Peninsula Pulse June 21-28, 2024

In this issue

  • Obituary: William “Bill” J. Schoendorf

    June 1, 1927 – June 18, 2024 Sturgeon Bay businessman and yachtsman, William “Bill” J. Schoendorf, sailed from this earth Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Bill was born June 1, 1927 in Milwaukee, the son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Patterson) Schoendorf. He attended Bay View High School but decided to enlist with the U.S. […]

  • Obituary: Anita Marie Winkler

    Dec. 8, 1941 – June 15, 2024 Anita Marie Winkler, 82, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and Bonita Springs, Florida, passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2024 at her home in Florida. She was born Dec. 8, 1941 in East Hartford, Connecticut, daughter of the late Robert Harrison and Nancy Marie (Webb) Gay. After graduating from […]

  • Obituary: Aric Weber

    Aric Ryan Weber, 48, of Nasewaupee passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 22, 2024. Aric was the son of Ron and Marie Weber. He was a husband, a father, a brother, and uncle and a friend to many. Aric graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1994 and went on to earn his associates degree from […]

  • Obituary: Lee Bournoville

    Sept. 1, 193 – June 23, 2024 Lee Bournoville, 84, of Sturgeon Bay passed away on June 23, 2024. He was born Sept. 1, 1939, in Brussels to Harry and Rose (Lampereur) Bournoville. On Nov. 26, 1959, he married Karen Hendricks in Green Bay. After graduating from Brussels High School, Lee took a position at […]

  • Bestsellers week ended June 9

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 2. Funny Story, by Emily Henry 3. You Like It Darker: Stories, by Stephen King 4. James, by Percival Everett 5. The Comfort of Ghosts, by Jacqueline Winspear HARDCOVER NONFICTION  1. The Demon of Unrest: A Saga of Hubris, Heartbreak, and Heroism at the Dawn of the […]

  • Editor’s Note: Ecospherical Summer

    For a while it seemed as if summer wouldn’t arrive in Door County. It wasn’t just the rain and cooler temperatures, there seemed less traffic and fewer visitors. Then, just this past week, the humidity/heat descended, the traffic picked up, parking spaces filled and I noticed more people on the streets. Summer had arrived. This […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Urging a ‘No’ Vote for Confusing Constitutional Referenda

    The Primary Election set for Aug. 13 will likely have a low turnout of voters compared to the Presidential Election in November.  Nevertheless, the August voters will be the ones to decide whether to change the Wisconsin Constitution for the second time this year.  Just this past April, in historically low turnout Spring Elections, two […]

  • Letter to the Editor: They Should Vote For All of Us

    In a rebuttal of a recent Peninsula Pulse letter regarding the signs stating, “Vote for Democrats, they vote for Us,”  the writer made statements that I disagree with regarding Social Security (it’s been bastardized and stolen from us decades); Medicare/Medicaid (been offered to a myriad of non-deserving people); protecting women’s access to health care (no […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fight for Community

    As political debate has a growing presence on the Peninsula Pulse letters page, here’s a small contribution. I have been seeing many billboards from the Republicans, whose theme is “Fight for Freedom.” I see that as a big problem. Organizing and managing any society is about shifting and ever-developing compromises between liberty and community, between […]

  • FAIRWAYS: What’s the Course Record? – Depends Who You Ask

    A couple of years old now, a YouTube video of John Daly “warming up” continues to make the rounds.  In it, Daly gets loose by bending over to pick up his can of Miller Lite. “Where’s the first tee and what’s the course record? I’m ready,” Daly quips. Around here, the answers might be, “Over […]

  • J-1 Students Have Arrived In Door County

    Seventy J-1 visa students and 63 volunteers attended a J-1 welcome event at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay on June 4. “We want to thank students, let them know how vital they are,” Warren Pfohl said of the event. Pfohl and his wife Brenda lead Door County BRIDGES, an organization that aims to provide […]

  • Kendall Park Celebration Sunday

    Baileys Harbor Community Association (BHCA) invites the public to a grand opening of Kendall Park playground installation including an arch with butterflies that was created by the Gibraltar High School Advanced Tech Ed class. The event will take place at 11 am Sunday, June 23 (moved from Saturday due to weather) at the refurbished, half-million-dollar, […]

  • WISCAP Awards Colleen Homb Outstanding Advocate Award

    WISCAP awarded Executive Director of Lakeshore Community Action Program Colleen Homb the Outstanding Advocate Award on May 23 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay.  The award was established to demonstrate achievement in regards to advancing the causes and principles of community action and service to low-income families.  Homb’s domain of Lakeshore CAP extends to four counties: […]

