Volume 19, Issue 12 – Section 1

In this issue

  • The Mighty Vikings

    The 2013 Gibraltar baseball team shows off its 2013 Regional championship award.

  • Ride for Nature Welcomes Record Number of Participants

    The Ride for Nature returns to help kick off the summer season on June 15. Registrations for the 25th annual Ride for Nature to benefit the Ridges Sanctuary are 90 percent ahead of last year’s record rates.

  • Sustainable Trail Run Open to All Ages

    Welcome in the summer solstice with Door County’s first and only trail run and walk. Running Green for Crossroads trail run, 2k, 5k, & 10k will be held June 22, 8 am, at Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club Training Sessions to Begin

    The Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club (SBSC) season will run from early August through late October and is open to all students entering fifth through eighth grade in the Sturgeon Bay and St.

  • Door County League Baseball

    Standings, results and schedule

  • 2013 Nor-Door Little League

    Standings, results and schedule

  • Northern Door Volleyball League

    Standings, Results & Schedule

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    June 15 marks the seventh annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day set aside to bring greater recognition to the under-identified and often unspoken problem of elder abuse and neglect.

  • Door County Humane Society Featured Pets

    Cannella is a curious cat, and that curiosity proved to be the reason for her surrender to the Humane Society in February 2012. She lived in Sturgeon Bay as an indoor/outdoor cat, but too often strayed onto neighbors’ properties, and her former owners brought the cat to the shelter.

  • Partners in Compassion Campaign Surpasses Phase I Goal

    The Good Samaritan Society – Scandia Village has surpassed its $5.2 million goal by $400,000 for the first phase of its “Partners in Compassion” campaign.

  • Ted Pollman Scholarship Winners Announced

    Michael Eric Wolfe, Sturgeon Bay High School, and Patricia Hernandez, Sevastopol High School, were recently named recipients of the 2013 Ted Pollman Scholarship.

  • Mike McCutcheon Discusses End-of-life Care at CHIP

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Having The Conversation” on June 9, 4 pm, at Stella Maris in Sister Bay.

  • Gibraltar Senior Farewell Concert Hosted by Ephraim Moravian Church

    The Gibraltar Senior Farewell Concert will be held on June 12, 7 pm, at Ephraim Moravian Church. Kimberly Craig, Katie Glabe, Matt Knutson, Anya Kopischke, Samantha Phillips and Rob Volpe will perform as a thank you to the community for the support they have received throughout their high school years.

  • Michael Brecke is Keynote Speaker at Men’s Breakfast

    The Women’s Fund of Door County invites the community to the Men’s Breakfast with Michael Brecke on June 14, 8 – 9:30 am, at 136 Restaurant & Wine Bar in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Door County Historical Museum Seeks Depression-era Items

    The Door County Historical Museum is looking for archive materials (memories included) from the years of the Great Depression. An “Add to the Archives” event will be held June 15 at the museum located at 18 N.

  • DNR Boating Safety Classes Offered in June

    Boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1989, are required by Wisconsin law to pass a safe boating course to legally operate a power-driven boat, including a personal watercraft.

  • Waffle Breakfast to Benefit Namur Belgian Foundation

    The Namur Belgian Heritage Foundation will host a waffle breakfast on June 23, 9 am – 1 pm, at the Belgian Heritage Center, located at 1255 County Road DK, in Brussels.

  • Door County Farm Bureau Dairy Recipe Contest is Focused on Desserts

    The Door County Farm Bureau Dairy Recipe Contest will be held June 25 at 7 pm at their food stand at the fairgrounds in Sturgeon Bay. This year’s category is desserts.

  • Door County Fair Jingle Winners Announced

    The Door County Fair recently announced the winners of its 2013 Radio Jingle Contest, and they are fifth grader Lexi Pellizzer and fourth grader Emilie Jones, both of Sunrise Elementary in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Ellison Bay Service Club Raises 47 Flags for Memorial Day

    On May 23, Ellison Bay Service Club members raised 47 American flags along Highway 42 to honor America’s veterans on Memorial Day. Why 47 flags? Because 2013 marks the 47th year of the annual Olde Ellison Bay Days celebration.

  • FSA Reminders

    With spring planting under way across most of Wisconsin, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report any prevented or failed acreage to their local office right away.

  • Great Expectations for a Year in Brazil

    [Editor’s Note]: For more than 75 years, students and host families have broadened their horizons through Rotary Youth Exchange. More than 80 countries and 8,000 students participate in the program each year.

