Peninsula Pulse August 27-Sept 3, 2021

In this issue

  • Editor’s Note: Like Labor Day? Thank the Labor Movement.

    Americans put in an average of 1,767 hours of work per year, which makes us more industrious than Germans by about 435 hours, and less so than Mexicans, who work 357 hours more annually. The information comes from WalletHub, a personal-finance website that sources data from the World Economic Forum. By 10 different metrics such […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Crowdfunding Fails Those in Greatest Need

    Several years ago, one of my children wanted to spend a year of high school studying in Chile through a Rotary Youth Exchange. As one of six children, he knew that his parents were more focused on paying for college than giving him money to live in another country. Thus, our son worked at a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Our Democracy Imperiled

    President Biden wants to end a two-decades-old war that could never be won and that cost the United States dearly in lives and treasure, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy wants him impeached.  Never mind that our former president signed off on the agreement to leave Afghanistan. Never mind that our former president undermined our […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Changes in Voting Laws Would Protect Election Integrity

    In Mr. Mike Brodd’s letter recently published in the Pulse [Aug. 20, 2021, issue], he makes an important point but glosses over it. That is: only citizens have the right to vote, not “residents.” There is a very important constitutional distinction. Any permanent change to voting laws needs to require that distinction be adhered to.  […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Note to the Vaccine Doubting Thomases

    I recently found vaccination records from when my family received polio vaccines. It took at least six years of receiving the vaccine before it was safe for us not to get polio. Polio is highly present in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and because so few are vaccinated, the disease continues to spread. Because of vaccines, most […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Law Enforcement Should Heed Call to Ban Use of Native American Logos

    The National Congress of American Indians has called for a ban on the appropriation of Native American images, names and cultural symbols. Schools and sports teams respected the call and retired their Native mascots, which they now recognize as offensive and disrespectful. Evidently, some Wisconsin law-enforcement agencies never got the memo. The Sheboygan Press reports […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Protect Frontline Workers by Getting Vaccinations

    Hang on, health care and other essential workers. I can only imagine what you are feeling. Perhaps it may feel like being on a roller coaster going up, up, up, knowing at any minute you will be plunging straight down. Nothing you can do to stop or slow it down. On June 1, this writer […]

  • Kewaunee Dedicates Field to Legendary Coach Rabas

    Kewaunee High School honored legendary coach Don Rabas before its Aug. 27 game.  The school renamed its field Don Rabas Field in honor of the man who served as head coach at Kewaunee for 30 years, compiling a record of 191 wins, 88 losses and one tie. His teams won 10 conference titles, and from […]

  • LeCaptain Awarded Scholarship at University of Minnesota

    Former Southern Door football star Derik LeCaptain, a walk-on linebacker at the University of Minnesota, received a big surprise during an Aug. 18 team meeting. Coach PJ Fleck presented players with an oar on which was written a word such as “trust,” “consistency” or “family,” and he asked the players to describe what the word […]

  • Blue Horse Takes Volleyball Title

    Blue Horse Beach Cafe ended the reign of a dynasty in convincing fashion Wednesday on the County A volleyball courts in Fish Creek. Woody Heidler had led P.C. Junction to four straight Northern Door Volleyball League championships heading into this season. After earning the third seed in the league playoffs this year, P.C. Junction battled […]

  • Kolberg Tops Sister Bay for County League Championship

    The Kolberg Braves upset the Sister Bay Bays, 5-1, on the Bays’ home field during the Aug. 29 championship game of the Door County League baseball playoffs. The Bays, winners of the league’s regular-season championship, couldn’t muster enough offense against former Gibraltar pitcher Trevor Reinhardt, who allowed one run in eight innings. The Bays stranded […]

  • Nut-Free School?

