Peninsula Pulse May 31-June 7, 2019

In this issue

  • “It’s Whimbrel, not Willet!”

    by Tim Sweet People with a passion are inspirational to me. Bird-watching enthusiasts are some of the most dyed-in-the-wool folks I have ever met. And a few of them, it seems, are downright crazy. For the second consecutive year, I attended the Washington Islands Birding Festival May 17-19, sponsored by the U.S Fish and Wildlife […]

  • Reps in the News: Cuts to Evers’ Year of Clean Drinking Water

    Governor Tony Evers Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee on Tuesday approved two of the five scientist positions Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed to restore science in environmental policy, but they cut millions of dollars from plans to reduce pollution from farms and industry. Under questioning by Democratic committee members, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau […]

  • Door 2 Door Back on Track

    Door County supervisors heard loud and clear from their constituents that Door 2 Door is a valuable transportation service for the county, and, accordingly, voted 20-1 at their May 28 meeting to continue funding the service. David Enigl was the only supervisor to vote against the plan to move $600,000 from the undesignated reserve fund […]

  • State News: High-Nitrate-Level Wells,Volunteer Firefighters, ETMs, Bart Starr Dies

    Bill Would Offer Grants for High-Nitrate-Level Wells Private wells account for about 25 percent of the drinking water for Wisconsin residents, and contamination of those water sources has been of growing concern for some time now. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) estimates that at least 10 percent of private wells in Wisconsin are […]

  • Municipal Meetings: June 3-8

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay: June 3 – Community Protection & Services Committee, 4:30 pm. June 4 – common council, 7 pm. County of Door: June 6 – Civil Service Commission, 9 am; Resource Planning Committee, 3 pm. Town of Gardner: June 8 – electronic recycling, 9 am – 1 pm. Town of Gibraltar: June […]

  • News Bulletin: Honoring the Devil Dogs, Heat Awareness

    COMING UP • On June 8, the Door Peninsula Marine Corps League will honor the Devil Dogs who fought so bravely during the Battle of Belleau Wood, June 6-26, 1918. This event will honor all Marines for their service, and northeastern Wisconsin Marines are encouraged to gather with their family and friends at 12 pm […]

  • A Civility Pep Talk

    by Susan McAninch We do not need statistics (though there are plenty of them) to support the fact that Americans are deeply worried about the state of incivility in our society and in our daily lives. We witness it; we feel it; we experience it. We need only to look to some of our political […]

  • The Never-ending Journey

    * Trigger warning: talk of depression and suicide It feels like a smoke that seeps into my brain and weaves its way through all the cracks and crevices, clouding all judgement. Clouding all rational thought. My mind goes fuzzy and I can break at any time. This is an excerpt from the first entry of […]

  • Leave the Cormorants on Hat Island

    In response to an article in the Friday May 17, 2019 issue of this paper, titled “Egg Harbor Residents Grow Weary of Cormorant Cannons on Hat Island”: I don’t blame the Egg Harbor residents for their angst, nor do I understand the reasoning behind the disturbing action to remove the cormorants. Perhaps I’m wrong, but […]

  • All Human Life Needs Protection

    I’d like to respond to some of the erroneous assumptions in last week’s letter “Let Roe v Wade Stand.” If the Roe v Wade decision were reversed, that wouldn’t make abortions illegal; it would merely give power back to the states. Abortion should not be a female vs. male political fight, because it’s a human […]

  • Time to Connect the Dots

    The documentary film “We are Water” was recently shown as part of the Door County “Celebrate Water” series of events. As this excellent movie winds down, numerous tips or suggestions regarding personal water conservation roll down the screen. They range from turning off the water when you brush your teeth or shave, only running the […]

  • Boys & Girls Club Will Continue Its Progress

    Dear Friends of the Boys & Girls Club of Door County, As many of you know, Julie Davis has led the Boys & Girls Club of Door County as executive director the past eight years, during which she has made a huge impact on the lives of countless children in our community. On May 24, […]

