Peninsula Pulse November 16-23, 2018

In this issue

  • Doris “Dorie” Marie Ullsperger

    Doris “Dorie” Marie Ullsperger, 98, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at Anna’s Healthcare CBRF. She was born Dec. 22, 1919 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of the late George Arthur Draeb and Lydia Louise (Taube) Draeb. Dorie was the drum majorette in the Sturgeon Bay High School marching band and graduated as […]

  • OBITUARY: Brenda (Uecker) Decker

    Brenda (Uecker) Decker, 58, of Appleton and formerly of Door County, died unexpectedly of natural causes in Janesville on NOV. 14, 2018.  She was born April 18, 1960 in Algoma to Glenway and Jeanette (Seiler) Uecker. Brenda graduated with honors from Southern Door High School in 1978 and then studied residential design at Northcentral Technical […]

  • OBITUARY: Delores “Dee” G. Mead

    Delores “Dee” G. Mead, 95, of Sister Bay, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the Aurora Nor-Door Clinic. She was born on June 26, 1923 in Clintonville, the daughter of the late Frederick and Martha Geiger. Dee married John M. Mead on September 18, 1945 at the University Chapel in Madison. Dee was very involved […]

  • OBITUARY: Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Tarsitano

    Elizabeth “Betty” Jean Tarsitano, 88, of Baileys Harbor, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 while at Hearthside CBRF in Sister Bay. She was born August 11, 1930 in Spaulding, Nebraska, the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Hinze) Patterson. Betty earned her BSN at Creighton University in Omaha,Nebraska and later received her PhD in Education. […]

  • Framed: Habitat for Humanity Volunteers

    Jonathan and Patti, Habitat for Humanity volunteers, mix fruit, raisins and nuts into the fruitcake batter. More than 700 fruitcakes were recently baked by a group of volunteers to benefit the nonprofit. Fruitcakes are now on sale at Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and in locations throughout Door County. Submitted.

  • Server of the Week: Cole Regnier at Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub

    Baileys Harbor local boy at heart. Serves up fish fry, burritos and cocktails with a smile. Peer pressure really isn’t his style (unless your name is Dave). He loves his job but had to get out before the snow flew. The cold wind blew him out of town. Spain and South America are where he […]

  • Manners Matter: Dog-Phobia

    Dear Mary Pat, As I check off my list of things to get done before going to my sister-in-law’s house for Thanksgiving I’m starting to get anxious about my daughter’s reaction to their dog. Roxy is a 100-pound super excitable black lab who charges the door barking anytime she hears the doorbell. When you’re a […]

  • Cheers!: A Beer That Lives Up to Its Name

    Oh, man, this is irresistible! A big malty red beer from Madison River Brewing of Belgrade, Montana. I poured this after a dry day at work and coming home to learn that I had screwed up in setting the timer I had connected to the Crock-Pot, so it never turned on and the chunk of […]

  • Five Essentials for Your Thanksgiving Table

    Organic Turkey from Greens N Grains or Waseda Farms First things first, you’re going to need a tasty turkey! Waseda Farms and Greens N Grains are offering organic and free-range turkey options. It is recommended to call ahead for availability as the birds are limited and first come, first serve. Waseda Farms has whole birds […]

  • Trivia: Good to the Last Drop

    Question: Which U.S. president is credited with creating the Maxwell House Coffee slogan, “Good to the last drop?” Answer: President Theodore Roosevelt

  • Overheard & Obsessions: Nov. 16, 2018

    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? “Don’t be like Isadora Duncan – care about your safety.” “It looks like she ran into a turkey farm by accident.” “You […]

  • New ‘Home for the Holidays’ Trio

    Northern Sky Theater announced the line-up for its annual holiday concert at the Old Gibraltar Town Hall. This is Northern Sky’s final Home for the Holidays show at the town hall before the theater company moves to its new campus in 2019. Home for the Holidays will offer the opportunity to reunite with Northern Sky […]

  • Discover HU Chant at Sturgeon Bay Library

    Experience chanting HU (a sacred sound & ancient mantra), contemplative time, and spiritual conversation on Nov. 24, 2-3 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library. Discover how the sound of HU can bring a higher form of creativity, inner peace and calm, spiritual self-discovery and growth, healing of the body, mind and spirit. HU Chant, sponsored […]

  • St. Joseph’s Holds Pampered Chef Fundraiser

    See, taste and socialize at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Pampered Chef tasting party and open house on Nov. 29, 5-7 pm. Learn tips for fresh, fast meals, taste great treats, and try some kitchen gadgets. This tasting party is a fundraiser for St. John Bosco School and the Free Dental Clinic of Wisconsin, and […]

