Peninsula Pulse – July 7-14, 2017

In this issue

  • Obituary: Judith Ann Knuth

    Judith Ann Knuth, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on July 2, 2017, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center.  She was born March 22, 1940, in Algoma to Henry and Pearl (DeBroux) Tassoul.  On August 3, 1957, she married Kenneth L. Knuth at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. In 1980, Judy attended NWTC in Green Bay […]

  • Obituary: Mildred Londo

    Mildred Ruth Londo, 98, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at the Skilled Nursing Facility on July 1, 2017.  She was born April 3, 1919 in Maplewood to Martin and Clara (Keller) Berg. On December 29, 1941 she married Harry Londo in Toledo, Ohio.  He preceded her in death on July 24, 2004. Mildred had a […]

  • Obituary: Dr. William R. Austad M.D.

    Dr. William R. Austad, M.D., 79, of La Cruces, N.M., passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017.  He was born in Sturgeon Bay, on October 9, 1937, to Russell and Lucille (Hembel) Austad.  Bill graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1955, and completed medical school at UW Madison in 1962.  He married Eleanor Plambeck […]

  • Obituary: Clara Jane Vogel

    Clara Jane Vogel, 93, of Sturgeon Bay died early Friday morning, June 30, 2017 at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility. Clara was born on January 11, 1924 on the Simon Homestead in Sevastopol, to Lillian (Simon) and Harry Bartholomew Hartel.  She attended Saints Peter & Paul Grade School and Sevastopol High School. On […]

  • Obituary: Donna Jean Lardinois

    Donna Jean Lardinois, 78, of Brussels, passed away at her home on June 29, 2017.  She was born September 4, 1938, in Little Sturgeon to Mervin and Mayme (Denil) Sacotte. She graduated from Brussels High School in 1956 and married her high school sweetheart Donald J. Lardinois on May 18, 1957 in Brussels. He preceded […]

  • Obituary: Donald Francis Domencich

    Donald Francis Domencich, 81, of Sturgeon Bay passed away at his home on June 27, 2017.  He was born February 18, 1936 in West Allis, to Anthony and Dorothy (Sheahan) Domencich. Don graduated from Ripon College as a member of the R.O.T.C. program and then served his country in the U.S. Army.  He continued his […]

  • Obituary: James A. Nevins

    James A. Nevins was born in Milwaukee June 19, 1934 and died Sunday, June 25, 2017 at his home in Sturgeon Bay with family and friends at his side. James wrote his own obituary: “Over the years, my wife Carole asked me what my wishes were whenever I would pass away. I finally told her, […]

  • Book Signing with Gills Rock Writer

    Julie’s Upscale Resale will host a book signing July 12 from 10:30 am until noon. Charlene Berg, Gills Rock’s newest author, will present her first book, My Baking Bloopers and Other Amusing Anecdotes. It is a hilarious look at growing up in a small Illinois town, with a cast of characters you can’t help but […]

  • Door County Brewing Opens Doors to New Taproom

    The excitement in beautiful downtown Baileys Harbor was palpable Saturday morning, July 1, as a crowd gathered for the opening of the new Door County Brewing Co. – just three years after the brewery opened its first taproom just a few blocks away. VIDEO:  Take a tour inside the new taproom>> But it might as well […]

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    Genealogy Program Presented at Crossroads July 15

    The Door County Historical Society will host its Saturday afternoon yesteryear programming “Getting Started with Genealogy,” presented by Laura Kayacan on July 15 at 2 pm in the lower level of the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek. This presentation will provide an introduction to the basic tools and information used in genealogy, […]

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    27th Classic & Wooden Boat Fest Arrives Aug. 12, 13

    On Aug. 12 & 13, the Door County Maritime Museum will hold the 27th Annual Door County Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. The weekend will be filled with beautiful wooden boats, a boat sale and the Sikaflex Boat-Building Challenge. During the festival Door County Adventure Center is offering an up close and personal paddling experience […]

  • Farm Technology Days Comes to Kewaunee

    After more than three years of planning, Wisconsin Farm Technology Days makes its first appearance in Kewaunee County July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises on County K. While the event’s the thing, host farmer Randy Ebert said the relationships that have formed during the extensive planning for the event is probably the greatest benefit for county […]

