Peninsula Pulse Feb 3-10, 2023

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Looking for My Guardian Angel

    To the kind woman who stayed with me after a slip and fall on ice in Sturgeon Bay on the morning of Jan. 20 until my husband could retrieve our vehicle and get me to the hospital – I want to sincerely thank you for your kindness, concern and staying with me so I would […]

  • Letter to the Editor: There There in Their Wear

    A discarded purse was purchased at a rummage sale in Long Island, New York. It contained the 10 most popular Brazilian recipes and, yes, secret documents with the name of GOP-elect George Santos (aka Kitara Ravache, drag queen).  Santos had no comment, but Kitara, when queried by the publication Drag-Net, said, “I’d love to have […]

  • Letter to the Editor: So Long, Sunday-night Sing-alongs

    I was sad to learn that the Sunday-night sing-alongs in Ephraim will be no more. They were a summer tradition that began in 1938 and then were restarted in the 1990s by the Nortons. The sing-alongs drew locals and tourists who heard the music and wandered into the village hall. They were a simple, wholesome, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for the Scandia Story

    I simply want to thank you for the very informative recent article about the situation at Scandia Village [“Scandia Up for Sale,” Jan. 13]. It cleared up a lot of questions I have. Unfortunately, now I don’t know what the options are for elderly friends of mine who had hoped to move there. Thank you […]

  • Parent Corner: Prepping for the Potty

    by KAREN COREKIN-DeLaMER, Education and Community Relations Coordinator, Northern Door Children’s Center Dear Karen, My son is almost three. He isn’t potty trained yet, and I always figured he’d let me know somehow when he was ready. Some of my family keep telling me he should have been potty trained a long time ago, and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Maggie

    Maggie is a sweet, spunky, 6-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This goofy gal would love to be your valentine!  Like all dogs at WHS, Maggie ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and she goes home with a certificate for a free veterinary exam and […]

  • Free Course for Dementia Caregivers

    The Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Lakeshore will present Dementia 101 on Feb. 8, 1-2:30 pm. This in-person course that’s intended for caregivers includes information about the basics of dementia. Building on this course will be Dementia 201, presented in person April 26, 1-2:30 pm. These free classes are held at the Kewaunee […]

  • Parkinson Support Group

    The free Parkinson Disease Support Group will meet Feb. 8, 1-2:30 pm, at United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. The attendees will meet in two groups, each with its own facilitator: those who have the disease and those who are caregivers. If you have questions, call 920.743.3241.

  • Holocaust Program at Hope United

    Hope United Church of Christ will present a public program about the Holocaust on Feb. 5, 9 am, as part of its adult forums series. Marcia Kritzler-Egeland will tell the story of Millie Kritzler, who came to theUnited States as a 12-year-old in 1941 with the help of the American Friends Service Committee (Quakers) and […]

  • New Miss Door County to Be Crowned Feb. 4

    The Miss Door County Scholarship Organization will choose its next set of titleholders Feb. 4, 4 pm, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. Miss Door County contestants are Abrielle Lenius, Lindsay Schuh and Anna Staudenmaier. Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen contestants are Emily Bley, Sayde Jeanquart, Yana Zenefski, Faith Blackley, Anna Dalke and Kalei Klaubauf. […]

  • New Board Members Join DCEDC

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) has welcomed Craig Perciavalle of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Greg Stillman of Parkwood Lodge and Foremost Management Services, and Door County Supervisor Jeff Miller to its board of directors. They began their two-year terms in January.

  • Renard’s to Expand Production Facility

    Renard’s Cheese co-owners Chris and Ann Renard are expanding their operations through a three-phase project that will include updated equipment and a new, 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on its existing County S site south of Sturgeon Bay. Phase one will include a new weight-cutting system and updates to the existing factory and equipment; phase two will […]

  • Door/Kewaunee County Legislative Days

    The Door County and Kewaunee County economic development corporations are planning 2023 Legislative Days events for April 19 and 20 in Madison, and the organizations are asking residents to share ideas about the issues the delegation should address. Submit ideas until Friday, Feb. 10, 12 pm, at  Legislative Days is a biennial trip to […]

