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Peninsula Pulse – Jan. 19-26, 2018

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  • News From This Week’s Past: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

    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 Independent January 24, 1879 Sickness throughout the county has been very predominant for the past few weeks, and more than the usual number of deaths […]

  • Kewaunee County Fights Invasives with GLRI Grant

    Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission has recently been awarded a grant of nearly $600,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funding to manage invasive species in Kewaunee County. The project will involve the mapping and inventory of target invasive plants, outreach and education to Kewaunee County residents, and chemical or mechanical control of the invaders on […]

  • Door to Nature: The Northern Saw-whet Owl

    There exists a bird of prey in eastern North America so lovely and dainty on the one hand yet such a fearless little dynamo when it comes to killing rats and mice – the saw-whet owl. Even though it ranges throughout much of the northern United States and temperate Canada, relatively few people ever see […]

  • Wisconsin Natives, Transplants Up for Grammys

    An American Idol finalist, a film composer and an actor who lent his talents to a political audiobook are among this year’s crop of Grammy Award nominees with Wisconsin ties. Kenosha native Mark Ruffalo, who gained international fame for portraying the Hulk in a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, has been nominated for Best […]

  • Time to Get Fat – on the Bike Trails

    I used to think winter cyclists were crazy. After all, a cool spring breeze can sometimes dissuade me from hopping on my road bike. But after taking a spin on a fat bike for the first time two winters ago, I realized it’s not so much about your guts as it is about your gear. […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Jan. 26 – Feb. 2

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 30 vs. Manawa, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 29 @ Kewaunee, 7:30 pm Feb. 2 vs. NEW Lutheran, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Jan. 26 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Jan. 30 @ Peshtigo, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Feb. 2 @ Southern Door, 7:30 pm   SOUTHERN DOOR Boys Basketball Jan. […]

  • Long-Term Warming Trend Continued in 2017

    Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 ranked as the second warmest since 1880, according to an analysis by NASA. Continuing the planet’s long-term warming trend, globally averaged temperatures in 2017 were 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.90 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) […]

  • Climate Corner: Can We Reverse Global Warming?

    The overwhelming consensus of scientists is global average temperatures are increasing as a result of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), primarily carbon dioxide (CO2), through burning fossil fuels, and the consequence of warming is an altered climate likely to result in rising oceans, more frequent and more extreme weather, drought conflict, food shortages and loss […]

  • Senior, EMS Center Draws Crowd at Open House

    The new Door County Senior & Community Center can make a 25-year-old local reporter look forward to growing old in Door County. Early fears of stuffing our vulnerable elderly population in the musty old highway shop were blasted away like the soot that covered the hand-carved stone and radiant lumber of the 1930-era building. “You […]

  • By the Numbers: Coal

      Due to its abundance and affordability, coal remains a major source of global energy production. Here are some numbers to show that coal is still with us. 1 China is the No. 1 coal producer and consumer, followed by the United States. 1.7 The percentage world coal consumption fell in 2016, which was the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Ugly Americans

    After hearing our President call the countries of Haiti and Africa, “s***holes,” a sadness overcame me. My mind produced other words the President said about other people and other countries, like people from Haiti all have AIDS, etc. and the sadness deepened. The President speaks for the United States across the world and his bully […]

  • A Taste of the Food and Poetry of Italy

    Write On, Door County and Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle present the first of a quarterly series of poetry potlucks with an international focus. The first potluck will focus on the food and poetry of Italy and will be held Jan. 19, 6 pm at the Sister Bay Village Hall. Accompanying the poetry and […]

  • UW-Extension Answers Your Fruit Growing Questions

    I’m not sure about you, but my best gardening ideas often occur after it is too late. “Boy, it would have been nice if I had planted strawberries last year.” “I bet that pear tree would have grown better without that branch that should have been removed in the winter.” “Whoops, I guess that plant […]

  • Pesticide Applicator Training Class Feb. 15

    A Private Pesticide Applicator Training class will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15. Examples of private applicators include a farmer applying pesticides to his crops on his owned or rented land or an employee of that farmer doing the same; greenhouse or nursery workers making pesticide applications on the land or in the greenhouses of […]

