Peninsula Pulse March 18-25, 2022

In this issue

  • Remembering Educator and Environmentalist Carl Scholz

    Carl Scholz was one of a kind. He was the youngest school superintendent in Wisconsin when he was promoted to head the Sevastopol District at age 26 and had held the position longer than anyone else in the state when he retired 34 years later.  When he accepted the position, there were 15 faculty members, […]

  • PODCAST: Campers Left in the Cold in Egg Harbor

    Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen Jr. recap the Gibraltar basketball team’s historic run at the state championship last week, and break down what happened at the Egg Harbor campground when seasonal campers received notice that rates were increasing 71%, and they had three weeks to remove their campers if they couldn’t pay.

  • FRAMED: Earl’s Girls in 1980

    Sherrie Willems shared this 1980 photo of the Sister Bay Bowl waitstaff. (From left, starting at the bottom) Annette Olson, Joan Lautenbach, Eileen Anderson, Esther Lind (bottom center), Andrea Erickson and Katie Voight. (From left, middle row) Eileen Champeau, Sharon Daubner, Leila Anderson, Barb Lind (her head is between Eileen Anderson and Andrea Erickson), Penny […]

  • Celebrate Opening Night of Midsummer’s Music June 9

    Mark your calendar to attend Midsummer’s Music’s 2022 opening night – a live concert, celebratory toast and post-performance reception – June 9, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Wisconsin Public Radio’s Norman Gilliland will be the special guest. This first program of this exciting season will feature piano quartets by Friedrich Kiel and […]

  • Play-Reading Series Goes Interstellar

    Peninsula Players Theatre’s winter play-reading series, The Play’s the Thing, will continue April 4, 7 pm, at Björklunden with an in-person reading – and a virtual audio-recording option – of A Rock Sails By, a new play by Sean Grennan. Inspired by a real interstellar visitor, Grennan introduces audiences to an astrophysicist who’s trying to bring […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Oscar Picks

    by MIKE ORLOCK [email protected]  There was a time when the Academy Awards were a big deal. I’m old enough to remember when the TV broadcast of the Oscars was as hyped and watched as the Super Bowl. Hosted by Bob Hope or Billy Crystal or some other celebrity du jour, the laughably long spectacle celebrating […]

  • Rod & Gun Club to Host Fish Fry Fundraiser

    The Door County Rod & Gun Club ( will hold a whitefish fry fundraiser April 15, 4:30-7:30 pm, at the club, 3210 Mathey Road in Sturgeon Bay. Purchase tickets ($14 for adult meals and $7 for kids meals for ages 10 and younger) at the door or in advance at Door County Ace Hardware, Howie’s […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Loses a Piece of History

    The building before Butch’s Bar, located at the same corner, was also destroyed by fire with a loss of life by PATTY WILLIAMSON, PhD In the wake of the Feb. 22 fire that destroyed Butch’s Bar, there was a loss of life and livelihood, housing for those down on their luck and a place for […]

  • Woodcrest Road Won’t Get Bike Lanes

    Village Trustee Nate Bell had pushed the Village of Sister Bay to explore options for widening Woodcrest Road and adding bike lanes, but the Town of Liberty Grove, which shares responsibility for the road, said it wasn’t willing to spend more to add bike lanes to the road.  “To add the bike lanes would add […]

  • To Help Is ‘in Our Blood’

    Polish couple inspires Door County residents to aid the open-arms welcome of Ukrainian refugees  Andrzej Bartosiewicz and his wife, Aleksandra, live in Wroclaw, Poland, with their two young children, Jan and Amelia. When they learned that Ukrainians were pouring into Poland following Russia’s invasion, they, like thousands of other Polish people, decided to help. “Polish […]

  • More Work Weeks Proposed for Gibraltar Teachers

    Board president suggests more professional-development days, shorter summers An “alternate” school calendar proposed by Gibraltar’s board president received little support from board members and the public this week. Minutes before the board agenda called for discussion and possible approval of a traditional 2022-23 school calendar, President Stephen Seyfer, a retired superintendent, on Monday asked the […]

  • Hunter-Education Sign-Up Day is March 26

    Interested in hunter and firearm safety? Enroll in a Wisconsin hunter-education course beginning the week of April 25 in Sturgeon Bay.  Anyone born on or after Jan. 1, 1973, must have completed a hunter-education course and show the certificate to purchase any hunting license in Wisconsin unless they will be hunting under the hunting mentorship […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lyrell

