Volume 20, Issue 15 – Section 1

In this issue

  • New County Board Sworn In

    Door County Circuit Judge Todd Ehlers – minus robes – swore in the new Door County Board of Supervisors at its post-April 1 election organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

  • When Aiming to Eat Local, Don’t Forget the Fish

    The University of Wisconsin’s Sea Grant Institute is reminding consumers to eat locally sourced fish with a new Eat Wisconsin Fish campaign. Wisconsin’s aquaculture ranks number one in the Midwest and is an important industry that contributes more than $21 million to the local economy.

  • Profile: Jim Laughlin

    Jim Laughlin came into the fishing industry by way of his high school sweetheart. “I was dating Mark’s daughter, the next thing I knew I was on the boat,” he said.

  • Profile: Lynn Frederick, Charter Captain

    Her 28-foot Bertram Yacht is named The Fish Doctor, but it’s much more than a nickname. Lynn Frederick has spent 40 years not just fishing the lake, but studying it.

  • 2014 Door Peninsula Farmers Markets

    There is a farmers market somewhere on the Door Peninsula five days a week come summer. Fill your fridge and your tummy with local produce. Many of the markets host local artisans, including flower growers, bread bakers, jewelry designers, wood carvers, clothing makers, weavers and artists.

  • 2014/15 Fishing Events

    Looking to cast your lines and reel in the big one? Try one of these great fishing events in 2014.

  • Run The Door Race Circuit Launched

    The Door County Silent Sports Alliance, in cooperation with the distinctive running races up and down the Door County peninsula, is presenting the inaugural “Run the Door” circuit this year.

  • Player Profile: Acacia Tupa

    School: Southern Door School year: Junior Sport: Softball Position: I play center field for my club team, the Jr. Phoenix and I have played all outfield positions for Southern Door High School.

  • AG Candidate Sets Sights on Pushers

    A week after Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that he would not seek a third term in office last October, Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel threw his hat in the ring as a Republican candidate.

  • Looking to Play on County A?

    The Northern Door Volleyball Association is looking for teams to join the Summer Volleyball League on the County A courts. Each summer, teams play on Wednesday nights for friendly competition under the Door County stars.

  • Trip to Miller Park

    Join the Door County Maritime Museum for a bus trip to see the Milwaukee Brewers play the Chicago Cubs on April 27. Outfielder Carlos Gomez will be featured on the fan-giveaway bobble head commemorating his 2013 Golden Glove Award.

  • Introduction to Team Racing

    The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) is offering a two-day team racing clinic in 420-class dinghies on July 12 and13. This clinic will be a highlight of the EYC’s 2014 sailing season.

  • Top 40 Fish Win

    Anglers are invited to take part in the Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament, held April 25 – 27. Participants can fish in both Door and Kewaunee county waters on the bay and lake side.

  • New County Board Sworn In

    Door County Circuit Judge Todd Ehlers – minus robes – swore in the new Door County Board of Supervisors at its post-April 1 election organizational meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

  • Thoughts on the Boston Marathon

    April 15, 2013. The average person may not be able to place what occurred on this date initially, other than noting it was the date federal and state taxes were due.

  • Kewaunee County CAFOs By the Numbers

    16- Number of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources-permitted Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Kewaunee County.

  • The Littlest Entrepreneurs

    For many people, Girl Scout cookies are like the old Lay’s Potato Chip commercial: it’s impossible to eat just one. If you’re one of those who have regretfully said no to a hopeful little cookie seller because those boxes of delicious goodies are too much of a temptation to have in the house, you now have an option: you can pay for cookies and ask they be donated to an organization that benefits Door County.

  • Article posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 2:35pm

    Two small kittens were lost and desperately hungry last July. They were found crying in a ditch where Plum Bottom and Lost Lake Roads meet. Less than eight weeks old, these little guys needed someone to notice and someone did.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Funding for Next Generation of Farmers

    USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

  • Washington Island Earth Day Celebration

    The Earth Day celebration begins at sunrise – approximately 5:51 am – at Percy Johnson County Park on Washington Island. Readings of nature writings by Washington Island residents and visitors past and present will be read, including excerpts from A Gleam Across the Wave by Arthur and Evelyn Knudsen, and Jens Jacobsen’s poetry.

  • Flower Fundraiser for NDCC

    Northern Door Children’s Center is celebrating the end of winter with a spring flower fundraiser. Fresh from Schroeder’s Flowers, a wide variety of reasonably priced flowering plants are for sale.

