Peninsula Pulse July 9-16, 2021

In this issue

  • Survey Seeks Insights from Women in the Workplace

    The UW-Green Bay Center for Public Affairs and the newly launched Institute for Women’s Leadership and the New North are seeking to gain regional insights from and about women in the workplace and invite them to participate in a research opportunity.  The survey is open to anyone who identifies as female and is currently working. […]

  • Entrepreneur Training Program to Return this Fall

    The Entrepreneur Training Program will return this fall, hosted by the Small Business Development Center and the Door County Economic Development Corporation. The program comprises eight efficient sessions to help entrepreneurs develop a business plan for a thriving, profitable enterprise, whether it’s new or growing. Participants will learn to identify customers, determine their needs, analyze […]

  • This Old Store: Warner Grocery Served West-Side Families for Generations

    In 1916, Henry Goettelman and William Warner formed the Goettelman-Warner Company, selling groceries and dry goods from a building on South Madison that was later owned solely by Goettelman. When the Bank of Sawyer next door moved to the D.C. Pisha Building, the space it vacated was converted fully to a grocery store, with an […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Is Hard Seltzer Really Beer?

    If you’ve paid any attention to the media or glanced inside public recycling bins during the past few years, you’re undoubtedly familiar with hard seltzers. They’re difficult to escape these days with new brands appearing every month or so. You may also have noticed that a lot of these new hard seltzers are made by […]

  • Bits & Bites

    Door County Wineries Bring Home Gold At the 21st annual Finger Lakes International Wine and Spirits Competition, Door Peninsula Winery’s Sweet Cherry Wine earned a double gold medal and won Best in Class. The winery also brought home a double gold medal for its Modern Cider. The prize for Best Liqueur went to von Stiehl […]

  • Green Notes: Stargazers Celebrate Small Victory for Dark Sky

    Meanwhile, is another invasive insect on the way? The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) saw an encouraging result after raising awareness about the light pollution that was coming from a billboard and then negotiating a solution with the company’s manager. The lights in question were illuminating a sign – and the night sky – near Gordon […]

  • Clean Water Action Council Hosts Composting Workshop

    The Clean Water Action Council will host a free food-waste composting workshop July 26, 7-8:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. Dean Hoegger, the council’s president, will lead the workshop to discuss how to compost food waste at home and how it benefits the environment. A limited number of […]

  • Editor’s Note: A Rumination on Collections

    An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $1.56 million. That follows the sale of an unopened copy of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, which sold for $870,000. My brother will be very happy to hear that. What we called the “top barn” back home in Massachusetts (he raised his […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Actions Speak Louder than Labels

    I’ve been insulted in my life, but this continual “white supremacist” accusation from many directions – but not from people who know me – is getting pretty old. And I’m sure it is getting old to many others.  I feel lucky to not live in Washington, D.C., or New York, where all these vile accusations aimed at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let Country Roads Be Country Roads

    I still believe that Door County is a lovely, special place that celebrates rural beauty, wildflowers and native grasses on the roadsides, orchards and water. Those are just a few of the things we love here. Where does mowing down the roadside flowers fit into this “brand”? Last week, a mower from the Town of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Three-Legged Stool

    In 1968, in response to President Johnson’s voting-rights and related social legislation, candidate Nixon announced and pursued his “Southern Policy.” From the conclusion of the Civil War, the South had voted solid Democrat as Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. The Southern strategy, peeling off the racist Democrats from the Democratic Party coalition, became the first […]

  • WILD THINGS: A Hot Summer Is a Cool Time to Scout for the Fall Seasons

    If you’re the procrastinating type, you can be late and early at the same time this summer by getting out in the woods. Let me explain. A lot of experts will tell you that any changes you make to your hunting areas should be done as soon as possible after the season ends – as in, […]

  • Max’s Neighbors to State: Slow This Traffic Down

    Speed, passing zone worry condominium, subdivision residents Highway 57 through Maxwelton Braes Golf Course in Baileys Harbor becomes a straight, flat, half-mile stretch – and it meets the standards for a 55-mph zone and passing zone, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WDOT). But Jim Musiel and fellow members of the Maxwelton Braes Condominium […]

  • Jarosh to Read ‘Lighthouse Mouse’ at Schoolhouse

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) will welcome Door County children’s author Sue Jarosh to Ephraim’s Pioneer Schoolhouse, 9998 Moravia St., on July 15, 10-11:15 am, to read Lighthouse Mouse. After listening to this charming tale of a lost key, a storm and a brave mouse named Max, participants in this free EHF Child’s Play program […]

  • Davis Releases Inspiring ‘Apples For The Wild Stallion’

    Door County author Tom Davis has released Apples for the Wild Stallion, a new novel that came about following a conversation Davis had with his daughter. She had just started reading the Harry Potter series to her son, who has nonverbal autism and enjoys listening to books read aloud. She had been searching for books […]

