2017-02-23 / Columns

Northport Carnival has many winners

By LESLIE DISCH
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THE BROOM BALL champion team of Dobis P.R. is composed of, from left in back row, James Drummond, Breghan Drummond, Scott Thurman. In the center is Tim Ashley. In the front row are Jeff Leone and Calvin Korson. THE BROOM BALL champion team of Dobis P.R. is composed of, from left in back row, James Drummond, Breghan Drummond, Scott Thurman. In the center is Tim Ashley. In the front row are Jeff Leone and Calvin Korson. In spite of the non-wintery weather, the Northport Winter Carnival was a big success on Saturday. My favorite event is probably the Northport School Cardboard Sled race. In the weeks before the Carnival, each class designs and builds a sled out of cardboard. A driver is then selected to steer the class’s entry at the Winter Carnival. It’s fun to see the amazing designs that the students come up with, and also fun to see the competition because the vagaries of a cardboard sled mean that any age group has a good chance at winning. This year, the junior class took first place this year, with the sixth graders in second, and the third graders in third place.

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The winner of the Broom Ball Tournament for the third straight year was team “Dobis Public Relations.” Team members were Scott Thurman, Tim Ashley, James Drummond, Breghan Drummond, Jeff Leone and Calvin Korson. The winning team for the Milk Jug Curling contest was Trapper Ron North. Keith Adams took prize in the Beard contest, and Omena’s own Terry Groesser won the Mystery Treasure Chest raffle. It was such a mystery that I have still not heard what was in it. Congratulations to Scott Cain and all of the volunteers for another fun year.


MEMBERS OF the Omena Bass Lakers, also known as the All- Omena Milk Jug Curling team, are Ben Fowler, Judy Fowler, Trish Van Dusen and Peter Van Dusen. MEMBERS OF the Omena Bass Lakers, also known as the All- Omena Milk Jug Curling team, are Ben Fowler, Judy Fowler, Trish Van Dusen and Peter Van Dusen. * * *

The Northport Promise Chili Cook- Off was also a great success. The winners, by category, were Traditional - Jim Scougale, White - Bonnie Shiner, Offbeat - Bob Coohon, and 5 Alarm - Rebecca Van Pelt. Thanks to chairperson Corrine Wetherbee and all of the volunteers and cooks for a delicious event.

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Lots of Omena folks were among the attendees at the Carnival. For the first time since she moved here in 2007, Georgienne Hammer got to just attend and have fun. Every year before this she was a volunteer, with the last six as emcee of the Carnival. Thanks for all of your service to the Carnival, Georgienne!

Sue Anderson and Gina Harder were at the Carnival with Sue’s twin sister, Ashley Anderson, from Bay City, who was in town for a visit with Sue and Gina. Ashley is the owner of Two Men and a Truck and Sunrise Peddle Trolley in Bay City. She arrived Friday to have lunch with her and Sue’s mother, Mary Anderson, who is now living at Cordia in Traverse City. She then came to Omena for a relaxing evening catching up on the news of friends and family. Saturday morning they watched a beautiful sunrise over Ingalls Bay with coffee and her two dogs, Hanna and Blossom. They also had several nice long walks around the bay, and found many Petoskey stones – I guess the warm weather is bringing them back early, too. In addition to the Winter Carnival, they visited the cemetery and Anderson Orchards.

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Mary and Dan Ziegeler are enjoying a visit from Mary’s sister Liz Sugar. Liz and her husband Bob, who live in Salinas Calif., bought one of the Omena Bay cottages across the street from Sunset Lodge, which Mary and Dan own. They have great affection for the area from many visits to Suttons Bay when Mary and Liz’s parents lived there. They returned often with their three daughters after their parents moved away, and were sometimes guests at Sunset Lodge. They looked at possible cottages over the years, and somehow stumbled upon “the perfect one.” Liz is visiting Omena this week for some cottage-related tasks, and they are looking forward to longer visits this summer with their daughters.

I asked if Bob Sugar was related to Bert Sugar, the former boxing sports writer. While he is not, it turns out that he is descended from Guttenberg – as in the printing press. So, there is a “media” connection.

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Happy Birthday to Violet Rose Smart, who is now five. Happy Birthday also to Paul Harris, Janet Dickerson, Chris Blessing, and Ron Tonneberger. Happy anniversary to Mike and Laurie Adelson and to Bob and Diane Joyce.

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