Volume 16 Issue 22 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Door County Lodging, Camping on the Rise

    After a flat 2009, tourism numbers are on the rise in 2010. The Door County Tourism Zone Commission’s (DCTZC) latest room tax collection reports show room tax returns are up 5.

  • Liberty Grove Voters Get Final Chance for Gills Rock Shoreline Info

    The Town of Liberty Grove will host a final informational session regarding the purchase of shoreline property in Gills Rock at the Liberty Grove Town Hall Aug.

  • School starts next week

    Door County’s five school districts open their doors for students next week. All Gibraltar students start school Sept. 1. The school will host an open house for secondary school students Sept.

  • Whitefish, Potawatomi opened for deer hunting

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will make Whitefish Dunes and Potawatomi State Parks available to deer hunting from Nov. 20 – 28. The primary objective is vegetative and resource management.

  • …that so many people consider killing as acceptable behavior?

    "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.

  • The Intellectual Capabilities of the Human Brain

    Snippets From Science Compiled by Paul Burton • Until about 10 years ago, it was thought that the intellectual capabilities of the human brain depended on the number of nerve cells, or neurons, making up the brain.

  • Gills Rock Informational Session Aug. 31

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The first “Informational Session” on the possible purchase of three shore properties in Gills Rock was attended by approximately 100 people.

  • What Charity Means to Door County

    Charity is more important to Door County than to any other community in Wisconsin. That’s a bold statement, but if you ponder a bit you’ll see just how truthful it really is.

  • Allergies, Hollow Heads & Minnesota Earthworms

    Item #1: Though I would prefer that it wasn’t the case, every so often I do make mistakes. As a matter of fact, I make mistakes far more often than the casual observer might realize.

  • Peninsula State Park Feels Trickle Down of State Budget Cuts

    Position freezes have left some Wisconsin state parks without permanent leaders.

  • Door County High School Sports Schedule

    HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Gibraltar Varsity Athletics • Gibraltar/Sevastopol Soccer Aug. 30, vs. Wrightstown, 6:30pm Aug. 31, @ Southern Door, 4:30pm • Football Aug.

  • Gibraltar Has New Girls Basketball Coach

    Gibraltar School has a new girls basketball coach, but his face is familiar to those in the district. Former varsity boys basketball coach Josh Kropuenske is sliding down the hall to coach the girls team next season.

  • Fun, Fashion, and Fundraising for the Wellness Center of Door County

    Brilliant Stranger hosts a day of fun, fashion and fundraising to benefit the Wellness Center of Door County on Sunday September 5. The event will include a full day of fun including a silent auction and raffle with great prizes from local businesses, live music in the afternoon by Galynne and Markondrums and a Refab/Brilliant Stranger fashion show at 2 pm.

  • Door County Community News

    • On Saturday, August 28, Door County’s dogs and their human families will converge on Sunset Park on the city’s east side for “Bark in the Park,” an annual fundraiser for the Door County Humane Society (DCHS).

  • Connecting Our Homeless Veterans

    As part of the Obama Administration’s increased efforts to help homeless vets, the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (V.A.) new toll-free hot line – 877-4AIDVET – provides emergency support and resources for homeless veterans 24 hours a day.

  • Featured Pets

    Chloe is a four-year-old Yellow Lab mix. She has a stunning yellow and white coat with a personality to match. She enjoys playing fetch and car rides.

  • Tech This Out

    There's an old quote, sometimes attributed to Albert Einstein, that goes like this: “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.

  • DCEDC Offers Business Counseling

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center will be offering free, one-on-one business counseling sessions on Thursday, September 2 from 9 am – 5 pm, for any new or existing business owners in Door County.

  • Recycling Conundrums: Plastic Gardening Flats and Flowerpots

    Recyclables are usually put in a bin for pick-up or taken to a drop-off site. In the case of flowerpots and plastic flats for gardening, however, materials can go right back to their source.

  • Green Quote

    "Nature shrinks as capital grows.

  • Green Facts

    45 Percent of its energy that Portugal gets from renewable sources, up from 17 percent five years ago 18.4 Percent of all energy production in the European Union that comes from renewable sources Source: New York Times

  • Door County Restaurants Turn to Local Beef

    The drawbacks of eating cheeseburgers used to be thought of in simple terms, eat too many and your waistline will swell and arteries will clog. Today there is a new variable in the consumption of greasy goodness.

  • Music in Their Blood

    “If it weren’t for the Eastman School of Music,” Walter Preucil said, “our family wouldn’t exist!” Careers have many times been built around a music school experience, but a family that grew out of one is less common.

  • The Tall Fringed Gentian

    Henry David Thoreau once described a cerulean marvel of a native wildflower as “Blue as the bluebird’s back.” Thoreau added that this wildflower, now in the early stages of its six to seven week blossoming season, “is too remarkable a flower not to be sought out and admired each year.

  • Door County Tobacco Retailers Show Responsibility

    Wisconsin Wins (WI WINS) tobacco compliance inspections were recently completed in Door County with only 1 sale of tobacco products to minors out of 30 inspections.

  • What’s Not To Love About AFT?

    So, people who know me are probably tired of hearing it, but I’m saying it just one more time: I. love. my. job. Is it too much to say it so pointedly in black and white? Maybe so.

  • “Comic Potential” Now On Stage at Pen Players

    Now on stage at Peninsula Players Theatre is Alan Ayckbourn’s futuristic comedy Comic Potential.

  • Midsummer’s Music Festival Presents Labor Day Concert Series

    Midsummer’s Music Festival performs its Labor Day concert series with six performances from September 1 through Labor Day, September 6. “We are celebrating our 20th anniversary season this year, and we wanted to end the summer with a really festive outpouring of music and talent,” said Jim Berkenstock, Artistic Director of Midsummer’s Music.

  • The Clearing Features Violinist Klara Fenyo Bahcall

    Violinist, Klara Fenyِ Bahcall, who has taught the Chamber Music for Strings class at The Clearing for the past 10 years, will perform a benefit concert in The Clearing Schoolhouse at 3 on Sunday, September 5.

  • Celebrating Community at Birch Creek

    “Celebrating Community,” an afternoon of music, conversation, food, and wine will be held on Labor Day, September 6 at Birch Creek's Juniper Hall beginning at 3 pm.

  • Open House Celebration at The Clearing

    The public is welcome to the 75th Anniversary Open House Celebration at The Clearing in Ellison Bay on Saturday, September 11 from 1 – 4 pm. Attendees can enjoy The Clearing’s unique landscape while learning of its rich history of learning and the people that make up the organization.

  • Monarch Tagging at The Ridges

    The public is invited to learn about monarch butterflies during a program entitled “Monarch Tagging,” sponsored by the Ridges Sanctuary on Friday and Saturday, August 27 and 28, from 10 – 11:30 am.

  • At the Crossroads

    On Sunday, August 29 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, the Crossroads at Big Creek will host a Monarch Tagging Program sponsored by the Northeastern Wisconsin Audubon Society.

  • Door County Sail & Power Squadron Presents Advanced Courses

    For the first time in its 56 year history, the Door County Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), District 10, is offering advanced boating classes to the public.

  • Frisbee Fun in the Sun

    Frisbee is a free kind of fun. Most people have a Frisbee lying around the house somewhere. Dust it off, because it’s summer time. Light and easy to pack in your beach bag, a Frisbee is a must for a day hanging out in the sand.

  • Malbec with Dave Callsen from Main Street Market

    Lately, when it comes to wine trends, it seems like everything old is new again. Take ancient grape varietals, plant them in new soils; add Burgundian-style winemaking techniques and the results are often completely new wines that are unique and well received by wine drinkers worldwide.

  • Article posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:25pm

    Question: Who built the Cupola House building in Egg Harbor, and in what year?

  • Congratulations to Kristin Steel!

    To describe her as efficient, would be insufficient, because as a server at Gibraltar Grill, she always gives her clients a thrill. The food there is great, you can always count on that, but for the experience of a lifetime, hope that it’s in Kristin's section you have been sat.

  • Article posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:13pm

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): Vibrations from space will be your companion as you step through a neighbor’s corn field in search of a lost time from the past when your turn signals still worked.


    “Dumpster whiff grosses me out! I hate walking up to a restaurant and smelling yesterday’s rotting leftovers wafting toward me in the warm, summer breeze."

  • Article posted Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:08pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Brenda Lou and I have been going out to dinner for a long time with the Parcheeses and it is almost a ritual. But, in the past couple years part of the ritual isn't to our liking.


    On August 19, a Door County 2CV Owners Raid (a French term for “expedition”) happened in downtown Ephraim.

  • Krista Detor to Perform at Woodwalk

    On Friday, August 27 at 7 pm, Krista Detor, accompanied by guitarist David Webber, will perform as a part of the Woodwalk Concert Series. Detor’s music features ballads with bluesy, folk, and almost hymn like qualities.

  • Andre’s of Sturgeon Bay Features Lost Mothra

    On Saturday, August 28 at 8 pm, Jeanne Kuhns and Lost Mothra, featuring George Sawyn and Patrick Palmer, will perform on the old opera house stage at Andre’s in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Fall Music Series at the Cookery

    The Cookery’s Wine Bar will be hosting a fall music series during the months of September and October on Thursday nights. The series will kick off with Katie Dahl on September 2.

  • Nik Garvoille’s Five Songs of Summer 2010

    Nik Garvoille shares his summer soundtrack.

  • Short Shots

    Sister Bay resident, Susie Samson, celebrated her first hole-in-one on number three at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club on Sunday, August 22. It was a semi-blind shot with the pin was tucked back behind a high spot on the green.

  • Player Profile

    Profile of golfer Jeff Schommer.

  • Upcoming Events

    Upcoming golf events.

  • Caddy Quiz ‘em

    This week’s trivia question: What is the source of Fuzzy Zoeller’s nickname?

  • 54th Annual Cherryland Open Around the Corner

    The Door County Golf Association is gearing up for their popular, 54th Annual Cherryland Open to take place Saturday and Sunday, September 11 and 12. Each year the tournament rotates to a different golf course in Door County – last year’s tournament took place for the first time ever at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

  • Ullman Wins Cherry Hills’ Net Match Play

    In the Cherry Hills’ match play tournament that takes over a month to complete, Tim Ullman (10-handicap) came out victorious in the final match against 11 handicap, Todd Huehns (5 and 3).

  • Fourth Consecutive Club Championship for Fuller

    It was a battle of two buddies for this year’s Club Championship at Cherry Hills, August 21 and 22. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay sophomore and Cherry Hills employee, Cam Fuller edged out fellow employee and Ferris State sophomore Jared Reid by one stroke in the two day, 36-hole tournament.

  • “Improve Your Bridge” at Bjorklunden

    From Sept. 26 – Oct. 1 Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden in Baileys Harbor is offering a seminar entitled “Improve Your Bridge” with Carolyn Kimbell. Over the course of the seminar, participants will learn through playing the popular card game.

  • Savory Spoon Presents an Evening of Cheese-tasting

    On Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm, Kevin Davis will introduce visitors of the Savory Spoon in Ellison Bay to award-winning cheeses. The cheese tasting will feature cheese by prized Cheesemaker Roth Kنse, paired with gourmet fruits, cured meats, artisan bread, and wine.

  • Ephraim Museums Announce Fall Hours

    The Ephraim Village Museum’s summer hours will end on Friday, September 3, heralding in the fall museum hours. Four of the five museum buildings – the Anderson Store, Pioneer Schoolhouse, Goodletson Cabin, and Anderson Barn – will be open Friday and Saturday from 11 am – 4 pm from September 10 through October 9.

  • Open House Features Chinese Cuisine

    The public is welcome to join Janice Thomas, Head Chef of the Savory Spoon, and Jeanee Linden of Linden Gallery for an open house at the Savory Spoon Cooking School in Ellison Bay.

  • Adult Night at Hands On: Where Grown-ups Get Creative

    Vary the weekend routine with a visit to Adult Night at Hands On Art Studio. Cy Turnbladh and Karon Ohm, owners, dedicate Friday nights to grown-ups (21 and older).

