Sven’s April 23, 2016 Column


As you know, it’s never easy for me when someone retires. I’m happy for them, but on the flip-side I feel really bad because I’ll miss them. This is especially the case today, ‘cause it’s the last day that my pal, Betty Curzon, who’s a “sweetheart” and knows everybody, will be working as the Branch Manger at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library. Betty devoted 43 years of service to the Door County Library System, but she worked up here for lots longer than I’ve even been alive, (30 years), and will really be missed!!! It’s gonna seem very strange not to see Betty’s smiling face at the Library. She worked in the little old Library, and even though it was “packed to the ceiling” she always knew where stuff was. She also worked really hard to see that we got a new Library, and once they moved in there saw that all the Library services were “top notch”. Betty always promoted the use of the new Library by community members, and over the years saw that some really cool stuff was on display. As for her future plans, Betty says she’ll stay busy at her husband’s electric and appliance store, but also hopes to spend winters at their Las Vegas condo. Hey Betty, I’m free during the winter months and I’d love to go to Vegas. . . You and I could have a great time in the casinos. . .

Unfortunately I’ve got more sad news. . . Margot Warch, who served as Lawrence University’s “First Lady” for 25 years and was a member of the Library Commission, died peacefully in her sleep last Sunday at the home of her son, David, in St. Paul, MN. A celebration of Margot’s life will be held here in Door County on a date to be determined. Memorials may be directed to the Warch Family Scholarship Fund c/o Lawrence University, 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911. Rest in peace my friend. . .

Work on the Bay Shore Drive Reconstruction Project is back underway!!! The guys from the DOT, REI Engineering and Vinton Construction are hard at work, putting the downtown back in good order so that things are ready for the best “season” ever!!! If you happen to see Pat Bailey with REI Engineering, or John Streu of Vinton Construction, be sure to give those guys a great big “thumbs up”.

This will be the 16th year that National Poetry Month is celebrated in grand fashion in Northern Door. Raoul is very excited to announce that this year’s annual poetry and art show at the Meadows Art Gallery which is entitled, “Configurations: The Shape of our Words”, opened last Sunday!!!! Twenty-two poets are participating in this year’s show, and a public tea and reading will be held in the Meadows Gathering Room at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday, May 11th. This year’s show theme takes a turn toward the written word. Poems will be displayed by themselves or with accompanying artwork which was created by Door County poets and/or artists. The Meadows Gallery supports all Door County artists no matter what direction they take. The Gallery is located on the SCAND campus and is open on a daily basis from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. If you have any questions regarding “Configurations” or any activities going on at the Meadows Gallery please don’t hesitate to contact Raoul. He can be reached at 920-854-4416.

It’s time to sign up for the Village-Wide Rummage Sale which will be conducted on Saturday, May 21st!!! The registration forms are now available on the Village’s website – or at the Sister Bay Advancement Association Office at 10668 N. Bay Shore Drive. The completed forms and the $15.00 registration fee must be returned to the SBAA Office by Monday, May 2nd. Your sale will be advertised on-line and on hundreds of printed maps, and will also be advertised in print media and on the radio. It’s a great day for sellers as well as shoppers!!!

Plans are underway for an exciting new event which will be conducted in the Village on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend!!! A car and motorcycle show will be conducted at the Country Walk Shops!!! There will be antique, classic and muscle cars as well as motorcycles on display, and my buddy, Charlie, promises that everybody who attends the show will have a great time. The proceeds will be donated to the Door County Humane Society. If you’re interested in registering for the show or would like further information regarding it please send an e-mail to

The Sister Bay Historical Society is looking forward to another exciting season and cordially invites everybody to enjoy a spaghetti dinner and presentation by Greg Casperson and Gene Sunstrom at the Village Hall on Thursday, May 12th at 5:30 P.M. Greg and Gene will take you on a very interesting journey through Sister Bay as they present stories from Village residents through the years. This is a free event but donations are most welcome. If you have any questions regarding it, please contact Fred Johnson at 920-854-9247.

There are no Village meetings scheduled for next week, but if you want to receive copies of Agendas for any upcoming meetings please provide your name and e-mail address to the folks in the Village Office. Agendas and packet materials can also be accessed on the Village’s website.

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. If you know of any special events which will be occurring in the Village, or would like to have me publicize birthdays or anniversaries of folks who live or work here, please provide that information to my friends in the Village Office at least one week in advance of the special day(s).

Have a great week!!!



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