Peninsula Pulse March 12-19, 2021

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: True Spirits

    Thank you so much for writing about and honoring Karsten Topelmann. He and his wife were true spirits of the Door County art colony! Maureen McGrath Baileys Harbor, Wisconsin

  • Framed

    Making maple syrup the old-fashioned way in Gills Rock. Photo by Tad Dukehart.

  • Door County League Baseball Welcomes New Officers

    Door County League Baseball has four new officers: (from left) Mary Witteborg, secretary; Tom Demmin, vice president; Jason Annis-Wild, treasurer; and John Sawyer, president. The outgoing president is Rick Gigot.

  • Physician Assistant Krista Solarek Now Practicing at Bellin Health Algoma

    Physician assistant Krista Solarek is now practicing at Bellin Health Algoma. As a member of the Bellin Health Titletown Sports Medicine & Orthopedics team, she offers her orthopedics and sports-medicine expertise to treat acute or chronic knee, shoulder and hip pain, as well as mild to moderate pain of any extremity, including the foot, ankle, […]

  • History Mysteries

    From the Ephraim Historical Foundation Grab a deerstalker cap and magnifying glass, then channel your inner Sherlock Holmes to help the Ephraim Historical Foundation (EHF) identify the women in these three photos. Send your conclusions to EHF curator Cody Schreck at [email protected]. 1) Because this image appeared on a cabinet card, it was likely taken […]

  • If These Walls Could Talk: Life Above the Baileys Harbor Town Hall

    Family after family called a tiny apartment in the Baileys Harbor town hall home Unless you grew up in Baileys Harbor or have been there for 60 years or so, it will probably surprise you to learn that people used to live – and in some cases, raise their families – in a tiny apartment […]

  • Suds with Sophie: The Art of the Blend

    If you’ve taken a good look around at your local bottle shop – or read a few of my articles – you’ve no doubt been exposed to the latest craze: sour beers packed with fruit, vanilla, marshmallow and lots of other wacky ingredients. The base beers used for these zany drinks are a “sour beer,” but they’re […]

  • The Big Plant: Climate Change Coalition of Door County Prepares Monthlong, Community-wide Initiative to Plant Thousands of Trees

    Tree planting is one of the most effective ways to help the environment. Visit the website of the Climate Change Coalition (CCC) of Door County, and it’ll tell you that trees clear pollution from the air, prevent soil erosion, protect groundwater and reduce energy consumption through windbreaks and shading.  The volunteer CCC is a nonpartisan […]

  • Apply for UUFDC Social Justice Scholarship by March 31

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is accepting applications for its $1,000 Social Justice Scholarship, and the submission deadline has been extended to March 31. Through this scholarship, the UUFDC encourages students of any faith – or no faith – to persevere in the struggle for social justice, wherever and whenever they find […]

  • Northern Sky Seeking Applicants for Krause Scholarship

    Northern Sky Theater and Werner and Sue Krause are seeking applicants for the third annual Northern Sky Theater Werner and Sue Krause Scholarship, which supports a Door County high school senior who is pursuing a degree in theater arts or music performance, who exhibits a love for theater or music performance, and who has participated […]

  • NWTC To Offer Basic Life-Support Certification

    The NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay, is offering an American Heart Association Basic Life-Support Certification for health care providers April 5, 12:30-5:30 pm. Participants will learn to recognize life-threatening emergencies, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver ventilations and provide early use of an automated external defibrillator. The fee […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Say ‘No’ to ATV/UTV Trail

    First, I want to thank the Pulse for creating public awareness about the proposed ATV/UTV trail on West Elm and North Duluth Avenue to Bullhead Point and beyond (March 12, “ATV Trail Dead-ended”).  As many of you may know, North Duluth Avenue is part of the Ice Age Trail, one of America’s 11 National Scenic […]

  • Gibraltar Schools Announce Honor Rolls

    GIBRALTAR MIDDLE SCHOOL HONOR ROLLS Semester 1, 2021–21 HIGH HONOR ROLL Henry Annen, Celeste Ashley, Lauren Bertges, Campbell Brunner, Wyatt Bultman, Canyon Burgard, Clara Carriere, Oliver Collak, James Colosimo, Dasia Daubner, Emma Daubner, Abigail DeMeuse, Graham Devoe, Wilson Devoe, Isla Fagundes, Ombeline Finck, John Fitzgerald, Megan Gallant, Emilie Glocke, Krista Jacobson, Abigail Jarosh, Anna Jarosh, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sevastopol Ordinance for Short-term Rentals

