2016-11-17 / Columns

Team Trivia around the county

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

MARY STANTON of Suttons Bay was named the Zonta Club of Leelanau’s 2016 Woman of the Year at the group’s monthly meeting last week. Stanton is the director of Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) and a longtime supporter of community programs for those in need. She was the original co-chair of LCN’s Blessings in a Backpack program ensuring county school children don’t go hungry over weekends. MARY STANTON of Suttons Bay was named the Zonta Club of Leelanau’s 2016 Woman of the Year at the group’s monthly meeting last week. Stanton is the director of Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) and a longtime supporter of community programs for those in need. She was the original co-chair of LCN’s Blessings in a Backpack program ensuring county school children don’t go hungry over weekends. People around Omena are gearing up for the holidays — packing up to leave town, or getting ready for visitors, or just looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving. Everyone is already thankful for the continued weather in the 50s that we have been enjoying. And the leaves just keep coming down.

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To really get everyone into the holiday spirit, Deck the Village is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. Omena neighbors turn out to decorate the Fire Hall, Omena Historical Society, and Post Office. It’s lots of fun, and many hands make Christmas lights work quickly.

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Northport is getting decked out a day early with Saturday, Nov. 27, as the annual Merchant’s Day and Tree Lighting. Stores in Northport will be participating from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a tree lighting capping off the event. Be sure to visit the new Northport Arts Association (NAA) location that day as well for the NAA Open House and sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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It’s also Team Trivia season in and around Omena. Team Trivia is a really fun way for friends to get together, learn some interesting facts, and enjoy a meal or a snack. Some of the area locations have Trivia all year, but some only offer it after the busy tourist season. Knot Just a Bar in Omena is now offering Team Trivia on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., the Village Inn Tavern in Suttons Bay on Tuesdays, Tucker’s of Northport on Wednesdays and the Bluebird in Leland on Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. If that isn’t enough Trivia for you, Little Traverse Inn in Maple City hosts Team Trivia on Sundays at 6 p.m., and there are several locations in Traverse City.

While it can be somewhat intimidating, it’s mostly fun. A recent question was to name four of the five countries that border the most other countries. I’ll give you some time to think about that and put the answer nearer the end of the column. Remember – at an actual Team Trivia you can’t use reference material like an iPhone.

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On Saturday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m., the Northport High School Drama Class will present S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders in Northport School Auditorium. The performance repeats on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4 p.m.

Mark your calendars for the NCAC’s Christmas Concert set for Sunday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the NCAC auditorium.

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If you haven’t done it already, be sure to get your flu shot. That season is also upon us, and a flu shot protects you and everyone around you.

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The five countries that border the most other countries are China, with 16 bordering countries; Russia, 14; Brazil, 10; and the Congo and Germany, with nine each. The first four are not surprising in that they are also among the top 11 largest countries by area. But Germany is less than 1/6 the size of the Congo, which is the 11th largest in the world at 905,000 square miles. Russia is by far the largest country in land mass with 6.6 million square miles, followed by Canada, the U.S., and China, all three of which are 3.7 to 3.9 million square miles. Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world with 3.3 million. The Congo is 11th with 905,000 square miles, while Germany has only 138 square miles. It is just 1 1/2 times the size of Michigan. It shows how different Europe is from other continents in terms of size and compactness of countries.

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Happy Birthday to Jake Biederman, Mike Mann, Nancy C. Kalchik, Chris Verdery (who just might have hit another decade this year), and to the two Mary Helen’s – Mary Helen Ray and Mary Helen Phillips, whose birthdays are just one day apart. Happy Anniversary to Les and Debby Disch.

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If it weren’t for this column, I might forget my anniversary every year!

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