2017-10-05 / Columns

Reunion attracts 2 Dave Johnsons

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

The Class of 1962 at Northport School enjoyed a fun reunion this past weekend. In attendance were both Dave Johnsons – David A. Johnson from Minneapolis, and Omena resident Dave Johnson and his wife Jacquie; Carol Stowe Kalchik and her husband Fran from Ludington; Sally Cardy McCoy from Northern Ireland; Bobbie Dame Ditzler and her husband, Frank, from Northport; Larry McMachen from Las Vegas; and Jon Smith and his partner Jan from Suttons Bay. Three of their teachers also attended the event — Mr. and Mrs. Klinefelter from Suttons Bay, Carl Roberts from Northport, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Doctor from Odem.

Class members met at the Tribune for a great dinner. Quizzes about school days were in order as was singing of the class song written and led by Larry McMachen were highlights. They enjoyed Leelanau UnCaged.

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Dave and Jacquie had a full house during the reunion. Fran and Carol Kalchik stayed with them, as did Sally McCoy and her granddaughter, Tara, who came from Germany. They all stayed and enjoyed Leelanau County, as well.

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Congratulations to organizers, volunteers and performers at last weekend’s Leelanau UnCaged. There were quite a few Omena folks among that group. Andy Thomas was event chair. Susan Ager, Trish Van Dusen, and Ann Marie Mitchell were in charge of finance and marketing, with Megan Ernst handling social media and the website. Trish was also in charge of food vendors. Tim Sparling, Joe Bottenhorn, Kent Holton and Darin Irvine were in charge of music and sound, and John Sanders was stage manager. Joanne Cook was in charge of dancers and drummers, and Marie Elena Gaspari organized the water blessings. Mimi Heberlein and Patty Canfield organized artist vendors. Karen Cross organized all of the Kids’ events. Credit Larry Coppard with sanitation and recycling.

Information booth volunteers included quite a few Omena residents — Les and Debby Disch, Cate Varley, Mary Tonneberger, John Putnam and Helen Putnam Bradley. Rink Smith, Joan Kalchik TenBrock, Peter Van Dusen joined Trish Van Dusen, Ann Marie, and Georgienne in set up and tear down duties. While the day was gorgeous, set up and tear down crews had to hustle to stay warm, as the temperatures plummeted into the 40’s Saturday evening.

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Speaking of the weather, I hope whoever is in charge of that stays on the job. This is the fifth year of absolutely perfect weather for UnCaged — that’s special for any time of year, but especially for late September.

I am pretty sure that Steve Gilbreath gets the prize for most performances – from the classical and light music of Prevailing Winds that started the day to the Northport Community Band to his late afternoon performance with the Oompah Band. Maybe next year he will add hip-hop to his repertoire.

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Bruce and Judy Balas and Harold and Kanda McKee just returned from a visit to Art Prize in Grand Rapids. They enjoyed three days of fantastic art, food and walking. One evening they met with Jim, Bonnie and Kelli Scarlett for dinner and the next with Bill Sulau and Kay Nolen. They visited the big venues, The B.O.B. (Big Old Building), the DeVos Place Convention Center, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and many of the art works displayed on the streets of downtown Grand Rapids. On the way back to Omena, they visited the Frederik Meijer Gardens to see the Rodin exhibit in addition to Art Prize entries that were inspired by Rodin. Many of the final 20 artworks were among their favorites.

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The Leelanau County Conservation District is a major partner in trying to address the future of trees in our area. Trees in northern Michigan are dying off at a rate that far outpaces new plantings, besieged by aging, disease, invasive species and climate change. Efforts are underway to secure funding and enlist residents to help combat problems. The newest threat to the region, oak wilt, could devastate large swaths of the oak population.

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Saturday, October 14, is Village Trails Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Braman Hill Recreation Area in Northport. At 10 am, there will be a dedication of the new trail.

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Along with basking in last week’s warm weather, I also enjoyed watching a lot of Monarch butterflies that were around for several days.

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Last week’s Omena News column had a serious omission. In its announcement of the birth of Owen Chase Morgan, we failed to mention that one of his great-grandparents is Norman Morgan. Congratulations, Norm!

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Happy Birthday this week to Becky Kalchik, Bill Krusel, Jeff Bosco, Jim Browning, Bill Renz, and his daughter, Crystal Renz, who turns 18. Happy Anniversary to Ed and Caroline Oberndorf, and to Mark and Marian Electa Powell.

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