Peninsula Pulse July 31-August 7, 2020

In this issue

  • Fall Challenge Ride, Hey Hey 5K Canceled

    Organizers encourage participants to support nonprofits that support them The Peninsula Pacers organization has announced the cancellation of two September events. After consulting with municipal leaders, sponsors and public-health officials, it has canceled the Peninsula Century Fall Challenge scheduled for Sept. 19 and the Hey Hey 5K on Sept. 26.  “As much as we would […]

  • Dineen Elected to Maritime Museum Board of Directors

    Nathan Dineen has been elected to the board of directors of the Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society. He’s a partner with the law firm of Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, with offices in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay. His practice focuses on criminal defense and civil litigation, and he’s a five-time Wisconsin Super […]

  • Women’s Half Century Club Cancels Luncheon

    The Women’s Half Century Club – all women who attended Sturgeon Bay High School 50 or more years ago – has canceled its luncheon, scheduled for Sept. 11, in the interest of public health and safety. This would have been the 37th annual reunion for the group, which looks forward to meeting again in September […]

  • Humane Society to Host Virtual Pet Walk Challenge

    The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is hosting a virtual pet-walk challenge through Sept. 12 instead of an in-person event this fall.  Participants can raise much-needed funds to save animals by going for a run or walk through their own neighborhood, a nearby park or even on a treadmill. All proceeds will benefit […]

  • Local Organizations Team Up for Farmers to Families Food Box Event

    The Door County Food Pantry Coalition, Fire Chiefs Association of Door County and the USDA are teaming up again for the Farmers to Families food box event. Everyone is welcome to pick up food for families, friends and neighbors while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees should remain in their vehicle. Farmers to […]

  • Featured Pet: Luna

    Meet Luna (, a four-year-old buff beauty who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This playful gal loves toys and could spend all day chasing jingle balls and batting at catnip mice – until nap time, of course! She enjoys playtime and cuddles so much that she sometimes gets overstimulated, […]

  • Elder Abuse: Yes, It Happens Here

    Door County’s reputation as an idyllic safe haven is something we all cherish. But as a vibrant and complex community, we also experience many of the problems that exist everywhere – and among them is elder abuse. The population here skews to the more seasoned, with 40 percent of the 27,439 residents being 50 years […]

  • Low Bid Accepted for Sunset Park

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council awarded the bid for the shoreline protection project at Sunset Park to low bidder Payne & Dolan of Waukesha. The six bids received for the project ranged in price from $200,930 to $452,280.  District 5 Alder Gary Nault raised concerns about the winning bid being almost $140,000 lower than the […]

  • Fall Fest’s Fate to Be Decided Soon

    The Sister Bay Parks and Properties Committee will discuss the fate of the village’s fall events during its Aug. 3 meeting. At a July 27 informational meeting of the Sister Bay Advancement Association, Sister Bay Village President Dave Lienau said he anticipates the committee will vote to cancel events through October, including Fall Festival.  Several […]

  • Quarry Park Appeal Postponed

    The Door County Board of Adjustment has postponed proceedings on the Quarry RV park project in the Town of Sevastopol. Applicants Mike Parent and Tom Goelz have appealed the Resource Planning Committee’s ruling that denied them a conditional use permit to construct a 117-unit RV and condominium complex at the old Leathem Smith Quarry across […]

  • No Injuries from Structure Fire

    No one was injured by a structure fire on the evening of July 24 at 10339 Hwy 57 in Sister Bay. Firefighters responded around 11:30 pm to find a fire involving personal effects in the basement, said Chris Hecht, Sister Bay/Liberty Grove fire chief.  Firefighters confined the fire to the basement and extinguished the flames […]

  • Plan Commission Denies Zoning Change for Fred and Fuzzy’s Property

    One of Door County’s oldest resorts and most popular summer dining spots may not be in its final days after all.  The Sister Bay Plan Commission denied a request for a change of use for the property that contains the waterfront portions of Little Sister Resort and Fred and Fuzzy’s Waterfront Bar and Grill. The […]

  • The Race Will Go On

    The postrace party is also planned, but it could be canceled if the risk remains high by October There are several reasons why Sean Ryan said he’s moving forward with the Door County Fall 50 on Oct. 24.  The team-relay and solo running event starts in Gills Rock, ends in Sturgeon Bay and draws – during […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Creates Public Alcohol Consumption Area

