Volume 18 Issue 35 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Storm Headed for Door County

    A winter storm is brewing and expected to hit early Thursday morning, around 3 am. Between 8 and 13 inches are expected to accumulate in Door County.

  • Books That Never Get Old

    No matter how many books I finish, I’ll never be well-read. I’ve gone through plenty of books, even some classics, but am lucky to remember major plot points.

  • Christmas Ch-Ch-Changes

    Recently, my Christmases have fallen victim to what I call my “mid-twenties flux.” Basically, as the ground of my life has been constantly shifting beneath my feet, a lot of the things I used to take for granted have begun to disappear.

  • Have You Heard of Asian Carp?

    A former Great Lakes Echo colleague once wrote a column about the cross between invasive species and his “awkward, futile dating life,” called How

  • Dispelling the Anti-Sturgeon Bay Bias

    As someone who’s not from Door County and who has only been here less than a year, there are some quirks that I still don’t get. One of them is people who hate on Sturgeon Bay. I realize it might not

  • Volunteer Voices

    A few weeks ago, I led 14 third through fifth graders from the Sunrise School Ambassador program to Dorchester Golden Living Center in Sturgeon Bay. The Ambassador program was developed “to provide a sense of goodwill with our community through active participation in a community service project.

  • 2012 – Looking Back, Looking Forward

    At the end of every year, the Peninsula Pulse looks back at the events and people that have shaped the last 12 months. An exercise in nostalgia, the Pulse staff flips through the year’s issues to pull highlights from articles that made an impact on the County of Door.

  • Article posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:42am

    Patrician in appearance and patient in demeanor, Chester is one of the most powerful Door County Humane Society success stories of 2012. This 6 to 8 year old English Setter was discovered lying in a ditch along County Road C on Election Day.

  • DNR Snowmobile Safety Course Emphasizes Responsibility to Graduates

    Recent graduates from the DNR Snowmobile Safety Course are pictured with (left to right) assistant instructor Scotty Weborg, DNR Warden Mike Neal, and Door County Sheriff's Deputy Brad Moe.

  • Lions Club Announces International Peace Poster Award Winners

    (Left to right) Lion Bill Henning presents gift certificates to the Lions Club International Peace Poster award winners from Gibraltar Middle School, Lucas Smith (3rd place), Avalynn Clayton (1st place) and Breanna Bakken (2nd place).

  • 2012 – Northern Door Fire District: Feasible?

    After being discussed for a number of years, the idea of combining Northern Door’s fire departments into one fire district gained some actual steam in 2012.

  • 2012 – The Year of Many Elections

    2012 will go down in the books as "The Year of Many Elections," with voters heading to the polls in April, June and November. April's local elections were noteworthy for the tiebreaker finish in Liberty Grove.

  • Husby’s Donates to Chop and Cop Program

    Husby’s employee Janet Janisse presents a check for $300 to Officer Tim Fuerst for the 10th annual Chop and Cop program for kids through the Joint Professional Law Enforcement Officers Association.

  • 2012 – Looking At the Lives Of Undocumented Immigrants In Door County

    The question had gnawed at me for years. What is life like for those living undocumented in Door County? The 2010 census counts 671 Hispanic or Latino residents in Door County, but anyone with a pair of eyes knows the number is much larger.

  • 2012 – Drought and Weird Weather

    This summer was hot and dry. Nationally, it was the third-warmest summer on record, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data.

  • 2013 DCMC Auxiliary Officers Named

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary luncheon and installation was held at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club on Dec. 10. (Left to right) Officers for 2013 DCMC Auxiliary are Sharon Albert, Jane Harwood, Mike Herlache, Pat Fuller and Chris Gaeth.

  • Thumbs Up and Down for 2012

    Thumbs Up: To beer and the people who love it. With the Door County Beer Festival in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor AleFest and rumors of a new brewery and pub in the works, Door County has become a beer lover’s paradise.

