Volume 20, Issue 06 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Washington Island Schools Adjusting Schedule

    • The Washington Island School District is adjusting its schedule to start three minutes early in the morning, at 8:21 am instead of 8:24, and end two minutes later, at 3:33 pm instead of 3:31.

  • Wild Tomato, Alexander’s Earn Top Seeds in Hilander Cup Chase

    The Wild Tomato and Alexander’s rolled into the Hilander Cup tournament with big wins in the final week of regular season broomball play Feb. 12. Those teams are the favorites, though strange things happen cup tournament time (snow neutralizing top seeds, teams not showing up, ice melting away, people being old.

  • Local Team Wins Inaugural Tourney

    The DC Pickers topped the Charlestown Chiefs in the championship game of the first Door County Pond Hockey Tournament Feb. 8 in Baileys Harbor. The tournament drew five teams to the rinks created by volunteers on Kangaroo Lake as part of Baileys Harbor’s first Winter Carnivale.

  • Becoming a Green Knight

    Al Johnson, a five-year NFL veteran and standout Wisconsin Badger, has been named offensive line coach at St. Norbert College, head coach Steve Opgenorth announced.

  • Turkey Tally Tumbles

    Wisconsin wild turkey hunters registered a total of 4,633 birds during the fall 2013 wild turkey season, a decrease of 34 percent from the 7,054 turkeys registered during the 2012 season.

  • Break-ins Reported in Nasewaupee

    • The Door County Sheriff’s Department has received several reports of break-ins in Nasewaupee Township, in Southern Door County.

  • Your Representatives in the News

    Your Reps State Assembly Representative Garey Bies Bies co-authored a bill that would require outside agencies to investigate instances when people die in police custody.

  • Cross Country Ski Report as of Feb. 11

    All cross country ski trails are open in all areas of the county and the weather forecast predicts warmer winter temperatures so that means even more great skiing opportunities.

  • Community Makes a Newspaper Strong

    This month marks the second anniversary of my first Door County experience. It was February 2012 when I first arrived on the peninsula in the passenger side of former Pulse reporter Myles Dannhausen Jr.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule for the Sturgeon Bay YMCA's Monday night volleyball league.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Varsity sports schedules for Door County high schools.

  • Science Snippet

    Afraid of snakes? You are not alone, for most terrestrial mammals have an aversion to them. Some believe that for a million years, snakes have influenced the evolution of primates, including man.

  • Heal Your Heart

    Learn all about the latest in advanced nutritional approaches to cardiovascular health and disease prevention in a free seminar on Feb. 20 at 1 pm presented by Nicole Dersé, CNC (certified nutrition consultant).

  • Looking for Local Vendors

    The Corner of the Past Farmers Market is inviting local not-for-profit organizations to reserve a booth on a Saturday morning of their choice to advertise events, demonstrate activities and distribute information about their organization.

  • Black History Month in Wisconsin

    History is a strange place. Imagine, for example, that you are a Mississippi Delta singer-songwriter circa the late 1920s and very early 1930s, and you have been “signed” to make a record way up north, at a recording studio offshoot of the Wisconsin Chair Company in Grafton, Wis.

  • Lam and Paling and Vampires … Oh My!

    Over the weekend Barb and I were out for a drive admiring the winter beauty from the warmth of our car. Somehow or other, the word lambaste, arose in our conversation and my dear wife wondered aloud about the origin of the word.

  • By the Numbers

    These numbers came from a report prepared for the Minnesota State Legislature. It shows the state’s racial health disparities, some of the greatest in the country.

  • Crops Fine Despite Cold

    It’s the third coldest winter on record, but Door County’s cherry trees and grape vines are up for the challenge. “None of the trees or vines were really stressed because we had a very good fall,” said Dean Volenberg, Door County Extension agriculture agent.

  • Bubo – The Great Horned Owl

    One of the mental exercises I thoroughly enjoy when writing some of my weekly stories is attempting to pinpoint my very first experiences with the subject at hand.

  • Keeping Love Strong

    In 1944, Wayne and Dorothy Ault were celebrating their wedding in Oklahoma over glasses of punch from a hand-carved ice bowl. They’re still celebrating that day, but this time in Sister Bay with bowls of soup across a table filled with cards congratulating them on 70 years together.

  • Volunteer Voices

    It’s almost ironic that Paula Hedeen lives at the tip of Door County, referred to as Death’s Door. Ironic, because Paula volunteers as an “end of life” volunteer with Good Samaritan-Scandia Village, and because she is perhaps one of the most “full of life” volunteers I have ever had the privilege of knowing.

