Peninsula Pulse Sept. 1-8, 2023

In this issue

  • Obituary: Ronald Scott Perley

    July 2,1950- Sept. 1, 2023 Ron was born in Chicago, graduated from the University of Florida and spent his early banking career in Chicago. Rons’ second career came along when he, Jerry Spitz, and Mark Van Laanen opened Trio Restaurante in Egg Harbor. Ron and Jerry retired/closed Trio in 2016 to enjoy their Chicago home, their […]

  • Obituary: Norman H. Zide

    May, 30,1928 – Feb. 21, 2023 Professor Norman H. Zide, born May 30, 1928, passed away suddenly on Feb. 21, 2023, just 3 months shy of his 95th birthday. A fifty year summer resident of Fish Creek and Chicago, he was born in New York City, grew up in Brooklyn, and attended Music and Art High […]

  • Fall Challenge Seeks Volunteers

    Organizers are seeking a few more volunteers for the Peninsula Fall Challenge bike ride on Sept. 15 and 16. Shifts are available in the afternoon and early evening on Sept. 15, and in the morning on Sept. 16 for packet pickup and registration at Waterfront Park in Sister Bay. Email [email protected] to volunteer or get […]

  • Obituary: Catherine “Kate” Onan (LeClair)

    May 18, 1929 – Aug. 29, 2023 Catherine “Kate” Onan (LeClair) passed away peacefully on Aug. 29, 2023 at the age of 94 in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  Kate was born on May 18, 1929 in Jacksonport, Wisconsin to Bert and Sophie LeClair. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her eight siblings […]

  • Obituary: Matthew J. Schneider

    Jan. 20, 1972 – Aug. 29, 2023 Matthew J. Schneider, 51, of Chippewa Falls, died Tuesday, August 29, 2023, of natural causes. On January 20, 1972, Matt was born to Ken and Charlotte (Schuster) Schneider, in Eau Claire, WI. He graduated from Rhinelander High School with the class of 1990. Matt graduated from UW-La Crosse […]

  • Obituary: Barbara Ellen Maher

    Died Sept. 3, 2023 With heavy hearts we announce the passage of Barbara Ellen Maher on Sept. 3, 2023, at the age of 88 in Door County, WI. A former resident of Milwaukee and Fox Point, Barbara was the caregiver to her parents, John T. Maher, Jr. and Esther B. Maher, in their later years. […]

  • Obituary: Thomas J. Smith

    Jan. 9, 1940 – Aug. 27, 2023 Thomas J. Smith, 83, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away peacefully, with his loving wife, Jill, by his side on Aug. 27, 2023, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. The son of Roy C. Smith and Julia (Washichek), Tom was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. […]

  • Obituary: Diane Dieman Paterson

    May 3, 1946 – Sept. 2, 2023 Diane Dieman Paterson, Sturgeon Bay’s first Girls’ State Championship team coach died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023 at the Horton Skilled Nursing Center in Sturgeon Bay where she was lovingly cared for by staff, Unity Hospice and her devoted family and friends. She was born May 3, 1946 in […]

  • Obituary: Carol Stevenson Gilbert

    Dec. 31, 1942 – Aug.25, 2023 Carol Stevenson Gilbert died Aug. 25, 2023 in Altoona, Florida. She was born Dec. 31, 1942 to Carl W. and Beulah Reed in Centralia, IL. She graduated from Centralia High School in 1960, subsequently completing the nursing program at St. Luke’s in St. Louis, MO. She received a Master’s […]

  • Remaining SDFD Municipalities Back Nasewaupee Split

    A resolution backing a negotiated separation of the Town of Nasewaupee from the Southern Door Fire Department (SDFD) was approved in August by the boards of the three municipalities that will remain within the department. The Village of Forestville and the towns of Forestville and Clay Banks backed a resolution on the settlement reached with […]

  • Water-Rate Hike on the Horizon for Sturgeon Bay

    For the first time in 10 years, Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) is seeking to increase the water rate of its customers. SBU filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) for the increase, which SBU stated in its notice to all customers is necessary due to a “23.7% increase in gross plant […]

