Volume 16 Issue 07 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Re-purposing Buildings: Ephraim Administrative Offices

    While the Patricia Shoppe was converted from a governmental to a commercial building, what is now the Ephraim Administrative building and Peninsula Preschool has taken somewhat the opposite route.

  • Selections From the Sustainable Book Shelf

    The New Frugality By Chris Farrell Farell, American Public Media’s economics editor, says that with lending tight Americans aren’t likely to revert to their consumerist ways as quickly after this economic crisis.

  • Keeping Green, Cleaning Green

    Every company is trying to hop on the green bandwagon, some getting blatant and labeling anything as "green." Here's a few things to watch for to avoid getting fooled.

  • How Does Your Garden Grow?

    As the economy has become uncertain more people are planting gardens, some for the first time, and some are raising chickens as well. Gary Jones gives some tips for getting started.

  • “Earth Week” Events

    A guide to upcoming Earth Day celebrations and sustainability-related events.

  • Activity: Graphing Your Oil Future

    Taking a look at global oil resources with a simple activity.

  • The Triple Bottom Line

    Businesses, governments and individuals are increasingly asking what sustainability means and how it can be quantified as we try to balance the costs and environmental impacts of our activities while working to enrich our communities.

  • Michael Perry, Words of Wisdom

    "He and I are both complicit. Him with his bulldozer, with which he carves driveways for the new arrivals, me with my little ten-acre patch outside of town, which I sold in a trice when I needed the money and found out what it would bring."

  • Traveling Green in Door County

    Door and Kewaunee Counties now boast 39 Travel Green Certified businesses and organizations, up from 30 one year ago. Travel Green is operated by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism to recognize businesses operating in a more environmentally conscious manner.

  • Tech This Out

    As computers and other technology have become a more integral part of our everyday lives, a recurring theme has been efficiency. Consumers are always looking for the computer, Web site, or device that can get whatever job we want done finished the fastest.

  • An Outlook

    supplying America’s businesses and residences with affordable, reliable, and clean electricity is an enormous challenge – the author looks at one exciting solution.

  • …that we don’t take sustainability to heart?

    "Why Is It…?" was designed by Dr. Steiner to address readers' questions about human behavior from a social psychological perspective in order to inform and stimulate dialogue about the ways in which our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the presence of other people.

  • On Sustainability

    Notes from sustainability in science.

  • Talking Sustainability

    “All around were reminders that the land was more important than we were. The land could do without us.” – Ben Logan, The Land Remembers “It is pretty clear that there is not much chance of finding any significant quantity of new cheap oil. Any new or unconventional oil is going to be expensive.” — […]

  • Strange Bedfellows: As development surged in Door County, an age of preservation blossomed

    As Door County has developed, it has also preserved, to the tune of more than $43,000,000 in land acquisition for preservation and public access in the last decade.

  • The Special Consensus to Perform at White Gull Inn

    The Special Consensus, a four-person acoustic bluegrass band, will perform at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on Wednesday, April 28. Tickets for the 8 pm concert, the fifth and last scheduled at the inn this winter, are $15.

  • Author Paul McComas Featured During National Poetry Month

    As part of National Poetry Month, Paul McComas will deliver his overview of poetry entitled, “Poetry in (E)motion: The Many Moods of Verse” at Third Avenue Playhouse on Sunday, April 25 at 2 pm.

  • Holiday Music Motel Hosts House Concert/Recording Session

    pat mAcdonald + melaniejane (AKA Purgatory Hill) will record four albums of material in front of a live audience at the Holiday Music Motel on April 22, 23 and 24 from 6 – 10 pm.

  • Local Singers Invited to Audition

    Peninsula Music Festival is holding open vocal auditions in an effort to establish a local pool of talented singers who may be called upon in the future for various musical projects with the Peninsula Music Festival.

