Peninsula Pulse Dec 23-30, 2022

In this issue

  • 2022 Year in Review: Spot News

    January ATVs Crash through Ice Gardner – Three men were rescued when their ATVs crashed through the ice on the waters of Green Bay near County N about a half mile south of Sugar Creek County Park in the Town of Gardner.  Two of the men were returning to shore Jan. 15 after fishing – one […]

  • Elf on the Shelf Makes Mischief at Door County Coffee

    When Allie DeGuelle joined Sturgeon Bay’s Door County Coffee & Tea Co. in 2018, she brought her Elf on the Shelf, Beans, with her. He doesn’t need a white Christmas to have a good time — here, he makes a snow angel in coffee beans, where he got his name. The holidays are a busy […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Non-biased Pronoun Usage Is a Simple First Step

    What’s all the fuss about pronouns?  In the 1970s, when “he/him” was replaced with “he/she” and “him/her,” it was intended to treat women more fairly and inclusively. Today, the use of “they/them” pronouns invites fairness and inclusivity not based on any gender.  Transgender people understand deeply who they are. Whether “he/him,” “she/her” or “they/them,” we […]

  • Tourism & the Visitor Economy: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    by JULIE GILBERT, President and CEO, Destination Door County As we experience all the beauty and wonderment that the holiday season brings, I always find myself looking back at the year. As we ring in 2023, we appreciate all of our incredible hospitality workers who go above and beyond to serve us and our visitors. […]

  • 2022 Top Podcasts

    Another year of news, events and hot-topic conversations has come and gone, and with it, more than 100 new episodes of the Door County Pulse podcast. From 359,699 listens in 2022, here are the most popular episodes of the year. What’s Next at the Boys & Girls Club Boys & Girls Club CEO Eric Blumreich […]

  • If We’re Door County, You’re the Pulse

    Almost this entire issue is devoted to a look back at the year we’re leaving on the cusp of entering 2023 – an annual year-in-review tradition here at the Pulse. If we believe our newspaper is a reflection of what’s happening within the community – and we do – it’s confirmed by our trek down […]

  • Become a Lighthouse Docent at The Ridges

    Application due Jan. 31 The Ridges Sanctuary is opening the Baileys Harbor Range Lights for the first time to a new experience: resident docents. In 2023, volunteers will have the unique opportunity to live in the Upper Range Light while fulfilling duties as a range light resident docent. The new opportunity will begin in May […]

  • DCA Dec. 22 Christmas Event Canceled

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has canceled its Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns and Janet Planet, scheduled for Dec. 22, due to the predicted inclement weather. The possibility of a “Christmas in July” event is being discussed. Ticket holders have several options: receive a full refund via the […]

  • DNR Taking Input on Nitrogen Study until Jan. 13

    The Department of Natural Resources hosted a webinar last month to discuss the results of a study examining nitrogen in the surface waters of the Northeast Lakeshore TMDL (total maximum daily load) study area.  The nitrogen study evaluates the amounts of nitrogen introduced into surface waters relative to climate, land use and other watershed characteristics. […]

  • Hospitality Thank-you Award Granted

    Tanya S., who works at Cornerstone Pub, was randomly selected from 41 nominations as this year’s winner of the Door County Hospitality Worker Thank You campaign, hosted by Destination Door County. A customer named Janis M. nominated Tanya for the award. “We really enjoy eating at Cornerstone Pub,” Janis wrote. “One reason is that Tanya […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Sally

    Sally is a stunning, black cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This 4-year-old beauty weighs 11 pounds and loves to be stroked.  Like all cats at WHS, Sally ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, plus she goes home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam […]

  • Door County Short-Film Fest Welcomes New Partner

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association has announced a new partnership with Northern Sky Theater to present the 14th Door County Short Film Fest Feb. 17-18 at the Gould Theater in Fish Creek.  On Friday night, the doors will open at 6 pm, and a full-length feature film will be screened at 7 pm. On Saturday, […]

  • Ski for Free

    Nature Programs at Crossroads

    Continue the holiday fun with family programs at Crossroads at Big Creek. Appropriate for the whole family, the free Conifers Talk and Walk on Dec. 27, 2-3 pm, will begin in the lab with hands-on lessons about conifers and continue with a walk in the forest. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. The Junior Nature […]

  • First Day Hike at Whitefish Dunes State Park

    The Friends of Whitefish Dunes group is sponsoring a First Day Hike on Jan. 1, 9:30 am – 12 pm, at Whitefish Dunes State Park.  This self-guided hike along walking and/or snowshoe trails will begin at the picnic shelter with a hot beverage and a collectible memento for the kids. Participants may also take their […]

  • Free Youth Nordic Ski Program

    Kids ages 3 and older can join the Peninsula Nordic Ski Club to experience a program that encourages them to have fun with Nordic (cross-country) skiing. It’s a great way to take advantage of the winter months and offers a wide range of skill development – from recreational striding to competitive racing. This nine-week program, […]

  • Ceramic Artworks at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery is showcasing a new body of ceramic works by Marion Angelica through Dec. 24 as part of its Small Works show. Angelica – a well-known porcelain ceramic artist from Minnesota – has been exhibiting with Idea Gallery since 2017. Her forms are strong, have clearly defined lines and flow into organic shapes.