  • News from This Week’s Past: End of Saw Mill Business, Soldier Boys Return Home

    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 29, 1874 Our boys beat the Modocs at Ahnapee last Saturday in the match game at base-ball pretty badly. The Peninsulars scored 136 to the […]

  • It’s Time to Bite Back against Lyme Disease

    Sens. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Mark Miller (D-Monona), with Reps. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Nick Milroy (D-South Range), issued the following statement after releasing a package of five bills to improve Wisconsin’s approach to the growing problem of Lyme disease and to foster continued discussions to bite back against this disease: “Lyme disease is […]

  • Acclaimed Underwater Explorer to Give Summit’s Keynote

    Although registration for the Celebrate Water Summit is now closed, the community is invited to its keynote presentation June 4, 7 pm, at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek. Keynote speaker Jill Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and filmmaker. Her presentation is free, but donations are welcome. More people […]

  • Unsung Pollinators

    by Coggin Heeringa of Wild Ones of the Door Peninsula In recent years, most folks have become aware of the importance of honey bees. Besides producing honey and wax, they pollinate many of the plants we use for food. Most of these crops came from Europe, but then, so did European honey bees. So how […]

  • Door to Nature: Iris Flowers in Door County

    I remember the fabulous flower garden that the father of Roy, my late husband, had at his home in Kewaunee. Some of the plants that he shared with us were the light-blue-flowered cultivated bearded iris. He called them the Great Lakes variety. The Iris genus was named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, so […]

  • Old Post Pub Opens in Historic Maplewood Building

    Patsy and Jody Wuollett – owners of LURE, CHOP and Pasta Vino – have expanded their restaurant roster to Southern Door with the launch of the Old Post Pub on May 22. The historic building has stood in the town of Maplewood since 1905, when it opened as the Anton Schleis Hotel and later (roughly […]

  • A Theatre Welcome from the Washington Island School District

    by Mary King, Assistant Managing Director, TPAC; and Michelle Kanipes, Principal, Washington Island School District The fine arts are alive and well on Washington Island. The Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) shares its stage with the Washington Island Players theatre group and the Washington Island Schools. This year the school’s principal, Michelle Kanipes, wrote the […]

  • Death’s Door Knockers Are Here to Play

    The Door County Comedy Channel on YouTube is officially live thanks to the members of the improv comedy troupe Door County Knockers. The Knockers began as a way to encourage play when founder Ross Dippel sent out an open invitation in April 2018 to anyone interested in joining in the interactive fun. “The original thought […]

  • Lake Michigan Water Levels Highest Many Have Seen

    If you’re age 33 or younger, you’ve never seen Green Bay and Lake Michigan water levels higher than they were last weekend. And – depending on what the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finds this week – there’s a chance that we could be looking at an all-time record as we head into June. Frequent […]

  • Digging the Dig

    Hands-on archaeological learning at Crossroads at Big Creek by Laurel Hauser, Assistant Director, Crossroads at Big Creek Lessons about indigenous life can be gleaned above and below the soil at Crossroads at Big Creek. For the past six years, Crossroads – an experience-based environmental learning center in Sturgeon Bay – has hosted professional archaeologists Randy […]

  • Align Your Vibration with Sound Massage

    I’ve listened to a lot of music, but I didn’t know there could be so many sounds at once. This was my immediate takeaway after a sound-massage session with Chris Zimonick, creator of the High Heart Project, named after the 13th chakra: what connects us to the divine. The project is a collection of her […]

  • Wall of Whimsy at Kress Pavilion

    When you look at Randy Detjen’s work, you see that it begs to be touched. Images magically emerge from the wall, and your eye is drawn to find the subtle, yet unmissable details. Therefore, the perfect placement for his new mural is above a bookshelf – out of the reach of sticky little fingers – […]