  • Untch Volunteers Planning Skills For Trail Initiative

    Bringing with him a lifetime of city planning experience, Dick Untch has volunteered his services as the new Government Relations Director for the Egg Harbor (and beyond) Trails Initiative. “My love of Door County and the qualities of this special place have inspired me to join the trails initiative team,” Untch said. “The plan to […]

  • Rogue Theater Still Needs 1,800 Pairs Of Shoes

    Rogue Theater is conducting Drive-By Drop Off Events to support their Shoe Drive Fundraiser. Rogue Theater has been collecting gently used and new shoes for the past two months, but is still in need of 1,800 pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes to meet their goal and raise funds for community theater programs. […]

  • “First Peoples” Exhibit Opens at Sturgeon Bay

    Historical Society looks to the future by digging deeper into the past About 50 people, including a top researcher on sacred sites for Wisconsin’s indigenous peoples and Door County Historical Society (DCHS) members, celebrated the opening of the Door County’s First Peoples exhibit last weekend. Ten weatherproof information panels about tribes and their ties to […]

  • Betty Chomeau Honored as Fyr Bal Chieftain

    by BETSY LECY [email protected] As the music from the Scandinavian dancers ceased and the sun set over Ephraim’s Eagle Harbor, crowds gathered along the bay. In a light spritz of rain, a pontoon boat emerged, delivering the 59th annual Fyr Bal chieftain – Betty Chomeau.  Chomeau was ushered onto a stage in front of the […]

  • The Senate Page: Sevastopol’s Isabella Dereszkiewicz-Hodowany

    This is how it went, according to Isabella Dereszkiewicz-Hodowany, a Sevastopol High School student who just finished her junior year and spent part of that working as a U.S. Senate page. “One day you’re in Wisconsin singing Taylor Swift songs in the backseat of the car and the next day, you’re asked to get Bernie […]

  • Local Producer Receives Grant For Solar Array

    Mark Gilbert, an agricultural producer operating in the Sturgeon Bay area, was awarded a $30,852 Rural Development Rural Energy for America (REAP) investment grant to install a solar array that is expected to save $2,234 per year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced.  The array will replace 26,321 kilowatt hours – 100% of the […]

  • Resources For Land Management

    Crossroads will host a “Resources for Landowners” lecture at 4:30 pm, June 20. The eight-program series will aim to connect landowners with tools for restoring and managing the plant communities on their land. The program is free and open to the public, and is located at the Collins Learning Center at 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Reece

    Here’s Reece! – a 2-month-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. He weighs 2 pounds and sports the best big ears and unique facial markings, with soft gray and white fur. He’s friendly and curious about all new things and cannot wait to find a home to call his […]

  • Additions To New Business List

    The Peninsula Pulse’s new business list appeared in the June 7 issue, which lists all businesses that opened between June 1, 2023 and May 31, 2024. Two businesses that didn’t make the list are as follows. •Peter Paul Jones at 334 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay (previously the Door County Vacuum store). The couple who […]

  • Trilliant Diamonds & Jewelry Hosts Grand Opening

    Trilliant Diamonds & Jewelry will host a grand opening of its new store location in Sister Bay at The DoRR Hotel on June 27.  The store will feature jewelry items and personalized shopping.  For more information about Trilliant Diamonds & Jewelry and its new store location, visit their social media pages on Instagram and Facebook […]

  • Fincantieri Strives For Green Marine Honors

    Marinette Marine (FMM) and Fincantieri ACE Marine (FAM) were recognized with Green Marine certification for their efforts in 2023. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay also has joined Green Marine program, but is still early in the certification process. To become certified in the Green Marine program, maritime organizations must exemplify a dedication to sustainable […]

  • Dairy Strong Convention Returning To Green Bay

    The Dairy Business Association announced June 14 that the annual Dairy Strong conference will return to Green Bay on Jan 15-16 for the 2025 event.  The 2025 conference, to be held at the KI Convention Center, will focus on the future of the dairy community and how its being shaped through policy, practices and priorities. […]

  • Major Renovation Planned for Stone Harbor Restaurant/Bar

    The Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center next to the Michigan Street Bridge on Sturgeon Bay’s east side is planning a major renovation of its restaurant and pub this fall, said Stone Harbor marketing coordinator Jenna Thiry. “Tentative dates for this renovation are beginning in November with the goal of completion before New Year’s,” she […]

  • PULSE OF TOURISM: Welcoming the Tourism Season in Door County

    by JULIE GILBERT, president/CEO Destination Door County As spring continues into June and the warmth of summer begins to grow, we look forward to a new and exciting tourism season in Door County. This time of year represents not only the renewal of nature but also the renewal of our shared mission to create unforgettable […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: Birch Creek’s Women in Jazz

