Peninsula Pulse – March 31-April 7, 2017

In this issue

  • Eye On the Night Sky: Orion’s Nebula

    by Mike Egan Up high and proud in December’s sky is the magnificent constellation Orion. The best that the winter sky has to give us! Three bright stars, Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka, all in a row, define his belt, and hanging from this belt are several stars that would be the scabbard for his sword. […]

  • Peninsula Players Presents Gender Twist with ‘Miss Holmes’

    Peninsula Players Theatre draws the curtain closed on its 2017 “The Play’s the Thing” winter play reading series with a modern twist on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most popular character with the new play, Miss Holmes. As its title suggests, this new murder mystery – by Chicago playwright and actor Christopher Walsh – is a […]

  • Door County Coffee Recipe Contest Winner to be Featured at the World Food Championships

    Door County Coffee is excited to announce the winner of their Annual Recipe Contest will qualify to be a featured representative at the World Food Championships in Alabama as well as receive a year’s worth of Door County Coffee – delivered to their home monthly. Door County Coffee and Tea Co. is seeking recipes made […]

  • Server of the Week. Anna Walsh.

    Server of the Week: Anna Walsh

    At Feed and Clothe My People You’re in for a treat There you’ll meet Anna She’s so kind and sweet   Grab a basket and fill to the top Some things are new and some are not Anna will help you find some great buys She’s helpful and thoughtful and very wise – Submitted by […]

  • Municipal Meetings: March 31 – April 7

    DOOR COUNTY  City of Sturgeon Bay: The Common Council meets at noon on April 4. Town of Gibraltar: The Plan Commission will host two public meetings to create an improvement and protection plan for the creek known as Fish Creek and its watershed. UW-Stevens Point’s Center for Watershed Science & Education is assisting the town […]

  • Celebrity Golf Outing June 6th

    The 8th Annual Celebrity Golf Outing presented by Jim Olson Motors exists to ensure great futures for Boys & Girls Club members in Door County. The date is Tuesday, June 6, at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor at noon. Cost for a single golfer is $225, including greens fees, cart, range balls, lunch, a golf-themed gift, […]

  • Gibraltar Schools Counselors Honored

    During the Wisconsin School Counselor Association (WSCA) conference, Gibraltar School District was honored for the school counselors’ dedication and commitment to the school counseling field and her students. This year, 10 school counseling programs received the Program of Promise award at the annual WSCA conference in Madison. The Program of Promise award is the highest […]

  • SBVC Annual Meeting at Crate Restaurant April 24

    Socialize, reconnect and energize for the 2017 season at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Annual Meeting, Monday, April 24, at Crate restaurant in Sturgeon Bay. All SBVC members are invited at no charge. Not an SBVC member? Own or operate a business in the 54235 zipcode? Become a member of SBVC between now and April […]

  • Door County Brewing Releases “Apricot Dude Ranch”

    Door County Brewing Co. announces today the release of “Apricot Dude Ranch,” a Belgian pale ale brewed with apricot. This is the first release in a set of brand new seasonal beers to be released in 2017 and the first of four labels designed by Milwaukee artist, Francisco Ramirez. “We’re very excited for the first […]

  • Letter to the Editor: I Wish I Could Vote for Beller

    My name is Claudia Scimeca and I am a resident of Egg Harbor. I am writing this letter to tell you why you should vote for Martha Scully Beller on April 4th for the District 3 Council Person of Sturgeon Bay. You might ask yourself why someone from Egg Harbor would be writing an endorsement letter for […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Write-In Candidate Allmann

    To my fellow District 5 residents in Sturgeon Bay: we have a wonderful write-in candidate to vote for in the April 4 election – Barb Allmann. Barb was a former member of the council, in a different district, until she moved to the 5th District, so she is familiar with how the council works, and […]

  • From the Spam Folder to Bangkok: Popelka, Trenchard Introduce New Glass Art to Thailand

    It was an important lesson in 21st century communication that led to the most recent life-changing chapter in the artistic pursuits of Sturgeon Bay glass artists Jeremy Popelka and Stephanie Trenchard: Check your spam folder. It was in this collection of unsolicited and unwanted emails that one message stood out to the longtime owners and […]

