Peninsula Pulse Dec. 15-22, 2023

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: War and Anti-Semitism

    Due to his efforts to permanently rid Israel of the terrorist organization Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu may have unwittingly and ironically become the largest cause in the recent swell of anti-semitism. If the premise upon which this surge is based is that most Jews support the war efforts of the Prime Minister, I am confident that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Passionate Attachment

    In his Farewell Address, George Washington admonished his fellow citizens to steer clear of a “passionate attachment” to another nation, as such could create “the illusion of common interest…where no common interest exists.” George and Douglas Balls’ The Passionate Attachment (1992) traces the events that brought the US into a relationship unique in its history, […]

  • Obituary: Nancie Resch

    Sept. 9, 1942 – Dec. 18, 2023 Nancie Resch, age 81, a beloved wife, mother, and friend, died on Dec. 18, 2023. Nancie passed with her loving family by her side after she courageously battled an 18-month illness, myelodysplastic syndrome. Nancie was born on Sept. 9, 1942, in Neenah, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late […]

  • Obituary: Joanne “Mariann” Resler

    b. 1938 – Dec. 17, 2023 In Loving Memory of Joanne “Mariann” Resler, 85, who died on Dec. 17, 2023.  Having had a challenging childhood, family meant everything to her, and was an attribute that she instilled in her children, as well. She was a devoted wife to her husband of 55 years, Gilbert Resler, […]

  • Obituary: Wayne William Baumann

    Feb. 12, 1952 – Dec. 8, 2023 Wayne William Baumann, 71, of Abbotsford, died early Friday morning, Dec. 8, 2023 at his daughter’s home in Sturgeon Bay with his family at his side. He was born Feb. 12, 1952 in Medford,  one of twelve children of William Albert Baumann and Dolores A (Drager) Baumann. Wayne […]

  • Obituary: Janet M. Haskell

    July 5, 1932 – Dec. 16, 2023 Janet Mary Haskell, 91, Sturgeon Bay passed away on Dec. 16, 2023, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born on July 5, 1932, to Louis and Dorothy (Long) Fernandez. She was married to Roger in Sturgeon Bay on Dec. 19, 1980, he preceded her in death on […]

  • Obituary: Edith Wilber

    Dec. 31, 1930 – Dec. 7, 2023 Edith Wilber, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died Thursday morning Dec. 7, 2023 at Cardinal Ridge Residential Care, where she resided the past 8 years. She was born at home in Crandon, Wisconsin on New Year’s Eve 1930, daughter of Roscoe and Mathilda “Tillie” (Marvin) Jameson. Edith was united […]

  • Obituary: Richard “Dick” Elroy Leslie Koeske

    April 6, 1932 ~ Dec. 12, 2023 Richard “Dick” Elroy Leslie Koeske, aged 91, died on Dec. 12, 2023 in Green Bay.  Born on April 6, 1932 in Milwaukee, he was the son of the late Harvey Koeske & Ruth (Fuller) Koeske.  Dick went to Boys Trade & Technical High School in Milwaukee after which […]

  • Obituary: Arvin G. Dexheimer

    June 9, 1939 – Dec. 12, 2023 Arvin G. Dexheimer died peacefully on the evening of Dec. 12, 2023. Arvin was born June 9, 1939 to Milton Dexheimer and Pearl Zettel. He lived his entire life in Door County, graduating from Sevastopol School and working for local companies including Santa Rosa Shoe, Peterson Builders ,and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Tiny

    Introducing Tiny, a 4-month-old dog available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. She is cautious at first but quickly warms up and from there, it is all tail wags and body wiggles as she turns on her puppy charm. This adorable girl weighs 23 pounds, has caring brown eyes and sports […]

  • Salamander Study Receives Award

    The Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program received an award for the Ephemeral Pond Salamander Research Project that included work at two Door County Land Trust (DCLT) preserves and was conducted by Greg Burns, a Wisconsin Master Naturalist. The program’s work was recognized by the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs as the 2023 Outstanding […]

  • DNR Study On Phosphorus Levels Approved By EPA

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency recently approved the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Northeast Lakeshore Total Maximum Daily Loads for Total Phosphorus and Total Suspended Solids study. The DNR developed the study to reduce the amount of nutrients entering waters within the Lake Michigan watershed from just south of Sturgeon Bay to Port […]

  • PFAS Well Sampling Results Available

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the results of a study conducted to understand the extent of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in shallow groundwater throughout Wisconsin.   PFAS are a group of human-made chemicals used for decades in numerous products, including non-stick cookware, fast food wrappers, stain-resistant sprays and certain types of […]

