Peninsula Pulse September 18-25, 2020

In this issue

  • Letter to the Editor: Gallagher Votes NO!

    Mike Gallaher has voted 89 percent of the time with Trump. He voted against the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act of 2019; against the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (to expand voting rights, limit gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules and limit the influence of dark money); against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Support Our Police

    In the wake of the Republican Convention, I have seen signs saying, “Support Our Police,” as if this institution belongs to one political party. It doesn’t! Democrats and Republicans alike are responsible for the tremendous increase in funding for police departments across the U.S. since the 1980s, and for the policies that supported a cultural […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Public Health Hijacked by Politics

    From continued reading of scientific commentary and medical studies, I believe there’s already an effective, safe antiviral treatment for early symptoms of COVID-19 in high-risk populations such as older people and those with underlying conditions. It’s called “triple” therapy, consisting of low-dose hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), azithromycin and zinc.  I understand Dr. Fauci said something like, “HCQ […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Fair-minded People Agree: Stop Political Vandalism

    In the Aug. 28 Letters to the Editor column, Mr. Epley wrote that “out of petty theft came a friendship.” I respectively differ with the description of stealing a political sign as petty.  This past weekend, the Republican headquarters in Sturgeon Bay was broken into, vandalized and stray painted, and Trump signs were stolen. I, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Apologize, But Parking Lot Patrol Didn’t Work

    We apologize for the difficulties you had finding a parking space in our parking lot this past Labor Day weekend. Believe me, we’ve tried to keep our parking lot available for our customers. We designed new signs that more clearly state that our parking lot is for Main Street Market (MSM) shoppers only. The signs […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Let’s Come Together

    In view of recent local developments and the toxic political environment in general, wouldn’t it be nice for Door County’s elected officials and candidates to say a few words with a community-minded theme at a socially distanced event about the common bond they share in representing the well-being of our local residents and visitors? Maybe […]

  • Letter to the Editor: “W” Would Be a Blessing Today

    I’ve just read the article written by Debra Fitzgerald asking for “political objectives people would like to see achieved,” so I’m going to try to define what I would like to see in a president. Number one is that the president – merely because of a president’s title and stature – deserves our respect, whether […]

  • Letter to the Editor: The Election of a Lifetime

    The president talks about how dark and unsafe we will be in Joe Biden’s America. Under Trump’s leadership, things aren’t looking very safe to me. The pandemic is being badly managed, and there is no national plan to control it. We have massive unemployment and a pending economic crisis. We have no national plan to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Mr. Sielen, ‘Thanks for the Great Letter’

    It is unfortunate that neither Biden, Harris, Pelosi or any of the other Democratic leaders – nor the mainstream Democratic media – condemned any of the violence and chaos we witnessed for weeks until the polls reflected it was hurting the Democrats. Obviously, I am referring to the millions of dollars of damage and lost lives […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Media Bias!

    Anonymous sources, second guessing, phony conclusions and exaggerations all are part of the liberal playbook. With the media estimates at more than 90 percent anti-President Trump, again he relishes the challenge. He knows that the Democrats will be throwing stuff at the wall, hoping to find something that might stick. That is their game and […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump Is Not a Republican

    I was touched to see Reed Saunders’ recent letter to the editor. As a lifelong Republican, Mr. Saunders made the appeal for “someone” to engage in a “civil discussion” and present valid arguments to support the reelection of President Trump. Although I cannot offer him any valid arguments for reelecting this president, I would like […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Shocked, Saddened by Large Trump/Pence Signs in Door County

    I have been enjoying escapes from the multiple stressors in life to Door County for 25 years – until this last trip on Aug. 31. First let me explain why Door County is such an amazing place for an escape. Everywhere you look, there are beautiful gardens and flower boxes. The businesses and residents don’t […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Climate Change Legislation Can Bridge Political Divides

    Effective actions to address climate change need to happen at multiple levels of government and complementary policies, as illustrated by En-ROADS, a climate simulator. We are fortunate that these actions will also result in better health, more jobs and a more resilient economy. The city of Appleton recently passed a municipal resolution in support of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Deleting FICA Taxes Would Threaten Social Security

    Two years before I was born, President Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act on Aug. 14, 1935. In addition to several provisions for general welfare, this act created a social insurance program designed to pay retired workers age 65 or older a continuing income after retirement. It sought to address the long-range problem of […]

  • Letter to the Editor: What I Believe

    I believe in America and the great opportunities that it offers its citizens. I believe in legal immigration. I believe in the southern border wall to protect us from illegal trafficking of people and drugs. I believe in low unemployment and a good economy. I believe that we need a strong defense and safe cities […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Trump’s Lies Too Numerous to Count

    It’s not easy to respond to the Sept. 4 letter in the Pulse defending Donald Trump. It’s hard to change minds. To enumerate all of Mr. Trump’s lies would appear to be wasted time.  One could start, however, with the lie that President Obama was not born in the United States and continue on to […]

  • Letter to the Editor: We Deserve COVID-19 Data Transparency

    I believe there is tremendous opportunity within our local and state public-health departments to provide additional data transparency regarding the continued COVID-19 pandemic response.  There is a question being skirted around regarding the increase in positive cases: How many of these positive cases are actually sick people? We rely on legislators and reporters to ask […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Can You Do It?

