Peninsula Pulse January 15-22, 2021

In this issue

  • Obituary: William “Red” Lewis

    July 15, 1942 ~ January 7, 2021 William “Red” Lewis died at his home in the Town of Lawrence, WI in the early morning of January 7, 2021 at the age of 78. William Lewis entered this world July 15, 1942, in Green Bay, the youngest of four children, born to the late Harold and […]

  • From Pop-up to Permanent: Monticello Creates a Second Location

    After 26 years of operating Monticello on Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay as a standalone store, Diane Magolan opened a second location two weeks before Thanksgiving: a pop-up nicknamed Monti at The Marketplace on 3rd Avenue. “The season was exciting,” she wrote in an email. “Marketplace has some incredible energy. The setting brings out a […]

  • Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days to Start in 2021

    Organizers of the Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days are planning to move forward in 2021 with this grassroots effort to communicate with elected officials and representatives of state agencies about legislative and state-agency issues that affect Door and Kewaunee counties. “While we are all still dealing with COVID, the state must prepare the next two-year budget,” said […]

  • Little Harbor Inn Sold to Little Harbor Retreat

    Michael Schwantes of Creative Business Services/CBS Global in Green Bay has announced the sale of the Little Harbor Inn to Little Harbor Retreat. Borkovetz Builders built the waterfront inn 25 years ago, and Tom and Julie Borkovetz had acquired it more recently. The buyer’s intent is to change the business model by renting out the […]

  • Fire Boat #41: From Chicago to Door County and Back Again

    Sometimes there’s something that’s a pleasant part of our life, and then it’s gone, leaving us wondering where it came from and where it went. Often that something is a person. But that’s another story. In this story, the something is Chicago Fire Boat #41, which was docked at the Door County Maritime Museum in […]

  • Bits & Bites

    CHOP’s Weekly Pop-up Kitchen Begins Last week, CHOP in Sister Bay began bringing back some of the favorites from its sister restaurants and will be cycling through their menus with samples from Lure and Pasta Vino, sushi and more. This week will feature Pasta Vino’s panko-crusted chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs with a pecorino crust, […]

  • Wetlands Protected at Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp

    Door County Land Trust is protecting two additional forested properties within the Gibraltar-Ephraim Swamp State Natural Area. With these additions totaling 75 acres, the organization now protects 383 acres within the swamp.  This rare coastal wetland landscape plays an important role in the county’s water quality and fish populations, helps to prevent flooding in the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Seeks Tech-Ed Equipment Funding, Southern Door to Offer Capstone Diploma Program

    More than 60 percent of the equipment that Sturgeon Bay School District tech-ed teachers and students use is 40-plus years old, which means that it’s often outdated or worn out and does not align with the district’s mission to prepare students for future careers.  Therefore, the district has launched a campaign to raise $100,000 to […]

  • Packerland Conference Math Meet Results

    Jan. 11, 2021 (Name, high school, points) Seniors: Abram Abeyta, Sturgeon Bay, 37; Lexie Henkel, Gibraltar, 33; Jack Hitzeman, Gibraltar, 32; Breanne Schmidt, Algoma, 32; Hannah Lee, Algoma, 30 Juniors: Maggie Stephens, Sturgeon Bay, 37; Andrew Konop, Sturgeon Bay, 35; Makayla Ash, Sturgeon Bay, 34; Phillip McKeefry, Oconto, 32; Grace Holmgren, Oconto, 31 Sophomores: Russell […]

  • Editor’s Note: What Keeps Me Up at Night

    The inauguration was a few hours away as I was writing this, and a feeling of hope and renewal was in the air as befits this ceremonial symbol of pride and permanence.  That feeling is definitely not the kind that keeps me up at night. The radical fringe groups that came together Jan. 6, united […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Our Commons Bonds Must Be Strengthened

    America is a family. Like all families, we do not choose our relatives, but we are bound together by all that we share, including a long history. Our history is filled with astonishing accomplishments and horrific pain and suffering. Like all families, we have members of whom we are proud and others we would rather […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Accountability Required to Keep This Republican Party Member

    Like everyone else concerned about our democracy, I watched in horror as a vicious mob stormed the Capitol. After watching it unfold on TV for two hours, it became too upsetting, and I had to turn off the TV. I turned it back on at 8 pm and still saw some of our legislators question […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Lesson Learned on How Fragile Our Democracy Is

    We now know who Donald Trump is, though we always really knew. We always knew he was a liar, making up “alternative facts” that would suit his own ends. We always knew he had no respect for norms or laws. He would break them all to suit his ambitions. We always knew he had no […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Education, Race and Fair Elections

    Recently, Rep. Kitchens wrote about three current issues: education, race and fair elections (Dec. 11, 2020 e-update). We thank him for his communications.  The first issue – the importance to our children of resuming in-person education – is an issue almost all of us support. Kitchens’ post also includes his acknowledgment of the huge educational-achievement […]

