Peninsula Pulse – May 19-26, 2017

In this issue

  • Maifest, Vintage Market and More Weekend Plans

    The county is waking up after its winter-long slumber. Join us in celebrating Memorial Day as well as getting outside and enjoying everything spring. Friday, May 26 Egg Harbor Farmers Market Farmers market season has begun! Head over to Egg Harbor to pick up locally grown produce, handcrafted items during the first market of the […]

  • Baileys Harbor Board Calls Special Electors Meeting on Property Purchase

    The Town Board has called a special meeting of the Baileys Harbor Electors. It will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm in the auditorium at the Town Hall, 2392 County Road F. The agenda is as follows: Call to order Verify posting/accept agenda Consideration of granting authority to the Town Board for […]

  • Valcq’s ‘Velvet Gentleman’ Will Haunt Third Avenue Playhouse Stage, Audience

    Much has been said of the mysterious eccentric of the French avant–garde, Erik Satie. The outrageous and the humorous blend to form a portrait of a man not wholly believable and yet intriguingly brilliant. Curiosity will lead you to James Valcq’s depiction of Satie in his one-man play Velvet Gentleman. Showings began at Sturgeon Bay’s […]

  • Weather Wizard: Dreamin’ of the ‘Bootle Bumtrinket’

    The Bootle Bumtrinket is the name of the boat that I’ve never owned but always wanted. The name has been extracted from a favorite book of mine, My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell, and I thought the name to be most glorious when I first mouthed it over a decade ago. The Bootle […]

  • Golf News

    Got Golf News, Photos or Upcoming Events? The Peninsula Pulse wants to hear about it! Send press releases, photos and upcoming events to [email protected]. Deadline is noon on Friday prior to publication.

  • Idlewild Senior League Play Begins

    The Idlewild Senior Golf League begins play at 8:15 am on May 25 at Idlewild Golf Course in Sturgeon Bay. The league is open to all seniors. Entry fee is $1 per week for special events. For more information contact Harold Forbes at 920.743.9288.

  • When Music and School Grew Apart

    When the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) funded a study on the state of arts education in public schools in 2010, the first study in 10 years, the outlook wasn’t at a crisis level, but it was trending the wrong way for music lovers. While a great portion of public schools, 94 percent, offer specific […]

  • The Orthobers: One Family, Three Artists

    Isn’t it amazing how life turns out sometimes? Who could have imagined that a little boy’s interest in birds would have led, indirectly, to two outstanding careers and a retirement hobby? “Door County was a wonderful place to grow up in the 1940s and ‘50s,” said Gary Orthober of rural Sturgeon Bay. “We farm kids […]

  • Door County Bridge Club Continues for 2017 Summer

    The Door County Bridge Club will resume for another season of duplicate bridge on June 6. Sanctioned by the American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), duplicate bridge games will be held every Tuesday at noon and every Friday at 9 am from the beginning of June through the end of September. The club meets at the […]

  • Isherwood: On Spring

    when daisies pied and violets blue and lady’s-smocks all silver-white and a cuckoo buds of yellow hue do paint the meadows with delight. Wm Shakespeare   It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand. When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, […]

  • Sports Standings as of May 14

    Local Prep Sports Standings As of May 14 Baseball Standings –Packerland Conference (School, Conference Record, Overall Record, Conference PCT) Sturgeon Bay, 8-2, 10-4, .800 Gibraltar, 8-2-1, 11-5-1, .773 Southern Door, 9-3, 12-7, .750 Oconto, 9-4, 11-7, .692 Kewaunee, 5-7-1, 7-14-1, .423 Algoma, 5-7, 7-8, .417 Green Bay N.E.W., 3-8, 3-8, .273 Sevastopol, 0-14, 1-15, .000 […]

  • Peg Egan Announces 2017 Summer Concert Series

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce a crowd-pleasing line-up of nationally acclaimed artists for its 2017 Summer Concert Series. Located in Eames Cherry View Park in Egg Harbor, the outdoor amphitheater offers sweeping views of scenic landscape and sunsets over the harbor and has ground room for 2,000 visitors; bringing blankets […]

  • Peninsula Park Golf Course Events

    Little Eddie Big Cup The 4th Annual Little Eddie Big Cup takes place Sunday, Oct. 1 at Peninsula State Park Golf Course, with lunch and awards to follow at Alexander’s. For more information, visit Dr. William & Carolyn Bell Junior Golf School June 12-15 July 10-13 Four-day group sessions at Peninsula Driving Range for […]

  • Shane Koulias Promoted to Hachidan 8th Degree Black Belt

    Shaun Koulias was promoted to Hachidan 8th Degree Black Belt in USA GOJU by Hanshi Lou Angel, 10th Dan of the National College of Martial Arts. Koulias teaches at the YMCA in both Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek. He also teaches out of his own Dojo, Door County Martial Arts.

