Peninsula Pulse October 21-28, 2022

In this issue

  • Jenni Bateman Finds Inspiration in the Grit

    If Jenni Bateman resists easy categorization as an artist, blame her husband, David. An executive for Easterseals, he has moved them around the country: to the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida. And along the way, she has worked in textiles, watercolor, mixed media, ink and alcohol, illustrations, graphic arts and acrylics – […]

  • New Housing Coming for Peninsula Players

    The Peninsula Players Theatre company in Fish Creek is 87 years old – and looking at the state of its dorms, its age is obvious.  But improved housing is now within reach. Peninsula Players’ capital campaign – called Act II: Protecting the Past, Ensuring the Future – aims to construct two new dorm buildings with modern […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Public Transportation Needed

    I just had to comment on how delighted I was to hear that the Baileys Harbor Community Association is studying the possibility of creating a public-transportation system.  As a 25-year seasonal resident, there are several reasons this has become necessary, in my opinion. Our current choices to drive the peninsula are to slowly meander through […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Human Problem

    I read a story in the Sept. 23-30 issue of the Pulse about Village of Forestville residents being pestered by stray cats. They were going to explore whether the humane society would charge the village for taking cats that have been trapped. In my opinion, asking volunteers to round up stray cats is cruel, ineffective […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Republicans Missing in Action on Inflation Solutions

    Rep. Joel Kitchens, in candidate profiles in local media, has falsely assigned blame for inflation to the Democratic administration. Nothing could be further from the truth!  Economists (who don’t work for a political party) agree that our global inflationary period is not caused by government spending, but primarily by three things: the global pandemic, the […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Marking My Ballot for the Future

    As I put marker to ballot this November, the choices I make will be based on a multitude of core and, I suppose, peripheral values, memories and hopes jumbled with an effort to avoid anger, fear and bluster. To me and many others, the choice for Wisconsin’s Senate seat is clear, so I write this […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trumplicans: Prevent Slippage into Autocracy

    Probably the greatest Republican of all times, Mr. Lincoln, said, “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”  A lot of us are scared and angry these days, but we have […]

  • 1,080 More Trees Planted

    The Climate Change Coalition (CCC) of Door County’s Fall Big Plant and Grow giveaway project donated a total of 1,080 trees to church, business, school and nonprofit partners.  The program wrapped Oct. 7 with the planting of a final 180 trees at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Community plantings took place at the […]

  • $350,000 Challenge Match for Land Projects

    The Fischer family of Sturgeon Bay is spearheading a donation campaign to benefit Door County Land Trust (DCLT) with a challenge to the public to match the family’s $350,000 grant before Dec. 15, 2022. All donations submitted before that deadline – including new and renewed memberships – will count toward the match.  John Fischer and his wife, […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Ashes to Ashes

    Ashes to Ashes is a charming cat who’s available for adoption from the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. At a year and 8 months old, he enjoys playing with all types of toys and curling up for a nap afterward. Like all cats at WHS, Ashes to Ashes ( has been neutered, vaccinated […]

  • Romanian Student Reflects on Door County Summer

    by DARIUS ZLIBUT My name is Darius, and I am a J-1 student from Oradea, Romania. This is my sixth summer in Egg Harbor. My adventure started in 2016 when I arrived here for the first time as a J-1 student. Following a disappointing experience during my first summer, I said I would never return […]

  • Police Name Sen. Jacque Legislator of the Year

    State Sen. André Jacque (R-De Pere) has been named 2022 Legislator of the Year by the Wisconsin Professional Police Association – the third time he has earned the organization’s award for his legislative service.  “I am deeply honored to be recognized by the men and women in blue for working to give them the resources, […]

  • Jimmy John’s, Edward Jones Donation

    On Sept. 10, Jimmy John’s partnered with Edward Jones Team Door County to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association through the  Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Together they donated $425. Taylor Giesseman, owner of Jimmy John’s, presented the check to Edward Jones financial adviser Spencer Feivor and branch office administrator Cheryl Shefchik.