    Shaping the future, one note at a time by LAURA SMITH, Birch Creek marketing and communications manager Birch Creek Music Performance Center has long been a springboard for exceptional young musicians. Beyond nurturing musical talent, it has played a significant role in empowering women in jazz, a field that has traditionally been male dominated. Through […]

  • Dog Days Of Summer At Thirsty Cow

    Celebrate pets at a fundraising event, Dog Days of Summer, on June 22, 1-5 pm.  The event will feature a dog kissing photo booth, live music, dog-themed vendors and raffle items, as well as dogs on-site that are up for adoption. Proceeds will benefit Door County Therapy Dog Teams. Dog Days of Summer will take […]

  • Flower Show At The Kress

    The Door Garden Club will host its first-annual flower show, featuring 10 functional table-for-two tablescape entries July 23 at the Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion.  The one-day show will be open to the public 9 am – 3 pm. Entries will be judged, and awards will be presented at 2:45 pm. Professional and hobbyist floral […]

  • Kress Kids Club Meets Throughout Summer

    A Kress Kids Club event will take place June 21, 9 am at the Kress Pavilion. Participants can paint flower pots, enjoy snacks and take home a pack of seeds. The coordinated play hour is for kids 5 and under and their parents. Further Kress Kids Club meetings will take place June 19, 9 am […]

  • Comedy Club Performance June 25

    Comedians Hayden Fredrickson, Mike Stricker and Asher Brooks will perform with Firehouse Comedy Club on June 25, 7 pm. Doors open at 6 pm. Dinner and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $10 and are available at The event will take place on the second floor above Door County Fire Company, 38 […]

  • Bondemarked, Summer Concerts In Ephraim

    Ephraim’s Bondemarked – Norwegian for “farmers market” – will return on Monday evenings this summer from June 17 to Aug. 30, 3:30-6:30 pm. The market will take place in the open grass lots adjacent to the Red Putter, 10404 Water St. (Hwy 42) in Ephraim.  The night will continue with a free summer concert series […]

  • One Night, Three Performances At Peg Egan

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center’s opening-night show on June 23, 6:30 pm, will feature Dead Horses, Dorothy Scott and the Peacekeepers, and Corky Siegel and Randy Sabien. Dead Horses weave together a vibrant patchwork of classic and contemporary influences, working traditional roots and indie-folk into their sound.  Led by a local Wisconsin Area Music […]

  • Watchhouse, Charlie Parr At DCA

    Folk/Americana duo Watchhouse with special guest Charlie Parr will play Door Community Auditorium (DCA) June 27, 8 pm.  When they renamed their band Watchhouse, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, formerly known as Mandolin Orange, retained the same musical power. The two singers/musicians have profound chemistry, performing masterfully-crafted songs that encompass the unknowable mysteries, existential heartbreak […]

  • Jeanne Kuhns, The Rough And Tumble At Kick Ash

    Jeanne Kuhns and Americana duo The Rough and Tumble will perform together on June 29, 7 pm at Kick Ash Coffee. Kuhns is a well-known Door County singer-songwriter, having conceived of and performed in the Woodwalk Concert Series for 14 years and Lost Moth concerts for seven. The Rough and Tumble have been playing a […]

  • Great Lakes Rhythm Kings Dixieland Band Returns

    If you stopped by Powell’s Country Inn for a drink or a bite to eat between the late ‘70s and the early ‘80s, Dixieland jazz might have served as the soundtrack to your visit. That music was provided by the Great Lakes Rhythm Kings Dixieland Band, a six-piece group that played at the restaurant 9 […]

  • Play About AI By Isadoora Theatre Company

    Isadoora Theatre Company will present Uncanny Valley, a play about artificial intelligence (AI), at Margaret Lockwood Gallery during the last two weekends in June.  The timely, 90-minute story tackles topics related to today’s tech, like chatbots, deep fakes and AI regulations. Written by Thomas Gibbons and directed by Carol Jensen-Olson, the play will star Cherryl […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Presents Rare Dvořák Work

    An upcoming Midsummer’s Music program will highlight two piano quintets by Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms.  Dvořák’s “Quintet No. 1 in A Major, Op. 5” is rarely performed. The composer revised it in 1887 at the height of his career, but this version was not heard until 1922, 18 years after his death. The work […]

  • Local Students Get Free Northern Sky Tickets

    In May, Northern Sky distributed nearly 4,000 free ticket coupons to every elementary, middle and high school student in all five Door County school districts, as well as local parochial and homeschooling students. The coupons will allow students to see Northern Sky world premieres The Fisherman’s Daughters and Hell’s Belgians, in addition to Belgians in […]