    Gibraltar school district looking into ban on tree nuts and peanuts Discussion of turning Gibraltar into a “nut-free school” appeared on the school board’s agenda this month, and it sounds unusual if taken out of context. But it’s a topic the school officials were not taking lightly. Neither were parents of students with severe allergies […]

  • Mask Update at Area Schools

    Washington Island’s school district has joined Gibraltar’s in issuing orders for all students and school employees to wear face coverings as a COVID-19 prevention protocol, at least for the beginning of the school year.  Door County Medical Center’s Dr. Amy Fogarty, a pediatric adviser for Door County schools, said that as of Aug. 20, she […]

  • Rotary’s Interact Club Supports Restoration at Crossroads

    All summer long, native grasses and shrubs have been establishing their roots at Crossroads at Big Creek’s The Cove Preserve. This is thanks in part to the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Interact Club, which donated $600 it had raised throughout the year to help Crossroads with ecological restoration.  Grants from the Fund for Lake Michigan, the […]

  • Nuisance Deer Control Program Continues on Plum Island

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are continuing the Nuisance Deer Control Program on Plum Island. Sustaining healthy forest habitats is a primary goal for the refuge, but overabundant deer contribute to overbrowsing on forest understory plants. This alters stand regeneration, species composition and overall forest communities.  A maximum […]

  • Building Better Soil with Regenerative Farming

    Local farmers escaped their own fields for a day to learn about soil health, overcoming the challenges of no-till practices, implementing cover crops and transitioning to organic standards. These practices that build soil health, crop resilience and nutrient density are known as “regenerative agriculture,” and both scientists and farmers shared their knowledge about it during […]

  • Meet Your Server: Stephanie Mleziva

    Stephanie Mleziva admits that she arrived at Blue Horse Beach Cafe, 4113 Main St. in Fish Creek, with minimal experience in the service industry. But, what she found was a place to grow a new set of skills and an extended workplace family. Sara Rae Lancaster (SRL): How long have you been working at Blue […]

  • Joe Jo’s 2.0 Reopens Under New Owners

    Asche Rider and Dave Reera, the new owners of the former Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato, opened their doors for the first time this past weekend. They’ve put together a small, but delicious menu as they get their operation up and running at full speed. The restaurant – currently being referred to as Joe Jo’s […]

  • Know Your Grower: Door Karma Farms

    Chris and Christie Schuh have made a life running Door Karma Farms with their three kids, Molly, Lindsay and Logan. Since 2017, they’ve built a farm committed to growing crops and raising animals organically, sustainably and in a pesticide-free way. “It’s a true working farm trying to fill a niche for a local, sustainable product,” […]

  • Bits & Bites

    Door Artisan Cheese Brings Home First Place Door Artisan Cheese, 8103 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor, took first place for its Chipotle Gouda and third place for its Aged Top Hat Cheddar during the Aug. 17 World Dairy Contest. Congratulations on creating some of the best cheese in the world! Perfect Beer for the Perfect […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Drinking for All Five Senses

    You just got home from a long day, grab a beer from the fridge, crack it open and are about to take a swig – but wait! Don’t forget to pour that beer in a glass first.  I know it seems perfectly fine, and it is easier to drink straight from the bottle or can […]

  • Lodging Boom Continues in June

    The lodging industry continued to experience record growth in June. According to the latest report from the Door County Tourism Zone Commission, room-tax collections were up 43% over June of 2019, or $292,237.  For the first six months of 2021, total collections are up 54% over 2019. Through May, the county was up 69%. That […]

  • Invest, Dream, Achieve Program Changing Lives One Student at a Time

    School was never Victoria Jacquart’s thing. A self-described rough childhood led her down a rocky path into her teen years, and eventually she dropped out of high school, believing she didn’t have much of a future. Now, as she inches closer to earning an associate degree in business management from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), […]

  • Vaccine Clinic In Sister Bay Thursday

    Door County Public Health will host a vaccination clinic at the Sister Bay Fire Station Thursday, Sept. 2 from 3-5 pm. The clinic will offer Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to people age 12 and older. Vaccinations may be given by appointment at or by calling 920.746.7180. Walkins are also welcome, including visitors […]

