Peninsula Pulse December 24-31, 2021

In this issue

  • WILD THINGS: Colder Air, More Snow Create Mixed Blessing for Outdoor Recreation

    Weather forecasters are calling for colder air New Year’s Eve and the possibility of a snowstorm New Year’s Day – a mixed blessing for those who love winter on the Door County peninsula. Fresh snow overnight Monday was helpful to those who love tracking wildlife, and it could serve as a base for getting cross-country […]

  • Gibraltar: Recycling Rescheduled

    And new business/STR license applications now available The Jan. 1 recycling day in the Town of Gibraltar has been rescheduled from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8. In addition, the town’s new licensing applications for town businesses and short-term-rental (STR) units are now available at Gibraltar Town Administrator Travis Thyssen talks about those licenses in […]

  • Collective Bargaining Agreements Settled

    The Door County Board of Supervisors approved three-year agreements with two of its collective-bargaining units: the Door County Emergency Services IAFF Local 4982 and the Door County Sheriff’s Association. The agreements, negotiated between the county and the collective-bargaining units during a process that began earlier this year, determine terms of employment including pay, benefits, hours, […]

  • Meetings to Watch

    The County of Door is looking for public feedback in upcoming public meetings on two issues. The first meeting pertains to a Master Plan for all Door County facilities in Sturgeon Bay (the Door County Government Center, library, Miller Art Museum, historical museum and the former Younkers Building). The second meeting will offer and gather […]

  • Donation Covers New Walking Path at John Miles County Park

    The Cordon Family Foundation Charitable Trust has donated $40,000 to Door County so it can design, construct and maintain an asphalt walking path at John Miles County Park.   The park at 812 N. 14th Ave. has been the site of the Door County Fair since 1908. Today it has many different structures and uses, and […]

  • County Fronts Money to Keep Cana Island Lighthouse Project On Track

    The Door County Board of Supervisors agreed to advance money to keep the Cana Island Lighthouse Restoration Project on track. The unanimous vote on Dec. 14 was, specifically, to transfer up to $700,000 from the county’s unassigned fund balance – and use $50,000 from its Cana Island Reserve Fund – to act as an interest-free, […]

  • Spring Classic

    Spring Classic Registration Opens Jan. 1

    Winter has just begun, but if you want to set new riding goals for 2022, it’s time to think spring!  The Peninsula Century Spring Classic bike ride will be back in Baileys Harbor on Saturday, June 18, 2022. That gives you five and a half months to get in the saddle, get those miles in […]

  • ATV/UTV Routes on Town Roads Denied

    There are 3,271 people registered to drive ATVs/UTVs in Door County, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Door County Chief Deputy Pat McCarty said the towns that allow ATV/UTV use on some town roads include Baileys Harbor, Brussels, Gardner, Nasewaupee, Union and Washington. The Town of Sevastopol will not be joining that […]

  • Pandemic Drives Second School Board Resignation

    Sherman exploring whether board decisions were lawfully made The pandemic has stunted the political career of another Gibraltar School Board member.  Angela Sherman resigned her seat, citing a loss of trust and respect for the board during a week when it decided to move to optional masking, and then reaffirmed that decision a few days […]

  • Resolve to Run in 2022

    Is running part of your New Year’s resolution for 2022? If so, make your commitment to keep you inspired to run by registering for the May 7, 2022 Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k. Register before Jan. 1 and save $5 on the race that has been described as “running in a cathedral […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Kitty

    Kitty is a gorgeous, six-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. She would love to be your Instagram model, with her beautiful, gray coat and stunning eyes.  Like all cats at WHS, she is spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, plus you get to name your own adoption fee! […]

  • Altrusa Supports Literacy for the Visually Impaired

    Altrusa Club of Door County has donated $1,200 to the Door County Library as part of its Literacy for the Visually Impaired project. These funds are the start of a project to raise more than $4,000 for the purchase of Playaway audiobooks – a project will be ongoing throughout 2022. “The local club pledged $600 this […]

  • Public Health Hosts Cholesterol Screenings

    Door County Public Health will host cholesterol screenings Jan. 18, 8-11:30 am, at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The cost of $35 (cash or check) includes results for cholesterol, HDL, LDL, glucose and triglycerides. Fast for 12 hours before your test. To schedule an appointment, call Casey […]

  • Free Aging Resource Fair at NWTC on Jan. 13

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center is hosting a free Lunch & Learn: Aging Resource Fair on Jan. 13, 11 am – 2 pm, when attendees can visit information booths and attend workshops to learn ways to care for themselves and others. Organizations to be represented include the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Door County […]

  • AMVETS Post 51 Thank St. John Bosco Students

    St. John Bosco School received a generous donation from AMVETS Post 51 in appreciation for students at the school writing more than 200 letters to local veterans for Veterans Day this year. Post Commander Bill Forry presented the check to Principal Vickie Dassler.

