2018-07-12 / Columns

Voting hot in Omena mayoral race

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


TOM GUYTON, a retired Air Force pilot and Air Force Academy graduate, landed his plane on Omena Bay in front of the home of Jim and Kathy Miller. TOM GUYTON, a retired Air Force pilot and Air Force Academy graduate, landed his plane on Omena Bay in front of the home of Jim and Kathy Miller. Breaking news on the Omena political scene!

Current Mayor Parker Joyce will not run for re-election. After 21 dog-years in office, he hopes to pass the hat to his son, Clyde. If Clyde becomes Omena’s mayor, it would mean three generations of Joyces have held the office.

But they’re not the only political family in town. Both former Mayor Maya Deibel and her cousin, Punkin Anderson- Harder, are in the race.

This year’s contest has 19 entrants, including 14 dogs with at least four being golden retrievers. Also running are two cats, one goat, one chicken, and one peacock. The outcome could make for a very diverse Village Council for the next three years.

Voting began Tuesday and goes until 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. You can vote in person at the voting board in downtown Omena in front of the Omena Historical Society, or on-line at omenahistoricalsociety.org.


SUSIE MORRISON cared for her fraternal twin granddaughters, Johanna Grays and Eleanor Rose Tock. SUSIE MORRISON cared for her fraternal twin granddaughters, Johanna Grays and Eleanor Rose Tock. The top five candidates will be posted daily on the board. Anyone can vote. Even though Mayor has to be an Omena seasonal or year-round resident, you don’t need to be an Omena resident to participate.

Remember that it’s a fund-raiser for the Omena Historical Society (OHS), so vote early and vote often! The new Mayor will be announced after the parade of candidates on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m.

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The OHS is sponsoring a wonderful lecture series this summer. It is a threepart series entitled “Pre- and Post-Euro Anishnaabe Talks”. The first of the three was held last week, and it provided a fascinating discussion about the history of the Anishnaabe in the Great Lakes area. The focus of the first talk was about family and community. The next talks will focus on spiritual life on July 17, and law and government on Aug. 7. Both will be held from 10 - 11:30 a.m. at the Omena Presbyterian Church. The presenter is JoAnne Cook, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. She’s a lawyer, former Tribal Council member, and teacher of Anishnaabe culture at Northwestern Michigan College. Her style is very interactive, providing a great opportunity to ask questions and engage on the subject.


JOANNE COOK spoke on the history of the Anishnaabe in the Great Lakes area focusing on family and community. JOANNE COOK spoke on the history of the Anishnaabe in the Great Lakes area focusing on family and community. * * *

Jim and Kathy Miller got a surprise over the Fourth of July holiday when a small amphibious plane landed on their beach. The pilot, Tom Guyton, a retired Air Force pilot and Air Force Academy graduate, was attending a concert at the Cherry Basket Farm.

Tom, an accomplished and decorated military pilot of 31 years, flew C130 combat missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. He flew into Omena from his summer cottage in the Upper Peninsula. Tom’s experience was put to the test when an unexpected swell nearly stopped his take off on Omena Bay. He powered on and eventually “slipped the surly bonds” of the bay. Tom was accompanied by his daughter, Alexis Guyton and her friend Matt Galek, both from New York. He now flies 767 and 757 planes for Air Transport International.

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Jim and Susie Morrison took care of their fraternal twin granddaughters, Johanna Grays and Eleanor Rose Tock, with the help of Great Grandma Carol Draper, while the twins’ parents, James and Alicia Tock, moved into their new home in Holland, Mich. The twins enjoyed their first boat ride on Omena Bay, sporting their new life jackets. They also had great fun chasing chipmunks in the gardens of the Morrison’s home.

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The Omena Village Preservation Association’s (OVPA) upcoming Annual Meeting and Lavender Lane Celebration Brunch will be on Tuesday, July 17 starting at 10 a.m. Hosting will be Kathy and Mike Bosco. Please RSVP to Mary Tonneberger by July 12th.

Saturday, July 21, will be a big day in Omena. The annual Club 21 bake sale will be held that morning in front of the Post Office. At 9 a.m, Kirtland’s Warbler expert Dr. Dave Ewert will speak at the Savings Birds Thru Habitat (SBTH) Habitat Discovery Center about one of North America’s rarest migratory songbirds. With intensive habitat management, Kirtland’s Warblers have increased to about 2300 pairs. Come and learn about current and future management plans.

At 10 a.m on that Saturday, Omena Mayor candidates will parade down Isthmus Road to the Omena Point Road to the Omena Beach, where the new mayor will be announced. The parade will be accompanied by music from members of the Northport Community Band.

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On Saturday there will be a celebration of life in memory of Jim Charter, co-founder of the Charter Sanctuary and Saving Birds, from 4 -6 pm at the Saving Birds Habitat Discovery Center on Putnam Road.

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There will be a Celebration of Life in memory of Fred Hallett at Knot Just a Bar - Omena 11 am on Saturday, July 21.

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Also on July 21 at 2 p.m the Northport class members of 1978 will hold a 40-year reunion gathering at Knot Just A Bar for food and fun. Spouses or a guest are welcome as well as all persons who were in the class for any period of time. Teachers and class members from a few classes up or down are invited. Please call Laura Kalchik, 386-1168, to reserve a place at the table.

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This is the Special Music Sunday at the Omena Presbyterian Church. The annual celebration of music is a favorite within the community. The Lime Lake Choir will be performing, along with featured soloist James Moore. New this year is bagpiper Jack Fellows, of the Grand Traverse Pipes and Drums. Director Patrick Kuhl is also performing on the organ.

Refreshments will be served after the service with the Prevailing Winds performing on the lawn. And if that’s not enough - the church’s Historic Manse will be open to tour.

Outdoor seating will be available for overflow, but plan to arrive early. The service starts at 10 a.m., and everyone is welcome.

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Happy Birthday to Kori Wheeler, Susan Valiga, Lily Compton, and Iverson Robert Fox. Happy Anniversary to Nick and Samantha Bronke, Jason and Amber Davis, and James and Amanda Scarlett.

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