Peninsula Pulse March 25-April 1, 2022

In this issue

  • UUFDC Offers Social Justice Scholarship

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is pleased to announce a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to one Door County graduating senior who demonstrates an outstanding personal commitment to social justice.  A commitment to social justice is one of the founding principles of Unitarian Universalism. Through the scholarship, students of any faith – […]


    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will host “‘Sinzibuckwud’: Making Maple Syrup” on March 29, 7 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Society member Steve Jorns will present this program about maple-syrup production and the Jorns family: pioneers in Egg Harbor with a long history of making maple syrup. “Sinzibuckwud” means […]


    The 29th annual Spring Lighthouse Festival will be held June 10-12, offering airplane, land-based, boat, adventure and self-guided tours that together reach all 11 historic lighthouses of Door County and three to the south. This weekend-long event allows visitors access to lighthouses that are not typically open to the public, including Chambers Island, Kewaunee Pierhead […]


    The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host an evening of night-sky observation March 26, 7 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek’s Astronomy Campus, 2200 Utah St. in Sturgeon Bay. If it’s overcast, attend the indoor program. Enjoy a hike at Ida Bay Preserve – no matter the weather and open to all ages – March 27, […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: Striped “Locusts”

    Each day, I place fresh hulled and black oil sunflower seeds on the two platform feeders in my front yard. I also fill a tube feeder with hulled seeds. Soon, hordes of pine siskins and common redpolls descend on the feeders and fight each other for the food. It makes me think of a huge […]

  • Peninsula Mountain Bike Club to Launch This Spring

    Door County mountain biking enthusiasts will soon have a new club to join. Peninsula Mountain Bike Club plans to launch this spring, bringing with it volunteers and big plans for the mountain bike trails within Peninsula State Park.  “The idea of doing a mountain bike club specific to Peninsula State Park came out of looking […]

  • Eagles Youth Wrestlers Advance to State

    Twelve Southern Door youth and middle school wrestlers punched their ticket to Madison on March 19 during WWF Kids State Qualifiers in Merrill and Oshkosh. The top three finishers in each weight class will advance to the WWF Kids Folkstyle State Championships on March 25 and 26 at Madison’s Alliant Energy Center.  Leading the way […]

  • Hunter-Education Sign-Up Day is March 26

    Wisconsin hunter-education courses begin 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 program. Anyone of any age may take the class. […]

  • Environmental Council Screens Documentary on Pollution

    On March 27, 3 pm, the Door County Environmental Council ( will host a showing of Sold Down the River, a short documentary film depicting the continuing contamination of rivers, lakes and private wells in Kewaunee County. The film will be shown at the Kress Pavilion, ​​7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, and via Zoom. […]

  • Scholz First Master Gardener to Be Awarded Honored Status

    Longtime Door County educator and environmentalist Carl Scholz became the first Door County Master Gardener to be awarded Honored Status in recognition of his significant contributions throughout more than 25 years of volunteer service on a local and statewide level. Scholz died March 16, 2022. (See his obituary in this issue of the Peninsula Pulse.) […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Green Acres

    Green Acres is an adorable, 3-month-old puppy who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society’s (WHS) Door County Campus. This sweet, 16-pound gal is excited about life and can’t wait to find her new family.  Green Acres ( has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, and she goes home with a starter bag of food […]

  • Kewaunee Health Department Offers Cancer Screenings

    Registration is open for a free skin cancer screening clinic that the Kewaunee County Public Health Department and Prevea Luxemburg Health Center are offering during Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May.  The clinic will be held May 7, 8:30 am – 12 pm, at the Prevea Luxemburg Health Center, 101 School Creek Trail in Luxemburg. Call […]

  • 4-H Animal Sale and Swap Set for May 7

    The Door County 4-H Small Animal Committee will host an Animal Sale and Swap on May 7, 7 am. Whether you’re looking for a new pet or a project animal for your 4-H or FFA project, this show’s for you. For a small fee, vendors can take animals of all types. In previous years, available […]

  • Foot Clinics Available at NWTC Sister Bay

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) nursing students are hosting a free foot-care clinic April 21, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center, 2438 S. Bay Shore Dr. in Sister Bay. The 30-minute routine (nondiabetic) appointments include a foot soak, nail trim and lotion massage. Space is limited, so schedule an […]

  • NDCC Receives Donation from Sturgeon Bay PEO

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) has received a donation of $2,450 from the PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) Sisterhood Chapter EI of Sturgeon Bay in memory of chapter member Pamela McGee, who died Nov. 16, 2021. McGee was passionate about education, and as a teacher and member of NDCC’s administrative staff, she made important, longtime contributions […]