  • TAP Starts Rehearsals for StageKids Festival

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) has begun rehearsals for the upcoming StageKids One Act Play Festival. This performance will contain selections from Sure Thing by David Ives, Adaptation by Elaine May, Hello Out There by William Saroyan, and The Fifteen Minute Hamlet by Tom Stoppard. StageKids productions (directed by members of TAP’s professional company) provide performance […]

  • Nine Wisconsin Communities To Vote on Citizens United Amendment

    On April 4, Wisconsin residents in nine communities will vote on whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to clarify that only humans should have constitutional rights and that money is not the same as speech and political spending can be limited to allow all Americans to participate in the democratic process. Voters will cast ballots […]

  • Door to Nature: The Wary Fisher

    Which two wild animals would you guess bring about the most complaints in northern Wisconsin? Deer undoubtedly represent the number one problem in central and southern Wisconsin. The number one and two animals of concern in the northernmost counties are the bear – number one, and the fisher – number two. Black bears as potential […]

  • Door County Board of Realtors. New Members.

    DCBR Congratulates New Realtors

    The Door County Board of Realtors congratulates their newest Realtors. Michael Bultman of Town & County Real Estate LLC; Kelly Ritt of Kellstrom Ray; Brian Wierer of Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group; Matt McGrath of Keller Williams; Tammy Estes, Cassidy Minten, Eric Minten of Harbour Real Estate Group LLC.; Rich Geils of First Weber […]

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help to be Featured on New Episode of “Discover Wisconsin”

    The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help will be featured on the next episode of Discover Wisconsin. Titled “Spiritual Wisconsin – Wisconsin’s Marian Shrines,” the program highlights Wisconsin’s three Marian Shrines including the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse and the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of […]

  • Green Bay Anglers Sought for Fishery Study

    Starting Saturday, anglers who fish in Green Bay will be asked to participate in a new study designed to calculate the social, recreational and economic impact of the region’s fishery. Given the area’s world-class walleye fishing, Great Lakes spotted musky population, whitefish, bass, yellow perch, trout and salmon opportunities, the impact is significant. Green Bay […]

  • Southern Door School to Host National Camp Invention Program

    The Southern Door School District has again been chosen as the host for the National Camp Invention Program during the week of June 12-16, 2017 from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The program is open to any entering kindergarten through fifth grade student in Door and Kewaunee County. Check out this year’s program at LAUNCH: […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Health Care and Wealth

    What is more important: a healthy baby in a single mom’s household or another new luxury car? Treating a child with diabetes or a golf trip to Scotland? Affordable medications for grandma and grandpa or a wine and dine tour through the French countryside? These are the policy questions raised by the Republican American Health […]

  • WMMB Director Seat is Open for Nominations

    Milk producers who are eligible and interested in running for a Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) director seat have until April 1 to submit a nomination form to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. To qualify, a nominee must be an active dairy producer who lives in a district up for election and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Yes Vote for Students

    On April 4th, our community will be given the opportunity to help define the future direction and level of services provided to our students. The district is asking for a two-year, non-recurring referendum authorizing the district budget to exceed its revenue limit by $936,000 for each of the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years, for nonrecurring purposes […]

  • Sister Bay Lions Club. Check.

    Sister Bay Lions Club Donates to “Adopt A Soldier”

    The Forestville American Legion Women’s Auxilliary Post 372 sponsors the “Adopt A Soldier” program here in Door County. Their mission is to send care packages eight times per year to 177 local soldiers and local Coast Guard personnel who are serving stateside and overseas. In addition they have included Coast Guard personnel who are away […]

  • Obituary: Richard D. Bergwin

    Richard D. Bergwin, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Aurora Baycare Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to Raymond and Zetta Bergwin. He worked for Paschke Drilling and Blasting for many years. Dick served in the U.S. Army before returning live in Door County. He is survived by his two sons […]

  • Niagara Escarpment Documentaries to be Shown at The Clearing, Crossroads, and DCA

    The Niagara Escarpment Resource Network (NERN), with event underwriter Trout Springs Winery and several regional organizations, will be showing two documentary films produced in Wisconsin featuring the Niagara Escarpment. The Great Ledge was created by De Pere resident Dan Larson, who spent four years filming the people and places along Wisconsin’s Niagara escarpment. This 40-minute […]

  • Open Meeting to Organize Door County Pride Event

    On March 21, a small group met to envision creating a first Pride Event in Door County. The group’s mission is to celebrate our community’s diversity, inclusion and integration with a fun summer gathering for all. For those interested in helping to plan this event, the next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 4, at […]

