Peninsula Pulse – July 20-27, 2018

In this issue

  • Open Door Pride Presents Visionary Award

    Open Door Pride presented its first annual Visionary Award for significant contributions to the LGBTQ community to Sandy Brown. The award was designed and created by Popelka Trenchard Glass. In 1995, Brown started the Door County chapter of Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). As a member of many organizations, Brown has […]

  • ‘Story Theatre’ at Rogue Theater

    Rogue Theater’s Co-Artistic and Managing Director Stuart Champeau is going back to his roots, bringing the Tony Award-winning Story Theatre show by Paul Sills to the stage. Here you will meet again Henny Penny, the Golden Goose, Venus and the Cat, the Fisherman and His Wife, The Robber Baron, the Bremen Townson Musicians, and other […]

  • By the Numbers: ‘One Giant Leap for Mankind’

    On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface with the above words. 14 The percentage of Americans who believe the moon landings were a hoax staged by NASA and Hollywood, according to a 2015 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll. The number of doubters was only 6 percent in a 1999 Gallup poll. […]

  • ‘Will In The Woods’ at Door Shakespeare

    Celebrate the legacy of William Shakespeare by gathering with friends and family prior to a performance for a lively and interactive discussion. Will In The Woods is ideal for theatre lovers interested in learning more about the play prior to performance. Arrive to the theater on the grounds of Björklunden at 6:30 pm for the […]

  • Commentary: Does FDA Need to Define Milk for Us?

    In last week’s issue we ran a commentary by John Holevoet, director of Government Affairs for the Dairy Business Association (DBA), pooh-poohing headlines such as “Powerful dairy lobby is meeting with government officials to push its pro-dairy agenda.” It seemed a reasonable commentary. Holevoet declared that the “powerful dairy lobby” in this state is him […]

  • Hearing Loss Support Group Begins

    Door Advocates for Hearing Impaired (DAHI) is in the process of forming a new chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in the Door County community to develop a program for advocating for individuals who are hearing impaired. An organizational meeting and introduction to the HLAA is scheduled for July 25, 11 am – […]

  • ‘Shinbone Alley’ at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse opens their next show, Shinbone Alley, on July 26. The show, by Mel Brooks and Joe Darion, includes music by George Kleinsinger, lyrics by Joe Darion and directed by James Valcq. Shinbone Alley runs through Sept. 2. Featuring a book by comedy legend Mel Brooks and Joe Darion and a jazz score […]

  • Cycling Tip: Use Hand Signals

    According to Wisconsin state statute 346.34(1)(b), bicyclists must signal their intention to turn for the 50 feet prior to making their turn, as long as signaling does not interfere with operating the bicycle. The Wisconsin Bike Fed had the state law changed to now allow the use of the alternate right turn hand signal circled […]

  • Claire Olson Crowned First Fairest of the Fair

    Claire Olson, daughter of Richard and Shelly Olson, was crowned the first ever Fairest of the Fair on July 11. Her parents own and manage Olson Family Farms with a herd of 60 cows. Currently studying agricultural education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Claire was active in 4-H and FFA while attending Southern Door […]

  • Commentary: Taxation Without Representation

    In the midst of large taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects in many Door County communities, a common refrain floats up from the population of non-resident property owners, or those who own a house or condo but can’t vote because they claim residency elsewhere. “I pay property taxes but I can’t vote. That’s taxation without representation!” It came […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Youth Football Meeting

    For all incoming 6th-8th grade Sturgeon Bay students interested in playing football, there will be a player/parent information meeting July 30, 7 pm in the TJ Walker Middle School gym. Program information, player expectations and schedules will be discussed. A preseason mini camp will be held Aug. 6-7, 6-8 pm at the Sturgeon Bay High […]

  • Organist Katie Moss in Concert

    Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church presents organist Katie Moss in in concert July 21, 7 pm. She will perform works by J. S. Bach, Buxtehude, Distler, Mendelssohn, Michel, Parry and Thomas. Moss has performed as a solo organist throughout the United States, more recently as annual guest artist for the Central Iowa AGO Chapter […]

  • ‘Bach at 333’ Concert

    J.S. Bach was fascinated by numbers. Particularly in the later part of his life, he worked numbers of significance to him into works. As a good Lutheran inheriting sacred traditions, he knew that the number three was of divine significance. Therefore, a birth year of 250 or 400 wouldn’t be as significant to Bach as […]

