2018-06-21 / Columns

Open house in Omena this weekend

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Summer is off and running in and around Omena! The triennial Omena Mayoral elections kick off this weekend. The terms of current Mayor Parker Joyce, a golden retriever, and Vice Mayor Sweet Tart McKee, a Norwegian Forest Cat, end on July 21 when a new Mayor will be inaugurated. Village Council has included cats, dogs and a horse in the past. Applications for Mayor will be available this weekend at the Omena Historical Society and the Omena Bay Country Store, and online at omenahistoricalsociety.org.

The deadline for applications is July 9, and voting will be from July 10 through 19. The new Mayor and Village Council will be announced following a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 21.

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This Sunday afternoon is the Omena Historical Society (OHS) Open House.

The large exhibit room will be displaying over a hundred old postcards, enlarged for easier reading, from Omena’s past. Many of these cards have interesting snippets of news of the day that people were sharing during their summer vacations while visiting old Omena resorts and friends back in the early 1900s. Some of the images provide a rare look back at scenes and buildings long forgotten. The story of Omena’s postcards, who made them, and how they were made, is an interesting story as well. Come see that and much more this summer at the OHS museum in beautiful downtown Omena. Many thanks to the volunteers who work so hard on this over the winter — Jim Miller, Alice Littlefield, Joey Bensley, Nancy Enyart, Amanda Holmes, and Dennis Armbruster. In addition to the OHS archives, the following individuals loaned cards from their cedar chests: Kathy and Mike Bosco, Charlotte Read, Judy Fowler, Amanda Holmes and Dan Stewart.

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This Saturday is Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s (SBTH) Third Annual Workshop, featuring pollinator expert and award-winning author, Heather Holm, who will speak about native bees, including how to plant and landscape to help them. Dawn Vezina, an expert in bat conservation in Michigan will speak about the importance of bats in our ecosystem. The program begins at 9:30 a.m., with field hikes beginning at 1:15 p.m. The cost is $50/person, which includes lunch. Call 271-3738 now to register, or register online at savingbirds.org.

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This weekend the Northport Arts Association is hosting the Leelanau Womens’ Artists Spring Show at the Village Arts Building in Northport. The show runs Friday from 2 to 7 p.m., with the opening reception Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Next Saturday, June 30, is the Leelanau Township Library’s Annual Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are now accepting donations of books for the sale.

James Wickemeyer, of East Ada and Omena, enjoyed a wonderful Fathers’ Day weekend with his 2-month-old grandson, Cooper Love. Cooper was here with his parents, Trevor and Emily Love, sister Kaitlyn, and grandmother Janet. Kaitlyn is going into her freshman year in high school and is a talented softball pitcher. She is spending the summer on a traveling team, Nova, with tournaments almost every weekend. They all — including Cooper — enjoyed some boating on Sunday.

Kanda and Harold McKee are back from northern Kentucky. While they were there, they went to Half Priced Books in Florence, Kentucky, where Omena seasonal resident Dennis Turner was signing copies of his new book, “What Did You Do in the War, Sister?” The book is a historic fiction about Belgian nuns who, during World War II, created a system of alarms and delaying tactics, including flirting and “not understanding” German, to hide refugees and Jews from the Nazis. His research was based on recently discovered letters and other documents written by Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) in German-occupied Belgium and Italy during World War II. More details about the book and Dennis’s experiences while researching it were in the April 19, 2018 Omena News column.

Happy Birthday to Landon Browning, Trish Van Dusen, Jack Dunn, Lindsey Fox, Peg Deal, Kelli Scarlett, Sandy Colling, Jenny Smith, Dusty MacDonald, and Jesse Fox.

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Don and Doni Lystra. Happy Anniversary also to Dave and Jacquie Johnson.

Preaching this Sunday at Omena Presbyterian Church will be Rev. Dr. Phil Reed, pastor of Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church. The special music will be provided by Alan Craker on the drums and Scott Heiser on guitar and vocals. You won’t want to miss this rare treat! Everyone is welcome to attend the service at 10 a.m.

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