Peninsula Pulse September 24-October 1, 2021

In this issue

  • Wild Things: Time to Get Sighted In for Youth Gun Deer Hunt

    If you’ll be mentoring someone during this year’s youth gun deer hunt, now’s the time to dial in for a better shot at success.  Cooler air and the first hints of fall color are getting kids and adults excited for the Oct. 9-10 hunt, which offers those age 15 and younger an opportunity to get […]

  • Supervisors Accept Grant to Improve Groundwater Quality

    Brussels dairy farmer Dan Vandertie milks 40 cows with his wife and has a young son who’s coming back to the family farm business. He asked the Door County Board of Supervisors during its Tuesday meeting to reject a $286,272 Notice of Discharge (NOD) grant that was awarded to the Door County Soil and Water […]

  • Fincantieri Sprucing Up Streetscape by Summer 2022

    By next summer, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s yard along 3rd Avenue, from Jefferson to Iowa streets, will be enhanced with greenery, canopy trees, fencing and an interpretive area for maritime history. On Sept. 15, the shipbuilder presented its conceptual beautification plan to the Sturgeon Bay Plan Commission, which accepted it unanimously.  Improving the property’s aesthetics was […]

  • DCHS Featured Pet: Lily

    Meet Lily (, a three-year-old rabbit who’s available for adoption at the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus. This gorgeous girl weighs three pounds and is covered with the cutest speckles. If you have room in your home and heart for two rabbits, consider adopting her friend Chocolate, too! Make an adoption appointment today at […]

  • Open Door Pride Rebroadcasting Pride Fest Party

    Watch the party rebroadcast of Open Door Pride’s virtual, fifth annual Pride Festival on Sept. 24, 7-8:30 pm, on the Open Door Pride Facebook or Youtube page. Technical issues during the live streaming of the original event caused many videos to be omitted or formatted incorrectly, but the newly edited version will include all the […]

  • P.A.T.H. Receives Funds from St. Peter’s Cares Walk

    The St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Outreach Team hosted its fifth annual St. Peter’s Cares Walk on Sept. 11 to raise funds for P.A.T.H. of Door County: a nonprofit dedicated to increasing opportunities for recreation and community integration for children and adults with special needs. Deb Doyle, representing the P.A.T.H. board, accepted $2,070 from Outreach Team […]

  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s Expected to Raise Nearly $14,000

    Walkers and teams from across the area participated in this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Door County on Sept. 11. The walk is anticipated to raise nearly $14,000 to fund research and local services, including support groups, education, information and referral services, care and support, advocacy efforts and a 24/7 helpline: 800.272.3900. “The Walk […]

  • Kewaunee County Clean Sweep Open Oct. 30

    Kewaunee County Emergency Management has opened registration for Clean Sweep to county residents, farmers and ag businesses that want to properly dispose of chemicals, pesticides, household waste, dry medications, opioids, sharps and more in an environmentally safe manner, at little or no cost.  A collection event will be held Oct. 30, 8 am – 12 […]

  • Spaghetti Fundraiser Benefits Three Organizations

    Shepherd of the Bay Women of the ELCA will host a drive-through spaghetti fundraiser Oct. 2, 4:30-6:30 pm. Proceeds from the dinner of spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and a drink will benefit the Door County Partnership for Housing, the Northern Door Childcare Center and Door CANcer. The meal is free, but generous donations are requested.

  • Blessing of the Animals Oct. 2

    Christians have long honored St. Francis of Assisi by blessing animals on his feast day, the first Sunday in October in the liturgical calendar. Continuing that tradition, Fr. Olin Sletto, vicar of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Nativity, invites pet owners to take their animals, large or small, to a Blessing of the Animals […]

  • Challenge Walk MS is This Weekend

    From Sept. 24 to 26, more than 150 people will walk up to 50 miles throughout Door County to support the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, and together, they’re expected to raise more than $300,000. The annual Challenge Walk MS: Door County will kick off Sept. 24, 8 am, at Clark Park in Fish Creek, […]

  • Local Vets Participate in Honor Flight

    On Sept. 15, John Dwonch of Baileys Harbor and Ronald Lang of Ellison Bay took part in an Old Glory Honor Flight out of Appleton Airport. They spent a day in Washington, D.C., visiting the memorials built in their honor. Dwonch, a local building inspector, spent 20 years in the Navy. Lang, a retired Gibraltar […]