  • By the Numbers: U.S. Nativism and Immigration

    “The refugees seeking haven in America were poor and disease-ridden. They threatened to take jobs away from Americans and strain welfare budgets. They practiced an alien religion and pledged allegiance to a foreign leader. They were bringing with them crime. They were accused of being rapists. And, worst of all, these undesirables were Irish.” – […]

  • Sevastopol Alumni Donate to School

    Before the Sevastopol School referendum passed on Nov. 6, family members from some of the earliest graduating classes at Sevastopol School announced a gift in the amount of $5,000 to the Sevastopol School District. James and Heather Lawrie Smith made the pledge in honor of his mother, Julia Washichek Smith, who graduated in 1927 and […]

  • ‘The Morning Show’ Announces New Host

    Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) announces its selection of Kate Archer Kent as the new permanent host of The Morning Show. Kent had been a fill-in host previously. Her first day hosting is Dec. 3. Kent arrived at WPR in 2016 from Shreveport, La., where she reported for Red River Radio and hosted Morning Edition. She […]

  • Christmas in the County: Sturgeon Bay Parade, Ellison Bay Tree Lighting

    This weekend, Nov. 16–18, kicks off the holiday season in Door County. Festivities start in Sturgeon Bay with the Christmas by the Bay celebration, and Ellison Bay closes out the weekend with a community tree lighting. In the weeks ahead, the Pulse will highlight holiday celebrations taking place throughout the peninsula.   Christmas by the […]

  • Sister Bay Athletic Club Breaks Ground on The FieldHouse

    Sister Bay Athletic Club, Sister Bay’s newest boutique workout center, has broken ground on The FieldHouse project. The FieldHouse is located on the corner of Country Walk Lane and Drive. Recently, 70 trees were planted and the grading process has started. The cement slab was recently poured and the FieldHouse is already in place. Future […]

  • Great Northern Hosts Fundraiser on Nov. 24

    On Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, Great Northern by Design will hold its annual Holiday Open House, 10 am – 4 pm. The public is invited for special holiday sales and refreshments. In the spirit of holiday giving, it will also be their annual fundraiser. A portion of the day’s sales will be donated. This […]

  • Leather/Feather Art

    During Egg Harbor’s Holly Days celebration, Nov. 23–24, Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts will hold a trunk show with leather/feather artist Ed Smith of the Ojibwe Nation. He is a self-taught artist who earns his living from his creations. He will have his works for sale and will demonstrate his technique 12–5 pm on both […]

  • Health Hikes at Crossroads

    This time of year, when the days are getting shorter and the weather keeps us cooped up inside, some people may suffer from increased stress. To encourage people to get outside, Crossroads at Big Creek has scheduled naturalist-led health hikes during the next two weeks. On Nov. 17 and 19, 9 am, join the naturalist […]

  • Thanksgiving Meal Returns to Northern Door: Churches team up to provide free community meal

    With a history of providing Thanksgiving meals on a large scale, the notion of no one serving a community Thanksgiving meal in Northern Door really got to Judy Paulson. “It needs to be done,” she said. “It’s not a good thing at all that it’s not available. There are elderly people who don’t have family […]

  • Door County Folk Alliance Community Dance

    Door County Folk Alliance will hold a community dance on Nov. 17, 7–9 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Mike and Pam will be the callers for this dance. No partner or experience needed. There are usually others looking for dance partners, so don’t hesitate to ask someone to dance. The callers will […]

  • Gun Deer Season Opens Nov. 17

    Wisconsin’s gun deer season opener is this Saturday and while many aspects of this year’s hunt will be consistent with last year, some changes are afoot. So far, the number of licenses sold are on par with last year. Just more than 559,000 licenses were sold as of Monday, which is up about 1 percent […]

  • Write On Resident Presents a Humor in Fiction Class

    Many short stories and novels are funny, and many are moving, but it’s the rare piece of fiction that manages to be both funny and emotionally resonant. In a special workshop, “Funny Sad, Funny Ha Ha Or Both,” author Katherine Shonk will explore how to use humor to entertain as well as to deepen the […]

  • 10th Annual Rib Fest Winners Announced

    Neighbor to Neighbor hosted its 10th annual Rib Fest on Nov. 3 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith. The sold-out event featured six local chefs representing Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse, The Lodge at Leathem Smith, Carrington Pub & Grill, Sonny’s Pizzeria, the Bayside Home Medical Team, and the Door County Hardware Team. Attendees tasted an […]