  • Letter to the Editor: I Support Seyfer

    Our Gibraltar community will soon lose a vital advocate and volunteer, school board member Wendy Minten. I wish the Minten family all the best as they embark on new opportunities. At the spring election on Tuesday, April 4, Wendy Minten’s name will appear on the ballot because she is no longer able to remove it […]

  • Creating Awareness of Sexual Assault

    By Kelly Thyes, Door County Coordinator, Sexual Assault Center Many people are taught when they are young to watch out for “stranger danger.” Strangers are portrayed as being dangerous, scary-looking monsters waiting behind bushes and in dark alleyways waiting to grab people and do what they want with them. This image is also what people […]

  • Drop Off Items for Humane Society Rummage Sale April 27 and 28

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is making plans for their annual rummage sale set for April 27, 28 and 29. Drop off items to donate to the sale April 27 from 5pm – 8pm and April 28 from 9am – 5pm at the Jaycee Clubhouse located at 340 Jaycee Ct, Sturgeon Bay. Items should […]

  • Floormart Hosts Buy Local Mixer April 12

    Door County Buy Local is holding a business networking mixer on Wednesday, April 12, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Floormart in Sturgeon Bay. T he event will feature a presentation by company CEO Carl Forsch and COO Ryan Pesch, talking about The Floormart story. The mixer will also feature organic, locally grown food provided by Flying Tractor Farms and prepared by Chef […]

  • Cana Island Lighthouse by Jen Whitlock.

    Maritime Museum Members Can Order First Lighthouse Festival Tickets

    Door County Maritime Museum members will get the first opportunity to order tickets for the 24th annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. Between March 20 and April 3, members can order tickets for the variety of land-based tours and boat excursions set for the weekend of June 9-11. Tickets, which will go on sale to the […]

  • Economic Development Corporation Awards Luncheon April 26

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) Annual Investors Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 26, at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, Sturgeon Bay. The Annual Meeting keynote speaker will be Tricia Braun, deputy secretary/COO, of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, talking about their new talent attraction campaign, “Think-Make-Happen In Wisconsin.” In addition to the […]

  • UU Fellowship Presents PBS Series on Race

    On three Monday afternoons, April 3, 10 and 24, the Racial Justice Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County will present the award-winning PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion. The videos are 55 minutes each, followed by a discussion about this much misunderstood, critically important subject. “The Difference Between Us” […]

  • Alice Volden

    Obituary: Alice J. Volden

    Alice Volden, 85, of Sister Bay, died peacefully at Hearthside Assisted Living. Alice was born to Carl and Emelia Carlson. She met Marvin Volden at Young Adult Fellowship at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago and they were married there on May 14, 1955. Alice and Marvin retired to Sister Bay in 1989 where they built […]

  • DNR Asks Students to Design 2018 Fish Stamps

    Students in grades 9 through 12 who have artistic talent or just really like to fish will want to check out the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources inland trout stamp and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamp design contests for the 2018 year stamps. The 2018 stamp year contests aim to get a new generation […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Meet West Kewaunee’s Write-In Candidate

    A letter of introduction. I’m Sue Weisser, a write-in candidate for Town of West Kewaunee Supervisor. Maybe you missed my information flyers or personal visits but I did try to reach many town residents. This is a big, beautiful town and many parts give views of our precious Lake Michigan. How lucky we are! As […]

  • Typing My Father’s Words

    In a weird sort of harmonic convergence, I’m composing this column on March 24th on what would have been my father’s 94th birthday. Bernaldo Daniel Bicoy passed away four years ago, just a handful of days before he was to turn 90. While I’m naturally always a bit reflective when his birthday rolls around, 2017 […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: March 31 – April 6

    GIBRALTAR Baseball April 3 @ NEW Lutheran, 5 pm April 6 vs. Oconto, 5 pm April 7 @ Woodside Sports Complex (Mauston), 12:30 pm   Girls Soccer April 4 @ Luxemburg-Casco, 4:30 pm April 6 @ Kewaunee, 4:30 pm   Softball April 3 @ NEW Lutheran, 5 pm April 4 @ Roncalli, 4:30 pm April […]

  • Liberty Grove/Sister Bay Fire Dept. to Offer Classes on First Aid

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in basic first aid. All classes are being offered at the Sister Bay Fire Station on Mill Road. The first aid class focuses on Wisconsin EMS State standards for early emergency interventions […]

  • Door County Quilters Guild

    Sturgeon Bay Library Celebrates National Library Week

    National Library Week is April 9 – 15, and a few groups will celebrate the week at the Sturgeon Bay Library. On April 11, 10 am – 1 pm, the Door County Quilters Guild will hold their bi-weekly meeting. They will display their full size quilts along the upstairs railing and will set up their […]

  • Northern Sky Theatre. Len Villano.

