Peninsula Pulse June 23-30, 2023

In this issue

  • County A Road Construction Begins July 5

    The Door County Highway Department will begin a road reconstruction project on County A from the intersection of County F and County A near the Greenwood Supper Club to the intersection with Hwy 42 near Peninsula Parkview Resort. The project includes road pulverization, fine grading and compaction, new surface, shouldering and centerline striping. Driveways and […]

  • Listen Up!: Live Music This Independence Day

    You won’t have to look hard to find music in the week ahead as Door County rocks out to celebrate Independence Day before, during and after the fourth. Here are just a few highlights coming your way. Check out our events calendar in print and online at to get a full slate of music, […]

  • County League: Egg Harbor Back in the Hunt

    During the last decade, there have been several instances across the nation in which young athletes have gone into cardiac arrest while playing their sport. Tragically, some died in large part because an AED wasn’t readily available, or if it was, it was not in a place where it could be retrieved in a timely […]

  • Take on the Hairpin Run July 4th

    The largest and longest-running 5K race in Door County is almost here. Save money and hassle when you sign up online for the July 4 Hairpin Run in Fish Creek. The run is an Independence Day tradition for hundreds of families. Not only do runners kick off their July Fourth celebrations with a run or […]

  • School Ends, Improvements Begin at Gibraltar, Southern Door

    The property-tax-wealthy Gibraltar Area School District has enough cash on hand to afford half a million dollars’ worth of work on school buildings this spring and summer. As approved by its school board this spring, the district will use about $302,000 from fund balances to reconfigure or refurbish existing restrooms and locker rooms to match […]

  • Southern Door Expedites Search for Interim Leader

    Acknowledging that district business manager Jason Melotte would like to get back to his main duties instead of doubling as a general administrator for the district as he has this spring, the Southern Door school board is expediting a search for an interim superintendent. Board members on Monday agreed to connect with interested parties and […]

  • Nasewaupee Board Approves Purchases for New Fire Department

    Purchasing additional turnout gear for Nasewaupee’s new fire department, when it separates this fall from the Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD), received town board approval June 15. The board agreed to purchase eight new, complete sets of Fire-Dex firefighter turnout gear from Municipal Emergency Services for $5,075 each.         To go along with the new department […]

  • Two Broadband Grants Awarded in Door County

    Broadband projects for the Town of Jacksonport and the Washington Island Electric Cooperative were among 24 projects statewide to receive funds during the latest round of Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin grant awards.  The PSC awards, announced in late May, totaled $16,601,085 among the 24 recipients. The PSC received 74 applications requesting $73.7 million […]

  • Extension Approved for Tug John Purves

    A tugboat moored for tours by the Door County Maritime Museum will be able to dock there for $1 for another year under a lease agreement approved Tuesday by the Common Council. Council members approved a recommendation by the city’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee to extend the lease with the museum through the middle of […]

  • Asphalting Begun on City Roads

    Asphalt crews arrived in the city this week, and road closures on the areas under construction continue except for local traffic.  The first streets to be asphalted are Michigan Street (from just west of 12th to 4th avenues); North 12th Avenue (from Michigan to Louisiana streets); South 8th Avenue (from Michigan to Oregon streets); and […]

  • Forestville Will Issue Tickets for Dogs at Large

    In response to complaints about unleashed dogs running at large, the Forestville Village Board agreed Monday to order a citation book to start issuing tickets. In addition, village treasurer Donna Henderson said information about the regulations for having dogs in Forestville will be included in the sewer bills sent out in July. She said dog […]

  • Sevastopol To Vacate East Martin Road

    The Sevastopol Town Board introduced a resolution June 19 that gets the process moving to vacate the town’s East Martin Road west of County HH and north of Choice Road. Sevastopol Town Board chair Dan Woelfel said the gravel road runs between two orchards owned by Jim Seaquest and is “literally unpassable.” Attempts to grade […]

  • Nasewaupee Still Seeking Clerk

    After a month of advertising Nasewaupee’s town clerk vacancy, no one has applied for the part-time position, said Jill Lau, town supervisor and acting clerk, during the June 15 town board meeting. “I am at a loss,” said Lau, who served previously as the town’s elected clerk before the position was changed to an appointed […]