  • Lost Mothra Performs at Joe Jo’s

    Performing progressive folk with flavors of jazz and blues, Lost Mothra will appear at Joe Jo’s on Friday, April 23 from 6 – 8 pm. Lost Mothra members include: Jeanne Kuhns, host of the summer music series at the Woodwalk Events Barn; George Sawyn, an accomplished jazz and classical guitarist who has recently relocated to Door County after performing professionally in Chicago for over 30 years; Lynn Gudmundsen, nationally known fiddle player and the originator of Door County’s summer Bluegrass Camp; and Patrick Palmer, the talented upright and electric bass player.

  • Isadoora Announces Cast for Painting Churches

    Isadoora Theatre Company is delighted to announce the cast of their upcoming production of Painting Churches, which will play May 13 – 16 and 20 – 23 at the Ephraim Village Hall.

  • “Duct Tape: The Musical” Premieres at TAP

    What do you get when you take Jim (Berg) and Tim (Nyberg), the Duct Tape Guys, and tape them together with Ben Larsen and Dan Mayhew (of Ben There, Dan That)? You get Duct Tape: The Musical – 90 minutes of breathtakingly stupid comedy for the entire family.

  • Tenor Robert Robertson to Perform at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay

    Robert Robertson, the fabulous tenor seen and loved for over 15 years with the Lorie Line Christmas Show, will be making an appearance in Sturgeon Bay on Saturday, April 17 at the United Methodist Church.

  • American Folklore Theatre Announces 20th Anniversary Season

    Door County’s critically-acclaimed American Folklore Theatre has announced its 2010 summer season, which will run from June 16 until August 28. This summer, the theatre will celebrate its 20th Anniversary of "theatre under the stars" at the outdoor AFT Amphitheatre in Peninsula State Park.

  • Peninsula Pulse Server of the Week: Anne Alberts!

    If you’re hungry for some gourmet, there’s a spectacular place in Sister Bay, that concocts the finest food each day, and they’ll make it just your way.

  • Horoscopes

    Aries (March 21 – April 19): A $20 bill will do a lot of the talking for you, as long as you don’t snap your fingers at the waiter. Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Your birthday is around the bend; make this year’s “avoiding sad reality” tradition a memorable one by hiding in your […]

  • Manners Matter

    Dear Mary Pat,   It seems that the value of a penny just isn’t what it used to be – it doesn’t get you much in life these days. However, I have a concern. As a cashier, more and more people have expectations that I’ll “find” the penny to create even change for their bill. […]

  • Gibraltar’s “Suessical the Musical” Challenge

    The cast, creative team and collaborators of Gibraltar’s production of Seussical challenge the community to fill the seats at the Door Community Auditorium for all three of their performances.

  • A Bold Step for Sage Conrad

    Sage Conrad makes her own prom dresses, her Halloween costumes, and her sister’s Halloween costumes. Last Halloween, she was Rainbow Bright, which earned her first prize – a new digital camera – at a friend’s costume party.

  • Whitefish Dunes Work Day Coming Up

    The Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park have organized a work day on Saturday, May 8 to get the park ready for the busy summer season. Everyone is welcome join the Friends, DNR staff, and community members for some hands-on work to protect, preserve, and prepare the park for a busy season.

  • Weavers Guild to Hold Workshops and Demonstrations

    The Door County Weavers Guild will hold a weaving workshop on Sunday and Monday, May 2 and 3 in the Sister Bay Fire Station. Members of the public are cordially invited to drop in between 11 am – 2 pm, either day, to observe the activities.

  • Knitting Workshop Focuses on Color and Design

    Spin in Sturgeon Bay will host a one-day knitting workshop with Brandon Mably from the Kaffe Fassett Design Studio on April 20, 10 am – 4:30 pm. According to Mably’s mentor, Kaffe Fasset – the world famous, author and designer – Mably has “one of the sharpest eyes for style” that he has ever come across.

  • Olde Ellison Bay Days Dates Announced

    Friday through Sunday, June 25, 26 and 27 have been confirmed as the dates for the 44th annual celebration of Olde Ellison Bay Days – the event that traditionally marks the beginning of the summertime festival season in northern Door County.

  • Newport Wilderness Society Celebrates Earth Day

    Newport Wilderness Society is sponsoring a fun-filled day on Saturday, April 24 to rap up the celebration of Earth Day involving art, photography, poetry and music in the park.

