2017-11-30 / Columns

Busy elves deck Omena for Christmas

By LESLIE DISCH
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PREPARING THE Christmas tree in the Community Room were Joan TenBrock, Marcia McMorrow, David Lightner, Susan Valiga, and Gayle Madison, David and Susan recently moved to Omena, so it was their first Deck the Village. — Photo by Jim Miller PREPARING THE Christmas tree in the Community Room were Joan TenBrock, Marcia McMorrow, David Lightner, Susan Valiga, and Gayle Madison, David and Susan recently moved to Omena, so it was their first Deck the Village. — Photo by Jim Miller The village of Omena is officially bedecked for the holidays. Merchants and residents have decorated their homes and establishments, and a group of merry elves worked hard Sunday to do the same with the Post Office, Omena Historical Society and fire hall and community room. Omena’s matriarch, Bea Kimmerly, and her daughter Karol Berwald joined everyone afterwards for refreshments and visiting.

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There were lots of comings and goings for the Thanksgiving weekend, and it sounds like everyone enjoyed the mild weather.

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Rink and Karon Smith and their daughter Molly traveled to Katonah, N.Y., which is in Westchester County, to spend Thanksgiving with their daughter Jenny and the cousins she is staying with there. Jenny is living with Rink’s cousin Sarah Hodgson and her husband, Roman Adrianowycz, and her daughter Lindsay and son Bodhan, and houseful of dogs, cats, a cockatiel, rabbits and pet rats. Jenny is in New York completing her doula certification. A doula is a person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.

DECKING THE museum for Christmas are, front row, left to right, William and Karl Krusel, Bill Krusel, Kathy Miller and Jim Miller. In the back row are Dennis Armbruster, Greg McMorrow, Ed Hinkelman, Bob Smart, Mary Ziegeler, and Dan Ziegeler.DECKING THE museum for Christmas are, front row, left to right, William and Karl Krusel, Bill Krusel, Kathy Miller and Jim Miller. In the back row are Dennis Armbruster, Greg McMorrow, Ed Hinkelman, Bob Smart, Mary Ziegeler, and Dan Ziegeler.
They had a wonderful time while they were there. Karon’s sister, Janis Guter, came from Boston, and she and Karon had a good visit while Rink, Molly, Sarah, Roman, Bodhan, and Sarah’s brother Geoff Hodgson took the train to New York City and spent the day. It was Molly’s first time in NYC. One less-known site that they enjoyed was the NYC public library, which is a spectacular building. Rockefeller Center was just getting ready for the season. The tree was still crated, and the Zamboni was getting the ice ready.

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Dick and Nana Kennedy traveled to Grand Rapids for Thanksgiving with their son Don and his family and their daughter Kristin and her family. It was a wonderful holiday.

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Joey Bensley enjoyed an old fashioned Thanksgiving at a family rustic log cabin near Luther. The cabin has electricity but no running water and is heated by a fireplace, wood stove and oil burner. It was a great time with 26 family members, a pumpkin roll down the high bank in front, and a football game. It is a family tradition that began over 50 years ago.

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Jim and Kathy Miller also had a traditional family dinner with her mother, Brenda Kerrigan, her sister and brother-in-law Lorri and Doug Wolf, sister Sue Fox from Pentwater, and Kathy’s niece and nephew who drove up from Michigan State. They went over to Ingall’s Bay Road for their after-dinner walk, because it was too windy on the Point side.

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Joan and Dale Blount had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Dale spent 5 1/2 days in Munson dealing with an onset of heart failure but was fortunate to have great medical care and was home by Thanksgiving Eve. Their daughter Kristen and son-in-law Jeff Brown and their children, Dan and Erica, came up from Mount Pleasant and cooked the complete Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. Dale is on the mend and doing well. He sends many thanks for the outpouring of concern and good wishes from Omena friends!

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Mary Stanton reports that it’s time to get ready for the Leelanau Holiday Needs program. They are looking for donations of new items for tweens, teens and adults. Warm shirts, socks, coats, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Items can be dropped off at Leelanau Computer Repair inside Radio Shack. The distribution of items is set for Wednesday, Dec. 20, in the afternoon before at the VFW Hall.

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On Friday and Saturday the 25th Madrigal Christmas will be presented by the Leelanau Children’s Choir and Youth Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. at the Leland Community United Methodist Church. Omena resident Jack Joyce is a member of the Leelanau Children’s Choir. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for students.

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The Northport High School play, “The Long Red Herring”, will be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. in the NCAC auditorium. The play is an entertaining whodunit and should be a lot of fun to see.

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And on Saturday Christmas at the Lighthouse will be celebrated at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.

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Mark your calendars for the annual NCAC Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at the MCAC Auditorium. It is always a wonderful way to ring in the holidays.

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It’s hard to believe it’s December already, and Christmas is just around the corner.

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Happy Birthday to Alex Putnam, who is 4, and to Deb van Pelt, Charlotte Read, and Shelbie Lingaur Groot. Happy Anniversary to Chuck and Janet Dickerson.

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