  • Framed: Anderson Ice House

    After reading an article in the Door County Living archives about local ice harvesting, Tad Dukehart sent us this photo of one of the county’s original icehouses. It still stands near Anderson Dock in Ephraim. The building stored ice for the Anderson Store, which provided ice to Ephraim villagers for many years. Judy Cloninger, the […]

  • Server of the Week: Lilly Orozco at Skip Stone Coffee Roasters

    Early in the morning on a brisk winter day, Lilly’s at Skip Stone, making her way Artfully through each and every order Keeping customers cozy with cortados – they adore her!  From simple to complex, No matter how many steps, Good coffee’s best When you’re Lilly’s guest.

  • Bowling League Results

    Majors League  Jan. 12, 2021 • High team game: Red Room 1,173 • High team series: Red Room 3,426 • High game (women): Natasha LeMieux 200, Natasha LeMieux 194, Natasha LeMieux 193 • High series (women): Natasha LeMieux 587, Kayla Fort 520, Caitlyn Krishka 463 • High game (men): Jeremy Wheat 266, Dale Englebert 257, […]

  • Northern Door Broomball League Standings

    Johnson’s Park topped Alexander’s in week two, moving the team to the top of the league standings. In other action, CHOP earned its first win against JJ’s.  Warmer weather took a toll on the ice, but the ice masters were working diligently to bring it back in time for Jan. 20 games. Find those results […]

  • VIDEO – Lesser Known Door County: The Dark Sky

    In the latest video produced by Peninsula Film Works for Destination Door County, get a look at the dark skies of Newport State Park. The park is one of the few International Dark Sky Parks in the country. “This place is special,” says Beth Bartoli, naturalist at Newport State Park. “You really don’t know until […]

  • NEA Big Read launches virtually in Door county

    Door County Library is launching its newest NEA Big Read festival this upcoming week with all events being available virtually to the public for free, including a Keynote discussion from author Emily St. John Mandel set for February 11 at 7 pm.  The library received an NEA Big Read grant along with financial support from […]

  • Bowling League Results: Dec. 17, 2020 – Jan. 6, 2021

    Apple Dumpling League Dec. 18, 2020 • High team game: Sandbaggers 821 • High team series: Sandbaggers 2,439 • High game (women): Tracy May 222, Penny Kramer 213, DeeDee Sternard 231 • High series (women): Tracy May 617, Kathy Franke 562, Penny Kramer 553 • High game (men): Scott Voeks 268, Matt Heldmann 279, Scott LaLuzerne […]

  • Door County COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Hospital, Public Health Vaccine Signup Portals Open

    THURSDAY, JAN. 21 Door County Public Health announced it will launch its vaccine portal for individuals over age 65 on Thursday, Jan. 21. Read more>> TUESDAY, JAN. 19 The State of Wisconsin has released further guidance regarding phase 1B. All individuals 65 and older may begin receiving Covid vaccinations Jan. 25. Door County Medical Center […]

  • This Week at Write On: Jan. 15, 2021

    Get an unusual look inside poetry publishing Jan. 28, 7 pm, through a reading by award-winning poet Mark Wunderlich. His new collection, God of Nothingness, is being released this month by Graywolf Press, whose poetry editors, Chantz Erolin and Jeff Shotts, will join him. They’ll discuss what goes into editing a poetry collection and how […]

  • Door County Writes: “The Day’s Eye”

    Fiction by Jennifer Shneiderman Carl took his time picking through cellophane-wrapped flowers in the store’s waterlogged buckets. He searched for the nicest of the bunch. No dried, browned stems. No missing petals. He searched for perfect yellow disks and unmolested white rays. Daisies for Daisy. The word came from the Old English “day’s eye,” a […]

  • Steel Bridge Creative District Provides New Collaborative Opportunities

    Sturgeon Bay has long hosted a thriving arts and performance scene and has been a perfect place for cross-genre collaboration, all of which has lent itself to forming the Sturgeon Bay Creative District. “The mission of the Creative District is to collaborate and cross-pollinate mediums,” said Stephanie Trenchard, who creates works in glass at Popelka […]


    On Jan. 4, a Michigan judge denied a wetland permit for a proposed open-pit mine, commonly known as the Back Forty Mine, near the banks of the Menominee River.  In 2017, the Door County Board of Supervisors had joined Brown and Marinette counties in adopting a resolution opposing the mine, citing concerns that water pollution […]

  • Door to Nature: Rare Winter Bird Visitors

    I subscribe to several local and statewide bird-observation networks through which members report unusual bird sightings by email. During two days in the middle of December, a very rare bird was reported visiting feeders and a heated bird bath on the south side of Sturgeon Bay. It was a Bullock’s oriole! This species breeds in […]