    Otherwise known as the Walking Area Entertainment Zone The public-health crisis of COVID-19 is of grave concern. So is the economic well-being of the community and the intrinsic value of belonging to a community that allows social connections to be made in public spaces. The wording above is from a resolution that the Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Unrest at the Egg Harbor Fire Department

    Five members of the Egg Harbor Fire Department have requested six-month leaves of absence.  “That in turn has left me light-staffed for response out of that station,” said Egg Harbor Fire Chief Andy Staats. To assure continued coverage, he’s reached out to mutual-aid partners for assistance when needed. He said the remaining volunteer, paid-on-call department […]

  • Employer Frustration Mounts Over Covid Testing Delays

    When an employee at Cornerstone Pub and Restaurant in Baileys Harbor tested positive for the COVID-19 virus Tuesday, the restaurant’s owners closed immediately. They posted on Facebook that they would follow the “Husby’s Protocol,” asking all employees to get a negative test or quarantine before returning to work.  But they immediately ran into a problem […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Republicans, Please Stand Up to This President’

    The events in Portland, Oregon, are a shocking betrayal of the American right to free assembly as enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The actions of federal marshals there show all the hallmarks of “secret police” who can pick up anyone and whisk them off without cause. This is a chilling example […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Civility Begins with Listening

    When the Door County Civility Project began in 2013, our goal was to advance the cause of civility in everyday life to strengthen our community. I don’t think any of us imagined at that time that we would be living in the challenging world that we face today. Concerns about health, safety, family, economics, employment, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump Era

    Rhymes with “terror.” Unless the presidential polls are 5 to 8 percent off, the “error” of alternative facts will soon be over. I believe there are three key issues that voters will have to deal with in the future:  1) Don’t elect a self-proclaimed genius for president. Truly, he had more skeletons clamoring to get out […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Durham Investigation Will Reveal Democrats’ Conspiracy!

    Fruitless attempts to impeach President Trump for more than three years proved to be a waste of millions of taxpayers’ dollars. An ineffective Congress led by Pelosi, Schiff and the Democratic caucus neglected all else. The country was put on hold while they put critical issues on the “back burner.”  When Pelosi realized the futility […]

  • Letter to the Editor: 100 Days to the Election

    We are 100 days from the most important election of our lifetimes. COVID-19 has shone a light on three years of failed leadership under President Trump.  In Wisconsin, there have been nearly 40,000 cases of COVID-19, and more than 800 people have died because the Republican-led legislature has undermined every effort Gov. Evers has made […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Voting Is a Bedrock of Democracy

    The courageous, gentle, passionate Rep. John Lewis – who dedicated his life to nonviolent activism and the struggle for equal justice – is gone. He will be sorely missed. During our election this November, I will miss hearing him talk about the sacredness of our right to vote and how – rather than making it harder to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Freedom: From Where, For What?

    During the last few weeks, as the U.S. cases of COVID-19 surged more than 66,000 a day and I heard people argue against wearing a mask because they value their “freedom,” I have wondered whether life in a human society can support this idea of unrestricted freedom.   The “liberty” declared in our founding documents was […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Flood of Letters from Liberal Activists

    Time to set the record straight. The vocal few anti-Trump haters sure post a lot of political messages. Misleading and politically motivated. There really isn’t much support or enthusiasm for Basement Joe, but the MSM created three and a half years of political propaganda to create it for power. No matter the propaganda, Americans can […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Awareness and Appreciation Brighten Our Lives

    In view of the litany of “horror stories” on evening newscasts about retirement homes and care centers, we need to share that life at Scandia Village in Sister Bay stands in stark contrast. Residents in the Meadows, Care Center, Woodview and Birchwood have been living in isolation since mid-March – following state mandates and protocols […]

  • How to Vote Absentee

    In-person, absentee voting began July 28. This means that voters can head to their local municipal office to cast a ballot for the Aug. 11 primary election. Times and days when municipal offices are open for in-person, absentee voting differ according to the municipality.  There’s also still time to request an absentee ballot by mail. […]

  • Five Vie for Treasurer’s Seat

    With Door County Treasurer Jay Zahn retiring after 30 years, five candidates have stepped up for his seat. All five will be on the Aug. 11 primary ballot, and those who win from their respective parties will face each other in the Nov. 3 general election. The Republican candidates are Lisa Hart, Christine Moe and […]

  • Jay Zahn Retiring after 30 Years as County Treasurer

    Jay Zahn will retire at the end of this year as Door County treasurer after three decades in office – the longest term for that office in county history, he said. “I could have gone a few more years,” Zahn said, “but I decided I’m going to enjoy life. I’ll continue to be involved with […]

