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Peninsula Pulse– September 1-8, 2017

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  • Sturgeon Bay West Waterfront Hearing Sept. 6

    A major step toward determining the future of Sturgeon Bay’s west waterfront will be held Sept. 6. That’s when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will hold a declaratory hearing to determine the Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) for parcel 92 next to the Door County Maritime Museum. The meeting is open to the public […]

  • Planning America’s Best Idea: Master Plans for National Parks

    By Brandi Oswald On Aug. 25, 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Organics Act, creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau responsible for protecting the existing 35 national parks and monuments. In 1933, the National Park Service greatly expanded when all parks, monuments and historical areas overseen by the government were […]

  • Chief K Cross Country Results

    Chief Kahquados Invite 2017 Held at Gibraltar High School Aug. 24   Girls 5k Run Top Finishers Sylvia Hansen, Gillett, 19:55 Lauren Vosters, Freedom, 20:12 Lydiah LeCloux, Southern Door, 20:13 Jaci Hinz, Freedom, 20:35 Rayna Stordahl, Freedom, 20:37 Liz Murphy, Freedom, 20:38 Gabby Johnson, Freedom, 20:41 Katrina Salmen, Peshtigo, 20:47 Journey Macina, Mauston, 21:03 Gracie […]

  • Edgewood Hosts Reception for Abstract Show

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a reception for Exhibit IV Sept. 2, 4 – 7 pm. Abstraction is a group show focusing on abstract art inspired by texture and color. Artist introductions will be at 5 pm in the courtyard, and wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Painter Rebecca Crowell will be at the […]

  • Piggly Wiggly Seeks 8,000-Square-Foot Expansion

    Representatives from Sister Bay’s Piggly Wiggly grocery store came before the Plan Commission to propose an expansion of the building to begin before the end of the year. The 8,000-square-foot expansion will increase the size of the store by more than 50 percent. Officials from the store said they hope to begin construction before winter […]

  • Book Signing for “The Weirding Storm”

    Thomas Davis, a Sturgeon Bay resident, will sign his new book, The Weirding Storm, A Dragon Epic (Bennison Books) at Book World on 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay on Sept. 2, 10 am – 2 pm. Witches, dragons, malevolent spirit animals, dire wolves, hate, war, community, peace, and love all take their turns in a […]

  • Classic and Contemporary Selections for Great Lakes Book Club

    Write On, Door County has announced the book list for the 2017-2018 Great Lakes/Great Books book discussion group. This program explores books that have a Great Lakes focus and is presented in collaboration with the Door County Maritime Museum. The free program is presented from 10:30 am to noon on the first Thursday of every […]

  • Couple Happy In Their Tight Green Home

    Architect Virge Temme’s latest high-performance home is tucked away on Kinsey Bay Lane in Sister Bay, looking trim, modern and utilitarian against its forest background, just as owners Mary Field and Tim Later wanted for their Door County home. “We pretty much love everything about it, and it works well for us,” Field said. “Even […]

  • Revising Egg Harbor’s Beach Park

    Village of Egg Harbor residents had a chance to air their views on the present and future Beach Park during a charrette conducted by two members of the Madison office of the architectural and engineering firm SmithGroupJJR. A charrette is simply an interactive meeting held as a means of informing stakeholders and garnering their input […]

  • Annual One-Day Student Show at Morning Mist Studio

    Watercolor artist and instructor Ed Fenendael and several of his students will exhibit their work at his Morning Mist Studio at Windmill Farm. The public exhibit and reception is one day only, Sept. 9, 4 – 7 pm. The community is invited to this celebration of creativity and to congratulate all of the artists for […]

  • SCAND Auxiliary to Hold Annual Luncheon/Style Show

    The SCAND Auxiliary will host its 35th annual luncheon and style show at noon Monday, Sept. 11, at Gordon Lodge. Cheri Boock is chairing the event, which will feature 11 models, each wearing two outfits from the auxiliary’s Bargains Unlimited resale shop. All the clothing will be for sale. Like its name, Bargains Unlimited is […]

  • Milwaukee County Judge Wants Seat on High Court

    It was refreshing to hear earlier this year that a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court election in 2018 wants to return nonpartisanship to the highest court in the state. “That’s what I keep hearing from people,” said Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet when she stopped by the Pulse office on Aug. 29 to talk […]

  • News From This Week’s Past: Sept. 1 – 8

    All items are from the Door County Library’s newspaper archives, and they appear in the same form as they were first published, including misspellings and grammatical errors.   The Expositor, August 28, 1874 PROF. CHAMBERLAIN, now making the geological survey of this county, is professor of geology, zoology and chemistry in Beloit College. He has […]

