Peninsula Pulse – Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Florence E. DeDecker

    March 17, 1924 – Nov. 27, 2023 Florence Emma DeDecker, 99, of Sturgeon Bay died Nov. 27, 2023, at Door County Memorial Hospital’s Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born March 17, 1924, in Namur to Harvey and Palmy (Chaudoir) Jeanquart. Her responsibilities on the family farm included feeding the chickens and tending to the Belgian […]

  • Obituary: Clyde W. Johnson

    Dec. 31, 1946 – Nov. 26, 2023 Clyde W. Johnson, 76 of Sturgeon Bay, died at home with family by his side on Nov. 26, 2023. He was born on Dec. 31, 1946 in Sturgeon Bay to Walter and Dorothy (Fitzgerald) Johnson. After graduating from Gibraltar High School in 1965, he was drafted into the […]

  • Obituary: Frederick Theodore Wilke

    Sept. 30, 1936 ~ Nov. 26, 2023 Frederick T. Wilke, 87 years, Town of Sevastopol, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.    He was born Sept. 30, 1936 in Valmy, the Town of Sevastopol, the son of Fred and Else (Diefenbach) Wilke. Fred graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School where he […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Jean Anderson

    Sept. 28, 1932 ~ Nov. 17, 2023 Barbara Jean Anderson, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2023 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services where she had been residing the past four years. Barbara was laid to rest in Egg Harbor Town Cemetery beside her husband, Dean. Her life will be honored during a […]

  • Obituary: Dennis D. McIntosh

    Nov. 9, 1947 – Nov. 25, 2023 Dennis David McIntosh 76, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home with family by his side on Nov. 25, 2023. He was born on Nov. 9, 1947, in Chicago to Horace and Bernice (Planz) McIntosh. Dennis barely graduated from Willowbrook High School in 1965. On Nov. 26, 1966, he […]

  • Obituary: Walter Dobrick Alvin

    Feb. 10, 1925 – Nov.18, 2023 Walter Dobrick Alvin, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023 while at the Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Center at Door County Medical Center where he had been residing the past couple months. He was reunited with his wife, […]

  • Obituary: Audrey Ann Hasenjager

    Aug. 21, 1930 ~ Nov. 23, 2023 Audrey Ann (Peterson) Hasenjager, 93, of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Nov. 23, 2023, after residing at Sturgeon Bay Health Services in Sturgeon Bay, with family at her side. She was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Clarence Oliver and Ruth Emma […]

  • Thanks for Being There

    You’re reading a column that appears in issue 47 of the Peninsula Pulse; only five more to go for 2023. Some of those issues have been harder to put down than others, this year owing to pain and imperfections caused by staffing challenges. But Sam Watson – our reporter who was in a terrible car […]

  • Letter to the Editor: An Incitement to Violence

    Only 30 years ago, in July 1993, a new radio station began broadcasting to the citizens of Rwanda. Called Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM), it was ostensibly aimed at the younger population, and decidedly opposed to the non-partisan stance of government-run Radio Rwanda. In particular, it devoted an inordinate amount of time talking […]

  • Schopf Seated as Egg Harbor Town Board Chair

    Former Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf is the new Egg Harbor Town Board Chair following the death of Paul Peterson. Peterson, 70, who began serving as town chair in 2007, died unexpectedly, at home on Oct. 13.  Schopf said in terms of town business, he’ll always remember Peterson for his prioritization of maintaining and […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Dr. Barbara Loeb

    How to Save a Life: Healing Power of Poetry Dr. Barbara Loeb is a primary care physician and former Chief Medical Officer in what she now calls the encore phase of her career. Like many of her physician colleagues, she focused on caring for others and lost sight of self-care along the way. The impact […]

  • Jean Watson At Friends Community Church

    On Nov. 26 at 2 pm, violinist, pianist and songwriter Jean Watson will share the experiences that have deepened her faith through her eclectic mixture of Celtic, folk and Christian contemporary music. The concert will take place at Friends Community Church, 204 W. Maple St. in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Ugly Christmas Sweater Party At DCA