    Northern Sky 2017 Summer Season Tickets Now Available

    Northern Sky Theater announces ticket sales and casting for their 2017 summer season. Northern Sky’s lineup includes four musical comedies playing in rotating repertory from June 14 to Aug. 26 at their amphitheater in Peninsula State Park. This summer will see the return of familiar faces as well as a new troupe of interns. “Our […]

  • Boys and Girls Club Hosts “Raising a Thinking Child” Series

    A new program for parent of children ages 4-7 empowers parents to help their children learn how not what to think. The program will be held on Mondays from April 3 to May 22 from 6 to 8 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of Door County. Interested in working together to practice and […]

  • 2017 April 4 Door County Candidate List

    STATEWIDE ELECTIONS State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers (I) Lowell E. Holtz Justice of the Supreme Court Anette Ziegler DOOR COUNTY ELECTIONS Door County Circuit Court Judge Branch 2 David L. Weber CITY OF STURGEON BAY Common Council District 1 Kelly Catarozoli (I) Dan Wiegand District 3 David Ward (I) Martha Scully-Beller  District 5 […]

  • Write On, Door County Offers Youth Program at Crossroads

    Write On, Door County will offer a youth program called “Would You Rather” on April 1, 9-11 am, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Under the guidance of instructor Dee Paulsen, young people will debate both silly and slightly serious (and a few truly twisted) topics and leave with a handmade book. The […]

  • Scott Cook

    Scott Cook to Play at Last Concert for White Gull Inn Winter Series

    Singer-songwriter Scott Cook will perform April 5 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. It is the last concert of the inn’s winter season. Tickets for the 8 pm performance are $19. A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of […]

  • Riders in the Sky

    Riders in the Sky to Take the Stage at the Southern Door Auditorium

    Two-time Grammy winners Riders in the Sky will take to the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on March 31 at 7 pm. Come hear America’s favorite cowboys as the Grammy award-winning quartet sing and entertain audiences “the cowboy way” and pay special tribute to Roy Rogers. From out of the West with the […]

  • Student Athlete Q&A: Tyler Kropuenske

    School/Grade: Gibraltar High School/Senior Sports played: Football, Basketball, and Track & Field Honors Academic: Honor Roll Student Football: 2nd Team All-Conference OL (2014) 2nd Team All-Conference DL (2015) 1st Team All-Conference OL (2015) 2nd Team All-Conference DL (2016) 1st Team All-Conference OL (2016) Basketball: Team Newcomer Award (2013) Team Hardest Worker Award (2014) 2nd Team […]

  • Philip Hendrickson

    Obituary: Philip Joel Hendrickson

    Phil Hendrickson, 97, died peacefully at his Green Bay home. He married Elizabeth Brann, a descendant of early Baileys Harbor settlers, June 14, 1947. He was the retired chair of Krueger, Inc, Green Bay, as well as treasurer and director emeritus of the Green Bay Packers. He also served as a University of Wisconsin Regent, […]

  • “Time to Choose” Showing at Crossroads

    The Climate Change Coalition of Door County will host a screening of Time to Choose, a penetrating new documentary on climate change and the efforts underway to prevent its worst effects, at 7 pm Wednesday, April 5, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. The program is free and open to the […]

  • Science Snippet: Intestinal Biome and Your Brain

    Your gut bacteria and other tiny organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi make up what scientists call the intestinal “biome,” which is defined as a large community of organisms living in a defined area. There is solid evidence that linkage exists between the nature of the contents of the biome and brain function. In […]

  • By The Numbers: Small Business

    Small Business In honor of National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on March 29, we take a look at some small business numbers. Small businesses, according to the Small Business Administration, have 1 to 499 employees. 2 Percent of small businesses that are franchises. 12.5 The percentage of U.S. small businesses owned by immigrants. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Letter Writer Missed the Point