  • Big Band Jazz Concert

    Bopping and swinging began this week at Birch Creek as the Big Band Jazz Session I faculty and students presented their first performances in the Dutton Concert Barn. “The Great American Big Band” will be presented July 21. On July 20, the music of “Basie, Miller, Ellington” will fill the concert barn with the rhythmic […]

  • ‘Miss Holmes’ Pre-show Seminar

    Peninsula Players Theatre, in conjunction with its production of Christopher M. Walsh’s Miss Holmes, will host Agatha Christie scholar Dr. Christopher Chan on July 21 at 6:30 pm. Chan, a Lawrence University graduate and Agatha Christie website editor, will speak about the female characters in the canon of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series. […]

  • Door County Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees

    The 2018 Door County League Baseball Hall of Fame inductees are Joe Hoffman, Jason Annis, Dave Neinas, Adam Bretl, Craig Bastian, Bill Kroll, Jack Schartner, Bob Haberli, Bob Young and Steve Jilot. The Achievement Award will be presented to David “Chico” Moeller. In order to be eligible for induction in the Door County Baseball Hall […]

  • ‘Shadowlands’ at Island Players

    Shadowlands by William Nicholson and directed by Dave Ranney, is the Island Players’ (IP) summer production, running July 20-22 at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC). Ranney was struck by the power of the story, based on the true life romance between C.S. Lewis and Joy Davidman Gresham. A prolific writer and speaker, Lewis had […]

  • Celebration of Life: Evelyn J. Hulbert

    Evelyn Jane was born on January 17, 1923 and was called home on November 5, 2017.   She was born and raised in Sister Bay. Evelyn met and married her beloved Paul on January 22, 1949. She raised her three children, Dennis, Pattie and Rick in Sister Bay as well. Evelyn and Paul were co-owners of […]

  • Obituary: Robert J. Schlicht Jr.

    Robert J. Schlicht Jr., 68, of Sturgeon Bay, was called home to heaven on July 9, 2018. He was born on June 22, 1950, in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Robert was the oldest of five children born to Robert and Viola (Exley) Schlicht. He attended Mt. Calvary Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Logan High School […]

  • Obituary: Lee Vlaming

    Lee Vlaming, 73, of Whitefish Bay in the Town of Sevastopol, passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay with family at her side. She was born Myrna Lee DeVries on August 10, 1944 on the south side of Chicago, IL, the daughter of Richard […]

  • Obituary: Roy G. Holmquist

    Roy G. Holmquist passed into eternal life on July 11, 2018, at Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Roy was born on December 6, 1929 in Chicago, IL. In Barrington, IL, he owned and operated his own Ceramic Tile business for 50 years. Roy was the father of 6 children: Jan, Roy Jr., Lon, Guy, Kim, […]

  • Obituary: Steven Schmelzer

    Steven John Schmelzer, 66, of Sturgeon Bay, died suddenly on July 11, 2018, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin while surveying a parcel of land on Mathey Road. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Lillian Potier and Anthony Schmelzer on August 21, 1951. He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Recupero Schmelzer; sons, Josiah, Noah, Luke […]

  • Obituary: James Allen Ray

    James Allen Ray was born in Sturgeon Bay to Herbert and Ruby (Miller) Ray. He married Dyanne Mines on December 30, 1992. He is survived by his loving wife Dyanne, his three children, Jay, Missy (Mike) Hoeft and Scott. He was proud of and loved his four grandchildren: James, Gavin, Lauryn and Morgan. He is […]

  • Obituary: John S. Soule

    John S. Soule, 72, of Kewaunee, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Thursday, July 12, 2018, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. In his free time, John loved going to auctions, reading, and spending time with his beloved cats. John’s memory is carried on by his loving wife, Elizabeth. Per John’s wishes, no […]

  • Obituary: Jon P. Merz

    Jon P. Merz, 74, of Woodridge, Ill. and Egg Harbor, Wis., died suddenly at his home in Egg Harbor. He was born in Melrose Park, Ill. to Harold and Vivian (Klein) Merz. On Sept. 22, 1973, he married Corinne Comis in Burr Ridge, Ill. He attended Eastern Illinois University where he earned his bachelor’s degree […]

  • Obituary: Leonard R. Pedersen

    Leonard R. Pedersen, age 87 of Ellison Bay, WI passed away at his home on Saturday July 14, 2018. He is survived by his wife Barbara and other family and friends. Memorial Service’s will be held at a future date. This notice will be updated when a complete obituary is available.