  • Obituary: Curtis Allen Lustila

    Curtis Allen Lustila, 35, of Green Bay passed away unexpectedly at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center on May 14, 2017.  He was born September 25, 1981 in Algoma to Jeffrey and Cynthia (Tuttle) Lustila. Curt graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 2000 and then attended Technical College in Green Bay for carpentry and cabinet […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth Virgel Watters

    Kenneth “Socky” Virgel Watters, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 14, 2017 while at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in the Town of Nasewaupee. He was born May 8, 1925 in the Town of Clay Banks, the son John “Jack” and Rosetta (Anderson) Watters. Ken attended Sawyer School. From 1940-1942, he sailed the Great Lakes while […]

  • Obituary: John D. Thenell

    John D. Thenell, 88, Sturgeon Bay, died May 14, 2017, at Door County Medical Center. He was born April 28, 1929, in Sturgeon Bay to the late Walter and Laura (May) Thenell. John attended Sturgeon Bay High School and graduated with a business degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. John married the love of his life Darlene […]

  • Obituary: Dr. Michael J. O’Brien

    Dr. Michael J. O’Brien, age 73, died Friday, May 12, 2017 of complications related to diabetes. He was born in Green Bay on August 2, 1943 to Dr. Erwin J. and Margaret (Hart) O’Brien and attended St. Patrick’s Grade School and Premontre High School. At Premontre, he played on the basketball and golf teams. He […]

  • Obituary: James Michael Hitt

    James Michael Hitt (Red/Redman) was born February 7, 1949 to the late John and Helny Jane Hitt. Red died peacefully in the loving arms of his family at 7:50 pm, Thursday, May 11 2017, after a lifelong battle with muscular dystrophy. Every time life tried to knock him down, he got right back up and tried again. […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen Ann Balzan

    Kathleen Ann Balzan, 74, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died  May 11, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village in Sister Bay. She was born April 2, 1943, in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of James B. and Arlene C. (Novak) Nemec. Kathy graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. She was a manager at Younkers in Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Obituary: Gerald J. Fabry

    Gerald J. Fabry, 76, of Brussels, died suddenly on May 10, 2017.  He was born Aug. 26, 1940 in Brussels to Wilbur and Mildred (Virlee) Fabry.  Gerald graduated from Brussels High School in 1958 and then attended the UW-Green Bay University Extension for one year.  On Sept. 15, 1962, he married Donna Duquaine at St. […]

  • Obituary: Betty Stoeger

    Betty Juline Gigstead Stoeger, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died May 10, 2017, at her home with her family by her side. Betty now safe in God’s loving arms, saved by grace not of her own works.  Saved through her faith in Christ’s sacrifice on that Old Rugged Cross. Betty was born on April 18, 1928, […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn Grose

    Marilyn I. Grose, 89, of Sturgeon Bay, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born September 11, 1927 in Fairview Park, Ohio, the daughter of the late John Howard MacLennan and Vera Sophia (Frese) MacLennan. Marilyn graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1945. She worked at the […]

  • Obituary: Warren F. Gustafson

    Warren Gustafson, of Sister Bay, died peacefully Sunday, May 7, 2017. Warren was born on August 5, 1930 at the Zenith Radio Tower Station in Mount Prospect, IL where his parents Norma (Militzer) & Gilbert Gustafson resided. In 1938 his family moved to River Forest, IL. Warren graduated from Oak Park-River Forest High School in 1950 […]

  • Obituary: Charlotte J. Jinkins

    Charlotte J. Jinkins, 95, of Livingston, died on Friday morning, May 5, 2017, at Bloomfield Health and Rehabilitation in rural Dodgeville. Charlotte was born on June 21, 1921 in Clifton Township, Grant County, WI the daughter of Walter and Elsie (Allen) Brun. In the same room in which she was born, Charlotte was united in marriage to […]

