Volume 16 Issue 27 – Section 1

In this issue

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 287

    I love to sit outside and be very still until some little creature appears and begins to go about its business, and here is another poet, Robert Gibb, of Pennsylvania, doing just the same thing. For the Chipmunk in My Yard I think he knows I’m alive, having come down The three steps of the […]

  • Two Poems

    Before the Honeymoon I stumble on the rocky beach beneath the cliff, part of the Niagara Escarpment. On a shelf in the dolomite wall I find two oblong flat stones, each about the size of a hand, tied together with lavender ribbon the color last night’s sunset painted the bay. Beside the stones, an empty […]

  • Yogurt

    Nancy pushes her retro John Lennon granny glasses to the top of her curly head and reaches for the wide brimmed tortoise shell readers to inspect up-close the expiration dates stamped near the bottom of the yogurt tubs. “August 3rd,” she says methodically, putting another one down on the counter. Though this expiration date inspection […]

  • Searching for His Grandfather’s Past

    It is common to hear people say that their grandfather served in the military, but how many people know much about their grandfather’s experiences while serving? For journalist James Carl Nelson, the same was true; he knew his grandfather served in World War I and had heard a story here and there, but he didn’t […]

  • Snippets From Science

    • Do women on boards and committees make for better decision-making? A number of studies, as well as anecdotal evidence, indicate they do.

  • By the Numbers

      250   Number of civilians working under U.S. contracts that died in war zones between January and June of 2010   235   Number of U.S. soldiers who died in war zones in the same period   5,531   Total number of troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and June 2010   […]

  • Notes from the Grove

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The remodeling of the Ellison Bay Post Office is well underway.

  • An Outlook

    This past week I was thinking about how frivolous football can seem at this time of year when the baseball season is still winding down. Unless you are a Bears fan, in which case you are still relishing Monday night’s Bears’ victory over the rival Green Bay Packers.

  • “Panic” Character Inspired by Hitchcock

    Panic, a new thriller by Joseph Goodrich, is now on stage at Peninsula Players through October 17. The play features the character Henry Lockwood, inspired by the film legend, Alfred Hitchcock.

  • Peninsula Players Continue Seminar Series

    Peninsula Players’ Saturday Seminar Series will conclude with three seminars in October, featuring Players’ designers and actors. The seminars will be held from 2:30 – 4 pm in the Players’ Rehearsal Hall.

  • Actors Portray Norse Myths at PSA Exhibition

    An hour of original performances by Door County actors will precede the opening reception of the exhibition, “Norse Mythology, the Muse,” opening on Saturday, October 2 at Peninsula School of Art.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 30, 2010 2:05pm

    With the election just over a month away, the editors of the Peninsula Pulse have asked the candidates for State Assembly and State Senate to address topics voters are talking about as you decide who will get your vote November 2.

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    With the election just over a month away, the editors of the Peninsula Pulse have asked the candidates for State Assembly and State Senate to address topics voters are talking about as you decide who will get your vote November 2.

  • From Page to Stage

    When considering an adaptation for the stage of a well known, non-fiction novel, questions arise about the particular challenges of making the production successful.

  • The Ridges Hosts Volunteer Work Day

    To help prepare The Ridges Sanctuary for winter, the park is holding a Volunteer Work Day on Saturday, October 2. Members and non-members of all ages are invited to help with a variety of indoor and outdoor projects.

  • Enjoy a Fall Hike Through The Ridges

    The pubic is welcome to join Ridges Naturalist Karen Newbern for a fall hike through the Ridges Sanctuary’s Logan Creek Property on either Friday or Saturday, October 1 or 2 at 10 am.

  • Join the 65th Annual Fall Fest Parade

    Businesses, clubs, organizations, youth group, and individuals from every Door County community are invited to participate in the 65th Annual Fall Fest parade with a float or in costume.

  • At the Crossroads

    On Sunday, October 3 from 1:30 – 3:30 pm, the Crossroads at Big Creek will host tours of The Historical Village. Members of the Door County Historical Society will be selling caramel apples and pumpkin pie in the Warren House.

  • Washington Island Farm Museum Hosts Annual Cider Pressing Party

    On Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday, October 9 – Sunday, October 10, the Washington Island Farm Museum will host their annual Cider Pressing Party. The festivities will take place from 10 am – 4 pm both days.

  • Best Baileys Bike Route

    For some, a nice bike ride can be 30 miles or more of non-stop jockeying while trying to look serious in the most unserious-looking poly-mesh jerseys and tiny shorts that betray no detail.

