2017-02-23 / Columns

Record-breaking President’s Day

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Another Presidents Day weekend is in the book and this one will probably make the record book. Weather was outstanding. Thinking back to last year we had a thaw about this time, then temperatures went from almost 50 degrees down to 20 degrees. The problem was that it was coldest during the Chili Cook Off.

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Speaking of the Chili Cook Off in Glen Arbor, it was jam packed, the weather was perfect. When the sun comes out, so do the people. We had 900 to 1,000 people come out for the Chili Cook Off on Boon Dock’s deck. It was amazing and the best part is there were a lot of donations to the scholarships at Glen Lake Community Schools. There were 23 chili entrants and all were great. Thank you to all those who came out and a special thank you to all the chili entrants that made the effort, it was great fun. First place in the Chili Cook Off went to Boon Docks, thanks to a suggestion from Stacy, Second place honors went to Pleva’s, third-place to Market 22, fourth was a new business starting in Empire, Ship Wreck Café, and fifth was Anderson’s Market. Thanks to all.

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Thanks to Todd Damon who made some outstanding carriers for the Cook Off. They may become a tradition.

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The perch fishing contest sponsored by The Sportsman Shop in Glen Arbor was incredible also. The weather helps and brought out 73 entrants. That’s a bunch of fisher folks on the ice from 7 o’clock in the morning until noon. There were some big fish caught. I’m sure all the fisher folk had a great time. There was a three-way tie for fourth place and I think the fish were 13 inches. Third place went to Hannah Nowicki, second place winner Clay McNitt and first place with a 14-inch perch was Nick Rice. Congratulations to all.

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I was unable to make the Polar Dip in Empire, so I can’t tell you much about it except that certainly there were some who jumped in. I’m sure hope they didn’t get a sunburn.

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I understand that local centurion Lou Batori was seen at Crystal Mountain skiing at 106. Outstanding.

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Ice boats on Glen Lake. They’re fun to watch.

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I think there’s still time if you want authentic Hamtramck Paczkis, put in an order at Market 22 across a Little Traverse on M-22. They will make a Paczki run. Apparently this fat Tuesday feast will work very well in the effort to make you fat.

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On Saturday, March 4, at the Empire Town Hall at 7 p.m., will be Museum Movie Night. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the final burning of the Empire Lumber Company mill. It sounds like they kept trying and this is the final burning, but I guess we’ll have to see the movie to understand. Free popcorn and water will be available and donations will be appreciated for this outstanding museum.

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Happy Anniversary wishes to Marcia and Paul Walters.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Marcie Ferris, John Depuy, Jim Fowler, Jody Dodson Carol Hilton, Lance Roman, Theresa woods and anyone else that I’ve missed.

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Although the weather looks great at this writing I’m sure it will change.

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There are shanties on the ice and there are still a lot of fisher folk poking holes in the ice, but be careful.

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Have fun, be kind. Go Hawks

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