    Lyrell is an adorable pup who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This 3-month-old boy has a beautiful brindle coat with a white patch on his chest and loves to play! Like all dogs at WHS, Lyrell is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, plus he goes home with a starter […]

  • Final Chapter for BookNook Gardens

    The BookNook Gardens’ board of directors has decided to dissolve the entity and thanks the community for its support during the past four years.  BookNook Gardens has collaborated with the Door County Board and Door County Realtors Advocacy Group to purchase three benches along the Story Trail in Egg Harbor’s Murphy Park; worked with Write […]

  • Personal-Care Items and Cleaning Supplies Needed

    United Way of Door County is coordinating the collection of personal-care items and cleaning supplies – necessities that cannot be purchased using Food Share benefits. Drop off items through the end of March at more than 15 locations throughout the county, and United Way will distribute them to food pantries and other local human-service agencies. Questions? […]

  • Rotary Interact Collecting Bikes for Refugees

    The YMCA Rotary Interact chapter is partnering with Catholic Charities of Green Bay to help provide bikes for Afghan refugees because 125 people in 20 families will be relocated to Brown County. To support this effort, donate bicycles in good working condition to Nor Door Sport & Cyclery in Fish Creek or Sturgeon Bay, or […]

  • Free CIP Training Offered in Sturgeon Bay

    Free Crisis Intervention Partner (CIP) training is being offered April 12-13 at the ADRC/Community Center, 916 N. 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. This training is designed for a wide-ranging audience that’s interested in better understanding and improving interactions with people who experience mental-health crises. Meals are included with the training. To participate, email Helen Bacon […]

  • Register for Door-Tran’s Annual Meeting

    Door-Tran will host its annual meeting March 29, 9:15 am, via Zoom. The annual meeting will replace its quarterly TRIP meeting. Because of streaming-capacity caps, interested parties should register in advance, and if there is enough interest, Door-Tran will look for alternative platforms to allow more people to attend.Sign up by calling 920.743.9999, or email […]

  • MDC Panel Features Women in Male-Dominated Careers

    In honor of Women’s History Month, Mentor Door County (MDC) will present a virtual panel discussion featuring four prominent Door County women March 28, 4-5:30 pm. This Zoom event is geared toward women in northeast Wisconsin who live, learn and/or work in historically male-dominated spaces.  The featured panelists include women with leadership experience in fields […]

  • YMCA Day of Giving Delivers Massive Impact

    Nearly 200 people raised $27,126 for the YMCA’s annual Day of Giving on March 1. The annual campaign raises more than $535,000 annually to ensure that the YMCA is welcoming to anyone, regardless of race, age, economic status or social group. This year, fundraising was focused on water safety. You can still donate at, […]

  • Seventh Day Adventists Donate $20k to Those in Need

    The church board of the Sturgeon Bay Seventh Day Adventist church approved the distribution of $20,000 to aid organizations, and church members voted to select Neighbor to Neighbor, Door Community Child Development Center, Door-Tran, Lakeshore CAP and Green Bay’s Altrusa House. It also approved contributing to four statewide, four nationwide and four worldwide organizations that […]

  • ADRC of the Lakeshore Offers Workshop for Caregivers

    The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of the Lakeshore and St. John Lutheran Church will offer a weekly Powerful Tools for Caregivers workshop on Tuesdays, March 22 – April 26, 1-3:30 pm, at St. John Lutheran Church, 700 Heritage Road in Luxemburg. Attendance at all six sessions is highly encouraged because each class builds […]

  • Model Government Weekend Shapes Future Leaders

    The 15-student Door County YMCA Youth in Government delegation recently took part in a model-government weekend at the state Capitol in Madison, debating bills with students from around the state, writing media articles and arguing legal issues.  Jacqueline Barlas, Malia Bicoy, Scout Feldman, Abi Tooley and Conor Waterstreet all had their bills signed into law […]

  • Bay View Lutheran Offers Human-Service Scholarships

    Bay View Lutheran Church is accepting applications for its Anderson Scholarship, which is open to Door County residents planning careers in ministry, medicine, education and other human-service occupations. Applicants must have graduated from high school and be eligible to enter college, technical school or a licensed training program to obtain a degree or certificate. Find […]

