Note that vehicle reservations are now required for ferry crossings until March 24th.
The first real snowfall of the season fell during the night of December 28th. Winds were reported up to 30 mph
resulting in deep drifts. Some Island locations were out of power. Snow plows were busy the next day.
The Hagen family will again perform at the Third Avenue Playhouse December 19 (tonight) at 7:30 P.M. This is their annual Christmas show begun by patriach, the late Jack Hagen with family members. Generally it includes three generations. This talented family travels from near and far to take part. The show has become a Christmas tradition for many attenders.
What a great group of children performing in the Bethel Church Christmas program at the TPAC. Above they are singing the "Twelve Days of Christmas - Island Style". There were recitations, songs, plays, costumes. A wonderful night with children sharing the true meaning of Christmas.
Edward Wasie, Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, will be joining Barb Heilman, APNP at the North Shore Medical Clinic, Washington Island. December 13th there was a welcome gathering at the Rec Center.
The Sportsman's Club will hold their annual chili lunch at the club on January 1st along with the New Year's day shoot competition. (Clay pigeons launched into the air are the targets.)
Also on New Year's day at noon is the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Schoolhouse Beach. Don't be late as participants don't linger in the lake! This may be the year YOU want to be included.
Adam Hanlin is the Washington Island Emergency Medical Service's person of the year. Congratulations!
The 2015 Christmas Bird Count will take place again this year. The Island count will be on December 14th. The organizer for Washington Island is again Sandy Peterson. The Audubon Society began this annual bird count and this year will be its 116th. Besides tracking bird populations, nesting and migration patterns can be determined. Count circles are 15 miles in diameter. That means 4 sections for Washington Island. If interested in participating meet at Gibson's West Harbor Lodge on Sunday, December 13th between 3 & 4 P.M. or email Sandy Peterson so there isn't duplication of counters in specified areas.The Audubon is the nation's largest organized bird count. Sandy's email: firstname.lastname@example.org