Peninsula Pulse – Dec. 22-29, 2017

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Supporting Neighbor to Neighbor

    During the holiday season, when we are focused on kindness, love of our fellow man, and gratitude, we want to take the time to thank those who helped make the Neighbor to Neighbor 2017 Rib Fest a great success. First of all, we would like to thank the chefs: Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse (who has […]

  • State News: Special Election Results, Renewable Energy

    Tuesday’s Primary Results A field of six candidates running for the 10th state Senate District has been narrowed down to three, with state Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, and Patty Schachtner, D-Somerset, moving on to a special general election next month. Jarchow edged out fellow Assemblyman Shannon Zimmerman, R-River Falls, winning 56 percent of the […]

  • Gardner Gab: Dec. 22 – 29

    Hello, Town of Gardner residents. No interview this month. Where did the time go? Know of someone I should talk to or have anything to share? Email me at [email protected]. So, the holiday season is upon us. There’s so much to do no matter what you celebrate in December. For me it’s, decorate the house, […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Dec. 22 – 29

    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 Expositor, December 22, 1876 Mr. Wm. Wagener reports to us a striking case of affection and grief in dumb animals. One chicken left its companions and […]

  • Reps in the News: Walkers Boasts Elimination of State Property Tax

    Governor Scott Walker The 2017-19 state budget eliminates the state property tax levy. As a result of this and other property tax reform, property taxes on the typical home will be lower in 2018 than in 2010, and Wisconsin’s property tax burden as a percentage of personal income is at its lowest level since the […]

  • County Treasurer Office Hours Dec 27 – 29

    Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn will have regular office hours from 8 am to 4:30 pm Dec. 27, 28 and 29 for taxpayers wishing to pay their property taxes before the end of 2017. The government center is closed Dec. 26 for the Christmas holiday. The Treasurer’s office also has a mail slot just inside […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball Standings: Dec. 18

    STANDINGS As of Dec. 18, 2017 A League, W-L Some Spike It Hot, 12-3 Door County Fire Co., 10-5 Music Masters DJs, 9-6 Nicolet Beach Concessions, 9-6 Olson Dental, 5-10 Boom Town, 5-10 The Caffeinators, 4-14 B League, W-L Red Room, 15-3 Hatco Serve-Rites, 11-7 Peninsula Podiatry, 10-8 Bull Pen, 8-10 Brick Lot 1, 7-11 […]

  • High School Winter Sports Schedule: Dec. 22 – 29

    SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Dec. 22 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Dec. 27 & 28 @ Lena, 6:30 pm Wrestling Dec. 29 @ UW – Oshkosh, 9:30 am   SOUTHERN DOOR  Boys Basketball Dec. 22 @ Denmark, 7 pm Dec. 28 @ Sheboygan North, 7:30 pm Dec. 29 @ Sheboygan North, 7:30 pm  Wrestling Dec. 29 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Remembering Bob Schmidt

    This time of year finds snowmobilers getting their sleds ready for riding. I cannot help but remembering Bob Schmidt as I do this. For years Bob was the leader and organizer of the MS Ride, a cross-country snowmobile ride to raise money for the MS Society. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Some Positives from the Year

    As I reflect on our country and our democracy, I find there are some positive things that have come out of this grim and disturbing first year of Trump’s presidency. Here are some hopeful events to keep in mind. The latest polls show that Donald Trump has an incredibly low approval rating of 32 percent. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Gamesmanship?

    When the three pro-granary Sturgeon Bay alderwomen apparently colluded to miss three consecutive meetings called to seal the fate of the granary, they caused the meetings to be aborted after they didn’t show, due to lack of a quorum. The Pulse article describes this as “a bit of gamesmanship.” Gamesmanship? No, I would call this […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Christmas Memories

    Every year when Christmas comes around I am reminded of the wonderful years when we were allowed to be innocent children. We were blessed to be in a time of no social media, cellphones or tweets. Our interaction with others was our mother yelling out the door, “Have you seen Diane, Susie or Loren?” Growing […]

  • Server of the Week: Debbie LaForge Pagel

    If you go to the Dorchester A person you’ll see A nurse there named Debbie As nice as can be!   She takes care of people And does her job well. So give her a high-five That would be swell. – Submitted by Dorothy Lindsey

  • Sheriff’s Deputy Injured by Accidental Rifle Discharge

    A Door County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured by shrapnel from a rifle accidentally fired by a Sturgeon Bay police officer at the scene of a westside Sturgeon Bay domestic dispute on Dec. 18. According to Capt. Dan Brinkman of the Sturgeon Bay Police Dept., officers responded to a home shortly after 6 am to find […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Dec. 22 – 29