  • You Are What You Eat

    Who doesn’t love food, and who doesn’t like to eat out? I know I sure do, but when I eat out, I ask myself this question: “Will I control my portion size or am I going to go whole-hog on my meal?” In our country, we have a “bigger is better” mentality in many cases.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 13, 2014 10:42am

    Hearts and flowers to every animal lover on this Valentine’s Day from calico cat Dot. A stray found along Carol Court in Sevastopol, Dot has been at the Door County Humane Society since the spring of 2012.

  • 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.

  • YMCA Launches Annual Campaign

    The Door County YMCA launched its Annual Campaign on Feb. 10 to ensure that everyone in Door County has access to vital community programs and resources that support healthy living.

  • Save the Date for Pink Classic

    The Pink Classic Golf Tournament committee announce this year’s event, benefiting the Sue Baldwin Fund, will take place on June 1 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club.

  • Rotary Scholarships Available

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay (RCSB) will once again award scholarships to selected graduates of the Class of 2014 from Door County high schools. This year Rotary will award academic scholarships to students in the upper 25 percent of their high school class planning to pursue a full-time course of studies at an accredited college, university or state-operated vocational/technical school.

  • Eat Spaghetti, Support Gibraltar Music Boosters

    The Knights of Columbus will host a spaghetti and music dinner fundraiser to benefit the Gibraltar Music Boosters on Feb. 16 at St. Rosalia’s Church in Sister Bay.

  • Love Festival Concert Benefits JAK’s Place

    The eighth annual “Love Festival Concert” to Benefit JAK's Place (a drop-in center for people affected by mental illness) will be held Feb. 16, 2 pm, at Bay View Lutheran Church, 340 West Maple, Sturgeon Bay.

  • A Prescholar Tea Party

    On Feb. 7, the students of Northern Door Children’s Center’s Prescholar preschool classroom capped off a week of lessons on fairy tales and make-believe with a “Prince and Princess Tea Party.

  • Fighting Hunger One Backpack at a Time

    The Backpack Buddies program of Feed & Clothe My People of Door County provides weekend snacks for more than 350 children from four Door County schools – children who qualify for free or reduced cost lunches at school.

  • Women’s Fund Presents Grant for Back-to-School Fair

    On Jan. 21, the board of the Door County Women’s Fund held the “Celebrating the Good Work of Your Gifts” reception at the Sevastopol Town Hall, honoring recipients of their 2013 grants.

  • A Burning of Debt

    This year, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church made its final payment on its new addition, the Canterbury Room, and celebrated with a burning of the debt service on Feb.

  • Tax Facts

    This time of year, after the holidays are past and the cold and snow set in, we now have to deal with our income tax reporting responsibilities. I have had the pleasure of working in the tax preparation field for more than 30 years, the unusual cold and snow of this winter seems consistent with the new and many changes to the tax climate as well.

  • For Second Consecutive Year, True North Leads Sales

    For the second consecutive year, True North Real Estate, LLC ranked first in cumulative real estate sales results in Door County. According to the Door County Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data for dates Jan.

  • Synergy Geothermal Recognized for Top Sales and Service

    Synergy Geothermal, Heating and Cooling was recognized by Mitsubishi Electric as one of the top five Diamond contractor dealers in the United States for overall sales and service.

  • Jacqueline Szczepanski Receives Thrivent Financial RFO Award

    Jacqueline Szczepanski was awarded the 2013 “Outstanding New Financial Representative (FR)” for her work on behalf of members and Thrivent Financial in 2013.

  • New Additions to AFT Board of Directors

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) announces the addition of Michael J. McCoy and Dr. George Gorchynsky to the AFT Board of Directors. “Our family has enjoyed AFT for the last 15 years.

  • Joel Kitchens Announces Assembly Run

    Joel Kitchens has announced he’ll join Paul Feit, Jon Kruse, Brian Hackbarth and Terry McNulty as candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Wisconsin’s First Assembly District seat.

  • Rebecca Livengood Talks Filmmaking

    Novice and experienced filmmakers will showcase their films and share their skills on Feb. 14 and 15 in Sister Bay at the fifth annual Door County Short Film Festival.

  • Rogue Theater presents ‘No Exit’

    Take a moment and imagine the following scenario: you are locked in a room with two other people…forever. The lights are always on, there are no mirrors, no sleep.

  • Lake Volga

    today the Russians drilled through ice / of twenty million winters

  • Epiphany

    the undertaker sweeps away the ice

  • Winter – Be Gone!

    Enough of this vortex called polar! / I long for warm days strictly solar.