  • Green Tip: Use a Clothesline

    The average U.S. household that chooses to abandon its utility-powered clothes dryer can save more than $200 per year on electric, natural gas or propane bills. There are more than 90 million of these electric clothes dryers in the country, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Air-drying clothes can reduce the average household’s […]

  • Green Tip: Reduce, Reuse, Then Recycle

    Recycling involves collecting used materials, processing them mechanically and chemically, and remanufacturing them into new products – all processes that consume energy, water and other resources, and that cause pollution.  In contrast, reducing and reusing prevents pollution by reducing the need to harvest new raw materials, saves energy, reduces greenhouse-gas emissions, saves money and reduces […]

  • A Climate Action Plan for Wisconsin

    by Mary Smythe and Roy Thilly A climate-change task force appointed by Gov. Evers is drafting a climate action plan for Wisconsin – an action that’s overdue. Since 2010, our state has been largely silent about the need to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while our neighbors have taken a variety of actions. With the president denying climate […]


    Results July 24 Maplewood 0, Institute 1 July 26 Baileys Harbor 0, Washington Island 10 Kolberg 1, Sister Bay 4 West Jacksonport 5, Egg Harbor 8 Standings Egg Harbor, 5-0 Sister Bay, 5-0 Kolberg, 3-2 Institute, 2-3 Maplewood, 1-4 Washington Island, 1-4 Baileys Harbor, 0-5 Schedule July 31 Egg Harbor at Baileys Harbor, 8 pm […]

  • Edward Jones Welcomes Feivor as New Adviser

    Edward Jones ( has welcomed Spencer Feivor as a new financial adviser. “I joined this firm because I was impressed with its commitment to individual investors,” Feivor said. “Now I’m looking forward to meeting with the individuals here to help them meet their financial goals.” Reach Feivor and Cheryl Shefchik, branch office administrator, at 920.746.2166, […]

  • Supervisors Accept Gift of Helmets and Shields

    Some impassioned speeches both for and against equipping members of the Door County Sheriff’s Office with ballistic helmets and protective body shields preceded Tuesday morning’s vote, and in the end, the Door County Board of Supervisors voted 16-4 to accept a donation to purchase the equipment, with one supervisor absent. The official vote accepted a […]

  • Door to Nature: The Flashy Red-headed Woodpecker

    I’ve noticed reports of more red-headed woodpeckers being seen this year in Door County, and that makes me happy. This flashy bird – with its entirely red head extending down its neck, forming a cape – has suffered serious habitat loss during the last 50 years. My friend Deb has a pair that spent the entire […]

  • Cycling Safely

    The Wisconsin Bike Fed and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Safety have partnered to develop Share & Be Aware materials such as this bike-safety tip. Ride with Traffic Bicyclists should always ride in the same direction as other traffic – including on one-way streets. Some people mistakenly believe that bicyclists are like […]

  • A Journey into Lavender

    How Tom and Bonnie Ansley Created a Private Lavender Retreat In 2014, Tom and Bonnie Ansley had just moved into their new home: a restored and remodeled stone barn on a 50-acre piece of land just outside of Fish Creek. The property included a dying cherry orchard, damaged by the previous winter’s harsh weather. Looking […]

  • Golf League Results: July 31, 2020

    IDLEWILD Ladies’ Sundowners Golf League July 22, 2020 • Top 10 golfers: Anna Larsen 48, Mary Aiken 49, Pat Krueger 50, Pam DeMelle 52, Patti Baur 52, Rita Hunt 55, Ellen Felhofer 56, Lynn Kranich 61, Debbie McDermid 61, Mary Ann Miller 62  • Pars: Pam DeMelle 1, Mary Aiken 1, Anna Larsen 1  • Fewest putts: […]

  • Sneezy Gives Energetic Virtual Performance

    Admittedly, when I tuned in to the Harmony by the Bay Concert Series’ Facebook page for Sneezy’s live, virtual performance, I was planning on enjoying some background music while I made dinner. However, from the set’s first song, “Abacus,” Sneezy asserted itself as an energetic, center-stage band – even though that stage was beamed into […]

  • ‘Cannonball! Fearlessly Facing Midlife and Beyond’ Offers Women Encouragement, Confidence

