Peninsula Pulse Sept. 8 – 15, 2023

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Voluntary Assisted Dying Legal in Victoria, Australia

    Ashley Lusk’s plea for making Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) available in Wisconsin may be assisted by considering the situation in Victoria Australia, where VAD, legalized in 2017, is currently undergoing a five-year review. The safeguards are very similar to those Lusk proposes: adults only, assessed by two doctors as having under six months to live, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fly Only Four Flags

    I agree with the proposal from Dan Austad, District 9 County Board Supervisor, that would limit the flags the County of Door flies to American, state, county, and military. To me, it seems like commonsense that no special interest flags should be allowed to fly with the four aforementioned flags.  As a resident of Sturgeon […]

  • Letter to the Editor: A Way to Band Together for Smart Building Decisions

    Towns and villages throughout Door County face the growing challenge of responding to proposals for new buildings, particularly in their commercial centers. Developers and their architects and engineers present their plans to planning commissions and architectural review boards (where they exist) for review and approval or denial.  The playing field is not level. The small […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Broadband in Nasewaupee, Sept. 25

    In most parts of Nasewaupee, the internet is unbearably slow. Often you can’t keep a connection – or even log on. It’s unacceptable, and it’s setting the town back as a desirable place to live and work. But there are efforts to bring fast, reliable internet to Nasewaupee. If this matters to you, then plan […]

  • Guest Column: A Fantastic Opportunity for Development Leadership

    by ROGER KUHNS Jacksonport, Wisconsin and Mystic, Connecticut The Quarry Bluff Estates (QBE) development on Bay Shore Drive, just north of Sturgeon Bay in Sevastopol, has been argued over for a number of years. But the sales of lots and soon the buildout is proceeding. The first phase involves 11 lots, with more to follow. […]

  • Obituary: George Wilmer Jensen, Jr.

    Aug. 23, 1935 – Sept. 8, 2023 George Wilmer Jensen, Jr., 88, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully, Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2023 in the comfort of his home, where he was lovingly cared for by his wife, Peg, and family. He was born Aug. 23, 1935 in Sturgeon Bay to City Fire Chief George Wilmer […]

  • Obituary: Janet Marie DeVito

    March 22, 1962 – Sept. 11, 2023 Janet Marie DeVito, 61, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away in the comfort of her home, early Monday morning, Sept. 11, 2023 with her family at her side. She was born March 22, 1962 to Curran Clark Wilbanks and Margaret Phillips (Slaughter) Wilbanks in Kirkwood, Missouri. Jan’s family moved […]

  • Obituary: Kathryn “Kay” Heist

    Feb. 7, 1929 – Sept. 10, 2023 Kathryn “Kay” Heist of Sturgeon Bay passed away quietly, surrounded by family, on Sept. 10, 2023, of natural causes. Kay was born in Cambria County, Pennsylvania on Feb. 7, 1929, to Samuel and Verna (Golembeski) Holak. She was a coal miner’s daughter, raised in Jerome, Pennsylvania, and known […]

  • Obituary: Kermit Bott

    died August 10, 2023 Kermit Bott passed away on August 10, 2023 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was deeply loved by his wife of 54 years, Terry, his children Leslie (Robert) and Gregg (Shelli), and his grandchildren Hudson, Sienna, and Charles. He lived a very full and rewarding life which will be […]

  • Sitte’s Heroics Bring it Home for Vikings in Overtime Victory

    When Braden Sitte’s field goal from 42 yards out sailed over the goalpost Friday night in Fish Creek, it ended what may have been the wildest football game ever played on Gibraltar’s gridiron.  Sitte’s overtime field goal gave Gibraltar a 53-50 victory over Peninsula Conference rival Algoma on Sept. 8 and capped a comeback and […]

  • Obituary: David G. Erickson

    April 9, 1942 – Aug. 20, 2023 David G. Erickson, 81, of Ellison Bay, died Aug. 20, 2023 in Manzanita, Oregon after suffering an apparent heart attack. David was born April 9, 1942 in La Crosse, the only child of Gerhard and Dorothy (Lind) Erickson. Growing up in Coon Valley cemented in him a love […]

  • PARENT CORNER: Why Won’t My Kids/Students Listen to Me?

    This week I’m going to address a subject that has been a topic of discussion with many parents and teachers. “Why won’t my children (students) listen to me?” Luckily, there has been a great deal of recent research on the brain development of young children and adolescents on this subject. I hope you will find […]

  • 156-Year-Old Ship Found Off Algoma

    Wisconsin Maritime Historians Brendon Baillod and Robert Jaeck have located the intact remains of the historic Great Lakes schooner Trinidad in about 270 feet of water off the Algoma shoreline. The Trinidad was a 140-foot schooner built at Grand Island, New York in 1867 by shipwright William Keefe. The vessel was primarily used in the […]

  • Obituary: Kathleen H. Egan

    March 30, 1949 – Aug. 28, 2023 Kathleen H. Egan (Hammill) was born March 30, 1949, in Neenah, Wisconsin to Anita Hammill (VanVreede) and John Hammill. The sun set on Kathy’s time with us on Monday, Aug. 28, 2023 at sunset. She faced many health challenges bravely and was a breast cancer survivor for over […]

  • Wild Things: Attack on the Shooting Sports?