  • Plight of Penguin Inspires PenArt Family Art Day

    Coinciding with Penguin Awareness Day, celebrated annually worldwide Jan. 20, this month’s Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art, 3900 County F, Fish Creek, will feature a number of activities to honor the Emperor Penguin. In addition to creating Emperor Penguin chick masks with feathers and construction paper, those participating in the free event, […]

  • Reps in the News: Bay Shipbuilding Awarded $3.6 Million Harbor Assistance Grant

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement regarding the announcement that the Wisconsin Harbor Assistance Program has awarded $3.6 million to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding:   “I am incredibly pleased that the state has awarded $3.6 million in grant funds from the Harbor Assistance Program for our harbor in Sturgeon Bay. This is funding […]

  • Ephraim Picks Firm for Streetscape Work

    An Ephraim subcommittee will move forward with the engineering firm AECOM to work on the upcoming streetscape project. The village and the firm have worked together for the past several years and some residents have come to distrust the firm’s capabilities. “There’s this bad taste in the mouths of the public concerning Nick [Becker of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Can Survive

    I am troubled by the tone of the letters I’ve been reading in the Pulse. It appears that there is a considerable amount of angst due to the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. President Trump. Yes, he’s been making changes from the Obama administration. How can he do this? Because President Obama used […]

  • Commentary: Margaret Murie’s Alaskan ‘Serengeti’

    Margaret Murie, back in the mid-1950s, recruited Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas to join her in a very important quest. Together they persuaded President Dwight Eisenhower to protect some eight million acres of northeast Alaska as national wildlife refuge. A very special place, it is home to an amazing assortment of species. She and […]

  • Door to Nature: A Red Fur Coat

    The official proprietors of our outdoor bird feeders and brush piles have finally attained their true color. All summer long those pugnacious, loquacious, sassy “pirates” were quite brown. Now the red fur of these impudent little squirrels marks them well. Their seasonal change of color is due to the gradual replacement twice a year of […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: Jan. 19, 2018

    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? “His children were way better looking than I expected.” “No, I just wanted to see if you would do it. Dressing up […]

  • Curious George Visits Sturgeon Bay Library

    Curious George, the impish monkey who’s been entertaining generations of young readers for decades, will be the featured guest at the Friends of Door County Libraries’ Annual Winter Children’s Party held Jan. 27, 12:30 – 2 pm in the Jane Greene Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. Fourth Ave. Along with the appearance […]

  • Washington Island Art Association (WIAA) at the UU Gallery

    The current art gallery show at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) features artists who are members of the Washington Island Art Association (WIAA). The WIAA was formed in the early 1960s by a group of artists who gathered on Washington Island at Martha Stelter’s Holiday Inn to paint and make art. The […]

  • Prince of Peace Hosts “Sara and the Toy Shoppe”

    Dancin’ on the Door’s Youth Program presents “Sara and the Toy Shoppe: A Mini Ballet Production” on Jan. 21, 3 pm at Prince Of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay. This is a sweet story about a girl, a toy shoppe, magical snow and the gifts of this beautiful season of giving. Admission for ages 10 […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What Have We Become?

    We were once a proud nation; a nation that countries of the world looked to for leadership and support in times of crisis. We were a country that attracted our grandparents because of the rights, the freedom and opportunities we offered. Without using their race, religion, nationality or other conditions as qualifiers we simply helped […]

  • Super Bowl Demonstrations at TR Pottery

    Celebrate Super Bowl week by watching potter Tony Gebauer create super large bowls. TR Pottery will be open 10 am – 2 pm, Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, with demonstrations taking place each day from noon to 1 pm. “Winter is a time when I like to make larger pots. They take more time to […]

  • George Sawyn Plays at Lost Moth Gallery

    George Sawyn will be in concert Jan. 20 at Lost Moth Gallery in Egg Harbor. Sawyn moved to Door County from Chicago a number of years ago and his guitar playing has been a gift to the county. Playing in wedding bands for more than 35 years, he can play just about anything and always […]

  • Rogue Theater Spoofs “Casablanca” in Newest Show

    Get out your lucky hat, because Rogue Theater is about to perform a mystery dinner show that spoofs the movie Casablanca and the American dream of winning the jackpot. Penned by Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose, the show, Dealt a Deadly Hand: Murder at the Pocono Royale Casino, takes place at Rick’s club, the first […]

