Volume 18 Issue 29 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Wisconsin’s Most Generous County

    Most surveys about charitable giving are notoriously inaccurate because of what the researchers call Social Desirability Bias. Giving to a charity is almost universally proclaimed as a pure and honorable act.

  • In-office Voting and Fire District Decisions

    The board has adopted Ordinance 10-12 establishing a 45 mph speed limit on Isle View Road east of Timberline Road.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:10am

    2,480 - Average floor area of new single-family homes completed in the U.S. in 2011

  • Gene Switches and the Spread of Lyme Disease

    People have about the same number of genes as lab mice (40,000), and almost every human gene has a counterpart in the mouse genome. So why don’t we look or behave more like mice? The answer lies in the number of molecular “switches” known to regulate the expression of our 20,000-odd protein coding genes.

  • Volunteer Voices

    Over the past months, I have seen a county transformed into shades of orange to show support for a 13-year-old boy named Bo Johnson. Yet his wish was to have his spirit live on by “paying it forward” and “making a difference."

  • Article posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 11:00am

    Rangoon and Regina were born in the Town of Egg Harbor and brought to the Door County Humane Society (DCHS) shelter when just a few days old. Strawberry and Raspberry were a week old when they arrived at DCHS from the City of Sturgeon Bay.

  • Local Men Walk to End Domestic Violence

    On Oct. 5 in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, HELP of Door County sponsored the event, “A Walk in Her Shoes.” Over 20 local men donned women’s shoes and walked down Third Avenue to make a public statement to end violence towards women and children.

  • United Way Youth Board Members Announced

    United Way of Door County announces the addition of new youth board members. Sturgeon Bay High School juniors Samantha Moeller, Caitlin Reichel, and Kelsey Smith were each elected to serve a one-year term.

  • Public Health Department Offers Immunization Clinics

    The Public Health Department will offer Immunization Clinics on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 am – 12 pm at the Sister Bay Fire Station, located at 2258 Mill Road.

  • Flu Clinic Dates Announced for North Shore Medical Clinics

    In October, Ministry Door County Medical Center will hold flu vaccination clinics at their North Shore Medical Clinic locations. Vaccinations are $26 cash (there is an additional $25 administration fee when not paying with cash).

  • Staudenmaier Chiropractic Wellness Center Presents “45 Minutes to Freedom”

    Staudenmaier Chiropractic Wellness Center, SC is hosting the free presentation “45 Minutes to Freedom,” on Oct. 15, 5:30 – 6:15 pm. The presentation will detail health trends in America; the power of vitamins B, D and Omega 3; and how to stay healthy in a very unhealthy world.

  • Volunteer Center Launches “The Volunteer Project”

    2012 – 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Volunteer Center of Door County and its service to the community by launching “The Volunteer Project.” This project is designed to add 500 new volunteers to their volunteer database.

  • Crop Walk Raises Funds for Feed My People

    This year’s Northern Door Crop Walk fundraiser for Church World Service was held on Sept. 22 at Newport State Park, where six churches supported the walk and $6,000 was raised.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 380

    Lots of contemporary poems are merely little personal anecdotes set into lines, but I prefer my anecdotes to have an overlay of magic. Here’s just such a poem by Shawn Pittard, who lives in California.

  • DC Community Foundation Releases “Guide to Endowments”

    The Door County Community Foundation announces the Guide to Endowments at the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. has been published, and the Historic Preservation Fund is now accepting applications.

  • “The Keys & Obstacles to Your Child’s Success” Presented at Prince of Peace

    The Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition is sponsoring “The Keys & Obstacles to Your Child’s Success,” with Mike McGowan on Oct. 30, 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

  • Green Bay Oncologist Speaks at CHIP

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

  • World Family Café Conversation Held at Prince of Peace Church

    The Department of Community Programs is sponsoring a World Family Café Conversation on Oct. 29, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. A round table discussion will be held on designing supports in the community to ensure every family has the support they need when raising children.

  • “Things We Didn’t Say”

    Stepmothers have traditionally gotten a bad rap in fiction, and sometimes, as in the story of Cinderella, deservedly so. But as Kristina Riggle reveals in her novel Things We Didn’t Say, being a stepmother is not an easy role, especially with teenage stepchildren.

  • United Way Presents 17th Annual Chefs for a Day

    The United Way of Door County presents the 17th Annual Chefs for a Day on Oct. 20 at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Doors open at 6 pm with hors d’oeuvres, and guests can sample entrees, served by each chef at numerous buffet stations.