    The Biden Administration is receiving pushback on a plan that could withhold federal funding in schools that offer archery or hunter education programs. National Shooting Sports Foundation Senior Vice President for Government and Public Affairs Larry Keane said the decision to block millions of dollars of federal funding from scholastic programs that benefit youths is […]

  • Former Packers on Hand to Support Boys and Girls Club

    A long-drive champ helped teams lower their scores at the 14th Celebrity Golf Outing at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club this summer. But it was a therapist and Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy who drove home messages that inspired golfers to raise as much as possible at the event benefiting the Boys and Girls Club […]

  • New Roof for Sunset Park Pavilion

    A $42,000 bid to install a new metal roof at the Sunset Park pavilion was approved Tuesday by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council. Metal Roofs Direct of Ashwaubenon submitted the only bid to install the roof, for which the city’s 2023 capital budget included $40,000, with another $2,000 transferred from funds left over from the […]

  • Screenagers Program for Parents

    Parents from anywhere in Door County can learn more about the effect of screen time on teenagers and gain some ideas for strategies during a free Parent Cafe program on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Sevastopol School. Dinner will be served 6-6:30 pm, with conversation beginning at 6:30. Childcare is provided. That evening, United Way of […]

  • DDC Hosts Resident Input Sessions

    Destination Door County is creating a Destination Master Plan designed to help guide sustainable growth and development in the county. The plan will be built around the needs of residents, visitors and stakeholders and range from tourism to economic development to county planning. Since May of this year, Destination Door County has been in the […]

  • City Wants Walmart Suit Dismissed

    The law firm representing the City of Sturgeon Bay is seeking to dismiss a civil suit brought by Walmart over the assessment of the company’s three parcels along Egg Harbor Road. In the suit’s response, filed Aug. 23 in Door County Circuit Court by Town Counsel Law & Litigation, attorney Michael J. Pflughoeft Jr. argues […]

  • Vandalism at Peninsula State Park Golf Course

    Peninsula State Park Golf Course staff turned over findings to the state park office after a vandal drove off state Highway 42 and onto the course over Labor Day weekend, causing some damage to fairways and a fence. Park Superintendent Eric Hyde said after assessing damage to a fence and to turf on the first […]

  • Sturgeon Bay to Become Green Tier Community

    The Sturgeon Bay Common Council approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing the City of Sturgeon Bay to become a Green Tier Legacy Community (GTLC). City officials decided a few years ago not to join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) voluntary program for developing and implementing environmental sustainability measures, determining at that time there wasn’t […]

  • City Council Backs PUD for 14th Avenue Condo Project

    To allow more housing units to be built than the existing zoning would have permitted, the Sturgeon Bay Common Council recommended approval Tuesday of a planned unit development (PUD) for Estes Investments at 1361 N. 14th Ave. – the site of a former cherry-processing facility near Tadych’s Marketplace and Walmart. The council also approved the […]

  • Democrats Propose Anti-SLAPP Legislation

    by BAYLOR SPEARS The Wausau Pilot & Review – a nonprofit, online publication with a staff of four – reported in 2021 that Tomczyk, before he was a state senator, called a 13-year-old a homophobic slur during a public meeting. Cory Tomczyk denied using the slur and demanded a retraction. When the publication stood by […]

  • MS Walk Organizers Determined to Continue After Fire Destroys Home Base

    When the shock of the catastrophic fire at Rowleys Bay Resort began to settle, the ripple effects of the tragedy began to surface. That includes a frantic effort for the MS Society to re-organize one of their largest fundraisers of the year – the annual Door County Challenge Walk MS. “For this event, planning usually […]

  • Pulse of Philanthropy: A New Tool to Build Affordable Housing

    Bret Bicoy is President and CEO, Door County Community Foundation Every fully employed person in Door County should be able to afford a safe, quality place to live. This simple idea is the driving force behind the launch of Door County’s Workforce Housing Lending Corporation. For more than two years, the Door County Community Foundation […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Locals Support Better Lives for Visitors

    In response to the idea that visitors help support better lives for local residents – h**l, no. At least not in today’s world.  At one time, in our not-so-distant past, they actually did. But in today’s world, those with deep pockets who have visited previously (or maybe not), and have now decided to scoop up […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Know How Lucky We Are

    The crowds are gone; the crowds will come again.  September in Ephraim is the serenity of early mornings and the anticipation of October’s blazing beauty. On Labor Day evening (no finer time in all the year) I sit on the beach alone, basking in beauty and gratitude. The gentle shush, shush of the passing southbound […]

  • Letter to the Editor: E. coli at Our Door County Beaches

    Last January the Door County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to use $40,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money to purchase electronic water quality warning lights for five Door County beaches. The lights can be operated remotely to alert beachgoers to high levels of E. coli bacteria in the water that make it unsafe for […]