Peninsula Pulse – August 4-11, 2017

In this issue

  • Traffic Impacts for Packers Preseason Game Aug. 10

    (Green Bay) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region reminds motorists heading to Lambeau Field on Thursday, August 10, for the Green Bay Packers/Philadelphia Eagles preseason football game that Thursday night’s game will have a significant impact on traffic operations due to the combination of gameday traffic and commuter traffic. WisDOT will open as many lanes as […]

  • Lake Michigan Day Aug. 11 in Manitowoc

    Lake Michigan Stakeholders will host the annual Lake Michigan Day to explore water quality and water quantity challenges and opportunities facing the region Aug. 11 from 9 am – 4 pm. Cameron Davis, the Obama Administration’s liaison to Congress on Great Lakes issues and a lead author of the Great Lakes Legacy Act, will be […]

  • Reps in the News: Gallagher Passes Amendment on Energy Research Programs

    Governor Scott Walker The campaigns of Gov. Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan launched digital ads this week touting the decision by Foxconn Technology Group to build a plant in Wisconsin. The two are gearing up for the 2018 election, although Walker has yet to formally announce that he’s running for a third term. Walker […]

  • Turtle Ridge Features Natural Fiber Artist

    Turtle Ridge announces the opening show of featured artist Mariyana Dimitrova is Aug. 5, 10 am – 5 pm. Refreshments will be served on the patio. Dimitrova is an artist that explores natural fibers in new ways. Turtle Ridge first became familiar with Dimitrova was through her felted garments and shawls. A master felting class […]

  • By the Numbers: Wisconsin Drinking Water

    Last week the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released the Wisconsin Public Water Systems 2016 Annual Drinking Water Report. Here are some facts from the report. The full report is available on the DNR website,; search “drinking water.”   56 The number of public water systems in the state that obtain their water from […]

  • 5 Galleries Participate in Egg Harbor’s Progressive Art Crawl

    Women’s Fine Art Galleries of Egg Harbor’s annual Progressive Art Crawl is happening Aug. 10, 4 – 8 pm. Five Egg Harbor gallery owners and artists representing Angela Lensch Gallery, Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Lost Moth Gallery, Off the Wheel Pottery and Brilliant Stranger invite the community to an art celebration and delectable samples of their […]

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    Announcing the 2017 Hal Prize Poetry, Photography & Prose Winners

    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, […]

  • Trunk Show Series Ends with a New Addition

    Patricia Shoppe of Egg Harbor wraps up their summer trunk show series with the newest addition to their jewelry collection – Anna Beck. This Saturday, Aug. 5 the entire fall collection will be at the store for pre-orders. This latest collection is not available in stores until September but Patricia Shoppe is offering an early […]

  • Trillium Quilt Guild Displays Work at Corner of the Past

    The Trillium Quilt Guild, of Sister Bay, is proud to display its members’ works at the The Anderson House at The Corner of the Past historical site south of Sister Bay Aug. 11 – 12, 10 am – 3 pm. The exhibit, For the Love of Quilting II, will feature approximately 30 quilts of varying […]

  • On the Hunt for Door County Herbs

    If you’ve ever seen David LaLuzerne meandering through Door County’s nature preserves and county parks, chances are he hasn’t taken much notice of you. “I have a tendency to do that,” he explained. “Wherever I walk out I start to look around, what kind of herbs are growing now around here?” On a gray, misty […]

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    Plum Bottom Hosts Glass Artists for “Art Show 8”

    The reception for Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery’s Art Show 8: Glass is Aug. 5, 1 – 4 pm. The show features glass artists Josephine Geiger, Rose Klemen, Sarka Evans and Kellie Hanson. Geiger will hold a leaded glass demonstration from 1 to 2 pm and will detail her design and cutting process. A reception […]

  • Kitchens Sees Foxconn Deal as State’s Rust Belt Exit

    Some see it as a jumpstart for Wisconsin to shake off its Rust Belt trappings and enter the 21st century, while others see the deal with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group as the sort of corporate welfare that House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump have railed against in the past. “This is […]

