Volume 18 Issue 05 – Section 1

In this issue

  • The Smallest Vertebrate to the Largest

    • The world's smallest vertebrate (animal with a backbone) is a tiny frog recently discovered in an eastern New Guinea rainforest. Three of them could rest comfortably on a dime, for their average size is about 7 millimeters in length.

  • By the Numbers

    7 Number of the top 10 vehicles sold in Oklahoma that are domestic pickups

  • Tree Removal on Isle Road to Begin March 19

    Townline Timber Services has been contracted to do additional tree removal on Isle View Road in preparation for the reconstruction of the road scheduled for this year. The work is scheduled to begin March 19.

  • A Story of Blind Belief

    As more and more people have begun using texting on their cell phones to communicate, the use of email for personal correspondence has declined. This decline, I would argue, has resulted in an even higher percentage of spam being circulated through email and many of these spam messages are outright hoaxes.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 15, 2012 3:02pm

    Question: How many different names has the old Lena’s Sip and Chat bar had since Lena Schultz sold it in 1995?

  • Congratulations to Joni Witalison

    When you share your time like Joni, To all others there is no doubt. Like a badge on a pressed uniform, She displays the values of a scout.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:58pm

    Pisces (February 19 – March 20): You may be offered a large plot of land in a very near future. All of the celestial signals have forecast this fortuitous gesture on the part of the nuclear waste depository commission.

  • Overheards & Pet Peeves

    “Dust bunnies are my pet peeve. They seem to multiply faster than regular bunnies. Where do they ALL come from?” ~ Anonymous

  • Article posted Thursday, March 15, 2012 2:55pm

    Dear Mary Pat, It's that time of year again – cold and flu season. It seems to me that whenever I'm in closed quarters, whether a car or an airplane or a conference room, that someone is sniffling and sneezing.


    Suzanne Brennan and her Golden Retriever Shamrock took advantage of the recent snowstorm to hit the sledding hill for the first time this winter. Photo by Quinn Brennan.

  • Sweeping Door County’s Welcome Mat

    Tom Groenfeldt takes a look at the peninsula's entrance and doesn't like what he sees, and suggests a few ideas for sprucing up our doorstep.

  • Kitty O’Reilly’s St. Patty’s Celebration

    Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub of Sturgeon Bay will present a weekend of great food, Guinness, and live entertainment to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Len Villano Joins the Pulse Family

    We’re proud to welcome long-time Door County photographer Len Villano to the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living family.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hip Hop Routine Takes Second at National Competition

    The Sturgeon Bay High School Dance team recently competed in the Dance Xtreme AmeriCup National Dance Championship in Minneapolis, Minn. where the Hip Hop team (pictured) placed second.

  • BodyPump on St. Paddy’s Day

    The Northern Door YMCA will be hosting a BodyPump Launch Event on St. Patrick's Day, which will be free for the entire community. Registration is now open for this event, which will be held March 17 from 10:30 am – noon.

  • Runner Ups

    The Gibraltar 8th grade girls basketball team finished 2nd during the Middle School Conference season and 2nd in the Middle School Conference tournament on March 3.

  • Go Blue!

    The Gibraltar 6th grade boys basketball team took 3rd place at a tournament in Algoma recently. (Back row, left to right) Assistant Coach Mike Maltby, Connor Duffy, Max Maltby, Nathan Ewaskowitz, Mason Bauldry, Preston Pluff and Head Coach James Voeks.

  • Door County Tavern League Donates

    Paul Schuster (right) of the Kimberley House accepts a check for $250 from Door County Tavern League Vice President Greg Ebel. Kimberley House is a safe haven for recovering alcohol and drug users.

  • Peninsula Preschoolers Tidy Peninsula Park

    The Peninsula Preschoolers helped clean up Peninsula's Nature Center earlier this year. The children also had the opportunity to feed birds, hike, and visit the Nature Center.

  • Rituals of Spring

    Captain Lyle Voight of the fish tug Faith II breaks ice to open up Gills Rock Harbor for the season. With a mild winter he was able to break ice in the harbor far earlier than normal.