  • 2022 Closes with 60-Year Celebration of the Door County Board of Realtors

    Tad Gilster was 29 years old when he moved to Door County in late 1974 with his wife and two young children.  “The first house I bought up here was, at the time, about a five-year-old kind of OK chalet – about 1,250 square feet for $40,000 on 10 acres,” he said. Gilster was working […]

  • Nelson Property Demolition

    The future waterfront park in Baileys Harbor became easier to envision this week after crews demolished the former Nelson hardware store buildings at the town-owned site. Within three days starting Monday, Jan. 30, the buildings were down and the rubble leveled. We captured it all from three different views – watch the entire thing in […]

  • New Self-Pour Taphouse Set to Open in Late Spring

    By late spring, the former Peninsula Pub in Baileys Harbor won’t look like a regular bar anymore – and it won’t require the number of staff members that a bar typically does. That’s because the building’s new owners, Todd and Holly Butenhoff, are turning the 7899 Cty A address into a self-pour establishment called the […]

  • Four-Story Hotel Proposed in Sturgeon Bay

    A 62-room hotel with four stories is being proposed for the corner of Egg Harbor Road and 12th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay near the former Pamida and Save A Buck buildings. After meeting in closed session Tuesday, the city’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommended that the Common Council approve a development agreement with incentives for […]

  • Door County Board of Supervisors Approves Pilot Beach-Water Warning System

    The Door County Board of Supervisors approved using $40,000 in American Rescue Plan Act dollars to fund five electronic beach warning systems. The rapid-notification systems will be operated remotely to alert beachgoers when levels of bacteria in the water make it unsafe for swimming. Eventually, the system could also be used to warn of physical […]

  • Liberty Grove’s Heartland-10 Zoning Request Fails

    A request from the Town of Liberty Grove to change the uses allowed in Heartland-10 zoning didn’t survive the final vote on the county board floor Jan. 24. At issue was a request to change the zoning to allow auto repair and trade or contractor services in the 10-acre zoning classification. The request came from […]

  • Novel Bay John Maggitti Retires

    It was a full house at Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay on Jan. 27 as patrons and friends gathered to celebrate the retirement of co-owner John Maggitti. Photo by Grace Johnson.

  • Close Vote Sinks Parks-Building Renovation

    The Door County Board of Supervisors decided that an unbudgeted amount of $340,000 was too much to pay this year to remodel the County of Door’s parks maintenance garage located at John Miles Park in Sturgeon Bay. The project is in the county’s capital-improvement plan and was originally estimated at $625,000. Among the four bids […]

  • Inaugural Niedecker Fellowship Winner Announced

    The Friends of Lorine Niedecker and Write On, Door County have named Lauren Carlson as the first recipient of the Lorine Niedecker Fellowship. Katherine Yets of St. Francis, Wisconsin, and Kasey Jueds of Shokan, New York, were honorable mentions.  Carlson is a poet and spiritual director who lives in Manistee, Michigan, and she’s the editor […]

  • Reading, Open Mic at ARTicipation

    Celebrate the power of the written word at ARTicipation Studio and Gallery on Feb. 12, 1-2 pm, when author Sammie Rae will read selections from her two books of poetry and prose, The Door in Motion and The Door Wide Open: From Pickles to Poetry. She will also sign copies of her books, which will […]

  • Man Found Dead on Side of Road in Sturgeon Bay

    A man was found dead early Tuesday morning on the side of the road in the 100 block of South Lansing Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The area is on Sturgeon Bay’s west side, between West Maple Street and West Pine Street. A neighbor viewed the man from a window and called 911 at 6:48 am, […]

  • Fatal Crash in Ellison Bay

    Nathan W. McKillen, 33, of Ellison Bay, died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning, Jan. 28.  Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene at 4:47 am on Highway 42 on the Ellison Bay hill in Liberty Grove, according to a press release issued by the Door County Sheriff’s Office.  The incident […]

  • DeGenova Featured at Poetry Reading

    Albert DeGenova, the recently named executive director of Write On, Door County, will be the next featured poet in the Dickinson Poetry Series on Feb. 8, 7 pm. An open mic will follow the reading, providing an opportunity for others to read their poetry, and a reception during which attendees can meet the poets will […]