  • Movie Series Starts at Greens N Grains with ‘Escarpment’

    What was it like in eastern Wisconsin 425 million years ago? What has gone on in the geologic and biologic past beneath our feet? These questions will be addressed at the Jan. 24 Greens N Grains Dinner and a Movie screening of Escarpment. Escarpment is the natural history story of Eastern Wisconsin and the Niagara […]

  • Pond Hockey Tourney Fills, Scorekeepers Wanted

    The 2018 Door County Pond Hockey Tournament has filled with its largest field of teams yet. Forty-five teams have signed up to compete in six divisions in the fifth annual tournament. The one-day tournament takes place Saturday, Feb. 10, on Kangaroo Lake. Play begins at 8 am and continues until 4 pm, when division winners […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Save Our Wetlands

    We are so lucky to live in the state of Wisconsin where there are 1.5 million acres of isolated wetlands. These wetlands act as a sponge holding water and then slowly releasing it, thus reducing flooding; they recharge groundwater levels, and they remove pollutants from runoff.  Wetlands are the most valuable of all Wisconsin ecosystems […]

  • Beekeeping Class Aims to Address Dangerous Bee Shortage

    After his first year as a beekeeper, Mark Lentz has become something of an evangelist for the cause of keeping bees. The Brussels resident retired a couple of years ago and began reading articles about the environmental benefits of beekeeping. “The more I looked into it, the more I was interested,” Lentz said. He was […]

  • Candlelight Ski at Pen Park

    Peninsula State Park will host a candlelight ski/hike Feb. 3, 5:30 – 8 pm. Skiers/hikers are invited to head out on a one-mile candlelit trail. At the end of the trail, enjoy a bonfire with refreshments. Pets are not allowed. The event is free, but state park vehicle admission sticker required. Purchase sticker at Park […]

  • The Bestseller List: Jan. 19, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur The Sun and Her Flowers, by Rupi Kaur Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein Evicted, by Matthew Desmond Stamped […]

  • 2018 Spring Local Election Candidates

    Millions of women marched in cities and towns around the world Jan. 20 and 21, in part to bring more women into the political process. The results of that effort are visible in Door County, where this spring a woman will be on the ballot in nine of the 10 contested elections at the municipal […]

  • The Cat’s Pajamas Visits the DCA on their Music in Schools Tour

    The Cat’s Pajamas vocal band, a high energy professional a cappella group based out of Branson, Mo., will perform at Door Community Auditorium Feb. 2, 7 pm, as part of their 11th annual Music in Schools Tour. This tour brings student choral clinics, school assemblies, and evening shows to communities across the nation in an […]

  • WISTAX President Todd Berry’s Final Thoughts on Wisconsin Government

    by Todd A. Berry, Former President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance As I retire after almost 25 years as President of the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, I can’t help but reflect on how Wisconsin government and politics have changed in those decades. Perhaps the most significant change that has occurred is the increasingly partisan and polarized nature […]

  • Kewaunee Won’t Impose CAFO Moratorium

    The Land and Water Conservation Committee of Kewaunee County dropped consideration of a moratorium on the expansion of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO). Corporation Counsel Jeffrey Wisnicky advised against the moratorium, which he said would be vulnerable to legal challenge. “I just think that you’re asking for trouble on that one,” Wisnicky said. “I don’t […]

  • State News: Wolf Hunting, Farmers on Trump

    Farmers Weigh In On Trump’s Progress As President Donald Trump marks his first year in office this month, Wisconsin farmers disagree on whether the administration has done enough to address rural needs. Trump talked about trade, tax cuts and expanding broadband access during a speech at the American Farm Bureau convention last week in Nashville, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay City Council Candidate Forum Feb. 5

    The League of Women Voters of Door County is sponsoring a Candidate Forum for candidates running for Sturgeon Bay City Council seats in Wards 2, 4 and 6, on Monday, Feb. 5, (snow date Feb. 7) at 6:30 pm in the council chambers (second floor) at City Hall, 421 Michigan St. The forum is an […]