    Big Mouth and The Power Tool Horns, with special guests Cory Chisel and Janet Planet, return to Door Community Auditorium (DCA) Nov. 25 for a concert and an ugly Christmas sweater party.  Big Mouth plays a dance-worthy mix of blues, jazz and rock, while Janet Planet brings jazz vocals and Cory Chisel creates an old-soul […]

  • Tough Search For A Town Clerk Ends

    More than six months after Nasewaupee’s first appointed clerk resigned, the town board agreed Nov. 16 to appoint Janice Barrett to the position. The town had switched the position this year from an elected to an appointed position, and the former clerk, Jill Lau, did not apply for the job but instead ran for a […]

  • Village Seeking Workforce Input On Housing

    Earlier this year the Village Board hired Stantec Consulting to complete a housing plan to help identify the number and types of housing needed to address workforce housing needs, as well as a subdivision design, home plans and financing strategies. The plan is to be completed by the end of the year.  To help the […]

  • Peer-Support Bill For First Responders Passes Assembly

    A bill authored by Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) is designed to help emergency responders get the help they need to cope with the stressful and dangerous situations they deal with on a daily basis. “Too often, first responders’ only way to cope with the stress of their job is to tough it out,” Kitchens […]

  • New Use For Former Liquor Store

    Exterior work to the former west-side LaVine’s Liquor store at 59 S. Madison Ave., was approved Nov. 13 by Sturgeon Bay’s Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Board. Mitch and Debra Wise requested the facade improvements for their business, Mitch Wise Design, where they intend to use the space for their office/design studio. The exterior […]

  • Lawsuit Prompts Changes to City’s Short-Term Rental Rules

    Facing the potential of a lawsuit from the Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA), Sturgeon Bay’s Plan Commission recommended Nov. 14 that changes be made to the city’s short-term rental (STR) rules. The law firm representing the WRA, Zimmer & Rens, filed a notice of claim back in September demanding that the city, by Jan. 10, repeal […]

  • Private-School Voucher Program Keeps Growing

    Some not happy with the diverted public school taxes The amount of local school tax revenue diverted to the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program has grown every year since the state established the school voucher program in 2013-14. State rules have allowed more private schools to enter the program since then, and more parents have been […]

  • Upcoming Holiday Theater Performances

    Need help getting in the Christmas spirit? Three local performing-arts organizations have your back. At Third Avenue Playworks, tune in to a radio-show reimagining of It’s a Wonderful Life; at Southern Door Community Auditorium, play bingo and answer trivia during an interactive holiday comedy show; and at Northern Sky Theater, keep the festive feelings alive […]

  • Top Pitchers

    HeyGov, Inc., Vente Tours win local pitch contest A Door County entrepreneur who has developed a software program to aid government and municipal workers placed first in the Lighthouse Launch business pitch contest held Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Robert Ray Art Gallery in Algoma. Dustin Overbeck presented his business HeyGov, Inc., a computer platform […]

  • Behind the Sea

    The making of Ocean Dreaming Ocean, Hans Christian’s Grammy-nominated album The newly Grammy-nominated album Ocean Dreaming Ocean was no typical project for Sturgeon Bay musician and producer Hans Christian. “It was a collaboration with someone who passed away two years ago,” Christian said. That someone was David Darling, an acclaimed cellist and composer who Christian […]

  • White Gull Adds Two Shows

    The White Gull Inn has added an additional show by Special Consensus and a show from Joe Newberry and April Verch to its winter lineup. Special Consensus was originally scheduled to play only one night, Dec. 6, but tickets sold out so quickly that White Gull management decided to add a second concert the following […]

  • Birch Creek Announces New Board Members

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center has added three new members to its 19-member board of trustees: David Long, Patti Vickman and Steve Kane. Long joined the Birch Creek board for the third time, effective as of October. Born and raised in Door County, Long returned to the Little Harbor area after a 40-year career with […]

