Volume 20, Issue 10 – Section 1

In this issue

  • All-Packerland Conference Honors

    Congrats to all the Door County athletes who were named to the Packerland All-Conference team.

  • Player Profile: Makenna Ash

    Makenna Ash was unanimously selected to the All-Packerland Conference first team, she was the only Door County player selected to this team.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Door County Coffee claims B League Championship

  • St. Norbert Hosts Relay for Life

    St. Norbert College will host the 2014 American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life of De Pere Saturday, April 12, from 9 am to 4 pm in Schuldes Sports Center on the Corner of Third and Marsh Streets.

  • Cross Country Ski Report as of March 12

    Warm temperatures earlier this week melted a lot of snow but not enough to close any of the ski areas. The base was so deep that all ski areas across the county remain open.

  • Creating a Fisheries Dialogue

    To increase and broaden public input on statewide fishery issues and facilitate dialogue between various fisheries’ interests, the Department of Natural Resources and the Wisconsin Conservation Congress are forming a new fisheries advisory group that meets for the first time on March 29.

  • Pinning the Packerland Conference

    The 2013/2014 season was exceptional for Southern Door wrestling. For the first time Southern Door’s varsity wrestling team won the Packerland Conference championship, they had three wrestlers qualify for the state tournament, and senior Jacob Englebert earned the state title in the 145-weight class.

  • Is Scott Walker Hooked On LSD?

    No. Not that LSD. Lee Sherman Dreyfus. When I started teaching at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in the fall of 1978, Lee Sherman Dreyfus had taken a leave of absence from his job as Chancellor to run for governor.

  • Numbers Junkie Shares Favorite Data Sets

    I confess that I am a numbers and statistics junkie. Throughout the years countless columns have been dedicated to this subject and though I occasionally feel like I am inflicting my obsession on you, I still believe there are fascinating things to be learned from all this data – particularly about our peninsula and Wisconsin.

  • Lobbying By the Numbers

    12,281 - The number of registered lobbyists in 2013, the lowest number since 2002

  • Park System Is Good Value

    The six state parks in Door County attract 14.5 percent of the 14 million people who visit Wisconsin’s 69 state parks annually. That was one of many nuggets found in the recently released Economic Impacts of the Wisconsin State Park System: Connections to Gateway Communities, co-produced by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Parks and Recreation and the University of Wisconsin– Madison Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

  • Door County State Parks By the Numbers

    NEWPORT STATE PARK Total Visits: 137,088 Local Daytrips: 30,845 Local Overnight: 10,282 Non-local Daytrips: 71,971 Non-local Overnight: 23,990 PENINSULA STATE PARK Total Visits: 1,077,397 Local Daytrips: 94,272 Local Overnight: 282,817 Non-local Daytrips: 315,139 Non-local Overnight: 385,169 POTOWATAMI STATE PARK Total Visits: 209,390 Local Daytrips: 78,521 Local Overnight: 26,174 Non-local Daytrips: 20,939 Non-local Overnight: 83,756 ROCK […]

  • Article posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:45am

    Great advances have been made during the past 20 years in retrieving and mapping ancient DNA. The techniques used are truly remarkable, and DNA is routinely being obtained and analyzed from fossilized or long-dead human and animal remains.

  • The Plight of Climate Refugees

    A free screening of Climate Refugees will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on March 18 at 4:30 pm. A “climate refugee” is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disaster.

  • The Sugar Maple

    A tree that is native to northeastern America, and nowhere else, reigns supreme as one of the world’s overall most beautiful broad-leaved trees. Drip some pure maple syrup onto your pancakes or waffles and you will have tasted one of the finest and most healthful forms of sweetening known to humans.

  • Volunteer Voices

    I just finished reading the 2014 Philanthropy Issue of Door County Living and I was taken aback by the number of philanthropic efforts happening in Door County of which I was totally unaware.

  • You Are What You Eat

    While fitness fads and diet trends grace the front covers of magazines, maintaining a healthy body weight boils down to calories in and calories out. According to the USDA’s Beltsville study, however, most Americans (whether consciously or unconsciously) underestimate the calories they consume by about 13 percent.

  • 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.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 11:09am

    Genial, gregarious, gentle…all the traits found in a best friend, and embodied in Bubba, a six-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever mix. Bubba is a “go along to get along” kind of guy, ambling up to say hello to all who visit him.

  • Pig Out at White Gull for Peninsula Preschool

    The Peninsula Preschool of Ephraim announces a scrumptious fundraising event – Get Stuffed for Preschool on March 29 at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek.

  • Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry Continues with Dementia Presentation

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with a presentation about dementia on March 30 at 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Sturgeon Bay POPS Concert to Benefit Band Students

    The Sturgeon Bay High School Band POPS concert is scheduled for March 30 at 4 pm. The concert is a fundraising event for high school band students playing at Disney World in Florida during spring break and as a scholarship for all middle and high band students to attend summer band camps or obtain private lessons.

