Peninsula Pulse Dec. 16-23, 2022

In this issue

  • Consumers Urged to Find Their Location on New Broadband Maps

    If the data isn’t correct, the map makes it easy to submit a challenge The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unveiled the new National Broadband Map that the agency says provides the best picture available to date of where broadband is and is not available across the country. But that picture comes from information reported by […]

  • Blurring of the Lines

    by JOHN HERLACHE There has not been a time in my 80 years as a resident of Door County when people have not been enamored with their differences, real or imagined.  In the early years, there was a real geographic division: the bay of Sturgeon Bay. Before the railroad bridge/car toll bridge, Sawyer was on […]

  • Readers Weigh In on the Northern Door Line

    We asked. You answered.  Last week’s article that sought to figure out what “Northern Door” actually means generated a lot of responses by email and Facebook. Some were flippant, some crass, some funny. Many people put a lot of thought into their answer and submitted well-reasoned arguments for why they mentally put the line where […]

  • Christmas Service for Reflection And Support

    For many of us, Christmas can be a bittersweet time of year as we recall people, events and traditions that were once part of our lives but now have changed or gone.  Hope United Church of Christ is holding a Blue Christmas service to allow people to reflect and support one another. The prayer, music, […]

  • Sister Bay Receives Urban Forestry Program Grant

    The Village of Sister Bay has received $2,987.40 for tree management and an inventory update from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ Urban Forestry Grant Program, which helps to fund projects that are consistent with state and national goals for increasing the urban forest canopy. The program had almost $700,000 in grant funds: $419,860 in […]

  • Christmas Bird Count Dec. 17

    The Ridges Sanctuary’s citizen scientists are gearing up for the Dec. 17 Christmas Bird Count – specifically, the Ephraim Circle bird count, which is about 15 miles in diameter, with a center at approximately the intersection of County A and Peninsula Players Road. This annual program is open to anyone who wishes to look for and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Chiaro

    Chiaro is a lovely, 2-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This long-haired beauty weighs just nine pounds and has stunning, yellow-green eyes.  Like all cats at WHS, Chiaro ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and she goes home with a certificate for a free veterinary […]

  • Toys for Tots Donation

    Sonja Schmitt-Pinney, a member of the Sturgeon Bay Eastern Star, made a donation of Beanie Babies and other stuffed animals to the United Methodist Church’s Toys for Tots drive. The first “teddy bears” are credited to President Theodore Roosevelt, who saved a bear cub during a hunting trip. Soon after the story was released, toy […]

  • Ban Considered on Outdoor Wood Furnaces in Sturgeon Bay

    Sturgeon Bay’s Community Protection and Services Committee doesn’t want to allow outdoor wood furnaces used to heat homes within city limits. The committee backed a motion Dec. 7 to direct City Attorney Jim Kalny to draft an ordinance explicitly banning those types of heaters, which pipe in heat in the form of hot water to […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor’s Holiday Hours

    Neighbor to Neighbor’s office and its medical-equipment loan facilities will be closed Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, so please plan ahead to obtain medical equipment in advance of the holidays. To schedule an appointment to pick up medical equipment, call 920.743.7800.

  • Music Venue/School Building Planned at 3rd and Jefferson

    A vacant lot used for parking at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay, where the Moeller’s Garage auto dealership once stood, could be developed with a building for music performances and lessons. Shirley Weese Young, who recently purchased the parcel, appeared Tuesday before the city’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee […]

  • Santa to Visit ReStore Dec. 17

    Santa will make a stop at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on Dec. 17, 9 am – 2 pm.  Children can chat with Santa, get a photo with him, enjoy a cookie and cocoa, and watch a Christmas video while they color a picture. Meanwhile, their friends and families can look for colorful ribbons throughout the […]

  • Fatal Boating Accident Simulated for Large-scale Training

    Two people died in July when a commercial tour ship from Sister Bay collided with a recreational fishing vessel near Fish Creek’s Sunset Park.  Together, the two ships were transporting more than 100 people. About 50 passengers ended up in the water, many injured and covered in fuel. Authorities arrived on the scene and helped […]

  • Staffing Shortage Hobbling 911 Call Center

    County taking measures to attract and retain employees Door County supervisors are recommending measures to avoid a critical threat to public safety posed by a staffing shortage at the county’s 911 call center.  The telecommunicators who answer 911 calls in Door County out of the call center located in Sturgeon Bay are responsible for setting […]

  • Girl Scouts Plan to Sell Baileys Harbor Camp

    Area Girl Scouts will soon lose the opportunity to be part of a tradition that goes back generations.  The Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) organization announced plans in October to sell Camp Cuesta, a 24-acre property with a gathering building on North Maple Lane near Kangaroo Lake. The camp was built in […]

  • Want to Run for Local Office?