  • Dairy-Expansion Opponents Prepare for Permit-Renewal Hearing

    A group opposed to the expansion of the Forestville-based S&S Jerseyland Dairy has developed a list of concerns in preparation for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) public hearing on the expansion, set for Feb. 7, 10 am, via Zoom.  S&S Jerseyland Dairy is seeking to increase its existing operation from 7,654 animal units […]

  • Nasewaupee Seeks to Make County C Intersection Safer

    An effort is underway in the Town of Nasewaupee to urge the County of Door to make safety improvements at the intersection of County C and Idlewild Road (County M). The intersection was discussed at the town’s board’s January meeting when Nasewaupee resident Tony Kalupa spoke about nearly having an accident Dec. 16 around 6 […]

  • Audiobook Coming for Popular Door County Mystery Series

    This spring, the University of Wisconsin Press is releasing an audiobook version of Death Stalks Door County, the first of the seven books in author Patricia Skalka’s popular Dave Cubiak mystery series.  Six deaths mar the holiday mood as summer vacationers enjoy the beautiful Door County peninsula. Newly hired park ranger Dave Cubiak, a former […]

  • Door County Reads Events

    Door County Reads held its kickoff Jan. 29. This week’s events include a keynote by featured author Andrew Graff, play readings, book discussions, presentations and more. FEB. 3 Play Reading 7 pm, Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay A reading of Murder Girl by Heidi Armbruster. A brother and sister have […]

  • André Jaque Invited to Legislative Town Hall

    One Door County legislator – Sen. André Jacque – has been invited to the virtual town hall hosted by the League of Women Voters of Appleton and the Fox Cities on Feb. 6, 6:30-8 pm. Other area legislators who have been invited include Sens. Robert Cowles and Rachel Cabral-Guevara, and Reps. Ron Tusler, Joy Goeben, […]

  • Sister Bay Trustee Candidate Forum Scheduled

    For this year’s primary contests in Gardner, Gibraltar, Nasewaupee and Sister Bay, the Peninsula Pulse will introduce readers to the candidates in the Feb. 10 issue. The primary election will take place Feb. 21, and the spring election April 4. In addition to the Pulse’s election coverage, the League of Women Voters of Door County […]

  • Southern Door Students Plan Permanent Sculptures

    An artist-in-residence is assisting with the student teams’ sculptures Just before winter break, Southern Door students began planning for two major art installations. Thanks to funds raised throughout 14 Halloween seasons at the “haunted mansion” at the former Quietwoods South Campground, the school district has extra support for the visual arts this year – plus […]

  • Packerland Conference Math Meet: Week of Jan. 23, 2023

    (Name, high school, points) Seniors: Luke Nell, NEW, 40 (perfect score!); Christy Braun, Sturgeon Bay, 37; Espen Walker, Sturgeon Bay, 35; Brady Paul, NEW, 35; Laura Zittlow, Southern Door, 32 Juniors: Ezra Linnan, Sevastopol, 40 (perfect score!); Jade Tomberlin, Sturgeon Bay, 40 (perfect score!); James Zittlow, Southern Door, 37; Ben Stephens, Sturgeon Bay, 31; Hannah […]

  • Community Sing-Along at DCA

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will host the second installment in its new Let’s Play series – a community sing-along led by Cheryl Pfister, Deirdre Fellner and Avery Burns – on Feb. 4, 7 pm.  Enjoy an evening of favorite songs sung with friends and neighbors, with the lyrics projected on a screen. Email song requests in […]

  • This Week at Crossroads: Birds, Bees & More

    Start your weekend fun with a campfire at Crossroads at Big Creek on Feb. 3, 5-7 pm. A luminary-lit trail from the main parking lot will lead visitors to the Council Ring to enjoy fellowship around the campfire and roast some marshmallows. The Door County Beekeepers Club will host an interactive workshop Feb. 4, 8 […]

  • Bits and Bites: Dinner at Get Real, Brazilian at Bluefront

    Get Real Adds Dinner Menu There’s a new spot for dinner on Sturgeon Bay’s west side: Get Real Cafe has added dinner hours on Thursdays and Fridays, 4-6:30 pm.  The simple but diverse menu offers choices for every palate, with options ranging from grass-fed, pasture-raised, Wisconsin steaks and burgers to organic chicken, ribs and seafood, […]