  • Yellowstone’s Trails and Tales Wraps Up Film Series

    On Friday evening, April 16, the Kiwanis Club will present its sixth and final program of their Travel and Adventure Film season at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • EGGscape to Egg Harbor

    Women are encouraged to leave their baggage at home to relax, relate and release at Egg Harbor's Girlfriends Great EGGscape May 13 – 16. This women’s getaway with an Egg Harbor twist will provide plenty of opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

  • Ecology Sports Celebrates Earth “Week”

    Ecology Sports and Base Camp Coffee Bar are hosting a full slate of events in celebration of Earth Day. The store and coffee shop will host lectures, music and art, as well as give out white pine trees (while supplies last) to whoever can carry one home, throughout the course of “Earth Week.

  • Maritime Museum Offering Mystic Seaport Tour

    Reservations are now being taken for a one-of-a-kind, eight-day tour being offered by the Door County Maritime Museum of significant East Coast historical maritime locations, including the renowned Mystic Seaport Museum.

  • Back to Nature at Crossroads

    As bird migration gets underway, the trees start to show green and signs of spring abound at Crossroads at Big Creek, visitors are drawn back to nature, and the upcoming programs will highlight the natural beauty of the area.

  • Bjِrklunden Seminar Openings for 2010

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden is excited to announce there are still openings in the 2010 summer seminar series. Take a vacation with a focus. Choose from one or more of the following: • June 20 – 25: “American Environmental Writers” with Monica Rico • July 18 – 23: “Musical Postcards from Paris” with Catherine Kautsky; “Berlin Up Close and Personal” with Jon Greenwald and Todd Becker • July 25 – 30: “Health Policy and Health Reform in the U.

  • Bird Houses and Bird Feeders Featured Next

    Baylake Bank Premier Club and the Door County YMCA is sponsoring an informational program on “Bird Houses & Bird Feeders” to be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 9:45 – 10:45 am.

  • To Our Pacifists on Veteran’s Day

    For once, let’s praise the men who wouldn’t fight, the women on both sides who sang for peace, the ones who stood against the tanks, that Might would never be abused; that war might cease. They have no flag, no sword, no honor guard, no purple heart, no annual parade, no list of names on […]

  • Dog at the Wheel

    I call When she answers I can hear the dog Leaning close As if the call was really meant for him Or he is her telephone Chaperone His panting is louder Than her voice A ready steady cadence Like he is on a treadmill Propelling the car forward Her voice Begins to gradually diminish I […]

  • Rain

    Rain makes me feel AMAZING! To me, it’s not just a chore of Nature, It’s a feeling! Indescribable! The feeling you get running barefoot in the rain. Or snuggling on the Ferris wheel. Sharing an Ice Cream Cone. Riding on the handle bars of someone’s bike. Hiding in a secret place only you know about. […]

  • Moonlight on the Goldenrod

    Walking together in the twilight Strong mild winds from the south Summer warmth with a hint of fall Open spaces stretching before us Light haze covering the sky Humid aid enveloping the fields Thick forests at the horizon Colors fading to shades of gray Fragrances of drying summer Fields of ripe corn and waving grass […]

  • Upper Bear Creek Road (Evergreen, CO)

    On this morning’s meander before Thanksgiving feast I coast and curve mindfully between the crossing creek-bed Gazing in amazement at gigantic homes, humongous boulders, And timbered beams bravely lodging beneath the behemoth rock. The rushing stream, frosted along its sides, brags icily Of mountain trout hidden within. A small herd of overfed horses Stand patiently […]

  • Lost Lake Road

    It’s April and a single sandhill crane flies across my road. Great blue herons when they arrive blow in like dark-blue smoke. Their necks are bowed as if recoiling from the shock of finding Door County’s leafless spring. But this sandhill’s aim is arrow-straight gliding down to the stubble fields where he stands to rest […]

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 264

    Wendy Videlock lives in western Colorado, where a person can stop to study what an owl has left behind without being run over by a taxi.