  • “Words on Fire” Coffeehouse Concert

    On Jan. 20 at 7 pm, Door County musicians and poets will present “Words on Fire” in the Door Community Auditorium Fireside Lobby. Musicians will pair with poets to create a lively coffeehouse atmosphere and a powerful evening of entertainment. This will be the fourth annual “Words on Fire” concert, after previous years’ events proved to […]

  • Call for Sculptors

    Public Arts Initiative (PAI) of Egg Harbor is putting out a call to galleries and artists who wish to display artwork in an exhibit of sculptures placed around the village as part of “Celebrate Sculpture 2018.” Artwork will be temporarily displayed throughout Egg Harbor as selected by PAI and in cooperation with the Village Board […]

  • New Horizons Band Offers Spring Classes

    The Peninsula New Horizons Band (PNHB) program was developed for adults who wish to learn to play a band instrument, or re-learn an instrument they used to play. For students that wish to learn woodwind, brass and percussion instruments, the Spring 2018 session is 15 weeks long. The weekly two-hour lesson and rehearsal are held […]

  • Egg Harbor Farmers Moves to Harbor View Park

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) and the Village of Egg Harbor are happy to announce the Egg Harbor Farmers Market will return in 2018 with a new location. The market will take place in Harbor View Park on Friday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm starting May 25 and running through the end […]

  • New County Deeds System Irks Real Estate Professionals

    The real estate industry is recoiling from new software at the Register of Deeds (ROD) office that they say is a greater cost for less service. The old system was vulnerable to failing, which prompted the change, and county officials are trying to navigate budget estimates with the new fee structure. Meanwhile, title companies, appraisers, […]

  • Fireside Coffeehouse Concerts Welcomes Deathfolk

    On Jan. 27 at 7 pm, Sturgeon Bay-based duo Deathfolk will perform in the Door Community Auditorium’s cozy fireside lobby. Deathfolk, made up of Jess Holland and Nick Hoover, was initially brought together by the pair’s mutual love of sad songs and murder ballads. Holland and Hoover’s collaboration plumbs those “deathfolk” roots as well as […]

  • Cheers!: Tarting It Up for the New Year

    Looking to start things off right, I kicked off the new year with a snifter of Blackberry Berliner Weisse Ale from Hinterland Brewery of Green Bay. It fills the mouth with a bright, light, fizzy tartness that makes a person feel pretty darn good to be alive, so, mission accomplished for first beer of the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for Record-Setting Campaign

    The record-setting Annual Campaign for the United Way of Door County ended Jan. 7, and we raised over $560,000! The board of the United Way is absolutely thrilled with this result – it’s the largest amount we’ve ever raised. Thank you for donating. Your gift, combined with thousands of others, will help United Way continue to […]

  • Town of Gibraltar Bans Food Trucks

    The Gibraltar Town Board approved an ordinance Jan. 10 on a 4-0 vote to prohibit food trucks in the town, which includes Fish Creek. Board member Brian Hackbarth abstained from the vote, citing conflict of interest due to his employment in the local restaurant industry. “To ease some people’s minds I’m going to abstain from […]

  • Manners Matter: Chain Messages

    Dear Mary Pat, I’ve never sent a chain letter in all my 71 years on earth and I’m certainly less inclined to do so on Facebook, even if doom may befall me or whatever nonsense they use to scare people into complying. I’ve got better things to do with my time and I don’t want […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 19 – 26

    DOOR COUNTY County of Door:  The Administrative Committee meets at 2:30 pm Jan. 22. The county board meets at 9 am Jan. 23. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm Jan. 23. Town of Gardner:  The Plan Commission meets at 8 am Jan. 22. Town of Gibraltar:  The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm […]

  • CCR Column: Sexual Assault Center Introduces New Victim Advocate

    by the Sexual Assault Center of Door County Family Services   Please join us in welcoming Jamie Craig, the new program coordinator/victim advocate for the Door County Sexual Assault Center, to the beautiful and rural Wisconsin peninsula. Craig is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – La Crosse who has a diverse background in Spanish […]