  • Remembering Small Times

    Some days I recall / sweet and fierce small times, / grounded in the ordinary

  • The Breadcrumb Plate

    Artic juncos, wintering here, / walk ‘round it cautiously

  • Q&A – Questions & Artists – Richard (Rick) Brawner

    I first met Richard (Rick) Brawner last year when he attended a Tom Nachreiner workshop I coordinated. At the workshop Rick seemed very comfortable painting different subjects and I watched how easily he did his work.


    (Left to right) Tom Anschutz, Brad Rasmussen, Steve Bagin and Jeff Adams cruise around Kangaroo Lake on vintage sleds during Baileys Harbor’s first-ever Winter Carnivale, held Feb.

  • Vino! Vino!

    The average person has roughly 5,000 taste buds. Get in front of a mirror, open your mouth and start counting! You will find your mouth is full of these sensitive little guys, from the tip of your tongue all the way to the back of your throat.

  • Congratulations to Tammy Fox-Malvitz

    Tammy started here at quite a young age, Worked the back for parties and weddings. Now after 17 short and much treasured years, She really has no regrettings.

  • It Was a Dark and Oily Night…

    If you really want to treat yourself to something special in a beer, find a bottle of Harviestoun Ola Dubh 30, which is a collaboration between the award-winning Scottish brewer Harviestoun and the award-winning Scottish distiller Highland Park.

  • Overheard 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, February 12, 2014 10:46am

    Dear Mary Pat, I’m not sure what’s expected. I’ve never had a boyfriend on Valentine's Day - and now I do. That’s great! But what’s not to so great – I don't know the proper Valentine's Day etiquette.

  • Article posted Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:33am

    What year was the Gibraltar Area School District founded?

  • The Weekend of Fire and Ice Returns

    Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center hosts the annual Fire & Ice weekend Feb. 15 – 16. Saturday will be filled with “cool” activities featuring a city-wide ice carving competition by local ice artists, along with professional carvers transforming large and small snow blocks into masterpieces.

  • Enjoy a Candlelight Ski at Whitefish Dunes

    Explore Whitefish Dunes State Park in the winter during two upcoming events. On Feb. 15, join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes for a night of candlelight fun.

  • Take a Walk to Memorial Pole

    Join Peninsula State Park naturalist Kathleen Harris on a Winter Walk to the Memorial Pole on Feb. 15, from 10 – 11 am. Meet at the golf course parking lot, near the clubhouse.

  • Guided Snowshoe Hike at Ida Bay Forest

    Join the Crossroads at Big Creek naturalist on a guided snowshoe hike of the Ida Bay Forest on Feb. 15 at 10 am. Loaner snowshoes are available; come 15 minutes early to borrow a pair.

  • A Good Ol’ Ruckus

    There was a good ol’ ruckus and a packed house at Czarnuska Soup Bar on Jan. 31. Punk bands Tenement from Appleton and Holy Shit (who also go by Holy Schmidt when need be) played behind – and on – the soup counter to a crowd of 35.

  • Door County Opry Comes to DCA

    Door Community Auditorium will offer an escape from the cold with a concert of foot-tapping music from the Door County Opry. On Feb. 16 at 2 pm on the main stage, the Door County Cowboy Church will present an afternoon of foot-tapping country, gospel, and bluegrass music in the style of an historic opry.

  • Skare to Challenge Lasee for Senate Seat

    Dick Skare fielded several telephone calls after Rep. Garey Bies’ Jan. 20 announcement that he would not run for an eighth term representing the 1st Assembly District.

  • Family Band, Goldwing Express, Plays at Prince of Peace

    Goldwing Express will deliver an appealing mix of heart-felt melodies backed with hard-driving acoustics at Prince of Peace Church in Sturgeon Bay on Feb.

  • Cavern Beat Take the Southern Door Community Auditorium Stage

    Cavern Beat, one of America’s most distinctive Beatles tribute bands, will take the stage at the Southern Door Community Auditorium on Feb. 22 at 7 pm.

  • Time to Find a Date for the Sock Hop

    A Valentines Sock Hop is coming to Baileys Harbor Town Hall on Feb. 15 from 7 to 11 pm. Show off your favorite socks while dancing to the “oldies” music from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day at “Floral Relationships” Lecture

    The community is invited to learn about ferns at the Master Gardener lecture on Feb. 18 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. Gary Fewless, botanist from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, will present “Ferns of Door County.

  • Jig, Reel and Waltz at Gibraltar Town Hall

    The Door County Folk Alliance is sponsoring a traditional community barn dance on Feb. 15, 7 – 9 pm, at the Gibraltar Town Hall in Fish Creek. Live music for traditional reels, jigs, waltzes, squares and contra will be provided by the Sugar on the Floor band.