  • Door County Civility Project to Lead Book Discussions

    The Door County Civility Project is nearly one year old; Susan McAninch and Shirley Senarighi will give an update on the status of the Civility Project at a lunch meeting of the Door County League of Women Voters on April 25 at 11:30 am at Stone Harbor in Sturgeon Bay.

  • YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Set for April 26

    On April 26, the Door County YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking recipes, arts and crafts and vendors from throughout the county to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

  • United Way Announces New Members and Officers

    United Way of Door County held its Annual Meeting and Community Celebration on April 3 at The Lodge of Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay. More than 100 people were in attendance to celebrate United Way’s success during 2013.

  • Top Shelf Owners Buy Fish Creek Market

    As of April 8, Fish Creek Market has been purchased by the brother-sister duo of John Seiberlich and Anne Alberts from previous owners, Michael and Jeanne Hyde.

  • Reid Ribble Hosts Job Fair at NWTC

    Congressman Reid Ribble is holding a Job Fair on Tuesday, April 29, from 9 am to noon in the student commons area of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, 2740 W.

  • A Greener Harbor Fish Market

    In January 2014 Harbor Fish Market & Grille in Baileys Harbor closed for the first time in the 15 years it has been in business in order to install a new solar water heating system for the restaurant.

  • Women in Business Meeting Held at Center for Optimal Health

    Door County Women in Business will hold their monthly meeting on April 24 at 8 am. The group will meet at the Center for Optimal Health, LLC, located in the Fairfield Building on the corner of Third and Michigan in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Grasse’s Grill Opens for Season

    Grasse’s Grill is opening for the season April 26 at 8 am. They will serve breakfast on weekends, and lunch and dinner daily. Expect your favorites and some exciting changes.

  • Easter Special at Parallel 44

    In April, customers can receive $4 off a bottle of Glacier White at Parallel 44. Glacier White is a dry estate blend of Louise Swenson and La Crosse grapes.

  • Spring Teas at Inn at Cedar Crossing

    Inn at Cedar Crossing will host Spring Teas on April 27 and May 4, with seatings at 1:30 and 3 pm. Teas will be held in the B&B lobby where guests will enjoy a beverage of hot tea, coffee or iced tea as well as sweet and savory treats.

  • Lampert Lumber Hosts Third Annual Ladies Night

    Lampert Lumber in Sister Bay will hold its third Ladies Night on May 8 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The theme of this event is “Going Green” and it will feature energy-saving and environmental friendly products.

  • LDC Class of 2014 on an Arts Tour

    Leadership Door County Class of 2014 spent April 8 learning about the arts scene in Door County by visiting a number of arts organizations. The day opened with a panel of arts experts at the Door Community Auditorium (DCA).

  • Congratulations to A.J. Frank

    It all began in the year 2000 with just one trolley, A.J. Frank has since added to the fleet with no folly. Visitors enjoy in that shiny red ride, Where beauty and lore are not hard to find.


    Hungry birds indulged in a feeding frenzy at Gloria Dougherty's backyard bird feeders in Ellison Bay on the morning of April 14, amidst yet another spring snowfall.

  • Timeline of Lake Michigan Invasive Species

    Since the 1800s, more than 180 non-indigenous aquatic species from around the world have established in the Lake Michigan ecosystem. The ones named – including humans –have become well established and present a high ecological and economic impact on the ecosystem.

  • Article posted Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:34pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I was wandering into a gas station with garbage and recycle cans right outside the door. I had a couple empty soda bottles and plopped them into the bright green recycle can while a lady behind me dropped her empty bottle into the garbage can! I transferred her bottle from the stinky, icky garbage can (along with three other empty bottles!) after she entered the building, but I seriously considered saying something.

  • 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 Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:25pm

    Look closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • Introducing the 2014 Woodwalk Concert Series Lineup

    Jeanne Kuhns proudly announces her Woodwalk Concert Series is celebrating its 10th year in 2014. The series began at the Town Hall Bakery in Jacksonport and moved to the larger venue of Woodwalk Gallery and Events Barn in 2008.

  • Ten Minutes with Gov. Walker

    Before his well received speech at the Door County Economic Development Corp.’s (DCEDC) annual meeting on April 14, Gov. Scott Walker and I had a quick chat about economic development.

  • Earth Day Concert at Lost Moth Gallery

    Lost Moth Gallery is celebrating Earth Day with a gathering of musicians and poets from all around to share their songs and sonnets about environmental issues and our appreciation of this beautiful fragile world.

