Wishing you a Merry Christmas and safe travels!

Posted: 12/23/2017

We are so thankful to be a part of the Washington Island community and to share the Island with others that are searching for a place that exudes the beauty and restorative power of nature — trees that dance with a summer breeze; the great lake that transforms from calm and reflective to wild abandon; the glittering stars flung into the black velvet sky; snow sculptures orchestrated by whirling winds; sunset’s vivid colors reflected and refracted over the water. And more, much more.

 

 

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EMT class

Posted: 12/23/2017

An Emergency Medical Technician class starts January 4th. We are so fortunate that citizens continue to take this course and serve.

Initially called the Rescue Squad, it was organized first by the W.I. Fire Department on December 12, 1968 with an 8 man squad: Norbert Jensen, Robert Bjarnarson, Dale Bjarnarson, Walt Jorgenson, Len Atkins, Rev. Chester Nerenhausen, Nathan Gunnlaugsson, and Dr. Paul Rutledge, who provided training.

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Get your skates out!

Posted: 12/23/2017

The Lions Club, spearheaded by Joel Gunnlaugsson, has taken on the project of creating an ice skating rink. It is where the Little League field is by the ball park. It is 45' x 70' and it was "poured" yesterday just in time for freezing temps to make it solid. Thanks to all who helped get this accomplished! 

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Bird Count

Posted: 12/23/2017

55 species of birds were seen during the Washington Island Christmas Bird Count December 13-19. Thanks to all who participated. Search and find more specifics. 

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Swans swimming

Posted: 12/23/2017

Swans 4

Seven swans a' swimming - almost.

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Windy wintry day

Posted: 12/15/2017

Ferry Smaller 12 15

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Winter Solstice

Posted: 12/12/2017

The Island got a snowfall that covered the ground last week. Temperatures took a dive also. There is ice forming at the edges in harbors. The first official day of winter is Thursday, December 21st. It is the winter solstice and is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year. 

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Cookie Walk

Posted: 12/12/2017

Thank you to all who baked and shopped at the annual Bethel Builders Cookie Walk at Memorial Hall at Bethel Church. It was held at 3 P.M. December 11 instead of the usual 1 P.M. because the Packer game came on at noon. The array  and assortment of  cookies were expansive and beautifully presented. There was also coffee and cake available for those who stayed to visit and enjoy the Christmas music and fire in the fireplace.  Happy buyers left with cans of cookies to savor at home and/or to share with others. The cookies were quickly sold out. 

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Ferry schedule

Posted: 12/12/2017

Note the ferry schedule changes: Monday, December 4th through Tuesday, January 2nd, there are  four trips per day. Leaving the Island at 8 A.M., 10 A.M., 1 P.M., and 3:30 P.M. Leaving Northport the schedule is 9 A.M., 11 A.M., 2:15 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. Wednesday, January 3rd through Thursday, March 22, from Northport 9:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. and from the Island, 8 A.M. and 1 P.M. Vehicle reservations are required from December 22 – March 22. On Christmas Day there will be one ferry crossing and from the Island, the ferry will leave at 10 A.M. and leave Northport at 11 A.M. 

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Dictionary gifts

Posted: 12/12/2017

Third grade students (over 250) in all  Door County schools were to receive a dictionary compliments of the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club.  This is an ongoing annual program.

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Christmas Caroling

Posted: 12/12/2017

CAROLING: All invited to hop in the Bethel Church bus on December 20th at 6 P.M. and join together to go Christmas caroling. Hot chocolate at Herb and Marianna’s after.  Thanks to the Gibsons for opening their home for carolers each year.

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Community Prayer Time

Posted: 12/4/2017

Community Prayer Gathering is at the Rec Mosling Room the first Tuesday of each month at noon. All denominations welcome. 

 

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Candidate nominations

Posted: 12/4/2017

Although the Election isn’t til April 3rd, 2018, December 1st was the first day to begin circulation of nomination papers for Town Board Supervisors and the end is January 2, 2018. There are two Town Supervisors openings. Incumbents are Kirby Foss and Elizabeth Holmes. If a primary is needed, that will be held February 20th, 2018.

The incumbent coming up for election on April 3, 2018 for the School Board is Thomas Jordan. A declaration of candidacy must be filed no later than 5 P.M. January 2 at the office of school district clerk. The first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1 and the final day is 5 P.M. January 2.   

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Bird Count

Posted: 12/4/2017

Washington Island Bird Count is December 16th this year with a rain date of the 17th. If you can help in this venture, please come to an organizational and informational meeting on December 2nd at Karly’s at noon.

Interesting to note that there have been sightings of the Snowy Owl on the Island, an awesome sight. They can usually be seen in open areas, and like to sit and listen and watch for their next meal.  

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Caroling

Posted: 12/4/2017

CAROLING: Hop in the church bus on December 10th at 6 P.M. and join us for Christmas caroling. Anyone welcome. 

 

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