Volume 20, Issue 12 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Johnsrud Defers to Majeski

    Kewaunee County farmer and retired ag teacher Arnie Johnsrud has decided to withdraw from the race for the 1st Assembly District in order to support the candidacy of fellow Democrat Joe Majeski.

  • Meet the Candidates

    Pam Abshire Age: 48 Education: Graduate of Pulaski High School, Pulaski , WI. Attended University of Wisconsin Green Bay Occupation: Clerk for Post Office in Sister Bay Relevant Experience or Civic Involvement: I was appointed to the Village Board of Sister Bay when Dave Lienau was appointed Village President.

  • Player Profile: Megan (ME) and Margaret Stoneman (MA)

    School: Sevastopol School year: Sophomores Sport: Soccer Position/Division: Forward or mid-field (ME); Defense/stopper (MA) Do you play other sports? Cross Country (ME & MA) Do you prefer playing team or individual sports? Why? Team, because my teammates can help me out, and cheer you on. (ME) Team, because I like the aspect of being with […]

  • Meet the Candidates

    Randy Halstead Education: High school and technical school Occupation:  Farmer Relevant Experience or civic involvement:  Former Sevastopol School Board member; Third term on Jacksonport Town Board; member Jacksonport Advancement Association; Member League of Women Voters.

  • Meet the Candidates

    Editor's note:  Candidate Dave Engelbert did not respond to the questions sent to him, but his rival for the supervisory seat being vacated by Mark Feuerstein did.

  • Island Native is Aboard Navy’s Newest Ship

    In his third tour of duty with the United States Navy, Washington Island native Daniel Oberg has landed an assignment aboard the new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado, which will be commissioned in a ceremony at its home port of San Diego, Calif.

  • County Supports End to Gerrymandering

    The Door County Board of Supervisors is now on record in support of a nonpartisan redistricting system for Wisconsin. It was the second time the issue had come up, but at the January meeting, several board members said they did not have enough information on the subject, and one felt it was a purely partisan move.

  • A Monumental Meet

    The Door County YMCA’s swim team, the Doorfins, brought 36 swimmers to the State Meet and brought home 20 State Championship titles last weekend at Schroeder Pool in Milwaukee.

  • Door County Half Marathon Open for Bribery

    The Door County Half Marathon is full, but you can still get a spot in the race – for a price. That’s right, you can “bribe” your way into the race by making a $250 donation to the Friends of Peninsula State Park.

  • Register to Ride

    Registration for the second annual Peninsula Century Ride opens April 1, 2014. The ride will end at Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park, with local chefs, the Door County Brewing Company, and live music waiting for cyclists at the post-ride party.

  • Chance to See the Brew Crew

    The Door County Maritime Museum is hosting a bus trip to see the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs on April 27. Thanks to the convertible roof at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, no rain is in the forecast and temperature conditions are guaranteed to be ideal for this meeting of cross-border baseball rivals.

  • Rig, Tack and Jib

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) will offer a two-day Laser clinic on July 10 & 11. The clinic is open to EYC members and non-members, ages 12 and up. The 13-foot Laser is the world’s largest class of one-design sailboats, with more than 200,000 built since the early 1970s.

  • All About Intent

    The difference between news and gossip is whether you raise your voice or lower it. Whoever coined that phrase may have hit upon the best definition of determining if the information we are spreading is gossip or news.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:58am

    10.6 - Average winter temperature, making it the second coldest winter on record, which dates back to 1886.

  • AN OUTLOOK: Analyzing Wages

    So in issue 11 I shared data from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s website that showed the adjusted gross income figures for Door County for the years 2007, 2011 and 2012.

  • March Surprises

    This “enough already” winter, with its excess of snow and cold weather is also finally bringing with it a few welcome surprises. It was on the afternoon of Saturday, March 15, that Char and I went leisurely looking for things to photograph.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:48am

    About 252 million years ago, at the end of the Permian Period, 90 percent of all animal, plant and marine species on the planet suddenly disappeared. To find out why this catastrophe occurred, geochronologists studied the site of a huge, ancient volcano in Siberia.

  • Let’s Get Planting

    Join Door County’s organic gardening guru Linda Cockburn for an informative class on planting and seed collecting at Greens N Grains on April 5. In “Let’s Get Planting,” Cockburn will explain how to start seed flats, how to maintain them and how to eventually transplant them into an organic garden.

  • Two New Trees Available

    The Jacksonport Women’s Club (JWC) will again undertake the Beautification Program in hopes to line the scenic byways, backroads and small lakes with beautiful blooms in late May.