  • Celebrating Wisconsin’s Readers and Writers on April 17

    As the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day approaches, one way to celebrate will be Wisconsin Center for the Book’s (WCB) Nature Book Bash on April 17. A “non-urban book festival” that helps to connect the dots of science, books, birders, and readers, this year’s book bash will be held at a new time and site – April 17, 5 – 8 pm, at Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre (WRCT).

  • Looking Ahead to the Second Series

    The 2010-2011 Dickinson series is already on its way. It was inaugurated on April 14 by Peninsula Pulse Poetry winner Katie Schnorr. Further scheduled readings will include:   May 12 – Barbara Larsen June 9 – Nancy Rafal July 14 – Ellen Kort August 11 – Ralph Murre September 8 – Loraine Brink October 13 […]

  • Dickinson Series Book Release

    No Breath Is Lost will officially be released on April 22 at a gala celebration party at 7 pm at UUFDC, 10341 Water Street (Hwy 42), Ephraim. The cost of the book is $12 and it will be available at poetry events county-wide and state-wide and at UUFDC events.

  • The Dickinson Series – Year One

    A year and a month or two ago, a group of poets were discussing an ironic fact of life in Door County. For all the people writing here, outside of National Poetry Month in April, there were relatively few occasions when poets could present their work to the public.

  • Filmmaker Laura Stewart Selected for Statewide Exhibit

    Local filmmaker Laura Stewart has been selected as one of the featured artists for the statewide survey of contemporary art, the Wisconsin Triennial, at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA).

  • Canvases for 2010 Community Mosaic Project Now Available

    The Hardy Gallery is excited to announce that canvases are now available for the 2010 Community Mosaic Project, an innovative community art project involving the creation of 300-plus small works of art in nearly every medium imaginable.

  • Volunteers of the Year Honored at DCAL Meeting

    Door County Art League (DCAL) members will get together for the first official meeting of 2010 on Monday, April 26 at 7 pm. At the meeting, the Volunteers of the Year will be acknowledged, a program will delve into Artist Trading Cards, and guests are welcome to attend.

  • Art on the Quiet Side 2010

    Art on the Quiet Side will continue in 2010 under the new management of the Jacksonport Firefighter's Association and the Jacksonport Area Business Association.

  • Our low-energy home in the woods

    The author looks at the construction of his energy-efficient home in Door County.

  • By The Numbers

    A look at resources matters, by the numbers.

  • Community Health Program Highlights End of Life Decisions

    The Health & Wellness Cabinet Ministry of The Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay will present the first of four sessions dealing with End of Life Directives April 18.

  • Brain Drain Author Speaking at Stone Harbor April 28

    Patrick Carr, co-author of Hollowing Out the Middle: The Rural Brain Drain and What it Means for America, will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Economic Development Corporation's annual luncheon.

  • Correction

    In the April 2 edition of the Peninsula Pulse (v16i07), a caption incorrectly identified Green Bay Packers linebacker Brad Jones as Greg Jones. Jones was speaking at the Sister Bay Lions Club youth banquet.

  • What Happened

    • Voters across Door County chose their local representatives in the spring election April 6. Washington Island and Sturgeon Bay school districts each passed referendums, while Thad Birmingham won the race for Mayor of Sturgeon Bay. Complete election results are available at • The Sister Bay Village Board approved a moratorium proposed by Administrator […]

  • April 16 – 30

    • Door County Memorial Hospital’s Cancer Center will offer a free skin screening on Saturday, April 24 from 8 am – noon at 323 South 18th Ave. Visit to register and take the online risk assessment. Call 920.743.5566 ext. 3580 from 3 – 5 pm for more information. • Applications are being accepted for […]

  • Notes from the Grove

    • Supervisor Anne Miller has received word from Frank Busalacchi, Secretary of the Wisconsin Dept of Transportation (WisDOT), that he has approved the application submitted by the Town of Liberty Grove for the proposed Door County Coastal Byway as an Official Wisconsin Scenic Byway.

  • Support Groups

    Alcoholics Anonymous & Al-Anon 800.746.0901 or 920.746.0900 The local chapter offers 20 meetings throughout the week at various times and locations throughout Door & Kewaunee Counties.

