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Volume 21, Issue 19 – Section 1

In this issue

  • Bass Tournament Under Way

    The 25th annual Spring Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament is being held in the waters off Sturgeon Bay this weekend. Limited to 200 two-men teams, 163 are registered for the quarter-century event.

  • Spots Available on Sporting Heritage Council

    The Department of Natural Resources is seeking nominations through May 22 for individuals with experience and interest to fill two positions – the angling and deer positions – on the Sporting Heritage Council.

  • Living Hope Dojo at Tournament of Champions

    Students of the Living Hope Dojo of Door County, under the direction of Sensei Marci Faustini, and Great Lakes Goju, under the direction of Shihan Mark Stephens, took home a total of 12 trophies and a medal at the Tournament of Champions martial art competition in Green Bay on May 3.

  • Door County League Baseball

    Standings, results and schedule.

  • High School Spring Athletics

    Schedules from Door County high schools.

  • How We Can Eliminate Income Taxes

    Note: With Memorial Day weekend ad sales consuming vast amounts of my time this week, along with the arrival of the first two Door County Living photography books that need to be sold and distributed throughout the county, I am reprinting an old column this week.

  • Role of Microbusinesses in the Economy

    Microbusinesses are those with fewer than 10 employees. While microbusinesses are the most common kind of employer, they account for a relatively small share of employment.

  • Frustrating, Fascinating Warblers

    I shall forever be thankful to my dear Mother for developing in me a deep interest in birds. We moved into our new brick home on Wisconsin Avenue in Kewaunee in the summer of 1933.

  • Commentary: Education Misperceptions

    As Republican legislators who care deeply about education, it is both frustrating and saddening that our party is often perceived in Wisconsin as being anti-public education.

  • Door County Well Represented at Midwest Baseball Tournament

    Door County was well represented at the recent NCAA Division III Midwest conference tournament held in Grinnell, Iowa, last week. The four-team tournament brings together the top two teams for the North Division to face off against the top two teams from the south, with the winner advancing to one of the eight NCAA Regional tournaments.

  • Lion’s Teeth By Any Other Name

    There’s a common spring flower of the Door Peninsula that nearly everyone can identify. And that’s saying something, considering the average American recognizes thousands of logos for commercial products, yet can properly identify fewer than five plants that grow in her/his area.

  • Birds in Baileys

    A Cormorant takes flight in Baileys Harbor as an American White Pelican looks on. During the breeding season, pelicans of both sexes develop a horny knob on the upper mandible that drops off once eggs are incubated.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:54am

    How do we explain that the Dutch are the tallest people on the planet? The average adult male is six feet tall, while the average Dutch female is five feet six inches.

  • Something for Every Garden

    The Door County Master Gardeners Association will hold its annual plant sale at the Peninsular Research Station, 4312 Hwy. 42, Sturgeon Bay on May 30, 9 am – Noon.

  • Manure: Nutrient or Pollutant?

    Manure has been beneficial to farmers for centuries, but when does it become too much of a good thing? Many Door County residents were shocked to learn of the manure contamination in Jacksonport last September, but this condition began as much as a decade ago in Kewaunee County.

  • Help Out at Pen Park

    People can learn about volunteer opportunities at Peninsula State Park during a volunteer training program May 19. “Perhaps you’re one of the people who first fell in love with Door County by camping at Peninsula State Park or someone who knows how important it is to share the wonder of nature with today’s children,” says Kathleen Harris, naturalist at the park.

  • Plants and More at Settlement Shops

    Mark calendars for May 23, 9:30 am – 1:30 pm – the annual Settlement Shops plant sale (and more) and the start of the farmers market season. A wide variety of locally grown plants, annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, many types of tomatoes, trees, shrubs and bushes will be offered.

  • Sustainable Living Fair Explores Ontario-Wisconsin Ties

    The public is invited to explore the intersecting worlds of the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario and Door County at an evening presentation, June 5, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • Racing to Learn

    “I wish they would have had something like that when I was in school.” Dave LeBrun, technology educator at Southern Door High School, has heard that comment a lot after he introduced the Formula High School (FHS) program during the 2013-14 school year.

  • Coordinated Community Response Column

    May is designated as Supervised Visitation Month, symbolized by an orange ribbon. Why orange? Orange is a bright color used to warn people to watch out and take notice.

  • Article posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 10:39am

    Rich dark chocolate Labrador girl Sophia brings sweetness into whatever room she enters. A surrender from Sturgeon Bay, two-year-old Sophia is all about the tennis ball and the person who will throw it for her again and again.

