2017-10-26 / Columns

Fall’s delay prompts some to swim

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SHOWN IN THEIR LIFT attire are, from left, Howard and Connie Eisenhart, Leah Dunn, Rebekah and Gerald TenBrink, and Perri Lewellen. SHOWN IN THEIR LIFT attire are, from left, Howard and Connie Eisenhart, Leah Dunn, Rebekah and Gerald TenBrink, and Perri Lewellen. The October meeting of the Omena Women’s Club (OWC) was held at Lobdell’s, the teaching restaurant of NMC’s Great Lakes Culinary Institute (GLCI). Twenty members and guests attended. They enjoyed a fabulous lunch followed by a tour of the facility. Everyone had a wonderful time and they were all very impressed by the outstanding program right here in our area. The GLCI is accredited by the American Culinary Federation and has an “exemplary” status from them. There are about 150 students enrolled in the program.

Lobdell’s is open for lunch Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 12. It has a new bakery program, and this coming summer will be open for ten weeks with a café. Lunches will remain part of the regular fall and winter semesters only.

Sarah Chenault, who was here for a short visit from LA, was able to attend the OWC luncheon with her mother, Melissa. The event also coincided with Charlotte Read’s annual fall visit to Omena from Alexandria, Virginia. Patty Cron-Huhta, head of the front of the house program, arranged the event for the OWC and did a wonderful job. Patty is the daughter of Northport residents, Bill and Sharon Cron.

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Visitors over the past two weeks were treated to some incredibly beautiful weather. It’s not every year that you get to see peak colors along with nearly summer-like temperatures. Several of the Rule cousins went in for a swim about a week ago.

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Jim Wickemeyer, and Les and Debby Disch were joined by their cousins from Oregon, Mike and Steve Hessel at the first, and possibly annual, Team Trivia fundraiser for the LIFT program in Suttons Bay. LIFT stands for Leelanau Investing For Teens and its first program is a teen center in the Friendship Center in Suttons Bay. The Suttons Bay Congregational Church (SBCC) helped organize the event, and church members provided all of the wonderful refreshments. This effort, and others, are part of the SBCC’s Neighborhood Connections Task Force. Omena residents Jack and Leah Dunn, who are active in the SBCC, were among the organizers for Saturday’s event. Jack was the emcee.

The LIFT program is the brainchild of Rebekah TenBrink of Lake Leelanau. She has always been passionate about providing opportunities like this. She and her husband used to host more informal activities in their home in Suttons Bay, but when they moved to Lake Leelanau, it wasn’t practical anymore. She approached the Friendship Center board about using some of the center’s space. They were happy to let her use the basement, which she and others have done a wonderful job of fixing up.

Rebekah then began approaching community members about helping to fund such a program. A group of dedicated community members is making this possible with financial and volunteer support. About 20 – 30 students in grades 6 – 12 participate every week after school. Occasionally, there are larger group activities, such as field trips.

When Rebekah approached SBCC, they offered to provide the snacks every week. This grew into other forms of support, as well as the idea for last Saturday’s Team Trivia fund raiser. The SBCC has joined the Friendship Center and community members as a partner in the LIFT program.

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October kind of got away from me. I’ll blame it on the fall version of spring fever with all that glorious weather we had. In the past, I have celebrated National Book Month each week with suggestions from Omena readers. Maybe I’ll carry it into November this year.

Debby’s first suggestion is “The Emma Caites Way” by regional author A. V. Walters. Luke Robinson, who was just in Omena last week, recommends “My Absolute Darling” by Gabriel Tallent. A non-fiction recommendation from Kathy Miller is “Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn: The Saga of Two Families and the Making of Atlanta” by Gary Pomerantz. It is an incredibly well researched and compelling told story of two mayors of Atlanta, Ivan Allen, Jr. and Maynard Jackson, one white and one black, tracing their families back to pre-Civil War days.

Good weather for reading. I think it’s appropriate that I waited until now.

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Happy Birthday to Kathy Miller, David Brown, Rachel Smith, Ruth Steele Walker, Joan Brovins, and Margie Tropf. Happy anniversary to John and Ann Marie Mitchell.

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