  • Obituary: Harvey Alex Koyen

    Born December 7, 1949 and joined his family in Heaven on July 15, 2018. Harvey was one of five children; of four boys and one girl, he was the middle child. He was born and raised on Washington Island where he lived his whole life on the home place except for four years. Harvey graduated […]

  • Door County Medical Center Births: July 11 – 13

    Roy and Noel Kezo, Egg Harbor, are parents of a daughter born July 13, 2018. Natalie and Carlos Rincones, Sturgeon Bay, are maternal grandparents. Joan and David Kezo, Egg Harbor, are paternal grandparents.   Joshua and Heather Kipp, Brussels, are the parents of a daughter born July 11, 2018. Maternal grandparents are Dave and Kris […]

  • League of Women Voters Launch Nonpartisan Voter Guide

    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin (LWV WI) announces the launch of the nonpartisan voter guide, This online resource provides information for the statewide elections to help Wisconsin voters navigate the voting process for the Aug. 14 primary. provides candidate information, voter registration tools, polling place information, and other helpful Election Day […]

  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary Nears Fundraising Goal

    Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) is on the home stretch of the fundraising campaign to purchase the land they are currently leasing. All improvements that have been made to the land to date are owned by ODBS. ODBS will hold a Hoot-e-Nanny to reach their goal. From this point through the Hoot in 2019, the […]

  • St. Peter’s Cares Walk Aug. 11

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay will hold their third Annual St. Peter’s Cares Walk on Aug. 11, 8:30-10:30 am. All money is donated to Money Management Counselors, a local nonprofit. The walk is a 1 to 2.5 miles staggered walk through Sturgeon Bay. Maps are available. Pre-registrations are due Aug. 4. This cost […]

  • Southern Door Reunion for Wangier School Aug. 11

    The Southern Door School Archives Committee will sponsor a reunion for all past students, teachers, relatives and volunteers involved in the restoration of Wangier School on Aug. 11, 11 am to 3 pm. The group will meet at the schoolhouse on the Southern Door School District property at 2073 Cty DK, Brussels. The schoolhouse is […]

  • New Twelve Step Program Meets Saturdays

    A Northern Door Open Meeting of Adult Children of Alcoholics/Dysfunctional Families (ACA) meets on Saturdays at 9 am, beginning Aug. 4. at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2438 S. Bay Shore Drive in Sister Bay. ACA is a Twelve Step, Twelve Tradition program of men and women who grew up in alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. […]

  • Ephraim Moravian Church Launches Film Series on Islam

    Beginning Aug. 2, and continuing each Thursday through August, Ephraim Moravian Church will present an award-winning documentary film series on Discovering Islam. The intent is to give people a basic understanding of Islam and respond to the questions and perceptions of non-Muslims. All sessions are free and open to the public. Each Thursday, a different […]

  • Ephraim Men’s Club Awards Nine Scholarships

    Nine 2018 graduates of Gibraltar High School have won college scholarships from the Ephraim Men’s Club. The club’s annual breakfast to raise scholarship money for 2019’s Gibraltar graduates is Aug. 4. It runs from 7:30 – 11 am at the Ephraim Village Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children. Diners can win […]

  • Southern Door Blood Drive Aug. 1

    The Southern Door Student Council and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a blood drive Aug. 1, 9 am – 2 pm at Hope United Church in Sturgeon Bay. Anyone who is at least 17 years of age, weighs at least 110 pounds, or is 16 with parent permission, and is in good health may […]

  • Homesharing Pilot Program Launches

    A new Homesharing Pilot Program is currently seeking home providers and home seekers in northern Door County. Homesharing is an arrangement where two or more unrelated people share a house or apartment to their mutual advantage. Typically, the most common scenario is when older adults have extra space, but have trouble keeping up their home. […]

  • New Egg Harbor Welcome Center Opens

    A new Welcome Center has opened in Egg Harbor. Located in the village’s Bertschinger Community Center, the 800-square-foot facility provides comprehensive printed information about lodging, dining, activities, shops, galleries and performing arts in Egg Harbor and throughout Door County. Knowledgeable staff people are on hand to answer questions and help visitors plan their itineraries. The […]

  • Kappa Alpha Beta Brunch Aug. 1

    Calling all Kappa Alpha Betas, a breakfast brunch is scheduled for Aug. 1 at the Old Post Office Restaurant in Ephraim. Active and alumni members are invited. Brunch starts at 10:45 am. Call 920.854.2822 for more information and to RSVP.

