Volume 20, Issue 18 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Repeat Champs at Half Marathon

    Appleton’s Rodee Schneider won his second Door County Half Marathon in the 7th edition of the run in Peninsula State Park on May 3. Schneider paced a pack that welcomed the sun after a long, cold winter.

  • Player Profile

    Nora Harris

  • Gear Up to Run Green

    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, 2014, beginning at 8 am.

  • Opportunity for Aspiring Soccer Players

    The Sturgeon Bay Soccer Club (SBSC) is preparing for its 2014 fall season. The SBSC provides an instructional and developmental path for soccer players in 5th through 8th grade who desire to have fun, learn more about the game, develop skills, and potentially play at the high school level.

  • Get Your Feet Wet

    The Ephraim Yacht Club offers beginner sailing lessons for adults in 2014. The week-long course meets Monday through Friday afternoons for three hours, each week beginning June 23 through August 8.

  • Door County League Baseball Begins

    Games begin on Mother's Day, May 11 at 1:30 pm.

  • 2014 Nor-Door Little League Schedule

    Nor-Door Little League games begin May 16.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    Sports schedules for Door County high schools.

  • Happy with Imperfection

    Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with the need to be a “good” parent. What should I, could I be doing more as a mother? I value knowledge and understanding in most facets of my life.

  • True and Untrue Origins of ‘Saved by the Bell’

    This weekend is Mother’s Day weekend and, as is often the custom with this holiday, family members will be gathering to honor moms and grandmothers and great grandmothers throughout the country.

  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    Choosing civility is putting the principle of respect for others into everyday practice. The core, or center, of civil behavior is respect. Behaviors move along a continuum from this center, the positive ones in one direction (paying attention, being inclusive, listening, the principles being addressed in this column), and the negative ones in the other direction (apathy, passive or active disregard for others, discounting the experience of others, exclusion, discrimination, outright hostility).

  • Chronic Childhood Diseases Linked to Toxic Chemical Exposures

    1 in 8 - Number of U.S. children born prematurely. Preterm birth is the leading cause of death in the first months of life and the leading cause of disability.

  • The Mighty Bald Eagle

    What an exciting pleasure it has been on a few occasions this past week to look up and see a mature Bald Eagle soaring above, its white head and tail such excellent and unmistakable badges of identity.

  • Lake Whitefish

    Safe Eating Answer Not Easy to Find

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources advises that people limit fish consumption due to risks associated with consuming mercury and Polychlorinated Biphenyls, or PCBs.

  • Meet the First Resident of Open Door Bird Sanctuary

    The soon-to-be star of the Open Door Bird Sanctuary is a ball of fluff Eurasian Eagle Owl that was hatched March 23 at a breeding operation in Oregon and arrived at its new home at the sanctuary in Jacksonport on April 24.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:43am

    Why can we hold our breath for only so long before we gasp for air? Recent evidence suggests that the “break (gasp) point” is not due to carbon dioxide or oxygen sensors in the lungs or blood vessels, nor is it due to volume sensors in the lungs.

  • A Healing of Global Waters

    Join friends and neighbors at Otumba Park in Sturgeon Bay on May 11 at 3 pm as Grandmother Rita Pitka Blumenstein and Marie Arnaq Meade lead a ceremony in drumming, dance, song and prayer intended to evoke a Healing of the Global Waters.

  • Volunteer Voices

    “There’s no more generous act than giving your time. Money, you can make more of it, but time is a very finite item for each of us, and we can spend it wisely or we can spend it foolishly, but it will spend all the same.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:25am

    Can't you sense Bear's energy behind those intense eyes and legs poised to leap for the next Frisbee? Bear retains his puppy liveliness naturally because he's only 1 1/2 years old, a recent surrender from Algoma.

  • 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.

  • May Day Planting

    Sevastopol FFA members planted crabapple trees, courtesy of the Jacksonport Women’s Club, at Waseda Farms on May 1.

  • Expanded Door 2 Door Service

    Due to increased demand, Door 2 Door Rides Public Transit System, a Door County shared-ride taxi service, is extending its hours of operation and expanding the service footprint for 2014.

  • Start Logging Miles for Bike to Work Week

    Bike to Work Week (BTWW) is being celebrated May 12 – 16. It consists of logging mileage for either individual riders or riders of one or more from area businesses and agencies.

