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Volume 20, Issue 40 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Champion Clippers

    On Oct. 6 in a home game against NEW Lutheran, the Sturgeon Bay Clippers claimed the win and their seventh consecutive Packerland Conference title. With an undefeated 14-15 season, the Clippers are ready to begin their quest for the coveted golden ball at state.

  • Slaying the Slayers

    On a cold and wet Saturday, Oct. 4, the Door County Destroyers continued their dominance in the Wisconsin State Football League by crushing the Slinger Slayers at Baileys Harbor Rec Park, 66-0.

  • High School Fall Athletics

    Varsity high school sports schedules.

  • Caterpillars

    Our good friend Nancy Williamson, who is one of the best and most careful observers of nature that we know, wrote this caterpillar description to us recently: “The caterpillar was approximately 2” long, stretched out along the goldenrod stem.

  • One Dog and I – The Final Chapter

    Through the years of writing this column I have championed several causes and, despite a cascade of words, I have invariably failed. Among these numerous failures, none has been as resoundingly futile as my campaign against dogs being brought to festivals.

  • Ballot Includes Constitutional Amendment

    In addition to electing a new legislature and governor, Wisconsinites will vote on a constitutional amendment in this November’s election. Transfers to End? State law considers gas taxes and various driver and vehicle registration fees as user charges to be held in a segregated transportation fund.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:54pm

    In honor of Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, we take a look at a few Earth science facts.

  • Solar Power

    Rick Gordon and I set several times to meet at his farm on Little Marsh Road to see the 80-panel solar system that went online Sept. 28, because, according to Gordon, it is the largest solar array in Door County.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:46pm

    In general, nicotine is considered a poison, but in certain hornworm larvae the poison is put to good use. Hornworms are caterpillar-like larvae with a spike-like appendage sticking up from their rear ends.

  • Whoooo’s Coming to Pumpkin Patch?

    Aisling, a Eurasian Eagle Owl and educational mascot for the Open Door Bird Sanctuary, will be at Something Fishy on Oct. 11, 11 am – 1 pm, during Egg Harbor’s Pumpkin Patch Festival.

  • NASA Wants Your Eyes

    NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12 – 18, to observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.

  • Making Waves

    History was made for the Door County YMCA swim program on Nov. 13, 2013, when two high school seniors who swam on the Y’s Doorfins swim team signed letters of intent to attend college on swimming scholarships.

  • Volunteer Voices

    The weekend before I started my job at the Volunteer Center, I thought it would be a good idea for me to go in the office, check out the files and see what my new job would entail.

  • Article posted Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:32pm

    It’s a hardscrabble life for adult cats living outside on their own, but for kittens, the daily struggle is especially daunting. Inadvertently in the kitten scrum to survive, injuries occur, and often those to the vulnerable eye area.

  • Life Notes

    Jeffrey Viste and Alisha Paul, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a girl born on Sept. 29, 2014, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay.

  • Baileys Harbor in Stitches

    Pat Flaherty of Baileys Harbor, pictured here with Kristen Peil, was the grand prize winner of the Baileys Harbor Historical Society’s community quilt.

  • Cookies to Benefit Go Bo! Foundation

    Thousands of decorated cookies, artistically made and donated by cookie artists from around the world, will be sold in the Go Bo! Foundation Bake Sale.

  • Family Center Announces New Event

    Join the Family Centers of Door County at their newest family event – Pampering, Dinner and a Movie. This event begins at 5 pm on Oct. 11 at the Landmark Resort and will be kicked off with a dinner buffet, accompanied by music from Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson.

  • Communicating with Candidates

    Door County’s League of Women Voters is sponsoring “Tips for Communicating with Elected Officials” on Oct. 16, 5 – 6:30 pm, in the Chamber’s Room at the Door County Government Center.

