Volume 16 Issue 13 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Should Government Get Social?

    Log into Facebook and you'll find debates on anything from politics to chocolate-chip cookies. Discussions on issues like the Subway proposal in Sister Bay have generated countless posts and comments and increased turnout at public meetings. So is it time for local government to jump into the social media fray?

  • Fun Facts for the Fourth

    With the Independence Day holiday weekend just a week away I thought I’d provide you, my dear readers, with an assortment of facts about this country’s history that you can share with friends and family while the charcoal heats up, while you wait for the firework displays to begin, or at any other occasion where you feel it appropriate to annoy those around you.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:20pm

    "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.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:18pm

    • New learning first involves an increase in connections between nerve cells in the hippocampus, a special region deep in the brain. Without the hippocampus, we could not form new memories.

  • Speaking in billions

    "Too often, a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. Were we to use more than one percent of my claim checks on ourselves, neither our happiness nor our well-being would be enhanced.

  • Notes From the Grove: Board Addresses Gravel Pit

    • The Town Board met with the owners of the gravel/shooting pit on Mink River Road at our second meeting this month. The Board outlined the list of concerns about what was felt to be excessive shooting creating nuisance and safety concerns.

  • More than 100 Participants Registered in “Running Green for Crossroads”

    The local response to Door County’s first “green” running and walking event has been surprising and encouraging to everyone involved in launching the June 26 event, “Running Green for Crossroads.

  • Green Quote

    “The battle is over, the oil peakists have won.

  • Farmers’ Markets Open for Business

    • Jacksonport Farmers’ Market at Lakeside Park, Tuesday, 9 am – 1 pm. • Settlement Shops Farmers’ Market in Fish Creek, Wednesday, 10 10 am – 2 pm. • Sturgeon Bay Farm/Craft Market at Market Square, Wednesday, 4 – 8 pm.

  • Green Facts

    25,000 Hours of human manual labor energy contained in a single barrel of oil 25 Barrels of oil used each year by the average American, or 300 years worth of manual labor 7 Percent annual decline in production at today’s operating oil fields Source: Eaarth by Bill McKibben

  • Sports Schedule

    DOOR COUNTY LEAGUE BASEBALL June 27 Schedule All games start at 1:30 pm Egg Harbor @ Sister Bay Institute @ Maplewood Kolberg @ Washington Island Baileys Harbor @ West Jacksonport Standings Kolberg 7-0 West Jacksonport 4-3 Maplewood 4-3 Egg Harbor 4-3 Washington Island 3-4 Institute 3-4 Sister Bay 1-6 Baileys Harbor 1-6 WOMEN’S DOUBLE-HEADER LEAGUE SOFTBALL • Monday, June 28 Schedule All games start approximately 6:30 pm Mike’s Port Pub @ Happy Hour Birminghams @ AC Tap Institute Saloon @ Bley’s John Henry’s @ Hitching Post UPCOMING RUNS, RIDES and PADDLES • June 26 Running Green for Crossroads 2K, 5K AND 10K trail walk/run 920.

  • Forkert Shines in Basketball All-Star Game

    Sam Forkert turned in an impressive performance at Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) D4 All-Star Game June 19. Forkert, who just completed his senior year at Gibraltar, was the game's leading scorer with 15 points.

  • Door County Sea Kayak Symposium

    The 7th Annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium splashes down in Rowley’s Bay near Ellison Bay on July 8 – 11. With some of the finest instructors from all over the country, guided day trips to many of the county’s most spectacular bays, and a donation of its proceeds going to support the work of the Door County Land Trust, it’s no wonder the symposium has become a peninsula favorite.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:52pm

    • The Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary presented a check in the amount of $500 to Pam Busch, Mobility Manager for Door-Tran on June 3. Funds received from the Rotary will support the voucher program and support Door-Tran’s fundraising campaign.

  • The Fish Doctor

    Clients who board Dr. Lynn Frederick’s charter boat The Fish Doctor have a unique experience in that they have signed up for more than a fishing trip; they will also learn something about lake ecology.

  • Business Briefs

    • Baylake Bank was part of an elite group of customers to receive an Environmental Award from Cintas Document Management. Baylake Bank received the award for partnering in preservation of the environment while maintaining the highest level of document security. Through its utilization of a secure document destruction program in 2009, Baylake Bank saved 255 […]

  • Culture Club – Peninsula Arts & Humanities Alliance

    This past Monday, I embarked on the first week of my seventh season with Door Shakespeare.