  • State News: Stepp Leaves DNR, Manure Spill, Concealed Carry

    Some Worry About Stepp’s Step Up to EPA Resigning state Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp says she looks forward to bringing ideas implemented in Wisconsin “to the national stage.” Stepp is leaving to be the regional head of the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 based in Kansas City. It oversees […]

  • Commentary: Fanatical Commitment to Moderation

    On Aug. 24, 2016, I achieved my goal of losing exactly 100 pounds. For the first time in my adult life, my body mass index was classified as “normal.” As I write today’s column exactly one year after reaching this objective, I’m pleased to report that I’m still down 100 pounds (well, 102 to be […]

  • Door to Nature: Ragweeds and Goldenrods

    Millions of candelabra displays of “sneezing powder” line the miles and miles of disturbed roadsides, ditches and numerous neglected patches of ground and bring misery into the lives of many people. The ragweeds – tough guys of the weed world – are in bloom. Ironically most people are not familiar with the ragged menace, and […]

  • Highway Department Commits to Invasive Control on County Highways

    The Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) and the Door County Highway Department have partnered to inventory, manage and monitor county right-of-way invasive species. This partnership comes at the perfect time as many invasive species this growing season, especially Phragmites australis and Wild Parsnip, have increased in both density and distribution. Networks of roads and […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Walker on Foxconn’s Pennsylvania Plans

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens released the following statement after the Joint Finance Committee (JFC)’s decision to provide funding for a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Study:  “I am incredibly pleased that yesterday the Joint Finance Committee approved my motion requesting funding for a TMDL Study for the rivers of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Sheboygan […]

  • Science Snippet: Digesting Plastics

    Now here is some good news. Researchers in Spain and England discovered that worm-like larvae of the greater wax moth are capable of breaking down polyethylene, which makes up about 40 percent of plastics. The main diet of these larvae is beeswax, and over time they evolved gut enzymes to efficiently degrade both beeswax and […]

  • TAP Lobby Art Gallery Welcomes Frances Holt

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) presents new work by the fine art photographer Frances Holt. The series of photographs from Holt’s recent travels was specifically selected to complement the production of Every Brilliant Thing running Sept. 7 through Oct. 15 at the year-round professional theatre in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Born and educated in England, Holt traveled […]

  • Ephraim Prioritizes Stormwater, Street Lights, Sidewalks

    The Ephraim Village Board will prioritize stormwater abatement, replacing street lights and providing sidewalks as it moves toward final plans before the highway resurfacing. The village must make a financial commitment to the Department of Transportation (DOT) by Nov. 1 for these projects. “Understand that this is just the first step and what I hope […]

  • Gallagher Impressed by Boys & Girls Club Initiatives

    U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher had a great answer when asked after an in-depth tour of the Boys & Girls Club in Sturgeon Bay what people here want to know from him about the chaos in Washington. “Beyond what happens on Twitter, the sentiment I hear from most people is, we want you guys to work […]

  • “Selected Artists of Door County” Lecture at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum (MAM) hosts art historian Virginia Jones Maher in a lecture, “Selected Artists of Door County,” Sept. 14 at 10:30 am in the main gallery of the museum. The Second Thursday program is being held in conjunction with the Miller’s 42nd Juried Annual exhibition, on view through Oct. 30. The program is […]

  • The Bestseller List: Sept. 1, 2017

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr 2. Lilac Girls, by Martha Hall Kelly 3. The Woman in Cabin 10, by Ruth Ware 4. The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah 5. Milk and Honey, by Rupi Kaur TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls 2. On Tyranny, […]

  • Free Essay Writing Class and Author Meet and Greet

    The writers’ residency program at Write On, Door County welcomes new authors to its Juddville property this month. Writers-in-residence this month include novelist Sarah Stonich, nonfiction writer Linda White, children’s writer Lisa Rondinelli Albert, and poet Dawn Hogue. Writers will conduct a community service program as part of their residency. “Selecting the Truth: Pulling Essays […]

  • Watch for Signs of Oak Wilt

    Each year, a tree-killing fungal disease strikes and kills thousands of oak trees in Wisconsin’s forests, woodlots and urban areas. Oak wilt is common in southern and central Wisconsin and is becoming increasingly abundant in northern counties. It is difficult to control once the disease takes hold and prevention steps need to be taken to […]