  • Christ Child Society Fundraiser Aug. 1

    Support the Christ Child Society of Door County during their Annual Fundraising Luncheon Aug. 1, 11:30 am – 3 pm at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille. The afternoon features luncheon, raffle and door prizes. Entertainment is provided by the Boys and Girls Club choir. Proceeds benefit infants and children of Door County with layettes and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Hunter

    Hunter may initially appear shy, but don’t let him fool you, this kitten loves to play. Once Hunter is comfortable with his surroundings, he is quick to strut around. With a personality that is both confident and boisterous, he is sure to keep you smiling and on your toes. If you’d like to meet this […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Schedule: July 25

    Standings As of July 11, 2018 PC Junction 26-1 Husby’s 24-3 Boathouse 19-8 Blue Horse 16-11 Healthy Way Market 16-11 Main Street Market 14-13 Roots Inn 11-16. Nicolet Beach 3-21 Camp David 3-24 Door County Brewing 3-24   Results July 11 Main Street Market 1, Boathouse 2 Nicolet Beach 0, Roots Inn and Kitchen 3 […]

  • Destroyers Take Down Leyden Lions

    The Door County Destroyers football team traveled to Illinois July 14 to face the Leyden Lions, and returned with a 43-6 win. The Destroyers’ record now stands at 2-3. The Destroyers head out on the road again July 21, this time to Wauwatosa to play the Wisconsin Hitmen at Raabe Stadium at 7 pm. For […]

  • Door County League Leaders: July 15

    July 13 & 15 Results West Jacksonport 15, Institute 7 Kolberg 6, Egg Harbor 2 Washington Island 8, Sister Bay 6 Baileys Harbor 2, Maplewood 4   Standings Sister Bay, 8-2 Egg Harbor, 7-3 Washington Island, 7-3 West Jacksonport, 6-4 Baileys Harbor, 4-6 Maplewood, 4-6 Institute, 2-8 Kolberg, 2-8   Schedule July 22, 1:30 pm […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to 5th Quarter Foundation

    Thank you is a phrase individuals use to show gratitude toward others. There are times when the phrase does not seem to hold enough weight for the situation; this is one of those times. I have been working with Casey and Nicole Rabach for nearly a year, after the idea of a middle school Fitness […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Young Voters, Don’t Be Silent

    Voting liberal or conservative or being a die-hard Republican or Democrat is our choice. However, we elected a President who changes  truth to rampant lying as the norm and destroys a person’s integrity at the drop of a hat. He demands 100-percent loyalty and is setting a dangerous blurred reflection on who we really are. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The President is the Emperor with No Clothes

    Why does the President of the United States act in such a bellicose manner when he is with world leaders. One good explanation is that “the emperor has no clothes.” He is naked intellectually, morally and socially, and he knows it. He covers his nakedness with bluster and anger hoping that his behavior will be […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Perfect Night for ‘Top of Kress’ Fireworks Celebration

    We wanted to take a moment to say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts, to all of those who took part in making our first “Top of the Kress” Fireworks Celebration a huge success. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect evening. We so greatly appreciate the use of the new Donald […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hate and Racism in Action

    On a very hot and humid Saturday morning, June 30, my two granddaughters and daughter visiting from Houston, and my husband and I attended the “Families Belong Together” rally to let the community know that there are many people living here who will not tolerate the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy of hate toward immigrants. […]

  • Local Producers Feel Impact of Tariffs

    Governor Scott Walker echoed the popular call for free and open trade at the grand opening of the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center on July 16. “We should strive for no tariffs, that’s the best approach,” Walker said. “Our farmers, our manufacturers, our people, our workers can compete with anyone in the world as long as […]

  • Hardworking Hosts of Shanty Days Arts and Crafts Fair

    Katie Brandt and Tina Lawrence are the driving force behind Algoma’s Shanty Days’ Arts and Crafts Fair and the Street Fair. The two took over the job of running the street fair in 2012, and along the way, they’ve made some changes. “We’ve changed the look, the view of the place, and made jurying more […]