  • 2012 – Road Reconstruction Controversy Grips Liberty Grove

    Where one group saw a simple repaving project, others saw a sinister attack on Liberty Grove’s heritage and rustic charm. But finally, after two years of prickly discussions at public meetings, in July the Liberty Grove town board voted 3-2 to repave Isle View Road and widen it by two feet.

  • 57 Depot Bell Ringers

    (Left to right) Afton, Ashley and Asa rang the Bells for the Salvation Army with nothing but smiles and laughter at the 57 Depot on December 15. Photo by Bridgette Moroney.

  • What to Watch in 2013

    Bayview Bridge Closure Upgrade work has already begun on the primary connection between northern and southern Door County, but the real test for drivers and the City of Sturgeon Bay will come in April when the Bayview Bridge is shut down for three months.

  • 2012 – New Leaders, New Challenges for Door County Schools

    Change-ups in Door County’s educational leadership started on the first day of 2012, when new Southern Door Schools Superintendent Patti Vickman stepped into the role that had been held by Joe Innis for 23 and a half years.

  • What We Watched in 2012

    What We Watched in 2012 Last December we made some calls. We pointed out what to watch in 2012 – predicting cuts to public services, closing non-profits, stalled development and a changed Sturgeon Bay because of a Wal-Mart supercenter.

  • Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down – 2012

    Thumbs Up: To beer and the people who love it. With the Door County Beer Festival in Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor AleFest and rumors of a new brewery and pub in the works, Door County has become a beer lover’s paradise.

  • Pulse Challenge 2013

    Just in case the Pulse staff’s New Year’s Resolutions in this week's print issue weren’t inspiring enough to help you create your own, we’ve got a handy list of challenges for you to complete and check off in 2013 in order to become a more well-rounded person.

  • DKBEP Seeks Building Opportunities in Kewaunee County

    The Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) is packing the tool trailer and returning to Kewaunee County for the 2013-14 school year. DKBEP is actively seeking a party interested in having their new home built by the High School Home Construction Program in an effort to provide skilled learning opportunities for area youth.

  • Door County Community Foundation Launches GIVE DOOR COUNTY

    The Door County Community Foundation recently launched GIVE DOOR COUNTY – its restructured discretionary grants program. “Like every foundation, we constantly try to measure the effectiveness of our grants,” says Bret Bicoy, President & CEO of the Community Foundation.

  • What’s Coming Up in Door County?

    A change in the fuel used at Door County’s hot mix asphalt plant will save the county’s highway department $124,757 a year and allow the county to provide cheaper paving services.

  • Fred Johnson Named the 2012 Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Volunteer of the Year

    The Sister Bay Advancement Association awarded the 2012 Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Volunteer of the Year award to Fred Johnson of Sister Bay. Johnson was nominated for his volunteerism with the Sister Bay Centennial celebration in June, as well as for the planning and execution of centennial events throughout 2012.

  • Egg Harbor Welcomes New and Expanding Businesses

    With an additional 1,000 square feet at Patricia Shoppe, owner Erin Bosman can have her bathroom back. Patricia Shoppe’s two dressing rooms have been getting busier and busier since it opened in 2001 – causing Bosman to convert the front of her bathroom into a space for ladies to try on dresses and tops.

  • What happened?

    The City of Sturgeon Bay received a $440,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that will be used to purchase and begin renovation of the old co-op site on the city’s west waterfront.

  • DCVB and Local Visitor Centers Participate in “The Big Bundle Up” Campaign

    The Door County Visitor Bureau and participating visitor centers invite residents and visitors to drop off new or gently used coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items as part of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism’s “The Big Bundle Up” campaign.

  • Soup for Finn Benefit Day at Czarnuska Soup Bar

    Czarnuska Soup Bar in Ephraim is throwing a Soup for Finn Benefit Day on Dec. 27 during normal business hours, 11 am – 5 pm. Finn Federer was born in September to his parents, Terry and Rebekka, with a rare heart condition.