  • Pen Players Offer Free Backstage Tours

    Since 1935, Peninsula Players has been entertaining and delighting Door County audiences in Fish Creek. In conjunction with its celebratory 75th season, the Players will offer public tours of its stage house and all-weather audience pavilion.

  • Pen Player’s Offer Seminar

    Peninsula Players actor Tim Monsion will kick off the theater’s popular public seminars series on Saturday, June 26. Monsion will discuss the research of the history of World War I and its veterans that influenced the player’s current production, Heroes, written by Tom Stoppard.

  • Swedish American Children’s Choir Performs in Door County

    The Swedish American Children’s Choir of St. Charles, Illinois will tour Door County from June 25 to 28, performing in three locations.

  • Bjorklunden Presents Bach and Foirouz

    On Saturday, July 10 at 7 pm Bjorklunden will hosts a program featuring chamber and solo works by Baroque master J.S. Bach, and Mohammed Fairouz, one of the most sought after composers writing today.

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival

    Each summer a group of world-class musicians from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, Aspen Music Festival, and artist faculty from major universities, join together to form Midsummer’s Music Festival.

  • Birch Creek’s Upcoming Performances

    Thursday and Friday, July 1 and July 2, Conductor Brian Groner will lead the Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra in an evening celebrating two landmarks: Chopin’s 200th birthday and Birch Creek’s 35th Anniversary.

  • WPR Features Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra

    Three performances by the 2009 Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) on Sunday, June 27 at 12:30 pm. The broadcast may be heard on WPNE-FM (89.

  • Counting Heads, Wings, Roots and More at a Door County BioBlitz

    On June 26, the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, with help from Department of Natural Resources (DNR), UW-Green Bay, and volunteers will hold a daylong biological survey.

  • Nature Discovery Night Every Thursday

    The Ridges Sanctuary presents “Nature Discovery Night” every Thursday through August 12 at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The free programs will run from 7 – 8:30 pm; donations are welcome.

  • Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire

    The first Door County Renaissance Fantasy Faire will be held north of Carlsville on the weekends of June 26 – 27 and July 3 – 4 from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday.

  • New Attractions at Olde Ellison Bay Days

    From Friday, June 25 through Sunday, June 27, Ellison Bay’s annual Olde Ellison Bay Days festival will debut many new family attractions, from a kid-friendly camel to a “water golf” shoot-out to a Pie Baking Contest.

  • Programs at the Crossroads

    On Saturday June 26, the Crossroads at Big Creek will host the Running Green for Crossroads 2K-5K-10K Trail Walk/Run. The race begins at 9 am and finishes in the Historical Village where locally grown produce will be served.

  • Photopoll

    What is the one reality of living on the island that mainlanders wouldn’t guess? “We, too, have to pay to ride the ferry.” – Sara Sorensen

  • Article posted Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:54pm

    Question: What was Door County’s first registered township?

  • Horoscopes

    Gemini (May 21 – June 21): A new hobby will prove fruitful when you successfully pick cherries while riding a horse.

  • Pet Peeves

    “People who leave a voicemail, get cut off because they talk too long, then call back and fill up the voicemail AGAIN!” –Anonymous

  • Dear Mary Pat

    I am expecting my first child in a couple of months and am surprised at all of the comments I hear, usually from complete strangers. I walked into a store the other day and a woman said, "My, you're big!" Then I've also heard, "You must be due any day now.

  • Tips from the Pro

    Most golfers fear the sand because they don’t know how to get out of it. Sand shots are some of the easiest shots to hit when you have the proper technique.

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Door County golf events.

  • Leaderboard

    League results from Cherry Hills and Wednesday Scramble League.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    This week’s trivia question: This month, a 15-year-old female from Florida became the youngest female golfer to turn professional. Three years ago, at the age of 12, she was the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. What is her name?

  • Player Profile

    Player Profile of Ross Siegel.

  • Short Shots

    For those of you that failed to read the fine print in last issue’s Pulse (Leaderboard), you missed an incredible score by Sturgeon Bay’s Cam Fuller. Fuller shot a 65 at Cherry Hills Golf Course and tied his personal best 18-hole round, a score that he only shot once before (last year).

  • Horseshoe Bay Hosts First Annual Jim Larsen Boys & Girls Club Outing

    Over one hundred golfers participated in the first annual Jim Larsen Boys and Girls Club Celebrity Outing held at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on Monday, Jun 14.