  • Sister Bay Revising Facilities Plan Drafts

    Discussions about the future locations of several major Sister Bay facilities continued during an Aug. 28 meeting of the village’s Parks and Facilities Committee.  Consultants from Ayres Associates presented concepts for new locations for the village park-maintenance building, village administration building and post office, as well as a reconfiguration of the sports complex.  After a […]

  • Moeller Announces Candidacy for Judge

    On the heels of Judge D. Todd Ehlers’ announcement of his retirement in 2024 after 23 years of service in Door County Circuit Court, Branch 1, Jennifer Moeller said she’s thrilled to announce that she will run for the seat in the April 2024 election. Moeller has served as Door County Family Court commissioner for […]

  • Ephraim Scraps Multi-modal Path for Pedestrian-only Path

    The Ephraim Village Board voted Wednesday morning not to proceed with the multimodal path along the north end of the village. Instead, the board voted to build a 6-foot-wide pedestrian-only path. The decision came after engineers from AECOM, the engineering firm designing the path for the village, received guidance from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Concert Attendees Help Save a Life

    On Sunday evening, Aug. 13, at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor, our friend suffered cardiac arrest during the Skerryvore concert.  Fortunately, there was a local paramedic sitting behind us who immediately came to her aid. Within minutes, numerous medical specialists who were also attending the concert came to assist, including two cardiologists, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: DCMC Auxiliary Thanks the Community

    On behalf of those involved with the Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s House and Garden Walk, we extend a huge thank-you to the Door County community. Community is a huge part of our success, and we thank all who are the fabric of our wonderful Door County community. To the fabulous homeowners who shared their […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Death with Dignity for Wisconsin

    Death is going to happen to you, to me, to everyone. We’re not getting out of this life alive. So why is the idea of a dignified death through medical aid in dying so controversial?  Perhaps it’s because many people are not educated on the subject. Perhaps it’s against their religious beliefs. Or perhaps it’s […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Keep Raising the Flag for Inclusion and Acceptance

    In response to the Aug. 18 Peninsula Pulse story “County Taking Up Flagpole Policy,” what is really the reasoning for the county to propose a flagpole policy?  District 9 supervisor Dan Austad’s proposal to fly only American, state, county or military flags on county flagpoles has prompted the raising of another flag: a red one! […]

  • County Extends Administrator Contract

    The Door County Board of Supervisors has approved a five-year contract for Ken Pabich, who has served as county administrator since 2015.  “The relationship between the county board and administrator is critical to the overall success of the organization,” said county board chair David Lienau in a statement announcing the board’s Aug. 22 decision. “The […]

  • State Hires Wood Expert to Stabilize Potawatomi Tower

    The Potawatomi State Park observation tower is being stabilized. The state hired the same company to do the job that assessed the tower four years ago for the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation (SBHSF): Dan Tingley with Timber Restoration Services (TRS) in Oregon, also known as Wood Research and Development. The SBHSF had hired the […]

  • Obituary: Phyllis (Phyl) Swagel

    Aug. 21, 1924 – Aug. 28, 2023 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we share the news with you that Phyllis (Phyl) Swagel passed away peacefully the morning of Aug. 28th, 2023. She was surrounded by her 5 children and a daughter-in-law when she left her earthly home.  Phyl had just celebrated her […]

  • Obituary: Bonita M. (Bley) Viste

    March 14, 1940 ~ Aug. 29, 2023 Bonita May Viste, born March 14, 1940, to Stanley and Marion Bley, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. Bonnie was baptized, confirmed and married at Zion Lutheran Church in West Jacksonport. She attended Sevastopol High School and graduated in 1958. On Aug. 16, 1958, she married Douglas […]

  • Scandia Village Sold

    Meeting for residents, families scheduled for Sept. 6 Scandia Village–Good Samaritan has been sold to StoneBridge Healthcare. The sale was announced in a letter sent Aug. 30 to families at the retirement center, and confirmed by Good Samaritan Society vice president of operations, Aimee Middleton. Scandia Village is home to about 13% of the village’s […]