  • 2forU Hosts Watercolor Artist

    2forU Design & Gallery will offer a meet & greet with featured watercolor artist Fran Vail Aug. 5, 2 – 4:30 pm. Vail will demonstrate her watercolor techniques while painting a landscape and discuss her uniquely beautiful studies of bird wings. Door County is Vail’s home away from home. She has lived part of almost […]

  • Door County Land Trust Surpasses 8,000 Acres Protected

    The Door County Land Trust announces they have now surpassed 8,000 acres protected from development through the addition of 106 acres to the Chambers Island Nature Preserve. Door County Land Trust Executive Director Tom Clay said, “We are pleased that with this most recent acquisition we are surpassing two milestones – 8,000 acres are now […]

  • Ceramic Sculpture Comes to James May Gallery

    James May Gallery presents their newest exhibit, Ceramics Sculpture Culture, with an opening reception Aug. 4, 5:30 – 8 pm. The show was curated by Taylor Robenalt and features the Ceramics Sculpture Culture, a collective of emerging ceramic sculptors. The exhibit runs Aug. 3 – 28. Ceramics Sculpture Culture is collective of artists whose intent […]

  • June Nirschl Headlines Dickinson Poetry Series

    June Nirschl’s attitude toward life is reflected in her poetry: Let there be variety. Trained as an English teacher, a job she loved for 15 years, she moved into local government as a municipal town clerk in southeastern Wisconsin. Throughout her careers, Nirschl dabbled in poetry, continuing to find that around every corner lay something […]

  • Cameron Davis Presents on Changing Great Lakes in Baileys Harbor

    The Door County Environmental Council welcomes Cameron Davis, a natural resource and water quality expert, who will present “The Great Lakes in a Time of Hyper Change” Aug. 11, 7 pm, at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. For more than three decades, Davis has worked to develop and implement water quality and quantity policy. Appointed […]

  • Caleb Cornell Wins K/D Salmon Tournament

    Caleb Cornell of Sturgeon Bay won the 35th Annual Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament with a 30.51-pound fish he caught off Washington Island July 30, the final day of the nine-day tournament. Cornell won the $10,000 first prize, taxidermy mounting of the fish by Northland Taxidermy and a salmon ring. The next largest salmon hooked was a […]

  • Red Putter Pro Tourney Returns Aug. 5

    It’s tournament time again at The Red Putter Miniature Golf Course. The 16th annual tournament and will be the first without course owner and tournament director Bob Yttri. He started the tournament in 2002 when several regular players were bragging about their low scores and he said they had to prove it. He added the […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: July 26 Results

    Standings As of July 26 PC Junction, 27-3 Blue Horse, 25-5 Husby’s, 25-5 Roots, 19-11 Main Street Market, 14-18 Camp David, 11-18 Nicolet Beach, 9-18 Wilson’s, 5-31 TypeSetters, 2-28   Results July 26 Blue Horse 2, Main Street Market 1 Husby’s 3, Wilson’s 0 Roots Inn 2, TypeSetters 1 Blue Horse 2, Nicolet Beach 1 […]

  • Southern Door School Registration Days Aug. 9-10

    The Southern Door County School District will hold its Back-to-School Registration Days Aug. 9-10, from 12:30-7 pm in the Eagle Gym. Registration is for all returning and new students. Individual enrollment packets have already been mailed to the homes of returning students. Parents of new students should contact the district office to request enrollment information. […]

  • DNR Reissues Permit to Kewaunee CAFO

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced this week that it reissued a Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Permit to El-Na Farms LLC in the Town of Lincoln in Kewaunee County. The farm has approximately 1,350 milking and dry cows, 850 heifers and 500 calves, equaling 2,675 animal units, which produce approximately 16.5 million […]

  • Tough Loss for Door County Destroyers

    In the seventh week of Mid-States Football League (MSFL) play, the Door County Destroyers lost 49-10 to the Racine Raiders July 29. The Destroyers play at home Aug. 5 against the Lincoln-Way Patriots. Kick-off is at 4 pm at the Baileys Harbor Rec Park. The first round of MSFL playoffs begins Aug. 19. For more […]