  • Forestville Seeks Different Groundwater Provisions

    At the request of Christine Reid of the Friends of the Forestville Dam, the Forestville Village Board agreed Monday to vote on a resolution during its July meeting to urge the County of Door to pass a groundwater-protection ordinance similar to what’s now in effect in Kewaunee County. Village clerk Tiffany Dufek said the Friends […]

  • Sportsman’s Club Wants to ‘Bring Pilot Island Back to Life’

    The Washington Island Sportsman’s Club is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to “bring back Pilot Island for all to enjoy.” The club sent a response late last month to the FWS’s regional director, Charles W. Traxler, requesting that the FWS address, by June 23, what it called a “clear-cut direction from […]

  • Publisher’s Note: Why Do We Live Here?

    I wandered across the street the other night to have a beer and a Reuben sandwich for dinner. Ran into an old friend who moved here in the mid-1970s, had worked construction most of his life and had had his share of shifts behind the bar as well. He has three daughters. His middle daughter […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Unrestricted Coverage Needed for Alzheimer’s

    Earlier this week, I joined passionate individuals at Discovery World who are calling on Medicare to treat people living with Alzheimer’s the same as people living with other diseases by providing full and unrestricted coverage for FDA-approved treatments. In January, through the accelerated approval pathway, the FDA approved a second treatment under the class monoclonal […]

  • New-Business Additions

    In the May 19, 2023, issue of the Peninsula Pulse, we ran our annual new-business list to introduce readers to Door County businesses that had opened, changed hands or moved to a new location since the previous May. We also invited readers to alert us if we’d missed any, and we’d keep that list going […]

  • Server of the Week: John Seibert

    Looking for one of the most hospitable guys around? John goes out of his way to make every guest’s experience memorable, including kids and pets! Don’t know much about beer? Have no fear! John will deliver a recommendation you’ll be happy with. If you enjoy discussing sports, he’s your guy! You’ll always leave with a […]

  • Joyful Being Offers Healing Services

    Jennifer Barnes, owner of Joyful Being, is now offering Reiki, Peter Hess sound relaxation, and shamanic energy healing inside Kind Soul Yoga at the Top of the Hill Shops, 9331 Spring Road, Unit B-24, in Fish Creek.  Reiki is based on the belief that there is a universal life-force energy that flows through all living […]

  • Parent Corner: Let’s Hear It for Playgrounds!

    My husband, my 3-year-old and I spent two and half months traveling through Spain and Portugal last winter. It was incredible – the café con leches and the smell of orange in the air, narrow alleyways filled with flamenco music, Moorish architecture so gorgeous and elaborate it makes your head spin.  I tell you this […]

  • Culture Club: Lemonade out of Lemons

    by MIKE SCHNEIDER, Executive Director, The Clearing Nearly 39 months have passed since the pandemic hit the fan in Door County. For The Clearing, and for every other business – both for-profit and not-for-profit – it created unprecedented challenges. It was one of the most traumatic events in The Clearing’s 88-year history.  But now that the […]

  • New Book Details Family’s Harrowing History

    Author David Walker and his aunt Helga (Hundt) Bobb will be signing Walker’s book, Hundting Freedom: The Hundt Family’s Story of Horror, Perseverance & Escape to Freedom, on July 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, at United Methodist Church, 836 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay. The story details the atrocities inflicted on the Hundt family […]

  • Meet Author, Support Historical Society

    Meet Kathy Springer, the author of Just a Farmer’s Daughter, on June 28, 4:30-5:30 pm, at the Koessl Barn, 10310 Fieldcrest Road in Sister Bay. Springer will be selling and signing her book, and all proceeds will be donated to the Sister Bay Historical Society. Just a Farmer’s Daughter is a collection of nearly 70 […]

  • Author of Door County Quilts Series to Sign Books

    Ann Hazelwood will chat with fans and sign her books June 26, 10 am – 1 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Hazelwood collects red-and-white quilts, features them in her Door County Quilts series and designed a 10-pencil set based on the quilts that  will be available for purchase, along […]