  • Trail Plans Come Together as Municipalities Unify

    Open houses draw 170 people, enthusiasm and ideas Municipal leaders from Egg Harbor to Sister Bay learned on Dec. 13 just how much more support they could get by working together, rather than separately, on a multiuse trail that would link northern Door County communities. That morning and evening, volunteers for Egg Harbor Trails Initiative […]

  • Rock Island Gets National Historic Landmark Designation

    One of Wisconsin’s most remote and most unique park properties has received a new designation from the National Park Service.  A 2.5-acre portion of Rock Island State Park has been named a National Historic Landmark by Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. The site located on the southern shore of Rock Island is one of […]

  • Schools Receive Mini Grants

    The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) announced that the  Educational Mini Grant program awarded 13 grants totaling $5,000 for the 2023-2024 school year. The four school districts receiving grants for elementary school students are Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Sturgeon Bay, and St. John Bosco Catholic School. The Educational Mini Grants provided by the Max and Gayle Laird […]

  • Board Welcomes Nature-Based Ridges 4k Program

    Nature-based, 4-year-old kindergarten programming will return next school year to The Ridges Sanctuary, and this time it will become one of three public 4K options in the Gibraltar Area School District. Approved unanimously Dec. 11 for 2024-25 by the Gibraltar school board, the classes based in the indoor classrooms and vast outdoor spaces in Baileys […]

  • Legislative Notes

    Baby Box Bill Now Law Wisconsin will join at least 14 other states that have an anonymous 24/7 drop-off site for newborns. On Wednesday, Governor Evers signed Senate Bill 369 into law. Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), who co-authored the bill, says the new law will save lives.  “Being a parent in ideal circumstances is […]

  • Bridge Up Brewing Toy Collection

    Employees at Bridge Up Brewing collected 11 large boxes of toys and raised $3,000 for the Door County Toys for Kids campaign.

  • Christ The King Launches Capital Campaign

    The Episcopal Church of Christ the King and Holy Nativity in Sturgeon Bay has initiated a capital campaign for an expansion. When finished, the church will be fully accessible to individuals with limited mobility. Highlights of the project include barrier-free access from the parking lot and sidewalks, a bright gathering space and accessible restrooms.  A […]

  • Kiwanis Donate iPad To Support Autistic

    The Kiwanis club of Sturgeon Bay recently presented an iPad to Michelle Jordan, the Washington Island School District Director of Special Education, as part of its effort to support children with autism. The Wisconsin-UP Michigan Kiwanis District’s signature project is to donate iPads to help motivate students to follow a schedule, complete multi-step directions and […]

  • Amvets Donate $3,000 To DC Farm For Vets

    Bill Forry, Commander of AMVETS Post #51 in Sturgeon Bay presented a $3,000 donation to Jacob VandenPlas, President of DC Farm for Vets during the monthly AMVETS post meeting on Nov. 28. DC Farm for Vets is a rehabilitation farm that provides education and services to veterans entering the field of agriculture.   AMVETS is a […]

  • $20,000 Match For Maritime Museum Fundraiser

    Chris and Lori Harder, son and daughter-in-law of Bill Harder (DCMM emeritus board member and former board president Bill Harder), have provided a $20,000 matching gift to match each contribution to the Door County Maritime Museum’s (DCMM) Anchor Appeal. The Anchor Appeal is an annual request for donations to support the museum and its three […]

  • Personal Care And Cleaning Supplies Needed

    Destination Door County is hosting a drive for personal care items and cleaning supplies through Jan. 7 to support United Way of Door County. All items donated will be distributed in Door County through United Way’s community partners. Personal care items and cleaning supplies are not covered by FoodShare and are often in high demand […]

  • Blue Christmas Service

    Hope United Church of Christ is hosting Blue Christmas, a meditative service, on Dec. 21 at 5:30 pm. The service is an effort to provide hope and healing to those experiencing difficult emotions during the holiday season. Participants will join in song, scripture, silent reflection, prayer and candle lighting. The event is in person and […]

  • Loaves And Fishes Dinner At Stella Maris

    Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay will host its final Loaves & Fishes Dinner of the year on Dec. 14. Doors open at 4:30 pm. Dinner will be served from 5-6 pm. The free meal is open to the public. Stella Maris Parish is located at 2410 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay.

