Volume 18 Issue 06 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Ag Extension Seeks Local Producers, Restaurants and Retailers for Resource List

    This year's local producers guide in the Peninsula Pulse will be our most comprehensive to date.

  • Remembering A Friend and His Gentle Reminders

    When Bob Pohl died, the writer lost a friend with whom he shared a love of print, a love of advertising, and a love of alcohol. Pohl gave him a helping hand with all three.

  • Frankie’s Book

    “A successful man is one who has learned to live content with what he can obtain honestly.” ~ Frank A. Schneider, c. 1930. These words were written by a 14-year-old Frank Schneider while a student at Milwaukee Vocational School.

  • Cherry Land Chapters

    “I just want to point out that we are the youngest people in this church,” whispers Lizzie, reeking of Juicy Couture and aloe vera. Amber notices flecks of peeling skin in her sister’s hairline.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts First Fridays April 13

    The next First Fridays event in downtown Sturgeon Bay is scheduled for April 13; please note the date change due to the Easter Holiday.

  • Fighting the Misconceptions of Sexual Assault

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of this occasion, the Sexual Assault Center is arranging special programs for community youth in our schools and day cares.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 29, 2012 11:00am

    Named after the staff at Door County Humane Society had a chance to get to know her, Olive Blanche is peaceful and self-possessed. This five-year-old Running Walker Hound was a Sevastopol surrender last month.

  • Winners of the Patriot’s Pen Contest

    Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 8337 and 9290 were sponsors of the National Veterans of Foreign Wars 2011/2012 Patriot’s Pen Contest at Gibraltar Middle School.

  • Climate Change

    A few facts from Bill McKibben, founder of the global climate campaign Global warming has added 4 percent more moisture to the atmosphere since 1970.

  • By the Numbers: Death’s Door Spirits

    A look at the world in numbers.

  • H5NI, HIV, and Lightbulbs

    H5N1 is a strain of flu virus that is deadly in chickens. Up to now virus researchers believed that the chance of widespread human infection, or a pandemic, is unlikely since most viruses infect only a given species of animal.

  • Celebrating the Niagara Escarpment

    The Town Board has approved a request from the Neptune Dive Club to place signs at Port des Morts Town Park. The club is conducting a fundraising campaign in an effort to build a stairway for public access to the water from the park.

  • Fraud in the Non-Profit World

    Those of us who work for non-profits like to think we’re immune from the rash of corruption that seems to have overtaken the for-profit world. We see convicted felon Bernie Ebbers who perpetrated an $11 billion accounting fraud at WorldCom.

  • St. Patrick’s Day in O’Sturgeon Bay

    Everybody loves a parade with spectacular 70 degree weather on St. Patrick's Day…especially in O'Sturgeon Bay!

  • Gibraltar and Sevastopol High School Sports Schedule

    GIBRALTAR • Softball April 2 vs. NEW Lutheran, 4:30 pm April 3 @ Reedsville, 4:30 pm April 5 @ Oconto, 4:30 pm April 9 @ Sevastopol, 4:30 pm April 12 vs. Southern Door, 4:30 pm • Baseball April 2 vs. NEW Lutheran, 4:30 pm April 3 @ Reedsville, 4:30 pm April 5 vs. Oconto, 4:30 […]

  • Strivers Bring Home State Champion

    The Door County YMCA Strivers Gymnastic Team returned home from the YMCA State Tournament in Marinette, Wis., with a Level 7 Floor Exercise State Champion.

  • Indoor Volleyball Champs

    Team Nicolet won the Door County YMCA Indoor Volleyball League Championship. (Standing, left to right) Dave Zassler, Josh Nelson, Paul Nelson, Tom Vargo, Travis Ward, and Dave Wohnrade; (kneeling) Scotty Weborg.

  • Doorfins Compete in State Tournament

    The Door County YMCA swim team had one of its strongest state teams in history, with 37 swimmers in 80 individual events and 16 qualifying relays. Each swimmer and relay had to qualify by meeting a set time standard to attend the meet.

  • Door County Soccer Program Celebrates 30 Years

    Door County Soccer Association is celebrating 30 years of kids having fun! The association was formed by a dedicated group of volunteers: Brad & Louse Andre, Gary Bellin, Roger Krueger, Paul Robinson, Ginny Rousseau, Bodo Schrader, and John Tomkins, along with the help of local businesses, The Optimist Club, and Door County Parks Department.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 350

    The persons we are when we are young are probably buried somewhere within us when we’ve grown old. Denise Low, who was the Kansas poet laureate, takes a look at a younger version of herself in this telling poem.

