2017-07-06 / Columns

Come attend Bea’s 105th birthday

Colonels visit Northport
By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


KENTUCKY COLONELS living in or visiting Omena were Jack Thompson, Harold McKee, Kanda McKee, Dick Kennedy and Bob Grabowski. KENTUCKY COLONELS living in or visiting Omena were Jack Thompson, Harold McKee, Kanda McKee, Dick Kennedy and Bob Grabowski. The reading of the Declaration of Independence at every Post Office in Leelanau County was a wonderful event, helping us understand the real meaning behind the holiday. Many thanks to Luke Robinson, who did the reading in Omena, to Rink Smith and Jim Anderson who organized the event, and to everyone who came and participated. * **

Another great event this week is Bea Kimmerly’s 105th birthday. Please join her at the Omena Community Room from 1-3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate this occasion. Bea has been an Omena resident since 1948. With her husband, Myles, she ran the Kimmerly store, where Tamarack Gallery is located today. She also worked at the Post Office and was a charter member of Omena Club 21 when it was founded in 1952. Bea served as Club 21’s Treasurer from 1972 – 2016. Club 21 invites the community to join the celebration.

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The June meeting of the Omena Women’s Club was held at the home of Linda Kemper. Doni Lystra and Kanda McKee were cohosts. The fun and interesting program was provided by Megan Kellogg, owner of Darling Botanical Co. in the Warehouse District in Traverse City. She gave a demonstration on creating a terrarium and Club members learned a lot about succulents, ferns, air plants, and more.

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Thursday mornings the Leelanau Township Library in Northport holds a program for kids from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The programs cover a wide range of fun and educational things to do. Go to the Library website for more information on summer programs. In addition, Tuesday morning, July 18, the library is hosting “Joel’s Book Builder Comedy Show” at 10:30 a.m.

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When Kanda and Harold McKee introduced their houseguests, Jack and Cheryl Thompson, to a group of friends in Omena, it came as a surprise that there were five Kentucky colonels gathered up here in northern Michigan. Harold and Jack grew up in Ashland, Ky. and have been friends since their school days there. As adults, they each became Kentucky Colonels. Harold and Kanda live in northern Kentucky, where they are very active, and both were commissioned in 1992. Dick and Nana Kennedy lived in Owensboro, Ky., in the 1960s when he worked for General Electric, and he became a Kentucky Colonel in 1966. Bob Grabowski did consulting work with Kentucky Fried Chicken’s General Counsel in the 1970s and received his commission during that period.

The commission of Kentucky Colonel is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Governor of Kentucky. It is recognition of an individual’s noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state and nation. The Kentucky Colonels is a voluntary philanthropic organization.

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The Omena community was saddened by the death of Judy Knorp last week at her home in California. Judy grew up in Traverse City where she attended Traverse City Central and became best friends with Joey Bensley, a friendship that lasted throughout their life. The fun and crazy things that the two cheerleaders did during those years were an indication of the fun-loving spirit that Judy brought to everything she did. Larry Bensley, a couple of years ahead of Judy and Joey, taught Judy to snow ski, and the three of them were great snow and water-skiers.

After attending the University of Michigan, Judy moved to California where she met her future husband, Bill. She and Bill stayed in California, but she introduced him to northern Michigan, which he also loved. They were passionate sailors. They built a home on Omena Point, where they came every summer and continued their love of sailing in Michigan. They eventually became Omena residents, spending much of the year here. Judy had many friends in Omena, and was always active in the community. Our sympathies go to her husband, Bill, their two children, Andy and Becky, and to her grandson Hunter.

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Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) will host a program Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Habitat Discovery Center just west of Omena on bald eagles. The speaker is Jerry Weinrich, a wildlife biologist and Federal and State eagle counter.

In 1963, the entire population of bald eagles in the lower 48 states consisted of a mere 417 nesting pairs. They were listed as endangered in 1967. With protection, the population began to climb and by 2007, with more than 11,000 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states, the bird was delisted. Weinrich will talk about where Michigan’s population stands now, and how many active nests there are in Leelanau County. A book about gardening with native plants will be given to the person who guesses the number of nesting pairs in Michigan closest to the current statistic. Call 271-3738 for more information or reservations. The charge is $10.00 for adults; kids under 12 can attend free.

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Seven historic Leelanau Barns at five locations will be open to the public next Wednesday, July 12, from noon to 5 p.m. as part of the Northport Area Heritage Association tour. Tickets are $25 for adults, and children are free. Tickets can be obtained from the Tamarack Gallery in Omena, the Northport Area Museum, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum, the Pennington Collection, and in other locations around the county.

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Omena resident Rink Smith has been instrumental in bringing dry cleaning service back to Leelanau County. He has worked out an arrangement between Radio Shack in Suttons Bay and Master Cleaners in Traverse City for dry cleaning pick-up and delivery. For now, it is once a week. Clothes that are dropped off by 6 p.m. on Mondays will be returned on Fridays.

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There will be a memorial service for Bob Krist on Friday, July 14, at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Suttons Bay. There is parking behind the church. The service will be followed by a reception at the Omena Traverse Yacht Club at 2 p.m. The family invites everyone who knew and loved Bob to attend.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church welcomes back Rev. Bryant M. Anderson, pastor of Milford Presbyterian Church. Patrick Kuhl will be featured on the organ and playing the church’s new Yamaha Avant Digital Grand Piano. Everyone is welcome to the 10 a.m. service on Sunday.

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Happy 105th Birthday to Bea Kimmerly. Happy Birthday also to Allan Dalzell and Jan MacDonald.

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