Peninsula Pulse November 25-December 4, 2020

In this issue

  • Wild Things: Nearly Perfect Opening-Weekend Weather a Boost to Deer Hunt

    10-day muzzleloader season is up next What a difference a year makes. Disgruntled hunters lambasted Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wildlife staff last fall after a triple whammy produced the fewest gun deer whitetails since 1981. The latest possible gun deer opener in 2019 meant the rut was largely over; strong winds affected movement; and […]

  • Server of the Week: Christine Herman at Willow Clothing Co.

    Christine Herman at Willow Clothing Co.  Brought her goods to Baileys from Suamico. She’s always liked following the trends, And for customers, her commitment to quality has no end. A recent shopper with a unfortunate shipment Was happy to find her predicament Quickly solved by Christine,  who was happy to intervene! — Submitted by Suzanne […]

  • Framed: The Ellison Bay Christmas Tree

    The Ellison Bay Christmas tree received a holiday makeover for the tree-lighting event Sunday evening. The annual tradition was held “drive-in style” to maintain COVID-19 protocols this year. Pictured are Nicholas (left) and Gibson (right) Raschke. Photo courtesy of Joe and Cathy Raschke.

  • This Old Barn: Wehrenbergs’ Modern Barn

    Erin and Kevin Wehrenberg have a barn to highlight that’s actually not so old, but it’s a beauty. They began the building process in 2017 and finished it in time to host Kevin’s 50th-birthday bash during the summer of 2019.  “Luckily, that was last summer,” Kevin said. “We had Mojo Rosa’s cater; Charlie Berens did […]

  • Hike This: Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve

    If you’re in Sturgeon Bay, you really don’t have to go far to find an ecologically diverse area to hike. Head over to the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve – located within the city limits – to discover a diverse landscape of sand dunes, lush forest, ancient shorelines, a creek, wetlands and views of […]

  • How Actors Act, Part Two: Physical Acting

    On the first day of rehearsal for the final play of my college career, not a single line of dialogue was read from a script. Instead of sitting down for a table read or jumping into a dramaturgical analysis of the time period or themes of the piece, we stood in a line along the […]

  • Putting Her Heart on the Canvas

    Monica Ramirez on the opening of her Jefferson Street gallery Jefferson Street in Sturgeon Bay may have lost Bliss to the former Prange/Younkers building, but it has gained a small art gallery and studio a few doors away. The Mona Lucy Gallery is showing the paintings of Monica Ramirez, plus, occasionally, pottery by a friend, […]

  • The State of the Food Scene, Nov. 25

    Two year-round eateries will offer delivery service this holiday season. Blue Horse Beach Cafe in Fish Creek will deliver to patrons within five miles of the restaurant through Dec. 31. This new option is in addition to takeout and curbside pickup. In announcing the option Nov. 17, the cafe said it “hopes to keep your […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Yeast and Beer Pairing

    Brewing Ingredients: Yeast, Part 2 With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the best time to scour the shelves for the perfect pairing beer. The key to this holiday’s perfect beer pairing? Yeast! Last time, we had a quick introduction to yeast, and this time, we’ll delve a little deeper into the science and […]

  • Jolly’s Street Pizza Hosts Coloring Competition for Kids

    The pizza food truck is hosting a fun holiday coloring contest through Dec. 19 for kids who are eight and younger. Winners in each age group will receive a large pizza of their choice and a gift.  Stop by the truck to pick up a coloring sheet. In November, Jolly’s is operating at 214 Michigan […]

  • Top Shelf Gourmet Has Rush Creek Reserve Cheese

    The seasonal Rush Creek Reserve cheese is now available at Sister Bay’s Top Shelf Gourmet, a gourmet grocery that carries a variety of award-winning domestic and international cheeses. Uplands Cheese in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, produces Rush Creek Reserve, and cheese lovers cherish it for its creamy richness. It’s available only during the late fall because it […]

  • Go Bo! Holiday Cookie Drive-Through Nov. 28 in Sister Bay

    Cookie lovers can donate $15 to receive two hand-crafted “paint your own” cookies – an activity and treat in one! – during the Go Bo! Holiday Cookie Drive-Through on Nov. 28, 12-2 pm, at the Sister Bay downtown visitor center. Drivers and passengers should remain in their vehicle, and volunteers will be masked. Cash and credit cards […]

  • TAP Premieres New Movie Musical ‘Estella Scrooge’

    Just in time for the holidays, Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is offering audiences a magical musical created with cutting-edge technology that’s sure to become a new holiday tradition. The world premiere of Estella Scrooge: A Christmas Carol with a Twist will take place Nov. 27 and will be available for streaming through Jan. 31. Estella […]

  • Restoration Finishes at Riverview ATV Park

    The Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department and the Kewaunee County Promotions and Recreation Department have finished restoration work at Riverview ATV Park to address water quality, erosion and habitat improvement. Federal, state and community partners who worked to construct a pollinator buffer and wetland basins helped to make this initiative possible. The restoration […]

