Peninsula Pulse July 16-23, 2021

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Open to Debate

    This letter is my response to Mike Serpe’s suggestion that I should quietly take a place at the back of the anti-racism class to which I supposedly arrived late.  I try hard to be open to new ideas and ways of thinking, especially if they are counter to my way of looking at the world. […]

  • Joe Jo’s Sold

    For more than 14 seasons, Joe Jo’s Pizza and Gelato has been a family favorite in north Ephraim. That came to an end July 16 when owners Richard and Kathy Luther sold the business that has been their passion.  “Door County is such a special place, and we’ve been so blessed to live in such […]

  • Register for the Tech Council’s Wisconsin Portfolio Tour

    The Tech Council’s 2021 Wisconsin Portfolio Tour will stop July 27, 3-5 pm, at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. This free program is intended for investors, entrepreneurs, corporate representatives and others who are interested in Wisconsin’s venture-capital climate. Participants will meet Joe Kremer, the Tech Council’s investor network director; participate in an engaging presentation; […]


    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present a free History Hour video Nov. 26, 2 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St., as part of Holly Days. Egg Harbor, The Way It Was is a homespun Bill Bertschinger video production.  Bertschinger produced his video using historical photos, many of which have not been shared […]

  • It’s Cherry-Pickin’ Time

    If you look up Door County – well, anywhere – you’ll probably see a photo of a cherry next to the name because the county and the fruit have been synonymous since the first trees were planted in 1896.  Well, our little, red friends have been ripening during the past few weeks, and now it’s time […]

  • Bits & Bites: Bloody Mary Social Aug. 15

    Rise and Shine for the Inaugural Bloody Mary Social If you’re looking to take in a Sunday-morning brunch on the water, join Destination Sturgeon Bay for its inaugural Bloody Mary Social – intended as an annual event – on Aug. 15, 10 am – 1 pm. Held at Sonny’s Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria and Bridge Up Brewing […]

  • Advisory Committee Forms to Support Research-Facility Bid

    The City of Sturgeon Bay’s newly appointed Ad Hoc NERR Advisory Committee is preparing a bid for the city to become the home of the bay of Green Bay’s National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR).  NERRs are a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and coastal states to study, protect and conserve nationally […]

  • Guided Hike of Ephraim Swamp

    Have you wanted to visit some of the land within the Ephraim Swamp that has been acquired recently to protect its wetlands, woodlands, plants and animals, but you needed a knowledgeable guide? Here’s your chance.  On July 31, 10 am – 12 pm, Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Forest Ecology […]

  • Education Notes

    Construction Shuffle Although registration began rolling along as usual on July 19 at Southern Door near Brussels, families will notice a slight shift from normal at Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol schools. Both districts have major construction and reconstruction projects, which bring about some changes during this summer break. Sevastopol public school registration will be in […]

  • Ephraim Men’s Club’s Pancake Breakfast Supports Students

    Agne Zukauskaite, who will attend UW-Madison this fall, is one of 10 Gibraltar graduates who earned a total of $30,000 in scholarships recently from the Ephraim Men’s Club.  Her ambition is to become an orthodontist, so she wants a pre-dental major in science and has settled on neuroscience. Her high school record is extraordinary: High […]

  • Environmental Council Scholarship Goes to Baudhuin

    The Door County Environmental Council (DCEC) Scholarship Committee has awarded its annual $1,000 scholarship grant to (from right) Jared Baudhuin of Brussels, a UW-Madison senior studying dairy science. DCEC board member Renee McAllister presented the award.

  • Zukauskaite Earns PEO Chapter EE Scholarship

    The PEO Chapter EE’s 2021 Helen Schrieber Allen Scholarship recipient is Agne Zukauskaite. She’s a Gibraltar High School alumna with a 3.82 GPA who will attend UW-Madison in the fall. She has high aspirations: to earn an undergrad degree in science, attend dental school and become an orthodontist.

