There was a young man named Herbert Wheeler
Who moved from Palatine to Omena long ago.
With wife Betty and two of their kids in tow,
He said, “I’ll be the country store dealer.”
So we all got to know Bert and Betty.
Bob and Jan went to Northport to school.
Having them at the store was so cool,
We bought candy and cokes and spaghetti.
Time flew by, and Bert up and retired,
But they had decided Omena was the best,
So he put his handyman skills to the test,
And stayed here in the community he desired.
Now we get to wish Bert happy birthday.
Who you believe eighty years – no way!
We’re glad it’s Omena where he decided to stay.
All of Omena says, “Have a great day!”
Bob and Julie Krist went down to Lathrup Village to see friends and family. They saw their daughter Heidi and her husband Andy and their two children, Cooper, 3, and Ella, 8 months, and their daughter Jennifer and her husband Dustin and their two children Abbey, 12, and Benjamin, 9.
Jack Joyce, who is 3, had a speaking part in Sunday’s Christmas pageant at Immanuel Lutheran in Leland and did very well. Dave Colling came up and ran the store so that Jack’s grandmother, Sunny, could see the pageant.
Mary Smith is out of Munson and in Tendercare in Suttons Bay for a week or so of physical therapy.
Omena residents are not waiting for the New Year to start shaping up. Ruth Walker, Annette Deibel, Kanda McKee, and Bob and Trudy Lewis are all part of the “ageless yoga class” at the Fitness Center in Northport. Aric Browning is doing his workouts there to stay in shape for his quarterback position on the TC Wolves. Carol Towne, Judy Smart, Marcia Biskupski and Debby Disch are all taking advantage of the pool and aqua-aerobics classes at the Northport Highlands.
Nana Kennedy said that the quilt show at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City is well worth seeing. It ends Jan. 4, 2009.
Happy birthday to Bert Wheeler, Pat Kimmerly, and Mary Smith. I wish everyone a happy winter solstice Saturday, Dec. 21. It’s a day that I celebrate every year, since it marks the beginning of the lengthening of the days and the return of the warming angles of the sun.
By Leslie Disch
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