  • An Ellison Bay Stop for Ribble’s Run

    At a small farm in Ellison Bay Saturday, I had the chance to meet Republican congressional candidate Reid Ribble at a small gathering hosted by his former competitor, Marc Savard. I can't say that I got

  • DCA Stunned by Carlile Performance

    I can't give you a play-by-play review of last night's performance by Brandi Carlile at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA), and I can't give you a musically nuanced review. But I can tell you one thing

  • Sculpture & the Emotional Connection

    When I pull up to Bren Sibilsky's studio/gallery located a few miles west of Algoma's historic downtown district, I can't help but breathe a sigh of contentment.

  • The Flying Pig Gallery Features Travis Lester

    Travis Lester, a recent graduate of UW-Stevens Point, is a storyteller – using visual narration as his voice and image. Though very naïve at first glance, his style of painting is quite complex.

  • New Sergio Bustamante Sculptures on Display at Santa Fe Shop

    Since the 1960s, Sergio Bustamante has been internationally recognized in the world of creative arts and crafts. His work, which is available at the Santa Fe Shop in Fish Creek, encompasses a variety of art forms, including paper mâché, ceramics, and bronze.

  • Basch Highlighted at Helsinki in September

    An exhibit of Bruce Basch’s artwork, entitled “Paint, Etc.,” will hang on the walls at Mr. Helsinki in downtown Fish Creek during the month of September.

  • Exhibit Celebrates “Sturgeon Bay: Past & Present”

    The Miller Art Museum continues to celebrate its 35th Anniversary with a theme exhibit, "Sturgeon Bay: Past & Present," a large group invitational of artists who were invited to choose and create their own way of interpreting the title.

  • Egg Harbor Installs Art by Dave Riemer

    Dave Riemer's kinetic copper wind sculptures were recently installed in Egg Harbor's Harbor View Park. These three complex, contemporary outdoor art designs, heroic in size, move with the slightest breeze from the bay.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    Influences throughout my life collectively contribute to the reason I’ve become an artist. Innately, I knew I had a passion for the arts. My first major influence was my high school art teacher, George Blanas.

  • Valmy Thresheree

    For more images: It's the end of August, hot, and the weekend. What better way to cool down than to jump in the ring with a pig! The Valmy Thresheree and Pig Wrestling

  • When The Judge Said

    When the judge said, “Will the defendant please rise,” this morning, for some reason I thought of bread. But here in criminal court there aren’t too many sweet rolls, just tougher loaves ready for baking in ovens like correctional facilities at Redgranite or Waupun. Gray stones, iron gates, steels bars make strange stoves whose doors, […]

  • Lucille’s about ready to leave

    She’d be a hundred next month but won’t see it. Aides will miss her sense of humor on the East wing; something to look forward to after bathing and dressing grumpy Ed in 106 each day. She lightened up the daily routine. Such great spirit in that tiny wren’s body, it didn’t take much conversation […]

  • The Best Martini

          Saturday night. Garrison Keillor night. I fill two glasses with ice cubes, pour in Tanqueray gin, stir each to the count of fifty, add two vermouth-flavored olives and call to Sidney. “It’s time.”       He joins me in the sunroom where the radio plays. I hand him a glass and […]

  • Literature Section Submissions

    Just a reminder to all you writers and poets out there that the Pulse accepts literature submissions year round.

  • A Letter to My Daughter

    I remember pulling weeds in the garden for the first time, my mother standing over me making sure I didn’t accidentally pull out a tulip or one of the pansies, as if I couldn’t tell the difference between the jagged, dark green weeds – some of them with those prickers that stick in your skin […]

  • Accused Sturgeon Bay Teacher Resigns

    The Sturgeon Bay School District released the following statement today regarding former teacher Darren Berg, who is accused of having sex with a student.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 281

    Anton Chekhov, the master of the short story, was able to see whole worlds within the interactions of simple Russian peasants, and in this little poem by Leo Dangel, who grew up in rural South Dakota, something similar happens. One September Afternoon Home from town the two of them sit looking over what they have […]