer on Sept. 12 on the Fireside patio, 7755 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor. Schwinghammer, 33, was a passenger in a car accident a few months ago that left him quadriplegic. The fundraiser also features food, music, drinks and raffle prizes. The doors open at […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Hosts Blood Drive

    A blood drive will be held at the Sturgeon Bay high school on Sept. 15, 8 am – 2 pm. To schedule your life-saving donation, contact Emily Orns at 620.230.5150 or [email protected]. Registration can also be done online at Log in, click ‘Donate Now’ and search sponsor code OT82. Advance registration is encouraged.

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Thunder

    Meet Thunder (, a one-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus! This handsome kitty happens to have FeLV (feline leukemia virus), which impairs his immune system. He’s showing no symptoms at this time and is as sweet and loving as they come.  Thunder has already been neutered, […]

  • Mark the Date!: Sept. 15 is deadline for Hal Prize for writing and photography

    Do you have a story to tell?  Take your chance to get published in 25,000 copies of the Peninsula Pulse and in the inaugural 8142 Review, the new literary journal from the Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County.  Now in its 23rd year, the Hal Prize offers prizes for works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry […]

  • Turtle Ridge Hosts Gallery Night Aug. 19

    Turtle Ridge Gallery will host a Gallery Night Aug. 19, 4-7 pm. This month’s theme is Cherries, Berries, Blossoms and Birds. It is the peak of the summer season at the gallery and the inspiration garden is filled with feathered friends and delightful blooms. Encaustic paintings, mixed media works and etchings by Mary Ellen Sisulak […]

  • COVID Cases on the Rise Again

    “If you’re not vaccinated, it’s really on you to either get vaccinated or put a mask on because you’re either going to get vaccinated or you’re going to get sick.” – Dr. Jim Heise

  • Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group Urging Protection of Afghan Women Leaders

    U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined 45 of her Republican and Democratic colleagues in urging the Biden administration to take swift action to protect and support Afghan women leaders facing unparalleled danger following the Taliban’s violent sweep across Afghanistan and seizure of Kabul. In a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of […]

  • Town of Gibraltar Asks for Jury Trial

    The Town of Gibraltar  requested a jury trial in its lawsuit against North Point Marina, owners of Alibi Dock. At an Aug. 9 hearing Judge David Weber set the trial to begin Oct. 4, 2022.  The town filed suit April 8, alleging that Alibi is using its easterly pier, known as Pier 4, for transient […]

  • Shipwrecked Hearing Aug. 23

    The public hearing for the latest proposal from the owners of Shipwrecked for a conditional use permit and special development district relief will be held Aug. 23, 4 pm, at the Kress Pavilion. Shipwrecked is seeking approval to add a beer garden and seating on the former Christine’s property immediately south of the restaurant.

  • Forestville Millpond Refill Begins Sept. 1

    The Forestville Millpond drawdown will be coming to an end with refilling operations beginning by  approximately Sept. 1 and, weather depending, refilling being completed by Oct. 1. The Wisconsin Department of Natural  Resources (DNR) will stock the  millpond with largemouth bass and bluegill over the next several years. The DNR will provide more details in […]

  • Obituary: Marshall “Ted” Barry Teddleton

    February 9, 1944 ~ August 15, 2021 Marshall “Ted” Teddleton, 77, died on Sunday, August 15th, 2021 with his wife and family surrounding him. Ted was born February 9, 1944 in Turlock, CA and raised in Arkansas graduating from Bald Knob High School in 1962 and entering into the Army 14 days after graduation. Ted […]

  • Obituary: Bonnie Lou (Tesch) Sandstrom

    July 17, 1942 ~ August 15, 2021 Bonnie Lou Sandstrom, 79, of Sister Bay, died on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born July 17, 1942 in Wausau, daughter of the late Norman Arnold and Gladys Elsie (Relitz) Tesch. After graduating from DC Everest High School with […]

  • Obituary: Signe Amy Anderson

    May 2, 1920 ~ August 13, 2021 Signe Amy Anderson, age 101, died on Friday, August 13, 2021. Signe was the second child born to Arthur and Amy Anderson on May 2, 1920. Signe was led by her mother to trust the Lord as her Savior at the early age of 6. The desire of […]

  • Obituary: Patrick Thomas Raven

    July 18, 1949 ~ August 12, 2021 Patrick Thomas Raven, 72, of Egg Harbor, WI, formerly of Milwaukee, WI, died peacefully on August 12 of 2021. Patrick was born July 18, 1949, in Manitowoc, WI, the son of Thomas and Alice Raven. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Kenosha, WI in 1967 and attended St. […]

  • Obituary: Joseph Fredrick Felhofer

    October 14, 1935 ~ August 13, 2021   Joseph Fredrick Felhofer, 85, of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Friday, August 13, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was born October 14, 1935 in Germantown, son of the late Joseph Peter and Francis (Mosgaller) Felhofer. Joe was raised on their family farm in Sevastopol and […]

  • Obituary: Paul Vincent Nutini

    August 29, 1945 ~ August 10, 2021 Paul Vincent Nutini, 75, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, August 10, 2021. He was born on August 29, 1945 in Hancock, MI, the son of the late Paul “Pat” Joseph Nutini and Rose Amelia (Pizzi) Nutini. After graduating from Hancock High School in […]

  • Obituary: Lloyd George “LG” Logerquist

    May 12, 1941 ~ July 27, 2021 Lloyd George “LG” Logerquist, 80, of Fish Creek, Wisconsin died early Tuesday morning, July 27, 2021 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin following complications from congestive heart failure. His family was by his side.  Lloyd was born May 12, 1941 in Sister Bay, Wisconsin and […]