Peninsula Pulse – June 3-10, 2016

In this issue

  • Steel Bridge Songfest, Pork Fest & More Weekend Plans

    This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to learn about the various elements that make Door County so special. Explore historic lighthouses, interact with artists, and get up close and personal with the peninsula’s diverse flora and fauna. Friday, June 10 Steel Bridge Songfest Kick off the summer music fest scene with the 12th annual […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Oil Giants Ending Exploration

    Morgan Stanley reported that oil discoveries in 2015 fell to their lowest level since 1952. Companies are cutting their budgets for seeking out new oil reserves following the price collapse and a questionable future for the commodity. While oil has seen a price rally since its historic lows at the end of 2015, the low […]

  • The History of Holy Matrimony at the Noble House

    The Alexander Noble House in Fish Creek is ushering in its season with something old, something new, a few things borrowed and a few things blue as it celebrates wedding gowns, traditions and customs through its returning exhibit, “Victorian Weddings.” Like last year’s “A House In Mourning” Victorian funeral display, “Victorian Weddings” has transformed the […]

  • County Hosts Annual League of Women Voters Meeting

    Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, is expecting a record turnout for the organization’s annual meeting this weekend in Door County. “Until just last year, 70 to 80 was a good turnout. Last year we reached 90 up in Ashland. Now this time for our Friday evening program we […]

  • Kewaunee County Municipal Meetings: June 3 -10

    City of Algoma: The common council meets at 6 pm on June 6. County of Kewaunee: The Finance Committee meets at 8 am on June 8. The Groundwater Task Force meets at 1 pm on June 8. The Highway Committee meets at 8:45 am on June 9.

  • Culture Club: Midsummer’s Music Festival’s Radically Appealing 26th Season

    by Allyson Fleck For centuries people have observed and studied the links between the humanities and the sciences and even the common threads within the arts themselves. Opera and musical theater being the ultimate combination of text, art and music in one complete setting. Some great collaborators of the past include Andy Warhol and the […]

  • Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin State Parks

    Enjoy the great outdoors during Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin June 4-5. During the weekend, entry fees for all state parks, forests and trails are waived. All Wisconsin waterways are open for free fishing as well. If you don’t have your own fishing gear, several state sites have loaner fishing gear available. In Door County, […]

  • Book Review: ‘Midnight Sun’

    While international novels may lose something in the translation, they inevitably gain a great deal in the view they offer into an unfamiliar way of life. Such is the case with Norwegian mystery writer Jo Nesbo’s latest novel, Midnight Sun. Jon Hansen is a reluctant “fixer” on the run from Oslo where he failed to […]

  • Learning Golf? Go Pro

    by Bob Augustine In more than 50 years of teaching and playing the great game of golf, I realize that most people who try to learn the game without professional help hinder their progress tremendously. As a result they may get so discouraged that they may even give up. Being taught by non-professionals will also […]

  • Six Decades of the Skyway Drive-In

    What can you say about a 65-year-old business that’s outlasted nearly every other one of its kind and is still going strong? The words Trip Advisor used last July were, “Door County’s Skyway Drive-in Theater is the number one drive-in in the United States.” The theater’s history was the topic of “Gibraltar Talks” at a […]

  • Ultimate Recycling: Composting Has a Home in Door County

    Once a week, Myles Dannhausen, Sr. hauls home two five-gallon buckets of food scraps from the continental breakfast at his hotel, the Bay Point Inn in Egg Harbor. “You’ve got your melon skins and pineapple skins, a lot of bulk,” said Dannhausen. “Then there’s the coffee and the egg shells. You need the eggshells for […]

  • Featured Pet: Herbie

    This is Herbie, a two-year-old Walker Coonhound. He was recently surrendered to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) because his family could no longer care for him. He has a smooth black, white and brown coat and has earned the reputation of being a very friendly and sweet boy. He’s a hound, so he definitely […]

  • Door to Nature: Spring Wildflower Names

    This has been a spring to remember for the wildflowers. Generally cool, barely adequate moisture and few strong winds and storms resulted in an incredibly long blossoming season for many of the native flowers. Giant trilliums, for example, will have been in excellent blossom for at least four weeks. Most have turned into their delicate […]

  • Ephraim Sets Final Meeting for Alcohol Licenses

    At its May 31 meeting, the Ephraim Village Board set three items related to alcohol licensing for public hearing. The public hearing will take place on June 14 along with the regularly scheduled board meeting. The board hopes to approve the new and modified ordinances on that date. If no major changes come from the […]