  • Learn About Local Government with LWV

    The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Door County will offer a program Nov. 3, 4-6 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, to demonstrate how shining a light on local government can make a difference. The program is open to LWV members and the public.  More details will be […]

  • $2,000 Donated to JAK’s Place

    The Outreach Team at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church recently presented JAK’s Place with $2,000, which was raised during the St. Peter’s Cares Walk on Oct. 1. Team members thank all those who donated and walked.  Pictured (from left) are Pastor Carl Schroeder; Bev Luethge; John Schopf; Sam Burris, program director for JAK’S Place; Jean Tice; […]

  • 68 ‘Shorelined’ Across Death’s Door

    Members of the Friends of Plum and Pilot Island (FOPPI) organization made five trips on their passenger boat, The Shoreline, from Gills Rock to Plum and Pilot Islands during the annual Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival, held Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.  A total of 68 passengers made the trip through Death’s Door during the […]

  • Child Care Donation in Honor of Colee

    Jean and Darrel Severson (shown, far right) donated $5,000 to the Door Community Child Development Center in Sturgeon Bay in honor of their daughter, Nicole, or “Colee” to friends and family.  Colee had spent her career working in child care, the last eight of those years for the center in Sturgeon Bay, formerly the Barker […]

  • Child Care on Washington Island

    Door County is a child care desert, meaning there are at least three times as many children as there are licensed child care slots in the county, according to United Way of Door County. This situation is especially dire on Washington Island, where there are no longer any licensed child care options.  To understand the […]

  • Editor’s Note: Call Me Cranky (or Whatever You Prefer)

    I’ve been distracted by something I’ve not seen before while driving around the county this fall season, dodging squirrels. (I have a zero kill rate so far, which is astonishing given how busy they are this year.) I notice some campaign signs for individuals, but they’re clustered always to represent a group, and they’re now […]

  • Prevea Kewaunee Now Offers Physical Therapy

    Physical-therapy services are now available at the Prevea Kewaunee Health Center, 1020 Marquette Dr. in Kewaunee, from Kevin Tielens. He specializes in orthopedic-injury, postoperative, vestibular, headache and temporomandibular-joint rehabilitation; sports medicine; spine care; chronic pain management; and manual therapy, including joint mobilization and manipulation. Make appointments for all services at the Prevea Kewaunee Health Center […]

  • Chez Cheryl Pop-up Sale, Exhibit

    Chez Cheryl Artspace is hosting an art sale and pop-up exhibit featuring the work of Jan Comstock, Sally Everhardus, Marcia Nickols, Cheryl Stidwell Parker and Archelle Buttons Wolst on Oct. 22, 10 am – 5 pm.

  • EHBA Proposes New Mission Statement

    The Egg Harbor Business Association’s (EHBA) board has created a new mission statement that will require a vote by its members during its Oct. 26 annual meeting. The updated mission statement reads: “To inspire travel and tourism that drives community enhancement and economic development resulting in the long-term success of Egg Harbor. Foster community through […]

  • Abstract Work at UU Gallery

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County is hosting Kristi Roenning: Mindscapes – an exhibit of abstract acrylic paintings that make the invisibility of thought and emotion visible – through Nov. 27. Roenning found that the free flow of paint and color lent itself well to this exploration of giving form to the formless.  Working […]

  • High Recognitions for Door County Medical Center

    Door County Medical Center (DCMC) has earned a five-star rating for Overall Hospital Quality from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As the highest rating possible, it places DCMC in the top 14% of hospitals in the country and the top 18% of hospitals in the state. DCMC is one of 24 hospitals […]

  • Women Leaders in Local Manufacturing

    Manufacturing Month: Made in Door County When Jennifer Nixon first set foot in Marine Travelift five years ago, she was intimidated. “Everything was so big, and everything moved so fast,” she said. “It was very overwhelming to see what we could actually do.” Based in Sturgeon Bay, Marine Travelift makes marina boat-handling equipment, from mobile […]

  • Huge Repair, Building Costs Estimated for Gibraltar

    Gibraltar Area School Board members learned during a report on issues with the school buildings that costs for repairs could range from $21 million to $50 million. Two construction-company officials this month noted that Gibraltar’s campus includes 10 building additions, and repairing and updating the oldest sections in the center of the school likely would […]

  • Civics Games So Much More than a Contest

    by WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARD Students across Wisconsin, start drawing and writing about the First Amendment. Teachers and parents, please encourage them. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association, through its foundation, is seeking opinion columns and cartoons from middle schoolers and high schoolers this month as part of its second annual contest promoting civic education and […]

  • Jacque Heading to Washington Island

    State Sen. André Jacque (R-De Pere) will hold a listening session on Washington Island to report on 2022 legislative activities and answer questions from citizens. He is running for reelection to his District 1 Senate seat against Democratic challenger Andrea Gage-Michaels. The session will be held Nov. 1, 2-3 pm, in the Rutledge Room of […]

  • Construction Complete on Highway 42

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Northeast Region has announced the completion of all major construction on 7.2 miles of Highway 42 between the south junction of Highway 57 and the Bayview Bridge in the town of Nasewaupee and the city of Sturgeon Bay. The $7.49 million project began March 23 and finished slightly under budget. […]

  • State Senate Candidate Forum Now Online

    If you were not one of the 70 people who went to hear André Jacque and Andrea Gage-Michaels in person Oct. 10, you can now watch the recording of their candidate forum on the League of Women Voters of Door County website at Candidate Gage-Michaels (D) is challenging incumbent Jacque (R) on the Nov. […]

  • Bayview Bridge Closing for Two Days

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will close the Bayview Bridge on Monday, Oct. 31, and Tuesday, Nov. 1, 8 am – 3:30 pm, for maintenance work. The detour route will be over the Maple-Oregon Street Bridge.

