Volume 20, Issue 17 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Look for Family Care in 2015

    Last week we reported that Door and six other Northeastern Wisconsin counties were approved by Gov. Scott Walker for expansion into the long-term care program for the elderly and disabled known as Family Care.

  • Who Doesn’t Love Grilled Cheese?

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters in Egg Harbor will host a cooking demonstration by Marja Johnson, chef and co-owner of Sturgeon Bay’s The Cabin on Bayshore, on Saturday, May 3, from 1 to 3 pm.

  • Shipbuilding History on Display

    Back in the early 1990s the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay had a great idea to boost its fundraising efforts for scholarships and other community service programs conducted by Rotary Youth Interact, an international service organization for teenagers ages 14-18 – a walking tour of the Sturgeon Bay shipbuilders.

  • Sturgeon Bay Reigns as Bass King

    Sturgeon Bay is suddenly on the radar of bass anglers throughout the country after being named by B.A.S.S. as the No. 1 top bass lake in the nation in its 2014 survey of bass fishing spots.

  • That’s One Big Fish

    John Pollock was the winner of the Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament, with a 24.57-pound trout caught in Lily Bay. Runner-up was Logan Davidowski with an 18.

  • Player Profile: Justin Krause

    School: Sturgeon Bay School year: Senior Sport: Baseball Position: Second base Do you play other sports? Not other school sports, but I enjoy playing basketball.

  • Look for Family Care in 2015

    Last week we reported that Door and six other Northeastern Wisconsin counties were approved by Gov. Scott Walker for expansion into the long-term care program for the elderly and disabled known as Family Care.

  • Celebrate National Bike Month

    Last year at this time the Door County Bike and Pedestrian Plan was making the rounds at public meetings before it was presented to the Door County Board of Supervisors for its approval, which came at the board’s Jan.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    High school sports schedules.

  • Fish Fry Fundraiser

    Join the Gibraltar High School baseball team for their eighth annual Gibraltar Baseball Fish Fry Fundraiser, a “Jeff Weborg” Fish Fry. It will be held at Alexander’s Restaurant in Fish Creek on May 6, 4:30 – 7:30 pm.

  • Registrations, Donations Rolling In

    Registrations for the 2014 Ride for Nature are rolling in at a record pace, and with them, more donations for the Ridges Sanctuary. Riders have donated more than $680 in extra donations to the Ridges so far this year.

  • Get Out Your Clubs

    Alpine Golf Course’s White 9 opened last weekend on April 26. Directions to pay and play are at the clubhouse entrance. Golf carts are available. The course is located at 7670 Horseshoe Bay Road in Egg Harbor.

  • Unlimited and Twilight Play Passes Available

    For the fifth consecutive year, PGA Golf Professional Paul Becker has renewed a lease with Baylake Bank to operate Maxwelton Braes Golf Course in Baileys Harbor.

  • Forty-two Years of Title IX

    An award-winning journalist and a Hall of Fame coach will be two of the featured speakers at the academic conference “A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America,” May 19 – 21.

  • Spring Wildflowers

    One of my most pleasant hikes into our spring woods each year is to locate the first blooming wildflower. This year it was the Hepatica on the day before Easter, April 19.

  • Thank Goodness for Bargain Sales

    Recently the Volunteer Center of Door County hosted its annual Golden Heart Awards to recognize outstanding volunteers in our community. Holly Feldman, one of the handful of folks who have attended all 12 of these annual galas, calls it the “feel good event of Door County.

  • Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week

    The late 1800s were an important part of Door County’s storied past. It was then that the first cherry trees were planted in the county. Growers carefully tended to those initial orchards and as a result, the trees prospered and began bearing the delicious fruit that we have become so well known for here.

  • Solving the Employee Housing Problem – Another Modest Proposal

    [As we busily get ready for the season, the Door County Half Marathon, and the mailing and distribution of the new issue of Door County Living magazine, I went back into my archives to a column that ran in the Door Reminder back in 1999: the timing seems appropriate and I still think my idea has merit.

  • Mental Health By the Numbers

    10 - The ranking for suicide as cause of death in the U.S.

