Volume 20, Issue 14 – Section 1

In this issue

  • March Melt Brings April…Ewww

    Ah, springtime: the sweet smell of fresh air (laced with thawing dog turds), the green shoots of daffodils peeking from the ground (littered with cigarette butts), and the cheerful squirrels scurrying along the melting snow for seeds (among the dropped mittens and hats, still half-frozen).

  • What is Treatment Trail?

    In its simple form, Treatment Trail is a nine-day, 200-mile fundraising event, beginning June 14 in Wauwatosa and finishing June 22 in Sister Bay. All proceeds benefit the Go Bo Foundation (gobofoundation.

  • Scholarships to Sail

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) has opened its sailing lesson scholarship program for 2014. The EYC offers scholarships to junior sailing students who are year-round residents of Door County.

  • A Green, Family Run

    Be one of the runners and walkers of all ages who come together for a morning on the trails in the midst of nature at Running Green for Crossroads on June 21.

  • Live and Run Strong

    There is a wonderful program available to help neighbors who are on the road to cancer recovery. It is known as LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Recovering cancer survivors are able to participate in a small-group exercise and movement program to improve their health and quality of life while diminishing the adverse affects of cancer or its various treatments.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    These schedules are subject to change depending on if the snow melts, and if the fields and tracks are ready.

  • Making It Harder to Vote

    In the last several years we have seen one state after another try to make it harder for people – for some people anyway – to vote. Alas, Wisconsin has not been immune to the temptation to follow suit.

  • Spring Brings Fire Risk

    A pillar of thick black smoke could be seen for miles about mid-afternoon on April 8 as area fire departments responded to a garage fire at the home of Brett Reetz, 9000 W.

  • Future of Dairy Farming Will Include Robots

    People flocked to the open house on the Olson farm on County S just south of Sturgeon Bay on April 5 to get a look at what may be the future of dairy farming.

  • Scientists Frustrated by Factory Farms

    Professor Robert Lawrence is in a select company of researchers. “I think the only other group of scientists who probably are more frustrated than we are are the climate scientists,” Lawrence said in a recent telephone call.

  • Advertising Without a Silver Lining

    Few things irritate me more than the misuse of words or phrases. Occasionally the offense is more misrepresentation than misuse, but my irritation level is the same.

  • Article posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:47am

    April is National Autism Awareness Month.

  • The Not So Common Grackle

    Name a handsome bird about a foot long that has glossy shades of bronze, violet, green and purple on its head and upper body. If you were to add that this conspicuous, noisy creature displays a dignified swaggering walk and is often seen around small ponds and mud puddles in spring, surely you would recognize this bold bird as the Common Grackle, or simply Grackle as we call it.

  • Join the Birding Blitz

    If Paul Regnier could order weather, for May 31 he would want a cool, sunny morning with a low front moving in from the north and stopping just north of Door County.

  • Article posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:42am

    Anyone out there suffer from trypophobia? The name literally means “fear of holes.” Sufferers become uncomfortable or even repulsed by viewing photographs or actual structures riddled with holes.

  • Take a Selfie for NASA

    For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth-observing missions will be launched into space in a single year. To celebrate this milestone, NASA is inviting people all around the world to step outside on Earth Day, April 22, take a “selfie,” and share it with the world on social media.

  • For Unyielding Explorers

    Garlic mustard and phragmites are old news, but what about some of the early detection invasive species that occur in very small patches in Door County? “The Importance of Early Detection” 
workshop, held May 2 from 3 to 4:30 pm at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall, will focus on imminent invaders and the technology to fight them.

  • Keep Detox Engine Purring

    Nicole James, CFMP, CNC and wellness therapist at Sturgeon Bay’s Center for Optimal Health will present a seminar at Greens N Grains on April 17 at 1 pm that will discuss the most effective ways to detox and cleanse your body.

