Peninsula Pulse – Oct. 6-13, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Juanita Claire Lallemont

    Jan. 4, 1936 – Oct. 3, 2023 Juanita Claire Lallemont, 87, of Sturgeon Bay passed away with dignity and grace at her home on Oct. 3, 2023. She was born Jan. 4, 1936, in Green Bay to Albert and Geraldine (Coppersmith) LaRoche. Juanita was very passionate about her faith and commitment to Christ. She was […]

  • Obituary: Rose M. Ullman

    July 9, 1943 – Oct. 4, 2023 Rose M. Ullman, 80, Sturgeon Bay, WI died peacefully on Oct. 4, 2023, with her family by her side. She was born on July 9, 1943, in Sturgeon Bay to Harold and Esther Kezo. Rose was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Rose will be remembered for […]

  • Obituary: Gary Guelette

    Feb. 26, 1942 – Oct. 8, 2023 Gary Michael Guelette, 81, of Brussels, died peacefully on Oct. 8, 2023, with his family by his side. He was born Feb. 26, 1942 on the family farm in Kolberg, to Albert and Nervin (Vandertie) Guelette. Gary graduated from Brussels High School and on May 27, 1961 he […]

  • Obituary: Susan Marie Van Zandt

    1950 – Oct. 3, 2023 Susan Marie Van Zandt (née Birdsong) passed away peacefully in Como, Italy on Oct. 3, 2023, at the age of 73. Sue was the oldest child of Richard and Eleanor Birdsong of LaGrange, Illinois. Sue lived her childhood in LaGrange, along with her sister and brother, and attended Lyons Township […]

  • Obituary: Louis M. DeClark

    Aug. 8,1934 – Oct. 6, 2023 Louis M. DeClark, 89, Brussels died at his home surrounded by his family on Oct. 6, 2023. He was born Aug. 8,1934 in Iron Mountain, Michigan to Louis and Clarice (Buzzo) DeClark. On June 26, 1954, he married Shirley Mae LeRoy in Brussels, she preceded him in death on […]

  • Obituary: Fred “Bud” Malvitz

    March 19, 1933 – Oct. 8, 2023 Fred “Bud” Malvitz, 90, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully on Oct. 8, 2023, at Pine Crest Village. He was born March 19, 1933, in Little Sturgeon to Fritz and Dorothy (Krueger) Malvitz. Fred graduated from Brussels High School and attended St. Norbert College. On June 14, 1951, he […]

  • Obituary: Charles Frank Tice

    April 14, 1951 – Oct. 7, 2023 Charles “Chuck” Tice, 72, of Sturgeon Bay died suddenly on Oct. 7, 2023. He was born in Sturgeon Bay on April 14, 1951, to Robert and Dorothy (Wnuk) Tice and was married to Jean Schack on Sept. 8, 1973, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Chuck […]

  • Obituary: Erwin “Erv” Hitzeman, Jr.

    March 15, 1939 – Oct. 6, 2023 Erwin “Erv” Carl Hitzeman, Jr., 84, of Ellison Bay, fell asleep in the loving arms of his family and awoke in the arms of the Lord, late Friday night, Oct. 6, 2023, while in the comfort of his home. “This is the day the Lord has made…Let us […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: The American Kestrel

    It is the peak of the autumn migration and there are many small birds along the shoulders of open country roads. Several species of thrushes have been seen at the bird baths in recent weeks and many warblers are moving through the woods. A female yellow-rumped warbler drank at the bath yesterday. The eastern kingbirds, […]

  • Lions Club Hosts Fish Boil, Brat Fry for Fall Fest

    The Sister Bay Lions Club will host its annual Fall Festival Fish Boil on Friday, Oct. 13, 5-7:30 pm at the Sister Bay Fire Station on Mill Road. Lion Cori Shanahan, past president of the club and chairperson of the fish boil, continues the original Scandinavian settlers’ traditional fish boil. Shahahan, along with a group […]

  • New Restrictions for On-the-Water Fueling

    In an effort to prevent hazardous or dangerous conditions created by people fueling their watercraft with portable cans or containers, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council gave final approval Tuesday to an ordinance to repeal and recreate a portion of the city code. “We’ve had some issues [with portable cans and containers used to fuel watercraft] […]

