By Zeke Jackson, Village Administrator
- I’d like to wish all of you a very happy and healthy new year. Speaking of the New Year, this year’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display out at the Sports Complex was fantastic, with a record number of attendees.
- Everybody is invited to the Right Off the Wall art show which will be going on at the Meadows Art Gallery through Jan. 12. The featured artists will be Sharon Auberle, Mary Blichman, Tina Brodbeck, Beverly Hart Branson, Ethel Davis, Connie Glowacki, Don Howard, Brigitte Kozma, Mary Nelson, Marcia Nichols, Bren Sibilsky, Madonna Siles, Marie Skrobot, Bonnie Sandstrom, Terry VanVorous, Kathy Vavra, Kerry Vavra and Bette Williams. The Meadows Art Gallery is located within the Scandia Village complex.
- The Sister Bay Ice Rink and Sports Complex is gearing up for an active winter season of outdoor fun. Joe Baldarotta, Ice Rink Manager, guaranteed (weather permitting) the ice rink will be open, and the sledding hill will also be accessible whenever possible. To check on the status of ice making call 920.854.7014.
- Twenty-five years ago Larry Gajda was drawn to Door County because of its beauty and the wide range of things to do, and after a quarter of a century of commercial banking he will retire from Nicolet National Bank. Larry and his wife Donna had planned to retire together at the end of 2015, but he received the “green light” to remodel the Sister Bay branch of Baylake Bank, and decided to stay on at Baylake to oversee the major renovation and move to the “new” building. Meanwhile, the Baylake and Nicolet Bank merger was announced, and Larry was asked to stay on past his intended retirement to help with the transition. Larry didn’t want to retire without ensuring a smooth transition, and he found the solution in Commercial Banker Ken Glasheen. Although Ken and Larry may have different personalities and approaches with customers, they look at credit in the same way, and have the same underwriting standards in mind. Larry has been very active in the community. Here in the village he was chair of the village’s Economic Development Committee and was a member of the Sister Bay Advancement Association Board of Directors. He also has been a member of the Lions Club since 1983 and served on the Sunshine House Board of Directors. Thanks for everything you did for Sister Bay, Larry. You will be missed.
- The village is once again recycling Christmas lights. A collection barrel has been placed at the corner of Mill Road and N. Bay Shore Drive, and lights can be deposited in that barrel at any time. You do not have to be a village resident to recycle lights, and no fees will be charged. Last year there weren’t very many people who took advantage of the live tree pick-up services offered by the village, so the Parks Department guys will do something a little different this year. If you are a village resident and would like to have your Christmas tree picked up on Jan. 9, call the village office at 920.854.4118 by Jan. 6 to get on the pick-up list.
- The village has renewed its service contract with Going Garbage and Recycling. The new contract, which will be in effect through 2019, provides, as before, for trash and recycling pick-up services for village residents as well as trash pick-up services for village businesses, but there will be one change. As of Jan. 1, 2017, recycling services will transition from what has been separate collection of paper and commingled recyclables to single-stream collection of recyclables. If you have any questions about any of the new procedures don’t hesitate to contact Henk at Going Garbage. He can be reached at 920.854.2114.
- Mark your calendars for the Door County Short Film Fest, which will be conducted in the village hall on Feb. 17 & 18. More information will be provided as soon as it’s available.
If you have any questions about upcoming village projects or operations please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at 920.854.4118 or [email protected].