  • Egg Harbor’s Holly Days

    Egg Harbor’s Holly Days Festival, Nov. 23–24, is a weekend full of old-fashioned holiday fun. Start the weekend with Breakfast with Santa at the Landmark Resort on Nov. 23, 8:30–10:30 am. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, get photos taken with Santa, decorate cookies and create arts and crafts. Holly Days features a Children’s Elf Hunt and […]

  • Greg Stillman Earns Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association Award

    The Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association (WH&LA) has honored hotelier Greg Stillman, Foremost Management Services, Inc., Fish Creek, with its “Corporate Champion of the Year” award for 2018. This award recognizes one individual in key management of a company owning/operating multiple lodging properties in Wisconsin. Stillman was presented with the award at the 2018 Wisconsin […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl Plans Three-day Weekend of the Arts

    Twenty-two local artists are gearing up for the 12th annual Sturgeon Bay Art Crawl, Nov. 16–18. The doors of 20 home or gallery studios will be open from 10 am to 4 pm for visitors to see the artists’ work where it’s produced. The artwork on display ranges from pastels, printmaking and paintings to ceramics, […]

  • Commentary: Beware and Be Aware, Incivility is Contagious

    Americans are worried about the state of incivility in our society. Our worry is borne out in a survey, Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey, that has published annual reports since 2010. This set of annual surveys is designed to gauge Americans’ attitudes toward civility in a variety of areas impacting society and daily life. […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Petitions! Petitions! And More Petitions!

    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 November 21, 1873 The Advocate says the Canal has been pushed into the bank five hundred feet this season and at that rate of progress […]

  • New Standalone Romance from Local Author

    Door County resident Katherine Hastings released her new book, A War Within, on Nov. 7. The historical romance novel is the second released for Hastings in 2018, preceded by her first novel, In the Assassin’s Arms. A War Within is a historical romance novel set in France during World War I. Unlike her first book, […]

  • Worth the Wait: Cherry Lanes Arcade Bar Now Open

    A painstaking, 10-month-long remodeling effort is finally complete, and a historic Sturgeon Bay location has been given new life on Fourth Ave. Erin and Kevin Bosman became the new owners of the space known as Cherry Lanes last January and immediately began renovations to transform it into a hybrid bar, arcade and bowling alley. Now, […]

  • Masonic Lodge Delivers 215 Turkey Dinners

    On Nov. 10, members of Sturgeon Bay Masonic Lodge, along with members of the Order of the Eastern Star, prepared, packaged and delivered 215 complete turkey dinners to Door and Kewaunee county shut-ins and social services. This is the fifth year the lodge has done this meal. The meals are paid for out of the […]

  • Celtic-Americana Duo at Southern Door Community Auditorium

    On Nov. 16 at 7 pm, Celtic and Americana roots duo Switchback will perform at Southern Door Community Auditorium in Brussels. The concert will feature a mix of original and traditional Irish music and a selection of songs from their catalog of more than 300 original Americana tunes. Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack have been […]

  • State News: Republicans Plan to Limit Governor Evers’ Powers

    Democrats Push Back on GOP Threat to Limit Governor’s Power Democratic state lawmakers pushed back against efforts from Republican leaders to limit the power of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers before his inauguration. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, of Juneau, said earlier in the week GOP leaders are considering changes to state laws in a […]

  • Coalition Sues Over Back Forty Mine in Menominee

    On Nov. 13, the Coalition to SAVE the Menominee River, Inc. filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking review of the federal government’s handling of the wetlands permit for the proposed Back Forty Mine. As has been well publicized, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have thus far delegated final permitting authority to […]

  • Meadows Show Celebrates Artistic Diversity

    The Meadows Gallery’s next show, Celebration, is an encore for many of the artists in the show, but it is also an introduction for new art forms and new artists. The show features work by Mary Bosman, Madonna Siles, Dianne Saron, Beverly Hart Branson, Christy Ohman, David Franke, Marcia Nickols and Carol Schalla. The show […]

  • TAP Performance Workshop

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is looking for adults and students from middle school and high school for a very special event. Starting mid-January, guest artist Habibah Sheikh will present a multi-week voice, movement and performance workshop, “Right to Live,” centered on the real narratives from refugee and diaspora communities of Middle Eastern origin. This workshop will […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Nov. 16 – 23

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Parking & Traffic Committee meets at 4:30 pm Nov. 19. The common council meets at 7 pm Nov. 20. County of Door:  The Library Board meets at 5 pm Nov. 19. The CCS/CST & CCOP Committees meet at noon Nov. 20. The Museum Committee meets at noon Nov. […]

  • Tavern League Donates to Chop ‘N’ Shop

    The Door County Tavern League donated $200 to the Joint Professional Law Enforcement Officers Association’s Chop ‘N’ Shop with a Cop program. The Tavern League of Wisconsin provided matching funds. Submitted.