  • Military Troops Receive Food Boxes

    Forestville American Legion Post 372 sent out cheese boxes to active military troops from our area. Country Ovens donated packs of cherries, and Econofoods donated packages of sausage for the boxes. The Door County Dairy Promotion Committee helped pay for the cost of the cheese, and the Forestville/Maplewood Lions Club and Thrivent helped pay for […]

  • Bowl in the New Year at Apple Valley Lanes

    The 115 Club, Door County AOD Coalition and United Way of Door County are sponsoring a New Year’s Eve bowling party Dec. 31, 5:30-7:30 pm, at Apple Valley Lanes, 1217 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The event is free for all ages, and soda and snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so sign […]

  • Prime Rib Fundraiser Benefits Boys & Girls Club

    The Nightingale Supper Club, ​​1541 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay, will donate $10 per prime rib sold on Dec. 23 to the Boys and Girls Club of Door County. The new owners of the Nightingale, Farrah Tafacory and John Heikkila; and previous owner David Ripp will make the donation to the club Dec. 27.

  • ‘The Opposite Of Chance’ Earns Accolade

    The Opposite of Chance, the newest book by Margaret Hermes – who participated in a book signing at Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay this year and was part of the Peninsula Pulse’s Questions & Authors series – has been named to the St. Louis Post Dispatch’s annual list of its 20 favorite books of the […]

  • 2021 Goodreads Choice Awards Announced

    The annual Goodreads Choice Awards launched in 2009. During two rounds of open voting in 17 categories, users of the Goodreads platform vote for the best in each genre, and the winners are announced in early December. Here are are the selections in each category: • Fiction: Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney • Mystery […]

  • Holiday Open House at Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery will hold its annual holiday open douse Dec. 24 – Jan. 2, 11 am – 4 pm (but closed on Christmas Day). The gallery will feature fresh, new pottery such as coffee and soup mugs, pitchers, gravy boats, vases and raku fish wall art. Featured works include pottery by John Dietrich and […]

  • PODCAST: A Child-care Game-Changer and Larry Thoreson on Carol Newman

    Myles Dannhausen Jr. and Andrew Kleidon discuss the $3.5 million grant to support child care initiatives in Door County. Then Larry “Thor” Thoreson joins the podcast to read his moving eulogy for the late Carol Newman, who kept the light on at the Pioneer Store for more than 50 years.

  • What to Know About the James Webb Space Telescope

    The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to launch Christmas Day, right about the same time many of us will be opening presents from under the tree. Earlier this month Myles Dannhausen Jr. talked to one of the world’s leading astronomers to find out what the JWST will do for astronomy, science, and our understanding […]

  • 2021 Year in Review: Sept. – Dec.

    The final four months of the year contained some of the biggest news of the year. Check it out. v27i35 Sept. 3-10 Woolly the Mammoth, a life-sized sculpture created by artist Carl Vanderheyden, was transported from Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek to his new home in Sturgeon Bay’s Bayview Park; a new affordable housing […]

  • 2021 in Review: Jan. – April

    Numerous development projects from Sturgeon Bay to Sister Bay dominated coverage during this first quarter. One of those, Dollar General, was outright rejected by the Town of Egg Harbor following an intense citizen campaign that lobbied to stop the retail discount chain from establishing a store in northern Door County. There were also two ice […]

  • Those We Lost in 2021

    Artists, innovators, business leaders, a young serviceman. We look back at some of the notable people who died in 2021 and the marks they left. Click each name to read more about their life and legacy. Carol Newman  When a tragic explosion devastated Ellison Bay in July 2006, the one solace for the community was […]

  • BEST OF THE WEB 2021

    Readers visited a record 2.27 million times in 2021, viewing more than 3.6 million pages. The top locations of those users aren’t surprising – Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and, of course, Door County are the top spots for readers – but visitors hail from throughout the United States and around the world. That’s a testament […]

  • Gathering Ground Raffles Art Piece

    Gathering Ground is holding a fundraising raffle for an original painting by Washington Island artist Stephan M. Lynch. The painting, which is crafted from oils on stoneware and mounted on reclaimed wood, depicts the historical Koyen family farm. Gathering Ground is a nonprofit founded in 2016 to promote agriculture, conservation and connections to the environment and […]

  • 2021: The Year in Pictures

    From NFL stars embracing the charm of Door County, to labor shortages squeezing restaurants during the busy season, to the accessibility of vaccines for elderly residents in January, this year has been full of ups and downs. Even though we have faced both hardships and joys, the resilience and passion within our community is something […]

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: A Time to Find the North Star

    I know we thought by year-end 2020 we’d be in a very different place by year-end 2021. To be sure, in many ways, we are. The world has changed us, as it will. We wear the scars of our resilience and strength with the smiles of our hope and optimism. There were times we couldn’t […]

  • Perspectives: A model for the year ahead

    The Rock Island room at the Door County Community Foundation was full of people waiting for the arrival of Gov. Tony Evers last Thursday, Dec. 16. Evers was there making a pit stop in Door County to announce a $3.5 million workforce-development grant awarded to United Way of Door County to support child care and […]

