2016-11-10 / Columns

Update: fall color did come, stay late

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


CARROLL FLEES’ return to Leelanau County over the summer was enough to bring 21 people together. Carroll and Marge Flees now reside Berwyn, Ill. Their visit to the Dune Climb in the Lakeshore was enough to bring together the Flees’ 11 grandsons, four granddaughters, five daughters and five sons-in-law’s, and his wife, Marge. “Grandpa” is difficult to spot among all that family, but he’s standing in the back row a bit to the right. CARROLL FLEES’ return to Leelanau County over the summer was enough to bring 21 people together. Carroll and Marge Flees now reside Berwyn, Ill. Their visit to the Dune Climb in the Lakeshore was enough to bring together the Flees’ 11 grandsons, four granddaughters, five daughters and five sons-in-law’s, and his wife, Marge. “Grandpa” is difficult to spot among all that family, but he’s standing in the back row a bit to the right. It really was all about the weather this past week. Sunny with temperatures in the 60’s in the first week of November was amazing. And the fall colors just kept hanging on. A lot of us were wrong about the colors this year. A couple of weeks ago, I said that they weren’t late this year, but it turned out that they didn’t peak until a week after that – which was late. And then we still had beautiful colors well into November. The “experts,” such as the Farmers Almanac and several meteorologists, were saying that it would be a short color season this year. Instead, we had three weekends of color — great for us and great for tourism.

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It was so nice, that even the fruit flies came back. I mentioned this to a neighbor a few days ago and they said that their fruit flies never left. A small price to pay for this glorious weather.

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Omena had its share of visitors to enjoy the past weekend. Sarah and Anthony Everitt were up from Grand Rapids to visit Sarah’s parents, Ben and Judy Fowler.

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Betty Jane “BJ” Harrand and Peggy Fernstrum were here from Menominee, Mich., were here to visit BJ’s brother and sister-in-law, Les and Debby Disch and her nephew, Jim Browning. Les and Debby took BJ and Peggy on a tour of part of the county, starting with lunch at The Knot, then on to Leland, Lake Leelanau, and Glen Arbor, where they stocked up on cherry products at Cherry Republic for friends back home.

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With all this mild weather, it’s hard to think about Christmas, but mark your calendars for the annual Deck the Village on Sunday, Nov. 27, starting at 2 p.m. in downtown Omena.

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Congratulations to Omena seasonal resident Mike Biskupski for a very special honor he recently received. Mike, who is executive director of the Jeanine Schultz School in Park Ridge, Ill., was surprised to find himself in the spotlight at a school play two weeks ago. During a presentation of “Our House” awards, named after Biskupski’s motto for the school, the board and staff announced they were dedicating the “Bisupwick Theater,” a mini-auditorium where students will be able to view movies and news broadcasts from real movie theater seats.

And, no, they didn’t get the name wrong. When the Pickwick Theatre installed new seats several years ago, Dave and Elaine Loomis donated the original seats to the school’s auditorium. Hence, Biskupwick.

“Talk about being blown away!” Biskupski said afterwards.

When Biskupski joined the school six years ago, he adopted the motto “Our House” to make sure that everyone — staff, faculty and students — felt welcome and a part of a friendly atmosphere. The school provides education and treatment services for students, ages 3 to 21, who come with a range of special needs: emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, behavior disordered, autistic and traumatic brain-injured children.

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We wish Bruce and Carla Cunningham the best of luck in their recent move to East Tawas. We are sorry to lose them as neighbors, and look forward to seeing them when they come back to visit.

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Congratulations to Judy Balas who was invited to participate in the annual Holiday Market Extravaganza at the Traverse City Golf and Country Club with her White Dog-Black Tie one-of-a-kind outfits for girls and jackets for women. This year’s event will benefit Step Up Northern Michigan.

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Omena is saddened by the death of Margaret “Margy” Lyon in Cincinnati recently. Margy was a life-long summer resident of Omena. She came as a child with her parents and siblings, Betsy and Ed. She was a beloved elementary school teacher in Cincinnati, which enabled her to spend her summers as an adult here. She always had a smile on her and was friendly to all and fun to be with. She made the summers special for her nieces and nephews, and was an enthusiastic member of the Cherry Basket Neighbors. Our sympathies go to Betsy and Drew Ehrhardt and all of their children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

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The Omena Potluck is this coming Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Omena community at the fire hall. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy an evening with friends and neighbors.

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Veterans Day is Friday, so please thank a veteran.

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The 41st Annual Mariners Memorial Service will be held at noon Thursday in the courtyard of NMC’s Great Lakes Campus.

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Happy Birthday to Kathy Cigan, Dave Johnson, Jane Saxton and Hayden Treece, who turns 16 this year.

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