  • Ephraim Pioneer Schoolhouse Holding Mock Classes In July

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation is holding “Schoolroom Lessons” at the Pioneer Schoolhouse on Tuesdays at 11 am in July. Much like the students from the Pioneer Schoolhouse’s past, students are advised to arrive promptly. Karen Sohns Ekberg has a long history with the Pioneer Schoolhouse in Ephraim. Her mother, Helen Sohns, was one of the […]

  • July 29 Jacksonport Guided Walk Features Organ, Piano Performances

    Four historic buildings in Jacksonport, three of them dating to the 19th century, and tombstones of four prominent local families, will be featured in a guided historic walk on July 29. This event starts at 8 am at Stella Maris Parish social hall and end at 3:45 pm at the Town Hall Bakery.  According to the […]


    Chicago Blues Legend Ken Saydak Plays Makers Space July 8

    Blues piano legend Ken Saydak plays Door County Makers Space in downtown Sturgeon Bay on July 8. Saydak is a Chicago blues pianist and singer-songwriter. Saydak has released three albums under his own name since 1999. His career as a performer has taken him to concert and festival stages on four continents, including extensive tours […]

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    Sue Demel, Dorothy Scott Open DCMC Series July 13

    On July 13 the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) and The Community’s Gardens will collaborate on an event called “Women With Spirit: An Evening of Outstanding Music.” The concert is for both men and women of all ages and will feature Sue Demel and Dorothy Scott with special guests Moriah Grahl, Julia Gomez and Marley […]

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    Cheers! When Temperance Rules!

    Thanks to Rob Moore for bringing me beer from an Evanston, Ill., brewery with the ironic name of Temperance Beer Company. Ah, the temperance movement. We laugh at it now, but there was a time when it mattered to the point of the 13-year social nightmare known as Prohibition. The temperance movement was more than […]

  • Idea Gallery Opens Doors In West Jacksonport

    Dan Cross remembers vividly the day he would go from private fine artist to future gallery owner. It was April of 2016 and he was traveling the countryside of West Jacksonport when he came upon a renovation-in-progress on an old building at the corner of county roads T and V, less than a mile from […]

  • Door Shakespeare Presents ‘Twelfth Night,’ ‘The Heart of Robin Hood’

    In Sherwood Forest, the Merry Men have not yet earned a philanthropic reputation. It’s up to Maid Marion to set them right. Somewhere far away, a storm wrecks a ship with noble blood as its cargo next to the coastal city of Illyria. A love triangle colors a grieving young woman’s search for a new […]

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    Birch Creek Recognizes Castañeda For Two Decades of Service

    Birch Creek is pleased to recognize Ricardo Castañeda for his 20 years of service to the organization. He joins a circle of 22 faculty with more than 20 years of teaching and mentoring Birch Creek’s promising music students. Castañeda made his solo debut with the National Symphony of El Salvador at age 15. He has since […]

  • By the Numbers: Farm Technology Days in Kewaunee County, July 11-14

    1 The number of times Kewaunee County has hosted the event. 3-plus The number of years people have been working to make this event happen in Kewaunee County. 8 Percentage of Farm Technology Days attendees from outside Wisconsin (according to a report on the 2013 event). 18 Number of oversight committees that were convened to […]

  • Biking, Running Trails Could Come to Sturgeon Bay’s Big Hill Park

    Sturgeon Bay could be getting the first mountain bike skills park in Door County by the end of 2018. At its meeting June 28, the Sturgeon Bay Parks and Recreation Committee gave the thumbs up for the Door County Silent Sports Alliance (DCSSA) to pursue grants to build a 1.25-mile off-road cycling and running trail […]

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    Shaken or Stirred, Make Mine a Martini

    “One martini is all right. Two are too many, and three are not enough.” James Thurber I grew up making martinis. That’s not an admission most people would – or could – make. But in this instance, it plays a part in my larger martini story. I don’t recall all the details, but I must […]

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    Creative Kids Theater Workshops At Northern Sky July 14

    Creative Kids theater workshops sessions take place on and around the Northern Sky stage in Peninsula State Park and are led by Northern Sky company members. The workshop is scheduled for July 14 from 9:30am to 12 pm or 1-3:30 pm. Students will play games, make music, sing, dance, and act with all activities using […]

  • Photographic Portraiture Exhibit at The Meadows

    A portrait is generally thought of as an artful representation of an individual. People of impact are those who make a difference through their actions and contributions to others and society. The Meadows Gallery’s latest exhibit, People of Impact in Door County, is a unique opportunity to see the works of nine Door County photographers […]