  • County Road Construction Updates

    The Door County Highway Department has two road reconstruction projects on its agenda this fall, the first on County Road H from Stone Road to County Road O. The project includes the marking and cutting of driveways and intersections, milling or removing existing roadway asphalt, fine grading and compaction where needed, and re-asphalting with new […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Breaks Ground for Subdivision

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held Sept. 28 for the Geneva Ridge subdivision located along South Hudson Avenue in Sturgeon Bay’s newly created Tax Incremental District #10. Twenty-four single-family homes are planned in the 5.5-acre subdivision at prices that are expected to be affordable for Door County’s workforce. Those who participated in the shoveling ceremony (from […]

  • Egg Harbor Launches Fundraiser Drone

    The Egg Harbor Fire Department is raising money for a tool that’s not readily available for Door County emergency responders: a drone.  “This will be a first for us,” said Kurt Krauel, who’s leading the fundraising campaign with his wife, Nicole, one of the department’s EMRs (emergency medical responder). “We’ll use it for search and […]

  • Southern Door Fire Department Approves Budget

    The Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) approved its first budget without the Town of Nasewaupee’s financial support. The $249,815.24 budget for 2024 – passed Sept. 27 by the department’s fire board – will be footed entirely by the Village of Forestville and the towns of Forestville and Clay Banks. Nasewaupee split off from the department […]

  • City Council Backs Creating TID #9

    The city took its final action toward the creation of its ninth tax increment district (TID). It’s now up to the Joint Review Board to give the final stamp of approval. The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a resolution Tuesday that creates the boundaries for the industrial TID – between South Neenah Avenue and Shiloh […]

  • County Board Institutes New Flag Policy

    The County of Door now has a policy for the types of flags it will allow to be flown on its flag poles, and that no longer includes the Pride flag that the county has flown in June for Pride Month over the past couple of years.  The policy that passed with a 14-7 vote, […]

  • Students to Get Career-Aware of Local Job Market

    Students from five area high schools will get a first-hand look at fascinating products made in Door County and explore career opportunities in manufacturing during a special Manufacturing Month event Thursday, Oct. 12. Approximately 400 students from Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Gibraltar, Southern Door and Algoma will tour the following Door County manufacturing businesses: Marine Travelift, […]

  • Coworking Space Opens in Fish Creek

    Door County Coworking has opened its doors, offering a workspace solution for remote professionals in the area. Features include a fully equipped workspace with seating; high-speed internet access; private meeting rooms; a kitchenette stocked with complimentary beverages and snacks; and access to outdoor seating.  To learn more about Door County Coworking and membership options, visit […]

  • Sevastopol Art Teacher Honored

    The Wisconsin Art Educators Association has named Sevastopol School District elementary art teacher Cara Krueger as Art Teacher of the Month for October. Krueger was recognized for her work in helping to develop the first Fine Arts Night at Sevastopol this past spring. The event gave music, art and other students an opportunity to showcase their […]

  • Haas Foundation Donates $500,000 to NWTC

    The Gene Haas Foundation, a manufacturing leader in CNC technology, has donated $500,000 to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) – one of the largest donations in NWTC’s history. “We are very impressed with the team and level of training at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and proud to honor them with this grant.” said Kathy Looman, […]

  • Luedtke Named Superintendent of the Year

    In his 31st year working in public education and his 13th year as a superintendent, Kyle Luedtke, Sevastopol School District superintendent, was named the Rural School Administrator of the Year. The honor came from the 140-district Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA). Luedtke is the 12th honoree since the inception of the WiRSA award in 2012, […]

  • Bay Ship to Christen Clean Everglades

    The christening of Clean Everglades, sister vessel to Clean Canaveral, will be held Oct. 24 at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The event is invitation-only – members of the public will not be able to attend the christening. Clean Everglades is the second 5,500 cubic meter (CBM) liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge Fincantieri Bay […]

  • A Collaborative Celebration of Citizen Scientists

    Door County has an amazing wealth of natural areas and hundreds of volunteers for multiple organizations who work individually and in teams to aid in ongoing and large-scale research projects and help protect, enhance and monitor dozens of sites. This month, for the first time on the peninsula, some of those organizations will band together […]

  • FEATURED PET: Cuddles

    Meet Cuddles, a six-month-old cat available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Campus. She is a sweetheart, weighs six pounds and has a beautiful orange tabby coat. This playful girl owns her name, and likes to give lots of snuggles and cuddles once she warms up to you; she cannot wait to […]

