Peninsula Pulse March 20-27, 2020

In this issue

  • Server of the Week: Ally Deiters at Spot

    Originally from Illinois, but here for the past three years,  Ally can be found at Spot, in a bright and sunny atmosphere.  Among the bold colors and patterns, her favorites are the shoes.  Owner Jennie’s the best, Ally says, at knowing the right ones to choose.  Closed for the time being, while the world seems […]

  • Framed: Griffin, Shannon and Grace Hartel

    (From left) Griffin, Shannon and Grace Hartel built bluebird nest boxes at The Ridges Sanctuary on March 14, with instruction from naturalist Charlotte Lukes. Photo by Len Villano.

  • Virus Concerns Postpone Deer Meetings, DNR’s Learn to Hunts

    Everyone’s talking about the coronavirus, but you won’t hear about it at any DNR Learn to Hunt workshop meetings this month. Nor will COVID-19 be on the agenda at the April County Deer Advisory Council meetings or the Deer & Turkey Expo in Madison either. That’s because they’ve all been postponed due to the pandemic […]

  • Reps in the News: March 20-27

    Governor Tony Evers Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers acknowledged that he couldn’t explain why he vetoed a bill that would have allowed raffles using a paddle-wheel device. “You caught me,” Evers said after being asked by a reporter on March 12 to explain his veto earlier in the week of the bipartisan paddle-wheel raffle bill. The […]

  • And That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles

    Troop leader Jordan Burress breaks down the popular Girl Scout snack ’Tis the season for cookies – Girl Scout cookies, that is. Every year the Girl Scouts of America set out to sell them to friends, family and their community. The cookies aren’t just a nice treat for those who are snacking – the money from cookie […]

  • Sister Bay Walking Cheese Curd Food Tour

    Door County Kayak Tours will offer some fun, new tours this year, including a Sister Bay Walking Cheese Curd Food Tour – the county’s only walking food tour held on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Sample a wide variety of cheesy delights from renowned restaurants. The menu may include freshly made cheese curds, artisan goat cheese, a […]

  • Mojo Rosa’s, Village Café Offering Free Delivery to Egg Harbor, Fish Creek

    Mojo Rosa’s and Village Café are offering free delivery to most of Egg Harbor and Fish Creek – from Horseshoe Bay to downtown Fish Creek to Memorial and Division Road. The hours of free delivery will be 5-8 pm, seven days a week, for Mojo Rosa’s; and 10 am – 2 pm, seven days a week, […]

  • Birchwood Lodge Suspends Operations

    The Birchwood Lodge in Sister Bay is suspending operations for the near-term future as businesses throughout Door County, the state and the country are heeding calls from public-health experts for extreme caution and social distancing. Birchwood Lodge will cease operations, effective immediately, upon the departure of current guests, and all necessary steps will be taken […]

  • Submit Nominations for CTA of the Year

    The Door County Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) of the Year award is presented to a CTA who exemplifies excellence in hospitality and customer service. This individual consistently exceeds customer expectations, possesses a strong knowledge of the region and its attractions, and promotes the ideals of the Door County CTA Program and the Tourism Ambassador Institute.  […]

  • Ophthalmologist Dr. Todd Gould Seeing Patients in Sturgeon Bay

    Prevea Health ophthalmologist Dr. Todd Gould is now seeing patients in Sturgeon Bay. He specializes in eyelid surgery, suture-less cataract surgery, glaucoma management and glaucoma laser treatment to eliminate glaucoma drops. He offers surgical consults at 1532 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, within the Peninsula Vision Care building, and he performs surgery at Door County […]

  • Apply for DCMC Auxiliary Scholarships

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary is accepting applications for its 2020 Medical Scholarship Program through April 6. The program requires an applicant to be a 2020 graduating senior from Gibraltar, Sevastopol, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, Washington Island or Algoma high school who plans to pursue an education in a medical field. Previous Door County […]

  • Southern Door High School’s 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    Southern Door High School has announced the Class of 2020 valedictorian and salutatorian. Brock Aune, son of Amy and Kraig Aune, is the valedictorian. During his Southern Door years, Aune participated in swimming for three years, was the team’s captain during his senior year and earned several All-State honors and state podium finishes. He also […]

  • Gibraltar DECA Earns Awards at Development Conference

    Five seniors in Gibraltar’s DECA team competed at the Wisconsin DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva, and all five earned awards to advance to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville. Double qualifying for ICDC is the team of Brandon Stillman and Connor Duffy, who earned first place in the Sports and Entertainment […]

  • Get Daily Podcast Updates

    In producing the Door County Pulse Podcast every week, we’ve dedicated ourselves to adding context to the discourse that drives our community forward. As COVID-19 continues to impact the world, we know how important it is to keep everyone as up to date as possible. We are now aiming to deliver daily episodes covering how […]