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    Josh Ritter, Brett Dennen Play DCA July 15

    On July 15, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present two extraordinary singer-songwriters, Josh Ritter and Brett Dennen. Ritter and Dennen will take the stage at 8 pm, performing separately in double-bill concert format. Beloved by fans worldwide for his ebullient performances and inventive songwriting, Idaho native Josh Ritter has released seven albums over the course […]

  • Municipal Meetings: July 7 – 14

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Finance/Purchasing & Building Committee meets at 4 pm July 11. The Ad Hoc Committee on Funding for Local Street & Infrastructure will hold a listening session at 6:30 pm on July 11 to study the condition of city streets and potential funding solutions for future improvements. The Community […]

  • New Turquoise Jewelry at Artzy Studio

    Artist Cynthia L. Koshalek has traveled the world over searching for the best gemstones to use in her fashion-forward jewelry. Turquoise is one of her favorite gemstones. Koshalek has recently travelled to Arizona and Texas to find high-quality turquoise. At a recent Tucson gemstone show, she found a gemstone dealer in an open field with […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Announces July 10 CD Release Party

    Door County’s Midsummer’s Music is pleased to announce a public release party on July 10 for a new double CD, A Bel Canto Summer. The CD set features violinist David Perry and flutist Jean Berkenstock, along with members of the Midsummer’s Music ensemble, on 14 pieces by 14 classical composers including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edward […]

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    Framed: Ellison Bay Days

    Gordy Nelson and Phyllis Fitzgerald, 51 years at Olde Ellison Bay Days! Submitted.

  • Dancing for Community: 38 Years of the Door County Folk Festival

    “If you can walk, you can dance. It’s as simple as that,” said Gerhard Bernhard, founder of the Door County Folk Festival. From July 12-16, hundreds of visitors will come to Door County to celebrate that same spirit. The folk festival, entering its 38th season, was an effort to foster the arts community in Door […]

  • Apps Family Cookbook Opens Old Farm Recipe Box

    Story master Jerry Apps returns with a warm-hearted Apps family anthology, Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories. Joined by his daughter Susan Apps-Bodilly, Jerry shares the memories that footnote the family recipes plucked straight from matriarch Eleanor Apps’s well-worn, Depression era recipe box. From canned chicken and fresh peas in milk sauce to […]

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    Hard Maple Leads Fireside Restaurant Music Sessions

    Hard Maple is a group of seasoned Door County musicians (sub-set of Last Man Standing) that host an acoustic music session every Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm at the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay. Special guest artists are typically invited to play with the group during these sessions. Each week, the group selects a […]

  • The Aesthetic of Simplicity and Humility

    In 1983 on a visit to the Miller Art Museum (where her work was on exhibit), Bonnie Hartmann fell in love with Door County. She moved here, and with her husband Bob, created a sanctuary on their five acres south of Sturgeon Bay. Hartmann was Executive Director of The Miller Art Museum from 1992 to […]

  • Liberty Grove Dedicates Individual Military Personnel Monument

    On Saturday, July 8, the Liberty Grove Historical Society will dedicate Door County’s first monument honoring individual military personnel. While there are other military memorials in Door County, this is the first honoring individual active-duty personnel as well as veterans of every era, according to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Construction of the circle itself was […]

  • Reps in the News: Kitchens Joins State Task Force on Foster Care

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement announcing the Assembly Task Force on Foster Care:  “Earlier today, Speaker Vos (R- Rochester) announced the formation of an Assembly Task Force on Foster Care. I am honored to have been asked to be a part of this bipartisan group of legislators that will work to […]

  • Isherwood: Feathers

    Most kids at some point in their transition to adult-form domestication go through a dinosaur stage. There is some appealing element about dinosaurs, big, noisy, different, that connects with kids. Dinosaurs perhaps signify a kind of defiance, and where they, despite being children, know more about something than their parents. Dinosaurs represent a distinctive intellectual […]

  • Jacksonport Women’s Club Celebrates 50 Years of Community Service

    On July 10, the Jacksonport Women’s Club will celebrate its golden anniversary with a gathering at 5:30 pm in Lakeside Park. All past and present members and officers are invited to attend. On April 10, 1967, a group of women in Jacksonport decided it was time to organize a club to benefit the community. They […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Presents Early July Concerts

