Art and Nature Center

Posted: 5/28/2016

The Art and Nature Center will be renovating and expanding the Nature Room so visitors can better experience the unique beauty of the Island. The grant making this possible was awarded by the Door County Community Foundation from the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation.

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DVBS

Posted: 5/28/2016



 
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Start planning to enroll your children in Daily Vacation Bible ‘Spectacular’ to be held June 20-24 at Bethel Church.  The theme is Ocean Commotion. There are Bible stories, snacks, crafts, and outdoor play. Contact Henry Mohn if interested and for more information.

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Pop's Kettle Corn

Posted: 5/28/2016

Pop’s Kettle Korn opened at its Island location next to the Albatross over Memorial Day Weekend. They are remodeling one of the former laundromat buildings into a popcorn production kitchen and storefront area. The other building provides their living quarters. They hand-make each of their flavors. Terri said recently she developed a special popcorn mix that includes dried cherries to represent Door County. She tested it on customers at a recent event and it was well-received. Pop’s will be offering a wide range of flavors in a variety of mixes including nuts.  Richard and Terri Knudsen have dreamed of being able to move to the Island for many years and they are so happy to be here. They still have a few off-island weekend commitments in June but then their son plans to take over the business off the Island so they can be here full-time. See more at their website: www/popskettlekorn.org

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Volunteer

Posted: 5/28/2016

Male and female volunteers are needed for peer companions for older Island adults. It does not include nursing care or housekeeping – it is only to spend time with the person. Contact Ann Bennett with Neighbor to Neighbor 920-743-7800  or Christine Andersen with WICHP at 927-847-2108.

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Advanced Care Information

Posted: 5/28/2016

There will be an Advanced Directives Workshop at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 7th. The workshop is an opportunity to start the conversation with your family about your end-of-life care wishes. It begins at 11 A.M. with a light lunch provided by the Danish Mill followed by a short Advanced Care Planning presentation at 11:30 A.M. From noon to 2 P.M. the facilitators will be available to answer questions and provide one-on-one assistance. RSVP to Christine Andersen, WICHP Director, by June 1st to reserve your spot. 920-847-2108 or wichp77@gmail.com 

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Be a tourism ambassador

Posted: 5/17/2016

 The Door County Visitor Bureau in Sturgeon Bay is again sponsoring a certified tourism ambassador class here on Washington Island.  The date is June 27, 2016 and is held at the TPAC. All members are encouraged to sign up yourself and your employees for this very valuable class.  They will learn much about Door County and also how to serve our many tourists that come to the island.  They can learn how to treat our guests and be a positive influence on their visit. You can sign up at www.CTANetwork.com and also read more there about the class.  The contact at the visitor bureau if you have questions is Yvonne Torres. The chamber employees are all asked to take this class and we think it is very helpful.  You can also contact me if you have questions. (920-847-2191) – Mary Andersen.

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FOPPI update

Posted: 5/17/2016

 Excerpt from the FOPPI facebook page: “Volunteer Opportunities: The 2016 season planning is shaping up to be one our busiest yet, with even greater chances for you to trade some sweat equity for a chance to view one of last remaining WILD islands in the Door County.  This year we're offering Saturday AND Sunday as volunteer dates; you don't have to come both days but are more than welcome to!” Go to the FOPPI website or their facebook page for more information.” Plum Island will once again be highlighted as a stop on the Door County Maritime Museum's Lighthouse Festival, June 10-12;

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Drop or Shop

Posted: 5/17/2016

There will be a rummage sale and car wash on Saturday May 28th at the Community Center from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. This is a fundraiser for the high school junior/senior classes for their Chicago-Madison trip.

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Club pheasants

Posted: 5/17/2016

The Sportsman's Club expects baby pheasants to arrive by June 17th and they are busy preparing the building and fenced in pen area where they are placed.

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10th Annual Bird Fest

Posted: 5/17/2016

The tenth annual Door Islands Bird Fest will be held June 3-5. Join in to explore birding populations on Washington Island and Rock Island. Locate, identify and experience common and unusual birds.

Go to islandbirdfest.org for further information on this event and past events.