  • PERSPECTIVES: Safety and Stability Are Keys to Success for Survivors of Domestic Abuse and/or Mental Illness

    by SETH WIEDERANDERS, mental health peer specialist at JAK’s Place, and SAMUEL BURRIS, JAK’S Place program director How does one measure success? Material wealth is one thing – a nice car, a big  house and a yard – but there are other things to consider, too. Do you enjoy your  job? Do you have enough […]

  • Grand Opening Event for YMCA Expansion Project

    One year after ground was broken for the Door County YMCA’s $10-million-facility expansion, a grand opening will be held for the newly renovated facility on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 11 am to 2 pm.  The event will feature a short dedication ceremony at 11:15 am to mark the completion of the 16,300-square-foot addition built on […]

  • Boy Scouts Golden Eagle Event

    The Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America is holding its 50th anniversary and Golden Eagle celebration, Oct. 17, 5:30 pm, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The celebration features the program “50 Extraordinary Scouts You Should Know” – scouts as youths within the Bay-Lakes Council service area who have grown to have an impact in business, […]

  • Girl Scout Cookie Prices Stay Steady

    Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) is gearing up for the Girl Scout Cookie Program.  Despite the challenges posed by inflation and rising costs, GSNWGL has worked to ensure that there is no increase in Girl Scout Cookie prices. The cookie program runs Jan. 17 – March 31, 2024. Visit to learn […]

  • Loaves and Fishes Dinner

    Loaves and Fishes is hosting its monthly dinner, Oct. 12, at Stella Maris Parish in Sister Bay. The free dinner hosted by Northern Door churches is open to the public. Doors will open at 4:30 pm; the meal service will run 5-6 pm. Stella Maris Parish is located at 2410 Bayshore Drive, Sister Bay.

  • Habitat for Humanity’s 49th Home

    Join Door County Habitat for Humanity for an open house, Oct. 18, 2-5 pm, of the organization’s 49th new home build. Meet the Habitat team, key volunteers, the new homeowner and community leaders. The new home is located at 864 Cherry Court, Sturgeon Bay.

  • 35 Years of Altrusa Door County

    Members and alumni shared stories and greetings during the 35th anniversary dinner of Altrusa International Club of Door County (DC), Sept. 19. The club was formed after five friends – Margaret “Peg” Turk, Sonya Jorns, Carol DeVault and the late Sue Ritchie and Ann Jerdee – interested in starting a women’s organization in Door County, […]

  • Atomic Bingo at Cherry Lanes

    Do Good Door County is the beneficiary of the special charity round of Cherry Lane’s weekly Atomic Bingo event, Oct. 9, 6-8 pm. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to building a dynamic, collaborative community which will enhance, enrich and respect the aging experience in Door County.  “Atomic Bingo is a great way to have a […]

  • Ladybug Gallery Highlights Astrophotography

    For the third year, Ladybug Gallery will be showing photographs by area astronomers during the month of October.  This year, the work of Neville Public Museum and Door Peninsula Astronomical Society members will be included in the event. With the help of a new telescope and camera system, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society can produce […]

  • Lighthouse Ornament Launch

    Baileys Harbor author Sue Jarosh is launching three Christmas ornaments inspired by her series of children’s books about local lighthouses. The designs will include the Cana Island Lighthouse (inspired by “Camden and the Cana Island Cat,”) the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse (inspired by “Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Mouse”) and Baileys Harbor Range Lights (inspired by “Baileys Harbor […]

  • Plein Air Paintings at IDEA Gallery

    Idea Gallery’s Exhibit 3 features new plein-air paintings by Minnesota-based oil painter Jeff Boutin. Boutin uses a variety of palette knives to create richly-colored landscapes, and his body of work reflects his visits to Door County over the years, including tranquil shoreline scenes and compositions of Cave Point. “There is inspiration no matter where you […]

  • “Repurposed” Exhibit Opens at Woodwalk

    A new exhibit celebrating the art of repurposing will open at Woodwalk Gallery Oct. 8.  The exhibit will showcase artists’ work that celebrates repurposing: using for a different purpose from that which it was originally intended and giving new life. Repurposed will feature a vintage-themed gathering to celebrate the new exhibit featuring artwork that repurposes […]

