2017-06-01 / Columns

Recalling Bob Krist of Omena

By LESLIE DISCH
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THE CARS IN THE PARK show was a big draw in Northport on Saturday. THE CARS IN THE PARK show was a big draw in Northport on Saturday. Memorial Day weekend was fun and busy in the Omena area. The weekend kicked off on Friday evening with the amazing “Cars as Art” exhibition at the Northport Arts Center. One hundred and fifty pieces of original concept car art representing the 1950s up through today’s designs were on display, and more than a dozen iconic designers of “dream cars” were in Northport to participate in the program. Additionally, concept car collector extraordinaire, Joe Bortz was present, as well as Leon Dixon, author of “Creative Industries,” about the company that built the concept cars for the Big 3 auto companies, and filmmaker Robert Edwards, maker of the movie “American Dreaming”, about historic car art.

Some of the designers who were there were Jerry Palmer, retired Executive Director of Design at GM, who designed the C4 Corvette; Dave McIntosh, Cadillac visionary and retired GM designer, who now heads up the informal group, League of Retired Auto Designers ( LORAD ) and brought up 55 pieces of art from that group; Ernie Barry, retired Chrysler Advance Design Studio Chief, who oversaw the development of the Viper; Bob Hubbach - Copperhead & Atlantic; Jim Ebejer - Dodge Charger; Gerry Piaskowski, retired Chrysler designer; and John Manoogian II, retired GM designer and now an Adjunct Professor at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit teaching Transportation Design. Omena resident Bob Smart, who had been a designer at Chrysler, was among the special guests.


OMENA VETERANS, from left, Dick Kennedy, Navy; Larry Reynolds, Marines; and Bob Grabowski, Air Force; attended the memorial Day service at the Leelanau Township Cemetery. OMENA VETERANS, from left, Dick Kennedy, Navy; Larry Reynolds, Marines; and Bob Grabowski, Air Force; attended the memorial Day service at the Leelanau Township Cemetery. It was a rare opportunity to view these works of art and to talk with their original designers. Speakers at the Friday evening event were Jerry Palmer, Dave McIntosh, John Manoogian II, Robert Edwards, Leon Dixon, Ernie Barry, and Joe Bortz. Visitors to the exhibit also got to see design demonstrations by Bob Hubbach and Steven Brown.


TREVOR MAYLEN and Sarah Cook exchanged wedding vows at Fountain Point. Story included in the Omena News this week. TREVOR MAYLEN and Sarah Cook exchanged wedding vows at Fountain Point. Story included in the Omena News this week. The event was organized by Keith Ashley and a hard working committee of volunteers. Keith got the inspiration for it a year ago when he saw the show in Detroit and thought it would be an exciting complement to the Cars in the Park event. Earlier this spring, CARS AS ART organizers invited students at Leelanau area high schools to participate in a Concept Car design contest. The students and their work were at the show, and prizes were awarded on Friday evening.

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On Memorial Day, Leelanau Township held its annual Community Memorial Day Service. Although the service started with a few showers, it ended up with beautiful spring weather, and a wonderful program. Dave Johnson was the master of ceremonies, and Joseph Fields was the speaker. His subject was “Paying it Forward to our living Veterans” and was very interesting and relevant. Pastor Jerry Lang of the Covenant Church gave the Invocation and Benediction. The Village Voices and the Northport Community Band provided the wonderful music, with the program ending with Ken Bloomquist playing Taps.

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The Gaudette family had a fun weekend of wedding activities centered at Fountain Point Resort for the marriage of their grandson Trevor Maylen to Sarah Cook. Trevor is the son of Nick and Jeanette Maylen of Birmingham, Michigan, and the grandson of Walt and Beverly Gaudette of Omena. He was attended by his sister, Libby Maylen of Brooklyn, NY. The bride is the daughter of Gary Cook and Sue Wood of Cedar, and the granddaughter of Janice Wood, also from Cedar. Sarah was attended by her sister, Emma Cook, of Burlington, Vermont. Trevor and Sarah live in Ferndale. The Maylens are Scottish and kilts are the attire for dress occasions, so Trevor and his father wore their kilts for the ceremony.

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Lots of people were in town for the holiday weekend. George and Annette Husted were here with all of their children, and a special houseguest, Carol Borzymowski.

Frieda Putnam and her daughter Helen Putnam Bradley are up from San Antonio, along with the new addition to Helen’s family, Schatzi, an adorable mixed breed rescue dog. They are enjoying a visit this week from Frieda’s son John and his wife Lee. John will be here for the rest of the month.

All of the Fred Putnam family was in town for the weekend. Fred and Leah were joined by both of their children and their families from downstate. Chad and Michelle Putnam were here with their two children, Drew, 8, and Alex, 3. Sarah and Mike Potrzebowski were here with 9 month old Joseph. Everyone had a great time.

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The Omena community was deeply saddened by the death of Bob Krist last week. As one neighbor put it, Bob was the kind of neighbor – and friend – that everyone wants to have. In his own unassuming way, he always looked out for his neighbors and did many things to help out. Bob was a man of faith, and lived his life that way.

He had a great sense of humor, and loved to pull the neighborhood and community together. He was the founder and creator of Omena’s Labor Day Bridge Walk, among other memorable things.

He was also lots of fun and, as a retired phys ed teacher, always active. He made sure that the children and grandchildren on the beach, his own and everyone’s, were having fun. They enjoyed rides on the “super tube”, kayaking and swimming. He came into possession of an ice boat a number of years ago and always offered others a chance to sail either on Omena Bay or Mougey’s Lake. Many of us chose, instead, to enjoy watching Bob and Julie take a sail. He will be missed in so many ways.

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This Sunday the Omena Presbyterian Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Thomas Rice from Worthington Presbyterian Church in Ohio. Special music will be provided by Becky Somsel from Traverse City on the harp. The worship service is from 10-11 a.m.

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Happy Birthday to Bob DeVries. Happy Anniversary to Ron and Mary Tonneberger and to Ed and Mary Woessner.

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