  • Wisconsin Writers Awards Announced

    The Council for Wisconsin Writers announced winners of the Wisconsin Writers Awards for work published in 2011. Each will receive $500 and a weeklong writer’s residency at Shake Rag Alley or Maplewood Lodge in Mineral Point.

  • UUF Celebrates Publication of “Harvest”

    The third year of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s (UUF) Dickinson Poetry Series recently concluded and a few of the poems read in the series have been published in a chapbook entitled Harvest.

  • Mihaley Releases Children’s Novel

    Jim Mihaley, a Sturgeon Bay native, has written a novel for children entitled You Can’t Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please. Published by Macmillan on April 10, the book will be available at bookstores everywhere.

  • Larsen Kicks Off 2012-2013 Dickinson Poetry Series

    Door County Poet Laureate Barbara Larsen will share her work at the first performance of the 2012 – 2013 UUF’s Dickinson Poetry Series on April 11 at 7 pm.

  • A Word About Writing

    “The mind that finds its way to wild places is the poet's; but the mind that never finds its way back is the lunatic's."

  • Aromatherapy for Wellbeing Series Presented April 15

    Karen Balistreri will explain how to use essential oils in healing and pain management in a three-part series on April 15 at Junction Center for Yoga & Zen.

  • Next Up: 6th Annual Sustainability Issue

    With the release of our next issue, the Peninsula Pulse will present our Sustainability Issue. An idea that started small six years ago in the midst of a slow April season has grown into one of our most-anticipated and talked about issues of the year.

  • Green Quote

    “A pastoral for the present and the future calls for a better science of nature, a greater understanding of its complexity, a more radical awareness of its primal energy and stability, and a more acute questioning of the values of the supposedly sophisticated society to which we are bound."

  • The American Woodcock

    Spring birds are on the move much earlier this year than in the past. For example, our friend Max Martin reported hearing his first Woodcock on March 6 – two-and-a-half weeks earlier than usual.

  • “Top Agent Magazine” Recognizes Connie Erickson

    • Vice President of Door County Realty, Inc., Connie Erickson, has been selected by Top Agent Magazine as a featured top agent in its April, 2012 Nationwide & International Edition.

  • Small community makes for tough calls for county judges Diltz, Ehlers

    Each morning at coffee counters around the peninsula, locals weigh in with their opinions about cases in the county courthouse – a co-worker appearing in a DUI case, a cousin in a property dispute, a brother facing a drug charge.

  • Sheriff’s Department Clears Bureau in Missing Funds Investigation

    The Door County Sheriff’s Department has concluded that there was no theft or criminal wrongdoing that resulted in the Door County Visitor Bureau being unable to account for $41,307 in its 2010 audit.

  • Buy Local Meeting April 3

    The Door County Buy Local Steering Committee is holding a Door County BUY LOCAL business networking mixer Tuesday, April 3, from 5:30-7pm at Greisen's Appliance Plus in the Cherry Point Mall in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Brass Quintet Performs in Sturgeon Bay

    Mexico’s finest young brass quintet, Metales M5 will take the stage at the United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay April 12. The performance will begin at 7:30 pm, and is sponsored by Door Concert, Inc.

  • Bjorklunden Hosts Two Concerts

    Lawrence University's Bjِrklunden will host a concert April 8 and 15 at 1:30 pm. Both concerts are sponsored by the Boynton Society and are open to the public.

  • The Landmark Features “The Vagina Monologues”

    The Vagina Monologues, the award-winning play by Eve Ensler based on interviews with more than 200 women, will be performed April 14 at 5:30 pm at the Carrington Pub & Grill.

  • 5 Broadway Tunes for Belting

    How ridiculously entertaining would life be as a musical? Imagine yourself arising every morning to sing the Door County equivalent of “Good Morning, Baltimore” from Hairspray.

  • Peninsula State Park Hosts Woodsy Egg Hunt

    Peninsula State Park invites the public to a Woodsy Egg Hunt on April 7 from 11 – 11:30 am at the Nature Center. Attendees will learn about eggs and nests then venture into the forest to see if "some bunny" left a few eggs for kids to keep.

  • Announcing Door County Lighthouse Festival

    The 19th annual Door County Lighthouse Festival returns to the second weekend in June and again museum members are getting a jump on the general public when it comes to purchasing tickets.