    Beginning last summer, the Sevastopol Plan Commission gathered public input and carefully researched and drafted a short-term rental (STR) ordinance, which will receive a public hearing the week of May 10. Thereafter, the Door County Board of Supervisors will vote on the proposed ordinance at its next meeting. In 2017, Wisconsin enacted Act 59, which […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Mislabeled Programs Hatched by Democrats

    It had to have been a Democrat who labeled it “daylight saving time.” Millions wake up in the morning to learn that turning the clock ahead actually saved them an hour that otherwise would be lost. As long as this was established by Democrats, it has been confirmed by Adam Schiff. Democrats called it the […]

  • Server of the Week: Shawn Galligan at Blue Horse Beach Cafe

    4113 Main St. in Fish Creek When you see him, you think, “Wait – this isn’t Northern Sky,” And you’re right! It’s Blue Horse, and Shawn Galligan is your guy. When he’s not on stage, he’s whipping up mocha. Need a drink recommendation? Shawn’s got one for ya. He’s a server who genuinely cares, and […]

  • Youth Baseball, Softball Leagues Making Summer Plans

    The Northern Door Youth Baseball and Softball Association will hold an informational meeting April 24 at the Baileys Harbor Town Park. The starting time has not been determined. Nor Door youth boys baseball and Gibraltar youth girls softball will begin registration, and a mailing will go out shortly to all past participants. Call Tucker Emerson […]

  • Bowling League Results

    Majors League  March 9, 2021 • High team game/series: Red Room 1,196/3,303 • High game (women): Alisa Rupp 236, Natasha LeMieux 191, Natasha LeMieux 181 • High series (women): Alisa Rupp 570, Natasha LeMieux 523, Ladeana Taylor 409 • High game (men): David Cole Jr. 279, Andy Alger 268, Scott LaLuzerne 259 • High series […]

  • Food Tastes Better with Friends: The team behind Hügel Haus

    Glance at the menu of any good German restaurant, and you’ll find a sampler platter: a way for diners to taste a little bit of each popular dish on one plate. It’s the ideal choice when everything looks so tempting and so unusual that you just want to try as much as possible – and maybe […]

  • Baha’i New Year Celebrations

    by Renny Lea, Chairperson The Baha’is of Northern Door will celebrate their new year on the first day of spring. Baha’is follow a solar calendar containing 19 months of 19 days each, with the extra four or five intercalary days known as Ayyam-i-Ha, or “days of joy” held between the 18th and 19th months to […]

  • Trail to Nowhere? Residents object to new ATV/UTV route

    Tracking the path of governmental approvals is not an easy process for those who don’t do it for a living. The trajectory became even more complicated recently for those who have been trying to follow a proposed ATV/UTV route being planned for their neighborhood within the City of Sturgeon Bay. “Neighbors are livid in opposition […]

  • The Colors of Karsten Topelmann: Ephraim artist died Feb. 13 at 91

    In the buttoned-down, monochromatic village of Ephraim, Karsten Topelmann was a splash of bright color that spread far beyond the canvases of his renowned paintings. Topelmann was a ubiquitous, sometimes flamboyant presence who connected to the young, the old, the artist and the tradesperson, in addition to the lovers of the Door County landscapes he […]

  • Kayak Launch Proposed for Paddlers of All Abilities

    Carmody County Park has one of the busiest boat launches in Door County. Gliding into that mix – and sometimes rolling into the drink – has been an increasing number of kayakers. This summer, a new kayak launch will separate those paddlers from the boat ramps. The dock will also have features to greatly ease […]

  • Door to Nature: Spring Birding

    March is the month when many birds return to Door County. The greater hours of daylight and higher level of the sun cheer us all and change  birds’ activity to beginning to set up a breeding territory and seeking a mate. The blackbird group is one that makes an early appearance – some species often by […]

  • Wild Things: COVID-19 Doesn’t Stop Shoppers but Guts Second Spring Hearing

    For the second straight year, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have announced that the annual spring hearings will be online only because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With case numbers falling rapidly and big-box stores packed with hundreds of shoppers every hour, it’s hard for this writer to understand why a […]

  • Hike This: Variety Is the Spice of Life at Heins Creek Nature Preserve

    For a first hike of the spring season, you absolutely cannot go wrong with the short loop at the Heins Creek Nature Preserve. At .81 miles as my watch clocked it, this 30-minute hike takes you through some of the richest geological diversity the Door County Land Trust has to offer. With sand dunes, open […]

  • Manners Matter: Texting Etiquette

    Dear Mary Pat, I have a friend who thinks that texting is like a phone call: that it’s rude not to keep a running dialogue going, and he gets irritated if I don’t reply right away to something he says. I think texting is like an email: that you launch something, and the recipient replies […]

