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Peninsula Pulse May 8-May 15, 2020

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  • Door County 4th of July Events Canceled

    Door County’s community associations released a joint statement Tuesday announcing the cancelation of Fourth of July festivities throughout the county. Full statement is below: It is with great disappointment that the communities of Door County have announced that 4th of July festivities have been canceled throughout the county, including fireworks celebrations in Baileys Harbor, Egg […]

  • Letter to the Editor: ‘Sad Comment about the Prevailing National Culture’

    We recently received a circular offering “grub control” to kill beetle larvae in soil. Poisons used for this have the following ingredients: cyzmic-cs, lambda-cyhalothrin, Imidacloprid and trichlorfon. All are toxic, especially to aquatic life, and all may be absorbed through the skin.  Such poisons don’t stop with “target” creatures but kill widely, laying waste to […]

  • What I Miss

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Sturgeon Bay student writers. by Hailey DeGrave, Senior Looking back, it’s almost comical how often we would wish for extra time at home […]

  • A Senior’s Perspective on Graduation

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Sturgeon Bay student writers. by Alayna Corbisier, Senior High school seniors, parents and community members around the world are filled with great uncertainty. […]

  • Letters to the Editor: May 8-15

    From a Main Street Market Customer to Fellow Customers I read the well-written letter that Sophia Bley submitted to the May 1, 2020, edition of the Pulse with both disappointment and annoyance – not with Sophia, of course, but rather, that she felt compelled to write the letter at all. Back in March, when this was […]

  • How Students Stay Connected during a Quarantine

    The Peninsula Pulse has dedicated a page in each issue from April 24 – May 22 for the students of each Door County high school. This week we feature the work of Sturgeon Bay student writers. by Ava Carmody, Senior In high school, things are constantly changing: last-minute schedule changes, plans for life out of […]

  • Early Summer Festival and Performance Updates

    As our communities work toward figuring out a “new normal” going into the busy season, the organizers of the traditional community events and festivals of May and June are also having to adapt. Many have canceled, postponed or rescheduled events. Here’s the status of festivals: Festivals • May 15-16: Annual Door County Scottie Rally has been […]

  • Manners Matter: Unplug!

    Dear Mary Pat, I was reminded last night that we do need to unplug from informational overload. My husband said that from now on, conversation at the dinner table won’t be about the virus or work, and that we all need to put our phones away in the evening.  He is absolutely right. We are […]

  • Wild Things: Charter-Fishing Industry Dry-Docked

    Captains want state to open access Hundreds of Lake Michigan and Green Bay charter captains and guides lure thousands of visiting anglers to Lake Michigan each spring, but not this year. Or at least not yet. Troy Mattson of Kinn’s Sport Fishing in Algoma co-owns the largest charter fleet on Lake Michigan: 11 boats targeting […]

  • Lessons from the 1918 Spanish Flu

    The first book I wrote, more than four decades ago, was a history of the then-132-year-old Ritenour School District, where my husband and I both worked for many years. As the coronavirus pandemic began to make the news in the U.S. early in March, I remembered writing in that book about similar conditions when the […]

  • This Old Store: Four for Egg Harbor

    In 1901, H.F. and Emma Eames sold property to Fred and Annie Hanson that’s now the Plum Bottom Gallery’s downtown location. The following year, the Hansons built a house and store on the site. Jim Wilson began his career as a storekeeper during the late 1800s, working as a clerk for Fred Hanson and then […]

  • Door to Nature: Global Big Day Is May 9

    May 9 will be Global Big Day, when a worldwide census will be taken of bird species and the numbers present in as many parts of our planet as can be surveyed. In 2019, there were 35,209 birders participating in 174 countries who contributed 92,284 checklists in a single day! This year’s goal is to […]

  • Farm Service Agency Pilots CLEAR30

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will open sign-up this summer for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contract. This pilot is available to those with expiring water- quality practice CRP contracts in the Great Lakes and […]

  • Kewaunee County Tourism Up in 2019

    The COVID-19 pandemic is creating uncertainty for tourism destinations this year, but travelers continued to spend in Kewaunee County in 2019. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s most recent economic-impact report on tourism shows that direct visitor spending in Kewaunee County rose to $24.5 million in 2019, a 4.23 percent increase from $23.5 million in 2018. […]

  • Hairpin 5K Goes Virtual

    The Hairpin 5K Run/Walk is going virtual for 2020. Like many events, the July 4 tradition – the longest-running 5K in Door County – has adjusted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Friends of Gibraltar Schools has hosted the Hairpin 5K Run/Walk as a fundraising event for 30-plus years, with the proceeds providing all of […]

  • Pink Panters Run Assists Emergency Response Fund

    A small network of friends supported the Door County Emergency Response Fund and Lisa Hendrix of Door County during the May 2 Pink Panters Run. It was named for the husbands of some of her friends who posed in pink shorts – the Brotherhood of the Traveling Shorts. Hendrix had originally planned to run the Door […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Art Student Earns Wealth of Scholarship Offers

    Sturgeon Bay senior and accomplished artist Claire Tellstrom has been offered multiple merit scholarships ranging from $76,000 to $116,000 over the course of four years from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Kansas City Art Institute and the Maryland Institute College of Art.  Upon weighing her […]