  • Landscapes Take Center Stage at Plum Bottom

    Plum Bottom Gallery’s location at 4999 Plum Bottom Road in Egg Harbor will host a show of landscapes by three artists Oct. 2, 10 am – 5 pm. Artist talks will begin at 2 pm. Sara Vanderkleed has a love of barns, mark making and combining shapes and subtle colors in dynamic compositions. The rural fields […]

  • ’46th Juried Annual’ Exhibit Opens at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum will unveil its 46th Juried Annual exhibition to the public Sept. 25 with a scaled-back, in-person opening reception, 5-6:30 pm, followed by remarks and awards at 6 pm.  In keeping with this show’s tradition, the selections are contemporary, two-dimensional works by regional artists in a broad array of media, subjects and […]

  • Joosse, Graef Tell True Tale in New Children’s Book

    The children’s-book team of author Barbara Joosse and illustrator Renée Graef – both award winners – has brought a dramatic rescue to life in the illustrated picture book The Fishermen, the Horse, and the Sea (Wisconsin Historical Society Press).  In this heroic true story, a boy, a horse and a fishing family brave an 1895 storm on […]

  • The Ever-changing Landscape: The Hardy Gallery debuts new exhibit

    The subtitle for The Hardy Gallery’s new Contemporary Landscape exhibit – Colorist, Formalist, Tonalist – hints that this is not traditional work. This exhibition showcases the work of Rodger Bechtold, Paula Swaydan-Grebel and Brian Sindler, whose approach to landscapes are, as the subtitle suggests, influenced by colorist, formalist and tonalist methods. Craig Blietz, a nationally […]

  • Algoma Author Publishes Second Novel

    Algoma author Bret Kissinger has blended his loves of history and writing to create his second novel, Gone the Way of the Dodo Bird.  It’s Chicago, 1926. Prohibition is in full effect, leaving the Windy City under the rule of the warring Irish North Side and Italian South Side, and Johnny De Luca is a […]

  • Author Discusses New Mystery, ‘Deep Green Envy’

    Novel Bay Booksellers’ favorite cozy-mystery writer, Joy Ann Ribar, will celebrate the launch of the fourth book in the Deep Lakes Mystery series, Deep Green Envy, with a talk and signing Oct. 2, 1-3 pm, at the store, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Because the series features Frankie Champagne, the event will include […]

  • Exploring the Library: Newspaper Databases

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Many readers have discovered how entertaining and interesting it is to dig into old Door County by reading historical newspapers at Local history comes alive through these stories of the past.  The Door County Library Newspaper Archive includes papers from 1862 through 1979, all free […]

  • 2021 Washington Island Literary Festival Concluded Sept. 18

    The 2021 Washington Island Literary Festival concluded Sept. 19 with a panel and author discussions with the featured presenters: (from left) Megan Stielstra, Christina Clancy, Alexander Weinstein, Chris Cander, Lesley Nneka Arimah and Adrian Matejka. The panel started by discussing what “A World Apart” – this year’s festival theme – means to them.

  • 2021 Hal Prize Sets Submission Record

    Submissions to the 2021 Hal Prize closed Sept. 15. The annual creative writing and photography contest, now in its 23rd year, has continued to grow, and thanks to the support and enthusiasm of all entrants, the 2021 Hal Prize was a record-setting year. Submissions for 2021 totaled at 874 entries: 111 fiction, 74 nonfiction, 337 poetry […]

  • Indie Bookstore Tour: Escaping Reality with OtherWorlds Books & More

    Grace Johnson is visiting local booksellers, chronicling her experiences and sharing a little about each store. This concludes the series in print, but visit to read about the six other featured stores. Year Opened: 2018Location: 41 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon BayOwners: David and Margaret Magle If you don’t know it’s there, you may […]

  • Questions & Authors: Kevin Revolinski

    If you’re a traveler, you may be familiar with the name Kevin Revolinski – or his blog name, The Mad Traveler. But it wasn’t until his mid-twenties that Revolinski had his first experience abroad during a volunteer trip to Chihuahua, Mexico. Especially powerful was an excursion to a Rarámuri village deep in Mexico’s Copper Canyon that […]