  • Give Kids a Smile

    State Representative Garey Bies (right), visited Ministry Door County Medical Center’s dental clinic in February to see first-hand the results of the American Dental Association and the Wisconsin Dental Association’s 10th annual Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) children’s dental access program.

  • Pretty in Pink

    When Carrie Baldwin Smith decided that she wanted to somehow honor her mom Sue Baldwin celebrating her 10-year anniversary of remission from breast cancer, she immediately thought “pink.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 14, 2012 3:01pm

    Rooney is an old soul in spirit, patient and wise. He’s seen a lot in his seven years, and now will be a boon companion in a loving new home. This neutered male Lab mix was found exhausted and spent along Highway 42/57 by the Marathon gas station in Southern Door.

  • Land Trust Completes Grand View Purchase

    • The Door County Land Trust announced that after nearly three years of negotiations it has completed the purchase of the iconic Grand View property along Highway 42 at the top of the bluff in Ellison Bay.

  • Paint

    I am sitting cross-legged on the floor in the middle of a large room enclosed by tall wood walls and a wood ceiling. There is a tiny window high up letting in a dim light above a small dark closet with a little door tucked in one corner where I keep my painting supplies.

  • Piecing Together a Pot

    Potter Tony Gebauer of TR Pottery in Fish Creek leans over a work-in-progress, the top portion of a large vessel. He measures the width of the piece, “I’m aiming for 13 and an 1/8 inches,” he explains to those observing through an open partition, separating the dusty studio housing two kilns, dirty rags, and shelves of ceramic pieces awaiting firing from the clean, immaculate gallery, showcasing a variety of finished, functional pieces.

  • Raising the Green at Ellison Bay Pottery

    March is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month and Ellison Bay Pottery will be hosting their “Raising the Green” open house on March 18 from 12 – 4 pm.

  • Martha Coaty Showcasing at Glas

    Martha Coaty is currently displaying her photography at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay through March. The exhibit, “Door County Wisconsin and other Northern Places,” features architecture and animals.

  • Lighthouse Glass at JCC

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is currently featuring hand painted wine glasses, decanters, vases and functional containers in a variety of shapes and sizes with an original lighthouse design created and hand painted by June Grutza.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 349

    Here’s a fine poem about a cricket by Catherine Tufariello, who lives in Indiana. I especially admire the way in which she uses rhyme without it ever taking control of the poetry, the way rhyme can.

  • Small Moments

    “In 1991 a group of Door County poets invited Appleton poets to come up for a Poets’ Weekend,” recalled Barbara Larsen, the county’s current poet laureate.

  • Wisconsin Writing Duo Sets Debut Mystery Novel in Door County

    Peggy Williams and Mary Joy Johnson’s first mystery, On the Road to Death’s Door, is being published under the pen name M J Williams in both electronic and print formats by Amazon.

  • 21012 – 2013 Emily Dickinson Poetry Series Announced

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC) is pleased to announce an exciting list of featured poets for 2012-2013, the fourth year of the series.

  • Book Sale at Sturgeon Bay Library

    The Friends of the Door County Libraries is sponsoring a “Half-Price Book Sale” at the Sturgeon Bay Library on March 17 from 9 am – 1 pm. The event is a combination of spring-cleaning and an attempt to make way for new book donations.

  • Family Literacy Calls Upon Dr. Suess

    Over 200 people attended a Dr. Seuss-themed Family Literacy Night at Sawyer School on March 8. Reading specialist, Gretchen Montee, teamed up with The Boys and Girls Club and the Sturgeon Bay Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) to enlist the help of school staff and community members to create an interactive event for local families.

  • MDCMC Hosts Annual Book Fair

    Ministry Door County Medical Center Auxiliary’s annual book fair will be held in the hospital lobby on March 22 from 10 – 3:30 pm and March 23 from 9 – 2:30 pm.

  • A Word About Writing

    “Write down the thoughts of the moment."

  • Baylake Bank’s Brian Hartl Named Top Financial Advisor

    • Brian Hartl, an independent financial advisor at Baylake Investment Services in Door County, has been recognized as a top financial advisor and named to the LPL Financial Patriot’s Club.

  • AFT Honored with State-wide Tourism Award

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) was awarded the inaugural Wisconsin Department of Tourism Award for Arts, Culture and Heritage at the Wisconsin Governor's Conference on Tourism (WIGCOT) in Green Bay.