    As a teacher at Gibraltar, I work late into the night and weekends preparing engaging and educational lessons for my students. This is my 32nd year of teaching and the most challenging. I live with anxiety because I want to do the best job reaching my students. Teachers across the country have always worked overtime, […]

  • Letter to the Editor: Outraged by School Closure

    As parents of two high school students in the Gibraltar district, we are outraged that the threshold plan was triggered this week to keep school closed for another week. Classes for our two girls during the first week were minimal at best, and with two study halls scheduled, entire half-days were devoid of any teaching […]

  • What Business Owners Need to Know When an Employee Tests Positive

    The following guide comes from the Door County Public Health Department to help businesses navigate the situation if an employee tests positive for Covid-19. What should I do if an employee experiences COVID-19 like symptoms at work? Anyone with symptoms needs to go home, isolate, and contact their healthcare provider or Door County Medical Center […]

  • Server of the Week: Dawn Chisholm at the Baileys Harbor Baseball Field Concession Stand

    Nominated by Joe Swanson The Baileys baseball tournament was coming up short – It needed volunteers to help facilitate the sport Dawn overheard and said, “Not another word!” And the concession-stand duties she incurred All tournament long, she served hot dogs and brats, Sodas and popcorn, and said, “Thanks a lot!” And all without pay! […]

  • This Old Barn: A 150-Year-Old Egg Harbor Farm Goes Solar

    Four years ago, David and Barb (Fischer) Heilman received a wonderful gift in the form of a small family farm that had been in Barb’s family since 1873.  “Surviving all the wars and struggles of farmers since the Civil War,” she said, “this property has remained intact. With this gift came 150 years of accumulation […]

  • Framed: Tree Down at Peninsula State Park

    Dave Chen and his wife were in Peninsula State Park around 8 am on Sept. 7 when they came upon a downed tree at the popular Eagle Panorama lookout. A clean-up crew arrived by 8:25 am, and the chainsaw quickly went to work. Submitted by Dave Chen.

  • Wild Things: The Hunt Is On for an Escape from COVID-19 Madness

    Signs of autumn are everywhere, even as we’re still days away from its official start Sept. 22 at 8:31 am. The first spawn-minded chinook salmon have made it to Forestville on the Ahnapee River and to the Besadny Fisheries Facility on the Kewaunee River. Bird migration is well underway, with nighthawks, warblers and many other […]

  • Golf League Results: Sept. 18, 2020

    IDLEWILD Thursday 8:45 am Fall After Senior Men’s Group  Play will continue until there is an insufficient number of players. The group is open to all senior (age 50 or older) men, any Thursday. Arrive at 8:30 am to play. MAXWELTON BRAES Bonnie Braes Ladies’ League Sept. 10, 2020 – Final league play of the season […]

  • Jinkins Hits Hole-in-One at The Orchards

    “Even a blind squirrel gets a nut once in a while,” said a surprised Mark Jinkins on Aug. 24 when he and the rest of his golf foursome at The Orchards didn’t see his ball on the hole #3 green – because it was in the cup!  Jinkins is a retired Pinkert Law Firm attorney […]

  • ‘The Bear’: Theater of the Absent

    As autumn rounds the corner, I find myself looking for literature to gear me up for cool weather, thick sweaters and cozy environments. Unfortunately, there are few plays that create that atmosphere. Instead, theater that reminds me of fall tends to focus on the macabre. Beautiful fall colors are a result of death, after all. […]

  • Happening Now: Pick-Your-Own Apples and Aronia Berries

    Although Door County cherries capture the spotlight in the summer, the fruit of the fall is undoubtedly the apple. It’s an annual harvest that begins in September and lasts into October, and there are many places around the county where you can pick your own. Make a day of it by exploring the orchards and […]

  • Door County Delivered Partners with Sister Bay to Offer Fall Fest in a Box

    Sister Bay’s Fall Fest is a beloved annual event for many visitors, and it’s a great way to cap the summer season for locals and seasonal workers. Sadly, it’s another event that has been canceled for 2020, but the Sister Bay Advancement Association came up with a way for would-be fest goers to infuse some […]

