Peninsula Pulse October 22-29, 2021

In this issue

  • WILD THINGS: Deer Activity Picking Up As Mating Season Nears

    Pictures of mature whitetail bucks are appearing with increasing regularity on social media these days as the annual rut, or mating season, heats up. Though the peak tends to occur during the first two to three weeks of November, pre-rut activity can be very strong from mid-October on. Now’s the time to try a light […]

  • Avery Burress Wins Fall Fest Derby

    The morning air was still crisp when the first young racer, Hudson Bridenhagen, took a seat in his derby car for the pre-race weigh-in during the revival of the Fall Fest Derby Race.  It had been nearly 20 years since the festival’s last derby race – a pause brought on by a couple of injured […]

  • Culver’s Supports Unity Hospice

    Since opening the doors of its first restaurant in 1984, Culver’s ( has been a committed community partner. From the founders to the locally owned and operated restaurants, each franchise partner and team member understands the importance of serving those in need.The Sturgeon Bay location will carry on this tradition by donating a portion of […]

  • Myles Parenteu

    Server of the Week: Myles Parenteau @ Lawlss Coffee

    108 S. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay This coffee lover builds menus and strives to perfect his roast;  For his dedicated service at Lawlss, Myles deserves a toast.  He’s built a career around coffee at both store locations – Learning about company growth is among his aspirations.  Once the day is done and every bean […]

  • Take a Trolley Tour of Skalka Mystery-Series Sites

    Join Write On, Door County and award-winning novelist Patricia Skalka for a memorable Door County experience: a Door County Trolley tour of sites in Skalka’s popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series. The tour will begin and end at Write On, Door County, 4210 Juddville Road in Juddville, and will conclude Write On’s first conference […]

  • Thomas, Mcintyre Create ‘Are They Alike?’ Picture Book

    After taking a drawing class from Ann Thomas at Peninsula School of Art, part-time Fish Creek resident Mike McIntyre asked Thomas whether she would like to create a picture book together. The resulting work, Are They Alike? (, is a heartfelt story about the loving relationship between a grandparent and grandchild that can help to […]

  • Val Clarizio Joins Write On Board

    Write On, Door County has welcomed Val Clarizio as a new member of its board of directors.  The Door County native and Southern Door High School alumna earned an MBA with a finance emphasis from Lakeland College and, for the past 23 years, has worked for the City of Sturgeon Bay as its finance director/treasurer. […]

  • ‘Wisconsin People & Ideas’ Hosts Virtual Reading

    Wisconsin People & Ideas – the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters – will host a virtual reading with the winners of its 2021 Fiction and Poetry Contest on Oct. 28, 7-8:30 pm. The reading is part of the Wisconsin Book Festival (, which is being held Oct. 14 – Nov. 20 virtually […]

  • Novel Bay New Releases and Holiday Shopping

    Publishers say that book printing and distribution are not immune to the supply-chain challenges that the global economy is experiencing. The complex factors that are causing delays in the flow of products to market are showing up, in part, in smaller print runs for many books, including those for new titles and bestsellers. As the […]

  • Support the Hal Prize Year-round

    Did you know that you can continue to support the Hal Prize year-round? It’s now part of the affiliate program on an online book retailer that supports independent bookstores. Bookshop supports indies in two ways: 10% of regular sales on are added to an earnings pool that’s divided evenly and distributed to independent […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Library’s Laurie History Room

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay is a community center that celebrates local literature and history. The Laurie History Room – named for Alexander and Catherine Laurie, who were members of a Door County pioneer family – was created through a donation from their grandchildren in 1975.  […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Missy

    Missy ( is a loving, 10-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This green-eyed beauty is shy but sweet and loves to be petted. Because of her timid nature, she would do best in a home with children older than 5.  Like all cats at WHS, Missy […]

  • UUFDC Celebrates 25 Years With Matching Donations

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary by giving back to Door County through a matching-donation campaign to support local nonprofits as they address critical needs.  The UUFDC’s 25th Anniversary Community-Support Initiative will direct the combined Sunday collections designated for “community support” during each fiscal quarter of the anniversary […]

