Peninsula Pulse – Dec. 31, 2015 – Jan. 8, 2016

In this issue

  • Obituary: Carolyn Lee Jandrain

    Carolyn Lee Jandrain, 73, of Brussels, passed away at her home on December 20, 2015.  She was born on December 23, 1941, in Keshena, WI to James and Mildred (Funk) Smith.  On August 21, 1985, she married Scott A. Jandrain in Cheyenne, WY.  Carolyn worked in bookkeeping at the local Ford dealership for many years. […]

  • New Wedding Expo to be Held at Lodge at Leathem Smith

    The inaugural Door County Wedding Expo is planned at the Lodge at Leathem Smith during Fire and Ice Festival weekend in Sturgeon Bay on Feb. 12 & 13. The event will feature workshops, live entertainment, gifts, samples, door prizes as well as representatives and displays from 75 local Door County wedding venues and vendors. Meet […]

  • Learn About Organic Production in DATCP Workshop

    Are you curious about how to transition your dairy farm to organic? Are you wondering about organic market opportunities or if “going organic” is right for your facility or food product? These questions are directed at individuals who may have an interest in attending the upcoming “Thinking of Transitioning to Organic?” workshop series presented by […]

  • Obituary: Donald Willard Hanson

    Donald Willard Hanson, 85, of Sturgeon Bay passed away unexpectedly on December 22, 2015, at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay.  He was born on April 24, 1930, in Clay Banks to Otto and Carrie (Stegmann) Hanson.  On October 21, 1950, he married Edna Rodrian in Rankin, she preceded him in death on […]

  • St. John Bosco Catholic School Received WRISA Accreditation

    The Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA) announces the accreditation of St. John Bosco Catholic School located in Sturgeon Bay. St. John Bosco Catholic School has proven compliance with WRISA educational Standards and is a member in good standing. “We applaud the accomplishments of the St. John Bosco Catholic […]

  • Year in Review: What We’ll Watch in 2016

    Elections In addition to the presidential election in November, local elections in April will bring some new faces to county and municipal governance. Four Door County board supervisors are bowing out, so there will be changes there. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council race should be interesting, with a number of freshman candidates hanging their hats […]

  • Joel Kitchens: A Look Back at the First Year

    By Rep. Joel Kitchens One year ago, I was preparing to take office after my election to succeed Garey Bies as First Assembly District Representative. I walked around the Capitol with my eyes wide and my mouth open, not quite believing that I would soon have an office in this incredible building. I was honored […]

  • Featured Pet: Lucy

    My name is Lucy and I have been living at Door County Humane Society (DCHS) since March of 2015. When I came into the shelter I also brought two of my puppies with me but they have since been adopted so now it is time for me to get a family of my own. I […]

  • Successful Basic Needs Drive at Boys & Girls Club of Door County

    Red ribbons and brightly colored paper wrapped up the Boys & Girls Club of Door County’s “Basic Needs” drive on Dec. 11. Community volunteers spent more than two hours wrapping tables full of donated items that will be distributed to 58 families throughout Door County. “We were overjoyed by the response this year,” said Door […]

  • Year in Review: Sheriff Delarwelle Looks at First Year

    Not really knowing what to expect, learning on the fly for the first year. It’s been a challenge, but we have some very good people in the office who have helped

  • Letter to the Editor: Grateful Giving

      It is with great humility and gratitude that I write this letter extolling the virtues of United Way. For many years as coordinator of the Ministry Dental Clinic, we were on the receiving end of help from the United Way Grant Fund. This helped us to grow and treat many children and community members. […]

  • Obituary: Leona H. Telfer

    Leona H. Telfer, 95, was born to George and Charlotte Schultz and was raised in the German settlement between Sister Bay and Baileys Harbor. She died with her family by her side, Dec. 21, 2015. She is proceeded in death by her parents, husband Gerald Voight, husband Sidney Telfer Jr., a step-daughter Kathy Truslow, four […]

  • Municipal News: Dec. 31 – Jan. 8

    County of Door: The Property Committee meets at 1 pm on Jan. 6. The Resource Planning Committee meets at 2 pm on Jan. 7.  Town of Union: The Town Board meets at 6:30 pm on Jan. 7. Village of Sister Bay: The Parks Committee meets at 2 pm on Jan. 6. Town of Gibraltar: The […]

  • Law Enforcement Spends Day with Kids for Shop with a Cop Program

    On Dec. 19, law enforcement officers from the Door County Sheriff’s Department, Sturgeon Bay Police Department, Wisconsin DNR and the Door County Sheriff’s Department Dispatch Center spent the day with 31 area children at their 13th annual Chop “N” Shop with a Cop program. Children were paired up with a Law Enforcement Officer for the […]