  • Bike This: Skyline Road to Sven’s Bluff (Even in Winter)

    Winter biking seemed to be an endeavor for the crazy or the nerveless just a few years ago. Now it’s a common sight thanks to the rise of the fat tire. There aren’t many groomed trails in the county for the most exhilarating riding experience, but you can still get a great ride in through […]

  • Manners Matter: No Honking at Friends, Please

    Dear Mary Pat, Being from Wisconsin, I’m curious about when honking hello is and is not called for when driving. I assume it’s always OK, but sometimes I fear I could scare my elderly friends. Also, because I know everybody in my town, I find that I’m basically always honking and rarely paying attention to […]

  • Submit Work to Blinn Poetry Prize Competition

    After Hours launched the Mary Blinn Poetry Prize in 2019 to commemorate Blinn’s outstanding work as a poet, visual artist and musician. The prize is awarded annually for outstanding works of poetry written in English by writers who are passionate about their art. One $200 winner and three $50 finalists will be selected through an […]

  • The Clearing to Host Akerly’s Virtual Paper-Arts Classes

    Nancy Akerly, paper artist of Liberty Grove Paper Arts, will teach four classes virtually via Zoom through The Clearing this winter. Select from the Squash Blossom Box on Feb. 6 and March 6, and the Never-ending Rolling Cube on Feb. 13 and March 13, all held 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Participants will need to […]

  • Who’s Running for Local Offices

    The race to watch for the spring election comes out of the Gibraltar School District, where eight candidates are vying for three seats. It’s the only local race that triggered the need for a primary election to be held on Feb. 16 in advance of the April 6 spring election. No other primaries are needed […]

  • Baileys Harbor Fire Station Comes in Under Budget

    The Town of Baileys Harbor made the last payment this week on its new fire station, a voter-approved construction project that came in under budget. Fire Chief Brian Zak told the town board Monday that it was quite an accomplishment for the Keller construction company to complete the project for $3.67 million – $65,487 under […]

  • Special Assessments Raise Questions in Fish Creek

    UPDATE FEB. 5: The Town of Gibraltar will hold a special meeting Feb. 24 about the special assessments for sidewalks and street lighting. The meeting will be held at 6 pm. The meeting is not a public hearing, but there will be time for public comment. View the agenda and assessment information here>> Just because […]

  • Education Notes: Clippers Try for Fab Lab; Gibraltar Allows Some Fans

    Sturgeon Bay High School Tries for Fabrication Lab Sturgeon Bay High School got the green light from its school board Jan. 5 to apply for a $25,000 Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Fabrication Laboratory Grant. The money would be used to acquire equipment and programming to help students build science, technology, engineering and math skills – […]

  • Fincantieri, City Agree to Beautify Stretch of Third Avenue

    The City of Sturgeon Bay and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding have signed a memo of understanding that outlines expectations for a beautification plan along the shipbuilder’s property from 325 N. 3rd Ave. to Iowa Street. The city required Fincantieri to spruce up the area as part of the improvements the company is making to its waterfront […]

  • Wisconsin Legislative Bills to Watch

    Assembly Bill 1 (AB1) The COVID-19 Relief Package has stalled. The GOP-led Assembly passed its version Jan. 7, and Gov. Tony Evers said he would not sign it. The GOP-led Senate then unveiled its own, pared-down version and overwhelmingly (29-2) passed it Jan. 12. Evers said he would sign that version, but the Assembly has […]

  • Egg Harbor Administrator Leaving for Position in Michigan

    Ryan Heise, administrator for the Village of Egg Harbor for the last five years, announced he is leaving for a similar position in Saugatuck, Michigan.  Heise, who helped guide planning and construction of the Kress Pavilion, sustainability initiatives, and preliminary planning for the village’s upcoming reconstructions of both Highway 42 and Church Street, said there […]

  • Wild Things: Free Fishing Weekend Jan. 16-17 Offers Cold, Hard Opportunity on Ice

    A mostly mild start to January is expected to give way to more winter-like weather during the coming weeks, much to the delight of ice anglers and others who enjoy a walk on the wild side. This weekend will be Wisconsin’s annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend: an opportunity for both residents and nonresidents who don’t […]

  • Don’t Miss Fire & Ice Festivities Feb. 12-13

    The annual Fire & Ice weekend will kick off Feb. 12 with the Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe at Crossroads at Big Creek, 6-8 pm.  Then on Feb. 13, join or watch the 16th annual Fire & Ice ice-carving competition in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Between 9 am and 2 pm, individual carvers and carving teams of […]

  • New Webinar Series to Discuss Health, Mental Well-Being

    Life doula and RN Marggie Hatala and Dr. Dave Ferguson will host Midday with Marggie and Dave – a free, monthly webinar series sponsored by Ikor Life Care Management – to discuss health and mental well-being. Upcoming programs, all held 11 am – 12 pm, will include Exercise as Medicine on Jan. 19, Introduction to Mindfulness-based Stress […]

