2018-08-02 / Columns

Omena chicken challenges pecking order

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


MIKE BISKUPSKI presents a plaque to Michael and Kathy Bosco in honor of their their vision, leadership, generosity and determination to help the Omena Village Preservation Association. The plaque will go up in the OVPA office space at Lavender Lane. A celebration brunch co-chaired by Chris Barber, Roberta Cohen and Lynn Spitz-Nagel Sutton followed the OVPA Annual Meeting. MIKE BISKUPSKI presents a plaque to Michael and Kathy Bosco in honor of their their vision, leadership, generosity and determination to help the Omena Village Preservation Association. The plaque will go up in the OVPA office space at Lavender Lane. A celebration brunch co-chaired by Chris Barber, Roberta Cohen and Lynn Spitz-Nagel Sutton followed the OVPA Annual Meeting. The Omena Village Preservation Association (OVPA) has had a busy and exciting summer. Members celebrated the success of Lavender Lane Cottage, which they purchased and renovated to become a wonderful rental property, and the ‘Hotspot’ that they created for OVPA members in what was the garage, at their recent Annual Meeting and Celebration Brunch. Mike and Kathy Bosco were honored for their vision, leadership and generosity in this accomplishment.

At the Annual Meeting, the Association elected new officers for its Board of Directors: Dan Ziegeler, president; Kathy Bosco, vice president; Joan Kalchik-TenBrock, treasurer; and Doni Lystra, secretary. The rest of the board is comprised of Mike Bosco and Roberta Cohen, public relations; Lynn Spitz- Nagel Sutton; Mary Tonneberger; Kate Varley; and Marcia Biskupski, ex-officio board member. One of OVPA’s goals for the coming year is to increase membership. OVPA’s mission is to preserve the beauty and historic charm of Omena. Anyone interested in joining can go to omenavillagepreservation.com. or email askovpa@gmail.com.

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Just a little less than two weeks ago, the Omena Mayoral elections concluded, and the news coverage was put to bed. Or so Omena thought. Last week’s Omena News column reported that TV stations and newspapers around the country were airing clips of Omena’s new mayor and other officials on Village Council. But it didn’t stop there. In the ensuing week, the Omena Mayoral election coverage has been on Winnipeg, Ontario, radio; in the Daily Mail in London; Fox News; and on Anderson Cooper at CNN. The coverage is pretty funny, and some of the many comments on-line are even funnier.

“You Can’t Fight Kitty Hall” was one of my favorite headlines. To see the Anderson Cooper video, search for “Anderson Cooper Sweet Tart Mayor.” And a late-breaking discovery is that the Omena Mayor race was on YouTube from the Southern State of Kerala in India. It’s not in English, but you can get the gist from the many pictures shown.

The new administration is already raising many questions. Is Harley Jones, the goat who is Press Secretary, eating all the bad news? Is Penny Labriola, the Lavender Orpington chicken who is Special Assistant for Fowl Issues, challenging the pecking order? Did Mayor Sweet Tart McKee, a long-haired calico-colored Norwegian Forest cat, claw her way to the top?

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The Omena Mayor race isn’t the only big event that is held every three years. So is the triennial Rule Family Reunion. And they are on the same three-year schedule. The main location for the Rule Reunion this year is on Omena Heights, and, for the second time, it overlaps with all of the harvest activity at Omena Heights Smith Orchards. There were 88 Rule family members in attendance at the 14th Rule Reunion. They come from all over the United States, with one person from Holland. Everyone is descended from the eight children of Marguerite and Colter Rule, Cincinnatians who bought the Rule Cottage on Fire Lane 7 in the 1940s after renting the Pioneer on Ingalls Bay for many years. Alis Robinson is the sole member of that generation. The gathering has allowed generations, who are otherwise far-flung, to really get to know their second and third cousins, and their once-and twice-and thrice removed relatives.

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And the Rule Cottage is not the only busy place in Omena. Lots of people are enjoying family and friends. The entire Harris family was in Omena this week visiting their parents, John and Barb. Paul Harris was here with his wife, Terri, and son, Ryan, and daughter, Sara. Visiting from San Diego were Tim Harris and daughter, Tess. Jackson and Hayden Dailey, from Suttons Bay were there everyday, also. Their parents, Cindy and Jeff, enjoyed seeing family, as well. Everyone enjoyed sailing on Paul’s J-133 and there was lots of tubing on the Boston Whaler. A good time was had by all.

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Annual Northport Lions’ Club Fly-In and Pancake Breakfast is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at Woolsey International Airport.

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And Tuesday, well-known local author Doug Stanton will be speaking at the Leelanau Township Library at 7:30 p.m.

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Next Saturday, Aug. 11, will be the Annual Northport Dog Parade at 10 a.m., followed by the Northport Wine Festival from 1 - 6 p.m. The Accidentals perform at the Northport Community Arts Center (NCAC) auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

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The Omena Historical Society Annual meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at Shady Trails. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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And the always eagerly anticipated Northport Promiser Follies is set for Thursday, Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. in the NCAC auditorium.

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There is still time to sign up for the Rock the Light 5K Fun run/walk Saturday at Leelanau State Park this Saturday. You can work off all of those pancakes from the breakfast! If you are unable to join at that time, sign up for the “Virtual” race that can be done anywhere at any time. They are trying to raise $20,000 for playground equipment and are about a quarter way to the goal. Now is the time to jump on board to help out the kids that visit our Lighthouse.

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The Omena Presbyterian Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Robin Carden Sunday into the pulpit. Robin is the well-loved pastor of Suttons Bay Congregational Church. Charlotte Nobel, a soprano from Traverse City, will provide special music and Patrick Kuhl will be at the organ. Everyone is welcome to attend worship service at 10:00 AM.

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Happy Birthday to Stefanie Colling, Jen Wallis, Nancy Smith, Tatum Wallis, Maggie Magrini and Susan Brown. Happy Anniversary to Millard and Helene Mack and to Ron and Cynnie Dotzauer.

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