  • Butterfly Gardening

    The Door County Master Gardeners will present a free public program on butterfly gardening on April 8 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek. Chriss Daubner, a Door County Master Gardener and Wild Ones member, will present this colorful and informative program.

  • Reaching Optimal Health

    The Center for Optimal Health Sturgeon Bay is excited to expand its wellness services. “The Center focuses on functional medicine, a personalized approach that focuses on discovering the underlying cause of your symptoms,” owner Nicole James explains.

  • What is Socially Responsible Investing?

    Paul Rentmeester and Justus Hedeen, financial advisers from RH Group/Merrill Lynch of Green Bay, will focus on Socially Responsible Investing at the April meeting of the Climate Change Coalition on April 2 at 7 pm.

  • Flower Power

    Michael Meulemans first felt the allure of Door County as a child growing up in Appleton. His grandparents brought him along when they needed to escape summer in the city and commune with nature.

  • Promising Young Businessmen

    More than 1,100 Wisconsin high school students attended the State DECA Career Development Conference in Lake Geneva March 18 – 20. Marketing students competed in 35 different business events ranging from global entrepreneurship to start-up restaurant marketing.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:29am

    Beau Brummel may have taken lessons from our cats Kris and Kringle. Their natty tuxedo coats set off the most striking citrine-colored eyes. Virtually identical in markings and with those memorable eyes, Kris and Kringle add style to cat colony #4.

  • You Are What You Eat

    The alarm clock goes off, and we hit the ground running. In the hustle of the morning, breakfast may be a grab-and-go choice – or it could be an afterthought once a few hours of work have passed and the hunger and cravings emerge.

  • 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.

  • Get Stuffed 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.

  • Gibraltar Fire Rescue Train with Chainsaws

    As part of the Forest Fire Protection grant program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Gibraltar Fire Rescue, Gibraltar EMRs, and Gibraltar Police received a matching $4,200 to purchase two chainsaws, an ATV firefighting skid unit, and an eight-hour chainsaw safety class delivered by FISTA, Inc.

  • Community Health Information Program Focuses on Dementia

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with an upcoming presentation on dementia. Christy Wisniewski, Ministry Memory Clinic Outreach Specialist, will discuss "Recognizing the Signs of Dementia" at the Community Health Information Program on March 30.

  • Try a Smelt Fry

    The Sturgeon Bay Kiwanis Club is holding a smelt fry on April 10 at the Mill Supper Club in Sturgeon Bay. The fry lasts from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, and is $10 per person; children 10 and under eat for free.

  • Ice Out Competitions Opens Up

    Door County is almost out of the depths of winter and it’s time to wager a guess for when the ice will officially “go out” of Sister Bay. Voting boxes for the 76th annual Ice Out Competition are in businesses around Sister Bay waiting for votes.

  • YMCA Passes Campaign’s Halfway Mark

    The Door County YMCA has surpassed the halfway point or its Annual Campaign goal to raise $500,000. Funds raised through the Annual Campaign and various community special events, will provide financial assistance for Door County residents who cannot afford a Y membership.

  • Lakeshore CAP Holds Home Buyer Workshop

    Lakeshore Community Action Program, Inc. serving Door, Calumet, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan counties is offering a Home Buyer Education workshop on April 12.

  • The Inaugural “Helpful Hearts” Dinner

    Lakeshore CAP is hosting a first annual “Helpful Hearts” Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on April 24 at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc from 5:30 – 9 pm. Out of 150 nominees, 50 finalists will attend the event, and six will receive a $500 check to give to the nonprofit or charitable service organization of their choice.

  • Register Now for Camp Cool

    Northern Door Children’s Center announce the opening of registration for their “Camp Cool” summer day camp. A safe, closely supervised program, Camp Cool offers children between the ages of five and 10 years an unforgettable summer experience.

  • VFW Posts Announce Patriots Pen Winners

    VFW Post 8337 of Ellison Bay and VFW Post 9290 of Baileys Harbor recently sponsored the Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen Contest at Gibraltar Area Schools.

  • Business Counseling Sessions Open April 3

    The Door County Economic Development Corporation and the UW-Green Bay Small Business Development Center will offer free, one-on-one business counseling sessions on Thursday, April 3, 8:30 am to 5 pm, for any new or existing business owners in Door County.

  • DCEDC Annual Investor Meeting Sells Out

    Thanks to overwhelming response from investors and stakeholders, the Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) annual investors meeting and luncheon on Monday, April 14, at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay has sold out of all available tickets.