  • WILD THINGS: Season’s First Hunts Opens Wednesday

    Locally Raised Canada Geese Abundant It’s still summer on the calendar, but many area hunters are gearing up for the first “fall” hunting openers Sept. 1. The early goose season will start with a bang Wednesday, when wildlife officials and plenty of urban property owners hope hunters can help trim a booming population of locally […]

  • Preservation Paddling

    A green lesson or three comes with this guide’s hike or kayak Patrick O’Connell of Sturgeon Bay is combining a hobby and a passion with rewarding work, and while he’s at it, he’s sharing environmental and nature lessons with visitors and outdoor enthusiasts. When he’s leading hikes through his informal Door County Outside group, or […]

  • Obituary: Rick Nelson

    March 17, 1951~August 15, 2021 Rick, a graduate of the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York, worked in the restaurant industry throughout Door County and in New Orleans where he met his best friend, Kathy. He was born March 17, 1951 in Niagara Falls, New York and died from bladder cancer August 15, 2021 […]

  • Get a First Shot, Receive $100

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is giving a $100 Visa gift card to Wisconsin residents ages 12 and older who receive their first COVID-19 vaccine from a Wisconsin vaccination provider between Aug. 20 and Sept. 6. Everyone who is eligible to receive the free COVID-19 vaccine is eligible to receive this gift card, regardless […]

  • Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

    Door County – Someone is killed in an alcohol-related crash every three hours in Wisconsin, and drugged driving is also a growing problem. Last year in Wisconsin, 6,050 alcohol-related crashes caused 167 deaths, and 2,250 drug-related crashes caused 80 deaths.  To keep people safer on the roads by eliminating the risks of impaired driving, the […]

  • Blue Horse Takes Volleyball Title

    Blue Horse ended the reign of a dynasty in convincing fashion Wednesday at the volleyball courts on County A in Fish Creek. Woody Heidler had led PC Junction to four straight Northern Door Volleyball League championships heading into this season. After earning the third seed in the league playoffs this year, PC Junction battled back […]

  • Winners Win: DCL Championship Pits Kolberg vs. Sister BAy

    You hear the expression “Winners win” all the time, but what does it truly mean? At some point, most of us have won a contest, raffle, election or what have you. Did that make us a winner? I suppose at that moment we were, but I think the term can go a lot deeper.  So […]

  • Out of the Frying Pan, into the Fire

    Labor shortage squeezes restaurants during busy tourist season As you drive through any of the towns and villages up and down Door County, you’ll see a repetitive sight: “Help Wanted” signs posted in front windows, sometimes accompanied by a polite explanation that the establishment is understaffed and a request for customers’ patience.  Door County isn’t […]

  • Coming Up in the World of Writing: Write On’s Fall Gala, Washington Island Literary Festival, Mystery Conference

    The Write On, Door County dream has become a reality thanks to the dedication of early and ongoing supporters. Join Write On to celebrate the completion of its writing center and the organization’s continued growth during a Sept. 23 gala that begins at 5:30 pm. Enjoy fine dining, good friends and hearing from internationally renowned […]

  • Literacy Door County Featured Student: Georgina Barradas Olvera

    My name is Georgina Barradas Olvera and I am staying here because I want to improve my English. I will be here for five months. My hometown is Cuatitlan, in the State of Mexico, near Mexico City. When I was in Mexico, I learned many things. I learned about first aid treatments. It was amazing […]

  • Exploring the Library: Library, Archives and Museum Work Together

    by Steven Rice, Manager, Door County Historical Museum and Archives For almost 50 years, history buffs and family researchers have relied on the Door County Library for its extensive collection of local history resources.  In 2020, the library expanded its historical family by merging with the Door County Archives and assuming management of the Door […]