  • Finding Your Funk

    During the June 6 Coffee & Conversation program at Write On, Door County in Juddville, poet Sean Chambers (standing) discussed how music influences writing, and specifically how funk has influenced his poetry. Attendees listened to some of Chambers’ funk influences – especially Parliament-Funkadelic – and learned about the history of the genre. In addition to being […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Beach Read’ by Emily Henry, narrated by Julia Whelan

    recommended by TINA KAKUSKE, Librarian Summer is the ideal season to read books for enjoyment, and audiobooks give us the ability to “read” during summertime activities such as vacationing, gardening, canoeing and hanging out at the beach. Narrators of audiobooks can make or break the listening experience, so the audiobook I’m recommending is narrated by […]

  • Questions & Authors: Toya Wolfe, Hal Prize Fiction Judge

    Toya Wolfe broke onto the Chicago literary scene in 2022 with the release of her debut novel, Last Summer on State Street. The book takes place during the summer of 1999 and follows 12-year-old Felicia “Fe Fe” Stevens and her group of friends, who are living in the Robert Taylor Homes at the time when […]

  • DCL Baseball: Major Matchup Highlights Week 7

    I was recently on vacation out west, and one of the things I did was take in a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. I was shocked by the rowdiness of the fans. It was more of a party than a baseball game.It got me thinking once again about the fans of the Door County League […]

  • Course Crews Scramble during Dry Spell

    Although the U.S. Drought Monitor didn’t declare a drought in Door County, the federal government doesn’t take into account how little water is retained by the soil at many of the county’s golf courses. After a dry second half of May brought about nearly idyllic weather and conditions for golf during the Memorial Day weekend, […]

  • Sevastopol Seeking New Broadband Partner

    Ties severed with Bug Tussel The Town of Sevastopol headed back to the drawing board to find an internet service provider (ISP) to partner with to help the town deliver fiber broadband access to all residents and businesses.  The town had selected Bug Tussel in March following a lengthy request for proposal (RFP) process that […]

  • County Q Roadwork Starting

    The Door County Highway Department will begin a resurfacing project on County Q from the north end of North Bay Drive to Woodcrest Road (shown in black on the map). The work will include sawing of asphalt/concrete driveways, removal of material, road wedging, placement of two lifts of asphalt and shouldering.  The driveway and intersection […]

  • Unveiling Victorian Weddings, Customs and Courtship

    The Gibraltar Historical Association created its initial Victorian wedding exhibit at the Alexander Noble House Museum using borrowed gowns from a sister historical group, but since then, more items have been added and donated to the collection, including five new gowns that have never been displayed before. They date prior to 1920, and most are […]

  • Belgian Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser

    The Belgian Heritage Center will serve a Belgian waffle breakfast June 25, 9 am – 1 pm. It includes waffles, scrambled eggs, Marchant’s Belgian trippe (a traditional Belgian sausage) and beverages. Guests can also view the center’s exhibits and explore the campus. All proceeds will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center’s mission to preserve and promote […]

  • Liberty Grove Historical Society Opening for Guests

    The Liberty Grove Historical Society’s opening day also marks the 150th anniversary of the frame farmhouse that stands atop the Ellison Bay hill – the first in Liberty Grove. Guests may tour the historical property starting June 24, 10 am – 4 pm. All historical buildings will be open, with docents available to answer questions. Swedish immigrant […]

  • The Evolution of Health Services in Northern Door

    by ROBERTA CHAMPEAU for the Sister Bay Historical Society As we welcome a major, new medical facility in Sister Bay, it’s a good time to look back to see how the medical profession in Northern Door has evolved. Documentation on the subject is fairly skimpy, however, so much of this history is based on the […]

  • Wild Things: Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act Introduced

    Federal grants could get more kids on the water here by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A new proposed federal program aims to get more youths involved in coastal fishing, and the Great Lakes are included in the bill.  Introduced earlier this month, the Youth Coastal Fishing Program Act would create a new grant […]

  • Guest Column: Presidential Politics Don’t Define Door County

    by DICK EGAN, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin This past spring, the Washington Post sent a couple of reporters and photographers here to do a story on the fact that Door County is one of only nine counties in the entire country to have backed the ultimate winner of the presidential election in the past five election […]

  • Tourism & the Visitor Economy: Take the Door County Resident Survey

    by JULIE GILBERT, President and CEO, Destination Door County This column marks one full year that I have been writing to highlight the importance of Door County’s visitor economy. I thank the Peninsula Pulse for the opportunity to provide this information, and I would like to keep encouraging you to reach out to me to […]