  • Virge Temme Home Featured in National Publication

    The current spring/summer issue of Cottage Style magazine – a sister magazine of Better Homes and Gardens – features a Sturgeon Bay home designed by Virge Temme Architecture and built by Struck Construction.

  • Lodge at Leathem Smith Hosts Bar Olympics

    The Lodge at Leathem Smith is hosting Bar Olympics on March 29. Events include: beer pong, darts, eating competitions, karaoke sing off, bean bag toss, dice games and more.

  • Door Peninsula Technical Services Moves into Door County Business Center

    Door Peninsula Technical Services is now operating in its new facility within the Door County Business Center (off Highway 57 in Sturgeon Bay, next to Wulf Brothers).

  • Hone Speaking Skills with Toastmasters International

    Toastmasters International invites all residents to its demonstration meeting on April 1, 6:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. Thousands of major organizations around the globe sponsor in-house Toastmasters clubs as an incentive for employees to strengthen their communication and leadership skills.

  • MFR Self-Treatment Therapy Sessions to Lessen Pain

    Learn how to conquer pain and disease at MFR Therapy of Door County’s “Reflexion – Myofascial Release Self-Treatment Sessions.” Myofascial Release is an effective therapy for lessening pain and disease.

  • DC Specialty Foods Hosts Buy Local Mixer

    Door County Buy Local is holding its next business networking mixer on April 2, 5:30 to 7 pm, at DC Specialty Foods, 10331 Highway 42 in Ephraim. The event will feature a presentation by Ashley Lusk of Homebody Personal Training titled “Fitting Exercise in Your Busy Day.

  • Scholarship Available for Women Pursuing Higher Education

    The Sturgeon Bay Businesswomen are sponsoring a $500 scholarship for the 2014 fall term for women 25 years or older, living in Door County, with financial need, who are returning to an accredited higher education institution.

  • A Mouthful of Hops

    So I’m standing in front of the wall of beer, feeling a pull between a Flemish ale on the top shelf and an oatmeal stout on the bottom shelf when a beer in between taunts me.

  • Congratulations to Keith Koch

    Keith’s smile shines throughout the land, So sweet, so peaceful, he’ll always lend a hand. He cares for others beyond himself, Helping out at the Early Autism Project.


    Mylo Sherman has some news to share: he’s going to be a big brother! Sherman is son to our very own Angela Sherman, Event Calendar Manager of the Pulse and Distribution Manager of the Paper Boy.

  • Article posted Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:07am

    Dear Mary Pat, I have noticed a trend lately with bad phone manners. Without getting too specific, I call a lot of people at work, scheduling things and confirming dates, stuff like that.

  • 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 Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:02am

    Rowleys Bay was first settled in 1840, but did not become a community until how many years later?

  • “The Drawer Boy” Performed at TAP through April 13

    Performances of The Drawer Boy are currently underway at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. The play is directed by James Valcq, and stars Doug Mancheski, Alan Kopischke and Ryan Patrick Shaw.

  • “A Two Story House” Play Reading at Bjِrklunden

    Peninsula Players Theatre, through its program The Play’s The Thing, presents a play reading of the thought-provoking comedy A Two Story House by Kathleen Thompson at Björklunden April 7 at 7 pm.

  • Volunteers Needed for “colombinus” Panel Discussion

    Stage Door Theatre Company is looking for volunteers to participate in a post show panel discussion following each performance of columbinus on April 25, 26 and 27.

  • Final Lenten Concert Set for March 30

    Musicales in Lent conclude March 30 at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. The church has been filled with music on two previous Sunday afternoons this month, when musicians of the church have presented programs reflective of the season as part of the church’s seventh annual Musicales in Lent series.

  • Learn About the Cosmos at Crossroads

    There are two upcoming occasions to learn about the cosmos at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. On March 29 at 8 pm if the sky is clear, the Door Peninsula Astronomical Society will host a viewing night at the Astronomy Campus.

  • The Ridges Announces Early Summer Offerings

    No matter what it looks like outside, spring is in the air and on the calendar of events at The Ridges Sanctuary. Naturalist guided hikes resume in April with a series of themed hikes on Saturdays at 1 pm, beginning April 12.

  • Red Molly Closes Out Winter Music Series

    Americana trio Red Molly will be featured in concert at the White Gull Inn in Fish Creek on April 9 at 8 pm. Since 2004, Americana trio Red Molly has been bringing audiences to their feet with gorgeous three-part harmonies, crisp musicianship, and their warm, engaging stage presence.