  • Help Out Pen Players at Annual Spring Clean

    Peninsula Players will host its annual Spring Clean Day on May 10, beginning at 9 am. This annual event kicks off the re-opening of the theater’s campus, and volunteers are needed to help prepare the property for company members.

  • 35-plus Sites at Sister Bay Rummage Sale

    Enjoy the shopping at more than 35 rummage sale sites in the Sister Bay area on May 17, 8 am – 4 pm, rain or shine. Maps are available at the Information Center, the Sister Bay Library, Bhirdo’s Gas Station, the Administration Office, and online at sisterbaywi.

  • Christ Child Society to Hold Annual Fundraiser Aug. 6

    Members of Christ Child Society are invited to the May meeting at St. Michael’s social room on May 19. Come at 12:30 pm for conversation and refreshments, and the meeting follows at 1 pm.

  • Bordui Scholarship Winners Announced

    Cassandra Renfrew and O’Shea Schroedl, seniors at Sturgeon Bay High School, are winners of the 2014 Bordui Foundation scholarship competition. Each will be awarded $10,000 toward their university attendance.

  • Farm Bureau Recipe Contest Held June 4

    The Door County Farm Bureau Recipe Contest will be held June 4 at the Door County Farm Bureau Food Stand at the Sturgeon Bay fairgrounds beginning at 7 pm.

  • Kimberley House Receives Generous Donation

    The Kimberley House, Sturgeon Bay, recently received a donation of $500 from the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary Club. The donation was accepted by manager Lynn Schuster at the April 17 Noon Rotary meeting at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club.

  • Financial Planning Presentation at YMCA

    Baylake Bank Premier Club, Door County YMCA and Ministry Door County Medical Center invite the community the program, “Financial Planning: Your Roadmap to Financial Security” at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA on May 21, 9:50 – 10:50 am.

  • Change of DOT Medical Exam Regulations for Truck Drivers

    Due to a recent change in Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations about who can perform medical exams for commercial truck drivers, only a few local providers are credentialed to provide this service.

  • County First Graders Visit MDCMC

    Inquisitive first graders filled hallways and departments of Ministry Door County Medical Center on the first three Wednesdays in April for 90-minute, kid friendly tours.

  • Dick Campbell Receives Rotary Club Award

    The Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presented the Otto and Jean Andreae World Community Service Award to Dick Campbell on April 26. For 20 years, Campbell has been an advocate and sponsor of Hmong people and the Hmong community in northeast Wisconsin.

  • A Mother’s Day Rose Sale

    On May 10 & 11, area churches will hold a Mother’s Day rose sale. Long-stemmed red and white roses will be available after all services Saturday and Sunday.

  • Tourism Spending is Up $10 Million

    Visitor spending in Door County was up $10 million dollars last year according to a report released by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. The state’s tourism economic impact report comes on the eve of National Travel and Tourism Week, which runs from May 3 – 11.

  • Door County Brewing Company Releases New Farmhouse Ales

    Door County Brewing Company announces the release of two new saisons, Bière de Seigle and Pastoral, now available in Door County. Inspired by their surroundings, families and landscape, Door County Brewing prides itself on pushing the edge of imagination and senses by creating a one-of-a-kind product, and the two newest beers are no different.

  • Special Rate for CTA Classes

    Seventeen individuals completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) Program offered through the Door County Visitor Bureau on April 15. These Tourism Ambassadors provide quality service and hospitality to visitors, which can result in longer stays, more visits to restaurants, retailers and attractions.

  • Door County YMCA Receives Childcare Facility

    The Door County YMCA recently obtained the child care facility, formerly known as Sneakers & Boots, in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park from Bob Papke.

  • D.C. Specialty Foods Partners with United Way

    In May, D.C. Specialty Foods in Ephraim is partnering with United Way of Door County. For every chocolate-covered Rice Krispy treat featuring the United Way logo sold, $2 will be donated to United Way of Door County.

  • Workplace Wellness Program Set for May 14

    Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Door County YMCA are jointly presenting a Workplace Wellness Roundtable on May 14, 8 – 9:30 am, in the Sturgeon Bay City Hall Council Chambers Room.

  • Toastmasters International to Hold Monthly Meetings

    By coordination of Jacqueline Szczepanski, Toastmasters International will begin meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 8:30 am in the Community Room at Sturgeon Bay’s City Hall.