    Podcaster, author and part-time Egg Harbor resident Amy Schmidt had what she described as a “stop in my tracks” moment one morning when her husband asked, “Hey, Mom, can you pick up the laundry today?” Caught off guard by this slip of the tongue, Schmidt remembered thinking, “Mom? What happened to Amy?”  As she cared […]

  • Framed: Officer Ryan Roesch

    Tad Dukehart captured a moment of kindness and compassion at the scene of a July 11 accident when Officer Ryan Roesch comforted Archer Stone, who will soon be turning four. Roesch keeps a stuffed animal in his patrol car to give to a child in distress to help soothe her or his emotions during a […]

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat, I purchased a wedding gift for a couple who’s getting married next month, but I’m no longer invited to their wedding because they had to scale the numbers back. I spent a little more than I normally would to begin with, and now I’m wondering whether it’s too much. I typically spend […]

  • Server of the Week: Kayla Henderson at White Birch Inn & Samuelson’s Creek Pub and Grill

    In normal times and curbside times, Kayla has worked through it all. Bartending, waitressing or staffing the front desk, she’ll answer your call. Cheerful and helpful is how she’s described, When doing her work, you can see her pride.  Rick and Abby Hess thought she deserved a nomination, So Server of the Week she is […]

  • Wild Things: Whale of a Fishing Tale: Bortolini Tops Salmon Tournament Field

    Angelo Bortolini might want to get his son, Scott, an extra Christmas present this year. Scott introduced his father to Harold Shaw, a fellow teetotaler, about a decade ago. Fast forward to Tuesday morning, July 21, when the 77-year-old Bortolini and his 74-year-old friend – who owns the boat they were on four miles east […]

  • ‘Apologies to the King,’ Part 2: The Failure of ‘My Fair Lady’

    Eliza, where the devil are my slippers? Last week I wrote about a theatrical mechanism that I like to call “apologies to the king,” in which a return to the status quo shouldn’t invalidate a play’s messaging, given its historiographical context. The most famous example is Puck’s actual apology to the audience at the end […]

  • Four Foodie Ways to Sample Lavender

    Whether you’re new to eating and drinking lavender-infused products or have been a fan for a while, here are four ways to enjoy it this summer in Door County. Purple Haze Latte, Blue Horse Cafe in Fish Creek This specialty latte is flavored with lavender and vanilla and can be ordered hot or iced. It’s […]

  • Hardy Gallery’s Juried Exhibit Kicks Off Socially Distanced Season

    When visitors enter the Hardy Gallery for the first time, it’s usually because they’re drawn to the building’s colorful, storied exterior. The colorful graffiti splashed across the siding of the Hardy Gallery make for an unusual exterior, but they aren’t the only things that set the space apart.  “The Hardy is really the best resource […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: Why I Care About Attacks on Portland

    Here in Door County, it’s easy to become detached from the issues that plague our nation. I’ve heard many say they vacation here precisely because of the ease of oblivion that Door County provides. As a resident, it would be easy for me to succumb to that, but as a dissident, a journalist and someone […]

  • Northern Sky to Present ‘Trunk Songs’ Virtually Aug. 7

    As part of its ongoing virtual season, Northern Sky Theater will present Trunk Songs on Aug. 7, 7 pm. It’s a virtual concert of songs that were written for original Northern Sky musicals but didn’t make that particular show’s final cut. The songs – whose roots range in chronology from Northern Sky’s 1994 cult classic Belgians […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Offers Virtual Chamber Music

    Midsummer’s Music will present a virtual season of chamber-music concerts for five weeks starting Aug. 5. Devoted fans and new enthusiasts can enjoy the free concerts performed by world-class musicians and streamed at and on YouTube and Facebook. Radio personalities John Clare, Lisa Flynn, Norman Gilliland and Lori Skelton will serve as concert hosts. […]

  • Rogue Theater Stages ‘Alabama Bound’

    Director Stuart Champeau will bring Rogue Theater’s ( production of Alabama Bound to the stage. Written by Charlotte Higgins, it consists of monologues from five tenacious women, all living hard lives in Alabama. Dixie – played by Jamie Buesing – is a raucous, boozy police dispatcher whose long-awaited vacation with her no-good boyfriend is delayed […]

  • TAP Gives Away Theater Seats

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is giving away the seats from both of its theaters until July 31, and they’re going fast. To get some of these free seats, email [email protected]. Pick them up Monday – Friday between 9 am and 5 pm, or arrange earlier or later times with 24-hour notice. Help with the seat […]