  • Crossroads Receives ‘Round Up’ Grant from Healthy Way

    Crossroads at Big Creek received funds from Healthy Way Market’s “Round Up” program for January. Healthy Way shoppers could choose at the checkout to round up to the next dollar to benefit Crossroads, and the store matched 25% of its customers’ donations, granting Crossroads $2,180. A portion of the donation will help to replace three […]

  • Pie Sales Support Humanitarian Needs in Ukraine

    During the March 12 farmers market at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, Door County Kraut & Bakery hosted a fundraiser in collaboration with the Wisconsin Bakers Foundation that raised $1,016 for the Ukrainian Red Cross. Learn more at

  • 100+WWC Participates in Matching-Grant Program

    100+ Women Who Care of Door County (100+WWC), which has raised more than $270,000 during the past four years, has been invited to participate in a matching-grant program of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF), which offers the potential to raise an additional $20,000 to support area nonprofit organizations.  In 2022, the RMSFF grant […]

  • Celebrating Local Heroes Serving in AmeriCorps

    The service of the 250,000 Americans who are engaged in AmeriCorps programs was honored March 13-19. Matthew Smith of Ephraim began serving in AmeriCorps’ full-time National Civilian Community Corps ( in the fall of 2021 at the Pacific Region campus in Sacramento, California, and he will graduate from the program in June. Smith is completing […]

  • Scandia Staff, Residents Collect Crackers for Kids

    The Good Samaritan Society will turn 100 on Sept. 29, so to celebrate, Scandia Village will be doing something that involves 100 every month leading up to the anniversary. March 13 was Being a Good Samaritan Day, so Scandia Village residents and staff collected 126 boxes of  crackers for Gibraltar School and the Northern Door […]

  • DCMC Offers Diabetes Education Courses

    The Door County Medical Center (DCMC) will present diabetes education classes April 13 and 27, 1:30-2:30 pm, both in person and virtually. Diabetes educator Ruth Norton and clinical dietitian Cathy Keller will lead the programs. Register by April 12 at or by phone at 920.743.5566.

  • Cheese And Wine Baskets Support Local Scholarships

    Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Southern Door FFA Alumni Wine and Cheese Basket Raffle for $20 each. The raffle includes 30-plus baskets, and the grand-prize package is worth more than $500. Raffle winners will be drawn April 7, 7 pm, on Facebook Live on the Southern Door FFA Alumni page. Prize pickup […]

  • Author Leads Lenten Series at Kress Pavilion

    Author Dee Brestin will host a free Lenten series every Friday, April 1-22, 9:30-11:30 am, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Using the theme of A Rekindled Heart, Brestin will teach from Luke’s Gospel and her book Idol Lies: Facing the Truth about Our Deepest Desires (

  • Jodi Rose Leads Breast Cancer Art-Therapy Group

    The Art of Healing, sponsored by the Sue Baldwin Fund and facilitated by Jodi Rose Gonzales, is a free, virtual art-therapy support group for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. It will meet Thursdays, March 31 – April 21, 7-8:15 pm.  Participants will use their creativity, art-journal prompts, discussion and mindfulness exercises for […]

  • Find Your Groove

    Looking for some tunes to jam and sing to? Try out one of these live-music events this week! Breakfast Club March 25, 7-10:30 pm, Stone Harbor Restaurant & Pub, 107 N. 1st Ave. in Sturgeon Bay An authentic reproduction of timeless ’80s singalongs and dance hits that will still get your blood pumping today. Ben […]

  • UUFDC Heeds Call of Ukraine

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is responding to the call to help those affected by the crisis in Ukraine with a new Month of Sundays for Ukraine campaign featuring a special March 27 service that’s open to the community and a monetary donation to the UU Service Committee’s Emergency Relief Fund for […]

  • Golf Chalet Renovation in Full Gear at Alpine Resort

    New owners spruced up the old golf chalet at the Alpine a little bit last year, but the renovation work during the past four months has been dramatic. Work last year included a new roof, new landscaping and changing the siding from brown to white – the original color when the clubhouse opened during the […]

  • Collaboration for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Bar owners and staff are encouraged to learn about the SAFE Bar Network by JAMIE CRAIG, County Coordinator/Victim Advocate, Family Services Sexual Assault Center Community members are encouraged to look for the color teal – the color of sexual-assault awareness – throughout April as a marker of community partners and businesses standing with the Sexual […]

  • MacDonald Selected as New Egg Harbor Fire Chief

    The Egg Harbor Joint Fire Commission has selected Justin MacDonald from four qualified candidates to be the next fire chief for the Egg Harbor Fire Department, which serves both the Village and Town of Egg Harbor. MacDonald brings more than 25 years of fire service and knowledge to the position. He joined the Egg Harbor […]