  • Register for Manufacturing Conference

    Registration is open for the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference, which will take place Oct. 25 at the Resch Expo in Green Bay. This year’s event will feature breakout sessions and presentations on artificial intelligence, construction trends, OSHA compliance, business travel, cybersecurity, leadership and more. Registration is $110 per person until Sept. 10, when it […]

  • Tadych’s Parent Company Names New Chief Operating Officer

    Coborn’s president and chief operating officer, Dave Meyer, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31. David Best – who will join Coborn’s as its new chief operating officer – arrives from General Mills, where he was head of omnichannel for North America. Coborn’s operates stores under the Coborn’s, Cash Wise Foods, Marketplace Foods, Hornbacher’s and Tadych’s […]

  • Register for Free Workforce Event

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation is a member of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board, which is hosting the free Bay Area Winning with Wisconsin’s Workforce event Sept. 13, 7:30-10 am, at UW-Green Bay. Discover ways to attract, develop and retain top talent as business representatives, community leaders and workforce-development professionals discuss workforce-participation strategies […]

  • Vote for the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin

    The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest is open for nominations through Sept. 8. Any product that is manufactured in Wisconsin qualifies for the contest, and nominations are being accepted at Following the nomination period, a popular vote will determine the top 16 products, which will be placed in a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing […]

  • Author Talk at the Egg Harbor Library

    Author, classical pianist and music teacher Ingrid Hanson-Popp will give an author talk and piano performance Sept. 21, 1 pm, at the Egg Harbor Library. As a caregiver, Hanson-Popp has experienced the struggles of caring for a loved one, which led her to join 24 other caregivers to create Becoming an Orphan: Lovingly Letting Our […]

  • Write On Hosts 10th-Anniversary Gala

    Write On, Door County is celebrating 10 years of carrying out its mission during its annual Fall Gala: a special event featuring author Faith Adiele, who was the Peninsula Pulse’s 2021 Hal Prize nonfiction judge. The Oct. 26 gala at the Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor, will begin with cocktails at 5:30 […]

  • New Algoma Library Programs

    Be at the Algoma Public Library on Sept. 12, 10 am,​ for the kickoff storytime of 1,000 Books before Kindergarten: a library initiative that encourages parents and caregivers to read 1,000 books to and with children before they enter kindergarten. Books and other rewards are given as incentives along the 1,000-book journey. Learn more at […]

  • Island Literary Festival Returns

    The Washington Island Literary Festival will be held Sept. 21-23, with Space for the Unexpected as its theme. The event highlights five award-winning authors – Amy Quan Barry, Brenda Cárdenas, Lan Samantha Chang, Meghan O’Gieblyn and Shelby Van Pelt – through workshops, panels, readings and more at historical and picturesque locations around the island. Inspiration is […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Family Book’ by Todd Parr

    During September, we’re featuring book recommendations of banned or challenged books in honor of Banned Book Week, which takes place Oct. 1-7 this year. Recommended by KARLIE MARTENS, Bookseller, Novel Bay Books Todd Parr is a quintessential child author who has written many amazing picture books. His bright and colorful illustrations, easy-to-read stories, and heartfelt […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Ann Heyse

    Ann Heyse of Baileys Harbor belongs to two book clubs and three poetry-critique groups, and she’s on the board of Write On, Door County, where she occasionally teaches classes. Heyse is a poet and children’s book author. Her new historical fiction novel, The Light is Ours, is set in Door County in 1871-72 and follows […]

  • Editor’s Note: Summer’s Labor

    It feels like just last week when I wrote about the arrival of spring, recognizing its glory in the scent of sweet lilacs, the apple blossoms bursting with bees. Those apple blossoms are now chunky apples weighing down branches, and the flowers of spring are now yellows and golds or the deep maroon of our […]

