2017-05-18 / Columns

‘Summer season’ begins this weekend (really!)

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

This weekend always seems to be the kickoff for the coming Memorial Day weekend with so much happening.

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To begin with is the Asparagus Festival that starts Friday with the pig roast and include the Art Fair at the Empire United Methodist Church Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of activities all day including the poetry contest and asparagus parade. It’s a lot of fun.

(editor’s note: see story above.)

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Glen Arbor Township residents are reminded of a special trash pickup on Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to noon. All refuse must be placed at the normal curbside trash pickup location by 7 a.m.. American Waste will make one pass down each street for pickup. Each residence will be allowed up to 16 bags of trash, one large white good or appliance such as water heater dryer etc. Refrigerators, freezers or air-conditioners must have freon removed and be tagged by a certified technician. Furniture, electronics, TVs, monitors, or anything with a plug. Open and dry latex paint cans and two car or truck tires. What will not be accepted is liquids, chemicals or toxic substances, yard waste, batteries, fluorescent or LED light bulbs and construction waste including shingles. For any questions call the Township office at 231-334-3539.

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For more information on the Empire Village-wide yard sale which will be held on June 3 go to Jbeareyogi@hotmail.com.

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The endangered shore birds that live on our beaches during the summer are returning and setting up housekeeping. A team of Park staff and volunteers monitor the birds and their nests until the babies leave the nest in July. The Plover Monitoring Team has been watching the plover return and stake out their nesting areas. The high water levels and last weekend’s strong north winds created waves that washed out several areas that the Plover like to nest - especially near the Maritime Museum. The main nesting area appears to be on North Manitou Island, but there will be several nests on the mainland Lake Michigan shoreline. If you see signs indicating Piping Plover nesting, please avoid the roped off areas and definitely do not take pets into these areas.

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I hope all the mothers out there had a nice day and were taken care of.

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Happy Birthday wishes to Linda Gretzema, Margaret Hodge, Frank Siepker, Robert Jillson, Michael Bolton, Deidre Carroll, Diane Hammersmith and Rich Robertson.

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If you haven’t noticed, there are people starting to come to our area and traffic is getting heavier already. I know some people don’t appreciate it but the retailers and restaurants do. Be careful, be courteous, be kind, have fun.

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Go Sox

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