  • Summer Band Camp Scholarships Awarded

    The Peninsula Symphonic Band and the Swingin’ Door Big Band have announced the recipients of their 2024 summer band camp scholarships. Ten middle and high school musicians from Door County schools will each receive $250 toward their band camp tuition. The recipients are Benjamin Grota, Adley LaVine, Jesse Thorson and Marisa Pitzen of Southern Door […]

  • Door Shakespeare Seeks Volunteer

    Door Shakespeare is seeking volunteers for its 2024 summer season, which runs July 3 to Aug. 17.  Volunteers greet patrons, direct cars to parking, sell concessions, help out at pre-show picnics and usher. They can also help with projects like filing, caring for the gardens and distributing marketing materials. Volunteers receive a complimentary ticket to […]

  • Meet The Cast Of “I Ought To Be In Pictures”

    The artists in Peninsula Players Theatre’s 2024 season include award-winning performers and designers whose credits include Broadway, national tour and regional theater credits. Within the artistic company are 10 actors, nine designers, two directors and one stage manager who will make their Peninsula Players debut. They will collaborate with 50-plus other members of the theater […]

  • Paula Kocken Joins Northern Sky Board

    Paula Kocken has joined Northern Sky’s board of directors.  Kocken worked as a pediatric emergency medicine physician from 1989 until her retirement in 2022. Her connection to Northern Sky Theater dates back to American Folklore Theater, where she attended numerous shows during visits to Door County. “Our family has been closely involved with Northern Sky […]

  • 15th-Annual Door Prize for Portraiture

    The 15th-annual Door Prize for Portraiture exhibit at Chez Cheryl Artspace will be open to the public June 28 through July 7, 11 am – 4 pm each day.  The invitational exhibit features portraits by regional artists in varied styles and media. Gallerist Cheryl Stidwell Parker and her husband Steve Lavell were inspired by the […]

  • “What’s My Pride?” photo exhibit

    Open Door Pride’s annual What’s My Pride? photo exhibit is on display now at M3, 142 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.  The exhibit features photos of community members sharing what pride means to them via chalkboard signs. Viewers can engage with the exhibit by writing their own messages on provided chalkboards and snapping pictures […]

  • Skateboard Decks In Silent Auction

    A new element at this year’s What’s My Pride? exhibit is this collection of 20 skateboard decks created by Sturgeon Bay High School student artists. The decks will be for sale in a silent auction, the proceeds of which benefit Open Door Pride. Winners will be announced during the June 29 Open Door Pride Festival. […]

  • Hardy Award-Winners Announced

    The Hardy Gallery has revealed the award-winners of the 62nd Annual Wall-to-Wall Juried Exhibit.  Five winning artists were selected from a pool of 188 submissions and received financial awards  The $500 first-place Francis Hardy Legacy Award went to “Skipping Along” by Debra Davis-Crabbe. The $400 second-place award went to “Can’t Touch This” by Chelsea Littman. […]

  • “Girl In The Woods” Exhibit At Enclave

    A preview reception for Girl in the Woods, a hero’s journey shared through nature-based sculpture, will be held June 21, 5:30-7:30 pm at Enclave.  The work in the exhibit is made by artist and art therapist Jodi Rose Gonzales, who works with foraged forest materials and simple hand tools. The show features a central woodland […]

  • Art By Dale Vanden Houten At DCCF

    An artist reception for an exhibit by Dale Vanden Houten will be held June 28, 4:30-6 pm at the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF.)  Vanden Houten was raised on a Door County dairy farm and now splits his time between St. Paul, Minnesota and Egg Harbor. He began his printmaking journey in 2006, and his […]

  • Portraits At The Meadows

    A new exhibit at the Meadows Gallery will feature the work of two young artists, Gwendolyn Sohns and Ethan Coats.  Sohns’ work ranges from black-and-white self-portraits to colorful animal portraits in pastels. Coats draws well-known celebrities with pencil. The show will be on exhibit through July. The Meadows Gallery is located in the Meadows wing […]

  • Server Of The Week: Kevin Korte, Hill Street

    There’s a cozy little place at the top of the hill. You can watch Bob Ross paint while getting your fill. Behind the bar, Kevin’s listing off his favorite shows: MacGyver, The A-Team and Hawaii Five-0.  He’s got bricks in the ‘hood of downtown Fish Creek. His family owns the Edgewater, just across the street.  […]