  • Brick Lot Raises Money for YMCA in May

    Every month Brick Lot Pub works with an area organization to help raise awareness and money for their cause; in May, they’re raising funds for the Door County YMCA.

  • Bruce Low Joins Board of Realtors

    Bruce Low, owner/inspector of Bottom Line Home Inspection of Luxemburg, has joined the Door County Board of Realtors as an affiliate member. Bottom Line Home Inspection inspects homes and light commercial buildings for buyers and sellers, performs Wisconsin State Rental Weatherization Program (DILHR) inspections and certification, and tests for radon.

  • Local Thrivent Financial Associate Visits Annual Conference

    Jacqueline Szczepanski, FIC, Sturgeon Bay, a financial associate with Thrivent Financial, has qualified to attend the Peak Performers conference as a Sierra Level qualifier by providing outstanding financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2013.

  • Living Hope Dojo

    Martial arts icon Bruce Lee seems a perfect physical specimen in his movies, but in real life his left leg was nearly an inch shorter than his right, and he wore spectacles as a kid and contact lenses later to correct his nearsightedness.

  • Delivering a Call to Environmental Activism

    “Paralyzing despair is its own refuge from responsibility. So is cynicism. So is denial,” writes Sandra Steingraber in her 2011 book Raising Elijah:  Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis.

  • City Celebrates Coast Guard Designation

    City Administrator Steve McNeil can pinpoint the day that led to Sturgeon Bay being named one of 16 Coast Guard cities in the nation. “On Nov 6, 2009, there was a lunch attended by myself, John Asher (president of Roen Salvage Co.

  • Egg Harbor Now an Eco-municipality

    The Village of Egg Harbor has become the first municipality in Door County to become a certified eco-municipality. It joins 28 governmental entities throughout Wisconsin – including four counties and 24 municipalities – in becoming an eco-municipality.

  • Question, Persuade, Refer

    A national expert on coping with traumatic loss, compassion fatigue and suicidology will be in Door County next week for a series of meetings with health care professionals and the public as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

  • Two More Good Reasons to Support Your Local Brewery

    Remember that horrible time shortly after 9/11 when everyone was supposed to move in lockstep for fear of letting the terrorists win? Remember Freedom fries? For those of you who don’t remember them, Freedom fries were the superpatriots’ answer to France’s refusal to accept our anti-terrorism policies.

  • Congratulations to Tim Zellner

    If you’re local or here off season, And meal choices begin to shrink, Tim says, “Give Donny’s a try.” You know it’s closer than you think. This guy does a little bit of everything, From kitchen prepping to lighting the fire.


    When Baileys Harbor resident and owner of Kangaroo Lake Resort Pat Horvath returned home from a winter vacation she found quite the surprise – a large goose nailed to a tree in her yard.

  • Article posted Wednesday, May 7, 2014 1:47pm

    Dear Mary Pat, Is it me, or are teenagers not quite as bright as they used to be? I seem to be encountering a lot of blank stares from teenaged help wherever I see them.

  • 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, May 7, 2014 12:15pm

    How many islands surround Door County?

  • An Evening of Opera and Operetta

    On Memorial Day weekend, Shepherd of the Bay will be visited by four singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago: soprano Desirée Hassler, mezzo soprano Pamela Williams, tenor John Concepcion and baritone Michael Cavalieri.

  • Pen Players Tickets Available for 79th Season

    Peninsula Players has season tickets available for a variety of shows – from new and classic comedies to a warm-hearted musical. Patrons of the Players 2010 season saw Jessie Mueller in Over the Tavern and A Little Night Music.

  • Looking for Northern Door YMCA Dance Recital Photos and Video Clips

    Overlooking the audience in attendance at the recent Northern Door YMCA Dance Recital on April 27, one couldn’t help but notice all of the tiny, white screens as scores of people were using their smartphones or mini-cameras to record various parts of the event.

  • Scholarships Available for StageKids Theatre Lab

    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.

  • Talk Back Scheduled for May 11 Performance of “Love, Loss and What I Wore”

    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.

  • Jackson Browne Returns to County June 30

    The Holiday Music Motel announces the return of Jackson Browne in a special concert on June 30 at 8 pm at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek.

  • 2014’s First Paddleboarder?