  • Write On Hosts Virtual Poetry Conference, Scavenger Hunt, Day Camp

    • Join Write On, Door County for its Writing on the Door virtual poetry conference April 23-25: readings, conversations and craft talks by Mauricio Kilwein Guevara, Donna Hilbert, Sean Hill, Su Hwang, Ed Bok Lee, Denise Low, January Gill O’Neil and Michael Torres. The keynote speakers will be Naomi Shihab Nye and Kwame Dawes. The conference […]

  • Ferlinghetti’s Reach Extended to Door County

    by Robert M. Zoschke Lawrence Ferlinghetti – known worldwide as a paramount force in the advancement of modern poetry and literature – died Feb. 22, a month shy of his 102nd birthday. Included in the multitudes he inspired was the late, great Door County legend, Norbert Blei. In one of Blei’s last published writings before […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Ann Heyse

    compiled by the Door County Poets Collective When Ann Heyse moved to Baileys Harbor in 2015, it took only a few weeks before she found herself in a weeklong poetry workshop at Bjӧrklunden. In fewer than six months, she had joined a book club of committed readers, a poetry critique group and the board of […]

  • Marty’s Road Trip Tells A Monarch’s Tale

    Pat Ensing has published Marty’s Road Trip (, a children’s picture book about a stowaway caterpillar from Door County who unwittingly found himself in the loving home of an Illinois couple who bought a vase of flowers at a roadside stand.Marty and his newfound friends were surprised to encounter each other, but they were immediately […]

  • Hal Prize Announces Photography Judges

    The Hal Prize organizers are excited to welcome back Coburn Dukehart as a 2021 photography judge, but this year, her father, Tad Dukehart, will join her to create a father-daughter judging team. Coburn has spent almost 20 years pursuing the craft of photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. She’s the digital and multimedia director for the Wisconsin […]

  • Hardy Gallery Launches Annual Community Mosaic Project

    The Hardy Gallery ( invites submissions of original artwork from individuals, artists, students and art enthusiasts of all creative backgrounds and ages, in any medium, to participate in its Community Mosaic Project. The gallery launched this initiative in 2008 in partnership with the Artists Guild as a way to bring the community together and create […]

  • ‘Three Dancers’ Photography Contest Now On

    The Egg Harbor Public Arts Initiative and Kress Pavilion are seeking entries for the “Three Dancers” Photography Contest. Egg Harbor’s Eames Cherry View Park, next to the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, is the new home of artist Richard Edelman’s sculpture “Three Dancers.” Members of the public of all ages and experience levels are invited […]

  • Miller Art Museum To Host Virtual Fundraiser

    The Miller Art Museum will host Hand to HeART: A Virtual Fundraiser Pairing Creativity + Comfort on March 29. The funds raised are critical to the museum’s continuing programming and operations. Keynote speaker Sarah Chance will emcee the event: an evening of tributes by those who serve and are served by the organization; a silent […]

  • Between The Cracks Exhibit Explores The Unknown

    The Village of Egg Harbor’s Public Arts Initiative ( is hosting a liminal art exhibition featuring local, regional and first-time artists at the Kress Pavilion (, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, from March 15 until May 31. The 14 pieces in Between the Cracks – textiles, mixed media, prints, cold wax, poetry and photography – came […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Dorblu

    Meet Dorblu (, a one-month-old fancy mouse who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Mice make really fun pets, and with practice (and treats!), they can enjoy being handled. Their favorite activities include snacking on seeds, running on an exercise wheel and burrowing into their bedding. Mice do best in […]

  • DCCF Creates Philanthropic Services Team

    The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF, in Sturgeon Bay has created a philanthropic services team: professionals who will counsel Door County’s generous donors in developing new and more effective strategies to increase the impact of their charitable giving.John Sabo will lead the team as the new VP of philanthropic services. He joins the DCCF […]

  • JAK’s Place Winter Fundraising Campaign

    The JAK’s Place 2020-21 winter fundraising campaign is underway. JAK’s Place – a program of Lakeshore CAP – is a mental-health resource center that provides structured and social resources to those affected by mental illness and to family members in need of support and information. Funds donated will stay at JAK’s Place to help keep […]

  • Masonic Lodge Steamboat Dinner March 13

    The Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge’s 86th annual Steamboat Dinner will be served March 13, 4-7 pm. Drive through or walk up to pick up carryout meals at the Masonic Center, 31 S. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. There is no table service this year because of COVID-19 restrictions.  The meal will consist of roast beef, […]

  • Food Boxes Available March 12

    Farmers to Families is hosting another food-box event March 12, 4-5:30 pm, or until supplies run out. Cars may begin lining up at 3:45 pm. Boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department, 2258 Mill Road in Sister Bay; and at the Door County Fairgrounds, 812 N. […]

