Volume 20, Issue 04 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Basketball As Usual

    While “away” games are standard procedure for all student athletes, away games for island students always begin with a boat ride – anything but standard for the majority of student athletes across the United States.

  • Form Holds in Week 5 of Broomball Play

    While first place Wild Tomato had the night off, Alexander’s asserted themselves as a contender as they moved to 3-1 on the season by crushing the Door County Brewing Company.

  • Expanding and Impacting

    On a typical school day in 2010, 15 kids would have gone to the Boys & Girls Club of Door County. On one day in November 2013, 144 packed into Sawyer Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay, the club’s current home base.

  • You Are What You Eat

    Growing up in the 1960s, my meals were cooked at home – exclusively. Popular meals for our family included homegrown meats, mashed potatoes, garden-grown vegetables and fruits canned in the summer.

  • Article posted Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:57pm

    The frigid temperatures of our Door County winters take their toll on exposed flesh, and cats are especially at risk. In February 2012, Nickles came into the Humane Society as a stray from Kangaroo Beach Road in Baileys Harbor.

  • Life Notes

    As a free public service to our readers, the Peninsula Pulse presents Life Notes, devoted to the notable milestones in life, from birth to significant birthdays to engagements, weddings and deaths. The deadline for submissions is noon on Friday. Send submissions to [email protected]. The Pulse reserves the right to edit submissions to conform to space. Call 920.839.2121 for details.

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Positions Open

    Habitat for Humanity has an AmeriCorps VISTA position available at the Sturgeon Bay office. VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America), is a unique opportunity for individuals to become involved in the community and gain experience in the nonprofit field.

  • Sledding Safety

    The Department of Natural Resources Snowmobile Safety Class was recently held at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Station. The class was sponsored by the DNR, the Top O’ The Thumb Snowmobile Club and member clubs of the Door County Trails Association.

  • Buy S’mores to Help Pen Preschoolers

    Peninsula Preschool of Ephraim has two upcoming winter fundraisers. On Feb. 1, at Fish Creek Winter Fest, the preschool will sell s’mores by the big tent in Clark Park.

  • Students Organize Fundraiser for Go Bo Foundation

    TJ Walker Middle School students Nalani Bicoy, Sarah Bridenhagen, Georgia Feldman, Madelyn Jeanquart, Gracen Spritka and Claire Tellstrom are participating in the Destination Imagination program and have decided to raise money for the Go Bo Foundation Family Assistance Program.

  • Medicaid and BadgerCare Questions Answered

    Learn about health coverage and enrollment for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus on two Tuesdays in February. On Feb. 4, 10 am – 3 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay Library and on Feb.

  • Come Have Coffee with a Cop

    Come have “Coffee with a Cop” on Feb. 5 from 8 to 10 am at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay. Join neighbors and deputies for coffee and conversation.

  • Get On Board with SBSI

    Get on board to benefit the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative (SBSI) at a fundraiser on Feb. 7 at Waterfront Mary’s in Sturgeon Bay. Admission is free.

  • Valentine’s-themed Chili Dinner for Hardy Volunteers

    Donors, visual artists, members and volunteers of the Hardy Gallery in Ephraim are invited to a special Valentine’s themed chili dinner, hosted by the organization's board of directors.

  • Learn About Patient Protection and ACA

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs (CHIPs) with a presentation on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Feb.

  • Drug Use Presentation Includes Spaghetti Dinner

    On Feb. 10 the Door County Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition will present Raising Resilient Kids “The Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use” in the Sawyer School gymnasium.

  • A Hearty Breakfast to Benefit The Open Door

    A hearty breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, corned beef hash along with cereal, muffins and fruit/coffee will be held at Sister Bay Moravian Church on Feb.

  • Seeking Golden Heart Volunteer Nominations

    The Volunteer Center is now accepting nominations for the 12th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration presented by Ministry Door County Medical Center.

  • Trivia Night at JayCee Clubhouse

    The Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club presents “11th Annual Trivia Night” on March 1 from 7 – 10 pm. Teams of up to eight people compete by answering 100 questions in 10 categories.

  • Gibraltar Remembers Randy Pluff

    Join players, coaches, family and friends as Gibraltar High School honors the memory and contributions of coach Randy Pluff during the girls’ basketball game on Feb.

  • What We (I) Do In Winter and the Days of the Blackbird

    With the extreme cold this week, I dug around in my old columns looking for things I wrote about winter and cold. It should come as no surprise that – after all these years of writing – I found quite a few columns.

  • From Eyesore to Eye Candy

    The long-empty former Dun-Ro-Min Motel on the northbound side of Highway 57 in Sturgeon Bay might have looked like an eyesore to most people, but Jon Hanson saw it as an opportunity to boost his family of Sturgeon Bay businesses that are not as visible to the passing tourist looking for a good time.