  • Copper Box Rocks Southern Door

    Copper Box will take the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium (SDCA) on March 23 at 7 pm. Danny Jerabek received his first three-row button accordion, commonly referred to as the "button box," from his grandfather when he was nine years old.

  • White Gull Features Steel Wheels

    The Steel Wheels will be featured in concert March 28 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8 pm concert are $16. The Steel Wheels are an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass.

  • Kitty O’Reillys Hosts St. Patrick’s Day Entertainment

    Kitty O’Reillys Irish Pub of Sturgeon Bay will present a weekend of great food, Guinness, and live entertainment to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! The St.

  • A Song for the Ridges

    Katie Dahl performed at the Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay as a part of the Tuesdays at TAP Series. The concert, which featured fellow musician Rich Higdon, benefited The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor.

  • Importance of Pollinators Addressed in Free Lecture

    Hard working small insects pollinate about 75 percent of the world’s food crops. In the United States these pollinators make possible the production of nearly $15 billion of harvested food.

  • Trillium Organics Receives Importation Approvals from China

    Trillium Herbal Company of Door County, which has been making certified organic personal care products since 1994, has recently received importation approvals from China.

  • Ecological, Responsible and Sustainable Farming Presentation

    Jerry Brunetti, internationally recognized lecturer and speaker, will be featured in two lectures in Green Bay on April 10. Brunetti is an expert in exploring the relationships between soil and animal health, and by extension, human health.

  • Featured Stretch: Supine Twist

    This pose lets you feel the connection between the shoulders and the hips. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Draw your right knee towards your belly.

  • Beet & Walnut Salad

    Ingredients: 1 small bunch beets 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup chopped apple 1/4 cup chopped celery 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon water 8 cups fresh salad greens Freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts 1/4 cup Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (optional) Directions: Steam raw beets in water in saucepan […]

  • Crossroads Hosts Various Programs

    Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will host various programs throughout March. March 17 at 1 pm Crossroads will host “Nature Hike: In Search of Green.

  • Pen Park Features Irish-themed Programs March 17

    Peninsula State Park will host various programs throughout St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. All programs are free and open to the public, but a state park vehicle sticker is required.

  • Ephraim Yacht Club Announces 2012 Sailing Lesson Program

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) has announced its junior group sailing lesson program for 2012. The EYC will offer lessons over a nine-week period beginning June 11, in a single, one-week session and four, two-week sessions.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sturgeon Bay

    Calling all leprechauns! Calling all Irish rovers, lads and lassies, or anyone who wants to be Irish for a day. March 17 is Sturgeon Bay’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

  • YMCA Hosts “Orchids and Beyond”

    Baylake Bank Premier Club, the YMCA Sturgeon Bay Program Center and Ministry Door County Medical Center are sponsoring an informational program on “Orchids and Beyond” to be held at the Door County YMCA, located at 1900 Michigan Street in Sturgeon Bay on March 28 from 9:50 – 10:50 am.

  • Celebrate Wisconsin Foods with Terese Allen

    Terese Allen, Wisconsin cookbook author and food columnist, will explore and celebrate Wisconsin’s food and culture in her presentation at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on March 31 at 1:30 pm.

  • Stone Harbor Hosts Home & Garden Expo

    The public can find out what’s new in home building, remodeling and gardening during the Home & Garden Expo set for March 24 and 25 at Stone Harbor Convention Center in Sturgeon Bay.

  • DCMM Hosts EAA Excursion March 23

    The Door County Maritime Museum has seats available for its road trip to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh. The excursion is scheduled for March 23 at a cost of $39 for museum members and $44 for guests.

  • Maritime Museum Temporarily Reduces Prices

    The Door County Maritime Museum has begun removal of the “Ghosts! Haunted Lighthouses of Great Lakes” exhibit to be followed by the installation of the new “Pirates: Ship to Shore” exhibition which is scheduled to open on May 19.

  • UUF Screens “Blue Gold: World Water Wars”

    The documentary Blue Gold: World Water Wars will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on March 20 at 4:30 pm. This film exposes the destructive practices at work in the world today that threaten the future safe water supply.