    Door County’s Midsummer’s Music presents three programs in five concerts in the first weeks of July. The Indomitable Spirits program features three female composers who lived between 1804 and 1944. Those composers are Melanie “Mel” Bonis, Louise Farrenc and Amy Cheney Beach. The program plays July 7, 7 pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Family Programs Beginning July 5

    Beginning July 5, Crossroads at Big Creek will host family programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with Summer Educator Joan Wilkie. Adults without kids are also welcome to participate in the hands-on activities. The programs begin at 10 am and are free and open to the public. On July 11, explore the “Gifts of Glaciers.” […]

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    Young Fans Featured In Northern Sky Concert Tonight

    The public is invited to join Northern Sky Theater company members from across the country as they gather for a special concert at the Peninsula State Park amphitheater on July 7 at 8:30 pm. The evening is a celebration of the future of Northern Sky and their Constellation Campaign. The purpose of the Constellation Campaign […]

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    Annual TAP Gala Features Fine Art Auction Aug. 14

    The Board of Directors and staff of Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announce Celebrate TAP, the annual Gala fundraising event, on Aug. 14, 6-9 pm, at the Door County Fire Company in Sturgeon Bay. “Celebrate TAP has developed into a really fun event,” said TAP Marketing and Development Director Amy Ensign. The evening begins with a […]

  • June Rain Sets Record for Door County

    The 9.57 inches of rain the county received in June, as recorded in Sturgeon Bay, smashed the previous all-time high of 8.26 inches set in 1990 and was the third most ever to fall in Door County in a single month. The average June rainfall is 3.49 inches. The all-time record for rain in one […]

  • Judy Roy Headlines Dickinson Poetry Series

    Dickinson Poetry Series presents Judy Roy with a poetry performance themed “Reflections and Reminisces from the Boreal Forest,” on July 12 at 7 pm. Roy is a Milwaukee native and has lived in Wisconsin for nearly all of her life. Since her retirement from teaching French and psychology in Marshfield, she has lived in Baileys […]

  • Door to Nature: Hail to the Mosquito Hawk

    One of the most fascinating, beautiful, helpful and misunderstood insect groups is now on the wing, the dragonflies. A very appropriate nickname, “mosquito hawk,” has been used to describe their awesome aerial maneuverability along with their important place in our summer world, that of catching and feasting on, especially, mosquitoes and black flies. You will […]

  • John Miles County Park Plan Moves Forward

    The Door County Parks and Land Use Services Departments recently held six meetings and tours of the John Miles County Park to kick off the development of a new recreational plan for the park. The open house meetings were conducted to present information regarding the planning process, tour the grounds, and gather input from participants. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Stench of Duplicity

    Health care for a country’s citizens is a right and a given. All industrialized nations in the world long ago recognized the need and adopted it. Health care plans in other nations provide for fully paid medical and hospitalization costs by a single payer (government) and include elder care, along with disability pensions. In America […]

  • Summer Gala at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery puts the “art” in party and invites the community to their 11th Annual Summer Gala on July 9, 3 – 7 pm. Come to the gallery to hobnob with the artists and fellow art lovers. Gail McCoy, Erin Nolan, Jean Corby and Mary White are the featured artists. McCoy’s enchanting […]

  • Free Home Visits to Battle Invasive Species

    The four acres surrounding my family’s house in the Town of Gibraltar is riddled with big shrubs that seem to grow bigger. Kari Hagenow, coordinator for the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST), identified them all as invasive honeysuckle and told me the best way to eradicate them during a rainy walk around the property, […]

  • “Build a Better World” at the Library

    “Build a Better World” is the theme for the Summer Reading Program in Door County this year, and what better way to celebrate than to focus on our local building project, the new Library & Community Center in Egg Harbor. There will be a special kick-off to the start of construction viewing on July 15, […]

  • Overheard and Obsessions: July 7, 2017

    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? “I took off my dad socks and put on plain white socks.” “My hands are clean, I just licked them.” “It’s so […]

  • Legislative Proposal Could Close Craft Beer Taprooms

    Standing in the new Door County Brewing Co. taproom in Baileys Harbor, brewery owner John McMahon expressed concerns about a legislative proposal targeting craft beer taprooms as work crews put the final touches on his newest investment. A proposal detailed in a leaked document would prevent beer producers from also having ownership in distribution and […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: July 7 – 14