  • Sturgeon Bay Florist Owners Present “Unusual Plants & Orchid Care”

    Baylake Bank Premier Club, Door County YMCA and Ministry Door County Medical Center invite the community to the program “Unusual Plants & Orchid Care” on April 9, 9:50 – 10:50 am, at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA.

  • Dogs and Human Counterparts Invited to Bark for Life

    Dogs and their owners will walk to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer on April 26 as part of the Bark for Life fundraiser. Bark For Life is a 1.

  • Nick Vogel Sends Donation to Southern Door FFA

    Local farmer Nick Vogel directed $2,500 to Southern Door FFA through America’s Farmers Grow Communities. During National FFA Week in February, food donations valued at $620.

  • FSA Reminds Producers to Keep Thorough Records

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia recently repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters, such as the unexpected winter storm, to keep thorough records.

  • Snow Day Medallion Winner Named

    The Lodge at Leathem Smith worked with the P.A.T.H. Foundation in hiding the second annual “Snow Days Medallion,” and recently named the winner. The medallion was worth up to $1,000 to the lucky person who found it hidden somewhere in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Land Trust Hike Led by MDCMC Physician Assistant

    Door County Ministry Medical Center Orthopedics Physician Assistant Jac Clement will offer tips for staying active with less pain and more mobility during a Door County Land Trust hike on Saturday, March 15, from 10 am to noon at the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Nature Preserve.

  • Tax Facts

    Let’s continue my discussion from the last column, in volume 20, issue nine of the Pulse, on commonly missed tax deductions for individuals. Here are a few more:

  • DCEDC Host Informational Meeting on Wisconsin Fast Forward

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and Northwestern Technical College are offering lunch and an informational meeting about the second round of Wisconsin Fast Forward Grant Opportunities on Friday, March 21, 12 to 1:15 pm.

  • Dr. Phillip Arnold Receives AOASM Award

    Dr. Phillip Arnold of Ministry Door County Medical Center will receive the Award of Fellow from the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM).

  • Cross-stitch Dishtowels at JCC

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts currently features handcrafted dishtowels by Doris. As a “cottage” industry, handmade items are the center of what the craft cottage features.

  • Parallel 44 Releases Drink Pink!

    Join Parallel 44 on March 15 as they release their newest wine, Drink Pink!, to the public. Gently pressed Frontenac and Foch grapes, from the vineyards of Parallel 44, have a sweet/tart expression of strawberries, red raspberries and pink grapefruit.

  • Valkyries in Blaze Orange

    I am aways on the hunt for a refreshing light beer. No, not phony lite “beer” but light-tasting beer. Too often, light-tasting beers are boring. I won’t name names here, but there are some very popular light-tasting and boring beers out there.


    You look great! Tiffany, who are you wearing – Vera, Ralph, Armani? Jesse, what a trendsetter! Is that an all-in-one bowtie and collar you are wearing? This couple – Jesse Bonville and Tiffany Anderson – shined on the red carpet at AC Tap’s Oscar party on March 2.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:03am

    Dear Mary Ellen, I don’t know about you but I am visibly upset at the idea that the designation "Bird City" should be shared with other communities in Door County or that the entire county be so identified.

  • 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?

  • Congratulations to Linda Hardin

    Linda began her service experience in a much more urban place. Once exposed she knew Door County was to be her chosen space. With a start at the Greystone and Sturgeon’s Yacht Club for a while, Now at the Roadhouse three and one half years brings to her a lasting smile.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 13, 2014 9:53am

    What was the name of the first goat to graze on Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant’s roof?

  • It’s Never Too Early to Think about Landscaping

    Crossroads at Big Creek will host several programs on landscaping while everyone waits for the snow to melt. A free video presentation of Doug Tallamy’s lecture “Bringing Nature Home” is scheduled for March 15 at 2 pm.

  • Sign Up Early for Lighthouse Festival

    Join the Door County Maritime Museum for three days of boat excursions and guided land-based tours at the 21st Annual Door County Lighthouse Festival, June 13-15, 2014.

  • DNR Introduces New Research Program, Snapshot Wisconsin

    A new way to involve Wisconsin citizen scientists in wildlife research is being developed by the Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Musicales Return to Shepherd of the Bay

    On three Sundays in March at 4 pm, musicians of Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church will present a series of Musicales in Lent. The public is invited to attend these concerts.

  • Rogue Theater Takes Shows on the Road

    Rogue Theater will perform several shows at different locations around Sturgeon Bay in March and April. Including a murder mystery at The Lodge at Leathem Smith for Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend on April 25, and at the soon-to-open Door County Fire Company (formerly The Ladder House).

  • Openings for Commuters at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School is taking registrations for its coming season of weeklong classes, and there are openings for commuter students in many of the 90 classes.

