Peninsula Pulse November 6-13, 2020

In this issue

  • Lighthouse Tower Selects Exhibit General Contractor

    The Door County Maritime Museum’s landmark Jim Kress Maritime Lighthouse Tower has reached a new milestone with the selection of a nationally recognized firm as the exhibit general contractor for creating the tower’s exhibits.  After a competitive, national bidding process, the museum’s board selected Southern Custom Exhibits to lead the team working on the design, […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities Earns Smart Energy Provider Designation

    Sturgeon Bay Utilities has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for showing its commitment to low-cost, quality, safe and reliable electric service. The SEP designation, which lasts for two years, recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in smart energy program structure, energy efficiency and distributed energy […]

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Receives Grants

    The local nonprofit Neighbor to Neighbor has recently received three grants to support its medical-equipment loan program.  The Green Bay Packers Foundation has awarded a grant of $3,000. The Door County Community Foundation has also awarded one grant for $7,286 through the Connolly Family Charitable Fund, the Bob and Connie Erickson Charitable Fund, the Bernice […]

  • Healthcare Heroes Program

    To show support and appreciation for the frontline health care professionals who have been working nonstop throughout the pandemic, the Community Blood Center (, CBC) has created a Healthcare Heroes program. Community members are encouraged to donate blood at a donor center or select blood drives in honor of local health care heroes, then share […]

  • Annual Angel Ball Canceled

    Because of concerns for the health and welfare of the community, the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary has canceled its annual December Angel Ball – one of its main fundraising events. The auxiliary awards 100 percent of the donations from this popular event to graduating high school students who are planning to pursue a health care […]

  • In Memory of Paula Symons

    On Oct. 29, during Homecoming Week activities, Sevastopol School District students, faculty and staff members dedicated a bench in memory of Paula Symons, who died from cancer in May 2019. Symons served the school for 20 years as an elementary school secretary and secretary to the athletic director.  “She loved the kids, and she loved […]

  • Little Sweden Resort’s Robyn Kornusky is the Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year

    Robyn Kornusky of Little Sweden Resort has been selected as Destination Door County’s 2020 Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) of the Year. The annual award goes to an individual who exceeds customer expectations, possesses a strong knowledge of Door County, supports the CTA program and the larger tourism industry, and seeks to turn every visitor encounter […]

  • The Big Bundle Up Collection Campaign Running Through Dec. 2

    The local tourism industry is helping to bundle up and feed Door County through collecting new or gently used youth coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, boots and nonperishable food items to help fill local food pantries. The collection campaign will run through Dec. 2. All donated items will be distributed within the county. Please place […]

  • Poor Internet Causes Sevastopol High School Schedule Shakeup

    Issues with online access in some rural Door County households caused Sevastopol High School to make another schedule change this week. District administrators knew after surveying parents this summer that 18 percent of families, or 25 students, did not have adequate – or any – internet services, according to Sevastopol Superintendent Kyle Luedtke. The district […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: Two Roads, One County

    A few seasons ago, I came across a wonderful T-shirt at Mann’s Mercantile on Washington Island. On the front was a map of Door County, with Highways 42 and 57 prominently highlighted. Below the map were the words, “Two Roads, One County.” After the cacophony of this presidential election, I cannot get this shirt out […]

  • Wild Things: Peninsula, State Deer Kill Up More Than 20 Percent

    Wisconsin’s blaze-orange army of 600,000 or so gun hunters has only two short weeks to prepare for the 2020 opener, set for Nov. 21. After a sub-par, nine-day November gun deer harvest last season – much of it blamed on the latest possible opener and less-than-ideal conditions – whitetail fanatics are hoping the gun hunt […]

  • Southern Door High School Theater Takes Center Stage

    Photos courtesy of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. High school theater programs offer invaluable experiences to students, whether they eventually pursue theater professionally or not. The skills a student can develop by participating in a production are multifaceted: time management, public speaking, thinking on their feet, poise, teamwork, patience, taking on responsibility and much […]

  • A Life in Music: Donald Bittorf Led Bittorf Brothers for 60 Years

    It started with a show at the Carlsville Bar. Sixty years later, brothers Donald and Wally Bittorf were still at it, playing country and western music together up and down the peninsula until they literally couldn’t play any more.  Donald Bittorf, a member of the Bittorf Brothers country and western band, died Oct. 25 at […]

  • Servers of the Week: Carrie and Scott Graybill at Coyote Roadhouse

    If your belly is grumbling and needs a fill, Head to the shores of Kangaroo Lake in Baileys Harbor  To find the dynamic duo of Carrie and Scott Graybill At the Coyote Roadhouse bar and grill. They always greet you with a smile and go the extra mile, Serving those awesome French-fried onion rings, A […]

