Peninsula Pulse June 30-July 7, 2023

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Why Have Zoning Ordinances?

    Zoning regulates the type of uses for which a property may be used, such as residential, commercial, agricultural, etc. Zoning prevents overlapping incompatible uses, like having a business in a neighborhood of single-family homes. Three years ago, our neighbor Camp Zion decided to build a 12,656-square-foot multipurpose building. Because we live in a single-family residential district, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Why Comply?

    There’s a new way forward for anyone who has run into a zoning or compliance issue in Door County. If you should, for example, experience a 5-0 decision by the Door County Board of Adjustment (BOA) preventing you from doing what you want to do, just follow this path: Step 1: Bring a lawsuit against […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Babies, Babies, Babies

    People, people, people – it is that time of year when the animal kingdom comes to life, so to speak. It is the time of year when turtles cross roads to lay their eggs and mama deer have their babies in the most unexpected places. Rabbits, squirrels, birds and little varmints are born.  So, when […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Expect Different Amenities in Door County

    This responds to the letter from the visitor from Lisle, Illinois, about the lack of veterinary services immediately available for her pet while visiting Door County. Dear visitor: Welcome to life in Door County!  Seriously, and with all due respect, I am sorry that your pet needed medical attention, but we do not have the […]

  • Mindfulness-Training Workshops

    Dave Ferguson, M.D., is leading a six-week workshop, Mindfulness Training: Techniques for Reducing Stress and Building Resilience. During the workshop, participants will explore research regarding the benefits of mindfulness, examine the stories we tell ourselves and gain insight into how we handle life’s stressors.  The first session, Introduction to Building a Mindfulness Practice, is set […]

  • Parent Corner: Food-Choice Fight

    by KAREN COREKIN-DeLaMER, Education and Community Relations Coordinator, Northern Door Children’s Center During the summer, my boys, ages 5 and 8, stay with my mother-in-law two times a week, on the days when my husband and I are both at work at the same time. I love my mother-in-law, and we have a great relationship. […]

  • Local Author Earns Awards for Historical Fiction

    Addy of the Door Islands by Ellison Bay author Judy DuCharme was a winner for Christian fiction in the 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, hosted by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group. The book also earned the Ames Awards’ First Place in Historical Fiction for courageous faith. In addition, the Ames Awards presented DuCharme’s […]

  • Meet the Authors of Popular Mystery Series

    The cozy-mystery genre is a rapidly growing one, and the Shady Hollow Mystery series is among the most popular. Written by Juneau Black, the series features a community of woodland creatures living in harmony. Juneau Black is the pen name of Wisconsin authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel, who will share tales about writing, sign […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Paved Paradise’ by Henry Grabar

    Recommended by DOMINIC FRANDRUP, Director, Door County Library Many places in Door County are experiencing parking-related issues. Businesses and local governments have questions and concerns about the sustainability, expansion and costs of creating and maintaining parking infrastructure, so this month I’m recommending Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World by Henry Grabar. I’m finding this […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Ann Linquist

    Ann Linquist has published two fantasy novels: The Glory Rites and its prequel, The Old Powers. Her Beginning Writers Workbook, based on her 12 years of teaching creative writing online to tens of thousands of students worldwide, was released last fall. She has lived on 13-plus acres outside Fish Creek since 2010. What is your writing process? I […]

  • PHOTOS: Opening Day for Otumba Park Playground

    The opening day for the new Otumba Park Playground on Friday, June 23, drew a large crowd of kids (with their parents along) who were ready to test out the new, ADA-accessible equipment. Fundraising manager Ashley Schanock (shown with her daughters and husband following the ribbon cutting) raised the $500,000 necessary to make the project […]

  • What Are They Looking For?

    Since the start of the Hal Prize, the Peninsula Pulse’s creative-writing and photography contest, there has always been some type of screening process for submissions. Initially, members of the Pulse staff – and representatives of Write On, Door County when the organization joined as a partner – would whittle down the submissions to a manageable number for […]

  • Wild Things: Tips for a Safer Summer

    Experts say: Don’t burn your skin – or a tick by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor Sunshine filtered by Canadian wildfire smoke has made for some beautiful sunrises and sunsets in recent weeks. And some veteran Lake Michigan anglers believe the haziness has prevented the water from warming much more quickly than it could […]

  • Editor’s Note: Wildfire Days and Minds

    It wasn’t only the Canadian wildfires prompting people to look up at the sky Saturday.  One of our coworkers, Sharon Anderson (who is responsible for the amazing design of this section of the paper, week in and week out), had docked in Fish Creek and noticed ash falling from the sky. She had learned previously […]

  • Bar/Taproom Project a Go on Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront

    A bar/taproom with space for a deli and outdoor seating planned on Sturgeon Bay’s West Waterfront will be able to proceed following Common Council action last week. Council members approved a pair of motions June 20 on behalf of what will be known as the Sturgeon Bay Terrace, which Peter Gentry of WWP Development now […]