  • Register for Oct. 30 Kewaunee County Clean Sweep

    Kewaunee County residents, farmers and agricultural businesses: Register for the upcoming Clean Sweep, to be held Oct. 30, 8 am – 12 pm, at the  Kewaunee County Hillside Highway Shop, E2180 Hwy 54 in Casco.  The event allows registrants to properly dispose of household waste, unwanted chemicals, pesticides, dry medications, opioids, sharps and more. The […]

  • Literacy Door County Featured Student: Afsana Sadiyeva

    I came to Door County on a student work visa. I have worked several places in Sister Bay. My family consists of five persons; my father Sarvat, my mother Rana, my older sister Tarana, my younger sister Mahbuba and myself. My father is a master furniture maker. He has a business. My mother is a […]

  • October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and LGBTQ+ History Month

    by SANDY BROWN, Treasurer, PFLAG Door County LGBTQ+ partner abuse is similar to abuse in non-LGBTQ+ relationships, with the incidence rate being approximately the same: 25-30% of relationships are abusive. This abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial or psychological, and it can be deadly. Its purpose is to maintain control and power over a partner, […]

  • Cast-Glass Sculptures on Display at Idea Gallery

    See a new series of 19 works by cast-glass artist Reza Pishgahi at Idea Gallery. The poet Rumi provides the inspiration for his shelf-people sculptures.  “The desire to explore my artistic abilities came to me in the midst of a career in academia,” Pishgahi said. “I left a full-time position after 20 years to pursue […]

  • ‘Winter Fantasy’ Show at Artzy Studio

    ’Tis the time for sitting by the fire with a hot cup of cocoa in a handmade mug. During October, Artzy Studio is featuring Winter Fantasy: handmade artworks and treasures by local artists, including quilts and pillows by Ruthetta, throws in a variety of sizes and colors, ornaments by Norma Hove and Cynthia L. Koshalek […]

  • Sōmi Gallery Highlights The Yellow Room

    SŌMI Gallery will host an opening reception in The Third Room – its special-exhibition space – Oct. 22, 5-7 pm. Artists Meg Lionel Murphy, Claire Kat Erickson and Jen Hough make up the collective The Yellow Room, founded in 2020 to provide a physical studio space in Sturgeon Bay and a sense of community for its […]

  • Door to Nature: The Praying Mantis

    A recent walk with a good friend revealed a surprise that we nearly stepped on. It was a green praying mantis feasting on a grasshopper. These fascinating creatures – avid insect predators – can blend in with their surroundings very well.  We saw more mantids years ago when we had a vegetable garden, and the […]

  • Packers’ AJ Dillon Wants Key to Door County

    First he tweeted about his love of the AC Tap’s chicken wings. Then he posted a video to Twitter of his time on stage with Unity at Husby’s Garage Bar. And in July, he told reporters he hoped to become mayor of Door County one day.  By the time training camp had ended, second-year Green […]

  • City Tax Relief Planned for Property Owners

    2022 budget projects a reduced rate for city portion of tax City of Sturgeon Bay property owners can expect a lower tax rate in 2022 based on a preliminary budget and tax levy approved by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. If all goes as planned, the tax burden on the proposed $17,696,495 budget would decrease […]

  • City Reduces Wards from 30 to 21

    Land annexations during the past decade are driving the changes The local redistricting process that follows the 2020 census continues to roll along. Individual municipalities have drawn their own ward lines, which define where people vote within the new districts created by the County of Door. Those ward maps have been returned to the county, […]

  • PODCAST: Packers RB AJ Dillon On Why He Loves Door County

    This week on the podcast we have stories about what this community means to us, and to others discovering it for the first time. Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon joins the podcast to talk about his love of all things Door County and the Packers’ five-game winning streak as they prepare to take […]

  • Pat Judy Reflects on a Life of Music

    Many people who have heard Pat Judy play sometime during his 53-year career as a professional drummer have probably said, jokingly or not, that anyone who’s that talented must have been born with drumsticks in his hands. Of course, that’s nonsense. He was six before his dad bought him his first drumsticks, but he did […]

  • Pulse of Business: Pushing Broadband Forward

    Author Steve Jenkins is the Executive Director of the Door County Economic Development Corporation The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 set in motion one of the most ambitious infrastructure initiatives in American history and provided electrical service to rural areas throughout the nation. Electrification fueled rural economic growth and prosperity, which had previously been reserved for […]