  • Habitat for Humanity Supports Holiday Lights Recycling

    Habitat for Humanity will take part in a new initiative for the holiday season, holiday lights recycling. Habitat ReStores, including the ReStore at 410 North 14th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay, will accept non-working or no longer needed holiday lights throughout the holiday season.

  • Ribble Congratulates Military Academy Nominees

    Representative Reid Ribble announced the names of high school students from northeast Wisconsin who received Military Academy nominations from his office.

  • Whitetails, Unlimited Funds Exclosure Cage Repairs at Peninsula State Park

    Whitetails, Unlimited recently funded exclosure cage repairs at Peninsula State Park. In 1992, three deer exclosure cages were constructed in Peninsula State Park, and after the 2011 windstorm, they were in need of repairs.

  • Watch Night Service Held at Ephraim Moravian Church

    The Ephraim Moravian church will hold a Watch Night Service on New Year’s Eve, December 31, at 11:15 pm. Each person will draw a personal “watchword” for 2013.

  • Neighbor-to-Neighbor Office Closes for Holidays

    The Neighbor-to-Neighbor office and medical equipment loan facilities will be closed Dec. 24 – 26 and January 1. Plan ahead to pick up necessary medical equipment in advance of the holidays.

  • Rib Fest Winners Announced

    Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County held their fourth annual Door County Rib Fest on Nov. 17, and recently released the winners of the Best Ribs Contest.

  • Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Ellison Bay

    Approximately 100 people attended Ellison Bay’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration on December 2. Following Lon Kopitzke’s traditional reading of the Christmas story and caroling, attendees enjoyed a chili feast hosted by the Ellison Bay Service Club at the nearby Mink River Basin Supper Club.

  • Help Light the Lights in Sturgeon Bay

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center announces that 50 new snowflakes have arrived and are adding more holiday spirit to Sturgeon Bay. The SBVC still needs the community’s help to raise funds for the snowflakes.

  • O’Meara’s Irish House Wraps for a Cause

    Too busy to wrap presents? All thumbs with Christmas paper and ribbons? O’Meara’s Irish House can help! Drop your presents off at O’Meara’s by Dec. 23, and they will be wrapped for a donation made to the Go Bo! Foundation or the American Red Cross.

  • Michelle Rasmusson Hired as DCVB’s Director of Marketing and Sales

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) announces the hiring of Michelle Rasmusson as their new Director of Marketing and Sales. Rasmusson has been the interim director since the previous director’s departure in June.

  • Hot Games & Puzzles Introduces Tetragon2

    Hot Games & Puzzles LLC, a new company based in Door County, introduces their first offering, Tetragon2. Tetragon2 is a stimulating, quick game of geometric strategy.

  • Unity Staff Members Achieve National Recertification

    Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, recently announced that two members of its nursing staff achieved national recertification in hospice and palliative care from the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses.

  • Door County Kraut Company Announces New Line of Products

    Door County Kraut Company announces a new line of products just in time for holiday entertaining and gift giving. New items include Brandy Alexander, Grasshopper, and Mocha-Vin homemade pies; non-traditional cheesecakes; crispy, fermented crock dill pickles; and sweet-sour chip pickles, vacuum packed and refrigerated to retain flavor.

  • Stinky Ocean & Binge Drinking

    There is solid evidence that exposure to secondhand smoke is a health hazard to nonsmokers. According to the EPA, secondhand smoke causes 3,000 cancer deaths a year and 4,000 premature deaths from heart disease—all in nonsmokers.

  • Candidates to be Interviewed for Town Board Vacancy

    The board has approved a request from the Neptune Dive Club for a survey of the Port des Morts Town Park.