  • Memorial Services for Marion Unger and Bob Yttri

    MEMORIAL SERVICES  Marion Joan Unger A memorial service will be held May 25 at 11 am at Stella Maris Parish, 8013 Highway 57, Baileys Harbor for Marion Joan Unger, who died Nov. 2, 2016. Celebration of Life for Bob Yttri at Red Putter May 20 The Red Putter Mini Golf in Ephraim is now open […]

  • Births: May 10-11, 2017

    Niki and Brandon Peterson, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a girl born May 10, 2017, at Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Anne and Brian LaPlant, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Patti and Don Peterson, Sturgeon Bay. Nicole Serratos and Chris Buckley, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a boy born […]

  • Oddities and Authenticity at the Door County Historical Museum

    The Door County Historical Museum was once named “the best small museum in the Midwest” by the Chicago Tribune, and as expected, it is host to a trove of local history and artifacts. But it’s also home to a variety of oddities that seem to have no connection to the region. The presence of this […]

  • Municipal Meetings: May 19 – 26

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 3:30 pm on May 25. County of Door: The county board meets at 9 am on May 23. The Board of Adjustment will hold an educational session and meeting at 4 pm on May 23. The county board tours county parks […]

  • Study Shows Association Between Environmental Quality and Cancer

    A new study co-authored by scientists from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that incidences of cancers are higher in areas with poor environmental quality, with the strongest associations found with prostate and breast cancers. Researchers used data from the EPA’s Environmental Quality Index, a tool that measures cumulative exposure to environmental factors, including air, […]

  • Baileys Harbor Grade School 100th Anniversary June 25

    The deadline to return confirmations for the 100th anniversary of the Baileys Harbor Grade School is approaching. If you wish to attend, contact Lynn Mattke at 920.495.3853 or [email protected]. Picnic date is Sunday, June 25 from 11 am to 3 pm. The cost is $10 per person.

  • Youth Soccer Program Kicks Off Season

    The Door County Soccer Association for Youth (SAY) hosted its annual “Kick Off” May 13 at John Miles County Park in Sturgeon Bay. The summer soccer program is entering its 35th season of play. Players and parents met their respective coaches, teammates, and obtained information about the upcoming season. The event also included a cleat […]

  • Celebrity Golf Outing Supports Boys & Girls Club

    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 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 […]

  • High School Sports Schedule: May 19 – 26

    GIBRALTAR Baseball May 20 vs. NEW Lutheran, 12:30 pm May 23 @ Freedom, 4:30 pm May 25 – Regional, TBD Girls Soccer May 19 vs. Kiel, 5 pm May 22 @ Sturgeon Bay, 4:30 pm May 25 @ Valders, 4:30 pm Golf May 19 @ Luxemburg-Casco, 10 am May 23 – Regionals @ Parkway Golf […]

  • Integrated Approach to Pest Management

    The whole concept of pest management took a turn in the mid-1950s. Up to that time, pest management mostly relied on synthetic chemicals, but there was a growing awareness of potential environmental and health concerns as well as problems with pests becoming resistant to pesticides. From there the idea of a multi-faceted approach to pest […]

  • Commentary: Learning the Lessons From the Planet

    By Jonathan Foley Originally published at Reprinted with permission. For most of my adult life, I have been a teacher of sorts, first as a university professor and now as the director of a science museum. While the students and settings have changed, the job has remained the same  – to share the wonders […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Insurance?!

    “Practice?! We talkin’ ‘bout practice?!” Ah, the immortal indignation of Allen Iverson. Allow me to retort. Insurance?! We talkin’ ‘bout insurance?! Every conversation I have about healthcare insurance starts with “insurance is a scam” (yes, we agree) and quickly devolves to “but, the government must mandate we all buy insurance” (no, no, no). I invite […]

  • Openings in Clearing Classes

    There’s something for everyone at The Clearing. While some week-long classes are already full, others still have openings, for both resident and commuter students. Here are a few of them. Door County’s Ed Fenendael is teaching “Watercolor Excitement & Beyond” during the week of May 21. Fenendael’s class will explore traditional watercolor, including the use […]

  • Door County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale May 27

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will hold its annual plant sale at the UW Extension Peninsular Research Station, 4312 Hwy. 42 Sturgeon Bay on May 27, 9 am – noon. Local gardeners can browse the terrific variety of plants for sale. The sale includes annuals, vegetables, herbs, perennials, some wildflowers, and wildlife friendly and […]

