2017-04-27 / Columns

Omena in words, but how many?

By LESLIE DISCH
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BRENDAN DUFFINEY of Northport and Paty Nuno of Suttons Bay were named king and queen of the Leelanau County prom Saturday night. A longtime tradition being revisited, each county school selects two representatives — one male, one female — and the winners are selected by random drawing. BRENDAN DUFFINEY of Northport and Paty Nuno of Suttons Bay were named king and queen of the Leelanau County prom Saturday night. A longtime tradition being revisited, each county school selects two representatives — one male, one female — and the winners are selected by random drawing. Omena’s Club 21 will hold its annual White Elephant auction at the Omena Community Room at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, May 3. The event is a lot of fun for a good cause. Donated items are auctioned off sight-unseen, so bidders don’t know exactly what they are bidding on. Lots of funny surprises happen as a result. You don’t need to donate an item in order to attend. The auction began in the mid-1960’s and has been the Club’s major fundraiser ever since. The funds have traditionally gone to the Geneva Smith Scholarship Fund.

This year, Club 21 has also pledged to raise money to help with major, long-needed repairs to the community room and fire house. Club 21’s goal is to raise $7,500 to help with the Township’s project.

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Spring is springing up all over. The croci are done, the daffodils are in full bloom, and the forsythia are coming out gorgeously. The green is getting greener, and I actually got a little bit of sunburn just sitting on the deck for a short while.

It won’t be long before we see Michigan’s native orchid, the Lady Slipper, showing up here and there in shady spots in the woods. Nature photographer Mark Carlson specializes in photographing these special plants. He is coming to Traverse City, and Omena residents Chuck and Janet Dickerson are helping to organize his visit. They are members of the Northwest Michigan Orchid Society, which is sponsoring an event on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City. Carlson will present a program on Native Michigan Orchids and will demonstrate how he photographs them. He will also be signing his latest book, When Slippers Dance.

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With too much time on his hands this past winter, Dennis Armbruster came up with a little Omena word puzzle. Here is the challenge: Using only the five letters in Omena, how many other words can you make? You can use up to those five letters, with no repeating letters. The words need to be in the dictionary.

For example, to get you started, there is “omen” and “a.”

However, there are many more. We’ll give you our answer next week, and you can see if you get them all — or more.

Here’s a hint as to expectations. Dennis found 24.

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Happy Birthday to Ethan Fitzgerald, who is celebrating his first double-digit birthday. Happy Birthday also to Al Hulett, Bob Mosher and Leah Dunn, who are also in the double digits.

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