    Frankly I don’t care whether Mr. Gorsuch gets confirmed or not, but Ms. Gatenby’s statements (March 24 Pulse) that the Senate failed to carry out its Constitutional duty and that the seat on the Supreme Court was “unconstitutionally stolen” are so outrageous I can’t let it pass. First let’s get the politics out of the […]

  • Call for Artists for Sled Dogs ‘Art Paws’ Event

    Door County Sled Dogs (DCSD) invites artists to participate in a Memorial Day weekend Art Paws Art Fair on May 27 at its Education and Discovery Center in Ephraim. Both 2D and 3D artists are encouraged to take part in this outdoor exhibit opportunity. The Discovery Center will be open to the public and the […]

  • Framed: Dog Walking on a Spring Day

    A foggy spring break morning walk with a boy (Wyatt Bultman) and his dog, Lola.

  • Organic Advisory Council Seeks Nominations

    The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2017. The four openings include one seat for a representative of each of the following groups: farm, business, consumer, and at-large. Members serve three-year terms, and […]

  • Bier Zot Hosts Beer Bingo

    The first in a series of immersive beer events, reps from Surly will join Bier Zot for beer bingo on Saturday, April 1. In conjunction with a Surly Tap take over, Bier Zot will feature a dive bar with a twist menu, a curated playlist and cash prize bingo. Starting at 5:30, games are $5, […]

  • Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum April 8

    Highlights of the Green Bay fishery and other updates on Lake Michigan will be shared by leaders from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at the April 8 meeting of the Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum. The agenda includes presentations by DNR fisheries biologists Tammie Paoli and Steve Hogler as well as by Dan Isermann, an […]

  • Get an Inside Tour of Sturgeon Bay Shipyards May 6

    On May 6, the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay is hosting its 24th annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours from 9 am – 2 pm. Bay Shipbuilding and Centerpointe Yacht Services, located on 1st Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, will offer guided walking tours of their ship repair and new ship construction facilities. The Door County Maritime […]

  • Wayne Werkheiser

    Obituary: Wayne Frederick Werkheiser

    Wayne F. Werkheiser, 81, of Sturgeon Bay, died at his home. He was born in Sturgeon Bay to the late Fred and Mary (Mielke) Werkheiser. Wayne graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1953. After high school, he served his country for two years in the U.S. Army. On July 14, 1956, Wayne was united in […]

  • Ozone Pollution: The Unwanted Tourist

    As Newport State Park survives as one of the most untouched state lands preparing to open its internationally significant dark skies to the world, it is also the location of a rather troublesome air quality monitor. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and, after changes made in 2015, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Stop Those Who Want to Control City

    My comments are directed at the citizens of the 1st District of the City of Sturgeon Bay. It is of the utmost importance that you get out and vote on April 4th. Many people feel that these local elections are not of any importance, so they fail to turn out and vote. These local elections […]

  • Letter to the Editor: New Blood Needed in Gibraltar

    Change is in the air, once again, for the Gibraltar Town Board. In 2015, encouraged by a group of residents who were tired of the “my way or the highway” approach of some of our former town leaders, Dick Skare challenged the incumbent town chairman and won with approximately 66 percent of the vote. Then, […]

  • Citizens Deliver Cake to Gallagher for Statement on Health Care Bill

    Door County citizens delivered cake to Rep. Mike Gallagher’s office on Monday, March 27, thanking him for his statement of caution regarding the American Health Care Act, and expressing other concerns about future bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. Submitted.

  • Letter to the Editor: Hauser Has the Skills

    I am writing in support of Laurel Hauser’s candidacy for the Sturgeon Bay City Council. Although I am not a resident of Sturgeon Bay, I can speak to her qualifications from my experience as her employer at the White Gull Inn. In her approximately 10 years at the White Gull, Laurel worked in a variety of […]

  • Dairy Drives Decline in State Agriculture Exports

    Wisconsin saw a 0.68 percent decrease in the value of its international exports of agriculture products between 2015 and 2016. Although this change is small, the bulk of it comes from a 9.51 percent decrease in dairy, eggs and honey during the same time period. Wisconsin ranks 12th in agricultural exports in the United States. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Use Write-In to Vote for Seyfer

    I am writing to let you know that my fellow school board member Wendy Minten has made some life changes and will not be available to fill the seat on the Gibraltar School Board for the upcoming three-year term. However, she will be on the ballot for the April 4th election. Her declaration of candidacy could not be undone […]

