2018-08-09 / Columns

Employees, your bosses miss you

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

Summer is winding down, but it has been a great one and still is a great one. The businesses in the area are experiencing the same problems that all tourist areas experience with employees at this time of year. Those valuable employees are doing what they should do, going to school, getting ready for sports. Employers miss them but obviously wish them the best.

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Chris Skellenger and Buckets Of Rain will once again be singing “This Land Is Your Land” in front of Horizon Books in Traverse City. However, this year will be a little bit different in that instead of one day they’ll be singing Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 16-18. That’s a lot of “This Land Is Your Land.” They will be singing from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and as always singers and players of any skill level are invited and encouraged to join in. Buckets Of Rain has been invited by Quicken Loans to participate in its Quicken Loans Community Challenge Detroit, which runs the entire month of August. It’s a competition among charities that Quicken has identified as Detroit’s most impactful community organizations. Buckets Of Rain can use your help to win the grand prize donation of $25,000.

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The Empire Lions Club will host its 43rd annual Auction and Yard Sale Sunday at Johnson Park in Empire.

The yard sale and registration for the auction will begin at 10 a.m., with the auction starting at noon. Proceeds from the event will help fund the Empire Lions Club’s many local and state projects

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Also in Empire, it’s “Steak Fry” time. The public is cordially invited to Empire United Methodist Church’s annual Steak Fry at the church on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 4-7 p.m. Grilled steak, fresh sweet corn and red skin potatoes will be served along with dessert and beverage. Free will offerings accepted and proceeds will support the church ministries.

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I will say the new Township sign has been a major topic of conversation.

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I am happy to report, I have good information that the Labor Day Bridge Walk will take place this year. So get your walking shoes ready for that .3 mile walk and I’ll have more information later.

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With only two hours to paint, artists in the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s plein air “quick draw event” quickly set up their easels to capture the iconic charm of the cannery, boats, beaches, and historic buildings. GAAC founding artist Becky Thatcher judged the paintings. Illinois artist David Westerfield won the Quick Draw grand prize for “Summer Afternoon - Canning Co.” (More coverage of plein air can be found on page 8 of this section.)

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The 16th annual free concert presented by the Glen Arbor Art Center’s summer singers chorus will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Glen Lake Reformed Church. The performance represents the closing event of the Manitou Music Festival series. No reservations are required.

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The seventh annual Dune/Dash 4 mile run/walk will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The start and finish will be at the Dune climb and the race course is the Heritage Trail. Racers can pick up their packets on Aug. 17 from 5-7 p.m. at The Filling Station Microbrewery in Traverse City or at the Dune Climb on race morning.

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Happy Anniversary wishes to Sarah and Dave Dilley. Happy Birthday wishes to Bill Heston, Bob Turner, John Shanklin, Tom Pezetti, Teddy House and Herbert Hoover.

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It ain’t over till its over, so be careful, be courteous, be happy.

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