2017-08-31 / Columns

Saving birds, remembering Alice

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


ATTENDING THE MIGRATORY bird program, from left, were Helen Putnam Bradley, Saving Birds thru Habitat executive director Kay Charter, speaker Gregory Butcher and Frieda Putnam. ATTENDING THE MIGRATORY bird program, from left, were Helen Putnam Bradley, Saving Birds thru Habitat executive director Kay Charter, speaker Gregory Butcher and Frieda Putnam. The Saving Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) annual fundraiser Saturday was a fun and very educational event. The speaker was Dr. Gregory S. Butcher, the International Migratory Species Coordinator for the U. S. Forest Service.

The top five threats to migratory species are habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution, over-harvesting, and disease. In the eastern approximately two-thirds of the United States, most land is privately held, as opposed to the West, where more land is public. Therefore, the need for organizations such as SBTH is critical. The concept of “full life cycle stewardship” relies on non-profit organizations around the world. Partners in Flight is a tri-national partnership started in 1990 between Canada, Mexico and the United States.


CLAIRE ZIEGELER was exalted after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. CLAIRE ZIEGELER was exalted after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. There is also a Monarch Joint Venture and a North American Monarch Conservation Plan that involves many non-profits. The majority of monarchs in the Eastern United States winter in one location in Mexico, which is under many threats. The Texas drought of recent years caused significant losses. And chemicals in agriculture eradicate milkweed. SBTH has a Monarch Station that provides an excellent opportunity to see what can be done in a private garden.

There is also a North American Bat Program and a Migratory Dragonfly Partnership.

We as individuals can use native plants in our landscaping, plant large trees and thickets, plant a hummingbird garden, provide a clean water source, save dead trees, hang tree branch birdhouses, offer natural nesting material and keep cats indoors.

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Omena lost a part of its history, its heart and soul with the death of Alice Hauske last week. Alice became part of Omena about 60 years ago. She raised her wonderful family of six children in ‘downtown’ Omena in her home that was part of the building that also housed the Harbor Bar, which she and her husband Keith Brown owned. During her years there, they built the marina and started serving food.

Alice married her husband, Bob Hauske, in 1995, and they were partners in every aspect. She enjoyed her extended family, adding four step-children. Her family, friends, and her faith were the most important things to her. She was very proud of her 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 9 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great grandchildren.

Alice was a registered nurse and worked for many years at Leelanau Memorial Hospital in Northport. She left Omena and lived in Sarasota for awhile where she was also a nurse. She extended her desire to care for people into her personal life, as well. After retiring from LMCH, she went to work for the Senior Services providing foot care. She provided more than just foot care. She was always there with a big smile, and a love for everyone that she encountered.

Omena’s Club 21 started in 1957 — the same year Alice moved to Omena — and she was an active member even after she moved closer to Traverse City a number of years ago. In May as she had for many, many years, Alice was the fun and energetic auctioneer at the annual Club 21 White Elephant auction.

Alice was also known for her fun vests and jewelry, and she loved dressing for holidays and special occasions. She was always among the Club 21 volunteers who delivered pies to Tendercare at Halloween, fully costumed for the occasion.

She will be greatly missed in Omena and around the county for her fun and caring personality, and dedication to helping people.

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Dan and Mary Ziegeler’s daughter Claire recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She was on an 8-day hike with two friends, and a guide, who were classmates at Vanderbilt Law School. They did the hike to celebrate graduation and finishing their bar exams. While that feat is amazing in itself, the story gets more interesting. One of her friends pointed out that a red sticker someone had placed at the bottom of the sign was “from someplace in Michigan.” Upon inspection, it was from the Cherry Hut in Beulah – and it was virtually the only sticker on the sign! The most amazing thing is that the Cherry Hut is one of Claire’s favorite places in northern Michigan and she was just there in July. To answer what would be the obvious question, she adamantly denies putting it there, would never do that, and was absolutely astonished to see it, so very far away in Africa.

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This is the last weekend for regular hours at the Omena Historical Society. The Museum will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11 am – 2 pm.

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The Northport Arts Association is holding a dedication for the new mural panels at the marina in Northport Friday at 6 p.m. before the last Music in the Park.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church’s last service of the season is this Sunday at 10 am. In the pulpit will be Rev. Dr. Homer Nye, new Moderator at the church. The special music will be a choir of 18 voices from Traverse City.

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On Thursday, September 7, the Suttons Rotary Club and the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission will host 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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Happy Birthday to Nora Read, Larry Reynolds, Dean Hulett, Sally Viskochil, Bob Joyce, Mary Woessner, Isaiah Fitzgerald, Marcia Biskupski, and Caroline Oberndorf. Happy Anniversary to Roger and Karen Edgley and to John and Barb Harris.

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