  • Kewaunee Winter Park Installs Magic Carpet

    This winter, visitors to Winter Park in Kewaunee County will head to the top of its six-lane snow tubing hill via a Magic Carpet. The standing conveyor belt lift, which was ordered in spring, has arrived and the Kewaunee County Promotion & Recreation Department, as well as the Winter Park Association, will soon begin installation. […]

  • DOT Seeks Comments on Remote Bridge Operations

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) held a public meeting Aug. 1 to present data about the test period of remote operations of the three Sturgeon Bay bridges. All three bridges have been operated from the Oregon Street Bridge since 2014. The Michigan Street Bridge has operated remotely since 2011. The United States Coast Guard […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Development At What Cost?

    After riding my bike from the corner of Lampert west on Highway 42/57, over rumble strips located on the edge of the road, I discovered Grant Ave. I traveled north to find the site that was chosen by the developers for a 56-unit apartment complex, and was approved by the Plan Commission on June 21, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Where’s the Common Sense?

    I am sure I’m not the only one frustrated about the battle over the proposed downtown westside Sturgeon Bay waterfront hotel complex! The issue is whether or not the government owns and can sell a strip of land between an 1835 high-water survey line and the actual waterfront. The sparring parties were told to “negotiate” […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Politics Matter

    Given the unpopularity of President Trump (the last ABC poll showed his approval rating at 36 percent) and the highly partisan atmosphere in the U.S. Senate and House, we Americans can feel powerless and just throw up our hands and switch it all off. However, I think “politics” still matters. What happens in Washington determines […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The King of Rhetoric

    For the last six months the American people have been subjected to one media spectacle after another by our President. He has managed to not release his taxes or relinquish his business ties. He surrounds himself with family members in government when he stated they were going to run the Trump businesses. No one is […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Aug. 4 – 11

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets Aug. 8 at 4 pm. The Community Protection & Service Committee meets Aug. 10 at 4:30 pm. County of Door:  The Library Board meets at 5 pm Aug. 7. The Human Services Board meets at 8:30 am Aug. 8. The Comprehensive Community Services […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Aug. 4 – 11

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Weekly Expositor Independent, August 6, 1880 Pier Burned. Mr. A. Anderson’s pier at Ephraim, burned last Monday night at 12 o’clock. The pier was one of […]

  • Crew Mapping Greatest Wetland Threats in Door County

    A four-person summer crew is mapping invasive species populations in the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Ramsar site to prioritize the areas under greatest threat from Japanese knotweed, European marsh thistle, phragmites, reed canary grass, glossy buckthorn and narrow-leaved cattail, all of which are known to be a threat to the health of these wetlands and […]

  • Obituary: Edward ‘Ed’ Ebel

    Edward “Ed” Ebel, 58, of Elms Road, Sturgeon Bay, lost his year-long battle with esophageal cancer July 30, 2017.  He was the youngest in the family born on August 11, 1958, to Melvin and Geraldine Ebel, in Rice Lake, Wis.  Ed moved with the family to Sturgeon Bay  in 1965, when Ed was seven.  On […]

  • Obituary: Sherwin ‘Sonny’ Weckler

    Sherwin Gustave “Sonny” Weckler, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Cardinal Ridge CBRF July 26, 2017 with his family at his side. He was born April 28, 1927, in Door County to Clarence and Cebell (Krause) Weckler.  Sonny owned and operated Weckler’s Hillside Court for many years.  He also worked at Griffin Toohey Food Services, […]

  • Obituary: Walter I. Nehlsen

    Walter I Nehlsen, 86, of Washington Island, died July 24, 2017 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents (Henry & Hulda Nehlsen) and his wife Evelyn. He is survived by their three children:  Marilee (Jeff) Nelson of S. Beloit, IL., David (Linda) Nehlsen of Whitewater, WI., Peter (Leila) Nehlsen of […]