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm Dec. 26. Town of Liberty Grove:  The town hall will be open from 9 am to noon on Dec. 30 for tax collection.   KEWAUNEE COUNTY City of Algoma:  The Public Works Committee meets at 4 pm Dec. 26. The […]

  • Door, Kewaunee Included in Holiday Deer Hunt

    Hunters can look forward to additional deer hunting opportunities during late archery and crossbow seasons, as well as the antlerless-only “holiday hunt” in select deer management units. The antlerless-only holiday hunt will be offered in 17 Farmland Zone units from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, including Door and Kewaunee counties. The holiday hunt is offered […]

  • County Adopts Phase I of Fairgrounds Park Plan

    The Door County Board of Supervisors approved the first phase of a plan for John Miles County Park after more than a year of meeting with the public and stakeholders. While it is more of a boundless wish list, the plan will set the course for future park assets the county hopes will drive a […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: Dec. 22, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “It’s fart soup.” “Free range wenches…grass fed wenches.” “Her husband was having too much fun, so they brought in his wife.” “I […]

  • Kewaunee Holiday Light Contest Winners Announced

    It was a mighty battle and the winners of the First WPS Great Kewaunee County Holiday Light Contest have been announced after a weeklong public vote. Best Nonprofit – Algoma Park of Lights, 620 Lake St.; Griswold – 13 John St., Luxemburg; Business Classic – Ebert Enterprises, N6939 County D, Algoma; tie for Business Retro […]

  • “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” on Stage at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse presents Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol Dec. 20 – 31. Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol features Alan Kopischke as Jacob Marley. What happens to Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean, sour, pruney old business partner after death? Chained and shackled, Marley is condemned to a hellish eternity. He’s even given his own private tormentor: a malicious little […]

  • Featured Pet: Percy

    Percy came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) this past August during the Washington Island rescue. He’s eight years old and is very sweet, but slightly reserved. Percy has had limited contact with people and takes a while to warm up. He has become comfortable with the DCHS night staff and welcomes snuggles. He […]

  • Record Year for Conservation in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin has experienced a record year for work to sustain rare prairies and oak savannas; an 85 percent reduction in rare turtles killed at one deadly roadway crossing; nearly 1,000 newly restored acres of habitat for Karner blue butterflies; and the first peregrine falcon nest in Door County since the 1950s. These are just a […]

  • Christmas Show with Small Forest

    Small Forest will perform a Christmas show at Lost Moth Gallery Dec. 22 at 7 pm. Small Forest, Jeanne Kuhns, Marybeth Mattson and Patrick Palmer along with special guest George Sawyn, will perform their favorite Christmas songs, including originals, sing-alongs and carols, both traditional and contemporary. Songs such as “The Huron Carol,” an arrangement of […]

  • The Bestseller List: Dec. 22, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. News of the World, by Paulette Jiles 3. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 4. The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur 5. History of Wolves, by Emily Fridlund TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande 2. The […]

  • Join Crossroads for a Holiday Hike

    Start off the holiday weekend with a nature hike at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Outdoor time is important in early winter. Join the naturalist Dec. 23 at 10 am for a tour of the multi-use trails (which are open for hiking, snowshoeing and biking throughout the winter) in the Big Creek Preserve. […]

  • DCA Holds 5th Annual Play It Forward Concert

    On Dec. 28 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present its fifth annual Play It Forward concert, bringing together many of Door County’s favorite musicians to benefit a worthy cause. Through these performers’ donated time, as well as freewill donations collected at the concert, Play It Forward celebrates the warmth and light of […]

  • 17 More Acres Protected Near Bay Shore Blufflands

    Landowners Nancy Aten and Dan Collins recently completed the donation of a 17-acre conservation easement to the Door County Land Trust. The property, located near the 274-acre Bay Shore Blufflands Nature Preserve, adds to a complex of ecologically rich lands where several rare and threatened species have been identified. Waters from agricultural lands to the […]

  • Remembering How AOL Instant Messenger Changed Communication

    On Dec. 15, 2017, a pioneer of the modern messaging movement signed off for the last time. It wasn’t a completely unexpected death by any means, but it’s one that has given those of us who came of age with the internet a reason to pause and reflect on the program that laid the foundation […]

  • Large CAFOs Devalue Nearby Property, State Says

    Following an appeal of a tax bill in the Town of Pierce, south of Algoma, the Department of Revenue (DOR) determined that property within one mile of a large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) has been devalued. Deb and Scott Kliment appealed their tax assessment on their property across from Ebert Enterprises LLC and received […]

  • Families Celebrate Joy of Giving for Feed My People

    Dozens of Door County children from families in need will wake up to a brighter Christmas this year thanks to the generosity of the community’s dozens of Secret Santas. This year the Feed My People Christmas program worked with 48 sponsor individuals and groups to provide gifts to 115 families with as many as eight […]

  • Framed: Ringing in the Holidays

    Ringing in the holidays for The Salvation Army on the left are (back to front) Mikayla Pieschek, Alanna Paye and Rosalyn Paye. At right from back to front, Bethany Paye and Grant Pieschek. Submitted.

