The new updated Washington Island phone books (cream color) are printed and can be purchased at various business places on the Island. Any profits go to the Washington Island Schools.
Strong winds February 19 were estimated to reach gusts up to 35 mph. The lake ice was pushed off the west side leaving only ice banks just along the shore. Koyen’s fish tug, Seediver, was out on the lake
in open water earlier in the day.
Winners of the Chili Cook-Off were Hans Koyen - 1st; Sara Sorensen - 2nd; and BJ Sliwa - 3rd. This event is sponsored by the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce. It is held the Saturday of the President's Day Weekend.
Island Player’s presentation of “Spoon River Anthology” was over the coldest weekend, I think, of the winter! Thanks to all involved and director, Tony Woodruff; producer, Amanda DeWitt; stage manager,
Dan Westbrook, assistant, Tom Taylor; lighting team, Emmett Woods and Luukas Palm-Leis; Audio, Dan Kickbush with assistant Isaac Mohn; set design, Tony Woodruff; set construction, Tony Woodruff, Mike Miotke, Tom Taylor, Bill Nauta, Kyle Joanou; costume assistance, Grace Woodruff; photographer, Steve Waldron; tickets and ushering, Cheena Wade, Pat Clarke and Doug Huffman, and Danelle Nickchen; snow removal (donation), Dave Hanlin; assistance from Dan Hansen and
Jonathan Mann; videographer, Marleen Johnson; and of course the actors, audiences, and the Island Players board of directors.
Nine players will be inducted into the Door County Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. Island players include Lenny Atkins (Washington Island /Institute); Mike Jorgenson; Mark Woerfel (Washington Island/Sister Bay. The award banquet is scheduled for May 7th.
“The 2016 Island West Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 9, at Lou's Tivoli Gardens Restaurant located at 12555 W Bell Road in Surprise, Arizona. Please contact Don Jensen at 623-215-3625 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your reservation. Please make your reservation before March 1. Hope to see you all on March 9.” (from Don Jensen)
This years Ice Party was moved from Detroit Harbor ice to the Washington Island Camp Grounds because of frigid temps and wind. This year monies were to be donated to the repair/renovation of the historic gate on Rock Island.
The 39th annual Lions Club Fish Derby culminated last weekend. The winners were announced at Nelsen’s Hall at noon last Sunday for the largest fish as determined by weight.
Prizes for the top three lawyers.
1st prize is $100 to Eric Dejardin for his 9.99#.
2nd is $50 won by Tad Hansen for his 7.78#.
3rd is $25 won by Ashlyn Dejardin 7.37#.
Prizes for the top three salmon/trout:
1st is $50 won by Ben Johnson with an 18.03# entry.
2nd is $25 won by Tara Dejardin, 5.24#.
3rd – no entries.
Prizes for the top three perch:
1st is $50 won by Todd Cornell for .87#.
2nd is $25 won by Jim Jorgenson, .81#,
3rd is $15 won by Keith Martin, 74# entry.
Prizes for the top three northerns:
1st is $50 won by Aaron Bresnahan with a 3.1#.
2nd is $25 won by Joel Richards, 2.39#.
3rd is $15 won by Aaron Cornell, 1.58# catch.
Prizes for the top three walleyes:
1st is $50 won by 8.72# caught by Alex Johnson.
2nd is $25 won by Aaron Cornell with 7.38# entry.
No 3rd place entry.
Prize for largest whitefish is $25 and was won with a 4.03# whitefish caught by Kasey Doran.
There were also three prize winners drawn from entries:
Butch Young won 1st,
Vesta Davidson won 2nd,
and Jim Phelps won 3rd.
Lions Club member Bill Jorgenson made the announcements. The temps were still frigid and huge fluffy snowflakes fell during the event into the later afternoon. Lunch followed at Nelsen’s Hall: brats, hot dogs, chili, beans and potato salad. BINGO followed.
The annual meeting of the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce was held January 19. Elections resulted in Mary Andersen, President; Marianna Gibson, Secretary/Treasurer, both incumbents. It was noted that the first showing of the Discover Wisconsin taping of Washington Island is scheduled for February 20th. It will be shown a total of three times over 2 years.
WICHP (Washington Island Community Health) will present their “food, fun, and facts of later life” on February 25th at Findlay’s Holiday Inn, at 11:30 A.M. – 1 P.M. All those 50 and over welcome!
Only $6.50 for lunch and speaker. Reservations to Laura Findlay Hagen by February 23rd. The special speaker will be Greg Casperson from Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay. Greg first visited the Island when he was 6 years old. He graduated from Carthage College with a degree in education. He
went on in 1971 to the Indiana College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife, Debbie, purchased Casperson Funeral Home in 1982 after Greg had worked for years with his father, Clyde. Greg will address the value of pre-planning final arrangements and will answer questions.
Student Chicago-Madison Trip Fundraiser at Community Center, Feb. 12th, 5-7 P.M. All you can eat! $5 ages 5-11, $10 ages 12 and up. After the dinner head to the TPAC for the first performance of Spoon River Anthology presented by Island Players at 7 P.M. and the second performance will be a Saturday matinee.
The Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership (GMRP) began in 2003 with the vision of Doug Hansen, a Rotarian (who grew up here on the Island). Its goal is to provide general/basic medical care to people who couldn’t otherwise receive care and to provide access to follow up surgery as needed. Doug became aware of the great need after visiting his son Brian who was in the Peace Corps there. Sponsored by the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Clubs, this year’s GMRP team of 43 made their 12th trip to Oliveros, a small rural area in the southeast of Guatemala. The team provides medical, dental and vision services and involves many general volunteers and interpreters, as well as medical personnel. Local retired Spanish teacher Barb O’Connell
just made her 5th trip with the group, along with Pam Hansen, Doug’s wife. Many people walk for hours and then wait for hours to receive services during the 5-day clinic. The mission is funded by Rotary clubs, other organizations and individuals. Contributions are always needed.