  • Grow a Nutritious Garden in a Pot

    Don’t let a lack of time or space get in the way of gardening your way to a healthy lifestyle. Include a few planters of nutritious vegetables and herbs on the front porch, back patio or right outside the kitchen door.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:38pm

    Scientists have succeeded in establishing the gene sequence in one of the ugliest and most unusual animals on earth, Heterocephalus glaber, or Naked Mole Rat (aka, Sand Puppy or Desert Mole Rat).

  • Environmental Links to Cancer

    The Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin is hosting a health forum at the Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center on May 10, 9:30 am – 2:15 pm.

  • Earth Day Event Recycles Tons

    When the last of Habitat for Humanity’s personnel finally left Sunset Park at 9:30 pm on April 22, the community had recycled 112,000 pounds of electronic waste (five semi-trailers and three box trucks), 56,000 pounds of latex paint (enough to paint the 1,695,000 square feet of Lambeau Field), 25,000 pounds of non-functioning appliances and scrap metal, three pallets of used clothing, two pallets of shoes, more than 750 books, more than 100 expired fire extinguishers, a box of outdated emergency flares, 100 pairs of used eyeglasses, and boxes of cell phones and printer cartridges.

  • Three Months of Antarctic Research

    Scientific research in Antarctica will be the focus of a presentation by Bruce Smith, Atmospheric Education Resource Agent for the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

  • Arbor Day Planting

    On April 25, Sevastopol elementary students celebrated Arbor Day by recognizing and honoring two Sevastopol residents for their efforts and awareness of protecting and preserving the natural beauty of Door County.

  • Automakers on Track

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Manufacturers Performance Report that assesses the automobile industry’s progress toward meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for cars and light trucks in the 2012 model year – the first year of this 14-year program.

  • Making the Most of Wood Energy

    As part of the national observance of Earth Day, the U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it is seeking proposals that expand wood energy use and support responsible forest management.

  • Recovery Mode

    It takes a single-minded focus to train to run 13.1 miles, a focus that doesn’t leave a lot of brain space for what comes after the finish line. The 2,000-plus runners who will run the Door County Half Marathon Saturday have spent countless hours planning and evaluating their training program, but many of them have spent very little time planning for recovery in the days that follow.

  • New Life for Horseshoe Bay Barns

    Preliminary plans to preserve the iconic Horseshoe Bay Farms property in Egg Harbor were revealed last week at the project’s advisory committee meeting, said property owners Glenn and Barbara Timmerman.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:09pm

    From her settled home on Bay Shore Drive in Sevastopol, Phyllis was surrendered to the Humane Society in February due to a family member’s allergies. This eight-year-old calico lady loves belly rubs, and yes, there is ample area there to be rubbed.

  • 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.

  • Annual Animal Swap

    Brothers Dakoda and Tucker Cornette of Maplewood left the 12th Annual Door County 4-H Small Animal Swap and Sale with a pair of rabbits they plan to raise.

  • Monte Carlo Night at Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club

    The Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club is hosting Monte Carlo Night as a new members open house on May 3. Cocktails begin at 5 pm, hors d’oeuvres are at 6 pm, and games begin at 7 pm.

  • DCHS Holds First Kitten Shower

    The Door County Humane Society (DCHS) will hold its first-ever “kitten shower” on May 10 from 12 – 2 pm at the facility located at 3475 County Road PD, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Barbara Rubel Speaks in Honor of Mental Health Awareness Month

    Door County Public Health’s mental health focus group announces Barbara Rubel, a recognized leader in the fields of coping with traumatic loss, compassion fatigue and suicidology, will give presentations in Door County on May 12 & 13.

  • Money Management Counselors Holds Trolley Tour

    Money Management Counselors powered by FI$C/CCCS – “Helping YOU achieve financial wellness” – will hold its second annual Trolley Tour fundraising event.

  • Community Invited to LWV Annual Meeting

    The public is invited to join the League of Women Voters of Door County members and friends for its annual meeting on May 15 at Mr. G’s Logan Creek Grille, just south of Jacksonport on Highway 57.

  • Rummage Sale to Benefit Open Door Adult Day Care Program

    The Open Door Adult Day Care Program in Sister Bay will sell furniture and housewares on May 17 at the Sister Bay Baptist Church. Early birds can buy coffee and rolls while shopping and brats will be available mid-morning.

  • Applications Accepted for Lucy J. Erdmann Scholarship

    Applications are currently being accepted for the Lucy J. Erdmann scholarship, open to any graduate of a Door County high school who is enrolled in a certified nursing program and who has successfully completed two semesters of work toward a nursing certificate.