  • Sievers Marks 40 Years in Fiber Arts

    Starting May 28, Sievers School of Fiber Arts will mark its 40th year of teaching classes in weaving, knitting, spinning, quilting, basketry, surface design, beadwork, book and paper arts, dyeing, wearables and more. Sievers welcomes all levels of adult students to spend uninterrupted time learning from knowledgeable and encouraging instructors, in a tranquil setting, through […]

  • Five Days of Art Camps at Turtle Ridge

    Turtle Ridge opens its 2019 season with a long weekend of art camps. On June 5, choose your own color combination when you make a traveler’s bag for your summer adventures. With instruction by Mary Ellen Sisulak, paint an oval design at the June 6 mini camp. The June 7 grab-and-go mini session will provide […]

  • Southern Door Alumnus to Give Motivational Presentation

    Ryan Englebert, a three-sport standout athlete during his time at Southern Door High School, will return to present “Life, Leadership, Legacy” on June 12, 7 pm, at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Englebert will share information to help student-athletes, parents, faculty and community members take full advantage of […]

  • Sesquicentennial Celebration for Baileys Harbor’s Lighthouses

    by Patty Williamson, PhD The new flags flying up and down Highway 57 through Baileys Harbor represent two summer celebrations that will recognize the village’s long role in maritime history. The Upper and Lower Range Lights and the Cana Island Light, all built in 1869, are among the oldest of Door County’s 11 lighthouses and […]

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    June 5, 7 pm Boathouse vs. Maxwell’s House PC Junction vs. Camp David Blue Horse vs. Door County Brewing Co. June 5, 8 pm PC Junction vs. Blue Horse Husby’s vs. Door County Brewing Co. Roots Inn vs. Nicolet Beach

  • Door County League Baseball: May 26, 27 Results

    May 26 Results Sister Bay 10, Institute 2 Baileys Harbor 5, Kolberg 7 West Jacksonport 0, Washington Island 5 Maplewood 3, Egg Harbor 8 May 27 Result Sister Bay 4, Egg Harbor 1 Standings Sister Bay 3-0 Egg Harbor 2-1 Institute 1-1 Kolberg 1-1 Washington Island 1-1 West Jacksonport 1-1 Baileys Harbor 0-2 Maplewood 0-2 […]

  • Shimon Resigns as Southern Door Girls Basketball Coach

    Jason Shimon has resigned as varsity girls basketball coach at Southern Door High School for personal reasons. “At this time it’s in my best interest to step down as varsity coach,” said Shimon. “I hope to continue being involved with youth basketball, which I’ve enjoyed for many years. I would like to thank the Southern […]

  • Then and Now: Lake Michigan on the Rise

    Lake Michigan water levels are nearing record highs, causing property owners to take substantial measures to keep properties safe and shorelines intact. The waters are expected to rise even higher in June and July. In Chicago, owners of taller boats are being warned that they may get stuck inside harbors with bridges or inside the […]

  • James May Gallery Hosts Juried Ceramics Show

    James May Gallery (, 213 Steele St. in Algoma, will open its annual juried ceramics show, Working Pots IV, on June 6, with a reception on June 7, 5:30-8 pm. Juried by Nick Devries, it will run through July 1. The James May Family Gallery Show will feature work by Kendra Bulgrin, Jimmy Eddings and […]

  • Packerland Conference Standings

    As of May 23 Baseball School, Won-Lost Peshtigo 13-3 Sturgeon Bay 13-3 Southern Door 10-6 NEW Lutheran 9-7 Oconto 9-7 Gibraltar 7-9    Kewaunee 6-10 Sevastopol 3-13 Algoma 2-14 Boys Track Team, Conference Team Points Kewaunee 173 Peshtigo 145.5 Sturgeon Bay 105.5 Algoma 73 Southern Door 63 Gibraltar 53 Sevastopol 36 NEW Lutheran 16 Oconto […]

