Volume 18 Issue 24 – Section 1

In this issue

  • The Most Important Spectator

    Imagine being an expert in a field where accurate, instinctual, and swift assessment is simply an expectation. Then imagine making those assessments and decisions in front of plenty of onlookers – sometimes bleachers full of crazy sports fans.

  • Geisseman Scores Four Touchdowns in Pioneers’ Victory

    Sevastpol’s Cody Giesseman breaks a tackle and runs for one of his four touchdowns in the Pioneer’s 36-14 victory over St Mary's Central Aug. 31.

  • DCSA Wraps Up Another Successful Season

    Door County Soccer Association (DCSA) wrapped up their 30th summer season with an end of the year meeting for coaches and board members. Registration showed an increase from last year with 373 players in Sturgeon Bay, and including players in the Northern Door and Washington Island leagues, registration is over 500.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • September: Autumn’s Infancy

    The ripening corn of September brings joy to the hearts of Raccoons and White-tailed Deer. Add apples to that fare and they will feast like royalty. Fortunate are those farmers and gardeners who can plant enough for both people and wildlife who know no bounds.

  • Board of Review & Public Notice

    The 2012 Board of Review was held on August 29. In contrast to last year it lasted two hours with on objectors coming before the board. Last year's Board of Review lasted for nine days.

  • NFL Stats and Copenhagen’s Bicycle Highway

    5- Playoff games won by Joe Flacco.

  • Age of the Father and Marijuana Use in Adolescence

    Is the age of the father important in terms of the genetics of his children? A recent study in Iceland, where detailed family records date back to the early 1700s, is providing an answer to this question.

  • “Hot Looks, Cool Style & “The Human Blockhead”

    Author’s Note: After a long holiday weekend, I am resorting to recycling material from columns gone by. The following two items were originally published in two separate columns in the fall of 1994.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    Keeping Door County safe requires that the community work together. A prime example of this collaboration is Door County's Coordinated Community Response (CCR) team, where key players in law enforcement, criminal justice, advocacy, and other community resources team up to ensure safety.

  • Article posted Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:33am

    Old and wise is William, but then there's young and curious Whisper. Cats at the shelter run the gamut in age and temperament so no matter the tempo of the household, the perfect match can be made.

  • Burly Beard Smackdown

    Participants in the Burly Beard Smackdown gathered for the first in a series of four photos documenting the men’s hair growth throughout this year’s United Way of Door County campaign.

  • Author’s Note: Telling Bo’s Story

    In today’s Pulse you’ll find the story of Bo Johnson’s battle against leukemia, one for which he somehow summons more courage every day. On Aug. 27, his doctor’s told him there was nothing more they could do for him, and Bo decided to come home.

  • Firefighters in Training

    The Gibraltar Fire Department met recently at the Sister Bay Station for a training meeting. Firefighter Jennifer Merkel changed fittings on the intake of Engine 8 to hook to a hydrant, while Caleb Whitney looks on.

  • Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Volunteer of the Year Nominees Sought

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association is looking for Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Volunteer of the Year award nominees. “We live in a small community that relies heavily on volunteers,” said Carol Clikeman, president of the SBAA.

  • YMCA Provides Fall Prevention and Cancer Recovery Classes

    The Door County YMCA launches a Fall Prevention Class, and continues their Cancer Recovery Class. Stepping On is a community-based program aimed at building confidence to reduce and/or eliminate falls.

  • CHIPS Cover “Diseases of the Blood”

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPS) with the latest series of presentations covering “Diseases of the Blood."

  • Egg Harbor Historical Society Holds Annual Meeting at Door Peninsula Winery

    On Sept. 20, the Egg Harbor Historical Society will hold the annual meeting to review the last year and discuss plans for next year. The evening begins in Carlsville at 5 pm with a tour of Door Peninsula Winery and a social and dinner follows at Bistro 42.

  • New Requirements for Fall Fest Parade

    2012 marks Sister Bay’s 100th anniversary celebration, and the celebration continues during the Fall Fest parade on Oct. 13 at 11 am. New for this year, registration is required to enter a float in the parade, and there will be a theme – “100 Years of Sister Bay."

  • FOPPI Funds Plum Island Restoration

    The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) is funding the restoration of the Plum Island Live-Saving Station. An 1896 structure, the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the only surviving Duluth-type life-saving station on the Great Lakes.

  • Landmark Resort Hosts Lunch for Women’s Connection of Door County

    Women’s Connection of Door County will hold a lunch with a presentation of “Laugh With Ripple Effect” at the Landmark Resort State Room from 12:30 – 2 pm.

