Peninsula Pulse October 15-22, 2021

In this issue

  • Drug Take-Back Day Cancelled

    UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Door County – The Door County Sheriff’s Office will collect unused prescription painkillers as part of Wisconsin’s Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 23, 10 am – 2 pm.  The goals are to provide a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of medications and educate the public about the potential […]

  • Shipwrecked Expansion Denied Again

    A contentious Egg Harbor Plan Commission meeting came to an end Wednesday night with the denial of a conditional use permit (CUP) for Shipwrecked Brew Pub.  Plan commissionwers Lou Nyberg and Kathy Navis clashed several times with commissioners Jon Kolb, Emily Pitchford and Cambria Mueller as they debated whether to approve a proposal to add […]

  • Gibraltar District’s Quarantine Readiness Still Not Needed

    Fish Creek – With the goal of keeping more students in class and out of quarantine, Gibraltar School District officials have steadfastly emphasized that a universal masking requirement results in fewer quarantine orders for entire classrooms than occurred in 2020. And the plan still seems to be working. Students were told on a Friday to […]

  • A Plan for Progress: Sister Bay Embarks on 5-Year Improvement Plan

    A look at the three biggest projects Sister Bay has identified for the next five years In late September, the Sister Bay Village Board approved its first formal Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The plan, which will be updated annually, identified projects the village has in store for the next five years.  Tasha Rass, village finance […]

  • New Room-Tax Rate Starts in 2022

    Regardless of when a reservation was booked The new room-tax rate will start Jan. 1, 2022, and the Door County Tourism Zone Commission (DCTZC) – the organization that collects and distributes the money – has been working out the details on paper in preparation for the change. Part of that process meant nailing down when […]

  • Village Approves Expanded Parking, Storage for One Barrel

    Egg Harbor is finally getting the parking it has long wanted at One Barrel Brewing Company, and owner Peter Gentry is getting a better storage solution for the thriving taproom and restaurant. But the compromise wasn’t easy.  It took several meetings of the village’s plan commission and the review of multiple versions of Gentry’s plans […]


    The Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA) has awarded the 2021 Sister Bay Volunteer of the Year award to Chris and Liz Hecht.  For 20 years, Chris Hecht has been chief of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department and is president of the Door County Fire Chiefs Association. He led the fire chiefs to join forces […]

  • Obituary: George Adam Krall

    July 14, 1930~October 10, 2021 George Adam Krall of La Crosse died peacefully on October 10, 2021.  He was surrounded by his family and has now completed his life’s journey by rejoining his beloved wife Luella.  He was born July 14 1930 to George and Margaret Krall, Hibbing, Minnesota    George considered himself an Iron Ranger […]

  • Palmer Publishes New Children’s Book, ‘The House That Moved’

    Door County children’s book author J.K. Palmer has published her third book, The House That Moved. She’s also written Elwood the Moose and Gladys Sings. The House That Moved follows a family that loved its house, and the house loved the family right back. Everything was warm and cozy until Father announced that he had […]

  • Write On Offers Programs on Publicity, Poetry

    Authors may know when to send a manuscript to an agent or publisher, but devising publicity strategies can be tricker. To help, Write On will offer a publicity seminar Oct. 20, 2-4 pm, via Zoom.  Presenters will be Lynn Wiese Sneyd, a veteran book publicist, owner of LWS Literary Services and award-winning novelist; H. Alan […]

  • Meet Illustrator Bonnie Leick at Novel Bay

    Dress up early in those Halloween costumes to visit Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, on Oct. 23, 10 am – 1 pm, to meet the illustrator Bonnie Leick. She’ll be signing copies of It’s Halloween, Little Monster, which she illustrated and Helen Ketteman wrote.  Little Monster is going trick-or-treating for […]

  • Most-Challenged Books of 2020

    The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school and university materials and services during 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring them. George by Alex GinoChallenged, banned and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Lauren Ward

    Peninsula Poetry is a monthly column curated by the Door County Poets Collective, a 12-member working group that was formed to publish Soundings: Door County in Poetry in 2015 and continues to meet. Lauren Ward doesn’t recall life without poetry. The limestone bluffs, open waters and cedar forests of Door County first inspired her to […]