  • Travel and the American Imagination is Subject of Next DCA Lecture

    On Feb. 15 at 9 am, Door Community Auditorium’s Distinguished Lecture Series will offer a lecture titled “Are We There Yet? Travel and the American Imagination,” presented by St.

  • “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” Screened at UUF

    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will screen Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars on Feb. 18 at 4:30 pm. This documentary from Brave New Foundation and director Robert Greenwald, investigates drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.

  • “columbinus” Cast Announced

    The cast list was recently announced for the upcoming StageKids production of columbinus. The cast is composed entirely of high school students representing four mainland schools in Door County: Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol, Southern Door and Gibraltar.

  • Music Fraternity in Concert at Bjِrklunden

    Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden will host a concert on Feb. 16 at 1:30 pm. Members of the men’s music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia will perform various solo and group acts ranging from classical to jazz to pop music.

  • “Souvenir” Returns for Repeat Run at TAP

    Opening Feb. 20 at 7:30 pm, Stage Door Theatre Company presents Souvenir, with performances through March 9. Souvenir is based on the real life story of Florence Foster Jenkins (played by Claire Morkin) – a wealthy society eccentric who suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune.

  • Completing the Picture

    Longtime Door County residents will be familiar with the names Matt Normann and Richard and Heather Steinberger. Normann, who was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, was an accomplished portrait and wedding photographer in the county for many years.

  • Colorful Quilts on Display

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts currently features work by fiber artist Lynn Gilman. Her colorful handcrafted mini wall quilts are all hand pieced using the paper piecing.

  • Animal Communications

    Artwork by Lynn Gilchrist of Sturgeon Bay is currently on display in the lobby gallery of Third Avenue Playhouse. “Conversation Pieces” is the title of the show, which comprises 20 small still-lifes in oil.

  • Paint with a Valentine

    There will be a special Bottle & Brush Valentine’s Date Night on Feb. 14 for $60 per couple at the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay. Even if you’ve never held a paintbrush, you’ll enjoy an evening of canvas painting with your sweetheart.

  • Heading East

    Sandra and Wence Martinez will greet craft collectors at their booth – number 2405 – at the American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, Maryland from Feb.

  • Hipstamatic Fog

    “Morning Fog” was one of two images by Arlene Stanger selected for an exhibit titled “Hipstamatic” at the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. All the images in the exhibit were taken with the Hipstamatic camera app for iPhone.

  • Parlez-vous Français?

    The United Nations declared Feb. 21 as International Mother Language Day to honor and preserve heritage languages. Write On is hosting a poetry reading in a variety of world languages on Feb.

  • Writing Transformations

    The UU Fellowship and Write On, Door County are co-sponsoring a writing workshop, “Transformation in the world and in our lives: Writing Our Way toward a New Day,” on Feb.

  • Letters to the Editor Jump-start Publication

    Area resident Bruce Joffe had been working on his new book, The Gospel According to Facebook: Social Media and the Good News, for nearly two years when a series of Letters to the Editor published in the Peninsula Pulse motivated him to complete his message of how God’s grace, love and reconciliation is being shared anew courtesy of today’s social media.

  • Ski Biking – An Old-time Silent Sport Returns to Door County?

    In a press release on winter trail safety, the Wisconsin DNR casually dropped a term that made our heads turn: ski bike. “[Trails coordinator Brigit] Brown said she has recently received reports of ski bikes – a bicycle with a ski in the front and a wheel in the back – operating on DNR trails.

  • Feit Announces Run for Assembly

    Paul Feit, dentist and owner of Dentistry by Design, announced he's running as a Republican to represent Wisconsin's First Assembly District. "I have always been passionate about helping people," Feit said in a press release.

  • Disputed expansion of dairy watched for statewide impact

    In a Green Bay hearing beginning Tuesday, a controversial attempt to expand a dairy farm set to become the fifth largest in Wisconsin will be challenged in a case that could have a far-reaching impact on how Wisconsin regulates industrial-size livestock farms.

  • Three Republicans Set Sights on Bies’ Seat

    Three Republicans have announced their candidacy for the 1st Assembly District seat to be vacated by Rep. Garey Bies at the end of his term in January 2015.

  • Science Snippet

    Each gallon of gasoline in your car’s tank weighs 6.3 pounds. The combustion of this gasoline requires oxygen, and the result of the many tiny explosions that drive the pistons that drive your car results in the release of carbon dioxide (one carbon atom plus two oxygen atoms).

  • Mother Nature Comes Through

    After the area labored through a string of gray and anemic winters with little snow, Baileys Harbor Community Association Marketing Coordinator Brynn Swanson felt put to the test last October when she had to submit copy about the town’s first Winter Carnivale for inclusion in the Door County Visitor Bureau’s glossy 2014 visitor guide.