  • Wisconsin’s Sport’s Exorcism: Giannis Writes a New Chapter

    As I write this the morning after, I’d like to say I was confident as the clock ticked down to about four minutes to play in Game 6 of the NBA Finals last night.  The Bucks’ lead stretched to eight for a moment, nearing the safe zone, but confidence didn’t kick in, my defense mechanisms […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thinking Holistically About 4-year-old Kindergarten

    When my son was born five years ago, my husband and I assumed we would not be able to afford day care for him. We planned to manage child care on our own till kindergarten, but balancing full-time jobs and full-time parenting quickly proved untenable. Enter Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC). Turns out, NDCC isn’t […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Thank-you to Citizens Who Care

    I would like to thank all the concerned citizens who attended the Baileys Harbor monthly town meeting on July 12 to share their concerns about the safety and well-being of our community. The information provided about the dangerous situation on Highway 57 was very compelling, and it was great to see people coming together with […]

  • A Bay Day on the Island: Sister Bay Solidifies Hold on First Place

    “All right, boys, let’s get some runs now!” a woman yells from the stands.  It’s 1:30 pm at the ballpark on Washington Island, and the battle for Door County League supremacy between the first-place Sister Bay Bays and the second-place Washington Island Islanders is about to commence. And the Islanders are not waiting patiently for […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Standings

    STANDINGS (through July 7) 1. Blue Horse, 17-1 2. Husby’s, 22-2 3. P.C. Junction, 21-3 4. Roots Inn and Kitchen, 15-3 5. The Mink, 17-7 6. Baileys Harbor Blue Herons, 7-8 7. Wilson’s, 10-14 8. Cream ’n the Bowl, 12-12 9. Wickxies, 9-12 10. Door County Kayak Tours, 7-14 11. Lakeshore Adventures, 5-16 12. Craig […]

  • Framed

    Up and away! Jim Feld and John Pavich fly their 50-foot dragon kites over Algoma. Photo by Mike Brisson.

  • Server of the Week: Martina Marinova at Zero Sum Door County

    10578 Country Walk Dr., Unit 30, Sister Bay Martina presents healthful food and drinks at Zero Sum; They’re fresh, gluten-free and most of all, yum!  When she’s not assembling and decorating smoothie bowls, You’ll find her on the beach, going for summer strolls.  Martina’s at Peninsula or Newport State Park when there’s time,  But for […]

  • Pitching is Key to County League Success

    In most sports, you’ll hear this phrase thrown around: “Defense wins championships.”  In Door County League baseball, however, I would argue that pitching wins championships. I know – the pitcher is typically considered part of the defense, but if you look back through the history of the Door County League, you’ll see that most dominating […]

  • Meet Authors During Novel Bay’s July Events

    Novel Bay Books’ upcoming author events will give readers a chance to chat with published writers, learn more about their books and buy a personalized, signed copy. Retired Sturgeon Bay educator Dan Powers will be signing copies of How Long A Shadow on July 17, 2-4 pm. The story entwines the stories of three generations […]

  • Literacy Door County Featured Student: Jaime Arellano Castillo

    ¡Buenos días! Hola, me llamo Jaime. Oops. ¡En inglés!  Hello, my name is Jaime. I am 29 years old and was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico. I am the second-youngest of eight children. In 2014, I graduated from the Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria in Puebla. I am a licensed veterinarian.  After graduation, I practiced […]

  • Exploring the Library: NoveList Plus

    by Tina Kakuske, Director, Door County Library “Reading … a vacation for the mind …” — Dave Barry Summer is the perfect time to let your mind take a reading vacation, so we often hear these questions at the public library: “What should I read next?” “Can you help me find a book to read?” “I […]

  • Emerging Scathed: Navigating another new normal, with a toddler by my side

    Nonfiction story Greta winds up and flings a single corn kernel to the caramel-colored cow with an open mouth. She misses, terribly. “Here you go,” I say, laughing, tossing a fistful of corn past its outstretched, glistening tongue, flailing like an arm searching in the dark.  We’re at The Farm in Sturgeon Bay, finally. It […]