    Lars Topelmann, an Ephraim native currently living in Portland, Oregon, was recently in Door County visiting his mother Ellen for her 88th birthday. An avid waterman, Lars was keenly awaiting the ice to open in Eagle Harbor and used this opportunity to be the first person on the bay in 2014.

  • Cana Island and ‘John Purves’ Tug Opens for Season

    The Door County Maritime Museum announces that Cana Island Light Station and the tug John Purves are now open for the season, through Oct. 31. Cana Island Lighthouse is one of Door County’s most popular lighthouses that’s been standing watch on the shore of Lake Michigan for more than 140 years.

  • Guided Hikes Offered at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School will once again offer free, docent-led hikes covering the history, folklore and landscape of the school and its 128-acre property.

  • Mother’s Day Hike at Crossroads

    To celebrate Mother’s Day, Crossroads at Big Creek is holding a Mother’s Day hike on May 11 at 1 pm. Give your mother nature’s flowers with a gentle walk at Crossroads.

  • Bellies on the Boardwalk Program at The Ridges

    Spring has finally returned to Door County, and so have guided birding hikes at The Ridges Sanctuary. A naturalist will lead Discovery Bird Hikes, Saturdays at 6:30 am, beginning May 10 and running through July 26.

  • Bird Walks at Pen Park

    Birders are invited to flock at Weborg Point in Peninsula State Park every Friday in May for a naturalist-led bird walk. Bird walks are from 8 to 9:30 am.

  • Cooking Classes with Chef Ace Champion at Simon Creek

    Register today for the first of a series of summer/fall cooking classes with Chef Ace Champion at Simon Creek Vineyard and Winery. The first class will feature two courses including Door County Stuffed French Toast made with Simon Creek Cherry Wine, and a Chicken Spinach Wrap.

  • Spaces Available in Bjِrklunden’s Seminar Series

    There are still openings in Lawrence University's 2014 summer seminar series at Bjِrklunden. Classes with spaces available are: • June 15 – 20, Listen to the Birds with Don Quintenz • June 22 – 27, Exploring Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Michael Mizrahi & Erica Scheinberg • July 6 – 11, Collision: The Conquest and Colonization of Latin America with Jake Frederick; Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Mythology, Allure and Evolution of the Game We Love with Steve Landfried; and A Cinematic View of Today’s Spain with Paula Sprague • July 13 – 18, The Kennedys: An American Experience with Tim Crain; The Tragic Comedy of Nikolai Gogol with Peter Thomas; and Midwest Medieval: Understanding the Boynton Chapel with Ben Tilghman • July 20 – 26, Nothing Like the Sun: Scenes of Love in Shakespeare's Plays and Poems with Liz Cole & John Garrison • July 27 – Aug.

  • “Books of Door County” Discussed at Gibraltar Talks Program

    To kick off the season of historic programs, Gibraltar Talks presents “Books of Door County.” Want to learn more about Door County and its past? This presentation will cover many of the different books written about Door County.

  • Harold Johnson in Milwaukee

    I suppose the memory of Harold Johnson is fading in Door County, and even on Washington Island the facts of his life are dimming every time you hear of the death of an old Islander.

  • Genealogical Findings

    Jennifer Levendusky, member of the Peninsula Genealogical Society, presented a well-received talk about her ancestors at a recent meeting. Levendusky’s ancestors, Hanson and Scove, founded shipyards that built schooners in Manitowoc and Two Rivers beginning in the 1870s.

  • A Budding Business: Blossoms

    As the long, seemingly ubiquitous winter is drawing (hopefully) to a close, the warmth and renewal of spring means not only an economic and social rebirth, but the reawakening of flowers from their frosty graves.

  • Sale to Start the Season

    Turtle Ridge opened the season with its annual Mother’s Day Sale. This year the sale runs through May 10. The online sale is available 24/7 to include those who may not be able to visit the gallery.

  • Navajo Weaving Opens the Season

    Sievers School of Fiber Arts on Washington Island opens its 36th season on May 16 with a class in Navajo Weaving taught by Betty Glynn Carlson of Lindstrom, Minn.

  • Yarns, Rovings and Fleeces

    Come to northeast Wisconsin’s oldest fiber event and sale, the 2014 Door County Shepherds’ Market. The market takes place May 17 & 18, 10 am – 4 pm, and is held to promote products from locally raised sheep, goats, alpacas and llamas, and to educate the public about the animals, the fibers they produce and the traditional handcrafts and fiber arts made from these locally grown fibers.