  • Obituary: Helen Ann Bladholm

    May 3, 1933 ~ June 14, 2023 Helen Ann Bladholm, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, died June 14th, 2023, in her sleep. Ann, born May 3, 1933, grew up in Skokie, Illinois and studied at Lawrence University in Appleton, and graduated from University Wisconsin-Madison, before completing her Master’s in Education at Northeastern University, Illinois. She […]

  • Obituary: Mark Patrick Johnson

    Mark Patrick Johnson, 66, of Algoma, formerly from Green Bay, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at Door County Medical Center. He was born November 14, 1956 in Green Bay, son of the late Patrick and Muriel (Lemerond) Johnson. Mark attended Syble Hopp School and Ashwaubenon High School. He was employed at Aspiro in […]

  • Obituary: Allen “Jake” Jacobson

    April 22, 1942 ~ June 17, 2023 Allen Walter Jacobson, “Jake” to all who knew and loved him, 81, of Plover, died Saturday afternoon, June 17, 2023 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic […]

  • Obituary: Janet Ann (Fictum) Gaethke

    April 23, 1944 ~ June 15, 2023 Janet Ann Gaethke, age 79 of Brussels, died on Thursday, June 15, 2023, in Green Bay. She was born on April 23, 1944, to the late Emil and Mildred Josephine (Jepsen) Fictum in Sturgeon Bay. Janet enjoyed reading, watching TV and playing cards, especially Cribbage, Garbage and Sheepshead. […]

  • Obituary: Arbutus C. Sacotte

    July 3, 1927 ~ June 16, 2023 Arbutus Clarabell “Arby” Sacotte 95, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on June 16, 2023, at Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility.  She was born at home on July 3, 1927, in Gardner to Joseph and Merceda (Herlache) Derenne. On January 11, 1944, she married Ellsworth D. Sacotte in Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Ruth J. Massart

    June 7, 1939 – June 14, 2023 Ruth June Massart, 84, Algoma, died on Wednesday, June 14, 2023. Ruth was born on June 7, 1939, in the Town of Clay Banks to the late William and Lily (Nelson) Jirtle. She married Keith Massart on November 4, 1961, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Algoma. Ruth […]

  • Obituary: Peggy L. (Kerscher) Nelson

    October 12, 1949 ~ June 9, 2023 Peggy L. Nelson, 73 years of Sturgeon Bay died Friday, June 9, 2023, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay. She was born October 12, 1949, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late Anthony Wendoline and Shirley (DeFaut) Kerscher. Peggy graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in […]

  • Obituary: Mark W. Jennerjohn

    March 5, 1962 ~ June 15, 2023 Mark William Jennerjohn, 61, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly on June 15, 2023, at a Green Bay area hospital.  He was born March 5, 1962, in Lake Geneva to Donald and Rosemarie (Nellis) Jennerjohn. He attended Sturgeon Bay Public Schools, graduating with the class of 1980. He also attended NWTC, […]

  • Obituary: Andrew Von Freitag

    January 10, 1963 ~ June 12, 2023 Andrew Freitag, 60, of Sturgeon Bay, died on June 12, 2023, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.  He was born Jan. 10, 1963, in Watertown to Lavern and Ella Mae (George) Freitag.  On June 2, 2007, he married Lisa Marie LaBonte in Ashwaubenon. Andy lived […]

  • Obituary: Joan Ellen Golomski

    Joan Ellen Golomski of Algoma, WI died peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Monday morning, June 12th, 2023. Joan was born on July 21st, 1931, in Neenah, WI to Oscar and Frances (McNulty) Hagen.  She attended Neenah High School, and as a teenager she and her brother Kurt were accomplished sailors with the […]

  • Obituary: Emmett Dale Shemanek

    January 5, 1944 ~ June 1, 2023 Emmett Dale Shemanek, age 79 of Fish Creek, WI and Anthem, AZ died peacefully on June 1, 2023, just before he was going to take a car ride to Peninsula State Park. He was born on January 5, 1944, to the late August and Lucille Shemanek in Madison, […]

  • Visit Restored Southern Door Schoolhouse

    This summer, visit Waniger School, Southern Door’s restored one-room schoolhouse at 2073 Cty DK in Brussels. The accessible school will be open every Saturday through Aug. 26, 12-3:30 pm, and admission is free.