Lovely mosaic at the outdoor main school entry. It was made by students in Tom Hokkanen's art class.
With Captain Jeff Cornell at the helm and "Deckhand" Hoyt Purinton, the ferry EYRARBAKKI delivered Charlie's Pumps & Well Drilling equipment to Rock Island State Park to drill a well. (Info from Facebook)
Memorial Day weekend on Sunday the annual Music Fest fundraiser event was held. Stephen Colburn and musicians performed great music at the TPAC followed by a wine reception, silent auction, and delicious meal at the Historic Island Dairy. There were 14 differently decorated tables which were amazing in their creativity, color, and spirit. The winning table was the Washington Island Literary Festival table.
Special recognition was given to the late Arbutus Greenfeldt for her church and community service throughout many years by Post Commander Bill Nauta at the annual Memorial Day Program. He noted that she died about a month after last year’s Memorial Day Service at the age of 93.
Nauta welcomed the overflow crowd at Bethel Church May 25th. All present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance recitation and the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner”. Other patriotic songs were sung.
Three student essays had been selected to be read. This year’s subject was about young Americans being recruited to join ISIS. Why are they responding and what can be done about it? The three essay winners were Alex Johnson, Ben Johnson, and Elena Waldron and each read what they had written.
The Memorial Day Address was presented by Ellen Graf who spoke about the Quilts of Valor program. Quilts of Valor began with a mother who made a quilt for her son who had served in Iraq. Soon this act evolved and grew to provide quilts for all veterans as an expression of comfort, recognition, and gratefulness.
The group on the Island became a registered part of the national organization about 3 years ago and now includes involvement of over 20 people. Fund raising is done each year for expenses related to the project. Good quality new fabric is purchased in patriotic colors. The pattern is decided and a coach and rookie work together. All are volunteers. This past year there were 9 teams of 2. 10 or more quilts are completed each year. This past winter, 14 quilts were made. Sievers School of Fiber Arts graciously provides the space for the work which takes place usually in March for several days. Quilts and pillowcases crafted by this group were displayed throughout the church sanctuary for the program. Ellen noted that if anyone had a suggestion of a special person that qualified for a Quilt of Valor to please contact her and a quilt could be crafted by the Island group to be awarded to the person. She noted that one of the first quilts completed prior to joining the Quilts of Valor organization, was for her brother and when she awarded it to him, it was very emotional.
Following the Address was the Benediction, the March to the Cemetery led by the Color Guard, Wreath Placement at the flag pole, reading by Jake Ellefson of Departed Comrades, prayer by Rev. Alan Schaffmeyer, Color Guard and Rifle Squad Salute, Taps, “Amazing Grace” by the bagpipers, March to Schoolhouse Beach, prayer by Rev. Leroy Bass, placing of the Wreath for Comrades who died at sea, Color Guard and Rifle Squad Salute, Taps, “Amazing Grace”.
Thanks to Pastors Schmitz, Schaffmeyer, and Bass for their participation; Paula McDonald for making the beautiful wreaths, Christine Schmitz for piano accompaniment; Bob Gillespie and Emmett Woods for playing the bagpipes; Quilts of Valor for the lovely display of quilts and pillow cases; all others who helped make this service special; the American Legion Post 402 for providing the program each year.
It was raining in the early morning but by the time of the program the rain had ended so that the walk to the cemetery and Schoolhouse Beach could be accomplished.
Thanks to the men, the women,and the children who gave their lives or lost their loved ones so we can enjoy the freedoms we have in America and for those who came home never to be who they were before they served.
Work is being done at the Island airport. The parking sign is barely visible above one of the piles of gravel.
The flags are flying downtown for Memorial Day.
Baccalaureate will be held June 3 at Bethel Church at 7 P.M. Graduation will be at the Community Center at 7 P.M. on June 5th. There is only one graduate this year: Katy Jordan. She is the daughter of Tom and Michelle Jordan. Congratulations!
The end of school picnic will be at the Red Barn Park on Friday, June 5th. The Family Center provides hot dogs, sloppy joes, and lemonade. Bring a dish to pass and celebrate the end of school and anticipation of the beginning of summer.
The Danish Mill celebrated their 5th year anniversary on May 16th with free coffee and donuts in the morning, free deli and bakery samples, a drawing for Danish Mill gift card and a sale in the gift shop. A new addition is a backyard waterfall.
