2016-10-20 / Views

Good luck on The Crib, and Lemaks will be missed

We’d like to bid good-bye to a county couple whose career path has taken them elsewhere, and offer a hello to another whose vision has the capacity to make a major impact here.

Janice and “Doctor Dave” Lemak have moved to Reno, Nev., where he has accepted a position as supervisor in a health system with 13 emergency care facilities.

That makes sense — unless you are one of the hundreds of Leelanau County patients who received care from Dr. Lemak and his wife, Janice, a nurse. Dr. Lemak is a whiz-bang at “emergent care,” which might involve a case of poison ivy or a fall from a ladder. He listened to patients, treated them with respect, and often got to the bottom of an ailment or disease that had previously gone undetected.

Minor surgery? He did that, too.

The Lemaks offered relatively simple and direct health care at a time when the medical field has grown too complex and convoluted. They’ll be missed.

Munson Healthcare owns the building in Suttons Bay off M-22 that formerly housed the Lemaks and Dr. John Dunn, who is retiring. So far, Munson has not identified another physician to locate there.

We’re hopeful, though, that a replacement fills the practice, although filling the shoes of Dr. Dave will be far more difficult. We want to stress the importance of having that practice available to the community.

(Here we tip our hat to Munson for opening a pharmacy in Empire, a service much needed in that community.)

And welcome to Dan and Anna Oginsky from Brighton, who helped put together a nonprofit corporation with three other couples to purchase The Crib lighthouse in the Manitou Passage.

The Crib has a place in Leelanau County lore, although it’s become the neglected home of spiders and cormorants. It was once an occupied bunker of sorts, its steel and block construction offering drab living quarters to coast guardsmen whose job it was to warn captains about a shoal that has rubbed many ships the wrong way through the years.

The lighthouse, whose fog horn has lulled many a shoreline cabin owner to sleep, has been automated and unoccupied since the 1980’s.

The Oginski’s organization, the North Manitou Light Keepers, will have their hands full in restoring the lighthouse. He estimates that $1 million may be required, all for a building surrounded by water that few people will have the means — or desire — to visit.

But that’s not the point. The Crib deserves respect and recognition.

We like that the Oginskis plan to open the lighthouse to the public. It’s somewhat roomy at two stories, and once provided living quarters for three guardsmen at once.

So there are possibilities. A cast-away bed-and-breakfast? A maritime museum in a maritime relic?

The world’s most remote water slide?

We wish the Oginskis and their organization well.

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From what I read in a

From what I read in a newspaper article recently, Munson owns the building where Suttons Bay Emergency Care was located and Munson has no plans to reopen the facility. If that is the case, shame on Munson.