  • Equestrian Trail Expansion At Newport State Park Under Review

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) published a summary of public comments on a proposed master plan variance to allow an expansion of equestrian trails in Newport State Park. The 2018 Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Regional Master Plan authorized four to six miles of equestrian trails in a defined portion of two of the […]

  • Southern Door Community Auditorium Comes Alive

    The community got involved in the November Southern Door School production of Mary Poppins, which put one of the largest casts of students and adults in recent memory onto the stage at Southern Door Community Auditorium. For the next year, the school’s auditorium will host more community entertainment than it has in years, said former […]

  • Rogue Hosts Youth Auditions

    Rogue Theater is hosting auditions for a winter youth production titled Snow Angel on Nov. 27 at 6 pm and Dec. 2 at 1 pm.  The play centers on a mysterious girl named Eva, who steps out of a snow bank and into the lives of 15 confused teenagers when a major blizzard hits a […]

  • Book Announced for Door County Reads 2024

    This year’s book selection for Door County Reads 2024 is Braiding Sweetgrass For Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer, adapted by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt.  Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults highlights how acknowledging and celebrating our reciprocal relationship with the earth results […]

  • FISCAL FACTS : Wisconsin Outpaces Nation in Trend Toward Smaller Households

    by Wisconsin Policy Forum As the average American household has become smaller over the last five decades, Wisconsin saw an even sharper decline. And the average household is set to continue getting smaller in the near future. American households have changed dramatically over the last 50 years; one metric that reflects one facet of this […]

  • Quilting Group Keeps Veterans Warm

    The Peninsula Piecemakers Quilt Guild recently presented quilts to 12 veterans as a thank you for their service. The guild has been active for 30 years and includes 20 members who meet twice monthly. In addition to the annual veteran quilt presentation, the guild provides quilts to local emergency service responders and hospitals.

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Craigg

    Meet Craigg, a four-year-old dog available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This cutie weighs 16-pounds and is in search of a new loving home where he can be a couch buddy and loyal companion. He also likes car rides and treats. Like all dogs at WHS, he is neutered, […]

  • Get on the Ballot for Local Spring Elections

    Now is the time for action for those who want a place on the April 2 spring election ballot. The period of circulation for nomination papers opened Dec. 1 and ends on the first Tuesday in January, or Jan. 2 for 2024.  To successfully complete nomination papers, candidates circulate signature petitions and collect a specific […]

  • Ridges To Host Ephraim Circle Bird Count

    The Ridges Sanctuary citizen scientists are gearing up for the annual Christmas Bird Count, the nation’s longest-running community science bird project. The Count records bird encounters within a 15-mile diameter during one calendar day. The Ephraim Circle bird count, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 16, and sponsored by the National Audubon Society, is open to anyone […]

  • Recycled Art At Great Northern By Design

    Recycled art pieces by Sturgeon Bay artist Bob Abrahamson are on exhibit at Great Northern by Design, 9106 state Highway 42 in Fish Creek’s Settlement Shops. Abrahamson’s art is made of tubes of paper repurposed from books and magazines. Because all of his materials (including the frame) are recycled, no two pieces are the same, […]

  • Parent Corner: Embracing Simplicity and Generosity this Christmas

    One of my favorite Christmas memories: beneath a starry sky, my three sisters and I haul supplies to a clearing in the nearby forest – firewood, food, and hot chocolate in those old-school thermoses with little cups for lids. My parents build a bonfire. I’m eight or nine years old. The bitter, numbing cold penetrates […]

  • Donation Drive In Kewaunee

    Kewaunee County Public Health Department is holding the Giving for Sarah Food and Hygiene Drive Nov. 27-Dec 31 at the Kewaunee County Health and Human Services building. The effort is in memory of former Kewaunee County Aging Services Unit Director Sara Malay.  Donations of non-perishable foods, personal hygiene products and monetary donations are being collected […]