  • Walker Orders Public Records Improvement

    Governor Scott Walker Walker is ordering his administration to improve its handling of public records requests, speed up response times and provide mandatory records training for all state workers. The move comes months after he helped draft legislation, later withdrawn, to severely restrict the kind of information the public can use to learn about how […]

  • Emergency Vehicle Fun Day June 5

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department announced that the 7th Annual Emergency Vehicle Fun Day will be held Sunday, June 5, from 11 am to 3 pm at Door County Cherryland Airport, Nasewaupee. Youngsters will be able to sit in a police car, fire up the siren in a fire truck, turn on the ambulance lights, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Earns Playful City Designation

    The City of Sturgeon Bay is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the first time. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. “We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to […]

  • Intuitive & Colorful Works of Liz Maltman

    When Liz Maltman set up for the 2015 Door County Plein Air Festival’s two-hour “Quick Paint” last summer in front of a beautiful garden in Sister Bay, she wasn’t drawn to the well manicured, nicely planted flowers that inspired the colorful creations of her fellow painters. She was drawn to an out-of-control weed that had […]

  • Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects

      Consider the stories a bowling pin from Antigo’s Vulcan Corporation might have to tell. While the average person might think in terms of the confines of a single bowling alley, another might consider its role in Wisconsin’s lumber industry, Milwaukee’s former title as “The Bowling Capital of America,” and Japan’s mid-20th century bowling boom. […]

  • Door County Municipal News: June 3 – 10

    City of Sturgeon Bay: The common council meets at 7 pm on June 7. The Community Protection and Services Committee meets at 4:30 pm on June 9. County of Door: The Ag & Extension Committee meets at 8:30 am on June 8. The IS Committee meets at 3 pm on June 9. Town of Clay […]

  • Commentary: Women’s Equality and Societal Progress

    Women are more likely than men to give to women’s and girls’ causes, though “the differences are not as great as might have otherwise been expected.” That’s just one of the fascinating conclusions found in Giving to Women and Girls: Who Gives and Why, the latest study released in May 2016 as a part of […]

  • Remember to Train in Open Water for Triathlon

    Door County Triathlon organizers are reminding athletes competing in the 2016 competition to practice in the open water of Lake Michigan. Last year, wavy conditions prevented 50 Half Iron competitors, in a field of 950, from completing the swim. Find opportunities to practice swimming in open water so this doesn’t happen to you. Ideally, go […]

  • Door County League Baseball: May 29, 2016

    Standings As of May 29 Egg Harbor 4-0 Kolberg 3-1 West Jacksonport 3-1 Sister Bay 3-1 Institute 2-2 Maplewood 1-3 Baileys Harbor 0-4 Washington Island 0-4   Results May 29 Institute 8, Baileys Harbor 6 West Jacksonport 3, Egg Harbor 10 Washington Island 12, Maplewood 21 Kolberg 0, Sister Bay 1   Schedule All games […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League: June 1, 2016

    Standings As of June 1 Wilson’s 6-0 Blue Horse Beach Café 3-0 Husby’s 3-0 PC Junction 3-0 Nicolet Beach 2-4 Camp David 1-2 Main Street Market 0-3 Sister Bay Bowl 0-3 Team Tomato 0-6   Results June 1 Team Tomato 0, Husby’s 3 Wilson’s 3, Main Street Market 0 Camp David 1, Nicolet Beach 2 […]

  • High School Spring Athletics: June 3-10, 2016

    GIBRALTAR   Baseball June 7 – Sectionals, TBD   Track & Field June 3 & 4 – State Championships, UW-La Crosse   SEVASTOPOL   Baseball June 7 – Sectionals, TBD   Girls Soccer June 4 – Regionals, TBD   Track & Field June 3 & 4 – State Championships, UW-La Crosse   SOUTHERN DOOR   […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Transition to Renewables

    Things are changing in developing a clean energy future. While many are in dismay over the effects of global warming such as crop failures, massive migrations from weather changes, the rise of climate sensitive disease, etc., there are signs of corporations and political entities making the transitions to clean energy. Pope Francis has added a […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks for a Great Memorial Day

    The members of the Door County Veterans Service Council would like to thank everyone that helped with the Sturgeon Bay Memorial Day ceremony – including Vietnam veteran Colonel Lawrie for speaking, our Chaplain Pastor Sauer, Andy Anderson and Mary Nickel for sounding taps, Director Paula Eggert and the Peninsula Symphonic Band for all of the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Before Parking, Please Ask

    Back in March of 2014, The Holiday Music Motel purchased the old Portside building that encompasses the lot between 1st and 2nd Avenues bordered by Louisiana on one side and The Holiday on the other. When the parking lot across the street at Stone Harbor fills up, the natural inclination has been for people to […]

  • By the Numbers: League of Women Voters

      In honor of the June 3-5 gathering of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor, we offer a few numerical insights into the political but non-partisan organization that has helped shape public policy since its formation in 1920 as a “mighty political experiment” of newly enfranchised women. […]

  • Science Snippet: How Long Is Too Long in Front of a TV?