  • The Accidental Poet: A Q&A with Hal Prize poetry judge Mark Wunderlich

    Though Mark Wunderlich calls the East Coast home, his poetry often conjures images of the Midwest he grew up in: the farms, the snow, the neighbors and the many other people and places that we who call it home are very familiar with. Within this setting, he tackles questions about life and death, the human […]

  • New Artist at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

    Ginnie Cappaert, owner of Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, has added the work of Susan Piazza to her gallery.  Driven by the visual and tactile texture that clay allows, Piazza hand-builds her mixed-media clay works from slab and also uses various stoneware clays. She describes her style as “abstract/organic,” which is evident in the strong contemporary feel, […]

  • Dietrich Focuses on Fish

    Pottery in Door County doesn’t mean just coffee mugs and vases. At Ellison Bay Pottery, 12156 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay, master potter John Dietrich loves making pottery fish, which serve as small wall sculptures. Feed the Fish, a movie filmed in Ellison Bay several years ago, served as his inspiration, and as each […]

  • Preserve Treasures with Blue Moon Framery

    Janine Buechner has opened Blue Moon Framery to share her skill, experience and dedication to preservation framing by properly handling, preserving and presenting items new and old: grand paintings, children’s art, and fragile, one-of-a-kind heirlooms. “I love my job,” Buechner said. “For me, it is the perfect balance of craftsmanship, customer service and art appreciation.” […]

  • Artrageous Benefit Supports Women, Girls

    Support Door County women and girls by perusing and buying art, sipping wine and enjoying music during the Women’s Fund’s Artrageous Benefit ( on Sept. 18, 2 pm, at Hidden Acres Farm. More than 35 Door County women artists donated pieces to this free event, during which patrons can buy $5 lottery tickets to acquire […]

  • Idea Gallery Hosts Palette-Knife Workshop

    Idea Gallery will host – and nationally renowned palette-knife oil painter Jeff Boutin will teach – a workshop Sept. 12, 11:30 am – 4 pm.  Boutin uses a variety of palette knives to create bold, richly colored birch-tree landscapes that are reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh. “Every artist should endeavor to create their own sense of style,” […]

  • Hike This: Trails for Jogging Strollers

    As a distance runner, I prioritized one item on the baby registry for my first child as a “must-have”: a jogging stroller, and preferably one that could handle both paved roads and the rugged terrain found on several hiking trails throughout the county’s parks and natural areas.  The great thing about Door County’s outdoor amenities […]

  • Door to Nature: The Motile Third Kingdom

    After several rain-filled weeks, we walked in a nearby woodland and saw strange growths on a dead, soggy, barkless, fallen log. Some people might walk right by and not even notice the small, spongy coating on parts of the bare wood. The unusual growths were slime molds. They used to be classed with fungi and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Kenobi

    Meet Kenobi (, a one-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This wide-eyed kitty happens to have FeLV (feline leukemia virus), which impairs his immune system, but he’s showing no symptoms at this time. He just needs a quiet, loving home where he can come out of […]

  • Brian Stephens to Receive Inaugural Angel Award

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary will present its first Angel Award during this year’s Angel Ball, set for Oct. 8. “We wanted to recognize someone who is a champion of health care in the Door County community,” said Lynda Szczepanik, chair of the 2021 Angel Ball. “Brian Stephens, president and CEO of Door County […]

  • Apply for Second Round of Humanities Grants

    Across Wisconsin, 52 historical societies, museums, libraries and other nonprofits have received Wisconsin Humanities Recovery Grant funds ( to help them with pandemic preparations, responses and recovery. The Belgian Heritage Foundation in Brussels was one of these grant recipients. The awards represent the first round of funds provided to Wisconsin Humanities by the National Endowment for the […]

  • Health Care Providers: Learn CPR, Basic Life Saving

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay, is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer CPR Basic Life Saving for health care providers Sept. 13 and 14, 6-9 pm. Both sessions are required. The fee is $30.65. A CPR mask is required; participants may take one or […]

