Pulse Cover v20i52 year in review

Volume 20, Issue 52 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Proud Service

    The nation was about to celebrate its Bicentennial when Sheriff Hollis “Baldy” Bridenhagen hired a 20-year-old by the name of Terry Vogel to work for the Door County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Gibraltar Board Examined Options

    At the Dec. 22 meeting of the Gibraltar School Board, President Fred Anderson outlined several options the board could take regarding filling the 7-12 principal position for the remainder of the school year after former Principal Kirk Knutson’s sudden resignation on Nov.

  • Helicopter Tour Proposal Submitted

    The Ephraim Gibraltar Airport Commission received a proposal from pilot Nathan Peters of Up North Helicopters that outlines the specifications for the planned tours in 2015.

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 4:37pm

    What a strikingly memorable cat is our Finn. His markings and long hair distinguish him immediately, but he’s modest about the attention. Less than one year old, Finn was found near the Door/Kewaunee county line and brought to the shelter in early November.


    WHAT HAPPENED • “Tow truck operator killed while working on the interstate.” “Trooper’s cruiser hit by out-of-control vehicle.” The Wisconsin State Patrol wants to put an end to tragic headlines like these.

  • Life Notes

    BIRTHS Steven Petry and Amber Hilsabeck, Sturgeon Bay, are the parents of a girl born on Dec. 24, 2014, at Ministry Door County Medical Center, Sturgeon Bay. Maternal grandparents are Christine Pichette and Darrel Hilsabeck, Sturgeon Bay. Paternal grandparents are Mark Petry, Greenleaf, Wis., and Kristie Petry, Shawano, Wis. Jason and Heather Soucek, Sturgeon Bay, […]

  • Happy Ringers

    Bob and Faith Murray, just certified as Door County Tourism Ambassadors, were volunteer bell ringers for The Salvation Army at The Pioneer Store in Ellison Bay.

  • Wanted: Door County Bookmobile Memories

    Recently the Egg Harbor Historical Society (EHHS) took possession of the historic Door County Bookmobile and will be restoring it with plans of putting it to use for EHHS and other related functions throughout the county.

  • Join the Talon Fitness Center

    Any resident of Southern Door, 18 years of age and older, interested in becoming a member of the district’s Talon Fitness Center can renew their membership or enroll for the first time in January.

  • Free Weight Loss Program at Center for Optimal Health

    On Jan. 6 at 5:30 pm, the Center for Optimal Health will offer the free program, “Breakthrough Weight Loss: Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning, NOT Fat Storing Machine.

  • Three Directions

    The Meadows Art Gallery within the walls of Scandia Village in Sister Bay will usher in the New Year with a look at three very different types of art – photography, painting and sculpture – in its January show, appropriately titled, “Three Directions.

  • Irish Jams and Community Dances

    Door County, in its expansive nature, has a unique way of hiding some of its most creative musicians. Most of the time, it is in the way of small groups whose performances are merely jam sessions serving as the musical backdrop for local cafés and pubs.

  • New Spiritual Group to Hold Gathering Jan. 18

    Door County People of Faith, a new congregation and spiritual group that plans to “keep it simple: caring and sharing,” has scheduled its first gathering for Jan.

  • Play It Forward Was a Success

    On Oct. 26, some of Door County’s most popular musicians gathered at Door Community Auditorium (DCA) to perform the second annual “Play It Forward” benefit concert.

  • Nominate a Southern Door Grad for Hall of Fame

    Do you know a former student who graduated from Southern Door 30 years ago or more? Is this graduate someone who has distinguished themselves in their career and community? Has this graduate made significant contributions in their profession or at the state and national level? The Southern Door County School District is seeking qualified nominees for its 2015 Alumni Hall of Fame.

  • Seven Money Management Presentations in 2014

    Thanks to a grant from the Door County Community Foundation during the 2013-14 cycle, Gay Pustaver, Director of Money Management Counselors powered by FI$C, was able to provide educational presentations to 24 retirees attending the Learning in Retirement program and to 119 high school and middle school students from all five county school districts.

  • “Frozen’s” Elsa Visits NDCC

    Christmas arrived early for the toddler, prescholar, and 4K classrooms at Northern Door Children’s Center (NDCC) in Sister Bay. “Elsa,” the star of Disney’s hit movie Frozen, came for a surprise visit, thrilling her many fans who attend the Children’s Center.

  • Joining the Chickadee Club

    It was the day after Christmas when I pulled into the parking lot of the White Cedar Nature Center in Peninsula State Park. In the car with me were my two younger sisters and my 15-year-old niece, and today we were on a mission: to join the park’s Chickadee Club.

