Volume 17 Issue 33 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Horseshoe Bay Cave Moves Closer to Public Domain

    The public may soon get regular access to the second-longest natural cave in Wisconsin. Door County Parks Director George Pinney hopes to complete an agreement for access to the cave at Horseshoe Bay by the end of the year.

  • An Extension Board of Review and Holiday Events

    Welcome to the Notes from the Grove, providing Liberty Grove residents and visitors tid bits of information about goings on in town government. • The Board of Review received 327 objections following the revaluation this year.

  • WIMPs and Anti-Aging Rats

    Scientists studying the universe are coming up with exciting new discoveries about its composition. Sophisticated analyses of motion between stars and new measurements of gravitational interactions between visible objects in space are changing our view of the universe.

  • The Feast of the Nativity & A Christmas Poem

    I have been writing a column for a very long time, and, apparently, some of you have been reading my words for a very long time, as well. With the arrival of the Holiday Season, I have received several requests for material I published a long time ago.

  • $100,000 Raised through Edgewood Orchard Cookbook

    • Edgewood Orchard Galleries' benefit cookbook, An Artist's Food for the Soul, just passed the $100,000 mark in money raised to benefit not-for profit organizations working with children.

  • City Tees Tackling Abuse Issues

    Many wonderful things are happening in our world and our community to make a change and stop violence. One example of this is the effort put forth by 11 Sturgeon Bay High School Students after learning about people being exposed to multiple types of abuse.

  • Meet Cheeko and Frasier

    Cheeko is a Beagle mix boy who has personality with a capital “P.” He is one to three years old, a surrendered dog who is pals with all the other dogs at the shelter.

  • 5 Ways to Lend A Helping Hand

    When I look back over this past year and see all of the names and faces of the people who have given of their time and energy volunteering with causes that they are passionate about, I can only think, “We are blessed."

  • $200 for Toys for Kids

    Bill Becker, commander of Billy Weiss American Legion Post 527, presents Marsha Wiesner, Toys for Kids coordinator for the Sturgeon Bay Jaycees, a check for $200.

  • 50 Turn Out for Baileys Harbor Thanksgiving Dinner

    The volunteers of Baileys Harbor's free Thanksgiving dinner take a moment before serving a meal. Over 50 people attended the dinner, which was hosted by Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub and sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association (BHCA).

  • Peninsula Park Repairs Deer Enclosures

    Peninsula Friends members Dan Engelke, Nick Anderson (center) and Bill Schaars secure a new pole at the Middle Road deer enclosure. Whitetails Unlimited awarded a grant to Friends of Peninsula State Park (FPSP) in November.

  • Learn to Build A Boat at the Maritime Museum

    Class registration is now open to the public for the Door County Maritime Museum’s popular boat building class. The 2012 class will build the Abenaki, a two-person cedar strip canoe, beginning in mid-January at the museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Door County UUF Screens “Baraka”

    For the holiday season, Movies That Matter will suspend the chatter with a screening of Baraka on Dec. 20 at 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim.

  • “9/11: Questioning the Unquestionable” at Hope Church

    Dec. 18 at 9 am, Hope Church will present 9/11: Questioning the Unquestionable. Now, 10 years after 9/11, the families of the victims still have unanswered questions about the events of that day.

  • Starry Nite Dinner and Cooking Class at Kristofer’s

    A night of fine wine, fine food and cooking techniques awaits those who join the Inn at Kristofer's chef and co-owner Terri Milligan at her “Starry Nite Gourmet Holiday Wine Dinner and Cooking Class” on Dec. 17 at 6 pm.

  • Too Big(ger) to Fail?

    “When you see the dollars the banks got, it’s hard to make the case these were successful institutions,” says Sherrod Brown, a Democratic Senator from Ohio who in 2010 introduced an unsuccessful bill to limit bank size.

  • If You Think Money Can’t Buy Happiness Then You Don’t Know Where to Shop

    Research psychologists have long documented a causal relationship between individual wealth and personal contentment. In other words, the consensus among scientists is that money does indeed buy happiness.

  • Welcoming Winter at The Clearing

    As a “kickoff” fundraiser for a building that will house a blacksmith forge, The Clearing will host a Welcoming Winter Wine & Cheese Reception on Dec.

  • Business Mentors Sought

    Approximately 750 high school marketing and business education students will gather in Kimberly on Jan. 7 to compete and showcase skills they have developed through their participation in DECA and their high school entrepreneurship, business management, accounting, and marketing classes.

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    The chilled window of the Greyhound bus rattles against Amber’s skull. She exhales. She tugs off her red mittens and runs her fingers through her blond hair, wispy with static.

  • State Slashes Sexual Assault Service Funding

    Sexual assault victims in Wisconsin will have fewer support services due to a 42.5 percent cut in the state’s Sexual Assault Victim Services grants, the only state grant program serving victims of sexual assault.

  • Pulse Contributor Nabs Writing Honors

    Gary Jones, a regular contributor to the Peninsula Pulse, was recognized in two categories of the 62nd Annual Jade Ring Creative Writing Contests, sponsored by the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association (WRWA).

