2016-10-27 / Columns

Omena celebrates Marine, bride; last farmer’s market of season

Birthdays for Brown, Smith, Steele Walker, Brovins, Tropf
By LESLIE DISCH
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ANTHONY DRIVER, now Private Driver, has graduated from Marine Corps basic training in San Diego. He is home for a week of leave. ANTHONY DRIVER, now Private Driver, has graduated from Marine Corps basic training in San Diego. He is home for a week of leave. The October meeting of the Omena Women’s Club (OWC) was a tour of the Music House Museum in Williamsburg. Nine members of the OWC enjoyed a very interesting guided tour, which included many beautiful artifacts and demonstrations of rare automated instruments, such as player and recording pianos. The museum opened in 1984 and its collection spans the late 18th century to 1950. There is also an extensive “Mini Traverse City” model of downtown that was displayed outdoors at the Clinch Park Zoo for many years. After the tour, the ladies enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the nearby Lochen-Heath Golf Club.

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On a beautiful, crisp fall day earlier in October, five Omena women toured some other spots of interest in Benzie County. Judy Balas, Joan Blount, Debby Disch, Linda Kemper, and Kanda McKee started their day with a guided tour of the Michigan Legacy Art Park, located next to Crystal Mountain. It is a sculpture park dedicated to sharing the stories of the people, events and natural resources that continue to shape the legacy of Michigan. Contemporary artists interpret these stories through outdoor sculpture. With over 40 great works of art in a beautiful, hilly setting, the Art Park is a wonderful experience, whether hiking or taking a guided golf cart tour.


OMENA NATIVE Sophia Sica Mosher and Raymond Whiteside were married in Memphis. Sophie’s parents are Denise Sica and Bob Mosher. OMENA NATIVE Sophia Sica Mosher and Raymond Whiteside were married in Memphis. Sophie’s parents are Denise Sica and Bob Mosher. In addition to a bit of shopping and lunch in downtown Frankfort, the group also enjoyed the Oliver Art Center in Frankfort, and the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm.

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This past weekend brought the grand opening of the new Village Arts Building at 301 Mill Street, with a truly amazing exhibit by members of the Northport Arts Association (NAA). Thanks to benefactors Bill and Nina Collins, the building will enable the NAA to hold classes, exhibitions and events of all kinds, helping to foster and promote the arts in Leelanau Township. The exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. For more about the NAA, go to www.northportartsforall.com.


THE OMENA Women’s Club meeting took in a tour of the Music House Museum. From left are Mary Helen Ray, Kanda McKee, Doni Lystra, Judy Smart, Linda Kemper, Kathy Miller, Mary Tonneberger, Jacquie Johnson and Kim Armbruster. THE OMENA Women’s Club meeting took in a tour of the Music House Museum. From left are Mary Helen Ray, Kanda McKee, Doni Lystra, Judy Smart, Linda Kemper, Kathy Miller, Mary Tonneberger, Jacquie Johnson and Kim Armbruster. * * *

Congratulations to Omena native Sophia Sica Mosher who married Raymond Whiteside on Oct. 15 at a beautiful outdoor wedding in Memphis. Raymond is a sixth grade teacher. Sophia is finishing her master’s degree in public administration at the University of Memphis. They reside in Marion, Arkansas.

Sophia’s sister Elena was the maid of honor and several of her Northport School friends were bridesmaids including Rose Petoskey, Octavia Buss, Betsy Shiner, and Abby Van Dusen. Her other classmates Ryan Blessing and Eddie Gonzalez travelled down from Northport for the wedding. Peter Van Dusen played musical accompaniment for the ceremony. A fabulous Memphis soul and blues band had everyone on their feet dancing throughout the ceremony.

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Congratulations also to another Northport School graduate, Anthony Driver, who just completed Marine Corps basic training in San Diego and is now Private Driver. He is home for a week’s leave before being deployed.

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Emily Wickemeyer and her friends Trevor Love, Matt Fields and Caitlyn Willerick are visiting Omena from Battle Creek to enjoy the autumn colors, bay views, local cuisine and, weather permitting, a cozy beach fire at the Rule cottage.

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Charlotte Read was in town for a beautiful week of peak colors in Omena. She joined a group of other Omena-ites for a night of Team Trivia.

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The last Leelanau Farmers Market of the season is Saturday in Suttons Bay. There is still lots of wonderful produce and other market treats such as maple syrup, jams and baked goods. Last week, produce included cherry tomatoes, brussel sprouts, broccoli, lettuces, apples, carrots, radishes, turnips – and more. Don’t miss it!

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There are two Leelanau Conservancy guided hikes scheduled set for Saturday. At 10 a.m, join docents Peter Wolcott and Jane Gale for a hike around Clay Cliffs Natural Area. See remnant fall color through the hardwood forests and hike to a view of the clear blue water of a cooling Lake Michigan. At 1 p.m., join docents Sharon Oriel and Lou Ricord at the Krumwiede Forest Reserve. Learn why Wheeler Road is known as Starvation Valley, and catch views of Good Harbor Bay and the farms on Bohemian Road. For more information and to sign up for hikes, go to the Conservancy website.

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Tonight from 6 to 7 at the Omena Fire Hall, there will be an opportunity to meet and greet two candidates for local offices. Frank Goodroe, who is running for Leelanau Township supervisor, and Tom Van Pelt, who is running for Leelanau County Commissioner, will be there with cider and donuts for anyone who drops in.

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This Halloween, take special care not to let your pets get into the Halloween treats. Most of us have heard that chocolate that can be bad, even lethal, for dogs. Sugar-free candy is not necessarily a safe treat, either. While most Halloween candy is decidedly not sugar-free, all dog owners should be aware of the sugar substitute xylitol, which is used in sugar-free gum and candies and sometimes in baked goods. Xylitol can be deadly in dogs, causing a dangerous drop in blood sugar and possible liver damage. Read labels and keep xylitol away from dogs.

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Have a fun and safe Halloween. Remember to lock up your breakfast food – there could be cereal killers on the loose!

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Happy Birthday to Dave Brown, Rachel Smith, Ruth Steele Walker, Joan Brovins and Margie Tropf. Happy 35th anniversary to John and Ann Marie Mitchell.

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