Peninsula Pulse July 30-August 6, 2021

In this issue

  • Nasewaupee Considers Involvement with Southern Door Fire Department

    The Town of Nasewaupee Board is preparing to discuss its future involvement with the Southern Door Fire Department during a special meeting Thursday, Aug. 5. Board Chair Steve Sullivan said the town is considering pulling out of the department, for which the town pays two-thirds of the budget. Board members will discuss the issues during […]

  • Sevastopol Passes STR Ordinance

    Nasewaupee, Gibraltar looking to follow Liberty Grove’s lead After a year of discussion and much debate, the Town of Sevastopol passed its short-term rental (STR) ordinance with a restriction in place that limits to once per week the number of times a property owner can rent the property. The limit on the allowable rentals per […]

  • Back to School, Back to Normal?

    Local school districts work on reopening plans  How much will back-to-school time resemble “back to normal”? Area school boards, administrators, teachers and activity leaders are seeking answers to that question while also accepting that some plans could change if coronavirus cases increase dramatically. Schools throughout the nation, state and county had different rules and COVID-19-containment […]

  • National Newspaper Association, Others Ask Court to Stop Postage-Rate Increase

    A coalition of organizations representing commercial and nonprofit mail users petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to issue a stay preventing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) from increasing postage rates Aug. 29.  The National Newspaper Association (NNA) appears as an intervenor with the News Media Alliance. “We were shocked […]

  • Free Webinar Aids Remote Work

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation will host a free webinar, “Collaborate, Meet and Work Remotely,” on Aug. 17, 9-10 am.  Learn about Google tools that can help you stay productive, no matter where you are; find out how to schedule and host effective virtual meetings, collaborate on documents with others in real time, and […]

  • Keep Participating in Internet Speed Test

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation encourages the community to continue participating in an internet speed test, which is available through Labor Day. A consulting firm will use these data to better understand the effect of visitor use during the tourist season and incorporate them into a broadband-infrastructure engineering assessment that’s due in October. Check […]

  • Entrepreneur Training Program Returns

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and Small Business Development Center will host their Entrepreneur Training Program again this fall: eight efficient sessions to help entrepreneurs develop a plan for a thriving business. They’ll learn how to identify customers, determine their needs and incorporate that information into an effective plan to start or grow a […]

  • Program Chronicles Door County’s Cherry Heyday

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will present “Where Were You When the Cherries Needed to Be Picked?” on Aug. 10, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St in Egg Harbor. The heyday of Door County’s cherry industry was the 1940s and ’50s, when 700 growers produced up to 50 million pounds of cherries […]

  • Discover Wisconsin’s Rich Entertainment History

    Did you know that Wisconsin is not only the home of legendary stars of the stage and screen, but that it also has one of the world’s major research centers for entertainment history?  The Ephraim Historical Foundation will welcome Mary Huelsbeck, assistant director of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at UW-Madison, to […]

  • Creating Connections over a Game Board: The Gnoshery Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    When Pat Fuge retired from 23 years in the military, he was left wondering what to do during the next stage of his life. After a discussion with his wife, Paula (affectionately known as Ms. Gnomer), they decided to open a board-game store – Gnome Games – in Green Bay in 2003. Their intention was […]

  • Bits & Bites

    In the Vineyard on the Island On Sunday, Sept. 12, Gathering Ground will present its third annual Dinner in the Vineyard fundraiser at 1751 Lake View Road on Washington Island. Local chefs, bartenders, and brewery and winery staffs will prepare a five-course dinner and drinks featuring local, seasonal ingredients. The ferry schedule will likely require […]

  • Leave No Trace Garlic Mustard

    This month’s Leave No Trace Tuesday will involve working with the Washington Island parks committee to pull garlic mustard from Sand Dunes Beach on Aug. 10, 11 am – 1 pm. Meet at the beach to sign in, sign the Door County Pledge and have a midseason check-in. Supply your own work gloves and hand spade […]

