2018-08-16 / Columns

First feline marks territory in dog parade

By LESLIE DISCH
Phone/fax 386-5686


SALLY SHAPIRO, dressed as Piper the Airport canine, is shown with the body doubles for Harley the goat, Omena’s Press Secretary, and Penny the chicken, Omena’s Special Assistant for Fowl Issues. SALLY SHAPIRO, dressed as Piper the Airport canine, is shown with the body doubles for Harley the goat, Omena’s Press Secretary, and Penny the chicken, Omena’s Special Assistant for Fowl Issues. Last weekend was a busy one for Omena’s Mayor and Village Council. The Village Council was well represented at the Northport Dog Parade. In fact, Mayor Sweet Tart McKee became the first feline to officially march in the parade. She was joined by Omena’s First Vice Mayor, Diablo Shapiro, and Second Vice Mayor, Punkin Anderson-Harder. Village Council members Brit Walker, Taz DeWitt, Schatzi Putnam Bradley, Bailey Adelson, and Bailey Kondrat were all present. Press Secretary Harley Jones, a goat, and Special Assistant for Fowl Affairs, a chicken, sent body doubles. It was a great event, as usual. Congratulations and thanks to Carly Campbell and all of the volunteers.

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Debby and I stayed after the parade to watch some of the Agility Show. It was amazing. Many thanks to Jeannette Egeler who organized the event, set up the course, and ran the course with her dog, Sabrina. Mike Germain did a great job as the emcee for the event.

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Then, on Sunday, Mayor Sweet Tart made an appearance at the Omena Historical Society (OHS) annual meeting at Shady Trails. OHS had a great year to report on, including the dedication of the Omena Historic District, a wonderful three-part lecture series about Anishnaabe culture by JoAnne Cook, a successful and remarkable mayoral election, and the installation of a very interesting new exhibit showing old postcards of Omena, including many of the messages on the backs. There are only two more weekends, this weekend and next, to see the exhibit. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Amidst the busy whirl of this summer, Dennis and Kim Armbruster took time for one of their annual grandparents’ trips. This was a very special one. They and their 14-year-old grandson Bobby Armbruster of Lansing recently returned from a fabulous international trip. The three of them traveled with a small group led by Road Scholar on a 12-day adventure to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos are an archipelago of volcanic islands on either side of the equator in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles west of continental Ecuador. They are famous for their animals, some of which only exist on these islands. Included are giant tortoises, giant iguanas, and blue and red footed booby birds. Also prevalent are sea lions, sea turtles, and penguins. They enjoyed snorkeling among sea lions and sea turtles, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, biking, and hiking. Touring the Charles Darwin Research Center and the Tortoise Breeding Center was of great interest. Also, they were allowed to hike to the top of an active volcano while the flowing lava was on the opposite side of the caldera. Making this all possible is the fact that Ecuador protects the rights of animals that inhabit the Islands, and they are free to roam the islands without interference by human inhabitants.

After returning to Omena, the Armbrusters’ daughter Kristin, her husband Dana and one year old son Hudson came to visit for a few days, enjoying the beautiful weather, before returning to their home in Denver, Colorado.

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Sunny Colling took time off this summer to spend time with her grandson, Jack Joyce. At the beginning of August, she attended his performance as Scar in the Lion King Kids hosted by the Old Art Building with the Old Town Playhouse. On Aug. 9, she went to Jack’s American Taekwondo Association 2nd degree black belt testing. That same afternoon, the American Heart Association’s News from the Heart: Update from CEO Nancy Brown announced that Jack “raised $25,000 for the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart youth fitness initiative this past fiscal year, ranking him the No. 1 JRFH fundraiser in the nation.” Jack finishes his elementary career with four school championships. Three years in a row, he received the AHA’s Heart Hero Award as the JRFH’s top fundraiser in Michigan. In 2016-17, he was second in the nation. Congratulations, Jack!

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Summer may seem to be passing all to quickly, but the fun events are far from over. Tonight will be the greatly anticipated, always entertaining, not to be missed Northport Follies at the Northport Auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 7:30 p.m. will be the annual and ever popular NCAC Sousa concert. Be sure to get your tickets soon by calling the NCAC at 386-5001.

And then Leelanau Uncaged will wrap up September on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Northport. It’s a day and night of music, food and arts of all sorts. Be sure to mark your calendars.

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The Omena Presbyterian church will welcome Rev. David Ramage to the pulpit on Sunday. David is the pastor at Church in the Hills in Bellaire. Special music will be provided by the instrumental trio of Evy Sussman, Terry Sellingworth and Jan Ostrowski. Patrick Kuhl will be at the organ. It will be Patrick’s last Sunday for the season, so you won’t want to miss the service at 10 a.m.

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Happy Birthday to Rink Smith, Jenni Singer, Frieda Putnam, Alexander Bronke, Rat Renz, and Ernie Pearson. Happy 45th Anniversary to Scott and Ruth Steele Walker. Happy Anniversary also to Matt and Kelli Fitzgerald, and to Dylan and Emily Hawkins.

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