  • A Weekend of Bond…James Bond

    Donna Film Fest, at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay, presents a James Bond weekend, March 15 & 16. Dr. No will be screened at 7 pm on March 15, with a James Bond trivia contest with prizes, sponsored by the Brick Lot Pub & Grill.

  • Good Samaritans Help Starving Wildlife

    One of the unexpected consequences of the severe winter was its effect on wildlife, particularly diving fowl that require open water to feed. Last Friday, Paper Boy delivery driver Jerri O’Malley came across a weak Common Goldeneye and brought it to the Pulse office, where we discussed what to do about the injured duck.

  • Robin and Jenny Bienemann Play Lost Moth Gallery

    Lost Moth Gallery presents an evening of original music by Robin and Jenny Bienemann on March 14 from 7 to 9 pm. The Bienemanns are singer/songwriter/guitarists from the Chicago area, each with their own solo style and recordings; they also perform together as a duo and in their band the Significant Others.

  • Governor to Speak at DCEDC Annual Meeting

    Governor Scott Walker is the keynote speaker for the Door County Economic Development Corporation’s (DCEDC) annual investors meeting and luncheon on Monday, April 14.

  • A Breakthrough

    U.S. Coast Guard pollution responders, working in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, were monitoring the salvage of a 70,000-pound excavator that broke through lake ice about four miles north of Sister Bay and about 100 feet offshore.

  • Forum Introduces County Board Candidates

    Jacksonport Town Hall was the site on the morning of Saturday, March 8, of a candidate forum sponsored by the Door County League of Women Voters. In the spotlight were the two candidates for the District 16 seat on the Door County Board of Supervisors, which serves Ward 1 of the Town of Jacksonport and Ward 1 of the Town of Egg Harbor.

  • Hazardous Material Testing Holds Up Lighthouse Restoration

    The Door County Airport & Parks Committee is now waiting for the other shoe to drop in connection with the Cana Island Lighthouse Restoration Project.

  • Tall Ships at Predawn

    Door County native and professional photographer Jason Mann will display his Tall Ships series at Glas Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay throughout March and will host an artist reception/open house on March 21 from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

  • Unlimited Possibilities

    The March exhibit at Hope Church Gallery in Sturgeon Bay features the artwork of painters Bonnie Sandstrom and Barbara Kenyon. After a lifelong interest in art, the personal creation of art began ten years ago for Sandstrom when she moved to Door County; she now resides in Sister Bay.

  • Building A Foundation

    “The Foundation of Acrylics” will be the topic of the next Art Fundamentals on March 15, 1 – 3 pm, at the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay. Learn the history of the medium and explore acrylic painting techniques in this hands-on class.

  • Local Artist Receives Best in Show

    Deborah Dendler, local sculptor and resident of Fish Creek and Newton, Mass., was awarded “Best in Show” for her bronze sculpture titled “Joy,” in the Cape Cod Art Association’s Juried Annual Open Exhibition in Barnstable, Mass.

  • Shop the Shelves

    Stop in the basement of the Sturgeon Bay Library to shop the shelves on March 15 from 9 am to 1 pm (stop in before or after the St. Patrick’s Day parade).

  • A Door County Icon: Lauren Bremer talks Chief Roy Oshkosh

    A few years ago, the editors of Door County Living (sister publication to the Peninsula Pulse) assigned Lauren Bremer, an English teacher at Gibraltar High School, an article.

  • Winter Cats

    Cats die, that much is known. That they do not die easily is the shared suspicion. Nine lives being the standard appropriation to cats. Christianity and Islam both advertise immortal life, to suspect this is an attempt to out-do or at least out-bid cats.

  • Rapt in Vinyl

    My new favorite slab o’ vinyl features a greasy slab o’ bacon on the cover, hinting at the tasty treats inside. But I have to admit the first time I saw the cover, I thought the bacon was a turd, which suggests something else entirely.

  • American Life in Poetry: Column 462

    This year’s brutal winter surely calls for a poem such as today’s selection, a peek at the inner workings of spring. Susan Kelly-DeWitt lives and teaches in Sacramento.

  • Sturgeon Bay Hosts Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    Who doesn’t want to be Irish for a day? Brush off your green Leprechaun hat and coat, take your four-leaf clover out of retirement, and pop in Sturgeon Bay for more than a wee bit of Blarney during the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 15.

  • Peninsula School of Art Presents Celebrate

    “Are your white spots totally covered?” asks Martha Aurelius to a group of preschoolers hunched over white cloths with red, blue, green, pink, or yellow Sharpies in hand.

  • Governor Recognizes Peninsula Players

    March 4, Managing Director of the Peninsula Players, Brian Kelsey, accepted the 2014 Arts, Culture and Heritage Award for Tourism Excellence. Wow. That’s a big deal.