  • Server of the Week: Kathy Haberli

    Need a tool, some paint mixing or a window screen repair? I suggest you head on over to Harbor Hardware. There you’ll find Kathy, their friendly cashier Warming up the cold Door County winter with plenty of cheer.   Kathy is a proud wife and mother of three Shout-out to her kids – Miah, Kody […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: Jan. 19 – 26

    GIBRALTAR Boys Basketball Jan. 22 vs. Sturgeon Bay, 7:30 pm Jan. 25 @ Algoma, 7:30 pm Girls Basketball Jan. 19 vs. Algoma, 7:30 pm Jan. 20 vs. Coleman, 3 pm Jan. 23 @ Crivitz, 7:15 pm Jan. 25 vs. Chilton, 7:30 pm   SEVASTOPOL Boys Basketball Jan. 20 @ NEWCHAA, 6 pm Jan. 22 @ […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Jan. 19 – 26

    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 Independent January 18, 1878 The waters of Green Bay are nearly free from ice. An old Indian, living in the vicinity of Red River, reports […]

  • Letter to the Editor: S***hole Countries

    To Honorable Senator Johnson and Honorable Congressman Gallagher, Upon reading of President Trump’s crude reference to Haiti and African nations as “s***hole countries,” I was saddened. This is a country of immigrants, many who came here when their country of birth was going through difficult times, whether it be the famine in Ireland, the military […]

  • Peninsula Players Announces the 2018 Season of The Play’s the Thing

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces the 2018 season of The Play’s the Thing, a winter play reading series presented to Door County audiences. Fully cast readings of the plays will be performed at Björklunden at 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor Feb. 5, March 5 and April 2 at 7pm. General seating is available; there’s no admission […]

  • Len Villano’s Pic of the Week: Big Snow Day

    Monday brought heavy snow to Door County, dumping more than a foot of snow in most areas. I wanted to capture the feeling of falling snow in a still image. That is why I chose this image as Pic of the Week. The old farm buildings add nostalgia to the image receding into the frame. […]

  • New Floodplain Maps Will Impact County Property Owners

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is rolling out new floodplain maps for the Great Lakes region and the Door County Planning Department is trying to notify affected landowners. The department estimates approximately 120 property owners will be required to obtain flood insurance when the new maps are finalized within the next two years. Other […]

  • Door County Reads Programming Begins Jan. 28

    If it’s winter in Door County, it’s time for Door County Reads. The 2018 selection is The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang. Driven to tell her family’s story – and the story of the Hmong people – Yang wrote The Latehomecomer as a “love letter” to her grandmother whose spirit held […]

  • Bead Paintings at Hope Church

    All are invited to the opening of a new art exhibit at Hope Church Art Alcoves Gallery on Jan. 28, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Artist Stella Rogers will be present and her work will be on exhibit through the first week of March. Rogers “discovered” her medium, something she calls “bead painting,” while caring […]

  • Walker Calls Republican Senate Race Defeat a “Wake-up Call”

    “Democratic Win in Wisconsin Special Election is Portent of Doom for the Republican Party,” said a headline for a Newsweek article about Democrat Patty Schachtner winning the Jan. 16 special Senate election in a traditionally Republican stronghold in western Wisconsin. “Senate District 10 special election win by a Democrat is a wake up call for […]

  • Trivia: What is the name of the company that makes and assembles the gold-plated trophies presented to winners at the Grammys?

    Question:  What is the name of the company that makes and assembles the gold-plated trophies presented to winners at the Grammys? Answer:  Billings Artworks of Ridgway, Colorado Related Articles Trivia: How many barrels of crude oil were spilled in the Pacific Ocean as a result of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 1969, which inspired […]

  • Southern Door Grad Honored By Green Bay Chamber

    Sturgeon Bay native and Southern Door grad Katie Guth is being honored by the Green Bay Chamber’s Current Young Professionals group. The Future 15 award recipients were selected for professional achievement and community contributions. As a Future 15 honoree, she is also a finalist for the Young Professional of the Year. Guth is Coordinator of […]

  • Free Lectures & Screenings at Door Community Auditorium

    On Jan. 19 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium will present an encore screening of June Falling Down. This feature film set in Door County tells the story of a young woman returning home for her best friend’s wedding, which happens to coincide with the one-year anniversary of her father’s death. Created by Rebecca Weaver […]

