2017-01-26 / Columns

On missing and honoring Roy; ‘super soups’ at the Homestead

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Just because we had the normal January thaw, don’t think winter is over. Much more to come.

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From Feb. 2-23, children can enroll in after-school art classes at the Glen Lake Community Schools art room. The four-week session has a cost of $50 with snacks and art supplies are included. Classes are held on Thursdays for grades 1-6 from 3:10-4:45 p.m. with instructor Leah Lawson. Class size is limited to 10.

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The Roy Taghon Memorial Snowmobile Drag Races were held Sunday at the Empire International Airport. Although the weather wasn’t the best for snowmobiles it wasn’t too bad for spectators. As it turned out there were not a lot of spectators, but there seemed to be a good amount of racers. As usual, the Empire Lions Club was on hand with food. I hope this continues as it’s a fun event and a slow time in the winter. For those of you who did not know, Roy was an Empire native with a passion for snowmobiling. Roy worked for his parents at the gas station at M-72 and M-22 in Empire and was always a friendly man with a happy face. Roy would also help out anyone that had a snowmobile question. He was a regular contributor to the “Hard Core Sledder” website for snowmobiling. These races are a great way to remember Roy

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Coming up, the last three day weekend before summer. Presidents weekend beginning Feb. 18, a Saturday. Although I haven’t really heard yet, I’m sure that The Sportsman Shop in Glen Arbor will have its annual Perch Fishing Contest which normally begins at 7 a.m. with the weigh-in at 1 p.m. We have seen some pretty good-sized perch caught over the years. For more information, call 334-3872.

The annual Chili Cook Off will begin at noon on Boonedocks deck. This is always a lot of fun, good chili to great chili, good music and an occasional libation. The good thing about the cook-off is that all proceeds go directly to the Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce’s Glen Lake School Scholarship fund. This is definitely a family-friendly event. Be sure to dress yourselves and the kids warmly.

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Normally on the same day there is a Polar Dip in Empire and a Pancake breakfast on Feb. 19, but I’ll will have to let you know more later because I haven’t heard anything about the events this year.

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As a warm-up to the chili cook off, on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Homestead will host its Super Soups Contest for National Homemade Soup Day. Local restaurants are invited to participate in the event and guests are able to sample unlimited amounts of soup and vote for their favorites. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids under 12. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Buckets Of Rain.

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Also on Feb. 4 from 7-10 p.m. at Mountain Flowers Lodge at the Homestead an extension of the summer concert series with the Homestead hosting Jazz North, which performs everything from funk to swing to rhythm and blues.

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Happy birthday wishes to Marie Pfeiffer, Stacey Jago, Jodi Erindale, Sarah Dilley and Mary Kay Whalen.

Special birthday wishes to Dotti’s oldest child from her first marriage, Criss, and to stop the wagging tongues, I am her first marriage. Happy Birthday Criss.

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Weather is still iffy with fog, ice, rain and snow. Be careful. There is plenty of time to get where you’re going.

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It’s hard to believe that football is almost over.

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Have fun, be kind, be careful. Go Hawks

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