What's good about Sister Bay? It time to clear out and clean up and join the Sister Bay Community Rummage Sale to be held May 18. It's time to register.
We want every one to sign up for participation in the daylong sale by May 1 in order to be included in all the maps and group advertising. Being part of the event is a fun way to make some money and recycle those drawers and closets full of treasures long unneeded.
For a mere $10 you will become part of extensive advertising through ads, print articles, the Sister Bay website and Facebook. We also print 2,000 maps with your location and some of your items for sale, as well as putting the map on the website. You can't get a better bang for your buck.
This is the only time of the year that a rummage sale registration is required in order to hold one so that all can fairly share in the expenses of major advertising. We draw hundreds of shoppers on that day and history has always proven it a success for the sellers.
We can only guarantee space for the first 45 registrations to fit on our maps, so get your name in early. You can do this in person or by mailing to the Village Administration Office on Maple Drive. The form is online at www.sisterbaywi.gov.
Of course, if you're like me, you'll just go to more rummage sales later and collect more things. Someone must have promised me that the person who dies with the most "stuff" goes to heaven.
Downtown info session
In early 2012, the village Economic Development Committee began efforts by sharing ideas for revitalizing the village's economy to create jobs and attract development of projects that would complement existing business and public amenities.
The public is invited to attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Fire Station to hear a presentation of a draft plan prepared by the committee and hired consultants, Vandewalle and Associates. The committee is very interested in feedback on the concepts presented, and an electronic survey will be released on the day of the meeting to gather more opinions.
The village had outstanding public participation in the development of the Waterfront Master Plan in 2007. This new planning effort is just as important as it attempts to chart the future development for downtown and other targeted business areas that will take advantage of our fabulous waterfront parks and marina. Citizen input is critical to any success.
If you cannot attend but have comments, just forward those to Administrator Bob Kufrin at email@example.com You can view the Master Plan Draft also online at the Village public access address: www.sisterbaywi.gov
You can add to your collection of interesting magazines when visiting two of our libraries, Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, on April 20.
Each spring, to make space for storage of current magazines, our libraries remove the oldest issues of their magazine subscriptions. Those issues are eliminated from the catalog, and the library ID is crossed out. For one day only, those magazines will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring your own bag or box to put them in.
Withdrawn magazines will be available as long as they last or until each library closes for the day. The Sturgeon Bay library (107 S. Fourth Ave.) is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with magazines available on the tables near the Internet computers. The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove library (2323 Mill Road) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and magazines will be in the Community Room.
It's National Library Week starting Monday. Culver's is sponsoring a drawing contest for children to help celebrate the libraries of our communities. Kids can stop in to pick up an entry page where they can draw a favorite character or scene from any book they like. All children who enter will get a free Culver's single scoop of frozen custard. The winner of the contest will receive a free kids' meal! The contest will end April 30.
Since I love to color and love Culver's custard, maybe I can enter as a "kid at heart"? Probably not.
Health and Wellness
The Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry has an upcoming Community Health Information Program titled "What's in a Label?" to be held at 1:30 p.m. April 21 in the Education Room at Scandia Village, Sister Bay.
Nicole DeMeuse, registered dietitian, will present valuable information for those with restricted diets (such as diabetics), those with sodium restrictions and gluten-free needs, or anyone interested in knowing more about what they are eating and how to read labels more carefully.
The discussion will cover nutrition in light of what is recommended, how to spot hidden things on the labels, how to interpret the ingredient list and some discussion about supplements.
Also, don't forget the Northern Door Health & Wellness ministry offers free blood-pressure screening at Main Street Market from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of each month.
The monthly Loaves and Fishes free meal for those in need begins at 5 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at Stella Maris Parish St. Rosalia's site in Sister Bay.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Roger Swenson, long active in business and civic organizations in Sister Bay. Roger owned the Edge of Town Motel and Island View Cottages.
A retired Navy veteran, he also ran Swenson Farm and cherry orchards and established Arrow Electric. He was an active member of the Sister Bay Historical Society, the Lions and American Legion, as well as a founding member of the Nor Dor Hunting Lodge.