  • Changes in Door County Transportation

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its programming with “Recent Changes and Future Plans Regarding Transportation in Northern Door County” on May 18, 4 pm at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Learn to Enhance Civil Dialogue Skills

    Two Door County Civility Project workshops have been scheduled in Northern Door for individuals to learn about enhancing civility and civil dialogue. Participants will learn how to use the nine skills of civility and promote their use by others in your personal life as well as the life of your community.

  • EBSC Donates to Door County Humane Society

    The Ellison Bay Service Club (EBSC) recently donated $2,000 to the Door County Humane Society, which is now contending with an influx of animals rescued from the winter cold.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Kicks Off “Still Alice” Project

    Neighbor to Neighbor is kicking off a new project: the Still Alice Project. Through a grant from the Bay View Lutheran Church Ruth Endowment Fund, Neighbor to Neighbor received funding to purchase multiple copies of the book Still Alice, written by Lisa Genova.

  • A Green Donation

    The Ridges Sanctuary recently received grant funding of $2,340 from the Door County Green Fund of the Door County Community Foundation in support of the Door County Climate Change Forum, to be held June 7 at The Lodge at Leathem Smith in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Bank of Luxemburg Opens in Door County

    Ray Balza, chairman of the board of the Bank of Luxemburg, is about to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Sturgeon Bay branch on Monday, April 28.

  • Breanne Kiehnau Joins Details Hair Innovations

    Details Hair Innovations in Egg Harbor welcomes Breanne Kiehnau to their Aveda team of professionals. Kiehnau has more than 13 years of current salon experience in haircutting, coloring and styling.

  • CenterPointe Yacht Services Celebrates New Ownership

    Sturgeon Bay’s shipbuilding legacy continues with the rebirth of the old Palmer Johnson Shipyard on S. 1st Ave., under the new ownership group, CenterPointe Yacht Services.

  • Second Story Opens with Fresh Look, Menu

    Second Story Restaurant at Ephraim Shores Resort has a whole new menu with a fresh taste and look. Come experience the innovative, locally sourced and wholesome cuisine Chef Campbell and the third-generation Nelsons have to offer with the finest of views and the friendliest folks.

  • Steak Sales at Gibraltar Grill Benefit United Way

    Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek will benefit United Way of Door County in May and June with sales of their hand-cut, certified Angus beef steaks. When customers order a featured steak, $1 will be donated to United Way of Door County.

  • Betty Tipler Joins Kellstrom-Ray Sales Team

    Heather Olson, broker/owner of the Kellstrom-Ray Agency, Inc., announces the addition of Betty Tipler to the real estate sales team. Tipler entered the real estate business in 1986 and has been going strong ever since.

  • Mojo Rosa’s Hosts Next Buy Local Mixer

    Door County Buy Local is holding its next business networking mixer on Tuesday, May 6, 5:30 – 7pm at Mojo Rosa's, 7778 State Hwy 42, Egg Harbor. The event will feature a presentation by Mojo Rosa's owner Kim Jensen, who will share "An Entrepreneurs Story: Tackling the Challenges to Grow Her Business.

  • Congratulations Ryan Patrick Shaw

    Boy, oh boy, this boy is busy behind the scenes. He’s designing lights and designing sets with ease. You’ve probably seen him on stage and wow, He’s acting is superb – he’s Ryan Patrick Shaw! Quick to smile with a genuine laugh He’s always a favorite amongst the cast.

  • Road Trip to Algoma

    I’ve been to some unique places that serve beer – an ancient tavern carved into rock and called Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem in Nottingham, the unique Tom’s Burned Down Café on Madeline Island, to name just a couple – but recently I was in a garage drinking fresh and tasty beer from Ahnapee Brewing in beautiful downtown Algoma.


    Pete Thelen of Baileys Harbor took in a hearty breath before blowing out 65 candles at his surprise birthday at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. “He lights up a room,” wrote his cousin Ginny Siegel, who submitted this photo.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:47am

    Dear Mary Pat, My friend spends WAY too much time on her iPhone. Whenever we get together for coffee, a drink, a movie night, she’s constantly on her phone.

  • 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, May 1, 2014 10:42am

    Look closely…where in Door County is this located?

