Easter Egg Hunt

Posted: 3/30/2017

“The residents of the Town of Washington are lucky to have a town board and
community full of generosity. The 2010 Dodge van (purchased by the town board in 2015 for the purpose of transporting our residents) is appreciated for its safety, roominess, and availability. We have dedicated drivers who have all passed background checks, give of their time freely, and are courteous to a fault to their fellow citizens-even accompanying riders in to medical appointments as requested. In addition, we have a generous island business - the Washington Island Ferry Line - which generously allows us to provide as many trips as·needed and without cost to the town for the van and the driver for ferrcrossings. We have been able to supply 55 residents with transportation off island for mostly medical appointments. Ten different drivers gave more than 1,274 hours of their time transporting their fellow residents as needed from Northport to Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay and points between them driving a total of
5215 miles. The Washington Island Schools have also borrowed the community van
to supplement their field trips and away sporting events
during the school year. . . . On behalf of those who used the Community Van, I wish to thank the Town Board for providing the van, the town crew for maintenance, the Washington Island Ferry Line for driver and van passage, and the volunteer
drivers. This program would not be available were it not for the generosity of each of these components.”  

Gratefully, Margie O'Connor, Volunteer Community Van Coordinator (Excerpted in part from a
report to the Town Board.)
Thanks to all involved with this service.  ***

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Nerenhausen news

Posted: 3/30/2017

 

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It was great to read about Mark Nerenhausen’s recent position taking charge of the Hennepin Theatre Trust in Minneapolis. This organization presents Broadway shows. The move brings the Nerenhausen family closer to the Island, which he and his family love. He spent many of his early years on Washington Island. His family moved here to live when his father, Chester Nerenhausen, was called as the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church. Later, Mark spearheaded the project of turning the old red barn, situated with water frontage, into a coffee shop, gallery and performance area. He served as program director for several years at the Red Barn in the summers on Washington Island. Mark graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While in graduate school Mark interned at Artspace in Minneapolis.  More recently, for the past six years, he ran a graduate program in arts leadership at Syracuse University in New York. At his new position he will be running four playhouses. He starts the first part of April. Congratulations Mark and thanks to a blog reader for sharing the complete article. Go online to read more about Mark.

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Sportsman's Club

Posted: 3/24/2017

On April 8th the annual Sportsman’s Club Fundraising Dinner will be held at Karly’s. Starting at 5:30 P.M. there will be a variety of activities such as BB gun shoot, raffles, door prizes, silent auction, plus a great dinner. All money raised benefits Sportsman's Club sponsored activities such as Hunter Safety classes, the pheasant program, learn to hunt turkeys.

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VOTE!

Posted: 3/24/2017

Remember to vote April 4th. Polls open at 8 A.M. and close at 9 P.M. at the Community Center.

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Community Van

Posted: 3/17/2017

The residents of the Town of Washington are lucky to have a town board and community full of generosity. The 2010 Dodge van (purchased by the town board in 2015 for the purpose of transporting our residents) is appreciated for its safety, roominess, and availability. We have dedicated drivers who have all passed background checks, give of their time freely, and are courteous to a fault to their fellow citizens-even accompanying riders in to medical appointments as requested. In addition, we have a generous island business-the Washington Island Ferry Line- which generously allows us to provide as many trips as· needed and without cost to the town for the van and the driver for ferry crossings. We have been able to supply 55 residents with transportation off island for mostly medical appointments. Ten different drivers gave more than 1,274 hours of their time transporting their fellow residents as needed from Northport to Sturgeon Bay, Green Bay and points between them driving a total of 5215 miles. Thirty one trips divided almost evenly between Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay were made from February through December in 2016. The town has been reimbursed $640.00 plus $130.00 worth of vouchers. While a monthly schedule was once again printed and posted, our residents' needs were usually different from the dates posted. We abandoned the schedule to fit the various date needs which sometimes required drivers on 2 or 3 days in succession and 2 drivers on one occasion to help an island couple bring home their vehicle after an unexpected hospital stay. We also had 2 trips requested but cancelled due to illness. The Washington Island Schools have also borrowed the community van to supplement their field trips and away sporting events during the school year. This year the van was used for 5 trips: 4 were for basketball games, 2 were field trips. One trip was a combination Door County field trip which converted to an away basketball trip in the afternoon, hence only 5 trips. A total of 2553 miles were driven. The school Athletic Director sent a thank you note to the Town Board after every trip and verbally thanked myself after each request. On behalf of those who used the Community Van, I wish to thank the Town Board for providing the van, the town crew for maintenance, the Washington Island Ferry Line for driver and van passage, and the volunteer drivers. This program would not be available were it not for the generosity of each of these components.
Gratefully, Margie O'Connor,
Volunteer Community Van Coordinator

Taken in part from the Town Board meeting packet. Thanks to all involved with this service.

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WICHP March Luncheon

Posted: 3/17/2017

THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD ~ Food, Fun and the Facts of Later Life Luncheon! Come to our next WICHP (Washington Island Community Health Program) Event ~ Ed Wasie  wiill speak on Hypertension. All 50 and over are welcome to attend. $6.50 includes Ed Wasei speaker, tasty lunch, amazing friends, and a tip! Please make your reservation with Laura Findlay Hagen by Tues, March 21st. Bring a friend! HEY! IT WILL BE SPRING!

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WICHP 2017

Posted: 3/17/2017

WICHP's 2017 Board of Directors. (Sitting L to R) Jeannie Hutchins, Betty Lou Smith & Dianna Young, Treasurer. (Standing L to R) Sara Sorensen, Larry Kahlscheuer, President, Matt Findlay & Maryjeanne Schaffmeyer, Vice-President. Missing from photo are Margie O'Connor, Winter Secretary, Ann Martin-Fornaciari, Summer Secretary and Shirley Baxter.

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New art piece at the Island ferry dock

Posted: 3/17/2017

Have you noticed a pair of stainless ice propellers on display near the Ferry Terminal on the Island? “These are spares that have been in storage since their purchase a little over a year ago.   Rather than continue to store them inside a workshop building, Joel Gunnlaugsson and Con McDonald got busy fabricating a stand on which the two wheels could be publicly displayed”. (Info from Dick Purinton’s blog on the wisferry.com website. Go there for the complete story.) The spares give the Ferry Line options should a propeller be damaged on the Arni J. particularly from going through ice. They each weigh about 1500 pounds each. They make a lovely piece of art meanwhile!

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