  • Start the New Year with Results Personal Training

    Results Personal Training (RPT) is starting the new year off right by offering new opportunities to the community. Customarily a one-on-one personal training studio, Results Personal Training is now offering small group classes for the Door County area. RPT’s newly offered classes range from beginner boxing to boot camp, aiming to provide new experiences for […]

  • Obituary: Emery ‘Ole’ Oleson

    Emery “Ole” Oleson, 92, Sturgeon Bay businessman, died Friday afternoon, January 12, 2018 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services following a long illness. He was born January 15, 1925 on Washington Island, the son of the late Frank and Mary (Knudsen) Oleson. Following his graduation from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1943, Emery entered the U.S. Army […]

  • Obituary: Gordon ‘Gordy’ Kenneth Falk

    Gordon “Gordy” Kenneth Falk, 85, of the Town of Sevastopol, died Thursday morning, January 11, 2018 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born February 16, 1932 in Milwaukee, the son of Otto Lee Falk and Marjorie (Thielke) Falk. Gordy graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1950 and then enlisted to serve his […]

  • Obituary: Evelyn L. Gay

    Evelyn L. Gay, 94, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Jan. 11, 2018.  She was born May 11, 1923, in Lorain, Ohio to Fredrick and Louise Farschman. On January 28, 1944, she married George L. Gay. He preceded her in death on June 26, 2013. Evelyn was a long-time member of the United Methodist […]

  • Door County Medical Center Births: Jan. 9-14, 2018

    Nolan and Cady Paschke, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born Jan. 14, 2018. Maternal grandparents are Jean and Kevin Cookle, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Marie and Mitch Paschke, Sturgeon Bay. Joseph and Megan Scoon, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born Jan. 9, 2018. Maternal grandparents are Scott and […]

  • Local Educators Lauren Bremer, Aaron Pairolero Earn National Certification

    Wisconsin has 126 educators who earned national certification in 2017; two of those teachers are from Door County. Lauren Bremer of Gibraltar High School was newly certified in English Language Arts/Adolescence and Young Adulthood, and Aaron Pairolero of the Sturgeon Bay School District is newly certified in Generalist/Middle Childhood. The state was among seven nationwide […]

  • Workshop on Income Inequality Tuesdays through Feb. 13 at Bertschinger Center

    On Jan. 9, 39 people attended the first session of the six-week Shoreline Workshop on Income Inequality. The workshop is presented by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church and Ephraim Moravian Church. The two-hour session involved robust discussions about necessities of life beyond one’s […]

  • Pro-Life Silent Candlelight Walk Jan. 21 in Sturgeon Bay

    On Jan. 21 at 6:30 pm, the Pro-Life Silent Candlelight Walk will start in front of the Door County Government Center on Nebraska Street, ending at the Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, with refreshments to follow. Bring a candle or lantern and dress warm. If you can’t walk, place a candle in […]

  • Free Chanting HU Session at Sturgeon Bay Library

    On Jan. 27, experience chanting HU (a sacred sound and ancient mantra), contemplative time and spiritual conversation with others of like heart at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 2-3 pm. Sponsored by Wisconsin Satsang Society, HU is a way to discover a higher form of creativity, inner peace, spiritual self-discovery, as well as healing of the […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help Celebrates Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28 – Feb. 3

    The Diocese of Green Bay will celebrate Catholic Schools week, Jan. 28 through Feb. 3, and the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will kick it off at their Sunday Mass with the St. John Paul II Classical School student choir. Mass at the Shrine is Jan. 28, 11 am. This is the […]

  • CPR Classes Offered at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The class is set for […]

  • Tickets Available for United Methodist Church’s Lumberjack Supper

    The 83rd annual Lumberjack Supper will be served Jan. 31 at the United Methodist Church of Sturgeon Bay, corner of Michigan and 9th Streets. This annual tradition in Sturgeon Bay began in 1935 and features family style dining. The menu includes corned beef, roast pork, cabbage, rutabaga, mashed potatoes, baked beans, applesauce and pie. Dinner […]

