Volume 16 Issue 29 – Section 1

In this issue

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 289

    There’s only so much we can do to better ourselves, and once we’ve done what we can, it still may not have been enough. Here’s a poem by Michelle Y. Burke, who lives in N.Y., in which a man who does everything right doesn’t quite do everything right. Nocturne A man can give up so […]

  • Tripp

    Whoever named you had either a sly sense of humor or perhaps none at all, but one look into your eyes told me what I needed to know. You live on puppy-time, chasing seconds into minutes – your sleek body coiled with energy, looking for reasons to spring into directions that defy direction. No breeze-blown […]

  • Milkweed

    Throughout the long summer, did they know, these captive seeds so tightly squeezed, that they were meant to soar?

  • Arbor Vitae

    I love the sun and sand, waves lapping the beach, suggestions of Paradise; I love midwestern forests and prairies, the long lazy summers. But I am not a palm or even a hardy green ash, branches inclined upward, waiting for manna from heaven to rain down. I am a northern tree, limbs inclined outward and […]

  • Door County Reads

    It may not be called The Big Read, but Door County will be reading a classic novel this winter and enjoying a wide variety of programming to enhance it, just as it has for the past three winters under “The Big Read Door County.” This year’s selection is Ray Bradbury’s haunting denunciation of censorship, Fahrenheit […]

  • Artful Lyrics to Language for Wee Folk, featuring Debbie Clement

    Nationally-known early childhood educator and Sister Bay summer resident, Debbie Clement, is thrilled to unveil her newest children’s picture book, Red, White and Blue, in Door County on Sunday, October 17. Open to the public, the event will take place at the Northern Door Child Care Center in Sister Bay at 4 pm. Clement’s third […]

  • A Review – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

    Stieg Larsson’s life was made of the same dramatic stuff that fills his fiction. Because the Swedish journalist and editor opposed antidemocratic, rightwing extremist and neo-Nazi ideologies, he routinely received death threats. He could not marry his partner because marriage to her would have made his address public and increased his vulnerability. And during his […]

  • An Author Among Us: Carrie Chesney

    Carrie Chesney knew that she wanted to write books that were somehow connected to one another. She knew well the feeling that dedicated readers get at the end of a really good book, one that has done its job and enveloped the reader into its pages, the sorrow of being finished along with the excitement […]

  • There Ain’t No Maze Like This One…

    Corn Mazes come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of difficulty. You may have been through a couple before, but if you visit the corn maze at Schopf's Dairy View Country Store, you’re in for a real treat.

  • At The Ridges

    Over the past year, The Ridges Sanctuary has partnered with the Door County YMCA and McArdle Library in Baileys Harbor to provide “No Family Left Inside,” nature programs for parents and children to explore Door County.

  • Join Fall Work Day at Newport State Park

    The Newport Wilderness Society (NWS) will host a Fall Work Day at Newport State Park on Wednesday, October 27. Volunteers of the event will spruce up the hiking trails to get them ready for cross-county skiing prior to any snowfall.

  • DC Master Gardeners Association Presents Seminar

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will host a seminar entitled “Ornamental Grasses at the Garden Door” on Saturday, October 16 at 10 am. The free seminar will take place at the UW Extension Research Station.

  • Fish Creek Jack-O-Lantern Days

    From Oct. 29 – 31, Fish Creek will host their second annual Jack-O-Lantern Days. The weekend event will feature trick-o-treating for children, a costume party for adults, blowout sales from local business, ghost tours, and more.

  • At the Crossroads

    The Crossroads at Big Creek will continue its educational programs into the fall. On Monday, Oct. 18 at 2 pm, the Door County Invasive Species Team will host a lecture by Bob Bultman and Rich Novy entitled “The Ecology of Bats."

  • Crossroads Presents Civil War Re-Enactor

    The 2010 season of The Historical Village at The Crossroads at Big Creek will come to a close Sunday, Oct. 17. The village will be open from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at no charge to visitors.

  • Green Quote

    “Fossil fuel is the No. 1 thing we import to Afghanistan, and guarding that fuel is keeping the troops from doing what they were sent there to do, to fight or engage local people."

  • Door County Master Gardeners Youth Harvest

    Recently, 91 fourth graders from Sunrise and St. John Bosco schools in Sturgeon Bay filled their tote bags with the bounty of their harvest from the Door County Master Gardeners Youth Harvest project.