  • Land Trust Benefit Concert

    Washington Island singer/songwriter Julian Hagen will perform with fellow musician friends in a concert for a cause to benefit the Door County Land Trust. The concert will be held July 26, 7 pm at Woodwalk Gallery, with proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Door County Land Trust’s land protection efforts. Hagen is a fifth-generation Washington […]

  • Woodwalk Brings Sons of The Never Wrong

    Woodwalk Concert Series welcomes back Sons of The Never Wrong, a turbo-charged alt-folk trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs. Their oddball humor and spontaneous stories ignite their live shows and have earned them a cult-like international following for 25 years. Their sound is wildly original, their energy is contagious and their banter is hilarious. […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 20 – 27

    DOOR COUNTY County of Door:  The county board meets at 9 am July 24. The Board of Adjustment meets at 6:30 pm July 24. Town of Gibraltar:  The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm July 24. Board of Review will be held 6 pm July 25. Town of Jacksonport:  The town board meets at 7 […]

  • Creating Door County One LEGO at a Time

    When Kris Nelson bought his son Christian a ten dollar LEGO set at Target, he felt a rush of nostalgia. “It brought me back to when I was a kid,” said Nelson, now a software engineer who remembers the space shuttle LEGO set he built some 20 years ago and proudly displayed on a shelf […]

  • Door County Resident Wins Women’s Photography Award

    Baileys Harbor resident Arlene Stanger’s image “Hat Shop” has been named the winner in the Fashion category of the 11th edition of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers. As a result, she has been invited to exhibit her photography at the 5th Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography to be held in […]

  • Don’t Forget to GASP

    As the Director of Instruction at Peninsula Golf Course I have been teaching golf for more than 25 years. I have had the great fortune to work with dozens of amazing golf instructors over the years from my college golf coach, to many PGA Professionals during my career as a Head Golf Professional, to the […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: July 20, 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? “Give me all your coconuts.” “What have we learned? Never get in a strange basket.” “You look like a sporty unitard.” “He […]

  • Climate Corner: Sustainability and Resiliency on Wisconsin’s West Coast

    by Tim Kabat, Mayor of La Crosse In La Crosse, we are striving to meet our shared responsibilities as stewards, leaders and supporters of our natural environment. I was honored to be invited as a guest speaker at the Door County Climate Change Forum this past May and I am pleased to provide this snapshot […]

  • Wisconsin Farm Center to Educate and Inspire

    If you have driven past Manitowoc on Interstate 43 any time in the last year, you may have noticed a big, beautiful brand new barn going up just west of the roadway. The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center (FWDC), a 29,000-square-foot agricultural exhibition space, held its opening for approximately 200 donors and members of the press […]

  • Trivia: What’s the largest LEGO set ever sold?

    Question:  What’s the largest LEGO set ever sold?   Answer:  The Millennium Falcon from LEGO’s Ultimate Collector’s Series. It includes 7,541 pieces and costs $799.

  • Door to Nature: Northern Black Widow Spider

    Many people will be quick to agree that spiders are the most maligned of all small things that creep, crawl or fly. Yet a great majority of spiders will nearly always make every effort, when disturbed, to hide away from danger. Most are shy recluses and few have strong enough mouthparts to bite through human […]

  • Plein Air Fest Begins this Weekend

    The Door County Plein Air Festival, presented by Peninsula School of Art, celebrates the tradition of outdoor painting with some of the finest painters from Door County and across the country. More than 35 artists will put brush to canvas, capturing the summer light over the waters and fields of Door County, July 22-28. Painting […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Hollywood & Dog Poisoning

    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 July 17, 1874 Dog poisening seems to be the order of the day just now again. Why a few of the most harmless dogs should […]

  • Chill County: A Makeshift Sundae

    I usually don’t like to complain, I love my job but eating the delicious frozen treats Door County has to offer is sometimes a burden. This past weekend for instance, I visited Not Licked Yet Frozen Custard in Fish Creek. Not knowing what I wanted to get, I haphazardly looked through the menu until I […]

  • Family’s Hospice Experience Led to $2 Million Donation for Skilled Nursing Facility

    Pete Horton’s memories of his family’s last Christmas with his mother inspired him and wife Jelaine to provide a $2 million jumpstart for the $9.5 million, 25,000-square-foot skilled nursing facility and hospice center, for which ground was broken July 12 on the Rhode Island Street side of the Door County Medical Center grounds. “We’ve wanted […]

