Volume 16 Issue 32 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Snippets From Science

    • Anthropologists assume that modern man evolved by branching from an ancestral type that also gave rise to chimps and other primates of today. How is it that our ancestors developed larger brains than other primates?

  • By the Numbers

    The Third Way, a left-leaning non-profit think tank in Washington D.C., has produced a helpful guide to where your tax dollars go, in line-item form. You can check it out in detail at, but we’ve included a quick look at the numbers below. The receipt makes it clear where cuts will have to come […]

  • 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 Truth of the CD Christmas Tree

    Well, this week, the Holiday Season finally arrives. And once again, as I have for virtually every year that Barb and I have owned our Sister Bay home; the time has come to put out our CD Christmas tree.

  • Singer-Songwriter Johnsmith to Perform at the White Gull Inn

    Singer-songwriter and guitarist Johnsmith will be featured in concert Wednesday, December 8, at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8 pm concert, the second in a series of seven scheduled at the inn this winter, are $15.

  • Bernard “Bernie” Fowler Rogers (1931-2010)

    Door County lost a long time friend when Bernard Fowler Rogers passed away on September 10, 2010. His death resulted from complications following open-heart surgery that had been performed two days before.

  • Baileys Harbor core meeting re-scheduled for Nov. 30

    A look at the Door County news in brief from the last two weeks.

  • Southern Door puts referendum on the agenda

    A look at the news to come in Door County.

  • SHARE Correction

    In the article “Filling the Fridge for Less” printed in the November 12 issue of the Pulse, we printed an incorrect web address for the SHARE program.

  • A House of Their Own

    Kyle Will and Brittany Fonferek are new homeowners. Their home, made possible by Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHfH), is a charming addition to its Sturgeon Bay neighborhood.

  • Door County’s September Room Tax Collections Up 0.9 Percent

    The latest Door County room tax returns are in, and the upswing in collections continued in September. September collections were up 0.9 percent over September 2009, a figure likely to increase slightly when late returns are filed.

  • Door County Service of Remembrance Nov. 28

    In a small community where “one person touches so many lives,” three residents have created a Service of Community Remembrance to reflect on those lives Northern Door has lost in the last two years.

  • Sign Language

    An obscure Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regulation could cost local municipalities thousands of dollars. When the FHWA updated its Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) in 2003, it included new regulations for regulatory signs meant to improve safety.

  • Ephraim Hosts “Christmas in the Village” Festival

    The Ephraim Business Council will celebrate the holiday season with “Christmas in the Village” on Saturday, Dec. 4. From 1 – 4 pm children can meet Santa’s reindeer outside the Ephraim Village Hall.

  • Egg Harbor Hosts Holly Days Festival

    The Egg Harbor Business Association will present Holly Days on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. The two-day event will begin with Breakfast with Santa on Friday, Nov. 26.

  • Sister Bay Hosts “Capture the Spirit” Festival

    Sister Bay will host a weekend of holiday festivities during their annual “Capture the Spirit” on Nov. 26 and 27.

  • Ray 6th Among American Women at New York City Marathon

    Ellison Bay marathoner Wendi Ray pounded the pavement at the New York City Marathon on November 7, ranking among the top American women. Ray finished 22nd overall among women with a time of 2:39:15, a place that put her 6th among American women.

  • Sturgeon Bay YMCA’s Monday Night Volleyball

    A League W-L 1. Kitty O’Reilly’s 6-0 2. Four Seasons Tree Experts 5-1 3. Fun Diggers 4-2 4. NAPA Auto Parts 4-2 5. Neighborhood Pub 2-1 6.

  • Door County Motivations

    Last issue, we gave you a list of winter sports leagues you might want to check out to keep you active through the winter months. This issue, we look long range at a few endurance events offered on the peninsula that you might want to consider as the light at the end of your winter tunnel.

  • Door County Transportation Options Program Presents Employment Van Pool

    • WEP, Inc.’s Door County Transportation Options Program has successfully launched the first ever employment van pool in Door County, which has been on the road since April 14, 2009.

