Volume 20, Issue 07 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Off the Beaten Path

    I am selfishly reluctant to spread the word about these trails with you. They often offer the peace and quiet you won’t find in Door County’s popular state parks as well as some run-ins with wildlife, diverse landscapes, and historical points of interest.

  • Heading to Sectionals

    Sturgeon Bay High School hosted a Division 2 wrestling regional competition on Feb. 15. Denmark, Luxemburg-Casco, Sturgeon Bay/Sevastopol, Southern Door, Two Rivers and Wrightstown participated in the event where competitors began their journey to the state tournament.

  • Half Marathon Named A “Must-do” Race

    Competitor Magazine, one of the most widely read running magazines in the country, named the Door County Half Marathon one of 20 “must-do” races in the Midwest.

  • Player Profile: Ben Anderson

    School: Gibraltar School year: Senior Sport: Basketball Position: Center Do you play other sports? Cross country and track Do you prefer playing team or individual sports? Why? Team, because the team aspect you can’t match in individual sports. Even with individual sports, it’s the team aspect that makes it for me. Do you prefer playing […]

  • Cross Country Ski Report as of Feb. 13

    Some new snow just fell, so now is the time to enjoy all of Door County’s ski trails. Here are the conditions at our state parks and Crossroads at Big Creek: Potawatomi State Park: All trails were last groomed for skating and tracked for diagonal stride on Feb 11.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Final regular season standings for the YMCA Monday night volleyball league.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Varsity athletic schedules for Door County high schools.

  • Municipal News

    Mayor Thad Birmingham recently made the following appointments: Chris Larson and Randy Morrow, three-year terms on the Board of Parks & Recreation; Laurel Brooks, Mark Schuster and Chad Shefchik, three-year terms on the Bicycle & Pedestrian Board; Thomas Wulf, a five-year term on the Waterfront Redevelopment Authority; Ron Vandertie, a one-year term on the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center board; Robert Starr and Dennis Statz, a one-year term on the Door County Tourism Zone Commission.

  • Six Candidates Advance to April 1 Election

    Two of the eight candidates for the three seats on the Southern Door School Board were eliminated in a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Advancing to the April 1 election are Mike Toneys, Sturgeon Bay, 337 votes; Pamela Parks, Brussels, 328; Kelly Tassoul, Brussels, 290; Katie Schnorr, Forestville, 267; Dustin Miller, Forestville, 261, and Dean Gerend, Brussels, 256.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:05pm

    • A blood drive is scheduled at Southern Door High School on Feb. 26 from 9 am to 2 pm. One donation can save up to three lives, and donations help high school seniors earn scholarships.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:01pm

    The GO BO Foundation honors the memory of Bo Johnson of Sister Bay who was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia at the age of 12. He battled the disease for a year, and lost on Sept.

  • Your Reps

    Two bills authored by State Representative Garey Bies (R-Sister Bay) received approval last week from the Wisconsin State Assembly.

  • Black History Month in Wisconsin – It’s Not Just About King

    It’s almost sacrilegious to say that Black History Month should be about more than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indeed, it’s like turning our back on Old Glory, Uncle Sam or Mount Rushmore.

  • Have You Heard a Word I’ve Said?

    “I don’t think you’ve heard a word I said.” Sound familiar? Here is another familiar refrain you hear when you are not listening: “You just don’t understand.

  • Sundry Thoughts Amid Snow and Cold (from way back in 1999!)

    (Since we have been busy getting our house listed for sale this past week, I dug back into my archives and found an assortment of items that were originally published way back in February and March of 1999.)

  • Article posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:39pm

    To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week and the first celebration occurred on Feb.

  • Winter Weekend

    Last Saturday dawned clear and cold in our neck of the woods. The temperature was a chilly -9 degrees when I left Clintonville at about 6 am, bound for a Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) board meeting scheduled to begin five hours later on Washington Island.