  • Highway 42 Resurfacing to Begin in 2014

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has notified the town and residents that field work will take place along Highway 42 from Woodland Drive to the Northport Ferry Landing.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 6, 2013 6:25pm

    $3,391 Estimated cost of employing a smoker, per year, in health care costs and lost productivity

  • Giant Squid – Stealthy Predator and Prey

    Scientists in a submersible sub recently photographed a giant squid deep in the ocean – the first time a live giant squid had been seen in its natural habitat.

  • Providing Food and Water for Birds Year-round

    Charlotte and I have been feeding and watering birds virtually every day of our married lives for the past 41 years, and I did so for six years before that.

  • Nicole Rabach Brings Design Skills back to Door County

    Door County native Nicole Rabach recently returned to the area with her family and offers her design skills through Nicole Rabach Design. Rabach takes a sincere and personable approach with each client, working to carry through her client’s vision.

  • Door County Nature Works Named among “Home Accents Today’s” 50 Retail Stars

    Door County Nature Works in Egg Harbor has been named one of Home Accents Today’s 50 Retail Stars for 2013 by editors of the premier trade magazine. Donald, Cozy, Polly and Don Helm own the store, located at 7798 Highway 42 in Egg Harbor.

  • Martha Beller Introduces Tweak

    Martha Beller announces Tweak, her new marketing assistance and development venture. Specializing in social media platforms, it’s inspired by Beller’s love of sharing and her belief that positive relationships are central to good business.

  • Orchard Country Winery & Market Receive Medals from Tasters Guild International Wine Competition

    Orchard Country Winery & Market is an award winner in this year’s Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, held May 1 – 4 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Orchard Country Winery received silver medals for its Lauren Elizabeth, Pear, Black Cherry and Cherry Blossom wines.

  • Grasse’s Grill Thanks Door County Volunteers with Monthly Drawing

    Jessica and Jimmy Grasse of Grasse’s Grill would like to thank volunteers who make Door County a great place to live. Stop by Grasse’s Grill and enter your name and nonprofit for a monthly drawing.

  • Mojo Rosa’s Hosts Beer Pairing Party to Benefit United Way

    Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor will host a beer pairing dinner on June 14, 5 – 9 pm, and the United Way of Door County will be the featured charity for the event.

  • Crafting Cocktails

    A little more than a year since it opened, the Wickman House in Ellison Bay has fulfilled its calling. “Our whole mission behind opening this restaurant was to be a bar-centric restaurant that was focused on service-oriented, farm-to-table food,” said Mike Holmes, co-owner of the restaurant.


    Gibraltar Middle School’s third grade students enjoyed an outdoor picnic at a misty Ridges Beach near Baileys Harbor recently. They were thrilled to pose for Len Villano while he shot photos for Door County Living’s upcoming issue.

  • White Shield: The Taste of a True IPA

    Is anyone else getting tired of the punch-in-your-face hop stylings of American craft brewers? These hopped-up double and triple “Imperial” India pale ales that everyone is making today lack any subtlety and balance.

  • Congratulations to Liz Stubenvoll

    From kindergarten to high school she kicked that soccer ball. Flute playing, in student council was this Liz Stubenvoll. Will spend four more years at Concordia; now that’s pretty cool; Then she’s done; a graduate of the pharmaceutical school.

  • The Cheese Insider

    There is a question we get nearly every day in our cheese shops; what should we pair with the cheese we are buying? We know that everyone has different palates and that certain foods taste different to certain people.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 6, 2013 4:29pm

    Is there something wrong with me? I’m a born and bred Door County native, but I dislike cherries. I’ve tried them raw, dried, cooked. I’ve tried all my home county's cherry-based concoctions – cherry pie, cherry salsa, cherry jam, jelly, wine, chocolate, ice cream, coffee – but I'd much prefer blueberries or apples, raspberries or rhubarb.

  • 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 Thursday, June 6, 2013 4:24pm

    Gemini (May 21 – June 21): The position of Saturn indicates a continuing effect of the good fortune you are experiencing. Your root canal will be rescheduled and the tax audit will not conflict with your lobotomy.

  • Article posted Thursday, June 6, 2013 4:20pm

    Ephraim celebrates Fyr Bal on June 15. What does Fyr Ball mean; from what language does it come from?

  • Pen Players Announces Cast for 78th Season

    Peninsula Players Theatre announces cast members for its 78th season, running June 11 through October 20. The mix of plays includes a gritty cowboy tale, a world première comedy, a Tony Award-winning musical, the Wisconsin première of a funny whodunit as well as a family comedy.