  • Obituary: Arlene Mae Champeau

    December 15, 1931 ~ January 7, 2021 Arlene Mae Champeau, 89, died January 7, 2021, fifteen years to the day of the passing of her childhood sweetheart and husband, Jack Champeau. Arlene was born December 15, 1931, in Baileys Harbor, to Ethel (Root) and Joseph Kwaterski. She was the baby of the family, with six siblings. Shortly […]

  • Obituary: Margaret “Marge” Franke

    May 27, 1927 ~ January 10, 2021 Margaret “Marge” Franke, 93, of Fish Creek, died at the Good Samaritan Society -Scandia Village in Sister Bay on Sunday, January 10, 2021. She was born May 27, 1927 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Adolf and Mary Polzin. Marge graduated from Gibraltar High School and went […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen “Kay” Rachel San Miguel

    March 5, 1940 ~ January 7, 2021 Kathleen “Kay” Rachel San Miguel, 80, of Kewaunee, died on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Emerald Shores Assisted Living. She was born March 5, 1940 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Robert David Williamson and Mildred Marie (Jolitz) Williamson.  Kay attended Pulaski high school. On April 29, 1957, […]

  • Obituary: Joseph H. Schmelzer

    April 28, 1931 ~ January 9, 2021 Joseph H. Schmelzer, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Jan. 9, 2021 at Allouez Parkside Village.  He was born April 28, 1931 in Sawyer to George and Catherine (Schlise) Schmelzer.  He attended St. Joseph Catholic Grade School and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. He served his country […]

  • Juniper’s Restaurant Has New Owner

    One of Door County’s marquee locations has a new owner. Juniper’s Restaurant in Fish Creek, at the intersection of Spruce Street, Main Street and Highway 42, has sold for $1.8 million to Amos Goaz, an entrepreneur who owns two other retail stores in the downtown Fish Creek area.  Goaz said he will make some noticeable […]

  • Obituary: Elsbeth “Muffin” Knutson

    May 27, 1932 ~ January 7, 2021 Our beloved mother, Elsbeth A. Knutson died January 7, 2021.  She was born May 27, 1932, in Valmy, WI to Rev. Otto and Gretchen Henning.  After graduating Valedictorian from Sevastopol High School, she worked at the Door County Advocate and the Bank of Sturgeon Bay.  Elsbeth was married […]

  • Obituary: Judie Z. Moeller

    February 2, 1940 ~ January 6, 2021 Judie Zahn Moeller, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at home on Jan. 6, 2021.   She was born in Milwaukee on Feb. 2, 1940.  Judie loved Jesus, her kids, and Bob. No services are planned.  Memorials may be directed to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Door County Chapter, 3475 […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Ellen Gosser

    August 3, 1954 ~ January 5, 2021 Barbara Ellen (Hass) Gosser, 66, of the Town of Egg Harbor (Sturgeon Bay), died peacefully on January 5, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay from an acute illness. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January […]

  • Obituary: Robert D. Hastings III

    July 22, 1948 ~ January 3, 2021 As a true titan of innovation and adventure, always off after his next big idea, Robert “Bob” Hastings led an interesting and diverse life.   Janitor. Painter. Football player. Architect. Real Estate Developer. CEO. Magazine Publisher. Blues Festival Producer. The list of his varied professions is too long to […]

  • Obituary: Leo DeLair

    October 15, 1941 ~ January 6, 2021 Leo DeLair, 79, of Door County, WI died January 6th after a long battle with lung cancer. Leo was born on October 15th, 1941 to Royal and Caroline (Cardy) DeLair in Berwyn, IL. After graduating from Lyons Township High School in 1959, he went on to join ‘DeLair […]

  • Obituary: Brian M. Mancini

    April 6, 1957 ~ January 3, 2021 Brian M. Mancini, 63 years, of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Harmony, IL, died suddenly at his home Sunday morning, January 3, 2021, days after a surgical procedure. He was born April 6, 1957 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Alfred and Josephine (Mucha) Mancini. Following graduation […]

  • Obituary: Daniel D. Roble

    August 7, 1946 ~ December 29, 2020 Daniel D. Roble, age 74, of Dodgeville, died Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was born August 7, 1946 to Norman and Fyrn Roble in Sturgeon Bay and grew up in Door County. Dan’s passion for music began when he attended Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Cassidy L. Cuthbert

    Cassidy (DeGrave) Cuthbert, 46, of Rhinelander and formerly of Brussels, died at the University Hospital in Madison on Dec. 30, 2020.  She was born September 4, 1974, in Brussels to Linda and Milton DeGrave.  She married Scott Cuthbert on June 17, 2015. Cassidy loved computers and was an avid crafter.  She loved to knit and […]