2018-05-24 / Columns

Omena’s Sunset Lodge site for new movie

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686

It was a royal weekend in Omena last weekend. The sunshine made us all feel like royalty, but a few people made the most of the Royal Wedding. Kathy Miller and her two sisters combined a belated Mothers Day celebration with the wedding. Kathy’s mother, Brenda Kerrigan, and her sisters, Lorri Wolf of Traverse City and Susan Fox of Pentwater, all spent Friday night at the Millers so they could watch the wedding together. Susan couldn’t make it up over Mother’s Day weekend, so this was the chance to celebrate both. They all wore their fascinators and donned gloves, although only Brenda managed to wear gloves suitable for the occasion. Kathy’s were actually orange rubber gloves.

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They sipped their Mimosas and thoroughly enjoyed the event, laughing a lot through the morning. Jim ventured in and out of the room, mostly rolling his eyes. Lorri’s husband, Doug, was smart enough not to show up until Sunday.

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Judy Balas donned a fascinator when she and Bruce joined Kim and Linda Kemper, Les and Debby Disch, and John and Gina Erb for a fabulous evening at Raduno’s in Traverse City. One of the owners of the delicatessen and cafe is Janene Silverman, the daughter of former Omena residents, Gary and Carole Silverman. This was the second in their monthly dinner series, each focusing on the cuisine of a region of Italy. Last weekend’s was Umbria.

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Staying on an international note, Ilona Matysiak has returned to Leelanau to continue her research on retirees who have moved to Leelanau County. She is a sociologist from Poland and currently a Fulbright scholar at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She is studying demographic changes in nonmetropolitan areas in the US, especially aging and mobility of older adults. Her special focus is the retirement migration to small local communities: drivers and consequences of this process. In addition to meeting with a number of couples around the county, she met with members of the Northport Arts Association to learn what the association provides to retirees, and to hear members talk about why they moved to this area.

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The Omena Women’s Club met this past Wednesday at the home of Mary Tonneberger. The guest speaker was Sarah Jane Johnson. She is the Executive Director of the Leelanau Children’s Center and was there on behalf of the Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission, of which both she and Mary are members. She gave a very informative presentation which drove home the importance of early childhood education/development. Our brains grow the most in the years up to five years old. The difference between brain scans on brains that received early stimulation and those that did not was alarming. The research on the differences in a person’s life was also very compelling - higher education, better health, better income levels, versus incarceration rates and unemployment or low employment. A few years of quality early development is an investment with great potential dividends.

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Chris Verdery called to let me know that Maggie, the Verdery-Kulick family’s black lab, died this past week. Maggie was an amazing 21 years old, and pretty active until just about a week ago. Many Omena residents may remember seeing Maggie around, often with David Kulick. She loved to run, and was one of the fastest dogs I’ve seen. She led a remarkable life, and we are sad to learn she is gone.

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The cherry blossoms are in various stages of bloom. Here on Omena Heights, they should be in full bloom by this weekend. The bee hives are in the orchard, and the louder hum of busy tractors can be heard on farms around Omena. With the sunny weather we’ve had, things are catching up from the late start and the trees are only a bit behind normal.

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The late start to Spring also makes it hard to believe it’s Memorial Day weekend already. The annual Cars in the Park show is this Saturday in Northport and the NAA Photography Show runs Saturday and Sunday.

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Congratulations to Jack Joyce on his latest award for his work in support of the American Heart Association (AHA). Last year, Jack was #1 in Michigan for funds raised in the Jump Rope for Heart program. This year, he is #2 in the nation! Jack will be at Hop Lot in Suttons Bay at several times this weekend to continue his fund raising. Jack’s goal is to raise $25,000 for the AHA. You can also go to www2.heart.org/ goto/JackJoyce to donate.

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This Sunday is the opening of the season at the Omena Presbyterian Church. The Reverend Dr. Homer Nye will be preaching, and Becky Somsel swill provide the special music on the harp. The service begins at 10 a.m. For information on the entire season, you can go to www.omenachurch.org.

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Happy Birthday to Barbara Rufli, Gary Silverman, and Bob DeVries. Happy Anniversary to Ron and Mary Tonneberger and to Ed and Mary Woessner.

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