  • Brett Buhr Memorial Contest Student Winners

    In the second year of the Brett Buhr Memorial contest, Southern Door students have raised the bar on the difficulty level and quality of the woodworking projects they’ve created. Project winners were Nathan Kaczmarek (first place, $500); Heath Kennedy (second place, $300); Justin Kaczmarek (third place, $100); Ben Slezewski (fourth place); and Joe Delveaux and […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Barbara Larsen

    curated by the Door County Poets Collective Barbara Larsen believes in the power and truth of poetry and its ability to connect with the hearts and minds of readers. Much of her work is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds her in Door County. She finds the constant changes of sky and water each […]

  • Musical Influences in Writing Workshop

    Write On, Door County ( will host poet Vida Cross as writer-in-residence the week of June 2, culminating in a presentation and writing workshop June 8, 1-4 pm, in Glas Coffeehouse’s conference room. Tuition is $45 per person; scholarships are available to Door County students and educators. Jazz, blues, gospel and classical music have long […]

  • Door County Author Releases New Romance Novel

    Door County author Katherine Hastings has released The Big One, her sixth romance novel and the first in a string of romantic comedies set in Door County. This one follows Ellie and Liam, who met one summer in Door County and reconnect 10 years later. The novel transports readers between Italy and Door County, and […]

  • 2019 June Book Club Meetings

    June 4 Multicultural Book Club, reading Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, Sturgeon Bay Library, 1 pm. June 5 Baileys Harbor Book Club, reading Driftless by David Rhodes, Baileys Harbor Library, 7 pm. June 6 Mystery Book Club, reading The Wanted by Robert Crais, Algoma Public Library, 5 pm. June 10 Bittersweet Bookies, reading The […]

  • Bestseller List: May 19, 2019

    Trade Paperback Fiction 1. There There by Tommy Orange 2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 3. The Overstory by Richard Powers 4. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 5. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Trade Paperback Nonfiction 1. The Mueller Report by the Washington Post 2. How to Change Your Mind by Michael […]

  • Hacienda Beer Co. Opens Milwaukee Taproom

    Hacienda Beer Co. will open the doors – and a few really big windows – on June 1, 11 am, at its new east-side Milwaukee taproom, 2018 E. North Ave. De la Buena will take the stage at 9 pm. At the grand opening, enjoy a diverse draft lineup of favorite staples and a few offerings […]

  • Cheers!: A German Lager from Japan, via Vietnam and La Crosse

    I’m sure I’ve mentioned before how much I like a good lager, and I’m probably also repeating myself when I refer to my fondness for Japanese lagers, but it bears repeating, I think. This fact made itself apparent on a recent Saturday afternoon when I saw a silver bullet of Sapporo Premium Beer looking down […]

  • Governor Gets Hands Dirty at Deer Run Dairy

    During a visit to the Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee County May 28, Gov. Tony Evers got to roll in his hand the solids that result from the methane-digester process that has been used on the farm to process cow manure since 2011. The solids processed through the digester are used as bedding for the […]

  • TAP Says Hello and Goodbye

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) welcomes Jimmy Balistreri as its new production manager. He’ll run lighting, sound, stage management and all of the other behind-the-scenes functions. The recent Ripon College graduate has spent the last three summers in Door County working at Northern Sky Theater and Wild Tomato. The TAP board of directors recognized outgoing President […]

  • Art on the Wild Side Summer Day Camps

    The Peg Egan Performing Arts Center, Southern Door Community Auditorium and Algoma’s Perry Park will host Art on the Wild Side: free, visual- and performing-arts summer day camps for children ages six through 12 that focus on music, art and health using performance, demonstrations and other fun activities. With instruction from some of Door County’s […]

  • DKAF Announces 17 Films

    Door Kinetic Arts Festival (DKAF) announces the 17 films in its 2019 lineup: works from international, national and Wisconsin cinematic artists that offer an exciting range of creative perspectives. The narrative films – to be screened June 10, 8 pm; and June 11, 7:30 pm – are 2nd Class from Sweden; BOT, The Divine Way, […]