  • Letter from Representative Joel Kitchens

    Dear neighbor, The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly be one of those monumental generational events that forever changes our worldview. Our young people will someday tell their children and grandchildren about it. It will affect each of us in a different way, and it will play out somewhat differently in every part of the country. It […]

  • Letter from Senator André Jacque

    Dear Door Peninsula Neighbors, As we grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on our communities, I want to thank everyone for their efforts in coming together to support each other and essential services as we do the best we can to help those who are struggling.  My staff and I continue working with state agencies, […]

  • Door to Nature: Meet the Meadowlarks

    During the early years of our married life, my late husband, Roy, and I worked together doing a breeding-bird survey for the federal government. It had to be run all in one morning during a strict, six-week period from late May to the end of June. The 24.5-mile route that was assigned to us was […]

  • The People Behind the Page: Alissa Ehmke

    The Peninsula Pulse employs 24 full- and part-time staff members who live in or have strong ties to Door County. This crew brings you the news in print, on video, online and in podcasts every week. In each edition of the Pulse, we’ll introduce you to one of the people behind the page. This week, […]

  • A Statement from Door County Medical Center about COVID-19

    For more than 75 years, Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has been your community hospital, dedicated to your health as a leader in health and wellness for Door and Kewaunee counties. With confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the United States, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the continued safety of our patients, visitors, […]

  • Bills to Watch: March 20-27

    As of Pulse press time, the Wisconsin Senate postponed its regular March session due to the coronavirus. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the Senate would reconvene in an extraordinary session in the spring to consider bills that are awaiting Senate approval.  In regard to bills specifically targeted at combating the coronavirus, Assembly Speaker Robin […]

  • Strivers Excel Teams Tumble to Victory

    The Door County YMCA Strivers gymnastics team hosted its annual Flipping in Door County Meet Feb. 29 – March 1 at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA Gymnastics Center. The Excel Silver and Excel Gold teams took first-place trophies by tumbling past seven other YMCA teams from around the state.  Competing on the Strivers Silver team are […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Pucker Up with Hacienda Beer Co.

    by Sophie Nelson [email protected]  This week I sat down with Matt Sampson, the head of fermentation, branding and marketing at Hacienda Beer Co., to talk about the process behind its three recently released sour beers. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this style, yes, you read that right: sour beer. The type of […]

  • A Winter Day on Washington Island

    Last summer, I wrote up a few tips on how to spend a summer day on Washington Island. After a glorious day of driving around with the windows down, getting ice cream and going on hikes, I had to see whether winter would hold charms of its own. Well, I almost didn’t find out because […]

  • Northern Sky’s Creative Center Earns Commercial Design Award

    Northern Sky Theater’s Creative Center and Gould Theater in Fish Creek, designed by the Madison-based firm Strang, has earned In Business’s 2020 Commercial Design Award for Best New Development or Renovation in the Retail Category. The annual awards recognize the best commercial design projects built in the state. The Creative Center comprises 23,600 square feet […]

  • LEAP 2020 Production Is ‘Human Condition’

    To be human is to be riddled with imperfections such as indifference, anger, selfishness, greed and even hatred. This year’s LEAP production is Human Condition, which takes stock of the human condition and considers how we’re influenced toward compassion for others and ourselves. LEAP 2020 goes to an international airport to find a cross-section of […]

  • Golf Outing to Benefit Habitat for Humanity

    On June 18, Idlewild Golf Course in Sturgeon Bay will host a golf fundraiser for Door County Habitat for Humanity. Enjoy golf with special events at select holes, dinner, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a putt-off.  Businesses and individuals can sponsor holes for $100 to $500. Call Lori at 920.743.2869, ext. 105, to become […]

  • Rogue Theater’s Murder-Mystery Dinner Theater

    Put on your detective hat when Rogue Theater kicks off its eighth season with its annual murder-mystery dinner theater. The Case of the Mysterious Cravat: An Inspector Giles Murder Mystery, written by Mike Young, is mixed with jealousy and romance, but can you believe all that you see?   Directed by Stuart Champeau, it’s a […]

  • Northern Door Thursday Night Darts: Mar. 20-27

    Week 10 Results The Mill 11, Coyote 7 Mike’s 9, Island Fever 9 Coyote 8, The Mill 10 Casey’s: Bye Hat Tricks Mark Haen, Mike’s, 1 Overall Stats Casey’s 94-50 Mr. G’s 84-60 Island Fever 83-79 Bley’s Bar 74-70 Mike’s 73-89 Coyote 57-87 The Mill 57-87 Hat Tricks Brad Rasmusson, Island Fever, 7 Kevin Steverino […]

  • Bowling League Results: Feb. 26 Mar. 12

    Women’s Masters League March 9 • High team series/game: Rouer’s Grand Slam 1,629/663 • High series: Sara Mueller 623, Ashley DeGrave 517, Trisha Heldmann 517 • High game: Sara Mueller 257, Kori Sperber 215, Trisha Heldmann 213 • Split conversions: Kori Sperber 6-7-10, Jody Wheat 4-5-7 March 2 • High team series/game: Apple Valley Pro […]