  • Scholarship Available for Library Sciences

    Applications are now being accepted for the Algoma Library Friends’ $1,000 scholarship, which is open to people living or employed in Kewaunee County who are pursuing a higher degree in library science or reading/media specialties. To apply, mail a letter of application detailing student status and career path to Algoma Library Friends, 406 Fremont St., […]

  • Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Visits NWTC to Highlight Benefits of Two-year Education

    Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes visited Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) to discuss the benefits of a two-year education and the role it plays in meeting workforce demands.  “What the students at NWTC are doing is what is going to fix our economy,” Barnes said. “They are getting a good education and putting themselves on […]

  • Metals Class Inspires SBHS Junior’s Artistic Endeavor

    Also: Southern Door closes meeting for capital projects discussion A freshman metals class inspired a Sturgeon Bay student to take a break from paints and pencils to try welding and cutting instead. Now a junior, Lilly Cihlar devotes much of her free time at home to turning metal into art – and it has not […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Elementary Principal Retiring on a High Note

    Sturgeon Bay Schools Superintendent Dan Tjernagel began advertising this month for a new principal for grades 3-5 at Sunrise Elementary to replace Brian O’Handley, who has more than 25 years’ experience in classroom and administrative positions in public education. He submitted his retirement notice in February. “The focus is on being more of a dad […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Prepares $2 Million+ for Housing Projects

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved parameters for offering more than $2 million in incentives for two different apartment projects. The packages would require the use of American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funding, the use of revenue from an existing Tax Increment Financing District (TID) and the creation of another TID, which would be the […]

  • Social Media Boosts Artists’ Presence and Sales

    From connecting with current collectors, to reaching new audiences, to boosting sales, social-media platforms have opened up an array of opportunities for artists.  “It’s been fun, and another extension of my work because I see it in another format rather than [on] a gallery wall or in my studio,” said Judi Ekholm, a painter who […]


    On March 25, 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will host the Zimbabwean vocal ensemble Nobuntu. The five voices of Nobuntu echo with power and intensity, emanating pure joy and embodying the spirit of the ensemble’s home country, where “nobuntu” translates to “mother of kindness.” Together, this all-female a cappella quintet celebrates the African philosophy […]

  • Door County Live Music March 18-25

    If you’re looking to shake it and move it, check out one of these live music performances this coming week! Moonshiners March 18, 7-10:30 pm, Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub, 107 N. 1st Ave. in Sturgeon Bay An authentic reproduction of modern and classic country hits with an distinctive approach to instrumentation. Ben Larsen March […]

  • The Building of Wisconsin’s Barns

    Baileys Harbor native William H. Tishler has written a book about how Wisconsin’s barns – noble structures that highlight our rural landscape and are the most monumental buildings on a farm – were built. These structures are rapidly disappearing, so there is growing nostalgia for them and concerns about their destiny.  Building Wisconsin’s Barns provides fascinating […]

  • Theater, Poetry Workshops at Write On

    Write On, Door County will begin two new four-week classes for beginning and experienced writers in late March. The Playwrights’ Studio with Richard Gustin will explore the development of character, scene, monologue and ensemble building. Gustin is a playwright, actor, director and producer who brings an eclectic approach to the playwriting process.  The class will […]

  • Questions & Authors: Laura Bird

    On March 19, middle-grade author Laura Bird will lead a program for kids at Yardstick Books in Algoma centered around her book, Crossing the Pressure Line. The story follows 12-year-old Clare Burch, who has just lost the person she loves most in the world: her grandfather. Dealing with her feelings of grief and guilt over his […]

  • ARTrageous Benefit to Return in September

    The Women’s Fund of Door County’s ( ARTrageous Benefit will be held Sept. 17, 2-4 pm, at Rehberger’s Hidden Acres Farm, 11128 Beach Road in Sister Bay. Paintings and sculpture created by women artists of Door County will be displayed and available for purchase, and the event will feature music by harpist Cheryl Murphy and […]

  • Murphy and Sōmi Gallery Team Up to Raise Funds

    Butch’s Bar was always an iconic symbol of home for Sturgeon Bay’s Meg Lionel Murphy, and in 2021, she used the bar as a setting for a painting, “Walking through Hell Flames.” “Now that title is haunting,” Murphy said. “It’s only right that the painting is now used to help those that need it in […]

  • Miller Satellite Education Space in the Works

    The Miller Art Museum has announced plans to launch a satellite education space in downtown Sturgeon Bay called M3, which signifies the core pillars of education, engagement and exchange. It will be housed in the former Healthy Way Market space at 142 S. 3rd Ave. The new venue and venture will provide an active, multifunctional, […]