  • Call for Fire and Ice Carvers

    Attention, novice and professional ice carvers! Destination Sturgeon Bay invites ice and snow carvers to participate in the city’s Fire & Ice event, presented by Stone Harbor. All beginner, intermediate and advanced carvers – individuals and teams of all ages – are encouraged to enter the 2023 carving competition Feb. 18, 9 am – 2 pm.  Participating […]

  • End-of-Year Music Lineup

    Tad Greene Dec. 27, 3-5 pm Hitching Post Bluegrass on the banjo. Embahn  Dec. 27, 5-7 pm Twelve Eleven Wine Bar A local singer-songwriter with a soft, yet substantial voice. The Just Joe Show Dec. 27, 8-10 pm  Butch’s Bar The music of Elvis, REM, John Mellencamp and other favorites. Time Machine Dec. 30, 6:30-10 […]

  • Gibraltar High School Looks for More AP Classes

    Gibraltar High School Principal Jim DeBroux is intensively reworking the school’s secondary course guide, completing updates such as removing a virtual-learning requirement and pinpointing a timetable when withdrawal from a class would result in a failure on a student’s report card. Primarily, DeBroux is looking for ways to add more opportunities for growth and learning […]

  • Anonymous Donor Sponsors Washington Island School Basketball Trip

    An anonymous donor quickly came up with $2,000 when needed to help the Washington Island school basketball teams enjoy a tournament on Beaver Island, Michigan. The island’s Lions Club provided funds to match school funds so that the student-athletes on the girls and boys basketball teams in grades eight through 12 could fly in private […]

  • 2022 Year in Review: Community

    A Year of Light When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, Christiana Gorchynsky Trapani, owner of Door County Candle Company in Carlsville and a second-generation American Ukrainian, turned her candle-making business into a form of ammunition to help the people of Ukraine. With the help of family and what would become a small army of volunteers, […]

  • Twixmas Events

    In Britain, they call it Boxing Week. In Norway, they call it mellomjul or romjul. Some people here in the States call it Twixmas. Whether you have a word for it or not, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day offers relaxed holiday fun.  Luminary Walks Dec. 26-30, 5-7 pm The Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 […]

  • Fish Creek Couple Goes All Out for Christmas

    For many people, Christmas decorating is mainly a matter of hanging up some lights or putting up a tree. For John and Becki Fairchild, it’s a weeklong affair. “We go all out,” Becki said. Just looking at the outside of the house, it’s obvious how much effort goes into decorating it. The yard is packed […]

  • Cherry Drop Back to Ring in 2023

    Hundreds of revelers will gather in Sister Bay on New Year’s Eve for what has quickly become a Door County tradition.  The Cherry Drop, from FM 106.9 The Lodge, will be back at Husby’s Garage on Dec. 31. A crane will hoist the 300-pound cherry made of lights 120 feet above the ground on the […]

  • Fleet Farm Asks City for Financial Assistance

    Fleet Farm is seeking financial assistance from the City of Sturgeon Bay to build a new store along the west entrance to the city. Jeff Peterson of CR Structures Group – the representative for Fleet Farm on the proposed development across from the Salty Seagull miniature-golf course along Highway 42/57 – appeared Dec. 13 before […]

  • Sturgeon Bay’s Second Kwik Trip Conditionally Approved

    With the new Kwik Trip development completed this year on the city’s east side, plans for a second store near the intersection of Highway 42/57 and Duluth Avenue (County S) on Sturgeon Bay’s west side received conditional approval Monday from the city’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board. The board’s motion approved the project’s […]

  • Meet the Hal Prize Winners: August Battaglia

    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 for the 2022 […]

  • Obituary: Kermit A. Franda

    April 7, 1935 ~ December 19, 2022 Kermit Arthur Franda, 87, of Sturgeon Bay died at his home in the town of Gardner on December 19, 2022. He was born April 7, 1935, in Door County to Joseph and Eleanore (Robillard) Franda. On July 16, 1955, he married Cleo Patricia Bellin at St. Hubert’s Catholic […]

  • Obituary: Richard “Dick” Lee Bjarnarson

    November 1, 1932 ~ December 12, 2022 Richard “Dick” Lee Bjarnarson, 90, of Washington Island, died suddenly at home on Monday, December 12, 2022. He was born November 1, 1932, son of the late Oliver and Esther (Hanson) Bjarnarson. Dick graduated from Washington Island High School with the Class of 1950. He married Marilyn Nelson […]

  • Obituary: Ronald R. Eisenmann

    February 27, 1938 ~ December 12, 2022 Ronald R. Eisenmann, 84, of Sturgeon Bay died on Dec. 12, 2022. We expect that he is still scratching his head over how this could have happened so swiftly, because he had a long to-do list and an incredible zest for life. A finer gentleman, you could never […]

  • Obituary: Colleen A. Eicher

    July 6, 1954 ~ December 17, 2022 Colleen Audrey Eicher, 68, Algoma, died at home on December 17, 2022, after a short battle with cancer. Colleen was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI to Chester & Audrey (Robertson) Wodack on July 6, 1954. She grew up helping in the family orchard along with her three siblings. Colleen graduated […]