  • Green Facts

    10: Times more conversations the average person has at a Farmers Market than a supermarket

  • Door County Land Trust Adds Acres to Nature Preserve

    • The Door County Land Trust recently purchased property south of the Village of Egg Harbor. This acquisition adds 50 acres of meadow and forest to the Door County Land Trust’s Lautenbach Woods Nature Preserve and protects over a half mile of open space along County Highway G.

  • Door County YMCA Dedicated New Pavilion in Sturgeon Bay

    On Monday, September 27 the Door County YMCA dedicated its new picnic pavilion at the Sturgeon Bay Program Center. The dedication included a brief presentation by Dan Powell, Door County YMCA CEO, a walk around the outdoor track, and a light breakfast.

  • Peterson Prepares Fishboil for Scandia Village

    Scotty Weborg, Dan Peterson, Lois Rice, Bernice Sunstrom, and Pat Smith watch a fish boil being prepared for the residents and staff of the Good Samaritan-Scandia Village.

  • Humane Society Presented with Donation

    Russ Gilman, past president of the Old Bolts Car Club, recently presented Carrie Counihan, executive director of the Door County Humane Society, a check for $2,000 for the shelter.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Maurice is a handsome male tabby. He arrived to the shelter a month ago and is hopeful his new loving family will adopt him soon. Maurice is between two and three years old, neutered, and up to date with vaccines.

  • Red Maple

    My dad planted a Schwedler Norway Maple in our front yard around 70 years ago. It was an extremely hardy fast-growing tree, and my dad claimed that nearly every seed of the tree that dropped to the ground, or was carried to various places on our large lot, sprouted.

  • Four Guyz Put the Fun in Fundraiser for TAP

    As part of their 10th anniversary season, Third Avenue Playhouse will host their popular fundraiser, “Starz Will Be Out!” on Saturday, October 23 in the Egg Harbor Room of the Landmark Resort.

  • Wendi Ray Featured in Running Times

    Wendi Ray, an Ellison Bay marathon runner, is featured in the November issue of Running Times, a national running magazine.

  • Local Sport’s Schedule

    Upcoming sports events in Door County.

  • Gibraltar Students Are On the Move

    Gibraltar students in Chris Zvara's Physical Education classes took walks as a class in conjunction with the YMCA Door County’s On the Move Week. The total steps for all of her classes participating for the week came to 125,466 steps.

  • Door County’s Baylake Bank Supports Water Conservation

    • Baylake Bank employees displayed rain barrels from Crossroads at Big Creek and Groundwater Guardians at the 2010 Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival to support the organizations and to educate the public on the importance of water conservation.

  • Isadoora Theatre Presents “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

    Isadoora Theatre Company will present their fall show, Jeffrey Hatcher’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Third Avenue Playhouse, October 28 – 31 and November 4 – 7.

  • Last Weekend of Pen Player’s “Panic”

    Joseph Goodrich’s stylish thriller Panic is on stage at Peninsula Players through Oct. 17.

  • Season Finale

    Here we are again at the end of another Door County season. We would like to thank all of our regular readers and everyone else who has happened upon our articles over the last two seasons.

  • On School Funding…

    Do we need to change the school funding formula? If so, how? Do not spout clichés about how we need better schools and improved education. Tell your constituents how we can make changes, what it will cost, and how we can pay for it.

  • Senate Candidates Lasee and Elmer On School Funding

    1st Senate District candidates Frank Lasee and Monk Elmer talk school funding.

  • Assembly Candidates on School Funding

    Assembly candidates Dick Skare and Garey Bies talk about school funding reform.


    Is there someone or something that made you laugh, smile, cringe, want to hug them or throw them overboard? Go ahead and give a “Shout Out” in the Pulse!

  • Congratulations to Cindi Hayes!

    At the place called Liberty Square, there’s a waitress whose service is never spare. Her name is Cindi Hayes, and during her shift she’s impossible to faze, for she’ll bring your panini, so quick you’d think she was Houdini.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 14, 2010 12:58pm

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): You are destined to become the next Julia Childs and can call on Queen Victoria to assist you in the kitchen. Watch for a signal from the tower in Peninsula Park that suggests the time for you to bring out your garlic and eggplant casserole.

  • Making the Turn

    Fall is upon us and this issue concludes the second year of the Peninsula Pulse’s Golf Page. I hope you have enjoyed it as I have as well. It has been fun receiving feedback, submissions, and suggestions from my fellow golfers almost on a daily basis.


    Susan Basten and her family recently celebrated her birthday at Popelka Trenchard Glass Studio in Sturgeon Bay. Each family group collaborated to make a paperweight to take home.