  • Door County Library Goes Fine-Free

    Door County Library has gone fine-free on all children’s books, movies, audiobooks, video games, board games and other items. Nearly all items for adults are fine-free as well. Adult items that other patrons are waiting for have a 15 cent per day late fine. Additionally, outstanding prior fines have been largely eliminated for nearly 6,000 […]

  • Scarback: The Wolf Event – POSTPONED

    This event has been postponed as of June 24. An event themed around Scarback: the wolf, a children’s book by Don Kress, will take place at the Kress Pavilion on June 28, 9 am – 1 pm.  The book follows a wolf during his journey after death, so the themed event will involve activities that […]

  • Book Signings At Novel Bay

    Author Kathy Groth will sign her book “Sunken: Shipwrecks of Lake Michigan” at Novel Bay Booksellers on June 24, 1-3 pm. The new book introduces young readers to the facts and lore of a variety of Lake Michigan shipwrecks. During the signing, Groth will discuss tales behind the stories featured in the book. The retired […]

  • Register For Island Lit Fest Workshops

    Registration is open now for workshops held during the 12th-annual Washington Island Literary Festival, Sept. 19-21. This year’s theme is “Come This Far.”  A creative lab will be held Sept. 19, followed by writing workshops on Sept. 20. Author talks and panel discussions will take place the following day, Sept. 21. Morning workshops on Sept. […]

  • Local Author Pens Children’s Book

    Lynda Szczepanik’s book A Home For Trixie was published in late 2023 and is now available at Novel Bay Booksellers, Door County Coffee and Amazon. Illustrated by local artist and illustrator Benjamin Toyne, the book is based on real events that took place in Sturgeon Bay. Trixie the cat tells the story of how she […]

  • Library Road Trip Through Wisconsin

    During the 2024 InfoSoup Library Road Trip program, participants can visit as many as 49 libraries through 10 Northeast Wisconsin counties for a chance to win prizes. To join the fun, pick up a map booklet at any participating library, including all eight Door County Library branches, or download one at Visit as many […]

  • Oscar La Vine Puts Her Stamp on Sturgeon Bay

    Oscar’s Door County Rubber Stamps and Scrapbooking turns 30  A stamp shop was not what Sturgeon Bay native Oscar La Vine had in mind when she opened her first Fish Creek store in 1989.  That store, Oscar’s Summertime Gifts in the Summertime Restaurant complex, offered gifts, home decor and art items; the others she opened […]

  • Hardy Gallery Powered by Volunteerism

    Around 40 volunteers keep the Hardy Gallery going Door County’s art scene is supported by legions of retired volunteers, many of whom recruit their friends with the assurance that they will get more out of volunteering than they put into it. That’s especially true at the Hardy Gallery, the oft-photographed, graffiti-adorned, repurposed warehouse at the […]

  • Finishing Touches Put On Muse Building

    First concert slated for July 27 The finishing touches are being put on the music venue and school known as Muse, built at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Recent passersby would have noticed the removal of temporary fencing surrounding the building, where concrete sidewalk is now in […]

  • Greening Up Public Space

    The Baileys Harbor waterfront property next to its marina has been greened-up this month with fresh sod, with a couple spots along the walkway reserved for rain gardens. The town purchased the former Nelson hardware store and motel property in 2021, demolished the buildings, and created the public park over the past couple of years. […]

  • Rally For Reproductive Health, June 24

    Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Assembly District 1, Renee Paplham, is hosting a rally for women’s reproductive healthcare in Kewaunee on Monday, June 24, the second anniversary of the Dobbs v. Jackson decision – the Supreme Court case that reversed Roe v. Wade by stating the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, and returned […]

  • Lot Sale Approved For Affordable Housing

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Common voted Tuesday in favor of selling city-owned property located along North 14th Avenue south of Georgia Street next to Evenson Laundry for an affordable housing project with three apartment buildings totaling 48 units. The council backed a Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommendation that the city sell the former Nebel Construction […]

  • Village Board To Remain One Trustee Short

    The Forestville Village Board will be one trustee short until next April. Board members agreed Monday not to appoint someone to fill out the remaining term of Dan Merkle, who attended his final monthly board meeting this week and resigned his seat after selling his house to move out of the village. Merkle was first […]

  • Cellcomm Discusses Small-Cells For Part Of Village

    The Egg Harbor Village Board gave an NSight representative the go-ahead to order engineering work for a small-cell tower to help it provide 4G and possibly 5G service to people in the downtown area. Mick O’Malley, NSight/Cellcomm Director of Sustainability, Government Relations and Project Management, said traditional large cell towers don’t have the reach to […]

  • Bench Memorial Available

    The Jacksonport Town Board approved the purchase of a teak bench for the beach at Lakeside Park and a memorial plaque can be affixed to the bench for a donation. For more information, contact the town office at 920.823.8136.

