Peninsula Pulse – March 8-15

In this issue

  • PODCAST: The Craft Beer Evolution with Peter Gentry

    Peter Gentry’s brewing journey started with his dad and a home brew kit in Madison. It brought him to Door County. Gentry joins Myles Dannhausen Jr. to talk about the growth of One Barrel Brewing Co. and surviving in a turbulent industry. Door County Pulse Podcast · The Craft Beer Evolution with One Barrel’s Peter […]

  • Obituary: Michael Morley

    May 7, 1947 – March 2, 2024 Michael Morley, age 76, of Sheboygan, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Mike was born May 7, 1947 in Park Rapids, Minnesota to the late Robert and Ruth (Monson) Morley. He graduated from Lyman High School, Lyman, Nebraska, in 1965, where he was a multi-sport athlete lettering […]

  • Women’s Fund Donates $50,000 to Children First Center

    Children First Development Center got a boost from the Women’s Fund of Door County this week with a $50,000 grant.  The grant will allow Children First to make facility improvements including new flooring and adding a wall to improve efficiency in two classrooms. Funds will also be used to purchase cribs and other equipment necessary […]

  • Obituary: Bruce R. Tebon

    Sept. 4, 1946 – Feb. 19, 2024 Bruce Ruben Tebon, 77, of Sturgeon Bay, died unexpectedly on Feb. 19, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona. Bruce was born on Sept. 4, 1946, in Escanaba, to the late Albert Tebon and Priscilla (Vertz) Tebon. After spending his early years in the UP, the family moved to Sturgeon Bay. […]

  • Rezoning Backed for ‘Boat House Condos’

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council backed the first reading of an ordinance on Tuesday to rezone a vacant, triangular-shaped parcel at the southeast corner of Utah Street and 18th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay to build 15 part residential/part storage condominiums.  If given final approval March 19, the 2.78-acre site will switch from single-family residential (R-1) […]

  • Combining EMRs in BUG Fire District Proposed

    Southern Door communities are considering how to band together to beat a declining recruitment trend that’s creating staffing challenges for emergency services.  The possibility of merging the emergency medical responders (EMRs) in the Town of Gardner with the group of EMRs in Brussels and Union and placing them into the Brussels-Union-Gardner (BUG) Fire Department is […]

  • DNR To Monitor Alpine’s Egg Harbor Cliff Habitat Area

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board on Feb. 28 unanimously accepted an access route and a nine-acre easement along the Niagara Escarpment from Alpine Resort Acquisition Co., as well as a $150,000 donation to cover monitoring costs and a $235,000 pledge for habitat restoration by a contractor. Jim Lemke from the DNR Real […]

  • Editor’s Note: Last Call for Political Letters

    We do not publish political letters the week before an election, which means the March 22 issue of the Peninsula Pulse will be the final issue before the April 2 election where a political letter to the editor would be published pertaining to any of the races in that election. The deadline for this final […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Who is Really Pro-Life?

    Really, all Americans are pro-life. We value life. Every morning we wake up ready to live another day. So saying one is “pro-life” should not be controversial.  But one of our political parties misuses that term. They vote against a living wage for working families, against family-planning funding, against a $35 insulin-cost cap, against paid […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Our Democracy is OK, But Money is the Primary Influencer

    Our Democracy – or more correctly, Republic – in which we currently reside is not inherently flawed. Rather it’s become a victim of its success. America has risen to be the most powerful republic globally, largely due to the creation of a robust economic system. This outcome would likely have surprised even Adam Smith, the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Jennifer Moeller for Door County Circuit Court Judge!

    I have known Jennifer for over 30 years. She is a compassionate, intelligent and caring person. Her connections in Door County go back to her childhood home in Egg Harbor.  She is beyond qualified for this position with a long history of working in all aspects of the legal world. Her first positions in Milwaukee […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Highway Department Uncovers History

    A hearty thank you is extended to the County of Door Highway Department and staff for an outstanding job they accomplished during this winter of little snow. I speak of the rediscovery through brushing and roadside trimming in the right of way that again exposed the historic roadside stone fences. So few of them remain. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘No’ on Gardner Broadband Funding Referendum

    Recently, the Town of Gardner proposed an approximate $1.5-million loan for fiber optic infrastructure for high speed internet, to be managed by a company like Brightspeed (a subsidiary of CenturyTel) for a proposed, base customer charge of roughly $60 per month [“Town Asking Voters to Weigh In on Broadband Funding,” Jan. 12 Peninsula Pulse]. That’s […]

  • Letter to the Editor: When is Enough is Enough?