  • TJ Walker Allied Arts Performance

    TJ Walker Allied Arts invite family and friends to join the Lost Boys and never grow up when its students perform Peter Pan JR., a modern version of the timeless tale about the adventures of a mischievous boy. “Peter Pan JR. is a story which encourages each of us to reconnect with the spirit of […]

  • Door County Supervisors Reject Marijuana Referendum

    The Door County Board of Supervisors suggest you contact your state legislators if you want to see marijuana law changes. That was the majority (14-6) view when the county board voted down the idea to put the question of medical and recreational marijuana before Door County voters next April. “As far as medical marijuana, I […]

  • Reps in the News: Outgoing Governor Walker Quiet After Election

    Governor Scott Walker Where is Gov. Walker? The governor hasn’t been seen publicly since before the election was called. Walker narrowly lost the election last week to State Superintendent Tony Evers by little more than one percent of the vote. Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker was in Kimberly on Monday. When asked about what’s next […]

  • Sevastopol Leads Local School District Performance

    The Sevastopol School District “significantly exceeds expectations” in the 2017-2018 school year, according to the new school district report cards from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Gibraltar Area, Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door all “exceed expectations,” while Washington “meets expectations.” Out of a score of 100, Sevastopol earned an overall accountability score of 89.2, […]

  • Cellcom Awards $1,400 to Sturgeon Bay School Greenhouse

    Cellcom has awarded a $1,400 Green Gift to Sturgeon Bay School District to purchase grow lighting for its greenhouse project. “Our greenhouse will provide a special learning opportunity throughout the school year,” said Natalie Townsend, Family and Consumer Sciences educator. “By growing food, students will be exposed to agricultural practices on a small scale, explore […]

  • Be Thankful for Insects

    November contains a favorite holiday – Thanksgiving. But for us kids it was more about satiation than appreciation. My mother would roast a turkey, filling the house with that tantalizing Turkey Day aroma. And then she’d make mashed potatoes, and her famous dressing, fruit salad and sweet potatoes. Dad produced the pumpkin pie. I still […]

  • Vintage Clothing Display

    The Hope United Church of Christ Art Alcoves will display a collection of antique and vintage dresses and other clothing items belonging to Susan MacLean until Nov. 26. They were saved by MacLean’s great-grandmother, grandmother and mother, and were passed on to her. Clothing to be displayed include a cape, skirt and bonnet from the […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 709

    By Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate   Jim Daniels lives and teaches in Pittsburgh. I love this poem from Street Calligraphy, from Steel Toe Books, of Western Kentucky University, Daniels’ 17th book. A young father and his two small children, tucked into a comfortable old chair at the end of a day. What could feel […]

  • Farm Service Agency Begins County Committee Elections

    Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Sandy Chalmers announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers for the 2018 FSA county committee elections. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 3, to ensure their vote is counted. “County committee members represent the […]

  • Children’s Christmas Store Returns on Nov. 17

    Door County 4-H is again sponsoring the Children’s Christmas Store on Nov. 17 at Junior Fair Building Fairgrounds in Sturgeon Bay. The Children’s Christmas Store provides children the opportunity to shop for family members’ holiday gifts. Parents and guardians choose a budget and a volunteer elf is provided for each child to assist them in […]

  • ‘Bundle Up’ in Egg Harbor

    The Egg Harbor Business Association invites residents to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign. Big Bundle Up is a statewide collection program running Nov. 15, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019. With the spirit of […]

  • Door to Nature: Eastern Cottonwood Tree

    This autumn gave us many colorful vistas of sugar maples, white ash, American beech, paper birch and red oak trees as their leaves changed from summer green to brilliant crimson, orange and yellow. Most of the deciduous trees have lost their leaves with the strong winds and rain during the past month. Now many stand […]

  • County Board Passes 1.4 Percent Tax Increase in Budget

    With no members of the public speaking for or against at the annual budget hearing, the Door County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 1.4 percent tax levy increase, or a total county tax levy of $29,770,784, amounting to $4.18 per thousand of equalized value. The county’s total budget for 2019 is set at $76,788,512, […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Tornado