    Keely Barnowsky’s Bridal Party – including (left to right) Laura Sawdey, Jessica Wegner, Keely Barnowsky, Chase Olson, Celia Choih, and Alexis Rericha – dined at The Cookery in Fish Creek in early May.

  • Dirty Deuce

    These musical mathematicians of rock-n-roll have the right equation to get you out on the dance floor.

  • Lost Mothra Performs at Andre’s

    Singer/songwriter Jeanne Kuhns and her band Lost Mothra are set to perform monthly at Andre’s on the west side of Sturgeon Bay. Lost Mathra will perform from 8 – 10 pm the fourth Saturday of every month beginning June 26.

  • Harmonious Wail Performs at Martin Park

    Harmonious Wail will take the stage at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay on Tuesday, June 29 at 7 pm. A combination of mandolin, guitar, bass, and female vocals, Harmonious Wail has toured throughout the US and Europe.

  • Maritime Friends Group Present Waterfront Concert Series

    On Sunday, June 27 the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay will present the first of six concerts presented by the museum’s Maritime Friends group.

  • Door Community Auditorium Features World-Renowned Musicians

    On Tuesday, June 29, the Door Community Auditorium will host three of the world’s most respected musicians. Béla Fleck (on banjo), Zakir Hussain (on Indian tabla drums), and Edgar Meyer (on string bass) form a powerhouse trio, blending classical, bluegrass, and world music in a captivating evening of genre bending and musical wizardry.

  • Single Day Workshops from DC Bluegrass Camp

    The Door County Bluegrass Camp will be offering single day workshops for those who cannot attend the entire camp, scheduled for August 1 through August 6 at Rowleys Bay in Ellison Bay.

  • Cheese Lover’s Delight

    It might be stating the obvious to say that here in Wisconsin we love cheese.

  • Savory Spoon Offers Tasty Classes

    The Savory Spoon Cooking School is hosting an array of classes as the season gets underway. On Saturday, June 26 at 6 pm, the Savory Spoon will celebrate seasonal flavors: asparagus, rhubarb, and more.

  • Learn Chinese with the Lindens

    The public is invited to join the new “Chinese Corner,” a weekly conversation class for anyone wanting to learn and speak Mandarin, the official language of China and Singapore, spoken by an estimated 1 billion people.

  • Noble House Museum Opens for Season

    The Alexander Noble House Museum is open for the season, Tuesday through Sunday from 12 – 5 pm. A costumed guide will assist visitors as they step back in time to a Fish Creek home of the late 1800s.

  • Paris, Berlin, and Washington DC

    From Sunday, July 18 until Friday, July 23 Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden is offering three seminars: “Musical Postcards from Paris,” “Berlin up Close and Personal,” and “The Media in Washington.

  • Sandra Martinez Opens Exhibit at Mr. Helsinki

    The month-long Sandra Martinez exhibition, “Traces of Spirit,” opens at Mr. Helsinki Restaurant & Wine Bar in Fish Creek on July 1. The exhibit will feature a sampling of Martinez’s artwork, including acrylic on paper paintings, blockprinted pleated shawls, silk-screened handbags, and laser-cut vinyl on glass.

  • Craft Cottage Features Turned Wood by Jeff Gasper

    This week, the Jacksonport Craft Cottage features a new selection of hand turned wood pieces by Jeff Gasper. Using local hickory, walnut, and maple wood, Gasper crafts beautiful and functional art including wood bowls, vases, and candleholders.

  • Hardy Gallery Announces Winners of 48th Annual Juried Exhibit

    The Hardy Gallery announced the award winners of its 48th Annual Juried Exhibit at a reception for the exhibit held on Friday, June 11. Door County artists Dan Anderson, Brigitte Kozma, Donna Brown, John Dietrich, and Len Villano made up the panel of jurors and selected 87 pieces to display from the 165 that had been submitted.

  • The Artist’s App

    The word “finger-painting” usually conjures up images of three-year-olds sitting around a preschool table, getting as much paint on their faces as on the paper.

  • Drink Coffee Features “The Requisite Eye”

    Rolf E. Olson’s fluid photograph collection, “The Requisite Eye,” will be on display at Drink Coffee in Sister Bay during June and July. The public is welcome to the opening reception, taking place Wednesday, June 30 from 5 – 7 pm.