  • Prayer Shawl Blessing at St. Luke’s

    A prayer shawl ministry was created at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Sister Bay in response to Jesus’ call to care for the sick, the lonely, and those who are grieving or hurting.

  • Communal Read

    John Steinbeck wasn’t available in 2008 when Door Countians first participated in The Big Read program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Money Management Counselors Presents to 77 Women

    Thanks to a grant from the Women’s Fund of Door County, Money Management Counselors powered by FI$C was able to provide six new educational presentations to 77 women and girls covering a variety of financial literacy topics during the 2013-14 funding cycle.

  • Lessons from a Pineapple

    I’ve always liked my first column of the New Year to be optimistic and thought provoking. In years past I’ve written about the relationship between religion and giving, how giving enriches the soul, and how helping others helps us enjoy life more.

  • Writer’s Make Mistakes, Too or Call Me Dink

    With the hectic schedule of the end of the year and the added pressure of renewing advertising contracts for both the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living magazine, I am re-printing a column that originally ran in January of 1999 in the pages of the Door Reminder.

  • War in Afghanistan

    The United States and NATO formally ended the war in Afghanistan on Dec. 28 with a ceremony in Kabul. The next stage is called Resolute Support, with 13,500 soldiers, most of them American, offering a supporting role during the transition.

  • More Land Protected on St. Martin Island

    The Nature Conservancy recently announced that it has protected another 36 acres of forest and Lake Michigan shoreline on St. Martin Island thanks to generous gifts from the former owner in Milwaukee and a Conservancy supporter from Mequon.

  • Hiking Series to Start

    Door County Land Trust is sponsoring a series of hikes, with online registration beginning in January. The first hike is at 1 pm on Jan. 17 with a hike or snowshoe at Kangaroo Lake Nature Preserve.

  • State of the Birds

    The 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successful partnerships, conservation efforts and their positive impacts to bird species throughout the state.

  • Lake Trout Need Recovery

    A declining lake trout population in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior has prompted the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board to adopt an emergency rule reducing the 2014-15 harvests at its December meeting.

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 3:53pm

    Wastewater from oil and gas production is contaminating surface waters and sediments in western Pennsylvania, even after the wastewater is processed through a water treatment plant.

  • Making Waves

    Paige Thompson attends Gibraltar School, traveling to Sturgeon Bay five times a week to swim mornings and nights. Paige had a fantastic breakthrough in the 100 free this week, swimming a 58-second 100 free for the first time ever.


    Combined Team Scores Door County YMCA: First Place, 1,265 points First Place Event Winners (Name, age: event, stroke, time or Relay: stroke, time, names, ages) 200 Yard Relay: Medley, 1:25.46, Macoy Neinas (15), Ryan Scripp (16), Jared Klika (17), Brandt Bauldry (18) 200 Yard Relay: Medley, 2:22.61, Kimberly Church (13), Delilah Rose (13), Izabella Bunda […]

  • More Black Belts in the County

    On Dec. 20, 2014, many students at Door County Martial Arts achieved USA Goju black belt promotions. Pictured: (front row, left to right) Erik Smith, second degree black belt; Allura Witalison, second degree black belt; Tami Leist, second degree black belt candidate; (back row) Renshi Peter Smith, Kyoshi Shaun Koulias, Sensei Kim Engelbert, Carla Brauer, first degree black belt; and Steve Beasley, first degree black belt.

  • High School Winter Athletics

    Varsity schedules from Door County high schools.

  • Monday Night Volleyball

    Standings and schedule

  • A Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

    Great live music is an essential part of celebrating the coming of the New Year, whether it’s the crooning vocals of country singers, the folksy twang of folk bands, or the funky beats of pop and rock groups.

  • Can You Survive It?

    You may be a great mini golfer in August, but how well do you do in January? Test your skills against the snow (if there’s any) and cold in the fifth annual Red Putter Frostbite Open at 2 pm on New Year’s Day.

  • Can You Survive It?

    You may be a great mini golfer in August, but how well do you do in January? Test your skills against the snow (if there’s any) and cold in the fifth annual Red Putter Frostbite Open at 2 pm on New Year’s Day.

  • Snowflake Bentley

    I write this on Dec. 23, 2014, two days before Christmas. Very likely there are many people who are wishing for a white Christmas, sleighing to be enjoyed along with skiing, snowshoeing and hiking in snowy woods.

  • ‘Quite Impressive and Beautiful’

    Eleanor Ehl is happy to have sunlight in her room. “I haven’t had sunlight in my room for five years,” she said as she sat under a hair dryer in the hair salon.

  • Bernie Strege is Moo-La-La Winner

    The Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center announces Bernie Strege of Egg Harbor won this year’s Moo-La-La Grand Prize of $1,000 in Moo-La-La Gift Certificates. Bernie’s name was drawn from a large number of entries collected from 25 participating Sturgeon Bay businesses Dec.