  • Hoffman’s Book Recounts Life in Faraway Places

    After a long teaching career in Appleton, Carol Hoffman took the unusual step of living and working in five countries before she retired – a tale she chronicles in Twelve Years Overseas: An Educator’s Journey Across the Globe. By describing her experiences with handmade carpets and ancient ruins in Turkey, camels and war in Kuwait, […]

  • Geiger Chronicles Six Generations of Family Farming

    Engaging, endearing tales about six generations of family farms in Wisconsin come to life in On a Wisconsin Family Farm: Tales of Character, Community and Culture. It’s a new book by local author and award-winning agricultural journalist Corey Geiger. He will share stories and sign copies of the book July 10, 1-4 pm, at Novel […]

  • Author to Sign Copies of Mystery Thriller

    Author J.P. Jordan of Sister Bay will sign copies of his 2020 mystery thriller Men of God at Skipstone Coffee on July 9, 9-12 pm. Readers will recognize settings in Door County, Appleton and Neenah in this novel featuring protagonist Nick Hayden, a former Air Force pararescuer who reluctantly accepts a job from a family […]

  • Washington Island Literary Festival Coming in September

    Writers and readers will have a unique opportunity to learn from prominent authors at the Washington Island Literary Festival in September. The festival is presented by Write On, Door County as part of the Writing On the Door conference series.  Presenting authors include fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah, Chris Cander, Christina Clancy and Alexander Weinstein; […]

  • Miller Seeks Donations For Art & Treasures Fundraiser

    The Miller Art Museum is preparing for its annual Art & Treasures Fundraiser, which will debut Aug. 7 at the former Healthy Way store, 142 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  Organizers are seeking tax-deductible donations of new and gently used items to sell at the event, which always offers a fun, eclectic collection of […]

  • Community Foundation Launches Summer Exhibition

    The Door County Community Foundation is hosting an artist reception with refreshments by Thyme Catering on July 16, 4:30-6 pm, to celebrate the Lobby Gallery’s summer exhibition.  Anne Egan, one of the three featured artists, studied art at St. Norbert College but did not begin painting until moving to Door County in 1988 and taking […]

  • Hop, Skip And Jump Highlights Sturgeon Bay Creative District

    Exciting energy continues to grow in the Sturgeon Bay Creative District as eight art venues collaborate to host Hop, Skip and Jump on July 10, Aug. 14, and Sept. 11 (the second Saturday), 4-7 pm. These events support the Sturgeon Bay Cultural Arts District’s mission to advance the visual, musical and theater arts in the […]

  • Idea Gallery Showcases Painting, Sculpture

    Visit Idea Gallery during its opening reception for Exhibit 2 on July 10, 4-7 pm. Enjoy refreshments in the sculpture garden and the music of acoustic guitarist Stephen Lavell. The work of featured painter Julie Brogan reflects the images she sees in daily life, and she’s been drawn to birds, insects, botanicals, lunar cycles and […]

  • Plum Bottom Hosts Annual Gala July 10

    Plum Bottom Gallery ( is hosting its annual gala July 10, 3-7 pm.  “It’s been an incredible honor to represent the artists we have [for] the past 15 years,” said Chad Luberger, Plum Bottom owner and founder. “I am humbled by the talented artists and the guests that have made Plum Bottom what it is […]

  • Exhibit II is Open at Fine Line Designs

    The 2021 season at Fine Line Designs Gallery will continue with Exhibit II, on display through Aug. 9. The opening festivities will continue July 9, 1-2 pm, when mixed-media artist Nathan Bennett will demonstrate hot-process patina on bronze at the gallery (, 10376 Hwy 42 in Sister Bay. The natural environment, life’s challenges, and the […]

  • Lily Bay Art Crawl Returns July 16-18

    The artisans of Lily Bay will host an art crawl July 16-18, 10 am – 5 pm. Enjoy socializing and treats along the way.  Among the participants, artist Karen Hertz-Sumnicht tells stories of the past, home and family through abstract cold-wax and oil paintings. Potter Linda Sheard is excited to share new work that features […]

  • Channeling Monet: Brigitte Kozma surrounds herself with living art and inspiration

    When you step out the back door of the Mill Road Gallery in Sister Bay, you can see Brigitte Kozma’s love for Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny in France reflected in her surroundings. In the width of the gallery and her home, she has densely planted flowers and trees, added three gurgling water features, and […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Brooks

    Meet Brooks (, a six-month-old puppy who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus! He’s a 46-pound bundle of fun and energy, and his crooked smile just adds to his charm.  Like all dogs at WHS, Brooks is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, plus his adopter will receive a certificate for […]