  • 17th Annual Gills Rock ArtFest Is Sept. 2 & 3

    On Sept. 2 and 3, more than 15 artists will set up their tents filled with art on the grounds of Gills Rock Coffee (formerly the home of Charlene’s Gallery Ten) for Gills Rock ArtFest. The event takes place 10 am – 5 pm both days. Joe Hernandez, ArtFest founder, returns to demonstrate his raku […]

  • Coordinated Community Response Column: CCRs Explained

    CCR (coordinated community response) has as its core a philosophy that as domestic violence is a community problem, our response to it requires the entire community address the issue. Since their inception in Wisconsin in the mid-1980s, CCR teams have brought together key players in community systems, usually on a countywide basis, to develop strategies […]

  • Featured Pet: Drip

    Drip, a 3-month-old buff-colored domestic shorthair cat, is this week’s featured pet from the Door County Humane Society (DCHS). Drip came to DCHS as a stray with his siblings. All of his siblings found their homes, but Drip is still looking for his. He’s a very active guy who loves to run and play. Drip […]

  • Miller Art Museum Presents “42nd Juried Annual”

    The Miller Art Museum is pleased to present its 42nd Juried Annual exhibition, curated by Dan Cross (Egg Harbor), Joye Moon (Oshkosh) and Leslie Walfish (Oshkosh). The exhibition is scheduled to open Sept. 9. In celebration, a free public reception for exhibiting artists, their guests, and the public is scheduled for Sept. 9, 5 – […]

  • Labor Day Weekend Trunk Show at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery is proud to host a Hannah Wong Jewelry Trunk Show, Sept. 2 & 3 from 10 am to 5 pm. The trunk show will have the latest modern creations from Hannah Wong, a rising star from Madison. Wong’s jewelry is modern, classic and each piece is handcrafted. Mixed metals and […]

  • Hwy. 57 Construction North of Baileys Harbor Begins Sept. 5

    Gov. Scott Walker recently approved $4.3 million to improve eight miles of Hwy 57 from Baileys Harbor to Sister Bay. Construction begins Tuesday, Sept. 5, and will finish next June. Work will cease for winter between November 2017 and May 2018. Highway 57 will be closed and detoured beginning Tuesday, and will reopen prior to […]

  • Sturgeon Bay High School Inducts First Class into Hall of Fame

    On Sept. 1 four coaches will be the first class to be inducted into the Sturgeon Bay Athletic Hall of Fame. Inductees are Ron Casadont, Diane Paterson, Tom Stover and Gordy Saron. Casadont was the athletic director, world history teacher, physical education teacher, and coach of football, baseball and the ski team. As a football […]

  • Municipal Meetings: Sept. 1 – 8

    DOOR COUNTY City of Sturgeon Bay:  The common council meets Sept. 5 at noon. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board meets at 4:30 pm Sept. 5. County of Door:  The Finance Committee meets at 1 pm Sept. 5. The Property Committee meets at 9 am Sept. 6. A joint meeting of the Door and Kewaunee […]

  • Chalk Pastel Exhibit and Meet-and-Greet

    Elyse Shea chalk pastels will be on view at Great Northern by Design, Sept. 7. Shea lived for many years in Fish Creek and later in Sturgeon Bay. Currently she resides in Bristol, Rhode Island with her boatbuilder husband, Dan. She began painting at age 60. Her good friend Liz Maltman provided her the opportunity […]

  • Farmers Encouraged to Attend Door-Kewaunee Demo Farm Event Sept. 7

    The newly announced Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network will hold its first field day on Sept. 7. Featured practices are tailored to farms in Door and Kewaunee counties but are applicable to farms across the state with similar conservation goals. The Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network is a partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and […]

  • Messages Delivered by Dragonflies in New Book

    Jill Harding is excited to share the release of her new book, Dragonfly Magic, a story about change and transformation. Dragonflies bring sad Elsa magical messages so she can see the world around her in a different light. Woven into this tale are facts about the endangered Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly. The illustrations accompanying the text […]

  • EAB Found in Ephraim

    Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been found in the Village of Ephraim by I.S.A. Certified Arborist Andrew Hartman and owner of Acorn Tree Service. Hartman calculates the Village of Ephraim find is simply the Town of Gibraltar find from June 2014 expanding to the north. Sadly, this means there is most likely a complete infestation […]

  • New Exhibit at James May Gallery

    James May Gallery presents Lee Mothes, Joyce Symoniak, and Nicholas Danielson in a new exhibit running Sept. 1 – Oct. 2. The opening reception is Sept. 1, 5:30 – 8 pm. This show will coincide with the monthly art walk on historic Steele Street. The gallery will also feature Nicole Woodard, Corey Smith, Ethan Kastner, […]