  • Reps in the News: Walker Declares State of Emergency for Washington Island

    Governor Scott Walker Gov. Walker declared a State of Emergency in response to a power loss in June for Washington Island, with concerns of future power losses to the entire island due to a severely ice damaged underwater electric cable. The cable failed June 15, causing a 20-minute power outage before backup generators kicked in. […]

  • Terry Murphy & the Cherry Pickers at Kress

    The Kress Pavilion hosts Terry Murphy & the Cherry Pickers on July 27. Terry Murphy & the Cherry Pickers is eager to see where their next chapter in a lifelong passion for music takes them. Murphy, a prolific songwriter and recording artist, was looking for musicians to bring fresh ears and arrangements in a live […]

  • Ronnie Milsap and Shawn Colvin at DCA

    Groundbreaking country singer Ronnie Milsap takes the stage at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) on July 28 at 8 pm. Milsap helped draw the boundaries around what country music could be, and then he broke them. Though his daring, genre-busting choices alarmed the country music establishment of the ’70s and ’80s, Milsap achieved vast critical and […]

  • Gypsy Jazz at Fishstock

    Madison-based Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble perform at the Fishstock Music Series on July 22 at 7 pm. They are touring in support of their The Waiting Game CD on Hot String Swing records. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Roma Gypsy Jazz […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Company Again Wins Duluth-Superior Dredging Contract

    Roen Salvage Co. of Sturgeon Bay will have moved more than one million yards of dredged material from the Duluth-Superior Harbor when it comes to the end of this year’s dredging season – which marks the sixth consecutive year Roen has won the contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do maintenance dredging on […]

  • Ephraim Hastens to Issue Bond Amid Interest Rate Hikes

    An Ephraim ad hoc committee tasked with researching financing options for the $4.975 million streetscape project is recommending a bond issue as soon as possible, expecting rising interest rates driven by global financial markets. On July 20, after Pulse press time, the committee presented their recommendation to the village board, which includes short-term loans for […]

  • Fish Sculptures from Ellison Bay Pottery

    Ellison Bay Pottery’s most recent raku firing created more fish sculptures to grace the walls of the gallery with shimmering iridescent fish. Created by master potter John Dietrich, the fish start their journey as vases and then through the magic of altering the clay and adding elements, a fish emerges. The final step is a […]

  • Framed: Get A Kick Out of This

    The U8 Panama soccer team from Northern Door wrapped up their season July 16 in Sturgeon Bay with a 1-1 draw against the U8 Germany team. Submitted.

  • Server of the Week: Dolores Spittlemeister at The Shallows

    Dolores Spittlemeister @ The Shallows For half a century Dolores has worked, cleaning rooms at The Shallows Resort. She’s their trainer extraordinaire, so when guests arrive, there’s nothing out of sorts.   Her coworkers describe her as “steady Eddie,” one who is patient and thorough. She’s always at the ready, once the guests go. When […]

  • Interpretive Hikes at The Clearing

    The 83-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subject of continuing free, interpretive hikes to the historic campus and buildings, led by volunteer docents on select Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 28. The two-hour hiking tours begin at 1 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, located at 12171 Garrett […]

  • Gibraltar Explores Alternatives for Beach Bathrooms

    A dejected Gibraltar Town Board met Monday, July 16, to discuss options for bathrooms at the Fish Creek beach. Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposed $850,000 bathhouse and gathering space at a town meeting July 9. That plan, created with public input collected in two open house sessions and refined in dozens of additional meetings, included […]

  • Plein Air Painting Day At Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries invite the public to the 12th Annual Plein Air Painting Day at the gallery on July 26, 11 am – 2 pm. This event is part of Peninsula School of Art’s Annual Door County Plein Air Festival July 22-28. Complimentary refreshments will be served and visitors are encouraged to stroll the gallery […]

  • Delta Saints Headline Burning Cow Before Hiatus

    A couple of Nashville boys just wanted to play some music and drink some beer together back when they met in college, but before they knew it, 10 years had passed by and they’d formed a real band, released numerous albums and toured across the world. The Delta Saints have decided to take a breather, […]

  • Maplewood Market

    A new Farm and Craft Market, north of Maplewood in southern Door County, is now open for business. The weekly outdoor event takes place every Friday from 2 to 6 pm on the property of the Maplewood Country Cupboard. The market features several craft, bakery and produce vendors. Grab something to eat and drink while […]