  • “Olde Ellison Bay Days” Celebrates the Grand View

    The 2012 “Olde Ellison Bay Days” festival will be held June 22 – 24. This year’s festival promises to be the grandest in its 46-year history because it will celebrate the March 7 acquisition by the Door County Land Trust of the scenic 16-acre Ellison Bay overlook traditionally known as “The Grand View.

  • Frogs and Feathered Friends at the Ridges Sanctuary

    Frogs wake up from their winter hibernation in a feisty mood. It’s mating season and the Ridges Sanctuary’s wetlands are filled with peeping, trilling and quacking as the males seek out their little green sweethearts.

  • Volunteers Support Pen Park Programing

    Volunteer Courtney Smith (Sturgeon Bay High School 2011) shines the eyes of the Peninsula Nature Center black bear. The bear traveled from Escanaba, Mich.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:38am

    Question: What was the median price of waterfront property in Door and Kewaunee Counties in 2011?

  • Congratulations to Sandy DuBois and Carol Karas!

    Our politicians rave of “doing the peoples work” And send millions off to a foreign shore. But it’s not great times for many of us, There’s a bit of need right here in the Door.

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:31am

    Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Clearing your mind of all celestial thoughts to make way for the apocalypse in four months is advised. Stockpile canned soup and don’t travel without a can opener during the entire month of July.

  • Overheard and Pet Peeves

    “Get here before the meltdown does.”

  • Article posted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:26am

    Dear Mary Pat, Is it rude to ask how much something cost? I have a friend who always asks me the price of everything from my car to my house to my laptop.


    Sid Johnson recently caught this impressive, 25.5-pound brown trout beauty while fishing between Egg Harbor and Gills Rock.

  • Master Gardeners Host Programs at Crossroads

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association (DCMGA) will host two free programs at the Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay this April. On April 3 at 7 pm “The Year of the Forest – Door County” will take place.

  • Team Leadership Center Offers Kayaking Workshop

    The kayaking experts at the Team Leadership Center (TLC) are partnering with the Sturgeon Bay YMCA for an indoor pool kayaking workshop. Participates will receive a grasp of boat fit, basic paddle strokes, boat maneuvering, wet exits and two different kinds of rescues.

  • The Clearing Begins Class Registration

    The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay is taking registrations for its 2012 program of weeklong classes, which will begin the week of May 6. This year, 84 classes are scheduled in a wide variety of art, fine craft, humanities and nature science subject areas.

  • Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese Host “Sip and Savor”

    Schoolhouse Artisan Cheese in Egg Harbor is celebrating spring at their next “Sip and Savor” tasting evenings. On April 7, the shop will be pairing sparkling wines with some of Wisconsin’s finest artisan cheeses.

  • J-Ro Offers Salsa Dance Lessons

    Salsa Dance Lessons & Social, featuring dance instruction by J-Ro, will take place Saturdays at CheeseCake, Etc, located at 10579 Country Walk Drive in Sister Bay, next to Piggly Wiggly.

  • Greens N Grains Screens “Bonsai People”

    April is the Month of Microfinance. With that in mind, Greens N Grains’ Green Door Film Society will screen filmmaker Holly Mosher's latest work, Bonsai People – The Vision of Muhammad Yunus.

  • Crossroads at Big Creek Host Various Programs

    The Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay will host various programs throughout the month of April. April 1 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm the Door County Historical Society will host an “Antique Appraisal Event.

  • The Effects of Titanic’s Sinking

    Even 100 years after the tragic events of April 14, 1912, the sinking of the RMS Titanic remains one of the most significant historical events of the 20th century.

  • White Gull Inn Presents The Special Consensus

    The bluegrass group The Special Consensus will be featured in concert on April 11 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek. Tickets for the 8 pm concert, the last in a series of six, are $16.

  • Third Avenue Playhouse Features Folk-Rock Duo

    Door County singer/songwriters Seth Raddatz and Marybeth Mattson will perform at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) in Sturgeon Bay on April 10 at 7:30 pm as part of the Tuesdays at TAP Series to benefit the Door County Humane Society.

  • The Holiday Music Motel Features Geri X

    Steel Bridge SongFest veteran Geri X returns once again to The Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay for an intimate house concert on April 4 from 7 – 9:30 pm.

