Sportsman's Club

Friday, March 24, 2017

On April 8th the annual Sportsman’s Club Fundraising Dinner will be held at Karly’s. Starting at 5:30 P.M. there will be a variety of activities such as BB gun shoot, raffles, door prizes, silent auction, plus a great dinner. All money raised benefits Sportsman's Club sponsored activities such as Hunter Safety classes, the pheasant program, learn to hunt turkeys.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Remember to vote April 4th. Polls open at 8 A.M. and close at 9 P.M. at the Community Center.

Community Van

Friday, March 17, 2017

The residents of the Town of Washington are lucky to have a town board and community full of generosity. The 2010 Dodge van (purchased by the town board in 2015 for the purpose of transporting our residents) is appreciated for its safety, roominess, and availability. We have dedicated drivers who have all passed background checks, give of their time freely, and are courteous to a fault to their fellow citizens-even accompanying riders in to medical appointments as requested. In addition, we have a generous island business-the Washington Island Ferry Line- which generously allows us to provide as many trips as· needed and without cost to the town for the van and the driver for ferry crossings. We have been able to supply 55 residents with transportation off island for mostly medical appointments. Ten different drivers gave more than 1,274 hours of their time transporting their fellow residents as needed from Northport to Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay and points between them driving a total of 5215 miles. Thirty one trips divided almost evenly between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay were made from February through December in 2016. The town has been reimbursed $640.00 plus $130.00 worth of vouchers. While a monthly schedule was once again printed and posted, our residents' needs were usually different from the dates posted. We abandoned the schedule to fit the various date needs which sometimes required drivers on 2 or 3 days in succession and 2 drivers on one occasion to help an island couple bring home their vehicle after an unexpected hospital stay. We also had 2 trips requested but cancelled due to illness. The Washington Island Schools have also borrowed the community van to supplement their field trips and away sporting events during the school year. This year the van was used for 5 trips: 4 were for basketball games, 2 were field trips. One trip was a combination Door County field trip which converted to an away basketball trip in the afternoon, hence only 5 trips. A total of 2553 miles were driven. The school Athletic Director sent a thank you note to the Town Board after every trip and verbally thanked myself after each request. On behalf of those who used the Community Van, I wish to thank the Town Board for providing the van, the town crew for maintenance, the Washington Island Ferry Line for driver and van passage, and the volunteer drivers. This program would not be available were it not for the generosity of each of these components.
Gratefully, Margie O'Connor,
Volunteer Community Van Coordinator

Taken in part from the Town Board meeting packet. Thanks to all involved with this service.

WICHP March Luncheon

Friday, March 17, 2017

THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD ~ Food, Fun and the Facts of Later Life Luncheon! Come to our next WICHP (Washington Island Community Health Program) Event ~ Ed Wasie  wiill speak on Hypertension. All 50 and over are welcome to attend. $6.50 includes Ed Wasei speaker, tasty lunch, amazing friends, and a tip! Please make your reservation with Laura Findlay Hagen by Tues, March 21st. Bring a friend! HEY! IT WILL BE SPRING!

WICHP 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

WICHP's 2017 Board of Directors. (Sitting L to R) Jeannie Hutchins, Betty Lou Smith & Dianna Young, Treasurer. (Standing L to R) Sara Sorensen, Larry Kahlscheuer, President, Matt Findlay & Maryjeanne Schaffmeyer, Vice-President. Missing from photo are Margie O'Connor, Winter Secretary, Ann Martin-Fornaciari, Summer Secretary and Shirley Baxter.

New art piece at the Island ferry dock

Friday, March 17, 2017

Have you noticed a pair of stainless ice propellers on display near the Ferry Terminal on the Island? “These are spares that have been in storage since their purchase a little over a year ago.   Rather than continue to store them inside a workshop building, Joel Gunnlaugsson and Con McDonald got busy fabricating a stand on which the two wheels could be publicly displayed”. (Info from Dick Purinton’s blog on the website. Go there for the complete story.) The spares give the Ferry Line options should a propeller be damaged on the Arni J. particularly from going through ice. They each weigh about 1500 pounds each. They make a lovely piece of art meanwhile!

Florida - Island Picnic

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Florida - Island picnic was awesome. 27 people attended. Grace Ann and Barry Carpenter hosted the gathering   at Cape Sable Cabana in Naples. Potluck with amazing food. Cynthia Bowen and Donna and Larry Russell led the games. Thanks to Gloria Small for the report.

Ice Party enjoys balmy weather

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The annual Ice Party was held on Saturday, February 18th  in Detroit Harbor. There was water from melting ice over the surface. (Last year it was below zero with a strong northwesterly blow that brought wind chills down to -20 degrees. The Ice Party was moved to KK Fiske.)  There was food and fun and fireworks after dark. Each year it serves as a fundraiser for some community organization. This year monies were presented to the Sportsman’s Club. 

Derby renamed and results

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The 40th annual Lions Club Fish Derby culminated last weekend. The winners were
announced at Nelsen’s Hall at noon for the largest fish as determined by weight. This year the  Lions Club Fish Derby was renamed the Ray Hansen Memorial Fish Derby in honor of Ray's efforts to establish the Derby and his many years of involvement in the actual event.

This year's final results were: (Thanks to Mary Andersen for info as I was gone for the weekend.)

1st Place:   Alex Johnson 22.54 lbs  ($50)
2nd Place: Ben Johnson  7.85 lbs  ($25)
3rd Place: Jaxin Lindgren  6.79 lbs  ($15)

1st Place: Aaron Cornell  1.08 lbs  ($50)
2nd Place: Jim Phelps  .90 lbs  ($25)
3rd Place: Joey Cornell   .88 lbs  ($15)

1st Place: Frank Lyman 16.24 lbs  ($50)
2nd Place: Dennis Young 11.89 lbs  ($25)
3rd Place: Hannes Johnson  8.05 lbs  ($15)

1st Place: Hunter Bjarnarson  9.17 lbs  ($100)
2nd Place: Bill Jorgenson  5.53 lbs  ($50)
3rd Place: None 

1st Place: Eric DeJardin  .79 lbs  ($25)
2nd Place: None
3rd Place: None

1st Place: None.
2nd Place: None
3rd Place: None

Lions Club Lunch followed at Nelsen’s Hall and included brats, hot dogs, chili,
beans and potato salad. Desserts were sold by school students. BINGO was at 1
P.M. The temperatures were in the 50s with sunshine over the weekend. The ferry
line ran an extra late afternoon trip on Sunday.

Northport improvements

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Check out the W.I. Ferry site for news on the remodel of the Northport Terminal. Although there are porta potties on the dock you may prefer to use a public bathroom before getting in line or use the ferry bathrooms. There will be new bathrooms in the Northport building as well as an enlarged visitor center.