  • Katie Dahl, Jess Holland and Emily White in Concert at Base Camp

    Door County musicians Katie Dahl and Jess Holland will join Chicago singer-songwriter Emily White for a concert at Base Camp Coffee Shop in Sister Bay on April 27 at 7 pm.

  • An Exercise in Democracy

    The annual town meeting required by state statute that took place throughout the county and state the evening of April 15 (with the exception of the Town of Washington, which will hold its annual meeting on April 22) is a grand example of the democratic process.

  • Interactive Family Events at Sustainable Living Fair

    The Sustainable Living Fair offers a day of interactive, family oriented events designed to educate people of all ages on April 26, 10 am to 4 pm, at Martin Park in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Land Trust Hosts “Explore the Door” Earth Day Hike

    The Door County Land Trust has three ways to inspire people to take an outdoor adventure in celebration of Earth Day and the warmer days ahead. Join them for a guided Earth Day hike at the Heins Creek Nature Preserve, try their Apple or Android hiking trail app, or request a free “Hiking Trails of the Door County Land Trust” map.

  • Morning of Birding at Whitefish Dunes

    Join amateur birders Bill and Sarah Krouse at Whitefish Dunes State Park for a morning of birding on April 26 at 7:30 am. This adult focused program will allow participants to explore a variety of habitats for migrating birds.

  • Egg-stravaganza at Crossroads

    Crossroads will host their “EGG-stravaganza,” and will get some help from the Door County Library and the Door County Historical Society. Beginning at 1:30, families can take part in some “eggs-periments.

  • Sturgeon Bay Proclaimed a “Coast Guard City”

    On January 23, 2014, Sturgeon Bay was officially proclaimed by Congress to be “A Coast Guard City.” Sturgeon Bay is the first city in Wisconsin to be so honored.

  • Learn about Peonies at Next DCMGA Program

    The Door County Master Gardeners welcome Sue Zimmerman, a Jefferson County Master Gardener, to speak in a free public program about Wisconsin’s Intersectional Peonies on April 29 at 7 pm at Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • SBAA Introduces Field & Street Rally

    Parents bring your kids and kids bring your friends to the fourth annual Sister Bay Egg Hunt on April 19 at 10:30 am. Eggs will be hidden around Waterfront Park in downtown Sister Bay (inside the Sister Bay Village Hall if it’s raining), and there will be a special appearance by the Easter Bunny.

  • Learn about the “Hip Hop Gang” at Pen Park

    Learn about the “hip hop gang” then walk a forest trail searching for eggs at Peninsula State Park’s egg hunt on April 19 from 1 to 2 pm. Interested egg hunters, ages ten and younger, should meet at Peninsula’s Nature Center.

  • Hop Along to Baileys Harbor Town Hall

    Bring the little ones to the annual Baileys Harbor Easter Egg Hunt on April 19 at 11 am at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. The Easter Bunny will be hopping around and posing with the kids.

  • Tent Show Radio is Live at DCA

    Tent Show Radio Live comes to Door Community Auditorium on April 25 as part of Wisconsin Public Radio show’s 20th-anniversary season. Tent Show Radio’s Fish Creek concert will feature best-selling author, songwriter, radio show host and amateur pig farmer Michael Perry, along with Big Top Chautauqua's Blue Canvas Orchestra and special musical guests Corey Carlson and Katie Dahl.

  • Door Shakespeare Wants to Know Your Story

    Inspired by Door Shakespeare’s 2014 season, featuring King Lear and The Comedy Of Errors, the organizations are seeking true, non-fiction stories from the community based on the theme: lost and found.

  • Shimmy Marcus Night Set for May 24

    The Door County Short Film Festival (DCSFF) presents Shimmy Marcus Night on May 24 at 7 pm at the Town Hall in Sister Bay. DCSFF will be showing a short and a feature length film by renowned Irish filmmaker Shimmy Marcus, winner of the 2014 Door County Short Film Festival.

  • Panel Discussion to Follow “columbinus” Performances

    columbinus will be performed at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay from April 25 – 27. Following each of the four performances of columbinus, there will be an audience discussion with special guest panelists along with the cast and director of the play in order to talk further about the many issues raised in the play.

  • Annual After Taxes Concert

    The annual After Taxes concert with the Algoma Community Band and Chorus, under the direction of Tom Mueller and Dave Robertson, will be held in the Algoma Elementary School Auditorium on April 30 at 7 pm.

  • By the Numbers: A snapshot of our fishery

    A snapshot of numbers that illustrate the health of the lakes today.