    Jan. 3 is the deadline to get on the ballot April may seem far away weather wise, but it’s not for those who want to become involved in their communities by running for a seat on a town, village, city or school board. The first day for candidates to circulate nomination papers was Dec. 1. […]

  • Bundle Up, Door County

    Locations throughout the county are now collecting new and gently used hats, mittens and winter gear for Destination Door County’s Bundle Up donation drive, which runs through Jan. 9. After the drive concludes, all items donated locally will be distributed to Door County residents through local charity partners. A container where donors can drop off […]

  • Gibraltar Schools May Keep the Fun in Snow Days

    The Gibraltar School Board on Monday discussed a plan for virtual-learning days when a major snowstorm is forecast, but board members did not agree on whether to allow for at least one or two pure snow days. Tasked with crafting a school calendar with enough instruction time, Superintendent Brett Stousland this fall proposed that the […]

  • Two Students Earn $88K Each in Art Scholarships

    Teachers from Southern Door and Sturgeon Bay teamed up for success High-tech architectural designs and classic paintings with twists of fantasy have earned major scholarship awards for two Door County students.  The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) has offered the $88,000 Board of Trustees Scholarship – the institute’s largest scholarship – to both […]

  • Southern Door Sets $14.9 Million Project in Motion

    After voters narrowly approved the Southern Door schools’ $14.9 million facilities-improvement referendum, district officials wasted no time preparing for construction. Both virtual and in-person meetings with planners for the project, including Bray Architects, took place in November.  Superintendent Chris Peterson said work will begin as classes are wrapping up in the spring, and workers will […]

  • Window Décor Winners

    The votes are in for Destination Sturgeon Bay’s 2022 window-decorating competition. Madison Avenue Market earned first place, Wilkins & Olander second, Barn Door Quilt Shop third and Get Real Cafe an honorable mention.

  • Helping Door County Age in Place

    Last month, Do Good Door County (DGDC) led a series of forums during which residents of seven communities along the peninsula could offer feedback and share their concerns about aging. At the forum in Baileys Harbor, the crowd of about 30 people initially chatted within their own clusters, but once the program began, many found […]

  • One Last Small Forest Christmas Concert

    Jeanne Kuhns, Marybeth Mattson, George Sawyn and Patrick Palmer are performing one final Christmas concert after more than a decade of annual shows. Expect a full concert of traditional, contemporary and original Christmas tunes Dec. 16, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. The doors will open at 6:15 pm, […]

  • Holiday Barn Dance at the Kress

    Join the Door County Folk Alliance for a barn dance Dec. 17, 7-9 pm, when caller Mike Grimm will lead participants through circle and long-line dances.  All levels of dancers are welcome, but children should be at least 8 years old and able to follow the instructions on their own. The Sugar on the Floor […]

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Big Mouth

    Celebrate the season with Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns at Door Community Auditorium’s (DCA) first Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Thursday, Dec. 22, 7 pm. Big Mouth will be joined by special guest Janet Planet, an internationally touring jazz vocalist. Nothing says Christmas like a campy outfit and the finest mix of blues, […]

  • Gilchrist’s Paintings Featured at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery is showcasing work by Sturgeon Bay artist Lynn Gilchrist in its Small Works Exhibit, on display through Dec. 24. Gilchrist is known for her whimsical use of color as she observes and reflects on the wordless conversations in nature. She paints what she sees, while acknowledging that the subject matter is more about […]

  • New Year of Classes at Peninsula School of Art

    The Peninsula School of Art is gearing up for another year of classes and workshops. The last Family Art Day of 2022 will be offered Dec. 17, 9 am – 12 pm. The free program for families with children ages 3-17 will focus on mirrored geometries and will use artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian’s geometric sculptures […]