    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 3, 1874 Dead-beats and sneak thieves are around, get your shot guns ready.   The Independent, July 2, 1886 Mr. Corson of the Wisconsin Telephone […]

  • Roundabouts Yield Few Complaints After One Year

    One year after the Department of Transportation opened two roundabouts on Hwy. 42/57 in Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh Porter says they’re working exactly as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) predicted. “In my opinion they’re working fine,” Porter said. “There have been crashes but they have been minor. I’m very pleased with […]

  • Let Your Imagination Soar at ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

    by Audra Baakari Boyle “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – Peter Pan A rock band and a question from a five-year-old inspired the novel Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to Peter Pan, and its subsequent novels by Dave Barry and Ridley […]

  • Trivia: Ben Franklin’s Sleep Schedule

    Question: Ben Franklin was well known for his rigid daily schedule. When did he go to sleep, and when did he wake up? Answer: 10 pm; 5 am.

  • Hans Christian Announces Deep Listening Concerts

    Hans Christian’s versatility as cellist, recording artist, and producer has for three decades created a legacy of concerts and recordings that have touched people’s hearts around the world. He reaches deep into the listener’s soul to connect with an ancient wisdom that feeds us in a time of turmoil and unsettled energies. His music opens […]

  • Master Gardeners Host Garden Door Presentation July 11

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association announces the second in a series of summertime educational events celebrating their free public display garden, The Garden Door. The garden is located on Highway 42 just north of Sturgeon Bay, on the grounds of the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. Join the Master Gardeners on July 11 at […]

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    Trueblood PAC Presents ‘Population 485: On Stage’

    Population 485: On Stage will be on stage at Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Washington Island on July 8 at 7:30 pm. This dramatic and hilarious live performance (based on the bestselling book by New Auburn native Michael Perry) goes behind the scenes of a small-town fire department when a former resident returns as a […]

  • Sister Bay Zoning Code Overhaul Could Pave Way for Workforce Housing

    Sister Bay will begin the long, slow process of rewriting its zoning code this year. The Plan Commission will reorganize the zoning code to make it more user friendly and, village officials hope, friendly to developers of workforce housing. “As more and more businesses creep up and with the lack of housing, all these new […]

  • Discovering Door County’s Birds of Prey

    By Rob Hults It’s a wonderful privilege to have an encounter with one of the many birds of prey here in Door County: seeing a Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture or Kestrel, or hearing the call of an owl late at night. The opportunity to do so is quite common now, but it hasn’t […]

  • Local Underwater Hockey Players Compete at World Championship

    Three of Door County’s youth underwater hockey players are set to make history this July as they join teammates from Denver and San Francisco to compete in the Junior World Championships for Underwater Hockey held in the Australian state of Tasmania. Representing the United States U-19 women’s team, sisters Abby and Molly Banks along with […]

  • How, On Earth, Do We Measure the Universe?

    images and article by Steven Ransom-Jones One of my fondest childhood memories, inspired by a great teacher who saw my interest in physics, revolves around borrowing the school telescope over the Christmas holidays. For a few cool, clear winter nights I was able to share with my family some of the wonders of the sky. […]

  • Award Winners. 55th Juried Exhibit. Hardy Gallery.

    Hardy Announces “55th Annual Juried” Winners

    The Hardy Gallery is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 55th Annual Juried Exhibit. Four individual artists were awarded financial merit awards for outstanding work, including First, Second, Third and People’s Choice Awards. In addition, four artists were awarded a Juror Award for exemplary work, selected independently by each juror. The winning artists […]

  • Manners Matter: Friends Drink Too Much

    Dear Mary Pat, My girlfriend and I have a group of people with whom we socialize on weekends. We don’t have all that much in common with them but they were fun to kick back and drink beer with…in the beginning. The problem is that now most of them drink to excess and within a […]

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    Indie Folk Duo Tall Heights At Peg Egan July 9

    Tall Heights will take the stage at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s Sunset Concert Series on July 9 at 7 pm. 7 It’s been half a decade since Tall Heights kicked off their career in Boston’s Faneuil Hall, busking for more than 100 days to help fund their very first EP. Paul Wright would play […]

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    Servers of the Week: Amber Kelly and Reese Nellis @ Cornerstone Pub & Grill