  • Toivo Releases Debut Album

    April 14, sometime around 10 pm, local band Toivo will plug in their guitars, microphones, amps, and rock the Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek, one of the band’s favorite venues, in celebration of the release of their debut album.

  • The Start of Something

    Justin Anderson sips coffee from a mug which reads ‘Tennessee, the Volunteer State’ in bold, blue letters. The mug was acquired on a recent solo trip to the state, the subject of his upcoming exhibit at Drink Coffee in Sister Bay, opening March 31 with an Open House from 7 – 10 pm featuring wine and refreshments.

  • Sweetie Pies Presents Art Contest

    Sweetie Pies announced its 6th Annual High Roller Art Contest and is looking for submissions. In past years, artists entered their variation on the theme of a rolling pin, functional or not.

  • Peninsula School of Art Exhibits Artistry of Animated Films

    Award-winning animated films – including a 2012 Academy Award® nominee – and their process pieces will be on display in the exhibition, "The Art of Animation," beginning April 13 at Peninsula School of Art (PSA) in Fish Creek.

  • Plein Air Festival Artists Chosen for National Exhibit

    Eight of the 40 artists participating in this year's Door County Plein Air Festival, sponsored by the Peninsula School of Art (PSA) in Fish Creek, have been selected to display their paintings in the prestigious 2012 Oil Painters of America (OPA) National Juried Exhibition.

  • newARTS Hosts Workshop for Area Artists

    Both national and state agencies have called attention to the importance of the arts, and the development of creative industries in recovering from the economic downturn.

  • Martinez Contemporary Tapestries Debut in NYC

    Sandra and Wence Martinez, owners and principal artists of Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, exhibited their contemporary, handwoven wool tapestries in the Made section of the Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City, March 22 – 25 at Pier 94.

  • Copper Heart Jewelry at JCC

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage is currently featuring copper wire jewelry by Linda Stuelke. Stuelke free forms heavy copper wire into a heart shape and adds texture with ceramic and glass beads, as well as thin copper wire.

  • Packers’ CEO Mark Murphy Headlines DCEDC Awards

    Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy will be the keynote speaker at the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) annual awards luncheon April 25.

  • The Salesman: Remembering the Persistence of Bob Pohl

    Bob Pohl was never hard to find. A relentless salesman, Pohl roamed the county like clockwork, first as an ad rep for the Door Reminder and finally in his own start-up, Door Guide Publishing.

  • Robert Pohl, Ephraim Businessman, Dies at 67

    Robert “Bob” Pohl, a well-known Ephraim businessman, died Sunday, March 18. He was 67. Pohl was revered for his acute sense of humor and his outgoing personality.

  • Door County Home & Garden Expo Set for March 24 & 25

    People 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.

  • With “The Interrupters,” Alex Kotlowitz Goes Back to “the Other America”

    After 25 years writing about violence, poverty, and crime in Chicago’s worst neighborhoods, the author Alex Kotlowitz is still finding humanity and searching for solutions.

  • Century Man: Herbi Hardt Turns 100

    Herbi Hardt celebrated his 100th birthday March 11 at the Gibraltar Town Hall.

  • Oakland Tribune Gives Door County a Shout

    Door County got some press from the Oakland Tribune March 1 when columnist Ginny Prior sized up the peninsula as an off-the-radar retirement spot. "An old-fashioned spirit of cooperation makes Door County seem, in some ways, frozen in time," she writes.

  • Visitor Bureau to Host PR Seminar

    The Door county Visitor Bureau is hosting a Public Relations seminar with their PR agency, Geiger & Associates, April 11 from 9 – 11:30 am. The seminar will be held at the Bertschinger Center in Egg Harbor.

  • Door County Board Candidate Forum March 29

    Voters can get to know the candidates for County Board Supervisors from districts 14 and 15 in Sevastopol in a forum March 29. The League of Women Voters is sponsoring the forum at the Sevastopol Town Hall at 7 pm, where voters can submit written questions for the candidates.

  • Isle View Road Widening Approved

    The Liberty Grove Town Board voted 3 – 2 to widen Isle View Road at a contentious meeting Feb. 28. The decision came despite the objections of many who said the widening will irreparably harm the unique aesthetic of the picturesque, little-traveled road in Ellison Bay.

  • Door County Beer Festival Brews Up A New Story

    The first Door County Beer Festival is bringing 120 beers, local food, live music, and state brewing experts to the Baileys Harbor Town Hall Park in June.