  • Obituary: Kathleen Robinson Vail

    Sept. 20, 1945 – Dec. 11, 2023 Surrounded by her family, Kathleen Robinson Vail, age 78, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 11, 2023. She was born in New Rochelle, NY on Sept. 20, 1945, the third of four daughters to Robert and Helen (Nee: Hughes) Robinson. Kathy graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in […]

  • Donations Needed For Therapy Dog

    The Door County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Foundation is asking for financial support to provide a therapy dog to local first responders. Therapy dogs used by law enforcement are distinct from K-9 units, which are used for police tasks such as tracking, search and rescue, and drug detection. Situations where therapy dogs are helpful include […]

  • Community Programs In Sevastopol

    Sevastopol Community Programs – a wide range of art, cooking, craft, informational and exercise programs – will be offered from January through March at Sevastopol School. Course offerings will be taught or facilitated by Sevastopol staff instructors or community partners. Some classes are provided at no charge, while others have a participant fee to cover […]

  • Cost Concerns Along State Hwy 57

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board discussed the infeasibility of burying utility lines and the possibility of adding seven bump-outs when the state repaves Highway 57 through the business district. The bump-outs, desired at intersections, lessen the width of the crossing for pedestrians and improve pedestrians’ visibility around parked cars near crosswalks.  Town Chair David Eliot […]

  • Another Request To Reduce Speed On Hwy 57

    The Baileys Harbor Town Board voted Dec. 7 to send a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, reiterating a request for a speed reduction on Highway 57 south of town past County Road E. The resolution – first sent to the DOT in 2003 and discussed repeatedly over the past four years – came […]

  • Town Starts Work On Parks Plan

    Jacksonport Parks Committee members in December agreed that they should consider trail or bicycle-route connectivity between town parks and natural areas as they work this winter on a Jacksonport Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Committee members also discussed a lack of use of the space near the fire station and town hall, the general distribution of […]

  • Jacksonport Hesitates About Accepting Art Donation

    After advising the Jacksonport Town Board in late summer and again in October to turn down an art donation, the parks committee in December again received a request to find an outdoor location for Richard Edelman’s sculpture, “Michigan Water”. Town board supervisor and parks liaison Renn Jervis and park committee member Emily Roedl urged committee […]

  • Weenie Wagon Pop-Up At Sway

    Wally’s Weenie Wagon will be serving out of the kitchen at Sway Brewing + Blending from 11 am – 6 pm every Saturday through Feb. 10. Sway is located at 2434 Cty Hwy F in Baileys Harbor. 

  • Winery Introduces Artificial Intelligence Wines

    Von Stiehl Winery in Algoma is bringing artificial intelligence (AI) to the science of winemaking. Owners Brad and Aric Schmiling have launched an effort to see if AI can improve the flavor of their wines. The winery plans to use two baseline wines to gather feedback, which it will utilize as input for blending new […]

  • Hall Of Flame Honors

    Dick Jepsen, organizer and chairman of the annual Death’s Door BBQ event on Washington Island was recently added to the Wisconsin BBQ Posse Hall of Flame. This is the highest honor the Wisconsin BBQ Community bestows. The award was presented at the Sixth Annual Hospitality Awards Gala held at the Oshkosh Convention Center on Nov. 13.

  • Crossroads At Big Creek December Events

    The 2023 Christmas Bird Count at Crossroads at Big Creek will be held on Dec. 16 from 8 am – 5:30 pm. Help identify local bird species while adding to over a century of community-science data. Families with children are encouraged to join the bird count from 2-3 pm as part of Crossroads’ Saturday Science […]

  • Door To Nature: Owls in Winter

    The annual Christmas bird counts (CBC) are happening in Door County this weekend and it made me think about the owls we’ve seen or heard during these surveys over the last quarter century. The Sturgeon Bay and Brussels circles have recorded seven species since these counts began in 1996. The most common is, of course, […]

  • City Walks – Walkable Sturgeon Bay

    Door County is a hiking haven for nature lovers. Even within the City of Sturgeon Bay, making the one-mile loop over the historic Michigan Street and Oregon Street bridges, there are plenty of natural sights to see – in addition to downtown arts, shopping and historic landmarks. During the past two years, tourism leaders have […]

  • Fundraising For High School Trips

    Gibraltar Music Boosters, the fundraising arm of the Gibraltar High School music program, is raising funds to enable students to participate in programs offered by the Disney Imagination Campus (DIC) in Orlando, Florida. Their upcoming Florida trip is scheduled for  March 13-19, 2024. Band and choir students at Gibraltar can participate in innovative-learning workshops and […]

  • Small Works that Pack a Big Punch

    BIG Little Art Show at Peninsula School of Art The fact that nearly 250 people turned out for the Peninsula School of Art’s BIG Little Art Show in November, not exactly the height of the season in Door County, says several things about the school’s place in the county’s cultural life. For some artists, it […]

  • Server of the Week: Arie Hunt, Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub

    For some it’s a job, for others a calling, and down at Stone Harbor, this server is always ballin’. Looking for a good time or just a good laugh she’s always smiling, even when it’s slammed. Order the manhattan for a winter warmer, on warmer days, go for the painkiller.  So pull up a stool, […]

  • John Dietrich, Diane Mcneil Enter Semi-Retirement

    Though clay is still in potter John Dietrich’s future, he and his wife, Diane McNeil, will no longer be operating their gallery, Ellison Bay Pottery. After being part of the Door County arts community for almost 50 years, the pair is planning to sell the barn that is now home to their gallery. With that […]