  • Red Cross Lends Support to Gulf Coast

    The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Red Cross recently deployed 15 trained disaster response volunteers and an Emergency Response Vehicle to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Isaac.

  • Constant Contact Experts to Train Local Businesses

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the Door County Visitor Bureau are bringing Jason Schultz and Udo Misch with Constant Contact to train local businesses on tools that can help strengthen relationships with customers through social media.

  • Alzheimer’s Program Offered at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church

    On Sept. 13 at 6:30 pm, the Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Wellness Committee will host the health program, “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

  • 2012 Marks Cellcom’s 25th Year in Business

    “If you took a look around the wireless industry in 1987 and today, you would find very few of the same faces. Cellcom is one of the few wireless companies that has the same name and same ownership as when it began,” said Pat Riordan, president and CEO of Cellcom.

  • Scandia Village Wins Excellence in Action Award

    National Research Corporation congratulates Good Samaritan Society Scandia Village for winning the 2011-2012 Excellence in Action Award. This honor is demonstrated by overall resident satisfaction scores that fall within the top 10 percent of the My InnerView product database – the largest skilled nursing facility database of its kind in the United States.

  • Sturgeon Bay Four Seasons Market Receives Positive Reaction

    The initial assessment of the proposed Four Seasons Market as part of the West Waterfront Redevelopment Plan in Sturgeon Bay is in, and the prospects are good.

  • “So Delicious So Door County” Celebrates Local Culinary Treats

    As summer turns to fall, Door County prepares for a culinary celebration complete with fresh local produce, bustling farm markets, foodie tours and harvest festivals amidst a backdrop of beautiful fall colors.

  • Cooking Demonstration at Settlement Shops Farmer’s Market

    On Sept. 12 at 10:30 am, Door County Private Chef will demonstrate how to make a gourmet lunch using locally grown ingredients at the Settlement Shops Farmer’s Market.

  • Sturgeon Bay Farm and Craft Market “Vendor of the Week”

    Since we are still in the middle of “grilling season” you may want to stop by this week’s Sturgeon Bay Farm Market Vendor of the Week, Pour Daddy’s BBQ Sauce, to get some sauce for the next time you are grilling out.

  • Stinging Days of Summer

    It’s been a tough summer for Robert Puccini, at least where insects are concerned. A sting in July during football camp left his right hand swollen like a balloon, and the next month a sting in the knee put him in the hospital.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • Sturgeon Bay’s proposed Aesthetic Design and Site Plan Review Code made it through its first reading at the Sept. 4 meeting of the Sturgeon Bay Common Council without any amendments or objections.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • Fall Fest vendors should mark their calendars to meet on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 5 pm for a pre-festival meeting. “We want to get people to register and just go over the basics of Fall Fest,” said Carol Clikeman, president of the Sister Bay Advancement Association (SBAA).

  • Century Ride Safety Concerns

    On September 9, over 2,300 bicyclists will explore the roads of Door County as part of the 34th annual Door County Century Ride. The ride is not a race, but a social affair where riders are encouraged to ride together and move at their own pace over distances from 28.

  • Plum Island Could Open to the Public

    A chain of islands stretching from the Door Peninsula to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have long been home to shorebirds looking to nest in uninterrupted stretches of sand and migrating birds looking for a place to stop along the way.

  • Motorcyclists Lured by County’s Scenery

    When Keith Yedica travels the country, he makes his trips about more than the destination. “It’s the freedom of the road,” said Yedica, a representative of Wisconsin Motorcycle Touring.

  • Door County Political Parties Mobilize

    With the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions now in the rearview mirror, the official ramp-up to November elections has begun, and the chairs of both parties’ county headquarters are getting ready to mobilize voters and volunteers.

  • “We’re Better Because of Bo”

    Shortly after Bo was diagnosed with AML, he and Annika began a journal on Caring Bridge and a Facebook Page, GO BO! to keep people updated on his progress.

  • Bo Johnson: Teaching Us How to Live

    On August 27, Bo Johnson's doctors told him there was nothing more they could do for him. Bo decided to come home, where there was a lot more he could do for us.

  • A Look at “Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures”

    Door County readers will enjoy Emma Straub’s first novel Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, recently released by Riverhead Books, in part because of the setting.

  • Man Down in Aisle Five

    By all yardsticks this man measured up. Women admired his physique, some thought he looked like George Clooney’s younger brother. Men enjoyed his style, his muscle tone, his confidence.