  • Pulse Price Report: OPEC Deal Aims to Boost Prices

      Leaders from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are trying to strike a new deal to help boost oil prices after negotiations fell apart in 2016. After a small rebound from historically low oil prices in 2016, the price per barrel has struggled to breach the $50 mark, less than half of what […]

  • Climate Change Forum May 20 at Stone Harbor

    The fourth annual Door County Climate Change Forum, “Addressing Climate Change: What’s Happening, Who’s Leading, What to Say,” will be held May 20, 9 am to 2 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Dr. Steve Vavrus, a senior scientist in the Nelson Institute Center for Climatic Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will […]

  • Manners Matter: Bachelorette Party Antics

    Dear Mary Pat, My best friend is getting married in a month and we are having her bachelorette party down in Milwaukee next weekend. Some of her high school friends are planning it and everything is supposed to be a surprise for the bride. I don’t know her high school friends that well, but they emailed […]

  • Our Reps: Gov. Walker Ready to Run for Re-election

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Congressman Mike Gallagher took to Twitter Tuesday to urge the House Intelligence Committee to request transcripts from President Donald Trump’s oval office meetings with two high-level Russian officials in which he is reported to have shared highly classified information. Trump defended his right to share facts pertaining to terrorism and airline safety […]

  • Gibraltar Seeks Volunteers to Pull Garlic Mustard

    The Town of Gibraltar and Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) are challenging residents to help curtail the spread of garlic mustard in the town. Residents can help in May by pulling and properly disposing of garlic mustard on your property or a favorite park or natural area. Register by emailing [email protected], then take before and […]

  • Crystal Siemers-Peterman Selected as 70th Alice in Dairyland

    Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Cleveland, Wis. has been chosen as Wisconsin’s 70th Alice in Dairyland. As Alice, Siemers-Peterman will work as a communications professional for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Her job will be to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in Wisconsin. “As Alice in Dairyland, I will […]

  • Featured Pet: Peanut

    Peanut is a seven-year-old Dachshund and Chihuahua mix. This adorable little guy has a brown coat and weighs a whopping 19 pounds. Peanut was born on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) and just celebrated his seventh birthday. Peanut came to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) as a surrender because his former owner was having […]

  • Board Aims to Improve Water Flow of Fish Creek

    At the second and final Gibraltar Plan Commission meeting regarding the state of water flow in Fish Creek (the actual creek, not the community), researchers and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff offered more details on the challenges in the creek, both past and present. “It’s important for us to be paying attention and stewarding […]

  • Cheers! Dunkel Weiss.

    Cheers!: A Brown and Peaceful Feeling

    After an aborted bike ride due to not enjoying having to ride through walls of lakeflies, I needed something to cleanse the palate of macerated lakeflies (couldn’t help getting a few in my mouth, ears, eyes, nose, hair, jacket, etc.). When I get home and open the magic fridge, the perfect beer reveals itself to […]

  • Help Scientists Report, Track and Monitor Algae Blooms

    In warmer months, lakes and ponds often go green. The change in color is most likely the result of an algae bloom, which, besides being unattractive, can contain cyanobacteria. Some species of these tiny aquatic organisms produce toxins that can make people and animals sick. Blooms like these are happening more often and having greater […]

  • Preventing Lyme Disease with Tips for Ticks

    Imagine, if you will, an animal born in the woods of Door County that, after hatching from an egg, must have blood to survive, and it does not care where it comes from – amphibians, birds, reptiles and mammals are all fair game for this insatiable blood sucker. Once it has found its victim, the […]

  • Science Snippet: Blennies

    “Blennies” are common ocean fish that may reach three inches in length. They belong to a large group made up of many species. One of these groups, called the “Fang Blennies,” is unusual in that the fish have two fangs on their lower jaws (see figure). The function of these fangs is protection, for these […]

  • Sister Bay TIF District Not Likely to Pay Off Before It Expires

    The Village of Sister Bay is not likely to pay back all of its debt within the Tax Increment Finance district before it expires, according to a village audit. This could lead to increases in property taxes and service rates for village residents. At a Sister Bay Finance Committee and subsequent Village Board meeting May […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament May 18 – 21

    The Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament hosts the first of its two large annual tournaments May 18 – 21. The spring tournament, the 27th annual, is limited to 200 two-person teams and is headquartered at Wave Pointe Marina and Resort in Little Sturgeon Bay. The second tournament is held the weekend after Labor Day and […]

  • Trivia: What is the highest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin, what year was it recorded, and in what city?