  • Dollar General Store Advances to Town Board

    It’s time for Egg Harbor’s supervisors to weigh in The proposed Dollar General store survived the Town of Egg Harbor’s Architectural Control Board review Monday evening. It’s now up to the full town board to make a final decision about whether the chain store will be built where Highway 42 meets Hillside Road next to […]

  • Gibraltar Tables Assessment Discussion

    The Town of Gibraltar has tabled discussion of how it will handle special assessments for the sidewalk and street-lighting improvements it completed last summer. The board decided Monday to continue the discussion when it hires a town administrator – a position that’s expected to be filled by June.  A special town meeting on Feb. 24 to […]

  • Large-item Pickup Fees Increased in City

    It costs the City of Sturgeon Bay $67 to dispose of a large TV set, yet the resident is charged only $32 for the pickup. Something had to give. That something was a fee increase that the Common Council approved unanimously March 2. “The prices keep going up for the disposal of these items,” said […]

  • Volunteers Make a Difference at COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

    During most of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers with the Door County Medical Center (DCMC) Auxiliary have provided support, including serving as monitors at DCMC entrances, where they ensure that everyone entering the facility is wearing a mask and uses hand sanitizer.  Recently, volunteers began assisting with DCMC’s vaccination clinics by greeting people as they enter […]

  • One Barrel Owners Considering West Waterfront Proposal

    Where Maple Street curves into the Oregon Street bridge, there’s a small, city-owned lot that’s been looking for a development project. Maybe that project has arrived. The city’s Common Council has granted a 90-day exclusivity agreement to Peter and Jennifer Gentry, owners of One Barrel Brewing Co. in Egg Harbor, to give the couple time […]

  • Obituary: John “Jack” Neubauer

    July 22, 1942 ~ March 3, 2021 John “Jack” Neubauer, 78, of Apple Valley, California and formerly of Sturgeon Bay died on March 3, 2021 at his home in California.  He was born July 22, 1942 in Connecticut to Carl and Theresa (Vogel) Neubauer. After graduating from Algoma High School, he earned a degree in […]

  • Gonzales to Offer Free, Virtual Creative Mastermind Event

    Learn how art journaling can help restore your work/life balance during Creative Mastermind, a free virtual event to be held March 18, 7-8 pm. Artistic skill is not needed to benefit from this experience. Facilitator Jodi Rose Gonzales will share an art-journaling technique that can be used for self-discovery intentions including connection, calmness, clarity and […]

  • Crossroads Seeks ‘Habitat Healers’ to Help with Restoration Work

    Under the guidance of Landscapes of Place, Crossroads at Big Creek (, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay) is finalizing its ecological restoration plan for 2021, with the focal point being the navigable Big Creek Estuary and its associated coastal-wetland habitats. They are important locally and to the greater Green Bay Estuary, the world’s largest […]

  • Southern Door Haunted Mansion Needs ‘Fresh Blood’ to Continue

    For 14 years, the Southern Door Haunted Mansion has raised more than $350,000 for pre-K–12 student programs. It’s been an incredible 14 years, but continue this annual event, new core team members are needed. Volunteer leadership vacancies include project manager, lead carpenter, scenic designer, marketing/public relations, volunteer coordinator, special effects/technical director and costume/make-up assistant director. […]

  • Obituary: Andrew Nocker

    May 13, 1926 ~ February 24, 2021 Andrew Maria Nocker, 94, of Sister Bay, died peacefully late Wednesday afternoon, February 24, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village. He was a beloved husband, father, “opa,” and great-grandfather who was passionate about his model train collection, big-band music, tinkering in his workshop, boating the shores of Door […]

  • Obituary: Daniel James Nelson

    March 6, 1958 ~ March 2, 2021 Daniel James Nelson, 62, of Washington Island, WI, died early Tuesday morning, March 2, 2021 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, WI. He was born March 6, 1958 in Elmhurst, IL, the son of James Oliver Nelson and Dorothy Claire (Rabito) Nelson. Dan grew up in Itasca, IL […]

  • Obituary: Isabelle Peters

    July 28, 1929 ~ March 1, 2021 Isabelle I. Peters, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died on March 1, 2021.  She was born July 28, 1929 in Brussels to Michael and Elsie (Oldenburg) Stauber.  She married Norman J. Vandertie on April 29, 1948.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1955. For many years, Isabelle […]

  • Obituary: Douglas Alan Williams

    December 17, 1938 ~ February 25, 2021 Douglas A. Williams, 82 years of Ephraim, died Thursday, February 25, 2021 in Sister Bay. He was born December 17, 1938 in Elgin, Illinois the son of the late Robert Orren Williams and Mary Margaret (Perry) Williams. Following his graduation at Elgin High School, Doug went on to […]