  • Manners Matter: A New Guest for Holiday Dinner

    Dear Mary Pat, I can’t wait to see my family for Christmas. This is the first time in a long time that we will all be around one table again. The only hiccup is my brother’s new girlfriend. She’s nearly half his age and we barely know her since they have only been dating a […]

  • Jewelry Showcase at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Gallery invites the community to ring in 2018 at Shimmer and Shine, a jewelry showcase Dec. 29 & 30, 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy a glass of von Stiehl’s sparkling wine and find the perfect new piece of jewelry to start 2018. The showcase features the work of jewelry artists that glitter, […]

  • Cheers!: The Year of the Blackberry

    If I had to name my favorite beery trend of 2017 to date, I could do it in just one word – blackberries. “The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice.” Pacific Gas & Electric, “The Blackberry” (1970) I certainly can’t explain why blackberries never crossed my path before. Raspberries, sure. Strawberries, OK. Blueberries, even. […]

  • Trivia: What entrepreneur was the first to dress up as Santa in his department store, beginning the tradition of store Santas?

    Question: What entrepreneur was the first to dress up as Santa in his department store, beginning the tradition of store Santas? Answer: James Edgar, who owned a dry goods store in Brockton, Massachusetts. In 1890, he decided to dress up as Santa Claus and children from miles away traveled to see him.

  • Pond Hockey Tournament Nearly Full

    Forty teams have already signed up for the Feb. 10 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament, leaving just a few openings left. The tournament is capped at 44 teams. The fifth annual event takes place on Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor, with a dozen rinks cleared for 4-on-4 play in a one-day battle for the coveted […]

  • Newport State Park to Hold First Day Hike

    Take a First Day Hike at Newport State Park Jan. 1, 10 am – 12 pm. Hikers will meet at parking lot #1 at 10 am and the plan is to hike about two miles. The hike will be led by Newport Wilderness Society members Jean and Greg Wilde. Remember to dress for the weather. […]

  • Bay Ship Spreads Holiday Spirit with Toys for Kids Program

    Bikes, skateboards, games and toys covered the lobby of Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay in the days leading up to distribution with the Toys for Kids program, which sends Christmas spirit to nearly 200 families across Door County through the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees. At Bay Ship, what started as office gift-giving became a companywide effort […]

  • Terry Bolland, Longtime Summertime Restaurant Owner, Dies at 81

    Dec. 12, 1936 – Dec. 18, 2017 Terry Bolland, longtime owner of the Summertime Restaurant in Fish Creek, died Monday, Dec. 18 at age 81. Bolland was a civil engineer who was a specialist in lime processing, first working for an Illinois company and later as a consultant for lime processing plants worldwide. But Bolland […]

  • Obituary: Duaine Glenn Daubner

    Duaine Glenn Daubner, 62, of New Franken, died unexpectedly at his home on December 18, 2017. Duaine was born on October 2, 1955 in Ellison Bay, WI and is the son of the late Cletus and Regina Daubner.  He grew up in Ellison Bay, WI and graduated from Gibraltar High School. On May 22, 1976 he […]

  • Obituary: Janet M. Maclean

    Janet M. Maclean, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away early Friday morning, December 15, 2017 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born August 3, 1936 in Washburn, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Carl and Mildred (Mattesen) Anderson. On January 10, 1953, Janet married Ronald F. Maclean. Together they […]

  • Obituary: Norbert A. Schroeder

    May 5, 1935 – Dec. 15, 2017 Norbert A. Schroeder was born to Edward and Shirley (Berger) Schroeder. He went to Sturgeon Bay High School and worked a myriad of jobs, including his own auto repair shop and working for the Door County Sheriff’s Dept. In the mid-1970s he moved out of state and settling […]

  • Obituary: Clarence Edward Peterson

    Clarence Edward Peterson, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday morning, December 14, 2017 in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. He was born June 14, 1951 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of the late George Stanley Peterson and Bessie Olive (Wilson) Peterson. Clarence graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1970. […]