  • County Board Wants Legislature to Close Big Box Tax Loophole

    The Door County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution at its March 28 meeting to urge the Governor and Legislature to close a loophole that allows big box stores from taking advantage of what is known as the “dark store tax loophole.” According to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities (LWM), which issued a briefing on […]

  • Applications Now Available for United Way Endowment Fund Grants

    Applications are now available for the 2017 United Way of Door County Endowment Fund Grants. They are pleased to announce that the amount of money available for Endowment Fund Grants for the calendar year 2017 is $4,233. Proposals are awarded based on grant application criteria. Door County’s Impact Areas and Goals (to be facilitated by […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Choose Laurel Hauser

    It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of endorsement for Laurel Hauser, candidate for District 7 alderperson, but dedicated to all people, both young and old of the City of Sturgeon Bay. She and her husband, John, have lived in Sturgeon Bay for 20 years and raised their son and daughter. Her background […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hauser is Over the Top

    Laurel Hauser and I were acquaintances before 2006, but that year, we learned about each other first-hand in a very public context: the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission. At that time, Walmart was seeking to expand and there were many divergent views regarding the direction and form that expansion should take. Sitting with Laurel on the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote No On Village Referendum

    Remember that sense you had when you first moved into Egg Harbor? The village had energy, with a clear sense of commitment to public amenities in its downtown, its sidewalks and streetscape, recreation areas and neighborhoods. This exuberant zeitgeist is threatened by a referendum on the April 4 ballot. The referendum calls for voter approval of all capital […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thank You, Sturgeon Bay Common Council

    On Tuesday, March 21, the City of Sturgeon Bay common council unanimously passed (7-0) a resolution calling upon “…the Wisconsin State Legislature, and our locally elected state representatives, to provide the voters of the state with the opportunity to speak through a non-binding state-wide referendum asking if they, the voters, support an amendment to the United […]

  • Manners Matter: Fashion Forward

    Dear Miss Manners, Styles are changing all the time and I am now accustomed to grown men wearing short pants to church on Sunday and to anniversary dinners at upscale restaurants that begin at 8 pm. I can’t accept the practice of men wearing grimy baseball caps at any occasion and I suspect that some […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: March 31, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “It sounds like some kind of kinky cult.” “Just got your voicemail and returned your call and left you a voicemail. However, […]

  • William. Door County Humane Society featured pet.

    Featured Pet: William

    Hello, Door County! My name is William. I am a one-year and seven-month-old feline. I came to DCHS as a surrender in January with my siblings. Now that all of my brothers and sisters have found their forever homes I too want to find a family to call my own. As you can see by […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Taxpayer Blank Check?

    To paraphrase then-candidate Ronald Reagan, “Here we go again.” The inconsistencies of the so-called populist Trump Presidency are hard to keep up with. But one that has been particularly troublesome to me is the amount of public dollars that are being spent, with little hesitation, on security for the extended First Family. Now, I wish […]

  • CHIP Presents “Feeling Safe at Home and on the Go”

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Feeling Safe at Home and on the Go,” on April 23 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. The speaker will be Jennifer Gaddes, physical therapist from Door County Medical Center. Gaddes will discuss how to safety check your living […]

  • Pioneers of Home Economics in Wisconsin

    “As the stream can flow no higher than its fountain, so no country can be better than its home.” It was a favorite saying of one of the state’s pioneers in home economics, Nellie Kedzie Jones, whose belief in improving families by sharing homemaking skills with rural women inspired the development of an organization that […]

  • Obituary: Beverly L. Stephenson-Peterson

    Beverly L. Stephenson-Peterson, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Anna’s Healthcare with family at her side following a battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Lois (Curran) Stephenson. Bev graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the class of 1962 before attending NWTC Business Administration classes. On July 17, 1965, […]

  • Trivia: Which old-fashioned prank of choice went through early model names of “Boop-Boop A Doops” and “Razzberry Cushions” before coming to its final moniker in 1932?

    Question: Which old-fashioned prank of choice went through early model names of “Boop-Boop A Doops” and “Razzberry Cushions” before coming to its final moniker in 1932? Answer: The whoopee cushion.

  • Cheers. Lil' Brainless Raspberry Ale. Epic Brewing.