  • Door Shakespeare Volunteer Sign-up

    Door Shakespeare volunteer sign-up begins June 4. Volunteers greet patrons, direct them to parking, hand out programs, serve concessions, help set up and serve on wine nights, organize company meals and assist in the office. Volunteers receive a beverage and treat, a Door Shakespeare bumper sticker and a Shakespeare schilling that’s redeemable for prizes: four […]

  • Algoma’s Shanty Days Return in August

    Fireworks will return to light up the Algoma sky on Aug. 11 during the 2019 Shanty Days festival ( Now in its 33rd year, the three-day festival on the shore of Lake Michigan will include a parade, car cruise, juried arts and crafts fair, food, music, 5K run, beach volleyball tournament, teen stage, pool tournament, […]

  • Get Well Water Tested through Crossroads at Big Creek

    Crossroads at Big Creek is partnering with UW-Oshkosh’s Environmental Research and Innovation Center to provide well-water testing. Visit Crossroads Mondays through Thursdays, May 29 through Aug. 22, 12-3 pm, to pick up a kit, ask questions and drop off samples. Use the Collins Learning Center’s lower-level door. Water-test prices are $20 for coliform bacteria, $25 […]

  • Baileys Harbor’s Blessing of the Fleet June 1

    Blessing of the Fleet honors Baileys Harbor’s past and present fishing and maritime industries on June 1. Personal boats may take part of the blessing ceremony at 11 am. Then participate in or be a spectator of the new Launch & Paddle Race at Harbor View Park, where the fearless competitors – doubles or individuals in […]

  • Three Herbals Workshops at Junction Center Yoga Studio

    Joanne Bauman is an ardent follower of the Wise Woman tradition, one of the world’s oldest healing traditions, practiced in most cultures worldwide. Plant lovers are invited to join her for a series of workshops at Junction Center Yoga Studio June 8-9. “I know my plant allies deeply and count on them in a variety […]

  • Algoma Summer Concerts in the Park Return

    Algoma Summer Concerts in the Park – the city’s free, pet-friendly, outdoor concert series – will return to Heritage Park every Thursday in July and August. Opening acts begin at 6 pm; main acts begin at 7 pm. The 2019 series features The Charmless Few on July 4, Big Mouth & The Power Tool Horns on […]

  • Live Music Saturday: Luma Knotty, the Sweet Lillies and The Landscape of Guitar

    Luma KnottyDoor 44 Winery, June 1, 3:30-5:30 pm Luma Knotty out of Green Bay is “reggae space funk”: a sound created through the varied backgrounds of its musicians, who have spent time playing at the Mexico/Texas border, in the Minneapolis funk scene and around northeastern Wisconsin. Described as a “unique blend of funk, rock and […]

  • Golf Results: May 31, 2019

    IDLEWILD Senior Men’s Thursday 8:15 am League May 23, 2019 • Hole #2 longest putt: Harold Forbes • Hole #4 longest drive: Bill Hoey • Hole #6 closest second shot: Bill Hoey • Hole #8 closest third shot: Pete Hegrenes • Low gross first: Kent Wickman 45, second: Steve Asher 47, third: Mike Eliason 48 Email [email protected] or text 920.493.8000 […]

  • Clippers Advance to Regional Final

    The Sturgeon Bay baseball team edged Mishicot 3-2 in the semifinals of the Division 3 regional Tuesday. The win advances the No. 2 seeded Clippers (19-7) to the regional title today at top seed Valders at 4:30 p.m. The Indians owned a 2-1 lead heading into the fifth inning when the Clippers mounted a comeback. […]

  • Six Door County Athletes Head to State Track Meet

    Sturgeon Bay’s Haley Riechers admits that the girls state track meet didn’t seem possible when the season began in April. “My biggest goal this year was to make it to sectionals,” said the junior high jumper. “I really didn’t think I was really good enough for state.” Not only did Riechers prove herself worthy of […]