  • Door to Nature: Invaders from the North

    Every autumn, I watch for the winter finch prediction that’s sent to the subscribers of Wisconsin’s email birders’ group. The forecast this year was rather bleak, with not many of the sought-after migrants expected to arrive here this winter. When natural food supplies such as conifer cones and deciduous tree seeds are in short supply […]

  • The Barn and Granary of Off the Wheel Pottery

    In 1996, Reneé Schwaller and her partner, Steve Beaudot, purchased a plot of land with several old farmstead buildings in Egg Harbor and intended to create a pottery gallery in the granary. They opened Off the Wheel Pottery in 1998, and as the business grew, they built a studio near the granary, then sectioned off […]

  • Editor’s Note: The Data Feed

    I awoke on Wednesday morning to a text from my sister, who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. It had been -27 F there as she’d returned from the polls the evening before – unusually early for such cold, even for there. I snapped a photo of our inside weather station and sent it to her: 50 […]

  • Door County Communities Invited to Solve Broadband Issues Together

    Inquiries fielded by the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) this year have come from young entrepreneurs who have discovered Door County after COVID-19 drove them in search of less populated places of natural beauty. They have explored running their businesses or working remotely from the peninsula, according to Steve Jenkins, DCEDC executive director. “But […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Area Community Thanksgiving Dinner

    For the sake of safety, the long-standing community Thanksgiving dinner sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church will be held as a carryout event this year. The delicious, home-cooked meal will include turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, squash, corn and an individual apple or cherry pie. To reserve a dinner, please call the church […]

  • Now Serving: Curbside Soup at Grasse’s Grill

    When Grasse’s Grill closed early in August because of the challenges of the pandemic, co-owner Jess Grasse found herself sorely missing her connection with customers. To meet a bit of that need, she created a way to sell some favorite soups by taking advance orders and planning a contactless pickup service for customers on Saturdays.  […]

  • New Business: Door County Bagel Company

    Alex and Patrick Cole moved to Door County in 2012, and although they love the area’s cafes and coffee shops, they found themselves missing bagels and thought a bagel shop would do well in Sturgeon Bay.  “It’s an idea we’ve had for a while,” Alex said. “We moved here from a college town where there […]

  • Suds with Sophie: Brewing Ingredients, Part 6

    Yeast, Part 1 by Sophie Nelson [email protected] The final ingredient in beer – yeast – was essential but unknown even as recently as the 1500s, although beer had been made since at least 5000 B.C. In 1516, the Reinheitsgebot Beer Purity Law, introduced in Bavaria, limited the ingredients that could be used to make beer to […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Presents Third Season

    Midsummer’s Music’s quartet-in-residence, the Griffon String Quartet (, will present its third season of concerts, community-outreach programs and educational events, including private string lessons through the YMCA in Sturgeon Bay, virtual instruction with Washington Middle School, educational videos for the Boys & Girls Club of Door County and more. The quartet will also present four […]

  • Try Kicksledding for a New Outdoor Experience

    Do you get cabin fever during the long winters? Door County Kicksled has a solution! The new business is the nation’s only direct importer of this traditional, Nordic, self-propelled vehicle, which offers new, fun winter recreation.  A kicksled is a snow scooter that’s used on packed snow or ice, similar to cross-country skis. Users hold […]

  • Merry-Time Festival of Trees Returns

    The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) will again spread the holiday spirit with the Merry-Time Festival of Trees, Nov. 14 – Jan. 3, when the museum will become a winter wonderland of decorated trees, wreaths and displays that businesses and individuals have donated. Visitors and supporters may purchase raffle tickets for chances to win a […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Seed Collection, Astronomy Presentation

    Join Wild Ones on Nov. 7, 10:30 am, for a seed-collecting workshop. Learn the basics, receive supplies, then go into the meadow to collect milkweed and other wildflower seeds. Social distancing will be observed, and participants should wear a mask and sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the rock garden in front […]

  • Framed: Woolly Bear Predicts Mild Winter

    There’s a belief in folklore that the amount of black on the woolly bear caterpillar in the fall varies proportionately with the severity of the coming winter in the locale where the caterpillar resides. Thus, the longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier and more severe the winter will be. Conversely, a […]

  • Manners Matter: How to Deal with Election Results

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m really worried about the election results. There has been so much vitriol and ugliness online and in the news, and I’m fearful for what’s going to happen after the election. With so much uncertainty, how do I cope if my candidate doesn’t win? How do I help some of my friends […]