  • The Grand Traverse Islands – Worthy of National Lakeshore Designation

    In 1930 the boosters of Bayfield, Wis., invited a representative of the National Park Service to determine whether the Apostle Islands were suitable for designation as a national park.

  • From the Lake to Your Plate – Easy Local Fish Recipes

    Three great recipes using locally caught fish (bonus - they're easy to make!).

  • How Environmental Regulation Helped Save Door County’s Fisheries

    The Great Lakes fishing industry, valued at $4-7 billion annually, owes nearly all of it to the environmental regulations of the early 1970s.

  • Tom Christianson – Master of the Fish Boil

    For 18 years Tom Christianson has helmed Door County's most famous tradition at the White Gull Inn.

  • Kevin Naze – Champion of the Outdoors Life

    Few people are more passionate about keeping the Door Peninsula's outdoor traditions alive, and its future sustainable.

  • Bud and Vicky Harris – Still Work to be Done in Green Bay

    UW-Green Bay Emeritus Professor Bud Harris and former UW Sea Grant researcher Vicky Harris spent 30 years analyzing Green Bay waters.

  • Is commercial fishing in Door County destined to disappear?

    The commercial fishing industry isn't an easy one to get into, and is even tougher to stick out. Steve Grutzmacher wonders if it can survive.

  • A Different Take on Regulation

    In our 8th annual Sustainability Issue, we look at how environmental regulation saved the Lake Michigan fishery - and a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Bhutan is Next Focus of Travelogue Series

    On April 25, the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs of Northern Door present the final travel film of this season’s travel and adventure film program series with a journey to the mystical ‘Cloud Kingdom,’ Bhutan.

  • Restorative Yoga Classes at Junction Center Yoga

    Bobbi Silverstone and Ceci Parrella travel and share their Restorative Yoga and Sound Healing classes at different yoga studios across the USA. They are each certified as instructors in both Yoga and Integrative Breath Therapy.

  • Alaskan Native Healers

    Alaskan native healers will present a three-day workshop at Nelson Healing Center, exploring the ways of traditional Yup'ik health and spiritual wellbeing, from May 9 – 11.

  • Whitefish Changes Diet to Survive

    Broiled, blackened, fried or fish boiled, the whitefish means more to Door County menus than any other fish. But as recently as 2006 the people who know the fish best feared the end was near.

  • A Smithsonian Showing

    Sandra and Wence Martinez, of the Martinez Studio in Jacksonport, were honored to show in their second consecutive show in the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington D.

  • Old Time Photographers Win Big

    Baileys Harbor photographers Jennifer Ricci, Tanya Vahrenkamp and Bill Vahrenkamp were recognized at the 2014 Antique and Amusement Photographers International (AAPI) Photo Contest held Feb.

  • Fresh Perspectives to Fine Art Instruction

    The newly released 2014 Summer/Fall Adult Workshop Catalog for Peninsula School of Art offers an expansive selection of workshops that embrace a wide variety of media at every skill level.

  • Art for the Earth

    Angela Lensch’s intricate gold and silver woven jewelry and sensuous wood and metal sculptures are on exhibit at the UU Gallery through April 30. On Sunday, April 20, Lensch will host an artist’s reception at noon at the UU Fellowship in north Ephraim.

  • Annual Student Exhibit Opens

    The Miller Art Museum’s galleries will once again be filled with the intriguing, color filled artwork by students from all five Door County high schools when the 40th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art opens April 19.

  • Bring Back Craft Painting

    Base Camp Coffee Bar will exhibit the works of Jane Tomich beginning April 18. Tomich said, "These paintings are a culmination and art exploration to my art teaching experience from the last 15 years.

  • Be Seen in Madison

    The Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters is issuing a Call for Artists from all over the state to exhibit in the James Watrous Gallery, located on the third floor of Madison’s Overture Center for the Arts.

  • Monthly Book Groups to Meet

    Write On, Door County’s monthly book groups will meet the last day in April. The poetry reading group will meet April 26 from 10 am – noon, and will discuss Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition edited by David Lehman.

  • Deadline Extension for Buying Trees

    It’s not too late - the order date was extended for crabapple trees offered by the Jacksonport Women’s Club. Due to weather conditions the order deadline and delivery dates have been revised; the last day to order is April 25.

  • Under a Blood Moon

    Photographer Len Villano shot this progression of images of the April 15 total lunar eclipse. The United States was in a prime orbital position and time of day to view the eclipse.