  • Manners Matter: Concert Etiquette

    Dear Mary Pat, The last couple of concerts I’ve attended have really been annoying. I spent a lot of money on tickets to see two of favorite bands only to have people talking through the entire concert or on their cellphones. Then there are the ones who try to take video for an entire song […]

  • Invasive Species Work with Friends of Crossroads

    This summer, Friends of Crossroads meet at 10 am each Saturday for a couple hours of invasive species work. They meet this month on July 21 with the target area right along Big Creek. The group will meet at the Hanson House just off Utah Street. Bring water, gloves and loppers if you have them. […]

  • Newport Forest Exploration Hike July 27

    Internationally known forest ecologist Lee Frelich will lead a forest exploration hike at Newport State Park for the Climate Change Coalition of Door County on July 27. Before he was a globally known scientist, Frelich was a boy spending summers in rural Ellison Bay, passing his days in endless exploration of the woods that would […]

  • Cheers!: The Predicament of Pumpkins and Overpumped Tires

    Remember when Fat Tire from New Belgium Brewing started showing up in local bars a dozen years or so ago (it might have been even a little longer than that – I forget exactly when it arrived, but for good reason because they had been sending me samples long before it was available this side […]

  • Parsonsfield at Peg Egan

    Parsonsfield take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center July 22 at 7 pm. Catch Parsonsfield onstage any night and the band’s joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones and shoot each other big grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they’ve been doing this together all their […]

  • Day-long Barn Tour

    The Door County Historical Society’s (DCHS) theme for this year – barns – continues with a day-long tour of seven unique Door County barns. This year’s Door County Barn History Day is July 21. Guests will tour, stop and explore seven different barns and stop along the route to learn about another dozen. The tour […]

  • ‘Waterwalk’ Screening

    Waterwalk, the award-winning father/son bonding drama featuring the epic story behind the Marquette/Joliet discovery of the Mississippi River, screens at Björklunden on July 29 at 1 pm. The screening is preceded by an introduction to the film at 12:30 pm, hosted by producer/screenwriter Roger Rapoport and the Wisconsin cast members. Waterwalk tells the story of […]

  • Light Pollution and Dark Sky Parks

    by Tom Minahan   The mission of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) “… is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting.” Light pollution is a serious problem not just for astronomers. It wastes energy, affects crime and safety, and disrupts the ecosystem and wildlife. […]

  • Examining the personal portraiture of James J. Ingwersen

    by Elizabeth Shoshany Anderson, Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, Miller Art Museum   The artist James J. Ingwersen is known throughout the peninsula and beyond for his startlingly beautiful portraits. Throughout a career that has spanned six decades, Ingwersen has produced thousands of commissioned portraits, some of which you can see hanging in distinguished places such […]

  • New Work at Off the Wheel

    Off the Wheel Pottery shows work from 30 local and national artists along with resident potter, Renee Schwaller’s work. This year they introduced five new artists. Visit the gallery to see new work by Linda Holliday, a Minnesota potter who makes hand-thrown, functional work; Felicity Jewelry Designs, an Oklahoma artist creating simple, yet elegant necklaces, […]

  • Surprising Setting for Door Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing

    Door Shakespeare began its 2018 season on June 30 with a production of Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare’s most delightful comedies. As is usual with Door Shakespeare, the play is performed in a clearing of the Björklunden woods, where the nearby waters of Lake Michigan help to cool the hot summer air. Audiences […]

  • Outdoor Movie with Algoma Public Library

    On Aug. 3 the Algoma Public Library hosts their third annual Outdoor Movie at Legion Park. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be shown on a big screen. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The movie starts at dusk but there is fun to be had before the show. Bring your blankets or […]

  • Film ‘June Falling Down’ Available For Purchase

    After 15 film festivals and numerous awards (including Best American Independent Feature at Sonoma International Film Festival), Door County-made June Falling Down, a full-length feature film, is now available on iTunes for rental and purchase. DVDs are also available on the film’s website, The movie centers on a young woman, June, returning home to […]

  • County May Donate Vacant Ambulance Garage to Hospital

    In a measure of good faith, the county may terminate its lease with the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and give away the building that served as the former ambulance garage on 18th Street. The county owns the building but DCMC owns the land, which it leases to the county under the condition that it […]

  • ‘This Old House’ Presented by Baileys Harbor Historical Society

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society will present “This Old House” at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on July 25, 7 pm. Carol Thelen Schmidt and Ginny Candioto Siegel, two great-granddaughters of Conrad Faust, will share anecdotes and artifacts of the Faust/Candioto family and the 140-year-old Baileys Harbor farmhouse that continues to be the heart of […]