  • Charlie Voight Named Great Lakes Merchant Mariner of the Year

    At a ceremony overlooking the state capital, local tour boat captain Charlie Voight was honored by the Navy League of the United States as the Great Lakes Region Merchant Mariner of the Year for 2014.

  • Blood Drives at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran

    Two blood drives are scheduled in Door County, both at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church. One will be held Oct. 20, from 12 to 6 pm, and the next is Oct.

  • Resources for Life After Breast Cancer

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with “Life After a Breast Cancer Diagnosis” presented by Kris Miller, RN, a breast cancer survivor and trained advocate, on Oct.

  • Community Foundation Administer Boys & Girls Club Fund

    The Community Foundation is honored to administer the Boys & Girls Club of Door County Facilities Fund. The Boys & Girls Club of Door County offers programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

  • Ministry Fund Receives Community Foundation Grant

    The Door County Community Foundation recently awarded the Door County Medical Center Foundation a Sustainability Grant from the health and human needs fund for the Ministry Fund program.

  • USDA Announces Multi-Family Housing Preservation and Revitalization Demonstration Program

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, which administers Rural Housing Programs, announces the availability of $20 million in budget authority to participate in a demonstration program to preserve and revitalize existing Rural Rental Housing projects.

  • Blanket Collection Has Begun

    The National Honors Society at Gibraltar School has begun its annual collection of winter apparel for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

  • Sylvia Hauser Named Commended Student

    Sturgeon Bay High School Principal Robert Nickel announced that Sylvia Hauser has been named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

  • Door County Optometrist to Lead WOA

    Dr. J. Eric Paulsen, a Sturgeon Bay optometrist, was elected on Sept. 27 as president of the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) at the Association’s Annual Convention and Business Meeting in Middleton.

  • Strength and Productivity

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the nation’s farmer, rancher and fishery cooperatives set a new sales record in 2013, with total business volume of more than $246 billion.

  • Sister Bay Water Rate Hike with PSC

    Sister Bay resident Barbara Luhring advised utility ratepayers to “brace for impact” at an early morning meeting of the Sister Bay Utilities Committee on Oct.

  • Process Begins for New Administrator

    The announcement of Door County Administrator Maureen Murphy’s resignation came via email late in the afternoon of Oct. 3 in the form of a resignation letter to Dan Austad, chairman of the Door County Board of Supervisors.

  • Municipal News

    Compiled by Pulse staff Town of Egg Harbor:  The Plan Commission meets at 6 pm on Oct. 13. Town of Jacksonport:  The Door County Tourism Zone Commission meets at the Jacksonport Town Hall at 9 am on Oct.

  • Village Teaming Up with Community Foundation

    Want to have the new Egg Harbor public library named after you? You can have the naming rights for a donation of $500,000. Don’t have that in your pocket at the moment? You can have naming rights for either the Visitor Center or Business Center for a mere $100,000 donation for each.

  • Sister City Delegates

    Three Door County delegates will be introduced at the opening of the International Ceramics Festival in the county’s sister city, Jingdezhen, China, on Oct.

  • Candidates in the News

    • Tammy Sternard, Democratic candidate for Door County Sheriff, issued this statement on school safety and youth outreach. “As a law enforcement officer and mother, the issue of school safety is something I take very seriously and feel is worth investing in for our children’s future.


    WHAT HAPPENED • Gordon Krist of Paris, Ky., placed the winning $48,500 bid on the Ship Canal North Pierhead Lighthouse near Sturgeon Bay, the General Services Administration revealed.

  • Wish You Were Here

    Paging through photographs from family albums gives us that sense of connection to people and places that existed before us. Memories turn into our stories.

  • Cutting Out Carving

    October has settled in and with it comes the illuminated, carved faces of pumpkins peering out from porch steps and living room windows. It’s an age-old tradition of celebrating the Halloween season and one of its richest folktales.

  • “Fun with Fermentation” at Glas

    The Center for Optimal Health announces a new health education series starting this month at Glas Coffeehouse, 67 East Maple St., Sturgeon Bay. The first in the series, “Fun with Fermentation,” is Oct.