    Reese and Amber be holdin’ down the patio. Need a drink? Plate licked clean? This duo’s got your heinie, yo.   No wobbly table he can’t fix, Reese got rings on his kicks. Down in Sturgeon Bay he resides, Workin’ up in Baileys, besides.   Amber’s gettin’ outta here soon; Where she’s goin’ ain’t for […]

  • The Bestseller List: July 7, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles 2. Camino Island, by John Grisham 3. The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, by Arundhati Roy 4. Into the Water, by Paula Hawkins 5. Beartown, by Fredrik Backman   HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken 2. Astrophysics for People in […]

  • Sister Bay Library Hosts Travelogue Series July 11-25

    The Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library is hosting a travelogue series, “Falling off the Edge of the Earth” with Nate Jacobs. Jacobs is originally from northern Door County and a Gibraltar High School graduate. He is now the director and an ESL teacher at Lexica Centre of European Languages in St. Petersburg, Russia. He’s been there for […]

  • Obituary: William Arthur Doyle

    William Arthur Doyle passed away on June 21, 2017 with family at his side. He was born on April 6, 1938 in Chicago to the late Anne (Masarik) and Charles E. Doyle.  As a youth, Bill spent his summers as a golf caddie at a local country club.  After graduating from Lane Tech High School […]

  • Obituary: Marjorie (Marty) H. Jacobs

    Marjorie (Marty) H. Jacobs, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Scandia Village care center in Sister Bay, WI. She was smart, opinionated, irrepressible, resilient, funny, wily, with a biting sense of humor, a steel resolve and aggressive driving skills. Through example, she showed everyone around her to make the best […]

  • Featured Pet: Douglas

    This is Douglas, a senior cat currently looking to find a forever home. He came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) at the end of May as a surrender because his family had a change in living situation. Although Douglas may not look his age, he is 15 years old. Many here at the […]

  • June 24 Proclaimed Open Door Pride Day in Sturgeon Bay

    Door County Board Supervisor Megan Lundahl and Sturgeon Bay Alderwoman Kelly Catarozoli present Cathy Grier of Open Door Pride with a proclamation making June 24, 2017, Open Door Pride Day. The first annual event was a success, and a historic day for Door County and Sturgeon Bay. Photo by Ty Helbach.

  • Chop to Donate Portion of Surf & Turf Sales to United Way This July

    CHOP Restaurant in Sister Bay is partnering with United Way of Door County this July. Five dollars from every regular price Surf & Turf dinner sold in July will be donated to United Way of Door County. CHOP’s surf & turf features a choice of Petite Filet or New York Strip paired with a choice […]

  • Party with ‘Pirates of the Harbour’ at Top of the Hill Shops July 8

    The “Pirates of the Harbour” will be at the Top Of The Hill Shops in Fish Creek on July 8, 11 am – 4 pm. Because they are a nonprofit organization and also members of the Parrot Heads in Paradise, Inc., they make their events fun and memorable. They will bring their pirate ship, playing […]

  • State News: Budget Stalemate, Cranberries, Dark Stores

    Wisconsin Misses Budget Deadline The new fiscal year started on July 1, but Wisconsin still does not have a new state budget. That’s the result of a three-way Republican disagreement between the state Assembly, Senate and Gov. Scott Walker. They’re arguing over funding levels for things like roads and education spending. Speaking to Wisconsin Public […]

  • Trout Boil at Belgian Heritage Center July 15

    There will be a traditional Door County trout boil at the Belgian Heritage Center on July 15, with the first boil at 5 pm and the last at 6:30 pm. Proceeds from this event will help support the Belgian Heritage Center and its mission of preserving and promoting the unique history of the area. This […]

  • Doulagivers of Door County Hold Monthly Community Meeting at Sturgeon Bay Library

    Doulagivers of Door County will hold a monthly community event, hosted by Marggie Hatala, RN, BSN, Reiki Master, and this month it’s July 11, 6-7:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library. These discussions will be about death and dying and clarify the question, what is the difference between a hospice nurse and an End of […]

  • Microchipping and Nail Clipping Clinic for Pets at Dogma Diggs July 15

    On July 15, 10 am – 4pm, Dogma Diggs & Grooming Studio and the Door County Humane Society are cohosting a Microchipping and Nail Clipping Clinic. This clinic will be held at Dogma Diggs & Grooming Studio,10590 Country Walk Drive, Sister Bay. The cost to have your animal microchipped during this event is $25 dollars. […]