  • Fiber Art is Focus of Artzy’s ‘Fall Fantasy’ Show

    Artzy Studio’s new exhibit, Fall Fantasy, features fiber art by artists Bill and Linda Sumner of Bear Paw Paperworks. During their life and travels together, the Sumners’ fiber art has been a shared interest.  They create their artwork from wool and felt – known as needle felting – and layer handmade paper to create three-dimensional art forms. […]

  • Door to Nature: Wild Mushroom Toxins

    I remember the day when I photographed my first wild mushroom. It was 50 years ago, in early October at Toft Point, when we found a very unusual tan growth called the white elfin saddle, whose scientific name is Helvella crispa. Having enjoyed horseback riding a few years earlier, the saddle shape of the cap […]


    Door County – The Door County Board of Supervisors has filled its District 9 seat. Rodney Beardsley is an electrical engineer who moved from his home near Denver about six years ago to take a job with Hatco. He lives in Sturgeon Bay with his wife and two school-aged children and has never held office.  […]

  • From Summer Resort to Summer Housing

    Anschutz Steps Up to Preserve Cabins, Provide Housing Paula Anschutz wasn’t looking to save a building when she drove past Pebble Beach to the old Little Sister Resort property in May. She was just hoping to find some gems to salvage from the deconstruction of the historical resort. Four months later, Anschutz, the general manager […]

  • Virtual Meeting Presents County’s Hazard-Mitigation Plan

    Door County – The Door County Emergency Management and Land Use Services departments are updating a multi-jurisdictional hazard-mitigation plan in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) requirements. Having a FEMA-certified hazard-mitigation plan enables municipalities to apply for both pre- and post-disaster hazard-mitigation funding.  A virtual open house to present the plan and gather input […]

  • More Broadband for Rural Kewaunee County

    Luxemburg – A new Bug Tussel Wireless tower has gone live to deliver wireless internet service to areas west of Kewaunee and south of Luxemburg.  Kewaunee County and Bug Tussel Wireless officials celebrated the first steps of the project’s success with a Sept. 24 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ryan’s Corner Tower, N4559 Cty AB in […]

  • National Voter Registration Day Is Sept. 28

    Door County – Voting is a shared American freedom, but to participate in our democracy in this way, voters must be registered. To assist with that, the League of Women Voters of Door County (LWVDC) – a proud partner and supporter of National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 28 – will hold events to assist with […]

  • Kewaunee County Demonstrates Ability to Handle Nuclear Incident

    Luxemburg – Kewaunee County passed its portion of the biennial Plume Pathway Emergency Response Exercise by meeting evaluated criteria of how to handle a potential incident at the Point Beach Nuclear Plant (PBNP) in Two Rivers. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) evaluated Kewaunee County, Manitowoc County and the state of Wisconsin during a full-scale […]

  • Online Group Supports Those with Crohn’s, Colitis

    Adults with Crohn’s disease and/or ulcerative colitis are welcome to join Prevea Health’s free virtual support group held monthly on the first Tuesday at 6 pm. The group is also available to family members and friends of those with these conditions.  Prevea Health’s Crohn’s and colitis care manager – a registered nurse – will facilitate the support […]

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Holds Annual Meeting

    Richard Lauder’s DVD Yesteryear Egg Harbor will be shown as a highlight of the Egg Harbor Historical Society’s annual meeting and light supper Sept. 29 at the Kress Pavillion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor. Reservations are required for the meeting and supper, but everyone is welcome to attend Lauder’s program, starting at 7 pm. […]

  • Learn about Ephraim’s History on Tram Tours

    Take a tram tour to discover how Ephraim changed from a hub for trading vessels, to a fishing and lumbering village, to one of Door County’s premier tourist destinations. Tours are offered Wednesday, Thursday and Friday through Oct. 15, beginning at 10:30 am at the Anderson Barn, 3060 Anderson Lane in Ephraim.  Tours run one […]

  • Fall Archaeological Dig Begins at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek has received a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council to support a fall archaeological dig called Sharing the Stories of the People and the Land. It’s open to the public by appointment during the last week of September and the first week of October. The “hands-in-the-dirt” instruction will take place at […]