  • Fall 2020 Door County Election Results

    Door County was one of two Wisconsin counties to switch from red to blue in the Nov. 3 presidential election, giving Joe Biden 49.93 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 48.48 percent. It was the only surprise in a night when Republican incumbents sailed to reelection. Mike Gallagher defeated Amanda Stuck to retain his […]

  • Obituary: Dorleen Buschmann

    April 3, 1928 ~ October 31, 2020 Dorleen Kathryn Buschmann, 92, of West Bend and formerly of Sturgeon Bay died at Cedar Community, West Bend on October 31, 2020.  She was born April 3, 1928 in Sturgeon Bay to Leonard and Julia (Seiler) Stoneman.  On January 27, 1951, she married Norman G. Buschmann at Corpus […]

  • Obituary: Mary Heiges

    September 15, 1952 ~ November 1, 2020 Mary Elizabeth Heiges, 68, of Sturgeon Bay, died on November 1, 2020, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.  She was born September 15, 1952 in Green Bay.  Her parents were Norbert and Pauline (Niles) Geier.  She married Lyle E. Heiges at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood […]

  • Obituary: Althea F. Gothberg

    February 6, 1939 ~ November 1, 2020 Althea Faye Gothberg, 81, of Gardner, died on November 1, 2020, at her home.  She was born February 6, 1939, in Gardner.  Her parents were Al and Carmen (Claflin) Ligman.  On September 10, 1960, she married Kenneth L. Gothberg in Sturgeon Bay. Althea liked gardening, playing cards with […]

  • Obituary: Gary “Butch” Haarsma

    July 31, 1942 ~ October 28, 2020 Gary “Butch” Haarsma, 78, of Sturgeon Bay, died of COVID-19 on October 28, 2020 at the Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. Gary was born on July 31, 1942 in Racine, son of the late Mildred (Welfel) and Gary Haarsma. He was raised in Racine and Manitowoc […]

  • Obituary: Genevieve Corrine (Wickman) Follingstad

    July 28, 1926 ~ November 1, 2020 Genevieve Corrine Follingstad, 94, of Sister Bay, died peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village. She was born July 28, 1926 in Sturgeon Bay, daughter of the late Gilbert and Olga Karine (Olson) Wickman. She graduated from Gibraltar High School and […]

  • PODCAST: Election 2020: A Guide to Your Ballot in Door County

    Election day is almost here, and Andrew Kleidon and Myles Dannhausen Jr. break down the ballot for Door County voters as we prepare to go to the polls. The presidential race gets all the attention, but Door County residents will also be electing their state representative, Congressional representative, and treasurer. Plus, voters will weigh in […]

  • Obituary: Walter “Wally” A. Deprez

    December 24, 1946 ~ October 29, 2020 Walter “Wally” Alloysius Deprez, 73, of the Town of Clay Banks, died in the comfort of his home, Thursday, October 29, 2020. He was born at home on the family farm in Kodan in the Town of Ahnapee, Kewaunee County, on Christmas Eve in 1946, the son of […]

  • County Reports 8th COVID Death, 173 Cases this Week

    The toll of Covid-19 on the Door County Peninsula continues to grow.  On Friday Door County reported 25 new cases, it’s 8th COVID-related death, and 339 active cases as public health officials say the COVID-19 virus is rampant on the peninsula. The county reported 173 cases and 4 deaths over the last week, the worst […]

  • Obituary: Craig Kieman Anderson

    October 27, 2020 Aged 78, of Holland, MI died on October 27, 2020.  Craig was the owner of Pinewood Studio, in Ellison Bay, WI and active at The Clearing Folk School.  He was a member at Ephraim Moravian Church.  Craig is survived by wife, Vicky (Soderberg), sons, Kip (Christa) Holland-Anderson and Jed (Alicia) Anderson, grandchildren […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Emmeline Logerquist

    May 28, 1933 ~ October 26, 2020 Barbara Emmeline Logerquist, 87, died on October 26, 2020 in the Monet Inn of Caretel in Linden, Michigan. She was born May 28, 1933 in Sister Bay, daughter of the late Edmund and Edna (Prust) Logerquist, the eldest of four children. Barb loved the Lord and was a […]

  • Obituary: Ruth M. Buschmann

    July 20, 1928 ~ October 28, 2020 Ruth Marie Buschmann, 92, of Sheboygan and formerly of Sturgeon Bay, passed away at Azura Memory Care Assisted Living on October 28, 2020. She was born on July 20, 1928, in Sturgeon Bay to Frank and Marie (Neuville) Kohlbeck, the second of seven children. On May 28, 1949, […]