2017-10-19 / Columns

Omena News column overcomes age

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


MELANIE WHEELER — who is 100 percent “Omenian,” married Scott Thomas of Traverse City. MELANIE WHEELER — who is 100 percent “Omenian,” married Scott Thomas of Traverse City. Due to technical difficulties and old age, last week’s edition of the Leelanau Enterprise was only the second time in 10 years that there was no Omena News. The technical and age problems both refer to my computer, which is about 11 years old and soon headed out to pasture. The only other time that it occurred was in due to the huge snow storm in March, 2012, when we were stuck up on Omena Heights for five days with no power. Therefore, there will be two weeks of birthdays and anniversaries this week.

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We probably all know someone who is 100 percent Italian, or German, or Croatian, or whatever, but only a few can claim to be 100 percent Omenian. The children of Kori and Bob Wheeler are among those. Bob is the son of Bert and Betty Wheeler, and Kori is the daughter of the late Keith Brown and Alice Brown Hauske. Both of them grew up in Omena. Their family all gathered recently for the wedding of their daughter Melanie to Scott Thomas of Traverse City. Bob and Kori’s other children in attendance were Rachel and John Smith from Suttons Bay, Ashley and Danny Brizard from Lake Ann, and Brooks and Whitney Trump from Cadillac. Melanie’s sisters were her attendants, and Scott’s brothers were his. It was a beautiful day on Sept. 30 for the wedding at the Leelanau Community Church in Lake Leelanau, followed by a reception at the VFW hall, which was where Bob and Kori had their reception as well. The couple honeymooned in Myrtle Beach.

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All of Kori’s siblings, except for Josh who was not able to make the trip from Utah, were in town for the event. Her brother Bradley and sister Cami Gable both came from Sarasota. Doug and his wife Cathy came from Panama City, Fla., and Naomi Williams and her daughter Brooke came from State College, Pennsylvania. On Bob’s side, his parents Bert and Betty from Omena were of course here. Two of Bob’s sisters and their husbands, Sue and Mike Moore, and Courtney and Barry Fox, came with their children from Wisconsin, and his sister Jan and her husband Steve Nyland came from Traverse City. It was a wonderful event for a special Omena family.

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Members of another family with long-time seasonal roots in Omena are here this week for their annual fall work-week at the Rule Cottage. Frank Huss and Luke Robinson are here from Cincinnati. John Cromartie from Vienna, Va., and his son Will from Washington, D.C. are here. Jamie Cromartie from Egg Harbor City., N.J., and his son Ben from Boston are here. Mike Hessel is here from Shedd, Ore., and Steve Hessel from Corvallis. Landon Robinson, who was in the area for a wedding last weekend at Fountain Point Resort, surprised everyone and came over for a few hours of work on Monday. They all joined Omena cousins Jim Wickemeyer, Rink Smith and Debby Disch. Everyone was happy that the trees were still in color — in fact, not even quite peak yet.

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Jim and Kathy Miller enjoyed a visit from friends from Coronado, Calif., this past week. Erin Barnum and Mike Welch made their first trip to Omena, arriving on a perfect day. The Millers took them on a pontoon ride around the bay, which turned out to be the last time on the water for this year. Erin loves to walk and you can’t beat Omena for that. Because Mike has been a rower since his days at Dartmouth, one of the sight-seeing trips was to Fountain Point on Lake Leelanau so he could see the rowing club. Other trips involved the usual “around the peninsula” variety and then over to the Honor area where their daughter and grandson had rented a place for Christmas. Kathy helped them find it because it was very isolated and there was quite a bit of snow. Erin and Mike had to imagine what it must have been like in the dead of winter. From there, they drove to Kathy’s brother’s place in Crystal Downs and then meandered through Pierce Stocking Drive so they could see that beautiful vista. The Great Lake never disappoints with that view.

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Congratulations to the new officers and members of the Northport Arts Association (NAA) Board. Chris Verdon was re-elected president. Kathy Martin is treasurer and Linda Bayer is secretary. Barbara Waddell and Colleen Cooper are board members at-large. Marilyn King will continue to be involved with her efforts in keeping the NAA and the Village Arts Building active, as it has been in its inaugural year.

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In celebration of its first year, the NAA is holding a members’ show from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will be an Artisan Show the Saturday after Thanksgiving and a Winter Solstice Dance on Thursday, Dec. 21.

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Happy birthday last week to Suzie Mulligan and Jim Morrison. Happy anniversary last week to Dick and Nana Kennedy, Adam and Jennifer Smart, and Bill and Rat Renz, who were married in Omena in 1956.

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Happy birthday this week to the Omena triplets — Dale Blount, Kanda McKee and Mary Stanton. Happy birthday also this week to Austin Van Pelt and Riley Huffman. Happy anniversary to Chris and Nikki Mittman.

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Omena is a very special place

Omena is a very special place to visit for my wife and I. We enjoy reading all the goings on in your column. Good luck with your new computer!