  • Meet Field Museum Artist-In-Residence

    Peggy Macnamara, artist-in-residence at Chicago’s Field Museum, will join Miller Art Museum curator Helen del Guidice on March 19, 1:30-2:30 pm, for the Miller’s next installment of The Studio Door. Macnamara and del Guidice will discuss watercolor painting techniques, perspectives on wildlife painting and Macnamara’s work at the Field Museum, with an audience Q&A at […]

  • Family Art Day Explores Machines and Art

    Bristle bots, pantographs, markers hooked up to pulleys, colored pencils turned into spinning tops. These are just some of the art-making machines that children (and their accompanying adults) will have the opportunity to experiment with at Peninsula School of Art’s Family Art Day on March 19. Offered one Saturday a month, March-May, the free program […]

  • Year-Round Eats: Blue Horse

    Keeping Door County Caffeinated (Almost) 365 Days a Year I don’t think I’m alone when I say that one thing I’ve missed the most during the past two years has been the local coffeehouse scene. Whether I’m there to work, catch up with a friend or simply enjoy a few moments of one-on-one time with […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Special Place Has Special People

    How wonderful to see the video of the barn moving [“Moving the Little Sister Barn,” Peninsula Pulse YouTube and Facebook]. So much progress on the move. Thanks for taking the time to get it ready for all of us to see.  Thank you, Paula Anschutz, for bringing your dream of a workforce home project to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’ to Tackle Climate Change

    People love talking about the weather. When I was a child in the ’60s, snow arrived in November and stayed on the ground until spring. In summer, gentle rains fell on our garden, and temperatures were moderate. Today, Wisconsin weather feels extreme. Weather patterns are no longer predictable, which affects recreation, agriculture, business and biodiversity. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Shout-out to ‘Shrek’!

    A big shout-out to the entire cast and crew of the Sevastopol theater performance Shrek: The Musical. Students in grades 3-12 were engaged in a delightful, entertaining and meaningful production – so talented! Songs like “I Think I Got You Beat” had us rolling with laughter, and “Freak Flag” and “Beautiful Ain’t Always Pretty” brought tears […]

  • Bits & Bites

    From hyper-local eats to international flavors, the peninsula is waking up to some unique dining opportunities this season.  The Lost Tuk Tuk Brings Asian Fusion to Ephraim 9222 Water St. S. in Ephraim  Located in the space Czarnuszka Soup once called home, Lost Tuk Tuk opened its doors March 4 to offer international flavors through […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Morgan Rusnak for District 11

    I’m writing in support of Morgan Rusnak’s candidacy for District 11 on the Door County Board of Supervisors. Morgan was appointed to this seat in January of 2019, and I’m happy that she is eager to continue her commitment to public service.  Morgan and I met when she joined the staff at The Ridges in […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Reelect Austad for County Supervisor, District 9

    I urge voters of District 9 to reelect Dan Austad to the Door County Board of Supervisors, District 9, on April 5. Dan Austad is the longest-serving member of the Door County Board of Supervisors and a former chair of the county board. Prior to that, he spent 13 years on the Sturgeon Bay Plan […]

  • Perspective: How You Can Help the People of Ukraine

    by HOLLY LYNN My name is Holly Lynn. Although I grew up in Indiana, my family had a house in Ellison Bay. I went to theater camp at Third Avenue Playworks as a middle schooler and learned to love Culver’s. I went to undergrad at St. Norbert College, and in the summers, I lived with […]

  • Wild Things: Anglers Finding a Mix of Ice, Open Water to Try Their Luck

    Turkey leftovers served March 22 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Mid- to late March means transition time for anglers, with both open water and hardwater fishing opportunities. Steelhead and suckers are moving into the Ahnapee River for spring spawning, and brown trout are available in the nearshore shallows of Lake Michigan. Yellow perch fishing in Green […]


    Visit Crossroads at Big Creek for family-friendly events this coming week. On March 19, 2-3 pm, Crossroads will present one of its most popular programs – Fossils of Door County – during which families will learn how to recognize some common fossils. Each family will receive a free Door County fossil chart and, if weather permits, […]

  • Ready to Ride

    Spring tune-up tips before you hit the trail Temps are rising. Snow is melting. The itch to dust off the ol’ bike and hit the trails (or road) is growing. But before you jump in the saddle, you’ll want to take a moment to make sure your bike is in good working order. Pump it […]

