Omena dog delegation joins parade
Mayor Maya, walked by Erica Brown, led a delegation of Omena dogs, including Vice Mayor Shimmer Disch, walked by Nora Read, and Village Council member Barkley Balas, walked by Judy Balas. Five-pound Maltese Rosie Husted was there along with 78-pound Chesapeake Bay Retriever River Dickerson, walked by Maddy North.
Joan Kalchik TenBrock and Gail Lang had new outfits to walk Nathan and Becky’s and Kristi’s Jack Russell terriers, Reggie and Callie. Lots of Omena-ites were in the throngs that lined the streets. Violet Rose Smart was in town from California with her parents Adam and Jennifer, and got to see her first dog parade.
It was a perfect day for the Wine Festival also, and the food, wine and music were enjoyed by everyone.
Sunday morning started early in Northport with the annual Salmon Slam. Congratulations to Dale and Joan Blount’s grandson, Dan Brown, from Mount Pleasant, who was on the winning team “Fishigan.” Omena resident Al Flees was also on the team.
Tonight, Thursday, at 7 p.m. will be the fourth in the Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) Speaker’s Series at the Habitat Discovery Center, 5020 N. Putnam Road. The topic is “Conservation on the Other Side of the World: Working for the Environment in Mongolia.” Conservation Resource Alliance Biologist Eric Ellis spent three years living in Mongolia working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, translator, and guide. Eric will present the fascinating ecosystems and species of Mongolia, and current threats to them. Tickets are $15. Call 271–3738 for information.
It’s been a busy three weeks for Bruce and Judy Balas. In late July, 38 Balases arrived for the week-long annual family reunion for the 38th consecutive year. Centered around the family cabin on Lee Point Road, most days were spent by the beach, visiting with relatives who came from New York, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Michigan. Bruce’s sister, Linda, who recently married an Australian, Klaus Reichel, will be in Suttons Bay for most of the fall before returning to their home on Bribie Island near Brisbane. Balas son Steve and grandson Sam traveled from Idaho for a 10-day visit. Their daughter, Allison, and her daughters Isabella and Alex and friend Christopher stayed an additional 2 1/2 weeks. They live in Murwillumbah, Australia, also near Brisbane. When they leave Omena, they are headed to Solerno, Italy for five months where the girls, ages 10 & 11, and Christopher will be in Italian immersion school while Allison does a refresher course to enable her to return to teaching Italian.
This past week Charlotte Read’s company included son Nathan and his wife Sarah, and their daughter Nora, who is almost 6. A highlight was Nora walking Shimmer, the Omena Vice Mayor in the Northport Dog Parade. Their friends Dave and Jill Bruno and 2 year old Paolo from Grosse Point joined the gathering for four days.
Helen Putnam Bradley’s daughter Lisa and her husband Scott Fisher and her daughter Ashley Guerrero are visiting Helen and Frieda from San Antonio, Texas. Ashley, who is eleven, loves cake decorating. On a recent trip to NYC, she attended a fondant layer cake class at Buddy “The Cake Boss” Valastro’s Lackawanna Cake Factory in Hoboken, N.J., and a cupcake class at Butter Lane Cupcakes in NYC.
Sarah Chenault is here from Los Angeles visiting her mother Melissa. Lee Feely is here from Palm Beach Shores, Fla. He overlapped for a few days with his sister, Marty Bills, who was here for several weeks from Palm Beach Gardens.
The Omena Historical Society annual meeting was held Aug. 7. Many thanks to outgoing Board members Dennis Turner, Jim Miller, and nana Kennedy. Congratulations to new Board members Kris Mampe and Keith Disselkoen. Dick Hanson gave a very interesting presentation about the history of Northport’s waterfront. He covered the lumbering days, the days of the big car ferries which loaded rail cars at the Northport docks, the commercial fishing days, and the present day recreational boating days. His presentation also included pictures of a major resort that was on the water just north of the dock area. It was designed by the architect that built the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. It burned to the ground just five years after it opened, and was uninsured, so it was never rebuilt. Dick speculated what a difference it might have made if Northport had had its own “Grand Hotel” all these years.
It’s hard to believe that the Olympics have come and gone. It’s too bad the Summer Olympics have to be when everything else is going on, too. I did watch a fair amount, though. London is the first city in the history of the modern Olympics to host the event three times, the others being 1908 and 1948. I was amazed to hear that 31 new World Records were set this year, so I looked up the 2008 results. In 2008, 43 World Records and 132 Olympic Records were set. Both 2008 and 2012 had 204 countries participate. In 2008, 86 of the countries received at least one medal, and in 2012, 85 countries received a medal.
As if it wasn’t bad enough hearing advertisements for back-to-school merchandise and end-of-the-season sales, now one of the local weathermen actually said that it will feel like Fall this weekend.
Mark your calendars for the annual Alice Busby Walk on Saturday, Sept. 1 in Northport.
Happy Birthday this week to Rink Smith and to two of his aunts, Jonnie Hodgson and Rat Renz. Happy Birthday also this week to Jenni Singer, Ralph Towne, Frieda Putnam, and Bill Emmert. Happy Anniversary to Scott and Ruth Walker and to Clay and Mary Coste.