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 3:04pm

    120,000 - The number of homicides in Mexico since 2006, not including people listed as missing

  • Celebrate the New Year at Frostbite Open

    When everyone is thinking about the holidays, The Red Putter is thinking about mini-golf! The time is near for the Third Annual Frostbite Open at The Red Putter Miniature Golf Course on New Year’s Day.

  • High School Sports Schedules

    Varsity sports schedules for Door County high schools.

  • Monday Night Volleyball Results (Sturgeon Bay YMCA)

    Standings for Monday Night Volleyball at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA.

  • The Northern Hawk Owl at “Q and 57”

    “Q and 57” has been the concise answer to a multitude of people, throughout Wisconsin and a few neighboring states, upon asking where in Door County the extremely rare Northern Hawk Owl can be found.

  • StageKids Offers Winter Classes

    StageKids, the community children’s theatre company at the Third Avenue Playhouse, will hold a series of classes each Saturday in January and February, beginning Jan. 6.

  • American Folklore Theatre Releases ‘Victory Farm’ Album

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) has announced the release of the 2012 Victory Farm album featuring the original cast recorded live in Peninsula State Park.

  • Southern Door Auditorium Hosts Door County Idol

    Whether a fan of competitions or not, Door County Idol is a great reward for youths willing to put themselves “out there” to share their talent for singing and performing.

  • Stage Door Theatre Company Presents “Santaland Diaries”

    The Stage Door Theatre Company presents Santaland Diaries, the hilarious story of one man’s experience working as one of Santa’s elves at Macy’s Department Store.

  • American Folklore Theatre Presents “Home for the Holidays with AFT”

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) announces a performance date change for “Home for the Holidays with AFT.” There will not be a performance on New Year’s Day, but there will be performances on New Year’s Eve at 4 and 7 pm.

  • Wyatt’s Gallery Offers Customized Greeting Cards

    Images from Wyatt’s Gallery in Sturgeon Bay can be transformed into greeting cards to add a personal touch to holiday wishes. All greeting cards ship to any destination in the world within 48 hours from the production facility in Atlanta and come with a 30-day money-back-guarantee.

  • UU Gallery Exhibits Graphic Renderings

    The UU Gallery in Ephraim is pleased to exhibit magical graphic renderings by Gary Hanks throughout January and February. Hanks focuses on light in his renderings, and says, “For me light is magical, having the power to lift the spirit and move the emotions.

  • Peninsula School of Art is Calling All Artists

    The Guenzel Gallery of Peninsula School of Art invites artists from the community to submit works for two upcoming exhibitions. The Guenzel Gallery Salon, Jan. 6 – 19, is open to all artists, while the juried exhibition, Making Our Mark, Aug. 24 – Oct. 5, is limited to students who have taken a workshop at Peninsula School of Art since Jan. 1, 2008.

  • UUF Hosts Public Discussion

    Evidence of climate change is getting harder to ignore, and the time to act is now. How will Door County respond to this global crisis? The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County is holding a discussion and planning session on Dec.

  • J-Ro Offers Private Salsa Lessons

    Salsa with J-Ro, who offers salsa dance lessons and hosts a free dance social, is offering private salsa dance lessons for two as a holiday gift special.

  • Greens N Grains Screens ‘Joyeux Noel’

    Greens N Grains and The Green Door Film Society will present a free public screening of Joyeux Noël on Dec. 27. Joyeux Noël tells the true story of a Christmas truce among soldiers during 1914, the first year of World War I.

  • One Voice Launches Kickstarter Campaign

    One Voice, a local trio, is launching a fundraising campaign with hopes of traveling to care centers and nursing homes to share their love of music and the joy it brings.

  • Small Forest Performs at Base Camp Coffee Bar

    Jeanne Kuhns returns to Base Camp Coffee Bar for their annual holiday concert. Kuhns will sing Christmas carols and original progressive folk music and lead sing-alongs with her new band— Small Forest.

