Peninsula Pulse September 10-17, 2021

In this issue

  • Sevastopol Graduate Leads Golf Division for TGW

    Also: Players embrace on-course technology In his work as general manager of merchandise for worldwide golf-equipment distributor TGW (formerly called The Golf Warehouse), Chris Schram keeps seeing high demand, as well as some shortages. This year and last year have been profitable, said the 1995 Sevastopol High School graduate and UW-Stout alumnus, despite the supply-chain […]

  • Door County’s Dynamic Duos: Back-to-back pairs of holes can make or break your round

    Golf courses often have signature holes, famous for scenery and difficulty. But at each of Door County’s 18-hole courses, back-to-back pairs of unsung golf holes also can make or break a player’s round. For example, the 12th hole with the bell on the fairway and the clifftop tee shot on the sixth might be the […]

  • Bits & Bites

    It’s Wine Time, Baby Wine lovers, rejoice! Did you know that “autumn” is Latin for “to drink wine”? Don’t quote me on that.  On Sept. 11 and 18, 11 am – 5 pm, Parallel 44 Vineyard & Winery’s Fall Wisconsin Wine Festival will celebrate the harvest with wine, food and music. Wine will be available […]

  • Honor Flight: A Cathartic Welcome Back

    by JOE KNAAPEN Ninety-nine military veterans flew out of Appleton International Airport the morning of Aug. 31 to tour Washington, D.C.: the Capitol, White House, Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Lincoln Memorial and more. We came home that same night to a greeting typically reserved for the winners of the Super Bowl. The trip, Mission […]

  • Two K-9 Units Authorized for Sheriff’s Office

    Fundraising has begun Fundraisers are being held for the two new K-9 deputies that were authorized last month for the Door County Sheriff’s Office. One of the dogs will be a dual-purpose patrol dog trained in detection, apprehension and subduing a suspect if necessary, like Deputy Odinn, the Door County Sheriff’s Office K-9 who died […]

  • County Supervisors Acknowledge Tribal Lands

    Menominee spokesperson said the statements show a sign of respect Door County has adopted a formal statement that recognizes the ancestral lands of First Nations people. The land acknowledgment statement, passed 15-5 by the Door County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 24, recognizes that the peninsula is “the ancestral homelands of the Menominee Nation,” and […]

  • Matthew Zittlow Contributes Park Benches as Eagle Scout Project

    Matthew Zittlow of Scouts BSA Troop 1140 recently delivered his Eagle Scout project – six cedar benches – to the Friends of Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek. They’re located in the park’s Nature Center area. The Friends also received a monetary donation of the unused funds that Zittlow raised.  As part of the Eagle Project […]

  • Brussels Lions Club Creates New Maps at Southern Door Elementary

    The students and teachers of Southern Door Elementary School had a nice surprise waiting for them when they returned from summer vacation. During the summer, members of the Brussels Lions Club painted a 35-foot-by-55-foot map of the United States and a 20-foot-by-30-foot world map of the continents on the school playground. The maps replaced a […]

  • Door-Tran’s FUN Event Returns Sept. 18

    Door-Tran’s sixth annual FUN event will take place Sept. 18, 11 am – 2 pm (with a rain date of Sept. 19 at the same time), at the Egg Harbor Fun Park. “Although the FUN event was canceled last year, transportation remained an essential need for medical appointments and nutritional services,” said Executive Director Nikki […]

  • Shredding, Appliance Recycling, Medication Drop-off in Liberty Grove

    The Liberty Grove Town Board and the Sister Bay Village Board are engaging in a cooperative venture to increase recycling.  All residents, business owners or operators, and property owners in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove may participate in a shredding/appliance-recycling/drug drop-off day Sept. 11, 9 am – 1 pm, […]

  • Join St. Vincent De Paul Society’s Sept. 25 Walk/Run

    The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Stella Maris Catholic Church will host the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run fundraising event – its only 2021 fundraiser – on Sept. 25, starting at Stella Maris Church in Sister Bay.  Registration will begin at 8:30 am, and the event will start at 9 am. Participants can register online at […]

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sept. 11

    An estimated 953 Door County residents are struggling with Alzheimer’s or dementia today – a number that is expected to reach more than 1,500 by 2040. On Saturday, Sept. 11, friends and family members of those who are fighting or have succumbed to the disease will walk to remember them, raise awareness and raise funds to […]

  • Reading-Challenge Winners Earn Dairy Baskets

    The East Maplewood Homemakers partnered with the Forestville Library to orchestrate a summer reading challenge. Every book that patrons read earned them an entry into a drawing – in five age categories – for a dairy basket.  Basket winners are Noah Fritsch (ages 0-7), Demarco Parks (ages 8-13), Thomas Jackson (ages 14-18), Julie Kielar (ages 19-64) […]