  • Baileys Harbor Cancels Some Events

    The Baileys Harbor Community Association has canceled events through Sept. 30 because of the pandemic. Concerts in the Park, Food Trucks & Floaties, and Autumnfest have been postponed to 2021. The association’s staff and board value the community, visitors, the service industry and medical workers. The Town of Baileys Harbor has passed a resolution supporting […]

  • Boys and Girls Club Cancels Celebrity Golf Outing

    The Boys and Girls Club of Door County has canceled its 11th annual Celebrity Golf Outing. The annual fundraising event had been scheduled for Aug. 11 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. “This decision wasn’t an easy one for the board because it raises significant funds for the club’s youth development programming,” said David Resch, chair […]

  • Crossroads Expands Nature by Appointment Program

    Crossroads at Big Creek is continuing its Nature by Appointment program Tuesdays – Saturdays, with time slots at 9, 10 and 11 am. Safer at Home units, individuals or small groups of friends – wearing face masks and practicing social distancing – may participate in a 45-minute, private outdoor nature program with a naturalist.  Crossroads […]

  • Evenings in Ephraim Concerts Canceled

    For the safety of the community and visitors, the Ephraim Business Council has canceled the remaining concerts in its 2020 Evenings in Ephraim concert series effective immediately. Council members look forward to the 2021 concert series, which will begin June 21 in the Harborside Park gazebo. Visit to learn more.

  • Obituary: Shirley M. Gerlach

    March 25, 1944 ~ July 26, 2020 Shirley M. Gerlach, 76, of Sturgeon Bay died at home Sunday morning July 26, 2020. She was born March 25, 1944 the daughter of the late William Joseph and Mabel Kate (Charles) Jandrin. Shirley graduated from Algoma High School. She worked for Service Master Cleaning for many years. […]

  • Obituary: Jordan Kjell Krebsky

    September 8, 1994 ~ July 22, 2020 Jordan Kjell Krebsky, 25, of Green Bay, died due to the injury he sustained after being struck by a vehicle. Although his life was cut short, he was able to provide life to four people in need of an organ transplant. Jordan was born September 8, 1994 in […]

  • Obituary: Douglas Allen Krauel

    December 10, 1956 ~ July 25, 2020 Douglas Allen Krauel, 63, of Monument Point Road, Sturgeon Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family at home and awoke in the arms of the Lord on Saturday July 25, 2020 and a following a 15-month battle with cancer. He was born in Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Penelope “Penny” Harriet Wold

    June 24, 1939 ~ July 21, 2020 Penelope “Penny” Harriet Wold, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday night, July 21, 2020. She was born June 24, 1939 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Eugene John Holda and Loretta (Mathias) Holda. Penny grew attending St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish and School in Chicago. She graduated […]

  • Obituary: Karen L. Kehlenbrink

    April 28, 1965 ~ July 11, 2020 Karen L. Kehlenbrink (Nee Stewart) of Brookfield, Wisconsin died on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the age of 55. Beloved and dear wife of Robert Kehlenbrink for 32 years. Loving mother of Jason Kehlenbrink and Angela (James) Millies. Caring sister of Jean (Dennis Krueger) Brown, Eileen Brown, Peggy […]

  • Obituary: Eunice Julien (Englebert) Gauger

    November 13, 1929 ~ July 21, 2020 Eunice Julien (Englebert) Gauger, “Eunie” to all who knew her, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday afternoon, July 21, 2020 at Pine Crest Village. She was born at home in Brussels on November 13, 1929, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Destree) Englebert. Eunie was raised by her […]

  • Obituary: Olivya Ann Carney

    March 12, 1939 ~ July 21, 2020 Olivya Ann Carney, 81, of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay. She was born March 12, 1939, in Chicago, only child born to the late Bert W. and Harriet M. (Rasmuson) Bell. After graduating from Fenton […]

  • Obituary: Donald Herlache

    September 23, 1929 ~ July 22, 2020 Donald Walter Herlache, 90, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at home on July 22, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born September 23, 1929 in Sturgeon Bay to Eli and Jeanette (Hoerres) Herlache.   On April 7, 1951 he married Audrey Carol Herlache at St. Franics […]

  • Obituary: Gary William Gilroy

    April 2, 1943 ~ July 21, 2020 Gary William Gilroy, 77, of Baileys Harbor, died on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He was born April 2, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, the only child of the late William Ignatius and Doris Marie (Carney) Gilroy. After […]