  • Meet the New EBC Administrator

    The Ephraim Business Council (EBC) recently announced that Jason Szmanda has been hired to serve as the tourism administrator for the organization. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay’s psychology, human development and theater programs, Szmanda has been traveling to Door County since 2006, and was a member of the 2011 Peninsula Players intern company.

  • New Master Cheesemaker in the County

    Cheesemaker Chris Renard of Renard’s Cheese recently earned his Master Cheesemaker Certification in both cheddar and mozzarella cheese. The Master Cheesemaker Program is a rigorous course of study that requires a minimum of 10 years of licensed cheese making experience before one can even be considered for admittance.

  • Harbor Hardware is Next Mixer Venue

    Door County Buy Local is holding its next business networking mixer on Feb. 5, 5:30 – 7 pm, at Harbor Hardware, 7960 Highway 42, Egg Harbor. The event will feature a presentation by Steve Hamming of Harbor Hardware and Dale Reiser of Peninsula Building Systems titled “Planning to Expand with Purpose,” a living example of purposeful building expansion, including a discussion on expanding product offering and merchandising.

  • Doll Clothes Available at Jacksonport Craft Cottage

    Handcrafted doll clothes are now available at Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts. These high quality, washable doll clothes fit the popular-sized dolls from Barbie dolls to American Girls and Bitty Babies and a few in between.

  • New Hires at Unity

    Unity, Northeast Wisconsin’s leader in hospice and palliative care, announce three new staff appointments. Christina Brozak, MBA, joins Unity as director of marketing, and will direct the development and execution of strategic marketing plans and the oversight of Unity’s community outreach activities.

  • A Price and Logistics Problem

      Wisconsin’s speedy response to the propane crisis amid another round of sub-zero temperatures showed a good grasp of the subject, with millions in relief provided for low-income families unable to deal with a four-fold and more increase in retail propane prices, and millions in loan guarantees for propane vendors, who are equally gobsmacked by the steep rise in the wholesale price of propane.


    Notes from the Grove By John Lowry, Liberty Grove Town Chairman  Welcome to “Notes from the Grove” providing information about Liberty Grove town government to residents and visitors.

  • Burke Brings Campaign to Door County

    Mary Burke, the only declared Democratic candidate for the office of governor of Wisconsin, was invited by the Democratic Party of Door County to speak at the Sturgeon Bay Public Library on the evening of Thursday, Jan.

  • Board Adopts Bicycling Plan

        Door County now has a master plan for biking and hiking. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at its regular monthly meeting on Jan.

  • From Eyesore to Eye Candy

    The long-empty former Dun-Ro-Min Motel on the northbound side of Highway 57 in Sturgeon Bay might have looked like an eyesore to most people, but Jon Hanson saw it as an opportunity to boost his family of Sturgeon Bay businesses that are not as visible to the passing tourist looking for a good time.

  • Player Profile

    Hailey Jorgenson of Washington Island High School

  • Impressive Pins Lead to Title

    Congratulations to the Southern Door High School wrestling team for capturing their first Packerland Conference Championship title at home on Jan. 23, 2014.

  • Pass, Set, Hit

    On Feb. 1, the Sturgeon Bay YMCA will host two volleyball clinics for girls in grades 4 through 10. The Rookie Clinic, which is for girls in fourth through eighth grade, begins at 11:45 am and ends at 1:15 pm.

  • Cross Country Ski Report as of Jan. 29

    Reports for Door County state parks and Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule for the Sturgeon Bay YMCA league.

  • Moving Up in the Ranks

    Open Door Taekwondo held promotions on Jan. 23. Pictured: (back row) Shaun Koulias, Tamie Leist, Jillian Beasley, Joan Barlas, Rob Miller and Annie Barlas; (front row, left to right) Steve Beasley, Jacqueline Barlas, Mary Barlas and Emily Beasley.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Athletic schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Ruffed Grouse and its Winter Challenges

    A day doesn’t go by when it’s been so terribly cold that I don’t pity the wild creatures having to put up with not only the severely low temperatures but food shortages as well.

  • Conquering the Holidays

    For the last five months, Denmark has been my home away from home. I can confidently say by this point, I have somewhat adjusted to the guttural language, hordes of beautiful Scandinavian people along with any other stereotype one may have with this small country.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:55pm

    The New York Times took a look at the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed the House and Senate in mid-January, and broke down the spending to show how much each program included costs per U.S. resident.

  • DNR Meeting in Gills Rock Over Chinook Stocking

    • The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a meeting in Gills Rock on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6 pm to discuss stocking Chinook salmon in northern Door County.

  • Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel Retiring at End of Term

    • Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel announced he will retire at the end of his term, on Jan. 5, 2015. “It has been an honor and a privilege to be the sheriff of Door County and I will forever remember the citizens who put their trust in me to lead this sheriff’s office which I am so proud of,” Vogel said in a press release.

  • Door County Municipal News

    Welcome to “Notes from the Grove” providing information about Liberty Grove town government to residents and visitors. • The town hosted the Mining Safety Refresher Course on Jan.

  • Your Representatives in the News

    State Assembly Representative Garey Bies Bies, who recently announced his retirement from the assembly, was asked if he’d run for secretary of state.

  • Preparing for Emerald Ash Borer in Door County

    Door County Parks Director Erik Aleson called it one of the nicest forests in the Door County parks system, but protecting it could require cutting many of its trees.

  • Sustainologist to Speak

    On Feb. 5 at 7 pm, the Climate Change Coalition will gather at Bjِrklunden for a presentation by Roger Kuhns titled “Global Warming: A Glimpse at How it Affects Wisconsin.


    (Top row, left to right) Brett Lacy, Blake Schar, (middle row) Kristi Nuss Richmond, Katy Lacy, Jess Farley, (bottom row) Erin Sutton, Allison Vroman, Karin Skare, and Katie Dahl put together a spontaneous kick ball practice for the news crew of WFRV Channel 5 on Jan.

  • It Was a Dark and Fiery Night…

    Guinness: I’ve written about this unique stout many times, but I don’t think I’ve written about it yet for the Pulse. If I am wrong and I have mentioned it previously, I won’t apologize.

  • Science Snippet

    Right brain, left brain, male brain, female brain – are there really differences between these four entities? Studies have proposed that the left brain is the analytical part and the right brain is the creative part, but what about male and female brains? Do they differ? Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania used a new technique to follow nerve tracts in the brains of 428 men and boys, and 521 women and girls.

  • Congratulations to Jim Bowers & Scott Jarman

    It’s about respect; tell the truth with no lies. Let me acquaint ya wit a couple of fine wine guys. (I woulda used wise guys but we don’t say dat no more.

  • Overheard and Shout Outs

    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, January 29, 2014 2:39pm

    Dear Mary Pat, This is not all that important, but I feel I should say something. My best friend’s foundation is a wildly different color than her skin tone.

  • Article posted Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:37pm

    Which Door County lighthouse was the last manned lighthouse on the Great Lakes?

  • “The Mikado” Comes to Sturgeon Bay

    Sturgeon Bay High School’s musical for 2014 is The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan – to be presented Feb. 6, 7 & 8 at 7 pm and Feb.

  • Take Valentines to “What’s Mine, Is Yours”

    Door Shakespeare presents “What’s Mine, Is Yours” on Feb. 15, 8 pm, at Ephraim Village Hall. Celebrate the Valentine holiday with family and friends with Shakespearean scenes, sonnets, and games with Door Shakespeare company members.

  • “No Exit” at The Depot

    Rogue Theater presents the thought-provoking play No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre. Two women and a man find themselves in a sparsely furnished room. The lights are always on, there are no mirrors, but there’s plenty of heat.

  • Billy Jonas On Stage at TAP

    On Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm, Third Avenue Playhouse welcomes Billy Jonas to the stage. Billy Jonas is one of those rare performers who can engage and delight both young and adult audiences.

  • “Feed the Fish” Begins Fish Creek Winter Fest at DCA

    On Jan. 31 at 7 pm, in conjunction with Fish Creek Winter Games, Door Community Auditorium (DCA) will present the 2009 Tony Shalhoub film Feed the Fish, a favorite of Door County audiences ever since it was filmed on the peninsula.

  • “Pretty Woman” Screened for Winter Film Fest

    The Donna Film Fest at Third Avenue Playhouse presents Pretty Woman on Feb. 8 at 7 pm. In the film directed by Garry Marshall, a man in a legal, but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets…only to fall in love.

  • Upcoming Roundtable and Wisdom Wednesday at YMCA

    Upcoming programs sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay YMCA include a Wisdom Wednesday program, and a Workplace Wellness Roundtable. The topic for the Feb. 5 Wisdom Wednesday presentation is “Spring Planting & Landscaping Ideas” with John Meredith, owner of Lakeshores Landscape.

  • Northern Door Children’s Center Introduces Parenting University

    Parenting University is a new program launching at Northern Door Children’s Center in 2014. It is a series of practical, educational experiences for parents interested in learning more about the growth, development, learning, and behavior of their children.

