Peninsula Pulse January 7-14, 2022

In this issue

  • One Year Later: Positive COVID Cases Then and Now

    Also: A look at current transmission rates by school district boundaries The Wisconsin Department of Public Health continues to track positive COVID-19 cases not only by county, but by town, village and city. The level of data – such as the total number of tests, active versus recovered cases, and deaths – is not as comprehensive as […]

  • Superintendent Search on for Gibraltar

    Van Meer reflects on her accomplishments in the post After replacing two principals last spring and summer, the Gibraltar Area School District’s board will need to conduct a superintendent search in 2022. Citing mixed emotions, Superintendent Tina Van Meer said she will resign for the purpose of retirement, effective June 30. Van Meer, who has […]

  • Door County Reads Kicks Off Soon

    There’s still time to join the 2022 edition of Door County Reads. The selections this year are Truck: A Love Story and Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, both by author and humorist Michael Perry. There are still a few copies left at the Sturgeon Bay Library, so get one before […]

  • Library Book Clubs to Join in 2022

    Looking to start the year right with your reading goals? Meet other readers this year by joining one of the six library book clubs. Some groups plan their reads on six-month schedules, and others for the full year, so check back as more titles are added. In addition, many of these clubs have Facebook groups […]

  • Kick Ash Launches Book Club

    Kick Ash Coffee in Ellison Bay is starting a winter book club, which will meet Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 22 and April 26, all at 11 am. To find out more details, sign up and order books, email Carol Ash at [email protected].

  • Online Writing Class: Writing Life Stories

    Write On, Door County will spark creativity with three writing courses in January.  Robin Sauerwein will lead the six-week online class Writing Life Stories on Saturdays, Jan. 15 – Feb. 19, 9-11 am. She’s a published writer and editor who lives in Minneapolis and has been teaching workshops to inspire people to share their stories for […]

  • 2022 Hal Prize Now Open

    Looking to set some writing goals for 2022? Then make the Hal Prize part of those goals!  The contest offers publication in 8142 Review, the Peninsula Pulse’s new literary periodical. First-place winners in all categories – poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography – will receive $250 and a mug made by Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay. Second […]

  • The Bold, Bright Art of Mike Judy

    Mike Judy says his artist statement when he does a new show is pretty simple: “I want my art to make people feel happy, healthy and smart.” His pastel paintings are bold, usually brightly colored, and often, but not always, uncomplicated images of sailboats, grinning cats, cheerful fish, faces, imaginatively hued musicians and highly stylized […]

  • Ringing in 2022

    Photos by Rachel Lukas Door County got in the New Year’s spirit with creative outdoor activities in Sister Bay, Jacksonport and Egg Harbor over the weekend. Photographer Rachel Lukas hopped around to capture the scenes as we said hello to 2022.  A “Balmy” Day for a Polar Plunge The 35th Jacksonport Polar Plunge drew a […]

  • Hike This: Logan Creek Trails

    Entering a wet-mesic forest habitat feels magical. White cedar, hemlock and pine shut out the sky. The darkened, hushed and hummocky trail, infused with balsamy aromatics, encourages silence. Moss coats everything from felled tree trunks to the edges of icy pools, bright splashes of green in the shadowy space. The deadfall in some places creates […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Zuzu

    Zuzu is a lovely, 2-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Green Bay Campus. In response to COVID-related staff shortages, WHS will offer adoptions only from its Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses until further notice, and all adoptable animals from the Door County Campus have been transferred to WHS’s open shelters. […]

  • Youth Dance Returns to Northern Door

    Dance instructor Willa Wilde is offering dance classes for kids ages 3-5 and 6-8 on Wednesday afternoons.  Students will learn new dance steps and how to express themselves, and they’ll be encouraged to use their imaginations and have fun. Dance is a great way to develop self-confidence, meet new friends and learn how to be […]

  • New Exhibits Opening at Maritime Lighthouse Tower

    The Door County Maritime Museum is unveiling new exhibits in the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower as they are completed this winter and spring. A small ribbon-cutting event scheduled for late January will open the second floor, Shipwrecks, and the seventh, Navigation, to the public.  Following those, the next floors to be completed will be […]

  • 100+WWC Donates Winter Gear for Children

    Members of the 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) Door County giving circle were very generous in their donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves during their first Warm Hands Warm Hearts event in December. The items they collected were then delivered to the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) of Door County and the Door County […]

  • 86th Annual Lumberjack Supper is Jan. 26

    The Mens’ Club of the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church will serve its 86th annual Lumberjack Supper on Jan. 26, 3-6:30 pm, as take-home meals only. Diners will pick up their meals at the carport in the church’s parking lot, 836 Michigan St. The traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, roast pork, mashed potatoes, gravy, […]

  • Pet Adoptions Halted at Door County Humane Society Campus

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has been forced to make some changes to its hours and services in response to COVID-related staff and volunteer shortages.  Effective Jan. 3, WHS will offer adoptions only from its Milwaukee and Green Bay campuses until further notice, although additional animals will be available to adopt directly from foster homes. […]