  • Thanks For A Bountiful Year

    The Jacksonport Farmers Market season ended mid-October following a bountiful season, and the group that organizes the market expressed its thanks to all its customers. The market held weekly in Jacksonport’s Lakeside Park from May through mid-October featured over 30 vendors – growers, artists, crafters, bakers, fish purveyors and others – as well as local […]

  • Post-Millpond Drawdown Study Still In Progress

    The study to evaluate post-drawdown conditions of the Forestville Millpond continues. Conducted by the Door County Soil and Water Conservation Department (SWCD) in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the study’s results will be used to assess changes in water quality, clarity, depth, the aquatic plant community, and the overall health of the waterbody following […]

  • Server Of The Week: Mike Holmes, Wickman House

    Appleton born, alum of Stevens Point he came to the county by way of New York. Bringing the best cocktails and entrees for you to enjoy, be it fish, chicken or pork. In Mike’s bar you feel at home sit back and relax, don’t be in a rush. Soak in the ambiance with a French 75, […]

  • More Holiday Fun

    Below find more Holiday events and fun throughout the county. From art and crafts to music, there is sure to be something for everyone. Holiday Arts And Craft Fair Sister Bay will hold its Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on Nov. 24 and Nov. 25 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Sister Bay […]

  • WILD THINGS: Giving Thanks for the Outdoors

    There’ll be plenty of leftovers after the hunt One of the hardest parts about being selective while hunting is answering the question, “Did you get your buck?” Those in the know understand that many hunters would rather take an antlerless deer than drop a young buck with its first or second rack, but it doesn’t […]

  • Voluntary, Citizen-Science Opportunities

    Want to take volunteering to another level? Several area organizations rely on volunteers and provide training for citizen-science projects. Those range from simple planting, watering and monitoring of trees, to taking samples and keeping detailed logs to help scientists monitor populations or seasonal changes related to climate conditions. While other agencies and organizations offer volunteering […]

  • Finding Thanks in the Pain: Jacksonport parade will benefit Lasnoski family

    On April 14, 2022, Stephanie Lasnoski set out to clean the chicken coop on her property in Baileys Harbor. It’s a dirty job, not a dangerous one, but as she used a pitchfork to lift up the bedding, Lasnoski felt a sudden pain in her neck.  “It felt like I had been struck by lightning,” […]

  • Obituary: Sandra L. Pierre

    April 22, 1951 – d. 2023 Sandra Lynn Pierre, 72, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away peacefully on Nov. 18, 2023, after ashort and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 22, 1951, in Milwaukee toRaymond and Dorothy (Hansen) Schmitz. For many years Sandy worked for Emerson Motors in Sturgeon Bay. Most recently, she wasemployed […]

  • Obituary: Sean Casey Clancy

    March 23, 1966 ~ Nov. 14, 2023 Sean Casey Clancy, 57 years, of Washington Island, WI died on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay of congestive heart failure surrounded by family and close friends. He was born March 23, 1966 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of Richard and Sally […]

  • The Care and Feeding of an Art Collection

    Helen del Guidice’s curation of the Miller Art Museum You may never look at an art collection in the same way again if you talk with Helen del Guidice, curator of the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay. “Most people don’t have any idea what having a collection means,” del Guidice said. “Collections are living, […]

  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Happen for Sevastopol Ball Diamonds

    Ballfields will have new scoreboards and fewer bad hops by spring thanks to cooperative efforts by the Mighty Pioneers youth sports organization, the Town of Sevastopol and the Sevastopol School District. Fundraising efforts this year surpassed expectations, so the town launched several projects, said Mark Haen, town board member and park committee chair. “This year […]

  • A Discussion with Dave (Steffen)

    After 30 years of touring, guitarist Dave Steffen was ready to return to his home state of Wisconsin. But that doesn’t mean he was ready to stop making music. Instead, he brought together two other musicians – bassist/vocalist Craig Neuser and drummer Spencer Panosh – to form the Dave Steffen Band, which now brings its […]