  • Screech Owl: Feathered Wildcat

    If you were a child of 10 or 12, playing a game of softball with friends at home during your summer vacation, and suddenly in your neighbor’s nearby huge Horse Chestnut tree a dozen or more robins, generally concealed from view within the huge tree crown, began screaming their heads off as though every feather on their bodies was being individually pulled out, what thoughts would be going through your head? That was the exact scenario at my home in Kewaunee dating back to around mid-summer of 1940.

  • The Climate Corner

    Changing behaviors is a tall order, but essential if we are to mitigate the many adverse impacts of climate change. We all need to be more mindful of the consequences of the many small decisions we make every day, often without thinking.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:23pm

    Here’s some good news regarding the environment. Compared to average annual carbon dioxide increases of 2.9 percent since the year 2000, in 2012 emissions of the gas increased only 1.

  • Definitely Not ‘The Day Care’

    According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “center” is a point, area, person or thing that is most important or pivotal to an indicated activity. In 1986, a busy group of Northern Door parents decided it was time for their young children to have a child care center of their own.

  • Article posted Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:14pm

    Intelligent and inquisitive, Treeing Walker Coonhound Orville has gotten his nose into every nook and cranny at the Door County Humane Society. He has been there for five months, endearing himself to the staff and volunteers.

  • 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.

  • Bipartisan Bill Proposes Drivers’ Licenses for Undocumented Workers

    Undocumented workers in Wisconsin would be able to obtain drivers’ licenses under a bill proposed by Rep. Garey Bies (R – Sister Bay) and Rep.

  • Six Candidates Advance to April 1 Election

    Two of the eight candidates for the three seats on the Southern Door School Board were eliminated in a primary election on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Advancing to the April 1 election are Mike Toneys, Sturgeon Bay, 337 votes; Pamela Parks, Brussels, 328; Kelly Tassoul, Brussels, 290; Katie Schnorr, Forestville, 267; Dustin Miller, Forestville, 261, and Dean Gerend, Brussels, 256.

  • You Can Come Home Again

    When the Door County Emergency Services Committee held its regular monthly meeting the morning of Feb. 13, members got a chance to meet Dan Williams, the man who, with the county board’s approval on Feb.

  • Something to Flap About

    Earning the Bird City designation – as Baileys Harbor, Egg Harbor and Ephraim have done – is one thing, but why not step it up a notch and designate all of Door County a Bird County? “It seemed reasonable, since birds don’t read these signs (signs indicating that a municipality has been designated a Bird City),” said Pam Wegner, who chairs the Village of Egg Harbor’s very active Ad Hoc Bird City Committee.

  • United by Tea

    United Way of Door County thanks Glas, the green coffeehouse, and their customers for the recent donation of $567.43. This is a result of Glas committing to donate 20 percent of tea sales in January to United Way.

  • Barb’s YMCA Story

    The Door County YMCA is launching its annual campaign to ensure that everyone in Door County has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. With the community’s financial help, the YMCA helps individuals and families in need to participate in programs.

  • United Way Endowment Fund Grants Are Available

    Applications are now available for the 2014 United Way of Door County Endowment Fund Grants. The amount of money available for Endowment Fund Grants for the calendar year 2014 is $4,295.

  • Looking for “Helpful Hearts”

    Lakeshore CAP is hosting the inaugural “Helpful Hearts” volunteer appreciation dinner on April 12 at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc. The organization is looking for nominations of those who give back with their service.

  • Volunteer Fair at YMCA Features Workshops

    With the aim of bringing together local community-based organizations with job seekers and volunteers, the not-for-profit job and volunteer fair will be held at the Door County YMCA in Sturgeon Bay on March 1 from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

  • United Way Scholarship Applications Available

    Each year, United Way of Door County awards scholarships for Door County students who are continuing their post-high school education. If you, or someone you know, has demonstrated strong community involvement in high school and is beginning college in fall of 2014, you are encouraged to apply.

  • Need Help Writing Grants?

    The Door County Community Foundation, The Raibrook Foundation, and United Way of Door County present the latest in their nonprofit education series – Grant Writing – on March 5 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Ellison Bay Service Club Helped Families Heat Homes

    In December, the Ellison Bay Service Club contributed $2,000 to Door County Secret Santa in their effort to help families heat their homes. “It couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Jane Lee who, with her daughter, Jennifer, co-owns and operates Brew Coffeehouse in Ellison Bay.