  • TAP’s ‘Life in the Theatre’ Postponed until Fall

    Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of patrons, performers, volunteers and staff, Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) has made the difficult decision to postpone all public performances of its upcoming show, A Life in the Theatre, which has been in rehearsal.  All parties have committed to rescheduling performances in the fall […]

  • Club Volleyball in Door County

    Fifty-two area athletes, ages nine to 18, played on the Door County Club Volleyball teams this season.  The club provided an opportunity for area athletes to develop and improve their skills with the guidance of an experienced coaching staff. The close-to-home tournaments and flexible practice schedule allowed the multisport athletes to compete while participating in […]

  • Sanctuary Gardens Lecture at Crossroads

    The Door County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA, will host the free lecture “Sanctuary Gardens: Refuge in the City” on April 7, 7 pm, in the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.  Molly Doane, of the University of Illinois-Chicago’s anthropology department, will discuss her research, which explores how migratory human […]

  • Remote Learning during a Pandemic

    To try to ensure that students’ education isn’t being put on the back burner while the national COVID-19 emergency continues, schools such as Gibraltar have turned to remote learning. Gibraltar School has used e-learning this year to combat lost instruction time during snow days, an approach that has caused backlash from some parents and community […]

  • Manners Matter: Do Your Part to Slow Spread of COVID-19

    Dear Readers, This week certainly looks different than last week. A lot is changing due to COVID-19, and some are panicking. I’d like to remind everyone that although things seem to be spiraling out of control, we can all be doing our part in containing this virus. Please heed the warnings that have come from […]

  • Tips for Cleaning Your Home during Quarantine

    The emergence of COVID-19 is giving a new meaning to spring cleaning. An article from National Public Radio (NPR) states that the virus can survive on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for 72 hours and on cardboard for 24 hours. Therefore, it’s important to protect your home and its occupants during a self-quarantine. […]

  • Door County YMCA Program Updates

    Beginning March 18, the Door County YMCA will: Maintain regular hours of operations but will not allow youth members under the age of 18 to use the Y program centers in Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek weekdays from opening to 4pm. Now, more than ever, we need to recognize that we cannot serve everyone all of […]

  • Obituary: Gary Raymond Hartl

    Gary Raymond Hartl, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, died on March 14, 2020, at Door County Medical Center. He was born in Sturgeon Bay on March 4, 1948 to Raymond and Marion (Skippon) Hartl. For most of his life, Gary worked as a self-employed carpenter. He is survived by a daughter, Stephane Hartl and her husband […]

  • Obituary: Eugene E. “Gene” Wetak

    Eugene “Gene” Wetak, 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died March 12, 2020, at Door County Medical Center. He was born Aug. 20, 1931, in Sturgeon Bay to Edward and Joyce (Henschel) Wetak. On June 18, 1977, he married Mary Smejkal in Sturgeon Bay. Gene worked as a diesel mechanic instructor at Northeast Technical College for many […]

  • Obituary: Mildred Emma Destree

    Mildred Emma Destree, 97, of Namur, went to meet her husband in heaven on March 12, 2020.  She was born May 23, 1922 in Door County to John and Mayme (Delwiche) Chaudoir.  On May 30, 1944 she married Joseph Destree in Namur.  He preceded her in death on Oct. 2, 1983. Mildred and her husband […]

  • Obituary: Daniel E. Henry

    Daniel E. Henry, 79, of Menasha, died March 10, 2020, with family at his side. Dan was born March 27, 1940, in Fish Creek, the son of the late John and Margaret (Robertoy) Henry. From Door County he moved to Appleton, where he was employed with Park N Market grocery store for years. He also […]

  • Obituary: Beverly June Nelson

    April 5, 1929 ~ March 10, 2020 Beverly June Nelson, 90, of Sister Bay, formerly of both Ellison Bay and Glenview, Illinois, died on March 10, 2020, in the Care Center at Good Samaritan Society’s Scandia Village in Sister Bay. June Nelson was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 5, 1929, the daughter of the […]

  • Obituary: Mary M. Tachovsky

    Mary M. Tachovsky, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died March 10 at Door County Medical Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1946, the daughter of Francis “Frank” and Florence “Roxie” (DesEnfants) Tachovsky. Following her graduation from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1965, Mary helped with her family’s business, the Hotel Roxana at the corner of Third […]

  • Obituary: Jean Arleen Daniels

    Jean Arleen Daniels, 77, of Appleton, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died early Tuesday morning, March 10, 2020, at the home of her daughter, Donna, where she had resided the past two years.      She was born Dec. 6, 1942 in Sevastopol, the daughter of the late Charles and Lena (Oberer) Vertz. Jean attended Evergreen and […]