  • Ridges Sanctuary Receives Grant

    The Ridges Sanctuary has received a $1,000 Emergency Relief Grant from the United States Lighthouse Society, a nonprofit historical and educational organization based in Hansville, Washington. Of the 35 grant recipients, only two were in Wisconsin. The other was the Northpoint Lighthouse Friends group in Milwaukee.  The Ridges ( will use the grant for insurance, maintenance […]

  • Your Litter, Everyone’s Problem: Team Studies Buildup of Microplastics in Great Lakes

    Although massive islands of floating plastic and garbage in oceans gain a lot of media attention, the Great Lakes also have a major problem with plastic waste. “One thing most people don’t understand is about 22,000 tons of that plastic material gets put into the Great Lakes every year,” said Greg Kleinheinz, a water and […]

  • Gibraltar Considers Mask Mandate for Elementary Students

    To start the school year at the least, Gibraltar schools will require prekindergarten through sixth-grade students to wear masks. Superintendent Tina Van Meer said that under the protocols she proposed to the school board July 26, 13-year-old sixth-grade students who are vaccinated would need to wear a mask. That’s because teachers and staff members would […]

  • Coordinated Community Response: CCR’s Focus on Elder Abuse

    My personal adventure in elderdom began last year. It coincided with some pretty intensive training about elder abuse that I and several other Coordinated Community Response (CCR) partners received from the fine folks at the Department of Justice and the National Clearinghouse for Abuse in Later Life. Each of us CCR partners works with people […]

  • Legal Brief: Legislating Morality and Ethics

    by JOAN KORB  [email protected] “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated. The law may not change the heart, but it can restrain the heartless.”  — Martin Luther King Jr. Can it be done? Which behavior should be legislated? Whose moral and ethical values should be codified?  The United States was founded on two, often […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Why I Choose to Love the Granary

    For a long time, I couldn’t get excited about the Teweles and Brandeis granary in Sturgeon Bay. A few years ago, many people I admire were vehement about the need to save this 120-year-old structure from destruction, yet others I respect were equally certain that it has no place in our future. Frankly, I just […]

  • Editor’s Note: At One Time or Another, We’re All Tourists

    It’s peak tourist season here in Door County, which means we’ve been sharing our piece of paradise with thousands and thousands of visitors for a couple months now. Around this time, it’s not unusual to hear comments like the one I heard while grocery shopping last weekend: “I don’t want to be a part of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Perspective on Losing Power

    Among all the headaches that losing power brings with it, and the loss of  the conveniences we take for granted every day, here is what I experienced during last week’s power outage: quiet! No computer running, no compressor running on the refrigerator, no radio, no phone ringing (our landline), no washing machine or dryer running.  […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unvaccinated People Should Pay Their Own Medical Bills

    This letter is on behalf of all the citizens of America who wore masks, quarantined themselves and got vaccinated when they may have preferred not to because it benefited themselves, all Americans, Congress and the current unvaccinated. Those who refuse to be vaccinated cite personal freedom as the reason. If it is a personal freedom […]

  • Letter to the Editor: No Legislative Instructions for Teachers!

    The recent American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference stirred up fear of race as a topic in K-16 education, labeling it “CRT” [critical race theory]. Wisconsin may soon expect a bill that will look remarkably like other one-size-fits-all bills across the country that are designed to restrict not only the materials that are used in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Close the Border

    Why isn’t there any mention of the chaos at the southern border by Pulse editorial staff or those who have submitted critical comments about the previous administration? How do we justify letting illegal immigrants in when we have no idea who they are, whether they are positive for COVID-19 or where they are from, and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: “Reinstatement Day” Is Coming!