  • Places to Explore in Algoma

    Yardstick Books 317 Steele St. Yardstick Books was established in 2019 by Heidi Raak, who owned a bookstore in Kansas for 10 years before moving to Algoma. The store carries new releases, but it specializes in translated works and books published by small presses. When you visit, keep an eye out for the store’s furry […]

  • Finding Balance at Yonder

    Don Krumpos navigates making a living while making art On a recent weekday morning, Don Krumpos was rearranging things at Yonder, the Algoma gallery that describes itself as a creative space run by artists.  Krumpos was coming off hosting his First Friday event, which featured 16 guest artists participating in an auction that raised $1,025 […]

  • Bird Count, Luminary Hike at Crossroads

    Stop by the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek on Dec. 16, 10 am – 4 pm, for a tutorial on how to use the free eBird app to record bird sightings.  This training is in preparation for the Christmas Bird Count set for Dec. 17, when self-guided hikes will be held all […]

  • First Day Hike at Newport

    If spending more time outdoors is one of your 2023 resolutions, join Newport State Park volunteers on New Year’s Day for a family-friendly First Day Hike on the Fern Trail at 1 pm. This is the 11th year that Wisconsin state parks have participated in the national First Day Hike event. The 1.2-mile loop will […]

  • Adventurer Challenges Himself for Winter Kayaking

    Patrick O’Connell has island-hopped by kayak to raise awareness in a Wisconsin-Michigan state park and the Grand Traverse Islands National Lakeshore, starting with the islands at the tip of the Door peninsula. But now the Sturgeon Bay resident and kayak guide is continuing his adventures by boldly going to a place he’s never been before: […]

  • Christmas Conifers

    I remember the times when my late husband, Roy, and I would drive to Sturgeon Bay to look for a natural tree to set up in our living room and decorate. We were so busy with autumn chores, organizing the annual Christmas bird counts and producing our holiday cards that we often waited until mid-December […]

  • Bits and Bites: Winter Market in Baileys Harbor

    Baileys Harbor will host a winter farm market Dec. 17, 10 am – 2 pm, at the town hall. The market features 14 vendors selling food, crafts, books and more, and Door County Kraut Co. will offer a wide assortment of scratch-made Christmas cookies, baked goods and heat-and-eat items. The Baileys Harbor Town Hall is located […]

  • Happy Hour with Kait: Going All Irish

    It was mid-November, and one of the first season’s-over stops was at a year-round place: Coyote Roadhouse in Baileys Harbor. Crazy crowded in season, I glide right into a front-of-place parking space. It’s like exhaling without realizing I’d been holding my breath. We slide into a booth, no reservations required. Low ceilings, a forest of […]

  • 2023 Dance Classes Open for Registration

    Want to learn how to dance or continue studying dance in the new year? Join Emerald Lion and STUDIO234 for its 2023 dance season, beginning the week of Jan. 9. Registration for children’s and adult classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop is now open online at or by phone at 920.246.9334.

  • Griffon Quartet Launches Winter Strings Retreat

    The Griffon String Quartet is hosting an inaugural winter retreat for students studying violin, viola and cello. During the first week of 2023, the retreat will feature the Suzuki Strings of Madison, a group that provides Madison-area children with the opportunity to flourish. Suzuki Strings will present a private concert for students in third through […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Appoints New Music Director

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s board has announced the appointment of Norwegian Maestro Rune Bergmann as its next music director. “When I first arrived at the Peninsula Music Festival in August 2022, I was surprised not only by how beautiful the location was, but also by how much it reminded me of my home in Norway,” […]

  • “The Menu”: Razor-sharp Satire Skewers Haute Cuisine

    Full disclosure: I’m not much of a “foodie.” You’ll never find me perusing the Michelin guide to see how many stars a restaurant has earned – in fact, you’ll likely never find me in a restaurant that has earned a Michelin star or two. Fine dining for me is a tasty meal at a reasonable […]

  • Wild Things: Extended Cold Streak Begins This Weekend

    But it’s still way too early to walk on water in Door County by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Frigid air during the opening weekend of the gun deer hunt last month had anglers thinking this might finally be a year with an early start to the ice-fishing season, but even the most optimistic […]

  • Adopt-a-thon at Sturgeon Bay Humane Society

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is hosting its first Hoppy Holidays Adopt-a-thon Dec. 17, 11 am – 3 pm. Reservations are not required. WHS has many small animals – especially bunnies – in the shelters and in foster care, so it’s hosting an adoption event just for them. Dogs, cats and other […]