    Question: What is the highest temperature ever recorded in Wisconsin, what year was it recorded, and in what city? Answer: 114 degrees, July 13, 1936, Wisconsin Dells

  • Shoreland Zoning Ordinance Presentation May 31

    Door County Environmental Council will present a public overview of the New Shoreland Zoning Ordinances May 31 at 7 pm at the Sister Bay Fire Station. Door County Planning Department Director, Mariah Goode, will explain the progression of how the local control over shoreline has been lost to State control with Act 170 and Act […]

  • Jacksonport Farmers Market Now Open Tuesdays

    The Jacksonport Farmers Market opened for its first Tuesday market of the season May 16. The weekly market at Lakeside Park runs from 9 am to 1 pm and will run through October. The market features nearly 30 booths with many local produce growers with a wide variety of fresh garden fare each week. Fruits […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Lost Trust in Gallagher

    If I could speak face to face with our Wisconsin District 8 Representative to the U.S. Congress, Mike Gallagher, I would ask him to explain his vote in favor of the health care “robbery” bill recently passed by the House of Representatives. When the first, failed bill was withdrawn before a vote, I and many […]

  • Overheard and Shout Outs: May 19, 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? “A springtime statement: Start at the peony, end at the asparagus.” “I can’t wait for the day my future children find my […]

  • Server of the Week. Emily Simmons. Harbor Fish Market.

    Server of the Week: Emily Simmons

    If you’re planning a night out for some fun with good food and a water view, Harbor Fish Market is surely the one and Emily Simmons is the server for you.   A gal from Algoma who loves Crescent Beach, she travels north to work in the Door. So visit Emily if a smiling face […]

  • By the Numbers: Impact of Act 10

    Compiled by Myles Dannhausen, Jr. 2011 Year Act 10 was enacted in Wisconsin, curtailing collective bargaining rights for teachers unions 14.2 Percent of Wisconsin workforce that belonged to a union in 2010 8.3 Percent of Wisconsin workforce that belongs to a union today 98,000 Members of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) in 2010 36,000 […]

  • Girls of Small Forest Perform for Girlfriends Great EGGscape

    The Girls of Small Forest are performing at Lost Moth Gallery in Egg Harbor on May 20 as part of Girlfriends Great EGGscape. The concert is also open to anyone looking for some evening music in a sweet little gallery atmosphere with after dinner coffee and dessert provided. Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson, a mother/daughter […]

  • Once Upon Our Peninsula: Old News May 19 – 26

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors. The Expositor, May 21, 1875 People from the other side of the bay tell exciting stories about a ghost in Nasewaupee. The Republican, May 21, 1891 The bear […]

  • Kim Erzinger. Jingdezhen, China.

    Framed: “Door County Living” in China

    Kim Erzinger shows off his Door County pride with the winter 2016-17 issue of Door County Living at Door County Square in the peninsula’s sister city of Jingdezhen, China. Submitted.

  • Door to Nature: America’s Best Known Weed

    The blow ball, lion’s tooth, peasant’s cloak, Priest’s crown, Irish daisy and monk’s head have all been nicknames through the years of one of the more successful plants to inhabit most land masses in the northern hemisphere during the past century. Today it is the scourge of especially those who labor so hard to maintain […]

  • State News: CAFOs, Free Speech, Gerrymandering

    One-Third Of Wisconsin CAFOs Operating Under Expired Permits Around a third of Wisconsin’s large-scale animal farms, known as concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs, are currently operating under expired permits, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. Many of the permits expired in 2016. Operating a farm with an expired permit […]

  • Prevea Health Donates 500 Emergency Kits to Door County Schools

    Prevea Health donated 500 emergency kits to Door County schools as part of Door County Emergency Services’ (DCES) efforts to better prepare for active shooter and hostile events. “Unfortunately, no community is immune to the threat of an active shooter or other hostile event,” said Aaron LeClair, Deputy Director of Door County Emergency Services. “It […]

  • Pet Talk: Can An Outside Dog Move Inside?