  • Artzy Studio Celebrates 7th Season with Cherry Series

    Artzy Studio is celebrating its seventh season this summer, so owner and artist Cynthia L. Koshalek has designed and created a new, celebratory ceramic series that’s inspired by the area’s cherry trees and orchards. “I wanted to create something both traditional and yet still have a bit of a modern style,” Koshalek said. “The dot […]

  • LEGO Bonanza Returns to Sister Bay

    LEGO lovers of all ages are welcome to get inspired and be entertained at Brick Party by the Bay on July 24-25, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Sister Bay Village Hall, 10692 Hwy 42.  See amazing creations from the Wisconsin LEGO Users Group, including a train village and Door County landmarks; create your own […]

  • Plum Bottom Show Highlights Fused Glass

    Plum Bottom Gallery ( is hosting a fused-glass show July 24, 10 am – 5 pm, to share colorful, handmade pieces.   Laurel Grey will offer a new collection of her leaf strands, plus her leaf sculptures and wall panels. She hand-cuts and paints each leaf, then fires it in a kiln to give it a […]

  • Fundraisers Begin at Hardy Gallery

    The Hardy Gallery’s annual Collection Invitational and Collector’s Choice Benefit, running July 17 – Aug. 29, will feature two works from each invited artist, one of which has been donated for the gallery’s silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Hardy Gallery (  This event provides an opportunity to see the diversity among the area’s finest […]

  • Turtle Ridge Hosts Jewelry Trunk Show

    Sarah Chapman will be the featured artist during Turtle Ridge Gallery-Boutique’s jewelry trunk show July 17-18. Her designs mix industrial lines and burnished metal with the soft palate of polished precious and semiprecious stones. Natural forms – seedlings and stylized leaves, squat cicadas, tightly coiled nests of gemstones, the curve of an insect wing – […]

  • Vintique Resale Holds Pop-up Sale at Vintique Barn

    On July 16-17, 9 am – 3 pm, Vintique Resale ( will host a pop-up sale at Vintique Farm, 9533 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor – a historical barn that’s open to the public for just these two days. The furniture, home décor, rustic oddities and curated vintage finds are available only during the pop-up sale, so […]

  • Working Big: Karen Hertz-Sumnicht’s large-scale art pleases corporate clients and art lovers alike

    Karen Hertz-Sumnicht has spent her life working in art. With a bachelor of fine arts degree from St. Mary’s College in Indiana, she taught art to K-12 students for two years while starting a framing business in Appleton. Now called Avenue Art & Co., the business provides custom framing, sells art supplies, and selects and […]

  • Ephraim Moravian Celebrates the Service of Rev. Dan and Jendean Olson

    The Rev. Dan Olson was scheduled to stand in for Pastor Dawn Volpe at Ephraim Moravian Church on June 13: the day of Olson’s 50th ordination anniversary as an Evangelical Lutheran minister. Olson’s wife, Jendean, retired in 2020 from longtime service as the church’s organist and choir director.  As a retirement gift for Jendean, artist Ram […]

  • Camp Zion Celebrates 75 Years

    Camp Zion, a Christian summer camp in Ellison Bay, is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021, and during a July 3 anniversary celebration, a large number of past campers and community members attended the camp’s annual open-house breakfast.  Over the years, many volunteers have helped to build and maintain the facilities. Carl M. Carlson and […]

  • Door to Nature: Spiders Do Much More Good Than Harm

    Discovering an unusual spider on a perennial plant in my front yard led me to send a photo of it to Mike Draney, a UW-Green Bay professor of entomology and a spider expert. He replied that it was a nursery web spider, and seeing its swollen body, he said it was loaded with eggs. He […]

  • Maritime Wonders: Views from Sturgeon Bay’s Lighthouse Tower

    As I left Sturgeon Bay’s steel bridge, driving south on Michigan Street, the Door County Maritime Museum’s newest attraction rose into view: the Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower. As Door County’s tallest building, it watches over the historically rich and geographically distinctive Sturgeon Bay. The idea for a lighthouse tower grew out of the museum’s […]