  • Home Buyer Education Workshop in Luxemburg

    Lakeshore Community Action Program, Inc., serving Door, Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties is offering a Home Buyer Education workshop on March 15, 9 am to 2 pm.

  • Renewable Energy Scholarship Available from MREA

    For the last eight years The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) has honored educator Steve Hansen with its Steve Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund.

  • Keep Mailboxes Clear

    The United States Postal Service reminds customers to check their mailbox. Every day, the Postal Service safely and efficiently delivers millions of checks, money orders, credit cards and other valuable items.

  • Final Day for DCEDC Award Nominations

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) Board of Directors is currently soliciting nominations for the annual Door County Industry of the Year Award and the Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

  • Buy A Muffin, Support United Way

    In February, KICK Coffee, located on Third Avenue in downtown Sturgeon Bay, is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every muffin sold in February, 50 cents will be donated to United Way of Door County.

  • Lights from Vintage Bobbins at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts now features handcrafted decorative lights created from vintage bobbins from the Vermont Bobbin Company. The bobbins vary in size up to a foot in height and are combined with various lamp bases, ribbon accents and decorative floral designs to create functional pieces.

  • Mews to be Completed this Spring at Bird Sanctuary

    Rob Hults, executive director of the Door County Bird Sanctuary at 4114 County Road I, Jacksonport, said things are moving along well for the Sanctuary.

  • Glas Hosts Next Buy Local Mixer

    Door County Buy Local is holding its next business networking mixer on Wednesday, March 5, 5:30 to 7 pm at Glas Coffeehouse and Cellcom, 67 East Maple St.


    More than thirty songwriters, musicians, performers, and talented individuals gathered at the Holiday Music Motel in Sturgeon Bay from Feb. 9 – 15 to collaborate on new tunes about love or love gone away for the third annual Love on Holiday songwriting event.

  • The Ubiquitous Pint Glass

    There was a time in the not-too-distant past when bars served tap beer in a variety of glasses – 10- and 12-ounce mugs, schooners – also known as goblets, chalices and, only in Milwaukee, bumbas – 7- to 12-ounce pilsner glasses, and, my personal favorite, the 6-ounce barrel glass.

  • Congratulations to Georgette Farley

    George is my Mom and I love her so, Bringing a smile wherever she goes. Serving in many establishments over the years, George has a following, cause she is so sincere.

  • Article posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:35am

    Dear Mary Pat, I am expecting my first child in a couple of months and am surprised at all of the comments I hear, usually from complete strangers. I walked into a store the other day and a woman said, “My, you're big!” Then I've also heard, “You must be due any day now.

  • 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, February 19, 2014 11:30am

    Look closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • “Letters to Jackie” Free Screening at DCA

    On Feb. 21 at 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium will present a free screening of Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy. This TLC original film explores the more than 800,000 condolence letters to the First Lady that the White House received in the two months after President Kennedy’s assassination.

  • Telling the Camel’s Tale

    Author Kay Bidwell Loberg read her book Growing Up Harley to the kindergarten class at St. John Bosco Catholic School on Feb. 12. The story is based on the life of Harley, the Door County camel who became famous for marching in local parades, kissing beauty queens and raising money for the Door County Humane Society.

  • Upcoming Auditions for Stage Door’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore”

    Souvenir opened at Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) on Feb. 20 and will continue its run 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.

  • Peninsula Singers Hold First Practice Feb. 24

    This spring is the perfect time to join (or rejoin) Door County’s premier choral group – The Peninsula Singers. The group is marking their 35th anniversary season with a memorable program of music.

  • A Full House for Pen Players Reading

    Peninsula Players Theatre presented a play reading of The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote at Björklunden on Feb. 3 to a full house of more than 100.