  • Living Carbon Neutral

    No Impact Man will be screened on April 15, 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in north Ephraim. This documentary tells the story of a writer living in Manhattan who had the usual concerns about the future of the environment until he realized he wasn’t doing much about it.

  • ‘A Cool Gig’

    You know “the season” is starting when a new season of the travel and tourism show Discover Wisconsin begins. Since it is in its 27th season, perhaps it should be called “the venerable travel and tourism show” because that is a very long time in TV years.

  • You Are What You Eat

    Take a glance at the New York Times bestselling non-fiction list and a handful of titles relating to food, fat, diabetes, dieting and exercise will jump off the page.

  • Article posted Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:20am

    Hello again from Maggie and Bella! When their owner entered assisted living in February, this pair of best friends was surrendered to the Humane Society in February.

  • 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.

  • Jingle Repeat

    Emilie Jones and Lexi Pellizzer repeated their 2013 win of the Door County Fair Jingle Contest when they sang a pair of jingles at the 2014 Jingle Contest held April 5 at Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Egg Harbor.

  • Annual Celebrity Golf Outing Set for June 10

    The Boys & Girls Club of Door County has announced plans to host their fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Outing to be held at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor on June 10.

  • NDCC Hosts Prescholar Meetings

    Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) presents two informational meetings for families interested in having children attend the Prescholar and 4K programs.

  • Home Buyer Education Workshop on April 12

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

  • Apply Now for Youth Mini-Grants

    The Door County Service Club Coalition is offering its last round of youth mini-grants for the 2013-2014 school year. This round of grants often supports activities that occur late in the school year or during the summer months.

  • Altrusa Club Receives Grant at United Way Annual Meeting

    Altrusa Club of Door County sent two members to the United Way annual meeting and community reception, held April 3 at the Lodge at Leathem Smith. Altrusa was awarded a United Way grant of $4,400 for the 2014 Back-to-School Fair, the club’s largest community service project.

  • Rummage Sale to Benefit Catholic Youth Mission Trip

    The Catholic Life Teen Youth will hold a rummage sale at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 692 Tacoma Beach Road (just off Highway 42/57) on April 11 from 5 – 7 pm and Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm.

  • Lakeshore CAP Hosts First Annual “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.

  • “Let’s Go Algoma” Receives Health Grant

    Ministry Door County Medical Center’s (MDCMC) innovative “Let’s Go Algoma” wellness program was awarded a Wisconsin Department of Health Services Occupational Health Grant to continue into its next phase.

  • Brad Schimel is Speaker at Lincoln Day Dinner

    Waukesha District Attorney and candidate for Attorney General Brad Schimel will be the featured speaker at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner for the Door County Republican Party.

  • “Caring for Persons with Dementia” Presented at First Baptist Church

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs on April 27 at 4 pm with “Caring for Persons with Dementia” at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Golden Heart Honorees Announced

    Tickets are now available for the 12th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held April 24 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. Billed as the “feel good event of the year,” this event honors outstanding volunteers in our community, recognizes the importance of the organizations through which they work and supports the Volunteer Center’s programming.

  • Volunteer Voices

    National Volunteer Week, April 6 – 12, is designated to recognize those who really want the least recognition. Volunteers are notorious for working behind the scenes, doing whatever is asked of them.

  • NEWWIS is now Door County Broadband

    Door County’s broadband future grew more promising April 1. That’s when Door County Broadband LLC (DCB) purchased NEWWIS Online Door County, the Fish Creek company founded by Rick and Joan Gordon that has provided Internet service to Door County businesses and residents since 1994.

  • Tax Facts

    As we head toward April 15 and the official “end” of the tax season, I would like to address a few things for many of you to be aware of as we end the 2013 filing season and get knee deep into the 2014 tax year.

  • Sheri Surfus Joins Algoma Gentle Dental Care Team

    Dr. Thomas J. DeNamur of Algoma Gentle Dental Care announces Sheri Surfus is now the front desk manager for his practice. Surfus replaces Mary Ann Breitlow of Algoma who had worked for Algoma Gentle Dental Care for 33 years prior to her recent retirement.