    I’m having all sorts of thoughts right now, including some Joni Mitchell lyrics – “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone” – after reading “Two New Drive-Thru Restaurants, Strip Mall Proposed” for Sturgeon Bay in the March 1 Peninsula Pulse. One of the many things Door […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Dismayed by Clay Banks Misleading Action Against Land Trust

    I am writing to express support for the great work done by the Door County Land Trust. I fully support the Land Trust’s recent purchase of property in the Town of Clay Banks. I also fully support the Land Trust’s application to the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund for funding assistance for the Bear Creek Nature Preserve.  […]

  • Obituary: Roger Charles Bahlert

    March 9, 1935 – March 4, 2024 Roger Charles Bahlert, 88, of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Monday night, March 4, 2024 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. He was born March 9, 1935 in the Town of Liberty Grove, the son of Raymond Edmund Bahlert and Lucy Mary (Hoffner) Bahlert. Roger grew up attending […]

  • USPS Admits Mail Delays, Says They’re Addressed

    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has broken its silence about complaints of the late and unreliable delivery of mail that had been frustrating customers of the Sturgeon Bay Post Office since last November.  In a Feb. 28 letter to U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin), Shaun Chang, USPS government relations representative, said they had contacted the […]

  • The Basics of Birding Gear

    To the left of my desk at the Peninsula Pulse, three large picture windows look out onto the water of Baileys Harbor – and, in the foreground of the scenic view, several bird feeders. Those feeders are kept well-stocked by Pulse publisher David Eliot, and they draw a constant stream of small birds to distract […]

  • Wild Things: New Fishing, Hunting Licenses Ready

    Hunters and anglers can now purchase 2024-25 licenses via the state’s Go Wild site (, or in-person at one of 16 locations in Door and Kewaunee counties. Door County businesses that offer in-person license buying include the Forestville One Stop Mobil; Brussels General Store; PJ’s of Door County; JP Express near Carlsville; and Howie’s Tackle […]

  • Registration Opens for DCEDC Awards Luncheon

    Registration has opened for the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s 34th annual Investors Meeting and Luncheon, scheduled for April 17, at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center. Registration starts at 11:30 am, the program at noon. The organization will present five awards to businesses and individuals who have demonstrated exceptional performance, innovation and dedication to […]

  • Gibraltar Ready to Unveil School Drawings

    $29.8 million project focuses on rear classroom wing this summer Gibraltar school district residents can get a detailed look on March 11 at drawings for a construction project that residents paid for through the largest voter-approved school referendum in county history. Subcontractors and members of the trades attended meetings at the school late last month […]

  • Story Slam Tickets on Sale March 15

    The Tales of Our Lives Story Slam is back. Tickets for the hallmark event of the Women’s Fund of Door County go on sale March 15. The 11th annual story slam takes place Saturday, April 20 at Northern Sky’s Gould Theater. “Northern Sky Theater is honored to partner with the Women’s Fund of  Door County for […]

  • Server of the Week: Chris Mallien, Coyote Roadhouse

    The coyote and the kangaroo, together on a map, Inside the rustic building, Chris is pulling on the taps. Originally from Michigan, then some years in Indiana, Made his way up Highway 42, to Door County nirvana. In his farmhouse in Fish Creek, walls may appear to rattle, Shaken by his laughter, as he watches […]

  • Young Writers Creative Camp at Write On, Door County

    Kids WOW!, Write On, Door County’s annual creative camps for young writers, will return July 8-12 this year. Children’s author John Coy will lead third to fifth graders through the process of creating a picture book, focusing on characters, setting and creating tension. At the end of the week, participants will have their own picture […]

  • Photography by Jeff Pearcy at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery

    Precious Life: Photography by Jeff Pearcy is on exhibit now in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s (UUFDC) gallery. A Unitarian photographer, Pearcy worked for eight years with the Pan-African Rural Health and Social Services, documenting people in poverty. For four years, he focused on a struggling hospital in a small village called Fallay […]

  • This Week’s Bestsellers

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Horse, by Geraldine Brooks 2. Bride, by Ali Hazelwood 3. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas 4. Chain Gang All-Stars, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 5. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the […]

  • Bowl with Door County Habitat for Humanity

    Door County Habitat for Humanity will host its 11th annual Bowl-A-Thon at Apple Valley Lanes March 10. Registration begins at 10 am, then round one begins at 10:30 am. After lunch at 12 pm, round two commences at 1 pm.  This year’s theme is “Wisconsin sports.” Four-person teams may participate. The registration fee is $15 […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

    A full day of St. Patrick’s fun is slated for March 16. Sturgeon Bay’s annual parade will start at 11 am Sawyer Park via Oak Street, travel down Madison Avenue, cross the Michigan Street bridge, proceed down Third Avenue and finish at Jefferson Street. Kitty O’Reilly’s Irish Pub will host its annual St. Patrick’s celebration, […]

  • Annual Sister Bay Ice Out Contest Canceled

    Due to unseasonably warm temperatures and the resulting lack of ice formation in the bay, the Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has decided to cancel the 86th Annual Ice Out Contest. In previous years, participants competed for a chance to win prizes from local businesses by guessing the date and time the Goat on a […]

  • Laugh Out Loud: Comedy Club

    March 14, dinner at 6:30 pm and show at 7:30 pm, Carrington, 7643 Hillside Road in Egg Harbor Enjoy dinner and a show by comedians Mike Brody and Aron Woldeslassie. Tickets are $49.

