2016-12-15 / Columns

Omena is preparing for Winter Solstice

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With the Village blanketed in snow, things are quiet around Omena. If we hadn’t gotten so accustomed to the unusually balmy weather of this past November, you could say it was beautiful. Karon, Jenny and Molly Smith all got out over the weekend to enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing through the woods.

The Leelanau Conservancy also provides our area with many beautiful spots for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Check out their website, leelanauconservancy.org, for information on the many trails that are accessible.

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The Winter Solstice officially arrives next Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 5:44 a.m. “Solstice” comes from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” In the northern hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.

At the winter solstice, the sun’s path has reached its southernmost position. The next day, the path will advance northward.

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Brian and Sally Shapiro got out of Indianapolis on Saturday before the heavy snow hit to come and enjoy a week of winter weather in Omena. They joined the McTrivia team on Monday evening for Team Trivia. One of the questions was what restaurant chain the EEOC ordered to begin hiring men back in 1995. One guess was Shapiro’s Deli. The answer was actually Hooters. One of the questions had some interesting statistics as part of it. This year, the NBA had a record 113 foreign players from 41 different countries on opening day rosters. The question was which team currently has the most. The answer was the Utah Jazz, with seven players from other countries.

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“Rat” Renz recently went to Portland, Ore., for a baby shower for her granddaughter Emma. Rat flew into Seattle to meet up with her daughter Cynnie, who lives in Snohomish, and spend a few days there before they drove down to Portland. While in Snohomish, they saw Rat’s niece Marian Electa Powell.

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Happy Birthday to Karl Krusel, who is now a teenager, and to Evie Brooke Sulau, who is two. Happy Birthday, also, to those whose age isn’t for publication (this year, at least) — Bob Hauske, Georgienne Hammer, Mary Coste, Bert Wheeler, Alex Edgley, and Dillon Kimmerly. Happy Anniversary to several couples who chose the holidays to tie the knot – Bob and Julie Krist, John and Mary Helen Ray, and Kim and Linda Kemper.

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