Sven’s November 12th Column

Hello!!!

Voter turnout here in the Village was phenominal on Tuesday. The Village Clerk-Treasurer reported that 676 Sister Bay residents actually voted, which is a record!!!! Thanks to all our friendly poll workers, Shirley, Betty, Bob, Jackie, Jill, Lee, Doug, and, of course, Christy, who all put in a very LONG day. You guys are the best!!!! The “Winter Hours” are now in  effect at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library. Those hours, which went into effect on October 24th and will run through May 29th are: Mondays – 10:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.; Tuesdays – 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.; Wednesdays – 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.; Fridays – 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.; and Saturdays – 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The Library will be closed on Thursdays, Sundays and holidays.

My buddy, Amos the famous Certified Therapy Dog, will be celebrating his 10th birthday at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library on Saturday, November 19th!!! All kids and “kids at heart” are invited to read to Amos at the Library from 10:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. on his special day. Reading to an understanding therapy dog is a wonderful way to encourage reading in children of all ages, and Amos is “the best listener” ever. Storytime is always conducted at the Library at 11:00 A.M. on the first Saturday of the month. The title of December 3rd’s storytime is “B Is For Bear”. Come make cute little bears out of dried beans!!!

Raoul just informed me that November’s show at The Meadows Art Gallery, which is located on the SCAND campus, is entitled “Celebration”. That show, which will be installed today and runs to December 3rd, features the works of Sharon Auberle, Mary Blichman, Tina Brodbeck, Connie Glowacki, Ethel Davis, Mary Nieson, Madonna Siles, Terry VanVorous, Beverly Hart Branson, Bonnie Sandstrom, Marcia Nickols, Brigitte Kozma and Bren Sibilsky, and will include two dimensional drawings and paintings as well as pottery, stone sculpture, glass creations and written art. All of these artists have shown their works at the Meadows Gallery in the past, and I know for a fact that they are all very talented. Did you know that the Meadows Art Gallery has been open for five seasons already? In response to suggestions from artists as well as gallery patrons, Raoul and his associates have decided to lengthen shows to six weeks whenever possible. An attempt will also be made to include more Door County artists in those shows. The opening reception for “Celebration” is scheduled from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 19th and everybody is invited. Stop by, have a glass of wine, meet the artists, view their works, and visit with me, Raoul and Olga. It simply doesn’t get any better than that. . . If you have any questions regarding “Celebration” or The Meadows Art Gallery please contact Raoul. He can be reached at 920-854-4416.

Mark your calendars for “Capture The Spirit” which will take place in Sister Bay on Thanksgiving weekend. (It’s a great holiday celebration that’s filled with fun stuff for kids of all ages to do, and will give you an opportunity to avoid the holiday rush and “mall scene”!!!) The annual F.O.G. Arts & Crafts Show will be conducted in the Village Hall, sales will abound in several Village stores and shops, and on Friday at 4:30 P.M. the official Village Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place. After the tree is lit we’ll do some Christmas caroling on our way to the Library, where the kids can work on a holiday craft project with Santa, and on Saturday from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. there will be an opportunity for kids to decorate cookies at the Fire Station. Decorating the Village for the holidays is a big job, so the Parks guys have already started on that project. You may have noticed that a big Christmas tree miraculously sprouted up at the corner of Mill Road and N. Bay Shore Drive in the past few days. Great big THANKS are extended to Gloria Miessner, who once again donated a tree to the Village. Unfortunately Gloria’s tree supply is getting pretty limited, so if any of you guys would like to donate next year’s Village Christmas tree please contact the folks in the Village Office.

I have some sad news. . . Due to a shortage of homes, the annual Northern Door Children’s Center Holiday Home Tour has been cancelled for this year. In order for the event to be successful, it is necessary to have five homes for people to visit, but this year there were only three homeowners who were able to participate. The Holiday Home Tour is one of NDCC’s largest fundraising events, and canceling it was not something my friend, Cindy, and her associates did lightly, as it leaves the Child Care Center with a $10,000 shortfall in their 2016 budget. Cindy asked that I pass the word along that she is incredibly grateful to the three families who did offer their homes this year, and also asked if anybody is interested in participating next year that they contact her. . .

The Northern Door Children’s Center will have a brand new website up and running in time for their “Winter Giving Campaign”. The new website will make it possible for generous folks like you and me to make online donations to the NDCC using a credit or debit card, so supporting the work of the Center will never be easier. As soon as the new site is “live” I’ll let you know. . .

Speaking of fundraising, I’m pleased to announce that a local foundation has approved a $100,000 dollar-for-dollar matching grant toward the Eagle Tower Fundraising Campaign!!! The Eagle Tower Committee has launched a holiday season gift campaign, and holiday donation forms can be downloaded at www.eagletowerfund.com . It’s a great way to honor a friend, family member or loved one, or show that you are a community-minded business owner. . . If you have any questions about the Eagle Tower Fundraising Campaign please don’t hesitate to contact my friend, Rachel Stollenwerk. She can be reached at 630-947-5985.

The Personnel Committee will be meeting at 4:30 P.M. on Tuesday, November 15th and the Village Board will be meeting at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 16th. If you want to receive copies of Agendas for upcoming Village meetings please provide your name and e-mail address to the folks in the Village Office.

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).

GO PACK GO!!!!

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