  • Town of Gibraltar’s Road Brushing Guidelines

    The Gibraltar Town Board published these road brushing guidelines at its meeting on Jan. 8, 2014. Click here to read more about the decision. Here are the guidelines – All Roads: Public safety is paramount and shall be determined on a case by case basis Decisions are ultimately made by the Gibraltar Town Board Sightlines may need to be increased where a sightline is impaired Speed limit of 35 mph or less 2’ shoulder (gravel or paved) 6’ horizontal clear zone beyond shoulder 16’ vertical clearance over clear zones and road surface Speed limit of 45 mph 2’ shoulder (gravel or paved) 9’ horizontal clear zone beyond shoulder 16’ vertical clearance over clear zones and road surface Notes: Lower Cottage Row Road is considered separately.

  • Women with Spirit On Stage at TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) and Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) are hosting the “Women with Spirit” concert on Feb. 7 at 7:30 pm with musicians Victoria Vox, Dorothy Scott, Sue Demel and Katie Dahl.

  • New Festival in Baileys Harbor, Feb. 7-9

    The Baileys Harbor Community Association is launching a new festival this year – The Winter Carnivale on Feb. 7 – 9. Friday night festivities include a bonfire, food, drinks and music at the Baileys Harbor Rec Park from 5 to 9 pm.

  • Groundhog Day Parade Closes with “Groundhog Stew”

    The third annual Ellison Bay Groundhog Day Parade is set for Feb. 2 at 2 pm. This year’s theme is “I Love A Parade!” Build a float, decorate your car, walk you dog, or just cheer from the sidelines – everyone is invited.

  • Snowshoe New Trails at Crossroads

    Crossroads at Big Creek is celebrating Groundhog Day by loaning skis and snowshoes to anyone who wants to celebrate the beauty of nature in winter. Of course, they loan skis every Sunday, at least when snow conditions allow.

  • Shooting the Ship Canal

    Tom Jordan of Sturgeon Bay awoke before dawn on Jan. 18 to snap this shot, taken during a photography class led by photographers Dan Anderson and Suzanne Rose at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Lighthouse.

  • New Creations, Straight from the Kiln

    Brave the winter doldrums and adventure out to Plum Bottom Pottery on Feb. 1 from 10 am to 4 pm for “A Valentine’s Show.” Check out the latest porcelain pottery, fresh out of the kiln, by resident porcelain artist Chad Luberger.

  • Introducing B.E.Autiful Me Sessions

    Kelly Goettelman of Avenson Photography is now offering a new kind of portrait photography experience – B.E.Autiful Me Sessions. Portraits are important.

  • Fish Creek Hosts Annual Winter Festival

    Fish Creek’s annual Winter Festival, Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, welcomes the entire family, locals and visitors to enjoy a wacky, fun-filled weekend of games, music, raffles and delicious food.

  • Duck Pond

    I had a talk with a duck the other day, / a green-headed Mallard. He told me he missed the old pond / that used to fill the low spot where Thompson’s backyard now meets the woods.

  • ‘Scoreboard, Baby’: A Campus Read

    This year’s campus read at UW-Platteville is Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity, an investigation of the University of Washington’s football program by Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry.

  • Martha Aurelius Presents Paper Cuts

    “I would never think I would be interested in cutting paper,” laughs Martha Aurelius, sipping coffee at Blue Horse Cafe as she skims through pictures of her paper cuts on her iPhone – whimsical pieces that often feature quotes and sayings accented with birds, flowers, or hearts.

  • Icy Tunes to Turn To

    I officially hit the peak of my mid-winter depression. I’m so crabby. I’m so cold. A combination that twisted my spine in a painful mess of stress and tension that had a chiropractor cracking away.

  • Mark Calendars for SOUP!

    The Peninsula School of Art’s festive culmination of their three-month SOUP! Project is Feb.1 from 11 am to 3 pm. Purchase a handmade bowl and enjoy a bountiful hot soup-and-bread buffet.

  • New Classes in Quilting, Weaving and Etching

    The 2014 schedule of classes at Sievers School of Fiber Arts goes online at on Feb. 1. In its 36th year, Sievers School is offering 47 classes in basketry, book arts, dyeing, knitting, spinning, quilting, surface design, weaving, wearables and more taught by 36 instructors.

  • For Art’s Sake

    Loraine and Don Brink have been making art for most of their adult lives. Their creative statements have been in most traditional art forms and media but the commonality is that all creations were made for art’s sake first.

  • Local Artists Earn Accolades

    From a field of more than 80 artists participating in the 12th annual Guenzel Gallery Salon, three were chosen as cash People’s Choice Award winners during the Salon party on Jan.

  • Studio Time Available

    Open studio time is available on Mondays and Thursdays at the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay. From 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, space is open for individuals or groups for $20/day or buy four days and get a fifth for free.