  • Meddaugh’s Acrylics on Display at Clay Bay Pottery

    Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay announced the addition of Laura Meddaugh to its roster of artists. Meddaugh's colorful acrylics capture the delightful side of people and places.

  • Peninsula School of Art’s “Relate & Create”

    This summer at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, Friday mornings are reserved for children and their adult relatives to literally create memories during "Relate & Create.

  • Peninsula School of Art Presents Lecture by Printmaker Debora Oden

    Printmaker Debora Oden, an instructor at the Savannah Institute of Art & Design, will reveal the personal story behind her artistic process in a fun (and sometimes irreverent) gallery talk on July 1, from 5 – 7 pm at the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek.

  • Gallery of Door County Art League Features Potter Patsy Stierna

    The Gallery of the Door County Art League features one of their participating artists each week of the season. The week beginning Sunday, June 27, work by porcelain artist Patsy Stierna will be on display at the league’s gallery located in the Top of the Hill Shops in Fish Creek.

  • DCAL Meeting Features Glass Art Session

    On Monday, June 28 at 7 pm, the Door County Art League will host its monthly meeting at the Gibraltar Fire Department meeting room. The meeting will be open to members and interested persons to share in a cooperative project to benefit the league and to experiment with a new medium.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 273

    Equipment. I like to paint and draw, and I own enough art supplies to start my own store. And for every hobby there are lots of supplies that seem essential.

  • Reading the Obituaries

    Now the Barbaras have begun to die, trailing their older sisters to the grave, the Helens, Margies, Nans – who said goodbye just days ago, it seems, taking their leave a step or two behind the hooded girls who bloomed and withered with the century – the Dorotheas, Eleanors and Pearls now swaying on the […]

  • The Blue Water Buffalo

    One in 250 Cambodians, or 40,000 people, have lost a limb to a landmine. —Newsfront, U.N. Development Programme Communications Office On both sides of the screaming highway, the world is made of emerald silk – sumptuous bolts of it, stitched by threads of water into cushions that shimmer and float on the Mekong's munificent glut.

  • What is Good Poetry?

    Marilyn Taylor is Wisconsin’s current Poet Laureate, ending her reign at the end of the year. Taylor was also the Poet Laureate of Milwaukee from 2004 – 2006 and has authored eight collections of poetry, with her most recent being Going Wrong (2009), published by Parallel Press in Madison.

  • The Fork

    The essence of human existence is our tools, a distinction more apparent on the farm. Some it is said choose this profession solely on the basis of the chance at these tools, some of which are tractors.

  • Vanderhoof On Board as New Literary Editor

    The Pulse is pleased to introduce their new Literary Editor, Mindi Vanderhoof. A recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Vanderhoof majored in English and minored in Women’s Studies.

  • Unexpected Visitor

    Since we moved our offices to Baileys Harbor in April, we've seen a noticeable increase in visitors who stop by our office on Hwy 57 to say hi, but about 10 days ago we got our most unexpected visitor

  • The Fish Doctor, Charter Fishing

    More images at: If your looking for something to do and experience Door County from a different perspective, try Charter Fishing on The Fish Doctor or one of the many other

  • Kim Sawyer Wins Miss Wisconsin Crown

    Door County's Kim Sawyer won this year's Miss Wisconsin crown Saturday in Oshkosh. The 23-year-old Sawyer, the current Miss Green Bay, hails from Egg Harbor and is a former Miss Door County.

  • Fyr Bal Fireworks

    Ephraim held it's 46th annual Fyr Bal festival. The newly appointed Village Cheiftain, lights up the village bonfire signaling the rest of the residences that it is ok to have a bonfire for the only

  • Ridges Ride For Nature

    More images at: The weather was great for the 21st annual, Ridges Ride For Nature. The event started and finished in Door county's, Bailey's Harbor. Rides included a 15 mile

  • Al Johnson’s Memorial

    More images at: Members of Al Johnson's staff of past and present gathered at the restaurant in full dress in memory of Al. The procession marched its way down the street and

  • Woodwalk Concert Series Kick Off!

    More images at: The Woodwalk Concert Series kicks off tonight with Chris Irwin and Friends! Starting at 7p.m. at the Woodwalk Gallery and performance barn. Come on down south

  • Fyr Bal 2010

    More images at: Fyr Bal is here! The only day out of the year that a bonfire is permitted in the Village of Ephraim is this Saturday. The Murphy clan prepares their bonfire