  • Glidden Drive Residents Celebrate Fourth of July

    Hundreds of neighbors lined the eight-mile parade route to wave and cheer for the red, white and blue decorated cars and participants during the second annual Glidden Drive Independence Day Parade on July 3. This year’s grand marshals were Chuck and Lynne Grebus. Three friends came up with the parade idea last year as a safe […]

  • Door County Indivisible Democracy Rally

    “Stop the filibuster,” “End partisan gerrymandering,” “Stop voter suppression,” “Provide access to voter IDs” – those were among the calls at the Save Our Democracy rally, sponsored by Door County Indivisible, held in Sturgeon Bay on June 28. More than 50 Door County residents listened to eight pro-democracy statements read by their concerned neighbors and […]

  • Sunshine Resources Offers Firestarters

    Sunshine Firestarters – a product of Sunshine Resources of Door County – make it easy for campers, vacationers and homeowners to quickly and easily light campfires, fire pits, barbeque grills, wood-burning fireplaces, wood stoves and more. Manufactured using recycled wax, Sunshine Firestarters are easy to use by lighting the wick or the edge of the cup. They’re […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Celebrates Achievements During Annual Meeting, July 27

    During the pandemic last year, Neighbor to Neighbor provided services to 1,480 individuals. Door County residents saved more than $450,000 in medical expenses by using the organization’s services. Fifty-three volunteers donated 1,587 hours to facilitate medical-equipment loans, maintain equipment, serve as peer companions, provide respite care for family caregivers, staff the office, serve on the […]

  • James Kluth Benefit to Be Held July 24

    The friends and family of James Kluth Jr. invite the community to a benefit in his honor July 24, 12-5 pm, at the Brussels Town Park, 1366 Junction Road in Brussels. The event will help defray the medical costs not covered by insurance from automobile-accident injuries that Kluth sustained this past spring, celebrate his recovery, […]

  • It Takes a Historical Society: Liberty Grove Historical Society hosts tractor, arts festival July 24-25

    The Liberty Grove Historical Society (LGHS) isn’t resting on its laurels. Although it netted $3,725 from its 20th annual fish boil on June 25, an even bigger event – the Antique Tractor and Arts Festival and Raffle – is planned for July 24-25, 10 am – 4 pm, on the society’s museum grounds on the […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Jami Hanreddy

    Jami Hanreddy was a language arts/English teacher for most of her career and authored several books for English Language Learners, one of which is now in its seventh edition.  Before retiring to northern Door County in 2010, Hanreddy taught students to find their own voices in their writing, but she had not given much time […]

  • It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Wing Foil!

    Lars Topelmann was one of the first people to windsurf in Eagle Harbor when he was 16 years old. Now 57, he’s the first person in the same harbor to try the latest water sport: wing foiling.  “It feels like floating, like flying on water,” Topelmann said. “It’s an evolution of windsurfing, paddleboarding and kiting.”  […]

  • Bike This: Rowleys Bay Loop at Newport State Park

    Biking is the perfect way to tackle a lengthier trail without taking the entire afternoon – so you can include time for a picnic stop – and Newport State Park offers a quiet, immersive cycling experience. The Rowleys Bay Loop starts across from the visitor center at the park’s first parking lot. You’re immediately introduced […]

  • The Backroads Bicycle Club

    Still riding – with a little e-sist There’s probably not another bicycle club in the country that got its start next to a pool at a YMCA, but that’s where Ann Lynaugh had the idea 22 years ago.  During her spare moments between lifeguarding and teaching swimming, she was trying to think of an activity […]

  • Salaries for Elected Officials Increase

    Sturgeon Bay – Elected officials on the Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a salary bump Tuesday evening from $850 to $950 per month for the mayor, and from $600 to $650 per month for the alders. The council approved the salary increases previously but had to wait for another election before they could take effect.  […]

  • NERR Designation Presentation Planned for July 27

    Sturgeon Bay – The Door County Environmental Council will host a presentation by Emily Tyner, the first director of freshwater strategy at UW-Green Bay, about the bay of Green Bay NERR (National Estuarine Research Reserve) designation process.  The free program will take place July 27, 7 pm, in person at the Door County Maritime Museum, […]

  • Meeting to Watch: Granary Project at City Review Board July 12

    Sturgeon Bay – The granary project will go before the Sturgeon Bay Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board on Monday, July 12. Beth Renstrom, executive director for the granary project with the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation, said during an update to the Common Council Tuesday evening that they’re finalizing plans for the project […]

  • Highway 57 Project Suspended for Summer Tourist Season

    Sevastopol, Jacksonport, Baileys Harbor – The 17.5-mile milling and resurfacing work on Highway 57 between Highway 42 and Summit Road in the towns of Sevastopol, Jacksonport and Baileys Harbor was suspended on June 29 for the summer tourist season and will not resume until Sept. 6. The project began May 3 and is expected to […]

  • Around the Door

    A memory made: Sitting atop Dad’s shoulders, watching the parade go by as the sun prepares to set over Washington Island. It doesn’t get much better than this. Photo by Sara Rae Lancaster.