  • Gibraltar Town Board Seats New Supervisor

    Having pondered the applicants who wanted to fill a vacant seat on the Gibraltar Town Board, the town has selected Karl Stubenvoll, a former town board member. Stubenvoll was one of six people who applied for the seat vacated by Tim Luettgen, who resigned effective Sept. 30 because he’d be spending more time in Florida. […]

  • Wisconsin Assembly Race, District 1

    Joel Kitchens (incumbent) vs. Roberta Thelen We sent questionnaires recently to candidates who will appear on local ballots Nov. 8. Beginning last week – when we ran the questions to and responses from the candidates for the District 1 state Senate seat – and leading up to the midterm election, we’ll continue to publish those responses. […]

  • Leaders Make Rounds Promoting Two Referenda

    Southern Door’s pitch: Neither would change the current tax rate Southern Door school officials continued to intensify a campaign for a pair of tax referenda this fall as early voting commenced and the Nov. 8 Election Day approaches. District officials attended Union, Gardner and Brussels town board meetings the week of Oct. 10 and Forestville […]

  • Appoint or Elect?

    That’s what Nasewaupee voters will decide Nov. 8 about their clerk and treasurer positions The Southern Door County School District isn’t the only entity placing referendum questions before voters this fall in the Town of Nasewaupee. Voters there will also be asked whether they favor switching from electing the town clerk and treasurer to having […]

  • Reimbursement for Misrouted Power Line Expected to Keep Downtown Development Project Alive

    Sturgeon Bay’s Finance/Purchasing and Building Committee recommended Oct. 11 that American Transmission Company (ATC) pay reimbursements totaling more than $230,000 related to the company misrouting a high-voltage power line on the city’s West Waterfront. Because ATC did not route the power line in the specific area where the city granted an easement near the west […]

  • Music in the Schools

    Some of Birch Creek’s Big Band Jazz faculty musicians provided music education Oct. 10 for nearly 300 elementary, middle and high school students from general music, choir and band programs at several area schools.  Pianist Reggie Thomas, guitarist Rick Haydon and bassist Jeff Campbell made stops at Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol schools as […]

  • Door Shakespeare Elevates Ensign

    Amy Ensign has accepted the permanent position of producing artistic director of Door Shakespeare. Following the departure of Michael Stebbins in late May, Ensign stepped in as acting artistic director to support the 2022 season.  Ensign has more than 30 years of experience in theater, instructional design, training and marketing. Her history with Door Shakespeare […]

  • Vegas Impersonators at Southern Door Auditorium Sunday

    If you enjoyed the variety shows of the ’70s and ’80s, you won’t want to miss The Edwards Twins at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Oct. 23, 2 pm. They’ll impersonate legendary singers during An Evening with the Stars, performing as Sonny and Cher, Billy Joel, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, […]

  • Door County Halloween Events

    COMMUNITY TRICK-OR-TREAT TIMESEgg Harbor: Oct. 29, 2-4 pmFish Creek: Oct. 29, 2-4 pmJacksonport: Oct. 31, 3-7 pmSister Bay: Oct. 31, 3:30 pm – duskAlgoma: Oct. 31, 4-6 pmBaileys Harbor: Oct. 31, 4-7 pmSturgeon Bay: Oct. 31, 4-7 pm Washington Island: Oct. 31, 4-8 pm Spooky season comes but once a year, so don your favorite costume and […]

  • Quantum Physics at Astronomy Center

    Join Thomas Minahan for a series of thought-provoking lectures about the interactions of matter and energy in our universe. The first will be held Oct. 22, 1-4 pm, at the Stonecipher Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah St. in Sturgeon Bay. There will be a break for refreshments partway through.  Whether you have formal science training or […]

  • Half Marathon Fees Increase Nov. 1

    The window to lock in your spot in the Door County Half Marathon at the lowest price is closing fast. Registration fees for the May 6, 2023, race in Peninsula State Park will increase Nov. 1. Register at  If you don’t have 13.1 miles in you, there is also a shorter race – the Nicolet […]