  • Hacienda Brewing

    Bits & Bites: Hacienda + Bad Moravian = Good Times

    Last weekend, Hacienda Beer Co. welcomed back a favorite milk stout after a long hiatus: The Only Time Is Party Time. As the weather continues to cool, folks are looking for thick, decadent stouts. For Party Time, Hacienda takes its robust and creamy milk-stout recipe – full of oats, chocolate malt and lactose – and allows […]

  • Groundbreaking For Village View Condominium Complex

    The developers and contractor, Bayland Buildings, of the new Village View Shoppes & Residences will host a public groundbreaking Oct. 29, 2-5 pm. See the project’s 3D video presentation and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The finalized design incorporates the historical structure of Door County in the two ground-floor retail shops and 14 condominiums on […]

  • Compost Initiative Seeks Input Through Survey

    The newly formed Door Community Compost Initiative (DCCI) is seeking input – through a short online survey – from the county’s food-scrap-generating businesses regarding their level of interest in a food-scrap pickup service. “The answers that we gain from this survey are vital to helping us design a program that meets the needs of area […]

  • Chambers Island

    Land Trust Preserves Land Near Chambers Island Marina

    Residents hope preserve will grow to 1,000 acres For years, there was no guarantee of protection from development, and all of the forest was private property on Chambers Island, a 3,200-acre island that sits about seven miles off the coast of Fish Creek. But over the years, Door County Land Trust has acquired and preserved […]

  • Editor’s Note: Thank You For Staying Open

    Anyone who lives in Door County year-round becomes a good planner. If we’re eating out for dinner, we call well ahead for reservations. We factor in the expected stand-in-line and wait-for-order times, whether we’re picking up our morning coffee or our afternoon lunch. We buy groceries and gas during off-peak hours. Maybe we missed out […]

  • Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl

    Take a leisurely tour north to enjoy demonstrations, locally made cider, refreshments, prize drawings and plenty of new, inspired works during the annual Ellison Bay Fall Art Crawl Oct. 23-24, 10 am – 5 pm.  Start out at Kick Ash Coffee to kick back, enjoy the view and savor house-roasted coffee, granola and other treats […]

  • Bees in the Mist: The delicate, layered works of Shan Bryan-Hanson

    Shan Bryan-Hanson plays several roles in the world of art. She’s a painter with an MFA from the University of Montana; she curates art galleries and collections at St. Norbert College; and she teaches several art courses. It’s easy to imagine that all of these roles would nurture each other, but it’s where they’re opposed […]

  • Movie Being Filmed in Door County

    While peak fall colors attracted tourists to popular spots this past week, it was pastures and cattle farms that brought a Childe film-production crew to rural portions of Door County, partially blocking a less-traveled section of Townline Road Tuesday morning as it began shooting scenes and B-roll at locations throughout Door County.  Producers for the […]

  • Keep the Party Rolling: Your guide to Halloween parties all around the Door

    Yes, there’s been a party every weekend through October. But these are spooky. If you’ve been itching to show off your Squid Game costume, you’ll have plenty of options. Here’s a roundup of every Halloween party we could find, plus some great trick-or-treating spots for your little ghosties and ghoulies.  Trail of Terror Oct. 31, […]

  • Crafting a Costume

    Advice from costumer Karin Kopischke It’s never too late to start a Halloween costume – or too early, for that matter. When October rolls around, everyone seems to be scrambling to throw together a last-minute costume, flipping through the limited options of pre-made stuff that has likely been picked over. So, as Halloween fans all try […]

  • There’s Still Room to Run the 2021 Fall 50

    Race returns Oct. 23 with a less crowded field When runners step to the line to take on the Fall 50 – a daylong running adventure through the peninsula on Oct. 23 – they may find they have a bit more elbow room than in years past.  “For the first time in 10 or 12 years, […]

  • Habitat Healers, Archaeology Lecture at Crossroads

    Stop by Crossroads at Big Creek ( to enjoy several fall events.  The Junior Nature Club will meet Oct. 22, 10 am, to study leaves. This free, weekly program helps introduce preschool children to the wonders of nature.  Then at 4 pm on Oct. 22, join the naturalist for a gentle walk through the Big […]

  • Obituary: Joseph Andrew Syvertsen

    Joseph “Joey” Andrew Syvertsen, our shining star, died peacefully on October 15, 2021 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as a result of COVID-19, at the age of 51. Joey, our brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, and dear friend to all who knew him lived his life in a constant state of […]

  • Obituary: Daniel “Dan” R Chaudoir Sr.