  • Ephraim Modifies Christmas in the Village

    The Ephraim Business Council will hold a modified Christmas in the Village celebration Dec. 5. Santa Claus will arrive in Harborside Park at 5 pm in an Ephraim Fire Department vehicle, and he’ll light the Christmas tree in the gazebo to welcome the holiday season. Attendees should wear masks and maintain social distancing. Eagle Harbor […]

  • Hospital, City, County Issue Joint Statement Asking for Community Help Fighting Pandemic

    In a joint statement issued Monday, the CEO of Door County Medical Center, along with the Mayor of Sturgeon Bay and the Door County Board Chair, urged the community to double its efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19. The statement for DCMC CEO Brian Stephens, Mayor David Ward, and County Board Chair Dave Lienau, […]

  • Child Care Virtual Town Hall Tuesday, Dec. 8

    The next Child Care Town Hall from United Way of Door County will be held Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 6 pm. The sixth in its schedule of town halls discussing child care needs features a session on brain development in children age 1 year to 5 years with videos from Harvard’s Center on the Developing […]

  • EDITOR’S NOTE: Glad You Asked

    The proximity of community journalism is what has drawn me to this profession. There are no faceless millions here. The stories we tell and issues we cover are those of our friends, acquaintances and neighbors. If we don’t know them directly, we know someone who does. These connections alert us to collateral consequences of all […]

  • Letter to the Editor: COVID Will Not Disappear

    Bob Ryan’s letter in the Nov. 13 issue of the Pulse makes a great point in noting how the country pulled together against a common enemy during World War II, and it brings up the question of why the threat posed by COVID-19 has not inspired a similar response in today’s America.  The answer to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Loving Care during a Difficult Time

    During this rather strange time of COVID-19 and a politically charged election/postelection situation, I’d like to tell a different kind of story: a story of love and compassion and goodwill. A month ago, after a careless accident, I found myself on the bathroom floor with a broken hip. From my husband’s 911 call to the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Our Voting District Maps Are Still Unfair

    On Nov. 3, 2020, the voters of Door County, by a 73 percent to 27 percent margin, approved the advisory referendum supporting nonpartisan redistricting in Wisconsin. Door County now joins 27 other counties across the state that have approved referendums on this subject. The Door County Board of Supervisors is also one of 55 county […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Owners Deny Use of Private Road to Snowmobilers, ATVs

    We, the home, land and business owners on Linda Lane, from Bluff Road to County F in the Town of Baileys Harbor, by democratic vote, have reluctantly decided to deny the use of our private road to snowmobilers and ATV and UTV users. We deem this necessary not only to prevent additional road damage but […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Could Your COVID-19 Attitude Be Criminal?

    Early in the pandemic, most people willingly limited their contacts. Then it began to wear on them, and they started taking risks: shopping, meeting people in ever-larger groups. By the summer, it was life as usual, and mask wearing had become a political statement, not a public-health measure. Such behavior is irresponsible and dangerous, but […]

  • Nominations Open Dec. 1 for Spring Elections

    Yes, we’ve just finished one election, but already municipalities across the county are beginning to serve notice of spring elections, which will be held April 6, 2021.  The first day when candidates may circulate nomination papers is Dec. 1, with the final deadline for filing the papers set for Jan. 5, 2021, by 5 pm. […]

  • Arts Organizations Receive Grants

    Music, visual-art, live-performance and other cultural organizations have always been more than just purveyors of entertainment – they’ve been important providers of healing and hope, especially during difficult times.  In recognition of the significant role these institutions play around the state, Gov. Tony Evers has designated $5 million from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and […]

  • Obituary: Rita Mary Stahl

    July 29, 1940 ~ November 21, 2020 Rita Mary Stahl, 80, of Sister Bay, died early Saturday morning, November 21, 2020. She was born July 29, 1940 in West Bend, the daughter of Roland and Magdalene “Della” Weber. Rita grew up attending Holy Angels Parish in West Bend. She graduated from West Bend High School […]

  • Obituary: Ruth Jane (Rockwell) Smith

    July 12, 1930 ~ November 19, 2020 Ruth J. (Rockwell) Smith, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died Thursday, November 19, 2020 after a full, blessed life. She was born July 12, 1930 in Sturgeon Bay to Joseph Rockwell and Edna Belle (Stakeman) Rockwell. Ruth was a homemaker who also worked at Seville Organ Co. and Hatco […]

  • Obituary: Oscar Elias Guillen

    May 29, 1937 ~ November 13, 2020 Oscar Elias Guillén died suddenly due to Covid on Friday, November 13, 2020 in Brussels, WI. Elias was born in Madera, Chihuahua, México on May 29, 1937 to Erasmo and Maria (Estrada) Guillén. On January 17, 1970, he married Maria Francisca Morales at the Catholic Church in Las […]

  • Obituary: Rita Jean Frisque

    September 3, 1929 ~ November 15, 2020 Rita Jean Frisque, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Sturgeon Bay Health Services. She was born September 3, 1929 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Emmitt and Theresa (Hunsader) Roberts. Rita graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School with the Class of 1947. […]