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Dear Rhoda

Posted: 5/17/2016

Tickets for the Island Players' production, Dear Rhoda, are on sale at the Rec Center and the Red Cup.  The play is June 17th,18th and 19th at TPAC. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 18 years old.  Friday and Saturday performances are 7:30 P.M. and Sunday is a matinee at 1:30 P.M.  Off island ticket purchases can be made by calling Amanda DeWitt at 920-847-2237.

Step back in time and experience life as it was. The story is told from letters sent during an earlier era. There will be music, dancing, laughter and tears.

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Other Hall of Fame Inductees

Posted: 5/11/2016

Two other Island ball players were inducted into the Door County Baseball Hall of Fame this year: Len Atkins (grandson of Shirley (Atkins) Ellefson and Mark Woerfel who pitched for many years on the Islander team.

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Island Baseball

Posted: 5/11/2016

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Mike Jorgenson was inducted into the Door County Baseball Hall of Fame on May 8th. The Jorgenson siblings and father were at the celebration, ao taking a  picture was a priority.  From left: Liz (Jorgenson) Hecht,  Mike Jorgenson, Lon Jorgenson (patriarch), Jim Jorgenson, and Glenn Jorgenson.  At the celebration dinner for all Hall of Fame inductees, Joey Cornell shared some of the highlights of Mike's career. He reported that Mike had played fearlessly and his heart was always in the game. Mike's impressive numbers for home runs and RBI's were shared.  He played several games while injured. One game in 2002 he had 49 stitches after running into a pole to catch a ball - but he caught it.. 2011 he had a severe concussion but insisted on finishing the game before taken away to be evaluated. In 1992 he finished the game with a torn ACL. In 2004 he won the Triple Crown Award. Mike stood up and thanked the Island team, the Door County Baseball organization, the Washington Island fans and of course his family. He noted that they would never know "how much this means to me". Congratulations!

(Info from a facebook posting - photo used by permission)

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Island Ladies Honored at Party

Posted: 5/5/2016

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From left: Tin Man (Bill Schott), Dorothy (Liz Platt), Scarecrow (Larry Russell), Glinda the good witch (Marcia Carr), one of the honorees, Jeannie Hutchins, the bad witch (Donna Russell), kneeling is Emily Small, (a munchkin-munchkins not shown are the Gibson girls, Sarah, Anna, and Becca) and lastly, the lion (Marsha Gunnlaugsson).

There’s No Place Like Home

Celebrating that simple truth was the theme of this year’s Island Party. Mingling with guests were the main characters of the Wizard of Oz in costume. Three Island women were honored and represented the courage, the knowledge and the heart of the tin man, the lion, and the scarecrow.  They were Daryl Johnson, Shirley Ellefson, and Jeannie Hutchins. Seated at the head table were the honorees and family members.  

Costumed characters were: Dorothy, Liz Pratt; tin man, Bill Schott; lion, Marsha Gunnlaugsson; munchkins, Emily Small, the Gibson girls (Sarah, Anna, Becca); good witch Glinda, Marcia Carr; bad witch, Donna Russell.

Setting the tone for the evening, Cheri Miotke sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” accompanied by Jordan Harris.  Some of the memories shared for each of the women follow.

Shirley Ellefson: Jake, Shirley’s husband, noted that Shirley was the daughter of Oliver and Esther Bjarnarson. “When she was 9 years old she got new shoes and wore them out in a month”, he recalled. Shirley moved to Chicago after high school. She took nurse training and returned to the Island and assisted doctors with mothers giving birth. Jake reported she had assisted with at least 40 births, and 26 of the babies were delivered at her home in her specially prepared ‘birthing room’. She knew about loss first hand when over a short span of time, she lost her husband, Len Atkins, son Terry, and her father Oliver.

Jake explained how they got together and eventually married. Jake called her one winter night and asked, “would you like to go out to dinner?” She answered, “I don’t think so.” He said, “Think it over”.  Jake persisted and finally she agreed to go if her friend, Ginny Ellefson, could come along. (Ginny was the wife of Jake’s brother, Steve.) Soon they were going out alone and they danced, skied and enjoyed other outings together. They married in 1990.  They took wonderful trips together. Melinda, daughter of Shirley’s friend, the late Ginny Ellefson, shared that Shirley was a second “mom” to her and added, to Shirley, “I love you”.