  • Door County YMCA Donation

    Dan Powell, Door County YMCA CEO and Brian Wills from the Fishing Hole exchange Wills' $750 donation to the YMCA for a set of Green Bay Packer tickets for the Vikings-Packers game in Minnesota on Sunday, Nov. 21.

  • Volunteer Voices: Door County Neighbor-to-Neighbor

    Dorleen Buschmann had no idea what she was in for when a friend asked her to come with her to answer phones at Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers (N2N).

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    There are four brothers and sisters – Kia, Mercedes, Dodge and Nissan – at the shelter who are happy and healthy, but they wobble. That’s their disability – a lack of depth perception and difficulty in moving in a straight line.

  • Door County Visitor Bureau Releases Annual Door County Winter Guide

    • The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) recently released their annual Door County winter guide for 2010-2011. The handy guide is designed to help Door County visitors understand their winter options from Nov. to Apr.

  • “Pulse” Participates in 1st Northern Door Wisdom Wednesday

    On Dec. 1 from 10:30 – 11:30 am, the Northern Door County YMCA in Fish Creek will host their 1st monthly Wisdom Wednesday meeting. Entitled “No Cost and Low Cost Publicity: How Your Non-Profit, Service Organization, Church, or School Can Get FREE Publicity,” the presentation will feature representatives from both print and radio.

  • 14th Annual Jacksonport Thanksgiving Day Parade

    For many families in America, Thanksgiving begins by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television, drinking coffee as the kitchen fills with the scent of gravy, stuffing, and turkey.

  • Article posted Monday, November 22, 2010 12:47pm

    Question: Which Door County high school was the first to win a Wisconsin state championship and in what sport was it won?

  • Door County’s Thanksgiving Offerings

    In addition to the annual Thanksgiving Parade in Jacksonport at noon on Thursday, November 25, a number of places throughout Door County will offer up traditional Thanksgiving meals.

  • Congratulations to Bill Duquaine, Gibraltar Schools Bus Driver!

    He arises before the sun, / In any weather with no fuss. / For he knows his responsibility / As he hops aboard the yellow bus.

  • Article posted Monday, November 22, 2010 12:39pm

    Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): This star-filled period, change direction. Drop your pursuit of the bungee-jump championship and take up short track speed skating on the new all linoleum Egg Harbor Raceway.


    Is there anything you can't stop thinking about, listening to, watching, eating, drinking? From a wild enthusiasm for "Glee" and those Snickers Betty White commercials to a 15-year cheddar you can't stop eating, or a song you've got on repeat, obsessions are meant to be your of-the-moment fixation.

  • Article posted Monday, November 22, 2010 12:35pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Are cell phones really accepted anywhere and everywhere these days? I was shocked at a recent performance by the audacity of a young gal and her telephone.


    Ronni Hemm, Mary Lehr, Judy Wolske, Gail Elsholz, Lani Magle, Joyce Johnsen, and Lin Sherman enjoy a Friday morning tradition of breakfast at Caffe' Tlazo, located at 607 4th Street in Algoma.

  • Big, Beautiful, Historical Trees of Door County

    Now that most of the deciduous trees have dropped their leaves and are revealing their cold weather “bare bones” beauty, searching for and measuring potential new record-size trees in the county has taken on more significance.

  • Green Quote

    “The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical. Every time we exhale, we exhale carbon dioxide. Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you've got more carbon dioxide."

  • Door County Master Gardener Program Accepting Applications for Winter Training

    Novice or experienced gardeners have an opportunity to join The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA). The DCMGA Training Team is looking to fill 8 – 10 seats for their winter training program.

  • Door County’s Green Drinks Hosts Bill Wilson

    “Your Garden as Your Grocery Store” will be the topic of conversation at the November Green Drinks event at Glas, the green coffeehouse, in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Watch This: “Food Matters”

    Need another incentive to eat local, raw and organic? Check out Food Matters, a documentary about the neglected science of treating health through nutrition.