  • Ephraim Hopes to Keep Graffiti in Check at Anderson Dock

    The Village of Ephraim has begun cleaning graffiti off unwanted areas of Anderson Dock, and the members of the village board hope it leads to new respect for a decades-old tradition and a piece of village history.  The tradition of painting on the warehouse at Anderson Dock, now home to the Hardy Gallery, started when […]

  • Wisconsin Receives a Billion for Broadband

    Wisconsin was apportioned $1,055,823,573.71 from the federal government to help bridge the digital divide by providing high-speed internet service to all who don’t have access to it. “This funding, along with additional public and private investment, will make it possible to achieve our goal of internet for all,” said Rebecca Cameron Valcq, chair of the […]

  • Franklin Man Dies in Moped Accident

    Third fatality of 2023 A 54-year-old Franklin, Wisconsin, man died Tuesday after being ejected from a moped he was driving on Highway 42 in Liberty Grove. As of the deadline for this issue of the Peninsula Pulse, the man’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. According to the preliminary report from […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Arts Board Expanding to Seven

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council agreed June 20 to expand the city’s Local Arts Board from five to seven members. Both the Local Arts Board and the Joint Parks and Recreation Committee/Board favored adding two representatives of the local arts community, to include artists and/or local arts-community members. The Local Arts Board will continue to […]

  • Forestville Village Trustee Won’t Seek Reelection

    One of the two Forestville village trustees whose term expires next April indicated during the June 19 board meeting that he will not seek another two years in office. Shawn Henderson, who was first elected to the village board in 2016, said he is busy with non-village matters and plans to leave the board after […]

  • $50,000 Grant Will Support Sister Bay Park Improvements

    A $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support an initiative to enhance evenings at Waterfront Park.  Park after Dark, funded in part by a WEDC Vibrant Spaces Grant, aims to transform Waterfront Park into an inviting place to enjoy Sister Bay’s beauty after sunset. Improvements include adding accessible seating, accessible tables […]

  • Gibraltar Brush Fire Scorches 10 Acres

    A brush fire fueled by dry and windy conditions burned close to 10 acres of grassland in Gibraltar Saturday before firefighters were able to stanch the flames. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue was dispatched to the Settlement Inn and Lavender Spa at 9126 Hwy 42 around 2:30 pm on June 24 to respond to reports of […]

  • In Madison: Right to Read with Joel Kitchens

    A bill that would transform how Wisconsin students are taught to read cleared the state Assembly last week and is on track for inclusion in the 2023-25 budget bill that legislators were expected to vote on June 29 or 30. Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) authored Assembly Bill 321, also known as the Right to […]

  • Franklin Man Dies in Moped Accident

    A 54-year-old Franklin, Wisconsin, man died Tuesday after being ejected from a moped he was driving on Highway 42 in Liberty Grove. As of the deadline for this issue of the Peninsula Pulse, the man’s name was being withheld pending notification of next of kin. According to the preliminary report from the Door County Sheriff’s […]

  • Money Secured for Roundabout at Culver’s Intersection

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has secured a little more than $2 million to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Highway 42/57 and Gordon Road/County BB, commonly referred to as the “Culver’s intersection” in Sevastopol. Although the roundabout is “what we’re leaning toward and probably what we’ll be recommending,” said Mason Simmons, a […]

  • Hope Beyond the Hurt

    Growing a resilient Door County community is the goal Every 11 minutes in 2020, someone in the United States died by suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in an April 21, 2023, report on “Suicide in Rural America.”  Rural America is the subject of the report because rural communities experience […]

  • ‘Wind Phone’ To Be Installed at Sunset Park

    Though it may resemble a public phone from the past, what’s known as a “wind phone” – to be installed along the walking trail at Sunset Park by Little Lake – won’t accept change or be able to make calls to anyone alive with a 10-digit phone number. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council last week […]

  • 2023 Door County Independence Day Celebrations

    AT A GLANCE Parades July 4, 10 am: Baileys Harbor July 4, 1:30 pm: Egg Harbor Fireworks Displays July 1, 9 pm: Fish Creek (view from Clark Park and the Fish Creek beach) July 2, 9:30 pm: Maplewood (at the Forestville Town Hall) July 3, dusk (9:15 pm): Egg Harbor July 4, dusk (9:15 pm): […]

  • The Business of Fireworks

    Fireworks are an iconic part of celebrating the Fourth of July, and there are plenty of displays to choose from in Door County. From Washington Island to Maplewood, the sound of celebration will be heard across the county due to the planning of local fireworks professionals.  Several area shows are put on by Spielbauer Fireworks […]

  • Gibraltar Honor Rolls, Second Semester 2023

    Middle School / High Honor Roll Lyric Backmann-Einhorn, Emilia Bass, Sofia Blagoeva, Finn Bremer, Wyatt Bultman, Clara Carriere, Ema Collak, Oliver Collak, James Colosimo, Graham Devoe, Isla Fagundes, Silvia Frisoni, Mia Glocke, Alexander Helm, Azucena Jauregui, Celeste Jauregui, Marisol Jauregui, Ellie Knapp, Hayden Knudson, Kendal Kwaterski, Ashlyn Lautenbach, Katja Nelson, Blake Ouradnik, Steven Prescott, Carenna […]

  • Students Receive Scholarships from Baileys Harbor Women’s Club

    (From left) Baileys Harbor Women’s Club president Susan Geils attended the Gibraltar High School senior banquet to present college scholarships to graduating seniors Genesis Sanchez and Emmett Moroney from Baileys Harbor. Sanchez plans to attend Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont; Moroney will attend UW-Platteville.