Some of the trash cans around the Island at parks have been decorated by students in art class at Washington Island Schools.
The W.I. Community Band has had to cancel Tuesday's planned performance at the TPAC but take heart, they will perform at a later date, most likey toward the end of summer or early fall
The W.I. Lions Club took on the project to recruit a plumber that would live and work on the Island. The effort paid off when John Nickchen was secured for the job. John and his family will live on the Island. His wife is Danielle and they have three children: Jake is 10, Emily is 6, and Jaylyn is 4. John is a certified master plumber and he also has boiler and radiant heat experience. His cell is 920-535-0888. Welcome to the Island!
Will Krueger was recently selected to be in the Midget Car Racing Hall of Fame. He drove and competed in midget racing for 10 years. Will’s father-in-law, Max Reichenbach, built the cars. They won many races in competition in the Midwest. The midget car is on display in Museum of American Speed in
Nevada which has the world’s largest collection of racing engines and vintage speed equipment. The race car has the lettering on top “Reichenbach” and on the side “Driver Bill Krueger”. Their Championship trophy is on display. Several years ago Will and Lois travelled to the museum. Will was taped answering
questions for information to be added to the display. He also donated a leather mask that some of the guys used to wear while racing.
The annual Mother-Daughter Banquet was held last Friday night at Bethel Memorial Hall. A delicious dinner was served by several competent men. The theme was “Down Memory Lane” celebrating the 50th year of the Banquet. Memories of past banquets, past supporters and attenders were shared. Special music was provided by Leila Nehlsen and her daughter
Marisa Kehren, accompanied by Pastor Ryan Schmitz on guitar.
Time to start training for the REC RUN on 07/25/15. For the first time ever there will be a 2015 matching fund promotion. This 2015 matching challenge grant from anonymous donors offers a special feature that a
$100 donation will be made to the W.I. Matching Fund for the first 100 NEW participants in the run! In addition, any sponsor-ships collected by runners/walkers, up to $100 per participant will be matched by a group of four
separate anonymous donors. Help your local rec center. Walk or run the rec and get a few sponsors. Any questions feel free to call and the rec staff will be happy to answer all your questions.
The Door County Sheriff's Office recently hired three new employees: Nathan Guilette, Roxanne Munao, and Brandon Cromwell. May 7th Sheriff Delarwelle held a badge pinning ceremony for them. They were welcomed to the agency. They are considered three quality officers that will be assets to the department and their communities for many years to come. Roxanne is the daughter of Lisa and Andy Munao of Washington Island.
Islandtime Books, located next to the Red Cup, will reopen as Fair Isle Books Memorial Day Weekend with Deb Wayman as its new owner. A Grand Re-opening Celebration will be held on Sat. May 23rd at the Fair Isle Books store. Kathleen owned and ran the book store for 11 years.
Baccalaureate for the Class of 2015 will be held June 3 at Bethel Church at 7 P.M. Graduation will be at the Community Center at 7 P.M. on June 5th. Graduate is Katy Jordan, daughter of Michelle and Tom Jordan. She is in a class by herself! Class colors are royal blue and white. Class Motto: “Leave one foot in the past as you take the next into the future.”
Auditions for the summer Island Players presentation are May 21 and 22 at the Washington Island School Commons. The play is “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams. Andy Sachs will be directing the play.
The performance dates are July 17, 18, 19 at the TPAC.
Sunday afternoon at 2 P.M. on May 17th is the presentation of the play reading, “Dear Rhoda”. It was written by Donna Russell and is being directed by Dave Ranney of Island Players. It will be at the Washington Hotel with an appetizer buffet at the Hotel and the play will be presented in the beautiful adjacent accessory building. Set in the 1920s the play incorporates music and styles of that period
Each year high school students submit art works to the Miller Art Center in Sturgeon Bay for the high school Salon of Art. This is the 41st year. Winning awards from the Island school were Miryam Gregg and Lydia Schultz. Lydia received a $100 Award of Excellence and Miryam $50 for Honorable Mention category. There were 208 entries by 125 students from Door County Schools. In addition, the art teachers participating receive $100 from the Door County Art League. Tom Hokkanen is the art teacher at the Island schools. The student art pieces will be on display through May 26.