  • Somatics Class Offered at Two Locations in January

    Lori Strantz, Owner of Lori’s Spa Essence in Fish Creek, will offer an eight-week somatics class series at two locations starting in January. Strantz, who is a clinical somatic educator and licensed massage therapist, has more than 20 years working in the health and wellness industry. She specializes in helping people to relieve chronic pain […]

  • Obituary: Emily Mathilda Ploor

    Emily Mathilda Ploor, 100 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday, December 20, 2015, at Cardinal Ridge CBRF. She was born August 14, 1915, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late August and Lydia (Diefenbach) Wilke. Emily graduated from Sevastopol High School. On September 11, 1934, she married Aloysius “Bud” A. Ploor at the St. John […]

  • Year in Review: Thumbs Up To…

    To melaniejane and the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay for giving the TV-watching nation a glimpse of Door County on a Travel Channel show called Hotel Showdown. The show aired on Feb. 10 and featured the Holiday Music Motel in competition with three other Midwestern hotels for a $25,000 prize. While the Holiday did […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Big Oil Is A Criminal Enterprise

    I wrote a letter on the subject of oil exports without realizing that congress was about to pass legislation eliminating the oil export ban. My letter was published in the Pulse after the legislation passed. It was published a day late and a dollar short, but I appreciate the Pulse’s having published anyway. If you […]

  • WI Wins Congratulates Kewaunee Retailers

    The Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) program, a state-level initiative aimed to decrease youth access to tobacco products, and re:THINK, the Tobacco Prevention Network would like to say congratulations to the many clerks and retailers of Kewaunee County for the great work on reducing tobacco access to minors. Over the past year youth volunteers have conducted […]

  • Obituary: Sandra Ann Marlatt

    Just before noon on Thursday, June 11, 2015, Sandra “Sandie” Ann Marlatt died peacefully and surrounded by loved ones at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash.  Sandie was 59 years old. Sandie was born at Door County General Hospital in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on Thursday, August 4, 1955. She was the first child of Leonette […]

  • Obituary: Doris Elaine (Anderson) Ellmann

    Doris Elaine (Anderson) Ellmann passed away November 24 at her winter home in Tucson, Arizona. She had suffered a major stroke two weeks previously and never recovered her health. She was cared for in her home by her children, and all were with her when she died at home. Our mother was born November 6, 1927 […]

  • Obituary: Daniel Lee Biemeret

    Daniel Lee Biemeret, 59, of the town of Grand Chute in Appleton, passed away Wednesday night, December 23, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. He was born November 22, 1956, in Green Bay, the son of Donald Hugh Biemeret and Kathryn Smith. Daniel attended Green Bay East High School. He married Carol Ryan and worked […]

  • Obituary: Elizabeth Marie Hahn

    Elizabeth Marie Hahn, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord, Thursday morning, December 24, 2015, at Golden Living Center-Dorchester after suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease for years. She was born November 9, 1930, in Campbellsport, the daughter of the late Earl and Wilhelmina (Reschke) Jacky. Following her high school education, Betty earned […]

  • Obituary: Bea A. Mathison

    Bea A. Mathison, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday, December 22, 2015. She was born on December 6, 1917, to William and Mayme (Challe) Robillard in the Town of Gardner, WI. On April 15, 1939, she married Don Blakley Mathison. Bea was a member of Bay View Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay and the Order […]

  • Monday Night Volleyball: Dec. 31, 2015

    STANDINGS As of Dec. 21, 2015 A League, W-L Nicolet Beach Concessions, 20-1 Music Masters DJs, 10-8 Bayshore Powerballers, 11-10 Bay Area Transplant, 6-12 YMCA, 1-17   B League, W-L Red Room, 23-1 Renard’s Cheese, 19-5 Brick Lot, 12-12 Econo Double Baggers, 10-14 Hatco, 10-14 Para Tran, 9-15 Whiskepedia, 9-15 Peninsula Podiatry, 6-18   RESULTS […]

  • Obituary: Wallace “Butch” Reinhold Tess, Jr.

    Wallace “Butch” Reinhold Tess, Jr., 61, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at The Florida House in Sturgeon Bay where he had been living since 2009. He was born October 28, 1954, at Door County Memorial Hospital, the son of Wallace Reinhold Tess, Sr., and Mildred Ruth (Duwe) Tess. Butch […]

  • Year in Review: A Watershed Year?