Sherry Young noted that her thoughts included those of her sister Sandy, and brother, Kari.  They have all honored Shirley over the years. Sherry was particularly thankful that she could be closer to her as they both lived on the Island. She still has the quilt Shirley made for her as godmother. “Shirley left no good deed undone.” There were wonderful family dinners with lots of laughter. She lived the example of being strong through hard times, with the help of God and friends.

Paula McDonald shared on behalf of her family. When Paula needed a break from her kids, she would suggest they go visit Shirley and Shirley always had baked cookies ready. Paula’s sister was named after Shirley. Paula described Shirley as being forgiving, celebrating the good, and sharing in the pain of others. She was, and continues to be a role model. Her loving heart and walk with Jesus is evident.

Daryl Johnson  Daughter, Cheryl Ganz, recalled when her mother worked at the Island telephone switchboard. She said Daryl’s home has always been a “hello and goodby” house. She welcomes all ages equally with a home-made plate of cookies ready. Daryl’s son, Andy, shared that both his parents were hard working, Daryl demonstrated that hard work is good. When she and her late husband Don retired here it was a dream come true. However, he was a Norwegian and she was Danish so there was plenty of good hearted competition. Andy shared that on one end of the deck was a Norwegian flag and the other side was a Danish flag and the Danish flag looked suspiciously bigger than the Norwegian one. Daryl’s grandson remembers when they were studying Scandinavian countries at the Island school when he was in about 6th grade. His grandmother, Daryl, came dressed in full Scandinavian costume. Daryl’s daughter, Gayle shared that her mother always demonstrates brains, courage, and heart. Daryl does not tire of learning, and she was particularly interested in Island history and people. She enjoys visiting with all ages, especially the elderly.   Daryl acted in several Island Players productions but Gayle mentioned in particular her part in “Sage Brush Sal” as a bar room “floozy”.  Because of Daryl’s love of history, she worked at the Archives, the library and Island Museums.

Daryl’s sister, Susan, reported that Daryl still runs circles around her. She learned kindness and generosity from her. Daryl loved going out with “the lunch bunch” ladies and others. She would play endless games with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. These were games that didn’t need batteries. She had a prize trunk she kept well supplied and ready to bestow on the winners. She did crafts with them, carved pumpkins, and other adventures.  

Jeannie Hutchins  Jeannie Hutchins was actually born in Sister Bay but the Island was always home, said her daughter, Holly. She graduated as Salutatorian in a class of four. She married Dick Johnson and they had three daughters. Dick died in a fishing accident. Jeannie remarried and had three more children. Her husband was from Florida so each summer they travelled for three days to get from Florida to the Island with 6 kids and a dog. They pulled a camper made from a B-52 bomber. She got back to the Island whenever she could and now that she is here fulltime she has worked at the polls, the Archives, and goes to all Island ballgames.

Her brother, Tom, who owned the Runestone Gallery on the Island at one time, shared memories of those early summers.  They would call realtor Bob Phelps and he would take the family all around the Island to show them properties so they got a guided tour. They used the facilities at the bar when they were camping. He recalled talking with Floyd Koyen, Hans Rupprath, and Walt Jorgenson during visits. When Jeannie left Florida, he said, “it was Florida’s loss but the Island’s gain”.  Jeannie demonstrated “endurance and she loved with an open heart”, Tom added.

After the wonderful memories were shared and appreciation expressed, the honorees wanted to speak.

Daryl noted that it was such an honor to be there with good friends, Jeannie and Shirley. “Thank you all for taking me down the yellow brick road. She said she had never missed an Island Party when it was in Milwaukee, Chicago, or Kenosha.  At one of those parties, she won a mink stole from Ellefson’s Island mink ranch. She was wearing it for this occasion. When she and Don retired to the Island in 1984, they were delighted to receive such a warm welcome. She married Don in 1949 and they had 66 years together. She shared how Don served in World War II and he knew he wanted to be on the Island and the advice given to him was, “then you better marry an Island girl”.

“I’m not a speaker”, admitted Shirley but added she thought the whole evening was “terrific”. She was thankful that her kids could come to the party. “I’ve had a wonderful life on the Island! Love you all”.