  • Sister Bay Buzz: Marina Fest, Meadows Art Gallery, Highway Construction

    It doesn’t seem possible that it’s Labor Day weekend already. Marina Fest, a Labor Day weekend tradition here in Sister Bay, will again be conducted throughout Waterfront Park Sept. 2 & 3. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, and you won’t want to miss a minute of it. In addition […]

  • A Lifetime of Academia, Science and Love in One Book of Poetry

    It’s rare for poetry, in a genre full of words on love and war, to glimpse the world through an intensely academic and curious mind. Dr. Charles Alan Long studied and traveled more than 60 years around the world writing scholarly articles and unpublished poetry. At the age of 80, he has collected a life […]

  • Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board Approves Granary for State Registry of Historic Places

    On Aug. 25, the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board affirmed the significance of the Teweles & Brandeis grain elevator located on Sturgeon Bay’s west side. By unanimous vote, the board approved the granary for inclusion on the State Registry of Historic Places, noting the role it played in the region’s community and agricultural life. The […]

  • Celebration of Life for Mat Tauferner is Sept. 2 at Door Devils Campground

    A celebration of life benefit will be held for Mat Tauferner Sept. 2 at Door Devils Campground starting at noon. Tauferner drowned in a kayaking accident near Cave Point earlier this year. The purpose of the benefit is to raise funds for his children and to raise water safety awareness. There will be live music […]

  • Sunflour Bakery to Donate Portion of September Sales to United Way

    During September, Sunflour Bakery in Sturgeon Bay is partnering with United Way of Door County. Sunflour Bakery will donate 10 percent of all September cookie sales to United Way of Door County. Sunflour Bakery is located at 231 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay. The funds donated will go toward meeting United Way’s Annual Campaign need for […]

  • Samantha Baudhuin and Ashley Cordier Are New Co-Executive Directors for Miss Door County

    After 21 years with the Miss Door County Organization, Executive Director Shirley Ehlers retired Aug. 1. In her place, former titleholders Samantha Baudhuin (Miss Door County 2005) and Ashley Cordier (Miss Door County 2007) have assumed the role of co-executive directors of the organization. Baudhuin and Cordier have served on the Miss Door County committee […]

  • Phase 2 of Cana Island Restoration Needs More Funding Help

    Another century of wind and water has taken its toll on the iconic Cana Island Light Station. The Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) and Lighthouse Preservation Society, Inc. is stepping up to repair and preserve the five lighthouse keeper’s buildings that still remain. Donations are needed to support the restoration efforts this summer and in […]

  • Benefit for Pete Peot at Sevastopol Town Park Sept. 9

    On Sept. 9, the Sevastopol community will host a benefit for Pete Peot. Peot is a 1989 graduate of Sevastopol School and has been active in the Sevastopol and farming communities his entire life. Peot, his nine-year-old daughter Haley, and Haley’s mother Casey Heldmann, reside down the road from the Peot family farm. On June […]

  • Code of Ethics Info Session with Door County District Attorney Sept. 11

    The public is invited to an information session at which Attorney Daniel Olson, assistant legal counsel with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin will speak to the Wisconsin state statute that pertains to the Code of Ethics for local government officials and employees. The info session takes place Sept. […]

  • Northern Door Children’s Center Offers Babysitter Training Course Sept. 16

    As a service to the community, Northern Door Children’s Center is offering a Babysitter Training Course for young people ages 12 and older (no exceptions). The course takes place Sept. 16, 9:30 am – 2 pm. The location is the Children’s Center at 10520 Judith Blazer Dr., in Sister Bay. The cost is $25 and […]

  • New Support Group Begins for People Who Lost A Significant Other

    L4 (Leaning, Learning, Loving in Loss) is a new support group for people who have experienced a loss of a significant other. The goal is to help people know they are not alone in their grief. The group will meet at GLAS Coffeehouse upstairs (enter in the side door on the left) in a private […]

  • We Are HOPE, Inc. Celebrates Volunteers at Celebration of HOPE Sept. 14

    We Are HOPE, Inc. will honor a number of important volunteers this year at the Celebration of HOPE, Sept. 14, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center. According to Sandy Duckett, CEO of We Are HOPE, Inc., “Volunteers play a critical role in any nonprofit organization. We are grateful to […]