  • Obituary: Georgine ‘Gee’ Kretzmann

    Georgine (Gee) Kretzmann, of Ellison Bay, died peacefully June 22 at Hearthside Home in Sister Bay, with her husband Conrad (Connie) and son Mark at her bedside. She was born Feb. 22, 1928 to Orlando and Charlotte E. Carner (Arndt), Cleveland, Ohio. Her first college experience was at Oberlin College, Ohio, before transferring to Valparaiso […]

  • Memorial Service: Don Makuen

    Donald R. Makuen, 86, of Ellison Bay, died May 15, 2017 in Ellison Bay. Don’s family invites the community to a memorial celebration Sunday, Aug. 6, 1 – 3 pm at Rowleys Bay Resort in Ellison Bay.

  • Births: July 17-29, 2017

    Jenny Londo and Adam Nicholson, Sturgeon Bay, are parents of a son born on July 17, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.   Elizabeth and Thomas Pratt, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born on July 19, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Laura and Marc […]

  • Featured Pet: Tiger

    Tiger, a seven-year-old domestic shorthair cat, is this week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS). He came to DCHS as a stray. As you can see in the picture, Tiger has only one eye. When he came to DCHS, his damaged right eye was removed, and he’s been feeling much better ever […]

  • Billy Weiss American Legion Post Presents Check to Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

    Members of the Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 present a check for $1,000 to Fire Chief Chris Hecht for the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department at their Aug. 1 meeting at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Post members also properly disposed of American flags by burning them in a beachfront ceremony. We’ll have more […]

  • VFW Holds Poppy Drive Aug. 4 & 5

    The Sturgeon Bay Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3088 will conduct their annual “Buddy Poppy” drive Aug. 4 & 5. They will be at the following locations: Sturgeon Bay – Econofoods, Pick ‘N Save, Walgreens from 8 am – 6 pm; and Egg Harbor – Main Street Market from 7:30 am – 7:30 pm.

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    Tonic Sol-fa Sing A Capella at Peg Egan Aug 6

    Tonic Sol-fa, a top touring vocal group in the U.S., will visit the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor Aug. 6. Although they are simply four voices and a tambourine, Tonic Sol-fa has spent considerable time on the road carving their niche as the nation’s top vocal group. In the midst of touring, […]

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    Sturgeon Bay Honors Coast Guard With Maritime Week

    The City of Sturgeon Bay will once again honor its rich maritime heritage with a diverse collection of entertaining and fun-filled events Aug. 5 – 13. Officially titled “Sturgeon Bay Maritime Week: A Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard,” the celebration includes many long-standing annual waterfront events along with a growing list of new activities. […]

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    Classic Car Show Returns to Egg Harbor Aug 12

    The Door County Sports & Classic Car show returns for the sixth year, Aug. 12 in the Village of Egg Harbor. Come explore all the village has to offer while taking in sleek sports cars, stunning classic cars and their new modified category. The Door County Sports & Classics Car Show runs from 10 am […]

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    Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Play DCA Aug 6

    Bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs and his band Kentucky Thunder will take the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek on Aug. 6 at 8 pm. Skaggs was born July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky. He struck his first chords on a mandolin when he was five years old, and within a year, the […]

  • Pen Players To Host Pre-Show Seminar Aug 10

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, will host a pre-show seminar Aug. 10, 6:30 pm, at the theater. The Bridges of Madison County first captured the nation’s attention in 1992 when Robert James Waller’s novel became […]

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    ‘Buckets of Rain’ Bob Dylan Tribute Comes to a Close Tonight

    The final “Buckets of Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan” concert in this year’s Woodwalk Concert Series is Aug. 4 at 7 pm. This is the third rendition of the company’s choice of favorite Bob Dylan songs for the review. This performance includes nine songs new to the review as wall as past favorites: “Knockin’ […]

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    Award-Winning Act Dayna Kurtz Plays Lost Moth Aug 9

