By Tim Kowols
Washington Island Ferry President Hoyt Purinton says the tourist season could have been a lot different if it was not for the fast action of its Electric Cooperative. In June, damage to its electrical connection to the mainland forced the island to run off diesel-powered generators for 12 days just to keep the lights on. Since then, work to lay 20,000 feet of electric and fiber optic cable underwater and across Plum Island has continued with hopes it could be finished by early November. Purinton credits the Washington Island Electric Cooperative for getting into action quickly.
Earlier this month the Washington Island Electric Cooperative said in a release it was pursuing a number of different grants to offset some of the costs of the potentially over $3 million cost.