  • A Simpler Life in Northern Door

    “People ask us, ‘Do you miss Alaska?’” Patrick Knapp said. “But the first time I saw Mellen running with the goats and dogs, I knew we had made the right decision."

  • Green Fact

    Each of China’s 1.3 billion people uses one-third the amount of electricity as the average North American today, but that’s changing rapidly. By 2035, the International Energy Agency predicts that Chinese energy demand will rise 75 percent.

  • Sturgeon Bay’s TAP’s Production of “Miracle on 34th Street” Captures the Spirit of Christmas

    Turn back the clock to the 1940s and set the dial for a double dose of holiday nostalgia as Third Avenue Playhouse presents Miracle on 34th Street: The Radio Show.

  • Madison’s Overture Center Features AFT’s “Guys & Does”

    Wisconsin born and based musical Guys & Does, produced and presented by Door County's famed American Folklore Theatre, will take up residence in The Playhouse at Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.

  • Door County’s Peninsula Singers Perform “A Season of Carols”

    The Peninsula Singers are proud to present this year’s Christmas concert, "A Season of Carols." The first performance will be held Saturday, Dec. 11 at 7 pm at the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church.

  • Come “Home for the Holidays” with Door County’s AFT

    American Folklore Theatre announced that “Home for the Holidays with AFT” will return to Old Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek for six performances from Dec. 28 - Jan. 1.

  • Door Concerts Features Holiday Performance by Leon Williams

    New York born baritone Leon Williams, an alumnus of the Harlem Boys Choir and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, will come to Sturgeon Bay to present his spectacular Christmas program, “Leon Sings Noel,” on Sunday, Dec. 5.

  • A Simple, Natural Holiday Celebration at The Ridges of Door County

    Take a break from the chaos of the holiday season and spend a few hours surrounded by the natural beauty of The Ridges Sanctuary. The Ridges’ Natural Christmas event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11.

  • Door County’s Whitefish Dunes Opens to Deer Hunters

    This year, for the first time, Whitefish Dunes State Park will be open to deer hunting during Wisconsin's regular gun deer season, Nov. 20 – 28. The park will not be open to hunting during any other early or late-season deer hunts.

  • Guitar Lesson 101 with Katie Dahl

    Local folk musician Katie Dahl has some pointers on beginner’s guitar. “Guitar lessons can be good for some people, but I learned on my own and rather enjoyed the freedom of learning at my own pace and teaching myself exactly what I wanted to learn,” Dahl said in an email.

  • Jackson Browne’s Door County Performance Raises $7,000

    Door County's Holiday Motel in Sturgeon Bay hosted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne in an exceptionally intimate live concert. The event raised nearly $7,000 to benefit local music programs and events.

  • melaniejane Performs Solo Show at The Fishing Hole of Sturgeon Bay

    Singer-songwriter and cellist melaniejane will be performing a special solo show on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 7:30 – 10 pm at the Fishing Hole in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Thanksgiving: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice

    Add a little spice to your holiday meal with “Tangy Pumpkin Soup with Green Chili Swirl,” a sweet and savory soup that will make this year’s Thanksgiving feast that much more memorable.

  • The Clearing of Ellison Bay Hosts Two Holiday Open Houses

    During the Ellison Bay Arts Holiday Open House, The Clearing Folk School’s Bookstore and Gift Shop will be open with special hours Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28.

  • Deck Your Halls at Sturgeon Bay YMCA

    Baylake Bank Premier Club and the YMCA of Sturgeon Bay are sponsoring a fun and festive program entitled “Deck the Halls for Christmas with Maas Floral."

  • Sturgeon Bay B&Bs Host Annual Christmas Walk

    Sturgeon Bay Bed & Breakfasts will be hosting the 27th Annual Christmas Walk on Sunday, Dec. 5 from 1:30 – 5 pm. Participants of the Christmas Walk will view beautiful outside holiday decorations, enjoy homemade refreshments, and browse through unique gifts.

  • Dickinson Poetry Event Highlights Caleb Whitney

    Baileys Harbor firefighter, Caleb Whitney, will be the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Dec. 8 at 7 pm. Writing in isolation for more than 10 years, Whitney never really addressed any audience other than himself.