    Q: One of our neighbors has a dog that they have kept outside for a few years now. We just found out they want to get rid of it and we were thinking of taking him in. He seems like a really nice dog and we would never think of having him live outside if […]

  • Door County Maritime Museum Celebrates National Maritime Day May 22

    The Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will host a National Maritime Day Celebration May 22. The celebration will recognize local maritime industries, reiterate the museum’s mission to be a beacon of maritime education for the community, announce the Maritime Tower’s homestretch fundraising efforts and will be the opportunity for the public to hear […]

  • Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 Memorial Day Ceremonies

    Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 and VFW Post 8337 of Ellison Bay will hold two Memorial Day Ceremonies May 29. The first ceremony will be at 9 am at Hendrickson Park, on the corner of Mill Road and Hwy. 42 in the Village of Sister Bay. This will include a laying of a wreath […]

  • Door County Humane Society Currently Sits in Second for Saving Pets Challenge

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) is in the middle of the Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge. This month-long fundraising competition consists of hundreds of animal welfare organizations across the nation all competing to see who can raise the most money for their cause in 30 days. The organization is in second place and […]

  • Open Door Pride Hosts Inaugural Event June 24

    On June 24, Open Door Pride will host its inaugural event to celebrate the LGBTQ community at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay from 11 am to 4 pm. The family friendly event will include vendors, activities and live entertainment. The mission of Open Door Pride is to affirm the community’s diversity through inclusion for all. […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Awards Isaiah Spetz with College Scholarship

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) has selected Isaiah Robert Spetz, a senior at Sevastopol High School, as the recipient of its college scholarship. Spetz will attend New York University to pursue a major in Musical Theatre and a minor in Music. Each year the Peninsula Music Festival awards a $3,000 scholarship to a graduating senior […]

  • Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527 Presents Check to Jon Kordon

    Georges Hughes, Chaplin of Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527, Sister Bay, recently presented a $500 check to Jon Kordon, 2016 Badger Boys State representative. Badger Boys State is a unique weeklong educational opportunity that teaches the workings of state and local government. Jon Kordon is a third generation Badger Boys State representative. Billy Weiss […]

  • Destroyers Strong Defense Leads to Second Win

    The Door County Destroyers football team improved to 2-0 in preseason as they defeated the Fox Valley Force by a score of 20-13 on May 13 in Appleton. The game was dominated by the Destroyers’ defense as they recorded five sacks, two interceptions, a safety and a touchdown. The Destroyers came out of the gates […]

  • Sister Bay Wins Title Rematch as County League Play Begins

    The Sister Bay Bays got a bit of revenge over the Egg Harbor Indians in the Door County League Baseball opener Sunday, May 14. The Bays won last season’s regular season championship but lost the playoff title to the Indians. On Sunday, Sister Bay topped Egg Harbor at home 7 – 2. Standings May 14, […]

  • Cal Ripken Baseball Standings: May 18

    Standings As of May 16 Kiwanis, 3-0 Bayship, 2-1 Nicolet Bank, 2-1 Rotary, 1-1 Red Room, 1-2 Lions 0-2 DC Co-op, 0-2 May 15 Results Red Room 10, Rotary 5 Kiwanis 8, Bayship 5 Nicolet Bank 5, Lions 4

  • DKREA Member Presents WWI Program at WREA District Meeting

    Members of the Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators’ Association (DKREA) recently met in Appleton to attend the Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA) District II Meeting. In addition to exchanging up-to-date information, the meeting highlighted educational challenges and issues. A presentation by Tom Mulinix on “The Doughnut Girls Story” during World War I provided an account of the […]

  • Community Health Information Programs Focuses Next on Anxiety

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “When Anxiety Overwhelms” on June 25 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The speaker is Bonnie Mirkiewicz, Stella Maris Parish Faith Community Nurse. At times, a low level of anxiety can be beneficial. Anxiety in potentially harmful situations […]

  • McKeefry & Yeomans Holds Peninsula Music Festival Fundraiser at their Gardens

    McKeefry & Yeomans is opening their garden to 30 lucky people as a fundraiser for the Peninsula Music Festival on June 30, 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Enjoy wine and lemonade along with appetizers provided by Door County restaurants and businesses while walking in the gardens. Bruce McKeefry will be available for a tour and to […]

  • USDA Rural Development’s Direct Loan Program Offers Financing Options for Homebuyers

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Acting State Director Dave Schwobe announced that funding is available for Wisconsin residents to purchase a home without a down payment through Rural Development’s Direct Loan Program. “Home ownership should be an achievable dream,” Schwobe said. “In many cases, USDA Rural Development’s Direct Loan Program provides the only way […]

  • Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Forestville Collecting Christian Lit

    The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League of Forestville is collecting Christian literature to be sent to countries where these materials are in short supply. Deadline for collection is July 1, 2017. The league is happy to pick up any material at churches. For more information call June Krauel (920.856.6483) or Joyce Bathke (920.487.5917).