  • Wild Things: Tribes Get New Netting Agreement

    Sport anglers object; coalition expected to appeal by KEVIN NAZE, [email protected], Peninsula Pulse contributor While Wisconsin commercial anglers continue to push for a small, experimental “study fishery” to scoop lake trout from Lake Michigan, a federal judge has approved an agreement that will allow Indigenous Michigan tribes to use gill nets in more places. Last […]

  • Labor Day Weekend Events in Door County

    Labor Day weekend brings one last summer hurrah for Door County, with fun for the kids in Sister Bay, a boatload of live music in Egg Harbor and a concert of tradition at Camp David.  Here’s a quick guide to some of this weekend’s big events! Sister Bay Marina Fest Yes, this festival was started […]

  • Obituary: Steven Philip Dhein

    Sept. 12, 1954 – Aug. 28, 2023 Steven Philip Dhein, 68, of Green Bay and Deerbrook, died peacefully at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023, surrounded by his family. He was born on Sept. 12, 1954, to the late Willard and Annette (Solway) Dhein. Steve grew up in West Bend […]

  • Door County Half Marathon Registration Opens Sept. 1

    Registration for Door County’s biggest race of the year opens Sept. 1 with a special introductory price of $65 through Sept. 7. The Door County Half Marathon is expected to draw 2,500 runners to Peninsula State Park on Saturday, May 4, 2024, for a run on a closed-road course.  All runners get a great race […]

  • CULTURE CLUB: Signs of Hope for Arts Funding

    by ANNE KATZ, Director, Create Wisconsin During the past 20 years, Wisconsin has fallen behind neighboring states – and the rest of the country – in investing in creative people, organizations, businesses and communities. When it comes to per capita funding for the arts and culture through the state arts agency, the Wisconsin Arts Board, Wisconsin […]

  • New Venue for Beer Fest, Wine Fest in 2024

    Two big Door County food and drink festivals are moving to the farm. In 2024, the Door County Beer Festival and Door County Wine Festival will be held at About Thyme Farm in Baileys Harbor.  “We’re excited to take these great events to a new venue that will provide an incredible atmosphere to celebrate Midwestern […]

  • 25 Years of Eric Lewis and Friends at Fishstock

    The first time Eric Lewis played at the Fishstock Concert Series 25 years ago, it was a casual booking for a casual-party-turned-musical-venue. “I ran into Dave [Ellman, Fishstock’s founder], and he said he had the series up,” Lewis said. “He’d had concerts before, but this was the first year of full concerts, and he wanted […]

  • Sister Bay Marina Fest Celebrates Community on Labor Day Weekend

    Sister Bay’s waterfront will be full of food, games, music and smiles on Labor Day weekend.  Marina Fest is now a family-friendly weekend that features the Lions Club’s boat-building event for kids, a classic and wooden boat show at the marina, numerous bands, bounce houses and food. But at its roots, the festival celebrates a […]

  • Art and Music for Sam

    ARTicipation Hosting Fundraiser for Peninsula Pulse reporter Sam Watson Claudia Scimeca of ARTicipation Studio & Gallery, and local musician Cathy Grier, have joined together to create a fundraiser at the studio for Sam Watson on Sept. 1, 4-7 pm, with live music, food, drinks, art and fun. Peninsula Pulse reporter Sam Watson was in a […]

  • Guest Column: In Memoriam to Jay Zahn: Thanks for the Laughs

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Jay Zahn, 66, passed away Aug. 28. He retired at the end of 2020 after serving for three decades as Door County treasurer. “I could have gone a few more years, but I decided I’m going to enjoy life,” he told writer Patty Williamson, who covered his retirement for the Peninsula Pulse. “I’ll […]

  • Annual Meeting Includes Presentation on Historical Northern Door Schools

    The Egg Harbor Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Sept. 14, 6 pm, at the Kress Pavilion, ​​7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor.  Beginning at 7 pm, Nyla Wickman Small, assistant curator at the Door County Historical Museum in Sturgeon Bay, will present a program on Northern Door schools. She has located and documented […]