  • The Hagen Family Presents Annual Holiday Concert

    The Hagen Family from Washington Island returns to Third Avenue Playhouse for their annual holiday concert. This concert is truly a family reunion, not only for the Hagen family, but also for the many Door County fans who have made this concert a holiday tradition.

  • Crossroads Announces Bird of the Year and Offers Holiday Programs

    In 2011, the Crossroads Bird of the Year was the Northern Cardinal. In fact, most years the Bird of the Year is the Cardinal, with the Black-capped Chickadee usually the runner-up.

  • Door County Land Trust Releases “A Guide to the Places We Protect”

    The Door County Land Trust announces the release of a 78-page book entitled A Guide to the Places We Protect. This guidebook features the 6,500-plus acres that have been protected by the Door County Land Trust.

  • Egg Harbor Celebrates Frosty Fest New Year’s Day

    The Egg Harbor Business Association (EHBA) announces this year’s Frosty Fest schedule includes Egg Harbor’s New Year’s Day parade, a one-mile Icy Fun Run and New Year’s holiday shopping specials.

  • Book Signing for Local Author Valerie Clarizio

    Sturgeon Bay author Valerie Clarizio will be signing books of her newly released contemporary romantic suspense novella, Cookies for Santa (Melange Books), at Book World on Dec. 22.

  • Amy Hanten Signs New Cookbook at Novel Ideas

    The Cooking Mom and television host of Fox 11’s Living with Amy, Amy Hanten, stopped by Novel Ideas on Dec. 12 to sign her new, full-color cookbook, The Cooking Mom Cooks Up Memories.

  • Taking the Time to Hear Our Veterans

    New steps being taken to employ unemployed veterans, an update on progress at the new Green Bay veterans’ clinic, and finding ways to connect veterans with services were the primary topics of conversation at a veterans’ listening session held at the County Government Center on Dec.

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:05am

    Question: Look closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:02am

    Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): You’ll be forced to make a difficult choice when you arrive at the ShopKo Hometown check-out line with both The Beautician and the Beast and From Justin to Kelly, but only enough money to buy one of them.

  • Overheards, Shout Outs, and Pet Peeves

    “Valentine’s Day is like the dentist – painful and awkward."

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 18, 2012 10:59am

    Instead of answering a question, I thought I would take this time to reflect for a moment. With the tragic events of last Friday in Connecticut, I think we all stopped and grieved for this tiny town going through something unimaginable.

  • Framed

    In honor of his father and employer’s 60th birthday, Adam Nelson blew up 210 balloons and, with the help of fellow co-workers, filled Gary Nelson’s office at the Nelson Shopping Center in Baileys Harbor.

  • Guidelines to Entertaining the Kiddos

    “We’ll be fine. Have fun!” The door shuts. They’re napping – your niece and nephew, grandson or granddaughter, kids you love and know and look forward to spending time with.

  • Door County Board Sets Up Ordinance to Allow ATVs on Roads

    Don’t be surprised if you see ATVs driving down the road in Union sometime soon. At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Door County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will allow ATVs and UTVs to operate on county highways within the town.

  • The Debt-Deficit Dance

    Don’t ever, ever, EVER take me to this dance again and leave me along the wall at the edge of the floor, wringing my hands while you perform your private tangos for your own aggrandizement.

  • Door County – Almost Like Yellowstone

    I was on my normal route to Baileys Harbor when I saw it. The Northern Hawk Owl. The bird, which I was told rarely comes this far south, has staked its claim on the intersection of Highways Q and 57. Last

  • Natural Resources Board addresses hunting and trapping in Door County state parks

    After receiving 2,033 comments on proposed Sporting Heritage Act, and only 84 supportive ones, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) revised the rules governing hunting and trapping in state parks.

  • Anna’s Healthcare Officially Opens in Sturgeon Bay

    Just seven months after breaking ground, the doors have officially opened at Anna’s Healthcare in Sturgeon Bay. The new assisted living facility, which can house up to 70 residents, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public lunch on Dec.