  • Letter to the Editor: 90 Days Wasted

    The appeal of Hawaii’s challenge to the executive order banning immigration from six predominately Muslim countries is being televised live as I write this. This order, on its face, ordered an immigration ban for 90 days so the government could review its immigration procedures. This is due, according to arguments by the Trump administration, to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: High Schoolers for Workforce

    Catching up on old issues of the Peninsula Pulse now that we’re back in Door County, the plight of shop owners, restaurants, hotels/motels, etc. caught my eye. Due to Pres. Trump’s cuts, the shortage of Internationals being allowed to come to work this year has caused a shortage of help for many of these businesses. […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to All Involved with Shipyard Tours

    On behalf of the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay, thanks to all the guests, volunteers and event sponsors for the 24th annual Shipyard Tours on Saturday, May 6. Special thanks to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Centerpointe Yacht Services, the Maritime Museum, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay, the US Coast Guard Canal Emergency Rescue Boat, […]

  • White Cottage Red Door Opens in Former Ray’s Cherry Hut

    Since 1950, Ray’s Cherry Hut has been a roadside farm market destination in Door County and now siblings Lisa Howard and Chris Hadraba, along with their spouses Kevin and Jessica, have opened a new market called the White Cottage Red Door. By featuring a creative mix of artisan foods, bakery and confectionary treats, as well […]

  • Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria Unveils Patio Bar May 19

    Sonny’s Italian Kitchen and Pizzeria in Sturgeon Bay is excited to unveil a total remodel of the Sonny’s Patio Bar. On May 19 at 2 pm, Sonny’s will officially unveil the patio and kick off the 2017 season with a ribbon cutting ceremony and party where attendees can grab a sangria drink, choose from more […]

  • Pat Nash Joins DCVB as Visitor Information Manager

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) hired Pat Nash as their new Visitor Information Manager. Nash completed his schooling at the Illinois Media School with an emphasis in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Nash brings with him knowledge in customer service, social media, marketing, and most importantly a love and knowledge of Door County. His responsibilities […]

  • Trilliant Diamonds & Jewelry Opens Its Doors at Top of the Hill Shops

    Trilliant Diamonds & Jewelry, located at Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek, opened May 2017. They carry a variety of diamonds, colored diamonds, precious stones, and exotic gems from the Caribbean set in beautiful pieces for both men and women. Owners Manish Khemchandani and Dilip Gurnani have 40 years combined experience with exquisite […]

  • What is a TIF District?

    The Pulse has written a lot of stories on the complex concept of a Tax Increment Finance district and each time it begs to be explained again. Here’s the primer on what you need to know about TIF districts. To create a TIF, a municipality draws a box around an area within its boundaries that […]

  • Faye Blank Named 2017 Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) named Faye Blank the 2017 Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) of the year at their National Travel & Tourism Week breakfast at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay on May 10. Blank, who works at the High Point Inn in Ephraim, was announced the winner during the breakfast. The Door […]

  • Weekend of Indigo Dyeing at Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery

    Whitefish Bay Farm Gallery kicks off the 35th season on May 19 at noon. The gallery specializes in fiber art – hand felting, hand weaving, knitting and crochet – along with beautiful, naturally colored (un-dyed) and naturally dyed yarns from the resident flock of Corriedale sheep. The gallery also features functional pottery and a smattering […]

  • ‘Junk to Art’ Sculptures at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery

    New sculptures have arrived at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery from artists Greg and Betty Gregorich. Greg always had a keen eye for finding scrap materials to skillfully use in projects. What some discarded as trash, Greg seized as found treasure. Greg and his wife, Betty, create fine art sculptures with a sense of zen, peacefulness and […]

  • Art to Wear at Bazyli in Baileys Harbor

    Bazyli Studio Wearable Art Gallery opens its doors for the 2017 season on May 19. This destination gallery in Baileys Harbor is the home and studios of fiber artists Skye and Peter Ciesla. The gallery features Peter’s one-of-a-kind clothing designs. This spring he has been working with natural linens as well as dyeing his own […]