  • WP&I Announces Short Story and Poetry Contest

    Wisconsin People & Ideas and the Wisconsin Book Festival are offering over $1,500 in prizes, publication in an award-winning magazine, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival for winners of their 2012 Short Story Contest and 2012 Poetry Contest.

  • VW Releases New Issues, Accepting Poetry Submissions

    Verse Wisconsin (VW) 107 is now available online and in print. The issue features "Earthworks."

  • December Dickinson Series Features Marybeth Mattson

    Marybeth Mattson is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship's Dickinson Poetry Series on Dec. 14 at 7 pm. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (UWGB), Mattson majored in creative writing, dabbled in fiction, but always returned to poetry as a second home of sorts.

  • In Dark December

    Whatever you believe, / whatever you do not, / there are sacred rites / you must perform / in dark December.

  • Weather Intelligence

    The forecaster deploys us to the market / where we march up and down aisles, / commandeer food and supplies, / fill carts to the brim / and stand in checkout lines / with military precision.

  • A Word About Writing

    “If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

  • Green Door Screens “Temple Grandin”

    Temple Grandin is autistic. She is also an American doctor of animal science, a professor at Colorado State University, a bestselling author, and perhaps the best-known scientist in the humane livestock handling industry.

  • A Little Less SAD

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs for many during the low-light winter months north of the San Francisco/Philadelphia line.

  • Green Quote

    “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.”

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • Uniformed deputies from the Door County Sheriff’s Department were on hand at the Nov. 29 meeting of the Door County Board of Supervisors after threats were made against county employees.

  • What’s Coming up in Door County?

    • Recycle your electronics and other hard-to-dispose of trash at Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) free recycling day Dec. 14 from 7:30 am to 3 pm. Items accepted include light bulbs, ballasts, batteries, televisions, microwaves, computer components, electronics and holiday lighting.

  • Progressive Dinners at Historic Fish Creek Inns

    A “movable feast” is the best way to describe a gourmet dinner which begins at one of Fish Creek’s historic inns, continues on to a second for the main course, then finishes at a restaurant for dessert.

  • Hagen Family Christmas at TAP

    The Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay will host a number of upcoming events including a volunteer meeting, the annual Hagen Family Christmas concert, and a performance by Karen Mal.

  • Benefit for Military Families at Mr. G’s

    Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille will sponsor a benefit dance for the Fisher House “home away from home for the families of our veterans” on Dec. 17 at Mr. G’s Ballroom.

  • Christmas With Lost Mothra at Base Camp

    Every year Lost Mothra shares the holiday spirit in music with their Base Camp Coffee Shop audience. On Dec. 17 at 7 pm, the warm inviting atmosphere of Base Camp in Sister Bay will be the perfect place to gather, sing along and listen to sounds of the season from Jeanne Kuhns and Lost Mothra.

  • Server of the Week: Kayla Geeve

    Another server with some great credentials, with lots of credits and courses.

  • Overheards & Obessions

    “She’s like a unicorn You don’t find her unless she wants to be found.”

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 11:38am

    Question: What percentage of Door County real estate taxes are paid by out-of-county residents?

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 11:38am

    Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21): During the celestial cycle, secure all your possessions any tarps that may be flapping in the wind. An ill-advised acquaintance may try to sell you some cooper-plated cookware, but hold out for platinum upgrades.

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 7, 2011 11:36am

    Dear Mary Pat, My sister wants to get married on a Friday since it's way more affordable. We keep trying to explain to her that some people might be late for the reception and most everyone will miss the church ceremony since it's hard for guests to take off from work, or to get kids out of school.


    A contingent of Door County residents headed out to San Diego to support the Packers in week nine. Here, they’re awaiting a bus to take them to the Chargers’ stadium where, of course, the Packers won.

  • Marian Hislop, 1916-2011

    Marian Hislop, a philanthropist whose contribution was crucial in getting the Door Community Auditorium built, died Nov. 30. She was 95.

  • YMCA Volleyball Standings

    A League W-L 1. Nicolet Beach 15-0 2. YMCA 13-2 3. Door Peninsula Winery 10-5 4. Flying Spaghetti Monsters 7-8 5. Kitty O’Reilly’s 7-8 6.

  • High School Sports Schedule

    HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS GIBRALTAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS • Boys Basketball Dec. 8 vs. Oconto, 7:30 pm Dec. 10 @ Washington Island, 10:30 am Dec. 13 vs. Sevastopol, 7:30 pm Dec.

  • Ahnapee trail to get upgrades

    Users will soon find it easier to access the Ahnapee Trail in Sturgeon Bay. George Pinney, Director of the Door County Parks Department, said the multi-use trail will be extended from Utah Street to Michigan Street, and also along Memorial Drive to safely connect the east side of Sturgeon Bay to the trail by the Bay View Bridge.

  • Gibraltar Girls Take First

    The Gibraltar 6th Grade Girls’ Basketball Team, coached by Don Helm, recently placed first at the Kewaunee 5-on-5 tournament on December 4. Photo by Kristen Peil.