  • Gelato, Custard, Ice Cream – Oh, My!

    What distinguishes each of Door County’s frozen treats? Every Door County resident or visitor probably has a favorite local frozen dessert – and they would probably argue that their type is best, whether that’s gelato, custard or ice cream. But what makes each summertime staple distinctive? Three local frozen-dessert makers gave us a primer. Gelato […]

  • Wine Trails: French Whining

    “I don’t really like French wine.” This random, overheard musing triggered – for some reason – a negative reaction from all five of my senses and possibly from several senses I’m not aware of. Fortunately, I quickly gained control of my response mechanism, and, rather than confronting the perpetrator of this heinous statement, I calmly shook my […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Puts Brahms in the Spotlight

    During Midsummer’s Music’s Brahms in the Spotlight program, audiences will experience works by a contemporary woman composer of color and a relatively unfamiliar 18th-century composer – both alongside music by the renowned Johannes Brahms. What Brahms considered one of his “finest works” – the String Quintet in F Major, Op. 88 – is for two violins, […]

  • Get Insights Into Shakespeare’s World With Will in the Woods

    As part of Door Shakespeare’s Will in the Woods series, audience members are invited to gather prior to select performances of As You Like It and The Old Man and the Old Moon for pre-show discussions. Will in the Woods provides insight to the theatrical traditions, techniques and themes of the 2023 summer season, and […]

  • Culture Club: Directing a Production in Nature

    by ELISSA WOLF, Managing Director, Door Shakespeare In Act 2, Scene 5 of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, Celia – one of the protagonists – utters the words, “I like this place, and willingly could waste my time in it.”  One of the main themes in this play is courtly life versus country life. […]

  • Bookmobile Project Gaining Traction

    The Door County Bookmobile initiative continues to gain traction as it gets closer to the public unveiling during an Aug. 19 community celebration at Sawyer Farms in Egg Harbor. The full restoration of the vehicle’s exterior began in April at Reese’s Body Shop in Sturgeon Bay.  To date, the committee led by Egg Harbor Historical […]

  • Family History

    A longtime Door County visitor honors three major anniversaries Lisa Schab’s roots in Door County go back generations, and the Chicago-based writer is commemorating three major anniversaries: This year marks 100 years since her grandparents honeymooned here; 70 years since her parents met here; and 30 years since Schab and her husband were married here. […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: A Dangerous Concentration of Risk

    by BRET BICOY, President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation As civic participation of all kinds continues to decline, so has the number of people who make contributions to charity. Over the past decade, the total number of folks who give has decreased by an incredible 19%. And according to the “Giving USA 2023: Annual […]

  • Obituary: Janice L. (Walker) Petersilka

    April 19, 1930 ~ June 21, 2023 Janice L. Petersilka, 93, formerly of the Town of Sevastopol, died early Wednesday morning, June 21, 2023 at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born on April 19, 1930 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of John […]

  • Obituary: Dorothy Jean Roberts

    November 30, 1929 ~ June 21, 2023 Dorothy Jean Roberts, 93, of Sturgeon Bay died on June 21, 2023, at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born November 30, 1929, in Sturgeon Bay to Lawrence and Edith Okerstrom.  On July 2, 1951, she married Emmit G. Roberts; he passed away on June 18, 2006. […]

  • Obituary: Beth Elaine Robertson Yount

     August 13, 1928 – January 14, 2023 Beth Yount, of Highland, California and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, was born in Sturgeon Bay August 13, 1928. She died on January 14, 2023 in San Bernardino, California after a short illness. She was 94 years old. Beth was the only child of Chester and Joyce Wood Robertson. She […]

  • Obituary: Daniel Patrick Beauchamp

    August 2, 1954 ~ June 8, 2023 Daniel Patrick Beauchamp, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Thursday, June 8, 2023. He was born August 2, 1954 in Escanaba, MI, the son of Ronald and Rose (DeBacker) Beauchamp. Dan grew up in Rock, MI and was a 1972 graduate of Rock High School.  For […]

  • Obituary: Vincent Maccoux

    October 27, 1937 ~ June 19, 2023 Vincent Maccoux, 85, of Brussels died peacefully at home on June 19, 2023, surrounded by his family, after bravely battling cancer.  He was born October 27, 1937, to Elmer and Eunice (Gilson) Maccoux.  On September 28, 1957, he married the love of his life, Ella Mae Kinnard. Vince […]