2018-02-22 / Columns

Many hands spell carnival success

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DOUG AND PATTY Sherman of Northport celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday. They were married in Maple Grove Methodist Church in Columbus in 1958. DOUG AND PATTY Sherman of Northport celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday. They were married in Maple Grove Methodist Church in Columbus in 1958. It was a great weekend for Northport- Omena folks. It’s amazing what wonderful volunteers this small area produces.

Many thanks to the Northport- Omena Chamber of Commerce for organizing the Northport Winter Carnival. The event chair was Scott Cian, and his fun-loving are well-organized team included Sherri Sutherland, treasure chest raffle; Becky Kuebler, sleigh rides; Neil Weatherbee, cardboard sled race; Jenny Evans and the Northport Arts Honor Society students, chili cook-off; Will Harper, broom ball tournament; Trapper Ron Baker, milk jug curling; Hunter Kellogg, snow GAGA; Tracy Glidden, disc golf putting; Eric Allchin, membership recruitment; and Mark Kellogg, raffle ticket sales. Ben Crow did a great job as carnival “barker” announcing events and winners. The hot dogs were donated by J.D. Dakoske, Remax Bayshore Properties, and grilled to perfection by volunteers. They were a real treat on a cold day. Everyone enjoyed the horse drawn wagon rides compliments of Boyne Valley Equine.

And, now, a drum roll for the winners. In the Northport School Cardboard Sled races, the seniors came in first, with the second grade as runners-up, and sixth grade in third place. Good job, everyone! For a fourth straight year, Team Dobis Public Relations won the Broom Ball Tournament. Team members were Scott Thurmon, Ryan Blessing, James Drummond, Joey Thomas, Matt Thompson, and Calvin Korson.

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In the Milk Jug Curling Tournament, first place champions were Team “Chuckers” members Nichole Arbury, Dave Arbury, Julie Straton and Greg Straton. The second place team was “Dutch Dynasty” with Joe, Tina, Ella, and Eli. The third place team was “Mole Rats,” with members Rachel Baker, Garret Parker, Ethan Baker and Kate Martin.

The Chili Cook-off winners were Erlene Barry in the traditional category, Bonnie Shiner, for the second year in a row, for vegetarian, and Adam Ziter for fiery. Maria Huerta not only beat my entry (Lamb and Black Bean Chili) in the non-traditional category, she took the best overall prize, as well.

Congratulations to Aaron Sahs for winning the Mystery Treasure Chest. Many thanks to all of the Northport and Omena businesses who contributed prizes to the Treasure Chest.

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This past weekend was the final weekend of the Northport Community Arts Center’s (NCAC) dinner theater production of “Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell” at Tucker’s in Northport. Bravo to all of the cast and crew, chef and staff for a wonderful event. The Production Team included Director/Producer Karen Cross; Assistant Director/Stage Manager/Set Designer Joe Thatcher; Assistant Stage Manager/Usherette Emily Julien; Costume Designer/Set Dressing/Props Manager Janet Crane; and Sound and Lighting Director Kent Holton. They were assisted by a host of dedicated and talented volunteers.

The cast provided a wonderfully entertaining and humorous evening. Northport resident Don Myers was one of the talented cast members.

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Congratulations to Northport residents Doug and Patty Sherman, who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Monday. They celebrated over the weekend with their daughter and son-in-law Jan and Mark Morgan of Omena. Doug and Patty were married in Columbus, Ohio, in 1958. While they knew each other in high school, they didn’t start dating until after their college years at Ohio State University. Doug has lifelong ties to Northport, and Patty has been coming here ever since they married. They built their home here in 1972, and retired to Northport in 1992. Doug’s great-uncle was Clinton Woolsey; their home is on what was part of the Woolsey homestead. Doug’s great-grandfather, Byron Woolsey, donated the land for what is now Woolsey International Airport.

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Earlier this month, we reported on Sally Shapiro’s visit in Dallas. While still in Texas, Sally Shapiro went to Austin to visit her son Joel, who works for Nvidia in their deep learning organization, in artificial intelligence. While in Austin, she made a point to meet with fellow Omena-ite, Suzy Saxton Wheeler. Sally will be back up north this week to celebrate her birthday in Omena.

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There are still lots of interesting things to do in Leelanau Township. This month’s Leelanau Township Library Book Group selection is “The Art of Dancing in the Rain.” The group discussion will be next Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at the Library. Next month’s book is “Option B.”

On Thursday, March 8, The Northport Arts Association (NAA) will present Make It, Take It Small Loom Tapestry Weaving,” a class by Barbara Waddell at the Village Arts Building starting at 1:30 p.m.

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Looking for a career in conservation? The Leelanau Conservancy is hiring two summer positions for invasive plant control, restoration, and trail building projects. They will also participate in outreach activities.

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Happy Birthday to Annette Deibel, Paul Harris, Sally Shapiro, Janet Dickerson, Chris Blessing, Violet Rose Smart, who turns six, and William Krusel who is now 10. Happy Anniversary to Mike and Laurie Adelson, and to Bob and Diane Joyce.

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