2018-01-11 / Columns

Omena players certainly know their trivia

Phone/fax 386-5686

OMENA RESIDENT Linda Auer and her co-worker, Mike Morey, have organized a clothing drive for clients at P.I.E.R in Traverse City.” OMENA RESIDENT Linda Auer and her co-worker, Mike Morey, have organized a clothing drive for clients at P.I.E.R in Traverse City.” The Omena-Northport area was well represented at the regional competition of Team Trivia at the Village Inn in Suttons Bay on Saturday. Three of the teams that compete at Knot Just a Bar in Omena on Monday nights and Tucker’s in Northport on Wednesdays — the Aarpies, McTrivia, and Al-Holes — were in attendance.

The Village Inn was packed with teams from Traverse City and beyond. In past regional competitions, the Al-Holes have frequently placed in the top three, so everyone thought they would pull out another win. But surprise, the Aarpies came in first and, more surprisingly (if only to themselves), McTrivia came in third. So, the Omena-Northport teams took two of the three top spots in a large and competitive field.

The regional finals are by invitation only, and are based on points scored through the season. McTrivia was an all- Omena team on Saturday, with Kim and Dennis Armbruster, Jim and Kathy Miller and Mary Smart giving their all for the home team. Everyone had a fun afternoon with great music, challenging questions, a funny emcee and perhaps some libations.

The state champions are determined by the highest scores from the seven regionals held at the exact same time on Saturday with the same questions. None of our teams were state champions this time.

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The real news, as is often the case this time of year, is the weather. The icy formations along Omena Bay from the recent south winds are fascinating.

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Bob and Jeanne Grabowski were glad to get back from their holiday trip to the sunny south so that they could enjoy some of the frigid, blowing weather. Actually, they had a wonderful Christmas trip, getting to spend with in Charleston, S.C., with their children and grandchildren from California and Virginia. On their way south, they stopped in Asheville, N.C., and toured the Biltmore Mansion. It is the largest privately owned home in the U.S. and was built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895. It is still owned by Vanderbilt’s descendants.

Along with lots of holiday celebrating, Bob and Jeanne enjoyed the many fine restaurants in the area. Their last three days were spent on one of Charleston’s barrier islands, Kiawah Island. It was a nice change of pace from the city and they enjoyed the ocean views.

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I was very sorry to learn of the death of Fred Hallett last week. Fred was an Omena native, the eighth of 11 children who grew up just south of Omena on the Villa Marquette. His father, Chester, was the caretaker for many years for the Villa. Fred always loved Omena and his family and friends here. His sister Mary Stanton and brother Ed still live in Leelanau County.

While in the military and later as his career took him other places, Fred returned whenever he could. He even came back for the Hallett family FFF’s (Forced Family Fun) without being forced! After returning from his military service, Fred was my boss at Timber Shores, overseeing clearing the property for the new RV park development. While in the military, he spent most of his time in the “Old Guard” Fife and Drum Corps as Drum Major. His Corps played for John F. Kennedy’s funeral, Lyndon Johnson’s Inauguration, the World’s Fair, for heads of state and for dignitaries in Germany and other countries. He always had a big hug and a smile for old friends when he was back in town, and we will miss seeing him.

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Omena resident Linda Auer and her co-worker, Mike Morey, have organized a clothing drive for clients of the P.I.E.R. (Promoting Integrated & Engaged Recovery) Detox Center in Traverse City. They recognized that some of the people who come in need clothing and shoes, and especially warm clothing in this weather. They need clothing for men and women, younger people and older people. The drive will run for the month of January. Items can be dropped off at the P.I.E.R or you can call me at 386- 5686 to arrange a pick-up or drop off here in Omena.

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Many of you may have noticed the huge buck hanging on a tree in Peshawbestown, dwarfing the other buck hanging next to it. It is, in fact, an elk. The lucky local family received an elk tag in the Tribal lottery for a limited number of tags and hunted in Atlanta, Mich. They are donating all of the meat to tribal elders.

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Don and Doni Lystra attempted to drive back to Ann Arbor in the unexpected blizzard on Saturday, December 30. They encountered white-out conditions and two feet of snow in Peshawbestown. It took them two hours to get to TC, where they wisely spent the night. The next day, local meteorologist Joe Charlevoix posted pictures and a commentary on Facebook about a waterspout, which was actually a “snowspout” or”snownado”. The pictures were taken right off of Peshawbestown. He said it was a rare event and a first for him. According to Wikipedia, only six pictures have been taken of such an event, and all were in Ontario.

Bruce and Judy Balas forwarded the interesting tidbit to their daughter Allison, who lives in Australia. She cleverly wrote back that maybe it should be called a “brrr-icane”!

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As a follow-up to the Oct. 4 Leelanau Township meeting at Northport Creek, as well as the various focus groups, the Leelanau Township Community Foundation is asking residents to share their thoughts in an online community planning survey. To participate, please head to the Survey Monkey website and follow the instructions from there. The whole survey takes about 5 minutes to thoroughly fill out. The link can also be accessed on the foundation website. Foundation members are hoping for an above average response rate!

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Happy 70th birthday to Dennis Armbruster! Happy Birthday also to Pat Bussey, Larry Fox, Donna Kalchik, Rebecca Van Pelt, Mike TenBrock, Paula McMenamy, and Ryan Blessing. Happy Anniversary to Bill and Tish Renz.

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