  • Heritage Village Comes to Life

    Heritage Village celebrated its annual Root Beer Festival on July 3, and it will host another special event known as Dog Days – fittingly, during the “dog days of summer” – on Saturday, Aug. 7, 10 am – 3 pm.  While traveling no farther than Sturgeon Bay, it’s possible to be transported back in time some 140 […]

  • No Summer Break for School Construction

    Better security for students and staff at Sturgeon Bay High School is just one part of the construction work going on this summer around the Sturgeon Bay school district. Although a four-classroom addition at Sawyer Elementary School could be carried out during the academic year without disrupting classes, improvements to the high school, middle school […]

  • Zoschke Asks Sister Bay to Think Big

    At Monday’s Sister Bay Parks and Properties meeting, Village President Rob Zoschke made a push for the village to think big about prospects for the downtown core and the 56-acre Wiltse property that the village acquired last year.  “This is a chance to think generationally,” Zoschke said.  The village did just that in 2007 when […]

  • Building for a Changing Climate

    State officials tour Door County for ways to build for sustainability and resiliency One of the earliest forms of building code came almost 4,000 years ago from a Babylonian king, Hammurabi. He wrote that the builder of a home that failed, collapsed and killed an inhabitant should pay with his or her life. Wisconsin’s building […]

  • Accidental 911 Calls on the Rise

    How to be sure you’re not making one, and what do if you are If you didn’t know your phone or watch is making 911 calls, you’re not alone.  Between Friday, July 9, and Monday, July 12, the Door County Sheriff’s Office incident reports logged accidental 911 follow-up calls – or emergencies that were not emergencies […]

  • Boilermaker Food Drive Supports Lakeshore CAP

    Boilermaker Local Lodge 449 has completed its second annual food drive. Lodge Vice President Jonathan Clark organized this year’s drive, and the group found that support from the membership and community was amazing. All donations collected – both nonperishable food items and personal-care products – went to Lakeshore CAP.

  • United Way and The Ridges Receive Grants from the Community Foundation

    United Way of Door County has received a Sustainability Grant from the Door County Community Foundation for STRIDE, a collaborative school mental-health project. STRIDE comprises the county’s five public-school districts, plus seven mental-health agencies and United Way of Door County. The group’s goal is to assess quality mental-health treatments for area youth. The Emergency Response […]

  • MS Walk Held in Door County Sept. 24-26

    More than 150 people will walk up to 50 miles throughout Door County Sept. 24-26 in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, and they’re expected to raise more than $300,000. The annual Challenge Walk MS ( helps to fund research to cure MS and empower those who are affected by it. There are […]

  • Women’s Fund Luncheon Features Hilary Pennington, VP of the Ford Foundation

    The Women’s Fund of Door County will host its joyful, inspiring Celebrate Women! Luncheon on Aug. 4, 11:30 am – 1 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort, 107 N. 1st Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. The keynote speaker will be Hilary Pennington, executive VP of programs for the Ford Foundation. She oversees all of its programs globally to […]

  • Volunteers Needed for Lakeshore CAP Homelessness Count

    The Lakeshore Community Action Program (CAP) is seeking volunteers to work two-hour shifts July 28-29, between 11 pm and 6 am, to assist with the semiannual Point in Time homelessness count.  Volunteers will search for those in Door County who may be experiencing homelessness, collect information and make referrals for needed services. Data collected is […]

  • Tour Sunset School Before Demolition Begins

    Sunset School, 827 N. 8th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, will be open July 20, 4:30-6 pm, to anyone who would like to visit before demolition starts. Some gently used toys, books and learning materials will be available, free to anyone who wants to give them a new home.

  • Habitat for Humanity Hosts Online Auction

    It’s time to join Habitat for Humanity’s Home Sweet Auction Facebook group to see amazing finds and great treasures, bid on them, and support decent and affordable home ownership in Door County. Items including local services, gift certificates and unusual items for your home will be available during the auction, open now through July 17 […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Sawyer

    Sawyer ( is a handsome, four-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He currently weighs 15 pounds but hopes to slim down in his new home. Shy but sweet, Sawyer is a social feline once he’s comfortable with those around him.  Like all cats at WHS, he […]

  • Thanks from BookNook Gardens

    My fellow BookNook Gardens board of directors members and I wanted to take a moment to reflect and thank all those who made our 2021 Top of the Kress fireworks-viewing event a huge success. To all of the local businesses and individuals who contributed to our evening, thank you. We are so blessed to live […]

  • Ephraim Yacht Club Says Thanks!

