2017-09-14 / Columns

Omena preservation group has 78 members; new officers selected

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


MEMBERS OF the board of directors of the Omena Village Preservation Association are, seated from left, Joan Kalchik- TenBrock, treasurer; Kim Kemper, president; and Marcia Biskupski, secretary. Standing, from left, are Kathy Bosco, Roberta Cohen, Myrn Steele, Mary Tonneberger, Lynn Spitznagel-Sutton and Dan Ziegeler. Not pictured are vice president Chris Barber and Mike Biskupski. MEMBERS OF the board of directors of the Omena Village Preservation Association are, seated from left, Joan Kalchik- TenBrock, treasurer; Kim Kemper, president; and Marcia Biskupski, secretary. Standing, from left, are Kathy Bosco, Roberta Cohen, Myrn Steele, Mary Tonneberger, Lynn Spitznagel-Sutton and Dan Ziegeler. Not pictured are vice president Chris Barber and Mike Biskupski. The Omena Village Preservation Association (OVPA) has announced its newly elected officers for the 2017- 2018 Board of Directors. The officers of OVPA are president Kim Kemper; vice president Chris Barber, treasurer Joan Kalchik-TenBrock and secretary Marcia Biskupski. Other board members include Roberta Cohen, Myrn Steelek, Mary Tonneberger and Dan Ziegeler. Lynn Spitznagel-Sutton will fill the board position vacated by former board member Bob DeVries, who stepped down in August to assume his new position as the Commodore of the OTYC. Ex-officio board members include Kathy Bosco and Michael Biskupski. The mission of the Omena Village Preservation Association, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is to preserve the historical character of downtown Omena and to sponsor educational and cultural activities to enhance the appreciation of Omena’s unique history.

OVPA was established in 2002 by a concerned group of six Omena residents, who contributed funds to purchase the Post Office and the yellow Anderson house next door. Both were built in 1880. The OVPA also bought the property upon which the Omena Historical Society (OHS) now sits and agreed to lease the land to the OHS for $1 a year for 40 years. To complete that project, the OVPA collaborated with the Omena Historical Society to facilitate the move of the Putnam-Cloud Tower House from the Villa Marquette property, farther south on M-22, to its present site. The organization now boasts a membership of 78 supporters and friends. New members are always welcome. For more information about OVPA, go to its website.

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Birthday celebrations over the holiday weekend brought people to Mary and Ed Woessner’s house on Isthmus Rd. Ed’s 80th birthday was held last winter, and Mary turned 80 on Sept. 5.

Their son Mark planned the party. Attendees were Mark and his wife Marilyn from Manila, Ark. Their daughter Sue and her husband Ben Cherry, along with their huskies Bandit and Sasha, arrived from Alanson, Mich. Their son David and his wife Cindi drove up from Portage, Mich., with their three boys Jacob, Jonathan and Joshua along with their pom/chi Benji. Dave’s oldest son Brad came from Macomb County. The youngest of the Woessner children, Laura, sent regrets that she could not make it up for the weekend. Granddaughter Katie, Mark and Marilyn’s daughter, and her fiancĂ© Damian Rozkuszka flew in to Cherry Capital Airport from Brooklyn, NY. Scott Voss, a friend of theirs, drove in from Lemont, IL, and Julie Krist came over on Saturday.

Sunday was a day of dune climbing, wine tasting, fishing on Mougey Lake, and games.

The weekend was topped off on Labor Day by doing the Omena Bridge Walk, after which everyone left for their homes. Mary said that it was the best birthday party ever!

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The Northport Arts Association (NAA) is keeping up its exciting programming for the remainder of the year. The encore Emily Nash Smith show will run from Sept. 22-30.

An opening reception is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at which attendees can meet the family and hear memories of Emily. From Sept 23-30, the show will be open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. The First Anniversary NAA Members Show will be held Oct. 21.

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It’s not too soon to reserve your spot for the Christmas in the Village sale on Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Village Arts Building.

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The Leelanau Conservancy continues to offer wonderful opportunities to get out and enjoy the area and learn more about our ecosystems.

On Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1-3 pm is the Ninth Annual Goldenrod Search at Hatlem Creek Preserve in search of fall flowers with special focus on identifying the different species of Goldenrod. Added is a secondary focus on identifying ferns and mushrooms.

Bring your hand lenses and ID books.

Goldenrod is one of our most colorful native autumn flowers. The Ojibwa natives called it gizisomukiki or ‘sun medicine’ for its beautiful color and healing power. Join Conservancy docents Lou Ricord, Dave Amos and Kathy Ricord on a nature trek through one of the Conservancy’s highest floristic quality preserves. Please no dogs on docent-led walks.

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It’s coming – just two weeks from Saturday, the fifth annual Leelanau Uncaged, Northport’s amazing street festival. On September 30, the main streets of Northport will be filled with music, dance, art and food from noon until 10 pm.

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Don’t miss the Northport Follies Friday at 7 p.m. at the Northport Community Arts Center. The evening will be filled with talent and plenty of laughs. It is a fund raiser for the Northport Promise, and an event I make sure to attend every year.

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Happy first birthday to Joseph Rennie Potrzebowski, and happy fourth birthday to Preston Tyler. Happy birthday also to Kyle Colling, Don Lystra, Jim Kimmerly, and Chris Bishop. Happy anniversary to Walter and Beverly Gaudette, and to Amar and Jen Shabbir.

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