  • “Love, Loss and What I Wore” Starts at TAP

    Love, Loss and What I Wore, written by Nora and Delia Ephron, opened May 1 at 7:30 pm at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. Proving that a great show is always in fashion, Love, Loss, and What I Wore has become an international hit.

  • Free Concerts at Bjِrklunden

    Lawrence University’s Bjِrklunden will host three concerts at the start of May. On May 4 at 1:30 pm, the Lawrence University composition and flute studios have teamed up to create a series of exciting and creative new works for “World Premieres for Flute.

  • “Dr. Zhivago” Singalong at Woodwalk

    The sixth annual Fractured Classics production, “Sing Along Dr. Zhivago OR Leaving On A Slow Train,” will be performed numerous times at Woodwalk Gallery this season, staring Leif and Jennifer Erickson and the Lockwood Family Players.

  • Theatre Lab Begins in May

    StageKids at Third Avenue Playhouse offer a Theatre Lab for middle and high school students, May 7 – June 14. For six weeks, students will meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays working with professionals from the Stage Door Theatre Company, TAP's professional resident theatre company.

  • Peninsula Singers Celebrate 35 Years

    The Peninsula Singers have been making choral music in Door County for thirty-five years. To celebrate the group’s history, Artistic Director Merle Colburn chose music for this spring’s concerts representative of its formative years.

  • Annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tour on May 3

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presents the 22nd annual Sturgeon Bay Shipyard Tours on May 3, 9 am – 2 pm. On one very special day, the community is invited to experience an insider’s view of the shipbuilding industry in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Uncork Summer at Olde Ellison Bay Days

    Door County North recently announced the Door Peninsula’s first county-wide food and wine festival, Uncork Summer, scheduled for June 28 during Olde Ellison Bay Days.

  • Frog Walk at The Ridges

    Early spring is mating season for frogs and toads, and the wetlands fill with peeping, trilling and quacking as the males seek out their sweethearts. Join a Ridges naturalist for a Frog Walk on the noisy evening trails at The Ridges Sanctuary on May 9 at 7:30 pm to learn about the watery lifestyle of frogs.

  • Learn about Telescopes at Next Astronomical Society Meeting

    Toying with the idea of purchasing a telescope? The Door Peninsula Astronomical Society is made up of people who know a lot about telescopes, and they will share their experiences at the May 6th Door Peninsula Astronomical Society program, “Telescopes: Reflector-Refractor-Dobsonian-Binoculars and More!” Local amateur astronomers will discuss the pros and cons and answer audience questions about various types of optical equipment.

  • Caravan Gypsy Swing at UU Fellowship

    Authentic Gypsy Jazz from the Midwest returns to Door County on May 10, 7 pm at the UU Fellowship in north Ephraim. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison.

  • Cookery’s Music Series Begins with Death Folk

    The Cookery is kicking off its music season with Death Folk, featuring Nick Hoover and Jess Holland, on May 3 at 5:30 pm. Nick and Jess are local favorites and will play a mix of happy, sad and twangy music.

  • The Clearing Introduces 2014 Workshop Programs

    The Clearing Folk School introduces this year’s schedule of one and two-day summer and fall Workshop Program classes. Classes begin June 17 and run through November 8.

  • More than 70 Classes Offered at Savory Spoon

    Join the Savory Spoon Cooking School this year for its 11th season. Classes are now available online at; there are more than 70 classes offered taught by chef/owner Janice Thomas and many guest chefs.

  • Potters Guild Throws “Bowl-A-Palooza”

    The Door County Potters Guild will hold their annual studio tour and sale May 3 and 4, 10 am – 5 pm. “Bowl-a-palooza” will feature handmade bowls created by seven unique potteries.

  • New Exhibit, Artists at Fine Line

    After a long winter in Door County, Fine Line Designs Gallery is excited to announce the opening of its 2014 summer season. The gallery will open full-time for the season on May 2.

  • Welcome Spring at Edgewood

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries begins its 45th anniversary year with a “Welcome Spring” group show on May 3, 10 am to 5 pm. The public is invited to visit the gallery and sculpture garden, enjoy complimentary refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, and view newly completed original artwork.

  • Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

    In time for Mother’s Day, Greco Gallery has new accessories from Helen’s Botanicals, created by local artist Helen Bacon. Bacon is a gardener who hand-dyes silk accessories with botanicals that she grows and collects herself.

  • Chance to See Zahn Carvings

    The Baileys Harbor Historical Society is hosting a spectacular tour of the Marilyn and Orren Bradley Folk Art Collection on June 4. The featured speaker is Margaret Andera, Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum and curator of the current show “Uncommon Folk - Traditions In American Art,” which includes much of the Bradley collection.

  • Pastoral Scenes of the World

    Award-winning artist, teacher, student, business owner, gardener—just a few of the categories in which Ed Fenendael excels. This multi-faceted Door County resident will be featured at the Gallery of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County in May.

  • Making, Not Taking

    The latest exhibit, Pearls and Ribbons of Light, in the TAP Lobby Gallery features the fine art photography of Jim Rossol. Until he retired early from a successful sales and marketing career eleven years ago, Rossol was unable to devote time to his latent hobby of photography.

  • Plein Air Landscapes on Display

    Forty Jim Leatham original landscape oil paintings are now on display at the YMCA in Fish Creek until June. Leatham’s award-winning work has been featured at the Miller Art Museum and Hardy Gallery for years.

  • Oil Color Sales during May

    Bottle & Brush, the social artworking event at Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay, continues every Friday from 6 to 8 pm. Participants bring friends, beverages and snacks.

  • Art to Celebrate “Coast Guard City” Designation

    In celebration of Sturgeon Bay’s designation as a “Coast Guard City,” the Door County Maritime Museum is hosting a new Missions of the U.S. Coast Guard exhibit.

  • New Season at Woodwalk

    Woodwalk Gallery opens its 20th season with new works by owner/artist Margaret Lockwood, and the original paintings, photography, poetry and music for the book Suggestions of Correspondences by Lockwood, Rolf Olson and Midsummer’s Music.

  • Best Selection of Quilts Available

    Sue and Joe Jarosh recently returned from their annual spring trip to visit the Amish and brought back more than 120 new Amish quilts. This time of year is the best time to shop for these quilts because the selection is at its best.

  • Awards of Art Excellence

    On April 21, students were awarded cash awards at the 40th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art Exhibit opening reception at the Miller Art Museum.

Wanted: Stories, Poetry, Fiction

    Write On, Door County offers free writing workshops for people experiencing illness, either their own or that of a loved one. The five-session workshop still has sessions on May 13, 27 and June 10.

  • History Comes Alive in Sturgeon Bay

    American history “comes alive” with special discussion leader John Harris at 2 pm on May 22 at the Sturgeon Bay Library. University of Wisconsin – Green Bay Professor Emeritus John Harris will examine the events and personalities that emerged in the summer of 1927 in a discussion of One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson.

  • Readers Rampant to Discuss “The Aviator’s Wife”

    On May 13 at 2:30 pm, Readers Rampant Book Club of the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library will meet to discuss The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. This New York Times bestselling novel about Anne Morrow Lindbergh imagines the highs and lows of her marriage to Colonel Charles Lindbergh and spans the years from the late 1920s to mid-sixties.

  • Two-Wheeled History

    In honor of National Bike Month, here is a brief look at the history of the bicycle. Almost 200 years after the fact, we can only speculate about what drove Karl Drais to invent the first bicycle in 1817.

  • Record Numbers at Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration

    A record-setting 350 guests celebrated at The Volunteer Center’s 12th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration – “Connecting People. Changing Lives.” – on April 24.

  • Honoring Our Environmental Stewards

    At the recent Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration, the Volunteer Center introduced a new Golden Heart Award category to accompany the current volunteer categories honored each year.

  • Community Filmmaking

    A movie begins with one person. A writer alone in a room. The spark of an idea. A notebook, a laptop. Finally, a script. I’m used to going it alone a lot of the time.

  • Return of the King?

    It was just another day at work for DNR fishery technicians Lynn Peters and Joe Rosnow, but April 23 was a huge day for the charter fishing captains of Gills Rock.

  • State Arts Groups Aided by Bies Bill

    A bill that aids all smaller entertainment venues in the state was signed into law at a ceremony in Madison with Gov. Scott Walker on April 23. Sharon Grutzmacher, executive director of Peninsula Music Festival, started this bill with the help of Rep.