  • Friends of Door County Libraries’ Holiday Book Sale

    The Friends of Door County Libraries' Holiday Book Sale will take place Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Library. This annual event will offer a range of gift-worthy books at nominal prices.

  • Sphagnum Moss Beats John Glenn Into Space

    Remember John Glenn? Alan Shepherd? Yuri Gagarin? The victim heroes shot into space aboard an oversized bottle rocket. It was an age when children dreamed of being treated likewise…shot into space, what to do there was indeterminate.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 294

    I’m fond of poems about weather, and I especially like this poem by Todd Davis for the way it looks at how fog affects whatever is within and beneath it.

  • Egg Harbor’s Patricia Shoppe Hosts Holiday Events

    Over Thanksgiving weekend Egg Harbor’s Holly Days Festival will kick start Patricia Shoppe’s Holiday Trunk Show Series. Visitors to the Patricia Shoppe on Friday, Nov. 26 from 10 am – 3 pm will have the opportunity to meet Door County designer Kirsten Bungener.

  • Sister Bay’s K. Allen Gallery Features Taylor Mueller

    The K. Allen Gallery will open the latest works of local artist Taylor Mueller, a fresh face to Door County’s art scene, on Saturday, Nov. 27 from 12 – 4 pm.

  • Holiday Gift Ideas in Jacksonport

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage showcases many gifted area craftsmen and has a wonderful variety of handcrafted gifts in fiber, wood, and glass. There are many ideal holiday gift ideas under $10.

  • Celebrate a Door County Folk Art Christmas

    The Folk Art Christmas collection of artisan-made objects, cards, and candies will return for its 10th season Nov. 26 and 27. The show will take place at 6052 Lake Shore Road in Jacksonport on Friday from 6 – 9 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm.

  • Give the Gift of Art from Ephraim’s Fine Line

    Fine Line Designs Gallery will host their Annual Holiday Open House, Saturday, November 27 from 10 am – 5 pm. Holiday drawings ranging from $10 up to 20 percent off anything in the gallery will take place throughout the weekend, refreshments and hours d’ oeuvres will be served all day, and many other holiday specials will also be featured.

  • SOUP! Project Fed by Door County’s Giving Spirit

    Since it began five years ago, the SOUP! Project, hosted by the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, has nourished those hungry for food as well as creative expression.

  • The Intrigue of “The Dreamer,” on Exhibit at Sturgeon Bay’s Miller Art Museum

    Of the 45 works of art on display at the Miller Art Museum’s 35th Juried Annual exhibition, the three jurors together chose three works to receive “Special Merit Awards,” and then each selected a work they found individually worthy of note.

  • New Work by Ekholm

    “Summer Magic” is a new oil painting by Judi Ekholm.

  • The Eclipse Gallery Opens “Salon 100” Exhibition

    “Salon 100,” on display at Eclipse Gallery in Algoma, is a contemporary take on the traditional salon-style show, with a twist – every artwork is priced at a mere $100.

  • English Corner

    Our English Corner is located at our local outdoor community center. It's the place where the older woman can do their dancing exercises to dated techno music while the little boys play pick up games

  • America and the Magic Pill

    My friend and co-worker strolled in through the kitchen door wearing a stressed, concerned look, fashionably late for his shift once again. It was different than his standard hungover, please don’t make me chop the onions look, so I asked him what was up.

  • An Evening of Poetry at the Dickinson Poetry Series

    We crept in a few minutes late as Sharon Auberle read a poem to a crowd of folks smiling and nodding and uh-huhing along to her words. We found a spot in the back, exhaled.

  • Gills Rock Explores Harbor of Refuge

    The Gills Rock Harbor of Refuge Steering Committee is working on plans to create a marina with a historic twist on the tip of the Door Peninsula; one supporters feel could become the crown jewel of county marinas.

  • Motivations for the Winter

    The slower pace of the Door County winter can lull some folks into hibernation, but there are plenty of opportunities to get off the couch and out of the house when the weather turns.