  • Applications Accepted Until Positions are Filled at Birch Creek

    Birch Creek is now accepting applications for summer study in Symphony (June 24 – July 6), Percussion & Steel Band (July 8 – 20) and Jazz (July 22 – Aug.

  • Register Early for Kaleidoscope Arts Day Camp

    Kids with an interest in performing will have a chance to experience theater in a whole new way at Kaleidoscope, Door Community Auditorium’s annual performing arts day camp.

  • StageKids Announces Workshop Schedule

    StageKids of Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay presents its summer/fall theatre workshop schedule.

  • Smokey Bear at Pen Park

    Peninsula State Park naturalist Courtney Blumberg and Nature Center volunteer Caitlin pose with Smokey Bear (a.k.a. Scotty Weborg, recipient of a National Smokey Bear Award).

  • Beer Fest Returns to Baileys Harbor June 15

    After drawing 1,100 people to the grounds of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall in 2012, Beer Fest returns June 15, offering tastings of more than 140 of the world's best craft beers, locally sourced food and incredible live music.

  • Bay Shore Outfitters Offers SUP Fitness Classes

    Bay Shore Outfitters will offer standup paddleboard (SUP) fitness classes and group paddles every weekend this summer. SUP fitness classes will be held the following days from 8 – 9:30 am: June 15, 16, 22 & 23; July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28; Aug.

  • Door County Lighthouse Festival Weekend Celebrated throughout County

    The 20th Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival is scheduled for June 7 – 9 throughout the peninsula. The weekend is filled with special land-based tours, boat excursions and a Keeper’s Kin event featuring a performance by American Folklore Theatre.

  • TaDa! Campaign Sets Heady Goal for Animal Shelter

    At the end of this month, everyone involved with the Door County Humane Society hopes to utter a collective “TaDa!” It will mean the Take Action for Deserving Animals capital campaign (or TaDa! Campaign) has met its goal of raising the final $500,000 by the end of June of the $1.

  • Beachfront Inn in Baileys Harbor is Focus of Hotel Impossible

    Tammy Bork promised herself she would not cry when Anthony Melchiorri, host of the Travel Channel’s Hotel Impossible,came to her Beachfront Inn in Baileys Harbor from May 31 to June 3 for a little reality TV tough love.

  • DOT Details Highway 42 Rebuild

    Sister Bay will be calling on Sven the Goat to help people navigate detours during next year’s troublesome but much needed improvements to State Highway 42.

  • Kayakers Attempt Death’s Door Crossing at Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Event

    Sea kayakers will make history on June 16, when Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Event, gathers a flotilla of local and international paddlers to kayak Death’s Door.

  • Ephraim Yacht Club Sailing Lesson Scholarships Available

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) still has a few sailing lesson scholarships available for 2013.The EYC offers scholarships to junior sailing students who are year-round residents of Door County.

  • Newport Wilderness Society Awarded Grant

    Newport Wilderness Society is a recipient of a Friends of Wisconsin State Parks 2013 Affinity Naturalist Grant Award. The 2013 Affinity Card Naturalist Grant is a matching grant.

  • DCA Begins Season with Eric Lewis Concert

    On June 14, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will kick off its season with a concert by Memphis multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis and a plethora of his talented friends from Tennessee.

  • One Voice Trio Performs Benefit Concert for PAA

    St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold a spring concert on June 16, 3 – 4:30 pm, featuring Lynn Gudmundsen, David Hatch and LLoyd Michalsen. They will perform a musical variety from the Beatles to Beethoven, folk and bluegrass.

  • Steel Bridge Songfest Announces Diverse Lineup

    One of the elements that makes Steel Bridge Songfest such a unique experience is the extreme diversity of the writers and performers. This year is no exception.

  • Gibraltar Talks Program Discusses Farm Life in the 1930s

    The Gibraltar Historical Association (GHA) will present “Farm Life in the 1930s” for the June 13 “Gibraltar Talks” history related program. This journey back to the rural farming days of the 1930s will be held at 7 pm at the old Gibraltar Town Hall, located at the corner of Maple and Spruce Streets in Fish Creek.

  • SingAlong at the Ephraim Historical Foundation

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation will open the 2013 Sunday SingAlong season once again at the Ephraim Village Hall at 7:30 pm. The SingAlong program runs on Sunday evenings from June 16 to July 28 and will feature the talents of song leaders Don Makuen, Sigrid Ostrem, and David Olson with the accompaniment of pianists Gladys Austgen and Tom Murray.

  • Savory Spoon Hosts Beer & Cheese Class

    Savory Spoon Cooking School will offer a class with a lot of Wisconsin flavors – beer and cheese – on June 15. Sara Hill, cheese educator from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will team up with Chef Janice Thomas to share her knowledge of pairing beer with cheese.