  • Connecting with the Composition

    Donna Brown: In Harmony opens the 2014 season at the Gallery at Door Peninsula Winery with a reception May 22, 4:30 – 6:30 pm. Music will be provided by Kalen Keir on saxophone.

  • Rug Hookers Relocating

    Prairie Garden Rug Hooking School and Studio, located in north Ephraim for more than 20 years, is relocating to Green Bay in the near future. In preparation for the move the studio is open 1 to 4 pm daily to sell the stockpile of hand-dyed, recycled wool materials.

  • The Not-So-Distant Sound of Summer

    Do you hear that? It’s getting louder and louder…the sweet sounds of summer. Perhaps it’s coming from the recesses of my memory, when the sun shone bright and warm, when I could hear music every Monday night from my porch in Ephraim, when I spread blankets on the lawn of the Peg Egan Performance Arts Center to listen to flamenco music while watching toddlers chasing bubbles and dancing along, when I sipped PBR to the sounds of folk music at The Garage, when I danced under a big tent in flip-flops and belted along to Journey cover songs, when I danced in a barn, when I danced on Highway 57.

  • Wide Variety of Baskets

    The Jacksonport Craft Cottage features Amish-crafted baskets made by Samuel and Emma Swartzentruber of Minnesota; there are more than 50 styles in various shapes and sizes.

  • Save the Ship or Eat the Turkey?

    There were no heroics involved in the sinking of the Australasia, a gigantic wooden ship now in pieces at the bottom of Lake Michigan, just a paddle from Whitefish Dunes State Park.

  • Want to Sell Your Wares?

    The Ellison Bay Service Club has announced spaces are still available for the Fine Arts & Crafts Fair during Olde Ellison Bay Days Festival, June 28 and 29, at Community Park in Ellison Bay.

  • DCA Screens Chris Mydra’s First Full-length Film

    As strange as it seems, Jeff is Dead, and that’s a really good thing. At least it is if you are Chris Mydra, junior at Gibraltar High School. It is the title of his first full-length film, which he both wrote and directed.

  • The ABCs of Door County

    Gibraltar third graders will express what Door County means to them with children’s author and illustrator Nancy Carlson in an artist in residency program.

  • Unabridged Poet to Speak

    Rolf Olson is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on May 14 at 7 pm. Olson has changed places in the Dickinson schedule with Hanne Gault, who will now read in December.

  • Everyone Has A 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.

  • Save the Ship or Eat the Turkey?

    There were no heroics involved in the sinking of the Australasia, a grand wooden ship in pieces at the bottom of Lake Michigan, just a paddle from Whitefish Dunes State Park.

  • Bridge Maintenance Scheduled

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) northeast region office in Green Bay recently announced a series of bridge inspections and spring maintenance for May 7 through May 13.

  • Tourism Spending Up $10 Million in Door County Last Year

    Visitor spending in Door County was up $10 million dollars last year according to a report released today by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. Visitors spent $299 million in Door County last year, an increase of 3.

  • Weekend Recap

    “All the world’s a stage,” wrote William Shakespeare. And I should know, I made a weekend of being on and off them.

  • Greta Contemplates the Infinite

    Oh, Greta: Admit it. You just miss your old green truck. It was like nothing else. You had to stomp on a floor starter to get it going. It had a first gear so low it seemed to walk, one step at a time.

  • Saturday Afternoon

    Sailboats no longer / tack their way up the waterways

  • Tips for a Budding Birder in Door County from Roy Lukes

    When it comes to birding in Door County, there is no person better versed and passionate than Peninsula Pulse columnist and author Roy Lukes, who has been teaching, writing about, and photographing birds on the Door Peninsula for 50 years.

  • Put on Your Party Pants

    There are many reasons to party this weekend: Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, the mercury is slowly rising to bearable temperatures, and a large number of motivated folks are running 13 miles in the Door County Half Marathon.

  • Q&A – Questions & Artists: John C. Traynor

    My first experience seeing the work of artist John C. Traynor was about two years ago. Every winter I, along with several friends, spend one day a week painting in the studio of Jim Leatham in the Liberty Grove countryside.