  • Brick Lot Announces Music Lineup

    The Brick Lot Pub in Sturgeon Bay has an exciting lineup of live music. On April 4 at 10 pm, Dahpni will play rockin’ originals and covers. Based in Green Bay, Daphni is far from another female-fronted pop-punk band, and is working hard to prove it.

  • Award-winning Beth Kille Plays the UUF

    Beth Kille will be joined by Tony Kille on drums, Michael Mood on bass and Michael P. Tully on guitar when she plays the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship April 5 at 7 pm.

  • Intimate Concert with Katie Dahl at Lost Moth Gallery

    Katie Dahl will play an intimate gallery concert on April 4 at Lost Moth Gallery in Egg Harbor. Wisconsin singer-songwriter Dahl has performed her original songs everywhere from the dusty cliff country of Mali, West Africa, to the winding canals of southern France, to the cedar forests of the American northwoods.

  • Craft Get-a-Way Weekend in Egg Harbor

    Oscar Hansen from Door County Rubber Stamps and Claudia Lesser from Creative Cards & Crafts, Villa Park, Ill., are hosting a Craft Get-a-Way weekend, April 4 – 6, at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor.

  • Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend Set for April 24-27

    Get ready for a fun, fabulous and fierce weekend – Groovin’ Sisterhood Weekend – from April 24 to 27 in Sturgeon Bay. This is a Door County weekend escape for women looking for a little adventure, relaxation, and a lot of fun.

  • Portraits in Port Washington

    Local artists Craig Blietz, Sally Everhardus and Cheryl Stidwell Parker have work included in a salute to the self-portraits at Gallery 224 in Port Washington, Wis.

  • New Life and Function

    The TAP Lobby Gallery presents its latest installation: Reformations, relief sculptures by John Whitney of Baileys Harbor. This exhibit will be up through April 27, with an artist’s reception on March 30 at 4:30 pm.

  • From Ads to Art

    Door County artist Mitch Heinrichs has been invited to a two-and-a-half month show in the windows at The Shops at Grand Avenue Mall in Milwaukee. His work will be on display through May 31.

  • Second ‘Dracula’ Installment Available

    Local author Victor T. Foia announces the publication of the second installment in the seven-volume Dracula Chronicles series, Empire of the Crescent Moon, available in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

  • Poet Laureate Joins Dickinson Poetry Series

    The sixth year of the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim begins in April, National Poetry Month.

  • Author to Take Part in Discussion

    At the April 8 meeting of Readers Rampant Book Club, The Bookman’s Tale will be discussed and author Charles C. Lovett will be available by phone for questions.

  • The Unabridged

    I serve up verse in measured rhyme, / a twist of trope instead of lime, / and stir in bits of this and that / in hopes that something comes of it.

  • The Unabridged Poets

    The very name of the Unabridged Poets writing group suggests an encouraging expansiveness. Even epics seem a possibility! Founding mothers of the group Sue Dekelver and past Door County Poet Laureate Barbara Larsen remember the beginning of their organization, one of the three poetry workshops now active on the peninsula.

  • Tower of Song: Part I

    Back in 2007, when Sturgeon Bay's venerable Holiday Motel was being taken over by a few of us crazy musicians and re-birthed as The Holiday Music Motel, some saw its old TV antenna tower as a disposable remnant of the pre-cable era – a safety hazard that should be torn down.

  • Sturgeon Bay Bands Presents POPS

    March 30 at 4 pm, Sturgeon Bay Public School bands gather to present POPS. The concert serves two purposes – aside from entertainment – a fundraising event for high school band students playing at Disney World in Florida over spring break and a fundraising event for scholarships to benefit all middle and high band students who wish to attend summer band camps or obtain private lessons.

  • ‘Studio Life’ Features Sister Bay Artist Pamela Murphy

    The book, entitled Studio Life: Rituals, Collection, Tools and Observations on the Artistic Process, includes pages dedicated to 100 of the 200 artists across the country that Sarah Trigg talked to.

  • The Fishing Hole Hosts Chili Cook-Off

    There are so many ways to make a good pot of chili. We’re not mathematicians, but venture a guess that the number of potential ingredients to create a superb chili is limitless! Our mouths are watering just thinking about it… March 29, The Fishing Hole in Sturgeon Bay will satisfy the craving with a Chili Cook-Off from 1 – 5 pm.

  • Celebrate National Ag Day

    USDA Kewaunee County and Door County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tim Siehr encourages everyone to take a moment to appreciate the hard working farmers in Kewaunee and Door Counties on March 25, National Ag Day.