By Tim Kowols
Six years ago, the Washington Island Observer was on its way to joining the growing list of community newspapers going out of print. It was a group of 20 families pitching in thousands of dollars with no expectation of making a dime that saved the Observer and ultimately the voice of the island. In the years since, a collection of residents have contributed stories and columns to the paper, including 80 people last year, on topics ranging from town and school board meetings to a more recent series on Washington Island’s water quality. Managing editor Laurel Hauser has only been on board for just over a year, but says she is proud of how far the paper has come.
The Washington Island Observer is published once a week during the summer months and every other week the rest of the year.