  • Workshop Offered for Nonprofit Leaders

    The Door County Community Foundation, the Raibrook Foundation, and United Way of Door County present the latest in their nonprofit education series: Board Governance and Special Events.

  • Nicolet Beach Concession Wins Gold Seal Award

    The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have issued the 2014 recipients for their coveted Gold Seal Awards, and Nicolet Beach Concession (NBC), located inside Peninsula State Park, was awarded “Best Concession in a Park.

  • Sweet Mountaun Farm Seeks Grant

    Sweet Mountain Farm, LLC, a local honey producer, custom northern white cedar beehive manufacturer, and Russian bee breeder has applied for a $150,000 grant from Chase.

  • Helping The Hardy

    The Hardy Gallery is the October beneficiary of the Donation Creation pizza at Wild Tomato. Even more exciting, a generous anonymous donor has stepped forward to match all funds received by the Hardy Gallery from pies sales at the Fish Creek restaurant throughout the month.

  • Celebrate 30 Years of Pumpkin Patch

    This October marks 30 years since Egg Harbor began offering residents and visitors one of the county’s largest festivals, Pumpkin Patch. The two-day festival kicks off at 10 am on Saturday, Oct.

  • Often … Patsy Cline

    Since Sept. 3, Peninsula Players has been bringing the Ted Swindley musical, Always … Patsy Cline, to its stage to share one of the most endearing friendships the iconic country singer Patsy Cline had.

  • Music As A Necessity of Life

    I feel the need to start this off by saying in all my years on earth, in all the different places I’ve lived and all the different people I’ve met and talked to, I had never heard of Moravians or the Moravian Church until moving to Door County.

  • Living on a Prayer, Counting on the Wind

    The word “athlete” can mean many things. It exists under the definition “someone with athletic ability,” so LeBron James is an athlete, but so too is my grandpa who can swing a golf club strong enough to hit the ball 150 yards.

  • Golf League Results

    Final league standings for Maxwelton Braes Tuesday Night Scramble League.

  • A Fall Trio

    Another beautiful rainy, gray day – perfect for some fall beers. I just happened to have a trio of them in the fridge, and one in particular called out to me.

  • The Cheese Insider

    Cheesemaker Willi Lehner makes what I consider to be one of the best cheddars anywhere. His Bandaged Cheddar is a true classic, made in the style of what is known as “farmhouse bandaged cheddar.

  • Congratulations to Stacey Volkman, Valmy Happy Hour

    Stacey Volkmann is her name and food service is her game. Six days a week she is at work at the Valmy Happy Hour with husband Kirk. But I’ve written this poem just because that’s only part of what she does.


    Peninsula Pulse columnist Steve Grutzmacher with his step-grandson, Jaxson Nelson, in his right arm and his step-great-grandson, Riley Kain, in his left arm.

  • Article posted Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:12am

    Dear Mary Pat, It’s election time again and I can’t turn on the television without being inundated with negative ads. Every third phone call seems to be from my chosen political party asking for my support, and I’ve lost track of how many emails I get a day.

  • Overheard and Obsessions

    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, October 8, 2014 10:49am

    Look closely … where is this located?

  • Woodwalk Welcomes Eleanor Roosevelt

    Eleanor Roosevelt (portrayed by Claudia Wilkens) will be presented at Woodwalk Gallery on Oct. 10-11 at 7:30 pm. Based on the novel Eleanor by Rhoda Lerman, the play Eleanor Roosevelt: Excursions was adapted by Lerman, Wilkens and Bain Boehlke, founder and director of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis.

  • Extras Needed at Red Putter

    Calling all extras! Extras are needed for a movie being shot at the Red Putter in Ephraim. The call time is 9 am – 12 pm on Oct. 12. All ages and genders are encouraged to attend.

