Rainy day creates mirror images...
The sky and water seemed to become one this morning. An ore boat passing through defined the division.
Brian Frisque and friends drove up from the county in their Packer van, decorated inside and outside in Packer colors and memorabilia, to meet with senior citizens, community members and school kids September 26th at the Community Center. The group cooks brats for the senior citizen’s lunch and joining in the fun are community members and school kids. Attenders come in Packer fan attire, although not required. It was a perfect sunny and warm day to picnic outside.
Improvements are being made at the Island ferry dock. Blacktop is being taken up and will be replaced.
Today is the first official day of fall. The winds and cloud formations and changing colors of leaves all proclaim the season.
The Washington Island Fire Department is having their annual Pancake Breakfast and open house on Columbus Day weekend on Saturday the 11th. 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.
The historic Washington Hotel is under new ownership. A wedding reception was held there last weekend with a tent set up on the expansive front lawn. This event was catered by The Danish Mill. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Wind and rain seem to rule the weather so far in September. But when the sun shines it is beautiful with flashes of bright red fall leaves taking the center of attention from the green. Cloud formations have been impressive. Come on up and experience fall on the Island!
September 13 cross-bow and archery deer season began. Successful hunters as of Tuesday afternoon: Tara DeJardin – 8 point buck; Dylan Folkers – doe; Ben Johnson – doe; Alex Johnson – 10 pointer; John Jubeck – 8 pointer; Russ Bever – doe. Thanks to Nelsen's Hall, the registration station, for the information.
Lake levels are up a reported 19 inches from a year ago! This level is higher than the 96 year average for the first time since 1998. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the level is still 33 inches below the all time high set in 1986. I remember when the water rose over the Jackson Harbor dock and water came over the Island ferry dock so it looked like vehicles were actually driving in the lake.
Roadwork was completed on Lobdell Point Road this past week. The new blacktop is beautifully smooth.
Light rain this evening created beautiful rainbow.
The annual Cemetery Walk hosted by the W.I. Archives was held last Sunday afternoon. Former Island citizens were researched and scripts written and presented as if the old-timers were speaking. Island citizens represented were Christ A. Hansen (Jens Hansen, actor. Research and script – Charlotte Hansen); Nels Friis (Chuck Sena, actor. Research and script – Connie Sena); Will Jess (Neil Shadle, actor. Research and script – Merrill Lundberg); J.W. Cornell (Eric Greenfeldt actor and research and script.); Jens Jacobsen (Terry Henkel, actor. Research and script – Jewel Lee Grandy); Tom Nelson (Tony Woodruff, actor. Research and script – Dave Raup and Grace Woodruff); Janet Burgoon (Lillie May Shadle, actor. Research and script – Kirby Foss); and Martha Stelter (Joyce Morehouse, actor. Research and script – Jeanie Young). This was a fall fundraiser for the W.I. Archives.
The 18th biennial Sievers Gathering will be September 25-27. There will be workshops, a yarn sale, demonstrations, a "show and tell" show, buffet dinner, student fiber art exhibit, door prizes, garage sale, and music entertainment by Doc Westring and Cindra Hokkanen. Please make reservations for the dinner or workshops by September 22. For more information go online at sieversschool.com/newsletter
The annual Harvest Dinner at Trinity Lutheran Church will be held October 11th. You can make reservations with Jeanie Young but please no calls after 9 P.M. There are seatings at 4,5,6,7, and 8 P.M. This is a turkey dinner and all the trimmings.
The Sievers Gathering is this month on the 27th and 28th. You can go to their website for further information.
Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer is the new Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church. His first Sunday will be September 28th. Interim pastors have been Dutton Morehouse, Carol Amadio, John and Audrey Nourse.
A beautiful hand made quilt depicting Island scenes is being raffled by the Women's Club. The drawing will be October 21 at their monthly meeting.
Volunteers accomplished many things on recent second work day on Plum Island in anticipation of the island being open to the public next year. Directional signs placed, safety concerns on the dock taken care of, benches made and placed are a few of the items completed by the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) If you would like to become a member and receive the FOPPI newsletter, go to their website and send in your information.
A storm rolled through the Island last night with high winds, rain, power outages, branches and trees down. Unfortunately the outage was during the first Packer game of the season leaving fans listening to radios. Only those that had a generator were able to watch on TV.