  • Falling back into Films

    You know you’re craving some butter lovers microwave popcorn, a soft blanket over your tan legs, and an entertaining, stimulating film spinning in your neglected DVD player.

  • Weekend ReCAP

    1_Friday afternoon, car packed, we headed over on the Washington Island Ferry for the 5th annual “I Heart Camping!” weekend.

  • Waterfront Mary’s: Live Music with a Great View

    Waterfront Mary’s Bar and Grill in Sturgeon Bay has offered the city and county an abundance of live music since its inception nearly a decade ago. As one of the few places providing a live music outlet throughout the year, including the quiet winter months, residents and visitors alike have made the waterfront bar a regular destination.

  • Putt with Pirates at Door County’s Pirate’s Cove

    While the notions of work and play are generally viewed as separate activities, for me, Pirate’s Cove Miniature Golf in Sister Bay has embodied both throughout the past three summers.

  • Tom Pease Performs at Autumn Fest

    Kids of all ages, get ready to sing along with Tom Pease at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Sept. 15 from 3 – 5 pm. Pease will appear in concert as part of Baileys Harbor’s Autumn Fest activities, courtesy of The Ridges Sanctuary.

  • Mah Jongg Groups Gather at YMCA Centers

    Want to experience a touch of ancient Chinese culture right here in Sturgeon Bay? Starting Sept. 11, community members are invited to the Sturgeon Bay YMCA on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 pm for a free Mah Jongg group.

  • Belgian Heritage Center Hosts Belgian Kermiss

    A Belgian Kermiss will be held Sept. 16, 10 am – 5 pm, at the Belgian Heritage Center (the former St. Mary of the Snow Church in Namur). The Kermiss is a traditional Belgian celebration to give thanks after the harvest.

  • Urban Legends and the Peninsula Music Festival

    Sixty years is a long time for any business to survive, especially when you take in all the economic and world influences over the past sixty years. If that business is a not for profit performing arts organization located on a peninsula in Wisconsin, the achievement of sixty years almost seems miraculous.

  • Bjِrklunden Offers Bridge Seminar

    From Sept. 30 – Oct. 5, Bjِrklunden is offering “The Secrets to Winning Bridge Revealed: In Bidding, Play & Defense” with Bill Murphy. In a fun and easy to follow cards-on-the-table approach, the magic behind successful bridge will be unveiled in this seminar.

  • Throw Nothing Away

    The gallery of Alchemy Fields, a converted barn, smells like a grandparent’s attic full of treasures and memories. Renee Hilgers displays her collections of black typewriters, large and small globes, phones of various colors from throughout the past century, and her detailed, intrinsic assemblages with care.

  • “Add to the Archives” Focuses on WWII

    The Door County Historical Museum, in conjunction with the Door County Archives, is hosting another “Add to the Archives” day on Sept. 15. This day will focus on collecting information on Door County’s contributions during World War II.

  • DCMM Becomes a Sea Tow Automated Radio Check Station

    Sea Tow Services International, Inc., the nation’s leading professional marine assistance provider, announces the Door County Maritime Museum is now a Sea Tow Automated Radio Check host station.

  • Community Invited to Taste of The Garden Door and Pesto Festo

    The Door County Master Gardener Association (DCMGA) will hold the 6th Annual Taste of The Garden Door and Pesto Festo on Sept. 8, 1 – 4 pm, at the Garden Door at the UW Peninsular Agricultural Research Station.

  • Crossroads Plans to Construct Council Ring

    Crossroads at Big Creek is offering a number of educational opportunities in early September. “It’s Because of the Glaciers,” is a history lecture scheduled for 2 pm on Sept. 7.

  • “Dearly Departed” Walk at Ephraim Moravian Cemetery

    The second “Dearly Departed” cemetery walk at the Ephraim Moravian Cemetery takes place Sept. 19, 1 – 3 pm. The cemetery walk is the living history of those who lived and died in Ephraim.

  • Corn Fest Features Massive Maze

    Celebrate Corn Fest at Schopf’s Dairy View Country Store on Sept. 8 to benefit Sunshine House, Inc. Activities include a 20-acre corn maze, sweet corn & pie eating contests, tug-of-war competition, kids’ games, sand art, raffles, silent auctions, tattoos by Kristen, and Pirates in the Harbor.