  • Door County History in Pictures

    An aerial view of Sturgeon Bay circa 1953. Note the steel bridge and the former Ahnapee & Western Railway bridge. Photo courtesy of the Door County Historical Museum, 18 North 4th Ave.

  • Pet Talk

    Q. How can we help our dogs deal with thunderstorms? Meme wakes me up when only she can hear the approaching storm (but refuses to get in bed with me) and is restless and upset throughout the storm.

  • Life Notes

    PASSINGS Dorothy Wallschlaeger June 25, 1921 – May 12, 2015 Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 11 am at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor. A complete notice will be posted when the information is available at Dorothy M. Krowas Aug. 30, 1921 – May 10, 2015 Dorothy M. […]

  • Veterans Breakfast Set for May 16

    The 2015 Armed Forces Day Veterans Breakfast will be held from 7 to 11 am on May 16 at Corpus Christi Church, 722 W. Maple St., Sturgeon Bay. Tickets are $8 and are available at the door.

  • SBSI Receives Matching Grant Opportunity

    The Sturgeon Bay Skatepark Initiative (SBSI) has received a matching grant of $10,000 from an anonymous donor to provide amenities to the popular new park.

  • Historical Society Focuses on Waniger School Restoration

    The Door County Historical Society hosts its monthly dinner program meeting on the restoration of Southern Door’s Waniger School by Judy Jesse on May 19 at 6 pm at Marnie’s Restaurant (formerly Coun’s C Supper Club) in Brussels.

  • Join the Spring Fiesta for the NDCC

    Northern Door Children’s Center is welcoming the season with a Mexican Fiesta for its 15th Annual Spring Gala at Bj?rklunden. In addition to the trademark silent auction and raffle for classroom donated theme baskets, the gala will offer food, wine, and music that celebrates the food and culture of Mexico.

  • Relay For Life Is Looking for Teams

    The American Cancer Society is recruiting teams from businesses, schools, families, places of worship, and more to participate in the Relay For Life of Door County event, which will be held June 12 at John Miles County Fairgrounds in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Joel Kitchens Visits Barker Child Development Center

    State Representative Joel Kitchens recently toured the Door County YMCA Barker Child Development Center, on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay. Kitchens was there to see and hear firsthand the requirements that a daycare provider in Wisconsin must do in order to receive a five-star certification.

  • Learn to Optimize Brain Health

    Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs on May 31 at 4 pm with “A Little Magic Pill” at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay.

  • Madeline Jilot Receives Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship

    A $3,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2015 Excellence Scholarship was presented to Madeline Jilot, a student and 2015 valedictorian at Sevastopol High School at a recognition luncheon hosted recently by U.

  • Associated Bank Gives to the Back-to-School Fair

    Associated Bank is investing in the children of the Door County community with a grant of $1,000 for Altrusa International of Door County’s Back-to-School Fair.

  • Blood Drive at Sturgeon Bay High School

    The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to help ensure blood is available for patients in need by giving blood in May before the busy summer season kicks in.

  • New Pastor Comes to Prince of Peace

    The Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is proud to announce a new pastor. James Gomez has served Hope Lutheran in Fond du Lac, Wis., and most recently at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Glencoe, Minn.

  • Annual Thomas Paine Dinner Features Mike McCabe

    Mike McCabe, author of Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics and dynamic speaker, will be featured at the annual Thomas Paine dinner on May 28.

  • Learn to Perform CPR & AED

    The Sister Bay & Liberty Grove Fire Department is partnering with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer classes to educate the community in the proper method of using an AED and performing CPR.

  • May is Older Americans Month

    May is Older Americans Month and the Door County YMCA encourages all older adults in Door County to get motivated and develop behaviors that are crucial to healthy aging, including healthy eating, increasing physical activity and social interaction.

  • Sturgeon Bay Students Honored at Norbertine Leadership & Service Awards

    St. Norbert College recognized students at the 37th annual Norbertine Leadership & Service Awards on April 25 at a ceremony held in the Michels Commons Ballroom on the college campus.

  • NWTC Receives DMI Donation

    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College recently received a $5,000 donation from Districts Mutual Insurance (DMI). The donation will go to help the college’s continued effort in student success, including scholarships and student emergency fund.

  • Book Binding Class Benefits MS Research

    On May 2, an MS fundraiser was held at the Bayshore Inn in Sturgeon Bay.