  • Linquist Publishes Writing Workbook

    Ann Linquist is offering her Beginning Writer’s Workbook: Explore What Writing Means to You on She has taken the curriculum from the 12-lesson course she’s taught online and recast it in paperback form. Linquist has also published two novels – The Glory Rites and The Old Powers, both available on Amazon – and teaches […]

  • Moore Releases Third Mia Zielinski Mystery

    Bonnie Jo (Britzke) Moore has published the third installment in her Mia Zielinski Northern Door Mystery series, which is set in Sister Bay. Murder Goes Vegan tells the continuing story of Mia Zielinski, a gutsy polio survivor with a playful sense of humor and an uncanny ability to sense things. Who is killing the vegan […]

  • Children’s Authors, Chess Coming to OtherWorlds

    The halls of Park Place Mall in Sturgeon Bay will be lined with authors of children’s books who will be selling and signing their books Dec. 17, 10 am – 4 pm. OtherWorlds Books & More, 41 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will host local authors Sue Jarosh, JK Palmer and Mercedes Wadkins, along […]

  • Meet the 2022 Hal Prize Poetry Winner

    Annette Langlois Grunseth Are you looking for a holiday gift for that book lover in your life? Then pick up a copy of 8142 Review, Vol. 2 from the Door County Pulse shop. The Peninsula Pulse’s literary magazine contains the 37 best pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography out of the 686 submissions received […]

  • Obituary: Rev. James “Jim” C. Talmadge

    May 19, 1933 ~ December 11, 2022 James “Jim” C. Talmadge, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, December 11, 2022 at his home with family at his side. He was born May 19, 1933 in Oconto, the son of the late Wesley and Marie (Lahti) Talmage. Jim graduated from Rufus King High School in […]

  • Obituary: Thomas J. “Tom” Hilbert

    September 28, 1955 ~ December 12, 2022 Thomas (Tom) Joseph Hilbert, age 67, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died on December 12, 2022, after a six-year battle with cancer. Tom was born September 28, 1955, in Green Bay, WI. After graduating from Southern Door High School in 1973, Tom earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Scott Bronsky

    June 22, 1942 ~ December 11, 2022 Thomas Scott Bronsky, of Baileys Harbor born June 22, 1942 died on December 11th surrounded by family and friends.  Tom was born in Chicago, IL and was a graduate of Senn High School where he was a member of the Senn High School Symphony Orchestra.   During that time, […]

  • Obituary: Judy Schumann

    October 16th, 1942 ~ December 4th, 2022 Judy Schumann, 80, of Ephraim, Wisconsin, Naples, Florida, and Wilmette, Illinois passed away December 4th, 2022 Judy was born on October 16th, 1942 in Chicago. After graduating from Glenbrook High School in 1960, Judy attended Mundelein College, where she met, and subsequently married Bill, her husband and love […]

  • Obituary: Lee Arlene Carlson

    November 18, 2022 Lee Arlene Carlson, 75, of the Town of Forestville, died after a brief illness, Friday November 18, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born September 25, 1947, in Sacramento CA, the daughter of Frank Foster Stilson and Arlene (Cushman) Stilson. Lee Graduated from Elk Grove High School in […]

  • Obituary: Michael George “Mic” Werth

    December 1st, 2022 Michael George “Mic” Werth, 84, died at Scandia Health Center in Sister Bay Wisconsin on Thursday, December 1st, 2022. Michael was a chef by trade, something he became fascinated with while cooking with his grandma Werth in their family home. He told stories of some of the recipes he still used that grandma […]

  • Obituary: Gerald E. Richter

    September 3, 1937 ~ December 6, 2022 Gerald Earl Richter, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday morning, December 6, 2022, surrounded by his family at home. He was born September 3, 1937, in Milwaukee, son of the late Walter Max and Helen Gertrude (Lamberton) Richter. Jerry graduated from Bay View High School in Milwaukee in […]

  • Obituary: Noel A. Fischer

    December 25, 1940 ~ December 7, 2022 Noel A. Fischer, 81, of Baileys Harbor, peacefully died at home on December 7, 2022, with loved ones by her side.  She was a beautiful person who will be missed by many. She is survived by her daughter Darcy Fischer; son Robb (Dawn) Fischer; grandchildren, Alec and Anna […]