  • The Ridges Sanctuary Offers Guided Hikes

    The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will begin its fall schedule of naturalist guided hikes. From Sept. 8 through Oct. 13, hikes will be given at 9:30 am Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Fall Harvest Fest at Parallel 44

    Parallel 44 is hosting Fall Harvest Fest on Sept. 8, 12 – 6 pm. This event includes a Traditional Grape Stomp at 1 pm, live music all day, gourmet food (available for purchase), local vendors, and vineyard tours from 2 – 5 pm.

  • Discover “Autumn’s Unleashed Beauty” at Bjِrklunden

    From Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, Bjِrklunden is offering “Autumn’s Unleashed Beauty” with Don Quintenz. How is it possible for a bird to recognize the stars in the night sky at birth? How does a dark sky tell us our universe had a recent beginning? To answer these and other questions, participants will hike the trails of Bjِrklunden to learn from birds in the mornings, observe sunrises and investigate the dark, evening skies.

  • Bent Grass Plays at TAP

    The Kimberley House is sponsoring a fundraising concert at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay on Sept. 15 at 7:30 pm. Bent Grass is a bluegrass group from Green Bay that plays not only bluegrass but standards and originals as well.

  • “Lombardi” Opens at Pen Players

    Vince Lombardi returns to northeast Wisconsin in Eric Simonson’s Broadway play Lombardi, which takes the stage at Peninsula Players Theatre for six weeks through Oct. 14.

  • “Shirley Valentine” Performance Benefits Women’s Fund

    On Sept. 14, Third Avenue Playhouse will host a Women's Fund of Door County night at the Stage Door Theatre Company's production of Shirley Valentine.

  • The Ryder Cup

    Every four years, for about 17 days in August, the entire world is treated to the widest array of sporting competition. The Olympics represent the greatest that nearly every sport on the earth has to offer.

  • Golf Results

    Recent league results from around the county.

  • Golf Events

    Upcoming Door County golf events.

  • Congratulations to Barb Enigl

    Who opens the door while polishing the glass? Who politely says “Good morning,” as you slowly walk past? Quoth the tourist, “Barb does.” Who vacuums the floor and remakes the bed? Who scrubs the tub and restocks stuff for your head? Quoth the tourist, “Barb does.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:41am

    What is the distance between Washington Island and the tip of Door County?

  • Robert Foley Charbono 2008 Napa Valley

    After tasting the Italian Dolcetto from Alba last week, we travel to Napa Valley in California to taste the (mistakenly) counterpart varietal of Charbono from the vineyards of Robert Foley.

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:35am

    Virgo (August 23 – September 22): One should never pop a wheelie on a unicycle until first securing a helmet and padding – especially you, and especially since the results of last month’s IQ test have been made public.

  • Overheard, Shout Outs and Pet Peeves

    Are there tid-bits of conversations you’ve heard while standing in line at the grocery store, serving a table, or walking down the sidewalk that make you smile, cringe or laugh out loud?

  • Article posted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 10:30am

    Dear Mary Pat, I am a waitress in Baileys Harbor and sometimes I feel that my job description should include the term “referee.” You wouldn’t believe how many people fight over the check.


    Dennis and Joan Lonstine of Sister Bay enjoy an end of summer sunset.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Over the years, many people have asked me how Wisconsin became the dairy state. It isn’t like one day our pioneering agriculture families woke up and said, “Wow, let’s get a herd of cows and start milking them.

  • Ed Fenendael and Students Exhibit at Morning Mist Studio

    Watercolor artist and instructor Ed Fenendael and several of his students will exhibit work in Fenendael’s Morning Mist Studio at Windmill Farm. The exhibit and reception will be held Sept. 9 from 4 - 7 pm.

  • New Jewelry Displayed at Plum Bottom Pottery

    Plum Bottom Pottery’s resident jewelry artist Angela Lensch will debut a new body of work, Sept. 8 – 30. Lensch’s art jewelry features dynamic woven webs of gemstones, and with her necklaces, the negative space becomes the focus.

  • Greco Gallery Hosts Summer Reception and BMP Benefit

    Greco Gallery will host a Summer Artists Reception and Benefit on Sept. 7 from 5 – 9 pm. This event will also by the opening of the Greco Courtyard and Stage with Elliot Goettelman and Friends playing Caribbean-themed music.

  • Land Trust Director to Speak at MAM

    Dan Burke, Executive Director of the Door County Land Trust, will be the speaker for the second Thursday program, sponsored by the Miller Art Museum volunteers, on Sept. 13.

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Christine Swanberg

    Christine Swanberg is the featured poet for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on Sept. 12 at 7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim.