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Boyne City Gazette Winn er of Fo MPA Awar ur ds! “Who is more to beispitied, a writertobound and gagged by policemen “Success having worry about every or damn one livingthing in perfectin freedom who has nothing moremoney.” to say?” the world, except — johnny cash —Kurt Vonnegut What’s inside this week’s Gazette? Look on pg 16 for Big Deals Is it moral? PG. 2 taxpayers save pg 5 Small biz saturday PG.16 why dumars, why? PG. 15 news from around cvx pg 8 Look famiLiar? pg 13 No. 125 3, IssueCounty 21 • Seek Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012 the Truth, Citizens Serving topics of interest to allVolume of Charlevoix • No. 168 - Vol. 4 - Issue Serve 12 • ‘Seekthe the Truth, Serve the•Citizens’ • Wednesday Nov. 14, 2012 1.00 $$1.00 sEREniTy The fine print Essentials Locals compile future goals list photo by cinda shumaker Saluting those who served Elks snub Zack Woiteshek and TravisRamblers Stark (left) recently returned from deployment photo by chris faulknor overseas. here, they participated in defies the Boyne CityasVeteran’ cerBoyne CityShown Rambler Keegan Lablance, #33, gravity he goess Day up for a PAGE61-54. 9 emony in Veteran’ s Memorial Park onJan. Sunday 12. MORE shot against Elk Rapids last Tuesday 10. ElkNov. Rapids beatPHOTOS BoyneONCity and community leadersGohs gathered on Benjamin ThursdayNews Jan. 12, to discuss the Editor overall goals they would like to County commissioners originally see achieved over the next couple tabled DNR’sCity. non-motorized of yearsthe in Boyne trail fund agreement their Boyne City Managerwhile Michael civil opened counselthe perused the adocuCain event with runment—and results are in. down of thethe previous goal-setting According to aboard civil counsel session from couple years ago Bryan Graham, the conand what type,byifsigning any, progress tractbeen the county would promishas made on thosebegoals. “I around with what I see inglook to numerous stipulations inas balanced growth – it hasn’t all cluding maintenance, insurance happened in also one put sector,” and it would an endhetosaid the of the highest was discussion of priority, whetherwhich property job creation “Overowners will and haveretention. a say in the pro- posed trail route. “By signing this agreement the county is making a commitment to actiongoing required comall,take withallwhat’s on to with the plete the project, mustfairly be economy, I thinkwhich we did done no later than Aug. 1,2014,” well with that.” Graham stated in his of Oct. 25busiletCain said a number new ter to have commissioners. the nesses stayed, with“Ifseveral agreement is signed, there will no more businesses planning to open longer be any benefit to hearing in the near future. comments fromHotel the public The Dilworth was athat top the priproject should not go ority and Cain said a lotforward.” of progHe “In made, other words, thisis ressadded, has been but there agreement is the final decision conmuch work yet to be done. cerning whether trailproperty, project The Boyne BeachtheClub should be completed.” Cain said, has seen minor progThis latestsodevelopment in saga acof ress and too has broadband the non-motorized trail planned to cess. stretch fromplan Boyne to renewed U.S. 31 The DDA hasCity been just of Charlevoix has some and north extended which, Cain said, property owners helped set the along tone the for tentative positive »goaLs, trail pG. 5cont. 5 Grant check Boyne Rocket man comes home fixture gone after 90 years busichecks out Longtime ness owner, public Benjamin gohs associate editor Concern caused by confusion over $1,700 grant fee Small Business Saturday 11/24 Benjamin gohs associate editor Charlevoix County Commissioners dubious over a $1,700 check for grant-writBenjamin Gohs ing services News Editor identified durIt may be hard to resist theJan. na-11, ing the tional chains when regular they goboard to meeting seemingly insane lengths withcan amazing deals on rest hoteasy. holiSeveral day items to entice you outofonthe commissionBlack Friday—but, and CHERiE BRoWE smaller were are taken independently ownedersshops aback when hoping their superior customer theyof discovservice and wide array oneered Charlevoix County Clerk Cherie of-a-kind gifts will make you Browe had been paid $1,700 for her consider doing some of your work on securing a nearly $48,000 remonumentation grant in late 2011, business cont. pg 16 but according to Charlevoix County Surveyor Lawrence Feindt, it was he who allocated the funding to Browe as is allowed under Michigan State law. “There is no question I did that,” he said in a telephone interview on Friday Jan. 13. “She didn’t even know what was going on with that particular item.” That may explain Browe’s apparent confusion over why she was paid the money when questioned by commissioners during the meeting. “As far as I’m concerned, it wasn’t usual and so I asked questions about it,” said Charlevoix County Commissioner Shirlene Tripp (R-District 1), following the meeting, who initially questioned the check which was listed in the county agenda packet. “In Northern Michigan it just seems like we have an awful lot of embezzling going on – the month before, I questioned why so many checks were going to Charter.” She added, “I really didn’t mean to hang her (Browe) out to dry. I have no doubt it will be straightened out.” We keep it local. »check, pG. 4 Member FDIC Boyne’s own extreme skier Ty Wellman will be back in Northern Michigan for a high-flying competition at the end of this month. Wellman, who has been skiing since James passed to away he wasD. 11Stackus, years old,90, is excited see peacefully at his home in Boyne his friends, family and compete at City morning. one early of theSunday hills where he spent so He was born on January many hours practicing. 31st, 1922, in Boyneexcited City, to “We’re toSchuyler be able toand seeSylhim via (Shepherd) Stackus. Jim graducompete because we’re not able to ated Boyne City travelfrom all that much toHigh watchSchool him,” in 1940. said Ty’s dad Jeff Wellman. He lettered in baseball, football Those looking to support Ty willand be basketball as team captain was able to spot him by the pinkand bandanawarded theinOutstanding Senior as he wears honor of his mother Male in 1940. who Athlete has been fighting stage-four He wascancer inducted into the Boyne breast for several years. City Hallonce of Fame in “I’veHigh only School competed at Gay2010. lord, but I did train a lot on the halfFollowing School, JimTy worked pipe at theHigh Otsego Club,” said. in Saginaw his resident “I’m feeling serving a little confident just training Science,advan1941becauseinofMortuary the home-field 42, at E.G. Deisler Funeral Home. tage.” The 2012 USSA Revolution Tour will be in Gaylord from Jan. 30 servant & friend of Boyne remembered He served in the US Navy 1942-45. “Lil Doc” served during World War II as Pharmacist’s First Mate on the Destroyer Ship U.S.S. Wilkes. Following discharge he worked in Ionia at Meyers Funeral Home, and completed resident training in 1946. He enrolled in Mortuary Science at Wayne State University and graduated in June 1947. Jim returned to Boyne City where he purchased the Stackus Funeral home from his Father and Aunt, Mrs. Glen Norma Shearer. After 50 years of serving his surrounding communities, he sold the business in 1990. Jim served with honor and love in many club, community and state events, including Rotary (twice past President), Life Member F&AM Lodge #391, Senior Boy Scout Leader, Past President Boyne City Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors Camp Daggett, and served on the Boyne City School Board for 8 years. He was Past President and Secretary of the Michigan Funeral Directors District 9, Board of Directors/ (Governor) of M.F.D.A. He was a member of the National Flying Funeral Directors Assoc, past Manager of the Boyne City Airport and flew power lines for Wolverine stackus cont. pg 11 Boyne theater steering committee forming »wellman, pG. 9 History buffs share theater memories of ‘Handsomest’ opera house of 1904 Ty Wellman is pictured upside down as he pulls a trick. courtesy photo Remembering the Generals megan wilson contriButing writer It’s still a couple months from spring training, but several locals shared their memories of summer softball and their time with the HorIt has been nearly two months since ton Bay Generals. it was announced during the Boyne For many years the people of City State of the Community lunHorton Bay harbored those same cheon that the Boyne Theater’s new thoughts as the Horton Bay Genowner had offered to donate the hiserals began preparation for their torical structure to the Boyne City Men’s slow pitch softball season. Main Street Program. “The people in Horton Bay just Since that time, officials have begun loved the team,” said former team to look into theater operations in photo by megan wilson member Henry “Beano” Archey. other communities and are currently The Horton Bayhope Generals team steps they will eventuworking on forming a theater steer- Boyne City Main Street officials are taking was formed in 1976 and managed ally help revitalize this historic theater in downtown Boyne City. ing committee. by Jon Hartwell (deceased) until “At this point we have no concrete He added, “We’ve visited a lot of their handle the generous it would change of venueoffer, in the early committee members,” said Boyne photo by chris fauLknor not have been possible without Brian theaters and are trying to figure out 1980s. City Main Street Program Executive what it takes to make them be suc- Asher, newhave ownerparties of theatbuildChristopher FairConklin. (right) and “They the would Jon Director Hugh “WeJeffre haveKelts show off an old Horton Bay gencessful.” erals jersey from their days decades ago. interested individuals butplaying that’s it.” theater cont. »Generals, 5 4 While officials figure out how best to megan wilson contributing writer noW! City, public & Kirtland discuss noise and other complaints at public hearing Earlier Than The Bird Nearly 30 Boyne Citygohs businesses are parBenjamin ticipating in the Earlier Than the Bird associate editor early morning shopping event from 7 to The11 Boyne City Nov. Commission a.m. Saturday, 17. Here is arelist viewed theparticipants; status of acomplaints of most few more mayre-be lating to the wood added. For aKirtland full list andProducts a map, stop at the pellet manufacturing facility during Boyne Area Chamber office on Nov. 17 or the visit regular Tuesday Jan. 10,Shoppers ing. SEE PAGE 4 FOR MORE Boyne City Planning Director Scott McPherson gave commissioners an overview of the situation before audience members spoke for and against the company. “Since the start of production of Kirtland Products we have had complaints about the operation,” he said. “While most of the complaints we have had in regards to noise there have also been concerns raised about odors and dust. In the Boyne City Zoning Ordinance the performance standards 21.78 addresses noise, odor, dustresults – similar types of Election nuisances. In addition the city Charlevoix County Commission seatalso winhasners a noise ordinance which specifiRichard Gillespie and Larry Sullivan cally addresses motors, fans, wins dryers, speak out about their recent and similar mechanisms, similar to what they hope to accomplish inwhat their Kirtland hasasatcounty theircommissioners. facility.” positions McPherson added, “It does SEE PAGE 4 FORseem MORE pretty clear that they are in violation of that ordinance.” McPherson said the city has been in contact with Kirtland to ensure they are aware of the issues. “To their credit they have seemed to be proactive and sincere in their efforts to resolve these issues. However, the impact is ongoing and it is unacceptable at certain levels and it does need to be remedied as soon as possible,” McPherson said. “If they do continue to violate the ordinances the city does have the ability to issueThe civil infractions or to take request enMuppets forcement orders.” Boyne City Representatives from Kirtland Prodyear’s Meets Broadway dinner uctsThis were inBoyne attendance. theater event will fun and Audience membersfeature werefood, instructed song with Muppet Showtotheme. Learn to keep theira comments five minthis and some history of the venue. utesabout or fewer. 5 FOR MORE “We are aware ofSEE thePAGE complaints and »kirtland, pG. 4 County board’s legal counsel Benjamin gohs opines on editor state associate trail agreement Citizens, business owners

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