  • Teams Needed for Peninsula Preschool Trivia Night

    The 15th annual Peninsula Preschool Trivia Night is scheduled for Feb. 22 at Alexander’s Restaurant. The doors open 5:30 pm, with trivia beginning at 6:30 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded:  $600 for first, $300 for second and $150 for third. The event is limited to 24 teams of six people. The cost is $30 […]

  • Gibraltar Elementary School Holds Early Childhood Screening March 5

    Gibraltar Elementary School will hold early childhood screening March 5 to residents of Gibraltar School District at no cost to provide parents an informed estimation of their child’s thinking, language and motor skill development. If you have a child who will be at least 3 years of age by Sept. 1, 2018, contact Mari Grenchik […]

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    Door County Bookmobile Added to Wisconsin 101 Project List

    The Wisconsin 101 Project has added the Door County Bookmobile to its list of historical objects that help to tell the story of Wisconsin. Wisconsin 101:  Our History in Objects shares a community’s interesting and important historical objects through an interactive website. The project is spearheaded by the Wisconsin Historical Society and the University of […]

  • Kinnard Farms Accepting Applications for Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships

    Kinnard Farms is now accepting applications for its Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships. Three scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded to graduating high school seniors in good standing from any of the following high schools:  Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Algoma, Denmark or Southern Door. Applicants must be interested in pursuing a career related to agriculture and demonstrate […]

  • Century Farm Applications Open

    Carey Petersilka, Register of Deeds for Door County, is pleased to announce that applications are now available at the Door County Register of Deeds office, as well as the Door County-UW Extension office, for the 2018 Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award, a prestigious award given to families who have dedicated their life to […]

  • Governor Scott Walker Visits Gibraltar School

    Governor Scott Walker touted the Wisconsin job market and a proposal to increase sparsity aid for rural districts during a tour of Gibraltar Area Schools in Fish Creek Jan. 11. Walker addressed elementary school students in the school’s old gym before getting a tour of facilities and the Link Gallery from elementary and high school […]

  • Council Awards Granary Demolition Contract As Alderwomen Walk Out of Meeting

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council awarded a contract to dismantle the historic Granary building Tuesday in a vote decided not by discussion, but by speed. In one of the most bizarre scenes you’ll see at a government meeting, the council voted 4 – 0 to award the contract as three alderwomen who have fought to […]

  • Junk Rock: Recycled Percussion Performs Jan. 23

    It’s not every day that residents of Door County are treated to a Vegas-style performance. But that’s just what we’ll get when Justin Spencer and his band, Recycled Percussion (consisting of Spencer, Ryan Vezina, Matt Bowman and Jason Davies) perform at the Door Community Auditorium on Jan. 23. If you have the pleasure of attending […]

  • Questions & Artists: Pulse Artist Interviewer Randy Rasmussen

    Longtime readers of the Peninsula Pulse’s arts section are familiar with the name Randy Rasmussen. He was the Sturgeon Bay painter and primary author behind the newspaper’s long-running “Questions & Artists” series highlighting the background, techniques and artworks of local, national and international artists working in a variety of media. Those same readers have likely […]

  • First Step Taken for Ellison Bay Winery

    On Jan. 10, the night after the four-hour public hearing of the Door County Zoning Board of Adjustment that ended in favor of a new winery in the Town of Sevastopol, Don Grasse took the first step to establish a winery in Ellison Bay. The Town of Liberty Grove Plan Commission approved a conditional use […]

  • Featured Pets: Bart and Mart

    This week the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) introduces readers to Bart and Mart. These two 11-year-old brothers have been together their whole lives. They are black and grey terrier mixes and weigh roughly 25-30 lbs. each. Bart and Mart were surrendered in mid-December because the owner didn’t have enough time to care for them. […]

  • Questions & Authors: Hal Prize Judge Peter Geye

    The Peninsula Pulse’s annual contest, the Hal Prize, is now accepting submissions of prose, poetry and photography from writers and artists of all ages and skill levels. Those eager to share their fiction works with Pulse readers in this annual issue will also enjoy the chance to be read by Minnesota author Peter Geye, this […]

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    Peninsula State Park Fees Increase