    Researchers followed 3,247 (age 18-30) adults for 25 years, during which TV watching and physical activity levels were monitored. At the end of the 25 years participants were tested for working memory ability, mental processing speed, and the ability to plan and carry out tasks. Those who watched TV more than three hours a day […]

  • “Hydrogeology of Karst in NE Wisconsin” Presented at Door County Fire Company

    Whether it is known as the bluff or the ledge or the great arc, the Niagara Escarpment was created more than 430 million years ago. Today, Door County has built its economy on the visitors who come to see these dramatic rock formations and the vistas they provide. However, despite all the benefits, the escarpment […]

  • DNR Helping to Get the Lead Out

    After a public comment period that ended May 10, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is preparing to implement its plan to make $11.8 million available to municipalities to help remove old lead service lines that bring drinking water into homes. The Lead Service Line Replacement Funding program is the first of its kind in […]

  • Improve Your Green Thumb with Plant Health Advisers

    A new resource is being offered by Door County UW-Extension for home gardeners. Plant Health Advisers begins June 7, with Master Gardener volunteers on hand from 10-11 am at the Extension office to answer questions – from weed and insect identification to plant disease diagnosis to planting recommendations for Door County. “People can call in, […]

  • Fresh, Local Produce Available at Settlement Shops

    Wednesday, June 8, marks the beginning of the Settlement Farmers Market in Fish Creek. Starting at 9:30 am and running through 1:30 pm or sellout, vendors gather along the path that surrounds the shops to sell their fresh and locally grown produce, plants, flowers and handmade items. This is the 13th season for the market, […]

  • Chambers Island Resident Receives Invader Crusader Award

    Debra J. Feirer, a summer resident of Chambers Island, has received the Invader Crusader Award a statewide award for her leadership in fighting invasive species there. The Wisconsin Invasive Species Council will present awards to the winners in an awards ceremony at 1 pm on June 9 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center. […]

  • Ministry Door County Medical Center Celebrates New Space for Dental Clinic

    Members of the Board of Directors of Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) and the Door County Medical Center Foundation, Auxiliary members and hospital staff celebrated the Ministry Dental Clinic’s new space with a prayer service last week. The clinic serves Door and Kewaunee patients who are Medicaid participants or who are uninsured and low […]

  • Two Sevastopol DI Teams Take First at International Competition

    Out of 1,464 teams from 20 countries, Sevastopol Schools had four teams compete and three place highly at the worldwide competition that took place last week in Tennessee. The High School Structure team and Middle School Structure team (Musical Mash-up) both took first place. While the Elementary Structure (Musical Mash-up) took fifth and the Middle […]

  • Classical Concerts Held to Benefit Door County Sled Dogs, Humane Society

    Violinist Beth Chafey-Hon, flutist Pam Johnson and pianist Vanessa Nelson are holding two lively Charismatic Concerts to benefit dogs. From Bach to Orange Blossom Special, come and enjoy these multimedia presentations that help the dogs. Concerts will be held June 4 at 7 pm at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay, and on June 5 at […]

  • 2016 Leadership Door County Class Graduates June 7

    Leadership Door County (LDC) board members are proud to announce the graduation of the LDC Class of 2016 on June 7 at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. LDC is an adult education program begun in 1990 to broaden understanding of many of the issues and challenges facing Door County. From September to June […]

  • Everyone Invited to Door County Humane Society’s Annual Kitten Shower

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is hosting its annual Kitten Shower, and everyone is invited to attend on June 11, 1 – 3 pm. The celebration is for all of the kittens born this spring. Just like a regular baby shower, there will be games and snacks. DCHS has also arranged for guests to […]

  • Door County Adopt A Soldier Holds Fundraising Event at Sawyer Park

    The Door County Adopt A Soldier Program will host a fundraising event at the Sawyer Park Pavilion in Sturgeon Bay on June 11, 11 am – 5 pm. The program sends care packages eight times a year to local Door and Kewaunee County troops. All items are donated by the local community and some corporate […]

