2018-12-06 / Columns

G-A abuzz with holiday activity

By BILL THOMPSON
Phone 334-4486

The weather has been pretty sketchy the last week or so, be very careful.

This is the time year for holiday parties and by holiday I mean Christmas, say it loud and say it proud. People are on the road coming and going from parties please be careful and don’t ruin your or their holidays.

Condolences to the family and many, many friends of Bernie Rink. Many of you may not know who Bernie was, but believe it or not in my estimation he was a founder of all the wineries and wine tasting and tourist attractions in our area. He started it with Boskydel winery, which I think is one of the smallest wineries and the whole thing grew to where it is today. There are many people out there in the business that can thank Bernie Rink for what they have.

Condolences also to the family and friends of George Weeks, a great writer and a good man.

The Glen Arbor Arts Center welcomes their new executive director Sarah Kime. Ms. Kime will begin following the year-end retirement of longtime director Peg McCarty. As new executive director Ms. Kime will lead the organization, supported by the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s board and staff. She will take on projects that continue to strengthen the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s diverse creative offerings, including education, operations, financial management and fund development. She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Philanthropy and has also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and archaeology Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.

The Glen Arbor Players ring in the holidays with “The Bells of St. Mary’s”, the Christmas time classic. The performances are December 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glen Lake Community Reformed Church. The performances are free and no reservations are required.

Another big change in Glen Arbor, the Peppler Realty building. I suppose a few people in town think of it as Coldwell Banker, but it was always Peppler Realty for those of us that have been around for a while. Change is inevitable, but I still miss the raised walk and Boardwalk in front of Stefans Grocery and a few other changes. Empire is not without changes, such as Deering’s Grocery, but even with all the changes in the area and the snowbird businesses (those that close in the winter), try to do as much business as you can with your local people. Shop at home.

Happy Birthday wishes to Todd Hazelton, Bob Snell, Joel Martin, Brian Koppenaal, Dolores Strobel and Martin Van Buren.

Happy Hanukkah.

Have fun, be careful, be safe, be kind, be happy, go Patriotism.

Editor’s note: A special Happy Birthday to author, Bill Thompson, from his wife of 58 years, Dotti.

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