  • Bitters

    Head-butting pint glasses and the driving pluck of a guitar string fill my head of smoke and bees. The bartender has been feeding me a steady diet of bitters and rag-water.

  • Unity Celebrates 35th Anniversary

    Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, recently announced the celebration of the organization’s 35th anniversary. “Our anniversary celebration honors the many patients and families who have entrusted their care to Unity over the years.

  • Door Bible Baptist Church Celebrates 11th Anniversary

    Door Bible Baptist Church (DBBC) will celebrate their 11th anniversary with special services from Oct. 18 – 21. The anniversary theme is “Earnestly Contending for The Faith."

  • Fall Sale & Luncheon at Ephraim Village Hall

    The Ephraim Moravian Women are sponsoring a Fall Sale & Luncheon on Oct. 27, 11 am – 2 pm, at the Ephraim Village Hall. There will be a Spanish hamburger lunch with a bake sale.

  • FSA Announcements

    The Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) has several announcements for producers and farmers. State Executive Director Brad Pfaff announced that FSA will issue Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) payments during the first few weeks of October.

  • Gibraltar Third Graders Visit Ephraim

    On Oct. 1, the Ephraim Historical Foundation welcomed the Gibraltar 3rd grade class to the Village of Ephraim and the Ephraim Village Museums. Special thanks need to be extended to Marsella Fults, Tad Dukehart, Marla Horwitz, Linda Carey, Norma Hager, and G.G. Paschke.

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Timeline

    Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Timeline 2010 March 23, 2010 – President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law.

  • 2012 U.S. House of Representatives Candidates on Healthcare

    Reid Ribble Republican incumbent Rep. Reid Ribble advocates repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and replacing it with a plan that uses the market, rather than state-run health insurance exchanges, to drive the cost of healthcare down.

  • Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day for Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Residents

    All residents, business owners and property owners in the Village of Sister Bay and the Town of Liberty Grove are encouraged to participate in a Shredding/Appliance Recycling Day on Oct. 20, 9 am - 1 pm.

  • 2012 Assembly District Candidates on Healthcare

    Garey Bies Republican incumbent Garey Bies declined to comment to the Peninsula Pulse, and there is no information about his healthcare policy preferences on his website.

  • Good Samaritan Society Receives “McKnight’s” Excellence in Technology Award

    The Good Samaritan Society was recently awarded the Bronze Award in Quality in the first annual McKnight's Excellence In Technology Awards – Connect Our World.

  • WEP, Inc. Presents the 4th Annual Home Energy Fair

    “Live Green…Save Green,” is the theme for the 2012 Home Energy Fair presented by WEP, Inc. Oct. 13, 9 am – 2 pm, at the Cherry Point Mall. Participants can meet energy experts during demonstrations and presentations concerning plumbing, heating and electrical alternatives; insulation, sealing and indoor air quality; benefits of a home energy audit and energy efficiency.

  • 2012 U.S. Senate Candidates on Healthcare

    Tommy Thompson Republican candidate Former Wisconsin Gov. and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson says his immediate priority, providing he’s elected to the Senate, would be to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and start over from a clean slate.

  • Mike Stapleton Joins PBS Staff

    Peninsula Building Systems of Sturgeon Bay announces Mike Stapleton has joined their staff in the position of Project Development. Stapleton will be responsible for field operations in Door and Kewaunee Counties for PBS.

  • 2012 Presidential Candidates on Healthcare

    Mitt Romney Republican candidate Former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says on his campaign website he would repeal the full Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or “Obamacare,” as quickly as possible.

  • Lola May’s Celebrates First Anniversary

    Jefferson Street’s newest retailer, Lola May’s, celebrated the first anniversary of being in business on Oct. 8. Owner, Becky May, wants to send a personal thank you to all the people who have taken time out of their busy days to shop Lola May’s.

  • Renard’s Cheese Holds Grand Opening for New Location

    On Oct. 1 Renard’s Cheese opened their new retail location in the red building next to the old location on County Trunk DK, south of Sturgeon Bay. In the new building, Renard’s will serve sandwiches, pizzas, and specialty drinks in a new deli and seating area.