    Mr. President! (And I don’t mean the current “Mr. President,” but the only Mr. President worthy of the title, one DJT-rump, the sun god of Mar-a-Lago!) After that mugging last November orchestrated by You-Know-Who (who would have predicted such a feeble old man could double-deal Mr. Art of the Deal?) and the debacle of Jan. […]

  • It’s Not Easy Being an Ump

    “Are you blind, ump?” “You’re missing a good game, ref!” If you’ve attended a sporting event in your lifetime, chances are you’ve heard comments like these directed at those officiating the contest. The hecklers act like the umpire woke up that morning with the sole purpose of making bad calls against the hecklers’ team. Recently, […]

  • Door County League Baseball

    Sister Bay claimed the Door County League regular-season championship July 30 for the fifth time in seven years. The Bays topped Baileys Harbor 24-2 under the lights to take the title.  Sister Bay won the title four straight years, 2014-17, and Egg Harbor won it all in 2018 and 2019. The two teams have won […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    STANDINGS (through July 28) 1. Blue Horse, 23-1 2. Husby’s, 30-3 3. P.C. Junction, 25-5 4. Roots Inn and Kitchen, 25-5  5. The Mink, 22-8 6. Cream ’n the Bowl, 17-13 7. Baileys Harbor Blue Herons, 13-14 8. Wilson’s, 14-16 9. Door County Kayak Tours, 9-21 10. Wickxies, 9-21 11. Nicolet Beach, 7-23 12. Craig […]

  • Server of the Week: Aaron Devroy at Loft

    4170 Main Street in Fish Creek You can find Aaron at Loft, rain or shine. With a winning attitude and sense of humor, he’s a comedy goldmine. Five summers in a row when he’s not at UW-Green Bay, Working with his brothers brings a little friendly competition to his day. When he’s not working hard, […]

  • $1 Million Donated to YMCA Expansion Project

    The Door County YMCA paused its plans to expand and renovate its Sturgeon Bay facility when COVID hit.  “It had us rethink, take a step back, give us that pause we probably needed,” said Heidi Erickson, Door County YMCA CEO. “Where we’re at now is probably the best plan we could have. It will better […]

  • The Year of the Giant

    38.58-pounder caught one day prior to salmon tournament opener Just when you think things can’t get any wilder out on Lake Michigan, the Big Pond gives up three world-class trophies in just six days.  Last week we reported on De Pere angler Susann Jacques and her amazing, 35-pound, 10-ounce Chinook, caught July 19 between Algoma […]

  • Wheat, Combine Lost to Fire

    Town of Egg Harbor – Egg Harbor firefighters fought a large grass fire Tuesday that ignited and spread approximately 300 feet from a residence on County T in Egg Harbor.  Though no structures caught fire and no one was hurt, 16 acres of ready-to-harvest wheat and a combine were lost, according to a report posted […]

  • More Warning Signs Ordered Near Maxwelton Braes

    DOT stands by Highway 57 traffic controls This month, 40 people heard Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) engineers explain why the 55-mph speed limit, signage, crossing markings and passing zone remain appropriate on Highway 57 where it passes Maxwelton Braes Golf Course. Rod Hamilton, northeast Wisconsin traffic engineer; and Brian Brock, systems and planning operation […]

  • Local Hospitals and Large Employers Don’t Plan to Mandate Vaccinations

    The COVID-19 Delta variant is causing increasing concern for hospitals, employers and government officials across the country, particularly because new vaccinations have slowed to a crawl.  As of Tuesday, the Biden administration was considering mandating vaccinations or negative COVID-19 test results for all federal employees. The American Medical Association issued a statement supporting vaccine mandates […]

  • Show Up or Clam Up?

    County board debates remote-meeting and public-access practices. The pandemic changed the way local governments conducted meetings by offering remote options for constituents to participate from afar. Those alternate practices were largely authorized by emergency declarations. Now that Door County government allowed its declaration to expire in July, the Door County Administrative Committee has revisited the […]

  • Painting Windows for the Plum Island Lifesaving Station

    Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) volunteers and personnel from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) joined forces July 24 at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge to paint 42 windows from the Plum Island Lifesaving Station. In 2020, the USFWS contracted with the National Park Service (NPS) and its Historic Preservation Training Center […]

  • Door County Housing Partnership Receives 100+WWC’s Main July Award

    The 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) of Door County giving circle met at Egg Harbor’s Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in July to recognize and award grants to local nonprofits. Three nonprofits shared information about their organization; then members voted to select the awards.  The Door County Housing Partnership (DCHP) was chosen to receive the […]

  • ‘Resale Therapy’ Style Show at Gordon Lodge

    The Scand Auxiliary will hold its annual style show and luncheon Sept. 13, 11:30 am, at the Gordon Lodge in Baileys Harbor.  This year’s theme of 40 Years of Resale Therapy will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Scand Auxiliary’s support of Scandia Village in Sister Bay. Clothing and accessories that have been donated to […]

  • Griefshare Meetings Offered at St. Peter’s

    After the death of someone close, the grief continues after most people around you have returned to their lives.  The leaders of Griefshare meetings have experienced grief and successfully rebuilt their lives. They will walk with you on the long path through grief and toward healing and hope during sessions held on Thursdays, 6-8 pm, […]

  • Car Parade Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

    Although there are no elections in November, the League of Women Voters of Door County (LWVDC) doesn’t slow down. Its new leadership team met July 13 and is planning another car parade on Aug. 26 to celebrate Women’s Equality Day.  The Eileen Bohn Speaker Series is also set for Oct. 30, plus activities to promote […]

  • COVID-19 Clinic for Kewaunee School Students, Staff

    The Kewaunee County Public Health Department is hosting a two-part COVID-19 school immunization clinic to help increase the vaccination rate before the new school year starts. The clinic is for Kewaunee County school students and staff only. Those who are 12 and older can receive their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Aug. 5 […]

  • Finding Your Own Fiction: Q&A with Hal Prize fiction judge Lan Samantha Chang

    Lan Samantha Chang knows a thing or two about fiction, about writing. This Appleton native has made her way from the halls of Yale, to New York City’s bustling publishing scene, to the hallowed classrooms of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she is currently the director. (If you aren’t familiar with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, […]

  • Sculpting a Life of Art and Community: Clay Bay celebrates 45 years

    Jeanne Aurelius’ parents started the Townline Art Fair at Fine Line Designs, and they always encouraged Jeanne and her husband, David, to get involved in the Door County art scene, too. It was 1976 when they finally succeeded in persuading their daughter and son-in-law to find a place in Door County for their pottery business.  […]

  • Pure Emotion: Michael Harper’s multidisciplinary techniques create diverse works

    As Michael Harper puts paint to canvas, he creates vibrant, abstract expressions – his painting titled “Lioness,” for example, is an explosion of dancing, warm tones – but he rarely uses a brush.  Instead, he works with liquid acrylics that he applies with squeeze bottles, like the kind you might find containing condiments at a […]

  • Ephraim Shoots Down Workforce-Housing Proposal

    A proposal to provide affordable seasonal and year-round housing was shot down by the Ephraim Planning Committee on Tuesday. Jeff Lutsey, a resident of Ephraim who owns two other properties in the village, was hoping to purchase O’Malley’s Inn at the corner of Highway 42 and Moravia, then transform it from transient lodging into workforce […]

  • Hike This: Test Out Your Hiking Gear at the Lone Pine Trail

    Last month, I wrote about the Minnehaha Trail in Peninsula State Park. It’s no secret of a trail, with its western terminus located inside the popular Nicolet Bay campground and a route that wraps along the shoreline before connecting with the Eagle Trail at its eastern terminus. But what might not be as well known […]

  • Horseshoe Bay Farms Tour Offers Glimpses of Past, Future

    Nestled below the Niagara Escarpment and overlooking Horseshoe Bay just east of Horseshoe Bay Road, farm structures painted in a rare combination of gray and white were already shining examples of historical innovation. Now, even more ambitious plans await the century-plus-old farmstead, which transitioned to a nonprofit in 2018. Horseshoe Bay Farms is the largest […]