  • Adopt a Soldier Fundraiser August 6

    The Adopt A Soldier-Door County program cares for 190 men and women serving in the armed forces, sending them eight “care packages” a year filled with snacks, candy, energy drinks, personal care items, small puzzles and board games, Door County-related items, handmade items, and other things they have requested. The goal is to let them […]

  • UUF to Hold Free Screening of Noam Chomsky Documentary

    On July 18 at 4:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County is holding a free screening of Requiem for the American Dream. This film spotlights Noam Chomsky’s life and his perspectives on inequality in our society. In a series of interviews that took four years to film, Chomsky breaks down the political policies that […]

  • Learn to Perform CPR at Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department partners with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR. The four-hour class will teach infant, child and adult CPR and offers a two-year certification. The cost is $20 per person. […]

  • Immanuel Lutheran Church Recognizes Local Heroes at July 29 Service

    Immanuel Lutheran Church invites the community to worship with praise and thanksgiving on July 29 at 5 pm. In 2014 the church decided to expand its efforts to bring greater recognition to local heroes. To do so, it held a special service to acknowledge, thank, honor and pray for all military, law enforcement, fire and […]

  • Dentist Timothy Tishler to Speak at Community Health Information Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation, “Now That’s Something to Chew On” on July 30 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. The speaker is Timothy Tishler, DDS, from Ludwigsen and Tishler, DDS, Ltd. Come and hear Tishler talk about how oral health […]

  • Department of Public Instruction Releases General Aid Figures for 2017-18 School Year

    A little more than half of Wisconsin public school districts will receive less general aid in the 2017-18 school year than they did for the 2016-17 school year, according to estimates released by the Department of Public Instruction. Although the 2017-19 state budget has not been finalized, the current budget proposal maintains the same level […]

  • Work Continues on Habitat for Humanity’s 40th Home Build

    The Clarizio-Bilodeau family continues to help build their new home, the 40th home build from Habitat for Humanity. A hardworking group of volunteers continues to make progress on the 40th home build for Door County Habitat for Humanity. The home is being built for and by Kendra Clarizio-Bilodeau and her children Matthew and Elizabeth. Since […]

  • Letter to the Editor: About That Wall

    Mr. President, I know you probably hear this a lot at your cabinet meetings, but you, Sir, are a true genius – perhaps the hugest, bigliest genius in the history of geniuses! Your recent idea, seemingly made up off-the-cuff at a campaign-style rally in Iowa, that the Great Wall we will build along the Mexican […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Don’t Forget A ‘Thank You’

    [Written in response to a “Manners Matter” column from issue 26 of the Pulse about sending thank-you cards.] This seems to be a common complaint. My mother was adamant that when I received a gift, it wasn’t really mine until I said a proper thank you. This meant no playing with the new toy that […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Negative Effects of Administrative Chaos

    As our current President creates chaos by tweeting obnoxious, self-serving messages, denigrating and barring the press when it doesn’t say what he wants to hear, refusing to allow voters to see his own tax returns while he requires each state to compile a master list of private information about all voters, and countless other violations […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dear Ron, This Is Why We’re Skittish

    In the Great Senate Health Care Debate, Ron Johnson came out as one of the holdouts. He said it was moving too fast. He talked about the need to keep premiums affordable. In short, he said some good things. But, then again, so did Mike Gallagher (Rep. District 8) a couple of months ago. When […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Affordable Health Care for All

    As a health care provider, I have long been interested in good, quality health care for Americans that is provided efficiently and affordably.  I’ve also dealt with family members receiving expensive medical treatments, and I’ve seen how far we are falling from that goal. With our current system, there is no free market. Your employer […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks, Dave!