  • Cycling Without Age Gives Seniors Access to Bikes, Community and Camaraderie

    One of the perks of cycling is that it’s an activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Many of us learn as children and continue well into late adulthood. But what about those who once loved to cycle, but now, because of age or mobility issues, no longer can? John and Diane Ludwigsen hope […]

  • Obituary: Richard J. McCormick

    August 30, 1936 ~ March 14, 2022 Richard Joseph McCormick, 85 years, of Sturgeon Bay died Monday evening, March 14, 2022 at his home with family at his side after a lengthy battle with mesothelioma. He was born August 30, 1936 in Randolph, WI, the son of the late Joseph and Anzannetta (Goodman) McCormick. Dick graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Joanne Marie Rass

    1937 ~ 2022 Joanne Marie Rass, 84, of Namur, died at home on March 14, 2022, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in 1937 in the Town of Red River, to Harry and Josephine (Tassoul) Petry.  On November 12, 1958, she married Milton J. Rass at St. Odiles Catholic Church in […]

  • Obituary: Daniel D. Stone

    March 20, 1980 ~ March 12, 2022 Daniel Doelling Stone died on Saturday morning, March 12, 2022.  Dan was born March 20, 1980, in St. Charles, Missouri to Donald and Christine (Doelling) Stone. Dan had fond memories of growing up in Missouri and spending time on his grandpa’s farm with his cousins, as well as […]

  • Obituary: Armene G. (Dhuey) Delfosse

    November 19, 1930 ~ March 11, 2022 Armene G. Delfosse, 91 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday evening, March 11, 2022 while at Door County Medical Center. She was born on November 19, 1930 in Lincoln, the daughter of the late Zepherence and Josephine (Joniaux) Dhuey.  Armene attended Lincoln School.  On May 17, 1949 she […]

  • Obituary: Linda E. Freier

    May 5, 1949 ~ March 10, 2022 Linda Elaine Freier, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, died on March 10, 2022.  She was born May 5, 1949, in Galesville, WI to John and Ethel (Hare) Marvell.  On March 9, 1968, she married David H. Freier in Dundee, IL. Linda was very active in the Red Hatter Group, […]

  • Obituary: Suzanne Marie (Petersen) Strong

    December 5, 1942 ~ March 6, 2022 Suzanne Marie Strong, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, March 6, 2022 with her loving husband by her side. She was born December 5, 1942 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Arnold Charles and Alice Marian (Birmingham) Petersen. After her mom’s passing, Sue was adopted by […]

  • Obituary: Karl John Klug

    March 18, 1928 ~ March 8, 2022 Karl John Klug, age 93, died on March 8, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. He was born in Morrison, Wisconsin on March 18, 1928 to Edwin W. and Elsie Saenger Klug. Survivors include wife, Lucy; son, Karl Jr.; and daughter, Carrie. He was predeceased […]

  • Obituary: Agnes L. Anschutz

    January 13, 1926 ~ March 9, 2022 Agnes “Aggie” L. Anschutz, 96 of Sturgeon Bay died Wednesday, March 9, 2022, at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. Agnes was born January 13, 1926, the daughter of the late William and Rose (Geitner) Reynolds. Agnes graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School. She worked at Milwaukee Shoe Company for […]

  • Obituary: Norma A. Kay

    June 12, 1934 ~ Monday March 7, 2022 Norma A. Kay, 87, Forestville, died peacefully, Monday March 7, 2022 at Anna’s Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay.  She was born June 12, 1934 to the late Harry and Josephine (Tassoul) Petry in the Township of Red River. Norma married Marlin O. Kay November 10, 1956 in Kolberg. […]

  • Obituary: Thomas G Mather

    Sept 27, 1949 – Feb 23, 2022 Thomas G Mather, 72, of Brussels, died peacefully with his family at his side at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Tom was originally from Milwaukee, but enjoyed many years traveling to Gills Rock where he helped to build a vacation home with the Manthy family. Tom became a permanent […]

  • Obituary: Ray LeBrun

    October 7, 1933 ~ March 8, 2022 Raphael Joseph LeBrun, 88, of Brussels, died on March 8, 2022, with his family around him, following a long illness. Ray was born Oct. 7, 1933, in De Pere, the son of Margaret (Loehlein) and John “Jack” LeBrun. The oldest of 11 children, Ray attended St. Mary’s School […]