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CTAs Named Parade Marshals

Sue and Joe Jarosh were named marshals for this year's Maifest Parade.

The Jaroshes have spent much of their lives in Jacksonport. Lucky for us, they believe in, as Joe said, “giving back to the community that we care about so much.”

Sue spent her childhood summers here — held jobs as a teenager, enjoying the tranquility, beaches, dunes and the walk to Jacksonport along the lake. When Sue and Joe married in 1969, they honeymooned on Cave Point Drive and visited the area every summer.

As a crafter selling at several Door County art fairs, Sue had many requests for her items, which led the Jaroshes to purchase the Craft Cottage in Jacksonport in 1984, featuring not only Sue’s work but that of many local artists.

Sue and Joe plus sons Jon and J.R. spent summers here and Sue came early and stayed late to keep the store open in spring and fall, sometimes with the help of her parents. With Joe’s 2003 retirement, Sue and Joe became year-round Jacksonport residents.

The Jaroshes helped to create the Jacksonport Area Business Association, Jacksonport brochure and town logo. They have served in leadership roles and as active members of many Jacksonport organizations. They were the local and national winners of the Certified Tourism Ambassador program representing Door County in 2014. They also volunteered as the Jacksonport Visitor Information Center in their home at the craft cottage for over 30 years. They served the community by writing the Jacksonport column for the Door County Advocate for over 20 years.

Since their retirement with the sale of the craft cottage in 2015, they are still involved in serving Jacksonport but also enjoy time with their four local grandchildren: Abby, Anna, Madi and Camden. Sue just completed her second children’s book and plans to start her third soon, along with working at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse and running the Jacksonport Farmer’s Market.  Joe serves on boards of the business association, Jacksonport Polar Bear Club and Leadership Door County.

Many thanks to the Jaroshes for their service to the Jacksonport community.

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