    Northern Door County is an amazing place on many levels. There is the topography, the lake, the bay and all the surrounding beauty, but most of all, it’s the people!  After a year of the challenges and the expense of battling COVID-19, local merchants, artists and restaurants were quick to step up once again with […]

  • Door County Speaks: Record your family’s oral history with a Door County Library kit

    My grandmother, born in 1874, was 46 years old when passage of the 19th Amendment finally gave her the right to vote. It never occurred to me, born with that privilege, to ask how she felt about being disenfranchised in that way for more than half her life. Now that I’ve lived as long as […]

  • Fall Fest Soap Box Derby is Back

    The Fall Festival Soap Box Derby is coming back for 2021.  The Sister Bay Advancement Association announced the derby will be held at 10 am, Oct. 17.  The Derby Race will be held on Highway 42 in downtown Sister Bay. Girls and boys age 7 to 13 can build (with assistance from an adult) and […]

  • 2021 Door County Triathlon Schedule, Info, Course Maps

    For Sean Ryan, event marks a return to normalcy Earlier this year, Door County Triathlon director Sean Ryan had cautiously hoped the event would return to an in-person format after concerns about the coronavirus in 2020 caused the cancellation of the in-person event and shifted it to a virtual format. Ryan’s guarded optimism turns to […]

  • Explore Safely at Cave Point County Park

    Whether you’re kayaking along the shoreline or hiking on the trails and rocks, it’s crucial to consider safety when adventuring on or near the water at Cave Point County Park.  The county park in Sevastopol attracts swarms of visitors each year because of its fascinating topographical features, but those same features can also be very […]

  • Positioning Continues for Selection as Estuarine Site

    Sturgeon Bay – The city’s Ad Hoc NERR Advisory Committee, established in April, continues to work to position the city for selection as a public headquarters for a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Mayor David Ward said during the most recent Common Council’s meeting that they’re going after private donations to help foot some of […]

  • Supreme Court Sides with Environmental Groups

    Madison – After years of court battles, the Wisconsin Supreme Court handed environmental advocates in the state a pair of victories last week. The court ruled in two separate cases, each named Clean Wisconsin v. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), that the DNR must exercise its authority to protect Wisconsin’s water resources. Clean Wisconsin President […]

  • Fish Creek Beach Pier Open to the Public

    The observation pier at Fish Creek Beach is completed and open to the public. The new pier replaces an old, damaged pier that was part of the property the Town of Gibraltar purchased to expand the beach in 2016. The three-year beach project is nearly complete, with playground installation remaining. Photo by Andrew Kleidon. 

  • Red Putter Pro Tournament Aug. 7

    In the hills of north Ephraim, a bear lurks and a badger snarls as they await competitors in the 19th Red Putter Pro Tournament.  One of the state’s premier mini golf competitions returns Aug. 7. Dozens of golfers will compete for the $2,000 top prize and the coveted red jacket. The entry fee is $30.  […]

  • Egg Harbor Church Street Work to Begin in October

    The Village of Egg Harbor’s board of trustees chose an accelerated timeline for the village’s Church Street reconstruction during a July 12 meeting.  The project – which includes adding 150 parking spaces, bike lanes, sidewalks and lighting to the undeveloped street – will begin after Pumpkin Patch Festival and continue into the summer of 2022. […]

  • Mom-ME Time Series Helps New Mothers

    Becoming a mother changes life in so many ways, so Prevea Health is introducing a series of free Zoom talks to help new moms navigate their own needs after having a baby.  The Mom-ME Time segments will feature Prevea’s medical experts giving these talks: “Urinary Incontinence,” July 27, 12-12:30 pm; “Mom Guilt,” Aug. 31, 12-12:30 […]