  • Dinner in the Vineyard

    Top Door County chefs are coming together for a Dinner in the Vineyard, a five-course dinner at Gathering Ground’s vineyard on Washington Island on Sept. 1. The evening will include a cocktail hour with passed appetizers and libations from local breweries and wineries. A vineyard tour is followed by a big table, family-style meal featuring […]

  • Cherries Three Ways

    The arrival of cherry season brings to mind visions of cherry pies, cherry turnovers, cherry on cheesecake and bowls of sugared fresh cherries. Yet, the use of cherries goes far beyond desserts and baked goods. Here are three fresh ways to try cherries this week.   Sweet Instead of a warm piece of pie, cool […]

  • How to Vote Absentee

    Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she […]

  • Emerald Ash Borer Detected in St. Croix County

    Emerald ash borer has been detected for the first time in St. Croix County. This is the first new county detection of 2018 for Wisconsin. An inspector for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection collected an adult EAB in a parking lot in the city of Hudson on June 28 after a […]

  • Kewaunee County Fair Runs July 19 – 22

    The 101st Annual Kewaunee County Fair in Luxemburg opened July 19 and runs through July 22. The bands Conscience Pilot and Hairball perform on the Vans Lumber Midway Stage Friday night. Country star Heidi Newfield of Trick Pony headlines the midway stage Saturday night, with Milwaukee bluegrass/country band Chicken Wire opening. For a full schedule […]

  • NWTC Announces Vice President of Learning

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) announced Dr. Kathryn Rogalski has been named Vice President of Learning. “I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the Vice President of Learning at a college, that has such a positive impact on the lives of its students and local community members,” said Rogalski. She brings to NWTC […]

  • Therma-Tron-X Acquires HTF, Inc.

    On May 8, after nearly three decades of successfully manufacturing custom, high-temperature furnaces, HTF, Inc. of Sturgeon Bay passed the baton to Therma-Tron-X, Inc. (TTX), also of Sturgeon Bay. As a world class manufacturer of industrial paint finishing systems, water treatment and wastewater treatment systems, TTX will add high-temperature furnaces to their product offerings and […]

  • Tree-Planting Grants Available

    The Bay-Lake RPC announces that funding is available under the 2019 WI RPCs & DNR Tree Planting Grant Program. This program is a partnership with the Wisconsin DNR, East Central Wisconsin RPC, Northwest Wisconsin RPC, and Southeastern Wisconsin RPC. The funding opportunity is aimed at helping communities, counties and tribes plant trees to mitigate Emerald […]

  • Pulse Price Report: July 17

    Crop prices (July 17) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $2.91 -0.55 $3.13 Soybeans $7.58 -0.80 $8.37 Wheat $4.21 -0.79 $3.49 Oats $2.43 11.00 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $2.96/bushel -0.50 New-Crop Corn $3.12/bushel -0.48 Wheat $4.27/bushel -0.73   Basis:  The difference between the local […]

  • Linden Gallery Owners Receive American Architecture Award

    Brian and Jeanee Linden, of Linden Gallery in Ellison Bay, were informed last week that their Shibaoshan National Park design received the prestigious American Architecture Award. The Lindens have evolved their social enterprise model to increasingly focus on sustainable rural development and intangible cultural preservation. The new project, which is located between Dali and Lijiang […]

  • NWTC Offers Personal Care Worker Program

    A 30-hour Personal Care Worker Certificate Program is available this fall at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Partnership with Nicolet National Bank. The class will meet from 9 am to 2 pm on six consecutive Fridays, beginning Sept. 14. Participants will learn skills for providing personal in-home and facility-based health care, including communication, […]

  • 3D Printing Demonstration at Kress Pavilion

    Want to learn more about 3d printing? On Thursday, July 19 at 1 pm at the Donald & Carol Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, this Informational discussion is the first of a few installments detailing how to go from an idea to a physical object in only a few hours. Come listen to a seminar […]

  • Claire Olson Crowned First Fairest of the Fair

    Claire Olson, daughter of Richard and Shelly Olson, was crowned the first ever Fairest of the Fair on July 11. Her parents own and manage Olson Family Farms with a herd of 60 cows. Currently studying agricultural education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Claire was active in 4-H and FFA while attending Southern Door […]