  • DOOR TO NATURE: All Hail the Kinglets

    I was teaching a class at Björklunden in late September and took my students to several parks and preserves to study mushrooms and other nonflowering plants. There were some birders in the group, and we heard the high-pitched calls of golden-crowned kinglets at Toft Point. I am glad that I now wear hearing aids because […]

  • Classes Teach Self-Gratitude

    Kind Soul Yoga is hosting a Restorative Gratitude Series that will include gratitude meditations, restorative postures, comforting tea and a special guest for the final session. Carve out time to draw your awareness deep within and to find gratitude for all that you are, all that you have, everyone around you – and even the challenges […]

  • Moertl Discusses Human Energy System

    Marggie Moertl of Embrace Your Inner Self will host Sacred Passings: A Deep Dive into Death, Dying and Our Soul Connection as a follow-up to her previous introductory class. During this in-depth workshop, participants will explore the basics of the human energy system and the role that the soul plays in the process of physical […]

  • A Diva’s Halloween

    Northern Door Pride is taking over the Sister Bay Village Hall again this year for its second Halloween bash on Oct. 25.  With the theme of A Diva’s Halloween, this promises to be the can’t-miss Halloween party of the season. Dress in your best Halloween costume or as your favorite diva for the free party, […]

  • Live Music: Marty Stuart at DCA, Florian Ends Season With Party

    MARTY STUART BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Grammy Award–winning singer and songwriter Marty Stuart – along with his Fabulous Superlatives – will perform at Door Community Auditorium after a wildly successful appearance there in 2021. Stuart has played alongside masters including Johnny Cash and Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville; and safeguarded valuable […]

  • BITS & BITES: Wine Fest Returning to Maxwelton in 2023

    The Door County Wine Festival will stay in Baileys Harbor in 2023. Organizers announced the celebration of Door County wineries will return to Maxwelton Braes on June 24, 2023. Tickets will go on sale Thanksgiving weekend.  The festival features wines produced by the members of the Door County Wine Trail available in tasting tents on […]

  • Catch Three Plays before the Season Ends

    As leaves fall and the air grows colder, local theater companies are going into hibernation mode. Catch these three performances before they do. Third Avenue PlayWorks: Birds of North America  When: Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, 2 pm, until Oct. 30 Where: Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay What it’s about: […]

  • Fall Fest 2022 in Pictures

    Rain couldn’t dampen spirits or keep the crowds away from Sister Bay on Fall Fest weekend Oct. 14-16. Residents and visitors gathered for non-stop live music, brats, the art fair, parade, fireworks, and the Fall Fest Derby Race.

  • Ellison Bay Art Crawl This Weekend

    The tourist crowds are trickling out, but there are still great arts events to check out, including Ellison Bay’s annual Fall Art Crawl. Set for Oct. 22-23, 10 am – 5 pm, it comprises six artist studios/galleries and two libations stops. Here’s your guide: Clay Bay Pottery & Gallery 11650 Hwy 42 After 46 years of […]

  • Wild Things: Updated Wolf Plan Expected Soon

    The last one was written in 1999 and modified slightly in 2007 by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor A potentially contentious final draft of a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wolf-management plan is expected to be released soon. The DNR has worked with more than 20 wolf-stakeholder representatives to formulate the plan, which […]

  • Moertl Discusses Human Energy System

    Marggie Moertl of Embrace Your Inner Self will host Sacred Passings: A Deep Dive into Death, Dying and Our Soul Connection as a follow-up to her previous introductory class. During this in-depth workshop, participants will explore the basics of the human energy system and the role that the soul plays in the process of physical […]

  • Classes Teach Self-Gratitude

    Kind Soul Yoga is hosting a Restorative Gratitude Series that will include gratitude meditations, restorative postures, comforting tea and a special guest for the final session. Carve out time to draw your awareness deep within and to find gratitude for all that you are, all that you have, everyone around you – and even the challenges […]

  • Books and Booyah at the BHC

    Jerry Parins, former director of corporate security for the Green Bay Packers, will visit the Belgian Heritage Center (BHC) on Oct. 29 to talk about his book, Bodyguard to the Packers, and his fight against cancer. Parins’ talk will start at 10:30 am. Books with his autograph will be available for a minimum $10 donation, […]

  • Hazelwood Signs Final Book in Quilting Series

    Ann Hazelwood’s Door County Quilts series has come to a close with the release of the fifth novel, Christmas Surprises at the Door. Claire and the Quilters of the Door start the fall and Christmas season with apple picking at Marta’s farm in Baileys Harbor. Claire is enjoying having Grayson all to herself now that […]