    June 24, 1956 ~ October 17, 2021 Daniel “Dan” R Chaudoir Sr., age 65 years of Grafton died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Aurora Medical Center Grafton. He was born June 24, 1956, in Milwaukee, son of Roderick “Rod” and Evelyn. On August 21, 1998, he married Jodi Smith at The Grand Hotel […]

  • Obituary: Joyce Mary Vandertie

    May 31, 1940 ~ October 18, 2021 Joyce Mary Vandertie, 81 of Brussels, died peacefully Monday morning, October 18, 2021, at her home farm with her family beside her.  Joyce was born to Frank and Laura (Bouchonville) DeKeyser on May 31, 1940.  She married Lloyd Vandertie on January 10, 1959, and they celebrated 55 wonderful […]

  • Obituary: William “Bill” J. Smith

    June 22, 1943 ~ October 17, 2021 William Joseph Smith, “Bill” to everyone who knew him, 78, of the Town of Gibraltar, died early Sunday morning, October 17, 2021 while at Froedert Menomonee Falls Hospital. He was born June 22, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Walter Alfred Smith and Dolores Margaret (Fischer) Smith. […]

  • Obituary: Keith Clifford Lindstrand

    November 10, 1939 ~ October 14, 2021 Keith Clifford Lindstrand, 81 years of Sister Bay, formerly of Kenosha, died at his home in Sister Bay on Thursday evening October 14, 2021. He was born November 10, 1939, in Racine, WI the son of the late Clifford L. and Mabel L. (Williamson) Lindstrand.  Keith graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Patrick Bernard Granius

    March 10, 1953 ~ October 13, 2021 Patrick Bernard Granius, 68, of Casco, died Wednesday afternoon, October 13, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. He was born March 10, 1953 in Sturgeon Bay, the son of Bernard Granius and Mildred (Jadin) Granius. Patrick grew up attending St. Mary of the Snows Catholic […]

  • Obituary: Anne (Petersen) Glabe

    July 12, 1925 ~ October 6, 2021 Anne (Petersen) Glabe, age 96 of Ephraim, WI, died peacefully and surrounded by family October 6, 2021, at Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village nursing home in Sister Bay, WI.  She was born July 12, 1925 in Chicago, IL to Ingolf Fredrik J. Petersen and Anne Eleanor (Willey) Petersen. […]

  • Obituary: Marilynne Rose Kowalski

    January 19, 1946 ~ October 14, 2021 Marilynne Rose Kowalski, 75, of Jacksonport, formerly of LaGrange Park, Illinois, died peacefully in the comfort of her home with her family by her side on Thursday, October 14, 2021. She was born January 19, 1946 in Cicero, Illinois, daughter of the late Charles J. and Rose Ellen […]

  • Obituary: John “Jack” Patrick Redell

    February 27, 1941~October 11, 2021 John “Jack” Patrick Redell, 80, of Sister Bay, WI, died on Monday, October 11, 2021, at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay, WI. He was born on February 27, 1941 to John and Bernice Redell in Chicago, IL. Jack went to St. Benedict Catholic School and then went on […]

  • Obituary: Rev. Dr. Gerald Ray Wick

    November 8, 1936 ~ October 10, 2021 Rev. Dr. Gerald Ray Wick, “Jerry” to all who knew him, 84, of Sturgeon Bay, died on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at Cardinal Ridge Residential Care in Howard where he had been living the past several months. He was born November 8, 1936 in Plymouth, the son of […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Joyce (Markert) Hasenjager

    December 21, 1932 ~ October 11, 2021 Barbara Joyce Hasenjager, 88, of the Town of Sevastopol, died peacefully at home with her family by her side on Monday, October 11, 2021. She was born December 21, 1932 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Gustave Adolph and Anna Isabel (Larsen) Markert. Barb graduated from Sevastopol High […]

  • Obituary: Carlos Rincones

    March 13, 1956 ~ October 11, 2021 Carlos Rincones, 65, of Sturgeon Bay, died at home on Oct. 11, 2021.  He was born March 13, 1956 in Texas to Alberto Sr. and Guadalupe Rincones.  On Feb. 14, 1989, he married Natalie Ann McCormick. Carlos and Natalie settled in Door County making it their home in 1985.  He […]