  • 2019 Packerland All-Conference Softball Team: Eagles Place 5 on First Team

    Southern Door led the Packerland Conference with three unanimous softball all conference selections announced Saturday. Senior pitcher Lexi Wery, senior outfielder Tehya Bertrand and senior utility player Grace LeGrave each earned the conference’s unanimous honor. The Eagles had five first team selections. “It is an honor to have Grace, Lexi, and Tehya unanimously voted to […]

  • Southern Door Advances to Softball Sectional Final

    The Southern Door softball team advanced to its Division 3 sectional final with a 6-0 win over Kewaunee Tuesday. The 20-3 Eagles play Packerland Conference foe Oconto Thursday at 5:30 pm in Chilton. The Eagles split with Algoma during the regular season, losing the season opener 1-0 and winning the second game 6-5 on Apr. […]

  • Newly Placed Victims’ Plaque at Tornado Memorial County Park

    A dedication of the newly placed Victims’ Plaque on the stone at Tornado Memorial County Park will take place Sunday afternoon, June 2 at a 1:00 pm ceremony. A project of the Friends of Door County Parks System Inc., the Board of Directors will be present along with members of the Door County Board, The […]

  • Obituary: Sandra A. Marquardt

    Jan. 28, 1946 – May 26, 2019 Sandra Ann Marquardt, 73, died in Green Bay. She was born in Sturgeon Bay to the late Alex and Helen Vandertie. Sandy attended Sturgeon Bay High School and later graduated from Southern Door High School in 1964. On December 4, 1976, she married the love of her life, […]

  • Public Interest in Attainable Housing is Inspiring

    by Jim Schuessler, Executive Director, DCEDC If the turnout in Sister Bay on May 21 is any indicator, many residents are interested in learning more about the challenge of attainable housing, and most are willing to collaborate on solutions. It was also great to see the Village of Sister Bay’s elected officials in attendance because […]

  • Obituary: Doris Ann ‘Annie’ (Torp) Peil

    Sept. 16, 1941 – May 4, 2019  Doris Ann “Annie” (Torp) Peil, 77, of Baileys Harbor died May 4. She was known to all as Annie. She was the middle child of Jess and Viola (Ripp) Torp’s seven children. Raised on a dairy and fruit farm in Institute, she grew up doing barn chores and always felt […]

  • Obituary: Charles Albrecht Farrand

    March 10, 1937 – May 20, 2019  Charles Albrecht Farrand, 82, of Sturgeon Bay died peacefully with family by his side at Cardinal Ridge CBRF. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Dr. Howard Hubert Farrand and Pearl Inez (Albrecht) Farrand. Charlie graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1955. He continued his education at […]

  • Obituary: Lenore Grace Wilke

    March 19, 1930 – May 25, 2019  Lenore Grace Wilke, 89, of Sturgeon Bay died at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay from complications of a heart attack. She was born in Juddville, the daughter of the late William and Dora (Corbisier) Resler. Lenore graduated from Gibraltar High School with the Class of 1949. She was united in […]

  • Obituary: Paula Sue Symons

    March 24, 1954 – May 24, 2019  Paula Sue Symons, 65, of Institute, in the Town of Sevastopol, died at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Paul Lawrence Saladin and Madelyn Therese (Audette) Saladin. Paula grew up attending St. Jude Catholic Church in White Pine, Michigan, and graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Viola E. Olson

    Aug. 27, 1916 – May 20, 2019 Viola Olson, 102, died peacefully in her home in Baileys  Harbor. She was born in Kiel, Wisconsin, the oldest daughter in a family of 11 children that included four sons and seven daughters. She spent her childhood and high school years in Brillion, Wisconsin, which included many summer vacations […]

  • Obituary: Priscilla May Hoeppner Murphy

    March 4, 1932 – Feb. 9, 2019 Priscilla May Hoeppner Murphy, 86, formerly of Sister Bay, died in Des Moines, Iowa. Priscilla was born in Chicago, daughter of the late Dr. Walter and Catherine (Harvey) Hoeppner. She attended Denison University in Ohio, where she met her husband, Clayton William Murphy, also from Chicago. She was […]