2017-05-18 / Columns

Bear makes his rounds in Omena; birdfeeders at risk

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

Spring is fully sprung around Omena. The tart cherry trees on Omena Heights are in bloom. The trillium are out all around the point, and other wildflowers are starting to appear. Even the local black bears are out. On Sunday evening into the wee hours of Monday morning, one made the rounds of Omena. First reports of it were around dusk on Kalchik and Tatch Roads. Linda Auer and Jackie Bojarski’s dogs were going crazy, but they didn’t know what it was until the next day when neighbors told them.

By 11:30 p.m., the bear had made its way to Rink Smith’s house and was getting into their bird feeders when he scared it off. He tried to take a picture, but, in the dark, it could just as well be Sasquatch. By around 1 a.m., it had attacked a stretch of birdfeeders around Omena Point and bent most of them up pretty badly in the process.

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Lots of folks are back from their winter travels. Kanda and Harold McKee are here from northern Kentucky. One way they kept connected to Michigan in April was in pursuit of a special issue from Founders’ Brewery in Grand Rapids. They produced a special beer that was “an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish.” Sounds worth standing in line for. Which is what Kanda and Harold did. Founders brewed a limited quantity and released it to their distributors. One location that had a supply was in northern Kentucky. Kanda and Harold arrived at 7 a.m. to get their allocation of one 4-pack when the store opened at 8.

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Cruz Devries is back up north with Bob and Caryn. He started his winter in San Antonio with Helen Putnam Bradley and finished it with Bob and Caryn in Florida. He’s very happy to be back in Omena.

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Joey Bensley is back from a fun trip to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she got to see her granddaughter Anna Bensley graduate.

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Ben and Judy Fowler enjoyed a visit from her parents and sister this past weekend. Beth and Jim Fitch came from Chicago, and Ellen Christmas came from Grand Rapids, Minnesota for Mothers Day and to see the cherry blossoms. For many years, Ben and Judy lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it was always confusing to people who thought the sisters lived in the same city, when really it wasn’t even the same state.

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The 21st annual Leelanau Children’s Center Golf Scramble is coming up next Wednesday, May 24, starting at noon at the Leland Country Club. To register or to become a sponsor, go to childrenscentergolf@gmail.com.

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Northport’s Annual Cars in the Park is coming up on Memorial Day weekend. This year, the Northport Arts Association (NAA) will have a tent at the event and will have a “Cars as Art” event. Both events are looking for volunteers. You can contact Chris Verdon at chrisconsult@charter.net to volunteer for the Cars as Art, or Keith Ashley at fairlane04@gmail.com to volunteer for Cars in the Park. Keith is looking for volunteers for Friday’s reception and for Saturday and Sunday.

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Happy Birthday to Jan Morgan and to two year old twins, Jayla and Hadrian Colling Peterson. Happy Anniversary to Peter and Trish Van Dusen.

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