Jeannie said thank you to her family and others for attending.  To Donna Russell and crew she enthused, “it was all beautiful, beautiful, beautiful”.

MC and the Wizard of “Iz”, Jim Sorensen, thanked the three honorees, Lois and Tim Jessen and crew, all who came out to the Island Party, and Donna Russell for her spectacular decorations and costume provisions. “It was all absolutely wonderful”.  Live, laugh, and love was a clear message from the three honored guests.

Karly’s Hall was beautifully decorated for the Wizard of Oz theme directed by fearless leader, Donna Russell. Members of the Community Center Committee and friends assisted. Red glittered shoes were used as table decorations along with yellow table covers and many brightly colored tissue paper flowers. There were silent auction items on one side of the hall and food tables presented by Lois Jessen and crew on the other side. There was a tree for attenders to buy and attach a paper apple for a chance to win some cash. The tables were taken down after dinner and the program and the band, The Drifters, began to play and people gravitated to the dance floor.

At a break the raffle tickets were drawn as well as a paper “apple”  from a tree. The apple winner was Rylie Johnson and she received half of the donations made from people buying an “apple”, the other half to the Community Center.  Raffle Prize #1 – won by Dave Tilton ($500 cash); Prize #2 – won by Jeannie Kokes (Cedar swing handmade by Larry Young -Value $500); Prize #3 – won by Marilyn Pinzur (Family Membership at the Washington Island Rec Center – Value $320); Prize #4 – won by Beth Lux (Ferry Line Auto and Passenger Pass Books – Value $172.50); Prize #5 won by Theo Williamson (Lunch from Time Out Concessions and tickets to Rock Island on the Karfi for family of four - Value $75).  

Thanks to all who contribute in many ways to make this event successful. All profits are used to support   the Community Center, the Scandinavian Fest, swimming lessons, and other projects that are beneficial to the Island residents and visitors.

Tinman

Lion

 

Red Shoes

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Lake views

Posted: 5/4/2016

Ship Splash May Smaller

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Splish Splash

Posted: 5/4/2016

Ship Front Close

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Boats on the lake

Posted: 5/4/2016

Ship Big Splash May Small

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FOPPI news!

Posted: 5/4/2016

*** From the FOPPI facebook page: “Volunteer Opportunities: The 2016 season planning is shaping up to be one our busiest yet, with even greater chances for you to trade some sweat equity for a chance to view one of last remaining WILD islands in the Door County.  This year we're offering Saturday AND Sunday as volunteer dates; you don't have to come both days but are more than welcome to! We have many great events for you to be involved in:  Plum Island will once again be highlighted as a stop on the Door County Maritime Museum's Lighthouse Festival, June 10-12; we'll be installing a Maritime Trails sign on Plum Island to encourage divers, snorkelers, boaters, maritime enthusiasts, and tourists to visit and enjoy the GRAPE SHOT wreck in the harbor; the Women in Preservation will be working with USFWS on various projects throughout the Green Bay
National Wildlife Refuge; and best of all ... we'll be sponsoring a SUNSET CRUISE through Death's Door and around the islands as the first of our major fundraising events.  Follow our website and Facebook page for additional information on these and other great opportunities to volunteer within our Refuge. This year we'll be crossing over to Plum Island from Detroit Harbor (Washington Island) in the USFWS boat. It holds eight passengers, so being the first to reserve your spot on the boat will give you the most amount of time on the island.” Go to the FOPPI website or facebook page for more information.

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Fingerlings "planted"

Posted: 5/4/2016

The D.N.R. was scheduled to release 30,000 Chinook fingerlings this past week. 15,000 will be
released in the lake and 15,000 will be kept in pens for two weeks to give the fingerlings a better chance of survival.

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Mayfest

Posted: 5/4/2016

It's not to early to plan on being here for Mayfest May 29th. There will be a concert
at Trinity Lutheran Church followed by a wine reception, gourmet dinner, and
silent auction at the Island Dairy. This is the 25th year of the Washington
Island Music Fest. Call 847-2987 for reservations by May 15.