    Peninsula State Park will increase admission and camping fees in 2018 while camping fees at other state parks in Door County will increase or decrease depending on the season. Beginning Feb. 15, daily entrance fees at Peninsula will increase $2 and summer weekend camping fees will increase $2 for non-electric sites and $7 for electric […]

  • 2018 Door County Official Visitor Guides Now Available

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) is excited to announce the 2018 Door County Official Visitor Guide is now available. One of the Midwest’s premier travel destination offers a free travel guide to help aide visitors in planning a memorable trip to Door County. A new addition to the guide is a page of user-generated […]

  • Crate Restaurant Celebrates Second Anniversary with Prize Drawings

    Crate Restaurant in Sturgeon Bay is celebrating its second anniversary with prizes in the last week of January. The sushi, seafood and steak restaurant on Third Avenue is offering a grand prize of a year of free dinners for two, and a second prize of two tickets to Dinner in the Dark Jan. 27. To […]

  • Gibraltar DECA Students Advance to State Career Development Conference

    Northern Door County, as a tourism economy, relies on strong hospitality and lodging management skills.  Sophomores at Gibraltar High School demonstrated their skills in these areas Jan. 13 at the Northeast Wisconsin DECA District Competitions at Bayport High School. Competitors take a 100 question exam and role play two business scenarios. The top four competitors […]

  • Weather Wizard: Ice Fishing in Door County

    A sharp blast of glacial air came screaming through the suddenly opened door, about negative 30 degrees factoring in the wind-chill. A young man, no more than 12 years of age, popped his head into the ice shanty with only frozen eyelashes and a red nose exposed. Crunching footsteps could be heard behind him, and […]

  • Arts Day 2018 Calls for ‘Wisconsin Creates’ Legislation

    Arts Day 2018 will take place March 21, 2018, at the Overture Center for the Arts in Madison. On Arts Day, hundreds of arts, organization, business, political, governmental and civic leaders will come together to speak up for artistic opportunities, creative expression and civic engagement. Arts Day is a great opportunity to show the power, benefit […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Jan. 17, 2018

    Crop prices (Jan. 17) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.02 -0.51 $3.04 Soybeans $8.81 -0.86 $9.56 Wheat $3.44 -0.76 $3.42 Oats $3.14 -0.59 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $3.08/bushel -0.45 New-Crop Corn $3.36/bushel -0.50 Wheat $3.52/bushel -0.68   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • Evolve Physical Therapy Offers Services in Multiple Locations

    Evolve Physical Therapy is now open in multiple locations. Evolve is a cash-based practice that uses flat-fee pricing and offers physical therapy care in a private setting. Additionally, no referral or prescription is needed, so clients may come directly to PT at their convenience. Evolve provides individual outpatient services focusing on orthopedic and musculoskeletal health issues […]

  • Door County Fitness Studio Holds Free Workout Sampler Jan. 20

    The newly opened Door County Fitness Studio is hosting a free workout sampler event Jan. 20, 12-2 pm. There will be refreshments, tours of the facility, as well as a chance to meet the owner, personal trainers, instructors and physical therapist. Visitors can also try out some sample workouts. So, make sure to wear some […]

  • Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County Raising Funds for Discovery Center

    The Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County (GEO-DC) now has two homes – one on land and the other in cyberspace. Founded in 2012, GEO-DC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, seeks to “cultivate knowledge and stewardship of the Niagara Escarpment corridor and its geological, ecological, and cultural wonders in people of all ages and from all […]

  • Gibraltar Senior Coordinates Self-Defense Class

    Gibraltar High School senior Ava Hitzeman coordinated a self-defense class for her and her fellow students with Herb Blue’s Total Self-Defense of Green Bay. The class was held at Gibraltar Jan. 12. Here Hitzeman works on defense moves with instructor Aaron Maternowski. Photo by Len Villano.

  • New Owner, Same Goals at Carlson & Erickson Builders, Inc.

    Carlson & Erickson Builders has new owners. On Jan. 1 longtime owner John Sawyer sold the Sister Bay-based construction company to Craig Coursin, a registered architect. In announcing the sale Sawyer said that neither the name nor the goals of Carlson & Erickson Builders, Inc. will change. Since 1969, Carlson & Erickson Builders and its original […]