  • Clarizio Publishes Second Preserver & Protector Novel

    USA Today bestselling author Valerie J. Clarizio has released Destiny Reclaimed, the second book in her Preserver & Protector Novel series. Jack Cornelis’ life is planned: Complete his tour of duty in Vietnam intact. Return home. Marry his sweetheart. Have a family.  But the powers that be have other ideas for him. Like his ancestors, […]

  • No Fines on Overdue Children’s, Teen Materials

    News from the Kewaunee and Algoma Public Libraries: Effective June 1, 2021, overdue fines will not accrue on children’s and teens’ print materials, no matter the age of the person checking out the materials. The libraries seek to remove reading barriers to help increase childhood literacy and improve library access for youth. Patrons will still […]

  • Tachovsky to Discuss ’40 Thieves On Saipan’

    The Door County Historical Museum will host – and local author Joseph Tachovsky will present – an author talk and book signing Oct. 7, 4 pm. Tachovsky, with Cynthia Kraack, is the author of 40 Thieves on Saipan: The Elite Marine Scout-Snipers in One of WWII’s Bloodiest Battles. His father, Frank Tachovsky, led a decorated platoon […]

  • ‘Beauty In Simplicity’ Honors Arts and Crafts Movement

    Virginia Jones Maher’s name is already recognizable in the Door County art world as an art historian with many ties to local arts organizations. Now she’s published a new art book, Beauty in Simplicity, that’s an homage to the pottery – and ideals – of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1880s-1920s. The book pairs […]

  • United Way Raises Bar Following Record Fundraising Year

    United Way of Door County has raised the bar on its current fundraising campaign to accommodate a record year of giving in 2020. The nonprofit organization has set a 2021 campaign goal of $775,000 and kicked off the campaign Aug. 18 at MAX in Baileys Harbor, with about 75 people in attendance.  “Knowing it’s a […]

  • Indie Bookstore Tour: Cultivating Community at Novel Bay Booksellers

    Grace Johnson is visiting local booksellers, chronicling her experiences and sharing a little about each store. Year Opened: 2018Location: 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon BayOwners: Liz Welter and John Maggitti Walking down 3rd Avenue, the first thing that catches the eye about Novel Bay Booksellers is its A-frame chalkboard outside. Usually displaying funny and […]

  • Questions & Authors: Christina Clancy

    It was in May 1968 when the Lake Geneva Playboy Club opened its doors for the first time. Yes, you read that correctly. There was a Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  One of the company’s first resorts, the club was a popular vacation spot that had a main lodge, two golf courses, a ski […]

  • Window Lanterns Brighten Any Season

    Prepare for the fall and winter months – or any season – by browsing the selection of window lanterns by Ellison Bay Pottery resident potter John Dietrich. These lanterns provide picnic light and dinner-in-the-dark ambience all year-round, whether they contain battery-operated or traditional candles.  Visit Ellison Bay Pottery online at or in person at 12156 Garrett […]

  • Digital Photography Highlighted at Artzy

    Colette Girard is a digital photographer who sees images buried in the depths of gemstone geodes, chrome bumpers, thick glass blocks, deep vases and coffee spills on a table top. Her images are elegant, detailed abstractions that she manipulates on her computer, then imprints on scratch-proof metal sheets. Girard is a featured artist in the […]

  • Pumpkins and Pottery at Plum Bottom Sept. 18

    Plum Bottom Gallery is welcoming autumn with wine, conversation and the work of four artists during its Pumpkins and Pottery Show on Sept. 18, 10 am – 4 pm.  Rich Agness is a Wisconsin-based potter whose brushwork is reminiscent of watercolor and adds an organic element to his decorative, functional pieces of pottery. Paul Ray […]

  • ‘Exhibit 3’ Opens at Idea Gallery

    Idea Gallery is hosting an Exhibit 3 opening reception Sept. 11, 3-7 pm, featuring the work of two artists, refreshments in the sculpture garden and music by acoustic guitarist Stephen Lavell. Featured monotype print artist Barbara Manger creates richly layered works that explore nature. “I engage lines as a metaphor, creating marks that repeat and […]

  • Artrageous Benefit Supports Women’s Fund

    The Women’s Fund’s Artrageous Benefit will be back – in person – on Sept. 18, 2 pm, at Rehberger’s Hidden Acres Farm, 11128 Beach Road in Sister Bay. Enjoy wine, music and shopping art pieces to support women in Door County. More than 35 Door County women artists have donated pieces, and by going to the […]

