Voting polls open at the Rutledge Room in the Community Center at 7 A.M. and remain open until 8 P.M.
Remember to "fall back" one hour before you go to bed this Saturday night.
Windy day today with cold temps and snow flurries. Northeasterly wind gusts were up to 50 miles per hour. Ferry trips were concelled.
Washington Island School teacher of the 3rd and 4th grade students sponsored a Halloween Party at the Washington Hotel as a fund raiser toward the purchase of the WeatherBug station and addition of a mobile lightning sensor alert system for our school, community and Island visitors. Mrs. Kickbush notes: “The WeatherBug station is affiliated with WBAY TV and would give the Island real-time weather data on mobile devices, our school’s website and on TV. Our weather is often unique compared to the mainland. Therefore, our own reliable weather station would be an asset to the whole community and a great learning tool for our students. As an upgrade, we would be able to add the mobile lightning alert package; a valuable safety feature for outdoor recreational activities like golfing, fishing and school sports.” Anyone who asks could be added to the lightning alert list via a mobile device or computer.
Remember..... Veteran's Day service at 10:30 A.M. at the TPAC. Sponsored by the American Legion Post #402.
Windy day today.
A dock extension and viewing platform was added this summer at Little Lake Museum property.
A cross at Little Lake Museum property. It was erected in 1973 during a re-enaction ceremony of Father Marquette's historic canoe landing there. The orignal cross that he put up was near this site.
Work continues on finishing the pavilion at Schoolhouse Beach.
There will be a Halloween Fundraiser Party hosted byWashington Island school teacher, Mrs. Kickbush, and the third and fourth grade class Thursday, October 30th from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Hotel Washington on Rangeline Road. Come in costume (no scary costumes please). Tickets for each activity will be sold at the door. Join us for food, fun games, tattoos, crafts, science, and music. All proceeds go towards the Island WeatherBug Station.
The 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat is on Friday, October 31 at Findlay's Holiday Inn from 2-4 P.M. (early school dismissal that day and right before Trick or Treating time). Come join in the fun and set up your trunk with treats galore for trick or treaters. ALL AGES of kids and adults are welcome! Call or contact Zuzka Krueger to reserve a spot for your trunk.
The 2nd annual Spine Tingling Farm of Fear and Mystical Parlor of Intrigue will be held again at Fiddler's Green and the Farm Museum. It is October 25th starting at 6 P.M.
KK Fiske is having a pumpkin carving contest followed by a Halloween party on October 31st. There will be an adult costume contest. Deadline for pumpkin entries is October 30th.
The Town landfill will be accepting the following items on Saturday November 1st. It is a household hazardous waste cleanup. Do NOT bring medications, motor oils, ammunitions, latex paint. DO BRING aerosol cans, old gasoline, paint thinners, lawn and garden pesticides, pool chemicals, small household batteries, leftover paints (NOT latex), oven cleaners, brake fluid, antifreeze, solvents, and if you have questions about other items please call the landfill
OPEN HOUSE at the Rutledge Room in the Community Center onSaturday, November 8th from 2-4 P.M. Come and see the completed renovation of this room and enjoy a hot apple cider, coffee and treats. Sponsored by the Community Center Committee with thanks for all who helped make this project possible.
Columbus Day weekend was extraordinarily beautiful with fall colors peaking and abundant sunshine, with a light breeze. The Washington Island Fire Department Pancake Breakfast and open house on Saturday included tours of the safety house, the fire department, and ambulances. The big American flag was again suspended over Townline Road by the department via a fire truck ladder. The raffle tickets were drawn at about 10:30.
First prize is $1,000 and it was won by Jim Tibbetts;
2nd prize is $500 gift certificate from the Island Outpost won by Jack Satterthwaite;
$500 value of an artwork of Cathy Meader 3rd was won by Clara Piecuch;
4th prize is a cedar swing by Larry Young valued at $500 was won by Dan Hansen;
5th is a $300 gift certificate from the Danish Mill won by Rob Carr;
6th prize is a $200 certificate for the Albatross won by Dave and Barb Dickey.