  • Statue Dedication, Groundbreaking at Zoobilee

    Kewaunee County’s Bruemmer Park Zoo has a new attraction in place and a new exhibit on the way. Life-size statues of a lion, rhinoceros and zebra have been installed, and in the spring, an elephant statue will arrive in the green space of the zoo’s lower portion. Steve Bruemmer has made generous contributions to this […]

  • Fish Creek Welcomes Return of Inside/Outside Days

    New name, same great event Inside/Outside Days will return to Fish Creek Sept. 24-26, when attendees can stroll the leaf-swept sidewalks, breathe in the autumn air and grab something to eat at one of Fish Creek’s many restaurants. Businesses throughout the village will host both inside and outside activities all weekend long, in addition to […]

  • A Step Back in Time

    Baileys Harbor’s AutumnFest returns Sept. 25 Picture this: You’re strolling through town, and the words to “Peggy Sue” are floating through your mind – or maybe they’re coming from the local bar. A ’56 Chevy Bel-Air drives past and pulls up next to a ’53 Studebaker Golden Hawk. The locals are enjoying food and drinks, […]

  • New Slant for DCEDC Awards: Bexell, Fuller and Ferry Line honored

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) reimagined and expanded award ceremony honored new faces and old during the DCEDC’s annual investors’ meeting and luncheon Sept. 22 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.  The long-standing, annual awards were changed this year “to be more inclusive to honor all the businesses in our diverse business […]

  • Obituary: Charles R. Dams

    July 26, 1955~September 15, 2021 Charles R. Dams, age 66, died on September 15, 2021 at Door County Medical Center – SNF, with his  beloved wife by his side. He was born on July 26, 1955 in Iron River, Michigan the son of the late Donald and Joan (Johnson) Dams. Charlie was united in marriage […]

  • Obituary: Lori Ann Teich

    May 3, 1961 – August 7, 2021 Lori Ann Teich, 60, of Madison, WI, died unexpectedly Saturday August 7th, 2021 at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI. She was born March 3rd, 1961 to Harold and Delores (Little) Teich at Door County Memorial Hospital. She graduated in 1979 from Sturgeon Bay High School and continued her […]

  • Obituary: Betty Bannon Frank

    Dec 21, 1924 – September 12, 2021 Betty Marie Frank, 96, of Davenport, Iowa, died peacefully at home with hospice, son Bill and daughter Lisa at her side. Betty was born in Davenport, the only child to her parents William and Fern Bannon. She was a graduate of St. Katherine’s School and later graduated from […]

  • Obituary: Robert Vogel

    June 18, 1961 ~ September 18, 2021 Robert Vogel, 60, of Sturgeon Bay died suddenly at home on Sept. 18, 2021.  He was born June 18, 1961 in Door County to Ervin and Christine (Cherney) Vogel. Robert graduated from Southern Door High School and enjoyed farming with his parents most of his life.  Farming was […]

  • Obituary: Catherine Elizabeth (Worachek) Huettl

    February 28, 1968 ~ September 16, 2021 Catherine “Cathy” Elizabeth Huettl, 53, of Carlsville, died on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at her home. She was born February 28, 1968 in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, daughter of Richard John Worachek and Elizabeth Mary (Alsteen). Cathy graduated from Hayward High School with the Class of 1986. She worked […]

  • Obituary: Margaret Eloise Kramer

    June 3, 1923 ~ September 17, 2021 Margaret Eloise Kramer, 98 years old, of East Maplewood, died on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Cardinal Ridge Care Facility, with her family at her side.  She was born on June 3, 1923 on the family farm in the town of Ahnapee, Kewaunee County, and was the daughter […]

  • Obituary: Roger Lee Carmody

    October 8, 1959 ~ September 14, 2021 Roger Lee Carmody, 61, of Sturgeon Bay died at Bellin Hospital with his loving wife by his side on September 14, 2021.  He was born October 8, 1959, in Algoma to Gordon and Elda (Strege) Carmody.  On July 15, 2014, he married Qi Zhang in Sturgeon Bay. Roger […]

  • Obituary: Kent M. Pahlow

    March 8, 1961~September 14, 2021 Kent M. Pahlow, age 60 of Sister Bay, died on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. He was born on March 8, 1961 in Green Bay to Richard and Anna Gay (Hubbard) Pahlow.  Kent attended and graduated from Green Bay East in the class of 1979. He […]