  • Sunrise Elementary Students Meet Local Artists

    Students at Sturgeon Bay’s Sunrise Elementary School experienced their first Artist Showcase on March 18, when almost a dozen artists from around the county presented their art form to the students. Some artists demonstrated their skills, and others offered hands-on opportunities for the students. Art forms ranged from music to dance, collage to canvas painting, […]

  • Sevastopol 4k Registration, Developmental Screening

    The Sevastopol School District will conduct a spring developmental screening and 4K registration April 5, 8:15-9:30 am. District families seeking to register 4K students for the 2022-23 school year are welcome to attend. Staff will be available to answer questions, and parents can visit 4K classrooms during this time.  Beginning at 9:15 am, screenings will […]

  • Sevastopol Names Four 2022 Valedictorians

    Four outstanding students have been named valedictorians for Sevastopol’s Class of 2022. All four earned a perfect grade-point average and were commended for their hard work and dedication.  “Each of the students has shown the importance he or she places on their education and future aspirations,” said Sevastopol High School Principal Adam Baier. “The entire […]

  • Meet the Candidates Running for the Door County Board

    This week: Districts 2, 4, 5 & 7 Absentee voting has begun for the Spring Election where locally, all the school boards and 12 of Door County’s municipalities have seats up for reelection on April 5. All 21 seats on the Door County Board of Supervisors are also up for reelection, with seven of them in […]

  • Nordahl Joins Gibraltar School Board

    District keeping classroom populations small and looking for new softball coach The Gibraltar Area School Board could have as many as five newcomers serving the district and likely receiving training from the Wisconsin Association of School Boards this spring. Karen Nordahl, a parent of two Gibraltar students, took the oath of office March 14 to […]

  • Local Schools Join GWT Program

    During another challenging year and the ongoing pandemic, students at 20 high schools across the state, including Kewaunee and Southern Door, have been reading and responding to James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, as part of the 17th annual Great World Texts (GWT) in Wisconsin program (  Known only as […]

  • Write On Welcomes New Board Member

    Ashley Prange is the newest addition to the Write On, Door County board of directors. Born and raised in Green Bay, she spent summers in Egg Harbor, has worked in Washington, D.C. as a Capitol Hill staffer and as an analyst in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Prange is also the founder and CEO of […]

  • A Wisconsin History Told through Its Barns

    Bill Tishler has always been interested in how things are built. His dad and oldest brother were carpenters, and the family garage had a woodworking shop, so it’s no surprise that years later, the longtime professor of landscape architecture has turned his curiosity toward the building of one of the trademarks of Wisconsin’s landscape. Tishler’s […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Doctors Blackwell’ by Janice P. Nimura

    Recommended by JEANINE BRENNAN, Manager, Egg Harbor Library Branch March is Women’s History Month and a time to celebrate women who have pushed boundaries, influenced change and redefined roles.  In 1849, 29-year-old Elizabeth Blackwell became a medical doctor, and five years later, her younger sister Emily earned the same degree. During the next two decades, […]

  • Exploring the Library: Library, Archives and Museum Partnership Strengthens Door County

    by Steven Rice, Manager, Door County Historical Museum and Archives Public service is nothing new at the Door County Library. With eight branches spread up and down Door County, the library has been a vital community anchor for decades. And thanks to its partnership with the Door County Historical Museum and Door County Archives – now […]

  • Library Director Retires: Tina Kakuske reflects on her time in library services

    The Door County Library (DCL) system has bid farewell to its director, Tina Kakuske, who has been at its helm since 2017. Kakuske joined the library with 23 years of experience, starting as a circulation manager before moving up the ranks while obtaining her master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee. During the five years prior to joining […]

  • On Display: Peninsula School of Art’s Eclectic Exhibition Program

    The Peninsula School of Art runs an intriguing exhibition program that isn’t afraid to dive into a topic and then explore it with an often eclectic selection of artists and their work. The opening exhibit this year was To the Letter: Text in Art. The exhibits’ creator is Crystal Chesnik, director of public programs and […]

  • Dome House Inaugural Artist-in-Residence Reflects on Experience

    The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Dome House Al & Mickey Quinlan Artist Residency.  After sitting vacant for several years, the Dome House opened its doors to working artists for the first time in 2021, ushering in a new chapter for the curious dune dwelling that sits […]

  • Beer for Better Communities

    Roar Off the Shore Returns March 26 How would you like to sample more than 200 beers and 50 wines from across the region, eat delicious food and do good for the community?  Not only do these ingredients sound like the makings of a perfect spring Saturday, but they are, in a nutshell, the mission […]