  • Angela Lensch Gallery to Open Once Safer at Home Order Lifted

    The Angela Lensch Gallery will be open once the Safer at Home order is lifted. Its online shop is active, with new jewelry and outdoor wind sculptures added daily. Free shipping is available for all jewelry purchases, and pickup and delivery are available for wind sculptures. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the outdoor sculpture garden […]

  • Gardening in Schools

    Juniors at Sevastopol High School are getting a hands-on lesson in history – with seeds. Tara LeClair, family and consumer-sciences teacher at Sevastopol, has a passion for home gardening and preserving. She was inspired by the Door County Seed Library’s Victory Gardens Initiative and wanted to take it into the classroom.  “We’re looking for ways […]

  • As J-1 Visas Stall, So Do Businesses

    International work-travel program waits for travel to resume Global restrictions placed on travelers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic include an estimated 500 international students who would normally arrive in Door County through their J-1 visas as part of the Summer Work Travel Program. The United States Department of State, which administers the J-1 […]

  • Owners of Personal Care Services Wonder What Future Looks Like

    It’s impossible to remain six feet away from someone who’s cutting your hair or giving you a massage.  How then – when distance is the antidote to the person-to-person spread of the coronavirus – are service businesses such as salons and spas preparing to reopen while keeping their customers and staff members safe?  Carefully and confidently, according […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: It’s Great To Be Back

    I could not have foreseen when I left Door County in 2008 that I’d be introducing myself 12 years later as the new editor of the Peninsula Pulse. But as we’ve learned more than ever during the past seven weeks, the future holds its cards pretty close. I left Door County to live in the […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Evaluating Expenses

    The City of Sturgeon Bay is evaluating the fiscal impact of COVID-19, and City Administrator Josh VanLieshout said a large factor will be decreased sales-tax revenue apportioned to taxpayers.   “City residents receive a benefit from the county sales tax in the form of a property-tax credit,” VanLieshout said. “The estimated loss for the year to […]

  • Tourists Spent $374 Million in 2019

    Visitor spending in Door County rose to $374.4 million in 2019, continuing an 11-year growth trend on the peninsula, according to numbers released by Travel Wisconsin this week. The county ranked eighth in the state in tourism spending.  Tourism-related spending rose 2.1 percent over 2018, and it has increased 45.6 percent since 2009. That spending […]

  • News and Notes: May 8-15

    Jensen Challenges Kitchens for Assembly Seat First Assembly District Rep. Joel Kitchens has announced he will seek reelection to a fourth term in the Wisconsin State Assembly.  “Since 2015, I have had the incredible honor of representing the citizens of the 1st Assembly District,” Kitchens said. “We’ve accomplished many great things during that time, but […]

  • PERSPECTIVE: Dear Gibraltar, A Ceremony Isn’t Worth It

    “How do they account for people who have to go to the restroom, though, Mike?” That’s what Gibraltar School Board member Angela Sherman said in response to board Vice President Mike Peot’s proposal during the Apr. 27 virtual school board meeting for Gibraltar to hold a graduation ceremony at the Skyway Drive-In in Fish Creek.  […]

  • Masks Unmasked

    If federal, state and local agencies are recommending face coverings, why isn’t everyone wearing them? Fighting COVID-19 together doesn’t mean everyone is united on how to stop the spread, especially when it comes to wearing face coverings in public.  A quick trip to an open store will reveal that some people wear masks and others […]

  • Rogue Theater’s Funniest Video Contest

    Door County resident Hope Copisky is the winner of Rogue Theater’s first Funniest Video Contest, held in April. She earned a prize package of farm-fresh items from Flying Tractor Farm valued at $50.  Rogue is now hosting its Funniest Video Contest II, which will run May 1-21. Contestants may submit clean, comedic skits and/or monologues, […]

  • DCA Announces Performance Schedule

    The Door Community Auditorium (DCA) has announced its 2020-21 Main Stage performance schedule. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the coming months, however, all programming decisions will be firmly rooted in public-health recommendations and state law. DCA will also offer ticket refunds if a performance does not take place or a ticket holder feels unwell. The […]

  • Peninsula Music Festival Cancels August Concerts

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) has been a musical staple in Door County for nearly seven decades. After waiting to see how the COVID-19 pandemic would develop, the PMF board has decided to cancel the August 2020 concerts and is focusing on future programming. The 2020 Symphony Series will remain intact because all conductors, guest […]

  • Midsummer’s Music Delays New Ticket Sales

    Midsummer’s Music recently announced its 2020 summer concert series. In consideration of the safety of its audiences and musicians, however, new ticket sales for the 2020 season will be delayed. Necessary adjustments to programming and scheduling are likely, and announcements regarding those changes will be made as they’re determined. Existing ticket holders have flexible options […]

  • Northern Sky Theater’s Virtual Fundraiser on May 23

    Join Northern Sky Theater for a daylong virtual fundraising event to celebrate its 30th anniversary. On May 23, celebrate “together” with footage of past performances – a debut of these clips from the theater’s archives. An online auction will open at 8 am, featuring one-of-a-kind offerings from your favorite Northern Sky artists. An all-day social-media […]