  • 2012 Election Coverage – Healthcare

    No matter who gets voted into office this November, America’s healthcare system is going to change. The system as it exists now is unsustainable. The costs of healthcare keep rising at a rate that far outpaces inflation. Millions of uninsured Americans put off care until it’s too late for anything but extreme, and expensive, action that’s subsidized by those who have insurance. America spends more per person on healthcare than any other country does, but our system doesn’t produce better results.

  • What Happened in Door County?

    • The Town of Baileys Harbor voted to provisionally allow a prospective Wisconsin State Football League team to use the Baileys Harbor Recreational Park as its home field.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    • The Sturgeon Bay School District is considering shopping out its bussing service. Superintendent Joe Stutting says the move is a cost-cutting measure to help the district manage the $1.

  • Cellcom Coverage Expands through Northern Door

    Cellcom’s 4G LTE coverage recently expanded to northern Door County with sites in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor, Ellison Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Jacksonport, Sister Bay and Valmy.

  • DCVB Unveils Official Winter Guide

    The 2012-13 Official Winter Guide will soon be available for visitors. Designed as a supplement to the Door County Visitor Bureau’s Official Visitor Guide, the winter guide provides visitors with winter activity ideas, maps, winter hours for area businesses, and events for Nov. through April.

  • SBSI Hosts Recycling Fundraiser

    On Oct. 20, 8 am – 12 pm, the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative are joining with Cyber Green at the Baylake Bank parking lot on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Jefferson Street for a recycling fundraiser.

  • Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative Hosts Recycling Day

    Now that designs for the 10,000 sq. ft. skatepark to be built on Sturgeon Bay’s West Side are in, fundraising efforts from the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative (SBSI) are going to ramp up.

  • Driving Kids to Read

    When Southern Door Schools bus driver Ted Chaudoir decided to clean out the books in his daughter’s old bedroom, he had no idea what kind of impact it would have.

  • $224,653 in Coastal Grants Awarded to Door County

    Funding to protect America’s coastline – including Great Lakes coastline – has trickled from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to projects along Door County shores through grants from the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program.

  • Continuing the Legacy of the Law

    The law firm currently known as Pinkert Law Firm has changed names, locations, and attorneys in the 75 years since Herman Leasum set up shop in Sturgeon Bay, and along the way it’s built itself into something much bigger than the rural firm it started out as.

  • FISC Presents Financial Wellness Conference

    FISC Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Door County is proud to present the community’s first Financial Wellness Conference for adults, as well as juniors and seniors in high school, on Nov. 3, 7:45 am - 12:30 pm, at Sturgeon Bay High School.

  • Run Wild Award Winners Announced

    The 24th annual Run Wild events took place Oct. 6 at Potawatomi State Park. The fundraiser, sponsored by Friends of Potawatomi State Park, featured a 10K run and 3-mile run/walk.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Schwartz Lake Preserve Donated to State

    In September, the Door County Land Trust turned over the Schwartz Lake preserve to the state to become part of one of the largest wilderness areas in Door County – the Shivering Sands State Natural Area.

  • Weekend ReCAP

    1_Last weekend was a big one for my girlfriend, Kat Prince, and her co-workers at the C.D. “Buzz” Besadny Fish Facility in Kewaunee. They hosted their semi-annual open house on Oct.

  • 67th Annual Fall Fest Schedule

    Friday, October 12 • 9am-5pm: Classic Auto Show – Waterfront Park • 10am-5pm: Arts & Crafts Show – Mill Road • 10am-5pm: Concessions – Various places in Sister Bay • 4-8pm: Modern Day Drifters – Husby’s • 5-8pm: Fish Boil – Fire Station on Mill Road • 6-7 pm: Children’s Cake Walk – Village Hall […]

  • Sister Bay Hosts Granddaddy of Door County Festivals: Fall Fest

    The 67th annual Sister Bay Fall Fest, Oct. 12 – 14, could go down in the memory books, and not only for the Sister Bay Centennial Celebration, but for the number of new additions/improvements to the festival.

  • Local Artist Ed Fenendael Enjoys Unique Experience in Giverny

    It was a thrill for Ed Fenendael, a well-known Door County watercolorist, to arrive in Giverny, France, the home of Claude Monet, and be greeted by locals as he walked the village streets.

  • New Fall Fest Favorite

    Fall Fest’s musical line-up promises to please the crowd this weekend – Door County favorites including Modern Day Drifters, Hoi Polloi, The Nicks, and Unity will take to the Sister Bay stages.