  • Get Real Cafe

    Keepin’ it real with variety and fresh ingredients When it comes to dining out, I love options. I don’t want so many that it makes my head swim, but I also don’t want to be left with so few that I fall into a rut. Enter Get Real Cafe in Sturgeon Bay.  Where to go: […]

  • Bits & Bites: Outdoor farm dinners and cider winners

    Hotel Washington and Hidden Acres Host Traveling Farm Dinner Hidden Acres Farm and Chef Ian Milosek of Hotel Washington and Studio are teaming up with Outstanding in the Field, a traveling dining experience, to host an Aug. 22 farm dinner at Hidden Acres Farm in Sister Bay.  Outstanding in the Field creates outdoor restaurant experiences […]

  • Editor’s Note: This Lark Not a Fan of Permanent Daylight Saving Time

    We’ll forget for a minute that messing with our time is probably not the most efficient use of their time in Congress. We’ll even forget for a minute that this, of all the pressing congressional concerns, is the one topic that appeared to unite all senators for an afternoon. With those things suspended for the […]

  • Guest Column: Clean-Energy Transition Would Break Russia’s Hold and Benefit Us

    by LAUREL LAST and MADELEINE PARA Leader of the Green Bay chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, and Executive Director of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, respectively For years, our planet has been showing us the need to move away from fossil fuels. Scientists are increasingly able to draw robust connections between human activities and extreme […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Democrats Taking Credit for Republican Accomplishments

    In the March 11-18 edition of the Pulse, Mr. Jack Fiedler of Sister Bay was singing the praises of Gov. Evers [“Gov. Evers Has Gotten It Done”], especially regarding financial matters and the effects of a budget surplus. Apparently Mr. Fiedler has a very short memory.  The original budget proposed by the governor called for […]

  • Letter to the Editor: More Familiarity Needed with U.S. Constitution

    Here’s a suggestion to address the apparent unfamiliarity with the U.S. Constitution by too many Americans: Write to Ron Johnson and Mike Gallagher to ask them to send you their copies because they’re clearly not using them. (I suspect Ron Johnson’s never read his copy, so it should be brand new.) You could then start […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Darrick DeMeuse for County Board

    As a long-term resident and home owner in District 14, I would like to give my unequivocal endorsement of Mr. Darrick DeMeuse. I endorse his candidacy for many reasons, and I’m certain that others who live in the county, especially District 14, would enjoy having Darrick represent us as one of our county supervisors. Firstly, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Share of Lodging-Tax Revenues Should Fund Affordable Housing

    The contents of two recent Peninsula Pulse articles need to be addressed relative to what affordable housing is and how we get there. Friday’s announcement [“Sturgeon Bay Prepares $2 Million+ for Housing Projects”] of a new affordable-housing apartment complex where a one-bedroom is considered affordable at $800 per month indicates the lack of practical knowledge […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What I Don’t Understand

    It has been heart-wrenching to see all the refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine. So far, an estimated 3 million people have left Ukraine and entered Poland and surrounding countries. Many of the European countries have opened up to receive them as they seek safety from the ravages of war. How is it we can […]

  • Wild Things: New Fishing Licenses Needed by April 1

    That’s the deadline for the Great Waters Photo Contest, too by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected] Don’t be a fool by going fishing on April 1 without first purchasing a new-for-’22 license. Although it’s true that Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation wardens can use discretion when deciding to issue a citation or a warning, fishing without […]

  • Clerks say Door County voters can be confident in local elections

    Against a backdrop of a closed-door session between Republican leadership and activists who say the state should take away its certification that Biden won the 2020 election, and the legislative renewal of a contract into an investigation of the election, Door County clerks said enough is enough: Local elections are safe and 100% reliable. “I […]

  • DCA Passport Program Opens a World of Musical, Educational Opportunities

    One of the outstanding things about Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek is the opportunity it offers the community to see popular performers such as Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, Marty Stuart and Joan Baez, as well as to have unforgettable cultural experiences through music and programs from around the world. “During the tourist season, […]

  • MIKE AT THE MOVIES: Oscar Picks

    by MIKE ORLOCK 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 Hollywood […]

  • Creating Space for Women: Mentor Door County panel discusses working in male-dominated fields

    Eleanore Scheer didn’t notice discriminatory behavior toward women while growing up in Sturgeon Bay, but, she said, “Eventually I went other places and did my career in different engineering spaces and came back, grew up a little bit, and realized this happens everywhere.” And Scheer intends to do something about it. As co-chair of Mentor […]