The youth gun deer season was open this past weekend allowing young hunters the opportunity to get their deer before the regular gun season begins. They have to be accompanied by a mentor for this hunt. The following is a list of successful bow hunters and youth hunters through this past Monday noon thanks to Nelsen’s Hall which is the Island registration station. Starting from the latest to the earliest: Rich Ellefson (8 pointer); Shammond Ervin (9 pointer); Dennis Oshefsky (8 pointer); McKenzie Geibel (6 pointer); Gale Chier (Doe); Cal Ellefson (spike); Weston Mann (Doe); Jed Ellefson (Doe); Alex Johnson (8 pt.); Ben Johnson (Doe); Michael Cornell (12 pt.); Paul Haupt (8 pt.) Aaron Cornell (8 pt.) James Jorgenson (Doe); Mack Ellefson (8 pt.); Chase Bjarnarson (Doe); Clifford Folkers (Doe); Adam Folkers (Doe); Adam Folkers (Doe); Jennifer Munao (Doe); David Ramus (Doe); Russ Bever (Doe); John Jubeck (8 pt.); Alex Johnson (10 pt.); Ben Johnson (Doe); Kyle Folkers (Doe); Dylon Folkers (Doe); Tara DeJardin (8 pt.).
Hans Koyen and Terry Henkel on the new and 2nd apple press at the Farm Museum Fall Festival today.
Bonnie Burnham is wearing the yellow T-shirt and enthusiasticly led the children in old fashioned games.
Great crowd at the Farm Museum Fall Fest and beautiful fall day!
The old and original cider press.
The caramel apples were a highlight to the day as usual but there were brats and other items for sale for lunch. Below the adults have a tug of war after the children's. There were demonstrations including black smithing. A tractor pulled a wagon for wagon rides.
Tomorrow is the final day to bid on the quilts on display in the Narthex at Trinity Church. Bidding ends at 8:30 P.M.
The annual clothing sale will be at Trinity Church. Sort your closets and donate items, help sort, sell, or shop. Unsold items are packed and donated to off-island charities. This is a great time to update your wardrobe. Monies are donated to Trinity youth programs. Sale days are October 24, from 9-5 and October 25 from 9-1.
The Columbus Day weekend is here! There are many activities to enjoy.The Washington Island Fire Department is having their annual Pancake Breakfast and open house on Saturday serving from 7 A.M. to 10:30 P.M. The raffle tickets will be drawn at 10:30 A.M.. First prize is $1,000; 2nd prize is $500 gift certificate from the Island Outpost; $500 value of an artwork of Cathy Meader 3rd; 4th prize is a cedar swing by Larry Young valued at $500; 5th is a $300 gift certificate from the Danish Mill; 6th prize is a $200 certificate for the Albatross. This is a fundraiser for the local fire department. Thanks to those who give their time and training for the safety of the Island.
Saturday and Sunday is the annual Washington Island Farm Museum Fall Celebration. You can make your own apple cider with a hand crank cider press, enjoy the famous home-made caramel apples, tour the museum, see demonstrations, go on a wagon ride, view the animals, enjoy lunch. This is a fundraiser for the Farm Museum and a great way to spend a fall weekend. Last year 594 caramel apples were sold and 65# of apples turned into cider.
Also on this Columbus Day weekend is the annual Harvest Dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church. Traditional turkey dinner is served family style.
The fall colors are beautiful. Have a great time!
Seagull tucking its head because of the wind today.
Fall colors and fall skies. The colors should peak for the Columbus Day weekend.
The Sportsman's Club recently released pheasants on the Island.
Fresh lines were painted on the new black topped roads.
The 2nd annual Literary Festival began today. There will be four days of visiting authors about writing and books.The theme this year is “Rooted in the Family: Themes of Family”. Included in the featured authors are Mari Anderson and Fritz Damler who own a home on the Island and have authored several books. Another author presenting is Elizabeth Evans Sachs who also has ties to the Island as her parents (Rev. Jim and Margaret Evans) owned property here and spent many summers at the Detroit Harbor home place.