  • Evers Signs Opioid Law

    U.S. News & World Report – Gov. Tony Evers defended signing a bill that he believes is partially unconstitutional and that every Democrat except one in the legislature opposed, saying the measure will speed disbursement of settlement money with opioid manufacturers, according to reporting by U.S. News & World Report. Evers’ decision to sign drew […]

  • Internet Costs Now Picked Up with Rental Assistance

    Office of the Governor – The Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance Program, which provides rental and utility assistance to households affected by the pandemic, will begin to include coverage of internet costs for qualifying households. To date, the state program has provided more than $38 million to nearly 11,000 households and is working to distribute available […]

  • Kitchens Urges Governor to End Federal Unemployment Bonus

    IN MADISON — After Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the legislature’s attempt to end the federal unemployment bonus of $300 a week as many other states have done, Rep. Joel Kitchens sent the governor an email citing evidence that showed the measure would help get people back to work.  Kitchens wrote that although several factors are […]

  • Try Outdoor Yoga in Algoma’s Legion Park

    All are welcome when Roots Yoga hosts outdoor yoga classes in July at Algoma’s Legion Park, 620 Lake St., on Wednesdays, 8:30 am, and Fridays, 10 am (weather permitting). Classes are $10 per person; participants should supply their own mat or towel.   Roots Yoga also offers sound massage and Reiki sessions at 417 Steele St. […]

  • Crossroads Offers Hikes, Programs for Families

    Crossroads at Big Creek continues its summer programming for families. Habitat Healers will meet July 10, 9:30-11:30 am; and July 13, 6:30-8 pm. Volunteers of all ages may help with the land-restoration efforts, and instruction will be given.  Join Crossroads’ summer intern, Megan Hart, on July 10, 1 pm; and July 15, 10 am, for […]

  • View the July Sky with the Astronomical Society

    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will hold its next viewing night July 10 at the Astronomy Campus, 2200 Utah St. in Sturgeon Bay; and its monthly meeting in person Tuesday, July 13, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay.  During these events, members hope […]

  • Tour Season Open at Horseshoe Bay Farms

    Horseshoe Bay Farms has kicked off its inaugural season of tours to share both the history and the future vision of the 105-year-old farm, its 8.5-acre property, 11 original farm structures, vegetable garden and dahlia garden. Executive Director Drew Richmond led the first tours. Horseshoe Bay Farms completed an extensive master plan last year that […]

  • Holy Name of Mary Classic Car Show and Picnic

    The Holy Name of Mary Classic Car Show and Picnic will be held July 18, 10 am – 3 pm, in Sturgeon Bay. Enjoy music by the Modern Day Drifters, 11 am – 3 pm. Burgers, brats, trippe, booyah, desserts and refreshments will be available. Kids can play free games with prizes, jump in a bounce […]

  • Belgian Days Festival Is Back

    The Brussels Lions Club’s 60th Belgian Days Festival is returning live this year, July 9-11. The community festival features three days of ethnic food, music and more.  On Friday, July 9, there will be free admission for music by The Third Wheels, 7-11 pm. The gates will open at 6 pm, and food and beverages […]

  • Obituary: Elizabeth (Weitermann) Schneider

    June 11, 1925 ~ July 6, 2021 Elizabeth (Weitermann) Schneider, 96, of Sturgeon Bay, died early Tuesday morning, July 6, 2021 while in the comfort of her home. Her life will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 12, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon […]

  • Want to Get Out on the Water?

    Head for the 18th annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium July 9-11. Kicking things off at Rowleys Bay Resort, the symposium will build a community of kayak enthusiasts of all skill levels through tours, classes and social events such as campfires, sunrise yoga and an ice-cream social. Register at

  • Obituary: Shirley May (Cook) Nowosel

    May 18, 1933 ~ June 29, 2021 Shirley May (Cook) Nowosel, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, WI, formerly of Glenview, IL, died Tuesday, June 29, 2021. She was born May 18, 1933 in Evanston, IL, the daughter of George Gustave Cook and Rena Mae (Hardison) Cook. Shirley was a devoted wife to Mathew “Matt” John, Nowosel, […]

  • Obituary: Danny Wallace Shuler

    July 20, 1947 ~ June 26, 2021 Danny Wallace Shuler, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at the Door County Medical Center. He was born July 20, 1947 in Rankin, Illinois, son of the late William Bartlett and Nina Grace (Hurley) Shuler. After graduating from Rankin High School with the Class […]