  • Amish Quilt Sale at Mr. G’s

    This year’s Art, Craft and Amish Quilt Sale will be held at Mr. G’s Fernwood Gardens, Oct. 5-8, 9 am – 5 pm. The show will feature over 100 handcrafted Amish quilts for sale.  The quilts will be displayed on a queen-sized bed and turned regularly by show employees, and an explanation of each quilt […]

  • High Praise for Edgewood Sculpture Garden

    The sculpture garden at Edgewood Orchard Galleries in Fish Creek has been featured in a Saturday Evening Post article about “America’s Most Stunning Outdoor Art Galleries.” Post writer Bill Newcott described it as “a true art space, albeit one defined by forest, ground, and sky…Narrow, tree-lined hallways wind ahead of me, with each bend creating […]

  • Miller Announces Award Winners

    On Sept. 16, the Miller Art Museum unveiled its 48th Juried Annual, a survey and celebration of contemporary work by Wisconsin visual artists, to over 200 attendees.  The following eight regional visual artists were recognized during the awards ceremony for experimental works that exuded excellence and originality: Aaron Boyd of Milwaukee was awarded a $250 […]

  • What’s in Store at the Townline Art Fair

    This weekend’s Townline Art Fair (Oct. 7 and 8) will bring together the work of more than 75 selected artists and several thousand attendees. Located on the grounds of the Fine Line Design Gallery on state Highway 42 at the north end of Ephraim, the fair draws huge crowds to the lawn. For visitors, this […]

  • Pro-wrestling Fundraiser in Sturgeon Bay

    Live pro-wrestling with Under The Lights Entertainment debuts in Sturgeon Bay Oct. 7, with doors opening at 5 pm. The event is in the Junior Fair building at John Miles County Park and includes raffles, food and music. Proceeds from the event are donated to Turning Point of Door County, which provides services such as […]

  • Shaylyn Asher Receives Ellie Helm SPIRIT Award

    Shaylyn Asher, a sixth-grade student at Sevastopol Middle School, was awarded the Ellie Helm SPIRIT Award by the Door County YMCA Strivers gymnastic team. Asher has been on the Strivers gymnastic team for seven seasons and currently competes at the Xcel Platinum Level. The SPIRIT Award is given to a Striver gymnast who exhibits the […]

  • WILD THINGS: Youth Gun Deer Hunt Oct. 7-8

    A strong cold front could make things interesting for this weekend’s youth gun deer hunt across the Peninsula. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-40s both mornings, and no higher than the low 50s come late afternoon sits. Winds could be gusting 15 to 25 miles per hour from the northwest. The […]

  • Gibraltar Hires New Clerk

    The Town of Gibraltar has hired a new clerk. Cyndi Gutschow stepped into the seat that was vacated by Kelly Murre, who stepped down in August. Gutschow made herself available before the town board meeting on Oct. 4 to meet residents. She comes to Gibraltar from the Milwaukee area where she previously worked as an […]

  • Liberty Grove Clerk Leaves

    Liberty Grove Town Clerk Stacy Bell is leaving the town to take the treasurer position for the Village of Hobart. Bell worked for the Town of Liberty Grove since 2019. Bell was also a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical responder for the Sister Bay/ Liberty Grove Fire Department for the past 13 years.

  • Change of Plans: Rowleys Bay Resort For Sale

    The owners of Rowleys Bay Resort in Ellison Bay will not rebuild.  A fire flattened a good chunk of the resort on Sept. 5, when firefighters from every Door County department, and some in Kewaunee and Brown counties, battled the blaze. Eight employees who were living in the lodge lost everything they owned and several […]

  • Letters to the Editor: The People Have Not Lost Confidence in Megan Wolfe

    In May 2020, Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Megan Wolfe gave a presentation about election security to a local Door County group. At that time, long before anyone cooked up ways to throw uncertainty on our whole election process, the concern of our local group was on possible cyber-attacks on our Wisconsin election machines. Ms. Wolfe […]

  • Door County Film Wins Independent Film Award

    Confessions of a Sailor, a locally produced film won the Best Micro-Budget Film award during the 5th Annual National Independent Film Association awards ceremony at Lawrence University’s Warch Cinema. A micro-budget film is typically one created for under $50,000 dollars.  Confessions of a Sailor was produced on a $20,000 dollar budget by local filmmaker Kurt […]