  • Short Film Festival Moves to Gould Feb. 17-18

    The 14th Door County Short Film Festival will be held Feb. 17-18 at Northern Sky Theater’s Gould Theater, and this year, most of the 25 films come from Wisconsin filmmakers. One of them – The 500 Project – was filmed on Washington Island and examines the challenging life of an endurance athlete who fights to overcome […]

  • Door Shakespeare Announced 2023 Season

    Door Shakespeare has announced its 2023 summer season, running June 28 – Aug. 27: As You Like It by William Shakespeare and The Old Man and the Old Moon, with book, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Company.  As You Like It – a joyful tale full of poetry, wit, romance and humor – takes place […]

  • One Book, Four Play Readings

    This month, four local theater companies are hosting play readings in conjunction with Door County Reads. The plays differ vastly in plot, genre and tone, but they all explore some aspect of this year’s Door County Reads selection, Andrew Graff’s Raft of Stars. Peninsula Players Theatre’s artistic director, Linda Fortunato, said the theater company chose […]

  • Step Afrika! Lights Up DCA

    Holding the attention of an auditorium packed with kids is no easy task, but Step Afrika! made it look that way when it hosted an hour-long matinee for area schoolchildren the morning before the dance troupe’s ticketed evening performance Jan. 18 at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek. The dances of the Washington, D.C.-based […]

  • Wild Things: PFAS in Fish? They’re in the Air, Water & Soil

    Outdoor correspondent Kevin Naze believes the Kewaunee and Door County sport and commercial fishery could take a hit if fish eaters don’t read beyond the recent headlines. by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor If you watch the nightly news, listen to a local radio station or read the headlines online or in print, odds […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: When Free Markets Fail

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation People are often surprised when they hear me say that a market-based solution to a problem is usually the best one, and I suppose I can understand their surprise. From the first recycling drive that I helped to organize in the third grade to my […]

  • Chocolate Lovers Unite at “All Things Chocolate”

    Whether you’re a chocolate lover or a history junkie, the Gibraltar Historical Association’s biggest annual fundraiser, All Things Chocolate, is the event for you. Scheduled this year for Feb. 4, 10 am – 3 pm, during Fish Creek’s Winter Festival, the event began as the brainchild of the late former association president Eunice Rutherford, according to […]

  • Fish Creek Winterfest 2023 Schedule of Events

    It’s time to get bundled up and get a little weird this weekend as Fish Creek breaks up the off-season with Winterfest.  You can take on the competition in the Fruit Loop Run, show off your stumpf fiddle skills or hunt down a sasquatch. Or you can just warm up under the tent while mowing […]

  • The Little Heart Project Spreads Mental Health Awareness

    Volunteers are needed to spread some love and kindness before Valentine’s Day. Knit Whit’s Yarn & Crafts in Baileys Harbor is partnering with local resident Sherry Maass to provide materials to make handcrafted hearts with caring messages and share them around the county through the Little Heart Project. Kathleen Jensen of Onalaska started the initiative […]

  • Apply for Dome House Artist Residency

    Applications are open for the third year of the Miller Art Museum’s Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency, which has hosted three Midwestern artists during its first two years.  The artist who is selected for the 2023 program, set for Aug. 1 – Sept. 25, will reside at the iconic Dome House for […]

  • Photography Exhibit at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery

    Newport Transformed: Photos by Jerry Winzenz will be on display Feb. 5 – March 26 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC), 10341 Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim. Winzenz creates images that are atmospheric and impressionistic rather than realistic, and his mushroom photos are especially delightful.