    This week’s featured pet is Tornado, a 2-year-old male available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. Quite unlike an actual tornado, this sleek black cat is affectionate and gentle. His gorgeous golden-yellow eyes are hard to pass by and his headbutts for attention make him impossible to leave. When he’s […]

  • Thanksgiving Parade Continues Tradition of Giving

    The annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade & Benefit starts at 10:30 am from the downtown Jacksonport fire station, Nov. 22. Now in its 22nd year, this fun-loving, eclectic parade continues its mission of neighbors helping neighbors once again in 2018 through support for local community member, Paula Symons, who has multiple plasma cell leukemia. “We […]

  • Aromatherapy for Horses

    Enjoy an afternoon of equine wellness education with essential oils on Nov. 18, 1–2 pm, with guest host Kristina Mazmanian-Ellis. Participants will get a hands-on experience with oils that can be used for important issues like immune support, emotional support, energy, sore muscles and more. Participants will make-and-take their own oil blend that can be […]

  • DCEDC Plans to Launch New Website

    Since 2011, Door County Economic Development’s (DCEDC) website,, has been the face of Door County’s outreach to entrepreneurs and prospective new businesses about the favorable economic business climate available in Door County. The county’s business climate has accelerated a great deal since that time; the website, however, has not kept up. “In 2011, the […]

  • Southern Door Football Star LeCaptain a Leader On and Off the Field

    by Matt Pothast Derik LeCaptain wrote his name all over the Southern Door High School football record books this season, but when you talk to those who coached him, it’s not the numbers that come up first, but character. “He is kind and appreciative to everyone he interacts with, whether it’s a fan, a competitor […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Holds Annual Meeting

    Neighbor to Neighbor will celebrate the organization’s achievements at the annual meeting in Conference Room #1 at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library on Nov. 27, 5 pm. The agenda includes: volunteer awards, program updates, agency updates, and the financial report. The regular monthly board meeting will directly follow the annual meeting. In 2017, 1,413 individuals […]

  • Population Projections Reveal Bleak Future for Rural Schools

    Faced with continuous declining enrollment and steady or rising costs, rural school districts will struggle to make ends meet, according to demographic projections from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Applied Population Lab. “If we look at rural districts… they are declining and they are projected to decline,” said Sarah Kemp, researcher with the Applied Population Lab, […]

  • Auditorium Has Roasted Coulson On the Menu

    Andy Coulson, former owner of the White Gull Inn, is next in line for some rough treatment in the latest Door Community Auditorium Celebrity Roast. This year’s roast takes place Friday, Nov. 16 at Mr. G’s Fernwood Gardens Ballroom. The 1970s-themed roast features an all-star cast of roasters, including Larry Thoreson, Steven Seyfer, Brandon Bogenschutz, […]

  • Questions and Artists: Pam Flanders

    Peninsula Pulse (PP): Growing up, did you have a teacher or family member who gave you encouragement in the pursuit of art? Pam Flanders (PF): Yes, although no galleries or museums were in the area, I would draw on the paper my dad brought home from his job at a local paper mill. He and […]

  • Movies That Matter: ‘(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies’

    Movies That Matter is partnering with the Door County Civility Project for a screening of (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies, Nov. 20, 4:30 pm. The documentary film, directed by Yael Melamede, looks at the deep-down reasons why humans lie. Building upon the work of social scientist Dan Ariely, the film combines the use of personal […]

  • The Bestseller List: Nov. 16, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 2. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 3. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 4. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 5. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 2. Interior States: Essays by Meghan O’Gieblyn […]

  • 71 Years Later, They’re Still Harmonizing: Algoma FFA barbershop quartet still active

    When Hans Feld was a seventh grader in Algoma in 1947, his older brother, Bernie, took him along to Sturgeon Bay to a rehearsal of a chorus that had about 40 members. Hans had a good voice and enjoyed being part of the adult group for a time, including some experience with singing in a […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Jimmy John’s Partners with Neighbor to Neighbor

    Sturgeon Bay Jimmy John’s hosted a fundraiser to benefit Neighbor to Neighbor. A dollar from every sandwich sold on a specific date was donated to the nonprofit organization. Neighbor to Neighbor has short-term medical equipment loans for people of all ages, provides peer companions for homebound elderly individuals, respite care for family caregivers, and offers […]

  • Ground Broken for Door 44 Winery

    At the Nov. 14 groundbreaking for the new Door 44 Winery, owner and Wisconsin wine visionary Steve Johnson told a crowd of well wishers how this journey began for him and his wife Maria. It was August 1994. They had just finished their second year of law school and were visiting filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s […]