Peninsula Pulse – Nov. 17-24, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Lauren E. Lent

    Sept. 17, 1948 – Nov. 11, 2023 Lauren E. Lent (nee Johnson), age 75 of Ellison Bay, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, in Sturgeon Bay. Lauren was born on Sept. 17, 1948, in Elkhorn, WI to the late Russell and Emelie Johnson. She grew up in rural Walworth County graduating from Big […]

  • Wild Things: Cooler Air Arrives For Gun Deer Hunt

    Thousands of acres of corn could influence what hunters see – or don’t see – while on stand in fields and forests opening day of the gun deer hunting season Saturday. Statewide, about one-third of more than 3 million acres of corn planted for grain was still standing early this week. Locally, less than half […]

  • Obituary: Janet B. Johnson

    Oct. 13, 1935 – Nov. 13, 2023 Jan Johnson, 88 years, of Sturgeon Bay, died Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. She was born Oct. 13, 1935, in Carroll, Iowa, the daughter of the late Walter and Colette (Hinners) Bock. Jan graduated from St. Angela’s High School Academy in Carroll. She received her Medical Technology degree from […]

  • Obituary: Doris L. DeNoto

    Dec. 18, 1922 – Nov. 14, 2023 Doris “Dorrie” L. DeNoto, 100 years, of Sturgeon Bay died on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at Pine Crest Village. Doris was born Dec. 18, 1922, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Hiram and Esther Lerew. She married Anthony Robert DeNoto in New Orleans in March of 1944. […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Gail Denny

    Aug. 27, 1947 – Oct. 31, 2023 Barbara Gail Denny (Visser), 76, of Sturgeon Bay died on Oct. 31, 2023 in Grand Rapids, Michigan following a brief illness. Barbara was born Aug. 27, 1947 in Sheboygan, to Harold and Bernice (Blandin) Visser. She was a 1965 graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln HS. Barbara and her family […]

  • Comments Published on Proposed Horse Trail Expansion at Newport State Park

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published a summary of public comments last week that it received on a proposed master plan variance to allow an expansion of equestrian trails in Newport State Park. In addition to the summary, the public can view all comments submitted. A master plan variance is a change in […]

  • County Clerk to Present Election Information

    Door County Clerk Jill Lau will discuss election administration on Nov. 18 from 11 am-1 pm at Kress Pavilion. Topics will include preparation, printing and distribution of ballots, management of voting equipment, and measures to ensure accuracy of tabulations.  Lau will discuss and answer questions on charges of election  improprieties brought against Door County and […]

  • New Emergency Management Director Hired

    Joseph Saelens was hired as the County of Door’s new Emergency Management Director, effective Nov. 20. Saelens replaces Dan Kane, who left earlier this year. The change in leadership also comes with a change in the structure of the department. The county’s Emergency Management department will now move into the Emergency Services building, and work […]

  • New Pavilion at Robert Lasalle County Park

    Clay Banks – On Oct. 1, 1679, having consumed the last of their corn and pumpkins purchased from the Potawatomi Indians, Robert LaSalle’s exploring party landed their canoes on a coast “high and steep and exposed to the northeast wind, which was then blowing and soon grew so strong that the waves were breaking with […]

  • Another Extension Backed for Granary Restoration

    Sturgeon Bay’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommended Tuesday that an extension be granted through July 31, 2024, to “substantially complete” the restoration of the Teweles and Brandeis grain elevator on the West Waterfront. That development agreement amendment, which will be considered Nov. 21 for final approval by the Common Council, would be the fourth one […]

  • Firefighters Raising Money for Woodworker’s Fire Losses

    When a 30 x 50 workshop at 3162 Kangaroo Beach Road in Baileys Harbor was lost to a fire last week, no one was hurt and the structure didn’t touch the owner’s nearby home. But the size of a place doesn’t always measure its worth. What owner Kevin Combs lost that day was decades-worth of […]

  • YOUR RIGHT TO KNOW: Protect the Press Against Bogus Lawsuits

    by BILL LUEDERS In mid-August, in my role as a press advocate, I received a call from the owner of a small, vibrant, online community newspaper who was worried about publishing a story that reflected poorly on a local business. The paper had checked and rechecked its facts, and gave the business repeated opportunities to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Volunteering Makes Our World Better

    I wanted to publicly thank Bret Bicoy for his two most recent columns in the Peninsula Pulse [Pulse of Philanthropy]. I could not agree more with his philosophy of civil discourse and working together even when we disagree politically. I especially liked his stating that volunteering brings people together and reduces personal disdain for one […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Excellence Witnessed

    After near a now intolerable decade of the “Whatever we can get away with” era, led by the “Whatever we can get away with” Chief; witnessing support of lawlessness by those who should know better; being told something was when it clearly wasn’t – I had pretty much given up on the ideal of excellence […]

  • Obituary: Theresa (Cortina) Rosati

    Nov. 24, 1920 ~ Nov. 13, 2023 Theresa Rosati peacefully died at her home on Nov. 13, 2023, surrounded by her family.  Theresa, born on Nov. 24, 1920 in Ripi, Italy, to Rosa (Mariani) and Luigi Cortina, embraced a remarkable life that spanned an incredible 102 years. Theresa was eleven days shy from celebrating her […]