  • Fabric Designer Laurie Jacobi at Turtle Ridge

    Laurie Jacobi will be featured in a trunk show at Turtle Ridge Gallery Oct. 23-24. Her designs are woven into natural fibers by the Pendleton Woolen Mills, and then Mary Jane Miller turns them into coats, jackets, vests, accessories and blankets. Meet Jacobi, and check out her beautiful graphic designs – inspired by the Northwoods and […]

  • Ellison Bay Pottery Opens Its Kiln

    On Oct. 16, starting at 11 am, Ellison Bay Pottery resident potter John Dietrich will open his kiln for the “unbricking” process. Goblets, mugs, bowls, crocks and more are part of this firing. Masks are required because the kiln room is small, and the event will also be livestreamed. Learn more at

  • Wood And Stone Highlighted at Plum Bottom

    The Wood and Stone Art Show will take center stage at Plum Bottom Gallery on Oct. 23, 10 am – 5 pm. The featured artists will be at the gallery 1-3 pm, and artist talks will start at 2 pm. Sarka Evans spent the first half of her life in Prague, Czech Republic. After she moved […]

  • See Fabric Dyeing at Bazyli Studio

    There’s always something happening at Bazyli Studio Wearable and Textile Art, where owner Peter Ciesla, a bespoke clothing designer and textile artist, creates his own fabrics using native Door County plants and other plants that he cultivates in his gardens.  Stop by the gallery/studio Friday, Oct. 15, to see fabrics – he works with linen, cotton, […]

  • Shattering Glass: Joseph Kaftan’s glass-mosaic portraits amuse, delight

    “The Patron Saint of Coffee” oversees the comings and goings of customers all day long from an inside wall of the Coffee Lab in Ephraim. The glass mosaic – a portrait of Coffee Lab owner Randy Isley – was produced by artist Joseph Kaftan. Kaftan has been making glass-mosaic images out of tiny pieces of […]

  • Raising Awareness of Crime Victims’ Rights

    Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin and HELP of Door County collaborated on an event in Sturgeon Bay to help raise awareness of crime victims’ rights in the state. The groups displayed silhouettes highlighting the various rights included under Marsy’s Law in conjunction with HELP of Door County’s Walk with Me event, which marked the start of […]

  • $22k Being Awarded to Three Local Nonprofits

    The next quarterly meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care (100+WWC) of Door County giving circle will be held Oct. 25, 6:30-7:30 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Registration will begin at 6 pm. During this in-person meeting – with a livestreaming option available – 100+WWC will award approximately $22,000 to […]

  • Clothing Repaired During Day of Mending

    The Harborettes Homemakers Club will sponsor a Day of Mending as a community-service project Oct. 23, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Bertschinger Community Center, 7860 Hwy 42 in Egg Harbor. Take clothing or linens that need mending, and group members will sew on buttons, repair seams and patch items. (Sorry, no zippers.) Also […]

  • Photo Poll: What’s Your Favorite Fall Activity?

    Photos by Rachel Lukas Jacob Blouin “I always like to go to corn mazes and haunted houses.” (From left) Danielle and Blake Rogers “Our favorite activity in the fall is to pick apples and pumpkins.” (From left) Brooke Wilson and and Katie Kasubke “Apple picking.” “Obviously, Pumpkin Patch.” (From left) Joe and Laura Blazer “Eating […]

  • Keep Your Gardening Tools out a Little Longer

    A fall gardening checklist Although the changing leaves and cooler temperatures typically signal the end of the growing season in Wisconsin, there’s still plenty to do between now and winter. Sue Kunz, a Master Gardener and chair of The Garden Door, shares her tips and to-dos for putting this season to bed and giving next […]

  • The Legacy of Carl Scholz

    Hiring teachers is a routine responsibility for boards of education, but the Sevastopol school board members who employed Carl Scholz as a first-year agriculture teacher in 1951 couldn’t possibly have known that they’d hired a man who would create so many positive changes, in so many aspects of school and community life, for so many […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Tessa

    Tessa ( is a beautiful cat who’s hoping to find the purrfect family. This green-eyed gal is eight years old and enjoys finding comfy spots to nap. She would do best in a home with children older than 8 because she tends to be a bit on the shy side.  Tessa has been spayed, vaccinated […]