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Baseball Season Starts

Posted: 5/4/2016

14 GAME DOOR COUNTY BASEBALL SEASON STARTS MAY 8th

SUNDAY, MAY 8th, 2016 ~ "Opening Day" ~ "Mother's Day"

WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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WEST JACKSONPORT Ports---
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SUNDAY, MAY 15th, 2016
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KOLBERG Braves---
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SUNDAY, MAY 22nd, 2016
EGG HARBOR Indians---
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WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SUNDAY, MAY 29th, 2016
WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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MAPLEWOOD Mets---
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SUNDAY, JUNE 5th, 2016
WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SISTER BAY Bays---
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FRIDAY, JUNE 10th, 2016
WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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INSTITUTE Cubs---
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SUNDAY, JUNE 19th, 2016 ~ "Father's Day"
BAILEYS HARBOR A's---
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WASINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2016  
WEST JACKSONPORT Ports---
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WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SUNDAY, JULY 3rd, 2016
KOLBERG Braves---
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WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SUNDAY, JULY 10th, 2016
WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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EGG HARBOR Indians---
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SUNDAY, JULY 17th, 2016  
MAPLEWOOD Mets---
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WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SUNDAY, JULY 24th, 2016  

SISTER BAY Bays---
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WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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THURSDAY, JULY 28th, 2016
SHORELAND "ALL-STARS"---
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DOOR COUNTY "ALL-STARS'---
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SUNDAY, JULY 31st, 2016
INSTITUTE Cubs---
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WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2016
WASHINGTON ISLAND Islanders---
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BAILEYS HARBOR A's---
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End of Regular Season
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 14th, 2016
2016, DOOR COUNTY "Semi-Final" Playoffs
1:30pm, At TBD,
4th Place---
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1st Place---
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1:30pm, At TBD,
3rd Place---
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2nd Place---
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st, 2016
2016, DOOR COUNTY "Championship Game"
1:30pm, At TBD,
TBD,
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TBD,

2016, DOOR COUNTY BASEBALL LEAGUE,
"GRAND CHAMPIONS"

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Babies arriving on the Island

Posted: 5/3/2016

Baby pheasants are scheduled to arrive on June17. The Sportsman's Club is preparing the area for them.

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Mayfest

Posted: 5/3/2016

The 25th year of the Washington Island Music Fest will present Mayfest on May 29th. The concert will be at Trinity Lutheran Church followed by a wine reception, gourmet dinner, and silent auction at the hall at Island Dairy. Reservations must be in by May 15.

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Retirement from Rock Island

Posted: 5/3/2016

Randy Holm is retiring from his position for Rock Island State Park. There will be a retirement dinner at Findlay's Holiday Inn on May 13 at 5:30 - 7 P.M. RSVP by May 13th. The perch dinner will be $18.25 for the dinner, dessert, and beverage. Congratulations Randy.

 

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Island Party winners

Posted: 5/1/2016

Prize #1 – won by Dave Tilton ($500 cash); Prize #2 – won by Jeannie Kokes (Cedar swing handmade by Larry Young -Value $500); Prize #3 – won by Marilyn Pinzur (Family Membership at the Washington Island Rec Center – Value $320); Prize #4 – won by Beth Lux (FerryLine Auto and Passenger Pass Books – Value $172.50); Prize #5 won by Theo Williamson (Lunch from Time Out Concessions and tickets to Rock Island on the Karfi for family of four - Value $75)  Representing the courage, heart, and brains of the lion, the scarecrow and the tin man were three Island ladies who were the honorees: Shirley Ellefson, Jeannie Hutchins, and Daryl Johnson. There were touching testaments to their contributions to the Island community by family members in attendance. Dorothy was played by Liz Pratt, Scarecrow by Larry Russell, Tin man by Bill Schott, Lion by Marsha Gunnlaugsson, Glinda by Marcia Carr, the wicked witch by Donna Russell, the Wizard by Jim Sorensen who also served as MC. The munchkins were played by the Gibson girls, Anna and Becca and Sarah, and Emily Small. Dorothy presented flowers to the Honorees; Scarecrow, certificates of knowledge; Tin man gave heart shaped candy; Lion presented Badges of Courage; the wicked witch baskets of “pretties”; the good witch ferry tickets; munchkins, candy. The program was followed by a dance with an off-Island band, The Drifters.

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