  • Obituary: Emma Mallien Rankin Hayot

    Oct. 19, 1922 ~ Nov. 14, 2023 Emma Mallien Rankin HayotOct. 19, 1922 ~ Nov. 14, 2023 Emma Hayot, 101, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 with family by her side. Emma always said when she passed away, all that needed to be said was, “Emma’s dead, nuff said”. We […]

  • Run the One Barrel 2.62 on Thanksgiving Saturday

    Run off your Thanksgiving feast on Saturday, Nov. 25 at the One Barrel 2.62 Fun Run in Egg Harbor.  Race the penguin down White Cliff Road, then head to the One Barrel taproom for a free beer and koozie or hot chocolate for the kids. Plus, all runners get a sweet One Barrel Run stocking […]

  • Culture Club: Festival Resonates With Hope and Resolve

    Three days of Blues, Roots, & Hoots at the DCA by Cari Lewis, director, Door County Auditorium What a weekend of music and experiences Door Community Auditorium (DCA) presented during the three-day Blues, Roots, & Hoots Festival, made possible by a grant from Destination Door County’s new Community Investment Fund Grant Program, a program managed […]

  • Stephanie Lord: The Sometimes Plein-Air Painter

    Stephanie Lord’s studio, built into the second floor of a 115-year-old barn next to her home near Whitefish Bay, has large windows overlooking meadows and trees.  It’s no surprise then, that she likes to paint landscapes – though what she likes to paint seems to constantly evolve. “I thought I liked just landscapes,” she said. […]

  • Black Friday Beer On Tap at Sway

    Local beer fans are invited to Black Friday at Sway – a new beer release event Nov. 24 at Sway Brewing + Blending. On Cold Dark Nights is a beer described by brewmaster Matt Sampson as a fairly traditional stout, and “unlike most stouts that you see craft breweries putting out today that tend to […]

  • Door County Holiday Celebrations and Tree Lightings

    Holiday Events at a Glance Nov. 17-19: Christmas By the Bay, Sturgeon BayNov. 19: Christmas Tree Lighting, Ellison BayNov. 23: Thanksgiving Day Parade, JacksonportNov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10: Christkindlmarkt, Sister BayNov. 24-25: Holly Days, Egg Harbor; Capture the Spirit, Sister BayDec. 2: Christmas in the Village, EphraimDec. 9: Harbor Holiday, Baileys Harbor Christkindlmarkt, Sister […]

  • Help Parks Achieve Fundraising Goals

    Destination Door County (DDC), working in partnership with the Door County Community Foundation, launched the State Parks Grant Initiative to improve and enhance Newport, Peninsula, Potawatomi, Rock Island and Whitefish Dunes State Parks. The goal is to raise $150,000 per park, divided into three parts. DDC committed the first $50,000 to each non-profit friends group […]

  • Egg Harbor Trails Initiative Announces Input Sessions

    Would you like to see an off-road multimodal trail network in Door County? If so, share your input at a public meeting and information session for the Egg Harbor Trails Initiative on Dec. 12 at the Kress Pavilion.  The Village of Egg Harbor, in partnership with the Town of Egg Harbor and Town of Gibraltar, […]

  • Door to Nature: Wild Turkeys

    When I moved here in 1972 there were no wild turkeys roaming the woods and fields. This is a species that had been native to much of the southern two- thirds of Wisconsin, but seemed to be very low in numbers 50 years ago. They were nearly eliminated in our state in the late 1800s […]

  • Obituary: Cynthia Barnes Johnson

    May 30, 1942 – Nov. 13, 2023 Cynthia had an amazing life.She was born in Rockford on May 30, 1942. Her parents were Phoebe and Bill Barnes. Her older sister is Caryl Barnes and younger brother is Peter (Linda) Barnes. Cynthia had an outstanding marriage to Albert Johnson for over 60 years. They started dating […]

  • Obituary: Peter J. Van Bramer

    May 3, 1938 ~ Nov. 9, 2023 Peter J. Van Bramer, aged 85, passed away peacefully on the evening of November 9, 2023 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. Born on May 3, 1938, in Sturgeon Bay, he was the son of the late Harold and Vera (Blank) Van Bramer. Pete’s legacy is defined by his […]

  • Pioneers Seek Second Straight Packerland Title

    Sevastopol kicks off girls basketball play this week with a non-conference game at home Tuesday against Suring. After winning the Packerland Conference title and a Division 5 regional championship last season, Sevastopol has big shoes to fill as it launches its title defense. The Pioneers went 16-0 in league play and 25-2 overall last year, […]

  • Frank Steps Down

    Longtime Sevastopol coach Ron Frank has submitted his resignation as the Pioneers’ head football coach following the 2023 season when the team went 0-8 overall and finished at the bottom of the Peninsula Conference standings. His departure will conclude his third stint as a head football coach for Sevastopol. Frank first departed the program in […]