  • Cherries Jubilee Celebrates 21 Years of Public Art in Sturgeon Bay

    Cherry-picking season may have ended, but Sturgeon Bay is still honoring the peninsula’s iconic stone fruit through its annual public-art display.  Gigantic cherries have lined the streets of downtown Sturgeon Bay throughout the summer, and soon they’ll be auctioned off. But these aren’t the edible kind – there’s one built of steel, another arranged out […]

  • Tourists Leave, Construction Resumes

    Baileys Harbor, Jacksonport, Sevastopol – Now that Labor Day weekend has passed, signaling the end of Door County’s peak tourist season, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will resume the Highway 57 construction project.  WisDOT began the $6.4 million resurfacing project on May 3, but the department suspended it June 29 for the duration of […]

  • Solace Cards for Grieving Parents

    Losing a child to suicide is one of the most devastating things any parent could experience. Lisa Adelle Iverson knows this firsthand after the tragic passing of her son Conor. Inspired by her journey through the pain and grief, she created Solace Cards. “This is my attempt to bring comfort, strength and hope to others […]

  • Vinyasa in the Vineyards

    Door 44 and Parallel 44 wineries pair wine with weekly vinyasa yoga classes, suitable for all levels of yoga experience  You’d think the rows of grapevines at Door 44 winery were designed exactly for practicing yoga. On a recent Friday morning, just as the winery opened, yoga class began in the vineyard at the bottom […]

  • Door to Nature: Secretive Mammals

    Two friends were enjoying a morning at home when something very unusual happened. They noticed an animal walk onto their deck, and they realized it was a cat – but no ordinary house cat. They took a few photos through two panes of glass. Then when my friend opened the inner glass door, the cat […]

  • Featured Tour Guide: Leland Brenholt

    Paddle and learn with Island Adventure Company’s ecological, historical kayak tours What’s there to do on Washington Island? If you ask kayak and outdoor excursion guide Leland Brenholt, the more appropriate question might be, what isn’t there to do?  At Island Adventure Company, guests can choose from a host of self-guided excursions and a variety […]

  • Hike This: Lynd Point Fern Loop at Newport State Park

    The Lynd Point Fern Loop is the quintessential Newport State Park experience, with its gigantic trees, frequent terrain variations, ecological niches and rarely another trail-goer in sight. Although it doesn’t literally cover every corner of the park – something that the seven-mile Europe Bay Loop nearly achieves – the trail does serve as a condensed sample […]

  • COVID-19 Cases Climb, Mostly among the Unvaccinated

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise steadily in Door County and throughout Wisconsin, the virus continues to thrive most among the unvaccinated.  Dr. James Heise of Door County Medical Center, during an Aug. 25 briefing with doctors and public-health professionals, said the outlook for the disease is simple: “You’re either going to get vaccinated, […]

  • Run and Ride the Fall: Fall Challenge, Hey Hey 5k Coming Up

    After a year without runs and races, it’s time to lace up your running shoes and clip into your pedals for great Door County runs and rides this autumn! Things kick off this Sunday with the Door County Century Ride out of the Sturgeon Bay Fairgrounds. Then next Saturday, riders head to Sister Bay for […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Henry

    Meet Henry (, a two-year-old cat who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This handsome feline was found as a stray and is ready to find a place to call home. Henry is a social cat who would do best with children eight years and older because of his […]

  • Door County Unitarian Universalists Celebrate Milestone Anniversary

    An ad appeared in a Door County newspaper 25 years ago that asked those who were interested in establishing a church to call. The ad bore a photo of a flaming chalice, the official symbol of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) church.  People such as Door County resident Helene Di Iulio answered the ad, as did […]

  • Ron Litterst the Painter: A journey from law to fine art

    When Ron Litterst was a trial attorney defending individuals and companies in lawsuits around Peoria, Illinois, he often told jurors to think of his presentation as a paint-by-numbers exercise. “My job was to fill in each of those squares until hopefully I finished a painting that they could all see,” Litterst said. “I was really […]

  • Plum Island Fog-Signal Roofing Project Complete

    The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are announcing the completion of the $14,000 Plum Island fog-signal building roofing project, which a grant from the Raibrook Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and FOPPI donors made possible. A few years ago, Jim Robinson of Shoreline Charters […]

  • Coming up at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek is starting a Junior Nature Club – on a trial basis – that will meet on Friday mornings, 10 am, at least through September. It will include a fall activity for children ages 3-5, their siblings and their parents. Nature in the garden will be the focus of the first session, Sept. 10.  […]

  • Shipyards Open Their Doors Sept. 11

    Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, CenterPointe Yacht Services and the U.S. Coast Guard will open their doors for public tours this weekend – tours that were rescheduled from the first Saturday in May because of pandemic concerns. The tours benefit the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay and Rotary Youth Interact. “This is the one time of year when […]