  • Aromatherapy Discussed at Next Community Health Program

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Symbiotic Surprise,” Sept. 17, 4 pm at First Baptist Church, Sister Bay. The speaker is Andrea Kinsey Jauquet, and she will speak about how aromatherapy and massage are often used together to achieve wellbeing. Jauquet will explain, instruct and demonstrate this alternative […]

  • Door County Board of Realtors Presents Grant to Boys and Girls Club

    The Door County Board of Realtors has joined forces with the Door County Boys and Girls Club to strengthen communities and support area youth programs through a grant from the statewide Wisconsin Realtors Foundation. “We are very pleased to pledge our support for the great work being done year in and year out by the […]

  • Door County Medical Center Receives Grant for Dementia Project

    The Door County Medical Center received a grant from the R. Bruce and Alyce Kopseker Trust Fund of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation for the Dementia Capable Door County project. These funds allow for the Northern Door Aging Network to expand collaborative efforts that increase awareness of aging and dementia-related needs, develop opportunities for […]

  • Door County Medical Center Births: Aug. 19-24, 2017

    Chelsea and Adam Danek, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a daughter born Aug. 19, 2017. Maternal grandparents are David Eldridge, Green Bay, and the late Tina Vanlannen, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Linda and the late Robert Danek, Sturgeon Bay. Sondra and Chris Asher, Sturgeon Bay, are parents of a daughter born Aug. 24, […]

  • Obituary: Constance Alice Connor

    Constance Alice Connor, 74, of the Town of Jacksonport, formerly of Massachusetts, died Tuesday morning, August 22, 2017 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay. She was born March 27, 1943 in Brookline, MA, the daughter of Joseph Lyle Shea and Alice (Weston) Shea. Connie was raised Catholic and graduated from Rosary Academy in […]

  • Kitchens Plans High Water Mark Legislation After Sturgeon Bay Hearing

    State Representative Joel Kitchens announced on Aug. 31 that he will introduce legislation to end the disputed Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) on the Sturgeon Bay West Waterfront after the Sept. 6 declaratory hearing by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. “Otherwise this could drag on for years,” Kitchens told the Pulse. “I’ve told the […]

  • PC Junction Wins Second Straight Volleyball Title

    PC Junction won the Northern Door Volleyball League championship for the second year in a row by sweeping a doubleheader Aug. 23. Controversial off-season maneuvering by team captain and general manager Devin Thomas put the team in position to weather the loss of Jake Erickson, who left the team in free agency. Thomas has already […]

  • High School Athletics Schedule: Sept. 1 – 8

    GIBRALTAR Cross Country Sept. 8 @ River Valley, TBD Football Sept. 8 vs. Lena, 4pm Soccer (Boys) Sept. 5 vs. Kiel, 6:30pm Sept. 7 @ Kewaunee, 4:30pm Volleyball Sept. 2 @ Oshkosh Lourdes, 8am Sept. 7 @ Sevastopol, 7:30pm   SEVASTOPOL Cross Country Sept. 1 @ Freedom, 4pm Football Sept. 1 vs. Wausau Newman, 7pm […]

  • Bays, Ports Will Square Off for DCL Title Sept. 3

    Two of the most dominant franchises in Door County League history will face off in the playoff championship game Sept. 3. The West Jacksonport Ports aim to upset the regular season champion Sister Bay Bays in the Door County League playoff championship game Sunday, Sept. 3. The Bays won their record-tying fourth straight regular season […]

  • By the Numbers: Global Climate Change

    1.78 The amount rise in Fahrenheit of the global average temperature in 2016, the hottest year ever recorded. 2 The number of degrees (Fahrenheit) the average surface temperature has risen since the 19th century. 3.4 The current annual rise in the global mean sea level, measured in millimeters. 16 The number of years in this […]

  • Certified Tourism Ambassador Class on Washington Island Sept. 21

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) is holding a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) class Sept. 21, 9 am – 2 pm, at Trueblood Performing Arts Center (TPAC) on Washington Island. The Door County CTA Program is a multifaceted program that serves to increase regional tourism by inspiring front-line employees and volunteers to turn each visitor […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Something’s Missing in Egg Harbor

    Christine Tierney has owned and operated Christine’s Casuals & Classics for 37 years and has decided to retire. I have decided to spend time with my grandchildren and nature (traveling). I could not go without saying goodbye to my outstanding customers who have supported me all these very memorable and successful years. You have provided […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Sad Comparison

    I respectfully ask people to not forget: While we keep hearing cries of unfair treatment and reporting, here’s the difference between Obama and Trump. President Obama was criticized for the un-presidential behavior of having his jacket off in the Oval Office, drinking a Budweiser when that company is now owned by a Belgium company, and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Moral Dilemma