  • Northern Door Volleyball Association Seeks Teams

    The Northern Door Volleyball Association (NDVA) is looking for teams to join the Summer Volleyball League on the courts on County Highway A. Each summer, 12 teams join on Wednesday nights for friendly competition under the Door County stars.

  • Sports Schedules

    GIBRALTAR VARSITY ATHLETICS • Softball April 17 vs. Coleman (Doubleheader) 10 am April 19 @ Kewaunee, 4:30 pm April 22 vs. Algoma, 4:30 pm April 26 @ NEW Lutheran, 4:30 pm April 29 @ Oconto (Doubleheader) 4 pm April 30 @ Sevastopol, 4:30 pm • Baseball April 17 vs Coleman (doubleheader), 10 am April 19 vs.

  • Quella to Play Soccer at DII Saint Joseph’s

    Steven Quella, a senior at Sevastopol High School, signed a National letter of intent April 7 to play soccer at Saint Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind.

  • Gibraltar’s Forkert, Sawyer Selected for State All-Star Games

    Gibraltar’s Sam Forkert and Tom Sawyer have been selected to play in Wisconsin high school all-star games this summer. Forkert has been selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 4 All-Star Game June 19 in Madison at the University of Wisconsin Field House.

  • Community Notes From April 2 – 16

    • The Jim Larsen Boys and Girls Club of Door County is hosting their Spring Fish Fry, Thursday, April 22 from 4:30 – 7:30 pm at The Mill Supper Club in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Door County Half Marathon Seeking Volunteers

    Do you want to join the team working on Door County’s most exciting new community event? The Door County Half Marathon and Nicolet Bay 5k is looking for volunteers to help prepare for the rapidly growing race.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Sofie is a gorgeous, spayed, front-declawed, long-haired beauty. Her coat is as white as snow and as soft as cashmere. She arrived to the shelter in March and is eight years old.

  • Coast Guard Clean-up Crew

    The crew from the Coast Guard Station in Sturgeon Bay completed a Roadside Clean up along Canal Road April 2. The crew collected about 250 pounds of trash.

  • Door County Business News: New Antique Store 3rd Ave. and More Notes

    • Door County's newest antiques shop is opening in Sturgeon Bay’s historic waterfront district. Door County Traders, Eclectic Antiques & Resale is opening in the vintage 1916 brick-front McNeely building at 125 North 3rd Ave.

  • Subway May Slip Into Conditional Use

    The biggest news at the Sister Bay Plan Commission meeting March 25 came after almost everyone had gone home. Village Administrator Bob Kufrin said he overlooked a line in the zoning code that would make a proposal to build a Subway restaurant on Highway 42 in Sister Bay subject to a conditional use permit, which would hold it to strict review standards.

  • Doorfins Swimmers Excel at State

    The Doorfins finished their season with 66 best times at the YMCA State Swimming Championships held at Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer. These phenomenal times put them in 9th place overall as a team and ahead of 9 teams double or triple their size.

  • Strivers Gymnasts Qualify 20 for Nationals

    The Door County YMCA Striver's Gymnastic Team attended the State Tournament on March 19 and 20 in Sheboygan, Wis. The team returned to Sturgeon Bay with nine individual medals and numerous top 15 placings.

  • Teenage Alcohol Town Hall Meeting Thursday

    The Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition will host a Town Hall Meeting Thursday, April 8 at the Jacksonport Town Hall (3365 County Road V). Snacks will be served at 6pm.

  • Door County Votes

    Polls open from 7am-8pm tomorrow throughout Door County for our spring elections. Four county board supervisor, eight town supervisor seats, two village trustee seats, and six school board seats are up

  • What’s With All the Bent Cedars?

    Many people have commented on what seems to be a large number of cedar trees in rough shape this spring. I snapped a photo and sent it to the best source for answers in the area on all things nature -

  • Door to Nature

    One of the most important native groups of bioindicators, the frogs, toads and salamanders, soon will be entering the reproductive stages in their life cycles.