  • Getting Gardens Ready for Spring

    Crossroads at Big Creek is hosting the Master Gardener lecture “Professional Landscaping” on Feb. 25 at 7 pm with Greg Meissner, co-owner of Meissner Landscape, Inc.

  • A Frozen Wine Fest

    Join some hardy Wisconsinites in celebrating the hardy grapes that survive these winters at Parallel 44’s Frozen Tundra Wine Fest on Feb. 22 from 12 – 6 pm.

  • WIFFEE and the HUZzBAND Birthday Celebration

    When asked where they’re from, Ruby James (aka Kitty CoopDeville) doesn’t provide a city, a state or even a country. With her charmingly coy and playful demeanor she simply replies, “The Holiday Music Motel!” While James was not born and raised in Sturgeon Bay, the musical “home” and creative center she did find there was an essential part of a journey that led to the formation of her latest project – WIFEE and the HUZzBAND, with singer/saxophonist extraordinaire Stephen Cooper.

  • Small Forest Presents ‘Musical Medicine for the Soul’

    Small Forest takes the stage at the UU Fellowship on March 1 at 7 pm to perform their original progressive folk/pop. With a unique sound that stretches the traditional folk boundaries, they invite the audience into their hearts offering songs like musical story poems and musical medicine for the soul.

  • Final Week for the Quilting Bee

    The first community quilt is well on its way to becoming complete at the end of the Baileys Harbor Quilting Bee’s seventh week. More than 40 people have participated, with some folks contributing two or more squares.

  • Art Classes for Everyone

    Bring friends, favorite beverages and snacks to the Artist Guild on Friday night for Bottle & Brush. From 6:15 to 8:15, local artist Jen Aldrich will lead the class through an evening of canvas painting.

  • Seeking Favorite Photos

    The Bay-Lake Regional Planning Commission is seeking photo submissions from residents of and visitors to the counties of Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto and Sheboygan.

  • Fire and Ice Winners

    Fire and Ice weekend was held Feb. 15 & 16 in Sturgeon Bay. With the new snow that had fallen on Feb. 13, there was plenty of snow and ice to work with to create sculptures.

  • Poetic Pairings

    On Feb. 22 at 7 pm, Door County musicians and poets will present “Words on Fire” in the Door Community Auditorium Fireside Lobby. Musicians pair with poets to create a real coffeehouse atmosphere and a powerful evening of entertainment.

  • Writing toward a New Day

    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.

  • Rampant Readers

    Readers Rampant book club of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Public Library recently announced their selections for the upcoming months.

  • A Lyrical and Profound Connection

    I love listening to people talk, or at least I love listening to people speak about topics that interest me. So, when I read one of the recent press releases from the Door Community Auditorium, I was happy to discover an English/American Studies professor was coming to speak at their St.

  • Bill Gonnsen Talks Songwriting

    Door County singer/songwriter Bill Gonnsen recently submitted two ‘poems’ to the Peninsula Pulse – “Quiet Time in Door County” and “The First Time.” “They are also the lyrics of two songs by the same name,” he added in his email.

  • Door Community Auditorium Hosts ‘The Vagina Monologues’

    I thought a bunch of grown women would bash men, share graphic sexual experiences, and pull audience members on stage where they would shout ‘vagina’ until their faces were rosy with embarrassment.

  • Bruce Joffe Publishes ‘The Gospel According to Facebook’

    “Jesus wants us to be welcoming,” smiles pastor, professor, and author Bruce Joffe, swirling his wine, sitting in an armchair beneath a classic Fernando Botero painting of a overweight clergyman holding an umbrella.

  • Artists Guild Offers Bottle & Brush

    A few years ago, Jennifer Aldrich lived in St. Petersburg, Florida – she lost her job, her partner and felt compelled to visit the local Home Depot, buy some boards and start painting on them.

  • An Expensive Winter

    How bad has the winter of 2013-14 been? Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej told the Door County Highway Committee at its regular monthly meeting on Feb.

  • The Return of the King

    The King is coming back to Gills Rock – 30,000 Kings, to be exact. Nine people gathered in the net building at Weborg’s Marina in Gills Rock the night of Feb.