  • Deggendorf and Umentum Earn Golden Heart Awards

    Crossroads at Big Creek volunteers Bobby Deggendorf and Steve Umentum earned the WPS Environmental Stewardship Award at the Door County Volunteer Center’s 2020 Virtual Golden Heart Award Celebration. These educators created an after-school outdoor-immersion opportunity at Crossroads for their fourth-grade students. Each Wednesday last spring, the inaugural group of 20 to 30 Explorers walked from […]

  • Opening of Riverview ATV Park Delayed

    The Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department has delayed the opening of Riverview ATV Park until the end of May, or once the Safer at Home order has been lifted.  The popular off-road recreational-vehicle park allows the use of ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes.  “Aside from Kewaunee County residents using Riverview ATV Park, we see […]

  • FOPPI Cancels Some Events

    The nonprofit Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) has canceled all May work days and its annual sunset cruise fundraiser set for late July. Currently, FOPPI plans to host its annual meeting virtually on July 11, and it will decide in early June whether to host the picnic that accompanies the meeting.  Other FOPPI […]

  • Lighthouse Festival Tickets on Sale Now

    Tickets for the 2020 Door County Spring (June 12-14) and Fall (Oct. 3-4) Lighthouse Festivals are now on sale. The festivals include land-based, boat and adventure tours that together reach all 11 of the county’s lighthouses. Many of the excursions are unique to the festivals and provide exclusive access to several lighthouses that are not […]

  • Kewaunee County Fair Canceled

    The Kewaunee County Fair Board (KCFB) has canceled the 2020 Kewaunee County Fair because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The safety for all who are involved in the community is our top priority,” said KCFB Secretary Isabella Haen. The KCFB also reviewed the financial impact and uncertainty surrounding social gatherings in making its decision. The KCFB […]

  • Katie Dahl Offers ‘Curbside Song Drop-Offs’

    Popular Door County singer/songwriter Katie Dahl is offering “curbside song drop-offs” to the community. For pay-what-you-can donations ($20 suggested minimum), Dahl will go to your home on May 9 or 16 to sing a song or two from an appropriate distance. Requests are welcome.  “The Door County community was so supportive of me in the […]

  • Obituary: Gail Ann Gonzales

    April 2, 1957 ~ May 2, 2020 Gail Ann Gonzales, 63, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay on May 2, 2020.  She was born April 2, 1957 in Sturgeon Bay to Alvin and Della (Marchant) Jeanquart.  On August 31, 1991 Gail married the love of her life, Augie Gonzales […]

  • Obituary: Mitchell Henry Eisen

    December 18, 1951 ~ April 30, 2020 On April 30, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer Mitch passed at home in PEACE moving on to his next adventure: eternal life. “Be prepared for a good time all you heavenly beings!” Mitch was born on December 18, 1951 to Milton and Marjorie (Schuth) Eisen in […]

  • Obituary: Joyce Teskie

    September 23, 1926 ~ April 29, 2020  Joyce Teskie, 93, passed away peacefully with family by her side on April 29, 2020.      Joyce was born Joyce Dorothy Olson on September 23, 1926, daughter of Henry and Lydia Olson, in the Town of Liberty Grove. After World War II, she married Frank Anton Teskie of […]

  • Obituary: Joseph Eugene Heilman

    August 2, 1934 ~ May 1, 2020  Joseph Eugene Heilman, 85, of the Town of Clay Banks, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, May 1, 2020.      He was born August 2, 1934, in LaCrosse, son of the late Rufus L. Heilman and Leone B. (Blackburn) Heilman. Joe graduated from Sturgeon Bay High […]

  • Obituary: Mary Ann Sadie Theresa (Notz) Enigl

    February 26, 1929 ~ April 29, 2020  Mary Ann Sadie Theresa (Notz) Enigl, born February 26, 1929, was whisked away on April 29, 2020 to the very place that will greet her with open arms, hugs, kisses and a whole lot of laughter from all those who had gone before her.      It is with […]

  • Obituary: Thomas Eugene Derse

    December 3, 1946 ~ April 18, 2020 Thomas Eugene Derse, 73, passed away on April 17, 2020 in his Sturgeon Bay home from natural causes. His son Daniel was by his side and cared for him in his final days.      Tom was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 3, 1946 to the late […]

  • Obituary: Francis Joseph Ehlers

    May 13, 1927 ~ April 30, 2020   Francis J. Ehlers, 92, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on April 30, 2020 at Whispering Pines Assisted Living Facility.      Francis was born May 13, 1927 to Edward and Rose (Thorn) Ehlers of rural Sturgeon Bay. He graduated from Sevastopol High School in 1945.  Francis served in […]

  • Obituary: Karen Kay Bentley

    October 21, 1940 ~ April 27, 2020 Karen Kay Bentley, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Monday April 27th, 2020 at Door County Medical Center after a courageous battle with COVID-19. She was born in Manitowoc, WI on October 21st, 1940 to Ed and Margaret Kugler. She graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in […]