    Cheers!: Is That a Raspberry Grin on Your Mug?

    Raspberries move me. They always have, ever since discovering massive wild raspberry stands in the wilds surrounding Island Lake while visiting my grandparents as a child, and learned that these hairy red berries really can brighten your world. The taste of those juicy wild berries was otherworldly, transporting me from this tiny smudge on Earth […]

  • Kewaunee County Launches New Website

    Kewaunee County announced is now live for visitors to check out with a brand new look. The website was gifted to Kewaunee County by Kewaunee County Economic Development Committee (KCEDC) in September 2016. Kewaunee County kept the already established brand and original URL, but underwent a total redesign. The website, which was unveiled at […]

  • Door County Half Marathon. Economic Impact.

    Door County Half Marathon Makes Big Economic Impact

    When the Door County Half Marathon ends May 6 and its 2,200-plus participants go home, they’ll leave hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact behind. The race, conceived in 2007 as a way to boost shoulder season tourism and celebrate the Door County community as the busy season ramps up, quickly became a spring […]

  • Kenan Bunda

    Obituary: Kenan John Bunda

    Kenan was a lifelong resident of Sister Bay. He graduated from Gibraltar High School in 1976 and continued his education at UW Eau Claire, UW Stout and Arizona State University. Kenan was a master carpenter, who enjoyed building beautiful homes and custom craft furniture. Boats were an important part of Kenan’s life. He enjoyed being […]

  • The Bestseller List: March 31, 2017

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman 2. In This Grave Hour, by Jacqueline Winspear 3. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead 4. The Hearts of Men, by Nickolas Butler 5. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance 2. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in […]

  • Southern Door High School Students Explore Summer Work Opportunities

    Southern Door High School students will have an opportunity to meet local businesses and explore summer work opportunities April 12, between 11 am and 12:15 pm. Students will be able to use their lunch period to meet with businesses, talk with prospective employers, and explore summer employment opportunities. Each business will have one table located […]

  • Births: March 17-24, 2017

    Ben and Jackie Ehlert, Sister Bay, are the parents of a son born on March 17, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Ron and Laura Pulda, Burlington, Wis. Paternal grandparents Beth and Brian Ehlert, Lake Geneva, Wis. Lydia and Pete Nikolai, Washington Island, are parents of a daughter born on March […]

  • State News: Budget Would Leave $1 Billion Defecit

    A $1 Billion Structural Deficit Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget would leave a “structural deficit” of about $1 billion, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau measures structural deficits by looking at how spending decisions in this budget will affect the next one. It found the structural deficit would go up to more than $1.05 billion by […]

  • Corpus Christi Fellowship Committee to Host a Walk for A Cause

    The Corpus Christi Fellowship Committee will host a Walk for A Cause, taking place at Corpus Christi Catholic Church on Saturday, May 6, from 8 to 10 am. The Sturgeon Bay Catholic Community and Corpus Christi Parish are sponsoring a 1- or 3-mile Walk for a Cause for Leukemia. The money raised will benefit the […]

  • April 4 Kewaunee County Candidates

    KEWAUNEE COUNTY CANDIDATES CITY OF ALGOMA Alderperson District 1 Bruce J. Charles (I)   Alderperson District 2 Jacque M. Wiese   Alderperson District 3 Mitchell Groessl   Alderperson District 4 Lee M. Dachelet   ALGOMA SCHOOL DISTRICT School Board Member, unincorporated area (vote for not more than two) David Wessel (I) Priscilla Swoboda (I)   […]

  • House, Sitte Lead Gibraltar Track and Field

    Gibraltar Boys Track & Field competed indoors on Thursday, March 23, at Manitowoc Lincoln’s Earl Herbert Invite. Gibraltar’s top finisher was Caleb House who finished fourth place in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:54.2. Gibraltar Girls Track & Field competed indoors on Friday, March 24, at Manitowoc Lincoln’s Pam Kjono Invite. Gibraltar’s top […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Hauser Truly Interested in Helping City

    I am writing to endorse Laurel Hauser who is running as a candidate as the alderperson for District 7. Laurel is a personal friend and has the experience and knowledge to represent District 7 well. She has a vast array of experiences which range from general manager of a northern Door resort to development director […]

