Peninsula Pulse Jan. 3-10, 2020

In this issue

  • Door to Nature: Barred Owls and Barn Owls

    The Christmas bird counts that were conducted on Dec. 14 in the Sturgeon Bay circle and Dec. 15 in the Brussels circle found some owls. The two species that can be found in Door County all year are the great horned owl and the barred owl, and Eastern screech owls have been showing up on […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Jan. 3, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Neal Shusterman’s yet-to-be-released novel Game Changer is set to be adapted into a Netflix series. Netflix preemptively bought the rights to the novel, which is set to be released in September 2020. […]

  • Chef Mitzi Tompkins’ Feel-Good Food at Trixie’s

    As seasons change, so do menus, and Trixie’s new winter menu highlights the spice-infused, Asian-influenced approach of their head chef, Mitzi Tompkins. It’s an exciting moment for Tompkins, who will be celebrating two years with Trixie’s, having gone from sous chef to head chef, a role she stepped into this past summer.  The menu, which […]

  • Server of the Week: Bert Day at Main Street Market

    Main Street Market has a journeyman named Bert Day. In 2000, he sold his farm, retired from teaching,  and moved to Sturgeon Bay. In charge of some dairy, including ice cream, his customer service and fix-it skills are supreme. A gem of a guy, we will all surely cry, when someday, he’ll retire and move […]

  • Snow and Ice: Nice for Outdoor Sports

    It’s a bit of a gamble trying to predict the weather a week out, but now that January’s here, snow and cold are inevitable at some point. Temperatures are in the 40s, and rain is on the way as I write this in late December, yet it’s not hard to accept a forecast that shows […]

  • Framed: Steve ‘Barney’ Willems

    Even with a bum knee, Steve “Barney” Willems is still getting out and walking his route around Sister Bay. He proudly exclaimed, “I’m getting a new knee in January 2020.” Photo by Paula Hedeen. 

  • Joshua Davis Brings ‘Live at the Robin’ to Door County

    When Joshua Davis got a call inviting him to audition for the eighth season of The Voice, he thought it was a prank call. But producers of the show had come across his music videos online and thought his folk and roots sound was a perfect fit. “I wasn’t sure why they were calling me […]

  • Manners Matter: Friend’s Silence Mystifies

    Dear Mary Pat, My best friend isn’t speaking to me at the moment. She got really upset about something that I supposedly said or did, but she won’t tell me what it is. I’ve called her, texted her and stopped by her house, but she won’t respond to me at all, and it’s been three […]

  • Book Review: ‘UnDo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases’

    by Amanda Bourbonais The key tenets of Dean and Anne Ornish’s “UnDo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases” are these: eat well, move more, stress less, love more. This 506-page manual breaks down the actionable steps to get you on the road to better living. And the studies the authors present […]

  • Featured Pet: Stocking Stuffer

    Meet Stocking Stuffer, a sweet, four-month-old kitten who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Stocking Stuffer is a special boy because he’s polydactyl, which means that he has a few extra toes that make his paws look like mittens. This does not hinder him in any way: He’s an […]

  • FAQs about CCR

    What does CCR stand for? In a world rife with acronyms, CCR stands for Coordinated Community Response. (I had a hard time not hearing the driving beat of Credence Clearwater Revival when I first got involved.) Response to what? Domestic violence and sexual assault. Whose response is being coordinated? There are dozens of CCR partner […]

  • The Clearing Immortalizes Icons in New Mural

    Since this past spring, muralist Ram Rojas has been working on a mural at The Clearing in Ellison Bay, and just completed it in early December. About a week after he completed the mural, Mike Schneider, executive director of The Clearing, organized a ceremony to unveil the new mural on Dec. 20. When Schneider stepped […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to the Vietnam-Era Veteran, Peace with Honor

    On Jan. 23, 1973, Richard M. Nixon, president of the United States, announced that the Paris Peace Accords were to be signed on Jan. 27, 1973, thus ending the Vietnam War. At the White House, that day was referred to as VV Day: Victory in Vietnam Day.  There are many Vietnam-era veterans who live in […]

  • Alumni Door County: Cody and Ashley Leist

    Carving Themselves a Hobby Ashley Leist was driving when a deer ran out and hit the passenger side of the car. The deer slammed into the arm of her husband, Cody, who was hanging his arm out the window. His arm broke. Shards of glass from the mirror flew into the car and cut Ashley […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fact-Checking Reader’s Letter

    Just in time for the holidays, some local readers write in to this forum to demonstrate just how brain-damaged they are due to Acute Trump Derangement Syndrome (ATDS).  For example, a Republican from Egg Harbor writes that Republicans used to be the party of “family values.” He said that he’s changed his mind due to […]

  • Financial Coffee Club for Women

    Edward Jones financial adviser Tara Pierre will host a coffee club for women Jan. 8, 8 am, at GLAS Coffeehouse, 67 E. Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay. Pierre will provide education on financial market topics. Seating may be limited, so reserve your seat by calling Pierre’s office at 920.746.0781.