  • Office Hours Change

    The Town of Gibraltar’s office, located at 4097 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek, may now close early on Fridays to reduce staff overtime. This change was approved during a June 5 town board meeting.  The town office’s usual hours are 10 am – 3 pm Mondays through Thursdays and 8 am – 12 pm on […]

  • New Vans On The Road For Door 2 Door Rides

    On June 17, two new Door 2 Door Rides (D2D) vans went into service. D2D is Door County’s shared ride, public transit service, that is contracted to Abby Van’s. The current D2D fleet consists of six wheelchair-accessible vans and two ambulatory vans. “D2D vans travel, on average, 35,000 miles per year. Therefore, it is important […]

  • Washington Island Team Finishes 19th in World

    Students from state’s smallest school show up big in Sea Perch Remote Operated Vehicle Competition For the third year in a row, Wisconsin’s smallest school qualified a team for the international finals for design, development and maneuvering of a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV). The Washington Island Fast and Furious team was the top middle school […]

  • Carriere Coming Back To Teach At Gibraltar

    The Gibraltar Area School Board on June 11 approved hiring Craig Carriere to teach high school science and computer science. Principal Jim DeBroux said Carriere is highly regarded and well-known in the community, and board president Jessica Sauter said she is excited about him coming back to work with the students. Carriere resigned from a […]

  • Alpine Proposes Three Homesites Between Beach and Resort

    True North broker Tad Gilster on June 12 asked the Egg Harbor Village Board to provide an access easement to allow future homeowners or short-term-rental guests to reach driveways for three proposed harbor-view lots along Alpine Road. Board members asked why Gilster’s client, Alpine Resort Acquisition Co., would need an easement on Alpine Road. Almost […]

  • Clay Banks Photographer Takes A Glimpse Behind the Door

    Kevin O’Donnell and his wife retired to Clay Banks seven years ago because they were drawn to the lake and the quiet. They moved from Arlington Heights, a bustling suburb on Chicago’s northwest side, where O’Donnell was an engineer in pharmaceutical transport packaging, and they were happy to land in one of the quietest corners […]

  • Council Approves $439,237 to Renovate Sunset Park Pavilion

    After the City of Sturgeon Bay received only one bid for $439,237 from Portside Builders to renovate the pavilion area at Sunset Park, the Common Council agreed Tuesday to shift more than $110,000 from elsewhere to pay for the project this year. In addition to the $240,000 the city previously budgeted and a $75,000 grant […]

  • Island Allows Logger to Harvest Wood After Tornado

    An island-based logging business has the go-ahead to harvest wood from more than 200 fallen trees and up to 300 damaged trees around the 64-acre Mountain Tower property. Two weeks after a tornado downed trees in a 50-yard-wide, 2.3-mile-long swath on Washington Island – but didn’t damage the lookout tower – Washington Town Board on […]

  • Craig Blietz Painting Hangs in the Illinois Governor’s Mansion

    A call from an architect friend in Chicago made Door County artist Craig Blietz aware that a painting of his was featured on the opening page of a book by M.K. Pritzker, wife of Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker.  “My friend received the book as a present from his wife and had no idea anything of […]

  • Summer Music Preview Part I Update

    We hope you’re enjoying our Summer Music Preview, Part I, that came out with the June 14 issue of the Peninsula Pulse and gives you all the music happenings across the peninsula through July 31. Sometimes, there’s an inadvertent omission and one of those was for Door County Brewing Co. and Music Hall, 8099 Hwy […]

  • ‘Y’all Come Back Now,’ the Fireside Says

    The Fireside in Egg Harbor reopened recently after an extended closure to reconfigure its dining space. Owner Lauren Schar expressed excitement about welcoming fans back to the cajun-influenced restaurant. “A lot of people don’t know that we’re back,” she said. “We’ve got everything set up and are staffed and ready to go.” The reconfiguration involved […]

  • Love Your Server? We Need To Hear About It.

    Have you ever left a restaurant, cafe, food truck or watering hole and said: “That server was exceptional.”  If so – the Peninsula Pulse needs to hear about it.  Our “Server of the Week” feature is a way to give some love to your favorite barista, bartender, server and anyone else who is client-facing in […]

  • Breakfast On The Bay

    Burton’s on the Bay has begun serving breakfast. Pictured: eggs benedict with smoked pork loin, poached eggs and fresh hollandaise.  Submitted.

