New pastor for Bethel Church

Posted: 9/21/2016

Pastor Rick Smith was officially installed as pastor of Bethel Church on September 11th. The speaker was Gaylen Nagel, head of the Forest Lakes District  of the Evangelical Free Church. Gaylen Nagel charged the congregation on their responsibility toward the Pastor and family and also the Pastor to the congregation and the community. Welcome!   (Pastor left, Gaylen Nagel right.)

Pastor Gaylen Staff

 

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Lake levels for September

Posted: 9/21/2016

Lake Michigan is 3 inches above what it was in September last year. For more information, go to
the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site.

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Bechtold painting won

Posted: 9/21/2016

Winner of the raffle drawing for a painting by Rodger Bechtold at the Art and Nature Center is Caryl McAlpin of Orland, Fla. Rodger Bechtold donated the painting as a fundraiser for the Art and Nature Center.

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Women's Club Quilt

Posted: 9/21/2016

The Women’s Club Quilt is now on display at Trinity Church. Tickets are for sale on the honor system for $1 each. Also, look at the quilt and see if you would like to pick a square to do for next year.  The material will be provided.  Contact Barb O’Connell if interested. The drawing is in October.

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Island woman promoted

Posted: 9/21/2016

“The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is proud to welcome Denise Jess as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, effective October 1, 2016. …A Madison resident, Jess brings to the Council an extensive background in elementary and adult education and small business ownership, starting her career more than 30 years ago as an elementary teacher. In 1995, Jess launched her own business, Denise Jess Consulting, helping organizations foster an atmosphere of uncompromising respect, dignity, and genuine acceptance. Jess has worked as an ad hoc instructor for the UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies. ….. Jess also brings years of leadership and organizational development, facilitation and communication skills to the Council. “Looking ahead, I hope to build upon the Council’s rich history and strong foundation of inspired service to our mission as we even more clearly define our value for inclusivity and how this guides every aspect of what we do.” … (above information is copied in part from the web site) Congratulations to Denise, daughter of Butch and Karen Jess, Washington Island.

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Hunting season

Posted: 9/11/2016

Bow and crossbow deer hunting opens 17th of September.

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Water levels for Lake Michigan

Posted: 9/11/2016

Lake Michigan is 3 inches above what it was in September last year. The projected change in water
level for all the lakes in the next month, October, is a seasonal decline. Lake Michigan is predicted to fall 1 inch. For more information, go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site.

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Island business to be featured

Posted: 9/11/2016

Sweet Mountain Farm, Washington Island, will be featured on Wisconsin Public TV airing at 7 P.M. on September 22. The segment is titled ‘Beekeeper Finds Russian Honeybees Uniquely Suited to Wisconsin’.  Check out sweetmountainfarm.com for the product line and more information about this successful Island business.

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Preview to fall

Posted: 9/11/2016

Cooler temps lately and sunsets that have the look of fall.
Sunset Clouds

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Packer Party

Posted: 9/6/2016

The 5th Annual Packer Tailgating Party will be taking place at the Senior Meal Site located in the Community Center on Washington Island on Friday,
 September 9th from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.  Brian Frisque will be returning with his impressively decked out Packer Party Van and grilling brats 
for the Washington Island seniors along with Arne Thompson, Mark Moeller and Jake Erickson.Please contact Nelvie Cauldwell at 847-2270 to make a reservation by Wed. Sept. 7th if you would like to attend.  All are welcome.  Cost of lunch if under 60 yrs. is $11.00 & if over 60 yrs. 
$4.00.  The Island school children & Red Hatters will be joining us again for this fun event!  Contact WICHP at 8472108 if further details needed. 
 GO PACKERS!!! 

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DDBBQ in the books

Posted: 9/6/2016

The 5th Annual Death’s Door Bar-B-Q was held August 27th and in spite of the rainy day, the teams were busy preparing barbeque to submit to the judges and for selling a variety of delectable treats to the public. Held at the Washington Island Airport, DDBBQ is a KCBS-Sanctioned Competition with 100% certified judges and $7,500 in prize money awarded. Barbequed Chicken, Pork, Pork Ribs, and Beef Brisket and Dessert are the categories. The rain did not deter the attenders either. Stands that I visited felt the attendance was great! If the ferry lines on Sunday were an indication, it was a huge weekend. The main sponsors: Washington Island Ferry Line and the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce. There were many more sponsors! Julian Hagen provided live music till noon and in the afternoon, the Alex Wilson band performed. There was a raffle for a Traeger pellet grill donated by Lamperts of Washington Island and a half hog courtesy of Robert and Patricia Cornell. Winner was Jens Jacobsen. Several pilots and passengers arrived by plane. All profits from DDBBQ help fund the Washington Island Food Pantry.

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Swimmers

Posted: 9/6/2016

Congratulations to the swimmers who successfully swam across Death’s Door recently: Mari Anderson,
Jeannie Kokes, and Charlie Vernon. A small boat accompanied the swim in case of any problems.

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Plum Island Light

Posted: 9/6/2016

Interesting information about the Plum Island light “The Plum Island light was constructed in Paris,
France, in 1889 and served until 2015 when it was replaced with a LED light. It was originally invented by Augustine Fresnel in 1822, the lenses were used extensively along European and North American coasts. They ranged in size from first to sixth ord (first being the largest). The Plum Island lens is a fourth order lens which is a very common size for the Great Lakes. Kurt Fosburg is one of the few in the United States who is licensed to remove, clean and repair Fresnel lenses for the United Stated Coast Guard. He removed the Plum Island light that is currently on display at the Door County Maritime Museum.”

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WICHP

Posted: 9/6/2016

Christine Andersen was presented with a certificate from W.I. Community Health Program (WICHP) recently and she replied: “I received this certificate of appreciate from my Board of Directors last month for the work I did on our joint successful July 4th fundraiser with the Washington Island Fire Department. I was moved beyond words to receive this - it means a lot! Thank you to my board for all your support: Larry Kahlscheuer (Diane Kahlscheuer), Dianna Young, Margie O'Connor (Steve O'connor), Ann Martin, MJ Schaffmeyer, Franke Hansen, Shirley Baxter, Lew Clarke, Patricia A Wright, Patty Herschberger & Audrey Nourse (John Nourse).”

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Award presented

Posted: 9/6/2016

The USDA Rural Development presented the 2016 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE to Velkommen Apartments on August 24. The Award of Excellence is presented each year, in honor of National
Homeownership Month, to Multi-Family Housing property owners who continuously demonstrate a commitment to providing quality, affordable housing to the tenants they serve.

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Literary Festival

Posted: 9/6/2016

The fourth annual Literary Festival is September 16-18. The theme this year is “Mystique and Mystery of the Midwest”.  Featured authors are Brian Freeman, Kimberly Blaeser, Kathleen Ernst, Patricia Skalka, Rebecca Makkai, Michael McCarthy, and  Nick Petrie. There are special events such as writing workshops, panel
discussions, book signings and more. Go to washingtonislandliteraryfestival.com for more information. It is interesting to note that Nick Petrie’s parents, Pete and Lucia, have been Island visitors and subsequent home owners for many years. Nick and his brother and sister grew up spending vacation times here with their parents. After Nick married, his wife Margret also loved the Island and they continued the family tradition by bringing their son, Duncan, on Island vacations.

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