  • Art School Salon Seeks Entries

    Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek is inviting all two- and three-dimensional artists to participate in the 10th annual Salon at Guenzel Gallery on exhibit from Jan. 6 - 21.

  • Peninsula School of Art’s Community Clay Kicks Off

    Fish Creek’s Peninsula School of Art's ceramics studio is currently open to members on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 – 8:30 pm for potters of all levels who are interested in self-guided creation of works in a communal setting.

  • Pat Olson Designs Rocking Reindeer

    Sturgeon Bay artist Pat Olson has designed a Christmas collection for Coldwater Creek, an upscale national chain that features women's clothing, gifts and home decor.

  • “Deck the Halls” Delights Visitors

    Enjoy the spirit of the season with a visit to Deck the Halls with Art at the Miller Art Museum through December 28. Over 100 pieces of artwork by 70 Door County Art League members in a wide variety of two and three-dimensional media inspires visitors, capturing the magical mood of the season.

  • Old World Santas at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage (JCC) features many beautifully made items for holiday gifts hand crafted by local artists. Special features this month include pieces by Ken and Pat Klitzman.

  • Greco Gallery: An Artist’s Boutique

    A newcomer to Third Avenue, Greco Gallery is named after owner and founder Kelly Avenson's mother's maiden name, and a black and white photo of her grandpa, Nick Greco, serves as the unofficial logo.

  • Fenendael Exhibits “The Collection”

    “The Collection,” works in watercolor by Door County artist Ed Fenendael, will be on display at Glas Coffehouse, located at 67 East Maple Street in Sturgeon Bay, from Dec. 5 - 29.

  • The Ridges’ Presents “Natural Christmas”

    The Ridges' Natural Christmas event will take place Dec. 10 from 3 - 6 pm at the Marshall Cabin, located at 8288 Highway Q in Baileys Harbor. There is no charge for this family-friendly event.

  • A “Home Town Christmas” in Fish Creek

    The Gibraltar Historical Association of Fish Creek is planning an old-fashioned Home Town Christmas Dec. 18. Events will begin at 6 pm at Noble Square.

  • String Academy Presents “Pictures at an Exhibition”

    On January 15 the Door County String Academy will perform “Pictures at an Exhibition,” inspired by the original composition by Modest Mussorgsky, for their Winter Concert.

  • Tutti Strings Presents Two Recitals

    Tutti Strings Private Music Studio will present two free recitals: Dec. 10 at 1 pm at the First Baptist Church in Sturgeon Bay and Dec. 11 at 1 pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Juddville.

  • Gibraltar One-Act Garners State Awards

    Gibraltar High School students travelled to Whitewater in November for the Wisconsin State High School Theatre Festival hoping to repeat their success at the highest level of competition and judging for one-act plays.

  • White-tailed Moochers

    Everyone knows how children (and a few adults) relish chocolate and ice cream. Perhaps the two most favorite foods of the White-tailed Deer are sweet corn and apples.

  • Gibraltar Hosts Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner

    Gibraltar Schools and the Gibraltar High School Student Council will host their annual Senior Citizen Holiday Dinner Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 11 am. Guests will be seated starting at 10:30 am.

  • Door County Supervisor Cited for Waste Runoff Violations

    Door County Board Supervisor Patrick Olson faces penalties for failing to comply with state rules governing agricultural waste handling.

  • Any Means to Communicate #Twitter

    Since I wrote about my new-found love affair with Twitter in October (“Turning On to Twitter,” Oct. 12), I’ve taken a lot of flack for my decision to jump to the cutting edge of 2006. Some of this flack

  • Innovative Educators: Southern Door Receives WPS Grant

    Southern Door School is among the winners of Wisconsin Public Service Foundation’s 2011-12 Innovative Educator Grant Program. The school received a grant for involvement and competition in Formula High School: Racing to Learn, in which students design, fabricate, assemble, test and race a real car in competition with other schools Since the Innovative Educator Grant Program's inception five years ago, 53 projects have received more than $48,000 in Foundation grants.

  • “Stories From Africa” at Link Gallery

    The Link Gallery in The Door Community Auditorium is featuring the Stories from Africa exhibit as part of Friends of Gibraltar’s International Theme, Around the World in 180 Days.

  • Planned Power Outage for Ephraim Wednesday

    Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) has planned an electric power outage for the Ephraim area to occur on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10 am to 1 pm. WPS needs to repair some electrical equipment that was damaged by small animals.

  • Angel Ball Benefits Scholarship Fund

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary is hosting an Angel Ball to benefit the Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. The Angel Ball is Saturday, Dec. 3 at Stone Harbor Resort.

  • Door County Libraries’ Holiday Book Sale

    The Friends of Door County Libraries invites all to its 4th Annual Holiday Book Sale, which takes place from 9 am - 1 pm on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Sturgeon Bay Library, located at 107 S.

  • Who’s Open?

    Several restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving offering special or regular menus. This list is provided by the Door County Visitor Bureau. This list may not include all restaurants open for the holiday, so you're encouraged to call to see if your favorite restaurant is offering Thanksgiving specials.