  • Newest Mad Max Movie Lives up to Its Predecessors

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected]  Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga (rated R for language and violence, naturally) gets the summer movie season off to a roaring start.  This fifth installment of the apocalyptic action franchise, made by Australian writer-director George Miller, is actually a prequel to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Fury Road was sort of […]

  • Austad Looks Back on 40 Years on County Board

    Dan Austad has plenty of stories to share from his decades in public service I arrived at Dan Austad’s home on Memorial Drive where the wide front porch is open to a view of the Bay of Sturgeon Bay and Door County’s famous beyond-the-water sunsets.  He’s owned it since the 1970s and he and his […]

  • Door County Pickleball Club Growing Membership in 2024

    Over 100 members of the Door County Pickleball Club kicked off the season with its back-to-summer gathering at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay, June 9.  “If this event is any indication on what’s to come, the county will definitely be in need of more Pickleball Courts,” said Jay Renstrom, club president.  The Door County Pickleball […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League Sets Up the Summer

    Where competition meets camaraderie by BETSY LECY [email protected] Driving down County Road A on a Wednesday night, you would never expect to encounter this scene on a woodsy highway during a weekday: sand volleyball courts, with no beach in sight, and hundreds of people talking, laughing and playing volleyball.  “You go out there on a […]

  • Exhibit On Asa Thorp, Goodrich Ships Opens At Noble House

    The 10-room Alexander Noble House Museum in Fish Creek is now open for the season, along with a new exhibit, Reflections of our Past. Visitors will learn about the life of Asa Thorp, who built the first pier between Washington Island and Fort Howard. This pier, a beacon of innovation, provided a safe haven for […]

  • WHAT’S IN PORT FOR REPAIR: Propeller Repair for the “Herbert C. Jackson”

    by the DOOR COUNTY MARITIME MUSEUM Tom Wenstadt, contributor The merchant vessel (m/v) Herbert C. Jackson arrived at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding dock in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday, May 28 for propeller repair. The vessel came in through the bay of Green Bay, then up Sturgeon Bay to the shipyard. The Herbert C. Jackson was […]

  • Historic-Building Tax Credits Program

    The Belgian Heritage Center in Namur hosted a meeting June 8 regarding Historic Tax Credits for building renovations for historic buildings, with 25 spectators in attendance. Two representatives from the Wisconsin State Historical Society explained how to qualify and secure state and federal tax credits to incentivize rehab work on historic buildings.  Belgian Heritage Center […]

  • Modern-Day Lighthouse Keeper To Speak

    At 7 pm Tuesday, June 25 at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor, Chuck Baum, Door County Historical Society’s “2023 Volunteer of the Year,” will present a program on lighthouses in general, and specifically the history of the Eagle Bluff Light Station located in Peninsula  State Park, its three light keepers, and its ancillary buildings.  […]

  • Fish Creek Tours

    Free, guided tours are available of 23 historic buildings in Fish Creek 24 hours a day. Find a blue tile marker, dial 920.365.3711, enter the number followed by the # sign, and enjoy. Rack cards are available on the front porch of Alexander Noble House Museum. Gibraltar Historical Society also offers guided Historical Walking Tours […]

  • Demolition Just One Step In Gibraltar Project

    An Interstate Demolition crew tore down the former choral, art and piano lab rooms at the rear of Gibraltar Area School to make way for progress. It’s part of the first phase of a two-year, $30 million project that will include construction of a gymnasium, cafeteria and commons areas, consolidation of offices, modernization and replacement […]

  • Savard, Neubauer Win Scholarships

    Elyse Savard and Branden Neubauer are the 2024 recipients of $1,000 scholarships from the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA). Savard, a 2024 graduate of Gibraltar, plans to attend University of Wisconsin-Stout for Interior Design. She is the daughter of Marc and Amy Savard (Fleetwood Custom Homes in Fish Creek). Neubauer is a 2024 graduate […]

  • Aspen Institute Recognizes NWTC

    The Aspen Institute named NWTC as a finalist for the 2025 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence on Tuesday.  The $1 million award recognizes community colleges with strong performance by measuring high and improving levels of student success, as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds. NWTC was […]

  • Local Student Graduates From MIAD

    Katie Frank, a member of the Sturgeon Bay High School class of 2020, graduated from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design with a Product Design Major and Furniture Minor. Her portfolio site is located at

  • Honor Rolls

    T.J. Walker Middle School, Sturgeon Bay The following students at TJ Walker Middle School were named to the Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2023-24 school year. An asterisk denotes students with a 4.0 grade-point average. Eighth grade: “A” Honor Roll – Auna Anderson*, Colton Bertrand, Brie Flanigan*, Rose Haucke*, Jack Higginbotham, Alexa […]