    Fresh from touring in Spain and singing in castles by the sea, Dayna Kurtz comes to Lost Moth Gallery Aug. 9 with her spellbinding songs and mesmerizing voice. Over the past decade, Kurtz has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of […]

  • ‘Working Warriors’ on Exhibit at Corner of the Past for August

    From Aug. 1 – 26, the traveling exhibit Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat will be on display at Corner of the Past Museum in Sister Bay. The exhibit features photographs and artwork from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection. The exhibit includes stunning images and brief, thought-provoking prose. About 75 percent of military work is considered […]

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    Rogue Theatre Play Plays On Housewife Humor

    August brings heat and laughter to the Rogue Theater stage with A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, by John Ford Noonan. This was Rogue Theater’s debut show in November of 2013. That show starred Lola DeVillers and Katie Lott, and was directed by Bill Bauernfeind. The show takes place in suburban Westchester County, New […]

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    Birch Creek Presents Adult Concert Band Camp Aug 19-22

    As the saying goes, age is just a number, and this is especially true in regard to music. The Adult Concert Band Camp, held Aug. 19 – 22, at Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a unique opportunity for those who wish to grow in their musicality, or just want to spend a fun weekend […]

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    Free Hikes at the Clearing Show Its 82-Year History

    The 82-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subject of continuing free, interpretive hikes to the historic campus and buildings, led by volunteer docents on select Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 29. The two-hour hiking tours begin at 1 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road, […]

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    Harpeth Rising Plays Woodwalk Aug 11

    Harpeth Rising returns to Woodwalk Gallery Aug. 11 with a brand new album, Against All Tides. Describing their style of music as “chamberfolk,” Harpeth Rising is a trio of violin, cello and banjo. Three classically trained musicians make up the band and they play original music, as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted […]

  • Celebrate Ridges Sanctuary’s 80th Anniversary with Guided Hikes, Aug. 5

    The Ridges Sanctuary celebrates their 80th Anniversary and the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center Building Dedication Aug. 5. The Nature Center will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, with the usual 10 am Guided Sanctuary hikes. The Dedication Ceremony begins at 11:30 am and will be followed by a grill-out from 12 – 2 […]

  • Saints Peter and Paul Parish Holds Fish Boil & Polka Mass Aug. 6

    Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Institute will hold their annual fish boil and polka mass Aug. 6. Polka mass begins at 9:30 am and the all-you-can-eat fish boil goes from 11 am – 2 pm. All plates include onion, potatoes, rye bread, coleslaw and dessert bars. Also scheduled during the day is a Belgian […]

  • Doulagivers of Door County to Hold Community Discussion Aug. 8

    Doulagivers of Door County hopes the community will join their monthly community discussion about end-of-life topics. The next meeting is Aug. 8, 6 – 7:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. Each month there will be a short educational presentation, followed by open discussion between all present. At this meeting, the […]

  • Men’s Sturgeon Bay High School Half-Century Reunion is Aug. 16

    The 47th Men’s Sturgeon Bay High School Half-Century Reunion is scheduled for Aug. 16 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Social hour begins at 11:30 am with a family style lunch at 12:30 pm. The cost is $28 and can be sent to Half Century Club, C/O Dave Hunt, 7521 Eliason Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI […]

  • Malibu Moo’s Donates Percentage of Proceeds to MS Research this August

    Malibu Moo’s, located at 4151 Maple St., Fish Creek, is holding a special MS fundraiser during August. For every Guernsey Turtle sold in August, Malibu Moo’s will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to go toward MS research and programs for families living with MS. Two friends from high school have teamed up to make […]

  • Door County Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

    The Door County Public Health Department reports a dead crow found in Door County July 26 has tested positive for West Nile virus.  This is the first bird that tested positive for West Nile virus in Door County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive bird means that residents of Door County […]

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    Historical Society Presents Peil Family History Aug 5

    The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear programming with “The Peil Family – An Immigrant Door County Family,” presented by Lynn Mattke Aug. 5 at 2 pm in the Collins Learning Center at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, at Crossroads at Big Creek. The history of the Peil family in […]