  • Destination Door County Donates To Peninsula Arts And Humanities Alliance

    Members of Peninsula Arts and Humanities Alliance (PAHA) received a check from Destination Door County (DDC) as part of the inaugural Art in the Door contest, which raised $1,150  to support local arts initiatives. The Art in the Door silent auction was part of DDC’s Nov. 2 autumn gathering at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. DDC […]

  • Art For Local Charities At Get Real Café

    Get Real Café, Woodwalk Gallery and artist Kandy Otto are collaborating to support four local charities:  Help of Door County, Suicide Prevention, Toys for Tots and Door County Humane Society.  Until Dec. 30, all of Otto’s paintings, including copper and pastels, on display at Get Real Café will be 25% off and all proceeds will […]

  • Art At The YMCA

    Explore the artwork of Julia Nawrot through the halls of the Door County YMCA throughout December. Nawrot works with watercolors, acrylics, pastels and oil paints. In addition to exhibiting, the artist is accepting commissions for pastel portraits of people and pets. Those interested can call 262.302.1348 for more information, or text their email address and […]

  • Sibilsky Juried Into Healing Power Of Art And Artists Show

    Algoma Sculptor Bren Sibilsky was recently juried into The Healing Power of Art: Love, Peace, Unity and Hope 2023, an exhibit by Manhattan Arts International initiative The Healing Power of Art and Artists. The exhibition highlights healing, hopeful works. Sibilsky’s entry, Butterfly Love, speaks to “the powerful transformation from constriction and things hidden […] into […]

  • Tree-to-Tree Communication Topic of 2024 Ridges Reads Book Club

    The Ridges Sanctuary will host its annual Ridges Reads book club starting in January 2024. This year’s program, titled The Root Issue, will explore the theory of tree-to-tree communication, as well as the scientific evidence that supports the theory and the ongoing debate that surrounds it. Discussions will center on Finding the Mother Tree by […]

  • Book Recommendation: The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins

    Recommended by MORGAN KIEDROWSKI Bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers The Wife Upstairs is a hard book to put down. Appearances are not what they seem in this fast-paced, Southern Gothic retelling of a Jane Eyre story. Jane is hoping for a new start when she begins a dog-walking business in the upscale Thornfield Estates. But […]

  • Door County Library Wins Major Grant Award

    Door County Library’s Door County Reads 2024 events received a major grant award from Wisconsin Humanities to provide additional support for 2024’s event series based on the book Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith, and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt.  J.P. Leary, Associate Professor in First Nation Studies, […]

  • New Sci-Fi Epic By Local Author

    Door County author Patrick Baird is launching his new military science fiction novel, The Epsilon Passage, during a book signing on Dec. 16, 10 am – 2 pm. Baird is the author of six novels and the co-host of Unknown Orbits, a science-fiction podcast. His new book is the sequel to his previous novel, The […]

  • Local History Book Revised

    A revised large-print edition of Piecing Together the Butler Puzzle, co-authored by Phyllis Zatlin and Joe Klapatch, is available now. The original book, published by the Jacksonport Historical Society in 2008, was inspired by a postcard collection Ellen Butler Zatlin began in 1907 at age seven. Her daughter, Phyllis Zatlin, would later play with these […]

  • Bestsellers

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 2. Fourth Wing, by Rebecca Yarros 3. Tom Lake, by Ann Patchett 4. Iron Flame, by Rebecca Yarros 5. Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism, by Rachel Maddow 2. The Comfort of Crows: A […]

  • A Back-and-Forth with Black Cat Ensemble

    Like Door County’s own Griffon String Quartet, Milwaukee-based woodwind quintet Black Cat Ensemble aims to bring live classical music to places it often doesn’t reach, from classrooms to libraries. This Saturday, they’ll be playing at a more traditional venue: Egg Harbor’s Anchored Roots Vineyard and Winery.  We caught up with Jennifer Burke, the ensemble’s flutist […]

  • Jeanne Kuhns’ Annual “Last” Holiday Concert

    Guitarists/vocalists Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson will join pianist Jimmy Kaplan and bassist Paul Sowinski during a holiday concert on Dec. 21, 7 pm. Guests can purchase beer, wine and snacks as the quartet plays original holiday tunes as well as covers from Bing Cosby to Cher. Kuhns started performing an annual Christmas show 15 […]

  • Part of Mr. G’s Comes Down

    A bit of Door County history was removed this week when Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grill on state Highway 57 was demolished.  The Fernwood Ballroom, a separate banquet-hall building beside it, will remain, said Bob Geitner, owner of the property. The restaurant property with living quarters on the second floor was a victim of arson […]