  • Door Shakespeare Presents Shakespeare in Concert

    Door Shakespeare will do what they do best, showcase the timelessness of William Shakespeare’s works. On Oct. 13, Door Shakespeare will host its fall fundraising event, “Door Shakespeare In Concert,” an evening of concert readings from Shakespearean plays, each performed by actors who were audience favorites in recent past seasons.

  • Finding your Scents of the Season

    “We’re in the smell good business,” says Mike Felhofer, wearing a blue Door County Candle Company apron in his spacious Carlsville shop – Candleworks.

  • Barred Owl in the Bird Bath

    Over the years I’ve strongly recommended in some of my stories the importance of providing water for birds and other wildlife during the entire year. The three birdbaths on the ground plus a pedestal bath, all grouped quite closely together in our front yard, have provided Charlotte and me with much enjoyable watching and also the chance to keep up with which species were coming to drink, bathe and eat our handouts.

  • “Dark Songs” Presented at TAP

    On Oct. 27 at 7 pm, Third Avenue Playhouse hosts “Dark Songs: The Edgar Allen Poe Polka.” This show is the annual October songwriting/recording/live-performance event produced and sponsored by The Holiday Music Motel, and is inspired by the life and works of Edgar Allen Poe.

  • Astronomy Day at Crossroads includes Sundial Dedication

    The Door County Leadership Class of 2011-2012 announces the upcoming dedication of their class project on Oct. 20 during Astronomy Day at the Astronomical Society ground’s adjacent to Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • DC Adventure Center Offers Glow Stick Zip Line Tour and Barn Dance

    Squares, lines, and circles will fill the renovated turn-of-the-century dairy barn on Oct. 13, 6 – 9 pm, as part of the Door County Adventure Center’s barn dance.

  • Crossroads Hosts the Final Sunday in the Village Series

    The final program of The Sunday in The Village Series at Crossroads at Big Creek will be a presentation about the history of Draeb Jewelers titled, “As Time Goes By."

  • “The Wonder Bread Years” Presented as part of MDCMC’ s Celebrate Community Event

    Ministry Door County Medical Center’s annual “Celebrate Community” show will offer another free program to the public on Oct. 27 at 7 pm at the Door Community Auditorium.

  • “Gloriously Gershwin” Fundraiser at Birch Creek

    “Gloriously Gershwin,” the Birch Creek Associates annual fall fundraising event featuring Cynthia Stiehl, mezzo-soprano, and Judith Jackson, piano, is set for Oct. 2 in Juniper Hall at Birch Creek.

  • Pro Arte Quartet Performs at Hope United Church

    Door Concerts Inc. opens its 25th season Oct. 21 with a performance by the Pro Arte Quartet and a pre-concert presentation by Russ Dagon, retired principal clarinetist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and retired professor of music at Northwestern University and Birch Creek Music Performance Center.

  • Pen Players Closes 77th Season with “Lombardi”

    Vince Lombardi’s return to northeast Wisconsin in Eric Simonson’s Lombardi is about to come to an end as Peninsula Players Theatre closes its 77th season with a 4 pm matinee on Oct. 14.

  • StageKids Announce Audition Dates

    Audition dates were recently announced for the StageKids production of The Birds Christmas Carol. Auditions are scheduled for Oct. 21, 1 – 3 pm; and Oct. 22, 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

  • Informational Meeting Held for The Peninsula Symphonic Band

    An informational meeting for the New Horizons Music 
Peninsula Symphonic Community Band will be held Oct. 18, 6 – 8 pm. The Peninsula Symphonic Band is for adults who wish to learn to play a concert band instrument and play in a band.

  • “Almost, Maine” Production Ends Oct. 14

    Stage Door Theatre’s Almost, Maine will be performed through Oct. 14 with a matinee performance at 3 pm. There will also be a special deal for the audience of this final showing; they will receive a 50 percent discount for breakfast, lunch, or brunch on October 14 (prior to the 3 pm performance) at the Corner Cafe on Third Avenue.

  • Travelogue Series Focuses on England’s West Country

    On Oct. 19, the Kiwanis & Rotary Clubs of Northern Door will present the second program of their Travel & Adventure Cinema Series, England’s West Country.

  • DC Folk Alliance Holds Cy Rosenthal Memorial Fundraiser Barn Dance

    The Third Annual Cy Rosenthal Memorial Fundraiser Barn Dance is the final Door County Folk Alliance event of the season and it will be held Oct. 20. The non-profit organization is dedicated to continuing its late founder Rosenthal’s dream of bringing people together through old-time music and dance in a wholesome, fun environment.