  • Susan Reynolds-Smith Shows Colorful Paintings at Base Camp

    Base Camp Coffee Bar is featuring the expressive oil paintings of local artist Susan Reynolds-Smith during May and June 2017. A collection of local scenes and still life paintings vibrate with a boldness of color and strong geometric lines. The interpretations on canvas make clear her love of the county. Susan’s work has also been […]

  • New Trillium Design at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge is featuring a new design, “Triple Trilliums,” in the classic and popular DC Bag. Mary Ellen Sisulak said, “I feel like I am making a circle back to my roots. The things that inspired me 40 years ago, I see with new eyes and appreciation. In the winter there is more time to […]

  • Martinez Studio Season Opener and Romulus Craft Pop-Up Show

    On May 20, 12 – 4 pm, join Sandra and Wence at Martinez Studio in Jacksonport for tales from the road. The tales will be fueled by a little bit of star-struck pixie dust from Anthony Bourdain, the 2017 Balvenie Scotch/American Craft Council Rare Craft Finalist Award, Smithsonian Craft Show 2017 Exhibitors Choice Award and […]

  • Great Northern by Design Hosts Artist Demonstration

    Great Northern by Design will host watercolor and pastel artist Kathleen Nelson on May 27, 10 am to noon, to demonstrate her watercolor techniques. Nelson has been a working artist and educator for more than 20 years. This is the 13th year she has come to Great Northern by Design to share her painting expertise. […]

  • Sgt. Connie Schuster Retires After 34-Year Career

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department released the following statement on the retirement of Sgt. Connie Schuster on May 15: “Congratulations to Sgt. Connie Schuster who is retiring today after a 34-year law enforcement career. Connie was a pioneer in Door County law enforcement. She was the first female deputy hired at the Door County Sheriff’s […]

  • Grand Opening for Idea Gallery May 28

    Dan Cross had an idea. After years of creating his own art (paintings, ceramics and photography), why not have his own gallery space? Why not add non-competing artworks that are not currently represented in Door County into his new mix? Called the Idea Gallery, and located next to Bley’s Tavern on County T, inland on […]

  • Lost Wax Bronze Casting Class at Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art

    The Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art will again, for the sixth consecutive year, host a Lost Wax Bronze Casting Class from June 5 – 10. The bronze pour will be held June 9. The workshop is taught via Skype and FaceTime with Mary and Ken Davidson (a Mississippi couple with prestigious, lifelong careers as […]

  • Settlement Farm Market Plant Sale May 27

    The Settlement Farm Market offers its annual plant sale May 27. The market at the Settlement Shops in Fish Creek runs from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. A larger than ever market is planned with a variety of local vegetable plants, including an interesting variety of tomato plants, and pepper plants, many organically grown, herbs, […]

  • St. Louis River Estuary Makes A Comeback

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a host of partners have been working to restore the St. Louis River estuary and help local communities reap the full benefits of a clean, healthy environment. The estuary, located at the head of Lake Superior, was designated as an “area of concern” due to a legacy of chemical […]

  • Submit Work to Norbert Blei Poetry Award

    Write On, Door County has announced the deadline for the Norbert Blei Poetry Award is July 21, 2017. Judging this year’s award is poet Alice D’Alessio. The award honors the late renowned Door County author Norbert Blei and is administered by Write On in collaboration with the Washington Island Literary Festival. The award includes a […]

  • Valerie Clarizio Releases New Romance Novel

    Door County author Valerie Clarizio has released a new book, Missing the Crown Jewels. Missing the Crown Jewels is a romantic suspense story set in a small town in Kentucky. The story revolves around the Kentucky Derby. The blossoming romance between Peyton Crown and Mason ‘Storm’ Starr is sure to warm hearts and have readers […]

  • The Bestseller List: May 7, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood 2. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 3. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 4. A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman 5. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Evicted, by Matthew Desmond 2. Lab Girl, by […]

  • Friends Group Formed to Finish Egg Harbor Library Project

    The Village of Egg Harbor has created a friends group to keep construction of its new library and community center moving forward while a lawsuit brought by a group to stop the project is settled. The friends group was formed solely to sign a build contract with Boldt Construction Co. On May 15 the friends […]

  • Dickson Re-appointed to Egg Harbor Village Board

    After nearly two decades on the Egg Harbor Village Board, it looked as if Bob Dickson’s time on the board was up when newcomers Cambria Mueller and Angela Lensch each received more votes in the April election. However, in that same election, village trustee John Heller succeeded in a write-in campaign to oust village president […]