    That really was some year, wasn’t it? It almost felt like a watershed year, but that is for history to say. Throughout Door County we saw communities coming together in various ways to define themselves, and citizens stepping up to help in that definition. Take, for example, Sturgeon Bay, where the addition of a hotel […]

  • Obituary: Norman A. Stenzel

    Lifelong Fish Creek/Egg Harbor, Wis., native and part-time Dunedin, FL resident, died after a brief illness on Dec. 20, 2015.

  • Obituary: Juanita A. Stadler

    Juanita A Stadler, 84 of Sister Bay, died at the Scandia Village Retirement Center on December 24 , 2015. Funeral arrangements are pending and services will be held in January.  Funeral notice will be made available at a future time when plans are completed.

  • Year in Review: Q&A with Door County Administrator Ken Pabich

    You came on board on Aug. 3 and had to jump right into the budget process and deal with a couple of big projects on the county’s plate. How did that work for you? Were department heads and staff helpful in bringing you up to speed? I think the timing of my start was truly […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Echoes of the Past

    Senator Frank Lasee’s recent editorial piece wherein he casually tells such lies as, “The opponents of the [Sawyer Hotel] project have not brought forward any reasons for their opposition; they simply don’t like it,” brings to mind something his elder cousin Alan sent from his senatorial desk a few years back. Alan Lasee’s impassioned letter […]

  • Beginning Mindfulness Class Offered at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist

    A Beginning Mindfulness Class series is being offered at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan Street, starting Jan. 5, 11:30 – 12:30 pm. In this three-week series participants will learn various forms of mindfulness meditation including sitting meditation, body scan and mindful movement as well as learn how to use the breath as a […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Girl Scouts Visit Pine Crest Village

    Sturgeon Bay Girl Scout Troop 4300 spread holiday cheer with residents from Pine Crest Village on Dec. 15. Pictured are Ari Hilsabeck, Dakota Stewart, Kayley Bell, Callie Kraemer, Miranda Gregory, Justyna Henke and Gwen Gregory. Resident Arlene made the red bell necklaces the girls are wearing a couple years ago. The girl scouts enjoy visiting […]

  • Obituary: Irene Margaret Vertz

    Irene Margaret Vertz, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Jacksonport, was called Home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, December 21, 2015, while in the comfort of her home. She was born January 25, 1920, in West Jacksonport, the daughter of Fredrick Karl Jonas and Esther Emily (Honold) Jonas. Irene graduated from […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Act Now to Preserve Our Water

    This letter comes in response to the recent, outstanding op-ed piece by Kimberlee Wright [“Clean Water Demands Action,” volume 21, issue 51]. Kimberlee represents the Midwest Environmental Advocates a not-for-profit which promotes good “health, air, water, land and government.” In her article she outlines, in particular, the growing failure of the DNR to actively protect […]

  • Year in Review: Thumbs Down To…

    To the brazenly undemocratic method of enacting sweeping policy change by inserting it into the biennial state budget instead of doing the hard work of submitting a bill for public hearings. The legislators who practice this devious form of legislating apparently think they know what is best for the state, to the detriment of the […]

  • New Winter Art/Lecture Series at The Ridges

    Reflections on The Ridges, a new winter art and lecture series at The Ridges, brings together a diverse group of artists and presenters under a common theme: the natural beauty of The Ridges. The four-month series will showcase a different local artist and medium each month from January through April, beginning with an opening reception […]

  • Film Actors Lab Begins Jan. 5 at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is offering an exciting class series for adults wanting to learn about the worlds of film and acting. The Film Actors Lab will begin on Jan. 5 and will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays until Feb. 11. Classes will meet from 6:30 – 9 pm. During this class students will begin […]

  • High School Winter Athletics: Dec. 31, 2015

    GIBRALTAR   Boys Basketball Jan. 5 vs. Gresham, 7:30 pm Jan. 8 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball Jan. 5 @ Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Jan. 8 vs. Oneida Nation, 7 pm   SEVASTOPOL   Boys Basketball Jan. 5 vs. NEWCHAA, 7:30 pm Jan. 7 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm   Girls Basketball […]

  • Southern Door Residents Can Register for Talon Fitness Center

    Any resident of Southern Door, 18 years and older, interested in becoming a member of the district’s Talon Fitness Center can renew their membership or enroll for the first time in January. There will also be information about the Southern Door Striders Walking Club. An orientation and enrollment meeting will be held at 5:30 pm […]

  • Framed: Della and Cooper

      Della the large Leonberger (wearing a red tiara) and Cooper the Golden Retriever helped their owners (Tina Gan and Cheryl Culver, respectively) ring the bell for the Salvation Army in front of the Pioneer Store in Ellison Bay earlier this month. Submitted.