  • Door County Coffee Introduces ‘Smart’ Mobile Experience

    Door County Coffee and Tea Co. have a new mobile “designed” shopping and destination experience that allows customers to access through mobile phones and smaller tablets.

  • DCVB Takes the Show on the Road

    The Door County Visitor Bureau (DCVB) will again take the show on the road this spring to provide local constituents the opportunity to meet with staff members at different venues around the county.

  • Door Pen Winery Wins Medals at Finger Lakes Competition

    Three of Door Peninsula Winery’s wines won medals at the 14th annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC), held in Rochester, New York.

  • A New Face at the Community Foundation

    The Door County Community Foundation recently announced changes among its professional staff. Christine Henkel has been promoted to the new position of donor services officer.

  • Beer Pairing Dinner at Mojo Rosa’s

    United Way of Door County is the featured charity for a beer pairing dinner at Mojo Rosa’s in Egg Harbor on April 25 from 5 to 9 pm. Mojo Rosa’s has partnered with Door County Brewing Company and Flanigan Distributing to create a menu that compliments their craft beers.

  • Congratulations to Andria Nikoupolis-Weliky

    There is a Greek gal who landed here by chance, You might know her, she teaches dance at the Y. She is a sight to see, in the parades during the 4th of July! And every spring she has a recital Where glitter and tutus sparkle! She Zumbas and taps and teaches ballet.

  • Monky Beer

    A rotund bowling pin of a beer caught my eye the other day in the wall of beer. Its name – Orval – matches its shape. It looks Orvallian.


    Wyatt stands on top of the world sharing this message with fellow warm weather enthusiasts, “Say yes to Spring!"

  • Article posted Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:21pm

    Dear Mary Pat, My daughter is a strong-willed ten-year-old, who has an interesting sense of fashion: clashing colors, lop-sided pigtails, summer dresses worn over baggy jeans.

  • 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, April 9, 2014 12:17pm

    There are four Strawberry Islands, just west of Peninsula State Park. Can you name all four?

  • A Little ‘Egg-ercise’ at Peninsula State Park

    Join the Peninsula State Park Naturalist on April 19, 1 to 2 pm, for a bit of “egg-ercise” at the White Cedar Nature Center. Eggs will be hidden along the nature trail, and children are invited to find them.

  • Tickets on Sale for Door County Lighthouse Festival

    Tickets are now on sale to the general public for the 21st annual Door County Lighthouse Festival. This year’s event is June 13 to 15, with a weekend filled with special land-based tours and boat excursions.

  • Lean to Landscape at Crossroads

    “Landscaping 101” is the title for Door County Master Gardener lectures on April 15 and 22 at Crossroads at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay. During the first lecture, Tom Luebker will discuss how to choose plants wisely.

  • April 12 is Midwest Crane Count Day

    April 12 is the 39th Annual Midwest Crane Count. Each year, more than 2,000 volunteer counters travel to their local wetlands and favorite birding locations to participate in the count which now spans across 100 counties in six states (Wisconsin, portions of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Indiana).

  • Celebrating After the Long Winter

    It’s been a really long winter, and it’s time to kick the winter weather to the curb and head to Groovin’ Sisterhood in Sturgeon Bay. The 2014 event takes place April 24-27, a perfect weekend to help get rid of cabin fever.

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at MDCMC

    One of the nation’s longest standing programs to reduce stress, pain and illness has arrived in Door County. With the help of Ministry’s Doctor Chona Antonio, this popular eight-week program led by Barbara Wulf will start its second session on April 23.

  • Ticket Sales Open for AFT

    American Folklore Theatre (AFT) announces ticket sales for the 2014 summer and fall seasons in Door County. This season includes three musicals playing in rotating repertory at their outdoor amphitheater in Peninsula State Park and a fall run of The Bachelors at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.