  • History Kayak Tours Launch in Ephraim

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation and Peninsula Kayak Company have partnered to share Door County history from kayaks. Guided tours will take paddlers through Eagle Harbor to focus on Ephraim’s history. The first tour was July 9, and future tours will take place every other Friday at 1 pm.  Make reservations for the history kayak tour […]

  • Words in the Woods Debuts at Crossroads

    For three Friday nights this month, Crossroads at Big Creek will be alive with songs and stories during Words in the Woods. The inaugural event will be held July 16. Take a self-guided hike on the Habitat Trails, then gather at 7:30 pm at the outdoor amphitheater for a short presentation by a naturalist, some […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Ellen (Gunnlaugsson) Lindsey

    July 18, 1925~July 8, 2021 Dorothy Ellen Lindsey, 95, of Sturgeon Bay, died late Thursday night, July 8, 2021 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay with family at her side. She was born July 18, 1925 on Washington Island, the daughter of Ludwig “Louis” and Anna Katherine (Jorgensen Hansen) Gunnlaugsson. Dorothy attended school […]

  • Obituary: Eva Margaret (Margi) Larsen

    February 13, 1930 – July 8, 2021 Eva Margaret (Margi) Larsen died July 8, 2021 after sustaining injuries from a fall. She was born February 13, 1930 in Dodgeville, WI to Ralph F.P. and Jewel (Tobin) Hoyt. She lived in many Wisconsin communities throughout her childhood and moved 13 times before arriving in Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Robin “Rob” G. Martin

    June 12, 1963 ~ July 7, 2021 Rob Martin, 58, of Forestville, died July 7, 2021.  He was born June 12, 1963, to George and Vernell Martin in Chicago, IL.  Rob graduated from Southern Door High School in 1981 and then attended the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. […]

  • Obituary: Susan “Sue” Mary (Kramer) Krause

    June 17, 1937 ~ July 7, 2021 Susan “Sue” Mary Krause (nee, Kramer), 84, died peacefully from natural causes on July 7, 2021 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Green Bay. She was born June 17, 1937 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Leonard and Edna Kramer. Sue graduated from Milwaukee Washington High School in 1955 and later attended […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” Lloyd Lundquist

    June 18, 1947 ~ July 9, 2021 William “Bill” Lloyd Lundquist, 74, of Sister Bay died on Friday, July 9, 2021, due to a chronic lung condition. He was born June 18, 1947 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Quinten and Alvina (Knutson) Lundquist. After graduating from Gibraltar High School, Class of 1965, he […]

  • Obituary: Holly Katherine Haag

    December 13, 1949~April 28, 2021 Holly Katherine Haag, 71, died peacefully on April 28, 2021 in Naperville, IL after 4 years of persevering courageously through multiple strokes brought on by a congenital heart defect.  She was born on December 13, 1949 in Manitowoc, WI to Roy and Hildred (nee Laduron) Haag. Holly grew up in […]

  • Obituary: Charlene “Char” E. Corcoran

    June 10, 1947 ~ July 7, 2021 Char E. Corcoran, 74, of County Rd. DK, Sturgeon Bay died Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at St. Vincent Hospital where she had been admitted one week ago after suffering a devastating stroke at home. She was born June 10, 1947 in Brussels, the daughter of Louis and Emma […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Anne (Schneider) Stieber

    January 14, 1946 ~ July 5, 2021 Barbara Anne (Schneider) Stieber, age 75, a resident of Fairhope, Alabama, died on Monday, July 5, 2021. Barbara graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York, with a degree in business. In Fairhope, she was very involved with ballroom dancing, playing cards, and walking on […]

  • Obituary: Dean Michael Hinske

    July 4, 2021 Dean Michael Hinske, 71, died peacefully July 4, 2021, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Dean was born in Neenah to George and Beverly Hinske and graduated from Menasha High School. After graduation, he moved to New Orleans where he lived for seven years. During a visit home, he met his […]