Santa dropped in at Mann's Mercantile today to hear children's Christmas wishes. Refreshments were available.
The large tree outside of the Community Center was taken down and it was replaced by a smaller tree. It looks lovely with the Christmas tree lights on.
The Community Thanksgiving Service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church tonight. Taking part in the service were Pastor Allan Schaffmeyer (Trinity Lutheran Church), Larry Kahlscheurer (presider for the Catholics), and Pastor Ryan Schmitz (Bethel Church). Flowers were given in memory of LuAnn Jessen. Diane Kahlscheuer was pianist and organist, Dan Hansen pianist and choir director, and Jim Morris played the flute. Readers were Melinda Ellefson and Ann Rose. Ushers were John and Patty Herschberger. The Trinity choir sang two selections.
Take time to be thankful for the blessings of each day resounded in Pastor Ryan's message. He read Psalm 100 and noted all the earth is to praise God. We need to be louder with our thanks and praise to God than our culture. Read this Psalm and note the action words.
A pie social followed the service in Fellowship Hall.
November 19, 2014, from the Door County Advocate: "During the past week we have been treated to the coldest November weather in 10 years. The cold wave that struck Sunday dropped the temperature to 22, and it got down to 14 degrees on Monday night. During the day the (Sturgeon Baiy) canal registered 9 above as the minimum which came pretty close to the record 7 degree above registered in 1903."
The Door County portion of the property tax bill to be mailed out in December will be $3.82 per $1,000 in property value. The Town of Washington and the state tax rates are unknown at this time.
The Washington Island Christmas Bird Count will be held December 14. Field counters are to meet at K.K. Fiske between 7:30 and 8 A.M. and groups will be formed to cover 4 quarters of the Island. Each bird seen and heard will be documented. Morning findings will be shared over lunch at noon and then the counters will return to cover areas missed. There are also over 15 bird feeder watches who record sightings. Species seen during the week from the 11th through 17th can be added to the count but date and species should be noted. Data collected will later be published in the in the annual American Birds journal. If you would like to be involved, contact Sandy Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Children’s Christmas program will be presented Sunday morning the 14th at Bethel Church in lieu of the regular service. Come out and see the children present the Christmas story.
December 14th is the date set for the annual COOKIE WALK sponsored by the Bethel Builders. It will be held in Memorial Hall starting at 2 P.M. Decorated cans are available for you to fill with your choices from the wide array of Christmas cookies. Have a cup of coffee and cake after shopping and visit with others.
Winter's icy tentacles are appearing around the Island. It's bitter cold this week but it is supposed to be better for the opening season of hunting this weekend.
There has been tree trimming by the Island airport.
The first Christmas trees have been cut and wrapped by Dan Nerenhausen. People coming for Thanksgiving and Christmas like to take an Island tree home.
Monday, November 17 at 6 P.M. is the public budget hearing for the Town of Washington at the gym in the Community Center.
The open house at the Rutledge Room last Saturday was well attended with viewers coming in to enjoy the beautifully updated room and share a cup of coffee or hot apple cider and goodies. On the white board were written ways the Rutledge Room is used by the Community including Town Board meetings, committee meetings, senior lunches, Scandinavian Dance preparation, elections, Lions Club eye exams, 4-H meetings, Library story times, Archive research area, Fire department meetings, training for Emergency Medical Service, immunizations, meetings for Friends of Rock Island and Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands, zoning and planning meetings.
There is a story-time at the library for pre-school age children every Tuesday through the winter at 10 A.M.
The annual Lions Club sponsored Hunters Stew will be held November 21 at Karly’s from 5-7:30 P.M. This is a kick-off dinner for the gun deer hunt season that opens the next day on Saturday.
A boys and girls basketball fundraiser will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church November 22 from 5-7:30 P.M. It is all you can eat and includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, drink and dessert. $10 ages 12 and up. $5 ages 3-11.
The annual Veteran’s Day Program was hosted by the American Legion Gislason-Richter Post #402 at the TPAC November 11th at 10:30 A.M. Photo slides of Island veterans were shown on the large stage screen before the program. Commander Bill Nauta gave the welcome and introduction of the speaker. Invocations given by Pastor Ryan Schmitz. Patriotic songs were sung by school children and the attenders with Donna Briesemeister providing piano accompaniment. The children also did an interesting explanation of each phrase of the Pledge of Allegiance. There was a slide presentation of the Quilts of Valor program on the Island. Patriotic themed quilts are handmade at Sievers and sent to veterans. At 11 A.M. all stood, silently faced east in honor of those who have served. The speaker this year was retired Colonel Tim Lawrie who served two tours in Viet Nam and more recently he served as an expert military strategist and helped create the framework for Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Among commendations he received were the Purple Heart and Silver Star. His served in jungles, desert, and the arctic. He had vets in attendance to stand and be recognized, noting that when you see a vet, hug them and thank them for their service. That old man holding you up at the Walmart checkout may have been a young husband and father who left his family and home to assure that you have the freedoms you enjoy today. Lawrie noted that out of 300 million people under 1% serve today. The size of the military is at the lowest level since World War I as far as equipment and men. He noted we need to keep our military strong. At the end of the service, the Legion members retreated and stood outside the open side door of the TPAC and gave the rifle salute. The TAPS followed. Thanks to all involved: the American Legion members, Emmett Woods for sound and video and lighting, Donna Briesemeister, pianist, Pastor Ryan for prayer, School Administrator Tammy Kielbasa, school teachers for their work with students, speaker, Tim Lawrie, Bill Nauta for welcome and introduction, Leo Derrico for playing TAPS on the trumpet.
The ferry takes a northerly tack when the wind is from the north. They head upwind so they can turn and go downwind.
It's bow and cross-bow deer hunting season. This deer was born earlier this year and has an injury that has healed on its leg. It is also rut season so she's probably looking for a place to hide! Note: be careful on the roads while the males are focused on chasing the females.
This Saturday is an open house at the Rutledge Room sponsored by the Community Center Committee. Come out and see the transformation of this multi-use community room. There will be hot cider and coffee and goodies. From 2-4 P.M.
Speaker for the Veteran's Day Program this year is Col. Tim Lawrie. He will share "A Soldier's Story". The service is at the TPAC November 11 at 10:30 A.M. Retired Colonel Tim Lawrie is an expert military strategist and created the framework for Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
Election results for Washington Island from Door County website
(not includingLibertarian as they were minimal in comparison):
Governor – Walker 274, Burke 136.
Assembly District 1 – Majeski 188, Kitchens 278.
Senator District 1– Debroux 186, Lasee 279.
Congress District 8 – Gruett 176, Ribble 293.
Sheriff– Sternard 191, Delarwelle 273.
Attorney General – Happ 184, Schimel 262.
Clerk of Circuit Court – DeFere (no opposition).
State Treasurer – Sartori 177, Adamczk 253.
Secretary of State – LaFollette 203, Bradley 237.
The question on the ballot had 335 yes, 72 no.
The Community Thanksgiving Service will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 7 P.M. with Pastor Ryan giving the message. Pie to follow in the Fellowship Hall.
November 3rd the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Shuttle
visited the Washington Island Schools. This 45 foot long coach gives students a
“hands on” way to experience opportunities available to them in these fields.