2017-12-14 / Columns

Empire plans potluck and an auction

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

The annual Empire Area holiday potluck dinner will be held on Saturday in the Empire Town Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m.. Mr. and Mrs. Clause will arrive at approximately 7 p.m. Bring a dish to pass and B.Y.O.B.

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Sticking with Empire holiday happenings, the Empire Area Community Center will hold their annual emergency fund auction and concert on Sunday. Auction items donated by many area merchants and individuals will include quilts, a classic 1950s photographic print, a guitar donated by Buckets Of Rain and much more. Enjoy the sound of “Freya” to warm you up for the auction. The auction and concert will be held at the Empire Town Hall from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. Doors will open at 3:30pm in order to view items. Coffee, lemonade and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

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I feel people should know that all the Empire Area Community Center programs are for a reason. Because of these programs and support of the community, bills paid for people who have fallen upon hard times were in the amount of $22,511.00 — and this does not include December. Keep supporting.

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The Empire Lions Club held their annual Christmas party on Saturday evening and as usual the dinner provided by Riverfront Pizza and Deli was incredibly great. I’m certain that everyone in attendance was impressed by the service given and the food offered.

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As I said before, the weather will change and as they say in the South, as all you snowbirds know, y’all wanted a white Christmas, y’all got one.

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Just a reminder because most businesses in our area are closed at this time a year. Sleeping Bear Antiques in Empire will be open every Saturday all winter.

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Good news for all the cross-country skiing people out there — the Heritage Trail is open and grooming is done when possible from Empire to port Oneida.

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Congratulations to Tyler Young of Interlochen for submitting the winning drawing in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore contest to select a cover for 2018 park passes.

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Rangers are beginning to get the park’s snowshoes out so visitors can explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore this winter. Ranger-led snowshoe hikes will be offered on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at 1 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. Meet at the National Lakeshore’s Philip A. Hart Visitor Center. Reservations are required. Call 326-4700, extension 5010, for details and to make reservations.

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Happy Hanukkah to those who observe.

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Happy Anniversary wishes to Glen and Bill Baxter and to Dawn and David Baldwin.

Happy Birthday wishes to Joel Martin, Brian Koppenaal and Marilyn Wilcox.

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Where has the time gone. When this paper comes out it will be one week before Christmas, just enough time for me to start shopping.

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As always, have fun, be safe, stay warm, be kind, be happy.

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Go Christmas Spirit, and Go Patriotism.

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