  • Solving the World’s Problems over Breakfast

    A few months ago I was invited to join a breakfast group that has been meeting every Friday morning for the last 30 years. It’s one of those gatherings of old men who get together once a week to pontificate over a cup of coffee about how to solve all the world’s problems. Apparently, my […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Seeing Door County for the First Time … Again

    Yesterday I met my parents for coffee near my house in Egg Harbor. They had been driving all afternoon from Madison and were on their way to their little house in the Ephraim woods to spend Christmas and New Year’s with me and my family.  During the course of our coffee break, my mom repeated […]

  • Dentistry by Design Becomes Smile Designs of Door County

    As of January, Sturgeon’s Bay Dentistry by Design will become Smile Designs of Door County. Dr. Gina Grenfell – who partnered with Dr. Paul Feit at Dentistry by Design’s Sturgeon Bay location – will become the new sole owner of the practice. Grenfell will continue to see existing patients and welcomes new patients. The location, phone number […]

  • Letter to the Editor: United Way a Vital Part of a Vibrant Community

    As we approach the beginning of a new year, I take this opportunity to remind everyone what an important role United Way of Door County plays in ensuring that vital human-service programs are available for all of us. Through the generous financial support of so many in our community, United Way is able to effectively […]

  • State News: Foxconn, Mississippi River, Fish-Stocking

    Evers Says Changes to Foxconn Deal Likely Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said recently that he thinks the state of Wisconsin and Foxconn will renegotiate their contract because the company is no longer building the product it promised when it agreed to the deal. The company also confirmed that it is in talks with the state, […]

  • Southern Door Lego Team Excels in Last Competition

    Southern Door Middle School’s first Lego team – comprising Hailey Veeser, Spencer Slezewski and Avery VanRemortel – finished 12th out of 29 teams during the first Lego League sectional tournament in Appleton. The team’s robot earned the Judge’s Award, and the team members were nominated for the Teamwork Award.  This was their last competition because […]

  • Reps in the News: Jan. 3-10

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Congress passed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) in a bipartisan vote of 385 to 41. The agreement is an update to the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and it now heads to the Senate for consideration.  “In an increasingly global economy, strong trade agreements are vital to Wisconsin […]

  • Bills to Watch: Condo Disputes, Pollution, Snowmobile Trails

    AB-685 / SB-512 Notice for condominium disputes This bill, authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens, requires the party bringing a dispute between a condominium association and a unit owner to first file a notice of claim. One purpose of this legislation is to allow for the association and unit owner to resolve the dispute before going […]

  • Youth Apprenticeship Program

    The Ahnapee Regional Youth Apprenticeship Consortium, which includes Luxemburg-Casco, Kewaunee and Door County high schools, invites employers to learn more about the Youth Apprenticeship Program, which will be in full swing during the 2020-21 academic year. The Department of Workforce Development oversees the consortium.  To begin your journey with youth apprenticeship and experience the numerous […]

  • By the Numbers: Debt in America

    70 million Number of Americans with at least some debt in collections 1 in 3 Number of Americans with a credit record that had been contacted about a debt at least once during the last year $11.5 billion Annual revenue in the debt collection industry 4 Time in seconds that a collections attorney for the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Expanding Local Internet Service

    Concern has been expressed that local governments are not exploring all the options for expanding local internet services. As a member of multiple town and county technology committees, I assure you that the currently available technologies for internet services are all being considered. Each internet-delivery technology has its benefits and limitations: • DSL over phone lines […]

  • Readers Sought for Mother Language Day

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County Every February since 2000, International Mother Language Day has been observed around the world to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The United Nations declared Feb. 21 as Mother Language Day to commemorate the 1952 shooting and killing of students who were demonstrating for recognition […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Anita Beckstrom

    compiled by the Door County Poets Collective Anita Beckstrom was born in Sister Bay but grew up in Milwaukee, majoring in art and English at Milwaukee State Teachers College. In 1950, her family moved back to Sister Bay, where she has lived ever since, working for 21 years in the IMC at Gibraltar Schools. Beckstrom […]