  • District Asking for Operational Dollars through Referendum on April 5 Ballot

    More than two decades ago, Sturgeon Bay voters defeated a referendum for additional funding support for the Sturgeon Bay School District. Since then, however, district residents have supported the public school district’s educational operational programming referenda, and Sturgeon Bay Schools Superintendent Dan Tjernagel hopes to see continued support on April 5. Tjernagel said that historically, […]

  • DCA Passport Program Opens a World of Musical, Educational Opportunities

    One of the outstanding things about Door Community Auditorium (DCA) in Fish Creek is the opportunity it offers the community to see popular performers such as Lyle Lovett, Brandi Carlile, Marty Stuart and Joan Baez, as well as to have unforgettable cultural experiences through music and programs from around the world. “During the tourist season, […]

  • Forums With Door County Board Candidates Available Online

    The Door County League of Women Voters (LWVDC) has posted candidate forums featuring Door County Board of Supervisor candidates in contested districts 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 14. Each of the districts has two candidates running. An earlier forum for the District 20 candidates had already been posted prior to the primary election that […]

  • Engineer Suggests New Shoreline Designation in Baileys Harbor

    Seeking a solution to a siltation problem, town engineer Steve Parent asked the Baileys Harbor supervisors last month whether they wanted him to create a bulkhead to the north of the mouth of the marina. For the past year, Parent said he’s sought a solution to siltation and a buildup of muck to the north […]

  • Obituary: Johanna M. (Kroening) Opicka

    May 21, 1928 ~ March 21, 2022 Johanna M. Opicka, 93, formerly of Kewaunee, died March 21, 2022, at the Algoma Long Term Care Center. She was born May 21, 1928, to Ernest and Louise (Hafeman) Kroening in Algoma. On June 2, 1948, she married Elton (Bob) Simonar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Algoma. They had […]

  • Obituary: Gregory Smith Thalin

    1945 ~ 2022 Gregory Smith Thalin was a man of few words, hardworking, and full of purpose. He was loving and kind with an extraordinary sharp wit and wry sense of humor. A master mechanic, who by the age of 15, had completely rebuilt the transmission of the family car. Always humble about his abilities, he could […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Wayne Fox

    1940 ~ 2022 On March 16th, 2022, Thomas Wayne Fox, age 81, died. Tom is survived by his loving bride of 53 years, Gloria Fox; son David (Rose) Fox; daughter Barbara (Jeffrey) Malicki and daughter Susan (Chad) Billings; seven grandchildren he adored, Lauren, Katelyn and Madelyn Fox; Ryan and Brandon Malicki; Thomas and Hannah Billings; as […]

  • Obituary: Betsy Winifred Olsen

    March 3, 1928 ~ March 19, 2022 Betsy (Bessie Winifred Scoggin) Olsen, age 94, died peacefully early Saturday morning, March 19, 2022, at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born March 3, 1928 in Zion, Illinois, the first child born to Elmer and Edith (Cunningham) Scoggin. On January 11, 1947, […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Kostka

    April 22, 1934 ~ March 18, 2022 Kenneth A. Kostka, 87, of Sturgeon Bay, died on March 18, 2022 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.  He was born April 22, 1934 in Algoma to Anton and Lydia (Rupp) Kostka.  After high school, Ken served two years in the U.S. Army and then married the […]

  • Obituary: John Huempfner

    2022 John Huempfner, 60 of Baileys Harbor died March 10, 2022.  A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 26th, 2022 from 1-5pm at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor (7845 Church St.).  There will be a memorial set up to cover costs, if you cannot make it and would like to contribute please […]

  • Obituary: Carl Scholz

    December 15, 1927~March 16, 2022 A good and loving man died today, March 16, 2022. Carl Scholz was determined to make the world a better place. Besides his love of family, his love of Door County was evident in all that he did. Education and environmental issues were his passion, he never ceased to teach […]

  • Obituary: Sandra A. Price

    February 11, 1947 ~ March 16, 2022 Sandra Alice Price, 75, of Brussels, died on March 16, 2022 in DePere.  She was born Feb. 11, 1947 to Hugo and Mary Jane (Mathy) Klessig.  On Aug. 27, 1966 she married William Price in Brussels.  He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2018. For many years, […]

  • Obituary: Carol Jean (Schartner) Grandbouche

    February 23, 1934 ~ March 15, 2022 Carol Jean Grandbouche, 88, of Hurricane, WV died on Tuesday March 15, 2022. Carol was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI February 23, 1934. She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Laura Schartner; her husband John Anthony Grandbouche; son, Robert Grandbouche; and several brothers and sisters. […]