  • TAP Hosts a Variety of Film Screenings

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) is screening a number of films in late October. On Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm, Dove will be shown, followed by a discussion with the director, Bernard Anthony Lewandowski, and one of the film’s co-stars, Ryan Patrick Shaw.

  • Registration Still Open for Clearing Workshops

    There is still time to register for The Clearing’s final 2012 fall season Workshop Program day classes. “The Kaleidoscope of Poetry” with Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate, Ellen Kort, will explore the beauty and the sharp edges of words that are essential to writing on Oct. 20.

  • SB Cinema Shows Independent Art Film, “Secret Life, Secret Death”

    The independent art film, Secret Life, Secret Death, will screen at the Sturgeon Bay Cinema, October 12 – 18. Director Genevieve Davis will be on hand for a talkback following the Oct. 12 screening.

  • UUF Screens “Four Seasons Lodge”

    A free screening of Four Seasons Lodge, a documentary about an aging group of Holocaust survivors, will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Oct. 16 at 4:30 pm.

  • Congratulations to Rose Beno

    So you think you can handle many jobs at once. If you tried this one you might lose some hair. Watch Rose move from baking to lifting the fryer. She’s a multi-tasker so extraordinaire.

  • Verdicchio

    Verdicchio is a white grape varietal grown primarily in the Marche (pronounced Marke) region of central Italy. Marche is east of Ubria, south and east of Tuscany and north of Abruzzo and Lazio on the Adriatic Sea.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:01am

    Looking closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 10, 2012 9:58am

    Libra (September 23 – October 22): As the stars clearly indicate, be advised to stand back three hundred feet from all calamities and this would be good to remember at your neighborhood bar as well.

  • 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, October 10, 2012 9:54am

    Dear Mary Pat, I got a friend request on Facebook from an old classmate that I haven't spoken to for over 14 years. The last time we spoke, she accused me of doing something that I didn't do.


    Volunteers Rev. Michael Brecke and Oliver Twist visit Scandia Village on their recently shared birthday. “They spread good will, laughter and love regularly as loyal volunteers at Scandia Village and throughout the entire community,” writes Scandia Village Volunteer Coordinator Nicki Scharrig, who submitted the photo.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Wisconsin is by far the largest producer of cheese in North America. Although California does have more cows and milk production, Wisconsin continues to dominate the world of cheese.

  • Expand Your Golf Horizons

    I was honored to grab the reigns of the Golf Page in May from Cam Fuller for the 2012 season, and I am extremely saddened to see it come to an end. I learned much about the game and hope that I passed on enough quality content to keep readers returning each week.

  • Ellison Bay Hosts Annual Fall Art Crawl

    On Oct. 20 and 21, seven galleries and two schools in Ellison Bay will open their doors and studios to the entire community. The crawl takes place 10 am – 7 pm on Oct. 20 and 10 am - 5 pm on Oct. 21.

  • Black & White Photography Featured at Base Camp

    Base Camp & Ecology Sports will display a sampling of Matthew James Smith’s black & white photography beginning Oct. 12. Smith’s photographs offer a unique perspective of Door County’s physical character; mystery and beauty can be found in each image.

  • Artists Guild Hosts Craig Blietz Workshop and Drawing Classes

    Registration is open for an upcoming one-day workshop taught by Door County artist Craig Blietz at Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay. Students will paint from a still life with the objective to exercise and hone their compositional and design decision-making skills in “Painting & the Art of Visual Selection,” on Oct. 20, 8 am - 4 pm.

  • Blietz Exhibit Opens at Plymouth Arts Center

    A fine art exhibit opened to the public in Gallery 110 North of the Plymouth Arts Center on Oct. 5. YARD: The Art of Craig Blietz, fills the gallery with original, oversize paintings of domestic farm animals.

  • La Catrina & Dia de los Muertos Figures Featured at Santa Fe Shop

    In the Spanish speaking towns of the Americas, there is a festive holiday that celebrates the memory of the dead. In Spanish it is called Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

  • Call for Poetry Submissions

    Verse Wisconsin is searching for poems to include in “Poems in Response and Gratitude: Ellen Kort,” for publication in Verse Wisconsin (April 2013). Kort has been like a godmother to Wisconsin poetry.