  • Community Quicknotes

    “Pumpkins with a Purpose” are for sale at the Door County Habitat for Humanity. The pumpkins were planted, nurtured, and harvested by Habitat’s Women Build volunteers on three acres adjacent to Door County Interiors & Design in Egg Harbor.

  • Sports Schedule

    Upcoming local sport events.

  • Wellness Center Breaks Ground

    (Left to right) Board Member, Jane Herlitz; Executive Director, Michele Geiger-Bronsky; and Reproductive Health Nurse Clinician, Jeanne Kuhns peruse the plans for Phase I of the Wellness Center of Door County’s expansion.

  • Door Cancer Receives Donation

    Robert Geitner, from Door County Tavern League, presented a check for $790 to Kris Husby for Door Cancer. The money was raised at a June golf outing at The Orchards.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Rolla is a fabulous one-year-old spayed female. She is a unique looking tortoiseshell cat with golden eyes who loves to run and play with others.

  • HELPline Transitions Into Domestic Abuse Hotline

    The HELP of Door County, Inc. Board of Directors has approved the establishment of the Domestic Abuse Hotline to replace the current HELPline beginning January 1, 2011.

  • Sturgeon Bay Honored for Energy Leadership

    Sturgeon Bay has received WPPI Energy’s Leading by Example award for demonstrating practices that help consumers reduce energy costs, save energy, and protect the environment.

  • Walking for Farm Animals

    Most of our food today comes from farms that look little like the idealized image espoused in American lore. Diane Ludwigsen has organized a Door County Walk for Farm Animals for Oct. 3 to raise awareness about how farm animals are raised and treated on factory farms today.

  • The Bounty of the Fall Harvest

    The Settlement Farmer's Market will continue for one more month. The market takes place each Wednesday from 10 am – 2 pm at the Settlement Shops, 1 mile south of Fish Creek on Highway 42.

  • Green Quote

    “The middle of the road is where the white line is, and that’s the worst place to drive.

  • Chelsea Antiques and Blue Willow Shop of Sister Bay Take Up New Owners

    • After 30 successful years, Chelsea Antiques and Blue Willow Shop have new owners who plan to continue the stores’ traditions of providing old and new treasures with personal service.

  • The Harbor Barber

    “Some people think the colors of the barber pole are from our flag,” Willard Zak said. “But they come from the fact that early barbers were surgeons.” The color white indicated barbering, and red, surgery.

  • The Majestic Canada Goose

    A waterfowl, probably the most widely distributed and well-known of all in North America, enjoyed by many, despised by others, a strong bird that demands respect, is beginning its usual fall increase in numbers in Door County, the Canada Goose.

  • In Praise of “Large Format” Bottles

    There is a statistic out there in the wine world that states that over 90 percent of the wine bought today will be consumed within six months of the purchase.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:50am

    Who was the longest-tenured assemblyman in Wisconsin’s 1st Assembly District?

  • Congratulations to Ann Lynaugh!

    There once was a baker from the Bay of Sister, way down at Base Camp, mister, she hocks coffee and cakes, for your mid-morning shakes, with an entire French legion to assist her.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:45am

    Leo (July 23 – August 22): You will soon learn that your invention of a radio that plays only Lawrence Welk music has been granted a U.S. patent. Continue to be humble in the face of the fame that will follow.


    Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud? Here are some of the best-of-the-best bits of overheard information from all over the county.


    Bob Grawien, Tomm Hummel, and Kathy Grawien enjoyed a round in their favorite argyles socks at Deer Run on Washington Island.

  • On Spending…

    In addressing government spending and taxes, do not use our pages to spout clichés and slogans. Saying you want to cut taxes or reduce spending isn’t enough. If you want to cut taxes, tell us which ones, how much, and what government services you’re going to reduce or eliminate to pay for it. Then tell us how those services might otherwise be met by the citizens who use them. If you propose to implement a new program, tell us where the money is going to come from.

  • When’s the Right Time to “Study the Issue?”

    The full weight of election season is upon us. The misleading ads, the commercials full of the faces of senior citizens (even more-so this year, since seniors make up a larger chunk of voters in mid-term

  • Overheard at the JJ Roast

    More than 200 of Northern Door’s finest turned out Sunday, Sept. 26 to watch Sister Bay restaurateur James “JJ” Johnson get thrown on the grill in a benefit roast for the Door Community Auditorium.