  • Help Humane Society Raise Money at Annual Pet Walk

    Join the Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) annual Pet Walk on Sept. 11, 8-11 am, at Sunset Park, 747 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. All proceeds will benefit the WHS Door County Campus. Dogs are welcome to attend, but they are not required.  Register as an individual or team; then start collecting donations to support […]

  • We Are Hope Changes Hours

    Like all organizations, We Are HOPE has been affected greatly by the pandemic. As an employment-resource center and the home of the Door County Job Center, it needed to close in March 2020. It reopened in June 2021 and has used the pandemic period to reevaluate its programming. To carry out its commitment to providing […]

  • Join United Way in the Equity Challenge

    United Way of Door County is partnering with United Way of Wisconsin to promote the 21-week Equity Challenge. Participants will receive an email at the beginning of each week, Aug. 30 – Jan. 17, 2022, that will take them on a journey to deepen their understanding of inequity and racism and its effects; offer resources, […]

  • Construction Pile Goes Up in Flames

    It took 35,000 gallons of water to douse a burning pile of construction debris, but the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department got it done Monday. The department was dispatched to GFL Environmental on Division Road in Sturgeon Bay at 10:13 am, Aug. 23, and cleared out by 1:29 pm. “That is a lot of water,” said […]

  • Know Your Nature Preserve from Your Natural Area

    Hikers, campers and foragers all share a pursuit of natural spaces where they can practice their recreation of choice, so whether they survey a map, flip through a newspaper or scan internet search results, words such as “nature preserve” and “state park” usually command their attention. But beyond checking the accommodations, amenities and rules related […]

  • Sen. Jacque Breathing with Ventilator

    State Sen. André Jacque was intubated and put on a ventilator on Monday evening, according to his communications director, Matt Tompach. Jacque has been in the hospital for at least a week after testing positive for COVID-19. “While his condition is currently stable, the days and weeks ahead will continue to be an incredibly stressful […]

  • Gills Rock Art Fest Returns Sept. 4-5

    The 21st annual Gills Rock Art Fest is set for Sept. 4-5, 10 am – 5 pm, at Gills Rock Coffee, 12625 Hwy 42. About 15 artists – working in diverse media, including pastel, collage, assemblage, watercolor, oil, jewelry, mosaics, encaustic painting and clay – will display their latest works, and many will offer demonstrations.

  • Shop for Wearable Art this Weekend

    Don’t miss the 11th annual Door County Wearable Art Show ( on Aug. 28, 9 am – 5 pm, and Aug. 29, 9 am – 4 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 2392 Cty F. This year, the exhibiting collective boasts a dozen regional artists working in leather, silver, gold, hand-printed and hand-dyed silks, lush fabrics, […]

  • Challenge Walk MS Coming to Ellison Bay

    The Wisconsin MS Society is hosting a Challenge Walk in Ellison Bay Sept. 24-26.  Challenge Walk MS [Multiple Sclerosis] is a multi-day, fully supported endurance walking event that encourages participants to move beyond their limits as individuals and as an MS movement. The goal is to walk 50 miles over three days, and no matter […]

  • Toast the End of Summer at Gibraltar Grill

    Gibraltar Grill ( will host an End of Summer Party on Sept. 5, 4-10 pm. Enjoy picnic-style food service, 4-8 pm, for barbecue ribs, brats, wraps, salads, beer, wine and soda; plus live music by Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, 6-10 pm. No carry-ins are allowed on the grounds at 3993 Main St. […]

  • Obituary: Debra “Debbie” Lynn (Graf) Berger

    July 25, 1958 ~ August 21, 2021 Debra “Debbie” Lynn Berger, 63, of the Town of Clay Banks, died Saturday night, August 21, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born July 25, 1958 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Francis “Fritz” Paul Graf and Evelyn Mary (Raynier) Graf. Debbie grew up […]

