2018-04-05 / Columns

Snow birds of all types returning to Omena area

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

This is not the ideal weather for everyone who’s returning from spring break tanned and ready for spring. Instead, returning residents found a final (wishful thinking) wintry week. It was fortunate for everyone traveling on Easter weekend that it was sunny and dry, even if not warm.

With a warm-up delayed, sap has been running for some time, and maple syrup producers in the area are busy boiling and bottling. Rick and Trish Bryan are in town to tend to their harvest, although this was not quite the weather they had hoped for their time here.

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This weather was probably not what returning spring birds had hoped for, but they are coming back nonetheless. Goldfinches are turning bright yellow. Rink Smith is seeing Common Mergansers, which are large ducks. Rink observed the striking differences between the genders. The males are quite well-groomed and slick in their formal black and white. Females look a bit like Raggedy Ann, with wild, reddish crowns.

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Leelanau Christian Neighbors (LCN) is again helping with the Spartan Food Drive. The nonprofit is looking for volunteers to man the Tom’s store in Northport, as occurred last year. Last year, LCN wowed the event with the most volunteers across all of the locations, collecting over three pallets of foods. They want to do that again this year. The main days for the drive are Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Shifts are two hours and go from 3 – 7 p.m. Friday, and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. Email Maureen at lcnvolunteercoordinator@gmail.com to volunteer.

LCN’s annual diaper drive will be from April 22 through May 13. The organization gives an average of 2,000 diapers away each month. All sizes are welcome but LCN is always in need of sizes 3-5. Look for collection boxes during the week of April 16. Last year’s drive brought in almost 70 percent of the Baby Pantry’s most needed, and most expensive, item. The Baby Pantry also needs toddler clothes. Pants, shirts, light jackets, socks, etc. New or gently used please. Sizes 18 months through 4T are in great demand. It also welcomes toys and baby gear, but no cribs or car seats.

LCN is also looking for volunteers for its garden. Volunteers harvested over 750 pounds of vegetables last year. More help is sought to ready the garden, plant, weed and harvest. Email Maureen or call LCN, 994-2271.

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We were very sorry to learn of the death of Jack Kimmerly last week. Bea and Miles Kimmerly moved to Omena in 1947 when Jack was in his early teens. He attended Northport Public School, and was very much a part of the Omena scene. Our sympathies go to his mother, Bea, his sister, Karol, his two sons, Pat and Jim, and the rest of his family and friends.

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Happy Birthday to Amanda Waskiewicz who is celebrating a ‘special’ birthday this week. Happy Birthday also to Tony Brown, Debbie Bussey, Mary Tonneberger, Debbie Mann, Tom Van Pelt, Joe Barrera, and Ella Pearson — and Alis Robinson, who turns 94 this week.

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