  • Oakley, Vogel Face Off For Round 2

    As a means to give Door County voters more in depth information on the two candidates for Door County Sheriff – incumbent Terry Vogel, and challenger Will Oakley – the Pulse asked each candidate three questions on hot-button 2010 election issues.

  • Door County Philanthropist Hartley Barker Dies

    Hartley Barker, who with his wife Ruth formed one of Door County's most prominent philanthropist teams, has died at age 87. The Barkers were instrumental supporters of the effort to build the Northern Door YMCA and the new theatre at Peninsula Players and have also contributed to Ministry Door County Hospital and the Door County Land Trust, among other organizations.

  • Sheriff’s Dept. makes drug arrest in Sister Bay

    the news in brief from Door County last week.

  • Door County League of Women Voters Hosts Two Events

    A look at the news to come in Door County.

  • Sister Bay Rectifies Car-centric Error

    When the Country Walk Shops were built in Sister Bay in the 1980s, America was in the midst of a development era when everything was car-centric. We were building subdivisions and creating zoning maps

  • Southern Door Auditorium Hosts Siegel-Schwall Band

    On Friday, October 15 at 7 pm, the Southern Door Community Auditorium will feature the legendary blues band, Siegel-Schwall Band, for its first annual fundraiser.

  • Cookery Wine Bar Continues Thursday Night Music Series

    The Cookery’s Wine Bar Music Series will continue throughout October. At 8 pm on Thursday nights, a great lineup of local artists will perform in the wine bar.

  • Upcoming Shows at the Fishing Hole

    Miss Meaghan Owens will perform at The Fishing Hole on Friday, October 1 in promotion of the upcoming release of her second CD, Gun Shy Of A Kiss. The CD will be available exclusively at the show.

  • What I Love About Music In Door County

    Music has always been a passion of mine because it is an excellent foundation to spread positive messages and share common feelings. Musicians pour a little piece of themselves into every song and performance, making music that can cross generations and span lifetimes.

  • Violin and Piano Program

    On Saturday, October 9 at 7 pm, violinist Alicia Doudna and pianist Hannah Shields will combine their talents in a concert at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay.

  • Pro Arte String Quartet Performs

    The Pro Arte String Quartet will return to Door County to perform at the Ephraim Moravian Church for a single performance on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30 pm.

  • The Pub at Stone Harbor Presents 5th Annual Chili Cookoff

    On Sunday, October 10 the Pub at Stone Harbor Resort will host their 5th Annual Chili Cookoff. Anyone is welcome to enter his or her special chili recipes, approximately 1 to 2 gallons.

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Adds Evening Tours

    For the first time in the history of Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Museum, visitors will have an opportunity to tour the lighthouse after sunset. Under a lantern’s glow, visitors may experience life in the lighthouse as it was between 1868 and 1926.

  • Crossroads Hosts “Great Fire of 1871” Presentation

    On October 9, 1871, about 2,000 people died when the forests of Northeast Wisconsin erupted into flame. Details of The Great Fire of 1871 will come to life Sunday, October 3, in a presentation by Barb Englebert-Chisholm, a fifth-generation American of Belgian decent, whose ancestors survived the disaster.

  • Sturgeon Bay “Then and Now”

    Baylake Bank Premier Club and the YMCA of Door County is sponsoring an informational slide show on Sturgeon Bay entitled, “Then & Now.” The showing will be held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA on Wednesday, October 6 from 9:45 – 10:45 am.

  • I Ate For $8.88

    Between the signs proclaiming "County's Best Burger" there can be found juicy pillars of carnivore perfection, as well as greasy heavy-duty two-bun affairs, and there are a few hockey pucks that look like they were rescued from a house fire.

  • Watercolor with Spirit

    Sometimes the smallest decisions can lead to the biggest changes in a person’s life. Such was the case with Connie Glowacki. Glowacki had been a kindergarten teacher in Janesville when she took a hiatus from work in 1971 to be a mother.

  • Stories from the Paper Shop at Woodwalk

    One of the students of Woodwalk’s “Paper Intensive” class, Carol Sills, has been making paper to integrate into her paintings. The subject matter of the pieces is “story-telling” about Nordic roots and ancient Scandinavian perceptions of nature embodied in the gods and goddesses.

  • Stories from the Paper Shop at Woodwalk

    One of the students of Woodwalk’s “Paper Intensive” class, Carol Sills, has been making paper to integrate into her paintings. The subject matter of the pieces is “story-telling” about Nordic roots and ancient Scandinavian perceptions of nature embodied in the gods and goddesses.

