New shop has gift ideas for Mom

2:41 PM, May 10, 2013  |  Comments
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The new Lavender Shop of Fragrant Isle is opening its doors this weekend, in advance of Mother's Day.

The shop, at the Historic Island Dairy on Town Line Road, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for shoppers looking for Mother's Day gifts or simply wanting to purchase lavender products.

Everything in the shop is infused with lavender: soaps, hand and body lotions, sachets, chocolates, scones and cookies, teas, candles, pillows - even dog biscuits with a tinge of lavender!

Community Band debuts

Members of the Washington Island Community Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Trueblood Performing Arts Center in what they're calling their "debut performance."

For a little more than a year, about 16 enthusiastic musicians - adults who live in the community and students at Washington Island School - have been practicing together, and now they're ready to go public.

The group is sponsored by the Washington Island Musical Festival Committee, and adult participants serve as adjunct instructors for the Music in the School program.

The band will play Sousa marches, Handel chorales, ragtime and more. Admission is free, although freewill donations in support of the group will be greatly appreciated.

Emergency response on display

The Washington Island Fire Department, Police Department and Emergency Services will collaborate in a practice drill at 7 p.m. Thursday. They will be responding to a mock automobile accident behind Washington Island School, near the tennis courts.

Adding additional drama, the Eagle medical rescue helicopter is expected to fly in and participate.

Members of the public are invited to come and see what happens when a serious automobile accident occurs.

Airport Committee organized

The new Washington Island Airport Committee met for the first time on Tuesday.

Three pilots serve on the committee: Mike Berger, committee chair; Ed Graf, vice chair; and Gary Crites. Lu Beekman, a skydiver but not a pilot, is committee secretary. Town Chairman Joel Gunnlaugsson is also on the committee.

Gunnlaugsson said that last August during the run-up to the Death's Door Barbecue, he realized such a committee was needed because of the rules and regulations the town encountered as it planned to use the airport as the site of the event.

Upcoming meetings of the committee - two are already scheduled for later in May - will address this year's DDBBQ as well as possible runway upgrades, hangar leases, bicycle availability at the airport, paving the tie-down areas and organizing a friends-of-the-airport group.

Detroit Harbor plan

Island property owners and residents are invited to send their thoughts about the draft planning document to the Detroit Harbor Master Plan Committee. The town of Washington website is now set up so this is easy to do online.

Visit the town website at, click on the tab on the left side that says Detroit Harbor Committee, and send your comments via the email link embedded in the next Web page that comes up.

The next meeting of the committee is scheduled 7 p.m. May 22 in the Rutledge Room.

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