    As we watched the tragic events of this past week unfold we should all be outraged. When a mother who lost her child can give a speech for unity and peace, and a president who appears to defend violence and causes unrest, we have a moral dilemma. We have members of Congress that pay lip […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Northern Exposure

    Thanks for Myles Dannhausen’s “Dead Zone No More” article about the rebound and resurgence of Sister Bay published in last week’s Pulse. While no municipality can serve as a blueprint for another, plenty of valuable takeaways were presented in this timely commentary: Encourage, entice, and embrace community involvement. Make friends, not foes, by maximizing – […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Nelson’s Was A Gem for Tourists

    I was greatly upset with the news of Nelson’s closing in Baileys Harbor. I’ve been coming to Door County for 41 years and every year there was a tradition of a visit to Nelson’s. Always Nelson’s first, even if nothing was needed. (But if something were needed, you could count on Nelson’s to have it, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Honor All of TAP’s History

    I was privileged to serve as executive director of Third Avenue Playhouse from 2004 to 2011, so I read with interest the Culture Club article (Aug. 25, 2017) describing the success the theater is experiencing in its current incarnation. To be sure, I’m pleased that the theater has done well since the new directors changed […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Forgive Our Embarrassing Past

    I have been disappointed in many letters to the editor of the Peninsula Pulse. It seems the writers are being influenced by all the “Group Think” and “fake news” that is promulgated by the media. They possess a hateful attitude to our president who was elected by the people. It is past time to lend […]

  • Municipal Spending for Development Is Up According to WISTAX Report

    A recent analysis of 2015 spending patterns revealed that, for the second year in a row, municipal spending for development jumped more than 20 percent compared to the prior year. At the same time, in response to a question about future growth drivers, city and village leaders cited good schools and plentiful job opportunities as […]

  • Pulse Price Report: Aug. 30

    Crop prices (Aug. 30) Rio Creek Feed Mill – Algoma Commodity Price (per bushel) Basis Last Year Corn $2.97 -0.49 $2.66 Soybeans $8.57 -0.76 $8.89 Wheat $3.42 -0.87 $3.07 Oats $2.18 -0.27 N/A   United Cooperative – Denmark Corn $2.91/bushel -0.55 New-Crop Corn $2.91/bushel -0.55 Wheat $3.31/bushel -0.98   Basis: The difference between the local […]

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    Midsummer’s Music Fest Concludes Labor Day Weekend

    The Midsummer’s Music 2017 Festival season concludes Labor Day weekend with two programs culminating in a provocative partnership with Door Shakespeare. Sept. 3 is the final opportunity to catch the Northern Strings program, with three northern European composers. The program features “Sextet in E-Flat Major” is by Niels Gade, “Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74” […]

  • Trivia: What is Swackhammer’s Preferred Form of Footwear?

    Question: In the 1996 classic, Space Jam, Bugs Bunny and the Loony Tunes enlist the aid of Michael Jordan to win their freedom from an amusement park planet named Moron Mountain. A terrible green alien by the name of Swackhammer owns the planet. What is Swackhammer’s preferred form of footwear? Answer: Sandals.

  • Jazz Duo Takes Over Labor Day Weekend in Ellison Bay

    It’s tough to find a musical act that can play two nights in a row and not feel stale. This weekend, Nanci Davidson and Tom Walta will blend their years of professional musicianship with the diversity of jazz to bring a fresh show to the Fireside Restaurant in Ellison Bay for four straight nights. “You […]

  • DC Yoga Hosts Yoga In Martin Park Sept 2, 9

    Door County Yoga is hosting yoga in the park Sept. 2 & 9, 9:30 – 10:40 am at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay. This is an all-levels class. Students are encouraged to drop-in. A few yoga mats are available to borrow. The cost is $15 drop-in or $10 with your class card. Due to its […]

  • Climate Documentary Showing at Crossroads Sept 1

    Crossroads at Big Creek will screen the documentary A Time to Choose Sept. 1 at 2 pm. Thanks to the Climate Change Coalition of Door County, Crossroads has screening rights to the film, allowing Crossroads to show – for free – this “in-depth look at the remarkable people working to save our planet.” This hopeful […]

  • Hardy Gallery Highlights Mark-Making in Final 2017 Exhibit

    Like summer foliage, Door County’s art galleries unfurl for the warm months of the year. They come gradually at first, multiplying their showings in the spring and early summer, and climax in a show of color and change as the season ends. True to this pattern is the opening of the Hardy Gallery’s final exhibit […]