  • Register for Classes at Sievers School of Fiber Arts

    Registration for more than 40 classes for adults – ranging from two to seven days, and scheduled from June through October – is now open at Sievers School of Fiber Arts, 986 Jackson Harbor Road on Washington Island. Sievers welcomes all levels of students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable, encouraging instructors. See the full schedule […]

  • Canvases Available for 2023 Community Mosaic Project

    Canvases – provided free by Artists Guild – for the Hardy Gallery’s 2023 Community Mosaic Project are available for pickup now at Artists Guild, ​​215 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, or beginning May 26 at the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim. Return completed (or unused) canvases by June 25 to either distribution point, and enjoy […]

  • Kewaunee High School Student Exhibits Art at Ladybug Gallery

    Abby Ostermeier, a Kewaunee High School student, is the featured guest artist for February at Ladybug Gallery in Algoma. She will attend an opening reception Feb. 3, 4-7 pm, to discuss her work, and the reception will continue Feb. 4, 10 am – 4 pm. Ostermeier started painting at age 15 and is developing her style […]

  • How Do Gallery Owners Choose Art to Feature?

    Living in Door County means having easy access to art, but behind the scenes, acquiring the art that goes on display is a very involved process. In a previous issue, we learned how Miller Art Museum curator Helen del Guidice selects art to display, and in this issue, several local gallery owners explain their selection […]

  • Man Found Dead on Side of Road

    A man was found dead early Tuesday morning on the side of the road in the 100 block of South Lansing Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The area is on Sturgeon Bay’s west side, between West Maple Street and West Pine Street.  A neighbor viewed the man from a window and called 911 at 6:48 am, […]

  • Obituary: Malcolm Holmes Shepherd

    March 10, 1927 ~ January 7, 2023 On January 7, 2023, Malcolm Holmes Shepherd ‘Shep’ of Sun City, Arizona died at the age of 95. Shep will be lovingly remembered by his wife Phyllis; son Ted Andrew Shepherd (Sarah Brown); daughter-in-law Tami Schneck, and grandsons: Ian Armstrong Shepherd and Andrew Fleming Shepherd. He is preceded […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Jeanne Lewis

    March 1, 1958 ~ January 29, 2023 Barbara “Barb” Jeanne Lewis, 64 years old of Sturgeon Bay, WI, died on January 29, 2023 at the Sturgeon Bay Health Center, Sturgeon Bay. Barb was born in Chicago, IL, on March 1, 1958, the daughter of Robert and Daisy Ann Lewis and lived there until the family […]

  • Obituary: Joseph E. “Ed” DeMeuse

    July 11, 1937 ~ January 30, 2023 Joseph “Ed” DeMeuse, 85 of Sturgeon Bay, died at Pine Crest Village on January 30, 2023.  He was born July 11, 1937, in Sturgeon Bay to Nels and Marie (Kraft) DeMeuse.  On March 15, 1958, he married Diane N. Grovogel at St. Joseph’s Church in Sturgeon Bay. Ed […]

  • Obituary: Eric C. Hagman

    December 30, 1964 ~ January 28, 2023 Eric C. Hagman, 58 years old, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Saturday, the 28th day of January 2023, after a courageous and inspirational fight against cancer. He was born December 30, 1964, in Geneva, IL, the son of the late Deane and Barbara (Collin) Hagman. Eric graduated from […]

  • Bowling League Results: Week of Jan. 23, 2023

    Apple Valley Classic League Jan. 23, 2023 • Team / high game/series: Custom Edge Curbing 684/1,958 • Women / high game: Misty Peck 223, Penny Kramer 222, Michelle De Pas 220 • Women / high series: Penny Kramer 622, Tracy Rouer 580, Michelle Pfannenstiel 564 • Men / high game: Bob Kramer 259, John Sperber 253, Justin Hartel […]

  • Obituary: James F Olson

    September 5, 1933 ~ January 28, 2023 James Franklin Olson of Sturgeon Bay, 89, died from a heart attack and surrounded by his loved ones at Door County Medical Center on January 28, 2023. He was born on September 5, 1933, in La Crosse, WI to Roy and Loretta (Loberger) Olson. On October 6, 1962, […]

  • Obituary: Adeline K. Engdahl

    March 6, 1922 ~ January 26, 2023 Adeline died thirty-nine days shy of age 101.  She was a longtime resident of Homewood, IL, but was grateful to have spent her last seven years in the beauty of Door County, WI with her family.  Beloved wife of the late Jack Engdahl; loving mother of Catherine (Jack) […]