  • Growing Up with Midsummer’s Music

    As long as I can remember, the month of June has been synonymous with a trip to Door County. I was only seven-and-a-half months old during my first visit to the Peninsula in 1991, when my father performed in Midsummer’s Music’s inaugural season, and have returned every year since.

  • Door County Golfer Profile: Jeff Schartner

    Jeff Schartner's favorite golf memory is playing on a PGA-level golf course in Florida.

  • Sip & Savor in Sister Bay

    Tickle and tantalize your taste buds at Sip & Savor, Sister Bay’s newest event on the waterfront, June 8! Try your hands at kayaking or stand up paddleboarding at Paddlefest from 11 am – 4 pm, sponsored by Bay Shore Outfitters.

  • Playing Proud in Pink

    The 5th Pink Classic Golf Tournament took place at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club this past Sunday, June 2. Temperatures were cool, but that didn't stop 31 teams from turning out for the day to raise money for breast cancer awareness and prevention.

  • Golf League Results

    Results from recent golf leagues.

  • Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys Perform at Beer Fest

    If the desire to hear brilliantly crafted genre-bending tunes, dance in the street and enjoy an energetic performance isn’t enough to get you to see Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, perhaps hearing the true story of Lindsay Lou’s bank-robbing aunt will sway your decision.

  • Noble House Presents Silken Memories

    The dresses on exhibit throughout the Noble House reveal more than pretty garb women a century past donned on the day they said, “I do.” They speak of the time and place from which they came, whether Germany in 1860 or the United States in 1960; the women of influence at the time, from Queen Victoria to Jackie Kennedy; as well as the nation’s trends, from the flair of the Jazz Age to the simplicity of World War II.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 411

    It seems that love poems have a better chance of being passed around from person to person than other poems, and here’s one by Richard M. Berlin, who lives in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, that we’d like to pass along to you.

  • Golf Events

    Golfing events around the county.

  • Victor T. Foia Releases First Volume of ‘Dracula Chronicles’

    Growing up in Transylvania, seasonal Door County resident Victor T. Foia was introduced to the story of Dracula – not the blood-sucking vampire of Bram Stocker’s famous novel Dracula – but his nation’s hero, a man to revere, admire: Vlad III.

  • Fine Line Designs Gallery Continues with Exhibit II

    Fine Line Designs Gallery continues its summer season with a second gallery exhibit featuring the works of Martha Fieber, Jeff Hargreaves, and Janice Rangel.

  • Artists Announced for 2013 Door Prize for Portraiture

    Twenty-one regional artists were invited to participate in the fourth annual Door Prize for Portraiture exhibit at Chez Cheryl Art Space in July. Funded and organized by Cheryl Stidwell Parker and husband Steve Lavell, the Door Prize will open to the public June 28 for viewing on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July.

  • Q&A – Questions & Artists – Susan Hoffmann

    I first met Susan Hoffmann last year when she purchased my painting, “Expresso Lane.” I met her at the Top of the Hill Shops to deliver the painting and we went into the Door County Art League Gallery where I viewed her work.

  • Birch Creek Welcomes Door County Art League Artists

    Birch Creek Music Performance Center and the Door County Art League (DCAL) will collaborate to raise funds for Birch Creek’s music academy students. Artists are invited to set up their easels to paint before and during any concert in this year’s sessions, beginning June 27.

  • World Champion Wildfowl Artist to Speak at Miller Art Museum

    The Miller Art Museum welcomes Green Bay artist Gary J. Eigenberger as a speaker on June 13 at 10:30 am. The museum talk is free and open to the public, doors open at 10 am for coffee and treats.

  • Bejeweled Images Fine Jewelry Now Open

    Bejeweled Images Fine Jewelry offers reasonably priced, award-winning fine custom jewelry and a variety of art and handmade gift items made by Wisconsin artists.

  • JCC Introduces Lighthouse Silhouettes

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts is now featuring lighthouse silhouettes. Fascinated with lighthouses, Marlee Christians always felt inspired to paint them, and, after searching through pictures, Christians decided to focus on the lighthouse silhouette technique.

  • Donna Brown Exhibits New Paintings at Mr. Helsinki

    New paintings by Donna Brown are currently on display at Mr. Helsinki Restaurant and Wine Bar in Fish Creek. The work features floral images paired with butterflies, birds and bees.

  • Fine Art Fair Award Winners Announced

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center recently announced the winners of the 15th annual juried Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair, held May 25 & 26 in Sunset Park. In the two-dimensional category, photographer Jim Finnerty took the first place award, and second place was awarded to painter Annette Renee Wimmer.