  • Door County Adventure Center Offering Mink River Estuary Eco-Tours

    Mink River Estuary Kayak Tour provides a different type of feeling than the rest of what Door County has to offer. Door County Adventure Center offers guided eco-tours that provide a look into what the land was like nearly 100 years ago. A tour is a great place for bird watching, with an estimated 200 […]

  • Annual Ephraim Cemetery Walk Scheduled Sept 11

    The seventh annual Cemetery Walk at the Ephraim Moravian Cemetery will take place Sept. 11, rain or shine. There will be two tours at 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Tickets are required and will be handed out immediately before the tours. Tickets are free, but limited to the first 70 people at the 1 pm […]

  • Northern Sky’s ‘Naked Radio’ Celebrates Small-Town Character

    Imagine you were one of two employees at a radio station in a little town somewhere when a snowstorm kicks off the corporate radio feed. There aren’t any records or tapes; the bosses canned those a long time ago in favor of a pre-programmed national broadcast. There is, however, a box of instruments, and you […]

  • Isadoora Theatre Company Holds Auditions for “Proof”

    Isadoora Theatre Company is holding auditions for their production of Proof by David Auburn, Sept. 9 & 10, 4 – 6 pm at the Inside/Out Space behind Margaret Lockwood Gallery at 7 S. 2nd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. There are roles available for two females (who can play ages from mid-20s to mid-30s) and two […]

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    Registration Now Open For Fall Light House Fest Tours

    Reacting to the popularity of the Door County Lighthouse Festival each June and a positive response to the first two installments of an abbreviated Door County Fall Lighthouse Festival, the Door County Maritime Museum (DCMM) is again offering some of its most popular tours Columbus Day weekend. Reservations are now being taken for these nautical […]

  • Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts: Textile Artist Susan Hoffmann

    When Baileys Harbor resident Susan Hoffmann welcomes a full class of students to her “Landscape Painting with Fabric” session at next weekend’s Madison Quilt Expo, she will do it with full disclosure that she is not, in fact, a quilter. Instead, Hoffmann prefers the term “textile artist.” Anyone who has seen her painterly landscape fabric […]

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    Pen Players Celebrate In-House Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations

    Company members of Peninsula Players Theatre celebrated the announcement of Chicago’s 2017 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations with the listing of several current and past company members. The Joseph Jefferson Awards are Chicago theaters’ equivalent to Broadway’s Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards. “The Peninsula Players extends congratulations to its past and current company members on their artistic […]

  • Finding My Way As A Reader, Writer with Write On

    by Janis Falk A recent transplant to Door County, I began exploring beyond the obvious, seeking opportunities to engage in the art community. In creative endeavors I wield the mighty pen, or keyboard as it were. Writing, unlike other art forms, is an alone activity. Some writers, like most humans, crave community, which is exactly […]

  • Where’s the Nude Beach at Newport Park?

    At the end of my conversation with Newport State Park superintendent Michelle Hefty in her office for the fall issue of our sister publication Door County Living magazine, I asked her the standard final question for interviews as a journalist: Is there anything I’m missing? After her universal response that she had just been blathering […]

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    Big Winners at the DC Classic And Wooden Boat Fest

    Andy and Lisa Munao of Hinsdale, Ill., received the Best of Show award with their 17-foot Century Resorter at the Door County Maritime Museum Classic & Wooden Boat Festival Aug. 12 & 13 in Sturgeon Bay. Other class winners in People’s Choice voting: Non-Powered Craft – Dale and Dean Wingert’s 1927 16-foot Thompson Indian Canoe; […]

  • TAP Opening Of “Every Brilliant Thing” Benefits JAK’s Place Sept 7

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) announces the opening night benefit performance of Every Brilliant Thing for JAK’s Place is Sept. 7 at 7:30 pm at the year-round professional theater in Sturgeon Bay. TAP will donate a portion of ticket sales from the evening’s performance to the Sturgeon Bay drop-in social and resource center for people who […]

  • American Legion Elects Wisconsinite as First Female National Commander

    On the day after the American Legion proved its belief in gender equality by electing its first woman to the office of national commander – veteran and military wife Denise Rohan of Verona, Wis. – President Trump issued his military transgender ban. Asked in a telephone call from the Pulse where the American Legion stands […]

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    Wise Women Close Woodwalk Concert Series Sept 1