  • Bjorkluden Announces 2012 Summer Seminar Series

    ABC News "Nightline" co-anchor Terry Moran, Vince Lombardi biographer David Maraniss and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Eric Simonson headline the list of featured instructors for Lawrence University's 2012 Bjِrklunden summer seminar series.

  • Fancy Footwork

    Luann and Bob Desotelle from Sturgeon Bay do some fancy footwork at the Irish Barn Dance to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Audition for Door Shakespeare

    Door Shakespeare is holding auditions for its 2012 summer season and beyond. On March 25, auditions will take place at Third Avenue Playhouse, 239 North Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.

  • TAP Announces 2012 Summer and Fall Season

    The Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay announced their 2012 summer and fall season, which runs from June 21 to Oct. 14. The Stage Door Theatre, the new 99-seat black box theatre, will run four plays throughout the summer and early fall on Sunday and Friday nights and occasional afternoon performance.

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Hosts Spring Theatre Classes

    The Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay will host Spring Theatre Classes for students in grades 2nd – 12th from April 12 – May 19. Each class will meet once a week for six weeks.

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Announces 77th Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre announced its 77th season, running June 12 through Oct. 14, 2012. Peninsula Players will open with the Wisconsin premiere of Opus by Michael Hollinger.

  • Gibraltar Celebrates Spanish Literacy

    The Friends of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Spanish Department teamed up to celebrate Spanish Literacy at Gibraltar Schools, including a performance by the Clinard Dance Theatre on March 17 at 6:30 pm.

  • Wildflower Harbinger of Spring – Skunk Cabbage

    It was my wife who reminded me a few years ago that there is a whole new world of discovery in studying nature. A person living close to nature can never be a “know it all” because there simply is too much to be learned.

  • Egg Harbor Buys Former Lena’s Building for Library

    The long line of short-lived taverns that have called the old Lena's Sip and Chat building home since long-time bar-keep Lena Schultz sold it in 1995 has come to an end. The Village of Egg Harbor bought the old tavern in downtown Egg Harbor for $350,000 to construct an expanded library and public space.

  • “Lombardi” Coming to Players’ Stage

    The play Lombardi is coming to the Peninsula Players Theatre this season, headlining the summer theatre's 77th season. The Broadway play by Eric Simonson is based on the book, When Pride Still Mattered - A Life of Vince Lombardi, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.

  • 3 Maple Syrup Recipes

    Nor'easter Drink 1 1/2 ounce bourbon 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1/2 ounce pure maple syrup 1 ounce ginger beer or ginger ale Lime wedge for garnish Combine bourbon, lime juice and maple syrup in a mixing glass and add ice.

  • 5 New Ways to Use Maple Syrup from Linda Lorenz

    1. Mix syrup with water and use it as a base for oatmeal. The maple-infused oatmeal doesn’t need anything else – just enjoy! You can also freeze the syrup-water mix in an ice cube tray for easy use (great in tea as well). 2. Using it as a glaze is really easy. Brush it on […]

  • Beyond Pancakes

    Mrs. Butterworth's maple syrup may be the cheapest, but its artificial flavor cannot compare to homemade Wisconsin maple syrup, with its rich texture and distinct flavor.

  • Featured Stretch: Savasana (Corpse Pose)

    Okay, I admit that Corpse Pose isn’t exactly a “stretch” and that it doesn’t look like much of a yoga pose, but it may actually be the most important of them all.

  • Finch with the Flaming Forehead

    The day I see a species of bird for the first time – what I call a “lifer” – is a very memorable occasion. The greatest thrill came one Saturday in the early 1960s when I was observing wildlife at the Petenwell Dam Flowage along the Wisconsin River just east of Necedah, and a flock of a hundred or more Common Redpolls dropped in from nowhere to the leeward side of the steep, weedy bank next to the powerhouse.

  • How our idea of charity stops us from solving our biggest problems

    Dan Pallotta is trying to change societal perceptions about how charities should operate.

  • Door County Cross Country Ski Report for March 2, 2012

    Door County received several inches of very, wet heavy snow on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. Our temperatures have mostly remained above freezing so the snow continues to be very wet.