2016-09-08 / Columns

Omena News: Get your kayak raffle ticket, watch for lights

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


MARYN AUSTIN crosses the bridge over Krist Creek. Behind her are her brother Brock, father Troy, and other bridge walkers. MARYN AUSTIN crosses the bridge over Krist Creek. Behind her are her brother Brock, father Troy, and other bridge walkers. The Fourth Annual Omena Bridge Walk over Krist Creek was bigger and better than ever. The crowd doubled in size from last year, with over 50 people crossing the bridge. Grand Marshal Les Disch (yours truly) was the first across the bridge. Last year, the attendance was double the year before.

Just like all of the bridge walks, the crowd included several local politicians. Omena’s former Vice Mayor golden retriever Shimmer Disch was the second across the bridge, and Village Council member Duff Kemper, a Border Collie, was one of the participants. Current Vice Mayor SweetTart McKee would have been there if she had known about it earlier so that she could change her plans.

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Omena’s Bridge Walk has been such a success that Northport held its first annual bridge walk this year. Theirs even had a theme – the Wacky Hat Walk across the Northport Bridge.

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Jim and Kathy Miller just returned from their annual sail with their good friends, Buzz and Norma Van Kuiken of Grand Rapids. “Brassy” is a 61 foot C&C that once raced in the Chicago to Mackinac regatta. It was their home for several days as they sailed to Beaver Island, Mackinac Island and Charlevoix. Sailing and weather were perfect this year, which they haven’t been in some years.

Kathy and Jim found themselves again on the water the day after they returned aboard the “Main Office,” a 38-foot Regal powerboat, owned by Kathy’s sister and brother-in-law, Lorri and Doug Wolf. They had motored from Traverse City to Northport with a stop on Omena Bay to party again, along with friends Mike and Laurie Adelson and Kevin and Jody Berg.

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I listened to The Dark Sky on IPR this past week and learned that the Northern Lights are twice as likely to occur in September and March as they are at other times of the year. The Northern Lights are caused in part by increased activity in the earth’s magnetic field. This field extends from the earth’s interior out into space where it meets the solar wind, the stream of charged particles coming from the sun that exerts a pressure on our magnetic field.

The pressure of the solar wind is not constant, and the earth’s magnetic field is not uniform, so when the conditions are just right, the solar wind encounters a vulnerable region of the magnetic field, and then we get these waving curtains of flaming light. This kind of encounter usually happens around the times of Equinox, in September and March each year.

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It was great to see the fruit industry, and particularly a Leelanau County farm, represented in the Traverse area 40 Under 40 list. Congratulations to Ben LaCross of LaCross Farms for being selected through the Traverse City Business News publication.

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September is the last month that the Omena Historical Society museum holds regular hours. The museum is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4 pm. The new exhibit this year is wonderful. This Saturday, the newly published 80-page pictorial Timelines “Then and Now” will be on sale. Jim Miller and an outstanding team of contributors put this book together. It is a keepsake item and a wonderful holiday gift idea.

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This could be your last chance to buy a raffle ticket for the beautiful hand-made kayak that has been on display in front of Enerdyne in Suttons Bay. The raffle is a fundraiser for the Inland Seas Education Association’s youth boat building program, which Omena resident Chuck Dickerson is very involved with. The drawing is on September 17.

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Make sure your calendar is clear to attend Leelanau UnCaged on Saturday, September 24.

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Happy birthday to Fred Holtz, Jaron Huffman, Bill Sulau and Terri Harris. September is a big month for weddings – and therefore anniversaries. Happy fifth anniversary to Carter and Amy Oosterhouse, and to Tony and Amanda Brown. Happy anniversary also to Gary and Carol Silverman, Allan and Joanne Dalzell, and to Eric and Kristi Hallett.

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