  • Door to Nature: Molting Stress on Birds

    A few weeks ago, my bird feeders were like O’Hare Airport. Well, not exactly, but there were so many rose-breasted grosbeaks, woodpeckers and blue jays landing and taking off that it was difficult to supply enough food for all the hungry adults and newly fledged youngsters. Now, with most of the breeding season over, the […]

  • Wisconsin Academy Announces Fiction, Poetry Winners

    Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s quarterly magazine, has announced the winners of its 2021 statewide fiction and poetry contests. They receive awards of $100-$500, publication in the magazine and an appearance during a reading at the 2021 Wisconsin Book Festival. First-place winners also receive a one-week writers’ residency at Shake Rag Alley Center […]

  • New Book Helps Readers Take Charge

    Claim Your Stage: Move from Stage Fright to Spotlight – the new, second book by Kewaunee author Love, Bobbie Jo – is intended to empower readers to claim the stage of their life. The work is both a book and a journal that takes readers on an empowering journey to connect to their desires, become […]

  • Lurie’s Book Captures Peninsula’s Beauty From the Air

    Aerial photographer Paul Lurie set out to create a book that would inspire a deeper appreciation for Door County’s beauty and inspire further conservation around the peninsula, its islands and surrounding waters. Door County Land Trust has partnered with Lurie to make his new book, Shoreline at the Edge, available for free – just pay the […]

  • ‘Hannah’s Pajamas’ Interactive Story Time at Write On

    Write On, Door County ( will host “Hannah’s Pajamas” – a free, interactive story hour for first- through third-graders and their families – on July 31, 10 am.  Author Constance Malloy created a felt storyboard for her picture book, Hannah’s Pajamas, and will share both the story and the storyboard. Children will then be encouraged to sketch […]

  • Novel Bay Adds New Titles to Its Shelves

    Looking for something new to add to your shelves? See what Novel Bay, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, has in the store for some inspiration! YOUNG ADULT She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-ChanThis is Mulan meets The Song of Achilles: an accomplished, poetic debut about war and destiny that sweeps across […]

  • Exploring the Library: InterLibrary Loans

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian Door County Library is a member of a consortium of 50 public libraries in northeast Wisconsin, which gives us access to many items through a shared library catalog found at This is where you start your search for a book, audiobook, DVD, magazine, music CD and more. If […]

  • Cappaert Gallery Introduces Southwestern Works

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery owner Ginnie Cappaert spends off-season time in Santa Fe, has made many connections there with Southwestern artists, and felt it would be a good fit to include some of their work in her Door County gallery. She enjoys introducing her gallery visitors to work by artists from outside the county.  Jennie Frederick […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Celebrates 47 Years

    Ellison Bay Pottery Studio (, 12156 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison Bay, is celebrating its 47th year throughout August with events and a special kiln opening.  The husband-and-wife team of John Dietrich and Diane McNeil have been creating handmade ceramic heirlooms in their Door County studio since 1974, always with a commitment to craftsmanship and […]

  • Door County Inspired Art Show Aug. 7

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s Door County Inspired Art Show will take place Aug. 7, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Plum Bottom Road location, 4999 Plum Bottom Road in Egg Harbor, and virtually.  Among the featured artists, Lisbeth Quebe paints portraits of brilliantly named animal subjects and places them in bird’s-eye maple frames. Gail Gilson […]

  • Woodwalk Exhibit Features an Eclectic Mix of Media

    Woodwalk Gallery’s newest exhibit is a mix of media, whimsy and artistic styles featuring Cherie Burbach’s whimsical paintings on canvas and objects, Roger Van Boxtel’s scrimshaw of Door County scenes, Donna Rittorno’s fine silver jewelry and John Borrero’s found-objects sculptures. By incorporating vintage photos, some of Borrero’s works embody a person, myth or flight of […]

  • Turtle Ridge Hosts Christy Klug

    Turtle Ridge Gallery will host jewelry artist Christy Klug on July 31 and Aug 1, 10 am – 5 pm. She’s mastered the art of enameling and creating a full spectrum of jewelry, from simple to spectacular. “I was initially drawn to the technique of enameling because I learned that you could fire graphite lines into […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lewis

    Meet Lewis (, a two-year-old dog who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. He’s 84 pounds of pure joy. He loves running outside, playing with toys and even jumping in the kiddie pool! To balance his enthusiastic personality, he is always ready for a cuddle, chin rubs and giving […]

  • Kappa Alpha Theta Brunch is Aug. 13

    Kappa Alpha Theta will hold a brunch at Harbor Sunset Grill, 10018 N. Water St. in Ephraim, on Aug. 13, 10 am. Reserve a spot by calling 920.854.2822.