  • Pulse Pushes for a Fall Fest Hat Contest

    Over the years, some Fall Fest revelers have unleashed their creativity on their heads, making hat-based replicas of the ping-pong ball drop, Husby’s, and the Sister Bay Bowl.

  • Bloody Marys and Pumpkin Pie

    On Friday, October 15, Drink Coffee owner Rachel Haas will begin baking at 3 am, preparing for the crowds Sister Bay’s annual Fall Fest brings.

  • When I Push AA14…

    With the assistance of the jukebox, anyone can change the mood of a room with just a handful of quarters.

  • Five Reasons to Hate Digital Jukeboxes

    1. A bar used to be defined by its jukebox. Fill it with the right mix, and you could be assured of a certain mood, with songs that would spur conversations.

  • Food Drive Features Live Music

    On October 16, the Fairland Bluegrass family band will perform during the Baileys Harbor Scouts’ Canned Food Drive. The drive will take place at the Baileys Harbor Village Hall from 7 – 9 pm, doors will open at 6:30 pm.

  • Join Polka Fest October 31

    The Institute Saloon Dance Hall will host the annual Polka Fest on Sunday, October 31 from 1 – 4:30 pm. The event will feature the sounds of the button box accordion and concertina playing polkas, waltzes, the foxtrot, and schottische.

  • Base Camp and Ecology Sports Hosts “Katie Dahl Day”

    On Sunday, Oct. 24, come in from the cold for a morning of hot cider, warm sweaters, and cool music as Ecology Sports/Base Camp Coffee Shop celebrates its second annual Katie Dahl Day.

  • Referendum Rehash

    Gibraltar School will once again ask voters to approve a budget over-ride referendum in November, a biennial tradition at the school since the end of the 1990s, when enrollment began to drop.

  • Door County’s Fading Farms

    George Evenson may know more about Door County's farming past than anyone else. He sat down with the Pulse's Patty Williamson to take a look at the peninsula's agricultural history.

  • Sheriff Vogel Denies Campaign Improprieties

    Door County Sheriff’s Deputy Will Oakley, who is challenging incumbent Terry Vogel for Door County Sheriff, has filed a complaint against Vogel in United States District Court, alleging that the sheriff used his position to thwart his efforts as a candidate for public office.

  • Death of Merrell Runquist, Gibraltar Town Chairman, Leaves Void

    Merrell Runquist, Gibraltar Town Chairman, died Oct. 9 of a heart attack. He was 64. His death leaves a huge hole to fill for the Town of Gibraltar, the Door County Board of Supervisors, and his friends and family.

  • Roundabouts on horizon in Sturgeon Bay

    What's making news in Door County in the weeks to come.

  • Navy Vets Reunite in Sturgeon Bay

    Door County news briefs from last week.

  • Snippets From Science

    • Low levels of vitamin D in the blood of individuals over 65 may accelerate the rate of mental decline. Individuals over 70 years old should have at least 600 international units of vitamin D a day.

  • 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.

  • By the Numbers

    6.5 million Number of people arrested for marijuana-related offenses in the last 10 years 738,915 Number of the 829,625 Americans who were arrested on marijuana-related charges last year who were arrested for simple possession 100 million Number of Americans who acknowledge having used marijuana at least once $15 billion Value of illegal marijuana transactions made […]

  • Sailing Away From Paradise

    One of my favorite quotes is one by Mark Twain, and I find it to be very fitting at this point in my life: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do..."

  • An Outlook

    Thirty years ago this November, two friends and I left Sister Bay and moved to the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago. After a year and half living in Chicago, my friend (and current next door neighbor) Fred Johnson contacted me and asked if I would contribute a piece for a new publication he was starting called the Door County Almanak.

  • UW-Extension Offers Canning Workshop

    On November 6 from 9 am – 12:30 pm, the Door County UW-Extension will offer a hands-on education workshop for beginning or experienced home canners entitled “Pressure Canning Venison Products."

  • Kiwanis Club Show Documentary “Colorful Mexico”

    On Friday, October 29 the Kiwanis Club will host their “Travel and Adventure Film” program at 7:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in Sister Bay. The event will feature Colorful Mexico, a film by Fran and Brooke Reiderlberger.

  • Folk Alliance Hosts Cy Rosenthal Memorial Barn Dance

    On Saturday, October 23 from 7 - 9:30 pm, the Door County Folk Alliance will hold the first Cy Rosenthal Memorial Barn Dance fundraiser at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Start Your Very Own ‘Dinner Night’

    The chaos of summer has passed – it’s time to exhale and call up the friends you’ve hardly had a chance to see since May. Get together, make some food, and play some games! My friends and I have designated Wednesday night as ‘Dinner Night.'