  • 2022 Spring Election Update

    Who’s running for county supervisor, Sturgeon Bay alder and Sister Bay village trustee There’s a mash-up of contests awaiting voters in the wake of the Jan. 4 candidate filing period deadline. Seven of the 21 county board supervisors will need to win their seats at the table, while the incumbents up for reelection on the […]

  • Fundraising Goal in Sight for Former Nelson Property

    Eight months after Baileys Harbor residents authorized the town to buy the former Nelson’s Hardware store property, private citizens have raised nearly $1.1 million to help fund the purchase of the property for redevelopment into an open, public green space. The Baileys Harbor Open Space Preservation Fund has raised $1,075,000 – only $25,000 shy of the […]

  • Hospital Implements Visitor Restrictions As Number of COVID-19 Patients Rises

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) reached a new high for COVID-19 inpatients Thursday, prompting the hospital to implement new visitor restrictions that will go into effect Friday, Jan. 7.  Effective Friday, no visitors will be allowed for hospitalized patients, but exceptions may be made when the patient’s care plan would benefit from spouse or family […]

  • Whistling Swan Sold

    One of Door County’s premier fine-dining restaurants – as well as a historical landmark – is changing hands.  After 18 years, Bill and Michelle Tressler have sold the Whistling Swan Inn and Restaurant in downtown Fish Creek to Amos Goaz. In a statement posted to Facebook Dec. 31, the Tresslers wrote, “The Whistling Swan will forever be […]

  • Obituary: Rudolph F. “Rudy” Zdenahlik

    January 3, 2022 Rudolph F. “Rudy” Zdenahlik, 82, of Northbrook and formerly of Door County, WI, died January 3, 2022. Beloved husband of Virginia nee Meter; loving father of Jeff, Julie (Bennett) Roberts, Lorne (Tammia); proud grandpa of Lucia, Amilia, Tyler, and Landon; dear brother of Don (Sandy) Zdenahlik; fond uncle of many.  Visitation will be […]

  • Obituary: Christian “Chris” Demmin

    May 8, 1938~Jan 3, 2022 Christian “Chris” Demmin, 83, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Jan. 3, 2022 at Alpha Senior Concepts in Green Bay.  He was born May 8, 1938 in Sturgeon Bay to Christopher and Edna (Torstenson) Demmin.  Chris served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956-1967 and from 1976-1988.   He was […]

  • Obituary: Akiko Ikeda

    March 30, 1926 ~ December 30, 2021 Akiko Ikeda, 95, formerly of Westport, CT and Sarasota, FL, died peacefully on December 30, 2021, in Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin after a prolonged illness. A loving and dedicated mother, Akiko will be dearly missed by son, Laurence Ikeda (Andrea DeCoro); daughter, Louise Lester (Thomas); daughter, Jennifer Ikeda Faugust […]

  • Obituary: Donald John Geneske

    January 28, 1931 ~ December 28, 2021 Donald John Geneske, 90, formerly of Amherst Junction (recently of Sturgeon Bay) died on December 28, 2021. He was born on January 28, 1931 in Berlin, the son of the late Agnes (Pernitzke) and Alex Geneske. Don married Joanne Lamers on November 28, 1953. He is survived by […]

  • Death's Door

    Death’s Door History Presentation

    Ever wonder what they call it Death’s Door? Brennan Christianson has the answer for you at the next edition of the Door County Maritime Museum Speaker Series Jan. 6.  Christianson, the museum’s collections coordinator, will discuss the naming of Death’s Door, the treacherous passage at the northern tip of the Door peninsula. He’ll present his […]

  • Obituary: Carl Arthur Herlache

    February 3, 1935 ~ December 27, 2021 Carl Arthur Herlache, 86, of Sturgeon Bay, died Monday evening, December 27, 2021 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. He was born February 3, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Carl Lionel Herlache and Edna T. (Stoeger) Herlache. Carl grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Brian Higginbotham

    December 26, 2021 Brian Higginbotham died on Sunday, December 26, 2021 after losing a lengthy battle with alcoholism at the age of 49. He is survived by his children, Hunter (Germantown), Taylor Griffith (David) of Indianapolis, Jotham, Anthony, Michael and Rose all of Fredonia, and the love of his life, Kim Higginbotham (Germantown). He will […]

  • Obituary: Ralph L. Nelson

    November 23, 1935 ~ December 21, 2021 Ralph L. Nelson, 86, of Sturgeon Bay died on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, with family at his side. He was residing at Cherry Cove Assisted Living Center in Sturgeon Bay after a long illness. He was born November 23, 1935, in Ellison Bay, the son of the late […]

  • DC Half Marathon

    Resolve to Run in 2022

    Is running part of your New Year’s resolution for 2022? If so, keep yourself inspired by registering for the May 7, 2022, Door County Half Marathon or Nicolet Bay 5K. Register before Jan. 1 to save $5 on the race that’s been described as “running in a cathedral in the woods.” The 13.1-mile course of […]

  • Obituary: Pauline G. McFarlin

    May 20, 1930 ~ December 27, 2021 Pauline Gertrude McFarlin 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died on December 27, 2021, at Unity Hospice in DePere.  She was born on May 20, 1930, on Washington Island to Bjorn and Clara (Hanson) Gunnlaugsson.  On May 9, 1950, she married Rubin R. McFarlin on Washington Island, he preceded her […]