  • Door County Volleyball Teams Begin WIAA Play

    Two Door County girls volleyball teams won their WIAA regional quarterfinal matches Tuesday, when two other county teams saw their seasons come to an end in their only tournament matches. In Division 3, No. 5-seeded Southern Door won at home in three sets over No. 12-seeded Gibraltar, 25-11, 25-20, 25-17. The Eagles’ statistical leaders included […]

  • Sense of Smell Inspires Writing

    Write On writer-in-residence hosts family-friendly program Write On, Door County will host an Autumnal Smelling Tour: a creative program for families using the sense of smell as inspiration. Jude Stewart, author of Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell, will lead the tour Oct. 29, 10:30 am – 12 pm.  The program will explore scents of […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘A Night in the Lonesome October’ by Roger Zelazny

    Recommended by STEVEN RICE, Museum and Archives Manager, Door County Historical Museum The last novel written by fantasy grand master Roger Zelazny before his death, this lively mix of supernatural horror and literary crossover has become a modern cult classic.  The plot centers around a cryptic occult game, played across London on Halloween, during which […]

  • Obituary: Phyllis V. Cross

    August 16, 1931 ~ October 17, 2022 Phyllis V. Cross, 91 years, of Sturgeon Bay died Monday evening, October 17, 2022 at the Door County Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility with family at her side. She was born August 16, 1931 in Kewaunee the daughter of the late Philip and Pauline (Paul) Ihlenfeldt. Phyllis graduated […]

  • Learn about the Great Lakes Maritime Academy

    The next installment in the Door County Maritime Museum’s Maritime Speaker Series will welcome Jerry Achenbach, superintendent of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy. He will present “Aboard the Great Lakes Maritime Academy Fleet,” about the academy at Northwest Michigan College and its fleet.  The academy was established in 1969 to educate and train future generations […]

  • Obituary: Delmar Dahl

    Photo courtesy of Daniel Anderson Photography October 1, 1927 ~ October 16, 2022 Delmar DeLloyd Dahl, age 95, died on Sunday, October 16, 2022.  Delmar was born in Columbus, North Dakota, on October 1, 1927. He attended Bethel College (St. Paul, MN), where he met his wife Barbara Carlson, and graduated from Bethel Seminary in […]

  • Obituary: Jacqueline “Jackie” Blahnik Meister

    January 20, 1931 ~ October 10, 2022  Jacqueline Mary Meister, “Jackie” to all who knew and loved her, 91, of Sturgeon Bay, died Monday evening, October 10, 2022 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born January 20, 1931 in Algoma, the daughter of Melvin Jacob Blahnik, Sr. and Emeline Caroline (Schmitz) Blahnik. Jackie […]

  • Obituary: Allen Dewey Miller

    December 27, 1941 ~ October 15, 2022 Allen Dewey Miller, 80, died on Saturday, October 15, 2022. He was born in Chicago on December 27, 1941, to Dewey Benton Miller and Doris Elizabeth (Osborne) Miller. They lived in Bellwood, Illinois. In 1955, his parents bought a cottage on Tacoma Beach Road in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. After his […]

  • Obituary: Jeanette Caroline Tobler

    December 25, 1919 ~ October 8, 2022 Jeanette Caroline Tobler (Reed) was born December 25, 1919 in Glenview, Illinois and died October 8, 2022 at 102 years old.  She was the daughter of Ira and Myrtle (Fritsch) Reed.  Jeanette was raised on a farm near Huntley, Illinois.  Following her education, she was united in marriage […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” Polster

    May 24, 1945 ~ October 12, 2022 William “Bill” Allen Polster, 77, of Clay Banks, died unexpectedly on October 12, 2022.   He was born on May 24, 1945, to James and Donna (Carmody) Polster.  Bill grew up in Sturgeon Bay and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1963.  On August 21, 1965, he married […]

  • Obituary: Kenneth L. Henkel

    August 20, 1942 ~ October 10, 2022 Kenneth L. Henkel, 80 years of Sturgeon Bay, formerly of Green Bay, died at Unity Hospice in DePere, Monday, October 10, 2022. Staying true to being “a stubborn German”, as he called himself, he lived 10 months after a “could pass at any moment” diagnosis. That was our […]

  • Obituary: Gail Schneider

    May 9, 1946 ~ October 10th, 2022 With her family by her side, Gail died peacefully on October 10th, 2022, at the age of 76. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dan Schneider, her three children (Dana Quinlan of Oconto Falls, WI, David Schneider of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Donald Schneider of Miami […]