    NEW BUSINESSES A Cut Above SalonOwner, Joni WitalisonTop of the Hill Shops,9331 Spring Road, Unit 19B, Fish Aqualand CampgroundCarol and Josh Sweeney are the new owners in this 3rd generation family business.2445 County Q, Sister Bay150 campsites on 67 Baileys 57 (formerly 57 Depot)New owner, Mike SchreiberManagers, Kari Baumann and Eric Williams7998 Hwy. […]

  • Pie-Shaped Destiny

    Have you ever imagined the telephone call that changes your life? Sara Zacek got hers last fall when after auditioning in Chicago with a cherry pie, she learned she had made the Top 100 for the sixth season of the Fox reality cooking show Master Chef.

  • Loss Prevention Meeting for Business Owners

    Chad Mielke of the Sturgeon Bay Police Department is hosting a Loss Prevention Meeting on May 21 at 1 pm in the first floor conference room of City Hall.

  • Bay Breeze Wins the Cover

    Bay Breeze Resort in Ephraim has won the cover of the 2016 Wisconsin Lodging Directory. Three Door County inns were in competition with nine others throughout the state.

  • Acorn Services Owner Earns ISA Credentials

    W. Andrew Hartman of Sturgeon Bay, owner/operator of Acorn Services of Door County, LLC, recently earned the ISA Certified Arborist credential by successfully completing the Certified Arborist exam administered by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the local chapter of ISA.

  • Eclectics to Open in Baileys Harbor

    Eclectics is a new business opening at 8085 Hwy. 57 in Baileys Harbor. It will offer a variety of items and ideas from a diverse group of 15 individuals.

  • Baylake Bank Raises Money for MACC Fund

    Baylake Bank President and CEO Rob Cera recently announced fundraising results from a company-wide community service commitment. Cera and a group of Baylake Bank employees presented a check for $10,000 to Jon McGlocklin, former Milwaukee Bucks player and current television color analyst, and Co-Founder and the President of the MACC Fund on April 24 at the Baylake Bank City Center in downtown Green Bay.

  • House Quilts for Sale at JCC

    Local artists have created “house quilts” for Jacksonport Craft Cottage Gifts. These wood stars show many well recognized quilt designs and are great exterior home accents.

  • Coastal Wetlands Recognized

    Door County conservation partners are pleased to announce that the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands complex has been designated a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty for protection of exemplary wetland systems around the world.

  • Our Representatives

    Representative Joel Kitchens Kitchens issued the following statement regarding the most recent revenue projections from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), which stated that original tax revenue projections remain on target for the biennial budget.

  • Municipal News

        City of Sturgeon Bay:  The Common Council meets at noon on May 19. The Plan Commission meets at 7 pm on May 20.

  • New Local Government Transparency Initiative

    The Wisconsin Women’s Council, in partnership with the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Association, is launching a new initiative recognizing units of local government that provide easy access to information on public officials and public meetings through their official websites.

  • Maritime Museum Acquires Coast Guard Utility Boat

    The newest vessel acquired on permanent loan by the Sturgeon Bay Maritime Museum is the Coast Guard utility boat CG-41410 – the 110th of the 207 41-foot crafts built between 1973 and 1978.

  • Bulletin

    WHAT HAPPENED • Sturgeon Bay City Administrator Steve McNeil has announced his retirement effective Aug. 1, 2015.

  • Baileys Harbor to Apply for Redesign Team

    Baileys Harbor has redesign on its mind. On the unanimous recommendation of its Plan Commission, the Baileys Harbor Town Board voted at its monthly meeting on May 11 to submit an application to be considered for an intense three-day session with a group of planning/marketing experts to design a cohesive vision of the future for the community.

  • Root, Root, Root for Hermann the German

    Eureka! I hope that, or something like it, is what brewmaster Tim Kovac at Small Town Brewery screamed at the top of his lungs the first time he brewed Not Your Father’s Root Beer, described on the label as Ale with the Taste of Spices.


    Dempsey Kelnhofer recently got a bit goofy at the playground at the Ellison Bay Community Park. He was in a state of fresh air euphoria. Photo by Alissa Ehmke.

  • Article posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:19pm

    Dear Mary Pat, I'm very grateful for the restaurant choices we have in the area. In general, the food is well thought out, ingredients are often locally sourced, and there seems to be a lot of pride and care that goes into the dining experience.

  • Overheard, Pet Peeves, 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 Wednesday, May 13, 2015 3:13pm

    How many grapes does it take to make your average bottle of wine?

  • Lyric Opera Singers Visit Shepherd of the Bay

    On Memorial Day weekend, after long-awaited Spring, Shepherd of the Bay will open its doors and welcome four returning singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago to the shores of Northern Door.

  • “Maid to Marry” to Play through May 31

    Stage Door Theatre Company presents Maid to Marry, adapted and directed by James Valcq, now through May 31. Maid to Marry is a world-premiere adaptation by TAP’s co-Artistic Director James Valcq of the comedy classic La Serva Padrona by G.