  • Cheers!: Good Beer and Minty Fresh Breath

    Whenever I’m in Ashland I make it a point to stop at the South Shore Brewery, which celebrated its 20th year in 2015. I’m a longtime fan of their Nut Brown Ale and Rhoades’ Scholar Stout. To my surprise, I reached deep into the fridge and pulled out a bomber of South Shore’s Bourbon Barrel […]

  • Ridges to Host Saturday Story Hour for Kids

    The Ridges has many ways to help everyone get out and get connected to nature during the winter months. Learn about winter ecology while burning off some of those extra holiday calories. The Ridges offers naturalist-guided snowshoe hikes each Friday and Saturday beginning Jan. 2. Hikes depart from the Cook-Fuller Center, 8166 Hwy. 57, Baileys […]

  • Start 2016 with a New Year’s Day Hike at Ida Bay

    The end of December has always been a time for celebration and Crossroads at Big Creek hopes everyone’s New Year’s Eve is happy and safe. Entering the New Year, Crossroads invites the community to celebrate sunlight. On Dec. 31 at 3:45 pm, enjoy the Sunset on the Year Hike. This is a Crossroads tradition; this […]

  • Reading/Writing Workshop at Björklunden

    From May 9 – 13, 2016, Lawrence University’s Björklunden is offering “Reading—and Writing—About Five Key Themes in Literature” with instructor Paul McComas. This workshop will take place at Björklunden’s lodge, just south of Baileys Harbor, and is open to readers and working/aspiring writers. Love and loss. The working life. Coming of age. Struggle and hope. […]

  • “The Spitfire Grill” Earns International Accolade

    The Spitfire Grill, the 2001 musical play written by Wisconsin theater artists James Valcq (Third Avenue Playhouse’s co-artistic director) and Fred Alley, enjoyed its London premiere this past summer in a high-profile and extremely well-received production directed by Alastair Knights at the Union Theatre. The show was recently acclaimed as Best New Production of a […]

  • Wisconsinites Up for Grammy Awards

    In early December, The Recording Academy announced the nominees for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented on Feb. 15. Among the nominees in 78 categories spanning from Record Of the Year to Best Spoken Word Album are Wisconsinites Cory Chisel, Paul Kowert and James Leary. Fox Valley native Chisel is best known […]

  • Manners Matter: Dec. 31, 2015

    Dear Mary Pat, My sister wants to get married on a Friday since it’s way more affordable. We keep trying to explain to her that some people might be late for the reception and most everyone will miss the church ceremony since it’s hard for guests to take off from work, or to get kids […]

  • Door County Triathlon Registration Opens New Year’s Day

    Registration for the July 16-17, 2016 Door County Triathlon will open at 12:01 am on New Year’s Day. The two-day event will once again feature a Sprint race on Saturday morning, a Kids’ Triathlon for children ages 6-14 on Saturday afternoon and a Half Iron race on Sunday. Last year’s Half Iron sold out in […]

  • “Citizenfour” Screened for Greens N Grains Series

    The next film featured at Greens N Grains Dinner and a Movie Night is Citizenfour on Jan. 7. After Laura Poitras received encrypted emails from a stranger who called himself “Citizen Four” with information on the existence of a massive covert, surveillance program undertaken by the U.S. government, she and reporter Glenn Greenwald flew to […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Dec. 31, 2015

    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? “My Santa pole isn’t that long!” “The Christmas pig is from Oshkosh.” “No, I just wanted to see if you would do […]

  • Plum Bottom Brings In New Year with Expanded Hours

    Starting in the New Year, Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm. Come escape the winter blues and browse the ever-changing collection of nationally collected artists. The gallery continues to feature the work of Door County porcelain artist Chad Luberger and silversmith Amanda DeWitt along […]

  • Server of the Week: Anna Mae Beyer

      Anna Mae Beyer is the gal You’ll find behind the counter at Bearded Heart. When you’re in need of a caffeine boost, She’ll help you get your day off to a great start.   She’s a woman of many talents, Anna Mae Serving as company manager at Door Shakespeare too! She also works hard […]

  • Trivia: Dec. 31, 2015

    This week’s question: What was the first American brewery to sell beer in cans? Answer: In next week’s issue. Last week’s question: What classic holiday movie was the inspiration for Santa’s workshop and the elf uniforms in the 2003 Christmas movie Elf, starring Will Ferrell? Answer: The original Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)