  • “Blue Collar Diaries” Coming Soon to TAP

    Third Avenue Playhouse is showing The Fantasticks through Oct. 19. The show runs Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. The Fantasticks, by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, is the world’s longest running musical, running for more than 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over.

  • Improv Nights at The Depot

    Rogue Theater presents “A Night at The Improv” at The Depot Performing Arts Center in Sturgeon Bay. Director Stuart Champeau, director of the original D.

  • Final Week for “Always…Patsy Cline”

    The toe-tapping, heartfelt musical Always…Patsy Cline, created and originally directed by Ted Swindley, is in its final week on the Peninsula Players stage.

  • Auditions Upcoming for StageKids Christmas Show

    Auditions will be held for the Third Avenue Playhouse’s StageKids Christmas show, The Elves and The Shoemaker on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, 4 – 7 pm. This timeless fairy tale tells the story of a shoemaker and his wife who are struggling to make a living with the help of a few friendly elves.

  • Fall Color Hikes at Crossroads

    Naturalist-led color hikes at Crossroads at Big Creek will visit both evergreen and deciduous forests at the Crossroads Preserve and the Ida Bay Preserve.

  • 4-H Hosts Horse and Pony Trail Ride

    The Fall 2014 Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Trail Ride will take place Oct.12 at Mary and Phil Bley’s farm at 6832 County Rd. T in Egg Harbor. Registration begins at 9 am and the ride starts at 10 am.

  • One More Week Till Fall Fest

    One of the most missed traditions of Fall Fest is coming back … the Sister Bay Advancement Association has worked out the details, weather permitting, for the ping pong ball drop.

  • Lumberjacks at Gibraltar Talks

    Transitioning from school days to the lumber industry, which paved the way for Door County, on Oct. 16 Gibraltar Talks presents, “Taking on the Timber,” the last program of the season.

  • Saloon Hosts Community Dance

    On Oct. 18 from 7 – 9:30 pm, the Door County Folk Alliance will host its Fall Community Dance at the Institute Saloon Dance Hall. All dances are taught by caller Tim Jenkins and Sugar on the Floor will provide the music.

  • Fall Museum Hours for Ephraim Historical Foundation

    The Ephraim Historical Foundation fall museum hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm through Oct. 18. The museums will then be closed for the 2014 season but the office will remain open through the winter.

  • Time for a Time Warp

    Let’s do the time warp again! The Donna Film Fest at Third Avenue Playhouse presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 31 at 7:30 pm. In honor of Halloween night, there will be a costume contest – dress as your favorite Rocky Horror character.

  • Worship, Gospel and A Cappella Style

    The Living River Quartet will perform at First Baptist Church of Sister Bay on Oct. 19 at 6 pm. Organized in 1987, they have been presenting concerts throughout the Midwest.

  • Jewelry Opulence

    Plum Bottom Pottery and Gallery invites everyone to “Opulence – The Jewelry Show” on Oct. 12 from 10 am to 5 pm. New work from all eight of Plum Bottom’s jewelry artists will fill the gallery, making this a fall event not to be missed.

  • Paruch Named Master Pastelist

    Door County artist and teacher Bonnie Paruch, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, has been awarded the Master Pastelist distinction. The Pastel Society of America’s (PSA) 42nd Annual Exhibition, “Enduring Brilliance,” gala dinner and awards ceremony was held on Sept.

  • Metal Juxtaposition

    Edgewood Orchard Galleries will host a jewelry trunk show for Ashbury, New Jersey jeweler Ellen Kelly Oct. 10 – 13. A large selection of Kelly’s colorful jewelry will be displayed at the gallery from 10 am – 5 pm.

  • Double Trunk Show

    Angela Lensch Jewelry will host a double trunk show on Oct. 11-12, 10 am – 5 pm. Jewelry artist Jamie Jorns, Egg Harbor native, will be onsite with an extended collection of Door County butterfly and dragonfly earrings.