  • The UUF Features “Poetry of Photography” by Rolf Olson

    From October 3 – October 25, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County will display photographs by Rolf Olson. Olson captures unique situations in nature, isolating minimal aspects into photographic impressions.

  • Tannenbaum Holiday Shop Hosts Product Signing

    Tannenbaum Holiday Shop will host Bob Byers of Byers’ Choice Ltd, makers of the renowned ‘Carolers’ figurines, on Saturday, October 9 from 1 – 3 pm. In the late 1960s, Joyce Byers, an amateur artist with a degree in fashion design, wanted to craft a holiday decoration with warmth and respect for timeless traditions and her own memories of Christmas.

  • Sister Bay Village Hall Hosts Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale

    The Autumn Amish Quilt Show & Sale will be held at the Sister Bay Village Hall in downtown Sister Bay from 9 am – 5 pm, October 7 – 10. Over 70 traditional, handmade Amish quilts in a variety of popular styles, patterns, and colors will be on display.

  • Northern Door Art Tour Features Five Artists

    From October 8 – 11, five artists will open their doors for a unique art tour at the top of the peninsula. Artists Bob Bentley, Bonnie Paruch, Jim Maronek, Wayne Simmons, and Rob Williams will welcome visitors with conversation, beautiful surroundings, light refreshments, and art.

  • New Painting of a Series

    “Water Light, ” one of a series of new oil on linen paintings, by Judi Ekholm. The piece was painted on location in Door County and the frame is 25” x 28 1/2”.

  • National Airbrush Artist Appears in Door County

    Jerry Gadamus, nationally known airbrush artist, will make an appearance at A Decorator’s Gallery on Saturday, October 9, from 10 am – 4 pm. Gadamus is recognized internationally for the way he achieves unbelievable detail with his airbrush.

  • DCAL Hosts “Small Works of Art” at Sister Bay Village Hall

    The Door County Art League will present “Small Works of Art,” at the Sister Bay Village Hall, Friday, October 1 from 2 – 6 pm; Saturday, October 2 from 10 am – 6 pm; and Sunday, October 3 from 10 am – 3 pm.

  • Waite and Miller Knutson Offer Artistic Demonstrations

    Two Door County-based artists, working in diverse media, will appear at Door County Interiors & Design in Egg Harbor, from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 9.

  • Aureliuses Exhibit at Art School

    David and Jeanne Aurelius of Clay Bay Pottery will be participating in the show “Norse Mythology, the Muse,” at the Peninsula School of Art. Other featured potters, woodcarvers, and painters will be included in this show, each interpreting Norse myths in their respective mediums.

  • An Artist, an Influence

    Shortly before my planned retirement in 2006, my wife met a friendly woman named Barb, who had happened to see some of my early acrylic paintings and liked my use of color.

  • Philanthropist Hartley Barker Dies

    Hartley Barker, who with his wife Ruth formed one of Door County's most prominent philanthropist teams, has died at age 87. The Barkers were instrumental supporters of the effort to build the Northern

  • MS Walk, 50 mile challange

    It was an absolutely gorgeous fall day for the finish of the MS Challange walk. 50 miles in 3 days. Friday was the start and it was not a very pleasant 20 miles with the wind blowing fierce. Saturday

  • Celebrating Southern Door Heritage

    The Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation has much to celebrate, and now much more to do, after it acquired the historic St. Mary of the Snows church building in Namur Aug.

  • Giving Blood: A Gift from the Heart

    “Sharing your good health!” my friend said when I told him that I was leaving work early to donate blood. I like that concept and remember the words each time I participate in this most primal form of charity, the Red Cross Blood Drive.

  • Burnishing A Reputation at Egg Harbor’s Horseshoe Bay Golf Club

    Ten years ago, Horseshoe Bay Golf Club opened in Egg Harbor with the promise of becoming Door County’s premier golf course. For Brian Ferrie, Horseshoe Bay’s superintendent and facilities manager, it was an exciting time.

  • Door County Triathlon donates $50,000 to charity

    A quick look at Door County news from last week.

  • Sister Bay could approve new liquor license code

    A look at Door County news to come.

  • Baileys Harbor Looks at Anclam Park Improvements

    Residents on the quiet side debated how formal they want a redesign of Anclam Beach Park to look at an informational session Sept. 15. The Baileys Harbor beach, located at the south end of the town, is in line for major upgrades, but residents expressed concerns with the amount of formal landscaping included in a preliminary design presented by John Meredith of Lakeshores Landscapes of Carlsville.