2016-10-13 / Columns

Omena News: People identified in old photograph

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


MEET DONALD AND ANNE MAISH, whose identities had been a mystery. MEET DONALD AND ANNE MAISH, whose identities had been a mystery. Fall brings its own beauty to Leelanau County, and we are fortunate to have the 26 Leelanau Conservancy properties to help us get out and enjoy it. You can go to their website, leelanauconservancy.org, to learn about all of the properties, download trail maps and get directions. The newest of the Leelanau Conservancy’s 26 Natural Areas and Preserves, Palmer Woods Forest Reserve, offers over 700 acres to hike. You can literally spend the whole day traversing this forest, which has been managed for sustainable forestry for years.

There are two Conservancy hikes next weekend. Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m., there will be a hike in the biologically diverse Kehl Lake Natural Area with docents Ann McInnis and Jane Gale. As the cooler seasons approach, what are some clues that signal to plants and animals that preparations are needed in order to survive a Leelanau winter and what are some of those preparations? On Sunday, Oct. 23, at 1 pm, Omena resident Marsha Buehler will join fellow docents Dave Amos and JoAnne Gerben in a hike around the DeYoung Farm to see fall colors. The oaks, black cherry, maple, poplar and bass wood will be in varying shades of red, yellow and brown and the fields are full of many varieties of late blooming flowers and berries.

Also, the Conservancy published a beautiful 68-page Natural Areas Guide which is free and available at the Conservancy’s office in Leland at 105 N. First St.

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Molly Harrison, of Northport and Cincinnati, was able to provide some interesting information to the Omena Historical Society (OHS). In the book, “Omena – A Place in Time,” there is a picture of a couple with Will Solle in Solle’s Bookstore. No one knew who the couple was. It turns out they were Molly’s parents, Donald and Anne Maish. Molly has great memories of visiting Solle’s every summer.

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Congratulations to Liz Schleef who celebrated her 94th birthday last Friday. Both of her daughters came to Omena to help her celebrate. Katy was here from Reno, Nev., and Joan came up from Grand Rapids. Annette Deibel and Mary Tonneberger delivered some goodies and a card from the Omena Women’s Club.

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This column has always celebrated October as National Book Month. For years, it was sponsored by the National Book Foundation. For some reason, as of this year, they are no longer sponsoring it – so I guess it no longer exists, technically. But it lives on in the heart and mind of this columnist. I guess to counter the troubling and tumultuous events around us, I am reading two nonfiction books of a more calming nature. The first is “The Book of Joy” by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, with Douglas Abrams. It is an amazingly insightful and inspiring book. The second is “Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies,” by Ross King, which gives a fascinating historical context to that painting.

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Debby just finished “The Wright Brothers” by David McCullough. This book gives a new depth of understanding of the men themselves and of the international acclaim and attention that they had in those early days of aviation. In fact, they were first taken seriously in Europe – even before their hometown Dayton newspaper gave their work any coverage.

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Our sympathy goes to Suzie Mulligan and all of her family on the death of her daughter-in-law Natalia Gomez in Grand Rapids. Natalia was the wife of Rob Mulligan and the mother of twins, Ian and Connor. Natalia’s strong spirit was an inspiration to everyone. During her own battle with cancer, she was a leader in pushing through legislation in Michigan to help with earlier detection of breast cancer, and was lobbying for other legislation to require genetic testing in certain situations. Natalia was a Spanish professor at Grand Valley State University, a poet, and a person who loved spending time on the family’s sailboat in the Northport Marina every summer.

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This weekend is the last showings for “The Dixie Swim Club,” a hilarious and delightful comedy produced by the Northport Community Arts Center (NCAC) and directed by Karen Cross. The performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and a matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. Call the NCAC office at 386-5001 for more information or tickets.

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October is the second month of the Bay Theatre’s By the Bay series. This month’s special feature is “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.” It will be playing Sunday through Tuesday. Mark your calendars for a special screening and discussion of “Equal Means Equal” on Monday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m., a documentary about the current status of many women’s issues. The event is free to the public. More information is available at thebaytheatre.com.

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Happy 60th anniversary to Bill and Rat Renz. Happy 70th anniversary to Jim and Naomi Centner. Happy Anniversary also to Adam and Jennifer Smart. Happy Birthday to Suzie Mulligan, Jim Morrison and Cynthia Dotzauer.

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