2017-01-12 / Columns

Finally, good snow in Omena; beware of static

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

Winter has definitely arrived and there’s lots of good snow for snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

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I left out one important holiday news item last week. Omena’s Club 21 members went to Northport Highlands during the holiday week to visit with residents and deliver candy to everyone. Their visit was enjoyed by all!

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Kanda and Harold McKee are in town from northern Kentucky to enjoy the snow and activities around town.

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Bill and Be Fuertges are happy and sad to be leaving Omena for their new home in Cordia in Traverse City. They are very excited about the new location, but very sorry to be leaving friends here. They will definitely be missed around Omena. They were always gracious hosts, smiling friends always ready to help. And you could always count on a joke or two from Bill. They are moving this coming week, so wish them well. I am sure they will be back as often as possible to visit, and I told them whenever I’m in Traverse, it’s “Party at Fuertges’!”

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This winter weather also dries everything out. Debby was complaining about wanting hazardous duty pay for emptying the dryer because of the huge static electricity shocks she keeps getting. Someone just told us that this past Monday was National Static Electricity Day. Their own website called it the “bane of wool wearers, and the champion of older brothers.” Even though you missed celebrating on the actual day, you can still follow their advice for either being a “shocker” or a shock avoider.

If you’re looking to be the deliverer of the micro-shock, dress in synthetic clothes, wear shoes with rubber soles, don’t put on moisturizer, and stay out of contact with metals until you’re ready to strike. All of these will help you build up a charge to employ against your victims. However, if you wish to be the angel of insulation, then advise your friends and family that leather soles are the appropriate choice to reduce static. Also, use moisturizer, and wear natural fibers (except wool!) to help prevent static build-up.

Most of all, let them know that keeping their hands on keys or a metal pen will help to painlessly release the static charge throughout the day, rather than letting it build up for a painful shock.

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I heard that tickets for the Northport Community Arts Center’s third Annual Dinner Theater at Tucker’s are selling fast. This year’s play is “Boeing, Boeing,” directed again by Karen Cross. Don’t miss this riotous French farce and wonderful dinner. There are five performances over two weekends. Friday and Saturday evenings, Feb. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. Call the NCAC at 386 – 5001 to reserve tickets.

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Happy Birthday to Dennis Armbruster, Larry Fox, Donna Kalchik, Becky Van Pelt, Mike TenBrock, Paula McMenamy, and Ryan Blessing. Happy Anniversary to Bill and Tish Renz.

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