  • Obituary: William Charles Glenn

    February 14, 1939 ~ August 20, 2021 William (Bill) Charles Glenn, 82, of Aurora, IL, Ephraim, WI and Sanibel, FL died on the evening of Friday, August 20, 2021. Bill was born in Aurora on February 14, 1939, an appropriate day for such a loving man. Everyone who knew him loved him, and freely shared […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen Hartl

    May 9, 1931 ~ August 22, 2021 Kathleen “Katie” Hartl, 90, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center on August 22, 2021.  She was born May 9, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to Carl and Ida (Miller) Mistlebauer.  Katie married Lawrence “Larry” Hartl on August 20, 1949, at St. Joseph Church.  She and Larry […]

  • Obituary: Richard H. Wohnrade

    November 25, 1931 ~ August 15, 2021 Richard Harold Wohnrade, 89, of Baileys Harbor, died on Sunday, August 15, 2021 at the Door County Medical Center. He was born November 25, 1931 in Chicago, son of the late Harold and Vera (Kline) Wohnrade. After graduating from McHenry High School with the Class of 1950, he […]

  • Obituary: Clarice June (Peterson) Christianson

    June 9, 1925 ~ August 14, 2021 Clarice June Christianson, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay Saturday, August 14, 2021. She was reunited with her husband, Merle, whom she had missed since March 16, 2019. Clarice was born June 9, 1925 in Phillips, WI, the only child […]

  • Obituary: Deacon Kenneth D. Kopydlowski

    March 22, 1939 ~ August 21, 2021 Deacon Kenneth D. Kopydlowski, 82 of Sturgeon Bay, died early Saturday morning August 21, 2021. He was born March 22, 1939, in Milwaukee the son of the late Alex and Lucille (Rafalski) Kopydlowski.  Ken graduated from South Division High School in 1957.  He received his associate degree from […]

  • Obituary: Warren Larkin

    May 18, 1940 ~ August 22, 2021 Warren F. Larkin, 81, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully surrounded by his family at Bellin Memorial Hospital on August 22, 2021.  He was born May 18, 1940 in Kewaunee to Danford and Agnes (Coppersmith) Larkin.  He was raised by a very special man, his stepfather Bernard Putnam.  On […]

  • Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Gauger Stanecki

    September 16, 1934 ~ August 18, 2021 Elizabeth “Betty” (Gauger) Stanecki, 86, of Sturgeon Bay died Wednesday, August 18, 2021. She was born in Fish Creek, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Ahrens) Gauger and graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1952. She moved to Milwaukee where she met Norbert Stanecki. They married at St. […]

  • Obituary: Alice Elsie (Scharrig) Merkle

    January 16, 1936 ~ August 21, 2021 Alice Elsie (nee, Scharrig) Merkle, 85, of Baileys Harbor, died peacefully on Saturday, August 21, 2021. She was born January 16, 1936 in Fish Creek, daughter of the late Kurt Reinhold and Elsie (Krause) Scharrig. She was raised on the family farm in Jacksonport and graduated from Sevastopol […]

  • Obituary: Janet Lynn Stringer

    October 30, 1954 ~ August 12, 2021 Janet Lynn Stringer, 66, of the Town of Egg Harbor (Sturgeon Bay), WI, died peacefully with her family at her side late Thursday morning, August 12, 2021. Jan fought a meningioma brain tumor for six-and-a-half years. She did everything they asked, but in the end, she lost the […]

  • Obituary: Darlene Kallaus

    April 19, 1936 ~ August 12, 2021 Darlene Kallaus, 85, of the Town of Baileys Harbor, died on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at the Algoma Long Term Care Center. She was born to Arthur William and Ruth Lillian (Sandholm) Kallaus on April 19, 1936 in Gary, IN. In 1961 she graduated from Indiana University with her Bachelor […]