  • 2020 Door County Short Film Fest

    The 11th annual Door County Short Film Fest will take place Feb. 14-15 in the Sister Bay Village Hall, and for the first time, a limited number of advance tickets will be available at Submitted short films from around the world will be screened Feb. 14, 7-8:30 pm; doors will open at 6:30 pm. […]

  • Rogue Theater’s Open Auditions

    Rogue Theater’s co-artistic directors, Stuart Champeau and Lola DeVillers, have been preparing for its 2020 season. Upcoming shows include comedy, improvisation, drama and murder mystery. Now all they need is you. Open auditions will be held Jan. 18 at 1:30 pm and Jan. 20 at 5:30 pm at the Door County Community Foundation, 222 N. […]

  • 2020 Fish Tales Lecture Series

    Four invited speakers will present the science of Great Lakes fisheries during the 2020 Fish Tales Lecture Series at the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. The monthly lecture series will address the latest science on the impact of invasive species on Lake Michigan fisheries and movement of favorite game fish in Green […]

  • Maritime Speaker Series Discusses Winter Fleet

    Daniel LaMere will present “The ABCs of ABS and the Winter Fleet” as the next presentation in the Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series on Jan. 9, 7 pm, in the Reddin Bridge Room of the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free with a suggested nonperishable food donation. LaMere will […]

  • Ski for Free at Crossroads Jan. 4-5

    Stop by Crossroads at Big Creek on Jan. 4, 9 am – 3:30 pm, and Jan. 5, 1-3:30 pm, to Ski for Free. Crossroads and Door County Silent Sports lend, free of charge, an array of ski and snowshoe equipment in sizes to fit age 3 through large adult. When trail conditions permit, go to […]

  • Winter Park Set to Open

    The snow has fallen; the hills have been groomed; and Winter Park in Kewaunee County is ready to open! The fun will begin with a test run of the snow-tubing hill Dec. 27, 11 am – 4 pm, weather permitting. Then the ski/snowboarding hills are scheduled to open with regular-season hours for the entire park […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Jan. 3-10

    DOOR COUNTY  County of Door: Jan. 6 – Highway and Airport Committee, 10 am; Public Safety Committee, 12 pm. Jan. 7 – Veterans Service Council, 1:30 pm. Jan. 8 – Facilities and Parks Committee, 9 am; Ag and Extension Committee, 1 pm. Jan. 9 – Land Conservation Committee, 8:30 am; Land Information Council, 9 am; Technology Services Committee, […]

  • Get More On the Door County Pulse Podcast

    Learn more about which communities are seeing the largest tourism growth on the Door County Pulse Podcast. Last week’s episodes include a behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s Encore! show that will air this month featuring a Gibraltar school theater troupe going back to the stage as adults.  You’ll also find an interview with Adam Pokorski of […]

  • Hiding Out: Bears and Wolves on the Door Peninsula (Yes, they’re here, but they’re rarely spotted)

    Somewhere in the woods of Door County, or deep in a swamp, a black bear is foraging for food right now. Fortunately for most of us, it’s unlikely we’ll ever run into it.  “Wolves and bears are scared of people – very secretive,” said Mike Neal, a conservation warden for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. […]

  • Seminar Will Address Rising Lake Levels, Shoreline Erosion

    A panel of experts from several state agencies will discuss the potential impacts of rising lake levels during a Jan. 16 seminar in Sturgeon Bay.  It will feature speakers from many agencies, including Door County Emergency Management and Communications, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the UW […]

  • County Suspects Intentional Interference in Millpond Drawdown

    Boulders placed at the outflow of the Forestville Millpond dam led to the entrapment and death of fish at the Forestville Millpond in early December. The county suspects the boulders were placed by someone who opposes the millpond drawdown, which began Nov. 1. “Based on the size of the rocks and how they were laid […]

  • Candidate Filing Deadline Is Jan. 7

    The deadline for filing papers to get your name on the ballot for the April 7, 2020, election is Jan. 7 at 5 pm. That deadline applies to all local offices, including the Door County Board of Supervisors, local village and town boards, school boards and the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. For more information about […]

  • Bill aims to clarify room-tax allocations for Airbnb, Vrbo renters in Wisconsin

