2016-11-03 / Columns

Punny column meant for special day

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HAVING FUN on their “wedding day” are, from left, Judie Martin and Dale Baker along with Suza Barrera, Kanda McKee, Mary Dietrich, Trudie Hines, Olivia Paramo, and, seated, Sandy Brown. HAVING FUN on their “wedding day” are, from left, Judie Martin and Dale Baker along with Suza Barrera, Kanda McKee, Mary Dietrich, Trudie Hines, Olivia Paramo, and, seated, Sandy Brown. I can’t believe it’s November already. The November Omena Potluck has been moved to Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Omena Community Room. The monthly potluck is usually on the second Tuesday, but since that is Election Day, it was moved out one week. It’s a great time to bring a dish to pass and spend an evening with friends and neighbors.

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The Omena-based “Crazy Ladies” crafters group that meets weekly in the Community Room was well represented at the much heralded, Halloween-themed wedding of the season. Congratulations to Judie Martin and Dale Baker on their marriage. I heard that it was an eerily fun reception.

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In another wedding story, two local antennas met on an Omena rooftop, and got married recently also. The ceremony wasn’t much, but the reception was excellent.

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Did you hear about the invisible man who married the invisible woman? Their kids were nothing to look at, either.

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In keeping with the season, Omena’s Club 21 recently donned their Halloween costumes and delivered pumpkin pies to the residents at Tendercare in Suttons Bay. Everyone had a lot of fun.

Lenny and Wendy Newman were guests of Jim and Kathy Miller over the Halloween weekend. Lenny Newman is the son of Harold and Wyn Landis, who were proprietors of the Omena Inn in the 1940’s and 50’s. They were visiting from their home in the Huntington Woods area of Detroit. With each visit comes new stories with evenings spent reminiscing of times past around the campfire, weather permitting. Several years ago, Harold and Wyn returned to Omena to perform for Omena’s residents in the Omena Historical Society’s museum. Both have since past away but their legacy lives on in memory and stories told around the campfire.

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Ruth Walker returned recently from a trip to Cleveland with her friend Kathy Piersma of Grandville. They attended the 25th annual West Virginia Glass Gathering conference put on by the West Virginia Museum of American Glass.

Kathy and Ruth traveled from Grandville to Cleveland with a stop at Jeffrey’s Antique Mall in Findlay, Ohio. On Friday, they toured Cleveland by Lully Trolley. Included on the tour were stops at the West Side Market, the Old Stone Church, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, a bank with a glass ceiling and the Lake View Cemetery where Francis H. Haserot, whose donation made the Leelanau Township Community Foundation possible, rests. There his family has a famous angel sculpture in their family plot. Ruth discovered that the Haserot Angel is considered one of the eight “must see” sights in the cemetery along with the Wade Chapel that was designed by Tiffany and the memorial to President James A. Garfield. They ended the day with a tour of the Cleveland Art Museum.

Saturday brought a series of workshops including ones on Halloween collectibles, vaseline and blue glass, the work of the Bryce, Higbee & Company, Cambridge Glass Cuttings, and one session on stretch glass. The evening concluded with a Taste of Cleveland dinner and a not-so-silent auction of donated glass.

Sunday’s trip back included a stop at the Medina antique mall, which Ruth says is not to be missed by any level of collector, and then a couple of stops in Grand Rapids to visit old friends and neighbors.

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Have you ever had a tune that you couldn’t get out of your head? I recently had that with “The Green, Green Grass of Home.” It got so annoying, I asked my doctor about it. He said it’s called Tom Jones Syndrome. When I asked if it was very common, he said It’s Not Unusual.

Then I went shopping for some camouflage pants, but I couldn’t find any.

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In case you haven’t guessed it by now, the annual National Punster Day is coming up on Nov. 8. Even the bag of Goldfish snacks that I bought recently had to participate with “If you stand in the grain, you’ll get wheat.” I do this every year, so you may have a little Deja Moo — the feeling that you’ve heard this bull before.

Back to an un-punny news item, the 41st annual Mariners Memorial service will be held on next Thursday, Nov. 10, at noon at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) at NMC’s Great Lakes campus. The memorial service is held to remember and honor mariners who have perished on the Great Lakes and oceans and is sponsored by the Student Propeller Club, Port 150, of the GLMA. The memorial service tradition started in 1976, the year after the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sunk. A Maritime Academy cadet was an intern on the ship and among the 29 who lost their lives. It is a very poignant and beautiful program, and the community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

There are only seven national or state accredited institutions offering maritime degrees and USCG-approved courses in the US, and GLMA is one of them. Vicki Craker’s daughter, KT Walheim, is a Maritime Academy alum and is now a 2nd assistant engineer on the Great Lakes. It is quite an accomplishment for anyone, and especially for the handful of women who choose to do it.

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There is an important survey out about broadband accessibility in Leelanau County. Please take a minute to fill it out. It could be important to getting funding to help improve this resource in our community. You can find the survey at the “connect my community” website.

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Happy Birthday to Suza Barrera, Helene Mack, Zac Kalchik, Owen Cooper Nyland, who is 3, Jackson Dailey, who is now officially a teenager, Ralph Kalchik, who is no longer a teenager, and Marsha Holtz. Happy Anniversary to Dusty and Jan MacDonald.

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