  • Evening of Baroque Dance at Bjِrklunden

    Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden will host a joint concert on April 20 at 1:30 pm. Always a favorite, the Lawrence University Bass Studio will perform under the direction of Mark Urness.

  • DC String Academy Announces Summer Programs

    The Door County String Academy announces summer programs: two three-week camp sessions beginning June 10 and July 15. The Orchestra Camp, designed for children four to six years old, will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9 am to 11 am at Hope Church in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Shaft Among Latest in National Recording Registry

    Isaac Haye’s 1971 double Stax album from the soundtrack of Gordon Parks’ film Shaft is among the latest inductees to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, as well it should be.

  • Phantoms

    Where are the boundaries? the edges?

  • Sinking

    As the sun rose behind reluctant clouds/ we could see where she rested, a shadow only, / just below the surface in shallow water.

  • Experiencing Washington D.C.

    From March 23 – 28, seventy–eight Gibraltar 7th and 8th graders, plus twenty one chaperons, were at the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. We visited the White House, the Capitol Building, the Jefferson Memorial, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Library of Congress, the Supreme Court Building, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Cathedral, many of the war memorials, Williamsburg, Jamestown and countless others.

  • Q&A – Questions & Artists – Karen Lee DeNoto

    I first met Karen Lee DeNoto eight years ago when I began attending Door County Art League (DCAL) meetings. On a perfect summer day our plein air group from DCAL met and painted at Karen's country home.

  • The Ridges Sanctuary Breaks Ground

    The Ridges Sanctuary takes its first step into a new era when it breaks ground on its new LEED-certified interpretive center on Earth Day, April 22. Six years ago the Ridges took the first important steps to secure the future of Wisconsin’s first land trust.

  • A Powerful Piece of Theater: Third Avenue Playhouse presents ‘columbinus’

    “Do you remember the Columbine shootings?” Director Robert Boles asked 11 Door County high school students gathered for their first rehearsal of columbinus – a play that examines the day in the life of archetypal high school students and what happened on April 20, 1999, when two students opened fire in Columbine High School.

  • Night Freighter

    Door County artist Mac Schueppert’s nocturne painting, “Night Freighter,” was chosen to be included in the April/May edition of PleinAir magazine. The magazine article features several painters from around the country describing the unique benefits and challenges of painting structures and urban scenes at night under the glow of artificial light.

  • Barn Art

    Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts currently features original acrylics for barn quilt enthusiasts. With a fascination with the barn quilt movement and a love of painting, Marlee Christians and her sister, LuAnne Runk were inspired to paint the Door County Barn Quilts.

  • Three-peat at Nationals

    The final YMCA Short Course National Championships for Conner McHugh was everything he could hope and dream of. During the four-day meet, Conner swam 12 events, qualifying with his teammates in four National relays.

  • April is for Watercolors

    Learn “All About Watercolors” for the next Art Fundamentals on April 12, 10 am to 12 pm, at the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay. This is a beginner’s hands-on class about creating works with watercolor.

  • What’s Your Door County Story?

    Calling all writers of all ages – Leadership Door County 2014 seeks short story and poetry submissions. Join them in celebrating the extraordinary within everyday lives by submitting your personal perspective on life and experiences in Door County.

  • Ready to Workshop

    Write On, Door County offers a writing workshop for individuals and business professionals who want to improve their email communication. Led by visiting instructor Ellen Shriner, the workshop will be held April 12, 10 am – 11 am at the Paul J.

  • It’s National Library Week

    The Door County libraries are celebrating National Library Week, April 13 – 19, with upcoming events. Culver’s and the local libraries are teaming up for the “‘Bee’ A Book Lover” program to celebrate reading, books and National Library Week.

  • National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week is April 6-12 – a great time to take action and discover opportunities to give back and make a difference in your community. During National Volunteer Week, the Door County YMCA joins the nation in encouraging individuals to seek ways to give back, while honoring those who dedicate themselves to helping strengthen communities.