  • The Music of Fall Fest

    Your weekend rundown of who, what, where and when to catch live music in Sister Bay this weekend. More Fall Fest InfoHow to Fall Fest: The 2021 Comeback EditionFall Fest Derby Races ReturnLive Music PreviewShuttles Friday Glashamr starts the day with rock covers under the back tent at Husby’s, 12-3 pm, after which the party […]

  • 2021 Fall Fest Shuttles

    It’s easier than ever to get to and from Sister Bay’s Fall Festival, thanks to shuttles that will run throughout the day Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s shuttle runs 5 pm – 2 am, with pickup locations at a dozen area resorts and restaurants every 30 minutes. On Saturday, the shuttle will run 8-10 am, then […]

  • How to Fall Fest: The 2021 Comeback Edition

    It’s back: the festival we all love (and some joyless souls love to hate). After being canceled because of COVID-19 in 2020, Sister Bay will celebrate the 75th Fall Festival Oct. 15-17.  At least we think it’s number 75. Opinions differ on which year constituted the first one, but somebody had to make the call, […]

  • Fall Fest at 75

    Unless you’re behind a bar or working a grill, Sister Bay’s Fall Festival is not synonymous with toil. The weekend when Northern Door lets loose is one of the largest parties of the year, but you don’t get to age 75 without a lot of hard work.  Many a Door County festival has come and […]

  • Obituary: Douglas James Roatch

    November 1, 1977 ~ October 10, 2021 Douglas James Roatch, 43, of Green Bay, formerly of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Bellin Memorial Hospital. He was born November 1, 1977 in Sturgeon Bay, son of Michael James and Rosalie Ann (Martinson) Roatch. Doug attended Sturgeon Bay High School and graduated with […]

  • Thanksgiving-Day Gobble Wobble in Ellison Bay

    Make Northern Door part of your Thanksgiving this year with the first annual Ellison Bay Gobble Wobble, set for Thursday, Nov. 25, 9-11 am. This event features a 2.5-mile fun run/walk that starts and ends at Fitzgerald Park, 1594 Old School Road. All registered runners will receive a finisher’s mug with their choice of a […]

  • Petting Zoo, Trick-or-Treating at DENN Oct. 23

    Animals from the Wilson’s Wish Rescue Farm – a miniature pony, a sheep and a pair of goats – will be at DENN for a free, all-ages petting zoo Oct. 23, 10 am – 12 pm. A fundraiser was held last month to raise money for Lily the goat’s new prosthetic legs. She will be at DENN, […]

  • All about the Moon at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek’s Junior Nature Club will meet again Oct. 15, 10 am, to hear Miss Beth from the Door County Library system share books about the moon as a part of Observe the Moon Week. Young children, their siblings, parents and guardians are all welcome. Meet at the Collins Learning Center. Return at […]

  • Obituary: Leland M. “Pete” Uecker Jr

    September 26, 1966~October 9, 2021 Leland M. “Pete” Uecker Jr., 55, Sturgeon Bay, died Saturday, October 9, 2021 in Sheboygan Falls after a courageous battle with cancer.  He was born September 26, 1966 in Algoma to Leland M. and Carol (Sorenson) Uecker Sr.  Pete graduated from the Southern Door High School in 1985.  He worked […]

  • Obituary: Franne Dickinson, neé Harrison

    June 22nd, 1927 Franne Dickinson, neé Harrison, was born on June 22nd, 1927 in Chicago, IL to Lois (Estes) and Robert Harrison. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, brothers Donald Harrison and Robert Harrison (Jean), and her dear husband, Duane Dickinson. She is survived by her beloved children, Jeff (Kathy) Dickinson, […]

  • Obituary: Torrence S. Lautenbach

    July 29, 1947 ~ October 6, 2021 Torrence Stanley Lautenbach 74, died October 6, 2021, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.  He was born in Wurzburg, Germany on July 29, 1947, to Irgrida Lautenbach. Torrence enjoyed mowing his lawn, fishing, stockcar racing, watching Sci-Fi T.V., building items with wood and tinkering.  He […]