    UPDATE: This article has been updated to include a statement from Airbnb that was emailed to the Pulse. A bill proposed by Rep. Joel Kitchens aims to ensure that room-tax collections in the state, and particularly in Door County, are remitted to the correct municipality.  When Door County enacted its 5.5 percent room tax and […]

  • Egg Harbor: Village Urges Caution at Marina

    Village of Egg Harbor officials urge users of the village’s public marina to use caution when in the area. To protect the infrastructure from rising water levels, aerators have been installed along the launch ramp to help prevent ice damage. Winter enthusiasts who use the marina to access the ice must be cautious at the […]

  • Al Johnson’s Goat Trademark Survives Legal Challenge

    A federal circuit court dismissed a petition by a man seeking to strip Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant of its trademarked goats on the roof. Todd Bank filed the petition, alleging that the trademark is demeaning to goats and “is offensive to [Mr.] Bank and denigrates the value he [and others] place on the respect, dignity […]

  • Yin Yoga, Stretch and Meditate Classes

    Fibonacci Salon and Studio (FSS) will be offering some new classes in the new year. Starting Jan. 3, FSS will host Yin Yoga classes on Fridays, 4-5 pm. Many types of yoga foster growth and development of our strong, active “yang” energy without creating opportunities for the soft, subtle “yin” energy. In this class, participants […]

  • Sturgeon Bay P.E.O. Chapter Presents Continuing Education Grant

    Sturgeon Bay-based P.E.O. Chapter EI presented Michele Hartjes with the Program for Continuing Education (PCE) Grant at its Christmas luncheon. P.E.O. International established the PCE Grant in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women who are citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or Canada. The applicants’ educations have been interrupted, and they seek […]

  • Donations Adding Up for Kewaunee County Veterans Relief Fund

    The Kewaunee County Veteran Service Commission continues to be grateful for donations to help veterans in need and their families. The Ralph Kline American Legion Post #262 recently presented a $1,000 check for the fund. “We’re veterans for veterans,” said Dennis Langteau, post commander. “We’ll do whatever we can. We’re just a phone call away.”  […]

  • Britta Salon Moves to Sister Bay

    Britta Salon – an Aveda Concept hair, nail and makeup salon that began in 2014 – has moved from its rental space in Ephraim to 2613 S. Bay Shore Drive, #2, in Sister Bay. Britta Salon has purchased the space that was previously The Image Maker salon just in time to celebrate five years in business. The […]

  • Ice Carvers Needed for 2020 Fire and Ice Fest

    Express your creativity in a unique medium – ice! Challenge yourself during Destination Sturgeon Bay’s Fire and Ice event on Feb. 15 and carve an ice sculpture. Destination Sturgeon Bay is seeking beginner, intermediate and advanced ice carvers for the 2020 ice carving competition, 9 am – 2 pm. Individuals and teams of all ages and skill […]

  • Reflective Writing Circle Open to All

    Join Marggie Hatala of Doulagivers of Door County for the ongoing open reflective writing circle on Jan. 4, 10-11:30 am. The group meets monthly to experience the group energy of meditation and breathwork, followed by reflective writing time. This is for anyone interested in learning to open to the voice of the divine within and […]

  • Obituary: Glenard C. Ullman

    June 19, 1939 – Dec. 29, 2019 Glenard C. Ullman Jr., 80, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully surrounded by family at Door County Medical Center. Glen was born in Brussels to Glenard and Mabel (Guth) Ullman Sr. Glen met his wife, Rose, in 1965. They were married Oct. 29, 1967. Glen and Rose went on to have four children: Kevin […]

  • Obituary: Lee Babler

    Lee Babler of Maplewood died at Door County Skilled Nursing Facility on Monday, Dec. 24, one month shy of his 88th birthday. Leland Renson Babler was born at home on the family farm on January 27, 1932 to Raymond and Myrtle (DeKeyser) Babler. Lee graduated from Algoma High School in 1950 and served in the […]

  • Obituary: Coach Bob Larsen

    Wisconsin High School Coaches Hall of Fame football coach Robert “Bob” Larsen passed away Monday, December 23, 2019 at his home in Fox Point. He was 88.      A Wisconsin coaching legend, Larsen was a head football coach at multiple Wisconsin high schools, including Kendall, Barneveld, Mt. Horeb, Hartford Union and Campbellsport. From 1963 to […]