  • Classes and Events at Artists Guild

    Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay announces topics for upcoming classes. Tuesdays with Jen meets weekly from 10 am - 12 noon, the project for June 11 is Painting Birdhouses.

  • Peninsula State Park Digs Reading

    Mention “reading” and most people think of books. Recognizing symbols on maps and traffic signs, discriminating sounds, understanding the humor of cartoons, and repeating simple rhymes and songs are all part of developing literacy.

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Cynthia Oliver

    Cynthia Oliver will be the featured poet at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s Dickinson Poetry Series on June 12 at 7 pm. When Oliver retired from her massage therapy practice in the Chicago area in 1999, she sold her condo and journeyed to different regions of the United States.

  • Your Representatives in the News

    State Assembly Representative Garey Bies In February, Bies introduced Assembly Bill 16, which would create a 10 percent tax credit for the cost of advertising a Wisconsin lodging establishment outside the state.

  • Sister Bay Downtown Development Discussed Again

    Sister Bay could be just a few weeks away from adopting a downtown redevelopment plan. The Sister Bay Economic Development Committee met on May 30 to hear Jolena Presti of Vandewalle & Associates, the consulting firm hired to create the village’s downtown redevelopment plan, present another draft.

  • One Mile at a Time

    On June 5, Alex Lensert, 13 years old, and his father Duke set out on The Ride for Bo – a ride inspired by Alex’s classmate Bo Johnson. The bicycle ride is a 700-mile venture across the state intended to raise money and awareness for childhood leukemia.

  • Leading the Learning

    Mary Donaldson knew she wanted to be a teacher at age 5. And she did – she grew up, got a degree, became a teacher and loved it. But when she went to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for her master’s degree, her professor and mentor told her she was in the wrong program.

  • Three Weeks Left of Sturgeon Bay Bridge Detour

    • If you’ve been frustrated by the Sturgeon Bay detours during the Bayview Bridge repair project, hang on because there are only three weeks left of detouring through the city.

  • Gibraltar School District Hired Nine New Employees

    • The Ephraim Village Board rescinded Harbor Construction’s dredging contract. The channel in Eagle Harbor is sufficiently deep – between three and five feet deep throughout.

  • Door County Walks

    Increasing walkability means different things to different people. For the city planner, it means creating safe routes around town for people on foot.

  • Heritage Village at Big Creek: A Living Legacy to Door County’s Early Settlers

    Following in the tradition of the early farmers who scattered seeds in hopes of a bountiful harvest, the founders of Heritage Village at Big Creek planted the idea of a historical village.

  • Door County Acupuncturist Returns from Nepal

    Alison Beadell, licensed acupuncturist and owner of Wood Rabbit Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine, LLC, has recently returned from a World Healing Exchange in Nepal in conjunction with Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB).

  • Jacksonport Farmer’s Market Opens June 11

    The Jacksonport Farmer’s Market will open for the fifth season on June 11. As in the past, the market will be held at Lakeside Park on Highway 57 in Jacksonport on Tuesday, 9 am – 1 pm, through October, as weather permits.

  • June is Invasive Species Awareness Month

    The Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) announces June is Invasive Species Awareness Month and, to celebrate, there are a number of upcoming workshops and work parties.

  • Door County Environmental Council Screens Gasland

    The third seminar in a series sponsored by the Door County Environmental Council (DCEC) at Crossroads At Big Creek is scheduled for June 12, 7 pm. The seminar features a screening of Gasland, in which writer/director Josh Fox was offered $100,000 to lease his small parcel of land in the Delaware River Basin to Haliburton for hydraulic fracturing for captive natural gas deep underground.

  • Monarch Weekend at Crossroads

    By Monarch Weekend at Crossroads is a celebration of the monarch butterfly and other insect pollinators, but after hearing from the keynote speaker, Dr.

  • Let Your Voice Be Heard About Spray Irrigation in Door County

    In the previous issue of the Peninsula Pulse, three letters to the editor were submitted about the health concerns surrounding the spray irrigation of manure in Door and Kewaunee counties.

  • How Can We Talk About Climate Change?

    The Climate Change Coalition will meet on June 5, at 5:30 pm for a potluck meal of finger foods, followed by a special training session led by Gwynne Schultz.

  • Finding a Home for E-Waste in Door County

    Lee Kuehl didn’t start his recycling business with the typical paper, plastic and aluminum cans. He started in his garage, taking apart the computers that had become so pervasive at home and work.