  • Get Crafty: Rubber Stamp Class

    March 11, 3-5 pm, Forestville Library, 123 Hwy 42 in Forestville Learn the basics of stamping, die-cutting and dry embossing during this adult art class. Registration is required; call 920.856.6886.

  • Find Your Zen: Winter Yoga

    March 10, 9-10 am, Door County Brewing Co. and Music Hall, 8099 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor Bring your own mat and stretch into spring at this free yoga class.

  • Get Real About Your Grilling Game

    If your tailgate pals question your skill at the grill, check out the Grilling Brats and Burgers class at Get Real Cafe. The class begins at 5:30 pm on March 16. Learn the basics of grilling, hot spots, flare ups, indirect cooking and much more. At the end of the class participants will grill their […]

  • Bienvenidos from Gloria’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant

    Gloria’s Authentic Mexican Restaurant welcomes the community to attend a grand opening fiesta March 16 from 11 am – 9 pm. The fun will include a live mariachi band from 6-8 pm.  Gloria’s is located at 23 W. Oak St. in Sturgeon Bay.

  • St. Patrick’s Day Favorites at Kitty O’Reilly’s

    St. Patrick’s Day is the super bowl for Irish pubs, and Kitty O’Reilly’s in Sturgeon Bay will kick things off a day early. Beginning at 8 am on March 16, breakfast options will include Irish eggs Benedict, corned beef hash and eggs, and Kitty’s signature Irish coffees. From 11 am – 10 pm Irish classics […]

  • Fernet – A Classic Cocktail Enhancer

    A favorite of craft cocktail makers, fernet is an aromatic spirit that features a blend of herbs including myrrh, rhubarb, chamomile, cardamom, aloe and saffron. The flavor is complex – herbal and bitter – yet balanced. The most popular brand, Fernet-Branca, was created in Italy in 1845 and was marketed as a tonic for relief […]

  • The Playw(right) Choice

    TAP’s 2024 season features plays by two Wisconsinite playwrights, four female playwrights There are many things to pay attention to while you watch a play: the acting, the set design, the music, the story.  As an audience member, the person who actually wrote the production you’re watching might be the last thing on your mind. […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Announces 72nd Season

    The Peninsula Music Festival’s (PMF) 72nd season will include a special night of Tchaikovsky with soloist Inna Faliks, led by the organization’s Conductor Laureate Victor Yampolsky on Aug. 8. “Our music director Rune Bergmann has built on the excitement of last year,” PMF’s interim executive director Lisa Harper said. “Our patrons gave us valuable feedback […]

  • Spring Concerts by Griffon String Quartet

    The Griffon String Quartet, Midsummer’s Music’s resident ensemble, will perform spring concerts on March 15 and 17 in Sturgeon Bay and Egg Harbor, respectively. Both shows feature classical music with elements borrowed from other types of music and compositional styles. They will feature Roy Meyer and Alex Norris on violin, Kayla Patrick on viola and […]

  • “Back to School: A Cabaret” Sells Out

    Northern Door Pride’s annual fundraiser show, titled Back to School: A Cabaret this year, sold out Northern Sky’s Gould Theater Feb. 24.

  • 2024 Door County Short Film Fest Sells Out

    An audience of nearly 300 people attended the sold-out Door County Short Film Fest at Northern Sky’s Gould Theater Feb. 16 and 17. The 15th annual festival screened 24 short films and three feature-length films. Twenty of the featured filmmakers attended to answer audience questions at the end of each film block. At the end […]

  • Murder-Mystery Dinner Shows by Rogue Theater

    Community theater troupe Rogue Theater will present a murder-mystery dinner show titled Sam Club, Private Eye, in the Case of the Malted Falcon.  The titular investigator is guarding a priceless chocolate sculpture when it’s stolen en route to a New York City gallery. The thief could be any of the wacky cast of characters – […]

  • Birch Creek Announces 2024 Concerts

    Tickets on sale now Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s 2024 summer concert season will feature performances by advanced students and faculty musicians, who study and teach by day and perform by night in the historic Dutton Concert Barn. Opening night is June 20. The inaugural performance, titled “Percussion at the Disco: I Just Want to […]

  • Waterfront Redevelopment Authority Officially Dissolved

    Sturgeon Bay’s Waterfront Redevelopment Authority (WRA), which was formed in 1990 to oversee the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront, is no more. The Common Council approved a resolution March 5 to dissolve the WRA, which had recommended that action in December. All properties owned by the WRA had to be transferred to the city and […]