    Woodwalk Concert Series closes with an evening of Wise Women in music and dance, Sept. 1 at 7 pm. Singer/songwriters Jenny Bienemann, Jess Holland, Marybeth Mattson and Jeanne Kuhns will perform in Nashville songwriters semi-circle style and take turns performing their original music. Of the four summer songbirds, Holland, Kuhns and Mattson are local Door […]

  • Manners Matter: Grampa in Public

    Dear Mary Pat, I like to visit my grandpa at his nursing home at least once a week. He’s just up the road from me and he’s physically able to go with me on errands and go out for lunch. The only issue is that he has a little dementia and tends to blurt things […]

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    Preserving Seasonal Delights

    I come from generations of farmers. My uncle Dale Haese still farms the land of our century farm purchased by my great-great-grandparents in 1891. I have wonderful memories of summers spent with my great–grandma, great–aunt and grandma harvesting from the garden and then preserving in the kitchen. I’m like my grandma in the kitchen – […]

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    DCHS Presents Model A’s at Vintage Day Sept 2

    The Door County Historical Society’s next program in the Yesteryear series is Vintage Day on Sept. 2. Vintage Day at the Heritage Village at Big Creek features the Cherryland Model A’s Car Club and an historical agriculture program. The Model A Car Club will decorate the Village from 10 am – 3 pm. Joining the […]

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    DCHS Presents Chenille Bedspreads Exhibit Sept 2 thru 4

    The Door County Historical Society is excited to announce their first temporary exhibit, Chenille Bedspreads: From Rummage to Treasure. The exhibit will be held in the Village Chapel at Heritage Village at Big Creek from Sept. 2 through Oct. 4. The opening day, Sept. 2, will also be the Heritage Village’s festival, Vintage Day. What […]

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    Eric Lewis And Friends Play 2017 Fishstock Finale Sept 3

    One of Door County’s favorite musicians, Eric Lewis, returns to the Fishstock Concert Series for the final show of the season, Sept. 3 at 7 pm. Lewis is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and records with some of the top Memphis artists including Tommy Burroughs, Earl the Pearl and legendary Hi Rhythm. Lewis is also well […]

  • Bedrock Bluegrass Band Plays Sister Bay Bowl Sept 3

    Bedrock Bluegrass Band will play traditional bluegrass music at Sister Bay Bowl’s Alley Bar Sept. 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. There is no cover charge and all tips will go to charity. Related Articles Construction Update: Oct. 30 Next Community Health Program to Focus on Preventing Suicide Sister Bay Clerk Christy Sully Retires This Fall […]

  • Chief Oshkosh Hosts Natural Remedies Demo Sept 1, 2

    On Sept. 1 & 2, Herbal Lodge, an authentic natural remedies company, will demonstrate Native American medicinal topical salves and teas at Chief Oshkosh Native American Arts, 7631 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor. Owner Nathan Wright and his daughter Autumn Wright will provide information on three products available from Herbal Lodge. All products are made with […]

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves: September 1, 2017

    OVERHEARD Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? “I used their speed to their disadvantage.” “I hafta pee but I don’t want to. I just don’t want to.” “Get here […]

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    Server of the Week: Rosetta Wiltgen @ Sister Bay Piggly

    Ahhh, Rosetta. Such a lovely face to see! Every time I do my rounds She’s there to see to me.   A nice little visit as I check out Brings oh so pleasant feelings about.   If at the Pig you’ve spent some time, Rosetta’s sure to have scanned those limes. Related Articles Construction Update: […]

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    Cheers! New Glarus Presents Historical Revamp of Porter

    I want to share two wonderful words: Sour Porter. In particular, the New Glarus Brewing Company’s Sour Porter. Amazing! Delicious! And, I am willing to bet, highly nutritious! The sour spreads across the palate like the wave from a nuclear blast, and once it rakes across the palate, it is immediately replaced by the warm, […]

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    Framed: Kayaking at Eagle Bluff

    (Left to right) Donna Nussbaum, Dave Nussbaum and Cindi Sweet enjoy a beautiful day on the bay with a stop at Eagle Bluff. Photo by Tim Sweet.

  • Ephraim Board to Consider Supporting Softer Phosphorus Rules

    Correction: The first edition of this article incorrectly stated Ephraim’s phosphorus discharge limit as 0.7 ppm. Ephraim’s actual phosphorus discharge limit is 0.6 ppm. The Ephraim Village Board will consider signing onto a letter in support of easing Department of Natural Resource (DNR) regulations concerning phosphorus discharge from municipal wastewater treatment plants. The regulation that […]