  • Folk Icon at Lost Moth Gallery

    Michael P. Smith is coming to Lost Moth Gallery on May 15 at 7 pm. Smith easily traverses the line between hilarious satire songs and passionate, lyrically brilliant story songs.

  • Piazza at Sonny’s to Host Summer Music Series

    The Piazza at Sonny’s has opened with a full craft beer flight, specialty appetizers, and live music scenically nestled on the waterfront alongside the historic Michigan Street bridge.

  • Girls of Small Forest in Concert for Great EGGscape

    Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson, the girls of Small Forest, will perform at Lost Moth Gallery on May 16 as part of the Girlfriends Great EGGscape Weekend in Egg Harbor.

  • Get on the Wine Trail

    The Door County Wine Trail will host its third annual Wine Trail Weekend, May 15 – 17. Indulge in a fun-filled weekend at all eight local wineries featuring orchard and vineyard tours, cheese and chocolate pairings, live music, private tastings, and much more.

  • Blacksmithing Classes to begin at Heritage Village

    Try your hand at the rudiments of blacksmithing when the Door County Historical Society begins blacksmithing classes on May 19. The four-week long training will be on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 pm each day at the Blacksmith Shop in the Petersen Granary located at the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay.

  • Free Screening of ‘César Ch?vez’ at UUF

    A free screening of César Chávez: History is Made One Step at a Time, a biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer, will be shown at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Ephraim on May 19 at 4:30 pm.

  • Dining Around the Door Held at the Alpine

    The Door County YMCA’s 14th Annual “Dining Around the Door” will be held May 17 at the Alpine Resort in Egg Harbor. This premier dining event will showcase the restaurant specialties of more than 35 Door County area restaurants.

  • Make Way for the Parade of Scots

    Set those reminders on smartphones or calendars to join the viewing of the Door County Scottie Rally’s Parade of Scots, led by Clan Donald Pipe and Drum Corps on May 16 around the Baileys Harbor Town Square.

  • Spring Fling Returns to Baileys Harbor

    Spring Fling, presented and sponsored by the Baileys Harbor Community Association, will be held in Baileys Harbor May 16-17. The schedule is below: Saturday, May 16 9 am – 4 pm Arts & Crafts 10 am – 4 pm Food & Drinks 10 am – 4 pm Wowballs USA Pool Games 11:25 am Door County Scottie Rally “Parade of Scots” 12 – 4 pm Live music by Modern Day Drifters Sunday, May 17 9 am – 1 pm Farm market & Wowballs USA Pool Games For more information visit BaileysHarbor.

  • Free Hikes to Begin at The Clearing

    The Clearing Folk School is once again offering free, docent-led hikes covering the 80-year history, folklore and landscape of the school and its 128-acre property.

  • Look for “Bellies on the Boardwalk”

    If you’ve always wondered what kind of amazing creatures can be found in the water alongside the boardwalk at The Ridges Sanctuary, then join them for Bellies on the Boardwalk, May 16 at 1 pm.

  • Wild Ones at Crossroads on May 17

    On May 17 at 4 pm, Wild Ones of Door County will host a program called “Raising and Protecting Larvae to Support the Monarch Butterfly Population” at Crossroads at Big Creek.

  • Eagle Bluff Lighthouse to Open for Season

    In 1868, Eagle Bluff Lighthouse cast its beam over the Green Bay for the first time. Guiding vessels through the water’s treacherous shoals, the lighthouse and its keepers provided safe passage for people and product.

  • Celebrate “Old Fashioned Fun” in Ellison Bay

    The 49th Olde Ellison Bay Days Festival will feature “Old Fashioned Fun” this year. Three community groups will team up again this year to uncork the 2015 Northern Door festival season, June 25 – 28, in Ellison Bay.

  • Meet the Makers at von Stiehl

    Meet the Makers at von Stiehl Winery in Algoma on June 20, 11 am – 6 pm. This is a wine and beer festival of a different flavor. The one-day festival offers test batches and unique blends newly released by von Stiehl’s wine and beer making teams.

  • Got Golf News, Photos or Upcoming Events?

    The Peninsula Pulse wants to hear about it! Send press releases, photos and upcoming events to [email protected]. Deadline is noon on Friday prior to publication.

  • New Artists at Greco Gallery

    The Fish Creek shop, Brilliant Stranger, closed its doors in the fall of 2013 and owner Dawn Patel has been industriously building a new business as an artist and maker.