  • Kids Invited to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s Cave Quest Bible School

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay is hosting a summer event for kids called Cave Quest Vacation Bible School from June 13 – 17, 9 am – 12 pm. At Cave Quest kids explore what it means to follow Jesus through dark times. Kids participate in memorable Bible learning activities, sing catchy songs, play […]

  • Gibraltar High School to Hold Blood Drive June 14

    Gibraltar High School will hold a blood drive in their community room on June 14, 11 am – 4 pm. The high school is located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. For an appointment, email Madalyn Gray at [email protected] or visit

  • Door County Dental Care Holds Free Mouthguard Day

    Door County Dental Care, located in Sturgeon Bay, is hosting their eighth annual Free Mouthguard Day on June 16. All area student athletes are invited to receive a free custom-fit, team color-coordinated mouthguard. Mouthguards help prevent dental and facial injuries during sports or other contact activities. As students grow and their bodies change, their mouth […]

  • Algoma Marine Participates in Squad Competition at Australian Barracks

    Lance Cpl. Quinlan C. Shannon-Lohenry, a machine gunner from Algoma, Wis., low crawls through Marines and sailors during a squad competition at Robertson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, on May 25, 2016. The squad-level competition determined which rifle squad or weapons platoon section had the best physical fitness, small-unit leadership, and cohesion within Company C. Shannon-Lohenry […]

  • Marianne Cooper Named Keynote Speaker of Women’s Fund Luncheon

    The keynote speaker for the Women’s Fund of Door County’s Annual Luncheon will be Marianne Cooper, Ph.D. a sociologist from Stanford University and the author of Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times. Cooper will share highlights from her interviews with families from all levels of our economy. Through these interviews, Cooper gained insights into what […]

  • Obituary: Madonna Jean Starr

    Madonna Jean Starr, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 29, 2016. She was born July 21, 1954 to Rodrick “Rod” and Jean (Moeller) Borchert in Green Bay. She was raised in Sturgeon Bay and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1972. On October 19, 1975, she married Robert Starr at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • Obituary: Mae Birnschein

    Mae Birnschein, age 90, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 to reunite with her late husband, Arthur, with whom she’s been apart from for almost 32 years. Mae Louise Robinson was born to William and Lilly Robinson on December 14, 1925 and lived in Jacksonport most of her life. She married Arthur August Birnschein on January 27, […]

  • Obituary: Wendell Thomas Phillips

    Wendell Thomas Phillips, 80, of Sturgeon Bay, died late Saturday night, May 28, 2016 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, following a brief illness. He was born March 24, 1936 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Leonard and Rita Ray (Madden) Phillips. Wendell attended school in Sturgeon Bay and then worked as the third […]

  • Obituary: Roger L. Rockwell

    Roger L. Rockwell, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday, May 27, 2016. He was born June 14, 1952, the youngest of three children to Leo and Doraine (Braley) Rockwell. After graduating from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1970, Roger worked at Milwaukee Shoe factory before apprenticing as an electrician in the ship yards of Sturgeon […]

  • Obituary: Deanna Ann Krueger

    Deanna Ann Krueger, 69, of Gardner passed away at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay on May 27, 2016.  She was born December 17, 1946 in Green Bay to Clarence and Marion (Parins) Destree.  On May 21, 1966 she married Lyle Krueger in Namur. Deanna and her husband farmed in the Town of Gardner for many […]

  • Obituary: Nancy Mae Freeman

    Nancy Mae Freeman, 71, Egg Harbor, passed away late Thursday night, May 26, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born July 27, 1944 in De Pere, the daughter of Norman Godfrey Bardouche and Marie G. (Hendricks) Bardouche. On April 20, 1979, Nancy was united in marriage to Kiddford “Kip” Martin Freeman […]

  • Obituary: Shawn LeCloux

    Shawn LeCloux, 26, of Forestville, passed away at home on May 26, 2016.  He was born July 10, 1989 in Sturgeon Bay to Allen and Paula (Lardinois) LeCloux.  After high school, Shawn worked as a steel fitter at Bay Ship.  He was currently employed by Exact Tech in Sturgeon Bay. Shawn’s number one passion in […]

  • Obituary: Joan Lorine Hodson

    Joan Lorine Hodson, 94, of Baileys Harbor, WI, formerly of Mt. Prospect, IL, died Wednesday evening, May 25, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, WI. She was born July 21, 1921 in Burlington, CO, the daughter of Lloyd Raymond McWilliams and Anna Belle (Kaiser) McWilliams. Joan graduated from Palmyra High School in […]