  • Synthetic Reality

    Becca Smith, intern at Off the Wheel Pottery in Egg Harbor and visiting artist from Pennsylvania, is presenting her plaster and resin sculptures at her show “Synthetic Reality,” Oct.

  • Pressure-Free Painter

    Pat Olson, a well-known local artist, will be Hope Church Gallery’s featured artist for October. Olson is a self-taught artist and Door County native.

  • Award of Excellence Goes to St. Norbert Prof

    Brian Pirman, associate professor and discipline coordinator of art at St. Norbert College, has been given the Gerhard Miller Award of Excellence by the Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Ready to Pour?

    All ages are invited to participate in the festivities of the fifth annual Iron Pour Benefit at Peninsula School of Art on Oct. 11, 4 – 8 pm. With a donation of $15, each person may create a 5" x 5" iron tile by scratching into a preformed sand-and-resin mold using simple tools.

  • Gallery Closing

    Piece by Peace Gallery located in the Shops of Green Gables, Ephraim is going out of business at the end of this 2014 season. The remaining art inventory is 50 percent off.

  • Juried Winners

    The Miller Art Museum’s 39th Annual Juried Exhibit opened Sept. 20 with a reception and awards ceremony. This exhibit will be up through Nov. 4. Pictured are award winners.

  • Mystery Signing

    Patricia Skalka, author of the recently released Death Stalks Door County, will sign copies of her book at Cinnamon Windmill in the Main Street Shops, Egg Harbor, on Oct.

  • Get Your Novel Started

    Have you been thinking about writing a novel or starting your memoir, but aren’t sure how to begin? Do you have some ideas jotted down in a notebook and aren’t certain what to do with them? Write On, Door County offers a four-part workshop with author Lynda Drews that will move participants from thinking about writing to actually working on a book.

  • Sip Cider, Listen to a Story

    As autumn officially wraps itself around the county, what better way to celebrate the change of seasons than putting on a sweater, grabbing a cup of hot cider, and being told a story? After a standing room only event in June, Door Shakespeare and Write On, Door County will again present an afternoon of true stories, selected by local writers who where inspired by the theme “Transformation.

  • Menominee Memoir

    Ninety-year-old Raymond Kaquatosh was born in 1924 on Wisconsin’s Menominee Reservation. In his Wisconsin Historical Society Press memoir Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf, Kaquatosh tells the stories of his reservation boyhood, Indian boarding school days, and military service and shares how the lessons he learned from a wolf he had befriended as a boy guided him along the way.

  • Browse the Books

    A used book sale to benefit the Egg Harbor Library will be held on Oct. 11 at the Bertschinger Center meeting room, 7860 Hwy. 42, Egg Harbor. From 10 am to 3 pm, browse books of all types, VHS movies, music CDs/DVDs, and puzzles that will be sold at bargain prices.

  • Northern Poems

    The latest poetry collection from Catherine Jagoe and Finishing Live Press, News from the North, is coming out this winter – an appropriate time to hole up and reflect on the cycle of the seasons.

  • Pulse Writer Wins Award

    Gary Jones of Sister Bay, who frequently contributes to the Peninsula Pulse, won Honorable Mention in the Wisconsin Writers Association’s Jade Ring contest with his essay titled, “Adjunct.

  • The Art-Nature Connection

    Art is everywhere in Door County. It is created in studios from one end of the peninsula to the other. It is displayed everywhere in galleries and shops.

  • Fine Line To Host Townline Art Fair

    The lawn at Fine Line Designs Gallery will be filled with art and artisans as the gallery hosts the 41st annual Townline Art Fair on Oct. 11-12. More than 60 artists representing all media are scheduled to exhibit during the two-day show held rain or shine.

  • The Book

    How writers come to be I’m not sure we know. To wonder if in the age of Google and Kindle the sense of book that has been with us for the last 500 years is about to be eclipsed.