  • Peninsula Brewery Battle

    For the first time, five Door County breweries – Starboard, Ahnapee, Bridge Up, Door County Brewing and One Barrel – will face off with blind taste tests to let members of the public vote for their favorite beers during the Peninsula Brewery Battle. A similar event has taken place the past two years, but on […]

  • YMCA, Griffon String Quartet Offer Strings Lessons for Youth

    Following the success of the 2020 spring strings lessons for youth, the Door County YMCA – in collaboration with the Griffon String Quartet and Midsummer’s Music – will again offer an excellent opportunity for area youth to learn to play string instruments. This program is for children in grades three through 12 who are interested […]

  • Northern Sky Offers Special ‘Back-to-School Cabaret’

    The night before Isaiah Spetz and Hayden Hoffman headed off to college in late August, the two friends presented a concert on the Northern Sky Theater patio. It was designed as a private performance for a small group of donors, but Northern Sky quickly decided it was too special not to share more broadly.  The […]

  • Hike This: Kangaroo Lake Preserve

    The Kangaroo Lake Preserve is distinctive in that it was the first nature preserve that the Door County Land Trust purchased. Established in 1996, the preserve began with 57 acres and today comprises nearly 700 acres thanks to the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Kangaroo Lake Association and  […]

  • Habitat Trail Challenge at Crossroads at Big Creek

    The Habitat Trail Challenge at Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay (, is underway with an educational theme of Habitats. Individuals, families and other COVID-safe groups are challenged to hike the four new habitat trail loops: Field, Forest, Meadow and Creek. Those who complete all four trails before Sept. 26, 3 […]

  • Hikes Galore at The Ridges Sanctuary

    The Ridges Sanctuary is offering numerous hike opportunities. All events require advance registration at, and they meet at the Cook-Albert Fuller Nature Center, 8166 Hwy 57 in Baileys Harbor. Costs are $5 for members, $8 for the public and free for ages 18 and younger unless otherwise noted. Join a guided hike Tuesdays through […]

  • Cruise the Bay Car Parade Sept. 18

    The Old Bolts Car Club invites anyone with an old car or special-interest vehicle to join its annual Cruise the Bay event Sept. 18.  Staging will take place starting at 5:30 pm at the Tractor Supply parking lot, 1833 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. The cruise will leave promptly at 6 pm, traveling on […]

  • Rose Offers YogaDoodles Immersion Workshop

    Do you experience chronic stress, overwhelm, fear, frustration, anxiety and/or panic attacks? Join Jodi Rose for a telehealth YogaDoodles immersion workshop Sept. 26, 1-4 pm, to explore the relationships among stress, anxiety and physical illness. Learn how to identify destructive coping skills so that you can replace them with wellness resources that really work. Participants […]

  • Obituary: Judith “Judy” LaVine

    October 14, 1942 ~ September 13, 2020 Judy LaVine, 77, Sturgeon Bay died at her home on September 13, 2020, with her family at her side.  She was born October 14, 1942, to Harry and Helen Kaye.  Judy grew up in Little Sturgeon on the family farm with her siblings Kenneth and Edward (Bud) Kaye.  […]

  • Obituary: Todd Strege

    January 25, 1966~September 1, 2020 Todd “Bear” Allen Strege, 54, of Radcliffe, KY died on September 1, 2020 of injuries from a moped accident.  He was born January 25, 1966 in Sturgeon Bay, WI to Bonnie (Grovogel) Kolberg and the late Allen Strege. He was a kindhearted person who lived life to the fullest.  He […]

  • Obituary: Michael McMillion

    September 17, 1958~September 2, 2020 On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, Michael Allan McMillion, loving husband and father of two, died at the age of 61 from a sudden brain aneurysm. Mike was born on September 17, 1958 in Laona, WI to George and Margie (Powell) McMillion.  On October 6, 1979, he married Brenda Lee Renkas.  […]

  • Obituary: Elaine Mae Johnson

    March 31, 1925 ~ September 5, 2020 Elaine Mae Johnson, 95, of Sister Bay, died on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The youngest child of Ed and Julia (Bergwin) Johnson, Elaine was born on March 31, 1925 in Oakland, NE, where she lived her earliest years. Upon graduation from Oakland High School in 1944, she attended […]

  • Obituary: Marilyn M. Nelson

    October 22, 1933 ~ September 9, 2020 Marilyn Mable “Lynn” Nelson, 86, of Nasewaupee and formerly of Elk Grove Village, IL, passed away on September 9, 2020, at Door County Medical Center.  She was born on October 22, 1933 in LaGrange, IL, to Frederick and Inga Hansen.  On June 18, 1955, she married Ronald C. […]