    A big thank you to Dave of Dave’s Auto Body in Baileys Harbor. He came to the rescue of our Ohio kids, who hit a deer. It dented the front panel so the passenger side door would not open. Dave agreed to check out the car that very day, offered a free loaner car and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Faces of Terrorism

    At times things are not as they seem, yet the feeling of what is real, even when it isn’t, can guide our decisions. Such decisions, based upon an inaccurate perception of reality, can be faulty. An example of feeling that something is real when it isn’t is the fear of flying. Some people feel much […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Leave Landscape Alone

    For over 36 years my wife and I found Door County beyond words to express our love and appreciation of this special place to the point we became part-time residents 18 years ago on Beechwood Road. In recent years we spend a three-season journey of enjoyment of five months every year, that enables us to […]

  • James R.E. Smith Joins Pinkert Law Firm as Associate Attorney

    Pinkert Law Firm LLP announces the addition of James R. E. Smith as an associate attorney in the litigation and general practice groups. Smith is the son of senior partner Jim Smith. James grew up in Door County, is a graduate of Sevastopol High and the University of Wisconsin and received his law degree from […]

  • Specialty Crop Field Days Offers Tours of Four Door County Farms

    Individuals interested in learning about specialty crop growing techniques in Door County can attend two Specialty Crop Field Days hosted by DATCP. The field days will be held July 19-20 and will feature site visits to four Door County farms where specialty crops are grown. Field Day participants will tour four farms during two days […]

  • Spring Waterfowl Survey Results Show Good Production

    Wisconsin’s spring 2017 waterfowl population surveys indicate increased numbers of breeding waterfowl pairs and relatively good wetland conditions, which should result in increased waterfowl production this year across the state. The Wisconsin breeding duck population estimate of 479,099 represents an increase of 23 percent compared to 2016, and 9 percent above the long-term (44-year) average. […]

  • Great Lakes Award Goes to Former Sturgeon Bay DNR Supervisor

    The Great Lakes Fishery Commission honored Mark Holey with the C.D. “Buzz” Besadny Award for Fostering Great Lakes Partnerships during the commission’s recent 62nd annual meeting in Duluth, Minn. The award, which the commission presents annually, recognized Holey for developing and leveraging partnerships across the Great Lakes basin to help fishery managers meet key management […]

  • Kinnard Family Receives Outstanding Dairy Farm Sustainability Award

    The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, established under the leadership of dairy farmers, announced its sixth annual U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards in a June 28 Chicago ceremony. The program recognizes dairy farms, businesses and partnerships whose practices improve the well-being of people, animals and the planet. Kinnard Farms, Casco, won a national award for Outstanding […]

  • Organic, Sustainable Farming Trolley Tour July 20

    All aboard! The Door County Environmental Council is inviting the public on a journey through organic, sustainable farming in Door County. On July 20, the Door County Trolley will visit Waseda Farms, Emerald Acres Farm, and the Peninsular Agricultural Research Station. Jeff Lutsey of Waseda Farms will walk attendees through the world-renowned Temple Grandin Cattle […]

  • Tara L. Pierre Receives Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award

    Tara L. Pierre of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Door County recently won the firm’s Ted Jones Entrepreneurial Award for her exceptional achievement in building client relationships. The award is named after Ted Jones, the son of the firm’s founder. He became the firm’s 18th financial adviser in 1948 and served as managing […]

  • Pulse Price Report: July 3, 2017

    Crop prices (July 3) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $3.36 -0.35 $3.15 New-Crop Corn $3.42 -0.50 $3.19 Soybeans $8.67 -0.75 $10.84 New-Crop Soybeans $8.75 -0.80 $10.62 Wheat (SRW) $4.36 -0.75 $3.65 New-Crop Wheat (SRW) $4.26 -0.85 N/A   Fox River Valley Ethanol – Green Bay Corn […]

  • Grand Scandia Golf Benefit Honors Volunteer Donna Henning

    When longtime Scandia Village volunteer Donna Henning pulled her Viking helmet on, straightened the platinum blonde braids attached to it, and made her way onto the green at Peninsula State Park Golf Course, golfers of the Grand Scandia Golf Benefit knew she meant business. With a keen eye for golf balls flying off course, the […]

  • Nashville Fast Picker ‘Mean Mary’ Performs July 7

    There aren’t many like Mean Mary. She could read music before she could read English. She plays 11 instruments, writes award-winning books with her mom, and was the star of a TV show in Nashville. She learned to play the guitar at four when her family lived in northern Minnesota in a log cabin they […]

  • Patricia Shoppe Opens Summer Trunk Show Series with Milwaukee Label

    Patricia Shoppe of Egg Harbor launches the first of their summer trunk show series July 8th & 9th with Permanent Baggage. Permanent Baggage is a Milwaukee-based indie fashion accessory label featuring urban and edgy handmade leather bags, leather and metal jewelry with a bohemian flair. Designer and maker Kamryn Boelk of Milwaukee will showcase her […]