2017-02-02 / Columns

Omena named to Register

Process 3 years in making
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A PHOTO of downtown Omena taken nearly 102 years ago. A PHOTO of downtown Omena taken nearly 102 years ago. Downtown Omena is now officially a Historic District in the National Park Service’s National Register.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of our nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places is part of a program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.

Marsha Buehler spearheaded the effort back in 2014. She worked hard over the past few years to bring the designation to reality, with the final report and documentation submitted in July, 2016.

She was instrumental in bringing Dr. Ted Ligibel of Eastern Michigan University to Omena in February 2014 with members of his Historic Research Preservation Techniques class. Joey Bensley and members of both the Omena Historical Society (OHS) and the Omena Village Preservation Association (OVPA) helped with that visit. Dr. Ligibel’s class contributed their resource surveys and other material that was incorporated into the final nomination.

KARL KRUSEL, son of Omena seasonal residents Bill and Susan Krusel, is shown at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. KARL KRUSEL, son of Omena seasonal residents Bill and Susan Krusel, is shown at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In September 2016, Marsha and Tom traveled to Lansing to attend the meeting of the Michigan State Historic Preservation Review Board. At that meeting, the Board approved the nomination of the Omena Historic District to the National Register.

Joel and Linda Zylstra, representing the Omena Presbyterian Church, also made the trip to Lansing to support the nomination.

Congratulations to Marsha and everyone who helped with this process.

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Karl Krusel, 13, the son of Bill and Susan Krusel, traveled to Washington D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration as part of a school trip. He also had the honor of being chosen to represent his school in an official wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. The ceremony happened an hour prior to the then Presidentelect Trump’s arrival in Arlington Cemetery for a private ceremony. Karl and his 7th grade class from Birmingham Covington School also attended the presidential swearing-in ceremony, toured the Capital Building and visited a number of landmarks and museums in the D.C. area.

It was a memorable event for Karl and his classmates, highlighted by his participation in the wreath laying ceremony, something he will cherish for a lifetime while growing to more fully appreciate the price of American freedom.

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This is the first of two weekends of the NCAC’s dinner theater production of “Boeing, Boeing” at Tucker’s in Northport. Don’t miss the hilarious play and a wonderful dinner. Contact the NCAC office for reservations.

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Happy Birthday to William Krusel, who is 9; Abby Biederman, who is seven; and Amelia Rose Hoffman and Victoria Huffman, who are both six. Birthday wishes also to Judy Smart, Martha Eldridge, and Laurie Adelson.

Happy 55th anniversary to George and Annette Husted, and Happy Anniversary to Bruce and Judy Balas.

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And Happy Ground Hog Day.

Things that won’t automatically occur with placement on Register

The latest addition to the National Register of Historic Places in Leelanau County is Omena, thanks to the work of several community members.

But what does that mean?

Following are some explanations as provided by the National Park Service, which oversees the Register:

• National Register listing places no obligation on private property owners. There are no restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.

• And National Register listing does not lead to public acquisition or require public access. Neither does a listing automatically invoke local historic district zoning or local landmark designation. Those decisions are left to local governments.

• Placement on the list may make properties eligible for state tax benefits and grant opportunities.

• Listings may be celebrated with bronze plaques offered by the National Park Service.

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