  • Post-Christmas Events

    Though many of us will be saving our energy for New Year’s Eve festivities, there’s still plenty to check out between Christmas and the new year. The Christmas light displays will still be up throughout the county, and here are several other highlights to check out while you recharge.  Holiday Luminary Walks at The Ridges  […]

  • Triathlon Registration Opens New Year’s Day

    Registration for the 2022 Door County Triathlon will open at midnight on Jan. 1, 2022, in preparation for the triathlon to return to Murphy Park in Egg Harbor on July 16-17, 2022. All New Year’s Day registrants for the Door County Sprint Triathlon or Door County Half Iron Triathlon will receive one free entry to […]

  • Friends of Whitefish Dunes Earn Accolade

    The Friends of Whitefish Dunes has received the Friends Group of the Year award, presented Nov. 19 by Steve Schmelzer, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ bureau director of parks and recreation management, during a special meeting of the Friends board. This active, dedicated group of volunteers was recognized for extraordinary service to the Whitefish […]

  • New Year’s Events Primer

    NEW YEAR’S EVE Here’s your guide to New Year’s Eve activities throughout Door County as of Dec. 20, 2021. Check for the latest updates!  Cherry Drop in Sister Bay The giant cherry is bouncing back to Sister Bay for New Year’s Eve, when the Cherry Drop, presented by FM 106.9 The Lodge, will return […]

  • Polar Bear Plunge Returns to Jacksonport

    The Jacksonport Polar Bear Club (JPBC) is preparing for its annual plunge into Lake Michigan on Jan. 1, 12 pm, to celebrate the new year with an icy dip. After canceling last year’s event, organizers are calling this the 35th and 36th annual event. More than 500 swimmers are expected to take the plunge, which […]

  • Find Serenity Outdoors at Crossroads

    Need some time away from holiday stressors? Stop by Crossroads at Big Creek on Dec. 24, 10-11 am, for its traditional Night Tree celebration, when learners of all ages can join the Junior Nature Club’s young members to decorate a tree for the birds and animals. Participants may want to contribute a few apples or […]

  • Obituary: Kristen Turbin

    January 28, 1970 ~ November 30, 2021 Kristen Marie Turbin, 51, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Nov. 30, 2021 at Door County Medical Center.  She was born in Milwaukee on Jan. 28, 1970. Krissy was taken in as a foster child by the Ruth Leitner family when she was a year old.  She grew up […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth M. Severson

    October 3, 1919 ~ December 18, 2021 Kenneth M. Severson, 102 years of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of the Town of Egg Harbor, died Saturday evening, December 18, 2021, while at Pine Crest Village. He was born October 3, 1919, in Forestville, the son of Julius and Edith “Ida” (Mickelson) Severson.  Ken graduated from Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Elaine (Bacon) Johnson

    April 3, 1942 ~ December 15, 2021 Elaine (Bacon) Johnson, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully at Anna’s Healthcare surrounded by her children, Wednesday afternoon, December 15, 2021. She was born on April 3, 1942 in Three Lakes, WI, to William “Bill” Hartley Bacon and Florice Agnes (Price) Bacon. Soon after, the family moved to Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Anthony “Tony” Paul Polich

    November 14, 1964 ~ December 13, 2021 Anthony Paul Polich, “Tony” to all who knew him, 57, of the Town of Egg Harbor, passed away early Monday evening, December 13, 2021 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born November 14, 1964, the son of Martin Peter Polich and Elaine Ann (Gillick) […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” C. Weber

    May 27, 1957 ~ December 12, 2021 William “Bill” C. Weber, 64, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at his residence.  He was born on May 27, 1957, to Charles P. and Maureen F. (Arndt) Weber in Milwaukee. Bill attended Corpus Christi and later S.S. Peter and Paul grade schools in […]

  • Obituary: Helen E. Allen

    June 10, 1922 ~ December 15, 2021 Helen Elizabeth Allen (nee Schreiber) died peacefully on December 15, 2021 at her family home in Fish Creek, WI. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Earle Harry Allen, her brothers, Edward Everett Schreiber and Robert Wayne Schreiber, her grandson, Edward Andrew Allen and […]

  • Obituary: Bette Jean Gadient

    August 27, 1922 ~ December 14, 2021 Bette Jean Gadient, 99, of Sister Bay, died Tuesday December 14, 2021 at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay.  Bette Jean Horst was born in Rock Island Illinois on August 27, 1922. After graduating from Rock Island High School, she met her future husband, Richard […]

  • Obituary: William Robert Huettl

    William Robert Huettl, 57, of Brussels, died at his home on Sunday, December 12, 2021. He was born August 12, 1964 in Laona, son of the late Gerald Wayne Huettl Sr. and Alice Faye (Knapp) Vogel. Bill graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the Class of 1982. He worked for Emerson Electric for many […]