  • Obituary: Nancy Anne McHugh

    Nancy Anne McHugh, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016 at Golden Living Center-Dorchester. She was born June 13, 1931 in Perry, IA, the daughter of Ernest and Angeline (Duchaine) Banyard. Nancy graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School in Cicero, IL in 1948. On May 28, 1949, she married Martin […]

  • Obituary: Arnold A. Schleicher

    Arnold A. Schleicher, 76, of Egg Harbor, passed away suddenly, early Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016 at his home. He was born February 11, 1940 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Arthur and Lucy (Wagner) Schleicher. Arnie graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1958 and went on to study agriculture at the UW-Madison. He returned […]

  • Obituary: Lonnie Gilbert Resler

    Lonnie Gilbert Resler, 64, of the Town of Gibraltar, passed away suddenly Tuesday evening, May 24, 2016 at Ministry Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born September 24, 1951 in Green Bay, the son of Leland Earl Resler and Anna Mae (Howard) Resler. During his early years, Lonnie and his family were […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” John Gerard

    William “Bill” John Gerard, loving husband of Anne McGovern Gerard. Bill passed away peacefully on May 24, 2016, in his home on the bluff, holding Anne’s hand. Beloved father of Tara (Mark) Moran, Mark (Joanna) Gerard, Michael (Nancey) Gerard, M.D., William (Virginia) Gerard, and Kevin (Margaret) Gerard. Proud grandfather of Grace, Garrett, Liam, Finnian, Moira, […]

  • Births: May 17-23, 2016

    Jennifer Orr and Josh Dennis, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a son born on May 17, 2016, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Paula and Ralph Orr, Brussels. Paternal grandparents are Chrondra V. Craig, Terre Haute, Ind., and Eric D. Dennis, Sr., Milwaukee.   RaeAnn Gigstead and Josh Lamer, […]

  • 2016 Door County High School Graduates

    GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL Tyler Appel, Aleah Bauldry, Derek Beard, Ian Bennett, Morgan Bogenschutz, Erik Bosman, Hannah Brandt, Jena Burlo, Kara Caldecott, Hope Copiskey, Mariah Davis, Logan Ferrie, Julia Grant, Madalyn Gray, Krystian Hallett, Josephine Haslep, Ian Hoffman, Alejandra Jauregui, Thor Johnson, Lauren Kita, Jacob Kordon, Anthony Laughlin, Bryan Licona-Curiel, Christopher Loroña, Chloé Massad, Colton Merriman, […]

  • Get Hooked Up with The Hook Up

    Appleton-based band The Hook Up will make the trip up the peninsula on Friday, June 3 to play an evening of rock and roll and original music at The Garage at Husby’s in Sister Bay. Founded in 2012, The Hook Up began with Harry Right on guitar and vocals, Nicholas Rodello on bass and vocals, […]

  • Eagle Tower Peninsula State Park

    Meeting Set for Eagle Tower Fundraising, Rebuild Update

    The Friends of Peninsula State Park, in partnership with the Eagle Tower Fund Committee, will hold an update meeting Thursday, June 9, at 7 pm at the Old Town Hall in Fish Creek to update the public on efforts to fundraise for and rebuild the Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park. The tower has been […]

  • Top Graduate Joins Animal Clinic of Sturgeon Bay

    Dr. Daniel Laurent, a leading graduate of University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine, is joining the staff of Animal Clinic of Sturgeon Bay. Laurent will join the staff in June. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016 by graduating academically ranked first in his class of […]

  • Baileys Harbor Fish Company Opens Remodeled Fish Market

    The Baileys Harbor Fish Company welcomes all customers, old and new, to visit their newly remodeled fish market. There will be a few new items available including frozen shrimp, Walleye fillets, and Lake Trout fillets. Keep in mind that we still carry all the items we have had in the past, including household favorites like […]

  • J-1 Visa Sign-Up Days at Ephraim Village Hall

    On June 14 & 28, J-1 Social Security Card Sign-up Days will be held at the Ephraim Village Hall, 9996 Water Street. Representatives from the Social Security Administration will be in Door County to accept applications from J-1 Visa Students enrolled in the summer work & travel program this summer. New arrivals may apply without […]

  • Brian Linden Presented with Lei Feng Award for Preservation Work in China

    The Linden Gallery, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, is proud to announce that Brian Linden has been chosen by China’s leading English media as one of the foreigners who best embodies the spirit of sharing in China. The Lei Feng award was named after a Chinese soldier who sacrificed his life to save a […]