  • Heyrman Printing Acquires DC Printing

    DC Printing, owned and operated by Joe Worachek and Bob Goggins, was recently acquired by Heyrman Printing, a family owned and operated Green Bay printing business since 1931.

  • Tart Cherry Growers, Cast Your Vote

    Wisconsin tart cherry growers have until Jan. 24, 2015, to vote whether to decrease the size of their industry’s marketing order board. Cherry growers eligible to vote will get ballots from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in the mail on or after Dec.

  • Corn Promotion Board Seats Open

    Corn growers in three Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board districts have until Jan. 17 to vote for new members to fill open seats on the board. Positions up for election are those representing Districts 3, 5 and 6.

  • Microloan Program is Valuable Resource for Farmers

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been a long-standing resource to new farmers. Last year, FSA launched a new streamlined farm loan program to specifically target the credit needs of smaller farms – including those just starting out and those selling to local and regional markets.

  • Congratulations to Laura Seaquist of Bearded Heart Coffee!

    There’s a new coffee shop in Door by the name of Bearded Heart, With an awesome barista named Laura Seaquist who’s been there almost since the start. She’s there once a week serving up delectable breakfasts, lunches and coffee, Her favorites being goat’s milk cappuccino and the morning buns – so buttery! A native of Door County, her name might ring a bell, For she’s the bakery manager at Seaquist Orchards Farm Market as well! When you ask her how long she’s been on the farm market’s staff She’ll smile and remark, “Since I was born!” with a laugh.

  • Christmas Cheer

    Here are a few of my favorite beverages from the holiday week that just passed. Two standbys for me date back to the pre-craft beer evolution/revolution, two beers you could always count on – Bass (“The World’s First Pale Ale”) and Guinness Extra Stout in the stubby bottle, not the nitro cans or bottles.


    Callum Neu, eight months old, is bundled up and cozy outside his parents’ house in Baileys Harbor.

  • Article posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 1:48pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I've got an acquaintance who has, in her mind, turned into my best friend. Once she was someone I would see out casually, now she's like a flea a dog can't shake.

  • 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 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 1:44pm

    Look closely … where is this located?

  • A Gain of 74 Acres at Crossroads

    In 2014, in addition to offering a record number of educational programs, Crossroads at Big Creek added 74 acres to the preserve. Early in the year, The Nature Conservancy gave them the Ida Bay Preserve.

  • “Our Town” Auditions to Begin Jan. 16

    Auditions will be held for the StageKids production of Our Town by Thornton Wilder and directed by Robert Boles. Auditions will be held Jan. 16 at 5 pm and Jan.

  • Unexpected Discoveries in “DamNation”

    Expect the unexpected at the next documentary film screening on Jan. 8 at Greens N Grains biweekly “Dinner and a Movie Night” in Egg Harbor. The movie featured for that night is DamNation, a film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

  • New Offerings at Dancin’ on the Door

    There are lots of new classes being offered in the New Year at Dancin' on the Door. New for 2015 is Ballet Barre Fit, a ballet inspired fitness class that incorporates body sculpting and flexibility techniques used in ballet.

  • “Around the Corner” in Sturgeon Bay

    Third Avenue Playhouse and Wisconsin Public Television invite the community to a free premiere of the new Sturgeon Bay episode of the public television program, Around the Corner with John McGivern.

  • Blind Collaboration

    The Hardy Gallery in Ephraim is seeking professional artists interested in participating in an exhibit based on the surrealist concept known as the “exquisite corpse,” to be on display from Sept.

  • Treasured Selection

    Arlene Stanger’s image “Still Running” was recently selected for an exhibit titled “Treasures” at the A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. The exhibit was juried by Roy Flukinger, Curator of Photography at the Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin, and runs from Jan.

  • Art Search

    Attention Door County artists: Dancin’ on the Door is looking for winter-themed 2D artwork for its small art wall. Looking for one piece per artist no larger than 28"x28".

  • County Inspiration

    The January 2015 exhibit at Hope Gallery in Sturgeon Bay will consist of watercolors by Barbara Sweeney of Sturgeon Bay. Sweeney is a self-taught watercolorist.

  • Winter Romance

    Door County author Valerie J. Clarizio is part of a romance anthology recently released by Melange Books, LLC. Frozen, A Winter Anthology showcases 11 tales of romance.

  • Slings and Arrows

    Door Shakespeare is currently accepting real life story submissions for its next storytelling series event featuring the following theme inspired by Valentine’s Day: slings and arrows.

  • Big Shoes to Fill

    When Garey Bies started packing his Capitol office to move out after 14 years as the 1st District Assemblyman, he wondered what he was going to do with all the plaques he has received.