  • Obituary: Sylvia Bertha Zahn

    Sylvia Bertha Zahn of Baileys Harbor, age 91, passed away on December 12, 2017. Born on March 10, 1926 in Sevastopol on the family farm. Daughter of Henry Schwartz and Elsie Schultz Schwartz. Sylvia was a homemaker. After her husband passed away she worked at the Baileys Harbor Laundry. She retired when her first grandchild […]

  • Obituary: Karl H. Nystrom

    Karl H. Nystrom, 84, of Baileys Harbor, died December 10, 2017 at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. The family is honoring Karl’s wishes and there will be a Memorial Service held at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor, WI in the Spring of 2018. There will be an update and complete notice when the date and time […]

  • Door County Medical Center Births: Dec. 13-14, 2017

    Ronen and Jennifer Eliyha, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born Dec. 13, 2017. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Sue Schlecht, Minocqua. Paternal grandparents are Shmoil and Gota Eliyha, Haifa, Israel. Alvaro Hernandez and Daniela Cerceres, Kewaunee, are the parents of a son born Dec. 14, 2017. Maternal grandparents are Pablo Alonsa Cerceres […]

  • Millers Celebrate Anniversary/Birthday Party in Baileys Harbor

    Baileys Harbor Town Hall was recently the scene of a combination wedding anniversary and birthday party celebrated by Joe and Nancy Miller. Dec. 15 was Joe’s 80th birthday, as well as the couple’s 17th anniversary. Approximately 125 friends joined in the catered reception; a great time was had by all.  

  • Tim and Sue Stone Recognized at National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon

    The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northeast Wisconsin Chapter awarded honors to Door County residents Tim and Sue Stone at its 2017 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on Nov. 15 at Lambeau Field Legends Club Room in Green Bay. The Door County Land Trust, in partnership with Peninsula Music Festival, nominated the Stones for the […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Announces Christmas Mass Service Times

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help at Champion will celebrate Christmas Day with traditional Midnight Mass at 12 am, Dec. 25 and 11 am Mass on Christmas Day. Additionally, opportunities for prayer continue throughout the Octave of Christmas at Champion Shrine through the Novena for the Solemnity of The Nativity of the […]

  • Door County Medical Center, YMCA Collaborate for Early Memory Loss Program

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and the Door County YMCA are collaborating for the M.I.N.D (Memory In Development) workshops. They will be held Wednesdays, 10 am – 12 pm from Jan. 10 – Feb. 14 at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. M.I.N.D is a research-driven workshop that engages participants and care partners through education, exercise, and […]

  • Door County Retailers Can Receive Free Training to Reduce Tobacco Sales to Minors

    Underage tobacco sales in Wisconsin increased from 7.2 percent in 2016 to 7.7 percent in 2017, according to the Synar Survey – which measures how frequently tobacco retailers sell to minors. The jump brings Wisconsin closer to double digit underage tobacco sales than it’s been at any time in the last decade. “While the jump […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Announces Moo-La-La, Holiday Parade Winners

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center (SBVC) announced winners of their Moo-La-La Giveaway and the award-winning parade entries from their Christmas By The Bay holiday parade. From a total of 28 festive entries, the award-winning entries are:  Best Nonprofit Entry – St. John Bosco Catholic School; Best Business Entry – Selvick Marine Towing Corp. SBVC spreads […]

  • Wisconsin Creates Program Seeks to Increase State’s Creative Economy

    The push to establish Wisconsin Creates, a new statewide program to invest in Wisconsin’s creative economy, continues to move forward. Senate Bill 284 and Assembly Bill 393, the legislation created to establish the 21st century development program, are under consideration in the 2017-2018 legislative session. In October, SB284 passed the Senate Committee on Small Business, […]

  • Budget Blinds Offers In-Home Window Covering Services to Homeowners

    Budget Blinds will offer its convenient window covering services to homeowners in the Door County area. “With lifestyles becoming more hectic, consumers require the most convenient services possible for home improvements,” said Kurt and Michele Deneys, owners of Budget Blinds of Door County. “Our window-covering specialists come directly to customers’ homes to present products, discuss […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Dec. 19, 2017

    Crop prices (Dec. 19) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $2.88 -0.60 $2.89 Soybeans $8.73 -0.90 $9.47 Wheat $3.30 -0.91 $3.16 Oats $2.49 -0.1 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $2.92/bushel -0.56 New-Crop Corn $3.10/bushel -0.70 Wheat $3.46/bushel -0.75   Basis: The difference between the local […]