  • Jim Rericha Creates Party Favors at the Paper Shop

    A very special project recently took place at the Woodwalk Gallery Paper Shop: Jim Rericha created 200 party favors in handmade paper – one for each guest at his daughter’s wedding, which will be held at Woodwalk Gallery next summer.

  • Turtle Ridge Hosts Fall Trunk Show

    Christina Bussler and Jessica Penny teamed up for their first fashion runway show in Minneapolis this fall. The collection, entitled Venus and Gaia (made by mortals, fit for gods), will have a second showing at Turtle Ridge on October 15 – 17.

  • Peninsula School of Art Hosts Family Day

    Norse mythology and a celebration of fall are the themes for the October 16 Family Art Day at Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek. The walk-in art program, which takes place from 10 am – 2 pm, is free and open to families with children ages three to 17.

  • Meadow Artists Exhibit Artwork

    On November 1, the "Meadows Artists" will exhibit a show of original artwork with a direction both unusual and interesting. This group of artists meets and works out of the Meadow’s facility at the Scandia Meadows Community in Sister Bay.

  • Fiber Artists Demonstrate in Fall Showcase

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage’s Fall Showcase, held October 16 and 17, will feature demonstrations by fiber artists Paddy Elliott and Mary Silvers.

  • Hudson Road Trading Company Unveils New Outdoor Artwork

    To celebrate their recent move, the Hudson Road Trading Company asked Robert Bentley to paint an outdoor mural. “We really felt we needed something distinctive on our outside wall,” said co-owner Margie Needelman.

  • Ellison Bay Arts Crawl

    Ellison Bay Arts hosts their 9th annual art crawl October 23 and 24, 10 am – 5 pm. The seven galleries and two schools in and around Ellison Bay will open their doors, allowing visitors to experience the rich and diverse arts community in northern Door.

  • Newport House Gallery

    “We do a fair amount of travel,” Carol Lango said. “Always looking for antiques,” Jan Jenkins added. “Half the reason for being in the antique business,” Lango said, “is the fun of looking for them.

  • Painting by Judi Elkholm

    “October Promises” is a new oil painting by Judi Ekholm. The 30” x 36” framed piece was painted on location near Kangaroo Lake. Ekholm Gallery, located at 3913 Little Spring Road in Fish Creek, is open daily, closed Tuesday.

  • The Eclipse Gallery Hosts the Dream Rocket Project

    The purpose of the Dream Rocket Project, organized by Jennifer Marsh, founder of the International Fiber Collaborative, is to connect art and education through a large-scale, collaborative art project.

  • Donya Schroeder Joins DC Rubber Stamps’ Design Team

    Door County Rubber Stamps, LLC will host artist Donya Schroeder to teach a weekend of workshops. An artist and designer from Ionia, Iowa, Schroeder will take over the classroom at Oscar’s Door County Rubber Stamps in Egg Harbor, located in the Main Street Shops, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 15 – 17.

  • Beverly Hart Branson’s Work on Display at YMCA

    Beverly Hart Branson is displaying her paintings through October at the YMCA's Northern Door Program Center.

  • An Artist, An Influence

    I have always loved Picasso’s woodcuts, Matisse’s paper cutouts, and Sommer Lichtner’s simple shapes that say so much. “Yoga Red” is my favorite painting this year.

  • The Rain Won’t Wash Away My Smile

    Throughout my time backpacking through Thailand, many people came in and out of my life like a spring breeze. We would swap stories about being cheated out of money on a tuk-tuk ride, or we would tell

  • The Wild Tomato Donation Creation: A Tasty Donation

    This month’s Donation Creation pizza at Wild Tomato is as unique as the works you will find at The Francis Hardy Gallery, the non-profit organization that will be receiving one dollar from every pizza sold at the Fish Creek restaurant in October.

  • Chinese Cuisine

    Dear Mom, Please excuse the next few lines because they include acts of messy table manners. Love always, Martha When I returned from China last spring, everyone asked me what I would miss. The crazy

  • The Arrival

    Getting back into the swing of things is never an easy task. When coming back to Door County, I had to get use to taking the hectic pancake orders at Al's while trying to squeeze in valuable sunshine

  • On Jobs…

    Jobs. Every state in the nation wants more of them, but what can you do as a representative to help bring jobs to Door County? What types of new jobs fit here? How do we get them (again, a simple “lower taxes” doesn’t cut it.