2017-11-09 / Columns

Lots of news — and puns — from Omena; cantaloupe isn’t Mrs. Right

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DRESSED IN 60s attire for a 60th wedding anniversary are, from left, Bob and Gail Koch, and Joan and Mike TenBrock. DRESSED IN 60s attire for a 60th wedding anniversary are, from left, Bob and Gail Koch, and Joan and Mike TenBrock. Congratulations to Cammie Buehler on her appointment to the Board of Directors of The Leelanau Conservancy. She is one of three new members joining the 20-member board. Now a Traverse City resident, Cammie spent summers all of her life in Omena and is a fifth generation Omena summer resident. She grew up in Cincinnati and attended Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in outdoor education/adventure recreation.

Following college, she moved to North Lake Tahoe where she rode her way to a PSIA Level 3 certification in snowboard instruction and pioneered women’s specific snowboard education programs at Squaw Valley. She also earned money cooking and catering throughout Tahoe and Truckee.

In 2003, she returned home for the summer to help her friend Andy Schudlich with his new catering business. She decided to stay and the team moved into their permanent location, Cherry Basket Farm, the following year. Fifteen years and hundreds of events later, Epicure Catering is an award- winning farm-to-table catering company and is still going strong.

Cammie and her business partner Andy at Epicure Catering have been working with and supporting the Conservancy since 2005. Their deep connection to the natural landscape of Leelanau and understanding of the value of the preservation of vital farmland has driven their dedication to the mission. She looks forward to bringing her skill set as a small business owner to the Conservancy.

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Mike and Joan TenBrock recently traveled to Milford to celebrate for a groovy celebration of the Bob and Gail Koch 60th wedding anniversary. Everyone wore their best 60s fashions. It was celebrated with many of their friends from around the country.

Joan and Gail have been friends since kindergarten in Northport and really enjoy celebrations. Gail’s cousin Gary Fredrickson and his wife, Carol, from Northport were also there. A good time was had by all.

Congratulations to Emily Wickemeyer and Trevor Love on their wedding this past weekend at the Wickemeyer home in East Leroy. Early November rains kept them from using her mother’s beautiful garden as the setting, but the family built a fire in the fireplace to provide an equally romantic backdrop. Trevor’s daughter Kaitlyn was Emily’s bridesmaid and Emily’s brother Michael was the best man. The couple resides in Battle Creek, and looks forward to many visits to the Wickemeyer’s Omena home.

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I read that 4,153,237 people got married last year. Not to cause any trouble but shouldn’t that be an even number?

My wedding anniversary is just over a week away. Before I met Debby, I wanted to run away with the woman in the produce dept, but she said, “I cantaloupe.” I wanted to marry “Mrs. Right,” but I didn’t know her first name was “Always.”

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Mary and Dan Ziegeler recently went to Detroit for their daughter Claire’s swearing-in ceremony for the Detroit Bar Association. She is a new associate at a Detroit law firm, and is settling in to her new neighborhood of Indian Village. Mary commented that the changes and growth in downtown as many of the neighborhoods are truly impressive.

Then, four of Mary’s cousins came in late October for a mini-reunion at Sunset Lodge. One of them lives in Coos Bay, Ore., and had never been to Omena. There was a fun group dinner at The Knot, and they enjoyed exploring Northport, the Grand Traverse Lighthouse, area wineries, Traverse City and Sleeping Bear.

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Two blonde Omena residents recently drove to Disneyworld. When they got close, a sign said “Disneyworld left.” So they started crying and came back home.

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Traverse City Zonta’s Festival of Trees is this weekend, running through Sunday at Golden Fowler Home Furnishings. It’s a wonderful way to get in to the holiday spirit. Go to the Zonta Club’s website for more information. Zonta’s mission is to advance the status of women worldwide.

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I have been trying to get in shape for the holidays. Yesterday I burned 2,000 calories. That’s the last time I’ll take a nap while I’m baking brownies.

I have also started my holiday shopping. I find that eBay is useless. I tried to search for lighters, but all I got was 13,749 matches.

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Veteran’s Day, officially Nov. 11, will be celebrated Friday. It is an official United States public holiday that honors military veterans. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. The major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States initially observed it as Armistice Day until it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

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Speaking of patriotic things, I find it ironic that the colors red, white and blue stand for freedom until they’re flashing behind you.

When you’re a columnist, you spend a lot of time thinking about words. It raises lots of questions. Like, why are there five syllables in the word “monosyllabic”? And, what does a thesaurus eat for breakfast? Perhaps a synonym roll?

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National Punster Day was celebrated on Nov. 8, so we’re paying it homage in this week’s column. Many thanks to Ed Oberndorf for his help with the annual pun column, and for giving us smiles occasionally throughout the year

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Happy Birthday to Marsha Holtz, Hayden Treece, Kathy Cigan, and Dave Johnson.

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