  • Fish Creek Sculptor Featured at National Exhibit

    Deborah Dendler, local sculptor and resident of Fish Creek, is exhibiting a bronze sculpture at the Academic Artists Association 65th National Exhibition of Contemporary Realism in Vernon, Connectictut from May 3 - 23.

  • New Gallery Opens with Truck Show

    Cappaert Contemporary Gallery is opening the season with a jewelry trunk show featuring artful jewelry by Candyce Westfield and Beth Millner. Both artists work in a variety of metals and techniques and will be available to meet the artist on May 16, 1 – 6 pm.

  • Bronze Casting Weeklong Class

    The Northeastern peninsula of Wisconsin is the home of The Algoma Atelier of Sculpture and Art, which will be hosting the 4th Annual Lost Wax Bronze Casting Class.

  • Flower Demos at Gwendolyn’s Jewelry & Gallery

    Gwendolyn's Jewelry & Gallery is celebrating the merriness of May with art demonstrations by two of the gallery artists, Linda Thompson and Madonna Siles, on May 16 from noon to 4 pm, at 44 N.

  • Watercolor Demonstration With Kathleen Nelson

    Great Northern By Design at the Settlement Shops will host a watercolor demonstration by Wisconsin artist Kathleen Nelson from 10:30 am -12:30 pm on May 23.

  • Plum Bottom Kicks Off Summer Season

    Plum Bottom Pottery & Gallery has kicked off its summer season and invites you to visit. See classic Plum Bottom artists including Amanda DeWitt’s cast silver jewelry collection new for the 2015 summer season.

  • Spring Art Crawl in Ellison Bay

    Ellison Bay welcomes spring with its annual Spring Art Crawl. This unique group of artists welcomes visitors and residents alike to their galleries and studios to see what is new, see demonstrations and sample refreshments.

  • New Appreciation of Familiar Things

    Award-winning fine art photographer Jim Rossol is exhibiting through May 31 in the Lobby Gallery at Third Avenue Playhouse in Sturgeon Bay. The exhibition may be seen during scheduled performances of Maid to Marry.

  • On the Road to Northport

    It’s spring and the trilliums have returned to Door County, including that famous stretch of road at the tip of the county. State Highway 42 at Northport, one of the most photographed stretches of asphalt in Wisconsin, is in full bloom and spring colors.

  • Marine Art at Maritime Museum

    James LaMalfa’s About Ships exhibit of pastel, pencil and watercolor art is now on display at the Door County Maritime Museum. The exhibit will be open now through June 14.

  • Artists Reception at Bay Art Gallery

    Bay Art Gallery is kicking off the 2015 season with an artists’ reception on May 23. Elizabeth Heller, Curtis Crain and Sandra Peterson will be featured during this reception from 4 to 6 pm.

  • Open House Celebrates The Coop

    Write On, Door County will hold its second annual open house on May 30, 1 – 4 pm, at their home at 4177 Juddville Road, Fish Creek. Live music, readings by Door County writers, activities for kids and family, and paella round out the afternoon.

  • Maritime Museum Celebrates Canines of the Sea

    In 1938, the United States Coast Guard cutter Campbell brought onboard a member who would become a world famous Coast Guard veteran and, until recently, the only Coast Guardsman to be the subject of a biography, according to the United States Coast Guard website.

  • Gong Meditation Tour Makes Stop In Sturgeon Bay

    Nine years ago, a friend invited drummer and percussion player Kenny Kolter to a “gong bath.” As someone who grew up appreciating the emotive experience of music, the offer piqued his interest and Kolter and his wife decided to attend.

  • Container Gardening: A Lot of Fun In A Small Pot

    Wendy Woldt, treasurer of the Door County Master Gardener Association and a frequent speaker on container gardening, says it’s all about trends. “For the most part,” she says, “if a plant will grow in a garden, it will grow in a container."

  • The Bestseller List

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt 2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 3. Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger 4. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty 5. The Martian, by Andy Weir TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown 2. We Should All Be Feminists, by […]

  • Acoustic Song Circle Shares the Music

    There were 13 musicians and 13 appreciative listeners (including “designated clapper” Frank Christensen) at the second session of the Door County Acoustic Song Circle at the Prince of Peace Coffeehouse in Sturgeon Bay on April 30.

  • Questions and Artists: Randal Rasmussen

    As a local artist and resident of Door County, I have been enjoying Randy Rasmussen’s “Questions and Artists” features in the Peninsula Pulse for several years.

  • Newport Poetry Trail Pays Homage to State’s First Poet Laureate

    There are few better settings to enjoy the beauty of poetry than in the great outdoors. When a gentle breeze blows through the trees and chirping birds add to the natural ambience, focusing on the words and intent of a poet is that much easier.