  • Explore The Clearing during Interpretive Hikes

    The 86-year history, folklore and landscape of The Clearing Folk School are the subjects of free, interpretive hikes to the historical campus and buildings led by volunteer docents on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. The two-hour hiking tours begin at 1 pm at the Jens Jensen Visitor Center, 12171 Garrett Bay Road in Ellison […]

  • Sports & Classic Car Show Postponed until 2022

    Because of the low number of advance registrations, the Door County Sports & Classic Car Show that had been scheduled for Aug. 7 has been postponed. The Egg Harbor Business Association plans to bring it back  next year.

  • Meet and Support ODBS Raptors at Wisconsin Cheese Masters

    During its 10th-anniversary celebration in August, Wisconsin Cheese Masters is partnering with Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS, to raise funds. On Aug. 1, 10 am – 2 pm, meet some of ODBS’s majestic raptor residents and purchase some award-winning artisanal cheeses – a portion of the sales of which will go to ODBS to help […]

  • Continue Learning and Exploring at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek will present this summer’s final Words in the Woods event July 30, 7:30 pm. Arrive early to hike on one of the Habitat Loop Trails, then gather at the outdoor amphitheater to hear a short talk about nature, Megan Lundahl reading the bedtime story Wild Mindfulness by Laura Larson, and songwriter/guitarist […]

  • Skydive over Washington Island

    Seven Hills Skydivers will hold a tandem skydive event on Washington Island during the weekend of July 31. The cost for Washington Island residents is $225, and for nonresidents, it’s $260. Inquire about video packages and prices.  If the weather causes a cancellation, participants can reschedule at Seven Hills’ home base near Madison or receive […]

  • Obituary: Emily Podrug

    May 14, 1949 ~ July 23, 2021 Emily Podrug was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 1949.  She was born with Down Syndrome which meant that she was developmentally disabled.  Her birth parents placed her in Southern Colony in Union Grove, Wisconsin when she left the hospital as a baby.  Emily remained in Southern […]

  • Obituary: William Howard Frehse

    December 22, 1944 ~ July 26, 2021 William Howard Frehse, 76, of Loretto, Michigan, died on Monday, July 26, 2021. He was born December 22, 1944 in Norway, son of the late Howard William and Lorraine Ruth (Anderson) Frehse. Bill grew up on the family farm in Loretto, where he learned the meaning of hard […]

  • Obituary: Henri “Jerry” Chomeau IV

    May 6, 1929 ~ July 18, 2021 Henri Chomeau IV, “Jerry” to all who knew and loved him, died July 18, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay at the age of 92.  He was born May 6, 1929, in St. Louis, MO, the son of Henri Chomeau III and Phyllis Tatman Chomeau. […]

  • Obituary: Judge John Koehn

    September 22, 1936 ~ July 21, 2021 The Honorable John D. Koehn, retired circuit court judge for Door County, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 21, 2021.  He was born on September 22, 1936, to Lester and Dorothy (Armstrong) Koehn in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.  He graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1954, where […]

  • Obituary: Katherine M. Weber

    June 29th, 1995 ~ July 19th, 2021 Katherine M. Weber (“Kat”), 26, of Waukesha, WI, died on July 19th, 2021. She was born June 29th, 1995, to Holly and David Weber of Sturgeon Bay.  Katherine graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 2013 and studied at Carroll University in Waukesha for 2 years. She lived […]