2017-08-24 / Columns

Migratory bird expert comes to Omena

Rev. Henry on pulpit
By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


GREGORY BUTCHER, international migratory species coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service ,will speak at a fundraiser for Saving Bird Thru Habitat Aug. 26. GREGORY BUTCHER, international migratory species coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service ,will speak at a fundraiser for Saving Bird Thru Habitat Aug. 26. The Annual Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) Wine and Hearty Hors D’oeuvres Fundraiser will be held Saturday from 4-6 p.m. at 5020 N. Putnam Road in Omena. The speaker will be Dr. Gregory S. Butcher, International Migratory Species Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service. Dr. Butcher will talk about his areas of responsibility, which include migrating birds, monarch butterflies and migrating dragonflies. The program will include a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and a silent auction.

Founded by Omena resident Kay Charter, SBTH’s mission is to protect, enhance and restore habitat for North American birds and to educate people of all ages about this important mission and how to achieve it. Visit their website to learn more about creating habitat for migrating birds, how to volunteer at SBTH, and other interesting topics.

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Congratulations to Omena residents Chuck and Janet Dickerson who were honored as the Leelanau Conservancy’s Volunteers of the Year for 2017.

Here in Omena, we have benefited from the Dickersons’ knowledge, energy, and support of the Omena Woods Association and Herbal Renewal projects, and we are grateful for all of their contributions.

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The August Omena Women’s Club meeting was held at the home of Linda Kemper and co-hosted by Marcia McMorrow, who provided a delicious dessert that could have been on the cover of Gourmet Magazine. The guest speaker was Linda Bayer, a Northport resident whose business is Bayer Essence Aromatherapy. She gave a very interesting presentation about aromatherapy and a wide range of essential oils.

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Sarah Hodgson Adrianowycz is in Omena this week with her husband, Roman, and daughter and son, Lindsay and Bohdan, and their dog Tally Ho. They are here from Westchester County, New York, and are staying at Sarah’s family’s cottage, the Rule Cottage. Sarah was last here when she was 19 years old.

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Bob and Jeanne Grabowski enjoyed a visit from their son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Lorraine, this past week, and grandson Walker, 7, and granddaughter AJ, 4. The younger Grabowskis moved from the San Francisco area about a year and a half ago to Charlottesville, Va,, so they had just been through that very challenging time back at home. While here, they took in lots of fun things, including the Pow-Wow in Peshawbestown on Sunday. The kids — and adults — enjoyed the music and native dances and learning more about the history and culture of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

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It must have been Brian week in Omena, because Brian and Sally Shapiro had a fun visit from Louise and Brian Henderson, friends from Indianapolis. Louise has visited Sally a number of times before, but last year was Brian’s first visit to Omena. On Monday, they went on Shapiro’s boat and floated in Suttons Bay to watch the eclipse,

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Sadly, it’s almost September, but there are still lots of fun things to do in and around Omena. Mark your calendars for two big September events in Northport. On Friday, Sept. 15, the always popular, fun and funny Northport Follies will be held at the NCAC Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Then, Saturday, Sept. 30, is the date for the fifth annual Leelanau UnCaged, when downtown Northport closes its streets from noon to 10 p.m. to host dozens of musical performers, dancers, visual artists and food artisans. It is fun for the whole family to celebrate the arts of all sorts in our area. That same day, the Village Arts Building will host the UnCaged Exhibit.

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On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Suttons Rotary Club and the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission are hosting a Dance Party to benefit Parenting Communities from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Aurora Cellars. Music is by Savage Soul. Tickets are $25, or $30 at the door.

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On Sunday, the Omena Presbyterian Church welcomes back Rev. Dr. Peter J.M. Henry, pastor from Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. Special music will be provided by the Hofman Family Siblings. Everyone is welcome to attend worship from 10-11 a.m.

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Happy Birthday to Georgie Disselkoen, Nancy Groesser, Diane Joyce, and Bob Wheeler.

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