  • Supreme Court Sides With Egg Harbor In Sidewalk Case

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled in a 4-3 decision on Wednesday that the Village of Egg Harbor did not illegally condemn private property from Shipwrecked Brew Pub – doing business as Sojenhomer LLC – to build a sidewalk. The village condemned .009 acres of land from Sojenhomer in 2019 to build a sidewalk at the […]

  • Door County Left Out of the EV Highway

    The peninsula won’t be a priority for federal funding until after the rest of the state is built out The majority of electric vehicle (EV) owners charge their EVs at home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, and Jon Sattler of Fish Creek is one of those. He and wife, Kasie, purchased a Tesla […]

  • Crossroads Cutting Back on Non-Native Conifers

    Organization plans land-management class series for landowners Crossroads at Big Creek this year is hosting a Resources for Landowners Lecture Series – eight programs aimed at connecting landowners with the tools and resources available in Door County for restoring and managing the plant communities on their land. During the first program on the afternoon of […]

  • FRAMED: Fire Eater In Ephraim

    A fire performance helped heat up the night at Ephraim’s Fyr Ball festival, June 15. Photo by Remy Carmichael. 

  • Echoes of Wellness

    The healing sounds of Door County by BETSY LECY [email protected] The chime of crystal alchemy bowls echoed throughout the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship building on Ephraim’s north side. The hum of presenter Dr. Maja Jurisic’s voice followed, bringing a feeling of tranquility to Ephraim resident Susan Geils’s heart and mind.  “It was very enlightening,” Geils said. […]

  • Listen Up!

    There is music to be had all over the peninsula. Here’s a few to check out! JJ Smith June 22, 1-4 pm, Harbor Ridge Winery, 4690 Rainbow Ridge Court in Egg Harbor Hailing from Chicago, this singer-songwriter plays folk, rock and beyond, backed up by guitar.  Miles Over Mountains June 26, 6 pm, Waterfront Park, […]

  • Invasive Species Workshop At Newport

    To commemorate Invasive Species Awareness Day, a workshop on the First Detector Network will be held on June 22, 10 am at Newport State Park. The event is designed to empower people to take action on invasive species on their own property. Meet in the Nature Center in the office building, Lot 1. The other […]

  • Kids’ Events, Author/Photographer Presentation at Write On

    Write On, Door County will celebrate the long-awaited publication of Behind the Door: Profiles of a Peninsula with a presentation and wine and cheese reception on June 26, 4-6 pm.  The book contains photos and essays by Kevin O’Donnell, a local author and photographer. During the event, he will chronicle the seven-year journey from the […]

  • Wild Things: Alewife Die-Off a Real Stink

    An ongoing die-off of alewives – the favored year-round forage of Great Lakes salmon and trout and a seasonal treat for walleyes and other Green Bay finned and feathered predators – is creating quite a stink around the peninsula. Variations of, “Whew, that’s nasty!” can be heard wherever beachgoers gather, but it’s been especially foul […]

  • DCL: Pivotal Southern Door Matchup

    If you have ever wondered how important pitching is, you need to only look at the Door County League standings to understand how important it is to have one main horse in the stable. The Mets, with the addition of Jeremiah Jahnke this year, have become contenders with basically the same lineup as the past […]

  • Local Athletes to Play in Underwater Hockey World Championships

    Five athletes from Door County have been selected to represent the United States at next month’s Underwater Hockey Age Group World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They include two women – Molly Banks and Kailee Moe – and three men – Mark Herrell, Owen Foulds and Ezra Linnan – who will be competing on their […]

  • Rev Up Your Engines for Ellison Bay Day

    Update as of Thursday, June 20: Weather Causes Parade Cancellation, Rescheduled Festivities  Showers and thunderstorms forecast for Saturday, June 22, have caused the Ellison Bay Service Club to make changes to its Saturday, Ellison Bay Day events. The group has canceled the parade, and rescheduled all other festivities to Sunday, June 23 from 12 to […]

  • Obituary: Susan M. Fischer

    Feb. 19, 1961 – June 14, 2024 The world has dimmed for all who knew and loved Susan M Fischer, who passed away peacefully at her home in West Jacksonport on Friday, June 14, 2024. Susan was born February 19, 1961, in Eau Claire to Richard Allan and Janet Marie Rindal and moved to Door […]

  • Obituary: Ann (Kirch) Franklin

    d. June 11, 2024 Ann (Kirch) Franklin, 51 of Las Vegas, Nevada, and previously of Appleton, passed away June 11, 2024 after a courageous struggle with cancer. She will be missed by her husband, Daryl; daughter, Alia; and mother, Darlene Kirch of Sturgeon Bay. Her father, Frederick Kirch, preceded her in death. Ann’s life was […]