  • DPAS Viewing Night Sept. 11

    Join the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society (DPAS) on Sept. 11, 7:30 pm, for a late-summer viewing night. The observatory at the Crossroads Astronomy Center, 2200 Utah St. in Sturgeon Bay, will be open, and deep-sky images will be sent to the Astronomy Center area for projection on a big screen. DPAS members will be on […]

  • Obituary: Sally Casey Clancy

    April 9, 1935 – Aug. 27, 2021 Sally Casey Clancy, 86, of Washington Island, died at home after a brief illness. Sally was born in Highland Park, Illinois, to William Leo Casey and Cecile H Casey. Sally attended high school at Highland Park High School and continued her education at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, […]

  • Obituary: William Orville Neddersen

    Feb. 13, 1925 – Oct. 5, 2020 A memorial service for Bill Neddersen will be held at the Sister Bay Sports Complex Pavilion, 2155 Autumn Court, on Saturday, Sept. 11, 11 am. Please take memories of Bill to share, as well as a face mask. A light lunch will be served after the service. A recording will […]

  • Obituary: Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brauer

    July 4, 1936 – Sept. 6, 2021 Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Brauer, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay following a recent injury. She was born in Algoma, the daughter of Henry Mathias Rock and Marie Teresa (Simon) Rock. Betty grew up attending St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Algoma. She […]

  • Obituary: Elaine Agatha Guilette

    March 26, 1929 – Sept. 6, 2021 Elaine Agatha Guilette, 92, of Brussels, died at her original home. She was born in Brussels to Arthur and Lena (Gerondale) Pierre. Elaine graduated from Brussels High School, where she was the Homecoming and prom queen.  On June 18, 1949, she married Lloyd N. Guilette in Brussels. He died […]

  • Obituary: Charles John DeGrange

    1934 – Sept. 4, 2021 Charles John DeGrange, 87, of Naples, Florida, and formerly of the Chicago area, died peacefully in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born in 1934 in Chicago to Edward DeGrange Sr. and Laura DeGrange. Following his graduation from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, he studied chemistry at Loyola University Chicago. He […]

  • Obituary: Diane M. Johnson

    Feb. 27, 1948 – Sept. 4, 2021 Diane Marie Johnson, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, died peacefully with her husband and daughters at her side at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. Diane was the oldest of 11 children and the daughter of Elmer and Louise Krause. She graduated from Southern Door High School in 1966 and […]

  • Obituary: Francine Laurie (Garaffo) Roza

    March 12, 1945 – Aug. 31, 2021 Francine Laurie (Garaffo) Roza, 76, died in the company of her loving family. She was born Francine Garaffo in Chicago, the eldest of five children. Francine graduated from Chicago Teacher’s College and worked as a teacher. She married Kenneth Roza, moved to Crystal Lake, Illinois, and put her […]

  • Hal Prize Deadline is Sept. 15

    Last days to enter Door County’s premier writing and photography contest The deadline to submit writing and photography for the Hal Prize is coming fast. Writers, poets and photographers have until Sept. 15 to submit works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and photography to the 23rd edition of the prize, presented by the Peninsula Pulse and […]

  • Obituary: Joanne Nancy Delaney

    Nov. 27, 1933 – Aug. 18, 2021 Joanne Nancy Delaney, 87, of Baileys Harbor, died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay. She was born in Chicago as the daughter and only child born to Paul and Caroline (Eggers) Miller. After graduating from high school, she continued her education and obtained her teaching degree. […]

  • Obituary: Carl “Duke” Quentin Lee

    Jan. 14, 1936 – Aug. 31, 2021 Carl “Duke” Quentin Lee, 85, of Gills Rock, died at his home. He was born in Zion, Illinois, to Carl Qualley and Gertrude Lena(Kuechler) Lee. Carl graduated from Zion Benton Township School and went on to Lakeforest College and Manchester College (Church of the Brethren). He also served […]

  • Obituary: Donald S. Buchholz

    Aug. 9, 1934 – Sept. 1, 2021  Donald S. Buchholz, 87, of Sister Bay, died at Good Samaritan Society–Scandia Village in Sister Bay, where he had lived the past four years. He was born in Barron to Sherman and Rosa Pauline (Camerer) Buchholz. Don graduated from Barron High School before entering teachers’ college, where he received his […]

  • Obituary: Brenda Lee Blucher

    January 8, 1965 ~ August 25, 2021 Brenda Lee Blucher, 56, of Carlsville, peacefully died Wednesday evening, August 25, 2021 at Door County Medical Center in Sturgeon Bay with her both of her daughters, Crystal and Victoria, at her side. She was born January 8, 1965 in Sturgeon Bay, the daughter of Charles Muck and […]