By Tim Kowols
Along with the annual “burning of the winter witch” on the shores of Eagle Harbor, Ephraim residents named Anne Glabe their 2017 Fyr Bal Chieftain. A village resident since 1984 after spending much of her life in the Chicagoland area, Glabe has been a poll worker for elections in Ephraim since 1989 and has worked with the Ephraim Moravian Church and the Northern Door Genealogical Society. It was Glabe’s Norwegian roots and her long-standing ties to the community that made the Chieftain designation such an honor.
Glabe is the 53rd Chieftain in Fyr Ball lore, which dates back to 1965 as a way to welcome the summer solstice and introduce visitors to June in Ephraim with a bonfire and other activities.