  • Algoma Lions Club Now Taking Orders for Annual Rose Sale

    The Algoma Lions Club is currently taking orders for their annual Rose Sale fundraiser. Roses are priced at $15 per dozen with free delivery on Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22. This is a great opportunity to let someone special know that you care, or to enjoy a taste of spring. Funds raised support local community projects […]

  • Door County Sled Dogs

    Door County Sled Dogs Looking for New Volunteers

    Door County Sled Dogs are in need of new volunteers to join our seasoned ones so we can continue our work of education about dogs and especially northern breeds, but also about leadership and team qualities through the lens of mushing. Volunteering with DCSD is a great way to help dogs and people plus have […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote for Linda Wait

    We heartily endorse the candidacy of Linda Wait for Sevastopol Town Board Supervisor. Her broad base of experience and knowledge is exceeded only by her enthusiasm for the job – and our fellow neighbors. She has chosen to postpone her retirement (once again) to serve our region, and we are the better for it. It happens that […]

  • Sunflower Cottage Screens “Every Minute Counts”

    Sunflower Cottage will sponsor a special screening of Every Minute Counts on Alzheimer’s disease on April 4 in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. This powerful documentary illuminates the social and economic consequences for the country unless a medical breakthrough is discovered for this currently […]

  • The Clearing Has Openings for 2017 Classes

    The Clearing still has openings in many of its 2017 weeklong classes, including openings for commuter students in many classes. If you’ve been thinking about taking a class as a commuter, but just haven’t gotten around to it, now is a good time to register. The Clearing reserves one spot in each class (there are […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Never Again?

    Change followed change and the noose tightened as Hitler ascended to assume absolute, authoritarian power. Yet, most people continued to come and go about their daily lives without too much concern. There was plenty of good food to eat … the economy was holding strong … citizens enjoyed the restaurants, culture, and joie-de-vivre, despite the […]

  • Willard Zak. Photo by Len Villano

    In Memoriam: The Harbor Barber Has Left the Shop

    Talking to Gary Jones for a story in the Pulse seven years ago, Willard Zak, the “Harbor Barber,” said he felt the days of the traditional barbershop were numbered. If readers didn’t think too much about that statement at the time, they surely do now. Willard, who set up shop in the former garage of […]

  • Door County AOD Committee and re:TH!NK Bring Tobacco Prevention Strategies to Families

    Youth are using e-cigarettes at increasing and alarming rates. Locally, Door County AOD committee and re:TH!NK, the Lakeshore Tobacco Prevention Network engage community members to implement proven tobacco prevention strategies. Some of our current efforts include public outreach, classroom education on a variety of topics, hosting public events for students and their parents, and completing […]

  • Sharon Auberle: Door County’s New Poet Laureate

    At the March 28 meeting of the Door County Board of Supervisors, a resolution was approved making Sharon Auberle the fifth Door County Poet Laureate since the position was established in 2010. She assumes the role from Ralph Murre. Auberle’s term will run through March 31, 2019. It is an uncompensated position, and the primary […]

  • Your Reps in the News: March 31, 2017

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Rep. Mike Gallagher and Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) introduced HR 873, a bipartisan bill allowing the establishment of the National Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Washington D.C. The bill aims to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces that served in defense of the United States in the Global […]

  • Artists Needed for Egg Harbor Public Art Project

    The newly established Public Arts Initiative (PAI) of Egg Harbor announces their first call for permanent public art. The organization was created with a strong belief in the positive impact the arts have on our world and to celebrate the power of art in public spaces. Door County attracts more then four million visitors a […]

  • Fine Arts Fest at Southern Door Schools April 6

    Southern Door Elementary and Middle School will host the 17th annual Fine Arts Festival on April 6, 5 – 8 pm. The student artwork on display in the main hallways of the Elementary and Middle School is the “heart” of this celebration. The students in grades 5K – 4th grade with regular attendance in art […]

  • Nonfiction: ‘Spring 1945’

    Paxton Street, Sioux City, Iowa In terms of solar relationships, the precise moment of the arrival of spring at a given location can be calculated. The experience of spring is not so precise. It simply becomes apparent one day that winter has gone and spring has arrived. That morning, as we walked up the Paxton […]

  • What to Expect From Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days

    The biennial Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days will take place in Madison on April 5 and 6. More than 120 delegates from Door and Kewaunee Counties, including 30 students, are expected in the capitol to lobby for issues relative to this corner of the state. “Everyone might not agree with everything you say, but our goal is […]